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The history of Mr. Bragwell; or, the two wealthy farmers. Part III [unknown] [1796-09-01]

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T-.K   £
1P A RiRfo*.
Ipld by J. 'MARSHALL,
(Printer ^othe,CHEAF^EPOsiT^r^M^^d^lgJf^
^  TraS No. 1Queen-Street,,Cfie?pfidc, mSJf&fl ^eT'
|g :|#^en) and HawkeraTHTown and Country.-
^^^M^»ance $M be m&P Shopkeepers a^^^^^d
 I||P|if>'' ,-;   ;■ .F-^^j^^p^^^-,,. ^
, |f The H^Mo^^^cc.
MR. BRAGWEl|| when he returned: home from;
his vifit to Mr. Wosdiy, as recordld* in the
Second Part of this Hiilory^F^nd that, he was not
quite To happy asr'he- haa. formerly been. ^-The
. difcourfes of Mr. Worthy had broken in not a
I little^on. his:, comfort.    And he  begari to  fufosfi|
that $fe was not fo' completelyj^^^^^^Mf^a^ his
vanity had lied him to believe. ffHefeemed ai|b to
-feel Iefs fatisfaBi^nf in ta&jdle gert^^^of his own
daughters-Knee he had been witnefel||it-he fimpli-
city, modelfy, and ufefulnefs tb^hofe of Mr..Wor7'
thy^m^&d! he could not help feeing that the vulgar
violence  of'Jti$- wife  did  not p^duce  fo 'much
family happinefs at honre^as th^^aible j^mand
quiet dj^enee of Mrs. ; Worthy produced in' the
fooufe of his frfenf|s|tS
Hatjxpy woufd Jt have rjeen for^Mr. BragweM if
he had'"followed up .((lipfe new:M$|^jcl:ions of his
own|miind^^^#h wc|§f|d haveMed him; co|^«ggle
agaiippw^e power ofwif princiOT^^i' himfelfjfand
lo h^^^6ritr<^led the ^fo^^br"evil habits in his
family. \ "But his convij&\<&$?Wsre j uff'firOTfg^CTf^ugh.
ito make him uneafyl-under his errors, without driving him to reform them.   .^|he  flight   impreffion
foon wore off, and he fell back into his old practices.   Stiffens efteem for Mr. Wortwwas^t at'all
'^^tedb^j^e plain deafine of that honeft friend.
It is true he dreaded his piercing eyefj   He felt that
his example held out a conftant reproof to himfelf,,
Yet fuch is the force jq£ early affeclion and rooted
reverence, that he longed ,tqpee'him ,at:tiis*rioufe<,
This dqfirej indeed9 as is corhmoHly1 tW cafej wa^
P      H   H 3 r)       I    M ifg   .
jnade lip of mixed mptives;t:^P^im6d^|pE;3^|piea-
. JTiire oif his friend's, company; he longed for tm|*'
favorite, triumph, of a vulgar mind, an oppdr;t$inity
of .{hewing him his ricHes) and he thought it;$tjg^;J
^||fe his  credit iti  the world, to, have a tti^ri of
Mr..Worthy's .'charaBer at his hpufe;
MnBragweifs-it is .true, ftill went ori with the
|pi|^?eagernefs..iri giiriing mpneyjj&arid the i^tje^
bfterttatidii in fpending it. ta^^fiinbugh, he waSpSv;
covetous as ever, he, was not quite fo furethat it
was right tb bejlb; At Chriftm.as, indeed, whiie.lte
was actually engaged abroad,,in tranfa6tidhs with
his dea;@rs^ he was not very fcrupj^ldus ab\bifithe
kieans b%rwhich he got his rripney^ and while.-j|e^
Dili's indulging in feftivity with his. friends at home^
he was eafy enough as to the rria.ri^|r^n which he
jpettt it. BUt a man cart neither b<$ hiakiiig bar*
gains^ nor makirig; feafts ajwaysj there\ mujt,he
rpm^iritervajs between ihefe two great b,rjr|e£fo fof/;
Which worldly men may be faict to ..live; and in
fomeo.f theTe intervals the rhoft worldly form} per-
haps^; forrie random plans of j amendment,, jlnd
though niany a one may fay in the fullnj>fs of enjoy-
!«$;nt} u t6rhorr6\^ih,all^B§ as this day, and more
^^undaftt}", yet  hardly  any man perhaps  allows
himfelf -to 'jjay, even iniy&is. nio^t fecret mbmenjtis£
u I Will h$fjj>i¥ retire from buhnefs—^ will never repent—I will Me^er.think of deathj Eternity fhall nev"er
^^rhe into my thoughts."  The rnSg^at fiich an one
probably ventures to fay is, &I need not repeit^*^^:
I will continue fuch a firi a little longer^ it will be
time enough to think On the next world when I am
ho longer fit for the bjjfinefs or the plea|]S.res of thist^
Such Was the ^cafe with BVagwell.   He iet^j£i|£
SSI -•
 .-J ,X;-J--.r -;!.--> __..-..._:
u^yjwgjKiwjjuiiia. .i^M.m^ ^xj^ags^aiaaaj.
ill m      mm ■
his owtj maid a general diftartt fort of refolution,
that fome years £d^v$j$hen he mould be a. few yews
'oI$eW>jJknd afew thoufand^ticher; when a few more of
«$& prefent feitfmes 'Jliould be eMpleated, he would
^fhen think of altering his courfe of life. He would
then certainly fet about fpending a religious old
age; he would fjppForm fome practices in his dealings? ©feperhapsf^juit bufinefs intirel0; he would
think about reading good books, and when he had
fteinipleatet^luch and fuch-^ purchafe, he would
eveti%egin to^give fomeblfching to the poor, but at
^efent he re^ly>|had little to fpare for charity.
The very reafon jjj|iy he mould h^ve given more,
was j lift the caufe he afligned forifet giving at a]l,
namelyfl'the harrimftof we times. The true grand
fotirce of charity, fe'lf-denfal, never came into his
head. Spendi,efs that you may fave more, he would
have thought a fhreWd maxim enough. But fpend
lefs that you may fpare more, never entered into his
book of Troverbs. ||^
At length thes tifi^ came when Mr. Worthy had
promife&$$|return his vifit. It was indeed a little
haftened by notice that Mr.'Bragwell wef&kl have,
^m'the "$burfe of the week, a piece oMarp to fell
*$bfy auclioh^rand though Mr. Worthy believed the
'price was likely to If^CTffBbve his pocket, yet he
knew it was an occafion which would be likely to
bring the principal Farmers of that neighbourhood
together, fome of whom he Wanted to me<*£. And
it wifs/.on thisif&ccafion that Mr. Bragwell j^^^d'
himfelf, that he lhourd'fhew his neighbours fo fen-
fible a man as his dear-rafend Mr,_|w£r£hy.
Worthy^JriVed athk-ifriend's^ioufeon the Saturday, time enough tb fee the houfe and garden-and
grounds of Mr. Bragwell by day-light."   He faw
wkh gjeafure,  for he hg:q a warm  and ge^e^u^
heart, thofe evident figns of his friend's profperit^;-;;
.TOP* as he was a man of a fpber mind, arjd was a
inoft exa^ dealer in j|ruthV,$he never^M^)Wed. his
tongue |§e   licence  pf immodeft  cpmmendation,
which he ufed to fay either favoured of flattery e£
envy.    Indeed he -never rated i^se worldly t^lfl^S
fo highly as to befto^:upon them undu<||.prai{e.
His ,^aim approbation  fomeVjJfat difappointed the
vanity   of  Mr.  Bragwell,   who   could   not  help
fecretly fufpe&ing that his friend, as good | man
as he was, was not quite free from envy.    He fel4>
however, very-|much inclined to forgive |his jea>
l^ufy, which he feared the fight of hi^m.ple pr®r
.te-ejTTty, . |nd  handfpme habitation, j^nu.ft  rtaturaljy
"§2$ja;ken in the mind t$|#, rnan whofe own poffeffions
were fo fuperior.    He prp&ifed the ufual trick f$£
jjggdinary   and   vulgar minds^. that  of pretending
Ji^mfelf to find fome fault with thofe things which
were particularly deferving praife, when he foujjijid^
Worthy difpofed to pafs them over in filence.   ||j^
When they came ig^to Tapper, he affj^ped  to
talk, of^e comforts of Mr. Worthy's to//e.pa.rlQ.u^
by way of calling, his attentiorMto his own large
<>ne.# He repeated/ the word fnug,  as applied to
(dtije&y thing at Mr. Worthy's, witb./ifhe plain defigo
to make comparifpns favourable ,tp his own more
ample domains^  He contrived, as he paffed byifip
his chair, by a feeming accident, to pufh ©pen the
door of a large beaufet ^fti.'the parlour in wnich:%ll|
the finery was mpft oftentatioufly fet out to view.
He:p^Qtefted, with aloo|t-p,f fatis.faclion which be-
liedShis words, il^^M0^s p.arjt^ie did not .jgjfere ,a
.farthing  for all  this trumpeXV} and then .{giving
and ruhfcing his ha^gj. .added. > with. ia& air Qf no
 -,-y■r"'-.*'^y ■-. ■■ zr-^>%,;,=:: ,.-■■'■ ,-^■ .^-7-v-r
fmall importarlse, " V^Bat a good thing^t is, though
pfp;r people oif fubflance, that the tax;on plate ipu^
taken  off.    You are a Jfappy man, mr. Worthy,
£$gu- do. not feel thefe things, 'tax'b3^0jfex it is al|
the fame to you.'' Hfetook care during this fpee^»|
by a caft of hif^ye, to direct Mr. Worthy's attention to a great prpfufion of the brighteft cups, fap~
vers, and tankards, an<||pther fhrriing ornaments,
which crowded the beaufet.f|Mr. Worthy gravely:
anfwered,   M Mr.-Bragwell, it wa.s indeed a tax
which could not affect, fo plain a man as myfelfj
but as it fell on a mej^ppxiiry and therefore could
not hurt the poor, IfwSs always forry that it could
: ^Ig&fe made productive enough to be continued,
hitman in my middling fituation, wjfo; is. contented
%!pfth a gopd glafs of beer, poured from a handfpme
car-then mug, the glafs, the mug, and the r^er, all
of Englifh manufacture, -will be but little difturbed
;-S||^fiies on plate 6r;pn wine, but he^ill regret, as |
!|$8$ that many old taxes are fo^iiich evaded,  that
new ones are continually bmught;:on to make up.
the deficiencies of the former." '
During fupper thje young ladies fat in d|p|ainfu$
^lence, not deigning to |low the fmalleft c^mtiM&
on fp plain a man as Mr. Worthy.^They Jeft the
l^bm with .their Mamma as foon as^Jtoffible, being
impatient to get ^way to ridicule their father^
|riendi|pi Ifp
The Bance:; prs the Chriftmas- Merry-making*
AS foon as they were gone, Mr. Worthy afkedj
vlliagweil how his family comforts ftpod, and how
^t§ daughters, ytho, hfe?faid, were really fine young
vornlp, went on.  § G§&s to that," replied Bragwell,
f f prett$|rruch like other men's handfome daughter^   |
1 fuppofe, thatMs .worfe and worfe.    I really t)egia
,to : apprehend'Jixjat their fantaftical  notions haTre^
gainjldfucri/.a nead, tpatatter ail the money I have
fcraped together," Fmall r^evier get tliem well mar^
i&te^^Bet'fey has juft lo'ft as^lgbod' an offer %l*^^fe
^^^c^tiiq».de]Sr^r^P^ng WilTon, an honeft fifbftan-
•^Mal grazier as any in the e^unty^'He^pt only
'knows evely'thin^pTSper for .his ftation,   but is
pleafmg|iipttls?behaviour, ariflf a pretty fcholar iriiro^
the bargain; herlea^C^pftbry-books and voyages of
$. winter's everjsfg/to his infirm fatne#i^ead of
going tp^the tard affembly in our "town;: neither
llfkes drinking nor fportii£g, anllf is  i|HOTt5;»of fa-
voume with our Parfon,' becaufe ^e^^^'es^.tne
'weekly numbers of■'&'»fine JBible with' <2uts, ant|;£
TubCpribfeTlS^^ makes a fufs.
?a1bout;h^rtffig t'he^^oor^'th^'dear timelsM^s -they
icaTi^en^ 'buxtt^rhk tlfev. are1 good timjl^or m
1Mr.;"|^^tTiy.    Well, for a!lWthis, Betray only ;de~
Tpifed him and laughed aBhim; bu^^s lie is both
'handforM  art^feldx,   'pu^o'ught ihe. might  come
iyound   at Ja'f$£   An<=Fiffo   I invited him to come
■■r'phcl'ft'ay a day'ox two at Chriftmas, when we'have
always a1itneyp^%|tnerry-m'aktng here. IJutit Wouitl
not do. He fc.orned "io|ff[rk thaf foa$avering fluff which
"fliehas been uf£rd fo^rK the marble'covered book^-aV
told you of.    He tpfdk%er indeed, that^it would
be the happinets of his 'heart to-live with her, which.
J!?^||l thought was,as much as could be expected
of any mart.    But Mfl^Tiad no ndi^mjPl^aiarrying
;$$ne wH8'/'|^.s  oh'ly  defmius of living"' with  her.
No ho, fbrfboth, her'IciVer rrfS^0eeiaf^^^nfelF
ready to dfefpr rier, which honeft Wilfoh WJ^s not
fuch a fool as to offer to do.    In the afternoon,
nQweVel| he got a little into her favour by making
^^"^wiitUiiMnfc i) V **! *"i,',';"'
 "?r"^^rT;rT;E • ui.K-i;v^!rr^
"IK mat
{( 3 ■■)
out a Rebus.;or two in the.Lady's Di^ry^ and fhe
^^rideFejehded to fay fhq^p^bt tfam'^Mr. Wilfon.
had been fo gpodW;fcJ^jarF'ibut nefibbn sGpioilt all
agairii   We h^ada bit,pfja'ahpp in the/'evening.   TJ^„
•:;^gung ma^ tnough he hMLn^t muM^^t^fbr thpfe
i^fe^jeajnhoTs., yet thoughtrhe cbulitt^Hpfcip^^rT
t]e in_ .the old fafri^tofed .way^>5o-||.e afkea Be'tfey
-tOjbe hjs partner.^;But when he afke^wMt^Qance
^jey.fliPjjjld c.a|J!, Mifs drew&ip her head, and in^
^range.>giDberifh,  faicl me ihould dance  nothing
pu^&jISpuei'de la Co^r,fand oraered?^im to call
'i^^m&^^^^v^^^^l^-y-0^ ner ih^Vtift call
it}herfe^rfqr ^5^uld;qE^5enfpeWnor prpnouncb
/-Mchpjif^mqifji words.. I bhpt piit,^ laughiiffii^and
—S^i^t^^i^* --'EfeJB^lBiPc*^e^ S^^^S- .^S^^St^S^S ^ke queftions
i^ind cprnnaanqs^s and.iF^fb, th^^J?tmucS':nTerrier
.i^SLan ^ancjpg.^Seein^ fyer. partner '^landing flock
^j^M^rid hot knowinVhb^ to get out of ln^ fcraggj-'
the gir||)egan by ^^M^^E^^^^sv^w^^^ and
jjnjdhg, anc^capering, and flourijning, ano- poftur-
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^KI^^^^^B on the flack
j^pe at bur fa^ B'utfrfeeing Wilfon' {tandingUike
^fmfik^^ig, and we.all laughing at$er, fherelblved .
•;MJ&$r^a]k'her malice.{Jipon wtti\Olo, with -aTook ipf
^^tM^p^^^Mh(^ advifed \jfen. to jj gQ.^Jto.wn
;j£J>untry b^|Mi|jjwgnfthe dairy amp., w\pXwj©uld
'f^k^a much fitter par|ner,^ well as Wife, for him
^^nMi^could^tW7'/( I am.qu>itefof your mirm, Mifs,''
Jf«jj4 he^l' with mo?^fe^My&3yinoilgnt %4S in
i\im;. "$^M$$ ma^^^^l^i^^Tte^r ^pr a ^an^y^
JvM yb^^^M^/Jpake a f^cji one #p~ go through lije
rWMMd \ wil] ^aket^m;y 'leaye of you;, Mifsj,jwkh this
*$h?*P. §°$0ltA had lately a pre^'Ia^gfe'cohcej^'■$
^^lijo^png, which took me^p^IiondPriV I w$$fflt<
a'gpod while in the i|0J-market for my^e^^and
tp;paf« the time I ftepped int«^ fort of. finging
play houfe there, j where I was grieved^ the; heart
Jo fee young w^irj<eh, pakited and dizenedjQUt, and
capering away juit as yPu have  been doing. ,^fv
thought' k bad .enough, and wondered the quality
j^|b)ald. be entertained wkh fuch indecent mummery.
.JBut-Mttle did I think ^ meet with the fame pa,injfc£
^nefy, and tr.icksj|n a farm houfe. I will never
marry a woman who defpifes me, nbjr the ftation in
whicli I fho.uld place her, and fo I take my leave."
Poor girl how fhe, was provoked! to he publicly
. refufed and turned1 off, as it yere, by a grazie^-!*>:
Biibifawas of ufe to fome of the other girls-who
have not hei<$ up their heads quite  fp^^iigh fince,
nor painted quite fp red,   but have condefcend-
ed to fpeak to their equaHa;^
" But how I run on ! .1 forget it is Saturday night,
.and that I.ought to be paying my workmen, who
. are all waiting for me without.Sjjji
Saturday Nigf[t%]mj$kz  Workmen's Wages,
AS  foon -as~'Mr.:Brr&gwe$k had done paying his
'meir,nJi^<Worthy faid to him, "I have made it
a.habit, and I hope not an unprofitable o'n-ej, of
-trying to turn to fome moral ufe, not only alitor
■events of daily, life, but all the employments of it
tooJ|s.AndJltnough  it occurs fo  often,   I hardly
'know one that fets me|i$i linking more ferioufly
than the ordinary bufinefs. you have beehijjuft dif-
ccHarging. "Aye,"faidBragwel>fy[|£kfetsmethinking
i^6Viand'feribufly as you fay, When I obferve hoftf"
much the price of^ages^infreafed.''    "jp&esj yes,
you are ready enough, to think of that," faid Wor-
tliy,;y*Vut you fay not a word of h'dw much the'
'^flju'e of ybiir* lariti ,is^hcreafed5 'arid that the ntoM;;
.-.,jb    iiii§§! m
"you pay, the morVyoufjCan afford •tOT^ay.'fj&fBirt
Jhe thoughts i fpoker^f are quite of another caflt.
When I call-in my labourers on a Saturday night
fto pay them, it often bringsto: my mind the great
■and general=day of account^ when Iy-anfi yo$5&ri&
all'! of usy'ffiall be :ca:Hea tb.bm gran|l?'and aWful
Reckoning, rWhen We -Irfatl gb .to receive 6itr wages,
rnaft'er, aha fervants, farmer arid labourefsfWhen "I
fee that one of my men has failed of the wages he
lh'6nld hayfe$£eceived, 'becaufe ^he has%x>een idling
'atija.Wair;: anbther has loft a day by-a drinking
iDou.^-a third confeff^s that 'though he-had tafk-.
■work and might have earned ftilf.rnore, yet lie-his
'teen carelefs andhas^lnot his full pay to-receive;
4his, 4'fay, fometimes fets me-on jinking whether
I.alfo have made the moft pf my time.    And when
*^f|eame to pay even the more diligent wlio have
^worked   all  the. week;   when I refleft that even
ihefe have done no-more than dt-was the-ir du-ty to
do,..I cannot help .faying to myfelJB nig-ht is come,
Saturaay night is come.    No repentance or dili.-
■gence on the part of thefe poor'"men-<can now make
a bad week's work good.    This week/is gone into
eternity?- To-morrow Is the feafon of reft ^working time is over.    My life alfo'will (foon obe fwal-
lowed up'41|peteraity; ^foon the fpace aEotte-d me
for diligence, for labour, will be over.    'Soon will
the grand queffcioavbeafked}-.' whatlialft thou done?
Didft thou ufgfthy worSmgt days to the end for
which they were given ?''j^^{h fome fuch thoughts
I commonly go to-bed, and they help to : quicken/
rne to a'keener diligence for the next weekl'l'l^^^p?
Some Account of aWmaay in Mr\ Bragwelp§Wamilffi<i
Mr. WORTHY had been fb||fo.,many years
vliifed to  the   fbber ways of hi&fown yrell ordered
family, that he greatly difliked to pafs a Sunday in
\M( IS )     §1
#ny hoiife-of which Religion wa1|h6t the goverriiifgg:
principle. V^ndeed he eejinmoply ordered bfe affairs, and regulated his journies with an eye to
thisppject.. % To pafs a Sunday in an irreligious
family/fffaid he, | is always phpleafant, often un-
fafe. I feldom find I can do them, any good, and
they may perhaps$do me fome harm.p^At leafi§J|?
am giving a fanetion to theipmanner of paffing it,
0ml  pafs  it   in  the fame manner.     If I reprove
them, I fubject myfelf to'the charge of Angularity,'
and of being ! righteous over much;' if I do. $d$;
reprove them, I ^confirm and  ftrengthen them in
evil.    And whether I reprove them or riot, Hfcer-
l^Mnly partakeibf their guilt if.§I fpend'it as they
He had, however, fo flrong a defire to be ufe-
ful to Mr. Bragwell, that he at length^.determined"
to break through his practice, and pafs the Sunday %£ his houfe. Mr. Worthy was furprifed to
find#that though the Church bell was going, the
break-faft was not ready, and exprefied his wonder
p.ow this fhould be the cafe in fo induftrious a
family. Bragwell made fome aukward excufes.
He faid his wife worked her^.fervants fo hard all
%he week, that even fhe, as notable as fhe was, a
little relaxed from the ftrictnefs of her demands
pn Sunday mornings; and he owned that ini;2D general way, no one was^tip early enough for Church.
He confeffed that his wife commonly fpent the
morning in making puddings, pies, and j&ikes, to
^ft through the week, as Sunday was. the only leEfh
fure time fhe-^and her maids had. Mr. Worthy
foonffaw an uncommon buftle in the houfe. All
hands were bufy. It was nothing but baking and
boiling, and frying, and roafling, and running, and
fcolding,   and- eating.     The boy was kept from
turch to clean the plate, the man to gather the
fruit, the miftrefs- to make the cheefe-cakeSjjthe
«iaids to drefs the dinner, and the youngijadies to
drefs themfelyej^
The truth was, Mrs. Bragwell, who had heard
ntuch iof the order and good management of Mr.
'Wo.rthy's.fam.ij^; but who looked down with difdain
u^on them as far lefs rich thannerfelf, was refplved
to indulge her vanity on the prefent occafion. She
was determined tp be even wit%.Mrs.; Worthy, in
whofe praifes Bragwell had been fc&loud, and felt
no fmall pleafure in the hope of making$e r guefl
uneafy, when he fhould be ftruck with the difplay
both of her fkill [and her wealth. Mr. Worthy
was"4tideed ftruck to behold as large a dinner as he
had been ufedto fee at a. Justice's meeting. He, whofe
frUigal and pious wife had ajajpuftomed him only to
f^ich a Sunday's dinner as could he d re fled, without
keeping any one from church, when he fur/veyed
the loaded table^f his friend, inftead of feeling
that envy which thefe grand.preparations were,meant
-to,raiCej|ifelt nothing but difguft at the vanity.of.
his fiend's wife, mixed with muffr thankfulnefs for
the piety of his- own.
After having made, the .dinner wait a long time,
the Mifs Bragwel.ls marched in, dreffed as if they
were going to the Aflize-Ball; they . looked very
iSaornful at having been fo hurried; though they had
peen drefling.everr^fince they got up, and their fond
fether, when he faw them fo fine, forgaye all their
impertinence, and call an eye of triumph on Mr.
Worthy, ,who felt he had never loved his own humble daughters fo well as at that moment. t^p
• :In the afternoon, the whole party went to church.
To dp them ijuftice, .it was indeed their common
pra&ke once.a day, when the weather was good.
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and the road neither dufty nor dirty, wherjffffhe-Mi-
nifter did not begin too early, wbe-n the y.Oung'La-
dies^fead not been, difappointed of theix.>aew bonnets on the Saturday night, and when they had no
fmajPt^ompany in the houfe ^io rather wished to
flay at home. When thislaft was the cafe, which,
to fay 'therewith, happened pretty often, ite|ims
thought a piece of good manners to-conform ;td the
humour of the guefts. Mr.JSragwell had this day
forborne? to afk any of his ufuahpompany, wall
knowing that their vain, and worldly eanverfatioh
woulfkonly ferve to draw on Ihim fome new reprimand from his gueft.
Mrs. Bragwell and her daughters picked' up .as
ufual a good deal of acquaintance at church.'Many-
compliments paffed, and-much of the news of
the/week was retailed before the|fervice began.
They waited with impatience fbr*the leflbns as
a licenfed feafon for "whifpering, and the fubjejft
-begun during ^he leflbns was firiifhed'W&ile itheijr
were fing'ing. The young'Ladies made an^cppoinf-
ment for the afternoon with'a friendafo .the nextpew,
while their Mamma took the opportunity of enquiring the character of a Dairy Maid, which fhe; ob-
ferved yfth a complirraruj^p^her Pwh .good jnanags-
m6rit|j§would fave time ona weekiday^M
f^ir. Worthy, who found himfelf. xjjuite inba<ngfl|£=
world, returned home with his ".friend alone/ :<In
the e]yeninghe ventured to afk Bragwejl, .if; he did
not, on a Sunday nightat'leaft, mafeeita.cuftom to
read and pray with his family. . Bragwell ftoldihim,
he was forry to fay^db.&i had no family ;||rchome,
elfe he'^Puldptike ^do itbfor the ;faM: pf/els-
•arhple. But as his fetVants'^woirkeilvthalrd jaflit/tfae
^eek, hfs^wife^a^bf opftkoh dsat^thby^flioaailfd tlien
have*allittle holiday.    ^^Wortfoycpreffed^tiocne
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=iipon him, ^WSI -Utter neglect of hrstfervants prin^
ciples was not likely to make a heavy article in his"
finaUa^jpsunt: and afked him if he did not believe
that the too general liberty of meeting together*
jaunting and diverting themfelves, on Sunday eyen-
ingiV'was not often found to produce the Vorft effects on the.morals of fervarits and the good order
of families ? " I put it to your cbnfcience^" faid he,-
£ Mr. Bragwei|^.whether^iindayf; which was|cSearit
as a blefling and a benefit; is not, as it is commonly
kept,, turned into the mod mifchievoris part of the
week, by the felfifh kindnefs of matters^ who; not
daring to fet their fervants about any public work/
>allot them that dajfrto follow their bwr||)ilevices^
that|they themfelves may witli-pSore rigour refufe
them a little indulgence and a reafonable holiday
in the working^parfof the week, which a good fer-;
vant has now and then a fair righfcgtd expect."
Thofe matters who will give tf|e|n half or all the*
JLord's Dayf|will not fpare them a fingle hour of a
working day. . Their, work■ mujl be dorie; Cop's"
work may be let alone."$$m. Wffi*-.
■Mr. Bragwell owned that Sunday had produced
• many mifchiefs irishis own family. That the young
men and maids, having no eye uport them, frequently wentt^iniproper places with other fervants^
turned adrift like themfelves.    That in thefe parties'
$$& poor girls were tod frequently led aftray, and
the men got to 5|||blic houfes and fives-playing.-
But it was none .of hissbufinefs to watch therri. His
rfehiily only did as others dp ; indeed it was his wife's
• concern; aftefas fhe was fo good a manager on other
days^l'lpat fhe would hot fpare them an hour even
to vifit a lick ifather-ortmother, it would be hard,
ifll%faid, if thby migh||»not have Sunday afternoon
%o- thenjfelvea^ and fhe could not; blame them for
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rnal?||g the moft of ijt..-,| indeed, &|jjj^§. fo indutv.
gent? ifn this particular, that,fhe pften^xcufed the-
men from, going to church that they might ferve the
beafts, and. the mllds that they might get the milking dor^ before : the ho|may part  of j the evening.
came orm\ She wouldjapt indeedhear of ah.y./£om,-v
petition, between  doing^r^prkand taking*.their;
pleafure; but whep-the difference lay between, theijfc
going tov char qMand taking their pleafureivfle muffe?
fay that for his wife, (headways inclined to i$e good*
natured fi(Je of the, queftion.    She is ftrict enougffi-
in keeping theim |©ber, becaufe^drunkennefs is a-
cofily fin, and,, to. dp hersguftice,. fhe does hot care
how.httje.they fin, at her expepce;
g^; Well, "/aid Mr.^pj^^iy^,'' Lai ways Tike to exatnine
both lidesjf^rly, and to .fee the different,'.eMcf.s, of
©ppofite  practices; nowjpwhich plan produces the
greateft fhare of Kbrnibrt to the matter ariep'of prop
fit tp.th^feryantsvjir^;the long run? Your.^ervants,
'tis likely, arejgfeery much   attached'; to   you; and
very fpjftci of- -ltying where they get tfieif|o^ivn  way
in, fp. great'a pQ.int.."ijf:^^^'^
IplilJf as tb^hat,", replied Bragwell, "you-are quite
out.^My houfe is a fcene of difcordj, mutiny, and
difcontent:^|\.nd thoughMhere is not a better ma-
nagef§in England than my wife, yet fhe is alwa|J||
changing her fervants,. fo. that every ^uarter-da|||
is, a fortjjpf Gaol DeliverTpat my.jhpufe"; and whenys
they gotofj^asthey c#en.d;0, ai^&'^omeifcirs warn*?
ing, to ownStjjhe  truth, I  often give tnem money
privately, that thea^may;|ip}t. carry mjSv|fife before
JEfe. Juftic'e tp gekjn^^wages.
p£, I fe^iaiid Mr. Worthy,,", that all your worldly
compliances,.do :riot  procure   you even wdrl.dkjf^
haprirnefs.    Askto my own.ramily^I takejpare to.
4|i;"them' fee that their pleafur^i's bound up with
their dutyy-smd- tn^^hat1 they irftycffliT'my -ftrict-
^Ip, hasrriothing^ffi|wew|but their fafety and hapP
pinefs^    By th^^Mr^jt^Jmmbrily gain their lov£
as Welfas fecujljplar obedience.    I know that with
all my^cjatre I am liable to  be difappointed, frani
the cbrruption that is in die world through fin.   But
-^fTertever this happens, fp far from encouraging me
ri^remijffrie!j^^^}only ferves to  quicken my zeal.
^^^^^^^^^^^ffing^tny, feryant turns out a gdod
'OEfl|^lTnpr;pave been. an. humble inftrumeri in his
han'4!of fa^jrig|| fqn^^thmitted to my charge."
Mr^^Hagweli, came hbrW$f|j|&brought only one
fqjf'her daughters with her', the other, Ibe faiifbad
•j^n^en them the flip,r'|nd was   goriei with a:$oung
frieiimjWrid woufdrTipt rettlSfr ior-Ia. day^pr two.
Mr. Bragweltfpas g;|^W^fpleaf|d, as he knew
th H $pii|^ d
kept bad acq^|^^^^es^$fffl^^ra^well(^ame/|]Kp
all hurry and buftle, faying,rif h&r'^family dM:npt
;^K)ffb bed with the j^amb"jprr' SuridaW, whenfthey
had nothing to do, how could they "^fe with the
Lark||i on Mondays, V^hen fo.mTOh Was to be done.
,v'lMr. Worthy haWthis night 1h\uch' matter for "re-
"fiexionjl^" We need^Mow fail$^|e1|r" go into *^§fetf
great world toVfbok for diflipation'arid variityff-We
tan'find both ij^'a farm-houfe.    As for me and^my
lro^fe^" continued he, " we will ferve the Lord fevery.
.^ay^tp^efpec^fly4^K§uridays. It istne day which
^Ite^'Lor^Fhath matfe^hath made  for himfelf; We
^yraQ^joice inmpand consider the.J*§ligious ufe of
it riottTonly as a duty bnt'&s a privilege."
The next morning ;Mr. Bragwell^r^^his friend
.fecput'eaTiy for tire' Goldjsn Lion.    Whafep&ffed on
■OTf^Ifttiejo\irney,,my^aders fhjtll heajr nextrnpntlr,
'Mte^tie continued.J Wot- 7*»


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