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Page vi - A Letter from Xo Ho, a Chinese Philosopher at London, to his friend Lien Chi, at Peking.
Page 102 - ... with affection and esteem; he wound us up to be mere machines of pity, and rendered us incapable of withstanding the slightest impulse made either by real or fictitious distress; in a word, we were perfectly instructed in the art of giving away thousands, before we were taught the more necessary qualifications of getting a farthing.
Page xi - Scarce can our fields, such crowds at Tyburn die, With hemp the gallows and the fleet supply. Propose your schemes, ye Senatorian band, Whose Ways and Means* support the sinking land; Lest ropes be wanting in the tempting spring, To rig another convoy for the k g.
Page 240 - By this time my curiosity began to abate, and my appetite to increase : the company of fools may at first make us smile, but at last never fails of rendering us melancholy ; I therefore pretended to recollect a prior engagement, and, after having...
Page 119 - That dimly show'd the state in which he lay: The sanded floor, that grits beneath the tread; The humid wall, with paltry pictures spread; The royal game of goose was there in view, And the twelve rules the royal martyr drew; The seasons...
Page 97 - THOUGH fond of many acquaintances, I desire an intimacy only with a few. The man in black whom I have often mentioned, is one whose friendship I could wish to acquire, because he possesses my esteem. His manners, it is true, are tinctured with some strange inconsistencies; and he may be justly termed a humorist in a nation of humorists.
Page 102 - Taffy in the sedan-chair was sure to set the table in a roar. Thus his pleasure increased in proportion to the pleasure he gave ; he loved all the world, and he fancied all the world loved him.
Page 58 - The harmless savages made no opposition ; and, could the intruders have agreed together, they might peaceably have shared this desolate country between them. But they quarrelled about the boundaries of their settlements, about grounds and rivers to which neither side could shew any other right than that of power, and which neither could occupy but by usurpation.
Page 238 - My conductor answered that it was him. But this not satisfying the querist, the voice again repeated the demand; to which he answered louder than before; and now the door was opened by an old woman with cautious reluctance.