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• But the only Excuse, that I will allow, is, your • Attention to the Life of Zoilus. The Frogs

already seem to croak for their Transportation to England, and are sensible how much that Doctor is cursed and hated, who introduced their Species into your Na

tion; therefore, as you dread the Wrath of St. Patrick, send them hither, and rid your King

dom of those pernicious and loquacious Ani( mals.

• I have at length received your Poem out of Mr. Addison's Hands, which shall be sent as soon as you

order it, and in what Manner you shall appoint. " I shall in the mean Time give Mr. Tooke a Packet ' for you, consisting of divers merry Pieces. Mr. • Gay's new Farce, Mr. Burnet's Letter to Mr. Pope, . Mr. Pope's Temple of Fame, Mr. Thomas Bur

net's Grumbler on Mr. Gay, and the Bishop of Ail

foury's Elegy, written either by Mr. Cary or some rother Hand.

Mr. Pope is reading a Letter, and in the mean «-Time, I make use of the Pen to testify my Uneasi' ness in not hearing from you. I find Success, even

in the most trivial Things, raises the Indignation

of Scribblers : for I, for my What-d'-ye call-it, « could neither escape the Fury of Mr. Burnet, or (the German Doctor ; then where will Rage end, 6 when Homer is to be translated ? Let Zoilus haften

to your Friend's Alistance, and envious Criticifm 6 shall be no more. I am in hopes that we may

order our Affairs so as to meet this Summer at the « Bath; for Mr. Pope and myself have Thoughts of • taking a Trip thither. You shall preach, and we

will write Lampoons; for it is esteemed as great an Honour to leave the Bath, for fear of a broken Head, as for a Terræ Filius of Oxford to be expelled. I have no place at Court, therefore, that I may not entirely be without one every

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I cannot finish this Trife, without returning my fincereft Acknow. ledgments to Sir Jobn Parnell, for the generous Affiftance he was pleased to give me, in furnishing me with many Materials, when he heard I was about writing the Life of his Uncle; as also to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes, Relations of our Poet; and to my very good friend Mr. Steevens, who, being an Ornament to Letters himself, is very ready to affjft all the Attempts of others,

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OST Ages have borne some characteristic

Mark of their Excellence and Attainments It is the peculiar Happiness of the present to be equally distinguished for its Progress in the Arts, as for its rapid Advancements in the Duties of Humanity. The many public Buildings which have of late Years been erected, are living Monuments of the vast Improvements that have been made in modern Architecture; and the various Purposes for which they have been applied, as well as the known Utility which has been received from them, haye alike evinced, that Charity has gone hand in hand with Magnificence. So many Hospitals are now interspersed through the whole Kingdom, that there is scarce any part of the Wretched, who do not in

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213 some Degree feel their good Effects ; but this Species (of which we now give an Account) seems to be the most highly entitled to our Attention and Regard, - for it is founded on the foundest Principles of political Wisdom as well as Pietyis addressed to those who from their very Occupations must experience the utmost Rigours of inclement Elements who breathe as it were Disease from the Instruments they use, and the Materials they employ, to those who in the Hand of Providence are the Bulwarks and Security of our national Welfare.-And where can Relief be fo readily supplied as in public Infirmaries? The Patients receive every requisite Help, the most able Advice, the most proper Medicines, and in a Manner which the Rich can rarely experience even in their own Houfes,-in short what do they not experience, but the most effectual Means towards the Accomplishment of the best End ?

In the Infancy of this Charity a Prejudice prevailed (and where has it not?) that Trials of Skill were to be made, and that the Torture of the Patient was the Experience of the Physician— the Prejudice is as ill founded as it is illiberal, and has only been propagated by those who wished for some specious Pretence for with-holding their Subscriptions—this, like most other Prejudices, carries the Height of Absurdity on the very Face of it - for what is it but in other Words to say, that the Skilful assemble to defeat their own Art, and a Set of Gentlemen are employed, at a vast Expence, to erect a Charity, to destroy the very Purposes of its Institution.

The Poor, who have hitherto benefited by this Charity, have not proved themselves unworthy of the Care that has been fhown for them; and we have Reason to hope that they will ever most thankfully express their Sense of Gratitude for the Aid

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STATE of LEICESTER INFIRMARY. they have received in this merciful Asylum, as they are now fully convinced of its Use and Efficacy.

Of the Continuance of such Blessings little more need be said than that the Charity (as it was at first founded) is still supported by Men of Character and Integrity, who will watch with Affiduity and Care the good work they have begun, and ensure (as far as huinan Power can ensure that the fame Care and Affiduity shall be transmitted to Posterity of which themselves are such eminent Examples.

Such is the Nature of that Charity we so strongly recommend, a Charity beneficial to Individuals, and most useful to the Public—for though the Good Man would in every Age, from the generous Impulse of his own Heart, in some Degree, fupply the Want of such Establishments, by casting his • Bread upon the Waters,' yet he has now the happier Consolation to reflect, that under the judicous Regulation of them, he gives that Bread to the hungry.

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