In no instance except this, which comprehends half the human race, are the higher social functions closed against anyone by a fatality of birth which no exertions, and no change of circumstances, can overcome; for even religious disabilities (besides that

I shall not answer this argument by alluding to the early proofs of reason, as well as genius, in Cowley, Milton, and Pope, but only appeal to experience to decide whether young men, who are early introduced into company (and examples now abound), do not a

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