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passed with a kind of horny substance, cut into a sand little faces or mirrors, which were imper. ible to the naked eye, insomuch that the soul, if e had been any here, must have been always taken n contemplating her own beauties. We observed a large antrum or cavity in the sinci. , that was filled with ribbons, lace, and embroidery, ought together in a most curious piece of network, e parts of which were likewise imperceptible to the

Another of these antrums or cavities was uffed with invisible billet-doux, love-letters, pricked ances, and other trumpery of the same nature. Ju nother we found a kind of powder, which set the hole company a sneezing, and by the scent discover. ed itself to be right Spanish. The several other cells were stored with commodities of the same kind, of which it would be tedious to give the reader an exact Inventory.

There was a large cavity on eash side of the head, which I must not omit. That on the right side was filled with fictions, flatteries, and falsehoods, vows, promises, and protestations; that on the left with oaths

and imprecations. There issued out a duct from each ! of these cells, wbich ran into the root of the tongue, | where both joined together, and passed forward in one

common dact to the tip of it. We discovered several A little roads or canals running from the ear into the

brain, and took particnlar care to trace them out through their several passages. One of them extended itself to a bundle of sonnets and little musical instruments. Others ended in several bladders, which were filled either with wind or froth. But the large canal entered into a great cavity of the skull, from whence there went another canal into the tongue.

This great cavity was filled with a kind of spongy substance, which the French anatomists call galimatias, and the English nonsense.

The skins of the forehead were extremely tough and thick, and what very much surprised us, bad not in

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them any single blood vessel that we were able to dise cover, either with or without our glasses; froin whence we concluded, that the party when alive must bave been entirely deprived of the faculty of blushing.

The os cribriforme was exceedingly stuffed, and in some places damaged with snuff. We could not bat take notice in particular of that small muscle which is pot often discovered in dissections, and draws the nose upwards, when it expresses the contempt wbich the owner of it bas, upon seeing any thing he does not like, or hearing any thing he does not understand. I need not tell my learned reader, this is that mascle which perfornis the motion s6 often mentioned by the Latin poets, when they talk of a man's cocking his nose, or playing the rhinoceros.

We did not find any thing very remarkable in the eye, saving only, that the musculi amatorii, or as we may translate it into English, the ogling muscles, were very much worn and decayed with use; whereas on the contrary, the elevator, or the muscle which turns the eye towards Heaven, did not appear to have been used at all.

I have only mentioned in this dissection sach dem discoveries as we were able to make, and have not taken any notice of those parts which are to be met with in common heads. As for the skull, the face, and indeed the whole outward shape and figure of the head, we could not discover any difference from what we observe in the heads of other men. We were informed, that the persou to whom this head belonged, had passed for a man above five and thirty years; during which time he eat and drank like other people, dressed well, talked loud, laughed frequently, and on particular occasions had acquitted himself tolerably at a ball or an assembly; to which one of the company added, that a certain knot of ladies took him for a wit. He was cut off in the flower of his age by the blow of a paring-shovel, having been sud by an eminent citizen, as he was tendering ne civilities to his wife. When we bad thoroughly examined this head with

its apartments, and its several kinds of furniture, e put up the brain, such as it was, into its proper ace, aud laid it aside under a broad piece of scarlet oib, in order to be prepared, and kept in a great epository of dissections; our operator telling us that ne preparation would not be so difficult as that of anther brain, for that be had observed several of the little pipes and tubes which ran through the brain were already filled with a kind of mercurial substance, which we looked upon to be true quicksilver.

IDLENESS.

Libertas ; quæ sera tamen resperit inertem.

VIRG. Freedom, which came at length, tho' slow to come.

DRYDEN.

IPLENESS is so general a distemper, that I cannot

but imagine a speculation on this subject will be of universal use. There is hardly any one person without some allay of it; and thousands besides myself spend more time in an idle uncertainty which to begin first of two affairs, than would have been sufficient to have ended them both. The occasion of this seems to be the want of some necessary employment, to put the spirits in motion, and awaken them out of their lethargy. If I had less leisure, I should have more; for I should then find my time distinguished into portions, some for business, and others for the indulging of pleasares; but now one face of indolence overspreads the whole, and I have no land-mark to direct myself by. Were one's time a little straitened by business, like water inclosed in its banks, it would have some IDLENESS.

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determined course; but unless it be put into some
channel it has no current, but becomes a deluge with-
ont either ase or motion.

When Scanderbeg prince ef Epirus
in the battles he had won from them, imagined that
Turks, who had but too often felt the force of bis arm
by wearing a piece of his bones near their heart, they
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that which inspired him when living.

resolved to do
be but of little use whilst I live,
what good I can after my decease; and have accord-
ingly ordered my bones to be disposed of in this man-
ner for the good of my countrymen, who are troubled
with too exorbitant a degree of fire. All fox hunters
upon wearing me, would in a short time be brought to
endure their beds in a morning,

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tease a poor animal, and run away from their own
them with regret at ten: instead of barrying away to
thoughts, a chair or a chariot would be thought the
natural desire of John Trott for danciog, and a specific
one place to another. I shonld be a cure for the on-
and cause her always to give her approbation
to lessen tbe inclination Mrs. Fidget bas to motion,
present place she is in. In fine, no Egyptian mummy
was ever half so useful in physics
lies of youth, and give each action
these feverish constitutions, to repress the violent sal-
and repose.
rent of anger, or the solicitations of revenge, with suc.

I can stifle any violent inclinatiop, and oppose a torcess. But indolence is a stream A vice of a more lively nature were on, but yet undermines the foundation of every virtue. ture of its nature to every action of one's life. It tyrant than this rust of the mind, which gives a tine were as little hazard to be lost in a storm, as to lie have within one the seeds of a thus perpetually becalmed: and it is to no purpose to

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want the vigour and resolution necessary or the exerting them. Death brings all persons back to an equality ; and this image of it, this sluñiber of the mind, leaves no difference between the greatest genius and the meanest understanding: a faculty of doing things remarkably praiseworthy thus concealed, is of no more use to the owner, than a heap of gold to the man who dares uot use it.

To-morrow is still the fatal time when all is to be rectified: to-morrow comes, it goes, and still I please myself with the shadow, whilst I lose the reality; unmindful ibat the present time alone is ours, the future is yet unborn, and the past is dead, and can only live (as parents in their children) in the actions it has produced.

The time we live ought not to be computed by the number of years, but by the use that has been made

of it: thus it is not the extent of ground, but the - yearly rent which gives the value to the estate.

Wretched and thoughtless creatures, in the only place where covetousness were a virtue we turn prodigals! nothing lies opon our hands with such uneasiness, nor has there been so many devices for any one thing, as to make it slide away imperceptibly and to no pur.

pose. A shilling shall be hoarded up with care, whilst o that which is above the price of an estate, is flung

away with disregard and contempt. There is nothing now-a-days so much avoided, as a solicitous improvement of every part of time; 'tis a report must be

shunned as one tenders the name of a wit and a fine 23,6 genias, and as one fears the dreadful character of a co de perete laborious plodder: but notwithstanding this, the great.

est wits any age has produced thought far otherwise : dange for who can think either Socrates or Demosthenes lost

any reputation, by their continual pains both in over. ind, me! coming the defects and improving the gifts of patare.

All are acquainted with the labour and assiduity with which Tully acquired his eloquence. Seneca in his

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