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I say, wonen generally employ their tine to much better purposes than scribbling; otherwise this face. tious writer had not gone so long unanswered. We have la lies who sometimes lay down the needle, and take up the pen; I wonder none of them have at. lempted sumie reply. For iny part, I do not pretend to be an author. I never appeared in print in my * life, but I can no .onger forbear saying something in answer to such impertinence, circulate how it muy Only, sir, consider our situation. Men are naturally inattentive to the decencies of life ; but why should I be so complaisant? I say, they are naturally filthy creatures. "If it were not that their c ..cixion with the refined sex polished their manners, and had a happy influence on the general economy of life, these lords of the creation would wallow iza filth, and populous cities would infect the atmosphere with their noxious vapours. It is ine attention and assiduity of the women that prevent men from degenerating into mere swine. How important then are the services we render; and yet for these very services we are made the subject of ridicule and fun. Base ingratitude' Nauseous creatures! Perhaps you may think I am in a passion. No, Sir, I do assure you I never was more composed in my life, and yet it is enough to provoke a saint to see how unreasonably we are treated by the men. Why now, there's my husband--a good enough sort of a man in the mainbut I will give you a sample of him. He comes into the parlour the other the day, where, to be sure, I was cutting up a piece of linen. “ Lord !" says he, " what a futter here is! I can't bear to see the parlour look like a tailor's shop: besides, I am going t make some important pnilosophical experiments and must have sufficient rooin." You inust know my husband is one of your would-be philosophers Well, I bundled up my linen as quick as I could, and began to darn a pair of ruffles, which took no room, and could give no offence. I thought, however, I would watch my lord and master's important husi. ness. In about half an hour the table was covered with all manner of trumpery; bottles of water, phiala

our the olieve of linen; near to see the po

drugs, pasteboards, paper and cards, glue, paste, and gum-arabic; files, knives, scissors, needles, ro sin, wax, silk, thread, rags, jags, tags, books, pamphlets, and papers. Lord bless me! I am almost out of breath, and yet I have not enumerated half the articles. Well, to work he went, and although I did not understand the cbject of his maneuvres, yet ) could sufficiently discover that he did not succeed in any one operation. I was glad of that, I confess, and with good reason too: for, after he had fatigued himself with mischief, like a monkey in a cbina-shop, and had called the servants to clear every thing away, I took a view of the scene my parlour exhibited. I shall not even atte: npt a minute description; suffice it tu say, that he had overset his ink-stand, and stained my best mahogany table with ink; he had spilt a quantity of vitriol, and burnt a large hole in my carpet: my marble hearth was all over spotted with melted rosin: besides this, he had broken threo china cups, four wine glasses, two tumblers, and one of my handsomest decanters. And, after all, as I said before, I perceived that he had not succeeded in any one operation. By the byc, tell your friend, the white-wash scribbler, that this is one means by which our closets become furnished with halves of china bowls, cracked tuinblers, broken wine-glasses, tops of tea-pots, and stoppers of departed decanters. I say, I took a view of the dirt and devastation my philosophic husband had occasioned; and there I sat, like Patience on a monument, siniling at grief; but it worked inwardly. I woul! alınost as soon the melted rosin and vitriol had bcen in his throat, as on my dear marble hearth, and my beautiful carpet. It is not true that women have no power over their own feelings; for notwithstanding this provocation, I said nothing, or next to nothing: for I only observ er, very pleasantly, what a lady of my acquaintance Hail toli" me that the reason why philosophers are balled literary men, is because they make a great filter: nol a word more : however, the servant clear ed away, and down sat the philosopher. A friend Gropped in suon after-" Your servant, Sir, how de

you do?” O Lord' I am alınost fatigued to no I have been all the morning making philoscphical experiments.” I was now more hardly put to it to smiother a laugh, than I had been just before to contain my rage; my precious went out soon after, and I, as you may suppose, mustered all my forces: brushes, buckets, soap, sand, limeskins anci cücoa. nut shells, with all the powers of housewifery, were immediately employed. I was certainly the best philosopher of the two; for my experiments succeed ed, and his did not. All was well again, escepe iny poor carpet-my vitriolized carpet, which still continued a mournful moinento of philosophic fury, or rather philosophic folly: The operation was scarce over, when in came my experimental philo, sopher, and told me, with all the indifference in the world, that he had invited six gentlemer. to dino with him at three o'clock. It was then past one. I complained of the short notice; “Poh! poh!" said he, - you can get a leg of mutton, and a loin of veal, and a few potatoes, which will do well enougli." Heavens! whal a chaos 1) ust the head of a philosopner be! a leg of mutton, a loin of veal and potatoes! I was at a loss whether I should laugh or be angry; but there was no time for determining: 1 had but an hour and a half to do a world of tusiness in. My carpet, which had suffered in the cause of experimental philosophy in the morning, was destined to be more shamefully dishonoured in the afternoon by a deluge of nasty tobacco juice.-Gentlemen sinokers love segars better than car. pets. Thipk, Sir, what a women must endure under such circumstances; and then, after all, to be reproached with her cleanliness, and to have her white-washings, her scourings, and scrubbings made the subject of ridicule, it is inore than pa. tience can put up with. What I have now exhib. ited is but a small specimen of the injuries' e sus tain from the boasted superiority of mer. But we will not be laughed out of our cleanliass A woman would rather be called any thing wor ashik

as a man would rather be thought a knave than a fool. I had a great deal more to say, but am called away; we are just preparing to white-wash, and of course I have a deal of business on my hands. The white-wash buckets are paraded, the brushes are ready, my husband is gone off-so much the better, when we are upon a thorough cleaning, the first dirty thing to be removed is one's husband. I am called for again





I CONFESS that I do not entirely approve of this constitution at present; but, Sir, I am not sure I shall never approve it; for having lived long, I nave experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is, therefore, that the older I grow, the more apt I ain 10 doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. Most nien, in. deedt, as well as most sects in religion, think themselves in possession of all truih, and that whenever others differ from them, it is so far error. Steel, a proiestani, in a dedication tells the pope, that, “ the only difference between our two churches, in their opinions of the certainty of their doctrines, is, tho Romish church is infallible, and the church of England never in the wrong.” But, though niany private persons think almost as highly of their own infalli. jy as that of their sect, few express it so naturally as a certain French lady, who, in a little dispute with her sister, said, “I don't know it Sappens, sister, but I meet with nobody but myself that is always in the right.” Il n'y a que moi qui a tonjours raison. In these sentiments, Sir, I agrce to this constitution, with all its faults, if they are

* Our reasons for acribing this speech to Dr. Franklin, are ito taternal evidence, and its having appeared with his name during his Mo-time uncontradicted, in au American periodical publication.

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