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may be he hath not said (what you have heard) and if he hath, that he speak it not again. Love thy. friend, and be faithful to himn; but if thou betrayelt his secrets, follow no more after him.” Remeinber this, and learn what friendship means.
23. Duty to yourself, in regard to your own Perfon, as to Cleanliness and Health.
Cleanliness and industry, like health and pleafure, generally accompany each other; for these are to the body what virtue and religion are to the - soul. And we are told by Solomon, that
As there is no joy above the joy of the heart, « so there are no riches above a sound body.'
You may see in every street a crowd of witnesses that filth and rags introduce vice and misery; and that the neglect of the body certainly brings on the neglect of the soul. Learn to mend your own clothes, that in case you should not be able to pay a taylor, or not be near one, yet you may be sure of being whole and tight; and remember that the cleaner and tighter you keep yourself, according to the nature of your business, the more healthy you will be, and the faster you will grow. It is with men, as with other animals, in this respect : a young horse being kept clean, and properly exer,
cised, cised, will be ten times as valuable as another that runs wild, without any attention.
24. Duty to yourself, in regard to In
struction. If you cannot read, you should learn. It is a misfortune not to know how to read ; but it is a fault if you neglect to learn, when you have an opportunity of doing so. It is a glorious thing, when not at work, to have always something to do, by which you may learn, and be the better for it.
25. Duties of Life in general. What your particular duties are as a good man, and a good subject, you will learn by reading The Knowledge of a Christian made easy, written by a very good and learned archbishop. Take care of it; it is a valuable little book; the longer you live, the more you will esteem it. You must read it often when you are not employed about your master's business. It warns you to fhun all those vices, which every one who has a manly spirit, true courage, and a right understanding, is ashamed of.
26. Duty in regard to Hope. If it were not for hope, despair would seize the mind. You know not what a day will bring forth:
but if you hope, as you justly may, that by the kindness of Providence, you shall not want food nor rayment, nor shelter from the weather, nor health, nor contentment; you may also hope for the mercy of God after death. He actually gives you from day to day your daily bread: he hath promised you. everlasting happiness if you obey him : you may safely trust him: 'tis but to obey him, and you will never despair : your hopes will ever be in a State of spring, and all the advantages of a plentiful harvest will follow. You will be free from forrowing as men without hope, and always trust in God.
27. Wisdom and Folly. . All the actions of human life are in some degree wise or foolish. The true way of discovering the one from the other, is by comparing them with the Commandments of God.
Behold, says Salomon, the fear of the Lord (by < which is meant great care not to offend your • Maker) that is wisdom ;, and to depart from evil, 6 that is understanding.'
6. The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walketh in darkness.” And “as a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool to his folly.” It is absurd for any man to pretend to love God, and not obey him : if thou doft obey him, thou loveft him, and he
will love and protect thee; and thou canst not be unhappy whilst thou livest under his protection. When thou dieft, and thy soul leaves thy body, then thou wilt enter into joy everlasting. These things are as true as the Gospel, and the glorious fruits of an honest, sober, and virtuous life. He who confiders this well, will find his heart dance and spring forth with joy.
Thou mayst be assured that there is a much greater difference between a wise man and a fool, than there is between a rich man and a poor one, whatever notions men may entertain to the contrary concerning riches; and as it is in every man's power to be wise, therefore it is in every mạn's power to enjoy a greater good than riches.
My son, let not mercy, nor truth; justice, nor the love of God, ever forsake thee. Bind them about thy neck : wear them in thy bosom : write them on the table of thine heart. Stop thine ears, and guard thine eyes, against all manner of evil: and remember that Jesus Christ, the great Judge and friend of mankind, suffered a painful death, that through his blood thou mightest (if thou dost thine own endevors) be saved from all punishment, and become a partaker of the joys and glories of heaven. Let this be thy comfort, and the subject of thy constant joy, for the mercies of God are extended over all his works, and common to the rich and poor.
Form of an Indenture.
of the parish of
doth, with his own free and voluntary consent, put himself apprentice to
of the parish of in the county of
with him, after the manner of an apprentice, to dwell and serve, from the date hereof, until the full end and term of years from hence next ensuing, fully to be compleat and ended; during all which said term, he, the said apprentice, his said master well and faithfully shall serve, his secrets keep, his commandments, lawful and honest, every where gladly do and perform : Hurt to his faid mafter he fhall not do, nor of others fee or know to be done, but that he to his power shall lett, or forthwith give warning to his faid master of the same: The goods of his faid master he shall not waste; nor to any unlawfully lend ; fornication he shall not commit; matrimony he shall not contract; at cards, dice, tables, or any other unlawful games, he shall not play ; taverns or alehouses he shall not frequent; from his faid master's service, by day or night, unlawfully, he shall not absent himself; but in all things, as a faithful servant and apprentice, he thail , bear and behave himself to his faid master, and all his, during the said term : And the said master his faid apprentice, in the art he now useth, after the best manner he knows or can, shall teach, instruct, and inform, or cause to be taught and informed, with due correction ; finding his faid apprentice, meat,