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soon after all at a loss, until we rode up, and fond Trips and Slimber at a default in brun-11010* : but the day and the tone was recovered by Tom Bella frey and Kingwood, to the great joy of lin all, thouch they drowned every other voice ; for Bellirry carrics a note tour tulon,', three roads, and six paces, father than any other in England.

I tear the mention of this will be thought a di. grosion from my purpose about specch; but I anAwer, no, Since this is oned where precha rather should be employed, it may come into consideration in the same chapter : for, Mr. Bellfrey being at a vinil where I wils, viz, at his cousin's (Lady Dutyn) in Soho-square, was asked, what entertainments Try Ind in the country? Now, Belltrey in very ignorint, and much a clown ; but contident withal: in a word, he struck up a fox-chace; Lady Dainty's dog, Mr. Sippet, as whe calls him, strah, jumped out of his lady's lap, and tell a barking,

Bellirey went on, and called all the ncighbouring prisbie's into the square. Never was woman in such contusion as that delicate lady: but there was no stopping her kinsenan. A room-full of ladies tell into the mont violent laughter; my lady looked as if alie was shriching: Mr. Sippei, in the middle of the room, breaking loiss heart will barking, but all of us unheard. As soon as Bellrey became silent, up gets my lady, and takes him by the arm, to lead him ofl': Bellfrey was in his boots. As she was hurrying him away, his spurs take hold of her petticoat ; his whip throws down a cabinet of china : he crisa, " What are your crocks routen? are your policons ranged? A man cannot walk in your

trincums," Every county of Great Britain has one hundred or more of this sort of fellows, who roar instead of speaking: therefore, if it be true, that we wouncu, are also given to a greater fluency of words than is necessary, sure, she that disturbs but a room or a family, is more to be tolerated, than one who draws together whole parishes and counties, and sometimes (with an estate that might make him the blessing and ornament of the world around him) has no other view and ambition, but to be an animal above dogs and horses, without the relish of any one enjoyment which is peculiar to the faculties of human nature. I know it will here be said, that, talking of mere country Squires at this rate, is, as it were, to write against Valentine and Orson. To prove any thing against the race of men, you must take them as they are adorned with education ; as they live in Courts, or have received instructions in Colleges.

But I am so full of my late entertainment by Mr. Bellfrey, that I must deter pursuing this subject to another day; and wave the proper observations upon the different offenders in this kind ; some by profound eloqnence on small occasions, others by degrading speech upon great circumstances. Expect, therefore, to hear of the whisperer without business, the laugher without wit, the complainer without receiving injuries, and a very large crowd, which I shall not forestal, who are common (thon,;h not commonly observed) impertinents, whose tongues are too voluble for their brains, and are the general despisers of us women, though we have their superior3, the men of sense, for our servants.

Will's Cof'ee-house, July 3. A very irgenious gentleman was complaining this evening, that the players are grown so severe crities, that they would not take in his play, though it has

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as many fine things in it as any play that hae been writ since the day not Dryden. Die bergan bia diya Courte about his plıy with a preface,

" There in," said he', “ somewhat (howo ver we palliate it) in the very frame and make of 14, that sulsjerts our minds to chagrin and irnesolution on any emergency of time or pl.ice,

The ditiruliy
grows on our sichence imagination, under all die
killing circumstances of danger and disappointment,
This wrace, not only in the men of rarement and
Tanay, but in the characters of the men of action:
with this only difference; the coward sce's the dan-
ger, and sichens under it; the hero, warmed by the
dit:culty, dilates, and rises in proportion to that,
and in some sort mal.cs 14e of bis very fears to dis-
arm it. A remarkable instance of this we have in
the great Cæsar, when he came to the Rubicon,
and was entering upon a part, perhapy, the most
hazardous bervei bore (certainly the most ingraic-
ful); a war with his countrymen. When his mind
broodheid oor personal attrones, perhaps his anger
bumri with a desire of rivenge: but when more
beron refl'ctiony laid before him the bazard of the
enterprise', with the dismal consequences which
were likely to attend it, aggravated by a special
circumstance, • What figure it would bear in the
worlil, or how be excused to posterity! What
shall be do?'-- I lis lionour, which was his religion,
bids him arım ; and be sounds the inclinations of
his party by this set speech :
CAESAR TO HIS PARTY AT THE RUBICON.

( 114.4 Prive' attend, and thou my nacise soil,
Safe in my truspoltflitted in my spoil;
Winess with what reluctance I opporo
My 19 tothine, secuic of other fie'.
Wha! passive breast can hear digrace like mine?
Traitor for this I conqucı'd on the Ruine,

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Endur'd their ten years drudgery in Gaul,
Adjourn’ul their fate, and sav'd the Capitol.
I grew by every guilty triumph less ;.
The crowd, when drunk with jov, their souls express,
Impatient of the war, yet fear success.
Brave actions dazzle with 100 bright a ray;
Lke birds obscene they chatter at the day :
Gildy with rule, and valiant in debate,
'Thiey throw the die of war, 'o save the State:
Aid, Gods ! 10 gild ingratitude with fame,
Assume the patriot's, we the rehel' name.
Farewell, my friends; your General, forlorn,
To your bare piry, and the public scorn,
Must lay that honour and his laurel down,
To serve the vain caprices of the gown;
Exposit to all invignities, the brave
Derve of those they glory'd but to save,
To rods and axes ! -No, the slaves can't dare
Play withi niy grief, and tempt my last desp ir.
This s.all t.e honours which it won maintain,
Or do nic justice, ere I hug my chain.

St. James's Coffee-house, July 4. There has arrived no mail since our last; so that we have no manner of foreign news, except we were to give you, for such, the many speculations which are on foot concerning what was imported by the last advices. There are, it seems, sixty battalions and seventeen squadrons appointed to serve in the siege of Tournay; the garrison of which place consists of but eleven battalions and four squadrons. Letters of the twenty-ninth of the last month, from Berlin, have brought advice, that the Kings of Denmark and Prussia, and his Majesty Augustus, were within few days to come to an interview at Potsdam. These letters mention, that two Polish Princes, of the family of Sapieha and Lubernirsky, lately arrived from Paris, confirm the reports of the misery in France for want or provisions, and give a particular instance of it; which is, that on the day Monsieur Rouille returned to Court, the common people gathered in crowds about the Dauphin's coach, crying, “ Peace and bread, bread and peace."

Mrs. Distaff has taken upon her, while she writes this paper, to turn her thoughts wholly to the service of her own sex, and to propose remedies against the greatest vexations attending female life. She has for this end written a small treatise concerning the Second Word, with an appendix on the use of a Reply, very proper for all such as are married to persons either ill-bred or ill-natured. There is in this tract a digression for the use of virgins, concerning the words, I will.

A gentlewoman who has a very delicate ear, wants a maid who can whisper, and help her in the government of her family. If the said servant can clear-starch, lisp, and tread softly, she shall have suitable encouragement in her wages.

END OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

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