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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 opportu. Snities 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 6 army a coxcomb will come out of it a sort of
public nuisance: but a man of sense, or one 6 who before had not been sufficiently used to • a mixed conversation, generally takes the true • turn. 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 66 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 effence 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 can humorous gentleman upon one of his
friends, who was in other respects every way an accomplished person, that • he want66 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 lo visible • among gentlemen of the army, and which a • campaign or two would infallibly have given 6 him.
"You will easily guess, Sir, by this my . panegyric upon a military education, that I
am mvief a soldier ; and indeed I am so. I « remember, within three years after I had been • in the army, I was ordered into the country • a recruiting. I had very particular fuccess 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 pursuit of 6 fame at that time to all other confiderations; 6 and, though I was not abíolutely bent on a 6 wooden leg, refolved at least to get a scar or • two for the good of Europe. I have at pre6 sent as much as I defire of this sort of honour, 6 and if you could recommend me effectually, • should be well enough contented to pass the
' remainder * 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 N° 567. Wednesday, July 14, 1714.
be following the example of Lucius Cincin
natus, the old Roman dictator, who, at the 6 end of a war, left the camp to follow the • plough. I am, Sir, with all imaginable • respect,
i Your most obedient, .
* Humble fervant, '. ',
Mr. SPECTATOR, "I AM an half-pay officer, and am at present " with a friend in the country. Here is a • rich widow in the neighbourhood, who has - made fools of all the fox-hunters within fifty 5 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
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.
6 I am, Sir,
*P.S. I had forgot to tell you that I have • already carried one of her outworks, that is, • íecured her maid.'
her bed-chamit twelve:
• Mr. SPECTATOR, "I HAVE assisted in several sieges in the Low. · I Countries, and being still willing to employ • 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,
· after pursued, and
From my camp in Red-lion-square, Saturday, four in the afternoon t.'
+ See Spect. Vol. II. No. 152.
Inceptus clamor fruftratur hiantes.
VIRG. Æn. vi. 493. The weak voice deceives their grasping throats.
| HAVE received private advice from some
I 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 fell 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 feparated from one another by a dash, he buys it up and peruses it with great fatisfaction. An M and an b, a T and an r *, with a thort 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, &
A sprinkling of the word faction, Frenchman, papist, plunderer, and the like fignificant 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 controverly.
• M and an h means Malborough, and a T and an r means Treasurer.