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FAMILY GOVERNMENT.
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FAMILY GOVERNMENT.
We return to the fireside. Let us suppose it to be a sober Saturday evening, when the week's work is done, and the approach of the Sabbath naturally draws the mind from the vexing cares of business, to a contemplation of the various duties which rest upon us. The family circle is now gathered around the hearth. The scene is divided into two groups—the parents and the children. The relation that subsists between these is the strongest, the closest, the tenderest that exists in human society. Even among the brute creation, there is an instinct which im­pels the parent to the defence of its offspring. Among the fiercer animals, the mother becomes fearless of danger, and reckless of life, where her young ones are threatened with injury. But the human parent has a still keener interest in the welfare of his children. To the affection which nature teaches us to bestow upon our offspring, reason and reflection add other and more endearing ties. They are not only our children, a part of ourselves, and linked with a thousand associations of pleasure or pain, of joy or sorrow, hope or fear; but they are of them­selves creatures of feeling, susceptible of hap­piness or misery, capable of elevation or de-9*
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