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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 ụnsuited to their happy age, to prefer the society of inferiors; who may flatter and corrupt them, and whose attention and indul. gence, in contrast with your indifference or your harshness, will be doubly alluring.
“ His heart, now passive, yields to thy command :
Secure it thine, its key is in thy hand.”
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, tbat 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 treatment.
* 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 Edgeworth. : 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 inproved, 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
shrink from accusing himself; to be desirous of recollecting and mentioning something praiseworthy in his companions.
“ To bid the pleadings of self-love be still ;
Resign our own and seek our Maker's will: i
This system of self-examination from infancy will lead to a consciousness of weakness, and teach them where to look for strength; to self knowledge, self abasement, and to indulgence towards others. It will lead to that humility, meekness, and poverty of spirit, to that disinterestedness and active benevolence, which are the essence of Christianity; but which are too generally and successfully smothered; and selfishness, pride, contention, and self exaltation implanted and cherished, by the course of pagan studies usually pursued.
“ And taught at school much mythologic stuff,
But sound religion sparingly enough*.”
The Instructor who leaves the Christian path, and the study of nature, and who goes into antiquity, for the foundation of human learning, and who follows the beaten track in teaching the dead languages, may assuredly reproach himself with doing much towards the perversion of the mind and heart of his pupils. The study of nature should precede, and will afterwards lead to the study of man; the study of man will lead to what is divine in him, and what is of divine emanation in him— will connect him with his Creator and Redeemer. The knowledge of man is the highest knowledge that can be pursued. No one who has not studied
* “ It is for want of recurring to this infallible standard of truth and excellence (divine revelation) that such extravagant regard has been paid to the productions of pagan writers; which too are now become much less necessary, since we are provided with so many admirable models of our own, superior to theirs in point of science, and scarce inferior either in point of genius or elegance; yet we still continue to go down to the Philistines, to sharpen every one his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock, as if there was no smith in Israel.”-Rural Philosophy.