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But, Mr. Editor, the poor themselves will eventually be the greatest sufferers by this sad change, for no sooner will the revolution be fairly brought about, than monied men will avail themselves of the seven days' labour for the six days' pay; for, with all the moral feeling of this highly-favoured country brought to bear upon them, the Legislature have been obliged to enact a law to restrain their covetousness, and not allow them to exact more than ten hours' labour from children. All these things are purposely kept out of sight by the contemners of God's law, and will be until their end is obtained, and then the deceiver and the deceived will reap together the result of their own doing.
Some of the effects of the system are already manifesting themselves •—for who can read the police reports, where the servants of Railway Companies are constantly charged with thefts, but must come to the conclusion that if the masters set aside the authority of the fourth commandment, and require their labourers to work on the Lord's Day, the servants are as likely to despise the eighth, which forbids them to steal.
We are taught, Mr. Editor, in that good old-fashioned book, the Bible, " that righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any peopleand the whole history of mankind testifies to its truth.
In the fervent hope that this solemn subject may receive that consideration from your readers which its importance demands,
I am, Sib, your obedient, humble Servant, Southampton, Nov. 16, 1852. EDWARD PALE.
To the EDITOR of the "HAMPSHIRE INDEPENDENT."
Sir,
It is with great reluctance that I again address you upon the question of Sabbath desecration; but your Manchester correspondent has put it so unfairly before the Public, that I cannot forbear addressing you upon the subject of his communication. He cites a most extravagant case upon some other person's authority, and then argues from it as though it were a usual circumstance; whereas I should imagine it stands alone amongst the records of past events; but were it of frequent occurrence, it does not justify his conclusions. He rejoices that Manchester has decided in favour of opening the Crystal Palace at Sydenham on the afternoon of Sunday, for the use of those whose days are passed in incessant toil, and then quotes from the poet Cowper as though he had his authority for the violation of one of the commands of the Decalogue. The truth is, Mr. Editor, to quote another portion . of Cowper, and what is more in conformity with all he ever wrote:—
" He lives who lives to God alone,
And all aie dead beside;
For other source than God is none,
Whence life can be supplied."
And I rejoice to know that 10*15 of the most intelligent and well-ordered of the working classes wrote, in the short space of three months, essays recognising this principle ; and I have reason to believe that the sentiments they expressed are entertained by that portion of the working classes that we rejoice to point to as the strength and security of our country. I cannot understand upon what principle your correspondent has a right to deprive such men of their privilege, in order that another portion may indulge in what to them may appear a better mode of spending their time on that sacred day. In these days of extraordinary mental activity and strenuous industry, rich and poor are whirled round
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