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In the reign of Henry II. all foreign commodities were plentiful in England. Or- In the reign, &c. there was plenty of, &c.

There is no talent more useful towards success in business, or which puts men more out of the reach of accidents, than that quality generally possessed by persons of cool temper, and which is, in common language, called discretion. Or—no talent so useful, &c. or which puts men so much out of the reach, &c. as that quality, &e.

The first project was to shorten discourse, by reducing polysyllables to words of one syllable.

I shall do all I can, to persuade others to take the same measures for their cure, which I have taken.

The greatest masters of critical learning differ among themselves. Or-do not always harmonize.

Micaiah said, “If thou return in peace, then the Lord hath not spoken by me."

I do not suppose, that we Britons want genius, more than our neighbors.

The deaf man, whose ears were opened, and whose tongue was loosed, doubtless glorified the great Physician.

Groves, fields, and meadows, are, at any season of the year, pleasant to look upon; but never so much so as in the opening of the spring. Or~but never so agreeable as in the opening of the spring.

The multitude rebuked them, that they should hold their peace. Or that they might be silent.

The intentions of some of these philosophers, nay, of many, might have been, and probably were good.

The wonderful civilities which have passed between the nation of authors, and that of readers, are an unanswerable argument, of a very refined age.

It was an unsuccessful undertaking; the failure of which, is, however, no objection at all to an enterprise so well concerted.

The reward is his due, and it has already been, or it will hereafter be, given to him. Or-already been given to him, or it will be hereafter bestowed,

By intercourse with wise and experienced persons, who know the world, we may improve a private and retired education, and rub off its rust.

Sincerity is as valuable as knowledge, and even more valuable.

No person was ever so perplexed as he has been to-day, or sustained such mortifications.

The Romans gave, not only the freedom of the city, but capacity for employments, to the inhabitants of several towns in Gaul, Spain, and Germany.

Such writers have no standard on which to form themselves, except what chances to be fashionable and popular. Or-have no other standard, &c. than that which chances, &c.

Whatever we do secretly, shall be displayed in the clearest light.

To the happiness of possessing a person of so uncommon merit, Boethius soon joined the satisfaction of obtained the highest honour his country could bestow. Or-joined that of obtaining, &c.


Containing corrections of the false Syntax,

promiscuously disposed.
See Exercises, p. 98.

SECTION 1. Though great have been his disobedience and folly, yet if he sincerely acknowledge his misconduct, he will be forgiven.

On these causes depends all the happiness or misery, which exists among men.

The property of James, I mean his books and furniture, was wholly destroyed.

This prodigy of learning, this scholar, critic, and antiquarian, was entirely destitute of breeding and civility:

That writer has given an account of the manner in which Christianity was formerly propagated among the heathens:

We adore the Divine Being, him who is from eternity to eternity:

Thou, Lord, who hast permited affliction to come upon us, wilt deliver us from it, in due time.

In this place, there was not only security, but an abundance of provisions.

By theşe attainments, the master is honoured, and the scholars are encouraged.

The sea appeared to be agitated more than usual. Or-unusually agitated.

Not one in fifty, of those who call themselves deists, understands the nature of the religion which he rejects.

Virtue and mutual confidence are the soul of friendship. Where these are wanting, disgust or hatred often follows little differences.

Time and chance happen to all men; but every person does not consider who governs those powerful causes.

The active mind of man selilom or never rests satisfied with its present condition, how prosperous soever it


be. Habits must be acquired of temperance and selfdenial, that we may be able to resist pleasure, and to endure pain, when either of them interferes with our duty.

The error of resting wholly on faith, or wholly on works, is one of those seductions which most

easily mislead men ; under the semblance of piety, on the one hand, and of virtue on the other.

It was no exaggerated tale; for she was really in that sąd condition in which her friend had represented her.

An army presents a painful sight to a feeling mind.

The enemies whom we have most to fear, are those of our own hearts.

Thou art the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world, and who has been so long promised and desired.

Thomas's disposition is better than his brother's; (or than that of his brother ;) and he appears to be the happier. man; but some degree of trouble is all men's portion,

Though remorse sometimes sleeps during pros. perity, it will surely awake in adversity.

It is an invariable law of our present condition, that every pleasure which is pursued to excess, converts itself into poison.

If a man bring into the solitary retreat of age, a vacant, an unimproved mind, in which no knowledge dawns, no ideas rise, and which supplies him with nothing to feed upon within himself, many a heavy and comfortless day he must necessarily pass.

I cannot yield to so dishonourable conduct, either at the present moment of difficulty, or, under any circumstance whatever.

T'hemistocles concealed the enterprises of Pausanias, either because he thought it base to betray the secrets trusted to his confidence, or because he imagined it impossible for schemes so dangerous and ill concerted, to take effect.

Pericles gained such an ascendant over the minds of the Athenians, that it may be said, he attained monarchial power in Athens. Christ applauded the liberality of the poor widow,

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whom he saw casting her two mites into the treasury:

A multiplicity of little kind offices, in persons frequently conversant with each other, are the bands of society and friendship.

To do good to them that hate us, and, on no occasion, to seek revenge, are the duties of a christian.

If a man professes a regard for the duties of religion, and neglects those of morality, that man's religion is vain.

Affluence may give us respect, in the eyes of the yulgar, but it will not recommend us to the wise and good.

The polite, accomplished libertine, is miserable amidst all his pleasures : the rude inhabitant of Lapland is happier than he is.

The cheerful and gay, when warmed by pleasure and mirth, lose that sobriety and self-denial, which are essential to the support of virtue.


Exercises, p. 100. There was, in the metropolis, much to amuse them, as well as many things to excite disgust.

How much are real virtue and merit exposed to suffer the hardships of a stormy life!

This is one of the duties which require peculiar. circumspection.

A higher degree of happiness than that which I have described, seldom falls to the lot of mortals,

There are principles in man, which ever have inclined, and which ever will incline, him to offend.

Whence has arisen so great a variety of opinions and tenets in religion ?

Its stature is less than that of a man; but its strength and agility are much greater.

Them that honour me, I will honour.

He summons me to attend, and I must summon the others.

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