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and lives very creditably. Other cases of this kind most probably exist, though we are not yet acquainted with them.
During the last year, two women (one of whom had been many years in the house, on account of her ill health,) have been fixed in a lodging, where they earn their living by needle-work. Some others have also been placed out to service, of whom good hopes are entertained. None, mentioned in these accounts, have on the strictest inquiry been known to disappoint our hopes, and favourable reports have been sent us of some who we feared had returned to evil ways: especially one not before mentioned is married and lives very creditably.
A poor destitute object, almost lost by want and disease, having been with great humanity relieved by a very respectable person, was admitted into the Lock Hospital, and from thence into the Asylum: in which situation, having behaved well for a considerable time, she was received into a most creditable family, and is exemplary in her whole conduct, and still gives satisfactory proof of true repentance.
Another, after living some years in service, with a good character, is lately married to a 6teady and serious man, attends regularly the ministry of the gospel, and appears to be indeed a real Christian.
We have also, since the last accounts, heard of some others who have been married, and live very respectably. «*
An impartial and scrupulous regard to truth,
however, renders it incumbent on us to allow, that many disappointments continue to try our patience: but the success is at least adequate to the sentiment suggested in the original pamphlet—' If 'amidst reiterated disappointments, we be success'ful only in a few instances, and a very small num'ber be brought to true repentance and a Christian 'conversation; this will be an abundant compen.' sation.'—And, as "there is joy in the presence "of the angels of God over one sinner that re"penteth," we have certainly cause for thankfulness, and for encouragement to persevere in an undertaking, which in all respects so exactly coincides with the genius and precepts of Christianity.
One woman, who has for several years given most satisfactory proofs of true repentance, now fills a very respectable and useful situation to the satisfaction of the persons concerned ; in which she is assisted by another who has been a considerable time in the house and has behaved very satisfactorily.—Since the last account was published we have heard of at least four or jive instances, in which such women, as we feared had disappointed our hopes, had married, and were creditably and comfortably settled.
After the most careful observation of their conduct, and inquiry into their improvement by instruction, six of those who remain in the house, or live in the neighbourhood, have for some time been communicants at the Lord's table; and continue to act consistently with the profession of Christianity thus made.
Many lives have likewise been evidently preserved by this institution: for the emaciating disease cured in the Lock Hospital, and the regimen necessary to eradicate it, when immediately succeeded by penury, profligacy, and a total neglect of a shattered constitution, prematurely hurry numbers into the grave, by consumptions, dropsies, and other diseases.—But this Asylum, while it affords a melancholy proof of the fact, counteracts the fatal effect as to the small number admitted into it: for by a proper attention, diet, and medicine several have been restored to health, who must otherwise have died in a most deplorable manner.—It may also be proper to add, that, though we cannot be answerable for the conduct of the objects of this charity, either before they enter the house, or after they leave it; yet the public may be assured that they are strictly watched, and carefully inspected, while they remain in it; and that in general their conduct is more regular than could have been expected, when their previous habits, connexions, and places of resort are duly considered.
Upon the whole, we may say with confidence, that every thing, of which the nature of the institution admits, is attempted with perseverance, to render it successful: very few instances have occurred in which we have been under the painful necessity of rejecting any one who applied for admission; so that no destitute female patient in the Lock Hospital is now compelled by want to return to licentious courses: and, when we have done all that is in our power to rescue our fellow creatures from destruction, it forms a ground of satisfaction, whatever measure of success may attend our endeavours.
JOY IN HEAVEN:
PREACHED BEFORE THE GOVERNORS
LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY,
AT THE PARISH CHURCH OP
ST. ANTHOLIN, WATLING-STREET,
BEING THEIR FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.