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and affections, and wonder so many are brought to take us for companions for life when they see our endearments fo triflingly placed; for, to my knowledge, Mr. Truman would give half his estate for half the affection you have shewn to that Shock; nor do I believe you would be ashamed to confess that I saw you cry when he had the cholick last week with lapping sour milk. What more could you do for himself ?” “What more !” replied the lady, “there is not a man in England for whom I could lament half so much." "Then she stifled the animal with kisses, and called him beau, life, dear, Monsieur, pretty fellow, and what not, in the hurry of her impertinence. Sappho rose up, as she always does at anything the observes done which discovers in her own sex a levity of mind which renders them inconsiderable in the opinion of ours. It

may be thought very unaccountable that I, who can never be supposed to go to White's, should pretend to talk to you of matters proper for or in the style of that place. But though I never visit these publick haunts, I converse with those that do; and for all they pretend so much to the contrary, they are as talkative as our sex, and as much at a loss to entertain the present company, without sacrificing the last, as we ourfelves. This reflection has led me into the confideration of the use of speech, and made me look over in my memory all my acquaintance of both sexes to know to which I may more justly impute the sin of fuperfluous discourse in regard to conversation, without entering into it, as it respects religion.

I foresee my acquaintance will immediately, upon starting this subject, ask me how I shall celebrate Mrs. Alsé Copswood, the Yorkshire huntress, who is come to town lately, and moves as if the were on her nag and going to take a five-bar gate ; and is as loud as if she were following her dogs! I can easily answer that, for she is soft as Damon, in comparison of her brother-in-law, Tom Bellfrey, who is the most accomplished man in this kingdom for all gentleman-like activities and accomplishments. It is allowed that he is a professed enemy to the Italian performers in musick. But then for our own native manner, according to the customs and know?

usages of our island, he is to be preferred, for the generality of the pleasure he bestows, much before those fellows, though they sing to full theatres. For what is a theatrical voice to that of a fox-hunter ? I have been at a musical entertainment in an open field, where it amazed me to hear to what pitches the chief masters would reach. There was a meeting near our seat in Staffordshire, and the most eminent in all the counties of England were at it. How wonderful was the harmony between men and dogs! Robin Cartail, of Bucks, was to answer to Jowler ; Mr. Tinbreast, of Cornwall, was appointed to open with Sweetlips, and Beau Slimber, a Londoner, undertook to keep up with Trips, a whelp just set in; Tom Bellfrey and Ringwood were coupled together, to fill the cry on all occasions, and be in at the death of the fox, hare, or stag, for which both the dog and the man were excellently suited, and loved one another, and were as much together as Banister and King. When Jowler first alarmed the field, Cartail repeated every note; Sweetlips' treble succeeded, and shook the wood; Tinbreast echoed a quarter of a mile beyond it. We were soon after all at a loss, till we rid up and found Trips and Slimber at a default in half notes ; but the day and the tune was recovered by Tom Bellfrey and Ringwood, to the great joy of us all, though they drowned every other voice, for Bellfrey carries a note four furlongs, three rods, and six paces further than any other in England.

I fear the mention of this will be thought a digression from my purpose about speech, but I answer, no. Since this is used where speech rather should be employed, it may come into consideration in the fame chapter. For Mr. Bellfrey being at a visit where I was, viz. his cousin's (Lady Dainty's) in Soho, was asked what entertainments they had in the country? Now Bellfrey is very ignorant, and much a clown, but confident withal. In a word, he struck up a fox-chase, Lady Dainty's dog, Mr. Sippet, as she calls him, started and jumped out of his lady's lap, and fell a barking Bellfrey went on, and called all the neighbouring parishes into the square. Never was woman in such confusion as that delicate lady. But there was no stopping her kinsman. A room full of ladies fell into the most violent laughter. My lady looked as if she was shrieking; Mr. Sippet, in the middle of the room, breaking his heart with barking, but all of us unheard. As foon as Bellfrey became silent, up gets my lady and takes him by the arm to lead him off: Bellfrey was in his boots. As she was hurrying him away, his fpurs take hold of her petticoat, his whip throws down a cabinet of china; he cries, “ What ! are your crocks rotten? are your petticoats ragged ? A man can't walk in your house for trincums."

Every county of Great Britain has one hundred or more of this sort of fellows, who roar instead of speaking. Therefore, if it be true that we women are also given to a greater fluency of words than is necessary, sure she that disturbs but a room or a family is more to be tolerated than one who draws together whole parishes and counties, and sometimes (with an estate that might make him the blessing and ornament of the world around him) has no other view and ambition but to be an animal above dogs and horses, without the relish of any one enjoyment which is peculiar to the faculties of human nature. I know it will here be said, that talking of mere country 'fquires at this rate is, as it were, to write against Valentine and Orson. To prove anything against the race of men, you must take them as they are adorned with education, as they live in courts, or have received instructions in colleges.

But I am so full of my late entertainment by Mr. Bellfrey, that I must defer pursuing this subject to another day, and waive the proper observations upon the different offenders in this kind,—fome by profound eloquence on small occasions, others by degrading speech upon great circumstances. Expect, therefore, to hear of the whisperer without business, the laugher without wit, the complainer without receiving injuries, and a very large crowd, which I shall not forestall, who are common (though not commonly observed) impertinents—whose tongues are too voluble for their brains, and are the general despisers of us women, though we have their superiors, the men of sense, for our servants.

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Mrs. Distaff has taken upon her, while she writes this paper, to turn her thoughts wholly to the service of her own sex, and to propose remedies against the greatest vexations attending female life. She has for this end written a small treatise concerning the “ Second Word,” with an appendix on the use of a “reply,” very proper for all such as are married to perfons either ill-bred or ill-natured. There is in this tract a digression for the use of virgins, concerning the words, 'I will.'

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FIND among my brother's papers the following letter verbatim, which I wonder how he could suppress so long as he has, since it was sent him for no other end but to show the good effect his writings have

already had upon the ill customs of the age. “SIR,

London, June 13. “The end of all publick papers ought to be the benefit and instruction, as well as the diversion of the readers, to which I see none so truly conducive as your late performances, especially those tending to the rooting out from among us, that unchristianlike and bloody custom of duelling, which, that you have already in some measure performed, will appear to the publick in the following no less true than heroic story.

“A noble gentleman of this city, who has the honour of serving his country as major in the train-bands, being at the general mart of stock-jobbers called Jonathan’s, endeavouring to raise himself (as all men of honour ought) to the degree of colonel at least, it happened that he bought the bear of another officer, who, though not commissioned in the army, yet no less eminently serves the publick than the other, in raising the credit of the kingdom, by raising that of the stocks. However, having sold the bear, and words arising about the delivery, the most noble major, no less scorning to be outwitted in the coffee-house than to run into the field, according

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