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mometer to shew him the heat of the weather; and a barometer, to mark when it was likely to prove good or bad ; but there being nò instrument invented to discover, at first sight, this unpleasing disposition in a person, he, for that purpose, made use of his legs; one of which was remarkably handsome, the other, by some accident, crooked and deformed. If a stranger, at the first interview, regarded his ugly leg more than his handlome one, he doubted him. If he spoke of it, and took no notice of the handsome leg, that was sufficient to determine my philofopher to have no further acquaintance with him. Every body has not this two-legged instrument ; but every one, with a little attention, may obfirve signs of that carping, fault-finding disposition, and take the same resolution of aroiding the acquaintance of those infected with it. I therefore advise those critical, que

rulous, rulous, discontented, unhappy people, that if they wilh to be respected and beloved by others, and happy in themfelves, they should leate eff looking at the ugly leg.









may remember, my dear friend, that when we lately spent that happy day, in the delightful garden and sweet fociety of the Moulin Joly, I stopt a little in one of our walks, and staid some time behind the company.

We had been shewn numberless skeletons of a kind of little -fly, called an Ephemera, whose successive generations, we were told, were bred


and expired within the day. I happened to see a living company of them on a leaf, who appeared to be engaged in conversation. You know I understand all the inferior animal tongues : my too great application to the study of them, is the best excuse I can give for the little progress I have made in your charming language. I listened through curiofity to the discourse of these little creatures ; but as they, in their national vivacity, spoke three or four together, I could make but little of their conversation. I found, however, by some broken expresiions that I heard now and then, they were disputing warmly on the merit of two foreign musicians, one a cousin, the other a muscheto ; in which dispute they spent their time, seemingly as regardless of the shortness of life as if they had been fure of living a month. Happy people ! thought I, you live certainly under a wise, just, and mild



since you have no public grievances to complain of, nor any subject of contention, but the perfections or imperfections of foreign music. I turned my head from them to an old grey-headed one, who was single on another leaf, and talking to himself. Being amused with his soliloquy, I put it down in writing, in hopes it will likewise amuse her to whom I am so much indebted for the most pleasing of all amusements,' her delicious company, and heavenly harmony.

" It was,” says he, “ the opinion of “ learned philosophers of our race, who “ lived and Aourished long before my s time, that this vast world the Moulin

Foly could not itself subsist more than

eighteen hours : and I think there " tras some foundation for that opinion ; “ since, by the apparent motion of the

great luminary, that gives life to all nature, and which in my time has evi

- dently

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