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35. Auction-hunter described and ridiculed

36. The terrific diction ridiculed.....

37. Useful things easy of attainment

38. Cruelty shown to debtors in prison

39. The various uses of the bracelet

40. The art of advertising exemplified

41. Serious reflections on the death of a friend

42. Perdita's complaint of her father.

43. Monitions on the flight of time..

44. The use of memory considered.

45. On painting. Portraits defended..

· 46. Molly Quick's complaint of her mistress .

47. Deborah Ginger's account of city-wits.....

48. The bustle of idleness described and ridiculed

49. Marvel's journey narrated.

50. Marvel's journey paralleled

51. Domestick greatness unattainable

52. Self-denial necessary

53. Mischiefs of good company

54, Mrs. Savecharges' complaint

55. Authors' mortifications

56. Virtuosos whimsical

57. Character of Sophron

58. Expectations of pleasure frustrated

59. Books fall into neglect

60. Minim the critic....

61. Minim the critic

62. Ranger's account of the vanity of riches

63. Progress of arts and language

64. Ranger's complaint concluded..

65. Fate of posthumous works.

66. Loss of ancient writings

67. Scholar's journal

63. History of translation

69. History of translation

70. Hard words defended

71. Dick Shifter's rural excursion

72. Regulation of memory

73. Tranquil's use of riches..

74. Memory rarely deficient

75. Gelaleddin of Bassora

76. False criticisms on painting

77. Easy writing ..

78. Steady, Snug, Startle, Solid and Misty

79. Grand style of painting

80. Ladies' journey to London

81. Indian's speech to his countrymen

THE

ADVENTURER.

No. 34. SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 1753.

Juv. Sat. x. 187.

Has toties optata eregit gloria pænas.
Such fate pursues the votaries of praise.

TO THE ADVENTURER.

SIR,

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

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ception of strangers, though they are impervious as a rock of adamant to such as are within them :

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Facilis descensus Averni:
Noctes atque dies patet atri januu Ditis :
Sed revocare gradum, superasque evadere ad auras,
Hoc opus, hic labor est.-

Virg. Æn. vi. 126.

The gates of hell are open night and day ;
Smooth the descent, and easy is the way:
But to return and view the cheerful skies;
In this the task and mighty labour lies.

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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,
Ut rebus latis par sit mensura malorum ? Juv. Sat. x. 97.
See the wild purchase of the bold and vain,

Where every bliss is bought with equal pain !
As I entered into the world very young, with an elegant
person and a large estate, it was not long before I disen-
tangled myself from the shackles of religion ; for I was
determined to the pursuit of pleasure, which according to
my notions consisted in the unrestrained and unlimited
gratifications of every passion and every appetite ; and as
this could not be obtained under the frowns of a perpetual
dictator, I considered religion as my enemy; and proceed-
ing to treat her with contempt and derision, was not a
little delighted, that the unfashionableness of her appear-
ance, and the unanimated uniformity of her motions, af-
forded frequent opportunities for the sallies of my imagi-
nation.

Conceiving now that I was sufficiently qualified to laugh

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