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14. Narrative of a modern Dinner in Company with Col.
15. Description of a new Variety of the Human Race, the Phusalophagus, or Toad-eater
16. Defects of modern female Education in teaching the Duties of a Wife, exemplified in the Narrative of Horatius
17. Influence of the Neighbourhood of a rich Asiatic, in a Letter from John Homespun
18. Injustice of the World in forming an Estimate of Cha-
20. On Novel writing
23. Vindication of that Sort of Preference which Women are supposed to show to Men of Inferior Talents 136 24. Letter from Jeremiah Dy-soon, a Valetudinarian, giving an Account of the Grievances he suffers from his Wife
25. Critical Examination of the Tragedy of the Fair Penitent-Some Remarks on Mrs. Siddons's Performance of the Character of Calista
26. Insignificance and Unhappiness of a certain Species of Bachelor-Lounger
27. An Examination of the moral Effects of Tragedy 28. The same Subject continued
29. Some Account of the late Mr. William Strahan
31. On rural Pleasures and rural Contemplation-A Visit
32. Account of the Colonel's Family and Occupation in the
34. Importance of Feelings accommodated to Happiness
illustrated in the Characters of Clitander and Eudocius 35. Fallaciousness of that Generosity and Friendship which are supposed to reside in the Society of Men of Plea sure and Dissipation-Character and Story of Flavillus 214 36. Narrative of a Country Family raised to sudden Affluence
by the arrival of a Son from India, and of the Taxes
37. Effects of the Introduction of ancient Mythology into the Poetry of modern Times
38. Dream of a Court instituted for the Dissolution of Marriages, on the Ground of a Deception in some of the Parties
39. High and brilliant Talents not the most conducive to Eminence or Success in the Departments of Business and Ambition
40. Qualifications required in a Country Clergyman by his Patron or his Patron's Family-Amiable Picture of the Clergyman of Colonel Caustic's Parish
41. Argument for the Existence of Sorcery in the present Times-Enumeration of various Kinds of modern
42. On the Poems of Hamilton of Bangour 43. The Evils of a good Neighbourhood 44. Narrative of the Happiness of a virtuous and benevolent East Indian; in a Letter from John Truman .... 269 45. Second Letter from Jeremiah Dy-soon, containing a Narrative of his Expedition to England for the Benefit of his Health
46. The Power of Fashion in regulating the Deportment of Men towards the other Sex, in a Letter from Almeria
47. Law of Amasis, for every Egyptian to give an Account of his Manner of acquiring his Livelihood-Dream of such an Institution in Britain.
48. The Sentiment and the Moral of Time-Reflections oc
casioned by the Beginning of another Year
49. Observations on Comedy.
50. The same Subject continued-Moral Effects of Comedy 312 51. Senex on our Neglect of the Improvement and of the
Progress of Time-Proposal by Memory Modish for
a new Sort of Memorandum-book of Things to be
No. 1. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1785.
J'y goûte avec plaisir
Les charmes peu connus d'un innocent Loisir :
NOTHING is perhaps so difficult as to find out business proper for the idle; and, though it may appear paradoxical, yet I believe none have so much need of it as they. The man who is professionally employed, in whatever department, goes on in the track which habit has marked out for him, at peace with his own thoughts and the world; but he whom every passing moment reproaches with doing nothing, must often fly for relief to very useless or very unworthy occupations. He will often be dissipated without amusement, and intemperate without pleasure, merely because dissipation is preferable to vacancy, and intemperance to listlessness.
There is, however, a kind of men, whom accident has thrown out of the business of life, and whom temperament, if not virtue, keeps out of the dissipation of it, who hold a station of less destructive and more dignified indolence, whom the company of their own thoughts renders independent of vulgar society, and the vigour and variety of whose imagination