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Patronage upon the same Account. I must confess, my Lord, had not I already received great Instances of your Favour, I should have been afraid of submitting a Work of this Nature to your perusal. You are so thoroughly acquainted with the Characters of Men, and all the Parts of human Life, that it is impossible for the least Misrepresentation of them to escape your Notice. It is Your Lordship’s particular Distinction that you are Master of the whole Compass of Business, and have signalized Your Self in all the different Scenes of it. We admire some for the Dignity, others for the Popularity of their Behaviour ; some for their Clearness of Judgment, others for their Happiness of Expression; some for the laying of Schemes, and others for the purcing
of them in Execution : It is Your Lordship only who enjoys these several Talents united, and that too in as great Perfection as others pofsess them singly. Your Enemies acknowledge this great Extent in Your Lordship's Character, at the same time that they use their utmost Industry and Invention to derogate from it. But it is for Your Honour that those who are now Your Enemies were always lo. You have acted in so much Consistency. with Your Self, and promoted the Interests of your Country in so uniform a Manner, that even those who would misrepresent your Generous Designs for the Publick Good, cannot but approve the Steadiness and Intrepidity with which You pursue them. It is a most sensible Pleasure to me that I have this
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Opportunity of professing my self one of your great Admirers, and, in a very particular Manner,
and most obedient,
THE SPECTATO R.
N° 322. Monday, March 10. 1712.
Ad bumun mærore gravi deducit & angit. Hor. O NS T is often said, after a Man has heard a
Story with extraordinary Circumstances,
It is a very good one if it be true : But Z as for the following Relation, I should be
glad were I sure it were false. It is told
k* with fuch Simplicity, and there are fo many artless Touches of Ditress in it, that I fear it comes too much from the Heart.
Mr. SPECTATOR, • COME Years ago it happened that I lived in the • U fame House with a young Gentleman of Merit ; • with whose good Qualities I was fo much taken, as to • make it my Endeavour to Thew as many as I was able in • my self. Familiar Converse improved general Civilities « into an unfeigned Passion on both Sides. He watched 6 an Opportunity to declare himself to me; and I, who S could not expect a Man of so great an Estate as his, received his Addresses in fuch Terms, as gave him no rea
• fon to believe I was displeased with them, tho' I did • nothing to make him think me more easy than was de.' cent. His Fathsr was a very hard worldly Man, and
proud , so that here was no reason to believe he would • easily be brougit to think there was any thing in any • Woman's Perlon or Character that could balance the • Disadvantage of an unequal Fortune. In the mean time o the Son continued his Application to me, and omitted
no Occasion of demonstrating the most disinterested • Paffion imaginable to me ; and in plain direct Terms • offer'd to marry me privately, and keep it fo till he • should be so happy as to gain his Father's Approbation, • or become possessed of his Eftate. I passionately loved • him, and you will believe I did not deny such a one • what was my Interest also to grant. However I was • not so young, as not to take the Precaution of carrying • with me a faithful Servant, who had been also my • Mother's Maid, to be present at the Ceremony. When • that was over I demanded a Certificate, signed by the • Minister, my Husband, and the Servant I just now • spoke of. After our ÎNuptiais, we convéríeu cöğeiher • very familiarly in the same House ; but the Restraints • we were generally under, and the Interviews we had, s being stolen and interrupted, made our Behaviour to • each other have rather the impatient Fondness which • is visible in Lovers, than the regular and gratified Af• fection which is to be observed in Man and Wife. • This Observation made the Father very anxious for « his Son, and press him to a Match he had in his Eye * for him. To relieve my Husband from this Impor• tunity, and conceal the Secret of our Marriage, which "I had reason to know would not be long in my « Power in Town, it was resolved that I should retire • into a remote Place in the Country, and converse under « feigned Names by Letter. We long continued this • Way of Commerce ; and I with my Needle, a few • Books, and reading over and over my Husband's Let• ters, passed my Time in a resigned Expectation of bet• ter Days. Be pleased to take notice, that within four • Months after I left my Husband I was delivered of a • Daughter, who died within few Hours after her Birth. < This Accident, and the retired Manner of Life I led,