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which, though in the exercise it is chiefly an act of imagination, yet it has serious consequences in life, as it brings on real griefs and misfortunes. For as many as are offended by, and nobody loves, this sort of people; no one shows them more than the most common civility and respect, and scarcely that ; and this frequently puts them out of humour, and draws i hem into disputes and contentions. If they aim at obtaining some advantage in rank or fortune, nobody wishes them success, or will stir a step, or speak a word to favour their pretensions It ihey incur public censure or disgrace, no one will defend or excuse, and many join to aggravate their miscon. duct, and render them completely odious. If these people will not change this bad habit, and condescend to be pleased with what is pleasing, without fretting themselves or others about the contrarieties, it is good for others to avoid an acquaintance with them, which is always disagreeable, and sometimes very inconvenient, especially when one finds one's self entangled in their quarrels.
An old philosophical friend of mine was grown, from experience, very cautious in this particular, and carefully avoided any intimacy with such people. He had, like other philosophers, a thermometer to show him the heat of the weather; and a barometer to mark when it was likely to prove good or bad; but there being no instrument invented to discover, at first sight, this unpleasing disposition in a person, he, for that purpose, made use of his legs :
one of which was remarkably handsome : the other, by some accident, crooked and deformed. If a stranger, at tirst interview, regard d his ugly leg more than his handsome one, he doubted him. If he spoke of it, and took no notice of the hundsome leg, that was sufficient to determine my philosopher to have no further acquaintance with him Every body has not this two-legged instrument; but every one, with a little attention, may observe signs of that carping, fault-anding disposition, and take the same resolution of avoiding the acquaintance of thiose infected with it. I therefore advise those critical, querulous, discontented, unhappy people, if they wish to be re
spected and beloved by others, and happy in the selves, they should leuve off looking at the ugly leg.
CONVERSATION OF A COMPANY OF
With the Soliloquy of one advanced in Age.
TO MADAME BRILLIANT.
You may remember, my dear friend, that when we lately spent that happy day, in the delightful garden and sweet society of the Moulin Joly, I stopt a little in one of our walks, and staid some time behind the company
We had been shown numberless skeletons of a kind of little fly, called an Ephemeræ, whose successive generations, we were told, were bred and expired within the day. I happened to see a living company of them on a leaf, who appeared to be engaged in conversation. You know I understand all the inferior animal tongues; my too great application to the study of them is the best ex. cuse I can give for the little progress I have made in your charming language. I listened through curiosi. ty to the discourse of these little creatures ; but as they in their national vivacity, spoke three or four together, I could make but little of their conversation. I found, however, by some broken expres. sions that I heard now and then, they were disputing warmly on the merit of too foreign musicians, one a cousin, the other a muscheto : in which dispute they spent their time, seeming as ragardless of the shortness of their life as if they had been sure of living a month. Happy people, thought I, you live certainly under a wise, just, and mild government, since you have no public grievances to complain of, nor any other subject of contention but the perfections or imperfections of foreign music. I turned my head from them to an old grey-headed one, who was single on another leaf, and talking to himself. Being amused with his soliloquy. I put it down in writing, in bopee
it will likewise amuse her to whom I am so much indebted for the most pleasing of all amusements, her delicious company and heavenly harmony.
" It was," says he, the opinion of learned phi. losophers of our race, who lived and flourished lung before my time, that this vast world, the Moulin Joly could not itself subsist more than eighteen hours: and I think there was some foundation for that opinion ; since, by the apparent motion of the great luminary, that gives life to all nature, and which in my time has evidently declined considerably towards the ocean at the end of the earth, it must then finish
be extinguished in the waters that surround us, and leave the world in cold and darkness, necessarily producing universal death and destruction. I have lived 7 of those hours; a great age, being no less than 420 minutes of tiine! How very few of us continut so long? I have seen generations born, flourish, and expire
My present friends are child dren and grand-children of the friends of my youth, who are now, alas, no more! And I must soon follow them; for, by the common course of nature, though still in health, I cannot expect to live above seven or eight minutes longer. What now avails all my toil and labour, in amassing the honey dew on this leaf, which I cannot live to enjoy. What my political struggles I have been engaged in, for the good of my compatriot inhabitants of this bush, or my philosophical studies, for the benefit of our race in general: for in politics (what can laws do without morals ?) our present race of ephemeræ will in a course of minutes become corrupt, like those of other and older bushes, and consequently as wretched ! And in philosophy how small our progress. Alas! art is long, and life is short! My friends would comfort me with the idea of a name, they say, I shall leave behind me; and they tell me I have lived long enough 10 nature and to glory. But what will fame be to an ephemer: who no longer exists ? and what will become of all history in the eighteenth hour, when the world itself, even the whole Moulin Joly, shall come to its end, and be buried in an universal ruin ?"
* To me, after all my eager' pursuits, no solid pleasures now remain, but the reflection of a long life fpent in meaning well, the sensible conversation of a few good lady ephemeræ, and now and then a kind sinile and a tune from the ever amiable Brilliant.
MORALS OF CHESS. Playing at chess is the most ancient and universal game known among men; for its original is beyond the memory of history, and it has, for numberJess ages, been the amusement of all the civilized pations of Asia, the Persians, the Indians, and the Chinese. Europe has had it above a thousand years, the Spaniards have spread it over their parts of America, and it begins to make its appearance in these States. It is so interesting in itself, is not to need the view of gain tu induce engaging in it; and thence it is never played for money. Those, there, fore, who have leisure for such diversions, cannot
that is more innocent; and the following piece, written with a view to correct (among a few young friends) some little improprieties in the praca tice of it, shows, at the same time, that it may, in its effects on the mind, be not merely innocent, but advantageous, to the vanquished as well as the victor.
The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valurble qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions. For life is a kind of chess, in which we have points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effects of prudence or the want of it. By playing at chess then, we learn,
1. Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, considers the consequences that may attend an action: for it is continually occurring to the player,
"If I move this piece, what will be the advantage of my new situation? What use can my adversary make of it to annoy me?
What other moves can I make to support it, and to defend myself from his attacks !"
II. Circumspection, which surveys the whole chess. board, or scene of action, the relations of the several pieces and situation, the dangers they are respectively exposed to, the several possibilities of their aiding each other, the probabilities that the adversary may take this or that move, and attack this or the other piece, and what different means can be used to avoid his stroke, or turn its consequences against him.
III. Caution, not to make your moves too hastily. This habit is best acquired by observing strictly the laws' of the game, such as, If you touch a piece, you must move it somewhere ; if you set it down you niust let it stand :" and it is therefore best that these rules should be observed; as the game thereby becomes more the image of human life, and particularly of war: in which, if you have incautiously put yourself into a bad and dangerous position, you cannot obtain your enemy's leave to withdraw your troops, and place them more securely, but you must abide all the consequences of yonr rashness.
And, lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouruged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs, the habit of hoping for a favour. able change, and that of persevering in the search of resources. The game is so full of events, there is such a variety of turns in it, the fortune of it is 80 subject to sudden vicissitudes, and one so frequently, after long contemplation, discovers the means of ex. tricating one's self from a supposed insurmountable difficulty, that one is encouraged to continue the contest to the last, in hope of victory by our own skill, or at least of giving a stale mate, by the negligence of our adversary. And whoever considers, what in chess he often sees instances of, that particular pieces of success are apt to produce presumption, and its consequent inattention, by which the loss may be re. covered, will learn not to be 100 inuch discouraged by