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ad if it were not irritated from time to time by these tongue-
arriors. I have endeavoured, for the same reason, to gain
ir female adversaries, and by that means to disarm the
rty of its principal strength. Let them give us up their
omen, and we know by experience how inconsiderable a
sistance we are to expect from their men.
This sharp political humour has but lately prevailed in so
eat a measure as it now does among the beautiful part of
ir species. They used to employ themselves wholly in the
enes of a domestic life, and provided a woman could keep
r house in order, she never troubled herself about regulat-
g the commonwealth. The eye of the mistress was wont
make ber pewter shine, and to inspect every part of her
usehold furniture as much as her looking-glass. But at
esent our discontented matrons are so conversant in mat-
rs of state, that they wholly neglect their private affairs;
r we may always observe that a gossip in politics is a slat-
rn in her family.
It is indeed a melancholy thing to see the disorders of a
usehold that is under the conduct of an angry states-
man, who lays out all her thoughts upon the public, and
only attentive to find out miscarriages in the ministry.
veral women of this turn are so earnest in contending for
reditary right, that they wholly neglect the education of
zir sons and heirs ; and are so taken up with their zeal for

church, that they cannot find time to teach their chil-
en their catechism. A lady who thus intrudes into the
ovince of the men, was so astonishing a character among
e old Romans, that when Amæsial presented herself to
eak before the senate, they looked upon it as a prodigy,
d sent messengers to inquire of the oracle, what it might
rtend to the commonwealth ?
It would be manifestly to the disadvantage of the British
use, should our pretty loyalists profess an indifference in
ste affairs, while their disaffected sisters are thus indus-

us to the prejudice of their country; and accordingly we ve the satisfaction to find our she-associates are not idle Amæsia.] The story is told in Plutarch, (Numa, p. 77, ed. Par. 4,) with this difference, that no name is mentioned, and that the pleadwas in the forum, and not before the senate. Dacier, indeed, in his notes on this place, mentions an Amasia Sentia, > pleaded before the prætor in a capital cause, but refers to no authorand says nothing of consulting the oracle. abled these two stories together, and to have put Amesia for Amasia.

cutions to w their behavi where they & principles to their forehea suits. They every time to

from the army fellows that w in the country they might sho if they behaved the heart of eve out of the fashic

The above-me! the gay part of t more sublime ar that they cannot out breaking the virtues, which

Mr. A. seems to have

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upon this occasion. It is owing to the good principles of these his Majesty's fair and faithful subjects, that our country-women appear no less amiable in the eyes of the male world, than they have done in former ages. For where a great number of flowers grow, the ground at a distance seems entirely covered with them, and we must walk into it, before we can distinguish the several weeds that spring up in such a beautiful mass of colours. Our great concern is, to find deformity can arise among so many charms, and that the most lovely parts of the creation can make themselves the most disagreeable. But it is an observation of the philosophers, that the best things may be corrupted into the worst; and the ancients did not scruple to affirm, that the Furies and the Graces were of the same sex.

As I should do the nation and themselves good service, if I could draw the ladies, who still hold out against his Majesty, into the interest of our present establishment, I shall propose to their serious consideration, the several inconveniencies which those among them undergo, who have not yet surrendered to the government.

They should first reflect on the great sufferings and persecutions to which they expose themselves by the obstinacy of their behaviour. They lose their elections in every club where they are set up for toasts. They are obliged by their principles to stick a patch on the most unbecoming side of their foreheads. They forego the advantage of birth-day suits. They are insulted by the loyalty of claps and hisses every time they appear at å play. They receive no benefit from the army, and are never the better for all the young fellows that wear hats and feathers. They are forced to live in the country and feed their chickens; at the same time that they might show themselves at court, and appear in brocade, if they behaved themselves well. In short, what must go to the heart of every fine woman, they throw themselves quite out of the fashion.

The above-mentioned motive must have an influence upon the gay part of the sex; and as for those who are acted by more sublime and moral principles, they should consider, that they cannot signalize themselves as malecontents, without breaking through all the amiable instincts and softer virtues, which are peculiarly ornamental to womankind. Their timorous, gentle, modest behaviour; their affability, meekness, good-breeding, and many other beautiful disposi

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ons of mird, must be sacrificed to a blind and furious zeal or they do not know what. A man is startled when he ees a pretty bosom heaving with such party-rage, as is disgreeable even in that sex, which is of a more coarse and rug. ed make. And yet such is our misfortune, that we some mes see a pair of stays ready to burst with sedition; and zar the most masculine passions exprest in the sweetest Dices. I have lately been told of a country-gentlewoman, retty much famed for this virility of behaviour in party-disutes, who, upon venting her notions very freely in a strange lace, was carried before an honest justice of the peace. his prudent magistrate observing her to be a large black oman, and finding by her discourse that she was no better an a rebel in a riding-hood, began to suspect her for my ord Nithisdale ; till a stranger came to her rescue, who asred him, with tears in his eyes, that he was her husband.

In the next place, our British ladies may consider, that interesting themselves so zealously in the affairs of the ablic, they are engaged, without any necessity, in the imes which are often committed even by the best of parties,

d which they are naturally exempted from by the privilege their sex.

The worst character a female could formerly rive at, was of being an ill woman ; but by their present nduct, she may likewise deserve the character of an ill bject. They come in for their share of political guilt, and ave found a way to make themselves much greater criminals an their mothers before them.

I have great hopes that these motives, when they are assted by their own reflections, will incline the fair ones of e adverse party to come over to the national interest, in hich their own is so highly concerned, especially if they nsider, that by these superfluous employments which they ke upon them as partisans, they do not only dip themlyes in an unnecessary guilt, but are obnoxious to a grief ad anguish of mind, which doth not properly fall within eir lot. And here I would advise every one of these experated ladies, who indulge that opprobrious eloquence hich is so much in fashion, to reflect on Asop's fable of e viper. “This little animal, (says the old moralist) ancing to meet with a file, began to lick it with her tongue 1 the blood came; which gave her a very silly satisfaction,

imagining the blood came from the file, notwithstanding I the smart was in her own tongue.”

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No. 27. FRIDAY, MARCH 23.

-dii visa secundant. LUCR.

It is an old observation, that a time of peace is always a time of prodigies; for as our news-writers must adorn their papers with that which the critics call “ The Marvellous,' they are forced in a dead calm of affairs, to ransack every element for proper amusements, and either to astonish their readers from time to time with a strange

and wonderful sight, or be content to lose their custom. The sea is generally filled with monsters when there are no fleets upon it. Mount Ætna immediately began to rage upon the extinction of the rebellion: and woe to the people of Catanea, if the peace continues; for they are sure to be shaken

every

week with earthquakes, till they are relieved by the siege of some other great town in Europe. The air has likewise contributed its quota of prodigies. We had a blazing star by the last mail from Genoa ; and in the present dearth of battles, have been very opportunely entertained, by persons of undoubted credit, with a civil war in the clouds, where our sharpsighted malecontents discovered many objects invisible to an eye that is dimmed by Whig principles.

I question not but this paper will fall in with the present humour, since it contains a very remarkable vision of a Highland seer, who is famous among the mountains, and known by the name of Second-sighted Sawney. Had he been able to write, we might probably have seen this vision sooner in print; for it happened to him early in the late hard winter; and is transmitted to me by a student at Glasgow, who took the whole relation from him, and stuck close to the facts, though he has delivered them in his own style.

SAWNEY was descended of an ancient family, very much renowned for their skill in prognostics. Most of his ancestors were second-sighted, and his mother but narrowly escaped being burnt for a witch. As he was going out one morning very early to steal a sheep, he was seized on the sudden with a fit of second-sight. The face of the whole country about him was changed in the twinkling of an eye, and presented him with a wide prospect of new scenes and objects, which he had never seen till that day.

1 Mr. A. is much too complaisant to his Highland seer, in giving him the honour of so fine a vision as the following. He might have introduced it as a dream of his own with more propriety.

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He discovered at a great distance from him a large fabric, ch cast such a glistering light about it, that it looked e a huge rock of diamond. Upon the top of it was planted andard, streaming in a strong northern wind, and emidered with a mixture of thistles and flower-de-luces. As was amusing himself with this strange sight, he heard a pipe at some distance behind him, and, turning about, à general, who seemed very much animated with the nd of it, marching towards him at the head of a numerous y. He learnt, upon inquiry, that they were making a cession to the structure which stood before him, and ch he found was the Temple of Rebellion. He immediy struck in with them; but described this march to the ple with so much borror, that he shivered every joint all while he spoke of it. They were forced to clamber over so y rocks, and to tread upon the brink of so many precipices, they were very often in danger of their lives. Sawney ared, that, for his own part, he walked in fear of his neck y step he took. Upon their coming within a few furs of the temple, they passed through a very thick grove, secrated to a deity who was known by the name of Trea

They here dispersed themselves into abundance of laby. hs and covered walks which led to the temple. The path so very slippery, the shade so exceeding gloomy, and the le wood so full of echoes, that they were forced to march a the greatest wariness, circumspection, and silence. They

ngth arrived at a great gate, which was the principal nue to that magnificent fabric. Sawney stood some time ne entrance to observe the splendour of the building, and

not a little entertained with a prodigious number of ues, which were planted up and down in a spacious court

lay before it; but, upon examining it more nicely, he d the whole fabric, which made such a glittering appear, and seemed impregnable, was composed of ice, and the several statues, which seemed at a distance to be e of the whitest marble, were nothing else but so many -es in snow. The front of the temple was very

curiously ned with stars and garters, ducal coronets, generals

' s, and many other emblems of honour wrought in the - beautiful frost-work. After having stood at gaze some before this great gate, he discovered on it an inscrip

signifying it to be the Gate of Perjury. There was ced near it a great Colossus in snow that had two faces,

nal region in clusters themselves Temple of

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length the rushed into sword in the fore-part of umph, while

filled with git ped, like sever ries were cons with hecatom! with the alarm part of the hea them. This light glory, like that figures in them

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last had a grace

upon its breast peculiar lustre

the place, and

VOL. IV.

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