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366. Inconsistencies in Love-Thoughts-
Translation of a Lapland Love-song
on a Chambermaid's. Perquisites
370. On the Stage—Dancing recommended STEELE
- for Mirth-for useful Purposes
the Puppet-showman-Club of the
Parish Clerks-Lawyer's Club
374. On the proper Use of Time, Frag-
ments from Cæsar
376. Letters, on a Partnership between a
Goose and a Watchman; from a
Schoolmistress on Dancing
N° 311. TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 1711-12.
Nec Veneris pharetris macer est, aut lampade fervet :
JUV. Sat. vi. 137.
MR, SPECTATOR, 'I AM amazed that, among all the variety of characters with which you have enriched your specu. lations, you have never given us a picture of those andacious young fellows among us who commonly go by the name of the fortune-stealers. You must know, sir, I am one who live in a continual apprehension of this sort of people, that lie in wait, day and night, for our children, and may be considered as a kind of kidnappers within the law. I am the father of a young heiress, whom I begin to look upon as marriageable, and who has looked upon herself as such for above these six years. She is now in the eighteenth year of her age.
The fortune-hunters have already cast their eyes upon
her, and take care to plant themselves in her view whenever she appears in any public assembly. I have myself caught a young jackanapes, with a pair of silver-fringed gloves, in the very fact. You must know, sir, I have kept her as a prisoner of state ever since she was in her teens. Her cham. ber windows are cross-barred; she is not permitted to go out of the house but with her keeper, who is a staid relation of my own; I have likewise forbid her the use of pen and ink, for this twelve-month last past, and do not suffer a band-box to be carried into her room before it has been searched. Not. withstanding these precautions, I am at my wit's end, for fear of
sudden surprise. two or three nights ago, some fiddles heard in the street, which I am afraid portend me no good; not to mention a tall Irishman, that has been seen walking before
my house more than once this winter. My kinswoman likewise informs me, that the girl has talked to her twice or thrice of a gentleman in a fair wig, and that she loves to go to church more than ever she did in her life. She gave me the slip about a week ago, upon which my whole house was in alarm. I immediately dispatched a hue and cry after her to the 'Change, to her mantua-maker, and to the young ladies that visit her; but after above an hour's search she returned of herself, having been taking a walk, as she told me, by Rosamond's pond. I have hereupon turned off her woman, doubled her guards, and given new instructions to my relation, who, to give her her due, keeps a watchful eye over all her motions. This, sir, keeps me in a per. petual anxiety, and makes me very often watch when my daughter sleeps, as I am afraid she is even with me in her turn. Now, sir, what I would de. sire of you is, to represent to this fluttering tribe of young fellows, who are for making their fortunes
by these indirect means, that stealing a man's daughter for the sake of her portion is but a kind of a tolerated robbery; and that they make but a poor amends to the father, whom they plunder after this manner, by going to bed with his child.
Dar sir, be speedy in your thoughts on this subject, that, if possible, they may appear before the disbanding
of the army
I am, sir,
TIM. WATCHIWELL.' Themistocles, the great Athenian General, being asked whether he would rather chuse to marry his daughter to an indigent man of merit, or to a worth. less man of an estate, replied, that he should prefer a man without an estate to an estate without a man. The worst of it is, our modern fortune-hunters are those who turn their heads that way, because they are good for nothing else. If a young fellow finds he can make nothing of Coke and Littleton, he provides himself with a ladder of ropes, and by that means very often enters upon the premises.
The same art of scaling has likewise been prac. tised with good success by many military engineers. Stratagems of this nature make parts and industry superfluous, and cut short the way to riches,
Nor is vanity a less motive than idleness to this kind of mercenary pursuit. A fop, who admires his person in a glass, soon enters into a resolution of making his fortune by it, not questioning but every woman that falls in his way will do him as much justice as he does himself. When an heiress sees a man throwing particular graces into his ogle, or talking loud within her hearing, she ought to look to herself; but if withal she observes a pair of red