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Another thing I most advise you, is not to. be countrified, nor bigotted to religion: I wasonce so filly as to be fonder of my countrymen than of others, and enjoyed a secret pleasure when I had an opportunity of serving them> but though I had it not in my power to grant favours so freely, as Timon in the play had, my friends often in the end behaved as ungratesul to me as his did to him; I could mention many instances of their base ingratitude, but it is folly to repeat grievances. Ingratitude is a most heinous fin; if you wish to lible or to stigmatize your enemy, you cannot fay worse than that he is ungratesul. Gratitude, offspring of the generous merciful heart, shews itself in a thoufand varied forms: the consolation a good man feels at doing a generous action or returning a favour is great. When you do a charitable or generous action, conceal it from every person as private as poffible; let it be done freely, not as if extorted, or ostentatiously, for thereby the value will be enhanced: and do not, for a trifle, quarrel with an old friend, to forget all the good turns he did you, which is often the cafe amongst men, for that is ungratesul.
"On adament our wrongs we all engrave,
I would wisti you to write letters frequently, in order to make letter-writing familiar-to-you: if you have no particular friend to whom, youcan unbosom your mind, you may suppose one, an imaginary friend, it will answer the fame, and you will thereby improve yourself: let the stile be plain and easy, free from affectation and ill-connected phrases; when writing, always suppose the person presents as if you was speaking to him, thereby your fancy and passions will be more strongly excited; it is a great recommendation to a young man to write a letter well, to speak smooth and harmonious upon paper, (for there is a harmony in prose as well as in verse).—As Pope fays,
"Speed the foft intercourse-from foul to soul,
I would wish you to have a small collection of well chosen books; you never can be alone while you have a good book about you. " Books are fair virtues, advocates and friends." And though religion is practised very little in the British colonies, I beg, for God's fake, you will take some thought of your poor soul; commie as little fin as possible: I know it is impossible for us to avoid sinning, but if we be always on our guard, and beg fervently for God's grace to give us resolution to follow good example, we need not be too wicked sinners. God is gracious and good, and all mercisul j he formed
us of a frail nature.—" He knoweth whereof we are made: he remembereth that we are but dust;" and he will, if we put our sole trust: and confidence in his mercies, through the merits of his blessed Son, forgive us our sins; so that we should not put our trust in man, that veering precarious animal; all men are treacherous even to themselves; a man may be your warm friend to day, and to-morrow a frivolous matter may make him your enemy; alas,—so weak is our nature! Therefore, let no man know the bottom of your hearts always converse and act with your intimates as if you expected, one time or other, they would be your inveterate enemies.
"Safe in thy breast close lock up thy intents,
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide; keep the doors of thy mouth from her that Heth in thy bosom. Micah vii. 5.