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.. Frivolous remarks, unmeaning talk, were exhibited among them. They turned upon each other that power of observation, which should have been exercised upon society at large, and which would have brought thence its disapproving opinions as a self-corrective; but now it was employed to discern, to magnify, and to ridicule, not only the faults and follies, but the little failings, and peculiar habits of each ; each was possessed of her own little set of opinions and prejudices, fashioned according as the influences of education bad met the bias of her mind. Those which the enlargening effects of society would have dispelled, were but food for sarcasm. Whatever each said or did, was sure to be the subject, directly or indirectly, of trifling remark. And yet they were far - very far, from being a disunited or unhappy family, They were too independent of each other fully to act up to the endearing relationship of brother and sister ; but the voice of discord and angry opposition was rarely heard among them,

Another evil effect of this seclusion was, & disability and disinclination to do good. Contracted opinions will assuredly lead to contracted feelings; and the heart which is shut out from social sympathies will not be familiar with the glow of benevolence. This was evident in their case. The claims of their fellow-creatures were rarely

. presented to them, and then they obtained not ready admission to their hearts.

In one I perceived great indolence of mind, which needed excitement. The monotony and vapidness of the life she led, so adverse to the character of youth, had weakened powers, which required a stimulus; and which, if roused and well directed, would have produced a very different character. Another, of a more gay and lively turn, was deeply tinctured with enthusiasm. Extravagant expectations of life and happiness filled her mind; unfitting her for present duties, and laying up for her a store of disappointment hereafter. Works of fiction were her delight, and thence, aided by her imagination,

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she drew such a picture of ideal happiness, as the past has never realized, nor the future will ever reveal. But untaught by knowledge, and untamed by experience, these restless anticipations of the future are too frequently indulged in, till they have destroyed the vigour of the mind, and sapped the very foundation of contented enjoyment. A third, entrenched in the high opinion she entertained of herself, was inaccessible alike to advice and reproof. Her actions, her words, and even her looks, seemed to intimate, that she was right, whoever was wrong; and therefore their disapproval was of little consequence: her self-importance was unbounded. Whatever she wanted, was to be done, and done immediately; she never seemed to remember that there might be many other claims, opposed to her own, and all equally strong: but no, all must give way to hers; and this, her looks expressed, when her tongue was not permitted to utter it.

These are some of the defects I observed in my young friends, and which I found but little difficulty in tracing to their source. Errors these, which reason may in vain set herself to correct, unaided by experience: and who will say that these are slight errors, undeserving of serious regard ? * But this paper has already run to a greater length than was intended, so with your readers I will leave the application, and subscribe myself, Madam,

Yours,

V.

There are some portraits of which one is ready, immediately on seeing them, te exclaim, “What a good likeness !"- forgetting that we do not know the original. So of the abovemit seems so just to nature, I could fancy I too was listening where my correspondent heard it. And I believe the deformities of the picture are ascribed to the right cause. The cultured hot bed baš weeds peculiar to itself; and without caution, will as eer:

tainly produce them as the neglected waste; and though not the same they may be equally pernicious. I give place with much satisfaction to this paper: and of the remarks upon my former Listenings, have only to answer, that I assent to them entirely. In speaking of schools, it is the system I purpose to condemn. That some children must from circumstance be placed at school, is without doubt; and I have as little doubt that very good schools are to be found: but if they are good, it is because they have departed from the school system-that remains ever bad. In my sketch of home education, I purposely painted the extreme, that none but those who do really leave their children to others, might feel themselves attacked in those remarks. I can image no system of education so near to perfection as that of a divided charge between the parent and the governess: but I am compelled to own, I seldom have seen it as I can imagine it. I should like to see in every pious family an inmate, more or less endowed as the circumstances of the family would allow, chosen from among the children of misfortune, the friend, the agent, and as it regards the children, the entire confidant of the mother, treated as an equal, trusted as a sister, and beloved as a partner and companion in the same important charge. And while she shared the cares, she should share the interests and enjoyments of the home she so fully earns. Born an alien, she should as it were be naturalized in the family, and become a member of it; and she should have, as in such case she could have, no divided interest and no separate purpose. But this is an imagination wide of the existing system. The governess, treated as a bireling, acts as one the most isolated and generally the most unhappy being in the house, a party to nothing in the family but its cares, she cannot identify herself with the interests or the feelings of her employers, to which her own interests and feelings are thus forced into perpetual opposition. And then we hear mothers complain that governesses are so bad and so troublesome. So in truth

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they are but it is the condition they stand in that makes them so. When a gentleman finds his business more than he can manage, he takes a junior partner, because

a he knows a servant will not be equally in his interest. The mother who finds the education of her children too much for her own care, should take a partner and a friend, and consider her as such a servant will never prosper the undertaking.

CONVERSATIONS ON GEOLOGY.

CONVERSATION XIII.

Adhesive Slate Old Red Sandstone-Grit-Stone-Anomiær

Encrinites. MRS. L.-We have much more to learn on the interesting subject of Fossils, but I do not mean to resume it now-it will perpetually recur as we proceed with the Transition and Secondary Strata ; and I shall · then have occasion to present you with many more specimens. Having in a former conversation given you as much information as we have, respecting the origin of the next class of Rocks, I may now proceed to show you what they are. But we have already encroached upon this new ground for of the Transition · Rocks, or those Secondary and Stratified Rocks, that repose immediately on the Primary, Clay Slate is among the first, and that I have already described to you. ANNE.

I remember it. You called it Argillaceous Schiste, and described it as the common Slate of which 'We know so well the appearance and utility.

Mrs. L. I think we left nothing to be said upon the subject. This Slate contains no organic remains, except the frequent impressions of vegetables, and sometimes of shells. Here is a specimen of Slate I

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