And now to say a Word by Way of Moral
As I would gladly win the Laurel
My Tale shews that Cowards fear not more the brave Man's Eye
Than brave Men loath the Cowards Cry.
And now my dear Uncle to my Mother Brother and Sister to my two dear Friends to my Aunts and to Edith and Herbert give my Love. Remember me to be your affectionate Nephew--
Like all children, Hartley attempted to reproduce in an imaginary way all that he heard and saw; and by far the most interesting of his creations was his invention of Ejuxria. That politics and religion were in large measure a part of his dreamworld was only to be expected; for no one living with Coleridge, Southey, and Wordsworth could escape such topics. Little Hartley heard and wondered. He pretended that at a future time a small cataract would break forth in the fields near Greta Hall, and he named the stream Jug-Force. Soon he founded a people to live along the banks; then he extended the region, until it became a separate world, an island-continent, where he reproduced all that he knew of the real world, and to which he gave the name Ejuxria. He was familiar with the political difficulties of his imaginary country, and he loved to weave his fancies into a story. 'Stamping about the room,' Hartley dictated to his mother, 'with all the importance of an unfledged authorling,' a History of St. Malo, an enthusiastic Reformer and Hierophant, the scene of which is laid in Ejuxria, but beyond the fragment in the following letter, the manuscript does not seem to be extant. The letter, which is addressed to Miss Barker, is in the handwriting of Hartley's mother, who has added a postcript.
To MISS BARKER
Keswick, April 10, 1808.
My dear Miss Barker
I have a wild story, the history of an Ejuxrian, which I am sure is not worth sending, yet as you wished to have it, nonsense and all, I send it, but dear Miss Barker, pray do not shew it to any body till I can do something better.
The history of Saint Malo--
Augurias Malo was born in a village near Nolo, in the Southern part of the kingdom of Maza. From childhood he