sickening scenes of extreme penury. The indolent sons and daughters of opulence, lounging in their mansions, or their carriages, claim almost as much commiseration as the tenants of cellars and garrets. Some philosopher has said, "a man had better be sick than slothful." Who can doubt the truth of this aphorism? Sloth is a malady which pervades both the mind and the body at once, and produces uneasy sensations for which we want a name. This is the crux medicorum, which none of our famed physicians can master.

If any one of these wretched patients should cast his eyes over this paper, I would recommend him to do for himself, "what all the doctors cannot do for him.

Rise, man, and shake off that gloomy oppressive incubus, which indolence has fastened upon thee. Place in full view some worthy and useful object; then let means be instantly devised, and exertions cheerfully commenced, to prosecute it. Say not, you require impossibilities; you command me to fly without wings, to fight without weapons and strength. Make a few fair trials, and my proposal will be found first possible, and next reasonable; and, finally, wings and weapons, strength and resolution, will come in due time. Rise, then, at once, and call up every dormant faculty, and put every nerve and muscle in action, and gird thyself for the great occasion. Remember, too, as this prescription is given without a fee, if it should prove efficacious I shall expect to hear some account of the cure, and the happy results which follow, that the case may be laid before the public for the good of others.


No. 5.

"Ah, methinks, this world how fair,
Were it but from sin refined!
Man how free and happy there,

Were he pure, as God is kind;
But the breath of sin has past
O'er it like a poison blast.

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Yet how many forms of harm,

E'en these greenwood coverts bear!
Well the deer starts with alarm,

Well the wild bird shuns the snare:
And within the flowery brake,
Lurks the evil-venomed snake.".


A Letter addressed to the Rev. Dr. * *

Reverend Sir,

I SEND you a list of the opinions which my daughter holds on the different points of religion; and if you will fulfil your kind promise, when disengaged from your numerous duties, and call and see her, and eradicate from her heart, these fatal tares of error, you will confer a lasting obligation on our family. I forgot to add in my list of errors, that she will not admit that you preach the gospel. I need not say, how much this latter charge has affected us, nor should I have mentioned it to you,

but I think it proper to let you know, how far she
is led astray. I am, reverend sir, your humble
and obedient servant,



She believes that all men are guilty and depraved; and that the most virtuous require the same repentance as the most profligate; and the same moral process to fit them for heaven.

She believes that there is another regeneration, besides the regeneration by baptism, which she calls a spiritual renovation of the heart, and that without it, the most virtuous cannot be admitted into the kingdom of heaven.

She believes that good works have no influence in procuring for us the favour of Almighty God; but that it is by faith alone that we can be saved.

She believes, that even the most virtuous, when they take a correct view of their own heart and nature, will admit, that they are very great sinners in the sight of God.

She believes that it is wrong for a Christian to conform to any of the fashionable customs of the world; and that he ought to be habitually thinking of death and eternity.

She believes, that it is the duty of every one who imbibes her notions, to propagate them, not only in this country, but in foreign nations; and that they should retrench from their domestic expenditures, to contribute to the funds of the different Evangelical Societies, that are established amongst


And she acts on her belief; and the consequence is, we cannot get her to go with us to the theatre, or any other place of public amusement; she is always talking to us about the awful mysteries of

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our faith, or excluding herself from our society; and though she appears happy in her way, yet we fear it will bring on delirium, or a confirmed melancholy.

We have consulted Dr. **** who has seen her, and has given it as his opinion, that from her peculiar temperament and sanguine disposition, unless some plan can be devised to divert her attention from religious subjects, he won't answer for the consequences. He says, that the religious mania that is abroad, is impairing the intellectual character of the nation, but no class is more affected by it than the female parts of society. In this opinion I have no doubt you will concur, and regret with me, that its prevalence is so extensive.

Though neither Mr. nor Mrs. Lester had received a liberal education, yet they were so thoroughly convinced of the importance of it, in the present day, that they resolved to spare no expense, in having the minds and the manners of their children cultivated by the most skilful masters; and taking the advice of a particular friend, they placed them at a very fashionable boarding school, which was established in the suburbs of the city in which they lived. Miss Lester, being the eldest of the daughters, had finished her education some years before her two younger sisters left the establishment: and having a thirst for knowledge, and such a favourable opportunity of gratifying it, she devoted a considerable portion of her time to reading. History, Biography, and Poetry, alternately engaged her attention; but these more intellectual studies were ultimately abandoned for the works of fiction. These she perused with such intense interest and close application, that she materially impaired her health; and it was deemed

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expedient to send her to Teignmouth for its recovery. When it was proposed to her, she readily consented: and having an intimate friend, an old school-fellow, with whom she had kept up a regular correspondence, who intended to spend a few of the summer months in that lovely retreat of fashion, she soon made arrangements to accompany her.

The temptations of watering places are so numerous, and so fascinating, that few can withstand them; and it often happens that those who frequent them, sustain more moral injury than they derive physical advantage. There is necessarily an interruption given to the ordinary habits of life; and as no immediate object engrosses the attention, besides that of recreative pleasure, the energy of the mind soon becomes relaxed, and unfitted for every kind of intellectual pursuit. The scenes, and the scenery of the place, capable of very little variation, cannot retain that vivid power of impression which they possess while the dew of novelty rests upon them; and hence to avoid that complete ennui, which the dull monotony of sights as well as sounds will produce, it is found necessary, on these occasions, to admit of a more unreserved intercourse with strangers, than the usual decorum of domestic society is known to tolerate. Indeed, those who first pass each other as entire strangers, very soon begin to feel an intimacy by frequent passings and repassings on the same promenade or in the same rural walks; and yielding to the bows and courtesies which politeness gives, they first speak, then chat and laugh, then exchange visits, and then cultivate a real, or a dissembled friendship. And if none but men of honour and of virtue resorted to these summer retreats, there would

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