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and inspires us with different emotions, according to its various aspects; but here it is my intention, to limit my views, to such corporeal singularities, whether natural or accidental, as confift in mere defects or redun. dancies of form.
In my younger years, to divert the langour of a sedentary life, I applied myself to music. In those days, a stranger who professed that art, arrived in the town where I lived ; To him I presently had recourse as a master; but he being nearly seven feet high, in all his public appearances therefore, not only the multitude, but even those from whom better manners might have been expected, gaped, stared, and pointed him out as a prodigious phenomenon in nature. This they continued to do, till the poor man, who was naturally modest, and shrunk from public observation, determined to leave the place, and return to his own country, where, though still extraordinary, he might appear less wonderful. Thus he sacrificed considerable emoluments, to his enormity of height: and the town, by its culpable curiosity and indecent behaviour, loft a better master than ever it could since boast.
Not many years ago, a gentleman who had confiderable hesitation in speaking, saw a beautiful lady of his acquaintance on the street, and eagerly ran to address her ; but not being able to accost her with fufficient promptitude, she rudely thus anticipated what he had to say: " I know, Sir, you want to ask me how I do; I will save you the trouble ; and so your humble ser. vant, Sir.” Speaking thus, the left him with accelerated pace, whilst he, calting his eyes to the ground, stood fixed in a momentary stupor ; then, breathing a deep
a loud laugh, which, in the enjoyment of conscious wit, she continued : - but wretched is the triumph even of real wit, when it exults over diffident humanity ; more wretched still, when an affectation of wit, as in the case before us, is elated with felf-approbation, at
the expence of politeness and delicacy. I have some. where read a bitter complaint of a blind man who was grossly treated in this way, which be pleased to receive in his own words:
Hence oft the hand of ignorance and scorn,
To barb'rous mirth abandon’d, points me out ;. With idiot grin: the supercilious eye,
Oft, from the noise and glare of prosperous life,
Of titled insolence inflicted deep. Being once defired by some friends to attend them to a public breakfeast, I was equally struck with admiration and surprise, to Tee the gentleman who presided, called the Polish Count: his person was about 32 inches high, exactly proportioned in all his parts; his motions were agreeable and easy ; his conversation affable and intelligent; so that the gentlemen of malignant curiosity, could find nothing to gratify their spleen, either in his figure or discourse, yet it was not long at a loss, for a proper object; they talked of such a little
out some sarcastic praises of his lady's truth and honour. Some of these ironical spectators, in order more perfectly to perceive and enjoy the contrast, had introduced a soldier of a gigantic stature, who approached the Count, and began to play with the curls of his hair : this appeared to the Count fo rustic and unmanly, that he turned round in resentment, exclaiming that his foul was greater than this man’s, in proportion as his body was less. Thus, in gratifying an ill-natured wit, they lost a purer and more exalted pleafure of contemplating nature, in the various operations of her hand. Thus were the charms of a pleasing and enlightened conversatijn, much obscured, if not entirely
hid from their view: Thus, in short, the agreeable mo. dulations of a guitar, sweetly and artfully touched, were drowned in the noise of confused laughing, and mingled conversation, of which I myself had the honour to be in some degree the theme. ;.
You must know, Sir, I am one of those unfortunate persons whom the common people of England derifvely call MY LORD: added to this natural deformity, were the imperfections of old age, by which my figure was still more contracted, my gait tremulous, and all my motions awkward ; this could not but prove a fruitful source of ridicule. Yonder, said one to another, fits a hero of a different kind. True, answered his companion; but methinks the distinction would be more conspicuous, if the old gentleman were graced with mustaches. He wants nothing but a turban, said a third, to look like a Turkish Bashaw. It would be highly proper, added a fourth, to hang him round with bells, that their shrill and melodious notes might announce the entrance of a guest fo venerable.
Thus, dear Sir, I appeal to common sense and com non humanity, whether their reflections might not have been more pleasingly and usefully employed in suggesting that the same hand which formed me, likewife formed them; and that by rendering the infirmi. ties of their species the subject of sarcasm and ridicule, they insult the wife economy of providence, which is falutary in all its procedures, and beneficent in all its ends. . But, I fear, this paper may demand a larger space in your work, than it is entitled to by its intrinsic merit; permit me therefore abruptly, to subscribe myself, your most obedient humble servant, Broughton.
Cursory Hints and Anecdotes of the late Doctor William
Cullen of Edinburgh, Gontinued from page 1o., Bor if Doctor Cullen it his public capacity deserved to be admired, in his private capacity, by his students, he deserved to be adored. His conduct to them was so attentive, and the intereft he took in the private concerns of all those students who applied to him forradvice, was so cordial and so warm, that it was impossible for any one who had a heart susceptible of generous emotions, not to be enraptured with a conduct so uncommon and fo kind. Among ingenuous youth, gratitude easily degenerates into rapture,-into respect nearly allied to adoration. Those who advert to this natural construction of the human mind, will be at no lofs to account for that excessive popularity that Cullen enjoyed oma popularity that those who attempt to weigh every occurrence by the cool standard of reason alone, will be inclined to think excessive. It is fortunate however, that the bulk of mankind will ever be influenced in their judgment, not less by feelings and affections than by the cold and phlegmatic dictates of rea. fon. The adoration which generous conduct excites, is the reward which nature hath appropriated exclufively to difinterested beneficence. This was the secret charm that Cullen ever. carried about with him, which fascinated such numbers of those who had intimate access to him. This was the power which his envious opponents never could have an opportunity of feeling. It is pleasing, now that he is laid in the filent duit, and when malevolence itself dares not lodge an imputation of adulation, to attempt to do justice to merit of a nature so great and fo transcending. Let those who have experienced his goodness bear witness to the truth of this narrative.. . i
The general conduct of Cullen to his students was thus. With all fuch as he observed to be attentive and
diligent, he formed an early acquaintance, by inviting them by twos, by threes, or by fours at a time, to sup with him, conversing with them on thefe occafions with the most engaging ease, and freely entering with them on the subject of their studies, their amusements, their difficulties, their hopes, and future prospects. In this way, he usually invited the whole of his numerous class, till he made himself acquainted with their abilities, their private character, and their objects of pursuit. Those among them whom he found most assiduous, best disposed, or the most friendless, he invited the most frequently, till an intimacy was gradually formed, which proved highly beneficial to them. Their doubts, with regard to their objects of study, he listened to with attention, and solved with the most obliging condescenfion. His library, which consisted of an excellent assortment of the best books, especially on medical subjects, was at all times open for their accommodation; and his advice, in every case of difficulty to them, they always had it in their power most readily to obtain. They seemed to be his family; and few persons of distinguished merit have left the University of Edinburgh in his time, with whom he did not keep up a correspondence till they were fairly established in business. By these means, he came to have a most accurate knowledge of the state of every coun. try, with respect to practitioners in the medical line ; the only use he made of which knowledge, was to direct students in their choice of places, where they might have an opportunity of engaging in business with a reasonable prospect of success. Many, very many able men has he thus put into a good line of business where they never could have thought of it themselves; and they are now reaping the fruits of this beneficent foresight on his part.
"Nor was it in this way only that he befriended the ftudents at the University of Edinburgh. Posseffing a benevolence of mind that made him ever think forft of