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To the Editors of the BOSTON opinion of his mistress's good underMAGAZINE.

ftanding as to suppose she is to be won

by alvabit falleriood.” Gentlemen,

Many of my readers will no doubt The following I forne wbere met

urze toat we are all fond of Aattery ;

and so graterui is it to our ears, that with, and thinking it iniy bo we are unwilling to consider how fallanot be an unnecefury callion

Clous it is, bu!!! is the nurse of crimes.

To thaiso many parents owe the delto some of your readers, was truction of their daughters, -- to that induced to offer it for tveir has many a lair virgin been sacrificed,

te that has many a villain owed a base perufal.

triumph over credulous innocence. PHILANDER. Lorenzo was the only fon of a weal

thy baroust in the west of England.

Curioda was the daughter of a neigh• Man! savage man, the wildest beast

bouring farmer. He was a man of of prey,

gailantry ---GENTIL and BIEN FAIT. Allumestie face of kindners to betray, Her features were elegant, her person His giant Arength against the weak

was beautiful, and her skin exceeded employs,

the lilly and the role - Lorenzo, from And Woman, whom he should protect,

the respectab:lity of his father, and destroys !

his proximity to Ruiticus (for that was HERE is nothing which ought the name of Clarinda's parent, her

mother the had loft in her infancy) ed to the female world, than a deaf ear foon found means to be introduc'd. Her to adulation, though I know it is pleaf- father was pleased at the partia ing, or rather insinuating, when couch- ality thewn Clarinda -- he encouraged ed in the smooth language of a fenfible, the vifits of Lorenzo, and they were and designing man.

pretty frequent. The poor old man Flattery is always the incense offered had buoyed himself up in hopes of a to female beauty, and love, the only very advantageous maich for bis only Janguage that it hears-.. But, there are child. Lorenzo was at first disagrea. women whose judgments are not to be ble to her ; but Aattery, and the enimposed on. I remember to have heard treaties of her father, rendered him by a very sensible remark of a lady, who, degrees more and more pleasing. At by the greatest mental accomplih- every ineering he repeated his passion ments, recompenced for the deficien- with additional tenderness and fervene cies in her personal ones, to a gentle- cy. She believed him a man of virtue, man, whom she had reason to beleive as he vowed his soul was enraptured was paying his addresses more for the with an honourable love. He called poffeffion of her fortune than her heart, her by every endearing name, love it. and who considered fariery as a neces- Telícould have suggested. She never besary auxilary to his purpose. " If sir, före had heard her charms to pleasingly faid she, you form so improper, so on. depicted. She lifined to it with avidimerited an opinion upon my person, ty. It gave her the oniy vice the which every one who hath Colely the koew--it gave her PRIDE- She thought blening of fight, can judge of, what con- all he said, was true : He swore ro clufion can I expect you will form of frequently to the sincerity of his intenthe qualities of my mind, which it re- tions, that he was at length persuaded quires impartial good sense to draw ? to believe, that, without reciprocal Úlad I merited the eocomiums you Jove on her fide, he would be wretchhave been pleased to frequently to pass ed. She resolved to encourage his upon my person, I Mould not have con- addrels, partly in obedience to her fidered your telling me as any compli. father... partly out of gratitude arising ment,...but as I do not, I must treat from his promises of love and friendyour addresses in future, with that ne- thip; hue chiefy from the impressions gledt which every woman should do which Aattery had made in her unwhole of a maa who has so weak an guarded heart. Theli confiderations

prompted

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334 On the Coluber Cerastes, or hörned Viper of Egypt. prompted her to give him every af- and Cairo, and who was so kind to surance of her regard and efieem. In present me with two specimos ofi:. nocent freedoms, with a mixture of Dr. Linæus, in his Syfitne of Na. the most tender and delicate expres. ture. p.217, Cills it Coluler certes. sions passed between them, at every

Dr. Haficiquit. in iis iter. p. 3150 mterview, But mörk the dreadiul Coluber cornutus ; t.e foliowing is lequel !

an extra åt from his description : (To be continued.)

The head, hetween the horps, is much

depiefied; the cheeks are fwried A Letter from John Ellis, Erg; F. RS.

ovi, so that the noder part of the

head is considerably thicker than to tie Prefident, on tre Coluber

tie Deck ; tiie flout is thort and Cerafles, or Horned V:per of Egypts blunt ; tue oui ward front of the 17. with the true figure of it, en grav.

per and under jaws have a small ca. ed.

viiy, r depriftion, in boib; the rol. [From the Universal Magazine.)

triis project like those of a pug dng.. My Lord,

The eyes have a perpendicular raro HE Coluber ceralter, or horned

row and black pupil; the irisis of a

yellow th gray colour; the orbiis of honour to prelent a specimen of to

thie eyts are neatly set round with this illuftrious Society, I am informed, small hemispherical fiales. is very rare, and scarce to be found The tongue is divided at the extremity in any of the cabinets of natural curto 10t0 i wo paris. ofities in Europe. Befides, the 20- The teeth. In the upper jaw there thors who have created on the ceral.' ar: no reeit, but iwo bunts placed, tes, as Alpious' and Bellonius, have lengthways in the pallale; ini tern given such uosatisfactory descriptions are fixed several smallieeth, geutralof it, and inaccurate figuies, that I ly about ten : they are tharp, olan thought an exa&t drawing from na. 'equal length, aird bead a lite to. ture, together with the best and latest wards the throat. On the fides of" lyfterna ical account of it, would be the under jaw, near the snoui, are, argreable, as well to the lovers of an. placed three or four teeth ; but none tiquity, as natural history.

quite in the fore pirt, or binder pari, The 'ancient Egypt ans, most cer. The horns. Juft above the eyes, Deal tainly, efieemed it an hieroglyphic of the upper part of their orbit, weiwo some importance; for, when we ex- tentacula, which we call horns, about am ve their monuments of t'e greatest

a quarter of an inch long ; they are antiquity; !uch as ihe:r obel.ins, teille not Araighi, but bend a little outples, fiatues, palaces, and eveo their wards ; they are channelied lengih. musmies, we are almost sure to find ways, Marp pointed, but not very many representations of it on them. hard; their bafis is surrounded wita. Tuose two immensely large ftones, a circle of sm 2!1 erect scales. Järely brought from Alexandria, in The body is narrow towards the peck ; Egypt, now in the court yard of the the diameter of the thickeft part of Britim Museum, which appear to be the middle about one inch; the tail part of the grand cornice of some frows suddenly taper, and ends in a magn fient pa.ace, have many figures tharp point. of the cerutes curioully engraved up

The colour. The top of the head, the on them.

back, and upper part or the tail, are Dr. Hasse!quisi, a pupil of the ce. variegated with large irregular spots, lebra'ed Linnæus,

who

in of a bright ochry colour, or reddith Egypt in 1750, has given us a particu. Prown; the throat, belly, and under lar description of this curious animal; part of the tail. a whirith. but neither he nor the former writers The length of this specimen is as idle 00 Egypt, tha: mention the cejales, lows : from the nose to the anus 21 say any thing about the venom of its and hall inches, the tail 3 and half bite. This we are informed of only inches ; lo that the whole serpent' by Dr. Turnbull, who lived many

is 26 incheslong. years in Egypt, both at Alexandria The belly is covered with 145 broad

scales,

was

Boston Mag. June 1784

J.Non

Orman S.

The Cotuberlorastes or Horned Viperofen

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Luxury the effeminate debaser of the Soul.

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Stales, or scuta; the tail with 43 pair of Small scales, or squame

'The number of squamæ and scuta have been thought, bylate authors, to be the best method of determining the Tpecies of C-rpets ; but they are not ignorant that they differ a few now and iben : Hefstqusit reckoning 150 Ycuta, and 50 pair of squama, to his Coluber cornutiks.

I am, My Lord,
your obedient, humble Tervent,

JOHN ELLIS,

To the Right Hon. the Earl of Mor TON, President of the Royal Society.

! For the BosTON MAGAZINE.

Scevior armis Luxuria incubuit, -JUV, SIR,

L bater of the soul e le corrupe im

perate draught, we swallow down a subtle enemy; for it is certain die more we devour of brute creatures, ine more we, in our patures, relembe them. Behold that fewga w buticiny, the beau who looks like a giri, aid smells like a Civet Cat, wlose very words are female, and his geftuit af the doubtfulgender, wloplumes time self upon his taylor's art, and, like i peacock, proudly spreads he feud; featliers, whole uimost knowledge is the newest mode, and highest ambitie on the most admired dreis ; this pret. ty painted paltry creature is like iz rich puise that has no money in it, or fool th book, finely gilt and cove: ed ; the life of this poor Narcisin, like a transforming inteft,entirely drpends upon the cut and colour off).'s clo t:.8; he lives but while they luf, and when a fresher famion, or a five coat appear, he dies. But of all kiir; of luxury that is surely the most co ous and abominable where our cou). try's gold is debased and barteied animation for follies.

As indufry produces plenty, pe! idleness poverty, so all virtue ar happiuess neceffarily fies from, a every vice and evil fues to, a people of debauched corrupted fpirit. 'LUIury fiupifies the repres, and makini men tame, and fit for Nevery; A: bow's their minds, and caules thereo floop, like ailcs, to receive the flav til burden, and basely court the iro:2 hand of arbitrary power; fe, witz her twin fister corruprion, have always been the bane of the greateft ftates auch empires ; none but that that has trutin

i virtue for it's basis can ever last, bui, like a ireellat has not taken i firm r001, by the first Arong adverse blast muft (all ; as well may we expect a house to fand, whore foundaion is totally rotted and destroyed, or, a man to live after his beare is per the ed, as that kingdom to continue and prosper, where luxury and corruprion Aourish and are promo.d.How careful ought all rulers to low amongh their people the seeds of sound morality ; fioce the stability of their government, and all their glory, honour, and happiness, cotirely depends thereon. I am, fir,

your humble servant.

UXURY is the effeminate de

poveri Merof the mind, the vicious paTent of innumerable evils ; from her pe inicious root springs every disease of ine body, and every lickness of the foul; the creates want even in the midft of plenty, and converts ail nature's ble rings into curles ; me, like the sword, untimely crops life's beauteouş flower, and like a raging pentiJence, devours all human wealth and happiness ; like Circe's Cup the intoxicates the soul, chills, and benumis every rising virtue ; wherever her bloaied countenance appears, pains or poverty attend; the, like the shades of sight, Reals upon reason's rttiring Tays, and, like a cutting north-eait wind, she blafts each virtuous blossorn of the suul. See smiling temperance' with a beautious bloom appears, like a charming country maid, health of body, and peace of mind, unite ; liere i wollen luxury, with deformed countenance, like a tainted harlot of i he town, who, like fruit tha: is rotten before it is iise, Mews age in youth, a withered visage and torment. ed heart: Luxury bruialises the blood, clogs and impedes the acting of the intellectual power. When we eat only to please our palates, we feed on moit pernicious poison, and at every intem

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