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him into some confusion; but the landlord, who overrd me, brought him off, by affirming, that for constant
there was no liquor like a cup of English water, provided ad malt enough in it. My squire laughed heartily at the ceit, and made the landlord sit down with us. We sat ty late over our punch; and, amidst a great deal of imving discourse, drank the healths of several persons in
country, whom I had never heard of, that, they both ured me, were the ablest statesmen in the nation, and of e Londoners, whom they extolled to the skies for their
and who, I knew, passed in town for silly fellows. It ng now midnight, and my friend perceiving by his almanack - the moon was up, he called for his horses, and took a den resolution to go to his house, which was at three s' distance from the town, after having bethought himself - he never slept well out of his own bed. He shook me
heartily by the hand at parting, and discovered a great of satisfaction in his looks, that he had met with an opcunity of showing his parts, and left me a much wiser than he found me.
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No. 23. FRIDAY, MARCH 9.
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his friends or ministers met with, e presumed to direct their hostilities at their sovereign. enemies of our present settlement are of such a coarse 1 of make, and so equally void of loyalty and good man, that they are grown scurrilous upon the royal family, treat the most exalted characters with the most opprous language. his petulance in conversation is particularly observed to ail among some of that sex where it appears the most
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unbecoming and the most unnatural. Many of these act with the greater licentiousness, because they know they can act with the greater impunity. This consideration, indeed, engages the most generous and well-bred even of our shé malecontents, to make no ill use of the indulgence of our law-givers; and to discover in their debates at least the delicacy of the woman, if not the duty of the subject. But it is generally remarked, that every one of them who is a shrew in domestic life, is now become a scold in politics. And as for those of the party, who are of a superior rank and unblemished virtue, it must be a melancholy reflection for them to consider that all the common women of the town are of their side ; for which reason they ought to preserve a more than ordinary modesty in their satirical excursions, that their characters may not be liable to suspicion.
If there is not some method found out for allaying these heats and animosities among the fair sex, one does not know to what outrages they may proceed. I remember a hero in Scarron, who finding himself opposed by a mixed multitude of both sexes with a great deal of virulent language, after having brought them to a submission, gave order (to keep them from doing further mischief) that the men should be disarmed of their clubs, and that the women should have their nails pared. We are not yet reduced to the necessity of applying such violent remedies; but as we daily receive accounts of ladies battling it on both sides, and that those who appear against the constitution make war upon their tagonists by many unfair practices and unwarrantable methods, I think it is very convenient there should be a cartel settled between them. If they have not yet agreed upon anything of this nature among themselves, I would propose to them the following plan, in which I have sketched out several rules suited to the politest sex in one of the most civilized nations.
That in every political rencounter between woman and woman, no weapon sball be made use of but the tongue.
That in the course of the engagement, if either of the combatants, finding herself bard pressed by her adversary, shall proceed to personal reflections or discovery of secrets, they shall be parted by the standers-by.
That when both sides are drawn up in a full assembly, it
hall not be lawful for above five of them to talk at the same
That if any shall detract from a lady's character, (unless ne be absent,) the said detractress shall be forthwith orered to the lowest place of the room.
That none présume to speak disrespectfully of his Majesty, - any of the royal family, on pain of three hours' silence.
That none be permitted to talk spitefully of the court, aless they can produce vouchers that they have been there. That the making use of news which goes about in whisper, less the author be produced, or the fact well attested, shall
deemed fighting with white powder, and contrary to the ws of war.
That any one who produces libels or lampoons, shall be
As this civil discord among the sisterhood of Great Britain likely to engage them in a long and lingering war, consistg altogether of drawn battles, it is the more necessary at there should be a cartel settled among them. Besides, our English ladies are at present the greatest stateswoen in Europe, they will be in danger of making themselves
most unamiable part of their sex, if they continue to re a loose to intemperate language, and to a low kind of aldry, which is not used among the women of fashion in y other country Discretion and good-nature have been always looked on as the distinguishing ornaments of female conversaThe
woman, “whose price is above rubies," has no rticular in the character given of her by the wise man,
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more endearing, than that "she openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Besides, every fierce she-zealot should consider, that however
of the other sex may seem to applaud her as a partisan, there is none of them who would not be afraid of associating himself with her in any of the more private relations of life.
I shall only add, that there is no talent so pernicious as eloquence, to those who have it not under command: for which reason, women who are so liberally gifted by nature in this particular, ought to study, with the greatest application, the rules of female oratory, delivered in that excellent treatise, entitled “ the Government of the Tongue.” Had that author foreseen the political ferment which is now raised among
the sex, he would probably have made his book larger by some chapters than it is at present: but what is wanting in that work, may, I hope, in some measure, be supplied by the abovewritten cartel.
No. 24. MONDAY, MARCH 12.
Bellum importunum, cives, cum gente deorum,
Invictisque viris geritisA PHYSICIAN makes use of various methods for the recovery of sick persons; and though some of them are painful, and all of them disagreeable, his patients are never angry at him, because they know he has nothing in view besides the restoring of them to a good state of health. I'am forced to treat the disaffected part of his Majesty's subjects in the same manner, and may, therefore, reasonably expect the same returns of good-will
. I propose nothing to myself but their happiness as the end of all my endeavours; and am forced to adapt different remedies to those different constitutions, which are to be found in such a distempered multitude. Some of them can see the unreasonable, and some of them the ridiculous, side of wrong principles, and, according to the different frame of their minds, reject an opinion as it carries in it either the appearance of wickedness, or of danger, or of folly.
I have endeavoured to expose in these several lights the notions and practices of those who are enemies to our present establishment. But there is a set of arguments, which I have not yet touched upon, and which often succeed, when all others fail. There are many who will not quit a project,
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the urest deliberation, and that submissive deference of his al Highness both from duty and inclination, to all the sures of his royal father. Nor must we omit that
peral valour so peculiar to his Majesty and his illustrious se, which would be sufficient to vanquish, as we find it nally deters, both his foreign and domestic enemies. This great prince is supported by the whole Protestant rest of Europe, and strengthened with a long range of inces that reach from one end of the continent to the other. has a great and powerful king for his son-in-law; and can self command, when he pleases, the whole strength of an torate in the empire. Such a combination of sovereigns s one in mind of the apparition of gods which discouraged eas from opposing the will of heaven. When his eyes e cleared of that mortal cloud which hung upon them, he the several celestial deities acting in a confederacy against , and immediately gave up a cause which was excluded
all possibility of success. Sut it is the greatest happiness, as well as the greatest sure of our sovereign, that his chief strength lies in own kingdoms. Both the branches of our legislature use his cause and interest with a becoming duty and zeal.
most considerable and wealthy of his subjects are coned, that the prosperity of our sovereign and his people inseparable; and we are very well satisfied, that his Ma
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