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beg you'll be kind enough to permit me to implore your
forgiveness, and to unload a heart, torn with anxiety
ever fince-I may, with the greatest truth, justly say,
the unfortunate moment I became an alien to your af-
fection, my child, and long lamented home : a severe
trial, although I with shame and sorrow acknowledge,
but too juft a punidhment for my faults. But if ever gen-
tle pity dwelt in your breast; if ever affectionate regard
for this wretched unfortunate had place in your heart, as
I once had reason to believe it had ;-oh! that once,
would I could but say now.!--it would be like precious
balm to this unhappy breaft, so long inured to woe.
Let my Uncle bring me the kind assurance of your for-
giveness. Distressed on every fide, both in body and
mind, a wretched out-cast and forlorn wanderer, I fought
this heavenly hospitable afylum to hide myself and my
forrows, where I enjoy every blessing I could wish or
hope for, but peace of mind; which is for ever loft
unless restored by you. When amidst all the kind in-
dulgence I meet with here, when I reflect I am a child-
less mother, and a widowed wife, what tongue or pen
can express the agonies I feel! therefore let me beg it
once more, that you'll send to me by my uncle, and give
me leave to know how my child does ; and that I may
be indulged in hearing of you and him, will greatly add
to my fatisfaction. The hopes of being restored to you
again, though it would crown my utmost wishes, I dare
not think of; but leave to you the decision of my fate,
and can only wish that some affectionate spark may yet
re-kindle in your breast for her, who will ever remain
the future part of my life,
Magdalen-house, Most affectionately and
Og. 19, 1760.

Faithfully yours.

L Ε Τ Τ Ε R IX. From the Mother of one of the young Women,19 a Governor.

SIR, TH

*HE favour of your most kind letter. I received,

which filled me with joy at the confirmation of my once unhappy daughter's being under such good hands, and with gratitude to you for the trouble you have taken in informing me to whom I am obliged for my daughter's preservation from utter ruin ; and I shall take care to observe your kind inftruction, and to thew my gratitude to the good lady; and be pleased to accept of my heartiest and best thanks for your special care of, ard kindness to the distressed daughter of her who never can sufficiently acknowledge it, but who shall ever pray for the happiness of her benefactors. And am,

Good Sir, April 8, 1760. Your most obliged and obedient Servant.

YOUR goodness demands

L E T T E R X.
Honoured Sir,
OUR goodness demands my hearty thanks; and as

I have not an opportunity of seeing you, I hope you will pardon my writing to you, to return you my thanks for advising me to this happy retreat.

I can't help standing to admire how good God has been to me, to raise me such friends : I must not forget to tell you, the kindness I received from our good matron, and that she studies to make us aļi happy

When I reflect what inward happiness I loft for some years, it is a great trouble to me; but now I hope, Sir, you will pardon my asking you to join thanks with me that am so fuon called out of it, and I can truly say,

heartily

heartily sorry for what is past: and now with submission mult conclude,

Your most obedient humble servant. L Ε Τ Τ Ε R XI. From H. to two yonng Girls, her former Companions. Dear P. and B. I Was thinking it would be right to let you know of

my welfare in this blessed place, where I hope I shall stay my life-time. When I look back, and think of the sad way of life which you know I was in a great while, the reflection grieves me to the heart ; for there is nothing but misery attends it at the long run, and so you will find. Dear P. and B. think of what I say, for now I have nothing to think of but happiness, and to repent of my former fins, which I am now ashamed of, and so you will both, with the grace of God. I may bless the hour that I came to this house, for now I am reconciled to all my friends, and I hope I shall with God.

Only think what a blessing it is to go to bed with God in your heart, instead of tearing about all night with the devil's instructions in that way of life ; for you are always troubled in your minds, unless you are in liquor. It is a great favour to get admitted into our house, but if you have a mind to come, I hope you will both get in. Don't think our house a place of confinement, for our benefactors won't keep any body against their will, nor detain them a minute.

From your sincere friend and well-wisher.

A

S E R M ON,

Preached before the

PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENTS,

TREASURER, and GOVERNORS

OF

Τ Η Ε

MAGDALEN-HOUSE.

By WILLIAM DODD, M. A.

Published at the Request of the President, &c.

HE THAT IS WITHOUT SIN AMONG YOU, LET HIM FIRST CAST A STONE AT HER.

John viii. 7,

The Sixth EDITION,

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