Abbildungen der Seite

'where not so much as a thought thereof preceded. 'And to- speak a truth, never-prince had wise more

* loyal in all duty, and in all true asfection, than you'have ever found in-Ann Bohyn : withwhich name and

« place I could willingly have contented myself, if God

* and your Grace's pleasure had been Ib pleased. Nei'ther did I at any time so far forget myself in my ex

* altation or received queenship, but that I always looked'for such an alteration a6 I now sind; for the ground'of my preferment being on no surer foundation than'your Grace's fancy, the least alteration I knew was sit 'and sufficient to draw that fancy to some other object.

* You have chosen me from a low estate, to be your 'Queen and companion, far beyond my desert or desire.' 'If then you found me worthy of such honour, good « your Grace let not any light fancy, or bad counsel'of mine enemies, withdraw your princely favour from

* me; neither let that stain, that unworthy stain, of a 'disloyal heart towards your good Grace, ever call so 'foul a-blot on your most dutiful wife, and the insant'princess your daughter. Try me, good King, but let

« me have a lawful trial, and let not my sworn enemies « sit as my accusers and judges; yea let me receive an.

open trial, for my truth shall fear no open shame ; then

* shall you see either mine innocence cleared, your suspi

* cion and conscience satissied, the ignominy and slander « of the world stopped, or my guilt openly declared..

* So that whatsoever God or you may determine of me, « your Grace may be freed from an open censure, and

* mine offence being so lawfully proved, your Grace is 'at liberty, both before God and man, not only to '.execute worthy punishment on me as an unlawful wife, «- but to follow your affection, already fettled on that « party, for whose fake I am now as I am, whose name

* I could some good while since have pointed unto, your 'Grace not being ignorant of my suspicion therein.

« But if you have already determined of me, and that

* not only my death, but an insamous slander must bring

* you the enjoying of your desired happiness; then I « desire of God, that he will pardon your great sin there'in, and likewise mine enemies, the instruments there«- of, and that he will not call you to a strict account for

'your * your unprincely and cruel usage of me, at his general

* judgment feat, where both you and myself must shortly 'appear, and in whose judgment i doubt not (whatso. 'ever the world may think of me) mine innocence 'shall be openly known, and sufficiently cleared.

« My lali and only request (hall be, that myself may « only bear the burden os youi Grace's displeasure, and 'that it may not tcuch rhe i inocen; souls of those poor

* gentlemen, who (as ! understand) are likewise in strait

* imprisonment for my lake. If ever I have found fa'vour in yru<- sight, it ever the name of Jnn Bohyn 'hath b en pleasing in yo-r ears, then let me obtain this

* request, and I will lo leave to trouble your Grace any

* further, with mine earnest: prayers to the Trinity to

* have your Grace in his good keeping, and to direct you

* in all your actions. From my doleful prison in the '1ewer, this sixth of May;

Tour most loyal

and ever faithful wifo,

L Ann Boleyn.

N° 398 Friday, June 6.

lnsanire pares certa ratione modoque.

Hor. Sat. 3. 1. ?. v. 271.

[ocr errors]

With art and wisdom,and be mad by rule. Creech.

CTNTHIO and Flavia are persons of distinction in this town, who have been lovers these ten months last past, and writ to each other for galantry fake, v ler those feigned names ; Mr. Such-a-one and Mrs. Such-a-one not being capable of raising the foul out of the ordinary tracts and passages of life, up to that elevation which makes the life of the enamoured so much superior to that of the rest of the world. But


ever since the beauteous Cecilia has made such a sigure as she now does in the circle of charming women, Cyntbio has been secretly one of her adorers. Lætitia has been the sinest woman in town these three months, and fo long Cyntbio has acted the part of a lover very awkwardly in the presence of Flavia. Flavin has been too blind towards him, and has too sincere an heart of her own to observe a thousand things which would have discovered this change of mind to any one less engaged than Ihe was. Cyntbio was musing yesterday in the piazza in Covent Garden, and was saying to himself that he was a very ill man to go on in viiiting and professing love to Fla*via, when his heart was inthralled to another. It is an insirmity that I am not constant to lla-via ; but it would be still a greater crime, since I cannot continue to love her, to profess that I do. To marry a woman with the coldness that usually indeed comes on after marriage, is ruining one's self with one's eyes open'; besides it is really doings her an injury. This last consideration, forsooth, of injuring her in persisting, made him resolve to break off upon the sirst favourable opportunity of making her angry. When he was in this thought, he law Robin the porter, who waits at#7//'s coffee-house, passing by. Robin, you must know, is the best man in, town for carrying a billet; the fellow has a thin body, swift step, demure looks, sufficient sense, and knows the town. This man carried Cynthia's sirst letter to FJavia, and by frequent errands ever since, is well known to her. The fellow covers his knowledge of the nature of his messages with the most exquisite low humour imaginable: The sirst he obliged Flanjia to take, was by complaining to her that he had a wife and three children, and if she did not take that letter, which he was sure, there was no harm in, but rather love, his family must go fupperless to bed, for the gentleman would pay him according as he did his business. Robin therefore Cyntbio now thought sit to make use of, and . slim orders to wait before Fla-via's door, and if Ihe cai.vU him to her, and asked whether it was Cyntbio who passed by, he should at sirst be loth to own it was, but upon importunity consess it. There needed not much search into that part of the town to sind a well-dressed hussey sit for the purpose Cynthio designed her. As soon as he be-YitveA Robin was posted, he drove by Flavia's lodgings in an hackney-coach and a woman in it. Robin was at , the door talking with Flavians maid, and Cynthio pulled up the glass as surprised, and hid his associate. 'The report of this circumstance soon flew up stairs, and Robin could not deny but the gentleman favoured his master; yet if it was he, he was sure the lady was but his cousin whom he had seen ask for him; adding thathe believed she was a poor relation, because they made her wait one morning till he was awake. Flatiia. immediately writ the following epistle, which Robin brought to (fill's.

STR, June, 4, 1712.

* TT is in vain to deny it, basest, falsest of mankind; 'J[ my maid, as well as the bearer saw you.

Ihe injur'd Flavia..

After Cynthio had read the letter, he asked Robin howshe looked ,and what she said at the delivery of it. Robin' said she spoke short to him, and called him back again, and had nothing to say to him, and bid him and all the-, men in the world go out of her sight; but the maid followed, and bid him bring an answer. 1

Cynthio returned as follows.

Madam, ]une 4, Three Afternoon, -17' ia.

THAT your maid and the bearer has seen me very often is very certain ; but I desire to know, being

* engaged at piquet, what your letter means by 'tis in'vain to deny it. I shall stay h^re all the evening.

Your amazed Cynthio..

As soon as Robin arrived with this, Flavia answered:

Dear Cynthio,

* T Have walked a turn or two in my anti-chamber

* 'X. since I writ to you, and have recovered myseli from

* an impertinent sit which you ought to forgive me* and

« desire. * desire you would come to- me immediately to laugh off 'a jealousy that you and a creature of the town went by 'in an hackney coach an hour ago.

I am your most bumble servant,


'I will not open the Tetter which my Cyntbio writ

* upon the misapprehension you must have been under

* when you. writ, for want of hearing the whole circum

* stance.

Robin came back in an instant, and Cyntbio answered \

Hals an hour, fix minutes after three, Madam, June 4, Will's coffee-house.

'TT is certain I went by your lodging with a gentle

* J. woman to whom I have the honour to be known,

* she is indeed my relation, and a pretty sort of a wo-'

* man. But your starting manner of writing, and own

* ing you have nor *tone me the honour so much as to> 'open my letter, has in it something very unaccountable, 'and alarms one that has had thoughts of passing hi?

* days with you. But I am born to admire you with all "your little imperfections.

CXNTHiO. Robin run back, and brought for answer;

* T? X A C T Sir, that are at WiWt coffee-house six 'Cy minutes after three, June 4; one that has had 'thoughts, and all my little imperfections. Sir, come

* to me immediately, or I shall determine what may per

* haps not be very pleasing to you.


Robin gave an account that she looked excessive angry^ when she gave him the letter ; and that he told her, for she asked, that Cyntbio only looked at the clock, taking saufF, and writ two or three words on the top of the lefc. ter when he gave him his*

« ZurückWeiter »