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to read the Bible, and much, indeed, to be carried regularly to church. But all this is not enough. To bring these insti. tutions to answer their highest end, can only be effected by God's blessing on the best directed means, the choice of able teachers, and a diligent attention in some pious gentry to visit and inspect the schools.
· Mrs. Jones had one talent that eminently qualified her to do good, namely, judg.ment; this, even in the gay part of her life, had kept her from inany mistakes ; but though she had sometimes been deceived herself, she was very careful not to deceive others, by recommending people to fill any office for which they were unfit, either through selfishness or false kindness. She used to say, there is always some one appropriate quality which every person A A 4
must must possess, in order to fit them for any particular employment. « Even in this “ quality,” said she to Mr. Simpson the clergyman, “I do not expect perfe&tion; “ but if they are destitute of this, what“ ever good qualities they may possess be“ sides, though they may do for some “other employment, they will not do for “ this. If I want a pair of shoes, I go to " a shoemaker; I do not go to a man of “ another trade, however ingenious he “ may be, to ask him if he cannot con66 trive to make me a pair of shoes. When - I lived in London, I learned to be much “ on my guard as to recommendations. " I found people often wanted to impose “ on me some one who was a burthen to " themselves. Once, I remember, when 6 I undertook to get a matron for an hol“ pital, half my acquaintance had fome “ one to offer me. Mrs. Gibson sent me “ an old cook, whom she herfelf had « discharged for wasting her own provi
“fions, yet she had the conscience to re46 commend this woman to take care of .66 the provisions of a large community. “ Mrs. Grey sent me a discarded house6 keeper, whose constitution had been « ruined by sitting up with Mrs. Grey's “ gouty husband; but who she yet thought “ might do well enough to undergo the “ fatigue of taking care of an hundred poor “ fick people. A third friend sent me a “ woman who had no merit but that of 6 being very poor, and it would be charity < to provide for her. The truth is, the " lady was obliged to allow her a small 6 pension till she could get her off her “ own hands, by turning her on those of 66 others.”
“ It is very true, madam,” said Mr. Simpson, “ the right way is always to “ prefer the good of the many to the good 66 of one ; if, indeed, it can be called do6 ing good to any one to place them “ in a station in which they must feel un. 6 happy, by not knowing how to discharge
" the duties of it. I will tell you how I “ manage. If the persons recommended “ are objects of charity, I privately sub“ scribe to their wants; I pity and help " them, but I never promote them to a “ station for which they are unfit, as I “ should by fo doing hurt a whole com“ munity to help a distressed individual.”
Thus Mrs. Jones resolved, that the first step towards setting up her school should be to provide a suitable mistress. The vestry were so earnest in recommending one woman, that she thought it worth looking into. On inquiry, she found it was a scheme to take a large family off the parish; they never considered that a very ignorant woman, with a family of young children, was, of all others, the most unfit for a fchool; all they considered was, that the profits of the school might enable her to live without parish pay. Mrs. Jones refused another, though she could read well, and was decent in her conduct, because she used to send her children to the
SUNDAY SCHOOL. 363 fhop on Sundays. And she objected to a third, a very sensible woman, because she was suspected of making an outward profeffion of religion a cloak for immoral conduct. Mrs. Jones knew she must not be too nice neither; she knew she must put up with many faults at last. "I know," said
she to Mr. Simpson, “ the imperfection of .66 every thing that is human. As the '« mistress will have much to bear with 6 from the children, so I expect to have “ something to bear with in the mistress; 66 and she and I must submit to our re“ spective trials, by thinking how much 6 God has to bear with in us all. But there 6 are certain qualities which are indispens« able in certain situations. There are, 6 in particular, three things which a school6 mistress must not be without, good sense, “ activity, and piety. Without the first she 56 will mislead others; without the second 66 she will neglect them; and without the 6 third, though she may civilize, yet she 6 will never christianize them."