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vy rains, which being retained near dam is fituated on the river Amftet, the top of the ground are prevented and an arm of the sea, called the Y, by the tenacity of the earth from pe- at the mouth of the Zuyder sea ; and netrating, toon, far into it. If in this is built in the form of a crescent. It ftare there happens a hard froft, it is Atrongly fortified with a fosse of muft destroy the roots of the grain, great depth and width, with a rambecause the waters (o retained in the part of earth faced with brick, carto occupy, when frozen, more Arengthened with twenty-six baftions. fpace than before, which causes the Io all the chief streets are canals thaded body embracing the roots, greatly with trees ; the grandeft is heereto expand, to the deftru&ion of their graft, or canal of Lords.. This city fibres, which proves fatal to the contains upwards of 26035 houses; grain.

and it is supposed about 250,000 inFrom there observations, if true, habitants. The curiofities of this place another may be drawn in favour of are not very striking. The princi-' intermixing our soils, and thereby pal obje& which engages the atieptidestroy in a degree, the tenacity of on is the stadt house. It is a moft Authe one and increase it in the other. pendous building, ereded on 13659 When this is done, one will not be piles of timber, and was finished in blown off in dry frofty weather, the the year 1655. The pillar cost one other will not retain such quantities of hundred thousand pounds The water as, when frozen, may prove whole expence is computed at 2,000, ruinous to the grain.

000. Versailles coft only eight hun, To avoid many of the ill effe&ts of dred thousand pounds. "The escurial frofts on our grain (all perhaps never one million. St. Paul's one million, will be avoided) the secd Mould, when five hundred thousand. St. Peter's, sown, be plowed in, the roots being at Rome, 13,000,000. Norbing pleases deep they will not so soon be left bare a Dutchman more than to praise this in our light (andy foils, nor fo foon building; he confiders it a compliment thrown out by the frosts, in our hard to his ancestors. This building, is' and clayey grounds. Besides these peculiarly calculated for public utility. heavy tenacious lands should be All public offices are under this roof. plowed in small divifions, so as to' The paintings in the several rooms leave a middle or hollow furrow every are excellent : The sculpture admira. four feet. By this mode of plowing, ble. You enter by seven (mall porour lands will be thrown into very clses, in allufion to the seven Aates. Darrow beds, and the waters be drain. But this ruins the front prospea. Io. ed into these deep furrows. From Atead of seven small entries, which them they must fall into ditches, appear in proportion to the building which molt be made in different parts' only like port holes, it would have of the field, and from them into the made a much nobler appearance, had neighbouring vallies.

This mode I there been a rise of feps and spacious have seen pra&tised with great suc. doors. It now appears very deficient cess.

in point of architeQure, and magniA COUNTRYMAN. ficence. Opposite the fladt-house is

the weigh house, a place where all ar

ticles are weighed by the city scales. To the Editors of the Boston MA

The exchange is much larger than

the royal exchange in London, and Gentlemen,

more crowded.

The number of merThe following description of Pamfler. chants, and the bufiness transacted

dam, the Exchange, &c. was taken' here, are incred:ble. It appears the from the journal of a young gen. grand receptacle of trade. The comtleman belonging to this town. If merce of the world here seems bró't you think it would entertain the to a center. The negociations on this public, you may give it a place in spot operate fo extensively, as to efyour Magazine

fect the whole systems of commerce in WE arrived at Amsterdam on the all parts of the globe. By the appear

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189 Suppose every man an Ambassador, lowing their fashions ; but keep up a setiling the preliminaries of their re- national character. A very friking verat courts. Nothing trilling or proof of their judgment and confighry is admitted within there walls. Itancy. Noge but the attentive, considerate We vifited the poor house, a large

A smile here would brick building molt commodiously calbe as preposterous as tears at the pan. culated to accommodate a large num. theon. No mao seems ao indifferent ber of the poor. Also, the fpin-house, spedator, but every one looks with an where are employed those poor unforearneftness, as if waiting an event on tunate girls, whose affability has provwhich his whole fortune depended. ed their suin. The common girls are The greateft regularity is pursued,and disguftingly ugly. I could not but pi. ponti uality observed. Every tranf. ty the poor wretches, as oature had a&tion is on the stricteft principles of been so unkind, that they could nehonour. The leart failure in any of ver expect marriage, unless beauty these points would defroy the best was confidered as an antidote to love : eftab lished reputation in the city. It was rather unfortunate they were HONOUR is Law; and the word once born in this country, where Venus has palled is a decision from whence there not been lavish of her graces and is no appeal.

charms. In America, fo peculiarly The play house is much larger than the favourite of this goddess, they the hay market, and pretuly finish- vould have escaped the snares of reed. The fears are oumbered to pre. duction : Their ugly appearance vent crowding, as each person has a would have been the guardian of their right to fill up the space of his num. chaftity. ber. The actors were tolerable ; but We went through the mad houses, not understanding the language, the where are objects which excite the performance was but indifferently keenest reflections. There is alfo an entertaining to me. A Dutch come- hospital, where poor Arangers are ea. dy, to a person unskilled in their lan. tertained gratis for three nights. Op guage, is really a larce on comedy ; Friday evening, we went to the Jews. ine language being no more calculat iynagogue. Such a rabble, and such ed to excite any thing of the agreea. confusion, are a burlesque upon relible, or jovial, than the found of a gion. The rasp house is a prison for brokea bell. It may antwer for tra- criminals, who are confined for a num. gedy, to raise ideas of the melancholy ber of years, and employed in fawing a.id difreising. It is a perfect farce brazil wood. Whatever may have to see a number of Dutchmen at the been their crimes, I could not but theatre ; the Englifs are constantly in pity their unhappy lot.

Their pu • a loud laugh, but the Dutch hear a nishment however, is more eligible comedy with as much solemnity as a than DEATH, so often inflicted in funeral dirge. It is indeed very laugh- England, able to hear lovers, in all the extary of transport, converfing in a language the very found of which would dir. To the Editors of the Boston MAgoft an English prostitute. We were ertertained in Amster- Gentlemen,

the greatest gentilityThe T has jong been a & Their entertainments are rich and rex be molt reinarkable for conftancy Splendid ; their houses and furgiture in love. For my own part, I am in. very elegant. This elegance within clined, from observation and experi. their families, muft arise wholly from eace, to give my opinion in favour of the ladies, who are very industrious, the ladies. I am far from thinking, polite and social. They cannot houst however, that inconftancy is any veof beau y, but this deficiency is made ry grent crime in the men. The lá upio affability and fincerity. Though dies may be astonished at this asserti. so near France, they do not, like Eng. 00; but I aflore them, that it is to be land, compliment that nation, by fol. imputed entirely to them, that we are

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so changeable in our affsations. Na- the happiness of finding, from the dë. ture has made women so charming, licacy and ingenuity of my conversa

. that it is impoflible, when we see her, tion, that I exceeded her expe&ati

. not to love her. But the cause ol fick.. ons. I answered her in some very leness is, that nature has made too ma. warm expressions. Never were kin: ny women. This is peculiariy the

dred rouls so enamoured of each misfortune in this capital, where other, as we were in three mioutes. beautiful ladies are scattered with such I had just begun to make an offer of profusion, that I defy any man, who my person, when we arrived at te walks the fireets with his eyes open,

door of her house. I entered without to be constant a month. The impres. ceremony ; for coquettes prevent all gon,made by the lovely complexion of ceremony. “My dear Eliza, said one lady, will infallibiy be obliterated Beliada to a young lady who arose by the (parkling eyes of another. Ma- to receive us, this is Mr. Inconftant, ny inftances, which prove the truth of of whom you have heard so much."! there observatious, might be produ- I Caluied her, and Belinda escaped ced. Some particulars of my owu his. tory afford one.

Eliza's mouth! Never was such as A few months ago, by the death of exquisite lip formed.

Belinda per: an old aunt in the country, an estate ceived the change of my affection,and worth three thousand pounds fell into discharged a fresh artillery of glances my possession. As I have long cater. from her eyes; but Eliza's lip rendertained a very romantic idea of the plea- ed them all ineffetual. I continued fures of matrimonial life, the first ining the humble flave of this lady near a I determined to do, upon bearing the month ; during which, though the good news, wag to look out for a wife. [poke not a word, I conceived her to An easy cullibility of difpofition be the moft accomplished of wowhich I pofiess, I thought, would qua. lify me to make a very good hus- Delia however, at length convinced band

me that Eliza was deflitute of every Mrs. Arrabella, an affable widow; attraction. This is a young lady of who lives opposite to my lodgings, was, fixteen, who to a most beautiful face the first object of iny affection. She ang elegant person has added grea told me, tbat it was a Mhame a young ingenuity, sensibility, and delicacy fellow of iny accomplishments should Alas! That Sophia should be e live fingie; ant that the knew many dowed with more knowledge a ladies who would be very happy to

wisdom. Intelligent Sophia, he give me their hands. In short, the wretched am I, that Maria's hattered me so agreeably, that, in Thould have power to obliterate less than three weeks acquaintance, impression made by the good sense I fell deeply in love with her.

your conversation. I went to drink tea with her on. af. Maria (miled so bewitchingly ternoon, fully deteunined to make a paiteed so satirically, and rer declaration of my paflion, whto it un- poetry of her own so gracefully, fortunately happened, that Belinda, a Íconcluded I had now found i dear little coquette, was paying her ragon of perfection. a visit. This lady, who posselles spright- In there sentiments I shouis liness, wit and politeness, directed her still remained, had I not seen eyes at me, as soon as I entered the house, one

e day, the amiable room. I forgoi Arrabella im niediate- da. ly. The afternoon passed away I But I had scarcely discover koow not how. All I know is, that, Candida was all atfibility, fi at ene end of it, I waited upon Belin- and good nature ; I had butt da home. She allured me, in our fured her, how much I eleeme walk, inat the bad long wilhed for

and adored her,wbieo ber love! the pleasure of my acquaintance ; for Fanny, caught my attentio The had heard that I was a gentleman poffefses all the amiable prop of a refined taste and most benevolent Candida, is two years young heart. She added, that the had now

much more beautiful.

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