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For the Emerald.
their train, his character derives ad
ditional worth from the strength of THE WANDERER,
its power of resistance. But eren 10. XXII.
here, the presumption fairly is, that the grateful poor man would resist
temptation as well as the generous So pride is more ridiculous tha rich one; the difference is, that one the pride of wealth ; because it con- has exhibited proofs of his courage sists of supposed superiority and in battle, and the other has had no adventitious respect. "Arising from opportunity to prove it. In Amerno real merit, riches are acquired lica, property not decending to the without forethought, and“ lost with-eldest son, and of course not inherent out deserving." "Cunning, selfish-in families, must necessarily be tranness and servility, as they originate sient. The youthi, who presumes in the worst passions of mankind,on inheriting a large amount of richare disgraceful to him who practises es, is too apt to acquire a manner of them; and yet wealth is most gen-llife, which dissipates it, as soon as erally obtained by the frauds of cun-obtained. His education often neg= ning, the firivations of selfishness and lected, he associates with bacchanais, the meanness of servility. But sep- and what was acquired without toil arate, from the means by which bad is squandered with profusion. Remen are enriched, good men, from verses of fortune, even in those cases the mere acquisition of wealth, have where property has been hardly no peculiar deference to claim, If earned, by honest industry and prua generous man disposes of his su- dent calculation, take place in this perfluity aniong the necessitous, he country more frequently than in any merely does his duty, and should re-other. As trade and speculation ceive a reward, proportioned to the have produced our most wealthy fuīthfulness with which this duty is men, those objects are universally discharged. The Wanderer agrees regarded as most essentially favourwith the celebrated Doctor Swift, able to the interests of those who enthat, when " he sees a great deal of gage in them. The maritime towns, gratitude in a poor man ; he takes it of consequence, throng with traders for granted, there would be as much and speculators ; want of success, ingenerosity if he were a rich man;" deed, often disappoints expectation, and of consequence he gives no more but success is sometimes the result credit to the one for his generosity, of calculation. The revolutions in than to the other for his gratitude ; fortune are sudden, and her wheel, excepting only in this, that as the whilst it hurls one man into poverty wealthy man has resiąted the temp- he knows not why, as suddenly raistations which riches always carry in es another to opulence, he knows YOL. 1.]
not how. This wond be sufficient. whom he despises is last though one would think to control the poor, and is his relas
though isagreeable a char- honest. operation of $e pride of wealth. • Who resides in tha. splendid
c of all the uncertainty mansion ?” Listen, and I will inform But inche possession of riches you. An adventurer a few years attendihe folly and arrogance on ago, the resident in that house, withand ide of the purse, nothing is out money and without friends, was the frequent than the supercilious a much more deserving, because a chaviour of such, as have no other much more innocent man, than he recommendation than their money.
is at present. He went into an obThis pride is observable in all com
scure situation in this city whence panies; it is scen in the haughty by his tricks and impudence he rose demeanour of the bank director suddenly into notice. From conin the distant civility of the rich nections which soon after this he shopkeeper, and the careless informed, his fortune increased with difference of the merchant, to his age : but his villany outstripped those, who often are much their both: and the present year sees him, superiors, in power of comprehen- master of inimense riches, noticed, sion, knowledge of general trade, if not respected, by the powerful and dignity of virtue. But such in- and great, and as arrogant and asstances are not contined to a few in- suming,' as if born to an estate, and dividuals, in particular classes of the entitled to insult people by prescridcommunity ; they extend to most tion. rich people, and their influence is
Before the house of that man, felt, in every situation ; in the cere
whom you see at a distance; stands monies of the ball-room, the formal- his brother, the driver of a stage! ities of visiting, the arctation of the The rich man refuscs hin l.is counwomen and the contumely of the tenance or support; let the poor. men. “When a rich man speaketh man be reconciled to his humble every manh oldeth his tongue; when situation, by rellecting that his brotha poor man speaks, thay cry, I hater, on the velvet seat of his carriage, vellow is this ?"
does not experience the satisfaction *This universal principle, as it w
which bis own rough box affords :
The rich mán is racked in' his con; dermines the basis of social harmony, ought if possible to be restrained. science and tortured by reflection Let the arrogant man who has risen
the poor man is serene, for he has from the dregs of society, and has
not committed a crime; and indignot yet become free from his original
nant because he is conscious of his taint, be warned not to be too precipi- is he despised for his haughtiness?
own integrity, and his brother's vite: tate in his opinions, and violent in It is not enough; he deserves to be", their support; but let him be re
. minded that his father was whipped
sacrificed for his crimes. for theft, or sat upon the gallows for “When men of infamy to grandeur soar, swindling, and therefore more mod
They light a torch, to show their shama
the more esty would become lim.
Though people may flatter them That man, who swells with his selves that this odious pride of wealth ideal greatness when he sees a beg' may varnish the blemishes of their gar, and, marches by him with state-life, every reflecting man knows that Liness, should know, that the man they are deceived; the gloss with