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of our poor family ? Must not the regret of our parents be excessive, at having placed so great a difference between filters who are so perfectly equal ? Alas! we must perilh from distress : for it would not be in my power even to scrawl a suppliant petition for relief, having been obliged to employ the hand of another in transcribing the request which I have now the honour to prefer to you.
Condescend, Sirs, to make my parents sensible of the injustice of an exclusive tenderness, and of the necessity of distri. buting their care and affection among all their children equally. I am, with a profound respect,
THE LEFT HAND.
HANDSOME AND DEFORMED LEG.
THERE are two forts of people in the world, who, with equal degrees of health and wealth, and the other comforts of life, become, the one happy, and the other miserable. This arises very much from the different views in which they consider things, persons, and events; and the effect of those different views upon their own minds.
In whatever situation men can be placed, they may find conveniences and inconveniences: in whatever company, they may find persons and conversation more or less pleasing: at whatever table, they may meet with meats and drinks of better and worse taste, dishes better and
worse dressed: in whatever climate, they will find good and bad weather : under whatever government, they may find good and bad laws, and good and bad adminiftration of those laws : in whatever poem, or work of genius, they may fee faults and beauties : in almost every face, and every person, they may discover fine features and defects, good and bad qualities.
Under these circumstances, the two sorts of people above mentioned fix their attention, those who are disposed to be happy, on the conveniences of things, the pleasant parts of conversation, the well dressed dishes, the goodness of the wines, the fine weather, &c. and enjoy all with cheerfulness. Those who are to be unhappy, think and speak only of the contraries. Hence they are continually discontented themselves, and, by their remarks, four the pleasures of society; offend personally many people, and make them
selves every where disagreeable. If this turn of mind was founded in nature, such unhappy persons would be the more to be pitied. But as the disposition to criticife, and to be disgusted, is, perhaps, taken up originally by imitation, and is, unawares, grown into a habit, which, though at present strong, may nevertheless be cured, when those who have it are convinced of its bad effects on their felicity ; I hope this little admonition may be of service to them, and put them on changing a habit, which, though in the exercise it is chiefly an act of imagination, yet has serious consequences in life, as it brings on real griefs and misfortunes. For as many are offended by, and nobody loves, this sort of people; no one Thews them more than the most common civility and respect, and scarcely that ; and this frequently puts them out of humour, and draws them into disputes
and contentions. If they aim at obtain, ing fome advantage in rank or fortune, nobody wilhes them success, or will stir a step, or speak a word to favour their pretenfions. Ifthey incur public censure or disgrace, no one will defend or excuse, and many join to aggravate their misconduct, and render them completely odious, If these people will not change this bad habit, and condescend to be pleased with what is pleasing, without fretting themselves and others about the contraries, it is good for others to avoid an acquaintance with them; which is always disagreeable, and sometimes very inconvenient, especially wlien one finds oneself entangled in their quarrels.
An old philofophical friend of mine was grown, from experience, very cautious in this particular, and carefully avoided any intimacy with such people. He had, like other philosophers, a ther