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tance !—Though born to protect the fair, does not inan act the part of a demon-first alluring by his temptations, and then triumphing in his victory ?When villany gets the afcendancy, it seldom leaves the wretch 'till it has thoroughly polluted him,

LETTER CXXIX.

SLANDER.

HOW

OW frequently is the honesty and integrity of a

man disposed of by a smile or thrug !-how many good and generous actions have been suok into oblivion, by a distrustful look, or ftampt with the im. putation of proceeding from bad motives, by a mysterious and seasonable whisper!

Look into companies of those whose gentle natures Thould disarm them, we shall find no better account. -How large a portion of chastity is sent out of the world by diftant hints,-nodded away and cruelly winked into suspicion, by the envy of those who are paft all temptation of it themselves! How often does the reputation of a helpless creature bleed by a report - which the party, who is at the pains to propagate it, beholds with much pity and fellow-feeling-that she is heartily sorry for it, -hopes in God it is not true : however, as Archbishop Tillotson wittily observes upon it, is resolved, in the mean time, to give the se pot her pass, that at least it may have fair play to

take its fortune in the world, -to be believed or not, according to the charity of those into whose hands it Thall happen to fall!

So fruitful is this vice in variety of expedients, to satiate as well as disguise itself. But if these smoother weapons cut fo fore—what shall we say of open and unblushing scandal—subjected to no caution, tied down to no restraints !-If the one, like an arrow shot in the da k, does nevertheless so much fecret mischief, this, like the peftilence, which rageth at noon-day, sweeps all before it, levelling without distinction the good and the bad; a thousand fall beside it, and ten thousand on its right hand;—they fall-lo rent and torn in this tender part of them, so unmercifully butchered, as sometimes never to recover either the wounds or the anguish of heart which they have occafioned.

But there is nothing so had which will not admit of something to be said in its defence.

· And here it may be ask'd-whether the inconveniences and ill effects which the world feels froin the licentiousness of this practice are not sufficiently counterbalanced by the real influence it has upon men's lives and condua !--that if there was no evil-speaking in the world, thousands would be encouraged to do ill',and would rush into many indecorums, like a horse into the battle, were they sure to escape the tongues of men.

That if we take a general view of the world, we Thall find that a great deal of virtue, at least of the

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outward appearance of it,-is not so much from any fixed principle, as the terror of what the world will say,—and the liberty it will take upon the occasions we Thall give.

That if we descend to particulars, numbers are every day taking more pains to be well spoken of, than what would actually enable them to live so as to deserve it.

That there are many of both sexes who can support life well enough without honour or chastity, who without reputation (which is but the opinion which the world has of the matter), would hide their heads in shame, and Gink down in utter despair of happiness. -No doubt the tongue is a weapon which does chastize many indecorums which the laws of men will not reach,--and keeps many in awe-whom conscience will not ;-and where the case is indisputably flagrant,--the speaking of it in such words as it deferves—scarce comes within the prohibition.In many cases it is hard to express ourselves fo as to fix à distinction betwixt opposite characters;—and sometimes it may be as much a debt we owe to virtue, and as great a piece of justice to expose a vicious character, and paint it in its proper colours, - as it is to speak well of the deserving, and describe his particular virtues.-And, indeed, when we inflict this punishment upon the bad, merely out of principle, and without indulgences to any private pasion of our own, it is a case which happens fo seldom, that one might venture to except it.

SERM. P. 220.

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DR. SLOP AND SUSANNAH.

WH

*HEN the cataplasm was ready, a scruple of

decorum had unseasonably rose up in Sufan. nah's conscience, about holding the candle, while slp tied it on; Slop had not treated Susannah's d stemper with anodynes --and fo a quarrel had ensued betwixt them.

-Oh! oh!-faid Slop, casting a glance of undue freedom in Sufannah's face, as the declined the office ; -then, I think I kņow you, Madam-You know me, Sir! cried Susannab fastidiously, and with a toss of her head; levelled evidently, not at his profession, but at the doctor himself, -you know me! cried Susannah again.Doctor Slop clapped his finger and his thumb instantly upon his nostrils ;-Susann al's spleen was ready to burst at it;—'Tis false, faid Susan. nah.Come, come, Mrs. Modesty, said Slop, not a lit. tle elated with the success of his last thrust,mif you won't hold the candle, and look-you may hold it and fut your eyes :- That's one of your Popith fhifts, cried Susannah :-'Tis better, said Slop, with a nod, than no fhift at all, young woman!

and I defy you, Sir, cried Sufannah, pulling her shift Neeve below her elbow,

It was almot impossible for two persons to assist each other in a furgical case with a more fplenetic cordialiry.

Slop fratched up the cataplasm.--Sufannab fnatched up the candle ;--A little this way, said Slop; Susanniab looking one way, and rowing another, instantly set fire to Slop's wig, which being fomewhat bushy and unetuous withal, was burnt out before it was well kindled.--You impudent whore ! cried Slop:-(for what is paffion but a wild beast?)--you impudent whore, cried Slop, getting upright, with the cataplasm in his hand ;

I never was the destruction of any body's nose, said Sufannah,—which is more than you can lay :-Is it?-cried Slop, throwing the cataplafm in her face :-Yes, it is, cried Susannah, returning the compliment with what was left in the pan.

T. SA ANDY, VOL. 111. C. 16.

CHARITY TO ORPHANS.

THE

THEY whom Gnd hath blessed with the means,

and for whom he has done more, in blessing them likewise with a disposition, have abundant reafon to be thankful to him, as the Author of every good gift, for the measure he hath bestowed to them of both: 'tis the refuge against the stormy wind and tem. pest, which he has planted in our hearts; and the con. fant fluctuation of every thing in this world, forces al. the sons and daughters of Adam to seek shelter un.

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