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and the use of my eyes have been my only instructor, and if I have been able to live respectably to the age of three score,. and. to rear up my children soberly, cleanly, and industriously, I owe it merely to them; indeed, to say the truth, my business, as a: farmer, throws in any way a thousand in-structive objects. My farm-yard is stocked with improvements : at the end of that small slip of garden, I have a bit of a beehive, filled with little industrious animals, who tell me what a shame it would be to: lead the life of a drone. My maxim is this, sir, that he who don't make honey, ought to eat none, and so this made me indefatigable to earn my meal, before I sat down to it. Nay, in this part of my duty, I am farther instructed by the little creatures who inhabit the mole-hill; is it possible for a inan to see the poor things at work, for the day of necessity, and not take the hint, and lay up a modicum for his own family? I have rested upon my spade, sir, on purpose to look at their labours and then I have
gone to work again, lest they should have the sense to chide me for minding other people's business more than my own...
“ I have an old house-dog, there, that aged animal, sir, has kept my clothes by day, and my cottage by night, till he has not got a tooth in his head, and has done for me what I would do for a neighbour of mine, whom I have loved ever since I was a brat no higher than my hand. He once did me a piece of service when I most wanted it, and whilst I have breath I will not forget it.
“ He, sir, who has no gratitude, has no nature in him, and an unnatural man is better dead than alive, because we are all born to do something, and he who does a kindness deserves to be remembered,
“With regard to my duty as a husband and a father, I learn it from the feathered tribe around me, the very pigeons on my dove-house, and the wren that builds her nest under my hovel, all are faithful to their mate, and anxious for the preservation of their offspring. To this old dame. I have been 'inarried forty-six years, and I find such a pleasure in my constancy and affection, that I could not receive from inconstancy; and in this manner have I learned my lessons.of wisdom, worship, and truth."
Here the goodi inan paused, and directed his eldest daughter to draw some of his best harvest brewed beer..
Adrastus was astonished at the simplicity of his manners, the soundness of his sense, as well as the propriety of his remarks." Farmer, (said he,) you have distressed me, as well as delighted me. I came prepared to offer you assistance, and you have left me nothing to bestow. I have nothing that you have not, but a greater proportion of money, and you are so truly contented, that any additions would, perhaps, disconcert the economy of your plan.
“You are a happy farmer, and a natural philosopher, without the use of large systematic folios, or the toils of a sedentary
life. Give me, however, the lease, that I may put it in my pocket-I will tear the lease, and then-- ".
“ How, your honor, tear my lease in-' stead of renewing it? Has then my freedom, or my happiness offended you?”
“ Yes,, farmer,” replied Adrastus, "I will tear the lease, because you have no further use for it. The little spot of ground you have so long enriched by your care, shall henceforth be a patrimony to your inheritance ; you are the proprietor of it from this day; call on me to-morrow morning, and the writings of surrender shall be made out for you.. i “ For the time to come, I must be considered, not as your landlord, but your friend: let me often see you at my table; in short, as. often as the business of your family will permit you. Let me get that wisdom and understanding, which surpasseth mere mechanical science, in the society of the contented
cottager... ... The farmer would have dropped upon his
knees, but Adrastus prevented him, saying, * Rise, Mr. Matthews, the obligation is on my side; I have been obliged. In exchange for a few acres, for which I have no occasion, you have given me a set of maxims and sentiments, that are, as the purified thrice refined gold of Ophir, and shall never depart from me.”
From this moment Adrastus and the farmer were intimate friends.
Oye landlords and tenants, go ye and do likewise.
ANECDOTE. ' Valentine Tameral Duval, at Vienna, director of the cabinet of medals and coins, to their Imperial Apostolic Majesties, aged 80 years, was born at Artonnal, a village in Champagne, of mean parents, from whom he ran away when very young, and chance , brought him 10 Lorrain, where he kept sheep
He could scarcely either read or write, yet so great was his desire to become acquainted