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spects money matters, is of very little consequence, either one way, or the other, where the best principle for happiness, is solidly established by the blessings of the grace of God upon the heart.
Loveg. All our happiness between each other, independent of the grace of God, rests upon very slippery ground. Even the common social, and relative duties of life, which so plainly recommend themselves to every man's judgment, and conscience, will be ill practised where this divine principle is wanting.
Far. Aye, aye, so we found it in our house, till we found the grace of God in our hearts. And if dear Harry makes as good a husband, as he has been dutiful and loving to me as a son, since he has been blessed with this precious grace, I have no doubt, though he is but a farmer's son, that they will be main happy with each other.
Consid. Why Mr. Littleworth, your son has his share of good sense, and you gave him a good education, and God has given him the blessing of his grace, and my daughter is an excellent child, therefore I have no doubt, if God preserve their lives, but that they will be a happy pair.
Far. Ah ! my poor daughter Patty, she will never be so happy with that wild young blade, Will Frolic, and she is quite bent upon having him - Poor girl! I cannot help it ; if she will please her fancy, I fear she will plague her heart.
Loveg. Why Mr. Littleworth, under these circumstances, things must be permitted to take their
When children are grown beyond our restraint, opposition oftentimes answers no other end, than to rivet them in their purposes. no farther than to act a parent's part, and commit them to God.
Far. Yes, yes, Sir, I shan't mind giving her a child's portion ; I can afford it without injuring the rest of my children, for the Lord has wonderfully blessed me of late; but I am afraid that spark is more
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fond of the money, than of my daughter, though at times, he appears desperate loving. He took it as a hard gripe upon him, when I would have the money settled upon my daughter, and her children, especially, when I did not think it necessary to bind up Billy Traffic in the same way, in his marriage with my daughter Nancy ? but why should I ? for Billy is a very sober, regular, good young man ; but as for Will Frolick, if I had not bound him up pretty tight, he would soon have made ducks and drakes, of all the money
Consid. Your determination had almost been the cause of breaking the match.
Far. Why that was the upshot of the design. Harry, dear child, said, that would be the best way to settle matters, though he was once so wicked himself; but when his old miserly uncle, Mr. Stingey, the tallow-chandler, happened to be overtaken by a generous fit, he offered first to give him fifty pounds out and out, provided I would glve as much towards furnishing the house ; and then he said he would give a bond to his nephew of two hundred pounds more to be paid after his death, provided it was all secured to my daughter, and her children, and that brought on the match again; and though they now appear so loving, I am sadly afraid they will soon live like cat and dog.
Loveg. I should not wonder at it; for there is no real foundation for love, but in the love of God. That foolish fondness, which some people discover towards each other, very frequently degenerates inte complete disgust.
Far. It is to admiration how I used to remark, what a different way of courting my Harry, and Billy Traffic, had to Will Frolic. Whenever Billy came to my house to see Nancy, he would behave so decent, and orderly, that it was quite a comfort to see them together. And whenever your daughter visited us, we always found she never would come without Madam Considerate, or yourself; and what
nice profitable talk we always had! But when that wild blade would come to see Patty, he would act as if he was half mad. Neither I nor Harry could keep him in any tolerable order; and I never could get rid of him, till I called the servants in for family prayer, and then he would be off like a pistol.-Poor girl, I am desperately afraid that the match will be her ruination.
Consid. I am sorry to hear that he is such a sad, wild fellow; and I am told also, that he is very insulting in his conversation.
Far. Why, he never could keep his tongue in any sort of order, when at my house ; what an uproar he made one night, whenhe told my daughter Polly, that she would never be married, because she had lost two of her fore-teeth, and then she was all in a passion.She is full of envy, that her young sisters Patty, and Nancy should be married before her.
Consid. (smiling.] Perhaps if the loss had been on the tongue, instead of the teeth, it might have been a less calamity.
Far. Ah, poor Polly, even from her cradle, she was a sad crabbed child, and I think she is crosser than ever, since she has taken to spend so much of her time at Madam Toogood's; and then she comes home as brim full of scandal, as ever she can hold ; but still she is my child. The Lord make her his child !
Consid. Well, I am glad Mr. Littleworth, my daughter's visits were so acceptable at your house. I can assure you, Mr. Henry's visits were not less so at ours.
His conversation at all times, was much to the purpose, and instead of being driven away on account of prayer, he would often stop and be our family chaplain, and much to the edification of us all.
Far. Aye, aye, dear child, and he prays so humbly, and so much from the heart; I am sure it does my heart good to hear him. And then, as soon as ever he has done the business of the farm, away he goes after some of his good books : and directly he has saved a little money, he is sure to go and buy some fresh ones : but he is extravagant in nothing else, dear child !
Loveg. Really, Mr. Littleworth it appears to me, that the grace of God mends the head, while it converts the heart. It brings the mind into such a sober, holy, regular frame, we can know nothing of the good of our own existence, till we exist in God.
Far. Why, now it appears just so to me, as though I had been all my days without brains, while I was living without grace. But blessed be God, what nice winter evenings we now spend at our house; when Harry sits and reads, and talks to us out of some of his good books. And then he gets Billy Traffic, and some other young people, to come and see him. At times we have quite a little congregation, and then we have such sweet singing and prayers ! But as for my part, I never could sing, but I does my best to “ make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
Consid. You cannot think me to blame, Mr. Littleworth, while I give my free consent, that my daughter should marry such an excellent young man.
Far. To be sure Sir, I cannot but be very thankful for the merciful providence of God, that has contrived such a charming match for my child. Little did I think, when he was a wicked wild sailor, that he would ever be married to a gentleman's doughter, who has been twice mayor of Mapleton - The Lord keep him from pride!
Consid. There is no great honour in being mayo of Mapleton Mr. Littleworth.
Far. Why Mr. Strut, the present mayor don't think so : he fancies he has a right to act as though he was a little god. How he struts about our town, like a crow in a gutter! To my mind, he thinks him-. self as great a man as King George.--God bless him!
Loveg. I hope Mr. Littleworth, your son has too much good sense and grace to be proud. Pride is nothing better than the offspring of folly, and the disease of fools: and pride turns all things into confir
sion. When proud people meet together, they never can be happy.
Far. Why Harry, dear child ! makes us all happy; and Nancy is a sweet, humble, diligent girl. And she is so notable, and attentive to her mother. My dame sees what it is that makes the best child. She begins to think of coming to Brookfield church, oftener than she used to do. I hope to the Lord she feels more in her heart, than she likes to express, for she is ashamed to say much, as she cannot forget how she thwarted us, when we began to think about the salvation of our souls. But the Lord be praised! she is wonderfully altered.
Loveg. Indeed Sir, I think she is. Nothing can please her better, than the intended marriages of her son, and daughter ; while she is so much concerned at the union designed, between Will Frolic, and Miss Patty. But it seems that several bad matches have taken place in Mapleton, and its neighbourhood of late: I am surprised however, if in this world we are to be surprised at any thing, that good tempered, humble, young woman, Rachael Meek, the linendraper's daughter, should have consented to marry that strange dogmatic young chap, Jack Positive, the lawyer.
Consid. Ah Sir! love is blind : I believe the unhappy young woman, heartily repents of it. If ever she presumes to give her advice, she is snapt at directly.--He will say, “ Madam, when I need your advice, I will ask it-till then, I shall act as I like best."
Loveg. What must one of her humble, and tender mind feel, under such contemptuous, and cruel treatment.
Consid. Sir, he will do worse than all this. If the 'poor innocent creature asks a question, his answer will be, “ I shall do as I like best.” If he should venture upon any wrong, or wild pursuits, as obstinacy frequently misguides him, and she begins with ever so much weakness to expostulate, his VOL. III.