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the Ravage it commits upon a human Body! Lend, lend me Affiftance, all ye battered Rakes, while with blackeftlnk I undertake to paint the Havocks of that honourable Difeafe, of which thoufands of your Forefathers have died, and whereof yourfelves fo vainglorioufly boaft in Taverns and Coffee-houfes, to the great Advancement of Virtue and Morality. Say,

illuftrious and and , for ye know,

with what fatal Rapidity its Venom over-runs the Conftitution, how it undermines the Teeth, unhinges the Nofe, foddens the Flefh, ftrikes Rottennefs to the Bones, and poifons the very fpinal Marrow. Say, farther, mbft enviable Sons of Pleafure I for this alfo Experience may have taught you, how it fpreads by Contagion, and operates by Communication. Some Hufbands give it their Wives, and fome Wives give it their Hufbands. Nor does the Evil end with Life, but revives again in the Pofterity, is entailed on the Heirs of great Families, inherited in fure Succeffion, and oftentimes, too often, proves the only thing that is inherited by Heirs of noble, but corrupted Blood. Hence arifes an enervated Progeny, weak in their Perfons, and weaker in their Underftandings; a puny, ill-compounded, unmanly Race who bear about them the Marks of their Father's Wickednefs in moft legible Characters; and though liable to be blown away by every Blaft of Wind, have the Arrogance to ftrut through the Mall with Swords by their Sides, and fancy themfelves Men. Alas! their Mother's Chambermaids would make better Men.

Non bis jwventus ,orta parentibus
Iitfecit <equor fanguint Galileo.

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Now this Diftemper, fo terrible in its Effedts, and fo pernicious in its Confequences, has been attacked for many Centuries, by all the Efculapian Art in vain; [z'J Mercury has exhaufted all its fruitlefs Powers; Salivations exerted their cleanfing Influence without Effect; and the mighty Ward, with his illuftrious Pill, fits defpairing in an Elbow-chair at Whitehall^ to find himfelf defeated by this invincible Difeafe. But what neither phyfical Prefcriptions, nor chirurgical Operations, what neither Empirics with their Pills, nor Graduates of the Faculty with their Purges, have been able to accomplifh; I pretend to perform in a fafe, eafy, effectual Manner, (abfit fuperbitt ditto) and for ever to drive out the P—x from his /Majefty's Dominions. If all in female Shape (for I dare not call them all Women) will agree to feclude themfelves from the foul Embraces of Men for one: Year (which I account a very modeft Propofal, as I offer them a better Gratification in lieu of what they are to forfeit) this ruinous Plague muft ceafe from among us. And I humbly recommend it, with all due Submiflion, to the Judgment and Confederation of the moft honourable the L—ds of the P. C. whether a R—1 Edi<ft would not be well employed, to forbid all Copulation throughout the Kingdom for the Space of one whole Year, beginning from Ladyday next, in order to flop the Growth and Increafe of a Contagion much more fatal than that which

[/'] Cirfar tells us our old Britijb Anceftori worshiped Mercury above all the Gods, Daim maximc Mercuriuib calunt, &c. Their modern Descendants ftill worlhip the fame Deity.

now now fweeps away our horned Cattle, and equally defcrving the Interpofuion of Authority.

But Objectors ftill may be apt to queftion, whether your double-dlftilfd Children, who pafs through the feminal Veflels of both Sexes in the old Way of Generation, are not of Courfe more healthy and vigorous, than youtjingle-dijiiird Infants will be, who are to receive only the Nurture of a female Womb? Jn Confutation of which filly Prejudice, though I could produce feveral very cogent Arguments from the Depth of Philofophy, yet I choofe to anfwer this Query by another; Whether the prefent Race of Fathers, efpecially thofe in high Life, under the Circumftances I have defcribed, are qualifyed to beget .Children at all? But when Women are left to breed pf themfclves, and the Venereal Difeafe is banifhed from among us, we may then hope to fee an Offfpring robuft and healthy; Britifo Valour will then recover its ancient Glory; new Crejfys, new Agincourts, new Blenheims fucceed to grace our Annals,

Nor Henry be the loft that nnquen France.

Wherefore, not doubting but my Scheme will immediately take Place, I fhall apply very foon for a Patent to fecure to myfelf the fole Advantage of this Difcovery; and in the mean Time I have taken a Houfe jn the Hay-market, dans la marche au fain, where I fhall give Attendance to all Women defirous of breeding, from the Hours of Seven or Eight in the Evening, till Twelve at Night; and if they will quietly fubmit themfelves to my Experiment, I will

enfure enfure their Pregnancy at the proper Time, calculating from the Hour they did me the Favour of their Vifit. Let them confider that the Glory and Intereft of Great Britain are now incumbent upon them, that it is in their Power to raife our Vigour, and, as I may fay, to mend the Breed of Englijhmen. In fo doing, their Names will be recorded in Hiftory, as the illuftrious Propagators of Heroifm, the Founders of a new Sedl of Men, and be handed down to Pofierity equally famous with the Spartan and Roman Ladies, whofe many gallant Achievements for the Good of their Countries, in Times of Diftrefs, engaged Poets and Hiftorians in their Praife.

But principally and earneftly I addrefs myfelf to you, Gentlemen of the Royal Society, who Jhine in the Dignity of F. R, S. and I hope you will recommend this Treatife to the World with all the Warmth and Zeal, that becomes the Promoters of ufeful Knowledge, the Patrons of Learning, the Judges of Science, and the Inveftigators of Truth.

I am, Gentlemen, with all poffible Refpe&, Deference, Submiffion, and Veneration,

Tour mo/1 obedient, humble,

and devoted Servant,

Abraham Johnson.

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Firft Printed in the Year 1754.

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