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others. She acquainted herself with the various necessities of the poor, the sick, the aged and the orphan. Her almoners bore gifts suited to their needs, while the giver sought to be undiscovered and unknown. Her charity shrank from the notice, and praise of man.

But especially to children, her whole soul poured itself forth. She distributed fitting books to [214] the idle, and to the ignorant, to the erring and to the good; to some that they might be encouraged in the right way, and to others, that they might be allured to enter it. Those of her neighbours and friends, she gathered often around her table, made them happy by her affability, cheered them with her sweet, sacred songs, and improved the influence thus gained, to impress on them the precepts of heavenly wisdom. May I not hope, that the heart of some reader, enshrines the blessed image of the same benefactor, whose countenance was to my childhood more beautiful, amid the furrows and silver hairs of fourscore and eight years, than any where youth and bloom revelled: for it was beautiful, through the goodness that never waxeth old, and it was the eye of gratitude that regarded it.

For the stranger, the emigrant, and the poor African, how active were her sympathies. The outcast Indian, found in her mansion, bread and a garment, and what was dearer to him than all,