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would bave withered away long ago as eflete and us, we determined to take a decided step, which useless.

if successful might be the groundwork in future Having been connected with the parent institu- of higher requirements from all who claim our tion almost from its commencement, and having prizes. In March last we put forth extensively closely attended to its welfare for twenty years, throughout the hundred the following paper: I think I may do some little service to the cause

"LAUNDITCH SOCIETY. if I take a general view of its proceedings during “The members of the Launditch Society for that time, and show what its position is at present. promoting and rewarding good Conduct and

The Launditch (hundred) society was established industrious Habits among the Cottagers in the in Norfolk, in 1831, by William Pearce, esq., a Hundred' have for some time felt that their country gentleman and extensive land-agent, with prizes for supporting families are not exactly what the express intention of endeavouring to coun- they sbould be, They bave, tberefore, determined teract some of the evils of the old poor law, to remodel them entirely, and in doing so have which were at their worst-to encourage indus- thought it right to send forth certain explanations trious habits among cottagers, and to promote a of their intentions to those whom they wish to bemore kindly feeling between the labourer and his friend. employer. From his extensive connexions, and con- ' The terms of the prize for supporting families ciliating manners, he was not only able to engage are as follows:the greater part of the resident gentry and farmers " To the cottager receiving weekly wages, in his scheme here, but also to assist by his advice who is supporting at Michaelmas, 1854, a family and instructions in the rapid formation of similar of not less tban 4 children, under 18 years of age, societies througbout many parts of England. all born in wedlock, and who can produce the best

It is a well-known fact that this bundred bas testimonials as to the general good conduct of ever since been remarkable for its orderly be himself and family. haviour. Not to detract from the value of other To the first

• . £10 00 influences which may have had their weight in To the second . . . 5 00 this improving age, I cannot doubt but that our To the third .

. 3 0 0 annual custom of collecting together from fitty To the fourth

100 to one hundred of the best-conducted of our la To the fifth

• 1 0 0 bouring classes, treating them to money rewards, 1 " The form of testimonial necessary to be filled kind words, and a good dinner, and sending them up, and the questions to be answered, will be home thankful and thoughtful to leaven the great circulated in due time, by the committee ap. mass of their associates, has greatly contributed pointed to determine this prize, viz.: P. W. to this happy result; while the anxious care Keppel, esq., rev. K. Digby, rev. H. E. Kuatchwith which our wisest heads and warmest hearts bull, Mr. Hastings, and Mr. Overman. have endeavoured year by year to amend and I "6The certificate must be properly attested, improve the broad sheet of prizes may be received where possible, by the present employer of the as reasonable evidence that they have not merely cottager, and by the clergyman of the parish. As sought to attain this public result, but that they it is intended to attach the greatest importance 10 have directed their attention privately also to im this prize, the successful candidates will have a prove the condition of those about them. For framed certificate of their having gained it given the lesson is not only to the poor on these occa- to them; and both parents will be required to sions: we (the subscribers) meet in large numbers attend to receive it. ourselves : we have great interchange of ideas "No person will be allowed as a candidate and opinions: we are excited to godly jealousy who occopies more than one acre of land. by observing what otbers do better and more suc. «"The receiver of any one of the first three cessfully than ourselves; and, if we can point prizes caunot compete again.' fearlessly to the fact that our ploughmen are im “It is to be particularly observed that, for the proved aldiost to perfection, that their children first time, the society will require special testiare taught to knit, clothing-clubs established, monials of character. Hitherto it has been concottagers instructed in good methods of gardening, tented to reward those who, with respectable and servants rewarded for good conduct, so we characters,' have been able to struggle successfully may also speak of gradual improvement in our against the cares and difficulties of a large family. schools, of greater comfort in our cottages, and a But it will have laboured twenty-two years to general feeling of kindness between master and little purpose is it has not assisted to raise the man, which was certainly not the case at the moral feelings of the cottager, and to teach him time I speak of.

that the bread earned by honest industry is far Our principal weakness and difficulty has been sweeter than the relief of the parish. Believing, to establish proper tests of character, Here more however, that they have assisted materially in than in any other part of our proceedings we have this useful work, the members of the society have been obliged to tread most carefully. It would now determined to take another step in advance. be worse than useless to attempt to obtain definite “They wish to mark and reward those who, testimonials of value, whether social or religious, upon a careful examination, shall be found to have until the cottager was not only awakened to their set a good light before their children by their own importance bimself, but also certain that you were conduct, and to encourage others to practise those doing it for big good, and not prying into his habits, and live in those principles which will lead condition. Accordingly, we have been winning to happiness here and peace hereafter. our way year by year, line by line, precept by “The committee, in the form of testimonial, precept; and, believing during the last year that which they will circulate, will inquire by a series we were strong enough in the hearts of all about I of questions into

"1. The number, age, and schooling of the society to investigate the claims of the candi-

dates for the great prizes for supporting families
"2. The cbaracter of the father as an honest, with the best testimonials of character, having
sober, and industrious servant?

now fulfilled their duties, think it desirable, both
"3. The mother, whether she be careful, for the information of the subscribers and of the
cleanly, and praiseworthy in her home? and, cottagers in the hundred, to publish the follow-

| ing statement of the results,
"4. The whole family, whether they are such 7. The claims sent in were 42 in number, from
careful attendants upon divine worship, as to 17 parishes; and of these 15 were of the first
prove they are sensible they can do no good thing order of merit, 15 of the second; while the re-
without the assistance and direction of God? maining 12 were either completely imperfect in

"The prizes to be awarded are considerable. details, or presented many of those objectionable
They may help to settle a child in life, or to ad- features which it is the especial desire of the so-
Fance some other honest wish of the heart ; but ciety to guard against and discountenance.
they are not too much to reward the best men in “This must be considered a most satisfactory
the hundred, or to encourage others to become so. result. It shows at once the great interest that

"The certificate of merit, given in the presence has been excited among the cottagers, and the
of their neighbours, will be carried home, and high qualifications they have been found to possess.
hang op in the cottage as an heir-loom. Who " It was stated in a former paper, which was
shall say how long it will be looked upon with circulated in March, 1854, that the society wished
honest pride-a memorial of success over the dif to mark and reward those who upon careful ex-
ficulties of the past, an encouragement under the amination shall be found to have set a good light
trials of the future?

| before their children by their own conduct, and
“It only remains to add that the committee, to encourage others to practise those habits, and
in requesting the co-operation of all classes to live in those principles which will lead to hap-
promote the success of this undertaking, pledge piness here and peace hereafter.'
themselves to the most careful consideration of “The prizes have been awarded to men who
every claim sent in, and the most entire im- have stood this test: their conduct has been

known in their own parishes for many years, and
"Circulated by order of the Launditch Asso- not one of them has been found to possess superior
ciation, March 28th, 1854.”

advantages over others of their class, beyond what
It created very considerable attention among has resulted to them from a due estimation of
all classes. Some doubted its success, some their worth and value by their respective em-
its wisdom; some questioned the possibility ployers.
of a correct decision : some believed the amount of “Surely this will be an encouragement to the
the prizes excessive. Among the cottagers, I young parents among us, who are just commenc-
know it was carefully studied and much ap ing the great struggle of life-the care of a young
proved. There was no unusual difficulty in ar family. They may learn from this that there is
riving at our decision ; and it is satisfactory to no difficulty that they may not get over, as these
the committee to know that very few murmurs others have done before them, if they will take
bave been beard against their judgment. We the words of the wise man as the guide of their
hear already of rude attempts at improvement. lives. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
We are told of persons seen at church who have knowledge.'
been seldom seen before-of children sent to “It is the more important that this should be
school who have been usually employed other- especially noticed ; for several in the first class
vise or neglected ; and we hail them as symptoms and many in the second have failed here. 'Steady,
that the good seed has been sown, and is bearing honest, sober, careful, industrious, well-wishers
fruit, although the facts may have been men- to their children,' are the high qualifications
tioned in depreciation rather than in praise. But mentioned over and over again, but the man
ve, who have to deal with the inner recesses of the (more especially) careless in his attendance upon
human heart, know better than to reject such evi- divine worship, 'is the sentence that has marred
dences altogether. Our first object is to excite bis hopes. Fulfilling every duty towards man,
interest, to point out right things. It is at all they have neglected their duty towards themselves
times difficult to determine on motives, but it is and towards God. How would such stand up
also difficult for any one to carry on a system of against trial, temptation, judgment ?
deceit for any long continuance; consequently, “May these words of affectionate advice and
while we have po fear that our prizes should go remonstrance go forth in every cottage in the
to unworthy subjects, we have great hopes that hundred; and may this society, which prides
many may be induced "to set their house in itself on being the oldest in England, be the
order," who have hitherto been careless and in- means of circulating the result of this successful

attempt to reward the best of our cottagers, and
After the award of the prizes, we thought it through them to encourage others: then will the
right to circulate another paper, which I annex, objects of the society and the hopes of our venera-
is an epitome of the whole experiment; and, on ble founder, Mr. Pearce, be accomplished, and a
the whole, we consider the result so satisfactory, blessing may return to ourselves,
that we shall benceforth undoubtedly require “The prizes were allotted as follows:-
specific testimonials in other branches of our prize “ First, William and Sarah Barrett, of Tit.

tleshall, farming labourers ; second, Joseph and

Sarah Brooks, of North Elmham, ditto | third,
The committee, appointed by the Launditch William and Maria Carr, ef Weasenbam St.

Peter, ditto ; fourth, Robert and Susan Bartaby, ! How oft, when nigh to sink 'mid daily toil,
of Cólkirk, ditto ; fifth, John and Frances This cheering sentence hath my soul upborne,
Howard, of Great Dunham, ditto-and were O'er all my care-worn features cast a smile,
distributed, together with a framed certificate of

And smoothed a brow by sorrow often torn!
merit, to the first three candidates, in the na-
tional school-room, Litcham, Norfolk, on Thurs-

E'en when affliction hath my soul distressed,

And pain and grief by turns have broke my peace,
day, October 5th, 1854, by the right hon. lord
Sondes, the president of the association.

One thought of these four words hath given rest,

And taught my heart to look for sweet release,
“ Circulated by order of the Launditch Society

And trust in words divine, “That night of sorrow
for the Promoting and Rewarding Good Con-

Shall soon be followed by a joyous morrow."
duct and Industrious Habits among Cottagers in
the Hundred.”

S. S.
Sir, I do not write this letter from any idle Marlborough Square, Chelsea.
vaunt that our society is better or more successful
than others : I do not say that our experiment has
been without its faults, whether in its conception

or execution-we know of several, and shall try
to correct them; but I send it forth as a matter

of individual experience, to be read by many who
are engaged in the same work, and to whom it

(For the Church of England Magazine.)
may be interesting. We are open to any advice
or hints that may be offered ; and I shall be happy

I LOOKED around upon this world below,

And all was warfare, struggle, and unrest;
to send any further explanations in detail to any

With mickle cares was every man oppressed,
gentleman who may wish to pursue the subject.

And selfishness was stamped on every brow;
I say nothing more to those who cavil at our plans
or sneer at our results, than to entreat their Chris-

Each other ever jostling to and fro,
tian forbearance; and, if they have an opportu-

| With eyes upon some distant object placed,
nity of attending some of the meetings they de- | Which seemed to promise bliss, but which when chased
ride, I am sure they will find, in the happy and

Receded still, as doth heaven's radiant bow.
thankful countenances of the assembled cottagers,
a full refutation to their pre-conceived notions that For ever toiled they on their troublous way.
our societies are useless and our endeavours vain. Wherefore, I asked, this never-ending moil ?
I am, sir, your obedient servant,

And Pity, weeping, answered me, “Gold, gold!"

Thus are the duties, pleasures of each day,
Vicar of N. Elmham, Thetford, Norfolk,

Thrown by, till, grasped in Mammon's serpent coil,
Dec. 1, 1854.

Men die, their peace, that one eternal jewel, sold.

J. K.

The Cabinet.

CHRIST'S EXAMPLE.—“Christ ascended unto the
cross, died and rose again the third day from the dead, THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH.-Mr. Weitbrecht's
to leave us a double example of suffering and rising views on a very important subject are thus expressed
again; of suffering to confirm our patience, of rising

| in a letter from Burdwan to a brother in Germany:

“ The Christian Sabbath is an unspeakable privilege,
to confirm our faith."-St. Isidore.

and a day of blessed refreshment from the presence
FAITH.-“ Faith now in God the Father, through of the Lord for those who are journeying to Zion.
our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the covenants and I would say kindly, but freely, to those who allow
appointments made between God and us, is our sal themselves to be robbed of it, You deprive yourself of

the most precious jewel the mercy of God has bestowed
upon those who have to eat their bread in the
sweat of their brow. The sabbath is a connecting link
between earth and heaven, and helps us to realize our

heavenly right to citizenship, if we can enter into its

holy employments with zest. Tell your friends that
a dinner of herbs and a quiet sabbath is better than a

stalled ox with worldly occupation and disturbance.

In this heathen land it is the only outward distinction
(For the Church of England Magazine).

of our faith. May the power of the Lord be your daily

support, and his presence your comfort !”-Memoir
In an old house at Warminster, in Wiltshire, is the folo | of Rev J.J. Weitbrecht.
lowing motto, carved in oak, in large letters, old English.
Visiting the house where this inscription is to be seen, some
seventeen years ago, I wrote the following lines. The
carving is about 300 years old : "HOPE HELPETH HEAVY

London: Published for the Proprietors, by JOHN

HUGHES, 11, Stationers' Hall Court, St. Paul's; and to be
Good is a that motto, honest friend accept

procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town and Country,
The thanks of one who doth admiring read :
Those words are like unto soine sage precept,

And without comment for acceptance plead.


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MEMOIR OF MARIA --, A CONVERTEDi By a fall down a deep staircase Maria seriously JEWE3S*

injured the spine ; and, from that period, the The truth stated by the great apostle St. Paul, slightest movement occasioned acute pain. A 1 Cor. i. 26, “Not many wise men, after the case so deplorable excited general commiseration; teh, not many mighty, not many noble, are and a lady who frequently called had just been called," bas often been exemplified in the history

told that there was no perceptible amendment, of the church of Christ.

when she heard her cry of anguish. Instantly the But, although it is pre-eminently " to the poor mercy of God suggested the desire to tell her of that the gospel is preached,” it is not always so.

ber Saviour, of the God of patience and consola. The charge which is brought against Jewish tion; and, though the apparent impracticability of converts, that they are generally persons who have gaining admission chilled her hopes, yet the idea been accustomed to move in the lower walks of was never absent from her mind; and be, from life, is, indeed, as untrue as it is discreditable to whom all holy desires, good counsels, and just those who make it. As Christianity is the religion | works, do proceed, blessed her endeavours, and of him wbo was sent to “ bind up the broken- opened the way. .... Her Christian friend left bearted," we ought to hope that it will, in very her pocket-bible, and also some tracts; these many cases, be found a source of comfort and were all returned in a few days, with a message peace to those whose worldly prospects present that Miss -- was too ill to receive visitors. bat little to cbeer and solace them. And we Maria afterwards acknowledged that this repulse rejoice to know that many a poor Jew has found arose from the suspicion that Miss P. was anxiou s a friend in the “ Man of sorrows,” and been made to convert ber. Still she was desirous to possess & partaker of that salvation which is to be bought a small bible, and asked her father to procure one; without money and without price. But be, with instead of which he sent her some narratives. wbom is the residue of the Spirit, has gra- | After reading them, she expressed her disappointciously been pleased also to call many of the sons ment in not receiving a bible, which she could and daughters of Abraham from all classes of read repeatedly. He had the kindness to send society to the knowledge of the truth.

for some of the smaller editions; and one was We have recently seen, in the case of Dr. selected in which the New Testament was interFrankelt, how the grace of God works in the leaved with prints. beart of a learned man-how a person accastonied | Maria was thus left to examine into the truth to tbe investigation of science, and the pursuits of of the doctrines of Christianity ; to which, at literature can be brought to see that none of these first, she made many objections. things, however useful in themselves, can satisfy Miss P. repeatedly said to her, “ Maria, though an immortal soul; and this most interesting you and I hold such different opinions, the one memoir tells us of another, who was raised above who prays the most earnestly for the teaching of the ills of poverty, and dependence upon those in the Holy Spirit will be guided into the truth.” wbose religion sbe sought comfort. Maria -- “ A word in season, how good it is!” In her Tas taught, during a long and painful affliction, present perplexity, she did ak to be taught of that solid comfort is only to be found in the faith God; and he failed not, in his own good time, 2nd bope of the gospel.

to answer ber prayer, though the enmity of the The following is the account of the remarkable carnal (natural) mind against God prevented her manner in which she first became acquainted with own from being, as yet, subjected to bis word and Christianity :

to his Spirit. One day Maria told ber friend that • Prom "Ayerat's Jews of the Nineteenth Century."

Mrs. B--y had some time before entrealed ber + A German physician.

to reail Isaiah liii., and assured her that there, as No, 1104,


well as in all the minor prophets, she would find | “ To be sure they are, and so are all her family passages respecting the Messiah, but added, in a and relations." tone of disappointment, “I have read them all, It was not long after this that she expressed a and I cannot tell what Mrs.

B y meant. To wish to be baptized. me Isaiah liji. appears to refer to the state of my After her interview with Mr. C., her desire for nation."

immediate baptism was so much increased that she A great variety of passages, taken from the frequently made it a subject of conversation with writings of the prophets, were brought before her

her Christian friends. At that time the accom. at different times. At length, we are told

plishment of this duty appeared impracticable, On Miss P.'s next visit Maria was suffering

but Maria knew that the eternal God was her severely from the cramp. As soon as some pal- |

refuge:” to him she made her supplication ; and liatives had been used, and they were alone, sbe

she he failed not to send her an answer of peace. said, “Now entreat the Lord to afford me some

Maria experienced very painfully those diffirelief.” Miss P. complied, adding a petition that I culties which so often stand in the way of those “the entrance of God's word might give light. | who are anxious to confess their faith in Jesus. might give understanding to the simple," and had

Sedl One afternoon, Miss P. was hastily summoned, the satisfaction to hear every prayer offered in the

ffered in the being told that Maria was apparently dying. She

be name of Jesus, and for the first time the Lord's found the poor sufferer (supported by her affecprayer audibly and fervently repeated. After a tionate mother in

tionate mother) in such a state as to admit of no pause, Maria asked if she remarked it. Miss P. delay in referring to her former earnestly-expressed

| desire for baptism. replied, “ Indeed, dear Maria, I was filled with joy

.... des

Being somewhat reand thankfulness on hearing those words from your

vived by powerful stimulants, Maria faintly arlips. May I ask your motive ? for you must know

ticulated some words of importunate appeal, who it was that said, 'After this manner pray ye.'”

entreating that her mother would not refuse her “ Yes; I know that Jesus gave that prayer to his

dying request. Mrs. — alluded to the disgrace disciples; therefore I shall always use it ; for I do

wbich in the opinion of their nation would be now believe tbat Jesus is the snffering Messiab," brought upon the family by such an act, assorting

that ber own learned relatives were far better The following circumstance deserves notice, as ljudges in matters of religion than one so young, it shows the feelings of a Jew who was at that and who could have so little knowledge on these time sadly ignorant of that religion which he subiecta Maria answered every objection by afterwards learned to esteem.

renewed en treaties that she might be baptized in Mr. C., à Jew of superior intelligence and that name in which alone she trusted, and, even attainments, was accompanied by one of his elder in the intensity of her desire, declared that she brethren, who took no part in the subsequent could not die in peace if refused : her only wish conversation. After speaking upon different sub- was to obey her Saviour's command, and then to jects, Mr. C. mentioned his desire of teaching say, “Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace." Hebrew; and stated that, for that purpose, he | All present united in her petition ; but the mother, had called upon some of the clergymed, to one of deeply affected, was influenced only by the acwhom he had said that it was a delusion to believe cents of her child, and for some time evidently that a Jew was ever really converted to Chris- struggled with contending feelings. At last she tianity; for those who professed it did so from said,The father is the head of the house : if he hypocritical motives, either to gain money or an chooses to allow it, he can do as he pleases." advantageous situation. Maria listened with Maria's alarming situation was announced to Mr. breathless anxiety, and lifted her heart to the Lord - , and his permission solicited; but this was to enable her to refute so unjust an assertion. Soon positively refused. Her medical attendant told after, Mr. C. turned towards her, and inquired him that recovery from this attack was not imwhether she had long been ill. Her grandmother possible, but he could not answer for his daughter's gave an account of her accident, of her nearly life, if the unfavourable symptoms should intotal loss of sight, and of the suffering she bad crease, as instant suffocation might ensue. Maria endured. Maria immediately said, I thank then solicited her friend to entreat her father to God for all my afflictions; for be has sent them to come to her without delay. bring me to the knowledge of himself. I have When Mr. - visited his child, she said, just heard you say, sir, that no Jew can become a “Dear father, I have one request to make: reChristian, except from interested motives.” Mr. member! it is my dying request, the last favour C. interrupted her, « Decidedly so." “ Look at I shall ever ask of you, father.” me, sir; what could a situation or money do for With much kindness he inquired, * What is it, me in my helpless state ? and yet, I tell you, sir, my dear ?" that I firmly believe that Jesus of Nazareth has M. It is, father, that you will consent to my suffered and died for us, and that there will be no baptism. other Messiah.”

F. No, Maria, I cannot do that: you were born C. Who told you this?

a Jewess, and you must die one. M. My God taught me.

M. Father, that is impossible; for I am a C. What induced you to believe ?

Christian. I believe that Jesus is the Saviour, M. Reading the scriptures. And I can say yet and that without him we should perish evermore: I dare die this moment in the faith of lastingly. Jesus.

F. Maria, what have you to do with these C. What! are you going to turn goia ? Are opinions? You were brought up a Jewess. not your father and mother Jews ?

M. No, father : the religion we observed was Her grandmother here interposed, observing, not that of the bible: it did not cleanse our

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