The so er a ections are altogether controlled and guided by the precious metals. is may appear a startling assertion to those who, wallowing in wealth (as the bullionless express themselves) or established in a snug competence, are apt to consider that the love they bear (I speak hypothetically) to their wives and children, is a spontaneous or natural growth, with which the state of their exchequer has nothing whatever to do; and that without these agreeable stimulants the course of true love would run as smooth as though Plutus, the Neptune of Fortune,350 were there, with his trident of gold, silver, and copper, to direct the stream into its proper channel.