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Dr. Franklin's legacy of £1000 sterling, or J54444 44 cts. to the corporation of Philadelphia,. for the purpose of being loaned out in small sums to industrious tradesmen, at five per cent. interest, which interest was to be placed out continually on the same conditions, on the 31st of December, 180G* had increased three thousand four hundred an* Sixty-seven dollars and fifty-one cents.
BSD OF Vol. J.
HUMOUROUS, MORAL &? LITERARY*
ON EARLY MARRIAGES..
To John Alleyne, Esq.
You desire, you say, my impartial thoughts on the Subject of an early marriage, by way of answer to» the numberless objections that have been made by numerous persons to your own. You may remember, when you consulted me on the occasion, that I thought youth on both sides no objection. Indeed, from the marriages that have fallen under my observation, I am rather inclined to think, that early. ones stand the best chance of happiness. The temper and habits of the young are not yet become. ao stiff and uncomplying, as when more advanced in life; they form more easily to each other, and hence many occasions of disgust are removed.——. And if youth has less of that prudence which is ne~ pessary to manage a family, yet the parents and el. der friends of young married.persons are generally at hand to afford their advice, which amply supplies that defect; and by early marriage, youth is soon» cr formed to regular and useful life; and possibly some of those accidents or connections, that might have injured the constitution, or reputation, or both, are thereby happily prevented. Particular circumstances of particular persons, may possibly Sometimes make it prudent to delay entering into that state; but in general, when nature has render-. «d our bodies fit for it, the presumption is in na
ftue's favor, that sin. has notju.lgerl amiss in making us d sire it. L ate marriages are often attend"* . ed, too, with this further inconvenience, that there is not the same chance that the parents shall live tp see their offspring educated. "Late children,'* says thr Spanish proverb, "are early orphans."—. A melancholv reflection to those whose case it may be! With us in America, marriages are generally in the morning of life; our children are therefore educated and settled in the world by noon; and thus our business being done, we have an afternoon and evening of cheerful leisure to ourselves, such' as our friend at present enjovs. By these early marriages we are blessed with more children; and from the mode among u>, founded by nature, of every mother suckling and nursing her own child, more of them are raised. Thence the swift progress of population among us, unparalleled in Europe. In fine, I am glad you are married, and congratulate you most cordially upon it. You are / now in the way of becoming a useful citizen; and you have escaped the unnatural state of celibacy for life—the fate of many here, who never intend-. ed it, but who having too long postponed the chance ef their condition, find, at length, that it is too late to think of it, and so live all their lives in a situation ♦hat greatly lessens a man's value. An old volume •f a set of books bears not the value of its proporv tion to the set: what think you of the old half of a. pair of scissors? it can't well cut any thing'; it may" possiblv serve to scrape a trencher.
Prav make my compliments and best wishes acceptable to - your bride. I am old and heavy, or I should ere this have presented them in person. I shall make but small use of the old man's privilege,^. thai. of giving advice to younger friuids. Treat'
your wife always with respe. t; it will procure respect 10 \ ou, not only from her, but from all that observe it. Never use a slighting expression to her, even in jest: for slights in jest, after frequent bandvings, are apt to end in angry earnest. Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich— Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least, you will, by such conduct, stand the best ehance for such consequences. I pray God to bless /you both! being ever your affectionate friend, v B. FRANKLIN
On the death of his brother, Mr. John FranTdiru.
TO MISS HUBBARD..
I condole with you. Wc; have lost a most dear and valuable relation. But it is the will of God and nature, that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life. This is rather an embryo state, a preparation for living. A man is not completely born until he be dead. Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals, a new member added to their society? We are spirits. That bodies should be lent us, while they can afford us pleasure, assist us in, acquiring knowledge, or doing good to our fellowcreatures, is a Bind and benevolent act of God.— When they become unfit for these purposes, and afford us pain instead of pleasure, instead of an aid become an incumbrance, and answer none of the intentions for which they were given, it is equally: kind and benevolent that. a. way is provided bj