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

82 15. Description of a new Variety of the Human Race, the Phusalophagus, or Toad-eater

90 16. Defects of modern female Education in teaching the

Duties of a Wife, exemplified in the Narrative of

96 17. Influence of the Neighbourhood of a rich Asiatic, in a Letter from John Homespun

103 18. Injustice of the World in forming an Estimate of Cha

racter and Conduct-Contrasts of those of Cleora . and Aurelia

108 19. Comparison of ancient with modern Times, much to the Advantage of the latter, by Paul Pasquin

113 20. On Novel writing

119 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

130 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, give

ing an Account of the Grievances he suffers from his

Wife 25. Critical Examination of the Tragedy of the Fair Peni


tent-Some Remarks on Mrs. Siddons's Performance
of the Character of Calista

147 26. Insignificance and Unhappiness of a certain Species of Bachelor-Lounger

157 27. An Examination of the moral Effects of Tragedy 165 28. The same Subject continued

168 29. Some Account of the late Mr. William Strahan

178 30. Letter from a Member of the Mirror Club, relating some Particulars of that Society

182 31. On rural Pleasures and rural Contemplation-A Visit

of the Author to the Country Dwelling of Col.

189 32. Account of the Colonel's Family and Occupation in the

Country--Sketch of the Character of his Sister 196 33. Relation of a Visit to the House of Lord Grubwell, a Neighbour of Col. Caustic's

202 34. Imdortance of Feelings accommodated to Happiness



Page illustrated in the Characters of Clitander and Eudocius

208 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

220 37. Effects of the Introduction of ancient Mythology into the Poetry of modern Times

225 38. Dream of a Court instituted for the Dissolution of

Marriages, on the Ground of a Deception in some
of the Parties

230 39. High and brilliant Talents not the most conducive to

Eminence or Success in the Departments of Business
and Ambition

237 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

.... 243 41. Argument for the Existence of Sorcery in the present

Times-Enumeration of various Kinds of modern

249 42. On the Poems of Hamilton of Bangour

255 43. The Evils of a good Neighbourhood

264 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 Bene-
fit of his Health

277 46. The Power of Fashion in regulating the Deportment

of Men towards the other Sex, in a Letter from

... 285 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 ....

.... 292 48. The Sentiment and the Moral of Time-Reflections occasioned by the Beginning of another Year

300 49. Observations on Comedy ...

305 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 :
Toujours occupé sans avoir rien à faire.


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 ownthoughts rendersindependent of vulgar society, and the vigour and variety of whose imagination

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