Royal Tunbridge Wells
a letter was an outrage, and indignant replies appeared in the Spectator a few days later. Rachel Shoestring defends her sex with spirit, and says that Mrs. Mohair herself had been swung there, and that she had invented all this malice because it was observed she had crooked legs. On this latter point the writers of the other protests are all agreed. Sarah Trice mentions that Mrs. Mohair was in love with her father's butler; Alice Bluegarter that the lady " is with child, for all her nice airs and her crooked leg "—whether by the butler or another does not transpire. Looking beneath the surface of this fictitious correspondence, and making due allowance for Addison's playfulness, it may clearly be discovered that this gentle censor of morals thought that there was too much freedom between the sexes, and too much backbiting at this, as at other, fashionable resorts of the day.
The intimacy between the sexes at Tunbridge Wells may be traced to the fact that every one was entitled to know every one else. " There is as little Ceremony here as is at Montpelier," John Macky noted in his Journey Through England, in 1714. " You engage 86