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" which the most abstruse of thiem are “ founded; yet, if this knowledge be un“ accompanied by the humble worship of t the Omniscient God, it shall prove al“ together vain, and unprofitable :".
I have heard of a conveyance, which, although not eligible for my perfonal ace commodation, yet will serve to transinit this letter to my friend. . May he who possesses the eight attributes, receive your prayers ! May you walk in the shadow of Veeslinu ! and when by the favour of Varuna, this leiter fhall reach the dwellisg of Maandaara, may he read its contents with the same sentiments of friendship, as now heais in the bosom of Zaarnilla. The brother of Zamarcanda falutes the filter of his heart, and weeps over the tender blossom he entrusted to her bosom. O that by her carc, his mind may be nourished by the refreshing dew of early virtue! What can I fay more?
* This passage appears to have been taken from the Tervo-Vaulever Kuddel, a composition which bears the marks of confiderable antiquity, and which, though written not by a Bramin, but a Hindoo of the lowest order, is held in high estimation, for the beauties of its poetry, and intrinsic value of its precepts.' Part of it has been lately tranflated into English, by Mr. Kindersley.
L ET TER XV.
IRAISTS to Ganesa*! How would the God, whose symbol is an Elephan:'s Head, have been astonished, could he have de. frended to have been a spectator of the scene I have just now witnessed ? Had he beheld, in what a ridiculous light he is reprefented by the Philosophers of Europe, who pretend to be his worshipa pers, I am afraid, he would have been more than half ashamed of his votaries. But let me not anticipate. You must travel the whole journey : and, according to my plan of punctual and minute information, you must be told, that I left London ihe morning after that in which my last epistle was concluded. And travel. ling, after the manner of the country, in a carriage drawn by four horses, which were changed every six or eight coss, at Choultries, replete with every convenience, and occupied by the politest, and civilest, and the most hofpitable people, I have, fince my residence in Europe, ever encountered.
* The God of Wisdom, whose symbolis the Head of an Elephant.
Wherever I stopped, smiles of welcome fat on every brow, nor was the benign sauvity of their manners, confined to myself alone; it extended even to my domeftics; and was particularly evinced in the cordial looks, and kindly greetings bestowed on my English Sircar, who has the uncontrouled disbursement of my money.
I had already travelled upwards of two hundred miles (about one hundred of our cofs) without meeting with any adventure without notice ; and had turned a few miles out of the great road, icto that which leads to the Baronet's, when on stopping to change horses, at the Ion of a paltry village, I met with an unexpected delay. They had no borses at home. I was, therefore, under the necessity of waiting for the return of a pair, which the landlord assured me, would be back in less than half an hour, and should then proceed with me immediately. I was a little surprised, to hear him propose hav. ing my carriage drawn by one pair, as my English fervant had assured me, it was a thing impossible. And his judgment had been confirmed, not only by the London horse-hirer, tout by the Master of every Inn upon the road. But as the road was now more broken, and more hilly, than I had hitherto travelled, I found that two horses would be sufficient.' And for these two, I resolved to wait with all poffible patience. I do not know that I have hitherto mentioned to you, that in this country, there are various ways of measuring time: and that, what is with trades-people, inn-keepers, servants, &c. called five minutes, is feldom less than one hour, by the sun-dial. What they call an hour, is a very undeterminate period indeed ; being sometimes two hours, and as I have frequently known it, with my English servant, sometimes the length of a whole evening. Making up my mind, therefore, to ipend two or three hours, at this forry village, I was not a little pleased, in hear, that I had the prospect of some company; and that two gentleinen from Sir Caprice Ardent's, were in the same house. They soon introduced themselves 10 my acquaintance; and it was not long before I discovered, that thefe were two of the Philosophers, mentioned to me by my friend Severan.
They informed me, that they had been brought to the village on a difagreeable errand. They had, it seems, been stopped and robbed in their way from London to Ardent-Hall. The rouber was now in cuflody, but their evidence was necessary for his commitment to prison. On this account, they were desired to appear
before a Magistrate ; and as I rejoice in every new scene, from which I can hope to acquire a new idea, I gladly accompa. nied them thither. Little did I know, what acquisitions were to be made to my stock of knowledge ! or, that in the simple business of recognizing the person of a robber, I was to be made acquainted with a complete system of Philofophy. Alas! ignorant that I was ! I knew not that to involve the simplest question in perplexity, and to veil the plain di&tates of common fense, in the thick mift of obfcurity and doubt, is an easy matter with metapbyfi. cal Philosophers !
We were shewn into the Hall of Jufrice, and found the Magistrate seated in his chair. This portly personage, who in figure very inuch resembled those images of the Mandarines of China, wbich are often to be seen both in Asia and Europe, with due folemnity of voice, addressing himself to the eldest of the two gentlemen, desired him to examine the features of the culprit, who now stood before him, and say, whether he was fatisfied as to his identity. “ Much may be said upon the subject of identity,” replied Mr. Puzzledorf; “ the greatest philosophers have differed in their opinions concerning it, and ill would it become me, to decide