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jects of the Society, as they have been determined on at a Provisional Committee of Clergymen and others, are the following:

1st.–To provide an Asylum for females who may be desirous of abandoning a course of vice, and to train them in the habits of religion and virtue.

2nd. - To employ all lawful and expedient measures for the suppression of receptacles of vice and all incitements to immorality, to obtain the aid of the magistracy in enforcing the existing laws, or to procure, if necessary, such further enactments as may suffice to meet the growing evil.

3rd.—To promote the establishment of homes, and registries, to be conducted on proper principles for female servants of good character, and to afford the means to deserving females of procuring situations in which they may obtain an honest livelihood.

4th.—To employ an agent or agents in the several localities under the direction of the Clergy and local Committee, it being a distinct principle of the Society, that the religious instruction which it is their main object to impart will be in strict accordance with the doctrines and discipline of the Established Church,

The Society is earnestly recommended to the support of the Christian public by the following Clergymen, members of the Provisional Committee, by whom Donations and Subscriptions will be thankfully received, and as the Committee have engaged an eligible House of Refuge near the Elephant and Castle, they beg to solicit early contributions. The Worshipful Chancellor The Rev. J. Horton. Dealtry, D.D.

The Rev. H. Hyde, LL.B. The Rev. J. C. Abdy, M.A. The Rev. A. H, Kenny, D.D. The Rev. G. Ainslie, M.A. The Rev. W. G. Lewis, M.A. The Rev. M. Anderson, M.A. The Rev. E. Lilley, M.A. The Rev. C. U. Barry, B.A. The Rev. H. Melvill, B.D. The Rev. S. Benson, M.A. The Rev. A. Murray, M.A. The Rev. W. Curling, M.A. The Rev. E. Prodgers, M.A. The Rev. J. Davis, B.A. The Rev. J. F. Russell, B.C.L. The Rev. C. Day, LL.B. The Rev. R. Shutte, M.A. The Rev. D.C. Delafosse, M.A. The Rev. S. Smith, M.A. The Rev. R. Eden, M.A. The Rev. F. J.Stainforth, M.A. The Rev. F. Goode, M.A. The Rev. G. Weight, B.A. The Rev.T. E. Hankinson, M.A. The Rev. J. F. Witty.

THE FAULTS OF OTHERS. “Oh, mamma, I am glad that we have left the house of Mrs. Martin ; and the abode of all uncharitableness,” said Eliza Bolworth, as she sat working near her mother the day after their return from a visit to an elderly lady.

Do you not think that remark proves you to be a fit inmate for such an abode, Eliza ?”

· Well, mamma, did you ever meet with a more uncharitable person than Mrs. Martin ? If Mrs.

called, we were regaled on her departure with anecdotes of her dreadful temper; of her daughter's vanity; and her sons' dissipation; if we admired some pretty country-seat we passed in our rambles, a long history of the different proprietors followed ; we were told of the indolence of Sir James of the stinginess of Mr. - ; and the dark relation was concluded with a darker insinuation respecting the present owner." “My dear girl," replied Mrs. Bolworth ;

-but Eliza rudely interrupted her—"That I am sure is unchristian, I wonder how Mrs. Martin

“Stay, Eliza,” Mrs. Bolworth quietly said, member one attribute of Christian charity is, that it thinketh no evil; do you think, my love, that the expression you were about to use, would have been consistent with your baptismal promise, to keep God's holy commandments; one of which is, not to bear false witness against your neighbour ?" and the new commandment which our blessed Saviour requires his disciples to observe, in proof of their love to him ; have you regarded it, Eliza ? have you loved your neighbour as yourself ?” Eliza colored. " I

wrong, forgive me, mamma; yet, have I advanced anything which is realy untrue ?”



your own ?"

“ Not directly; but a stranger would have supposed, from the tone of your remarks, that Mrs. Martin was a malicious and wilful slanderer; and, if I mistake not, there was some undetected opinion to that effect lurking in your

mind.” “I believe you are right, my conduct has been very

unchristian ; but what must I do? I cannot avoid seeing my neighbour's faults.” “ Do you think


have none of No, indeed! I have many." “On surveying an extensive scenery, do you gaze on the ploughed fields, or the green pastures ? in walking in a garden, do you look at the choice flower, or at the intruding weeds ? In examining your own heart, are your good or your bad qualities easiest to discover? Oh my daughter ! my dear girl, pray for that renewal of the mind which will make you love to observe and imitate your neighbour's virtues, instead of finding a secret pleasure in detecting and exposing their faults, which faults you ought to consider as warnings to yourself, who are a partaker of the same depraved nature.”

Pleasure, mamma!” “Yes, close and prayerful self-examination will show

you that you find pleasure in it. Do you not fancy that you discover great penetration, deep knowledge of human nature, and acute perception of character in your censures ?”

You are right. I will try to overcome this fault.”

“I trust indeed, that you will be enabled to do so; but if you try in your own strength you are sure to fail. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, and the habitual crimes which we commit with the tongue, that “world of iniquity set on fire of hell,” furnish a constant proof of the depravity of our hearts. Pray my dear Eliza that yours may be changed; and then, through the grace given unto you for Christ's sake, you will gradually grow in that humility, which will teach you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, and in that charity which thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, hopeth all things, and never faileth.”

“ Thank you, mamma; but are we not sometimes obliged to speak of the faults of others ?”

Speak of them as little as possible ; but when you are obliged, as is sometimes, though seldom, the case, manifest a supreme regard for truth in the facts

you state, while you strive to be charitable in your inferences ; for it is generally in the inferences which it draws from the conduct of others, that uncharitableness betrays itself. We may hope that the gossipping repetition of trifles, which we so often notice in the aged, proceeds more from a want of proper mental cultivation, than from a want of charity. The general spread of science by furnishing superior topics of conversation may remove this ; but it is only the love of God shed abroad in the heart which can eradicate that uncharitableness of thought which is rooted in every unrenewed heart.”



SERVANTS' HOME.-Families suited with servants, 21. Lodgers at present in the Home, 7.

INDIGENT REFUGE.—Young women admitted, 11; clothed and placed out to service, 5 ; at present in the house, 10.

AGENT'S REPORTS.-Classes meeting weekly, 27; attendance, 211.

EXTRACTS FROM AGENT'S JOURNAL. “The attendance of young women this week has not been so large as usual, in consequence of several leaving for situations, four of whom I have been able to place in pious families.

“At the conclusion of our usual exercises at R- , I was surprised by the earnest entreaties of one of my charge, that I would visit her mother. On conversing with Fanny, for that was the little girl's name, I found that she had been led to love Jesus Christ, and she was anxious that her mother should love Him also. Her object in wishing me to see her mother however, was, that I might induce her to attend a place of worship, she not having entered one for a period of 15 years. On my call. ing on the mother she appeared deeply affected with her dear child's anxiety on her account, and promised she would attend the house of God for the future.

PROBATIONARY HOUSE.-Applicants for refuge, 25 ; received, 15 ; sent to service, or District Asylums, 6; number in the house, 45.

EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT OF SECRETARY. “ It has often occurred that the Ladies' Committee have had to dismiss young women by their own desire. In these cases the Committee have been led to fear that the wish to leave the Asylum has arisen from a desire to return again to their evil ways, but that this is not always the case, the following incident will show.

“In passing through one of the streets of Clerkenwell, the matron was greatly surprised by the earnest,

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