A Patriot's charge to his Sons.
--Col. George Mason
, the author of the first Constitution of Virginia
, died at his residence in Fairfax county
, near Alexandria
, on the 7th of October, 1792, in the 67th year of his age. The following extract from his will is worthy of universal acceptation in these times: ‘"I recommend it to my sons, from my experience in life, to prefer the happiness and independence of a private station to the troubles and vexation of public business; but, if either their own inclinations or the necessity of the times should engage them in public affairs, I charge them, on a father's blessing, never to let the motive of private interest or ambition, induce them to betray, nor the terrors of poverty and disgrace, or the fear of danger and death, deter them from asserting the liberty of their country, and endeavoring to transmit to their posterity those sacred rights to which themselves were born."’
Words that in the present state of affairs may be aptly described by the language of Scripture as ‘"Apples of gold in pictures of silver."’