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Rousseau's opinions, their origin 522 Volney's travels, preface, transla-
159 Sleepless nights, to a lady com-
698 Verses by Susannah Wright 191
Address to a Wood-Lark ibid. Sociability of the Lapwing ibid.
The dignity of Geese vindicated ibid.
Account of Sir Sidney Smith's im Proofs that the people of the southern
prisonment and escape from Paris 28 climes have a much stronger pro-
33 liquors and drugs than those of
IN answer to the reveries and spe- and my virtue be subjected to severo culations which I sent to him re- trials. At present it was not in his specting this subject, Ludloe inform- power to be more explicit; but if ed me, that they had led his mind my reflections suggested no better into a new sphere of meditation. He plan, he advised me to settle my afhad long and deeply considered in fairs in Spain, and return to him imwhat way he might essentially pro- mediately. My knowledge of this mote my happiness. He had enter- country would be of the highest use, tained a faint hope that I would one on the supposition of my ultimately day be qualified for a station like arriving at the honours to which he that to which he himself had been had alluded; and some of these preadvanced. This post required an paratory measures could be taken elevation and stability of views which only with his assistance, and in his human beings seldom reach, and company. which could be attained by me only This intimation was eagerly obeyby a long series of heroic labours. ed, and, in a short time, I arrived Hitherto every new stage in my in- at Dublin. Meanwhile my mind had tellectual progress had added vigour copious occupation in commenting to his hopes, and he cherished a on my friend's letter. This scheme, stronger belief than formerly that whatever it was, seemed to be sugmy career would terminate auspi- gested by my mention of a plan of ciously. This, however, was neces colonization, and my preference of sarily distant. Many preliminaries that mode of producing extensive must first be settled; many arduous and permanent effects on the condiaccomplishments be first obtained; tion of mankind. It was easy there
fore to conjecture that this mode had entered once more on my former been pursued under some mysteri- mode of life, but our intercourse beous modifications and conditions. came more frequent. We constantly
It had always excited my wonder breakfasted together, and our conthat so obvious an expedient had versation was usually prolonged been overlooked. The globe which through half the morning. we inhabit was very imperfectly For a time our topics were geneknown. The regions and nations ral. I thought proper to leave to unexplored, it was reasonable to be- him the introduction of more intelieve, surpassed in extent, and per- resting themes: this, however, he haps in populousness, those with betrayed no inclination to do. His which we were familiar. The or reserve excited some surprise, and der of Jesuits had furnished an ex I began to suspect that whatever deample of all the errors and excel- sign he had formed with regard to lencies of such a scheme. Their me, had been laid aside. To ascerplan was founded on erroneous no tain this question, I ventured, at tions of religion and policy, and they length, to recall his attention to the had absurdly chosen a scene* within subject of his last letter, and to enreach of the injustice and ambition quire whether subsequent reflection of an European tyrant.
had made any change in his views. It was wise and easy to profit by He said that his views were too their example. Resting on the two momentous to be hastily taken up, props of fidelity and zeal, an associ. or hastily dismissed; the station, my ation might exist for ages in the attainment of which depended wholly heart of Europe, whose influence on myself, was high above vulgar might be felt, and might be bound- heads, and was to be gained by years less, in some region of the southern of solicitude and labour. This, at hemisphere; and by whom a moral least, was true with regard to minds and political structure might be rais- ordinarily constituted; I, perhaps, ed, the growth of pure wisdom, and deserved to be regarded as an extotally unlike those fragments of ception, and might be able to acRoman and Gothic barbarism, which complish in a few months that for cover the face of what are called which others were obliged to toil the civilized nations. The belief during half their lives. now rose in my mind that some such Man, continued he, is the slave of scheme had actually been prosecut- habit. Convince him to-day that his ed, and that Ludloe was a coadjutor. duty leads straight forward: he On this supposition, the caution with shall advance, but at every step his which he approached to his point, belief shall fade; habit will resume the arduous probation which a can its empire, and to-morrow he shall didate for a part on this stage must turn back, or betake himself to obundergo, and the rigours of that test lique paths. by which his fortitude and virtue We know not our strength till it must be tried, were easily explained. be tried. Virtue, till confirmed by I was too deeply imbued with vene- habit, is a dream. You are a man ration for the effects of such schemes, imbued by errors, and vincible by and too sanguine in my confidence slight temptations. Deep enquiries in the rectitude of Ludloe, to refuse must bestow light on your opinions, my concurrence in any scheme by and the habit of encountering and which my qualifications might at vanquishing temptation must inspire length be raised to a due point. you with fortitude. Till this be done,
Our interview was frank and af- you are unqualified for that post, in fectionate. I found him situated just which you will be invested with die as formerly. His aspect, manners, vine attributes, and prescribe the and deportment were the same. I condition of a large portion of man
kind. * Paraguay.
Confide not in the firmness of