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• mother's shade, is not so honourable, nor does she appear
so amiable, as the would in full bloom.
* Mr. SpecTATOR,
• Bob HARMLESS.
If this gentleman be really no more than eighteen, I must do him the justice to lay he is the most knowing infant I have yet met with. He does not, I fear, yet understand, that all he thinks of is another woman therefore, until he has given a further account of himself, the young lady is hereby directed to keep close to her mother.
The SpectATOR. I cannot comply with the request of Mr. Trote's letter ; but let it go just as it came to my hands, for being so familiar with the old gentleman, as rough as he is to him. Since Mr. Trott has an ambition to inake him his father-in-law, he ought to treat him with more respect ; besides, his style to me might have been niore distant than he has thought fit to afford me: moreover, his mistress Iball continue in her confinement, until he has found out which word in his letter is not sightly spelt.
ISHALL ever own myself your obliged humble « fervant for the advice you gave me concerning y
dancing; which' unluckily came too late: for, as I said, • I would not leave off capering until I had • of the matter ; I was at our famous assembly the day • before I received your papers, and there was observed • by an old gentleman, who was informed I had a re
spect for his daughter ; he told me I was an insignificant • little fellow, and said that for the future he would take
care of his child; so that he did not doubt but to cross my amerous inclinations. The lady is confined to her chamber, and for my part I am ready to hang myself with the thoughts that I have danced myself out of
favout with her father. I hope you will pardon the • trouble I give; but liall take it for a mighty favour, - if you will give me a little more of your advice to
put me in a right way to cheat the old dragon and obtain my mitress. I'am once more,
Sir, York, Feb. 23, • Your obliged liumble fervant, 1711-12.
. JOHN Trotr.
• Let me desire you to make what alterations you please, and insert this as soon as pollible. Pardon mistakes by hatte.'
I NEVER do pardon mistakes by haste.
Feb. 27, 1711-12. • PRAY be so kind as to let me know what you esteem to be the chief qualification of a good poet,
elpecially of one who writes plays; and you will very • much oblige, Sir, your very humble servant,
« N. B.'
To be a very well bred man.
« Mr. SPECTATOR, • YOU are to know that I am naturally brave, and love fighting as well as any man in England. This
gallant temper of mine makes me extremely delighted ' with battles on the stage. I give you this trouble to
complain to you, that Nicolini refused to gratify me in that part of the opera for which I have most taste. I obferve it is become a custom, that whenever any gentlemen are particularly pleased with a song, at their crying out Encore or Altro Volto, the performer is so
obliging as to sing it over again. I was at the opera • the latt time Hydaspes was performed. At that part • of it where the horo engages with the lion, the VOL. IV.
'graceful manner with which he put that terrible mon'ler to death, gave me so great a pleasure, and at the • faine time lo juit a sense of that gentleman's intrepi
dity and conduct, that I could not forbear desiring a
re petition of it, hy crying out Altro Volto, in a very • audible voice ; and my fiiends flatter me that I pro• nounced those words with a tolerable good accent, ..coulidering that was but the third opera I had ever seen • in my life. Yet, notwithstanding all this, there was so • little regard had to me, that the lion was carried off, • and went to bed, without being killed any more that • night. Now, fir, fray consider that I did not under
stand a word of what Mr. Nicolini faid to this cruel creature ; besides I have no ear for music; so that during the long dispute between them, the whole
entertaininent I had was from my eyes ; why then · have not I as much right to have a graceful action
repeated as another has a pleasing found, since he oniy hears' as I only fee, and we neither of us know
that there is any reasonable thing a doing ? Pray, fir, • fettle the business of this claiın in the audience, and
let us know when we inay cry Altro Volto, Anglicè, " again, again,” for the future. I am an Englishman,
and expect some reason or other to be given me, and
perhaps an ordinary che may ferve ; but I expect your * answer.
. I am, Sir,
Mr. SPECTATOR, "YOU mult give me leava, amongst the rest of your
temale correspondents, to address you about an affair · which has already given you many a speculation ; • and which, I know, I need not tell you have had 2
very happy influence over the adult part of our fex': but as many of us are either too old to learn, or
tog obitinate in the pursuit of the vanities, whic! '. have been bred up with us from our infancy, and all
of us quitting the stage whilst you are pro:rpring us
10 act our part well; you ought, methinks, rather to turn your instructions for the benefit of that part of our sex who are yet in their native innocence, and ig
norant of the vices and that variety of unhappinesses • that reign amongst us. ** I mult tell you, Mr. SpectATOR, that it is as much
a part of your office to oversee the education of the fes male fart of the nation, as well as of the male ; and
to convince the world you are not partial, pray pro
ceed to detect the mał administration of governesses as · fuccessfully as you have exposed that of pedagogues ;
and rescue our sex from the prejudice and tyranny of • education as well as that of your own, who without
your seasonable interposition are like to improve upon • the vices that are now in vogue.
I who know the dignity of your poit, as SpecTATOR,
and the authority a skilful eye ought to bear in the female worked, could not forbear consuliing you, and
beg your advice in so critical a point, as is that of the ' education of young gentlewon en Having already
provided myselt with a very convenient house in a good air, I am not without hope but that you will promote
this generous design. I must farther tell you, fir, that • all who fali be committed to my conduct, besides the • usual accopplishments of the needle, dancing, and the
French tongue, shall not fail to be your conitant readers. • It is therefore my humble petition, that you
will tertain the town on this important subject, and to • far oblige a stranger, as to raise a curiosity and inquiry ' in my behalf, by publishing the following advertilement.
• I am, Sir,
• M. W.
A D V E RTIS E MEN T.
“ The boarding school for young gentlewomen, which
was formerly kept on Mile-End-Green, being laid “ down, there is now one set up alaost opposite to it at " the two Golden-Balls, and much more convenient in
every respect ; where, besides the common instructions given to young gentlewomen, they will be taught the “ whole art of pastry and preserving, with whatever
may render theni accomplished. Those who please to make trial of the vigilance and ability of the persons
concerned, may inquire at the two Golden-Balls on “ Mile-fnd Green near Stepney, where they will re" ceive further satisfaction,
“ This is to give notice, that the Spectator has “ taken upon hiin to be vilitant of all boarding-Schools “ where young women are educated ; and designs to
proceed in the said office after the fame manner that “ visitants of colleges do in the two famous universities " of this land,
All lovers who write to the Spectator, are de“ fired to förbear o!e expression which is in most of the " letters to him, either out of laziness or want of in
vention, and is true of not above two thousand wo** men in the whole world ; viz. She has in her all that is valuable in woman.'
Saturday, March 1.
Nec deus interfit, nifi dignus vindice nous
Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 191.
Never presume to make a God appear,
ORACE advises a poet to consider thoroughly the nature and force of his genius. Milton feenis to have known perfectly well, wherein his strength lay, and has therefore chosen a subject intirely conformable to those talents, of which he was master. As his genius was wonderlul'y turned to the sublime, his stbject is the noblest that could have entered into the thoughts of man.