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When I meet a man of pleasure, facrificing every daudable improvement of the mind, or of his fortune, to mere corporeal sensations ; Mistaken mar, fays I, you are providing pain for yourself, instead of pleasure : you give too much for your whis
If I see one fond of fine clothes, fine furniture, fine equipages, all above his fortune, for which he contracts debts, and ends his carcer in prison; A. las, says, I, he has paid dear, very dear for his wbiftle.
When I see a beaatiful, sweet-tempered girl, married to an ill-natured brute of a husband What a pity it is, says I, that pe has paid so much for a whistle!
In short, I conceived that great part of the miseries of mankind were brought upon them by the false estimates they had made of the value of things and by their giving too much for their whistles.
TO THOSE WHO HAVE THE SUPERINTEND:
ENCY OF EDUCATION.
ADDRESS myself to all the friends of youth,
and conjure them to direct their compasivnate l'egards to my unhappy 'fate, in order to remove the prejudices of which I am the victim. There are twin fifters of us: and the two eyes of man do not more resemble, nor are capable of being upon VOL. II,
better terms with each other, than my fifter and myself, were it not for the partiality of our parents, who make the most injurious distinctions between us. From my infancy I have been led to consider my filter as a being of more elevated rark. I was saifered to grow up without the least instruction, while nothing was spared in her educaticn. She bad matters to teach her writing, drawing, music and other accomplishments ; but if by chance touched a pencil, a pen or a needle, I was biterly rebuked: and more than once have I been beaten for being aukward, and wanting a graceful man
It is true, my sister associated me with he upon some occasions; but the always made a poin of taking the lead, calling upon me only from ne ceflity, or to figure by her side.
But conceive not, Sirs, that my complaints ar instigated merely by vanity-No; my uneasine is occafioned by an object much more serious. is the practice in our fainily, that the whole bun ness of providing for its fulfilence falls upon ng sister and myself. If any indisposition should a tack my filter--and I mention it in confidence upon this occasion, that she is subject to the the rheumatisin and cramp, without making me tion ct other accidents-lihat would be the fare cur poor family? Must not the regret of our p rents be excessive, at having placed so great a df ference between sisters who are so perfecly cqua Alas! ue must perish from diflreis : for it woul not be in my power even to scrawl á fuppliant tition for relief, having been obliged to emplo the hand of another in transcribing the reque vihich I have now the honour to prefer to you.
Condetrend, Siô, to make my parents seifibil
of the injustice of an exclusive tenderness, and of
THE LEFT HAND.I.
HANDSOME AND DEFORMED LEG.
THERE are two furis of people in the world,
who, with equal degrees of health and wealth and the other comforts of life, becomes the one happy, and the other miserable. This arises very much from the different views in which thy conGder things, persons, and events; and the effect of those different views upon their own minds.
In whatever situation incn can be placed, they may find conveniences and inconveniences: in whatever company, they may find persons and conversation more or less pleasing: at whatever table, they may meet with meats and drinks of better and worse tafte, dishes better and worfe dreffed: in whatever climate, they will find good and bad weather : under whatever government, they may find good and bad lius, and gord and bad administration of thote laws : in whatever poen, or work of genius, they may sce faults a: d beauties : in almost every face and cvery pe fon, they may discover fine features ani d fects, good and bad qualities,
Under these circumstances, the two soris of cople above mentioned, fix their attention, those who are disposed to be happy, on the conveniences of things the pleasant part of conversation, the well dreifed dishes, the goodness of the wines, the fine weather, &c. and enjoy all with cheerfulness. Those who are to be unhappy, think and speak only of the contraries. Hence they are continually discontented themselves, and by their remarks, four the pleasures of society; offend personally many people, and make themselves every where disagreeable. If this turn of mind was founded in rature, such unhappy persons would be the more to be pitied. But as the disposition to criticise, and to be disgusted, is, perhaps, taken up originally by imitation, and is, unawares, grown into a habit, which, though at prefent strong, may nevertheless be cured, when those who have it are convinced of its bad effects on their felicity; ! hope this little admonition may be of service to them, and put them on changing a habit, which though in the exercise it is chiefly an act of imagination, yet has serious consequences in life, as it brings on 'real griefs and misfortunes.
For as many are offended by, and nobody loves, this fort of people; no one shews them more than the most common civility and respect, and scarcely that; and this frequently puts them out of humour, and draws them into disputes and contentions. If they aim at obtaining some advantage in rank or fortune nobody wishes them fuccess, or will ftir a step, or speak a word to favour their pretensions. If they incur public censure or disgrace, no one will defend or excule, and many join to aggravare their misconduct, and render them completely o
dious. If these people will not change this bad
An old philosophical friend of mine was grown, from experience, very cautious in this particular, and carefully avoided any intimacy with such people. He had, like other philosophers, a thermiometer to thew him the heat of the weather; and a barometer, to mark when it was likely to prove good or bad; but there being no instrument invented to di'cover, at first sight, this unpleasing disposition in a person, he, for that purpose, made use of his legs; one of which was remarkably handsome, the other, by some accident, crooked and def rmed. If a stranger, at the first interview,
regarded his ugly leg more than his handsome one, E, ne doubted him. If he spoke of it, and took no
notice of the handsome leg, that was sufficient to determine my philofopher to have no further acquaintance with him. Every body has not this two-legged instrument; but every one, with a little attention, may observe figns of ihat carping, 1 fault-finding difpofition, and take the same resolution of avoiding the acquaintance of those infected with it. I therefore advise those critical, querulous, discontented, unhappy people, that if they with to be relpected and beloved by othe's, and happy in themselves, they should leave off looking at the issly leg: