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your advantage to my own pleusure, and sacrificed fondness to duty. should have done this sooner, but I waited till my inquiries had found out a person whose character wight be responsible for your education ; and Mr. Batchelder was at length my choice for that important trust. Your obedience, therefore, must be without murmuring or reluctance ; especially when you reflect that a strict attention to his appointments, and an implicit compliance with his commands, are not only to form the rule of your safe conduct in this life, but to be preparatory to your happiness in the next. With regard to your school connexions, it is impossible for me to give you any instructions at present. All that I shall now say to you on this subject is, quarrel with 'no one, avoid meddling with the disputes of others, unless with a view to promote an acarmuodation; and though I would wish you to support the dignity of a youuh, be nei. ther mean nor arrogant. I have nothing more now to acid. Wun to pray God to give you grace and abilities, and that your own excit-avors may second the views of
An affectionate father.
I am infinitely obliged to you, for the many favors you have bestowed upon me; all I hope is, that the progress I make in my learning will be considered as some proof how sensible I am of your kindness. Grati. tude, duty, and a view to my own future advantage, equally contribute to make ine thoroughly sensille how much I ouglit
in labor for my own improvement, and your satisfaction. I have received the books you sent for my amusement. The Princes of Persia I have almost finished, after which I shall peruse Mrs. Chapone's Letters on the linprovement of the Mind. The liberal allowance of money you have been pleased to make me, shall be applied in the best manner I am able. I am sure my dear father will not censure nie shuulil I devote a part of it towards the reliet of the wretched and unfortunate. Pray give my inost dutiful respects to my mother, my kindest love to my brothers and sisters, and believe me, dear sir,
Your most dutiful and affectionate son.
As you are now gone froin boive, and placed in a very capital seminary of learning, I thought it not ainiss to put you in mind, that childish amusements should be laid aziile, and, instead of them, more serious thoughts imbibed, and things us more consequence inade the object of your attention ; whereby, we may add to the reputation of our family, and gain to ourselves the good esteem of being virtuous and diligent. You may judge, in some mcasure, of the value of a good education, from the unavailing lamentations you daily hear those wake, who have foolishly shrunk from the difficuliies attending the various branches of scholastic education. What a difference there is l_wc-en an aged man of learuing and one who totally neglected his elucation in his sonth! The
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former, in the evening of his life, finds a perpetual source of amusement in the knowledge he acquired in his early days, and his company is admired and sought by all those who wish to derive understanding from the knowledge of others, improved by a long life and philosophical ex. perience; but the ignorant old man is no conspany for himself, nor any one else, unless over a pitcher or a bottle, when the assistance of a pipe will be necessary to excuse his silence. I know you have too much good nature to be offended at my advice, especially when I assure you, that I as sincerely wish your happiness and advancement in life -as I do my own. We are all very well, thank God, and your friends desire to be - remenbered to you. Pray, write as often as opportunity and leisure will permit; and be assured, that a letter from you will always give great satisfaction to your parents, and to
Your affectionate brother.
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I know it will be a great satisfaction to you and my dear mother, to hear that I go on very happily in my business, and my master seeing my diligence, puts me forward, and encourages me in such a manner that I liave great delight in it, and hope I shall answer in time, your good wishes and expectations, and the indulgence which you have always shown to me. "There is such good order in the family, as well on my mistress's part as my master's, that every servant knows his duty and does it with pleasure. So much evenness, sedateness and regularity is observed in all they enjoin or expect, that it is impossible but it should
My master is an honest, worthy man ; every body speaks well of him. My mistress is a cheerful, sweet tempered woman, and rather heals breaches than widens them. And the children, after such exam. ples behave to us all, like one's own brothers and sisters. Who can but love such a family?' I wislu when it shall please God to put me in such a station, that I may carry myself just as my master docs; and if I should ever marry, have just such a wise as my mistress : and then by God's blessing, I shall be as happy as they are; and as you, sir, and my dear mother have always been." If any thing can make me still happier Lian I ain, or continue to me my present felicity, it will be the continuance of yours and my good mother's prayers, for, honored sir and Iadain,
Your ever dutiful son.
Your having retired to the country, has hindered me from writing to you as often as I could wish. Ever since I was bound to Mr. Shepard, he has treated me with every indulgence, and I have endeavored to acquire the good will of all our custoiners. I know that you are so strait. enied in your own circumstances, is not to be able to afford me pocket quouey; but I have the pleasue to tell you that Mis. Howard has taked care, in that particular, and generously supplied me from time to timo. In every part of my conduct I shall endeavor to act consistently with the principles of virtue, and am with the utinost respect and duty,
Your affectionate son.
From a young Lady to her Mother. HONORED MOTHER,
In my last I informed you that my worthy bencfactress, Mrs.Walton, had been extremely ill; I have the pleasure to assure you that she now persectly recovered. The happiness of my present situation may be conceived, but it is not in my power to describe it.
After we get up in the morning, the family is called together, to render thanks to the Almighty for his preserving them during the preceding night, and to implore his protection the remaining part of the day, afterward we retire to breakfast. Daring the forenoon, we young ones walk into the garden, or the fields, whilst the good lady is employed in dispensing medicines to her poor tenants. At one o'clock we dine, and afterwards retire to the summer house, when each in her turn, reads some part of the best English writers, whilst the others are employed in needle-work I have received a letter from my brother, and am glad to hear he is settled in so good a family. I am, honored madam,
Your affectionate and dutiful daughter.
LETTER 15. From a Young Man to his Father, desiring him to intercede with
his Master to take him again into his service. HONORED SIR,
With shame, arising from the consciousness of guilt, I have presumed to write to you at this tine. I doubt not but you have heard of the ir. regularities in my conduct, which at last proceeded so far, as not only to induce me to desert the service of the best of masters, but to run into the commission of those vices that might have proved fatal to me; it was the allurements of vicious company that first tempted me to forsake the paths of virtue, and neglect my duty, in a family where I was treated with the greatest tenderness. Fully sensible of my fault, I am wil, ling to make every reparation in iny power ; but know not of any oth er, than by acting diametrically opposite to my former conduct. Let me beg of you, sir, to intercede with my worthy master to take me again into his service, and my whole future life shall be one continued act of gratitude.
Your affectionatc though undutiful son.
The Father's answer.
MY DEAR CHILD,
af ever you live to be a father, you will know what I feel for you on the prezent occasion. Tenderness as a parent, rrecniment on account of ingratitude, a real concern for your future happiness, and respect for the worthy man whose service you have dleserted, all conspire together to agitate my mind to different purposes ; but paternal affection becomes predominant, and I am obliged to act as your friend, although I amn afraid you have considered me as your enemy. I have written to your master, and have just received his answer, a copy of which I enclose. Your master is willing again to receive you into his service, and I hope that your behaviour will be correspondent to so much lenity.
I am your affectionate father.
MY WORTHY FRIEND,
I have often written to you with pleasure, but alas! I am constrained at present to address myself to you on a subject I little expected. I have recently received a letter from my son, by which I am inforniea that he has left your service through the instigation of evil company : his letter contains a penitential acknowledgement of his offence, together with a declaration of his resolution to act consistently for the future. He has begged me to intercede with you in his behalf, and I know your humanity will excuse paternal affection. If you will again receive the unhappy youth into your family, I have great reason to hope that his conduct will be equal to his promises; and it will confer a lasting obligation op an afflicted parent, and oblige
Your sincere friend.
The Master's Answer. SIR,
Ever since I first considered the state of human nature, or the diference belween right and wrong, I have always preferred mercy to the severity of justice. However reasonable your request may be to your. self, yet to me it was really unnecessary. I am a father, sir, and can feel, at least, part of what you suffer. My resentment against the young man is less than my anxiety for his happiness ; and were 1 sure of his adhering to an uninterrupted course of virtue, I should have more real pleasure than his acquiring me the wealth of a nabob.
In the mean time, that nothing may be wanting on my part, to make both him and you as happy as possible, all faults are from this moinen jorgotten ; my house is open for his reception; and, if he will return he shall be treated with the same indulgence as if he had never com mitted any fault whatever.
I am your affectionate friend.
LETTER 19. From a Mother in town, to a Daughter at school in the country,
recommending the practice of Virtue. DEAR CHILD,
Although we are separated in person, yet yon are never absent from my thoughts : and it is my continual practice to recuinmend you to the care of that Being, whose eyes are on all his creatures, and to whom the secrets of all hearts are open ; but I bave been somewhat alarmed because your two last letters do not run in that strain of unaffected piety as formerly. What, my dear, is the reason ? Does virtue appear unpleasant to you? Is your beneficent Creator a hard task master, or are you resolved to embark in the fashionable follies of a gay, unthinking world ? Excuse me, my dear, I am a mother, and my concern for your happiness is inseparably connected with my own. Perhaps I am mistaken, and what I have considered as a fault, may be only the effusions of youthful gaiety. I shall consider it in that light, and be ex. tremely glad, yea, happy to find it so. Useful instructions are never too often inculcated, and therefore, give me leave again to put you in mind of that duty the performance of which alone can make you happy both in time and in eternity.
Religion, my dear, is a dedication of the whole soul to the will of God, and virtue is the actual operation of that truth, which diffuses itself through every part of our conduct; its consequences are equally beneficial as its promises : “ Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.”
Whilst the gay, unthinking part of youth are devoting the whole of their time to fashionable pleasures, how happy shall I be to hear, that my child was religious, without hypocritical austerity, and even gay with innocence. Let me beg that you will spend at least one hour each day, in perusing your Bible, and some of our best English writers; and do not imagine that religion is such a gloomy thing as some enthusiasts have represented; no, it indulges you in all rational amusements, not inconsistent with morality: it forbids nothing but what is hurtful.
I beg that you will consider attentively what I have written, and write to me as soon as possible.
Your anxious mother
The Answer. HONORED MOTHER,
I am so much affected by the perusal of your kind parental advice, that I can scarcely hold the pen to write an answer; but duty to the best of parents obliges me to make you easy in your mind before I take any rest to myself. That levity, so conspicuous in my former letters, is too true to be denied; nor do I desire to draw a veil over my own folly. No, madam, I freely confess it, but, with great sincerity, I must at the same time declare, that they were written in a careless manner, with out considering the character of the person to whom they were addresscu; I am fully sensible of my error, and, on all future occasions shall endeavor to avoid giving the least offence. The advice you sent me in your valuable letter, needs no encomium; all that I desire, is, to have it engraven on my heart. My dear madam, I love religion, I love vir. ine, and I hope no consideration will ever lead me from those duties, in which alone I expect future happiness. Let me beg to hear from you often, and I hope that iny whole future conduct will convince the best of parents that I am what she wishes me to le.
Your affcctionale and dutiful danghter