Page The nature and remedies of bashfulness

113 160 Rules for the choice of associates

118 161 The revolutions of a garret

123 162 Old men in danger of falling into pupillage. The conduct of Thrasybulus

129 163 The mischiefs of following a patron

135 164 Praise universally desired. The failings of eminent men often imitated

142 165 The impotence of wealth. The visit of Serotinus to the place of his nativity

146 166 Favour not eafily gained by the poor

153 467 The marriage of Hymenæus and Tranquilla

158 168 Poetry debased by mean expressions. An example from Shakespeare

164 169 Labour necessary to excellence

169 170. The history of Misella debauched by her relation

175 171 Misella's description of the life of a prostitute

181 172 The effect of sudden riches



188 173 Unreasonable fears of pedantry

194 274 The mischiefs of unbounded raillery. History of Dicaculus

199 175 The majority are wicked

205 176 Directions to authors attacked by criticks. The various degrees of critical perspicacity

210 177 An account of a club of antiquaries

215 178 Many advantages not to be enjoyed together

221 479 The awkward merriment of a student

226 180 The study of life not to be neglected for the sake of books

231 181 The history of an adventurer in lotteries

237 182 The history of Leviculus, the fortune-hunter

243 183 The influence of envy and interest compared

249 184 The subject of essays often suggested by chance. Chance equally prevalent in other affairs

254 185 The prohibition of revenge justifiable by reason. The

meanness of regulating our conduct by the opinions
of men

259 186 Anningait and Ajut, a Greenland history

265 187 The history of Anningait and Ajut concluded

271 188 Favour often gained with little aflistance from understanding




189 The NUMB.

Page 189 The mischiefs of falsehood. The character of Turpicula

282 190 The history of Abouzaid, the son of Morad

287 191 The busy life of a young lady

293 192 Love unsuccessful without riches

299 193 The author's art of praising himself

305 194 A young nobleman's progress in politeness

310 195 A young nobleman's introduction to the knowledge of

the town 196 Human opinions mutable. The hopes of youth fallacious

322 197 The history of a legacy-hunter

327 198 The legacy-hunter's history concluded

332 199 The virtues of Rabbi Abraham's magnet

339 200 Asper's complaint of the infolence of Prospero. Un

politeness not always the effect of pride 201 The importance of punctuality 202 The different acceptations of poverty. Cynicks and


346 352

Monks not poor


203 The pleasures of life to be fought in prospects of fu

turity Future fame uncertain 204 The history of ten days of Seged, emperor of Ethiopia 205 The history of Seged concluded 206 The art of living at the cost of others 207 The folly of continuing too long upon the stage 208 The Rambler's reception, His design

363 368 374 380 386 392


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NUMB. 141. TUESDAY, July 23, 1751.

Hilarisque, tamen cum pondere, virtus.


Greatness with ease, and gay severity.



OLITICIANS have long observed, that the
greatest events may be often traced back to

sender causes. Petty competition or casual friendship, the prudence of a Nave, or the garrulity of a woman, have hindered or promoted the most important schemes, and hastened or retarded the revolutions of empire.

Whoever shall review his life will generally find, that the whole tenor of his conduct has been determined by some accident of no apparent moment, or by a combination of inconsiderable circumstances, acting when his imagination was unoccupied, and Vol. VII,




his judgment unsettled; and that his principles and actions have taken their colour from fome secret infufion, mingled without design in the current of his ideas. The desires that predominate in our hearts, are instilled by imperceptible communications at the time when we look upon the various scenes of the world, and the different employments of men, with the neutrality of inexperience ;, and we come forth from the nursery or the school, invariably destined to the pursuit of great acquisitions, or petty accomplishments.

Such was the impulse by which I have been kept in motion from


years. I was born to an inheritance which gave my childhood a claim to diftinction and caresses, and was accustomed to hear applauses, before they had much influence on my thoughts. The first praise of which I remember myself sensible was that of good-humour, which, whether I deserved it or not when it was bestowed, I have since made it my whole business to propagate and maintain.

When I was sent to school, the gaiety of my look, and the liveliness of my loquacity, soon gained me admission to hearts not yet fortified against affection by artifice or interest. I was entrusted with every stratagem, and associated in every-sport; my company gave alacrity to a frolick, and gladness to a holiday. I was indeed so much employed in adjusting or executing schemes of diversion, that I had no leisure for my tasks, but was furnished with exercifes, and instructed in my lessons, by some kind patron of the higher classes. My master, not suspecting my deficiency, or unwilling to detect what his


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