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quious, you would think he had no will of his own, and was born for the uses and occafions of others : Follow Palpatius to his house, see him with his wife and children, hear him dictate to his servants and the needy dependants, who make suit through him to his principal, you will find all things reversed; the fycophant turns out a tyrant, and he is only indebted to his hypocrisy for keeping his inso-' lence out of sight.

Procax is one of the most diffolute men living; he is handfome, impudent, and infinuating, qualifications that ensure his success with the ladies: He profest the most vehement passion for Fulvia; but Fulvia was on the point of marrying Vetulus, a rich old man, who wanted an heir, and till that event took place she held out against Procax upon motives of convenience only: Fulvia foon became the wife of Vetulus; she had no longer any repugnance to be the mistress of Procax; but the fame man, who had pleaded the irresistible violence of his desires before marriage, now pretended conscience, and drew back from her advances; nay he did more, he put Vetulus upon his guard, and Fulvia's virtue was too closely watched to be in any future danger: What sudden change was this in Procax? Vetulus


had no heirs, and Procax had a contingent interest in the entail of his estate.

Splendida, in one of her morning airings, was solicited for charity by a poor woman with an infant in her arms.--It is not for myself, madam, said the wretched creature, it is for my husband, who lies under that hedge tormented with a fever, and dying for want of relief.--Splendida directed her eyes towards the spot, and saw a sickly object stretched upon the ground, clad in the tattered regimental of a foot soldier: Her heart was touched, and she drew out her purse, which was full of guineas : The blood rushed into the beggar's meagre visage at the fight; Splendida turned over the gold; her hand delayed for a moment, and the impulse was lost; unhappily for the suppliant, Splendida was alone and without a witness : She put her hand once more into her pocket, and, taking out a solitary shilling, dropt it into the shrivelled palm that was streched out to receive it, and drove on. Splendida returned home, drest herself, and went to a certain great lady's assembly; a subscription was put about for the benefit of a cele. brated actress; the lady condescended to receive subscriptions in person, and delivered a ticket to each contributor: Splendida drew forth the same purse, and wrapping twenty guineas in a paper,


put them into the hand of the noble beggar :
The room rang with applauses of her charity
I give it, says she, to her virtues, rather than to
her talents; I bestow it on the wife and mother,
nat upon the actress. Splendida

Splendida on her return home took out her accompt-book, and fet down twenty-one pounds one fhilling to the article of charity; the filling indeed Heaven audited on the score of alms, the pounds were posted to the account of vanity.

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Favete linguis!


N ingenious author, who some years ago

published a volume under the title of Maxims, Characters, and Reflections, has the following remark:- You would know how a man talks to judge of his unierstanding, and yet poffibly (however great the paradox) the very contrary method might be less fallible; the knowing how he hears might mew it you much better. As I had not seen this book when I gave my account of Mr. Jedediah Fish's Academy for Hearing, it gave me great pleafure to fall in with the sentiment of a contemporary, who

whilst he mixes with the world as

a man of fashion, reviews the living manners with the fagacity of a philosopher. I transcribed the whole article, from which the above passage is extracted, and sent it to Mr. Fish: It will be found in the author's volume, No LXXI. and is aptly illustrated by two sketches of character; one of which, called Cleon, is a talker, and Theocles, the other, is a hearer.

I have been favoured with the following answer from Mr. Fish.

SIR, Your's is received: I approve of the extract, and like the author's manner well: He deals in ideas rather than in words; some men talk more than they hear; others write more than they read : As benevolence should act without difplay, so good advice should be given in few words.

I send you the following cases according to desire.

A young man, known to his familiars by the name of Jack Chatter, came under my hands : The symptoms of his disorder may be thus described-Garrultas vix intermiffa cum cachinna tantùm non continuo.-Garrulity, attended with immoderate fits of laughing, is no uncommon


case, when the provocation thereunto springs from jokes of a man's own making; but there was this peculiarity in Mr. Chatter's disease, that he would laugh where no jest was, or even at the jests of other people, rather than not laugh at all. I foon perceived this to be occasioned by exceedingly weak intellects, and an even row of very white teeth. As his malady . would not yield to the ordinary prescriptions, I was forced to throw 'him into a regimen of skating, for which the season was then favourable: The operation succeeded to my warmest wishes, and the patient was effectually filenced by a happy dislocation of two of his fore-teeth from a fall on the ice.

Miss Kitty Scandal was put into my hands by her acquaintance in a very deplorable condition; it was the Cacoëthes defamationis fcabiofum: The common antidotes had no effect upon her; I administered detergents out of Miss Carter's Epictetus and Mrs. Chapone's Letters, but the dose would not stay upon her stomach; I tried the Pythagorean pill, but with no better success. As the patient had a remarkable swelling about the waist, which I conceived might arise from an overflowing of the spleen, I called in my excellent friend Dr. Ford: The Doctor delivered her of her swelling, and Miss IO


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