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together as. acquaintance: I am sure I shall obey her.-You may remember that she followed me to the stage, but you cannot know the reason: I suppose affection did not want in part; but there was something beside ; she took that opportunity of giving me this command, being willing to say these things rather before strangers than yourself.
I hope I have not, brother, been bred up with so good a person as you, to be ignorant of that respect which is due to a parent. I should have obeyed the command had it been delivered in any manner, but I could see her hold up her handkerchief many times when she spoke to me. O brother, every tear she shed has cost me a thousand; but do not speak of it, to give her uneasiness : I only name it to you, to show how seriously I received her instructions. He that can disregard a parent's command, deserves nothing of that length of life which is promised to the obedient ; but if there be any who can slight a mother's tears, the world ought to disown him.
I do assure you, I am resolved to obey her perfectly, and I give you this account
an engagement to that obedience : but;
however that be, you have it to reproach me withal, if ever I forget to obey you as a father, while I love you as a brother.
With the most true affection and respect,
Your obedient brother.
From a mother in town to her Daughter at
a Boarding School in the country, recom
mending the practice of Virtue. DEAR CHILD,
ALTHOUGH we are separated in person, yet you are never absent from my thoughts ; and it is my continual practice to recommend 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 have been lately somewhat alarmed because your two last letters do not run in that strain of unaffected piety as formerly. What, my dear, is this owing to ? Does virtue appear to you as unpleasant? Is your beneficent Creator a hard 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 extremely 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 man to the will of God, and virtue is the actual operation of thật 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 enthusiast have represen
ted: no, it indulges you a very rational amusement, so far as it is consistent with morality ; it forbids nothing but what is hurtful.
Let me beg that you will consider 'attentively what I have written, and send me an answer as soon as you can.
I am your affectionate mother.
I Am so much affected by the perusal of your really 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, without considering the character of the
person to whom they were addressed : I am fully sensible of my error, and, on
all future occasions, shall endeavour to avoid giving the least offence. The advice you sent me in your valuable letter, wants no encomium; all that I desire, is, to have it engraven on my heart. My dear madam, I love religion, I love virtue, 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 my whole future conduct will convince the best of parents, that I am what she wishes me to be.
I am, honoured madam,
Your dutiful daughter.
From a young woman, just gone to service
in New York, to her mother in the country
It is now a month that I have been at Mr. Wilson's, and I thank God that I like my place so well. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are both worthy people, and greatly respected by all their neighbours. At my first coming here I thought every