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fine, ard 1!!! to in a laced coat, and is the admira• tive oi lumitrellis who are under age in town. Ever 'firre I have lad fome knou ledge of the matter, I have deburol my prentice from pen, ink and paper. But the other day le beli ohi fume cravats of me: I went out rif t!:e thos, and leti miftre's to plit them up into a

band-box in order to be fint to him when man called. "When I came iüto the fliop again, I took occalion to send away, and found in the bottom of the box written

theli words, llly wrivit 30:1 ruir a hörmless creature sticul lazi's ; 1. then in the lid, There is 2:0 resiliing, Strip7912: I a little tirtler, and found in the "riin of the box, de eldoen ocisce ai 113nt om in ant int:th it thund of cur ir. This was enough

to alcon inc: I find all the things, and 100!: iny mea. • Urus accord:11;3!y. An hour or tivo before the appointed time I esamined my young 1.:Jy, and found her trunk • stuffed with impertinent letters, and in old firoll of parch"ment in Lotii, wjich her lover hid fent her as a little'ment of fitiy pounds a year: among other things sthere was also the best lice i had in iriy shop to make hini

a present for cravats. I was very glad of this last cir. cumstance, because I cculd very conscientiouby fivear a: guinst himn that he had enticed my servant away, and

was her accomplice in robbing ine: I procured a war. · rant against him accordingly. Every thing was now pre

pored, and the tender hour of love approaching; I, who • lud acted for my fit in my youth the fame senfelcss part, • know how to manage accordingly; therefore, after have

ing locked up my inaid, and not being so much unlike her ' in height and shape, is in a huddled way not to pafs for

ler, I delivered the bundle designed to be carried off to " her lover's man, who came with the signal to reccive • them. Thus I followed after to the coach, where, when « I law liis maiter take them in, I cried out, Thieves ! " thieves ! and thic constable with his attendants seized my

expecting lover. I kept myself unobserved till I saw the

croud fufficiently increased, and then appcared to declare • the goods to be mine; and had the litisfaction to see

my man of mode put into the Round-écuji, with the stol

len wares by liim to be produced in evidence against him • the next inorning. This matter is notoriously known to


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« be fact ; and I have been contented to save my prentice, " and take a year's rent of this mortified lover, not to appear farther in the matter.

This was some penance; 6 but, Sir, is this enough for a villany of much more pernicious consequence than the trifles for which he was to " have been indisted? Should not you, and all men of

any parts or honour, put things upon so right a foot, as o that such a rascal should not laugh at the imputation of • what he was really guilty, and dread being accused of o that for which he was arrested ?

• In a word, Sir, it is in the power of you, and such as I hope you are, to make it as infamous to rob a poor I creature of her honour as her clothes. I leave this to

your conlideration, only take leave (which I cannot do I without sighing) to reinark to you, that if this had been • the sense of mankind thirty years ago, I should have 36 voided a life fpent in poverty and shane..

I am, SIR,
Your most humble servant,

Alice Threadneedle.


Kound-house, Sept. 9. AM a man of pleasure about town, but by the stu

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long, had

infolent constable, upon the oath of an old harridan, am

imprisoned here for theft, when I designed only fornica• tion. The midnight magistrate, as he conveyed me a

you in his mouth, and laid, this would inake a pure story for the SPECTATOR. I hope, Sir, you won't

pretend to wit, and take the part of dull rogues of busiI ness. The world is so altered of late years, that there

was not a man who would knock down a watchnian in my behalf, but I was carried off with as much triumph as if I had been a pick-pocket. At this rate, there is an o end of all the wit and humour in the world. The tiine

when all the honest whore-masters in the neighbour• bood would have rose against the cuckolds to my rescue.

If fornication is to be scandalous, half the fine things that • have been writ by most of the wits of the last age may • be burnt by the common haugman. Harkee, Mr Spec,



o do

'do vint lie queer; after having done some things pretty "Well, don't begin to write at that rate thit no gentle

man can read thec. Be true to love, and burn your • Soc.7. You do not e::pect me to write my name froin o licnce, but I 2013

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ABLES vitre che fort pieces ?.f it that made thrir

aplicarance in the world, and have been fill valued not only in time of the greatest fimplicity, but among the most lite ages of traukind. Jour's fable of thic trees is the oidist that is e tint, aral as beautiful as any. Hic bave bec: made fince that time. Muitini's fulle of: the poor man and his lamb, is iften ile more artient than. any that is estant, besides the above mentioned, had fo good an ert-ct, as to convey inftruétion to the ear of a king without ofinding it, and to bring the man after God's own heart to a right fende of his guilt and his duty. We find Ælop in the most diftant ages of Greece; and if we look into the very beginnings of the commonwealth of R012a, we see a mutiny among the common people appeased by a fable of the belly and the limbs, which was indeed very proper to gain the attention of an incensed rablle, at a timewhen, perhaps, they would have torn to pieces any man who had preached the same doctrine to them in an open and dire manner. As fables took their birth in the

very infancy of learning, they never flourishied more than when learning was at its greatest height. To justify this affer:

tion, I shall put my reader in mind of Fiorace, the greateft wit and, critic in the. Algul'an age ; and of Boilsais, the most correct poet among the moderns: not to mention La Fontaine, who, by way of writing, is come more into vogue than any other author of our tiines.


The fables I have here mentioned are raised altogether upon brutes and vegetables, with some of our own species inixt ainong them, when the moral hath fo required. But besides this kind of fable, there is another in which the actors are paflions, virtues, vices, and other imaginary per fons of the like nature. Some of the antient critics will have it, that the Iiiad and Odyssey of Homer are fables of this nature, and that the several nanies of the gods and heroes are nothing else but the affections of the mind in a visible shape and character. Thus they tell us, that Achil. lis, in the first-Iliad, represents anger, or the irafcible part of human nature; that upon drawing his sword against his fuperior in a full assembly, Pallas is only another name for reason, which checks and adviles him upon that occafion; and at her first appearance touches him upon the head, that part of the man being looked upon as the seat of reason. And thus of the rest of the poein. . As for the Odyffey, I think it is plain that Horace considered it as one of these allegorical fables, by the moral which he has given us of several parts of it. The greatest Italian wits have applied theinselves to the writing of this latter kind of fables; as Spencer's Fairy-Queen is one continued series of them, from the beginning to the end of that admirable work. If we look into the finest profe authors of antiquity, such as Cicero, Plato, Xenophon, and many others, we shall find that this was likeways their favourite kind of fable. I shall only farther observe upon it, that the first of this fort that made any considerable figure in the world, was that of Hercules meeting with Pleasure and Virtue; which was invented by Prodicus, who lived before Socrates, and in the first dawning of philosophy. He used to travel through Greece by virtue of this fable, wliich procured him a kind reception in all the market towns, where he never failed telling it as soon as he had githered an audience about hiin.

AFTER this short preface, which I have made up of such materials as my inenory docs at present luggest to me, before I prefent my reader with a fable of this kind, which I design as the entertaininent of the present paper, I must in a few words open the occasion of it. Is the account which Fiato gives us of the conversation


and beljour of Sirates the morning he was to dic, he till. the tillowing circumstance.

WiF* Sarun's lois fit:ers were knocked off (as was ufinal to licclure on the day that tlie condemned person "Veli in beccllitc!) in feated in the riidlt of his discigrics, alid lying one of lia la cover !l.: other, i:1 a very 1.00:in. Jo, le li çün in rub it where it had been

iled ly tin: 1:44:; alcu!. i vis to she'w the inditference is whic! he entertwine the thoughts of his appro.ching dutlı, or, after his ufual malıner, to take every occafion of plilofophizing upon fomne uliful fühject, he obferved t'ie pleilirz of th:t fensition which now arose in thoe

very parts of his leg, that just before had been fo mi:ch puined by thic fetter. Upon this he reflected on the nature of pleasure a... pain in general, and how constantJy they ficcicd 0.10 .nother. To this he added, that if a man of a groei genius tör a fablc iure to reprefent the nature of pleulire and pain in that way of writing, he would probably join them together after fich a manner, that it would be iinpollible for the one to come into any place without being followed by the other.

It is pollible, that it Pluto had thought it proper at suclı a time to deleribe Sacratès launching ont into a discourse which was not of a piece with the business of the day, he would have enlarged upon this hint, and have drawn it. out into some beautiful allegory or table. But since he has not done it, I Mall attempt to write ove myself in the fpirit of that divine author.

THERE were trio fami.ies which from the beginning, of the worlal, cuere as quiefite 10 euch üthir as light and darkness. The one of their lized in heaven, the other in bell. The younge ilefcendant of the fire fimily was Pleafire, who was the daughter of Luppinels, who was the child . l'irtue, aliú ruas the offiprivigs of the goals. These, as I saiid before, haul their habitation in hiacen. T he 30?!N9:of the opposit: funiy was I air, who wis the fir: of 'lilery, who was the chili (f !'?', who was the ct" Spring of the furies. The hubiistics of this race of beings was in beli.

THE muidel's 14101 of natı:re betteen these two appofite extremites was the earih, which w205 inhabited by crea


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