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As for Harry, though he behaved pretty well for some time, yet he shewed his sullen perverse Temper, and made very litt'e Improvement in his Learning; for he went on in his old way, and played only with rude, 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 om told him plainly he would never play at all, rather than play with such wicked, swearing Boys, for, says h, they will be your Ruin, Brother Harry, and you know it grieves poor Papa and Mamma 1 don't care for that, says naughty Harry. O fie! fie! Brother Harry, says Tommy, how often have you been told, that don't care has brought many a one to an ill End. I don't care for that neither, says the little Churl: and thus he went on ́(as you will soon hear) till don't care was his Ruin at last.

PART II. A further Account of the Life of TOMMY and HARRY.


OMMY and Harry being now grown up, they are taken

TOM from School; and it begins to be high time to think

how they may live in the World without their Parent's.

Tommy, indeed, is a very good Boy; he always counted Learning a 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 over-grown Dunce.

He hates his Brother Tommy, because he loves his Book, and is well spoken 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 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 now but one Way left by which they have any Hopes to serve him, and make them all happy.

The Gentleman had a Brother, (a reputable Tradesman" in Landon) 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.

LESSON II. Of Harry's Behaviour at his Uncle's

About a Year after Harry was at London, Tommy went to see him, and behaved so well 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 shew 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.

New comes the Trial of Tommy and Harry: Their Mother is taken very ill, and is confined to her bed; she often speaks of Tommy and Harry, but seems to have Harry most at Heart, for fear he should not do well.

Not long after this, a Letter comes 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, if 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 the World.


Of Harry's Behaviour after his Mother's Death. Harry, upon the News of his Mother's Death, seemed very much concerned (for he knew she was a very tender Mo

ther) and promised very fairly to mend his Way of Life, and be sober: But that which had a greater Effect upon Harry, was the pretty Way in which his Brother Tommy addressed him. 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 surprized all that heard him. 、 /

Harry after this went on pretty well for some Months, and then gets into his old Way again. He has now quite forgot 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 advic, 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, for as 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

PART III. Of the happy Life of TOMMY, and the wretched End of HARRY.



The Folly of receiving bad advice.

ARRY, by the bad Counsel of others, still goes on in

H Wickedness, to such a height, that his Uncle is obliged

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 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, that wish him Joy in his Fortune, and he takes it as a very 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.

LESSON II. Of bad Habits.

Here we may plainly see, what a sad Thing it is to Youth to bend their Minds so much to Pleasure and Pastime.

Harry cannot no go to a Play or Concert, and when it is over return home sober, as he used to do. No, no, he must after that go to the Tavern, or to some private wicked place or other, with a set of wicked Companions.

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 a Night, but by chance; bu this you may be sure of, that he is at some House of ill Fame, for Drinking, Swearing, Lying Gaming, and sitting up all Night,, &c. are now his common Practices.

Now while foolish wicked Harry is thus wasting his Time, spending his Money, and destroying his Reputation, Tommy is 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 very handsome Fortune, besides a thousand Pounds which his Master gave him; and, we hear, that his Master since that has left all the Trade to him, so that he is now become a great Man.

LESSON III. Of Brotherly Love.

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 is Brother Harry so debased by his folly, yet, as he found Harry would not come hear him, he resolved (if possible) to find him out, and talk to him once more concerning his unhappy Life; for who knows, says he, but the Respect I shew to my Brother may be taken so kind, that it may be one great Step to reform him; Tommy therefore takes 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, Carriage, and Deportment were such, as Harry and his Companions had for a long Time been Strangers to.

However, they soon knew one another by the Tone of Voice; and indeed Harry had so much good Manners left, as to tell Tommy, that he took it very kind he should pay such a Regard to him: A Respect, says 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, in short, his Brother was surprised to hear such a Sentence from him, and thought with himself that he should now certainly succeed in being a Means to save him from the very brink of ruin..

Indeed the Place was quite improper for good Advice, much less to talk over Family Affairs therefore after Tommy. had submitted to be agreeable to such base Company for an Hour or two, he persuaded his Brother Harry to go to a Tavern to spend an Hour with him and his Friend, to which Harry consented.

LESSON IV. Tommy and Harry's Conversation.

Tommy being now in a proper Place, begins to talk to Harry very seriously, but yet so tender and so mild, that he never once upbraided him, only desired him for God's Sake, and the Credit of his Family, to change his Way of Life;

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