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friendships at school, as are a service to us all the following parts of our lives. “I shall give you, under this head, a story very well known to several persons, and which you may depend upon as a real truth. * Every one, who is acquainted with Westminster-school, knows that there is a curtain which used to be drawn across the room to separate the upper school from the lower. A youth o by some mischance, to tear the above-mentioned curtain. . The severity of the master* was too well known for the criminal to expect 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 sat 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 opposite sides; one of them followed the parliament, the other the royal party. “As their tempers were different, the youth who had torn the curtain endeavoured to raise himself on the civil list, and the other who had borne the blame of it, on the military. The first succeeded so well that he was in a short time made a judge under the protector. The other was engaged in the unhappy enterprise of Penruddockf 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 party 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 to the western circuit. The trial 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, asked him, if he was not formerly a Westminster scholar? By the answer, he was soon convinced that it was his former generous friend; and without saying anything more at that time, made the best of his way to London, where, employing all his power and interest with the Protector, he saved his friend from the fate of his unhappy associates. “The gentleman whose life was thus preserved 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.’t X.
t John Penruddock, the son of a gentleman of the same name in Wiltshire; his party was defeated by colonel Coke, who, notwithstanding his having promised quarter, ordered Penruddock to be beheaded in 1665.
| The gentleman alluded to was colonel Wake, father to Dr. Wake, archbishop of Canterbury.
No. 314.] Friday, February 29, 1711-12.
Tandern desine matrem
Tempestiva sequiviro. Hor. Od. xxiii. Lib. 1. 11.
Attend thy mother's heels no more,
“Feb. 7, 1711-12. “MR. SPEct AtoR,—I am a young man about eighteen years of age, and have been in love with a young woman of the same age about this }. year. I go to see her six days in the week, but never could have the happiness of being with her alone. If any of her friends are at home, she will see mé in their company; but if they be not in the way, she flies to her chamber. I can discover no signs of her aversion; but either a fear of falling into the toils of matrimony, or a childish timidity, 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 think us ripe for economy, persuade the dear creature, 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.] “Mr. Spectator, your humble servant, • BOB HARMLESS.”
If this gentleman be really no more than eighteen, I must do him the justice 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, until he has given a farther account of himself, the young lady is hereby directed to keep close to her mother. #HE SPECTATOR.
I cannot comply with the request in Mr. Trot’s letter; but let it go just as it came to my hands, for being so familiar with the old gentleman, as rough as he is to him. Since Mr. Trot has an ambition to make him his father-in-law, he ought to treat him with more respect; besides, his style to me might have been more distant than he has thought fit to afford me: moreover, his mistress shall continue in her confinement, until he has found out which word in his letter is not rightly spelt.
‘MR. SPECTATor, I shall ever own myself, your obliged humble servant, for the advice you gave me concerning my dancing; which, unluckily, came too late: for, as I said, I would not leave off capering until I had your opinion of the matter. I was at our famous assembly the day before I received your papers, and there was chserved by an old gentleman, who was informed I had a respect for his daughter. He 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 to
gross my amorous inclinations. The lady is confined to her chamber, and, for my part, I am ready to hang myself with the thoughts that I have danced myself out of favour with the father. I hope you will pardon the Touble I give; but shall take it for a mighty favour, if you will give me a little more of your advice to put me in a right way to cheat the old dragon, and obtain my mistress. I am once more, sir, your oliged humble servant, JOHN TROT. “York, Feb. 23, 1711-12.
. ‘Let me desire you to make what alterations you please, and insert this as soon as possible. Pardon mistakes by haste.”
I never do pardon mistakes by haste.
“Feb. 27, 1711-12. “SIR,-Pray be so kind as to let me know what you esteem to be the chief qualification of a good poet, especially one who writes plays; and you will very much oblige, sir,
your very humble servant, . B.”
To be a very well-bred man.
‘MR. SPECTAtoR,-You are to know that I am naturally brave, and love fighting as well as any man in England. This allant temper omine makes me extremey delighted with battles on the stage. I give §. this trouble to complain to you, that Nicolini refused to gratify me in that part of the opera for which I have most taste. I observe it is become a custom, that whenever any gentlemen are particularly pleased with a song, at their crying out “Encore,” or “..Astro Volto,” the performer is so obliging as to sing it over again. I was at the opera the last 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 so just a sense of that gentleman's intrepidity and conduct, 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 these words with a tolerable good accent, considering that was but the third opera I had ever seen in my life. Yet, notwithstanding 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, pray consider that I did not understand a word of what Mr. Nicolini said to this cruel creature; besides, I have no ear for music; so that, during the long dispute between them, the whole entertainment I had was from my eyes. Why then have not I as much right to have a graceful action repeated as another has a pleasing sound, since 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
* Nov. 29.
“Mr. SPECTAtoR,-You must give me leave, amongst the rest of your 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 has had a very happy influence over the adult part of our sex; but as many of us are either too old to learn, or too obstinate in the pursuit of the vanities which have been bred up with us from our infancy, and all of us quitting the stage whilst 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 unhappiness that reign amongst us.
I must tell you, Mr. Spectator, that it is as much a part of your office to oversee the education of the female part of the nation, as well as the male; and to convince the world you are not partial, pray proceed to detect the mal-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 your seasonable interposition, are like to improve upon the vices that are now in vogue.
“I who know the dignity of your post as Spectator, and the authority a skilful eye ought to bear in the female world, could not forbear consulting you, and beg your advice in so critical a point, as is that of the education of young gentlewomen. Having already provided myself with a very convenient house in a good air, I am not without hope but that you will promote this generous design. I must further tell you, sir, that all who shall be committed to my conduct, besides the usual accomplishments of the needle, dancing, and the French tongue, shall not fail to be your constant readers. It is therefore my humble petition, that you will entertain the town on this important subject, and so far oblige a stranger as to raise a curiosity and inquiry in my behalf, by publishing the following advertisement. I am, sir, your constant admirer, M. >
The Boarding School for young Gentlewomen, which was formerly kept on MileEnd-Green, being laid down, there is now one set up almost opposite to it, at the Two Golden Balls, and much more convenient in every respect; where, besides the common instructions given to young gentle
women, they will be taught the whole art of pastry and preserving, with whatever may render them accomplished. Those who please to make trial of the vigilance and ability of the persons concerned, may inuire at the Two Golden Balls on MileEnd-Green, near Stepney, where they will receive further satisfaction.
This is to give notice, that the Spectator has taken upon him to be visitant of all boarding-schools where young women are
educated; and designs to proceed in the said office after the same manner that visitants of colleges do in the two famous universities of this land.
All lovers who write to the Spectator, are desired to forbear one expression, which is in most of the letters to him, either out of laziness or want of invention, and is true of not above two thousand women in the whole world: viz. “She has in her all that is valuable in woman.” T.
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