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will also be the best means of securing you from such ab. surdities in behaviour as sprightly geniuses are moft exposed to and ofteneist undone by.
:I don't suggest this, dear fir, from any fufpicion of your · temper or conduct, of both which I have the highest opinion at present. It purely arises from what I have too, often seen and lamented in other ingenious youths at their first setting out: and this I apprehend is the only rock you can possibly split upon, or that can prevent your being eminent as well as useful in your future profeffion. ..
Nor would I be understood by this caution and advice, as if I expected you to commence à mope or bookworm at the University. Innocent amusements and chearful company at proper intervals are as neceffary to the mind as ex«' ercise is to the body: they not only fit us for study but also accomplish us for a more decent appearance in life'; and toi me there is hardly any thing more infipid than a meer scholar.
AH I desire, dear fir, is this. As you can prepare yourself for and pass through your private lectures fo much fooner and with so much more ease than many of your fellow collegians, and have confequently more spare time than others upon your hands, I would not have you devote it, as is too common, to mere pleasure or amusements, but to such useful scholar-like pursuits as your more experienced friends in college will be pleased to encourage you in for further improvement, without interfering with any of your ftated lectures or other academical exercises.
I need not say any thing more to one of your discernment and discretion : perhaps I have already faid too much : but give me leave to add one more caution concerning the choice of your acquaintance. We infenfibly imbibe and give into the manners of those with whom we converse : You ought therefore to be constantly on your guard in this point ; for this will determine your future reputation in the University. Your vivacity of temper will naturally lead you into com
pany ; your agreeable behaviour and sprightly conversation
will make you courted and caressed by persons of all dir. . positions. It is therefore in your own option to determine, whether you will associate with the good or the bad, the studious or the indolent, the virtuous or the profligate.
In every college there is a set of idle people called. Lowngers, whose whole business is to fly from the painful task of thinking. These are ready to catch at every young fellow at his first admission, and imperceptibly teach him to faunter away his time in the same idle spiritless manner with themselves. Whomsoever these Remoras of a college adhere to, they instantly benumb to all sense of reputation or desire of learning. But you have not much. to fear from this quarter: your quick parts and lively disposition will easily defend you from these triflers, whom you must despise for their dull taste and flow apprehension.
There is another set ftill more dangerous, who assume to themselves the name of jolly fellows, and ridicule every body who has the folly to be sober. These you may be fure will endeavour to draw you afide with the bewitching allurements of the bottle; and as chearfulness makes up a part of your character, you may perhaps be led to mistake their noise for mirth, their pertness for wit, and their drunken frolicks for gayety and humour. Dear fir, do but keep yourself clear of these and such like bad company, and your own good sense will direct you in forming a proper acquaintance.
I know your good nature will readily excuse the liberty I have taken in presuming to give you advice. If any thing I have said can assist you in directing your future conduct, it will be the highest satisfaction to,
: : DEAR SIR,
Your very affectionate friend, &c.
A CRITICISM on a passage in HORAC E.
To the STUDENT. 5 I R, T Have sent you some thoughts on a passage in HORACE 1 which has not been hitherto rightly understood, to be inserted if you please in your first miscellany. If things of this nature are included in your design, I shall occasionally transmit some other observations.
There seems to be an inconsistency in the character which Horace has given of his favourite ARISTIPPUs in one of his Epistles. The passage thus ftands in all the editions which I have had the opportunity to consult:
OMNIS Aristippum decuit color, et status, et res;
Lib. I. Epift. 17.
Is not the word FERE a diminution of the philosopher's character? Or indeed does not the latter part of the sentence contradict the former ? For Si omnis Aristippum decuit con lor, &c. tum præfentibus non fere fed omnino æquus fuit.
No notice of this contradiction (for such I think it appears to be) is taken in any edition of our author; and I know but one writer, who was aware of it, and endeavoured to reconcile it by reading thus,
Tentantem majora, sed ĘT præfentibus æquum.
This alteration of FERE into SED ET is too bold to be admitted. We should be cautious of changing a classic's words, if an easier remedy can be found. All that is required in this place is to regulate the pointing :
Omnis Aristippum decuit color, et status, et res;
This at once will remove the absurdity, and perhaps ims prove the sentiment.
I am yours, &c,
To the STUDENT.
Jam quid ego et populus mecum quid fentiat, audi.
HORAT. SIR, T Have read your proposals for an Oxford Monthly Miscellany, 1 and have sent you my thoughts, which I hope you'll accept as they are meant. Your work I beleive will prove very agreeable to some learned readers of a more refined taste; but give me leave to tell you that won't do alone. If you don't take occasion sometimes (notwithstanding your advertisement) to treat of Politicks, to vindicate or condemn the conduct of our minifters, always stedfastly adhering to the truth, your readers and your purchasers, beleive me, will make but a very finall number. Party I say, Party is the thing that will certainly recommend you. And if you confine yourself so much as you propose, you must expect to be encouraged by none but Academical Pedants and Would-be-wits. I advise you to declaim against the glaring vices of the age, such as luxury, gaming, masquerad, ing, and the like. You may at other times cry out against
the mismanagement of the stage, and call it the nursery of obscenity, profaneness, and immorality. Then again you may give us extracts from history, abridgements of books in all arts and fciences, news foreign and domestick, and (to please the old women) choice receipts in cookery and physick. By this means your work will be univerfall, read and admired by all sorts of persons. I could fay a great deal more on this occasion, but you know the proverby à word to the wise, and therefore no more from
Your humble servant,
If you come into my scheme I can be a very large contributer.
We thank our Correspondent for his kind advice, but ar fure him we shall strictly adhere to our first design; and defire him and others to send us nothing but what is conformable to its