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cross my amorous inclinations. The lady
is confined to her chamber, and, for my part,
I am ready to hang myself with the thoughts
that I have danced myself out of favour with
the father. I hope you will pardon the
trouble I give; but shall take it for a mighty
favour, if you will give me a little more of
your advice to put me in a right way to
cheat the old dragon, and obtain my mis-
tress. I am once more, sir, your obliged
humble servant,
JOHN TROT.'

· York, Feb. 23, 1711-12.

Let me desire you to make what alterations you please, and insert this as soon as possible. Pardon mistakes by haste.'

I never do pardon mistakes by haste. THE SPECTATOR. Feb. 27, 1711-12. 'SIR,-Pray be so kind as to let me know what you esteem to be the chief qualification of a good poet, especially one who writes plays; and you will very much oblige, sir, your very humble servant, N. B.'

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To be a very well-bred man.

THE SPECTATOR.

business of this claim in the audience, and let us know when we may cry, "Altro Volto," Anglice, “Again, Again," for the future. I am an Englishman, and expect some reason or other to be given me, and perhaps an ordinary one may serve; but I expect your answer. I am, sir, your most humble servant, TOBY RENTFREE.?

'Nov. 29.

'MR. SPECTATOR,-You must give me leave, amongst the rest of your female corwhich has already given you many a sperespondents, to address you about an affair culation; and which, I know, I need not tell you has had a very happy influence over the adult part of our sex; but as many of us are either too old to learn, or too obstinate in the pursuit of the vanities which have been bred up with us from our infancy, and all of us quitting the stage whilst you are prompting us to act our part well; you ought, methinks, rather to turn your instructions for the benefit of that part of our sex who are yet in their native innocence, and ignorant of the vices and that variety of unhappiness that reign amongst us.

as well as the male; and to convince the world you are not partial, pray proceed to detect the mal-administration of governesses as successfully as you have exposed that of pedagogues; and rescue our sex from the prejudice and tyranny of education as well as that of your own, who, without your seasonable interposition, are like to improve upon the vices that are now in vogue.

I must tell you, Mr. Spectator, that it is 'MR. SPECTATOR,-You are to know as much a part of your office to oversee the that I am naturally brave, and love fight-education of the female part of the nation, ing as well as any man in England. This gallant temper of mine makes me extremely delighted with battles on the stage. I give you this trouble to complain to you, that Nicolini refused to gratify me in that part of the opera for which I have most taste. I observe it is become a custom, that whenever any gentlemen are particularly pleased with a song, at their crying out Encore," or "Altro Volto," the perI who know the dignity of your post as former is so obliging as to sing it over again. Spectator, and the authority a skilful eye I was at the opera the last time Hydaspes ought to bear in the female world, could was performed. At that part of it where not forbear consulting you, and beg your the hero engages with the lion, the graceful advice in so critical a point, as is that of the manner with which he put that terrible education of young gentlewomen. Having monster to death gave me so great a plea- already provided myself with a very consure, and at the same time so just a sense of venient house in a good air, I am not withthat gentleman's intrepidity and conduct, out hope but that you will promote this that I could not forbear desiring a repeti- generous design. I must further tell you, tion of it, by crying out "Altro Volto," in sir, that all who shall be committed to my a very audible voice; and my friends flatter conduct, besides the usual accomplishments me that I pronounced these words with a of the needle, dancing, and the French tolerable good accent, considering that was tongue, shall not fail to be your constant but the third opera I had ever seen in my readers. It is therefore my humble petilife. Yet, notwithstanding all this, there tion, that you will entertain the town on was so little regard had to me, that the this important subject, and so far oblige a lion was carried off, and went to bed, with-stranger as to raise a curiosity and inquiry out being killed any more that night. Now, in my behalf, by publishing the following sir, pray consider that I did not understand advertisement. I am, sir, your constant a word of what Mr. Nicolini said to this admirer, cruel creature; besides, I have no ear for music; so that, during the long dispute between them, the whole entertainment I had was from my eyes. Why then have not I as much right to have a graceful action repeated as another has a pleasing sound, since he only hears, as I only see, and we neither of us know that there is any reasonable thing a-doing? Pray, sir, settle the

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ADVERTISEMENT.

M. W.'

The Boarding School for young Gentlewomen, which was formerly kept on MileEnd-Green, being laid down, there is now one set up almost opposite to it, at the Two Golden Balls, and much more convenient in every respect; where, besides the common instructions given to young gentle

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