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to him. I cryed to him, I did not know the Way. He then called to me audibly, to step at lealt out of the 'Path I was in; for if I staid there any ' long I was in danger to be catched in
a great Net that was just hanging over me, and ready to catch me up;
that he wondered I was so blind, or fo distracted, as not to see so imminent 6 and visible a Danger; afturing me, that as soon as I was out of that way, he would come to me to lead me into a more fecure Path. This I did, and he brought me his Palm full of the Water of Heavenly Wisdom, which was of very great use to me, for my Eyes were streight cleared, and I saw the great
black Tower just before me; but the great Net, which I spy'd so near me, cast me in fuch a Terror, that I ran back as far as I could in one Breath, ' without looking behind me: then my Benefactor thus bespoke me, You have made the wonderful’lt Escape in the World, the Water you used to drink is of a bewitching, Nature, you would
else have been mightily shocked at the " Deformities and Meanncss of the Place; for befide the Set of blind Fools, in whose Company you was, you may E 2
now observe many others who are only bewitched after another no less dangerous manner. Look a little that way, there goes a Crowd of Paffengers, they have indeed fo good a Head, as not to suffer themselves to be blinded by this bewitching Water'; the black Tower is not vanished out of
their fight, they see it whenever they "look up to it; but see how they go fide
ways, and with their Eyes downwards, as if they were mad, that they may thus
rush into the Net, without being be• forehand troubled at the Thought of cfo miserable a Destruction. Their • Wills are so perverse, and their Hearts <fo fond of the Pleasures of the Place, 6 that rather than forgo them they will run all hazards, and venture upon all the Miseries and Woes before them.
SEE there that other Company, though they should drink none of the “ bewitching Water yet they take a
course bewitching and deluding ; see how they chuse the crookedest Paths, whereby they have often the black « Tower behind them, and sometimes • see the radiant Column Side-ways,
which gives them some weak Glimpse
(with that, not knowing whether any ' other have any more of its Influence 6 and Light than themselves: this Road ' is called that of Superftition or Human • Invention, they grosly over-look that 6 which the Rules and Laws of the Place
prescribe to them, and contrive fome other Scheme and Set of Directions and Prescriptions for themselves, which they hope will serve their turn. He Thewed me many other kind of Fools, which put me quite out of humour with the Place. At last he carried me to the right Paths, where I found true' and folid Pleasure, which enter"tained me all the way, till we came in $ closer sight of the Pillar, where the
Satisfaction increased to that measure that my Faculties were not able to contain it; in the straining of them I was violently waked, not a little gricved at the vanishing of so pleasing a Dream.
Glascow, Sept. 29.
Saturday, November 1.
'Ons To owceg érdpetin t'dywy pws, Ζηλωτός ανθρώποισιν.
T is my Custom to take fre
quent Opportunities of enI
quiring from time to time, what Success my Speculati
ons meet with in the Town. I am glad to find in particular, that my Discourfes on Marriage have been well received. A Friend of mine gives me to understand, from Doctors-Commons, that more Licences have been taken out there of late than ufual. I am likewise informed of several pretty Fellows, who have resolved to commence Heads of Families by the first favourable Opportunity. One of thein writes me word, that he is ready to enter into the Bonds of Matrimony, provided I will give it him under my hand (as I now do) that a Man may Thew his Face in good Company after he is married, and that he need not be ashamed to treat a
Woman with Kindness, who puts her self into his power for Life.
I have other Letters on this Subject, which say that I am attempting to make a Revolution in the World of Gallantry, and that the Consequence of it will be, that a great deal of the fprightlieft Wit and Satire of the laft Age will be loft: That a bashful Fellow, upon changing his Condition, will be no longer puzzled how to stand the Rallery of his facetious Companions; that he need not own he married only to plunder an Heiress of her Fortune, nor pretend that he uses her ill, to avoid the ridiculous Name of a fond Husband.
INDEED if I may speak my Opinion of great part of the Writings which once prevailed among us under the Notion of Humour, they are fuch ás would tempt one to think there had been an Association among the Wits of those times to rally Legitimacy out of our Island. A. State of Wedlock was the common Mark for all the Adventurers in Farce and Comedy, as well as the Essayers in Lampoon and Satire, to shoot at, and nothing was a more standing Jeft in all Clubs of fashionable Mirth, and gay Conversation. It was