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aside, when the soul is to enter into real lifes This is rather an embrio ftate, a preparation for living. A man is not completely born until he be dead. Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals, a new meinber added to their happy fociety? We are spirits. That bodies should be lent us, while they can afford us pleasure, aslist us in acquiring knowledge, or doing good to our fellow-creatures, is a kind and benevolent act of God. When they become anfit for these purposes, and afford us pain instead of pleasure, instead of an aid become an incumbrance, and answer none of the intentions for which they were given, it is equally kind and benevolent that a way is provided by which we may get rid of them. Death
We onrselves, in some cases, pru. dently choose a partial death. A mangled painful limb, which cannot be restored, we willingly cut off. He who plucks out a tooth, parts with it frerly, since the pain goes with it: and he who quits the whole body, parts at once with all pains, and pollibilities of pains and diseases it was ijable to, or capable of making him fuffer.
Our friend and we were invited abroad on a party of pleasure, which is to last for ever. His chair was ready first; and he is gone
before us. We could not all conveniently start together : and why thould you and I be grieved at this, since we are soon to follow, and know where to find him?
is that way.
To the late DR. MATHER, of BOSTON.
I received your kind letter, with your ex.
your cellent advice to the United States, which I read with great pleausure, and hope it will be duly regarded. Such writings, though they may be lightly passed over by many readers, yet, if they make a deep impression on one active mind in a hundred, the effects may be considerable:
Permit me to mention one little instance; which; though it relates to myself, will
not be quite uninteresting to you. When I was a boy, I met with a book entitled, " Essays to do good," which I think was written by your father. It had been so little regarded by a former poffeffor, that seves ral leaves of it were torn out ; but the remainder gave me such a turn of thinking, as to have än influence on mỹ, conduct through life: for i have always fet a greater value on the character of a doer of good, than any other kind of repui tation; and if I have been, as you seem to think; a useful citizen, the public owes the advantage of it to that book.
You mention your being in your feventy eighth year. I am in my feventy-ninth. We äre grown
old together. It is now more than fixty years
since I left Boston; but I remember well both your father and grandfather, having heard them both in the pulpit, and seen them in Their houses. The last time I saw your father, was in the beginning of 1724, when I visited him after iny first trip to Pennsýlvania : he received me in his library; and on my taking leave,
way out of the house, thros a narrow passage, which was crossed by a beam over head. We were still talking as I witlidrew, he accompanying me behind, and I turning partly towards him, when he said haftily; " Stoop, Stoop!" I did not understand him till I felt my head hit againft the beam.
He was a man who never miffed any occasion of giving inftruction ; and
this he said to me : young,
and have the world before you : stoop as you go through it, and you will miss many hard thumps.” This advice, thus beat into my heart, has frequently been of use to me; and I often think of it, when I see pride mortified, and misfortunes brought upon people by their carrying their heads too high.
I long much to see again my native place; and ance hoped to lay my bones there. I left it in 1723. I visited it in 1733, 1743, 1753, and 1763; and in 1773 I was in England. In 1775 I had a fight of it, but could not enter, it being in poffeffion of the enemy. I did hope to have been there in 1783, but could not obtain my mission from this employment here; and now I fear I shall never have that happiness. My best wishes, however attend
country, efto perpetua." It is now blessed with an excellent constitution : may it last for ever!
This powerful monarchy continues its friendship for the United States. It is a friendship of the utmost importance to our security, and should be carefully cultivated. Britain has not yet well digested the loss of its dominions over us; and has ftill at times fome flattering hopes