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to be produced in open court, where the heels were adjudged to be of the statutable size. He then ordered the grand jury to search the criminal, who, after some time spent therein; acquitted her of the bodice, but found her guilty of the rump; upon which she received sentence as is usual in such cases.

William Trippit, esquire, of the Middle Temple, brought his action against the lady Elizabeth Prudely, for having refused him her hand as be offered to lead her to her coach from the opera. The plaintitf set forth, that he had entered himself into the list of those volunteers, who ofliciate every night behind the boxes as gentlemen-ushers of the playhouse : that he had been at a considerable charge in white gloves, periwigs, and snuff-boxes, in order to qualify himself for that employment, and in hopes of making his fortune by it. The counsel for i he defendant replied, that the plaintiff had given out that he was within a month of wedding their client, and that she had refused her hand to him in ceremony, lest he should interpret it as a promise that she would give it him in marriage. As soon as the pleadings on both sides were finished, the Censor ordered the plaintiff to be cashiered from his office of gentleman-usher to the play-house, since it was too plain that he 'had undertaken it with an ill design; and at the same time ordered the defendant either to marry the said plaintiff, or to pay him half-a-crown for the new pair of gloves and coach-hire that he was at the expence of in her service.

The lady Townly brought an action of against Mrs. Flambeau, for that the sa: Flambeau had not been to see the lady and wish her joy, since her marriage with Si. notwithstanding she, the said lady, Town

art of making nose's is entirely lost; and, in the next place, beg them not to tollow the example of our ordinary town rakes, who live as if there was a Taliacotius to be met with at the corner of every street. Whatever young men may think, the nose is a very becoming part of the face; and a man makes but a very silly figure without it. But it is the nature of youth not to know the value of any thing until they have lost it. The general precept, therefore, I shall leave with them is, to regard every town-woman as a particular kind of syren, that has a design upon their noses; and that, amidst hier flatteries and allurements, they will fancy she speaks to them in that humourous plorase of old Plautus, Ego tibi faciem denasalo mordicus. “ Keep your face out of my way, or I will bite ott' your nose,"

N°261. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1710.

From my own Apartment, December 8. It is the duty of all who make philosophy the entertainment of their lives, to turi their thoughts to practical schemes for the good of society, and not pass away their time in fruitless searches, which tend rather to the ostentation of knowledge, than the service of life. For this reason I cannot torbear reading even the common bills that are daily put into people's hands as they pass the streets, which give us notice of the present residence, the past travels, and infallible medicines of doctors useful in their generation, though much below the character of the renowned Taliacotius. But, upon a nice calculation of the successes of such adepts, I find their labours tend mostly to the enriching only onc sort of men, that is to say, the society of upholders. From this observation, and many others which occur to me when I am numbering the good people of Great-Britain, I cannot but favour any proposal which tends to repairing the losses we sustain by eminent cures. The best I have met with in this kind, has been offered to my consideration, and recommended in a letter subscribed Thomas Clement. The title to his printed articles runs thus : “ By the profitable society, at the Wheat-sheaf over against Tom's coffee-house in Russel-street, Covent-garden, new proposals for promoting a contribution towards raising two hundred and fifty pounds, to be made on the baptizing of any infant born in wedlock." The plan is laid with such proper regulations, as serve, to such as fall in with it for the sake of their posterity, all the uses, without any of the inconveniencies, of settlements. By this means,

such whose fortunes depend upon their own industry, or personal qualifications, need not be deterred, by fear of poverty, from that state which nature and season prescribe to us, as the fountain of the greatest happiness in human life. The Censors of Rome had power vested in them to lay taxes on the unmarried; and I think I cannot show my impartiality better, than in inquiring into the extravagant privileges my brother bachelors enjoy, and fine them accordingly. I shall not allow a single life in one sex to be reproached, and held in esteem in the other. It would not, methinks, be amiss, if an old bachelor, who lives in contempt of matrimony, were obliged to give a portion to an old maid who is willing to enter into it. At the same time I must

allow, that those who can plead courtship and were unjustly rejected, shall not be liable to the pains and penltira of cclibary. But such as pretend an aversion to the whole sex, because they wrie ill-treated by a particular female, and cover their winise of di "ppointinent in women oder a contempıl of their favour, shall be proceeded against it's bachelors convict. I am not without hopes, thout from this slight warning all the unmarried men of fortune, taste, and retinement, will, without further delay, become lovers and humble servants to such of their acquaintance as are not agreeable to them, under pain of my censures : and it is to be loped the rest

of the world, who remain single for fear of the in'cumbranes of wedlock, will become subscribers to Mr. Clement's proposal. By these me. we all have a much more numerous account of birth in the year 1711, than any ever before known in Great-Bituin, where 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 proposen to de los country, I received the following letter, which seems to be dictated by a like mortent and public spirit, that makes use of me also in its design of obliging mankird.

“ Ma. 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 filih of what. ever should arise to me to charitable uses, Acord. ingly, I lately troubled you with my request and coinmission for plaring, half a dorn youths with Mr. More, writing-manter in Castle-hiret, 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 inciclents, which have been laid before me during my Censorship, as, in the opinion of posterity, 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 cense to do good, I shall tell all the good they have done already. Let therefore, the benefactors to the youths abovementioned continue such bonnties, tipon 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 nating such actions,

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