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to you for having that dry and ugly stump plucked up, which I found so much fault with when we were here last,
and for putting in its place this beautiful plant; I suppose relik
you did it in order to give me an agreeable surprise. How his delightful and tempting the fruit looks !
8. What fine grapes! some purple, and others almost pleri black. I see no tree in the garden that looks in so bloom
ing a state. All have lost their fruit; but this fine one
seems in the highest perfection. See how it is loaded! eyh See those wide spreading leaves that hide the clusters. Ef v If the fruit be as good as it appears beautiful, it must be and delicious."
9. Little Junius was in raptures when he tasted one of eds the
grapes, which his father gave him: and still more when Me he informed him that from such fruit was made that deli123 cious liquor, which he sometimes tasted after dinner. The
little fellow was quite astonished on hearing his father talk bis thus; but he was far more surprised, when Mr. Jackson hisk told him, that all those fine leaves and delicious fruit, grew nas from that very crooked and misshapen stump, with which ith he had been so angry in the spring.
10. His father then asked him, if he should now order the the gardener to pluck it up, and make fire-wood of it. JuIng, nius was much confused; but after a short silence, told his
рара, , that he would rather see every other tree in the garer den cut down than that, so beautiful were its leaves, and so at delicious its fruit.
11. As Mr. Jackson was a man of good sense, he thus m! moralized on this occasion. “ You see then my dear, said
he, how imprudently I should have acted had I followed
your advice, and cut down this tree. Daily experience di convinces us, that the same thing happens frequently in the
commerce of this world, which has in this instance misled you.
12. When we see a child badly clothed, and of an unpleasing external appearance, we are too apt to despise him, and grow conceited on comparing ourselves with him; and sometimes even go so far as cruelly to address him in haughty and insulting language. But beware my dear boy, how you run into errors by forming too hasty a judgment.
13. It is possible, that in a person so little favoured by fortune, may dwell'an exalted soul, which may one day astonish the world with the greatness of its virtues, or enlighten it with knowledge. The most rugged stem may
produce the most delicious fruit, while the straight and stately plant may be worthless and barren. BERQUIN.
14. Sweet contemplation to pursue,
Behold a rural scene in view,
Some for delight, and some for use.
What nature's God hath given thee.
SECTION XI. Crazy Lemuel and the Mischievous Boys. 1. In New York lived a crazy person, whose name was Lemuel. Whenever he went out he put four or five wigs on his head at once, and as many muffs upon each of his arms. Though he had unfortunately lost his senses, yet he was not mischievous, unless wicked boys played tricks with him, and put him in a passion.
2. Whenever he appeared in the streets, all the idle boys would surround him, crying, “Lem! Lem! how do you sell your wigs and your muffs?” Some boys were of such mischievous dispositions as to throw dirt and stones at him. Though the unfortunate man generally bore all this treatment very quietly, yet he would sometimes turn about in his own defence, and throw among the rabble that followed him, any thing that came in his way.
3. A contest of this nature happened one day near the house of Mr. Denton, who, hearing a noise in the street, went to the window, and with much regret saw his son James concerned in the fray. *Displeased at the sight he shut down the sash, and went into another room.
4. When they were at dinner, Mr. Denton asked his son who the man was, with whom he and the other boys in the street seemed to be so pleasingly engaged. James said it was the crazy man whom they called
Lem. On his father asking him what had occasioned that misfortune, he replied,
that it was said to be in consequence of a lawsuit, which deprived him of a large estate.
5. “Had this man been known to you, said Mr. Denton, at the time when he was cheated of his estate; and had he told you, that he had just lost a large inheritance, which he had long peaceably enjoyed; that all his property was expended in supporting the cause, and that he had now neither country nor town house, in, short nothing upon earth left, would you then have laughed at this poor man?”
6. James with some confusion replied, he certainly should not be guilty of so wicked an action as to laugh at the misfortunes of any man; but should rather endeavour to comfort him. 7. This
man, said Mr. Denton, is more to be pitied now than he was then, since to the loss of his fortune is added that of his senses also; and yet you have this day been throwing stones at this poor man, and otherwise insulting him, who never gave you any occasion." James seemed very sorry for what he had done, asked his papa's pardon, and promised not only never to do the like again,
but to prevent others, as much as lay in his power, from ziemas committing the same crime.
8. His father told him, that as to his forgiveness, he of E
freely had it, but that there was another besides him, whose s. i forgiveness was more necessary. Little James thought 175 that his father meant poor Lemuel; but Mr. Denton ex
plained the matter to him. 6. Had Lemuel retained his 2 het
senses, said he, it would certainly be just that you should os ask his pardon; but as his disordered mind will not persig mit him to receive any apologies, it would be idle to at
tempt to make any: It is not Lemuel, but God whom you 1 have offended. aboy 9. “ You have not shown compassion to poor Lemuel,
but by your unmerited insults, have added to his misfortunes. Can
think that God will be pleased with such conduct?"
10. James now plainly perceived whom he had offended, and therefore promised that night to ask pardon of God in
prayers. He kept his word, and not only forbore troubling Lemuel for several weeks afterwards, but endeavoursayed to dissuade all his companions from doing the like.
11. The resolutions of young people, however, are not always to be depended on. So it happened with little ka James, who forgetting the promises he had made, one day ed
happened to mix with the rabble of boys, who were following and hooting, and playing many naughty tricks with poor unfortunate Lemuel.
12. The more he mixed among them, the more he forgot himself, and at last became as bad as the worst of them. Lemuel's patience, however, being at length tired out by the rude behaviour of the wicked boys that pursued him, he suddenly turned about, and picking up a large stone, threw it at little James with such violence, that it grazed 10 his cheek and almost cut off part of his ear.
13. Poor James, on feeling the smart occasioned by the blow, and finding the blood trickling down his cheek at a great rate, ran home roaring most terribly. Mr. Denton, en however, showed him no pity, telling him it was a just punishment for his wickedness.
14. James attempted to justify himself by saying, that a he was not the only one who was guilty, and therefore ought not to be the only one that was punished. His father replied, that as he knew better than the other boys, his sai crime was the greater. It is indeed but justice, that a child that who knows the commands of God and his
should even be doubly punished, whenever he so far forgets his duty as 10 to run headlong into wickedness.
15. Remember this, my young readers; and, instead of rupo adding to the afflictions of others, do whatever you can to ad alleviate them, and God will then undoubtedly have compassion on you, whenever your wants and distresses shall require his assistance.
2. The father of Anthony, whose name was Lenox, pos. A sessed a very lucrative employment under governme was besides possessed of a considerable fortune; but Mr. 5th Littleton, the father of Augustus, was not in such affluent circumstances, though he lived contentedly, and turned his thoughts to the welfare and happiness of his son, in giving tiene him a well grounded education which he thought might
heretic headaches. vojs, f healthy and happy; but Mr. Lenox unfortunately pursued
ere fille prove of more advantage to him than riches, or, at least, rick e might amply supply the place of them.
3. As soon as Augustus was nine years age, rre hele accustomed to bodily exercise, and his mind inured to st of the study, which at once contributed to improve his health, red out strength and understanding. Being thus used to exercise sued by and motion, he was healthy and robust; and being con
tented and happy in the affection of his parents, he enjoyed a tranquil cheerfulness, which much influenced those who
enjoyed his company. edbo
4. Anthony was one of his happy companions, who was het te always at a loss for amusement when Augustus was abDeale sent; and in that case, in order to fill up his time he was as a
continually eating without being hungry, drinking without being thirsty, and slumbering without being sleepy. This naturally brought on a weak habit of body, and frequent
5. Both parents ardently wished to see their children
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tách that object in a wrong channel, by bringing up his son show even from his cradle, in the most excessive delicacy. He
was not suffered to lift himself a chair, whenever he had a
mind to change his seat, but a servant was called for that teado purpose. He was dressed and undressed by other people, and
even the cutting of his own victuals seemed a pain to him.
8. While Augustus, in a thin linen jacket assisted his father to cultivate a small garden, Anthony, in a rich velvet coat was lolling in a coach, and paying morning visits with his mamma.
If he went abroad to enjoy the air, and got out of the carriage but for a minute, his great coat was put on, and a handkerchief tied round his neck, to prevent his catching cold. 7. Thus accustomed to be humoured to excess he wished
every thing he saw or could think of; but his wish was no sooner obtained, than he became tired of it, and was constantly unhappy in the pursuit of new objects.
8. As the servants had strict orders to obey him with implicit submission, he became so whimsical and imperiHous, that he was hated and despised by every one in the
house, excepting his parents. Augustus was his only companion who loved him, and it was upon that account he patiently put up with his humours. He was so perfectly