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qualify myself for the office I have assumed ; let them rest assured, that the privileges I claim, shall never be exerted for the gratification of idle curiosity, but always be rendered, as far as possible, subservient to the general welfare.
TO THE INSPECTOR.
SIR,—If it is consistent with your plan to notice local grievances, I shall be much obliged by your inserting the following letter :
Every person acquainted with Hull must have observed, that during the prevalence of wet weather, and indeed at other times, the military are frequently not only paraded upon the flagged part of the streets, whereby passengers have been seriously incommoded, but that, when marching along the streets, particularly on a Sunday, every person, of whatever description, has been driven off the flags, and forced upon the pavement. Being a married man, Mr. INSPECTOR, my wife and children have often, in this manner, been obliged to traverse through the dirt, or otherwise perhaps to wait a considerable time, until the procession had passed. The same disagreeable circumstances have occurred, various times, to
several other ladies in my sight, and I hare often heard the evil complained of, although it has never been held up to public notice.
In thus addressing you, I would beg leave to observe, that no man is more sensible than myself of the merits of that class of our fellow citizens to whom this letter alludes; nor is there any person who would submit to any privations or inconveniences for their accommodation, with greater pleasure. The ladies, I dare answer for them, are in general actuated by similar sentiments. A polite attention to the female sex, however, has always been deemed one of the characteristics of a truly martial spirit, from the age of chivalry, down to the present day. Trusting that this hint, through the medium of the INSPECTOR, will produce the desired effect, I remain, Sir, Yours, &c.
Parent of hope! immortal truth! make known
COWPER. The following communication has reference to a subject, which, at the commencement of my periodical career, I had determined to exclude from the number of those topies the INSPECTOR was intended to embrace. As this epistle, however, may be acceptable to several of my readers, I shall make no apology for publishing it. For my own part, I am afraid it will be less attended to than those compositions to which the first paragraph of it alludes; since a little observation will suffice to shew, that mankind are far more eager to procure relief from bodily than from mental evils. My publishers will probably be of the same opinion as to its reception, though for a different reason, because the insertion of it has not been paid for. However, as every reader must be convinced, that any want of efficacy on that account, cannot be con
sidered as either their fault or mine, I shall proceed to insert it without further comment.
TO THE INSPECTOR.
Sir,—That disorders of the mind are more calamitous than those of the body, and require greater skill in order to effect a radical cure, is generally acknowledged; and hence the physician who is capable of removing or alleviating the former, seems more entitled to public gratitude than he whose efforts are confined solely to procure relief from the latter. On this ground I rest my claim to notice. As the publication in which your papers appear, frequently contains communications from persons who undertake to cure the various complaints incident to the human frame, be so kind as to allot a small space to one, whose principal aim is, to remedy the effects of mental obliquity and disease.
In soliciting attention to any subject of this nature, protestations of a disinterested regard to the welfare of society, form so common and so suspicious a mode of introduction, that I shall not adopt it on the present occasion. Neither shall I here attempt to lay down the symptoms or prognostics of those evils which I profess to cure, since most persons are
already acquainted with these particulars; and they who have not attained that knowledge, will, after perusing this letter, be at no loss where to resort for further instruction.
To recount the different species, and the lamentable consequences of those mental affections, for which it is my object to provide a remedy, would be to write a history of the world. Over all the discordant passions which agitate the human breast, my influence extends; and although I may not be empowered to eradicate, I am capable of restraining them within proper bounds. The heart that once swelled with a degree of ambition, equal to that which actuated Cæsar, has learned of me to find contentment in a situation lowly as that of an anchorite. The sensual disciple of Epicurus has been brought to surpass even Cato in temperance; and the haughty impetuosity of another Achilles has given way to meekness and equanimity of temper, greater than that of Socrates. Those ferocious and brutal traits which marked the human character, in climes where my power was formerly unknown, have now been gradually succeeded by amenity of manners; and nations that accounted each other as barbarians, unfit to enjoy the light of heaven, are now linked in bonds of amity, and taught to consider themselves equally