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wife have done. Now, without eniring into a Dif. cuffion, whether Cydippe shewed more Weakness or Prudence in this her Behaviour, let us propose a Case or two, somewhat similar chereto.
Suppose a young Woman of Fortune should take a Fancy io á Man much her Inferior, and mould be so far from being seduced into a Promile of Marriage unawares, that she should actually make The first Advances to him, and enter into a furmal Con ract to be his; and yer, upon the Prospea of a berter, that is a richer Match, regardless of all her Oaths, and even of common Modesty, in De-fiance of Shame, and in the Face of the Sun, in the midit of a Crowd of Winesses who were privy to her Engagements with this Man, should be pub. lickiy married to another, and that after the greareft Familiarities had paffed between her and the former, after he had frequently had carnal Knowledge of her Person, what could we say of such a Woman? Must not every one co: fess she was worle than a Heathen? What could she expect from such an open and profligate Violation of the Laws of Honefty, Trurn, and Decency, and such a daring and manifest Contempt of that God, whom she had invoked as a Witness to her first Vows, but continual Unhappiness, Jarrings, and Reproaches from her new Choice, and unless the averted < by rimely Repenrance, erernal Misery hereafter? And yer all this, and more, was a young Lady of a good Fa. mily in Wales, publickly charged with some Years ago in Print, by an Organist of Rofs in Herefordfoire. Again, supposing a young Woman, who having been Daughter to one learned Doctor, and Daughter-in law to another, might reasonably have been imagined to have been well apprized of the Nature and Obligarion of solemn Vows, after having engaged herself voluntarily, even by a mutual Reperition of the Office of the Church, in the most serious Manner, to a reverend Cler
gymnan, after having even a Ring put upon her Fourth Finger, and accepting of Presents in Cloachs *to a considerable Value from him, should afterwards in Violation of such solemn Vows, be married to another; and that her own Momer, Widow of two such learned, if not reverend Doctors, should be the Perion by whose liftigation, if not Compu:fion, she bad been induced thereto, what could we think both of the one and the other, but that they were many Degrees worse than Infidels ; and that, withoui a heaily Repentance, some severe Judgment would befal them? And yet this is neicher more nor less than what a young Lady of Oxfordshire was charged with in Print, and we think evidently proved guilty of, by a reverend Clergy, man about twelve Years ago, in a Book, intitled, . * The Contract violated, or the bally Marriage. .
Enormities of this Kind are not always imme. diately punished by the Hand of Heaven; buc sometimes the Chastisement follows pretry close upon the Heels of the Offence ; and to it seems to have done in the Case of this Gentlewoman and her Mother, whom we think both equally to blame; fince the former seems not to have been married above a Week to the Person, for whose Sake the had so hamefully and busely violared and broken a folemn Contract, before the heartily repented it : At least, her answering her Mother in-law, who visiting her on the Monday after ber Wedding, found Faulo with her appearing melancholly and pensive, and faid, She ought to be enjoying kerfilf. Enjoying mi seif, Madam! I never expect a Day's Enjoyment as long ?: I live, looks very much like it. Nay, it carries wich it a yet worse Alpect, and has greatly the Air of a Remorie of Corscience, arising from ó Sense of
ch he nous Guit as would im bitter all her fu. ture Dys, and never more allnw her any Peace of Mind. A State to terrible, that we can hardly conceive any Panishment on this Side the Grave,
more dreadful ! Ler all young Women, who make a Jelt of Vows, and sport with Things sacred, and are inclinable to follow her Example, reflect upon this, and consider how they would like to share in her Fate; which is an evident Proof, that a Breach of the Third Commandment is not overlooked by Heaven.
But the young Gentlewoman herself, as she was not the only Transgressor in this Case, was nor che. only Person who suffered for so doing; her Mother, who was at least equally criminal, if not yet more, in exerting her maternal Authority, and compelling her Daughter thus to violate the solemn Vows, whereby she had engaged herself to another Man in the Face of Heaven, making herseif thereby an Accessary to, and Partner in her Offence, as The parrook in her Guilt, partook also in her Pus nishment.
Nay, the Hand of Heaven seems to have fallen with rather more Weight upon her than her Daughter ; who, having a longer Time allowed her for Repentance, ai d being an Eye-witness to what be. fel her Mother, and hearing her Confessions and Declarations, may charitably be supposed, if noc hardened to the lait Degree, to have been awakened to a Sense of her Guilt, and by a fincere Acknowledgment thereof, to have endeavoured to obtain Pardon.
Be that however as it will, within less than two Months after her Daugher's Nupcials, the Mother was taken with a sudden Delirium, ran away in that Condicion above a Mile from the Place of her Habitacion ; laid many Things to the Advantage of the reverend Clergyman, who, if Vows are of any Force, was the only Husband her Daughter could lawfully have during his Life ; made an ample Confession of having done him Wroog; would G6
nor suffer any one to Speak ill of him ; desired to see him, and have him fent for, declaring that otherwise she would nor go to Bed; though, for whar Reasons were best known to themselves, fome about her would not permit it. ,
In short, so far did her Distraction proceed, that Nurles were sent for from Oxford, who bound her in her Bed the very Day they came, with which a Ph fic.an who was fint for next Moment, found Fault, and immediarely ordered her to be restored to her Liberry, though too late for her Relief, for She died soon afier, and, as the Father of her Son. in law swore, raving mad. What could be more deplorable! Or what a more manifelt Proof, that the Lord will not hold them guiltless, who either rake his Nare in vain themselves, or encourage others fo to do!
One Remark, however, we cannot help making upon the later Part of this story; namely, that all the Evidence given of the Mother's Lunacy, amounts to no more than this, that she ran from her own Habiration, spoke much in Praise of the Clergy man to whom her Daughter was contracted, owned she had injured him, could not be easy rill The had seen him, and being denied that Sariffaction, died raving mad.
Now, we think it appears plainly from the very Face of this Account, that all there Actions of the Mother, falsly ascribed to her being disordered in her Senfes, were r. cher ev dent Tokens that she had just then recovered them; and thar, being brought by her Il nefs to a serious Way of Thinke ing, that inward Wirness of her Guilt, which she carried about with her, would nor luffer her to rest, cili she had made all the Atonement in her Power, by juftitying the injured Gentleman, publickly acknowledging her own Wickedness, and
openiy asking his Pardon, whicn ce cuinly was the · only Reason could induce her to defire a Sight of
But, if this was a strong Inducement to the Mo. ther to desire it, no doubt it was also a Reason equally ttrong, for those about her, who, as it appcar, were in the Interest of the new Son-in law, not to comply therewith ; since such a Confession of Guilt would have reflected an equal Odium on themselves, as not only having been privy therero, but having earnestly follicited, and urged her on to it; and consequently, being allo Partners and Accomplices therein. It would have become them, however, berrer to have joined wih the poor Woman in the Acknowledgment of her Of. fence, and endeavour to make her Peace with the injured Person, since we are assured this is to be done, if poflible, before we can expect a Pardon from Heaven.
These two Instances, because well known to be authentic by Hundreds now living, insomuch that, were is not in regard to their respective Fa. milies, we could subjoin their Names therero, we thought proper to chuse our from many others; as being most likely, on chat account, to make a pro. per Impression upon our Readers. We shall now proceed to add two others, altogether as Gingular · and remarkable, of equal Perfidy and Violarion of Vows, in iwo Persons of no mean Rack, of che ocher Sex, boch also within our own Memory, and well known to many People of Dilinction yet alive.
· The first hall be of a Gentleman, of an ancient
Family, and ample Fortune, atierwards, if not even then, a Member of Parliament, nay, Knight of the Shire for a certai County, who having long made honourable Addresses to a beautiful young Lady,