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THE

BRITISH ESSAYISTS.

FORTY VOLUMES.

VOL. IX.

v9

THE

SPECTATOR, ,

WITH

HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL

PREFACE,

AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.

A NEW EDITION, IN EIGHT VOLUMES.

VOL. V.

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SPECTATOR.

N° 322. MONDAY, MARCH 10, 1711-12.

Ad humum mærore gravi deducit et angit.

Hor. Ars. Poet. v, 110. Grief wrings her soul, and bends it down to eartha

FRANCIS. It is often said, after a man has heard a story with extraordinary circumstances, it is a very good one, if it be true:' but as for the following relation, I should be glad were I sure it were false. It is told with such simplicity, and there are so many artless touches of distress in it, that I fear it comes too much from the heart. MR. SPECTATOR,

Some years ago it happened that I lived in the same house with a young gentleman of merit, with whose good qualities I was so much taken, as to make it my endeavour to shew as many as I was able in myself. Familiar converse improved general civilities into an unfeigned passion on both sides. He watched an opportunity to declare himself to me; and I, who could not expect a man of so great an estate as his, received his addresses in such

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