• 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


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vours to come up to the pattern which is set • before him, than, though he stops somewhat ' fhort 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" 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 casily guess, Sir, by this my . panegyric upon a military education, that I

am mviuf a foldier ; and indeed I am so 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, • and if you could recommend me efiectually, • should be well enough contented to pass the

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• 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,
• Humble servant,




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

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.

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· P.S. I had forgot to tell you that I have

already carried one of her outworks, that is, 6 secured her maid.'


I countries, and being fill 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,

• Yours,

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N° 567. Wednesday, July 14, 1714.

Inceptus clamor fruftratur hiantes.

VIRG. Æn. vi. 493. The weak voice deceives their grasping throats.


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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.


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