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“ doubt of the whole, as she knew me her“ self to be a liar; having obtained her “ place by a falsehood, which was saying I “ came from the country.
“. It would but weary you, Sir, to enter
into a longer recapitulation of these “ scenes; I shall therefore simply inform « you, that after this I gained employment “ six different times, and lost it again with"out giving any present offence, but being “ recognized, and the badness of my for.
mer character: At length I fell sick with, ç sorrow and disappointment, during which 6 time it pleased God to give me a due € sense of iny past follies, and to shew me. « that all my misfortunes have originated “ in myself.—This illness reduced me to “ the last extremity, and I was obliged. as even sometimes to sit whole nights at a 6. dvor for want of lodging; and so pressed
with hunger, that about a month since I
resolved to beg, and seeing a handsome “ coach stop at the Park gate determined “ to entreat some assistance.- A lady and “ two pretty children alighted, and seeing
* my supplicating posture, gave me instant« ly a shilling, saying, with great gentleness " and humanity, “ You do not seem ac" customed to this situation ; call on me, « and if I find you deserving, I will en« deavour to assist you further.”_“ While * she was yet speaking, a gentleman came
up to her and said, " I feared, my love, 6 I should have been too late to partake
your walk, which, I assure you, woul:1
greatly have disappointed me.” “ On « fixing my eyes on the gentleman, I in• stantly recognized Mr. Smith ; happily “ the alteration of my person and habili* ments prevented his recollecting me, and “ I hastened away without even ven“ turing to speak, or wait for the address s his lady was doubtless going to give me ; « reflecting on what I might have been, 66 and to what misery my foolish conduct 6 and bad character had reduced me.
" When I met you, Sir, I was almost “ sinking with want, having tasted no food
66 but a single roll for two days: affliction res had taught me to bow beneath the stroke ;
“ and I looked forward, with pleasing ex“ pectation, to the hour when my life might “ expiate my follies.--Your goodness has “ given rise to other thoughts, as that “ I might live to testify the sincerity of my “ repentance; and if in the most humble “ manner you can employ me, with God's “ help, I will not disgrace your bounty.”
Mr. Richardson made no comments on this story before the relater ; but ordering up his housekeeper, desired she would employ Charlotte Glover with what sewing might be necessary for the family; then giving her a couple of guineas, he dismissed her, saying, to prevent all thanks, “ I shall place that to the account of your “ work; and let me see you again in a 66 fortnight.”
Poor Charlotte was so overpowered with this kindness, that had not the housekeeper taken her by the arm she must have fallen; leading her, therefore, from the apartment, she gave her some refreshment, and then dismissed her for the night.
Comments on the poor Woman's Story.--
The Duty of Parents to correct early all evil propensities in their Children--The Hatefulness of Falsehood.
- W hat think you, my children, s of this unhappy woman's story?” said Mr. Richardson.
" It has illustrated, Sir,” said Charles, 56 what you observed respecting the sailor 66 George, that misfortunes are frequently * salutary; for I don't apprehend that “ even if she had it in her power, she “ would ever act so erroneously again.”
“ The supposition is charitable, and, “ I hope, just; but bad habits are very s difficult to overcome, particularly such - an abominable spirit as she was posur sessed of, that had grown with her
strength, and increased with her years.--. “ However, my opinion coincides with. “ yours, for she appears thoroughly “ humbled, and to trace a'l her misfor
“ tunes to their proper origin; and what, “ above all, gives me hopes that she will “ hereafter act properly is, that I have no “ doubt but in the account of herself e she has spoken truth.”
“ Indeed, papa,” answered Mary, “if “ I had been so very naughty, I fear I “ should have tried to make myself look a “ little better, for I should have been · “ ashamed to own it.”
" Then you would have redoubled your « crime: 'tis.true, she might have deceived " me for a time, but could she deceive God? “ who by some means might have led me "s to the truth; in which case, as I des
pise a liar, and when once discovered, “ ever distrust them, I should have left. to her in the misery in which I first found “ her. In the present case, I suppose, I “ can learn no worse than I have already “ heard, though I am sorry to say, the “ maler olence of man frequently repre“ sents the errors of those he dislikes in " their deepest colours ; I therefore always “ endeavour to allow for personal pique.”