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outcasts of Southwark. Whilst visiting the abodes of these unhappy women, one of the ladies met with a young woman who expressed great anxiety to leave her evil course of life, but was unacquainted with the means by which her desire could be accomplished. Deeply sympathizing in her case, the visitor took the necessary steps for her removal from the vile abode in which she was found, and placed her in the charge of a Christian female until admittance could be procured for her into a Penitent Asylum. Several weeks, however, elapsed before this advantage could be obtained, but ultimately she was placed in a Penitentiary. Here she conducted herself with great propriety until being discharged from illhealth, admission was procured for her into Guy's Hospital. While in the hospital she was regularly visited by the ladies of the Committee, until the period of her death, which took place 12th Sept. 1841.
The visits of the ladies to the abodes of the outcasts of Southwark having made them acquainted with the fact, that a large number of abandoned women would gladly escape from their course of sin, if assisted to do so; and this first effort of the ladies to provide for one such woman in a Penitentiary having discovered to them the difficulty and delay connected with such attempts, a number of friends were led to consider whether some more efficient means could not be devised by which the work of mercy could be extensively and promptly accomplished. A correspondence was accordingly commenced with the London Female Mission, when, it appearing that a deficiency of funds rather than a want of room in the · Asylum of that Institution was the obstacle to that Society's more enlarged operations, and that its Committee would be ready to give prompt admission to young women on the payment of 58. per week for each case so long as that case remained in the Probationary House; it was agreed that an Auxiliary to the London Female Mission be formed, and that the efforts of the ladies of Southwark be extended (in consonance with the design of the Parent Society) to the preservation of the needy but virtuous female, as well as to the rescue and relief of the degraded and the vile.
Having stated the origin of the Society, your Cominittee proceed to relate some of the cases which have come under the notice of the Auxiliary.
The first case is that of M. M. A young woman who, having stayed the full time of twelve months in a Magdalen Asylum, was discharged therefrom, such being the rules of that Institution. When she quitted the Asylum she received the usual gratuity of money and apparel, but being without a recom. mendation or a character she was unable to obtain a situation. The consequence was, that, at the period when she came under the notice of this Auxiliary, the money given her by her friends was all expended, the greater portion of her clothes was pawned, and she was placed in circumstances of great temptation. To prevent her having recourse to her former evil way of life for a maintenance, your Committee redeemed her clothes, and speedily obtained a situation for her, where she conducted herself with great integrity and propriety until the period of her marriage, which was solemnized September 29th, 1841.
The second case is that of A. S., who was dis. charged from the same asylum as the preceding young woman. For her also a situation was obtained, and she, your Committee are happy to report, is conducting herself in a very satisfactory manner. · The third case of E. B. has been highly encour. aging to your Committee. This young woman in
early life moved in a respectable sphere in society, her father being a surgeon in good practice. He died however while E. B. was yet in her childhood, and her mother contracted a second marriage with a gay young man, who soon spent in riot and dissi. pation all the family property. The consequence was, that the mother became an inmate of a Lunatic Asylum, and the daughter was thrown upon the world without a guide or protector. Willing to work for her bread, she sought a situation, and speedily obtained one, where she continued until she became acquainted with one who solicited her affections, but to betray her to sin, degradation, and misery. It was while pursuing the evil course of life, into which she had been so treacherously introduced, that a tract was put into her hand by a lady. The reading of this so deeply affected her that on the next morning she applied at the office of this Auxiliary and entreated assistance to enable her to escape a way of life which had long been hateful to her. The Ladies' Committee having satisfied themselves that the apa plicant was really desirous of reformation, agreed to receive her under their care.
A very few weeks however elapsed before alarming symptoms of disease appeared, and she was in consequence removed from the Probationary House and placed in lodgings, under the charge of a member of a Christian church. Whilst here she was visited by several members of the Committee, and other Christian friends. These frequently read and prayed with her, for which offices of kindness she was at all times extremely grateful. She was also much pleased with Christian conversation, and in connection with these means of improvement her growth in grace was very rapid. Upon a kind friend who visited her inquiring how she had spent the night, and when
ther her nights did not appear long to her, she replied, “No; they are too short. They are the happiest times I have." Though she did not sleep much, yet she dozed off frequently for a few minutes at a time, and when left, as she supposed, by herself, she was often heard repeating portions of Scripture, or verses of hymns : she was also much in ejaculatory prayer. On one occasion when the person who waited upon her entered the room, she addressed her saying, “Don't disturb me, pray do not disturb me, I am talking to Jesus.” Her convictions of sin throughout her entire illness were very deep; but her hope of pardon through the merits of a crucified Saviour was simple and clear. The amazing love of God in the redemption of sinners was the theme on which she delighted to dwell, and the hope of being for ever with the Lord, who had purchased her with his blood, cheered and animated her last moments. “Come Jesus, come,” and, after a short pause, “I come to thee,” were the last words she was heard to utter. Her mortal remains were interred, at the expense of the Auxiliary, in the new Bunhill Fields burying ground, June 15th, 1871.
The fourth case is that of M. F., who was living with a young man in known violation of the seventh commandment. This case was brought under the notice of the Committee by a communication received from a Christian woman, a sister of one of the guilty parties. The sister resided at Manchester, but having heard of her relation's conduct, and of her unhappy and miserable state of mind in connexion therewith, she was induced to seek the good offices of this Auxiliary on her behalf. M. F. was accordingly visited by one of the members of your Committee, whose report of the case being satisfactory, a situation was procured for her. Here she staid several months, but her residence being discovered by her former companion who expressed great affection for her, and a willingness to make her his lawful wife, the Com. mittee consented to the proposal, and they were married at St. John's Church, in the Waterloo Road.
In addition to the foregoing facts, your Committee have to report that one young woman who had been but a very short period on the streets, has been restored to a mother's care, who received her returning prodigal “joyfully."
At the present time there are six young women under the charge of this Auxiliary in the Probationary House. Three of these are the children of pious parents, and as they possess a knowledge of the things which make for their everlasting peace, your Committee earnestly hope and believe that the good seed sown in early life will yet bear fruit to the praise and glory of God. The conduct of the whole of these young women in their present Asylum however, is highly satisfactory, and it may be pleasing to mention that several of them are in the habit of meeting for prayer on the Sabbath afternoon, with the knowledge and sanction of their matrons. • The labors of the Auxiliary, however, have not been limited to the rescue of the fallen, as the following case will show.
J. G., aged 16, an orphan, was found by one of the friends of the Auxiliary in circumstances of great distress, having neither shelter, food, nor money. She had been urged to “ do evil” in order to obtain the necessaries of life, but had firmly and successfully resisted the temptation. For her, your Committee were able to procure a situation, in which she has now lived upwards of four months. Her employer speaks very highly of her, and the poor girl often