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to wisdom. Obstinacy in the slave, which with the benefit of instruction would be ad. mirable patience ; and a thousand other instances might be adduced to prove the propriety of our suppositions. What a profusion of super-excellent, ornamental, as well as beneficent objects, the enlightened mind reads in the book of creation from day to day, which the illiterate' are utter strangers to. What magnificient spectacles to attract our attention. What muni. ficence to impregnate the mind with gratitude. What plenty, boundless plenty, spread abroad to supply our wants. What exhilerating benedictions are bestowed upon man, unthoughtful man, to cheer his heart, to employ his thoughts, to improve his intellects; but alas, for want of posterior cultivation, all nature and nature's God bestow accumulated and complicated blessings in vain. How culpable, how blame-worthy, then must the parents be in the sight of God and good men, who thus neglect their childrens' dearest best interest, and yet forsooth they will gratify them in any and in every thing they desire, but the one thing needful; and the chil. dren do not know the want of learning till it is too late, when they perhaps reflect on their parents while in their silent graves, für being the primary cause of precluding

them from gaining comfortable situations in life, which, for want of education they connot attain. Such persons prove the authenticity of these lines,

* Learn your manners before you grow old,
For learning is better than silver or gold.
Silver or gold may vanish away,
But once you get learning 'twill never decay."

I would ask from whence arise the msi. eries of a large majority of the human family; especially amongst the poorer class, whose turbulent passions, whose unconquered hearts, whose impetuous desires, whose irritable prejudices, whose immovable ignorance, matur'd by many years growth, is like a mighty torrent, sweeping all before it, that cannot be extinguished but by a gallows, nor confined but by x prison. Who can calculate the miseries such characters endure from the darts of adversity in this life, and unutterable woe in the next, for the want of the shield of cultivation, to repel the innovation of wayward appetite, or religion to bear them with magnanimity, with resignation to the will of heaven.

How often does it happen that the children who had indulgent, but alas, injudi. cious parents, while they survived they seemed to make fair appearances for indin vidual prosperity and national utility, but alas, all these 'appearances were blasted in the bud; the parent dies, the mind is immature, the morals are loose, education has not taken root, the reins of the appetite are loosened to the domination of unhallowed pleasure, and these for want of cultivation, for the want of having the seeds of virtue planted in their juvenile minds, tho' they once promised fair to be the supporters, became the pests of civil society. if we look from individual families to indi. vidual nations, we shall see lamentable demonstrations of this speculative reasoning : we will see ignorance produce intestine commotion, civil wars, anarchy and ccnfusion ; while ignorant demagogues unresistably, like so many woodland monsters, hurry forward to seize their prey ; with the impetuosity of lions they rush, with drawn swords, to spill the hearts blood, and cut to pieces their own fellow creatures. The ground is drenched with blood ; the atmosphere reverberates with weeping wid. ows' and wretched orphans' cries. But we will admit, for the sake of illustration, that some parents leave their children large fortunes, will they not be a good substitute for learning? I answer in the negative. Can the licentious gratifications of the wicked produce permanent happiness, pure intel

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lectual felicity ; then the ox at his stall, the lion while foaming or roaring over his man. gled prey, may enjoy intellectual happi

The supposition is the first born of absurdities: the fact is, riotious indulgence debilitates and destroys both body and ou l; while purity and virtue preserves Loth, unsullied and divine. Another fatal effect of the injudicious conduct of parents to their children is, the propensity they feel to gratify them in all their juvenile de. sires; this produces always dreadful consequences in the rising generation ; for when their passions have been yielded too, and they had their own way while in a state of minority, they seek for the same indul. gence when arrived to years of maturity; whence there are so many tyrants in what are called christian countries; hence so many demagogues are at all times, in all places, and upon all occasions, ready to produce intestine commotion, in order to have an oportunity to gratify the malevo. lent propensity they feel to subjugate others. to their imperious will. This dstroys soeial intercourse and the harinony of india viduals, families, and nations. It is this fatal propensity that strews the path of life with briars and thorns, that otherwise would be carpeted with roses. All these scenes of public calamity which are daily

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