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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 stateliness which an idea of the consequence of situation 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, who considered himself aggrieved by a paragraph, which had been that morning inserted in his paper; and theo pointing it out, he told him, that I would expect to fee a contradiction of that pan of it, which related to the British governor of India, rbr 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 fay, the contradiction of it must be paid for likewise," returned the geutleman. "I dare say, the Rajah will have no objection." Observing the astonishment that was painted in my countenance, he told me, that nothing was more commonly practised. "Yes"; added the
news writer, "the gentleman must certainly allow, that when a Falsehood has been paid for, it is not reasonable to expect, that it can be contradicted for nothing!— Itwould be quitedijhoncuralie /" " What!" cried I, with an emotion no longer to be suppressed, " and is it then in the power of a piece of gold, to procure circulation to whatever untruths the base malignity of envy or of hatred may choose to dictate? are these the articles of intelligence, diffused at such vast expence, over this Christian kingdom? Ah! ye simple people! whom distance has happily preserved in ignorance of the ways .of news writers, how. little do ye know the real value of what ye so 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 stir abroad, without attracting the gaze of observation.—Places of public entertainment are filled by the bare cxpectation of beholding me; all those of resoit, ia the out-lkirts of the town, have advertised me, as part of their bill of fare; and I am this evening disappointed 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 bosom of that ocean, whose distant waves now beat against the happy shores of India. Some weeks must elapse, before such an opportunity can be found. I stiall, therefore, ia the inteiim, avail myself of thepolite and friendly invitation of Lady Grey, and the family of the Ardents, to go into the coun
If I can prevail upon the philosopher to accompany me, I snail indeed be happy. And let not IV!aaadaara, too. much exult over the disappointment of his friend, when I confess to him, that experience has now cons meed me, that, though the novelty of manners and opinions may produce amusement, and the variety of human characters afford some degree of instruction, it is the Society of the friend we esteem, that can alone solace and satisfy the heart!
When I vainly flattered myself, withobtaining 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 sufficient to make him quit his laboratory. The morning after that iu which we had visited the building allotted to the reception of the unfortunate people, whom these good Christians have ib piously devoted to Eemen*, I paid a. visit to the worthy family who had been rescued from the punishment of poverty, and after having done what was in my power to preserve them from being sound guilty of a like crime in future, directed them to 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 soon as his scientific engagements will admit. And in-the mean time, he tells me, I may expedi amusement (I wonder he did not rather say instruction) from the characters I shall meet at Sir Caprice Ardem's- This man of many minds, has left his temples and his turrets, his pillars and pillasters, his arcades and his colonades, to be finished by the next lover of architecture, who may chance to spring up ia the family; and has retired into thecoantry, 10 enjoy, without intenuption, the calm pleasures of philosophy. The philosophy which at present engrosses the foul of the Baronet, is, however, of a different species from that which engages tie capacious mind of Doctor Severam It is a philosophy which disdains the How process of experiment, and chiefly glories in contradicting common fense. its main object is, to shew that the things ,which are, are not, and the things "which are not, are: and this is called Metaphysics.
* The Prince of Hell.
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 these 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 Wisdom," never escape from our remembrance!
"Though one should be intimately ** acquainted with the whole circle of Sci"ences, and master of the principles, on