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Instance, .In the Actions of such an humble Person as the Man of Rofs, than in all the Victories of our Edwards and our Harries f or (to go farther back in History) how much more amiable is the Death of Socrates, than the whole Life of Alexanander the Great?'' '''

As Virtue is the supreme Beauty, so is Vice the jnost odious of all Deformities. I do not know how to make this more evident to you by any In. stance, than by that of -t,he different Conduct of Two very celebrated Poets, Milton and Tajfo, in describing the fallen Angels: Taffo's Devils are chiefly made hideous by their Shape; their Horns and Tails are the principal Ingredients of Deformity in his Descriptions of them i whereas Miltoti generally omits those little Particulars, and paints'out the Deformity of their Minds; their Pride,. Impiety, Malignity, and Obstinacy; by which Means his Devils are tenfold more Devils, and, more odious and horrible to the Reader, than those pf (theItalian Poet. ,'

There U a, mighty easy Consequence to be drawn from all this, which, well deserves to be more generally observed. If Virtue be the chief Beauty, People, to be beautiful, should endeavour to be vjrtuou?; and should avoid Vice, and all the worst Sort of Passions, as they would fly Deformity. I wish the more beautiful Half of the human Creatiqn, in particqlar, were thoroughly sensible ot this great Truth; " That the readiest Way to be f beautiful, is lo be good and such of them as are more solicitous about choosing and adjusting . , what what they wear, and how that will appear, than about forming their Minds, and regulating their difagreeable Passions, will really fall under the Censure I mentioned before, from one of the La~ tin Poets ; and shew too plainly to all the World, that they, in their own Heart*, consider their Dress as the better Part of themselves.

I must have quite tired you, I believe, added Crito, rising; and fliould be glad if you would take a little Walk, to refresh us all after this long Harangue. It has been far from seeming long to us (replied Milesius, as they were all going together out of the Tent:) 'Tis a Subject that can scarce ever be tiresome; and your Manner of treating it has, in general, been very pleasing; .only I must fay, that, toward the Conclusion, it began to grow a little too like a Sermon. I wish, fays Timanthes, that some Ladies of your Acquaintance had been present at the whole Discourse, and particularly at that Part of it; for I don't know whether it might not have done them more Good, than any Sermon that they ever were at in their Lives. However, as there were no Ladies here, I wifli Crito woufd give us, who. were of his Audience, Leave to beg he would be so good as print it, for the Benefft of the Fair Sex in general; for, I dare fay, it would be of good Use to some of them. I know not whether it would be of any Use to them, replied Crito; but if yeu really thought so,, and could recollect enough of it to write it down, it is entirety at your Service; and you have my full Leave to send it to the Prese, as soon as you please.





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L E T TE R from F. Attiret, a French Missionary, now employed by that Emperor to paint the Apartments in those Gardens, to his Friend at Paris.

Translated from the French;



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IT is now above Half a Century, since the French have been publishing & Collection of the Letters of their Missionaries; from all the most distant Parts ef the World. This Collection is already grown very voluminous. The famous Pert du Halde was the Person who had the chief Hand in making and publishing it. There were but Eight Volumes that had appeared before he undertook the Care of it, which was in the Year -J7-H, and he carried it on, in Eighteen rnor^, to the Year 1743; when the Death of that Father, and some other Incidents, occasioned a^ Interruption of the Work, for about Six Years. It was resumed in 1749, by F. Pattouillet; who then published the 27 th Volume. The following is a Translation of the First Letter in-that Volume; and is, perhaps, as cupous as any one in the whole Collection,'






CHI N A. •'?

Pieicin, Nov. t, 1743.


IT was with the greatest Pleasure that I received your Two last Letters; one of the 13th of Q/Sober, and the other of the 2d of Novembere 1742. I communicated the very interesting Account of the Affairs of Europe, which you gave me in them, to the rest of our Missionaries; who join with me in our sincere Thanks. I thank you too, in particular, for the Box full of Works in Straw, and Flowers, which came very fafe to me: but I beg of you not to put yourself to any such Expence for the sature; for the Chinefe very much exceed th* Europeans, in those

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