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with a wanton expenditure of the femblance too close between a kingrevenue, and the faction not unfre- dom and a family, and consequently quently become defaulters of unac- introducing into the latter those nice counted thousands. The whole ftate fpeculations and Utopian fchemes, becomes bankrupt, and the several which kept within proper limits, may members of it are compelled to emi- answer very well to exercise the ingrate into various parts. Not fel- genuity of politicians, but when atdom, too, the heir apparent forms tempted to be carried into execution a po.verful party against the sovereign, on the small scale of domestic governand by means of foreign troops, the ment, mult introduce confusion, anakconíequence most commonly of a fo. chy and ruin. It is dangerous to be reign education, goes nigh to overset too fastidious, to pull down venerathe throne to which he is the heir.. ble establishments for the sake of small

But I have extended my letter per- defects, and to pull them down behaps beyond the proper bounds, and fore we are certain that we can build what has been said must suffice to up something as good, if not better: point out the dangers of reasoning

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A DOMESTIC POLITICIAN.

ON HEALTH AND QUACKERY,

To the Editor of the Universal Magazine. Sir, TH LAT health is the greatest this principle along with him; two

blessing given to mankind,' is a and two always have, and always, position so often repeated by all de will make just four, and no more; criptions of people, and so generally this he is convinced of, and not only affented to, that we may rank it cannot deny it, but muit' always act among the proverbial axioms which as if he believed it. pasa universally current, either because The cafe, however, is very widely no one can, or is disposed to question different with the axiom or proposiis truth, As an exeom, cr a self- tion, though acknowledged by geneevident proposition, it will indeed be ral experience, with which we set very difficult to deny it. But it hap- out. For thousands and tens of thoupens unfortunately, that the fate of sands do cordially agree that health moral axioms, and of mathematical, is the greatest of all blessings, and do algebraic, or arithmetical axioms, is nevertheless so act in their general widely different. A man may assent conduct, as if health was the greatett to the truth of a moral axiom, and of incumbrances, and that which yet proceed in direct contradiction to every man was obliged in duty to the principle it contains, a liberty get rid of, as soon as possible, and which he can by no means take in at almoit any expence. Various other cases. For instance, he may, means have therefore been devised if questioned closely, agree that health to expel this troublesome guest from is the greatest of all bleffings, and yct our houfes; and in justice to the inwitholit any seeming obstruction, or ventors, I must say that the most being conscious of any absurdity, may clumsy and bungling of them have go on in such a course of life as can not been unsuccessful. not fail tu destroy this great blefling; But on the other hand, after conwhereas, when a man has once assented fidering the several contrivances that that two and two make four, he can- have been fallen upon for this purnot stir one step in his farther calcu- fose, I am sorry to be obliged to state lations without continually carrying that there appears very little of that

original invention, that talent for dif- tle, and never have been able to leave covery, and for striking out bold and off the deleterious practice. Your unheard of schemes, which fpcaks .quacking people are much in the the genius of the age in other mat- fame situation. Some complaint has ters. Instead of contriving some new been removed by medicines, and they thing, some extraordinary materials have taken such a vicleit liking to for this purpose, men in general have drugs, as never to be easy without borrowed half the design from nature them, nor able to leave off taking herfelf, and seeing that the intended them in one shape or other. Such a certain portion of meat and drink persons, with the utmost efforts at to nourish and strengthen the body, health, are never well, nor ever withthey have merely made the experi- out some cause of complaint. They ment whether a double or triple por- procure popular books on medicine, tion of the said meat and drink might and as Don Quixote from reading not be subservient to destroy health books of chivalry fancied' himself and itrength, if regularly perfitted in. doomed to be a knight errant, so This experiment was no sooner tried they from reading histories of diseases, than it was found to be successful. fancy they are born to be amicted Men need no longer (if ever they with every distemper they read of, did) search abroad, and call in the and prepare their cures accordingly. aid of exotics to enable them to get In the morning they correct the wind; rid of health. They are already on at noon they promote digeftion; in their tables; the meat that might the afternoon they remove foulness of nourish, may surfeit; the wine that ftomach ; in the evening they guard was intended to brace and exhi:arate, against the ague, and at night they may stupify and enervate. The dose, procure sleep. The physician, if called as in the case of other medicines, in, is anticipated in all his receipts, is to be increased at pleasure, and and to prescribe fuch gentle remedies in a few years, that very trouble?ome as are usual in incipient disorders

grateft blefing,' health, is ex- would be as effectual as to recommend changed for the artificial constitution weak negus to warm the stomach of of the valetadinarian, who has fifty a brandy drinker. complaints to divert his leisure hours, A practitioner of my acquaintance and a hundred useless remedies to has assured me that he would desire fwell his apothecary's bill.

no better customers than a dozen But if there are some men thus ladies of quality of the difpofition eagerly defirous to get rid of health, above described, and is of opinion there are others, on the cortrary, that he would very soon make tis equilly anxious to preserve it. The fortune. " The docior' says Foote's lait, to their friends and companions, Julep, that doses belt, is the best become much more insufferable doctor for us.' ipectacle than the firit. An excessive Prodigality of health, and avarice anxiety about health generally pro- of eale, are the two extremes a wise duces that morbid carefulness which man would wish to avoid. They are is called ' quacking one's self,' a not, indeed, equally culpable. For custom which many give way to from the man who endued by nature with goed intentions, and with a view a strong, constitution, wantonly exoriginally to cure some actual com- hausts it in luxurious and lawless pleaplaint, but which, allisted by the force sures, I know of no excuse that can of imagination, produces a train of be formed. What language can excomplaints that are incurable. We cuse the impious ingratitude to heahave a l heard of cert iin persons, who, ven, which such conduct implies; and when something has troubled their what temptation of company or situaminds, have had recourse to the bot- lion in life, however it may account,

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can jufify this species of flow suicide? did not unite a great degree of weakThis much may indeed be said, that ness of understanding to a very mode. where we see a man, worthy in other rate share of confidence in heaven. respects, so habituated to the plea With regard to health in general, sures of the table as not to be able to it is to be remembered that it is not limit himself, even when fenfible that difficult to preserve it, but almost itna it is dragging him to the grave, we posible to recover it when lost by a see an object that has more strong courfe of luxury and gluttony. The claims on our pity than any kind of changes which nature makes by means wretchedness incident to human na- of disease are generally for the better; ture.

and physicians have remarked how On the other hand, an uncommon quickly health is regained after the anxiety about health, which directs most dangerous fevers, brought on in the patient not to air, exercise, and the process of nature's operations proper regimen, but to a promiscuous whereas the chronical distempers use of drugs, and violent remedies, on brought on by a course of excess, inthe recurrence of any trilling fymp- duce a degree of debility which is tom, argues a diffidence in Provi- rarely cured, and takes from us what dence, and, if I may use the expref- firmness, vigour, and repelling power, fion, a mean hankering after life, whịch it is difficult to recover. which is inconsistent with Christian faith and Christian fortitude. I never

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C. A.

An Account of YORKSHIRE, continued from Page 50: With a neat

and accurate Map of the East Riding, and of the District of Ainfty. THE 'HE Eaft Riding of Yorkshire is proportion as the country recedes from

bounded on the northweft and the sea. However, where the air is north by the North Riding, from most indifferent, the foil is most fruitwhich it is divided chiefly by the ri- ful; for, in the hilly parts of this ver Derwent; on the northeast and riding (especially in what is called east, by the German Ocean ; on the the York Wolds) the soil is generally south, by the arm of the sea, called barren, dry, and sandy.

Great numthe Humber, which parts it from Lin-bers of lean sheep are, therefore, sold colnshire ; on the southwest, by the from hence, and sent into other counWeft Riding, from which it is sepa- ties to be fattened for the market. rated by the river Ouse; and, on the In the year 1780, the Society for the west, by the distria of Ainsty, the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacwhole of which (although in the West tures, and Commerce, adjudged hoRiding) is inserted in the annexed norary premiums to three gentlemen map. The greatest extent of the Eaft of this riding, for planting the greatRiding from east to west, is forty-two est number of larch trees, being upmiles; but to the southeast, it has a ward of ninety-three thousand. The projection into the ocean, sıx or feven coast is remarkable for its variety and miles, which forms the north side of abundance of fish. the mouth of the Humber; and from The country in this riding, called # north to fouth its greatest extent is Holderness, and which lies north and forty-two miles. It contains twelve east of Kingston-upon-Hull, "has a market-towns.

very rich foil, and is remarkable for This riding, on account of its vi. its large breeds of horned cattle and cinity to the German Ocean, is lefs horses. healthy than the two other ridings; bat this inconvenience decreafes, in

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