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The history of Charles Jones, the footman [unknown] [1796-05-01]

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Sold by J. MARSHALL,
(Pr i n T e r to the Cheap Reposi tory for Moral and Religious
'Trafts) No. 17, Queen-Street, igheapfide* and No. 4, Alder-
mary Church-Yard, and R. WHITE, Piccadilly, London.
By S. HAZARD, at Bath:   and  gjpafj Bookfellers, Newf-
men, and Hawkers in Town and Country.
Great Allowance woill be made to Shopkeepers and Hazukeri,
Or 4s. 6d. per ioo. — 2s. 6d. for 50.—is. 6d» for 25,
[ Entered at Stationers  Hall, ]
HI   Trie   HIS TO R Y,   &c.
MY Father, (Sporge Jones, commonly called
Black George, on account of his fwartl&);
complexion, was one of th^moft induftrious men in
the whole village. His cottage, which was his own,
an^Lpartly. built by his own .hands,. Hands on' the
Common, about a ftone'scaft from the road„near the
great Oak-tree, in the parifh of King's Charleton,
in Somerfetfhire. The Lord of-the Manor having
granted him leave to inclbfe a bit of the Common
for a'.garden, my father had got a thriving young
orchard, and a long ftrip of potatoes, befides riis
cottage, all the produce of his~ own induftry. It
ufed to be a favourite faying with him, that no man,
to whom God had given two hands, had ever need
to want. " For my part," fays he, " I never
knew what want was. When' I am fick,|£he; club
fupportsme; and when lam well,. I warrant I'll
fupport.myfelf." My mother, befides being equally
induftrious,, was much more|religious, and therefore much rmppier. She was as good and as fweet-
tera#ed a woman as any. in the. world|f'be the
nex&lwhere fhe will. For co,r£ftancy at her place of
worffjtip, civility-to her neighbours, cleaijlinefs in
her own perfon, her houfe and her children, fhe
had not her fellow. But the moft remarkable thing
in her (I am afraid a -very uncommon thing)* was
her fteady and uninterrupted practice of family
prayer. It muft have been a hard day's work indeed that hindered her from her prayers. . At fix
in the morning and eight in the evening, as regularly, as ever the hour came, fhe always knelt down
with her children round her, four of us, and read
with great folemriity and devotion a fhort form
given her by the clergyman, which concluded with
the Lord's prayer, in which we all joined. And
fhe ufed to fay after fhe had finifhed—| Now I can
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go to-bed of to Work, in peace; for now we mgfa
hope God will protect us." I am forry to fay my
father feldom joined with us. He ufed to pretend
he was bufy or tired; and yet it would not have
detained him long neither, for we were never more
than fix minutes about it, and furely twelve minutes
a day (fix in the morning and fix in the evening)
is no great time to give to God. One thing has
ofteri ftruck me, that if any thing Went wrong and
ruffled my dear mother's temper, or made her.vi$iji;
eafy, the prayer feemed to fet it all to rights*
When fi]e had been to prayers, all her grief feemed
to be fled away. And indeed I obferved the fame
thing with refpe£t to myjFather; if he ever did join
with us, it always feemed fomehow to compofe and
fweeten his mind, and make him a great deal kinder
to my mother and us.
As my father and mother were very induftrious
themfelves, they were very defirQus to make their
children fo; every child was employed as fbon as
he was able'in fomething or;pother. At about
thirteen years of age my employment had been
for fome time to weed in the parfon's garden and
run of errands for him. At fourteen he took me
into his houfe, and not a little proud was I at obtaining the title of his " little footman." The
morning I left my father's cottage, my dear mother,
who was as kind as fhe was good, appeared to be:
very much affe&ed; fhe faid fhe could not commit
me to the wide world, without firft committing me
to God who governed it; and then fhe knelt- down
with me by her fide, and prayed, " Gracious Lord,
be pleafed to have mercy on my dear boy. To thy
care I commend him. Guard him, I befeech thee
in the many temptations whichfhe is now beginning
to encounter. May he with folid piety and honeft diligence do his duty in that ftate of-life in wkich it
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hath pleafed thee to place him."   She then gave me'
her bleffing, put a Teftament into my pocket, bid
me- fear God, and always a6t for my mafter as I
would do for myfelf.
In my new fituation there were to be hire fome
few things difagreeable. My miftrefs was peevifh
and fretful; the cook violent and paflionate. But
what fervice is there, or indeed, what fituation in
^life, howfoever much above fervitude, in which
there is not fomething unpleafant. Every flate has
it's trialM/ fervants have theirs : but if they cannot
learn to put up with Tome little inconveniences,
they may change their places every year of their
lives?|and never be fatisfied after all. This is a
leffon I have learnt by long experience.
Though by God's bleffing I had received, a more
religious education than molt children, it yet foon
appeared that I had many* faults, which it was ne-
ceffary for me. to be corrected of before I could
become a good fervant. At firft,. when I was fent
upon an errand, I was much given to loitering. I
was then too young to confider that by loitering, in
errands J-was wafting what was riot my own, my
mailer's time. Befides this fault, as every thing
which I faw and heard in my mailer's houfe was
fuch as I had never feen and heard before, I was
too apt to talk of it to. my old playfellows, or at
the village fhop. But as foon as ever I became a
little older, I began to refleft that this was very
wrong. One Sunday-evening, when I had leave to
go home to fee my parents, I was Beginning to tell
my mother how there had been a great uproar at the
arforiage the day befc
lay before about
-. Here fhe
put her haAl^upon my lips, and faid, "^Charles, not
a; word more of what has paffed at the parfonage.
Whatfoever happens in your mailer's houfe is never^
^q be fpoken of out of your mafter's'doors. A tale-
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bearing fervant is always an unfaithful fervant; he
betrays the truft which his mafter puts in him.''
My mother's vehemence furprizedme a little, but
it made fo much impreffion upon me, that I was
pretty well broken of the fault from that Very time.
Into how many fcrapes has this  talkative temp*e£.
brought many fervants'of my acquaintance! There
was poor N|c. Jarrett, the Squire's under footman,
that loft his place, a new fuit of black broad-cfothj
and a legacy of five pounds, which he would foon
have had by reafon of his mailer's death, only for-,.
faying at a neighbour's houfe, that his miftrefs fome-
times fell afleep while the Squire was reading to the
family on a Sunday night.
Nic. and I were at one time rather too intimate; I
remember one day, when I was about fixteen, having
.   attended my mafter to the Squire's houfe, Nic. prevailed on me after dinner to play with him at pitch
and tofs.   I was worth at that time five fhillings and
two-pence, more money than I had ever pofTeffed
before in my life.    In about two hours Nic. reduced
rnej^g my laft fhilling.    But though it was a heavy
flroke at the time, yet it proved in the end a happy
event,  for, by my mother's perfuafions, I refolved
thenceforward never to game again as long .as I
lived, which-refolution,   by God's grace, I have
hitherto happily kept.    I wifh from my heart that
all   other fervants  would refolve  the fame.    The
practice of card-playing, fo common amongft fervants in large families, is the worft cuftom they can
poffibly fall into.    My poor brother Tom fuffered
enough for it.    One day, having received in the
morning a quarter's wages, he loft the whole of it
before  night at All-fours; and what was the con-
fequence? Why, from that very time, he took to
thofe practices of cheating his mafter which ended
in his ruin.    How much  better would it be£>r all
111       si ,
fervants, if ihftead of wafting their leifure in card-
playing, they wbuld amufe ihemfelves in reading
fome"'godly book, or improve themfelves in writing
or cyphering. Itwasby this means, for I was never
taught to write, that I qualified-my felf for the place
of Bailiff which I now fill.
I remember Nic. ufed to fay, " Whilft my-mafter
plays  cards in the parlour, why fhbuldil thou be
fo fqueamifh as not to play in the kitchen."    But
Nic. did not confider that his mailer being rich,
and playing for fmall fums, his loffes laid him under
no temptation of diihonefty in order to repair them:
befides, the Squire  could read and  write at any
time,   whereas   this   was   our   only  leifure   time,
and   if we   did   not   improve   ourfelves then we
never could;  what.might be .comparatively inno^
cent in him, might be ruinous to us,    And even if
my mafter be a profefled gambler, that is no reafon
i fhould be fo too.   A fervant is to do what is right,
let his mafter do what he will.    If a mafter fwears
and'gets drunk, and talks at table with indecency,
or againft God and religion, to God he muft account
for it, and a forry account it will be I doubt; but his
example will not excufe our crimes, though it will
aggravate his. We muft take care of our own fouls,
whether our mailers take care of theirs or not.
; But to return to my hiilory; I am afhamed to fay
that I was guilty more than once in the earlier part
of my fervitude, of the fhocking and deteilable
'cririp.-of lying, in order to excufe or fcreen  my
•faults.    Happily I was cured of it in the following
pfMmanner 1    Having been one day ordered to carry
a bottle of wine to a fick man, one of my mailer's
"parifhioners, I accidentally broke the bottle, and of
Jrourfe loft the wine. What was to be done ? Should
• Srconfefs my misfortune and acknowledge my care-
.'•ftf^fe'fs,- or conceal it by a lie) After fome deliber
ration} I refolved upon the lie.    I therefore had.
made up my ftory, Ct how the poor man fent his duty
to my mafter and thanked him  a thoufand times,
and^tl^Lt'rhe was a.^ittle better, and that his wife faid
fhe thought thjtawine would fave his life."    Being
thus prepared, as I was returning home, I met a
pedlar, of whom I bought for a penny a l^ffle book,
containing a ftory of a  woman  at Devizes, who
was ftrucK dead on the fpot for telling a lie.    To
be fure it was Heaven that fent the Pedlar to me, to
fave me from the fin I was; going to conjmit-    " If,
this woman  was  ftruck dead for a lie," faid I to
myfelf, " why may not I ?'' I therefore went dire&ly
home, and made a confeflion of my negligence and
misfortune.    And it was well for me I did; for the
fick man, whofe duty and thanks I had wickedly
intended to carry to xny mafter, was dead, as I un-
derftood afterwards, three hours before thje bottle
was broken.    From this time, therefore*p began
to fee, what I am now fully convinced of. that be-
fide the finfulnefs of lying, it is always more for
the interefl and lafting comfort of fervants to con-
fefs the truth at once, than to conceal a fault by
falfehood. fVy'hen a fervant has told a lie, he'is always
in danger of its being found out, and fooner or later it
generally is found out, and then'his character is ruined.   W'hereas, if he confeffes the truth at once', he
probably efcapes without any anger at all, or at
worfl it is foon over, and the fault itfelf is forgotten.
Having now lived feven years at the parfonage,
and being  twenty-one years  of age,   my mafter.
called me one day into his ftudy, where he fpent a
good deal of his time, and faid to me, " Charles,
you have lived with me a confiderable time,  aipd it
has been always with much pleafure that I have remarked the decency, fobriety and diligence of your
eohducl.    Thofe few faults which you have, farther
experience and more years will, I doubt not; cure*
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You are now qualified for a better place than
mine, and are entitled to higher wagies than it is in
my power to give. I hay'^ there fore, recommended
you to a friend of mine in London, for/which place
you are to fet out, if you approve it, in a month.
But I mould think it a crime to difmifs you to a
fituation fo full of temptations, without giving you
fome little advice. . Liften, therefore, my dear
Charles, to what I fhall fay, as I mean it only for
your good. In the firfl place, fear God f and then
you will never have any occafion "£to be afraid of
man. Acf always as in his prefence. Never enter
or quit your bed without prayer. Do always for
• your mafter, as you would your mafter, if you were
to change places, fhould do for you. Endeavour
to get a pious friend, but avoid, as you would the
plague, all wicked company. Be cautious of too great
familiarity with your female fellow-fervants: an unlawful intercourfe of this kind, will ruin you, body
and foul. Flee from an alehoufe as you would from
the Devil' if you once get into it, you will never be
out of if. Keep your money, and your money
will keep you.gjlHere, Charles, is a Bible for you;
the more you read it, the more you will love it,
andjhe more you love it, the better you will be
and the happier. I have written fome directions
for you in the firfl page of it, God blefs you; and
when my race, which is now drawing to its end,
fhall finifh, may we meet in heaven." My mailer's
kindnefs fo affefted me, that I could not anfw'er him
for tears. I was indeed very glad of going to fo
fine a place as London, though at the fame time I
could not leave a houfe where I had been treated
more like a child than a fervant without great regret, I fhall not attempt to defcribe my parting
with my mother. No defcription, I am fure, could
4o juftice to the folemn and affectionate manner in.
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which fhe exhorted me to be pious and juft, and
recommended me to God in prayer. Her lail word$
I fhall never forget.—i I know, my dear fon,"
faid fhe, " that you love me tenderly, and that you
would not give me unneceffary pain on any account.
Remember.then, that whenever you do any wroffgS
thing, you are planting a dagger in your mother's
heart." With thefe words, her eyes brim-full of
tears, and her hands lifted up in filent prayer to God,
fhe turned away from me and went into the cottage.
And now, Reaper, you find me in the great and
dangerous Sty of:||ondon, in the fervice of a very
wealthy mailer, who kept twelve fervants, befides
myfelf. If country people knew London as well
as I do, how cautious they would be of exchanging
their fafe and peaceful fituations in the country for
the perils and temptations of a great city. How
many young fellows have I known, who lived ho-
neftly and happily in their native place, come up
to London in the hope of higher wages, and there
forfeit their integrity, their peace of mind, their
health, their character and fouls. Workmen in
particular are very fond$f getting into large cities,
becaufe they think their labour will turn to better
account there 'than in their own villages.- iThey do
not confider that in a city, they muft give as much
for a filttfy room in a filthy houfe, inhabited by half
a dozen families,-Situated in a clofe, fmokey, dirty,
ftreet, as in the country would pay the rent of a cottage and a garden. They do not confider thedearnefs
of provifions in a city, the temptations they are under from bad women, wicked company, and the great
number of alehoufes. In fhort, I am fully perfuaded
that a labourer in the country, on a fhilling a day,
is better off than one in a city on two fhillings.
When F|ame to my place, I found every thing
for the firfl three or four  days very fmooth and
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; y,etry pleafant, plenty of provifions, plenty of drink,
5Jittle work, and a very merry fervant's hall.    But
-..•foon the (face of things, with refpect to me., changed
.very-fo^ujch, and I underwent a feverer temptation
thanj^ever experienced.before or fjirice in the whole
. courfe of my life, JJiad always hitherto been taught
to confider that fobriety, and diligence, and piety
.were virtues.    I therefore never fwore, I never got
^^rinkj, I never gamed, I went to church as often as
I coujl,d, I faid my prayers night and morning, and
•yojn Sunday at leaft, if not on other days, I read a
Jf^tle in my good old mailer's Bible. But here I foon
found that all  this was the worft  vice I could be
guilty of.    As foon as they found me out, it feemed
to be a trial of fk*l amongftTt^jem who fjjjquld plague
Ijjne moil.   One galled me the Parfon; another, Me-
thodift; a third, a conceited Prig; a fourth,'a canting Hypocrite.}v If I went into any other gentleman's   kitchen it was  all  the fame: my character
always flew before me, and many were the jefts and
laughs raifed both^at home and abroad  at my" ex-
/jgence.    In fhort, during three months, my life was
a conftant ilate of anxiety and torment; fo that at
.jl^ft I was aim oft tempted, God forgive me for- the
thought, to do as they did, and forfeit my everlaft-
ing foul in order  to ayoid the prefent uneafroefs.
But while things were in thjs  flate, I felt myfelf
greatly  and   unexpectedly  relieved   one   Sunday
.'jrnorjp&g, by a fermon  which I happened to hear
from our parifh-minifter, on  the following text—«
." Bleffed are ye when men fhall revile you and per-
fecute you, and fhall fay all manner of evil of you
faljely for my "fake, for great is your reward in heaven." The excellent difcourfe which this pious man
delivered; on thefe words was fo exacfly fuited to my
j^gumilances and feelings, that it feemed as if it
^§4. been addrefjed fojely.yj me; and itpleafed God
fo to apply what had been faid to my heart and un-
■deritanding, that I not only determined to bear in
■future the  fneers and feoffs of my fellow-fervants
with patience  and fortitude, but even thofe very
fneers which I formerly confidered as my heavieil
calamity, were now no longer grievous.    From this
time,, therefore, my uneafinefs was pretty well at
an end.    And I earneftly recommend it to all other
fervantSj who have been fo happy as to acquire fober
and virtuous habits, not to fuffer themfelves to be
laughed out of their fobriety and virtue by the jefts
■ and ridicule of their fellow-fervants.    They may
depend upon it that their caufe is a good one, and
though they  fuffer for it at firnVthey will finally
triumph.    In a fhort time all my perfecution was at
an end.    &{ To be fure," faid the coachman one day
to the cook, " Charles is a little too religious, but
upon my word I don't think he is the worfe for it.
Mayhap it mighebe better- for us if we were more
like hirn.    I don't fee but that ..he is as humble,
friendly,'and worthy a fellow as any amongft us. For
my part I fhall laugh at him no longer." This fpeech,
>which I happened accidentally to overhear, gave
.me great pleafure, and I foon found by the agreeable chafige in my fellow-fervants' condutf towards
me, that the coachman had expreffed the opinion
of the whole hall.    It is  true  I  did everything
to obtain their good-will that lay in my power.    I
1 was as civil arid obliging to every one among them
-as I poffibly could.    Was anything to be done? if
nobody elfe would do it, I never flopped to confider whether it belonged to my place  or not, hut
did it out of hand.    If any body took it into his
headrto fall out with me, I generally difarmed him
of his wrath by faying nothing.    If any little quarrels or misfortunes, or mifconducf, happened in the
hall5 I always endeavoured tohufh it up, and never
carried any tales to the mafter, unlefs when I faw any
body wronging him, and then I thought it my duty*
or unlefs the thing was very bad indeed.    In fhort,
1 by purfui'ng always this line of Conducl, I found my
fituation very comfortable and agreeable. My mafter'
treated me with great confidence and kindnefs; my
lelFaw fervants with great friendlinefs and refpeft..
In   about  two   years  time,   the   footman   that '
ufed   to  go  to   market   being   turned   away   for
. drunkennefs, which vice foon proved his ruin, my
mafter told me, that as he believed I was an honeft
and careful young man, and perceiving that I could
write and keep an account, he fhould in future employ me in marketing.    To  market, therefore, I
'went every day, and as I had now a good deal of
tny mailer's money always in my hands,- I prayed
heartily to God that he would be pleafed to preferye
me under the temptation to which this expofed me.
My firft exploit in this way Was the purchafe of ten
". iliiilings worth of fruit at a fruiterer's. When I had
fmiihed my bargain and was coming out of the fhop,
,thc fruiterer flipped a fhilling into my band.    As I
fead never, to the beft of my.recollection, feen him
• before, I was fomewhat furprized at his generofity;
but fortunately had the prefence of mind to afk him
TFhether he had charged his fruit the higher on ac
count of this prefent to ine.    | Why young man,"
faid he, " that is an honeft queftion, and I will give
"you an honeft anfwer.  The facf is, that as we know
that gentlemen of your cloth expeel fome compli-^fi!
merit from the tradefmen they deal with, we are obliged in our own defence, to charge our articles the
- higher on that account to their mailers.'' "And fo,"
:faid I, " the money you give us, comes finally from
the pockets of our mafters ?" «' To be fure it does."
«■ Why, then,"faid I, "I will take your fhilling, but
&aif charge my mafter only nine fhillings.'' And this
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method I constantly puriued in the like cafe ever
after; for I think the abovementioned practice of -
footmen, which however I hope is not very common   with  them,   is juft  the fame thing  in   conscience as if they fhould rob1 their mailer's bureau*
One Monday morning, having fettled my account
for the laft week with my mafter, I found  that be
had made.a miftake againft  himfelf of twenty mailings.'    As foon as I difcovered it, I faid to myfelf,'
here now is an opportunity of getting twenty fhillings without any rifk or detection ; but God forbid (
that I fhould do it, as it would ruin my peace:bf
mind, and deftroy my foul.ff| I  therefore  pointed
out the  error to my mafter the firft opportunity.—
*' Charles,'' faid he, is " you are right, the miftake
is obvious.    I acknowledge I made it purpofely i».-.
try your honefty. You fh-all find that this affair will .
turn out, before long, to your advantage."   'Now,
though I do not think-it quite fair for mafters to lay
this kind of trap for their fervants'integrity, yet as
I know by experience they fometimes do it, wc muffi;
be doubily-on  our guard.    Indeed,  difhonefty is
never fafe.    It always will out fomehow or other. I
have feen furprizing inftances of the difcovery ofiia
when it feemed to have been committed with fuels
cunning as to be impoffible to be detected.
One day, as I was going to market, I met Sir Robert S.'s butler, who told me, that having long oh-.
ferved my fobriety and diligence, he wa-s happy m
have it now in his power to offer me a place in his
mailer's family, where my wages would be raifediwo
guineas a year. I thanked him, and told him he
fhould have his anfwer next evening. In the mean
time, I called upon a pious and worthy friend, whom
I confulted in all difficulties,'ajid afked his opinion.
After mature deliberation, he laid, " Charles, don't
go.    When you are once got into a good place.
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flick to it like'a leech. The rolling-flohe gets rid
mofs. The more years you continue in one fervice,
the more you are refpecfed by your mafter and all
the world. A good family confiders an old fervant
as one of themfelves, and can no more fee him want
than a near relation. Whereas fervants that a*e continually roving from place to place, have no friend
in diftrefs, and feldom get a provifion for old age."
Happy it was for me that I followed this good advice. If I had not, I fhould probably have been
nothing more than a poor footman all my life.
But before I bring my own ftory to an end, I muft
be'g my reader's" patience, to liften to the fad fate of
my poor brother Tom. NAlas! poor Tom, he was
a great favourite in our kitchen, becaufe he fung
the beft long, and told the merrieft tale, and paid
his card-money the. moil freely of any gentleman
footman about town. And then he fwore fo much
like a gentleman, and was fo complaifant to the
ladies, and pufhed about the ftrong beer fo merrily,
that he was, faid our fervants, the moft agreeable
company in the world. And yet'all thefe entertain-'
ing qualities did not preferve my poor brother from
the moft dreadful ftate of diftrefs and ruin. One
morning he came to me about ten o'clock with a very
woeful face, which was a thing very unufual for
him, and told me, that he had jufl been turned away
from his place without a character, that he had no
money, many debts, and no real friends, and what was
worfe than all, that he was labouring under difeafe.
Tom grew worfe every day, arid was at length given
over. In the morning of that day, while I was fitting at his bedfide, who fhould come in but my dear
mother. She had walked 130 miles, except now
and then a lift in the^ waggon, to attend upon and
comfort her undeferving fon. When fhe faw him,
pale and emaciated, and his face half confunied by
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difeafe, it fo fhocked her, that  fhe fainted away.
As foon.'jls fhe recovered, and: was-a little relieved by
a plentiful flood of tears, fhe faid, "my dear Torn,
I am come to take care of thee and makesthee better,'
if I can."    " Alas!  mother," anfwered he, putting;
his clay-cold hand into her's, " iris all too late.    I
have but a few hours to live.    It is by negleCling
your advice that I am brought to this. Gaming^ and
drink, and bad company, and bad women have been1
my ruin.    O! what will become of my foul!  If I
could but live my life over again Here  he was
feized with a fudden fit, and though he lived fome
hours, he never fpoke after, and died that evening
in my mother's arms.
After recounting the forrowful hiftory of my ufihap-
py brother, I muft now haften to conclude my own-
About a twelvemonth after the offer of a place in Sir
Robert S—'s family, my mafter, in confidetfation, p|
he faid, of my faithful fervices, made me his butler.
He was indeed fo kind and friendly to me on all oc-
cafions, that I found it neceffary to be extremely
cautious left; I fhould grow proud, or faiicy,or familiar," which fome fervants, when they have lived
long in a place, and find themfelves in favour, are
apt to do. After enjoying this poll about fix years,
ourvfamily being now removed into the country, I
made acquaintance with a farmer's daughter-4$ying
near the great houfe, whom, on account of her religious and induftrious principles and her amiable
and cheerful temper, I wifhed to make my wife.
She was no Haunter in fine clothes, none of your
dancing, flirting, forward laffes, that run about to
chriflenihgs, and revels, and hops, that will ruin a
man before he knows where he is; but a pious, fo-
ber, ftay-at-home, induftrious young woman; elfe
I am fure any body might have^ad her for me. As
I had never been guilty of any unjreceffary-expence.
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for nobody will call that unneceffary which I fent
yearly to my parents, my favingsy the.intereft being added yearly to the principal in the hands of
my mafter, amounted to two hundred pounds. And-
as Fanny's father promifed to give her another hundred, I thought we might with this take a fmall farm,
and maintain ourfelves comfortably .and decently.
I therefore -communicated the affair to; my mafter.
fi Charl£js," faid he, " though I am loth to part with
fo good a fervant, yet I think it an.a£tof gratitude
due to you for yourlong and faithful fe'rvices, to
confent readily'to any thing which may be for your
welfare. But I do not think jt neceffary for us to
part at all. I am at prefent irj^iwant of: a bailiff..
Yoajlgay, if you"approve it, undertake that office,
and ftillffejpiri your prefe^rifcwages.ijTfcYour father in-
laWjt^Jvhp js an expeiienced farmer, will inftru6t and
afliftypu in "the duties of it. I will,; befides, let
ypu a fmall farm on an advantageous/le^afe),.!^!^!
you may make the moft of for yourfd^Sfei^^
i?pQg;this kind and generous offer•■ S^joyfoj&y af-
fented. And Fanny and'myfelfiffjifiye now lived together fix years in the farm-houfe" hear the park-
gate, happy and profperous. My father being dead,
and my brother and fifter fettled, my mother, who
is now very old, lives with me; and by her example
and exhortation I find a fenfe of religion fink deeper
and deeper into my foul every day; and indeed I am
firmly convinced by long experience, that thereis nothing in this world can make us truly happy but that.
I addrefs this little book, which I wrote by little
and little in the long evenings of the laft hard winter, to all footmen. I hope they wilfrjpt be angry
with my well-meant endeavours, but take kindly
what is intended only for their good.


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