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I leave the young stranger on his arrival in and her exertions had not been in vain. this Babylon, to wander without a friend? How well he repaid her for her kind care may No, I point him to the office of “The British | be seen in the following story:and Foreign Young Men's Society," where When about fourteen years of age, he beas a stranger, bearing with him testimonials came strongly inclined to go to sea, with a of good character, he may be informed of a view of enlisting in the service of “the moband of kindred spirits, who invite his ac- ther country,” at that time engaged in a war quaintance, and solicit his presence and with France and Spain. co-operation in their weekly meetings for It was surprising that a youth so young, mutual improvement, and for general useful- and who had been abroad so little, should ness; and after directing him to a lodging- have had the moral courage to quit country house where all immorality is frowned on, and friends, on a purpose so full of danger. the Committee will be found ready to furnish But, so it was. He was resolved to go. Prehim with such further guidance as they may paration had been made. A midshipman's be capable of.
berth had been procured for him on board a Thus introduced, it is manifest that much British man of war, then lying in sight of has been done towards his preservation from his mother's house; and even his trunk was evil, and the maturing of what is valuable in on board. his character, from the advantages of a well- When the precise time arrived when he selected library, of public lectures, and of the was to go, he passed into the sitting-room of private meetings of the associations with his mother, to take his leave of her. She was which he becomes connected. But the bene- seated, and in tears. fits of the society do not cease when he takes He approached her, and putting his arms his departure from the metropolis to a dis- about her neck, affectionately kissed her. He tant, or even foreign city. He is introduced was about to bid her “farewell;" but he heto kindred societies; and when hundreds or sitated. Her affection and affliction unthousands of miles from his father's roof, or manned him. He was young and ambitious; his native shores, he may participate in and at that early day the spirit of patriotism, many, if not all, the blessings with which he which so nobly characterized him in after was favoured in this metropolis. Already life, in respect to his country, was stirring Young Men's Societies exist in many of the within him. Yet, the filial feelings of his principal cities of Britain and America; and heart were stronger than any other ties; and it is the design of the society not only to here, nobly sacrificing his pride and ambicorrespond with such societies, but to increase tion, he relinquished his purpose, and stayed their number.
to comfort her who gave him birth. With such views and feelings, Mr. Editor, It was a noble self-denial. And in the I greatly rejoice in the appearance of the now more than forty years that the writer of Young Men's Magazine, and hope that it this has been upon the stage, and watched will be so conducted as to prove a mighty in the course of human events, he can bear his strument in the hands of the Spirit, in en- testimony to the uniform prosperity of such lightening the minds, directing the efforts, as have honoured father and mother. There and stimulating young men to all that is is a promise recorded in favour of filial piety, praiseworthy.
and a God, who never forgets it, and never Wishing you prosperity,
fails to fulfil it. I remain, your's respectfully, But my story is unfinished. The boat, An OBSERVER. which was conveying officers and men and
baggage from the shore to the ship, continued to ply. At length, she returned on shore for
the last time. A signal flag was hoisted to Our American friends have recently pub- denote that all was ready. lished a small volume of anecdotes of this George was standing, viewing the movevery extraordinary man, for the use of young ments. Several of his companions now enpersons, from which we extract the follow-tered the boat, which presently was urged ing instance of his affection for his mo- towards the ship by several lusty oarsmen. ther.
As they approached her, the signal gun for That a mother should love such a son as sailing was fired. The flash, followed by the George proved himself to be, and that a son report, was noticed by George; soon after should love such a mother, as Mrs. Washing- which the sails rose majestically one after ton certainly was, is not at all surprising. another. From his earliest days, she had exerted her George could no longer bear the sight with whole influence to embue him with a love of calmness, but turned away, and entered the “ whatever was lovely and of good report,” room where his mother sat.
She observed the grief which sat upon his state; such as the “Principia” of Newton, countenance; upon which she said, “I fear, and the pyramids of Egypt ; without reflectmy son, that you have repented your deter- | ing on the gradual, continuous, I had almost mination to stay at home, and make me said creeping progress, by which they grew happy.”
into objects of the greatest magnificence in My dear mother,” he replied, at the the literary and physical world. In the one same time placing his arms about her neck, case, indeed, we may fancy the chisel which and giving vent to his feelings with a gush wrought each successive stone, but in the of tears, “I did strongly wish to go ; but I other we cannot trace the process by which could not endure being on board the ship, the philosopher was raised from one landing and know that you were unhappy.”
place to another, till he soared to his tower“Well, my dear boy,” said Mrs. W., re- ing elevation: it seems as if the work were turning his embrace, “I deeply feel your produced at the bidding of a magician. But tenderness towards your mother, and trust Newton has left as a legacy the assurance, that God will not let your filial affection go that it was not power, but patience. He did unrewarded.”
not look down on the crowd, as though he DR. CHALMERS'S ADVICE TO STUDENTS.
had attained his elevation by dint of a heaven- With respect to your habits of study, I born inspiration, out of the reach of many, shall not attempt to lay down the proportion but by dint of a homely virtue within the of time to be devoted to the various subjects
reach of all. I have indicated; I have placed them in the
It was a good reply of Dr. Johnson, when
asked if man should wait for an order of importance; but must leave the rest
“ afflatus" to yourselves. I should not think it well if before he began to write ;_" No, sir ; he a monotonous and mechanical uniformity should sit down doggedly.” Now if you prevailed among you: many will rise above wait for an “afflatus,” the probability is it the general level, and it belongs to yourselves
will never arrive; if deficient in your presto determine in what walk you will attain the cribed exercises, I shall hardly deem it a
sufficient rank of mastership. But I consider it indis
excuse, that you have had no
“afflatus.” Such a life must be a delightful pensable that each should make a distribution of time for himself, so that each hour alternation of indolence and self-complamay find its fixed and determinate employ
In his careless wanderings abroad, ment; it must not be a ramble, but a routine. he might solace himself with the reflection You will thus make ten times the
that he had no visit from his “afflatus” to
progress, and have hours to spare for recreation. At keep him at home. It would be a day of enyour age of buoyant hopes, I cannot imagine joyment, but a day without any result. a more delightful alternation than that of SUPERSTITION.- What we call a “falling successful study, and the converse of friends, star" (and which the Arabs term shiha’b) or exhilarating walks.
is commonly believed to be a dart thrown by More is to be expected from laborious me- God at an evil gin'nee; and the Egyptians, diocrity, than from the erratic efforts of a when they see it, exclaim, May God wayward genius. There may be a harlequin transfix the enemy of the faith!" The evil in mind as well as in body; and I always gin'nees are commonly termed 'Efree'ts. consider him to have been of this character, The existence of 'efree'ts must be believed who boasted that he could throw off a hun- | by the Moos’lim on account of the occurdred verses while standing on one leg : it is rence, in the Ckoor'an of these words, “ An not to such a source as this we are indebted 'efree't from among the ginn answered” for good poetry.
Demosthenes elaborated | (chap. xxvi. ver. 39); which words Sale transsentence after sentence; and Newton rose to lates, “a terrible genius answered.” They the heavens by the steps of geometry, and are generally believed to differ from the other said, at the close of his career, that it was ginn in being very powerful, and always maonly in the habit of patient thinking he was licious; but to be, in other respects, of a siconscious of differing from other men. It is milar nature. generally thought that men are signalized
A curious relic of ancient Egyptian supermore by talent than by industry; it is felt to stition must here be mentioned. It is bebe a vulgarizing of genius to attribute it to lieved that each quarter in Cairo has its anything but direct inspiration from Heaven: peculiar guardian-genius, or agathodemon, they overlook the steady and persevering de- which has the form of a serpent. The anvotion of mind to one subject. There are cient tombs of Egypt, and the dark recesses higher and lower walks in scholarship, but of the temples, are commonly believed, by the highest is a walk of labour. We are the people of this country, to be inhabited by often led into a contrary opinion, by looking | 'efree’ts. I found it impossible to persuade at the magnitude of the object in its finished / one of my servants to enter the Great Py
th my friend Sir George Tuthill,
he doctor's physician. After din- tax upon the industrious, when, by frivolous Scott mentioned, as matter of asto- visitations, they rob them of their time. = anda proof of the folly of men who Such persons beg their daily happiness from
ing to common opinion ignorant of door to door, as
that he was once sent with a carte and, like them, sometimes meet with a rebuff. om the ministry to Oliver Gold- A mere gossip ought not to wonder if we aduce him to write in favour of the evince signs that we are tired of him, seeing
son. I found him,' said the that we are indebted for the honour of his
his exertions, and, would you be and he sallies forth to distribute it amongst
er is unnecessary to me and so I native soil, when the living branch is cut
added Dr. Scott, in his gar from the parent tree, is one of the most eriting fore you
to the disinterestedness which in life. There are after griefs which wound left hi
the following story is told Having never to be effaced, which bruise the spirit, hundred guineas he was told by a de we feel so keenly the want of love, the
hom he met when returning from necessity of being loved, and the sense of
she would seem to be an axiom in morals, or called you in the seal relations. They express it as fol
lows Let every one know and keep his own
ace" But, when interpreted by its exema pieations it may generally be taken
toga vir foreshold
your places, and perform your parts, APPELLATION, in its busy scenes.
“ Youth,” says YOUNG MEN.”
Dr. Johnson, “is the time from fourYoung Men, in commencing my teen to twenty-eight.” Within this remarks with this appellation, I de- privileged enclosure, and on this ensire, not merely to specify the class I vied elevation, you stand.
What a propose to address, but also to possess rich distinction above the rest of soyou with an idea of the high import ciety! What a bright and boundless of your distinctive name. As human prospect all around! What gratitude beings, you are distinguished from all should fill your hearts to the gloother orders of sentient existence; rious Being who has conferred that you belong to a race whose nature distinction, and lighted up that prosallies you to the dust and to the pect! As young men, you are disDeity, whose moral relations reach tinguished from those who have atto the throne of God, whose eventful tained the meridian of life; they, for history resounds through the uni- the most part, have chosen their staverse, and whose unknown capabili- tions, and occupy the spheres, in ties require the amplitude of other which they are likely to end their worlds, and the ages of eternity, to days; while you, to a certain extent, evolve and employ. As men, you have “ the world before you where are distinguished from about one half to choose." Between you and the of your own species; you constitute aged the difference is still greater. a sex,—that sex on whose head God" When we say a man is young,' has been pleased to place the crown says
we mean that his age of sovereignty, and on which de- is yet but a small part of that which volves, by necessity of nature, the usually men attain to: and when we active duties of public life, and all the denominate him old, we mean that great movements of society. As young his duration is run out almost to the men, you are distinguished from all end of that which men do not usually those of your own sex who are still exceed.” We mean, especially, that in the age of childhood and ado- whatever the privileges and possibililescence. The appellation implies, ties of life may be, the old man has that one stage of your life is passed had them; and that, whether he has already: you have been children, improved them or not, he is about to but, in a literal sense, you can be quit them for ever; while the young such no more. You have "put away man is only beginning to possess childish things," and have assumed them.” the toga virilis. You are crossing “ Young Men—it is a title, the the threshold of active life, to take highest title in the gift and heraldry
ramid with me, from his having this idea.
CHRISTIANITY MUST UNDERGO A ReMany of the Arabs ascribe the erection of NOVATION.-If God has sent his Son, and the pyramids, and all the most stupendous has declared that he will exalt him on his remains of antiquity in Egypt, to Ga'n Ib'n throne, the earth and all that it inherit are Gu'n, and his servants, the ginn; conceiving contemptible in the view of such a plan. If it impossible that they could have been raised this be God's design, proceed it does, and by human hands.- Lane's Manners and Cus- proceed it will. Christianity is such a holy lums of the Modern Egyptians. 1836. and spiritual affair, that perhaps all human GOLDSMITH'S INDEPENDENCE AND Dis- for it. Men may fashion things as they will;
institutions are to be destroyed to make way INTERESTEDNESS.—“ A few months," writes but if there is no effusion of the Spirit of Mr. Montague, “ before the death of Dr. God on their institutions, they will remain Scott, author of Anti-Sejanus and other poli- barren and lifeless. Many Christians appear tical tracts in support of Lord North's admi. nistration, I happened to dine with him in
to have forgotten this.— Cecil. company with my friend Sir George Tuthill, IDLERS.— The idle levy a very heavy who was the doctor's physician. After din- tax upon the industrious, when, by frivolous ner Dr. Scott mentioned, as matter of asto- visitations, they rob them of their time. nishment and a proof of the folly of men who Such persons beg their daily happiness from are according to common opinion ignorant of door to door, as beggars their daily bread; the world, that he was once sent with a carte and, like them, sometimes meet with a rebuff
. blanche from the ministry to Oliver Gold- A mere gossip ought not to wonder if we smith to induce him to write in favour of the evince signs that we are tired of him, seeing administration. I found him,' said the that we are indebted for the honour of his doctor, “in a miserable set of chambers in visit solely to the circumstance of his being the Temple; I told him my authority; I tired of himself. He sits at home until he told him that I was empowered to pay most has accumulated an intolerable load of ennui, liberally for his exertions, and, would you be- and he sallies forth to distribute it amongst lieve ithe was so absurd as to say, 1 can all his acquaintance.—Lacon. eurs as much as will supply my wants without writing for any party; the assistance there is felt when we are first transplanted from our
Youth LEAVING HOME.-The pain which fure you appor is unnecessary to me, and so I native soil
, when the living branch is cut Tant him," added Dr. Scott, in his gar- from the parent tree, is one of the most "Akin to the disinterestedness which in- life. There are after griefs which wound
poignant which we have to endure through duced him to refuse the proposal from the more deeply, which leave behind them scars ministry, the following story is told. Having never to be effaced, which bruise the spirit
, l'eceived for the Deserted Village a we hundred guinons, he was told by a do we feel so keenly the want of love, the
note and sometimes break the heart: but never e kaller that it was a large sum for a utter desertion, as when we first leave the allora performance and seeming to be of the haven of home, and are, as it were, pushed
opinion by the remark that it was off upon the stream of life.—Southey.
A Fault of THE ENGLISH.—There is
one great vice in English society, not indeed marramaNIONS-Lav this dewa it exists under a specious name, and at first unaven to be departed from that no sight would seem to be an axiom in morals, or o anuah to be called your in the social relations. They express it as folWhere to indecene ap lows: "Let every one know and keep his own
de society of wawe paceBut, when interpreted by its exems
Hos a opraved teste plifications it may generally be taken as words and are something like this: "Let every one who is
We wr wonder me, stay there. Let him not Vlow
resume to aspire. Thus erery class con
to keep down those who are below Colton's Four Years in Great Britain,