whose offices are so difficult to be dispensed with, because they are so necessary to self-indulgence, that they are often deprived of the rest of the Sabbath.
Of this class there are two humble but very important personages, which it is neither beneath the subject nor the occasion to notice, namely, the cook and the carriage-driver.
To the carriage-driver of some families, all days are alike “days of rest.”
He is the most idle personage about the premises.
It is well if a farm-hand be not presently sold to support his idleness.
But the carriage-driver of another family.is himself also a farm-hand.
With him the case may be widely different.
He may toil on the farm six days in the week, and spend the day of rest in burnishing harness, and with carriage and horses.
If he drive to church, the care of his horses is at least a pretext for neglecting the sermon; and if he drive to spend the day with a neighbor, it is not a day of rest, and may not be a day of enjoyment.
In either case, there is but little companionship, but few church privileges, and still less opportunity for rest.
It may be no better with the cook, and is often not so well.
Indeed, the Sabbath is seldom a day of rest with the cook.
It is oftener a day of much closer confinement.
Stewing, roasting, baking, and broiling the greater part of the day on Sabbath, afford but little time for the