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some time afterwards. But this iacter method is not equal to the former.
Those who do not love trouble, and can afford to have iwo beds, will find great luxury in rising, whien they wake in a hot bed, and going into the cool one. Such shifting of beds would also be of great service to persons ill of a fever, as it refreshes and frequentiv procures sleep. A very large bed, that will admit a removal so distant from the first situation as to be
cool and sweet, may in a degree answer the same '; eng.
One or two observations more will conclude this little piece. Care must be taken, when you lie down, to dispose your pillow so as to suit your man. ner of placing your head, and to be perfectly easy ; then place your limbs so as not to bear inconveniently hard upon one another; as for instance, the joints of your ancles : for though a bad position may at first give but little pain, and be hardly noticed, yet a con. tinuance will render it less tolerable, and the uneasi. ness may come on while you are asleep, and disturb your imagination.
These are the rules of the art. Bui though they will generally prove effectual in producing the end intended, there is a case in which the most punctual observance of them will be totally fruitless. I need not mention the case to you, nay dear friend : but my account of the art would be imperfect without it. The case is, when the person who desires to havo.
the pleasant dreams has not taken care to preserve · what is necessary, above ail things,
A GOOD CONSCIENCE
ADVICE 'TO A YOUNG TRADESMAN.
Written anno 1748.
TO MY FRIEND, A. B. As you have desired it of me, I write the following
uits, which have been of service to me, and may is observed, be so to you.
REMEMBER that time is money.. He that can earn 10. shillings a-day by his labour, and goes abroad, o sits idle one half of that day, though he spends but six pence during his diversion or idleness ought 0x to reckon that the only expense ; he has really sprint, or rather thrown away, five shillings besides.
Remember that credit is money. If a man lets his money lie in my hands aster it is due, he gives me the interest, or so much as I can make of it during that time. This amounts to a considerable sum where a man has good and large credit, and makes good use of it,
Remember that money is of a prolific generating nature. Money can beget money, and its offsr: ng can beget more, and so on. Five stillings turned is bix; turned again is seven and three pence; and so m till it becomes an hundred pounds. The more there is of it, the wore it produces every turning, so chat the profits rise quicker and quicker. He that kills a breeding son, destroys all her offspring to the thousandth generation. He that murders a crown, destroys all that it mignt have produced, even scores of pounds.
Remember that six pounds a-year is but a groat a-day. For this little sum (which may be daily wasted either in time or expense, unperceived) & man of credit may, on his own security, have the constant possession and use of an hundred pounds. So much'in stock, briskly turned by an industrious man, produces great advantage.
Remember this saying. « The good paymaster is lord of another man's purse." He that is kuown to
pay punctually and exactly to the time he promises, may at any time, and on any occasion, raise all the money his friends can spare. This is soinetimes of great use. After industry and frugality, nothing contributes more to the raising of a young man in the world, than punctuality and justice in all his deal. ings: therefore never keep burrowed money an hour beyond the time you promised, lest a disappointinent shut up your friend's purse for ever.
The most trifling actions that affect a man's cre. dit are to be regarded. The sound of your hammer at five in the morning, or nine at night, heard by a creditor, makes hin easy six months longer; but if he sees you at a billiard-table, or hears your voice at a tavern, when you should be at work, he sends for his money the next day; deinands it before he can receive it in a lump.
It shows, besides, that you are mindful of what you owe; it makes you appear a careful as well as an honest man, and that still increases your credit.
Beware of thinking all your own that you possess, ani or living accordingly. It is a mustake that many pečple who have credit fall into. To prevent this, keep an exact account, for some time, both of your expenses and your income. If you take the pains at first to mention particulars, it will have this good effect; you will discover how wonderfully small tri fling expenses niount up to large sums, and will discern what might have been, and may for the futura de saved, without occasioning any great inconvenience.
In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on iwo words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of hoth Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them every thing. He that gets all he can honestly, and saves all he gets (necessary expenceg excepted), will certainly become rich-if ihat Being, who governs the world, to whom all should look for a blessing on their honest endeavours, doch not in his wise providence otherwise determine.
AN OLD TRADESMAN.
NECESSARY HINTS TO THOSE THAT
WOULD BE RICH.
WRITTEN Anxo 1736. The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money.
For six pounds a year you may have the use of ono hundred pounds, provided you are a man of known prudence and honesty.
He that spends a groat a-day idly, spends idy above six pounds a-year, which is the price for the use of one hundred pounds.
He that wastes idly a gicat's worth of his time per day, one day with another, nastes the privilege of asing one hundred pounds each year.
He that idly loses five shillings worth of time loses fre shillings, and might as prudently throw fivo shillings into the sea.
He that loses five shillings, not only loses that sum, but all the advantages that might be made by turning it in dealing; which, by the time that a young man becomes oid, will anouut to a considerable sum of inoney.
Again ; he that sells upon credit, asks a price for what he sells equivalent to the principal and interest of his money for the time he is to be kept out of it; therefore, he that buys upon credit, pays interest for what he buys; and he that pays ready money, might let that money out to use; so that he that possesses any thing he has bought, pays interest for the use of it.
Yet, in buying goods, it is best to pay ready money necause, he that sells upon credit, expects to lose fivo per cent. by bad debts; therefore he charges, on al le sells upon credit, an advance that shall make up that deficiency.
Those who pay for what they buy upon Credit, pay their share of this advance.
He that pays ready money, escapes, or may escape Wat charge.
A penny sav'd is twopence clear ;
THE WAY TO MAKE MONEY PLENTY
IN EVERY MAN'S POCKET.
At this time, wnen the general complaint is thatmoney is scarce," it will be an act of kindness to nform the moneyless how they may reinforce their pockets. I will acquaint them with the true secret of money-catching--the certain way to fill empty purses and how to keep them always full. Two sinple rules, well observed, will do the business.
Frst, Lct honesty and industry be thy constant coinpanions; and,
Secondly, Spend one penry less than thy clear gains.
Then shail thy hide-bound pocket soon begin to thrive, and will never again cry with the empty belly ach: neither will creditors insult thee, nor want op. press. no hunger bite, nor nakedness freeze thee. 'The whole hemisphere will shine brigher, and plea. sure spring up in every corner of thy heart. Now, therefore, embrace these rules and be happy. Banish the bleak winds of sorrow from thy mind, and livo independent. Then shalt thou be a man, and not hide thy face at the approach of the rich, nor suffer the pain of feeling litile when the sons of fortune .Walk at thy right hand: for independency, whether with little or much, is good fortune, and placeth thee on even ground with the proudest of the golden eece. Oh, then, be wise, and let industry walk with hee in the morning, and attend thee until thou eachest the evening hour for rest. Let honesty bo s the breath of thy soul, and never forget to have a penny, when all thy expenses are enuinerated and paid : then shalt thou reach the point of happiness, and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright, nor stoop to the silken wretch hecause he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds.