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111, Proper Sense and Notion of Honour
171. Good done by the Author's Specula-
tions-Letter from a Short Writer-
in Defence of Bare Necks
173. Onlaying out Gardens—whimsical
Form of Yews ....
True, conscious honour, is to feel no sin :
Pope. THERE are a sort of knights-errant in the world, who, quite contrary to those in romance, are perpetually seeking adventures to bring virgins intodistress, and to ruin innocence. When men of rank and figure pass away their lives in these criminal pursuits and practices, they ought to consider that they render themselves more vile and despicable than any innocent man can be, whatever low station his fortune or birth have placed him in. Title and ancestry render
a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible.
Thy father's merit sets thee up to view,
I have often wondered that these deflourers of inpocence, though dead to all the sentiments of virtue and honour, are not restrained by compassion and humanity. To bring sorrow, confusion, and infamy, into a family, to wound the heart of a tender parent, and stain the life of a poor deluded young woman with a dishonour that can never be wiped off, are circumstances, one would think, sufficient to check the most violent passion in a heart which has the least tincture of pity and good-nature. Would any one purchase the gratification of a moment at so dear a rate, and entail a lasting misery on others, for such a transient satisfaction to himself; nay, for a satisfaction that is sure, at some time or other, to be fol. lowed with remorse? I am led to the subject by two letters which came lately to my hands. The last of them is, it seems, the copy of one sent by a mother to one who had abused her daughter; and though I cannot justify her sentiments at the latter end of it, they are such as might arise in a mind which had not yet recovered its temper after so great a provocation. I present the reader with it as I received it, because I think it gives a lively idea of the affliction which a fond parent suffers on such an occasion.
-shire, July, 1713. The other day I went into the house of one of my tenants, whose wife was, formerly a servant in our family, and (by my grandmother's kindness) had her