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THE CONFESSIONS OF A PRIME MINISTER

Ful many a man hath he begiled er this,
And wol, if that he may live any while :
And yet men gon and riden many a mile,
Him for to seke and have his acquaintance.

CHAUCER.

Robert Fi Williams

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

NEW YORK:

PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS,

NO. 82 CLIFF-STRE E T,

AND SOLD BY THE PRINCIPAL BOOKSELLERS THROUGHOUT THX

UNITED STATES.

183 5.

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

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Town versus the country; an argument in which all the interesting

peculiarities of streets and fields are separately considered, and their advantages fairly discussed, to the great profit of those who wish to give this subject a full and impartial investigation.

The observations of Mephistophiles on the subject of cookery were brought to a conclusion; and I became attentive to the conversation of my companions, who were arguing upon the advantages and peculiarities of a town and a country residence.

“There is no place,” said Mephistophiles, “in which human nature can be studied with so much advantage as a great city, for it contains almost every variety of character into which mankind are capable of being divided. In country villages, and places remote from general intercourse with the world, although good and bad may be found mingled together as they are at all times, in the proportion of

one halfpenny worth of bread to such a prodigious quantity of sack, they do not contain that diversity of either which may be discovered in densely populated districts. Some silly people are much influenced by what they call the beauty of the objects among which they move and

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