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of our parish, and used to fuff his fermons with Greek and Hebrew, in such a manner as to make the poor people ftare at the depth of his knowledge. In truth he was a most profound linguist; a complete walking vocabulary ;-but of every virtue that dilates the heart, of every science that expands the foul, while it enlarges the understanding, he was completely ignorant. The highest idea he could form of the efforts of human intellect, was confined to an accurate knowledge of nouns, verbs, cafes, and tenses; and, to commit these to the memory of his pupils, was the chief object of his folicitude. Unqualified to fix the generous principle in the dudile bosom, he attended not to the developement of mind, but on the contrary, extoled as marks of genius, the early whims and caprices of his pupil, which were, in reality, the ebullitions of an unregulated imagination.
“ It is, perhaps, to this want of judge ment in the tutor, that the extraordinary degree of ardour and unsteadiness, which has distinguished the Baronet, may, in fome degree, be attributed. A recital of the various and opposite pursuits, in which he has been at different times engaged, will be the best illustration I can give you of his character, which is such
an'one, as I suppose, your Eastern world has never produced. He is, however, by no means, an unique in this part of the world; where the liberty of committing every folly that suggests itself to the fancy, is considered as the most glorious privilege.
66 The ardour of Sir Caprice's mind," continued my friend, “ was, for the first two year's after his father's death, expended upon ruoning horses; at length, finding himfelf taken in by his compeers of the turf, cheated by his grooms, and moft frequently diftanced at the post, he fold his racers, and forefwore Newmarket for ever.”
Here I was obliged to beg an explanation from the philosopher, and found, that it is customary for the great men in this kingdom, in their exertion of the privilege hinted at above, to expend immense sums of money on a very beauti. ful, though useless, fpecies of horses. These animals are, however doomed to experience the effects of the capricious humours of their masters. At one time, they are considered as the dearest friends, and most loved companions of their lords, who are never so happy, as when in the apartments of their four-legged favourites. While this fit of fondness lafts, they are attended by numerous servants, who, taking consequence from the dignity of their employment, are at once the most insolent, and most rapacious of the domestic tribe. Some of these are employed in rubbing the skins of the horses into a beautiful polish, while on thers serve them with the choicest food. . Nay, so far does their care extend, that, as if the clothing of nature were not sufficient, they provide them with woollen garments which completely cover their whole bodies. Will not Maandaara think that the truth hath forsaken his friend, when I say, that the tormenting of these unfortunate favourites, forms one of the chief amusements of the English nobility? But, so it is ;-at certain appointed periods, they are brought out in the midst of a concourse of spectators, stripped of their fine clothing, and forced to gallop round a certain piece of ground full speed, while for the amusement of their cruel masters they are whipped, and even goaded by sharp instruments of steel, until the blood flows in streams, from their lacerated bodies, and this is called sport ! -But, to return to Sir Caprice Ardent. If I rightly remember, the next pursuit upon which, according to Doctor Severan's account, he employed the vigour of his mind, was Hunting. Here are no Jungles ia
which to pursue the ferocious tyrants of the forest. Here, courage is not called forth in the attack of the wild Elephant, or the roaring Lion.. Nor is activity and watchfulness necessary, to guard. against the sudden spring of the carnageloving Tyger. The pursuit of a small animal called a Fox, employs the vigour of the English hunters. The mischief, which the philosopher informed me, was done by Sir Caprice, and his friends, in pursuit of this little animal, I confefs, appeared to me altogetber unaccountable. He mentioned their having spoiled fifteen farms, by breaking down the fences, and that a young wood, of great extent, which had been planted by his father, was by the advice of one of the companions of Sir Caprice, in order to give free scope to the magnanimous pursuers of the red fugitive, burned to the ground. Another consequence of this diversion, was, to me, equally incomprehensible. Notwithstanding the coldness of the climate, it seems to be productive of the most astonishing degree of thirst. The fum of money, which according to the calculation of Doctor Severan, was expended by Sir Caprice, on the wine gulped down by his companions of the chace, would, if it had been employed in im
proving the incultivated parts of his eftate, have been sufficient to have made the barren wilderness, a garden of delights.
“ Next to hunting,” said Doctor Se. veran, “ succeeded the love of equipage, and fine clothes. It was now the ambition of the Baronet's heart, to attract the attention of the Ladies. His ambition was, perhaps, in no .other pursuit of his life, fo fully gratified. Wherever he appeared, his exquisite taste was the object of unbounded admiration.
in To have a wife, whofe beauty would juftify the opinion entertained of his tafte, and who would likewise give him a new opportunity of displaying it, in the choice of female ornaments, now engroffed his cares. Such a one, he foon met with. You have feen his Lady. She is what is commonly called, one of the best of w'Of men. To an evenpefs of temper, flowing from insensibility, she adds a strict observance of all the rules of politeness and good breeding, taught by that fort of education given at modern boardingschools; which being directed to unesfential forms, and useless accomplishments, repders the character cold and artificial. Though incapable of generous friendthip, or heart warming affection, she is never deficient in the