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fpecies, one could not devise a more proper hell ing. “ And now, Pontignan, says she, weine for an impure spirit than that which Plato has“ tend to perform the promise that we find you touched upon.

« have extorted from each of 11s. You have often The ancients seem to have drawn such a state « asked the favour of us, and I dare say you are a of torments in the description of Tantalus, who " better bred cavalier than to refuse to go to bed was punished with the rage of an eternal thirst,“ to two ladies, that desire it of you.” “ After and set up to the chin in water, that fed from his “ having stood a fit of laughter, I begged them to Tips whenever he attempted to drink it.

“ uncafe me, and do with me what they pleased Virgil, who has cast the whole system of Plata “ No, no, said they, we like you very well as you nic philofophy, so far as it relates to the soul of

upon that ordered me to be carried to man, into beautiful allegories, in the sixth book one of their houses, and put to bed in all my of his Æneid gives us the punishment of a volup- “ swaddles. The room was lighted up on ail tuary after death, not unlike that which we are “ fides; and I was laid very decently between a here speaking of.

pair of sheets, with my head, which was in

“ deed the only part I could move, upon a very -“ Lucent genialibus altis « Aurea fulcra toris, epulæque ante ora paratæ

“ high pillow : this was no sooner done, but my

two female friends came into bed to me in their “Regifico luxo : Furiarum maxima juxta Accubat, & manibus prohibet contingere men

“ finest night-clothes. You may easily guess at “ the condition of a man that saw a couple of the

« most beautiful women in the world undressed * Exurgitque facem attollens, atque intonat ore.

Æn. 6. v. 604. « hand or foot. I begged them to release me,

" and in bed with him, without being able to stir “ They lie below on golden beds display'd,

" and struggled all I could to get loose, which I « And genial feasts with regal pomp are made: “ The queen of furies by their fide is fet,

“ did with so much violence, that about midnight “ And snatches from their mouths th' untasted “they both leaped out of the bed, crying out

“ they were undone. But seeing me safe, they

« took their posts again, and renewed their rails • Which if they touch, her hilling snakes the

“ tery. Finding all my prayers and endeavours rears,

were loft, I composed myself as well as I could; « Tosing her torch, and thund'ring in their ears."

DRYDEN.

« and told them, that if they would not unbind

“ me, I would fall ancep between them, and by That I may a little alleviate the feverity of this “ that means disgrace them for ever : but alas! my speculation, which otherwise may lose me se. " this was impossible; could I have been disposed veral of my polite readers, I shall transate a story “ to it, they would have prevented me by sevethat has been quoted upon another occasion by “ral little ill-natured caresses and endearments one of the most learned men of the present age, « which they bestowed upon me. As much deas I find it in the original, The reader will see it “ voted as I am to woman-kind, I would not pass is not foreign to my present subject, and I dare“ such another night to be master of the whole fay will think it a lively representation of a per. " sex. My reader will doubtless be curious to fon lying under the torments of such a kind of “ know what became of me the next morning : pantalism, or Platonic hell, as that which we « why truly my bed-fellows left me about an have now under confideration. Monsieur Pontig. “ hour before day, and told me, if I would be nan speaking of a love-adventure that happened “ good and lie fill

, they would fend fomebody to to him in the country; gives the folłowing account “ take me up as foon as it was time for me to of it.

« rise: accordingly about nine of the clock in the “ When I was in the country last summer, I “ morning an old woman came to unswathe me.

was oftun in company with a couple of charm. “ I bore all this very impatiently, being resolved * ing woman, who had all the wit and beauty “ to take my revenge of my tormentors, and to

one could desire in female companions, with a “ keep no measures with them as soon as I was at. "? dash of coquetry, that from time to time gave “ liberty; but upon asking my old woman what me a great many agreeable torments.

was become of the two ladies, the told me the .* after my way, in love with both of them, and “ believed they were by that time within light of * had such frequent opportunities of pleading my “ Paris, for that they went away in a coach and " passion to them when they were alunder, that “ fix before five of the clock in the morning."; * I had reason to hope for particular favours

L * from each of them. As I was walking one “ evening in my chamber with nothing about me * but my night-gown, they both came into my No 91. THURSDAY, JUNE 14.

room and told me, they had a very pleasant “ trick to put upon a gentleman that was in the In furias ignemque raunt, amor cmnibus idem. e same house, provided I would bear a part in it.

Virg. Georg. 3. V. 244. “ Upon this they told me such a plausible fory, er that I laughed at their contrivance, and agreed For love is lord of all, and is in all the fame.

- They tum into the flame; « vodówhatever they should require of me. They “ immediately began to swaddle me up in my

THOUGH the subject I am now going uponi “ night-gown with long picces of linen, which would be much more properly the founda« they folded about me until they had wrapt me tion of a comedy, I cannot forbear inserting the * in above an hundred yards of swathe : my arms circumstances which pleased me in the account a " were pressed to my fides, and my legs closed young lady gave me of the loves of a family in " together by so many wrappers one over ano- town, which shall be nameless; or rather for the " ther, that I looked like an Egyptian mummy. better sound and elevation of the history, instead " As I food bolt upright upon one end in this an. of Mr. and Mrs. fuch-a-one, I fall call them by " tique figure, one of the ladius burit out a laugh- feignod names. Without fuither preface, you are

I was,

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to know, that within the liberties of the city of pretender to Flavia, were purposely admitted toWestminster lives the lady Honoria, a widow gether by the ladies, that each might shew the about the age of forty, of a healthy conftitution, other that her lover had the superiority in the acgay temper, and elegant person. She dresses a complishments of that fort of creature whom the little too much like a girl, affects a childish fillier part of women call a fine gentleman. As fondness in the tone of her voice, sometimes a this age has a much more gross taste in courtpretty fullenness in the leaning of her head, and ship, as well as in every thing else, than the last Row and then a down-cast of her eyes on her had, these gentlemen are instances of it in their fan: neither her imagination nor her health different manner of application. Tulip is ever would ever give her to know, that she is turned making allusions to the vigour of his person, the of twenty; but that in the midst of these pretty finewy force of his make; while Craftin professes softnesses, and airs of delicacy and attraction, a wary observation of the turns of his mistress's She has a tall daughter within a fortnight of mind. Tulip gives himself the air of a refiftless fifteen, who impertinently comes into the room, ravisher, Crastin practises that of a skilful lover. and towers so much towards woman, that lier Poetry is the inseparable property of every man mother is always checked by her prefence, and in love; and as men of wit write verses on those every charm of Honoria droops at the entrance occasions, the rest of the world repeat the verses of Flavia. The agreeable Flavia would be what of others. These servants of the ladies were used the is not, as well as her mother Honoria; but to imitate their manner of conve:sation, and alall their beholders are more partial to an affec- lude to one another, rather than interchange distation of what a person is growing up to, than course in what they said when they met. Tulip of what has been already enjoyed, and is gone the other day seized his mistress's hand, and refor ever. It is therefore allowed to Flavia to peated out of Ovid's Art of Love, look forward, but not to Honoria to look back.

« 'Tis I can in soft battles pass the night, Flavia is no way dependent on her mother with relation to her fortune, for which reason they

" Yet rise next morning vigorous for the fight,

“ Fresh as the day, and active as the light.' live almost upon an equality in conversation; and as Honoria has given Flavia to understand, Upon hearing this, Craftin, with an air of dethat it is ill-bred to be always calling mother, ference, played Honoria's fan, and repeated, Flavia is as well pleased never to be called child. “Sedley has that prevailing gentle art, It happens by this means, that these ladies are

." That can with a resistless charm impart generally rivals in all places where they appear; « The loosest wishes to the chastest heart: and the words mother and daughter never pass « Raise such a confict, kindle such a fire, between them but out of spite. Flavia one night « Between declining virtue and degre, at a play, observing Honoria draw the eyes of several in the pit, called to a lady who sat by « In dreams all night, in fighs and tears all day."

“ 'Till the poor vanquilh'd maid diffolves away her, and bid her ask her mother to lend her her snuff-box for one moment, Another time, when When Craftin had uttered these verses with a a lover of Honoria was on his knees beseeching tenderness which at once spoke passion and rethe favour to kiss her hand, Flavia rushing into spect, Honoria cast a triumphant glance at Flaa the room,

kneeled down by him and asked bles- via, as exulting in the elegance of Craftin's courtfing. Several of these contradictory acts of duty ship, and upbraiding her with the homeliness of have raised between them such a coldness, that Tulip's. Tulip understood the reproach, and in they generally converse when they are in mixed 'return began to applaud the wisdom of ole amo. company by way of talking at one another and not fous gentlemen, who turned tlreit mistrefs's ima: to one another. Honoria is ever complaining of a gination as far as poffble from what they had certain sufficiency in the young women of this age, long themselves forgot, and ended his difcourse who affume to themselves an authority of carrying with a fly commendation of the doctrine of plaall things before them, as if they were poffeffors of tonic Love; at the same time he ran over, with a the esteem of mankind, and all, who were but a laughing eye, Crastin's thin legs, meagre locks, year before them in the world, were neglected or and spare body. The old gentleman immediately deceased. Flavia, upon such a provocation, is left the room with some disorder, and the convers sure to observe, that there are people who can sation fell upon untimely passion, after love, and resign nothing and know not liow to give up unseasonable youth. Tulip sung, danced, mor what they know they cannot hold; that there ed before the glass; led his mistress half a minuet, are those who will not allow youth their follies, hummed not because they are themselves, paft them, but

« Celia-the fair, in the bloom of fifteen;" because they love to continue in them. These Beauties rival each other on all occafions, not when there came a fervant with a letter to him, that they have always had the fame lovers, but which was as follows: each has kept up a vanity to fhew the other the charms of her lover. Dick Craftin and Tom " SIR, Tulip, among many others, have of late been Understand very well what you meant by

I pretenders in this family: Dick to Honoria, your mention of Platonic Love. i Mall Tom to Flavia. Dick is the only surviving beau “ be glad to meet you immediately in Hyde-Park, of the last age, and Tom almost the only one w or behind Montague-House, or attend you to that keeps up that order of men in this.

" Barn-Elms, or any other fashionable place that I wish I could repeat the little circumstances « is fit for a gentleman to die in, that you hall of a conversation of the four lovers with the fpi- « appoint for, rat in which the young lady, I had my account

« Sir, your most humble fervant, from, represented it at a visit where I had the

« Ricbard Crasini hon our to be present; but it seems Dick Craftir, the admirer of Honoria, and Tom Tulip, the

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Tulip's colour changed at the reading of this commends to mé Mt. Mede upon the Revelaepifle; for which reason his mistress snatched it tions. A fourth lays it down as an unquestionto read the contents. While she was doing so, able truth, that a lady cannot be thoroughly Tulip went away, and the 'ladies now agreeing accomplished who has not read The secret Treain a common calamity, bewailed together the ties and Negociations of Marshal D'Eftrades. dangers of their lovers. They immediately up: Mr. Jacob Tonson, jun, is of opinion, that Bayle's drefied to go out, and took hackneys to prevent Dictionary might be of very great use to the lamifchief: but, after alarming all parts of the 'diés, in order to make them general fcholars. town, Crastin was found by his widow in his Another, whose name I have forgotten, thinks it pumps at Hide-Park, which appointment Tulip highly proper that every woman with child Thould never kept, but made his escape into the coun. read Mr. Wall's History of Infant Baptism; as try. Flavia tears her hair for his inglorious fafe- another is very importunate with me to recomty, curses and despises her charmer, is fallen in mend to all my female readers The finishing love with Craftin : which is the first part of the Stroke; being a Vindication of the Patriarchal history of the Rival Mother.

* Scheme, &c.

In the second class I Mall mention books which

are recommended by husbands, if I may believe No 92. FRIDAY, JUNE 15.

the writers of them. Whether or no they are

real husbands or personated ones I caħnot tell, -Convivæ propè diljentire videritur,

but the books they recommend are as follow. Poscentes vario multùm diversa palato ;

A Paraphrase on the History of Susannah. Rules Quid dem. Quid non dem som

to keep Lent. The Chriftian's. Overthrow preHor. Ep. 2. 1. 2. v. 616 vented. A Diffuasiye from the Play-house. The IMITATED.

Virtues of Camphire, with Directions to make

Camphire Tea. The pleasures of a country life, What wou'd you have me do, The Government of the Tongue. A letter dated When out of twenty I can please not two ?--- from Cheapfide defires me that I would advise all One likes the pheasant's wing, and one the leg; young wives to make themselves mistreffes of Win

The vulgar boil, the learned roast an egg: gate's Arithmetic, and concludes with a poftfcript, Hard task, to hit the palate of such guests. that he hopes I will not forget The Countess of

Popi, Kent's Receipts. OOKING over the late packets of letters

I may reckon the ladies themselves as a third which have been sent to me, I found the counsellers. In a letter from one of them, I am

class

among these my correspondent and privy. following

advised to place Pharamond at the head of my "Mr. SPECTATOR,

catalogue, and, if I think proper, to give the leQUR paper is a part of my tea-equipage; cond place to Cañandra. Coquetilla begs me not

and my servant knows my humour so to think of nailing women upon their knees with * well, that calling for my breakfast this morn manuals of devotion, nor of scorching their faces

ing, it being past my ufual hour, he answered, with books of housewifery. Florella desires to Kithe Speftator was not yet come in; but that the know if there are anybooks written against prudes; <tea kettle boiled, and the expected it every and intreats me, if there are, to give them a moment. Having thus in part fignified to you place in my library, Plays of all sorts have their the esteem and veneration which I have for you, feveral advocates. All for Love is mentioned in I must now put you in mind of the catalogue of above fifteen letters; Sophonisba, or Hannibal's books which you have promised to recommend Overthrow, in a dozen; the Innocent Adultery

to our sex; for I have deferred furnishing my is likewise highly approved of : Mithridates + closet with authors, until I receive your advice King of Pontus has many friends; Alexander * in this particular, being your daily disciple and the Great and Aurengzebe have the same num * humble servant,

ber of voices; but Theodofius, or the Force of Leonora.' Love, carries it from all the rest.

I should, in the last place, mention such books In answer to my fair disciple, whom I am very as have been proposed by men of learning, and proud of, I must acquaint her and the rest of my those who appear competent judges of this matreaders, that fitice I have called out for help in ter, and must here take occasion to thank A. B. my catalogue of a lady's library, I have received whoever it is that conceals himself under thofe many letters upon that head, some of which I two letters, for his advice upon this subject : Ihall give an account of.

but as I find the work I have undeftaken, to be In the first clafs 1 shall take notice of those very difficult, I shall defer the executing of it which come to me from eminent booksellers, until I am further acquainted with the thoughts whu every one of them mention with respect the of my judicious contemporaries, and have time authors they have printed, and consequently have to examine the feveral books they offer to me; an eye to their own advantage more than to that being resolved, in an affair of this moment, to of the ladies. One tells me, that he thinks it proceed with the greatest caution: absolutely necessary for women to have true no In the mean while, as I have taken the ladies tions of right and equity, and that therefore they under my particular care, I Mall make it my bucannot peruse a better book than Dalton's Coun- finess to find out in the best authors, ancient and try Justice: another thinks they cannot be without modern, such passages as may be for their use, The Complete Jockey. A third observing the curic and endeavour to accommodate them as well as fity and desire of prying iisto fecrets, which he tells I can to theic taste; not questioning but the vame is natural to the fair tex, is of opinion this luable part of the Tex will eafily pardon me, if female inclination, if well directed, might turn from time to time I laugh at those little vanities very much to their advantage, and therefore re- and follies which appear in the behaviour of 4

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some of them, and which are more proper for.ri- contented to lose three years in his life, could he dicule than a serious censure. 'Molt books being - place things in the posture which he fancies they calculated for male readers, and generally writ- will stand in after fuch a revolution of time. The ten with an eye to men of learning, makes a ļover would be glad to strike out of his existence work of this nature the more necessary ; besides all the moments that are to pass away before the I am the more encouraged, because I Aatter my. happy meeting. Thus, as fast as our t'me runs, self that I see the fex daily improving by these we should be very glad in most parts of our lives my speculations. My fair readers are already that it ran much faster than it does. Several deeper scholars than the beaux; I could name hours of the day hang upon our hands, nay we fome of them who talk much better than several with away whole years; and travel through time gentlemen that make a figure at Will's; and as through a country filled with many wild and as I 'frequéritly receive letters from the fine La- empty waltes; which we would fain hurry over, dies and pretty Fellows, I cannot but observe that we may arrive at those several little fettlethat the former are superior to the others, not nients or imaginary points of rest which are difonly in the fenfe but the spelling. This cannot persed up and down in it. but have a good effect upon the female world, If we divide the life of most men into twenty and keep them from being charmed by those parts, we shall find that at least nineteen of them empty coxcömbs that have hitherto been admired are mere gaps and chalms, which are neither filted among the women, though laughed at among with pleasure nor business. ļ do not however, inthe men.

clude in this calculation the life of those men who - Fam credibly informed that Tom Tattle pađes are in a perpetual hurry of affairs, but of those for an impertinent fellow, that Will Trippet be- only who are not always engaged in scenes of acgins to be smoked, and that Frank Smoothly tion; and I hope I Makl not do an unacceptablo himself is within a month of a coxcomb, in cale piece of service to these persons if I point out to I think fit to continue this paper. For my part, them certain methods for she filling up their empas it is my business in fome measure to detect ty spaces of life. The rethods I shall propofe to such as would lead aftray weák minds by their them are as follow.. false pretences to wit and judgment, humour and The first is the exercise of virtue, in the most ge! gällantry, I'Mall not fail to lend the best lights, neral acceptation of the word. That particular I am able to the fair fex for the continuation of scheme which comprehends the social virrues, may thefe their discoveries.

I give employment to the most industrious temper,

and find a man in business more than the most ac

tive itacion of life. To advise the ignorant, reNo 93. SATURDAY, JUNE 16. lieve the needy, comfort the afflicted, are duties

that fall in our way almost every day of our lives. -Spatio brevi

A man has frequent opportunities of mitigating Spem longam reseręs: dum loquimur, fugcrit invida the fierceness of a party; of doing justice to the Ætas: carpe diem, quàm minimum credula poftere. character of a deserving man; of softening theen.

Hor, Od. 1. l. i. 1.6., vious, quieting the angry, and rectifying the pres Be wise, cut off long cares,

judiced, which are all of them employments From thy contracted span,

suited to a reasonable nature, and bring great fa. E'en whilit we speak the envious time

tisfaction to the person who can busy himself in Doth make swift hatte away:

them with discretion. Then seize the prefent, use thy prime,

There is another kind of virtue that may find Nor trust another day.

CREECH. employment for those retired hours in which we

are altogether left to ourfelves, and deftitute of E all of us complain of the shortness of company and conversation'; I mean that inter,

time, faith Seneca, and yet have much course and communication which every reafonamore than we know what to do with. Our lives, ble creature ought to maintain with the great Au. fays he, are fpenf either in doing nothing at all, or thor of his being. The man who lives under an in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing no. habitual sense of the divine presence keeps up a thing that we ought to do : we are always com- perpetual chearfulness of temper, and enjoys plaining our days are few, and acting as though every moment the fatisfaction of thinking him. çhere would be no end of them. That noble phis self in company with his dcarest and best of losuplier lias described our inconsistency with our- friends. The time never lies heavy upon him; felves in this particular, by all those various turns it is impossible for hiin to be alone. His thoughts of expression and thought which are peculiar to and pallions are the most bulied at such hours his writings.

when those of other men are the most inactive; I often consider mankind as wholly inconsistent he no sooner steps out of the world but his beare. with itself in a point that bears fome affinity to burns with devotion, fwells with hope, and trithe former. Though we seemn grieved at the Nort: umphs in the consciousnefs of that presence which nels of life in general, we are wishing every period every where surrounds him; or, on the contrary, of it'at an end. The miror longs to be at age, pours out its fears, its forrows, its apprehensions, then to be a man of bạfiness, then to make up an to the great supporter of its existence. eftate, then to arrive at honours, then to retire. I have here only contdered the necesity of a Thus although the whole of life is allowed by man's being virtuous, that he may have some.. every one to be ahort, the several divisions of it thing to do, but if we consider further, that the appear long and tedious. We are for lengthening exercise of virtue is not only an amusement for qur span in general, but would faiq çonxact the the time it lasts, but that its influence extends te parts of which' it was composed. The ulurei, those parts of our existence which lie beyond the would be very well fatisfied to have all the time grave, and that our whole Eternity is to take its annihilated that lies between the present moment colour from thofe hours, which we here employ in und next quarter-day. The politician would be virtue or in vice, the argument redoubles upon

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us, for putting in practice this method of passing away our time.

No. 94. MONDAY, JUNE 18. When a man has but a little stock to improve, and has opportunities of turning it all to good account, what thall we think of him if he suffers Vivere bis, vitâ pode priore frui. nineteen parts of it to lie dead, and perhaps em

Mart, Epig. 23. 1. 13. ploys even the twentieth to his ruin or disadvan. The present joys of life we doubly tafte, tage? But because the mind cannot be always in By looking back with pleasure on the past. its fervors, nor trained up to a pitch of virtue, it is neceffary to find out proper employments for it THE last method which I proposed in my Sain its relaxations.

The next method therefore that I would pro- spaces of life which are so tedious and burden. pose to fill up our time, should be useful and in- fome to idle people, is the employing ourselves in nocent diversions. I must confess I think it is the pursuit of knowledge. I remember Mr. Boyle, below reasonable creatures to be altogether con. speaking of a certain mineral, tells us, that a man verfant in such diversions as are merely innocent, may consume his whole life in the study of it, and have nothing else to recommend them, but without arriving at the knowledge of all its quathat there is no hurt in them. Whether any kind lities. The truth of it is, there is not a single of gaming has even thus much to say for itself, science, or any branch of it, that might not fur. I thall not determine; but I think it is very won nith a man with business for life, though it were derful to sec persons of the best senfe passing away much longer than it is. a dozen hours together in thuffing and dividing a I shall not here engage on those beaten subjects pack of cards, with no other conversation but of the usefulness of knowledge, nor of the pleasure what is made up of a few game phrases, and no and perfection it gives the mind, nor on the me. other ideas but those of black or red spots ranged thods of attaining it, nor recommend any parti. together in different figures. Would not a man cular branch of it, all which have been the topics laugh to hear any one of this species complaining of many other writers; but shall indulge myself that life is short?

in a speculation that is more uncommon, and may The stage might be made a perpetual fource of therefore perhaps be more entertaining. the most noble and useful entertainments, were it

I have before shewn how the unemployed parts under proper regulations.

of life appear long and tedious, and thall here en. But the mind never unbends itfelf so agreeably deavour to Mew how those parts of life which are as in the conversation of a well-choren friend. exercised in ftudy, reading, and the pursuits of There is indeed no blessing of life that is any way knowledge, are tong but not tedious, and by that comparable to the enjoyment of a discreet and vir- means discover a method of lengthening our lives, tuous friend. It eases and unloads the mind, and at the same time of turning all the parts of clears and improves the understanding, engen them to our advantage. ders thoughts and knowledge, animates virtue Mr. Locke obferves, " That we get the idea and good resolution, sooths and allays the pasions, of time, or duration, by reflecting on that and finds employment for most of the vacant “ train of ideas which succeed one another in hours of life.

« our minds : That for this reason when we Next to such an intimacy with a particular per “ Neep soundly without dreaming, we have na fon, one would endeavour after a more general “ perception of time, or the length of it, whilst conversation with such as are able to entertain and we neep; and that the moment wherein we improve those with whom they converse, which " leave off to think, until that moment we beare qualifications that feldom go afunder. “ gin to think again, seems to have no distance.!?

There are many other useful amusements of To which the author adds, “ and so I doubt not life, which one would endeavour to multiply, that “ but it would be to a waking man, if it were one might 'on all occasions have recourse to "pollible for him to keep only one idea in his something rather than suffer the mind to lie idle, « mind, without variation, and the succession of or run adrift with any passion that chances to rise “ others; and we see, that one who fixes his in it,

“ thoughts very intently on one thing, so as to A man that has a taste in music, painting, or « take but little notice of the fucceffion of ideas architecture, is like one that has another fenfe " that pass in his mind whilst he is taken up when compared with such as have no relish of « with that earnest contemplation, lets Nip out those arty. The first, the planter, the garden “ of his account a good part of that duration, er, the hubandman, when they are only as acó

" and thinks that time shorter than it is." complifhmients to the man of fortune, are great We might carry this thought further, and con, reliefs to a country life, and many ways useful to fider a man as, on one side, Mortening his time those who are possessed of them.

by thinking on nothing, or but a few things; fo, But of all the diversions of life, there is none on the other, as lengthening it, by employing his so proper to fill up its empty spaces, as the read- thoughts on many subjects, or by entertaining a ing of useful and entertaining authors. But this quick and confant succession of ideas. Accord Iñall only touch upon, because it in some mea- ingly Monsieur Mallebranche, in his Inquiry. afSare intericres with the third method, which I ter Truth, which was published several years Shall propose in another paper, for the employ. before Mr. Locke's Esay on Human Understanda ment of our dead unactive bodies, and which I ing, tells us, that it is possible some creatures Mall only mention in general to be the pursuit of may think half an hour as lon; as we do a knowledge.

thousand years; or look upon that space of duration which we call a minute, as an hour, 4 week, a month, or a whole age.

This notion of Monfieur Mallebranche, is ca. pable of some little explanation from what I

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