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acts of charity, have obtained the blefing of them, who are ready to perijk. Nor is the pourishment of the mind neglected by this wise minister; the public are inform. ed, in this newspaper, where such books are to be had, as are doubtless, best calculated for their instruction. I have already told you, that the females of this place go themselves into the shops, in order to purchase what they want : and, methinks, it is highly praise-worthy of this good superintendant of the kingdom, to point out to the fair creatures, where they may lay out their money to the most advantage. They are in one part, strongly assured of the superior excellence of the goods at the Pigeons; in another, they are conjured to buy their stockings at the Fleece; their shoes, their gloves, nay the very powder, with which they disfigure their beautiful hair, are all objects of this good nobleman's tender anxiety; indeed, the proper decoration of their persons, seems to employ no inconsiderable portion of his attention; there is no deformity of the body, no disorder of the skin, against which they are not here provided wiih a' remedy. Nor doth royal diguity itfelf, disdain to extend its cares to beauiitying and adoruing the feniale subjects of there realms. You will, perhaps, sinile, to hear of the royal


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firman's being attached to the ladies' gar- : ters? But there is not a brush for their nails, nor a soap for their hands, nor a powder for their teeth, nor wash for their pretty faces, that is not as highly honoured. Alas! how much are there females indebted to a prince, who evinces such unequalled solicitude for the preservation of their beauty!

· Nor doth the parental care of royalty for the welfare of the people flop here; their health is an object of peculiar concern ; innumerable are the lifts of medi. cines, of approved efficacy, which are

here recommended to the public; I rece. · koned above fixty, that had received the royal fanction, fealed by the royal arms, and mentioned by royal authority, when we reflect, how many nauseous draughts, the royal counsellors must needs have tasted ; how many bitter pills, . they, doubtless, must have swallowed, before they could advise his Majesty on a subject fo’important; we can scarcely, resrain from pitying the situation of those, whose high stations impofe upon them the performance of such disagreeable duties !! I could furnish you with further proofs of the tender care of this government, for the health and hap. piness of its fubjects, but ain obliged to leave off, on account of my visit to Sir Caprice Ardent.

· I forget whether I informed you, that a neceffary part of my establishment, is a carriage. A model of which, I have this morning purchased for you, at what is called a, that you may form some idea of the manner in which the great are drawn about the streets of this city. Numbers however, even of an esa alied rank, occasionally walk : nor is it ibought any degradation, to make use of :heir own legs. I this morning met the fleir apparent of the throne, walking on foot, in the very street in which I live; far from appearing in my eyes as shorn of his dignity, by thus condescending 10 mingle with his people, it fied upon it, in my opinion, a beam of additional lustre. Ah! what a tranfcendant degree of excellence must we suppose these highly favoured Princes to poffefs, who, together with the dignified sentiments of their exalted rank, enjoy the advantages of that instruction, which is only to be obtained by commerce with the world ! The mirror of trutb is set before them, and, sure. ly, they will never turn from it to view themselves through the distorting medium of venal flattery, and deceitful adulation!!-But, to return from this digreffion; I took up Dr. Severan, according to appointment, and proceeded with him to the house of the Baronet, which is

situated at the upper end of a short street, none of the buildings of which are yet compleated ; they seem as if they were intended for houses of very different sizes and shapes, and at present have a very strange appearance; but, it is impossible to form any idea of what they may be, when finished. The entrance to the house of Sir Caprice, was somewhat obstructed by heaps of rubbifh, occafioned, as we foon learned, by the destruction of a row of pillars, of Grecian architecture, with which ihe hall had been originally graced. Thefc proud ornaments, which during the short period of their exaltation, had heard the lofty roof which they sustained, re-echo tbe voices of their fatterers, were on a fudden, disgraced, dismiffed, and hurled headlong to the ground! Their fall was like that of the favourites of Princes, which fhakes the throne they once appeared destined to support. A loug train of dependants were involved in the mighty ruin, and it was not without fome degree of danger, that, following the fervant, we scrambled through this fcene of defolation, to the apartment of Sir Caprice, whom we found feated at a large table, on which an innumerable quantity of plans, maps, models of buildings, and other various ornaments, were beap.


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Afier reading the letter I had brought bini, congratulating me on my arrival in England, and enquiring after ihe, health of Mr. Grey, he turned to Doctor Severan, and expressed, in strong ierms, the particular pleasure he at that zooment felt in feeing binn." I know you are a man of taite,” cried he, ihall be wonderfully happy to have your advice on the plan of a new building, which I intend shall be something very extraordinary Here it is," continued lie, holding up a small model; “ here; you fee, I have contrived to unite all the orders of architecture in regular gradation; here, you will please to observe, that the basis is truly Gothic; above that, observe the Tuscan ; above that, the Composite, the Corinthian, the Doric, the Ionic--all placed as they never were placed before! Still, however, the top is unfinished; for that I have had many plans; but, that which pleases me best, is, the idea of crowning the whole with a Chinese temple; is it not a good thought, eh? Perhaps this gentleman, could furnish me with a hint. Pray Sir,” turning to me,

me,“ has the Emperor of China, done any thing new in this way, of late ? The philosopher, perceiving my confusion, reminded this noble build er, that I was fiom Bengal, and had never

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