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were not unlikely to be serviceable, both now and in after life, to the members of my own household.
I had not, however, proceeded very far in the carrying out of my projected plan, when the thought occurred to me, that by making freer use of the materials at my disposal, and adapting them for the perusal of a wider circle, I might do something in the way not only of gratifying a wish expressed by many friends, for some memorial of one whom they highly esteemed, but of impressing some solemn and important lessons, more especially on the minds of young men, when leaving the paternal roof, and commencing the business of life amid the turmoils and the temptations of the great metropolis.
With this brief but necessary explanation, I send forth the little work, craving the reader to overlook its manifold imperfections, and earnestly desiring that the life of my venerated father may be virtually prolonged on the earth, by the rising up of many,
, who, practising the lessons which his life teaches, may be rendered instrumental in handing down to the coming generations the noble principles which the grace of God enabled him so remarkably to exemplify.
J. A. W.
'Up and away like the odours of sunset,
That sweeten the twilight as darkness comes on; So be
life- -a thing felt but not noticed,
I need not be missed, if another succeed me,
To reap down those fields which in spring I have sown ; He who ploughed and who sowed is not missed by the
Not myself, but the truth that in life I have spoken ;
Not myself, but the seed that in life I have sown, Shall pass on to ages—all about me forgotten,
Save the truth I have spoken, the things I have done.'
"He raiseth up the poor out of the dust ; that He may set
him with princes, even with the princes of his people.”— PSALM CXIII. 7, 8.
HERE are some men who acquire con
siderable celebrity from the mere fact of their coming into the world as the
acknowledged proprietors of vast and magnificent estates, or because, along with their patrimonial possessions, they inherit a title which has come down to them through a long line of illustrious ancestors. In the personal qualities by which they are distinguished, or in the course of conduct which they pursue, there may be nothing to attract the admiration of mankind, but the reverse.
But just as the great luminary of heaven imparts a sparkling brilliancy to objects in themselves positively unsightly and repulsive ; even so these men of fashion and of rank may be brought very prominently into notice for a season, by the adventitious circumstances in which they are placed. But their celebrity is of little value, and of brief duration. When their sun is gone down, and the breath passes from their nostrils, their glory is like the flower of the field, which is cut down, and which withers away.
There are other men who come into the world without
of the advantages which are commonly associated with illustrious titles, or with patrimonial possessions. In so far as mere outward circumstances are concerned, everything, at first sight, appears to be against them. They are cast, by the providence of God, almost exclusively on their own resources; and the obstacles which meet them at the outset of their career, or during the earlier stages of their progress, are of a character very much fitted to discourage and overwhelm. Yet by devoting themselves with indomitable energy to the cultivation of their mental powers, and seizing, with hearts thoroughly in earnest, upon every opportunity of improvement placed within their reach, and relying with strong faith on the blessing of God, which maketh rich and addeth no sorrow, they eventually clear their way through difficulties by which other men are utterly paralysed, and rise, by gradual and progressive steps, till they actually attain to a higher position in the world, and exercise a more command