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ef which the most abstruse of them are *' founded; yet, if this knowledge he un"accompanied by the humble worship of **' the Omniscient God, it shall prove al"together vain, and unprofitable ."
I have heard of a conveyance, which, although not eligible for my personal accommodation, yet will serve to transmit this letter to my friend.
May he who possesses the eight attributes, receive your prayers! May you walk in the shadow of Veeslmu! and when by the favour of Varuna, this letter shall reach the dwelling of Maandaara, may he read its contents with the fame sentiments of friendship, as now beats in the bosom of Zaarmilla. The brother of Zamarcanda salutes the sister of his heart, and weeps over the tender blossom he entrusted to her bosom. O that by her care, his mind may be nourished by the refreshing dew of early viitue! What can I fay more?
* This passage appears to have been taken from the Tervo-Vaulever Kuddel, a composition which bears the marks of considerable 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 translated into finglifh, by Mr. Kindersley.
Jf RAISE- to- Ganesa*! How would the God, whose symbol is an Elephant's Head, have been astonished, could he have desrended to have been a spectator of the scene I have just now witnessed? Had he beheld, in what a ridiculous light he is represented by the Philosophers of Europe, who pretend to be his worshippers, 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 the morning after that in which my last epistle was concluded. And travelling, 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 hospitable people, I have, since my resideuce in Europe, ever encountered.
* The God of Wisdom, whose symbol is 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 domestics; 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 coss) without meeting with any adventure without notice; and had turned a few miles out of the great road, into that which leads to the Baronet's, when on stopping to change horses, at the Inn of a paltry village, I met with an unexpected delay. They had no horses 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 having my carriage drawn by one pair, as my English servant had assured me, it was a thing impojfible. And his judgment had been confirmed, not only by the London horse-hirer, but 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 poflible 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 rive minutes, is seldom 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 f.nglifh servant, sometimes the length of a whole evening. Making up my mind, therefore, to ipend two or three hours, at thissorry village, I was not a little pleased, to hear, that I had the prospect of some company; and that two gentlemen from Sir Caprice Ardent's, were in the fame house. They soon introduced themselves to my acquaintance; and it was not long before I discovered, that these were two of the Philosophers, mentioned to me by my friend Severan.
They informed me, that they had been brought to the village ou a disagreeable errand. They had, it seems, been stopped and robbed in their way from London to Ardent-Hall. The robber was now in custody, 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 accompanied 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 Philosophy. Alas! ignorant that I was! I knew not that to involve the simplest question in perplexity, and to veil the plain dictates of common sense, in the thick mist of obscurity and doubt, is an easy matter with metaphysical Philosophers!
We were shewn into the Hall of Justice, and foundSthe Magistrate seated in his chair. This portly personage, who in figure very much resembled those images cf the Mandarines of China, which are often to be seen both in Asia and Europe, with due solemnity 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 fay, whether he was satisfied 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