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gards upon mankind, which others contract and settle upon themselves. These deserve every honour from that community of which they are more peculiarly

the children: to such I would give my heart, since to them I am indebted for its humanity.

Adieu.

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From Hingho to Lien Chi Attangi, by the way of
Moscow.

I STILI, remain at Terki, where I have received

that money which was remitted here in order to release me from captivity. My fair companion still improves in my esteem; the more I know her mind, her beauty becomes more poignant; she appears charming, even among the daughters of Circassia. Yet were I to examine her beauty with the art of a statuary, I should find numbers here that far surpass her ; Nature has not granted her all the boasted Circassian regularity of feature, and yet she greatly exceeds the fairest of the country, in the art of seizing the affections.

Whence, have I often said to myso. this resistless magic that attends even * charms? though I regard the beauties of the country

- - - __ with admiration, every interview weakens the impression, but the form of Zelis grows upon my imagina

tion, I never behold her without an increase of ten

derness and respect. Whence this injustice of the

mind in preferring imperfect beauty to that which Nature seems to have finished with care 2 whence the infatuation, that he whom a comet could not amaze, should be astonished at a meteoro

when reason was

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thus fatigued to find an answer, my imagination pursued the subject, and this was the result. I fancied myself placed between two landscapes, this called the region of Beauty, and that the valley of the Graces ; the one adorned with all that luxuriant Nature could bestow ; the fruits of various climates adorned the trees, the grove resounded with music, the gale breathed perfume, every charm that could arise from symmetry and exact distribution were here conspicuous, the whole offering a prospect of pleasure without end. The valley of the Graces on the other hand seemed by no means so inviting ; the streams and the groves appeared just as they usually do in frequented countries: no magnificent parterres, no concert in the grove, the rivulet was edged with weeds, and the rook joined its voice to that of the nightingale. All was simplicity and nature. The most striking objects ever first allure the traweller. I entered the region of Beauty with increased curiosity, and promised myself endless satisfaction in being introduced to the presiding goddess. I perceived several strangers, who entered with the same design, and what surprised me not a little, was to sec several others hastening to leave this abode of seeming felicity er some fatigue. I had at last the honour of beluced to the goddess, who represented Beau- She was seated on a throne, at the foot of which stood several strangers lately introduced like me; all regarding her form in extasy on that eyes' what lińs how clear her complexion how serfect her one at these exclamations Beauty with downcast eyes, would endeavour to counterfeit modesty, but soon again looking round as if to confirm every spectator in his favourable sentiments; sometimes she would attempt to allure us by smiles; and at intervals would

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bridle back, in order to inspire us with respect as well
as tenderness.
This ceremony lasted for some time, and had so
much employed our eyes, that we had forgot all this
while that the goddess was silent. We soon, however,
began to perceive the defect: what, said we, among
each other, are we to have nothing but languishing airs,
sqft looks, and inclinations of the head, will the goddess
only deign to satisfy our eyes 2 Upon this one of the

company stepped up to present her with some fruits he had gathered by the way. She received the present most sweetly smiling, and with one of the whitest hands in the world, but still not a word escaped her lips. I now found that my—companions grew weary of their homage; they went off one by one, and resolving not to be left behind, I offered to go in my turn; when just at the door of the temple I was called back by a female, whose name was Pride, and who seemed displeased at the behaviour of the company. Where are you hastening 2 said she to me with an angry air, the goddess of Beauty is here. I have been to visit her, Madam, replied I, and find her more beautiful even than report had made her. Heave her 2 added the female.

...And why then will you

I have seen her long enough, returned I; I have got all her features by

heart. Her eyes are still the same. Her nosei
fine one, but it is still just such a nose now as it was half
an hour ago: could she throw a little more mind into her
* should be for wishing to have more of
her company. What signifies, replied my female.
whether she has a mind or not, has she any occasion for
mind, so formed as she is by Nature ? If she had a cont-
mon face, indeed, there might be some reason for think-
ing to improve it; but when features are already fier-

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fect. every alteration would but impair them. .4 fine face is already at the floint of fierfection, and a fine lady should endeavour to kees, it so ; the imsiression it would receive from thought, would but disturb its whole economy. To this speech I gave no reply, but made the best of my way to the valley of the Graces. Here I found all those who before had been my companions in the region of beauty, now upon the same errand. As we entered the valley, the prospect insensibly seemed to improve ; we found every thing so natural, so domestic, and pleasing, that our minds, which before were congealed in admiration, now relaxed into gayety and good-humour. We had designed to pay our respects to the presiding goddess, but she was no where to be found. One of our companions asserted that her temple lay to the right ; another, to the left; a third, insisted that it was straight before us; and a fourth, that we had left it behind. In short, we found every thing familiar and charming, but could not determine where to seek for the Grace in person. In this agreeable incertitude we passed several hours, and though very desirous of finding the goddess, by no means impatient of the delay Every part of the valley presented some minute beauty, which thout offering itself at once, stole within the soul, ivated us with the charms of our retreat. so, however, we continued to search, and might still have continued, had we not been interrupted by a voi

which, though we could not see from * it came,

addressed us in this manner: * “If you would find the goddess of Grace, seek her * not under one form, for she assumes a thousand. * Ever changing under the eye of inspection, her va* riety, rather than her figure, is pleasing. In con* templating her beauty, the eye glides over every

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perfection with giddy delight, and capable of fixing no where, is charmed with the whole *. She is now Contemplation with solemn look, again Compassion with humid eye; she now sparkles with joy, soon every feature speaks distress: her looks at times invite our approach, at others repress our presumption; the goddess cannot be properly called beautiful under any one of these forms, but by combining them all, she becomes irresistibly pleasing.” Adieu.

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-----LETTER I.xxv.I.

From Lien Chi Altangi, to Fum Hoam, first President of the Ceremonial Academy at Pekin, in China.

The shops of London are as well furnished as those of Pekin. Those of London have a picture hung at their door, informing the passengers what they have to sell, as those at Pekin have a board to assure the buyer, that they have no intention to cheat him. I was this morning to buy silk for a night-cap; immediately upon entering the mercer's shop, the master and his two men with wigs plastered with * appeared to ask my commands. They were certainly the civilest * if lo ey flew to the place where cast my eye; every motion of mine At them running round the whole shop for my satis| informed them that I wanted what was good, and they showed me not less than forty pieces, and each was better than the former; the poettiest pattern in nature, and the fittest in the world for

* Vultus nimium lubricus aspici. Hors

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