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was a third time brought to me, and now her better habits had reduced both her frame and her mind, the former to the same slenderness of person, and the latter to the gentleness of disposition, of which she had given promise before she went astray. I found, from her conversation, that many nights in which she was driven by want to wander all alone, her feet were led to her native street, and she had frequently been tempted to knock at the door, and implore admission as a broken-hearted penitent; ; but that irresolution, strength of passion, habits of idleness, and the fear of being repulsed, had as frequently driven her back. I likewise learned that latterly her mother had got into the habit of upbraiding her with her former courses, and the distress which she had inflicted on her parents, 0, mother,' said she, “all this is true, but why will you speak to me continually of it; I said, I did all that you charge me with ; it was not I, but drink: I was mad; but it is hard now to thwart my attempts at amendment, by always calling back the days of my disobedience.' I took occasion to reprove the mother for this pertinacity of rebuke, and reminded her of the Parable of the returning prodigal, and of the conduct of his indulgent father; I believe with good effect. As the parties lived in St. Giles's, I procured the publication of their banns, and purchased the marriage ring. Her mother contrived with some little aid to equip her for a decent solemnization ; brought a respectable married brother to give her away, and, in short, having obtained permission of the rector, I had the pleasure of performing the ceremony of uniting this couple, and afterwards making her a present of a Bible and Prayer Book, with her new and honest name inscribed
thereon. From the church they immediately repaired to a Temperance Society, where they bound themselves to an obligation of teetotalism, which she has at least ever since- and it is now nearly two years-observed with conscientious fidelity. Her husband, I am sorry to say, has not been so faithful to his agreement. He has bursts and fits of inebriety, and then returns ashamed and sorry for his irresolution ; but she is a thorough penitent, bears all uncomplainingly, and holds on in her lowly struggles—without ostentation and without swerving. On the following Sunday they accompanied her parents to their place of worship, and were soon after received into their house as inmates. Thus was Eliza R- , after ten years of the most hardened wickedness, restored to her parents, and to society; and she is now Eliza Edwards.
The inferences I draw from this simple narrative, of which every word is truth, are first, the advantages of early religious education, which though lost for a time, will in the wisdom and ways of Providence appear. Like seed sown, it may lurk a long while in the ground, but it must produce, sooner or later, a full harvest. Secondly, the advantages resulting from every poor child in a family's being furnished with a Bible. That too, and its lesson may lie hid, but the treasure comes out in the end. Thirdly, the wonderful advantages of Temperance Societies; since (humanly speaking) in the case before us, had the vice continued, the restoration would have been next to impossible. Fourthly, that no human being, however far gone in sin, is to be despaired of, since when all the exertions of man have failed, the grace of God will, in its own way, furnish means for the conversion of a sinner. Even
in the rookery, there is a spark of virtue,-an ember of delicacy,-a remembrance of the past, capable of being fanned into a fame.
EFFORTS IN SCOTLAND. The Scottish Ladies' Society, which has for its object the Reformation of the Destitute of their own sex in Prisons and other Institutions, intend soon to open in Edinburgh a shelter for women, who, without such aid, are in a situation of great distress and danger. When women, dependent for subsistence on their own labour, have once been detected in dishonesty, or have in any way entered the paths of crime, they may be penitent, but their character is gone : it is scarcely possible for them by their own exertions to find honest employment; and thus they are very commonly driven by want to repeat their crimes, and live by preying on society in desperate profligacy. Hence, the obvious utility of some Institution by which such persons may be relieved from this most miserable difficulty ; by which, when desiring to shun what is sinful, and to return to virtue, they may be supported and governed till their principles are strengthened, and their habits and characters so far improved, that respectable employment can be fairly obtained for them, and they may begin again an honest course of life. For this purpose, the Scottish Ladies' Society opened in the year 1836 a small Asylum, in one of the build. ings of the Queensberry House of Refuge, called the Solitary Wards, capable of containing five women only, with their matron. To that small extent the institution was so successful, that it is now proposed to establish it on a larger scale, where temporary
solitude may be followed by social training, and both accompanied by careful religious instruction.
The aim will be—to withdraw the objects of the charity from temptation and bad company-to subject them to strict order, temperance, and industryto impart to them religious instruction, lead them to serious reflection, and endeavour to impress their hearts—to teach them things useful in service, and for gaining an honest livelihood—to reconcile them to their parents and friends, when these are respectable, and to procure for them re-admission to their homes, when those homes are desirable,-or to find employment for them in a locality as far removed as possible from the scene of their former crimes, but without concealing their true circumstances from those who engage them ; and on conditions suited to their state, and not likely to put them too much on a level with those who have maintained unblemished characters--and to continue to them such a measure of protection and superintendence as shall serve both as a check and an encouragement.
If this Institution be once put into full operation, it is hoped that it will be in part supported by the work of the inmates ; but for its establishment an earnest appeal is now made to the liberality of the public in aid of the funds which have been collected, but which are, as yet, altogether insufficient. It is well known that an Institution somewhat similar has for some years existed at Dean Bank, and been pro. ductive of very beneficial results. That Institution, however, is intended only for very young offenders, and it is constantly crowded; while many of more advanced years are reluctantly refused admittance; in the course of one week, lately, no less than six applicants were so refused.
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TRACT DISTRIBUTORS. MANY persons have been blessed to extensive usefulness, and all who are born of God desire earnestly the honour of labouring for the promotion of His glory; but a great number, particularly young females, do not know how to set about it. They would willingly do something, but they know not what. To mention no other way in which they can work for God, the youngest, the most timid, may offer a tract to the passing stranger.
A young woman, now resting in Jesus till the resurrection of the just, made it a rule to offer a tract to every person she met in her walks. One day as she was returning with only one left, she met near her own door, a smartly dressed lady, to whom she offered it, saying. “Will you do me the favour to accept this?” The stranger did not appear pleased, and passed her rudely—The tract distributor entered her own house-she then missed the tract. and concluding that she had dropped it, thought no more on the subject. Some months after, however, a female called at her dwelling and being introduced to her, fell on her knees and “blessed her for having saved her soul;” she was the smart lady to whom the tract had been offered; she said she “ had no intention of receiving it, but on reaching her house found it upon her.” She was then lead. ing a disreputable life, but the perusal of that tract had been blessed to her, and she was come to thank the tract distributor, as the instrument under God of her salvation. Oh my dear sisters in Christ, cannot you go and do likewise ? Re. member “she who converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and hide a multitude of sins."