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then Saturn’s belt! which the translator says in his notes, Is not round the planet’s waist, like the shingles; but is a globe of crystal that encloses the whole orb, as You may have seen an enamelled watch in a case of glass.  If you do not perceive what infinitely pretty things may be said, either in poetry or romance. on a brittle heaven of crystal, and what furbelowed rainbows they must have in that country, you are neither the Ovid nor natural philosopher I take you for.  Pray send me an eclogue directly upon this plan—­and I give you leave to adopt my idea of Saturnian Celias having their every thing quadrupled—­which would form a much more entertaining rhapsody than Swift’s thought of magnifying or diminishing the species in his Gulliver.  How much more execution a fine woman would do with two pair of piercers! or four! and how much longer the honeymoon would last, if both the sexes have (as no doubt they have) four times the passions, and four times the means of gratifying them!—­I have opened new worlds to you—­You must be four times the poet you are, and then you will be above Milton, and equal to Shakspeare, the only two mortals I am acquainted with who ventured beyond the visible diurnal sphere, and preserved their intellects.  Dryden himself would have talked nonsense, and, I fear, indecency, on my plan; but you are too good a divine, I am sure, to treat my quadruple love but platonically.  In Saturn, notwithstanding their glass-case, they are supposed to be very cold; but platonic love of itself produces frigid conceits enough, and you need not augment the dose.—­But I will not dictate, The Subject is new; and you, who have so much imagination, will shoot far beyond me.  Fontenelle would have made something of the idea, even in prose; but Algarotti would dishearten any body from attempting to meddle with the system of the universe a second time in a genteel dialogue.(470) Good night!  I am going to bed.—­Mercy on me! if I should dream of Celia with four times the usual attractions!

(469) By Poinsinet de Sivry, in twelve Volumes quarto.-E.

(470) A translation of Count Algarotti’s “Newtonianismo per Le Dame,” by Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, under the title of “Sir Isaac Newton’S Philosophy explained for the Use of the Ladies; in six Dialogues of Light and Colours,” appeared in 1739.-E.

Letter 242 To The Rev. Mr. Cole.  February 2, 1782. (page 308)

I doubt you are again in error, my good Sir, about the letter I in the Gentleman’s Magazine against the Rowleians, unless Mr. Malone sent it to you; for he is the author, and not Mr. Steevens, from whom I imagine you received it.(471) There is a report that some part of Chatterton’s forgery is to be produced by an accomplice; but this I do not answer for, nor know the circumstances.  I have scarce seen a person who is not persuaded that the forging of the poems was Chatterton’s own, though he might have found some old stuff to work upon, which

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