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PEARL What think you of this?

PU B L IS HE R. Why, Sir, in a word :--the public are not so blind to merit, as to need being told of any alteration in our plan. The judicious choice of our Materials, the elegance of our Designs, and the excellence of our Engravings, have already attracted universal attention, and there is little doubt of our continuing to meet with applause for every addition that may deserve it;---with equal justice also may we expect their censure, for every inattention or neglect we are guilty of. Here, then, Mr. PEARL, it is, that a Publisher shoull fix his standard : Let him make it his business to consult the taste of his readers, and he may be sure of meeting with a reward for his endeavours, nor needs a Preface, which at best exposes his vanity to the public, or boasts of that industry which it is but his duty to persist in. His life should be dedicated to the service of his friends, and not his book alone. However, that you may not be wholly disappointed in your expectations, and as the public may probably receive some little entertainment from our past conversation, I will endeavour to recollect it, and commit it to writing, and you shall give it to the public, as something by way of Preface.

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The SCRIBBLER, Number VIII.
AMBITION thus makes WRITERS of us all.

PARODY of HAMLET'S SOLILOQUY.
FOR dare th’immortal Gods my his distress, not doubting but he was un-

rage oppose.----Such was the der some very great misfortune, deftitutė N conclusion of an harangue, of support, yet ashamed to alk a public cha

worked up by the enthusiastic rity. I was the more confirmed in this o* brain of a tragic poetess, ex- pinion, by the humility of the man, and pressive of that height to which the ambi- à something genteel in his appearance, tion of her Hero aspired; and what she which told me he had once seen better days. has there applied to his situation, may not, I must own I had a great curiosity to be I think, be improperly adapted to that of rightly informed in this matter, and there. a modern Poet.

fore waited till his business with Mr. Folio There is scarcely a wretch upon the sur- was concluded.---It was not long before face of the earth, but who, in some degree the young man returned, but with visible or other, thinks himself qualified to be a marks of dissatisfaction in his countenance: Poet; and there are few, who bear that ---What, thought I, is it then possible, that name, but are the Naves of wild, extrava- my friend Folio should hear the complaints gant ambition. Imagining that Nature of indigence, and yet refuse to mitigate its has given them abilities for writing poe- forrows ---Can a Bookseller, whose very try, they seize the pen on every occasion, life is spent in reading over the works of and without having any good end in view, eminently-virtuous men, be himself so void they rhyme away their time and fenfes to no of that molt pleasing virtue, which delights manner of purpose. Their minds are too in doing good ?---For shame! said I--much bulied on sublimer matters, to be at- and was going from the shop in quest of tentive to their business or their families, the poor fellow, when Mr. Folio desired me and while they are foaring, in idea, to the to step into his parlour. utmost height of importance, they fink, in I went---though not without some rereality, into poverty,contempt, and wretch- luctance; and as soon as he had shut the edness.

parlour door, I asked him of the person he I was sitting one day at my bookseller's, had been conferring with. (where I often go to pass a leisure hour) That (replied he) is a poor writer ;--when a young man, dressed in black, came a fellow that has had the misfortune of a tointo the shop, and enquired for Mr. Folio. lerable good education, without any conFrom the shabbiness of his appearance, I duct. The cacoethes scribendi frized him judged him to have come on a charitable very early in life, and has reduced him to errand; and when he begg'd Mr. Folio to the miserable plight in which you saw hiin. retire with him to another room, that he He has lodged at a little public-house in might communicate his business, I felt full this neighbourhood for some tinie,---and MISCELL, VOL. II.

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fer- « His business with me this imorning vice,---I did. He often teazes me to set (continued Mr. Folio) was to tell me of on foot for him a subscription for Two Vo- his resolution, and to ask my opinion on bumes of Fugitive Piccos, Ivhich he thinks he the publishing a few sketches of his life,-ja could get permislion to dedicate to Lord as a beacon to others, who are wandering ******; but there is such a vile collection in the same mistaken path with hiinself. He of incoherent rubbish ---Imitations and Pa- has not brought me the copy, not being raphrases of Pindar, Horace, Juvenal, and willing to compleat it till he had my apthe Psalms---Verses to Amelia---Strephon to probation; but one can't give much, Mr. Celia---and other such insignificant, thread- for the life of a poet. They (Lord bare stuff, that no money.

could be got

for help 'em!) have no varietg-aa Garret is it,---nor do I think any gentleman would their constant residence-a Bookseller their fuffer his name to be printed in it; and only master. Vifits, indeed, they would as for charitable subscriptions, we have pay, if they could get admittance; but had enough of them, Mr. ****

already. company at home they never fee. HowI was going to express my concern for ever, I told him to get it finished, and prohim, wlien Mr. Folio proceeded :

bably I might give him half a crown for “ I am heartily sorry for the poor

fel- it. You shall see it, Mr. ****, and if low, indeed. Seven years (he says) has you have a mind to take it for a

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of he followed this employment; and finding your Scribbles, you shall have it at a fait now that nothing is to be got by it but price. I expect him again to-morrow, poverty and rags, he is determined to and

you

thall then talk with the young change the livery of the Muses for that of man yourself.” his Sovereign."

I thanked Mr. Folio for his obliging • What, (said I) to enlisti?"

offer, and returned home, ruminating on " That is really the case. While in the unhappy state of those men, who, milhis present situation, he has no hopes at taking a lively imagination for poetical all ; but as he is a man of some spirit, he genius, and vainly trusting to those abili. thinks he may get preferment in the army, ties, plunge themselves at once into misery hy being active and industrious';, and not and distress ; exchanging a life of happihaving wherewithal to purchase a commif- ness and ease for that contemptible situafion, he begins at the lowest step, and en- tion, which Dr. Swift imagines to be the ters as a common soldier."

very depth of wretchediress. Poor-young--fellow."My heart

Were I to curse (says he) the man I hate, was too full to say more, and a silent tear fell down my cheek, in fpite of all my for

Attendance and dependance be his fate. titude.

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For the MONTHLY MISCEL·L ANY. An ESSAY on NATURAL PHILOSOPHY;

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It's INFLUENCE ON MEN'S MORAL CONDUCT 13 CONSIDERED: THOSE researches which impress on vided it into nuinerous claffes, and assigned minds a just fense of a luperin

to inferior Deities the government of tendant Providence, will more certainly each lot; and even then she had a strong lead us to the performance of virtuous than idea of a Supreme to whose authority those immoral astions. Natural Philofopliy here Deities paid due fubmission. clainis the palm: it is to her the antient Revelation, joined with Philosophy, has Deities are indebted for their existence.

taught us to reject these notions concernThe contemplative mind, as it ranged | ing the government of Creation, and clearly through the works of the creation, plainly evinced to us, that what the Heathens wors discovered the foot teps of a Deity im- tipped as tutelary Gods, presiding over printed on every leaf and flower. Reason, the various links of Nature, are only cerconfined and narrow in her conceptions, tain fixed properties given her by the Alcould not at first form the vast idea of mighty, by which the performs such acUNIVERSALITY: it was an abyss into tions as to his infinite wisdom seem meet which the unuccustomed foul was at a loss for the universal welfare. to erité?; and therefore, intend of giving That these powers of Nature are imme. the immediate direction of the Univeric to diately dependent on her present mode of a fingle Onnipotent Agent, ine readily di- existence, is evident ; since many

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phical experiments prove, 'that matter not The errors, therefore, or imperfections only loses its powers, but assumes new of Philosophers, altho' advanced with such ones, according to the arrangement of its confidence as arguments against Philofo.. elements, and the states in which it is phical Enquiries, are so far from being placed.

unanswerable, that they are to be easily That Being, therefore, who fixed it in overthrown.-But before I conclude its present round of variegation, can, when- this part of my enquiry, let me alk a few.. ever it shall please him, break the chain of questions : Are their errors and imperfecconne&tion, change and confine it to ano- tions peculiar to themselves, a:.! the mere ther state : in which reflections I would effects of their knowledge? Would ignoconvey the following inference : It is not rance make them a jot more virtuous and at all' contradictory to the principles of irreproachable? Would it in any degree Nature, that Mhe should, at the will of that mérid their morals ? An extinction of pervading Power which at present con- Science, that grand luminary of the mental ducts her regular motions, fall into an en- world, like the absence of the sun, would tire new state; as has been announced in 'cast a darkness over the land, but not in the Holy Writ.-----Thus far inanimate mat- lealt lessen its vice. .ter.

Evident it is to me, that Science foftens. The Sou!, in its present confined state, our ferocity, and properly, used, diverts -evidently proves itself in its every action and amuses the paflions--- those tygers of an eternally exiftent, but subje&ted being, the mind, which prove destructive of its immured in the flesh to exalt its nature, peace and good order; and the Learning and render it worthy the immortal man- of the wicked will appear less deserving fions of ethereal bliss.

our fear than their brutal Stupidity, since Knowledge has been censured of mak- the 'former will render them circumfpect ing men ambitious and self-sufficient.-- in their actions. The Sciences, therefore, True Knowledge can have no such effect. aid the cause of Religion and Virtue, and If men will scarcely enter the field of conduce to the good order of society, as fcience before they set up for deep Philo- without them men may

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poor ” sophers, and accurate investigators of the rant, but no less vicious. Powers of Nature; if they will flightly Science may be compared to the old scan over the powers of secondary causes, man's faggot---each stick, separately, will and from them draw conclusions, without yield and break---but, when united, they reflecting on the basis on which thele resist our utmost power : so, also, sever the causes act, they may posibly swell with links of Science, and they may be wrested pride, and, arrogating to themselves uni- to their own destruction ; but, while converfal knowledge, forget to whose bounty | nected, they are proof again't every injury. they owe their existence and capacities. An investigation of the powers of Nature is

Learning to bad men is truly pernici- the chief employment of the Blessed. An ous; for, as a jewel in the swine's nose, so attention to Science on earth is, therefore, is Science in the mouth of a fool : it

may anticipating in some measure that fullness be compared to wines---cordials to the of bliss which is enjoyed in the mansions, wife, to the foolish, poisons; nourishing | of eternity, and to which it will conduct its and invigorating the former, but produ- votaries, when this globe, and all its cing frequently fatal intoxication to the beauties, shall be done away ; even then latter.

shall Science reniain unchanged, except in But Tall the behaviour of a Madman, that it will become far more exalted and or the sentence of Folly, fix a ftigma on any improved. thing? Was their abuse of things to affeét Let us, therefore, enter deeply into this their merit, we might cavil at every

f. agreeable field; let us follow Nature thro' vour Heaven has be towed on us. The her various windings; see the reciprocal necessaries and comforts of life, are 'by chain of alliance, by which her every part them rendered so many inftruments of de- is linked together; but, above all, that Itruction ; and every blesing in their grand dependence which its holds towards" hands is a certain evil, The admission its Creator. Let us, I say, thus insensibly of such reasoning would be laying the axe rise from one link of Creation to another, at the root of nature's every law, and at and, if posible, reach the primum inobile ; each blow the attributes of the Almighty there behold that which seems to our conwould feel the wound. Nor would the fined fenies a vast impoílibility, perforined Christian Dispensation escape our censure, with the moit perfect ease. Then lee hovy, Nould we judge of its merit by the con- our feelings will be actuxted; will vanity, duct of too many of its professors. or awful niodely fill our busoms ? Surely

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