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by acquainting them with his proposals for a pair of new globes. After this preamble, he promises in the said proposals that,

IN THE CELESTIAL GLOBE, ? Care shall be taken that the fixed stars be placed according to their true longitude and latitude, from the many and correct observations of Hevelius, Cassini, Mr. Flamstead, reg. astronomer; Dr. Halley, Savilian professor in geometry in Oxon; and from whatever else can be procured to render the globe more exact, instructive, and useful.

• That all the constellations be drawn in a curious, new, and particular maner; each star in so just, distinct, and conspicuous a proportion, that its true magnitude may be readily known by bare inspection, according to the different light and sizes of the stars. That the track or way of such comets as have been well observed, but not hitherto expressed in any globe, be carefully delineated in this.'

IN THE TERRESTRIAL GLOBE, * That by reason the descriptions formerly made, both in the English and Dutch great globes, are erroneous, Asia, Africa, and America, be drawn in a manner wholly new; by which means it is to be noted that the undertakers will be obliged to alter the latitude of some places in ten degrees, the longitude of others in twenty degrees; besides which great and necessary alterations, there be many remarkable countries, cities, towns, rivers, and lakes, omitted in other globes, inserted here according to the best discoveries made by our 'late navigators. Lastly, that the course of the trade-winds, the monsoons, and other winds periodically shifting between the tropics, be visibly expressed.

Now, in regard that this undertaking is of so universal use, as the advancement of the most necessary parts of the mathematics, as well as tending to the honour of the British nation, and that the charge of carrying it on is very expensive, it is desired that all gentlemen who are willing to promote 80 great a work will be pleased to subscribe on the following conditions.

‘I. The undertakers engage to furnish each subscriber with a celestial and terrestrial globe, each of thirty inches diameter, in all respects curiously adorned, the stars gilded, the capital cities plainly distinguished, the frames, meridians, horizons, hourcircles, and indexes, so exactly finished up, and accurately divided, that a pair of these globes will really appear, in the judgment of any disinterested and intelligent person, worth fifteen pounds more than will be demanded for them by the undertakers.

•II. Whosoever will be pleased to subscribe and pay twenty-five pounds in the manner following for a pair of these globes, either for their own use, or to present them to any college in the universities, or any public library or schools, shall have his coat of arms, name, title, seat, or place of residence, &c. inserted in some convenient place of the globe..

III. That every subscriber do at first pay down the sum of ten pounds, and fifteen pounds more upon the delivery of each pair of globes perfectly fitted up. And that the said globes be delivered within twelve months after the number of thirty subscribers be completed; and that the subscribers be served with globes in the order in which they subscribed.

• IV. That a pair of these globes shall not hereafter be sold to any person but the subscribers under thirty pounds.

V. That, if there be not thirty subscribers within four months after the first of December 1712, the money paid shall be returned on demand by Mr.

John Warner, goldsmith, near Temple-bar, who shall receive and pay the same according to the abovementioned articles.'-T.

N° 553. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1712.

Nec lusisse pudet, sed non incidere ludum.

HoR. 1 Ep. xiv. 36.
Once to be wild is no such foul disgrace,
But 'tis so still to run the frantic race.--CREECH.

The project which I published on Monday last has brought me in several packets of letters. Among the rest, I have received one from a certain projector, wherein, after having represented, that in all probability the solemnity of opening my mouth will draw together a great confluence of beholders, he proposes to me the hiring of Stationer’s-hall for the more conyenient exhibiting of that public ceremony. He undertakes to be at the charge of it himself, provided he may have the erecting of galleries on every side, and the letting of them out upon that occasion. I have a letter also from a bookseller, petitioning me in a very humble manner that he may have the printing of the speech which I shall make to the assembly upon the first opening of my mouth. I am informed from all parts that there are great canvassings in the several clubs about town, upon the choosing of a proper person to sit with me on those arduous affairs to which I have summoned them. Three clubs have already proceeded to election, whereof one has made a double return. If I find that my enemies shall take advantage of my silence to begin hostilities upon me, or if any other exigency of affairs may so require, since I see elections in so great a forwardness, we may possibly meet before the day appointed ; or, if matters go on to my satisfaction, I may perhaps put off the meeting to a farther day; but of this public notice shall be given.

In the mean time I must confess that I am not a little gratified and obliged by that concern which appears in this great city upon my present design of laying down this paper. It is likewise with much satisfaction that I find some of the most outlying parts of the kingdom alarmed upon this occasion, having received letters to expostulate with me about it from several of my readers of the remotest boroughs of Great Britain. Among these I am very well pleased with a letter dated from Berwick-upon-Tweed, wherein my correspondent compares the office, which I have for some time executed in these realms, to the weeding of a great garden; "which,' says he, it is not sufficient to weed once for all, and afterward to give over, but that the work must be continued daily, or the same spots of ground which are cleared for a while will in a little time be overrun as much as ever.' Another gentleman lays before me several enormities that are already sprouting, and which he believes will discover themselves in their full growth immediately after my disappearance. “There is no doubt,' says he, “but the ladies' heads will shoot up as soon as they know they are no longer under the Spectator's eye; and I have already seen such monstrous broad-brimmed hats under the arms of foreigners, that I question not but they will overshadow the island within a month or two after the dropping of your paper.' But, among all the letters which are come to my hands, there is none so handsomely written as the following one, which I am the more pleased with as it is sent me from gentlemen who belong to a body which I shall always honour, and where (I cannot speak it without a secret pride) my

speculations have met

with a very kind reception. It is usual for poets, upon the publishing of their works, to print before them such copies of verses as have been made in their praise. Not that you must imagine they are pleased with their own commendation, but because the elegant compositions of their friends should not be lost. I must make the same apology for the publication of the ensuing letter, in which I have suppressed no part of those praises that are given my speculations with too lavish and good-natured a hand; though my correspondents can witness for me, that at other times I have generally blotted out those parts in the letters which I have received from them,-0. •MR. SPECTATOR,

Oxford, Nov. 25. * In spite of your invincible silence you have found out the method of being the most agreeable companion in the world ; that kind of conversation which

you hold with the town has the good fortune of being always pleasing to the men of taste and leisure, and never offensive to those of hurry and business. You are never heard but at what Horace calls dextro tempore, and have the happiness to observe the polite rule, which the same discerning author

gave his friend when he enjoined him to deliver his book to Augustus : Si validus, si lætas erit, si denique poscet.1 Ep. xiii. 3.

-When vexing cares are fled, When well, when merry, when he asks to read.CREECH. You never begin to talk but when people are desirous to hear you; and I defy any one to be out of humour until

you leave off. But I am led unawares into reflections foreign to the original design of this epistle ; which was to let you know, that some unfeigned admirers of your inimitable papers, who could, without any flattery, greet you with the salu

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