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1812. Excerpt: ... THE LITTLE WANDERER. Fret not thyself, thou
glitt'ring child of pride, That a poor villager inspires my strain.
Beattie. At a small market town in Lincolnshire, lived an humble
mechanic, named James Watson. His wife took in washing, and by
their mutual industry they earned a comfortable subsistence, and
made a more decent appearance than many did whose profits were much
greater. The pride of an honest spirit led them to exert
themselves, that they might never be dependent on the parish; and
they carefully hoarded up all their little savings / against, what
Susan called, "a rainy day." For a while it was sunshine, but the
"rainy day" came, and it was with difficulty they avoided a
resource which appeared to them so disgraceful: they would say to
their children, "We will work day and night rather than go for help
to the parish, or live in the workhouse." Their family was
increasing, and they were scarcely able to provide a sufficiency
for every mouth that demanded sustenance. Their meals consisted,
during the week, of bread and milk, sometimes a small portion of
cheese, and a little bit of meat to distinguish the sabbath: yet
Susan looked cheerful; and though her gown was patched, it was
clean; and James's THE LITTLE WANDERER. 101 stockings were always
neatly mended. They attended church on Sundays, and in an evening
either read the Bible, or walked in the fields with their children.
They worked hard; they never took what they could not pay for; and
honest industry rendered them happy, till sickness, that scourge of
the poor, visited their cottage. The expences attending it, and the
successive funerals of several of their children, exhausted all
their earnings; whilst the sorrow of heart which accompanied these
calamities made them unfit for labour. But tim...
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