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time when we are best qualified of peace, than on the hasty and to examine it with calmness and exultant resolutions of princes ? deliberation ; let us then diligent- I should rejoice to see the atly apply ourselves to the investi- tention of Christians, of all deno. gation, recollecting, that we are minations, excited to this subject, required to govern our minds and and to see them co-operate in the spirits, as well as our conduct, by abolition of war, as they did in the revealed will of God; and the abolition of the Slave Trade; that we are not, on this point, but I fear the present Society will any more than others, allowed to not be able, from its plan, to unite become conformed to the world. all the friends of
I cannot Your correspondent contem- therefore help wishing to see a plates the “Holy Alliance” with society formed with the same obrapture ; he seems to feel a sure ject, (to promote permanent and and certain hope that the mo- universal peace ;) but who could narchs who entered into it will in-conscientiously seek the promotroduce the happy æra, so long tion of that object by the publipredicted, so earnestly desired. cation of pamphlets, tending to I cannot contemplate it with such prove the unlawfulness of all war entire satisfaction, or such un- which is not strictly defensive, or shaken confidence.
intended, like the attack on AlSigning such a paper in the giers, to recover those who have hour of victory, when the mind been unlawfully taken captives. was in a state of self-complacency, Many who disapprove of the and no opposition expected, ap- plan of the Peace Society, but pears to me to afford but little who are equally desirous of attainsecurity for the future pacificing the object, could, and I have conduct of those monarchs. If no doubt would take an active circumstances arise that irritate part in such a society. The the temper, inflame the passions, name of Peace Society is pre-ocor present temptations of advancupied; but might not the same tage, I fear it will only prove a idea be conveyed in other words? record of good intentions. Does night it not be designated A SOit amount to much more than a CIETY FOR THE ABOLITION resolution to be virtuous, made in OF WAR? I do not wish to see the absence of temptation ? and, any society formed that should be alas! who that knows the world, a rival to that which already exwho that has studied the harnan ists, but one that might become a character, can place much reli. coadjutor; and if both societies ance on such resolutions. Allow endeavour to promote the cause me to ask, has no subsequent fact of peace, in the spirit of peace, occasioned any misgiving of 'as there can be no doubt they heart ? are all the treaties since would, the temperate and friendly entered into by these monarchs, discussion that would take place, remarkably distinguished by a as to the principles on which war spirit of equity and moderation ? | ought to be opposed, would do does the boasted glory of the honour to the Christian character, “ Holy Alliance” remain still un- and elicit truth. tarnished ? or may we not learn
I am, Sir, from subsequent events, to de- Your constant Reader, pend rather on the patient and
C. M, W. Le persevering efforts of the friends April 6, 1818.
to be devoured by alligators, it is HONOUR DUE TO PARENTS. not to be expected that much filial
regard should be cherished. But
the youths of Britain are blessed All the relative duties are with parents who cherish towards bighly important; when properly them the kindest feelings, and it discharged they promote the hap-is but right that their parents in piness of society, and redound to nature should enjoy the warmest the glory of God. Were I to affections of their hearts. draw a scale of these duties, as
father signing to each its proportionate and mother you will cheerfully share of importance, it is probable obey them. Affection does not I should place at the head of that necessarily nor even generally imscale the duties of husbands and ply obedience. There may be wives. As the matrimonial con- very strong affection between nection is the most intimate, so brothers, sisters, relatives, and the duties which it involves are friends ; but as no superiority the most deeply interesting. Let and subordination are implied, na those who are conscientiously de-obedience can be required or sirous of doing the will of God, in yielded. It is very different with this relation, read frequently, respect to your parents; the relaamong other passages, the two tion of a child to bis parent ipfollowing, 1 Pet. iii. 1-7, and volves the authority of the latters Ephes. v. 22–33.
The wisdom which is supposed to If the first stroke upon the accompany years entitles a parent scale be appropriated to the du- to respect; besides, he is placed, ties of husbands and wives, the by Divine appointment, at the head second should express the duties of his family. And if order and of parents and children. O that happiness are to reside in the fa. parents would duly consider the mily, his will must be obeyed. The task they have to fulfil, and en command of the sacred scripture deavour, in an humble depende is binding, “Children obey your ance upon the grace of God, to parents in all things, for this is fit." be found faithful to their trust ! And this obedience should be
The following thoughts are ad. willing and cheerful. A wise pa. dressed to children and young rent will insist upon the complit people:" Honour thy father ance of his children, so far as thę and thy mother !” What does this outward act is concerned; but honour imply?
this, on your part, may be a con1. If you honour your father formity arising merely from fear and mother you will affectionately and compulsion, while the heart love them. The best thing you' is altogether disobedient. Your possess is your heart; and you parents, in this case, may do must honour your parents by giv- themselves credit, while they are ing them your hearts. One of aiming at your real good; but you
darkeșt features of pa: do them no credit; you render ganism is mentioned by the apos- them no hopour, while you detle ;,“ Without natural affection.” cline cheerfully to obey them.Where parental feeling will allow There is only one exception to the mother to expose her infant this general rule, which I hope is to be eaten up by ants, and the not of frequent occurrence, viz. father to cast his son into the river when the commands of a parent
interfere with the commands of ment to his beloved offspring. God. It may, indeed, happen, In process of time, this young that the parental authority should person acquires considerable inenjoin practices prohibited by the formation; but, alas! you see scriptures, or prohibit a con- him assume airs of superiority in scientious attention to the reveal the presence of his father, and ed will of God; in that case, the criticise his ungrammatical expath of duty is plain; it is better pressions, and thus expose the to obey God than man; but, very parent whose kindness and even then, care should be taken good sense gave the unworthy to make it manifest, that disobe- child all his advantages. If you dience is the result of a pious feel as you ought, you will, on and humble regard to the com- all occasions, treat with respect mand of the Most High. both the opinions and feelings of
3. If you honour your father those whom you are commanded and mother, you will treat them, to honour. when you are grown up into life, 4. If
father with deference and respect. and mother you will minister to In the earliest years of a child, their relief in old age,
should his ignorance is such, that he that be necessary-and Provimust necessarily admit, in the dence has furnished you with the most unqualified manner, the means. opinions of his preceptor; but as
“ Honour the the intellect begins to develope Lord with thy substance:" i. e. itself, and this child thinks for consecrate it to the Lord. So himself, it will sometimes hap- you may be called to honour pen, that his views will not cor- your parents by supporting them respond with the sentiments of during the infirmities of affliction his parents. When this happens and old age. to be the case, the youth should Where can you see a more express his opinions with great grateful spectacle than an old modesty and diffidence. Nothing man or woman in the house of a can be more indecorous and un- child, treated with every mark lovely than that collision which of respect, and being nourished one is sometimes compelled to and cherished as its necessities witness in families, when a youth and infirmities may require? contends with warmth and aspe- Contrast with this, a son or rity against the opinions of an daughter living in ease and comaged and venerable parent. petence, if not in affluence, but
There is another way in which suffering an aged father or mothe feelings of a parent may be ther to subsist upon the scanty severely tried, while the sensibi- pittance of a workhouse allow. lities of the child may be blasted ance, or upon the bounty of in the estimation of all observers ; Christian charity. The latter is it is this:-A kind and indulgent as reproachful to the child as the parent, who has not himself had first is honourable. a liberal education, is very anx- The duty which is thus set ious to give one to his child. He before you, is a most reasonable toils with incessant labour; he one.-Šuffer me to remind you: denies himself many of the com- 1. That it is the command of forts of life, on purpose to afford God. No obligation can be so every opportunity of improve high as this: it is the will of God.
Attention should be paid to the toiled, and laboured, and exerted place which this command occu- themselves amidst the difficulties pies. It is one of the commands of life, to procure you bread to of the decalogue. Many com- eat, and raiment to wear, when mands were delivered to the Jews you thought but little whence they in the wilderness, but there were came? Your parents. Who watchten commands written upon two ed the first dawnings of reason, slabs of stone, with the intention, and the first exercise of the affecdoubtless, of giving them a decid- tions, and, through a series of ed pre-eminence. This com- years, endeavoured to cultivate mand is one of the ten ; and it is and mould your intellect, and the first precept in the second your heart for virtue, and piety; table, as if to intimate that it is the and happiness? Your parents. most important of those duties Who feel continued solicitudes for which one creature owes to ano- your reputation, your success in ther.
business, and honourable connecAnd you will observe, that this tions in life? Your parents. Who command has a promise annexed are abridging themselves of many to it, “That thy days may be long personal indulgencies, in order to upon the land which the Lord thy leave you a portion, when they God giveth thee.” It is the first shall ħave gone the way of the commandment with promise. whole earth, and are numbered Though this promise belonged ex- with the dead? Your parents. clusively to the Jews, who had an Who have made a constant pracinheritanceiu Canaan, yet it shews tice of bearing you on their hearts, the respect which God has to the in and pleading for you at a throne dividual who obeys the command. of grace, perhaps when you had
On the other hand, the dis- no disposition to plead for-yourpleasure of God is very strongly selves, and might be in circumexpressed against the child who stances of great danger? Your is disobedient to his parents.- parents. And shall aš this kindSee Prov. xxx. 17, “The eye that ness (and the half has not been mocketh at his father, and despis-told,) be overlooked ? Then, eth to obey his mother, the ravens indeed, must your heart be a of the valley shall pick it out, and stranger to gratitude. the young eagles shall eat it.”
si And' can I ever cease to be And also, Deut. xxi, 18, “If a man Affectionate and kind to thee, had a stubborn and rebellious son, Who wast so very kind to me. his parents were to make the case
MY PARENT." known to the elders of the city, “Ah! no, the thought I cannot and he was to be stoned with bear!" is the reply of every inge. stones till he died."
nuous and affectionate youth. 2. It is the expression of filial 3. The feeling of respect and gratitude.
honour to parents, is very nearly Children form very inadequate allied to the best feelings of a ideas of the obligations under usefulcitizen and a pious Christian. which they are to their parents. That relation which a child is Who watched over your infant first capable of understanding, is hours, and paid you a thousand the relation between a child and attentions, by night and by day, his parent. And probably the without which you would have whole of a child's virtue, in his perished? Your parents.
Who youngest years, consists in the love VOL. X,
and obedience which he renders with sorrow to the grave. You to his father and mother. But as will then read your sin in your he grows older, there are other punishment. But if you have relations and duties, which he is been dutiful and kind, in your capable of understanding and youth, you may be blessed with a practising. Such are the relations peaceful and affectionate family, in which he stands, to the town which will witness your happy and country in which he lives, exit from life, like a shock of corn and to the blessed God, his Crea- fully ripe. But should it not tor and Preserver, and the duties please God to visit you signally that flow from them. Now, if in this life, there is a day of judgyou see a person who has not ment, and a future state, when all been used to honour his father your deeds shall meet with a just and his mother, you need feel no recompense of reward. It will surprise, that he should be diso- be well, if each individual looks bedient to the laws of his country, into his own heart, and enquires and the commands of his God, whether he has been guilty of viobecause his feelings are not dis-lating this holy command. And, ciplined to subjection and re- alas ! how many are there, who spect to superiors. "It is in the must plead guilty to a very alarmnatural course of things, that the ing degree. Think not, my young young person who is so perverse friend, that it is a small sin, of and ungrateful as to disobey his which you have been 'guilty, by parents, should become a turbu- disregarding your parents. "Perlent disorderly member of civil haps conscience has not done its society, and an atheistical im-duty. You may even flatter yourpugner of the revealed will and self, that, because you are not authority of heaven. If you wish dishonest, nor profane, nor ad. to be among the virtuous and the dicted to some of the grosser pious, remember that you begin vices, that your character stands early, and at home, under the pa fair in the sight of God and man. rental roof.
But, consider for a moment! Has 4. Finally, it will be proper to not the heart of a beloved parent, remind you of the retributive jus- who could even die for your weltice of heaven.
fare, been wrung with anguish, Let the young remember, while when you have been plunging into they are grieving the hearts of the midst of temptation, amidst their pious and atfectionate pa- the gaities of the theatre, or other rents, by their dissipated, gay, places of carnal amusement and and disobedient conduct, that dissipation ! And this, in opposithere is an eye constantly obser- tion to wishes, most affectionately vant of their conduct, and a hand and strongly expressed. Can it be that writes down all their faults. I a little sin thus to violate the laws Your sin is not so much against of heaven, in opposition to the your parents as against God; and very dictates of nature herself ?he will recompense you. “With Surely, nothing but the precious what measure you mete, it shall blood of atonement can wash away me measured to you again.” The your guilty stains; to that precious time may come when you will find fountain may you apply, that you yourself at the head of a disobe- may be pardoned, and purified as dient family, which will ruin your a peculiar people, who shall be peace, and bring your grey hairs zealous of good works.