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tulor, patrocinor, medeor, gratulor, grator, 'faveo, parco, indulgeo, $c.) govern a Dative Case.

1. I entreat you to assist him in every Instance that you can, without any Inconvenience to yourself, and to receive him into the Number of your Friends.

2. If you do a favor to any Man merely on your own Account, you are not his Friend, but an Usurer: nor are any Thanks due to him, who does a Kindness only for his own Profit.

8. And this I know he will do, rather to incommode me, than to gratify my Son.

4. As we suffer an infirm Limb, which might endanger the whole Body, to be cut off; so in the Body Politic, whatever is pestiferous must be taken off, that the whole may be safe.

5. He hurts the Innocent, who spares the Guilty.

6. We must take care so to direct our Liberality, ns to do our Friends Good, and hurt Nobody.

7. He is truly a good Man, who does good to all he can, and hurts no one.

8. However pernicious Adulation is, it can only hurt those who admire it, and are pleased with it: and thus it happens, that the Man who flatters and idolizes himself, has his Ears most open to Flatterers.

9. The best way of treating Friends, is not to wait 'till they ask you, but to succour them voluntarily, when their Occasions require it.

10. What is more just than to repel Injuries? And what more honorable than to succour «ur Friend?

.11. It is just to help the wretched and afflicted, however they become so.

12. There was a Time when I could have raised the obscure, and even protected the guilty; though now I cannot serve a virtuous and learned Friend.

13. The Business of Philosophy is to cure the Vices of Men.

14. He took upon him not only to defend the Man, but the Crime itself.

15. It is Prudence and Civility to cure the Malevolent, rather than to seek Revenge.

Ifi. He that skilfully employs his Tongue, to give wholesome Instructions, especially to heal Differences, and make Peace, is an incomparable Blessing to the Place where he lives.

17. As Physicians, in curing the wbole Body, study to heal even the least Part that was out of order; so Philosophy, having Removed the principal Sickness of the Mind, if the least Error remains, takes care to root it out.

18. It is a Reproach to you to be wise abroad, and to give good Counsel to others, and yet are not able to help yourself.

19. Wish me Joy, Brother ! for 1 have found the way to pacify my most inveterate Enemy.

20. All good Men returned me Thanks, and congratulated me in your Name.

21. He always appeared to me to favor your Interest.

22. Tho' I am by no means disposed to favor myself more than you, in regard to our Friendship; yet, when I compare our respective Actions, I have greater Reason, I think, to be satisfied with my own Conduct, than with yours.

28. Clemeacy is a Virtu* which teaches a Man to be as sparing of another's Blood as of his own, and not to treat another prodigally or cruelly.

24. Either a more powerful Person hath hurt you, or a weaker: if a weaker, spare him; if'a more powerful, spare yourself.

25. Never depart from that wholesome Precept, —Jtusband zvell yonr Time.

26. Spare no Cost or Pains to acquire the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

27. I esteem that Man the best and most perfect, who so pardons others, as if himself was daily offending; and yet abstains from faults, as if he never pardoned any one.

28. Forgive others in many Things, yourself in nothing.

2i). 'Tis generous to forgive an Enemy,

30. It is easier to forgive a single Injury, than the same Injury repeated.

31. It is but just to forgive Small Faults^ and to treat great ones with Severity.

$2. Pardon my Unskilfulness and Folly .• now at last 1 perceive, that 1 have been blind and thoughtless.

33. Be mindful to keep this sound and wholesome Form of Life; so far only to indulge the Body, as may preserve a good State of Healths

34. If I did it with a good Intention, it is but right that you should pardon me.

35. As the young Man always behaved himself decently, he greatly indulged fum, and loved him as his own Son.

36. Wherefore do I indulge my Grief? which, when unbridled, finds sufficient Matter in every the least Circumstance.

37. What Man, that delights in Virtue, can please the People?

38. Popular Favor is sought by the vilest Artifices: you must level yourself with the Vulgar to please them: they will never approve what they do not own. ,

39. Not to return an Obligation, when in our Power, is base, and displea&eth all Men: for even the Ungrateful complain of Ingratitude.

40. Arts and Shifts, however they promise fair, and much please those who practise them, are yet commonly frustrated; and, which is. worse, have a sad Ending.

41. Let every Man elothe himself in such sober Attire, as befits his Place and Calling.

42. If a proud Man be admonished, tho' ever so mildly and lovingly, he looks on it as a Disgrace; and therefore, instead of confessing or amending his Faults, generally repi-oaohes Ms Reprover as an over-busy, or censorious Person.

43. The Crow preys only upon the dead, but the Flatterer lies in wait for the living.

44. Your Son is a Youth of that promising-Turn, that I doubt not but you will train him up in those refined Arts, which you have always studied yourself; and more particularly in the Imitation of your exalted Virtues.

Ex his, juvo, lvedo, &c.

BUT juvo, laedo, delecto, offendo, and other Verbs signifying to help, to hurt, to please, &c. are used with an Accusative Case.

1. Fortune helps the bold: many a Man loseth his Life by being too solicitous to save it.

2. The same Impulse profits not all Animals: Anger helps Lions; Fear the Stags; Violence helps the Hawk, Flight the Doves.

9. You will greatly oblige me, if you'will assist my Friend in every Instance that is consistent with your Dignity.

4. No Good profits the Possessor, unless his Mind is prepared against the Loss of it.

5. I had rather other Men should hurt my GoodName, than I offend my Conscience.

6. Whatever hurts the Body, or Mind, makes a Man to be froward.

7. No Man can hurt us in the Grave, tho' he be ever so malicious.

8. He was in the right not to hurt Jus Reputation, by being obnoxious to the least Suspicion.

9. There are some Cases in which we cannot act ourselves, but have Recourse to the Trust of Friends; which whoever violates, he disturbs the Society of Mankind, and destroys the common Safeguard of all: for we cannot do all Things of ourselves.

10. Let them say what they will, no Speech can hurt me: if it be true, they cannot but speak well of me; if false, my Life and Conduct will disprove them.

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