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himself to intercede, and I greatly commend him ; but I do not mitigate the punishment of the dilinquent. The whole of this operation teaches the boy and his compani ons the nature of justice, and the benefit of government, of at least gives them the ideas of power and protection, of good and evil, duty, authority, and obedience.
West. I am very much struck with the simplicity and force of this reasoning, and it agrees with my own experience.
In the summer of the year 1737, being then of Christ Church College, I passed some weeks most agreeably at a gentleman's house in the country, who had a fine young family of children, of whose education both he and his wife took a singular and most successful direction.
I remember I was highly pleased with their manner of teaching them the principles of duty, good conduct, and benevolence.
I fhall mention a few of the occasions on which they artfully infused important good principles into their children.
One of their children had, in spite of repeated injunctions, climbed up a tree in a dangerous situation, close by the river.
When fawning on his mother, and profefsing tender love to her, she said "No no, dont talk to me any more of your love, if you loved me you would obey me, and not make me unhappy by exposing yourself to danger."
Again. Another of her children having got himself into an out-house. locks the door upon himself, and cannot open it again; he remains there two hours in agony, and is relieved by a beggar boy, who pafsing by, goes in by the window and lets out the child.
He runs home in transport, but for some time forgets his deliverer. The father asks him how he got out? Who let him out? and where is the beggar? You little
rascal, will you endeavour to do nothing for the poor beggar. Then the heart of the little boy is all on fire to do something for his benefactor, and he begs a dinner for him, and something for covering his nakedness in the ri gour of winter.
Will you give up your own dinner then to day for the beggar? Yes, and to-morrow too, and the day after tomorrow too, papa!
This was a fine lefson. Let a child be born in whatever rank of life he may, we cannot too often remind him of the miseries of life, and the vicissitude of fortune, or too often inculcate the lefsons of gratitude and of benevolence. Again. One of the girls was particularly fond of trappings and dress.
One day her mother, after having chid her for this folly, orders a fine saddle and furniture to be put upon an ass ; and bringing the girl that way, fhe tells her that he has got a fine little pad to show her, and produces the ass in gala.
Dear mama! that a'nt a horse! that's nothing but the milk afs, mama.
O no my dear, it was the milk afs in the morning, but now you see I have made it a fine pad by putting this saddle and furniture upon her. It's fine clothes you know mifs, that distinguishes you from the poor girls in the village, and so if they had your fine clothes they would be fine misses too, woud'nt they? The girl saw the force of the ridicule immediately, and not long after the force of the argument.
These are, I think, moral lefsons that are not above the capacity of children, and may, when the occasions offer, be successfully raised in order to inspire them with a love of virtue, and to deter them from the practice of vice.
Walpole. Gentlemen, your system is good, and your illustrations are admirable; but how will you contrive to
get your plan put in execution? At the age when young people of fashion do the physical world and the beaumonde the honour to beget and produce sons and daughters, they, the illustrious parents, are too busy with the duties of a court, of the ridotto, the opera, the card table, and the pleasures of social intercourse, to have any leisure for superintending the education of children; so that they wisely make use of the noble privilege of peerage to decide the merits of the question by proxy, without hearing or attending to the arguments.
A party always comes in the way to prevent them from attending to the nursery
Vive la jeunelse! Vive la joye! Vive le beaumonde !
A squib from the American Gazette.
AN APPEAL FROM THE LEGS TO THE HEAD.
THAT the legs coming into the world at the same time, and often before the head, the latter cannot, in point of birth, claim any greater privilege than the former.
That the legs have been always of the utmost importance and utility to the head, conducting it to and from all places of businefs, profit, and pleasure, and were the first who raised it to its present exalted station.
That in armies, the legs have been occasionally found a grand specific against gunshot wounds, bruises, dislocations, and even death itself, by running away with the head to a place of safety; witness a late great example, where the legs, by the wonderful and almost unprecedented powers of their swiftness, saved little short of four thousand magnanimous, freeborn Frenchmen.
That in many particular classes of life, the legs actually, and bona fide, support the head altogether, as in couriers
chairmen, running footmen, dancing-masters, corn-cutters, penny postmen, and rope dancers.
That in consequence of these, and many other similar benefits, of which they are to the head. They conceive they ought no longer to submit to those base offices which are afsigned them.
That it is an hardship, an injustice, and a degree of slavery, incompatible with the rights and privileges of free-born legs, daily to be obliged to wade through muck and dirt, supporting the whole weight of the head, who often sits up in lazy state, curled, bedizened, and bepowdered.
That the legs are entitled to some nobler capacity, some more elevated situation.
That having nerves as well as the head (the pretended seat of intelligence,) their opinions ought not only to be taken, and their will consulted, but all the arrears due to their birth and long services, fully and completely allowed them.
That for this purpose, and availing themselves of the present topsy turvy disposition of the world: they demand, claim, and insist, that the present position of mankind (which they have arrogantly enjoyed now near six thousand years) be instantly shifted, and that all men in future be obliged to stand upon their heads, instead of their legs, an elevation which the legs conceive they have been long since fully entitled to by the laws of rotation, and which they likewise conceive to be most likely to produce that equality of representation, which fhould always be preserved by members of the same body.
Signed by, and in behalf of himself, and the associate legs of Great Britain and Ireland,
April the first,
World turned up-side down.