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a"s much at least as your contributions. Others will point out to you in what way even labourers and servants may employ, to excellent purpose, those hours which are often wasted in insipid indolence, or spent in an injurious manner; but which maybe improved in effectually forwarding the grand designs of the Institution. Above all, we intreat your earnest and constant prayers, that the divine counsel and blessing may attend all the plans and operations of the Parent Society, and all its numerous and most promising descendents. And while you concur in our endeavours to impart the sacred scriptures to others, be sure that you become yourselves well acquainted with the contents of the sacred volume. "Let the word of Christ dwell in "you richly, in all wisdom and spiritual under"standing;" and make it known to your children and domestics. Endeavour also to reduce the whole to practice, and to shew, by example, how lovely and how happy true Christians are. In proportion as this is done, your concurrence will, in all respects, advance in value and efficacy ; and God will bless and' honour you as his instruments in this most desirable service, even beyond what you now expect or conceive.
ON THE FATAL CONSEQUENCES
OUTLINES OF A PLAN
PROPOSED TO CHECK THOSE ENORMOUS EVILS.
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This pamphlet was printed and circulated in the early part of the year r787, when the Author had been for somewhat more than twelve months visiting chaplain to the Lock Hospital. It led to the institution of the Lock Asylum, which was opened on the fifth of July following. This charity still subists, and, though it has never been adequately supported, it has unquestionably, in numerous instances, been productive of the most happy effects. This may be sufficiently evinced by the brief narratives, which, as having been drawn up by Mr. Scott, and inserted in the Account of the Institution published in the year 1800, it has been thought proper to annex to the original pamphlet here reprinted.—J. S.
It is generally allowed that none of the human species are more miserable in themselves, or more mischievous in society, than those unhappy women "who disgrace our streets, and subsist upon the infamous wages of iniquity. Their occupation and connexions, and the scenes which they perpetually witness, speedily obliterate every sentiment of virtue that they may have received from education, and familiarize them to wickedness; till, shame and remorse being completely banished, they are, in the daily practice of effrontery, deceit, and licentiousness, prepared for any kind or degree of vice, to which they can be tempted.
Young women, having been seduced and deserted, are banished from their friends; excluded from their former prospects and satisfactions; and frequently after an indulgent education, left without other resource than that of entering the vile recesses of debauchery. When once initiated in these seminaries, the general consequences are increasing wickedness, a ruined constitution, a premature death, and as far as we can see, everlasting destruction.
In the meantime their malignant influence on society is equally deplorable. They throng our streets, and lay in wait for the inexperienced and incautious: so that a youth can scarcely walk a mile in many parts of this city, without running the gauntlet through at least fifty of those temptations, which are most likely to prevail against him. Thus are the rising generations successively corrupted; evil habits are early contracted, ruinous connexions formed, conscience and the sense of shame subdued, and our youth trained up for a life of profligacy. Here especially they learn extravagance; and hence sally forth to assault our persons and habitations, in order to make those depredations on our property which may support the expences of their licentious indulgences: and many of those unhappy wretches, whose executions are the disgrace of our age and country, and the grief of every feeling heart, confess that in the company of harlots they were trained up for this fatal end.
When further we consider the influence which these unhappy women have upon our population, and the health of the people; upon relative life, especially the conduct of children to their parents, and husbands to their wives ; with all the long train of domestic miseries that ensue: and, when we consider, that commonly the very seducers of virtuous young women (whose conduct is so generally and justly execrated,) are trained up for such seduction in the company of those who are licentious; We may then without exaggeration assert, that a common prostitute is in a community an evil not dissimilar to a person infected with the plague; who, miserable himself, is daily communicating the contagion to those who will in turn infect