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but in grains. So our happiness is made up of grains, which we must pick up particle by particle. In the same way we must impart it. In no situation will you ever have it in your power to add so fast to your capital as while at school. And your social intercourse and habits affect your own happiness, and the well-being of those around you now, and will help to shape your and their happiness, for all the future of your life. Feel that you have not come here to shun responsibility, but to assume it; not come merely to receive good, but also to bestow it; not only to receive smiles, but to scatter them; not alone to be improved, but to aid in improving others. It is not the place to have or to be dolls; but the place and the time to make moral and intellectual greatness the standard, and thus humble the pride; to subdue the temper, and bow the will, and govern the heart, and thus make you tolerable to yourself, and lovely in the eyes of others.




New Trials. Better Scholars than you. Friends will be dis

appointed. Wonderful Blacksmith. No excuse for you. Rock Slates and Sea-egg Pencils. Not too late. So much done. Parents' mistake. A Good-for-nothing Machine. Too great a Difference. The best Response. Letters like Chimneys. Starving Pupil. Genteel Prisons. Why not spend Money? School not for the Rich alone. Daniel Webster's Congratulation. East Winds must come. Coward won the Day.

EVERY situation has its inconveniences, which we call trials; and, of course, every new situation must have new trials. Sometimes these seem heavy because they are new, though in reality they may not be as

as those we have left behind, At home, perhaps, you had every indulgence; you were petted and caressed, and every


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thing as far as possible was made to bend to your pleasure. But when you reach your place in the school, there is no partiality, no petting your whims, no caressing your wishes. You have to take your place among a multitude of your equals, and your place seems a cold one. Their interests are to be looked after as well as yours, and they must receive each as much attention as you do. This is a new trial. It is

you did not think of, and it meets you many times every day. It is very hard to come to the conclusion that we are of no more consequence than others, and are to receive no more attention.

You have the trial, too, of finding by painful experience that there are others who go

They have manners more agreeable, dispositions more mild and winning, memories more retentive, minds that are quicker to seize and understand a subject, thoughts that are brighter, and an imagination that flashes more than yours; you meet with those who have had better early advantages, who were better instructed in childhood, and who, consequently, can better com

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mand the mind than you can. You thought before leaving home, that study, away from home, would be easy ; that you could stand among the first in the school ; but you find, as a matter of fact, that many are far above you. This is a severe trial. You feel, perhaps, mortified, to find that you had over-estimated yourself, and that your friends had made the same mistake. You feel, perhaps, that you can never be what your friends expect ; and that the great thing which you have learned by coming to school is, that you know but a very little. Now out of these circumstances arise certain temptations into which you are in danger of falling

1. The temptation to indolence.

This temptation is so universal, so powerful, that it seems to be a part of our very nature. It meets us at all times and places ; before we rise in the morning, it comes and whispers to us; when we plan to do any thing, indolence bids us put it off till to-morrow, or to do it by halves, or to do something else first, or to try some easier way. When you find that a lesson comes hard, she tells



you that your advantages have heretofore been so poor, that you are not to be expected to get it as well as others. You forget that there are no circumstances so unfavourable, but that we can learn, and learn a great deal. " In one of our Southern States is a coloured man, who has recently been purchased of his master to be sent as a missionary to Africa. He is a Presbyterian, and has the confidence of all who know him. This slave is a blacksmith. He first learned the letters of the alphabet by inducing his master's children to make the letters, one at a time, on the door of his shop He next learned to put them together, and to make words, and was soon able to read. He then commenced the study of arithmetic, then of English grammar and geography. He is now able to read the Greek Testament with ease, and has obtained some knowledge of Latin, and even commenced Hebrew, which he was compelled to give up for want of suitable books. He is now reading theology, in which he makes good progress. He is as remarkable for piety and humility as for diligence. He studies every night till eleven

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