Montague Newburgh; In Two Volumes

Montague Newburgh; In Two Volumes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...service. For this purpose, Mrs. Newburgh purchased a small boat, which she presented to the man whom she engaged to instruct her young sailors, and directed him to esercise the lads daily, as their strength should increase sufliciently to encounter the exercise, with the management of the oars, and the use of the sails and rudder. She was perfectly satisfied of the principles of the man who was thus employed as her agent in the exercise of her benevolence; and, while in the plan she was laying down for the benefit of her poor neighbours, she relleeted with delight on the happiness she should occasion to others, she prepared to look with no small degree of interest on lads, who probably as they grew up might return in faithful attachment to her son those marks of kindness she was now going to extend to them. So natural is the reflection, a reflection that might oceasion acts of liberality, one would suppose, even in the selfish, that frequently the cup of kindness offered to relieve the distressed, is returned to those who offer it with an increase of pleasure and advantage. Yet it will readily be believed, that the latter observation can be by no means applicable to Mrs. Newburgh. If she al.lowed herself to connect the idea of the future interest of her son with the objects of her own present benevolence, it was only 11 ' secondary consideration; and had she been convinced that no benefit would accrue to him from her proposed arrangmnent, it would have been insuflicient-to deter her from the execution of her design. She acted on a principle of benevolence, and that is a principle which cannot exist in purity where a selfish motive is the spring that actuates exertion. The inhabitants of the two dwellings, in which parental fondness...
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680970X
  • 9781236809704