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are not true.

finely expresses the composition of an ohjeet to look at than a fallow comattractive race.

plexion, or furrowed skin, I say no; 'Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and

it is not more agreeable because it is white

a deception, and always reminds us Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid of whar is underneath, with which we on.'

fhould otherwise becone to familiar, TWELFTH NIGHT. as not to regard it as unpleasant.

It may be farther objecied, that alAnother matter comes now to be though úere i fome impropriet;, and considered. Some will tay, “we grant fome abiurdity in en ea ou ingt give all this, but päiut is useful in giving what nature his denied, yet;w. un to the appearance of a healthy and fine powerfuily inforce, the practice of complexion, and that is a great ad- painting, as order it a natter of vantage gained, although the counte- duty. It is r.ot for me to contend nance ihould not be so animated as w th so powerful an advertiry, whole you desire.'--This apology is partly commands, I am foriy to jay, will answered by ubat has been already be ubeyed by many, wien those of advanced, and it may be added, that every other sovereign re treated with if the countenance wants the anima- contempt, and who is olten liliened tion of nature, no advantage is gained. to agai:At the evidence of common What is not natural approuches to de. fente, agsinst the calls of necillity, formity. Besides, the premies here against the obligations of virtue, and Paint does not give againt the ties of nature.

But, althe appearance of a healthy and fine though I am not about to encounter countenance. it conceals the badness this adversary, I cannot h lp thinkof the complexion, or the ravages of ing that the excute is rather a lame diseale, just as a patch concea's a fore, one, and that we may find a better by pointing it out. In a painted apology elsewhere. It is to be recountenance we do not diicover health gretted that our fex, while they comand complexion ; we fee nothing but plain of the follies of the other, felpaint. Where there is a moment of dum consider whether such fullies may time to examine it, the deception is not be attributed to them elves. The at an end. Scarcely one in a hun- desire to please is 1 udable and amidred knows how to lay on the colours, able in the fair fex, and I am conso as to conceal the hand of the artiit. vinced that where they mistake the If it requires the skill of a Reynolds means, we are often much more to to give the copy of a human face, are blame than they. In a mixed comwe to expect that a chambermaid has pany of ladies and gentlemen, how talents íuficient to improve the origi- frequently do we fee the latter direct nal! But many, I speak of ladies of all their polite attentions to one lady the highest rank, and this was the case who happens to have more beauty particularly with the French ladies, than any of the rest? This practice is when wrance had a court, do not at- io common, and mere beauty is so tempt to conceal their labours. Often much the idol of he men, that we are on a royal birth-day, when a lady is riot to be surprised if those ladies who pating to court in a chair, have I do not posiets it from nature, thould heard the mob exclaim, “How ter- fecl their inferiority, and endeavour ribly the is painted !! Now if the to derive attractions from art. I will deception is over, we no longer see a grant that sensible men and sensible huinan face; as a mak it may be women are above all this. But we are paffible, but it is no longer the hu- not all of this description, and very man face. It is not the Luman face little pains are taken io make us wise diving. If it be objected, that still a at the age when the lubject of these well painted face is a more agreeable remarks is most important.

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til we have arrived at the happy wif- loit its effect. That this consideration
dom which diets tes that the quanties may be cieprived of all it: terrors, it
of the mind only are truly valuable, necessary, and it is rational
we must allow things to remain as they to iubßitute at an early period of life,
are. Beauty is ce tainly an object of those more lasting attractions, which
universal admiration. No man is arile fiom a well iniormed mind, a
wholly proof againit it. No man, ai temperate habit, a good humoured
le att very few min, can avoid giving dilpolition, and the cul ivati n of vir-
it the preference. What is, there- tuous inclinations. To these there is
fore, 10 debreable in our eyes, mult no end and no variation, whereas in
naturally be an object of care and mere beauty, there can b: no depend-
anxiety to the other lex. Let us riot, ence, and thousands of the sex are,
therefore, exercise an improper feve- perhaps at this moment, defloring in
rity on their care in this respect, un- agonies not to be expreiled, that their
less we can conscientiously acquit our early pride has proved their lanting
felves oi giving an abturd preierence misery.
to mere beauty,

What heaven has not appointed, we As a gift of heaven, beauty is to cannot attain. All women are not have its proper share of eitimation. poileled of beauty ; a feu only posiels The contemplation of a fine human it in an eminent degree, and no raface is one of the most pleating and tional mind will ever confider it as innocent enj yments of a rational in difpenfable to happiness or wellmind, even though it may no: creaie beinz; and if we reflect on the mila more intimate aiteciion. It ought, chie's wisich have been occasioned by however, to be remembered, that it it, the dangers it is liable to, and the is eafily afiailable by disease, and by perplexities which it creates, we thall accident, and that it is ille lot of not be fcrupulous to pronounce that in thousands to paf many years in the this respuét, at least, the maxim is world, long after this atıraction has just, • Whatever is, is right.'

Parva leves


inimos. OVID.


WHILE every friend to hu Health, and other motives for re

macicy rejoices that the In- tir-ment, have compelled me for some quifitions of Spain and Portugal have, years to take up my resid. nee in a according to the best accounts, fo far village fouthwest of London, the peloft their terrors as to exilt little more culiar fine air of wh ch was recomthan in name, it muli create no imall mended by the faculty, and, truth to uneafiness in the minds of all con- fay, has done no discredit to their siderate persons, to think that an in- good word ; and I thould have lived gubiron has for some time been elta- in this place quietly and comfortably, blished in various parts of this king- had I not very foon been marked out dom, and that it


as a devoted vicim to the ing isiors couragement. It has spread, indeed, of the place, who have never since to univerfally, that I doubt much cealed to vorment me and niy family whether any place, the metropolis with a truly perfecuting fpirit No only excepted, be entirely free from aci.on of our lives, no motion, even a numerous gang of tormenting In- the most innocent, escapes the observaquifitors, who harass and vex some of tion and inquifitorial vigilance of these the most quiet and peaceable of his disturbers of domeltic peace. I have majesty's liege subjects.

acquired since I came here a confc



great en.

quence, which if I had been defrous

It was a matter of more difficulty of ii, I should have longed torin vain yet to alcerlain what I was worth. in Loicos. If ride out, it furnides Yet nothing is so dificult to village conversation for havit' a dozesugtea-ta- inquisitors, and as every one's atlerbius; if my wie a pears in ja new tion on this subject was not easy to be govll, it is publiteed all the refuted, I have palled iron five hunpariid, and if I give a dinner, it is drid to fiie thousand a year by imcanis ied for a week together. I had perc ptibie gradations. My prefent not been here long before my furtune value I am not able to ascertain, but wasútixrtained to a pe. ny, a piece of from a whisper I overheard among bu wetge i Lever was alle inyful to lume ferva is on the outer side of my acyure; my own and my wile's age garden paling, I am inclined to think baie been tettled without ie heip of that they have reduc d me to about the parih regitter; ard my daugh- fitteen hundred a year, wi h a chariot, ters' expe..ations have been arrangud tio fad i'e horses, a c achman, footin a man er per eftiy uskrown to me, man, and three maid fervants. How alth.agh I think I may withouc va- long I am to be bleft with afluence in nity ly, that I ogłt to have been this pr portion, is not for me to say, consulied.--Being, as I have hiates, I thall endearou: to be coite.t with of a re ired turn, both froin healtà a::d what I wave, and call bear any adinclinatio', it was very long before diuion or diminution of my property the Inquisitor cuaid learn ivko i uvas. w th calme, på lofophic ferenity. A The servan's were umez: one by oni, few hundreds, srore cr le s, make litcie but th y knew little, as they did l'ut difference to a man ai my ime of live with ine before I came to this it, and fa craige in my tustune neighbou hood. I now experienced pl ases the Inguinitors, they are heartily that a face of uncertainty is the welcome to make it iū their cwn most favoui abie that can be conceived way. for positive affertion. I have patid What kind of house I kept, was a through as many charges of lot as question of too much importance to be ever fell to any one man's Mare. I long neglected.-- Ode allerted, that hav.: been a grocer retired from busi- as I saw little company, they could ness, upon the acthurity of miss not iuppole my iable was of ine firit Letitia Dupple, a maiden lady, who rate; while others, with profound iadeports that he has oiten bou hit tea gacity lenked that there were tone at my frip in the Poultiy.--I have, people who fan litle company, merely upon e juarly good vuthority, been a that they migh: iwulge themi lies in decayed broker, a bailit turned gea- those luxuries, which their niggardly tleman, a justice of the peace, and a difpofition refused to others. Some clergyman, who left off preaching the obierved that I received, thy did not moment he came to his bro'her's foi- know f.or whom, great preseots of tune.- i'wice I was the coufin of a fills and game, and it was easy to keep lord, an eminent dealer in indigo, a a good table upon gratis provitions ; tobacco-merchant, and a usurer, and uhle oth rs, penetrated wici a fense once ! narrowly escap d being a bank of generotity, remarked, that as great director, the pielence of one of that quantities of game were sent from my body having dipelled the charm. houe, where the d-I could they be Foiled at alih f guefies, for none of going to ? They all knew that in my them kept its ground above a week, Fredecefforis time, the cellar vas well I dwindled down to the character of a supplied w th the richeli wines, and private whtin sobre'y Ảneu', the best ale, but for their parts, they and that situation I believe I at pre- hal teen no cariloads landed since I fent hol in the opinion of nine tenths came there.-- A few, inired, allowed of the parish.

that thice or four pipes of wine came S


down in the waggon, or cart, but the metropolis, and perhaps in fome could not conceive what use they of the largest provincial cities or could be of to fo small a family wko towns, a man may live in obscurty, saw sobody, and very charitably hint- and yet in the very botom of society. ed, that perhaps the gentlema meant for in great towns, every one has so to deal in that article, and to be sure much to do of his own, that he can the bamper trade, would be very pro- fpare no time to attend to the affairs ductive in that part of the world. of others.

To resolve diificulties of so high im. Curiofity, unless when exercised on portance, the butcirer, the baker, the subjects of real ucility, becomes the poulterer, and the fruiterer were re- most unpleasant species of imperti1pectively applied to; but to very lit- nence, and I wonder that so many tle purpose; the butcher was fure I people exercise it in foolish enquiries killed my own mutton, as I had not after the conduct and manners of their above four or five joints in a week neighbours, because I never knew from him ; the baker offered to swear a person of this disposition who did that my custom was not worth having, not suffer far more from the exercise and the poulterer knew that I bred of it, than him or her, who happened fowls ; as to the fruiterer, he had little to be the subject of their anxiety, and to expect, as my garden was one of who, to say the truth, are generally the fineft in the country.

ignorant of the matter, and fancy that From what I have said, fir, you other people are as indifferent to their will perceive that the uncomfortable conduct, as they are to the conduct of nature of any situation arises from the other people. You will, therefore, fole caufe, that my inquifitorial neigh- oblige me by inserting this letter in bours, without knowing any thing, your next Magazine, where I know pretend to know every thing : and I it will meet the eyes of some of my am well assured that if I were to an- neighbours, and with this assurance, fever all their interrogatories upon that if they will candidly inform me cath, they would fill be desirous to who I am, what I am, and what I find out some part of my conduct on ought to be to please them, I will which to exercise their powers of in- endeavour as well as I can to comply vention, that is, conjecture. It is with their humour ; but, as at present very hard, fir, that in a free country I do not find that any two of them like this, positively the freelt now in agree in the same point concerning Eerope, a man shall not have the pri- me, i must continue for some time vilege of living as fuits beft his con- longer to enjoy the freedom which I veniency or his difpofition, especially brought with me when I sat down in when neither interferes with the privi. my present refidence. leges or rights of other men.

I am, fir, yours, fir, this is a hardship, and it is a

INCOGNITO. hardship peculiar only to villages. In Dec. 2, 1793.

I say,

On SINGULARITY of MANNERS. From The Reveries of Solitude,' by the Editor of Columella, &c. ) TH

HERE are few people of such entirely overlooked, and lost in ob

mortified pretenfions, as pati- fcurity; and, if they despair of exently to acquiesce under the total citing the attention of the world, by neglect of mankind; nay, fo ambiti- any brilliant or useful accomplishment, ous are molt men of distinction, that they will endeavour to gain it by some they chuse to be taken notice of, even ridiculous peculiarity in their dress, for their absurdities, rather than to be their equipage, or accoutrements.



Many persons may remember a make female converts by their welllit:le foreigner, (Des Cafeaux, I think, dresied hair, and dupper appearwas his name) who appeared daily in the Mall, dressed in back, with an Yet, in every profeffion, there are hat of an enormous diameter, and a ftill pretenders; who, by grimace or long roll of paper in his hand. His affected folemnity, endeavour to gain pi. uresque appearance tempted fome the confidence of the vulgar; and to artists to make an etching of him, exalt themselves above their equals in which was exhibited in every hop. I skill, and assume more importance than mention this gentleman, becaule his is their due. profeífed intention was, he faid, 'to However, if we must dillinguish attract the notice of the king, as he ourselves from the rest of mankind, had done that of his subjects.' let it be by our intrinsic virtue, our

But we see daily inttances of the temperance and fobriety, and a consame kind. One man forts a para- fcientious regard to every relative doxical walking-stick; another rites duty; but, as we oug'it ' to think to fame by the thortness of his coat, with the wise, and talk with the vulor the length of his crowlers, or the gar,' let us also act differently from a multiplicity of capes on his houlders, great part of the world in matters of and the like efforts of genius and importance, but conform to them in invenion. I remember a young di- triles. This is what Seneca fo forcivin-, some years since, not ocherwise bly inculcates in his fifth epistle to his eminent either for learning or inge- friend Lucilius. nuity, who wore his own short hair, I both approve of your conduet, when every one elle wore long wigs, and sincerely rejoice that you frelo

in imitation, as he said, of Gregory lutely exert yourself; and, laying Nazianzen.'


every other pursuit, inake it your It would be cruel, to deprive there whole fludy to improve yourfelf in gentlemen of their slender gratirica- wisdom and virtue. And í not only tion in these harmless particulars ; exhort, but earnestly intreat you to but when we allume any thing pecu- perfevere in this course.' liar in our appearance, in oidir to • Give me leave, however, to caudisguise our real character ; when we tion you not to imitate those preefect an uncommon fanctity and so. tended philosophers, who are more lemnity of countevance to impose upon folicitous to attract the notice of the the world; we then become more tian wild, than to make a progreis in ridiculous, and are highly immoral. wisdom; nor to affect any thing finA Tartufie indeed, or a pretender gular in your

dress, or in your inanto extraordinary devotion, is not a ner of life. Avoid that prepofterous preva:ling character in this age; too ambition of gaining applause, by your many are in the contrary extreme; uncouth appearance, your hair unand, like colonel Chartres, are guilty combed, and your beard neglected ; of every human vice-except hypo- nor be always declaiming againit the crily. Even our young divines, though use of plate, of loft beds, or any doubtless much given to fasting and thing of that kind. The very name prayer in private, yet appear not to of a philolopher is fufficiently invidimen to falt;' but anoint their hair, ous, though managed with the greatest and exhibit their roiy faces; and, by modesty and discretion. their dress, are not to be distinguished • Suppose we have entered upon our from prophane iportsmen or country ftoical plan, and begun to sequetter 'fquires. 'I do not exempt the orators ourselves from the conversation and of the tabernacle from this descrip- cultoms of the vulgar; let every thing tion; who, inttead of the primitive within be dissimilar; but let our outlocks of John Wesley, feem now to ward appearance be comformable to


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