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against the incursions of the enemy, and laying | a thousand that can dress genteelly at a misa bridge over the Rhine. Several vessels laden tress, where there is one that can gaze skilwith corn are daily passing before Frankfurt fully. This requires an exquisite judgment, for the Lower Rhine.

to take the language of her eyes to yours exLetters from Poland inform us, that a de-actly, and not let yours talk too fast for bers; tachment of Muscovite cavalry, under the com- as at a play between the acts, when beau Frisk mand of general Instand, had joined the con- stands upon a bench full in Lindarnira's face federate army; and the infantry, commanded and her dear eyes are searching round to avoid hoy general Goltz, was expected to come up that flaring open fool; she meets the watchful within few days. These succours will amount glance of her true lover, and sees his heart at. to twenty thousand men.

tentive on her charms, and waiting for a second Our last advices from the Hague, dated June twinkle of her eye for it's next motion.' Here the fourth, N. S. say, that they expected a the good company speered; but he goes on. 'Nor courier from the French court, with a ratifica is this attendance a slavery, when a mau meets tion of the preliminaries, that night or the day with encouragement, and her eye comes often following. His grace the duke of Marlborough in his way: for after an evening so spent, and will set out for Brussels on Wednesday or Thurs- the repetition of four or five significant looks day next, if the dispatches which are expected at him, the happy man goes bome to his lodgfrom Paris do not alter bis resolutions. Lettersing full of ten thousand pleasing images; his from Majorca confirm the honourable capitula-brain is dilated, and gives him all the ideas and tion of the castle of Alicant, and also the death prospects which it ever lets into its seat of pleaof the governor, major-general Richards, colonel sure. Thus a kind look from Lindamira revives. Sibourg, and major Vignolles, who were all in his imagination all the beauteous lawns, buried in the ruins of that place by the spring green fields, woods, forests, rivers, and soliing of the great mine, which did, it seems, tudes, which he had ever before seen in picture, more execution than was reported. Monsieur description, or real life : and all with this adTorey passed through Mons in bis return, and dition, that he now sees them with the eyes of had there a long conference with the elector of a happy lover, as before only with those of my Bavaria ; after which, the prince spoke publicly common man. You laugh, gentlemen, but of the treatment he had received from France, consider yourselves (you common people that with the utmost indignation.

were never in love) and compare yourselves in * Any person that shall come publicly abroad good humour with yourselves out of humour, in a fantastical habit, contrary to the present and ye will then acknowledge, that all external mode and fashion, except Dun Diego Dismallo, ohjects affect you according to the dispositions or any other out of poverty, shall have bis naine ye are in to receive their impressions, and not and dress inserted in our next.'

as those objects are in their own nature. How ‘N. B. Mr. How'd'yecall is desired to leave much more shall all that passes within his view off those buttons.'

and observation touch with delight a man who is prepossessed with successful love, which is

an assemblage of soft affection, gay desires, and No. 22.] Tuesday May 31,

1709

hopeful resolutions ?!

Poor Cynthio went on at this rate to the Quicquid agunt homines

crowd about him, without any purpose iu his nostri est farrage libelli. Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86. Whate'er men do, or siy, or think, or drcam,

talk, but to vent a heart overflowing with sense Our motiey paper seizes for its theme.

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of success. I wondered what could exalt him

from the distress in which he had long appeared, White's Chocolate-house, May 28.

to so much alacrity: hut my familiar has given I CAME bither this evening to see fashious; me the state of his affairs. It seems, then, that and who should I first encounter but my old lately coming out of the play-house, his misfriend Cynthio (encompassed by a crowd of tress, who knows he is in her livery, as the young fellows) dictating ou the passion of love manner of insolent beauties is, is resolved to with the gayest air imaginable! 'Well,' says keep him still so, and gave him so much wages he, “as to what I know of the matter, there is as to complain to him of the crowd she was to nothing but ogling with skill carries a woman; pass through. He had his wits and resolution but indeed it is not every fool that is capable enough about him to take her haud, and say, he of this art; you will find twenty can speak | would attend her to the coach. All the way eloquently, fifty that can fight mawfully, and thither my good young inan stammered at

every word, and stumbled at every step. His * This is well known to have been a nick-name given, in mistress, wonderfully pleased with her triumphi, the rage of party, to a very respectable nobleman, the earl put to him a thousand questions, to make a of Nottingham, who is mentioned under that name in the

man of his natural wit speak with hesitation; History of John Boll,' in the · Examiner,' and in Swift's works, vol. xix. p. 168. and vol. xx. p. 22. an 1 · Examiner,' and let drop her fan, to see bin recover it Fol. iii. N, 44

aukwardly. This is the whole foundation of

man.

Cynthio's recovery to the sprightly air he ap- so many bars to my happiness with any other pears with at present.

However, since Frisk can wait, I shall I grew mighty curious to know something enjoy a summer or two longer, and remain a more of that lady's affairs, as being amazed single woman, in the sublime pleasure of being bow she could dally with an offer of one of followed and admired; which nothing can equal, his merit and fortune. I sent Pacolet to her except that of being beloved by you. I am, &c.' lodgings, who immediately brought me back the following letter to her friend and confidant,

Will's Coffee-house, May 30. Amanda, in the country, wherein she has My chief business here this evening was to opened her heart and all its folds.

speak to my friends in behalf of honest Cave

Underbill,* who has been a comic for three DEAR AMANDA,

generations: my father admired him extremely • The town grows so empty, that you must when he was a boy. There is certainly nature expect my letter so too, except you will al- excellently represented in his manner of action; low me to talk of myself instead of others : in which he ever avoided that general fault in you cannot imagine what pain it is, after a players, of doing too much. It must be conwhole day spent in public, to want your com- fessed, he has not the merit of some ingenious pany, and the ease which friendship allows in persons now on the stage, of adding to his aubeing vaid to each other, and speaking all our thors; for the actors were so dull in the last minds. An account of the slaughter which age, that many of them have gone out of the these unhappy eyes have made withiri ten days world, without having ever spoke one word of last past, would make me appear too great as their own in the theatre. Poor Cave is so tyrant to be allowed in a christian country. mortified, that he quibbles and teils you, be I shall therefore confine myself to my principal pretends only to act a part fit for a man who conquests, which are the hearts of beau Frisk has one foot in the grave, viz, a grave-digger. and Jack Freeland, besides Cynthio, who you All admirers of true comedy, it is hoped, will know, wore my fetters before you went out of have the gratitude to be present on the last day town. Shall I tell you my weakness ? I begin of his acting, who, if he does not happen to to love Frisk : it is the best-humoured imperti- please them, will have it even then to say, that nent thing in the world : he is always too in it is his first offence. waiting, and will certainly carry me off one But there is a gentleman here, who says he time or other. Freeland's father and mine has it from good hands, that there is actually bave been upon treaty without consulting me; a subscription made by many persons of wit and Cynthio has been eternally watching my and quality for the encouragement of new eyes, without approaching me, my friends, my comedies. This design will very much contrimaid, or any one about me: he hopes to get bute to the improvement and diversion of the me, I believe, as they say the rattle-snake dues town: but as every man is most concerned for the squirrel, by staring at me until I drop into himself, I, who am of a saturnine and melanhis mouth. Freeland demands me for a join-choly complexion, cannot but murmur, that ture, which he thinks deserves me : Cynthio there is not an equal invitation to write trathinks nothing high enough to be my value : gedies ; having by me, in my book of common Freeland therefore will take it for no obligation places, enough to enable me to finish a very to have me ; and Cynthio's idea of me is what sad one by the fifth of the next month. I have will vanish by knowing me better. Familiarity the farewell of a general, with a truncheon in will equally turn the veneration of the one, his hand, dying for love, in six lines. I bave and the indifference of the other, into con- the principles of a politician (who does all the tempt. I will stick therefore to my old maxim, mischief in the play,) together with his decla. to have that sort of man, who can have no ration on the vanity of ambition in his last greater views than what are in my power to moments expressed in a page and a half. I have give bim possession of. The utmost of my all my oaths ready, and my similies want nodear Frisk's ambition is, to be thought a man thing but application. I will not pretend to of fashion; and therefore has been so much in mode, as to resolve upon me, because the

• Colley Cibber says, L'nderhill was a correct and nas whole town likes me. . Thus I choose rather atural comedian ; his particular excellence was in characters man who loves me because others do, than one that may be called still-life, I mean the stiff, the heavy, and who approves me on his own judgment. He colours, and in some of them looked as if it were not in the

the stupid ; to these he gave the exactest and most expressive that judges for himself in love will often change power of human passions to alter a feature of him. A coun. his opinion ; but be that follows the sense oftenance of wood could not be more fixed than his, when the others must be constant, as long as a woman

blockbead of a character required it: his face was full and

long; from his crown to the end of his nose, was the shorter can make advances. The visits I make, the half of it, so that the dispoportion of his lower features, entertainments I give, and the addresses I re- when soberly composed, ihrew him into the most lumpishi, ceive, will be all arguments for me with a man

moping mortal, that ever madde beholders merry! not but,

at other times, he could be awakened into spirit equally ni - f Frisk's second-hand genius; but would be I culous.'

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give you an account of the plot, it being the lings have most need of. I pretended, when I same design upon which all tragedies have been first set up, to astrology only; but, I am told, I writ for several years last past; and from the have deep skill also in medicine. I am applied to beginning of the first scene, the frequenters of now by a gentleman for my advice in behalf of the house may know as well as the author, his wife, who upon the least matrimonial diffiwben the battle is to be fought, the lady to culty, is excessively troubled with fits, and can yield, and the hero proceed to his wedding and bear nu manner of passion without falling into coronation. Besides these advantages which I immediate convulsions. I must confess it is a have in readiness, I have an eminent tragedian case I have known before, and remember the very much my friend, who shall come in and go party was recovered by certain words prothrough the whole five acts, without troubling nounced in the midst of the fit, by the learned me for one sentence, whether he is to kill or doctor who performed the cure. These ails have be killed, love or be loved, win battles or lose usually their beginning from the affections of the them, or whatever other tragical perforınance mind: therefore you must have patience to let I shall please to assign him.

me give you an instance, whereby you may

discern the cause of the distemper, and then From my own Apartment, May 30.

proceed in the cure as follows: I have this day received a letter, subscribed A fine town-lady was married to a gentleman Fidelia, that gives me an account of an en- of ancient descent in one of the counties of chantment under which a young lady suffers, Great-Britain, who had good-humour to a and desires my help to exorcise her from the weakness, and was that sort of person, of power of the sorcerer. Her lover is a rake of whom it is usually said, is no man's enemy but sixty; the lady a virtuous woman of twenty- his own : one who had too much tenderness of five : ber relations are to the last degree af- soul to have any authority with his wife ; and ficted and amazed at this irregular passion : she too little sense to give bim any authority, their sorrow I know not how to remove, but for that reason. His kind wife observed this can their astonishment; for there is no spirit temper in him, and made proper use of it. in woman balf so prevalent as that of contra-But, knowing it was below a gentlewoman to dietion, which is the sole cause of her perse-wrangle, she resolved upon an expedient to verance. Let the whole family go dressed in a save decorum, and wear her dear to her point body, and call the bride to-morrow morning to at the same time. She therefore took upon her puptials, and I will undertake the incon- her to govern him, by falling into fits whenstant will forget her lover in the midst of all ever she was repulsed in a request, or contrahis aches. But if this expedient does not suc- dicted in a discourse. It was a fish-day, when, ceed, I must be so just to the young lady's dis in the midst of her husband's good-humour at tinguishing sense, as to applaud her choice. A table, she bethought herself to try her project. fine young woman, at last, is but what is due She made signs that she had swallowed a bone. from fate to an honest fellow, who has suffered The man grew pale as ashes, and ran to her so unmercifully by the sex ; and I think we can- assistance, calling for drink. “No, my dear,' not enough celebrate ber beroic virtue, who (like said she, recovering, 'it is down; do not be the patriot that ended a pestilence by plunging frightened.' This accident betrayed his softhigiself into a gulph) gives herself gorge ness enough. The next day she complained, that dragon which has devoured so many vir- a lady's chariot, whose husband had not half gins before her.

bis estate, had a crane-neck, and hung with

He answered, A letter directed To Isaac Bickerstaff, twice the air that hers did. escaire, Astrologer and Physician in Ordinary I have lost two coach-borses this spring

Madam, you know my income; you know to her majesty's subjects of Great Britain, with

down she fell. - Hartshorn! Betty, Susan, respect,' is come to hand.

Alice, throw water in her face.' With much care aud pains, she was at last brought to

herself, and the vehicle in which she visited No. 23.) Thursday, June, 2, 1709.

was amended in the nicest manner, to prevent Quieqnil agunt homines

relapses; but they frequently happened during - nostri est farrago libelli. Juv. Sat. i. 85, 86. that husband's whole life, which he had the Whate'er men do, or say, or think, or dream,

good fortune to end in few years after. The Oor motley paper seizes for its theme.

disconsolate soon pitched upon a very agreeable

successor, whom she very prudently designed White's Chocolate-house, May 31.

to govern by the same method. This man The generality of mankind are so very fond knew her little arts, and resolved to break of this world, and of staying in it, that a mantbrvugh all tenderness, and be absolute master cannot have eminent skill in any one art, but as soon as occasion offered. One day it hapthey will, in spite of his teeth, make him a pened, tbat a discourse arose about furniture: physician also, that being the science the world. I be was very glad of the occasion, and feil into

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came

an invective against china, protesting, he would | turn the fate of the war to the advautage of never let five pounds more of his money be laid his master. out that way as long as he breathed." She im- They write from the Hague of the seventlı, mediately fainted. He starts up as amazed, that monsieur Rouille had received orders from and calls for help.-—The maids run to the the court of France, to signify to the states. closet.—He chafes her face, hends her forward, general, and the ministers of the bigh allies, and beats the palms of her hands : her convul- that the king could not consent to the prelisions increase, and down she tumbles on the minaries of a treaty of peace, as it was offered floor, where she lies quite dead, in spite of to hina by monsieur Torcy. The great diffi. what the whole family, from the nursery to the culty is the business of Spain, on which partikitchen, could do for her relief.

cuiar bis ministers seemed only to say, during While every servant was thus helping or la. the treaty, that it was not so immediately menting their mistress, he, fixing his cheek to under their master's direction, as that he could hers, seemed to be following in a trance of sor- engage for its being relinquished by the duke row; but secretly whispers her, “My dear, this of Anjou : but now he positively answers, that will never do: what is within my power and he cannot comply with what his minister has fortuoe, you may always command; but none promised in his behalf, even in such points as of your artifices: you are quite in other hands are wholly in himself to act in, or not. This than those you passed these pretty passions has had no other effect than to give the alliupon.' This made her almost in the condition ance fresh arguments for being diffident of she pretended; her convulsions now engagements entered into by France. The thicker, nor was she to be held down. The pensioner made a report of all which this mikind man doubles his care, helps the servants nister had declared to the deputies of the statesto throw water in her face by full quarts; and general, and all things turn towards a vigorvus when the sinking part of the fit came again, war. The duke of Marlborough designed to 'Well, my dear,' said he, 'I applaud your leave the Hague within two days, in order to action ; but I must take my leave of you until put himself at the head of the army, which is you are more sincere with me ; farewell for to assemble on the seventeenth instant between ever: you shall always know where to bear of the Scheld and the Lis. A fleet of eighty sail, me, and want for nothing. With that he or- Tadeo with corn from the Baltic, is arrived in Jered the maids to keep plying her with harts-the Texel. The states have sent circular lethorn, while he went for a physician: he was ters to all the provinces, to notify this change scarce at the stair-head when she followed, of affairs, and animate their subjects to new and, pulling him into a closet, thanked him resolutions in defence of their country. for her cure ; which was so absolute, that she gave me this relation herself, to be communi.

From my own Apartment, May 31. cated for the benefit of all the voluntary in- The public is not so little my concern, valids of her sex.

though I am but a student, as that I should

not interest myself in the present great things St. James's Coffee-house, June 1. in agitation. I am still of opinion the French Advices from Brussels of the sixth instant, king will sign the preliminaries. With that N. S. say his highness prince Eugene bad re

view, I have sent him, hy my familiar, the folceived a letter from monsieur Torcy, wherein lowing epistle, and admonished him, on pain that minister, after many expressions of great of what I shall say of him to future generarespect, acquaints him, that his master bad tions, to act with sincerity on this occasion. absolutely refused to sign the preliminaries to

London, Muy 31. the treaty which he had, in his majesty's behalf, consented to at the Hague. Upon the Isaac Bickerstuff, esquire, of Great Britain, receipt of this intelligence, the face of things

10 Lewis XIV. of France. at that piace was immediately altered, and the ' The surprizing news which arrived this day, necessary orders were transmitted to the troops of your majesty's having refused to sigu the (which lay most remote from thence) to move treaty your ministers have in a manner sued toward the place of rendezvous with all expe- for, is what gives ground to this application dition. The enemy seems also to prepare for to your majesty, from one, whose name perthe field, and have at present drawn togetherhaps, is too obscure to have ever reached your twenty-five thousand men in the plaius of territories; but one, who, with all the EuroLentz. Marshal Villars is at the head of those pean world, is affected with your determinatroops; and has given the generals uprler his tions. Therefore, as it is mine and the comcommand all possible assurances, that he will mon cause of mankind, I presume to expostul

late with you on this occasion. It will, I doubt sation or dislike are equally contemptible in has made among your fellow-creatures! While their eyes, when they regard the thrones of the warmth of youth, the Aattery of crowds, wvereigns. But your majesty has shewn, and a continual series of success and triumph, through the whole course of your reign, too indulged your majesty in this illusion of mind, great a value for liberal arts, to be insensible it was less to be wondered at, that you prothat true fame lies only in the hands of learned | ceeded in this mistaken pursuit of grandeur; men, by whom it is to be transmitted to futu- but when age, disappointments, public calamirity, with marks of honour or reproach to the ties, personal distempers, and the reverse of all enil of time. The date of human life is too that makes men forget their true being, are short to recompense the cares which attend fallen upon you; heavens! is it possible you the most private condition. Therefore it is can live without remorse? can the wretched that our souls are made, as it were, too big for man be a tyrant ? can grief study torments ? it; and extend themselves in the prospect of can sorrow be cruel ? a longer existence, in a good fame, and memory * Your majesty will observe, I do not bring of worthy actions, after our decease. The against you a railing accusation ; but, as you whole race of men have this passion in some are a strict professor of religion, I beseech your degree implanted in their bosoms, wbich is the majesty to stop the effusion of blood, by restrongest and noblest incitation to honest at-ceiving the opportunity which presents itself tempts : but the base use of the arts of peace, for the preservation of your distressed people. eloquence, poetry, and all the parts of learning, Be no longer so infatuated, as to hope for rehave been possessed by souls so unworthy of nown from murder and violence : but consider those faculties, that the names and appellations that the great day will come, in which this of things have been confounded by the labours world and all its glory shall change in a moand writings of prostituted men, who have ment; when nature shall sicken, and the earth stamped a reputation upon such actions as are and sea give up the bodies committed to them, in themselves the objects of contempt and dis- to appear before the last tribunal. Will it then, grace. This is that which has misled your ma- () king! be an answer for the lives of millions, jesty in the conduct of your reign, and made who have fallen by the sword, ' They perished that life, which might have been the most imi. for my glory?' That day will come on, and table, the most to be avoided. To this it is, one like it is immediately approaching: injured that the great and excellent qualities, of which uations advance towards thy habitation : venyour majesty is master, are lost in their ap- geance has begun its march, which is to be plication : and your majesty has been carrying «iverted only by the penitence of the oppressor. on for many years the most cruel tyranny, with Awake, O monarch, from thy lethargy! disdain all the noble methods which are used to sup- the abuses thou hast received : pull down the port a just reigo. Thus it is, that it avails no- statue which calls thee immortal: be truly great. tbing that you are a bountiful master; that tear thy purple, and put on sackcloth. you are so generous as to reward even the un

not, appear to the vulgar extravagant, that the About this time a fashion of collecting useless pieces of china degan to be very prevalent. it was indulged for

actions of a mighty prince should be balanced Srave great expense, and to astonishing degrees. by the censure of a private man, whose appro

Thy generous enemy, successful with honour and riches; that no

ISAAC BICKERSTAFF. laudable action passez unrewarded in your kingdum; that you have searched all nations for obscure merit: in a word, that you are in No. 24.] Saturday, June 4, 1709. your private character endowed with every

Quicquid agunt homines princely quality ; when all that is subjected to - nostri est farrago libelli. Juv. Sal. i. 85, 86. unjust and ill-taught ambition, which, to the

Whate'er men do, or say, or think, or dream, injury of the world, is gilded by those endow

Our motley paper seizes for it's theme.

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White's Chocolate-house, June 2. all its faculties and weaknesses with imparti- In my paper of the twenty-eighth of the last ality ; if you will but be convinced, that life is month, I mentioned several characters which supported in you by the ordinary methods of want explanation to the generality of readers : food, rest, and sleep; you will think it impos. among others I spoke of a Pretty Fellow. I sible that you could ever be so much imposed have received a kind admonition in a letter, to on, as to have been wrought into a belief, that take care that I do not omit to show also what so many thousands of the same make with is meant by a Very Pretty Fellow, which is to yourself were formed by Providence for no be allowed as a character by itself, and a person other end, but by the hazard of their very be- exalted above the other by a peculiar sprighting to extend the conquests and glory of an liness; as one who, by a distinguishing vigour, individual of their own species. A very little outstrips bis companions, and has thereby dereflection will convince your majesty, that such served and obtained a particular appellation or cannot be the intent of the Creator; and, if(nick-name of familiarity. Some have this disnot, what horror must it give your majesty to tinction from the fair-sex, who are so generous think of the vast devastations your ambition I as to take into their protection such as are

I am,

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