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66 and you think my merciful Father is “ using me unkindly by removing me s from a world of fin, and sorrow, and « temptation, to such joys as have not “ entered into the heart of man to con“ceive; while it would have better suited " your notions of reward to defer my en“ trance into the bleffedness of heaven, “ that I might have enjoyed a legacy of a “ few hundred pounds! Believe my dying


Mrs. Simpson expired soon after, in a frame of mind which convinced her new friend that “God's ways are not as our " ways.":




WITH LITTLE Money. I soon


M rs. JONES was the widow of a great merchant. She was liberal to the poor, as far as giving them money went; but as she was too much taken up with the world, she did not spare so much of her time and thoughts about doing good as the ought; fo that her money was often ill bestowed. In the laté troubles, Mr. Jones, who had lived in an expensive manner, failed ; and he took his misfortunes fo much to heart, that he

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* This was first printed under the Title of The COTTAGE Cook.



fell fick and died. Mrs. Jones retired, on a very narrow income, to the small village of Weston, where she seldom went out, except to church. Though a pious woman, she was too apt to indulge her forrow; and though she did not neglect to read and pray, yet she gave up a great part of her time to melancholy thoughts, and grew quite inactive. She well knew how sinful it would be for her to seek a remedy for her grief in worldly pleasures, which is a way many people take to cure afflictions ; but she was not aware how wrong it was to weep away that time which might have been better spent in drying the tears of others.

It was happy for her, that Mr. Simpson, the vicar of Weston, was a pious man. One Sunday he happened to preach on the good Samaritan. It was a charity sermon, and there was a collection at the door. He called on Mrs. Jones after church, and found her in tears. She told him she had been much moved by his discourse, and


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the wept because she had so little to give to the plate , for though she felt very keenly for the poor in these dear times, yet she could not affist them. " Indeed, fir," added she, “I never so much regretted “ the loss of my fortune as this afternoon, “ when you bade us go and do likewise.“ You do not,” replied Mr. Simpson, “ enter into the spirit of our Saviour's “ parable, if you think you cannot go and " do likewise without being rich. In the " case of the Samaritan, you may observe, « that charity was bestowed more by kind. 6 ness, and care, and medicine, than by 6 money. You, madam, were as much 66 concerned in the duties inculcated in “ my fermon as Sir John with his great “ estate ; and, to speak plainly, I have « been sometimes surprised that you should “ not put yourself in the way of being « more useful.”

“ Sir," said Mrs. Jones, “ I am grown “ shy of the poor since I have nothing to “ give them,”-“ Nothing! Madam?”

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replied Tep'ied the clergyman; “ Do you call “ your time, your talents, your kind of: “ fices, nothing? Doing good does not "lo much depend on the riches as on the 66 beart and the will. The feryant who; “iin. proved his two talents was equally "commended by his Lord with him who “had ten: and it was not poverty, but “ felfi in indolence, which drew down fo 5 fevere a condemnation on him who had “ only one. It is by our conformity to “ Christ, 'that we must prove ourselves “Clrristians. - You, Madam, are not called " upon to work miracles, nor to preach the “ gofpel, yet you may, in your measure " and degree, resemble your Saviour by going about and doing good. A plain " Christian, who has sense and leisure, by “his pious exertions and prudent zeal; “ may, in a subordinate way, be helping “ on the cause of religion, as well as of “ charity, and greatly promote, by his « exertions and example, the labours of o the parish minister. The generality, it 10

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