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The inhabitants are of a small ftature, below those which history describes for pigmies. The tallest of them exceed not fourteen or fifteen inches, and the least hardly three. This difference proceeds only from their growth before they are brought to light ; for after we never observe them to grow, unless it please their parents, who have this uncommon method of enabling them : they recal them to the womb, where having been for some time, they receive an addition to their bulk, then go back to their houses, and continue at a stand as they did before, The experiment has been often tried with success, but some have suffered extremely by undergoing it.

Their skins are like the antient Britains, all drawn over with a variety of figures. The colour made use of for this end is generally black. I have indeed observed in some of the religious, and lawyers of the country, red here and there intermingled, though not so commonly of late. They tell me too, they often used to paint with all colours ; and I visited two or three of the old inhabitants, who were adorned in that fashion ; but this is now disused, since the new inventions, by which the use of a black fountain that belongs to that country, is rendered more useful and serviceable.

The clothes in which they go clad, are the skins of beasts, worn by some plain, by others with figures wrought upon them. Gold is also made use of by some, to beautify their apparel ; but very seldom


Silver, unless, as bucklers are by us, for fastening the garment before. I have seen some of them go like feamen in thin blue skirts, others like Indians in a party-coloured loose kind of apparel, and others, who they told me were the politicians of the country, go about stark naked.

The manner of dressing them is this : At first when they come into the world, they have a suit given them, which if it do not fit exactly, is not as with us fitted up again, but the children are in a cruel manner cut and squeezed to bring them to its proportion. Yet this they seem not much to regard, provided their principal parts are not affected. When the dress is thus settled on them, they are clad for life, it being seldom their custom to alter 'it, or put it off: In short, they live in it night and day, and wear it to rags rather than part with it, being sure of the same torture, and a greater danger, if they should be dreffed a second time. I have further taken notice, that they delight to go open-breasted, most of them shewing their bosoms speckled. Some lawyers indeed wear them quite white, perhaps for distinction fake, or to be known at a distance. But the finest fhew is among the beaux and ladies, who mightily affect something of gold, both before and behind them.

Food I never saw them eat ; they being a people, who, as I observed, live in air: Their houses are all single and high, having no back rooms, but frequently seven or eight stories, which are all separate



houses above one another. They have one gate to their city, and generally no doors to their houses tho’ I have sometimes seem them have particular doors, and even made of glass, where the inhabitants have been observed to stand many days, that their fine apparel may be seen thro' them. If at any time they lye down, which they do when they come from their habitations (as if coming abroad were their greatest fatigue) they will lye together in heaps without receiving hurt : tho' the foundeft sleep they get, is when they can have dust enough to cover them over.

The females amongst them are but few, nothing being there produced by a marriage of sexes. The males are of a different strength or endowment of parts, some having knowledge in an extream degree, and others none at all ; yet at the same time, they are mighty pretenders to instruct others. Their names (for as many as would discover them to me) I observed to be the very same as ours are upon earth ; I met a few who made theirs a mystery, but why, I am yet to learn. They are so communicative, that they will tell all the knowledge they boast, if a stranger apply himself to their conversation : and this may be worth his while, if he confiders that all languages, arts, and sciences, are profest amongst them. I think I may say it without vanity, that I knew a certain Talisman, with proper figures and characters inscribed, whereby their greatest people may be charmed, brought to reside

with a man, and serve him like a familiar in the conduct of life.

There is no such thing as fighting amongst them, but their controversies are determined by words, wherein they seldom own themselves conquered, yet proceed no further than two or three replies : perhaps indeed two others take up their neighbours quarrel, but then they defist too after the same manner ; sometimes however, blows have ensued upon their account, though not amongst them : In such a case they have descended to inspire mankind with their sentiments, and chosen champions from among us, in order to decide it.

The time of their life is very different, fome die as soon as born, and others in their youth ; fome get a new lease of life by their entering into the womb again, and if any weather it out to an hundred years, they generally live on to an extreme age. After which it is remarkable, that instead of growing weaker as we do, by time, they increase in strength, and become at last so confirmed in health, that it is the opinion of their country, they never can perith while the world remains.

The ficknesses which may take them off, besides what happens from their natural weakness of body, are of different forts. One is over-moisture, which, affecting their manfions, makes them lose their complexions, become deformed, and rot away infenfibly : This is often obviated by their not keeping too much within doors. Another is the worms,


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which prey upon their bowels : If they be maimed by accidents, they become like us, so far useless; and that maim will sometime or other be the occafion of their ruin. However, they perish by these means only in appearance, and like Spirits, who vanish in one place, to be seen in another. But as men die of passions, so disesteem is what the most nearly touches them; then they withdraw into holes and corners, and consume away in darkness. Or if they are kept alive a few days by the force of {pices, it is but a short reprieve from their perishing to eternity ; without any honour, but that instead of a burial, a small pile of paste should be erected over them, while they, like the antient Romans, are reduced to alhes.

N. B. This vision is to be understood of a library of books.


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