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beautiful that it seemed to reflect its own bright-sion; he was succeeded, and even outdone, by a
I could not avoid smiling to hear a native of
Chinese, and who is actually acquainted with the I was proceeding in my discourse, when looking
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Besides, sir, you must not expect from an inhabitant of China the same ignorance, the same unlettered simplicity, that you find in a Turk, Persian, or native of Peru. The Chinese are versed in the sciences as well as you, and are masters of several arts unknown to the people of Europe. Many of them are instructed not only in their own national learning, but are perfectly well acquainted with the languages and learning of the THE polite arts are in this country subject to as West. If my word in such a case is not to be many revolutions as its laws or politics: not only taken, consult your own travellers on this head, the objects of fancy and dress, but even of delicacy who affirm, that the scholars of Pekin and Siam and taste, are directed by the capricious influence sustain theological theses in Latin. The college of fashion. I am told there has been a time when of Masprend, which is but a league from Siam poetry was universally encouraged by the great; (says one of your travellers,*) came in a body to when men of the first rank not only patronized the salute our ambassador. Nothing gave me more poet, but produced the finest models for his imitasincere pleasure than to behold a number of priests, tion. It was then the English sent forth those venerable both from age and modesty, followed by glowing rhapsodies, which we have so often read a number of youths of all nations, Chinese, Ja- over together with rapture; poems big with all the panese, Tonquinese, of Cochin China, Pegu, and sublimity of Mentius, and supported by reasoning Siam, all willing to pay their respects in the most as strong as that of Zimpo. polite manner imaginable. A Cochin Chinese made an excellent Latin oration upon this occa
Journal ou Suite du Voyage de Siam, en forme de Let tres familières, fait en 1685 et 1686, par N. L. D. C., p. 174.
Edit. Amstelod 1686.
The nobility are fond of wisdom, but they are also fond of having it without study; to read poetry required thought; and the English nobility were not fond of thinking: they soon therefore placed their affections upon music, because in this they might indulge a happy vacancy, and yet still have
pretensions to delicacy and taste as before. They piness of a picture-buyer as gazers are to the magsoon brought their numerous dependants into an nificence of an Asiatic procession.
approbation of their pleasures; who in turn led I have enclosed a letter from a youth of distinctheir thousand imitators to feel or feign a similitude tion, on his travels, to his father in England; of passion. Colonies of singers were now im- in which he appears addicted to no vice, seems ported from abroad at a vast expense; and it was obedient to his governor, of a good natural disexpected the English would soon be able to set position, and fond of improvement, but at the examples to Europe. All these expectations, how- same time early taught to regard cabinets and galever, were soon dissipated. In spite of the zeal leries as the only proper schools of improvement, which fired the great, the ignorant vulgar refused and to consider a skill in pictures as the properest to be taught to sing; refused to undergo the cere- knowledge for a man of quality.
monies which were to initiate them in the singing fraternity: thus the colony from abroad dwindled by degrees; for they were of themselves unfortunately incapable of propagating the breed.
"We have been but two days an Antwerp, wherefore I have sat down as soon as possible, to give you some account of what we have seen since our arrival, desirous of letting no opportunity pass
Music having thus lost its splendour, painting is now become the sole object of fashionable care. The title of connoisseur in that art is at present without writing to so good a father. Immediately the safest passport in every fashionable society; a upon alighting from our Rotterdam machine, my well-timed shrug, an admiring attitude, and one governor, who is immoderately fond of paintings, or two exotic tones of exclamation, are sufficient and at the same time an excellent judge, would let qualifications for men of low circumstances to curry no time pass till we paid our respects to the church favour. Even some of the young nobility are of the virgin-mother, which contains treasure bethemselves early instructed in handling the pencil, yond estimation. We took an infinity of pains in while their happy parents, big with expectation, knowing its exact dimensions, and differed half a foresee the walls of every apartment covered with foot in our calculation; so I leave that to some the manufactures of their posterity. succeeding information. I really believe my go But many of the English are not content with vernor and I could have lived and died there. giving all their time to this art at home; some There is scarce a pillar in the whole church that young men of distinction are found to travel is not adorned by a Reubens, a Vander Meuylen, through Europe, with no other intent than that of a Vandyke, or a Wouverman. What attitudes, understanding and collecting pictures, studying carnations, and draperies! I am almost induced seals, and describing statues. On they travel from to pity the English, who have none of those exquithis cabinet of curiosities to that gallery of pictures; site pieces among them. As we were willing to waste the prime of life in wonder; skilful in pic-let slip no opportunity of doing business, we imtures, ignorant in men; yet impossible to be re-mediately after went to wait on Mr. Hogendorp, claimed, because their follies take shelter under the whom you have so frequently commended for his names of delicacy and taste. judicious collection. His cameos are indeed beIt is true, painting should have due encourage-yond price: his intaglios not so good. He showed ment; as the painter can undoubtedly fit up our us one of an officiating flamen, which he thought apartments in a much more elegant manner than to be an antique; but my governor, who is not to the upholsterer; but I should think a man of fash-be deceived in these particulars, soon found it to be ion makes but an indifferent exchange who lays an arrant cinque cento. I could not, however, out all that time in furnishing his house which he sufficiently admire the genius of Mr. Hogendorp, should have employed in the furniture of his head. who has been able to collect, from all parts of the A person who shows no other symptoms of taste world, a thousand things which nobody knows the than his cabinet or gallery, might as well boast to use of. Except your lordship and my governor, me of the furniture of his kitchen. I do not know any body I admire so much. He I know no other motive but vanity that induces is indeed a surprising genius. The next morning the great to testify such an inordinate passion for early, as we were resolved to take the whole day pictures. After the piece is bought, and gazed at before us, we sent our compliments to Mr. Van eight or ten days successively, the purchaser's plea- Sprokken, desiring to see his gallery, which request sure must surely be over; all satisfaction he he very politely complied with. His gallery meacan then have is to show it to others; he may be sures fifty feet by twenty, and is well filled; but considered as the guardian of a treasure of which what surprised me most of all, was to see a holy he makes no manner of use; his gallery is furnish-family just like your lordship's, which this ingeed not for himself but the connoisseur, who is ge- nious gentleman assures me is the true original. nerally some humble flatterer, ready to feign a rap-I own this gave me inexpressible uneasiness, and ture he does not feel, and as necessary to the hap-I fear it will to your lordship, as I had flattered
myself that the only original was in your lodship's
Into what a state of misery are the modern Per sians fallen! A nation famous for setting the world an example of freedom is now become a land of tyrants, and a den of slaves. The houseles Tartar of Kamtschatka, who enjoys his herbs and
"My Lord Firmly is certainly a Goth, a Van-cordant life is but the prelude to some future hardal, no taste in the world for painting. I wonder mony: the soul attuned to virtue here shall go how any call him a man of taste: passing through from hence to fill up the universal choir where the streets of Antwerp a few days ago, and ob-Tien presides in person, where there shall be no serving the nakedness of the inhabitants, he was tyrants to frown, no shackles to bind, nor no whips so barbarous as to observe, that he thought the to threaten; where I shall once more meet my best method the Flemings could take, was to sell father with rapture, and give a loose to filial piety; their pictures, and buy clothes. Ah, Cogline! where I shall hang on his neck, and hear the wisWe shall go to-morrow to Mr. Carwarden's cabi-dom of his lips, and thank him for all the happinet, and the next day we shall see the curiosities ness to which he has introduced me. collected by Van Rau, and the day after we shall pay a visit to Mount Calvary, and after that but I find my paper finished; so, with the most sincere wishes for your lordship's happiness, and with hopes, after having seen Italy, that centre of pleasure, to return home worthy the care and expense which has been generously laid out in my mprovement, I remain, my Lord, yours," etc.
The wretch whom fortune has made my master has lately purchased several slaves of both sexes; among the rest I hear a Christian captive talked of with admiration. The eunuch who bought her, and who is accustomed to survey beauty with indifference, speaks of her with emotion! Her pride, however, astonishes her attendant slaves not less than her beauty. It is reported that she refuses the warmest solicitations of her haughty lord: he has even offered to make her one of his four wives upon changing her religion, and conforming to his. It is probable she can not refuse such ex
From flingpo, a Slave in Persia, to Altangi, a travelling Phi- traordinary offers, and her delay is perhaps intend
losopher of China, by the way of Moscow.
ed to enhance her favours.
FORTUNE has made me the slave of another, but I have just now seen her; she inadvertently apnature and inclination render me entirely subser- proached the place without a veil, where 1 sat vient to you: a tyrant commands my body, but you writing. She seemed to regard the heavens alone are master of my heart. And yet let not thy inflexi- with fixed attention; there her most ardent gaze ble nature condemn me when I confess, that I find was directed. Genius of the sun! what unex、 my soul shrink with my circumstances. I feel my pected softness! what animated grace! her beauty mind not less than my body bend beneath the ri-seemed the transparent covering of virtue. Cc. gours of servitude; the master whom I serve lestial beings could not wear a look of more pergrows every day more formidable. In spite of fection, while sorrow humanized her form, and reason, which should teach me to despise him, his mixed my admiration with pity. I rose from the hideous image fills even my dreams with horror. bank on which I sat, and she retired; happy that none observed us; for such an interview might have been fatal.
A few days ago, a Christian slave, who wrought in the gardens, happening to enter an arbour, where the tyrant was entertaining the ladies of his have regarded, till now, the opulence and the haram with coffee, the unhappy captive was in- power of my tyrant without envy. I saw him stantly stabbed to the heart for his intrusion. I with a mind incapable of enjoying the gifts of for have been preferred to his place, which, though tune, and consequently regarded him as one loaded less laborious than my former station, is yet more rather than enriched with its favours; but at preungrateful, as it brings me nearer him whose pre-sent, when I think that so much beauty is reservsence excites sensations at once of disgust and ap-ed only for him; that so many charms should be prenension. lavished on a wretch incapable of feeling the greal.
ness of the blessing, I own I feel a reluctance to and they fill his ears with praise. Beauty, all-comwhich I have hitherto been a stranger. manding beauty, sues for admittance, and scarcely But let not my father impute those uneasy sen-receives an answer: even love itself seems to wait sations to so trifling a cause as love. No, never upon fortune, or though the passion be only feigned, let it be thought that your son, and the pupil of the yet it wears every appearance of sincerity: and wise Fum Hoam, could stoop to so degrading a what greater pleasure can even true sincerity conpassion; I am only displeased at seeing so much fer, or what would the rich have more? excellence so unjustly disposed of.
Nothing can exceed the intended magnificence of the bridegroom, but the costly dresses of the bride: six eunuchs, in the most sumptuous habits, are to conduct him to the nuptial couch, and wait his
The uneasiness which I feel is not for myself, but for the beautiful Christian. When I reflect on the barbarity of him for whom she is designed, I pity, indeed I pity her; when I think that she orders. Six ladies, in all the magnificence of Permust only share one heart, who deserves to com-sia, are directed to undress the bride. Their busimand a thousand, excuse me if I feel an emotion ness is to assist, to encourage her, to divest her of which universal benevolence extorts from me. As every encumbering part of her dress, all but the I am convinced that you take a pleasure in those last covering, which, by an artful complication of sallies of humanity, and particularly pleased with ribands, is purposely made difficult to unloose, and compassion, I could not avoid discovering the sen- with which she is to part reluctantly even to the sibility with which I felt this beautiful stranger's joyful possessor of her beauty.
distress. I have for a while forgot, in her's, the Mostadad, O my father! is no philosopher; and 'miseries of my own hopeless situation; the tyrant yet he seems perfectly contented with ignorance. grows every day more severe; and love, which soft-Possessed of numberless slaves, camels and women, ens all other minds into tenderness, seems only to he desires no greater possession. He never openhave increased his severity. Adieu. ed the page of Mentius, and yet all the slaves tell me that he is happy.
Forgive the weakness of my nature, if I sometimes feel my heart rebellious to the dictates of wisdom, and eager for happiness like his. Yet why wish for his wealth with his ignorance? to be like him, incapable of sentimental pleasures, incapable of feeling the happiness of making others happy, incapable of teaching the beautiful Zelis philosophy?
What! shall I in a transport of passion give up the golden mean, the universal harmony, the unchanging essence, for the possession of a hundred camels, as many slaves, thirty-five beautiful horses, and seventy-three fine women? First blast me to the centre! degrade me beneath the most degraded! pare my nails, ye powers of Heaven! ere I would stoop to such an exchange. What! part with philosophy, which teaches me to suppress my passions instead of gratifying them, which teaches me even to divest my soul of passion, which teaches serenity in the midst of tortures! philosophy, by which even
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THE whole haram is filled with a tumultuous Joy; Zelis, the beautiful captive, has consented to embrace the religion of Mahomet, and become one of the wives of the fastidious Persian. It is impossible to describe the transport that sits on every face on this occasion. Music and feasting fill every apartment, the most miserable slave seems to forget his chains, and sympathizes with the happiness of Mostadad. The herb we tread beneath our feet is not made more for our use than every slave around him for their imperious master; mere machines of obedience, they wait with silent assiduity, feel his pains, and rejoice in his exultation. Heavens, how much is requisite to make one man happy! Twelve of the most beautiful slaves, and I among now I am so very serene, and so very much at ease, the number, have got orders to prepare for carry-to be persuaded to part with it for any other ening him in triumph to the bridal apartment. The joyment! Never, never, even though persuasion blaze of perfumed torches are to imitate the day; spoke in the accents of Zelis!
the dancers and singers are hired at a vast expense. A female slave informs me that the bride is to be The nuptials are to be celebrated on the ap-arrayed in a tissue of silver, and her hair adorned proaching feast of Barboura, when a hundred taels with the largest pearls of Ormus: but why tease of gold are to be distributed among the barren you with particulars, in which we both are so little wives, in order to pray for fertility from the ap- concerned. The pain I feel in separation throws proaching union. a gloom over my mind, which in this scene of uniWhat will not riches procure! A hundred do-versal joy, I fear may be attributed to some other mestics, who curse the tyrant in their souls, are cause: how wretched are those who are, like me, commanded to wear a face of joy, and they are denied even the last resource of misery, their tears! joyful. A hundred flatterers are ordered to attend, Adieu.
ants from below gazed with wonder at his intre pidity; some applauded his courage, others censur ed his folly; still, however, he proceeded towards the place where the earth and heavens seemed to unite, and at length arrived at the wished-for height with extreme labour and assiduity.
His first surprise was to find the skies, not as he expected within his reach, but still as far off as before; his amazement increased when he saw a wide extended region lying on the opposite side of the mountain, but it rose to astonishment when he beheld a country at a distance more beautiful and alluring than even that he had just left behind.
When we rise in knowledge, as the prospect widens, the objects of our regard become more obscure; and the unlettered peasant, whose views As he continued to gaze with wonder, a genius, are only directed to the narrow sphere around him, with a look of infinite modesty, approaching, offerbeholds Nature with a finer relish, and tastes her ed to be his guide and instructor. The distant blessings with a keener appetite than the philoso- country which you so much admire, says the anpher whose mind attempts to grasp a universal gelic being, is called the Land of Certainty: in that system. charming retreat, sentiment contributes to refine
As I was some days ago pursuing this subject every sensual banquet; the inhabitants are blessed among a circle of my fellow-slaves, an ancient with every solid enjoyment, and still more blessed Guebre of the number, equally remarkable for his in a perfect consciousness of their own felicity: igpiety and wisdom, seemed touched with my con- norance in that country is wholly unknown; all versation, and desired to illustrate what I had been there is satisfaction without allay, for every pleasure saying with an allegory taken from the Zendavesta first undergoes the examination of reason. As for of Zoroaster: by this we shall be taught, says he, me, I am called the Genius of Demonstration, and that they who travel in pursuit of wisdom walk am stationed here in order to conduct every adven only in a circle; and after all their labour, at last turer to that land of happiness, through those interreturn to their pristine ignorance; and in this also vening regions you see overhung with fogs and we shall see, that enthusiastic confidence or unsat-darkness, and horrid with forests, cataracts, cavisfying doubts terminate all our inquiries. erns, and various other shapes of danger. But follow me, and in time I may lead you to that distant desirable land of tranquillity.
The intrepid traveller immediately put himself under the direction of the genius, and both journeying on together with a slow but agreeable pace,
In early times, before myriads of nations covered the earth, the whole human race lived together in one valley. The simple inhabitants, surrounded on every side by lofty mountains, knew no other world but the little spot to which they were confined. They fancied the heavens bent down to meet deceived the tediousness of the way by conversathe mountain tops, and formed an impenetrable tion. The beginning of the journey seemed to wall to surround them. None had ever yet verr promise true satisfaction, but as they proceeded tured to climb the steepy cliff, in order to explore forward, the skies became more gloomy and the those regions that lay beyond it; they knew the way more intricate; they often inadvertently apnature of the skies only from a tradition, which proached the brow of some frightful precipice, or mentioned their being made of adamant : traditions the brink of a torrent, and were obliged to measure make up the reasonings of the simple, and serve to back their former way: the gloom increasing as silence every inquiry. they proceeded, their pace became more slow; they In this sequestered vale, blessed with all the paused at every step, frequently stumbled, and their spontaneous productions of Nature, the honeyed distrust and timidity increased. The Genius of blossom, the refreshing breeze, the gliding brook, Demonstration now therefore advised his pupil to and golden fruitage, the simple inhabitants seemed grope upon hands and feet, as a method, though happy in themselves, in each other; they desired more slow, yet less liable to error. no greater pleasures, for they knew of none great- In this manner they attempted to pursue their er; ambition, pride, and envy, were vices unknown journey for some time, when they were overtaken among them; and from this peculiar simplicity by another genius, who with a precipitate pace of its possessors, the country was called the Valley seemed travelling the same way. He was instantof Ignorance. ly known by the other to be the Genius of ProbaAt length, however, an unhappy youth, more bility. He wore two wide extended wings at his aspiring than the rest, undertook to climb the back, which incessantly waved, without increasing mountain's side, and examine the summits which the rapidity of his motion; his countenance bewere hitherto deemed inaccessible. The inhabit- trayed a confidence that the ignorant might mis
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I BEGIN to have doubts whether wisdom be alone sufficient to make us happy: whether every step we make in refinement is not an inlet into new disquietudes. A mind too vigorous and active serves only to consume the body to which it is joined, as the richest jewels are soonest found to wear their settings.