Page images
PDF
EPUB

ces

“ and palatable, and what I myself would “ not chearfully eat, if my circumstances “ required it."

“ Pray, Mrs. Betty," said the Squire, “ oblige me with a bason of your soup." The Squire found it so good after his walk, that he was almost sorry he had promised to buy no more legs of beef, and declared, that not one sheep's head should ever go to his kennel again. He begged his cook might have the receipt, and Mrs. Jones wrote it out for her. She has also been so obliging as to favour me with a copy of all her receipts. And as I hate all monopoly, and see no reason why such cheap, nourishing, and favoury dishes should be confined to the parish of Weston, I print them, that all other parishes may have the fame advantage. Not only the poor, but all persons with small incomes may be glad of them. .“ Well, Madam,” faid Mr. Simpson, who came in soon after, “which is best, to “ fit down and cry over our misfortunes, or

66 to bestir ourselves to do our duty to the “world?”—“ Sir” replied Mrs. Jones, “ I thank you for the useful lesson you

have given me. You have taught me " that an excessive indulgence of sorrow, “ is not piety, but selfishness; that the 66 best remedy for our own afflictions is * to lessen the afflictions of others, and “ thus evidence our submission to the will “ of God, who perhaps sent these very “ trials to abate our own self-love, and to “ stimulate our exertions for the good of “ others. You have taught me that our « time and talents are to be employed with “ zeal in God's service, if we wish for his o favour here or hereafter; and that one “ great employment of those talents, which “he requires, is the promotion of the pre“ sent, and much more the future happio ness of all around us. You have taught “ me that much good may be done with © little money; and that the heart, the • head, and the hands are of some use, as B A A 2

s well “ well as the purse. I have also learned “ another leffon, which I hope not to for. “ get, that Providence, in sending these “ extraordinary seafons of scarcity and dis66 tress, which we have lately twice expe“ rienced, has been pleased to over-rule 6 these trying events to the general good; “ for it has not only excited the rich to 6 an increased liberality, as to actual con“ tribution, but it has led them to get « more acquainted with the local wants of “ their poorer brethren, and to interest " themselves in their comfort; it has led “ to improved modes of economy, and “ to a more feeling kind of beneficence. “ Above all, without abating any thing of “ a just subordination, it has brought the .6.affluent to a nearer knowledge of the “6 persons and characters of their indigent “ neighbours: it has literally brought co the rich and poor to meet together;" " and this I look upon to be one of the so effential advantages attending Sunday

“ Schools

“ Schools also, where they are carried on 6 upon true principles, and are sanctioned “ by the visits, as well as supported by the “ contributions, of the wealthy.”

May all who read this account of Mrs. Jones, and who are under the same circumstances, go and do likewise!

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.

I Promised, in the Cure for Melancholy, to give some account of the manner in which Mrs. Jones set up her school. She did not much fear being able to raise the money; but money is of little use, unless some persons of sense and piety can be found to direct these institutions. Not that I would discourage those who set them up, even in the most ordinary manner, and from mere views of worldly policy. It is something gained to rescue children from idling away their Sabbath in the fields or the streets. It is no small thing to keep them from those tricks to which a day of leisure tempts the idle and the ignorant. It is something for them to be taught to read; it is much to be taught

« PreviousContinue »