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and then I dwelt on my own ignorance, and the deep unhappiness of my soul, till I became regardless of all around; for I was in that state of wretchedness which makes one indifferent to observation; and I wept bitterly.


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"On looking up after a while, I saw I was no longer alone; for a pleasing young woman, whose entrance I had not observed, was sitting opposite to me. She was looking at me earnestly, and said, in a sweet and gentle voice, I am afraid you are much afflicted; is there any thing I can do to assuage your grief?' 'Oh!' I replied, can you do any thing for a wounded spirit, who knows not where nor how to obtain peace?' She paused for a moment, and then said: There are many kinds of misery which try the hearts of men, but for them all there is One only remedy, the Lord Jesus Christ;' and then she invited me to come to the Saviour, who offered to give the weary and heavy laden rest; and she added that, although hers was a very occupied life, yet, if I would go and read the Scriptures with her, she would gladly set aside an hour twice a week for this purpose. This was my most earnest wish, yet the proposition threw me into the greatest perplexity, for I was sure my family would not approve any thing of the kind; and, while I was in doubt what to reply, a lady of my acquaintance entered the shop, and the conversation closed. I afterwards found that the

person who had thus addressed me was the excellent Miss Tucker, a' Labouress' of the Moravian Church, devoted to doing good, and that she had been the greatest blessing to many in Bath.

"This occurred when my family were about returning home. My health rendered it desirable that I should remain in Bath, and I had become so indifferent to all things around me, that I left the decision altogether to my parents, almost without a wish in the matter. It was proposed that I, with my maid, should have apartments in a family whose respectability would allow me occasionally to associate with them, and yet that I should have my own rooms independently, to receive my friends. It so happened, that the late Dr. Bridges called that morning. In their perplexity my parents consulted him. He recommended a family he well knew in Green Park Buildings, as perfectly suitable to receive me. What was my surprise, when the first voice that welcomed me there was that of the individual who had addressed me in Hazard's shop, the only voice which for many long years had been raised in kindness and care for my soul! She lived there, and the house. was occupied by Moravians. Thus it was, and thus did my acquaintance begin with that Church of which I have now been so many years a member.

"While I remained with this family, I used to read the Scriptures with Miss Tucker, and I came

to know the Lord.

His love; and oh!

They used to speak to me of how kind they were to me! I can never forget it; for I used to blurt out my wild thoughts in a way I am sure I should not like a person to do to me. Indeed, I one day said to them: It surprises me very much that you should be so kind to me; for you cannot like me; I am so disagreeable.' They replied, 'You mistake; it is not your being agreeable or disagreeable that we regard, we look upon you as a field our Lord has given us to cultivate, and we do not ask if there are few or many weeds; besides, "when we were yet sinners, Christ loved us.""

"How well do I recollect, when on one occasion I was very ill, hearing the low murmuring tones of one of Mr. Hazard's daughters, who was sitting by my bedside, gently singing, The Lord bless and keep thee.' I never had heard that hymn before, and I never have forgotten it since. I had never before associated with professed believers; and the impression produced by the first view of a Christian family was very striking to me. I was astonished to find that this little family, though at that time under heavy trial, lived in an atmosphere of love, peace, and cheerfulness, which could not but be felt. I perceived that they possessed a principle of happiness undiscovered by any persons I had yet known; whilst I gazed in wonder, and as our ac

quaintance ripened, they spoke continually of the love of Christ our Saviour, in laying down His life for us sinners; and, as I saw His power manifested in their lives, their words came with conviction to my heart. I felt touched to the quick, that One so great, so holy, should vouchsafe to become the brother of so vile a creature as myself, and condescend to listen to the outpoured detail of all my corruptions and follies, and win me by His Spirit with the same love with which He poured out His blood for me on the cross.

"I learnt to love the brethren as my dear instructors, and enjoyed peculiar blessings in their meetings; and often I wished my lot were cast amongst them. I remained six months in Mr. Hazard's family, and you will not wonder that I cling to the leadings of Providence, which, without my seeking, had brought these things to pass. Indeed, I may truly say, that all the chief blessings of my life have come to me in like manner."

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It appears, from very early fragments of composition, that Mary Anne had from childhood been accustomed to write down her thoughts and impressions. We learn from her preface to "The Theory of Beauty and Deformity," that the subject of that work had occupied her mind at "a very early age." It gave scope to all her favourite pursuits; to her genius for drawing, by which she loved to illustrate her theory; to poetry, to literature, whether classical or otherwise. In all she saw or read, she found objects to classify and elucidate. The circumstances related in the preceding chapter seem to have given a new bent to her intellectual labours. She says: "I have lately written for my own amusement more than usual. I believe I should hardly reconcile

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