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a:low, that those who can plead courtship, and were unit. *ly rected, shall not be liable to the pains and pernizi's of celibacy. But such as pretenian asesion to the whole sex, because they were ill-treated by a particular female, and cover their sense of di ppointment in women under a contempt of their favor, aha.i be proceeded against as bachelors cons ict. I am not without hopes, that from this slight warning all the unmarried men of fortune, taste, and retirement, will

, without further delay, become lovers and humble servants to such of their acquaintance a, are not agreeable to them, under pain of my censures: and it is to be boped the rest of the world, who remain single for fear of the in'cumbrances of wedlock, will become subscribers to Mr. Citment's proposal. By these means we shall have a much more numerous account of births in the year 1711, than any ever before known in Great-B.it:in, whore merely to be born is a distinction of Providence greater than being born to a fortune in another place.

As I was going on in the consideration of this good office which Mr. Clement proposes to do his country, I received the following letter, which seems to be dictated by a like modest and public spirit, that makes use of me also in its design of obliging mankir.d.

“ MR. BICKERSTAPP, “ In the royal lottery for a million and a half I had the good fortune of obtaining a prize. From before the drawing I had devoted a fifth of whatever should arise to me to charitable uses. Accordingly, I lately troubled you with my request and commission for placing half a dozen youths with Mr. More, writing-master in Castle-street, to whom, it is said, we owe all the fine devices, flourishes, and the composure of all the plates, for the drawing and paying the tickets. Be pleased therefore, good Sir, to find or make leisure for complying therewith, for I would not appear concerned in this small matter. I am very much

Your humble servant, &c." It is no small pleasure to observe, that in the midst of a very degenerate age, there are still spirits which retain their natural dignity, and pursue the good of their fellow-creatures : some in making themselves useful by professed service, some by secret generosity Were I at liberty to discover even all the good I know of many men living at this time, there would want nothing but a suitable historian, to make them appear as illustrious as any of the noblest of the antient Greeks or Romans. The cunning some have used to do handsome and worthy actions, the address to do men services, and escape their notice, has produced so many surprising incidents, which have been laid before me during my Censorship, as, in the opinion of pösterity, would absolve this age of all its crimes and follies. I know no way to deal with such delicate minds as these, but by assuring them, that, when they cease to do good, I shall tell all the good they have done already. Let therefore, the benefactors to the youths abovementioned continue such bounties, upon pain of being publicly praised. But there is no probability of his running into that hazard ; for a strong habit of virtue can make men suspend the receiving the acknowledgements due to their merit, until they are out of a capacity of receiving them. I am so very much charmed with accidents of this kind, that I have made a collection of all the memorable handsome things done by private men in my time. As a specimen of my manner of noting such actions, erreur of much more, N°262. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1710.

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Verba rog& sequeris, junctura callidrs acri,
Ore teres medico, pallentes radere mores
Doctus, et ingenuo culpam defigere ludo.

PERS. Sat. V. 14.
Soft elocation does thy style renown,
And the sweet accents of the peaceful gown;
Gentle or sharp, according to thy choice,
To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice.


JOURNAL OF THE Court or Honour, &c. TIMOTHY TREATALL, gentleman, was indicted by several ladies of his sister's acquaintance for a very rude atfront offered to them at an entertainment, to which he had invited them on Tuesday the seventh of November last past, between the hours of eight and nine in the evening. The indictment set forth, w that the said Mr. Treatall, upon the serving up of the supper, desired the ladies to take their places according to their different age and seniority; for that it was the way always at his table to pay respect to years." The indictment added, “ that this produced an unspeakable confusion in the company ; for that the ladies, who before had pressed together for a place at the upper end of the table, immediately crowded with the same disorder towards the end that was quite opposite; that Mrs. Frontley had the insolence to clap herself down at the very lowest place of the table; that the widow Partiet seated herself on the right-hand of Mrs. Frontley, alleging for her excuse, that no ceremony was to be used at a round table; that Mrs. Fidget and Mrs. Fescue disputed above half-an-hour for the same chair, and ihat the latter would not give up the cause until it was decided by the parish register, which happened to be kept hard by." The indictment further saith, “ that the rest of the company who sat down did it with a reserve to their righi, which they were at liberty to assert on another occasion ; and that Mrs. Mary Pippe, an old maid, was placed by the unanimous vote of the whole company at the upper end of the table, from whence she had the confusion to behold several mothers of families among her inferiors," The criminal alledged in his defence, " that what he had done was to raise mirth, and avoid ceremony; and that the ladies did not complain of his rudeness until the next morning, baving eaten up what he had provided for them with great readiness and alacrity." The Censor, frowning upon him, told him, “ that he ought not to discover so much levity in matters of a serious nature ;” and, upon the jury's bringing him in guilty, sentenced him “ to treat the whole assembly of ladies over again, and to take care that he did it with the decorum which was due to persons of their quality.”

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Rebecca Shapely, spinster, was indicted by Mrs. Sarah Smack, for speaking many words reflecting upon her reputation, and the heels of her silk slippers, which the prisoner had maliciously suggested to be two inches higher than they really were. The prosecutor urged, as an aggravation of her guilt, that the prisoner was “ herself guilty of the same kind of forgery which she had laid to the prosecutor's charge ; for that she, the said Rebecca Shapeley, did always wear a pair of steel boddice, and a false rump.” The Censor ordered the slippers

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