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which he assured him was infallible; the fer. • vant who received the message carried it up to • his master, who inquiring whether the person

came on foot or in a chariot, and being in, 6 formed that he was on foot : Go,' says he, “ send the knave about his business: was his " method as infallible as he pretends, he would

long before now have been in his coach and fix.

In like manner I concluded that, had • all these advertisers arrived to that skill they

pretend to, they would have had no need for ' to many years successively to publish to the ' world the place of their abode, and the virtues • of their medicines. One of these gentlemen • indeed pretends to an effectual cure for lean« nefs: what effects it


those who • have tried it I cannot tell ; but I am credibly · informed that the call for it has been so great,

that it has effectually cured the doctor himself 5 of that distemper. Could each of them

pro• duce so good an instance of the success of his ' medicines, they might foon persuade the • world into an opinion of them.

· I observe that most of the bills agree in one expression, viz. that with God's blessing' they perform such and such cures; this ex

pression is certainly very proper and empha“ tical, for that is all they have for it. And if

ever a cure is performed on a patient where

they are concerned, they can claim no greater • share in it than Virgil's Iapis in the curing of

Æneas; he tried his skill, was very afliduous about the wound, and indeed was the only

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• visible means that relieved the hero; but the • Poet assures us it was the particular assistance • of a Deity that speeded the operation. An

English reader may see the whole story in Mr. Dryden's translation:

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“ Propp'd on his lance the pensive hero stood, “ And heard and saw, unmov'd, the mourning crowd. “ The fam'd Physician tucks his robes around, With ready hands, and hastens to the wound. “ With gentle touches he performs his part, " This way and that soliciting the Art, " And exercises all his heavenly art. “ All soft'ning simples, known of sov'reign use, He presses out, and pours their noble juice; " Thele first infus'd to lenify the pain, “ He tugs with pincers, but he tugs in vain. “ Then to the patron of his Art he pray'd; “ The patron of his Art refus'd his aid.

“ But now the goddess mother, mov'd with grief, “ And pierc'd with pity, haftens her relief. “ A branch of healing Dittany she brought, “ Which in the Cretan fields with care the sought ; “ Rough in the stem, which woolly leaves surround; “ The leaves with flow'rs, the flow'rs with purple

“6 crown'd; " Well known to wounded goats; a sure relief To draw the pointed steel, and ease the grief. This Venus brings, in clouds involv’d; and brews “ Th’extracted liquor with Ambrosian dews, " And od'rous Panacee: unseen the stands, “ Temp'ring the mixture with her heav'nly hands; And pours it in a bowl already crown'd “ With juice of med'cinal herbs, prepar'd to bathe

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The - The Leech, unknowing of superior Art, " Which aids the cure, with this foments the part; “ And in a moment ceas’d the raging smart. “ Stanch'd in the blood, and in the bottom, stands The steel, but, scarcely touch'd with tender hands, “ Moves up and follows of its own accord ; “ And health and vigour are at once reftor’d.

Iapis first perceiv'd the closing wound; “ And first the footsteps of a God he found: Arms, arms! he cries: the sword and shield

prepare, “ And send the willing chief, renew'd, to war. 6. This is no mortal work, no cure of mine, “ Nor Art's effect, but done by hands divine *.”

Virg. Æn. Lib. xii. 391. &c.

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N° 573. Wednesday, July 28, 1714.

Cafiigata remordent.

Juv. Sat. ii. 35 Chastised, the accusation they retort.

Y Paper on the Club of Widows has brought me

several letters; and, among the rest, ą long one from Mrs. President, as fol


* By Dr. ZACHARY PEARCE, late bishop of Rochester, with alterations by Addison. See No. 527, No. 633, and GUARD. No. 221, and Notes.

Just published, the second edition of “ A New Trans"lation of the Characters of Theophrastus." Translated from the Greek by Euftace Budgell, Esq. Printed for J. Tonfon, &c. Srect. in folio. This translation Dr. Johnson says, was supposed to have been ADDISON'S.

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« Smart SIR,

OU are pleased to be very merry, as

you imagine, with us Widows: and you seem to ground your satire on our receiving confolation so soon after the death of our

Dears, and the number we are pleased to admit • for our companions; but you never reflect

what Husbands we have buried, and how short a forrow the loss of them was capable of occafioning. For my own part, Mrs. President as you call me, my first Husband I was married to at fourteen by my uncle and guardian

(as I afterwards discovered) by way of sale, ' for the third part of my fortune. This fellow 6 looked

upon me as a mere child he might breed up after his own fancy: if he kissed my ber-maid before my face, I was supposed to

ignorant, how could I think there was any • hurt in it? When he came home roaring • drunk at five in the morning, it was the cul

tom of all men that live in the world. I was

not to see a penny of money, for, poor thing, , · how could I manage it? He took a handsome

cousin of his into the house (as he said) to be iny house-keeper, and to govern my servants;

for how could I know how to rule a family ? • While she had what money the pleased,

which was but reasonable for the trouble she

was at for my good, I was not to be so cen• forious as to dislike familiarity and kindness 6 between near relations. I was too great a

coward to contend, but not so ignorant a child


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to be thus imposed upon. I resented his con

tempt as I ought to do, and as most poor pas• five blinded Wives do, until it pleased Heaven . to take away my tyrant, who left me free pof· session of my own land, and a large jointure.

My youth and money brought me many Lovers,

and several endeavoured to establish an interest ( in my heart while


Husband was in his last sickness; the honourable Edward Waitfort I was one of the first who addressed me, • to it by a cousin of his that was my intimate

friend, and knew to a penny what I was

worth. Mr. Waitfort is a very agreeable man, • and every body would like him as well as he • does himself, if they did not plainly see that • his esteem and love is all taken up, and by such

an object as it is impossible to get the better of; I mean himself. He made no doubt of marrying 'me within four or five months, and

began to proceed with such an assured caly air, ' that piqued my pride not to banith him; quite

contrary, out of pure malice, I heard his first • declaration with so much innocent furprise, • and blushed fo prettily, I perceived it touched ' his very heart, and he thought me the best• natured filly poor thing on earth. When a • man has such a notion of a woman, he loves • her better than he thinks he does. I was overjoyed to be thus revenged on him for designing on my fortune; and, finding it was in my

power to make his heart ache, I resolved to ' complete my conquest, and entertained several other pretenders. The first impression of my




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