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military Hats glare full in the Face; and he has prepared a familiar easy Cock for all' good Companions be

tween the above-mentioned Extremes. (For this end he has consulted the

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(YOUR said Officer does further represent, That the young Divines a'bout Town are many of them got in".to the Cock Military, and desires your

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N° 533

Tuesday, November 11.

Immo duas dabo, inquit illo, una fa parumeft:
Et fi duarum pænitebit, adduntur due.

Plaut.

To the SPECTATOR.

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OU have often given us

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ses against that unnatural
Custom of Parents, in for-

cing their Children to marry contrary to their Inclinations. My own Cafe, without further Pre- face, I will lay before you, and leave

you to judge of it. My Father and "Mother both being in declining Years, ( would fain see me, their eldest Son,

as they call it settled. I am as much ' for that as they can be; but I must be • settled, it seems, not according to my own, but their liking. Upon this account I am teazed every day, because I have not yet fallen in love, in spite

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of Nature, with one of a neighbouring Gentleman's Daughters; for out of their abundant Generosity, they give me the choice of four. Jack,

begins my Father, Mrs. Catherine is a • fine Woman Yes, Sir, but she 6 is rather too old She will make the more discreet Manager; Boy. " Then my Mother plays her part. Is

not Mrs. Betty exceeding fair ? Yes Madam, but she is of no Conversation; she has no Fire, no agreeable Vivacity; she neither speaks nor looks with Spirit. True, Son; but for those

very reafons, the will be an easy, soft, "obliging, tractable Creature. After all, *cries an old Aunt, (who belongs to • the Class of those who read Plays

with Spectacles on) what think you, Nephew, of proper Mrs. Dorothy? What do I think? why I think the cannot be above fix foot two inches high. Well, well, you may banter as long as you please, but Height of Stature is commanding and majestick.

Come, come, fays a Cousin of mine ' in the Family, I'll fit him; Fidelia is

- Pretty Mifs Fiddy must please you-Oh! your very humble Seryant, dear Cor. she is as much too

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young as her eldest Sister is too old.

Is it lo indeed, quoth she, good Mr. 'Pert? You, who are but barely turn

ed of twenty two, and Miss Éiddy in

half a Year's time will be in her Teens, ' and she is capable of learning any

thing. Then she will be so observant; she'll cry perhaps now and

then, but never be angry. Thus they ( will think for me in this matter, where

in I am more particularly concerned

than any body else. If I name any < Woman in the World, one of these

Daughters has certainly the same Qua

lities. You see by these few Hints, 'Mr. SPECTATOR, what a comfor

table Life I lead. To be still more open and free with you, I have been passionately fond of a young Lady (whom give me leave to call Miranda) now for these three Years. I have often urged the matter home to my Parents with all the Submiflion of a Son, but the Impatience of a Lover.

Pray, Sir, think of three Years ; ? what inexpressible Scenes of Inquie

tude, what Variety of Misery mult I

have gone through in threc long whole ( Years? Miranda's Fortune is equal to those I have mentioned; but her Re

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lations are not Intimates with mine. Ah ! there's the Rub. Miranda's Person, Wit, and Humour, are what the nicest Fancy could imagine; and though we know you to be so elegant a Judge of Beauty, yet there is none among all your various Characters of fine Women preferable to Miranda. In a word, she is never guilty of doing any thing but one amiss, (if she can be thought to do amiss by me) in being as blind to my Faults, as she is to her own Perfections.

I am, SIR,

! Your very humble obedient Servant,

Dustererastus.

Mr. SPECTATOR,
WHEN you spent so much time

as you did lately in censuring " the ambitious young Gentlemen who

ride in Triumph through Town and Country in Coach-boxes, I wished you had employed those Moments in

consideration of what passes sometimes (within-side of those Vehicles: I am sure I suffered sufficiently by the Info

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