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annually destroyed in the filling season by pigeons, which do not themselves yield L. 500 of revenue per
This is not merely vexatious and oppressive to the farmers, it is a national calamity, worse than the mildew or the smutt, I had almost said, than the Hessian fly; and yet if the industrious husbandman, indignant at the havoc made in his crop by these vermin, should attempt to prevent it by destroying them, he is in danger of being overwhelmed by a whole coinbination of landlords against him!
It would be more laudable in these great men to enter into an association to feed their own pigeons. at this season of the year, than to prosecute those. who in defence of their property destroy them. The damage they do to the standing corns is far beyond what is saved in the expence of their feeding..
It may be alleged that the farmers, instead of foooting the pigeons, may drive them away by scares and rickets. But that has always been, and ever will be, a vain attempt, so long as their owners withhold food froin them at home. Nay, shameful as it may seem, it is a notorious fact, that many wealthy owners of pigeons, with the greatest assiduity, drive away their own flocks at this season from their own lands, that they may prey on the crop of the neighbouring farmers!
One would almost think, that in these revolution times there is a general conspiracy against our good old constitution. On the one hand we have the denio. cratic faction endeavouring to inflame the minds of the people against it, by misrepresenting our own situation, compared with their Frenchified ideas of civil
liberty. On the other hand we see the aristocratic interest in the most public manner setting up a wild: claim of privilege that their pigeons, forsooth, must not be molested in the act of destroying the crop of the country! If it is unseasonable at this time on the one side, to cry up a reform, it is surely: as unseasonable on the other side to irritate by the assumption of unreasonable and ill founded privileges. -Mid-Lotbian, 7
COMMON SENSE. Aug. 22.
For the Bee. To receive a favour with a good grace, requires a certain greatness of soul, which our natural pride, and love of independence, render it difficult to exercise; but that surely is an unbecoming pride, which makes us revolt against obligations, conferred by: those we esteem, and wish to make happy. It is one unhappy consequence of an extensive knowledge of the world, to render us cautious and suspicious, and to check that sweet benevolence that glows in the bosom of uncorrupted youth. Always believe the best you can of your species ; but remember that appearances are often fallacious, and, if trusted on every occasion, may betray you into error, and even danger.
The children of misfortune have a claim, not only to sympathy and relief, but to respect, because they are peculiarly sensible to the wounds inflicted by carelessness and neglect. Small favours and quiet atten
tions, excite a more pleasing and tender gratitude, in * minds of real delicacy, than great obligations. We are oppressed with a sense of the latter, and the feeling of conscious inferiority they awaken is always painful; but the former is soothing to our self-love, without wounding our pride or generosity.
Splendid actions are often the effect of vanity; con--stant attentions are always the offspring either of friendship or humanity.
Console yourself with the innocence and inte.grity of your heart, and trust that being, who is not only powerful to protect,
but merciful to support suffering virtue, and who at last will eternally reward it. Often when our prospects are most gloomy, and our way most perplexed, that: unseeen hand, which directs the course of human afe fairs, is stretched out for our deliverance,, and.conducts our steps to safety and peace. Conscious of the rectitude of my intentions, I commit the issue of my conduct to that being, whom it is my unfeigned desire to please, who will confirm the good resolutions he inspires, and never forsake those who trust in him.
In spite of all the inconveniencies to which it-exposes its possessor, a feeling heart is surely to be regarded as the first of heaven's blessings. Its very pains are pleasing; how exquisite then its joys ! Other qualities are perhaps more essential towards forming the character, but sensibility never fails to
constitute the truly amiable one. The too great indulgence of tender feelings, however, often proves prejudicial to the exercise of the social virtues ; it is only when the former are properly regulated, that they become respectable, by leading to the due disa charge of the latter.
Though chearfulness cannot always be mantained, amidst the unavoidable evils of life, there is a peace that may be ours, even while struggling with its heaviest misfortunes; a peace, the concomitant of vir. tue, which religion alone can give, and guilt only take away. The great foundation of this invaluable treasure, must be laid in just apprehensions of the divine nature and government. If we believe, as we ought that we are the offspring of a great and good God, who, by his essential attributes, is present in every place, directing all events, and carrying on, by infinite wisdom, the plan of his divine government, to complete perfection; if we believe that he has placed us here as on a theatre, where our dispositions must be improved, our actions displayed, and our virtues tried, in order to future retribution.; if we know that, superadded to the feeble glimmerings of nature, he hath caused the glorious light of revelation to arise, to dispel our fears, confirm our hope, and lead our desires to suitable objects; if we are assured that events here, shall prepare us to eternal felicity hereafter,how can we be otherwise than chearful, seTene, and happy? Let us habituate our minds to the prospect of that fast approaching future, the awful importance of which will cause the heaviest of our present evils to seem light; yes, the time is coming when piety and benevolence shall be rewarded with that felicity, which even in this world they anticipate, and which shall be the portion of the truly good, through ages that shall never end.
Oh! my dear friend, how do trying situations endear to us the great truths of religion. It is religion which stills the violence of passion, and soothes the most turbulent to peace; itis that which, in the darkest hour of adversity, illumes and chears the soul of man; it is that which proves the real dignity of our nature, by discovering to us our origin and destination; it is that alone which converts the fearful apprehension of a mortal separation, into the confirmed hope of an everlasting reunion, with those whom our souls hold dear.
FROM A CELEBRATED AUTHOR.
MORAL philosophy makes the honest man.
upon all kinds of literature. The knowledge of the world constitutes the intelli
gent man. The study of the sacred pages forms the good man. But all the:e must go together to make the perfect,