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adequate to produce 'peace on earth, and good will amongst men ;' its first annunciation was accompanied with a promise of these blessings; and though the powers of darkness combine to frustrate, they shall be finally accomplished.”

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DR. JOHNSON

Was so eminent a character in the literary world, that a description both of his body and mind cannot be unacceptable; in some respects he was the most extraordinary person of the times in which he lived; he died in 1784, in the 75th year of his age.

“ HIS figure was large and well-formed, and his countenance of the cast of an ancient statue, yet his appearance was rendered strange and somewhat uncouth, by convulsive cramps, hy the scars of that distemper which it was once imagined the royal touch could cure, and by a slovenly mode of dress. He had the use only of one eye, yet so much does mind govern and even supply the deficiency of organs, that his visual perceptions, as far as they extended, were uncommonly quick and accurate; and so morbid was his temperament, that he never knew the natural joy of a free and vigorous use of his limbs; when he walked, it was like the struggling gait of one in fetters; when he rode, le had no 'command or direction of his horse, but was carried as if in a balloon! He was prone to superstition but not to credulity. Though his imagination might incline him to a belief of the marvellous and the mysterious, his vigorous reason examined the evidence with jealousy. He was a sinceré and zealous chris.

tian of high church of England, and monar. chical principles, which he would not tamely suffer to be questioned, and had, perhaps, at · an early period, narrowed his mind somewhat too much, both as to religion and politics. His being impressed with the danger of extreme la. titude, in either, though he was of a very independent spirit, occasioned his appearing somewhat unfavourable to the prevalence of that noble freedom of sentiment which is the best possession of man! Nor can it be denied, that he had many prejudices, which, however, frequently suggested many of his pointed say. ings, that rather shewed a playfulness of fancy, than any settled malignity."...Boswell.

THE NEW TESTAMENT

Is that interesting portion of the Bible, with which Christians are more immediately concerned ; and it cannot, in this age of infidelity, be unnecessary to remind the young reader

“ THAT the scriptures of the New Testament have descended pure to our hands, is evinced by the accordance of the early versions with our present Greek text---by the collations which have taken place of great numbers of existing manuscripts, and some of them extremely an. cient, which collations, while they shew that mistakes, as it was to be expected, have been made in the individual manuscripts by the transcribers, prove those mistakes to be of trifling importance, and afford the means of correcting them---and by the utter impossibility that either negligence or design could have introduced without detection, any material alteration into a book dispersed among millions, in

widely distant countries, and among many discordant sects, regarded by them all as the rule of their faith and practice, and in constant and regular use among them all, in public worship, in private meditation, and in the vehement and unceasing controversies with each other! Receiving, on these solid grounds of rational con. viction, the Holy Scriptures with thankfulness and reverence, as the word of God; regard and study them daily as the rule by which all your thoughts, and words, and actions will be tried at the last day, before the judgment-seat of Christ." -Gisborne.

THE CAT

Is so common an animal, that a description of its characteristic qualities will be acceptable; the following is a just, but not a flattering deli. neation.

THE Cat is not an unfaithful domestic, and kept only from the necessity we find of opposing him to other domestics, still more incommodi. ous, and which cannot be hunted; for we value not those people who, being fond of all brutes, foolishly keep cats for their amusement.ca Though these animals, when young, are fro. licksome and beautiful, they possess, at the same time, an innate malice, and perverse dis. position, which increase as they grow up, and which education teaches them to conceal, but not to subdue. From determined robbers, the best education can only convert them into flat. tering thieves, for they have the saine address, subtlety, and desire of plunder. Like thieves they know how to conceal their steps, and their desigus to watch opportunities to catch the

proper moment for laying hold of their prey, to fly from punishment, and to 'remain at a dis. tance till solicited to return. They easily as. sume the habits of society, but never acquire its manners, for they have only the appearance of attachment or friendship. This disingenuity of character is betrayed by the obliquity of their movements, and the duplicity of their eyes. They never look their best benefactor in the face, but either from distrust or falseness, they approach him by windings, in order to procure caresses, in which they have no other pleasure than what arises from faltering those who bestow them. Very different from that faithful animal, the dog, whose sentiments totally centre in the person and happiness of his master, the cat appears to have no feelings which are not interested, to have no affection that is not conditional, and to carry on no in. tercourse with men but with the view of turn. ing it to his own advantage! By these dispositions the cat has a greater relation to man than the dog, in which there is not the smallest mark of injustice or insincerity."..-Buffon.

THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR

HAVE by many writers been held up as indi. cative of the progressive nature of human life, and from this representation flow some excel. lent topics of moral improvement.

“ SPRING, Summer, and Autumn, have their various and engaging charms, and there is some. thing peculiarly pleasing in each transition, but stern Winter can boast of nothing beside the fruit of preceding seasons. The life of man is of. ten with propriety compared to the progressive

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