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this age are thrown away in dress, play, genius, and would perform her part visits, and the like, were employed, in herein but very aukwardly, I must nemy time, in writing out receipts, of vertheless inlift upon her working, if ic working beds, chairs, and hangings, for be only to keep her out of harm's way. the family. For my part, I have plied Another argument for busying good my needle these fifty years, and by my women in works of fancy, is, because it good will would never have it out of takes them off from scandal, the usual my hand. It grieves my heart to see a attendant of tea.tables, and all other couple of proud idle flirts tipping their unactive scenes of life. While they are ter, for a whole afternoon, in a room forming their birds and beasts, their hans round with the induttry of their neighbours will be allowed to be the great grand nother. Pray, Sir, take fathers of their own children: and Whig the laudable mystery of embroidery into and Tory will be but seldom menyour serious confirleration, and as you tioned, where the great dispute is, whe. have a great deal of the virtue of the ther blue or red is the more proper colait a je in you, continue your ende: • lour. How much greater glory would vours to reforin the present.
Sophronia do the general, if she would I am, &c. chuse rather to work the battle of Blene
heim in tapestry, than signalize herself In obedience to the commands of my with so much vehemence against those venerable correspondent, I have duly who are Frenchmen in their hearts? weighed this important subject, and pro A third reason that I shall mention, is mise nvtelf, from the arguments here the profit that is brought to the family laid down, that all the fine ladies of where these pretty arts are encouraged. England will be ready, as soon as their It is manifest that this way of life not mourning is over, to appear covered only keeps fair ladies from running out with the work of their own hands, into expences, but is at the same time What a delightful entertainment must an actual improvement.
How me it be to the fair fex, whom their native morable would that mation be, who modeity, and the tendernets of men to fall have it fubicribed upon her monu. wards thein, exempts from public busi- ment, That she wrought out the whole ness, to pals their hours in imitating Bible in tapestry, and died in a good fruits and flowers, and transplanting old age, after having covered three hunall the beauties of nature into their own dred yards of wallin the manfion-house! dress, or raising a new creation in their The premises being confidered, I clofees and apartments! How pleating humbly submit the following proposals is the amusement of walking among the to all mothers in Great Britain. thades and groves planted by them 1. That no young virgin whatsoever selves, in forveying heroes Nain by their be allowed to receive the addresses of needle, or little Cupids which they have her frit lover, but in a suit of her own brought into the world without pain ! einbroidering
This is, methinks, the most proper 11. That before every fresh humble way wherein a lady can hew a fine ge- servant, me be obliged to appear with a nius, and I cannot for bear wishing, new ftomacher at the least. that several writers of that sex had II. That no one be actually married chosen to apply themselves rather to until the hath the child-bed pillows, &c. tapeitry than rhyme. Your paftoral ready stitched, as likewise the mantle for poetesses may vent their fancy in rural the boy quite finished. landskips, and place de pairing thep Thele laws, if I mistake not, would herds under filken willows, or drown effe&tually restore the decayed art of them in a Itream of mohair. The heroic needle-work, and make the virgins of writers may work up battles as succefl. Great Britain exceedingly nimble-finfully, and inflame them with gold or gered in their buliness. dain them with crimion, Even those There is a memorable custom of the who have only a turn to a song or an
Grecian ladies in this particular, preepigrain, may put many valuable ititches served in Homer, which I hope will into a purse, and croud a thousand have a very good effect with my countrygraces into a pair of garters. If I may,
A widow, in ancient times, without breach of good-manners, ima. could not, without indecency, receive a gine that any pretty creature is void of second husband, until the had woven a
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Mhroud for her deceased lord, or the next / His limbs, when fate the hero's soul de of kin to him. Accordingly, the charte
mands, Penelope having, as she thought, loft
Shall claim this labour of his daughter's
hands: Ulysses at sea, se employed her time in
* Left all the dames of Greece my name depreparing a winding-theet for Laertes, the facher of her husband. The story "While the great king without a covering of her web being very famous, and yet « lies.' not sufficiently known in it's several
-Thus the. Nor did my friends mistrult circumstances, I fall give it to my the guile; reader, as Homer makes one of her All day she iped the long laborious toil: wooers relate it.
But when the burningslamps fupply'd the fun, Sweet hope she gave to every youth apart, Each night unraveil'd what the day begun. With wellcaught looks, and a deceitful heart: Three live-long summers did the fraud preA web she wove of many a Nender twine,
vail; Of curious texture, and perplext design;
The fourth her maidens told th'amazing tale: • My youths, the cry'd, my lord but newly These eyes beheld, as close I took my itand, · dead,
The backward labours of her faithless hand: • Forbear a while to court my widow'd bed,
Till watch'd at length, and pressid on every • Till have wov'n, as folemr. vows require, Her talk the ended, and con.menc'd a bride.
fide, * This web, a hroud for poor Ulyfles' fire.
DICITL JÖ PEAN, ET JÖ BIS DICITE PÆAN:
OVID. ARS AM. L.1. VER. I.
cation for this domestic character, as it TAVING in your paper of Mon- naturally produces constancy and mu.
day last published my report on tual esteem. Thus Brutus and Porcia the case of Mrs. Fanny Fickle, wherein were more remarkable for virtue and af. I have taken notice, that love comes fection than any others of the age in after marriage; I hope your readers are which they lived. fatisfied of this truth, that as love ge Good-nature is a third necessary innerally produces matrimony, so it often gredient in the marriage-itate, without happens that matrimony produces love, which it would inevitably four upon a
It perhaps requires more virtues to thousand occasions. When greatness make a good husband or wife, than what of mind is joined with this amiable quago to the finishing any the most shining lity, it attracts the admiration and esteem character whatsoever.
of all who behold it. Thus Cæsar, Discretion seems absolutely necessary, not more remarkable for his fortune and accordingly we find that the bett and valour than for his humanity, fole husbands have been moft famous for into the hearts of the Roman people, their wisdom. Homer, who hath drawn when, breaking through the custom, he a perfect pattern of a prudent man, to pronounced an oration at the funeral of make it the more compleat, hath cele. his first and best beloved wife. 'brated him for the just returns of fidelity Good-nature is insufficient, unless it and truth to his Penelope ; insomuch be steady and uniform, and accompanied that he refufed the careffes of a goddels with an evenness of temper, which is
, for her fake; and, to use the expretsion above all things, to be preserved in this of the best of Pagan authors-Vetulam friendlip contracted for life. A man
fuam prætulit immortalitati.His old muft be easy within himself before he woman was dearer to him than im- can be so to his other felf. Socrates mortality.'
and Marcus Aurelius are instances of Virtue is the next necessary qualifi. men, who by the strength of philofo
phy, having entirely composed their ' his bailiff, commanding him to be minds, and subdued their paffions, are ready at Whichenovre the day apcelebrated for good husbands, notwith pointed, at prime of day, with his cat. Atanding the first was yoked with Xan riage, that is to say, a horse and a tippe, and the other with Faustina. If ' faddle, a lack and a prike, for to conthe wedded pair would but habituate vey the said bacon and corn a journey themselves for the first year to bear with ' out of the county of Stafford, at his one another's faults, the difficulty would coftages. And then the said bailiff be pretty well conquered. This mutual • Mall, with the said freeholders, sumsweetness of temper and complacency
mon all the tenants of the said ma. was finely recommended in the nuptial nor, to be ready at the day appointed ceremonies among the heathens, who, at Whichenovre, for to do and perwhen they sacrificed to Juno at that lo
• form the services which they owe to lemnity, always tore out the gall from the bacon. And at the day afligned, the entrails of the victim, and cait it I all such as owe services to the bacon, behind the altar.
' fhall be ready at the gate of the manor I shall conclude this letter with a par • of Whichenovre, from the sun rising sage out of Dr. Plot's Natural History to noon, attending and awaiting for of Staffordshire, not only as it will serve • the coming of him who fetcheth the to fill up your present paper, but, if I ' bacon. And when he is come, there find myself in the humour, may give
• shall be delivered to him and his rise to another; I having by me an old • fellows, chapelets; and to all those register belonging to the place here un
I which shall be there, to do their sera dermentioned.
« vices due to the bacon. And they • Sir Philip de Somervile held the shall lead the laid demandant with manors of Whichenovre, Scirescot, trumps and tabours, and other man. Ridware, Netherton, and Cowlee, all ner of minstrelsy, to the hall door,
in the county of Stafford, of the Earls 6 where he shall find the Lord of ' of Lancaster, by this memorable fer • Whichenovre, or his steward, ready • vice. The said Sir Philip Mall find,
to deliver the bacon in this manner. • maintain, and sustain, one bacon. • He Mall enquire of him which de.
fitch, hanging in his hall at Whiche mandeth the bacon, if he have brought
novre, ready arrayed all times of • twain of his neighbours with him : • the year, but in Lent, to be given to • which niuft answer" They be here
every man or woinan married, after “ ready." And then the fteward shall • the day and the year of their marriage 'cause these two neighbours to swear, • be past, in forın following.
! if the said demandant be a wedded • Whenfoever that any one such be man, or have been a man wedded; • fore named will come to enquire for ' and if fince his marriage one year and • the bacon, in their own person, they a day be paft; and if he be a freeman, • thall come to the bailiff, or to the por or a villain. And if his said neigh• ter of the lordship of Whichenovre, « bours inake oath, that he hath for him " and shall say to thend in the manner ' all these three points rehearsed; then • as ensueth:
• thall the bacon be taken down and “ Bailiff, or porter, I do you to know, • brought to the hall.door, and shall " that I am come for myself, to de
" there be laid upon one half quarter of “ mand one bacon flyke hanging in the • wheat, and upon one other of rye.
s hall of the Lord of Whichenovre, • And he that demandeth the bacon " after the form thereunto belonging.' • thall kneel upon his knee, and thail
• After which relation, the bailiff or • hold his right-hand upon a book,
porter Thall afsign a day to him, upon which book thall be laid upon the • promile by his faith to return, and • bacon and the corn, and Mall make • with him to bring twain of his neigh • oath in this manner. • bours. And in the mean time the “ Hear ye, Sir Philip de Somervile, • faid bailiff shall take with him twain “ Lord of Whicierovre, mayntener and • of the freeholders of the lordlhip of gyver of this baconne: that I A lithe • Whichenovre, and they three thall go “ I wedded B my wife, and fithe I had • to the manor of Rudlow, belonging “ hyr in my kepying, and at my wylle, • to Robert Knightleye, and there thali “ by a year and a day after our mar• fummon the aforesaid Knightleye, or riage, I would not have chaunged for