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PLAN of an ESS AY
W I T H A
SPECIMEN os the WORK. In TWO DIALOGUES.
ByNATHANAEL LANCASTER, LL. D.
Aggrediar, nan tarn perficiundi spe, quam experiundi voluntate.
First Printed in the Year 1748.
. what is comely in Manners. For where the Advantages of Birth and Station are united with liberal Accomplishments, there is the Seat of Elegance, and the Standard of Politeness.
illiberal Reserve, which had long kept them at a Distance from the convertible Part of Mankind, and secluded them from the high Advantages of that excellent School, which we call "the Polite World. For it is a free and open Commerce with »*People of Distinction and cultivated Abilities which gives the true Embellishment to Sense, and renders the Attainments of the Scholar, conducive to the Purposes of Elegance and Delight.
That Freedom Debate, and Diversity of Topics, which adorn the Converfations of Men of Rank and polite Literature, will give his Mind a generous Enlargement, and open tohimdelightful Scenes of Knowledge, at once awakening the Imagination and informing the Understanding. From their Disquisitions he will learn what is beautiful in the Productions of Art; from their Demeanor,
HE Men of Letters seem to have well consulted their own Reputation and Interest, when they threw off the
Though the Quickness of familiar Discourse admit not of an Attention to that Accuracy, which is required in Writing; yet there is in these exalted Intercourses, a certain superior Spirit and genuine Eloquence; which is, perhaps, a better Help to the Improvement of Style, and a more enlivening Model for Imitation, than the cold Efforts of the Closet were ever able to produce. Those happy Turns, and emphatical sprightly Phrases, which are struck out by the Heat of animated Converfation, and that genteel graceful Dignity of Expression, which is peculiar to those who r move in the higher Spheres of Life, will catch the Ear of him who is familiarly accustomed to them, and steal, in some Degree, into his own Diction. For as our Senses naturally retain the Print of the Images, which are commonly presented to them; so our Language almost unavoidably takes a Tincture from those, with whom we usually converse.' These Effects are so constant, that we seldom fail to discover by a Man's Writings, with what kind of Society he has generally mixed. •' , / -' •
I must add; that in these high Scenes of Observation, there are frequently such lucky -Hints thrown out, as prove a fruitful Source of Thoughts and Imagination, which would never have occurred to him in the studious Hour, or in the Company of meaner Spirits..