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which he assured him was infallible; the fer. • vant who received the message carried it up to « his master, who inquiring whether the person

came on foot or in a chariot, and being in, • formed that he was on foot : · Go,' says he, “ send the knave about his business: was his " method as infallible as he pretends, he would “ long before now have been in his coach and ş« fix. In like manner I concluded that, had • all these advertisers arrived to that fkill they « pretend to, they would have had no need for . so many years successively to publish to the

world the place of their abode, and the virtues 6 of their medicines. One of these gentlemen

indeed pretends to an effectual cure for lean• ness: what effects it may have upon those who « have tried it I cannot tell ; but I am credibly • informed that the call for it has been so great,

that it has effectually cured the doctor himself 5 of that distemper. Could each of them pro• duce so good an instance of the success of his - medicines, they might foon persuade the 6 world into an opinion of them.

. I observe that most of the bills agree in one expression, viz, that " with God's blessing'

they perform such and such cures; this ex• pression is certainly very proper and empha

tical, for that is all they have for it. And if ' ever a cure is performed on a patient where • they are concerned, they can claim no greater « share in it than Virgil's Iapis in the curing of

Æneas; he tried his skill, was very afsiduous about the wound, and indeed was the only

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• visible means that relieved the hero; but the • Poet assures us it was the particular assistance • of a Deity that speeded the operation. An « English reader may see the whole story in Mr. · Dryden's translation:

« Propp'd on his lance the pensive hero stood, 6. And heard and saw, uninov'd, the mourning crowd. The fam'd Physician tucks his robes around, " With ready hands, and hastens to the wound. “ With gentle touches he performs his part, " This way and that soliciting the Art, 5. And exercises all his heavenly art. “ All soft'ning simples, known of sov'reign use, “ He preffes out, and pours their noble juice; " These first infus’d to lenify the pain, “ He tugs with pincers, but he tugs in vain. “ Then to the patron of his Art he pray'd; “ The patron of his Art refus'd his aid.

" But now the goddess mother, mov'd with grief, And pierc'd with pity, hastens her relief. A branch of healing Dittany she brought, " Which in the Cretan fields with care the sought ; “ Rough in the stem, which woolly leaves surround; “ The leaves with flow'rs, the flow'rs with purple

“ crown'd; « Well known to wounded goats; a sure relief “ To draw the pointed steel, and ease the grief. “ This Venus brings, in clouds involv'd; and brews " Th’extracted liquor with Ambrosian dews, " And od'rous Panacee: unseen she stands, « Temp'ring the mixture with her heav'nly hands; 66 And pours it in a bowl already crown'd “ With juice of med'cinal herbs, prepar’d to bathe

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6. The Leech, unknowing of superior Art, “ Which aids the cure, with this foments the part; " And in a moment ceas'd the raging smart. “ Stanch'd in the blood, and in the bottom, stands “ The steel, but, scarcely touch'd with tender hands, 6 Moves up and follows of its own accord; “ And health and vigour are at once reftor'd.' “ lapis first perceiv'd the closing wound ;

And first the footsteps of a God he found: • Arms, arms! he cries: the sword and shield

" prepare, “ And send the willing chief, renew'd, to war. “ This is no mortal work, no cure of mine, « Nor Art's effect, but done by hands divine *."

Virg. Æn. Lib. xii. 391. &c.

N° 573. Wednesday, July 28, 1714.

- Caftigata remordent. Juv. Sat. ii. 35. Chastised, the accusation they retort.

Y Paper on the Club of Widows has W brought me several letters; and, among the rest, a long one from Mrs. President, as fol

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* By Dr. ZACHARY PEARCE, late bishop of Rochester, with alterations by Addison. See No. 527, No. 633, and GUARD. No. 221, and Notes.

*** Just published, the second edition of « A New Trans“ lation of the Characters of Theophrastus." Translated from the Greek byEustace Budgeil, Esq. Printed for J. Tonson, &c. Srect. in folio. This translation Dr. Johnson says, was supposed to have been ADDISON's.

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• Smart SIR, "V OU are pleased to be very merry, as 1 you imagine, with us Widows : and 'you seem to ground your fatire on our receiv

ing consolation so soon after the death of our • Dears, and the number we are pleased to admit

for our companions; but you never reflect ' what Husbands we have buried, and how short " a forrow the loss of them was capable of oc

casioning. For my own part, Mrs. President " as you call me, my first Husband I was mar

ried to at fourteen by my uncle and guardian • (as I afterwards discovered) by way of sale, • for the third part of my fortune. This fellow • looked upon me as a mere child he might breed • up after his own fancy: if he kissed my cham. ber-maid before my face, I was supposed so • ignorant, how could I think there was any ' hurt in it? When he came home roaring « drunk at five in the morning, it was the cul• tom of all men that live in the world. I was ( not to see a penny of money, for, poor thing, • how could I manage it? He took a handsome « cousin of his into the house (as he said) to be I my house-keeper, and to govern my servants;

for how could I know how to rule a family? " While she had what money the pleased,

which was but reasonable for the trouble the - was at for my good, I was not to be so cen

sorious as to dislike familiarity and kindness « between near relations. I was too great a · coward to contend, but not so ignorant a child

• to be thus imposed upon. I resented his con• tempt as I ought to do, and as most poor paf• five blinded Wives do, until it pleased Heaven • to take away my tyrant, who left me free pof• session of my own land, and a large jointure.

My youth and money brought me many Lovers, 6 and several endeavoured to establish an interest

in my heart while my Husband was in his last fickness; the honourable Edward Waitfort was one of the first who addressed me, advised to it by a cousin of his that was my intimate

friend, and knew to a penny what I was I worth. Mr. Waitfort is a very agreeable man, " and every body would like him as well as he

does himself, if they did not plainly see that

his esteem and love is all taken up, and by such • an object as it is impossible to get the better • of; I mean himself. He made no doubt of ' marrying me within four or five months, and • began to proceed with such an assured caly air, (that piqued my pride not to banish him; quite

contrary, out of pure malice, I heard his first declaration with so much innocent surprise, • and blushed so prettily, I perceived it touched « his very heart, and he thought me the best' natured filly poor thing on earth. When a

man has such a notion of a woman, he loves • her better than he thinks he does. I was over

joyed to be thus revenged on him for design· ing on my fortune; and, finding it was in my • power to make his heart ache, I resolved to

complete my conquest, and entertained several • other pretenders. The first impression of my

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