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XVI. The family use art, which is opposed with still

greater .

276

XVII. Scarce any virtue found to resist the power of

long and pleasing temptation

283

XVIII. The pursuit of a father to reclaim a Jost child to

virtue

292

XIX. The description of a person discontented with the

present government, and apprehensive of the loss

of our liberties

298

XX. The history of a philosophic vagabond, pursuing

novelty, but losing content

308

XXI. The short continuance of friendship amongst the

vicious, which is coeval only with mutual satisfac-

tion

324

XXII. Offences are easily pardoned where there is love at

bottom

334

XXIII. None but the guilty can be long and completely

miserable

339

XXIV. Fresh calamities

345

XXV. No situation, however wretched it seems, but has

some sort of comfort attending it

351

XXVI. A reformation in the gaol. To make laws com-

plete they should reward as well as punish 357

XXVII. The same subject continued

363

XXVIII. Happiness and misery rather the result of prudence

than of virtue in this life. Temporal evils or felici-

ties being regarded by heaven as things merely in

themselves trifling and unworthy its care in the

distribution

368

XXIX. The equal dealings of Providence demonstrated

with regard to the happy and the miserable here

below. That from the nature of pleasure and pain,

the wretched must be repaid the balance of their

sufferings in the life hereafter

380

XXX. Happier prospects begin to appear. Let us be

inflexible, and fortune will at last change in our

favour.

386

XXXI. Former benevolence now repaid with unexpected

interest

395

XXXII. The Conclusion

412

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and chose my wife, as she did her wedding-gown.- PAGE 187.

CHAPTER I

The description of the family of Wakefield, in which a kindred

likeness prevails as well of minds as of persons. I

WAS ever of opinion, that the honest man who married

and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single and only talked of population. From this motive, I had scarce taken orders a year before I began to think seriously of matrimony, and chose my wife, as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well. To do her justice, she was a good-natured notable woman; and

as for breeding, there were few country ladies who could shew more.

She could read any English book without much spelling ; but for pickling, preserving, and cookery none could excel her. She prided herself also upon being an excellent contriver in housekeeping ; though I could never find that we grew richer with all her contrivances.

However, we loved each other tenderly, and our fondness encreased as we grew old. There was, in fact, nothing that could make us angry with the world or each other. We had an elegant house, situated in a fine country, and a good neighbourhood. The year was spent in a moral or rural amusement, in visiting our rich neighbours, and relieving such as were poor. We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo ; all our adventures were by the fire-side, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.

As we lived near the road, we often had the traveller or stranger visit us to taste our gooseberry-wine, for which we had great reputation ; and I profess with the veracity of an historian, that I never knew one of them find fault with it. Our cousins too, even to the fortieth remove, all remembered their affinity, without any help from the Herald's office, and came very frequently to see us. Some of them did us no great honour by these claims of kindred; as we had the blind, the maimed, and the halt amongst the number. However, my wife always insisted that as they were the same flesh and blood, they should sit with us at the same table. So that if we had not very rich, we generally had very happy friends about us ; for this remark will hold good through life, that the poorer the guest, the better pleased he ever is with being treated : and as some men gaze with admiration at the colours of a tulip, or the wing of a butterfly, so I was by nature an admirer of happy human faces. However, when any one of our relations was found to be a person of a very bad

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