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upon wolves among the several species of beasts." Ai British writer would be very justly charged with want of politeness, who, in return to this civility, should look upon the French as that part of mankind which answers to a species in the brute creation, whom we call in English by the name of monkeys.
If the French load us with these indignities, we may observe, for our comfort, that they give the rest of their borderers no better quarter. If we are a dull, heavy, phlegmatic people, we are, it seems, no worse than our neighbours. As an instance, I shall set down at large a remarkable passage in a famous book entitled Chevræana, written many years ago by the celebrated Monsieur Chevreau; after having advertised my reader, that the Duchess of Hanover, and the Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia, who are mentioned in it, were the late excellent Princess Sophia and her sister.
“ Tilenus pour un Allemand, parle et ecrit bien François," dit Scaliger : “ Gretzer a bien de l'esprit pour un Allemand," dit le Cardinal du Perron: Et le P. Bouhours met en question, si un Allemand peut être bel esprit ? on ne doit juger ni bien ni mal d'une nation par un particulier ni d'un particulier par sa nation. Il y a des Allemands, comme des François, qui n'ont point d'esprit ; des Allemands, qui ont scứ plus d' Hebreu, plus de Grec, que Scaliger et le Cardinal du Perron: J'honore fort le P. Bouhours, qui a du merite ; mais j'ose dire, que la France n'a point de plus bel Esprit que Madame la Duchesse de Hanovre d'aujourdhui, ni de personne plus solidement savante en philosophie que l'étoit Madame la Princesse Elizabeth de Boheme, sa Sour : Et je ne crois pas que 'on refuse le même titre à beaucoup d' Academiciens d'Allemagne dont les Ouvrages meriteroient bien d'être traduits. Ny a d'autres Princesses en Allemagne, qui ont infiniment de l'esprit. Les François disent c'est un Allemand, pour exprimer un homme pesant, brutal ; et les Allemands comme les Italiens, c'est un François, pour dire un fou et un etourdi. C'est aller trop loin : comme le Prince de Salé dit de Ruyter, Il est honnête homme, c'est bien dommage qu'il soit Chrétien. væana, tom. I.
" "Tilenus,' says Scaliger, speaks and writes well for a German.' Gretzer has a great deal of wit for a German,' says Cardinal Perron. And Father Bouhours makes it a question, whether a German can be a wit ? One ought not, to judge well or ill of a nation from a particular person, nor
eular person from his nation. There are Germans, are French, who have no wit; and Germans who skilled in Greek and Hebrew than either Scaliger dinal du Perron. I have a great honour for Faours, who is a man of merit; but will be bold to there is not in all France a person of more wit present Duchess of Hanover; nor more thoroughly n philosophy than was the late Princess Elizabeth lia, her sister; and I believe none
can refuse title to many academicians in Germany, whose y well deserve to be translated into our tongue.
other Princesses in Germany, who have also an al of wit. The French say of a man, that he is a when they would signify that he is dull and heavy; Hermans, as well as the Italians, when they would
a hair-brained coxcomb, say he is a Frenchman. oing too far, and is like the governor of Sallee's De Ruyter, the Dutch Admiral, 'He is an honest a great pity he is a Christian.""
already run my paper out to its usual length, I room for many reflections on that which is the sub
The last-cited author has been beforehand with proper moral. I shall only add to it, that there in unaccountable disposition among the English of
to fetch the fashion from the French, not only in s and behaviour, but even in their judgments and -f mankind. It will, however, be reasonable for us, cur with them in their contempt of other neighations, that we should likewise regard ourselves ? - same view in which they are wont to place us. sentations they make of us, are as of a nation the ured by them; and, as these are agreeable to the nasion they have for us, are more disadvantageous than es they have drawn of any other people in Europe. ble for us, that we should regard ourselves.] Improperly exshould either be-reasonable that we should regard ourselves. sonable for us to regard ourselves.
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