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which I have made shipwreck of repatation, and life, and all that is dear upon earth.--- Avoid laziness and sloth, as the most destructive habits a young man can fall into.

Avoid roving and rambling about the country.-Work at some honest and regular employment for your living.--Shun bad companions.-Guard against drinking and sabbathbreaking.--If you have parents, love, reverence, and obey them, and do not bring sorrow and disgrace upon their grey bairs by your profligacy. Think what a decent and affectionate parent must feel at the thought of having a child in my situation ! Spare your parents that pain. If you have wives, love them and live with them, -and do not render their lives miserable by your idleness, ill-usage, and neglect. If you have children, train them up in the fear of God, and in habits of honesty and industry, and never let them have cause to blush for their father's vices. Be honest,be industrious,-be sober,-be religious.-Live in the love and fear of God-keep holy the sabbath day—and go constantly to a place of public worship. Remember you have souls, (O how soon is my soul to pass into eternity !) and you must one day answer to God for all you do. Oh! profit then by my onbappy fate and, while you shed a tear of sorrow over my disgraceful death, resolve to watch over your own hearts, and to avoid my crimes. Farewell !"

To such a dying speech I can have little to add ; por shall I make any remark upon it, except that I think it deserves to be treasured up in every heart. May all who read it, meditate seriously upon it; and may those, for whom it is more immediately intended, derive from it those lessons which it is meant to convey. If good come from it, I shall sincerely rejoice. If it only be the means of affecting one heart,-if only one man or woman, now living in error and sin, be hereby brought to "repent and turn to God, and to do works meet for repentance," my labour will be abundantly repaid ; for I have learnt to believe that one soul-one single soul, is of more value than all the perishing possessions of this world. Some thoughtless beings may perhaps laugh at this little tract when they have read it, and try to turn it into jest. Let such know that their time for laughter will soon be over.

There is a day coming, which will remove the veil that now clouds their sight, and convince them that the things here written, are not matters of jest, bat serious and important truths which belong to our eternal peace. “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” It is fearful to think how little the generality of mankind are preparing for this great day. Happily, murder is a crime that is but rarely committed ainopgst us: I would that others were as rare in their occurrence, and excited an equal share of public indignation. But we cannot in truth say this. Iniquity abounds on every side. Men, women, and children are living, as it were, without God in the world ; and seem so determined and zealous in their wickedness, that one might almost think they wish to be excluded from heaven when they die. We see gaming, and swearing, and drinking, and sabbath-breaking, and neglect of families,-the very crimes wbich marked Joby Diggle's earthly career, and ultimately led to his untimely death—we see these very crimes prevail, to an awful extent, in every part of the country. Many are the aged parents, many are the affectionate wives—many are the helpless families, that feel their baneful effects in this world, and have cause to dread that they will ruin a son, or a father in the world to come. Men and brethren! hearken to the voice of friendship listen to the dying advice of poor Diggle. Open your eyes to the gulph that lies before you. Repent of your sins, lest they prove your ruin, and render you miserable in both worlds. Do not delay the

time.—Life is uncertain-you know not what a day may bring forth. And “the end of these things is death." I exhort you therefore in the language of Scripture—“Let the wicked forsake his way.”“ Let bim that stole steal no more."-" Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.”

Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.”

_" Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;"—Flee to him for refuge. Seek pardon of your sins through his blood. For my own part, I freely confess that I derive all my hopes of salvation from Christ. Build your hopes upon bim too; and unite with me in bumble endeavours to show forth bis praise. Let us praise him both “ with our lips and in our lives.” Let " walk before him in holiness and righteousness all our days.” Let us together tak e his yoke upon us, and be his followers on earth; and then, though unknown to each other in this world, we shall, beyond doubt, meet and rejoice together, in the kingdom of beaven.

Fervently praying that, through the grace and mercy of God, this may be our happy lot, I subscribe myself, Friends and Neighbours,

With the utmost sincerity,

Your well wisher,

A LANCASHIRE CURATE." Bury, April 10th, 1826.

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THE TWO LONDON APPRENTICES;

OR,

INDUSTRY AND IDLENESS.

(Concluded from p. 377.)

PART VI.

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Young Goodchild has, all along, been going on so well, that he is now taken into partnership by his master, and the business is carried on under the names of “ West and Goodchild.” He besides obtained Mr. West's consent to marry his daughter, -a steady, careful, and pious young woman; and she makes him an excellent wife. Mr. West is much pleased too with the match, for he considers that, in the common course of things, diligence and industry will lead to prosperity, and that Goodchild must one day rise to eminence and riches ; and what was better still, he knew him to be an honest, upright, conscientious young man. Mr. West was right. Mr. Goodchild made an excellent husband, he was steady and industrious, and he never wished to go and seek for company in public

houses; but, after the business of the day was over, he was generally at home with his wife ; and as they were both persons of such right principles, they did all they could to make each other happy. All this time, business went on well, and Goodchild was reckoned as respectable a tradesman as any in the city. In a few years he became sheriff of London; and in time, we sball perhaps see that he arrived at still higher dignity and power. At present, however, we will content ourselves with thinking that he is Sheriff of London; and, by this, we see how much may be done by good conduct, and diligence, and industry. But now let us inquire what is become of the idle 'prentice.' Idlevess will bring a man to rags. But we shall see.

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The Idle Apprentice, after a long sea voyage, returns home again to London. He was too idle to like a sea life,--and we may be sure, besides, that his wicked and idle babits often brought him to levere punishment whilst he was on board the ship. In idle fellow will neither do good by land or by ea. And, whilst all hands should be at work, it

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