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S P E C T A T O R.
VOLUME THE SECOND.
PRINTED FOR J. COOTE, No. 14. RED-LION-STREET, CLERKENWELL,
BY VIRTUE OF A LATE DECISION IN THE HOUSE OF PEERS,
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
CHARLES LORD HALIFAX.
MY LORD, Similitude of manners and ftudies is usually men
tioned as one of the strongeft motives to affection and esteem; but the passionate veneration I have for your Lordship, I think, flows from an admiration of Qualities in you, of which in the whole course of these Papers I have acknowledged myself incapable. While I busy myself as a stranger upon earth, and can pretend to no other than being a Looker-on, you are conspicuous in the busy and polite world, both in the World of Men, and that of Letters : While I am filent and unobserved in public meetings, you are admired by all that approach you as the Life and Genius of the conversation. What an happy conjunction of different talents meets in him whose whole discourse is at once animated by the strength and force of Reason, and adorned with all the graces and embellishments of Wit? When learning irradiates common life, it is then in its highest use and perfection; and it is to such as your Lordship, that the Sciences owe the esteem which they have with the active part of
mankind. Knowledge of books in recluse men, is like that sort of lantern which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy paths of his own; but in the poffeffion of a man of business, it is as a torch in the hand of one who is willing and able to shew those, who were bewildered, the way which leads to their prosperity and welfare. A generous concern for your country, and a passion for every thing which is truly great and noble, are what actuate all your life and actions; and I hope you will forgive me that I have an ambition this book may be placed in the Library of fo good a Judge of what is valuable, in that Library where the choice is such, that it will not be a disparagement to be the meanest author in it. Forgive me, my Lord, for taking this occafion of telling all the world how ardently I love and honour you, and that I am, with the utmost gratitude for all your favours,
moft obedient, and
most humble Servant,
S P E C T A T O R.
No 81. SATURDAY, JUNË 2, 1711. whatever his opinions are, she hall be at liberty
to patch on which side the pleafes. Qualis ubi audi to venantúm murmure tigris
i must here take notice, that Rosalinda, a faa Horruit in maculas.
STATIUS. mous Whig partisan, has most unfortunately a As when the tigress hears the hunter's din.
very beautiful mole on the Tory part of her fore. A thousand angry spots defile her skin.
head; which being very confpicuous, has occa
fioned many mistakes, and given an handle to her BOUT the middle of last winter I went enemies to misrepresent her face, as though it to fee an Opera at the Theatre in the had revolted from the Whig interest. But what. Hay-market, where I could not but take ever this natural patch may seem to intimate, it
notice of two parties of very fine wo is well known that her notions of government are men, that had placed themselves in the opposite still the fame. This unlucky mole, however, fide-boxes, and seemed drawn up in a kind of has misled several coxcombs: and like the hangbattle array one against another. After a shorting out of false colours, made some of them consurvey of them, I found they were patched differ- verse with Rosalinda in what they thought the ently; the faces on one hand being spotted on the spirit of her party, when on a sudden she has givright side of the forehead, and those upon the en them an unexpected fire, that has sunk them other on the left. I quickly perceived that they all at once. If Rosalinda is unfortunate in her cast hostile glances upon one another; and that mole, Nigranilla is as unhappy in a pimple, which their patches were placed in those different situa- forces her, against her inclinations, to patch on tions, as party-signals to diftinguith friends from the Whig side. foes. In the middle-box beween these two op I am told that many virtuous matrons, who posite bodies, were several ladies who patched in- formerly have been taught to believe that this differently on both sides of their faces, and seemed artificial spotting of the face was unlawful, are to fit there with no other intention but to see the now reconciled by a zeal for their cause, to what Opera. Upon inquiry I found, that the body of they could not be prompted by a concern for their Amazons on my right hand were Whigs, and beauty. This way of declaring war upon one those on my left, Tories; and that those who had another, puts me in mind of what is reported of placed themselves in the middle-boxes were a neu the tigress, that several spots rise in her skin tral party, whose faces had not yet declared them- when he is angry, or as Mr. Cowley has ini. selves. These last, however, as I afterwards tated the verses that stand as the motto of this found, diminished daily, and took their party with paper, , one side or the other: infomuch that I observed in
She swells with angry pride, several of them, the patches, which were before dispersed equally, are now all gone over to the
« And calls forth all her spots on ev'ry fide," Whig or Tory side of the face. The cenforious When I was in the Theatre the time above. say, that the men, whose hearts are aimed at, are mentioned, I had the curiosity to count the very often the occasions that one part of the face patches on both sides, and found the Tory patches is thus dishonoured, and lies under a kind of dif to be about twenty stronger than the Whig; but grace, while the other is so much set off and to make amends for this small inequality, I the adorned by the owner; and that the patches turn next morning found the whole puppet-fhow filled to the right or to the left, according to the princi- with faces spotted after the whiggish manner. ples of the man who is moft in favour. But Whether or no the ladies had retreated hither in whatever may be the motives of a few fantastical order to rally their forces, I cannot tell; but the coquettes, who do not patch for the public good next night they came in fo grcat a body to the so much as for their own private advantage, it is Opera, that they outnumbered the enemy. certain, that there are several women of honour This account of party-patches will, I am afraid, who patch out of principle, and with an eye to appear improbable to those who live at a distance the interest of their country. Nay, I am informed from the fashionable world: but as it is a distince that some of them adhere to stedfastly to their tion of a very singular nature, and what perhaps party, and are fo far from facrificing their zeal may never meet with a parallel, I think I should for the public to their pasfion for any particular. not have discharged the office of a faithful Spect person, that in a late draught of marriage-articles tator, had not I recorded it. å lady has stipulated with her husband, that, P