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their crowded state, his endeavours proved fruitless. The inquiry then came as to what was to be done? Mr. Nasmith's reply was simple, namely, to open another Institution, assured that if only one individual were rescued from sinful courses to embrace the Saviour, ample would be the reward for all the labour. Having spent the evening with some friends, he stated the want which existed, and urged a lady present very strongly to embark in the work, but he received from her an absolute refusal, on the ground of her unwillingness to have any thing to do with persons of that class. Before the evening closed, this object with others was commended in prayer to God. On the following morning before Mr. Nasmith left his home, he received an early visit from the lady alluded to, who expressed her regret at having treated his request with so much coldness, stated to him that it had occupied much of her thoughts during the night, and in fact that she was then willing and ready to do whatever he desired. “Go then,” he replied, “ and seek for Mr. , the Agent, and take a house, that this creature may be sheltered from an evil and heartless world.” This advice was so far followed that immediately Mrs. and the Agent went in search of a house, and finding one near the Canal-bridge, at Harold's-cross, they sought out the proprietor, who kept a public-house in the neighbourhood, and after some negotiations the terms were agreed on: the house was to cost about £ 20 per annum, and he was to perfect some repairs. Mrs. ~ observed, that it would be most suitable to seal this contract by seeking God's blessing upon the work, and addressing herself to the Agent she said. “You will pray, if you please :” the landlord at this moment urged that he was a Roman Catholic ; the lady observed, that was no matter, as Roman Catholics needed prayer as much as Protestants, and continued, “Mr. — , you will please to pray:" again the landlord urged that having the gout he could not kneel down; the lady observed it was not necessary to kneel if there was any impediment to his so doing, and again said, “Mr.- , you will please to pray.” In the course of the prayer, a blessing was asked for on this man's family, and especially on his daughters, that they might be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The poor man could not refrain from saying aloud, “that's right,” “ that's good,” “God will bless you;" and on the prayer being ended, he shook the Agent cordially by the hand, saying, “ he was obliged to him, that he would give the keys of the house to him and nobody else.” The Agent stated, "that the lady was
the tenant, and that the keys should be given to her ;” but the poor man said, “No! I will give them to you, and nobody else.” Accordingly possession was taken of the house, and it was speedily filled with inmates. The Asylum was continued in this house for nearly two years, when it was removed to the Canal bank at Upper Baggot Street Bridge, from whence it was moved to its present locality on the erection of the Episcopal Chapel, with the Asylum attached.
It will easily be believed, that the blessings flowing from this single act-the planting as it were of this single acorncan never be fully estimated in TIME; but ETERNITY will reveal it.
It is an interesting fact, that this Roman Catholic man procured access for the Agent into a court where he had a number of tenants, and even authorised him, if the people treated him with rudeness, to state that he had his permission and authority to speak with them.
I am sure you will feel pleased to hear that we now have formed a “ Maternal Association” in our village.
You know that for a long time it was my earnest desire to form the mothers into a little band. -At first, I met with but slight encouragement. At length however, I determined, with the blessing of God, to make a beginning, even if we were only two or three; feeling that even then we should be within the promise.—I therefore went around to many
mothers; I do believe that the Lord went before me, for all seemed prepared to exert themselves, and hailed the plan with gladness.--At our first meeting we were twenty-nine in number. Many more would have been there had they not been unavoidably prevented. — Next Friday, should it please God, we shall have our second meeting. I have also the pleasure of acquainting you, that out of
our maternal meeting has arisen a prayer-meeting after the example of our American sisters. It is held at a friend's house every Thursday evening. We have four prayers ;-read several portions of God's word; and the meeting occupies an hour. Old and young, I am happy to say, seem to be awakened; and a spirit of prayer is poured out upon all. We have no less than three prayer-meetings on the Sabbath, and sometimes three in the week. Give us, my dear friend, an interest in your prayers, that we may see yet greater things than these.
HINTS ON DOMESTIC ECONOMY.–No. 3. Hardening the Constitution. The visible effects of cold are seldom instantaneous. It produces its morbid changes on the constitution insidiously and slowly; and, when for the first time they become apparent, they are often beyond the reach of any remedy. And the only true remedy is precaution ; that is always safest, and might almost always be certain. Warm clothing, and a moderately warm apartment, comprehend the two points which it is essential to observe. On the change of season-as soon as autumn approaches, before winter comes, -every one should adopt a clothing warm in proportion to the cold that may set in. The common practice of postponing this change, with a view of hardening the constitution, is highly dangerous. Many a youth has never lived to see manhood, because he would reserve warm clothing to his old age. It seems to be a fancy, prevalent among young people, that it does not become them to wear warm clothing in cold weather. Various diseases that cut life short are the constant fruits of their folly. And in the female especially, in whom the skin is so much more vascular, delicate, and sensitive; whose circulation partakes so much more of the external character; who is, therefore, 80 much more sensible to cold, and so mueh less capable of resisting it, all these precautions are necessary in a tenfold degree. Yet it is the custom among women to clothe themselves warmly during the morning and the day, and at night to put on a dress thinner and lighter, to expose the neck, the bosom, and the arms; and then they wonder that they are feeble and delicate-that is, diseased, and that the beautiful, especially, in whom the skin is always exquisitely vascular, so often become the prey of consumption.
THE FEMALES' ADVOCATE.
THE NECESSITY OF FEMALE PENITENTIARIES.
To wipe away all tears from all eyes, is a task too hard for mortals; but, to relieve misery is often within the most limited power.—Yet, are not daily opportunities of relieving the most wretched, overlooked by indolence and inhumanity?
Could we tear away the veil which many unhappy females are compelled to wear, we might often discover a soul struggling to be free from the chains of vicious habit ; we might behold a being, not only in corporeal, but, mental anguish; not only miserable in what it is, but, from the remembrance of what it was ; alas !-deprived of every social and relative privilege ;-a wretched female, unable to attach a single creature unlike herself to her interest. Into what bosom can she breathe the sigh of contrition ? Her tears must not mingle with the generous waters of sympathy ;--in“ solitude they must wash the stain ; for there is no heart which they can awaken to compassion.
The following narrative was furnished by a lady residing in the country. And though painful in the extreme, and calculated to awaken feelings of compassion in every benevolent mind, yet is there
scarcely a populous town or city in England where cases of female degradation, desertion and misery, are not of frequent occurrence. The particulars are as follows :
"I was, a few years ago, upon a visit in an obscure village, not far from a large city in the west of England, when some impressive reports, which agitated this little state, excited my inquiry, and demanded my
serious attention. I soon found that I must be active ; and accordingly, hastened, to a place of wretchedness. I there saw, stretched upon a lock of straw, a female, whose early form and beauty might have occasioned in an observer, feelings not painful to himself, nor degrading to her. Poor girl!
-as a servant, she was idle and vain; and at length, she entered upon a career of vice in the neighbouring city, Her career, however, was not long. Poverty stripped her back, and disease attacked her vitals. Deserted and apparently dying, she was returning to her native village ; when her increasing disorder arrested her steps, and she dropped, almost lifeless, under the cover of a hedge. Here, many hours elapsed without bringing her any observer. When the sun sank in peace, it formed a sad contrast with her spirit sinking in tumult and distraction. When the shadows of evening passed on, they chilled the principle of life, and seemed to announce the night of death.
In this deplorable situation a carrier found her, lifted her half-animated body, and conveyed it where