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at this time a new and enlarged edition of that excellent work of JVlr . Moss ' s on the treatment and diseases of children was published , and by the study of this treatise she acquired sufcontinence
ficient to enable her to undertake ^ py of the common complaints * , and was doubtless the means of saving th ^ lives of many children , especially in the measles , a disease of whichshe had had grrat e ^ peiience . and in which she was always suecessf L
An incident now happened which gave her great encouragement in the prosecution of this benevolent undertaking . Her husband was parsing the canal at the moment when the lifeless body of a child four years old was dr $ wn out of tfee water , and which nad been
prot > aDiy completely immersed ten minutes . The usual methods of resuscitation were resorted to , and these were persevered in for more than an hour , amidst the taunts of the vulgar , who pronounced the child to be Irrecoverably gone , and considered the means which were adopted > as useless
and ridiculous . Signs of life , however , at length made their appearance—a hot bed was provided;—the mdther was directed to clasp the child to her bosom , in hopes that genial warmth might bring the powers into action—but the taper of life glimmered so faintly , that the most sanguine spectators had little expectation of an ultimate recovery .
At feist it was thought adviseable , 3 s the medicines were just arrived from London , to try what would be the effect of an emetic- *—Mrs . Parkes was sent to , and doses of a tea-spoonfull of ipecacuanha wine , at intervals of ten
minu&es , were Administered , till the desired efiect was produced . The act of vomit * ing- roused all the dormant powers ; thit lungs acquired their full play ; and after a sound sleep of twelve hours the child was restored to his exulting pa - rents in a state of perfect health .
The delight which the subject of this memoir felt at the issue of this event , was greater than could easily be cuuccjveil—she looked upon the boy as A child sent her from heavenshe assisted the parents in clothing
itshe -prowled that it should be taught to read ~ r ~ and she never lost sight of it so long as she continued to reside in that neighbourhood . In administering medicines ^ the poor , it wa& of ten necessary to visit
them ; at the £ r © wji hp # se % : i $ ejre , « hf became acquainted wjtji their wao k * and miseries , and bere slip formed ifce idea of contributing tp their comfort fcy affording them a relief , o / f a different
kind , and at a season when relief is generally the most acceptable . The gratuity which is now referred to was that of clean linen , an article which the poor are often * mo § t deficient in , and which was lent to the most
deserving females at a time when they were expecting to be confiiied ,. Having prepared several complete sets of childbed linen , with a pair of sheets , belong * ing to ea < h ; one of these boxaswas in * trusted to each individual for a month , with an assurance that if the various articles were taken care of , and returned
clean , at the time stipulatedy she might consider herself entitled to a similar assistance at any future tune , when her situation might require it . It "was also the practice of the deceased to visit
these poor women at these seafcqns , and to furnish them daily with juotmsbing food , which she , always prepared witj | her own hands , that she might apportion the ingredients according to what $ x £ peculiar situation of each .. might- seen }
to require , . While engaged in these pha * itabJ ( C occupations , a terrible accident Jiappe % ed in her husband ' s manufactory wjbipji afforded a new claim on her benevolence * During the boiling of a chemical
preparation , and while fier husband wa on a journey , one of ( tbe men , felling the vessel and was deprived o £ life in an instant . The poor man had a . wife and one child , a girl of ten Years ol 4 . The subject of this memoir dwl not he *
sitate as to what she conceived to be a duty devolving upon her—the chil 4 was immediately taken into her own house , was completely ., fresh clothed , and a plan of instruction commenced which would have enabled her to have supported herself when she was erow ^
up , in comfort and reputation had it not been discovered that tjhe mother , who lived in the neighbourhood , way taking irveiy opportunity of teaching the child such vices a * made it necessary for Mrs . P . for the safety of her own family , to discard her altogether .
It would be needUss to * enumerate more of these acts of bcq ^ volence—her whole time , when she was tolerably well , was occupied jji therru And in puJ tivating the heart and disposition of I
7 O Obituary . —Mrs . S . ParJccs .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1814, page 70, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2436/page/70/