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happened ; and no one was in Confidence with her in carrying on this Treaty, but the matchless Virgulta, whose Despair of ever entring the Matrimonial State, made her, some Nights before Delamira's Resolution was published to the World, address her self to her in the following Manner :

DEL AMIR A, You are now going into that State of Life, wherein the use of your Charms is wholly to be applied to the pleasing only one Man. That swimming Air of your Body, that janty bearing of your Head over one shoulder, and that inexpressible Beauty in your Manner of playing your Fan, must be lower'd into a more confin'd Behaviour ; to Shew, That you would rather shun than receive Addresses for the future. Therefore, dear Delamira,give me those Excellencios you leave off, and acquaint me with your Manner of Charming : For I take the Liberty of your Friendship to say That when I consider my own Stature, Motion, Complexion, Wit or Breeding, I cannot think my self any way your Inferior ; yet do I go through Crowds without wounding a Man, and all my Acquaintance marry round me, while live a Virgin unask'd, and (I think unregarded.

DBLAMIR A heard with great Attention, and with that Dexterity which is natural to her, told her, That all She had above the rest of her Sex and contemporarò Beauties, was wholly owing to a Fan, (which was lefe her by her Mother, and had been long in the Family) which whoever had in Possession, and used with Skill, should command the Hearts of all her Beholders : And since (faid she smiling) I have no more to do with ex. tending my Conquests or Triumphs, I'll make you a Present of this inestimable Rarity. Virgulta made her Expressions of the highest Gratitude for so uncommon a Confidence in her, and desired she would shew her what was peculiar in the Management of that Utensil, which render'd it of such general Force while she was Mistress of it. Delamira reply'd, You see, Madam, C4pid is the principal Figure painted on it; and the Skill in playing this Fan is, in your several Motions of it, to let him appear as little as possible; for honourable Lovers Ay all Endeavours to ensnare them; and your Cupid must hide his Bow and Arrow, or he'll never be sure of his Game. You may observe, continued lhe, That in

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all publick Assemblies, the Sexes seem to separate themselves, and draw up to attack each other with Eye-shot: That is the Time when the Fan, which is all the Armour of a Woman, is of moft Use in our Defence ; for our Minds are construed by the waving of that little Inftrament, and our Thoughts appear in Composure or Agitation according to the Motion of it. You may observe, when Will. Peregrine comes into the Side-Box, Miss Gatty flutters her Fan as a Fly does its Wings round a Candle; while her elder Sister, who is as much in Love with him as he is, is as grave as a Vestal at his Entrance, and the Consequence is accordingly. He watches half the Play for a Glance from her Sister, while Gatty is overlooked and neglected. I wish you heartily as much Success in the Management of it as I have had : If you think fit to go on where I left off, I will give you a short Account of the Execution I have made with it.

CIMON, who is the dullest of Mortals, and tho' a wonderful great Scholar, does not only pause,but seems to take a Nap with his Eyes open between every other Sentence in his Discourse : Him liave I made a Leader in Assemblies; and one Blow on the Shoulder as I pase fed by him has raised him to a downright Impertinent in all Conversations. The airy Will. Sampler is become as Lethargick by this my. Wand, as Cimon is sprightly. Take it, good Girl, and use it without Mercy ; for the Reign of Beauty never lasted full Three Years, but it ended in Marriage, or Condemnation to Virginity. As you fear therefore the one, and hope for the other, 1 expeet an hourly Journal of your Triumphs ; for I have it by certain Tradition, that it was given to the first who wore it by an Inchantress, with this remarkable Power, That it bestows a Husband in half a Year to her who does not over-look her proper Minute; but assigns to a long Despair the Woman who is well offered, and neglects tliat Proposal. May Occasion attend your Charms, and your Charins slip no Occasion. Give me, I say, an Account of the Progress of your Forces at our next Meeting; and you shall hear what I think of my new Condition. I should meet iny future Spouse this Moment. Farewel. Live in just Terror of the dreadful Words, SHE WAS,

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From my own Apartment, Auguß 8. I HAD the Honour this Evening to visit some Ladies, where the Subject of the Conversation was Modefty, which they commended as a Quality quite as becoming in Men as in Women. I took the Liberty to say, It might be as Beautiful in our Behaviour as in theirs, yet it could not be said, it was as successful inLife,for as it was the only Recommendation in them, so it was the greatest Obstacle to us both in Love and Business. A Gentleman present was of my Mind, and said, That we must describe the Difference between the Modesty of Women and that of Men, or we should be confounded in our Reasonings upon it, for this Virtue is to be regarded with Respect to our different Ways of Life. The Woman's Province is to be careful in her OEconomy, and chaste in her Affection: The Man's, :o be active in the Improvement of liis Fortune, and ready to undertake whatever is consistent with his Reputation for that End. Modesty therefore in a Woman has a certain agreeable Fear in all she enters upon; and in Men it is composed of a right Judgment of what is proper for them to attempt. From hence it is, that a discreet Man. is always a Modest one. It is to be noted, That Modelty in a Man is never to be allowed as a good Quality, but a Weakness, if it suppresses his Virtue, and hides it from the World, when he has at the same Time a Mind to exert himfe!f. A French Author says very justly, That Modesty is to the other Virtues in a Man, what Shade in a Picture is to the Parts of the Thing represented. It makes all the other Beauties conspicuous, which would otherwise be but a wild Heap of Colours. This Shade on our Actions must therefore be very justly applieds tor if there be too much, it hides our good Qualities, instead of shewing them to Advantage.

Nestor in Athens was an unhappy Instance of this Truth; for he was not only in his Profession the greatest Man of that Age, but had given more Proofs of it than any other Man ever did ; yet for Want of that natural Freedom and Audacity which is necessary in Commerce with Men, his personal Modesty overthrew all his publick A&tions. Nestor was in those Days a skilful Architect, and in a Manner the Inventor of the Use of Me

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chanick Powers, which he brought to so great Perfe&ion, that he knew to an Atom what Foundation would bear such a Superstructure : And they record of him, That he was fo prodigiously exact, that for the Experiment-sake, he built an Edifice of great Beauty, and seeming Strength; but contrived so as to bear only its own Weight, and not to admit the Aadition of the least Particle. This Building was beheld with much Admi. ration by all the Virtuoli of that Time; but fell down with no other Pressure, but the settling of a Wren upon the Top of it: Yet Neftor's Modesty was such, that his Art and Skill were soon disregarded, for Want of that Manner with which Men of the World support and assert the Merit of their own Performances. Soon as this Instance of his Art, Athens was, by the Treachery of its Enemies, burnt to the Ground. This gave Nestor the greatest Occasion that ever Builder had to render his Name immortal, and his Person venerable : For all the new City rose according to his Disposition, and all the Monuments of the Glories and Distresses of that People were erected by that sole Artist : Nay, all their Temples, as well as Houses, were the Effects of his Study and Labour ; insomuch, that it was said by an old Sage, Sure, Neftor will now be famous; for the Habitations of Gods, as well as Men, are built by his Contrivance. But this bashsul Quality still put a Damp upon his great Knowledge, which has as fatal an Effect upon Men's Reputations as Poverty; for as it was said, The poor Mansaved the City, and the poor Man's La. bour was forgot; so here we find, The modest Man built the City, and the modest Man's Skill was unkocwn.

Thus we see every Man is the Maker of his own Fortune ; and what is very odd to consider, he must in fome Measure be the Trumpet of his Fame: Not that Men are to be tolerated who directly praise themselves, but they are to be endued with a Sort of defensive Eloquence, by which they shall be always capable of expressing the Rules and Arts by which they govern themTelves. Varillus was the Man of all I have read of the

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Author fays of him, Modesty in Varillus is really a Virtie

tue; for it is a voluntary Quality, and the Effect of good old Sense. He is naturally bold and enterprising; but so ),

justly discreet, that he never acts or speaks any Thing,

but those who behold him know he has forborn much nd more than he has performed or uttered, out of Defe. it rence to the Persons before whom he is. This makes af Varillus truly amiable, and all his Attempts successful;

for as bad as the World is thought to be by those who are perhaps unskill'd in it, Want of Success in our

Actions is generally owing to Want of Judgment in his what we ought to attempt, or a rustick Modesty which FA will not give us Leave to undertake what we ought. But

how unfortunate this diffident Temper is to those who are possessed with it, may be best seen in the Success of such as are wholly unacquainted with it.

We have one peculiar Elegance in our Language above all others, which is conspicuous in the Terin Fellow. This Word added to any of our Adje&ives, extremely varies, or quite alters the Sense of that with which it is joined. Thus, though a modeft Man is the most unfortunate of all Men, yet a modeft Fellow is as superlatively happy. A modest Fellow is a ready Creature, who with great Humility, and as great Forward. ness, visits his Patrons at all Hours, and meets 'em in all Places, and has so moderate an Opinion of him elf, that he makes his Court at large. If you won't give him a great Employment, he will be glad of a little one. He has so great a Deference for his Benefactor's Judgment, that as he thinks himself fit for any Thing he can get, so he is above nothing which is offered. He is like the young Batchelor of Arts, who came to Town recommended to a Chaplain's Place; but none being vacant, modestly accepted of that of a Poftillion.

We have very many conspicuous Persons of this undertaking yet modeft Turn: I have a Grandson who

is very happy in this Quality : I sent him in the Time of lo

the last Peace into France. As soon as he landed at Calais, he sent me an exact Account of the Nature of the People, and the Policies of the King of France. I got

him since chosen a Member of a Corporation : The et modeft Creature, as soon as he came into the Common

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