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me by your opinion on the subject.
Ex.--No mark of esteem, Madam, is more common through all the oriental regions, none more imperiously required by the rules of good breeding, than a present. It is even rec. koned uncivil in that country, to make a visit without an offering in the hand. Whether it be dates or diamonds, they are so much a part of their manners, that without them an inferior will never be at peace in his own mind, or think that he has hold of his superior for favour or protection. Every
Every one gives what is most at hand, and has a relation to his profession; and those who have no
particular profession give money. This custom is, perhaps, one of the most ancient in the world. In reference to the reply of Saul to his servant, when he proposed to consult the prophet Samuel about the object of their journey, he was inclined at first to offer the seer, (who was at the same time the chief magistrate in Israel,) a piece of bread, till he recollected that it was all spent, and then agreed to present him with “the fourth part of a shekel of silver,” in value about sixpence. It could not therefore be their design to purchase his services, but merely to show him that customary mark of respect to which he was entitled.
Mrs. P.--Your explanation, Sir, much obliges me. Now, Henry, perhaps you can proceed a little further with the history.
Henry.--Yes, Mamma, I think I can,-it was not seeing the asses that put me out. Samuel afterwards anointed Saul to be captain over the people of Israel, and gave him several signs, whereby, when they came to pass, he might conclude that the declaration of Samuel concerning him would also be fulfilled--and as soon as Saul went from Samuel, God gave him a new heart.
Ex'. -Pretty well, Sir; but is it perfectly correct, Miss ?
Miss P.-Not quite, Sir; I think
the prophet said unto Saul, And thou sbalt be turned into another man.
Henry..Well, does not that mean, thou shall become a new man? or, that thou shalt have a new heart?
Miss P.-Perhaps not, Brother; for though I am not competent to explain the difference, yet I remember, that when we read this history to Papa, he told us, that Saul might be turned into another man, or have another heart, without having a new one, or being benefited by the circumstance; and Papa told us, if he were to exchange our atlas for another, that might not be to our advantage.
Mrs. N.-Will you, Sir, have the goodness to favour my son and daugh
ter with your opinion on this question ?
Ex.-Most readily, Madam; but I have little to add to their parent's instructive remark. Perhaps, Miss, your Papa intended you should not only consider, that if he were to give you an atlas equally defective as that which you have already, you would not be benefited by the exchange ; but if, instead of an imperfect atlas, he were to give you a new one, correct both in letter press and geographical delineation, would you not then be benefited thereby ?
Master P. Without doubt we should; but what has that to do with the heart ?