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THE

SPECTATOR.

No. 549. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1712.

Quamvis digressu veteris confusus amici,
Laudo tamen,

JUV: Sat. ii. 1,
Though grieved at the departure of my friend,
His purpose of retiring I commend.

I BELIEVE most people begin the world with a resolution to withdraw from it into a serious kind of solitude or retirement when they have made themselves easy in it. Our unhappiness is, that we find out some excuse or other for deferring such our good resolutions till our intended retreat is cut off by death. But

among all kinds of people there are none who are so hard to part with the world as those who are grown old in the heaping up of riches. Their minds are so warped with their constant attention to gain, that it is very difficult for them to give their souls another bent, and convert them towards those objects, which, though they are proper for every stage of life, are so more especially for the last. Horace describes an old usurer as so charmed with the pleasures of a country life, that in order to make a purchase he called in all his money; but what was the event of it? Why, in a very few days after,

he

put VOL. XII.

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THE

BRITISH ESSAYISTS; ;

WITH

PREFACES,

HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL,

BY

A. CHALMERS, F.S.A.

VOL. XII.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR C. AND J. RIVINGTON; G. AND W. NICOL; T. EGER-
TON;

A. STRAHAN; J. SCATCHERD; J. CUTHELL ; J. NUNN;
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NOULD ; SMITH AND ELDER ; AND C. TAYLOR :

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AND BRODIE AND DOWDING, SALISBURY.

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