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likes his vocation feels toward the boys who deserve his favour, something like a thrifty and thriving father toward the children for whom he is scraping together wealth; he is contented that his humble and patient industry should produce fruit not for himself, but for them, and looks with pride to a result in which it is impossible for him to partake, and which in all likelihood he may never live to see.
Even some of the old Phlebotomists have had this feeling to redeem them.
“ Sir," says the Compositor to the Corrector of the Press, " there is no heading in the Copy for this Chapter. What must I do?"
“ Leave a space for it,” the Corrector replies. “ It is a strange sort of book ; but I dare say the Author has a reason for every thing that he says or does, and most likely you will find out his meaning as you set up."
Right Mr. Corrector! you are a judicious person, free from the common vice of finding fault with what you do not understand. My meaning will be explained presently. And having thus prologized, we will draw a line if you please, and begin.
Ten measures of garrulity, says the Talmud, were sent down upon the earth, and the women took nine.
I have known in my time eight terrific talkers; and five of them were of the masculine gender.
But supposing that the Rabbis were right in allotting to the women a ninefold proportion of talkativeness, I confess that I have inherited my mother's share.
I am liberal of my inheritance, and the Public shall have the full benefit of it.
And here if my gentle Public will consider to what profitable uses this gift might have been applied, the disinterestedness of my disposition in having thus benevolently dedicated it to their service, will doubtless be appreciated as it deserves by their discrimination and generosity. Had I carried it to the pulpit, think now how I might have filled the seats, and raised the prices of a private chapel! Had I taken it to the bar, think how I could have mystified a judge, and bamboozled a jury! Had I displayed it in the senate, think how I could have talked against time, for the purpose of delaying a division, till the expected numbers could be brought together; or how efficient a part I could have borne in the patriotic design of impeding the business of a session, prolonging and multiplying the debates, and worrying a minister out of his senses and his life.
Diis aliter visum.-I am what I was to be,what it is best for myself that I should be,and for you, my Public, also. The roughhewn plans of my destination have been better shaped for me by Providence than I could have shaped them for myself.
But to the purpose of this chapter which is as headless as the Whigs~Observe my Public, I have not said as brainless...If it were, the book would be worth no more than a new Tragedy of Lord Byron's; or an old number of Mr. Jeffrey's Review, when its prophecies have proved false, its blunders have been exposed, and its slander stinks.
Every thing here shall be in order. The digressions into which this gift of discourse may lead me must not interrupt the arrangement of our History. Never shall it be said of the Unknown that " he draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argu
ment." We have a journey to perform from Dan to Beersheba, and we must halt occasionally by the way. Matter will arise contingent to the story, correlative to it, or excrescent from it; not necessary to its progress, and yet indispensable for your delight, my gentle Public, and for mine own ease. My Public would not have me stifle the afflatus when I am labouring with it, and in the condition of Elihu as described by himself in the 18th and 19th verses of the xxxii. chapter of the book of Job.
Quemadmodum cælator oculos diu intentos ac fatigatos remittit atque avocat, et, ut dici solet, pascit ; sic nos animum aliquando debemus relaxare et quibusdam oblectamentis refi
Sed ipsa oblectamenta opera sint ; ex his quoque si observaveris, sumes quod possit fieri salutare.*
But that the beautiful structure of this history may in no wise be deranged, such matter shall be distributed into distinct chapters in the way of intercalation; a device of which as it respects the year, Adam is believed to have
* SENECA, Epist. 58.