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did not meet your approval. The mode of setilement which I suggested, was the result of a careful consideration of our mutual interests. Be kind enough to suggest to Mr. True. man, my lawyer, the plan which you would think best. You may rely upon my consent to it, if it meets his approbation.”
7. “ Is it possible, Mr. Trueman, that you expect me to sign such a cringing letter as thàt ?" throwing it down, and walking backward and forward with great irritation of
“ Well, what is your objection to it ?”' replied Mr. Trueman, mildly. “ Objection! How can you ask such a question ? Am I to go on my knees to him, and beg him to do me justice ? No! I'll sacrifice every cent I have in the world first; the scoundrel !"
8. “ You wish to have your business settled, do you not ?" asked Mr. Trueman, looking him steadily in the face.
66 Of course I do, honorably settled.” Well, let me hear what you mean by an honorable settlement." Why I mean" the young man hesitated a moment, and the lawyer said, “You mean a settlement, in which your interest shall be equally considered with that of Mr. Williams ?"
“ Yes, certainly, and that...” “ And thàt,” continued Mr. Trueman, “Mr. Williams shall consider, and treat you as a gentleman.'
9. “But I'll never send that mean cringing letter though.' “ You mistake its whole tenor, I do assure you, Mr. Singleton. You certainly carefully considered the proposed basis of settlement before you adopted it, did you not ?" course,
I did.” “So the letter which I have prepared for you, states.
Now I am sure you are willing to grant him the same privilege which you asked for yourself-that of proposing a plan of settlement. Your proposition does not seem to please him ; now, it is but fair that he should be in vited to state, how he wishes the settlement to be made."
10. “ I can't say that I am not convinced by what you say; but as you seem bent on having it your own way, let me copy the thing, and sign it," said the young man, suddenly changing his manner.-" There now !” passing across the table the brief letter he had copied, “I suppose he'll think me a low spirited fellow, after he gets that. But he's mistaken. After it's all over, I'll take good care to tell him that it didn't contain my sentiments.” Mr. Trueman smiled as he took the letter, and went on to fold and direct it. *
11. “Good afternoon, Mr. Singleton,” said the lawyer, as that gentleman entered his office on the following day.
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* Good afternoon,” responded the young man. “ Well, have you heard from that milk-and-water letter of yours? I can't call it mine." “ Yes, here is the answer. Take a seat, and I will read it to you,” said the old gentleman. "Well, let's hear it.
12. “Dear George-I have your kind, reasonable, and gentlemanly note of yesterday, in reply to my harsh, unreasonable, and ungentlemanly one of the day before.
We have both been playing the fool; but you are ahead of me in becoming sane. I have examined more carefully, since I got your note, the tenor of your proposition for a settlement, and it meets my views precisely. My foolish anger kept me from seeing it before. Let our mutual friend, Mr. Trueman, arrange the matter according to the plan mentioned, and I shall most heartily acquiesce. Yours, &c.”
13. “ He never wrote that letter in the world !” exclaimed Singleton, starting to his feet. “ You know his writing, I presume ?" said Mr. Trueman, handing him the letter. is Thomas Williams' own hand, as I live !” ejaculated Singleton, on glancing at the letter, “my old friend Thomas Williams, the best-natured fellow in the world !” he continued, his feelings undergoing a sudden and entire revolution. 6 What a fool I've been !”'_ And what a fool I have been,” said Williams, adancing from an adjoining room, at the same time extending his hand to Singleton. “Heaven bless you, my old friend !” exclaimed Singleton, grasping his hand,“ Why, what has been the matter with us both ?”
14. “My good friends,” said old Mr. Trueman, “ I have known you long, and have always esteemed you both. This picasant meeting and reconciliation, you perceive, is of my arrangement. Now let me give you a precept that will both make you friends, and keep you friends. “It has been my motto through life, and I don't know that I have an enemy in the world. It is this—A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
QUESTIONS.-1. Whose remark commences this piece ? 2. Where do you suppose he was at this time? 3. With whom was he angry, and on what account? 4. What kind of a letter did he wish to write to Mr. Williams? 5. What was the character of the one which Mr. Trucman wrote? 6. Why was Mr. Singleton unwilling to send it? 7. What effect did it have on Mr. Williams? 8. Describe the meeting of the two old friends. 9. What precept did Lawyer Trueman give them?
Why is the circumflex used on you, fifth verse ?: (Les. VII. Rule IX.) Why the rising inflection on the repetition of ovjection, seventh
verse? What is the use of the dashes, eighth verse? Point out the different uses of the apostrophes in the tenth verse. What is meant by tho marks at the end of the tenth verse? Where is the quotation at the end of the last verse found ? Ans. Prov. 15th Chap. lst verse.
SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Positively, really. 2. Pernicious, causing in. jury. 3. Cri te'ri on, established rule. 4. Bourn, limit; entrance of the grave. 5. Replete, completely filled. 6. Biography, history of the life of some individual. 7. In cu’ri ous, not curious, or inquisitive. 8. Spec'imens, examples. 9. Volume, a book. 10. Interposition, a coming be tween; agency between parties. 11. Con’versant, familiar with.
Advantages of Reading:-Hawes, 1. It is the glory of man, that the Creator has made him capable of endless improvement in knowledge, virtue, and happiness. And it is the high privilege of those who dwell in this favored land, that they enjoy, in rich abundance, the ineans of such improvement. Among these means, books hold a prominent place. They are indeed our principal in. structors, and perhaps do more in the formation of our intel. lectual and moral habits, than all other means combined.
2. But as books are of very various characters, some good, some indifferent, and some of a positively pernicious tendency, it is plainly a matter of great importance, to make a wise se. lection of them, and to read them with due caution. Espe. cially is this true in regard to young persons, and those to whom the active duties of life leave but little leisure for reading.
3. It is a maxim ever to be borne in mind, to “take heed what you read.”
read.” To acquire useful information, to improve the mind in knowledge, and the heart in goodness, to become qualified to perform with honor and usefulness the duties of life, to be prepared for a happy immortality beyond the grave,—are the great objects which ought to be kept in view in reading
4. Taking this as the criterion by which to regulate your choice of books, you will, I think, be led to give an important place to Historical Reading, especially, to that which relates to our own country. History is the mirror of the world. In it we behold the origin and progress of society, the rise and fall of empires; we see, as in a moving picture, the generations of our race, as they have risen into being
acted their part on the stage of life, and passed in rap cession, beyond that bourn from whence no traveler r.
5. Such scenes, contemplated in the light of authentic his. tory, are replete with the most interesting and profitable lessons. Especially are they so when they relate to our own country. With the history of our own country, every American citizen should be familiar. It is the history of a new world—of a new state of society, established for new purposes, developing new views of the character and destiny of man, and marked in every stage of its progress, with the most signal interpositions of a gracious and all-pervading Providence.
6. Nearly related to history, and not less important, is Biography. This is a kind of reading, most happily adapted to minds of every capacity and degree of improvement. While it possesses a charm, that can hardly fail to interest the feelings, and engage the attention, even of the most incurious, and least instructed, it furnishes lessons of wisdom and prudence, by which the wisest and best may be profited.
7. It makes you acquainted with the fairest and most ex. cellent specimens of human character. It introduces you into the society of the great and the learned, the wise and the good; you mingle and associate with them in all their walks and ways; you hear them converse; you see them act; and mark the steps by which they attained their excellence, and rose to their elevation in honor and influence.
8. The effect of this cannot be otherwise than eminently happy. While conversant with such characters, a process of assimilation will be going on in your own minds. You will feel within you an influence, raising you above whatever is base and polluting, and inspiring in you the love of whatever is noble and excellent.
9. Few authors can be read with more profit, than those that illustrate the natural sciences, and show their application to the practical arts of life. Authors of this character, teach us to read and understand the divine volume of creation. They show us the admirable structure of nature ; unfold 13 our view the beauty, order, and harmony, which characterize the works of God.
10. While in the study of these works, our minds are invigorated, our hearts improved, our views enlarged, and the sources of our enjoyment multiplied, we rise to the contemplation of the Great Being who created and governs all; and are thus taught to look through nature, up to nature's God. This is the natural tendency, and this the actual effect, in every pious mind, of studying the works of creation.
11. Who can survey the wondrous volume which the Creator has spread out before us—who can contemplate the earth beneath, or read the shining lines of glory and of grandeur, which are inscribed on the heavens above, without exclaiming with the devout Psalmist, “O Lord, how mani. fold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches."
QUESTIONS.—1. Of what is man capable? 2. What are our principal instructors? 3. Why should care be taken in their selection ? 4. What are the objects of reading ? 5. To what kind of reading should we gire an important place? 6. What is next to history in importance, and what are its advantages ? 7. How are we benefited in studying the natural sciences ?
How are the syllables, ant and ance, often enoneously articulated ?
LESSON LXXX. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Unicorn, a very large animal, with one hora. 2. Be'he moth, probably, the river-horse. 3. Fens, low grounds, partially covered with water. 4. Cov'ert, a shelter; defense; thicket.
Remarkable Animals BIBLE. 1. WILL the unicorn be willing to serve thee,
Or abide by thy crib?
And gather it into thy barn?
Or wings and feathers unto the ostrich ?
Or that the wild beast may break them. 8. She is hardened against her young ones, as though they
Her bir is in vain without fear; (were not hers: Because God hath deprived her of wisdom,