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prevails among the female portion of the inhabitants of this populous district. I bave this week conversed with a num. ber of females, some of whoin are mothers of large families, who have no knowledge even of the alphabet. I was much gratified to find several of these poor women presenting themselves at the class, for the purpose of receiving instruction. In addition to twenty-five girls there were seven women who bave promised to attend as often as circumstances will allow. Such was the anxiety of one mother that her daughter might receive instruction, that she has consented to relinquish sixpence a-week in her daughter's wages, in order that the girl might have the opportunity, with the sanction of her employer, to attend the weekly meetings."
August 18th, 1840. "I took an opportunity recently to reprove the girls at R- Street for spending inoney on the Sabbath-day. They promised me they would discontinue the practice. On enquiry this week, I learned that they had strictly kept their word, and that the mother of one had also been induced to close her shop and attend a place of worship.”
August 22nd, 1840. “This week, according to instructions from the office, I visited S. H.: she is a young woman and is very anxious to be taught to read. She also appears earnestly seeking the way of truth.
September 12th, 1810. “I am happy to report that S. H., is making considerable progress in reading. She begged for the loan of a Hymn Book, and is now able to coinmit verses to inemory. At the present time slie appears under deep concern about her soul; the retrospect of her past life seeins to have inflicted a wound, wbich none but à gracious God can heal. Our first interview was very affecting ; with eyes suffused in tears
* This young woman bad been in Middlesex Hospital, in consequence of ber husband's ill-treatment. While there, she bad expressed a great desire to be taught to read. She was in consequence, introduced to the notice of the Mission, by the Chaplain of the hospital.
she bade me welcome, and after expressing much gratitude for my visit, she observed, “The kindness I have experienced from those who love the Lord Jesus Christ, has so deeply impressed my mind that my former life of ignorance and sin appears most hateful to me.” Finding that she was in a very desponding state of mind, I read to her the 32nd Psalm.
September 19th, 1840. “ The young woman, S. H., is, I find, unhappily united in marriage to a man of the most dissipated and immoral habits, and so dreadfully averse is be to every thing that is good, and so cruelly does he treat her, that her life is a continued scene of want and misery. Her husband has the means of keeping her comfortably, but be spends nearly the whole of his wages away from home. She has a great desire to be admitted into the Indigent Refuge of the Mission, where she may be permitted to attend to the things which belong to her peace,' and, through the Mission, obtain a situation as a domestic servant in a pious family.*
October 3rd, 1840. “ A short time since, your agent was requested to visit a wretched feinale at a house of ill-fame in Peter Street, Saffron Hill, who was seriously ill. Finding that there was danger, I obtained adınission for her immediately into Baró tholomew Hospital. Her case was pronounced hopeless, and though she expressed the inost heartfelt gratitude for my visits, I could not prevail on her to mention the name of her family. She was resolved to die, unpitied and unbefriended by them, rather than her relations should know of her state and character. Death bas terminated her existence, but she never disclosed the name of her connexions.
“Since her death, I bave visited the inmates of the house from which she was removed, supplying them with tracts, and one of the young women bas become exceedingly thoughtful, and has entreated me to teach her to read. I trust the time
* This was not deemed desirable, but means were taken, by the Mission, to place her again with her parents, and they being too poor to keep her, a small sum per week was allowed by the Mission for her support. She has since returned to her husband, on a promise, on his part, of better treatment.
is not distant, when she will be anxious to become the inmate of the Probationary House.”
October 10th, 1840. “This week I was called to visit one of my scholars wbo is ill. Scarcely had I entered her room, when she exclaimed, • Teacher, I shall never find words to express my gratitude to you for having taught me to know and love Jesus Christ. Should we never meet again on earth, I trust we shall be permitted to meet in heaven.' She always possessed an amiable disposition, but her mother inforined me tbat our meetings at Pentonville bad been greatly blessed to her."
November 21st, 1810. “A few days since, 1 was accosted in the street by a female who was carrying a basket with fancy articles for sale. Having lost sight of ber for several nionths, and there being a great alteration in her appearance, I did not at first recognize ber. But she soon made herself known to me, and I tben recollected the following circumstance. • It is now above 12 months since I was visiting the wretched courts and alleys about Mutton Hill, on the Sabbath Afternoon, I had kpocked several times at the door of a bovel, scarcely fit for a buman being to exist in, before a voice desired me to walk in. I entered, and saw, stretched on a filthy bed, a woman in a dreadful state of intoxication. In the corner of the room, sat a little boy, with only a piece of rag tied round his waist, being the ooly article of clothing be possessed ; and in another part of the room was a number of pewter pots. The wretched inother, on my addressing her, complained of ill-health, and trouble. But as she was not in a state of mind to derive benefit from anything I might say to her, I left her with the promise that I would see her again on the following Sabbath, and would then tell her the objects of my visit. At our next interview, she was greatly confused, acknowledged that she was given to drink, but stated, that if she bad but the means whereby she could purchase a few fancy articles for sale, and thus get a livelihood for herself and boy, she would never drink strong drink again. I placed but little reliance upon her promise; nevertheless, with the assistance of a few friends, I was enabled to give ber the trial she wished, and also to procure a suit of clothes for the boy, who was now placed in a Sunday School.
“The poor woman has however kept her promise, and is now a cleanly, sober, and industrious person, and regularly attends the preaching of the Gospel.”
Letters to the Secretary of the Probationary House. " Dear Madam,
February 25, 1840. “ I have, according to your request, sent Jane, who has now been two years with us; and it is with much pleasure I beg to inform you, that she has hitherto conducted herself to my satisfaction, and I trust she is truly grateful, not to us simply, but to her heavenly Father for saving her from destruction."
December 4, 1840. “ In reply to your letter of the 1st inst. respecting my servant, 8. W., I beg to state she entered my service on the 19th of November 1839, and that she has conducted herself satisfactorily in her situation up to this time."
December 23, 1840. “ In complying with your request respecting my servant, I feel a pleasure in stating that, during the time she has been with us, she has conducted herself as a prudent, steady servant; she is very obliging, and, I believe, very honest: but I feel a far greater pleasure in stating to you, Madam, as you have her soul's welfare at heart, that she is a changed character, and seeking the salvation of her soul. I trust that the advice given at your benevolent Institution will prove a lasting blessing."
Several interesting facts, in addition to those here given, will be found in the Report of the Mission, but as these facts have already appeared in this Magazine, it has been considered advisable not to insert them again in the pages of the Advocate.
HOW TO TEACH A CHILD TO LOVE THE SAVIOUR. SUPPOSE the case-a father compelled to leave his wife and child, and to sojourn in a distant land. In parting, he commits the unconscious infant to the care of the mother, and thus expresses the feelings of a father's heart—"I know not when I shall return; the time may be near or far distant. This is my earnest request, that whenever I do, I may find my child acquainted with my love for it, and prepared to love me. Inspire it, if possible, with a desire to please me, and mould its character in conformity to my view. To the ingenuity of your affection I confide the task.” How would the mother betake herself, in pursuance of this request ? Would she take the letter of the father, written to herself, and read them to the child, while yet its faculties were hardly unfolded? Would she not fear by this method producing weariness and disgust? Much less would she attempt by a series of written ques. tions and answers, to be learnt by heart as a task, to interest the child in its father. Nor would she content herself by giving a general description of his goodness. Would not a mother, thus circumstanced, often talk to the child of its father, in language suited to its capacity; relate anecdotes of his virtue such as the child could comprehend; repeat the gracious sayings he had uttered, yet translating them into language intelligible to the child ? How