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island, having lost all their goods. Among them was a scholar, who remarked to his fellow-voyagers, whose entire wealth was invested in merchandise, and which was now sunk in the sea, that his treasures, being stored in the mind, had survived a calamity which had proved fatal to theirs. The pith of this anecdote has come home to the bosom of a whole nation within the last few years ; and there is no doubt that the recent impulse given to the cause of edu­cation, throughout this country, has in part arisen from the wholesome reflections which have been suggested by the ad­versities of trade. At such a moment, in the current of such a movement as is now making, even humble efforts may not be without effect—as a feeble oar. when the boat speeds with a flood tide, may contribute something to its onward pro­gress. I therefore give my book to parents, far as it fails short of my desire and my design, and will still venture to hope that it may not prove wholly vain. If, as is asserted by the poet,
-----------''' Man is a soil which breeds
Or sweetest flowers, or vilest weeds-Flowers lovely as tin.' morning's light, Weeds deadly as the aconite — Just as tin: heart is trained to bear The poisonous weed or floweret fair."—
I will entertain a confidence thai there are many reflecting parents disposed to admit the full force of the obligation which rests upon them, and who. therefore, will not turn a deaf ear to the appeal which I have here made in behalf of their children,—and not of theirs only, but those of parents who are dead to the consideration that they who give life to a human being, are likely also to give shape and color to the destinies of an immortal spirit. Let me say, then, at part­ing, to reading, thinking parents, if charity begins at home, let it not stop at home. When you have provided for the careful education of your own offspring, consider the needy thousands whose parents think not of the minds or souls of their children ; and as Heaven tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, imitate this godlike charity, by doing what you may to raise the common schools to such a condition as to extend the benefits of good instruction to those children who would otherwise be left to all the evil chances of ignorance.
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