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one another exactly, but that a general resemblance is have no reason to fancy my mistress has any regard sufficient, and that too much nicety in this particu- for me, but from a very disinterested value which I lar savours of the rhetorician and epigrammatist." have for her. If from any hint in any future paper

In short, if we look into the conduct of Homer, of yours she gives me ‘he least encouragement, I Virgil, and Milton, as the great fable is the soul of doubt not but I shall surmount all other difficulties; each poem, so to give their works an agreeable va- and inspired by so noble a motive for the care of riety, their episodes are so many short fables, and my fortune, as the belief she is to be concerned in their similes so many short episodes; to which you it, I will not despair of receiving her one day from may add, if you please, that their metaphors are so her father's own hand. many short similes. If the reader considers the

“I am, Sir, comparisons in the first book of Milton, of the sun “ Your most obedient humble Servant, in an eclipse, of the sleeping leviathan, of the bees

“ CLYTANDER." swarming about their hive, of the fairy dance, in the

“To his WORSHIP THE SPECTATOR. view wherein I have here placed them, he will easily “ The humble petition of Anthony Title-page, stadiscover the great beauties that are in each of those

tioner, in the centre of Lincoln's-inn-fields. passages. L.

Sheweth, No. 304.] MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1711-12. been sellers of books for time immemorial : that

" That your petitioner and his forefathers, have Vulnus alit venis et cæco carpitur igni.

your petitioner's ancestor, Crouch-back Title-page,

was the first of that vocation in Britain ; who keepA latent fire preys on his severish veins.

ing his station (in fair weather) at the corner of The circumstances of my correspondent, whose Lothbury, was, by way of eminency, called . The letter I now insert, are so frequent, that I cannot Stationer,' a name which from him all succeeding want compassion so much as to forbear laying it be- booksellers have affected to bear: that the station fore the town. There is something so mean and in- of your petitioner and his father has been in the human in a direct Smithfield bargain for children, place of his present settlement ever since that square that if this lover carries his point, and observes the bas been built: that your petitioner has formerly rules he pretends to follow, I do not only wish him had the honour of your worship’s custom, and hopes success, but also that it may animate others to follow you never bad reason to complain of your penny. bis example. I know not one motive relating to worths: that particularly he sold you your first Lilly's this life which could produce so many honourable Grainn and at the same time a Wit's Common and worthy actions, as the hopes of obtaining a wealth, almost as good as new: moreover, that your woman of 'merit. There would ten thousand ways first rudimental essays in spectatorship were made of industry and honest ambition be pursued by young in your petioner's shop, where you often practised men, who believed that the persons admired had for hours together, sometimes on the little hieroglyvalue enough for their passion to attend the event of phics either gilt, silvered, or plain, which the their good fortune in all their applications, in order Egyptian woman on the other side of the shop had to make their circumstances fall in with the duties wrought in gingerbread, and sometimes on the Enhey owe to themselves, their families, and their glish youths who in sundry places there were exercountry. All these relations a man should think of cising themselves in the traditional sports of the field. who intends to go into the state of marriage, and

“ From these considerations it is, that your petiexpects to make it a state of pleasure and satisfaction. tioner is encouraged to apply himself to you, and to “ MR. SPECTATOR,

proceed humbly to acquaint your worship, that he

has certain intelligence that you receive great num“I have for some years indulged a passion for a bers of defamatory letters designed by their authors young lady of age and quality suitable to my own, to be published, which you throw aside and totally but very much superior in fortune. It is the fashion neglect: Your petitioner therefore prays, that you with parents (how justly I leave you to judge) to will please to bestow on him those refuse letters, and inake all regards give way to the article of wealth. he hopes by printing them to get a more plentiful From this one consideration it is, that I have con provision for his family; or, at the worst, he may be cealed the ardent love I have for her ; but I am be allowed to sell them by the pound weight to his holden to the force of my love for many advantages good customers the pastry-cooks of London and which I reaped from it towards the better conduct Westminster. of my life. A certain complacency to all the world, “ And your Petitioner shall ever pray," &c. a strong desire to oblige wherever it lay in my power,

“ To The Spectator. and a circumspect behaviour in all my words and actions, have rendered me more particularly accept

“ The humble petition of Bartholomew Ladylove, able to all my friends and acquaintance. Love has

of Round-court, in the parish of St. Martin's had the same good effect upon my fortune, and I

in the Fields, in behalf of himself and neigh. have increased in riches, in proportion to my ad

bours. vancement in those arts which make a man agree

“ Sheweth, able and amiable. There is a certain sympathy “That your petitioners have, with great industry which will tell my mistress from these circumstances, and application, arrived at the most exact art of inthat it is I who writ this for her reading, if you will vitation or entreaty: that by a beseeching air and please to insert it. There is not a downright en. persuasive address, they have for many years last mity, but a great coldness between our parents; so past peaceably drawn in every tenth passenger, that if either of us declared any kind sentiments whether they intended or not to call at their shops, for each other, her friends would be very backward to come in and buy; and from that softness of belo lay an obligation upon our family, and mine to baviour have arrived among tradesmen at the gentle receive it from hers. Under these delicate circum- appellation of The Fawners.' stances it is po easy matter to act with safety. I That there have of late set up amongst us cor

These times want other aids.-DRYDEN.

tain persons from Monmouth-street and Long-lane, make several young men in France as wise as bimwho by the strength of their arms, and loudness of self, and is therefore taken up at present in estatheir throats, draw off the regard of all passengers blishing a nursery of statesmen. from your said petitioners; from which violence Some private letters add. that there will also be they are distinguished by the name of The Worriers.' erected a seminary of petticoat politicians, who are

“That while your petitioners stand ready to re- to be brought up the feet of Madame de Mainteceive passengers with a submissive bow, and repeat non, and to be dispatched into foreign courts upon with a gentle voice, · Ladies, what do you want ? any emergencies of state: but as the news of this pray look in here ;' the worriers reach out their last project has not been yet confirmed, I shall take hands at pistol-shot, and seize the customers at arms' no further notice of it. length.

Several of my readers may doubtless remember « That while the fawners strain and relax the that upon the conclusion of the last war, which had muscles of their faces, in making a distinction be- been carried on so successfully by the enemy, their tween a spinster in a coloured scarf and a handmaidl generals were many of them transformed into amin a straw hat, the worriers use the same roughness bassadors; but the conduct of those who have comto both, and prevail upon the easiness of the pas- manded in the present war, has, it seems, brought so sengers, to the impoverishment of your petitioners. little honour and advantage to their great monarch,

"Your petitioners therefore most humbly pray, that he is resolved to trust his affairs no longer in that the worriers may not be permitted to inhabit the hands of those military gentlemen. the politer parts of the town; and that Round-court The regulations of this new academy very much may remain a receptacle for buyers of a more soft deserve our attention. The students are to have in education.

possession or reversion, an estate of two thousand And your Petitioners,” &c. French livres per annum, which, as the present exThe petition of the New-exchange, concern change runs, will amount to at least one hundred ing the arts of buying and selling, and particularly and twenty-six pounds English. This, with the valuing goods, by the complexion of the seller, will royal allowance of a thousand livres, will enable be considered on another occasion.-T.

them to find themselves in coffee and spuff; not to mention newspapers, pens and ink, wax and wafers,

with the like necessaries for politicians. No. 305.] TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1711-12. A man must be at least five-and-twenty before he

can be initiated into the mysteries of this academy, Non tali auxilio, nec defensoribus istis

though there is no question but many grave persons Tempus eget. —— Virg. Æn. ii. 521

of a much more advanced age, who have been con

stant readers of the Paris Gazette, will be glad to Our late newspapers being full of the project now begin the world anew, and enter themselves upon on foot in the court of France for establishing a po- this list of politicians. litical academy, and I myself having received letters The society of these hopeful young gentlemen is from several virtuosos among my foreign correspond to be under the direction of six professors, who, it ents, which give some light into that affair, I intend seems, are to be speculative statesmen, and drawn to make it the subject of this day's speculation. A out of the body of the royal academy. These six general account of this project may be met with in wise masters, according to my private letters, are to The Daily Courant of last Friday, in the following have the following parts allotted to them. words, translated from the Gazette of Amsterdam :- The first is to instruct the students in state leger

Paris, February 12. " It is confirmed, that the demain; as how to take off the impression of a seal, King has resolved to establish a new academy for to split a wafer, to open a letter, to fold it up again, politics, of which the Marquis de Torcy, minister with other the like ingenious feats of dexterity and and secretary of state, is to be protector. Six aca- art. When the students have accomplished themdemicians are to be chosen, endowed with proper selves in this part of their profession, they are to be talents, for beginning to form this academy, into delivered into the hands of their second instructor, which no person is to be admitted under twenty-five who is a kind of posture-master. years of age : they must likewise have each an This artist is to teach them how to nod judi. estate of two thousand livres a year, either in posses- ciously, to shrug up their shoulders in a dubious sion, or to come to them by inheritance. The King case, to connive with either eye, and, in a word, will allow to each a pension of a thousand livres. the whole practice of political grimace. They are likewise to have able masters to teach The third is a sort of language-master, who is to them the necessary sciences, and to instruct them in instruct them in a style proper for a minister in his all the treaties of peace, alliance, and others, which ordinary discourse. And to the end that this col. have been made in several ages past. These members lege of statesmen may be thoroughly practised in are to meet twice a week at the Louvre. Froin this the political style, they are to make use of it in seminary are to be chosen secretaries to embassies, their common conversations, before they are emwho by degrees may advance to higher employments." ployed either in foreign or domestic affairs.

If one Cardinal Richelieu's politics made France the of them asks another what o'clock it is, the other is terror of Europe. The statesmen who have appeared to answer him indirectly, and, if possible, to turn off in that nation of late years have, on the contrary, the question. If he is desired to change a louis rendered it either the pity or contempt of its neigh. d'or, he must beg time to consider of it. If it be bours. The cardinal erected that famous academy inquired of him whether the King is at Versailles which has carried all the parts of polite learning to or Marly, he must answer in a whisper. If he be the greatest height. His chief design in that insti- asked the news of the last Gazette, or the subject tution was to divert the men of genius from meddling of a proclamation, he is to reply that he has not yet with politics, a province in which he did not care read it; or if he does not care for explaining himself to have any one else interfere with him. On the so far, he needs only draw up his brow in wrinkles, oontrary, the Marquis de Torcy seems resolved to lor elevate the left shoulder.

Juv. Sat. vi. 177.

The fourth professor is to teach the whole art of will deserve our serious consideration, especially if political characters and hieroglyphics; and to the we remember that our country is more famous for end that they may be perfect also in this practice, producing men of integrity than statesmen; and they are not to send a note to one another (though that, on the contrary, French truth and British it be but to borrow a Tacitus or a Machiavel) which policy make a conspicuous figure in nothing: as the is not woitten in cipher.

Earl of Rochester has very well observed in his adTheir fifth professor, it is thought, will be chosen mirable poem upon that barren subject.-L. out of the society of Jesuits, and is to be well read in the controversies of probable doctrines, mental reservation, and the rights of princes. This learned No. 306.) WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 1711-12. man is to instruct them in the grammar, syntax, and construing part of Treaty Latin; how to distinguish

Quæ forma. ut se tibi semper between the spirit and the letter, and likewise de

Imputet? monstrate how the same form of words may lay an

What beauty, or what chastity, can bear

So great a price, if stately and severe obligation upon any prince in Europe, different

She still insults ?-DRYDEX. from that which it lays upon his most Christian Majesty. He is likewise to teach them the art of find.

“MR. Spectator, ing flaws, loop-boles, and evasions in the most solemn “ I write this to communicate to you a misforcompacts, and particularly a great rabbinical secret, tune which frequently happens, and therefore derevived of late years by the fraternity of Jesuits, serves a consolatory discourse on the subject. I was namely, that contradictory interpretations of the within this half-year in the possession of as much same article may both of them be true and valid. beauty and as many lovers as any young lady in

When our statesmen are sufficiently improved by England. But my admirers have left me, and I these several instructors, they are to receive their cannot complain of their behaviour. I have within last polishing from one who is to act among them as 'that time had the small-pox: and this face, which master of the ceremonies. This gentleman is to give (according to many amorous epistles which I have them lectures upon the important points of the elbow. by me) was the seat of all that is beautiful in chair and the stair-bead, io instruct them in the dif- woman, is now disfigured with scars.

It goes to the ferent situations of the right hand, and to furnish very soul of me to speak what I really think of my them with bows and inclinations of all sizes, mea- face; and though I think I did not over-rate my sures, and proportions. In short, this professor is to beauty while I had it, it has extremely advanced in its give the society wneir stiffening, and infuse into their value with me, now it is lost. There is one circum manners that beautiful political starch, which may stance which makes my case very particular; the qualify them for levees, conferences, visits, and make ugliest fellow that ever pretended to me, was and is them sbine in what vulgar minds are apt to look most in my favour, and he treats me at present the apon as trifles.

most unreasonably. If you could make him return I have not yet heard any further particulars, which an obligation which be owes me, in liking a person are to be observed in this society of unfledged states that is not amiable.--But there is, I fear, no possimen ; but I must confess, had I a son of five-and- bility of making passion move by the rules of reatwenty, that should take it into his head at that age son and gratitude. But say what you can to one to set up for a politician, I think I should go near who has survived herself, and knows not how to art to disinherit him for a blockhead. Besides, I should in a new being. My lovers are at the feet of my be apprehensive lest the same arts which are to en- rivals, my rivals are every day bewailing me, and able him to negotiate between potentates, might a I cannot enjoy what I am, by reason of the distractlittle infect his ordinary behaviour between man and ing reflection upon what I was. Consider the woman

There is no question but these young Ma- I was did not die of old age, but I was taken off in chiavels will in a little time turn their college upside the prime of youth, and according to the course of down with plots and stratagems, and lay as many nature may bave forty years after-life to come.

I schemes to circumvent one another in a frog or a have nothing of myself left which I like, but that salad, as they may hereafter put in practice to over- “ I am, Sir, your most humble Servant, reach a neighbouring prince or state.

“ PARTHENISSA." We are told that the Spartans, though they pu. nished theft in the young men when it was discovered, When Louis of France had lost the battle of Ralooked upon it as honourable if it succeeded. Pro- milies, the addresses to him at that time were full vided the conveyance was clean and unsuspected, a of his fortitude, and they turned his misfortune to youth might afterwards boast of it. This, say the his glory; in that, during his prosperity, he could historians, was to keep them sharp, and to hinder never have manifested his heroic constancy under them from being imposed upon, either in their pub-distresses, and so the world had lost the most emilic or private negotiations. Whether any such re- nent part of his character. Parthenissa's condition laxations of morality, such little jeur d'esprit, ought gives her the same opportunity; and to resign connot to be allowed in this intended seminary of poli- quests is a task as difficult in a beauty as a hero. In ticians, I shall leave to the wisdom of their fouuder. the very entrance upon this work she mu:t burn all

In the mean time, we have fair warning given us her love-letters; or since she is so candid as not to by this doughty body of statesmen; and as Sylla saw call her lovers, who follow ber no longer, unfaithful many Mariuses in Cæsar, so I think we may discover it would be a very good leginning of a new life many Torcys in this college of academicians. What- from that of a beauty, to end them back to those ever we think of ourselves, I am afraid neither our ' who writ them, with this honest inscription, “ ArSmyrna nor St. James's will be a match for it. Our ticles of a marriage treaty broken off by the smallcoffee-bouses are, indeed, very good institutions; pox.” I have known but one instance where a but whether or no these our British schools of poli- matter of this kind went on after a like misfortune, tics may furnish out as able envoys and secretaries where the lady, who was a woman of spirit, writ u an academy that is set apart for that purpose, this billet to her lover :

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ways of being uneasy and displeased; and this “ If you Aattered me before I had this terrible happens for no reason in the world, but that poor malady, pray come and see me now: but if you sin Liddy knows she has no such thing as a certain cercly liked me, stay away, for I am not the same

negligence that is so becoming; that there is not I

know not what in her air; and that if she talks like " CORINNA."

a fool, there is no one will say, “ Well! I know The lover thought there was something so sprightly not what it is, but every thing pleases when she in her behaviour, that he answered:

speaks it." “ MADAM,

Ask any of the husbands of your great beauties,

and they will tell you that they hate their wives “ I am not obliged since you are not the same nive hours of every day they pass together. There woman, to let you know whether I Hattered you or is such a particularity for ever affected by them not; but I assure you I do not, when I tell you I that they are encumbered with their charms in all now like you above all your sex, and hope you will they say or do. They pray at public devotions as bear what may befal me when we are both one, as they are beauties. They converse on ordinary ocwell as you do what happens to yourself now you casions as they are beauties. Ask Belinda what it are single; therefore I am ready to take such a is o'clock, and she is at a stand whether so great a spirit for my companion as soon as you please. beauty should answer you. In a word, I think,

“ AMILCAR.” instead of offering to administer consolation to Par If Parthenissa can now possess her own mind and thenissa, I should congratulate her metamorphosis; think as little of her beauty as she ought to have and however she thinks she was not the least insodone when she had it, there will be no great dimi- lent in the prosperity of her charms, she was enongh pution of her charms; and if she was formerly af- so to find she may make herself a much more agreefected too much with them, an easy behaviour will able creature in her present adversity. The en more than make up for the loss of them. Take the deavour to please is highly promoted by a consciouswhole sex together, and you find those who have the ness that the approbation of the person you would strongest possession of men's hearts are not eminent be agreeable to, is a favour you do not deserve; for their beauty. You see it often happen that those for in this case assurance of success is the most wbo engage men to the greatest violence, are such certain way to disappointment. Good-nature will as those who are strangers to them would take to be always supply the absence of beauty, but beauty remarkably defective for that end. The fondest cannot long supply the absence of good-nature. lover I know, said to me one day in a crowd of women at an entertainment of music, “ You have

“ MADAM,

February 18. often heard me talk of my beloved; that woman there,” continued he, smiling, when he had fixed my me not disoblige you, but you must explain yourself

“ I have yours of this day, wherein you twice bid eye, "" is her very picture." The lady he showed further, before I know what to do. me was by much the least remarkable for beauty

" Your most obedient Servant, of any in the whole assembly; but having my cu

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“ THE SPECTATOR." riosity extremely raised, I could not keep my eyes off her. Her eyes at last met mine, and with a sudden surprise she looked round her to see who No. 307.] THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1711-12. near ber was remarkably bandsome that I was gazing at. This little act explained the secret.

Versate diu, quid ferre recusent,

Quid valeant humeri.-Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 39. She did not understand herself for the object of

Often try what weight vou can support, love, and therefore she was so. The lover is a very And what your shoulders are loo weak to bear. honest plain man; and what charmed him was a

RoscoMMON person that goes along with him in the cares and joys of life, not taken up with herself, but sincerely that I am in hopes it will not be a disagreeable

I AM so well pleased with the following letter, attentive, with a ready and cheerful mind, to ac

present to the public :company him in either.

I can tell Parthenissa for her comfort, that the beauties, generally speaking, are the most imperti. " Though I believe none of your readers more nent and disagreeable of women. An apparent admire your agreeable manner of working up trifles desire of admiration, a reflection upon their own than myself, yet as your speculations are now swellmerit, and a precise behaviour in their general con- ing into volumes, and will in all probability pass duct, are almost inseparable accidents in beauties. down to future ages, methinks I would have no All you obtain of them, is granted to importunity single subject in them, wherein the general good of and solicitation for what did not deserve so much of inankind is concerned, left unfinished. your time, and you recover from the possession of I have a long time expected with great impait as out of a dream.

tience that you would enlarge upon the ordinary You are ashamed of the vagaries of fancy which mistakes which are committed in the education of so strangely misled you, and your aclmiration of a our children. I the more easily flattered mysel. beauty, merely as such, is inconsistent with a toler- that you would one time or other resume this con. able reflection upon yourself. The cheerful good. sideration, because you tell us that your 168th humoured creatures, into whose heads it never en- paper was only composed of a few broken hints; tered that they could make any man unhappy, are bui finding myself hitherto disappointed, I have the persons formed for making men happy." There ventured to send you my owo thoughts on this is Miss Liddy can dance a jig, raise paste, write a subject. good hand, keep an account, give a reasonable an- I remember Pericles, in his famous oration at swer, and do as she is bid; while her eldest sister, the funeral of those Athenian young men who Madam Martha, is out of humour, has the spleen, perished in the Samian expedition, bas a thought learns by reports of people of higher quality new l very much celebrated by several ancient critics,

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namely, that the loss which the commonwealth been tried at several parts of learning, was upun suffered by the destruction of its youth, was like the point of teing dismissed as a hopeless block. the loss which the year would suffer by the destruc- head, until one of the fathers took it into his head tion of the spring. The prejudice which the public to make an essay of his parts in geometry, which, sustains from a wrong education of children, is an it seems, hit his genius so luckily, that he after evil of the same nature, as it in a manner starves ward became one of the greatest mathematicians of posterity, and defrauds our country of those per the age. It is commonly thought that the sagacity sons, who, with due care, might make an eminent of these fathers, in discovering the talent of a figure in their respective posts of life.

young student, has not a little contributed to the "“ I have seen a book written by Juan Huartes, a figure which their order has made in the world. Spanish physician, entitled Examen de Ingenios, · How different from this manner of education is wherein he lays it down as one of his first positions, that which prevails in our own country! where that nothing but nature can qualify a man for nothing is more usual than to see forty or fifty boys learning; and that without a proper temperament of several ages, tempers, and inclinations, ranged for the particular art or science which he studies, together in the same class, employed upon the same his utmost pains and application, assisted by the authors, and enjoined the same tasks! Whatever ablest masters, will be to no purpose.

their natural genius may be, they are all to be made “ He illustrates this by the example of Tully's poets, historians, and orators alike. They are all son Marcus.

obliged to have the same capacity, to bring in the “ Cicero, in order to accomplish his son in that same tale of verse, and to furnish out the same porsort of learning which he designed him for, sent tion of prose. Every boy is bound to have as good a him to Athens, the most celebrated academy at that memory as the captain of the form. To be brief, intime in the world, and where a vast concourse, out stead of adapting studies to the particular genius of of the most polite nations, could not but furnish the a youth, we expect from the young man, that he young gentleman with a multitude of great examples should adapt his genius to his studies. This, I and accidents that might insensibly have instructed must confess, is not so much to be imputed to the him in his designed studies. He placed him under instructor as to the parent, who will never be the care of Cratippus, who was one of the greatest brought to believe, that his son is not capable of philosophers of the age, and as if all the books performing as much as his neighbour's, and that he which were at that time written had not been suf- may not make him whatever he has a mind to. ficient for his use, he composed others on purpose “ If the present age is more laudable than those for him: notwithstanding all this, history informs which have gone before it in any single particular, us that Marcus proved a mere blockhead, and that it is in that generous care which several well-disDature (who, it seems, was even with the son for her posed persons have taken in the education of poor prodigality to the father) rendered bim incapable of children: and as in these charity-schools there is improving by all the rules of eloquence, the precepts no place left for the overweening fondness of a of philosophy, his own endeavours, and the most re- parent, the directors of them would make them fined conversation in Athens. This author there beneficial to the public, if they considered the prefore proposes, that there should be certain triers or cept which I have been thus long inculcating. examiners appointed by the state, to inspect the They might easily, by well examining the parts of genius of every particular boy, and to allot him the those under their inspection, make a just distribupart that is most suitable to his natural talents. tion of them into proper classes and divisions, and

“ Plato in one of his dialogues tells us, that So- allot to them this or that particular study, as their crates, who was the son of a midwife, used to say, genius qualifies them for professions, trades, bandithat as his mother, though she was very skilful in crafts, or service, by sea or land. her profession, could not deliver a woman unless she “ How is this kind of regulation wanting in the was first with child, so neither could he himself three great professions ! raise knowledge out of a mind where nature had not “ Dr. South, complaining of persons who lock planted it.

upon them holy orders, though altogether unquali. Accordingly, the method this philosopher took, fied for the sacred function, says somewhere, that of instructing his scholars by several interrogato- many a man runs his head against a pulpit, who ries or questions, was only helping the birth, and might have done his country excellent service at bringing their own thoughts to light.

the plough-tail. “ The Spanish doctor above mentioned, as his

" In like manner many a lawyer, who makes but speculations grew more refined, asserts that every an indifferent figure at the bar, might have made kind of wit has a particular science corresponding a very elegant waterman, and have shined at the to it, and in which alone it can be truly excellent. Temple stairs, though he can get no business in the As to those geniuses, which may seem to have an house. equal aptitude for several things, he regards them

“I have known a corn-cutter, who with a right as so many unfinished pieces of nature wrought off education would have been an excellent physician. in haste.

“ To descend lower, are not our streels filled with " There are indeed but very few to whom nature sagacious draymen, and politicians in liveries? We has been so unkind, that they are not capable of have several tailors of six foot high, and meet with shining in some science or other. There is a cer- 'many a broad pair of shoulders that are thrown tain bias towards knowledge in every mind, which away upon a barber, when perhaps at the same time may be strengthened and improved by proper ap- we see a pigmy porter reeling under a burden, who plications.

might have managed a needle with much dexterity, The story of Clavius* is very well known. He or have snapped his fingers with great ease to himwas entered in a college of Jesuits, and after having self, and advantage to the public.

“ The Spartans, though they acted with the spirit • Christopher Clavius, á geometrician and astronomer, author of five volumes in folio, who died at Rome in 1612; which I am here speaking of, carried it much fur. aged 75

ther thau wbat I propose. Among them it was not

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