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Bookseller to the Reader.

N the Six hundred and thirty second

Spectator, the Reader will find an Account of the Rise of this Eighth and Last Volume.

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I have not been able to prevail upon the several Gentlemen who were concerned in this work to let me acquaint the World with their Names.

Perhaps it will be unnecessary to inform the Reader, that no other Pan pers, which have appeared under the Title of Spectator, since the closing of this Eighth Volume, were written by any of those Gentlemen who had a Hand in this or the former Volumes.

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SPECTATOR.

VOL. VIII..

N° 556. Friday, June 18. 1714.

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Qualis ubi in lucem coluber, mala gramina pastus,
Frigida sub terra tumidum quem bruma tegebat ;-
Nunc positis novus exuviis, nitidusque juventa,
Lubrica convolvit sublato pectore terga
Arduus ad folem, et linguis micat ore trisulcis. Virg.

PON laying down the Office of SPEC.

TATOR, I acquainted the World with my Design of electing a new Club, and of opening my Mouth in it after a most solemn Manner. Both the Election and

the Ceremony are now paft; but not finding it so easy as I at first'imagined, to break thro’a Fifty Years Silence, I would not venture into the World under the Character of a Man who pretends to talk like other People, till I had arrived at a full Freedom of Speech.

I shall referve for another time the History of such Club or Clubs of which I am now a Talkative, but unworthy Members and leall here give an Account of this

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surprising Change which has been produced in me, and which I look upon to be as remarkable an Accident as any recorded in History, since that which happened to the Son of Crofus, after having been many Years as much Tongue-tied as my self.

UPON the first opening of my Mouth, I made a Speech consisting of about half a Dozen well-turned Periods ; but grew so very hoarse upon it, that for three Days together, instead of finding the use of my Tongue, I was afraid that I had quite loft it. Besides, the unusual Extension of my Muscles on this Occasion, made my Face ake on both sides to such a Degree, that nothing but an invincible Resolution and Perseverance could have prevented me from falling back to my Monofyllables.

I afterwards made feveral Effays towards speaking ; and that I might not be startled at my own Voice, which has happend to me more than once, I used to read aloud in my Chamber, and have often stood in the Mida dle of the Street to call a Coach, when I knew there was none within hearing.

WHEN I was thus grown pretty well acquainted with my own Voice, I laid hold of all Opportunities to exert it. Not caring however to speak much by my self, and to draw upon me the whole Attention of those I.conversed with, I uled, for forre cime, to walk every Morning in the Mall, and talk in Chorus with a Parcel of Frenchmen. I found my Modesty greatly relievedi by the communicative Temper of this Nation, who are so very sociable, as to think they are never better Company, than when they are all opening at the same time.

I then fancied I might receive great Benefit from Female Conversation, and that I should have a Convenience of talking with the greater Freedom, when I was not under any Impediment of thinking: I therefore threw my self into an Assembly of Ladies, but could not for my Life get in a Word among them; and found that if I did not change my Company, I was in Danger of being reduced to my primitive Taciturnity.

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THE Coffee-houses have ever since been my chief Places of Resort, where. I have made the greatest Improvements; in order to which I have taken a particular Care never to be of the same Opinion with the Man I conversed with. I was a Tory at Button's, and a Whig at Child's; a Friend to the Englishman, or an Advocate for the Examiner, as it best served my Turn;, some fancy me a great Enemy to the French King, though, in reality, I only make use of him for a Help to Discourse. In short, 1 wrangle and dispute for Exercise; and have carried this Point so far that I was once. like to have been run through the Body for making a little too free with my Betters.

IN a Word, I am quite another Man to what I was.'

Nil fuit unquam
Tam difpar fibi.

MY old Acquaintance scarce know me; nay I was asked the other Day by a few at Jonathan's, whether I was not related to a dumb Gentleman, who used to come to that Coffee-house? But I think I never was better pleased in my Life than about a Week ago, when, aś I was battling it across the Table with a young 'Templar, his Companion gave him a Pull by the Sleeve, begging him to come away, for that the old Prig would talk him to Death.

BEING now. a very good Proficient in Discourse, I thall appear in the World with this Addition to my

Character, that my Countrymen may reap the Fruits of my new-acquired Loquacity.

THOSE who have been present at publick Disputes in the University, know that it is usual to maintain Herefies for Argument's fake. I have heard a Man a most impudent Socinian for Half an Hour, who has been an Orthodox Divine all his Life after. I have taken the fame Method to accomplish my self in the Gift of Utterance, having talked above a Twelve-month, not so much for the Benefit of my Hearers as of my

self. But since I have now gained the Faculty, I have been fo long endeayouring after, I intend to make a right Use

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