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Mr. SPECTATOR, :I
Was a wealthy Grocer in the City,
and as fortunate as diligent; but I was a single Man, and you
know there are Women. One in particular came to my Shop, who I wished might, " but was afraid never would, make a • Grocer's Wife. I thought, however, to take an effectual way of Courting, and sold her at less Price than I bought, that I might buy at less Price than I 'fold. She, you may be sure, often
came, and helped me to many Cu• ftomers at the same Rate, fancying I was obliged to her. You must needs think this
was a good living Trade, and my Riches must be vastly improved. In fine, I was nigh being declar'd • Bankrupt, when I declared my self her Lover, and she herself married. 'I was just in a Condition to support my self, and am now in hopes of growing rich by losing my Cu
Mr. SPECTATOR, : I am in the Condition of the Idol
you was once pleased to mention, 6 and Bar-keeper of a Coffee-house. I believe it is needless to tell you the Opportunities I must give, and the
Importunities I suffer. But there is one Gentleman who besieges me as
close as the French did Bouchain. His Gravity makes him work cautious, and his regular Approaches denote a good Engineer. You need not doubt
of his Oratory, as he is a Lawyer; and especially since he has had so little • Use of it at Westminster, he may spare the more for me.
WHAT then can weak Woman do? I am willing to surrender, but he would have it at Discretion, and I with Discretion. In the mean time,
whilst we parly, our several Interests are neglected. As his Siege grows stronger, my Tea grows weaker; and
while he pleads at my Bar, none come (to him for Counsel but in Forma Pauperis. Dear Mr. SPECTATOR, advise him not to insist upon hard Articles, nor by his irregular Defires contradict the well-meaning Lines of
his Countenance. If we were a
greed, we might settle to something, as soon as we could determine 6 where we should get most, by the 'Law, at the Coffee-bouse, or at Weftminster. Your bumble Servant,
HE World is pretty regular for
about Rod East, and ten Weft of the Observatory of the said Mr. Sly; but he is credibly informed, that when they are got beyond
the Pass into the Strand, or those who move City-ward are got within Temple-Bar, they are just as they were before. It is therefore humbly pro
pofed, that Moving-Centries may
be appointed all the busy Hours of the Day between the Exchange and Westminster, and report what passes to your Honour, or your subordinate • Officers, from time to time.
THAT Mr. Sly name the faid Officers, provided he will answer for their Principles and Morals.
OYOY four hundred and seventy
first Speculation turned upM
on the Subject of Hope in general. I design this Pa
per as a Speculation upon that vain and foolish Hope, which is misemployed on temporal Objects, and produces many Sorrows and Calamities in human Life.
IT is a Precept several times inculcated by Horace, that we should not entertain a Hope of any thing in Life which lies at a great distance from us. The Shortness and Uncertainty of our Time here, makes such a kind of Hope unreasonable and absurd. The Grave lies unseen between us and the Object which we reach after: Where one Man lives to enjoy the Good he has in view, ten thousand are cut off in the Pursuit of it.
IT happens likewise unluckily, that one Hope no sooner dies in us, but another rises up in its stead. apt to fancy that we shall be happy and fatisfied if we poffefs our felves of such and such particular Enjoyments; but either by reason of their Emptiness, or the natural Inquietudes of the Mind, we have no sooner gained one Point' but we extend our Hopes to another. We still find new inviting Scenes and Landskips lying behind those which at a distance terminated our View.
THE natural Consequences of fuch Reflections are these; that we should take care not to let our Hopes run out into too great a Length; that we should fufficiently weigh the Objects of our Hope, whether they be such as we may reasonably expect from them what we propose in their Fruition, and whether they are such as we are pretty sure of attaining, in case our Life extend itself so far. If we hope for things which are at too great a distance from us, it is possible that we may be intercepted by Death in our Progress towards them. If we hope for things of which we bave not thoroughly considered the Va