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THE HISTORY
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TOMMY AND HARRY,
There was a   gentleman  in  the
West   of  England,   who married a
very  viriuoia hay,   but having ua
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 6 THE   HISTORY   OF
children for several years, they were
discontent, anil foolishly upbraided
each other, not duly considering that
what God either gives to or witholds
frpm us, is always best in the end.
Some years after this they had a
son, and the year following another;
the name of the elder was Harry, and
the other was named Thomas, whom
they loved even to an excess; for
whatever Harry and Tommy wished
for, they had it; and as their parents
never contradicted them themselves,
for fear they should cry, so neither
would they allow any one to check
them on any account; for they loved
them even to a fault, and allowed
them their will and their way in every
thing.
' Harry was a sullen^ perverse boy'
TOMMY   AND   HARft'Y*
from his cradle, and having always
had his will, he would go to school,
or stay at home, just as he pleased>
or he would cry and sob at a great
rate; and for fear this should make
poor Harry sick and out of order, the
fond parents consent to let him do
as his own fancy directs ; so that he
at last minds nothing but play, hates
his book, and always cries when he
is desired to read or go to school.
In short, Harry is now seven years
of age, and can scarcely read a verse
in the bible, or a sentence in.any
common book; and now his over-
fond parents begin to see their own
folly, and are afraid to tell each other
what they think concerning him.
As for Tommy, he was quite of
another temper; for though he would
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now and then cry and be naughty,
yet he minded what his parents said
to him; he loved his book and his
school, and was so good-natured, pleasant and mannerly, that all his friends
took notice of him; the neighbours
loved him, and every body praised
him because he was a good-natured
child, and very dutiful and obliging,
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Harry, indeed, minds nothing but
idling and playing about the streets,
•with any sort of boys, and it is now
very difficult to get him to school,
nor can his parents prevail upon him
by any means to mind his learning;
and therefore it is agreed upon to put
them both to some good boarding,
school; and accordingly their father
provided a master, one that bore an
extraordinary character for his ability,
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THE   HISTORY   OF
care, and sobriety, which it appeared
he deserved, by the improvement that
Tommy made under him, in the sevr
era! branches of learning, to the satis*
faction of his parents.
As for Harry, though he behaved
pretty well for some time, yet he
showed his sullen, perverse temper,
and made very little improvement in
his learning; for he went on his old
way, and played only with rude and
wicked boys like himself, who in a
short time learned him to swear and
lie, and some say to steal;   and he
was very often angry,   and  would
quarrel   with his  brother   Tommy,
because he would not play with them.
But   Tommy   told  him  plainly  he
would  never play at all, rather than
play with  such   wicked,   swearing
bop; " for/' said he, " they will be
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TOMMY  AND    HARRY*
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your ruin, brother Harry, and you
know it grieves poor papa and mamma" " 1 don't care for that/' said
naughty Harry.—u O, fie ! fie ! brother Harry/' said Tommy, " how
often you have been told, that don't
care has brought may a one to an ill
end." " I don't care for that neither," said the little churl: and thus
he went on, as you will soon hear,
till don't care wras his ruin at last.
Tommy and Harry, being now
grown up, are taken from school;
and it begins to be high time to think
how they may live in the world without their parents.
Tommy, indeed, is a very good
boy;  he alwrays counted learning a
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THE   HISTORY   Q7
fine thing, and he still takes delight
in it, and pursues it: but Harry continues much the same ; for he is near
fourteen years of age, and is no other
than a wicked boy, and a great overgrown dunce*
He hates his brother Tommy, because he loves his book, and is spoken
well of; but Tommy pities him, and
gives him always good advice, but to
no purpose, for he is bent upon being bad, and bad it seems he will be;
nor can his father, mother, or friends
make.him any better at present,    in
short,  Tommy is now the joy and
comfort of his parents ;   but Harry
grieves them so much, that they know
■ not as yet how to proceed with him ;
nor is there but one way left by which
they have any hopes to serve him,
and make them- ail happy v- - . ..
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TOMMY   AND   HARRY.
The gentleman had a brother, a
reputable tradesman in London; and
it was proposed to put Harry to his
uncle. The uncle agrees to the proposal : Harry also seems well pleased
at it; and now his parents promise
themselves great comfort in their own
and his future happiness.
About a year after Harry was at
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THE   HISTORY   OF
Ltadon, Tommy went to see him,
and behaved so well all the time he
was there that a merchant, who used
to visit his uncle, took a great fancy
to him, and barely for his learning
and good behaviour took him apprentice.
Harry went on pretty well for two
years; he would indeed now and then
show his sullen, perverse temper,
but his uncle and aunt winked at his
follies, hid his faults, and forgave
him, for the sake of his worthy parents.
Now comes the trial for Tommy
and Harry: there mother is taken
Very ill, and is confined to her bed ;
she often speaks of Tommy and Har~
ay, but seems to have Harry most at
heart, for fear he should not do well.
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TOMMY   AND   IlAEftY.
15
Not long after this, a letter qomes
to acquaint them of the death of their
mother; and now Harry's uncle talks to
him again very sedately and tenderly.
" You see, Harry," says he, " that
you have lost your best friend; but,
notwithstanding, i^ you behave soberly, mind your business, keep good
company, and good hours, I will
take care of you, will be a good friend
to you, and make you a man in th§
world/'
Harry, upon the news of his mother's death, seemed very much concerned, for he knew she was a very
tender mother, and promised very
fairly to mend his way of life; but
that which had a greater effect upon
Harry, was the pretty way in which
his brother Tommy addressed  hiro^
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THK   HISTORY  Of
TOMMY   AND  HARRY*
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He talked in so mild and manly a
manner to his brother Harry, and
gave him such good advice, that he
got the good will of his uncle and
aunt, and surprised all who heard
him.
Harry, after this, goes on pretty
well for some months, and then gets
into his old ways again. He has now
quite forgotten the death of his mother; and, in short, has taken up
with such idle, wicked companions,
as are bent only upon mischief, and
are never sorry but when they do
good: they give him bad advice, and
tell him when his father is dead he
will have a good fortune; and, say
they, "I would not be checked by
my uncle, nor all the uncles in the
world." " I will not," says the wicked, unguarded fool,   "foras soon as
my father dies I will go away/'
" That's right," say they, " you are
a fool if you don't." " I will, I will,"
says he.
Harry, by the bad counsel of o-
thers, still goes on in wickedness to
such a height, that his uncle is o-
bliged to send word to his father,
that he cannot possibly keep him
much longer. The death of their
mother, and the bad course of Harry's
life, had such an effect upon the poor
old gentleman, that he soon after fell
ill and died.
He left Tommy indeed the chief
part of his fortune; and though Harry did not deserve a shilling, yet so
tender was he that he left him five
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THE   HISTORY   OF
TOMMY  AND   HARRY
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hundred pounds, hoping still that
through the care of his uncle, and his
own future conduct, he might be
happy.
Harry, being now of age, and having received his fortune, instead of
minding his uncle and brother, continues to follow bad company ; and
now, having money, he is persuaded
and foolishly persuades himself, that
he can live better from his uncle than
with him ; therefore is resolved that
his uncle's and brother's advice shall
never do him good, for he never
comes near them.
In short, Harry's delight is only in
his old wicked acquaintance ; and he
has besides these some new rakes,
who wish him joy in his fortune, and
3he take; it as a great mark of their
favour, and is fool enough to treat
them, because they rail at his uncle
and brother and tell him, that his father was an old scoundrel for leaving
him no more; all which the fool hears
with a smile, swears it is true, and
tells these vultures that they are the
best friends he has in the world, notwithstanding, he has already spent
the greatest part of his fortune upon
them-
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Here w^e may plainly see what a
sad thing it is, for youth to bend their
minds so much to pleasure and pastime.
Harry cannot now go to a play or
concert, and when it is over return
home soberly as he used to do. No;
he must after that go to a tavern, or
to some private wicked place or other,
with a set of wicked companions.
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TOMMY   AND MARRY.
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In short, he is now become a perfect owl, for you seldom see him in
the day-time, and when you do, he
blinks like an owl ; nor can you find
him at night, but by chance, but this
you may be sure of, that he is in
some house of ill-fame; for drinking,
swearing, lying, gaming, and sitting
up all night, are now his common
practices.
Now, while foolish, wicked Harry
is  thus wasting hi§ time, spending
his money, and destroying his reputation, Tommy his improving his fortune and his mind; for his time being now out, his master loves him so
well, that he not only takes him into
partnership, but in a short time recommends him to a virtuous wife, with
whom he had a verv handsome for-
tune, besides a thousand pounds,
which his master gave him; and, we
hear, that his master has since left all
the trade to him, so that he has now
become a great man.
One thing must not be omitted,
as a great mark of the brotherly love
of Tommy ; and that is, that though
he is now so prosperous, and his brother Harry so debased by his folly,
yet, as he found Harry would not
come near him, he resolved, if possible, to find him out, and talk to him
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once more concerning his unhappy
life; ** for who knows/' said he,
*' but the respect I show to my brother may be taken so kind, that it
may be one great step to reform
him?" Tommy, therefore, took a
friend with him, for fear of danger,
and after a long hunt found him at
one of his old houses.
Tommy, at first sight, did not
know Harry, he looked so sottish and
so shabby; nor did Harry immediately know his brother Tommy, because his dress and deportment were
such as Harry and his companions
had for a long time been strangers to.
However, they soon knew one
another by their tone of voice ; and
indeed Harry had so much good manners left as to tell Tommy, that he
TOMMY  AND   HARRY.
took it very kind he should pay such
a regard to him, " a respect," said
he, before his companions, " that I
am not worthy of."
Now, one would think, by such
an expression as this, that Harry was
really sensible of his faults; and m
short, his brother was surprised to
hear such a sentence from him, and
thought within himself, that he should
now certainly succeed in being a
means to save him from the very
brink of ruin.
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Indeed the place was quite improper for good advice, and much
more so to talk over family affairs;
therefore after Tommy had submitted
to be agreeabls to such base company
for an hour or two, he persuaded his
brother Harry to go to a tavern to
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THE   HISTORY  Of
spend an  hour  with  him  and   his
friend; to which Harry consented.
Tommy, being now in a proper
place, begins to talk to Harry very
seriously, but yet in so tender and so
mild a manner, that he never once
-upbraided him; only desired him,
for his own sake, and the credit of
his family, to change his way of life ;
€C for," says he, " the company you
keep will certainly be your ruin."
*' I don't care for that," exclaimed the
hardened wretch.
" G brother, Harry," said Tommy,
" I have now no hopes of you ! Yet,
as God prospered me, it is my duty
to serve you as a brother; I will,
therefore, make you an offer before
this gentleman, which, if you accept
it must certainly be for your good ;
TOMMY    AKJ> ■'HARRY.
25
but'if you refuse it, I fear you will
repent when too late,
u The thing is this: if you can but
be so much master of yourself, as to
abandon such company as we have
now found you with, and will behave
in a sober manner, you shall live with
me ; I will teach you my business,
and you shall partake of the profits
of it; in short, you shall want for
nothing,"
Here was love indeed* Who could
have thought Harry so mad, and so
stupid, as not to accept so kind an
offer ! Or who could expect but that
he would have embraced his brother
with tears of love and gratitude!
Instead of this, he rose up in a great
passion, and swore like an hector,
be®t his fist at his brother, and told
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THE   HISTORY   OF
him that he kept better company than
he did, every day of his life, and that
he would never live such a hum«
drum life as he lived; then flew to
the door, never took leave of the gentleman nor his brother, but ran to his
companions, and told them all that
had passed; who clapped their hands,
and received him with shouts of applause, called for a fresh bottle, and
spent the chief part of the night in
drinking and carousing.
Thus Harry goes on till he has not
only Spent all his money, but has
also lost all his credit, reputation, and
friends; and having been so long u-
sed to such a lavishing, profligate way
of life, money he still must have to
support his extravagance and folly;
and yet so great is the pride of his
& that, rather than accept of hi§
TOMMY   AND   HARRY.
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brother Tommy's kind invitation to
live with him and be happy, he now
takes up with unlawful methods, and
associates with none but gamblers,
shoplifters, and street-robbers; and,
one night, having been with some of
the rakes of the town, they committed a murder and a robbery ; but being closely pursued, Harrys with four
more of the gang, were taken and
carried before a magistrate, wdio 01%
dered them to Newgate.
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Y«E   HISTORY   OF
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.Harry, however, and two others
•'made their escape, and went over sea
in triumph, and would often laugh
at the misfortune of those two that
were left behind.; and thought them-
selves now very secure, but even thither Divine vengeance followed them;
for a storm arose and drove the ship
against a rock on the coast of Barba-
ry, and, it being very dark, many of
the crew perished, besides Harry's
two unhappy companions.
Harry indeed was, by the violence
of the waves, cast upon the shore,
but in the morning he was presented
with a shocking scene :—-a raging sea
on one side, and a wild, desolate place
on the other; and having not the
least hope of ever escaping, we may
easily guess how he talks to himself:
<r?~" Oh," says he,  " that .1 had bean
more obedient to my parents, nnd
more grateful to my friends !'—Oh !
that I could now make all wicked
youth sensible of my sorrow, and
their own folly ! How would 1 press
upon them to avoid all manner of ill
company, to hearken to the instruction of their friends, and pursue the
paths of virtue.—Wicked wretch that
lam!—God be merciful to me a
sinner!"
Thus he went on, often thinking
upon his old words, don't care, but
too late ; for after roving about and
bemoaning his unhappy fete,-till he
was almost starved to death, he
at last became a prey to wild beasts,
which God suffered to tear him to
pieces, as the just reward for his- disobedience and mispent. life.—Thus
you me,  that-as  Harry followed no-
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THE   HISTORY,   &C.
thing but vice, he lived a wretched
life, and died a miserable death; but
Tommy was always a pattern of virtue and goodness, and still lives happy.
Learn then betimes, O youth, to
know your duty to God, your parents,
and mankind in general: take care
not only to know but to do it; and
let the examples of Tommy and
Harry be always before you, so that
you may escape the just judgment of
the one, and enjoy peace and prosperity equal to the other,
the END/
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