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With these words, he addressed the lame sailor, saying, “My good lad, you seem to " walk with difficulty, the exertion may be “ dangerous : if your companion will go “ back to Illington and procure fome per“ fon to assist in fupporting you, I will “ willingly pay theni."
How soothing, in the hour of sorrow, is the voice of humanity; it reached at once the heart of the poor lad, who regarding Mr. Richardson, his eyes swimming in tears, replied, “ Heaven bless your good“ness, Sir! there is no occasion; my “ wound, though rather painful, is in no “ danger;"
“ Are you lately returned from sea ?” said Mr. Richardson.
“ Yes, Sir ;---we have both been on « board men of war, and both very unfor« tunate," answered the sailor that had not before spoken, “ for my poor cousin “ George here has lost his limb, as you see ; 66 and I have lost what I regard a thousand s times dearer than my life---a dear,
46 good, and sincere friend.” As he spoke, he turned aside, and wiped off the tears that streamed from his eyes at the recollection.
“ Yes, Sir," continued the lame boy, “ William loft his captain ; he was mor“ tally wounded in the last severe engage$6 ment, and William was shot in the $ shoulder in leading him from the • deck.”
Mr. Richardson paused a moment, then faid, “ Your misfortunes have been severe; 66 but now you are returned, have you any 6 friends to receive and comfort you under c them?”
The lame boy, cast his eyes on the ground, in silence ; but his companion replied, “ I trust in God we have both mo.66 thers, Sir; we have been absent two
6 years, and are now returning home to .“ Edmonton."
« That distance I think too far for your 56 relation,” said Mr. Richardson; “engage, 4 therefore, the first conveyance you meet; " these young folks will willingly pay the
ss expence, osus
Charles and Mary wanted no fecond command; each presenting a half-crown to the lame sailor. “God's blessings light on you, Sir,” replied the boy, drawing back; “ we will not impose on your gene“ rosity ; we have more than sufficient to
6 carry us home ; but you are like the .“ Samaritan in the Scripture. May you “ be happy in this world and in that to " come ! May your children be ever good « and dutiful, and then they will never sufe «« fer like me!".
Mr. Richardson, who was anxious on every subject that could convey instruction to his children, replied, “I hope you have “no occasion of self-reproach to increase " your misfortunes ?”.
" Alas, Sir !” returned he, “I have cbur too many; they have doubled every "pang, for I have ever remen bered that * I deserved all I suffered:”
“ At least,” replied Mr. Richardson, “ you appear sorry for your errors.--Mis» " fortunes are often falutary; they teach
« us to know ourselves, and how insignifi« cant we are without the protection of a s beneficent Creator.—Will you oblige * me with telling me all that relates to you? “-I have some experience, and advice
is often useful.”
“Ah, Sir! I have hitherto turned a e deaf ear to the voice of advice and affecstion.--I cannot however deny you, though tv I fear you will despise me when you hear
what a wicked wretch I have been; “ but God has punished, and, I hope, will * pardon me.”
“A repentant contrite heart was never “ yet rejected,” replied Mr. Richardson : si as the ground is dry, you had better be « seated." Then addressing his children, he faid, “In this young man's account, * should you hear any thing blameable “ remember that all are prone to errors ; 6 and endeavour to avoid those faults “ which he appears to consider as only “ deservedly punished by his misfortunes.".