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camps, ostentatious bullies; in colleges, unin- | measure, is the immediate possession of those telligible pedants; and their faculties are used heavenly enjoyments for which they are ad accordingly by those who lead them.
dressed. Wben a mar mitted into tb men, he shall cumstances, and sions from their colour of sense, company that c: thus with a foc books; he shall against another puzzle the best though the most that it is only ig cacy. All the er is to ennoble and and not to disg therefore in vai ceal itself, by th Literature does nevtly the thing Polyglottes, had and writ only in known only in (
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TIIE 1 It is not neces years of this your sequence only as passages very un twentieth year c but cheerful educ to whom she was father, whose dec consolable afflicti As Cælia is the o passion that has ! is adorned with a the most celebra her domestic life, gious education, nity, and less in public assemblies some years at a cathedral of St. Paul's; where her aunt and she chose to reside for the advantage of that gether with all the joy and happiness wbicu rapturous way of devotion, which gives ecstasy
attend minds entirely united. to the pleasures of innocence, and, in some
It should have been intimated, that Palamede
is a student of the Temple, and usually retired • As no mention is afterwards ma le of Dorinda, it does
thither early in the morning; Cælia still 130t appear what was the purport of her letter or advico. sleeping.
It happened, a few days since, that she fol. her rival in the same agonies she felt herself, lowed him thither to communicate to him Palamede returns in the evening ; and finding something she bad omitted, in her redundant his wife at his chambers, learned all that had fondness, to speak of the evening before. When passed, and hastened to Cælia's lodgings. she came to his apartment, the servant there It is much easier to imagine, than express, told her, she was coming with a letter to ber. the sentiments of either the criminal, or the While Cælia in an inuer room was reading an injured, at this encounter. apology from her husband, “That he had been As soon as Palamede bad found way for suddenly taken by some of his acquaintance speech, he confessed his marriage, and his to dine at Brentford, but that he should return placing his companion on purpose to vitiate in the evening,' a country girl, decently clad, bis wife, that he might break through a marasked, if those were not the chambers of riage made in his nonage, and devote his rijer Mr. Palamede ? She was answered, they were ; and knowing years to Cælia. She made him but that he was not in town. The stranger no answer ; but retired to her closet. He reasked, when he was expected at home? The turned to the Temple, where he soon after reservant replied, she would go in and ask his ceived from her the following letter: wife. The young woman repeated the word
'SIR, wife, and fainted. This accident raised no less
'You, who this morning were the best, are curiosity than amazement in Cælia, who caused
now the worst of men who breathe vital air, her to be removed into the inner room. Upon proper applications to revive her, the unhappy rage, and disdain. Can infamy and innocence
I am at once overwhelmed with love, hatrti, young creature returned to herself; and said live together? I feel the weight of the one too to Cælia, with an earrest and beseeching tone, strong for the comfort of the other. How * Are you really Mr. Palamede's wife ? Cælia bitter, beaven! how bitter is my portion! replies, I hope I do not look as if I were any How much bave I to say! but tl.e infant which other in the condition you see me.' The stranger answered,“ No, madam, he is my husband. Palamede, to live in shame, and this creature
I bear about me stirs with my agitation. I am, At the same instant, she threw a bundle of be heir to it. Farewell for ever!' letters into Cælia's lap, which confirmed the truth of what she asserted. Their mutual innocence and sorrow made them look at each No. 199.] Tuesday, July 18, 1710. other as partners in distress, rather than rivals in love. The superiority of Cælia's under- When we revolve in our thoughts su :I castanding and genius gave her an authority to tastrophes as that in the history of the unhappy examine into this adventure, as if she had been Cælia, there seems to be something so hazardoffended against, and the other the delinquent. ous in the changing a single state of life into The stranger spoke in the following mapper : that of marriage, that, it may happen, all the
precautions imaginable are not sufficient to MADAM,
defend a virgin from ruin by her choice. It • If it shall please you, Mr. Palamede, having seems a wonderful inconsistence in the distrian uncle of a good estate near Winchester, bution of public justice, that a man who robs was bred at the school there, to gain the more a woman of an ear-sing or a jewel, should be his good-will by being in his sight. His uncle punished with death ; but one, who by false died, and left him the estate which my husband arts and insinuations should take from her, now has. When he was a mere youth, be set her very self, is only to suffer disgrace. This his affections on me ; but when he could not excellent young woman has nothing to consogain bis ends, he married me; making me and late herself with, but the reflection that her my mother, who is a farmer's widow, swear sufferings are not the effect of any guilt or we would never tell it upon any account what. misconduct; and has for her protection the sveier; for that it would not look well for him influence of a Power, which, amidst the unjust to marry such a one as me; besides, that his reproach of all mankind, can give not only pafather would cut him off of the estate. I was tience, but pleasure, to innocence in distress.
kad to have him in an honest way; and he As the person who is the criminal against
introducing health of constitution, frankness Cælia had no more room for doubt; but lest of spirit, or dignity of countenance into their
families, lay out all their thoughts upon finding fortune. The man has no dishonour following out matches for their estates, and not for their his treachery; and her own sex are so de based children.]You shall have one furm such a plot by force of custom, as to say in the case of the for the good of his family, that there shall not woman, “ How could she expect he would marry be six men in England capable of pretending her? to his daughter. A second shall have a son By this means the good offices, the pleasures obliged, out of mere discretion, for fear of doing and graces of life, are not put into the balance. any thing below himself, to follow all the drabs The bridegroom has given his estate out of in town. These sage parents meet; and, as himself; and he has no more left but to follow there is no pass, no courtship between the the blind decree of his fate, whether he shall young ones, it is no unpleasant observation to be succeeded by a sot or a man of merit in his behold how they proceed to treaty. There is furtune. On the other side, a fine woman, ever in the behaviour of each something that who has also a fortune, is set up by way of denotes his circumstance; and honest Coupler, anction; her first lover has ten to ope against the conveyancer, says, he can distinguish bin. The very hour after he has opened his upon sight of the parties, before they bave heart and his rent-roll, he is made no other use opened any point of their business, which of of but to raise her price. She and her friends the two bas the daughter to sell.' Coupler is luse no opportunity of publishing it, to call in of our club, and I have frequently heard him new bidders. While the poor lover very innodeclaim upon this subject, and assert,“ that the cently waits, until the plenipotentiaries at the marriage-settlements, which are now used, inns of court bave debated about the alliance, have grown fashionable even within his me all the partisans of the lady tbrow difficulties mory.'
in the way, until other offers come in; and the When the theatre, in some late reigns, owed man who came first is not put in possession, its chief support to those scenes which were until she has been refused by balf the town. written to put matrimony out of countenance, If an abhorrence to such mercenary proceedand render that state terrible, then was it that ings were well settled in the minds of my fair pin-money first prevailed ; and all the other readers, those of merit would bave a way opened articles were inserted which create a diffidence, to their advancement; nay, those who abound and intimate to the young people, that they in wealth only would in reality find their ac. are very soon to be in a state of war with each count in it. It would not be in the power of other; thougb this bad seldom bappened, ex- their prude acquaintance, their waiters, their cept the fear of it had been expressed. Coupler nurses, cousins, and whisperers, to persuade will tell you also, 'that jointures were never them, that there are not above twenty men in frequent until the age before bis own ; but the a kingdom, and those such as perhaps they women were contented with the third part of may never set eyes on, whom they can think the estate the law allotted them, and scorned of with discretion. As the case stands now, to engage with men whom they thought capa- let any one consider, how the great heiresses, ble of abusing their children.' He has also and those to whom they were ofiered, for no informed me, “ that those who are the oldest other reason but that they could inake them benchers when he came to the Temple, told suitable settlements, live together. What can him, the first marriage-settlement of consider- be more insipid, if not loathsome, than for two able length was the invention of an old sergeant; persons to be at the head of a crowd, who have wbo took the opportunity of two testy fathers, as little regard for them as they for each other ; who were ever squabbling, to bring about an and behold one another in an affected sense of alliance between their children. These fellows prosperity, without the least relish of that exknew each other to be knaves ; and the ser-quisite gladness at meeting, that sweet inquiegeant took hold of their mutual diffidence, for tude at parting, together with the charms of the benefit of the law, to extend the settlement voice, look, gesture, and that general benevoto three skins of parchment.'
lence between well-chosen lovers, which makes To this great benefactor to the profession is all things please, and leaves not the least trife owing the present price current of lines and indifferent. words. Thus is tenderness thrown out of the But I am diverted from these sketches for question, and the great care is, what the young future essays in behalf of my numerous clients couple shall do when they come to hate each of the fair sex, hy notice sent to my office in other.] I do not question but from this one Sheer-lane, ‘That a blooming widow in the humoor of settlements might very fairly be third year of her widowhood, and twenty-sixth deduced, not only our present defection in point of her age, designs to take a colonel of twentyof morals, but also our want of people. This eight.' The parties request I would draw up has given way to such unreasonable gallan their terms of coming together, as having a fries, that a man is hardly reproachable that regard to my opinion against long and diffident deceives an innocent woman, though she has settlements; and I have sent them the followover so much merit, if she is below him in ling indenture