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CHAP. VII.--Example.-Emulation.-Effect of Personal Character of Parents.Deceit
129 CHAP. VIII.--Attention to Children when not at their Les
sons.--Amusements.--Bebaviour of Children to each
145 CHAP. IX.--Hardihood. Moderate Habits.-Artificial Hard,
ships.--Moderation favourable to Elevation of Charac-
166 APPENDIX.--. No, I.
184 No. II.
Inadequate Attention to Religion in Education-Some of
persons have occasionally met with a new mansion, showy in its appearance, and commanding a fine prospect, but destitute of that first of all requisites, good water. Captivated by the beauties of a favourite spot, and anticipating a long and happy residence in the midst of attractive domains, the gentlemen who build houses sometimes forget that there are certain necessaries of life, for the want of which none of its embellishments or honours can compen. sate. A similar disappointment, but of a more affecting nature, very frequently awaits the builders of that figurative house--a family of children. Their parents have taken the greatest pains to enable them to make a figure in the world; but they have neglected to use the proper means for furnishing their minds with certain items in the catalogue of qualifications for a useful, respectable, and happy lifenamely, religious principles and habits. The house is erected; but, alas, there is no water !-- That those who despise religion should not wish the minds of their children to be imbued with it, is natural and to be' expected ;-and that those, who, while they 0%tensibly acknowledge the value of religion, yet hold that the heart of man is naturally good; and that the evils which abound in the world may be ascribed to the prejudices of nurses, the reveries of enthusiasts, the craft of priests, and the tyranny of rulers; should deem religious education almost superfluous, is by no means surprising. However, such characters would slight all my admonitions, and therefore it is in vain to address them. Those whose attention I would solicit are decent and respectable parents, who wish to entertain, those views of human nature, and of the duties of man, which the holy Scriptures exhibit. That such persons should venture to hope that their children will perform, in subsequent life, the duties they owe to God and their fellow-creatures, when little care has been taken to prepare them for this great work, is perfectly astonishing. Do we form such absurd expectations in other things? Does any man suppose that his son will be fit for any profession, or business, without substantial and persevering instruction? Does he venture to send him out into the world as a lawyer, a surgeon, or a tradesman, without a long preparation,