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with some European merchants, who fought the favor of trading on his coast, he enquired of them some of the common appearances of summer and winter in their country; and when they told him of water growing fo hard in their rivers, that men and horses, and laden carriages passed over it; and that rain sometimes fell down as white and light as fea: hers, and sometimes almost as hard as stones, he could not believe a syllable they said ; for ice, snow, and hail, were names and things utterly unknown to him, and to his subjects in that hot climate : he therefore renounced all traffic with such shameful liars, and would not suffer them to trade with his people. See here the natural effcts of gross ignorance.
Conversation with foreigners on various occasions has a happy influence to enlarge our minds, and set them free from many errors and gross prejudices we are ready to imbibe concerning them.--Watts.
WHERE Ingrariiude, that fin of upstarts,
WE upbraid the son whose father was hanged, whereas many a man who deserves to be hanged, was never upbraided in his whole life.-Fielding.
WE only who with innocence unshaken,
VIRTUE, dear friend, needs no defence ;
THERE are some reasoners who frequently confound innocence with the mere incapacity of guilt; but he ibat never law, or heard, or thought of trong liquors, cannot be proposed as a pattern of fobriety.-johnjon.
-COULD men but know
Hail, independence!—tho' thy name's scarce known,
WHAT is life? 'Tis not to stalk about, and draw fresh air, From time to time, or gaze upon the sun; "Tis to be free.
When liberty is gone, Life grows insipid, and has lost its relish.
A day, an hour of virtuous liberty,
HAIL! independence, hail! heav'ns next best gift,
Independence.--Inftruation of the People. 145
That can rejoice ; contentment, furelt friend ;
My friends! be firm ! nor let corruption fly
INSTRUCTION of the PEOPLE. THE people should be tin&tured with philosophy and religion ; and learn, under their divine instruction, not to consider titular distinction and enormous riches as the chief good, and indispensably requiGte to the happiness of life. A noble spirit of personal virtue should be encouraged in the rising race. They should be taught to seek and find resources in themselves, in an honest independence, in the poffeffion of knowledge, in conscious integrity, in manliness of sentiment, in contemplation and study, in every thing which adds vigor to the nerves of the mind, aad teaches it to deem all honors
disgraceful, and all profits vile, which accrue, as the reward of base compliance, and of a daftardiy defertion from the upright standard of truth, the unspotted banner of justice.--Spirit of Despotism.
A MERCENARY informer knows no distinction, Under such a fyltem, the obnoxious people are slaves, not only to the government, but they live at the mercy of
every individual, they are at once the flaves of the whole community, and of every part of it; and the worst and most unmerciful men are those on whose goodness they most depend.
In this situation, men not only thrink from the frowns of the ftern magistrate, but they are obliged to fly from their very places. The seeds of destruction are fown in civil intercourse, in social habitudes. The blood of wholesome kindred is infected ; their tables and beds are surrounded with fnares ; all the means given by providence to make life safe and comfortable, are perverted into instruments of terror and torment. This species of universal subferviency, that makes the very servant who waits behind your chair the arbiter of your life and fortune, has such a tendency to degrade and debase mankind; and to deprive him of that assured and liberal state of mind, which alone can make us what we ought to be, that I vow to God, I would sooner bring myself to put a man to immediate death for opinions I disliked, and so to get rid of the man and his opinions at once, than to fret him with a feverish being, tainted with the jail distemper of a contagious fervitude, to keep him above ground, an animated mass of putrefaction, corrupted himself, and corrupting all about him.-Burke.
THERE are innumerable modes of insult, and tokens of contempt, for which it is not easy to find a name, which vanih to nothing in an attempt to describe them, and yet may, by continual repetition, make day pass after day in forrow and in terror.-Rambler.
INVETERATE ABUSES. THERE is a time, when men will not suffer bad things because their ancestors have suffered worse. There is a time when the hoary head of inveterate abuse will neither draw reverence ror obtain protection-Burke.