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[Footnote 1:  Ecclesiasticus vii. 5, 6.]

[Footnote 2:  Eccles. vi. 7, and following verses.]

[Footnote 3:  Eccles. vi. 15-18.]

[Footnote 4:  Eccles. ix. 10.]

[Footnote 5:  Eccles. ix, 20-22.]

[Footnote 6:  Eccles. xxvii. 16, &c.]

[Footnote 7:  Cicero ‘de Amicitia’, and in the ‘De Officiis’ he says (Bk.  II.),

  ’difficile dicta est, quantopere conciliet animos hominum comitas,
  affabilitasque sermonia.’]

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No. 69.  Saturday, May 19, 1711.  Addison.

      ’Hic segetes, illic veniunt felicius uvae: 
      Arborei foetus alibi, atque injussa virescunt
      Gramina.  Nonne vides, croceos ut Tmolus odores,
      India mittit ebur, molles sua thura Sabaei? 
      At Chalybes nudi ferrum, virosaque Pontus
      Castorea, Eliadum palmas Epirus equarum? 
      Continuo has leges aeternaque foedera certis
      Imposuit Natura locis ...’


There is no Place in the Town which I so much love to frequent as the Royal-Exchange.  It gives me a secret Satisfaction, and in some measure, gratifies my Vanity, as I am an Englishman, to see so rich an Assembly of Countrymen and Foreigners consulting together upon the private Business of Mankind, and making this Metropolis a kind of Emporium for the whole Earth.  I must confess I look upon High-Change to be a great Council, in which all considerable Nations have their Representatives.  Factors in the Trading World are what Ambassadors are in the Politick World; they negotiate Affairs, conclude Treaties, and maintain a good Correspondence between those wealthy Societies of Men that are divided from one another by Seas and Oceans, or live on the different Extremities of a Continent.  I have often been pleased to hear Disputes adjusted between an Inhabitant of Japan and an Alderman of London, or to see a Subject of the Great Mogul entering into a League with one of the Czar of Muscovy.  I am infinitely delighted in mixing with these several Ministers of Commerce, as they are distinguished by their different Walks and different Languages:  Sometimes I am justled among a Body of Armenians; Sometimes I am lost in a Crowd of Jews; and sometimes make one in a Groupe of Dutchmen.  I am a Dane, Swede, or Frenchman at different times; or rather fancy my self like the old Philosopher, who upon being asked what Countryman he was, replied, That he was a Citizen of the World.

Though I very frequently visit this busie Multitude of People, I am known to no Body there but my Friend, Sir ANDREW, who often smiles upon me as he sees me bustling in the Crowd, but at the same time connives at my Presence without taking any further Notice of me.  There is indeed a Merchant of Egypt, who just knows me by sight, having formerly remitted me some Mony to Grand Cairo; [1] but as I am not versed in the Modern Coptick, our Conferences go no further than a Bow and a Grimace.

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