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not rụn so high as I find your accounts have made it. The truth of the fact you shall have very faithfully. You are to understand, that the persons concerned in this scene were Lady Autumn and Lady Springly. Autumn is a person of good breeding, formality, and a singular way practised in the last age ; and Lady Springly, a modern impertinent of our sex, who affects as improper a familiarity as the other does distance. Lady Autumn knows to a hair's breadth where her place is in all assemblies and conversations; but Springly neither gives nor takes place of anybody, but understands the place to fignify no more than to have room enough to be at ease wherever she comes. Thus, while Autumn takes the whole of this life to consist in understanding punctilio and decorum, Springly takes everything to be becoming which contributes to her ease and satisfaction. These heroines have married two brothers, both knights. Springly is the spouse of the elder, who is a baronet; and Autumn being a rich widow, has taken the younger, and her purse endowed him with an equal fortune and knighthood of the same order. This jumble of titles, you need not doubt, has been an aching torment to Autumn, who took place of the other on no pretence, but her carelessness and disregard of distinction. The secret occasion of envy broiled long in the breast of Autumn, but no opportunity of contention on that subject happening, kept all things quiet till the accident, of which


demand an account. “It was given out among all the gay people of this place, that on the oth instant, several damsels, swift of foot, were to run for a suit of head-clothes at the Old Wells. Lady Autumn on this occasion invited Springly to go with her in her coach to see the race. When they came to the place where the Governor of Epsom and all his court of citizens were assembled, as well as a crowd of people of all orders, a brisk young fellow addresses himself to the younger of the ladies, viz. Springly, and offers her his service to conduct her into the musick-room. Springly accepts the compliment, and is led triumphantly through a bowing crowd, while Autumn is left among the rabble, and has much ado to get back into her coach, but she did it at laft; and as it is usual to see by the

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horses my lady's present disposition, she orders John to whip furiously home to her husband, where, when sie enters, down The sits, began to unpin her hood, and lament her foolish fond heart, to marry into a family where she was so little regarded; The that might—Here the stops ; then rises up and stamps, and sits down again. Her gentle knight made his approach with a supple, beseeching gesture. My dear,” said he,Tell me no dears,' replied Autumn, -s in the presence of the governor and all the merchants- -what will the world fay of a woman that has thrown herself away at this rate?' Sir Thomas withdrew, and knew it would not be long a secret to him, as well as that experience told him, he that marries a fortune is of course guilty of all faults against his wife, let them be committed by whom they will. But Springly, an hour or two after, returns from the Wells, and finds the whole company together. Down she fat, and a profound silence ensued. You know a premeditated quarrel usually begins and works up with the words, some people.' The silence was broken by Lady Autumn, who began to say, • There are some people who fancy, that if some people'Springly immediately takes her up, "There are some people who fancy, if other people'- -Autumn repartees, 'People may give themselves airs, but other people perhaps who make less ado, may be, perhaps, as agreeable as people who set themselves out more.' All the other people at the table fat mute, while these two people, who were quarrelling, went on with the use of the word people, instancing the very accidents between them, as if they kept only in distant hints. Therefore,' says Autumn, reddening, “There are some people will go abroad in other people's coaches, and leave those with whom they went to shift for themselves; and if, perhaps, those people have married the younger brother, yet, perhaps, he may be beholden to those people for what he is.' Springly smartly answers, 'People may bring so much ill-humour into a family, as people may repent their receiving their money ;' and goes on-Everybody is not considerable enough to give her uneasiness. Upon this, Autumn comes up to her, and desired her to kiss her, and never to see her again, which her

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sister refusing, my lady gave her a box on the ear. -Springly returns, Ay, ay,' said she, “I knew well enough you meant me by your some people, and gives her another on the other side. To it they went with most masculine fury—each husband ran in. The wives immediately fell upon their husbands, and tore periwigs and cravats. interposed, when (according to the slip knot of matrimony, which makes them return to one another when any put in between) the ladies and their husbands fell upon all the rest of the company; and having beat all their friends and relations out of the house, came to themselves time enough to know, there was no bearing the jest of the place after these adventures, and therefore marched off the next day. It is said, the governor has sent several joints of mutton, and has proposed divers dishes very exquisitely dressed, to bring them down again. From his address and knowledge in roast and boiled, all our hopes of the return of this good company depend. I am, dear Jenny, “ Your ready friend and servant,


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HIS evening some ladies came to visit, . and the discourse, after very many frivolous and publick matters, turned upon the main point among the women—the passion of love. Sappho, who

always leads on this occasion, began to shew her reading, and told us that Sir John Suckling and Milton had, upon a parallel occasion, said the tenderest things she had ever read. “ The circumstance,” said she, “ is such as gives us a notion of that protecting part which is the duty of men in their honourable designs upon, or possession of

In Suckling's tragedy of Brennoralt he makes the lover steal into his mistress's bed-chamber, and draw the curtains; then, when his heart is full of her charms, as she lies sleeping, instead of being carried away by the violence of his defires into thoughts of a warmer nature, fleep, which is the image of death, gives this generous lover reflections of a different kind, which

regard rather her fafety than his own passion, For, beholding her as she lies sleeping, he utters these words


So misers look upon their gold,

Which, while they joy to see, they fear to lose :
The pleasure of the fight scarce equalling
The jealousy of being dispolless’d by others.
Her face is like the Milky Way i' the sky,
A meeting of gentle lights without a name !'

Heav'n! shall this fresh ornament of the world
These precious love-lines, pass with other common things

Amongst the wastes of time? what pity 'twere ! “When Milton makes Adam leaning on his arm, beholding Eve, and lying in the contemplation of her beauty, he describes the utmost tenderness and guardian affection in one word :

« Adam with looks of cordial love

Hung over her enamour’d.' “ This is that sort of passion which truly deserves the name of love, and has fomething more generous than friendship itself; for it has a constant care of the object beloved, abstracted from its own interests in the possession of it.” Sappho was proceeding on the subject when my sister produced a letter sent to her in the time of my absence, in celebration of the marriage state, which is the condition wherein only this fort of passion reigns in full authority. The epistle is as follows:


“ Your brother being absent, I dare take the liberty of writing to you my thoughts of that state which our whole fex either is or desires to be in : you will easily guess I mean matrimony, which I hear so much decried, that it was with no small labour I maintained my ground against two opponents; but, as your brother observed of Socrates, I drew them into my own conclusion from their own concessions

“ If you think they were too easily confuted, you may conclude them not of the first sense by their talking against marriage.

« Yours,


I observed Sappho began to redden at this epistle; and turning to a lady who was playing with a dog she was so fond of as to carry him abroad with her, “Nay," says she, “I cannot blame the men if they have mean ideas of our souls

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