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few months pafs which do not bring one of them under our infpection. It is indeed a convenient method to writers of the inferior class, of emptying their common-place books, and throwing together all the farrago of public transactions, private characters, old and new stories, every thing, in short, which they can pick up, to afford a little temporary amusement to ap idle reader. This is the utmost degree of merit which the best of them aspire to; and, small as it is, more than most of them ever arrive at. The flight performance before us is perhaps one of the best of its little species, and may give half an hour's entertainment to a coffee-house critic, or a lounging traveller, as the style is tolerably easy and correct, and fome of the materials are not unentertaining. From these we shall select a short story, that may give our readers an idea of our author's manner, and which has fome humour in it.
A Rupee, the relater of these adventures, falls into the hands of a Fakir, or Indian priest. These men travel in large troops, and, like some of the monks in Catholic countries, extort charity by a kind of religious robbery. To deceive the vulgar, they infliá on themselves the most severe penances, and forthele sufferings pretend that their Brama, or God, admits them to a knowlege of future events. Concerning a company of these, our Rupee tells the following tale.
• In the midst of these pleasures, (says the Rupee), two Fakirs arrived with the news that the illustrious Hyder Alli had given a general invitation to their body, to dine with him on a certain day. The hope of gain prompted fome to attend, vanity not a few, and curiosity many. Among the ret, my master resolved to attend; he fewed me up in the lining of his ragged covering, and in company with about four hundred Fakirs, we set out to be present at the feast given to our body by Hyder Alli.
• Hyder at this time was engaged in several wars, in the course of which, he gave many proofs of great generalship and force of mind.
• He could well counterfeit any character, which it was for his interest to affume. The ill qualities of the human mind, which afford the best handle for governing mankind, he could use to much advantage.-- War is conducted on different principles in the East, from those by which it is regulated in Europe. If a general, who is dreaded by an enemy, can be carried off by any piece of treachery, it is looked upon as fair as any stratagem in the field. --Hyder was well versed in business of this nature.--He was also fkilled in the art of negotiatiorf, and could look with great fagacity into the events of futurity.
. My master and his companions had heard much of this ware riour, whose fáme spread over all Indoftan. They were dazzled with the honour of an invitation from so celebrated a man, and alleinbled in hundreds from every quarter.
To the number of twelve thousard the Fakirs fit down at table Dishes succeeded dilles, and dainty dainty; for this was a day, on which, by the
express command of Hyder, they were to relax of their ordinary severity. Good humour and felf importance fhewed themselves over all the tattered assembly, which to a distant spectator, must have appeared not unlike a London rag fair-The intoxication of honour and good cheer was universal, when Hyder makes his appearance-The majesty of his countenance, in spite of the fmile that then adorned it, ftruck terror into the congregation -- Silence and dread were universal - The animating principle of a whole camp, which extended to the boundaries of our vision, stood be
After looking up three times to heaven, in adoration of the great Brama, he thus broke silence.
« Illustrious servants of the power whom we adore, I come to return you my thanks for the honour yon have done me in accepting my invitation. I entertain the highest veneration for the fanctity of your lives, and the severity of your man
You have fewn yourselves worthy of that master you all worship, by despising all sensual comforts. You have even gone farther : as if you poffesfed a mind in a state of perfect feparation from body, you have continually inflicted yourselves the most excruciating tortures, and these you have borne without testifying any sense of pain. You have rolled naked in the dirt, while the rude pebbles deprived you of the small fragments of fkin your other sufferings had left behind. Illustrious servants of Brama, who see the chain of future events, Hyder Alli pities your sufferings.
Be not seen amongft men any more in the mean dress in which you now appear. Lay aside these rags that ill befit the ministers of heaven. Dress is a mark of distinction; and you who hold the first rank amongit men, should not be distinguished by filth. I have prepared cloaths that will defend you both from the cold an the heat, for well I know you have no money to purchase any for yourselves. My soldiers shall see the servants of Brama inimediately dressed in them. Such is the council that Brama puts into the heart of Hyder Alli-Can I say more?
After this speech, he immediately went out. The whole affembly fat in filent vexation ; for every individual was sensible, that his rags which seemed so worthless, contained great treasures. But it would have been in vain to remonftrate. Hyder's soldiers perform with alacrity the charitable office of cloathing the naked, and took poffefsion of the rags, which were heavy with gold, under the pretence of burying them; for what could be supposed of value in the tattered coverings of poor men that practised self denial! The operations of war which Hyder carried on at this time against the British, began to be languid for want of money; he · saw the evil, and took this method of providing against it. Thus I escaped, with many thousands of the fame species, and found myself in the possession of the great Hyder Alli.'
This story is well imagined, and not ill-told. It certainly fets Hyder Alli's fagacity in a favourable light, and marks him out
to us as what we have experienced him to be, a most formidable
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78.-A serious and affectionate, for,
to all orders of men, 475 Burke, (Edm.) esq. familiar epifle,
146 Cardigan (fir Henry), history of, 154
79 Carlisle, advice to the clergy of, 396
78 Cat, familiar epistle from a,
203 peace, confiderations on the ex-
books of Euclid's elements, 319 shire, review of the 236
375 Conductor and containing splints, 77
Conformity between our prayers and
fore the university of Oxford, 212 the clergy acting in the commis.
fion of the peace,
156 Cook's (capt.) last voyage to the Pa-
Crowe's sermon before the university
292 372 .
Poets, lives of the 81,-Gram.
438 Bian's poems, 154.-Into the prin-
turc, &c. of nervous disorders,
254 Epiflle (poetical) from Petrarch to
147 Burke, efq. 148.-Attempted in
the style of Churchill's epifle to
287 right of property in land, 296.-
Dissertation on 'national assemblies Ethics, rational and theological, 70
under the Saxon and Norman go- Evangelical believers confeffion of
155 Euripides, illustrations of, 258
79 of St. John's gospel, 50'-Of The-
395 Excursions (sentimental) to Wind.
477 tural philosophy, vol. II. 133,176.
Ecclefiafes, a new tranflation of, 156
hints upon, 125.-Elsay on fe- Falconer's (Dr.) remarks on the in-
fluence of climate, &c. 99, 196
of Dr Fothergill, 268.- Account Form of register for baptisms, 398.
-Medical pocket-book, ibid,