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MORALS.
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that the land is worth more, and the houses will sell for more, than in almost any other place of the kind you can name. And this arises from the good taste, neatness, and order, which characterize the inhabitants. I will give you a sketch of the house belonging to Capt. John Pepperidge; a careful, correct, upright man, who has risen from poverty, to ease and com­petence, by industry, economy, and prudence.
His house stands three or four rods back from the street: the front yard is green, grassy, and decorated with handsome trees. The wood-pile is fenced in: the barn-yard, pig-pen. &c., are also tidily fenced. It is a favorite proverb with Pepperidge that there should be a place for every thing, and that every thing should he in its place. This is his great maxim: and he not only observes it himself, but he requires every man, woman and child about him to observe it also. He says it saves him one hundred dollars a year.
He has other rides, such as a stitch in time saves nine: thus, as soon as a stone falls off the wall, he puts it up; when a rail gets out of the fence, he replaces it: when a gate is broken, it is forthwith repaired; if a clapboard is loose, a nail clenches it. Thus, matters are kept tight and tidy. Of a wet day, instead of going to the tavern, he spends the time in mak-
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