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lence and Ill-breeding of some Per« sons who travelled lately with me - in a Stage-Coach out of Elex to (London. I am sure, when you have

heard what I have to fay, you will o think there are Persons under the • Character of Gentlemen that are fit

to be no where else but in the « Coach-box. Sir, I am a young 6 Woman of a sober and religious Education, and have preserved that • Character; but on Monday was Fort6 night it was my Misfortune to come

to London. I was no sooner clapt 6 in the Coach, but, to my great Sur« prize, two Persons in the Habit of Gentlemen attacked me with such indecent Discourse as I cannot re

peat to you, so you may conclude not fit for me to hear. I had no

relief but the Hopes of a speedy 6 end of my short Journey. Sir, form

to your félf what a Persecution this 6 muft needs be to a virtuous and

chafte Mind; and in order to your

proper handling such a Subject, fan. cy your Wife or Daughter, if yon

had any, in fuch Circumftances, and ( what Treatment you would think then due to such Dragoons. One

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of them was called a Captain, and entertained us with nothing but filthy stupid Questions, or lewd Songs,

all the way. Ready to burst with • Shame and Indignation, I repined that

Nature had not allowed us as casily to shut our Ears as our Eyes. But was not this a

kind of Rape? Why. should there be Acceflaries in Ra. 'vishment any more than Vurder?

Why should not every Contributor to the Abuse of Chastity suffer

Death ? I am sure these shameless ? Hell-hounds deserved it highly. Can

you exert your self better than on

such an Occasion? If you do not Ć

do it effectually, I'll read no more of your_Papers. Has every impers tinent Fellow a Privilege to tor's ment me, who pay my Coach-hire

as well as he? Sir, pray consider us ' in this respect as the weakest Sex,

and have nothing to defend
felves; and I think it is as Gen-

tleman-like to challenge a Woman ' to fight, as to talk obscenely in her • Company, especially when she has

not power to stir. Pray let me tell

you a Story which you can make fit for publick View. I knew a

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( Gentleman, who having a very good • Opinion of the Gentlemen of the

Army, invited ten or twelve of them to sup with him; and at the same

time invited two or three Friends, ' who were very severe against the

Manners and Morals of Gentlemen c of that Profession. It happened one

of them brought two Captains of his Regiment newly come into the

Army, who at firit Onset engaged ( the Company with very lewd Healths (and suitable Discourse. You may ea

fily imagine the Confusion of the ' Entertainer, who finding some of

his Friends very uneasy, desired to ( tell them a Story of a great Man,

one Mr. Locke, (whom I find you ' frequently mention) that being in( vited to dine with the then Lords 'Hallifax, Anglesey, and Shaftsbury ;

immediately after Dinner, instead of Conversation, the Cards were called

for, where the bad or good Success produced the usual Paflions of Ga' ming. Mr. Locke retiring to a Win

dow, and writing, my Lord Anglefey desired to know what he was writing: Why, my Lords, answered he, I could not sleep last Night for

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the Pleasure and Improvement I expected from the Conversation of the greatest Men of the Age. This so sensibly stung them, that they gladly compounded to throw their Cards ' in the Fire if he would his paper,

and fo a Conversation ensued fit for fuch Persons. This story prest so hard upon the young Captains, to

gether with the Concurrence of their luperior Officers, that the young : Fellows left the Company in Confu' sion.Sir, I know you hate long things ; ' but if you like it, you may contract ' it, or how you will; but I think it has a Moral in it. ‘BUT, Sir, I am told you are a famous Mechanick as well as a Looker-on, and therefore humbly propose you would invent fome Padlock, with full Power under your Hand

and Seal, for all modest Persons, either Menor Women, to clap upon the Mouths of all such impertinent impudent Fellows: And I wish you

would publish a Proclamation, that "no modeft Person who has a Value for her Countenance, and conse

quently would not be put out of it, prefume to travel after such a Day with

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out one of them in their Pockets. I fancy a smart Spectator upon this Subject would ferve for such a Pad-'

lock; and that publick Notice may "be given in your Paper where they

may be had, with Directions, Price 6.2.d. and that part of the Directions betrie

may be, when any Person presumes main to be guilty of the above-mentioned Crimes, the Party aggrieved may list produce it to his Face, with a Re

quest to read it to the Company. + He must be very much hardened that 6 could outface that Rebuke; and his

further Punishment I leave you to prescribe.

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