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to be able to present you with a new mother. You must all promise me to love her." Pleasure was visible on every countenance. A new Mother! It was a delightful idea to their affectionate hearts. They shouted forth their joy. Soon, [195] one of the most favoured of the number, a boy of a sweet spirit, climbed his father's knee. "Please to choose for us, a mother who will laugh. And we would all like it well, if you would bring us one that knows how to play." There spoke forth the free, happy nature of childhood.

Christians ought to be happy, and being so, should make it visible. The words and example of our Saviour, convey this lesson. "When ye fast, be ye not of a sad countenance." If even the penitential parts of our religion, do not allow this demeanour, can faith, and hope, and joy require it?

Every woman in advancing the happiness of her family, should look beyond the gratification of the present moment, and consult their ultimate improvement. She should require all the members of her household, to bear their part towards this end. The little child, too young to contribute aught beside, may bring the gift of a smile, the charm of sweet manners. The kiss of the roselipp'd babe, enters into the account. The elder children should select from their studies, or