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it, as long as I keep close to the Omnipotent God, and rid not myself of him. And this is my anchor; in these my highest sufferings, else the waves of my distresses would soon set adrift the vessel of my faith. I wish, and beg to God, that He may grant you this support of your faith. Jesus Christ is, and remains for ever, the true corner-stone, upon which the structure of our salvation is to be begun and to be finished. From your infancy you shewed a cha racter of mind that was sincere and without disguise. Let this natural disposition of yours be sanctified by the Holy Spirit, that you may turn to your God with all sincerity, for God prospers the honest. “Blessed is the nian in whose spirit there is no guile ?" Learn how deeply you are corrupted, and come then as a cursed sinner to him who was made a curse for us. Your father and I will both cry to God, and implore his mercy for you.
I remain your heartily afflicted mother, &c.
LETTER FROM A FATHER TO HIS SON, AN
Oct. 20, 1824. My Dear Boy, After the death of Queen Anne, George the First became King of England. His mother was a granddaughter of James the First; and this relationship to the royal family was the great reason why he was fixed upon to be King: but, besides this, he was a Protestant, and an Act of Parliament was therefore passed to make him King, instead of any one of the family of James the Second, because they were Papists. George the First was fifty-four years of age when he became King of England; and this mature age gave the people great confidence in him, and he was joyfully received by the greater part of the na
tion. All Kings, however, as well as other people, have their troubles ;' and the disputes among the ministers, and the quarrels about Whigs and Tories, and Jacobites and Hanoverians, were at this time a great torment to the King, and to all the country. Some of the people were still friendly to the son of King James the Second, who was called the Pretender; and there were many attempts to get the kingdom out of the hands of King George, and to give it to him. Many of the principal Lords and great people were concerned in a conspiracy to restore the Pretender, and especially the Scotch Lords, who still clung to the Popish religion, and did all they could to oppose King George and his government. The Earl of Mar raised an ariny in Scotland in support of the Pretender, and he was assisted by Lord Lovat, and other powerful people; but his friends forsook him, and the Duke of Argyle was sent with an army to oppose him, and there was quickly an end of this attempt. After this, the rebels, under the Earl of Derwentwater, made an attempt in the north of England, and were joined by the Scotch, and got as far as Kendal, in Lancashire, and took possession of the town; but they were soon driven from this place; and, in short, all the attempts of the Pretender and his friends seemed to come to nothing. This is what is called the rebellion of seventeen hundred and fifteen. There was one afterwards, in the time of George the Second, in favour of the Pretender, headed by Prince Charles, his son, which is called the rebellion of forty-five; but we may talk about that another time: I only mention it here that you may not confuse the two together. The Pretender's attempts in this rebellion of fifteen all failed, and many of the great leaders were taken. They were brought to trial ; and Lord Derwentwater and several others were condemned to death, and beheaded on Tower Hill; and many more were hanged, drawn, and quar
tered at Tyburn; several were executed at Preston and Manchester; and a vast number were transported to North America.
It was in the year seventeen hundred and twenty that a grand plan was set about, called the South Sea scheme, which was to make every body rich that engaged in it; but, instead of that, great numbers were ruined by it: but this is an affair that we need not trouble ourselves about, and therefore I shall not endeavour to explain it to you. We may observe, however, that there is always some scheme or other for making people rich; but, after all, plain honest industry and frugality are the best, and most frequently succeed; they will generally supply a man with what is sufficient, and they lead to no risks and desperate losses. Wherever there is any thing like gambling, it generally leads to ruin; or, if some few have got rich by it, I never could see that their riches did them any good. And the truth is, that the money-making schemes in George the First's time, indeed, in many instances, introduced riches into the country; but these riches led to ex travagance or covetousness, and a great deal of profligacy and every kind of wickedness.
As the King was Elector of Hanover, as well as King of England, he felt it his duty sometimes to visit that country : and as he was making a journey there, he was taken ill., He had crossed the sea, and was travelling forward in his carriage. He had supped heartily one night, and appeared in perfect health: he went to bed, and set off early in the morning to pursue his journey. Between eight and nine, he ordered his coach to stop. It was soon perceived that he had lost the use of one of his arms. A gentleman who was with him attempted to quicken the circulation by rubbing it between his hands. But this seemed to do no good; and the surgeon, who followed on horseback, was then called, and he rubbed it with spirits. Soon after
wards, the King's tongue began to swell, and he had just strength enough to bid them hasten to the next town. Ne expired about eleven o'clock the next morning, in the sixty-eighth year of his age, and the thirteenth of his reign. This was in the year seventeen hundred and twenty-seven.
To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, Having lately visited the parish of Shrigley, in Cheshire, I was much pleased with the following Epitaphs in that church-yard; and if you deem them worthy a place in your valuable little Publication, the insertion will oblige
an honest old man.
but he went on his way rejoicing,
and trusted in God his strength.
and Even was come,
as Steward of his farming concerns.
his Zeal and Integrity commanded respect :
November 24, 1793. “ Servants-whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men, knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
MARGARET BOWDEN, Widow,
died January 4, 1812.
Son of Margaret,
died August 17, 1801,
in the thirty-first year of his age.
Be Great, be VIRTUOUS, Bowden too was poor. P.S. The two first of these Epitaphs were written by the late Edward Downes, Esq. patron of the living, and the last by the Rev. John Jackson, M.A. then the incumbent.
A WORD MORE TO THE NOTTINGHAM MANU
FACTURERS. To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, I Believe the account in your last Number, of Dr. Darwin's address to the Nottingham manufac