“ This, said the prince, I can in some measure conceive. I repent that I interrupted thee."

“ With this hope, proceeded Imlac, he sent me to school; but when I biad once found the delight of knowledge, and felt the pleasure of intelligence and the pride of invention, I began filently to despise riches, and determined to disappoint the purpose of my father, whose grosiness of conception raiied my pity. I was twenty years old before his tenderness would expose me to the fatigue of travel, in which time I had been instructed, by successive masters, in all the literature of my native country. As every hour taught me something new, I lived in a continual course of gratifications; but, as I advanced towards manhood, I lost much of the reve. rence with which I had been used to look on my instructors; because, when the lesson was enced, I did not find them wifer or better than cominon men.

“ At length my father resolved to initiate me in commerce, and opening one of his subterranean trealuries, counted out ten thousand picces of gold. Thus, young man, faid le, is the stock with which you muił regociate. I began with less than the fifth fart, and you see how diligence and parsimony have iscreted it. This is your own to waste or to improve. If you squander it by negligence or caI rice, you mult wait for my death before you will Ferich: if, in four years, you double your stock, we wil henceforward ict fubordination ceale, and live iler as friends and partners; for he shall alVd's le equal with me, who is equally skilled in the art of growing rich.

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“ We laid our money upon camels, concealed in bales of cheap goods, and travelled to the shore of the Red Sea. When I cast my eye on the expanse of waters, my heart bounded like that of a prifoner escaped. I felt an unextinguishable curiosity kindle in my mind, and resolved to snatch this opportunity of seeing the manners of other nations, and of learning sciences unknown in Abisinia.

“I remembered that my father had obliged me to the improvement of my stock, not by a promise which I ought not to violate, but by a penalty which I was at liberty to incur; and therefore des termined to gratify my predominant desire, and by drinking at the fountains of knowledge, to quench the thirst of curiosity.

As I was supposed to trade without connexion with my father, it was easy for me to become acquainted with the master of a ship, and procure a passage to some other country. I had no motives of choice to regulate my voyage; it was sufficient for me that, wherever I wandered, I should see a country which I had not seen before. I therefore entered a ship bound for Surat, having left a letter for

my father declaring my intention.



W HEN I first entered upon the world of wa

ters, and loft sight of land, I looked round about me with pleasing terrour, and thinking my soul enlarged by the boundless prospect, iinagined that I could gaze round for ever without satiety; but, in a short time, I grew weary of looking on barren uniformity, where I could only fee again what I had already seen. I then descended into the thip, and doubted for a while whether all my future pleasures would not end like this, in discuit and disappointment. Yet, surely, said I, the c can and the land are very different; the only variety of water is rest and motion, but the earth has mountains and vallies, deserts and cities: it is inhabited by men of different customs and contrary opinions; and I inay hope to find variety in life, though I should miss it in nature.

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“ With this thought I quieted my mind, and amused myself during the voyage, fometimes by learning from the failors the art of naviga on, which I have never practifed, and sometimes by forming schemes for my conduct in different situations, in not one of which I have been ever placed.

“ I was almost weary of my naval amusemnents when we landed luftly at Surat.

I fecured my money, and purchasing some commodities for show, joined mysef to a carivan that was pafing into the inland country. N!; corpanions, for some reason or other, cunje?u:ing that I was rich, and, by my enquiries and aumiration, finding that I was ignorant, considered me as a novice whom they had a right to cheat, and who was to learn at the usual expence the art of fraud. They exposed me to the theft of servants, and the exaction of officers, and low me plundered upon talle pretences, without any advantage to themselves, but that of rejoicing in the superiority of their own knowledge.”

“ Stop a moment, faid the prince. Is there such depravicy in man, as that he should injure another without benefit to himself? I can easily conceive that all are pleased with superiority; but your ignorance was merely accidental, which being neither your crime nor your folly, could afford them no reason to applaud themselves; and the knowledge which they had, and which you wanted, they might as effectually have shewn by warning, as betraying you.”

“ Pride, said Imlac, is seldom delicate, it will please itself with very mean advantages; and envy feels not its own happiness, but when it may be compared with the misery of others. They were my enemies, because they grieved to think me rich; and my oppressors, because they delighted to find me weak."

“ Proceed, said the prince: I doubt not of the facts which you relate, but imagine that you impute them to mistaken motives.

“ In this company, said Imlac, I arrived at Agra, the capital of Indostan, the city in which the

great Mogul commonly resides. I applied myself to the language of the country, and in a few months was able to converse with the learned men; some of whom I found morose and reserved, and others easy and communicative; some were unwilling to teach another what they had with difficulty learned theinselves; and some shewed that the end of their Audies was to gain the dignicy of instructing.

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« To the tutor of the young princes I recommended myself so much, that I was presented to the emperour as a man of uncommon knowledge. The emperour asked me many questions concerning my country and my travels; and though I cannot now recollect any thing that he uttered above the power of a common man, he dismissed me astonished at his wisdom, and enamoured of his goodness.

“ My credit was now so high, that the merchants, with whom I had travelled, appli { to me for recommendations to the ladies of the Court. I was surprited at their confidence of solicitation, and gently reproached them with their practices on the road. They heard me with cold indifference, and shewed no tokens of thame or forrow.

They then urged their request with the offer of a bribe ; but what I would not do for kindness, I would not do for money; and refused them, not because they had injured me, but because I would not enable them to injure others; for I knew they would have made ute of my credit to cheat those who should buy their wares.

“ Having resided at Agra till there was no more to be lcarned, I traveiled into Persia, where I saw many remains of ancieri magnificence, and observed many new accommodations of life. The Persians are a nation eminently focial, and their asseinblies afforded me daily opportunities of remarking characters and manners, and of tracing human nature through all its variations.

“ From Persia I passed into Arabia, where I saw a nation at once pastoral and warlike; who live


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