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The beginning of this essay is partially illegible as a result of faint handwriting.

Jan 1 2000

When is something [???] implanted in our natures, that teaches us that we ought on all occasions to [?] due [???] upon all; and which is rightly [?] fills the time with dashing anticipation.

When we consider the obligations we are under to our Creator, for the guardian care [?] on us at all times for the particular privileges which we enjoy above the greater part of the human family; surely it becomes us to pay him the tribute of a humble and gratified heart though this can never merit any thing from him, yet it is the only tribute we can pay him. Our happinefs [sic] in this life depends much upon our relation and communion with others. Good [?] greatly enhances our pleasures, and empowers our minds.

Therefore, for these favours we should manifest a proper degree of respect and gratitude to one [?] we should ever strive to cultivate those noble affections of the soul, which are calculated to raise the mind, above those few and degrading pafsions [sic], that rule in the breast of the selfish man; to that [?] which we ought to hold, as rational and reasonable beings.
C. McQuesten

1 For more examples of Dr. Calvin McQuesten's school work see the following documents: W0339, W0346, W0349, W0351, W0353.

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