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most skilful in the Trade. For all which, you have all his Hopes and Fortune for your security. To encourage Dealing after this way, there is not only, the avoiding the most infamous Guilt in ordinary Bartering;, but this Observation, That he who buys with ready Money faves as much to his Family, as the State exacts out of his Land for the Security and Service of his Country; that is to say, in plain English, fixteer will do as much as twenty Shillings.

Mr. SPECTATOR, · M YuHeart inferfweled wichuratore

ful Sentiments on account of fome Favours which I have lately re6.ceived, that I must beg leave to give ! them utterance amongst the Crowd 6-of other anonymous Correspondents ; ! and Writing, I hope, will be as great

relief to my forced Silence, as it is "to your natural Taciturnity – My gcnerous Benefactor will not suffer me

to speak to him in any Terms of Ac

knowledgment, but ever treats me as if he had the greatest Obligations,

and uses me with a Distinction that is ? not to be expected from one so muclr my Superior in Fortune, Years, and

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Understanding. He insinuates, as if 'I had a certain Right to his Favours « from some Merit, which his particular

Indulgence to me has difcover'd; but that is only a beautiful Artifice to lelsen the Pain an honeft Mind feels in receiving Obligations, when there is no Probability of returning them.

A Gift is doubled when accompa. ny'd with such a Delicacy of Address; 4 but what to me gives it an inexpreffi

ble Value, is its coming from the Man I most esteem in the World. It plea

ses me indeed, as it is an Advantage e and Addition to my Fortune; but

when I consider it is an Instance of that good Man's Friendship, it overjoys, it transports me: I look on it with a Lover's Eye, and no longer regard the Gift, but the Hand that

it. For my Friendship is fo entirely void of any gainful Views, that it

often gives me pain to think it should have been chargeable to him; and I cannot at some melancholly Hours

help doing his Generosity the Injury of fearing it should cool on this Account, and that the last Favour might be a fort of Legacy of a departing Friendfhip.

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"I confess these Fears seem very
groundless and unjust; but you must
forgive them to the Apprehension of
one poffeffed of a great Treasure, who
is frighted at the most diftant Shadow
of Danger.
"SINCE I have thus far open'd
my Heart to you, I will not conceal
the fecrer Satisfaction I feel there of

knowing the Goodness of my Friend 6 will not be unrewarded. I am pleased • with thinking the Providence of the

Almighty hath fufficient Blessings in • ftore for him, and will certainly dif * charge the Debt, tho' I am not made ! the happy Instrument of doing it.

• HOWEVER, nothing in my 6 Power thall be wanting to thew my • Gratitude; I will make it the Busines * of my Life to thank him, and shall

esteem (next to him) those my best

Friends, who give me the greateft Af to fiftanee in this

good Work Printing this Letter would be fome little In$ stance of my Gratitude; and your Favour herein will very much oblige Your most humble Servant, &c.

W. C.
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Si vulnus tibi monfirata radice vel herba
Non fieret levius, fugeres radice vel herba
Proficiente nibil curarier.

Hor.

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T is
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difficult to praise a
Man without putting him
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out of Countenance. My
following Correspondent has

found out this uncommon Art, and, together with his Friends, has celebrated fome of my. Speculations after such a concealed but diverto ing manner, that if any of

my

Readers think I am to blame in publishing my own Commendations, they will al. low I should have deferved their Censure as much, had I suppressed the Humour in which they are convey'd

me.

S IR,

Am often in a private Allembly of
Wits of both Sexes, where we

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generally descant upon your Speculations, or upon the Subjects on which

you have treated. We were last Tues day talking of those two Volumes

which you have lately published: "Some were commending one of yout

Papers, and some another; and there 6-was scarce a single Person in the Company

that had not a favourite SpecuLearning told us, he thought it would not be amiss if we paid the Spectator

the same Compliment that is often 'made in our publick Prints to Sir

William Read, Dr. Granty: Mr. Moor the Apothecary, and other eminent

Physicians, where it is usual for the 6. Patients to publish the Cures which

have been made upon them, and the feveral Distempers under which they laboured. . The Proposal took, and the Lady where we visited having the

two laft Volumes in large Paper in( terleav'd for her own private. Ule,

ordered them to be brought down, and laid in the Window, whither: every one in the Company retird, and

writ down a particular Advertisement • in the Stile and Phrase of the like ingenious Compositions which we fre

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