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 CHEAP  REPOSITORY.
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Two   Wealthy^Farmer's ;
Or, the Hiftory  of
Mr.    BRAGWELL
PART    II.
Sold by J.  MARSHALL,
(Printer to" the Cheap Repc'sitory for Moral
and  Religious  Tracts) No.   17,   Queen-Street,
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On the if of June was publijhed.
The Shepherd oLSalifbury Plain. Part II.—Th§
Beggarly Boy, a Parable,—and Wild Robert!
a Ballad.
•On the if of July,
The good Mother's Legacy.—Daniel in the Lions}
Den.,—and the Newcaftle Collier, a Ballad.
On the  ifi Augufl,
Hints on the prefent Scarcity.-.--The Happy Waterman.—The Riot, a Ballad,-—and the Plow-]
boy's Dream, a Ballad.
On the   ifi  of September,
Noah's Flood.—Tom White, Part II; or, the Way'
to Plenty,—-and Dame Andrews, a Ballad.
On  the ifi  of October^,
The Two Farmers, Part I.—Harveft Home,—
and the Honeft Miller., a Ballad.
X)n the  \fl of November,
The Parable of the Vineyard.—The   Two Far-
-mers,   Part II.—and   the . African   Woman's
Lamentation,   a Ballad.
On the ifi of December,
The Troubles of Life, or, the Guinea and the
Shilling,—and the Merry Chriftmas, or Happy
New Year.
And other Pieces on afimilar Plan, on the ifi of
every Month.
THE
Two JVealthy Farmers, &c.
: ,'■ ;' 1||   PART     M. "^^^»
MY readers may remember that the firft
part of this hiftory concluded with a
walk taken by Mr. Bragwell and Mr. Worthy over the grounds of the latter, in which
walk Mr. Bragwell, though he feemed to
admire, took care to lower every thing he
faw, by comparing it with fomething better'
which he had of his own. 'Soon after fup-
per Mrs. Worthy left the room with her
daughters, at her hufband's^defire; for it
was his intention to fpeak more plainly to
Bragwell than was likely to be agreeable to
him before others.
The two farmers being feated at their little table, each in a handfome old fafhioned
great chair, Bragwell began.
It is a great comfort, neighbour Worthy
• at'a certain time of life to be got above the
world; my notion is, that a man fhould labour hard the firft part of his days and that
he may then fit down and enjoy himfelf for
-'the remainder.    Now though. I hate boaft-
ing, yet as you are my bldeft friend I am
about to Open my heart to yOu.    Let me
tell you then I  reckon I have worked as
harcllas any man in my time, and that I now*
-begin to think 1 have a right to indugle t
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little. I have got my money with a good
character and I m£ah to fpendit with credEV.
I pay every one his "own, I fet a'good example, I keep to my church, I ferve God, I
honour the king, and I obey the laws of
the land.
This is doing a great deal inde^,'{f^pW-
ed Mr. Worthy, but added he, I djtwbit
that more goes to the making, up all thefe
duties than men are commonly aware of.
Suppofe then that you and I talk the matter
over coolly, we have the evening before us.
What if we fit down together as two friends
and examine one another. lifflll
Bragwell who loved an argument and who
was not a little vain both of his fenfe and
his morality, accepted the challenge,  and
gave his word that he would take in good
part any thing that fhould be faid to him.
Worthy was about to proceed when Bragwell interrupted him for a moment, by 'faying,—But flop friend,   before we begin I
wifh  you would  remember that we have
§^d a long walk, and I want a little refrefh-i
rtient; have you no liquor that is ftronger
than this cider? I am afraid,it will give me
a fit ofi.$je gout. ?MMijmfi:.'.
Mr. Worthy immediately pfOjiu,Ged;aiboln
tie of whie and another of fpirits,;faying,
that though he drank neither fpirits nor even
wine himfelf, yet his wife always-fcgpt a/lit'tHe
of each as,afj$pyifion in cafe of ficknefis .or
accidents,
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' Farmfer, Brasgwell preferred the braltfly,
and began to tafte it. Why, faid he, this
is no better.than Engfifh,. I always ufe foreign myfelf. I bought this for foreign,
faid. Mr. Worthy. No- no, it is Englifh
fpirits I affure you, but I can put you into a way to get foreign- nearly as cheap as
Englifh. Mr. Worthy replied that he
thought that was impoffible.
Bragwell. O no, there are ways and;
means—a word to the wife—there is an acquaintance of mine that lives upon the fouth
coaft—you are a particular friend and I will
get you a gallon for'a trifle.
XW.orthy. "Not if it be fmuggled Mr.
Bragwell, though I fhould get it for fix-
pence a bottle.—Afk no queftions, faid the
oth'erry.il rhever fay.My thing to any one
and who-is the wifer? And fo this is your
way of obeying the laws of the land, fajsife
Mr. Worthy—here is a fine fpecimen of
Jfefrdramo r ali ty.
Bragmell.     Come, come,  don't make w
fufs*about trifles. ■■Mlevery one did it indeed' it would be another thfrs^-but as to
my^gitt^n'g a drop of good brandy cKea^'
•W^iy Jtfcair;£an't hurt theorevenuelMuch.
1 Worthy.    Pray Mr. Brag Weill what fhould-
you think of a man who wouldid^Ms h&rilV
into a bag and take out a few guineas ?'
Bra>gw$hl:   Think ! why 1 think- t&aig|fttf
fhcorjcfrbe &angeddad)erifare.
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Worthy. But fuppofe that bag flood in
the king's treafury ?
Bragwell. In the king's treafury! worfe
?nd worfe! What, rob the king's treafury.
Well J hope the robber will be taken up
and executed, for I fuppofe we fhall all be
taxed to pay the damage.
Worthy. Very true. If one man takes
money out of the treafury others muft be
obliged to pay the more into it; but what
think you if the fellow'fhould be found to
have flopped fome money in its way to the
treafury, inftead of taking it out of the bag
after it got there.
• Bragwell. Guilty, Mr. Worthy, it is
all the fame in my opinion. Ifi was.a.juryman, I fhould fay guilty, death.
Worthy.'.:, Hark ye Mr. Bragwell, he that
deals in fmuggled brandy, is the man who*
takes to himfelf the king's money in its way:
to the treafury, and he as much, robs the.
government as if he dipt his hands into a bag,
of guineas in  the treafury  chamberKvIt
comes to the fame thing exaftly.     Here
Bragwell feemed a little offended.    What
Mr. Worthy; do you pretend to fay I am
.not an honeft man becaufe I like to get my,
brandy as cheap as I can? and becaufe I
like to fave a fhilling to my family? Sir, I
repeat it, I do my duty to God and my
neighbour.—I fay the Lord's prayer, moft
days, I go to church on Sundays, I repeat:
my creed and keep the ten commandments,
and though I may now and then get a little
brandy cheap, yet upon the whole, I wilt
venture to fay, I do as much as can be expected of any man.
Worthy. Come then, fince yon fay you-
keep the commandments, you cannot be
offended if I afk you whether you under-
ft and them.
Bragwell. To be fure I do; I darer
fay I do, lookee Mr. Worthy, I don?t pretend to much reading, I was not bred to it
as yon were. If my father had been a par-
fpn I fancy I fhould have made as good a|
figure as fome other folks, but I hope good
fenfe and a good heart may teach a-man his
'duty without much fcholarfhip.
Worthy. To come' to the point let
us now go through the ten command-
ments, and let us take along with us-
thofe explanations of them which our.
Saviour   gave   us   in his  fermon  on  the
mount.
Bragwell. Sermon on the mount! why
the ten commandments are in the 20th chapter of Exodus. Come, come, Mr. Worthy,-
I know where to find the commandments as
well- as- you do, for it happens that I am
church-warden, and I can fee from the altar-
piece where the ten commandments are without your telling: me, for my pew direftly
faces it.
Worthy.   But I advife you' to read the
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fermbn on the mount, that you may fee th<
full meaning of them.
Bragwell.    What do you want to make!
me believe that there are two ways of .keeping the commandments ?
Worthy. No,; but there may be two
ways of underftanding them.
Bragwell. Well 1 I am not afraid, to be
put to the proof, I defy any man,to fay I
do not keep at leaft all the fouf fijfft.tliat are
on'the left fide of the altar piece.
Worthy. If you-can prove that, I fhall
beifriore ready to believe you pbferve thofe
of the other table, for he who does hisr;duty
to God will be likely to do his duly to his
neighbour'alfo. £g^
Bragwell.    What!   do you think that 11
ferve two Gods?   Do you think then thatj
I make graven images, and worfhip flocks'
or Hones ?   Do you take me  for a Papift
or an Idolater ?
Worthy. Don't triumph quite fo foon
mafter Bragwell. -Pray is there nothing in
the world you prefer to God, and thus make
an idol of? Do you not love your money,
or your lands, or your crops, or your cat-
tie, or your own will, and your own way,
rather better than you love God ? D&TOsb?
never think of thefe with more pleafure
than you think of Him, and follow them
more eagerly than your religious duty?- |
Bragwell.    O there's nothing about that
n the 20th Chapter of Exodus.
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Worthy.   But Jefus Chrift has faid, " He
that loveth fath
ler or mother more than mer
is not worthy of me." Now it is certainly
amah's duty to love his father and mother,
nay-j|£, would be wicked not to love them,
and yet we muft not IcCve even thefe more
than our Creator and our Saviour. Well
I^hink on this principle, your heart pleads
guilty ;^,the breach of ^he firft and fecond
commandments, let us proceed to the third.
Bragwell.     This is about fwearing, is it
not?
Mr. Worthy, who had obferved Bragwell guilty of much profanenefs in ufing the
name of his Maker, (though all fuch offen-
five words have been avoided in writing this
hiflory) now told him that he had been
waitinggthe whole day for an opportunity to
['reprove him, for his frequent breach of the
tjyrd commandment.
Good L-— d, I break the third commandment, faid Bragwell, no indeed hardly ever.
I ence'ufed to fwear a little to be fure, but
Ifyow to G—;d I never do it now except
ij^Wffjand then, when I happen to be in a
paffion :. and in fuch a- cafe, why good G—d
you know the fin is with thofe who. provoke
me and not with me, but upon my foul I
don't think I have fworn an oath thefe three
months, no not I faith, as I hope to be
faved. f!§jgj(
Worthy.   And yet you have broken this
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loly law no lefs than'five or fix times in th^
laft fpeech you have made.
Bragwell.    'Lord blefs me.     Sure you
miftake.     Good 'heavens  Mr. 'Worthy,  I
- call G—*d to witnefs I have neither curfed
inor fwore fince I have been in the houfe.
'Worthy.    Mr. Bragwell, this is-the way
in which many who call themfelves very
good fort of  people deceive   themfelves.
What!  is it no profanation of the name of
God to ufe it lightly,  irreverently, and familiarly as you have done ?   Our Saviour
•has not only told us not to fwear by the immediate name.of God,but he has faid, fwear
not at all, neither by heaven nor by the
earth, and in order to prevent our inventing
any other irreligious exclamations or ex-
;preflions,<he has even added, but let your
communication be yea, yea, and nay, nay,
for whatfoever is more ;than this fimple af-
Ifirmation and denial cometh of evil.
Bragwell.^'Well, well. I mvift take a
■little more care I believe, I vow to heaven
I did not know there had been fo much
harm in it, but my daughters feldom fpeak
without ufing fome of thefe-words, and yet
theywanted to make me believe the other
(day that it was monftrous vulgar to fwear.
Worthy. Women, even gentlewomen,
whoought to correcf this evil habit in their
fathers, and hufbands, and children, are too
apt to encourage it by their own practice.
And indeed they betray the profanenefs of
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their own minds alfo by it, for none who
truly venerate the holy name of God, can
either profane it in this manner themfelves,
or hear others do fo without being, exceedingly pained at it.
Bragwell. Well, fince you are fo hard
upon me I believe I muft e'en give up this
point—fo let us pafs on to the next, and
here I tread upon fure ground, for as fharp
as you are upon me, you can't accufe me of
being a fabbath-breaker, fince I go to church
every Sunday of my life, unlefs on fome very extraordinary occafion.
Worthy.    For thofe occafions the gofpel
allows, by faying, " the fabbath was made
for man and not man for the fabbath."   Our
own ficknefs or attending on the ficknefs of.
others are lawful impediments.
Bragwell. Yes, and I am now and then
obliged to look at a drove of beafts, or to
go a journey, or to take fome medicine, or
perhaps fome friend may call upon me, or
it may be very cold, or very hot, or very
rainy.
'Worthy-.-2- Poor excufes Mr. Bragwell, I
am afraid thefe will not pafs on the day of
judgment. But how is the reft of your Sundays fpent ?
Bragwell. O why I affure you, I often
go to church in the afternoon alfo, and even
if I am ever fo fleepy.
Worthy. . And fo you finifh your nap at
church I fuppofe*
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./do contrive to. have fomething a little nicer
than common for digger on a Sunday; lijij
^c<Jnfequence of which one eats yojU) kno^-i^
(little more than ordinary; and having nothing to do on jhat day, one has mo-re fei-
ffiure to take a che^jf/uj-glafs;  and all thefo.
•things   will make  one a little he&fyy~.ym§
know. '&<$&
Worthy. And dok't-.you take a little ride
;i& the morning, and look at your fheep
when the weather is good, a-nd fo fill your
mind juft before you go to church withthe'
(^oughts of tfiem, and when you come away
again don't you fettle an account, or write a
few letters of bufinefs ?
Bragwell. I can't fay but I do, but
that is nothing to any body as long as I feba
:good example by.keeping to my church.
Worthy.     And   how do   you pafs   your,
.•Sunday evenings ? lBl$$U
QjXb-'BragweU. My wife and daughters .go a
vifitingof a'Sunday afternoon.. My daughters are glad to get out at any rate, and as
to my wife, file'fays, that-being ready'dref-
fed it is a pity to lofe the opportunity,'befides it Laves her-time on a week day/'fo
,then you fee I have it all my own way, and
whenTl have got rid of'the^ladies^.who are
rea^y to fainJ.a&^PmelJfof tofeacco, I cagi
venture to fmoak a pipe and drink a fober
glafsrpf punch with half a dozen.friends.
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Worthy. rWhich punch being made of
fjrwggled brandy, and drunk on the Lord's
day in very vain, as well-as profane and
worldly company, you are enabled to break
bfeth the law of God and\that of your
Country at a ftroke : and I fuppofe when
you are got together, you fpeak of your cattle or of your cwps, after which perhaps
y'ou talk over a few of your neighbours
faults, and then you brag a little of your
own wealth or your own achievements.
nikagwell. Why you feem to know us fo
iralty that any one would think you had been
fitting behind the curtain, and yet you are a
little miftaken too, for I think we have
hard^wdaid a word for feveral of our laft
•Sundays on any thing but politids.
Worthy. And do you find that you improve your Chriftian charity by that Rib*-
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■Bragwell. Why to be fure we do quaw
rel 'till we are very near fightirigfvcbat is th6
worft on't.
oilWorthy.    And then you call names and
fwear a little I fuppofe.
Bragwell.     Why   when  one   is".contradicted and put iriiaTpaffion you know, flefh
•kndfbiood can$ bear it. !i£|
pjiffMorthy.    And when- all your friends are
(goiiohome, 'What becomes of the reft of the
evening ?
Bragewell. That is juft as it happen®,
fometimes I read the newfpaper;   and as
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one is generally moft tired on the days one
does nothing, I goto-bed earlier than on
other days, that I may be more fit to get up
to my bufinefs the next morning.
Worthy. So you fhortenSunday as much
as you can, by cutting off a bit at both*
ends I fuppofe, for I take it for granted,
you lie a little later in the morning.
Bragwell. Come, come. We. fhan't ,
get through the' whole ten to-night if you
ftand fnubbing one at this rate. You may
pafs over the fifth, for my father and mother
have been dead fince I was a boy, fo I am
clear of that fcrape.
Worthy. There are however many relative duties in that commandment; unkind-
nefs to all kindred is forbidden.
Bragwell.    O if you mean my turning
off my nephew Tom,  the plowboy,   you
muft not blame me for that, it was all my
•wife's fault.    He was as good a lad as ever
lived to be fure, and my own brother's fon,
but my wife could not bear that a boy in a
carter's frock fhould be about the houfe who
called her aunt.    We quarrelled like dog
and cat about it; and when he was turned
away we did not fpeak for a week.
Worthy. Which was a frefli breach of
the commandment, a worthy nephew.sturri-
ed out of doors, and a wife not fpoken to
for a week, are no very convincing proofs
of your obfervancc of the fifth commandment. Ipfl^ir
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Bragwell.    Well I long to come to the
fixth, for you don't think I commit murder
I hope.
Worthy.    I am not fure of that.
Bragwell.    What kill any body?'
Worthy.    Why the laws of the land indeed and the difgraee attending it are almoft
enough to keep any man from actual murder; let me  afk however, do you never
give way to unjuft anger, and paffion, and
reverige ? as for inftahce, do you never feel
your refentment kindle again ft fome of the
politicians who contradict you on a Sunday
night? and do you never pufh your ani-
mofity againftfomebody that has affronted
you, further than the occafion will juftify?
Bragwell.    Harkee Mr.  Worthy,  I am
a man of fubftance,  and nobody fhall offend me without my being even with him.
So as to injuring a man, if he affronts me
firft, there's nothing but good reafon in that.
Worthy.    Very well!  only bear in mind
that you wilfully break this commandment,
■whether you abufe your fervant, are angry
at your wife, watch for a moment to revenge
an  injury   on   your   neighbour,   or   even
wreak your paffiomon a harm'lefs 'beaft; for
you have then^the feeds of murder working
in your breaft; and if there were no law,
no gibbet to check you, and no fear of difgraee  neither,   I am not fure where you
would flop.
Bragwell.    Why Mr. Worthy you have
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a ftrange way of explaining the commandments, fo you fet me down for a murderer
Sy becaufe I bear hatred to a man who
has done me a hurt, and am glad to do him
a like injury in myLiturn.—1 am lure
fhould fefi fpirit if I did not.
mm    I   go   by  the   fcnpture  rule,,
which faW " hejhat hateth^is brother is a
murderer," and again, | love your enemies,
blefs them that curfe you, and pray for them
thatdefpitefully ufe you.and persecute you
Befides, Mr. Bragwell, you made it a paft{
of your boaft that you faid the Lord sprayer every day, wherein you pray to God to
forgive you your trefpaffes as you forgive
I them that trefpafs againft you.-If therefore
I you do not forgive them that trefpafs againit
-yon, in that cafe, you pray daily that your
own trefpaffes may never be forgiven.
Bragewell.    Well, come let us ma>£ haite
and get through thefe commandm^.   M
next is, 1 thou, flialt not commit adultery,
thank God neither I nor my family can be
faid to breaJk the feventh commandment.
Worthy.     Here   again,   remember   hPw;
Chrifr himfelf hath faid, whofo looketh on
a woman to lull after her, hath aWy.cq^
mitted adultery with her in h^heart.   .1neie-
ar'e no far fetched exprejfians of $gM£a
Bragwell, they are.the words of Jefus Chnit,
I hope you will not charge him with having
carried things too far, for | you do, you
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charge him with being miftaken in'jthe'rej#$,
gior&he taught^ and,this can  only be ac-\
counted for by fuppofihg him an irflspoftor.:
■'Bragwell. diflVhy  upon   my   word,   Mrv
Worthy, I don't like thefe fayings of his,,
which you quote upon me fo often,  and
that is the truth of it, and I can't fay I feel
much difpofed to believe them., oi&
WdPithy.Vtjil. hope you  believe in Jefus
Chrift. ;.£|uhiQpe\$ you. believe thafrxyeed of .
yours, which youoalfo boafted of your re^
peating fo regi*lan}y.V^p $$&
rn.tikaa.gwell. .. W^fc^hygeJl. ■ I'll believe any
thingr/yo^iiiiiry' "rafchervthan. iland quarrelling
with you; '>Hf#$b|f3
Worthy.     IiJ.hbpe  then   you  will  allow,
that fih'ce it is committing adultery to Idols -
aba wOman^wdth 'even an irregular"thought,
it follow.safo©m the fameirule,  that all hn-»
niodeft drefsinyoundshighters, or indecentr
jieftsand double meanings in yourfelf, alb
kwafe fongs or novels,  and  all  diverfions
a3fcf!whi0h ha^eja like dangerous tendency,
are forbidden by the feventh commandrnseratij
for it is moft.pldin from what Ghraft has
faid, that it takes-ita not only the acVbut the
inclination, the derfiffe,  the indulged imagination; the act is only the laft and'higheft
degTee of any {fin,  the topmoft round as %^.
were of a laddearv^to which all the lower
rounds arefoCT^if^db marry ftepsbahd ftages.
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Worthy. You muft be tried hereafter at
the bar of God, and not by a jury of your
-fellow-creatures; and the fcriptures are given tis, in order to fhew by what rule we
fhall be judged. How many or how few,
do as you do, is quite afide from the quef-
tion; Jefus "Chrift, has even told us to
ftrive to enter in at the-flrait gate, fo that
we ought rather to take fright, from our be-:
ing like the common run of people, than
to take comfort from our being fo.
Bragwell. Come, I don't like all this
elofe work—it makes a man feel-L^don't
know how—I don't find myfelf fo happy as
I did—I don't like this fifhing in troubled
wafers—-I'm as mensy as a grig when I let
thefe- things alone—I'm glad we are got to
the'ninth. But I fuppofe I fhall be lugged
in there too head and fhoulders. - Any one
who did not know me, would really think
I was a great finner, by your way of putting things; I don'i&bear falfe witsnefs however.
Worthy. You mean, I fuppofe, you
would not fwear away a man's life falfely before a magiftrate, but do you take equal
care not to flander or backbite him ? Do
you never reprefent a good action of a man
you have quarrelled with, as if it were a bad
one? or do' you never make a bajdone
worfe than it is, by your manner of telling
ihf'.'even when you invent nc falfe circum^
I    18    )
but let us get on to the next, you won't
pretend to- fay / feal. , Mr. Bragwell I
truft was never known to rob on the highway, to'break open hi* neighbour's hou-fe,-
or to ufe falfe weights or meafures.
Worthy. ■ No, nor have' you ever been
under any temptation to do itj and yet there
are a thoufand ways of breaking the erghth;
commandment befides a£lual; Healing*, for in-
ftance, do yon never hide the faults of the
goods yon fell, and heighten the faults* of?
thofe you buy ?   Do you never take advantage of an ignorant dialler, andafkmore
for a thing than it is* worth?   Do you? never turn the diftreffed circumftanees- of a
man, who has fomething to fell, to your own
unfair benefit,, and thus act as unjaftly by
him as if you hadflolen?   Do you never
cut oif a fhilling from a workman?s wages,
under a pretence  which  your confcience
can't jufiify ?   Do   you never pafs- off an
unfound horfe, ifor a found* one ?   Do yon
never conceal the real rent of your eftate
from the overfeers, and' thereby rob  the-
poor rates of their legal due ?
Bragwell. Pooh! thefe things are done-
every day. I fhan't go to fet up for being'
better than my: neighbours in thefe fort of
things, thefelittle matters will pafs mufter.—
I don't fet up for a- reformer.—If I am as
good as the reft of my neighbours, no man
can- call me to account; I'm not worfe I
truft, and I don't pretend to be better.
niffisi
 m.
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fiance, do you never give fuch a colour,
to thofe you relate, as to leave a falfe im-
preffion. on the mind of the hearers ?oDS
ym Stiver twift a ftory fo as to make it tell
a,felle,'be;'tter for yourfe^f, and a little worfe
foryour neighbour, than truth and juftiok
.■Sfiarrantft^-, ,v,;t
Bragw^Msm^Why as to that matter,-/ all
this is only natural. I^'l^r-
ifd^r$3y: Aye much too natural to be
right I doubt. Well now we are got to- the
Igftjof the .commandments.
1 Bragwell. Yes, I have- run the gauntlet -finely through them all, you will bring
me in guilty here I fuprjofe, for the pleaijirel
of gQrng*j|hrough with it,- for you condemn
without judge or jury, mafter Worthy.
ht^por'thyd iiThe culpiifi^til think has hither-'
tO;i<pleaded .guilty to. the evidence brought?
^a&^bisn. The tenth commandment how-'
eijtt&ij, goes to the root and principle of evilV:
it divegidlioithe bottom ofgjshSngs, thisriCojoik
mand checks the firft rifing of fm in the
heart, gashes rjs to ffeiangle it in the bfcfcth
asdt were, before itrbreaks out in thofeacfis'
which are forbidden: as! for inftance, every
man cfo/vaals before he proceeds to fteai, nay
many covet wh6 dare not fteal, left they
fhould fuffer for it. 07£rflja|[^
Bragwell. s Why lookee,; Mr. Worthy,-
I dohSe underftand thefe new fafhioried explanations; one fhouldinsxb'have a gfainfc.fi
(      21      )
fheer goodnefs left, if every thing; one does
is to be fritteted away at this rate, I am not,
I own, quite fo good as I thought, but if
what you fay were true, I fhould. be fo
miferable, I fhould not know what to do
with myfelf. Why, I tell you, all the world
may be faid to break the commandments at
this rate.
Worthy. Very true. All the. world, and
I myfelf alfo, are but too apt to break
them, if not in the letter at leaft in the fpirit of them. Why then all the world are
(as the fcripture expreffes it) ^ guilty before
God." And if guilty they fhould own they
are.guilty, and not (land up and juftify
themfelves as you do, Mr. Bragwell.
Bragwell. Well, according to my notion, I am a very honeft' man, and honefty
is the fum and fubftance of all religion fay I.
Worthy. All truth, honefty, juftice, order and obedience, grow out of the chriftian
religion. The true chriftian a£ts, at all
times and on all occafiohs, from the.pure
and fpiritual principle of love to God; on
this principle, he is upright in his dealings,
true to,his.word, kind to the poor, helpful
to the oppreffed.. . In fhort, if he truly
"loyes God," he::rouft " do juftice" and
cant hip, loving mercy. Chriftianity is
a uMibinikspnfiftent thing. It does not allow us'^to make up for the breach of one
part of God's law, by our ftri£tnefs in ob-
 (      *2      )
ferving another.    There is no fpunge in one
duty, that can wipe out the fpot of another
MB.
Bragwell. Well but at this rate, I
fhould be always puzzling and blundering,
and fhould never know for certain whether
I was right or not, whereas I am now quite
fatisfied with myfelf, and have no doubts to
torment me.
Worthy. One way of knowing whether
we really defire to obey the whole law of
God is this; when we find we have as great
a regard to- that part of it,' the breach of
which does not touch our own intereft as to
that part which does. For inftance, a man
robs me; I am in a violent paffion with
him, and when it is faid to me, " doeft thou
well to be angry ?" I anfwer, " I do well."
Thou Jfialt not Jleal is a law of God, and
this fellow has broken that law. Aye,-but
fays confcience, 'tis thy own property which
is in queftion.—He has broken thy hedge—
he has-ftolen thy fheep—he has taken thy
purfe. Art thou therefore fure whether it
is his violation of thy property, or of God's
law which provokeis thee ? I will put a fe-
cond cafe—I hear another, fwear moft grie-
voufly: or I meet him coming drunk out of
an alehoufe; or I find him finging a loofe,
prophane fong. Ifi am not as much grieved for this blafohemer, or this drunkard, as
I was for the robber; if I do not take the
I I )
fame pains to bring him to a fenfe of his fin,
which I did to bring the robber to juftice,
"how dwelleth the love of God in me?" Is
it not clear that I value my own fheep more
than God's commandments? That I prize
my purfe more than I love my Maker ? In
fhort, whenever I find out that I am more
jealous for my own property than for God's
law; more careful about my own reputation than his honour, I always fufpect. I am
got upon wrong ground, and that even my
right notions are not proceeding from a right
principle.
. Bragwell.   Why what in the world would
you have me do ?
Worthy. You muft confefs that your
fins .are fins. You muft not merely call
them fins, while you fee no guilt in them;
hut you muft confefs them fo as to hate and
deteft them: fo as to be habitually humbled
under fhe fenfe of them; fo as to truft for
falvation not in your freedom from them,
but in the mercy of a Saviour; and fo as t6
make it the chief bufinefs of your life to contend againft them, and in the main to for-
fakethem. And remember that if you feek
for a deceitful gaiety, rather than a well
grounded cheerfulnefs, if you a prefer a falfe
fedurity to final fafety, and now go away to
yoUr cattle-and your Farm, and difmifs the
fubject. from your thoughts left it fhould
make you uneafy; I am not fure that this
1
m
 it
1    §H    I
firripie difcourie may not apbeaf3$»ahijffryo"u
at the day of account, as a frdfhu.prbof that
you "lowed^darjtnefs rathb'r/lhanlfght" and
fo iricS^afe yoiffrcondemriatMfl|^p
-'•'MTi^Bfagwell was more affeeLed than he"
C&re^'io-iowla. He went to-bed with lefs
fpivitsi'arid imore humility tharr ufiial^TIe
did hbthb'wever care to let Mr/«'Worthy fee
the impre-uiontyhich it had made upon him;
but.-at parting next mbrning, he fhook him
\jiy: the' hand more cordially than ufual, and
made him promife to return his vifit in a
fliort time. «| ■'■'
What, befel Mr. Bragwell and his family
on his going home, may perhaps make the.
fubiecl; of a future hitfcotyJ ffjj
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