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HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.
A NEW EDITION, IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR J. RICHARDSON AND CO.; G. OFFOR;T. TEGG;
J. SHARPE AND SON; ROBINSON AND CO.; G. WALKER ;
AND R. GRIFFIN AND CO. GLASGOW.
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