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“ guinea ; no Sir, I despise money; it is “ trash, it is dirt, and beneath the regard “ of a wise man. It is one of the unfeel“ing inventions of artificial society. Sir, “ I could talk to you for half a day on “ the abuse of riches, and on my own “ contempt of money.”
Trueman. O pray do not give yourself the trouble; it will be an easier way by half of vindicating yourself from one, and of proving the other, just to put your hand in your pocket and give me a guinea, without saying a word about it: and then to you who value time so much, and money so little, it will cut the matter short. But come now, (for I see you will give nothing,) I should be mighty glad to know what is the fort of good you do yourselves, since you always object to what is done by others. “Sir," said Mr. Fantom, “ the object of a true philosopher is “ to diffuse light and knowledge. I wish " to see the whole world enlightened.”.
Trueman. Amen! if you mean with the light of the Gospel. But if you mean that one religion is as good as another, and that no religion is best of all; and that we shall become wiser and better by setting aside the very means which Providence bestowed to make us wise and good: in short, if you want to make the whole world philosophers, why they had better stay as they are. But as to the true light, I wish it to reach the very lowest, and I therefore bless God for charity-schools, as instruments of diffusing it among the poor.
. Fantom, who had no reason to expect that his friend was going to call upon him for a subscription on this account, ventured to praise them; saying, “ I am no “enemy to these institutions... I would 6 indeed change the object of instruc" tion, but I would have the whole world 5 instructed." ....
. Here. Mrs. Fantom, who, with her daughter, had quietly fat by at their work,
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HISTORY OF MR. FANTOM. 25 ventured to put in a word, a liberty she seldom took with her husband; who, in his zeal to make the whole world free and happy, was too prudent to include his wife among the objects on whom he wished to confer freedom and happiness. “Then, .6 my dear,” said she, “ I wonder you do 66 not let your own servants be taught a “ little. The maids can scarcely tell a “ letter, or say the Lord's Prayer; and “ you know you will not allow them time s to learn. William too has never been at so church since we came out of town. He s was at first very orderly and obedient, " but now he is seldom sober of an even-' .6 ing; and in the morning when he should “ be rubbing the tables in the parlour, he “ is generally lolling upon them, and read“ing your little manual of the new philo5 sophy.”—“Mrs. Fantom,” said her husband angrily, “ you know that my labours “ for the public good, leave me little time “ to think of my own family. I must have
“ a great
“ a great field, I like to do good to hun. “ dreds at once.”
“ I am very glad of that, pappa," said Miss Polly; “ for then I hope you will not “ refuse to subscribe to all those pretty “ children at the Sunday-school, as you “ did yesterday, when the gentleman came “ a begging, because that is the very thing « you were wishing for; there are two or 6 three hundred to be done good to at 66 once.”
Trueman. Well, Mr. Fantom, you are a wonderful man to keep up such a stock of benevolence at so small an expence. To love mankind so dearly, and yet avoid all opportunities of doing them good; to have such a noble zeal for the millions, and to feel so little compassion fot the units; to long to free empires and enlighten kingdoms ; and yet deny instruction to your own village, and comfort to your own family. Surely none but a philosopher could indulge so much philanthropy and
so much frugality at the fame time. But come, do affist me in a petition I am making in our poorhouse, between the old, whom I want to have better fed, and the young, whom I want to have more worked.
Fantom. Sir, my mind is so engrossed with the partition of Poland, that I cannot bring it down to an object of such infignificance. I despise the man whose benevolence is swallowed up in the narrow concerns of his own family, or parish, or country.
Trueman. Well, now I have a notion that it is as well to do one's own duty, as the duty of another man; and that to do good at home, is as well as to do good abroad. For my part, I had as lieve help Tom Saunders to freedom as a Pole or a South American, though I should be very glad to help them too. But one must begin to love somewhere, and to do good fomewhere; and I think it is as natural to love one's own family, and to do good