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some of your papers, how much they are in the wrong. “I have been married near five years, and do not know « that in all that time I ever went abroad without my « husband's leave and approbation. I am obliged, through • the importunities of several of my relations, to go abroad • oftener than suits my temper. Then it is, I labour un
der infupport:ble agonies. That man, or rather monster, haunts every place I go to.
Base villain ! by rea• son I will not admit his nauseous wicked visits and ap• pointments, he 1trives all the ways he can to ruin me.
He left me dertitute of friend or money, nor ever thought 6 me worth injuiring after, till he unfortunately happened to see me in a front-box, sparkling with jewels. « Then his publion returned. Then the hypocrite pres tended to be a penitent. Then he practised all thcse arts « that helped before to undo me. I am not to be deceis ved a second time by him. I hate and abhor his odious passion; and, as he plainly perceives it, either out of
spite or dirersion, he makes it his butiness to expose me, - I never fail feeing him in all public comp.?n;', where he s is always molt industriously spiteful. lle datii, in short, « told all his acquaintance of our unhappy afdir; they o tell theirs ; so that it is no secret among his companions, « which are numerous. They to whom he tells it, think,
they have a title to be very familiar. If the; bow to o me, and I out of good manners return it, then I am pe6 stered with freedoms that are no wats agreeable to my- self or company. If I turn my cyes from them, or • feem displeased, they four upon it, and whiper the next • person; he his next, till I have at lait the eyes of the whole company upon me.
Nay', they report abomi( nable falsehoods, under that mistaken notion, “She that 66 will grant favours to one man, will to a hundred.' I
beg you will let those who are guilty know, how ungeo nerous this way of proceeding is. I am sure he will o know himself the person aimed at, and perhaps put a
stop to the infolence of others. Cursed is the fate of « unhappy women! that men may boast and glory in those
things that we must think of with shame and horror ! "You have the art of making such odious customs appear o detestable. For my fake, and I am sure, for the sake r of several others, who dare not own it, but, like
under the same misfortunes, make it as infamous for a
man to boast of favours, or expose our sexs, as it is to * take the lie or a box on the car, and not refcnt it.
Your constant reader,
LESBIA.' 'P.S. I am the more impatiert under this misfer* tune, having received freth provocation, laft Ileafley · in the elbbeyi'
I ENTIRELY agree with the amiabi' and unfortunate Lesbia, that an insult upon a woman in her circumstances, is as infamous in a man, as i tame behaviour when the lie or a buffet is given; which truth I fail beg lcare of her to illustrate by the following observation.
It is a mark of cowardice pasively to forbear resenting an affront, the resenting of which would lead a man into danger; it is no less a sign of cowardice to affront a creature, that hath not power to avenge itself. Whatever name therefore this ungenerous man may bestow on the helpless lady he hath injured, I shall not scruple to give him in return for it, the apellation of coward.
A MAN, that can so far descend from his dignity, as to strike a lady, can never recover his reputation with either sex, because no provocation is thought strong enough to justify such treatment from the powerful towards the weak. In the circumstances, in which poor Lesbia is fituated, she can appeal to no man whatsoever to avenge an insult, more grievous than a blow. If she could open
her mouth, the base man knows, that a husband, a brother, a generous friend, would die to see her righted,
A GENEROUS mind, however enraged against an enemy, feels its resentment sink and vanish away, when the object of its wrath falls into its power. An estranged friend, filled with jealousy and discontent towards a bosom-acquaintance, is apt to overflow with tenderness and remorse, when a creature that was once dear to him, undergoes any misfortune. What name then shall we give to his ingratitude, who (forgetting the favours he folicited with eagerness, and received with rapture) can in
sult the miseries that he himself caused, and make sport with the pain to which he owes his greatest pleasure ? There is but one being in the creation whose province it. is to practise upon the imbecillities of frail creatures, and triumph in the woes which his own artifices brought about ; and we well know, those who follow his example, will receive his reward.
LEAVING my fair correspondent to the direction of her own wisdom and modesty; and her enemy, and his mean accomplices, to the compunction of their own hearts; ! shall conclude this paper with a memorable initance of revenge, taken by a Spanis lady upon a guilty lorer, which
serve to fhew what violent effects are wrought by the most tender passion, when soured into hatred; and may deter the young and unwary from unlawful love, The story, however romantic it may appear, I have heard affirmed for a truth.
Nor many years ago an English gentleman, who in a rencounter by night in the streets of Madrid had the misfortune to kill his man, fled into a church-porch for fanctuary. Leaning against the door, he was surprised to find it open, and a glimmering light in the church. He had the courage to advance towards the light; but was terribly startled at the sight of a woman in white, who ascended from a grave with a bloody knife in her hand. The phantom marched up to him, and asked him what he did there. He told her the truth without reserve, believing that he had met a ghost : upon which the spoke to him in the following manner: Stranger, thou art in my power ;
I am a murderer as thou art. Know then, that I am a
nun of a noble family. A base perjured man undid me, " and boasted of it. I soon had him dispatched; but not
content with the murder., I have bribed the sexton to • let me enter his grave, and have now plucked out his • false heart from his body; and thus I use a traitor's • heart.” At these words she tore it in pieces, and trampled it under her feet.
No. 6 2.
Wednesday, October 27.
Murranum hic, ataros et atorum antiqua fonanteni Nomina, per regesque actum genus cuirie Latinos, Precipitem fcopulo, atque ingentis turbinie forsi Excutit, effunditque filo,
Virg. Æn. 12. v. 529:
Murranus, boasting of his blood that springs
scended from worthy ancestors, not only out of gratitude to those who have done good to mankind, but as it is an encouragement to others to follow their example. But this is an honour to be received, not demanded, by the descendants of great men; and they who are apt to remind us of their ancestors, only put us upon making comparisons to their own difadrantage. There is func pretence for boasting of wit, beauty, ftrength, .or wealti, because the communication of them may give pleasure or profit to others; but we can have no mciit, nor ought we to claim any reject, because our fathers acted well whether we would or no.
The following letter ridicules the fully I have mere tioned, in a new, and, I think, not disagreeable light. - Mír SPECTATOR,
TER E the gencalogy of every family preserved,
there would probably be no man valued or despised on account of his birth.
There is scarce a bago gar in the frests, who would not find himfilf lineaily defcendcu frura fome great man; nor any one of de higheít titl:, who would not discover feveral bafe and :incigent persons among bis ancestors. It would be ab pleasant entertainment to see one pedigree of men apFear together under the same characters they bore when R 3
they and their respective parts among the living. Sup
pofe therefore a gentleman, full of his illustrious fami·ly, should, in the same manner as l'irgil makes Æneas
look over his descendants, see the whole line of his progenitors pass in a review before his eyes, with how many varying pasions would he behold shepherds and soldiers, statesmen and artificers, princes and beggars, walk in the procesiion of five thcusand years ! How would • his heart sink or flutter at the fereral sports of fortune in
scene fo diversified with rags and purple, handicraft tools and feestres, ersigns of dignity and emblems of disgrace; and how would his fears and apprchenfions, his transports and mortifications, succeed one another, as the line of his genealogy appeared bright or obscure ?
'In most of the pedigrees hung up in old manfion-hou* ses, you are sure to find the first in the catalogue a great • statesman, or a soldier with an honourable commillion. - The honest artificer that begot him, and all his frugal - ancestors before him, are torn off from the top of the
register; and you are not left to imagine, that the noble founder of the family ever had a father. Were we to trace many boasted lines farther backwards, we should • lose them in a mob of tradesmen, or a croud of ruftics, • without hope of seeing them emerge again : not unlike
the old Appian way, which after having run many miks * in length, loses itself in a bog.
"I LATELY made a visit to an old country-gentleman, * who is very far gone in this fort of family-madness. I • found him in his fiudy perusing an old register of his 'family, which he had just then discovered, as it was
branched out in the form of a tree, upon a skin of parch'ment. Having the honour to have some of his blood
in my veins, he permitted me to cast my eye over the boughs of this venerable plant; and asked my advice • in the reforming of some of the superiluous branches.
We passed slightly over three or four of our imme• diate forefathers, whom we knew by tradition, but
were foon stopped by an alderman of London, who, I perceived, made my kinsman's heart go pit a pat. His confusion increased, when he found the aldei man's faother to be a grasier; but he recovered his fright, upon sceing justice of the quorum at the end of his titles.