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What part she may act hereafter in a larger sphere, as lady of the bedchamber to a great q-n (upon supposing the death of his present majesty *, and of the earl of Suffolk, to whose title her husband succeeds) and in high esteem with a kng, neither she nor I can foretel. My own opinion is natural and obvious ; that her talents as a courtier will spread, enlarge, and multiply to such a degree, that her private virtues, for want of room and time to operate, will be laid up clean (like clothes in a chest) to be used and put on, whenever satiety, or some reverse of fortune, or increase of ill health (to which last she is subject) shall dispose her to retire. In the mean time, it will be her wisdom to take care that they may not be tarnished or moth eaten, for want of airing and turning at least once a year.
“ H-for not loving herself so well as she does her friends; “ for those she makes happy, but not herself. There is a sort “ of sadness about her, which grieves me, and which I have “ learned by experience, will increase upon an indolent (I will “ not say an affected) resignation to it. It will dose in men, “ and much more in women, who have a natural softness which “ sinks them even when reason does not.” Pope, Letters to a Lady, page 76.
N. * George the First.
MARSH has the reputation of most profound and universal learning; this is the general opinion, neither can it be easily disproved. An old rusty iron chest in a banker's shop, strongly locked, and wonderful heavy, is full of gold; this is the general opinion, neither can it be disproved, provided the key be lost, and what is in it be wedged so close that it will not by any motion discover the metal by the chinking. Doing good is his pleasure : and as no man consults another in his pleasures, neither does he in this ; by his awkwardness and unadvisedness disappointing his own good designs. His high station has placed him in the
of great employments, which, without in the least polishing his native rusticity, have given him a tincture of pride and ambition. But these vices. would have passed concealed under his natural simplicity, if he had not endeavoured to hide them by
His disposition to study is the very same with that of a usurer to hoard up money, or of a vicious young fellow to a wench : nothing but avarice and evil concupiscence, to which his constitution has fortunately given a more innocent turn. He is sordid and suspicious in his domesticks, without love or ha
tred; tred; which is but reasonable, since he has neither friend nor enemy; without joy or grief; in short, without all passions but fear, to which of all others he has least temptation, having nothing to get or to lose : no posterity, relation, or friend to be solicitous about ; and placed by his station above the reach of fortune or envy. He has found out the secret of preferring men without deserving their thanks; and where he dispenses his favours to persons of merit, they are less obliged to him than to fortune. He is the first of human race, that with great advantages of learning, piety, and station, ever escaped being a great man. That which relishes best with him, is mixed liquor and mixed company; and he is seldom unprovided with very bad of both. He is so wise as to value his own health more than other men's noses, so that the most honourable place at his table is much the worst, especially in summer. It has been affirmed that originally he was not altogether devoid of wit, till it was extruded from his head to make room for other men's thoughts. He will admit a governor, provided it be one who is very officious and diligent, outwardly pious, and one that knows how to manage and make the most of his fear. No man will be either glad or sorry at his death, except his successor,
LAWS penned with the utmost care and exactness, and in the vulgar language, are often perverted to wrong meanings; then why should we wonder that the Bible is so ?
Although men are accused for not knowing their weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength.
A man seeing a wasp creeping into a vial filled with honey, that was hung on a fruit tree, said thus : Why, thou sottish animal, art thou mad to go into the vial, where you see many hundred of your kind dying before you? The reproach is just, answered the wasp, but not from you men, who are so far from taking example by other people's follies, that you will not take warning by your own. If after falling several times into this vial, and escaping by chance, I should fall in again, I should then but resemble you.
An old miser kept a tame jackdaw, that used to steal pieces of money, and hide them in a hole, which the cat observing, asked, Why he would hoard up those round shining things that he could make no use of? Why, said the jackdaw, my master has a whole chest full, and makes no more use of them than I. VOL. X.
Men are contented to be laughed at for their wit, but not for their folly.
If the men of wit and genius would resolve never to complain in their works of criticks and detractors, the next age would not know that they ever had any.
After all the maxims and systems of trade and commerce, a stander by would think the affairs of the world were most ridiculously contrived.
There are few countries, which, if well cultivated, would not support double the number of their inhabitants, and yet fewer where one third part of the people are not extremely stinted even in the necessaries of life. I send out twenty barrels of corn, which would maintain a family in bread for a year, and I bring back in return a vessel of wine, which half a dozen good fellows would drink in less than a month, at the expense of their health and reason.
A motto for the jesuits :
A man would have but few spectators, if he offered to show for threepence how he could thrust a redhot iron into a barrel of gunpowder, and it should not take fire.
Query, Whether churches are not dormitories of the living as well as of the dead ?
Harry Killegrew said to lord Wharton, « You “ would not swear at that rate, if you thought you
were doing God honour."
A copy of verses kept in the cabinet, and only shown to a few friends, is like a virgin much sought after and admired; but when printed and published, is like a common whore, whom any body may purchase for half a crown.