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obviating or remedying them, though I have turned it every way

my thoughts. To have a certain number of persons appointed to examine and license all the glasses that should be used in this kingdom, would be lodging so great a trust in those persons, that the temptations to betray it would be exceedingly great too; and it is to be feared that people of quality would not take the trouble of it; so that Quis custodiat ipsos custodes?

I once thought that a committee of both houses of parliament should be vested with that power; but I immediately laid that aside, for reasons which I am not obliged to communicate to the public.

At last, despairing to find out any legal method that should prove effectual, I resolved to content myself with an earnest exhortation to all my country-folks of whatsoever rank or sex, to see with their own eyes, or not see at all; blindness being preferable to error.

See then with your own eyes, ye princes! though weak or dim, they will still give you a fairer and truer representation of objects than you will ever have by the interposition of any medium whatsoever. Your subjects are placed in the proper point of view for your natural sight; viewing them in that point, you will see

that your happiness consists in theirs, your greatness in their riches, and your power in their affections.

See likewise with your own eyes, ye people! and reject all proffered mediums: view even your princes with your natural sight; the true rays of majesty are friendly to the weakest eye; or if they dazzle and scorch, it is owing to the interposition of burning-glasses ; destroy those pernicious mediums, and you will be pleased with the sight of one another.

In short, let the natural eyes retrieve their credit, and resume their power; we shall then see things as they really are, which must end in the confusion of those whose hopes and interests are founded upon misrepresentations and deceit.

Fog's JOURNAL, April 10, 1736.

No. XLI.

Quæ virtus, et quanta boni, sit vivere parvo,

-Vides ut pallidus omnis
Cæna desurgat dubia !-

-Grandes rhombi, patinæque,
Grande ferunt cum damno dedecus.


What and how great the virtue, friends, to live
On what the gods with frugal bounty give,
Come learn with me.
Behold how pale the sated guests arise
From suppers puzzled with varieties !
Behold what infamy and ruin rise
From a large dish where the large tarbot lies !

As I am naturally blest with a robust and healthy constitution, which I have taken care to preserve by regularity and temperance, I scarce knew what pain or sickness mean, any otherwise than by the complaints of others; and though I am far advanced in life, enjoy my strength, my appetite, and all my senses, perfect and entire, without finding any considerable difference in myself, but that happy one of being now able to control my passions, and keep them under the command of reason, much easier than in my youth. I am troubled with nó distemper, my pulse beats free and even, my sleep is quiet and refreshing; and from this bodily good habit results a constant serenity and calm of mind, that places me above the power of spleen or accident to discompose and ruffle. This account of myself is intended to shew my readers the happy effects of sobriety and moderation, without which it is impossible to enjoy what only a wise man would think worth living for, viz. a healthful body, and a contented

mind. I had writ thus far, and was meditating in my elbow chair on the monstrous folly of those who sacrifice health, fortune, reputation, reason, and oftentimes life itself, to luxury and riot; when, on a sudden, I was overcome with sleep, and dreamed as follows.-Methought I found myself in a magnificent and grand apartment: the floors were inlaid with various figures, the cielings finely painted, and the carved cornishes gilded over with the utmost expense and art. But all this seemed nothing, compared with the pictures of inestimable value, the beautiful tapestry, and stately looking-glasses, with an extrava, gance of gold, and velvet, and embroidery, of which the costly furniture was composed. I passed from room to room, adorned with equal but different magnificence, where innumerable wax candles, that hung in crystal branches,


diffused an artificial day : till, following a sound of voices, I entered one much larger than the rest, in the midst whereof about a dozen people of both sexes were seated round a table, covered with great variety of the choicest dainties. The company was so much engaged, that, without being taken notice of, I placed myself on a sofa in one corner of the room; and putting on my philosophic spectacles, which see through all disguises, began to make

my observations. The master of the feast, to whom this sumptuous house belonged, sat at the bottom of the table, with a countenance full of mirth and gaiety: but I soon perceived that it was all affected, and that he sighed inwardly with heaviness and discontent, nor found any relish in those delights he seemed to enjoy. Those at table with him were people he had not the least regard for; but, notwithstanding, frequently entertained in this expensive manner, through vanity and ostentation, to make himself be thought immensely rich ; though at the same time I discovered, by looking a little closer, that his estate was deeply mortgaged, and he had taken up money even to defray the charges of this night's banquet. His guests, one and all, were rather amused than pleased : while with flattering speeches, and much ceremonious

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