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Life in London: Or the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq, And His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom in Their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from Life in London: Or the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq., And His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom in Their Rambles and Sprees Through the MetropolisThe prince but studies his companions,Like a strange tongue: wherein, to gain the language,'Tis needful that the most immodest wordBe look'd upon and learn'd; which, once attain'd,Comes to no further useBut to be known and hated. So, like gross terms,The Prince will, in the perfection of time,Cast oo further useBut to be known and hated. So, like gross terms,The Prince will, in the perfection of time,Cast off his followers; and their memoryShall, as a Pattern, or a measure, live;By which his grace must mete the lives of others,Turning past evils to advantages."Born and bred amongst you, I glory in the name of an Englishman," were the words of your late most revered, venerable, and august Father; and it is well known that they have been repeated by your Majesty with redoubled energy, pathos, and admiration.Permit me, then, most gracious Sire, to observe, that an accurate knowledge of the manners, habits, and feelings of a brave and free people is not to be acquired in the closet, nor is it to be derived from the formal routine precepts of tutors. It is only by means of a free and unrestrained intercourse with society, most gracious Sire, that an intimate acquaintance is to be obtained with Englishmen: for this purpose it is necessary to view their pastimes, to hear their remarks, and, from such sources, to be enabled to study their character.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com read more