[Footnote 3: Balloon was a game like tennis played with a foot-ball; but the word may be applied here to a person. It had not the sense which now first occurs to the mind of a modern reader. Air balloons are not older than 1783.]
[Footnote 4: Describing perhaps one form of reaction against the verbal pedantry and Phebus of the Precieuses.]
[Footnote 5: that]
[Footnote 6: with]
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Non bene junctarum discordia semina rerum.
When I want Materials for this Paper, it is my Custom to go abroad in quest of Game; and when I meet any proper Subject, I take the first Opportunity of setting down an Hint of it upon Paper. At the same time I look into the Letters of my Correspondents, and if I find any thing suggested in them that may afford Matter of Speculation, I likewise enter a Minute of it in my Collection of Materials. By this means I frequently carry about me a whole Sheetful of Hints, that would look like a Rhapsody of Nonsense to any Body but myself: There is nothing in them but Obscurity and Confusion, Raving and Inconsistency. In short, they are my Speculations in the first Principles, that (like the World in its Chaos) are void of all Light, Distinction, and Order.
About a Week since there happened to me a very odd Accident, by Reason of one of these my Papers of Minutes which I had accidentally dropped at Lloyd’s  Coffee-house, where the Auctions are usually kept. Before I missed it, there were a Cluster of People who had found it, and were diverting themselves with it at one End of the Coffee-house: It had raised so much Laughter among them before I had observed what they were about, that I had not the Courage to own it. The Boy of the Coffee-house, when they had done with it, carried it about in his Hand, asking every Body if they had dropped a written Paper; but no Body challenging it, he was ordered by those merry Gentlemen who had before perused it, to get up into the Auction Pulpit, and read it to the whole Room, that if any one would own it they might. The Boy accordingly mounted the Pulpit, and with a very audible Voice read as follows.
Sir Roger de Coverly’s Country Seat—Yes, for I hate long Speeches—Query, if a good Christian may be a Conjurer—Childermas-day, Saltseller, House-Dog, Screech-owl, Cricket—Mr. Thomas Inkle of London, in the good Ship called The Achilles. Yarico—AEgrescitique medendo—Ghosts—The Lady’s Library—Lion by Trade a Taylor—Dromedary called Bucephalus—Equipage the Lady’s summum bonum—Charles Lillie to be taken notice of —Short Face a Relief to Envy—Redundancies in the three Professions—King Latinus a