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mistaken by many of my readers. I did not in the morning. Dreamed that I punted* to design so much to expose vice as idleness, and Mr. Froth. aimed at those persons who passed away their From eight to ten. Chocolate. Read two time rather in trities and impertinence, than in acts in Aurengzebe a-bed. crimes and immoralities. Offences of this latter From ten to eleven. Tea-table. Sent to kind are not to be dallied with, or treated in so borrow lady Faddle's Cupid for Veny. Read ludicrous a manner. In short, my journal only the play.bills. Received a letter from Mr. bolds up folly to the light, and shows the dis. Froth. Mem. Locked it up in my strong agreeableness of such actions as are indifferent box. in themselves, and blameable only as they pro- Rest of the morning. Fontange, the tireceed from creatures endowed with reason. woman, her account of my lady Blithe's
My following correspondent, who calls her wash. Broke a tooth in my little tortoise-shell self Clarinda, is such a journalist as I require.
e. comb. She seems by her letter to be placed in a modish Sent Frank to know how my lady Hectic reststate of indifference between vice and virtue, ed after her monkey's leaping out at window. and to be susceptible of either, were there Looked pale. Fontange tells me my glass is proper pains taken with her. Had her journal not true. Dressed by three. been filled with gallantries, or such occurrent from three to four. Dinper cold before I ces as had shown her wholly divested of her sat down. natural innocence, notwithstanding it might From four to eleven. Saw company. Mr. have been more pleasing to the generality of Froth's opinion of Milton His account of the readers, I should not have published it: Mohocks. His fancy of a pin-cushion. Picbut as it is only the picture of a life filled ture in the lid of his snuff-box. Old lady Fad. with a fashionable kind of gaiety and lazi- die promises me her woman to cut my bair. Dess, I shall set down five days of it, as I Lost five guineas at crimp. have received it from the hand of my fair cord! Twelve o'clock at night. Went to bed. respondent.
FRIDAY. Eight in the morning. A-bed. DEAR MR. SPECTATOR,
Read over all Mr. Froth's letters. Cupid and • You having set your readers an exercise
cisel Ten o'clock. Stayed within all day, not at in one of your last week's papers, I have performed mine according to your orders, and
home. herewith send it you enclosed. You must
From ten to twelve. In conference with know, Mr. Spectator, that I am a maiden lady
my mantua-maker. Sorted a suit of ribands.
lany Broke my blue china cup.. of a good fortune, who have had several matches offered me for these ten years last
From twelve to one. Shut myself up in my past, and have at present warm applications
chamber, practised lady Betty Modely's skutmade to me by 'A very pretty fellow.' As 1
tiet am at my own disposal, I come up to town
One in the afternoon. Called for my flowevery winter, and pass my time in it after the
ered handkerchief. Worked half a violet leaf manner you will find in the following journal,
in it. Eyes ached and head out of order. which I began to write the very day after your
| Threw by my work, and read over the remain
ing part of Aurengzebe. Spectator upon that subject.'
From three to four. Dined. TUESDAY night. Could not go to sleep
From four to twelve. Changed my mind, till one in the morning for thinking of my
dressed, went abroad, and played at crimp till joumal.
midnight. Found Mrs. Spitely at home. Con
versation : Mrs. Brilliant's necklace false WEDNESDAY. From eight till teu. Drank stones. Old lady Love-day going to be martwo dishes of chocolate in bed, and fell asleep ried to a young fellow that is not worth a after them.
groat. Miss Prue gone into the country. Tom From ten to eleven. Eat a slice of bread Townley has red hair. Mein. Mrs. Spitely and butter, drank a dish of bohea, and read the whispered in my ear, that she had something Spectator.
to tell me about Mr. Froth; I am sure it is From eleven to one. At my toilette ; tri- pot true. ed a new hood. Gave orders for Veny to Between twelve and one, Dreamed that be combed and washed. Mem. I look best Mr. Froth lay at my feet, and called meloin blue.
damora. From one till half an hour after two. Drovel to the 'Change. Cheapened a couple of fans.
| SATURDAY. Rose at eight o'clock in the Till four. At dinner. Mem. Mr. Froth morning. Sat down to my toilette. passed by in his new liveries.
From eigbt to nine. Shifted a patch for From four to six. Dressed: paid a visit half an hour before I could determine it. Fixto old lady Blithe and her sister, having be- ed
ed it above my left eye brow. fore heard they were gone out of town that,
w From nine to twelve. Drank my tea, and day.
I dressed. From six to eleven. At basset. Mem! From twelve to two. At chapel. A great Never set again upon the ace of diamonds
*A terın in the game of basset. Thursday. From eleven at night to eight
† A pace of affected precipitation.
deal of good company. Mem. The third air
Sidney's sister, Pembroke's mother: in the new opera. Lady Blithe dressed
Death, ere thou hast kill'd another,
Fair and learu'd, and good as she, frightfully.
Time shall throw a dart at thee. From three to four. Dined. Miss Kitty called upon me to go to the opera before I No. 324. i
peiore No. 324.] Wednesday, March 12, 1711-12. was risen from table.
From dinner to six. Drank tea. Turned off O curvæ in terris anime, et coelestium inapés! a footman for being rude to Veny.
Pers. Sat. v. 61. Six o'clock. Went to the opera. I did not O souls, in whom no heavenly fire is found, see Mr. Froth till the beginning of the second
Flat minds, and ever grovelling on the ground !* act. Mr. Froth talked to a gentleman in a
Dryden. black wig; bowed to a lady in the front box.
'MR. SPECTATOR, Mr. Froth and his friend clapped Nicolini in 'The materials you have collected together the third act. Mr. Froth cried out · Ancora.' towards a general history of clubs, make so Mr. Froth led me to my chair. I think he bright a part of your Speculations, that I squeezed my hand.
think it is but justice we all owe the learned Eleven at night. Went to bed. Melancholy world, to furnish you with such assistance as dreams. Methought Nicolini said he was Mr. may promote that useful work. For this reaFroth.
son I could not forbear communicating to you
some imperfect informations of a set of men Sunday. Iodisposed.
(if you will allow them a place in that species
of being) who have lately erected themselves Monday. Eight o'clock. Waked by Miss into a nocturnal fraternity, under the title of Kitty. Aurengzebe lay upon the chair by me. the Mohock-club, a name borrowed it seems Kitty repeated without book the eight best from a sort of capibals in India. who subsist Kitty repeated without book the eiga Jines in the play. Went in our mobs* to the by plundering and devouring all the nations dumb man, according to appointment. Told about them. The president is styled “Emme that my lover's name began with a G. peror of the Mohocks;' and his arms are a Mem. The conjurort was within a letter of Turkish crescent, which his impartial majesty Mr. Froth's name, &c.
bears at present in a very extraordinary manUpon looking back into this my journal, ner engraven upon his forehead. Agreeable I find that I am at a loss to know whether I to their name, the avowed design of their inpass my time well or ill; and indeed never stitution is mischief; and upon this foundathought of considering how I did it before 1 tion all their rules and orders are framed. An perused your Speculation upon that subject. I outrageous ambition of doing all possible hurt scarce find a single action in these five days to their fellow-creatures, is the great cement that I can thoroughly approve of, excepting of their assembly, and the only qualification the working upon the violet-leaf, which I am required in the members. In order to exert resolved to finish the first day I am at leisure. this principle in its full strength and perfecAs for Mr. Froth and Veny, I did not think tion, they take care to drink themselves to a they took up so much of my time and thoughts pitch, that is, beyond the possibility of atas I find they do upon my journal. The latter tending to any motions of reason or humaniof them I will turn off, if you insist upon it;/ty; then make a general sally, and attack all and if Mr. Froth does not bring matters to a that are so unfortunate as to walk the streots conclusion very suddenly, I will not let my life through which they patrole. Some are knockrun away in a dream.
ed down, others stabbed, others cut and car. Your bumble servant, bonadoed. To put the watch to a total rout, CLARINDA.' and mortify some of those inoffensive militia,
is reckoned a coup d'eclat. The particular To resume one of the morals of my first talents by which these misanthropes are dispaper, and to confirm Clarinda in her good tinguished from one another, consist in the vainclinations, I would have her consider what
What rious kinds of barbarities which they execute a pretty figure she would make among poste upon their prisoners. Some are celebrated for rity, where the history of her whole life pub a happy dexterity in tipping the lion upon lished like these five days of it. I shall con
them ; which is performed by squeezing the clude my paper with an epitaph written by an
nose flat to the face, and boring out the eyes uncertain author on Sir Philip Sidney's sister,
with their fingers. Others are called the danca lady, who seems to bave been of a temper ing-masters, and teach their scholars to cut very much different from that of Clarinda.
capers by running swords through their legs ; The last thought of it is so very noble. that I a new invention, whether originally French dare say my reader will pardon me the quota
I cannot tell. A third sort are the tumblers, tion.
whose office is to set women on their heads,
and commit certain indecencies, or rather barON THE COUNTESS DOWAGER OF PEMBROKE. barities, on the limbs which they expose. But
these I forbear to mention, because they canUnderneath this marble hearse Lies the subject of all verse,
pot but be very shocking to the reader as well
* A sort of dress so named. + Duncan Campbel,
* The motto prefixed to this paper in folio, is from Ju. venal:
Savis inter se convenit ursie.
as the Spectator. In this manner they carry I am the more bold now to write to your sweet on a war against mankind; and by the stand-self, because I am now my own man, and may ing maxims of their policy, are to enter into match where I please ; for my father is taken no alliances but one, and that is offensive and away, and now I am come to my living, which defensive with all bawdy-houses in general, is ten yard land, and a house ; and there is of which they have declared themselves pro- never a yard land in our field, but it is as tectors and guarantees.
well worth ten pounds a year as a thief is I must own, sir, these are only broken, in worth a halter, and all my brothers and sisters coherent memoirs of this wonderful society ; are provided for: besides, I have good housebut they are the best I have been yet able to hold stuff, though I say it, both brass and procure : for, being but of late established, pewter, linens and woollens; and though my it is not ripe for a just history; and, to be house be thatched, yet, if you and I match, serious, the chief design of this trouble is to it shall go hard but I will have one half of it hinder it from ever being so. You have been slated. If you think well of this motion, I will pleased, out of a concern for the good of your wait upon you as soon as my new clothes are country men, to act, under the character of made, and hay-harvest is in. I could, though Spectator, not only the part of a looker-on, I say it, have good The rest is torn off; but an overseer of their actions; and when- and posterity must be contented to know, that ever such enormities as this infest the town, Mrs. Margaret Clark was very pretty ; but aro we immediately fly to you for redress. I have left in the dark as to the name of her lover. reason to believe, that some thoughtless T. youngsters, out of a false notion of bravery, and an immoderate fondness, to be distinguished for fellows of fire, are insensibly No. 325.] Thursday, March 13, 1711-12. hurried into this senseless, scandalous project. - Quid frustra simulacra fugacia captas? Such will probably stand corrected by your Quod petis, est nusquam: quod amas avertere, perdes, reproofs, especially if you inform them, that Ista repercussip, quam cernis, imaginis umbra est, it is not courage for half a score fellows, mad
Nil habet ista sui: tecum venitque, manetque;
Tecum discedet; si tu discedere possis. with wine and lust, to set upon two or three
Ovid. Met. Lib. jii. 432. soberer than themselves; and that the manners of Indian savages are not becoming ac
(From the fable of Narcissus.)
What could, fond youth, this helpless passion move? complishments to an English fine gentleman.
What kindled in thee this unpitied love? Such of them as have been bullies and scow Thy own warm blush within the water glows; erers of a long standing, and are grown vete With thee the colouv'd shadow comes and goos; rans in this kind of service, are, I fear, too! Its empty being on thyself relies:
Step thou aside, and the frail charmer dies.-Addison. hardened to receive any impressions from your admonitions. But I beg you would re- WILL HONEYCOMB diverted us last night commend to their perusal your ninth Specula- with an accout of a young fellow's first distion. They may there be taught to take warn- covering his passion to his mistress. The ing from the club of duelists; and be put in young lady was one, it seems, who had long mind, that the common fate of those men of before conceived a favourable opinion of him. honour was, to be hanged.
and was still in hopes that he would some time •Iam, Sir,
or other make his advances. As he was one •Your most humble servant, day talking with her in company of her two March 10, 1711-12. PHILANTHROPOS. sisters, the conversation happening to turn upThe following letter is of a quite contrary
on love, each of the youg ladies was, by way of nature : but I add it here. that the reader may raillery, recommending a wife to him ; when. observe, at the same view. how amiable igno. to the no small surprise of her who languished rance may be, when it is shown in its simplici- for him in secret, he told them, with a more ties; and how detestable in barbarities. ' It is than ordinary seriousness, that his heart had written by an honest country man to his mis- / been long engaged to one whose name he tress. and came to the hands of a lady of good
thought himself obliged in honour to conceal; sense, wrapped about a thread-paper, who has
has but that he could shew her picture in the lid long kept it by her as an image of artless love.
of his snuff-box. The young lady, who found
| herself most sensibly touched by this confesTo her I very much respect, Mrs. Margaret sion, took the first opportunity that offered of Clark.
snatching his box out of his hand. He seem• Lovely, and oh that I conld write loving, Mrs. Margaret Clark, I pray you let affection ner here mentioned to a Mrs. Cole, of Northampton : tho excuse presumption. Having been so happy writer was a gentleman of the name of Bullock :-the as to enjoy the sight of your sweet counte-part torn off is given in the note alluded to as follows: nance and comely body, sometimes when I had
good matches amongst my neighbours. My mother,
peace be with her soul! the good old gentlewoman, has occas
left me good store of household linen of her own spinning, the apothecary's shop, I am so enamoured a chest full. If you and I lay our means together, it shall with you. that I can no more keep close my go hard but I will pave the way to do well. Your loving flaming desires to become your servant." And is dead. See No. 328.
servant till death, Mister Gabriel Bullock, now my father
Ayard land [rirgeta terra) in some counties, contains A note in Mr. Chalmers's edition of the Spectator in- 20 acres, in some 24, and in others 30 acres of land.--Les forms is, that this letter was really conveyed in the man- Termes de la Ley. Ed. 1667.
ed desirous of recovering it; but finding her! Under a shade of flow'rs, inuch wond'ring where
And what I was, whence hither brought, and how. resolved to look into the lid begged her, that,
Not distant far froin thence a murinurin, sound if she should bappen to know the person, she Of waters issu'd from a cave, and spread would not reveal her name. Upon carrying it into a liquid plein, and stood unmou'd to the window, she was very agreeably sur- Pure is th' expanse of heaven: I thither went
With unexperienc'd thought, and laid me down prised to find there was nothing within the lid
On the green bauk, to look ato the clear but a little looking glass ; on which, after she
Smooth lake, that to me seem'd another sky. had viewed her own face with more pleasurel As I bent down to look, just opposite than she had ever done before, she returned
A shape within the waters glam appear'd,
Bending to look on me; I started back, the box with a smile, telling him she could not
It started back; but pleas'd l oon return'd, but admire his choice.
Pleas'd it return'd as soon with answering looks Will, fancying that this story took, imme Of sympathy and love: there I had fix'd diately fell into a dissertation on the useful Mine eyes till now, and pind with vain desire,
Had not a voice thus warnd me: * What thou seest, Dess of looking-glasses ; and, applying himself
What there thou seest, fair creature, is thysell; to me, asked if there were any looking-glasses With thee it caune and goes: but follow me, in the times of the Greeks and Romans ; for And I will briug thee where no shadow stays that he had'often observed, in the translations
Thy corning and thy soft embracey; he
Whose image thout art, him thou shalt enjoy of poems out of those languages, that people
Inseparably thine; to hun shalt bear generally talked of seeing themselves in welis.
Multitudes like thyself, and thence be called fountains. lakes. and rivers. Nay, says he. Mother of human race." What could I do, I remember Mr. Dryden, in his Ovid, tells us
But follow straight, invisibly thus led!
Till I espy'd thee, fair indeed and tall, of a swinging fellow, called Polypheme, that
Under a plantain; yet, methought, less fair, made use of the sea for his looking.glass, and his looking.glass, and
Less winning softi
Less winning soft, less amiably mild, could never dress himself to advantage but in
Thun that sinooth watery image: buck Iturz'd;
Thou following cry'dst aloud, “Return, fair Eve! a calm.
Whom fly'st thou! Whom thou tly'st, of him thou art, My friend Will, to show us the whole com
His flesh, his bone; to give thee being, I leut pass of his learning upon this subject, further Out of iny side to thee, nearest my heart, informed us, that there were still several na
Substantial life, to have thee by my side.
Henceforth an individual solace Jear: tions in the world so very barbarous as not to
Part of my soul, I seek thee, and thee claira bave any looking-glasses among them ; and My other half!". With that thy gende hand that he had lately read a voyage to the Souhl Seiz'd mine; I yieldod, and from that time see Sea, in which it is said that the ladies of how beauty is excell'l by mally grace
And wisdom, which one is truly fair.' Chili always dressed their heads over a bason
So spake our general inotaer -
X of water.
I am the more particular in my acoonnt of Will's last night's lecture on these natural No. 326.1 Friday, March 14, 1711-12. mirrors, as it seems to bear some relation to the following letter, which I received the day
Inclusun Danaen turris shenea, before.
Robiterque fores, et vigilnm canum
Nocturnis ab adulteris:
Hor. Lib. iii. Od. xvi. I. I have read your last Saturday's observa
Of watchful dogs an odious ward tions on the fourth book of Milton with great Right well one hapless virgin guard, satisfaction, and am particularly pleased with Whou in a tower of brass immur'd, the hidden moral which you have taken notice
By mighty bars of steel securd,
Although by mortal rake.hella lewd of in several parts of the poem. The design
With all their raidnight arts purslied, of this letter is to desire your thoughts, whe Had not
Francis, vil. ii. p. 77. ther there may not also be some moral couched
ADAPTED. under that place in the same book, where the
Be to her faults a little blind, poet lets us know, that the first woman imine
Be to her viriuos very kind, diately after her creation ran to a looking And clap your padlock on her mind.Padlock. glass, and became so enamoured of her own
'MR. SPECTATOR, face, that she had never removed to view any of the other works of nature, had she not been
been “YOUR correspondent's letter relating to led off to a man? If you think fit to set down fortune-hunters, and your subsequent disthe whole passage from Milton. your readers course upon it, have given me encouragewill be able to judge for themselves, and the ment to send you a state of my case, by which quotation will not a little contribute to the fill- you will see, that the matter complained ing up of your paper.
of is a common grievance both to city and Your humble servant,
country. *R. T.'
"I am a country-gentleman of between five
and six thousand a year. It is my misfortune The last consideration urged by my querist to have a very fine park and an only daughter; is so strong, that I cannot forbear closing with upon which account I have been so plagued it. The passage he alludes to is part of Eve's with deer-stealers and fops, that for these four speech to Adam, and one of the most beautiful years past I have scarce enjoyed a moment's passages in the whole poem:
rest. I look upon myself to be in a state of
war; and am forced to keep as constant watch That day I oft remember, when from sleep
in my seat, as a governor would do that comI first awak'd, and found myself repos'd
manded a town on the frontier of an enemy's Vol. I
country. I have indeed pretty well secured defrayed the charges of the month, but of their my park, having for this purpose provided my education too; her fancy being so exorbitant seit of four keepers, who are left-handed, and for the first year or two, as pot to confine itself handle a quarter-staff beyond any other fel to the usual objects of eatables and drinkables. lows in the country. And for the guard of my but running out after equipages and furniture, house, besides a band of pensioner inatrons and the like extravagancies. To trouble you and an old maiden relation whom I keep op only with a few of them ; when she was with constant duty, I have blunderbusses always child of Tom, my eldest son, she came home charged, and fox-gins planted in private places one day just fainting, and told me she had been about my garden, of which I have given fre- visiting a relation, whose husband had made quent potice in the neighbourhood; yet so it her a present of a chariot and a stately pair is, that in spite of all my care, I shall every of horses ; and that she was positive she could now and then have a saucy rascal ride by, re- not breathe a week longer, unless she took connoitering (as I think you call it) under my the air in the fellow to it of her own within windows, as sprucely dressed as if he were go- that time. This, rather than lose an heir, I ing to a ball. I am aware of this way of at-readily complied with. Then the furniture of tacking a mistress on horseback, having heard her best room must be instantly changed, or that it is a common practice in Spain ; and she should mark the child with some of the bave therefore taken care to remove my daugh-frightful figures in the old-fashioned tapestry. ter from the road-side of the house, and to Well, the upholsterer was called, and her longlodge her next the garden. But to cut shorting saved that bout. When she went with my story : Wbat can a man do after all ? I Molly she bad fixed her mind upon a new set durst not stand for member of parliament last of plate, and as much china as would have fur. election, for fear of some ill consequences from nished an Indian shop: these also I cheerfully my being off my post. What I would there-granted, for fear of being father to an Indian fore desire of you is, to promote a project pagod. Hitherto I found her demands rose have set on foot, and upon which I have writ- upon every concession ; and had she gone on, ten to some of my friends : and that is, that I had been ruined: but by good fortune, with care may be taken to secure our daughters by her third, which was Peggy, the height of her law, as well as our deer; and that some hon- imagination came down to the corner of a veest gentleman, of a public spirit, would move nison pasty, and brought her once even upon for leave to bring in a bill for the better pre- her knees to gnaw off the ears of a pig from serving of the female game.
the spit. The gratifications of her palate were I am, Sir,
easily preferred to those of her vanity : and Your humble servant.' sometimes a patridge, or a quail, or a wheat
ear, or the pestle of a lark, were cheerfully Mile-End-Green,
purchased; nay, I could be contented though MR. SPECTATOR, March 6, 1711-12. li were to feed her with green peas in April, or . Here is a young man walks by our door cherries in May. But with the babe she now every day about the dusk of the evening. He goes, she is turned girl again, and fallen to looks up at my window, as if to see me ; and eating of chalk, pretending it will make the if I steal towards it to peep at him, he turns child's skin white; and nothing will serve her another way, and looks frightened at finding but I must bear her company, to prevent its what he was looking for. The air is very cold; having a shade of my brown. In this, howand pray let him know, that, if he knocks at ever, I have ventured to deny her. No longer the door he will be carried to the parlour fire, ago than yesterday, as we were coming to town, and I will come down soon after, and give him she saw a parcel of crows so heartily at breakan opportunity to break his mind.
fast upon a piece of horse-flesh, that she had I am, Sir,
an invincible desire to partake with them, and Your most humble servant, |(to iny iufioite surprise) begged the coachman MARY COMFIT.'
to cut her off a slice, as if it were for himself,
which the fellow did; and as soon as she came "If I observe he cannot speak, I'll give him
him home, she fell to it with such an appetite, that time to recover himself, and ask him how he she seemed rather to devour than eat it. What does.'
her next sally will be I cannot guess : but, in
the mean time, ing request to you is, that if *DEAR SIR,
there be any way to come at these wild unacI beg you to print this without delay, and countable rovings of imagination by reason and by the first opportunity give us the natural'argument, you would speedily afford us your causes of longing in women; or put me out assistance. This exceeds the grievance of pinof fear that my wife will one time or other be money; and I think in every settlement there delivered of something as monstrous as any ought to be a clause inserted, that the father thing that has yet appeared to the world; for should be answerable for the longings of his they say the child is to bear a resemblance of daughter But I shall impatiently expect your what was desired by the mother. I have been thoughts in this matter; and am, married upwards of six years, have had four
Sir, children, and my wife is now big with the fifth.
Your most obliged and The expenses she has put me to, in procuring what she has longed for during her pregnancy
most faithful humble servant, with them, would not only have handsomely!