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paragraph alluded to in the next paper. And 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 statelia ness which an idea of the consequence of fituation never fails to inspire. The gentleman took upoa himself to open the busi. ness; 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 ' sentiments of the most profound respect.”
The conductor shrugged up his shoulders, and said, “ the paragraph had been paid for.”-“That is to say, the contradiction of it muít be paid for likewise," returned the gentleman. “ I dare say, the Rajah will have no objection.” Observing the asto. nishment that was painted in my counie. nance, he told me, that nothing was more commonly pra&tised. “ Yes”; added the
news writer, "the gentleman muít certainly allow, that when a falsehood has beeu paid for, it is not reasonable to expect, that it can be contradicted for nothing !It would be quite difponourable!” “What!” cried I, with an emotion no longer to be fuppreffed, 6 and is it then in the power of a piece of gold, to procure circulation to whatever untruths the base inalignity of envy or of hatred may choose to dictate ? are these the articles of inteltigence, 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 litile 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 concerned, I would rather have submitted to the evil, than to the remedy. --As it was, I threw down the guinea and departed, with rather less reverence for the authenticity of newspaper intelligence, than I had entertained at my entrance.
The disagreeable consequences of this affair, have not stopped here ; I can no longer ftir abroad, without attracting the gaze of obfervation.- Places of public entertainment are filled by the bare ex
peclation 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 dilappointed of the pleasure I expected, at a new species of amusement, called a Masquerade, 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 against the happy shores of India. Some weeks must elapse, before fuch an opportunity can be found. I shall, therefore, in the interim, avail myself of the polite and friendly invitation of Lady Grey, and the
fainily of the Ardents, to go into the coun'ary. :
If I can prevail upon the philosopher to accompany me, I shall indeed be happy. And let not Maandaara, too niuch exult over the disappointment of his friend, when I confess to him, that experience las now convinced me, that, though the Dovelty of mangers and opioions may produce amusement, and the variety of human characters athord fonje degree of instruction, it is the Society of the friend we eleem, that can abone folace and sa-isiy the heart !
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
* The Prince of Hell.
and his turrets, his pillars and pillaiters, liis 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, 10 enjoy, without interuption, the calm pleasures of philosophy. The philosopby which at prefent engrosses the foul of the Baronet, is, however, of a different fpecies from that which engages tie capacious mind of Doctor Severan. It is a philosophy which disdains the flow proces of experiment, and chiefly glories in contradici ing comnion fenfe. Its main object is, to fhew that the things which are, are not, and the things which are not, are; and this is called Metaphyfics.
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 philofophers 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 remembrance!
“ Though one should be intimately “ acquainted with the whole circle of Scios ences, and master of the principles, on