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He was guilty of such atrocious conduct, that he was deserted by his friends for good and all.

No other employment besides a bookseller suited his inclination.

Hereby I am instructed, and thereby I am honoured.

I pleaded my good intention ; and after some time he assented thereto; whereby I entirely escaped all punishment.

T'his I am disposed to the rather, that it will serve to illustrate the principles advanced above.

From what I have said, you will perceive readily the subject I am to proceed upon.

These are points too trivial to take notice of, They are objects I am totally unacquainted with.

The nearer that men approach each other, the inore numerous the points of contact in which they touch, and the greater their pleasures or pains.

Thus I have endeavoured to make the subject be better understood.

This is the most useful art of which men are possessed.

The French writers of sermons study neatness in laying down their heads.

There is not any beauty more in one of them than in another.

SECT. III. STUDY to unite with firmness of principle gentle. ness of manners, and affable behaviour with untainted integrity.

In that work, we are every now and then interrupted with unnatural thoughts.

Bating one or two expressions, the composition is not subject to censure.

To answer his purpose effectually, he pitched upon a very moving story.

will be not rapid in its progress, and visible at every step; but gradual, and visible when considerable effects only have been produced.

The British constitution stands, like an ancient oak in the wood, among the nations of the earth; which, after having overcome many a blast, overtops the other trees of the forest, and command, respect and veneration.

SECT. VI. What an anchor is to a vessel amidst a boisterous ocean, on a coast unknown, and in a dark night, that is the hope of future happiness to the soul, when beset by the confusions of the world: for in danger, it affords one fixed point of rest; amidst general fluctuation, it gives security.

Our pride and self conceit, (by nourishing a weak and childish sensibility to every fancied point of our own honour and interest, while they shut up all regard to the honour or interest of our brethren, render us quarrelsome and contentious.

If there be any first principle of wisdom, it undoubtedly is this : the distresses that are removable, endeavour to remove ; bear, with as little disquiet as you can, the distresses which cannot be removed : comforts are to be found in

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situation and condition of life; having found them, enjoy them.

Instead of aspiring farther than your proper level, bring your mind down to your state ; lest you spend your life in a train of fruitless pursuits, by aiming too high, and at last bring yourself to an entire state of insignificance and contempt.

Often have we seen, that what we considered as a sore disappointment at the time, has proved to be a merciful providence in the issue; and that it would have been so far from making us happy, if what we once eagerly wished for had been obtained, that it would have produced our ruin.

Can the stream continue to advance, when it is deprived of the fountain? Can the branch improve, when taken from the stock which gave it nourishment? Dependent spirits can no more be happy, when parted from all union with the Father of spirits, and the fountain of happiness.

Prosperity is redoubled to a good man, by means of the generous use which he makes of it; and it is reflected back upon him by every one whom he makes happy : for, in the esteem and good-will of all who know him, in the gratitude of dependents, in the attachment of friends, and the intercourse of domestic affection, he sees blessings multiplied round him, on every side.

Whoever would pass, with honour and decency, the latter part of life, must consider when he is young, that one day he shall be old ; and reinember that when he is old, he has once leen young: he must lay up knowledge in youth for his support, when his powers of acting shall forsake him; and forbear to animadvert in age, with rigour, on faults which experience can alone correct.

Let us consider that youth is of no long duration ; and that when the enchantments of fancy in maturer age shall cease, and phantoms no more dance about us, we shall have no comforts but wise men's esteem, the approbation of our hearts, and the means of doing good: and let us live as men that are to grow old some time, and to whom of all evils it will be the most dreadful, to count their years past only by follies, and to be reminded of their former luxuriance of health, by the maladies only which riot has pro. duced.

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