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turers, to be true, for I have read it in the newspapers; though you must not suppose that I believe every thing that is in the newspapers to be true. Pray, Sir, can you tell me whether the Doctor ever made an address like the following, to the same Nottingham manufacturers :

“Men of Nottingham, we all know you to be an ingenious,clever, laborious set of people; and we know that many who have formerly been working men, like yourselves, are now enjoying very comfortable fortunes, in consequence of the money that they earned when they were young, and their care of it when they had got it, and all the soberness and steadiness of their characters. And I hear that some of you are afraid of growing rich too fast, and that, to prevent this danger, you are playing or drinking for a day or two at the beginning of the week, and that you expect to maintain yourselves and your families by what you earn on the remaining days. Thus you always keep yourselves poor. · When trade is bad and wages are low, and work is hard to be got, instead of having a sum laid by in some bank, for your time of want, you go a begging to the parish, or you are clamorous against your masters, and ex: pect just as much employment, and just as much wages, as when trade was brisk and flourishing.This, however, would soon ruin your masters, and that would - ruin you. Your masters have laid by something when times were prosperous, and it is this that enables them to live when times are bad. If you would thrive, you must do the same.--I hear that in bad times you often suffer, and I fear that it is often your own fault.—Men of Nottingham, is this true?"

A MORAL AND PHYSICAL THERMOMETER ; OR, A SCALE OF THE PROGRESS OF

TEMPERANCE AND INTEMPERANCE.

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Vices.
Diseases.

Punishments.
10-
Taleness Sickness

Debt
Puking, and Tremors of

the Hands in the Morn-
Lying

Black Eyes

ing
Tpdây and Crank,

Bloatedness
Peevishness

Rags
Inflamed Eyes

Red Nose and Face
Quarrelling

Hunger
Grog, and Brandy and

Sore and swelled Legs
Water,

Fighting
Jaundice

Hospital
Pains in the Limbs, and

Burnings in the Palms
40-
Flip and Shruby Swearing

of the Hands and Soles Poor House

of the Feet.
Obscenity Dropsy

Jail
50-
Bitters infused in Spirits,

Swindling

Epilepsy
Gin, Usquebaugh, Rum,

Whipping
Brandy, Aniseed, and

Melancholy
Whiskey, in the Morn- Perjury
ing

Madness

The Hulks 60

Burglary

Palsey
Murder

Botany Bay

Apoplexy 170 Ditto, during the Day Suicide Death

Gallows and Night, N.B. The reader will see that in the above Scale the figures increase from nothing, both downwards and upwards. If a person rises above INTEMPERANCE, his happiness, and comfort, and prosperity, are seen to increase in the same proportion as his moderation in drinking. If he takes to drinking strong liquors, he smks deeper and deeper in the wretched habit, regularly accompanied as he goes on by Vice, Disease, and Wretchedness.

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To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.

SIR, If you should deem the following remarks worthy of being admitted into your Publication, pray re. ceive them with the Author's sinccre wishes that they may be of use.

READING THE SCRIPTURES. The necessity of reading the Scriptures must certainly appear to any one who thinks at all upon the subject. If you were told, that a friend by a last will and testament had left you an estate, would you not be very eager to procure a copy of that will, to read it attentively and repeatedly, to ascertain all the covenants and conditions, which would entitle you to actual possession ?-By the testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, you are entitled to an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. The right of the inheritance is yours. If you then have a de. sire to inherit the promises of Christ, and to obtain the riches of his grace, you will attentively study that testament which contains the words of the covenant, and is sealed by the blood of Christ. The Scriptures alone are able to make us wise unto salva. tion." Hence, St. Paul placed the greatest reliance on the wisdom of Timothy, and commissioned him to preach the word of God, because from a child he had known the “Holy Scriptures.” The Bereans, in the Acts of the Apostles, are not only commended, but called noble, because they searched the Scriptures daily; and our Saviour charged the error of the Sadducees on their ignorance of the Scriptures. It is then certainly the duty of every one, and ought to be the delight, as indeed it is of many, constantly “to hear the Scriptures; to read,

mark, learn, and inwardly digest them,"—that by “ the comfort” which they will find in them, they may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, given us through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

J. W. B. September 5th, 1824.

ON KEEPING THE SABBATH.

To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor. :

MOST HONORED SIR, I hope you will please to excuse the liberty I take in writing to you. I am an old man, Sir, and before I quit the world, would fain be of service, if I could, to some of those whom I must shortly leave behind me in it: and as correcting the faults and encouraging the virtues of your fellow-creatures seems to be the aim of your interesting pages, I thought I could not do better than endeavour to forward your benevolent design, by committing to paper some of the particulars. of my own chequered history, to be communicated to the public if you think proper. I don't like to give way to the querulousness of age, nor to set myself up as a judge of the actions of others; but, Sir, there are some practices which I cannot witness in those around me without very painful sensations, and, amongst them, the first and foremost is the

very dangerous habit of neglecting a devout and respectful observance of the Sabbath. Many neglect the observance of it altogether, and more establish it as a rule in their families, that when the public service of the Church is over, they are at liberty to spend the remainder of the day where and how they please. Now, Sir, is such conduct becoming

in a Christian, or can the blessing of Providence be expected on it? Few, I suppose, would be found to object to a cheerful and quiet enjoyment of the Sabbath, especially amongst those classes who are confined all the week to the laborious duties of their calling. :“ It is the day that the Lord hath made, and they are permitted to rejoice and be glad in it;" but surely there is a wide difference between the pious and tranquil enjoyments of a domestic circle, and the dissipated pleasures of idle visiting on Sunday, to which too many are addicted, without considering the evils that are likely to arise from it with respect to themselves, their children, and their servants, if they have any; for how are such proceedings consistent with the calmness and sobriety of thought and feeling which a professor of Christianity would wish to maintain in his own mind during that portion of time which the Almighty requires to be more peculiarly devoted to himself; or how can the conduct of a family be properly regulated, where the master and mistress of it are spending, perhaps the greater part of the afternoon, in talking over the gossip of the country in a neighbour's house, instead of administering the instruction that the young and inexperienced so greatly need in their own. That, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” should be deeply engraven on every heart, few are so well calculated to pronounce as myself, for to a neglect of the advantages of the public instruction which I might have enjoyed on it, as well as to connexions with the idle and dissolute, first contracted on that day, do I attribute in a great measure the sorrows and the sins of my early days, and though, blessed be God, the evening of my life has been peaceful and happy, I cannot help shuddering when I see numbers of irreligious and thoughtless young people profaning the Lord's Day, and pursuing the self-same course, the ill consequences of which, but for the mercy of

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