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I lose the charge of those days' keeping; I lose the three pounds at which I valued him above what he cost me, and I lose the advantage I might have made of my money in six months, either by the interest, or by joining it to my stock in trade in my voyage to Barbadoes.
6. Lastly, whenever a horse is put to keep, the agreement naturally runs thus. The keeper says, “I will feed your horse six months on good hay and oats, if, at the end of that time, you will pay me three pounds.” The owner says,
you will feed my horse six months on good hay and oats, I will pay you three pounds at the end of that time.” Now we may plainly see, the keeper's performance of his part of the agreement must be antecedent to that of the owner; and, the agreement being wholly conditional, the owner's part is not in force till the keeper has performed his. You, then, not having fed my horse six months, as you agreed to do, there lies no obligation on me to pay for so much feeding
Thus we have heard what can be said on both sides. Upon the whole, I am of opinion, that no deduction should be allowed for the keeping of the horse after the time of his straying.
I am yours, &c.
WHENCE does it proceed, that the proselytes to any sect, or persuasion, generally appear more zealous than those that are bred up in it?
Answer. I suppose that people bred in different persuasions are nearly zealous alike. Then, he that changes his party is either sincere or not sincere; that is, he either does it for the sake of the opinions merely, or with a view of interest. If he is sincere, and has no view of interest, and considers, before he declares himself, how much ill will he shall have from those he leaves, and that those he is about to go among will be apt to suspect his sincerity; if he is not really zealous, he will not declare; and, therefore, must be zealous if he does declare.
If he is not sincere, he is obliged at least to put on an appearance of great zeal, to convince the better his new friends, that he is heartily in earnest; for his old ones, he knows, dislike him. And, as few acts of zeal will be more taken notice of, than such as are done against the party he has left, he is inclined to injure or malign them, because he knows they contemn and despise him. Hence, as the proverb says, One renegado is worse than ten Turks.
SIR, It is strange, that among men, who are born for society and mutual solace, there should be any who take pleasure in speaking disagreeable things to their acquaintance. But such there are, I assure you; and I should be glad if a little public chastisement might be
any means of reforming them. These ill-natured people study a man's temper, or the circumstances of his life, merely to know what disgusts him, and what he does not care to hear mentioned; and this they take care to omit no opportunity of disturbing him with. They communicate their wonderful discoveries to others, with an ill-natured satisfaction in their countenances; Say such a thing to such a man and you cannot mortify him worse. They delight (to use their own phrase) in seeing galled horses wince, and, like flies, a sore place is a feast to them. Know, ye wretches, that the meanest insect, the trifling musqueto, the filthy bug, have it in their power to give pain to men; but to be able to give pleasure to your fellow creatures requires good nature and a kind and humane disposition, joined with talents to which ye seem to have no pretension.
IF a sound body and a sound mind, which is as much as to say, health and virtue, are to be preferred before all other considerations, ought not men, in choosing a business either for themselves or children, to refuse such as are unwholsome for the body, and such as make a man too dependent, too much obliged to please others, and too much subjected to their humors in order to be recommended and get a livelihood ?
I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has ?
Answer. Commend her among her female acquaint
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is, to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said, and to answer to the
In vain are musty morals taught in schools,
PROPOSALS AND QUERIES
FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE JUNTO..
That P. S. and A. N. be immediately invited into the Junto.
That all new members be qualified by the four qualifications, and all the old ones take
That these queries, copied at the beginning of a book, be read distinctly at each meeting ; a pause be
* For an account of the Junto, see above, p. 9. The Queries appear to have been the author's first thoughts, written down without regard to method, and in parts are unfinished.
tween each, while one might fill and drink a glass of wine.
That, if they cannot be gone through in one night, we begin the next where we left off; only such as particularly regard the Junto to be read every night.
That it be not hereafter the duty of any member to bring queries, but left to his discretion.
That an old declamation be read without fail every night, when there is no new one.
That Mr. Brientnal's poem on the Junto be read once a month, and hummed in concert by as many as can hum it.
That, in spring, summer, and fall, the Junto meet once a month in the afternoon, in some proper place across the river, for bodily exercise. That in the aforesaid book be kept minutes, thus;
Friday, June 30th, 1732. Present, A B, C D E F, &c.
1. H. read this maxim, viz., or this experiFigures denote
ment, viz., or, &c. queries
5. Lately arrived one —
fession, or such a science, &c. answered.
7. X. Y. grew rich by this means, &c. That these minutes be read once a year at the anniversary.
That all fines due be immediately paid in, and the penal laws for queries and declamations abolished; only he who is absent above ten times in the year to pay ten shillings towards the anniversary entertainment.
That the Secretary, for keeping the minutes, be allowed one shilling per night, to be paid out of the money already in his hands.
That, after the queries are begun reading, all discourse foreign to them shall be deemed impertinent.
When any thing from reading an author is men
of such a pro