DICKENS AND.THE NEW TESTAMENT.
The letter of paternal advice whlob Diokena addressed to hie youngest oon on the eve of hla departure for Australia is worth reaalllng just now, when that son his rlaen to be a prosperous colonist, and a member of the Parliament of the parent oolony. It la given m full at page 445 of the third volume of John Forater's 'Life.* Hera la an extract :— "It Is my | comfort and ray sincere oonviotlon that you are going to try the life for whioh you are beat fitted. I think Its freedom and wUdness more suited to you than any experiment m a study or office would huve been. Try to do to others as you would have them do to you, and do not be dlsoouraged If they fall sometimes. It Is muoh better for yon that they should fail m obeying tbe greatest rule laid down by our Saviour than that you should. I pot a New Testament among your books, for the very same reasons and with the very name hopes that made me write an easy aooount of it when you •rare a little child — beoause it is tbe best book that ever was or will be known In the world, and beoause It teaohes yon the best lessous by whioh any human ejeatnre who tries to be truthful and faithful to duty oan possibly be guided."
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