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No. 567. WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1714.
Inceptus clamor frustratur hiantes.
VIRG. Æn. vi. 193. -The weak yoice deceives their gasping throats.
I HAVE received private adyice 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.
A sprinkling of the words faction, Frenchman, papist, plunderer,' and the like significant
* M and an h means Marlborough, and T and an r means Treasurer.
terms, in an italic character, have also a very good
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 Q-nor P-t 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.
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
of writing was first of all introduced by T-M Bmwn,* 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.