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practicability, under existing circumstances, Of Fathers, taking part in the Education of their family, it may reasonably be presumed; that no excuse can be offered for Mothers, who neglect the duty imposed upon them by the birth of their children. It is therefore to Mothers that an appeal must be made in the first instance: if they can be persuaded to bestow a practical Christian Education, it may hereafter be discovered that Fathers, notwithstanding their public and worldly avocations, may afford time for the discharge of a most important part of their duty forwards God and towards their Children *. A practical Christian Education would teach
* "Mais les affaires, les fonctions, les devoirs—Ah! les devoirs! sans doute le dernier est celui de père.
"Quand on lit dans Plutarque que Caton le Censeur, qui gouverna Rome avec tant de gloire, éleva lui-même son fils dès le berceau, et avec un tel soin, qu'il quittoit tout pour être present quand la mèie le remuoit et le lavoit; quand on lit dans Suétone qu'Auguste, maître du monde, qu'il avoit conquis et qu'il regissoit lui-même, enseignoit luimême à ses petits fils à écrire, à nager, les elemens des sciences, et qu'il les avoit sans cesse autour de lui; on ne peut s'empêcher de rire des petites bonnes gens de ce temps là, qui s'amusoient à de pareilles niaiséries; trop bornés, sans doute, pour savoir vaquer aux grandes affaires des grands hommes de nos jours.'j
them, that it would be more to their own interest, as well as their Children's permanent advantage, to amass a smaller portion of earthly treasure, and to bestow some time and some pains upon securing a heavenly inheritance. But at present let only those Fathers who are unincumbered with public business, whose time is at their own disposal, devote themselves to the early Education of their Children, and how great will be the number of educating Parents—how extensive and valuable the improvements in this all important, but much neglected science *.
Parents! if you regard your own happiness, teach your Children early to consider you as their best friends; prove to them, on all occasions, that no one is so anxious for their true interest as you—none so deeply
* "Let me beg of Parents to take especial care of the first seven or eight years the little ones are under their wing; and I do not doubt, if virtuous and ingenious men be encouraged, they can ever want fit Tutors, either to teach ten or twelve together, or, which is next best, in their own families. Let them but take care of the main matters in their infancy, and they need not fear but languages will be had afterwards easy and cheap enough."
and tenderly concerned for their genuine and permanent welfare. Close not their young hearts by banishing them from your presence; let them not feel that you consider them as beneath your attention, by consigning them through the day to the nursery and the school-room; drive them not either by contempt or neglect, or, if occasionally allowed to make their appearance in your drawing-room, by treatment and restraints unsuited to their happy age, to prefer the society of inferiors; who may flatter and corrupt them, and whose attention and indulgence, in contrast with your indifference or your harshness, will be doubly alluring.
"His heart, now passive, yields to thy command:
If you wish not in after life to complain of want of affection, of gratitude, of confidence in your children, attend to them yourself in early youth; preserve them from openness to inferiors, and want of it towards yourself; guard them from imbibing that monstrous doctrine, that it is not manly to feel family affection, or to be open with their Parents*. But if you have allowed this unnatural sentiment to be planted in their hearts, either by their intercourse with domestics, or by the common-place wit of acquaintance, be not so unjust, so unreasonable, when you begin to feel the effects of the pernicious sentiments which you have thus permitted them, unrestrained by your care, your wisdom, or your tenderness, to imbibe, as to accuse your children of that which is the necessary result of their early treat ment.
! . :Jill "Thou well deserv'st an alienated son."
But while you endeavour to act upon the Pestalozzian, the Christian principle, that successful Education must be founded upon Faith, Love, and Gratitude, beware of the error into which some Parents fall, that of indiscriminate indulgence; the inevitable effect of which will be to generate selfishness. Beware of making mere playthings
* Manly! how many boys and men have been destroyed by the false ideas annexed to this word.
Sequel to Frank, by Miss Edgetvorlh.
of your children, or of allowing it in your visitors.
"Respect in the Infant the future Man."
Let your affection be enlightened, and guided by reason; never forget that in a Christian Education, constant attacks must be made against Selfishness; that an unrelaxing, firm, but gentle and judicious discipline of Love, will be the most effectual means of gradualy checking evil, and calling forth good dispositions; of producing the best habits; of establishing the principles, and of promoting the genuine happiness of your Children. At the close of each day, accustom them to review their conduct; lead them, by degrees, minutely and impartially to consider whether, during its course, they have improved, or neglected the opportunities afforded of acquiring knowledge, of doing some kind office to their young companions; whether they have been docile and obedient to their instructors; watchful against their faults, and desirous of encouraging, their good dispositions. Lead each to acknowledge his own errors; not to