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and then I make no Question you will come over to mine. You are not to imagine I find Fault that fhe either poffeffes or takes De6 light in the Exercife of thofe Qualifications I just now mention'd; 'tis the immoderate Fondness fhe has to them that I lament, and that what is only defign'd for the innocent Amusement and Recreation of Life, is become the whole Business and Study C of hers. The fix Months we are in Town

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(for the Year is equally divided between 'that and the Country) from almost Break ⚫ of Day 'till Noon, the whole Morning is laid out in practifing with her feveral Masters;

and to make up the Loffes occafion'd by 'her Abfence in Summer, every Day in the 'Week their Attendance is requir'd; and as they all are People eminent in their Profeffions, their Skill and Time must be recompensed accordingly: So how far thefe Articles extend, I leave you to judge. Limning, one would think, is no expenfive Diverfion, but as fhe manages the Matter, 'tis a very ⚫ confiderable Addition to her Disbursements which you will easily believe when you know fhe paints Fans for all her female Acquaintance, and draws all her Relations Pictures in Miniature; the first must be mounted by no Body but Colmar, and the other fet by no Body but Charles Mather. What follows is ftill much worse than the former; for, as I told you, fhe is a great Artift at her Needle, tis incredible what Sums fhe expends in

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Embroidery: For befides what is appropriated to her perfonal Ufe, as Mantuas, Petticoats, Stomachers, Handkerchiefs, Purfes, Pincushions, and Working-Aprons, fhe keeps four French Proteftants continually employ❜d in making divers Pieces of fuperfluous Furniture, as Quilts, Toilets, Hangings for Clofets, Beds, Window-Curtains, eafy Chairs, and Tabourets: Nor have I any Hopes of ever reclaiming her from this Extravagance, while fhe obftinately perfifts in thinking it a notable Piece of good Housewifry, because they are made at Home, and fhe has had fome Share in the Performance. There would be no End of relating to you the Particulars of the annual Charge in furnishing her Store-room with a Profufion of Pickles and Preferves; for fhe is not contented with having every Thing, unless it be done every Way, in which the confults an hereditary Book of Receipts; for her female Ancestors have been always fam'd for good Housewifry, one of whom is made immortal by giving her Name to an Eye-Water and two Sorts of Puddings. I cannot undertake to recite all her medicinal Preparations, as Salves, Cerecloths, Powders, Confects, Cordials, Ratafia, Perfico, Orange-flower, and CherryBrandy, together with innumerable Sorts of 'fimple Waters. But there is nothing I lay fo much to Heart, as that deteftable Catalogue of counterfeit Wines, which derive their Names from the Fruits, Herbs, or Trees of

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whose Juices they are chiefly compounded: They are loathfome to the Tafte, and pernicious to the Health; and as they feldom furvive the Year, and then are thrown away, under a falfe Pretence of Frugality, I may affirm they stand me in more than if I entertain'd all our Vifiters with the best Burgundy and Champaign. Coffee, Chocolate, Green, Imperial, Peco, and Bohea Tea feem to be Trifles; but when the proper Appurtenances of the Tea-Table are added, they fwell the Account higher than one would imagine. I 6 cannot conclude without doing her Juftice in one Article; where her Frugality is fo remarkable I must not deny her the Merit of it, and that is in Relation to her Children, who are all confin'd, both Boys and Girls, to one large Room in the remoteft Part of the House, with "Bolts on the Doors, and Barrs to the Windows, ' under the Care and Tuition of an old Wo 6 man who had been dry Nurfe to her Grandmother. This is their Refidence all the Year • round; and as they are never allow'd to appear, fhe prudently thinks it needless to be at any Expence in Apparel or Learning. Her ⚫ eldest Daughter to this Day would have nei⚫ther read nor writ, if it had not been for the • Butler, who being the Son of a Country Attorney, has taught her fuch a Hand as is generally used for engroffing Bills in Chancery. By this Time I have fufficiently tired your Patience with my domeftick Grievances; • which I hope you will agree could not well

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be contain❜d in a narrower Compafs, when you confider what a Paradox I undertook, to maintain in the Beginning of my Epiftle, and which manifeftly appears to be but too melancholy a Truth. And now I heartily wish the Relation I have given of my Misfortunes may 'be of Ufe and Benefit to the Publick. By the Example I have fet before them, the truly virtuous Wives may learn to avoid thofe Er rors which have fo unhappily misled mine,and which are vifibly these three. Firft, In mif taking the proper Objects of her Efteem, and fixing her Affections upon fuch Things as are only the Trappings and Decorations of her Sex. Secondly, In not diftinguishing what becomes the different Stages of Life. And, Laftly, The Abuse and Corruption of fome excellent Qualities, which, if circumfcrib'd 6 within juft Bounds, would have been the Bleffings and Profperity of her Family, but by a vicious Extream are like to be the Bane and 'Destruction of it.

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N° 329.

Tuesday, March 18.

Ire tamen reftat Numa qua devenit & Ancus. Hor.

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Y Friend Sir ROGER DE COVERLY told me t'other Night, that he had been reading my Paper upon Westminster-Abbey,

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in which, fays he, there are a great many ingenious Fancies. He told me at the fame Time, that he obferved I had promifed another Paper the Tombs, and that he fhould be glad to go and fee them with me, not having vifited them fince he had read Hiftory. I could not at firft imagine how this came into the Knight's Head, till I recollected that he had been very bufy all laft Summer upon Baker's Chronicle, which he has quoted feveral Times in his Difputes with Sir ANDREW FREEPORT fince his laft coming to Town. Accordingly I promised to call upon him, the next Morning, that we might go together to the Abbey.

I found the Knight under his Butler's Hands, who always fhaves him. He was no fooner dreffed, than he called for a Glafs of the Widow Trueby's Water, which he told me he always drank before he went abroad. He recommended to me a Dram of it at the fame Time, with fo much Heartiness, that I could not forbear drinking it. As foon as I had got it down I found it very unpalatable, upon which the Knight obferving that I had made feveral wry Faces, told me that he knew I should not like it at first, but that it was the best Thing in the World against the Stone or Gravel.

I could have wifhed indeed that he had acquainted me with the Virtues of it fooner; but it was too late to complain, and I knew what he had done was out of Good-will. Sir RoGER told me further, that he looked upon it to be very good for a Man whilft he ftaid in Town,

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