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No 216. thanks to those who write them, and excufing myself for not inferting several of them in my papers, which I am fenfible would be a very great ornament to them. Should I publish the praises which are fo well penned, they would do honour to the perfons who write them, but my publishing of them would I fear be a fufficient inftance to the world that I did not deserve them.

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N° 216.

Wednesday, November 7.

Siquidem herclè poffis, nil prius, neque fortius;
Verùm fi incipies, neque perficies naviter,
Atque, ubi pati non poteris, cùm nemo expetet,
Infectâ pace, ultrò ad eam venies, indicans
Te amare, & ferre non poffe: actum eft, ilicet,
Perifti: eludet, ubi te victum fenferit.
TER. Eun. Act. 1. Sc. t.

If indeed you can keep to your refolution, you will act a
noble and a manly part: but if, when you have fet
about it, your courage fails you, and you make a vo-
luntary fubmiffion, acknowledging the violence of your
paffion, and your inability to hold out any longer, all
is over with you: you are undone, and may go hang
yourfelf; fhe will infult over you, when he finds
you her flave.

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" To the SPECTATOR.

THIS is to inform you, that Mr. Freeman had no

fooner taken coach, but his lady was taken with a terrible fit of the vapours, which it is feared will make her mifcarry, if not endanger her life; therefore, dear fir, if you know of any receipt that is good against this fashionable reigning diftemrer, be pleafed to communicate it for the good of the public, and you • will oblige

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'Mr. SPECTATOR,

THE uproar was fo great as foon as I had read the Spectator concerning Mrs. Freeman, that after many revolutions in her temper, of raging, fwooning, railing, fainting, pitying herself, and reviling her hufband, upon an accidental coming in of a neighbouring lady, who fays fhe has writ to you alfo, he had nothing left for it but to fall in a fit. I had the honour to read the paper to her, and have a pretty < good command of my countenance and temper on 'fuch occafions; and foon found my historical name to be Tom Meggot in your writings, but concealed myself ⚫ until I faw how it affected Mrs. Freeman. She looked frequently at her husband, as often at me; and fhe ⚫ did not tremble as the filled tea; until fhe came to the ⚫ circumftance of Armstrong's writing out a piece of Tully for an opera tune: then fhe burft out, She was exposed, she was deceived, fhe was wronged and abuf'ed. The tea-cup was thrown in the fire; and without taking vengeance on her fpoufe, fhe faid of me, that I was a pretending coxcomb, a meddler that knew not what it was to interpofe in fo nice an affair as between a man and his wife. To which Mr. Freeman, Madam, were I lefs fond of you than I am, I fhould not have taken this way of writing to the SPECTATOR, to inform a woman whom God and nature has placed ⚫ under my direction, with what I request of her; but fince you are fo indifcreet as not to take the hint which I gave you in that paper, I must tell you, madam, in fo many words, that you have for a long and tedious fpace of time acted a part unfuitable to the fenfe you ought to have of the subordination in which you are placed. And I must acquaint you once for all, 'that the fellow without, ha Tom! (here the footman ' entered and anfwered, madam) firrah, do not you know my voice? look upon me when I fpeak to you: I fay, niadam, this fellow here is to know of me myself, ' whether I am at leifure to fee company or not. I am "from this hour mafter of this houfe; and my bufinefs ' in it, and every where elfe, is to behave myself in such

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; and I no longer one that has buried fome merit in the world, in compliance to a froward humour, which has grown upon an agreeable woman by his indulgence. Mr. Freeman ended this with a tendernefs in his afpect and a down· caft which fhewed he was extremely moved at the anguish he faw her in; for fhe fat fwelling with paffion, and her eyes firmly fixed on the fire; when I, fearing he would lofe all again, took upon me to provoke her out of that amiable forrow fhe was in, to • fall upon me; upon which I faid very feasonably for my friend, that indeed Mr. Freeman was become the common talk of the town; and that nothing was fo much a jeft, as when it was faid in company Mr. Freeman has promifed to come to fuch a place. Upon which the good lady turned her foftnefs into downright rage, and threw the fcalding tea-kettle upon your humble fervant; flew into the middle of the room, and cried out the was the unfortunateft of all women: ' others kept family diffatisfactions for hours of privacy and retirement: no apology was to be made to her, no expedient to be found, no previous manner of breaking what was amifs in her; but all the world was to be acquainted with her errors, without the leaft ad"monition. Mr. Freeman was going to make a foftening fpeech, but I interpofed; look you, madam, I have nothing to fay to this matter, but you ought to con"fider you are now paft a chicken; this humour, which was well enough in a girl, is infufferable in one of your motherly character. With that she loft all patience, and flew directly at her husband's periwig. I got her in my arms, and defended my friend; he making figns at the fame time that it was too much I beckoning, nodding, and frowning over her fhoulder, that he was loft if he did not perfift. In this manner we flew round and round the room in a moment, until the lady I fpoke of above and fervants entered; upon which she fell on a couch as breathless. I ftill kept up my friend; but he, with a very filly air, bid them bring the coach to the door, and we went off, I being

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'forced to bid the coachman drive on. We were no ⚫fooner come to my lodgings, but all his wife's relations came to inquire after him; and Mrs. Freeman's 'mother writ a note, wherein fhe thought never to 'have feen this day, and fo forth.

In a word, fir, I am afraid we are upon a thing we 'have not talents for; and I can obferve already, my 'friend looks upon me rather as a man who knows a 'weakness of him that he is afhamed of, than one who ' has rescued him from flavery. Mr. SPECTATOR, I am but a young fellow, and if Mr. Freeman fubmits, I 'fhall be looked upon as an incendiary, and never get a wife as long as I breathe. He has indeed fent word home he fhall lie at Hampstead to-night; but I believe ⚫ fear of the first onfet after this rupture has too great a place in this refolution. Mrs. Freeman has a very pretty fifter; fuppofe I delivered him up, and articled ' with the mother for her for bringing him home. If he has not courage to ftand it, you are a great cafuift, is it fuch an ill thing to bring myself off, as well as I can? What makes me doubt my man, is, that I find he thinks it reasonable to expoftulate at least ' with her; and Capt. SENTRY will tell you, if you let your orders be difputed, you are no longer a commander. I with you could advise me how to get clear, of this business handsomely.

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• Yours,

'TOM MEGGOT.'

N° 217.

Thursday, November 8.

—Tunc fœminæ fimplex

Et pariter toto repetitur clamor ab antro.

Juv. Sat. 6. ver. 326.

Then, unreftrain'd by rules of decency,
Th' affembled females raise a general cry.

I SHAL

SHALL entertain my reader to-day with fome letters from my correfpondents. The firit of them is the defcription of a club, whether real or imaginary, I cannot determine; but am apt to fancy, that the writer of it, whoever she is, has formed a kind of nocturnal orgie out of her own fancy: whether this be fo or not, her letter may conduce to the amendment of that kind of perfons who are reprefented in it, and whofe characters are frequent enough in the world.

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Mr. SPECTATOR,

IN fome of your papers you were pleased to give the public a very diverting account of feveral clubs ' and nocturnal affemblies; but I am a member of a fociety which has wholly efcaped your notice, I mean a club of fhe-romps. We take each a hackney'coach, and meet once a week in a large upper chamber, which we hire by the year for that purpofe; our • landlord and his family, who are quiet people, conftantly contriving to be abroad on our club-night. We are no fooner come together, than we throw off all that modefty and reservednefs with which our fex are obliged to disguise themfelves in public places. I am not able to exprefs the pleasure we enjoy from ten at night until four in the morning, in being as rude as < you men can be for your lives. As our play runs high, the room is immediately filled with broken fans, torn petticoats, lappets, or head-dreffes, flounces, furbelows, garters, and working aprons. I had forgot to tell you at firft, that befides the coaches we

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