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"contracted from conftantly affociating with one Nation of Men, by a more free, gene"ral and mix'd Converfation.
"FOLLIES and Vices cannot be too much "expos'd, nor too much guarded againft. "(Horace fays very well: Sapientia prima eft "Stultitia caruiffe.) They grow up with us "from our Infancy: The Example of our "Parents, and Custom, ftrengthen them in (C us: The evil Concupifence of our Hearts "beget daily new Ones; and Self-Love nou"rifhes thefe Monsters. They are now a "days glofs'd over with new Names, which, "instead of giving us an Abhorrence of them, "recommend them to our Approbation. "AVARICE is now call'd Good Husbandry; "LUXURY, Gallantry: An unreasonable "THIRST after HONOUR, is dignified with the "fpecious Title of a Noble Ambition : TREA(6 CHERY is term'd Policy; PROFUSENess, Li"berality: OBSTINACY is Conftancy: SUPER66 STITION, Piety: BLASPHEMY, Free-Think
ing; and the like. Rochefort (if I am not "mistaken in my Author) fays of the Canni"bals, that they have no Word, in their "Language, to exprefs any Vice: And, in"deed, we may almost fay the fame Thing "of our Mother-Tongue.
Wifely the Springs of Ation we conceal,
Ambition makes the publick Good her Care,
"By thus difguifing our Vices, under these " and the like winning Appellations, we like"wife get a Habit of forming a deceitful Judgment of Things: So, for Inftance, "Poverty, tho' no Sin, is what we are all "afham'd of: and, on the other hand, Pride, "tho' the most deform'd of all Vices, is what << very few blush at.
"THERE is another Ufe, that may be made "of fome Part of these Letters, which I "must not omit taking notice of. They "fhew in a lively manner, the Folly of Difcontent, and the Happiness of being fatif"fied with our own Condition of Life. That "Murmuring Difcontent is a Daughter of diforderly, fuper-abundant Self-Love, and "the Mother of Complaint, is what every one "will readily allow But few, I fear, con"fider, that the latter may justly be call'd, a "Scourge of Human Society; a Pool of many "Vices; a Source of Despair; and a Peft of our Eternal as well as Temporal Happiness. "A Person of this unfortunate Difpofition is "neither fatisfied with himself nor others, "neither with Nature, nor with the Almighty "Author of all Things. He is an Enemy to "the whole Creation. Difcontent makes him "complain, and finding Fault encreases his "Discontent.
"Discontent. A diffatisfied Body can never
"I HAVE referv'd your Question, Whether
"I think it might be worth your while to print
thefe Letters? as the most difficult to be
"answered, to the laft. I fhall only say, that
"if an agreeable Mixture of History and Fa-
"ble; of Wit, Humour and Satire; written
"in an easy familiar Style, and in fuch Man-
ner, that the moft ordinary Reader may
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"are related as Truth, and which as Fiction;
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thing to the Publick, you may, I believe,
THUS far Mr. Ledyard: I have accepted of
LETTER I. From MUNSTER. Page 1.
HE Author's Journy from Amfterdam to
this Place, with a diverting Account of his
Entertainment on the Road; and a brief
Chronological History of the City of Muniter.
LETTER II. From MUNSTER. P. 9.
Continuation of the Author's Account of that City
with the prefent State of it: His furprizing Adven
LETTER III. From PADERBORN. P. 23.
The Author's Journy from Munfter to this Place;
with a Defcription of Soeft and Lipftadt; A merry
Account of a Proceffion. An Historical Account of the
City and Bishoprick of Paderborn. A fhocking Sight
LETTER IV. From OSNABRUG. P. 34.
The Author's Journy from Paderborn to Caffel,
with a Defcription of feveral Pieces of Curiofity to
be feen there : His Return to Paderborn, and Journy
thro' Bielfelt and Hervoden, to Ofnabrug: A brief
Defcription of the two former of thefe Places: An
A Defcription, and Hiftorical Account of that City:
The Author bandfomly entertain'd by an English
Monk; with his Hiftory: Remarks on the Officers
and Soldiers in Garrison there.
LETTER VI. From BREMEN. P. 47.
The Author apprehenfive of a Plague at bis En-
LETTER VII. From BREMEN. P. 54.
The Bremers great Pretenders to Sanctity; and
LETTER VIII. From BREMEN. P. 61.
A Chronological and Historical Account of the City
of Bremen, with its ancient and prefent State, Form
of Government, Religion, Trade, Laws and Customs;
LETTER IX. From BREMEN. P. 70.
Corps buried fifty, or more Years, not corrupted;
accounted for, without the Expence of a Miracle.
The Author's Defcription of the publick Buildings con-
tinued; particularly of the publick Hofpital, and the
Houfe of Correction; with the Economy of the for-
mer, and feveral Singularities of the latter; efpecially
the Circumftances of feveral Prisoners of Diftinction.