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in private life, the sentiments of religion retained their
influence on his heart. Through life they were his guide, in death
his consolation. When sinking by painful steps into an early grave,
" with what gratitude," he exclaimed, " with what delightful
gratitude do I now look back to the period of my infancy, and to
the judicious conduct of my mother, who made religion appear to me
in colours so engaging and so congenial! Had 1 been taught as other
boys are taught, my passions would have made me an easy prey to
vice; my love of inquiry would have led me to infidelity. She
prepared me for the trial of faith and virtue, and, thanks to God,
I have come off victorious. Had religion been made to me a gloomy
task in infancy, where would now have been my consolation ?" I find
this subject is still too much for me. Adieu. LETTER VI. Same
Subject continued. MY DEAR FRIEND, If the establishment of
religious principle in the minds of our pupils, on a firm and
lasting foundation, appear to us an object of importance, we shall
not be satisfied with a slight and hasty survey of the means of
accomplishing it. I shall therefore, make no apology for resuming a
subject which, in the light I view it, as the only never-failing
source of joy and consolation, is worthy of the highest degree of
attention. The graces and virtues which adorn the Christian
character are of such intrinsic value, as to attract the esteem and
veneration of the confirmed infidel. Why is the fruit admired,
while the tree that bringeth it forth is held in contempt ? Why is
the true source denied or despised, while the stream that flows
from it is held in universal estimation ? Is it not because the
tree is not examined, nor the source analyzed ? Because fruit which
springs not from that tree, bears its ...
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