Excerpt from The Portraiture of a Christian Gentleman
Amidst so much stirring and strife of opinion, boldness of speculation, and contest for dis tinction, a pious individual is to comport him self, in all his relations and transactions, so as to reconcile and unite in one vocation and system of behaviour the duties and habits proper to the Christian Gentleman, it is the object of this little manual to explain. It is not Christianity in ordinary life, but Christi anity in a special relation and connexion, that will be the subject of its inquiry. Neglecting the plains and valleys, it will confine its views to the garden border, where the lily on its graceful stalk exposes its petals to the sun, and to the hills where the cedar throws around its lofty shade. That the Christian loses nothing by being a gentleman, and that the gentleman gains greatly by being a Christian, may be gathered from the history of our own country. In various proportions, and in various degrees, the union has probably subsisted in the lives of many eminent persons who have ﬂourished in remote periods; but time has cast into the shade the delicate traces of character in which this coa.
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