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6 holy religion, and the charter of God's pardon granted to us S by his blessed Son. Beside, the philosophers were in some f. degree dark and doubtful, in respect of death and futurity. s and in relation to this world, there is not a power in their k discourses, to preserve us from being undone by allurements, s, in the midst of plenty, and to secure our peace against the
casualties of fortune, and the torments of difappointments; futo lave us from the cares and follicitudes which attend upon of large poffeffions, and give us a mind capable of relishing the good things before us, to make us cafy and satisfied as to the $ present, and render us secure and void of fear as to the fu-'
ture. The morality of the ancient philosophers I admired. With delight I studied their writings, and received, I gratefully confess, much improvement from them. But the reli4gion of our blefied Lord I declared for, and look on the promised Messiah as the most confummate blessing God
could bestow, or man receive.--mph The manner of my studying cosmography and mathemae$tics, is not worth setting down, as there was nothing un4 common in it. In the one I only learned to distinguish cli$: mates, latitudes, and the four divisions of the world; the
provinces, nations, kingdoms, and republics, comprized go therein, and to be able to discourse upon them :-And in the to other, I went no further than to make myself a master of 16 vulgar and decimal arithmetic, the doctrine of infinite se. Dries, and the application of algebra to the higher geometry no bf curves. Algebra I was charmed with, and found to
much pleasure in resolving its questions, that I have often bf fat till morning at the engaging work, without a notion of & its being day till I opened the shutters of my closet. I reett commend this study in particular to young Gentlemen, and
Asam satisfied, if they would but take lome pains at first to uno deritand it, they would have fo great a relish for its opera64crations, as to prefer them many an evening to the clamorous - ripleasures ; or, at least, not be uneasy for being alone now
and then, since their algebra was with them. mulut In reading history, (my last year's principal employment, * during my residence in college), I began with the best writ4 ers of ancient history, and ended with modern times.
The laws, arts, learning, and manners, I carefully marked
down; and observed, not only how the first governmeats je were formed, but what the progress was of industry and
property, which may be called the generative principle of v empire.
- When I had done with ancient History, I sat down to the best modern stories I could get; and read of distant nations before I began to study my country's conftitution, hir
tory, and laws. When I had finished the histories of • France, and Spain, and Italy, and Germany, and many
more, then I turned to Great Britain; and, in the first place, took a view of the English constitution and government, in the ancient books of the common law, and some
modern writers, who out of them have given an aca count of this government. From thence I proceeded to our « history, and with it joined in every King's reign the laws
then made. This gave me an insight into the reason of our • statutes, and thewed me the true ground upon which they
came to be made, and what weight they ought to have.
By this means, I read the history of my country with intel? ligence, and was able to examine into the excellence or de
fects of its government, and to judge of the fitness or un..fitness of its orders and laws. By this method I did like? wise know enough of the law for an English Gentleman, <tho' quite ignorant of the chicane, or wrangling, and cap« tious part of the law, and was well acquainted with the true « measure of right and wrong. The arts how to avoid do
ing right, and to secure one's self in doing wrong, I never looked into.
· Thus did I read History, and many noble lesions I learnsed from it; just notions of true worth, true greatnels, and <folid happiness. It taught me to place merit where it only < lies, not in birth, not in beauty, not in riches, not in ex
ternal ihew and magnificence, not in voluptuousness; but s in a firm adherence to truth and rectitude; in an untainted • heart, that would not pollute, or prostitute its integrity in ' any degree, to gain the highest worldly honours, or to ward < off the greatest worldly misery.
Our Author proceeds, a few pages further, with his refcctions on Religion, Government, &c. and after lamenting the corruptions and depravity that have crept into modern Christianity ;-he comes, at length, to the history of his adventure with the beautiful, the ingenious, and learned Harriot Noel.
Like the Don of La Mancha, who could talk foʻdiscreetly and fenfibly, on every subject, till Knight-errantry caine on the carpet, --our Author, hitherto serious and ober, while engaged on serious and sober subjects, now 'begins, on the firit mention of the Fair, to fall into his amorous reveries, and friaks of gallantry; vying with Oroondates, or Palme
rin, or even the Red-crofs Knight himself, His first adventure, however, does not partake so much of the marvellous, as those in which his wayward fortune afterwards engaged him. But to the story. He thus, poetically, fets off:
.: On the glorious firit of Augult, before the beasts were roused from their lodges, or the birds had soared upwards, to pour forth their morning harmony; while the mountains and the groves were overshadowed by a dun obscurity, and
the dawn ftill dappled the drowsy East with spots of grey } , in short, before the sun was up, or, with his auspicious
presence, began to animate inferior nature, I left my cham-, 9 ber, and with my gun and dog went out to wander over a
pleasant country. The different aspects, and the various points of view, were charming, as the light in fleecy ring's
increased; and when the whole flood of day descended, the " imbellished early scene was a fine entertainment. Delighted
with the beauties of this morning, I climbed up the rouritains, and travelled through many a valley. The game was plenty, and, for full five hours, I journeyed onward without knowing where I was going, or thinking of a return to college. * About nine o'clock, however, I began to grow very hungry, and was looking round to see if I could discover any proper 'habitation to my purpose, when I obferved in a valley, at A fome distance, something that looked like a manfion. That
way, therefore, I moved, and, with no little difficulty, as I had a precipice to defcend, or must go a mile round; to arrive at the place I wanted : down, therefore, I marched, got a fall by the way, that had like to have destroyed 'nie, and after all found it to be a fred for cattle. The bottom, however, was very beautiful, and the sides of the hills tweetly copred with little woods.--• In this sweet and delicious folitude, I crept on for fome
time, by the side of the murmuring stream, and followed was it winded through the vale, till I came to a little harmo
nick building, that had every charm and proportion archi
tecture could give it. It was situated on a rising ground, in 6 a broad part of the fruitful valley, and surrounded with a
garden, that invited a pensive wandcrer to roam in its delightful retreats, and walks amazingly beautiful. Every fade of this fine spot was planted thick with underwood, and kept so low, as not to prevelit a prospect to every plezsung remote object.
Finding one of the garden doors left open, I entered immediately, and to screen myself from the coaching be:ims
6 of the sun, got into an imbowered way, that led me to as « large fountain, in a ring or circular opening, and from s ? thence, by a gradual, ealy, shady, afcent,o to a femicircular
amphitheatre of ever-greens, that was quite charming. In < several seats for eale, repaft, or retirement and ļ at either end of it a rotunda or temple of the lonic orders
: *** were One of them was converted into a grotto or shell-house vin « which a politeness of fancy had produced and blended the is & greatest beauties of nature and decoration. The other was • a library, filled with the fineft books, and a vast variety of : ļ mathematical instruments. Here I saw Miss Noel fitting, and so intent at writing, that A
she did not take any
notice of me, as I stood at the window, in astonishment, looking at • the things before me, and especially at the amazing beauties
of her face, and the splendor of her eyes; as the raised'i " them now and then from the paper she writ on, to look into
a Hebrew Bible, that lay open upon a small delk before her. ¢ The whole scene was so very uncommon, and fo vastly
amazing, that I thought myself for a while on some spot of
magic ground, and almost doubted the reality of what my 4 eyes beheld; till Miss Noel, by accident, looked full at me, ! and then came forward to the open window, to know wha ! I wanted.
Y: 3 : 32x3 . < Before I could answer, I found a venerable old Gentleman i . ¢ standing by my side, and he seemed much more surprized áti • the sight of me than his daughter was ; for, as this young Lady ? told me afterward, the guessed at once the whole affair 3 ofegat
ing me with my gun and dog, in a shooting dress and knew . it was a natural curiosity brought me into the garden, landt
stopped me at the window, when I faw her in such an attitude, and in such a place.---This, I allured them, was the truth? of my case, with this small addition, however, that I was reae
dy to perish for want of something to eat;; having been from • four in the morning at hard exercise, and had not yet broke 4 my faft.--If this be case, says the good old man, you are
welcome, Sir, to Eden-Park, and you fall foon have the best breakfaft our house affords.
vaistingir liv Upon this Mr. Noel brought me into his house; and the « lovely Harriot made tea for me and bad such plenty of fine & cream, and extraordinary bread and butter, fer before mex " that I breakfasted with uncommon pleasure. The honour" ¢ and happiness of her company rendered the repast quite desightful. There was a civility fo very great in her manner, :
and a focial goodnela so charming in her talk and temper, ! that it was unspeakable delight to fit at iable with her. She
• asked me a mimber of questions relating to things and Hooks, • and people, and there was so much good sense in every india : • quiry, fo much good humours in her refections and replica2017 • tions, that I was entirely charmed with her mind; and folks * intadmiration, when I contemplated the wonders of her ' facezband the beauties of her perfon 1101 E NTC ks 730115 is?
When breakfaft was ojer, it was time for me to depart, and I made half a dozen attempts to rise from my chair, but without her laying a rosy finger on me, this illustrious maidy had fo totally fubdued my foul, had deprived me of all motive 5 powery thao I fat like the renowned Prince of the Maftar getes, who was tiffened by enchantment in the apartment
of the Princefs Phedima, as we read' in Amadis de Gaul. • This Mifs Noel faw very plain, and in compaffion to my * misfortune, generoufty threw in a hint, now and then, for a • little farther conversation, to colour my unreasonable delay," "But this could not have been of fervice much longer, as the s clock had ftruck twelve, if the old Gentleman, her father,
had not returned to us, and told me, he infifted on my ftay
ing to dine with him ; for he loved to take a glafs after din• ner with a facetious companion, and would be obliged to me
ford my company. At present (Mr. Noel continued) you ( will excuse me, Sir, as business engages me till we dine: « but my daughter will chat the hours away with you, and < fhew you the curiofities of her library and grott.
G “This was a delightful invitation, indeed, and after re• turning my hearty thanks to the old Gentleman, for the fa• vou hedid me, I addrelled myself to Miss Noel, when her • father was gone, and we were walking back to the library in • the gardeny and told her ingenuoufly, that tho' I could not • be pofitive as to the fituation of my soul, whether I was in • love with her or not, as I never had experienced the palfion beforeg nor knew what it was to admire a wa
a woman; having « lived till that morning in
a ftate of indifference to her fex; yet I found very strange emotions within me, and I was fute • I could not leave her without the most lively and afflicting in
quietude. You will pardon, I hope, Madam, this effùlion • of my heart, and fuffer me to demonstrate, by a thouland • and a thousand actions that l'honour you in a manner un
ulterable, and, from this time, can imagine no happiness I but with you. stolarienneori niw befinner
s Sing (this inimitable maid repliedp you are an entire • stranger to me, and to declare a paffion on a few hours ae• quaintance, mult be either to try my weakness, or because you think a young woman is incapable els féliding any thing