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knowledge that makes wise unto salva- | branch of study alone: he is a very skiltion.
ful musician, and when our friends visited There were not then Dorcas societies, him, which they did at his paternal home, and visiting societies, and societies for where his venerable parents are still livrelieving the sick ; but, both by indivi- ing, they saw a kind of harp and a violin, dual effort, and by the influence of her with other musical instruments, of his example with others, my aunt was an own making. His residence is a large extensive benefactress in all these ways. farm-house, such as is usually occupied She was one of those who will doubtless by cultivators of the soil, whose circumbe recognized at the last day, as having stances are easy, and comparatively afflufed and clothed, and visited, and suc- ent. His house and premises appear to coured the Redeemer, in the persons of be well stocked with servants and cattle; his followers; and also, as having suc- and on one occasion, when our friends cessfully directed some sufferers to the visited him, they saw in the yard the only source of real consolation under the process going on, by which horses are sorrows of time, and to the only sure made to tread out the corn, by being ground of hope for immortality.
driven about in a yard where it is strewn. But it is time to break off. I
propose On returning this visit, Pierrine Gaston to resume my domestic sketches of my drank tea with our friends at Eaux beloved aunt, with some reminiscences Bonnes, when he remarked with great of her friends and acquaintances.-C. simplicity, that he had never tasted tea
but once before, on which occasion he had eaten it dry. We had afterwards the
pleasure of meeting him at their house, PIERRINE GASTON.
and a great treat it was; for his appearPIERRINE GẠston, a native of a little ance, in every respect, equals the idea one village of Beost, in Ossau, a man of would form of such a character. His respectable, yet humble parentage, was figure is above six feet in height, thin, brought up to the life of a shepherd. He agile, and admirably formed. His jetobtained, while at school, as most of the black hair, which hangs in loose curls peasant men of this neighbourhood do, upon his shoulders, is cut close in front; a sufficient knowledge of the French lan- and this he told us was the custom of the guage for the common purposes of life. country, because of the habits the peaIn familiar conversation, he and his sants have of carrying immense bundles family still speak the patois of his co of straw upon their heads, and the necestry. While following the occupation of sity there is to see straight before them. tending the sheep among the mountains, He wore that day, a short blue jacket, he amused himself with the collection with a handsome sash of crimson silk, and examination of plants, and first be- tied round his body. But his majestic came distinguished by his knowledge of brown cap, which he kept on, even in their medicinal properties. Not satisfied the house, from a habit he had acquired, with this, he obtained an old work of in consequence of the keenness of the Linnæus on botany, and in order to un- mountain air, was the most striking part derstand it, purchased a Latin dictionary, of his costume, and harmonized with his which he found on a bookstall at Pau, appearance better than any other could for the price of nine sous. With these have done, by casting a deep shadow scanty means he commenced his botani- over the thoughtful expression of his cal career. He was then thirty years of interesting face. His countenance was age, he is now thirty-nine; and has in entirely one of the valley d'Ossau: his his possession, a valuable collection of nose slightly aquiline, his eyes quick plants, amounting to nearly three thou- and intelligent, his eyebrows clearly pensand specimens, accurately designated cilled, and a good deal arched, and his according to their class and order. All regular, white teeth, the most beautiful I who seek his acquaintance, from a real
His movements, which were interest in this science, find him an intel- as happy and expressive, were at once ligent and agreeable companion, com- dignified and graceful; but the most exbining all the delightful simplicity of his traordinary feature in his behaviour was, unsophisticated life with the dignity of that seeing the floor half covered with native genius, and the politeness of a carpet, he could on no account be intrue gentleman.
duced to tread upon that part, until he Nor are his talents confined to this had taken off his shoes, which he placed
under a chair, and resumed when he too little advantage of one another? or went away.--Summer and Winter in the have we too little anger, envy, hatred, Pyrenees.
malice, and uncharitableness in
Thomas. “No! no!"
John.-"What is it, then? Do you GOING FOR TOO MUCH.
think we eat too little? drink too little ? A dialogue between John Painter and Thomas Pike.
wear out too few clothes? or pay too little John (by himself.)—“I expected to see in the way of rent and taxes?” Thomas Pike here, I want sadly to know Thomas.—"No! no! altogether difhow he is going on, but he is always in ferent. If I was in a large way, nobody one trouble or another, altering every would get on better; but where is the use thing and satisfied with nothing. I never of slaving one's heart out for nothing ?” yet met with his fellow. In every thing John. — “ Few things can be clearer that he does he goes for too much. He than this, Thomas: though many men are is not the man to thank God for table rich, it is the will of God that the greater crumbs; give him a loaf and he will want part of mankind shall labour for their two; and were you to let him have the bread, and better it is humbly to submit two, he would certainly want ten, What to his Almighty will than proudly to a blessing is a contented spirit! It makes resist it, for · who hath hardened himself our bits and our drops sweet to us. If we against him, and hath prospered ?' Job have but a crust of bread and a draught ix. 4. Do you live in the cottage where of water, and can only see God's hand
did ?” offering them to us, they are equal to Thomas.—“No, for I wanted the landturtle and champagne. • Better is little lord to build me another room at the end with the fear of the Lord than great of it, and he would not, for he said it treasure and trouble therewith,' Prov. xv. would take more than the rent I paid 16. • Better is an handful with quietness, him. We quarrelled about it, and he than both the hands full with travail and told me I had better quit the premises." vexation of spirit,' Eccles. iv. 6. I wish John.—“Did you ever make any use Thomas thought so, but he never can
of your garden ?'' let well alone. As I said, he is always Thomas.—"I never got so much as a meddling, and changing, and repining, turnip top from it, for it was sadly too and going for too much. Make him a small
. I always intended to throw anpresent of a chicken or a duck, and he other garden into it. If I could have would grumble that it is not a turkey. only had a piece of ground about three Give him the money in the Mint, and he times as big as it was, it would have anwould not be satisfied without that in the swered my purpose: I would then have Bank of England."
had some rare cabbages!" Thomas comes in.-"What is that, John.—“I remember your telling me John, that you said about the money in that you hoped to have your wages the Bank of England ?”
raised. Did you succeed ?” John.-"Oh! no matter, for it is not Thomas.-" I cannot say that I did. I at all likely that the money will find its asked my master to advance me a shilling way into your pocket or mine. How are a week, and he agreed to it; but, thinks you going on? Are things mending with I to myself, while I am about it, I may you? Does the world go round to your as well get two or three shillings as one, mind now?"
so I told him that I expected him to raise Thomas.—"Not exactly, and I hardly me a shilling or two more. Then said think it ever will. I have a notion that he, "Get about your business as an enwe do things upon too small a scale; what croaching, unthankful fellow as you are; do you think?'*
for I will not employ you at all." John.“ Why I think that good things John.—“Thomas ! Thomas ! This goare done on too small a scale, all the ing for too much will be the ruin of you. world over; but as to evil things we do I verily think, that if you had the Lord them on a scale a great deal too large. Mayor of London's Mansion-house for a You do not think that we do too little dwelling, and the Regent's park for a evil, do you?”
garden, you would want to raise the one Thomas.--"No! that is not what I a little higher, and to stretch out the other
a little wider. You have managed mat. John.--"Do we fall out too little ? take ters finely, to be turned out of your
cottage, deprived of your garden, and struck me that I was standing in my own discharged from your place, and all on ac- light, in not getting all I could, so I stuck count of your foolish practice of going for
out for thirty shillings.” too much."
John.—“What after you had agreed Thomas.--"If I had thought my land for a pound? What did he say to that?” lord had been so peppery, I would have Thomas.-". Why,' said he, “it is not said nothing about building me another so much the money; for if things answer
And if I had known that my thirty shillings a week will not signify: master would have sent me adrift, the but it will be better to try the matter prushilling a week extra that he offered me dently. Let us first creep and then go, would have been taken."
better do a little business well, than a John.—"Very likely, and you would great deal and lose by it. However I stuck have thought and known these things, if out for my thirty shillings.' you had used common sense, and not John. And did he give way?” have run headlong, like a blind buzzard Thomas.-—" After a deal of arguing he as you were, into your old error; but go did. Thinks I, perhaps he will think all for too much you will, and it will bring the better of me, if I talk a little spirited, you to ruin. I once heard of a sea-cap- so I told him that I should like to carry on tain, who was so determined to get a business on a large scale, hit or miss, win victory, and to win honour and glory, or lose, and also, that I should expect to that he harassed and distressed his men be first in the firm, and to take the lead continually. He kept them at their exer- in every thing." cise pulling and hauling at the ropes,
John.—“He would not agree to that, I and running the guns in and out, hour suppose ?” after hour, and day after day, to make Thomas."Not at first; but he came them perfect, till they all hated him. He round afterwards, telling me it should be worked them, slaved them, and punished as I said.”. them without mercy, until their hearts John.-" Then it was all settled after burned with discontent and thirsted for your own fashion ?” revenge.”
Thomas.-“ Yes, but I had my wits Thomas.—"And what became of it about me. Thinks I, now is my time. I all ?"
see that his heart is in the thing, and he John.-"Why this, that when at last will not give it up for a trifle.” they fell in with an enemy's ship, the John.—“Why, what else could you men refused to fight. The captain talked want? he seems to me to have given way to them about the honour of old England, to you in every thing." and about British sailors doing their duty Thomas.—" So he did; but there is noin the hour of danger; but it all would thing like striking the iron, while the not do: the truth was, he had gone for iron's hot. I told him that the last thing I too much, and his men would not fight should require would be that a few pounds to gratify his vanity, so that just at the should be given me, because I knew more time when the poor, blind mortal was
of the business than he did. I was ralifted up with the hope, and almost the ther afraid that he would not stand this." certainty of a glorious victory, he was John.-"Indeed, I think you had some humbled and brought low, losing not only reason to fear it. Did he give the matthe victory, but also his life. “Pride goeth ter up then?" before destruction, and a haughty spirit Thomas.--"No, but he looked put out before a fall,' Prov. xvi. 18. I heard a little, and said that he thought I was something, Thomas, of your entering into hard upon him. However, every thing a partnership with John Trueman; he is a was settled at last, and we shook hands, steady young man. How was it that it agreeing to meet the next day to sign an fell through? Was it his fault or yours?" agreement that I undertook to get drawn
Thomas.—“Oh! it was his fault, for I up by a lawyer." was quite willing. Somehow, I am always John.—“'Do you mean to say, then, unlucky.”
you and he are partners now?”. John.--"How was it then? I should Thomas." Why not exactly; for a like to hear the account.”
thought struck me as I went away, that Thomas.-Why as he had some money, though every thing was settled, I might it was agreed that we should try what we as well try to get out of him a trifle could do together, and I was to draw out more, so I turned back and told him that of the concern a pound a week; but it I could not think of being at any expense myself in having the agreement drawn to help on poor Mary Stanley, who was up, and that of course, he would settle left a widow with six small children, you that little matter himself. He turned were the only one that refused. You did red, and went away without speaking not give her a penny.” another word, and I went off straight to Thomas.-"Why should I give away the lawyer. The next morning he sends what I get? Money is not picked up so me a note, and a pretty note it is. If easily.' you like, I will read it
John. “ And after undertaking to John.—“Ay do, I should like to hear teach friendless Ned Rogers how to get it."
his bread, you altered your mind, and Thomas.—“In my opinion it does him told the poor lad he might go to the no credit, but you shall hear.
workhouse." • To Thomas Pike,
Thomas.--"I had no time to attend to If you can meet with a man who is him.” foolish enough to become your partner,
John.-" Time! Why it was when you advancing all the money, allowing you to were out of place, and all your time was be first in the firm, to take the lead in your own; but I see how it is, Thomas : every thing, “ to carry on business on a you go for too much when it is for yourlarge scale, hit or miss, win or lose,” to let self, and for too little when it is for others. you draw out thirty shillings a week, and I never heard of your going for too much to give you a few pounds into the bargain in reading your Bible, in keeping holy on account of your knowledge of the busi- the sabbath, in prayer and praise to the ness : if you can meet with a man, I Most High, in loving the Saviour, and in say, who is foolish enough to do these fearing, obeying, and magnifying the things, the sooner you agree with him the Lord of life and glory. I warrant that better. I do not know if you will ever you never go for too much in forgiveness find such a simpleton; but I do know of injuries, in faith, virtue, knowledge, that you will never find him in
temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly Yours, John TrueMAN. kindness, and charity; and why, then, in P.S. As I could not think of being at an unthankful, miserable, parsimonious, any expense myself, in the agreement and pinching spirit, do you go for too that drawn up between us, of course
every case when it you will settle that little matter yourself.' | own benefit? If you must do things on
a large scale, let justice, mercy, and “ And so you see he shuffled, in this Christian-hearted kindness be on a large shabby manner out of the concern, and I scale. I love liberality as much as you had to pay the lawyer.”
do, and I know that a peasant may have John.—“And most richly you deserved a princely spirit, and a working-man, in it. This was going for too much with a his heart, be as liberal as a lord. witness, Thomas ! Thomas ! when will liberal soul shall be made fat: and he you get the better of this poor, pitiful, that watereth shall be watered also discontented, covetous, and encroaching himself,' Prov. xi. 25. "The liberal despirit? I once heard of a man of just your viseth liberal things; and by liberal things disposition, for when a friend sent him a shall he stand,' Isa. xxxii. 8. But
your sack of potatoes, he begged the sack in princely spirit and your liberality seem to which they were sent; and when another consist in doing things on a large scale friend made him a present of a goose, he for yourself, and on a small scale for had the conscience to send word back, your neighbours.' that he should be very glad if he would Thomas.—"You never gave me such please to let him have the giblets." a dressing as this before." Thomas.--"
-“I am not so bad as that John.“I wish you knew, Thomas, neither."
the real luxury of doing good to others, John.---"Not so bad! I should say and you would never be the greedy corthat you are ten times worse. You pro- morant you are with regard to yourself. voke me to think evil of you. I really Again, I say, that your old failing of going do believe that you would not much mind for too much is a black mark on your plucking a fowl of its feathers for your brow. There are many instances in God's own bed; nor taking from a lamb its holy word, of men going for too much, mother's milk if you could get it into and being punished for it. Pharaoh went your own porringer. I understand that for too much in requiring the children of when your neighbours put together a trifle Israel to make the same quantity of brick
when left without straw, as when it was principal care shall be, that while my found for them; in oppressing them and soul lives in glory in heaven, my good in pursuing them through the Red Sea, actions may live upon earth; and that and he was overwhelmed by the raging they may be put into the bank and mul
• The Lord overthrew the Egyp- tiply, while my body lies in the grave, tians in the midst of the sea,' Exod. xiv. and consumeth.---Bishop Hall. 27. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, went for too much in raising a mutiny against Moses and Aaron, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them. Bel
“GRAVE CONCERNS TO-MORROW." shazzar went for too much when he made In the year B. c. 384, Thebes, a rehis great feast, and drank wine in the nowned city of Greece, was reduced by hallowed vessels of the house of the Lord, the Spartans, and four hundred of its to the gods of gold and of silver, of brass, principal citizens banished. These exof iron, of wood, and of stone. The hand- iles fled to Athens, and about four years writing appeared on the wall, and in that after, being impatient to return to their night was Belshazzar the king of the homes, they entered into a conspiracy for Chaldeans slain,” Dan. v. 30. And Judas that purpose. Leontiades and Archias went for too much when he betrayed his
were the two polemarks, or governors, of Master, the Lord of life and glory, for Thebes, under the Spartans, and their thirty pieces of silver, “and he cast down opposite qualities aggravated the sufferthe pieces of silver in the temple, and de- ings of the inhabitants. Leontiades was parted, and went and hanged himself,' a vigilant party leader, who devoted his Matt. xxvii. 5. Take warning by these whole attention to public affairs, and the instances, Thomas, and pray earnestly for security of his government.
On the concontentment, for gratitude, and for more trary, Archias was a man of pleasure, desire to do good to those around you.
who desired power that he might obtain You may go for too much in many things, sensual indulgence. To destroy these but you can never go for too much in governors, with others of their party, doing to others as you would they should
was the object of the conspirators. They do unto you; nor in fearing God, and had friends in the city with whom they keeping his commandments.
formed plans, but the vigilance of Leon-
fected for the recovery of the city. It
the presence own goodness: how much more shall I of some lewd women, and as Leontiades now be encouraged to perform them, for would not have approved of such wickedthat they are so profitable both to myself ness, Archias had desired that he should and to others, and to me in others ! My not be invited.