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and we shall realize health's vital principle-bringing bliss. “Health is the soul that animates all the pleasures of life; and without it a man starves at the best of tables—is poor and wretched in the midst of the greatest treasures. Without health, youth loses all vigour, beauty all its charms; music is grating to the ears; conversation disagreeable; palaces are prisons : riches useless : honours and attendants cumbersome; and crowns themselves a burthen."
5. On the other hand, under the veil of inactivity, lurk the seeds of all manner of bodily and mental diseases; the body itself wastes, or else drags its stagnant bulk along-the mental powers languish and become obtuse-- the animal spirits flag, and in recoiling again upon themselves become a prey to ennui and melancholy, with all their attendant train of evils. Hence we find in the higher classes of society, where the necessity for active bodily exertion is least remarked, that the kinds of diseases to which such classes are the most obnoxious, are exactly those derangements of the natural functions which are most directly traceable to habits of luxurious indolence, repletion, and inactivity.
6. Locomotion, then, is manifestly and extensively intended for us by nature; and so important and so various are the objects to be attained by it, and by it alone, in our social condition, whether that be in the simpler or more complex walks of life, that the grand question resolves itself into a consideration of the mode only, whereby healthful exercise and recreation are to be most readily found, and most accessible to the bulk of society. In well-arranged and agreeable pedestrian excursions, is the reply. The charm of travelling (never so great as when, on foot, each stage of delightful variety is fairly won) has been a fertile theme for the pen of the letterwriter and the poet to descant upon; and not alone
these. The graver pen of the medical philosopher has eulogized “sweet travel.” It is an untold store of recreation for the mental and bodily constitution of our compound life;-it expands the heart in sympathy with either the pleasure or the pain of others, and adds a relish to the mere fact itself of our existence, long ere the chords of our spiritual and intellectual nature vibrate to its successive series of awakening incident.
A little work lately out, has the following remark on the subject :
“In travelling we multiply events, and innocently. We set out, as it were, on our adventures ; and many are those that occur to us, morning, noon, and night. The day we come to a place we have long heard and read of, is an era in our lives; and from that moment the very name calls up a picture.' How delightfully, too, does the knowledge flow in upon us, and how fast! Would he who sat in a corner of his library, poring over books and maps, learn more, or so much, in the time, as he who, with his eyes and his heart open, is receiving impressions all day long from the things themselves ? Our sight is the noblest of all our senses; it fills the mind with most ideas, converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues longest in action without being tired. Our sight is on the alert when we travel; and its exercise is then so delightful, that we forget the profit in the pleasure.”
7. For all those listless and effeminate persons who "see no good in walking when they can ride in a carriage,” the following suggestions will be void of interest or profit:--Invalidedness, luxury, business, or the want of time, are conditions which it is not in place here to discuss. Where such press, or are supposed to do so, their several claims for the convenience and service of a vehicle, those demands must be responded to according to the circumtan ces, &c., of the party requiring such aids.