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suffering pain, wretchedness, and misery, it is surely worthy of an enquiry, whether there be not such a thing as a science of life; whether method, economy, and fertility of expedients be not applicable to enjoyment; and whether there be not a want of dexterity in pleasure, which renders our little scantling of happiness still less, and a profuseness, an intoxication in bliss, which leads to satiety, disgust, and self abhorrence. There is not a doubt but that health, talents, character, decent competency, respectable friends, are real substantial blessings; and yet, do we not daily see those who enjoy many, or all these good things, contrive, notwithstanding, to be as unhappy as others, to whose lot few of them have fallen? I pelieve one great source of this mistake, or misconduct, is owing to a certain stimulus with us, called ambition, which goads us up the hill of life, not as we ascend other eminences for the laudable curiosity, of viewing an extended landscape, but rather for the dishonest pride of looking down on others of our fellow creatures, seemingly dimninutive in humbler stations.
I am out of all patience with this vile world for one thing. Mankind are by nature benevolent creatures, except in a few scroundelly instances. I do not think that avarice of the good things we chance to have, is born with us; but we are placed here among so much nakedness and hunger, and poverty and want, that we are under a necessity of studying selfishness, in order that we may ExIST! Still there are, in every age, a few souls that all the wants and woes of life cannot debase into selfishness, or even to the necessary alloy of caution and prudence. If ever I am in danger of vanity, it is when I contemplate myself on this side
of my description and character. God knows, I am no saint; I have a whole host of follies and sins to answer for ; but if I could, and I believe I do as far as I can, I would wipe away all tears from all eyes. Adieu !
What, my dear C. is there in riches, that they narrow and harden the heart so? I think that were I as rich as the sun, I should be as generous as the day, but as I have no reason to imagine my soul à nobler one than any other man's, I must conclude that wealth imparts a bird-lime quality to the possessor, at which the man in his native poverty would have revolted.
.. (To be concluded in our next. )
In the last Number of our Miscellany, p, 134, we gave an interesting DR. WILLICH's TRANSLATION OF STRUVE
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able to that artificially enforced. We should therefore afford children early opportunities of using their legs. But a question here arises, how do they in general learn to walk ? Certainly in a very absurd manner, and with. danger to their health and straight growth. Many a well-meaning mo, ther enjoys the short, but illusive pleasure, of seeing her child stand on its legs at a very early age, without considering whether these limbs have acquired sufficient strength and firmness to support the body; and many nurses prematurely induce. infants to walk, that they may indulge their own
idle dispositions, or pursue their own ordinary bwsiness, while they expose their charge to all the effects of such mismanagement. Sometimes, also, vain mothers endeavonr to excel their neighbours in teaching children the use of their legs; but this artificial effort may, with more propriety, be termed waddling than walking : it is a wretched way of tottering about, and stumbling, which cannot but offend the eye of every judicious spectator.
Children are often, in a mamer, suspended by what are called leading-strings, which are fastened to their jackets, or corsets, at the shoulders. These have the appearance of an harness contrived for the taming of a wild animal, rather than for lead. ing a tender and sprightly infant. Whoever has once observed the wanton manner in which nurses pull and toss about those ill-fated children used to leading-strings, must be convinced of the injurious tendency of such practices; especially when in dana ger of falling, they are raised by them, as a horse is checked by his bridle, so that they are often subject to dislocations. Besides, they thus rely upon extraneous assistance, and do not exert their own powers. Leading-strings farther compress the shoulders, and impede the circulation of the blood in those parts; and, while the child reclines for ward, with the whole weight of his body, it habitually acquires an improper and disagreeable pos. ture.
Not less objectionable are the moveable machines, vulgarly called go.carts. When infants remain for a length of time in such a constrained situation, the weight of the body bends the feeble legs, which ultimately become crooked. The breast also suffers, by leaning upon the circular top, and pushing the machine.
To teach children to walk, by holding one of their hands, tends to produce a deformity of that
side by which they are led; or at least they are apt to become round-shouldered. Even though they be conducted by both hands, between two persons, we may apprehend similar consequences; as the body of the child still preponderatēs to one side or the other.
Those mothers who possess true affection for their little ones, should not be too anxious to teach them the use of their legs. It is indeed far more prudent to delay these exercises for a few weeks or months, than by too premature an exertion of their strength to expose infants to the misfortune of bandy legs, crooked spine, and round shoulders. In my own neighbourhood I have reluctantly noticed number of bandy-legged children, because walking is here generally attempted by artificial means; and go-carts, as well as leading-strings, are much in vogue. May these instruments of tor. ture soon be abolished, and mankind trust to nature, whose parental wisdom forms no caricatures!
To compel children to exert themselves to walk, during the period of dentition, is highly detrimental. At this time they are in an extremely debilitated state, and their limbs are in danger of growiug deformed, or being dislocated. Hence I solicit mothers to pay particular regard to thein at this critical change.
IV ance this season, in the character of Miss Peggy in the comedy of the Country Girl; and so irresistible was the attraction, that the house at an early hour completely 'overflowed in every part. She was greeted by the splendid crowd with reiterated testimonials of admiration and respect; and throughout the whole of her performance, was most warmly and universally applauded. She looked extremely well, and exhibited with the happiest effect that charming playfulness of manner, those winning gestures, and incomparable diversity of sweet and silvery accents, for which so eminently she stands unrivalled, and which have so long proclaimed her the genuine favourite child of Thalia,
COVENT GARDEN. April 30. A new grand pantomimical drama, called Perouse; or the DESOLATE ISLAND, was brought forward at this theatre,