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cl venture to quote the following beautiful passage. “ Content will never
dwell but in a meek and quiet loul. And this may appear, if we read and con“ fider what our Saviour says in St. Matthew's Gorpel: For chere he says, "Blessed "! are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy : Blessed be the pure in heart, "' for they shall see God: Blessed be the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom "1 of God: And bielded be the meek, for they shall possess the ear:h. Not that " the meek Thall not allo obtain mercy, and fee God, and be comforted, and at "last come to the kingdom of heaven ; but in the mean time he, and he only, “ possesses the earth as he goes towards that kingdom of heaven, by being hum. "ble, and cheerful, and content with what his good God has allotred him. He " has no turbulent, repining, vexatious thoughts, that he deserves better; nor is " vexi, when he sees others porsett of more honour, or more riches than his wise " God has allotted for his share : But he possesses what be bas with a merk and " contented quietness, such a quictness as makes his very dreams pleasing both to God and hinnfelf." (Complete Angler, P. I. Ch. xxi.)
dDr. Plot, in " The Natural History of Stafford thire," p. 48, styles Charles Cotton, of Beresford, Esq. “ his worthy, learned, and most ingenious friend." Beresford lies in the county of Stafford, on the banks of the river Dove ; and not far from Dovedale; of the beauties of whicb, see " Aikin's Description of the Country round Manchester," p. 501.