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been in China in my life. “ From Bengal ? Ay, ay, I had forgot; a Hindoo is he? well, well, perhaps, thep, he could give me a plan of a Mosque, a Minaret, or some such thing, it would oblige me extremely, as it would be something quite : new, and uncommon.” Perceiving that he waited my answer, I told him, that I certainly have had many opportunities of feeing Mosques, some of the most stately of which, were built from the ruins of our ancient temples, particularly that at Benares, the Minareis of which were esteemed eminently beautiful; but, that as I had never been in one, I was altogether unqualified to give an accurate descriprion of them. “ Did not trouble church much, I suppose, Sir ?” rejoined he, with an arch sinile.' " Good heaven!” cried Severan), “ do you not know, that a Mosque is a Mahommcdan place of worship, and have I not already told you, that this gentleman is a Hindoo ?" " Ay, ay, I had forgot, he is a heathen. So much the better; I shall love him, if he hates all priests, and priest-ridden fools ; I vever knew any good come of either.” So saying, he offered me his hand, and shook mine, in a most cordial manner. He then renewed his solicitations for the opinion of Severan, in regard to the manner in which he should finish his

projected building* (a building for which he had not yet fixed upon a situation); the philosopher eluded any further dissertations on the subject, with great dexterity, and finally prevailed upon him to introduce us to the apartment of his Lady.

We found Lady Ardent, and her eldest daughter, in the apartment called the drawing room. They were prepared 10 go out, and had their carriage waiting for them at the door; but, on our entrance, politely resumed their feats. The countenance of neither of these la. dies, exhibited one single live, that could lead to the developement of their characters; all was placid uniformity, and unSpeaking regularity of feature. Surely, said I to myself, these women must have arrived at the very zenith of perfection! How effectually must every passion have been fubdued under the glorious empire of reason, before they could have attained fueh inexpressive indifference? It is true, that in their eyes, the sparkling chub

* Explanations of the terms of Architecture. &c. bough very necessary to the friends of the Rajah, it was thought, would be rather tiresome to the English reader; They are therefore omitted by the Translator, who has frequently been obliged to take liberties or the fame oature.

dar * of intellect, doth not proclaim his master's presence but the apathy which fits upon their foreheads, speaks in plain language, their contempt of the world and its vanities. With them, as with the beloved of Krishna, pain and pleasure are as one! The modesty of female bashfuloess, sealed the lips of the young lady, but her mother enquired after my friend Grey, if not with affection, at least with inuch politeness. She treated me (as I was told by Doctor Severan), with an uncommon degree of attention. She gave me a nip of stiff paper, on which was marked the tenth day of the next month, which, I was informed by my friend, was an invitation to a rout, that is to say, an entertainment, where a vast number of rational, wise, and weil-informed votaries of immortality, meettogether, not to converse, but to look at each other, and to turn over the bits of painted paper, called cards! After receiving this mark of her Ladyship's ats tention, we took our leave, and retired.

I was curious to know some further particulars of a family, whose manners appeared to me fo peculiar ; and Doctor, Severan, whom I have the happiness of

Severan. h me fo peculi, Whole manne

* The fervant whole business it is to proclaim · the titles of any great personage.

fceing every day, has had the goodness amply to gratify my curiosity. He began with observing, that " to those who take pleasure in investigating the phænomena that fall under their observation, either mental or material, it is not suf ficient to say that things are so, they muft develope the causes in which they have originated. As there are few fub. fiances found in a natural ftate, whose conftituent parts cannot be feparated froin each other, by the methods used in chemistry, so there are few predominant dispositions of the mind, which may not le annalized, and traced through their

origin and progress by any one who will · give himself the trouble to pursue the Tecessary process. .

“ This investigation, if accurately fol. Jowed,"continued my fiiend, “will inva

jably lead us to the early education of the object of it. In it we will commonly fud an explanation of the manner in which the peculiar combination of ideas that ultimatciy forms character, has been produced; to it, therefore, we must al. ways recur in our annalization of the propensities and conduct of any individual.

“ The father of Sir Caprice, was three times married.---His first wife, who was the heiress of a wealthy family, died foon afier the birth of a daughter; in

whom, the fortunes of her family are at present centered.-His second wife, the mother of Sir Caprice, brought him no other dower besides beauty, and good temper. Her premature death, overwhelmed him in affliction; but, happily, just as he was erecting a monument to her memory, in the inscription of which, he gave notice to the world, that his affections were for ever buried in her tomb, a consoling angel appeared 10comfort him, in the shape of Lady Ca. roline Beaumont.

" This Lady, who brought him only one daughter, proved an excellent wife, and would have been one of the best of mothers to his children, but for a certain timidity of temper which restrained her from exerting authority over the children of another. From her, therefore, they met with unlimited indulgence, that most powerful inflamer of the paf. fions, in whose high temperature, fortitude is lost, and selfishness, arrogance, aud pride, are inseparably united.

« Their father having a dislike to public schools, and resolving that his daughter should share the advantages of a classical education with his son, provided them with a "tutor at home-the re. verend Mr. Ergo. Well do I remember him. He afterwards got the living

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