The Plain Teacher

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - Business & Economics - 96 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1807. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ther than impose them upon the ignorant; the divine providence can easily and largely reward your selfdenial. 2d. Justice requires the ready payment of all just debts at the appointed time. Prudence will direct us to be cautious what debts we contract, but when they become due, justice requires that they be punctually discharged; otherwise we keep the possession while another has the right. The matter is not whether the creditor is rich or poor, for all have a right to claim, their own; but it is an aggravating circumstance of guilt when the necessitous, the widow and the fatherless are injured. If you plead inability, this will neither justify, nor excuse you, unless God by his providence hath disabled you, in which case you are obliged to use all possible lawful endeavours to make due satisfaction; and both reason and justice require the full payment of your debts whenever you are able, even though your creditors, considering your indigent state, may accept of what your present abilities will allow: for right can never be lost, in conscience, where there is a future sufficiency; though it may be fit to be abated in law. But let not those calamities be charged on God's providence, which are the effects of your own imprudence. Justice also requires that debts be paid not only fully, but speedily, as they become due. If we are not to say to our neighbour, go, and come again, if we have it by us, when he comes to beg or to borrow, Prov. iii. 28. much less when he asks only for that which is his own; you know not what necessity he may have for it, or what dependence he may place upon it, which may involve him in an hundred difficulties upon the disappointment; he may be poor, and set his heart upon it; and it is unmerciful as well as unjust, needlessly to delay t...

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Steele was born in the same year as Joseph Addison, whom he knew at Charterhouse School and at Oxford, which Steele left before receiving his degree. In 1709 he began the first of a series of periodicals that established the characteristics of the "periodical essay." This essay form, which was short and usually addressed personal topics, evolved primarily from journalistic sources and for journalistic purposes. Nevertheless, the essays appearing in The Tatler (from 1709) and The Spectator (from 1711) exerted a tremendous influence. Addison, who was a frequent contributor to both periodicals, displayed insight and elegance in his 42 numbers of The Tatler; Steele, with less elegance and wit, produced 188 and showed a warmth and sympathy that many readers preferred to Addison's cool intelligence. Steele's best-known play, The Conscious Lovers (1722), retreats from the artifice and aristocratic notions of Restoration drama, promoting instead a sound middle-class gentility. Married twice, Steele died in Wales, where he lived because of his debts.

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