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68

XI. The benefits of luxury, in making a people more wise and

happy....

37

XII. The funeral solemnities of the English. Their passion for

flattering epitaphs ..

40

XIII. An Account of Westminster Abbey

43

XIV. The reception of the Chinese from a Lady of distinction... 49

XV. Against cruelty to animals. A story from the Zendevest of

Zoroaster ..

52

XVI. Of falsehood propagated by books seemingly sincere. 56

XVII. Of the war now carried on between France and England,

with its frivolous motives...

59

XVIII. The story of the Chinese matron..

63

XIX. The English method of treating women caught in adultery.

The Russian method...

XX. Some account of the republic of letters in England.. 72

XXI. The Chinese goes to see a play......

76

XXII. The Chinese philosopher's son made a slave in Persia... 81

XXIII. The English subscription in favour of the French prisoners

commended..

84

XXIV. The venders of quack medicines and nostrums ridiculed.. 88

XXV. The natural rise and decline of kingdoms, exemplified in

the history of the kingdom of Lao...

91

XXVI. The character of the man in black, with some instances of

his inconsistent conduct..

XXVII. The history of the man in black...

XXVIII. On the great numbers of old maids and bachelors in Lon-

don. Some of the causes....

107

XXIX. A description of a club of authors...

XXX. The proceedings of the club of authors...

114

XXXI. The perfection of the Chinese in the art of gardening. The

description of a Chinese garden......

xxxII

. Of the degeneracy of some of the English nobility. A

mushroom-feast

among

the Tartars..

124

XXXIII. The manner of writing among the Chinese. The eastern

tales of magazines, etc. ridiculed.....

128

XXXIV. Of the present ridiculous passion of the nobility for paint-

ing...

134

XXXV. The philosopher's son describes a lady, his fellow-captive. 138

XXXVI. A continuance of his correspondence. The beautiful cap-

tive consents to marry her lord...

141

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XXXVII. The correspondence still continued. He begins to be dis-

gusted in the pursuit of wisdom. An allegory to prove

its futility......

XXXVIII. The Chinese philosopher praises the justice of a late sen-

tence, and instances the injustice of the King of France,

in the case of the Prince of Charolais ...

150

XXXIX. The description of true politeness. Two letters of different

countries, by ladies falsely thought polite at home..... 154

XL. The English still have poets, though not versifiers..

159

XLI. The behaviour of the congregation in St Paul's church at

prayers...

162

XLII. The history of China more replete with great actions than

that of Europe
p.

165

XLIII. An Apostrophe on the supposed death of Voltaire 170

XLIV. Wisdom and precept may lessen our miseries, but can

never increase our positive satisfactions.....

173

XLV. The ardour of the people of London in running after sights

and monsters..

179

XLVI. A dream....

184

XLVII. Misery best relieved by dissipation...

189

XLVIII. The absurdity of persons in high station pursuing employ-

ments beneath them, exemplified in a fairy tale..... 191

XLIX. The fairy tale continued

196

L. An attempt to define what is meant by English Liberty..

LI. A bookseller's visit to the Chinese ..

204

LII. The impossibility of distinguishing men in England by

their dress. Two instances of this .

208

LIII. The absurd taste for obscene and pert novels, such as Tris-

tram Shandy, ridiculed...

213

LIV. The character of an important trifler..

217

LV. His character continued; with that of his wife, his house,

and furniture......

LVI. Some thoughts on the present situation of affairs in the

different countries of Europe. .

225

LVII. The difficulty of rising in literary reputation without in-

trigue or riches.....

228

LVIII. A visitation dinner described .

LIX. The Chinese philosopher's son escapes with the beautiful

captive from slavery...

236

LX. The history of the beautiful captive..

240

LXI. Proper lessons to a youth entering the worl with fables

suited to the occasion....

246

LXII. An authentic history of Catherina Alexowna, wife of Pe-

ter the Great ...

250

LXIII. The rise or the decline of literature not dependent on

man, but resulting from the vicissitudes of nature ... 256

LXIV. The great exchange happiness for show. Their folly in

this respect of use to society.....

259

LXV. The history of a philosophic cobbler..

262

LXVI. The difference between love and gratitude ..

265

LXVII. The folly of attempting to learn wisdom by being recluse 270

LXVIII. Quacks ridiculed. Some particularly mentioned...... 274

LXIX. The fear of mad-dogs ridiculed....

279

LXX. Fortune proved not to be blind. The story of the avari-

cious miller....

284

LXXI. The shabby beau, the man in black, the Chinese philoso-

pher, etc. at Vauxhall...

287

LXXII. The marriage act censured

293

LXXIII. Life endeared by age...

298

LXXIV. The description of a little great man

301

LXXV. The necessity of amusing each other with new books in-

sisted upon....

305

LXXVI. The preference of grace to beauty; an allegory...

LXXVII. The behaviour of a shopkeeper and his journeyman

an... 313

LXXVIII. The French ridiculed after their own manner .... 316

LXXIX. The preparations of both theatres for a winter campaign 319

LXXX. The evil tendency of increasing penal laws, or enforcing

even those already in being with rigour.

322

LXXXI. The ladies' trains ridiculed....

326

LXXXII. The sciences useful in a populous state, prejudicial in a

barbarous one.....

329

LXXXIII. Some cautions on life, taken from a modern philosopher

of China ......

334

LXXXIV. Anecdotes of several poets who lived and died in circum-

stances of wretchedness.

338

LXXXV. The trifling squabbles of stage-players ridiculed.

342

LXXXVI. The races of Newmarket ridiculed. The description of

347

LXXXVII. The folly of the western parts of Europe in employing

the Russiaus to fight their battles.

350

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LXXXVIII. The ladies advised to get husbands. A story to this pur-

pose

353

LXXXIX. The folly of remote or useless disquisitions among the

learned .....

358

XC. The English subject to the spleen

362

XCI. The influence of climate and soil

upon

the

temper

and

dispositions of the English...

366

XCII. The manner in which some philosophers make artificial

misery ..

369

XCIII. The fondness of some to admire the writings of lords,

373

XCIV. The philosopher's son is again separated from his beau-

tiful companion......

375

XCV. The father consoles him upon this occasion... 378

XCVI. The condolence and congratulation upon the death of

the late king ridiculed. English mourning described 380

XCVII. Almost every subject of literature has been already ex-

hausted

384

XCVIII. A description of the courts of justice in Westminster

Hall..

XCIX. A visit from the little beau. The indulgence with which

the fair sex are treated in several parts of Asia... 391

C. A life of independence praised....

394

Cl. That people must be contented to be guided by those

whom they have appointed to govern. A story to this

effect.....

397

CII. The passion for gaming among ladies ridiculed.. 401

CIII. The Chinese philosopher begins to think of quitting Eng-

land ....

403

CIV. The arts some make use of to appear

learned.. 405

CV. The intended coronation described...

408

CVI. Funeral elegies written upon the great, ridiculed. A

specimen of one .....

413

CVII. The English too fond of believing every report without

examination. A story of an incendiary to this pur-

pose ...

416

CVIII. The utility and entertainment which might result from a

journey into the East..

419

CIX. The Chinese philosopher attempts to find out famous

423

men....

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