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order to improve his fortune by trade and merchandise. Our adventurer was the third son of an eminent citizen, who had taken particular care to instil into his mind an early love of gain, by making him a perfect master of numbers,' and consequently giving him a quick view of loss and advantage, and preventing the natural impulses of his passions, by prepossession towards his interests.
a mind thus turned, young Inkle had a person every way agreeable, a ruddy vigour in hist countenance, strength in his limbs, with ringlets of fair hair loosely flowing on his shoulders. It happened, in the course of the voyage, that the Achilles, in some distress, put into a creek on the main 2 of America, in search of provisions. The youth, who is the hero of my story, among others went on shore on this occasion. From their first landing they were observed by a party of Indians, who hid themselves in the woods for that purpose. The English unadvisedly marched a great distance from the shore into the country, and were intercepted by the natives, who slew the greatest number of them. Our adventurer escaped among others, by flying into a forest. Upon his coming into a remote and pathless part of the wood, he threw himself, tired and breathless, on a little hillock, when an Indian maid rushed from a thicket behind him. After the first surprise they appeared mutually agreeable to each other. If the European was highly charmed with the limbs, features, and wild graces of the naked American; the American was no less taken with the dress, complexion, and shape of an European, covered from head to foot. The Indian grew immediately enamoured of him, and consequently solicitous for his preservation. She therefore conveyed him to a cave, where she gave him a delicious repast of fruits, and led him to a stream to slake his thirst. In the midst of these good offices, she would sometimes play with his hair, and delight in the opposition of its colour to that of her fingers; then open his bosom, then laugh at him for covering it. She was, it seems, a person of distinction, for she every day came to him in a different dress, of the most beautiful shells, bugles, and bredes. She likewise brought him a great many spoils, which her other lovers had presented to her, so that his cave was richly adorned with all the spotted skins of
arithmetic 2 mainland 3 beads braided work
beasts, and most parti-coloured feathers of fowls, which that world afforded. To make his confinement more tolerable, she would carry him in the dusk of the evening, or by the favour of moonlight, to unfrequented groves and solitudes, and show him where to lie down in safety, and sleep amidst the falls of waters and melody of nightingales. Her part was to watch and hold him awake in her arms, for fear of her countrymen, and wake him on occasions to consult his safety. In this manner did the lovers pass away their time, till they had learned a language of their own, in which the voyager communicated to his mistress how happy he should be to have her in his country, where she should be clothed in such silks as his waistcoat was made of, and be carried in houses drawn by horses, without being exposed to wind or weather. All this he promised her the enjoyment of, without such fears and alarms as they were there tormented with. In this tender correspondence these lovers lived for several months, when Yarico, instructed by her lover, discovered a vessel on the coast, to which she made signals; and in the night, with the utmost joy and satisfaction, accompanied him to a ship's crew of his countrymen bound to Barbadoes. When a vessel from the main arrives in that island, it seems the planters come down to the shore, where there is an immediate market of the Indians and other slaves, as with us of horses and oxen.
"To be short, Mr. Thomas Inkle, now coming into English territories, began seriously to reflect upon his loss of time, and to weigh with himself how many days' interest of his money he had lost during his stay with Yarico. This thought made the young man very pensive, and careful what account he should be able to give his friends of his voyage. Upon which consideration, the prudent and frugal young man sold Yarico to a Barbadian merchant; notwithstanding that the poor girl, to incline him to commiserate her condition, told him that she was with child by him: but he only made use of that information, to rise in his demands upon the purchaser.""
I was so touched with this story (which I think should be always a counterpart to the Ephesian Matron) that I left the room with tears in my eyes, which a woman of Arietta's good sense did, I am sure, take for greater applause than any compliments I could make her.
JOSEPH ADDISON (1672–1719)
And publishes to every land The work of an Almighty hand.
From THE CAMPAIGN, A POEM TO HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF
Soon as the evening shades prevail,
But, O my muse, what numbers wilt.thou
find To sing the furious troops in battle joined! Methinks I hear the drum's tumultuous
sound The victor's shouts and dying groans confound, The dreadful burst of cannon rend the skies, And all the thunder of the battle rise! 'Twas then great Marlborough's mighty soul
was proved. That, in the shock of charging hosts unmoved, Amidst confusion, horror, and despair, 281 Examined all the dreadful scenes of war; In peaceful thought the field of death sur
veyed, To fainting squadrons sent the timely aid, Inspired repulsed battalions to engage, And taught the doubtful battle where to rage. So when an angel by divine command With rising tempests shakes a guilty land, Such as of late o'er pale Britannia past, Calm and serene he drives the furious blast; And, pleased the Almighty's orders to perform,
291 Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm. But see the haughty household-troops 2 ad
vance! The dread of Europe, and the pride of France. The war's whole art each private soldier
knows, And with a general's love of conquest glows; Proudly he marches on, and, void of fear, Laughs at the shaking of the British spear : Vain insolence! with native freedom brave, The meanest Briton scorns the highest slave.
NO. 10. MONDAY, MARCH 12, 1711 Non aliter quam qui adverso vix flumine lembum Remigiis subigit : si brachia forle remisit, Atque illim in praeceps prono rapit alveus amni.!
It is with much satisfaction that I hear this great city inquiring day by day after these my papers, and receiving my morning lectures with a becoming seriousness and attention. My publisher tells me, that there are already three thousand of them distributed every day: So that if I allow twenty readers to every paper, which I look upon as a modest computation, I may reckon about threescore thousand disciples in London and Westminster, who I hope will take care to distinguish themselves from the thoughtless herd of their ignorant and unattentive brethren. Since I have raised to myself so great an audience, I shall spare no pains to make their instruction agreeable, and their diversion useful. For which reasons I shall endeavour to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality, that my readers may, if possible,
The spacious firmament on high,
So the boat's brawny crew the current stem,
drive. — DRYDEN.
1 in November, 1703 2 the royal guard of France
both ways find their account in the specula- are not given to be contentious, and statesmen tion of the day. And to the end that their that are out of business; in short, every one virtue and discretion may not be short, tran-' that considers the world as a theatre, and desient, intermitting starts of thoughts, I have sires to form a right judgment of those who resolved to refresh their memories from day are the actors on it. to day, till I have recovered them out of that There is another set of men that I must likedesperate state of vice and folly into which wise lay a claim to, whom I have lately called the age is fallen. The mind that lies fallow the blanks of society, as being altogether unbut a single day, sprouts up in follies that are furnished with ideas, till the business and cononly to be killed by a constant and assiduous versation of the day has supplied them. I culture. It was said of Socrates, that he have often considered these poor souls with an brought philosophy down from heaven, to eye of great commiseration, when I have inhabit among men; and I shall be ambitious heard them asking the first man they have to have it said of me, that I have brought met with, whether there was any news stirring? philosophy out of closets and libraries, schools and by that means gathering together mateand colleges, to dwell in clubs and assemblies, rials for thinking. These needy persons do at tea-tables and in coffee-houses.
not know what to talk of, till about twelve I would therefore in a very particular a clock in the morning; for by that time they manner recommend these my speculations to are pretty good judges of the weather, know all well-regulated families, that set apart an which way the wind sits, and whether the hour in every morning for tea and bread and Dutch mail be come in. As they lie at the butter; and would earnestly advise them for mercy of the first man they meet, and are their good to order this paper to be punctually grave or impertinent all the day long, accordserved up, and to be looked upon as a part of ing to the notions which they have imbibed the tea equipage.
in the morning, I would earnestly entreat Sir Francis Bacon observes, that a well- them not to stir out of their chambers till written book, compared with its rivals and they have read this paper, and do promise antagonists, is like Moses's serpent, that im- them that I will daily instil into them such mediately swallowed up and devoured those sound and wholesome sentiments, as shall of the Egyptians. I shall not be so vain as to have a good effect on their conversation for think, that where the Spectator appears,
the the ensuing twelve hours. other public prints will vanish; But shall But there are none to whom this paper will leave it to my reader's consideration, whether, be more useful, than to the female world. I Is it not much better to be let into the knowl- have often thought there has not been suffiedge of one's self, than to hear what passes cient pains taken in finding out proper emin Muscovy or Poland; and to amuse our- ployments and diversions for the fair ones. selves with such writings as tend to the wear- Their amusements seem contrived for them, ing out of ignorance, passion, and prejudice, rather as they are women, than as they are than such as naturally conduce to inflame reasonable creatures; and are more adapted hatreds, and ake enmities irreconcilable? to the sex than to the species. 'he toilet is
In the next place, I would recommend this their great scene of business, and the right paper to the daily perusal of those gentlemen adjusting of their hair the principal employwhom I cannot but consider as my good ment of their lives. The sorting of a suit of brothers and allies, I mean the fraternity of ribbons is reckoned a very good morning's Spectators, who live in the world without work; and if they make an excursion to a having anything to do in it; and either by the mercer's or a toy-shop, so great a fatigue affluence of their fortunes, or laziness of their makes them unfit for any thing else all the dispositions, have no other business with the day after. Their more serious occupations rest of mankind, but to look upon them. Un- are sewing and embroidery, and their greatest der this class of men are comprehended all drudgery the preparation of jellies and sweetcontemplative tradesmen, titular physicians, meats. This, I say, is the state of ordinary Fellows of the Royal-society, Templars that women; though I know there are multitudes
of those of a more elevated life and conversa1 retired merchants ? physicians who do not tion, that move in an exalted sphere of knowlpractice 3 dilettante scientists 4 lawyers
edge and virtue, that join all the beauties of
the mind to the ornaments of dress, and inspire When I am in a serious humour, I very often a kind of awe and respect, as well as love, walk by myself in Westminster Abbey; where into their male beholders. I hope to encrease the gloominess of the place, and the use to the number of these by publishing this daily which it is applied, with the solemnity of the paper, which I shall always endeavour to building, and the condition of the people who make an innocent if not an improving enter- lie in it, are apt to fill the mind with a kind of tainment, and by that means at least divert melancholy, or rather thoughtfulness, that is the minds of my female readers from greater not disagreeable. I yesterday passed a whole trifles. At the same time, as I would fain afternoon in the churchyard, i he cloisters, and give some finishing touches to those which the church, amusing myself with the tombare already the most beautiful pieces in human stones and inscriptions that I met with in nature, I shall endeavour to point out all those those several regions of the dead. Most of imperfections that are the blemishes, as well them recorded nothing else of the buried as those virtues which are the embellishments person, but that he was born upon one day, of the sex. In the meanwhile I hope these my and died upon another: the whole history of gentle readers, who have so much time on his life being comprehended in those two their hands, will not grudge throwing away a circumstances that are common to all manquarter of an hour in a day on this paper, since kind. I could not but look upon these registhey may do it without any hindrance to busi- ters of existence, whether of brass or marble,
as a kind of satire upon the departed persons; I know several of my friends and well- who left no other memorial of them, but that wishers are in great pain for me, lest I should they were born, and that they died. They not be able to keep up the spirit of a paper put me in mind of several persons mentioned which I oblige myself to furnish every day: in the battles of heroic poems, who have But to make them easy in this particular, I sounding names given them, for no other will promise them faithfully to give it over as reason but that they may be killed, and are soon as I grow dull. This I know will be
celebrated for nothing but being knocked on matter of great raillery to the small Wits; who the head. will frequently put me in mind of my promise, desire me to keep my word, assure me
• Γλαυκόν τε Μεδόντα τε Θερσιλοχον τε.” 1 that it is high time to give over, with many
- HOM. other little pleasantries of the like nature, "Glaucumque, Medontaque, Thersilochumque." which men of a little smart genius cannot
- VIRG. forbear throwing out against their best friends, when they have such a handle given them of The life of these men is finely described in being witty. But let them remember that I Holy Writ by “the path of an arrow,” which is do hereby enter my caveat against this piece immediately closed up and lost. of raillery.
Upon my going into the church, I entertained myself with the digging of a grave;
and saw in every shovel-full of it that was THOUGHTS IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY
thrown up, the fragment of a bone or skull
intermixed with a kind of fresh mouldering NO. 26. FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1711
earth, that some time or other had a place in Pallida mors aequo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas
the composition of an human body. Upon Regumque turres, o beate Sexii.
this I began to consider with myself, what inVitae summa brevis spem nos vetat inchoare longam, numerable multitudes of people lay confused Jam te premet nor, fabulaeque manes,
together under the pavement of that ancient Et domus exilis Plutonia.
cathedral; how men and women, friends and Hor. i. Od. iv. 13.
enemies, priests and soldiers, monks and
prebendaries, were crumbled amongst 1 With equal foot, rich friend, impartial fate Knocks at the cottage, and the palace gate:
another, and blended together in the same Life's span forbids thee to extend thy cares,
common mass ; how beauty, strength, and And stretch thy hopes beyond thy years : youth, with old age, weakness, and deformity, Night soon will seize, and you must quickly go To story'd ghosts, and Pluto's house below.
Glaucus, and Medon, and Thersilochus."
lay undistinguished in the same promiscuous with in those of our own country. The monuheap of matter.
ments of their admirals, which have been After having thus surveyed this great maga- erected at the public expense, represent them zine of mortality, as it were in the lump, I ex- like themselves, and are adorned with rostral" amined it more particularly by the accounts crowns and naval ornaments, with beautiful which I found on several of the monuments festoons of sea-weed, shells, and coral. which are raised in every quarter of that But to return to our subject. I have left ancient fabric. Some of them were covered the repository of our English kings for the with such extravagant epitaphs, that if it contemplation of another day, when I shall were possible for the dead person to be ac- find my mind disposed for so serious an amusequainted with them, he would blush at the ment. I know that entertainments of this praises which his friends have bestowed on nature are apt to raise dark and dismal him. There are others so excessively modest, thoughts in timorous minds and gloomy that they deliver the character of the person imaginations; but for my own part, though I departed in Greek or Hebrew, and by that am always serious, I do not know what it is means are not understood once in a twelve- to be melancholy; and can therefore take a month. In the poetical quarter, I found there view of nature in her deep and solemn scenes, were poets who had no monuments, and mon- 'with the same pleasure as in her most gay and uments which had no poets. I observed, in- delightful ones. By this means I can improve deed, that the present war had filled the myself with those objects, which others conchurch with many of these uninhabited monu- sider with terror. When I look upon the ments, which had been erected to the memory tombs of the great, every emotion of envy of persons whose bodies were, perhaps, buried dies in me; when I read the epitaphs of the in the plains of Blenheim, or in the bosom of beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; the ocean.
when I meet with the grief of parents upon I could not but be very much delighted with a tomb-stone, my heart melts with compasseveral modern epitaphs, which are written sion: when I see the tomb of the parents with great elegance of expression and justness themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving of thought, and therefore do honour to the for those whom we must quickly follow. living as well as to the dead. As a foreigner When I see kings lying by those who deposed is very apt to conceive an idea of the igno- them, when I consider rival wits placed side rance or politeness of a nation from the turn by side, or the holy men that divided the of their public monuments and inscriptions, world with their contests and disputes, I they should be submitted to the perusal of reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the men of learning and genius before they are little competitions, factions, and debates of put in execution. Sir Cloudesley Shovel's 1 mankind. When I read the several dates of monument has very often given me great the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and offence. Instead of the brave, rough, English some six hundred years ago, I consider that admiral, which was the distinguishing char- great day when we shall all of us be contemacter of that plain, gallant man, he is repre- poraries, and make our appearance together. sented on his tomb by the figure of a beau, dressed in a long periwig, and reposing himself upon velvet cushions under a canopy of
THE HEAD-DRESS state. The inscription is answerable to the monument; for, instead of celebrating the NO. 98. FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1711 many remarkable actions he had performed in the service of his country, it acquaints us
Tanta est quaerendi cura decoris.2 only with the manner of his death, in which it
- Juv. Sat. vi. 500. was impossible for him to reap any honour. The Dutch, whom we are apt to despise for There is not so variable a thing in nature as want of genius, show an infinitely greater taste a lady's head-dress. Within my own memory of antiquity and politeness in their buildings I have known it rise and fall above thirty and works of this nature, than what we meet
a crown adorned with figures of prows of ships 1 Drowned at sea, 1707
2 So studiously their persons they adorn.