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So engaging an instance of unaffected inoderation and self-denial, deserves well to be considered by the bustlers in this world;-because if we are to trust the face and course of things, we scarce see any virtue so hard to be put in practice, and which the generality of mankind seem so unwilling to learn, as this of knowing when they have enough, and when it is time to give over their worldly pursuits.-Aye! but nothing is more easy, you will answer, than to fix this point; and set certain bounds to it.- " For my own part, you will say, I declare, I want and would wish no more, but a fufficient competency of those things, which are requisite to the real uses and occasions of life, suitable to the way I have been taught to expect from use and education."But recollect how feldom it ever happens, when these points are fecured, but that new occasions and new necessities present themselves, and every day as you grow richer, fresh wants are discovered, which rise up before you,
as you ascend the hill; so that every step you take,-every accellion to
your fortune, fets your desires one degree further from rest and satisfaction that something you have not yet grasped, and possibly never shall;--that devil of a phantom unpossessed and unpoffeffable, is perpetually haunting you, and stepping in betwixt you and your contentment .
Unhappy creature! to think of enjoying that blessing without moderation! -or imagine that so facred a temple can be raised upon the foundation of wealth or power !--If the ground-work is not laid within your own mind, they will as foon add a cubit to your stature, as to your happiness.--To be convinced it is so,----pray look up to those who have got as high as their warmest wishes could carry them in this ascent,-ado you oba serve they live the better, the longer, the merrier,-----or that they sleep the founder in their beds, for having twice as much as they wanted, or well know how to difpose of ?-----Of all rules for calculating happiness, this is the most deceitful, and which few but weak minds, and those unpractised in the world too, ever think of applying as the measure in such an
estimation. -Great, and inexpressible may be the happiness, which a moderate fortune and moderate defires with a consciousness of virtue will secure. Many are the filent pleasures of the honest peasant, who rises chearful to his labour ;----why should they not?-Look into his house, the seat of each man's happiness ;----has he not the same domeftick endearments ----the same joy and comfort in his children, and as flattering hopes of their doing well, to enliven his hours and glad his heart, as you could conceive in the highest station ?----And I make no doubt in general, but if the true fate of his joy and sufferings, could be fairly ballanced with those of his betters, whether any thing would appear at the foot of the accompt, but what would recommend the moral of this discourse,
-This, I own, is not to be attained to, by the cynical stale trick of haranguing against the goods of fortune-----they were never intended to be talked out of the world.-----But as virtue and true wisdom, lie in the middle of extremes ----on one hand, not to ne
glect and despise riches, so as to forget ourselves ----and on the other, not to pursue and love them so, as to forget God ;--to have them sometimes in our heads, ----but always something more important in our hearts,