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excited by papa and mamma; it may be held out as a reward, and in the mean time, our dear child has the blessing of a father whose gentle and well managed instruction, not to mention mamma's share, will do her more good than all the reading she could manage, let her be ever so assiduous, before she is five years old. Now dearest mamma, you must not betray me to W for she wanted to make me promise that I would not send you my opinion on this matter, for I find it coincides with C's and yours, and she does not wish you to be confirmed in that opinion, and if you betray me, she will perhaps make me repent it. Joking apart, have you ever thought of looking at a work which, sometime since, I recommended to you, on the instruction of children in reading. As you keep my letters, you can refer to that in which I mentioned the work, and the account of it in the British Critic. One thing you may tell dear Jane, namely, that I am making for her a very beautiful and ingenious table of the kings of England, and that unless she exerts herself to read, it will be of no use to her; for she has no chance of being able to read writing,—and I cannot print,—till she is mistress of Roman characters.

Pray give my very kindest regards to your amiable guest. I can assure her that I am proud of her remembrance, and much flattered by the value which she is pleased to place on my scrawls. She was the flower of the flock which at that time assembled at my rails, and I can very truly say

that I have had no catechumens since to be compared with that flock. Remember us kindly at Seyton, &c., and believe me ever, your affectionate Father,


Edinburgh, April 4, 1821. MY BELOVED DAUGHTER,

That hand which none can escape has lately taken from this place two very valuable and respected members of our societya few days since Mr J. Awas, as his brother - was several years ago, suddenly called ; and Dr G-died the day before yesterday. Mr A- was buried in the vaults under our chapel yesterday, and has left a family who were much attached to him, and he has been permitted to leave them flourishing in wealth and temporal comforts. The death of Dr G is a severe loss to the University his place will not easily be supplied.

He was in his sixty-eighth year--and Mr Ahad, I am told, reached sixty-five" so soon passethit away, and we are gone."

I am informed just now of a case still more touching—the deplorable and hopeless illness of Miss C, the late Lord Register's eldest daughter. Her mother is gone with her as a last resource to


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Penzance-the case is rapid decline, as you may imagine. She has long been one of my greatest favourites.

Dear excellent Mrs C-has great resignation, but her own health is very precarious, and I should fear the consequences of such a shock, as she has too much reason to anticipate. These subjects, my beloved F-, are depressing, but they are wholesome and useful-you know the beautiful emblem of a christian mind under affliction, the palmtree, bent down by a weight; but the motto is “depressa resurgo"-" bent down, I rise up again.” Such is the proper effect of the trials of life-to raise our hopes and direct our exertions upwards.

I have nothing to do with party. I shall ever love and reverence true piety, whether I find it in the pages of the Christian Observer or the British Critic.

As to heterodox opinions, I may possibly discover them as well as my neighbours—but with controversy I will have nothing to do; and with false opinions I will do no more than do my best to preserve my own mind, and the minds of those whom I am bound to instruct, from their contamination.

I am quite sick of the modern, and, I think, very unchristian plan of deciding about the character and almost the salvation of your neighbour, by his conduct in supporting or not supporting the Bible Society, or any other such test.

I heartily


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wish, that instead of abusing one another, each party would take the pains of doing their own duty and reforming themselves.

I am very anxious to see how the Catholic Question will be managed in the House of Lords; of some of the Bishops we are sureif what I hear is true of the King's feelings, I would not pronounce what those courtier prelates will do who are panting for translations, and thrusting themselves forward at every leveethey had better be at their books. On your great man, who is a thorough son of the Church of England, we can depend, and his example will have great weight. If the Question be carried there also, I do not see a shadow of reason why the papistical Prelates, or Romish Prelates, as you may please to call them, should not sit with the Prelates of the Established Church. So much for this alarming subject.

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Edinburgh, January 25, 1822.

I have a great debt to my beloved daughter, and I must do my best to acknowledge it. F

Your last kind letter, dearest — under the Bishop's cover, gave me, as you might expect, great pleasure—not less have I been delighted with the parcel that has, at length, reached me by Mr C. W, who arrived here on Tuesday. I am charmed with my tray, which is only too delicate and pretty for my table. The ornaments are in remarkably good taste ; I am surprised at the correctness of them : you know what an accurate eye I have; and though my eyes are not in the best order, they are very capable of judging of the precision with which your beautiful drawing is executed - The thing itself, as your gift, is invaluable, and in its complete accommodation to my purposes, is all that I could wish-You would be pleased to see how well it looks now it has received all its inhabitants, and what a comfort it is to me; till it came, my pen, and pencil, and sealing wax, and compasses were continually quarrelling and encroaching on each other's precincts-now order is restored, and I can get at what I want blind. fold. Pray tell my dearest Jane, that I and my watch are very much obliged to her for her attention. The watch took possession of its new quarters last night-and now is in no danger of a broken head by falling off the table where it used to sleep, as Jane calls it—and you know what an honourable station it has during the day.

I have forgotten all this time to quarrel with you for making an excuse for dwelling on nursery anecdotes.- I delight in them, and you cannot send me too many—and I certainly prefer them to the P- which, in my opinion, is a falling off. But to the nursery--I send you a bit of card, through which I have endeavoured to prick the “Great Bear”-it must, of course, be looked at only in candle light, at some dis

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