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pliment you upon your birth, person, or for, une ; nor any other the like perfections, which you poffufs whether you will or no; but thill only touch upon those which are of your own acquiring, and in which cvery one nuit allow you have a real merit.
Your janty air and easy motion, the volubility of your discourse, the suddenness of your laugh, the management of
snuff box, with the whiteness of your hands and teeth, (wlich have justly gained you the envy of the most poli:e part of the male world, and the love of thic greatest beauties in the female) arc entirely to be ascribed to your own perLonal genius and application.
You are formed for thcsc accoinplishments by a happy turn of nature, and have finished yourself in them by the utmost improvements
A man that is defective in either of these qualifications (whatever may be the secret ambition of his heart) must never hope io make the figure you have done among the
part of his species. It is therefore no wonder we fee such multitudes of aspiring young men fall fort of you in all these beauties of your character, not withitanding the study and practice of them is the whole business of their lives. But I need not tell you that the free and disingaged behaviour of a finc gentleman makes as many aukward beaux, as the easiness of your favourite Waller hath made insipid poets.
At present you are content to aim all your charms at your own spouse, without further thought of mischief to any oihers of the fox. I know you had formerly a very great contempt for that pedantic race of mortals who call themselves philosophers; and yet, to your honour be it spokon, there is not a fage of them all could have better acled up to their precepts in one of the most important points of life: I nican in the generous disregard of popular opinion, which you shewed somo years. ago, when you chose for your
wifs an obfcure young woman, wiro doth not indeed pretend
antient family, .but has certainly as many forefathers as any lady in the land, if ibe.. could but reckun up their names.
I MUST own I conceived very extraordi. nary bopes of you from the moment that you conteffed your age, and from eight and forty (where you had ltuck so many years) very ingenuously itepped into your grand climacteric. Your deportment has since bein very venerable and becoming. If I am rightly informed, you make a regular appearance every quar. ter sessions among your brethren of the quorum; and, if things go on as they do, ftand fair for being a colonel of the militia. I am told that your time passes away as agrecably in the amusements of a country lifc, as it co. ver did in the gallantries of the town: and that you now take as much pleasure in the planting of young trces, as you did formerly in cutting down of your old ones.
. In short, we hear from all hands that you are thoroughly reconciled to your dirty acres, and have not too inuch wit to look into your own eftate:
After having spoken thus much of my patron, I inust take the privilege of an author in saying something of myself. I shall therefore beg leave to add, that I have purpofcly omiited fetting those marks to the end of every paper, which appeared in my former volumes, that you may have an opportunity of showing Mrs Floneycomb the Ihrewd. ness of your conjectures, by ascribing every speculation to its proper author: tho' you know how often many profound critics in stile and sentiments have very judiciously er. ed in this particular, before they were let into the secret.. I am, SIR,
Your roft faithful bimble servant,
N the fix hundred and thirty second Speilatsi", the rea
I have not been able to prevail upon the several gentlemen who were concerned in this work to let me acquaint the world with their names.
Perhaps it will be unnecessary to inform the reader, that no other
papers, which have appeared under the title of Spectator, since the closing of this eiglith volume, were written by any of those gentlenen who had a hand in tl.is or the former volumes.