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godmother, the girl was, by her directions, called Sophia ; so that we had two romantic names in the family; but I folemnly protest I had no hand in it. Mofes was our next, and after an interval of twelve years, we had two sons more.
It would be fruitless to deny my exultation when I saw my little ones about me; but the vanity and the satisfaction of my wife were even greater than mine. When our visitors would say, "Well, upon my
word, Mrs. Primrose, you have the « finest children in the whole country'Ay, neighbour," she would answer, they are as heaven made them, hand• fome enough, if they be good enough ; • for handsome is that handsome does.' And then she would bid the girls hold up their heads; who, to conceal nothing, were certainly very handsome. Mere outside is so very triling a circumstance with me, that I should scarce have remembered to mention it, had it not been a general topic of conversation in the country.
Olivia, now about eighteen, had that luxuriancy of beauty with which painters generally draw Hebe; open, sprightly, and commanding. Sophia's features were not so striking at first ; but often did more certain execution ; for they were soft, modest, and alluring. The one vanquished by a single blow, the other by efforts successfully repeated.
The temper of a woman is generally formed from the turn of her features, at least it was so with my daughters. Olivia wished for many lovers, Sophia to secure
Olivia was often affected from too great a desire to please. Sophia even represt excellence, from her fears to offend. The one entertained me with her vivacity when I was gay, the other with her fense when I was serious. But these qualities were never carried to excefs in either, and I have often seen them exchange characters for a whole day together. A suit of mourning has transformed my coquet into a prude, and a new set of ribbands has given her youngest fifter more than natural vivacity. My eldeft fon George was bred at Oxford, as I intended him for one of the learned professions. My second boy Moses, whom I designed for business, received a sort of a miscellaneous education at home. But it is needless to attempt describing the particular characters of young people that had seen but very little of the world. In short, a family likeness prevailed through all, and properly speaking, they had but one character, that of being all equally generous, credulous, simple, and inoffensive.
Family misfortunes. The loss of fortune
only serves to increase the pride of the worthy
THE temporal concerns of our fa
mily were chiefly committed to my wife's management ; as to the spiritual, I took them entirely under my own direction, The profits of my living, which amounted to but thirty-five pounds a year, I made over to the orphans and widows of the clergy of our diocese ; for having a fufficient fortune of my own, I was careless of temporalities, and felt a fecret pleafure in doing my duty without reward. I also set a resolution of keeping no curate, and of being acquainted with every man in the parish, exhorting the married men to temperance, and the bachelors to matrimony; so that in a few years it was? a common saying, that there were three strange wants at Wakefield, a parson wanting pride, young men wanting wives, and ale-houses wanting customers.
Matrimony was always one of my fa. vourite topics, and I wrote several sermons to prove its happiness : but there was a peculiar tenet which I made a point of supporting; for I maintained with Whiston, that it was unlawful for a priest of the church of England, after the death of his first wife, to take a second, or to express it in one word, I valued myself upon being a strict monogamist. .
I was early initiated into this important dispute, on which so many laborious volumes have been written. I published fome tracts upon the subject myself, which, , as they never fold, I have the consolation of thinking are read only by the happy Few. Some of my friends called this my weak fide ; but alas ! they had not like me made it the subject of long contempla