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“ backs of the nation; and high shoulders, as well as “ high noses, were the top of the fashion. But to come “ to ourselves, gentlemen, though I find by my quin

quennial observations, that we shall never get ladies " enough to make a party in our own country, yet might

we mect with better success among fome of our allies. “ And what think you if our board sat for a Dutch “ piece ? Truly I am of opinion, that as odd as we ap

pear in flesh and blood, we should be no such strange " things in metzo-tinto. But this project may rest 'till “ our number is complete; and this being our election

night, give me leave to propose Mr. Spectator. You “ fee his inclinations, and perhaps we may not have his 66 fellow."

* I found most of them (as is usual in all such cases) were prepared; but one of the seniors (whom by the

by Mr. President had taken all this pains to bring • over) sat still, and cocking his chin, which seemed

only to be levelled at his nose, very gravely declared, “ That in case he had had sufficient knowledge of you,

no man should have been more willing to have served

you; but that he, for his part, had always had re“ gard to his own conscience, as well as other people's “ merit; and he did not know but that you might be a “ handsome fellow; for as for your own certificate, it

was every body's bufiness to speak for themselves.”

Mr. President immediately returted,' “ A handsome “ fellow! why he is a wit, Sir, and you know the pro“ verb:” and to ease the old gentleman of his scruples,

cricd, “ That for matter of merit it was all one, you “ might wear a malk.” This threw him into a pause,

and he looked desirous of three days to consider on it; " but Mr. President improved the thought, and followed s him up with an old story, “ That wits were privileged

to wear what masks they pleased in all ages; and that

a vizard had been the constant crown of their labours, “ which was generally presented them by the hand of “ fome fatyr, and sometimes of Apollo himself:” For

the truth of which he appealed to the frontispiece of "feveral books, and particularly to the Englith Juvenal,

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' to which he referred him; and only added; “ That & such authors were the Larvati, or Larva donati of the « ancients.” This cleared up all, and in the conclusfion you were chose probationer: and Mr. President put round your health as such, protesting,

66 That 6 though indeed he talked of a vizard, he did not be“ lieve all the while you had any more occasion for it “ than the cat-a-mountain;" so that all you have to • do now is to pay your fees, which here are very rea-. <fouable, if you are not imposed upon: and you may < ftile yourself Informis Societatis Socius: which I am

defired to acquaint you with; and upon the same I beg you to accept of the congratulation of,

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FRIEND of mine has two daughters, whom I will

call Lætitia and Daphne ; the former is one of the greatest beauties of the age in which she lives, the latter no way remarkable for any charms in her person. Upon this one circumstance of their outward forin, the good and ill of their life seems to turn.

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from her very childhood, heard any thing else but commendations of her features and complexion, by which means the is no other than nature made her, a very beautiful out-fide. The consciousness of her charms has rendered her insupportably vain and infolent towards all who have to do with her. Daphne, who was almost twenty before one civil thing had ever been said to her, found herself obliged to acquire some accomplishments to make up for the want of those attractions which she saw in her sister. Poor Daphne was seldom submitted to in a debate wherein she was concerned; her discourse had nothing to recommend it but the good sense of it, and she was always under a necessity to have very well confidered what she was to say before the uttered it; while Lætitia was listened to with partiality, and approbation sat in the countenances of those the conversed with, before the communicated what she had to say. These causes have produced suitable effects, and Lætitia is as infipid'a companion, as Daphne is an agreeable one. Lætitia, confident of favour, has studied no arts to please; Daphne, despairing of any inclination towards her person, has depended only on her merit. Lætitia has always something in her air that is fullen, grave, and disconsolate. Daphne has a countenanee that appears

chearful, open, and unconcerned. A young gentleman faw Lætitia this winter at a play, and became her captive. His fortune was such, that he wanted very little introduction to speak his sentiments to her father. The lover was admitted with the utmost freedom into the family, where a constrained behaviour, severe looks and distant civilities, were the highest favours he could obtain of Lætitia; while Daphne ured him with the good-humour, familiarity, and innocence of a siter; insomuch that he would often say to her, “ Dear Daphne, wert thou but

as handsome as Lætitia"--She received such language with that ingenuous and pleasing mirth, which is natural to a woman without dcfign. He ftill fighed in vain for Lætitia, but found certain relief in the agreeable convertation of Dapıne. At length, heartily tired with the hauglaty impertinence of Lætitia, and charmed

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with repeated instances of good-humour he had observed in Daphne, he one day told the latter, that he had something to say to her he hoped the would be pleased with

« Faith, Daphne, continued he, I am in love with “ thee, and despise thy fifter sincerely.” The manner of his declaring himself gave his mistress occasion for a very hearty laughter." Nay, says he, I knew you would “ laugh at me, but I'll ask your father.” He did fo; the father received his intelligence with no less joy than surprise, and was very glad he had now no care left but for his beauty, which he thought he could carry to market at his leisure. I do not know any thing that has pleased me so much a great while, as this conquest of my friend Daphne's. All her acquaintance congratulate her her chance-medlcy, and laugh at that premeditating murderer her fifter. As it is an argument of a light mind, to think the worse of ourselves for the imperfections of our persons, it is equally below us to value ourselves upon the advantages of them. The female world seem to be almost incorrigibly gone astray in this particular; for which reason, I shall recommend the following extract out of a friend's letter to the profeficd beauties, who are a people alınost as unsufferable as the professed wits. MONSIEUR St. Evremond has concluded one of

his essays with affirming, that the last fighs r of a handsome woman are not so much for the lofs • of her life as of her beauty. Perhaps this raillery • is pursued too far, yet it is turned upon a very ob« vious remark, that woman's strongest passion is for • her own beauty, and that the values it as her fa{ vourite distinction. From hence it is that all arts, • which pretend to improve or preserve it, meet with • so general a reception among the sex. To say no

thing of many false helps, and contraband wares of

beauty, which are daily vended in this great mart, • there is not a maiden gentlewoman of a good family • in any country of South-Britain, who has not heard • of the virtues of May-dew, or is unfurnished with

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« some receipt or other in favour of her complexion; 6 and I have known a physician of learning and sense, " after eight years study in the university, and a course 6 of travels into most countries in Europe, owe the firft raising of his fortunes to a cosmetic waih. · This has given me occasion to consider how so universal a disposition in womankind, which springs

from a laudable motive, the desire of pleasing, and • proceeds upon an opinion, not altogether ground« less, that nature may be helped by art, may be 6 turned to their advantage. And, methinks, it would • be an acceptable service to take them out of the hands 6 of quacks and pretenders, and to prevent their im

posing upon themselves, by discovering to them the true fecret and art of improving beauty.

• In order to this, before I touch upon it directly, it will be necessary to lay down a few preliminary

mazims, viz.

• That no woman can be handsome by the force of • features alone, any more than she can be witty only by the help of speech. • That pride destroys all symmetry and grace, and affectation is a more terrible enemy to fine faces than the small-pox.

• That no woman is capable of being beautiful, who " is not incapable of being false.

< And, that what would he odious in a friend, is defurmity in a mistress.

* From these few principles, thus laid down, it will • be cary to prove, that the true art of allifting beauty • consists in embellishing the whole person by the proper

ornaments of virtuous and commendable quali.

By this help alone it is, that those who are o the favourite work of nature, or, as Mr. Dryden

expresses it, the Porcelain clay of human kind,' be

come animated, and are in a capacity of exerting " their charins; and those who fecm to have been neg.

lected by her, like models wrought in hafte, are capable in a great measure of finishing what the has left imperfect

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