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us on these occasions, to make a retreat. But before we could give the word, the train-bands, taking advantage of our delay, fled first. We arrived at Preston without any memorable adventure ; where, after having formed many barricades, and prepared for a vigorous resistance, upon the approach of the king's troops under General Wills, who was used to the outlandish way of making war, we thought it high time to put in practice that passive obedience, in which our party so much glories, and which I would advise them to stick to for the future.”

Such was the end of this rebellion; which, in all probability, will not only tend to the safety of our constitution, but the preservation of the game.

No. 4. MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 1716.

Ne se mulier extra virtutum cogitationes, extraque bellorum casus putet,

ipsis incipientis matrimonii auspiciis admonetur, venire se laborum periculorumque sociam, idem in pace, idem in prælio passuram assuramque. Sic vivendum, sic pereundum.

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It is with great satisfaction I observe, that the women of our island, who are the most eminent for virtue and good sense, are in the interest of the present government. As the fair sex very much recommend the cause they are engaged in, it would be no small misfortune to a sovereign, though he had all the male part of the nation on his side, if he did not find himself king of the most beautiful half of his subjects. Ladies are always of great use to the party they espouse, and never fail to win over numbers to it. Lovers, according to Sir William Petty's computation, make at least the third part of the sensible men of the British nation; and it has been an uncontroverted maxim in all ages, that, though a husband is sometimes a stubborn sort of a creature, a lover is always at the devotion of his mistress. By this it lies in the

to secure at least half a dozen able-bodied men to his Majesty's service. The female world are, likewise, indispensably necessary in the best causes, to manage the controversial part of them, in

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hich no man of tolerable breeding is ever able to refute
em. Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.
It is, indeed, remarkable, that the inferior tribe of com-
on women, who are a dishonour to their sex, have, in most
igns, been the professed sticklers for such as have acted in
pposition to the true interest of the nation. The most
umerous converts in King James's reign, were particularly
oted to be of this kind. I can give no other reason for such
behaviour, unless it be, that it is not for the advantage of
Lese female adventurers, the laws of the land should take
ace, and that they know Bridewell is a part of our consti-
tion.
There are many reasons why the women of Great Britain
nould be on the side of the Freeholder, and enemies to the
erson who would bring in arbitrary government and Popery.
s there are several of our ladies who amuse themselves in
e reading of travels, they cannot but take notice, what un-
emfortable lives those of their own sex lead, where passive
bedience is professed and practised in its utmost perfection.
2 those countries, the men have no property but in their
ives, who are the slaves to slaves : every married woman
eing subject to a domestic tyrant, that requires from her
ne same vassalage which he pays to his sultan. If the
dies would seriously consider the evil consequences of arbi-
cary power, they would find, that it spoils the shape of the
ot in China, where the barbarous politics of the men so
iminish the basis of the female figure, as to unqualify a
oman for an evening walk or country-dance. In the East
ndies, a widow, who has any regard to her character, throws
erself into the flames of her husband's funeral pile, to show,
orsooth, that she is faithful and loyal to the memory of her
eceased lord. In Persia, the daughters of Eve, as they call
nem, are reckoned in the inventory of their goods and
hattels : and it is a usual thing, when a man sells a bale of
lk or a drove of camels, to toss half a dozen women into the
argain. Through all the dominions of the Great Turk, a
oman thinks herself happy, if she can get but the twelfth
are of a husband, and is thought of no manner of use in
ne creation but to keep up a proper number of slaves for
he commander of the faithful. 'I need not set forth the ill
sage which the fair ones meet with, in those despotic
overnments that lie nearer us. Every one hath heard of

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young and the beautiful, whom nature seems to have formed for it, but among the old and withered matrons, known by the frightful name of gouvernantes and duennas. If any should allege the freedoms indulged to the French ladies, he must own that these are owing to the natural gallantry of the people, not to their form of govern. ment, which exclades, by its very constitution, every female from power, as naturally unfit to hold the sceptre of that kingdom.

Women ought, in reason, to be no less averse to Popery than to arbitrary power. Some merry authors have pretended to demonstrate, that the Roman Catholic religion could never spread in a nation where women would have more modesty than to expose their innocent liberties to a confessor. Others of the same turn have assured us, that the fine British complexion, which is so peculiar to our ladies, would suffer very much from a fish-diet: and that a whole Lent would give such a sallowness to the celebrated beauties of this island, as would scarce make them distinguishable from those of France. I shall only leave to the serious consideration of the country-women, the danger any of them might have been in, (had Popery been our natural religion,) of being forced by their relations to a state of perpetual virginity. The most blooming toast in the island might have been a nun; and many a lady, who is now a mother of fine children, condemned to a condition of life, disagreeable to herself and unprofitable to the world. To this I might add, the melancholy objects they would be daily entertained with, of several sightly men delivered over to an inviolable celibacy. Let a young lady imagine to herself, the brisk embroidered officer,, who now makes love to her with so agreeable an air, converted into a monk; or the beau, who now addresses himself to her in a full-bottomed wig, distinguished by a little bald pate covered with a black leather skull-cap. I forbear to mention many other objections, which the ladies, who are no strangers to the doctrines of Popery, will easily recollect: though I do not in the least doubt but those I have already suggested, will be sufficient to persuade my fair readers to be zealous in the Protestant

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The freedom and happiness of our British ladies is so ingular, that it is a common saying in foreign countries, If a bridge were built across the seas, all the women in Europe would flock into England." It has been observed, hat the laws relating to them are so favourable, that one would think they themselves had given votes in enacting hem. All the honours and indulgences of society are due o them by our customs; and, by our constitution, they have ll the privileges of English-born subjects, without the burlens. I need not acquaint my fair fellow-freeholders, that every man who is anxious for our sacred and civil rights, is

champion in their cause ; since we enjoy in common a reigion agreeable to that reasonable nature, of which we qually partake; and since, in point of property, our law nakes no distinction of sexes.

We may, therefore, justly expect from them, that they will ct in concert with us for the preservation of our laws and eligion, which cannot subsist, but under the government of nis present Majesty; and would necessarily be subverted, inder that of a person bred up in the most violent principles of Popery and arbitrary power.

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the fair sex conribute to fix the peace of a-brave and generous people, who, or many ages, have disdained to bear any tyranny but theirs ; und be as famous in history, as those illustrious matrons, yho, in the infancy of Rome, reconciled the Romans and the Sabines, and united the two contending parties under their new king.

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No. 5. FRIDAY, JANUARY 6.

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Omnium Societatum nulla est gravior, nulla carior, quam ea quæ cum

republica est unicuique nostrum : cari sunt parentes, cari liberi, propinqui, familiares : sed omnes omnium caritates patria una complexa est: pro qua quis bonus dubitet mortem oppetere, si ei sit profuturus ?

Cic. THERE is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a ation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good f their country. This generous and public-spirited passion as been observed of late years to languish and grow cold in his our island; where a party of men have made it their

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business to represent it as chimerical and romantic, to destroy in the minds of the people the sense of national glory, and to turn into ridicule our natural and ancient allies, who are united to us by the common interests both of religion and policy. It may not, therefore, be unseasonable to re.commend to this present generation, the practice of that virtue, for which their ancestors were particularly famous, and which is called, “ The love of one's country.” This love to our country, as a moral virtue, is a fixed disposition of mind to promote the safety, welfare, and reputation of the community in which we were born, and of the constitution under which we are protected. Our obligation to this great duty may appear to us from several considerations.

In the first place, we may observe, that we are directed to it by one of those secret suggestions of nature, which go under the name of Instinct, and which are never given in vain. As self-love is an instinct planted in us, for the good and safety of each particular person, the love of our country is impressed on our minds for the happiness and preservation of the community:

This instinct is so remarkable, that we find examples of it in those who are born in the most uncomfortable climates, or the worst of governments. We read of an inhabitant of Nova Zembla, who, after having lived some time in Denmark, where he was clothed and treated with the utmost indulgence, took the first opportunity of making his escape, though with the hazard of his life, into his native regions of cold, poverty, and nakedness. We have an instance of the same nature among the very Hottentots. One of these savages was brought into England, taught our language, and, in a great measure, polished out of his natural barbarity : but, upon being carried back to the Cape of Good Hope, (where it was thought he might have been of advantage to our English traders,) he mixed, in a kind of transport, with his countrymen, brutalized with them in their habit and manners, and would never again return to his foreign acquaintance. I need not mention the common opinion of the negroes in our plantations, who have no other notion of a future state of happiness, than that after death they shall be conveyed back to their native country. The Swiss are so remarkable for this passion, that it often turns to a disease among them ; for which there is a particular name in the German language, and which the French

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