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that which is manifested by some young persons, did not arise merely from her naturally amiable disposition; it was derived from a higher source,—from a principle of true religion. To the pastoral instruction of our dear Minister, MARY had, from her earliest years, listened with attention and delight. The lessons he taught in public were repeated to her by her pious parents in private; and she evidenced, by her serious and lovely deportment, that she was one of those who fear the Lord in their youth. It was religion alone that could enable her to be (not merely to appear) Content with her lot, and to fulfil the duties of her condition, not only without murmuring” or repining, but thankfully and joyfully. This principle, so early implanted, has been ever since the distinguishing feature in her character. But I have only time to tell you a few of the circumstances in which she has manifested it, since she grew up.
Her father, as I said before, was a gardener; and had the care of a gentleman's seat, situated in a most delightful part of the country. When the family to which it belonged were from home, he often took Mary's sister with him. Now most persons would prefer walking about in a beautiful park, to the confinement of a cottage, and to the task of bending, hour after hour, over coarse work; but the latter was Mary's duty, and she did it so pleasantly, that you would have thought she really liked it best. -When she was eighteen years of age, two of her brothers went to sea, much to the grief of her parents, and her own also; for she loved them with that excess of affection which those are apt to feel wbo have but few objects of attachment. She did not, however, go crying about the house, for she knew
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that this would only grieve her father and mother still more; but tried to put on a gayer look, and be more attentive and affectionate in her behaviour towards them than ever. This was her duty, and she performed it, though it was a very difficult one.—A few years after this, her father died; and Mary thought that she ought to make additional exertions for the support of her widowed mother; for her brothers and sister could only earn enough to keep themselves. Many persons gave her needle-work and washing, and in these she still employs herself most diligently; nor will she let her aged parent help her, for she says, “Mother, you have worked long enough, and now you must rest.” This is her duty, and it is her delight. Thus she is happy in the midst of poverty; and always welcomes us with a serene and smiling countenance.
Here JANE ceased. Did she tell you all this of herself?” said Mary L , “No," replied JANE; 66 it was her mother who gave me this account, and I have related it to you, not so much that you may admire, as that you may imitate her. “ But,” asked FANNY, “is there any thing wonderful in MARY BURTON's doing her duty?" "Not in the mere performance of it,” rejoined JANE; “but the spirit in which she does it is certainly uncommon. Poor children would find even poverty to be not half so miserable a thing, as they now perhaps think it, if, like Mary BURTON, they were constantly employed in providing as much comfort as their situations will allow,--and if they cherished that cheerful submission to Divine Providence, which would preserve them from making a burden of nothing, or from doubling, by a morose and surly temper, the weight of what is really irksome and afflictive. And surely those who
are mercifully placed above the toils and hardships of penury, should perform their lighter duties with joy and gratitude.
But both classes should remember that this spirit of cheerful labour is only to be acquired in the school of Christ; who did not his own will but the will of Him that sent him ;” yea, whose meat and drink” it was 66 to do the will of his Father, and to finish his work."
ON PLAYING AT CARDS.. [The following Extract of a Letter on this subject was written by the late WILLIAM HEY, Esq. F.R.S., of Leeds. ]
6 In every debate, some fixed principle must be agreed upon by the parties debating ; as it is only by comparing the question with these settled principles that any debate can be brought to a conclusion. Let me advise you, in any religious debate, to take this method. Settle with precision the principles upon which you and your opponent agree, and you will often find that the debate is concluded before it is begun. The question here is this :-- Is card-playing a recreation suitable for a real Christian ? Now, then, first agree upon the character of a real Christian. This must be drawn from the Bible. He is one who endeavours to do all to the glory of God, even the most common actions of life; who lives in the spirit of prayer, and who thinks it his duty to shun even the appearance of evil. He is one who denies himself, and takes up his cross daily to follow CHRIST. He is one who would abstain even from lawful things that would lead others into sin. These, and other appropriate marks of a Chris. tian, should first be clearly ascertained and allowed
on both sides; and then you may compare the diversion of card-playing, as it really exists, with the allowed character of a saint.
“1. The time employed in it is completely thrown away, (remember “redeeming the time' is one christian precept,) unless it appears, that card-playing refreshes the body or mind, and fits one or both for serious service. Conversation on general subjects may be made profitable. Walks abroad are consistent with a contemplation of the works of God; but card-playing confines the body confessedly, and is inconsistent with any contemplation of God and his glorious works.
6 2. It is confessed that card-playing lays a temptation for the exercise of wrong tempers. This temptation is not unavoidable, as intercourse with the world is; but is voluntarily and unnecessarily adopted. How is this consistent with our daily prayers? We ought never to expose ourselves unnecessarily to the danger of any sin. Who plays at cards without an undue agitation of mind ? Without an eagerness which the importance of the subject does not warrant, especially if money (as is generally the case) may be won, or lost, at play?
“ 3. We ought to do all things to the glory of God, so that we may conscientiously pray for a blessing upon our recreations, as we do upon the food we eat. But who ever thought of praying for a blessing upon his engaging in a card party ?
6 4. We ought to avoid lawful things that may injure others, or draw them to do what they think wrong, or would hurt their minds; • I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, if flesh causeth my brother to offend. Let us try card-playing by this charitable rule ; and it will decide."
THE DEATH OF A YOUNG JEWESS.
(From an American Publication.) 56 A Jew, of respectable character, lately came from London to America; and with his only child, a daugh. ter in her seventeenth year, settled in a beautiful retreat on the banks of the Ohio. He had buried his wife before he left Europe, and he knew no pleasure except in the society of his beloved child. She was, indeed, worthy of a parent's love. She was extremely beautiful in her person, but possessed the superior charms of a cultivated mind and an amiable disposition. Nopains had been spared on her education ; she could read, and speak with fluency, several different languages, and her manners captivated all who beheld her. No wonder, then, that a father, far advanced in age, should place his whole affections on this only child of his love; especially as he knew no source of happiness beyond this world. Being a strict Jew, he educated her in the strictest principles of his religion, and he thought that he had presented it with an or nament.
6. It was not long ago that his daughter was taken ill. The rose faded from her cheek, her eye lost its fire, her strength decayed, and it soon became apparent that her disease was insurmountable and fatal. The father hung over the bed of his daughter with a heart ready to burst with anguish. He often attempted to converse with her, but seldom spoke except by the language of tears. He spared no trouble or expense in procuring medical assistance, but no human skill could avert the arrow of death. The father was walking in a small grove near his house, wetting his steps with his tears, when he was sent for by his dying daughter, With a heavy heart he en