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inherit your riches--ah! distribute some of your superfluous wealth for the support of those amiable and estimable societies; or should you prefer it, there is the excellent Widows' Society, also the Humane Society, as also a committee of respectable and disinterested members of the Society of « Friends," who are ready to become your almoners, and to distribute your donations with a god-like discrimination, by exhibiting the benefit, but hiding the benefactor; and like Boaz in the case of Ruth, bestowing the contribution, without suffusing the countenance of the child of misfortune with confusion. Sickness will soon seize, and medicine fail you; and you will be compelled to leave your wealth to ungrateful heirs, to be a irse to them, though it would prove a blessing now to thousands of poor hungry orphans, and give an account to your plaintiff, judge and witness, of your stewardship. Wherefore act now as you will wish you have done, at that important moment. Finally, pernit me to beseech the members of the benevolent institutions in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Trenton, and New-Brunswick, as well as New-York, not to get weary in well doing. Be vigilant, be industrious in your labour of love, and remember, he who bas an opportunity of doing good, and doeth it not, is guilty of sin. And I do most humbly
entreat the editors of Journals in the above places, to give these remarks, or a part of them, a place in their papers, once at least; particularly my friend Wilson, the editor of the Trenton True American, and Mr. Poulson of Philadelphia. I would also request my old friend Daniel M°Curdy of Trenton, who co-operated with the person who first established these societies in Philadelphia, twelve years ago, to use his utmost influence to re-animate the late members of the Benevolent society, established at Trenton, seven years ago.--For nothing is more calculated to manufacture whole corps of philosophical unbelievers, than want of philanthropy in the professors of religion. Finally, I would remind the President of the Philadelphia Male Hospitable Society for alleviating the miseries of indigent Sick Persons, not to forget nor neglect to call upon the Rev. Dr. Brodhead, who most humanely and generously promised me to preach a charity sermon for the Philadelphia M. H. Society, the latter end of the present month, although he preached a charity sermon a few weeks ago, and collected 230 dollars, for the Female Hospitable Society. What an excellent example for the imitation of the clergy of New-York! 'Reader, be so kind to hand this paper to your pastor, and even this small (almost no favour, will not lose
its reward, if granted with sincere pity to the poor. If any clergyman should be inclined to grant my humble request in favour of the poor, he will be pleased to call on my friend Samuel Wood, 337, Pearl-street, where documents will be deposited, to demonstrate the utility and superexcellence of those institutions; and he will inform them of the names of the committee above alluded to. They will also please to designate which of the above institutions they will be disposed to aid, or if the committee. And oh! may at least three pulpit orators be found in New-York, who will individually be disposed to assist each of those excellent associations. However, should no clergyman offer 56 HIS BLESSING, or his eloquence for one half hour, for the relief of the suffering poor by next Saturday, I will consider my present labour of love in vain, and will apply to another description of orators, to commiserate and alleviate the miseries of the poor this miserable winter. For truly one half of the citizens do not know how miserably the other half suffers. If they did, their hearts would forthwith relent and their tears would flow unbidden. Written by the author of the
Beauties of Philanthropy.
NUMBLE SOLICITATIONS, Respectfully addressed to the Benevolent Citie
zens of New York. With distinguished deference on your part, and much diffidence on my own, do I presume to solicit you, citizens of New York, in behalf of the sons and daughters of affliction, inasmuch as your ļiberality has hitherto been almost proverbial. But, such is the accumulated and complicated calamities of the poor this calamitous winter, that I am irresistibly impelled by some secret impulse to exhibit before your intellectual eyes a glimpse, and only a glimpse of their wretchedness, being well assured, that according to your characteristic generosity, you will come forward to alleviate the mise. ries of the poor, when you are made sensible thereof. A moment's reflection will convince the considerate reader, that the present winter is a sorrowful one; not only to the poor in general, but to many who a few years ago were themselves rich, but now, alas! are reduced to poverty by the calamities of war. Possessed with delicate feelings, to dig they cawnot, and to beg they are ashamed. Wherefore they shrink from the public eye, and seek refuge in the shades of obscurity, where a mighty mass of human wretchedness might easily be recognized, would the affluent professers of religion
imitate our blessed Redeemer in going about doing good, and distributing their superfluous wealth in relieving their poor unhappy fellow travellers to the grave. We all know when the wheels of commerce stop, ten thousand industrious hands are immediately inactive, and wretchedness and poverty are the result.
I do not solicit the benevolent citizens of New York to bestow their charity on common street beggars. The persons for whom I feel the most sympathetic commiseration, would perish in their wretched retirement sooner than expose their wretchedness before the public eye.
I would, therefore, most respectfully entreat benevolent rich persons, who may peruse these lines (in order to avoid imposition) to send their donations to two super-excellent societies, who are ready to be their almoners, and who are now greatly retarded in their labour of love for want of adequate funds: I mean the Male and Female Assistance Societies of New York. As next Thursday is appointed as a national fast day, may the source of benevolence put it into the hearts of all the benevolent clergymen of New York to remember the sighing of the poor, and forthwith preach charity sermons on the evening of the aforesaid fast day, to aid the funds of the above blessed institutions. For