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affections, it ought to be considered as complimentary to them, and not as matter of reproach.
The female sex should be placed on an equal footing with ourselves, --should have equal liberty in all respects, before we can properly judge of them: for my own part, I think that in every respect a sensible prudent woman is a superior being to a foolish or imprudent man !
It is quite another question whether females ought to be educated like men? As the world goes, at present, I certainly think they ought not. But there is a great deal to be said on both sides; all the first principles of good sense, should, I conceive, be taught without reserve: but, as to the deductions, and the consequences drawn from those first principles, they are a study too complicated, too laborious for the female sex, of whom we require most of the domestic duties. It will be seen, at once, that these duties are so indispensable, that the fair sex can never" (generally speaking) have at their command sufficient time and opportunity to compete with man in the acquirement of learning and the cultivation of mind necessary for the highest results of real knowledge.
I see nothing to be alarmed at in female philosophers, provided their minds have a natural bias that way, I wish only to account in some degree for the fact being otherwise. Women have been less instructed than men in all times and all ages. Homer, who lived ('tis said) about three thousand years ago, has told us according to Pope “ Trust not the sex that is so rarely wise !” Now instead of reproaching the sex for their want of. wisdom, I consider it a pretty sure sign that women were even then, (as they have been since) most probably kept in a state of subjection to the lordly will of man. However, notwithstanding their long thraldom, I am of opinion that our ladies of the present day are in their mental capacities greatly superior to any of the heroines in Homer's Iliad.
I do not mean to say that they have such resoluto notions of hardihood and defiance of danger; nor such a thirst for valorous achievements : but they have kept pace with all the improvements and refined notions of the present state of society; and, on the whole, are on that account more rational and more valuable beings.
It may be questioned by some, whether the refinements alluded to are in reality improvements or not?
I think they are. Woman can never hope to outdo man in personal strength or warlike act: therefore she has a right to effect her purpose, and preserve her share of rule by such means as she thinks most advisable. What she cannot do by strength, she does by stratagem; and she often produces greater results from the exercise and discipline of her forces in the arrangement of pins before a looking glass, than even Minerva could perform by “The conquering sword and shield !”
OCTOBER 19.—[ am always happy when I am in good or proper company; but, if I cannot have such company, I had much rather be alone. By good, I mean such as are by birth and circumstances ranked above me; and, by proper company, I mean all who are worthy and intelligent. No matter what a man's situation in life may be; if I find he possesses any kind of knowledge in a superior degree to myself, I court his acquaintance, am proud of his good opinion, and honor him for his talent.
OCTOBER 22.-How apt we are to discover little singularities in others, and be quite blind to similar habits in ourselves. I scarcely know any person, but is in somebody's mouth. “A strange fellow !"-"A queer dog !"-"An odd chap!"_“A droll hand!” — “ A rum genius !"-"A comical blade!”-or, “A very whimsical character!”
My young friend Charley used to call Sir George “An eccentric being !” Sir George called him “A flighty youth!” Gregory and Gargle were thought “ Funny folks!" Patch and Patty were “ Pleasant people!” and they all of them pronounced me “A devilish great oddity!”
October 27.- This day, when a boy, I used to call “ Plum-pudding day !" it being my birth-day. I am now, (or ought to be) arrived at that point where a youth is supposed capable of taking care of himself: I am now 21 years of age.
OCTOBER 28.-I have just been thinking, since we have had “ The art of love,"-"The art of poetry,” &c. that a poem might be written, and called “ The art of sleeping !"
It would be a safe title for any young author, should the language be very dull, it might be supposed to carry into effect the intention of the writer: for
however heavy, and flat the lines might lag along, should they even make the reader yawn, or give him offence,“ The sound might seem an echo to the sense !”.
OCTOBER 31.-Having, while a boy, imbibed a strong bias in favor of theatricals, I naturally became desirous of knowing all I could of persons and matters connected with the stage. During a short vacation at Drury Lane, Mr. Dignum the singer, came down on a visit to some of his friends in Nottinghamshire: amongst them was a gentleman of the name of Spencer: he had a numerous circle of acquaintance, and was held in general estimation for his many good qualities.
From this gentleman's introduction, I heard Mr. Dignum sing in several private parties, during the two or three days he continued at Nottingham. Several gentlemen, and particularly Mr. William Timm, pressed him to pass some time with him at his house at Normanton. Hunting and coursing became the order of the day, and it fell to my lot to choose a horse on which to mount our cockney sportsman, for such he was considered by the whole party. I had been some months in the family, and knew well the qualifications of all the sporting dogs, and favorite horses; and I selected one for Mr. Dignum, as gentle as a lamb;-one that would hop over a style like a greyhound, either with or without a rider;-if without one he would stand quietly to be remounted, as if best pleased to have a barden on his back! I soon perceived that this our new sportsman understood very little of horses, or the management of them, for he was scarcely across the saddle, ere, to secure his seat, he stuck both spurs into the horses sides; I tried, but in vain, to make him keep his heels out and his toes in. Not being able to accomplish this, I took off his spurs ! still the horse at times winced a little, whenever he felt the rider's heels rubbing against his ribs. As soon as all were mounted, we started directly. Mr. Dignum obeyed my instructions and when we came to a stile, hedge, or ditch, or a leap of any kind, we dismounted; but unfortunately he frequently found great difficulty in getting over himself!-A stile he could make shift to cross, but in attempting to follow his horse over a low hedge or ditch, he often completely scarified himself, and was twice plunged up to the knees in water.
He found too (being rather a short punchy man) some difficulty in remounting from his horse, for the animal, though good tempered, was a spirit, especially when he heard shouting, or saw other horses galloping before him. Besides he was fond of dancing, and frequently veer'd about, impatient to keep pace with his companions in the sport! These difficulties rather inclined our new sportsman to preserve his seat while leaping and some of the party so advised him: but I thought, that though voices are in youth sometimes improved by what is called breaking, yet in the present instance the experiment was too hazardous! Voicebreaking and neck-breaking were two distinct things. I knew that his voice was very good at present, and be ought not to run the risk of breaking it again. Putting his neck out of joint might disorganize his musical structure, which now warbled so delightfully! And any change might probably be for the worse. My ar