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will justness. But, because we are himself by a total rejection of all feldom so far prejudiced in favour of that is serious, rational, or imporeach other, as to search out for pal. tant ; must confider argument or Jiations of failings, this deviation criticism as perpetually interdicted; from politeness is usually imputed and devote all his attention to cri. only to vanity; and the harmless fles, and all his eloquence to com- . academic, who perhaps intended en- pliment. tertainment and instruction, or at Scholars often form their notions worst only spoke without suficient of the prefent generation, from the reflection upon the character of his writings of the last; and are not hearers, is commonly censured as very early informed of those changes arrogant and overbearing, and eager "ich the gradual diffusion of knowto extend the reputation of his own ledge, or the sudden caprice of accoinplishments, without regard to famion, produces in the world, the convenience of society, or the Whatever might be the state of fe. laws of converfation.
male literature in the last century, All discourse of which others can. there is now no longer any danger not partake, is not only an irksome left the scholar Nould want an adeusurpation of the time devoted to quate audience at the tea-table; and pleasure and entertainment, but, whoever thinks it necessary to reguwhat never fails to excite very keen late his conversation by antiquared resentment, an infolent assertion of rules, will be rather despised for his fuperiority, and a triumph over less futility, than careilid for his politeenlightened understandings. The ness. pedant is, therefore, not only heard To talk intentionally in a manner with weariness, but malignity ; and above the comprehension of those those who conceive themselves in. whom we address, is unquestionable falted by his knowledge, never fail pedantry: but surely complaisance to tell with acrimony how injudici- requires, that no man should, with. ouily it was exerted.
out proof, conclude his company in. To avoid this dangerous imputa- capable of following him in the tion, and recommend themselves highest elevation of his fancy, or the more effectwally to the gay world, utrnost extent of his knowledge. It scholars sometimes divest themselves is always safer to cre in favour of with too much hafte of their acade- others than of ourselves, and there. nical formality; and, in their en- fore we seldom hazard inuch by elideavours to accommodate their no- deavouring to excel. tions and their style to common con- li ought at least to be the care of ceprions, talk rather of any thing learniog, when me quits her exaltathan of that which they understand, tion, to descend with dignity. Noand sink into infipidity of sentiment thing is more despicable than the and meanness of expression. airiness and jocularity of a man bred
There prevails among men of to severe science, and solitary medileiters, an opinion, that all appear- tation. To tile agreeably, is a leance of science is particularly hate. ciet which schools cannot impart; ful to women ; and that therefore, ihat gay negligence and vivacious whoever desires to be well received levity which charm down resistance in female asseni blies, must qualify wherever they appear, are never al
tainable by him who has spent his to be a native of Athens, by so strict first years among the dust of libra- an adherence to the Athenian diaries, and enters, late into the living leet, as shewed that he had learned world with an unpliant attention it, not by.custom, but by rule. A and established habits.
man not. early, formed to habitual It is observed in the panegyric on elegance, betrays in like manner the Fabricius the , mechanician, that, defects of his education, by his rigid though forced by public employ- observance of the fated forms. It ments into mingled conversation, he is possible to become pedantic by fear never lost the modefty and seriouf- of pedantry, as, to be troublesome by ness of the convent, nor drew ridi- ill-uimed officiousness. There is no cule upon himself by an affected kind of impertinence more jusly imitation of fashionable liie. To the centurable, iban his, who is always same praise every man devoted to Jabouring to level his thoughts to learning ought to aspire. If heat- intelleas higher than his own; who tempts the softer arts of pleafing, apologizes for every word which his and endeavours to learn the gracetul own narrowners of converse inclineş bow and the familiar embrace, the him to think, unusual ; keeps the infinuating accent and the general exuberance of bis faculties under vismile, he will lose the respect due to fible restraint ; is solicitous to anii. the character of learning, without cipate enquiries by needless explaarriving at the envigd honour of nations; and endeavours to shade doing nothing with elegance and his own abilities, lelt weak eyes facility.
Mould be dazzled with their luftre. Theophrastus, was discovered nota
HISTORY of AMINTOR and EUGENIA. "
To the Authors of the British MAGAZINE. " . GENTLEMEN, .i. Chance threw me lately into some company, where I heard the following narrative, the incidents of which appeared to me entertaining and instructive enough to meriç a place in your Magazine. It will be neceffary however to inform your readers, that I have sent it you, as near as I could recollea, in the words of the Gentleman from whom I learned it, who you will perceive was not only interested in the story, but was also the happy infrument of its ending in so agreeable and fortunate 2 manner. . I am, Gentlemen, your conitant reader,
and humble servant, June 20, 1704:, ,
H. A. , FUgenia was the daughter of a with others about the court to folli
baronet, whose cftate descended cit preferment; but his generous to hin from a father, who had foul could by no mean's condescend grealy uncumbered it by his want to the meanners which is requisite to of economy. He came and mixed purchase it; he could not flatter
their unhappy loss, and begged him perhaps be no more to be influencto return to them with all possible ed by any thing in this life ; if it halte. It is not to be conceived should be fo, consider it as the rehow much this letter affected the quest of a dying friend, and heaven worthy youth ; at any tiine he will repay the kindness when I canwould have wept for the loss of a not- now feel my bolom lighter parent, at that moment it gave him than it was, and something teils additional pain, as he then found it me we shall all be happy. Adieu, jinpeflible to return to his fifters, Amintor, may you long live the faand not improbable that he never vourite of heaven, and be blest as should see them more,
you deserve.” He wrote to Eugenia, said every Aminor, in consequence of this thing he could imagine which might letter, waited on the ihree young give her ease, and told her he would ladies. When he first entered the return as soon as he could. At the room where they were, the eldest same time he sent the following let received him with all the politeness ter to his friend Amintor at the uni. imaginable. The melancholy which versity.
appeared upon her beautitul coun" I have lately received, mytenance, and the awful dress of Amintor, a letter from my filter, them all, disposed him to participate which brought me the melancholy their griet. He was just going to account of our having lost the best speak, when his eyes fell on the picof mothers. They are now left un- ture of his friend, which recalled the guarded to the world, with nothing painful reflection, that the man, but their innocence to protect them. whom of all others he esteemed Do you, whose bosom never knew a and loved, might be now no more. vicious passion, protect their little So much was the worthy youth affortunes from fraud; prote& them fected by this incident, that he could from those who can hear, unmoved, not suppress the tears, and for some the reproaches of the ruined virgin. moments was lott in Glence. It is In remembrance of me, be the friend not poflible to conceive a more of innocence, and tell them, if hea- tender interview than this was ; ven should never more permit me Eugenia, who saw him so attentively to see them, they had a brother who fixed upon the picture, was anxious felt much more for them than for for her brother's safety, and trembimself.
bled when he enquired if any thing “ Now, whilft I write, the pre- bad happened to him which might parations are making for a battle; add to their present calamity, A. who knows what may be the conse- mintor, upon this, delivered to her quence of tomorrow? In this the letter he had received : Me wept serious hour nothing gives me so as soe read it, and the little boronis much satisfaction as the recollection of the younger sisters caught the of thy friend hip ; but for this I infection. Some time after,when should go with much greater re. they could talk with greater calmluctance to the plain, from whence Dess, Eugenia appointed him, the what numbers, must return no guardian of their fortunes, and remore...
ceived the pleasing intelligence, that “ Before you receive this, I may their best of brothers was well. Auguft, 1764.
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