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you must sit still and receive them. It is the easier part; and you ought to be good-natured when you receive one of these calls--ay, and even grateful to the person who comes to you, that he affords you another opportunity of offering one of the sacrifices with which God is well pleased, without going out of your way to do it. Others must walk about to do good, but you can sit still and do good.
5. If the calls are so many, this importunity will not last long. Not more than seventy or eighty years does it ever continue. If it is an annoyance, you can bear it a few years. In eternity you will never receive these or any other calls. I knew several rich men whose last calls were made on them in 1840.
Do these calls pester you? They bless others. Yonder is a poor woman reading the bible which your money paid for; and there is another weeping over a tract which she owes to your donation; and there is a third blessing the good people that support Female Missions; and there is a heathen mother, who perhaps would have immolated her child if your contribution had not helped to send her the Gospel. Dear friend, do not complain, but welcome every call; treat all the agents with civility, and do as much as you in any way can for the various benevolent objects; for “the time is short.”
A GOOD EXAMPLE. “ The enclosed money is forwarded to the London Female Mission, it comes from one family, and may afford satisfaction to know that the reading of the tract, No. 1, Penitentiary Series, was the means of exciting a feeling of great interest for the unhappy class of persons whose rescue is contemplated by the Society; ls. is forwarded from the female ser. vant with a wish that a testament may be pur. chased; 2s. from the mistress; and 58. from another member of the house, which will be continued annually,
Guildford, Surrey, May, 1841.
MEMORANDA OF THE MONTH. The number of applicants for admission to the PROBATIONARY HOUSE during the month was 39; of these 15 only could be received. Five young women after a term of probation have been removed to District Asylums, and three who were placed out at service from the Probationary House, have attended at the Asylum, and received rewards for continuance in their places. Two of these had been in their situations one year each, and the other upwards of two years. The testimony given by their employers was very satisfactory; and it was also pleasing to find that habits of saving had been acquired, and that they had each a little fund in the Savings' Bank.
SERVANTS' HOME AND REGISTRY. — Forty-nine servants have registered for situations. Twelve have availed themselves of the temporary shelter of the Home, as lodgers. Twenty-three families have been suited with servants from the Registry.
INDIGENT REFUGE.--Of twenty-one indigent young girls who applied to be received into this Asylum, 13 after investigation, were found to be suitable, and admitted to the full advantages of the Institution. Seven young women have also been clothed and placed out at service.
THE FEMALES' ADVOCATE.
THE OBLIGATION OF FEMALES TO ASSIST IN
THE.EXTENSION OF CHRISTIANITY.
It has been so often reiterated as to have become one of the trite observations which may scarcely be uttered to the ear of taste, that woman is specially indebted to Christianity—that to it the females of this country owe their position in society, with the numberless advantages which result from it; and the cultivation of mind which is now their portion a cultivation generally diffused among them, not confined to a few extraordinary individuals, as it was in even the most polished nations of heathen antiquity. Yet, trite and common place as this truth has now be. come, it is but too little remembered with the gratitude which it ought to awaken, and the conduct which ought to be the result of a profound impression of it. The woman of cultivated intellect and refined manners considers herself justly entitled to the place she holds in society; and perhaps would never dream of acknowledging that she owes it to any besides her own merits. It is quite true, that such a situation is her right; but it is Christianity which has given her the possession of that which rightly belongs to her, and which has bestowed upon her the means of being fitted for the station she occupies. It would seem almost an insult, to tell a polished and intelligent woman, possessed not merely of beauty and rank,
but of wit, and accomplishments, and extensive in. formation, that but for the prevalence of the religion of Jesus Christ, she would in all probability have been as the servile, slave-like inhabitant of the forest wig-wam; or as the babe-destroying mother of far distant islands; or at best as the fair and jewelled, but listless captive of an eastern prison, treated by her haughty lord as a being without a soul. The idea is abhorrent to her pride, and repulsive to every feeling; yet it is not on that account the less consistent with truth. If it be, as it most certainly is, a truth, surely she owes to Christianity, or rather to its author, a debt which she can never repay, and of which the devotedness of her whole life is not too much to express her acknowledgments. If she be a Christian in heart, not merely in name, if she has accepted the precious salvation which the gospel offers, she will feel that, even had no additional temporal blessings been bestowed upon her, the spiritual treasures of which Christianity has put her in pos. session, are such as to call forth gratitude which shall induce her to consecrate all her energies to the service of Him who has redeemed her from sin and wretchedness, even at the cost of his blood. This is a consideration which presses upon all who have found the blessings of Christ's salvation ; but the female sex have, in addition to it, the obligation arising from their having been raised from the lowest debasement to their proper rank, and their rightful privileges, in the present life ; therefore, a still deeper devotedness to the service of Christ, may justly be expected of them, than of the other sex. Is it in reality so ? Do females in a Christian country generally feel their unspeakable obligation to express their gratitude to their Lord and benefactor, by making his glory the sole object of their lives? Let the wasted time, and the frivolous pursuits of the great majority of women, answer the solemn question. To what are their lives for the most part devoted, but to the various forms of “busy idleness," — dress, useless accomplishments, and gaiety,—or to the better,, but still selfish enjoyment of domestic comfort, and in a few instances, to the pursuit of literature-pursuits and enjoyments, lawful in themselves, but rendered too frequently sinful, by being made the supreme object of life. Even those who are Christians indeed, feel too little the ties which bind them to the service of their Redeemer, and often extend their endeavours to promote the spread of his gospel, little beyond the precincts of their own family, if, indeed, they do not stop at communicating to their children alone the truths of Christianity, embracing not even the ser'vants who are placed beneath their roof. That a mother, who feels the love of Christ, should refrain from speaking of that love to her children, is surely impossible ; but it is to be feared that many Christians go no farther. The spirit of the gospel, indeed, requires that a woman should avoid publicity and ostentation in her endeavours to do good, but there is a very wide sphere in which she may exert herself in perfect accordance with her feminine character. In the sending of missionaries to the heathen, in the distribution of the word of God, and of religious books and tracts, in visiting the sick and the poor, and in instructing the young, she may find ample occupation for her time and talents. The first concern of every Christian woman is doubtless at home; and it is by discharging aright the various duties which lie within that sacred sphere that, in the first