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otherwise I would not encourage the practice of looking about you at Church. We have something of far greater consequence to attend to in the House of God.”
- Now I recollect,” observed James, “ I never do see Richard Grey at Church but in the afternoon; and I heard his wife say that they never get up on a Sunday morning until the bells ring for Church. They rise late ; therefore they cannot dress in time for service, so they go only once to Church.”
“ And so," answered Thomas, “ they pay God but half the service they are invited to pay him on his own day, the whole of which should be kept holy. Now how does the week go on? Monday morning is often wasted, and very often Monday afternoon too. It is Tuesday before he settles down to his work ; and, even then, it goes on slowly ; it is not, indeed, till Friday and Saturday that Richard works in what you call a workmanlike manner. Then, having hurried bis jobs, he is late on Saturday before he gets his wages. He cannot go to market till perbaps ten o'clock on Saturday night: then he lies in bed on Sunday, as I told you ; and so the same round of mismanagement goes on one week after another. The effect is, that his temper is soured, his wife and children are cross, all goes on wrong. Thus he is sad, sulky, and uncomfortable. But, on the contrary, look at Jobn Brown. He begins the week well. Although he has to come from the top of the Moor to Church, which is full three miles off, he is always passing our house on the Sunday about the time I go out to Church. I see him in his seat before the bells have done. He eats his dinner in the Vestry, and reads his little bible till the minister comes in, and then goes to his seat for the evening service. When that is past, he goes home. He is at work on the Monday morning, and continues at it all the week. He
receives his wages early on Saturday, then goes to the Savings Bank and market, and returns home by eight o'clock. Thus he does every thing in its time, and it keeps his temper quiet and peace. able. He is happy in himself, and a happiness to others.” .
; ; " And all this is owing, you suppose, Thomas, to his spending the whole of the Sabbath in the way you have mentioned ?" said James. “You think that this is the cause of the difference between John Brown and Richard Grey ?”
**This is, indeed, my opinion," answered Thomas. “And this is my opinion, not only of these two individuals, but of all others whose conduct is like theirs. The difference arises very much from the manner in which they spend the Sabbath. The influence which our conduct on the Sabbath reflects upon our habits in the week will always be very great. Mark this, and you will see the truth of it."
“ What a pity is it then," said James, "that so few among us in this trading district should regard this matter as we ought to do! I am glad you mentioned it, and I hope I shall always attend to it.” ." I hope so too,” replied Thomas, “You will soon find the blessings of it yourself, and you will have the happiness of thinking that your example will be a benefit to others.”
Sent by a West RIDING CLERGYMAN.
entioned it as we ought to district should
HYMNS FOR CHILDREN.
To God who reigns above the sky,
Our Father and our Friend,
And all our prayers ascend.
Let your first thoughts at morning light,
Ascend to God on high ;
He bids you seek His face;. .
And ask His promis'd grace. .. .
To Him let your first vows be paid, .
He merits all your love; ..
In earth, or heav'n above.
ON EATING NEW BREAD.
MR. Editor, It does not occur to me, that, among the many useful remarks which you have made for the benefit and comfort of the poor, you have noticed the practice of eating new bread. It is generally allowed that new bread is unwholesome: and every one knows that it does not go so far, in point of nourishment, as hread two or three days old. Some persons will say that they cannot always get a loaf at the shop where they usually deal:--but surely if they cannot get a loaf at one shop, they may at another; and as long as they pay regularly, any shopkeeper will be glad of, their custom. There should always be a supply of bread ready in the house for use when it is wanted. If this is neglected, it often happens that a whole fa. mily has to wait till a loat can be fetched from the village shop, by which the labourer, however hungry, is compelled to wait for his meal, and knows not when he can have it, the children are kept at home beyond their time, and every thing is thrown into disorder. The poor, however, seem to be wiser now about these things than they formerly were. They see that they must learn to think as well as the rich. If persons of fortune are careless, they feel the consequences; if the poor will not look beyond the present hour, they also suffer. This is a wise law of Providence, by which he instructs us, for our own benefit, to exercise a little thought before hand, and not wait till the last moment for those things which
are necessary, and which come into daily use. This is the duty of the poor as well as their interest. I remain, Mr. Editor, your obedient Servant,
A CONSTANT READER. June 21, 1823.
To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, HAVING made some addition to the system of parochial education, which has been deemed an improvement by those to whom it has been communicated, I beg to offer it to yonr readers for their consideration, and I hope for their approbation and adoption.
As the village in which I reside is not very populous, and as the adjoining one of which I am also Curate, is much less so ; and as other schools have been long established in the vicinity, my school consists of but forty scholars ; of these, six are the children of farmers, the remainder of poor parents. The former pay five shillings each per quarter for their education, the latter one penny each per week. By this plan, I raise abont two pounds some odd shillings per quarter, or about nine pounds per annum, which sum I deposit, from time to time as it is collected, in the Savings' Bank, where it is left to accumulate.
Now, as the children are extremely young, on their first coming to school, perhaps, on an average, six years old, I calculate that in ten years they will be ready for service at a distance from the parish. At that time my deposits in the Bank will, with the interest, amount to considerably more than one hun. dred pounds. I propose that the sums so collected shall then be employed according to the judgment of
those persons who may be entrusted with its manage- ment, as much of the principal being preserved as