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fit to endure theinvestigation of learn- | exalt the sensibility of our nature, ing, reason, or common sense,-ther and, if the exprellion may be em. would leave thousands and tens of ployed, give more life to existence, thousands in the most delaang ig. A, natura is, have supposed that the norance,-ignorance, as they trutt, flux and reflux of the ocean was in. yet greater than their own,--and on tended by nature to prevent the im. this goodly foundation erect their mense body of the waters from subclaim to pre-eminence. As yet, riding into a putrid mass, destructive however, their narrow maxims are of the principle of motion and life in little regarded; the generosity of the | all animated beings; so the alternacountry deridestheir logic, by liberal |tions of apprehension and hope, disdonations; and the way to mental appointment and success, purify the improvement, as far as the first rudia foul, and prevent it from Itagnating ments of literature can lead to it, is in dull existence, devoid of feeling, still left open to the children of the and deftitute of reflection. poor.

Frederic Courtenay was a youth I cannot conclude these observa- of gay manners and a generous tions on the propriety and excellent heart. By his family connections, tendency of this public institution, allied to pobility and iinmense prowithout paying my finall tribute to pertv, both of which fortune might individual merit. The attention and copfer upon him without appearing exertions of the gentleman who to depart much from the customary regulated and directed this numerous course of events, he confidered him. choir ought not to pass unnoticed. | self as authorised to live a little, The abilities of Alr, Page, as a mu- and, indeed, considerably more than fician, are well known; but confi- a little,-beyond his actual means: derable, Inbour, directed by judg. | not, however, in low diffipation and ment, must have been necessary in itníelets riot did he walle his prothe instruction of these juvenile per perty with illiberal prutulion: his formers, to attain the efiect pro. luxuries were atoned for by his real duced. Patience, perseverance, and generosity and benevolence; and his that condescension which is honour errors appeared to be only the efferable to the heart, seem to have been vefrence of misguided virtue, absolutely indispensable to success in While he pursued this course of such a task. lii fime, the whole of life, and while his credit continued this folemnity appeared to me con- undiminished, many were his friends, dufted with that prop:iety which at least his oftenfible friends. He did equal honour to the young per. was the soul of every convivial ar. formers, their teachers, and their sembly: the personal endowments pations.

nature had bestowed on him, his

MUSINORA. eafy and elegant manners, his native London, June 3, 1756.

gaiety, genuine wit, and superior understanding, rendered him every

where acceptable, and every where Tse PLEASING SURPRISE... adquirid. But his finances rapidiy A TALE.

diminishing, and debts accumu.

lating, it became neceffary to have (Embilled with an elegant En recourfe to some expedient to selieve graving.)

him from the immediate presure of THE viciffitudes of Fortune, and his embarrafied circumstances.

the opposition of the fucceffirel Amony his wealthy relations he paflions they occafion, exercise and' had an uncle of the name of Mor

daunt, with whom he had always | latter, he pointed out to him a riche been, in some degree, a favourite, and heiress, to whom he recommended tu whole ample property, estimated, him to pay his addresles, alluring including real and personal, at more him that nothing should be wanting, than a hundred thousand pounds, he on his part, with respect to any had, apparentiy, an extremely well. pecuniary aclvances or ftipulations founded expectation of being the which might be necessary in the hair. To this gentleman, Frederic, I course of the negotiation of the hywben the inurmurs of his creditor's meneal treaty. were no longer to be appeased by the This proposal was not received by plausible profetions of polite pro- Mr. Courtenay with any extravacrastination, saw himself obligeci in gant rapture; but, from refpect in intimate the posture of his atrairs, his uncle, le consented that he Mr. Mordaunt, after a fhort lecture ! fhould introduce him to the young on the value and beneficial nature of lady, and began the operations of economy and prudence, to the prac- the amorous fiege at a convenient tiçe of which he earnelly exhorted diftance. But he found her perlon his nephew, enabled him to fatisty | unlovely, her understanding trivial, the most urgent demands made on her conversation insipid, and her him; and, as he said, to give him manners inelegant, and even gross. employment, procured him a com- | Slow was the progress, -or, ramillion in the army.

ther, rapid was the retrocession,-of Mr. Courtenay now lived in gaie- bis love: yet, from his regard for, ty and case ; his gratitude to his and gratitude to, his uncle, who uncle caused him to be afliduous inconGuered the effecting of this union bis vifits of respect; and his engaging as a master-stroke of generalship, manners, and truly amiable qualities, which would complete ihe fortune quickly advanced him to the highest of his nephew for life, and enable degree of favour with Mr. Mordaunt, him to attain the most enviable fia. who now determined to patronife tions of wealth, honour, and power, him to the utmost extent of his in- he was inclined to submit to the tiluence, and make him his fole heir. voke.

Mr. Mordaunt was a man neither But fate had otherwise decrced: for devoid of sense nor generosity.- 1 another female, cast in a different Nature had endowed him with an mould, inspired him with a pallion Excellent understanding, which he he found it impossible to vanquish. ha: improved by literature. He | Maria Nugent was the daughter of a had lived a life of elegant plcasure, ' gentleman of inconsiderable fortune, and feen much of what is called the but of the faireft character for pro. world, both in his native land and bity and honour. To her, Nature foreign countries. With respect to had been lavily of her bounty; her his moral philosophy, he bad adopt- exterior charnis were not easily to be ed the system of a late courtiv peer, described, and her understanding and held that all men were knave: or and heart were correspondent to fools, and all women babies and their excellence. To her Mr Courprostitutes, as led by intereft or tenaria a Niort time united himleif, paffion. There was no error againit with all the rapture of aifection ; to which he more carefully endeavoured the great astonishment and indigna. to guard his nephew than that offrion of his uncle, who now found being made the dupe of pretended that all his inst. utlions 10 his fafriendihip, or love; and, more cf. vourite nephew, als his lectures on ftctually to protect him from the the neceflity of making inierest the


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