The Plain Teacher

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - Business & Economics - 96 pages
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE PLAIN TEACHER. CHAP. I. THE NATURE OF A LIFE OF BUSINESS, AND OBLIGATIONS TO IT. THE supreme felicity, and great end of man, is to know, love, and glorify God his Creator, Redeemer and Benefactor. John xvii. 3. But as we are beings endowed with powers and faculties of body and mind, fitted and designed for actions relative to our present state of being; and are placed by Divine Providence in mutual dependence upon each other, by the perpetual return of wants, which of ourselves we are incapable of relieving or supplying; both reason and religion require, that all, as they are able, should be employed in Mich a manner as may be beneficial to themselves, and the society to which theyrelate; and a very considerable part of the beauty and excellence of the Christian life, consists in due affections and conduct with respect to the persons and things of the present state, and in acting upon principles of wisdom, goodness, justice and integrity to one another. The real and imaginary wants of mankind have created great diversity in their employments. Some are chiefly labouring to support the life, or restore the health of the body. Others to defend men's persons or estates, and secure or promote the private or public peace and prosperity. Some to improve the mind in useful and entertaining knowledge: or, in the more important concerns of religion and virtue, which, though not always the most advantageous, yet are certainly not the least noble emplojanents. While others, in vast variety, are contributing to the convenience and delight of their brethren of mankind. Heaven formed each on other tf depend, As master, or as servant, or as friend j Bids each on oilier for assistance call, Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all; And builds on wants, a...

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Steele was born in the same year as Joseph Addison, whom he knew at Charterhouse School and at Oxford, which Steele left before receiving his degree. In 1709 he began the first of a series of periodicals that established the characteristics of the "periodical essay." This essay form, which was short and usually addressed personal topics, evolved primarily from journalistic sources and for journalistic purposes. Nevertheless, the essays appearing in The Tatler (from 1709) and The Spectator (from 1711) exerted a tremendous influence. Addison, who was a frequent contributor to both periodicals, displayed insight and elegance in his 42 numbers of The Tatler; Steele, with less elegance and wit, produced 188 and showed a warmth and sympathy that many readers preferred to Addison's cool intelligence. Steele's best-known play, The Conscious Lovers (1722), retreats from the artifice and aristocratic notions of Restoration drama, promoting instead a sound middle-class gentility. Married twice, Steele died in Wales, where he lived because of his debts.

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