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Charles. Is the camel of any use, except to carry burdens?
Mama. Yes, the Arabs drink its milk, and eat its flesh, and make stuffs of its fine soft hair. Charles. Do they shear the camel, then? Mama. No; the hair falls off every year, and leaves it quite naked. Till the hair comes again, the Arabs smear it with pitch, that the flies may not trouble it.
Charles. How curious!
Mama. The dromedary is a kind of camel. He has but one hunch on his back, the camel has two.
Charles. Mama, I did not think Joseph would have been so kind to his brothers.
Mama. Why not, my love?
Charles. They had been very unkind to him. Mama. Well?
Charles. And I thought perhaps he would have put them in prison, or not let them have any
Mama. They would have died in the famine. Charles. Joseph could not love them much for selling him for a slave into Egypt.
Mama. My little dear, do you think it would have made Joseph happy to use his brothers ill? It might for a little while, and then he would have been very unhappy. He would have displeased God, and been angry with himself. But by doing good to them instead of harm he pleased God, and he had the comfort of having them and his father with him all the rest of his life. Was not that better than the pleasure of punishing
them? My Charles remembers the verse I taught him about that.
Charles thought for a little while, and then said, Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you!
EMBLEMS FOR THE YOUNG.
The small volume by Mr. Neale, entitled, "Emblems for the Young, from Scripture, Nature, and Art," is well known. From the Preface to it the following extracts are added here, as illustrating the manner in which he himself actually entered upon the work of scripturally educating young children.
It may not be uninteresting to some few to see in what way this plan was acted upon, in the daily occurrences of life, by one who had had some experience in the work of instruction beyond that of his own children, and by whom the employment was always entered upon with exceeding interest and delight.
For this reason, the following little letters are given, simply as they were written to a child of four years of age. They are given, as will be clearly seen, without any alteration.
Those who have been pursuing a similar plan, will readily believe the interest with which the Bible, with its marginal references, was taken down, and the leaves eagerly turned over to find the corresponding passages; and the unwillingness with which the employment was relinquished when the time allotted was spent ; which was always limited to a short period, so that the whole of the texts quoted were never allowed to be found out at one time.
MY DEAR LITTLE BOY,
I SHOULD enjoy to be with mama and all of you on Christmas day and as I cannot be with you to read the Bible with you and to teach you, I have sent you a list of the principal texts I could find, which will show you how Joseph was a type of Christ. I have put the texts about Joseph on one side, and those about Christ on the other; and you may find them all out, first those on line 1, then 2, and so on: f. means the former part of the verse, and l. the latGive my love to Susannee.
PAPA has sent his little boy some beautiful references. The texts in the first column contain an account of the things mentioned: those in the second tell you of the wonders that God does by them; and those in the third give you an emblem, or something that you should think of when you see them.
Job xxxvi. 27, 28. | Ps. lxv. 10, 11. | Ps. lxxii. 6.
Ex. ix. 23.
Job xxxviii. 22, 23.
Is. xxviii. 2.
Josh. x. 11.
I WAS obliged to get up this morning before it was light, and the man that takes the letter-bags to the mail-coach came and drove me to the coach in his little chaise. By-and-by it began to get a little lighter, and all the east was a beautiful bright yellow; and up rose the sun, and made every thing look beautiful. Look at Genesis xix. 23.
Your affectionate Papa.