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hoping still, 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 persuaded, (and foolishly perfuades himself,) that he can live better from his Uncle than with him; therefore is resolved to be his own Man. His Brother Tommy now grieves to see how he lives, and dreads the End of it; and Harry is now so hardened to, and rivetted in Wickedness, that he 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 his Brother, and tell him his Father was an old Rogue for leaving him no more; all which he hears with a Smile, swears it is true, and tells them, they are the best 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 some private wicked Place or other, with lewd Women. In fhort, he is now becoine a perfect Owl, for you. feldom see 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 fure of, that he is at some House of ill Fame, for
Whoring, Drinking, Swearing, Lying, Gaming, Gambling, and Setting up all Night, are now his constant Practice.
Now while foolifh wicked Harry is thus spending his Fortune, and destroying both Soul and Body; Tommy is improving his Fortune, and his Mind : For his Time is out, and his Master loves him so well, that he takes him into Partnership; and in a short Time after he married his Master's Daughter, with whom he had a handsome Fortune, and his Master, 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 resolved to find him, and talk to him once more: For who knows, says hę, but the Respect I shew to him 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 look'd so sottish, and so shabby; 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 soon knew one another by the Tone of Voice ; and Harry had so much good Manners left, as to tell Tommy, he took it very kind that he should pay such a Regard to him. A Respect, says he, (bea fore 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 surprized to hear such a Sentence from him, and thought with him
self, that he should now certainly succeed, in being a Means to save him from the very Brink of Ruin.
The Place they were now in was not fit for Fą. mily Talk; nor good Advice, and after Tummy had submitted to be agreeable to such base Company for an Hour or two, he perfuades his Brother Harry to go to a Tavern, to spend an Hour with him and his Friend, to which Harry confented. Havsing now taken a Room to themselves, Tommy begins to talk to Harry about his Way of Life ; but lo tender, and so mild is he, that he never once upbraided him; only desired him, for God's Sake, and the Credit of his Family, to mend his Ways in
Time; for, says he, the Company you keep Harry will certainly be your Ruin. I don't care if it be, says the hardened Wretch. What, says Tomnty,
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, says Tommy, I have now no Hopes of you! Yet, as God has prospered me, it is my Duty to serve you as a Brother: I will therefore make you an Offer before this Gentleman, which, if you accept of, must certainly be for your Good; but if you refuse it, I'fear you will repent it too late.
The Thing is this; if you can but be fo much Master of yourself, as to abandon fuch 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 Profits of it; in short, you shall want for No. thing:
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 would have embraced his Brother with Tears of Love and Gratitude ? Instead of this, he rose up in a great Passion, and swore like a 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 bum 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 passed; who clap their Hands, and receive himn with Shouts of Applause, call for a fresh Bottle, and spend the main Part of the Night in Swearing and Drinking
Thus Harry goes on till he has spent all his Money, and lost all his Credit ? And what now remains ? Why, Money he must have, by some Way or other; and rather than submit 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 several others, committed a Murder and a Robbery, they were pursued, and he, with four of the Gang, are taken, and committed to Newgaie, there to lay, in order to take their Trial.
Harry indeed, with two others, made their Escape, and went over Sea, thinking themselves secure ; but 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,
of the Crew perished : 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 just 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 still 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 just Judgment of the one, and enjoy equal Peace and Prosperity as the other.
N. B. It is to be supposed that the Youth by this Time knows something of Numbers or Figures, fo as tell what Chapter he reads in, or what Verse he is aț; but left he should not know them at present, I have here inserted, a very useful Table, which every Master and Mistress may teach them by Degrees with Ease.
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