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on Womankind, the Pains of becoming a Mo-
ther. May her First-born be none of her own
Sex, nor so like her, but that he may resemble
her Lord as much as herself. May she, that
always affected Silence and Retiredness, have the
House filled with the Noise and Number of her
Children, and hereafter of her Grandchildren;
and then may the arrive at that great Curse so
much declined by fair Ladies, old Age. May
The live to be very old, and yet feem young;
be told so by her Glass, and have no Aches to
inform her of the Truth: and when she shall
appear to be mortal, may her Lord not mourn
for her, but go hand in hand with her to that
Place, wbere we are told there is neither mar-
rying nor giving in Marriage: that being there
divorced, we may all have an equal Interest in
her again. My Revenge being immortal, I wish
all this may also fall upon their Pofterity to the
World's End, and afterwards. To you, Madam,
I wish all good Things; and that this Loss
may, in good Time, be happily supplied with
a more constant Bedfellow of the other Sex.
? Madam, I humbly kifs your Hands, and beg
Pardon for this Trouble from
Your Ladyship's most humble Servant,

E. WALLER,
L E T T E R II.

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Dr. 'Tillotson to Lord Shrewsbury.
My Lord,
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ways inftrumental in the gaining your Lordfhip to our, Religion, which I am really perfuaded to be the Truth; but I am, and al

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ways was, more concerned that your Lordship should continue a virtuous and

good Man, than become a Protestant; being assured that the Ignorance and Errors of Mens Understanding will find a much easier Forgiveness with God, than the Faults of the Will : I remember that your Lordship once told me, that you would endeayour to justify the Sincerity of your Change, by a conscientious Regard to all other Parts and Actions of your Life; I am sure you cannot more effectually condemn your own Act, than by being a worse Man after your Profession to have embraced a better Religion. I will certainly be one of the last to believe any thing of your Lordship that is not good; but I always feared I should be one of the first that fhould hear it: the Time I last waited upon your Lordship, I had heard something that affected me very sensibly, but I hop'd it was not true, and was therefore, loth to trouble your Lordship about it; but having heard the same from those who I believe bear no Ill-will to your Lordship, I now think it my Duty to acquaint you with it. To speak plainly, I have been told that your Lordship is of late faller into a Conversation, dangerous both to your Reputation and Virtue; two of the tendereft and dearest things in the World. I believe your Lordship to have a great Command and Conduct of yourself, but I am very fenfible of human Frailty, and of the dangerous Temptations to which Youth is exposed in this diffolute Age. Therefore I earnestly beseech your Lordfhip, to consider besides the high Provocation of Almighty God, and the Hazard of your Soul, whenever you engage in a bad Course, what a Blemish you will bring upon a fair and unspotted Reputation, what Uneasiness and Trouble you will create to yourself, from the severe Rešections of a guilty Conscience, and how great a Violence you will offer to your good Principles, your Nature, and your Education. Do not imagine you can stop when you please: Experience thews us the contrary, and that nothing is more vain, than for Men to think they can fet Bounds to themselves in any thing that is bad. I hope in God no Temptation has yet prevailed upon your Lordship, so far as to be guilty of any loose Act; if it has, as you love your Soul, let it not proceed to an Habit; the Retreat is yet eafy and open, but will every Day become more difficult and obstructed. God is lo merciful, that upon your Repentance and Resolution of Amendment, he is not only ready to forgive what is past, but to allift us by his Grace, to do better for the future. But I need not enforce these Confiderations upon a Mind so capable of, and easy to receive good Counsel. I shall only desire your Lordship to think again and again, how great a Point of Wisdom it is, in all our Actions to consult the Peace of our Minds; and to have no Quarrel with the con{tant and inseparable Companion of our Lives : If others displease us, we may quit their Company, but he that is displeased with himself, is unavoidably unhappy, because he has no Way to get rid of himfelf.

My Lord, for God's Sake and your own, think of being happy, and resolve by all means, to save yourself from this untoward Generation. Determine rather upon a speedy Change of your Condition, than to gratify the Inclinations of your Youth, in any thing but what is lawful and honourable; and let me have the Satis

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faction to be assured from your Lordship, either that there has been no Ground for this Report, or that there shall be none for the future; which will be the welcomest News to me in the World, I have only to beg of your Lordship, to believe, that I ve not done this to fatisfy the Formality of my Profeffion, but that it proceeds from the trueft Affection and Good-will, that one Man can possibly bear to another. I pray to God every Day, for your Lordship, with the same Constancy and Fervour as for myself, and do now earnestly beg that this Counsel may be acceptable and effectual.

I am, &c. LETTER III. Earl of Rochester to the Honourable

Henry Saville. Dear Saville, Doa Charity becoming one of your pious

Principles, in preserving your humble Servant Rochester, from the imminent Peril of Sobriety; which for want of good Wine, more than Company, (for I can drink like a Hermit betwixt God and my own Conscience) is very like to befal me: remember what Pains I have formerly taken to wean you from your pernicious Resolutions of Discretion and Wisdom! and, if you have a grateful Heart, (which is a Miracle amongst you Statesmen) fhew it, by directing the Bearer to the best Wine in Town; and pray let not this highest Point of sacred Friendship be perform'd fightly, but go about it with all due Deliberation and Care, as holy Priests to Sacrifice, or as discreet Thieves to the wary Performance of Burglary and Shop-lifting. Let your welldiscerning Pallate (the best Judge about you) travel from Cellar to Cellar, and then from Piece to Piece, till it has lighted on Wine fit for its noble Choice and my Approbation. To engage you the more in this Matter, know, I have laid a Plot may very probably betray you to the drinking of it. My Lord will 'inform you at large.

Dear Saville ? as ever thou doft hope to outdo Machiavel, or equal me, send some good Wine! so may thy wearied Soul at last find Řest, no longer hovering 'twixt the unequal Choice of Politicks and Lewdness! may'st thou be admir'd and lov'd for thy domestick Wit; belov'd and cherish'd for thy foreign Interest and Intelligence.

ROCHESTER.

L E T T E R IV.

To the SAME.

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Harry, YO OU cannot shake off the Statesman intirely ;

for, I perceive, you have no Opinion of a Letter, that is not almost a Gazette: now, to me, who think the World as giddy as my, felf, I care not which way

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Friends, and the Continuance of their Kindness to me, which is the only Error I wilh to continue in ’em: for my own part, I am not at all stung with my Lord M's mean Ambition, but I aspire to my Lord L’s generous Philosophy:

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