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to roy this great inconvenience, our projector
Last night, upon my going into a coffice-house not
entitled, The Expedition of Alexander the Great;
drew of his pocket the scheme of an opera,
gods, or any of the like diversions, which shall then chance to be in vogue. '
This project was received with very great apo'oise by the whole table. Upon which the under. oxer told us, that he had not yet communicated 0 is above half his design; for that Alexander enga Greek, it was his intention that the whole ora should be acted in that language, which was ongue he was sure would wonderfully please the les, especially when it was a little raised and oed by the Ionic dialect; and could not but : acceptable to the whole audience, because (re are fewer of them who understand Greek on salian The only difficulty that remained, show to get performers, unless we could peror some gentlemen of the universities to learn song, in order to qualify themselves for the but this objection soon vanished, when the ctor informed us that the Greeks were at prethe only musicians in the Turkish empire, and - it would be very easy for our factory at ona to furnish us every year with a colony of oans, by the opportunity of the Turkey fleet; les, says he, if we want any single voice for ower part in the opera, Lawrence can learn k Greek, as well as he does Italian, in a ’s time.
cond, who has so strong a spring in his fin.
that he can make the board of an organ
ke a drum, and if I could but procure a
on of about ten thousand pound every o, I would undertake to fetch him over, and on by articles to set every thing that should * Don the English stage.” After this he "" in my face, expecting I would make ot, when, by good luck, a gentleman that "ed the coffee-house since the projector himself to me, hearing him talk of his opositions, cried out in a kind of laugh, music then to receive further improveon Switzerland!' This alarmed the pro* immediately let go my button, and * to answer him. I took the opportuof diversion which seemed to be made in me, and laying down my penny upon stored with some precipitation. +
projector having thus settled matters, to the olking of all that heard him, he left his seat ole, and planted himself before the fire, to I had unluckily taken my stand for the cononce of overhearing what he said. Whether dobserved me to be more attentive than oro, I cannot tell, but he had not stood by me a quarter of a minute, but he turned short one on a sudden, and, catching me by a button coat," attacked me very abruptly after the o, manner: “Besides, sir, I have heard of Atraordinary genius for music that lives in
and admit me into that select body; I could not
‘You R making public the late trouble I gave you,
other night, but my old friend Mr. President? I
saw somewhat had pleased him; and as soon as
be his stranger at the next night’s club : where we
every body's business to speak for themselves.” Mr. President immediately retorted, “A hand. some fellow ! why he is a wit, sir, and you know the proverb;” and to ease the old gentleman of his scruples, cried, “That for matter of merit it was all one, you might wear a mask.” This threw him into a pause, and he looked desirous of three days to consider of it; but Mr. President improved the thought, and followed him up with an old story. “That wits were privileged to wear what masks they pleased in all ages; and that a vizard had been the constant crown of their labours, which was generally presented them by the hand of some satyr, and sometimes of Apollo himself;” for the truth of which he appealed to the frontispiece of several books, and particularly to the English Juvenal, to which he referred him ; and only added, “That such authors were the Jarvati or Larva donati of the ancients.” This cleared up all, and in the conclusion you were chose probationer; and Mr. President put round your health as such, protesting, “That though indeed he talked of a wizard, he did not believe all the while you had any more occasion for it than the cat-a-mountain;” so that all you have to do now is to pay your fees, which are here very reasonable, if you are not imposed upon ; and you may style yourself Informis Societatis Socius : which I am desired to acquaint you with ; and upon the same I beg you to accept of the congratulation of, “sist, ‘Your obliged humble servant, * A. t.
‘Oxford, March 21.’
No 33. SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 1711. --
Fernidus tecum puur, et solutis
A FRIENn of mine has two daughters, whom I will call Letitia and Daphne; the former is one of the greatest beauties of the age in which she lives, the latter no way remarkable for any charms in her person. Upon this one circumstance of their outward form, the good and ill of their life seems to turn. Lactitia has not, from her very childhood, heard any thing else but commendations of her features and complexion, by which means she is no other than nature made her, a very beautiful outside. The consciousness of her charms has ren' dered her insupportably vain and insolent towards all who have to do with her. Daphne, who was almost twenty before one single thing bad ever been said to her, found herself obliged to acquire some accomplishments to make up for the want of those attractions which she saw in her sister. Poor Daphne was seldom submitted to in a debate wherein she was concerned; her discourse had no thing to recommend it but the good sense of it. and she was always under a necessity to have very well considered what she was to say before she uttered it: while Laetitia was listened to with par.
tiality, and approbation sat in the countenances of
is not one of their grievances of this sort, but per-
drew Æneas always represented with a Roman nose, in com-
thoseshe conversed with, before she communicated what she had to say. These causes have produced suitable effects, and Lætitia is as insipid a companion as Daphne is an agreeable one. Laetitia, confident of favour, has studied no arts to please; Daphne, despairing of any inclination towards her person, has depended only on her merit, Laetitia has always something in her air that is sullen, grave, ind disconsolate. Daphne has a countenance that appearscheerful, open, and unconcerned. A young gentleman saw Latitia this winter at a play, and became her captive. His fortune was such, that he wanted very little introduction to speak his sentiments to her father. The lover was admitted with the utmost freedom into the family, where a constrained behaviour, severe looks, and distant titlities, were the highest favours he could obtain of Lætitia; while Daphne used him with the good homorr, familiarity, and innocence of a sister: insmuch that he would often say to her, “Dear Daphne, wert thou but as handsome as Lætitia 3. She received such language with that ingenuous and pleasing mirth, which is natural to woman without design. He still sighed in vain for Laetitia, but found certain relief in the agreeable converstion of Daphne. At length, heartily tired with the highly impertinence of Lætitia, and charmed with the repeated instances of good-humour he had oved in Daphne, he one day told the latter, in he had something to say to her he hoped she wool be pleased with—“Faith, Inaphne,” conoved he, “I am in love with thee, and despise oster sincerely.’ The manner of his declaring olfgave his mistress occasion for a very hearty ote: “Ny.” says he, “I knew you would Boot me, but I will ask your father.” He did * the fither received his intelligence with no *joy than surprise, and was very glad he had or no care left but for his beauty, which he of the could carry to market at his leisure. I * not know any thing that has pleased me so **great while as this conquest of my friend "she's. All her acquaintance congratulated her *her chance-mediey, and laugh at that preme*ing murderer her sister. As it is an argument soft mind, to think the worse of ourselves for *thersections of our person, it is equally below *"alue ourselves upon the advantages of them. **male world seem to be almost incorrigibly **tray in this particular; for which reason I **Commend the following extract out of a * letter" to the professed beauties, who are
* almost as insufferable as the professed
"stirra St. Evremond has concluded one of
*** with affirming, that the last sighs of a o ome woman are not so much for the loss of o As of her beauty. Perhaps this raillery is *ed too far, yet it is turned upon a very ob.*mark, that woman's strongest passion is for o o, beauty, and that she values it as her fao distinction. From hence it is that all arts, *Pretend to improve it or preserve it, meet o: §neral a reception among the sex. To say of many false helps and contraband wares o, which are daily vended in this great o *is not a maiden gentlewoman of a good ... y country of South Britain, who has *.* the virtues of May-dew, or is unfur. Wompl *Some receipt or other in favour of her *; and I have known a physician of
‘It is, methinks, a low and degrading idea of that sex, which was created to refine the joys and soften the cares of humanity, by the most agreeable participation, to consider them merely as objects of sight. This is abridging them of their natural extent of power, to put them upon a level with
their pictures at Kneller's.
IIow much nobler is
the contemplation of beauty, heightened by virtue, and commanding our esteem and love, while it
draws our observation
How faint and spiritless
are the charms of a coquette, when compared with the real loveliness of Sophronia's innocence, piety, good-humour, and truth ; virtues which add a new softness to her sex, and even beautify her beauty : That agreeableness which must otherwise have appeared no longer in the modest virgin, is now preserved in the tender mother, the prudent
friend, and the faithful wife.
spread upon canvass may entertain the eye, but not affect the heart; and she who takes no care to add to the natural graces of her person any excel. . lent qualities, may be allowed still to amuse as a
picture, but not to triumph as a beauty.
“When Adam is introduced by Milton, describ. ing Eve in Paradise, and relating to the angel the impressions he felt upon seeing her at her first creation, he does not represent her like a Grecian
venus, by her shape or features, but by the lustre /
of her mind which shone in them, and gave */
their power of charming :
* Grace was in all her steps, heav'n in her eye, In all her gestures dignity and love!”
f “Without this irradiating power, the prouds"
The club of which I am a member, is very luckily composed of such persons as are engaged in different ways of life, and deputed as it were out of the most conspicuous classes of mankind. By this means I am furnished with the greatest variety of hints and materials, and know every thing that passes in the different quarters and divisions, not only of this great city, but of the whole kingdom. My readers too have the satisfaction to find, that there is no rank or degree among them who have not their representative in this club, and that there is always somebody present who will take eare of their respective interests, that nothing may be written or published to the prejudice or infringement of their just rights and privileges, I last night sat very late in company, with this select body of friends, who entertained me with several remarks which they and others had made upon these my speculations, as also with the various success which they had met with among their several ranks and degrees of readers. Will Honeycomb told me, in the softest manner he could, that there were some ladies (but for your comfort, says Will, they are not those of the most wit) that were offended at the liberties I had taken with the opera and the puppet-show ; that some of them were likewise very much surprised that I should think such serious points as the dress and equipage of persons of quality, proper subjects for raillery. He was going on, when Sir Andrew Freeport took him up short, and told him, that the papers he hinted at, had done great good in the city, and that all their wives and daughters were the better for them; and further added, that the whole city thought themselves very much obliged to me for declaring my generous intentions to scourge vice and folly as they appear in a multitude, without condescending to be a publisher of particular intrigues and cuckoldoms. “In short,” says Sir Andrew, “if you avoid that foolish beaten road of falling upon aldermen and citizens, and employ your pen upon the vanity and luxury of courts, your paper must needs be of general use.’ Upon this my friend the Templar told Sir Andrew, that he wondered to hear a man of his sense alk after that manner; that the city had always !en the province for satire ; and that the wits of gCharles's time jested upon nothing else during
his whole reign. He then showed by the exam. ples of Horace, Juvenal, Boileau, and the best writers of every age, that the follies of the stage and court had never been accounted too sacred for ri. dicule, how great soever the persons might be that patronized them. “But after all,” says he, “I think your raillery has made too great an excursion, in attacking several persons of the inns of court; and I do not believe you can show me any precedent for your behaviour in that particular.” My good friend Sir Roger de Coverley, who had said nothing all this while, began his speech with a Pish ' and told us, that he wondered to see so many men of sense so very serious upon fooleries, ‘Let our good friend,” says he, “attack every one that deserves it: I would only advise you, Mr. Spectator, applying himself to me, to take care how you meddie with country squires. They are the ornaments of the English nation; men of good heads and sound bodies' and let me tell you, some of them take it ill of you, that you mention fox. hunters with so little respect.” - * Captain Sentry spoke very sparingly on this a occasion. What he said was only to commend my prudence in not touching upon the army, and advised me to continue to act discreetly in that point. By this time I found every subject of my specu. lations was taken away from me, by one or other of the club ; and began to think myself in the colldition of the good man that had one wife who took . a dislike to his grey hairs, and another to his black, till by their picking out what each of them had an aversion to, they left his head altogether bald and naked. o While I was thus musing with myself, my wor: thy friend the Clergyman, who, very luckily for me, was at the club that night, undertook my o cause. He told us, that he wondered any order of persons should think themselves too considerable to be advised. That it was not quality, but inno. cence, which exempted men from reproof. That, vice and folly ought to be attacked wherever they could be met with, and especially when they were placed in high and conspicuous stations of life, , He further added, that my paper would only serve to aggravate the pains of poverty, if it chießy exposed those who are already depressed, and in some measure turned into ridicule, by the meanies' " of their conditions and circumstances He atterwards proceeded to take notice of the great use this paper might be of to the public, by reprehending those vices which are too trivial for the chastisement of the law, and too fantastical for the cognizance of the pulpit. He then advised me to prosecute my undertaking with cheerfulness, and assured me, that, whoever might be displeas with me, I should be approved by all those whose praises do honour to persons on whom they aro o bestowed. The whole club pays a particular deference to o the discourse of this gentleman, and are drawn into what he says, as much by the candid ingenu" manner with which he desivers himself, as by the strength of argument and force of reason whichho makes use of will Honeycomb immediately agreed, that what he had said was right : and that, for his part, he would not insist upon the quaro which he had demanded for the ladies. Sir A* drew gave up the city with the same frankmeo of The Templai would not stand out, and was so, o lowed by Sir Roger and the Captain : who all o, agreed that I should be at liberty to carry the wo into what quarter I pleased; provided I continuo"