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that he would, if I chose it, go then with me to his house.

Eager to extricate the poor man from the dilemma into which his ignorance had thrown him, I gladly accepted the friendly offer, and we proceeded immediately to the office of this prime minister of fame, who received us with all the stateliliefs which an idea of the consequence of fituation never fails to inspire. The gentleman took upon himself to open the business; which he did, by saying, “ that he had brought with him a stranger, of high rank, why considered himself aggrieved by a paragraph, which had been that morning inserted in his paper; and then pointing it out, he told him, that I would expect to see a contradiction of that

part of it, which related to the British governor of India, for whom I entertained fentiments of the most profound respect.” The conductor shrugged up his shoulders, and faid, “ the paragraph had been paid for.”—“That is to say, the contradiction of it must be paid for likewise,” returned the gentlemian. “ I dare say, the Rajah will have no objection.” Observing the asto. nishment that was painted in my counienance, he told me, that nothing was more commonly practised. “ Yes"; added the

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news writer, " the gentleman must certain-
ly allow, that when a falsehood has been
paid for, it is not reasonable to expect,
that it can be contradicted for nothing ! -
It would be quite difhoncurable !What!"
cried I, with an emotion no longer to be
fuppreffed," and is it then in the power of
a piece of gold, to procure circulation to
wbatever untruths the base inalignity
of envy or of hatred may choose to

dictate ? are these the articles of inteltop ligence, diffused at such vast expence,

over this Christian kingdom ? Ah! ye
fimple people! whom distance has hap-
pily preserved in ignorance of the ways
of news writers, how little do ye know
the real value of what ye fo liberally pay
for !"

So much was I disgusted, that if my
own character alone had been concern-
ed, I would rather have fubmitted to the

evil, than to the remedy.-As it was, I I threw down the guinea and departed,

with rather lefs reverence for the authen-
ticity of newspaper intelligence, than I
had entertained at my entrance.

The disagreeable consequences of this 200 affair, have not stopped here ; I can no 10. longer ftir abroad, without attracting the ore gaze of obfervation.- Places of public be entertainment are filled by the bare ex.

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pelation of beholding me; all those of resort, ia the qut-skirts of the town, have advertised me, as part of their bill cf fare ; and I am this evening disappointed of the pleasure I expected, at a new species of amusement, called a Mafquerade, from seeing in the newspaper, that my intention is known to the public. In fine, I can no longer find happiness in this metropolis, and would with pleasure at ihis moment re-embark on the botom of that ocean, whose diftant waves now beat agaiost the happy shores of India. Some weeks must elapse, before such an opportunity can be found. I shall, therefore, in the interim, avail myself of the polite and friendly invitation of Lady Grey, and the family of the Ardents, to go into the coun

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'If I can prevail upon the philosopher to accompany me, I shall indeed be happy. And let not Maandaara, too much exult over the disappoiornent of his friend, when I confess to him, that experience lias now cont inced me, that, though the Dovelty of manners and opinions may produce anusement, and the variety of human characters atíord fonje degree of instruction, it is the Society of the friend weesteem, that can abone fólace and fa:isfy the heart!

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When I rainly flattered myself, with obtaining the company of Severan, I had entirely forgot his experiments. He has now- engaged in them with renewed ardour; and so deeply is he interested in their success, that no motive, less powerful than the possibility of relieving a fellow creature in distress, would be fufficient to make him quit his laboratory. The morning after that in which we had visited the building allotted to the reception of the unfortunate people, whom These good Christians have fo piously devoted to Eemen*, I paid a visit to the worthy family who had been rescued from the punishment of poverty, and afier having done what was in my power to preserve them from being found guilty of a like crime in future, directed then 10 return to Severan, the sum he had so generously advanced. - But though I am thus deprived of his company for the present, he promises to join me, as fuon as his scientific engagements will admit. And in the mean time, he tells me; I may expect anjulement (I wonder he aid not raiher say

instruction) from the characiers I shall meet at Sir Caprice Ardeni's. This man of many minds, has left his temples

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and his turrets, bis pillars and pillaflers, his arcades and his colonades, to be finished by the next lover of architecture, who may chance to spring up in the family; and has retired into the country, io enjoy, without interruption, the calm pleasures of pl.ilofophy. The philosophy which at prefent engrosses the foul of the Baronet, is, however, of a different fpecies from that which engages tre capacious mind of Doctor Severan. It is a philofophy which disdains the flow procels of experiment, and chiefly glories in contradiciing comnion sense. Jis main object is, to fhew that the things which are, are not, and the things which are not, are ; and this is called Metaphysics.

As I understand the matter, the art of these metaphysical champions lies in puzzling each other, and the best puzzler carries off the prize.

While thefe Christian-born philosophers pique themselves in turning from light, to walk in the darkness of their own vain imaginations, may the words that are written in the “ Ocean of Wifdom,” never escape from our brance !

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