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SEP 28 1916






113 The history of Hymenæus's courtship

114 The necessity of proportioning punishments to crimes

115 The sequel of Hymenæus's courtship

116 The young trader's attempt at politeness

,117 The advantages of living in a garret

118 The narrowness of fame

119 Tranquilla's account of her lovers, opposed to Hymenæus

120. The history of Almamoulin the son of Nouradin

121 The dangers of imitation. The impropriety of imitating Spenser

122 A criticism on the English historians

123 The young trader turned gentleman

124 The lady's misery in a summer retirement

« 125 The difficulty of defining comedy. Tragick and comick senti-

ments confounded

126 The universality of cowardice. The impropriety of extorting

praise. The impertinence of an astronomer

127 Diligence too soon relaxed. Necessity of perseverance

128 Anxiety universal. The unhappiness of a wit and a fine lady

129 The folly of cowardice and inactivity

130 The history of a beauty

131 Desire of gain the general passion

132 The difficulty of educating a young nobleman

133 The miseries of a beauty defaced

134 Idleness an anxious and miserable state

135 The folly of annual retreats into the country

136 The meanness and mischief of indiscriminate dedication

- 137 The necessity of literary courage

138 Original characters to be found in the country. The character

of Mrs. Busy

139 A critical examination of Samson Agonistes

- 140 The criticism continued

140 The danger of attempting wit in conversation. The character

of Papilius

142 An account of squire Bluster

143 The criterions of plagiarism

•144 The difficulty of raising reputation. The various species of de-


145 Petty writers not to be despised

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No. 113. TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 1751

Uxorem, Postume, ducis ?
Dic, quoe Tisiphone, quibus exagitere colubris ? Juv. Sat. vi. 28.
A sober man like thee to change his life!
What fury would possess thee with a wife?



SIR, KNOW not whether it is always a proof of innocence to treat censure with contempt. We owe so much reverence to the wisdom of mankind, as justly to wish, that our own opinion of our merit may be ratified by the concurrence of other suffrages; and since guilt and infamy must have the same effect upon intelligences unable to pierce beyond external appearance, and influenced often rather by example than precept, we are obliged to refute a false charge, lest we should countenance the crime which we have never committed. To turn away from an accusation with supercilious silence, is equally in the power of him that is hardened by villany, and inspirited by innocence. The wall of brass which Horace erects upon a clear conscience, may be sometimes raised by impudence or power; and we should always wish to preserve the dignity of virtue by adorning her with graces which wickedness cannot assume.

For this reason I have determined no longer to endure, with either patient or sullen resignation, a reproach, which is, at least in my opinion, unjust; but will lay my case honestly before you, that you or your readers may at length decide it.

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