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to parts: the world, however, has it's his abilities on that particular subject forms, and those furis should be con., with which he is most intimately ac. ftantly complied with where they are quainted, and may raise a cansiderable Deither ridiculous nor criminal; there. thare of character by expatiating on such fore, though a well-meaning mind may topics as are most immediately agreeable be reckonel among the firit of all the to his imagination : besides this, he may kuman qualifications, fill, as it is a qua- allow himself what time he thinks prolification which eve y body has it in iis per for the perfecti in of liis wurks; and power to polleis, a min cannot be said is never confisert, by a want of room, to raise himet infolently above his froin delivering hunfelf fully opon the neighbours, when he claims no more minutest point of luculation. But the than what he willingly allows to the case is far otherwile with the unfortumcanest of them all.

nate essayist; the miscellaneous nature The kindness of the public having of his undertaking forces him to furnish now put it in iny power to make a tole- a variety of subiects, and obliges hiin rable selection from tny various papers, to enter upon numberless difcuffions, and the marriage of my ne hew, with which require not only a general know. whom I relide, having confiderably lef- ledge of the world, but are often refened the necessary time which thould be pugnant to his inclination: nor do the devoted to the con luct of a weekly etfay; inconveniencies un:ler which he labours I propose taking leave of my readers in rest here; under an indisperlable neces. the prefent number, with an obtervation sity of publishing on a particular day, or iwo upon the nature of periodical whether he is either at leisure or in publication, and an excuse for the evi. h-altli, embarrafied in his situation dent disparity which must be conitantly or under bed in his mind, he mult go expected in productions of this kind. on, and even comprile his thoughts The generality of waiters, when they within fuch a compals as may fuse the mudertake to amuse the world upon a convenience of his print. Before he plan of this nature, imagine that, be- can will begin, the fcanty limits of his caule a paper or two may be ftrack off paper renders it necesary to conclude ; with a happy facility, a thousand may and his whole efy nuit be contained he composed with an equal Jegree of in a quantity of words which is carcely readineis; and never once doubt, while suficient to serve for an introduction. the world continues in good humour I do not mention there matters by with these works, but what they will be any inaans to enhance the merit of my able to go on with an unceasing variety pe formance, but to apologize in reality of subjects, and an unabating fervor of for it's faults. A reader who does not inclination. The novelty of the under- con ler how an eslayift is circumitanced, taking, however, is scarcely worn oil, will often have opportunity to animadbefore the mind, with that tatlitude vert upon his productions with the great. which it feels in a constant application et le erity; he will find many subjects to all it's other pursuits, flags under the handled with litt e knowledge, and weight of study and fatigue, und anxi- others diteured with less furce: hisgoodoully withes to be ditengaged; it fickens natuie mult therefore misigate the harshat the oppressive tax which it has thuis nefs of his criticitin; and he must never laid upon it's own enjoyments; and was pronounce upon the work without con. it not for a secret fear that the discon. fidering the situation of the author. onuance of it's toid would be attributeil, When I fira hegan to make a selection po to an impati nce of constraint, but from the various papers which have apto a want of abilities, many of our mot pe areol'under the title of the BABLER. I celebrated sayists would have foon re- was in reality astonithei at the intoke: linguished their task, and consulted their rablc dulness of a number which I com. convenience, even before the instruction mitted to the flames; and could not help of the world, and the eltablishment of admiring the goodness of the worid, their reputations.

which, for the lake of a few, I hope not There is scarcely a walk of literature altogether unworthy the regard of a good which is reckoned so easy, or which in man, could patienily put up with dicha fact is fo dificult, as this species of pe- heaps of tupidity. The more I conriodical publication. In every other itile fidered the generolity of the public, the of composition, a writer mag display more I was encouraged to go out with

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my feletion. The fame candour which is to fill up the column which I have I exporienced when I appeared periodi, enjoyed in that paper, with an essay, cally, I flattered myself would attend intituled, the publication of a volume or two; especially when, by weeding out the

THE WISDOM OF THE WEEK; molt insufferable papers, I had in some meafure rendered myself less undeserv. REGISTER OF PUBLIC ABSURDITIES: ing of the general protection : fuch of my readers, therefore, as may not be in which I doubt not but they will find alhamed to see me in their libraries, have infinitely more entertainment. Occanow an opportunity of buying me in fionally, I shall request the author to volumes. Yet, greatly as I have been favour me with a place; for though my encouraged by the public, the pur

engagements will not allow me to write chafers of

without intermiflion, I shall embrace

every opportunity of assuring the ladies owen's WEEKLY CHRONICLE and gentlemen who have hitherto ho

noured me with their protection, that I will have occasion to be pleased at my am, with the greatest gratitude and redeclining to labour any longer in their spect, their most devoted humble servant, service, as a gentleman of real genius

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VOLUME THE FIRST. NUMBER

PAGE A General Receiption of the choice of Titles for a periodical Elay

5 11. Observations on the impropriety of marrying a Woman where we know

her Affections are engaged by another; with an affecting Case of
Matrimonial Infelicity resulting from that Cause

6 111. 'A Letter froin Winifred Tapely, a Haberdasher's Wife, complaining

of the Coxcomb her Hubband IV. A remarkable Story of the Unhappiness arising from the Infidelity of a

Wife v. Observations on the Fondness which People always have for those Sub

jects of Conversation which put us most in mind of their particu

lar Qualifications vt. An original Letter of Sir Robert Walpole's on the general Source of

Patriotism in England vii. A Letter from a Citizen on the ridiculous Propensity which Tradesmen

have to raise the natural Vanity of their Children, by dressing

them in a Manner superior to their Situations in Life VIII. A Political Dictionary

15 ix. The Depravity of Modern Wit, ftrikingly exemplified in the Character

16 x. An original

Letter from Dr. Swift to Mr. Pope, which never appeared in his Works

18 XI. A Letter from Tom Giddy on the Instability of human Happiness, with

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a whimfical Method by which he fought to obtain a permanent
Content

19 XII. Reflections on the Dangers attending a Propensity to illiberal Intrigues,

with foine Stanzas from an Essay written by a Lady, ruined by a
profligate Lover; and an extraordinary Letter from a new-married
Man to a very fine Woman, who had distinguished him by some

palpable Advances of a licentious Partiality
XIII. A Satyrical Vocabulary for the Use of the rising Generation
xiv. Impatience and Stoicism humourously set forth in the remarkable Cha-
racter of Frank Surly

24 xv. Reflections on the great Defects both in writing, and in setting those

Compositions to Music which are dedicated to the Service of the
Church

26 xvi. The former Subject continued, with a Hymn; and the happy Con

sequences which it produced in the Story of a very
Lady and a very deserving young Gentleman

7 xvii. The Abfurdity of bringing up our Children with too great a Degree

of Parlimnony, where we have a large Fortune to leave at our
Death, exposed in the History of Will Weakly

28 xvi. Serious Confiderations on the Inefficacy of nominal Christianity to

promote our future Salvation XIX. Oralmin and Almira, an Eastern Tale

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XX. Reflections upon Fortitude, with remarkable Instances of this Quality

in the Savages of America

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xxi. The Futility of modern Friendship keenly ridiculed in the History of

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xxII. Harry Rattle introduced to the Reader's Acquaintance. Refections

on the Thameful Licentiousness of our convivial Entertainments

XXIII The former Subject continued; with a Scene of Altercation between

two intimate Friends about the Refusal of a Toalt

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xxiv. Strictures on the Abiurdities of those Ladies who, through a Fond-

nels for Admiration, admit the Vihts of a Man who openly pro.

feiles a Delign upon their Peace and their Reputation

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xxv. Reflections on the Impropriety of forming a matrimonial Union where

there is a great Dilparity in the Age of the Parties

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- XXVI. The fame Subject affectingly enforced by the melancholy Story of a

superannuated Husband

XXVII. A remarkable Instance of paternal Folly-filial Ingratirudo-acci-

dental Reformation and general Felicity

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XXVII. The Impertinence of Second-rate Wits, or Sputterers of Good

Things, censured; with the Character of Dick Brazen, a Member

of this liopeful Fraternity

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XXIX. The fatal Custom of Duelling, strictly set forth in a Letter from Mrs.

W1jworth

XXX. Observations did the general linmorality of our Drinking Songs with

a Ballad recomiended as a Standard for Bacchanalians in future 47

XXXI. The Affectation of modern Politeness exposed in the Character of
Mrs. Notable, and contracted with a Picture of Sis Harry Down.

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» XXII. The Generofity of an injured Daughter, a que sony, and a remark-

able one

XXXII. The Arrogance of a learned Husband exemplified in a Letter from
Mrs. Highmore

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xxxiv. Reflections upon the Folly of Singularity

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Xxxv. The Institution of Holidays proved evidently dangerous to the Mo-

vals of the lower People

xxxvi. Excessive Sensibility a very great Impediment to Felicity

XXXVII. The Meanness of Women who receive. Prefents from a Lover,

without having any Delign of marrying him, highly condemned
and shewn to be greatly injurious to the Delicacy of the Female

Characters

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xxxvI. On the shameful Disregard of Cleanliness in Appearance, after a

Lady has obtained a Husband

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XXXIX. On the Abfurdity of terrifying Children with the Notion of Ghorts

and Hobgoblins, as the Impressions which are made upon infant

Minds are never to be wholly rooted from the Imagination

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XL. Affecting Story of an elderly Lady who married a young Man

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XLI. A Picture of Domestic Life, in which the greatelt Quarrels that happen

between married People are psoved to Spring in general from the
moet triling Circumstances

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XLII. On the Advantages of having Sons in preference to Daughters-with

a Journal of a voung Lady, lately deceased, which must at lealt

obtain the Praise of the fair Reader, if it does not eren excite her

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xlii. The Sentimental Libertire; a Story founded upon Fiet

xliv. Conliderations of a religions Turn, proving the Profeffion of Christi-

anity to be more danverous to our eternal Happiness than absolute
Atheism, unleis we reduce the Prerepis into Practice, and prove

the Purity of our Beliet by the Rettirme of our Lives

xlv. Melancholy Stuarion of a Woman of Quality made miserable by an

Elevation to unexpected Greatnels ; and then reproached with

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