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English noblemen and gentlemen will not be afraid to follow. Why always employ a profefled plan. maker? Why sacrifice their own amusement and inclination to the will of another, and to the imperious edicts of capricious fashion.

AN ANECDOTE. SOME time after the conclusion of the late war, W a young American was present in a British playhouse, where an interlude was performed in ridicule of his countrymen. A number of Ameaican officers being introduced in tattered uniforms, and barefoot, the question was put to them feverally, “ What was your trade before you entered into the army ?" One answered a taylor, another a cobler, &c. · The wit of the piece was to banter them for not keeping themselves clothed and shod; but before that could be expressed, the American exclaimed from the gallery, “ Greata Britain beaten by taylors and coblers! Huzza!” Even the prime minister, who was present, could not help smiling, amidst a general peal of laughter.



ANECDOTE. A N ingenious young gentleman, at the Uni11 versity of Oxford, being appointed to preach before the Vice-Chancellor, and the heads of the Colleges at St. Mary's, and having formerly oba served the drowsiness of the Vice-Chancellor, took this place of scripture for his text. What! cannot ye watch one hour? at every division he concluded with his text; which by reason of the Vice-Chancellor sitting so near the pulpit, often awaked him; this was so noted among the wits, that it was the talk of the whole University, and withal it did so nettle the Vice-Chancellor, that he complained to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who willing to redress him, sent for this scholar up to London, to defend himself against the crime laid to his charge; where coming, he gave so many proofs of his extraordinary wit, that the Archbishop en. joined him to preach before King James. After some excuses, he at length condescended; and coming into the pulpit, begins, James the first and fxth waver not; meaning the first King of England, and the sixth of Scotland: at first the King was somewhat amazed at the text, but in the end was so well pleased with his sermon, that he made him one of his chaplains in ordinary: After this advancement, the Archbishop fent him down




to Oxford to make his recantation to the ViceChancellor, and to take leave of the University, which he accordingly did, and took the latter part of the verse of the former text: Sleep on now, and take your rest: Concluding his sermon, he made his apology to the Vice-Chancellor, saying, whereas I said before, which gave offence, What! cannot ye watch one hour ? I say now, Sleep on, and take your reft: and so left the University.

The Invisible Nature of GOD.

N E are the work of some more powerful and Vy superior hand; but how we came first into being, we know not: the manner of our original existence is hid from us in darkness: we are neither confcious of our creation, nor of the Power which created us. He made us, but he hid himself from our eyes and ears, and all the searches of fense. He has sent us to dwell in this visible world, amidst an endless variety of images, figures and colours, which force themselves upon our senses; but he for ever disclaims all image, colour and figure himself. He hath set us, who are inferior fpirits, this task, in these regions of mortal flesh, to search and feel after him, if haply we may find,

the the supreme, the infinite and eternal spirit. We are near a kin to him, even his own offspring; but we see not our Father's face; nor can all the powers of our nature come at the knowledge of him that made us, but by the labours and inferences of our reason. We toil and work backward to find our Creator: from our present existence, we trace out his eternity; and through the chain of a thousand visible effects, we search out the first the invisible, and Almighty cause. TRUE VIRTUE AND HONOUR. M EN poffefsed of these, value not themselves

When we fancy we perceive something of him, it is at a distance, and in a dusky twilight. We cspy fome faint beams, fome glimmerings of his glory breaking through the works of his hands; but he himself stands behind the veil, and does not shew himself in open light to the sons and daughters of mortality. Happy creatures, if we could make our way so near him, as to behold the lovely and adored beauties of his nature; if we could place our souls dire@ly under his kindest influences, as to feel ourselves adore him in the most profound humility, and love him with the most sublime affection.

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sve upon any regard to inferior obligation; and yet violate that which is the moft sacred and anci. ent of all - Religion. They fhould confider such violation as a fevere reproach in the moft enlight. ened state of human nature; and under the purest dispensation of religion, it appears to have extinguished the sense of gratitude to Heaven and to flight all acknowledgment of the great and true God. Such condu& implies either an entire want, or a wilful suppression of some of the best and most generous affections belonging to human nature,


A WOMAN went to find a monk and said to H him, that she had stolen a packet which charged her conscience. You must restore it, answered the monk. But, father, I am not fufpected, and if I restore it, I am dishonoured. Well, answered the monk, bring the theft to me; I myself will make the restitution. The woman liked the expedient wonderfully, and in a short while after, fhe put into the hands of the monk a basket, well


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