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of the children and expressive of increasing affection on the part of parents and children. One little fellow says, “I have the nicest father and mother in the world;" and so these loving parents write of the dear ones committed to them: “ They are all we could desire them to be; we could not part with them,"


The children of our brave soldiers, These, of course, are no longer the special care whom the war has made homeless, with strong of the Society, but they can never cease to be claims upon human sympathy. Victims of the objects of our deepest interest, and with the riots, hunted from street to street, fleeing maternal love we shall still bear them on our from outrage and death to this refuge of the hearts in earnest prayer; and some of these, friendless.

we hopefally trust, that God is fitting to labor During the year the Home has furnished the

in His own vineyard. One of our former background for life-sketches such as these, sug- children is now laboring among the freedmen gesting themes for pen-painting full of most im- of South Carolina, and who can tell but many pressive lessons.

of them will yet be the instruments of saving Another sketch, equally truthful, might por- other homeless ones. One of our girls, who tray the changed aspects wrought within the has been married twice, and having no chilHome by its sundry appliances. Childrer so dren, came the past year and adopted a sickly improved by baths, combs and neat apparel as babe of ten months from our nursery. She scarcely to be recognized as their former selves. writes: Worthy mothers relieved--the exposed pro- "I suppose you think me very negligent in tected and placed in safer paths. The school

not writing before, but I have been waiting rooms, the Chapel, the hour of daily prayer, for R.'s improvement. She is as fine a child instilling the precepts of truth and righteous- as can be. She has grown fat and pretty, and ness upon minds plastic as the wax-friends of

walks all over. My husband loves her dearly, the friendless, ever coming and going, some of and she calls him papa. Enclosed is her likewhom, from time to time, bear away from the

ness, so that you may see how she looks." flock children of early sorrow to pleasant | As she left us, with the wee baby, she remarkrural homes.

ed, “I shall always teach her to remember the The reception of supplies for Dorcas and Home, for I am indebted to it for my present store rooms, gifts for Bazaar, Thanksgiving prosperity, and why should she ever forget offerings, the sunny faces of rescued wanderers, the Home ?" It is not the poor, always, that in training for a better life all these are receive its fostering care ; some from the phases for the pencil, giving relief to the dark families of wealth and fashion, have gone background of the picture, making the Home

through this channel to good Christian homes, work, as a whole, one of surpassing interest. where they have been restored to the position

their parents once occupied. REPORT OF CHILDREN'S SECRETARY.

Three of the foster-parents and four of the As we enter upon this Thirtieth Anniversa-adopted children have died since our last rery, and review the history of our special port, among whom was Ella Wilson, whose department, we cannot but rejoice in all the happy death was noticed in a late number of leadings of Divine Providence; and we are

the Advocate; also, our former Children's forcibly reminded of the first poor, solitary

Secretary, Mrs. M. E. Douglas Osborn, whose child who was sheltered at the Society's pleasant face will be long remembered by rooms-and can almost hear the echo of her many friends of the Home, and doubtless by plaintive song, in her own simple words,

many of the children. Hers was a useful life “No place like home,

and a triumphant death. These wear the But I'se got no home,

crown, while we bear the cross and labor on. Poor 'ittle, lonely Josephine."

Seventy-two of our boys are now in the But God opened the heart of a Christian army, and two in the navy. Several, after mother to receive this first protege, and she serving their full term, have re-enlisted and soon learned to sing another song; and thou- now belong to the veteran corps. All, as far sands of other children that came afterward to

as we can learn, are doing good service in this the guardianship of this Society, are to-day conflict for universal freedom to all. Three rejoicing in the same tender care vouchsafed only have fallen in death, as far as we can to that lone, sorrowing one.

learn, making seventy-seven stout young men, Letters have been received from several former recipients of the Home charity, who foster-parents, whose children have been for have enlisted in their country's service, ready years a source of anxiety-who now give good to do or die for their country's good. Just evidence of a thorough change in heart and now a letter comes to hand from D. W. P., of life, and esteem the people of God among Tennessee, containing a fragrant flower from their choicest friends; thus rewarding the the sunny South. He writes : fidelity of those who had undertaken the al- “Dear friend, it is quite warm here, everymost hopeless task of saving them from im- thing looks fine and there is a good prospect pending evils. Quite a number, during the of heavy crops of peaches, figs, oranges and past year, more than in any one year before, other fruits. Our regiment will march behave professed their faith in Christ, and seem tween this and the first of May, I dare not say to be walking in the light; and others are where, for if this does not reach you, it may earnestly inquiring after the truth. During fall into rebel hands." the year just closed, twenty-eight of our chil- Only a few of the children have been visited dren have become of age, and seven have the last year, but a large number of letters married respectably and are doing well. have been received, showing the improvement

During the war, our doors have been opened to the soldier's children, and many of them are gratuitously cared for at the Home, until the father returns from the war, or other arrangements can be made for them, thus making it possible to keep the family together and give comfort to the poor soldier's heart. As the soldier says, “I can always fight better after a rousing letter from home," so those who labor for the best good of the Home flock can work better for other homeless ones, after reading the annual report of the absent ones, and we would here express our grateful thanks to the kind guardians and foster-parents for the numerous encouraging letters received during the year just closed.

Thirteen children have been visited during the year, and thirty-five have visited the Home. Five hundred and forty-nine have been favorably reported, and thirty-eight unfavorably.

One hundred and ten letters have been received from the absent children.

The minutiæ of labor in the department re. quires the personal attention of the Secretary to all that pertains to the past, present and future interests of the children, such as admitting and dismissing each child, calls from their friends and of applicants for children, as well as correspondence with all applicants for children, their guardians and foster-parents; also the children who have left us for their new homes. The execution of all papers, such as surrenders, apprenticeship and adoption papers, &c. In connection with these duties, there have been written nine hundred and ninetythree letters, making 1,732 pages; also a new Guardian's Register of nearly 500 pages, and a new Judex for Children's History, not yet completed, besides a large number of notes not recorded. A record of each child's history is kept till they arrive at the age of maturity ; also a record of temporary cases separate from the regular history.

STATISTICS from the records of the Children's Department. Children remaining in the Home, May 1, 1863, .

116 admitted during the year,

285 re-adunitted «


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STATISTICS from Matron's Journal

The attendance during the winter has been She began to attend church, and the result Number of adults remaining in the Home,

somewhat diminished in consequence of the was a new heart and a new purpose of life. May 1, 1863, Namber of adults admitted during the year 247 immediate neighborhood. Some of the little 29 prevalence of measles, scarlatina, etc., in their She says, "Now there is no more trouble for

me, I have Jesus." The little paper, over Total,


ones who have been called to die, have dwelt which her tears had been flowing, was the Number of adults dismissed to situations, 252

almost with their latest breath upon the pre- story of the wanderer from his father's home, remaining May 1, 1864, 24 cious truths learned in the schools.

made happy by returning—once lost, but One of the reports, just sent in, has the fol- found. But more abundant fruits had this seed, Total,

lowing, among many other items of interest :

sown in good ground, brought forth. Her Applicants provided with employment “Thirty-one of our pupils have left the husband had been intemperate. She persuaded during the year,


school for places, two to learn trades—one of him to attend church with her. There his

whom, previous to leaving, always attended the own heart softened, he resolved to give up his HOME AND HOME INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS. mothers' prayer-meeting. Several of the poor evil habits, and so far had kept his resolutions." THESE six schools, in charge of the Home

mothers who attend this meeting have re- A Library of good books, the gift of charity, Managers, render stated reports through their

quested special prayer for themselves and their has-through the untiring efforts of Mrs. Starr respective coramittees, at each monthly meetchildren. Ten of these mothers are enrolled

-been placed in each school; the books are ing of the Board, which are read and placed

in a class who are learning to read, and come loaned as a reward of merit, and are much on file for reference. These reports have em

as regularly as their circumstances permit. prized. Of the two thousand and eighty-nine braced more items of special interest during

Seventy-six of our pupils have gone to the pupils enrolled the past year, many have been the past than in any previous year. The in

public school, four to & parochial school, partially and some almost wholly clothed, and fluence of frequent visits by the respective thirty-one to German schools, two to the

fonr of the schools have been furnished with committees and other Christian friends, has Catholic schools, four to Ward's Island, three

daily bread. been apparent.

to Mr. Pease's farm, one to Juvenile Asylum, The teachers, each and all, seem devoted to The Thanksgiving and Christmas festivals

four to Half Orphan Asylum, Pa., one to the their work, and those who have been longest provided for the children during the holidays army, two to the Home for the Friendless, and

in the service, feel that they have been called have seemed to win gratitude and increase

four have died. Present number on register to this field to labor not only for time, but for confidence, in many instances proving a means 365.

eternity. While giving to physical and mental of good beyond the present enjoyment impart

Several hundred visits have been made

culture due attention, they regard the duty of ed to those whose daily walks are mostly

among the pupils during the year. One of caring for the soul as paramount to all others. “ dark and sunless, beset with many snares.”

our dear boys went to be with Jesus the past The Home SoHool—always first on the list,

week. Almost the last expression he made because of its more immediate relations to the was, “Jesus loves me.' Several in the school

AUXILIARIES. Instituton, has been efficiently sustained, and

seem to be trying very earnestly to serve the the mental and moral improvement perceptible Lord by obeying His precepts.”

To AUXILIARIES and friends abroad, who cohas been eminently satisfactory to the Com.

An excellent visitor, employed for some

operate in this work, the Board cherish an inand Managers. weeks in missionary labors, chiefly connected

creased sense of obligation. They have not During the year it has enrolled 232 different with the schools, mentions that among three

only done their part in meeting the pressing pupils, whose united voices and sweet songs hundred and fifty needy families recently visit

claims of Sanitary Fairs, and Soldiers' Aid Sohave often lingered on the ear of visitors from ed, some fifty of the number were soldiers' cieties, etc., but have generously contributed every section of our country. Some of these families. About one hundred had been left

645 packages of supplies to the Home Dorcas now make melody in childless homes, a few fatherless, depending solely for support upon

and Sales rooms, aided largely to make our have gone hence to learn the song of angels, the pittance that the widowed mothers were

Bazaar a success, and given their voluntary and near a hundred remain with their teachable to earn.

efforts to continue and extend the circulation ers, to be trained for that higher service.

of the Advocate, also to find suitable homes for

We quote from this report the following inThe five Home Industrial Schools, in charge cident. of the Society, occupy home missionary

At the Semi-Annual Meeting of the Society,

Clinibing a narrow, dark staircase in an ground, as truly as any in heathen lands; obscure building in an unfrequented street, a

held in Binghamton in Oct., they were well and in some respects may be regarded poorly-clad woman was found one morning represented—evincing an enlarged and united as agencies of equal promise to the church and

alone. She sat by an old table on which lay spirit of Christian charity, leading the parent the world. They have been kept open through

the sewing by which she earned her daily Society in the fullness of their hearts to thank out the year, with the exception of the brief bread, for the time being neglected, as she

God and take courage. interruption occasioned by the July riots, and bent over a small piece of paper. She had

In all the labors of the Society for the past one of the five was not closed even then, al- evidently been reading and weeping. Rising thirty years, its auxiliaries and life members though within sight and hearing of the boom- with the paper in her hand, she began an ex

have nobly shared, and, far down the ages they ing of cannon, skies lurid with conflagration, planation immediately, in broken English, for will as surely share in the recompense of reand scenes of anarchy and blood. The develop- she was a German by birth. Taking her little

ward. ments of that week of carnage were a more

she impressive commentary upon the necessity and had been asked while there, if she had a Bible minded that two vice-presidents of the Society, wisdom of these school and Home influences at home, or ever read one. “Yes," she re- -Mrs. M. H. Maban and Miss M. Simonsonthan the most eloquent arguments.

plied, “but I must work too hard, I have no also, several prominent officers and members of The location of the several schools remains time for reading.” “But cannot yon spare auxiliaries, have, within the past year, entered much the same as in 1863, viz. : five minutes every morning ?” asked the teach


the rest that remains. There are broken H. I. School No. 1, Home Chapel, 29 E. 29th St. er, handing her a tract. For days after, as circles, sorrowing hearts, bereaved compan

2, W. 40th St. near 9th Av. she bent over her sewing, the words came back ions, motherless children, where these bereave3, Cor. 34th St. & 2d Av. again and again, till she listened to the still ments have left a void that can be filled only 4, 435 E. Houston St.

small voice; took down her Bible, and read. by the Infinite Comforter. While we weep 5, Cor. 34th St. & 8th Av. The interest, thus awakened, daily increased. with those that weep, faith assures us, that

our children.

For the Home
Avails of Bazaar

Widows' Fund...
Industrial Schools...
Board of Children.

*** "Death hath made no breach

of the war, have ever found the Home open are what mobs are made of, when street-trainIn love and gympathy, in hope and trust; for their reception.

ing, with no counteracting saving influence No outward sign or sound our ears can reach, But there's an inward spiritual speech

Several smaller bequests have also been re- shall have done its legitimate work. Let them That greets us still, though mortal tongues be dust. ceived as pleasant reminders that the Institu- be rightly trained, and they may become an It bids us do the work that they laid down,

tion is remembered by the Father of the element of safety instead of peril, an agency Take up the song where they broke off the strain ; So journeying till we reach the heavenly town, fatherless and God of the widow.

closely interwoven with the future welfare of Where are laid up our treasures and our crown,

The Home bas been largely indebted during our social fabric, for good instead of evil. And our lost loved ones will be found again.

the past, as in former years, for the gratuitous We have cause for gratitude that from the

professional services of Dr. Egbert Guernsey ranks of the 40,000 children in this city, of the DORCAS AND VISITING COMMITTEES. and Drs. Jackson and Hitchcock, also to our class above-named, several thousand, both of

children and youth, have been shielded by the Our friends, absent in body but present in legal adviser, A. P. Man. The Managers respirit, have again and again replenisbed the

member gratefully these favors, also the aid Home and its schools from the entire exposure shelves of the Dorcas room, with stores that

rendered by their respected Auditors and to moral wrong which had otherwise been Board of Counselors.

their lot, and that many have been savingly have relieved much suffering from cold and hunger, in the homes of invalids who shrink

To the pastors of churches in city and coun- benefitted.

try who have given words of encouragement with this brief summary the Managers now from the crowded hospital, or mothers left alone to provide for young children, or the

in their pulpit services and elsewhere, they close their third decade, in this work of faith aged and infirm who are patiently waiting till

would tender due acknowledgments. Thanks and labor of love. They trust that the wide God shall call them to their rest.

are especially due to the press, secular and and still enlarging field open to woman, in her The supplies received have been less than

religious, for favors received by way of adver- appropriate sphere, inviting to ministries that formerly, owing, doubtless, to the pressing de

tisements and otherwise, also to the stated might well fill angel hands, will ever find willmands in other directions for cotton fabrics of

and occasional contributors to the Advocate. ing hearts ready to inquire, “Lord, what wilt

Its correspondent, “V."-a true woman of the Thou have me to do ?” every description, and the war prices that everywhere prevail. Still, it is apparent that

best New England type-has furnished many the greater sacrifices and self-denial required valuable articles, a most acceptable and gene

TREASURER'S REPORT. of the donors, indicate no lack of interest in,

rous donation to the Advocate, well worthy to
be held in remembrance. To the faithful

or withdrawal of sympathy from the work.
The Committee report the distribution of
teachers and assistants in our schools and pub-

$14,145 97 48 bedquilts and 3,215 garments among the

lishing department, and to every Home helper Endowment Fund children of the several schools, soldiers' widows

within and without, who “have done what and orphans, and other sick, needy and destithey could," thanks are cordially tendered.

Rent of Chapel.. tute, visited and believed to be worthy. In

Interest from Endowment Fund.. connection with this work, over two thousand

Balance from Publishing Department, families have boon visited, and relief afforded

CONCLUSION. as far as practioable. In reviewing the past year we see cause for

EXPENDITURES. the profoundest gratitude to Him, who in the

Provisions for Home Family and Indus ENDOWMENT FUND, BEQUESTS, &c. darkest days has ever given as the clearest

trial Schools, together with Incidental

Expenses for Housekeeping and ClothThe noble proposal of Mr. Hathaway to do- tokens of His providential care and tender ing, also Salaries of Matron, Assistants nate $1,000, or its equivalent, toward an love,

Repairs and Furniture.. endowment fund, provided $9,000 should be We have cause for gratitude that, through Fu ieral Expenses...

Traveling Expenses. subscribed to the same object, has received a three years of civil conflict, with their untold

Children's Secretary and Assistants.

Teachers of Home and Industrial Schools... few generous responses, which, with the sum sorrows, and sacrifices, and bereavements, the

Rent, Fuel and Incidental Expenses of " named in our report of '63, has been safely in- work of this Society has not been seriously

Postage, Fare, Stationery, &c...

Freight... vested. In view of the existing war, only retarded—that its friends have been enabled

For widows and other poor. unsolicited free-will offerings have been antici- so fully to sustain it in furnishing food and Interest on Legacy, paid in advance and on

borrowed money. pated for this fund, unless, in answer to prayer raiment for the destitute, care for the neglect- Advocate furnished Life Members....

Missionary Agent..., some, who may realize the great obligations of ed, and a home for the homeless, proving to their stewardship, and decide to become their some extent a safeguard, both to its benefiown executors, shall be led specially to rememciaries and to society.

$23,441 67 ber it. We have cause for gratitude as we are re

Examined end found correct.

New York, December 31, 1863.
Meantime, the munificent gift of Chauncey minded of the week of terror, when many of


} Auditors. Rose, Esq., has relieved the managers of the our citizens were appalled and half paralyzed Society of great anxiety by providing against by the development of barbarism and crime, present pecuniary embarrassment, and furnish- once supposed impossible in our so-called Chris

LETTERS ABOUT "HOME" CHILDREN. ing facilities, both for meeting existing claims tian country—that, while our Institution was In reply to your note, we would say that J. and extending the work, as Providence shall threatened with destruction, it was not only is now in very good health. He does not atpoint the way.

shielded and spared, but became a refuge from tend school, but has made fine progress in his Proposals are under consideration for such danger and death to the flying fugitive. Also studies since he has been here. He attends use of this fuod as shall make provision for the that it is now apparent that this fearful out- church and Sabbath-school regularly. He is a more permanent care and instruction of a burst, from the depths of human depravity, has good boy; we think highly of him, he seems much-exposed class of the young and friend- helped to open the eyes of many to the imperi- conscientious, and is faithful in secret prayer, less, whose moral wants require a season of tive necessity of doing, here and now, all that and we feel strong in the hope that he will probation and training, specially suited to their may be possible toward educating, Christian- grow up a useful man. respective cases, and such as shall also enlarge izing, and saving the ignorant masses of chilour accommodations for the most needy class dren within our reach, who, though now Our “Charlie" is very well, and we love of soldiers' children, who, from the beginning

but “the infants,” or wee bits of things, him as dearly as we could if he was our own,

1,571 14 674 00 279 34

81 95 299 00 118 00 * 173 41 4,745 54

47 14 1,006 18

Proceeds of Goods sold in Sales Room
Public School Fund...

$23,441 67

and Nurses......... Fuel and Gas...

8,345 48

809 40 1,086 48 115 70

333 88 1,074 68 3,407 24 1,119 72

398 25 303 46 311 39 512 82

Insurance and Commission..

Endowment Fund.

86 90 1,380 00 1,200 00 1,000 00 1,956 27

We are very

in fact he is ours, and we love and do for him children, whom she loved dearly; and we that she is a child of much promise. She as such. He is not four years old yet, and of

trust she has gone join the angel-choir reads rapidly and quite well, often reads with course has never been to school, but he knows above, where none know what it is to be an me in family worship, and takes great interest his letters, name, age, and residence, auswers orphan.

in inquiring into the meaning of what is read. a good many Bible questions, prays very re

She is strongly attached to the Sabbath-school, verently, and is a good child, though soinetimes Permit me to inform you respecting our and never wishes to stay at home. She likes quick-tempered, but soon over it. One night “Home” children, J. and K. They are both to read the Advocate, although but six years old. he brought in the wood. I said to him I was well at present; they generally enjoy good There was a Juvenile Missionary Society glad I had such a good boy, he said, “I prayed health. They seem happy and contented, and formed in her Sabbath-school, and she was apto the Lord this morning, to make me a good | K. sings like a lark most of the time. They pointed collector. It was her custom to give boy all (lay, and mind ma and bring in wood.” attended singing-school last summer in the a penny a week. Every few days she would He is petted by every one, too much for his village, and learned to sing several pieces quite say, “Papa, will you please give me a penny?" own good, I sometimes think.

well. J. learned the rudiments of music bet- I said to her, “What do you want of it?" "I

ter than K., and she learned the tunes more want it for the missionary and for the Home." It will prove a pleasure to you to learn that quickly than he, so they can help each other | “But," said I, “ I am afraid you will give all our dear Gracie is well and happy. It appears at home. I am very happy to inform you to the missionary cause, and have nothing for to us that she improves every day. We dis- that K. has given her heart to the Saviour ; the Home.” “No, papa, will you please get cover nothing as yet in her character which she united with the Cong. church last Septem- me a bank, and I will put one penny in that, gives promise of any other than the most grati- ber. I think she is trying to serve the Lord. and one in the missionary-box.” fying, most delightful fruits. Her attachment She loves to go to church and Sabbath-school, The bank was furnished, and after that the to us is the most cordial and ours to her in- and attend covenant meetings, &c. She main-pennies were divided equally. As Christmas creases in strength constantly. She is a child tains daily prayer, also takes her part in our drew near she began to talk of sending a dolof unusual brightness and activity, and we feel little prayer-meetings at home. J. has not yet lar to the “Home,” (that amount having been assured that little Gracie will prove all that given his heart to God. We hope and pray donated for her each year since her adoption.) we can desire.

that he will remember his Creator in the days She found by examination there was not a dol

of his youth. Pray for us, that we may have lar in the bank, and what to do she did not My little Home birdling is well, a sunbeam wisdom to train them for God. Pray for know. I said to ber, “Will you send all your in my family, all joyous and bright. She at- them, that they inay ever be followers of that

money to the Home, and leave none to buy tends school and Sabbath-school and learns which is good. May God prosper you in your candy?” She said, “Papa, if I could get a easily. work.

dollar for the Home, I will not ask for candy

for a year." I am happy to say that little Etta has proved The boys are quite useful now, when not in On Christmas morning, after rejoicing over a flood of sunshine in our house.

school. We are trying to teach them self- a full stocking from Santa Claus, she found inuch pleased to have her, and I think we dependence. They take care of the cow, and that her “Home” bank was stuffed with money could not have selected a child that would saw and split the wood for the house. Last enough to make the dollar, and language fails have appeared more like a daughter to us. Her summer, during the long vacation, G. earned, to express the joy that filled her heart. two little brothers also love her, and altogeth-twenty dollars working in a spoke factory; he “Now, Papa," said she, “will you please to er our fainily circle is now as complete as we is now thirteen years old, and has been with us write to the Home and send this dollar for a could wish under the circumstances. (I refer seven years last May. J., his brother, will be

Christmas present." to having lost a little one of our own.)

twelve years April, 1864, and has been with us The above incident has suggested to my If any of the “Home” friends should visit seven years last September. It is now vaca- mind the great good that might be accomthis vicinity, please call on us, and I think we tion, and G. sends a composition which he plished by keeping the children familiar with can show you as nice and bright a little girl as wrote and read the last day of school;—"Go- the Home, its benefits and its wants. In this our state can produce.

ing Hunting," which was highly approved by way they will be identified with its interests, his teacher.

and in blessing others, they will themselves be Our little Ella enjoys good health, attends

blessed. school regularly, and makes considerable profi- Enclosed you will find $1, the result of the ciency in her studies, in addition to which she continued effort of our little daughter M. She Our adopted boy was seven years old last receives instruction from me during the even- was brought to us five years ago, Jan. 1859, by | August. He has not been sent to school until ing, attends church and Sabbath-school re- Miss Douglas. I write her name with emo- the present winter, but has been taught at gularly, and always goes prepared with her tions which are indescribable, remembering home. He reads in Sanders' Third Reader, and lessons. She is a favorite with her teachers. that she is now reaping the reward of the is quite expert at reckoning or adding numShe is naturally, sedate, though fond of play righteous. That she was such, none that bers, having studied mental arithmetic the like other children, and we think she is a re- knew her will doubt.

past year. We did not intend to send him to is

school thus early, but our teacher has the refree from bad traits of character, so common with little M., then but sixteen months old. putation of being a Christian, and a man of to children of her age, and has given us no She placed the babe in my arms, saying, “May ability both in teaching and governing, so we cause to regret our choice in regard to our se- she restore joy and sunshine to your broken hope he will be benefitted by the change. lection.

family circle;" as she was to fill the place of Our boy does not disappoint our earnest ex

an only daughter recently deceased, who often pectations respecting him thus far, and we I write to inform you of the death of one said to me as I read to her from the Advocate, trust that we may in the future, as we have who was once a member of your "Home" “Mamma, if I die, you must go to the Home endeavored in the past, look to Him who family. Melissa was always well while with and get a little daughter."

knoweth our most secret thoughts, for guidus, until her last sickness, in which she suffer- Our most sanguine hopes have been real- ance and direction in his training. ed much. She was one of those busy, active ized; thus far M. has proved a blessing to us. That the Institution from which we received children, always ready to do something for all. Joy and sunshine has returned to our family our precious charge may be abondantly blessed about the house. She was a favorite among circle, and it affords me great pleasure to say I in the future, is our daily prayer. Enclosed



please find 10 cts. from E., as he wishes to keep cheered with the hope that she was prepared The themes of the week, so vast and all-
his interest in his former home fresh in his for the rest of the people of God. She was absorbing to the earnest Christian philan.

eleven last July, and had been with us over thropist, had their place, and were well and
eight years. Never for a moment have I re-

wisely treated on every occasion assigned to Mary is as good a girl as we could ask, is gretted taking her, I have ever felt that we

their consideration. But vain was the effort well and getting along finely with her studies.

were guided in our choice in answer to prayer, She was the “Banner" scholar last term, and

to concentrate and hold the laboring thought and that she was the one Providence designed the prospect is good for another. for us. It is all right that God has taken her,

within a limited scope. None could forget and we wish to cheerfully submit to His will. that the foul spirit of rebellion, born of The children who were but little ones when

slavery, and that of civil and religious liberty I took them from the · Home,' are now nearly

Our little S. A. is very healthy, except were now met in deadly conflict—thatoppos. grown. They enjoy excellent health, both attend school this winter, and are making satis- frequent attacks of croup; there are some in

ing legions had grappled, and an hour had dications of it to-night, but hope it will pass factory progress in their studies. I assure you

come, on which issues of intensest interest

She is our earthly all, I can express it they are some company and comfort to us in

were suspended. None could forget that sons in no other way. She is all we could expect our old days.

and husbands, fathers and brothers, were of. If I was near the Home now, I would visit

or wish, wero she our own by birth. Never

for a moment have I seen the time that I would fering life on the altar of our country, or fail you, and I think select one or two more of part with her. She does not know that she is

to remember them in frequent aspirations to your pets, as I do so love the chatter of little

not our own child-and she is ours, for we the Hearer of prayer. The brief message tongues and the patter of little feet around me. I crave an interest in your prayers for the early

know no difference, and look upon her in no from the President—which we quote verbatim,

other light. When she sees her father coming, conversion of these dear children, also that I

that it may stand in our columns for she says, “There comes my darling papa," and future reference-w may have grace and wisdom to train them for

-was most opportune, and usefulness and piety.

runs to meet him with open arms.

Scarce a
day passes but she talks abont “ those poor anniversary gathering.

met a warm response in every subsequent
Our little A. is perfectly well, and I venture
little chindril down at the Home for the

“EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, to say there is not a happier child to be found Friendless,” and is as active in filling the box

May 9, 1864. in New England. She has improved very as I am.

To the Friends of Union and Liberty :

Enough is known of army operations within the much in all respects. Her will readily yields

last five days to claim our especial gratitude to now, for her affections seem fülly given to her

God. While what remains undone demands our
Advocate and Guardian.

most sincere prayers to, and reliance upon Him, papa and mamma, and we are increasingly

(without whom all human effort is vain,) I recomfond of her,

mend that all patriots, at their homes, in their NEW YORK, JUNE 1, 1864.

places of public worship, and wherever they may

be, unite in common thanksgiving and prayer to O. has been to church and Sabbath-school

Almighty God.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN." every Sabbath but two since he has been with


The daily intelligence flashed across the We like C. very much and think that if

While prayer ascends daily and hourly wires, increased the deep and universal solihe has the right training, he will make a smart We often feel that we need wisdom

for our noble army, in its fearful and long citude, so that during the entire week the from on high that we may guide the child protracted struggle, may we not ask our post of moral observation held by the masses aright, and bring him up in the nurture and

readers in their quiet, rural homes to pray was unlike that of any former year. No ob. admonition of the Lord. C. wishes us to also for New York.

ject, dear to the Saviour, could seem less write for him that he has a nice sled and cart, The same elements that produced the July dear from such a stand-point, and at some of and a pair of new boots, also new coat and riots are still here, pent up, but not annihila- the great gatherings, the hearts of His am. cap, and that he likes us more than a thou-ted. The city is full of wrong and guilt, be

bassadors were truly touched as by a live sand pounds."

side the long, dark record of the past, still coal from His altar; inspired anew to plead With a sad heart I seat myself to address uncanceled. Here are also good men and

the claims of the gospel of peace, and the you, "for the hand of the Lord hath touched true, far more in proportion than were in claims of His poor, to whom should be prous," leaving us to weep over the loss of our

Sodom, when visited with divine retribution. claimed speedily its good tidings—whether dear Ella. The blow came so suddenly that Will not Christians pray fervently that the

in heathendom, slavedom, or Christendom, we can hardly force ourselves to believe that power of the adversary may be so broken -far as the rule of sin, wide as shall yet be she is hidden from our sight forever. A sad that no army of protection shall again need the reign of righteousness. Christmas it was to us, when we laid her in

to be summoned—but that all may

have Our re-union of friends, near and distant, the cold grave—a day she had anticipated with so much interest, as it would bring a daughter

casion to be renewedly assured that “The held at the Home Chapel on Wednesday, and son to enjoy it with us, the only ones of angel of the Lord encampeth about them was pervaded by an excellent spirit. The six children that we could reasonably expect. that fear Him, and delivereth them.”

minutes of the Secretary will convey a just They were only to follow her to her burial,

impression of the occasion. they have returned and we are left with none

ANNIVERSARY WEEK, but our little Mary, (another “Home” child.) The Anniversary week, May, 1864, will TAIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE A. F. G. 8. O how we miss her everywhere, we miss her be forever memorable in the annals of his. musical voice, for she was a sweet singer, and had a rare talent for music. She had faults

, cloudless skies, and the balmy breath of

tory. It came as usual, bringing with it HOME FOR THE FRIENDLESS. but we think was less faulty than most chil

The Thirtieth Anniversary of this Society dren of her age, and though we had no parti-spring. Beauty all around, in grove, plain was held May 8th and 11th. The annual cular evidence before ber sickness that she

and landscape, met the eye of the sojourner, sermon in behalf of the Institution was dewas a child of God, still from her life and “whither the tribes go up ” from year to

livered in the Brick Church-Rev. 'Dr. from conversations with her then, we are year, to swell the great convocations. Spring'son Sabbath Evening.





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