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THE

BRITISH ESSAYISTS.

FORTY VOLUMES.

VOL. VI.

THE

BRITISH ESSAYISTS.

WITH

PREFACES,

BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, AND CRITICAL.

BY

JAMES FERGUSON, ESQ.
AUTHOR OF THE “ NEW BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY."

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LONDON:
PRINTED FOR J. RICHARDSON AND CO.; G. OFFOR; T. TEGG;

W. SHARPE AND SON; ROBINSON AND CO.; G. WALKER;
J. EVANS AND SONS; R. DOBSON; J. JONES; AND J. JOHNSON:
ALSO, J. CARFRAE, AND J. SUTHERLAND, EDINBURGH ;

AND R. GRIFFIN AND CO. GLASGOW.

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N° 80. FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1711.

Cælum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.

Hor. 1 Ep. xi. 27.
Those that beyond-sea go, will sadly find,
They change their climate only, not their mind.

CREECH.

In the year 1688, and on the same day of that year, were born in Cheapside, London, two females of exquisite feature and shape; the one we shall call Brunetta, the other Phillis. A close intimacy between their parents made each of them the first acquaintance the other knew in the world. They played, dressed babies, acted visitings, learned to dance and make curtesies together. They were inseparable companions in all the little entertainments their tender years were capable of: which innocent happiness continued until the beginning of their fifteenth year, when it happened that Phillis had an head dress on, which became her so very well, that instead of being beheld any more with pleasure for their amity to each other, the eyes of the

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