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LETTERS AND SPEECHES,
THE FIRST SECRETARY OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BOARD OF
PUBLISHED BY B. B. MUSSEY & CO.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
THE YOUNG MEN
THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY
This work comes from one in whose mind present Memories are taking the place of early Hopes. It is specially addressed to those in whose minds future Memories will soon take the place of present Hopes
. Hence a fitting occasion presents itself for the statement of a few principles, by whose unerring guidance the exulting Hopes of Youth may always be transformed into the happy Mem
ories of Age.
The Youth of all climes and times have a common attribute. The desire of happiness is a universal desire. God fixes this element in the core of life. Far back in our moral organization, before human conduct can come in to control or modify, this longing for happiness, this hope of future welfare, is radicated in the soul ; so that it seems to have been the first attribute which was taken for the constitution of our nature, and around which the other attributes were gathered, rather to have been added to the rest as a secondary or incident. The desire of some form of happiness being secured, as a motive power, it seems to have been left very much to the option of each individual to select his own objects of enjoyment,