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   London Tatler (Newspaper) - December 13, 1709, London, Middlesex                                ATLER. By IJaac cBickerjlyf Efq; Ah Mifer! Quanta laboras in Ckarybdi Digne Puer meliore Flamma ? Hor. From Tuefdajt December 13. to Thurfcity December 15. 1709. Sheer-Lane, December 14. Bout Four this Afternoon, which is the  Hour I uiuaily put my lelf in a Readings to receive Company, there enter'da Gentleman who I believed at firlt came upon lome ordinary Queftion; but as he approached nearer to me, I law in his Countenance a deep Sorrow, mix'd with a certain ingenuous Complacency, thai gave me a ludden Good-will towards him. He Irani, and betray'd an Abience of Thought as he was going to communicate his Bufmefs to me. But at laft, recovering himielf, he faid, .with an Air of great Refpect, Sir,' It would be an Injury to your Know ledge in the Occult Sciences to tell you what is my Dufrefs $ I dare fay you read it in my Countenance: I therefore beg your Advice to the morlunhappy ef all Men. Muc/i Experience has made me particularly fagacious in the Dilcovery of Diftempefs, and I ibon law that his was Love. I then turned to my Common-place Book- and found his Cale under the Woi&Coquette; and reading over the Catalogue which I have collected out of this great City of all under that Character, I law at the Name of Cynthia his Fit came upon him. I repeated the Name thrice after a raufing Manner, and immediately perceived his Pulfe quicken two Thirds ; when his Eyes, in Head of the VVildneis with which they appeared at his Entrance, looked with all the Gentleneis imaginable upon me, not without Tears. Oh! Sir, laid he, you know not the unworthy Ulage I have met with from the Woman my Soul doats on. I could gaze at her to the End of my Being ; yet when I have done lb, foV lome Time part 1 have found her Eyes fix'd on another. She is now Two and twenty, in the full Tyranny of her Charms, which ihe once acknowledge ihe re;oic'd in, only as they made her Choice of me, out of a Crowd of Admirers, the more obliging. But in the Midi'f of this Happineis, lb it is Mr. Bickerji.-.ff, that young Qitickjcu, who is juff come to Town, without any other Recommendation then that of being tolerably handlbme, and ex-ceifively rich, has won her Heart in lb ihameleis a Manner, that ihe dies for him. In a Wrord, I would coniult yon how to cure my ielf of this PafTion for an uugra;e;ui Woman, who triumphs in her Falihood,and can make no Man happy, became her own San-faction conliits chiefly in being capable of giving Dilirefs. I know Ouicifm is afprefent coulidcrable witli her for no-ether Reaion bat that lie can be without her, and fee! no Pam in the Lois. Lei me therefore deiire you, Sir, to fortify my Reaion againlt the Levity of an In-conitant, who ought only to be treated with Neglect. All this Time I was locking over my Receipts, and ask'd him if he had any good W inter Boots- Boots Sir! laid my Patient- I went on; You may eafily reach Harwich in a Day, loas to be theie when the'Packet goes off". Sir, laid the Lover, I rind you defign me for Travelling � but alas ! I have no Language, it will be the lame Thing to me as Solitude to be in a ttrange Country. I have, continued he, lighing, been many Years in Love with this Creature,and have almoft loft even my En-glijh, at leaff to fpeak fuch as any body elfe does. I asked a Tenant of ours, who came up to Town the other Day with Rent, whether the Flowry Meads near my Father's Houfe in the Country had any Sheoherd in it. I have called a Cave a Grottc thefe Three Years, and muit keep ordinary Company, and frequent bufie People for lome Time, before 1 can recover my common Words. I united at his Raillery upon nirnielf, tho' I well law it came from an heavy Heart. You are (faid I) acquainted to be lure with ibme of the General Officers ; Suppofe you made aCampagne ? If I did, (laid he) I fhould venture more than any Man there, for I fhould be in Danger of frarving; my Father is fuch an untoward old Gentleman, that he would tell me he found it hard enough to pay his Taxes towards the War, without making it more expenfive by an Allowance to me. With all this, he is as fond as he is rugged, and I am his only Son. I looked upon the young Gentleman with much Tendernefs, and not like a Phyfician, but a Friend for I talked to him io largely, that if I had parcelled my Dilcourfe into dilfinct Prefcriptions, I am confident I gave him Two Hundred Pounds worth of Advice. He heard me with great Attention, bowing, imiling, and ihowing all other In-ffances of that natural good Breeding which ingenuous Tempers pay to .thole who are elder and wi-fer than themielves. 1 entertained him to the following Purpoie: I am lorry, Sir? that your Paflion is of io long a Date, for Evils are much more curable in their Beginnings ; but at the lame Time muff allow, that you are not to be blamed, fince your Youth and Merit has been abuied by one of the moff charming, but the rnoft unwrorthy Sort of Women, the Coquets. A Coquet is a chaff Jilt, and differs only from a common One, as a Soldier who is perfect in Exerciie, does from one that is actually in Service. This Grief^ like all other, is to be cured only by Time,- and altho' you are convinced this Moment, as much as you will be Ten Years hence, that ihe ought to be fcorned and neglected,, you lee you muff not expect your Remedy from the Force of Reaion. The Cure then is only in Time, and the hardening of the Cure only in the Manner of employing that Time. You have aulwered me as to Travel and a Cam-pagne, fo that wre have only Great Britain to avoid her in. Be then your lelf, and litfen to the following Rules, which only can be of Uie to you in this unaccountable Diftemper, wherein the Patient is often averie even to his Recovery. It has been of Benefit to ibme to apply themielves to jBufineis; but as that may not lie in your Way,-'go down to your Eftate, mind your Fox-hounds, and venture the Life you are weary of over every Hedge and Ditch in die Country. Thefe are wholeiom Remedies; but if you can hive Reiolunbn enougc, rather if ay in Town, and recover your lelf even   

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