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[All that precedes the article dated from White's chocolate-house, in this paper, was re-printed verbatim at the beginnings of No 2, and 3. The first four numbers of the Tatler were given gratis.]
THE FOLLOWING ADVERTISEMENT WAS AFFIXED TO THE
I ORIGINAL PAPER IN FOLIO. • A vindication of Isaac Bickerstaff, esq. against what is objected to him by Mr. Partridge in his Almanack for the present year 1709. By the said Isaac Bickerstaff, esq. London, printed in the year 1709.
N° 2. THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 1709,
Quicquid agunt homines
nostri est farrago libelli.
JUV. Sat. i. 85, 86.
Will's Coffee-house, April 13. THERE has lain all this evening on the table the following poem. The subject of it being matter very
dered, and made more public. The turn the poet gives it is very happy; but the foundation is from a
ler, to point out the respective writers, we have affixed the name of Steele (the ostensible author) to those papers re. specting the writers of which there remains any doubt. -Internal evidence, and inquiry, have, however, enabled us to ascertain the names in many instances. See the preface to the fourth volume, and N° 271,
real accident which happened among my acquaintance. A young gentleman of a great estate fell desperately in love with a great beauty of very high quality, but as ill-natured as long flattery and an habitual self-will could make her. However, my young spark ventures upon her, like a man of quality, without being acquainted with her, or having ever saluted her, until it was a crinie to kiss any woman else. Beauty is a thing which palls with possession, and the charms of thís lady soon wanted the support of good-humour and complacency of manners. Upon this, my spark flies to the bottle for relief from satiety. She disdains him for being tired with that for which all men envied him; and he never came home, but it was_Was there no sot that would stay longer? Would any man living but you? Did I leave all the world for this usage:' to which he-'Madam, split me, you are very impertinent! In a word, this match was wedlock in its most terrible appearances. She,' at last weary of railing to no purpose, applies to a good uncle, who gives her a bottle he pretended he had bought of Mr. Partridge the conjurer. "This,' said he, • I gave ten guineas for. The virtue of the enchanted liquor (said he that sold it) is such, that if the woman you marry proves a scold, (which, it seems, my dear niece, is your misfortune, as it was your good mother's before you) let her hold three spoonfuls in her mouth for a full half hour after you come home-” But I find I am not in humour for tell'ing a tale; and nothing in nature is so ungraceful as story-telling against the grain; therefore take it as the author' has given it you.
1 Mr. William Harrison. See Nichols's Select Collection of Poems, 1781, vol. vii,
THE MEDICINE. A TALE—-FOR THE LADIES.
Sir John was smitten, and confess'd his flame,
Though he and all the world allow'd her wit,
Oft as the watchful bell-man march'd his round,
My lady with her tongue was still prepard,
"Hey! hoop! d'ye hear, my damn'd obstrep'rous spouse, What, can't you find one bed about the house?
Will that perpetual clack lie never still?
Long this uncomfortable life they led,
A wondrous spring within my garden flows,
A water-bottle's brought for her relief;
The bonny knight reels home exceeding clear,
Then clasping her about— Why, let me die !
Nay, kiss me, Molly,-for I'm much inclin'd :'
For many days these fond endearments past,
• Why, niece,' says he,' I pry'thee apprehend,
St. James's Coffee-house, April 13. LETTERS from Venice say, the disappointment of their expectation to see his Danish majesty has very much disquieted the court of Rome. Our last advices from Germany inform us, that the minister of Hanover has urged the council at Ratisbonne to exert themselves in behalf of the common cause, and taken the liberty to say, that the dignity, the virtue, the prudence of his electoral highness, his master, were called to the head of their affairs in vain, if they thought fit to leave him naked of the proper means to make those excellencies useful for the honour and safety of the empire. They write from Berlin of the thirteenth, 0. S. that the true design of general