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was nothing within the Lid but a little Looking-Glass, in which, after she had view'd her own Face with more Pleasure than she had ever done before, the returned the Box with a Smile, telling him, she could not but admire at his Choice. ·
WILL fancying that his Story took, immediately fell into a Dissertation on the Usefulness of LookingGlasses; and applying himself to me, asked if there were any. Looking-Glasses in the Times of the Greeks and Romans ; for that he had often observed in the Translations of Poems out of those Languages, that people generally talked of seeing themselves in Wells, Fountains, Lakes and Rivers: Nay, says he, I remember Mr. Dryden in his Ovid tells us of a swinging Fellow called Polypheme, that made use of the Sea for his LookingGlass, and could never dress himself to Advantage but in a Calm.
My Friend WILL, to fhew us the whole Compass of his Learning upon this Subject, further informed us, that there were still several Nations in the World so very barbarous as not to have any Looking-Giafies among them ; and that he had lately read a Voyage to the South-Sea, in which it is said, that the Ladies of Chili always dress their Heads over a Bason of Water.
I am the more particular in my Account of WIL L's last Night's Lecture on these natural Mirrors, as it seems to bear some Relation to the following Letter, which I received the Day before.
SIR, • Have read your last Saturday's Observation on o the Fourth Book of Milton with great Satisfacti
on, and am particularly pleased with the hidden Mo• ral, which you have taken notice of in several Parts of • the Poem. The Design of this Letter is to desire
your Thoughts, whether there may not also be some • Moral couched under that Place in the same Book where • the Poet lets us know, that the first Woman imme• diately after her Creation ran to a Looking-Glass, and I became so enamoured of her own Face, that she had • never removed to view any of the other Works of Nature, had not the been led off to a Man. If you
think fit to set down the whole Passage from Milton, • your Readers will be able to judge for themselves, and • the Quotation will not a little contribute to the filling • up of your Paper.
Your Humble Servant,
THE last Confideration urged by my Querift is so krong, that I cannot forbear closing with it. The Pasfage he alludes to, is part of Eve's Speech to Adam, and one of the most beautiful Passages in the whole Poem.
That Day I oft remember, when from seep I first awak'd, and found my self repos'd Under a ade, on flow'rs, much wond'ring where And what I was, whence thither brought, and how. Not distant far from thence a murmuring Sound Of Waters iffu’from a Cave, and spread Into a liquid Plain, then flood unmou'd Pure as th’ Expanse of Heav'n: I thither went With unexperienc'd Thought, and laid me down ! On the green Bank, to look into the clear Smooth Lake, that to me seem'd another Sky. As I bent down to look, juft opposite, A Shape within the watry Gleam appear'd Bending to look on me; I started back, It started back; but pleas'd I foon return'd, Pleas'd it return'd as soon with answering Looks Of Sympathy and Love; there I had fix'd Mine Eyes till now, and pined with vain Defire, Had not a voice thus warn’d me, What thou feeft, What there thou seeft, fair Creature, is thy self, With thee it came and goes : but follow me, And I will bring thee where no Shadow stays Thy coming, and thy soft Embraces, he Whose Image thou art, bim thou shalt enjoy Inseparably thine, to him shalt bear Multitudes like thy self, and thence be call'd Mother of Human Race. What could I do, But follow Araight, invisibly thus led? Till I efpy'd thee, fair indeed and tall,
Under a Plantan, yet methought lifs fair,
So spake our general Mother
N° 326. Friday, March 14.
Inclusam Danaën turris ahenea,
No&turnis ab adulteris ;
tune-Hunters, and your subsequent Difcourse
upon it, have given me Encouragement to send s you a State of my Case, by which you will see, that " the Matter complained of is a common Grievance both • to City and Country.
' I am a Country Gentleman of between five and fix ' thousand a Year. It is my Misfortune to have a very • fine Park and an only Daughter; upon which ac'count I have been so plagu'd with Deer-Stealers and • Fops, that for these four Years past I have scarce en' joy'd a Moment's Rest. I look upon my self to be in « in my Seat, as a Governor would do that commanded .
a State of War, and am forc'd to keep as constant watch
a Town on the Frontier of an Enemy's Country. I o have indeed pretty well secur'd my Park, having for this • purpose provided my self of four Keepers, who are left• handed, and handle a Quarter-staff beyond any other • Fellows in the Country. And for the Guard of my House, • besides a Band of Pensioner-Matrons and an old Maiden • Relation, whom I keep on constant Duty, I have Blun• derbuffes always charged, and Fox-Gins planted in pri. • vate Places about my Garden, of which I have given • frequent notice in the Neighbourhood; yet so it is, that • in spite of all my Care, I shall every now and then have • a saucy Rascal ride by reconnoitring (as I think you call
it) under my Windows, as sprucely drest as if he were • going to a Ball. I am aware of this way of attacking a « Miftrefs on Horseback, having heard that it is a common « Practice in Spain ; and have therefore taken care to re« move my Daughter from the Road-side of the House. • and to lodge her next the Garden. But to cut fhort my • Story ; what can a Man do after all? I durst not stand • for Member of Parliament last Election, for fear of some « ill Consequence from my being off my Poft. What
I would therefore desire of you, is, to promote a Project o I have set on foot; and upon which I have writ to some • of my Friends; and that is, that care may be taken to 6 secure our Daughters by Law, as well as our Deer ; • and that some honest Gentleman of a publick Spirit, • would move for Leave to bring in a Bill For the better • preserving of the Female Game.
Your humble Servant.
Mile-End Green, March 6. 1711-12. 'L ERE is a young Man walks by our Door every •1 Day about the Dusk of the Evening. He looks • up at my Window, as if to see me; and if I steal to• wards it to peep at him, he turns another way, and looks • frightned at finding what he was looking for. The Air • is very cold ; and pray let him know that if he knocks
o at the Door, he will be carry'd to the Parlour Pire, and o I will come down foon after, and give him an opportu. • nity to break his Mind.
at the comme do his Minimes bonnes bumble vary comme
Your humble Servant,
. Mary Comfitt. "IF I obferve he cannot speak, I'll give him time to recover himfelf, and ask him how he does.
I BE G you to print this without delay, and by the first • 1 Opportunity give us the natural Causes of Longing 6 in Women; or put me out of Fear that my Wife will • one time or other be deliver'd of something as mon• strous as any thing that has yet appeared to the World ; • for they say the Child is to bear a Resemblance of what r was desir'd by the Mother. I have been married up. « wards of fix Years, have had four Children, and my r Wife is now big with the fifth. The Expences she has
put me to in procuring what she has longd for during r her Pregnancy with them, would not only have hand• fomly defray'd the Charges of the Month, but of their O Education too ; her Fancy being so exorbitant for the « first Year or two, as not to confine it self to the usual
Objects of Eatables and Drinkables, but running out af. • ter Equipage and Furniture, and the like Extravagancies. - To trouble you only with a few of them; When she was « with Child of Tom, my eldest Son, the came home one <day just fainting, and told me the had been visiting a « Relation, whose Husband had made her a Present of a • Chariot and a stately pair of Horses ; and that she was o positive he could not breathe a Week longer, unless the • took the Air in the Fellow to it of her own within that • time: This, rather than lose an Heir, I readily comply'd • with. Then the Furniture of her best Room must be - instantly changed, or Me should mark the Child with • some of the frightful Figures in the old-fashion'd Tapes« try. Well, the Upholsterer was called, and her Longing • saved that bout. When she went with Molly, she had • fix'd her Mind upon a new Set of Plate, and as much • China as would have furnished an India Shop: These