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has been so spirited up by his mother, that if he does not mend his manners, 1 shall go near to disinherit him. He drew his sword upon me before he was nine years old, and told me, that he expected to be used like a gentleman: upon my offering to correct him for his insolence, my lady Mary stept in between us, and told me that I ought to consider there was some difference between his mother and mine. She is perpetually finding out the features of her own relations in every one of my children, though, by the way, I have a little chúb-faced boy as like me as he can stare, if I durst say so.
But what most angers me, when she sees me playing with any of them upon my knees, she has begged me more than once to converse with the children as little as possible, that they may not learn any of my awkward tricks.
You must farther know, since I am opening my heart to you, that she thinks herself my superior in sense as much as she is in quality; and therefore treats me like a plain well-meaning man, who does not know the world. She dictates to me in my own business, sets me right in points of trade; and if I disagree with her about any of my ships at sea, wonders that I will dispute with her, when I know very well that her great grandfather was a flag officer.
• To complete my sufferings, she has teased me for this quarter of a year last past, to remove into one of the squares at the other end of the town, promising for my encouragement, that I shall have as good a cockloft as any gentleman in the square; to which the honourable Oddly Enville, esq., always adds, like a jack-a-napes as he is,
that he hopes it will be as near the court as possible.
• In short, Mr. Spectator, I am so much out of my natural element, that to recover my old way of life I would be content to begin the world again, and be plain Jack Anvil; but alas! I am in for life, and am bound to subscribe myself, with great sorrow of heart,
Your humble servant,
JOHN ENVILLE, KNT. ADDISON.
No. 300. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13.
-Diversum vitio vitium propè mojus. Hor. Ep.
-Another failing of the mind,
"When you talk of the subject of love, and the relations arising from it, methinks you should take care to leave no fault unobserved which concerns the state of marriage. The great vexation that I have observed in it is, that the wedded couple seem to want opportunities of being often enough alone together; and are forced to quarrel and be fond before company. Mr. Hotspur and his lady, in a room full of their friends, are ever saying something so smart to each other, and that but just within rules, that the whole company stand in the utmost anxiety and suspense for fear of their falling into extremities which they could not be present at. On the other side, Tom
Faddle and his pretty spouse, wherever they come, are billing at such a rate, as they think must do our hearts good to behold them. Can not you possibly propose a mean between being wasps and doves in public? I should think, if you advise to hate or love sincerely, it would be better; for if they would be so discreet as to hate from the very bottom of their hearts, their aversion would be too strong for little gibes every moment; and if they loved with that calm and noble value which dwells in the heart, with a warmth like that of life-blood, they would not be so impatient of their passions as to fall into observable fondness. This method, in each case, would save appearances; but as those who offend on the fond side are by much the fewer, I would have you begin with them, and go on to take notice of a most impertinent license married women take, not only to be very loving to their spouses in public, but also make nauseous allusions to private familiarities, and the like.Lucina is a lady of the greatest discretion, you must know, in the world; and withal very much a physician: upon the strength of these two qualities there is nothing she will not speak of before us virgins; and she every day talks with a very grave air, in such a manner as is very improper so much as to be hinted at but to obviate the greatest extremity. Those whom they call good bodies, notable people, hearty, neighbours, and the purest goodest company in the world, are the greatest offenders in this kind. Here I think I have laid before you an open field for pleasantry; and hope you will show these people that ar least they are not witty; in which you will save from many a blush a daily sufferer, who is very much,
• Your most humble servant,
• In yours of Wednesday the 30th past, you and your correspondents are very severe on a sort of men whom you call male coquettes, but without any other reason, in my apprehension, than that of paying a shallow compliment to the fair sex, by accusing some men of imaginary faults, that the women may not seem to be the more faulty sex; though at the same time you suppose
there are some so weak as to be imposed upon by fine things and false addresses. I can not persuade myself
that your design is to debar the sexes the benefit of each other's conversation within the rules of honour; nor will you, I dare say, recommend to them, or encourage the common tea-table talk, much less that of politics and matters of state; and if these are forbidden subjects of discourse, then, as long as there are any women in the world who take a pleasure in hearing themselves praised, and can bear the sight of a man prostrate at their feet, so long I shall make no wonder that there are those of the other sex who will pay them those impertinent humiliations. We should have few people such fools as to practise flattery, if all were so wise as to despise it. I don't deny but you would do a meritorious act, if you could prevent all impositions on the simplicity of young women; but I must confess I don't apprehend you have laid the fault on the proper persons; and if I trouble you with
my thoughts upon it, I promise myself your pardon. Such of the sex as are raw and innocent, and most exposed to these attacks, have, or their parents are much to blame if they have not, one to advise and guard them, and are obliged them selves to take care of them; but if these, who ought to hinder men from all opportunities of this sort of conversation, instead of that encourage and promote it, the suspicion is very just that there are some private reasons for it; and I'll leave it to you to determine on which side a part is then acted. Some women there are who are arrived at years of discretion, I mean are got out of the hands of their parents and governors, and are set up for themselves, who yet are liable to these attempts, but if these are prevailed upon, you must excuse me if I lay the faults upon them, that their wisdom is not grown with their years. My client, Mr. Strephon, whom you summoned to declaré himself, gives you thanks however for your warning, and begs the favour only to enlarge his time for a week, or to the last day of the term, and then he will appear gratis, and pray no day over.
“I was last night to visit a lady whom I much esteem, and always took for my friend, but met with so very different a reception from what I expected, that I can not help applying myself to you on this occasion. In the room of that civility and familiarity I used to be treated with by her, an affected strangeness in her looks, and coldness in her behaviour, plainly told me I was not the wel