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undesigning innocence was so strong in his • head, he attributed all my followers to the in• evitable force of my charms; and, from several • blushes and side glances, concluded himself the • favourite; and, when I used him like a dog for

my diversion, he thought it was all prudence • and fear; and pitied the violence I did my own • inclinations to comply with my friends, when • I married Sir Nicholas Fribble of fixty years of age.

You know, Sir, the case of Mrs. Medlar. • I hope you would not have had me cry out my

eyes for such a Husband. I shed tears enough • for my Widowhood a week after my marriage; • and when he was put in his grave, reckoning

he had been two years dead, and myself a Wi

dow of that standing, I married three weeks • afterwards John Sturdy, Esq. his next heir. • I had indeed some thoughts of taking Mr.

Waitfort, but I found he could stay; and be' fides, he thought it indecent to ask me to

marry again until my year was out; so, pri

vately resolving him for my fourth, I took • Mr. Sturdy for the present. Would

it, Sir, Mr. Sturdy was just five-and-twenty, • about fix foot high, and the stoutest fox-hunter • in the country, and I believe I wished ten • thoufand times for my old Fribble again ; he

was following his dogs all the day, all the night keeping them up at table with him his companions; however, I think myself obliged

to them for leading him a chase in which he • broke his neck. Mr. Waitfort began his ad• dresses anew; and I verily believe I had married

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• him now, but there was a young officer in • the guards that had debauched two or three ' of my acquaintance, and I could not forbear

being a little vain of his courtship. Mr. Wait« fort heard of it, and read me such an insolent • lecture upon the conduct of women, I married • the officer that very day, out of pure spite to « him. Half an hour after I was married I re• ceived a penitential letter from the honour« able Mr. Edward Waitfort, in which he begged

pardon for his passion, as proceeding from the • violence of his love. I triumphed when I read

it, and could not help, out of the pride of my • heart, shewing it to my new spoutc; and we • were very merry together upon it. Alas! my · mirth latted a short time; my young Husband

was very much in debt when I married him, 6 and his first action afterwards was to set

up gilt chariot and fix in fine trappings before and • behind. I had married so hastily, I had not the

prudence to reserve my estate in my own · hands; my ready money was lost in two

nights at the Groom-porter's; and my dia' mond necklace, which was stole, I did not • know how, I met in the street upon Jenny • Wheedle's neck. My plate vanithed piece by

piece: and I had been reduced to downright

pewter, if my officer had not been delicioully • killed in a duel, by a fellow that had cheated • him of five hundred pounds, and afterwards, at « his own request, fatisfied him and me too, • by running him through the body. Mr. · Waitfort was still in love, and told me so

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• again; and, to prevent all fears of ill usage, he o desired me to reserve every thing in my own i hands: but now my acquaintance began to ' wish me joy of his constancy, my charms

were declining, and I could not resist the delight I took in shewing the young

Airts about town it was yet in my power to give pain to

a man of sense; this, and some private hopes • he would hang himself, and what a glory it • would be for me, and how I should be envied,

made me accept of being third wife to my * Lord Friday. I proposed, from my rank and « his estate, to live in all the joys of pride; but

how was I mistaken! he was neither extra

vagant, nor ill-natured, nor debauched. i 6 suffered however more with him than with • all my others.

He was splenetic. I was • forced to fit whole days hearkening to his

imaginary ails ; it was impossible to tell what 6 would please him; what he liked when the * sun shined made him sick when it rained; he " had no distemper, but lived in constant fear • of them all; my good genius dictated to me • to bring him acquainted with Dr. Gruel; i from that day he was always contented, be• cause he had names for all his complaints; • the good doctor furnished him with reasons • for all his pains, and prescriptions for every

fancy that troubled him; in hot weather he • lived upon juleps, and let blood to prevent

fevers; when it grew cloudy he generally apprehended a consumption: to Thorten the history of this wretched part of my life, he

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• ruined a good constitution by endeavouring to

mend it; and took several medicines, which ' ended in taking the grand remedy, which • cured both him and me of all our uneafi• nefles. After his death I did not expect to • hear any more of Mr. Waitfort. I knew he

had renounced me to all his friends, and been

very witty upon my choice, which he affect• ed to talk of with great indifferency. I

gave over thinking of him, being told that he was engaged with a pretty woman and a great fortune; it vexed me a little, but not enough to make me neglect the advice of my coulin Wishwell, that came to see me the day my

lord went into the country with Ruffel; the • told me experimentally, nothing put an un• faithful lover and a dear husband fo foon out

of one's head as a new one; and, at the ' same time, proposed to me a kinsman of

her’s. You understand enough of the world

(said the) to know money is the most valu• able consideration; he is very rich, and I am ' sure cannot live long; he has a cough that ' must carry him off foon. I knew afterwards

she had given the self-fame character of me to • him; but however I was so much persuaded

by her, I hastened on the match for fear he • should die before the time came; he had the ' fame fears, and was so prefling, I married · · him in a fortnight, resolving to keep it pri'vate a fortnight longer. During this fort' night Mr. Waitfort came to make me a visit: ' he told me he had waited on me sooner, but Vol. VIII.


6 had 6 than ever.

. had that respect for me, he would not inter

rupt me in the first day of my affliction for my dear lord; that, as soon as he heard I was

at liberty to make another choice, he had • broke off a match very advantageous for his • fortune, just upon the point of conclusion, and was forty times more in love with me

I never received more pleasure in my life than from this declaration : but I

compofed my face to a grave air, and said the • news of his engagement had touched me to • the heart, that in a rash jealous fit 1 had mar• ried a man I could never have thought on, if . I had not lost all hopes of him. Good-natur

ed Mr. Waitfort had like to have dropped down · dead at hearing this, but went from me with ' such an air as plainly shewed me he laid ali • the blame upon himself, and hated those 6 friends that had advised him to the fatal

application; he seemed as much touched by my • misfortune as his own, for he had not the • least doubt I was still passionately in love with • him. The truth of this story is, my new 6 • husband gave me reason to repent I had not • staid for him ; he had married me for my

money, and I foon found he loved money to • distraction; there was nothing he would not 'do to get it; nothing he would not suffer to

preserve it; the smallest expense kept him: . awake whole nights; and when he paid a

bill, it was with as many lighs, and after as. many delays, as a man that endures the loss • of a limb. I heard nothing but reproofs for


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