in the neighbourhood of Glasgow having at a great
expense erected a silk factory, and attached to it a schoolroom for the
benefit of the young people connected with the works, considered that the
whole matter was not complete without accommodation for them and their
parents at church. He, therefore, rented a number of pews, and going to
each man, individually, informed him of what he had done.
By some, much thankfulness was
expressed; while others, by the great indifference exhibited, were
something similar to the men, who, upon their master promising them that
they would be paid their wages the same as another day if they attended
church on a Fast Day, would not consent unless they were paid for it as
over hours; or the valet who hoped, if he attended prayers, his master
would. consider it in his wages. Addressing one of them, the employer
"John, I have taken seats in the
church here for myself and the people attending the factory; and I shall
be glad to see you there as often as possible."
"Oh yes, sir," said John, "I’ll tak’
thy turn o’t wi’ the rest o’ the men."