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amiable and enlightened African, and who have a regard for the era from whose labours extensive good erlasting happiness of their fellowmight have been expected. But creatures, will be encouraged by before we proceed to make a few it, to promote, with zeal, every reflections on his story, it will be plan which tends to introduce well to notice two memorandums Christianity among the favage nawhich were found in his pocket- tions of the earth, or to remove book after his death, and which the hindrances to its introduction, ferve to confirm what has been al. Happy, if through their inftruready said of the tenderness of his mentality, those who now fit in conscience, and the purity of his darkness, should be brought, like manners.
Naimbanna, to know God and This first was written in confe- themselves, and to rejoice in hope quence of his falling into some of his glory. company where profane and ob Let us also learn from this stoscene conversation had passed, and ry, that God's ways are not as our was as follows:
ways. Short-fighted as we 6 I shall take care of this com we were ready to conclude, that pany, which I now fall into, for this young man had been sent by they sware a good deal, and talk- Heaven to be a blessing to Africa, ed all manner of wickedness and and to spread the Christian religfilthy. All these things---can I ion among his own countrymen, be able to resist that temptation - But God, who fees and knows all No, I cannot, but the Lord will things, determined otherwise. He deliver me.
saw it right to take Naimbanna The other was written after he from the evil to come ; thus dis. had been some time at sea, and appointing our hopes, but, at the had made some unavailing re fame time, teaching us to check monftrances to the Captain on the the disposition we are too apt to profaneness of his crew; and in it, indulge, of prying into the secrets he declared, that “ if the crews of of Heaven, and to conduct all our other vessels should be like the plans and inquiries, under a sense crew of the Naimbanna, he should of our own ignorance, and in a full never think of coming to England, dependence on the over-ruling though he had friends, there as providence and righteous governdear to him as the last words of ment of God. his father."
May we not also draw a lesson May we not conclude, from the from the conduct of the old king above story, that God has given on this occasion ? It was not the to the most rude and savage peo- wealth, the grandeur, the learning, ple, minds capable of knowing, or the arts of England which loving, and serving him ? and may struck him as desirable, but the rewe not learn hence, to cherith fen- ligion of England. He fent his timents of kindness and affection fon thither, not to make a fortune, towards all men, whatever be their not to procure an insight into colour, or however low they may trade, not to form great connex. stand in the scale of human beings? ions, but to learn the Christian reThose, especially, who know how ligion. How many parents are to estimate the blessings of religion, there in this country, where it is
fo easy to attain the means of learn- are improved by it : in short, he ing the Christian religion, who seemed, to use the language of take no pains to make their chil- scripture, “ to become a new creadren acquainted with it?
Tell me, reader, haft thou But a ftill more instructive lef
ever experienced in thyself this son, and one which applies more change which Naimbanna undergenerally, may be drawn from went ? Remember that our Sathe conduct of the black Prince, viour has told us, that except we whose story has just been told. be converted, and become as litHe comes among us rude and ig- tle children, we shall in no wise norant, with no just ideas of relig- enter the kingdom of heaven. ion, and after having been accuf- Has thy heart been turned to fear tomed for twenty-three years to and to love, and to serve the Lord indulge all his passions without thy God? or does thy conscience any restraint. No sooner, how- witness against thee, that thou art' ever, is Chriftianity placed before yet a stranger to the peace and him, than he is struck with its joy, as well as the obedience of truth and beauty, and embraces it the Gofpel ? with a child-like fimplicity. As If living in a Christian land, and he views himself in the glass of called - by a Christian Rame, thou scripture, he perceives its account art, nevertheless, no Christian, reof human nature to be true from pent, without delay, I beseech his own experience. Humbled thee. Receive from this time, the under a sense of his fins and im- Gospel as a little child. Put off perfections, trembling under the that pride which stands in the apprehensions of the consequences way of thy repentance, and of thy of them, and sensible of his ina- salvation. Be humble and willing bility to help himself, he gladly to learn, like this Prince Naimlays hold of the hope set before banna. Read like him, the sacred him, he believes the promises of scriptures, with reverence and with God to the penitent, and relies for prayer to God for his bleffing. salvation on Chrift alone. Nor Soon thy days, like his, shall be were these new views unavailing numbered, and if thou, who art on the contrary, they produced born in a Christian land, shouldīt striking effects. In consequence leave the world' without having of them, with the help of God's ever truly known the powerful ingrace, he imbibes the spirit of the Auence of Christianity, the very Gospel. His prejudices are over- story which thou hast just read come, his temper is regulated, his shall hereafter rise up in judgment pallions curbed, his very manners against thee.
COMMON SENSE IN DISHABILLE. No. XLI.
MODERN IMPROVEMENT. NOTHING is more repugnant ners, which formerly enslaved the
to the spirit of the present free minds, or rather the pasions of and enlightened age, than those the inhabitants of Europe. We, forms in religion, law and man- Americans, boast ourselves. far,
very far, in the van of lazy Old to learn the said art, trade, or callEngland, in the corps of knights ing. During all which time the errant, who, like Don Quixote, said Apprentice, his said Master are led on, (God knows where,) fall well and faithfully ferve, acby the Dulcinea of imaginary per- cording to the custom of Apprenfection. It is no small grievance, tices or Clerks at said that that at this day, in Anglo-Ameri- is, the lawful commands of his ca, we have not entirely laid aside faid Master, he shall at all times those starched, cramping forms of obey, when he shall judge it propBritish oppression, which once con er so to do. The goods of his fined, like Chinese fhoe; and whale- Mafter he shall not waste, except bone stays, the now unfettered occasionally for his own and his foot, and rotund waist of the companions' amusement ; nor pur“airy, ambling" dame Freedom. loin the goods or cash of his MasOur state milliners have devoted ter to a greater amount than five. no small share of their annual la- hundred dollars a year. At cards, bors in modifying her dress ac- dice, or any other fashionable cording to the ton of the times, game he shall not play, oftener but their tardy zeal has seldom than from candle-lighting to daykept pace with her growth and break, each and every night in the caprice. There is nothing per- ; week, Sundays excepted, on which haps, which the current of man- day he shall be allowed to indulge ners has carried further before the in any amusement, unless employ. dead reckoning of the law, on our ed in posting accounts or other ne“ tempestuous fea of liberty,” than ceffary businefs. If he frequent the rights and immunities of ap- ale-houses, taverns or gaming prentices. It is therefore proper houses, and break glasses or heads, that the leading strings, called in- he shall indemnify the owners dentures, by which these young from the above perquisites. He gentlemen are bound to their maj- shall not contract matrimony withters-(pardon the tyranny of lan- in said term, unless he shall prefer guage,) should be relaxed and a wife to a mistress ; nor shall be lengthened, so that the form of be allowed to keep more than one the indentures should give the of the latter, unless by retrenchfame indulgence to those favorite ments in other expenses, he can fons of freedom, that is allowed support them from the perquisites by the liberal spirit of the times. aforesaid. But in case of a phyThe following is proposed as a fician's bill, or any unforeseen admodel.
ditional expenses, he may enlarge This Indenture witnesseth, That his conscience in proportion to his
Parent, or Guardian, [as necessities. He ihall not commit the case may be] of om, a Mi- any acts of vice ca immorality ror, by and with the consent of which are discountenanced by the the said Minor, doth hereby core- liberal principles and practice of nant, and agree with Mere young gentlemen of fashion ; nor chant, or T'rader, (as the case shall he be (guilty of the crimes may be] That the said shall and trespasses of breaking doors, live with him faid from windows, and daubing figa-boards, to as an Apprentice &c, except in the night ; and if
he shall suffer himself to be detect. N. B. As the Apprentice is aled in such acts, and cannot bring lowed, like a true son of indepen. fufficient vouchers for his good dence, to set the metes and bounds family and connexions, or that he to his own liberty, binding clauses was the better for liquor, he shall on the part of the Master, are unsuffer the consequences without necessary. the interference of his Master. The above form, mutatis mutana
And the said, on his part, dis, with a few restrictions and doth hereby give his full affent to modifications, will answer for the the above.
various professions of mechanics in In witness whereof, &c.
town and country.
THE BOARDING SCHOOL. By a Lady of Maffachusetts.
(Thomas & Andrews, 1798.] THE. Author of this work is the beginning of the book, we are
partially known to be Mrs. transferred in idea to the rural reFoster, wife of the Rev. Mr. Fof treat of Mrs. Williams, “ the ter, Little Cambridge, in the vi- virtuous relict of a respectable cinity of this metropolis. While clergyman," who saw in two amiwe rank her among those who able daughters all the promising “ deserve well of our country” par. virtues that adorn their sex, and ticularly of her own sex, to whose from her education and parental dignity and happiness she has more affection, was herfelf best qualifiimmediately devoted the laboursed to form their infant minds.”' of her pen, we prefume we no To these are added a small nummore than subscribe to the opinion ber of young ladies, for the purof the reader of taste and judg- pose of instruction, to whom the ment, who has perused the book extends the tenderness and auunder consideration.
thority of a parent, joined with the The Boarding School comprises affability of a filter. After her a plan of female, education, well pupils have completed their courfe calculated for a country like ours, of education, and are about to take where women as well as men, en- their leave of her school, she fums joy their natural rights; where up her admonitions and advice, idleness is considered as a vice, in a series of discourses, on the and the graces as the companions, principal branches of female eduDot the substitute for virtue. cation, and the moft important
The Author feems fenfible of duties of life. These lectures may the propriety of placing young la- be said to contain the “ whole dies under the care of an inftruc- duty of woman.” They are full tor of their own sex : And has of precepts, worthy the head of a judiciously adopted the mode of man and the heart of a woman, inculcating her precepts, through communicated in a style chaste and the medium of an experienced familiar, occasionally illustrated by matron, to her fair pupils. In examples well drawn from real
life, and happily calculated to fix fimplicity, which grace my pupils, , her precepts in the memory, and muit be quite inconsistent with the enforce them on the mind. As air and attite of the other sex. a specimen, we insert the follow “ A gaudy and fantastical modė ing on
of decoration is by no means à DR ES S.
tecommendation. It be peaks a * DRESS,” continued Mrs. lightness of mind and a vanity of Williams to her re-affenibled and difpofition, against which a difattentive pupils; " is an important creet and modest girl should guard article of female economy. By with the utmost vigilance. Exfome it is doubtless considered as travagance is a great error, even too essential. This is always the
where fortune will allow the means case, when it becomes the ruling of supporting it. Many are the passion, and
other excellence claims which the children of af. is made fubordinate to it. A fiiction and want have upon the suitable attention to the etiquette fuperfluous plenty of the rich. of appearance is necessary to ren- How much better expended would der us respectable in the eyes of some part of their redundance be, the world, and discovers an ac- in relieving the necessities of such, commodating disposition, which than in decorating their own per is, at once, engaging and useful in fons, with every ornament which the commerce of society. Fe art can contrive to create expense ! males are taxed with being pecu “ Neatness and propriety should liarly attached to, and captivated be the main objects; for loveliness by the glare of splendor and show. needs no foreign aid to give it a But I believe superficial minds are passport. Neatness is too often pot confined to sex. Whatever connected with the idea of a prirform they actuate, to beautify and dish fingularity ; but no gaudiness adorn it will be the principal object. of apparel, no richness of attire,
“ A certain species of gaiety no modifhness of appearance can -and airiness is becoming in youth. be an equivalent for it. Propriety Young ladies, therefore, act per- is that garb which becomes our -fectly in character, when under situation and circumstances in life. proper restraint, they indulge their There certainly ought to be a taste in the decoration of their difference between different ages persons. But they should be ef- and conditions, in this respect. pecially careful that their taste be Many articles, ornamental to Miss correct ; consistent with the mode in her teens, wouid appear absurd, eft delicacy which is the glory fantastical, and ridiculous in maand ornament of woman.
turer years. Neither should the “ It is laudable to follow fash- matronal robes, and the close
cap ions, so far as they are governed hide the natural ringlets, and easy by these rules ; but whenever they ' fhapes of the blooming girl. deviate, quit them with express " It is a very false taste which disapprobation and disgust. Any induces people in dependent and assumptions of the masculine habit narrow circumstances, to imitate are unbecoming Dress and man the expensive mode of dress which ners should be correspondent; and might be very decent for those the engaging softnels and artifs who move in a higher sphere.