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ever I attended you at dinner, did not you say, again and again, that Kings, Princes, and Prime Ministers, were all worse than pick-pockets? And yet now you would go for 'to hang me, for hav. ing only civilly asked a few guineas, 10 make up a little matter of loss, I had had in the Lottery. I wonder you a’nt afhamed to turn so, against your own words.” “ No, Timotby,” returned the philosopher; “ my opinions are not so easily changed. No man, ever yet convinced me of being in an error. You have only to regret your having lived in a dark age, when vulgar prejudices so far prevail, as to consider laws as necessary to the wellbeing of fociety.But he comforted, Timothy! The age of reason approaches. That glorious æra is fast advancing, in which every man fhall do that which is right in his own eyes, and the fear of the gallows shall have as little influence, as the fear of hell.” .“ Ah! that I had kept to my good grandmother's wholesome doctrine of hell and damnation !” (exclaimed the poor wretch, whom the Justice's men were now dragging back to prison)" I should not now be at the mercy of a false friend, who laughed me out of the fear of Godand now leaves me to the mercy of the

gallows !"--He continued to speak, but we could no longer bear. He was drag. ged to his prison, and we having made our obedience to the Magistrate, departed. I have been enabled thus circumstantially, to detail the particulars of this curious conversation, from the politeness of the Magistrate's nephew, who was so kind as to furnish me with a copy of his notes, taken down in, what is called, Short Hand.

It is possible, that much of it may appear to you unintelligible; but be not discouraged. How should our unenlightened minds, expect to understand the language of philofophers, fince from all I can learn, they feldom thoroughly understand themselves ?

On returning to the Inn, I found the horses in waiting, the gentlemens' were also in readiness, and we proceeded in company to Ardent Hall. My reception from the Baronet, was very cordial. That of his Lady, was most frigidly polite. Her daughter, did not seem to remember ever having seen me before ; but the elder Miss Ardent, shook me by the hand, with a degree of frankness, as masculine as her understanding.

The conversation of the evening, turned upon the same topics, that had been discussed before the Magiltrate, Mr. Axiom

and Mr. Puzzledorf doing little more than support the opinions they had formerly advanced. Sir Caprice Ardent, feemed, in general, disposed to agree with the last fpeaker; and Doctor Sceptic, who made one of the party, made a point of agreeing with none. -Miss Ardent retired to write letters, and her Ladyship and her daugh. ter, remained as filent as did the friend of Maandaara.

O Sheermaal!_Wife and learned Bramin !-May thy meek and generous {pirit, pardon the presumption of my ignorance, which refusing to confide in thy experience, perished in cherishing the ill-founded notion, that all the people of England were Christians !_With all bumility, I now retract my error : and confess--that of the many religione prevalent in this strange country, Christianity (as it is set forth in the Shafter) has the smallest number of votaries: and, according to the accounts of my new friend, is fast journeying to oblivion.

Much do the Philosophers exult, in exposing the weakness and wickedness of Its authors. These artful and designing men, who having entered into a combination to lead the most virtuous lives, having bound themselves to the practice of fortitude and forbearance, meekness and magnanimity, piety towards God, and benevolence to all mankind, weakly and foolishly, refused to take to themselves any merit for their conduct; and renouncing all worldly honours and interests, resigned themselves to persecution, pains, tortures, and death, in support of the truth of their doctrines. · All this appears very foolish in the eyes of the Philosophers; who, judging of others by themselves, pronounce so much self-denial, fortitude, and forbearance, to be utterly impossible. The God of the Chriftians, appears in their eyes, as very reasonable, in exacting purity of heart-and humility from his votaries. They therefore, think it is doing much service to mankind, to free them from these upeasy restraints, and to lead them to the worship of Dewiah, that are not quite fo unreasonable. . To make the attempt, is all that is necesfary, towards obtaining the appellation of Philosopher..

On examining the Colha*, I found, indeed, that the word Philosopher, was said to signify, “a maa deep in knowledge, either moral or natural"_but from my own experience, I can pronounce the definition to be nugatory; and that those

* Dictionary.

who usually call themselves fuch, are men, who, without much knowledge, either moral or natural, entertain a high idea of their own superiority, from having the temerity to reject whatever has the fanction of experience, and common sense.

The poojah of Philosophers is performed to certain Idols, called Systems. The faith of each system has been promulgated by the priest, who either firft formed the Idol, or first set it up to receive the poojah of the credulous. This faith, is received by the votary of the system with undoubting confidence, and defended with the fervency of pious zeal. . It must be confeffed, that this zeal, fometimes carries tbe Philosophers to a pitch of intolerance, that is repugpant to the feelings of a Hindoo. Never did the most bigoted derveish * of the Mussulmans,, betray more abhorrence at the sight of the Idols of the Pagoda, than is evinced by the worshipper of system towards a Christian priest! And yet, so far are the latter from returniog any portion of this difike, that the piajority of them

* The antipathy of the Muffulmans to every fpecies of Idolatry, is still the occasion of frequent diiturbance to the Hindoos, in the persormance of the fuperftitious ceremonies of their religion.

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