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The Story of lo is rather too long for the End of this Paper ; but fince I am faid to have aded a confiderable Part in it, I mufl not omit it.

Jtino at lad, fufpe 5ling fomething more than ordinary, follow'd her good Man, as he went to vifit his Cattle. Having enter'd, he was turning back to fecure the Door, when he fees his dear Spoufe at his Heels, which put him in fome Conflernation.

After a little Seai-ch, flie foon found o'. Is this your Cow,. Whereat flie took her to the Light, and with a fcornful Eye, ran over her Shape and Features.

Upon theOccafion of this Charge he was entrufled with, he bored a matter of an Hundred little peeping Holes on all Sides of his Porch, that he might have timely View of all that approach'd his Cottage, and lb take Care to fecure his Trufb.

Upon my Approach, lo was fecur'd under a double Lock. Having enquired the Way, and after the exchange of fome civil Words with the old Guardian, I beo-'d Leave to fit with him in his Porch to reft me.

I was mightily pleafed with every thing he faid, and could not forbear giving him aTafte of my Liquor : I was lb generous of 55 ic, that it was not long before it feiz'd his Head, and I took care foon to talk him into aprotound Sleep.

I took the Key out of his Pocket, and delivered the impriion'd Damfel, and remov'd her to a more convenient Lodging. I have no Reaibn to value mylclf on the Part I acted in this Paflage.

Cafuiitry in thole Days was little thought of ; I little confider'd theEviltherevvas in concurring to another Man's Sin. His Rapes Incefts, Adulteries, or to comprehend all in your modern Phrafe, his Amours, are fo well known, that it is to no Purpofe for me out ot Duty to conceal them.

But the Honey- Moon was quick- ly over. I remember I have feen an old fpang- ied Sky-colour'd Petticoat of hers, that had a large Stain on the fore-part of it, from Top to Bottom ; which Mifchief I was charged with, in kidling upon it, cither with Milk, or fome fuch thing : I can never look at the ViaLa5lea in the Heavens, but it puts me in Mind, how 1 was whip'd for making it.

Iplay'd very well on a mufical Inftrument invented by myfelf. I could play feveral Tunes upon the Tongs. I perform'd feveral jugiing Tr.

Thefe and fuch like, were the Accomplifli- ments of my Youth j but afterwards 1 grew more ferious, and apply'd myfelf to more im- portant Employments.

I betook myfelf to Study and Speculation, and became the Au- thor of many great Improvements in feveral Arts and Sciences. I contributed much to the civilizing Mankind, and being beneficial to one another by the Exchange of Goods ; and was the firfb that put them in a regular Me- thod of Traffick and Commerce, and of the Patron of Merchants and Shop-keepers : The Poets have made me the Godofmeves.

The learned 59 learned World are alfo beholden to me for the Invention of Letters, and from hence fome have thought I have obtain'd the Title of Gcd of Thieves, from the Number of Plagiaries a- mongft Amhors.

Heconduc'd much to thepolifliing of Mankind, and bringing them into civil Society and the Government of Laws. Bating only that failing of his Amours, he was Mafter of excellent Qualities, and above all, was a very kind Brother to Neptune and Pluto.

My Uncle Neptune was forc'd to get his Living by breaking Horfes. Pluto turn'd Miner, and thriv'd pretty well, but was forc'd to work hard for it : But when Jupiter got into Poireflion of his Eftate, he fettled fix fcore Pound a Year upon his Brother Neptune, and a hundred a Year upon Pluto.

My Grand- Mother Ops had a great Hand in procuring this for them. Neptune had a very pretty Scat, with feveral large 6o large Fifh-Ponds belonging to it, well ftock'd with Fifh ', and he very much improv'd his Income thereby.

I never went to fee him but always found him with a Baficet at his Back- fide and a Three-fork'd Spear on his Shoulder, wherewith he would very dexteroufly ftrike the Fifh as he went along the Edge of the Water.

My Uncle Plulo was an honeft, blunt fort of a Fellow : His Eilate lay towards the Weft of Crele ; in which he had the good Luck to find a very good Coal- Work ; and being a very careful and induftrious Man, he would often go down himfelf into his Pits, and fome- times even work at them himfelf; and then coming out with his black Face amongft his Colliers, the Boys would hoot at him, and call him the Kmg of Hell.

He afterwards kt up. He fet up his Coach and Four, ftole a For- tune, and liv'd very handfomcly. The Saying he fpeaks of, is the Beginning of a Verfe of Epimenedes, who lived about fifteen hundred Years after my Time.

By thefe and the following Words, Epimenedes had no more Wit, than to write a Satire upon his own Countrymen.

But I would ailc this Corre- fpondent of mine, could I fee him, by what Logick he feems to conclude, that becaufe fu ch a Nation is given to fuch a Vice, there- fore every Individual of that Nation mufl fiiand guilty of it.

All the wonderful Accounts you fhall read therein, fhall be all over Truth, either true Hiftory or true Fable. And it fhall be the Reader's own Fault, if he be deceived in believing what I fay.

After this Declaration, I fhall now with an eafy Confcience, proceed to give an Account of my prefent State. I tell it not here as a Piece of News, that the Heathen Gods were miortal Men : And indeed fome of them of fuch ill Morals, that if they were not to be efbeem'd Men, it was becaufe they had forfeited their Hum.

Having been made the Inilruments of Idolatry, and for that Reafon highly ferviceable to the Well- fare of Hell i Lucifer at their firfl coming, complimented them with the Honour of com- mencing Devils, and the Enjoyment of all the Privileges belonging to that honourable Rank.

As for my own Part, I have had the good For- tune to efcape that Honour. I have play'd, I conkfs, too many waggifh Tricks in my Youth ; the greateft of my FaiHngs were committed out of Complaifance to my Father Jupiter, in concurring fometimes to his Sins.

But after- wards I grew more ferious : And for the fake of fo many good Services, and the ufe- ful and important Inventions I was Author of, which have done fo much Benefit to Mankind, I have the Privilege of keeping my Refidence between Heaven and Hell.

I have free Ingrefs and Egrefs there, without receiving any Hurt. I fometimes fpend mjy Time in the Company of Men, fometimes in- vifible, fometimes in a vifible Form.

The prefent Place of my Refidence, which. I call my proper Home, I cannot acquaint you with, without communicating to you a wonderful Secret, as yet never difcover'd, in full, to any Mortal, which neverthelefs I am permitted here to difclofe, and which I am now going to do without the leaft Referve.

Many of the Philofophers have given fome wild Conjedures and Hints of the Pre-exift- ence of Souls, but none of them have come fo nigh the Matter, as that admirable gifted Sed.

They tell ye, that God made at once all the Souls of Men : That they are lodg'd like Nits upon a certain Tree, God knows where, and when he has a Mind to make a Man, he calls to one of thefe Souls, and tells it he will have it go into fuch a Body.

After- wards he fends an Angel to take it from the Tree, on which. Thefe were divided into fixty different Companies, according to the Number of the Centuries, that were to compleat the Duration of the vifible World.

Fifty of thefe Compa- nies confiffed of eighteen hundred and ninety fix Millions, nine Thoufand live Hundred and thirty-two Souls. The other ten Compa- nies confifted of far lefs and unequal Num- bers, in Confideration that the firft Centu- ries after the Creation and the Deluge would require lefs than the red.

Now thefe fixty different Companies of Souls, were order- ed to be conduced by the adminiftring Spi- rits, one to the Sun, another to the Moon, others to each of the Planets, the reft to others of the mgft noted Stars.

Each of thefe being now inhabited with the aforefaid Number of Souls, they are fent from thence in due Order, to animate the Bodies of Men, according as they are ripe to receive them , every Century being 66 being fupply'd by its peculiar Star or PJanet.

The lafh Age was fuppHcd from the Planet of my Name ; which has given all the Heads of that Century fuch a happy Turn towards the Im- provement of Arts and Sciences, and of find- ing out of new Inventions.

The prefent Age is fupply'd from the Moon. It is further to be obferv'd, that when the Angel brought thefe Souls ro their refpedive Stars, they became immediately fleepy and drowfy, and feiz'd with an irrefiitible Inclina- tion to Reft, and by a natural Impulfe every one fought for itfelf a commodious Place of Repofe, where they refled without Appear- ance of Senfe, Motion or Life.

A certain tefta- ceous Subftance after a while grew over them, to protedl them in this State of ReR, from the Injury of the Air and other Cafualties.

This Shell is very hard and impenetrable, and of a beautiful Colour like that of Mother of Pearl.

I have feveral of them by me, and have pre- lented fome of them to feveral Members of the Royal Society, who are bellowing their utmoft Study 6; Study and Application, to find out the admi- rable Virtues that He hid therein.

But what is moft of all to our Purpofe to obferve is, that thefe Souls lie dormant in this State of Repofe, 'till fuch a Space of Time be- fore their Birth in the World, as they are to live in it : For Example, thofe who are to live to fourfcore Years on Earth, begin to awake four- fcore Years before their Birth, and a6t the fame 1 nings over amongft themfelves, which they are to do afterwards when they are in their Bodies and live upon Earth.

It is no fmali Pleafure to me to obferve the A6lions of thefe incorporeal Beings, and thereby at one View behold theprefentGeneration of Mankind, and their Pollerity acling at the fam.

It is moreover no fmall Delight to me, to take a Survey of thefe forfaken Orbs, and behold there the Traces of great Actions which now amufe the World.

I Have often thought it a hard Cafe, that an ancient and worthy Family, that's bJefs'd with a plentiful Eftate, and has done much Good in its Generations, and many good Ser- vices to the State, and has long pofTefs'd the Efteem of its Country, ihould lie at the Mer- cy of one extravagant Perfon, to be all de- ftroy'd and laid wafte, either by his Capri- cious Humour, or vicious Life.

This I take to be an Excefs of Liberty and Property of the Subjed, more frequent in Great Britain than elfe where, for extravagant Heirs to wafte their Inheritance, to the Difhonour of their worthy Anceftors, and the Prejudice of their abus'd Pofterity.

The Gentleman to whom the two following Letters are diredued, is fo warmly attack'd from both Sides, that I hope it may open his Eyes to fee the Injuftice of his evil Courfe.

I cannot pcrfuade myfelf but you have Wit enough to fee that Birth,, Wealth and Titles are but empty Trifles.

Tour Repentance I fear will be too late. The following Letter is dircdted to the fame Perfon, and comes from one of his Poflerity in the Lunar Planet.

I have a Being in another Region. When we reflect upon the Plenty. My Fa- ther. But added, that of latter Ages, there appear'd no fuch great, noble, and magnificenc Vv'orks, as fome of thofe in former Times.

But you may afTure them, that this was far from my Defign. I concluded, that to converfe perfonally with one of fo wonderful a Genius, Vv'ho had beftow'd his Time upon fo important a Search, could not but be an ex- traordinary Improvement to me.

I took fome Time beforehand, to colled all the curious Queitions and difficult Points I could think of, which I defired to be fatisfied in, and composed fome Enigma's in Verfe, to make Trial of his penetrating Wit.

Madam, faid I, as to the End of the Jour- ney, it needs no Apology, fmce it has been commended by the divine Perfon you juft now cited.

But as for your having a Son by him, 'tis a Thing very currently believ'd by all Ethiopia. They alio add, that at his Return, you placed him on the Throne, contrary to the ordinary Cuflcm of the Nation, that ufed to be govern'd by a Virgin Queen.

To all this the Queen replied, that feme of the Particulars I mentioned were true, but mofl of them fiditious.

It's true, that great Prince faw fomething in me, which he thought worthy of his AfFedion. The fmall Stock of Wit and Beauty I then was Miftrefs of, and our Humour pretty well agreeing, in the Purfuit of Wifdom and Knowledge, and the Capacity he found in me for fuch Studies, being more than is ufual in our Sex, I believe might be the Occafion of his Liking, which he exprefs'd towards me.

I at firfl: return'd his Civihties with all the Gratitude imaginable, and was free in my Expredions of Efteem for him, as I thought was due to fo extraordinary aPerfon, of fo much Value and Merit, But as foon as he gave ibme remote Tokens of Paflion for me.

At his next Vifit to me after this, he gave me the following Enigma. I perceiv'd fome Diforder in his Looks when he gave it me, and more when he received it again from my Hands.

He took his Leave, and the next Day I received from him the following Letter. I took not fo much Time to deliberate, but immediately return'd him this Anfwer.

I can neither difown nor contra- dict what I have faid, but flill efteem you the moil accompHili'd of Mankind. But I am forry that this Acknowledgement has encou- raged you to make a Propofal to me, I can in no wife approve of.

Mercury, with the Account of his Courtfhip.? I at lafl con- defcended to become his Wife, on Condition it might be kept a Secret, and I be permitted, after fome Months, to return to my Domini- ons.

Soon after my Arrival there, I was brought to bed of a Son, who fucceeded me in my Kingdom. She gave me feveral of them and then de- parted. Tho' the fhort- eft Way to do this, would be without Words, by Silence.

When feeding and dif charging Food, Mankind moft Comfort find in me. When I overtake him on his Way. But gain more Strength, and plumper grow.

As by degrees I from him go : According as he looks at me. Both young and old he makes me he. PRetty'j my Name, by Nature Tm not fo.

More juftly faid the Parent of all Woe. Under the Reign of my fworn Enemy, I was begot, my Birth foon made her die. Tell me this Monfier, Solomon mofi wife, Altho' you read it, you'll ne'er know what 'tis!

From Monday Feb. For Mr. In my Opinion you ' would do a great Courtely and Benefit to ' your poetical Readers, if you would put all ' the PafTages you are acquainted with, in the ' fame Light you have done that of Lara and ' lo.

JVhafcum fpends fome Time alfo, in teaching his Lads fomething of Chriftian Vertue, whilft he is fo folicit- ous in inftruding them in the Vices of the Gods.

Not but that I think it necefTary to teach 94 ; teach them all the Stories which the ancient Poets have told of us, for otherwife they would not be able to underftand the admirable Writings they have left behind them.

However 'tis a Surprize to me, to fee us fpoke of, as if we were ftill Gods, and our ridiculous Adtions mention'd and hinted at by Chriflian Poets, as if they were real Truths.

Has none of them been able to ered a Ma- chinery of their own, without being beholden to Paganifm for it? Were a Man to judge by the Writings of your modern Poets, one would be apt to think, that their Belief as well as the Pradlice of their Lives, were flill Pagan.

But here's fine Work indeed, that Mercury mufl preach Chriflian ity to thofe who call themfelves Chriftians! My 95 My own Charadler I have already given you at large, ellewhere.

As for thofe PafTages which my Corre- fpondent fpeaks of, I fhall firft give you them out of the Poets, left fome of my Readers might have loft them out of their Memories ; and others perhaps never had them there.

Now the Grounds of all this Pother, came indeed from an odd Adventure enough, which happened in this Manner. The Truth was, he went to Leda in a new white Dimothy Frock.

Jupiter you muft know had many Baftards father'd upon him, and indeed more than he was able or wilhng to maintain : And fome- times he came to Trouble on this Account.

He ever fufpedled his Wife, after he had heard that Jupiter had been at his Floufe. He counted her Time for her, who unluckily was brought to bed, juft nine Months after, of two fine Twins.

The poor Fellow was much out of Humour at it, and vex'd at the Charge that was likely to come upon him, told his Wife that he was fure Jupiter was their Father, and fwore he fhould maintain them.

The Truth of the Matter was foon found out : But to make the Jell the better, it was currently faid that the Children came out of the Eggs. And whenever Leda was brought to Bed afterwards, 'twas faid that Leda had laid another Egg.

Helena when grown up prov'd a ce- lebrated Beauty, I need not tell you what Wrangling there was about her. The other PalTages are rather of the longeft to be inferted in this Paper, I ihall refervc them for the next, or at lead Ibme Occafion.

What does llie, but immediately jumps down from the Hea- vens, puts on the Figure of an old golTiping Woman, Semele's Nurfe, and perfuades her to become the Petitioner of her own Deftruc- tion.

He fwears by Styx to grant her Petition, and is ready to hang himfelf when he knew what it was fhe demanded : For the Misfor- tune on't was, as my Author remarks, flie could not unwifh, nor he unfwear.

But the Truth of the Matter in fhort was this. Semele was Daughter to ontCadrr. This honourable.

Pofl could not cure him of the natural Incli- nation he had of coveting his Neighbour's Wife. By the Help of his Purfe, he made fome Vifits to Semele in Difguife, and even the poor Creature herfelf knew not who he was.

But at lad the Intrigue was found our. Juno you may be fare had a hand in this Difcovery, but would not expofe her Hufband.

Semele was caught, but the Gallant efcap'd undetedl- ed. She was brought to her Trial before him, and convided, whom he in his Robes and Furs was oblig'd to fentence to be burn'd ac- cording to the Law of the Country.

She pleaded her big Belly; was repriev'd for a Time. The Lover in Difguife contriv'd to be nigh her at her Lying-in, got hold of the Babe, and convey'd it away in his Trowfers, that were then very much worn in Cf'ele, The Story of Mifwva's Birth is flill more wonderful.

Jupiter you mud know was now and then troubled with the Vapours to a high degree j and one Fit nobody could perfuade him, but that he had a Child growing in his Head, that he fek it jump, and now and then would fqueak and cry.

The Time being come, we put him to Bed, and brought Vulcan to him, who pretended to very great Skill in Midwifry, and told him that he had deliver- ed God knows how many Perfons in his Con- dition, without the lead Difficulty.

He came behind him, takes hold of his Head, gives him a good Knock with his Hammer, which E 3 almoft 2inioil fliinn'cl him.

Thefe true Accounts I have here given, may ferve my Reader as a Mafter-key, to unlock motl of the other wonderful Myiteries, deli- vered down by your poetical Hiilorians.

March I was not much furpriz'd to hear that there's fome fmall Mifunderftanding rifen of late amongfl: your Oincers.

I am very forry to hear of the ill Ufage you have received from the new Governor of your Province.

It's well if you maintain your Pod long under him ; for I always looked upon him as one of the mofl furious, revenge- ful, and proudeft Spirits in all Hell.

You may rely upon me, if at any time you have occa- fion for my Service and AfTiilance, in making him fome Return for his Civility to you.

I fhall give you all the Satisfadlion I can, as to the two Points you defire me to inform you of, viz. What Scourgings, what Chailifements has not that poor Nation un- dergone on our Account!

Nothing can fhake their Refolution of perfevering tairhful in our Service, and true to our Intereils. When you arrive there, be fure you apply yourielf, and often confer with.

Rimncn our chief Agent there, and follow his Inftrudtions, he knows perfedly well the Genius of the People. I firll landed at the Metropolis about Mid- day.

The Weather being fomewhat mifty and daik, and a vafl Cloud of Smoke overfpread- ing the whole City, I feared at hrfb that I had miitakcn my Way,, and was only arriv.

The firfl thing that undeceived me, was, that I often heard them wifliing one another a good Jour- ney to Piell ; damning one another almoft at every Word : Upon this I concluded them not as yet in Hell, but only in the Road to it.

At my firft coming, I was afraid there had been ibmething of Religion praclifed one Day in a Week : After a little Cbfervation, I found out the Meaning on't.

They meet together once a Week, to fhew their beft Cloaths, and to outvie one another in the Ollentation of their gaudy Trappings, and to hear a Drunk- ard or Adulterer ma];e Inveclives again ft Vice and Immorality, which, my dear Friend, is juft the fame as if thou or I iliould fet up for Preachers againft Scandal, and feducing others into Sin.

For you mufl know each contending Client is taken apart, has his Vein opened by fo artificial an Orifice, that the beil and mod fpirituous Part of his Blood is let out : now this precious Liquor is an admirable Cordial to the thirfly Longorcbita.

But the Mif- fortune is, the Clients have their Veins kept purpofely open as long as pofllble, lofe their Subftance, grow extreamly weak ; the one is caft, the other hardly able to fland on his Legs.

This Kingdom abounds with ingenious Au- thors, in almofl every kind of Literature, who beflow their utmoft Labour and Induf- try, in entertaining the Publick with their witty, polite and learned Writings : But the bed on it is, if an Author have not fome- what of the Prophane, the Baudy, or the Slanderous in his Works, the Want of Rea-.

You may farther judge of their Difpofition from the different Treatment Vice and Vir- tue meet with amongfl: them : The former is courted.

If a Caco- topian tell you his Life and Fortune are at your Service, look to yourfelf with Caution, and upon him with Jealoufy j your own Ufe and Fortune is in Danger j he has a Defign upon you, quite contrary to the Meaning of thofe Words.

The other paid very dear, for not rightly underflanding the true Meaning of thefe VVords. I flood by him a while to fee him difpos'd of; He look'd round about with great Amazement, and faid to himfelf.

Where in the Name of God am I? How the Devil came I hither? At laft he was found and feiz'd by a Couple ot Country Fellows, who fold him for a Slave to the great Balliaw, who refides in that City.

In the mean time, I enjoy his Eflatc, which is three thoufand Pounds a Year Ster- ling : You may well imagine what good ufe I make of it.

You may well imagine 'tis no fmall Pu- nifhment to one of our Nature, to confine himfelf to the filly and foolifh Employments of Men, and to feem pleas'd with, and to reiidi thofe trifling Enjoym.

Their un- fpeakable Value for that dear Weed may ap- pear in the two following PafTages. A Cacotopian was once walking on the Side of a Hill, and fell down a Precipice of ten Fathom, a Quarter whereof was enough to break the Neck of the greateft Man on Earth j C Earth ; but the Fellow had the good Luck to efcape with httle Hurt : The hrfl Thing he did before he got upon his Legs, he put his Hand into his Pocket, and takes out a Pipe, an Inch and half long, and well viewing it, he holds it up, and flourifhing it in the Air, expreiTes the Tranfport of Joy he was in, for fo important a Prefervation ; with this joyful Exclamation to his Companions on the Top of the Hill j Safe and found, it is not broken, it is not broken.

He has lately vouchfaf'd to call upon them by feveral Vifits -, but the fudden and untimely Slaughter of fo many Fires,. Perhaps you may wonder how I contrive not to be difcover'd, by not praying to the Deity.

This is the eafieft Matter of a thou- iand : And one who knows Cacotopia will readily account for this Difficulty.

Gene- rally fpeaking the Cacotopians never pray : There are Millions of them that have never been feen on their Knees, unlefs it be once a Week for Fafiiion Sake, for Prayer has the leaft Share in the End of their Meeting.

You muft therefore know, that to feduce others into Sin, is the DeviPs own Prerogative, whereof you mufc allow him to be as jealous as others are of theirs.

No, in the fifth Year of his Reign he was convey'd to Pontus by Bdial himfelf, who indeed over-adled his Part, otherwife he might have continued it longer, before he provok'd the Senate to de- cree his Death.

He rais'd an Army to recover his Right, but was beaten and flain by Galba. Whenever then, you fee one feduce others, 'tis done by one of thefe Incarnado's j or if it be a mere Man that does it, 'tis by Patent or Commiflion from Hell that he does it.

And fuch a one is faid to belong to the Office of Decoy. It often happens that brute Beads fall out, and deftroy one another in the Height of their Rage i but 'tis obferv'd as a general Rule, that they never prey upon their own Kind : Lupus Lupum non devorat.

That which comes nigheft it, among the Fowl, is the decoying of Ducks into the Net, by thofe they call Decoy-Bucks. I have fometimcs been angry at thofe Birds, for being guilty of fo unna- tural a Treachery : But when I confider their Want of Reafon, and that they are capable ot having no farther an Idea, than of leeing them flutter in the Net, and themfelves well fed "8 fed after it, and that it is by human Induftry they are taught the Connexion between thefe two Ideas, my Refentment ceafes.

ShallVe therefore be difgufted at Mankind, for teach- ing them this unnatural Trick, of feducing their own Species?

Neither ought our Wonder to flop here, fince there are too many, who make it their Employment to damn their own Species to everlafting Torments, by their fcandalous Examples, and by purpofely feducing them into Sin : But whoever does this, muft do it only by ConimifTion, as I faid before, and cannot adl, unlefs he have , his Patent drav;n up in Form, fent him from the great Secretary's Office at HelliopoliSy feal'd and fign'd with the Names of forty-four Devils, Commiffioners of the faid Office.

I had lately one of thefe Inftru- ments fent me by Poft to be convey'd to the Party in Great Britain that had obtain'd the Favour. Firfty We grant you full Power to pro- mote Order and appoint drunken Meetings amongft: your Neighbours, efpecially on the Sabbath Day, on Purpofe to make them drunk : I20 drunk : And if any that are met together, iliall refufe his Turn, or deny to fwallow down his jufl Quantity, fo that he be in Danger thereby of keeping his Reafon and Senfes, we grant you full Power to force it upon him, and to quarrel, challenge and fight him, or any fuch Perfon or Perfons fo refufing.

The Wkores CommifTion runs a greater Length. But the largeft of all is that of thofe noted Seducers commonly known by the Name of Bauds.

Yet I think there can be no great Harm in allowing thefe human Regards a fecondary Influence. As for my own Particular, Mercury does freely confefs himfelf very much failing in this, having ever indulg'd himfelf to Excefs in the Defire of the Efteem and Applaufe of Men : All my ufeful Inventions are owing to this.

I was ever anxioufly concern'd to know what the World faid or thought of me, nei- ther could Death cure me of this inordinate Affedion, which being rooted in the Soul, is Jike to remain there for ever.

This Paffion works the more forcibly, when there are many Competitors of the fame Rank. Tho' I abhorr'd the Impiety of having divine Ho- nours paid me by Men, yet fince it was fo, and I could not help it, I was willing to be thought as good a Deity as the reft of my Fellow-Gods, whom the Folly of Men had fet up for fuch.

This often brought me to the Earth again, to fee what Rank I held, in Comparifon with the reft of the Heathen Deities. But this my Pride and Vanity often met with many a mortifying Difappointment.

This indeed was a cruel Counter-bufF to my Vanity ; I loon left the Shop, and came not of a good while upon fuch an Errand again.

I had little better Succefs in an Adventure of this Nature lately. Some Days after the publiihing thefe Papers, I was willing to fee how they fped in the World : I made an in- vifible Vifit to the City of London ; having prefented myfelf in one of the mod frequented Streets, I prelcntly heard a Youth calling to his Neighbour, to afk him if he had heard the News.

Now confidering the Novelty of a Packet from the other World, written by Mercury himfelf ; I expelled to find it in every body's Mouth, and doubted not but the Lad meant my Papers : but upon the other's aflcing him, what News?

Why, laid he, Mrs. What d'call, the Woman with the hard Name, is brought to Bed of a fine Lad, and who do you think' s the Father on't? The World was as filent, as if no iiich Correfpon- dence had been open'd.

I have heard of his Name before now, but can't juftly tell whether he be Whig or Tory. What do you talk of, Man, fays another, do you think he's one that's living now?

No, Why then, faid the other, methinks it is not very fair to condemn a Man unheard : Let's fend for it. After which, and the whole being read, they all concluded, as the Devils had done before them, that it wholly depended on the Author to make good or ill Ufe of the Defign.

For you mull know, I value myfeif for nothing more than the Faculty of keeping my own Counfel. I have turn'd off three Servants fuccefiively, for blabing it out that their Mailer fometimes ufed a Pen and Ink.

And as for the prefent Undertaking, I have not fo much as told my own Left Hand any thing of the Matter : For to tell the Truth, ever fince the fatal Battle of Almanzay it has been privy to few or none of my Adions.

You would not wonder at the Httle Notice that was taken of thefe Papers, at their firll coming out, when you confider the Difadvantages they lay under.

A Book that is fent to the Prefs from an unknown Hand at a Diftance, to makie its own Way into the World without the Help of a Friend to fpeak a good Word for it, is like an expos'd Brat, that's drop'd in a Country that knows not Charity.

Befides, they were publifhed at a Seafon, when Men's Palates were only let for Politicks, State Pamphlets, and Party Skirmifhes j when nothing relifhed but perfonal Refiedions, Slander and Defa- mation : matlon : So that my Cafe was, and is yet, juft the fame with that of an honeft Scotch Pref- byterian Miniller, whole Flock found great fault with him for his Singularity in the Way of Preaching.

All the other Minifters of the Gofpel, fay they, preach upon the Times, why can't you do fo too?

I had an- other Letter from a 'Tory, who defines me yet to pay the fame GompHment to the prefent Minillry. But I defire this Correfpondent likewife to exciife me.

Efq; to an eminent Prelate, that was lately caught up to Heaven, to intercede to him to make an Intereft there, that thefe "Words may be abohfhed out of the fifth Chap- ter of St.

After all, tho' my Fellow Labourers the Pamphleteers may have the Advantage of me at prefent, I don't know but in the End 1 may have my turn to be look'd upon when they are thrown by like a Gazette a Week after the Date, or Hke dale Mackrel, that will neither dry, nor pickle, nor fouce to content the nice Palate of the Curious.

We hear no more of thefe now, they are out of Date. I doubt not, but fome of my Readers have already taken umbrage at fome of thefe Papers, and begin to fufpect that their chief Defign is againfl Vice, and are forry to fee it already fo uncivilly ufed by m.

I am fenfible of the many fruitlefs Attempts of this Kindj to bring thefe pamper'd Fond- lings into Difrepute. And if any one will entertain them after this, let it be at their Peril.

S, Smithy and by J. The fifth is the Moon, folv'd by Diana Sly, E. G, The fixth is War, and folv'd by R. They were all folv'd by J.

B, Apollq, and r. From Monday April 4. Then you muft confider that Mails are fome- times wanting-, at other times Mercury is ab- lent from his Refidence, whither all the Mails are are fent, and then he is obliged to prefent his Readers with the befi that occurs to him, tor their Profit and Entertainment.

For you m. Whereof that I am now going to fpeak of is none of the meancft. This Engine, when dire6led to an Objedt, has the Vertue to difperfe all Mafks and Difguifes, and reprefents theObjed truly as it is in its felf, with all its Virtues and Vices exprefTed in an exterior and intelligible manner about it.

An Explanation of which fliall be delivered in my printed Directions, that fhall be given to thofe who purchafe any of thefe GlaiTes. If you plant this Engine at a Lady's Face, all her Paint and Patches, if fhe has any, immediately fall off.

Their eafy and cheerful Air, mixt with majeftick Gravity, gave a charming Grace to every Motion of their Gate, and infpired this happy Man with a pleafing Alacrity, in following thefe illuflrious Guides : 1S8 Guides : For they led him by each Hand, and added new Beauty to his Perfon, through the Reflexion of theirs.

I took down my Glafs, and could not forbear crying out, Oh 1 thrice happy are they, that walk in thefe Paths, and follow the Steps of thefe blefTed Guides to eternal Blifs.

After this I faw a Company of Perfons "walking in the Fiaxzoh well dreil, and mod of them Perfons of good Mein and Figure, and feem'd to command Refpedt and Awe from all they met.

However innocent fhe might appear in that Particular, yet when I beheld her thro' my Truth-Telefcope, I found her too much leaning that way.

Befides there appear'd about her, a Crowd of little tame Vices, running up and down her Garments, and into her Bofom, and over her Hair, Neck and Face ; thefe fhe fed and cherifli'd, and JookM on them with Complacency, rather than any Diflike or Averfion.

I eafily under- flood what every one of them reprefented. When this Lady had pafled me, I faw two Perfons coming on, whom I knew very well were govern'd by two different Vices, and were indeed in an high Degree Slaves to them.

As foon as I had levell'd my Engine at them, I faw one of them had a flrange fort of Monfter perch'd on his Shoulders, that had fome Refemblance of human Shape, but was run out into a monftrous Degree of Defor- mity.

Its Claw had feiz'd the poor Gentle- man by the Forelock, and held back his Head with his Face parallel to the Horizon, planted a large Tunnel in his Mouth, and was pour- ing I40 ing large Quantities of Liquor into him all the Way he went ; I perceived a great Alte- ration in the poor Sufferer, who loon grew into the Refemblance of the Beafl itfeif that rid him.

His Eyes fparkled, and flared al- mofl ready to ftart out of his Head, a dark, red and purple Hue fettled in his Nofe, and bloated Face, which immediately broke out into innumerable Blotches, mod ioathfome to behold.

Yet his pittilefs Rider had no Mer- cy on him, fpurr'd him on, tunning the Li- quor into him without any Gauge or Pity. Now you muft know that thefe Beafts, by their long Ruling and Maftery over thefe Gentlemen, have the Power of changing them into their own Nature and Shape, in all Parts, fave on- ly the Horns, for thefe are fometimes other- wife difpos'd of.

And to tell the Truth, thefe have it before they come to the Sham- bles. To let you farther into the fecret Hil- tory of thefe unclean Animals, it is to be ob- ferved, that they may be primarily divided into He-Goats, and She-Goats, like other Animals.

There's your Stew - Haunters, your Rainger- Goats, and your Keeper-Goats, The firft Sort are fo call'd, becaufe when fpur'd and hard ridden, they make ftrait to the Stews.

Your Rainger is a Sort of Goat, that will fometimes repair to the Stews -, but moll mod an end will hunt a She- Goat by the Foot all over the Town or Country, and take them in their private Kennels.

Now a s for the She-Goats, they may be likewife diftinguifli'd into three Ranks, an- fwerable to the other three. Secondly, there's the private She- Goat, who conceals her Na- ture from the Vulgar : but is eafily difco- ver'd by the Rainger -Goat.

The third Rank is that of the retain'd Goats that are kept in the private Kennels of the Keeper- Goats. Ad- Advertisement. THE following Letter comes from a miferable Wretch, that's aa Inhabitant of the Canton of Adulterers in Low-England, She was Wife to a Man of excellent Temper, and folid Virtue, who did all he could to make her happy, had not her Vices and ill Humour rcnder'd her incapable of being fo.

She liv'd for fome Time with him as his Tor- menter, rather than his Wife : And after having injur'd him in the tendereft Part of his Honour, fhe left him to follow the Adulterer.

She defired me topublilli this her Letter, that her Country- Wo men, if there be any fuch, who either wholly or in Part follow her Exam- ple, for you muit know fhe was a Perfon of no no fmall Quality might have fome Forefight of the Ufage they mufl expedl in the other WorJd, where Juftice diftributes its Punifh- irients proportionable, not only to the De- gree, but alfo to the Quality of the Crime, as appears in the following Inftance.

But alas! Have fome Compaffion therefore for a mi- ferable Wretch, who only for the trivial Fault of Eloping from her Hufband, and going with another fhe liked better, is ferved ajfter the cruelleft Manner poor Creature ever was.

I am ty'd as a Wife, to a foul great Monfter, , one of theuglieil and cruelleft Devils in all, HelL;. This would have been in a Manner tolerable, and indeed was no more than my own Carriage to my Hufband on Earth : But now his Beha- viour to me is inexpreflibie, and not to be fuf- fer'd if I could help it.

Thofe who knew how apt I was to be troubled with the Head-ach, may eafily imagine what a Torment this was to me : Be- fides all this, if you will believe me, whilft I am writing thefe Lines, I have not one Crum of Guts in my Belly : Eaidfinhaggar has them wrapt about his fore Leg : he chanced to break his Shin a Week ago, and having no- thing ready by him, he ript open my Bellyj and takes out every Inch of my Bowels to keep on his Plaifter.

Vi any one chance to come in, and enquire for his Wife, he'll tell them, fhe is gone a Jittle Way to fetch fome Sticks, to make the Pot boil v little do they think what is in it.

Then after a while, by Virtue of a certain Powder he has, he'll bring mc to myfelf again. Mi- ferable Wretch that I am!

Mad I ever thought it would have come to this, I would never have bought a little mom. But it is my own Faulty I have no body to thank for it but my felf.

Like a Fool as I was, 1 have been often told by many a good Priend, what it would comiC to, but would take no Warning. I had as good-humour'd, vir- tuous and complying a Hufband as any one could wifh for: But I had the Misfortune to take a DiQike to him, and could not myfelf tell any Reafon why, only cut of mere Fancy, and being always govern'd by that, and not by Reafon, 1 could not fo miuch as conquer my- felf, to fhew even common Civility to one, whom my Fancy had already rejected as dif- agreeable.

My indulging my ill Humour to him, was the Beginning of my Ku'in; if I G 2 had had but the leafl: Prudence, Virtue, or good Nature, I might have iiv'd happ r in the Go- vernment of one, who lov'd me, and obey'd me in every thing I could reafonably defire.

But now, miferable Wretch! I have ipenc iowo. Time in making my invifibie Vifits throughout tl'iC whole Kingdom. To make my Readers fenfible how well qualified 1 am for making fuch a Vifitation, I muft acquaint them, that I am v;ell pro- vided with great Variety of mofl: admirable Teiefcopes or my own Invention, that have wonderful Effects.

I needed but look thro' at a Mar- G 3 yfd I50 rfd Ccuple, and 1 had every thing before me 1 defir'd. Vvives elop'd from their Hufbands Kufhands run away from their?

Since there are fo many unfortunate Marriages, 'tis my prefent Defign to hint at fonie of the Failings which I found in my Progrefs to be the chief Caufes of this common Misfortune : Some whereof go before the Concradl, ochers follow it.

Man and IVife are to be but One -, and there- fore great Care mufl be us'd in Pairing them, or they will never anfwer that End.

Unequal Foi tunes, I own, commonly bring with them the Seeds of Difcord, and therefore Equality in this Point ought to be one, but not the only nor principal Motive of a Marriage.

Thofe, who outftand the comn:on Market- Price, rnuft needs return home with Difcon- tent, when they are forced to part with their Goods at under Rates.

In the Market of Fortunes every one aims at an Advantage, and a Difappointment therein muft needs be fol- lowed with future Difcontcnt.

Fahius and Glyarta at lad fell to each others Lot, and neither are con- tent. There are few, who in one Refpe6l or other are not difappointed of their Expedlatioas, by 1.

After a loiig Search, he found indeed fome lew of the Charader he fought for ; but fpent fome Years, and part ot his Eiiate, betore he was fully convinced, that Ladies of Birth, For- tune, Wit, Humour, Beauty, and Virtue, ex- peded the Addrefies of Perfons othervvife quaUfy'd than Celfus.

The moderate Love he had for her, foon wore off. He's grown now into a fettled Habit of Spleen and ill Flumour, and they are advancing very fad into the State of mutual Hatred.

Clarice has confidered theui G 5 ail all in the bed Light, and gave him many en- couraging Hints of future Succefs, in Cafe he fhould make his AddreiTes to her, tho' fupe- rior to him in Birth and Fortune.

What Hap- pinefs did file not propofe to herfelf, from every charming Quality of Parmenio? She reckon'd to have him to herfelf, as hourly by her Side, as her Watch at her Girdle.

Soon after they were marry'd, her firft Uneafmefs vyas her having fo little of his Company. Having got a Sight of her Diary, where for many Years fhe regif- tered the mofc important Steps of her Conduct, I have copy'd out the following Abilradt.

In the Year of oyr Lord , this being flie? In the Year , I aini'd at the fame. In the Year , I dropt the Title. The Streights they are put to, is the Occafion of daily Difcontents, which obhg'd me to put 'Tom and his Wife under the fame Head with thofe who are in the State of mutual Hatred, tho' 'tis only a Twelve-month fmce their Marriage.

Orontes died thrice a Week for feven Years, and recover'd again : Fought five Duels for his Phillis ; beat and was beaten : Thrice tore off his Plaifters, and fuffer'd them to be put on again -, attempted four times to hang, and iwkc to drovv'n himfelf.

I might fcribble till the general Conflagration leaves me no more Paper to write upon, if I fhould pretend to give you the Detail of all the Follies committed in this Kind.

I will only jufl hint at one other Fail- ing ; which is the Inconfideratenefs fom. How fillily will they determine themfelves in fo important a Matter!

They are caught like Birds with Chaff; lofe their Liberty, and get nothing in Hand for it. Their Motives of Choice are grounded on the mereft Trifles in the World, or at bed very fhort-iiv'd Per- fedlions : Whereas their Marriage on one Side or other, being to laft for Life, they ought in Prudence to regard only fuch Qua- lities in their Conforts, that are likely to con- tinue for Life.

Cry [antes obferv'd a certain Lady at the Piay-Houfe, that mightily engaged his Fancy in her Favour, but knew not why.

He went out in Purfuit of her with Intent, if he could, to marry he knew not whom. Two Months after the Wedding a Relation of her Hulband's happening to die, obliged him to change his Drefs for Half a Year : But Iris conceived fuch a Coldnefs towards him in the Time of his Mourning, that fhe was not able to revive her former Love, although the Scarlet Coat was re-aflum'd with new Trim- ming.

I readily own that the Inftitution is holy and divine, and that the greateft Happinefs this World can afford, may be found therein.

It depends on the Parties concern'd, whether theyflhrnake it a Heaven or a Hell upon Earth. The jufl and and all wife Providence of the Supream Being, fometimes leaves the Sinner to become his own Executioner, to be punilh'd by his own Sins.

Why, juft about as many as you'll find at the Foot of the Account, when you have fum'd up the laft Head in the foregoing Table, which confifts of Half a Dozen Cyphers.

Eufebius ever paid Lucretia all the Complaifance of a L. Thefe litde, kind Sort of Variances gave no Interruption to their Hap- pinefs, nor lefTen'd, but rather increased their AfFedion to one another ; even their common Faults and Failings were improved to the Advantage cf Love, by giving each other OppoE- i6i Opportunity of an eafy Pardon, and by mur tualiy pardoning they mutually obliged.

Eu- febius was a Lover of Country 8port? To compieat their Happinefs, Heaven blelTed them with a trac- table, obedient, and hopeful Offspring.

Will, any fay that they cannot, if they pleafe, carry themfelves to one another, in the fame manner as this ha'ppy Fair. A lliort Leflbn, if but well got, will increafe the Number of Happy Fairs, reilore good Harmony in Fami- lies, and Man and Wtfe will not be diftin- guifli'd by Characters quite oppofite to the End of their State.

This would prove a forry Token now-a-days, and expofe one that would go upon it to manifold Blunders. If you fee a Lady whofe Beauty and Car- riage attradls the Eyes, and engages the Re- fpedl of all the Company, except a certain Gentleman, who fpeaks to her in a rough Accent, not at all affedled with her Charms, you may be fure 'tis her Hufband, who mar- ry'd her for Love, and now flights her.

If you fee a Gentleman that's courteous, obliging, and good-natur'd to every body, except a certain Female that lives under the fame Roof with him, to whom he is unrea- fonably crofs and ill-natur'd ; 'tis his Wife.

Man and Wife. I have feen Great Britain but twice fince, until that remarkable Day laft Week,- what wholly covered them with Darknefs, a.

At the very Time of thofe gloomy Minutes, t obfery'd a total Indifference. The Supreme Governor of the World often noti- fies his Di'p. What Won- ders have not thefe ufeful Machines difcover- ed in the Sun and Moon?

I feared in earneft there might be fome Defign in it, when I underftood it was fhotup by that daring and facrilegious Hand, that had long fince raifed Batteries againfb the mod adorable Trinity, attacked the Divinity of the Son of God, and attempted to drive him out of Heaven.

The whole Bible has already been ranfack'd, by fuch as thefe, for new Turns and Inventions, whereby they may perfuade their Followers, that the World has hithetto been in the Wrong, and themfelves only in the Right.

This impious Ambition has been of fo long Standing, that all the Common Places of Invention are wholly exhaufted ; -fo that Men of this Turn of Impiety and Va- nity, that are now living, having little or no- thing left to pradlife upon, content them- felves in vamping up old Herefies, and if they can add fomething.

In all my Progrefs thro' the infernal King- doms, I ever obferv'd that they had the warm- ell Places there, that had the Ambition of coming thither at the Head of a Troop.

If Mr. Yet this is the Cafe with him, while he perfifts in his impious Tenets : For fure a Man of his great Ability will never take up with the mean Flea of invincible Ignorance ; neither do I think this Plea can pofTibly excufe either the firfl Broacher of a new Herefy, or the firft Botcher that trims up an old one ; elpecially in a Cafe that engages a Man to force and ftrain fo many plain Texts of Scripture, and gainfay the greateft Authority that can be had upon Earth.

I have carried this Digreflion farther than I defign'd, and muft now return to what at firfl: I was about to fay.

However, I defign for fome time to continue that innocent kind of Amufement, and therefore make this fhort Preface to them ; which is done, I think, exadly to the prefent way of Writing on fuch Occa- fions.

The Queen of S. I defire ycu to take them for a Plate of Filberds, to make up aDefart for your Diverfion at the End of a Meal, rather than for any neceflary Nur- ture you may expedl from them.

When made the Seat of wanton Love, Grows fer til in its proper Kind. I Have in ally alas! For the Mo? From Monday May 2.

The celcflia] Spirits, as I have told you before, vouchfafe now and then to honour me with a Vifit. They were not only made for the faid Ufes, but alfo for our Inilrudlion.

They evidently prove to us the Exiftence of a Supreme Being. Whoever has obferv'd the Nature and Works of irra- tional Creatures, and denies a God, is cither a Fool, or only an Hypocrite in Atheifm of this at large in following Papers;.

What Con- cern do thofe dirty Animals fhew for a Bro- ther in Diftrefs! Bating only fome hafty Sal- lies of PaiTion at the Trough, they fcldom fail out, or engage in a formal Battle : Then at their Hours of Repofe, how lovingly do they pig together!

I who have hid the Credit of inventing Wind-Mufick, do here own that I firft learn'd it of the Birds. The Starlin taught me Triple-Time, wdiich he beats with both Wings while he's performing.

The Bittern has found out an ad- mirable Bafe amongft the Reeds for Wind- Mufick ; but he has not yet thought fit to communicate it to Mankind.

It may well be reckon'd among the vulgar Errors, to call thefe 'Diwih Creatures. As for Birds, they are rather remarkable for Loqua- city -, and there's hardly any Species of Crea- tures, that has not a Language of their own.

Your Singing- Birds cxprels their Minds to one another in Mufick, and therefore were the firil Inventors of the Opera.

This elaborate Work, which I call my great Policlott, is now in the Prefs, the firft Volume is pretty nigh finifh'd. To give my Reader a fmall Talle of my Performance, and Ibme Infight into the Mat- ter, I hall give you here in two or three Words, a fhort Abilra6l of what I have writ upon the Turkeys Language, by which you may frame fome Judgment of the reft.

In my Preface I obferve, that, whereas the Male and Female of the fame Species fometimes fpeak different Languages ; the Turkeys both Male and Female ufe the fame, and only differ in the Ufe of the Moods, and fometimes in the Accent and Manner of Articulation.

When you hear the Female fpeak it, you'd take it for a fmooth Language -, yet in my Prefatory Introdu6lion to my great Policlott,, I reckon this amongft the guttural Languages : For in the Male it is abfolutely fuch.

Their Alphabet confifts of thefe twelve Letters : A, c, e, h, i, k, p, r, t, u, w. Dipthongs, au, eu, ou. Part II. This drew fever al curi- cus Perfons to my Printing- Houfe, the following Saturday Night, to be Eye JVitneJfes of the fur- prifing Operation they expeSfedtofind at the Prefs, I advis'd them of the Danger they might be in, by provoking one voh-g had Addrefs enough to make them pay dear for their Curiojfity.

They heark- ened not to my Advice, and not being able to with- Jland their Importunity, I was forced to leave them in the Room. The Reader is defir'd to look upon this as the true Reafon why this Packet comes fo late.

From Monday Jan. MyownCafe, I prefume, may be allowed to be fomewhat particular in this. The Name of Mercury is known to all ; but his Life and A6lions, with thofe of his Fellow Gods, come down to you, dreft up in fuch Difguife and falfe Colours, laid on by your idle Poets, that I needs muft tell you, that you are altogether in the Dark about us.

I am a perfedt Stranger to myfelf, when I read fome PafTages they tell of me. Yet, after fome Refledion, there were Grounds for fome of them, juft enough to fave their Authors the Credit of merely building in the Air.

With this Provifo, I fhall here prefent you with the Account which Au- thors give oi Mercury y taking the Liberty here and there, as Occafion ferves, to intermingle my own marginal Notes, with Defign after- wards to give you the true Hiftory.

His Face was partly dark and partly clear, becaufehe con- vers'd fometimes with the celeftial Gods, fome- times with the infernal ones.

Some Grounds there were for this. He attended on dying Perfons, unloofed their Souls from the Chains of their Bodies, and convey'd them to Hell.

He fwept the Room where the Gods fup'd, and made their Beds. Up- on which Jiipiler gave Orders to all the Wa- ter 51 ter Nymphs of that River to forbid her enter- ing into their Streams.

Jupiter en- rag'd at this, immediately ilruck her dumb, fome fay he cut out her Tongue, and gave Orders to Mercury to carry her lorthwith to the Stygian Lake in Hell.

Thus the Poets. Jupiter cries to me to hold her, and muzzle her, but all too late, the Game was fiuili'd and fled away.

Being in a Kage at thisDifappointment, and vex'd at the innocent Bitch, order'd me to hang her up forth- with ; I carried her out of his Sight, and pre- tended to have obey 'd his Orders.

But knowing her to be an excellent Spaniel, I was willing to have fome of her Breed before I executed the Law upon her.

I procur'd a very good Dog for her, and had a Litter of Whelps that anfwer'd my Expe6lation. They proved ex- cellent Houfe Dogs, and every body coveted to have fome of the Breed.

The Story of lo is rather too long for the End of this Paper ; but fince I am faid to have aded a confiderable Part in it, I mufl not omit it.

Jtino at lad, fufpe 5ling fomething more than ordinary, follow'd her good Man, as he went to vifit his Cattle. Having enter'd, he was turning back to fecure the Door, when he fees his dear Spoufe at his Heels, which put him in fome Conflernation.

After a little Seai-ch, flie foon found o'. Is this your Cow,. Whereat flie took her to the Light, and with a fcornful Eye, ran over her Shape and Features.

Upon theOccafion of this Charge he was entrufled with, he bored a matter of an Hundred little peeping Holes on all Sides of his Porch, that he might have timely View of all that approach'd his Cottage, and lb take Care to fecure his Trufb.

Upon my Approach, lo was fecur'd under a double Lock. Having enquired the Way, and after the exchange of fome civil Words with the old Guardian, I beo-'d Leave to fit with him in his Porch to reft me.

I was mightily pleafed with every thing he faid, and could not forbear giving him aTafte of my Liquor : I was lb generous of 55 ic, that it was not long before it feiz'd his Head, and I took care foon to talk him into aprotound Sleep.

I took the Key out of his Pocket, and delivered the impriion'd Damfel, and remov'd her to a more convenient Lodging.

I have no Reaibn to value mylclf on the Part I acted in this Paflage. Cafuiitry in thole Days was little thought of ; I little confider'd theEviltherevvas in concurring to another Man's Sin.

His Rapes Incefts, Adulteries, or to comprehend all in your modern Phrafe, his Amours, are fo well known, that it is to no Purpofe for me out ot Duty to conceal them.

But the Honey- Moon was quick- ly over. I remember I have feen an old fpang- ied Sky-colour'd Petticoat of hers, that had a large Stain on the fore-part of it, from Top to Bottom ; which Mifchief I was charged with, in kidling upon it, cither with Milk, or fome fuch thing : I can never look at the ViaLa5lea in the Heavens, but it puts me in Mind, how 1 was whip'd for making it.

Iplay'd very well on a mufical Inftrument invented by myfelf. I could play feveral Tunes upon the Tongs. I perform'd feveral jugiing Tr.

Thefe and fuch like, were the Accomplifli- ments of my Youth j but afterwards 1 grew more ferious, and apply'd myfelf to more im- portant Employments.

I betook myfelf to Study and Speculation, and became the Au- thor of many great Improvements in feveral Arts and Sciences. I contributed much to the civilizing Mankind, and being beneficial to one another by the Exchange of Goods ; and was the firfb that put them in a regular Me- thod of Traffick and Commerce, and of the Patron of Merchants and Shop-keepers : The Poets have made me the Godofmeves.

The learned 59 learned World are alfo beholden to me for the Invention of Letters, and from hence fome have thought I have obtain'd the Title of Gcd of Thieves, from the Number of Plagiaries a- mongft Amhors.

Heconduc'd much to thepolifliing of Mankind, and bringing them into civil Society and the Government of Laws. Bating only that failing of his Amours, he was Mafter of excellent Qualities, and above all, was a very kind Brother to Neptune and Pluto.

My Uncle Neptune was forc'd to get his Living by breaking Horfes. Pluto turn'd Miner, and thriv'd pretty well, but was forc'd to work hard for it : But when Jupiter got into Poireflion of his Eftate, he fettled fix fcore Pound a Year upon his Brother Neptune, and a hundred a Year upon Pluto.

My Grand- Mother Ops had a great Hand in procuring this for them. Neptune had a very pretty Scat, with feveral large 6o large Fifh-Ponds belonging to it, well ftock'd with Fifh ', and he very much improv'd his Income thereby.

I never went to fee him but always found him with a Baficet at his Back- fide and a Three-fork'd Spear on his Shoulder, wherewith he would very dexteroufly ftrike the Fifh as he went along the Edge of the Water.

My Uncle Plulo was an honeft, blunt fort of a Fellow : His Eilate lay towards the Weft of Crele ; in which he had the good Luck to find a very good Coal- Work ; and being a very careful and induftrious Man, he would often go down himfelf into his Pits, and fome- times even work at them himfelf; and then coming out with his black Face amongft his Colliers, the Boys would hoot at him, and call him the Kmg of Hell.

He afterwards kt up. He fet up his Coach and Four, ftole a For- tune, and liv'd very handfomcly. The Saying he fpeaks of, is the Beginning of a Verfe of Epimenedes, who lived about fifteen hundred Years after my Time.

By thefe and the following Words, Epimenedes had no more Wit, than to write a Satire upon his own Countrymen. But I would ailc this Corre- fpondent of mine, could I fee him, by what Logick he feems to conclude, that becaufe fu ch a Nation is given to fuch a Vice, there- fore every Individual of that Nation mufl fiiand guilty of it.

All the wonderful Accounts you fhall read therein, fhall be all over Truth, either true Hiftory or true Fable.

And it fhall be the Reader's own Fault, if he be deceived in believing what I fay. After this Declaration, I fhall now with an eafy Confcience, proceed to give an Account of my prefent State.

I tell it not here as a Piece of News, that the Heathen Gods were miortal Men : And indeed fome of them of fuch ill Morals, that if they were not to be efbeem'd Men, it was becaufe they had forfeited their Hum.

Having been made the Inilruments of Idolatry, and for that Reafon highly ferviceable to the Well- fare of Hell i Lucifer at their firfl coming, complimented them with the Honour of com- mencing Devils, and the Enjoyment of all the Privileges belonging to that honourable Rank.

As for my own Part, I have had the good For- tune to efcape that Honour. I have play'd, I conkfs, too many waggifh Tricks in my Youth ; the greateft of my FaiHngs were committed out of Complaifance to my Father Jupiter, in concurring fometimes to his Sins.

But after- wards I grew more ferious : And for the fake of fo many good Services, and the ufe- ful and important Inventions I was Author of, which have done fo much Benefit to Mankind, I have the Privilege of keeping my Refidence between Heaven and Hell.

I have free Ingrefs and Egrefs there, without receiving any Hurt. I fometimes fpend mjy Time in the Company of Men, fometimes in- vifible, fometimes in a vifible Form.

The prefent Place of my Refidence, which. I call my proper Home, I cannot acquaint you with, without communicating to you a wonderful Secret, as yet never difcover'd, in full, to any Mortal, which neverthelefs I am permitted here to difclofe, and which I am now going to do without the leaft Referve.

Many of the Philofophers have given fome wild Conjedures and Hints of the Pre-exift- ence of Souls, but none of them have come fo nigh the Matter, as that admirable gifted Sed.

They tell ye, that God made at once all the Souls of Men : That they are lodg'd like Nits upon a certain Tree, God knows where, and when he has a Mind to make a Man, he calls to one of thefe Souls, and tells it he will have it go into fuch a Body.

After- wards he fends an Angel to take it from the Tree, on which. Thefe were divided into fixty different Companies, according to the Number of the Centuries, that were to compleat the Duration of the vifible World.

Fifty of thefe Compa- nies confiffed of eighteen hundred and ninety fix Millions, nine Thoufand live Hundred and thirty-two Souls.

The other ten Compa- nies confifted of far lefs and unequal Num- bers, in Confideration that the firft Centu- ries after the Creation and the Deluge would require lefs than the red.

Now thefe fixty different Companies of Souls, were order- ed to be conduced by the adminiftring Spi- rits, one to the Sun, another to the Moon, others to each of the Planets, the reft to others of the mgft noted Stars.

Each of thefe being now inhabited with the aforefaid Number of Souls, they are fent from thence in due Order, to animate the Bodies of Men, according as they are ripe to receive them , every Century being 66 being fupply'd by its peculiar Star or PJanet.

The lafh Age was fuppHcd from the Planet of my Name ; which has given all the Heads of that Century fuch a happy Turn towards the Im- provement of Arts and Sciences, and of find- ing out of new Inventions.

The prefent Age is fupply'd from the Moon. It is further to be obferv'd, that when the Angel brought thefe Souls ro their refpedive Stars, they became immediately fleepy and drowfy, and feiz'd with an irrefiitible Inclina- tion to Reft, and by a natural Impulfe every one fought for itfelf a commodious Place of Repofe, where they refled without Appear- ance of Senfe, Motion or Life.

A certain tefta- ceous Subftance after a while grew over them, to protedl them in this State of ReR, from the Injury of the Air and other Cafualties.

This Shell is very hard and impenetrable, and of a beautiful Colour like that of Mother of Pearl. I have feveral of them by me, and have pre- lented fome of them to feveral Members of the Royal Society, who are bellowing their utmoft Study 6; Study and Application, to find out the admi- rable Virtues that He hid therein.

But what is moft of all to our Purpofe to obferve is, that thefe Souls lie dormant in this State of Repofe, 'till fuch a Space of Time be- fore their Birth in the World, as they are to live in it : For Example, thofe who are to live to fourfcore Years on Earth, begin to awake four- fcore Years before their Birth, and a6t the fame 1 nings over amongft themfelves, which they are to do afterwards when they are in their Bodies and live upon Earth.

It is no fmali Pleafure to me to obferve the A6lions of thefe incorporeal Beings, and thereby at one View behold theprefentGeneration of Mankind, and their Pollerity acling at the fam.

It is moreover no fmall Delight to me, to take a Survey of thefe forfaken Orbs, and behold there the Traces of great Actions which now amufe the World.

I Have often thought it a hard Cafe, that an ancient and worthy Family, that's bJefs'd with a plentiful Eftate, and has done much Good in its Generations, and many good Ser- vices to the State, and has long pofTefs'd the Efteem of its Country, ihould lie at the Mer- cy of one extravagant Perfon, to be all de- ftroy'd and laid wafte, either by his Capri- cious Humour, or vicious Life.

This I take to be an Excefs of Liberty and Property of the Subjed, more frequent in Great Britain than elfe where, for extravagant Heirs to wafte their Inheritance, to the Difhonour of their worthy Anceftors, and the Prejudice of their abus'd Pofterity.

The Gentleman to whom the two following Letters are diredued, is fo warmly attack'd from both Sides, that I hope it may open his Eyes to fee the Injuftice of his evil Courfe.

I cannot pcrfuade myfelf but you have Wit enough to fee that Birth,, Wealth and Titles are but empty Trifles. Tour Repentance I fear will be too late.

The following Letter is dircdted to the fame Perfon, and comes from one of his Poflerity in the Lunar Planet.

I have a Being in another Region. When we reflect upon the Plenty. My Fa- ther. But added, that of latter Ages, there appear'd no fuch great, noble, and magnificenc Vv'orks, as fome of thofe in former Times.

But you may afTure them, that this was far from my Defign. I concluded, that to converfe perfonally with one of fo wonderful a Genius, Vv'ho had beftow'd his Time upon fo important a Search, could not but be an ex- traordinary Improvement to me.

I took fome Time beforehand, to colled all the curious Queitions and difficult Points I could think of, which I defired to be fatisfied in, and composed fome Enigma's in Verfe, to make Trial of his penetrating Wit.

Madam, faid I, as to the End of the Jour- ney, it needs no Apology, fmce it has been commended by the divine Perfon you juft now cited. But as for your having a Son by him, 'tis a Thing very currently believ'd by all Ethiopia.

They alio add, that at his Return, you placed him on the Throne, contrary to the ordinary Cuflcm of the Nation, that ufed to be govern'd by a Virgin Queen.

To all this the Queen replied, that feme of the Particulars I mentioned were true, but mofl of them fiditious. It's true, that great Prince faw fomething in me, which he thought worthy of his AfFedion.

The fmall Stock of Wit and Beauty I then was Miftrefs of, and our Humour pretty well agreeing, in the Purfuit of Wifdom and Knowledge, and the Capacity he found in me for fuch Studies, being more than is ufual in our Sex, I believe might be the Occafion of his Liking, which he exprefs'd towards me.

I at firfl: return'd his Civihties with all the Gratitude imaginable, and was free in my Expredions of Efteem for him, as I thought was due to fo extraordinary aPerfon, of fo much Value and Merit, But as foon as he gave ibme remote Tokens of Paflion for me.

At his next Vifit to me after this, he gave me the following Enigma. I perceiv'd fome Diforder in his Looks when he gave it me, and more when he received it again from my Hands.

He took his Leave, and the next Day I received from him the following Letter. I took not fo much Time to deliberate, but immediately return'd him this Anfwer.

I can neither difown nor contra- dict what I have faid, but flill efteem you the moil accompHili'd of Mankind.

But I am forry that this Acknowledgement has encou- raged you to make a Propofal to me, I can in no wife approve of. Mercury, with the Account of his Courtfhip.?

I at lafl con- defcended to become his Wife, on Condition it might be kept a Secret, and I be permitted, after fome Months, to return to my Domini- ons.

Soon after my Arrival there, I was brought to bed of a Son, who fucceeded me in my Kingdom. She gave me feveral of them and then de- parted.

Tho' the fhort- eft Way to do this, would be without Words, by Silence. When feeding and dif charging Food, Mankind moft Comfort find in me. When I overtake him on his Way.

But gain more Strength, and plumper grow. As by degrees I from him go : According as he looks at me. Both young and old he makes me he.

PRetty'j my Name, by Nature Tm not fo. More juftly faid the Parent of all Woe. Under the Reign of my fworn Enemy, I was begot, my Birth foon made her die.

Tell me this Monfier, Solomon mofi wife, Altho' you read it, you'll ne'er know what 'tis! From Monday Feb. For Mr. In my Opinion you ' would do a great Courtely and Benefit to ' your poetical Readers, if you would put all ' the PafTages you are acquainted with, in the ' fame Light you have done that of Lara and ' lo.

JVhafcum fpends fome Time alfo, in teaching his Lads fomething of Chriftian Vertue, whilft he is fo folicit- ous in inftruding them in the Vices of the Gods.

Not but that I think it necefTary to teach 94 ; teach them all the Stories which the ancient Poets have told of us, for otherwife they would not be able to underftand the admirable Writings they have left behind them.

However 'tis a Surprize to me, to fee us fpoke of, as if we were ftill Gods, and our ridiculous Adtions mention'd and hinted at by Chriflian Poets, as if they were real Truths.

Has none of them been able to ered a Ma- chinery of their own, without being beholden to Paganifm for it? Were a Man to judge by the Writings of your modern Poets, one would be apt to think, that their Belief as well as the Pradlice of their Lives, were flill Pagan.

But here's fine Work indeed, that Mercury mufl preach Chriflian ity to thofe who call themfelves Chriftians!

My 95 My own Charadler I have already given you at large, ellewhere. As for thofe PafTages which my Corre- fpondent fpeaks of, I fhall firft give you them out of the Poets, left fome of my Readers might have loft them out of their Memories ; and others perhaps never had them there.

Now the Grounds of all this Pother, came indeed from an odd Adventure enough, which happened in this Manner. The Truth was, he went to Leda in a new white Dimothy Frock.

Jupiter you muft know had many Baftards father'd upon him, and indeed more than he was able or wilhng to maintain : And fome- times he came to Trouble on this Account.

He ever fufpedled his Wife, after he had heard that Jupiter had been at his Floufe. He counted her Time for her, who unluckily was brought to bed, juft nine Months after, of two fine Twins.

The poor Fellow was much out of Humour at it, and vex'd at the Charge that was likely to come upon him, told his Wife that he was fure Jupiter was their Father, and fwore he fhould maintain them.

The Truth of the Matter was foon found out : But to make the Jell the better, it was currently faid that the Children came out of the Eggs.

And whenever Leda was brought to Bed afterwards, 'twas faid that Leda had laid another Egg. Helena when grown up prov'd a ce- lebrated Beauty, I need not tell you what Wrangling there was about her.

The other PalTages are rather of the longeft to be inferted in this Paper, I ihall refervc them for the next, or at lead Ibme Occafion.

What does llie, but immediately jumps down from the Hea- vens, puts on the Figure of an old golTiping Woman, Semele's Nurfe, and perfuades her to become the Petitioner of her own Deftruc- tion.

He fwears by Styx to grant her Petition, and is ready to hang himfelf when he knew what it was fhe demanded : For the Misfor- tune on't was, as my Author remarks, flie could not unwifh, nor he unfwear.

But the Truth of the Matter in fhort was this. Semele was Daughter to ontCadrr. This honourable. Pofl could not cure him of the natural Incli- nation he had of coveting his Neighbour's Wife.

By the Help of his Purfe, he made fome Vifits to Semele in Difguife, and even the poor Creature herfelf knew not who he was.

But at lad the Intrigue was found our. Juno you may be fare had a hand in this Difcovery, but would not expofe her Hufband.

Semele was caught, but the Gallant efcap'd undetedl- ed. She was brought to her Trial before him, and convided, whom he in his Robes and Furs was oblig'd to fentence to be burn'd ac- cording to the Law of the Country.

She pleaded her big Belly; was repriev'd for a Time. The Lover in Difguife contriv'd to be nigh her at her Lying-in, got hold of the Babe, and convey'd it away in his Trowfers, that were then very much worn in Cf'ele, The Story of Mifwva's Birth is flill more wonderful.

Jupiter you mud know was now and then troubled with the Vapours to a high degree j and one Fit nobody could perfuade him, but that he had a Child growing in his Head, that he fek it jump, and now and then would fqueak and cry.

The Time being come, we put him to Bed, and brought Vulcan to him, who pretended to very great Skill in Midwifry, and told him that he had deliver- ed God knows how many Perfons in his Con- dition, without the lead Difficulty.

He came behind him, takes hold of his Head, gives him a good Knock with his Hammer, which E 3 almoft 2inioil fliinn'cl him.

Thefe true Accounts I have here given, may ferve my Reader as a Mafter-key, to unlock motl of the other wonderful Myiteries, deli- vered down by your poetical Hiilorians.

March I was not much furpriz'd to hear that there's fome fmall Mifunderftanding rifen of late amongfl: your Oincers.

I am very forry to hear of the ill Ufage you have received from the new Governor of your Province. It's well if you maintain your Pod long under him ; for I always looked upon him as one of the mofl furious, revenge- ful, and proudeft Spirits in all Hell.

You may rely upon me, if at any time you have occa- fion for my Service and AfTiilance, in making him fome Return for his Civility to you.

I fhall give you all the Satisfadlion I can, as to the two Points you defire me to inform you of, viz. What Scourgings, what Chailifements has not that poor Nation un- dergone on our Account!

Nothing can fhake their Refolution of perfevering tairhful in our Service, and true to our Intereils.

When you arrive there, be fure you apply yourielf, and often confer with. Rimncn our chief Agent there, and follow his Inftrudtions, he knows perfedly well the Genius of the People.

I firll landed at the Metropolis about Mid- day. The Weather being fomewhat mifty and daik, and a vafl Cloud of Smoke overfpread- ing the whole City, I feared at hrfb that I had miitakcn my Way,, and was only arriv.

The firfl thing that undeceived me, was, that I often heard them wifliing one another a good Jour- ney to Piell ; damning one another almoft at every Word : Upon this I concluded them not as yet in Hell, but only in the Road to it.

At my firft coming, I was afraid there had been ibmething of Religion praclifed one Day in a Week : After a little Cbfervation, I found out the Meaning on't.

They meet together once a Week, to fhew their beft Cloaths, and to outvie one another in the Ollentation of their gaudy Trappings, and to hear a Drunk- ard or Adulterer ma];e Inveclives again ft Vice and Immorality, which, my dear Friend, is juft the fame as if thou or I iliould fet up for Preachers againft Scandal, and feducing others into Sin.

For you mufl know each contending Client is taken apart, has his Vein opened by fo artificial an Orifice, that the beil and mod fpirituous Part of his Blood is let out : now this precious Liquor is an admirable Cordial to the thirfly Longorcbita.

But the Mif- fortune is, the Clients have their Veins kept purpofely open as long as pofllble, lofe their Subftance, grow extreamly weak ; the one is caft, the other hardly able to fland on his Legs.

This Kingdom abounds with ingenious Au- thors, in almofl every kind of Literature, who beflow their utmoft Labour and Induf- try, in entertaining the Publick with their witty, polite and learned Writings : But the bed on it is, if an Author have not fome- what of the Prophane, the Baudy, or the Slanderous in his Works, the Want of Rea-.

You may farther judge of their Difpofition from the different Treatment Vice and Vir- tue meet with amongfl: them : The former is courted.

If a Caco- topian tell you his Life and Fortune are at your Service, look to yourfelf with Caution, and upon him with Jealoufy j your own Ufe and Fortune is in Danger j he has a Defign upon you, quite contrary to the Meaning of thofe Words.

The other paid very dear, for not rightly underflanding the true Meaning of thefe VVords. I flood by him a while to fee him difpos'd of; He look'd round about with great Amazement, and faid to himfelf.

Where in the Name of God am I? How the Devil came I hither? At laft he was found and feiz'd by a Couple ot Country Fellows, who fold him for a Slave to the great Balliaw, who refides in that City.

In the mean time, I enjoy his Eflatc, which is three thoufand Pounds a Year Ster- ling : You may well imagine what good ufe I make of it.

You may well imagine 'tis no fmall Pu- nifhment to one of our Nature, to confine himfelf to the filly and foolifh Employments of Men, and to feem pleas'd with, and to reiidi thofe trifling Enjoym.

Their un- fpeakable Value for that dear Weed may ap- pear in the two following PafTages. A Cacotopian was once walking on the Side of a Hill, and fell down a Precipice of ten Fathom, a Quarter whereof was enough to break the Neck of the greateft Man on Earth j C Earth ; but the Fellow had the good Luck to efcape with httle Hurt : The hrfl Thing he did before he got upon his Legs, he put his Hand into his Pocket, and takes out a Pipe, an Inch and half long, and well viewing it, he holds it up, and flourifhing it in the Air, expreiTes the Tranfport of Joy he was in, for fo important a Prefervation ; with this joyful Exclamation to his Companions on the Top of the Hill j Safe and found, it is not broken, it is not broken.

He has lately vouchfaf'd to call upon them by feveral Vifits -, but the fudden and untimely Slaughter of fo many Fires,. Perhaps you may wonder how I contrive not to be difcover'd, by not praying to the Deity.

This is the eafieft Matter of a thou- iand : And one who knows Cacotopia will readily account for this Difficulty. Gene- rally fpeaking the Cacotopians never pray : There are Millions of them that have never been feen on their Knees, unlefs it be once a Week for Fafiiion Sake, for Prayer has the leaft Share in the End of their Meeting.

You muft therefore know, that to feduce others into Sin, is the DeviPs own Prerogative, whereof you mufc allow him to be as jealous as others are of theirs.

No, in the fifth Year of his Reign he was convey'd to Pontus by Bdial himfelf, who indeed over-adled his Part, otherwife he might have continued it longer, before he provok'd the Senate to de- cree his Death.

He rais'd an Army to recover his Right, but was beaten and flain by Galba. Whenever then, you fee one feduce others, 'tis done by one of thefe Incarnado's j or if it be a mere Man that does it, 'tis by Patent or Commiflion from Hell that he does it.

And fuch a one is faid to belong to the Office of Decoy. It often happens that brute Beads fall out, and deftroy one another in the Height of their Rage i but 'tis obferv'd as a general Rule, that they never prey upon their own Kind : Lupus Lupum non devorat.

That which comes nigheft it, among the Fowl, is the decoying of Ducks into the Net, by thofe they call Decoy-Bucks.

I have fometimcs been angry at thofe Birds, for being guilty of fo unna- tural a Treachery : But when I confider their Want of Reafon, and that they are capable ot having no farther an Idea, than of leeing them flutter in the Net, and themfelves well fed "8 fed after it, and that it is by human Induftry they are taught the Connexion between thefe two Ideas, my Refentment ceafes.

ShallVe therefore be difgufted at Mankind, for teach- ing them this unnatural Trick, of feducing their own Species? Neither ought our Wonder to flop here, fince there are too many, who make it their Employment to damn their own Species to everlafting Torments, by their fcandalous Examples, and by purpofely feducing them into Sin : But whoever does this, muft do it only by ConimifTion, as I faid before, and cannot adl, unlefs he have , his Patent drav;n up in Form, fent him from the great Secretary's Office at HelliopoliSy feal'd and fign'd with the Names of forty-four Devils, Commiffioners of the faid Office.

I had lately one of thefe Inftru- ments fent me by Poft to be convey'd to the Party in Great Britain that had obtain'd the Favour. Firfty We grant you full Power to pro- mote Order and appoint drunken Meetings amongft: your Neighbours, efpecially on the Sabbath Day, on Purpofe to make them drunk : I20 drunk : And if any that are met together, iliall refufe his Turn, or deny to fwallow down his jufl Quantity, fo that he be in Danger thereby of keeping his Reafon and Senfes, we grant you full Power to force it upon him, and to quarrel, challenge and fight him, or any fuch Perfon or Perfons fo refufing.

The Wkores CommifTion runs a greater Length. But the largeft of all is that of thofe noted Seducers commonly known by the Name of Bauds.

Yet I think there can be no great Harm in allowing thefe human Regards a fecondary Influence. As for my own Particular, Mercury does freely confefs himfelf very much failing in this, having ever indulg'd himfelf to Excefs in the Defire of the Efteem and Applaufe of Men : All my ufeful Inventions are owing to this.

I was ever anxioufly concern'd to know what the World faid or thought of me, nei- ther could Death cure me of this inordinate Affedion, which being rooted in the Soul, is Jike to remain there for ever.

This Paffion works the more forcibly, when there are many Competitors of the fame Rank. Tho' I abhorr'd the Impiety of having divine Ho- nours paid me by Men, yet fince it was fo, and I could not help it, I was willing to be thought as good a Deity as the reft of my Fellow-Gods, whom the Folly of Men had fet up for fuch.

This often brought me to the Earth again, to fee what Rank I held, in Comparifon with the reft of the Heathen Deities.

But this my Pride and Vanity often met with many a mortifying Difappointment. This indeed was a cruel Counter-bufF to my Vanity ; I loon left the Shop, and came not of a good while upon fuch an Errand again.

I had little better Succefs in an Adventure of this Nature lately. Some Days after the publiihing thefe Papers, I was willing to fee how they fped in the World : I made an in- vifible Vifit to the City of London ; having prefented myfelf in one of the mod frequented Streets, I prelcntly heard a Youth calling to his Neighbour, to afk him if he had heard the News.

Now confidering the Novelty of a Packet from the other World, written by Mercury himfelf ; I expelled to find it in every body's Mouth, and doubted not but the Lad meant my Papers : but upon the other's aflcing him, what News?

Why, laid he, Mrs. What d'call, the Woman with the hard Name, is brought to Bed of a fine Lad, and who do you think' s the Father on't?

The World was as filent, as if no iiich Correfpon- dence had been open'd. I have heard of his Name before now, but can't juftly tell whether he be Whig or Tory.

What do you talk of, Man, fays another, do you think he's one that's living now? No, Why then, faid the other, methinks it is not very fair to condemn a Man unheard : Let's fend for it.

After which, and the whole being read, they all concluded, as the Devils had done before them, that it wholly depended on the Author to make good or ill Ufe of the Defign.

For you mull know, I value myfeif for nothing more than the Faculty of keeping my own Counfel. I have turn'd off three Servants fuccefiively, for blabing it out that their Mailer fometimes ufed a Pen and Ink.

And as for the prefent Undertaking, I have not fo much as told my own Left Hand any thing of the Matter : For to tell the Truth, ever fince the fatal Battle of Almanzay it has been privy to few or none of my Adions.

You would not wonder at the Httle Notice that was taken of thefe Papers, at their firll coming out, when you confider the Difadvantages they lay under.

A Book that is fent to the Prefs from an unknown Hand at a Diftance, to makie its own Way into the World without the Help of a Friend to fpeak a good Word for it, is like an expos'd Brat, that's drop'd in a Country that knows not Charity.

Befides, they were publifhed at a Seafon, when Men's Palates were only let for Politicks, State Pamphlets, and Party Skirmifhes j when nothing relifhed but perfonal Refiedions, Slander and Defa- mation : matlon : So that my Cafe was, and is yet, juft the fame with that of an honeft Scotch Pref- byterian Miniller, whole Flock found great fault with him for his Singularity in the Way of Preaching.

All the other Minifters of the Gofpel, fay they, preach upon the Times, why can't you do fo too? I had an- other Letter from a 'Tory, who defines me yet to pay the fame GompHment to the prefent Minillry.

But I defire this Correfpondent likewife to exciife me. Efq; to an eminent Prelate, that was lately caught up to Heaven, to intercede to him to make an Intereft there, that thefe "Words may be abohfhed out of the fifth Chap- ter of St.

After all, tho' my Fellow Labourers the Pamphleteers may have the Advantage of me at prefent, I don't know but in the End 1 may have my turn to be look'd upon when they are thrown by like a Gazette a Week after the Date, or Hke dale Mackrel, that will neither dry, nor pickle, nor fouce to content the nice Palate of the Curious.

We hear no more of thefe now, they are out of Date. I doubt not, but fome of my Readers have already taken umbrage at fome of thefe Papers, and begin to fufpect that their chief Defign is againfl Vice, and are forry to fee it already fo uncivilly ufed by m.

I am fenfible of the many fruitlefs Attempts of this Kindj to bring thefe pamper'd Fond- lings into Difrepute. And if any one will entertain them after this, let it be at their Peril.

S, Smithy and by J. The fifth is the Moon, folv'd by Diana Sly, E. G, The fixth is War, and folv'd by R. They were all folv'd by J.

B, Apollq, and r. From Monday April 4. Then you muft confider that Mails are fome- times wanting-, at other times Mercury is ab- lent from his Refidence, whither all the Mails are are fent, and then he is obliged to prefent his Readers with the befi that occurs to him, tor their Profit and Entertainment.

For you m. Whereof that I am now going to fpeak of is none of the meancft. This Engine, when dire6led to an Objedt, has the Vertue to difperfe all Mafks and Difguifes, and reprefents theObjed truly as it is in its felf, with all its Virtues and Vices exprefTed in an exterior and intelligible manner about it.

An Explanation of which fliall be delivered in my printed Directions, that fhall be given to thofe who purchafe any of thefe GlaiTes.

If you plant this Engine at a Lady's Face, all her Paint and Patches, if fhe has any, immediately fall off. Their eafy and cheerful Air, mixt with majeftick Gravity, gave a charming Grace to every Motion of their Gate, and infpired this happy Man with a pleafing Alacrity, in following thefe illuflrious Guides : 1S8 Guides : For they led him by each Hand, and added new Beauty to his Perfon, through the Reflexion of theirs.

I took down my Glafs, and could not forbear crying out, Oh 1 thrice happy are they, that walk in thefe Paths, and follow the Steps of thefe blefTed Guides to eternal Blifs.

After this I faw a Company of Perfons "walking in the Fiaxzoh well dreil, and mod of them Perfons of good Mein and Figure, and feem'd to command Refpedt and Awe from all they met.

However innocent fhe might appear in that Particular, yet when I beheld her thro' my Truth-Telefcope, I found her too much leaning that way.

Befides there appear'd about her, a Crowd of little tame Vices, running up and down her Garments, and into her Bofom, and over her Hair, Neck and Face ; thefe fhe fed and cherifli'd, and JookM on them with Complacency, rather than any Diflike or Averfion.

I eafily under- flood what every one of them reprefented. When this Lady had pafled me, I faw two Perfons coming on, whom I knew very well were govern'd by two different Vices, and were indeed in an high Degree Slaves to them.

As foon as I had levell'd my Engine at them, I faw one of them had a flrange fort of Monfter perch'd on his Shoulders, that had fome Refemblance of human Shape, but was run out into a monftrous Degree of Defor- mity.

Its Claw had feiz'd the poor Gentle- man by the Forelock, and held back his Head with his Face parallel to the Horizon, planted a large Tunnel in his Mouth, and was pour- ing I40 ing large Quantities of Liquor into him all the Way he went ; I perceived a great Alte- ration in the poor Sufferer, who loon grew into the Refemblance of the Beafl itfeif that rid him.

His Eyes fparkled, and flared al- mofl ready to ftart out of his Head, a dark, red and purple Hue fettled in his Nofe, and bloated Face, which immediately broke out into innumerable Blotches, mod ioathfome to behold.

Yet his pittilefs Rider had no Mer- cy on him, fpurr'd him on, tunning the Li- quor into him without any Gauge or Pity.

Now you muft know that thefe Beafts, by their long Ruling and Maftery over thefe Gentlemen, have the Power of changing them into their own Nature and Shape, in all Parts, fave on- ly the Horns, for thefe are fometimes other- wife difpos'd of.

And to tell the Truth, thefe have it before they come to the Sham- bles. To let you farther into the fecret Hil- tory of thefe unclean Animals, it is to be ob- ferved, that they may be primarily divided into He-Goats, and She-Goats, like other Animals.

There's your Stew - Haunters, your Rainger- Goats, and your Keeper-Goats, The firft Sort are fo call'd, becaufe when fpur'd and hard ridden, they make ftrait to the Stews.

Your Rainger is a Sort of Goat, that will fometimes repair to the Stews -, but moll mod an end will hunt a She- Goat by the Foot all over the Town or Country, and take them in their private Kennels.

Now a s for the She-Goats, they may be likewife diftinguifli'd into three Ranks, an- fwerable to the other three. Secondly, there's the private She- Goat, who conceals her Na- ture from the Vulgar : but is eafily difco- ver'd by the Rainger -Goat.

The third Rank is that of the retain'd Goats that are kept in the private Kennels of the Keeper- Goats.

Ad- Advertisement. THE following Letter comes from a miferable Wretch, that's aa Inhabitant of the Canton of Adulterers in Low-England, She was Wife to a Man of excellent Temper, and folid Virtue, who did all he could to make her happy, had not her Vices and ill Humour rcnder'd her incapable of being fo.

She liv'd for fome Time with him as his Tor- menter, rather than his Wife : And after having injur'd him in the tendereft Part of his Honour, fhe left him to follow the Adulterer.

She defired me topublilli this her Letter, that her Country- Wo men, if there be any fuch, who either wholly or in Part follow her Exam- ple, for you muit know fhe was a Perfon of no no fmall Quality might have fome Forefight of the Ufage they mufl expedl in the other WorJd, where Juftice diftributes its Punifh- irients proportionable, not only to the De- gree, but alfo to the Quality of the Crime, as appears in the following Inftance.

But alas! Have fome Compaffion therefore for a mi- ferable Wretch, who only for the trivial Fault of Eloping from her Hufband, and going with another fhe liked better, is ferved ajfter the cruelleft Manner poor Creature ever was.

I am ty'd as a Wife, to a foul great Monfter, , one of theuglieil and cruelleft Devils in all, HelL;. This would have been in a Manner tolerable, and indeed was no more than my own Carriage to my Hufband on Earth : But now his Beha- viour to me is inexpreflibie, and not to be fuf- fer'd if I could help it.

Thofe who knew how apt I was to be troubled with the Head-ach, may eafily imagine what a Torment this was to me : Be- fides all this, if you will believe me, whilft I am writing thefe Lines, I have not one Crum of Guts in my Belly : Eaidfinhaggar has them wrapt about his fore Leg : he chanced to break his Shin a Week ago, and having no- thing ready by him, he ript open my Bellyj and takes out every Inch of my Bowels to keep on his Plaifter.

Vi any one chance to come in, and enquire for his Wife, he'll tell them, fhe is gone a Jittle Way to fetch fome Sticks, to make the Pot boil v little do they think what is in it.

Then after a while, by Virtue of a certain Powder he has, he'll bring mc to myfelf again. Mi- ferable Wretch that I am! Mad I ever thought it would have come to this, I would never have bought a little mom.

But it is my own Faulty I have no body to thank for it but my felf. Like a Fool as I was, 1 have been often told by many a good Priend, what it would comiC to, but would take no Warning.

I had as good-humour'd, vir- tuous and complying a Hufband as any one could wifh for: But I had the Misfortune to take a DiQike to him, and could not myfelf tell any Reafon why, only cut of mere Fancy, and being always govern'd by that, and not by Reafon, 1 could not fo miuch as conquer my- felf, to fhew even common Civility to one, whom my Fancy had already rejected as dif- agreeable.

My indulging my ill Humour to him, was the Beginning of my Ku'in; if I G 2 had had but the leafl: Prudence, Virtue, or good Nature, I might have iiv'd happ r in the Go- vernment of one, who lov'd me, and obey'd me in every thing I could reafonably defire.

But now, miferable Wretch! I have ipenc iowo. Time in making my invifibie Vifits throughout tl'iC whole Kingdom. To make my Readers fenfible how well qualified 1 am for making fuch a Vifitation, I muft acquaint them, that I am v;ell pro- vided with great Variety of mofl: admirable Teiefcopes or my own Invention, that have wonderful Effects.

I needed but look thro' at a Mar- G 3 yfd I50 rfd Ccuple, and 1 had every thing before me 1 defir'd. Vvives elop'd from their Hufbands Kufhands run away from their?

Since there are fo many unfortunate Marriages, 'tis my prefent Defign to hint at fonie of the Failings which I found in my Progrefs to be the chief Caufes of this common Misfortune : Some whereof go before the Concradl, ochers follow it.

Man and IVife are to be but One -, and there- fore great Care mufl be us'd in Pairing them, or they will never anfwer that End.

Unequal Foi tunes, I own, commonly bring with them the Seeds of Difcord, and therefore Equality in this Point ought to be one, but not the only nor principal Motive of a Marriage.

Thofe, who outftand the comn:on Market- Price, rnuft needs return home with Difcon- tent, when they are forced to part with their Goods at under Rates.

In the Market of Fortunes every one aims at an Advantage, and a Difappointment therein muft needs be fol- lowed with future Difcontcnt.

Fahius and Glyarta at lad fell to each others Lot, and neither are con- tent. There are few, who in one Refpe6l or other are not difappointed of their Expedlatioas, by 1.

After a loiig Search, he found indeed fome lew of the Charader he fought for ; but fpent fome Years, and part ot his Eiiate, betore he was fully convinced, that Ladies of Birth, For- tune, Wit, Humour, Beauty, and Virtue, ex- peded the Addrefies of Perfons othervvife quaUfy'd than Celfus.

The moderate Love he had for her, foon wore off. He's grown now into a fettled Habit of Spleen and ill Flumour, and they are advancing very fad into the State of mutual Hatred.

Clarice has confidered theui G 5 ail all in the bed Light, and gave him many en- couraging Hints of future Succefs, in Cafe he fhould make his AddreiTes to her, tho' fupe- rior to him in Birth and Fortune.

What Hap- pinefs did file not propofe to herfelf, from every charming Quality of Parmenio? She reckon'd to have him to herfelf, as hourly by her Side, as her Watch at her Girdle.

Soon after they were marry'd, her firft Uneafmefs vyas her having fo little of his Company. Having got a Sight of her Diary, where for many Years fhe regif- tered the mofc important Steps of her Conduct, I have copy'd out the following Abilradt.

In the Year of oyr Lord , this being flie? In the Year , I aini'd at the fame. In the Year , I dropt the Title. The Streights they are put to, is the Occafion of daily Difcontents, which obhg'd me to put 'Tom and his Wife under the fame Head with thofe who are in the State of mutual Hatred, tho' 'tis only a Twelve-month fmce their Marriage.

Orontes died thrice a Week for feven Years, and recover'd again : Fought five Duels for his Phillis ; beat and was beaten : Thrice tore off his Plaifters, and fuffer'd them to be put on again -, attempted four times to hang, and iwkc to drovv'n himfelf.

I might fcribble till the general Conflagration leaves me no more Paper to write upon, if I fhould pretend to give you the Detail of all the Follies committed in this Kind.

I will only jufl hint at one other Fail- ing ; which is the Inconfideratenefs fom. How fillily will they determine themfelves in fo important a Matter!

They are caught like Birds with Chaff; lofe their Liberty, and get nothing in Hand for it. Their Motives of Choice are grounded on the mereft Trifles in the World, or at bed very fhort-iiv'd Per- fedlions : Whereas their Marriage on one Side or other, being to laft for Life, they ought in Prudence to regard only fuch Qua- lities in their Conforts, that are likely to con- tinue for Life.

Cry [antes obferv'd a certain Lady at the Piay-Houfe, that mightily engaged his Fancy in her Favour, but knew not why.

He went out in Purfuit of her with Intent, if he could, to marry he knew not whom. Two Months after the Wedding a Relation of her Hulband's happening to die, obliged him to change his Drefs for Half a Year : But Iris conceived fuch a Coldnefs towards him in the Time of his Mourning, that fhe was not able to revive her former Love, although the Scarlet Coat was re-aflum'd with new Trim- ming.

I readily own that the Inftitution is holy and divine, and that the greateft Happinefs this World can afford, may be found therein. It depends on the Parties concern'd, whether theyflhrnake it a Heaven or a Hell upon Earth.

The jufl and and all wife Providence of the Supream Being, fometimes leaves the Sinner to become his own Executioner, to be punilh'd by his own Sins.

Why, juft about as many as you'll find at the Foot of the Account, when you have fum'd up the laft Head in the foregoing Table, which confifts of Half a Dozen Cyphers.

Eufebius ever paid Lucretia all the Complaifance of a L. Thefe litde, kind Sort of Variances gave no Interruption to their Hap- pinefs, nor lefTen'd, but rather increased their AfFedion to one another ; even their common Faults and Failings were improved to the Advantage cf Love, by giving each other OppoE- i6i Opportunity of an eafy Pardon, and by mur tualiy pardoning they mutually obliged.

Eu- febius was a Lover of Country 8port? To compieat their Happinefs, Heaven blelTed them with a trac- table, obedient, and hopeful Offspring. Will, any fay that they cannot, if they pleafe, carry themfelves to one another, in the fame manner as this ha'ppy Fair.

A lliort Leflbn, if but well got, will increafe the Number of Happy Fairs, reilore good Harmony in Fami- lies, and Man and Wtfe will not be diftin- guifli'd by Characters quite oppofite to the End of their State.

This would prove a forry Token now-a-days, and expofe one that would go upon it to manifold Blunders. If you fee a Lady whofe Beauty and Car- riage attradls the Eyes, and engages the Re- fpedl of all the Company, except a certain Gentleman, who fpeaks to her in a rough Accent, not at all affedled with her Charms, you may be fure 'tis her Hufband, who mar- ry'd her for Love, and now flights her.

If you fee a Gentleman that's courteous, obliging, and good-natur'd to every body, except a certain Female that lives under the fame Roof with him, to whom he is unrea- fonably crofs and ill-natur'd ; 'tis his Wife.

Man and Wife. I have feen Great Britain but twice fince, until that remarkable Day laft Week,- what wholly covered them with Darknefs, a.

At the very Time of thofe gloomy Minutes, t obfery'd a total Indifference. The Supreme Governor of the World often noti- fies his Di'p. What Won- ders have not thefe ufeful Machines difcover- ed in the Sun and Moon?

I feared in earneft there might be fome Defign in it, when I underftood it was fhotup by that daring and facrilegious Hand, that had long fince raifed Batteries againfb the mod adorable Trinity, attacked the Divinity of the Son of God, and attempted to drive him out of Heaven.

The whole Bible has already been ranfack'd, by fuch as thefe, for new Turns and Inventions, whereby they may perfuade their Followers, that the World has hithetto been in the Wrong, and themfelves only in the Right.

This impious Ambition has been of fo long Standing, that all the Common Places of Invention are wholly exhaufted ; -fo that Men of this Turn of Impiety and Va- nity, that are now living, having little or no- thing left to pradlife upon, content them- felves in vamping up old Herefies, and if they can add fomething.

In all my Progrefs thro' the infernal King- doms, I ever obferv'd that they had the warm- ell Places there, that had the Ambition of coming thither at the Head of a Troop.

If Mr. Yet this is the Cafe with him, while he perfifts in his impious Tenets : For fure a Man of his great Ability will never take up with the mean Flea of invincible Ignorance ; neither do I think this Plea can pofTibly excufe either the firfl Broacher of a new Herefy, or the firft Botcher that trims up an old one ; elpecially in a Cafe that engages a Man to force and ftrain fo many plain Texts of Scripture, and gainfay the greateft Authority that can be had upon Earth.

I have carried this Digreflion farther than I defign'd, and muft now return to what at firfl: I was about to fay. However, I defign for fome time to continue that innocent kind of Amufement, and therefore make this fhort Preface to them ; which is done, I think, exadly to the prefent way of Writing on fuch Occa- fions.

The Queen of S. I defire ycu to take them for a Plate of Filberds, to make up aDefart for your Diverfion at the End of a Meal, rather than for any neceflary Nur- ture you may expedl from them.

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With this Provifo, I fhall here prefent you with the Account which Au- thors give oi Mercury y taking the Liberty here and there, as Occafion ferves, to intermingle my own marginal Notes, with Defign after- wards to give you the true Hiftory.

His Face was partly dark and partly clear, becaufehe con- vers'd fometimes with the celeftial Gods, fome- times with the infernal ones.

Some Grounds there were for this. He attended on dying Perfons, unloofed their Souls from the Chains of their Bodies, and convey'd them to Hell. He fwept the Room where the Gods fup'd, and made their Beds.

Up- on which Jiipiler gave Orders to all the Wa- ter 51 ter Nymphs of that River to forbid her enter- ing into their Streams.

Jupiter en- rag'd at this, immediately ilruck her dumb, fome fay he cut out her Tongue, and gave Orders to Mercury to carry her lorthwith to the Stygian Lake in Hell.

Thus the Poets. Jupiter cries to me to hold her, and muzzle her, but all too late, the Game was fiuili'd and fled away. Being in a Kage at thisDifappointment, and vex'd at the innocent Bitch, order'd me to hang her up forth- with ; I carried her out of his Sight, and pre- tended to have obey 'd his Orders.

But knowing her to be an excellent Spaniel, I was willing to have fome of her Breed before I executed the Law upon her.

I procur'd a very good Dog for her, and had a Litter of Whelps that anfwer'd my Expe6lation. They proved ex- cellent Houfe Dogs, and every body coveted to have fome of the Breed.

The Story of lo is rather too long for the End of this Paper ; but fince I am faid to have aded a confiderable Part in it, I mufl not omit it.

Jtino at lad, fufpe 5ling fomething more than ordinary, follow'd her good Man, as he went to vifit his Cattle. Having enter'd, he was turning back to fecure the Door, when he fees his dear Spoufe at his Heels, which put him in fome Conflernation.

After a little Seai-ch, flie foon found o'. Is this your Cow,. Whereat flie took her to the Light, and with a fcornful Eye, ran over her Shape and Features.

Upon theOccafion of this Charge he was entrufled with, he bored a matter of an Hundred little peeping Holes on all Sides of his Porch, that he might have timely View of all that approach'd his Cottage, and lb take Care to fecure his Trufb.

Upon my Approach, lo was fecur'd under a double Lock. Having enquired the Way, and after the exchange of fome civil Words with the old Guardian, I beo-'d Leave to fit with him in his Porch to reft me.

I was mightily pleafed with every thing he faid, and could not forbear giving him aTafte of my Liquor : I was lb generous of 55 ic, that it was not long before it feiz'd his Head, and I took care foon to talk him into aprotound Sleep.

I took the Key out of his Pocket, and delivered the impriion'd Damfel, and remov'd her to a more convenient Lodging. I have no Reaibn to value mylclf on the Part I acted in this Paflage.

Cafuiitry in thole Days was little thought of ; I little confider'd theEviltherevvas in concurring to another Man's Sin.

His Rapes Incefts, Adulteries, or to comprehend all in your modern Phrafe, his Amours, are fo well known, that it is to no Purpofe for me out ot Duty to conceal them.

But the Honey- Moon was quick- ly over. I remember I have feen an old fpang- ied Sky-colour'd Petticoat of hers, that had a large Stain on the fore-part of it, from Top to Bottom ; which Mifchief I was charged with, in kidling upon it, cither with Milk, or fome fuch thing : I can never look at the ViaLa5lea in the Heavens, but it puts me in Mind, how 1 was whip'd for making it.

Iplay'd very well on a mufical Inftrument invented by myfelf. I could play feveral Tunes upon the Tongs. I perform'd feveral jugiing Tr.

Thefe and fuch like, were the Accomplifli- ments of my Youth j but afterwards 1 grew more ferious, and apply'd myfelf to more im- portant Employments.

I betook myfelf to Study and Speculation, and became the Au- thor of many great Improvements in feveral Arts and Sciences.

I contributed much to the civilizing Mankind, and being beneficial to one another by the Exchange of Goods ; and was the firfb that put them in a regular Me- thod of Traffick and Commerce, and of the Patron of Merchants and Shop-keepers : The Poets have made me the Godofmeves.

The learned 59 learned World are alfo beholden to me for the Invention of Letters, and from hence fome have thought I have obtain'd the Title of Gcd of Thieves, from the Number of Plagiaries a- mongft Amhors.

Heconduc'd much to thepolifliing of Mankind, and bringing them into civil Society and the Government of Laws. Bating only that failing of his Amours, he was Mafter of excellent Qualities, and above all, was a very kind Brother to Neptune and Pluto.

My Uncle Neptune was forc'd to get his Living by breaking Horfes. Pluto turn'd Miner, and thriv'd pretty well, but was forc'd to work hard for it : But when Jupiter got into Poireflion of his Eftate, he fettled fix fcore Pound a Year upon his Brother Neptune, and a hundred a Year upon Pluto.

My Grand- Mother Ops had a great Hand in procuring this for them. Neptune had a very pretty Scat, with feveral large 6o large Fifh-Ponds belonging to it, well ftock'd with Fifh ', and he very much improv'd his Income thereby.

I never went to fee him but always found him with a Baficet at his Back- fide and a Three-fork'd Spear on his Shoulder, wherewith he would very dexteroufly ftrike the Fifh as he went along the Edge of the Water.

My Uncle Plulo was an honeft, blunt fort of a Fellow : His Eilate lay towards the Weft of Crele ; in which he had the good Luck to find a very good Coal- Work ; and being a very careful and induftrious Man, he would often go down himfelf into his Pits, and fome- times even work at them himfelf; and then coming out with his black Face amongft his Colliers, the Boys would hoot at him, and call him the Kmg of Hell.

He afterwards kt up. He fet up his Coach and Four, ftole a For- tune, and liv'd very handfomcly. The Saying he fpeaks of, is the Beginning of a Verfe of Epimenedes, who lived about fifteen hundred Years after my Time.

By thefe and the following Words, Epimenedes had no more Wit, than to write a Satire upon his own Countrymen. But I would ailc this Corre- fpondent of mine, could I fee him, by what Logick he feems to conclude, that becaufe fu ch a Nation is given to fuch a Vice, there- fore every Individual of that Nation mufl fiiand guilty of it.

All the wonderful Accounts you fhall read therein, fhall be all over Truth, either true Hiftory or true Fable.

And it fhall be the Reader's own Fault, if he be deceived in believing what I fay. After this Declaration, I fhall now with an eafy Confcience, proceed to give an Account of my prefent State.

I tell it not here as a Piece of News, that the Heathen Gods were miortal Men : And indeed fome of them of fuch ill Morals, that if they were not to be efbeem'd Men, it was becaufe they had forfeited their Hum.

Having been made the Inilruments of Idolatry, and for that Reafon highly ferviceable to the Well- fare of Hell i Lucifer at their firfl coming, complimented them with the Honour of com- mencing Devils, and the Enjoyment of all the Privileges belonging to that honourable Rank.

As for my own Part, I have had the good For- tune to efcape that Honour. I have play'd, I conkfs, too many waggifh Tricks in my Youth ; the greateft of my FaiHngs were committed out of Complaifance to my Father Jupiter, in concurring fometimes to his Sins.

But after- wards I grew more ferious : And for the fake of fo many good Services, and the ufe- ful and important Inventions I was Author of, which have done fo much Benefit to Mankind, I have the Privilege of keeping my Refidence between Heaven and Hell.

I have free Ingrefs and Egrefs there, without receiving any Hurt. I fometimes fpend mjy Time in the Company of Men, fometimes in- vifible, fometimes in a vifible Form.

The prefent Place of my Refidence, which. I call my proper Home, I cannot acquaint you with, without communicating to you a wonderful Secret, as yet never difcover'd, in full, to any Mortal, which neverthelefs I am permitted here to difclofe, and which I am now going to do without the leaft Referve.

Many of the Philofophers have given fome wild Conjedures and Hints of the Pre-exift- ence of Souls, but none of them have come fo nigh the Matter, as that admirable gifted Sed.

They tell ye, that God made at once all the Souls of Men : That they are lodg'd like Nits upon a certain Tree, God knows where, and when he has a Mind to make a Man, he calls to one of thefe Souls, and tells it he will have it go into fuch a Body.

After- wards he fends an Angel to take it from the Tree, on which. Thefe were divided into fixty different Companies, according to the Number of the Centuries, that were to compleat the Duration of the vifible World.

Fifty of thefe Compa- nies confiffed of eighteen hundred and ninety fix Millions, nine Thoufand live Hundred and thirty-two Souls. The other ten Compa- nies confifted of far lefs and unequal Num- bers, in Confideration that the firft Centu- ries after the Creation and the Deluge would require lefs than the red.

Now thefe fixty different Companies of Souls, were order- ed to be conduced by the adminiftring Spi- rits, one to the Sun, another to the Moon, others to each of the Planets, the reft to others of the mgft noted Stars.

Each of thefe being now inhabited with the aforefaid Number of Souls, they are fent from thence in due Order, to animate the Bodies of Men, according as they are ripe to receive them , every Century being 66 being fupply'd by its peculiar Star or PJanet.

The lafh Age was fuppHcd from the Planet of my Name ; which has given all the Heads of that Century fuch a happy Turn towards the Im- provement of Arts and Sciences, and of find- ing out of new Inventions.

The prefent Age is fupply'd from the Moon. It is further to be obferv'd, that when the Angel brought thefe Souls ro their refpedive Stars, they became immediately fleepy and drowfy, and feiz'd with an irrefiitible Inclina- tion to Reft, and by a natural Impulfe every one fought for itfelf a commodious Place of Repofe, where they refled without Appear- ance of Senfe, Motion or Life.

A certain tefta- ceous Subftance after a while grew over them, to protedl them in this State of ReR, from the Injury of the Air and other Cafualties.

This Shell is very hard and impenetrable, and of a beautiful Colour like that of Mother of Pearl. I have feveral of them by me, and have pre- lented fome of them to feveral Members of the Royal Society, who are bellowing their utmoft Study 6; Study and Application, to find out the admi- rable Virtues that He hid therein.

But what is moft of all to our Purpofe to obferve is, that thefe Souls lie dormant in this State of Repofe, 'till fuch a Space of Time be- fore their Birth in the World, as they are to live in it : For Example, thofe who are to live to fourfcore Years on Earth, begin to awake four- fcore Years before their Birth, and a6t the fame 1 nings over amongft themfelves, which they are to do afterwards when they are in their Bodies and live upon Earth.

It is no fmali Pleafure to me to obferve the A6lions of thefe incorporeal Beings, and thereby at one View behold theprefentGeneration of Mankind, and their Pollerity acling at the fam.

It is moreover no fmall Delight to me, to take a Survey of thefe forfaken Orbs, and behold there the Traces of great Actions which now amufe the World.

I Have often thought it a hard Cafe, that an ancient and worthy Family, that's bJefs'd with a plentiful Eftate, and has done much Good in its Generations, and many good Ser- vices to the State, and has long pofTefs'd the Efteem of its Country, ihould lie at the Mer- cy of one extravagant Perfon, to be all de- ftroy'd and laid wafte, either by his Capri- cious Humour, or vicious Life.

This I take to be an Excefs of Liberty and Property of the Subjed, more frequent in Great Britain than elfe where, for extravagant Heirs to wafte their Inheritance, to the Difhonour of their worthy Anceftors, and the Prejudice of their abus'd Pofterity.

The Gentleman to whom the two following Letters are diredued, is fo warmly attack'd from both Sides, that I hope it may open his Eyes to fee the Injuftice of his evil Courfe.

I cannot pcrfuade myfelf but you have Wit enough to fee that Birth,, Wealth and Titles are but empty Trifles. Tour Repentance I fear will be too late.

The following Letter is dircdted to the fame Perfon, and comes from one of his Poflerity in the Lunar Planet. I have a Being in another Region.

When we reflect upon the Plenty. My Fa- ther. But added, that of latter Ages, there appear'd no fuch great, noble, and magnificenc Vv'orks, as fome of thofe in former Times.

But you may afTure them, that this was far from my Defign. I concluded, that to converfe perfonally with one of fo wonderful a Genius, Vv'ho had beftow'd his Time upon fo important a Search, could not but be an ex- traordinary Improvement to me.

I took fome Time beforehand, to colled all the curious Queitions and difficult Points I could think of, which I defired to be fatisfied in, and composed fome Enigma's in Verfe, to make Trial of his penetrating Wit.

Madam, faid I, as to the End of the Jour- ney, it needs no Apology, fmce it has been commended by the divine Perfon you juft now cited.

But as for your having a Son by him, 'tis a Thing very currently believ'd by all Ethiopia. They alio add, that at his Return, you placed him on the Throne, contrary to the ordinary Cuflcm of the Nation, that ufed to be govern'd by a Virgin Queen.

To all this the Queen replied, that feme of the Particulars I mentioned were true, but mofl of them fiditious.

It's true, that great Prince faw fomething in me, which he thought worthy of his AfFedion. The fmall Stock of Wit and Beauty I then was Miftrefs of, and our Humour pretty well agreeing, in the Purfuit of Wifdom and Knowledge, and the Capacity he found in me for fuch Studies, being more than is ufual in our Sex, I believe might be the Occafion of his Liking, which he exprefs'd towards me.

I at firfl: return'd his Civihties with all the Gratitude imaginable, and was free in my Expredions of Efteem for him, as I thought was due to fo extraordinary aPerfon, of fo much Value and Merit, But as foon as he gave ibme remote Tokens of Paflion for me.

At his next Vifit to me after this, he gave me the following Enigma. I perceiv'd fome Diforder in his Looks when he gave it me, and more when he received it again from my Hands.

He took his Leave, and the next Day I received from him the following Letter. I took not fo much Time to deliberate, but immediately return'd him this Anfwer.

I can neither difown nor contra- dict what I have faid, but flill efteem you the moil accompHili'd of Mankind. But I am forry that this Acknowledgement has encou- raged you to make a Propofal to me, I can in no wife approve of.

Mercury, with the Account of his Courtfhip.? I at lafl con- defcended to become his Wife, on Condition it might be kept a Secret, and I be permitted, after fome Months, to return to my Domini- ons.

Soon after my Arrival there, I was brought to bed of a Son, who fucceeded me in my Kingdom. She gave me feveral of them and then de- parted.

Tho' the fhort- eft Way to do this, would be without Words, by Silence. When feeding and dif charging Food, Mankind moft Comfort find in me. When I overtake him on his Way.

But gain more Strength, and plumper grow. As by degrees I from him go : According as he looks at me. Both young and old he makes me he. PRetty'j my Name, by Nature Tm not fo.

More juftly faid the Parent of all Woe. Under the Reign of my fworn Enemy, I was begot, my Birth foon made her die.

Tell me this Monfier, Solomon mofi wife, Altho' you read it, you'll ne'er know what 'tis! From Monday Feb. For Mr. In my Opinion you ' would do a great Courtely and Benefit to ' your poetical Readers, if you would put all ' the PafTages you are acquainted with, in the ' fame Light you have done that of Lara and ' lo.

JVhafcum fpends fome Time alfo, in teaching his Lads fomething of Chriftian Vertue, whilft he is fo folicit- ous in inftruding them in the Vices of the Gods.

Not but that I think it necefTary to teach 94 ; teach them all the Stories which the ancient Poets have told of us, for otherwife they would not be able to underftand the admirable Writings they have left behind them.

However 'tis a Surprize to me, to fee us fpoke of, as if we were ftill Gods, and our ridiculous Adtions mention'd and hinted at by Chriflian Poets, as if they were real Truths.

Has none of them been able to ered a Ma- chinery of their own, without being beholden to Paganifm for it? Were a Man to judge by the Writings of your modern Poets, one would be apt to think, that their Belief as well as the Pradlice of their Lives, were flill Pagan.

But here's fine Work indeed, that Mercury mufl preach Chriflian ity to thofe who call themfelves Chriftians! My 95 My own Charadler I have already given you at large, ellewhere.

As for thofe PafTages which my Corre- fpondent fpeaks of, I fhall firft give you them out of the Poets, left fome of my Readers might have loft them out of their Memories ; and others perhaps never had them there.

Now the Grounds of all this Pother, came indeed from an odd Adventure enough, which happened in this Manner.

The Truth was, he went to Leda in a new white Dimothy Frock. Jupiter you muft know had many Baftards father'd upon him, and indeed more than he was able or wilhng to maintain : And fome- times he came to Trouble on this Account.

He ever fufpedled his Wife, after he had heard that Jupiter had been at his Floufe. He counted her Time for her, who unluckily was brought to bed, juft nine Months after, of two fine Twins.

The poor Fellow was much out of Humour at it, and vex'd at the Charge that was likely to come upon him, told his Wife that he was fure Jupiter was their Father, and fwore he fhould maintain them.

The Truth of the Matter was foon found out : But to make the Jell the better, it was currently faid that the Children came out of the Eggs.

And whenever Leda was brought to Bed afterwards, 'twas faid that Leda had laid another Egg. Helena when grown up prov'd a ce- lebrated Beauty, I need not tell you what Wrangling there was about her.

The other PalTages are rather of the longeft to be inferted in this Paper, I ihall refervc them for the next, or at lead Ibme Occafion. What does llie, but immediately jumps down from the Hea- vens, puts on the Figure of an old golTiping Woman, Semele's Nurfe, and perfuades her to become the Petitioner of her own Deftruc- tion.

He fwears by Styx to grant her Petition, and is ready to hang himfelf when he knew what it was fhe demanded : For the Misfor- tune on't was, as my Author remarks, flie could not unwifh, nor he unfwear.

But the Truth of the Matter in fhort was this. Semele was Daughter to ontCadrr. This honourable. Pofl could not cure him of the natural Incli- nation he had of coveting his Neighbour's Wife.

By the Help of his Purfe, he made fome Vifits to Semele in Difguife, and even the poor Creature herfelf knew not who he was.

But at lad the Intrigue was found our. Juno you may be fare had a hand in this Difcovery, but would not expofe her Hufband. Semele was caught, but the Gallant efcap'd undetedl- ed.

She was brought to her Trial before him, and convided, whom he in his Robes and Furs was oblig'd to fentence to be burn'd ac- cording to the Law of the Country.

She pleaded her big Belly; was repriev'd for a Time. The Lover in Difguife contriv'd to be nigh her at her Lying-in, got hold of the Babe, and convey'd it away in his Trowfers, that were then very much worn in Cf'ele, The Story of Mifwva's Birth is flill more wonderful.

Jupiter you mud know was now and then troubled with the Vapours to a high degree j and one Fit nobody could perfuade him, but that he had a Child growing in his Head, that he fek it jump, and now and then would fqueak and cry.

The Time being come, we put him to Bed, and brought Vulcan to him, who pretended to very great Skill in Midwifry, and told him that he had deliver- ed God knows how many Perfons in his Con- dition, without the lead Difficulty.

He came behind him, takes hold of his Head, gives him a good Knock with his Hammer, which E 3 almoft 2inioil fliinn'cl him. Thefe true Accounts I have here given, may ferve my Reader as a Mafter-key, to unlock motl of the other wonderful Myiteries, deli- vered down by your poetical Hiilorians.

March I was not much furpriz'd to hear that there's fome fmall Mifunderftanding rifen of late amongfl: your Oincers. I am very forry to hear of the ill Ufage you have received from the new Governor of your Province.

It's well if you maintain your Pod long under him ; for I always looked upon him as one of the mofl furious, revenge- ful, and proudeft Spirits in all Hell.

You may rely upon me, if at any time you have occa- fion for my Service and AfTiilance, in making him fome Return for his Civility to you.

I fhall give you all the Satisfadlion I can, as to the two Points you defire me to inform you of, viz. What Scourgings, what Chailifements has not that poor Nation un- dergone on our Account!

Nothing can fhake their Refolution of perfevering tairhful in our Service, and true to our Intereils. When you arrive there, be fure you apply yourielf, and often confer with.

Rimncn our chief Agent there, and follow his Inftrudtions, he knows perfedly well the Genius of the People. I firll landed at the Metropolis about Mid- day.

The Weather being fomewhat mifty and daik, and a vafl Cloud of Smoke overfpread- ing the whole City, I feared at hrfb that I had miitakcn my Way,, and was only arriv.

The firfl thing that undeceived me, was, that I often heard them wifliing one another a good Jour- ney to Piell ; damning one another almoft at every Word : Upon this I concluded them not as yet in Hell, but only in the Road to it.

At my firft coming, I was afraid there had been ibmething of Religion praclifed one Day in a Week : After a little Cbfervation, I found out the Meaning on't.

They meet together once a Week, to fhew their beft Cloaths, and to outvie one another in the Ollentation of their gaudy Trappings, and to hear a Drunk- ard or Adulterer ma];e Inveclives again ft Vice and Immorality, which, my dear Friend, is juft the fame as if thou or I iliould fet up for Preachers againft Scandal, and feducing others into Sin.

For you mufl know each contending Client is taken apart, has his Vein opened by fo artificial an Orifice, that the beil and mod fpirituous Part of his Blood is let out : now this precious Liquor is an admirable Cordial to the thirfly Longorcbita.

But the Mif- fortune is, the Clients have their Veins kept purpofely open as long as pofllble, lofe their Subftance, grow extreamly weak ; the one is caft, the other hardly able to fland on his Legs.

This Kingdom abounds with ingenious Au- thors, in almofl every kind of Literature, who beflow their utmoft Labour and Induf- try, in entertaining the Publick with their witty, polite and learned Writings : But the bed on it is, if an Author have not fome- what of the Prophane, the Baudy, or the Slanderous in his Works, the Want of Rea-.

You may farther judge of their Difpofition from the different Treatment Vice and Vir- tue meet with amongfl: them : The former is courted.

If a Caco- topian tell you his Life and Fortune are at your Service, look to yourfelf with Caution, and upon him with Jealoufy j your own Ufe and Fortune is in Danger j he has a Defign upon you, quite contrary to the Meaning of thofe Words.

The other paid very dear, for not rightly underflanding the true Meaning of thefe VVords. I flood by him a while to fee him difpos'd of; He look'd round about with great Amazement, and faid to himfelf.

Where in the Name of God am I? How the Devil came I hither? At laft he was found and feiz'd by a Couple ot Country Fellows, who fold him for a Slave to the great Balliaw, who refides in that City.

In the mean time, I enjoy his Eflatc, which is three thoufand Pounds a Year Ster- ling : You may well imagine what good ufe I make of it.

You may well imagine 'tis no fmall Pu- nifhment to one of our Nature, to confine himfelf to the filly and foolifh Employments of Men, and to feem pleas'd with, and to reiidi thofe trifling Enjoym.

Their un- fpeakable Value for that dear Weed may ap- pear in the two following PafTages. A Cacotopian was once walking on the Side of a Hill, and fell down a Precipice of ten Fathom, a Quarter whereof was enough to break the Neck of the greateft Man on Earth j C Earth ; but the Fellow had the good Luck to efcape with httle Hurt : The hrfl Thing he did before he got upon his Legs, he put his Hand into his Pocket, and takes out a Pipe, an Inch and half long, and well viewing it, he holds it up, and flourifhing it in the Air, expreiTes the Tranfport of Joy he was in, for fo important a Prefervation ; with this joyful Exclamation to his Companions on the Top of the Hill j Safe and found, it is not broken, it is not broken.

He has lately vouchfaf'd to call upon them by feveral Vifits -, but the fudden and untimely Slaughter of fo many Fires,. Perhaps you may wonder how I contrive not to be difcover'd, by not praying to the Deity.

This is the eafieft Matter of a thou- iand : And one who knows Cacotopia will readily account for this Difficulty.

Gene- rally fpeaking the Cacotopians never pray : There are Millions of them that have never been feen on their Knees, unlefs it be once a Week for Fafiiion Sake, for Prayer has the leaft Share in the End of their Meeting.

You muft therefore know, that to feduce others into Sin, is the DeviPs own Prerogative, whereof you mufc allow him to be as jealous as others are of theirs.

No, in the fifth Year of his Reign he was convey'd to Pontus by Bdial himfelf, who indeed over-adled his Part, otherwife he might have continued it longer, before he provok'd the Senate to de- cree his Death.

He rais'd an Army to recover his Right, but was beaten and flain by Galba. Whenever then, you fee one feduce others, 'tis done by one of thefe Incarnado's j or if it be a mere Man that does it, 'tis by Patent or Commiflion from Hell that he does it.

And fuch a one is faid to belong to the Office of Decoy. It often happens that brute Beads fall out, and deftroy one another in the Height of their Rage i but 'tis obferv'd as a general Rule, that they never prey upon their own Kind : Lupus Lupum non devorat.

That which comes nigheft it, among the Fowl, is the decoying of Ducks into the Net, by thofe they call Decoy-Bucks. I have fometimcs been angry at thofe Birds, for being guilty of fo unna- tural a Treachery : But when I confider their Want of Reafon, and that they are capable ot having no farther an Idea, than of leeing them flutter in the Net, and themfelves well fed "8 fed after it, and that it is by human Induftry they are taught the Connexion between thefe two Ideas, my Refentment ceafes.

ShallVe therefore be difgufted at Mankind, for teach- ing them this unnatural Trick, of feducing their own Species? Neither ought our Wonder to flop here, fince there are too many, who make it their Employment to damn their own Species to everlafting Torments, by their fcandalous Examples, and by purpofely feducing them into Sin : But whoever does this, muft do it only by ConimifTion, as I faid before, and cannot adl, unlefs he have , his Patent drav;n up in Form, fent him from the great Secretary's Office at HelliopoliSy feal'd and fign'd with the Names of forty-four Devils, Commiffioners of the faid Office.

I had lately one of thefe Inftru- ments fent me by Poft to be convey'd to the Party in Great Britain that had obtain'd the Favour.

Firfty We grant you full Power to pro- mote Order and appoint drunken Meetings amongft: your Neighbours, efpecially on the Sabbath Day, on Purpofe to make them drunk : I20 drunk : And if any that are met together, iliall refufe his Turn, or deny to fwallow down his jufl Quantity, fo that he be in Danger thereby of keeping his Reafon and Senfes, we grant you full Power to force it upon him, and to quarrel, challenge and fight him, or any fuch Perfon or Perfons fo refufing.

The Wkores CommifTion runs a greater Length. But the largeft of all is that of thofe noted Seducers commonly known by the Name of Bauds. Yet I think there can be no great Harm in allowing thefe human Regards a fecondary Influence.

As for my own Particular, Mercury does freely confefs himfelf very much failing in this, having ever indulg'd himfelf to Excefs in the Defire of the Efteem and Applaufe of Men : All my ufeful Inventions are owing to this.

I was ever anxioufly concern'd to know what the World faid or thought of me, nei- ther could Death cure me of this inordinate Affedion, which being rooted in the Soul, is Jike to remain there for ever.

This Paffion works the more forcibly, when there are many Competitors of the fame Rank. Tho' I abhorr'd the Impiety of having divine Ho- nours paid me by Men, yet fince it was fo, and I could not help it, I was willing to be thought as good a Deity as the reft of my Fellow-Gods, whom the Folly of Men had fet up for fuch.

This often brought me to the Earth again, to fee what Rank I held, in Comparifon with the reft of the Heathen Deities. But this my Pride and Vanity often met with many a mortifying Difappointment.

This indeed was a cruel Counter-bufF to my Vanity ; I loon left the Shop, and came not of a good while upon fuch an Errand again. I had little better Succefs in an Adventure of this Nature lately.

Some Days after the publiihing thefe Papers, I was willing to fee how they fped in the World : I made an in- vifible Vifit to the City of London ; having prefented myfelf in one of the mod frequented Streets, I prelcntly heard a Youth calling to his Neighbour, to afk him if he had heard the News.

Now confidering the Novelty of a Packet from the other World, written by Mercury himfelf ; I expelled to find it in every body's Mouth, and doubted not but the Lad meant my Papers : but upon the other's aflcing him, what News?

Why, laid he, Mrs. What d'call, the Woman with the hard Name, is brought to Bed of a fine Lad, and who do you think' s the Father on't?

The World was as filent, as if no iiich Correfpon- dence had been open'd. I have heard of his Name before now, but can't juftly tell whether he be Whig or Tory.

What do you talk of, Man, fays another, do you think he's one that's living now? No, Why then, faid the other, methinks it is not very fair to condemn a Man unheard : Let's fend for it.

After which, and the whole being read, they all concluded, as the Devils had done before them, that it wholly depended on the Author to make good or ill Ufe of the Defign.

For you mull know, I value myfeif for nothing more than the Faculty of keeping my own Counfel. I have turn'd off three Servants fuccefiively, for blabing it out that their Mailer fometimes ufed a Pen and Ink.

And as for the prefent Undertaking, I have not fo much as told my own Left Hand any thing of the Matter : For to tell the Truth, ever fince the fatal Battle of Almanzay it has been privy to few or none of my Adions.

You would not wonder at the Httle Notice that was taken of thefe Papers, at their firll coming out, when you confider the Difadvantages they lay under.

A Book that is fent to the Prefs from an unknown Hand at a Diftance, to makie its own Way into the World without the Help of a Friend to fpeak a good Word for it, is like an expos'd Brat, that's drop'd in a Country that knows not Charity.

Befides, they were publifhed at a Seafon, when Men's Palates were only let for Politicks, State Pamphlets, and Party Skirmifhes j when nothing relifhed but perfonal Refiedions, Slander and Defa- mation : matlon : So that my Cafe was, and is yet, juft the fame with that of an honeft Scotch Pref- byterian Miniller, whole Flock found great fault with him for his Singularity in the Way of Preaching.

All the other Minifters of the Gofpel, fay they, preach upon the Times, why can't you do fo too?

I had an- other Letter from a 'Tory, who defines me yet to pay the fame GompHment to the prefent Minillry.

But I defire this Correfpondent likewife to exciife me. Efq; to an eminent Prelate, that was lately caught up to Heaven, to intercede to him to make an Intereft there, that thefe "Words may be abohfhed out of the fifth Chap- ter of St.

After all, tho' my Fellow Labourers the Pamphleteers may have the Advantage of me at prefent, I don't know but in the End 1 may have my turn to be look'd upon when they are thrown by like a Gazette a Week after the Date, or Hke dale Mackrel, that will neither dry, nor pickle, nor fouce to content the nice Palate of the Curious.

We hear no more of thefe now, they are out of Date. I doubt not, but fome of my Readers have already taken umbrage at fome of thefe Papers, and begin to fufpect that their chief Defign is againfl Vice, and are forry to fee it already fo uncivilly ufed by m.

I am fenfible of the many fruitlefs Attempts of this Kindj to bring thefe pamper'd Fond- lings into Difrepute. And if any one will entertain them after this, let it be at their Peril.

S, Smithy and by J. The fifth is the Moon, folv'd by Diana Sly, E. G, The fixth is War, and folv'd by R.

They were all folv'd by J. B, Apollq, and r. From Monday April 4. Then you muft confider that Mails are fome- times wanting-, at other times Mercury is ab- lent from his Refidence, whither all the Mails are are fent, and then he is obliged to prefent his Readers with the befi that occurs to him, tor their Profit and Entertainment.

For you m. Whereof that I am now going to fpeak of is none of the meancft. This Engine, when dire6led to an Objedt, has the Vertue to difperfe all Mafks and Difguifes, and reprefents theObjed truly as it is in its felf, with all its Virtues and Vices exprefTed in an exterior and intelligible manner about it.

An Explanation of which fliall be delivered in my printed Directions, that fhall be given to thofe who purchafe any of thefe GlaiTes.

If you plant this Engine at a Lady's Face, all her Paint and Patches, if fhe has any, immediately fall off. Their eafy and cheerful Air, mixt with majeftick Gravity, gave a charming Grace to every Motion of their Gate, and infpired this happy Man with a pleafing Alacrity, in following thefe illuflrious Guides : 1S8 Guides : For they led him by each Hand, and added new Beauty to his Perfon, through the Reflexion of theirs.

I took down my Glafs, and could not forbear crying out, Oh 1 thrice happy are they, that walk in thefe Paths, and follow the Steps of thefe blefTed Guides to eternal Blifs.

After this I faw a Company of Perfons "walking in the Fiaxzoh well dreil, and mod of them Perfons of good Mein and Figure, and feem'd to command Refpedt and Awe from all they met.

However innocent fhe might appear in that Particular, yet when I beheld her thro' my Truth-Telefcope, I found her too much leaning that way.

Befides there appear'd about her, a Crowd of little tame Vices, running up and down her Garments, and into her Bofom, and over her Hair, Neck and Face ; thefe fhe fed and cherifli'd, and JookM on them with Complacency, rather than any Diflike or Averfion.

I eafily under- flood what every one of them reprefented. When this Lady had pafled me, I faw two Perfons coming on, whom I knew very well were govern'd by two different Vices, and were indeed in an high Degree Slaves to them.

As foon as I had levell'd my Engine at them, I faw one of them had a flrange fort of Monfter perch'd on his Shoulders, that had fome Refemblance of human Shape, but was run out into a monftrous Degree of Defor- mity.

Its Claw had feiz'd the poor Gentle- man by the Forelock, and held back his Head with his Face parallel to the Horizon, planted a large Tunnel in his Mouth, and was pour- ing I40 ing large Quantities of Liquor into him all the Way he went ; I perceived a great Alte- ration in the poor Sufferer, who loon grew into the Refemblance of the Beafl itfeif that rid him.

His Eyes fparkled, and flared al- mofl ready to ftart out of his Head, a dark, red and purple Hue fettled in his Nofe, and bloated Face, which immediately broke out into innumerable Blotches, mod ioathfome to behold.

Yet his pittilefs Rider had no Mer- cy on him, fpurr'd him on, tunning the Li- quor into him without any Gauge or Pity.

Now you muft know that thefe Beafts, by their long Ruling and Maftery over thefe Gentlemen, have the Power of changing them into their own Nature and Shape, in all Parts, fave on- ly the Horns, for thefe are fometimes other- wife difpos'd of.

And to tell the Truth, thefe have it before they come to the Sham- bles. To let you farther into the fecret Hil- tory of thefe unclean Animals, it is to be ob- ferved, that they may be primarily divided into He-Goats, and She-Goats, like other Animals.

There's your Stew - Haunters, your Rainger- Goats, and your Keeper-Goats, The firft Sort are fo call'd, becaufe when fpur'd and hard ridden, they make ftrait to the Stews.

Your Rainger is a Sort of Goat, that will fometimes repair to the Stews -, but moll mod an end will hunt a She- Goat by the Foot all over the Town or Country, and take them in their private Kennels.

Now a s for the She-Goats, they may be likewife diftinguifli'd into three Ranks, an- fwerable to the other three. Secondly, there's the private She- Goat, who conceals her Na- ture from the Vulgar : but is eafily difco- ver'd by the Rainger -Goat.

The third Rank is that of the retain'd Goats that are kept in the private Kennels of the Keeper- Goats. Ad- Advertisement.

THE following Letter comes from a miferable Wretch, that's aa Inhabitant of the Canton of Adulterers in Low-England, She was Wife to a Man of excellent Temper, and folid Virtue, who did all he could to make her happy, had not her Vices and ill Humour rcnder'd her incapable of being fo.

She liv'd for fome Time with him as his Tor- menter, rather than his Wife : And after having injur'd him in the tendereft Part of his Honour, fhe left him to follow the Adulterer.

She defired me topublilli this her Letter, that her Country- Wo men, if there be any fuch, who either wholly or in Part follow her Exam- ple, for you muit know fhe was a Perfon of no no fmall Quality might have fome Forefight of the Ufage they mufl expedl in the other WorJd, where Juftice diftributes its Punifh- irients proportionable, not only to the De- gree, but alfo to the Quality of the Crime, as appears in the following Inftance.

But alas! Have fome Compaffion therefore for a mi- ferable Wretch, who only for the trivial Fault of Eloping from her Hufband, and going with another fhe liked better, is ferved ajfter the cruelleft Manner poor Creature ever was.

I am ty'd as a Wife, to a foul great Monfter, , one of theuglieil and cruelleft Devils in all, HelL;. This would have been in a Manner tolerable, and indeed was no more than my own Carriage to my Hufband on Earth : But now his Beha- viour to me is inexpreflibie, and not to be fuf- fer'd if I could help it.

Thofe who knew how apt I was to be troubled with the Head-ach, may eafily imagine what a Torment this was to me : Be- fides all this, if you will believe me, whilft I am writing thefe Lines, I have not one Crum of Guts in my Belly : Eaidfinhaggar has them wrapt about his fore Leg : he chanced to break his Shin a Week ago, and having no- thing ready by him, he ript open my Bellyj and takes out every Inch of my Bowels to keep on his Plaifter.

Vi any one chance to come in, and enquire for his Wife, he'll tell them, fhe is gone a Jittle Way to fetch fome Sticks, to make the Pot boil v little do they think what is in it.

Then after a while, by Virtue of a certain Powder he has, he'll bring mc to myfelf again. Mi- ferable Wretch that I am! Mad I ever thought it would have come to this, I would never have bought a little mom.

But it is my own Faulty I have no body to thank for it but my felf. Like a Fool as I was, 1 have been often told by many a good Priend, what it would comiC to, but would take no Warning.

I had as good-humour'd, vir- tuous and complying a Hufband as any one could wifh for: But I had the Misfortune to take a DiQike to him, and could not myfelf tell any Reafon why, only cut of mere Fancy, and being always govern'd by that, and not by Reafon, 1 could not fo miuch as conquer my- felf, to fhew even common Civility to one, whom my Fancy had already rejected as dif- agreeable.

My indulging my ill Humour to him, was the Beginning of my Ku'in; if I G 2 had had but the leafl: Prudence, Virtue, or good Nature, I might have iiv'd happ r in the Go- vernment of one, who lov'd me, and obey'd me in every thing I could reafonably defire.

But now, miferable Wretch! I have ipenc iowo. Time in making my invifibie Vifits throughout tl'iC whole Kingdom. To make my Readers fenfible how well qualified 1 am for making fuch a Vifitation, I muft acquaint them, that I am v;ell pro- vided with great Variety of mofl: admirable Teiefcopes or my own Invention, that have wonderful Effects.

I needed but look thro' at a Mar- G 3 yfd I50 rfd Ccuple, and 1 had every thing before me 1 defir'd. Vvives elop'd from their Hufbands Kufhands run away from their?

Since there are fo many unfortunate Marriages, 'tis my prefent Defign to hint at fonie of the Failings which I found in my Progrefs to be the chief Caufes of this common Misfortune : Some whereof go before the Concradl, ochers follow it.

Man and IVife are to be but One -, and there- fore great Care mufl be us'd in Pairing them, or they will never anfwer that End.

Unequal Foi tunes, I own, commonly bring with them the Seeds of Difcord, and therefore Equality in this Point ought to be one, but not the only nor principal Motive of a Marriage.

Thofe, who outftand the comn:on Market- Price, rnuft needs return home with Difcon- tent, when they are forced to part with their Goods at under Rates.

In the Market of Fortunes every one aims at an Advantage, and a Difappointment therein muft needs be fol- lowed with future Difcontcnt.

Fahius and Glyarta at lad fell to each others Lot, and neither are con- tent. There are few, who in one Refpe6l or other are not difappointed of their Expedlatioas, by 1.

After a loiig Search, he found indeed fome lew of the Charader he fought for ; but fpent fome Years, and part ot his Eiiate, betore he was fully convinced, that Ladies of Birth, For- tune, Wit, Humour, Beauty, and Virtue, ex- peded the Addrefies of Perfons othervvife quaUfy'd than Celfus.

The moderate Love he had for her, foon wore off. He's grown now into a fettled Habit of Spleen and ill Flumour, and they are advancing very fad into the State of mutual Hatred.

Clarice has confidered theui G 5 ail all in the bed Light, and gave him many en- couraging Hints of future Succefs, in Cafe he fhould make his AddreiTes to her, tho' fupe- rior to him in Birth and Fortune.

What Hap- pinefs did file not propofe to herfelf, from every charming Quality of Parmenio? She reckon'd to have him to herfelf, as hourly by her Side, as her Watch at her Girdle.

Soon after they were marry'd, her firft Uneafmefs vyas her having fo little of his Company. Having got a Sight of her Diary, where for many Years fhe regif- tered the mofc important Steps of her Conduct, I have copy'd out the following Abilradt.

In the Year of oyr Lord , this being flie? In the Year , I aini'd at the fame. In the Year , I dropt the Title. The Streights they are put to, is the Occafion of daily Difcontents, which obhg'd me to put 'Tom and his Wife under the fame Head with thofe who are in the State of mutual Hatred, tho' 'tis only a Twelve-month fmce their Marriage.

Orontes died thrice a Week for feven Years, and recover'd again : Fought five Duels for his Phillis ; beat and was beaten : Thrice tore off his Plaifters, and fuffer'd them to be put on again -, attempted four times to hang, and iwkc to drovv'n himfelf.

I might fcribble till the general Conflagration leaves me no more Paper to write upon, if I fhould pretend to give you the Detail of all the Follies committed in this Kind.

I will only jufl hint at one other Fail- ing ; which is the Inconfideratenefs fom. How fillily will they determine themfelves in fo important a Matter!

They are caught like Birds with Chaff; lofe their Liberty, and get nothing in Hand for it. Their Motives of Choice are grounded on the mereft Trifles in the World, or at bed very fhort-iiv'd Per- fedlions : Whereas their Marriage on one Side or other, being to laft for Life, they ought in Prudence to regard only fuch Qua- lities in their Conforts, that are likely to con- tinue for Life.

Cry [antes obferv'd a certain Lady at the Piay-Houfe, that mightily engaged his Fancy in her Favour, but knew not why. He went out in Purfuit of her with Intent, if he could, to marry he knew not whom.

Two Months after the Wedding a Relation of her Hulband's happening to die, obliged him to change his Drefs for Half a Year : But Iris conceived fuch a Coldnefs towards him in the Time of his Mourning, that fhe was not able to revive her former Love, although the Scarlet Coat was re-aflum'd with new Trim- ming.

I readily own that the Inftitution is holy and divine, and that the greateft Happinefs this World can afford, may be found therein.

It depends on the Parties concern'd, whether theyflhrnake it a Heaven or a Hell upon Earth. The jufl and and all wife Providence of the Supream Being, fometimes leaves the Sinner to become his own Executioner, to be punilh'd by his own Sins.

Why, juft about as many as you'll find at the Foot of the Account, when you have fum'd up the laft Head in the foregoing Table, which confifts of Half a Dozen Cyphers.

Eufebius ever paid Lucretia all the Complaifance of a L. Thefe litde, kind Sort of Variances gave no Interruption to their Hap- pinefs, nor lefTen'd, but rather increased their AfFedion to one another ; even their common Faults and Failings were improved to the Advantage cf Love, by giving each other OppoE- i6i Opportunity of an eafy Pardon, and by mur tualiy pardoning they mutually obliged.

Eu- febius was a Lover of Country 8port? To compieat their Happinefs, Heaven blelTed them with a trac- table, obedient, and hopeful Offspring.

Will, any fay that they cannot, if they pleafe, carry themfelves to one another, in the fame manner as this ha'ppy Fair. A lliort Leflbn, if but well got, will increafe the Number of Happy Fairs, reilore good Harmony in Fami- lies, and Man and Wtfe will not be diftin- guifli'd by Characters quite oppofite to the End of their State.

This would prove a forry Token now-a-days, and expofe one that would go upon it to manifold Blunders. If you fee a Lady whofe Beauty and Car- riage attradls the Eyes, and engages the Re- fpedl of all the Company, except a certain Gentleman, who fpeaks to her in a rough Accent, not at all affedled with her Charms, you may be fure 'tis her Hufband, who mar- ry'd her for Love, and now flights her.

If you fee a Gentleman that's courteous, obliging, and good-natur'd to every body, except a certain Female that lives under the fame Roof with him, to whom he is unrea- fonably crofs and ill-natur'd ; 'tis his Wife.

Man and Wife. I have feen Great Britain but twice fince, until that remarkable Day laft Week,- what wholly covered them with Darknefs, a.

At the very Time of thofe gloomy Minutes, t obfery'd a total Indifference. The Supreme Governor of the World often noti- fies his Di'p.

What Won- ders have not thefe ufeful Machines difcover- ed in the Sun and Moon? I feared in earneft there might be fome Defign in it, when I underftood it was fhotup by that daring and facrilegious Hand, that had long fince raifed Batteries againfb the mod adorable Trinity, attacked the Divinity of the Son of God, and attempted to drive him out of Heaven.

The whole Bible has already been ranfack'd, by fuch as thefe, for new Turns and Inventions, whereby they may perfuade their Followers, that the World has hithetto been in the Wrong, and themfelves only in the Right.

This impious Ambition has been of fo long Standing, that all the Common Places of Invention are wholly exhaufted ; -fo that Men of this Turn of Impiety and Va- nity, that are now living, having little or no- thing left to pradlife upon, content them- felves in vamping up old Herefies, and if they can add fomething.

In all my Progrefs thro' the infernal King- doms, I ever obferv'd that they had the warm- ell Places there, that had the Ambition of coming thither at the Head of a Troop.

If Mr. Yet this is the Cafe with him, while he perfifts in his impious Tenets : For fure a Man of his great Ability will never take up with the mean Flea of invincible Ignorance ; neither do I think this Plea can pofTibly excufe either the firfl Broacher of a new Herefy, or the firft Botcher that trims up an old one ; elpecially in a Cafe that engages a Man to force and ftrain fo many plain Texts of Scripture, and gainfay the greateft Authority that can be had upon Earth.

I have carried this Digreflion farther than I defign'd, and muft now return to what at firfl: I was about to fay.

However, I defign for fome time to continue that innocent kind of Amufement, and therefore make this fhort Preface to them ; which is done, I think, exadly to the prefent way of Writing on fuch Occa- fions.

The Queen of S. I defire ycu to take them for a Plate of Filberds, to make up aDefart for your Diverfion at the End of a Meal, rather than for any neceflary Nur- ture you may expedl from them.

When made the Seat of wanton Love, Grows fer til in its proper Kind. I Have in ally alas! For the Mo? From Monday May 2. The celcflia] Spirits, as I have told you before, vouchfafe now and then to honour me with a Vifit.

They were not only made for the faid Ufes, but alfo for our Inilrudlion. They evidently prove to us the Exiftence of a Supreme Being.

Whoever has obferv'd the Nature and Works of irra- tional Creatures, and denies a God, is cither a Fool, or only an Hypocrite in Atheifm of this at large in following Papers;.

What Con- cern do thofe dirty Animals fhew for a Bro- ther in Diftrefs! Gene- rally fpeaking the Cacotopians never pray : There are Millions of them that have never been feen on their Knees, unlefs it be once a Week for Fafiiion Sake, for Prayer has the leaft Share in the End of their Meeting.

You muft therefore know, that to feduce others into Sin, is the DeviPs own Prerogative, whereof you mufc allow him to be as jealous as others are of theirs.

No, in the fifth Year of his Reign he was convey'd to Pontus by Bdial himfelf, who indeed over-adled his Part, otherwife he might have continued it longer, before he provok'd the Senate to de- cree his Death.

He rais'd an Army to recover his Right, but was beaten and flain by Galba. Whenever then, you fee one feduce others, 'tis done by one of thefe Incarnado's j or if it be a mere Man that does it, 'tis by Patent or Commiflion from Hell that he does it.

And fuch a one is faid to belong to the Office of Decoy. It often happens that brute Beads fall out, and deftroy one another in the Height of their Rage i but 'tis obferv'd as a general Rule, that they never prey upon their own Kind : Lupus Lupum non devorat.

That which comes nigheft it, among the Fowl, is the decoying of Ducks into the Net, by thofe they call Decoy-Bucks.

I have fometimcs been angry at thofe Birds, for being guilty of fo unna- tural a Treachery : But when I confider their Want of Reafon, and that they are capable ot having no farther an Idea, than of leeing them flutter in the Net, and themfelves well fed "8 fed after it, and that it is by human Induftry they are taught the Connexion between thefe two Ideas, my Refentment ceafes.

ShallVe therefore be difgufted at Mankind, for teach- ing them this unnatural Trick, of feducing their own Species? Neither ought our Wonder to flop here, fince there are too many, who make it their Employment to damn their own Species to everlafting Torments, by their fcandalous Examples, and by purpofely feducing them into Sin : But whoever does this, muft do it only by ConimifTion, as I faid before, and cannot adl, unlefs he have , his Patent drav;n up in Form, fent him from the great Secretary's Office at HelliopoliSy feal'd and fign'd with the Names of forty-four Devils, Commiffioners of the faid Office.

I had lately one of thefe Inftru- ments fent me by Poft to be convey'd to the Party in Great Britain that had obtain'd the Favour.

Firfty We grant you full Power to pro- mote Order and appoint drunken Meetings amongft: your Neighbours, efpecially on the Sabbath Day, on Purpofe to make them drunk : I20 drunk : And if any that are met together, iliall refufe his Turn, or deny to fwallow down his jufl Quantity, fo that he be in Danger thereby of keeping his Reafon and Senfes, we grant you full Power to force it upon him, and to quarrel, challenge and fight him, or any fuch Perfon or Perfons fo refufing.

The Wkores CommifTion runs a greater Length. But the largeft of all is that of thofe noted Seducers commonly known by the Name of Bauds.

Yet I think there can be no great Harm in allowing thefe human Regards a fecondary Influence. As for my own Particular, Mercury does freely confefs himfelf very much failing in this, having ever indulg'd himfelf to Excefs in the Defire of the Efteem and Applaufe of Men : All my ufeful Inventions are owing to this.

I was ever anxioufly concern'd to know what the World faid or thought of me, nei- ther could Death cure me of this inordinate Affedion, which being rooted in the Soul, is Jike to remain there for ever.

This Paffion works the more forcibly, when there are many Competitors of the fame Rank. Tho' I abhorr'd the Impiety of having divine Ho- nours paid me by Men, yet fince it was fo, and I could not help it, I was willing to be thought as good a Deity as the reft of my Fellow-Gods, whom the Folly of Men had fet up for fuch.

This often brought me to the Earth again, to fee what Rank I held, in Comparifon with the reft of the Heathen Deities. But this my Pride and Vanity often met with many a mortifying Difappointment.

This indeed was a cruel Counter-bufF to my Vanity ; I loon left the Shop, and came not of a good while upon fuch an Errand again.

I had little better Succefs in an Adventure of this Nature lately. Some Days after the publiihing thefe Papers, I was willing to fee how they fped in the World : I made an in- vifible Vifit to the City of London ; having prefented myfelf in one of the mod frequented Streets, I prelcntly heard a Youth calling to his Neighbour, to afk him if he had heard the News.

Now confidering the Novelty of a Packet from the other World, written by Mercury himfelf ; I expelled to find it in every body's Mouth, and doubted not but the Lad meant my Papers : but upon the other's aflcing him, what News?

Why, laid he, Mrs. What d'call, the Woman with the hard Name, is brought to Bed of a fine Lad, and who do you think' s the Father on't?

The World was as filent, as if no iiich Correfpon- dence had been open'd. I have heard of his Name before now, but can't juftly tell whether he be Whig or Tory.

What do you talk of, Man, fays another, do you think he's one that's living now? No, Why then, faid the other, methinks it is not very fair to condemn a Man unheard : Let's fend for it.

After which, and the whole being read, they all concluded, as the Devils had done before them, that it wholly depended on the Author to make good or ill Ufe of the Defign.

For you mull know, I value myfeif for nothing more than the Faculty of keeping my own Counfel. I have turn'd off three Servants fuccefiively, for blabing it out that their Mailer fometimes ufed a Pen and Ink.

And as for the prefent Undertaking, I have not fo much as told my own Left Hand any thing of the Matter : For to tell the Truth, ever fince the fatal Battle of Almanzay it has been privy to few or none of my Adions.

You would not wonder at the Httle Notice that was taken of thefe Papers, at their firll coming out, when you confider the Difadvantages they lay under.

A Book that is fent to the Prefs from an unknown Hand at a Diftance, to makie its own Way into the World without the Help of a Friend to fpeak a good Word for it, is like an expos'd Brat, that's drop'd in a Country that knows not Charity.

Befides, they were publifhed at a Seafon, when Men's Palates were only let for Politicks, State Pamphlets, and Party Skirmifhes j when nothing relifhed but perfonal Refiedions, Slander and Defa- mation : matlon : So that my Cafe was, and is yet, juft the fame with that of an honeft Scotch Pref- byterian Miniller, whole Flock found great fault with him for his Singularity in the Way of Preaching.

All the other Minifters of the Gofpel, fay they, preach upon the Times, why can't you do fo too? I had an- other Letter from a 'Tory, who defines me yet to pay the fame GompHment to the prefent Minillry.

But I defire this Correfpondent likewife to exciife me. Efq; to an eminent Prelate, that was lately caught up to Heaven, to intercede to him to make an Intereft there, that thefe "Words may be abohfhed out of the fifth Chap- ter of St.

After all, tho' my Fellow Labourers the Pamphleteers may have the Advantage of me at prefent, I don't know but in the End 1 may have my turn to be look'd upon when they are thrown by like a Gazette a Week after the Date, or Hke dale Mackrel, that will neither dry, nor pickle, nor fouce to content the nice Palate of the Curious.

We hear no more of thefe now, they are out of Date. I doubt not, but fome of my Readers have already taken umbrage at fome of thefe Papers, and begin to fufpect that their chief Defign is againfl Vice, and are forry to fee it already fo uncivilly ufed by m.

I am fenfible of the many fruitlefs Attempts of this Kindj to bring thefe pamper'd Fond- lings into Difrepute. And if any one will entertain them after this, let it be at their Peril.

S, Smithy and by J. The fifth is the Moon, folv'd by Diana Sly, E. G, The fixth is War, and folv'd by R. They were all folv'd by J.

B, Apollq, and r. From Monday April 4. Then you muft confider that Mails are fome- times wanting-, at other times Mercury is ab- lent from his Refidence, whither all the Mails are are fent, and then he is obliged to prefent his Readers with the befi that occurs to him, tor their Profit and Entertainment.

For you m. Whereof that I am now going to fpeak of is none of the meancft. This Engine, when dire6led to an Objedt, has the Vertue to difperfe all Mafks and Difguifes, and reprefents theObjed truly as it is in its felf, with all its Virtues and Vices exprefTed in an exterior and intelligible manner about it.

An Explanation of which fliall be delivered in my printed Directions, that fhall be given to thofe who purchafe any of thefe GlaiTes.

If you plant this Engine at a Lady's Face, all her Paint and Patches, if fhe has any, immediately fall off.

Their eafy and cheerful Air, mixt with majeftick Gravity, gave a charming Grace to every Motion of their Gate, and infpired this happy Man with a pleafing Alacrity, in following thefe illuflrious Guides : 1S8 Guides : For they led him by each Hand, and added new Beauty to his Perfon, through the Reflexion of theirs.

I took down my Glafs, and could not forbear crying out, Oh 1 thrice happy are they, that walk in thefe Paths, and follow the Steps of thefe blefTed Guides to eternal Blifs.

After this I faw a Company of Perfons "walking in the Fiaxzoh well dreil, and mod of them Perfons of good Mein and Figure, and feem'd to command Refpedt and Awe from all they met.

However innocent fhe might appear in that Particular, yet when I beheld her thro' my Truth-Telefcope, I found her too much leaning that way.

Befides there appear'd about her, a Crowd of little tame Vices, running up and down her Garments, and into her Bofom, and over her Hair, Neck and Face ; thefe fhe fed and cherifli'd, and JookM on them with Complacency, rather than any Diflike or Averfion.

I eafily under- flood what every one of them reprefented. When this Lady had pafled me, I faw two Perfons coming on, whom I knew very well were govern'd by two different Vices, and were indeed in an high Degree Slaves to them.

As foon as I had levell'd my Engine at them, I faw one of them had a flrange fort of Monfter perch'd on his Shoulders, that had fome Refemblance of human Shape, but was run out into a monftrous Degree of Defor- mity.

Its Claw had feiz'd the poor Gentle- man by the Forelock, and held back his Head with his Face parallel to the Horizon, planted a large Tunnel in his Mouth, and was pour- ing I40 ing large Quantities of Liquor into him all the Way he went ; I perceived a great Alte- ration in the poor Sufferer, who loon grew into the Refemblance of the Beafl itfeif that rid him.

His Eyes fparkled, and flared al- mofl ready to ftart out of his Head, a dark, red and purple Hue fettled in his Nofe, and bloated Face, which immediately broke out into innumerable Blotches, mod ioathfome to behold.

Yet his pittilefs Rider had no Mer- cy on him, fpurr'd him on, tunning the Li- quor into him without any Gauge or Pity. Now you muft know that thefe Beafts, by their long Ruling and Maftery over thefe Gentlemen, have the Power of changing them into their own Nature and Shape, in all Parts, fave on- ly the Horns, for thefe are fometimes other- wife difpos'd of.

And to tell the Truth, thefe have it before they come to the Sham- bles. To let you farther into the fecret Hil- tory of thefe unclean Animals, it is to be ob- ferved, that they may be primarily divided into He-Goats, and She-Goats, like other Animals.

There's your Stew - Haunters, your Rainger- Goats, and your Keeper-Goats, The firft Sort are fo call'd, becaufe when fpur'd and hard ridden, they make ftrait to the Stews.

Your Rainger is a Sort of Goat, that will fometimes repair to the Stews -, but moll mod an end will hunt a She- Goat by the Foot all over the Town or Country, and take them in their private Kennels.

Now a s for the She-Goats, they may be likewife diftinguifli'd into three Ranks, an- fwerable to the other three.

Secondly, there's the private She- Goat, who conceals her Na- ture from the Vulgar : but is eafily difco- ver'd by the Rainger -Goat.

The third Rank is that of the retain'd Goats that are kept in the private Kennels of the Keeper- Goats. Ad- Advertisement. THE following Letter comes from a miferable Wretch, that's aa Inhabitant of the Canton of Adulterers in Low-England, She was Wife to a Man of excellent Temper, and folid Virtue, who did all he could to make her happy, had not her Vices and ill Humour rcnder'd her incapable of being fo.

She liv'd for fome Time with him as his Tor- menter, rather than his Wife : And after having injur'd him in the tendereft Part of his Honour, fhe left him to follow the Adulterer.

She defired me topublilli this her Letter, that her Country- Wo men, if there be any fuch, who either wholly or in Part follow her Exam- ple, for you muit know fhe was a Perfon of no no fmall Quality might have fome Forefight of the Ufage they mufl expedl in the other WorJd, where Juftice diftributes its Punifh- irients proportionable, not only to the De- gree, but alfo to the Quality of the Crime, as appears in the following Inftance.

But alas! Have fome Compaffion therefore for a mi- ferable Wretch, who only for the trivial Fault of Eloping from her Hufband, and going with another fhe liked better, is ferved ajfter the cruelleft Manner poor Creature ever was.

I am ty'd as a Wife, to a foul great Monfter, , one of theuglieil and cruelleft Devils in all, HelL;. This would have been in a Manner tolerable, and indeed was no more than my own Carriage to my Hufband on Earth : But now his Beha- viour to me is inexpreflibie, and not to be fuf- fer'd if I could help it.

Thofe who knew how apt I was to be troubled with the Head-ach, may eafily imagine what a Torment this was to me : Be- fides all this, if you will believe me, whilft I am writing thefe Lines, I have not one Crum of Guts in my Belly : Eaidfinhaggar has them wrapt about his fore Leg : he chanced to break his Shin a Week ago, and having no- thing ready by him, he ript open my Bellyj and takes out every Inch of my Bowels to keep on his Plaifter.

Vi any one chance to come in, and enquire for his Wife, he'll tell them, fhe is gone a Jittle Way to fetch fome Sticks, to make the Pot boil v little do they think what is in it.

Then after a while, by Virtue of a certain Powder he has, he'll bring mc to myfelf again. Mi- ferable Wretch that I am! Mad I ever thought it would have come to this, I would never have bought a little mom.

But it is my own Faulty I have no body to thank for it but my felf. Like a Fool as I was, 1 have been often told by many a good Priend, what it would comiC to, but would take no Warning.

I had as good-humour'd, vir- tuous and complying a Hufband as any one could wifh for: But I had the Misfortune to take a DiQike to him, and could not myfelf tell any Reafon why, only cut of mere Fancy, and being always govern'd by that, and not by Reafon, 1 could not fo miuch as conquer my- felf, to fhew even common Civility to one, whom my Fancy had already rejected as dif- agreeable.

My indulging my ill Humour to him, was the Beginning of my Ku'in; if I G 2 had had but the leafl: Prudence, Virtue, or good Nature, I might have iiv'd happ r in the Go- vernment of one, who lov'd me, and obey'd me in every thing I could reafonably defire.

But now, miferable Wretch! I have ipenc iowo. Time in making my invifibie Vifits throughout tl'iC whole Kingdom. To make my Readers fenfible how well qualified 1 am for making fuch a Vifitation, I muft acquaint them, that I am v;ell pro- vided with great Variety of mofl: admirable Teiefcopes or my own Invention, that have wonderful Effects.

I needed but look thro' at a Mar- G 3 yfd I50 rfd Ccuple, and 1 had every thing before me 1 defir'd. Vvives elop'd from their Hufbands Kufhands run away from their?

Since there are fo many unfortunate Marriages, 'tis my prefent Defign to hint at fonie of the Failings which I found in my Progrefs to be the chief Caufes of this common Misfortune : Some whereof go before the Concradl, ochers follow it.

Man and IVife are to be but One -, and there- fore great Care mufl be us'd in Pairing them, or they will never anfwer that End. Unequal Foi tunes, I own, commonly bring with them the Seeds of Difcord, and therefore Equality in this Point ought to be one, but not the only nor principal Motive of a Marriage.

Thofe, who outftand the comn:on Market- Price, rnuft needs return home with Difcon- tent, when they are forced to part with their Goods at under Rates.

In the Market of Fortunes every one aims at an Advantage, and a Difappointment therein muft needs be fol- lowed with future Difcontcnt.

Fahius and Glyarta at lad fell to each others Lot, and neither are con- tent. There are few, who in one Refpe6l or other are not difappointed of their Expedlatioas, by 1.

After a loiig Search, he found indeed fome lew of the Charader he fought for ; but fpent fome Years, and part ot his Eiiate, betore he was fully convinced, that Ladies of Birth, For- tune, Wit, Humour, Beauty, and Virtue, ex- peded the Addrefies of Perfons othervvife quaUfy'd than Celfus.

The moderate Love he had for her, foon wore off. He's grown now into a fettled Habit of Spleen and ill Flumour, and they are advancing very fad into the State of mutual Hatred.

Clarice has confidered theui G 5 ail all in the bed Light, and gave him many en- couraging Hints of future Succefs, in Cafe he fhould make his AddreiTes to her, tho' fupe- rior to him in Birth and Fortune.

What Hap- pinefs did file not propofe to herfelf, from every charming Quality of Parmenio? She reckon'd to have him to herfelf, as hourly by her Side, as her Watch at her Girdle.

Soon after they were marry'd, her firft Uneafmefs vyas her having fo little of his Company. Having got a Sight of her Diary, where for many Years fhe regif- tered the mofc important Steps of her Conduct, I have copy'd out the following Abilradt.

In the Year of oyr Lord , this being flie? In the Year , I aini'd at the fame. In the Year , I dropt the Title.

The Streights they are put to, is the Occafion of daily Difcontents, which obhg'd me to put 'Tom and his Wife under the fame Head with thofe who are in the State of mutual Hatred, tho' 'tis only a Twelve-month fmce their Marriage.

Orontes died thrice a Week for feven Years, and recover'd again : Fought five Duels for his Phillis ; beat and was beaten : Thrice tore off his Plaifters, and fuffer'd them to be put on again -, attempted four times to hang, and iwkc to drovv'n himfelf.

I might fcribble till the general Conflagration leaves me no more Paper to write upon, if I fhould pretend to give you the Detail of all the Follies committed in this Kind.

I will only jufl hint at one other Fail- ing ; which is the Inconfideratenefs fom. How fillily will they determine themfelves in fo important a Matter!

They are caught like Birds with Chaff; lofe their Liberty, and get nothing in Hand for it. Their Motives of Choice are grounded on the mereft Trifles in the World, or at bed very fhort-iiv'd Per- fedlions : Whereas their Marriage on one Side or other, being to laft for Life, they ought in Prudence to regard only fuch Qua- lities in their Conforts, that are likely to con- tinue for Life.

Cry [antes obferv'd a certain Lady at the Piay-Houfe, that mightily engaged his Fancy in her Favour, but knew not why. He went out in Purfuit of her with Intent, if he could, to marry he knew not whom.

Two Months after the Wedding a Relation of her Hulband's happening to die, obliged him to change his Drefs for Half a Year : But Iris conceived fuch a Coldnefs towards him in the Time of his Mourning, that fhe was not able to revive her former Love, although the Scarlet Coat was re-aflum'd with new Trim- ming.

I readily own that the Inftitution is holy and divine, and that the greateft Happinefs this World can afford, may be found therein.

It depends on the Parties concern'd, whether theyflhrnake it a Heaven or a Hell upon Earth. The jufl and and all wife Providence of the Supream Being, fometimes leaves the Sinner to become his own Executioner, to be punilh'd by his own Sins.

Why, juft about as many as you'll find at the Foot of the Account, when you have fum'd up the laft Head in the foregoing Table, which confifts of Half a Dozen Cyphers.

Eufebius ever paid Lucretia all the Complaifance of a L. Thefe litde, kind Sort of Variances gave no Interruption to their Hap- pinefs, nor lefTen'd, but rather increased their AfFedion to one another ; even their common Faults and Failings were improved to the Advantage cf Love, by giving each other OppoE- i6i Opportunity of an eafy Pardon, and by mur tualiy pardoning they mutually obliged.

Eu- febius was a Lover of Country 8port? To compieat their Happinefs, Heaven blelTed them with a trac- table, obedient, and hopeful Offspring.

Will, any fay that they cannot, if they pleafe, carry themfelves to one another, in the fame manner as this ha'ppy Fair. A lliort Leflbn, if but well got, will increafe the Number of Happy Fairs, reilore good Harmony in Fami- lies, and Man and Wtfe will not be diftin- guifli'd by Characters quite oppofite to the End of their State.

This would prove a forry Token now-a-days, and expofe one that would go upon it to manifold Blunders. If you fee a Lady whofe Beauty and Car- riage attradls the Eyes, and engages the Re- fpedl of all the Company, except a certain Gentleman, who fpeaks to her in a rough Accent, not at all affedled with her Charms, you may be fure 'tis her Hufband, who mar- ry'd her for Love, and now flights her.

If you fee a Gentleman that's courteous, obliging, and good-natur'd to every body, except a certain Female that lives under the fame Roof with him, to whom he is unrea- fonably crofs and ill-natur'd ; 'tis his Wife.

Man and Wife. I have feen Great Britain but twice fince, until that remarkable Day laft Week,- what wholly covered them with Darknefs, a.

At the very Time of thofe gloomy Minutes, t obfery'd a total Indifference. The Supreme Governor of the World often noti- fies his Di'p. What Won- ders have not thefe ufeful Machines difcover- ed in the Sun and Moon?

I feared in earneft there might be fome Defign in it, when I underftood it was fhotup by that daring and facrilegious Hand, that had long fince raifed Batteries againfb the mod adorable Trinity, attacked the Divinity of the Son of God, and attempted to drive him out of Heaven.

The whole Bible has already been ranfack'd, by fuch as thefe, for new Turns and Inventions, whereby they may perfuade their Followers, that the World has hithetto been in the Wrong, and themfelves only in the Right.

This impious Ambition has been of fo long Standing, that all the Common Places of Invention are wholly exhaufted ; -fo that Men of this Turn of Impiety and Va- nity, that are now living, having little or no- thing left to pradlife upon, content them- felves in vamping up old Herefies, and if they can add fomething.

In all my Progrefs thro' the infernal King- doms, I ever obferv'd that they had the warm- ell Places there, that had the Ambition of coming thither at the Head of a Troop.

If Mr. Yet this is the Cafe with him, while he perfifts in his impious Tenets : For fure a Man of his great Ability will never take up with the mean Flea of invincible Ignorance ; neither do I think this Plea can pofTibly excufe either the firfl Broacher of a new Herefy, or the firft Botcher that trims up an old one ; elpecially in a Cafe that engages a Man to force and ftrain fo many plain Texts of Scripture, and gainfay the greateft Authority that can be had upon Earth.

I have carried this Digreflion farther than I defign'd, and muft now return to what at firfl: I was about to fay. However, I defign for fome time to continue that innocent kind of Amufement, and therefore make this fhort Preface to them ; which is done, I think, exadly to the prefent way of Writing on fuch Occa- fions.

The Queen of S. I defire ycu to take them for a Plate of Filberds, to make up aDefart for your Diverfion at the End of a Meal, rather than for any neceflary Nur- ture you may expedl from them.

When made the Seat of wanton Love, Grows fer til in its proper Kind. I Have in ally alas! For the Mo? From Monday May 2. The celcflia] Spirits, as I have told you before, vouchfafe now and then to honour me with a Vifit.

They were not only made for the faid Ufes, but alfo for our Inilrudlion. They evidently prove to us the Exiftence of a Supreme Being.

Whoever has obferv'd the Nature and Works of irra- tional Creatures, and denies a God, is cither a Fool, or only an Hypocrite in Atheifm of this at large in following Papers;.

What Con- cern do thofe dirty Animals fhew for a Bro- ther in Diftrefs! Bating only fome hafty Sal- lies of PaiTion at the Trough, they fcldom fail out, or engage in a formal Battle : Then at their Hours of Repofe, how lovingly do they pig together!

I who have hid the Credit of inventing Wind-Mufick, do here own that I firft learn'd it of the Birds. The Starlin taught me Triple-Time, wdiich he beats with both Wings while he's performing.

The Bittern has found out an ad- mirable Bafe amongft the Reeds for Wind- Mufick ; but he has not yet thought fit to communicate it to Mankind.

It may well be reckon'd among the vulgar Errors, to call thefe 'Diwih Creatures. As for Birds, they are rather remarkable for Loqua- city -, and there's hardly any Species of Crea- tures, that has not a Language of their own.

Your Singing- Birds cxprels their Minds to one another in Mufick, and therefore were the firil Inventors of the Opera. This elaborate Work, which I call my great Policlott, is now in the Prefs, the firft Volume is pretty nigh finifh'd.

To give my Reader a fmall Talle of my Performance, and Ibme Infight into the Mat- ter, I hall give you here in two or three Words, a fhort Abilra6l of what I have writ upon the Turkeys Language, by which you may frame fome Judgment of the reft.

In my Preface I obferve, that, whereas the Male and Female of the fame Species fometimes fpeak different Languages ; the Turkeys both Male and Female ufe the fame, and only differ in the Ufe of the Moods, and fometimes in the Accent and Manner of Articulation.

When you hear the Female fpeak it, you'd take it for a fmooth Language -, yet in my Prefatory Introdu6lion to my great Policlott,, I reckon this amongft the guttural Languages : For in the Male it is abfolutely fuch.

Their Alphabet confifts of thefe twelve Letters : A, c, e, h, i, k, p, r, t, u, w. Dipthongs, au, eu, ou. Some Tr. No Meaning in't.

They certainly ought to be put in the Rank of Fools, that have not the' Wit to fee their own Folly ; and the firft in the Rank of Fools, muft needs be he, who values hinrifelf for the Thing wherein confifts his greateft Folly : And this is the Cafe of an Atheift.

As often as Ned Hapfon lights into Company, that he thinks will bear with his impious Way of Talking, one may eafily read it in his Looks, that he values himfelf upon it; and imagines that the Company mull needs look upon him as a Man of uncommon Depth and Penetration, that can examine Things to the Bottom, and fhew you how the World has hitherto been in the Wrong.

Some have queftion'd whether it is pofllble for a Man to be really an Atheiji in his Heart. That there may be, the Text above cited is fufficient Proof.

One who by a lewd Life, tramples upon the Laws of God, and has no other Idea of him, but as a Re- venger and Punifher of his Crimes, may be apt to wifh in his Heart there were none ', and when he comes to argue the Matter, whilfl his Will and Inclination is retained on the Side of Atheifm, his Reafon is like a weak Judge that's over-balanced by the Pleadings of a darling Advocate, the fillieft Quibbles imaginable will out- weigh Eyidence.

Pc- monftration. He may, if he will himfelf, daily fee a thoufand glaring Proofs of a Supream Being in every thing he cafts his Eyes upon 5 Jput becaufe they are common and daily, they lofe.

Hapfony Mr. One of the Com- pany happening to turn an Iron Bar, whofe Handle lay a little above the Water, there fuddenly hesv up a Quantity of Water, from an hundred ditferent Pipes, an unufual height into the Air : Thefe Jet-eaux were fo contnv'd, that the Water fell not down toge- ther into the Bafm, but each Pipe was pur- pofely fo di reded, that the Water fell down like a Shower, equally upon all Parts of the Garden, fo as to water all the Flowers and Greens, and then the Overplus return by different Streams into the Fountain again.

When they had diverted themfelves fufficient- ]y with this Sight, they rtept into a pleafant Si.. Over the Door of the Sum- mer-Houfe, there were drawn the Lines of a diredt Dial, with Figures of Gold, that told us the Hour of the Day, The whjle Com- pany pany in the mean time feem'd fomewhat furprized, that all the Time they were di- verting themfelves with thefe pleafant Sights, there was not fo much as one Soul appear'd to them, either here or any where fince they landed in the Country.

Hapfon frequently exprefs'd his Uneafinefs, and put them in mind what Hazard they run, not knowing but that they might fuddenly be attacked by Enemies they were not aware of, and againft whom they were incapable of making any Refiftance.

Upon this Mr. Steerport went into the Middle of the Garden, and cry'd out with? Hapfon looking on him with Surprize and Amazement, I wonder, fays he, Mr.

What is a Dial that tells the Motion of the Sun, in Comparifon of the Sun itfelf, and the won- derful and regular Motion thereof?

If you thought me extravagantly bold, Mr. But in the mean while, fince we are fo agreeably feated here in this Summer-Houfe ; 1 defire you'll give this Gen- tleman here, Mr.

Hap- fon was greatly furpriz'd at this Adventure, and could hardly believe them, till by repeat- ed Affurances he was at lafl convinced of the Truth : But he defir'd them to forbear at pre- fent all farther Difcourfe about Religion ; for that he fhould be very ill-difpos'd to hearken to any thing at prefent, by Reafon of the Surprize he was in, and the Defire he had to fee Sir Peter.

He therefore earneftly intreat- ed them to defer it to a better Opportunity, and that they would forthwith bring him to the Houfe.

They thought his Propofal fo reafonable, that they could do no otherwife than acquiefce thereunto. Hapfcn's Ad- venture at Sir Peter Terra's.

The good Knight was not a little pleas'd at the Succefs of the Plot. Sir Peter was applauded for the Contrivance ; Mr. Hapfon could not well be angry at the civil Railleries he met with on this Occa- fion.

One Evening being fcated in the Summer-Houfe, into which they had cnter'd at their firft Ar- rival, after fome Difcourfe, fays the Merchant, Mr.

You then made an Ex- cufe, but now 1 hope you have none. We'll argue fairly, faid Mr. This they all agreed to be the faireft Play in the World. I'll endeavour to convince you of the Exiftence of the Supream Being, by his Eifeds, which you daily fee, and may obferve if you pleafe.

No, there's none at all, they are all of an odd and irregular Shape. Yet as numberlefs as they are, they have all fome agreeable, regular, and well propor- I 3 tion'd tion'd Shape.

Not the Jeaft. Behold this Sprig of Rofemary. How agreeable is the Make of the Whole and each Part! Should I take up thefe Thoufand Bits of Glafs that lie on the Ground, and throw them down all together in the very fame Figure of this Tulip and Lillies ; would not that be a wonderful Chance indeed?

No ; ac- cording to the little Share I have of Philofo- phy, 'tis contrary to the Property o'i Chance to bring forth Order, Regularity, or Proportion -, much more contrary to it, is a conilant Way of acting regularly.

Year after Year, to the World's End, in the fame regular Figure you fee them. This was done with Defign, there- fore not by Chance ; this is a Confequence al- lowed by all.

If we take a general View of the Works of the Univerfe, there will evidently appear a mod wife Defign and End in them.

There's a Defign in the Rain and Wind, we could not live long with- out them. There's an evident Defign in this, that no Creature has any Thing for its Food, but what has its Increafe as well as that which feeds on it.

No, this IS none of his, but is the Defign of thofe who put him in the Wheel. Irrational Creatures have no fuch Defign in their Head, as that of perpetuating their Spe- cies upon Earth.

When a brooding Hen is in the Courfe of her fitting, you can hardly drive her from her Neft : When Hun- ger forces her for a Time to leave her Eggs, fhe runs about with her Winers down, in a furious Sort, impatient to return to them : Do you think fhe propofes any End in this, or underftands that if flie fits on them for three Weeks, fhe rtiall have Chickens out of them ; and that if flie be an Hour or two ab- fent from rhem till they are cold, they'll prove abortive?

I cannot think fhe's at all let into this Secret : What flie does is by a neceffiry Inftind from the Author of Nature, who moves her thus, for an End file's incapable of knowing.

I 5 Ilap, Hap. How can you prove to me that the Hen does not know all this her- I'elf? For my Party I am apt to think fhe does. Therefore fhe has no Knowledge of having young ones out of her Eggs ; but all ihe does in this Matter fhe's moved to it, to execute the Defign of an intelligent Being.

There are many Kinds of Creatures that ]ay their Eggs, and never look any more alter them : Yet always by a natural Inftind, take Care to lay them in fuch Places, that are proper to bring them to Life.

Is it, think you, by their own Knowledge of the Sun's Sun's enlivening Faculty, that they do this? I cannot think they know any thing of the future inanimating of their Spawn : What they do, is all by the exprefs Diredion of an intelligent Being.

Flies lay their Eggs upon cold or raw Flefli, or upon dead CarcafTes which have the Faculty of enlivening them, and becoming Food for them when enlivened : Yet they know nothing of this when they lay them there.

Are all thefe the Works of Chance? That fuch an in- finite Sort of different Vegetables, void of Senfe, fhould move in this Manner, fo evi- dently for an End, and for an End of no lefs Importance than the World's Prefervation : For were there not a conftant Increafe of Ve- getables, neither Man nor Beaft could fubfift.

The Evidence of Defign and Thought, ap- pears no lefs in the Prefervation and Main- tenance of Individuals, than it does in the Prefervation of the Species of Creatures.

Whoever has well confider'd what a Num- ber of Creatures fwarm in every Element j and that every one is provided with its proper Food, has fuch Cunning in finding it, has its proper corporal Inftruments and Organs for taking and applying itj and how that every thing that's Food for living Creatures, has its Pro- perty of multiplying and incrcafing, without which Supplies would in Time be deficient, can never fure imagine all this is done by Chance and without Defign.

To the End that Creatures might find their Food, 'tis necefiary they be provided with a Means to fee it.

If an Indian that were a Stranger to the common Utenfils of Art, fhouid fee an Ax or a Saw, he might both comprehend the Defign on't, and eafily ima- gine how it does its Work ; but fhew him a Watch or Clock, that tells the Hour of the Day, and the Day of the Month, he would wonder much how fuch a Thing could be done ', and if he were as great a Simpleton by Nature as by Education, he might think it might perhaps be made by Chance : But if he had but any Senfe, and look'd a little into it, he would conclude that an I ng-ine that had fo wonderful an Operation, that depended on fo many nice and curious Parts, that muft be every Way mofl accurately finifh'd, to per- form their refpedlive Fundlions, mufl needs be be a Mafter-picce of Ingenuity, as well in the Contrivance and Defign, as in the manual Execution of the Work.

Boyle tells us there's far more Inge- nuity and Contrivance even in the Foot of a Dog, than in that famous Clock at Strajhurg, 1 am fure then, there's infin tely more in the Eye.

Altho' it's hard to conceive how fuch a Thing could have been effeded, yet when wc examine its Structure, the Nature of all its curious Parts, we may eafily imagine how well fuited they are to the Defign.

When we obferve the Variety of its Coats and diffe- rent Humours, each whereof has its peculiar Fundion, the Tranfparcncy of fome, and the Opacity of others, being fo admirably adapted for the receiving, collecting, and refrading the Rays of Light, in order to perceive vifible Objeds, we may underftand fomething of the Manner of its ading, and cannot poflibly doubt of its beins: made with Defio-n.

An Organ fo ufeful, and yet fo very tender, that it's hurt by the lead Thing that touches it, ought to be provided with fome Means to defend itfelf : And for this End and Defign we cannot doubt but the Eye-Lids are made to cover them ; vvhich fhut themfelves to de- fend it with fuch Readinefs, that the Quick- ncfs thereof is become a Proverb.

The thatch'd Penthoufe of the Eye-Brows are hke Out-Works to de- fend them from any thing that might run down the Face, or fall into the Eyes from above.

Fifh, Flies and Infedls have no Eye-Lids. The former want no Moiilure or Defence, nothing can touch them, but it's as foon wafh'd away again by the Water.

The Eyes of the latter are cover'd with fo hard and horney a Subfrance, they neither need to be much guarded or moilten'd.

Sir PeUr, you are a Fox-Hunter, I doubt not but that whilft you are riding thro' Woods and Thickets, you are fenfible how convenient, and even ne- ceffary this is for thofe Creatures, that natu- rally dwell in fuch Places.

Sir PeL Mr. Clark, you are in the right on't. But pray go on with your Difcourfc, let's not ineerrupt you. Is it not very evident that all this is the Effe6l of Thought and Defign?

If we confider the Ingenuity of the Work itfelf, 'tis wonder- fully furprifing. If the Paw of a Beafl, according to Mr. Hence 'tis obferv'd, that in molting Time, they com- monly repair to great Lakes and Fenns, till they are able to fly again.

Sir Peter being call'd afide by one of his Servants, deflr'd Mr. Clark to defer the Re- mainder of his Difcourfe till his Return. Clark to reafTume the Thread of his Difcourfe.

We may in the next Place confider, how all Creatures are furnifh'd with proper Inftruments for taking and applying their Food. Can any one think, that the Teeth of -Animals were not given for this End?

Whereas other Bones, when come to their full Size, grow no more, but thefe grow till Death, otherwife they would be worn out by conftant Ufe.

Thofe Fowls that live on Grain, how commodious are their Beaks made for picking it up? How well thefe Birds of Rapine are furniih'd with Means for taking their own Food!

What CJaws to catch hold of it and keep it! What Strength and C and Qulcknefs of Wing to purfue it! What a quick Eye to efpy it!

What Firmnefs and Courage to attack it! As hkewife Water Fowl, finding their Toes webb'd together with a thin Membrane, very convenient for fwimming, betook them- fejves to that Element.

The natural Food of Water Fowl lies in that Element, and the Nature of their Bodies not only bears, but in a manner requires to be in it : Their young ones, almoft as foon as hatch'd, will abide all Day therein.

Whereas, if you put any other Fowl but a Finger deep in the Water for half an Hour, it will foon put an End to them. Did you ever obferve the 'Tongue of a Woodpecker?

They feed wholly upon thofe Worm? Hi2p, I don't fee why we may not fuppofe, that Creatures being by Chajice furnifli'd with Legs.

CL This, Mr. Kapfcriy is the Epicureans Ob- jediion ; and indeed a very abfurd one. A young Bird will fly at the firft Trial, tho' it never faw it perform'd.

Chickens will run about as foon as they are hatch'd. Do they find this out beforehand by the Dint of Philo- fophy, the one in the Neft, the other yet in the Shell?

I defire to know of you, Mr. And CI. Before you proceed, let me tell you by the By, that when we fpeak oi Chance as a politive Agent or Caiife of any Thing, we fpeak improperly, and only according to vul- gar Notions : For in Reality there's no fuch Thing as Chance.

But it was the Effed of Chance. I doubt not but mod of the Curio- Titles in this Garden came from this Origin. Do you fee thofe Silver and Gilt Holhes?

There's no fuch Thing grows naturally in Woods or Hedges. That which Jacob is laid to have pradlis'd upon Sheep, in procuring a parti-colour'd Race of them, may ferve for a fmall EiTay of this Kind.

This is pleafant enough, Mr. Hapfon : I hope you don't expedl a Solution to this Objedlion of yours. SivFeL Really, Mr. Clark, I think Ned Hap- for.

I am rcfoivVi Tli try this Secret upon my Hounds -, if I can get into a Breed of fliod Fox Hounds, I fhall highly value them, Steerp, For confirmation of this, pray give me Leave to tell you, what happen'd fome time ago in the Parifh i v;as born in.

The Secret took Air, and came to the Ears of our Shoemaker, who goes ftrait and imparted it to his Brother- hood in the neighbouring Corporation.

In line, the Projcdldid not fucceed, the Child was born like the reft, without Shoes and Stockings, nay, it had not fo much as a Slipper on.

CL However, the Brotherhood of Shoe- makers were much in the right on't j and the Magiftrates would certainly have granted their Petition ; for none could tell where fuch Pro- je6ls would end: For when Shoes and Stockings were provided, they would undoubtedly pro- ceed to the Breeches, then the Coat, Hat,,, Perriwig, and in Time, both Male and Fe- male would have come into the World clad from Top to Toe, and then farewell all the Trade and Manufadlure of the whole King- dom.

I own ftrange Things have happen'd, when Women have been difappointed of any thing they have long'd for in the Time of their Breeding ; fo that in my Opinion, the Gentleman fnould have oblig'd the Woman to have gone barefoot, then perhaps fhe might have long'd for a pair of Shoes and Stockings, and if difappointed, perhaps the Child might have had the Mark of them on fome Part of its Body ; but, I fear, not at all to anfwer the Defign.

I fee, Gentlemen, you have a mind to be merry with me, I am glad I have contri- buted to your Diveriion : perhaps it might be needful, by way of Interlude, after fo long a Dif- a Difcourfe.

Pray, Mr. If thefe Parts of the Body were made with Defign for InfLruments of Motion, how comes it, that fome Creatures have Wings and cannot life them : Others make httleUfe of their Legs : Some are wholly deprived of all thefe Inftruments you have fpoke of.

Altho' I have fliewn you evident To- kens of an Intelligent Being, in many In- ft ances, as to the Generality of Creatures, yet I pretend not to dive into the Counfels and Defigns of the Supream Being, as to all Par- ticulars ; yet, as to the Clearing thisfeeming Difficulty you have darted, 'tis to be obferv'd, that there are fome Defigns and Ends that re- gard the Whole, and others that regard par- ticular Parts of the Creation.

The Divine Creator thereof, feem'd, as to the Whole, to propofe to himfelf thefe Ends. This Gradation may be obfervable in feveral Re- fpeds.

The Gradation from the Water to the Land Animals, is kept up by the. There feems alfo a Gradation defign'd from the Higheft to the Lowefl:, in every one of thefc Ranks amongfl: thenifeives, from the highefl: Angel to the Natural ; from the Mon- key to the Oyfter ; from the Cedar of Lihaniis to the Mofs of the Vv'ali : Hence we may eafily account for thofe Defeds you mention'd.

A- mongft Senfitive Creatures, fome have five Senfes in great Perfecflion ; others want one of them, others more, till you defcend to the Oyfter, that feeir.

The Senfe of Feel- ing. The Earth-worm feems to enjoy no more than two Senfes at moft, it wants all the common Organs of Motion ; yet to fupply that Defedl, has a Body of fuch a Make, that it can move with tolerable Speed by Contraction and Extenfion of its Body, The Snail moves roo, tho' flowly, yet with an eafy kind of confcant Motion, tho' it has no exterior Parts fit for it.

Some fiy but little, others never, and the Caffowary has hard- ly any thing like a Wing. Some Birds have very Ihort and weak Tegs, and m.

This Bird feeds on Flies in the Air, and to catch them the K 3 more more eafily, it has a Mouth thrice as wide In proportion as other Birds.

They have long Wings that carry them in the Air with great Eafe, without being tired, fo that they are almoft always on the Wing, and therefore have httle Ufe of their Legs.

And fince all the Swallow Kind feed upon Flies only, which are not to be met with in Winter, Providence has adapted this Property to their Nature, that againft the Time of their Prey being with- drawn, they creep into lecret Places fit for that Purpofe, and there lie in a Kind of inani- mate State all Winter.

Is not this the Eftedl of Thought and Defign.? Well, Mr. HapfoUy I hope the Confideration I have had for your lafl Obje6lion, will make amends for the paiTing over the other fo lightly.

I might bring Arguments of this Nature without End ; and fciil more convincing ones, from the interior Parts of the Bodies of Men and. Brutes : But I think I need not fay any more.

I have only one more to olfer, and then, Mr. When Things of this Kind, void of all Life and Senfe, are feen to move, and to move for an End too, we may may plainly conclude that they move not themfeives, but are moved by others.

Pray then, Mr. The different Degrees of Heat are like- wife requifite. One Degree being neceffary for fome Vegetables, anoti er Degree for other Sorts of them : One Degree of t ieat being re- quifite for bringing forth Fruits, another for ripening and bringing them to full Maturity.

All this is aniwcr'd to the fame Intents and Purpofes, whether you fuppofe the Sun or the Earth to move. Now, Mr. Hapfon faid no more, or rather had nothing more to fay.

Part VI. UPON the 4th there arriv'd here an an- cient Gentleman from the City of Lon- don ; by the DifTaiisfadion that a ' ear'd in his Looks, and the broken ExprefTions that ef- cap'd him as he advanced towards us, we gather'd that his coming hither was contrary to his Expedat on.

Being afk'd the Caufe of his Difcontent, and whether he had not found hard Meafure at the Bar he ju-t now left? Did you never hear of one who ftole a Goofe and gave gave the Giblets to the Poor?

When he was prieft by the M nifter of Chrift to repent, on his Death-Bed, and admonifh'd to the Necef- fity of reftoring feveral Hundreds of Pounds : Nay, faid he, if that be neceifary, e'en let it be as it is ; pray.

Sir, let me alone, I know what I have to trull: to. In this Difpofition he died. He was forthwith conduced to the Company of a whole Clan of Mifers, who had been de- ceiv'd by the fame Artifice.

Mercury begs leave to interpofe a Word or two of Reflexion upon this PafTage. The Perfon, or Devil, or whover it was, that fends this Advice, perhaps had it in his Deiign, to difcourage the leaving of charitable Legacies : But this by no Means ought to be done.

Molt of the greateft Benefadions to the Pub- lick have come this Way ; and it's often the Token of great Piety in the Donors. It's true, one may put more Weight upon a good Deed than it will bear ; and the Mifer's Cafe, who is juilly condemn'd, fhews us how this Kind of Charity may lofe its Value.

I believe none will deny, but that a Charity given in a Man's Life-time, is much to be prefer'd be- fore the Legacies of the Dead : For he who leaves any thing in this Manner, is not fo properly faid to give, as to leave others to give, what at that Time he cannot poilibly have any Occafion for.

When a Perfon that's forc'd to part with a Thing, gives it to me rather than another, I am oblig'd to him for it, but in a lefs Degree than 1 fliould be to one who gives me what he might as vvcil keep for him- felf, and for his own Ufe : Wherefore I ear- neftly advife all to give whatever they can fpare fpare in their Life-time.

Eugenius has but a moderate Fortune, yet fpares from his Divertifements, Convenien- cies, and many allowable Expences, to relieve the Wants of the Poor : Altho' what he thus gives be but little in itfelf, yet is far more va- luable than the Thoufand Pounds, which Dives has by him, anJ which he defigns to keep as long as he can, out of a groundlefs Fear that he might poflibly want it on fome Occafion or other ; but yet intends for the Poor what remains at his Death.

But, Sir 'Tbeopbilus Fhilofliitus abounds in Wealth, yet has no fuch charitable Defigns, ei- ther for the prefent or future.

He knows not how to part with a Penny, unle s in Hopes of making iwo of it. I am order'd co prefenc him with fevcral Bills that are drawn upon him from his great Mailer ; but I queflioa whether he will eicher take any rotice notice of or accept them.

Some of the Council were for frightening him out of the Pulpit with a Bug-bear ; others were for ruffling his Mind, and difcompofing him for the Perfor- mance, by burning his Tops and Whirlcgigs : Many Expedients were propofed, but it is not yet known to the Publick, what in the End was agreed upon.

It was not a Uttle furprifmg to obferve, how he was fuddenly changed, from the Affe6lions and Humours ufual in Children to a manly Comportment, which caufed Admiration in all that faw it.

We of the other JVcrld have a great Advantage on thefe Occafions : We can look into a Man, and view him through and through. I perceived by feveral Tokens that my Prefence was troublefome to him.

That what this Child might fay in his futuie Sermons, I lliould not look upon as done by immediate Infpiration, as the Words of the Apoftles and Prophets : But the fudden and wonderful , adjufting of the material Parts fubfervient to his Underfland- ing, I look'd upon as fupernatural.

I foon found out the Time appointed for the Perfor- mance of, and was refolved to prefent at it. D Early beloved Chriftians, the Wonder and Amazement I fee exprefs'd in the Looks of all of you, could not well be other- wife without a greater Wonder than that which now caufcs your Furprize.

I hope the extraordinary Nature of my MiiTion will give due Weight to my Words of Exhortation to you, when you can no longer doubt of the Povv'er that fcnt me, and ihe Prefence of the Divine Spirit that ads in me.

I hope that together with your ierious Attention, you will yield up your Hearts and Wills to the Defigns of his Mercy to you, who for your Sakes more than for my own, has given Light to my Un- derhand i.

Dear Chriflians, the facred Orators of thefe Times, have raifed their Voice upon this Sub- je6t and Text, have often cry'd to you at the Head of Multitudes from this Place, and re- proach'd you of this Childilhnefs and Folly, as much now as in the Days of Solomon ; When Wifdom, as he fays, preach'd on this Text in the open Air, and in all Places of Concourfe.

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