Lectures to Working Men

Lectures to Working Men

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...jesting over these themes. We are told by those who have experience of it, that marriage is no joke, (certainly it is not to the wife who feels day by day the weight of her husband's fist, and hears the coarse and cruel ribaldry of his tongue) and we have no desire to make a joke of it. Though a very unqualified adviser, I do think many young folk require advice about the choice of life-partners; and if they would take discreet and prudent counsel in time, there would not be as many blasted homesteads and unhappy unions and efeunions in England, as there are. In this county of mills and manufactories, especially, such counsel is desirable. Young people are brought into daily association at a very early and unreflective time of life, by their stated employments. They toil side by side at the same loom; and just as one invalid is quite enough to spread contagion, or carry epidemic through a household, and lay each member of the family low with the disease, so one youth of either sex, who may be viciously disposed, has power to infect his companions with the miasma of his vice. It is more than we can expect that all who are engaged in spinning, and weaving, and the like, should be upright, modest, chaste and decorous in conduct and in conversation. Without any reflection on the moral character of Lancashire, it may be confessed that work-people are peculiarly liable to be led astray in this respect, not from their greater depravity, but because of the circumstances of temptation by which they are beset. The rude coarse jests of the unrefined mind, the light talk and frivolous deportment of the volatile and thoughtless, the temptations spread before the unsuspecting, and the pitfalls dug and baited for the unwary, by base and cowardly intriguers, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236527437
  • 9781236527431