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master of his temper, that he would at times make him as good humoured as himself.
9. Mr. Lenox would sometimes ask Augustus, how he contrived to be always so merry? To which he one day answered that his father had told him that no person could be perfectly happy, unless they mixed some kind of employment with their pleasures. “I have frequently observed, (continued Augustus) that the most tedious and dull days I experience, are those, in which I do no kind of the work.
10. “It is properly blending exercise with amusement in that keeps me in such good health and spirits. I fear nei- bra ther the winds nor the rain, neither the heat of summer 1€ nor the cold of winter, and I have frequently dug up a dry whole plat in my garden before Anthony has quitted his 4 a pillow in the morning.” 11. Mr. Lenox felt the propriety of such conduct, and a 19
. sigh unavoidably escaped him. He then went to consultare Mr. Littleton in what manner he should act, in order to forde make Anthony as hearty and robust as Augustus. Mr. bilan Littleton informed him in what manner he treated his son, nour,
12. “ The powers of the body and the mind, said he, siver should be equally kept in exercise, unless we mean them to 20
. be unserviceable, as money buried in the ground would be som to its owner. Nothing can be more injurious to the health is the and happiness of children, than using them to excess of led he delicacy, and, under the idea of pleasing them, to indulge ning them in their whimsical and obstinate humours.
13.“ The person who has been accustomed from his childhood to have his wishes flattered will be exposed to many are lo vexatious disappointments. He will sigh after those things, the want or possession of which will equally make him miserable. I have, however, every reason to believe, that beir Augustus will never be that inan.
14. Mr. Lenox perceived the truth of those arguments, that and determined to adopt the same plan for the treatment ibis be of his son. But it was now too late, for Anthony was fourteen years of
age, and his mind and body so much enervated, that he could not bear the least fatiguing exer-stats. tions. 15. His mother, who was as weak as himself, begged
of her husband not to tease their darling, and he was at last obliged to give way to her importunities, when Anthony again sunk into his former destructive effeminacy. The
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strength of his body declined, in proportion as his mind a hins was degraded by ignorance.
16. As soon as Anthony had entered his seventeenth hor year, his parents sent him to the university, intending to one of bring him up to the study of the law; and Augustus being
intended for the same profession, he accompanied him
17. Augustus, in his different studies and pursuits, had
never had any other instructor than his father; while Ankinde thony had as many masters as there are different sciences,
from whom he acquired only a superficial education by retaining little more than the terms used in the different branches he had studied.
18. Augustus, on the contrary, was like a garden, whose 15 uairy situation admits the rays of the sun to every part
of ed it, and in which every seed by a proper cultivation, ad
vances rapidly to perfection.
19. Already well instructed, he still thirsted after further knowledge, and his diligence and good behaviour af
forded a pattern for imitation to all his companions. The | mildness of his temper, and his vivacity and sprightly huDiss mour, made his company at all times desirable; idt universally beloved, and every one was his friend.
20. Anthony was at first happy on being in the same ud room with Augustus; but his pride was soon hurt on seehe ing the preference that was given by every one to his friend,
and he could not think of any longer submitting to so mordu tifying a distinction. He therefore found some frivolous excuse, and forsook the company of Augustus.
21. Anthony having now nobody to advise or check him, gave loose to his vitiated taste, and wandered from pleasure to pleasure in search of happiness. It will be to little purpose to say,
how often he blushed at his own conduct; but being hardened by a repetition of his follies, he gradually fell into the grossest irregularities. To be short, he at last returned home with the seeds of a mortal distemper in his bosom, and after languishing a few months, expired
22. Some time after, Augustus returned home to his parents, possessed of an equal stock of learning and prudence, his departure from the university being regretted both by his teachers and companions. It may easily be supposed that his family received him with transports of joy.
in great agony,
23. You know not, my little readers, how pleasing are those tender parental feelings, which rise from the prospect of seeing their children beloved and respected. His parents thought themselves the happiest of people, and tears of joy filled their eyes when they beheld him.
24. In the characters of Anthony and Augustus, we see the fatal consequences of giving way to folly and vice, and what the happy effect of the contrary conduct. Anthony fell a victim to the misguided indulgence of his parents, while Augustus lived to be happy by the prudent management he received in his infancy.
8. The absurdity of Young People's wishes exposed. 1. The present moment of enjoyment is, sometimes, allo young people think of. So long as little Robert partook of mal the pleasure of sliding on the ice, and making up snow in zape various shapes, he wished it always to be winter, totally regardless of either spring, summer, or autumn. His fa 9. ther hearing him one day make that wish, desired him to be write it down in the first leaf of his pocket-book, which is Robert accordingly did, though his hand shivered with 20 cold.
not be 2. The winter glided away imperceptibly, and the springtion or followed in due time. Robert now walked in the garden 10.) with his father, and with admiration beheld the risina beauty of the various spring flowers. Their po forded him the highest delight, and their brillia ance attracted all his attention. “O, said litt) that it were always spring!" His father desis write that wish also in his pocket-book.
3. The trees, which lately were only budding, grown into full leaf, the sure sign that spring w ing, and summer hastening on apace. Robert. accompanied by his parents and two or three of acquaintance, went on a visit to a neighbouring
4. Their walk was delightful, affording them sometimes of corn yet green, waving smoothly unruffled by the breeze, and sometimes of meado elled with a profusion of various flowers. The lambs skipped and danced about, and the colts pranced about their dams.
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duced for Robert and his companions a delicious feast of Dp cherries, strawberries, and a variety of other fruits. So
pleasant a day afforded them great delight, and their little hearts danced in their bosoms with joy.
6. “Do you not think, Robert, said his father to him, te that summer has its delights as well as winter and spring?" e, Robert replied, he wished it might be summer all the year, then when 'his father desired him to enter that wish in his pocket-book also.
7. The autumn at length arrived and all the family went Sinto the country to view the harvest. It happened to be
one of those days that are free from clouds, and yet a gentle westerly wind kept the air cool and refreshing.
8. The garden and orchards were loaded with fruits; and fine plums, pears and apples, which hung on the trees
almost to the ground, furnished the little visiters with no okin small amusement and delight. There were also plenty of
grapes, apricots and peaches, which tasted the sweeter as al they had the pleasure of gathering them.
9. “This season of rich abundance, Robert, said his father to him, will soon pass away, and stern and cold winter will succeed it." Robert again wished, that the present happy season would always continue, and that winter would not be too hasty in its approaches, but leave him in possession of autumn.
10. Robert's father desired him to write this in his book also, and ordering him to read what he had written, soon convinced him how contradictory his wishes had been. In the winter, he wished it to be always winter ; in the spring he wished for a continuance of that season; in the summer he wished it never to depart; and when autumn came, it afforded him too many delicious fruits to permit him to have a single wish for the approach of winter.
11. “My dear Robert, said his father to him, I am not displeased with you for enjoying the present moment, and thinking it the best that can happen to you; but you see how
necessary it is, that our wishes should not always be complied with. God knows how to govern this world much better than any human being can possibly do.
12. “ Had you last winter been indulged in your wish, we should have had neither spring, summer, nor autumn; the earth would have been perpetually covered with snow. The beasts of the field, and the fowls of the air would either have been starved or frozen to death; and even the
pleasure of sliding, or making images of snow, woula soon have become tiresome to you.
13. “ It is a happiness that we have it not in our power to regulate the course of nature; the wise and unerring designs of Providence, in favour of mankind, would then most probably be perverted to their inevitable ruin.”
SECTION XIV. Mr. Denham and his worthy Tenant; or, the contrast be
tween Politeness and Rudeness. 1. One morning, Mr. Denham having shut himself up in his study on some particular business, his servant came to inform him, that one of his tenants, Mr. Harris, desired to speak with him. Mr. Denham told him to show the farmer into the drawing-room, and to beg him to stay one moment, until he had finished writing a letter.
2. Mr. Denham had three children, Robert, Arthur, and Almarinda, who were in the drawing-room when the farmer was introduced. As soon as he entered he saluted them very respectfully, though not very gracefully, nor were his compliments very elegantly turned. The two sons looked at each other with a smile of contempt and disrespect. Indeed they behaved in such a manner, that the
poor farmer blushed, ard was quite out of countenance.
3. Robert was so shamefully impertinent as to walk round him, holding his nose, and asked his brother if he did not perceive something of the smell of a dung-heap? then he lighted some paper at the fire and carried it round the
room, in order to disperse, as he said, the unpleasant smell. Arthur all the while stood laughing most heartily.
4. Almarinda, however, acted in a very different manner: for instead of imitating the rudeness of her brothers, she checked them for their behaviour, made apologies for them to the farmer, and approaching him with the most complaisant looks, offered him some wine to refresh him, made him sit down, and took from him his hat and stick to put by.
5. In a little time, Mr. Denham came out of his study, and approaching the farmer in a friendly manner, took him by the hand, inquired after the health of his family, and asked him what had brought him to town. The farmer replied, that he was come to pay him half a year's rent, and