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II. WILLIAM LAWRENCE.
Want teaches us value. They know best bow to prize a thing, who are deprived of it, or have never been blessed with its possession. This explains the fact that education, for its wider diffusion, and its enlarged instrumentalities, is greatly indebted to the benefactions of many, who in their youth had themselves but slight participation in its advantages.
If the facilities of Commerce have been multiplied, and her gains increased by the discoveries of science and the inventions of art, commerce has repaid the debt by her rich gifts to schools and colleges, her noble endowment of institutions of learning, at which science can be studied, and art promoted, and many successive generations have the benefit of the highest intellectual and moral culture.
The history of education in all ages and countries, bears some testimony to this fact; New England especially abounds with evidences and illustrations of it. The sneer about “the Almighty Dollar,” in connection with American character, is as false as it is silly, and as ungenerous as it is untrue. The New England people are undoubtedly frugal, industrious, enterprising. Like all the rest of the world they love money, they strive to get it, and commonly succeed in obtaining it. But they know how to use and enjoy it. They love it not for its own sake simply, but for what it enables them to do, and as a general remark it may be said, that they do well with it. They have devoted large portions of it, in every generation, to objects of public benefit and blessing.
New England, as regards the Anglo Saxon occupation of her soil, is but little over two hundred years old. She is not without spot or blemish, either in her present condition or her past history, but if we collect the statistics of her beneficence ; if we take an inventory of her schools, colleges, hospitals, asylums, the various institutions of learning or philanthropy, which that beneficence has established, endowed, made strong and efficient; the result is honorable alike to human nature and the New England character. It teaches that wealth does not always beget a hard-hearted, selfish man; that many rich in this world's goods, have also been rich in good deeds, and as faithful
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