SIR," said Dr. Johnson, "he who affects singularity, must not complain if he becomes the object of publick curiosity."
I laughed, but made no comment.
"If Lord Monboddo," continued my learned friend severely, "avers that the ourang-outang is the cousin- german of man, he must expect the mob to believe that he peoples his estate with apes. If he speculates upon chymistry, he must put up with a rumour that he has found the philosopher's stone and changes base metal to gold."
My illustrious friend's strictures upon this original Scottish philosopher boded ill for the events of the next