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upon the temper of my wife, or the pity' of a tradesman quitting business of your reader's. As to my wife, I have • Parting with below.prime cost;' and talked often enough to her to know the a number of equally significant insinuinefficacy of the foundelt reasonings; ations, to take in the thoughtless or the and as to your readers, I neither want ignorant. The proprietors of these their pity nor desire it. My tole motive places may look out for other dupes, as for this publication is, to inform the I am determined they shall never get anworld, that for the future I shall not other fixpence of my money, unless it be answerable for her whinsies; that I be perfonally contracted for by, Sir, fall not receive a lingle article from any - your's, &c. place with the following infcriptions:

BENJAMIN BUSY * Now felling by auction-The stock

No CXIII. SATURDAY, MARCH 26.

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lection of poems a day or two ago, body was unworthy of a place in their I met with the following little ode, which, esteem, and make the behaviour of a though there is nothing more than a pret. single individual an invariable itandard tiness in the versification, nevertheless for the integrity of the whole universe. contains fuch an uncommon degree of Hence they are continually tortured with benignity in the sentiment, as must fill the severelt pangs of anxiety and fufpievery reader with the highest admiration cion; wear away their existence in an for the excellence of the writer's heart; open warfare with fociety; and die as if he thould even conceive but a slender unlamented as they have lived unbe. idea of his poctical abilities.

loved.

A fenfible mind should, however, ODE TO CANDOUR. consider, that the tempers of mankind

are not lets opposite than their various

complexions; and that nothing can be THE deareft friend I ever provid, a greater act of injustice than to enterMy bitre:eft foe I fee;

tain an ungenerous apprehension of our The findest maid I ever lovd, Is false to love and me.

whole acquaintance, merely because we have been deceived by any particular

If we examine into the general Yet, shall I urge the rising vow,

course of our connections, whether they That tempts my wav'ring mind ? are founded upon friendship, or establishShall dark suspicion cloud my brow, ed upon love, we shall find, that so far And bid me thun mankind ?

from baving any right to quarrel with

the world, the world will upon the whole : Avaunt, thou hell-born fiend no more appear not a little entitled to our regard, Pretume my lieps to guide ;

in the general we meet with a Let me be cheated ver and o'er, much greater Thare of sincerity, both in But let me Itill confide.

friendthip and in love, than what, from

the ridiculous nature of our attachments, If this be folly, all my claim

we have any probable reason to expect. To wisdom I refign;

Now-a-days, what is it which forms. But let no sage pretend to name

the foundations of our friendships, or His happineis with mine.

constitutes the basis of our loves ? Is it a

fimilarity in our, manners, or an agreeNothing is more customary with moft mest in our pursuits ? a conformity in people, than when they themselves have our virtues, or a resemblauce in our inade an injudicious choice either in crimes? Alas! these questions, if canfriendship or in love, to exclaim at once didly answered, must load us with conagainst the world, and to declare that . fusion and reproach. In the choice of no confideration thall ever induce them our friends, it is not an excellence of to honour any body with their goori opi-' understanding, or a benignity of heart, nion a second time; in pursuance of this which produces our intimacy, or attracts

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our esteem. It is not the suggestion of to expect but fame and disappointment, our virtues which is consulted in the but mortification and regret? At a fituchoice of our friends, but the depravity ation like this, who are we to find fault of our inclinations. Does a man drink with but ourselves? If we trust our proa bottle more than the generality of our perty to the hands of a idbber, can we companions-good ; that man is a very expect it to be safe? And if we lodge honest tellow, and very proper to be fit our confidence or our felicity in the hodown as a friend : does another tell a soms of the worthless, what greater (e. story, sing a song, or spend the fub. curity can we possibly hope to find, eistance of other people with an incom- ther for the prodigal deposit of our mon degree of fpirit-better and better; friendships, or the frantic repole of our there can be no doubt of his worth; affectiuns? Instead, therefore, of quarand we clap him in our heart's core, as relling with the world for deceiving us Hamlet has it, in our heart of bearts: so often, we should acknowledge ouror has a third butchered his neighbour felves obliged that we are not deceived in some scandalous quarrel, arising from still oftener. Our connections for the the outrageous excess of midnight pro- most part are injudicions, and confie Aigacy-heft of all;' such a friend is in- quently thould be for the most part in eftimable; an intimacy with him is not fortunate ; yet, for the honour of tu. more flattering to our pride than agree- man nature be it mentioned, the world able to or withes; we mention his he is not so ready to deceive as we are to roism upon every occafion; and in pro- let it; nor are our acquaintance half so portion to the closeness of our acquaint- much disposed to be villains as we are ance, we constantly claim a fare in the disposed to be fools. Let us not, there. luftre of his reputation.

fure, because we ourselves are protigate In like manner, where we form a still or ridiculous, impeach the integrity of nearer connection than friendship is ca- other people. If we have a mind to be pable of admitting, when we absolutely fortunate in our friendfhips, or happy look about for wives, by what falutary in our loves, let us not form attachments standard do we regulate our inclinations? according to the advice of our passions, Will not a tolerable face have more but according to the direction of our weight with us than he moit exalted reason; the wire and the virtuons are understanding? And will not a tolerable those which will stand the test of the fortune appear of more consequence than closest examination; and these are the the united recommendation of all the only people whom reason will ever point mental accomplishments. When these out as entitied in the least to our elteem things are notorioully fo, what are we or our affection.

No CXIV. SATURDAY, APRIL 2.

TO THE BABLER.

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and though their epitaph at Lyons in

France has been printed in our books of Make no doubt, Sir, but the travels, yet their ttory at length is but

little known. very troublesome; and that a great part Aranthes was son to the governor of

of your labours are unseen, spent in one of the Mediterranean islands, and * efforts that produce nothing, and thrown 'favoured with all the advantages of naaway upon subjects that are found bar- ture, fortune, and education. Afpafia ren in the experiment.

was a Greek lady, beautiful beyond exIf you should at any time be at a loss pression, and admired by all the youth for a subject, I Hatter myself you would of Athens, which was then the place of find something new in the history of those concourse for all the polite of the Roobscure ages, which modern readers man empire. have hitherto thought unworthy of their

Their mutual merit foon produced a curiosity, and which lie deferted be- mutual esteem; and this was after tome cause unknown.

time converted into the most ardent pafThe history of the unfort irat: Arn- fion. They both indulged the hopes of thes and Afpafia is among this nun (t; being happy in each other for life, when

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Aranthes returning home to obtain his fight of such distress, while they passed father's consent, was taken by a pirate, on successively before her. But what fold into the internal parts of Africa, could equal her emotions, when among and there condenined to tvil with the the hindmost of those unhappy wretches molt unremitting severity.

she beheld her own Aranihes, emaciated In the mean time, Alpafia felt all that with labour and affiction, and with his Jove and impatience could inspire ; one eyes unalterably fixed upon the ground! year passed away without hearing any she gave a loud convullive shriek, and news from her lover; another came, but fell tenseless into the arms of her attendstill the fame filence: at length, an ac- ants. As her lituation naturally drew count arrived that Aranthes was no the eyes of all upon her, Aranthes faw more; so that Aspasia now lost her love once again the dear object of her earliett in desperation.

pallion, and flew with hatte to her afTime, that obliterates every passion, Iittance. Their story, and his imisforhy degrees affuaged the pain which was tunes, were foon made known to the felt by Aipatia; she was at last brought company, and the young merchant, with to listen to new addresses, and so far peculiar generosity, religned his mistress prevailed upon by the admonitions of io the more early claim of Aranthes. her parents, that the consented to go Were this story a novel, it would end into Fiance with an old merchant who with the greatest propriety in this place: designed her for his son, then in Africa, but truth disagreeably lengthens the actrading with the natives of that bar- count; for one day fitting in a window barous region. Her voyage was fuc- of one of the apartments, happy in each cessful ;' and if her reřined manner's other, and Authed with expectations of charmed the old man, the fon, who itill greater rapture, a youth, who with foon after returned, was not less en- a bow had been shooting at birds in a chantes.

neighbouring grove, drew it at random, A day was fixed for their nuptials; and the arrow pierced both lovers at the and as he was the molt opulent man of fame time. Thus a life of misfortune the country, all the inhabitants came was terminated by as unfortunate an end. fuccessively to offer their congratulations; They were both laid in the same grave; and in order to add still greater splen- and their epitaph Gill continues legible, clour to the solemnity, the young mer- though eredted near a thousaıd years, a chant who was' to he bridegroom made monument at once both of the caprice of her a prefent of fifty flaves, who were at their fate, and of their mutual fidelity. that time just landed, and within half a I shall not make any addition to this day's journey :o attend her.

story, Mr. Babler, by unnecessary ob. As the presence of furh a number of servations: if the ftory itself is not worth slaves, it was thought, would add to the attention of your readers, it can rethe magnificence of the entertainment, ceive no benefit from any remarks of they were led up to the merchant's pa- mine ; so that I shall trespass no longer lace, loaded with merchandizes, as was on your patience than to allire you, with then the custom, and bending beneath how much regard I am your constant their forrows and fatigue. Alpafia felt reader, and very humble servant, all that humanity can inspire upon the

NARRATOR,

N° CXV. SATURDAY, APRIL 9.

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to prove themselves triflers or fools.

fainin, that every day produces fome may feel for the productions of the presse addi ion to the repnitiv o letters, and I let' but a very small value on those fhw.u15 1 greit many honet gentlernen works which are not likely to be of fer. wjo imagine that the publication of a vice to foriety. The most ingenious book, kelibe ever so useless or despi. treatise on the wing of a butterfly has Cibit, mu't rifeten in ihe estimation but very little merit, in my opinion ; on the world, as it ihe 1 reiti..y to efta. and my ridicule is much more easily bith an ih.. of their under:tanding was moved where a man of real talents takes

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