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discretion; with other talents below mediocrity, will effect more in correcting error, reforming the vicious, and advancing pure and undefiled religion; than the talents of an angel could accomplish without them. To know what, how, and when to advise ; is a matter too little understood, and less practised. If we wish the seed sown to take root, we must mellow the soil by proper cultivation. So in giving advice, we must first gain the confidence of those we deem it a duty to advise, and then look to God for success.

AGRICULTURE.

What I have said on this subject in a former publication, I here repeat. Of all occupations, that of agriculture is best calculated to induce love of country, and rivet it firmly on the heart. No profession is more honourable, none as conducive to health, peace, tranquillity, and happiness. More independent than any other calling, it is calculated to produce an innate love of liberty. The farmer stands upon a lofty eminence, and looks upon the bustle of cities, the intricacies of mechanism, the din of commerce, and brain confusing, body killing literature; with feelings of personal freedom, peculiarly his own. He delights in the prosperity of the city as his market place, acknowledges the usefulness of the mechanic, admires the enterprize of the commercial man, and rejoices in the benefits that flow from the untiring investigations and developments of science; then turns his thoughts to the pristine quiet of his agrarian domain, and covets not the fame that accumulates around the other professions.

He has much time for intellectual improvement and reflection. Constantly surrounded by the varied and varying beauties of nature, and the never ceasing and harmonious operations of her laws, his mind is led to contemplate the wisdom of the great Architect of worlds, and the natural philosophy of the universe. Aloof from the commoving arena of public life, and yet, through the medium of that magic engine, the PRESS, made acquainted with the scenes that are passing there, he is able to form a dispassionate and deliberate conclusion upon the various topics that concern the good and glory of his country. In his retired domicil, he is less exposed to the baneful influence of that corrupt and corrupting party spirit, which is raised by the whirlwind of selfish ambition, and rides on the tornado of faction. Before he is roused to a participation in violent public action, he bears much, reflects deeply, and resolves nobly. But when the oppression of rulers becomes so intolerable, as to induce the farmers of a country to leave their ploughs and peaceful firesides, and draw the avenging sword-let them beware—the day of retribution is at hand.

Above all other occupations, that of agriculture enables those who pursue it, to live in a fuller, freer, purer enjoyment of religion. It is less exposed to temptations, calculated to lead frạil men from the paths of virtue. If multitudes, who are hard run to get bread, would leave our pent up cities, and occupy and improve the millions of fine land in our country, yet unlocated, it would greatly enhance individual happiness and public good. Try it, ye starved ones—if you are disappointed, then I am no prophet, or the son of a prophet.

AMBITION.

Ambition is at distance
A goodly prospect, tempting to the view:
The height delights us, and the mountain top
Looks beautiful, because 'tis nigh to heaven:
But we never think how sandy's the foundation,
What storms will batter, and what tempests shake us.Otway..

SOME conceited wights, who study party politics more than philosophy or ethics, call all the laudable desires of the human heart, ambition, aiming to strip the monster of its deformity, that they may use it, as the livery of heaven to serve the devil in. The former are based on philanthropy, the latter, on selfishness. Lexicographers define ambition to be, an earnest desire of power, honour, preferment, pride. The honour that is awarded to power, is of doubtful gender, and the power that is acquired by ambition, is held by a slender tenure, a mere rope of sand. Its hero often receives the applause of the multitude one day, and its execrations the next. The summit of vain ambition is often the depth of misery. Based on a sandy foundation, it falls before the blasts of envy, and the tornado of faction. It is inflated by a gaseous thirst for power, like a balloon with hydrogen, and is in constant danger of being exploded, by the very element that causes its elevation. It eschews charity, and deals largely in the corrosive sublimate of falsehood, the aquafortis of envy, the elixir vitriol of revenge, and the asafetida of duplicity. Like the kite, it cannot rise in a calm, and requires a constant wind to preserve its upward course. The fulcrum of ignorance, and the lever of party spirit,

form its magic power. An astute writer has well ob-
served, that “ambition makes the same mistake con-
cerning power, that avarice makes relative to wealth.”
The ambitious man begins, by accumulating it as the
desideratum of happiness, and ends his career in the
midst of exertions to obtain more. So ended the
onward and upward career of Napoleon-his life, a
modern wonder—his fate, a fearful warning-his death,
a scene of gloom. Power is gained as a means of en-
joyment, but oftener than otherwise, is its fell destroyer.
Like the viper in the fable, it is prone to sting those
who warm it into life. History fully demonstrates these
propositions. Hyder Ali was in the habit of starting
frightfully in his sleep. His confidential friend and
attendant asked the reason. He replied, “ My friend,
the state of a beggar is more delightful than my envied
monarchy—awake, he sees no conspirators-asleep, he
dreams of no assassins.” Ambition, like the gold of
the miser, is the sepulchre of all the other passions of
the man. It is the grand centre around which they
move, with centripetal force. Its history is one of
carnage and blood-it is the bane of substantial good-
it endangers body and soul, for time and eternity.
Reader, if you desire peace of mind, shun ambition
and the ambitious man. He will use you as some men
do their horses, ride you all day without food, and give
you post meat for supper. He will gladly make a
bridge of you, on which to walk into power, provided
he can pass toll free. Let your aim be more lofty than
the highest pinnacle ambition can rear. Nothing is
pure but heaven, let that be the prize you seek,

“And taste and prove in that transporting sight,
Joy without sorrow, without darkness light.”

ANGER.

It doth appal me
To see your anger, like our Adrian waves,
O’er sweep all bounds, and foam itself to air.Byron.
Those hearts that start at once into a blaze,
And open all their rage, like summer storms,
At once discharg'd, grow cool again, and calm.Johnson.

BYRON seems to have viewed anger with contemptJohnson, with compassion. The latter is right, and the former not far wrong. It is folly not to control our anger and keep it in subjection-long indulgence gives it a mastery over us-it then becomes a confirmed disease, and calls for our pity. It is one of the misfortunes of our fallen nature, and can best be disarmed by kindness. The bee seldom stings the hand that is covered with honey—the cross dog can be appeased with a piece of meat, the angry man is soonest cooled by gentleness. Anger is a species of momentary insanity-all humane persons treat the unfortunate subjects of this disease, tenderly, as the best means of restoring them to their right mind.

When anger comes in contact with anger, it is like the meeting of two fires—the conflagration and damage are increased. As water extinguishes the one, so will gentleness the other. A soft answer turneth away wrath. Be angry and sin not. By these remarks, I do not become the apologist of those who indulge this inflammable, explosive propensity—the treatment of the disease is my object. The patient who has long been afflicted, may do much towards effecting his own cure—at first, the malady was under his control. An ounce of pre

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