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exact conformity to the word of in favour of relaxation in their own God. We are more apt to form such obedience. On the contrary, a conideas of the Supreme Being as are stant visible regard in the parent to dictated by self-love, than implicit, the commands of God, which he is ly to receive the declarations of the daily enforcing, tends to make the Bible respecting the character of most powerful impression on the God. In this sacred book we have minds of his children, and to remove a history of the conduct of the Al. all doubt of the rectitude of the inmighty towards his creatures, under structions which they receive. a variety of circumstances, and from I have already observed, that one these historical facts, as well as from great benefit which we derive from express declarations, our notions of the institution of the sabbath, is the divine character should origi- that of affording time for more amnate. It is of the utmost conse, ple instruction than can, in many quence, that children should be situations, be obtained on the days taught to draw their ideas of God of labour. I would here remark, from the declarations and historical that a conscientious regard in the facts of the Bible, for without this parent to the sacredness of this holy foundation laid in the mind their season, is of great importance in a whole system of religion must be system of religious education. Let erroneous.

all worldly and trifling conversaWith the scriptural character of tion be avoided on this day, that the God are intimately connected the impressions made by the public or purity of the divine law, the method family exercises of religion may not of salvation by a mediator, and the be obliterated by a carelessness to necessity of personal holiness. The improve the intervals of religious instructions which are given to chil. service. dren should always keep those fun- Children are not ignorant of the damental truths in view : for with- truth of that divine aphorism, Out out a deep sense of these things, of the abundance of the heart the mouth our knowledge must be superficial, speaketh: nor will they be easily and our service formal.

persuaded that religious truths make Children should be taught, as soon deep impressions on the minds of as they become capable of reflec- their parents, when nothing is heard tion, to attend to the workings of that can direct the mind to eternal their own minds; that they may objects, except at the stated hours discover the deceitfulness of their of instruction. And as God has exhearts, and become thoroughly ac. pressly forbidden us to speak oun quainted with their inbred corrup- own words on the sabbath, an extion. Christ is precious to those ample of conformity to this gracious only who know their own vileness; command should be shewn by every and the influences of the Holy Spi- master of a family, whose peculiar rit will be earnestly sought by those office it is to direct the subjects of alone, who are deeply conscious of discourse to those who are in his their own depravity, and moral ina- presence, and under his care. bility.

The influence of example should Christian education will still be make parents extremely cautious in imperfect, unless to pious instruction the choice of companions for their there be added the pious EXAMPLE children. With this view those of the parent. Children are acute schools should be chosen where in discovering any deviation from pious example may be added to rethose precepts which are enforced ligious instruction and useful learnupon them. They keep a watchful ing. It gives me pleasure, while eye upon the conduct of their pa- on this subject, to be able to con, rents; and are glad to discover any gratulate the friends of religion, thing that can prove an argument ihat instructors may be found in

this kingdom, in whom are com- pose, however, to detail the whole bined the excellent qualities re- of my private history, or to divulge quired in a Christian teacher. to you my present occupation or

The company to which children condition in life. Suffice it to say, are introduced in other places should in the way of introduction, that I be such as shall have no tendency have for some time formed opinions to make them slight the religious respecting the world not unlike to instructions of their parents and your owo; but that having been emmasters.

ployed of late in contemplating my This great object should also be own character much more than that kept in view in the choice of situa- of other persons, I may perhaps, tion for the trade or profession to without extraordinary presumption, which they are educated; as the lay some little claim to the title of highest interest of a child ought to a Self-observer. And as the aughave the first place in our regard. But mentation of the number of Selfmy design is not to write a system of observers is the chief end of my education, a subject too copious for writing, I hope that you will allow an article in your miscellany, and to my letter a place in your useful ton complex for my abilities. I wish miscellany. merely to throw out a few hints in I was born, Mr. Editor, of relicompliance with the request of your gious parents, though not perhaps correspondent, and such as have quite so religious as that term might been suggested by the experience lead some of your readers to imaof a parent.

gine. — But where is the person I must not, however, conclude whose religion is every thing which these hints without reminding the we could wish? When we look back Christian parent, that to all his en- on human life, whom have we deavours (be they ever so judicious) found in our journey through it, must be added constant prayer for whose orthodoxy or whose charity, the influences of the holy spirit, whose piety or whose morality, has without which true religion will not drooped at this or at the other never be implanted in the minds of periad ;-has not limped a little his children. Though Paul should either on this side or on that? I am plant, and Apollos water, without determined to say little of my pathe influence of divine grace no rents ;--they have long since left fruits of righteousness will appear; the world;—but I shall speak partifor it is God that giveth the increase. cularly of my aunt. But we have the strongest reason to

I was sent when very young to hope for this blessing, whilst dili- school at a considerable distance gently, and with an humble depend- from my father's residence, and as ance on his grace, we use the means my aunt lived very near to our little which God hath appointed. academy, I both spent with her

many of my holidays, and was often at her house at other times. She

was on the whole a good woman, To the Editor of the Christian Observer. pious and sincere, humble and unI am aware, Mr. Editor, that to assuming, affectionate and benevoabound in egotism is not very con- lent, erring, I admit, on the side of sistent either with Christian humi- too much indulgence, for she both lity, or with good taste; and yet I fared rather luxuriously herself, and am persuaded, that a majority of provided abundance of excellent your readers are much more likely cheer for other people. to interest themselves in a paper sessed, indeed, an independent forprofessing to be a narrative of the tune, and I am persuaded that ber writer's own life, than in a merely sedentary,and somewhat loo soft and didactic piece. It is not my pur- self-indulgent mode of living ap

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peared to her to be no more than When I found myself advancing was consistent with it. The edu- towards the estate of man, I began cation of women in former days was to be ambitious of a reputation for by no means so intellectual as it is learning and good sense, and this at present: and my aunt was one of disposition contributed to alienate those who neglected to improve my mind both from my aunt and their understanding. She moreover from the kind of religion which she made a free use of that species of professed. I associated the idea of pious phraseology which, though contracted information and defecit usually indicates a devout mind, tive intellect with alınost all the pe. and is a recommendation in some culiar tenets which she maintained. circles, excites prejudice in others, At the age of about nineteen I made and has obtained in the world, and her a visit after a long absence from even among religious persons of a her house, and you can hardly confastidious kind, the unfavourable ceive how much the perpetual rename of cant. My aunt had ac- currence of her phraseology, which quired few ideas. She also lived in I perceived to be offensive in some a narrow circle; and I am persuad- respects to good grammar, in others ed that her too frequent repetition to true taste, now excited my disof the same pious expressions arose gust.

The dread also of having my not so much from any peculiarity character identified with hers led in her religion, as from the general me at this time to determine that I poverty of her mind. She was well would strongly mark my dissent. grounded in the great doctrines of Judge, Sir, of my surprise at hapChristianity, but she could speak of pening a few months after this pethese only after one manner,and she riod to meet with a friend of rare was accustomed to consider every endowments--a man unspeakably deviation from her own form of elevated above me both as to erudiwords as implying an imperfect tion and talents-who possessed the knowledge of the “ language of very principles of my aunt.

He Zion,” and a want of that full ac- affirmed her doctrines indeed in a quaintance with “the truth” which manner more consonant to good she herself possessed. I have no taste, but he used a large part of clear remembrance of all my in- her phraseology; and employed it tercourse with her at this early pe- more particularly, when he freely riod. I can however recollect that I opened his mind ou religious subthought her possessed of an uncom- jects. I was led by this friend into mon share of good nature, a virtue the society of some other persons of the first class in the eyes of youth, who more or less resembled himand at the same time extremely pro- self; though among a certain por. fuse in her religious talk ; that after tion of our company might now and dinner I eat as many plumbs as I then be seen a striking likeness of liked; that before dinner, in order my aunt. I thus was cured of the to stay my stomach, I had a large violence of my prejudice against piece of excellent cake; that I used many leading doctrines of our relito kneel down to her family prayers gion; for I heard them defended with the utmost promptitude and with skill and judgment, and suffigood will, and was rather vain of ciently guarded from abuse. I even the manner in which I read to her learnt the art of defending them a chapter in the Bible; in short that myself. I liked both her doctrine and her Your readers probably will not diet bread,-both her plumb pud- suppose that I was living at this ding and her good advice. Among time in any very unchristian course. all my various relations, not one was The truth is, that my life was deat this time so great a favourite as cent, my conscience apt to be alarmmy pious aunt.

ed if I fell into any great trans

gression, and my reputation for piety trines of religion which I had bejust sufficient to obtain for me a to- fore admitted, I now indeed felt an lerable reception in religious parties. increasing attachment; such as the I believe however, that I was a ra, corruption of our nature, the necesther suspected character in some of sity of regeneration, the shortness those circles, and that the suspicion and vanity of life, the infinite evil of arose chiefly from the circumstance sin, and the eternity of future puof my being known occasionally to nishments. I also grew zealous reresort to a few fashionable places specting the duty of renouncing the of amusement. I was at this time world, and incurring the persecuconscious of much waste of time, tion of the irreligious. Through much want of self government, these causes my character for piety much ambition and vanity of heart; and for orthodoxy became completeand I should think that I must have ly established in my own party. betrayed some of these faults: but After no great lapse of time I bethey seemed to excite only a slighter gan to find some recompence for the kind of prejudice against me among worldly privations and disappointmany of these pious people. ments which I had sustained, in the

Some events soon afterwards oc- growing kindness of these pious curred, events not necessary to be friends, and also in the self compladetailed, which cast a general gloom cency which I derived from the over my mind, and imparted a new high reputation which I was congravity to my character. I now scious of possessing in this very serose at once in the estimation of my rious and devout circle. I trust that serious friends ; many of whom con: I was not altogether a stranger to fidently dated my conversion from that deep humility which I professthis period. The truth is, that I ed (an humility indeed, chiefly exfelt weary of the world in conse- ercised towards God) and to which quence of being unable to disen- my doctrines naturally tended. It tangle myself from some uncomfort, is however certain, ihat the same able connections which I had form- vanity which had before marked ed, and to escape the bitter conse- my character insensibly revived, quences of some false steps which I though it shewed itself after another had taken. Perhaps my religious manner. I obtained, or rather I acquaintance did not altogether err assumed, the lead in many religious as to the nature of the change of questions. I grew a little conten. which I am speaking; but they tious and intolerant, always howcertainly overvalued the seriousness ever imagining that I was zealous which they saw in me. I was too only for the truth. By degrees I serious; too exclusively fond of so- became more and more impatient of lemn subjects; too desponding as to contradiction and apt to take offence. my future prospects in life. I was Being not a little conceited in my also too negligent of dress; too in. own eyes, I was jealous of my reattentive to some of my worldly in- putation for spiritual knowledge, terests; too indifferent to money; and condent of my own power of too bountiful at least to certain per- defining almost to perfection several sons of my own religious sentiments, difficult and abstruse points; points some of whom I now suspect to have bordering indeed on evangelical been hypocrites; too distant towards doctrine, but which Scripture seems several of my relations and natural to have left in purposed obscurity, connections. Above all I was too and on which it has but slightly harsh a judge of others, especially touched. I was now spoiled in a of those who erred on the side of an great measure by my religious excess of cheerfulness, and I was too friends. Some of the best of our cold to the temporal happiness of party withdrew to a certain distance my fellow creaiures. To some doc- from us, but those who remained, looked at me, as I now see, with a to be exercised. I could say with most undue reverence: and a few of my lips that God is love, and that the more simple of them flattered love is the chief grace of the Gos. me to my very face, and erected me pel, and that he that loveth God into a perfect Pope. Do not how- should love his neighbour also. ever imagine that I who thus gave I knew likewise, and could occathe law was an independent charac- sionally affirm that thankfulness beter. I was accustomed, after the comes every one who has a good manner of other legislators, to ac- hope that his sins are pardoned ; and commodate my decisions to the taste that thankfulness ought to manifest of those whom I seemed to govern; itself both by a cheerful counteand I was therefore at once both nance and by an overflowing kindthe leader and the follower, both the ness to all around us. I neverthe. prince and the slave of my religious less had an exceedingly faint perparty. My very judgment and con- ception of my real deficiencies in science received an influence from these points, and the few remarks their conscience and judgment. I which I made upon them were uterred where they erred-I agreed tered chiefly with a view of defendo where they agreed with Jesus Christ ing my own character, which I unand his Apostles and I was admired derstood to be assailed on this side, and applauded by them, because and of displaying the completeness they saw that in my estimate of the of my religious system. orthodoxy of others, and in my ad- In the subsequent period when measurement of every doctrine, sen- my gloom abated, and my self-comtiment, and practice, I made use placency was at its height, I knew exactly of their line and their plum- in like manner that spiritual pride met.

ought to be carefully avoided, and There is one circumstance which I used occasionally to have on my I must not omit to mention. Would lips that expression of Scripture, you believe, Mr, Editor, that I, who "He that thinketh that he knoweth had once been so great an enemy to any thing knoweth nothing yet as cant, became at this tine distinguish. he ought.” I sometimes was even ed by several peculiarities in my zealous, so far as my conversation was religious phraseology? I was totally concerned, for the practical part of anconscious of this fault, but I have religion, not yet fully understandbeen well assured by friends in ing that to talk of practice is one whom I can confide, that I gave nothing, and really to excel in it, is small offence on one or two occa- another; and not at all suspecting sions by the almost unintelligible that there is a habit of declaiming quaintness of certain parts of my even on the best subjects, which, if Jiction.

the heart be not strictly watched, But to proceed. I was not at this may serve only to deceive. time unsound as to the general theory I was delivered from the partial of my religion. During the former delusion to which I was now subpart of the period of which I now ject nearly in the following manner. speak, I mean the period of my more While I was living in the bosom of particular gravity and seriousness, I my serious friends, was laying down knew theoretically, at least, many the law for others, and enjoying a excellent truths of Christianity very high reputation for religious which I practically neglected. I excellency, I was assailed by some knew that an orthodox creed was temptations which had slept during not sufficient of itself to constitute my more melancholy impressions, a Christian. I often admitted in but now suddenly threatened to my general language that relative overcome me, and to render me a duties ought all to be fulfilled, complete captive to sin. Happy in and that universal kindness ought one sense are they in whose mind

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