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answer: but duty to the best of parents obliges me to make you easy in your mind, before I take any rest to myself. That levity so conspicuous in my former letters, is too true to be denied, nor do I desire to draw a veil over my own folly. No, madam, I freely confess it; but, with the greatest sincerity, I must at the same time declare, that they were written in a careless manner, without considering the character of the person to whom they were addressed: I am fully sensible of my error, and, on all future occasions, shall endeavour to avoid giving the least offence. The advice you sent me in your valuable letter, wants no encomiums; all that I desire is, to have them engraven on my heart. My dear madam, I love religion, I love virtue, and I hope no consideration will ever lead me from those duties, in which alone I expect future happiness. Let me beg to hear from you often, and I hope that my whole future conduct will convince the best of parents, that I am what she wishes me to be.
I am, honoured madam, your dutiful daughter.
From a gentleman, an officer in the army, to his son at a boarding-school, recommending diligence in his studies.
Dear Billy, OUR
UR regiment is now at Portsmouth, and we are order
ed to embark for Minorca. I thought to have called on you at school, but our orders to march were so sudden, Ihat I had no time to spare from the necessary duties of my station. Let me beg, my dear, that
will attend with the utmost assiduity to your studies.
Youth is the proper time for acquiring knowledge, which, if properly improved, and reduced to practice, will be of the utmost service to you in your future life: you are yet unacquainted with the world, and happy will it be for you, if you remain ignorant of the toils and dangers of a military life. Let me therefore entreat you, in the most earnest manner, to think of some employment which will procure you a decent subsistence, and enable you to live independently in the world. I have left an order with our
agent to pay for your education; and although my pay is A small, yet nothing on my part shall be wanting, to make
your life as easy as possible. As it will be some days before we sail, I shall expect to have a letter from you; and if too late, it will be sent after me. In the mean time,
I am your affectionate father.
The son's answer. £ Honoured Sir, IT
T was one of the first lessons you taught me, that grati
tude is the noblest principle that can actuate the heart of man; but what must it be, when connected with filial duty, incumbent on a son to the most indulgent parent! I am left in a situation that may be felt, but not described. That my worthy and honoured parent should be so precipitately hurried away to a distant country, almost fills me with horror; especially when I consider, that I may never have an opportunity of seeing you.any more. I am convinced that your friendly advice to me is such, that, if strictly followed, must be attended with the most beneficial consequences to myself; my honour and happiness will equally depend on adhering to them, and shall always consider it as my second greatest duty, to obey the precepts of my worthy father. I have gone already so far as to be able to read Xenophon, and next week I enter upon Homer. I have some thoughts, if agreeable to you, to take chambers in one of the inns of court, in order to study the law: my inclinations run that way, but I submit it wholly to your approbation. Let me beg to hear from you as often as possible, as it will be the greatest pleasure I can enjoy during suck a separation.7
I am, honoured sir, your most affectionate son.
LETTER XVII. From 'a young gentleman, clerk to a merchant in town,
to his father in the country, soliciting pocket-money. Honoured Sir, I
WROTE to you by master Bale, the linen-draper, but although I have been as good an economist as possible, yet 1 &ind the pocket-money you allowed me to take monthly
from Mr. Willis; the grocer, is not sufficient to support my necessary expenses, although it was so at first. London is such a place, that unless one maintains something of a character, they are sure to be treated with contempi, and pointed at ás objects of ridicale. I assure you, sir, that I abhor every sort of extravagance, as niuch as you can dem sire; and the small matter which I ask as an addition to your former allowance, is only to promote my own interest, and which, I am sure, you have as much at heart as any parent possibly can, My master will satisfy you that my conduct has been consistent with the strictest rules of mo. rality. I submit it to your judgment what you think proper to order me. I did not choose to mention my want of money to Mr. Willis, and, for this reason, have not taken any thing more than what you ordered: I hope you will not be offended with what I have written; as I shall always consider myself happy in performing my duty, and acquiring the favour of my honoured parents.
I am, honoured sir, your affectionate son.
The father's answer. My dear Child,
Y reason for not sending to you sooner was, that I had I was detained longer than I expected, and, consequently, did not see your letter till last night. I have considered your request, and am convinced that it is altogether reasonable; you are greatly mistaken if you think that I wanted to confine you to the small matter paid by Mr. Willis : no; it was indeed inadvertency; but my constant residence in the country, makes me little acquainted with the customs of London. I don't desire to confine you to any par. ticular sum; you are now arrived at an age, when it be. comes absolutely necessary for you to be well acquainted with the value of money; your profession likewise requires il: and, it is well known, that prudence and sobriety in youth, naturally leads to regularity of conduct in more advanced
years. Virtue insures respect, and, as I well know that all manner of precepts are useless where the inclinations are vicious, I have left the affair mentioned in your letter, entirely to your own discretion; and, as the in
closed order is unlimited, I doubt not prudence will direct you how to proceed.
I am, dear child, your affectionate father.
LETTER XIX. From a young gentleman at a boarding-school in the
country, to his brother, an apprentice in London. Dear Jackey, L
ITTLE master Billy Thompson is going to London to
morrow in the stage, and I have sent this by him to you. We are all well at school, and I have got as far as Ovid: I have likewise got through the rules of Practice, of which I shall give you a better account when I come to town at the holydays. Dear brother, give my duty to my papa and mamma, and tell them I long to see them; I pray
for them and you every day; and I have read over the Complete Duty of Man, which my mamma gave me.
I spend an hour every day in reading Dr. Goldsmith's Roman History. Pray Jackey send me some books, for I am very fond of reading, and a pair of the newest pattern of buckles, and I shall do more for you when I leave school.
I am your loving brother.
The brother's answer.
kind letter, and am glad to hear you are well, as also of the progress you make in learning. I read your letter to your papa and mamma, and they are much pleased with it. Billy Thompson dines at our house to-morrow, and he will bring you this. Your mamma has sent you half-a-guinea; and as you are so fond of books, I have sent you Rollin's Belles Lettres. Mr. Austin, our cu. rate, says, that altho' all sorts of history are useful, yet he thinks
you should begin with that of your own country; and he has sent you a present of Russel’s History of England, which is ornamenied with a set of the most elegant copperplates extant in this kingdom. I have sent you the buckles, and some other things, which you will find sealed up in the parcel. We all beg that you will continue to persevere as
you bave begun, in an uniform course of virtue. It will entitle you to the favour of God, be a pleasure to your parents, and turn out to your own advantage at the last.
I am, dear brother,
LETTER XXI. From a young tradesman, lately entered into business, to
his father, asking his consent to marry. Honoured Sir, OU
into business for myself, and finding it daily increasing, I am obliged to look out for an agreeable partner, I mean a wife: there is a very worthy family in this neighbourhood, with whom I have been some time acquainted. They are in good circumstances, and have a daughter, an amiable young woman, greatly esteemed by all who know her; I have paid my addresses to her, and likewise obtained her parents' consent, on condition that it is agreeable to you. I would not do any thing of that nature without your con. sent; but I hope that, upon the strictest inquiry, you will find her such a person, that you will not have any objection, to a match so advantageous. 1, on every occasion, endea, vour to act with the greatest prudence, consistent with the rules you was pleased to prescribe for my conduct. The parents are to pay me five hundred pounds on the day of marriage, if the event should happen to take place, and as they have no other children, the whole of their property becomes ours at their death. In whatever light you are pleased to consider this, I shall abide by your direction, and your answer in the mean time is impatiently expected,
By your dutiful son.
The father's answer.
my reason for not sending sooner is, that it being an affair of great importance, I was willing to proceed therein with the utmost caution. I