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Scholy religion, and the charter of God's pardon granted to us S by his blessed Son. Beside, the philosophers were in for degree dark and doubtful, in respect of death and futurity; f. and in relation to this world, there is not a power in their
discourses, to preserye us from being undone by allurements, 5 in the midst of plenty, and to secure our peace against the
casualties of fortune, and the torments of difappointments; Auto save us from the cares and follicitudes which attend upon
large poffeffions, and give us a mind capable of relishing the good things before us; to make us casy and fatisfied as to the + present, and render us fecure and void of fear as to the fu
ture. The morality of the ancient philosophers I admired. -41With delight I studied their writings, and received, I grate19 fully confess, much improvement from them. But the reli-' egion of our blessed Lord I declared, for, and look on the
promised Messiah as the most confummate blessing God
could bestow, or man receive. * The manner of my studying cosmography and mathema$tics, is not worth setting down, as there was nothing un
. common in it. In the one I only learned to distinguish cli6 mates, latitudes, and the four divisions of the world, the < provinces, nations, kingdoms, and republics, comprized
therein, and to be able to discourse upon them :-And in the to other, I went no further than to make myself a master of 16 vulgar and decimal arithmetic, the doctrine of infinite fe
ries, and the application of algebra to the higher geometry nf of curves. Algebra I was charmed with, and found in 1 much pleasure in resolving its questions, that I have often bhofat till morning at the engaging work, without a notion of to its being day till I opened the shutters of my closet. I reet commend this study in particular to young Gentlemen, and
4 am fatisfied, if they would but take some pains at first to une deritand it, they would have so great a relish Escrations, as to prefer them many an evening to the clamorous -- pleasures ; or, at least, not be uneasy for being alone now
and then, since their algebra was with them, nolgt In reading historys (my last year's principal employment,
during my residence in college), I began with the best writ$ers of ancient history, and ended with modern times.
The laws, arts, learning, and manners, I carefully marked 6 down; and observed, not only how the first governmeats
were formed, but what the progress was of industry and * property, which may be called the generative principle of empire.
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"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, history, 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 account 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 shewed 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 intelligence, 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 likewise 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 léfons I learnsed from it; just notions of true worth, true greatneļš, and « folid happiness
. It taught me to place merit where it only lies, not in birth, not in beauty, not in riches, not in external shew and magnificence, not in voluptuousness; but
in a firm adherence to truth and rectitude ; in an üritainted • 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 reAcctions 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 so discreetly and senibly, on every subject, till Knight-érrantry came on t'ie carpet, ---our Author, hitherto serious and cober," while engaged on serious and sober subjects, now begins, on the firit mention of the Fair, to fall into his amorous reveries, and freaks of gallantry; vying with Oroondates, or Palme
tin, or even the Red-cross Knight himself. His firfe adventure, however, does not partake fo 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 first of August, before the beasts were roused from their lodges, or the birds had soared upwards, to pour forth their morning harmony; while the mountain's and the groves were overshadowed by a dun obscurity, and the dawn fill 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 , 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 mountains, and travelled through many a valley. The game was plenty, and, for full five hours, I journeyed onward with
out 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 oblerved in a valley, at fome distance, fomething 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 fhed for cattle. The bottom, however, was very beautiful, and the sides of the hills sweetly copred with little woods.
In this sweet and delicious folitude, I crept on for fome s time, by the side of the murmuring stream, and followed (as 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 rifing ground, in 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 prevent a prospect to every pleasing remote object.
Finding one of the garden doors left open, Icntered im• mediately, and to screen myself from the fresching berims
6 of the fun, got into an imbowered way, that led me to a
large fountain, in a ring or circular opening, and from s ? thence, by a gradual, easy, fhady afcento to a femicircular
amphitheatre of ever-greens, that was quite charming In:) < this were several seats for eafe, repaft, or retirement ; nanda: ļ at either end of it a rotunda or temple of the lonic orderos) « One of them was converted into a grotto or shell-house, Vin < which a politeness of fancy had produced and blended thóis
greatest beauties of nature and decoration. The others was a library, filled with the fineft books, nand a vast variety of : 1 & mathematical instruments. Here I law Miss Noel fitting, " and so intent at writing, that 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 raifed • them now and then from the paper she writ on, to look into
Hebrew Bible, that lay open upon a small delk before ber. ¢ The whole scene was so very uncommon, and fa vaftly s 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.
Tils In « Before I could answer, I found a venerable old Gentlemani . ¢ standing by my side, and he seemed much more surprizedvátít • the fight of me than his daughter was; for, as this young Lady ? told me afterward, the guefled at once the whole affair gaseeri
ing me with my gun and dog, in a shooting dress; and knew • it was a natural curiosity brought me into the garden, iandt ļ stopped me at the window, when I faw her in such an attie' & tude, and in such a place.--This, I assured them, was the truth
of my case, with this small addition, however, that I was reas
dy to perish for want of something to eat; having been from « four in the morning at hard exercise, and had not yet broke 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.
011/12 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, fet before me, « that I breakfafted with uncommon pleasure. The honour 4 and happiness of her company rendered the repast quite desightful. There was a civility fo very great in her manner,
and a focial goodness fo charming in her calk and temper, ? that it was unspeakable delight to wt at table with her. She
• asked mea mimber of questions relating tothings and books,
to » • and peoples and there was so much good sense in every inzis: • quirygafo much good humours in her reflections and's • tions, that I was entirely charmed with hermind; and folks + intadmiration, when I contemplated the wonders of herit . face band the beauties of her person. L301 EU Chery290919 ?
* When breakfalo was over, it was time for me to depart, 6 and I made half a dozen attempts to rise from my chair; but
without her laying a rofy finger on me, this illustrious maids had fo totally fubdued my foul, had deprived me of all motives powery thao I fat like the renowned Prince of the Mafia?
getes, who was ftiffened by enchantment in the apartment • of the Princess Phedima, as we read in Amadis de Gaul. ! This Mifs Noel faw very plain, and in compaffion to my s misfortune, generously 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
clock had struck twelve, if the old Gentleman, her father, • had not returned to us, and told me, he insisted on my ftay
ing to dine with him ; for he loved to take a glass after din• ner with a facetious companion, and would be obliged to me
forrimy company. At present (Mr. Noel continued) you « will excuse me, Sir, as business engages nie till we dine: « but my daughter will chat the hours away with you, and flew you the curiofities of her library and grott.
v This was a delightful invitation, indeed, and after re• turning my hearty thanks to the old Gentleman, for the fa« voumhedid me, I addreMed myself to Miss Noel, when het ? father was gone, and we were walking back to the library'in • the garden, and told her ingenuously, that tho' I could not . betcpofitive as to the fituation of my soul, whether I was in • love with her or not, as I never had experienced the paffion
beforen nor: knew what it was to admire a woman; having • Jived till that morning in a state of indifference to her sexy
yet I found very strange emotions within me, and I was fure . I could not leave her without the most lively and afflicting in
quietude. You will pardon, I hope, Madam, this effulioni • of my heart, and fuffer me to demonftrate, by a thousand • and a thoufand actions, that l'honour you in a manner uno! • utterable, and, from this time, can imagine no happiness but with you.
97:19 FOTO) niwe Siny (this inimitable maid replied you are an entire stranger to me, and to declare a pallon on a few hours ac• quajntance, mult be either tonery my weakness, or because
you think a young woman is incapable et féliding any thing