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C. Meaning yourself.

A. But for those of a contrary description, retirement is altogether improper

C. Meaning me.

A. Such people should still continue their worldly pursuits and employments; as they are, from habit, and want of inental occupations, incapable of any

other. Let the tradesman then, whose life has been long in the same course of employment, still pursue his business, although his fortune be far superior to his wants and expences-retirement to him is misery.

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A. Those who have spent their youth in dissipation are constrained to persist in the same course, or to do nothing—the molt disagreeable state of all others.


From this consideration I am much more inclined to pity, than to blame, persons of the other sex, who to avoid vacancy, still continue to haunt places of gay resort, “ and tho' they cannot play, o’erlook the cards.” Retirement then, is only for those who find in themselves amusement, employment, or happiness. And thus ends



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: C. And my visit-adieu !


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ADRASTUS, tho’ left « to pursue his vagaries in peace,” as we have already remarked, yet many attempted to seek his acquaintance-some, because they thought him an oddity; some, because they thought him sensible, but most, because they saw he shunned all advances towards intimacy: for mankind has a natural propensity to teaze peculiar characters, even if the peculiarity be innocent. However, he contrived, by his perseverance, to carry his point, and by his

prudence to avoid offence.

The want of a few neceffaries directed his steps to Brecon one fine morning, which, as customary in a mountainous country, becoming a rainy day, he dined


at the inn with a variety of strangers, whose conversation chiefly turned upon the spirit of liberty which had broke forth of late in different parts of the world. Persons who live in society, and are in habits of conversation, never make long speeches, from a principle of politeness, and foon exhaust all they have to say upon' a subject. The reverse takes place with the recluse he having but few opportu-. nities of conversation, indulges those few when they occur ; and having treasured up a large store of matter, makes an of: tentatious display of his riches. Adrastus, without duly reflecting on the laws of conversation, at last had all the discourse to himself, and gave a turn to his oration on liberty, as new as it was unexpected amo: he expressed himself as follows:-

(« There is no fubject of late has more agitated the minds of men than liberty; upon the blessing of which they agree, although they materially differ




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means of obtaining it. However, all seem to limit their enquiries to what form of government liberty is most truly attached, and when they have determined the form agreeable to their own ideas, they seek no farther, conceiving the point to be established.

The enjoyment of liberty under an absolute prince seems so much like a contradiction, that blame may be incurred for even mentioning them together. It may be had under a limited monarchy, say the English ; it is better obtained by a Republic and President, say the Adnericans; but it is best of all enjoyed when every man is a citizen, and no more than. a citizen,* say the French; who are not contented with having it in this form themselves, but they seem determined that all the rest of the world shall be of their opinion. Thus Mahomet, tho


* Written in 1793

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