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pertinence, I Mall employ the remain- friend Jack fuch-a one, at such a time ing part of this essay in giving my read. - down with hiin- Babler. ers fuch_a particular description of the Whenever we lee any person ready to Babler, that they can never be at a lots circulate the laugh at the expence of dein the application of the term when they cency and good manners, there is no ocmeet with any of my relations. cation to hefitate in pronouncing him a

Whenever a person seems extremely Babler. earneft to engross the conversation of Whenever we meet with a man dirthe company, there can be no manner posed to contradict, for no other reason of doubt that he is a Babler.

but to thew the fuperiority of his own Whenever a person is uncommonly abilities--0! a Babler, a Babler! And, liberal in the payment of unnecessary When we hear him difpute upon a compliments, the most extevlive degree subject he is totally unacquainted with, of good-nature cannot avoid setting who can deny but he is a molt consumhim down a Babler.

mate Babler? Whenever a man is fond of remem- Having, thus given the outlines of a bering tedious and unentertaining itories, Babler, any person, with a very indifaud is apt to be put in mind of fuch and terent pencil, may work up a ftriking fuch a particular anec:lore by tome cor- likeness of the greatest number of his relponding circumstance which inay acquaintance :, for my own part, like carrally arise in conversation, that man the rest of my brethren, I thall speak of is, by every manner of means, a Bab. men and things as I find myself promptler.

ed by humour or inclination; the only Whenever we see a man making an restriction I shall lay myself under, is unnecessary parade of his cducation, and ever to have decency and candour in interlarding his discourse with technical view, and never entirely to lose light of terms, or fentences not clearly under-' my little judgment and understanding, hood, in the language of Dogberry- Upon these principles. I hope to enter• Set him down ? -Babler.'

tain the public; and, should I fail in Whenever we find a man fond of re. the attempt, I must condole myself with peating his own jokes, and desirous of a line of my friend Horace telling the good thing he laid to his

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No II. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19,

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TO THE BABLER.

N the variety of courses which the for life, by a mistaken folicitude for

generality of mankind pursue for their welfare, and by making a provi. the attainment of happiness, it is not a fion for their happiness which was not little surprising that they thould be in the leati eflential, and for which they Thamefully inattentive in one of the most had not, in all probability, any manner material points that can possibly insure of occasion. I am led naturally to this it. The point I mean is, that union of subject by a paper now lying before me, the Texes which, properly concluded, the contents of which are here, presented is the foundation of felicity to indivi- to the reader, duals, and of security to the public. Nature has given every parent a power of directing the inclinations of their children, but allows of no unreasonable authority to force them; and such as

The wretch who is sentenc'd to die, have a sensible concern for the happiness

May efcape, and leave Justice behiod; of their offspring, should be particularly

From his country, perhaps, he may fly, careful that a reciprocal paflion sublisted But, 0 !-Can be fly from bis mima? between the parties before they consente ed to an inviolable union. The ill-di- I Am the most miferable of mens and, rected tenderness of parental affection notwithstanding it might be more has often been produétive of the most prudent to conceal the cause of my af. urhappy consequences; and many a fiction, I find an inclination to disclose father bas made his children miserable it in this public manner too strongly to

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SIR,

2. young fellow

be refifted. I am

to think of his perfections, till she is of five and twenty, Sir; neither de- wholly diverted of thought, formed in my person, nor, I hope, un- Unhappily for me, Mr. Babler, this happy in my temper : my fortune is was the case. Mr. Bridgegrove pora easy, my education libral; and, I fup- felled the whole heart of Maria, and, pole, I am as well calculated to pass in in reality, deserved it: he is, perhaps, the a crowd as the generality of my ac- molt amiable of men, and, poor fellow, quaintance.

loves her to diftra&tjon. I have been About twelve months ago, Sir, I now married, Mr. Babler, ten months, fell passionately in love with a young and have, I flatter mylelt, expressed lady, whose beauty and merit entitled every act of tenderness proper for the her to a rank much more exalted than lover or the husband, but to no purpose. what I could raise her to, though the My wife behaves with the utmoit conwas much my inferior in point of for- plaisance, is uncommonly folicitons to tune. She was at that time courted by please, but this conduct is the effect of a young gentleman in the law; and her good lense, and not the consequence matters had actually gone fo far, that a of her love. The little endearing inday was appointed for the solemnization tercourses between husband and wife, of the nuptials.' All this I was very are differed, not enjoyed; if I complaia well informed of; yet, iimpetuovily hur- of ber coldness, the allunes an air inore ried by the violence of my pallion, I gay, and affects to be pleased, though ditëlored it to the father. He was a I see the starting tear jult burlting from man of the world--my circumitances her eye, and know the grief that rankies were much better than his intended fon. at her heart. Nay, the more I caress, in-law's; and he paid a less attention to the more miserable the is made; and I the happiness, than he thewed for the

see her generously lamenting that the advancement of his daughter. Why cannot place her heart upon the man fhould I take up your time, Mr. Bab that posielles her hand, and is not utJer? Maria’s match with her former teily unworthy of her esteem. 01 Mr. lover was immediately broke off; and Babler, he must have no delicacy, no the unhappy young lady, who never feeling, that can bear a circumstance presumed to disobey her father's coin. like this unmoved. How am I fre. mands, was torn from the man of her quently toro to madnels with reflection, heart, and married to one she could even when I have her fastened to my never love.

borom, to think her whole loulis at that I was ju hope, Mr. Babler, that a very momen: running on another man. little time, and a tender behaviour on In her sleep the frequently throws one my lide, as a man never loved more of her fine arms round my neck, ant. fondly than myself, would have utterly pronounces the name of Bridgegrove in erufed Mr. Bridgegrove froin the bolom a manner that dittracts me. Our little of my wife, and placed me in his itead. boy, (for the is lately brought to-hed) Bot, had I not been beforted with my intiead of a blessing, is another sourca love, I might have easily known, that of anxiety to us both. I over-beard her, ': a lauriable impreffion upon the mind of yesterday morning, weeping over the a fenfible woman is never to be eradi. child, and crying- My Tweet boy, : cated: no, Mr. Babler, it is utterly

poor Bridgegrove should have been impoflible. When a young raw girl, your fatlier.' O! Mr. Babler, can indeed, entertains something like a re- any fituation be fo afflicting as mintis, gard for a man, without knowing the I have made the inolt arniable of wonnen reason of her esteem, it is nothing but a for ever wretched, and torn a worthy struggle of defire; or, more properly young fellow from the midtress of his Speaking, the wheyinels of inclination, heart. I have brouglat all my forrows. which, in a little time, the laughs at on myself, with the diftressful contidera. herself, and, as the grows in' onder- tion of having no right to complain.. [" ftanding, ealily skims off. But, where delerve to be miserable. The min who a woman of tente has placed her affec- would meanly hope to be happy in niar. tions on a man of merit, the pallion is riage, by faciificing the inclination of never to be erafed; the more ine pon- the woman he loves, and ungenerously ders on his worth, the more reaton me loses cvery regard to her wishes, while Las to love him; and the can never cease he endeavours to gratify his own, has

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ro pretension to felicity. Had I never on the fubiect: I fhail therefore con obramed the polletion of Maria, I clude with an advice to my own fex, thoukl not have b en half so wretched never to marry a woman whose heart as I am now: time, and another object, they know is engaged, nor to take a pitiwoulit, perhaps, have enabled me to ful advantage of a father's authority, bear her lof:-out, now master of her in opposition to her inclination. If the perfon, to find another in poression of be a good woman, she can never forgei her heart, and to know that there is one her first choice, and if the be bad, will whom the holds considerably dearer than inevitably bring shame and scandal on muselt, are confiderations absolutely in the second. I am, Sir, &c. fupportable. I cannot dwell any longer

No III. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26.

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THEN I first commenced Perio- modities. If a lady steps in to buy a eli a thoutand difficulties to my imagi- Thewing her a variety of things, that nation, in the process of my design. I may fix her attention, or induce her to dreamed of incessant application to pen

make an additional purchase, he talks and ink, and of continual visits from to her about plays, and about operas: shofe very worthy gentlemen, who are instead of saying Thefe, Madam, honoured with the appellation of Devils are the best pair of gloves in the kingto the Prefs: but my apprehenfions . dom,' he cries out To be sure Mr. were entirely groundlefs. "I no sooner • Garrick is the greatest actor in the appeared in print, than a whole army ' world!' or 'To be fure Miss Brent of good naturel persons instantly drew is the finest finger in the universe.' up in my favour; amongst the rest the There is no bearing of him, Mr. Babler: wite of a city man of fashon, who writes the fellow will prate a whole hour about to me after the following manner. Shakespeare, when he ought to be num

bering up his threads; and run himfelf

out of breath in encomiums on Orway, TO THE BABLER,

when he ought to be busy in the praile ork,

of his handkerchiefs. I Am a haberdasher's wife, not very

But tbele are trifles, Mr. Babler, farfrom Cornhill; and though I ne- when compared to some other initances ver received any other education than of his behaviour: why, Sir, he would what the Englith language could afford not rise from dinner to serve the Lady me, or made a greater progress in my Mayoress. At dinner time, if he is ftudies than the Rule of Three Direct; told any person wants him about buh. yet I can spell tolerably enough, and, ness:- D-n it, do they chink he'll though I say it, • know a theep's head get up from his dinner? Can they find * from a carrot,' as well as Hodge in the no other time to come but when he is new opera.--But, Sir, to the business jutt sat down at table? Let them was of my letter.

• or call again, which ever they think My husband and I, Sir, are a young proper. Ah, Mr. Babler, people cuupie juft fet up in butiness; and, you that are in trade should get up from know, Mr. Babler, as such, ought to be breakfast, dinner, and supper, to attend 'extremely complaisant and respectful to the neceffary duties of their profeffios. our cuitomers. In the way of trade, Those, who have no other dependence

, every body who lays out a penny with should think themselves happy in being us, is to be considered as our superiors, called to their bulinels at dinner time, a lealt while they itay in our thop:- fince it is by that incans they are enabled but my husband, who, it seems, is wiser to have any dinner at all. No later than than I am, is quite of a contrary opis Wednesday laft, Sir, this attention to mion. He never keeps his hat of a mo. his ftomach lost him a country order mene in the houte, and behaves to every for a hundred pounds; and even the one as if he rather laid them under an depury of our ward was kept waiting obligation by the fale ut his own com- yesterday above ten minutes in the map,

though

though he came to discharge a little ac. Sunday, which seems fo much in facount which was due for his wife and fhion among the generality of our polite two daughters.

citizens. If a tradelman buys a horse, As I am resolved, now I have begun, and does not ride out every Sunday, Mr. Babler, to let you know all his faults, his purchase becomes uselets, and his I must inforns you he has lately bought money thrown away: if he does, he a horse, and paid thirty guineas for this debars himself of every other enjoyment, hopeful bargain: this horse he is to ride and cuts himself off from the only opout every Sunday if the weather be fine, portunity he has of attending the public and he happens to have no engagement. worship of God. He is loit to his fa. 'Tis odds, Mr. Babler, that he does not mily and friends one day in seven, and find a ride convenient once a month, is an alien to his Creator on the most or that something does not prevent his facred of them all. excursion even at the end of that period : Pray, Mr. Babler, print this letter: but, however, let us suppose that the your writings are much read in our weather and accidental engagements neighbourhood; and my husband him. will permit him to go out one Sunday self condescends to say you are a very in four, the Itabling and provender for sensible fort of a fellow. If you should his horse will at lealt amount to seven have any opportunity, I beg you would fhillings a week; fo that, every time he speak fomething about the dress of takes a ride out, horse hire will cost him tradesmen; for I have some reason to eight and twenty shillings, (not to say think iny hutband has actually bespoke any thing of the original purchase) and a laced" hat, and given the taylor direcfor half the money he might get a hack. tions to put vellum holes in bis next fuit ney coach for the whole day, to carry of cloaths. Do oblige e, dear Mr. all his family. And here I cannot Babler; and I fall always acknowldge help reflecting, Mr. Babler, upon this myself much your humble servant, injudicious practice of riding out every

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is none which be held in table, till he should be fortunately progreater abhorrence than a man of gal- vided for in some réputable employ. lantry profefied; and yet, in this fa- Mr. Harold was the most amiable of fhionable age, it is a character which men ; he bad a handsome person, a fine the generality of our young fellows, voderstanding, an affluent fortune, and and but too many of our old ones, are a benevolent heart: he hai been but uncommonly solicitous to obtain. Bet newly married to a young lady of whom the strongest invectives against this in- he was passionately fond; and who, if famous disposition may not, perhaps, wit and beauty were capable of constibe half fo ferviceable as a little story, tuting matrimonial felicity, could not which a very worthy gentleman of my fail of making him the most happy of acquaintance favoured me with lait men. night; for which reason I Mall lay aside Mr. Fransham was one of those peodeclaration, and proceed to my narrative. ple who profess a Covent Garden fort

Not many weeks ago, at the first re- of knowledge ; and, like a maggot dnction of our forces, among many in a cheese, knew no part of the world other officers who were dismissed, á but the rotten. His conversation was young lieutenant, 'one Mr. Fransham, lively, but not improving; and he carreceived his discharge. As the income ried the appearance of much underof this gentleman's commiffion, during itanding, though, in reality, he had but his continuance in the army, could not little fenfe : his company, however, was * fuffer him to lay by any mighty matters entertaining enough; he talked of the for an emergency, his half-pay would polite diversions ; told a story tolerably have been but a flender fubhitence, had well; and lung with some voice, and not an old school fellow of his, one Mr. much taite. As the fashiness of his Harold, a country gentleman, made conversation carried the appeas ance of wit, Mrs. Harold was not a little pleas- a little tinie, till a reconciliation could ed with her new visitant; and Mr. Fran- be effected with her husband. Here Mam, from the first inoment he came she remained for about a month, and into the house, had formed a design of tried every means of obtaining his forrendering himself as agreeable as por. giveness, but to no purpose; and the fible to her; and, without either being following letter, which he wrote to her confined by the rules of friendship, or in his cooler moments, put a total stop the principles of gratitude, he thought to any future attempts of that nature. he could not be in reality a fine genile. man without endeavouring to alienate By what name fall I distinguish you?

or able to write a dwell upon the circumstances is unne- woman with any degree of temper, cessary; he left no art unesfayed to gain whom I am born everlastingly to curse his point; and, in an evil hour, too fa- and detest? Can you, Maria, be mean tally succeeded.

enough to think of living with a man Poor Mr. Harold, not in the least su., whom you have covered with disgrace, specting the nature of their intimacy, or bear the eternal memento which his was really pleased at the countenance presence must give you of your own! fhewn to Mr. Fransham by his wife; That I did love. But wherefore do I every mark of complacency Mewn to dwell upon a circumstance which I must that gentleman, he looked upon as a endeavour to obliterate for ever? or particular instance of her affection for mention the fincerity of my passion, himself: but one evening,, returning when I think upon the reward it has met? from a visit which he had paid alone If I expect to be forgiven myself in to a gentleman in his neiglibourhood, the next world, Maria, you conjure me considerably sooner than he was expected, to pardon your offences in this. What upon going up to Mrs. Harold's cham- a wretch must the man be who excuses ber, he found the door locked, and fan- a crime which the eye of all acquirting cied he heard her voice and Mr. Fran- Mercy cannot look upon without horror! sham's in a very familiar sort of con- If there are particular crimes which we versation. An instinctive kind of ter- are taught to believe Heaven itself will ror struck instantly to his heart: he not pardon, can we suppose that there are knocked at the door; which not being not injuries which it is impossible for hu. immediately unlocked, he burit it open, man nature ever to over-look?--Forgive and, just as he entered, saw his perfidi- you, Maria !-oh that I could! My ous friend escape out of the window anguilh would not be of that poignant into the garden. Frantic at this fight, nature which it is, could the baleness the violence of his passion prevented of your conduct ever be forgot. See. him from pursuing the infamous villain, me!--No. Fly me as far as earth can by whom he had been so barbaroully part us; for should we once meet, I will wronged: he gazed in a violent fit of not answer but that moment may be horror for some time upon his wife, our last. As for the villain !-I cannot who sat trembling on the bed-side ; name him!-to the nolt diftant corner then running to a case of pistols, which of the world I'll pursue him; he shall were kept generally in the bed-cham- be an eternity a dying, and yet if he ber, he snapped one of them at

Mrs. Ha- feels half of what I suffer, hell itself rold, and ran immediately after to find cannot possibly aiict him more.' Dir. the partner of her crime; but Mr. Frans, traction choiks me, I cannot proceed, sham, knowing Mr. Harold's temper If adultery!--if the violation of the most too well to stay within his reach, made solemn vows given in the imineduate such good use of his time, that he was presence of the living God, is pardon, quite out of danges before the other be able above-I will not pray for your per. gan the pursuit.

dition.' But should you again urge my: Happily for Mrs. Harold, the pistol temper by an insolent application for my was not charged which was directed at pity, in some bitter moinent of my soul, her, though the fright threw her into a perhaps, I may be provoked to supplicate fwoon : but recovering, and finding here that the Divine Goodness may be as far. self entirely fafe, she thought it most from you as the compassion of the prudent to retire to a friend's house for wretched FRANCIS HAROLD..

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