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garb we pass our few days here? What is any loss, any disappointment in this world, to us who have the hope of being partakers of the perfect and endless joys of eternity ? What are honours, fame, wealth, or power, when compared with the glorious expectation of a life without end; and a happiness proportioned to the duration of this life?

The supreme happiness of man, consists in the purer joys and tranquillity of the mind, arising from a life led according to reason and religion, that is to the will of God. Let us endeavour to seek for such an equal composure and resigned temper of soul, as firmly to persist in our Christian course, and to rest satisfied in the dispensation of God, when he sees fit to try us.

This life is attended with uncertainties and sor. rows: the enjoyments of it are short and transitory. In all our affection and friendship here, we should have a future view, and manifest our love by being instrumental to each other's eternal welfare.

And we should, above all, make it our study to seek for divine grace, that we may be adorned with those virtues and dispositions which are necessary to fit and prepare us for a better state ; and thus, in dependance on the atonement of our Redeemer, may we hope to leave this world in peace, “ in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life."

C. H. N.


To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.

SIR, ABOUT fifteen years ago one of my daughters swallowed a pin, her aunt was going to give her some bread to force it into her stomach, when, fortunately

On Honesty.

161 entering the house just time enough to prevent the injudicious experiment, I broke an egg into à glass and gave it her to drink, which as I had anticipated, immediately brought up the pin without any inconvenience to her. As there is not, perhaps, any thing better, nor more easy to be procured, than an egg in such cases, which, from the careless habit of putting pins in the mouth, but too frequently occur, you will probably be rendering a service by giving this publicity through the medium of your excellent miscellany.

I am, Sir,

Your obedient servant,



To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.

SIR, HONESTY is a word of wider meaning than many people seem to be aware of. I do not call a person honest, who is hired to work, and who spends aný of the time, when he ought to be working, in idling. If he ought to be digging, and is standing still, he acts dishonestly. He is stealing the time for which he is paid. If his master were looking on, he would work: but this is only eye-service; and he forgets that he has always a heavenly Master watching him.

Some people do not appear to know that they have no right to any thing they may find, which another person has lost; but a little thought would show them that in such a case it is their duty to try to find the owner and to restore his property, whe

ther the value of it be great or small. ---It is not theirs.

Many other things that appear of little consequence, shew a want of that spirit of honesty which ought to guide all our actions. It is not right to break down hedges and fences to make shorter cuts, because, by so doing, you injure your neighbour's property. It is very wrong to injure trees for fire-wood; this is clearly stealing, for though no objection may be made to picking up dead wood, this gives no right to touch a tree..Wood in stacks or heaps is private property, and those who feel disposed to meddle with it, will do well to remember that they are stealing when they take it,-that taking one thing leads to another—that property is protected by the laws of the land,—that the wicked

sooner or later brought to punishment. But if not punished on earth, still let the offender think of the punishment which awaits him in the world to


On the other hand, how respected and beloved are honest people—those whose word is as good as their bond, who are trusted by all; who are happy in a sense of a Christian's duty, and a Christian's hope,-a prospect of greater bliss after death than

ear hath heard or eye seen."—Who can hesitate which of the two characters to prefer?



To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.

SIR, As potatoes often form a very considerable part of the food of the poor, I beg leave to offer a few re

Potatoe Bread.

168 marks on the culture and utility of that vegetable. Potatoes of the early kind should be set this month, with plenty of good manure. This crop will be ready about the middle of May, or perhaps a little later, when the ground may be used for other purposes, such as the sowing of mustard and cress, &c. If the winter potatoe is intended to be grown, the sets should be planted in April or May, in that case the crop will not be ready till the latter end of the year.

It is not, I think, so generally known as it ought to be, that potatoes make very good wholesome bread. To make this, you should choose the most mealy kind of potatoe. When boilded and skinned, take, of these, twelve pounds, breaking and straining them well through a coarse sieve so as to reduce them to a state of flour, mixing these well together. Make and knead them in the same manner as if it were common bread. Make it into loaves and let them bake for two hours t. These ingredients when baked will produce about forty pounds of excellent bread; it may be made in smaller quantities taking of the flour and potatoes in the like proportions.

I am sure if this method were known it would be generally adopted, as it is much cheaper than common bread, while, at the same time, it is made without the least difficulty, and is not, as some would be led to suppose, heavy and unwholesome, but perfectly light and palatable.

By inserting the above you will confer an obliga

tion on

D. G. E.

We have printed the above letter, believing that a hint on potatoe bread may be of use ;-notwithstanding our correspondent has said nothing about

The letter was written in March ; the beginning, however, of April will do.

There is an omission here in D. G. E.'s letter.

the quantity of flour which he would add to his twelve pounds of potatoes to make the forty pounds of bréad.

There are, however, different opinions as to the proportions of flour and potatoes best calculated to combine the advantages of cheapness and goodness. -Potatoes with flour certainly make the bread much cheaper, and those who are disposed to try might use the potatoes in small quantities at first, and a little experience will teach them where it is best to stop.Ed.



The following advice, printed on parchment, is given to the children of the “Female Orphan Asylum” when they are about to leave the house. You are placed out apprentice by the Guardians of the Asylum, or House of Refuge for the reception of friendless and deserted girls, the settlement of whose parents cannot be found. You were taken into it, a deserted orphan, totally helpless and for saken by friends. By the benevolence of this institution, you have been fed, clothed, and instructed. You have been taught to fear God, to love Him, to be honest, careful, laborious, and diligent. As you hope for success in this world and happiness in the next, you are to be mindful of what has been taught you. You are to behave honestly, justly, „soberly, and carefully in every thing to every body, especially towards your master and mistress, and their family; and to execute all lawful commands, with industry, cheerfulness, and good manners.

You may experience many temptations to do wrong when you are in the world, but by all means fly from them, and daily pray to the Almighty to enable you so to do. Always speak the Truth. Though you may have done a wrong thing, you

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