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earnings should be at their own disposal, yet the remainder will in part defray the charge of the Institution.
N.B. It is proposed to be a subscription entirely separate from that to the Lock Hospital. Many subscribers to that Charity may not choose to support this design by any additional subscription: and it is hoped that many who do not choose to become governors of the Lock will subscribe a smaller sum to this design.
It is also proposed to confine this asylum entirely to the patients cured in the Lock Hospital, that it may more evidently appear in no respect to interfere with the Magdalen.
.*, On Wednesday, April the 18th, (1787,) at twelve o'clock in the forenoon, will be held in the Board Room, at the Lock Hospital, a Meeting of such of the nobility and gentry as may wish to forward this design: when the further particulars of the plan will be laid before those who favour us with their presence.
SELECT INSTANCES OF THE SUCCESS ATTENDING
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One young woman of decent family and previous good character, having been seduced, and finding herself both pregnant and diseased, was strongly tempted to destroy herself; and, when about to leave the Lock Hospital, upon some new aggravations of her distress, had actually formed her determination to do so. This was discovered by the fixed melancholy of her countenance, which excited attention and compassion; but, being spoken to in a friendly manner, and the proposal being made to her of retirement, refuge, and necessary provision, she was brought to confess and give up her desperate purpose; and has ever since behaved with such decorum, fidelity, and industry, as entitle her to the most entire confidence in a situation, in which she is enabled to support both herself and the child of which she has since become the mother.—This person still continues to Jill her situation with the greatest propriety, and becoming the character of a true Christian.
Another young person, of reputable parents in the country, came to London, went to service, was speedily debauched, and in a few weeks came into the Lock Hospital. When she was discharged cured, she was admitted into the Asylum: and her father being applied to willingly received her, and some months after expressed his entire satisfaction in her conduct, and his gratitude to the charity in the strongest terms; his daughter having (as he said,) taken care of his household affairs ever since her return in the most prudent and commendable manner; and had at that time a prospect of being married and settled to advantage, and to the completion of his wishes on her behalf.—She has since been married as was expected.
Another, who had been a prostitute for a considerable time, was in the Lock Asylum so affected by witnessing the death of one of the young women, that she has ever since behaved with the utmost seriousness and apparent piety: She has been in service about half a year.—After continuing above a year with credit in her place, she married, and still bears a very good character.
Upon a careful inquiry it is found, that twenty of the young women who have been received into the Lock Asylum are now in place, with their friends, or married. They all behave properly in their situations ; and several of them have for two, three, and four years given satisfactory evidence of true repentance. Seventeen more of those who were placed out are supposed to be in service, or otherwise honestly employed, as we hear no charge brought against them, though we cannot learn where they now live.
Since the last accounts were printed, a young woman who had continued in the Asylum above a year, and behaved so well for the greatest part of that time as to gain the confidence of all concerned, was taken home by her parents; where she almost immediately caught a fever, of which she died in a few days: but in that short time her conduct and discourse were so remarkably humble, pious, and becoming, as exceedingly to impress her relations, and all who had formerly known her: nor could any one doubt but she died a real penitent disciple of Christ.
Another has lived three years in one family, and all along given satisfactory evidence that she is a sincere penitent; so that, when we compare the low course of vice in which she had before lived for a considerable time, with her unblamable conduct for almost six years in the Asylum and in service, we must consider this as a remarkable case, and an encouraging proof of the salutary: tendency of the institution.—After continuing ten, years in the same place, she is gone to live in another reputable family.
We have learned that Jive have been married and live in credit, of whom only two have been mentioned. One, not before particularly noticed, has lived five years in a very creditable place; and others four or three ""years: concerning some of whom there is increasing reason to hope, that their abiding reformation results from religious principles.—One young woman, who was very poorly qualified for service, has, by peculiar industry and good behaviour, been enabled to live above a year in one family.—She still continues to behave well, and for above eight years has given satisfactory evidence of true repentance.
During the last year, as well as that which preceded, several have gone to service, who continue to behave with propriety and give satisfaction. Several instances have occurred, of such as had been numbered among our disappointments, who now appear to have received durable advantage.
One woman in particular, who was admitted almost as soon as the institution was opened, and after a considerable time improperly left the house, has ever since lived by honest industry, without being at all suspected of returning to her former course of life; and has for some time past given us considerable hopes that she is become a true penitent; as she still continues to do.
Another, who left a place very improperly, is known at present to earn her livelihood by a trade to which she was brought up, to make a very reputable appearance, and to attend statedly at a parochial chapel in the neighbourhood. And one, who, after continuing some time in the house, was sent to her parish in tne country, being incapable of any service to be procured in town, and of needlework through weakness of sight, is since married