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FOREIGN ASSOCIATION. 7 and orphans, which had'made the rest of Europe a scene of desolation. Not only hundreds of thousands of our country, men, and women, and children, but millions of our money, so severely wanted at home, were transported from every port to visit this lately execrated country. To visit, did I say ? that had been little ; -a short excursion to feed the eye, and gratify the taste with pic- tures and statues, might have been pleaded as a natural temptation. Here we conceive the grave Christian moralist will censure the writer, as much as she censures the emigrants. He will say, " the desire is too natural to be right." Ifwe plead in mitigation of da- mages; that it was innocent curiosity, we shall be told, that it was a curiosity which one of our first parents believed innocent, but which lost them both Paradise. If it was a desire of knowledge, it might be a knowledge better unknown ; if to cure those prejudices, " for which our country is a name so dear," such pre. 134