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THE

MIRROR.

N° 57. TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1779.

No thinking man will deny, that travelling into foreign countries is, in certain situations, attended with many and great advantages. It polishes the manners of the courtier, enlarges the views of the statesman, and furnishes the philosopher with a more extensive field of observation, and enables him to form more certain conclusions with regard to the nature and character of man. At the same time, I have often been disposed to doubt, how far it is an eligible thing for a private gentleman, without talents and inclination for publíc life, to spend much of his time abroad, to acquire a relish for foreign manners, and a taste for the society of a set of men, with whom neither his station nor his fortune entitle him to associate in the after-part of his life. The following letter on this subject may perhaps be acceptable to

my readers.

· TO THE AUTHOR OF THE MIRROR.

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SIR, . Most of your predecessors have favoured the public with speculations on travelling; and they have

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