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You are indeed as
good as your neighbours, but that is being very bad.
You are a woman at the head of a family, and lead
a perfect town-lady's life. You go on your own way,
and consult nothing but your glass

. What imper-
fections indeed you see there, you immediately mend
as fast as you can.

You may do the same by the
faults I tell you of, for they are much more in your
power to correct.
- You are to know then, that your visiting ladies

that carry your virtue from house to house with so
much prattle in each other's applause, and triumph
over other people's faults, 1 grant you, have but the
speculation of vice in your own conversations, but
promote the practice of it in all others you have to
do with.

As for you, Madam, your time passes away
in dressing, eating, sleeping, and praying. When
you rise in a morning, I grant you an hour spent
very well; but you come out to dress in so froward
a humour, that the poor girl who attends you,
curses her very being in that she is your servant,
for the peevish things you say to her. When this
poor creature is put into a way, that good or evil
are regarded but as they relieve her from the hours
she has and must pass with you ; the next you
They convey your ladyship to church. While you

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have to do with is your coachman and footmen. are praying there, they are cursing, swearing, and drinking, in an ale-house. During the time also to know, that your cook is sweating and fretting in preparation for your dinner. Soon after your meal you make visits, and the whole world that belongs to you speaks all the ill of you which you are repeating of others. You see, Madam, whaterer

which your

ladyship sets apart for Heaven, you are




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The morality of these people it is your proper busi-
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had best let your equals alone; otherwise, if I allow
you are not vicious, you must allow me you are not

I took my leave, and received at my coming home
the following letter:

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MR. BICKERSTAFF, “ I have lived a pure and undefiled virgin these twenty-seven years; and I assure you, it is with great grief and sorrow of heart I tell


that I become weary and impatient of the derision of the gigglers of our sex, who call me old maid, and tell me, I shall lead



you are truly a patron of the distressed, and an adept in astrology, you will advise whether I shall, or ought to be prevailed upon by the impertinences of my own sex, to give way to the importunities of yours. I assure you, I am surrounded with both, though at present a forlorn.

“ I am,” &c.

I must defer my answer to this lady out of a point of chronology. She says, she has been twenty-seven years a maid; but I fear, according to a common error, she dates her virginity from her birth, which is a very erroneous method ; for a woman of twenty is no more to be thought chaste so many years than a man of that age can be said to have been so long valiant. We must not allow people the favour of a virtue, till they have been under the temptation to the contrary. A woman is not a maid till her birth-day, as we call it, of her fifteenth


Му. plaintiff is therefore desired to inform me, whether she is at present in her twenty-eighth or forty-third year, and she shall be despatched


ST. JAMES'S COFFEE-HOUSE, AUGUST 11. A merchant came hither this morning, and read a letter from a correspondent of his at Milan. It was dated the 7th instant N. S. The following is an abstract of it. On the 25th of the last month, five thousand men were on their march in the Lampourdan, under the command of general Wesell, having received orders from his Catholic majesty to join him in his camp with all possible expedition. The duke of Anjou soon had intelligence of their motion, and took a resolution to decamp, in order to intercept them, within a day's march of our army. The king of Spain was apprehensive the enemy might make such a movement, and commanded general Stanhope with a body of horse, consisting of fourteen squadrons, to observe their course and prevent their passage over the rivers Segra and Noguera, between Lerida and Balaguer. It happened to be the first day that officer had appeared abroad after a dangerous and violent fever ; but he received the king's commands on this occasion with a joy which surmounted his present weakness, and on the 27th of last month came up with the enemy on the plains of Balaguer. The duke of Anjou's rear-guard consisting of twentysix squadrons, that general sent intelligence of their posture to the king, and desired his majesty's ore ders to attack them. During the time which he waited for his instructions, he made his disposition for the charge, which was to divide themselves into three bodies ; one to be commanded by himself in the centre, a body on the right by count Maurice of Nassau, and the third on the left by the earl of Rochford. Upon the receipt of his majesty's direction to attack the enemy, the general himself charged with the utmost vigour and resolution, while the earl of Rochford and count Maurice extended themselves on his right and left, to prevent the advantage the enemy might make of the superiority of their numbers. What appears to have misled the enemy's general in this affair was, that it was not supposed practicable that the confederates would attack him till they had received a reinforcement. For this reason he pursued his march without facing about, till we were actually coming on to engagement. General Stanhope's disposition made it impracticable to do it at that time; count Maurice and the earl of Rochford attacking them in the instant in which they were forming themselves. The charge was made with the greatest gallantry, and the enemy very soon put into so great disorder, that their whole cavalry were commanded to support their rear-guard. Upon the advance of this reinforcement, all the horse of the king of Spain were come up to sustain general Stanhope, insomuch that the battle improved to a general engagement of the cavalry of both armies. After a warm dispute for some time, it ended in the utter defeat of all the duke of Anjou's horse. Upon the despatch of these advices, that prince was retiring towards Lerida. We have no account of any considerable loss on our side, except that both those heroic youths, the earl of Rochford and count Nassau, fell in this action. They were, you know, both sons of persons who had a great place in the confidence of your late king William ; and I doubt not but their deaths will endear their families, which were ennobled by him, in your nation. General Stanhope has been reported by the enemy dead of his wounds; but he received only a slight contusion on the shoulder.

P.S. We acknowledge you here a mighty brave people; but you are said to love quarrelling so well, that you cannot be quiet at home. The favourers of the house of Bourbon among us affirm, that this Stanhope, who could as it were get out of his sickbed to fight against their king of Spain, must be of the antimonarchical party.

No. 211. TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 1710.

Nequeo monstrare, et sentió tantùm.

JUV, SAT. vii. 56. What I can fancy, but can ne'er express.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 13. If there were no other consequences of it, but barely that human creatures on this day assemble themselves before their Creator, without regard to their usual employments, their minds at leisure from the cares of this life, and their bodies adorned with the best attire they can bestow on them; I say, were this mere outward celebration of a Sabo bath all that is expected from men, even that were a laudable distinction, and a purpose worthy the human nature.

But when there is added to it the sublime pleasure of devotion, our being is exalted above itself; and he, who spends a seventh day in the contemplation of the next life, will not easily fall into the corruptions of this in the other six. They, who never admit thoughts of this kind into their imagination, lose higher and sweeter satis

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