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'a bouse for sparrows to make honey, he now intends to erect a church, for the edification of the saints. Thus doth one folly succeed to another, in the breast of him who is void of all permanent principle !-May the mind of Maandaara be furnished by Ganefa with the protecting shield of judgment, and preferved from the evils of instability!
As this letter will be sent by a small vessel called a packet, which carries difpatches from this government to the coun. cil of Calcutta, it will probably reach the happy region of Almora fome weeks be. fore thy friend. ..
I anticipate the comments which thou wilt make upon its contents. Thou wilt observe, that to extend our knowledge of the world, is but to become acquainted with new modes of pride, vanity, and folly.
Thou wilt perceive that in Europe, as in · Asia, an affected singularity often passes for fuperior wisdom; bold affertion for truth; and fickly fastidiousness for true delicacy of sentiment. Thou wilt see that the passions of men are every where the fame, and that the variety made by the Idol of Doc. tor Sceptic (existing circumstances) is not in the passions themselves, but in the complexion of the obje&ts which excite them. Thou wilt remark, that though vice and
folly have the appearance of being every where predominant, that it is only the füperficial observer, who will from thence infer the non-existence of Wisdom and Virtue. These have been traced by Maandaara to the bosom of retirement, where he will have observed them scattering the sweet blofsoms of domestic peace: and though the torch of vanity glares not on their dwelling, and the trump of fame foundę not at their approach, he will nevertheless, have remarked with pleasure .the extent of their filent reign, and, with Zaarmilla, will pity the man who can form a doubt of their existence.
Of the various religions of the English, I have given you a full and distinct account: You will perceive by it, that notwithstanding the progress of philosophy, and the report of Sheermaal, that that of Christianity is not yet entirely extinct; but ihat, like Virtue and Wisdom, it has still some adherents, in the retired scenes of life. You will, perhaps, not have been able to discover how the practices enjoined by its precepts can be injurious to fociety; and inclined to think, that the love of a Being of infinite wisdom and goodness, and such a government of the passions, as enables a man to love his neighbour as himself, can do no great harm to the world. ---ObnoxiVOL. II,
has been expectation Pole of the indis.
ous as the precepts which command purity of heart, unfeigned humility, fanctity of morals, and simplicity of manners; may be to the philosopher; you will conclude, that they have, in reality, been found as little detrinmntal to the repose of the individual, as the expectation of everlasting felicity has been to his happiness. I am sorry that the want of success attending the experi. ments of the worshippers of System, presents me with nothing to oppose to your conclusions better than assertion : but if you have half the complaisance of the people of England, you will think that ought to be sufficient to overturn the dictates of common sense, though confirmed by the experience of ages ! - Such faith do these good people put in the assertions of philosophers.
I am called from my pen to witness a ceremony called Signing the Settlements, which is preliminary to the marriage of Mr. Darnley and the blooming Emma.' The day after to-morrow is fixed for their nuptials, and on the day following, the amiable bride departs with her husband, loaded with paternal blessings. Though every thing is to be conducted in common form, and exactly in conformity to Christian prejudices, I do not know but this gentle and unassuming girl may bave as
great a chance for happiness, as if she had gone off with her lover on an experiment of abstract principle.
"May the conduct of those who act 6 well, afford pleasure to the mind! May « you, ye good, fiud friends in this world! “ May virtue be for ever to be found !”
In reading the letters of a friend, may the goodness of his intention be put in the balance with his errors.; and where the former is found predominant, may the latter be consigned to oblivion! What can I say more.
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