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and neatly thatched. A honeysuckle in full bloom grew on one side of the door, and a rose tree mixed with jessamine on the other. She entered through the garden, which was well stocked with gooseberry and currant trees, potatoes, cabbages, and other useful vegetables. for the market and the family. On one side of the house Miss Newton noticed on orchard filled with fruit trees in full bearing; and on the other was the farmyard, in which were geese, and ducks, and fowls, and pigs, and pigeons looking as clean and as happy as possible. A little girl about five years old was feeding the poultry; and a boy about seven, driving the cows back to the field. A clean, good-tempered looking woman just then erossod the yard, with a pail of milk upon her head, whom Miss Newton at once

knew to be Fanny Johnson. Fanny met down her milk pail with a joyful exclamation, “Oh! Miss Newton is it you? how I rejoice to see you again! do walk in, ma'am, pray walk in." On entering the house, Miss Newton found every thing in as good order within as without. The floor was clean and nicely sanded; not a window was broken; the chest of drawers and the clock were as bright as a looking glass; and the pewter and tips over the chimney piece shone like silver. « Pray take a chair, ma'am, (said Fanny, placing one near the window,) I am very glad to see you indeed ; are you come to live in this part of the country again ?" " Yes, Fanny; and after being so long away, I was anxious to learn what be came of all the girls, in my bible class in the Sunday School; and I am truly happy to find you so nicely settled in life." "Indeed, ma'am, I have much to be thankful for ; I can never be grate ful enough to God for all his blessings. I have the best of husbands, healthy, promising children, and every comfort the world can give. Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life; my cup overflows with mer: cies.”

“And you seem to possess one of the best of all blessings, 'a thankful hearts but how long did you remain in school, after I left it?" inquired Miss Newton. . “Not very long; I was then fifteen, and it was time for me to go to service: so my mother got me a place with an old lady, who wanted a girl to wait upon her, and to sew, and to make herself useful in any way she was required.”

“ Well Fanny, were you comfortable in that place ?”

“Why, ma'am, I should not have been so, if I had not found the benefit of the good instruction you gave me at the Sunday School. My poor old mistress had a good fortune, and neither husband, children, nor near relations to put her out of the way; but her mind not being under the influence of religion, a long life of ease and worldly prosperity had rendered her selfish, fretful, and unreasonable. She scarcely ever suffered her servants to have a moment's peace, and was always changing them; as they declared they would rather work in a coal-pit, than live with a mistress whom it was impossible to please. I should have stayed no longer than the rest, (my temper being by nature po better than theirs) but I had learnt at school to love my Bible, and to look up to God in prayer for help in every trial. I knew it was unreasonable to expect God would change the temper of my mistress merely to please me; and I knew it would be

no excuse at the great day of judgment, to say I had been a bad servant, because she had not been a kind mistress. So whenever she was angry or unreasonable, I lifted up my heart in prayer to God to bless her, and to grant her his Holy Spirit; and that he woull give me patience and strength to do my duty: and I never failed to receive both com. fort and support.”

“You chose the right inethod, Fanny (said Miss Newton,) and I have no doubt you found your happiness in doing so. You know the apostle Peter says; Ser. vants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.'”

" There was also another thing (continued Fanny) which was a great comfort to me: my mother was dead, and my father grown old and very infirm; and as my wages were five pounds a year, I was able to allow him sixpence a week as long as he lived; besides knitting his stockings, and doing many other little things for him. I had lived with my mistress rather more than two years, when the bank failed, in which all her property was lodged ; and she was reduced to beggary.”

“That was a heavy blow indeed to one in her frame of mind, (said Miss Newton ;) how did she bear it?”

* Alas! she quite sunk under it. Her grief was so excessive, that I hardly thought she could survive it. All her servants left her, and advised me to do the same, but I had eaten of her bread in prosperity, and I could not forsake her in affliction. I soothed her as well as I was able, and as soon as the first shock was over, entreated her to arouse herself, that she might make the best arrangement of her affairs. She left her large house, and sold all the furniture to pay her servant's wages and all her other debts; and then we retired to a small lodging near the town, where we lived for some time on the money she raised by selling her rings, and other ornaments. I never left her night nor day; but treated her with more respect than I had ever done before, and humbly, as I could, tried to persuade her to look on the bright side: told her I was young and strong, and wbilst I was able to work, she should never want bread at least. I read such portions of the scriptures as I thought best suited to give her comfort, begging us to cast all our care upon him who careth for us; and the promise that he will make all things work together for good, to them that love him: but my poor dear, mistress had been so used to look for happiness from the good things ef this world, that she would not be

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