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578. On personal Identity-Story of Fad-
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590. On Eternity
601. On Benevolence-Causes which ob-
609. Letters, on the improper Dress of
young Clergymen-on Antipathies
611. Letter from a Lady insulted by her
Seducer Reflexions on the Subject.
614. Questions on Widows, answered by the
Love Casuist-Custom of Euborne.
623. Account of the Custom of Euborne...
Pursuits of Avarice, Ambition, &c.
628. On Eternity....
Translation of Cato's Soliloquy
per Behaviour in Church
Verses on a Grotto.........
Mind in a future State .........
N° 567. WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1714.
- Inceptus clamor frustratur hiantes.
VIRG. Æn. vi, 493.
-The weak voice deceives their gasping throats.
I have received private advice 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 anu 2 h, a T and an n*, with a short line
* M and an h means Marlborough, and T and an r means Treasurer.
between thom, has sold many insipid pamphlets. Nay, I have known a whole edition go off by virtue of two or three well-written & -s.
A sprinkling of the words «faction, Frenchman, papist, plunderer, and the like significant terms, in an italic character, have also a very good
eye of the purchaser; not to mention 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 Qor 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 lielp, 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 B-wn", 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
* Tom Brown.