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visage less horrid and your person more smug, easy in the operation, is worthy of some kind of good reception. If things of high moment meet with renown, those of little consideration, since of any consideration, are not to be despised. In order that no merit may lie hid, and no art unimproved, I repeat it, that I call artificers, as well as philosophers, to my assistance in the public service. It would be of great use if we had an exact history of the successes of every great shop within the city-walls, what tracts of land have been purchased by a constant attendance within a walk of thirty foot. If it could also be noted in the equipage of those who are ascended from the successful trade of their ancestors into figure and equipage, such accounts would quicken industry in the pursuit of such acquisitions, and discountenance luxury in the enjoyment of them.
To diversify these kinds of informations, the industry of the female world is not to be unobserved. She to whose household virtues it is owing, that men do honour to her husband, should be recorded with veneration; she who has wasted his labours, with infamy. When we are come into domestic life in this manner, to awaken caution and attendance to the main point, it would not be amiss to give now and then a touch of tragedy, and describe that most dreadful of all human conditions, the case of bankruptcy : how plenty, credit, cheerfulness, full hopes, and easy possessions, are in an instant turned into penury, faint aspects, diffidence, sorrow, and misery; how the man, who with an open hand the day before could minister to the extremities of others, is shunned to-day by the friend of his bosom. It would be useful to shew how just this is on the negligent, how lamentable on the industrious. A paper written by a merchant might give this island a true sense of the worth and importance of his character: it might be visible, from what he could say, that no soldier entering a breach adventures more for honour, than the trader does for wealth to his country. In both cases, the adventurers have their own advantage ; but I know no cases wherein every body else is a sharer in the success.
It is objected by readers of history, that the battles in those narrations are scarce ever to be understood. This misfortune is to be ascribed to the ignorance of historians in the methods of drawing up, changing the forms of a battalia, and the enemy retreating from, as well as approaching to, the charge. But in the discourses from the correspondents whom I now invite, the danger will be of another kind; and it is necessary to caution them only against using terms of art, and describing things that are familiar to them in words unknown to their readers. I promise myself a great harvest of new circumstances, persons, and things, from this proposal; and a world, which many think they are well acquainted with, discovered as wholly new. This sort of intelligence will give a lively image of the chain and mutual dependance of human society, take off impertinent prejudices, enlarge the minds of those whose views are confined to their own circumstances; and, in short, if the knowing in several arts, professions, and trades, will exert themselves, it cannot but produce a new field of diversion and instruction, more agreeable than has yet appeared.-T.
N° 429. SATURDAY, JULY 12, 1712.
Populumque falsis dedocet uti
HOR. 2 Od. ii. 19.
To real estimates of things.-CREECH. • MR. SPECTATOR, “Since I gave an account of an agreeable set of company which were gone down into the country, I have received advices from thence, that the institution of an infirmary for those who should be out of humour has had very good effects. My letters mention particular circumstances of two or three persons, who had the good sense to retire of their own accord, and notified that they were withdrawn, with the reasons of it to the company, in their respective memorials. “ The Memorial of Mrs. Mary Dainty, Spinster,
“ Humbly sheweth, “ That, conscious of her own want of merit, accompanied with a vanity of being admired, she had gone into exile of her own accord.
“ She is sensible, that a vain person is the most insufferable creature living in a well-bred assembly.
“ That she desired, before she appeared in public again, she might have assurances, that though she might be thought handsome, there might not more address or compliment be paid to her than to the rest of the company. "
“ That she conceived it a kind of superiority, that one person should take upon him to commend another.
“ Lastly, that she went into the infirmary, to avoid a particular person, who took upon him to profess an admiration of her.
“ She therefore prayed, that to applaud out of due place might be declared an offence, and punished in the same manner with detraction, in that the latter did but report persons defective, and the former made them so.
“ All which is submitted, &c." There appeared a delicacy and sincerity in this memorial very uncommon; but my friend informs me, that the allegations of it were groundless, insomuch that this declaration of an aversion to being praised, was understood to be no other than a secret trap to purchase it, for which reason it lies still on the table unanswered. “ The humble Memorial of the Lady Lydia Loller.
“ Sheweth, “ That the Lady Lydia is a woman of quality; married to a private gentleman.
6That she finds herself neither well nor ill.
“ That she desires the infirmary may be her apartment during her stay in the country., .“ That they would please to make merry with their equals.
“ That Mr. Loller might stay with them if he thought fit.”
* It was immediately resolved, that Lady Lydia was still at London. “ The humble Memorial of Thomas Sudden, Esq.
of the Inner Temple. “ Sheweth, “ That Mr. Sudden is conscious that he is too much given to argumentation.
“ That he talks loud.
“ That he is apt to think all things matter of debate.
“ That he stayed behind in Westminster-hall, when the late shake of the roof happened, only because a counsel of the other side asserted it was coming down.
“ That he cannot for his life consent to any thing. « That he stays in the infirmary to forget himself.
" That as soon as he has forgot himself he will wait on the company."
· His indisposition was allowed to be sufficient to require a cessation from company.
“The Memorial of Frank Jolly. « Sheweth, “ That he hath put himself into the infirmary, in regard he is sensible of a certain rustic mirth which renders him unfit for polite conversation.
" That he intends to prepare himself, by abstinence and thin diet, to be one of the company.
“ That at present he comes into a room as if he were an express from abroad.
." That he has chosen an apartment with a matted antichamber, to practise motion without being heard. ' “ That he bows, talks, drinks, eats, and helps himself before a glass, to learn to act with modera
“ That by reason of his luxuriant health he is oppressive to persons of composed behaviour.
“ That he is endeavouring to forget the word (pshaw, pshaw.' *That he is also weaning himself from his cane.
“ That when he has learnt to live without his said cane, he will wait on the company, &c.”