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not possibly have found me in a fitter season,

I happened just then to amuse myself with recollecting a conversation, which, not many days before, had passed be tween me and a certain Philosopher of great note, on that very subject.

You know the efteem I have of this Philosopher; I mean, for such of his writings, as are most popular, and deserve to be fo; such as his pieces on Government, Trade, Liberty, and Education. No man understands the world better ; of reasons, more clearly on those fubjects, in which that world takes itself to be most of all, and is, in truth, very nearly concerned.

His Philosophy, properly fo called, is not, I doubt, of so good a taste, at least, his notion of morals is too modern for

my relish: I had put myself to school

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to other masters, and had learnt, you know, from his betters what to think of Life and Manners; which they treat in a style quite out of the way of these subverters of ideal worlds [b], and architects on material principles (c].

But on this head, my dear Sir, you have heard me speak often, and may hear from me more at large on some other occasion. With exception to this one article (an important one, however), no man is more able, than Mr. Locke, or more privileged by his long experience, to give us Lectures on the good old chapter of Education; which many others indeed have discussed; but none with so much good sense and with so conftant an eye to the use and business of the world as this writer.

[6] Such as certain philosophers amused themselves with building, on Innate Ideas.

[C] Ideas of Sensation-on which principles, indeed, a late writer has constructed, but by no fault of Mr. Locke, a material fyltem of the grofreit Epicurism. See a work entitled, De l'Esprit, in 2 tom. Amft. 175S


The purpose of your inquiry, then, cannot, as I suppose, be any other way so well answered, as by putting into your hands a faithful account of his sentiments on the conduct and use of Travelling : especially, as you will perceive at the same time what my notions are (if that be of any importance to you) on the fame subject.

If I were composing a Dialogue in the old mimetical, or poetic form, I should tell you, perhaps, the occasion that led us into this track of conversation. Nay, I should tell you what accident had brought us together; and should even omit no circumstance of time or place, which might be proper to let you into the scene, and make you, as it were, one of us.

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But these punctilios of decorum are thought too conftraining, and, as such, are wisely laid aside, by the easy moderns. Nay, the very notion of Dialogue, such as it was in the politeft ages of antiquity, is so little comprehended in our days, that I question much, if these papers were to fall into other hands than your own, whether they would not appear in a high degree fantastic and visionary. It would never be imagined that a point of morals or philosophy could be regularly treated in what is called a conversation-piece; or that any thing so unlike the commerce of our world could have taken place between men, that had any use or knowledge of it.

This, I say, might be the opinion of men of better breeding; of those, who are acquainted with the fashion, and are themselves practised in the conversations, of the polite world. The formalifts, on the other hand, would be out of patience, I can suppose, at this sceptical manner of debate, which ends in nothing ; and, after the waste of much breath, leaves the matter at last undecided, and just as it was taken up.

All this, it must be owned, is very true. But as it is not my intention to submit the following draught to such critics, you, who know me, will accept this recital, made in my own way, and pretty much as it passed. You may well be trusted to make your own conclusions from what is offered on either side of the argument, and will need no officious monitor to instruct you on which side the truth lies.

Not to detain you, by further preliminaries, from the entertainment (such as it is) which I have promised you; you may suppose, if you please, Mr. Locke and me, in company with some other of

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