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undress, to eat and to sleep, are the same in London as in the country. The supernumerary hours have indeed a greater variety both of pleasure and of pain. The stranger, gazed on by multitudes at her first appearance in the Park, is perhaps on the highest sum mit of female happiness; but how great is the anguish when the novelty of another face draws her worshippers away! The heart may leap for a time under a fine gown; but the sight of a gown yet finer puts an end to rapture. In the first row at an opera two hours may be happily passed in listening to the music on the stage, and watching the glances of the company; but how will the night end in despondency when she that imagined herself the sovereign of the place, sees lords contending to lead Iris to her chair! There is little pleasure in conversation to her whose wit is regarded but in the second place; and who can dance with ease or spirit that sees Amaryllis led out before her? She that fancied nothing but a succession of pleasures, will find herself engaged without design in numberless competitions, and mortified without provocation with numberless afflictions.
But I do not mean to extinguish that ardour which I wish to moderate, or to discourage those whom I am endeavouring to restrain. To know the world is necessary, since we were born for the help of one another; and to know it early is convenient, if it be only that we may learn early to despise it. She that brings to London a mind well prepared for improvement, though she misses her hope of uninterrupted happiness, will gain in return an opportunity of adding knowledge to vivacity, and enlarging inno
cence to virtue.
habit which passes unobserved in the tumult of successive multitudes, becomes conspicuous when it is offered to the notice day after day; and perhaps I have, without any distinct notice, seen thousands like my late companions; for when the scene can be varied at pleasure, a slight disgust turns us aside before a deep impression can be made upon
There was a select set, supposed to be distinguished by superiority of intellects, who always passed the evening together. To be admitted to their conversation was the highest honour of the place; many youths aspired to distinction, by pretending to occasional invitations; and the ladies were often wishing to be men, that they might partake the pleasures of learned society.
I know not whether by merit or destiny, I was, soon after my arrival, admitted to this envied party, which I frequented till I had learned the art by which each endeavoured to support his character.
Tom Steady was a vehement assertor of uncontroverted truth; and by keeping himself out of the reach of contradiction had acquired all the confidence which the consciousness of irresistible abilities could have given. I was once mentioning a man of eminence, and after having recounted his virtues, endeavoured to represent him fully, by mentioning his faults. Sir, said Mr. Steady, that he has faults I can easily believe, for who is without them? No man, Sir, is now alive, among the innumerable multitudes that swarm upon the earth, however wise, or however good, who has not, in some degree, his failings and his faults. If there be any man faultless, bring him forth into public view, show him openly, and let him be known; but I will venture to affirm, and, till the contrary be plainly shown, shall always maintain, that no such man is to be found.
Tell not me, Sir, of impeccability and perfection; such talk is for those that are strangers in the world; I have seen several nations, and conversed with all ranks of people; I have known the great and the mean, the learned and the ignorant, the old and the young, the clerical and the lay; but I have never found a man without a fault; and I suppose shall die in the opinion, that to be human is to be frail.
To all this nothing could be opposed. I listened with a hanging head; Mr. Steady looked round on the hearers with triumph, and saw every eye congratulating his victory; he departed, and spent the next morning in following those who retired from the company, and telling them, with injunctions of secrecy, how poor Spritely began to take liberties with men wiser than himself; but that he suppressed him by a decisive argument, which put him totally
Dick Snug is a man of sly remark and pithy sententiousness: he never immerges himself in the stream of conversation, but lies to catch his companions in the eddy: he is often very successful in breaking narratives, and confounding eloquence. A gentleman, giving the history of one of his acquaintance, made mention of a lady that had many lovers: Then, said Dick, she was either handsome or rich. This observation being well received, Dick watched the progress of the tale; and, hearing of a man lost in a shipwreck, remarked, that no man was ever drowned upon dry land.
Will Startle is a man of exquisite sensibility, whose delicacy of frame, and quickness of discernment, subject him to impressions from the slightest causes; and who, therefore, passes his life between rapture and horror, in quiverings of delight, or convulsions of disgust. His emotions are too violent for many words; his thoughts are always discovered by
N° 81. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1759.
As the English army was passing towards Quebec along a soft savanna between a mountain and a lake, one of the petty chiefs of the inland regions stood upon a rock surrounded by his clan, and from behind the shelter of the bushes contemplated the art and regularity of European war. It was evening, the tents were pitched: he observed the security with which the troops rested in the night, and the order with which the march was renewed in the morning. He continued to pursue them with his eye till they could be seen no longer, and then stood for some time silent and pensive.
Then turning to his followers, My children, (said he) I have often heard from men hoary "with long life, that there was a time when our " ancestors were absolute lords of the woods, the meadows, and the lakes, wherever the eye can "reach, or the foot can pass. They fished and "hunted, feasted and danced, and when they were weary lay down under the first thicket, "without danger, and without fear. They changed "their habitations as the seasons required, con"venience prompted, or curiosity allured them; "and sometimes gathered the fruits of the moun"tain, and sometimes sported in canoes along the
Many years and ages are supposed to have "been thus passed in plenty and security; when, "at last, a new race of men entered our country
"from the great ocean. They inclosed themselves "in habitations of stone, which our ancestors "could neither enter by violence, nor destroy by "fire. They issued from those fastnesses, some"times, covered like the armadillo with shells, "from which the lance rebounded on the striker, " and sometimes carried by mighty beasts which "had never been seen in our vales or forests, of "such strength and swiftness, that flight and op
position were vain alike. Those invaders ranged "over the continent, slaughtering in their rage "those that resisted, and those that submitted, in "their mirth. Of those that remained, some were "buried in caverns, and condemned to dig metals "for their masters; some were employed in tilling "the ground, of which foreign tyrants devour the produce; and, when the sword and the mines "have destroyed the natives; they supply their place by human beings of another colour, brought "from some distant country to perish here under "toil and torture.
"Some there are who boast their humanity, and " content themselves to seize our chaces and fisheries, who drive us from every track of ground "where fertility and pleasantness invite them to "settle, and make no war upon us except when we "intrude upon our own lands.
"Others pretend to have purchased a right of "residence and tyranny; but surely the insolence "of such bargains is more offensive than the avowed "and open dominion of force. What reward can in"duce the possessor of a country to admit a stranger "more powerful than himself? Fraud or terror must "operate in such contracts; either they promised "protection which they never have afforded, or in"struction which they never imparted. We hoped "to be secured by their favour from some other evil.