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accustomed to look upon as their natural superiors. They cannot stand the mortification of their monarch. Compallion foon takes the place of reseniment, they forget all past provocations, their old principles of loyalty revive, and they run to reestablish the ruined authority of their old masters, with the same violence with which they had oppofed it. The death of Charles I. brought about the Restoration of the royal family. Compassion for. James II. when he was seized by the populace in making his escape on fhip-board, had almost prevented the Revolution, and made it go on more heavily than before.

Do the great seem insensible of the easy price at which they may acquire the public admiration; or do they seem to imagine that to them, as to other men, it must be the purchase either of sweat or of blood ? But by what important accomplishments is the young nobleman instructed to support the dignity of his rank, and to render himself worthy of that fuperiority over his fellow-citizens, to which the virtue of his ancestors had raised them ? Is it by knowledge, by industry, by patience, by self-denial, or by virtue of any kind ? As all his words, as all his motions are attended to, he learns an habitual regard to every circumstance of ordinary behaviour, and studies to perform all those small duties with the most exact propriety., As he is conscious how much he is observed, and how much mankind are disposed to favor all his inclinations, he acts, upon the most indifferent occasions, with that freedom and elevation which the thought of this naturally inspires. His air, his manner,

his deportment, all mark that elegant and graceful sense of his own fuperiority, which those who are born to inferior stations can hardly ever arrive at. These are the arts by which he proposes to make mankind more easily submit to his authority, and to govern their inclinations according to his own pleasure: and in this he is feldom disappointed. These arts , fupported by rank and pre-eminence, are, upon ordinary occasions, sufficient to govern the world. Lewis XIV. during the greater part of his reign, was regarded, not only in France, but over all Europe, as the most perfect model of a great prince. But what were the talents and virtues by which he acquired this great reputation ? Was it by the scrupulous and inflexible justice of all his undertakings, by the immense dangers and difficulties with which they were attended, or by the unwearied application with which he pursued them? Was it by his extensive knowledge, by his exquisite judgment, or by his heroic valor ? It was by none of these. But he was , first of all, the moft powerful prince in Europe, and consequently held the highest rank among kings ; and then says his historian, “ he surpassed all his courtiers “ in the gracefulness of his shape, and the ma

jestic beauty of his features. The sound of his “ voice, noble and affecting, gained those hearts " which his presence intimidated. He had a « step and a deportment which could suit only « him and his rank, and which would have “ been ridiculous in any other person, The « embarrassment which he' occafioned to those who « spoke to him, flattered that secret satisfaction « with which he felt his own superiority. The a old officer, who was confounded and faultered « in asking him a favor, and not being able to « conclude his discourse, said to him : Sir, your “ majesty, I hope, will believe that I do not “ tremble thus before your enemies : had no dif“ ficulty to obtain what he demanded." These frivolous accomplishments, supported by his rank, and, no doubt too, by a degree of other talents and virtues, which seems, however, not to have been much above mediocrity, establifhed this prince in the esteem of his own age, and have drawn, even from pofterity, a good deal of respect for his memory, Compared with these, in his own times, and in his own presence, no other virtue, it seems , appeared to have any merit, Knowledge, industry, valor, and beneficence , trembled, were abashed, and lost all dignity before them,

But it is not by accomplishments of this kind, that the man of inferior rank must hope to diftinguish himself. Politeness is so much the virtue of the great, that it will do little honor to any body but themselves. The coxcomb, who imitates their manner, and affects to be eminent by the superior propriety of his ordinary behaviour, is rewarded with a double share of contempt for his folly and presumption. Why should the man, whom nobody thinks it worth while to look at, be

very anxious about the manner in which he holds


his head, or disposes of his arms while he walks through a room? He is occupied surely with a very superfluous attention, and with an attention too that marks a sense of his own importance, which no other mortal can go along with. The most perfect modelty and plainness, joined to as much negligence as is consistent with the respect due to the company, ought to be the chief characteristics of the behaviour of a private man. If ever he hopes to distinguish himself, it must be by more important virtues. He must acquire dependants to balance the dependants of the great, and he has no other fund to pay them from, but the labur of his body, and the activity of his mind. He must cultivate these therefore: he must acquire superior knowledge in his profession, and superior industry in the exercise of it. He must be patient in labor, refolute in danger, and firm in distress. These talents he must bring into public view, by the difficulty, importance, and, at the same time, good judgment of his undertakings, and by the severe and unrelenting application with which he pursues them. Probity and prudence, generosity and frankness, must characterize his behaviour upon all ordinary occafions; and he must, at the same time, be forward to engage in all those situations, in which it requires the greatest talents and virtues to act with propriety, but in which the greatest applause is to be acquired by those who can acquit themselves with honor. With what impatience does the man of spirit and ambition, who is depressed by his situation, look round for some great opportunity to distinguish himself? No circumstances, which can afford this, appear to him undesirable. He even looks forward with fatisfaction to the prospect of foreign war, or civil dislenfion; and, with secret transport and delight, fees through all the confusion and bloodshed which attend them, the probability of those wished-for occasions presenting themselves, in which he may draw upon himself the attention and admiration of mankind. The man of rank and distinction, on the contrary, whose whole glory consists in the propriety of his ordinary behaviour, who is contented with the humble renown which this can afford him, and has no talents to acquire any other, is unwilling to embarrass himself with what can be attended either with difficulty or distress. To figure at a ball is his great triumph, and to succeed in an intrigue of gallantry, his highest exploit. He has an averfion to all public confusions, not from the love of mankind, for the great never look upon their inferiors at their fellow - creatures; nor yet from want of courage, for in that he is seldom defective; but from a consciousness that he posfeffes none of the virtues which are required in such situations, and that the public attention will certainly be drawn away from him by others. He may be willing to expose himself to some little danger, and to make a campaign when it happens to be the fashion. But he shudders with horror at the thought of any situation which demands the continual and long exertion of patience, industry, fortitude, and application of thought. These virtues are hardly ever to be met with in men who are born

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