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   Universal Spectator and Weekly Journal (Newspaper) - January 9, 1731, London, Middlesex                                W e � fc t Y *$a it ft  A L By ^etttp ^tOUecaSle of x Northumberland, Efq; �' j'lrfll ...... ill - II      II "i i   w it I �l �       I I        rfi.ilim-  "' H. i    II SATURDAY}   January 9, 1731, Tc id dare operant, g�f i/h  veastuo!. T�r.~And. r-Vn ftfrfe %Ace4ititi% Trofefio evadet in alicpad Wombat malum. 1 C ,./    Ter. Adclph. Fwm~Hty Kouk In fjie Minor Us. S the following Letters have forae Relation fo one another, fliall, publift thjgpi together, ;for l\vtfEntertafrt^erii of To-day, with fuch Obfervations on them as I hope will be of Ufe. The; F/>/? comes from a QentVeman, complaining that his Miftrefs ,      _____ has difcarded him, in a Manner �which he thinks irregular ; and the Other from a young Lady, who fets forth fome Hardfhips her Sex liesuader in that terfu* Point of ~chuftyfr�^n\Huf mm to HENRY STONZCASTLEr$Sq$\] ' S I R, Iam a conftant Reader of your Pape?, am! am very fen/ibly pleas'd,  at a Time when your * Brother Nevis Writers are endeavouring to foment * our unhappy Differences, to fee you engag'd in fo * laudabl: an Undertaking, as the correcting of our * Forties, and perfuading us to Virtue. Now, as '* every Thing comes under the Confideration of an 4 Univerfal Spectator, I fhall make no Excufe for gi-*" ving you the following Trouble, but proceed to * inform you, that about three Months ago I was at 'a Ball, where I feMpaflionately in Love with a 4 very beautiful young Lady. From that Time I 4 fought all Opportunities of getting into her Com- * pany, and engag'd in my Intereft fuch of her Ac- * quaintance as I had any Knowledge of, by whofe 1 Affiflance I got feveral Letters conveyed to her, and * believ'd myfelf in a very fair Way of fucceeding, 4 when, all on a fudden, I receiv'd a Meifage, to de-4 fire me to deiift Writing, and to allure me, that * neither my Letters nor Addreffes would any longer 4 be admitted of.    I was almoft Thunder-ftruck at * futh unexpected News, knowing that I had done * nothing to difoblige her, w"hich fhe herfelf very * readily confeffed, when (he was asked whether any * Misbehaviour of .mine had occafion'd this fevere 4 Alteration.     But, notwithftanding, I could not * prevail fo much as to obtain one fingle Interview, * and to have my Anfwcr given me from her own * Mouth. - Had I, indeed, been rejected upon * my iirft making known my Prctcnfibns, I could not * then have blam'd her, for every one has undoubt * edly a Right to pleafe herfelf in Love : But after 4 having receiv'd feveral of my Letters, and known. ' my Intentions for f> long a Time, then, without * being able to give any Reafon, to caft me off, and 1 refufe feeing me, betravs a light ungenerous Spirit. * I believe you and all Mankind will agree with me, 1 that no difcreet Woman will give a Lover any En- * couragemeiit, unless fhe has fome Thoughts of pro-4 ceeding farther in the Affair ; and that it is an un-4 jull Way of aSting in the Fair Sex, to keep People c in Sufpence, with no other Deftgn than to fatisfy 4 their Pride and Vanity. But this is a Task I am 6 unequal to, and muft beg the Favour Of you to 4 take upon you ; and if I am fo fortunate to engage * a"Pen like yours in my Behalf, I mall not yet de-4 fpair of bringing Matters to an happy Conclulion, * which will for ever confirm me, Sir, Your obliged humble Servant, What'fliall t fay id this difappointed Lover ? - In Truth, I pity him, but can't find any mighty Reafon for,his complaining cf the Lady's Condufit, fince fhe feems to have given him all the fair Fluy a Man of Hongur could de/lre.-- Whilft he was a 1 Stranger to her, Ihe did. ijfit hatt^htily reje�t his Addreffes,   but needed \m Letters for fome Time,, and gave him Opportunities of trying to mike him- I felf agreenhle $ which, afterwards, when fhe found he could not be to her, fhe, verv civilv, by a third' Per/on,  defir'd him to deiift j  and this, certainly, was a,more gentile an^ggenerous Way of.afting, than it would have been- to mortify him herfeif, by telling him Jhe did not like him, - In my Opinion, every Woman has a Right to proceed thus far, and raayf if fhe thinks fit, hear what any Man has to fay, without being fupposM thereby under anv Engagement to him. The Men ask whom they pleafe, (a Privilege deny'd the other Sex) but it's prefum'd, they never do.fo, 'till they are aiftir'd of theirown Inclinations, and confider'd well the Confequence ; and the poor Women would be hardly ufed, fhould they be debar'd a reafonaVi Time to know their own Minds,.and give their Anfwer, in a Cafe that requires the utmoft Caution and Deliberation. My Correfpondent fays, the Lady, atlatt, made noObjettion to his Behaviour', bat is not this a Proof her Diflike was to his Per/on ? And furely that will juftify her Refufal.-- However, to do him all the Service in my Power, and left her difcarding him in fuch a M tnner, fhould be any Prejudice to his Attempts eifewhere ; it is hereby ordered, that the faid Lady, \ip-m his requeuing it as a Favour, fhali give him a Certificate, duly attefted under her Hand and Seal, to inform all whom it Way concern, tfcat the Beater thereof, during the Time of his' being in her Service, did behave himfelf obligingly, modejily, and fubmijively to-wavds her, as becomes a Lover j and that his Dif-miffvon was not occafion'd by any Falfhood, Impertinence, or Mifconduci. --- And in Order to fettle Matters of this Kind upon a better Foot than they are at prefent, I think proper likewife to enaEi, that, for the future, every other disbanded Lover, fhall, upon Demand, be intitlcd to a like Certificate of his good Behaviour. To the Univerfal Spe�tator. S I R, 'OUR famous Predecejfor was a ftneere Friend to the Fair Sex, and gave them many ufeful Admonitions, which much retriev'd the Honour 01 Womankind  and I h.pe you likewife with equal Candour and good Temper will' bettow on us your Advice, when we apply to you, and hear our Complaints-, which Belief encourages a Scribe of fifteen to write to you. I find our Sex, at prefent, unhappily loaded with dull Rules and 1 unreafonable formalities, which a long run of Cu ' fiom has efiablifh'd  and confirm'd.     In former 4 Times, when virtuous Women were honour'd, and : lewd ones defpis'd, a Lady might receive two or ' three Suitors, without anv Reflection : (and then it : was fome Reputation for the dilHnguifh'd Gentle c man to bear away the Prize from a Number of ' contending Lovers)  But fhould any Woman do fo 'now, fhe would immediately be cal I'd a Coquet; 4 which is a Name given to all Women who, in this L Cafe, have two Strings to their Bow.   Or, an Age. c ago, a Lady might receive a Gentleman for two or ' three Years, and afterwards, if fhe found any Red ' fon of Diflike, difcard him : But, when a Woman ' does fo now a-days, fhe is certainly branded with ' the Name of Jill ; tho' the Men change their Mi c flreffcs as often as a Courtier does his Face,  or t' a Beau his Dreft,    Now, Mr. SpiSlator^ I'll be judg'd by you, what an.hard Conditioii we-are in t At this Rate, moft Women muft either lead ApeS in Heil, or take up with a Hcbfon'M Choice i muu absolutely refufe all, or become contented with the firft that offer*. As I fiid before, it would be ftfme Honour to a Man to rt^in a L,d* from a Crowd of Admirers 5*bt8t, pray, what Cre* dit is it, for a Fellow to prevail, when there is no Antagoniit to oppofe him ? ' I am now, as Tve mention'd iab&vtj     the fix-teenth Year of mv Age,  and confequently han^fe had much to do in the World, having been jti) more than an Attend ml, to fay Yes, or No, when I waif % ask'd a Quefh'on, without any Affeitioni, bat what were biafs'd by Mama^ or fome favourite Relation.. But, now, I begin to contemn all girlifh Tricky  and think myfelf a Woman } which is the Reafba of my troubling you with t^is Scrawl ; for I\4 fain be advis'd by you, how to behave -m/felf irt thefe Affairs, when.my turn comes, which perhaps may be e'er long.   I find my natural Temper is a little coquetifh,  that is, I would willingly make myfelf 10 agreeable, as to have an Opportunity of.chufing out of feveral,   without  being obliged to take the firft that comec *  though, as 4 for any jilting Airs, I abhor them heartily.   I de-fire to know, therefore, whether a Wonim mayn't receive more than one Lover at a Time, without any Blemiih to her Honour ? Since Husbands not ' on]>.coquet it before Marri.-ge, but alter : Syrelv^ if the Men Tere generous, they would, without Cenfure, allow us our full Swing, 'till that dread-' iui Day, which fubje&s us to their Commands. ' Pray give an Anfwer as foon as poflible, to, Your conftant Reader^ And humble Servant, CAROLINA. This Letter is partly anfwerM in ray Observations on the preceding; but left my f'lir.Corr.fpundent fhould imagine herfelf negle�ted, I'll confider her Ep'file a little more particularly ; anj that I may the better do fo, reduce it to thefe two Queries. Firjl Quere. - May a Woman entertain fevcrat Lovers at the fame Time ? Anfvu.r. Was I fure a Licence for fo do doing would be made ufe of to no oiher Purpofe but chu* fing out the belt defervirtg of them fjr an Husband, ind that a Number of Suitors would never be encou* rag'd out of Vanity, and for the AmufemSnt of their Attendance, I could readily indulge her in it : But^ a general Liberty of this Kind, is fo liable to be abused, and would create fuch a Multitude of Coquets^ that I dare not venture to allow it. -- Befides, a considerable Inconvenience would arife even to the Women themfelves, (which makes me believe, however fond Mifs CAROLINE may be of fuch a Licence, that a Majority of her Sex would vote; a-gainlt it) for whilft Crovids are following fume coy fair Ones, to no purpofe, Others (who perhaps are more kindly inclin'd) muft inevitably be left alone. Second Quere. �� ' ' � After a Woman has once ri' ceWd a Man's Addreffes, may Jlie voitk Honour turnl him off? Anfwer. -'- " ' Yes, certainly, if Jlie difcovert him fulfe and b�fst or unable to make her haptfy.   

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