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Heteroclyta funto. Quæ Genus.

Am a young Widow of

a good Fortune and Family,

and just come to Towns
where I find I have Clu-

sters of pretty Fellows
come already to visit me, some dying
with Hopes, others with Fears, tho;
they never saw me. Now what I
would beg of you, would be to know
whether I may venture to use these
pert Fellows with the same Freedom
as I did my Country Acquaintance. I
desire your Leave to use them as to me
shall seem meet, without Imputation
of a Jilt; for since I make Declara-
tion that not one of them shall have

I think I ought to be allowed the Liberty of insulting those who have the Vanity to believe it is in their power to make me break that Refolu

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tion. There are Schools for learning to use Foils, frequented by those who never design to fight: and this useless way of aiming at the Heart, without design to wound it on either side, is

the Play with which I am resolv'd <divert my self: The Man who pre

tends to win, I shall use like him who ' comes into a Fencing-School to pick a Quarrel. I hope, upon this Foundation, you will give the free use of

the natural and artificial Force of my • Eyes, Looks, and Gestures. As for 6 verbal Promises, I will make none; but shall have no Mercy on the con. ceited Interpreters of Glances and

Motions. I am particularly skill'd in the downcast Eye, and the Recovery into a sudden full Aspect, and away

again, as you may have seen some

times practised by us Country Beauties beyond all that you have ob

served in Courts and Cities. Add to this, Sir, that I have a ruddy heedless Look, which covers Artifice the best of any thing. Tho' I can

dance very well, I affect a tottering uns taught way of walking, by which I appear an cafy Prey; and never exert my

instructed Charms till I find I have

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engaged a Pursuer. Be pleased, Sir, to print this Letter, which will certainly begin the Chace of a rich Widow: 'The many Foldings, Escapes, Returns 6 and Doublings which I make, I shall from time to time communicate to you, for the better Instruction of all Females who set up, like me, for reducing the

present exorbitant Power and Insolence
c of Man.

I am, SIR,
Your faithful Correspondent,

Relicta Lovely
I Depend upon your profess?d Re

fpect for virtuous Love, for your
"immediate answering the Design of
this Letter, which is no other than

to lay before the World the Severity of certain Parents who desire to sufpend the Marriage of a discreet young Woman of Eighteen, three Years longer, for no other. Reason but that of her being too young to enter into that

As to the Consideration of Riches, my Circumstances are suchthat 'I cannot be suspected to make my Addreffes to her on such low Motives as

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Avarice or Ambition. If ever Innocence, Wit and Beauty, united their utmost Charms, they have in her. I wish you would expatiate a little on this Subject, and admonish her Pa

rents that it may be from the very Imperfection of Human Nature it' self,

and not any personal Frailty of her or me, that our Inclinations baffled at present may alter; and while we are arguing with our selves to put off the Enjoyment of our present Paffions, our Affections may change their Objects in the Operation. It is a very delicate Subject to talk upon; but if it were but' hinted, I am in hopes it would give the Parties concern'd fome • Reflection that might expedite our * Happiness. There is a Possibility, and 6

I hope I may say it without Imputation of Immodesty to her I love with the highest Honour; I say, there is a Poflibility this Delay may be as painful to her as it is to me. If it be as

much, in must be more, by reason of the severe Rules the Sex are anderin being denied even the Relief of Complaint. If you oblige me in

this, and I succeed, I promise you 6a Place at my Wedding, and a Treat


ment suitable to your Spectatorial Dignity. Your moft bumble Servant,


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man, that looks as if he was just come to the Town and a Scarf, upon 'Evil - speaking; which Subject, you know, Archbishop Tillotson has fonobly handled in a Sermon in his Folio: As soon as ever he had named his Text; and had opened a little the Drift of his Discourse, I was in great hopes he had been one of Sir ROGER's Chapa

I have conceived so great an - Idea of the charming Discourse above, :,that I should have thought one part of

my Sabbath very well spent in hearing #'a Repetition of it. But alas! Mr. ESPECTATOR, this Reverend Divine gave us his Grace's Sermon, and yet I

don't know how; even I, that I am fure have read it at least twenty times, could not tell what to make of it, and was at a loss sometimes to guess what the Man aim'd at. He was lo just indeed, Sas to give us all the Heads and the

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