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gave criminal Hopes to a neighbouring Brute of a • Country Gentleman, whose Folly was the Source of all • my Afiction. This Rustick is one of those rich Clowns, • who supply the Want of all manner of Breeding by ! the Neglect of it, and with noisy Mirth, half Under• standing, and ample Fortune, force themselves upon • Persons and Things without any Sense of Time and

Place. The poor ignorant People where I lay conceal'd, and now passed for a Widow, wondered I could be « so shy and strange, as they called it, to the Squire; and I were bribed by him to admit him whenever he thought • fit. I happened to be fitting in a little Parlour which • belonged to my own Part of the House, and musing • over one of the fondeft of my Husband's Letters, in

which I always kept the Certificate of my Marriage, ! when this rude Fellow came in, and with the nauseous • Familiarity of such unbred Brutes, snatched the Papers • out of my Hand. I was immediately under so great • a Concern, that I threw my self at his Feet, and beg• ged of him to return them. He with the same odious • Pretence to Freedom and Gaiety, swore he would • read them. I grew more importunate, he more ' curious, till at last, with an Indignation arising from a • Passion I then first discovered in him, he threw the • Papers into the Fire, swearing that since he was not 6 to read them, the Man who writ them should never be 6 so happy as to have me read them over again. It is • insignificant to tell you my Tears and Reproaches made " the boisterous Calf leave the Room ashamed and out • of Countenance, when I had leisure to ruminate on

this Accident with more than ordinary Sorrow : Howo ever, such was then my Confidence in my Husband,

that I writ to him the Misfortune, and defired another • Paper of the same kind. He deferred writing two or • three Posts, and at last answered me in general, That « he could not then send me what I asked for, but « when he could find a proper Conveyance, I should • be sure to have it. From this Time his Letters were & more cold every Day than other, and as he grew in« different I grew jealous. This has at last brought me to « Town, where I find both the Witnesses of my Marriage s dead, and that my Husband, after three Months Coha

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* bitation, has buried a young Lady whom he married in ' Obedience to his father. In a word, he shuns and • disowns me. Should I come to the House and confront • him, the Father would join in supporting him against * me, though he believed my Story ; should I talk it to ' the World, what Reparation can I expect for an In

jury I cannot make out ? I believe he means to bring ' me, through Neceflity, to resign my Pretensions to him

for some Provision for my Life ; but I will die firft. * Pray bid him remember what he said, and how he was

charmed when he laughed at the heedless Discovery I

often made of my self; let him remember how aukward ' I was in my dissembled Indifference towards him before • Company; ask him how I, who could never conceal my • Love for him, at his own Request can part with him • for ever? Oh, Mr. SPECTATOR, sensible Spirits • know no Indifference in Marriage; what then do you ' think is my piercing Affliction ! - I leave you to re• present my Distress your own way, in which I desire • you to be speedy, if you have compassion for Inno• cence exposed to Infamy.

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THE Journal with which I presented my Reader on

Tuesday last, has brought me in several Letters,

with Accounts of many private Lives caft into that Form. I have the Rake's Journal, the Sot's Journal, the Whore master's Journal, and among several others a very curious Piece, entitled, The Journal of a Mohock. By these Instances I find that the Intention of my last Tuesday's Paper has been mistaken by many of my Rea. ders. I did not design so much to expose Vice as Idle. ness, and aimed at those Persons who pass away their Time rather in Trifle and Impertinence, than in Crimes and Immoralities. Offences of this latter kind are not

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to be dallied with, or treated in so ludicrous a manner. In short, my Journal only holds up Folly to the Light, and fhews the Disagreeableness of such Actions as are indifferent in themselves, and blameable only as they proceed from Creatures endow'd with Reason.

MY following Correspondent, who calls herself Clarinda, is such a Journalist as I require: She seems by her Letter to be placed in a modish State of Indifference bea tween Vice and Virtue, and to be susceptible of either, were there proper Pains taken with her. Had her Journal been filled with Gallantries, or such Occurrences as had fhewn her wholly diverted of her natural Innocence, notwithstanding it might have been more pleasing to the Generality of Readers, I should not have published it ; but as it is only the Picture of a Life filled with a fashionable kind of Gaiety, and Laziness, I shall set down five Days of it, as I have received it from the Hand of my fair Correspondent.

Dear Mr. SPECTATOR,
V OU having set your Readers an Exercise in one of

I your last Week's Papers, I have performed mine • according to your Orders, and herewith send it you in• closed. You must know, Mr. SPECTATOR, that I • am a Maiden Lady of a good Fortune, who have had • several Matches offered me for these ten Years last part, • and have at present warm Applications made to me by • a very pretty Fellow. As I am at my own Disposal, I • come up to Town every Winter, and pass my Time • in it after the manner you will find in the following • Journal, which I began to write upon the very Day after your Spectator upon that Subject.

TUESDAY Night. Could not go to sleep till one in the Morning for thinking of my Journal.

WEDNESDAY. From Eight 'till Ten, Drank two Dishes of Chocolate in Bed, and fell asleep after them.

From Ten to Eleven. Eat a Slice of Bread and Butter, drank a Difh of Bohea, read the Spectator.

From Eleven to One. At my Toilette, try'd a new Head. Gave Orders for Veny to be combed and washed. Mem. I look best in Blue.

From

· From One 'till Half an Hour after Two. Drove to the Change. Cheapred a Couple of Fans.

Till Four. At Dinner. Mem. Mr. Froth passed by in his new Liveries.

From Four to Six. Dressed, paid a Visit to old Lady Blithe and her Sister, having before heard they were gone out of Town that Day.

From Six to Eleven. At Basset. Mem. Never set again upon the Ace of Diamonds.

THURSDAY. From Eleven at Night to Eight in the Morning. Dream'd that I punted to Mr. Froth.

From Eight to Ten. Chocolate. Read two Acts in Aureng zebe abed.

From Ten to Eleven. Tea-Table. Sent to borrow Lady Faddle's Cupid for Veny. Read the Play-Bills. Received a Letter from Mr. Froth. Mem. locked it up in my strong Box.

Rejt of the Morning. Fontange, the Tire-woman, her Account of my Lady Blithe's Wash. Broke a Tooth in my little Tortoise-shell Comb. Sent Frank to know how my Lady Hettick reited after her Monky's leaping out at Window. Looked pale. Fontange tells me my Glass is not true. Dressed by Three.

From Three to four. Dinner cold before I sat down.

From Four to Eleven. Saw Company. Mr. Froth's Opinion of Milton. His Account of the Mobocks. His Fancy of a Pin-cushion. Picture in the Lid of his Snuff. box. Old Lady Faddle promises me her Woman to cut my Hair. Loft five Guineas at Crimp. ,

Twelve o'clock at Night. Went to Bed. Friday. Eight in the Morning. Abed. Read over all Mr. Froth's Letters. Cupid and Ďeny.

Ten o Clock. Stay'd within all Day, not at home.

From Ten to Twelve. In Conference with my MantuaMaker. Sorted a Suit of Ribbands. Broke my blue China Cup. - From Twelve to One. Shut my self up in my Chamber, practised Lady Betty Modely's Skuttle. . One in the Afternoon. Called for my fowered Handkerchief. Worked half a Violet-Leaf in it. Eyes aked, and Head out of Order. Threw by my Work, and read over the remaining Part of Aurengzebeo

From

From Three to Four. Dined.

From Four to Twelve. Changed my Mind, dressed, went abroad, and play'd at Crimp till Midnight. Found Mrs. Spitely at home. Conversation : Mrs. Brilliant's Necklace false Stones. Old Lady Loveday going to be married to a young Fellow that is not worth a Groat. Miss Prue gone into the Country. Tom. Townley has red Hair. Mem. Mrs. Spitely whispered in my Ear that she had something to tell me about Mr. Froth, I am sure it is not true.

Between Twelve and One. Dreamed that Mr. Froth lay at my Feet, and called me Indamora. ,

SATURDAY. Rose at Eight o'Clock in the Morning. Sat down to my Toilette.

From Eight to Nine. Shifted a Patch for half an Hour before I could determine it. Fixed it above my left Eye. brow.

From Nine to Twelve. Drank my Tea, and dressed.

From Twelve to Two. At Chapel. A great deal of good Company. Mem. The third Air in the new Opera. Lady Blithe dressed frightfully.

From Three to Four. Dined. Miss Kitty called upon me to go to the Opera before I was risen from Table.

From Dinner to Six. Drank Tea. Turned off a Footman for being rude to Veny.

Şix o'clock. Went to the Opera. I did not see Mr. Froth till the beginning of the second Act. Mr. Froth. talked to a Gentleman in a black Wig.Bowed to a Lady in the front Box. Mr. Froth and his Friend clap'd Nicoling in the third A&t. Mr. Froth cried out Ancora. "Mr. Froth led me to my Chair. I think he squeezed my Hand.

Eleven at Night. Went to Bed. Melancholy Dreams. Methought Nicolina faid he was Mr. Froth.

SUNDAY.. Indisposed. MONDAY. Eight Clock. Waked by Miss Kitty, Aurengzebe lay upon the Chair by me. Kitty repeated without Book the Eiglit beft Lines in the Play. Went in our Mobbs to the dumb Man according to Appointment. Told me that my Lover's Name began with a G.

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