MY mother believes it would be better if Training
Day were done away with entirely, for she says we
spend far too much time in the pursuit of frivolity,
when we have no less than one lecture-day in each
week. It must be that she is in the right, for father
has much the same opinion, and declares a stop must
be put to so many lectures, which but gives a
convenient excuse for indolent people, who should be at
work on the plantations or in the houses, to go gadding
about the town.
You must know that Thursday is the day when we
listen to lectures by some of the preachers, or those among
the magistrates who have the gift of speech, and this has
been the custom since the first year we came here.
In the early clays the lecture hour was in the forenoon;
but at the end of three years, after Boston was
become a town, those in authority over us passed a law
that the lecture should not begin until one of the clock
in the afternoon, and this was done in order that the
people might not have an excuse to spend the entire
day in idleness.
 I cannot see, however, that any more work is done
on Thursdays now than before the law was made, for as
soon as breakfast is finished and the houses have been
set in order, nearly every one walks on the streets, this
pleasure being forbidden on Sabbath days, until it is
time to gather at the church.
Our magistrates also tried to make the rule that no
minister, or other person, should lecture more often
than once in every two weeks, in order that we might
have less of such diversion; but no heed is given to
this law, for I myself have heard Master Cotton speak
to the people no less than twice on every Thursday,
and this in addition to lectures by other preachers.
If father were one of the magistrates, mother would
do all she might to have the hour of the meetings set
back to the morning, for she believes it is wrong to
make of the forenoon a time for the punishing of
evil-doers, as has come to be the custom.
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