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for, says he, the Company you keep will certainly be your Ruin. I don't care for that, says the hardened Wretch.

O Brother Harry, says Tommy, I have now no hopes of you! Yet, as God has prospe ed me, it is my Duty to serve you as a Brother; I will therefore make you an Offer before thi Gentleman, which, if you accept of it, must certainly be for your Good; but, if you refuse it, I fear you will repent it when too late.

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 learn you my Business, and you shall partake of the Profit 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 wld have embraced his Brother with Tears of Love and Gatitude? Instead of this, he rose up in a great passion, and swore like an Hector, bent. his fist at his Brother, and told him, that he kept better company than he did every day of his Life, and that he never would live such a hum-drum life as he lived; then flew to the Door, never took leave of the Gentleman nor his Bother, but ran to his Companions, and told all that had passed; who clap their Hands, and receive him with Shouts of Applause, call for a fresh Bottle, and spend the chief part of the Night in drinking and carousing.

LESSON V. Of Harry's Downfal.

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 used to such a lavishing, profligate way of Life, Money he still must have to support h Extravagance and Foily; and yet so great is the Pride of his Heart, that rather than accept of his Brother Tommy's kind Invitation to live with hin and be happy, he now takes up with unlawful Methods, and associates with none buf Gamblers, Shop-Lifters, and Street-Robbers; and one Night, naving been with some of the Rokes and Bloods of the Town, they commited a Murder and a Robbery; but being closely pursued, Harry, with four more of the Gang, were taken and carried before a Magistrate, who ordered them to Newgate.

Harry, however, with two others, made their Escape, and went over-sea in Triumpa, and would often laugh at the Misfortune of those two that were left behind, and thought

themselves now very secure; but even thither divine Vengeance follows them; for a Storm arose and drove the Ship against a Rock on the Coast of Barbary, and it being very dark, many of the Crew perished, besides Harry's two unhappy Companions.

LESSON VI. Of Harry's late Repentance and Death.

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 hopes of ever escaping, we may easily guess how he talks to himself -O, says he, that I had been more obedient to my Parents, and more grateful to my Friends?-O, that I could make all wicked Youth sensible of my Sorrow, and their own Folly! How would I 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 I am! 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 fate, till he was almost starved to Death, he at last (we hear) became a Prey to wild Beasts, which God suffered to tear him to Pieces, as the just Reward of his Disobedience and mispent Life. Thus you see, that as Harry followed nothing 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.

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The APPLICATION.

Learn then betimes, O Youth, to know your Duty to God, your Parents, and Mankind in general, and take care not only to know, but to do it; and let the Examples of Harry and Tommy be always so before you, that you may escape the just Judgment of the one, and enjoy equal Peace and Prosperity

with the other.

I shall conclude this Story with the Advice that King David (a little before his Death) gave to his Son Solomon, which if you follow, you cannot fail to be happy.

And thou, Solo.non, my Son, know thou the God of thy Father, and serve him with a perfect Heart and with a willing Mind; for the Lord searcheth all Hearts, and understan leth all the imaginations of the Thoughts: If thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 1 Chron. xxviii. 9,

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Of FIGURES or NUMBERS.

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Of Contractions of fuch Things as are necessary to be understood, in which whole Words and Sentences are known by certain Letters only.

A. B. or B. A. Bachelor of A. D in the Year of our

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A. M. or M. A. Mafter of Heb. Hebrew

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Ltr. Letter

Luk. Luke

M: Marquis
Madm. Madain

M. D. Doctor of Phyfis
Md. Medicine

Mdm. Memoranduma
Mr. Mafter
Mrs. Miftrefs
MS: Manufcript
MSS. Manufcripts
N. B. Mark well
Nov. November
No. Number

Obj. Objection
Oct. October
Oxon. Oxford.

Parl. Parliament

Philom, a Lover of the Mathem

matics

P. M. G. Profeffor of Mufe in Ciefham College

Q. Queen or Question

Regr. Register
Reg. dep. deputed Register

Rev. Revelation

Rt. Hon. Right Honourable
Rt. Worp Right Worshipful
Rt. Rev. Right Reverend
St. Saint

Sept. September

Salop. Shropshire

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Sr. Sir

S. T. P. Professor of Divinity

Tho. Thomas
Theo. Theophilus
Thess. Thessalonians
Wp. Worshipful
Xpr. Christopher
Xt. Christ

Xtn. Christian

Other Contractions in Printing or Writing.

e. g. or v. g. as for Example
i. e. that is

q. d. as if he should say
q. 1. as much as you please
q. s. a sufficient Quanti.y

v. verse

vide. see

viz. for videlicet, that is to say

ye. the
yn. then

yr. your
yt. that
& and

&c. and so forth

*** Contractions, especially in writing to Superiors, are now considered as disrespectful in most instances of common Occurrences.

TABLE XIX.

A Collection of Words nearly alike in Sound, but different in Spelling and Signification.

N. B. I think it very necessary that all such as can read pretty well, should now learn to know the meaning of words, for without this the spelling part is of little signification: therefore if the young Scholar was fet eight or ten words of this Table every night, or but two or three times a week, to spell, and tell the meaning of, (according to his capacity,) it would certainly be of great service.

And though I would be thought to have the highest regard for the word of God, yet I would advise all Masters and Mistresses to set their Scholars a collection of these words, (or of those in the latter part of this Book,) at their breaking up, rather than to write out, or get by heart, along chapter, which they seldom mind to perform till within a day or two of returning to School again, and then sloven over their writing, and spoil their hand; and after being corrected for this, or not getting the heavy task by heart, they begin in their early days to hare the Bible, and hold the best books in contempt; which, if read at proper time, and with due attention, would have a quite different effect upon their minds.

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