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Gous blessing, of an honest competenct, if not of a beneficent affluence. Such principles make the character of the Amos Lawrences and Samuel
Budgetts of the business world, and secure for a people, honoured by their example, a good name among the nations.
The Letter Box.
PATERNAL COUNSELS. MY DEAREST Sox, - I hope you you would, in the midst of the greatest will ever labour to obtain a deep affluence and grandeur, be wretched sense of your depravity, guilt, help- and miserable, poor, and blind, and lessness, and misery, and at the same naked. time keep your eye fixed upon that Your spiritual privileges are great; glorious hope which is set before you I pray the Divine Spirit to incline in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Labour you to improve under them, and to and pray to imbibe His Spirit and be grateful for them. You, though temper, and to pursue ardently His young, may soon be called to give an bright example. This will contri- account of your stewardship-may bute much to your own peace of Jehovah teach you to number your mind, to the honour of Jesus, to your days, that you may apply your respectability in the world, and to heart to wisdom. Be sure not to the real and constant comfort of your neglect secret prayer, and ever condear friends.
sider the sacred Scriptures your best Read a part of God's word every books, and beseech the Holy Spirit morning and evening; it will be con- to unfold their meaning to you, and ducive to your comfort by night and to impress their Divine and saving by day. Prayer is also necessary at contents upon your heart. The young the same seasons. When you pray,
cleanse their way by taking heed to set yourself as in the presence of God's word. God; mean what you say, approach Remember this, that whatever idea Jehovah through Jesus Christ, and you may form of this state, you will, desire the assistance of the Holy
at the close of life, be obliged to say, Spirit, and depend upon it your with Solomon, “Vanity of vanities, prayers will be heard.
all is vanity!" Whilst you are happy in temporals, Love one another; do all things I hope you do not forget in what real without murmurings and disputing; happiness consists : nothing in this always be at peace amongst yourstate can confer it upon us. Genuine selves; live near the Lord; and then, happiness consists in our being made when you are called to appear before wise unto salvation, through faith in Him, you will not be afraid, but will the Lord Jesus Christ: with this love His appearance, and will be portion you will be wise, and rich, accepted by Him. and happy indeed ; destitute of it, Do not neglect your morning and
evening devotional exercises. Be much at your Bible: let that blessed book be a light to your feet, and a lamp to your path. Remember you are now in the vigour of youth, and are surrounded with temptations of every kind adapted to the carnal mind: you have great need to mount a double guard; constantly watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation.
I advise you, as parent and a minister, to read frequently the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth chapters of Proverbs; these, properly considered, will guard you against many snares, and foolish and hurtful lusts, into which young men are prone to fall.
You may be assured, that if you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all other things will be added unto you. Pray for humility, prudence, diligence, and piety; and be as desirous to grow in the favour of God as in the favour of men. Remember what Dr. Watts says: “Were I possessor of the earth,
And called the stars my own,
I were a wretch undone." I hope you remember the Sabbath day and reverence it. Read the Bible frequently, and recollect there is a throne of grace for every poor sinner to approach, and forgiveness with God through Jesus Christ, and that this remission is full, free, and everlasting.
Avoid the vicious. I hope you can adopt the language of the patriarch; “My soul, come not thou into their
place; mine honour, be not thou united unto them; their lives are madness, and their end perdition." Nothing can make human beings miserable but vice; nothing can make them happy but holiness. The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of irreligious and incorrigible fools. Now, my son,
take the advice of 1 Chron. xxviii. 9, and then you will do well for both worlds ; but if you pursue an opposite conduct, you will never make any great figure in this world, and you will forfeit your crown in the coming state.
Never neglect the means of grace: attention to these is as necessary to our growth in knowledge, faith, comfort, and holiness, as it is for a farmer to manure, plough, and sow his land, in order to raise a crop.
I should be thankful to see you once more in the flesh, if it be the Lord's will; if not, my dear son, live near to the Lord, and then we shall meet in another and a better world.
May you escape those snares that Satan, the world, and the flesh are constantly laying for your soul. I am continually praying for you, and I have strong hopes that my prayers will for this be answered, if you connect your own with them.
Diligence, faith, prayer, and patience, will perform great things ; when you pray, take the promises of God and the sacrifice of Christ with you to the throne of grace, and you are sure to meet with an answer.
Your affectionate father.
The Christian Household.
I am ;
HAPPY NANCY; OR, THE SECRET. THERE once lived in an old brown sun rolling day after day, and the cottage, so small that it looked like stars a-shining night after night, and a chicken-coop, a solitary woman. make my garden things come up She was some thirty years of age, just the same, season after season, tended her little garden, knit and He can sartinly take care of such a spun, for a living. She was known poor, simple thing as everywhere, from village to village, you see, I leave it all to the Lord, by the cognomen of “Happy Nancy." and He takes care of me." She had no money, no family, no “Well, but, Nancy, suppose a frost relatives; was half blind, quite lame, should come after your fruit-trees and very deformed; and yet there are all in blossom, and suppose" had the great God set His royal seal. “ But I don't suppose; I never can “Well, Nancy, singing again!" suppose;
I don't want to suppose, would the chance visitor say, as he except that the Lord will do everylounged at her door.
thing right. That's what makes you “La! yes, I'm for ever at I
people unhappy; you're all the time don't know what people will think;" supposing. Now, why can't you she would say, with her sunny smile. wait till the suppose comes, as I do,
“Why, they'll think as they al- and then make the best of it?" ways do, that you are very happy." “Ah, Nancy, it's pretty certain
“La! well, that's a fact; I'm just you'll get to heaven, while many of as happy as the day is long."
us, with all our worldly wisdom, will “I wish you'd tell me your secret,
be shut out.” Nancy; you are all alone, you work “There again,” said Nancy, shaking hard, you have nothing very pleasant her head, “always looking out for surrounding you; what is the reason some black cloud. Why, if I was you're so happy ?"
you, I'd keep the enemy at arm's "Perhaps it's because I haven't length, instead of taking him right got anybody but God,” replied the into my heart: he'll do you a world good creature, looking up. “ You of mischief." see, rich folks, like you, depend upon their families and their housen : demon of care, of distrust, of melanthey've to think of their business, of choly foreboding, of ingratitude, right their wives and children, and then into our hearts, and pet and cherish they're always mighty afraid of the ugly monsters till we assimilate trouble a-head. I ain't got any
to their likeness. It would be well thing to trouble myself about, you for us to imitate happy Nancy, and see, 'cause I leave it all to the Lord. never suppose;" well to be more I think, Well, if He can keep this child-like towards the great Father great world in such good order, the who created us; to learn to confide
on She was right: we do take the
in His wisdom ; and, above all, to He could not come down from his " wait till the suppose' comes, and high position. He could not take up then make the best of it.” Depend the cross through good and evil reupon it, earth would seem an Eden port, and his serious impressions if we would follow happy Nancy's passed away, perhaps for ever. He rule, and never give place in our was too big to pray. bosoms to imaginary evils.
I knew a man who had passed the middle age of life. His children had
grown up around him, while he had “ TOO BIG TO PRAY.”
been careless and unconcerned about I TARRIED for a night with an old their eternal welfare. A change friend, who had always seemed indif- seemed to have come over him, and ferent on the subject of religion. His he felt that duty called on him to wife was pious, and endeavoured to pray in his family. But how could impress the minds of her children he assume such a task before his with proper views of God and eter- household, which would be astonished nity. Her little boy, of two or three at such a strange event. He shrank years, when about to retire to rest, from the effort, and finally relaxed knelt down by his mother, and reve- into his former coldness and indifrently repeated a child's prayer. ference. He was too big to pray. When he rose from his knees, he I knew a physician who held a turned to his father, with a seeming high rank in his profession. The consciousness that he had performed urbanity of his deportment, joined a duty, and addressed him, “ Father, with an intelligent mind, made him I have said my prayers : have you a pleasant companion. But he was said yours? or are you too big to sceptical in the doctrines of the Bible. pray?” I thought it was a question He witnessed the happy death of one that would reach that father's heart, who triumphed in the last trying and it might yet be said of him, hour, and his infidel opinions were “ Behold, he prayeth.”
shaken. “Almost, he was persuaded I have since noticed many who to become a Christian." But the were too big to pray. I knew a pride of his heart was not subdued. young man, a student of brilliant He could not humble himself at the talents and fascinating manners; yet
foot of the cross. He was too big to he would sneer at piety and pious pray. men. He was considered a model by How many thousands there are a certain class around him. In a re- around us, who have been elevated to vival meeting it was supposed that high places in our land, who would the Spirit of God had reached his not dare to be seen upon their knees, heart. He professed to see his dan- supplicating the Majesty of heaven. ger, and resolved to reform. Then They are too big to pray. he thought of his companions who Now, in all such cases, there is had witnessed his past life. They something wrong.
The heart once would say he was weak-minded and fairly pierced by the sword of the fickle. He would lose their respect. Spirit, there will soon be prayer.
to his wife or sister, than he would to any other female, except a low and vicious one.
It is thus that the honest affections of a man's nature prove to be a weaker protection to a woman in the family circle, than the restraints of society, and that a woman usually is indebted for the kindest politeness of life to those not belonging to her own household. Things ought not so to be. The man who, because it will not be resented, inflicts his spleen and bad temper upon those of his hearthstone, is a small coward, and a very mean man. Kind words are circulating mediums between true gentlemen and ladies at home, and no polish exhibited in society can atone for the harsh language and disrespectful treatment too often indulged in by those bound together by God's own ties of blood, and the still more sacred bonds of conjugal love.
MR. ABRAHAM OGDEN. It is recorded on the page of Holy and the spread of Divine truth. Writ, “The memory of the just is In early life, he had the advantage of blessed.”
No one who was inti- the influence, instruction, and exmately acquainted with the subject ample of a pious mother, whose conof the following brief sketch, can
stant care was to train up her fail to look back upon his devoted, offspring in the way they should go, earnest, and useful life, with feelings and to store their minds with the of deep interest and love. He was seed of gospel knowledge, believing one of those disciples in the walks that it would spring up and bring of humble life, who go about their
forth fruit in due season. Divine Master's business without up, however, to manhood, before the much noise or show; but who fruits appeared. From his own acare always aiming at the great count, he seems, in youth, to have end of their existence, the advance- frequently associated with evil comment of the Redeemer's kingdom in panions, contraryto his pious mother's the world, the conversion of sinners, wishes. On one occasion, as he