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ed humour. For their pistol, as it were, who carried the joke so far as to accomrecoils upon themselves; and fince it pany a strange gentleman to a bagnio; may produce their own deathis, it would but when she came there, was surprised be more prudent not to draw their wit to find, that he was fond of a Frolic, as out of their scabbards.
well as herself, and offered her violence. Our ladies of quality, who have at But I particularly admire the spirit of length adopted French manners with that lady, who had such true relish for French fathions, and thrown off all a Frolic, as to go with her gallant to starchness and reserve with the ruff and the masquerade, though she knew he had the fardingale, are very fond of a Fro. no breeches under his Domino. lic. I have, indeed, lately observed I moit heartily congratulate the fine with great pleasure the commendable at. ladies and gentlemen of the age on the tempts of the other fex to shake off the spirit with which they pursue their dishackles of custom; and I make no versions; and I look upon a bold Frodoubt, but a libertine lady will soon be lic as the peculiar privilege of a person come a very common character. If their of famion. The ladies undoubtedly see passion for Gaming continues to increase a great deal of pleasantry in an intrigue, in the same proportion that it has for and mimic the dress and manners of the some time past, we shall very soon meet courtesans very happily and facetiously; with abundance of harpers in pettic while the gentlemen, among many other coats; and it will be mentioned as a new fancies, have made the old blunder very familiar incident, that a party of of the Merry Andrew appear no longer female gamblers were seized by the con- ridiculous, and are mightily pleased with Itables at a gaming.table. I am also the comical humours of a murder. The informed, that it is grown very common Frolics now in vogue will probably conamong the ladies to toast pretty fellows; tinue to be the amusements of the polite and that they often amuse themselves world for a long time: but whenever the with concerting schemes for an excel- fashion is about to vary, I beg leave to lent Frolic. A Frolic is, indeed, the propose the Frolic recommended, if I most convenient name in the world to remember right, to the Duke of Whar. veil an intrigue: and it is a great pity, tou by Dr. Swifi,
"When you are that husbands and fathers Mould ever ' tired of your other Frolics, I would object to it. I can see no harm in a have you take up the Frolic of BEING lady's going disguised to mob it in the
may word for it, you will gallery at the play-house; and could not ' find it the moit agreeable Frolic you but smile at the pretty innocent wanton, ever practised in your life,' Q
N°LV, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1755.
NIL OBSTAT. CÖIS TIXI PINE VIDERE EST
WHILE BUCKS WITH WONDER VIEW THE NAKED BELLI.
a sect called The ADAMITES, streets and open day-light without any whose doctrine, like that of our présent clothing. But this primitive fimplicity Moravians, was calculated to comfort did not agree with the notions of those the feth as well as the spirit; and many degenerate days; and the Adamites were things, generally accountai indecent and looked upon as an intolerable nuisance, immodest, were with them regarded as Their religion, like all others, was foen principles of deligion. The chief artis attended with persecution; and some of ale maintained by this sect was, that it the converts were dragged naked at the was proper, like our great forefather cart's mail, some set in the flocks, and Adam, 19.89 naked; and the profelytęs others sent to Bridewell,
Since that remarkable period the inale for, considering the present dress of our part of our fpecies have been decently women of fathion, there remains no furs covered; but the female world has made ther itep to be taken, except abfolute several bold attempts to throw off the nakedness. The itays and petticoat have incumbrance of cloaths. Caps, hand- been to unmercifully pruned and cut kerchiefs, tuckers, and modeity-pieces, away in order to discover latent beau have been long discarded; and the la. ties, that if those of the present mode dies have continued every year to shed were to fall into the hands of our diftant some other part of their dress, as useless potterity, they would conclude, that the and unornamental. But these are only present race of women must have been a half affertions of the female rights and generation of pigmies; for they could natural liberty, in comparison to the never possibly conceive that they were of project, which, it is thought, will be common fize, and wore any garments ripe for execution by the summer. A so little calculated either for use or ornalet of ladies of the first fashion have
If one might judge by appear. agreed to found a feet of
ances, the small degree of modelty that
is left in the polite world, seems to be E VITES.
among the men; and one is almost who are to appear in public with no tempted to look for the rakes and perother covering than the original Fig. fons of intrigue in the other sex. I was leaf. The primitive simplicity of ap- present a few nights ago at the represenpearance will be restored; and though tation of the Chances;
and when I lookSome may be cenforious enough to ima. ed round the boxes, and observed the gine, that their confidence arises from loose dress of all the ladies, and the great very different principles, it may justly, relish with which they received the highbe said of our ladies of quality, as of seasoned jelts in that comedy, I was al. our firit parents before the Fall, « They most appreheative, that the old story of are naked, and ARE NOT ASHAMED. the outrage of the Romans on the Sa.
My country leaders, and all those bine women would be inverted, and that who live at a distance from the polite the ladies would rise up and commit a world, may perhaps look upon this rape on the men, scheme as merely fantastical and imagi- But notwithstanding all that may be nary; but nothing is inore true. The said againt this project for establithing milliners are at this time very busy in nakedness, it is not without example. making up artificial Fig-leaves, and Among the Hottentots, a very wife and adorning them according to the different polite nation, the ladies at this day go fancies of the wearers, There is more quite naked, except a loose mantle thrown talte displayed in contriving an elegant over their shoulders, and a thort apron Fig-leaf, than has hitherto been exert- before instead of a Fig-leaf. It is allo ed in forming a genteel sword-knot. well known, that the Spartans allowed Some have bunches of the gayelt colour. their unmarried women to wear a sort of ed ribbands dangling loosely from the loole robe, which at every motion dirfalk, others tassels of gold and silver- covered their charms through leveral lace, and a few, designed for ladies of openings, contrived for that purpose. the highest dittin&tion, bunches of dia. There would certainly be no harm in monds.
Tbis and the Pompon, which extending this liberty to the whole fex; it is said has been lately worn merely as and I am not in the least inclined to a type of the Fig-Jeaf, will make up the listen to the malignant infinuations, that common dress of the whole female when a married woman endeavours to world: but if ever the weather should look particularly tempting, it is not be too severe for the ladies to appear (as merely to please her husband, but to Bayes expresses it) in puris naturalibus, captivate a gallant. It may perhaps be they are to wear flesh-coloured silks with further objected, that our northern cliPompons and Pig-leaves as usual,
mate is too cold to strip in: but this little There are perhaps persons who, as inconvenience is amply compensated by they still retain
some of the leaven of de- the security the ladies will create to themcency in their composition, will be start, felves by taking such extraordinary 1. led at this project," I must own, how- berties, and carrying matters so very far, ever, that it does not appear to me to be
that it will be inducenteven to reprehend in the leaf extraordinary or surprising: them,
There There is, however, a very large part tice of painting, which is now fo very of the sex, for whom I am greatly con. fashionable, will be entirely laid afide; cerned on this occafion : I mean the Old for whoever incrusts herself in paint can and the Ugly. Whatever the Belles never be allowed to be naked; and it is may get by this fashion, thefe poor la. surely more elegant for a lady to be co. dies will be great fufferers. Their faces vered even with filk and linen, than to are already more than is agreeable to be be daubed, like an old wall, with plaister fhewn; but if they expose fickly skins and rough-caft. furrowed and pursed up like a wather- After this account of the scheme of woman's fingers, the fight will become our modish females now in agitation, too difguiting. During the present mode which the reader may depend upon as I have observed, that the display of a genuine, it only remains to let him know yellow neck or clumsy leg has created how I cane by my intelligence. The but few admirers: and it is reasonable Parliament of Women, lately propoled, to conclude, that when the new fashion is now actually sitting. Upon their first begins to prevail universally, although meeting, after the preliminaries were our men of pleasure will be glad to see adjusted, the whole house naturally rethe young and beautiful (whom they folved itself into a Committee on the af. would desire to take into ilveir arms,) fairs of Dress. The Fig-leaf Bill, the stripping as fast as possible, yet they are purport of which is contained in this not fo fond of primitive and original paper, was brought in by a noble Coun. fimplicity, as to be captivated by a lady tels, and occafioned fome very warm dewho has none of the charms of Eve ex- bates. Two ladies in particular made cept her nakedness. No LVI. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1755.
several remarkable speeches on this ocSome persons of more than ordinary cafion: but they were both imagined to penetration will be apt to look on this speak, like our inale patriots, more for project in a political light, and consider their own private interest than for the it as a scheme to counterwerk the Mar: goord of the public. For one of these riage-a&t. But as the chief ladies who ladies, who inhiited very earnestly on the concerted it, are already provided with decercy of fome sort of covering, and husbands, and are known to be very has a very beautiful face, is hrewdly well affected to the government, this fufpected not to be so much above all does not appear probable. It is more rivalry in the turn and proportion of likely to be an artifice of the Beauties her limbs; and the other, who was imto make their superiority inconteftible; patient to be undre!led with all expediby drawing in the dowdies of the fex tion, was thought to be too much into suffer by such an injurious contrait. fluenced by her known partiality to a However this may be, it is very certain, favourite mole, which now lies out of that the molt lovely of the fex are about fight. The Bill, however, was passed to enploy the whole artillery of their by a confiderable majority, and is incharms against us, and indeed seem re- tended to be put in force by Midsummer folved to shoot us flying. On this oc- Day next ensuingo cafion it is to be hoped, that the prac.
NECTI TRIBUS NODIS TERNOS, AMARYLLI, COLORES :
THRIE COLOURS WEAVE IN THREE-FOLD KNOTS, AND CRY,
HE idle superstitions of the vulgar his mistress on the trees, while the fond
are no where so conspicuous as in maid knits him a pair of garters with the affairs of love. When a raw girl's an amorous posey; and both look on brain is once turned with a sweetheart, what they do as a kind of charm to fethe converts every trifling accident of cure the affection of the other. A lover her life into a good or bad omen, and will rejoice to give his mistress a bracelet makes every thing conspire to strengthen or a top-knot; and the perhaps will take her in fo pleasing a delusion. Virgil pleasure in working him a pair of ruffles. represents Dido, as soon as she has con- These they will regard as the soft bonds tracted her fatal passion for Æneas, go- of love; but neither would on any acing to the priest to liave her fortune count run the risk of cutting love, by told. In like manner the love-fick girl giving or receiving such a present as a runs to the cunning-man, or crosses the knife or a pair of scisfars. To wear gypsy's hand with her last sixpence, to the picture of the beloved object conknow when the shall be married, how ftantly near the heart, is universally ac. many children she shall have, and whe-counted a moft excellent and never-fail. ther the hall be happy with her hul- ing preservative of affection : and if, in band. She also confults the cards, and the course of their amour, the mistress finds out her lover in the Knave of gives the dear man her hair wove in a Hearts. She learns how to interpret true lover's knot, or breaks a crooked dreams, and every night furnishes her nine-pence with him, the thinks herself with meditations for the next day. If assured of his inviolable fidelity. the happens to bring out any thing in Some few years ago there was pubconversation which another person was licly advertised, among the other extraabout to say, she comforts herself that ordinary medicines whose wonderful the shall be married first; and if the qualities are daily related in the last page tumbles as she is running up stairs, of our news-papers, a most efficacious imagines the shall go to church with Love-powder; by which a despairing her sweetheart before the week is at an lover might create affection in the bosom end.
of the molt cruel mistress. Lovers have, It would puzzle the most profound indeed, always been fond of enchant antiquary to discover what could give ment. Shakespeare has represented birth to the strange notions cherished by Othello as accused of winning his Deldefond nymphis and swains. The god of mona ! by conjuration and mighty ma. Love has more superstitious votaries, • gic;' and Theocritus and Virgil have and is worshipped with more unaccount- both introduced women into their Pa. abie rites, than any fabulous deity what. Atorals, using charms and incantations to ever. Nothing, indeed, is fo whimsical recover the affections of their sweethearts. as the imagination of a person in love. In a word, Talismans, Genii, Witches, The dying thepherd carves the name of Fairies, and all the intrunients of sagić
and enchantment, were first discovered maid Betty tells me, that if I back. by lovers, and employed in the bugness wards, without freaking a word, into of love.
the garden upon Midsummer Esc, and But I never had a thorough insight gather a Rose, and keep it in a clean into all this amorous forcery, till I re- Theet
of paper, without looking at it, ceived the following letter, which was till Christmas day, it will be as fresh as fent ine from the country a day or two in June; and if I then stick it in my after Valentine's Day; and I make no botom, he that is to be my husband will doubt but all true lovers moft religiously come and take it out. If I am not performed the previous rites mentioned married before the time coñes about by my correspondent.
again, I will certainly do it: and only
mind if Mr. Blossom is not the man. TO MR. TOWN.
I have tried a great many other fancies,
and they have all turned out right. FEB. 17, 1755. Whenever I go to lie in a strange bed,
in a very clever man, a Londoner; the bed.poft, and knit nine knots in it, and as I want to know whether it is my and say to myself—This knot I knit, fortune to have hiin, I have tried all the this knot I tie, To see my love as he tricks I can hear of for that purpose. I goes by, In bis apparel and array, have seen him feveral times in coffee. • As he walks in every day.' I did to grounds, with a sword by his side; and last holidays at my uncle's; and to be he was once at the bottom of a tea-cup, sure I saw Mr. Blossom draw my cur, in a coach and fix with two footmen . tains, and tuck up the cloaths at my behind it. I got up last May morning, bed's feet. Coulin Debby was married and went into the fields to hear the a little while ago, and she sent me a piece Cuckow ; and when I pulled off my of Bride-cake to put under my pillow; left-shoe, I found an Hair in it exactly and I had the sweetest dream, I thought the same colour with his. But I mail we were going to be married together, never forget what I did last Midsummer I have, many is the time, taken great Eve. I and my two sisters tried the pains to pare an Apple Whole, and af. Dumb Cake together : you must know, terwards Aung the Peel over my head; two must make it, two bake it, two and it always falls in the shape of the break it, and the third put it under each first letter of his Sirname or Christian of their pillows, but you must not
I am sure Mr. Blossom loves speak a word a'l the time) and then you ime, because I stuck two of the Kernels will dream of the man you are to have. upon my forehead, while I thought upon This we did; and to be sure I did no. him and the lubberly squire my papa thing all night but dream of Mr. Blor- wants me to have: Mr. Blolloin's Kerfom. The same night, exa&fly at twelve nel ftuck on, but the other dropped off o'clock, I fowerl Hempseed in our back directly. yard, and said to mylelt Hempseed Last Friday, Mr. Town, was Valeni I low, Hempseed 1 hoc; and he that tine's Day; and I'll tell
what I did • is my true love, come after me and the night before. I got five Bay-leaves,
mow.' Will you believe me? I look and pinned four of them to the four ed back, and faw him behind me as corners of my pillow, and the fifth to plain as eyes could see him. After the middle; and then, if I dreamt of that, I took a clean shift, and wetted it, my sweetheart, Betty faid we should be and turned it wrong side out, and hung married before the year was out. But it to the fire upon the back of a chair; to make it more fure, I boiled an Egg and very likely my sweetheart would hard, and took out the yolk, and filled have come and turned it right again, it up with salt; and when I went to bed, (for I heard his tep) but I was fright- eat it hell and all, without speaking or ened, and could not help speaking, drinking after it. We also wrote our which broke the chaim. I likewile lovers names upon bits of paper, and fuck up iwo Midsummer Men, one for rolled them up in clay, ani put them myfelf, and one for him. Now if his into water; and the first that roie up had died away, we should never have was to be our Valentire. Would you come together: but, I assure you, his think it? Mi. Bluftim was my man: blowed, and turned to mine. Our and I lay a-bed and shut biy eyes all the