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for the rest of man, what do you say to the habits of clergymen, who must, of necessity, labour on the seventh day*?
Answer.- I have advised the clergyman, in lieu of his Sabbath, to rest one day in the week: it forms a continual prescription of mine. I have seen many destroyed by their duties on that day; and, to preserve others, I have frequently suspended them, for a season, from the discharge of those duties.
Question. So that the clergyman furnishes an illustration of your own principle, as to the ill effects of working on the seventh day continually?
Answer.-Yes; certainly. I would say further, that (quitting the grosser evils of mere animal living, from over-stimulation and undue exercise of body) the working of the mind in one continued train of thought is destructive of life in the most distinguished class of society; and that Senators themselves stand in need of reform in that particular. I have observed many of them destroyed by neglecting this economy of life.
Question.—Therefore, to all men, of whatever class, who must necessarily be occupied six days in the week, you recommend them to abstain on the seventh; ‘and, in the course of life, they would gain by it?
Answer.-Assuredly they would, by giving to their bodies the repose, and to their minds the change of ideas, suited to the day, for which it was appointed by unerring Wisdom,
* See page 89.
Question. And, in fact, more mental work would be accomplished in their lives?
Answer.-Certainly, by the increased vigour imparted.
Questión.- A human being is so constituted, that he needs a day of rest, both from mental and bodily labour?
Answer.–Certainly. You have drawn the inference, from the tenor of
evidence and argument, which I wish to leave on the mind of the Legislative body.