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IS MOST HUMBLY AND DUTIFULLY INSCRIBED
It was a custom with the antient Egyptians, when persons of eminence departed this life, to institute a minute investigation of their conduct in the midst of a general assembly of the people, and according as the balance was found to preponderate on the side of virtue, so was the degree of respect awarded by the public voice to their remains.
After making all due allowance for ordinary errors, and unavoidable infirmities, if the character appeared worthy of general imitation, no honours were thought too great, or ceremonies too expensive, to endear the memory of the deceased, and to perpetuate the record of his actions. What was thus practised by a nation proverbially celebrated for wisdom, is now become the proVince of the Historian; and though he has it not in his power to restrict the parade of funereal grandeur, which wealth may purchase, and ambition command, it is his chronicle only that posterity will consult for the deeds of those who in their day were distinguished above the rest of mankind.
Here, as in the grave, the mighty are on a level with the mean; and, however elegant may be the language of interested flatterers, their eulogiums