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highly complimented to the Prejudice of his Native Country. I shall set down a Passage of that Learned Man in a Letter to Tycho Brahe, (pag. 24.) wherein he makes a judicious Observation relating to this Subject. Illamque (says he) etfi falfam, pluri“ mis tamen pro vero vulgatam opinionem, tuis mo* numentis, labore & industria refuras, ingenia fcil.
hominum sub hac languente & frigida coeli plaga, “ inertiæ effe a natura damnata. Igitur cum omnes “ populi ad septentriones publice, & nos privatim
tibi plurimum debeamus; non existimabis, &c."
VIBIUS SEQUESTER de Fluminibus,
Fontibus, Lacubus, Nemoribus, Paludibus, Montibus, Gentibus , quorum apud Poetas mentio fit. Ex recensione FRANCISCI HESSELII, cum ejufdem Adnotationibus. Roterodami. A. pud Arnoldum Willis
Lakes, Woods, Marshes, Mountains and
BOOK of this Nature does not require any
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That this new Edition of Vibius Sequester will be of great Use to understand the Geographical Part of the ancient Poets. What is wanting in the Author is fully supplied by the Learned Notes of Mr. Hesselius, Mr. Reland, and Mr. Claude, Grandson to the famous Minister of that Name. Those, who love to read the Greek and Latin Poets, may consult this Author upon several Occasions, without needing to have recourse to any other Geographical Book.
P A R I S.
BOOK, containing the opposite Characters of
Men of different Degrees and Conditions, is lately come out.
Le Critique & l' Apologiste sans fard, ou Caracteres opposez dans differens états & conditions. Paris. 1711. in 12mo. pagg. 350.
The Author examines all the Conditions of the Civil Society, and describes the good and bad Characters of each of them. What he says of a Magistrate, who does not mind the Duties of his Office, is expressed in the following Words :
As soon as you come to Vertilas' House, two grau Hunting Dogs fall upon you, but without dois
ing you any Harm. They follow you to the very “ Door of their Master's Apartment, and will not “ leave you, unless they be turned out by the Ser
vant who shews you the Way. When you ger in. “ to Vertilas's Room, you find there another Dog
much bigger than the other two. His Name is Favourite, and he lies by his Master's Bed. Which
Way foever you cast your Eyes in the Apartment,
you see nothing but Guns, Pistols, Swords, Boots, - Sadles, musical Books, and Instruments. Vertilas “ tells you immediately : Where was you Yesterday, " my dear friend, when I sent for you? I gave
a Treat to all ehe Opera, and we had a charm.,
ing Consort. The Italian Musick and the Italian “ Musicians are mightily cried up. For my own “ Part, I am for Lully and the French Mufick. The
Italians are quite wrong, and do not affect the
ing Match : Will you come in for one? I have fix “ led Horses the finest in the World. I shall take “ it as a Favour, if you will ride one, and share in
our Diversion. We are already Eight, and design to treat one another by turns, and to hunt toge
What have you to do at Paris ? What Bu. “ finess can hinder you from going with us? I have
won Three hundred Pistoles at Play within these “ few Days : That Money will serve for our Charges, " and for Powder and Shot.
* All those who visit Vertilas, are Councs, Marquel“ fes, Courtiers, and Sword-men; for his Porter has “ Orders to let in no Body else. Vertilas has a Confort
of Musick at Home cwice a week, when he is at “ Paris, to which he invites none of his Relations of “ either Sex, but only his Friends who love Mufick " and Instruments, and use to hunt, to play, and to " drink with him ; for he glories in being a hard
Drinker, and is always provided, and takes Care
to provide his Friends with the best Wines. Not " contented to take a Journey into England in “ order to buy Hunting Dogs and Horses, he makes
a Trade of it, and sells them to great Men, who " are well satisfied with him, and commend him “ for his good Taste. All his Domesticks are either “ Huntsinen or Players upon Musical Instruments, or “ well skilled in managing Horses and Dogs. He " will have no other Servants, and overlooks many Faults, when they are thus qualified. 'Tis to
no Purpose to talk to him of marrying : He will not get a Wife so soon, left she should deprive
him of his Liberty. He knows no better Occupa“ tion than Hunting, Gaming, Musick, and good “ Cheer; and therefore cannot apprehend how any
one can be happy that does not enioy those Plea“ sures. Reading and good Books are no less in“ tolerable to him than the Care of Reckoning withi
his Farmers and Tenants. He wholly depends "' for that upon an old Secretary, formerly a Ser.
vant to his father, and only desires to give a
Receipt for the Money he receives. He has so “ little economy, that he affects to let his Land
at a low Rate, that he may easily find a Far
mer, and have a quick Return of his Money. " He cannot abide the Company of Gown-Men, " and Men of Letters. They were born (says
torment other People : The latter censure your Conduct, and
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you should enjoy any Pleasure : The former ule
all their Industry to make you poor and uneasy, " and talk of nothing but of Law Suits. These are " the Reasons for which Vertilas does not see his “ nearest Relations, who are Men of those two Pro“ fessions : He hates them morrally, because Ten “ Years ago they forced him to be a Magistrare a
gainst his Will and his Inclination.
Here follows the opposite Character of a Regular Magistrate,
“ Tho' Valerius has not been Six Years a Magistrate, yet he is so much esteemed for his constant Attendance, Application, and Judgment, that the most
important Affairs are already put into his Hands. “ Being sensible that he has not yet acquired a fuf“ ficient Experience and Capacity, he uses his ut“ most Endeavours to qualify himself for his Office. “He studies continually: He keeps a Man of Letters, “ to be directed by him in his Studies, and has fre
quent Conferences, because he longs to be thorough
ly acquainted with every Thing that concerns the “ Law. He is very fond of Conversing with the most ic
famous Magistrates and Advocates, knowing how much one may learn by their Conversation. His greareft Curiosity concerns good Books relating to his
Profession. He spares no Cost to make a great “ Collection of them, and consults the most knowing
Persons, when he has a mind to enlarge his Li. “brary. As often as he goes to Court, he never “ fits upon the Bench without trembling, left he
should give his Judgment in a Matter with which
he is not sufficiently acquainted. Being apprehen“ five that his Secretary may be bribed, and wrong
his Client, he himself keeps the Papers belonging to a Law-Suit, and takes Care to make him quickly draw up the requisite Writings. When he is
upon any Bufiness at Home, no Body can see him " but those for whom he is actually concerned. He és
does not visit his nearest Relations, and his best Friends, that he may make the quicker Dispatch. He is so much displeased with young People, who
are idle and ignorant, that when he converses with a fome young Persons of that Character, he only
does it out of Decency, tho' they be related to bis him. He observes the same Method with respect
to the Ladies : He is not fond of their Conver
sation, because one loses a great deal of Time by “ it, without any great Advantage. Several Consi“ derable Families have already proposed a March
to him ; but he returned this modest Answer, That “ he would study Ten Years more, and serve the
Publick a long Time, and then he might think of “Marrying, and getting some Heirs who should tread “ in his Steps. He goes upon this Principle, Thar a “ Magistrate ought to establish his Repuration, be“ fore he enters upon the State of Marriage. Being “ sensible that he must live a quiet Life, he has ta. “ ken a House in a Part of the Town very free from “ Noise. He will have no Servants that are Muficians, or can play upon Instruments. All his Do