as well as to the principles.
It troubled him, when some of his children changed their mode of dress, and ceased to say thee
. He groaned when one of his daughters appeared before him with a black velvet bonnet, though it was exceedingly simple in construction, and unornamented by feather or ribbon.
She was prepared for this reception, and tried to reconcile him to the innovation by representing that a white or drab-colored silk bonnet showed every stain, and was therefore very uneconomical for a person of active habits.
‘Thy good mother was a very energetic woman,’ he replied; ‘but she found no difficulty in keeping her white bonnet as nice as a new pin.’
His daughter urged that it required a great deal of trouble to keep it so; and that she did not think dress was worth so much trouble.
But his groan was only softened into a sigh.
The fashion of the bonnet his Sarah had worn, in that beloved old meeting-house at Woodbury
, was consecrated in his memory; and to his mind, the outward type also stood for an inward principle.
I used to tell him that I found something truly grand in the original motive for saying thee
but it seemed to me that it had degenerated into a mere hereditary habit, since the custom of applying you
exclusively to superiors had vanished from the English
He admitted the force of this argument; but he deprecated