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were intended to prevent. These are misfortunes to which we are subject in this state of darkness ;---but when men without skill,—without education --without knowledge either of the distemper, or even of what they fell,-make merchandize of the miserable, and, from a dishonest principle,--trifle with the pains of the unfortunate,– too often with their lives,—and from the mere motive of a difhonest gain,-every such instance of a person bereft of life by the hand of ignorance, can be considered in no other light than a branch of the same root. It is murder in the true sense;—which, though not cognizable by our laws,by the laws of right, every man's own mind and conscience must appear equally black and detestable.

In doing what is wrong, --we stand chargeable with all the bad consequences which arise from the action, whether forseen or not. And as the principal view of the empiric in those cases is not what he always pretends,- the good of the public,--but the good of himself, it makes the action what it is.

Under this head, it may not be improper to come prehend all adulterations of medicines, wilfully made worse through avarice. If a life is loft by such wilful adulterations, -and it may be affirmed, that, in many critical turns of an acute distemper, there is but a single cast left for the patient,--the trial and chance of a single drug in his behalf ;-and if that has witfully been adulterated, and wilfully despoiled of its best virtues,what will the vender answer?

SERM. XXXV. P. jeg


THE great business of man is the regulation of his

spirit; the possession of such a frame and temper of mind, as will lead us peaceably through this world, and in the many weary stages of it, afford us, what we shall be sure to stand in peedRef unto ous Sculs.

Reft unto our souls !-'iis all we want the end of all our wishes and pursuits: give us a prospect of this, we take the wings of the morning, and fly to the ut. termost parts of the earth to have it in possession : we seek for it in titles, in riches and pleafures-climb up after it by ambition, come down again and stoop for it hy avarice, -try, all extremnes; still we are gone out of the way; nor is it, till after many miserable experiments, that we are convinced at last, we have been seeking every where for it, but where there is a prospect of finding it; and that is, within ourselves, in a meek and lowly disposition of heait. This, and this only will give us reft unto our souls:-rest from those turbulent and haughty paflions which disturb our quiet: -rest from the provocations and disappointments of the world, and a train of untold evils too long to be recounted, against all which this frame and preparation of mind is the best protection,

SERM. XXV. P. 189.


CSTICE and honesty contribute very much to

wards all the faculties of the mind : I mean, that it clears up the understanding from that mist, which dark and crooked designs are apt to raise in it,-and that it keeps up a regularity in the affections, by suffering no lusts or by-ends to disorder them.-That it likewise preserves the mind from all damps of grief and melancholy, which are the sure consequences of unjust actions; and that by such an improvement of the faculties, it makes a man so much the abler to discern, and so much the more cheerful, active, and diligent to mind his business-Light is suwn for the righteous, says the prophet, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Secondly, let it be observed, that in the continu. ance and course of a virtuous man's affairs, there is little probability of his falling into considerable disap. pointments or calamities;- not only because guarded by the providence of God, but that honesty is in its own nature the freeft from danger.

First, because such a one lays no projects, which it is the interest of the other to blast, and therefore needs no indirect methods or deceitful practices to secure his interest by undermining others. The paths of virtue are plain and straight, so that the blind, persons of the meanest capacity, Niall not.err.Dishonefty

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requires skill to conduct it, and as great art to conto ceal-what’tis every one's interest to detect. And I think I need not remind you how oft it happens in attempts of this kind--where worldly men in hafte to be rich, have over-run the only means to it,—and for want of laying their contrivances with proper cunning, or managing them with proper secrecy and advantage, have lost for ever, what they might have certainly secured with honesty and plain-dealing.“ The general causes of the disapp intments in their business, or of the unhappiness in their lives, lying but too manifestly in their own disorderly passions, which, by attempting to carry them a fho:ter way to riches and honour, disappoint them of both for ever, and make plain, their ruin, is from themselves; and that they eat the fruits which their own hands have watered and ripened.




HEN T alighted at the hotel, the porter told

me a young woman with a band-box had been that moment enquiring for me.--I do not know, faid the porter, whether she is gone away or no. I took the key of my chamber of him, and went up


and when I had got within ten steps of the top of the landing before my door, I met her coming easily down.

It was the fair fille de chambre I had walked along the Quai de Conti with : Madame de R**** had sent her upon some commission to a merchante de modes within a step or two of the Hotel de Modene; and as I had failed in waiting upon her, had bid her enquire if I had left Paris : and if so, whether I had not left a letter addressed to her.

As the fair fille de chambre was so near my door, she returned back, and went into the room with me for å moment or two, whilft I wiote a card.

It was a fine ftill evening in the latter end of the month of May-the crimson window-curtains (which were of the same colour of thofe of the bed)were drawn close-the sun was setring,- and reflected thro’ them To warm a tint into the fair fille de chambre's face-I thought the blush'd—the idea of it made me blush myself-we were quite alone; and that superinduced a second blush before the first could off.

There is a sort of pleasing half guilty blush, where the blood is more in fault than the man-'tis sent impetuous from the heart, and virtue fties after it-not to call it back, but to make the sensation of it more delicious to the nerves -'tis associated

But I'll not describe it I felt something at first within me which was not in ftri&t unison with the lesson of virtue I had given her the night before I fought five minutes for a card--I knew I had not one.


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