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DESPONDENCY OF LORD CORNWALLIS,
AFTER the capture of Lord Cornwallis, at Yorktown, he was one day standing in the presence of General Washington, with his head uncovered. His excellency politely said to him, “My Lord, you had better be covered from the cold.” His Lordship, applying his hand to his head, replied, “It matters not, sir, what becomes of this head now.”
DURING the American Revolution, while General Reed was President of Congress, the British commissioners offered him a bribe of ten thousand guineas, to desert the cause of his country. His reply was, “Gentlemen, I am poor, very poor; but your king is not rich enough to buy me.”
1. Let your thoughts be divine and upright. 2. Let your talk be honest, true and concise. 3. Let your manners be courteous and cheerful. 4. Let your works be holy, charitable, profitable, and useful. 5. Let your diet be temperate, convenient, and frugal. 6. Let your apparel be neat and comely. 7. Let your will be compliant, obedient, and ready. 8. Let your prayers be devout, fervent, and often. 9. Let your recreations be lawful, brief, and seldom. 10. Let your meditations be of death, judgment, and eternity.
I’OWDER AND BALLS. – REPUTATION. 239
POWDER AND BALLS.
LET ancient or modern history be produced, they will not afford a more heroic reply than that of the Yankees at Stonington, to the British commanders. The people were piling the balls, which the enemy had wasted, when the foe applied to them, “We want balls; will you sell them 2" They answered, “We want powder; send us powder, and we'll return your balls.”
THE desire of praise, when it is discreet and moderate, is always attended with emulation and a strong desire of excelling; and so long as we can stop here, there is no harm done to ourselves or others. St Paul exhorts christians to follow, not only whatsoever things are right, but whatsoever things are of good report. The love of reputation, therefore, if it be not joined to a bad disposition, will scarcely of itself lead us to immoral actions.
Yet the things which the world generally admires and praises most, are not the things in their own nature most valuable. They are those bright abilities and fair endowments, which relate to the present life, and terminate with it. Christian virtues are of a more silent and retired nature. God and good angels approve them; but the busy world overlooks them. So that he who principally affects popular approbation, runs some danger of living and dying, well known to others, and little known to himself; ignorant of the state of his own soul, and forgetful of the account which he has to render up to God.
THE LITTLE VOYAGERS.
THE lake was smooth and not a breath
“Yes, brother,” and the plank she drew
Yet forth they drifted, till the lake,
So, they who sail on pleasure's streams,