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For twenty or thirty years past, it has been the fashion to consider luxury as one of the greatest national advantages: and all the wisdom of antiquity, in that particular, as erroneous. Still, however, I must remain a professed ancient on that head, and continue to think those luxuries prejudicial to states, by which so many vices are introduced, and so many kingdoms have been undone. Indeed, so much has been poured out of late on the other side of the question, that merely for the sake of novelty and variety one would sometimes
wish to be in the right.
I am, DEAR SIR,
and ardent admirer,
How often have Iloiter'd o'er thy green,
How often have I bless'd the coming day
Thy sports are fled, and all thy charms withdrawn; 36