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reer in prison; alas ! said I, he has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle,

In short, I conceived, that a great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimate they make of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their whistles.

Thus far Franklin, I will just add, as a caution to the pious youths who may read this; whenever tempted to barter the privilege of so suffering affliction with the people of God," for the “enjoyment of the pleasures of sin for a season,” remember that by so doing, you will pay much, infinitely too much, for your whistle.

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COTTAGER BOY'S FAREWELL. Supposed to be spoken while taking a last look at

bis Father's house, on leaving it, to provide for himself.

Adieu, thou sweet vale of my youth;

Neat cot, and dear parents adieu : Where I learn'd from the records of truth

My duty, instructed by you.

How anxious the care you bestow'd!

How earnest the pray’rs, (and not few,) To lead me to virtue and God !

And error and vice to eschew.

Elate, tho'reluctant I leave;

My heart seems with prescience to burn: That pleasing accounts I shall give,

When smiling, you meet my return.

Ah! dear to my heart is the scene,

Where life's serene morning I spent ; My days pass'd away as a dream,

So happy, so gaily content.

The toils of our lot now I join,

May Providence point me the way; Where want may not cause to repine,

Nor luxury lead me astray !

The Lord be my portion and guide,

May I virtue and heav'n pursue :
His peace with th' cottagers abide,
May we all meet in heav'n! Adieu.

J. B.


Worthy the remembrance and regard of all;


A. A firm faith is the best divinity--a good life the best philosophy—a clear conscience the best laws—honesty the best policy—and temperance the best physic.

Always make your jest so that it end not in earnest.

Accuse not Fortune when thou art in the fault thyself.

A clear conscience fears no accusation.

A great many employ the first of their years to make their last miserable.

A man without secresy is an open letter for every one to read.

B. Beauty without virtue is like poison concealed in a gold box.

By taking revenge, a Man is but even with his enemy ; but in passing it over he is superior. Believe not all are evil that are evil spoken of.

Be as careful of what you say as of what you do.

Better break your word than do evil by keeping it.

Better be alone, than in bad company,

Better to go to bed supperless than rise in debt.

Benevolence is commendable in all persons.

Begin to be good in time, it cannot be to soon.

Cease to be vicious and you'll cease to be afraid.

Compassion and benevolence are godlike virtues.

Chuse not a friend over thy cups.

Conscience is a terror to evil doers, but a comforter to good men.

- Content and health are the poor man's wealth.

Charity is friendship in common, and friendship is charity inclosed.

D. Do nothing to day that may bring repentance to morrow. · Denying a fault doubles it.

Die to sin daily, that you may not die for it eternally.

Deliberate long on what thou cans't do but once.

Defer not charities till death; he that doth sois rather liberal of another man's wealth than his own.

Days of pleasure too often bring on evenings of repentance.

Diligence is the mother of good-luck.
Do well and fear neither man nor devil.

Diamonds have flaws, and roses have their thorns.

Drive thy business, let not thy 'business drive thee.

I E. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

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