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our sins, and rose again for our justifica- , a coach loaded with her trunks, chests, tion, and “
ever liveth to make inter- and bandboxes, accompanied by her parcession for us." It shows us how the rot, its cage being tied up in a large meanest state may be consecrated by silk handkerchief,) her tortoiseshell cat piety, and the humblest talents increased in a bag, and old Cesar, the Newa hundred fold by being laid out for foundland dog. Aunt Leonora was no God. It offers us strength against templ- friend to domestic animals; aunt Prisation, comfort under trial, and hope for cilla was partial to Cesar, and wished to a dying hour. Other knowledge may be keep him; but as it was not convenient as the fatal tree was to our first parents; to keep so large a dog in town, it was it may puff us up with pride or draw us settled that he should be sent to Caway from duty; divine knowledge will where, old Deborah observed, he would be to us as the tree of life of which, if a be good company for her in the long man eat, he shall live for ever. While, winter evenings. My uncle and aunt therefore, we give to human learning its thought he would be useful as a protector due, let us be careful not to give it more of the premises; for they scarcely liked than Christian men ought. Let us re- Deborah to be in the house alone, almember that the child who loves its Bi- though she assured them she was ble and clings to its Saviour, and, with a unked,* and never timorsome.” patient, thankful, obedient spirit, fills up When dame Deborah, with her live its little round of duties, ranks in God's stock, was seated in the carriage, I reaccount immensely above the man who member thinking she resembled the fronis the world's wonder for his parts and tispiece of Robinson Crusoe. I had some gifts, if he have only the "knowledge” misgivings about poor puss; it seemed which “puffethup," and wants the to me very cruel so to confine her, and I “charity” which “edifieth.”
apprehended that she would be suffocated Thoughts like these, my friends, need before she reached her journey's end. not check our ardour, or repress our But Deborah assured me that there was honest endeavours to learn all we can; no danger of that kind; and that her but they may serve to sober and chasten being confined in the bag was a necesour minds, and will help us to make a sary precaution, to prevent her seeing wise and pious use of the good gifts of the way. Alas! the precaution was vain, our heavenly Parent. Thus prepared for, notwithstanding all Deborah's exerand fortified, you will not only admire tions reconcile her to her new abode, the works of God, but will admire God by what she described as “the nicest mess in them and praise Him for them. You of bread and milk, and a bed fit for a will return from other springs of know- Christian to sleep upon,” puss most unledge to drink more freely and more gratefully effected her escape, by breakthankfully of the fountain of living wa- ing a pane of glass, and presented herters. You will remind yourselves that if self in the area of the Queen square God in his providence multiplies your house, almost famished. Again and again means of improvement, and helps you to she was conveyed to C-, but each make additions to your stock of know- time again effected her escape; and after ledge, it is that your new talent may be her third departure was heard of no more, employed for his glory, and made really except in the lamentations of her misprofitable to yourselves and others. — tress, who never lost an opportunity of From the Rev. J. H. Gurney's Lecture setting forth her singular beauties and to the Lutterworth Mechanics Institute. merits. She, however, consoled herself
with the society of old Cesar, whom she accustomed to lie on the rug by the fireside, while she read aloud. Being
well fed and very comfortable, Cesar had MY AUNT PRISCILLA.-N0. VII.
the good manners to lie very still at his
mistress's feet; and sorely was she disAt the time of my aunt Priscilla's pleased with any one who should attempt marriage, I was between six and seven to convince her that her canine auditor years
age; old enough to retain a dis- was in no wise instructed or edified by tinct recollection of the bustle and pre- her good reading; There is no doubt, paration for the wedding; and leaves that old Deborah was edified by it taking of aunt Leonora. I saw old De
"Solitary, dull." It is an expressive and comborah take her departure for C—, in prehensive word, though now almost obsolete.
herself. She was one of that numerous | received their forgiveness, aunt Leonora class, more numerous in the last century maintained a degree of stiffness and rethan in the present, who
serve towards her, that did not seem alto" Just know, and know no more, their Bible true," gether sisterly : and of me she had taken
very little notice, seldom speaking to me and by its light are guided in the way of or of me, except occasionally to ask, in peace; yet whose minds are in many things a grave magisterial tone, “Is the child but a chaos of ignorance and prejudice; | at home?” « Is the child gone to bed ?" and who would be perplexed and irritat- or to remark, “ The child makes too much ed, rather than instructed, by an attempt noise.” And yet I think she entertained, to teach them whether the world is round both for my mother and myself, much or square, whether the sun stands or
more kindly feelings than her stiff nomoves, or whether water runs down tions of decorum and propriety allowed hill or up. My aunt Priscilla never at- her to express. She now, I dare say, tempted to reason Deborah out of her felt that I was left under her protection, little harmless prejudices; but whatever and that it behoved her to take care of time and attention she could bestow on her, she laboured to improve, in directing It was with emotions of trepidation, her mind to the simple, the soul-sustain- rather than of delight, that I obeyed the ing, and sanctifying truths of the gospel ; summons. and she had the happiness to see, that Well, child, Deborah is gone?” whatever feebleness and inaptitude there “ Yes, aunt. The reply was rather might be to the reception of general sobbed than said. truths, there was the appetite of a new- “And where were you, child, when I born babe, to desire the sincere milk of rang the bell ? in the kitchen?" the word, and grow thereby, 1 Pet. ii. 2. No, aunt, in Deborah's parlour.”
Many of Deborah's lesser mistakes “ That is right, child; it is not proper were never corrected; but she had a for young ladies to associate with serclear and saving apprehension of the vants. There has far too much mischief truth, that “Christ Jesus came into the originated in that already. You may world to save sinners," 1 Tim. i. 15, and stay here, child, till your aunt Priscilla that his blood cleanseth from all sin, comes." 1 John i. 7; and on these truths she My aunt was silent, and I turned my lived holily and died happily.
attention to the mandarin in my hand, When the street door was closed, after and again tried to discover the mysterithe departure of Deborah and Cesar, and ous pivot. the cat and parrot, I felt an uncomfort- “Can you read, child ?" inquired my able sense of loneliness. I strolled mourn- aunt. fully into Deborah's forsaken parlour, I replied in the affirmative. and taking up a Chinese mandarin of “So!” The remark was uttered in a papier mâché, which she had given me at tone of satisfaction as well as of surprise; parting, perceived, to my no small amuse-“Then lay down that trifling toy, and ment, that it was so constructed as to come and read to me." nod its head when moved. What a trifle I obeyed; and although the volume beguiles the sorrows of childhood! While placed in my hands was so massive, that endeavouring to explore the principle of I could scarcely wield it, and though this movement, I almost forgot to weep it contained long words that I could not for the departure of Deborah, or to sigh understand, and laboured trains of thought, for the arrival of my uncle and aunt, who that I was utterly incapable of following, were expected to fetch me to Lincoln's I managed to get through a page or two Inn fields. But not many minutes were in so creditable a manner as to elicit the allowed me to pursue my speculations.commendationThe bell rang, and I was summoned to “You are a very good child indeed : my aunt Leonora, in the library. you may leave off now. I shall make you
I believe my aunt had not been very a present before you go.”. cordial in my being received into the My aunt was as good as her word; family: She was never particularly fond she presented me with a large silver cup of children ; and I was the child of a and cover, which she said had belonged sister who had grievously offended, in to my great, great grandfather; he who her eyes almost unpardonably so. When fought with a dragoon in the time of the my mother had visited her parents, and civil wars, and never was well afterwards.
“ Civil wars, civil fighting; what can | Mary, from all of whom I had received that mean? what is a dragoon? I sup- kindnesses which I ought not to forget. pose it is like the dragon that fought The different manner in which my with Christian, in Pilgrim's Progress ?” | two aunts referred to the intercourse of Such were the speculations that passed children with servants, forcibly struck through my wondering mind, as my aunt me. I did not then understand that aunt detailed the exploits of our ancestor of Leonora's system was that of prohibition, the silver cup. She proceeded to descant aunt Priscilla's that of regulation. Aunt on the folly of a great aunt, who was so Leonora, in her care to avoid improper devoted to fine needlework, that, with familiarity, fell into the opposite extreme her own hands, she wrought the history of haughtiness and moroseness; though of Joshua in tapestry; and so many point I must express my belief, that they were ruffles and aprons, that she actually faults of manner rather than of heart. worked herself blind. Perhaps, when By the tone and manner in which the my aunt spoke with such contempt of servants-yes, even good, trusty, respectthe folly of her relative, it did not occur able servants-spoke of and to their three to her, that she might have read herself young mistresses, I have no doubt that blind, without being one bit the wiser : my own dear mother possessed their love however, the mention of this martyr to and admiration ; aunt Leonora excited notability, was to introduce a further their fear and homage; aunt Priscilla present of a diamond ring, which she one secured their affectio had worn on her fore-finger.
A similar difference marked the My aunt moreover presented me with characters of my two aunts, in almost Milton's Paradise Lost, and the volumes every particular; that of my dear mother of the Spectator, both superbly bound. went through the severe discipline of the I am afraid I was not half grateful enough school of affliction; by which process its for my aunt's costly presents. I did sterling excellences were brought out thank her, and felt pleased, too, that she and matured, and its imperfections grashould speak so kindly to me, and think dually softened down and rectified. She of making me any present; but I could was one of the many who have reason to not appreciate a great silver cup, that say, “ It is good for me that I have been appeared to me more fit to wash hands afflicted,” Psa. cxix. 71. in, than to drink out of; or a ring, full It is one of the pleasures of childhood, large enough to contain two, if not three on entering a new abode, to explore every of my little fingers; or a set of books, far part of it, and give utterance to the vivid above my comprehension. One of New- feelings of admiration, of whatever wears berry's sixpenny story books, then in the aspect of novelty. For a later period vogue, with rude pictures and gilt is reserved the more pensive feeling, ariscovers, would have pleased me far better. ing from a disadvantageous comparison But aunt Leonora did not understand of the present with the past. I remember the heart of a child. I thanked her for concluding, the very first evening of enterher presents ; but I turned from them, to ing the house in Lincoln's Inn fields, that play with my pretty mandarin. I be- it was much more pleasant than that in lieve my aunt, in her heart, retracted the Queen's square. There were not near so commendation she had just expressed, many rooms, nor were they so large; but and set me down for an incorrigibly stu- they were much more lively; and what pid child.
But, most opportunely, my was lacking of old-fashioned grandeur in aunt Priscilla made her appearance. She the furniture, was made up by extreme expressed all that I ought to have ex- neatness and completeness. It was really pressed, if I had but understood it, of a palace in miniature; every thing so admiration of the several articles ; and well adapted and arranged for conveniengaged that they should be taken care ence and comfort; it seemed to be just of for me, until I was old enough to upon the boundary line between elegance know their value.
and splendour; there was nothing wantAt parting, aunt Leonora kissed me ing, nothing superfluous. To the present very affectionately, and said I should day, that house in Lincoln's Inn fields, come and see her some day when she just as it was when my aunt Priscilla was at leisure, and read to her again. became mistress of it, is my beau ideal My aunt Priscilla desired me to go and of a good and comfortable residence. It bid good-bye to William, and Sarah and had only one deficiency; and where is
the earthly dwelling, condition, or pos- education too much neglected. Children session of any kind, that is without its are naturally observant, but too often “but?” The “but” of the best of Lon- they are suffered to waste their vivacity don houses, and of that among
on unworthy objects, for want of having is, that they want the good, capacious better things pointed out to them; or outlet, the flourishing garden, the exten- their inquiries are checked and discousive and diversified views, that give such raged by the indolence and apathy charms to the country. The only outlet of those to whom they are addressed. It to this house was a small yard, paved seems to me, that a correct and cultivated with flagstones; the only garden a few taste is an indispensable requisite for shrubs in the balcony. I have often those intrusted with the care of chilspeculated about the practicability and dren. I would not employ a nursemaid desirableness of having these flagstones who would listlessly drag a child by a removed, and converting the square patch tuft of primroses, or a bank of violets, into “a very little, tiny garden;" but I that she might hasten to get a sight of lived there long enough to be convinced the finery in a shop window, or the passof the correctness of my aunt's judgment, ing of a troop of soldiers. The mother or that the yard could not be spared; and
nurse who awakens the infant percepthat even if it were dug up, nothing tions to the beauties of creation, opens
one of the purest and most permanent Much as I admired the neat, fresh- sources of gratification; one that will painted rooms, new carpets, floorcloth, afford solace under many of the ills of venetian shades, and handsome furni- life; one that has a tendency to bring ture of every description, all of which into operation the better feelings and
as fresh in my mind as though dispositions of human nature, and one I had seen them only yesterday, I was that is capable of sound and evangelical quite prepared to sympathize with my improvement. Oh that every child had aunt in the pleasure she expressed, when such a companion, such a preceptress as we made our first visit to C
my aunt Priscilla, to teach it to love the more beholding the woods and hills, and lilies of the field, and the birds of the streams, and waving corn fields, and air, and the insects that flutter or that green pastures, enlivened with flocks and
creep; and to direct their thoughts to herds; or in the more secluded scenes of Him who clothes and feeds them all, and home, the garden, the orchard, the gives them their several instincts, and poultry yard. Rural scenes have ever crowns the earth with his goodness, and been very dear to me; and I esteem it takes pleasure in the happiness of every no small advantage, to have my first living thing! Dear, kind instructress, I recollections of them associated with must, in a great measure, ascribe it to such a friend as aunt Priscilla. There your early culture, that even now, in my are men, ay and women too, who have waning days, I can still spring upon the spent half a century in tilling the land violets of the hedge, or the daisy of the or tending the dairy, in one of the love- meadow, with a pleasure as vivid as that liest spots of creation, who yet have no of infancy! more perception of the beauties of na- To the poor villagers of C- it was ture than the oxen that draw their
no small matter of rejoicing, that the ploughs ; who can admire nothing, ex- house, so long the occasional residence of cept as it is a source of sordid gain. my grand parents, was to remain in the Nor is this brute indifference to the scenes family, that it was become the property of nature confined to the dull unlettered of her whose considerate kindness they clown. It was “the colossus of litera- had so often experienced ; and that it ture," Samuel Johnson, who said he ad- was her intention frequently to take up mired no flower in the garden except a her abode there. cauliflower. To enjoy nature, there is My uncle was partial to the country, something wanting, that neither intellect and found his occasional visits to it highly nor literature can give, any more than a beneficial to his health and spirits. country residence, or country professions. But his intervals of leisure were short: It is a refined and cultivated taste, which or, if sometimes a little prolonged, it was may generally be traced back to the di- only by means of employing part of the rection given to the opening powers of day in the prosecution of some proearly childhood. This is a branch of fessional business that could be carried on away from the office. He sometimes As the cares of an increasing family retired into the country, not merely to pressed upon her, she was not able to recreate, but, to pursue important busi- devote so much time and personal attenness without interruption. He seldom tion to charitable objects as she had forhad time to plan improvements, or to merly done; but then she had employed give directions for the various operations her influence, as well as her activity, in lain house or garden, which times and bours of love. She had trained her young seasons rendered necessary. All these friends, and the members of her housecares devolved upon my aunt; and she hold, to assist her in carrying out her becheerfully and judiciously discharged nevolent designs; and she was still, by them; and she had the recompense--a common consent, looked to as the prerecompense not always awarded, when siding spirit. My aunt was considerably it has been faithfully earned—of giving in advance of the benevolent movements full satisfaction to him, for whose sake of her day. Combined effort and sysshe undertook the task. I can never for- tematic operation were then in their inget how she exerted herself to have every fancy. She was, perhaps, one of the thing quite ready for my uncle's arrival; first practically to admit the axiom, that every thing arranged, just as she thought “union is strength;" and though I do he would like best; and so as to secure not think she would have gone the whole him from interruption while engaged, length of the present day, in the puband to promote and prolong to the ut- licity of combined female efforts, (I am most, his healthful recreations. Nor can quite sure she would not have been inI forget the expression of affectionate duced, for the sake of supposed public and grateful pleasure with which he ac- claims on her time and attention, to negknowledged her attentions ; nor how fre-lect the care of her family and her home, quently, when she consulted him as to a duty which cannot, without injury, be some little project, he replied, “ The deputed to others,) yet she did more, by heart of her husband may safely trust in stimulating, directing, and encouraging her. She will do him good and not evil the efforts of others, than could have all the days of her life.”
been possible for any individual to effect, In her plans of benevolence my uncle by means of her own exertions and realways heartily concurred, and often regretted that it was not in his power to My aunt witnessed the commencebestow that personal attention on the ment of Sunday schools, and she hailed prosecution of such designs as he gladly the benevolent design. She did not live would have done. He sometimes smil- to see that great movement in the sysingly observed, that whatever good was to tem, the adoption of gratuitous teaching ; be done between them, five-sixths would but she collected some poor children, and fall to her share. He mentioned a gentle-paid a poor schoolmaster for the use of a man of his acquaintance, who, contem- room, and for instructing the children; plating a plan of benevolence, asked and she personally inspected their prothree of his friends what they would gress, rewarded diligence and good concontribute towards it; and received this duct, and watched over them as they laconic, but efficient reply. “T. N. will rose up in life, with an almost parental give advice, T. P. will give money, and solicitude. Elizabeth Varney was one of J. B. will give personal assistance." | her first scholars, and several others were “Now,” said my uncle, “when any good taken into her own family, or recomwork is jointly undertaken by Walter mended by her to those of her friends. Maurice and Priscilla, his wife, the said Bibles and tracts were not, in those Priscilla will have to produce all the days, distributed on any considerable wisdom for counsel, and all the energy scale; but my aunt made a point of for action, and half the pecuniary re- seeing that every individual in her housesources for carrying it into effect; at the hold was furnished with a Bible, and same time, of her own free good will, possessed the ability to read it. She also admitting the said Walter to as large a kept an assortment of small popular relishare in the pleasure resulting, as he can gious treatises, for lending or giving possibly find time to enjoy."
among her servants and neighbours. Oh, My aunt never admitted the correctness how would her benevolent heart have of my uncle's calculations; she placed rejoiced in the abounding facilities of no low estimate on his sympathy and the present day, for the diffusion of useful countenance, which were never withheld. knowledge in general, especially the