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nations; they read and write; they sleep in

beds, and ride in coaches; they wear coats and trowsers;- who, then, will say that bark is meant for such persons as these?

"In the second place, Their fevers and agues may have many excellencies with which we are unacquainted-why, then, attempt to cure them?

"In the third place, These fevers and agues assist exceedingly to thin their armies-why, then, strengthen them, merely to destroy ourselves?

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Fourthly, These fevers and agues are so deep seated and violent, that it is impossible to cure them-why, then, attempt it?

"In the fifth place, Who would think of curing foreign nations, till we have cured all the sick in Peru?

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Sixthly, When the time comes for the general cure of fevers and agues, I have no doubt that the Great Spirit will give us some sign from the mountains.

Such, Peruvians, are my reasons for opposing the wish of the speaker; and whoever promotes it, or opposes me, is a madman, and an enemy both to the Incas and the Great Spirit.'

"Now, then," continued the old clergyman, "supposing the Peruvian orator thus to reason, I should be glad to know by what answer that young gentleman would repel his arguments."

He then, to my infinite horror, sat down, and left me with the eyes of the assembly fixed upon me, as if waiting for my reply; but not having any precisely ready, I thought it best to be taken suddenly ill, and to leave the room.

I was not, however, so easily to get rid of my speech and the reply to it. I scarcely dared shew my face in the country, where I was universally known, for some time, by the name of "the Peruvian." Indeed, almost every body seemed to rejoice in my mortification, except the immediate author of it. He was one of the

first persons who visited me in college after my return from this meeting, and, taking me very kindly by the hand, he said, "I venture to höpe that this slight pang may save you from many worse. And this it will do, if it leads you to examine and reject the principle on which I am disposed to think your opinion is founded.”.


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That," said I proudly, "I am by no means likely to do; for it is nothing less than the indisputable maxim, Nullum numen abest si sit prudentia;' or, as my aunt translates it, Where prudence is, no divinity is absent.""

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"With due deference," replied the old gentleman, "both to the author and translator of the maxim, I should rather say, that where policy is, no virtue is present: I am sure charity is not.'

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Charity," said I, "you are to recollect, "begins at home."

"If it does," replied he, "it is not unlikely, I fear, also to end there. Real charity, my

young friend, descends from Heaven. Allow me to tell you a story. One of the biographers of Archbishop Usher tells us, that this prelate was wrecked upon a very desolate part of the coast. Under these circumstances, and in a most forlorn condition, he applied for assistance to a clergyman of a very prudent cast, stating, among other claims, his sacred profession. The clergyman rudely questioned the fact, and told him, peevishly, that he doubted whether he even knew the number of the Commandments. Indeed I do,' replied the Archbishop, mildly: there are eleven.' 'Eleven!'

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answered the catechist: tell me the eleventh,

and I will assist you.' ›

"Obey the eleventh,' said the Archbishop, and you certainly will assist me- -A new commandment give I unto you, that ye love one another."

"Now," continued my visitor," this eleventh commandment is worth a volume of mere pru

dential maxims. Remember this, and perhaps it will be real prudence to burn all the rest.”

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'Perhaps it will," said I-for the truth is, he spoke so tenderly, and so very like my aunt Rachel, and I had discovered mere prudence and honesty to be such unproductive and uncomfortable qualities, that I was nearly as anxious to try some other source of happiness as my adviser to recommend the trial.-"Perhaps it will," then, said I. And, accordingly, no sooner was he gone, than I determined upon the formal annihilation of this second part of the code; and, applying a pen-knife pretty resolutely to this portion of the parchment, I had soon the exquisite satisfaction of hearing it hiss in the fire. Moreover, fearing the fascination of my aunt's countenance, I sent the very same evening for a limner of considerable reputation, and engaged him, by a few masterly touches, to get rid of the afore-mentioned prudential, cold, calculating cast which predominated in her por.

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