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Frontispiece to the Oxford Magazine).

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Embellished with COPPER-PLATE S, Satirical, Political, and

Scientifical, from ORIGINAL DESIGN S.

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A SOCIETY OF

OF GENTLEMEN,

Members of the University of OXFORD.

VOLUME VIII.

LONDON:

Printed for the AUTHORS, and fold by S. BLADON, at No. 28, and

J. Coote, at No. 16, in Pater nofter-row, London; Meff. FLETCHER
and Hopson, at Cambridge; Mr. SMITEI, at Dublin; and Mr. E THB-
RINGTON, at York.

M DCC LXXII.

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F all the virtues which adorn the dismal consequences of prodigality and

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benevolence seems to excite the adini. ry virtue recommended by moralifts, ration and applaules of the world, benevolence excepted, we see the prinmore than any other. A man may be ciple of self-love predominant. in pious, fober, honest, virtuolis, a d juft, the emanations of a liberal mind, we in all his concerns with his fellow. can scarce discern this common motive, mortals, and yet pass through life, little allowed indeed to be a very proper stinoticed, or at mort, only a cold eltrein mulative to laudable designs. He who for a reputable character will distin- risks his perfon, lis fortune, his credit,

a guish him from the profligate and dis- or his fair fame, for the benefit of his honeft; but the benevolent man, whose neighbour, cannot, properly speaking, virtue has its fource in humanity, is be supposed to have self-love fr his almoit adored by his relations, bis motive. As the generous, benevolent friends, his neighbours, and, in ge- character undoubtedly exalts us above neral, by all whom fame brings ac- the level of the human species, and quainted with his character.

allimulates us more than any other One act of genuine benevolence can- virtue, to beings of a celestial nature, cels a thousand faults; or, in other besides gaining us the universal apwords, “ covers a multitude of sins.” plause of all around us; it is no wonIn fact, the exercise of all other vir- der that this character is aimed at by tues appear to tpring from some selfith the majority of mankind, and that the inotive, which depreciates the most great-il errors arise from the pursuit oi meritorious conduct: But benevolence it upon fille principles. has its fource in philanthropy, and If I mistake not, there is an elegant those wlio practice it, ale fo far from passare in some part of that oldderiving any teinporary advantage from fashioned book, the Bible, which in a it, that they fre;uently expose thein- very few words, points out the distincseives to a variety of inconveniences, tion hetsveen the man whom the world from following the dictates of huma- would c:1! man of frict honour, of nity and cunsallion.

unsullied reputation, and the beneMen my be pous and just from the volent character the Cenfor has in view. fear of "hinent; they may be fober It would be formal and uncourtly to or chalie, because intemporance and cite chapter and verse, and, perhaps, debauchery are ili sinit.d in their con- ly avoiding this exploded cultum, i fitutions, and will bring on disease and may induce some, wh

want fuc anguisin; they inay be frugal and eco- ployment, to turn over the book till nomic, from the apprehenfiors of the they find it -The tenor of the fenVOL. VIII.

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