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Thrice a day did I change, not only the books, | matter, and shall support myself by the aubut the languages, and had used my eye to thority of Albertus, Pliny, Aldrovandus, and such a quick succession of ohjects, that in the Matthias Michovius, which two last have clearly most precipitate twirl I could catch a sentence argued that animal out of the creation. out of each author, as it passed fleeting by me. The second is a treatise of sterputation or Thus my hours, days, and years, flew unpro- sneezing, with the original custom of saluting fitably away, but yet were agreeably lengthened or blessing upon that motion; as also with a by being distinguished with this endearing va- problem from Aristotle, showing why sneezing riety; and I cannot but think myself very for- from noon to night was innocent enough, from tunate in my contrivance of this enginc, with night to noon, extremely unfortunate. its several new editions and amendments, wbich The third and most curious is my discourse have contributed so much to the delight of all upon the nature of the lake Asphaltites, os studious vagabonds. When I had been resident the lake of Sodom, being a very careful epthe usual time at Oxford that gains one adquiry whether brickbats and iron will swim ja mission into the public library, I was the hap that lake, and feathers sink; as Pliny and piest creature on earth, promising to myself Mandeville have averred. most delightful travels through this new world 'The discussing these difficulties without per of literature. Sometimes you might see me plexity or prejudice, the labour in collecting mounted upon a ladder, in search of some Ara- and collating matters of this nature, will, ! bian manuscripts, which had slept in a certain hope, in a great measure atone for the idle corner undisturbed for many years. Once I hours I have trifled away in matters of less had the misfortune to fall from this eminence, importance. I am, Sir, and catching at the chains of the books, was
'Your humble servant.' seen banging in a very merry posture, with two or three large folios rattling about my neck, till the bumanity of Mr. Crab* the librarian No. 61.] Thursday, May 21, 1713. disentangled us. *As I always beld it necessary to read in
Primâque é cæde ferarum
Incaluisse putem maculatum sanguine ferrum. public places, by way of ostentation, but could
Ovid. Met. Lib. xv. 106. not possibly travel with a library in my pockels, Tb' essay of bloody feasts on brutes began, I took the following method to gratify this cr
And after forg'd the sword to murder man.
Dryder. rantry of mine. I contrived a little pocketbook, each leaf of which was a different author, I CANNOT think it extravagant to imagine, so that my wandering was indulged and con- that mankind are no less in porportion accealed within the same inclosure.
countable for the ill use of their dominion over *This extravagant bumour, which should creatures of the lower rank of beings, than for seem to pronounce me irrecoverable, bad the the exercise of tyranny over their own species. contrary effect; and my band and eye being The more entirely the inferior creation is subthus confined to a single book, in a little time mitted to our power, the more answerable we reconciled me to the perusal of a single author. should seem for our mismanagement of it; However, I chose such a one as had as little and the ratber, as the very condition of nature connexion as possible, turning to the Proverbs renders these creatures incapable of receiving of Solomon, where the best instructions are any recompense in another life for their ill thrown together in the most beautiful range treatment in this. imaginable, and where I sound all that variety It is observable of those noxious animals, which I had before sought in so many different which have qualities most powerful to injure authors, and which was so necessary to beguile us, that they naturally avoid mankind, and my attention. By these proper degrees, I have never hurt us unless provoked or necessitated made so glorious a reformation in my studies, by bunger. Man, on the other hand, seeks that I can keep company with Tully in his most out and pursues even the most inoffensive aniextended periods, and work through the con- mals, on purpose to persecute and destroy them. tinued narrations of the most prolix historian. Montaigne thinks it some reflection upon I now read nothing without making exact col- human nature itself
, that few people take delections, and shall shortly give the world an light in seeing beasts caress or play together, instance of this in the publication of the fol- but almost every one is pleased to see them lowing discourses. The first is a learned con- lacerate and worry one another. I am sorry troversy about the existence of griffins, in which this temper is become almost a distinguisbiog I hope to convince the world, that notwith character of our own nation, from the obserstanding such a mixt creature has been allowed vation which is made by foreigners of our be by Ælian, Solious, Mela, and Herodotus, that loved pastimes, bear-baiting, cock-fighting
, and they have been perfectly mistaken in that the like. We should find it hard to vindicate
the destroying of any thing that has life, merely • This is supposed w be au oblique stroke at Dr. icatley. I out of wautonness; yet in this priuciple ous
Thrice a day did I change, not only the books, | matter, and shall support myself by the au. but the languages; and had used my eye to tbority of Albertus, Pliny, Aldrovandus, and such a quick succession of ohjects, that in the Matthias Michovius, which two last have clearly most precipitate twirl I could catch a sentence argued that animal out of the creativa. out of each author, as it passed fleeting by me. * The second is a treatise of sternutation or Thus my hours, days, fitably away, but yet w by being distinguished riety; and I cannot by tunate in my contriva its several new editions bave contributed so on studious vagabonds. V the usual time at Ox mission into the publi piest creature on ear most delightful travel of literature. Somet mounted upon a laddi bian manuscripts, wb corner undisturbed : had the misfortune te and catching at the < seen hanging in a very or three large folios till the bumanity of disentangled us.
*As I always hele public places, by way pot possibly travel wi I took the following rantry of mine. I book, each leaf of wł so that my wanderir cealed within the sa
*This extravagar seem to pronounce contrary effect; and thus confined to a s reconciled me to the However, I chose si connexion as possib of Solomon, where thrown together ip imaginable, and wb which I had before authors, and which my attention. Byt made so glorious a that I can keep con extended periods, a tinued narrations c I now read nothing lections, and shall instance of this in the puuntauu.. lowing discourses. The first is a learned con
lacerate and worsy uuu troversy about the existence of griffins, in which this temper is become almost a distinguishing I hope to convince the world, that notwith character of our own nation, from the obserstanding such a mixt creature has been allowed vation which is made by foreigners of our be by Ælian, Solious, Mela, and Herodotus, that loved pastimes, bear-baiting, cock-fighting, and they have been perfectly mistaken in that the like. We should find it hard to vindicate
the destroying of any thing that has life, merely • This is supposed to be au obligue stroke at Dr. Leotey. out of wantonness; yet in this principle our