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broke out, "What must we call him, who was taken in an intrigue with another man's wife?' Cæsar answered very gravely, “A careless fellow. This was at once a reprimand for speaking of a crime, which, in those days, had not the abhorrence attending it as it ought, as well as an intimation that all intemperate behaviour before superiors loses its aim, by accusing in a method unfit for the audience. A word to the wise. All I mean here to say to you, is, that the most free person of quality can go no further than being an unkind woman; and you should never say of a man of figure worse than that he knows the world.

“I am, SIR,
“ Your most humble servant,


" MR. SPECTATOR, “I am a woman of an unspotted reputation, and know nothing I have ever done which should encourage such insolence; but here was one the other day, and he was dressed like a gentleman too, who took liberty to name the words lusty fellow,' in my presence. I doubt not but you will resent it in behalf of

“ Your humble servant,


"MR. SPECTATOR, “ You lately put out a dreadful paper, wherein you promise a full account of the state of criminal love; and call all the fair, who have trangressed in that kind, by one very rude name, which I do not care to repeat; but I desire to know of you, whether I am

or I am not one of those? My case is as follows: I am kept by an old bachelor, who took me so young, that I knew not how he came by me. He is a bencher of one of the inns of court, a very gay healthy old man, which is a very lucky thing for him ; who has been, he tells me, a scowerer, a scamperer, a breaker of windows, and invader of constables, in the days of yore, when all dominion ended with the day, and males and females met helter-skelter, and the scowerers drove before them all who pretended to keep up order or rule to the interuption of love and honor. This is his way of talk, for he is very gay when he visits me; but as his former knowledge of the town has alarmed him into an invincible jealousy, he keeps me in a pair of slippers, neat bodice, warm petticoats, and my own hair woven in ringlets, after a manner, he says, he remembers. I am not mistress of one farthing of money, but have all necessaries provided for me, under the guard of one, who procured for him while he had any desires to gratify. I know nothing of a wench's life but the reputation of it: I have a natural voice, and a pretty untaught step in dancing. His manner is to bring an old fellow, who has been his servant from his youth, and is gray-headed. This man makes on the violin a certain jiggish noise to which I dance, and when that is over I sing to him some loose air that has more wantonness than music in it. You must have seen a strange windowed house near Hyde Park, which is so built that no one can look out of any of the apartments; my rooms are after that manner, and I never see man, woman, or child, but in company with the two persons abovementioned. He sends me in all the books, pamphlets plays, operas, and songs, that come out; and his utmost delight in me, as a woman is, to talk over all his old amours in my presence, to play with my neck,


215 speedily amend, and leave off following thine own imaginations, I will leave off thee.

“Thy friend, as hereafter thou dost demean thy



No. 277. THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 1711-12.

- Fast est et ab hoste doceri.

OVID. MET. iv. 428.

Receive instruction from an enemy.

I PRESUME I need not inform the polite part of my readers, that, before our correspondence with France was unhappily interrupted by the war, our ladies had all their fashions from thence; which the milliners took care to furnish them with, by means of a jointed baby; that came reguarly over once a month, habited after the manner of the most eminent toasts in Paris.

I am credibly informed, that, even in the hottest time of the war, the sex made several efforts, and raised large contributions, towards the importation of this wooden mademoiselle.

Whether the vessel they sent out was lost or taken, or whether its cargo was seized on by the officers of the custom-house, as a piece of contraband goods, I have not yet been able to learn ; it is however certain, that their first attemps were without success, to the no small disappointment of our whole female world; but as their constancy and application, in a matter of so great importance, can never be suf

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