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of Sarah, while the mistress was in everything passive and acquiescent.
Sarah was really a well-disposed person, and, perhaps, bore her honors as meekly as any person placed in her circumstances could be expected to do. But such is the constitution of human nature; and such are the arrangements of Providence, that no individual can forsake his own sphere, or fill that of another, without some injury ensuing. Sarah would have been indeed an invaluable servant, had not the supineness of her mistress led to gradual retreats on the one part, and gradual encroachments on the other.
(To be continued.)
“ To the Committees and Officers of the Auxiliary and Branch Bible Societies and Associations.
“ British and Foreign Bible Society,
15 January, 1840. “ Dear Friends,
“ Our Committee have recently had the subject of a more liberal supply of the Sacred Scriptures being afforded to Sunday Schools, brought under their notice. Together with this interesting subject, another not less important has undergone much consideration, viz.—How to make the Scriptures more accessible to the people generally than they have hitherto been. The great interest excited upon the subject of Education in all quarters, and the portentous aspect of the times, have both had much weight in the minds of our Committee during their delibera. tions.
“We have now the satisfaction or acquainting you with the result, viz.
"1.–To offer on the part of the Society to supply Schools for the Poor of every kind, with copies of—the Nonpareil Bible, which costs the Society 2s. 6d., at eighteen-pence : the New Testament (Brevier) which costs the Society ls. 1d., at sixpence.
"II.-To withdraw the restriction hitherto laid upon all copies supplied for Sunday-schools, and to allow the children to carry the books home, and to furnish themselves with copies at the price named. The children in all other schools, it is designed, shall enjoy the same advantage.
“III.-To allow, on the part of the Auxiliaries, Branches, and Associations, a general sale of this particular Bible and Testament, at the peculiarly low prices that have been named.
"We need hardly point out to you, that in the adoption of these measures, the Committee feel that they are making a very considerable sacrifice on the part of the Society, but they proceed with the greatest cheerfulness, actuated as they are by one simple desire to promote the general interests of religion, in their own beloved country, in the present singularly eventful and interesting crisis of its history.
“ They are further persuaded, should the funds of the Society be materially impaired by this extensive boon, that the friends of the Society will not be backward to answer any call that the Committee may deem it necessary to make on their increased exertions and liberality to supply the deficiency.
• ANDREW BRANDRAM, Secretaries.”
George BROWNE, I
THE SERVANT TAUGHT TO VALUE HER BIBLE.
[We give insertion to the following communication, received
by the Superintendant of the Servants' Home and Regis try, Millinan Place, because we think it well calculated to shew the usefulness of such Establishments.]
DEAR Miss W. I hope you have not thought me ungrateful for not returning my duty and sincere thanks to you and the Committee of Ladies for the favours and kindness I have received.
I have few opportunities of going to Church, but have plenty of time for reading my Bible, which is of great comfort to me, as whatever trouble I have I can always find something in that precious book, which through your great kindness I have got. But above all, for your constant exertion in teaching me the value of the Holy Scriptures, I never can thank you enough; they are, and shall be through God's assistance, the staff and comfort of my life ; for I do assure you, honoured madam, I would not part with what little knowledge I have got for all the treasures of this world, as they would profit me nothing in a dying hour. When I look back on my past life that has been spent in igno. rance of God, I cannot feel thankful enough to my God that I was not cut off and sent to eternal misery as I deserved. I have no one here that I can associate with as a friend of Christ, none care in any way for their immortal souls.
I now conclude with returning, my duty and sincere thanks to you, Miss B., and the Committee of Ladies, hoping you will pardon this liberty of
Your humble and grateful servant, E-A-.
THE YOUNG MINISTER SEEKING TO INSTRUCT
(The following letter was sent to the Editor of the Sera
vants' Magazine, but thinking its insertion in the Advocate more likely to promote the benevolent view of the writer, it has been forwarded to us for publication.]
MY DEAR MADAM, When I entered on my public ministry I was convinced of three things,- 1st, That servants are a very important class of the community. 2nd, That this importance had not been practically realized, or, in other words, that sufficient attention had not been paid to them as a class. 3rd, That it was my duty to do all I could to benefit them, however much others might neglect them. Acting under this conviction, I told some of the ladies of our congregation that I .wished to deliver a monthly lecture to servants, if they would allow them one afternoon in a month for that purpose. The ladies gave me every encouragement to proceed. I fixed on Thursday as the most convenient day; three o'clock in the afternoon as the most convenient hour; and the first, as the most convenient Thursday in the month, as by this means .we should always avoid the Dorcas Society, which meets on the second, and the Maternal Association, which meets on the last Thursday of each month. We held our first meeting on Thursday afternoon, March 7th of this year. About twenty servants were present. I commenced by giving out a hymn, in singing which most of the servants united, after this I read a chapter, then offered a short prayer, then sung again, and then addressed them from Phil. iv. 11. on the duty and advantages of being contented with the situation allotted to us by Providence. After this I closed with a short prayer, and then dismissed them. They were very attentive and seemed interested. I was pleased and thankful.' The lecture has been regularly given on the first Thursday of every month since. Last month I had thirty servants present. I told them at the close of the lecture that there was a little work published every month called the Servants' Magazine, and that, if they would like to take it in, I would get it for them, and would let them have it each month after the lecture. I wished them not to decide hastily, and gave them a month to think about it, telling them that they could let me know at the December meeting if they wished to take it in, and then they could commence the year 1840. This afternoon I met them, and at the close of the lecture three-and-twenty gave me their names as Subscribers to the Servants' Magazine, so that instead of one copy for next year I shall have to order two dozen. If all your Subscribers were as successful, you would give us some “Carving and Trussing” illustrations next year, would you not? My principal object in sending this simple narrative of fact is, the hope that it might induce others of my brethren and fathers in the ministry, to establish a service similar to this, or so adopt some other which they may think more efficient, with a view to further the moral and spiritual benefit of servants. I should like to speak of the advantages of addressing them alone ; but I am afraid of trespassing on your