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SPECTATOR.

No. 567. WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1714.

-Inceptus clamor frustratur hiantes.

VIRG. En. vi. 493. -The weak voice deceives their gasping throats. DRYDEN.

I HAVE received private advice from some of my correspondents, that if I would give my paper a general run, I should take care to season it with scandal. I have indeed observed of late that few writings sell which are not filled with great names and illustrious titles. The reader generally casts his eye upon a new book, and, if he finds several letters separated from one another by a dash, he buys it up and peruses it with great satisfaction. An M and an h, a T and an r,* with a short line between them, has sold many insipid pamphlets. Nay, I have known a whole edition go off by virtue of two or three well-written &c.

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A sprinkling of the words faction, Frenchman, papist, plunderer,' and the like significant

* M and an h means Marlborough, and Tand an r means Treasurer.

terms, in an italic character, have also a very good
effect
upon the eye of the purchaser; not to men-
tion scribbler, liar, rogue, rascal, knave, and
villain,' without which it is impossible to carry on
a modern controversy.

Our party writers are so sensible of the secret virtue of an inuendo to recommend their productions, that of late they never mention the K- -n or Pt at length, though they speak of them with honour, and with that deference which is due to them from every private person. It gives a secret satisfaction to a peruser of these mysterious works, that he is able to decypher them without help, and, by the strength of his own natural parts, to fill up a blank space, or make out a word that has only the first or last letter to it.

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Some of our authors indeed, when they would be more satirical than ordinary, omit only the vowels of a great man's name, and fall most unmercifully upon all the consonants. This way of writing was first of all introduced by TBwn,* of facetious memory, who, after having gutted a proper name of all its intermediate vowels, used to plant it in his works, and make as free with it as he pleased, without any danger of the statute.

That I may imitate these celebrated authors, and publish a paper which shall be more taking than ordinary, I have here drawn up a very curious libel, in which a reader of penetration will find a great deal of concealed satire, and, if he be acquainted with the present posture of affairs, will easily discover the meaning of it.

'If there are four persons in the nation who endeavour to bring all things into confusion, and * Tom Brown.

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