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breach of what the world terms honesty, have considered as our own. But, (thank God !T flaves as we had been to the world, we had better notions of moral rectitude. It was unfit. that we should accumulate for ourselves, while there existed a single person that could say, we had done him wrong. We fet apart this fum. as the beginning of a fund for the payment of that equitable claim which yet remained to our creditors; and it is now some years since we could boast of having faithfully discharged the last farthing of our dests. The pleasure attendant on this reflection, you 'may conceive, but I cannot describe. How poor, in comparison to it, are the selfish gratifications of vanity, the mean indulgence of pampered appetites, and all the train of luxurious enjoy-ments, when bought at the expence of conscience!
« Since my residence here, I have more than once made a visit to town on an errand of business. I there see the same scenes as formerly;: and others intoxicated, like myself, with the same giddy pleasures. To me the magical de-lufion is at an end ; 'and I wonder where laythe charm which once had such a power of fafcination. But one species of pleasure I have enjoyed from these visits, which I cannot omit to mention; the affectionate welcome I have re
ceived from the most respectable of my old acquaintance. I read from their countenances their approbation of my conduct; and in their kindness” mingled with respect, I have a reward valuable in proportion to the worth of those who bestow it.. Nor is the pleasure less which I derive from the regard and esteem of my honeft neighbours in the country. Of their characters I had formed a very unfair estimate, when seen through the medium of my own distempered .mind; and in their society my Lucinda and I enjoy, if not the refined, pleasures of polished intercourse, the more valuable qualities of fino cerity, probity, and good sense.
“ Such, Sir, for these fourteen years past; has been my manner: of life; nor do I believe I shall ever exchange it for another. The term of my lease has, within that period, been renewed in my own name, and that of my son. If a more active life should be his choice, he is free to pursue it. I should be content with the reflection of having bestowed on him a better patrimony than I myself enjoyed--a mind uncorrupted by the prospect of hereditary.affluence, and a constitution tempered to the virtuous habits of industry and Tobriety." .
Here Mr. Saintfort made an end of his story: I have given it as nearly as I could in his own
words; and judging it to afford an example not unworthy to be recorded, I transmit it in that view to the author of a work which bids fair to pass down to posterity. I am; Sir. yours,
: No 71. Saturday, June 10, 1786. Quarite nunc habeat quam noftra fuperbia caufam.
THERE is no complaint more common
than that which is made against the pride of wealth. The claim of superiority which rests upon a circumstance fo adventitious as that of suddenly acquired riches, is universally decried as the insolent pretension of mean and illiberal minds, and is resisted with a greater degree of scorn and indignation, than perhaps any other encroachment of vanity or self-importance.
Yet one might observe in those who are loudeft in the censure of this weakness, a certain fhame of being poor, which in a great measure justifies the pride of being rich. One may trace this in their affectation of indifference to all those pleasures and conveniencies which riches procure, and in the eulogium they often make, in despite of their own real feelings, of the opposite circumstances. When they are at pains. to declare how much better the plain dish and home-brewed liquor suits their taste than the
high-seasoned ragout and the high-priced wine, what is it but disguising their inability to procure the luxury under the pretence of their preferring its opposite. Poverty, in this case, flies from her own honourable tattered colours, to join the fresh and flaunting standard of Wealth; ihe allows the power of those very external circumstances by which Wealth lays claim to a superiority. The dignity of her station should be supported on other grounds: the little vae lue of those external circumstances in which Wealth has the advantage, when compared with the virtues and qualities which money cannot buy, when set in competition with that native purity and elevation of mind, which in the acquisition of wealth we frequently forfeit, and in its possession we frequently destroy.
Both in those who possess riches and in those who want them, false pretension often defeats itfelf. It would often be for the honour of Wealth if he could lay down his infolence, and for the happiness of Poverty if she could smooth her scorn. True benevolence and dem licacy would teach both their proper duties, and preserve those cordial charities of life, which, in different stations and in different circumstances, promote alike the comfort of individuals, and the general advantage of society.