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health, opportunity for learning, &c. Think of what has been amiss with you. Consider what you need-his protection, his favour, his mercy.” “ This would at times lead to a long conversation. At length he would kneel upon her lap, with his face in her bosom, and offer
prayers.” Mr.M.--What an excellent mother ! surely her husband must have adored her.
Ex.—The exemplary conduct of this : invaluable parent demanded MORE than ordinary affection, and from him, who duly appreciated her worth, no doubt she received it. Concerning such seasons he thus expresses himself, “Often have I en
tered their room, at the close of these exercises; with rapture embraced them both, and enjoyed, in our ardent, holy, mutual affection, all but heaven.”
Mrs. M.-I am not surprised at that, Sir; but I am very much obliged to you for this account, and at my return home will relate it to my neighbours.
Ex.-Do so, Madam ; I hope many of them will be induced to follow the example of those wise, truly affectionate and pious parents. I must now request your opinion of another scene which waits your remarks.
Mr.M.-We have again an inside view. The room is surrounded with books; I think it is a minister's study:
there he sits, very thoughtful-shuts the book-rises-walks up and down the room-looks at his watch-a servant enters with a letter in her handhe steps forward and receives it.
Mrs. M.—He opens it instantly-appearsgreatly alarmed. He-O, Sir, you should not have removed the picture !
Ex.— I have only done that to introduce another, to carry on the subject; for shortly after receiving the letter you have just seen represented, the greatly distressed sufferer proceeded on a journey in the unutterable agonies of suspense, in the course of which he met the more dreadful confirmation of his apprehensions. You may now glance at his retirement.
Mr. M.—He has certainly received the letter which contained the melancholy information"; it lies open upon the table by which he sits. I can perceive the black seal. He appears agitated-rises suddenly—takes the letter up again—how his hands tremble! He falls upon his knees-how earnestly he prays! prays! I wish
you would permit your attendant to let us hear the very words he uttered.
Ex.-His assistance would be vain. No language could express a parent's feelings on receiving the agonizing information of the death of an only son.
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B. Bensley, Bolt Cout, Fleet Street.