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'M. de C***+, very rich, but blinded by a cataract forme I on both his eyes, came to Paris from the remotest part of Languedoc, to consult a surgeon; who told him that it was time for him to perform the operation of couching-, for the success of which he would be answerable. M. de C*m" inquired what would be the expence of the operation: fifty guineas, replied Granjean. — M. de C. remonstrated grievously against the charge, and was disposed to make a bargain, to lower the price: but Granjean was inflexible; and M. de C. hid nothing left but patience, submission, and non-resistance. Some days afterward, the surgeon performed the operation; when, having removed the cataract from the right eye, M. de C. exclaimed with transport, that his sight was perfectly restored. Come then, said Granjean, let us proceed to the other eye. Stay a moment, replied M. de C:—you take fifty guineas for the whole operation; that is, five-and-t wenty for each eye: now as I see quite as well as is necessary, and as I wish to see, I shall content myself with one eye: to recover the other would be a very useless luxury; there are your fve-and-twenly guineas.'
With.one more sprightly anecdote, we shall close our extracts; and as it relates to our celebrated countryman Mr. Gibbon, we think that it will not be uninteresting to the reader:
* I hear from Lausanne that Mr. Gibbon has been settled there for some time, and is extremely well received, he is, they tell me, grown so prodigiously fat, that he walks with great difficulty: yet' with this figure, and his strange face, Mr Gibbon is infinitely gallant, and is fallen in love with a beautiful woman, Madame de Crou%at. One day, finding himself with her tele a te'te for the first time, and desirous of availing himself of so favourable a moment, he fell suddenly on his knees, and made a declaration of his flame in the most passionate terms. Madame de L'rouzas replied in a manner sufficiently repulsive to discourage every temptation to renew the scene, and Mr. Gibbon appeared embarrassed: but he nevertheless retained his prostrate attitude; and notwithstanding Madame's repeated invitation to re-seat himself on his chair, he was motionless and silent. —" But, sir," repeated Madame de Croutat, "rise, I beseech you." —" Alas, Madame," at length answered this unfortunate lover, *• / am not able." In ttuth, the corpulency of his person totally impeded the possibility of his recovering his legs without assistance. Madame de C. then rang the bell, and desired the servant to help Mr. Gibbon to rise.'
Here Mad. De Genus takes leave of the grot Monsieur Gibbon, and directs her satiric pen to another ill-starred lover, whose stature was in the extreme of opposition; and the little man was even more ludicrously punished for an unwelcome declaration, by being placed upon the chimney piece.
In revenge for the treatment of this unhappy wight, we shall now put the fair writer herself upon the shelf.
to the Remarkable Passages in this Volume.
fcT. B. To find any particular Book, er Pamphlet, see the
Air, considered with relation to
Allan, Mr. on improving barren
Alien, Mr. on carbonic acid, and
American Intercourse Bill, provi-
Aneurism, popliteal, successful
Annibal, his successes against the
Astronomy, elements of, in French
Atheist, poetic delineation of, 176.
Augsburgh, Prince Bishop of,
Aurora BoreaSs, frequent and
Bacon, flitch of. See Dunmow.
turned into verse, 256.
by Mrs. Carter, 238.
Bees, memoir on the economy o&
Beggar's Petition, translated into
French verse, 536.
frost in ripening corn, 38.
of, 70. <
recommended for, 49.
Boyle, Richard, Earl of Cork,
Brewery, extraordinary cask in
Brydon, Mr. a Scotch farmer,
Buckingham, Marquis of, presents
Butler, Lady Eleanor, and Mist
Butter, consumption of, in Lon-
Calculi, urinary, obs. on, 48.
founded there by Marquis Wei-
haviour of Lord Nelson to-
274' &c"' , .
Cambridge, University or, rejected
Sir Laac Newton as qne of its
representatives in Parliament,
4°°- . ' r •
Carbon, on the quantity of, in
carbonic acid, 154.
Carnatic, Nabob of, behaviour 6t
the East India Company, to,
424- , . .
Came, Mr. on a tin-mine, ice.
Carter, Mrs. Elizabeth, particu-
Chapone, Mrs. her metaphysical
, nal, 247.
Charles I. remarks by Mr. Fox
Cbemos, his speech to the gods of
Chops, and Shops, anecdote of a
Churches, principal, of Paris, ac-
Clarissa. See Rk bards en.
Clergy, of France, the returned
1 . —, parochial, difference be-
Coffee .observations on, as an article
Colours, rings of, between two
Comets, observations on, 160.
Corn, said to be ripened by fr03t,
Corneille, the great French trage-
Cottage-garden, poetically de-
.Crabs, natural history of those
Crustacea, various particulars re-
Dead-Sea, analysis of the water*
Debt, See Imprisonment.
De-Wit, tribute to his memory,
Diamond, on the nature of, 154.
Dirom, General, plan of lime-
Don, Mr. on the indigenous
Dram drinkirg, its origin, 16S-
Drama, tragic observations on a*
Drummond, Mr. on the natural
Dumouriem,General, kindly treat-
Duncan, Dr. on the diseases of
Dunmow, account of, and of its
Edinburgh, said to be a more
Emigrants of France, munificently
Entcmostraca, a class of crustace-
Ersiine, Mr. characterized as an
Establishments, religious, good re-
Evangelical Preaching, remarks
Eudiometer, account of a new one,
Evening, approach of, poetically
Euler, on the binomial theorem,
Exclusion bill, Mr. Fox's remarks *
Fairy-Kings, memoir on, 150.
Fanaticism, in Scotland, anecdotes
Fever, question discussed respect-
Fiefs, origin of, 514..
Fhddtn, battle of, the foundation
Food, liquid and solid, considered
Foote, Capt. his statement re-
Fortifications recommended, and
Fox, Mr. eulogy on, 185. His
France, statement of its piesent
traveller, when first entering
that country, 2 %2.
the antient empire of the
Franks, who invaded Gaul in the
Gazetteers. See Topography.
Gelimer, King of the Vandals, his
Genevieve, St. new church of,
Gentleman, that term defined by a
German Courts, stiff etiquette of,
Germany, splendid xra of, and
Gibbon, Mr, laughable .ftory of,
Gout, farther discussion of the
Grasses, fittest for culture in Scot-
Gregory VII. successful efforts of
Hay, Mr on the improvement of
a moor, 39.
Heath, and moors, account of the
Hernia, remarks concerning, jr.
Herring, particulars relative to the
Hertchell, Dr. on the coloured
Highland-farmer proper objecta
History, remarks on the study of
N «1 H«h
Holland, Lord, his prefatory ac-
Home, Mr. on the stomachs of
Knight, Mr- on the economy of
Jamaica, comparat i ve produce and
Jervis, Sir John. See St. Vin'
Jesus, the character of, considered
Imprisonment for debt, regulations
India, the question of sending
Inheritance, law of, among the
45'—454- , . ,
Jordan, analysis of the waters
Joshua, his speech to the Israel-,
Irrigation, memoirs on, 41, 42.
Judges, remarks on the num-
Jury, trial by, arguments relative
Ladies, English, accused of Face-
Lady, verses to one, at Bath,
Law, proceedings of, various
Legends, metrical, extracts from,
L'Estrange, Sir Roger, anecdotes
Liberty, temperate remarks on,
Lime-kilns, plan of, 39
Limtricl, treaty of, remarks on the
articles of, 202.
of that county, 394.
historical particulars rel. to.331.
description of a new one, 65.
invasion attacked and defended,
Louis XIV. obs. on his character
Lyndsay, Sir David, account of,
Lynn, Mr. his practice in popliteal
Macartney, Earl of, particulars of
Mack, General, Lord Nelson's
Malacostraca, a class ot crustace-
Malthus, Mr. strictures on bis sys-