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For the Emerald their train, his character derives ad

------- - - ditional worth from the strength of THE WANDERER, its power of resistance. But even ...A'o. YY ITI. - here, the presumption fairly is, that

the grateful poor man would resist

- --> temptation as well as the generous No pride is more ridiculous than rich one; the difference is, that one the oile of wealth; because it con- has exhibited proofs of his courage

sists of supposed superiority and adventitious respect. Arising from no real merit, riches are acquired without forethought, and “ lost without deserving.” Cunning, selfishness and servility, as they originate in the worst passions of mankind, are disgraceful to him who practises them; and yet wealth is most generally obtained by the frauds of cunning,the firivations of selfishness and the meanness of servility. . But separate, from the means by which bad men are enriched, good men, from *the mere acquisition of wealth, have no peculiar deference to claim. If generous man disposes of his superfluity among the necessitous, he merely does his duty, and should reCeive a reward, proportioned to the faithfulness with which this duty is ... discharged. The Wanderer agrees * with the celebrated Doctor Swift,

... that, when “he sees a great deal of

gratitude in a poor man; he takes it * for granted, there would be as much generosity if he were a rich man;” *and of consequence he gives no more * credit to the one for his generosity, than to the other for his gratitude ; -excepting only in this, that as the \ wealthy man has resisted the temptations which riches always carry in vol. 1.]

in battle, and the other has had no opportunity to prove it. In America, property not decending to the eldest son, and of course not inherent in families, must necessarily be transicht. The youth, who presumes on inheriting a large amount of riches, is too apt to acquire a manner of life, which dissipates it, as soon as obtained. His education often neoiected, he associates with bacchanais, and what was acquired without toil is squandered with profusion. - Reverses of fortune, even in those cases where property has been hardly earned, by honest industry and prudent calculation, take place in this country more frequently than in any other. As trade and speculation have produced our most wealthy men, those objects are universally regarded as most essentially favourable to the interests of those who cngage in them. The maritime towns, of consequence, throng with traders and speculators; want of success, indeed, often disappoints expectation, but success is sometimes the result of calculation. The revolutions in fortune are sudden, and her wheel, whilst it hurls one man into poverty he knows not why, as suddenly rais

es another to opulence, he knows 2 This wood be sufficient whom he despises is h est though not how. . to control the poor, and is his rela: though one woul t 'sagreeable a char-shonest.

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soperation 9 se pride of wealth.

istick, acter” of all the uncertainty

But othe possession of riches attenoshe folly and arrogance o ide of the purse, nothing is : frequent than the supercilious haviour of such, as have no other recommendation than their money. This pride is observable in all companies; it is seen in the haughty demeanour of the bank director in the distant civility of the ricl shopkeeper, and the careless indifference of the merchant, to those, who often are much their superiors, in power of comprehension, knowledge of general trade. and dignity of virtue. But such instances are not confined to a few individuals, in particular classes of the community ; they extend to most rich people, and their influence is felt, in every situation ; in the ceremonies of the ball-room, the formalities of visiting, the affectation of the women and the contumely of the men. “When a rich man speaketh

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a poor man speaks, thoy cry, JWhat jollow is this 2" This universal principle, as it undermines the basis of social harmony, ought if possible to be restrained. Let the arrogant man who has risen from the dregs of society, and has not yet become free from his original taint, be warned not to be too precipi. tate in his opinions, and violent in

their support; but let him be re

minded that his father was whipped for theft, or sat upon the gallows for

swindling, and therefore more mod

ešty would become him.

That man, who swells with his ideal greatness when he sees a beggar, and marches by him with stateHiness, should know, that the man

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“Who resides in tha- splendid mansion ?” Listen, and I will inform you. An adventurer a few years ago, the resident in that house, without money and without friends, was a much more deserving, because a much more innocent man, than he is at present. He went into an obscure situation in this city whence by his tricks and impudence he rose suddenly into notice. From connections which soon after this he formed, his fortune increased with his age : but his villany outstripped both : and the present year sees him, master of immense riches, noticed, if not respected, by the powerful and great, and as arrogant and assuming, as if born to an estate, and entitled to insult people by prescridtion. -, -, Before the 'house of that man, whom you see at a distance, stands his brother, the driver of a stage." The rich man refuses him his colintenance or support; let the poor" man be reconciled to his humble." ituation, by reflecting that his brothGr, on the velvet seat of his carriage, does not experience the .#. which his own rough box affords: . The rich man is racked in his con; science and tortured by reflectionthe poor man is serene, for he has not committed a crime; and indignant because he is constious of his own integrity, and his brother's vice: is he despised for his haughtiness 2' It is not enough ; he deserves to be

sacrificed for his crimes. . . . . “when men of infamy to grandeur soar, They light a torch, to shew their shama the more.” . . . . . | Though people may flatter them. selves that this odious pride of wealth. may varnish the blemishes of their life, every reflecting man knows that. they are deceived; the gloss with"

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