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• greatest men among the old Romans derived
many of their virtues from it, the comman• ders being frequently in other respects some • of the most shining characters of the age.
• The army not only gives a man opportunities of exercising those two great virtues, • patience and courage, but often produces them • in minds where they had scarce any footing • before. I must add, that it is one of the best « schools in the world to receive a general no• tion of mankind in, and a certain freedom of • behaviour, which is not so easily acquired in
any other place. At the same time I must
own, that some military airs are pretty extra' ordinary, and that a man who goes into the army a coxcomb will come out of it a sort of
public nuisance: but a man of sense, or one • who before had not been sufficiently used to a mixed conversation, generally takes the true
The court has in all ages been allowed • to be the standard of good-breeding; and I • believe there is not a juster observation in . Monsieur Rochefoucault, than that a man " who has been bred up wholly to business “ can never get the air of a courtier at court, “ but will immediately catch it in the camp. · The reason of this most certainly is, that the
very essence of good-breeding and politeness ' consists in several niceties, which are so mi. nute that they escape his observation, and he falls short of the original he would copy after; but when he sees the same things charged and aggravated to a fault, he no sooner endea
vours to come up to the pattern which is set • before him, than, though he stops somewhat < short of that, he naturally rests where in
reality he ought. I was, two or three days ago, mightily pleased with the observation of an humorous gentleman upon one of his friends, who was in other refpects every way an accomplished person, that
6 he want«s ed nothing but a dash of the coxcomb in “ him;' by which he understood a little of
that alertness and unconcern in the common . « actions of life, which is usually so visible
among gentlemen of the army, and which a campaign or two would infallibly have given him.
"You will easily guess, Sir, by this my . panegyric upon a military education, that I 6 am mvijf a foldier ; and indeed I am fo. I
remenaber, within three years after I had been • in the army, I was ordered into the country
a recruiting. I had very particular fuccefs in
this part of the service, and was over and « above assured, at my going away, that I
might have taken a young Lady, who was the « most considerable fortune in the country,
along with me. I preferred the purtuit of • fame at that time to all other confiderations; ' and, though I was not abiolutely bent on a « wooden leg, refolved at least to get a scar or • two for the good of Europe. I have at pre
fent as much as I defire of this sort of honour, 6 and if you could recommend me efiectually, • should be well enough contented to pass the
• remainder of my days in the arms of some · dear kind creature, and upon a pretty estate ' in the country. This, as I take it, would ' be following the example of Lucius Cincin
natus, the old Roman dictator, who, at the ' end of a war, left the camp to follow the
plough. I am, Sir, with all imaginable respect,
Your most obedient,
Mr. SPECTATOR, I
AM an half-pay officer, and am at present • rich widow in the neighbourhood, who has * made fools of all the fox-hunters within fifty
miles of her. She declares the intends to marry, but has not yet been asked by the
man she could like. She usually admits her « humble admirers to an audience or two; but, • after she has once given them denial, will u never see them more. I am assured by a fe• male relation that I shall have fair play at
her; but as my whole success depends on my ' first approaches, I desire your advice, whe
ther I had best storm or proceed by way of fap.
• I am, Sir,
“ Yours, &c.
· P.S. I had forgot to tell you that I have
already carried one of her outworks, that is, 6 secured her maid.'
· Mr. SPECTATOR,
HAVE assisted in several sieges in the Low
my talents as a soldier and engineer, lay • down this morning at seven o'clock before • the door of an obstinate Female, who had for • some time refused me admittance. I made a • lodgment in an outer parlour about twelve: • the enemy retired to her bed-chamber, yet I • still pursued, and about two o'clock this • afternoon she thought fit to capitulate. Her , • demands are indeed somewhat high, in rela• tion to the settlement of her fortune. But,
being in possession of the house, I intend to • insist upon Carte Blanche, and am in hopes,
by keeping off all other pretenders for the
space of twenty-four hours, to starve her • into a compliance. I beg your speedy advice, and am, Sir,
• PETER Push.
• From my camp in Red-lion-square, Saturday, four in the afternoon +.'
+ See Spect. Vol. II. No. 152.
N° 567. Wednesday, July 14, 1714.
Inceptus clamor fruftratur hiantes.
VIRG. Æn. vi. 493. The weak voice deceives their grasping throats.
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 and an b, a T and an r*, with a short line between them, has fold 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 word faction, Frenchman, papijt, plunderer, and the like significant terms, in an Italic character, have also a very good effect upon the 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.
•M and an h means Malborough, and a T and an r means Treafurer.