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better judgment to their friends ; but let them support the cause of reason with all the


of female gentleness. A man in a furious passion is terrible to his enemies, a woman in a passion is disgusting to her friends ; she loses all the respect due to her sex, and she has not masculine strength and courage to enforce any other kind of respect. The happiness and influence of women,

in every relation, so much depends on their temper, that it ought to be most carefully cultivated. We should not suffer girls to imagine that they balance ill-humour by some good quality or accomplishment; because, in fact, there are none which can supply the want of temper in the female sex.” And there are some who, though cheerfulin their daily life, yet are unhappy in their religion. To such I would recommend the advice of the Earl of Strafford to his son, just before his death: “And in all your duties and devotions towards God, rather perform them joyfully than pensively, for God loves a cheerfulgiver.” Let your heart rejoice in all the pleasant things with which he hath surrounded you. Enjoy all the friends with whom he hath blessed you, but




when you come into his presence praise him for all these delights, and while you mourn your unworthiness, dishonour him not by your faithlessness and your complainings of his providence.



Conveniences of our Day. All under Law. Abuses among

Good Men. Dr Payson's Letter. Good Advice. The Two Extremes. John Howard's Testimony. His experience in full. Too much Care. The Conscientious Selfdestroyer. Recovery, --a Curious Case. Hints not Rules. Sleep, how much needed. Sir William Jones. A curious Will. Importance of Habits. Mother's Cupboard. The Young Lady's Self-control. Exercise indispensable. Dr Franklin's Experience. Mind corresponds with the Body. Cheerfulness essential to health.

So much is written and said on the subject of health at this day, —so many lectures are given, so many prescriptions are made, and so much complaint is made for the want of it,

that we should be inexcusable not to say something about it. We have so many conveniences, stoves, furnaces, furs, and shawls,



so many luxuries in food, so many thin, paper-soled shoes at this day, that good health has become almost like a ghost, a thing much talked about, but seldom seen. Almost every affliction of the body, as well as of the mind, arises from the fact that we refuse to obey law. God has given the ten commandments for the welfare of human society, and no one can be universally violated without destroying society, and no one can be partially violated without injuring society just in proportion as it is violated. So He has given laws for the body,—not spoken, indeed, on Sinai, but written on the body,-laws which cannot be violated without injuring the health. These laws often clash with our wishes and habits, but they are inexorable. We must obey them or suffer. I would that all, while they are young, would improve every advantage which they have for learning these laws of physiology, — understand them thoroughly,and then they would be none too careful in their observance. While we are young, feel buoyant and elastic, we hardly know when we violate the laws of our system, or if we



do know, we feel that it is of little consequence.

Do not be deceived. Depend upon it, for every violation of these laws, you have some day to render an account; and to pay a penalty, probably, by suffering. Is it not strange that many, who feel that they are inexcusable for wasting their property, or their minds, are yet wholly indifferent to the health, or rather, that they should think they may violate all the laws of their being, and yet be healthy ? Even the best of men, clergymen, think it wrong to spend time for the special and sole purpose of exercise ; forgetting that God designed that men should earn their bread by the sweat of the brow, and therefore he has made it a law, that we must work, exercise, or be invalids, or go to an early grave. Says the late Dr Payson, writing to a young clergyman : “I am very sorry to learn that your health is not better, but rather

Should it not have improved before you receive this, I beg you will attend to it without delay : attend to it as your first and chief duty, for such be assured it is. A merciful man is merciful to his beast,' and



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