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plication was snatched from his embrace; shortly afterwards he was driven from the throne by the rebel-, lion of his son-he was cursed by Shimei, his heart was nearly broken by the death of Absalom, and the re, pose of his dying bed was disturbed by Adonijah's presumption. These various strokes from a father's hand, fully evince that an holy God will punish sin on whomsoever founda In his last hours David, with holy confidence declared, although my house be not so with God, yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.


The Dowager Mrs. Neville, her Grand

son, and Exhibitor.

Mrs. Neville:-I HAVE visited you, Sir, accompanied with my grandson, at the particular request of my daughter; have

you received her note?. Exhibitor --Mrs. Neville has ac. quainted me with the intended visit of a lady this morning, Madam, and I am accordingly prepared to attend

mpon her.

Mrs. N.-That is right; and now let me see your Exhibition: it was frequently the subject of conversation while they were with me in the country

Ex.-What scene, history or series, shall I have the honor to present to

you, Madam?

Mrs. N.-Any you please,-it does not signify, for I hear they are all from the Bible,--they must be good : Samuel, do you choose.

Master N.-I had rather, Madam, that you would direct.

Mrs. N.-Well then, Sir; if you have the call of Samuel, let me see that; I hope my grandson will be like himn. I do not mean that he should be a prophet, but a holy man; lie is a child of many prayers..

Ex.-From Mrs. Nevillc's conversation I must suppose so, for all believing parents undoubtedly pray for their children:

Mrs. N.-Certainly, and I assure you this dear youth comes of a good stock. His grandfather, my late husband, often told me that he had been well trained up by his father, and that sweet text, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it," has been fulfilled in reference to him. How dutiful to his father! what" an affectionate husband he was to me! and now he is gone, this child's father

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Mr. Neville, treads in his steps. It has rejoiced my heart since I have been visiting them, to witness the order observed in his family. But I am detaining you; you do not seem very young, so you know, that is, if you have had children, that when parents begin to talk about them, they know not when to have done ; however, Sir, we will now attend to the Exhibition.

Ex.-Will you have the goodness to look into one of these glasses, Madam? and the young gentleman .will take another. : Mrs. N. looks into the Camera ; puts on her spectacles, wipes them, looks again, then says, Why, Sir, I can

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