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to retain . They appeared to convince the audience of the duty and importance of the effort which they were called to make , and the resolutions were adopted by a unanimous vote .
26 UNITARIAN CH RON IGLE .
Extract from D . r . Tuckerman ' s Introduction . ____ tgrifir '^ VMtor ^ f ^ hrPqDT ^— ------But there are hundreds of poor families , even in our small city , where few or none of the difficulties to
which I have adverted are to be encountered . There are intemperate men , and intemperate women , who will oppose no direct resistance to your efforts to reclaim and save them . And , if you cannot reclaim them , unspeakably great are the blessings you may extend to their
children . There are , too , poor families in which there is no intemperance . They may lack judgment , or physical strength , or both ; and may not only , in consequence , be _ exposed to occasional and great want of the necessaries of life , but greatly unfitted for the discharge of parental
duties . There are cases , also , of very virtuous wives and mothers , who have intemperate husbands , from whom they receive no aid in the moral charge of their families ; and who need this , and would receive it , more gratefully than any other aid .
There are aged men , and aged women , of great piety and worth , whose only earthly resource is in the charity of others ; and there are those , who , though not old , are equally infirm , and unable to provide for their own support . I know not , indeed , the intercourse which man
may have with man , in which better lessons of wisdom are to be learned , than in free and affectionate communication with some of these families . Would you be taught l the art of Divine Contentment ? ' Or would you be made more sensible of your blessings , and more grateful for them ? Or would you have a doubt resolved , whether religion , and
virtue are realities-I-. Or would you be instructed how to use prosperity ; or how to meet , to bear , and to improve under affliction ? Go , and do the good which you may in one or more of these families . Be their
friend , their advisei * , their comforter ; and relieve them , if so it must be , at fhe expense to your ^ erf ^ f" ^ bnTeT"pEr - sonal gratification . Nor can I fail to particularize the large class of widows , who often need assistance in the government of their children ; in keeping them at school , and in providing places for them when they
are at an age when they cannot go to school . I might , indeed , make a long specification of services , of great importance for those for whom they are to be performed , and which will require but little expense but of syni * pathy and time , iNorwill a mind at once sympathizing and judicious be long ignorant of the most important services which are to be rendered to
a poor family , nor of the means" of doing them good . The first object , however , let it not be forgotten , is , to obtain their confidence , and , if possible , their affection . If you are qualified to be to them a teacher of the principles and duties of religion , happy will it be both for
them and for yourself . But , if you are not , will it be a small good , if you can gradually bring cleanliness into a disordered and filthy family ; if you can teach parents the importance of a good parental example "; if you can check the waywardness and disobedience of children , and
encourage them to love one another , and to obey their parents ; if you can keep children at school , who would otherwise have been idlers at home , and perhaps vagrants ;~ ifr ~ by apprenticing a boy , you shall have rescued him from a prison ; or , by placing a girl in a well-ordered family , you shall have saved her from probable ruin ? Again , then , I beseech you , before you shall decide that you are not qualified for any of
Visitor Of The Poor.
VISITOR OF THE POOR .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 1, 1833, page 26, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2605/page/26/