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other, which might have been written by Jean Paul or a Flemish painter: it describes a little scheme of the father to suggest to the future guide of millions the first and most important of all truths.
“One day he went into the garden and prepared a little bed of finely pulverized earth, on which he wrote George's name in full. Then strewing in plenty of cabbage seed, he covered them up and smoothed all over nicely with the roller. This bed he purposely prepared close alongside of a gooseberry walk, which, happening at this time to be well hung with ripe fruit, he knew would be honored with George's visits pretty regularly every day. Not many mornings passed away before in came George, with eyes wild rolling, and his little cheeks ready to
burst with great news—'O Pa! come here—come here !'
666 What's the matter, my son, what's the matter?'
“O come here, I tell you, Pa! come here, and I'll show you such a sight as you never saw in all your lifetime.
“ The old gentleman susp ceting what George would be at, gave him his hand, which he seized with great eagerness, and tugging him along through the garden, led him point blank to the bed whereon was inscribed, in large letters, and in all the freshness of newly sprung plants, the full name of
GEORGE WASHINGTON. “There, Pa!' said George, quite in an ecstasy of astonishment; did you ever see such a sight in all your lifetime?'
'Why, it seems like a curious affair, jumps up as fresh and strong as a little sure enough, George.?
buck, there the sweet, golden light is But, Pa, who did make it there ready for him! When he looks down in who did make it?'
the water, there he sees the beautiful, “It grew there by chance, I suppose, silver fishes for him, and up in the trees,
there are the apples and peaches, and "" By chance, Pa! O no, no! it never thousands of sweet fruits for him; and all did grow there by chance. Indeed, that around him, wherever my dear boy looks. it never did !'
he sees every thing just to his wants and “Heigh! why not, my son ?'
wishes; the bubbling springs, with cool, 'Why, Pa, did you ever see any body's sweet water for him to drink; and the name in a plant bed before?'
wood to make him sparkling fires when “Well but, George, such a thing might he is cold; and beautiful horses for him happen, though you never saw it before.' to ride, and strong oven to work for him,
Yes, Pa, but I did never see the little and good cows to give him milk, and bees plants grow up so as to make one single to make sweet honey for his sweeter letter of my name before; now, how mouth, and the little lambs, with snowy could they grow up so as to make all the wool, for beautiful clothes for him! Now letters of my name, so exactly! and all these and all the ten thousand other good so neat and even too, at top and bottom. things more than my son can even think O Pa! you must not say that chance did of, and all so exactly fitted for his use and this ! Indeed somebody did it, and I dare delight, how could chance ever have done say, now, Pa, you did it, just to scare all this for my little son ?'" because I am your little boy.'
We need not carry our extract further, His father smiled and said, Well, since George's full assent to the concluGeorge, you have guessed right. I in sion his father wished him to draw from deed did it, but not to “ you, my this beautiful picture of God's doings may son, but to learn you a great thing which easily be taken for granted. It is not I wish you to understand.'
difficult to recognize the warm poetic fancy
of the narrator in this sketch, but we are “But, Pa, where is God Almighty ? I quite willing to accept it, even as an “Imadid never see him yet.'
ginary Conversation" of old times, wish“True, my son, but though you never ing it were modernized, in some shape, in saw him, he is always with you. You every family of intelligent children. did not see me when ten days ago I made This good father was cut off by a sudden this little plant bed, where you see your illness, before he had reached his fiftieth name in such beautiful green letters; but year, and George, with a large family of though you did not see me here, yet you brothers and sisters, was left to the care know that I was here."
of his mother, who was his father's second 'Yes, Pa; that I do know, that you wife. Each child had an estate, for the was here.
father was rich in lands; but the proceeds : Well, and as my son could not be of all were placed wholly within the lieve that chance had made and put to widow's control during the minority of gether so exactly the let
of his name the children-a circumstance which speaks (though only sixteen), then how can he plainly enough the husband's confidence believe that chance could have made and in her judgment and kindness. Two sons put together all those millions and mil of the first marriage were young men at lions of things that are now so exactly the time of the father's decease, but Mrs. fitted to his good ? That my son may Washington had five children of her own, look at every thing around him, see what of whom George, at that time about eleven, fine eyes he has got! and a little pug nose was the oldest. He was absent, Mr. Weems to smell the sweet flowers, and pretty says, when his father was so suddenly ears to hear sweet sounds, and a lovely summoned, and arrived at home only to mouth for his bread and butter, and 0 the find him speechless, and to witness his little ivory teeth to cut it for him! And final departure. The family seems to precious little hands and fingers to hold have been very much united, and George his playthings, and beautiful little feet and his half-brothers were ever firm for him to run about upon. And when friends. After his father's death he lived my little rogue of a son is tired with for a while with the younger of them, running about, then the still night comes Augustine, in Westmoreland, the place of for him to lie down, and his mother sings, his nativity, which had been bequeathed and the little crickets chirp him to sleep;
to the second son. Here he went to and as soon as he has slept enough, and school, to a Mr. Williams, who, Mr.
Weems says, “knew as little of Latin, clean made, tight young fellow, and a perhaps, as Balaam's ass,” but who was mighty swift runner too, but he was no able to give him the elements of common match for George.” school knowledge, which were happily Colonel Lewis Willis, his playmate and enough in this case. We need not doubt kinsman, had “ often seen him throw a the report that he was very soon the stone across the Rappahannock, at the natural head of the school, not so par lower ferry of Fredericksburg,”—a feat, it ticularly by means of scholarship as seems, not very likely to be equalled in our through certain other qualities, so amply degenerate days. This great strength was exhibited in after life. He was the um inherited from his father, whose fowlingpire in all little school quarrels, the boys piecestill extant, it is believed, -is of exhaving implicit faith in his justice; he traordinary weight, confirming the tradiwas easily the leader in all athletic sports, tion of the old planter's muscular powers, through life his delight; and by some But there are proofs of another kind strange, prophetic instinct — prophecy of interest felt by the schoolboy in those often works its own fulfilment—it was early days ; - books, dating from his his pride to form his schoolmates into thirteenth year, in which his lessons in military companies, with corn-stalks for arithmetic and geometry are written, muskets and calabashes for drums, and treasured by his mother no doubt, as these he drilled and exercised, as well as showing her boy's application and neatcommanded, and led to mimic battle. He ness; and of an earlier period still we have is said to have been famous for hindering one, into which the driest business-forms quarrels however, and perhaps his early were copied, under the title “Forms of developed taste for military manoeuvres writing) – bills of exchange, receipts, was only an accidental form of that love bonds, indentures, bills of sale, land-warof mathematical combination, and extreme rants, leases, deeds and wills, all written regularity and order of every kind, which carefully and in imitation of lawyers' characterized him through life. But style. This is doubtless a monument of there was a political bias, too; for the Mr. Williams's teaching, for we have seen boy-army was arrayed in two bands, one similar books written as exercises in boys' of them personating the French, always schools long since that day. But in an antagonistic idea to the English, and George Washington's book there are also at that time obnoxious in the colonies– copies of verses,
more remarkable" and the other the English; the former says Mr. Sparks, "for the sentiments they commanded by a lad named William contain and the religious tone that perBustle, the latter always by George vades them, than for their poetical beauWashington. It is rather remarkable, that so exciting a sport did not end in Still more valuable, as showing that quarrels, if not in lasting enmity; for the " the child is father of the man,” is antemperament of Washington was impetu other portion of this precious volume, ous, and his passions were fiery, though thirty pages in which are maximns, reguwe are little accustomed to think so,
larly numbered, to the extent of a hundred our habit of contemplating only his after and ten, under the title of Rules of life, so marked by self-control. He was, Behaviour in Company and Conversanevertheless, known as a peacemaker, tion." The import and value of these even thus early, and we have every reason rules are various, ranging from a caution to believe that peace continued to be his against drumming on the table, to a recomdarling idea, through all the struggles mendation of reverence when the Highest which duty led him to engage in.
Name is mentioned. It is evident from his He was also noted for running and after history that these very rules, copied wrestling, pitching the bar, and leaping and conned at thirteen, were inwoven into with a pole. Whatever stirred his blood Washington's habits of thought and acand brought into exercise the stalwart tion ; and that, having once secured the limbs and muscles with which nature had assent of his taste,
reason, and conscience, endowed him, was his delight. His young they continued effective throughout his lady cousins complained that George cared life, and seemed to guard him against nothing for their company, but would instinctive selfishness and the assaults of always be out of doors. And an old his own passions, as well as against any gentleman; a neighbor, is quoted as say encroachment on the rights or feelings of ing—“Egad! he ran wonderfully! We others. When we reflect how striking had nobody, hereabouts, that could come was ever the courtesy and appropriatenear him. There was young Langhorne ness of his behavior under the most diffiDade, of Westmoreland, a confounded cult circumstances, it becomes most inter
esting to read, in the stiff, boyish hand of in what time or place soever given; but that early time, such rules as these: afterwards, not being culpable, take a time
“Let your discourse with men of busi and place convenient to let him know it ness be short and comprehensive. It is good that gave them. Mock not nor jest at manners to prefer them to whom we any thing of importance; break no jests speak before ourselves, especially if they that are sharp-biting, and if you deliver be above us, with whom in no sort we any thing witty and pleasant, abstain ought to begin. Let your countenance be from laughing thereat yourself. Wherein pleasant, but in serious matters some you reprove another, be unblamable what grave.
In writing or speaking, yourself, for example is more prevalent give to every person his due title, accord than precepts. Let your conversation be ing to his degree and the custom of the without malice or envy, for it is a sign of place. Being to advise or reprehend a tractable and commendable nature; and any one, consider whether it ought to in all cases of passion, admit reason to be in public or in private, presently govern. Bo not angry at table, whatever or at some other time, in what terms to happens, and if you have reason to be so, do it; and in reproving show no signs of show it not; put on a cheerful countecholer, but do it with sweetness and mild nance, especially if there be strangers, ness. Take all admonitions thankfully, for good humor maketh one dish of meat
at a feast. When you speak of God or
Endued his attributes, let it be seriously, in
With sanctity of reason-Honor and obey your natural to keep unbroken that connection between parents though they be poor. Let your convictions and conduct, the severing of recreations be manful, not sinful. Labor which causes half the crime and wretchedto keep alive in your breast that little ness of the world. spark of celestial fire, called Conscience." That his efforts to live up to his own
notions of right began very early, we From what repertory these and all the must conclude from the interest that other maxims in the collection were drawn, he inspired in his half-brothers, – not we know not; they wear the air of hav the most likely persons, as the world ing been culled from various sources. goes, to overrate him,—and they seem to Their having been copied fairly into a have been ever his warmest friends. The book would not of itself be woi hy of re eldest brother had been an officer in the mark, since such things are often dictated war against the French, and served at the to children by their teachers; but the siege of Carthagena, and in the West striking correspondence between these Indies, under General Wentworth and precepts and the after life of the writer, Admiral Vernon. He was residing on the makes them interesting as proving him. property left him by his father,—that