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On the USES of FOREIGN TRAVEL.
COULD not but be much furprised, my dear friend, to receive your commands on a fubject, of which You, of all men, are the greatest master. For who could fo well advise the party, you speak of, or refolve the general queftion concerning The Ufes of Foreign Travel, confidered as a part of modern breeding and education, as HE, who has himself profited fo much by this practice, and, in a late excellent treatise [a],
[a] Account of Denmark, as it was in the year 1692.
has given fo convincing a proof of its utility?
BESIDES, your application to me is a little fufpicious; and looks as if you wanted to draw from me a confirmation of your own fentiments, rather than a candid examination of them. For how was it poffible for you not to foresee the difficulty I must be under, in debating this point with you? When have I been able to diffent from you in any question of morals or policy? and especially what chance for my doing it in this instance, when you know the bias which my own education, conducted in this way, must have left upon me?"
I AM therefore at a lofs, as I faid, to account for your fancy in making me of your council on this occafion. But, whatever your purpose might be, fince you have thought fit to honour me fo far, I muft own your Letter of Inquiry could