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'sent; since whenever my fortune shall exceed his, you 'were pleased to intimate your passion would increase 'accordingly. * The world has seen me shamefully lose that time
* to please a sickle woman, which might have been em'ployed much more to my credit and advantage in
* other pursuits. I shall therefore take the liberty to ac
* quaint you, however harsh it may sound in a lady> 'ears, that tho' your love-sit should happen to return,
* unless you could contrive a way to make your recan
* tation as well known to the public, as they are already'apprised of the manner with which you have treated « me, you shall never more see
PHILANDER. Amoret to Philander.
UPON reflexion, I sind the injury I have done both to you and myself to be so great, that tho* the part I now act may appear contrary to that decorum usually observed by our sex, yet \ purposely break through all rules, that my repentance may in some . measure equal my crime. I assure you that in mjr present hopes of recovering you, I look upon /.ntenor's estate with contempt. The fop was here yesterday in a gilt chariot and new liveries, but I refused to see him. Though I dread to meet your eyes, after what has passed, I flatter myself, that amidst all their confusion you will discover such a tenderness in mine,' as none can imitate but those; who love. I shall be-all
this month at Lady D 's in the country; but the
woods, the sields and gardens, without Philander, afford no pleasures to the unhappy
'I must desire you, dear Mr. Spectator, to publish this my letter to Philander as soon as possible, and to assure him that I know nothing at all of the death of his rich nude in Gloucesierjhire. - X
N° 402 Wednesday, June 1 r.
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Zpetlator tradit Jibi Hor. Ars Poet. v. i8r.
By the Spectator given to himself.
WE R E I to publish all the advertisements I receive from disferent hands, and persons of different circumstances and quality, the very mention of them, without reflexions on the several subjects, would raise all the pallions which can be felt by human minds. -As instances of this, I shall give you two or three letters ; the writers of which can have no recourse to any legal power for redress, and seem to have written rather .to vent their sorrow than to receive consolation.
IAm a young woman of beauty and quality, and suitably married to a gentleman who dotes on me.
* But this person of mine is the object of an unjust passion
* in a nobleman who is very intimate with, my hulband. "This friendship gives him very easy access, and fro "quent opportunities of entertaining me. apart. My heart
is in the urmcst anguish, and my tacs is covered over "with consusion, whenlimpart to you another circum
* stance, which is, that my mother, the most mercenary 'of all women, is gained by this false friend os my 'husband's to solicit me for him. I am frequently chid 'by the poor believing man my hulband, for mewing 'an impatience of his friend's company; and 1 am 'never alore with my mother, but she tells me stories of 'the discretionary part osthe world, and such a one, and 'such aone who are guilty of as much as ihe advises me to-'
* She laughs at my astonishment; and sterns to hint to me, 'that as virtuous as she has always appeared, 1 am not
* the daughter of her husband. It is possible that print? 'ing this letter may relieve me from the unnatural imT
* portunity of my mother, and the persidious courtship
* of my husband's friend. I have an unseigned love of
B 4 I virtue * virtue, and am resolved to preserve my innocence. The 'only way I can think of to avoid the fatal consequen'ces of the discovery of this matter, is to fly away for 'ever, which I mull do to avoid my husband's fatal re
* fentment against the man who attempts to abuse him, « and the shame os exposing a parent to infamy. The 'persons concerned will know these circumstances relate 'to them ; and tho' the regard to virtue is dead in them,
* I have some hopes from their fear of shame upon read
* ing this in your paper; which I conjure you to do, if
* you have any compassion for injured virtue.
Mr. Spectator, 'T Am the husband of a woman of merit, but am sal'X len in love, as they call it, with a lady of her
* acquaintance, who is going to be married to a gentle'man who deserves her. I am in a trust relating to this 'lady's fortune, which makes my concurrence in this 'matter necessary; but I have so irresistable a rage and
* envy rise in me when I consider his future happiness, 'that against all reason, equity, and common justice, I 'am ever playing mean tricks to suspend the nuptials. '1 have no manner of hopes for myself; Emilia, for so
* I'll call her, is a woman of the most strict virtue ; her 'lover is a gentleman who of all others I could wish my
* friend; but envy and jealousy, though placed so un
* justly, waste my very being, and with the torment and
* sense of a demon, I am ever cursing what 1 cannot but
* approve. I wish it were the beginning of repentance,
* that I sit down ana describe my present disposition with
* so hellish an aspect; but at present the destruction of
* these two excellent persons would be more welcome to
* me than their happiness. Mr. Spectator, pray
* let roe have a paper on these terrible groundless suffer
* ings, and do all you can to exorcise crouds who are in
* some degree possessed as I am.
* T Have no other means but this to express my thanks
* JL to one man, and my resentment against another,
* My circumstances are as follow. I have been for sive
• years. years last past conrted by a gentleman of greater fortune than I ought to expect, as the market for women goes. You must to be lure have observed people who live in that sort of way, as all their friends reckon it will be a match, and are marked out by all the world for each other. In this view we have been regarded for some time, and 1 have above these three years loved him tenderly. As he is very careful of his torture, 1 always thought he lived in a near manner, to lay up what he thought was wanting in my fortune to make up what he might expect in anoiher. Within few? months I have observed his carriage very much altered,, and he has asfected a certain r.ir of getting me alone, and talking with a mighty profusion of passionate words, how I am not to be resisted longer, how irresistible his willies are, and the like. As long as I have been acquainted with him, I could not on such occasions fay downright to him, You know you may make me yours when you please. But the other night he with great frankness and impudence explained to me, that hethought of me only as a mistress. I answered this declaration as it deserved; upon which he only doubled the terms on which he proposed my yielding. When my anger heightened upon him, he told me he was sorry he had made so little use of the unguarded hours we had been together so remote from company, as indeed, continued he, so we are at present. I flew from him to a neighbouring gentlewoman's house, and tho' her husband was in the room, threw myself on a couch and burst into a passion of tears. My friend desired her husband to leave the room. But, said he, there is something so extraordinary in this, that I will partake in the affliction; and be it what it will, she is so much your friend, that she knows you may command what services I can do her. The man sat down by me, and spoke so like a brother, that I told him my whole asfliction. He spoke of the injury done me with so much, indignation, and animated me against the love he said he saw I had for the wretch who would have betrayed me, with so much reason and humanity to my weakness, that 1 doubt not of my perseverance. His wife and he are my comforters, and I am under no more B 5 'restraint 'restraint in their company than if I were alone; and I
* doubt not but in a small time contempt and hatred will 'take place of the remains of affection to a rascal.
/am, SIR, ,
1 our ajseRionate riader,
D ORIND A.
* T Had the misfortune to be an uncle before I knew « JL my nephews from my nieces, and now we are « grown up to better acquaintance they deny me the re *' soect they owe. " One upbraids me with being their
* familiar, another will hardly be persuaded that I am,
* an uncle, a third calls me httle uncle, and a fourth.
* tells me there is no duty at all to an uncle. I have a
* brother-in-law whose son will win all my affection, 'unless you shall think this worthy of your cognizance, « and will be pleased to prescribe some rules for our fu'ture reciprocal behaviour. It will be worthy the par
* ticularity of your genius to lay down rules for his con'duct, who was, it it were, born an old man, in which;
* you will much oblige,
Your most obedient servant, T Cornelius Nepos.
N° 403 Thursday, June 12.
Qui mores homir.um multorum vidit'
'Hor. Ars Poet. v. 142. Who many towns, and change of manners saw.
WHEN I consider this great city in its several quarters and divisions, 1 look upon it as an aggregate of various nations distinguished lrom each ether by their respective customs, manners, and inlerells. The courts of two countries do not so much