with the active part of mankind. Knowledge of books in recluse men; is like that sort of lanthorn which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through fecret and gloomy paths of his own; but in the poffeffion of a man of business, it is as a torch in the hand of one who is willing and able to shew those, who are bewildered, the way which leads to their prosperity and welfare. A generous concern for

your country, and a passion for every thing which is truly great and noble, are what actuate all Your life and actions; and I hope You will forgive me that I have an ambition this book

may in the library of so good a judge of what is valuable, in that library where the choice is fuch, that it will not be a disparage

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ment to be the meanest author in it. Forgive me, my Lord, for taking this occasion of telling all the world how ardently I love and honour You; and that I am, with the utmost gratitude for all

your favours,

My Lord,

Your Lordship’s

most obliged,

most obedient, and

most bumble Servant,


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As when the tigress heậrs the hunter's ding.
A thousand angry spots defile her skin.

BOUT the middle of last winter I'went

to see an opera at the theatre in the Hay: A

market, where I could not but take notice of two parties of very fine women,

that: had placed themselves in the opposite side.

boxes, and seemed drawn up in a kind of battle-array one against another. After a short survey of them, I found they were patch'd différently; the faces on one hand being spotted on the right side of the foreshead, and those upon the other on the left. I quickly perceived that they caft hoftile glances upon one another; and that their patches were placed in those different fituations, as party-signals to distinguish friends from foes. In the middle-boxes, between these two oppofite

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