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Title: affectionate daughter.
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In a small village in Lanashire there
lived, a few years ago, an iadustrious
man and his wife, who had six children.
The man himself used to work a
neighbofa'i co. while tlj
took car ofthe attend i
their little farm, and minded the dairy
and when all hI other work was done,
she used constantly to si down to spin.

The eldest daughter worked with her
mother at the spinning-wheel, and she
sometimes accompanied her work with
a cheerful hymn, which her parents had
taken care to teach her.
But the second daughter, of the name
of Mary, is the chief subject of the pre
mnt story. When this girl was nine
years old, the honest collier, finding that
he had but little employment for her
above ground, took her to work with him
down in the coal-pit, together with one
6f the boys, who was then no more thai)
seven years of age. These two children,
by their joint labours, did the duty of
one of those men who are commonly
called the "drawers," clearing seven
shillings a-week for their parents.
How different was the case of this nu-
merous family from that of many others
in the same humble situation of life'
Mary and her brother, so far from being
a burden, were bringing a little fortune
to their parents; even when they were
eight or tea years old, all the family
were getting forward by the help of
these little creatures, and their worldly
comforts were now increasing on every
side. These favors of a kind Provi-
deance they did not fail to acknowledge
A every night and morning in their




But, alas in the midst of their cheer-
ful diligence, one day, while the good
man was in the act of fixing a basket, in
order to its being wound up, the children
standing near him in the coal-pit, some
stones fell from the top of the pit, one of
which fell on the father's head, and kill-
ed him on the spot. What a melancholy
event was this! But the most grievous
afflictions are appointed by Providence
for wise ends.
The mother, on hearing the news of
her husband's death, received such a
shock that she became disordered in
her mind, nor did she ever recover her
senses. Being rendered extremely help-
less, she was separated from'her chil-
dren by the parish officers, who continu-
ed to take the charge of her for the
space of Ave years. A short time after
the father's death the eldest daughter
(the .spinner) married, and went from
home; two of the brothers (of the age
of nine, and seven,) were bound appren-
tices by the parish, who also took the
charge of two others (one three years
old, the other an infant,) until they
should be sufficiently grown up to be
bound out also.
Mary having been already trained in
industry, was by no means disposed to
seek help from the parish; being now


between eleven and twelve years old,
she determined to maintain herself like
a little independent woman, by her usu:J
work in the coal-pit, where she now
earned a shillipg a-day, and in three or
four years afterwards, two shillings.
And now, I would ask my young female
readers what they think was the manner
in which she employed all this fruit of
her industry f Do you imagine that she
laid it out in vaesty of dress, in nice
eating and drinking, or other needless
expense t Or do you suppose that she
would now indulge herself in idleness
on one or two days in the week because
she had got enough for herself to live
upon during the four or five working
days? No; she, in the first place, re-
lead the parish from the burden of
smdataining her mother, which she did
as soon as she was arrived at the age of
sixteen; she then relieved the parish
odieqrs from the -charge of one of her
brthers, and she ceatinued-to provide
for him until he died. Having been
taught never to consider her duty as
done, while any part of it seemed to be
left undone, $he afterwards undertook
the maintenaige of one of her other bro-
thers, who remained with her during six-
teen weeks' illness, when he died, and
she buried him at her own expense.

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After about seen years, the mother died
also, and was burieA in like manner by
this dutiful child, without any assistance
from the parish.
If any of my reader should here in-
quire, How it oould be possible for so
young a chid to do all this the answer
is, that she used,'on thew ocessions, to
betake herself to extraordinary labour,
sometimes earning no less than three
shillings and sixpence in the four and
twenty hours, by taking what is called
"a double turn' in the oa-pits.
The ready submission o(Mary to her
t parents, in early lie, was a pleasing
S 7t of her character. Let my young
readers recollect, that in submission to
the command of her father, or rather to
that law of God which enjoin_ parent
obedience, she cheerfully flowed im
down into the coal-pit, at a tender age
without excusing herself oe account or
her sex; she joined in the same work
with the miners, a race of men rough
indeed, but highly useful to society, who
have the character of being honest, faith
fill, courageous, and have manifested
sometimes a readiness to receive tell-
gious instruction, % hen offered to them.
Among these men, to their honour be it
spoken, Mary's virtue was safe: and
after the death of her father, she is even

said to have received protection as well
as assistance from them, her fatigue hav-
ing been sometimes lessened through
their lending her a helping hand, with
great feeling and kindness.
But though Mary's mind was natural-
ly strong, and her constitution of body
was very stout also, yet it was evident
that she Iad now been led to exert her-
self beyond her strength. How lamenta-
ble is it, that while so many people in the
world are idle, ani are contracting dis-
eases both of body and mind, from the
abundance of their riches, and from the
want of exercise, there should be any
bending, like Mary, under their work,
hidden from observation! What a pity
is it, I say, that the former should not
employ a little of their time and money
in endeavouring to find out these dis-
tressed objects!
Mary began, about this time, evident
ly to be afflicted with a disease common
among the poor, the consequence of bad
food and great bodily fatigue, joined
with excessive grief.
When sincere Christinns come (as
Mary now did) into very trying circum-
stances, they may hope, notwithstand-
ing any appearances to the contrary, to
experience still, in one way or other, the
pIeculiar blessing of heaven: I do not ex-

11] DAVOUTZi. 11
peet that sueh persons will be free from
pain, poverty, and sickness, or other
worldly evils, for it is often quite the
contrary; but then I believe that these
very afflictions will be made the means
of increasing their trust in God, and of
stirring them up to pray more fervently
to Him, through Jesus Christ, for the
gift of his Holy Spirit, the only true
Comforter to the afflicted soul, and prove,
in the end, (I mean either her* or here-
after,) to have worked together for their
good. The calamities of Mary were now
risen to such a height, that those who
are not accustomed to view things in this
light, might be ready to imagine that the
Almighty had forsaken her.
It was at this period of her extremity
that it pleased God to raise up for her
some kind friends in the following man-
A lady of the same village heard of a
servant's place, and advised Mary to ap-
ply for the situation. Accordingly, the
poor girl, with anxious heart, went to
offer her services; she mentioned, with
her usual honesty, the habits of her form-
er life, and their state of her health also;
it seemed much against her interest to do
so, but it was right; for how can any of
us hope for the blessing of God, or ex-
pect any true comfort in our minds

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when we fall into affliction, if we fly to
unfair means of rescuing ourselves out
of it; and instead of trusting in God,
trust to our own little frauds and crook
ed contrivances ?
The answer made to Mary's appli-
cation was unfavourable; for it was
thought, and indeed it was gently hint-
ed, that a young woman hitherto so
much exposed as she had been, was not
likely to prove a very it inmate in a so-
ber private family.
Mary felt very keenly this unhappy
suspicion against her character; but
what could she do f She walked very
quietly away, with a down-cast look, and
with a mind quite brokeniown by this
fresh affliction. The eowmes ofthe man-
sion happened, bewever, to observe her
countenance, and the peculiar modesty
of he# maMer, as he was taking her d.
parture: fer-tes paliane and silent gf*i
touched them 6ir oaee'ssibly than any
loud compla-It cold have dome, and
they therefore determined to make some
inquiries concerning her. The genle-
man went himself on the same daX to
the colliery, where tre master of the
replied to lhi questions early in the
lowing terms: 1 "Sir," said he, sheb I a
poor girl that has over-worked herself,
for she has undertaken what we- ca


she afterwards accepted ? Let this teach
you, my dear reader, not to leam off
prayer to God, offered up through Jesus
Christ, although you may have waited
long for an answer thereto; continue to
" ask, that you may receive; earnestly
seek, that you may find; knock, that it
may be opened to you: for every one
that asketh, receiveth; and he that seek-
eth, fiadeth; and to him that knocketh,
it shall he opened." My dear reader,
sliJht not this blessed promise of a God
ghat cannot lie. Do you never pray, my
reader ? Then you are in a sad state in-
deed-you are on the borders of hell;
for none are in the way io the heavenly
kingdom but those who worship God in
the Spirit, rejoice in Jesus Chrip, and
have no confidence in the flesh.

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