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CHAP. IX.

Concerning just dealing in Traffick, Tra

ding, and Commerce Bserve a strict integrity, and uprightnes in

all occasions of intercourse, maccers of traffick, commerce, and bargaining; making con science to be true in thy words, faithful in thy promises, punctual in thy performances, and in all things, dealing juftly and uprightly ; doing to others (according to our Saviours Golden rule, Luke 6.31.) As thou wouldst that others should do to thee, Mac.7.12. Wharfoever ye would ( with a rectified judgment, and an honest heart) that men should do so you, even lo do ge to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. In all contracts, and acts of commerce with others, 'tis good to put our selves in their stead; and co make frequent appeals co our own Consciences, and to ask our felves, Would I be thus dealt with? Would I be content to have this measure measured to my self? Should I (if it were my own cafe) think this fair. dealing, if used towards my self? Paul faies Gal. 5.14. All the Law is fulfilled in one word (chac is, all that part of the Law which concerns oar duty towards man) Thou shale love thy neighborer as thyself. This expreffior prescribes the manner

of our love, not the measure of it; a parity or likenesse for kind, not for degree or proportion.

That therefore the black art of defrauding may be abhorr'd, and all deceit in traffick and commerce avoided; I shall give some Directions both to buyers and sellers, which (if carefully observed) will exceedingly tend to their comfort and advantage : For light and honest gains make a heavy purse, whilst great and dishonest make a heavy heart.

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1. Let not the buyer debase or difpraise agood : commodity that he is about to buy, to bring down the price, and to get it for lese chan he knows it to be worth, Prov.20.14. It is naught, it is naught, faith the buyer, but when he is gone his way, ibens he boasteth.

2. Lec noc che buyer peremptorily say he will give no more for a commodity, than he offers, and

yet intend to give more, rather than go without it. 'Tis too frequent with buyers to say they will not give a farthing more, and with sellers, co say, they will not take a farthing les, and yet uf16. al with both to go from their words.

3. Give good and currant money for what you buy, Gen.23.16. And Abraham weighed to Ephron the filver which he had named in the audience of the Sons of Heth, four hundred Shekels of silver, car

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rant money with the Merchant. To put away brasse or false money, (when you know it to be false, though perhaps you took it for good, except you return it to the person of whoin you re. cived it) is a branch of deceit. 'Tis better to suffer wrong, than to do

wrong. 4. Do not work upon the weaknesse or neceffity of the seller, and so give him lefse than in your Conscience you apprehend the thing to be juftly worth becween man and man. Soine will not buy, except they may have that they are dealing for, at their own price; though the seller cannot so af: ford it. We ihould be willing to give to the worth of the thing we buy, according to common estimation. If the buyer give a price (knowingly) far inferiour to the true valme, he is an over-reacher : If he work

upon the necessities of the poor, who must fell to buy bread, he is an oppressour.

5. In your buying a commodicy, do not hake ang advantage of any oversight, or mistake in the seller, Gen. 43.12. And the money that w.cs brought again in the month of your sacks, carry it again in your hand, peradventure it was an overfight.

6. Bxy not any thing on the Lords day, excepe upon abfolute necessity. Let God have the time confecrated to his Worship. Let there be no bargaining nor dealing on that day.

7. Buy not any stollen goods (if you know them to be ftollen) chough the price be never s Low

Diretti Directions to Sellers.

1. Do not multiply words in selling, Prov.10. 19. In the multitude of words there wanteth not fin. Zach. 11. 12. If ye think good, give me my price, if not forbear.

II. Do nor highly commend and over-praise a commodity you know to be faulty ; nor sell that for good, which you know is not

so. Do not lie, mor equivocate. How many are there, chac in this case, co deceit, add lying; and (too often) bind all these fins together with an oath, swearing their commodities are good, when they know they are not? And then what an heap of fin is liere gathered together? abundantly enough to sink any poor soul inco Hell: And all this, to skrew a little more money out of their neighbours pockets; and that fumtimes so very little, chac ic is an amazing wonder, how any man chac chinks he has a foul, can set it as lo miserable and contemptible a price:

JII. Do not disgnise and hide the faults of the commodities you sell, by ufing some art to them, to make them look fairer and better than indeed they are. This is acting a ke though it be not peaking one) which has surely as much of he intention of cheating and defrauding as the most impudent lying can have. Hereby thou makest chy neighbour pay for somewh.it which is

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