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An Attempt to mend the World, to render
the Society of Man more amiable, and to
eftablifh the Plainnefs, Simplicity, Virtue
and Wii'dom



So much celebrated by the POETS and

Man in that Age no Rule but Reafon knew,
And with a Native Bent did Good pur fue j
Unforced by Puni/bment, una^d by Fear,
His Words werejimple and his Soulfmcere.

L O N D O Nt

Printed for the SOCIETY, and published by
J. Newbery at the Bible and Sun in St
Paul's Church-Yard. 1765.



IN moft of our modern books, a preface
has been introduced in conformity to
cuftom ; but here 'twill be found necefiary
to explain the work.

The authors concerned in this little
book have planned out a method of edu-
cation, very different from what has hi-
therto been offered to the publick ; and
more agreeable, and better adapted to the
tender capacities of children than any
thing I have feen. The extream novelty
of their defign, the diminutive fize, and
the drefs in which it appears, may, per-
haps, make fome people look on it with
an eye of contempt; but, I think, merit
in every garb fhould be countenanced, and
wifdom be cherifhed in whatever form it
may prefent itfelf. Had nobody deviated
from the beaten path, we mould have had
no improvements in the fciences, nor even
in the common bufmefs of life; and have
enjoyed our forefathers ignorance and bi-
gotry, without their fimplicity and inno-

B There

There is no part of the work perhaps
iTiOre liable to exception, than that of in-
troducing perfons of diftinc"lion in the (dia-
logues, which may feem above the com-
prehenfion of children ; buf^this alfo has
its ufe; fo-r, by means of this imaginary
converfation, children are taught to adtfrefs
their fuperiors by their proper titles, and
according to their different degrees of qua-
lity and diflinclion; and I don't perceive
that thofe terms are harder to pronolmce,
than any other in the Englijb language.

What the authors propofe by it is, to
remove that ruflicity and aukwanjlnefs,
which appears in the common people when
talking to their fuperiors, and to make
them more dexterous in their ccnverfation.
There is nothing more certain and obvious,
than that children form their ilyle, as well
as their manners, from thofe they canverfe
with; and next to that of keeping polite
company, I don't know any thing fo likely
to polim their flyle, as the reading of po-
lite dialogues.

More had been faid by way of preface,
but the authors, by the following dialogue,
have rendered it unneceflary.






Have ( een SIr an a

ment in the papers, of the

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Lilliputian Magazine, to be
publifhed at Three-pence a
Month : pray what is the

defl?n of it ?

Author. Why, Sir, it is intended for the
ufeof children, as you may perceive by the
advertiiement, and my delign is, byway of
bijlory and fable, to fow in their minds the
feeds of polite literature, and to teach them
the great grammar of the uni-verfe ; I mean,
the knowledge of ?nen and thing;.

Gent. But pray, how is that to be done

-in fo fmall a compafs ? for you can afford

B 2 but

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but very little at that price, after you have
paid the neceflary expences of paper, print,
and advertifements.

Jlutb. Your obfervation, Sir, is very jufl
and rational. But as my principal view is
to promote learning, I mail not be afraid
of a little exper.ce. In fine, I mall give my
young pupils as much for three-pence one
month, as I apprehend they will be able to
learn before the beginning of another; and
if I am fo happy as to fucceed for the firft
fix months (in which time, the moft dry
and trifling part of my work will be over)
I don't in the leaft doubt, but there are
gentlemen and ladies enough who will en-
courage the undertaking, by purchafing the
numbers as they come out, either for their
own children or their poor neighbours.

Gent. Why, Sir, do you think fuch a
trifling affair will ever engage the attention
of people of confequence ?

Auth. A trifling affair, Sir, do you call
it! If education is a trifling affair, I pro-
fefs to you I don't know what is momen-
tous ; and was I not afTured by my friend:,
that there was fome merit in the defign,
and even in the execution, I mould not be
fo impertinent as to obtrude myfelf upon
the public.


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Gent* Your pardon, Sir ; I do not fpeak
this of your performance, for that I like
very well, and will promote it as much as
poflible; all my children mail have it I
aflure you : but what I call a trifling affair,
is the price of your book, and for your
own fake I wifh it had been double.

Autb. You'll pleafe to confider, Sir, that
the largeft book is not always the beft, and
that books of this fort are to be made as
cheap as poffible ; for there are a great ma-
ny poor people in his majefty's dominions,
who would not be able to purchafe it at a
larger price, and yet thefe are the king's
fubjefts, and, in their ftation, as much to
be regarded as the reft.

Gent. Sir, 1 am perfectly fatisfied ; I like
your fcheme, and I heartily wilh you fuc-
cefs in the publication.

Auth. Thank you, good Sir ; but before
we part, pray let me tell you a flory, which
I think is applicable to the converfation we
have had.

" There was in the land of Lilliput one
Mr. Mano, who had a fine houfe and
garden, and adjoining to them a wood,
in which he took care to nourilli a great
number of birds^ and among the reft he
had abundance of eagles and crows:
63 " now

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;< now it came to pafs in fpring-tJme, when
'* birds lay their eggs, that two boys got
" into this wood of Mr. Mano's, and rob-
" bed the nefts of one of the eagles, and
" of a crow; but as they were bearing off
*' their prize, who mould they meet but
" Mr. Mano himfelf, who obliged them to
" carry the eggs back to the neils again.
" In the midft of their fright and confu-
" (ion, they accidentally put the crow's eggs
" into the eagle's neft, and the eagle's eggs
" into the neft of the crow: now in pro-
" cefs of time, the young birds were hatch-
* ed and grew flufh, and the crows ob-
" ferving their fuppofed mother foar aloft,
" mounted after her, and out-braved all
" the birds; while the young eagles that
" were hatched under the crow, infenfible
" of their fuperior faculties, fat groveling
" on the ground, and never attempted to
" mount higher than their inaufpicious
" nurfe the crow."

By this excellent emblem, is evidently
fhevvn the furprifing force and benefit of
education. The young eagles, who were
by accident hatched under a crow, grovel
on the ground, and look no higher than
their fuppofed mother ; while the young
crows, who had the advantage of being

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nurtared under the eagle, foar aloft, and
overlook their fellow-creatures.

As education, therefore, is a matter of
fuch vaft importance, that our happinefs
and mifery (and in fome meafure) the wel-
fare of the kingdom and government muft
reft upon it, what care ought not to be
taken, to unloofe the minds of children
from the fetters of habit and cuftom, to
enlarge their ideas, ennoble their fenti-
ments, and fix them firmly in the princi-
ples of virtue and good manners; for, as
the celebrated Mr. Pope obferves,

J Tis Education forms the tender mind;
Juf as the twig is bent, the tree'j inclined.






ON the 26th of December, 1750, little
Mafter Meanivett (who had by reading
a great many books, and obferving every
thing his tutor faidtohim, acquired a great
deal of vvifdom) perfected his fcheme of
raifing a fociety of young gentlemen and
ladies; and there were then aiTembled a
young PRINCE, feveral of the young no-
bility, and a great many little gentlemen
and ladies. After they were all feated,
Matter Mtatnvell, by order of the prince,
flood up, and made a very pretty fpeech on
the uftfulnefs of learning, and the benefit of
being good-, for which he received the thanks
of the whole houfe : and being again feated,
they proceeded to chufe proper officers for
the management of the fociety . The PR i N c E
was elected perpetual prefident ; Mailer

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Mutmvell) on account of his great learning,
was chofen fpeaker ; and the honourable
Matter Prime principal fecretary, becaufe
he could write better than any of the reft;
and R. Goodwill, Efq; his under fecretary
or afliftant. Matter Meanwell arofe off his
feat, and thanked the fociety for the ho-
nour they intended him, but begged to be
excufed, as there were fo many gentlemen
of fuperior birth, fortune and merit, who
would better become that elevated place ;
but the PRINCE replid, Mr. Meanvvell, <we
are not met here to diftinguijh our f elves by birth
and title, but for our mutual improvement, and
to publijh <what vue apprehend may be of ufe to
the world in all the valuable branches of learn-
ing. We have already hadfujjjicient inftances of
your mode fly and good manners ; but vje are all
too fenfeble of your merit and learning, tofuffer
you to decline the chair ; therefore, as our mo-
ments may be better employed, pray let no more
time be loft infruitlefs ceremony. Upon this,
Mr. Meanvjell bowed to the PRINCE, and
to the whole fociety, and then afcended the
chair; where, being feated, the pieces fent
to the feveral members of the fociety were
read by the fecretary, and the following
ordered for publication,





LEO the Great LION ,

And of his GRATITUDE :

Communicated by Mr. MALO /* TREBON

AS Mafter Billora and three other little
boys were going to fchool on a fine
fpring morning, the other three would go
out of their way to find a bird's nefl. Mafter
Billora objected to this, for he was wifer
than them, and very unwilling to go; 'tis
late, fays he, and we ought to make hafte
to fchool to learn our books, and not loiter
thus by the way. But the other intended to
draw him in to play truant, for they were
very naughty boy:. Juft as they came to
the fide of a large wood, and were looking
for a parrot's neft, they heard a great lion


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roar, and faw him come towards them.
They were all terribly frighted, and the other
three attempted to run away; but Mafter
Eillora bid them get up a high tree, that was
juil by ; for, fays he, if we run away the lion
will certainly overtake us and tear us in
pieces, but if we o-et up this tree he cannot
come at us. So they all climbed up the tree,
and juft as they were got to the firil: bough,
up came the lion. He had been there much
fooner, but he was lame. When he came
under the tree he looked up at them, and
inftead of roaring, as lions ufually do, he
there laid himfelf down, held up his fore
leg, and whined. This was a fad fituation
for four little boys to be in, and which
made it uorie, they had left their fatchels
at the bottom of the tree, and the lion
devoured all their victuals; fo that they
could expecl nothing but to be ilarved or
torn in pieces by the lion. When night
came on, the other boys cried ladly, and
wifhed they had been at fchool, and not
played truant, and run a bird's netting.
Mafter Edlora knew that crying would make
their cafe no better, he therefore fpoke to
them as follows : You now fee the confe-
quence of being wicked, and running to
play when we mould have been at church,


or at fchool; and I hope, if you live to
get out of the paws of this lion, you will
never be naughty any more. Crying will
do us no fervice, and therefore I beg you
would be comforted; we will ftay in this
tree all night, and perhaps it may pleafe
God Almighty to fend the lion away before
the morning. What gives me great unea-
fmefs, is to think what pain our parents
will be in for us, and how my poor deai
father and mother will bemoan my ab-
fence; however, let us fay our prayers, and
depend upon God Almighty, for he only
can deliver us out of the paws of this crea-
ture. Don't you remember how Daniel
was delivered from a whole den of lions?
Why then mould we defpair ? 'Tis true,
indeed, we are wicked ; but let us repent
and determine to be good for the future,
and the Lord will forgive us. This faid,
they compofed themfelves in the beft man-
ner they could, but it was a difmal night
and very dark. About twelve o'clock it
thundered and lightened dreadfully, and
their fears were continually awakened by
the howling of the lions, tygers, wolves,
and other wild beafts in the wood. Now
they wifiied for morning; but when morn-
ing came, how were they furprifed and con-

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founded to fee their old enemy the lion at
the bottom of the tree ? Nothing was ex-
pe&ed but death, for they were almoil pe-
rilhed with hunger, and upon this occafion
Mafter Billora addreffed himfelf to them in
the following manner :

" My dtar School- fel!o-ius y

" We have, by our folly, idlenefs, and

" difobedience, here drawn ourfelves into

!t a fnare, from which nothing can deliver

" us lii^t the immediate hand of Providence;

" you are already fo weak for want of ileep

" and fuftenance, that you are fcarce able to

u fit on the tree, and behold our deadly ene-

' my at the bottom ; however, I am not

' without hopes, for this lion d^fh not rage

" and roar as is ufual, but whineth as if he

*' was in extreme pain: I will defcend the

" tree, perhaps I may be able to get clear of

" him as he is lame, and may call fomebody

' to your affittance : but if he ihould catch

* me and carry me to his den, you may get

" off with fafety, and 'tis better for one to

j" die than all of us to perilh. If I fail in the

*' attempt, and am deftroyed, commend me

" to my frieilds, and the Lord protect you."

This faid, he defcended the tree on that

lide oppofite the lion ; but that creature

C turned

turned himfelf with furprifmg agility, and
laid hold on him with one paw before he
was well got to the bottom of the tree; and
what greatly and agreeably furprifed j&Y/ar/j,
inftead of offering him any violence, he only
reached out one of his fore paws in which
was a great thorn fettered. This our young
hero extracted, and the grateful beaft leaped
round him, licked his feet, and behaved in
fuch a friendly manner as induced the other
three to come off the tree. The lion run
before them, leaping and playing like a
fpaniel, till they came near the town, and
after licking Billoras feet again he left
them. Now what I am going to tell you
may perhaps furprife every body, but it
Jhews the gratitude of the lion, and evi-
dently proves that fome beaits have better
hearts than fome men, which, by the way,
is, I think, a fcandal to the human fpecies.
Billora was, fome years after this, hunting
in the fame wood, and one of the ladies
unfortunately fell off her horie and was
very much hurt. Billora dismounted im-
mediately to affift her, when out fprung
from one thicket of bumes a large tyger,
and from another a lion. Both ran towards
Billora and the lady, as if they intended to
make them their joint prey. The lion,


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which was Billora's old friend, happened
to be foremoft, and immediately upon fee-
ing him, turned fhort, attacked the tyger,
and demoliilied him in a few minutes, and
after that ran to Billora, and behaved to him
in the fame fubmiflive manner as before,
which agreeably furprifed the lady, who ap-
prehended herfelf in the utmoft danger.

Mailer Malo y the young gentleman who
fent this account to the fociety, has now
a fine young lion of this breed, which is
in all refpets as friendly as old Leo, and is
to him extremely ufeful ; for he carries his
fatchel to fchool every day, and waits for
him at the fchool-door to bring him home
fafe at night. Then he is very quiet, for
he never makes any noife but when any of
the children tell lies, or are naughty, and
then he growls very much and feems angry.

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And his delivering


From the THIEVES who were going to
murder her.

[Communicated by Iyer Governe/s.]

MISS Biddy Jobnfon was a pretty girl,
and learned her book very well, but
fhe was too fond of herfelf. Her beauty
made her proud and difobedient to her pa-
rents, and by not taking their advice, and
doing as they bid her, ihe had almoft loft
her life.

As fhe was their only child, her papa
and mamma were remarkably fond of her,
and thought nothing too good for her either


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to eat, or drink, or wear. She was al-
ways drefs'd as fine as a little lady, but
her papa and mamma ordered her never
to go out but in their company, or with
their confent ; however, me did not mind
what they faid, but whenever me had any
thing new on, away me run to mew it her
play-mates. Pride makes us do many filly
things. One day, when her new coat and
flays were brought home, me got her maid,
who was a filly girl, to put her bobs in her
cars, and away fhe run forfooth, without
any body with her, to fee Mifs Fanny T info I.
Mifs Fanny was as proud a little girl as any
in Lwdon, file hated every body that was
finer than herfelf, and bccaufe Mifs Biddy
was drefs'd out fo, me would not play with
her : upon which Mifs Biddy huffed, and
left her. As fhe was going home, fhe
mifsM her way, and, travelling over Lon-
dan-bridgej fhe got as far as St. George's
church, and there fat down upon a itep
and cry'd. A woman who was juft by
came up to her and gave her an orange,
and afk'd her whofe little girl fhe was. I
am, anfwered (he, Mifs Biddy John/on, and
I have loft my way. Oh, fays the woman,
you are Mr. Johnfon 1 ^ little girl, are you?
My huiband is looking after you, to carry
C 3 you

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you home to your papa and mamma; and
here, fays me, (beckoning to a man that
Hood by) do you carry this little Mifs home,
and I will go along with you ; fo they took
her up, and Mifs Biddy did not cry, be-
caufe Ihe thought they came from her papa
and mamma. When they got her out of
town, (he knew that was not the way
home, and began to cry ; but the man
ftuffed a nafty rag into her mouth, and
tied a black crape hat-band over that, to
prevent her making a noife, and then gave
her to the woman, who carried her under
her cloak. They conveyed her in this
manner over the fields to Norwood, and
there ftript her of her cloaths, and was go-
ing to kill her. Mafter Tommy Tritfiy, as it
was a holiday, happened to be in the wood
a nutting, and hearing a child cry, made
up towards the noife, and looking thro' a
bum, he faw Mifs Biddy, and the man with
a large knife in his hand, juil going to
murder her. Mafter Trvfty wa& a little boy
of very good fenfe/ and great courage, and
of a good natured merciful difpofnion.
He was willing to fave Mifs Biddy ; but
how to do it was the qudlion : / am alone,
fays he, (reafoning with himfelf) but ibe.y
don't kno"jj it. I ba<ve Innocency and God

Mmighty on my fide , and tbefe wretches have
nly the devil and guilt on theirs, which will
naturally make them afraid ; for their con-
Jciences will fy in their faces. Pll make a
vcife y fays he; lo juft as the villain was
about to murder Mifs Biddy, he called out,
Here they are ! here they are ! and going to
kill her* He then popt a whip he had in
his hand, which made the thieves conclude
that they were purfued by men on horfe-
back, and they ran away as fail as poffible,
leaving Mifs Biddy's cloaths behind them.
Matter Tmfty watch'd them out of the wood,
and then returned to Mifs Biddy, whom he
found with her hands ty'd,and crying fad-
ly: but as foon as ihe faw him, me jump'd
for joy. Mafter Tommy unty'd her hands,
and putting on her cloaths he found that
one of her ear-rings and bobs were wanting;
but fhe did not mind that, for, fays (he, I
will never be proud any more, but go home
to my papa and mamma, and do every thing
they bid' me, and be a very good girl.
Mafter Tommy went with her. 'Twas night
when thev came home, and her papa and
mamma, thinking me was loft, were ready
to devour her with kifies. They prefented
to Mafter Trujiy a fine library of books, and
a pretty little horfe, as a reward for his

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courage, and the care he had taken of their
daughter ; and he has now the fatisfaftion
of having preferved the life of one of his
play-fellows, and of being carefs'd and ef-
teem'd by Mr. Jobnfon, and all who have
heard this flory. Mifs Biddy, from being
a proud naughty girl, is become exceeding
dutiful to her parents, obliging to all her
play-mates, and charitable to the poor: flie
now defpifes fine cloaths, and fays, that vir-
tue and good-nature are the left ornaments a
young lady can wear.






Sent by an UNKNOWN HAND,

And may, for ought we know, have been
publifhed before.

AN eminent citizen, who had lived in
good fafhion and credit, was, by a
train of accidents, and by an unavoidable
perplexity in his affairs, reduced to low con~
dition. There is a modefty ufually attend-
ing faaltlefs poverty, which made him ra-
ther chufe to reduce his manner of living
to his prefent circumftances, than fbllicit his
friends in order to fupport the mew of an
eftate when the fubftance was gone. His
wife, who was a woman of fenfe and vir-
tue, behaved herfelf on this occafion with

uncommon decency, and never appeared fo
amiable in his eyes as now. inftead of up-
braiding him with the ample fortune me
had brought him, or,the many great offers
fhe had refufed for his fake, me redoubled
all the inftances of her affection, while her
hufband was continually pouring out his
heart to her in complaints, that he had ru-
ined the bed woman in the world. He
fpmetimes came home at a time when fhe
did not expect him, and furprifed her in
tears, which me endeavoured to conceal,
and always put on an air of chearfulnefs to
receive him. To leflen their expence, their
eldeft daughter, whom I fhall call Floretta,
was fent into the country, to the houfe of
an honefl farmer, who had married a fer-
vant of the family. This young woman
was apprehennve of the ruin which was ap-
proaching, and had privately engaged a
friend in the neighbourhood to give her an
account of what pafled from time to time
in her father's affairs. Florella. was in the
bloom of her youth and beauty, when the
lord of the manor, who often called in at
the farmer's houfe as he followed his coun-
try fports, fell paffionatelyin love with her.
He was a man of great generofity, but from
a loofe education had contracted a hearty


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averfion to marriage. He therefore enter-
tained a defign upon F/ore/la's virtue, which
at prefent he thought fit to keep private.
The innocent creature, who never fufpe&ed
his intentions, was pleafed with his perfon ;
and having obferved his growing paffion
for her, hoped by fo advantageous a match
me might quickly be in a capacity of fup-
porting her impoverifhed relations. One
day, as he called to fee her, he found her in
tears over a letter fhe had juft received from
her friend, which gave an account that her
father had lately been Itript of every thing
by an execution. The lover, who with dif-
ficulty found out the caufe of her grief,
took this occufion to make her a propofal.
It is impollibie to exprefs F/ort//a y s confu-
fion, when me found his pretenfions were
not honourable. She was divefted of all
her hopes, and had no power to fpeak : but
rumin^ from him, in the utmoil dilturbance,
lock'd herfelf up in her chamber. He im-
mediately difpatched a meiTenger to her fa-
ther, with the following letter.


I Have heard of your misfortune, and
have offer'd your daughter, if me will
live with me, to fettle on her four hundred


pounds a year, and to lay down the fum
for which you are now diftrefled. I will
be fo ingenuous as to tell you I don't in-
tend marriage; but if you are wife, you
will ufe your authority with her not to be
too nice when fhe has an opportunity of
faving you and your family, and of mak-
ing herfelf happy. I am, &c.

This letter came to the hand of F/orel/a's
mother; me opened it and read it with great
furprife and concern ; me did not think
it proper to explain herfelf to the meilen-
ger, but defired him to call again the next
morning : She wrote to her daughter as
follows :


YOUR father and I have juft now re-
ceived a letter from a gentleman, who

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