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tö evince the sympathy and bene- the youngest was only a few months volence of her heart. Mrs. Isa, old, were boarded at the expense of bella Graham was her chief coui- Mrs. Hoffman, uutil an Asylum panion. The temper, condescen- could be provided. Upon this sion, and perseverance of these hu- subject, she frequently conversed mane ladies, furnished an edifying with Mrs. Graham and others, who comment on the Apostle's admir. also had children of their widows áble descriptiou of active charity, in similar circumstances. After 1 Cor. xiii. 4-7. An aged lady, much anxious deliberation and of a different religious profession prayer, Mrs. Hoffman and her to either of them, who accompanied friends determined to risk the en. them in their benevolent walks for terprise; and an institution was two successive winters, states that accordingly formed for the object they would meet at 10 o'clock iu in May 1808. The door of this the morning, and continue their Asylum was open to receive all desvisits till the dusk of the evening, titute orphans, without restriction in search after objects of cuin- to any religious denomination or passion. They were to be seen distinction of nations. During the in garrets, cellars, and other places first six months, twelve orphau chilof obscurity, forgetful of tbeir own dren were received by the Society. comfortable homes, and, by a con- Till this institution was formed, the descending address, making them- real value of Mrs. Hoffman's beneselves familiar with the distressed, volent and Christian character was instructing the ignorant, leaving re- comparatively unknown. Heracuteligious tracts behind them, and, by ness and the solidity of her judgment every possible wark of sympathy in forming her plans, ber inild and and attention, convincing the ob- amiable manners, and ber unwearied jects of their bounty that they perseverance amidst every discouwere the servants of a compas, ragement, contributed a large share siowate Saviour. The Widows' So. lowards its subsequent prosperity. ciety still exists, and perseveres in In January, 1807, she laid before its humane and generous efforts. the Board, the plan of a constituDuring the winter of 1820 it fos. tion for the Society, which, after tered 254 widows, with 687 small a due examination of all its parts, children, under ten years of age. was unanimously adopted, and pub

The Orphan Asylum of New lished. Soon after, a petition was York took its rise from the Wi- presented to the Legislature of the dows' Society. Several of the Ma- State, praying for a charter of innagers of that Society, particu- corporation, which was readily Jarly Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Gra- granted. The hired house, occuham, in the course of their bene- pied as a dwelling for the orphan volent visits, found indigent help-' family, being too small, a building less children who death had de. was erected sufficiently commodiprived both of father and mother. ous for the accommodation of more For succouring these unfortunate than one bundred children. The infants, the Widows' Society, ac- corner stone was laid by the ladies cording to its coustitution and char- of the Board, on the 7th of July, ter, could make no provision; and 1807. As the funds of the Society the necessity of attempting some- were expended in purchasing the thing in the sbape of an Orphan materials only, the master builders Asylum, was first suggested to the paid the workmen, without renderbenevolent mind of Mrs. Hoffman, ing their account until the building by visiting a family of five orphans, was roofed. Several ministers and immediately after the decease of churches favoured the Society by their mother by the yellow fever, collecting for its aid. The Lein 1805. These children, of whom gislature made a donation of 5000

dollars to it, besides a grant of high privilege to cultivate commu500 dollars annually, which the in- nion with God, by meditation and stitution still enjoys. The build- prayer.

Such was the estimaing was gradually completed, and tion in which the Orphan Society a succession of orphans have been held ber virtues and past services received. The faith and pions zeal that they would not permit her to of its Managers bave indeed sre- resign the office of First Directress quently been tried to the last to the Asylum. When favoured with extremity ; but, in ways least a mitigation of her pain, the Board expected, or not expected at all, of Direction met in her room; the merciful hand of God has where her counsels were listened to produced the necessary supplies. with the highest veneration. Her Once, for example, at a time when own clergy of the Episcopal Church the funds of the Society were al- made her frequent visits, wbich she most expended, and money imme- received with great delight and afdiately demanded, a young gentle. fection: she also took much pleaman, who had just received a share sure in conversing with pious perof a paternal estate, sent to the sons of all denominations who vi. treasurer the sum of five hundred sited her chainber. Uotil her right dollars. It may gratify the reader hand was literally clenched by the to be informed, that the Asylum is violence of her rheumatic comnow entirely freed from debt, and plaint, she would indulge herself that there is gradually forming a in epistolary correspondence with fund for its future support, by means her friends: and as such familiar of legacies. The annual espendi- letters usually express the feelings ture for the household amounts of the heart, and strongly mark the nearly to 5000 dollars, exclusively character of the writer, I shall take of repairs to the building. Since the liberty of presenting the reader the establishment of the Society, in with one of them, without much May 1806, there have been re- selection, by way of specimen. ceived 440 orphan children ; 243

To Mrs. S. of whom have been placed with My beloved Friendrespectable employers: the others “While you are comfortable and are still resident or under proba- happy in the pleasant habitation of tion, with the exception of 15 who your friends, I trust it will add a have died. It was a cause of sub- mite to your stock of pleasure, to lime pleasure to Mrs. Hoffınan, that receive assurances of the mending while the providence of God thus health and strength of an old pilmercifully protected and supported grim by the way-side, whom you this orphan family, several of the left a suffering prisoner in a sick children, both male and female, who

From the many and lively are now arrived at the age of matu- expressions of your regard which I rity, have exhibited their sense of have experienced for years past, I bis mercy, by maintaining a truly am fully confirmed, that while abChristian character.

sent, you still remember me with a In the year 1817, Mrs. Hoffman, beart of anxious inquiry, desiring bent beneath the infirmities of age, to know of my comfort and welland afflicted by a severe rheumatic being. Considering this, I wish affection, was compelled to retire to anticipate your good friendship, from these scenes of active exertion, and rallying all my strength, I send and to spend her remaining days in you this little page with my own devotional exercises, awaiting the hand, assuring you that I am somepleasure of her Lord to call her to what better than when we were last the blissful regions of immortality. together; and I think the trial I Let us follow her to the chamber have made of cotton applied freof retirement; where it was her quently to my limbs, has proved


greatly beneficial, both in miti- her to my heart, and are numbered gating my sharp pains, and in- among the other many blessings creasing my strength. For all this which God has given me through may we praise Him together, who a long, and, I may with truth say, a is the God of all comfort! But iny painful confinement. Kiss our dear most peaceful experience is, that little R. for me: remember me with as run the promises to Israel - sincere love of Christian fellowship • In the latter day he will lengthen and good wishes to Mrs. A. and out her cords, and increase her every branch of her family. And now, dominion, and at even-tide it shall my dear friend, may I be kept sted be light. Even so, as He increases fast in the true faith; and may

the the cords of my life, he seems to promises of God be my hope, his enlarge my place; and though I provideuce my guard, and his grace am hedged in the body by pains my strength, till in his own good and trouble, yet these seem to set time I may be received, through the the spirit at liberty. I cannot but merits and all-sufficient atonement dwell with delight on the words of of a blessed Redeemer, to a happy our Divine Master, which are so eternity! Receive my warmest expressly applicable-If the Son thanks for your past favours, and make you free, ye shall be free in- my prayers for your peace and comdeed. As to the increasing bright- fort through life : and believe me, ness of my sun, I trust I may say, “ Your unalterable friend,” &c. it seeins shining towards the perfect Thus did this excellent woman day, as I live to behold more and pass away three long years in her more the light of the knowledge of chamber, exercising faith, hope, and God in the face of Jesus Christ: he patience, until the appointed time indeed is light, and in him is no of her departure arrived, when she darkness at all. But I am forgetting bad adieu to all that is mortal, and, my crippled hands, and fear you like a faithful servant, entered into will not be able to read what I have the joy of her Lord. That spirit of already written.-I suppose you Christian benevolence wbieh, for have heard of Mrs. Williams' leav- many years, Mrs. Hoffman had so ing 500 dollars to our little orphans. warmly cherished towards the poor I say from her; but we may look and needy, did not decline with her higher-from above, and add, He age. To the last she would make openeth his hand, and filleth all earnest inquiries respecting the gethings plenteously. I have been neral state of the public institutions ; much gratified by a friendly visit adding, “My time and ability to from our beloved Mrs. H. Our visit the Asylum are expired, and dear friend Miss 0.'s health is very all that I can now do for them is, infirm: she has had pressing invi- to present them in my prayers to tations from the bishop and Mrs. B. the orphan's God and Father. It to pass the winter with them: is however a delight to me still to change of air may have the desired hear that they do well, and tbat effect, and she may return a bless- the Lord blesses them." ing to her friends, as she has been Mr. Stanford, gives the followto our little orphan flock. Mrs. J. ing particulars of her last days :0. H.'s health continues very weak “July 6th, 1821, I made Mrs. Hoffand intirm: the event must be left man a visit. She was confined altoto him who only knows what is gether to her bed, and endured best for us. I feel a very particular severe pain. With much feeling she pleasure in telling you of the good adverted to the fifth chapter of health of all the numerous family. Romans-- We glory in iribulaMrs. H. appears to enjoy perfect tion also; knowing that tribulation health; her kind and unremitted worketh patience, and patience attentions have doubly endeared experience, and experience hope.' I want,' said she, to have more permitted to repine, but hold out of this experience in my heart; and io the last. And now I wish you I wish you to pray that my patience to kneel down by my bed, and pray may increase, so that I may cheer. that God may be with me, and grant fully wait till it pleases my God and me more of this blessed experience Father to receive me to his heavenly and more patience.' presence above.' In reply, I spoke “ On my next visit, Mrs. Hoffto ker of the conflict between nature man appeared to be more rapidly and grace; the opposition between hastening towards her final close. the flesh and the renewed spirit of Although she frequeotly expressed the Christian; and remarked that to me the ground of her hope for it arises from the love of God shed future felicity, on ibis visit, I felt a abroad in the heart by the Holy solicitude to receive from her dying Ghost given unto us ;' and that it lips, whatever miglit be interesting was her duty to plead with her upon so important a subject; for heavenly Father, to grant her more it is death that tries human souls, abundance of bis Spirit, having this and a dying testimony, connected encouraging promise He giveth with a holy life, is always highly his Holy Spirit to them that ask valuable to survivors. I therefore him.' She replied, ' This is true: again proposed the question, and I want more of ihe influence of this received for answer: My soul is blessed Spirit ; I cannot pray with fixed alone upon the infinite merit out it; and he is my Comforter.' of Jesus, my blessed Redeemer. As she had often expressed to me It is on bis blood and righteousness her anxiety for more patience under I rest for the pardon of my sins, the pressure of her pains, I contie and the acceptance of my person, nued my address by explaining to with my God and Father. And it her, that the kind of patience which is his promise, that he will never proceeds from past experience of leave me nor forsake me, which God's love, is very different from encourages me that I shall be kept that which arises from the mere steadfast unto the end. I cannot consideration that our distresses are say that I am always comfortable, not so great as they might have or that I am free from temptation ; been; or so great as many others but my whole desire and prayer to endure. Jesus said unto his disci. the Lord is for his grace and conples In your patience possess solation. Before I retired, she ye your souls. This virtue comes said, 'When you offer your supplifrom God, who is the God of all cations for me, I wish you always patience; not only that he has to conclude by repeating the Lord's patience under our sinful murmur. prayer, for that has always been ings and sins, but that he gives us delightful to me."" patience under all our afflictions ; During the last few days of this so that in some degree we can say, pious lady's illness, she was conFatber, not my will, but thine be tinually uitering expressions of gradone. Christ himself is our great tilude, not only to her God and example for the exercise of this Saviour, but to her children and patience under all our sufferings. friends who surrounded her. She He was led as a lamb to the slaugh- could receive nothiog to refresh ter; and as a sheep is dumb before her, but a little iced water; yet, pot her shearers, so opened he not his a drop passed her lips, without her mouth. Yes,' said she,' this acknowledging her thankfulness. is true patience; when I meditate As she approached nearer to the on the sufferings of the Saviour for last scene, every doubt and fear my sins, why should I complain ? vanished ; and she happily reposed Yet I must tell you, that I need herself in the bosom of her Lord. more patience, that I may not be She was never heard to allude to any of her good deeds, but con- Christian, whose example deserves stanlly attributed all her mercies in perhaps the better to be exhibited life to the grace and goodness of for the very reason that her life was, her heavenly Father, resting her not, like that of her friend Mrs. soul on the all-sufficiency of Christ Graham, a scene of great vicissiher Saviour, and thus waiting the tude and incident, but the everymessenger death to call her to the day sphere in which thousands of scenes of immortality.

her sex are privileged to move, Saturday morning, July 30, her and in which they may greatly bearticulation bad become almost un- Defit themselves and the world, and intelligible; but still, in broken glorify their Father which is in accents, she endeavoured to glorify heaven, by transcribing in their her God while breath remained. conduct her exalted but simple and Looking at Mrs. B. the daughter imitable virtues. I will not trespass of her still dear Mrs. Graham, she on the patience of your readers, by said, " My colleague bas gone be- summing up the various features fore; I am following fast." Then, of her character; but I cannot reafter a short pause, she resumed her frain from remarking for a moment speech; “Tell them," meaning tbe on her candid and conciliating spiBoard of the Orphan Asylum ; rit; her upwearied attention to the “ tell them all, there is a crown of wants and comforts of the poor glory in reserve for me.” These and afflicted, without distinction of were nearly her last words, except sect or nation; and her unreserved now and then an endearing expres- renunciation of a worldly temper sion to her children and grand- and conduct. children. An oppressive slumber The first of these has been seized her spirits; and about nine strongly evinced in the course of the o'clock in the evening, she gently above narrative, and is also strikingfell asleep in Jesus, without a ly displayed by the high esteem in struggle or a sigh, aged 79 years. which she was held by Christians Thus she received an answer to of various denominations, at the ber constant prayers, that when she same time that she stood firm to should pass through the valley of her principles, and was looked up the shadow of death, she might fear to with veneration by the members no evil; and certain it was, that her of her own church. Episcopacy Shepherd and Redeemer was evi- in the United States of Ainerica is denily with her; and his rod and staff what Episcopacy was in the early supported and comforted her spirit church before the days of Constanwhile passing away to the mansions tine. Not being the religion of of eternal blessedness and glory? the state, it has to look for its

The mortal remains of this mo- public acceptance only from its inther in Israel were deposited in the trinsic character and the scriptural burial-yard of Trinity Church. The lives of its supporters, and such a corpse was followed by many of her life as that of Mrs. Hoffman was relations and surviving friends in eminently calculated to promote its carriages, and by a walking proces- interests, Two prevailing faults sion of one hundred of the Orphan often charged upon Episcopalians Children, who had been the objects have been, formality among themof her affectionate care, and a long selves and bigotry towards the train of respectable citizens, apxious members of other persuasions*. to give their last testimony to her worth. The full burial service of

• It is not intended in this observation the church was performed by the to convey any thing like a general cen

sure. The sermons of Bishop Dehon, for Right Reverend Bishop Hobart.

example, may suffice to shew, that spirit. Such was the late Mrs. Hoffman; ual-mindedness is not unknown among a humble, active, spiritually-minded American Episcopalians; and it has even

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