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   Mirror (Newspaper) - February 20, 1779, London, Middlesex                                T HE MI   R   R   O   R. [No. VIII.] Saturdayt Feb. 20.1779. Infficere tanquam in fpeculum Vitas omnium jubeo.   Ter. IT is with regret that the Editor found himfelf under the necefli-ty of abridging the following letter, communicated by an uttr known correfpondent.. " To the Editor of the Mirror. " Sir, " As I was walking one afternoon, about thirty years ago, by the Egyptian fide of the Red Sea, in the neighbourhood of Babelman-del, I accidentally met with a Dervife, How we forthwith commenced acquaintance; how I went with him to his hermitage; how our acquaintance improved into intimacy, and our intimacy intfc friendihip; how we converfed about every thing, both in Heaven above, and in the earth beneath; how the Dervife fell fick, and how I, having fome fkill in medicine,, adminiftered to his recovery; how this ftrengthened his former regard by the additional tie of gratitude; how, after a fpace, I tiredof walking by the Red Sea in the neighbourhood of Babelmandel, and fancied I fhould walk with more fe-curity and fatisfaction by the fide of Forth; are circumftances, that, after you mail be more interefted in my life and converfation, I may venture to lay before you. " In the meanwhile, fuffice it to fay, that my parting with the Dervife was very tender; and that, as a memorial of his friendfhip, he prefented me with a Mirror. I confefs frankly, that, confider-ing the poverty of my friend, and his unaffeded manner of offering it, I fuppofed his prefent of little intrinfic value. Yet, looking at it, and wifhing to feem as fenlible of its worth as poffible, 6 This,' faid I, * may be a very ufeful Mirror. As it is of a cohve-4 nient fize, Imay^carry it in my pocket; and, if I mould happen * to be in a public company, it may enable me to wipe from my 4 face any accidental duft, or to adjuft the pofture of my periwig.' For, Sir, at that time, in order to command fome refpeft among the Muflulmen, I wore a periwig of three tails. H " That   

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