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   Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - October 14, 1752, London, Middlesex                                By Sir ALEXANDER Genfor of GREAT Price 3 OCTOBER 66 To be continued every SATURDAY in the Fac till confuefcat nil Confuetudine Do asyoujbouldy and in Time you may do as you H E Englifli Words of my Text are ra ther a Tranflation of a Paflage of Gi than of the a bove Line of O Optimum Ge nus fays the Confuetudp namfaciet ju Habit hath been often called a fecond the former may indeed be faid to govern and direct the I am much and fo was Lock tooj if from pur earlieft Habits we do not in a great Meafure derive thofe Difpofiti which are commonly called our and which afterwards conftitute Nor is this of Ha bit or Cuftom exemplified only in Indi viduals Natrons are governed by the fame who in the Days of Edward the and made bold to borrow the Per fon of his Majelty of and to bring him over with them to this ItiiTfiot therefore the Difference of Cli but of the Cuftoms and Inftituti ons of which produces the different Characters of This indeed is exprefsly averred by in his Ora tion againfl Non ingenerantur bominum mores tarn a Stirpe Generis ef Seminis quam ex Us rebus qua a Vita ton fuetudwe The Manners of Men are not born with them or de rived from their Their true Source is no other than or the general Habit of their Now fo great is the Force of this Ha that we find itfuperior even to thofe Affections which feem to have the faireft Claim to be thought the primary Inftinfts of our Such is firft the Love of Life from an eager Defire of fays Ariftotle in his Men are con tented to ftruggle with many great as if there was a certain Delightfulnefs and natural Sweetnefs in the Thing itfelf So Homer in his Hence the Truth of that fine Obferva tion in Sunt tarn Civitatum quam Jingulorum Hominum mores gentefq alia alia audaces quadam Nations as well as Individuals have their peculiar Manners Some are fierce and fome If this Diverfity arofe from the Differ ence of it would be conftant and perpetual and this we fee is not the The fame Sun which formerly warmed the Spartans and the now fhines on the modern Greeks and The antient Gaul and French PetitMai tre breathed the fame Air fo did thofe poor fo lamentably defcribed by who fent over for Hcngift and with thofe Heroes Nay the brave in the confefles that all the Riches of the World are not to be put in any Competition with T T Ov And yet as Monfieur h Motte ob this very Achilles defpifes Death when oppofed to and runs upon his certain Fate with his Eyes was the Force of Habit if we believe his Ghoft in the impelled the Heroe to make a filly Under the fame Impulfe of Habit we fee this King of Terrors defpifed by whole and not only by the but by the The Story of the Indian Wives who ambitioufly contended for the Honour of being burnt with their is well The Ethio fays Diodorus never ex ecute any Malefatfors their Cuftom is to fend an Officer of bearing wuh him an Image of Death upon the Sight of which the Condemned retires to his own arfd voluntarily def ftroys There was an of one only who refufed to obey this upon which his Mother ftrangJed him with her own Hands that fays my appear fcandaious inthe Eyes of his So very forcible was this Cuftom or Habit amongft thefe as the fame Author tells us that when the College of their Priefts pleafed to confign any of their Kings to they had only to fignify to him their which were inftantly In this Obedience their Kings perfifted for many till at laft one of them Jefs complaifant than the befieged the Priefts in their took it and put them all to the The Contempt of when tne Good of their Country demanded their fo univerfal both among the Spar tans and could have no other poffible Source than this natural And next to that Inftincl which Na ture feems to have implanted in Men for the Prefervation of their own is that by whichthey are prompted to con tinue their and ro give Life to This too is within the Power of Habit to of which we have a notable Inftance in the Roman Among the old Romans thought infamous in a Widow to marry and faith Valerius who were content with received pub lic Honours in Reward of their Plence nothing was more rare than fecond Marriages among the Roman Ladies of any Rank and one of the Fathers in Epiftle to a Lady of the Camillas compliments her that there had been no Example of afecond Marriage in the Ladies of that Houfe for a great many Now thefe Inftanees of Continence were among the fame Peo This Paper is to be lad at the Univerfal Regifter next tbe Corner of Bifhopfgateftreetr   

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