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611. Letter from a Lady insulted by her Seducer

- Reflexions on the Subject............ UNKNOWN.

612. On the Pride of Genealogy

613. Letters, on Ambition—Eloquence of Beg-

gars—from a Lady marked by the Small-

pox....

614. Questions on Widows, answered by the Love

Casuist-Custom of Enborne...

615. Op Fear...

616. On vulgar Phrases--Specimen..

617. On strained and pompous Phrases—Specimen

618. On epistolary Poetry.....

619. Answers to various Correspondents.
620. The Royal Progress, a Poem

TickeLL.
621. On improper Pride...

UNKNOWN.

622. Memoirs of an honest Country Gentleman..

623. Account of the Custom of Enborne..

624. Division of Mankind into Classes-Pursuits

of Avarice, Ambition, &c...

625. Questions in Love solved by the Love Casnist
626. On Novelty.

GROVE.

627. Letter to Zelinda from her Lover- -his

Death..

UNKNOWN.

628. On Eternity •

Translation of Cato's Soliloquy

BLAND.

629. Absurd Claims of Reward..

UNKNOWN

630. Church Music recommended- improper

Behaviour in Church.

631. On Cleanliness

632, Power of Numbers-Grotto work-Verses

on a Grotto..

633. On Oratory~Advantages from Christianity PEARCE.
634. On aiming at Perfection...

UNKNOWN.

635. Enlargement of the Powers of the Mind in a

future State....

GROVE

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THE

SPECTATOR.

No. 567. WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1714.

Inceptus clamor frustratur hiantes.

VIRG. Æn. vi. 193. -The weak yoice deceives their gasping throats.

DRYDEN.

I HAVE received private adyice from some of my correspondents, that if I would give my paper a general run, I should take care to season it with scandal. I have indeed observed of late that few writings sell which are not filled with great names and illustrious titles. The reader generally casts his eye upon a new book, and, if he finds several letters separated from one another by a dash, he buys it up and peruses it with great satisfaction. An M and an h, a T and an r, * with a short line between them, has sold many insipid pamphlets. Nay, I have known a whole edition go off by virtue of two or three well-written &c.

A sprinkling of the words faction, Frenchman, papist, plunderer,' and the like significant

* M and an h means Marlborough, and T and an r means Treasurer.

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terms, in an italic character, have also a very good
effect
upon the

eye of the purchaser; not to men. tion scribbler, liar, rogue, rascal, knave, and villain,' without which it is impossible to carry on a modern controversy.

Our party writers are so sensible of the secret virtue of an inuendo to recommend their productions, that of late they never mention the Q-nor P-t at length, though they speak of them with honour, and with that deference which is due to them from every private person. It gives a secret satisfaction to a peruser of these mysterious works, that he is able to decypher them without help, and, by the strength of his own natural parts, to fill up a blank space, or make out a word that has only the first or last letter to it.

Some of our authors indeed, when they would be more satirical than ordinary, omit only the vowels of a great man's name, and fall most unmercifully upon all the consonants. This

way

of writing was first of all introduced by T-M Bmwn,* of facetious memory, who, after having gutted a proper name of all its intermediate vowels, used to plant it in his works, and make as free with it as he pleased, without any danger of the statute.

That I may imitate these celebrated authors, and publish a paper which shall be more taking than ordinary, I have here drawn up a very curious libel, in which a reader of penetration will find a great deal of concealed satire, and, if he be acquainted with the present posture of affairs, will easily discover the meaning of it.

• If there are four persons in the nation who endeavour to bring all things into confusion, and

* Tom Brown.

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