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hoping ftill, that thro' the Care of his Uncle, and his own future Conduct, he might be happy.
Harry, being now of Age, and having received his Fortune; he, instead of minding his Uncle and Brother, still follows bad Company; and now having Money, he is perfuaded, (and foolishly perfuades himself,) that he can live better from his Uncle than with him; therefore is refolved to be his own Man. His Brother Tommy now grieves to fee how he lives, and dreads the End of it; and Harry is now fo hardened to, and rivetted in Wickedness, that he is refolved that his Uncle's and Brother's Advice shall never do him good, for he never comes near them.
In fhort, Harry's Delight is only in his old wicked Acquaintance; and he has befides 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 his Brother, and tell him his Father was an old Rogue for leaving him no more; all which he hears with a Smile, fwears it is true, and tells them, they are the beft Friends he has in the World.
Scarce a Year is gone, before Harry has spent almost all his Fortune.
He cannot now go to a Play, or a Concert, and return Home when it is over: No, no, he must after that go to the Tavern; or to fome private wicked Place or other, with lewd Women. In fhort, he is now becoine a perfect Owl, for you. feldom fee him in the Day-time; and when you do, he blinks like an Owl: Nor can you find him of a Night, but by Chance; but this you may be fure of, that he is at fome House of ill Fame; for
Whoring, Drinking, Swearing, Lying, Gaming, Gambling, and Setting up all Night, are now his conftant Practice.
Now while foolifh wicked Harry is thus fpending his Fortune, and deftroying both Soul and Body; Tommy is improving his Fortune, and his Mind: For his Time is out, and his Mafter loves him so well, that he takes him into Partnership; and in a fhort Time after he married his Master's Daughter, with whom he had a handfome Fortune, and his Mafter, we hear, has left all the Trade to him; fo that he is now become a great Man.
One Thing must not be omitted, as a great Mark of the brotherly Love of Tommy: He found Harry would not come near him, and he was refolved -to find him, and talk to him once more: For who knows, fays he, but the Refpect I fhew to him may be taken fo 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 look'd fo fottish, and so fhabby; nor did Harry at first know his Brother, as he appear'd quite different in Dress and Carriage to the Company he has been long us'd to. However, they foon knew one another by the Tone of Voice ; and Harry had fo much good Manners left, as to tell Tommy, he took it very kind that he should pay fuch a Regard to him. A Respect, says he, (before his Companions,) that I am not worthy of. Now one would think by fuch an Expreffion as this, that Harry was really fenfible of his Faults; and in fhort, his Brother was furprized to hear fuch a Sentence from him, and thought with himfelf,
felf, that he should now certainly fucceed, in being a Means to fave him from the very Brink of Ruin.
The Place they were now in was not fit for Family Talk, nor good Advice, and after Tommy had fubmitted to be agreeable to fuch bafe Company for an Hour or two, he perfuades his Brother Harry to go to a Tavern, to fpend an Hour with him and his Friend, to which Harry confented. Having now taken a Room to themselves, Tommy begins to talk to Harry about his Way of Life; but fo tender, and fo mild is he, that he never once upbraided him; only defired him, for God's Sake, and the Credit of his Family, to mend his Ways in Time; for, fays he, the Company you keep Harry will certainly be your Ruin. I don't care if it be, fays the hardened Wretch. What, fays Tommy, have not you left off don't care yet? You make my Heart bleed to think how often your Father and * Mother have told you of this: But he still kept on, I don't care.
O Brother, fays Tommy, I have now no Hopes of you! Yet, as God has profpered me, it is my Duty to ferve you as a Brother: I will therefore make you an Offer before this Gentleman, which, if you accept of, muft certainly be for your Good; but if you refufe it, I fear you will repent it too late.
The Thing is this; if you can but be fo much Mafter of yourfelf, as to abandon fuch Company as we have now found you with, and will behave in a fober Manner, you shall five with me; I will learn you my Business, and you fhall partake of the Profits of it; in fhort, you fhall want for Nothing.
Here was Love indeed! Who could have thought Harry fo mad, and fo ftupid as not to accept fo kind an Offer? Or who could expect but that he would have embraced his Brother with Tears of Love and Gratitude? Inftead of this, he rose up in a great Paffion, and fwore like a Hector; bent his Fift 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 fuch a hum drum Life as he lived : Then -flew to the Door, never took Leave of the Gentleman, nor his Brother; but ran to his Companions, and told all that had paffed; who clap their Hands, and receive him with Shouts of Applaufe, call for a fresh Bottle, and spend the main Part of the Night in Swearing and Drinking
Thus Harry goes on till he has fpent all his Money, and loft all his Credit? And what now remains? Why, Money he must have, by some Way or other; and rather than fubmit to his Brother's Advice, to live with him, he takes up with unlawful Methods, and keeps Company with none but Gamblers, Shop-lifters, and Street-robbers; and one Night having, with feveral others, committed a Murder and a Robbery, they were purfued, and he, with four of the Gang, are taken, and committed to Newgate, there to lay, in order to take their.Trial.
Harry indeed, with two others, made their Efcape, and went over Sea, thinking themselves fecure; but divine Vengeance follows them; for a Storm arofe, and drove the Ship against a Rock on the Coast of Barbary, and it being very dark, many of the Crew perifhed: Harry indeed was (by the Violence of the Waves) caft upon the Shore,
and in the Morning found himself alone, in a doleful defolate Place; and now having no Hopes of ever escaping, he begins to remember 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 became a Prey to wild Beasts, whom God fuffers to tear him to Pieces, as the juft Reward of his wicked Life.
Thus you fee Harry is a Pattern of Vice, he lived a wretched Life, and died a miserable Death; but Tommy was always a Pattern of Virtue and Goodness, and ftill lives happy.
Learn then betimes to know thy Duty to God and Man, and take Care to do it; and let the Examples of Harry and Tommy be always before you; that you may escape the juft Judgment of the one, and enjoy equal Peace and Prosperity as the other.
N. B. It is to be fuppofed that the Youth by this Time knows fomething of Numbers or Figures, fo as tell what Chapter he reads in, or what Verfe he is at; but left he fhould not know them at prefent, I have here inferted, a very ufeful Table, which every Master and Mistress may teach them by Degrees with Eafe.