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good opinion of persons that treat them with great confidence and respect.

Honour teaches us properly to respect ourselves, and to violate no right or privilege of our neighbour: it leads us to support the feeble, to relieve the distressed, and to scorn to be governed by degrading and injurious passions. // must, therefore, be a false and mistaken honour, that prompts the destroyer to take the life of his friend.

He will always be with you, to support and comfort you, and in some measure to prosper your labours; and he will also be with all his faithful ministers, who shall succeed you in his service.

Section 4.

Sec Vol. 2. p. 120.

Most of our sailors were asleep in their apartments, when a heavy wave broke over the ship, and swept away one of our boats, and the box which contained our compasses, &c. Our cabin windows were secured, or the vessel would have been filled. The main-mast was so damaged that we were obliged to strengthen it, and to proceed for Lisbon.

The book is very neatly printed: the distances between the lines are ample and regular, and the lines themselves, on the opposite sides of each leaf, exactly correspond to one another.

Section 5.

See Vol a. p. 120.

When our friendship is considered, how is it possible that I should not grieve for having lost such a friend?

The hen being in her nest, was killed and eaten there by the eagle. Or—The eagle killed the hen, flew to her nest in the tree, and eat her there.

It may be justly said, that there are no laws preferable to those of England.

They who have pretended to polish and refine the English language, have been the chief agents, in multiplying its abuses and absurdities. Or—the chief thing, which they who have pretended to polish and refine the English language, have done, is, to multiply its abuses and absurdities.

The English adventurers, degenerating from the customs of their own nation, were gradually assimilated to the natives, instead of reclaiming them from their uncultivated manners.

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It has been said, that Jesuits can not only equivocate. Or— Jesuits are not the only persons who can equivocate.

We must not think that these people, when injured, have no right at all to our protection. Or—have less right than others to our protection.

Solomon the son of David, and the builder of the temple of Jerusalem, was the richest monarch that reigned over the Jewish people.

Solomon, whose father David was persecuted by Saul, was the richest monarch of the Jews.

It is certain that all the words which are signs of complex ideas, may furnish matter of mistake and cavil. Or—all those words, &e.

Lisias, speaking of his friends, promised to his father, never to abandon them. Or—Lisias, speaking of his father's friends, promised to his father, never to abandon them.

The Divine Being, ever liberal and faithful, heapeth favours on his servants. Or— I'hc Divine Being heapeth favours on his liberal and faithful servants.

Every well-instructed scribe, is like a householder, who bringeth out of his treasure new things and old.

He was willing to spend one or two hundred pounds, rather than be enslaved.

Dryden, in the following words, makes a very handsome observation, on Ovid's writing a letter from Dido to Encas.

Imprudent associations disqualify us for instructing or reproving others. Or—disqualify us for receiving instruction or reproof from others.

Section 6.
Sec Vol. 2. p. lit.

t Seldom see a noble building, or any great piece of mag-, nificence and pomp, but I think, how little is all this to satisfy the ambition of an immortal soul!

A poet, speaking of the universal deluge, says:

Yet when that flood in its own depth was drown'd,
It left behind it false and slipp'ry ground.

When the waters of the deluge had subsided, they left, &c.

The author of the Spectator says, that a man is not qualified for a bust, who has not a good deal of wit and vivacity.

And Bezaleel made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the mirrors used by the women.

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And, in the lower deep, another deep
Still threat'ning to devour me, opens wide.

Section 7.

See Vol. 2. p. 1*2.

"No fewer than two hundred scholars have been educated in that school.

The business, however laudable the attempt, was found to be impracticable.

He is our common benefactor, and deserves our respect and obedience.

Vivacity is often promoted, by presenting a sensible object to the mind, instead of an intellectual one.

They broke down the banks, and the country was soon overflowed.

The garment was decently formed, and sewed very neatly. The house is a cold one, for it has a northern aspect. The proposal for each of us to relinquish something, was complied with, and produced a cordial reconciliation.

Though learn'd, well bred; and though well bred, sincere;
Modestly bold, and humanely severe.

A fop is a ridiculous character, in every one's view but his own.

An action that excites laughter, without any mixture of contempt, may be called a risible action.

It is difficult for him to speak three sentences successively.

By this expression, I do not mean what some persons annex to it.

The neglect of timely precaution was the cause of this great loss.

All the sophistry which has been employed, cannot obscure so plain a truth.

Disputing should always be so managed, as to remind us, that the only end of it is truth.

My friend was so ill that he could not sit up at all, but was obliged to lie continually in bed.

A certain prince, it is said, when he invaded the Egyptians, placed, in the front of his army, a number of cats and other animals, which were worshipped by those people. A reverence for these creatures, made the Egyptians lay down their arms, and become an easy conquest.

The presence of the Deity, and the interest which so august a Being is supposed to take in our concerns, is a source of consolation.

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And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and had sat down together, Peter sat down among them.

By the slavish disposition of the senate and people of Rome, under the emperors, the wit and eloquence of the age were wholly turned towards panegyric. Or—wholly employed in panegyric.

The refreshment came in seasonably, before they had lain down to rest.

We speak what we do know, and testify that which we have seen.

They shall.fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

A creature of a more exalted kind

Was wanted yet, and then was man design'd.

He died by violence; for he was killed with a sword.

He had scarcely taken the medicine, when he began to feel himself relieved.

No place nor any object appears to him void of beauty. When we fall into conversation, with any person, the first thing we should consider, is, the intention of it.

Galileo invented the telescope; Hervey discovered the circulation of the blood. „

Philip found difficulty in managing the Athenians, from the nature of their dispositions; but the eloquence of Demosthenes was the greatest obstacle to his designs.

A hermit is austere in his life; a judge, rigorous in his sentences.

A candid man acknowledges his mistake, and is forgiven; a patriot avows his opposition to a bad minister, and is applauded.

We have increased our family and expenses; and enlarged our garden and fruit orchard.

By proper reflection, we may be taught to correct what is erroneous and to supply what is defective.

The good man is not overcome by disappointment, when that which is mortal dies; when that which is mutable, begins to change; and when that which he knew to be transient, passes away,

CHAPTER III.

Corrections of the errors which respect PRECISION. See Vol. *. p. 124.

This great politician desisted from his designs, when he found them impracticable.

He was of so high and independent a spirit, that he abhorred being in debt.

Though raised to an exalted station, she was a pattern of piety and virtue. ,

The human body may be divided into the head, the trunk, and the limbs.

His end soon approached; and he died with great fortitude.

He was a man of so much pride, that he despised the sentiments of others.

Poverty induces dependence; and dependence increases corruption.

This man, on all occasions, treated his inferiors with great disdain.

There can be no order in the life of that man, who does not allot a due share of his time, to retirement and reflection.

Such equivocal expressions, mark an intention to deceive.

His cheerful, happy temper, keeps up a kind of daylight in his mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. ':i(

SECONDLY.

Perspicuity and accuracy, with respect to the construction of sentences.

CHAPTER I.

Corrections of the errors which relate to the CLEARNESS of a sentence.

Section 1.

See Vol. 2. p. 125.

Hence appears the impossihility that an undertaking so managed, should prove successful.

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