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consider herself worthy of fitting in his presence, wbile she spurns from her own, the humble child of poverty, and affliction ? .
I have juft returned from my first visit to Doctor Severan, the gentleman to whose attentions Grey has most parti. cularly recommended me; nor could he, according to the opinion of Delomond, have done me a more essential service. My accomplished friend, who was, it seems, the companion of his youthful studies, tells me, that at the university, it appeared evident that he was born to be the ornament of Science. Whilst other young men were pursuing the gaudy phantom of pleasure, his time was occupied in in vestigating the Laws of Nature, in tearing the choicest secrets from her reluct. ant bofom, or, in tracing her foot-steps ihrouglı the various phænomena of the material world.-Nor, continued Delomond, as we drove to this gentleman's house, is he less estimable as a man, than respectable as a philosopher. But, indeed, the connection between philosophy and virtue, is “ so natural, that it is only their separation that can excite surprise'; for is not the very basis of science, a fincere and disinterested love of trutb? An enlarged view of things cannot fail to destroy the effects of prejudice : and
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while it awakens in the mind, the moft fublime ideas of the great original cause; it promotes, most neeeffarily, a deteltation of every thing that is mean or bafe.” We just then stopped at the door of his friend, and were ushered into an apartment surrounded with thelves of books, arranged in no very good order; every table, and almost every feat, was occupied by numerous odd shaped veffels, fome of glass, and others of metal, but for what use I could not possibly comprehend. The philofopher himself, at length appeared. A tall thin man, of about forty years of age, his dress put on in a manner particularly careless; but his countenance, fo mild, and serious ! it was the very personification of benig. mity. He appeared rejoiced at seeing Delomond, who, if poflible, was exalted in my esteem, by feeing the degree of estimation in which he was held by the philosopher. Myself he rceeived in the molt gracious manner ; and, by his kind. ness to me, he gave the most convinc. ing proof of his regard for my friend Grey, of whom, indeed, he spoke very handsomely. He informed me, that Lady Grey, widow to the brother of our friend, was then at her country residence, but that her brother, Sir Caprice Ardent, for whom I had likewise a letter of intro
duction, was in London; and addeu, that he should do himself the plealure of accompanying me to the house of this gentlçman, the day after to-morrow; and hoped that I would come to eat my breakfaji with him, before we went. You will smile at the invitation: and, no doubt, be surprised to find this philosopher, whom one would expect to foar above the practices and notions of the vulgar, taking such a method of shewing his hospitality; but it is a difficult thing to get the better of early prejudice ; nor does the generality of mankind in any country, enquire into the propriety of customs, to which they have been rendered familiar by use. Though to us it appears highly absurd, as well as grossly indelicate, to see people looking in each others' faces while they chew their food, and calling it sociable to swallow their morsel at the same moment; it is poffible, that these Europeans may think our folitary manner of eating equally ridiculous ; and if they abstain from censuring it, is it not a proof of their being more enlightened? Often have I observed to you, and often do I fee reason to repeat the observation, that it is they only who have conquered the force of prejudice in themselves, that can make any allowance For the effects of it in others. VOL. II.
Coffee-houses, similar to that defcribed in one of my letters from Calcutta, are to be met with in every quarter of this city. Those I have here seen, are fchools of politics, resorted to by all who take an interest in public affairs ;- a true and authentic statement of which is daily printed on large sheets of paper, and copies are, I am told, sent to every part of the island. In the Coffee-houses, these are handed about from politician to poliLician, and furnish matter for the general discourse. For my part, though poffefsed of a sufficient share of curiosity, I did not care to be too forward in seeking to pry into the state affairs of the country; but having accompanied Delomond, yesterday, into a neighbouring coffee-house, and hearing a gentleman who sat near me, declare, that the paper he was then perufing, was indubitably published under the immediate direction of the Brit. ish minister, I could not restrain my im. patience, to’examine its contents and the moment he laid it down, I eagerly flew to its perufal.
It is impossible to describe to you, the admiration with which the reading of this paper inspired me, for the talents and virtues of his fapient noble, who presides in the Supreme councils of this happy nation. So extensive! so miultifarious! so minute were the subjects of his concerns, that one contemplates with astonishment, the mind that is capable of grasping such an infinity of objects. In one paragraph, he reports to the nation, the account of a victory which their armies had obtained, or nearly ok. tained over the forces of their Christian enemies; tells the number of the slainof those who are still suffering the agonies of pain, far from the soothing balm of affection! far from the healing confolaations of friendship!-- To the families of such as are in a situation to afford the expensive insignia of sorrow, the panies of their fallen friends are announced ; but, to the poor, who can only afford to wear mourning in their hearts, there is no necessity of giving such a particular. account of their friends ; it is sufficient for them to know, that few, very few of them can ever again behold their native homes! In the next paragraph, this puisfant statesman informs the world of the safe arrival in town of Sir Dapper Dawdle, in his phaeton and four; which, and many similar pieces of intelligence, are, , : no doubt, given with the beneficent intention of informing the poor and wretched, where they may find their benefactors; thofe, who by their liberal and repeated