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spondents; Letters from a Lover
597. The Dreams of various Correspon.
607. Qualities necessary to make Mar-
riage happy—the Flitch of Bacon
609. Letters, on the improper Dress of
young Clergymen-On Antipa-
thies Against Embroidery .....
611. Letter from a Lady insulted by her
Seducer-Reflections on the Sub-
615. On Fear
619. Answers to various Correspondents
Translation of Cato's Soliloquy
proper Behaviour in Church
-Verses on a Grotto..............
N° 567. WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1714.
Inceptus clamor frustrutur hiantes.
VIRG. Æn. vi. 493.
The weak voice deceives their gasping throats.
I HAVE received private advice from some of my correspondents, that if I would give my 'paper a general run, I should take care to season it with scandal. I have indeed observed of late, that few writings sell which are not filled with great names and illustrious titles. The reader generally casts his eye upon a new book, and if he finds several letters separated from one another by a dash, he
peruses it with great satisfaction. An M and an h, a T and an r,with a short line
• Mand h means Marlborough, and T and an r means Treasurer.
between them, has sold many an insipid pamphlet. Nay, I have known a whole edition go off by virtue of two or three well-written &c
A sprinkling of the words “ faction, Frenchman, papist, plunderer,' and the like significant terms, in an Italic character, have also a very good effect upon the eye of the purchaser; not to mention scribbler, liar, rogue, rascal, knave, and villain,' without which it is impossible to carry on a modern controversy.
Our party writers are so sensible of the secret virtue of an inuendo to recommend their productions, that of late they never mention the Qor P-t at length, though the speak of them with honour, and with that deference which is due to
hem from every private person. It gives a secret satisfaction to a peruser of these mysterious works, that he is able to decypher them without help, and, by the strength of his own natural parts, to fill up a blank space, or make out a word that has only the first or last letter to it.
Some of our authors indeed, when they would be more satirical than ordinary, omit only the vowels of a great man's name, and fall most unmercifully upon all the consonants.
of writing was first of all introduced by T-m Br—wn,* of facetious memory, who, after having gutted a proper name of all its intermediate vowels, used to plant it in his works, and make as free with it as he pleased, without any danger of the statute.
That I may imitate these celebrated authors, and publish a paper which shall be more taking than ordinary, I have here drawn up a very curious libel, in which a reader of penetration will find a great ieal of concealed satire, and, if he be acquainted
* Tom Brown,