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she loses in point of affluence, I am satisfied, hy the blessing of God, she will gain in point of happiness.
Consid. Sir, if God preserve their lives, I have no doubt but that the union will be attended with his blessing. We have nothing to do but to follow the wise rules which we find in our Bibles, and that will assuredly prove the ready way to happiness. When people are unequally yoked in any connexions in life, especially in the marriage state, they may depend upon it, they will make themselves miserable through life. I cannot but think that Miss Worthy has acted a part, as you observe, highly cominendable to her character. If she should be the less affluent, I am sure she will be a thousand times more happy with Mr. Merryman, than ever she could have been with Mr. Gay.
Wor. She will doubtless be called to move in a more humble sphere; yet therein she will be much more likely to be protected and preserved. Thomas Newman, who just left the room as you came in, has been giving us a very pleasing narration, how they were both received at Sandover on the day of their marriage.
Consid. Ab Sir! I have heard all about it. The people of Sandover think themselves very happy on the occasion, though Mr. Spiteful of Mapleton, goes about from house to house, railing at the match like a madman.
Wor. What is that to him ?
Consid. True Sir; but I think he would burst if he had not now and then an opportunity to vent his spleen; he has got hold of the old stale cry, which is indeed promiscuously levelled against all religious people that Mr. Merryman is a Jacobin, and is contriving all he can to overturn the Church and State ; and that all the canting tribe, round about the country, are secretly combined together in the same plot, by Sunday schools, and other religious exertions; while [ hope truly religious people are better taught than
to interrupt the state, especially while the state vever interrupts them.
Wor. I do not believe there is a man living, more attached to the government of his country than Mr. Merryman. But let Mr. Spiteful rail on, for nobody believes him; I question if he believes himself. Such persons can do no harm, but as they do harm to themselves.
Consid. But Sir, did you hear what a fine speech poor Thomas Newman made use of to him, when he took it into his head to banter the
poor man, while he had some of his master's cattle to attend to at the last Mapleton fair?
Wor. What was that, Sir? Consid. Why Sir, Farmer Snakish and Mr. Spiteful, who are cousins german, came both of them together to the upper green, where you know the fair for cattle is kept, and seeing poor Thomas, who was there attending upon the sale of his master's property; they came up to him, and began talking about the price of cattle; but more with a design to banter him, than to deal with him. They next began sneering at Thomas about his young master, how he came to run away
from home so soon after his miraculous conversion, and whether it was not after some of his old wicked tricks.
Wor. What could they mean by that ?
Consia. Oh Sir, they had got hold of the story of Mr. Henry Littleworth's design in his journey to Locksbury, and this was their way of interpreting it. After this they began with their insulting speeches against Mr. Lovegood, laughing at Mrs. Chipman's miraculous conversion, and insinuating as though it was only a trick between her and Mr. Lovegood. Then they began making their bitter remarks on Mr. Merryman, saying that the top and bottom of his conversion, appeared now to be nothing but craft, that he might contrive to get your daughter for his wife. Thomas roplied, that he was well persuaded such a conversion could never have been accomplished but by
the great God himself; adding, that it would be a greater miracle still, if God would convert either of them. Upon this, old Spiteful cried, “ The great God! What do you know of the great God? I suppose Parson Lovegood has made you so wise, that you can tell us how great God is, and how little God is, and all about it.
Wor. To say the least of it, this sort of banter was · horridly profane.
Consid. But Thomas's answer was remarkably to the purpose:-He paused and said, “ Yes Sir, I can tell you, both how great God is, and how little God is.” Spiteful cried—“Ah, I thought Lovegood had made a clever fellow of you : but let us hear it.”. Thomas answered, “Though he is so great, that even the heaven of heavens cannot contain him, being the high and lofty One that inbabiteth eternity, and who dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto, and which no man hath seen nor can see: yet he is so little, that he can dwell in the hearts of the humble and the contrite ; and take up his gracious abode, even in such a poor unworthy sinner as myself.”
While Mr. Considerate and Mr. Worthy were thus in conversation, Lord Rakish's carriage drove up to the door, with their congratulations on this event. Worthy rang the bell immediately, and ordered his boots, that he might appear as if he were going out, that his Lordsbip might think it necessary to shorten his visit. Mr. Considerate was very glad to make his escape from the interview, while the poor flimsy conversation of his Lordship would be as uninteresting to the reader to peruse, as it would be unpleasant for the writer to relate. Nor has he time to give a minute account of what took place, at the promised marriagefeast at Brookfield-Hall. Let it suffice, that it was conducted with that liberality, yet decency and sobriety, which are the standing orders of the house. Some very appropriate hymns were sung ; an exhortation
was given by Mr. Lovegood, principally upon the duties of the marriage state; while he still kept up his constant rule, never to expatiate upon moral duties, but upon gospel principles. Thus the writer concludes the present Dialogue, with an additional request to his young readers, that whenever they may be called in providence into the marriage state, they would not forget (at least) to take this leaf out of his book; that their marriage may be conducted with the like solemnity, and equally in the fear of God.
MR. LOVEGOOD, AND THE FAMILY OF THE
ACCOUNT OF THE MINISTERIAL CHARACTERS OF
MR. DELIBERATE, AND MR. LEGAL-DEFINITION :
GETHER WITH A FURTHER NARRATION OF THE AF
FAIRS OF MRS. CHIPMAN, AND THE RESULT OF MR.
THI "HE reader will remember, that he has been twice
interrupted in the narration of the affairs of the unhappy Mrs. Chipman. It has been thought most adviseable to attend to the chronology of events, rather than regularly to detail each subject by itself. Whatever is done by Providence, has in it abundantly more beauty of design, than that which is dressed by art. To refresh the reader's memory, he is requested to recollect the conclusion of Dialogue the Twentysixth : he will there find, that Mrs. Chipman was left perfectly deranged, in which state she continued for full six weeks.
After her recovery, she was still bent upon the idea, that she could never more make her appearance at Locksbury, where her notorious conduct, had rendered her the object of universal disgust. She wished rather to keep a school where she was; but still the yearnings of a mother's bowels over the fatherless, and forsaken child, would not suffer her to be happy, till she had it under her immediate care. However, Mr. Reader was as unwilling to part with his grand-child, as his