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is true, have but an under-part to act; “ but to all God assigns fome part, and he “ will require of all whose lot is not very “ laborious, that they not only work “ out their own salvation, but that they “promote the cause of religion, and the “comfort and salvation of others.
.“ To those who would undervalue works < of mercy as evidences of piety, I would < fuggest a serious attention to the folemn 6 appeal which the Saviour of the world. “ makesy in that awful representation of the 6 day of judgment, contained in the twenty“ fifth chapter of Matthew, both to those who, 6 have neglected, and to those who have 6 performed such works; performed them, “ I mean, on right principles. With what ļa gracious condefcenfion does he promise “ to accept the smallest kindness done to « his suffering members for his fake. You, “ Madam, I will venture to say, might do “ mote good than the richest man in the “ parish could do by merely giving his 6 money. Instead of fitting here, brood.
“ing over your misfortunes, which are “ past remedy, bestir yourself to find out “ ways of doing much good with little “ money ; or even without any money at “ all. You have lately studied economy “ for yourself; instruct your poor neigh6 bours in that important art. They want “ it almost as much as they want money. " You have influence with the few rich “ persons in the parish ; exert that influ. “ ence. Betty, my house-keeper, shall “allist you in any thing in which the 6 can be useful. Try this for one year, “ and if you then tell me that you should « have better shewn your love to God and “ man, and been a happier woman, had “ you continued gloomy and inactive, I 6 shall be much surprised, and shall con. “sent to your resuming your present way “ of life.” :
The sermon and this discourse together made so deep an impression on Mrs. Jones, that the formed a new plan of life, and set about it at once, as every body does who
is in earnest. Her chief aim was the happiness of her poor neighbours in the next world ; but she was also very desirous to promote their present comfort: and indeed the kindness she shewed to their bodily wants gave her such an access to their houses and hearts, as made them better dispofed to receive religious counsel and instruction. Mrs. Jones was much respected by all the rich persons in Weston, who had known her in her prosperity. Sir John was thoughtless, lavish, and indolent. The Squire was over-frugal, but active, sober, and not ill-natured. Sir John loved pleafure, the Squire loved money. Sir John was one of those popular sort of people who get much praise, and yet do little good; who subscribe with equal readiness to a cricket match or a charity school; who take it for granted that the poor are to be indulged with bell-ringing and bonfires, and to be made drunk at Christmas ; this Sir John called being kind to them;
b escente u fol to teach them, 21 pisz, to taak i reformisg them. He sas, h27272, a ways tady to give 13 sea; bat i çueitioa whether he wil have sea up his buatag and his
zirz to bare cured every grievance in be la. He bai that fort of conftitutona: cisare waich, if he had lived noch w aste ci miery, would have kd him to be beral: but he had that L a love of eale, which prompted him to give to undeferving objects, rather than te at the pains to search out the deserving. He neither discriminated between the des frees of dress, nor the characters of the diftrefjed. His idea of charity was, that a rich man should occasionally give a little of his fuperiuous wealth to the first object that occurred; but he had no conception that it was his duty fo to husband his wealth, and limit his expences, as to supply a regular fund for established charity, And the utmost stretch of his benevolence
never led him to fuspect that he was called to abridge himself in the most idle article of indulgence, for a purpose foreign to his own personal enjoyment.- On the other hand, the Squire would asist Mrs. Jones in any of her plans if it cost him nothing ; so lhe fhewed her good sense by never alking Sir John for advice, or the Squire for subscriptions, and by this prudence gained the full support of both in
Mrs. Jones resolved to spend two or three days in a week in getting acquainted with the state of the parish, and she took care never to walk out without a few little good books in her pocket to give away. This, though a cheap, is a most important act of charity; it has various uses ; it furnishes the poor with religious knowledge, which they have so few ways of obtaining; it counteracts the wicked den signs of those who have taught us at least one lesson, by their zeal in the dispersion of wicked books,- I mean the lesson of vi