addicted to delights, bufinefs 'is an interruption; to fuch as are cold to delights, bufinefs is an entertainment. For which reafon, it was faid to one who commended a dull man for his application, "No thanks to him; if he had no bufinefs, he "would have nothing to do."




THURSDAY, Nov. 15.

O fuavis anima! qualem te dicam bonam,
Antebac fuifle, tales cúm fint reliquiæ!
Phædr. Fab. 1. lib. 3. ver. 5.
O fweet foul! how good muft you have been
been heretofore, when your remains are fo



HEN I reflect upon the various fate of thofe multitudes of ancient writers who flourished in Greece and Italy, I confider time as an immenfe ocean in which many noble authors are intirely swallowed up, many very much flattered and damaged, fome quite disjointed and broken into pieces, while fome have wholly efcaped the common wreck; but the number of the laft is very small.

Apparent rari nantes in gurgite vafto. Virg. Æn. 1. ver. 112. "One here and there floats on the vast abyss."

Among the mutilated poets of antiquity, there is none whofe fragments are fo beautiful as thofe of Sappho. They give us a taste of her way of writing, which is perfectly conformable with that extraordinary character we find of her, in the remarks of thofe great critics who were converfant with her works when they were intire. One may fee by what is left of them, that the followed nature in all her thoughts, without defcending to thofe little points, conceits, and turns of wit with which many of our modern lyrics are fo miferably infected. Her foul feems to have been made up of love and poetry: the felt the paffion in all its warmth, and defcribed it in all its symptoms. She is called by ancient authors the tenth mufe; and by Plutarch is compared to Cacus the fon of Vulcan, who breathed out nothing but flame. I do not know by the character that is given of her works, whether it is not for the benefit of mankind that they are loft. They were filled with fuch bewitching tenderness and rapture, that it might have been very dangerous to have given them a reading.

An inconstant lover, called Phaon, occafioned great calamities to this poetical lady. She fell defperately in love with him, and took a voyage into Sicily, in purfuit of him, he having withdrawn himself thither on purpose to avoid her. It was in that ifland, and on this occafion, the is fuppofed to have made the hymn to Venus, with a translation of which I fhall present my reader. Her hymn was ineffectual for the procuring that happiness which the prayed for in it. Phaon was ftill obdurate, and Sappho fo transported with the violence of her paffion, that The was refolved to get rid of it at any price.

There was a promontory in Acarnania called Leucate, on the top of which was a little temple dedicated to Apollo. In this temple it was usual for defpairing lovers to make their vows in fecret, and afterwards to fling themselves from the top of the precipice into the fea, where they were

fometimes taken up alive. This place was therefore called, "The Lover's Leap;" and whether or no the fright they had been in, or the refolution that could push them to fo dreadful a remedy, or the bruifes which they often received in their fall, banished all the tender fentiments of love, and gave their fpirits another turn; thofe who had taken this leap were observed never to relapse into that paffion. Sappho tried the cure, but perished in the experiment.

After having given this short account of Sappho, fo far as it regards the following ode, I fhall fubjoin the tranflation of it as it was fent Winter-piece have been already fo well received. me by a friend, whose admirable paftorals and The reader will find in it that pathetic fimplicity which is fo peculiar to him, and fo fuitable to the ode he has here tranflated. This ode in the Greek, befides thofe beauties obferved by Madam Dacier, has feveral harmonious turns in the words, which are not loft in the English. I muft farther add, that the tranflation has preferved every image and fentiment of Sappho, notwithstanding it has all the eafe and fpirit of an original. In a word, if the ladies have a mind to know the manner of writing practifed by the fo much celebrated Sappho, they may here fee it in its genuine and natural beauty, without any foreign or affected ornaments.


«To whom a thousand temples rife,
"O Venus, beauty of the skies,
"Gaily falfe in gentle smiles,
"Full of love-perplexing wiles;
"O goddefs! from my heart remove
"The wafting cares and pains of love.

II. "If ever thou haft kindly heard "A fong in foft diftress preferr'd, "Propitious to my tuneful vow, "O gentle goddefs! hear me now. "Defcend thou bright, immortal guest, "In all thy radiant charms confest. III. "Thou once didst leave almighty Jove, "And all the golden roofs above: "The car thy wanton fparrows drew, "Hov'ring in air they lightly flew; "As to my bow'r they wing'd their way, " I saw their quiv'ring pinions play. IV.

"The birds difmifs'd (while you remain) "Bore back their empty car again: "Then you, with looks divinely mild, "In ev'ry heav'nly feature fmil'd, "And afk'd what new complaints I made, "And why I call'd you to my aid ? V.

"What frenzy in my bosom rag'd, "And by what cure to be affuag'd? "What gentle youth I would allure, "Whom in my artful toils fecure? "Who does thy tender heart fubdue, "Tell me, my Sappho, tell me, who? VI. "Tho' now he fhuns thy longing arms, "He foon fhall court thy flighted charms; "Tho' now thy off'rings he defpife, "He foon to thee fhall facrifice; "Tho' now he freeze, he foon shall burn, "And be thy victim in his turn.

VII," Ce

VII. "Celestial vifitant, once more "Thy needful prefence I implore! "In pity come and ease my grief, "Bring my diftemper'd foul relief, "Favour thy fuppliant's hidden fires, "And give me all my heart defires.

Madam Dacier obferves, there is fomething very pretty in that circumftance of this ode, wherein Venus is defcribed as fending away her chariot upon her arrival at Sappho's lodgings, to denote that it was not a fhort tranfient vifit which the intended to make her. This ode was preferved by an eminent Greek critic, who inferted it intire in his works, as a pattern of per

fection in the ftructure of it.

Longinus has quoted another ode of this great poetefs, which is likewife admirable in its kind, and has been tranflated by the fame hand with the foregoing one. I fhall oblige my reader with it in another paper. In the mean while, I cannot but wonder, that these two finished pieces have never been attempted before by any of our own countrymen. But the truth of it is, the compofitions of the ancients, which have not in them any of thofe unnatural witticifms that are the delight of ordinary readers, are extremely difficult to render into another tongue, fo as the beauties of the original may not appear weak and faded in the tranflation.


and follies of life upon the fame innate principle, Ito wit, the defire of being remarkable: for this, as it has been differently cultivated by education, ftudy and converfe, will bring forth fuitable effects as it falls in with an ingenuous difpofition, or a corrupt mind; it does accordingly ex prefs itself in acts of magnanimity or selfish cunning, as it meets with a good or weak underftanding. As it has been employed in embellifhing the mind, or adorning the outfide, it renders the man eminently praife-worthy or ridiculous. Ambition therefore is not to be confined only to one paffion or purfuit; for as the fame humours, in conftitutions otherwife different, affect the body after different manners, fo the fame afpiring principle within us fometimes breaks forth upon one object, fometimes upon another.


-Fulgente trabit conftrictes gloria curru Non minùs ignotos generofis



F we look abroad upon the great multitude of mankind, and endeavour to trace out the principles of action in every individual, will, I think, feem highly probable that ambition runs through the whole fpecies, and that every man in proportion to the vigour of his complexion is more or less actuated by it. It is indeed no uncommon thing to meet with men, who by the natural bent of their inclinations, and without the difcipline of philofophy, afpire not to the heights of power and grandeur; who never fet their hearts upon a numerous train of clients and dependencies, nor other gay appendages of greatnefs; who are contented with a competency, and will not moleft their tranquility to gain an abundance: but it is not therefore to be concluded that fuch a man is not ambitious: his defires may have cut out another channel, and determined him to other pursuits; the motive however may be fill the fame; and in thefe cafes likewise the man may be equally pushed on with the defire of distinction.

That he fubdued the world was owing to the accidents of art and knowledge; had he not met HOR. Sat. 6. 1. 1. v. 23. lation would have kindled within him, and with thofe advantages, the fame fparks of emuGlory's fhining chariot swiftly draws With equal whirl the noble and the bafe.

prompted him to diftinguish himself in fome enterprife of a lower nature. Since therefore no man's lot is fo unalterably fixed in this life, but that a thousand accidents may either forward or disappoint his advancement, it is, methinks, a pleafant and inoffenfive fpeculation, to confider a great man as divested of all the adventitious circumftances of fortune, and to bring him down in one's imagination to that low ftation of life, the nature of which bears fome distant refemblance to that high one he is at present poffeffed of. Thus one may view him exercifing in miniature those talents of nature, which being drawn out by education to their full length, enable him for the discharge of fome important employment. On the other hand, one may raise uneducated merit to fuch a pitch of greatness, as may feem equal to the poffible extent of his improved capacity.

Thus nature furnishes a man with a general appetite of glory, education determines it to this or that particular object. The defire of diftinction is not, I think, in any instance more obfervable than in the variety of outfides and new appear. ances, which the modifh part of the world are obliged to provide, in order to make themselves remarkable; for any thing glaring or particular, either in behaviour or apparel, is known to have this good effect, that it catches the eye, and will not fuffer you to pafs over the person so adorned without due notice and obfervation. It has likewife, upon this account, been frequently refented as a very great flight, to leave any gentleman out of a lampoon or fatire, who has as much right to be

Though the pure consciousness of worthy actions, abftracted from the views of popular applaufe, be to a generous mind an ample reward, yet the defire of diftinction was doubtlefs implanted in our natures as an additional incentive to exert ourselves in virtuous excellence.

It cannot be doubted, but that there is as great a defire of glory in a ring of wrestlers or cudgelplayers, as in any other more refined competition for fuperiority. No man that could avoid it, would ever fuffer his head to be broken, but out of a principle of honour. This is the secret spring that pushes them forward; and the fuperiority which they gain above the undistinguished many, does more than repair thofe wounds they have received in the combat. It is Mr. Waller's opinion that Julius Cæfar, had he not been master of the Roman Empire, would in all probability have made an excellent wrestler.

This paffion indeed, like all others, is frequently perverted to evil and ignoble purpofes; fo that we may account for many of the excellencies

"Great Julius, on the mountains bred,
"A flock perhaps or herd had led :
"He that the world fubdu'd, had been
"But the beft wrestler on the green."

be there as his neighbour, because it fuppofes the perfon not eminent enough to be taken notice of. To this paffionate fondness for distinction are owing various frolickfome and irregular practices, as fallying out into nocturnal exploits, breaking of windows, finging of catches, beating the watch, getting drunk twice a day, killing a great number of horses; with many other enterprises of the like fiery nature: for certainly many a man is more rakish and extravagant than he would willingly be, were there not others to look on and give their approbation.

One very common, and at the fame time the moft abfurd ambition that ever fhewed itself in human nature, is that which comes upon a man with experience and old age, the feafon when it might be expected he should be wifeft; and therefore it cannot receive any of those leffening circumstances which do, in fome measure, excufe the diforderly ferments of youthful blood: I mean the paffion for getting money, exclufive of the character of the provident father, the affectionate husband, or the generous friend. It may be remarked, for the comfort of honeft poverty, that this defire reigns moft in those who have but few good qualities to recommend them. This is a weed that will grow in a barren foil. Humanity, good-nature, and the advantages of a liberal education, are incompatible with avarice. It is strange to fee how fuddenly this abject paffion kills all the noble fentiments and generous ambitions that adorn human nature; it renders the man who is over-run with it a peevish and cruel mafter, a fevere parent, an unfociable hufband, a diftant and mistrustful friend. But it is more to the prefent purpose to confider it as an abfurd paflion of the heart, rather than as a vicious affection of the mind. As there are frequent inftances to be met with of a proud humility, fo this paffion, contrary to moft others, affects applaufe, by avoiding all fhow and appearance; for this reafon it will not fometimes endure the common decencies of apparel. "A covetou man will calls himfelf poor, that

you may footh his vanity by contradicting "him." Love, and the defire of glory, as they are the most natural, so they are capable of being refined into the most delicate and rational paffions. It is true, the wife man who ftrikes out of the fecret paths of a private life, for honour and dignity, allured by the fplendor of a court, and the unfelt weight of public employment, whether he fucceeds in his attempts or no, ufually comes near enough to this painted greatnefs to difcern the daubing; he is then defirous of extricating himself out of the hurry of life, that he may pafs away the remainder of his days in tranquility and retirement.

It may be thought then but common prudence in a man not to change a better ftate for a worse, nor ever to quit that which he knows he fhall take up again with pleasure; and yet if human life be not a little moved with the gentle gales of hope and fears, there may be fome danger of its ftagnating in an unmanly indolence and fecurity. It is a known story of Domitian, that after he had poffeffed himself of the Roman empire, his defires turned upon catching flies. Active and mafculine fpirits in the vigour of youth neither can nor ought to remain at reft; if they debar themselves from aiming at a noble object, their defires will move downwards, and they ́will feel themselves actuated by lome low and

abject paffion. Thus if you cut off the to› branches of a tree, and will not fuffer it to grow any higher, it will not therefore ceafe to grow, but will quickly shoot out at the bottom. The man indeed who goes into the world only with the narrow views of felf-intereft, who catches at the applaufe of an idle muititude, as he can find no folid contentment at the end of his journey, fo he deferves to meet with difappointments in his way; but he who is actuated by a nobler principle, whofe mind is fo far enlarged as to take in the profpect of his country's good, who, is enamoured with that praife which is one of the fair attendants of virtue, and values not thofe acclamations which are not feconded by the impartial teftimony of his own mind; who repines not at the low ftation which Providence has at prefent allotted him, but yet would willingly advance himself by juftifiable means to a more rifing and advantageous ground; fuch a man is warmed with a generous emulation; it is a virtuous movement in him to with and to endeavour that his power of doing good may be equal to his will.

The man who is fitted out by nature, and fent into the world with great abilities, is capable of doing great good or mischief in it. It ought therefore to be the care of education to infuse into the untainted youth early notices of juftice and honour, that fo the poffible advantages of good parts may not take an evil turn, nor be perverted to bafe and unworthy purposes. It is the bufinefs of religion and philofophy not fo much to extinguifh our paffions, as to regulate and direct them to valuable well-chofen objects; when thefe have pointed out to us which courfe we may lawfully fteer, it is no harm to fet out all our fail; if the ftorms and tempefts of adver fity fhould rife upon us, and not fuffer us to make the haven where we would be, it will however prove no fmall confolation to us in thefe circumstances, that we have neither mistaken our course, nor fallen into calamities of our own procuring.

Religion therefore, were we to confider it no farther than as it interposes in the affairs of this life, is highly valuable, and worthy of great veneration; as it fettles the various pretenfions, and otherwife interfering interefts of mortal men, and thereby confults the harmony and order of the great community; as it gives a man room to play his part, and exert his abilities; as it animates to actions truly laudable in themfelves, in their effects beneficial to fociety; as it infpires rational ambition, corrects love, and elegant defire,

N° 225. SATURDAY, Nov. 17,
Nullum numen abeft, fi fit prudentia—
Prudence supplies the want of cv'ry god.
Juv. Sat. 1c. ver. 365.

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HAVE often thought if the minds of men were laid open, we should fee but little dif ference between that of the wife man and that of the fool. There are infinite reveries, numherlefs extravagancies, and a perpetual train of vanities which pass through both, The great difference is, that the first knows how to pick and cull his thoughts for converfation, by fuppreffing fome, and communicating others; where


as the other lets them all indifferently fly out in words. This fort of difcretion, however, has no place in private converfation, between intimate friends. On fuch occafions the wifest men very often talk like the weakeft; for indeed the talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking


Difcretion, the more it is difcovered, gives the greater authority to the perfon who poffeffes it: cunning, when it is once detected, lofes its force, and makes a man incapable of bringing about even thofe events which he might have done, had he paffed only for a plain man. Difcretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life; cunning is a kind of inftinct, that only looks out after our immediate interest and welfare. Difcretion is only found in men of ftrong fenfe and good understanding: cunning is often to be met with in brutes themselves, and in persons who are but the feweft removes from them. In fhort, cunning is only the mimic of difcretion, and may pass upon weak men, in the fame manner as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and gravity for wisdom.

The caft of mind which is natural to a difcreet man, makes him look forward into futurity, and confider what will be his condition millions of ages hence, as well as what it is at prefent. He knows that the mifery or happiness which are referved for him in another world, lofe nothing of their reality by being placed at fo great a distance from him. The objects do not appear little to him because they are remote. He confiders that thofe pleasures and pains which lie hid in eternity, approach nearer to him every moment, and, will be prefent with him in their full weight and meafure, as much as thofe pains and pleafures which he feels at this very inftant. For this reafon he is careful to fecure to himself that which is the proper happiness of his nature, and the ultimate defign of his being. He carries his thoughts to the end of every action, and confiders the moft diftant, as well as the most immediate effects of it. He fuperfedes every little profpect of gain and advantage which offers itself here, if he does not find it confiftent with his views of an hereaf ter. In a word, his hopes are full of immortality his fchemes are large and glorious, and his conduct fuitable to one who knows his true interest, and how to pursue it by proper methods.

I have, in this effay upon difcretion, confidered it both as an accomplifliment and as a virtue, and have therefore defcribed it in its full extent; not only as it is converfant about worldly affairs, but as it regards our whole exiftence; not only as it is the guide of a mortal creature, but as it is in general the director of a reasonable Being. It is in this light that discretion is represented by the wife man, who fometimes mentions it under the name of difcretion, and fometimes under that of wifdom. It is indeed, as defcribed in the latter part of this paper, the greatest wisdom, but at the fame time in the power of every one to attain. Its advantages are infinite, but its acquifition eafy; or to speak of her in the words of the apocryphal writer whom I quoted in my last Saturday's paper. "Wifdom is glorious, and never "fadeth away, yet fhe is eafily feen of them that "love her, and found of fuch as feek her. She "preventeth them that defire her, in making "herfelf first known unto them. He that feeketh "her early, fhall have no great travel: for he "fhall find her fitting at his doors. To think therefore upon her is perfection of wisdom, and whofo watcheth for her fhall quickly be "without care, For fhe goeth about feeking "fuch as are worthy of her, fheweth herfelf fa, "vourably unto them in the ways, and meeteth



Tully has therefore very juftly expofed a precept delivered by fome ancient writers, that a man fhould live with his enemy in fuch a manner, as might leave him room to become his friend; and with his friend in fuch a manner, that if he became his enemy, it should not be in his power to hurt him, The first part of this rule, which regards our behaviour towards an enemy, is indeed very reasonable, as well as very prudential; but the latter part of it which regards our behaviour towards a friend, favours more of cunning than of difcretio, and would cut a man off from the greatest pleafures of life, which are the freedoms of converfation with a bofom friend. Befides that when a friend is turned into an enemy, and, as the fon of Sirach calls him, a bewrayer of fecrets, the world is just enough to accufe the perfidioufnefs of the friend, rather than the indifcretion of the perfon who confided in him.

Difcretion does not only fhew itfelf in words, but in all the circumftances of action; and is like an under-agent of Providence, to guide and direct us in the ordinary concerns of life.

There are many more fhining qualities in the, mind of man, but there is none fo useful as difcretion; it is this indeed which gives a value to all the rest, which fets them at work in their proper times and places, and turns them to the advantage of the person who is poffeffed of them. Without it learning is pedantry, and wit impertinence; virtue itfelf looks like weakness; the beft parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice.

Nor does difcretion only make a man the mafter of his own parts, but of other mens. The difcreet man finds out the talents of thofe he converfes with, and knows how to apply them to proper ufes. Accordingly, if we look into particular cornmunities and divifions of men, we may obferve that it is the difcreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the converfation, and gives meafures to the fociety. A man with great talents, but void of difcretion, is like Polyphemus in the fable, ftrong and blind, endued with an irrefiftible force, which for want of fight is of no ufe to him.

Though a man has all other perfections, and wants difcretion, he will be of no great confequence in the world; but if he has this fingle talent in posfection, and but a common fhare of others, he may do what he pleases in his particular ftation of life.

At the fame time that I think difcretion the moít ufeful talent a man can be mafter of, I look upon cunning to be the accomplishment of little mean ungenerous minds. Difcretion points out the noblet ends to us, and purfues the most proper and laudable methods of attaining them: unning has only private felfifh aims, and flicks" at nothing which may make them fucceed. Difcretion has large and extended views, and, like a well formed eye, commands a whole horizon: cunning is a kind of short-fightedness, that difcowers the minuteft objects which are near at hand," them in every thought.". but is not able to difcern things at a distance



his refurrection. Prefent authority, late fuffering, humility and majefty, defpotic command, and divine love, are at once feated in his celeftial afpect. The figures of the eleven apoftles are all in the fame paffion of admiration, but difcover it differently accordingly to their characters. Peter receives his mafter's orders on his knees with an admiration mixed with a more particular attention: the two next with a more open extafy, though still constrained by the awe of the divine prefence: the beloved difciple, whom I take to be the right of the two first figures, has in his countenance wonder drowned in love; and the last personage, whose back is towards the spectators, and his fide towards the prefence, one would fancy to be St. Thomas, as abashed by the confcience of his former diffidence; which perplexed concern it is poffible Raphael thought too hard a tafk to draw but by this acknowledgment of the difficulty to defcribe it.

-Mutum eft pictura poema.

A picture is a poem without words.


Have very often lamented and hinted my forrow in feveral fpeculations, that the art of painting is made fo little ufe of to the improvement of our manners. When we confider that it places the action of the perfon reprefented in the moft agreeable afpect imaginable, that it does not only exprefs the paffion or concern as it fits upon him who is drawn, but has under those features the height of the painter's imagination, what strong images of virtue and humanity might we not expect would be inftilled into the mind from the labours of the pencil? This is a poetry which would be understood with much lefs capacity, and less expence of time, than what is taught by writings; but the use of it is generally perverted, and that admirable skill prostituted to the bafeft and moft unworthy ends. Who is the better man for beholding the most beautiful Venus, the beft wrought Bacchanal, the images of fleeping Cupids, languishing nymphs, or any of the reprefentations of gods, goddeffes, demigods, fatyrs, Polyphemes, fphinxes, or fawns? But if the virtues and vices, which are fometimes pretended to be reprefented under such draughts, were given us by the painter in the characters of real life, and the perfons of men and women whose actions have rendered them laudable or infamous; we fhould not fee a good hiftory-piece without receiving an inftructive lecture. There needs no other proof of this truth, than the teftimony of every reasonable creature who has feen the cartons in her majesty's gallery at Hampton- court: thefe are reprefentations of no lefs actions than thofe of our bleffed Saviour and his apoftles. As I now fit and recollect the warm images which the admirable Raphael has raised, it is impoffible even from the faint traces in one's memory of what one has not feen thefe two years, to be unmoved at the horror and reverence which appear in the whole affembly when the mercenary man fell down dead; at the amazement of the man born blind, when he first receives light; or at the graceless indignation of the forcerer, when he is ftruck blind. The lame, when they firft find ftrength in their feet, ftand doubtful of their new vigour. The heavenly apostles appear acting thefe great things, with a deep fenfe of the infirmities which they relieve, but no value of themselves who adminifter to their weakness. They know themselves to be but inftruments; and the generous 'diftrefs they are painted in when divine honours are offered to them, is a reprefentation in the most exquifite degree of the beauty of holiness. When St. Paul is preaching to the Athenians, with what wonderful art are almoft all the different tempers of mankind reprefented in that elegant audience? You fee one credulous of all that is faid, another wrapt up in deep fufpence, another faying there is fome reafon in what he fays, another angry that the apostle deftroys a favourite opinion which he is unwilling to give up, another wholly convinced and holding out his hands in rapture, while the generality attend, and wait for the opinion of those who are of leading characters in the affembly. I will not pre. tend fo much as to mention that chart on which is drawn the appearance of our blessed Lord after

The whole work is an exercise of the highest piety in the painter; and all the touches of a religious mind are expreffed in a manner much more forcible than can poffibly be performed by the most moving eloquence. These invaluable pieces are very justly in the hands of the greatest and moft pious fovereign in the world; and cannot be the frequent object of every one at their own leifure: but as an engraver is to the painter, what a painter is to an author, it is worthy ber majefty's name, that he has encouraged that noble artift, Monfieur Dorigny, to publish these works of Raphael. We have of this gentleman a piece of the transfiguration, which, I think, is held a work fecond to none in the world.

Methinks it would be ridiculous in our people of condition, after their large bounty to foreigners of no name or merit, thould they overlook this occafion of having, for a trifling fubfcription, a work which it is impoffible for a man of sense to behold, without being warmed with the nobleft fentiments that can be infpired by love, admiration, compaffion, contempt of this world, and expectation of a better.

It is certainly the greatest honour we can do our country, to diftinguish strangers of merit who apply to us with modesty and diffidence, which generally accompanies merit. No opportunity of this kind ought to be neglected; and a modest behaviour should alarm us to examine whether we do not lofe fomething excellent under that difadvantage in the poffeffor of that quality. My skill in paintings, where one is not directed by the paffion of the pictures, is fo inconfiderable, that I am in very great perplexity when I offer to fpeak of any performances of painters, of landfkips, buildings, or fingle figures. This makes me at a lofs how to mention the pieces which Mr. Boul expofes to fale by auction on Wednesday next in Chandois-ftreet: but having heard him commended by thofe who have bought of him heretofore for great integrity in his dealing, and overheard him himself, though a laudable painter, fay nothing of his own was fit to come into the room with thofe he had to fell, I feared I fhould lose an occafion of ferving a man of worth, in omitting to speak of his auction. T

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