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cation, I will quote a part from a letter of his to Mrs. Burnett, at a time when she was absent from her family with little Emma, for the benefit of the child's health. Emma was then about five years of age. " Do not tire Emma with the Bible, if you can help it. I like Mary and Samuel, listen with love and delight to your religious instructions. But if she does not, we must not therefore forbear it. But it will be necessary to watch more attentively for the times when she may be the most disposed to hear. When the subject is historical, and the instruction to be conveyed is addressed immediately to Eli, to Saul, or to Solomon, you will find, I

suppose, little difficulty in exciting her attention : where it is practical, and addressed to herself, I think four or five minutes the longest time that you should detain her. Occasional observations, a word now and a word then throughout the day, --never omit these. It is not enough that the business of your life is religion: she must be taught that, by the blessing of God, it is to be hers.'

Such were some of the principles on which this excellent man conducted the education of his children. As a lover of children, let me be allowed to dwell on these with delight, and to utter my earnest prayer that all parents, in bringing up their families, may be actuated by the same motives, and may walk by the same rule.

A CHILD'S MORNING DEVOTIONS.

“Good morning, little love,” said Mrs. Burnett to Charles one morning.

“Is my little Charles quite well this morning ?"

Charles. Yes, mama.
Mrs. B. And quite happy ?
Charles. Yes, mama.
Mrs. B. And quite ready for breakfast?
Charles. Yes, mama.

Mrs. B. Come, my love, and before we go to breakfast, let us think who it is that makes us quite well and quite happy; that gives us breakfast, and kind friends to get it ready for us. Does my Charles know who it is?

Charles. God.

Mrs. B. What did David say when he slept comfortably all night, and awaked in peace?

Charles. I laid me down and slept, I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm iii. 5.)

Mrs. B. Did David expect that God would take care of him in the day too, and wherever he went ?

Charles. Yes.
Mrs. B. What did he say?

Charles. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Psalm cxxxix. 3.

Mrs. B. When you are with me, I do what I can to take care of you, but you are often out of

Oh, my love, what a thing to be able to think, God sees all my ways, and God will

my sight.

preserve me in them. · Does he preserve and love all people?

Charles. Those who believe in Jesus.

Mrs. B. Whom does David say God will send to take care of those whom he loves ?

Charles. Good angels. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm xci. 11.

Mrs. B. How does Jesus teach us to address this good God?

Charles. Our Father which art in heaven. Matt. vi. 9.

Mrs. B. Children love their fathers and mothers.

Charles. I am sure I love you, mama, and papa.

Mrs. B. And I trust, and every day I pray earnestly for my little Charles, that he may love his heavenly Father. How does God wish to be loved?

Charles. With all the heart, and with all the soul,
and with all the mind, and with all the strength.
Mark xii. 30.
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love him so. Charles. I am happy when I love you, mama.

Mrs. B. Yes, my dear, love for one another, or, as it is sometimes called in the Bible, charity, makes us happy: but to love God makes us happiest of all.

If a child did not love his father or mother, what should we call him?

Charles. Very ungrateful.

Mrs. B. I have no reason to call you ungrateful, for in your love to your papa and mama

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you are a good boy. But it is sad to think that to our heavenly Father we are all ungrateful: nobody loves God till He is pleased to send his Spirit into our hearts, and to make us love him. And so that disciple whom Jesus loved,-you know who that was?

Charles. St. John. Mrs. B. Well, so he says of those who love God, We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John iv. 19. Charles. Did you ever not love God, mama ?

Mrs. B. Ah, my child, may you love him betimes ! Now kneel down, and pray to him, solemnly, my love, and with your heart.

Charles. My Father, which art in heaven, I thank thee for taking such care of me this night, and that I am alive and well this morning. O Lord, send thy Holy Spirit into my heart, that T may

love Jesus who died upon the cross for me. O Lord, bless papa and mama, and my brother and sisters, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

Then Mrs. Burnett took Charles into the breakfast parlour to breakfast.

BIBLE-CONVERSATIONS.

When little Charles was five years old, he could read very well; and one day his mama brought him a book, and said, I have told you a great many

stories out of the Bible, but now you can read well enough to read the Bible yourself. So she gave him the story of Joseph to read; he had

often heard it, but he was very much pleased to read it himself, and he asked a great many questions about it. He asked his mama why the merchants carried their spices on camels, and not on horses.

Mama. Camels are more useful in that part of the world.

Charles. Why, mama?

Mama. Because there are great deserts there, which the merchants have to travel over. There is very little water in those deserts. Now and then they come to a spring, and then they fill their water-skins with water, and use that till they come to another spring. If the merchants had horses with them, the horses would drink up too much of the water, but the camel can go many days without drinking. It has a stomach that it fills with water at the spring, and then it lives a long time without a fresh supply.

Charles. How long, mama ?

Mama. I have read of camels going without a fresh supply of water for nine days.

Charles. Are they like the camel that I saw once ?

Mama. Yes, that camel was brought over the sea in a ship.

Charles. But that was so tall, I do not know how men could put' a burden on his back. He was taller than a man.

Mama. He will kneel down when he is bidden; for though he is so big, he is very gentle. Then when he kneels down, he is loaded or unloaded.

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