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No. 34. SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 1753.
Juv. Sat. x. 187.
Has toties optata eregit gloria pænas.
TO THE ADVENTURER.
Fleet Prison, Feb. 24. To a benevolent disposition, every state of life will afford some opportunities of contributing to the welfare of mankind. Opulence and splendour are enabled to dispel the cloud of adversity, to dry up the tears of the widow and the orphan, and to increase the felicity of all around them: their example will animate virtue, and retard the
progress of vice. And even indigence and obscurity, though without power to confer happiness, may at least prevent misery, and apprize those who are blinded by their passions, that they are on the brink of irremediable calamity.
Pleased, therefore, with the thought of recovering others from that folly which has embittered my own days, I have presumed to address the ADVENTURER from the dreary mansions of wretchedness and despair, of which the gates are so wonderfully constructed, as to fly open for the re
ception of strangers, though they are impervious as a rock of adamant to such as are within them :
Facilis descensus Averni:
Virg. Æn. vi. 126.
The gates of hell are open night and day ;
Suffer me to acquaint you, Sir, that I have glittered at the ball, and sparkled in the circle ; that I have had the happiness to be the unknown favourite of an unknown lady at the masquerade, have been the delight of tables of the first fashion, and envy of my brother beaux ; and to descend a little lower, it is, I believe, still remembered, that Messrs. Velours and d'Espagne stand indebted for a great part of their present influence at Guildhall, to the elegance of my shape, and the graceful freedom of my carriage.
Sed quæ præclara et prospera tanti,
Where every bliss is bought with equal pain !
Conceiving now that I was sufficiently qualified to laugh