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matter should be fully understood. If any are desirous of additional information, they are at liberty, and are invited, to examine the policy and conduct of the institution for themselves. This indeed is almost indispensable to a perfect apprehension of the case. For it is manifestly the easiest thing imaginable for evil-minded persons to circulate false and injurious reports which will greatly mislead the public mind, unless those who wish to form correct opinions will entirely disregard them, and base their judgment on personal observation, or unquestionable evidence. Let such a course be taken, and we have no fear of the result.
If, then, it be the fact, that the evil, which it is our object as far as possible to alleviate, is enormous, even at the lowest calculation, --that the plan of opening a way of escape to those who will voluntarily forsake their vices, is almost the only palliative that benevolence can in the present state of things administer, and that the practicability of this is established by long experiment-and if it be true that without the benefit of such a provision, the door of hope is shut forever upon a degraded, yet pitiable class of beings, may we not with confidence make our appeal to an intelligent and virtuous community, in behalf of our design ? We put it to their candor, Is NOT THE ENTERPRISE A GOOD ONE ? OUGHT IT NOT TO BE susTAINED. ? Shall our Institution, after having been commenced by private charity and individual effort, and sustained till it is well established, and in successful operation,-shall it now be suffered to decline and die, or act in a limited and embarrassed manner? Is it not a matter in which the whole community are interested? Does it not claim the attention of our authorities and of those who direct our public establishments for the relief and correction of wretched. ness and vice ?
We appeal to the well-wishers of society—to those whose delight it is to see all around them industrious, virtuous, and happy ; and we ask them if they will not co-operate with us in attempting to rescue a numerous class from idleness, vice, and misery. Will they not aid us in checking, if we may not heal, a foul disease which is invading the social system with its baneful influence, and corrupting and destroying multitudes of its useful members. So unheeded has been its progress hitherto, that its ravages already are appalling. Can any, who are interested in the welfare of the community, sit down inactive and indifferent spectators ?
We appeal to the benevolent and philanthropic,—to those who know the happiness of winning the abandoned back to virtue,-of restoring peace to the bosoms of the wretched ;—and to them we say, here is an ample field for your benevolent labors. Here is a picture over which humanity, when she beholds it, cannot but pour her tears. And will not you assist in doing all that may be done to soften its disgusting features, and change its ugly shades to loveliness. Who-oh! who are objects of pity and relief, if not those, who, endowed by nature with the keenest sensibilities, and the most ardent feelings, and fitted to sustain the most important and inte. resting relations, are plunged by their own folly, and the wiles of others, into ruin which is irretrievable, unless something be done for No. I. -JAN. 1832.
their deliverance. Shall they, when they feel themselves undone, and with shame and deep contrition, look around for help, see no refuge whither they can flee, no avenue by which they can escape ? Surely if there is any cause which can awake generous feeling, it is this.
We appeal to Christians—to those who are required by the mild and tender spirit of religion, and by the high command of Heaven, to promote by every proper means the good of others. And we say to them-remember that the unfortunate, though guilty beings, in whose behalf we now address you, are not only sacrificing all their social interests, and involving themselves in wretchedness which must be lasting as their life, but that they are degrading a rational and immortal nature, making shipwreck of the noblest hopes that can inspire the human bosom—and preparing for themselves anguish which shall come over their hearts like desolation through everlasting ages. Remember that in a very few years, a whole generation of this miserable class are hurried away by the tide of ruin to meet the retributions of eternity ; and that the religion you profess demands, that like its benignant author, you “seek and save the lost ;"—and say—oh! say—will you not put forth your efforts in this work of heavenly mercy ?
Finally, we call on all, of every class who are the friends of virtue and of human happiness, to give the subject we have been urging, the attention it deserves. Let our magistrates think with what mischiefs to society the vice of which we speak is fraught, and let them put forth an arm to check, if possible, its ravages. Let our aged men look at the youth whom it yearly ensnares to their destruction, and let them lend their aid to oppose its devastations. Let the father look on the daughter of his hopes, and the mother on the pride of her heart, and say, should she fall a prey to seductive wiles, whether that would not seem an angel's hand which should lead her back to virtue, and restore her to their arms. And though the unprincipled may sneer, and the profligate revile, let it be made apparent, that the interests of society, the interests of virtue and humanity, ARE NEITHER MISAPPREHENDED NOR NEGLECTED BY AN ENLIGHTENED AND BENEVOLET COMMUNITY.
By order of the Board, JOHN P. HAVEN, Secretary.
No. 35. The following address to the public appeared in the Genius of Temperance, Dec. 7, 1831.
The New York Magdalen Society have, by a vote of the Board of Managers, ceased their operations for the present, with an understanding that at some future day they will resume greater responsibilities, and build a house for the accommodation and reformation of all females who have deviated from the paths of virtue, and are desirous to return.
They have transferred to Mr. Elijah Pierson the houses on Bowery Hill, with all their effects, inmates, &c., to be conducted by him, and those whom he may choose as his associates or helpers, on his or their own responsibility.
Mr. Pierson proposes opening immediately a probationary house, in the sixth ward, and also to make ample provision for all that may offer themselves as candidates for reform.
As there is for this class of unfortunate females no charitable or benevolent institution that proposes to lend them a helping hand, nor door open through which they can make their escape from destruction, it is expected that the philanthropists of this highly favored city will promptly send to him, in Pearl street, near Maiden lane, the necessary amount to carry on this important charity.
The institution will be known by the name of the New York Female Asylum Society. The Asylum is now open for the reception of applicants, on Bowery Hill, at the junction of the Bowery and Broadway.
(A Tract lately published in New York.) The virtuous have fallen and risen again. The fairest buds have withered and revived again.
In 1761, Ephraim Syrus related the following history to the Rev. John Wesley, who remarks, “I wonder it was never translated into English." It is as follows:
My beloved brethren, I have a desire to relate to you, what our brother Abraham did in his old age. This blessed man had a brother according to the flesh, who had an only child. When her father fell asleep, she remained an orphan. Her friends brought her to him being six years old. He ordered her to be placed in the outer cell ; he himself abode in the inner. A little door was between them. He taught her the psalms and the other scriptures, and watched and sang with her. And as he lived an austere life, so did she, willingly profiting in every exercise, and laboring to excel in all virtues. The holy man often besought God for her with tears, that her heart might be fixed on God, and not entangled with the care of worldly things; for her father had left her much wealth, which by his advice she gave to the poor. And she entreated him, saying, Pray for me, that I may be delivered from evil thoughts, and from all the wiles and snares of the deyil.' The blessed man rejoiced, seeing her good conversation and forwardness, and tears, her lowliness, meekness, quietness of spirit, and earnest love to God. And for twenty years she thus exercised herself with him, as a fair lamb, a spotless dove.
“When the twentieth year was fulfilled, the devil was mad against her, and lay in wait to get her into his net. There was a man in name religious, but not in truth, who frequently came to consult Abraham. He saw the maid, and his heart burned within him. He lay in wait for her a whole year, till her heart was inflamed also ; and opening the door of her cell, she went out to him, and consented to his will. But no sooner had she committed wickedness, than she rent her clothes, smote her breast, and thought of putting an end to her own life. For she said in herself, “Now I am dead, aad I have
lost all my time, and all my labor, and my austerity, and my tears are perished, and I have destroyed my own soul, and I have brought sorrow upon the man of God, and am become a laughing stock to the devil. Why do I live any longer ? Ah me, from whence, how low am I fallen! How shall I be hid ? Where shall I go ? Into what pit shall I cast myself? Where is the exhortation of the blessed man, • Keep thy soul spotless for thy immortal bridegroom ?? I dare no more look up to heaven. I am lost both to God and men. I dare not approach that holy man, sinner as I am, and full of uncleanness. Were I to make such an attempt, surely fire would come out of that door, and consume me. It is better for me to go where none knows me ; for I am undone, and there is no salvation for me.' And rising up, she went straight to another city, and became servant at an inn.
“A little before this Abraham saw a vision :-A dragon, great and terrible, rising out of his place ; and coming to his cell, he found a dove, and devoured it ; and then returned to his place.
The holy man coming to himself, was much troubled and wept bitterly, and said, “Thou, Lord, knowest all things; and thou only knowest what this vision meaneth. After two days, he saw the same dragon again. And he came out of his place, to the blessed man, and laying his head under Abraham's feet, burst asunder, and the dove was found alive in the dragon's belly.
“Coming to himself, he called once and again, saying, “Child, where art thou ? Behold, here are two days that thou hast not opened thy mouth in the praise of God.? Finding that none answered, and that she was not there, he perceived the vision related to her. And he groaned in spirit, and said, “O Savior of the world ! bring back this lamb into thy fold, that my gray hairs come not down with sorrow to the grave. Lord, despise not my supplication ; but send down thine hand, and take her out of the mouth of the dragon that hath devoured her.'
After a season he heard where she was; and having learned all things concerning her, he called one of his friends, and said to him, “Bring me a horse and the habit of a soldier:" and having put it on, with a large cap upon his head, he left his cell, and rode away. Being come to the place, he alighted and went in; and after a time, said to the inn-keeper, · Friend, I have heard thou hast a beautiful damsel here: call her to me, that I may rejoice with her.' Being called, she came. When the holy man saw her, in harlot's attire, he was melting into tears ; but he refrained himself, that she might not perceive it. After they sat down, she embraced him, and kissed his neck. And she smelled the smell of his cell, and called to mind past things, and groaning deeply, said, “Wo is me! What am I? The inn-keeper, being astonished, said, “Mary, thou hast now been with us two years, and I never heard thee groan before, or heard such a word from thee. What is come to thee? She an. swered, “ Would I had died three years since; then I had been happy.'
• Immediately Abraham said to him, •Prepare us a supper, that we may rejoice together; for I am come from afar, for her sake.' And after supper she said to him, “Let us go into the chamber.' And when they were come in, he saw a bed made ready : and he sat upon it, and said, “Make fast the door :' she made it fast, and came to him. Having taken hold of her so that she could not run away, he
took off his cap, and said to her, weeping, · My child, Mary, dost thou not know me? Am not I he who brought thee up? Mary, what is come to thee? Who hath destroyed thee, my daughter ? Where are thy prayers and thy tears—thy watching and holy exercises ? My child, when thou hadst sinned, why didst thou not tell me, that I might have humbļed myself for thee? My daughter, why hast thou done this? Why hast thou forsaken thy father ?' She remained in his hands as a lifeless stone; till he said to her with tears, • Dost thou not speak to me, my child, Mary? Dost thou not speak to me ? Am I not come hither for thy sake? I have besought the Lord concerning thee.' Till midnight he continued exhorting and comforting her. Then coming a little to herself, she said to him weeping, "I cannot look at thee; for I am defiled with sin. The blessed man replied, On me be thy sin ; only come, let us go to our place.' She said to him, “If it be possible for me to repent, and if God can accept my repentance, I come; and I fall down, and kiss thy steps, wetting them with my tears, that thou hast thus had compassion on me, a forlorn wretch, and art come hither, to draw me out of the mire of sin.' And laying her head at his feet, she wept bitterly all the night, saying, "What shall I render thee for all thy benefits?
“Early in the morning, he set her upon the horse, and went before her with great joy. And being come to his place, he put her in the inner cell; where she gladly resumed her former exercise, with sackcloth and ashes, and much humiliation, with mourning, and watching, and ceaseless calling upon God. And the merciful Lord gave her a sign that he accepted her repentance, healing many that were sick, through her prayers.
Holy Abraham lived ten years after, beholding her good conversation, and blessing, and praising, and magnify God. Then having lived seventy years, he slept in peace. Mary survived him thirty and five years, calling upon God night and day; insomuch that all who passed by, glorified God, who saveth them that were gone astray.”
Abraham's example is followed by the friends of the New York Magdalen Society. Any unfortunate girl, desiring to avail herself of these charities, is welcomed to the probationary house of the New York Female Asylum, 16 Centre street, where she shall be protected, and taught the way to heaven, and provision made for her future happiness and welfare.
(A tract lately published in New York.) Accept this tract, as a proof, that though unfortunate, you are not without a friend.' True, it was an evil hour in which you listened to temptation, and made a sacrifice of that virtue which by all, (and especially by women,) should' be held more dear than life. Have you not thought thereon and wept? Oh, that you may shed the tears of unfeigned repentance, and obtain mercy and forgiveness, and grace effectually to restore you !
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