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14. Narrative of a modern Dinner in Company with Col.

Caustic

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

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18. Injustice of the World in forming an Estimate of Cha-
racter and Conduct-Contrasts of those of Cleora.
and Aurelia
19. Comparison of ancient with modern Times, much to the
Advantage of the latter, by Paul Pasquin

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20. On Novel writing
21. Danger to young Ladies of being introduced into a So-
ciety and Style of Manners above their natural Situa-
tion in Life: in a Letter from A. G.
22. Account of a little speaking Automaton, the Ponpée
Parlante, and of some Incidents which happened
during the Author's visit to her

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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

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29. Some Account of the late Mr. William Strahan
30. Letter from a Member of the Mirror Club, relating some
Particulars of that Society

31. On rural Pleasures and rural Contemplation-A Visit
of the Author to the Country Dwelling of Col.
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32. Account of the Colonel's Family and Occupation in the
Country Sketch of the Character of his Sister
33. Relation of a Visit to the House of Lord Grubwell, a
Neighbour of Col. Caustic's

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34. Importance of Feelings accommodated to Happiness

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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
to which the Enjoyment of its Wealth is subject; in
a Letter from Margery Mushroom

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

Witchcraft

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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.

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50. The same Subject continued-Moral Effects of Comedy 312 51. Senex on our Neglect of the Improvement and of the

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LOUNGER.

No. 1. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1785.

J'y goûte avec plaisir

Les charmes peu connus d'un innocent Loisir :
Toujours occupé sans avoir rien à faire.

DESTOUCHES.

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

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