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• from the lower. A Youth happened by some Mischance, ' to tear the above-mentioned Curtain : The Severity of

the Master was too well known for the Criminal to ex• pect any Pardon for such a Fault; so that the Boy, who ' was of a meek Temper, was terrified to Death at the Thoughts of his Appearance, when his Friend, who fat ' next to him, bade him be of good Cheer, for that he • would take the Fault on himself. He kept his word

accordingly. As soon as they were grown up to be Men " the Civil War broke out, in which our two Friends ' took the opposite Sides, one of them followed the Park • liament, the other the Royal Party...

"AS their Tempers were different, the Youth who • had torn the. Curtain, endeavoured to raise himself on " the Civil Lift, and the other wko had born the blame • of it, on the Military: The first succeeded so well, that « he was in a short time made a judge under the Pro

tector. The other was engaged in the unhappy Enter« prize of Penruddock and Groves in the West I suppose, • Sir, I need not acquaint you with the Event of that “: Undertaking. Every one knows that the Royal Par• ty was routed, and all the Heads of them, among whom

was the Curtain Champion, imprisoned at Exeter. It • happened to be his Friend's Lot at that time to go the s. Western Circuit: TheTryal of the Rebels, as they were * then called, was very short, and nothing now remained • but to pass Sentence on them ; when the judge hearing • the Name of his old Friend, and observing his Face • more attentively, which he had not seen for many Years, rasked him, if he was not formerly a Westminster-Scha “lar ; by the Answer, he was soon convinced that it was « his former generous Friend ; and; without faying any = thing more at that Time, made the best of his Way to London, where employing all his Power and Interest 6 with the Protector, he saved his Friend from the. Fate

of his unhappy Associates.

"THE Gentleman, whose. Life was thus prefery'd by " the Gratitude of his School-Fellow, was afterwards the • Father of a Son, whom he lived to see promoted in the • Church, and who still deservedly fills one of the highest

Stations in it.


No 314. Friday, February 29.

Tandem de fine Matrem

Tempeftivă sequi viro. Hor, Od. i. 23. Mr. SPECTATOR,

Feb. 7.1711-12. • T Am a Young Man about eighteen Years of Age, and o have been in Love with a Young Woman of the

fame Age about this half Year. I go to see her fix • Days in the Week, but never could have the Happiness • of being with her alone. If any of her Friends are at • home se will fee me in their Company ; but if they be • not in the Way, she flies to her Chamber. I can dif• cover no Signs of her Averfion ; but either a Fear of • falling into the Toils of Matrimony, or a childish Ti. • midity, deprives us of an Interview apart, and drives • us upon the Difficulty of languishing out our Lives in • fruitless Expectation. Now, Mr. SPECTATOR, if you o think us ripe for Oeconomy, perswade the dear Crea. • ture, that to pine away into Barrenness and Deformity • under a Mother's Shade, is not so honourable, nor does • she appear so amiable, as she would in full Bloom, [There is a great deal left out before he concludes]

Your humble Servant,

Bob Harmless.

T F this Gentleman be really no more than Eighteen, I I must do him the Juftice to say he is the most knowing Infant I have yet met with. He does not, I fear, yet understand, that all he thinks of is another Woman; therefore, till he has given a further Account of himself, the young Lady is hereby directed to keep clofe to her Mother.

The SPECTATOR. I cannot comply with the Requeft in Mr. Trott's Letter; but let it go just as it came to my Hands for being fo fa


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miliar with the old Gentleman, as rough as he is to him. Since Mr. Trott has an Ambition to make him his Fatherin-Law, he ought to treat him with more Respect ; besides his Style to me might have been more diftant than he has thought fit to afford me: Moreover, his Mistress shall continue in her Confinement, till he has found out which Word in his Letter is not rightly spelt.

Mr. SPECTATOR, e Shall ever own my self your obliged humble Ser: 61 vant for the Advice you gave me concerning my • Dancing; which unluckily came too late : For, as I said, . I would not leave off Capering till I had your Opinion • of the Matter ; was at our famous Assembly the Day • before I received your Papers, and there was observed 6 by an old Gentleman, who was informed I had a Re« fpect for his Daughter ; told me I was an insignificant • little Fellow, and said that for the future he would take

care of his Child ; so that he did not doubt but tocrosse • my amorous Inclinations. The Lady is confined to her * Chamber, and for my Part, I am ready to hang my self ' with the Thoughts that I have danced any self out of • Favour with her father. I hope you will pardon the • Trouble I give ; but shall take it for a mighty FaIvour, if you will give me a little more of your Advice i to put me in a write Way to cheat the old Dragon and • obtain my Mistress. I am once more,

SIR, York, Feb. 23. Your obliged humble Servant, 1711-12.

John Trott.

· Let me defire you to make what Alterations you

please, and insert this as soon as possible. Pardon Miss o take by Hafte.

I Never do pardon Mistakes by Hafte.


Feb. 27, 1711-12. • DRA Y be so kind as to let me know what you ef•ľ teem to be the chief Qualification of a good Poet, ' especially of one who writes Plays; and you will very ! much oblige,

PS I R, Your very humble Servant, To be a very well-bred Man.


N. R.

Mr. SPECTATOR, a V OU are to know that I am naturally Brave, and 6. I love Fighting as well as any Man in England. « This galant Temper of mine makes me extremely de• lighted with Battles on the Stage. I give you this Trou« ble to complain to you, that Nicolini refused to gratify Ime in that part of the Opera for which I have most « Taite. I observe it's become a Custom, that whenever « any Gentlemen are particularly pleased with a Song, at • their crying out Encore or Altro Volto, the Performer is « so obliging as to sing it over again. I was at the Opera « the lait time Hydaspes was performed. At that part of

it where the Hero engages with the Lion, the graceful « Manner with which he put that terrible Monster to " Death gave me so great a Pleasure, and at the same time « fojusta Sense of that Gentleman's Intrepidity and Con. 6 duct, that I could not forbear desiring a Repetition of • it, by crying out Altro Volto in a very audible Voice ; • and my Friends flatter me, that I pronounced those Words o with a tolerable good Accent, considering that was but • the third Opera I had ever seen in my Life. Yet, not6 withstanding all this, there was so little Regard had to • me, that the Lion was carried off, and went to Bed, • without being killed any more that Night. Now, Sir, o pray consider that I did not understand a Word of whas

Mr. Nicolini said to this cruelCreature; besides, I have • no Ear for Muficks so that during the long Dispute be. •tween 'em, the whole Entertainment I had was from • my Eyes ; Why then have not-I-as muchRight to have a 4 gracefulAction repeated as another has a pleasing Sound, s fince he only hears as I only see, and we neither of us • know that there is any reasonable thing a doing ? Pray, • Sir, settle the Business of this Claim in the Audience, • and let us know when we may cry Altro Volto, Anglicès again, again, fòr the future. I am an Englishman, and • expect some Reason or other to be given me, and pers • haps an ordinary one may serve; but I expect your & Answer.


I am, S IR,
Your most humble Servant,

Toby Rentfree.


Nov. 29 « V OU must give me Leave, amongst the rest of your « 1 Female Correspondents, to address you about an • Affair which has already given you many a Speculation ; · and which, I know, I need not tell you have had a ve

ry happy Influence over the adult Part of our Sex: But « as many of us are either too old to learn, or too obstio nate in the Pursuit of the Vanities which have been < bred up with us from our Infancy, and all of us quitrting the Stage whilft you are prompting us to act our « Part well ; you ought, methinks, rather to turn your « Instructions for the Benefit of that Part of our Sex, who « are yet in their native Innocence, and Ignorant of the • Vices and that Variety of Unhappinesses that reign « amongst us.

• I muit tell you, Mr. SPECTATOR, that it is as much e a part of your Office to oversee the Education of the fea male Part of the Nation, as well as of the Male; and " to convince the World you are not partial, pray pro« ceed to detect the Male-Administration of Governesses • as successfully as you have exposed that of Pedagogues ; « and rescue our Sex from the Prejudice and Tyranny • of Education as well as that of your own, who without s your seasonable Interposition are like to improve upon ** the Vices that are now in vogue. :I who know the Dignity of your Poft, as Specta"Tor, and the Authority a skilful Eye ought to bear in « the Female World, could not forbear consulting you and 6 beg your Advice in so critical a Point, as is that of the Education of young Gentlewomen. Having already pro

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