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land,” published at Balle in 1782 ; because it is much to my purpose : “ Thoughts on the Mode of Edu- he is describing the character of a cation in the Canton of Bern," pub- genius truly inclined to philofophy. lithed at Zurich in 1786; and “The It includes,' he says, qualifications Hermit, an Alpine Tale,” Man- rarely united in one fiogle mind, heim, 1787. This Gentleman in quickness of apprehenfion and a rehis youih resided for some time at tentive memory, vivacity and appliCambridge, during which time he cation, gentleness and magoanimity: enjoyed an almof daily intercourse to these he adds an invincible love of with our poet, who attached himself truth, and consequently of probity to him with great ardour, and soon and justice. Such a soul,' continues became his warmest and most confi. he, - will be little inclined to fensual dential friend, though unnoticed by pleasures, and consequently tempeMr Mason. These Letters were firit rate; a ftranger to illiberality and printed in a small volume of poems avarice ; being accustomed to the published by Frederick Matthisson most extenfive views of things, and in Switzerland, and fince in an Ap- sublimeft contemplations, it will conpendix to “ Letters written from tract an habitual greatness, will look various parts of the Continent be down with a kind of disregard upon tween the Years 1785 and 1794," human life and on death, consequentby the same Author, and translated ly, will possess the truest fortitude. by Miss Anne Plumptre.

Such,' says he, • is the mind born to

govern the rest of mankind.' But Cambridge, April 12th, 1770. these very endowments, so necessary “Never did I feel, my dear Bon- to a soul formed for philosophy, are Hetten, to what a tedious length the often its ruin, especially when joined few short moments of our life may to the external advantages of wealth, be extended by impatience and ex. nobility, strength, and beauty; that pectation, till you had left me; nor is, if it light on a bad foil, and want ever knew before with so strong a its proper nurture, which nothing conviction how much this frail body but an excellent education can be. sympathizes with the inquietude of stow. In this case he is depraved the mind. I am grown old in the by the public example, the affemcompass of less than three weeks, like blies of the people, the courts of the Sultan in the Turkish Tales, juftice, the theatres, that inspire it that did but plunge his head into a with false opinions, terrify it with vessel of water and take it out again, false infamy, or elevate it with false as the ftanders by affirmed, at the applause; and remember, that extracommand of a Dervise, and fonad he ordinary vices and extraordinary vir. had passed many years in captivity, tues are equally the produce of a viand begot a large family of children. gorovs mind: little souls are alike

The strength and spirits that now incapable of the one and the other. enable me to write to you, are only “ If you have ever met with the owing to your last letter--a tempo- portrait sketched out by Plato, you rary gleam of funshine. Heaven will know it again : for my part, to knows when it may thine again! I my sorrow I have had that happiness: did not conceive till oow, I own, I lee the principal features, and I what it was to lose you, nor felt the foresee the dangers with a trembling solitude and insipidity of my own anxiety. But enough of this ; I recondition before I possessed the hap. turn to your letter. It proves at piness of your friendship. I must least, that in the midst of your new cite another Greck writer to you, gaieties I still hold some place in your


memory, and, what pleases me above this account, and perhaps your in. all, it has an air of undissembled fin- quietude may have proceeded from cerity. Go on, my best and amiable the same cause. I hope I am to hear friend, to thew me your heart fimply when he has passed that curfed fea, and without the Thadow of disguise, or will he forget me thus in infulam and leave me to weep over it, as I relegatum ? If he should, it is out now do, no maiter whether from joy of my power to retaliate. Surely or sorrow.”

you have written to him, my dear

Bonftetten, or farely you will! he April 19th, 1770. has moved me with these gentle and “ Alas! how do I every moment fensible expressions of his kindness feel the truth of what I have some for you: "are you untouched by where read, · Ce n'est pas le voir, que

them? de s'en souvenir;' and yet that remem “You do me thecredit, and false or brance is the only satisfaction I have true it goes to my heart, of ascribing left. My life now is but a perpetual to me your love for many virtues of conversation with your shadow-the the highett rank. Would to heaven knowo sound of your voice ftill rings it were fo! but they are indeed the in my ears--there, on the corner of fruits of your own noble and genethe fender, you are standing, or tink- rous undertanding, which has hitherling on the piano forte, or stretched to ftruggled against the stream of at length on the sofa. Do you re- custom, paffion, and ill-company, Rect, my dearelt friend, that it is a even when you were but a child ; week or eight days before I can re- and will you now give way to that ceive a letter from you, and as much Atream when your strength is increafmore before you can have my an. ed? Shall the jargon of French Soswer; that all that time I am em phifts, the allurements of painted woployed with more than Herculean men comme il faut, or the vulgar catoil, in pushing the tedious hours a- reffes of proititute beauty, the prolòng, and wishing to annihilate them; perty of all who can afford to purthe more I ftrive, the heavier they chase it, induce you to give up a move, and the longer they grow? mind and body by Nature diftinguishI cannot bear this place, where I ed from all others, to folly, idleness, have spent many



within disease and vain remorse? Have a less than a month since you left me. care, my ever amiable friend, of lovI am going for a few days to see ing what you do not approve. Know

invited by a letter, me for your most faithful and most wherein he mentions you in such humble defpote.” terms as add to my regard for him, and express my own sentiments bet.

« May 9th, 1770. ter than I can do myself. “I am con I am returned, my dear Boncerned,' says he,' that I cannot pass Retten, from the little journey I made half

my life with bim ; I never met into Suffolk, without answering the with any one who pleased and suited end 'proposed. The thought that me so well : the miracle to me is, you might have been with me there how he comes to be so little spoiled, has embitiered all my hours : your and the miracle of miracles will be, letter has made me happy, as happy if he continues fo in the midit of as so gloomy, so folitary a being as I cvery danger and seduction, and with. am is capable of being made. I out any advantages but from his own know, and have too often felt the excellent nature and understanding. disadvantages I lay myself under, I owo I am very anxious for him on how much í hurt the little interest Ed. Mag. July 1799.


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hospitality, gained the love and admiraHere he sunk wells, and bordered his tion of all who knew him. tanks with spreading trees, for the com-· In this neighbourhood resided an avafort and convenience of the weary tra ricious Chiet, named Shamarauze, who, veller, who constantly sought their re as they lay in the vicinage of his own freshing Thade amidst ihe fervent heats of lands, cast a covetous eye on the little

possessions of this worthy individual.



* This tale has for its foundation a tradition in the Musulipatam Circar.

+ Or market.

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