Bad company corrupts good morals
1 Corinthians 15:33 (ASV)
33Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.
Mr. Told writes about the negative influence bad friends had on him; their profanity and how that led him to forgetting the convictions the Spirit of God was wont to bring him.
Urged on by bad friends, Ned failed to keep his resolutions and continued to live a life of sin and reckless abandon; robbing people, including the dead!
For sixteen years, John Hambleton rebelled against God and his family. Bad friends were a terrible influence on him, helping him to continue in rebellion.