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On the Manners of the Great ;" which attracted an una common degree of curiosity. As it was anonymous, some conjectured it to be the performance of one person, fome of another. The present bishop of London, Mr. Wilberforce, and many others; were reputed to be its authors; but, at length, it was discovered to have iflued from the pen of Miss More. In this work she attacked, with great spirit, the increasing licenciousness of high life.
In the period between these two publications the sisters of Miss H. More having resigned their school in favour of Miss Mills, she retired with them to a neat cottage, which they had purchased with the fruits of their joint industry, at the foot of the Mendip hills:
Here they instituted a Sunday-school, which has greatly increased, and been abundantly bleffed under their pious and judicious management. *
In 1791 our author published, without her name, a useful and popular little volume, entitled "An Eftimate of the Religion of the Fashionable World." This welltimed performance exposes strongly that lifeless profession of Christianity which is the general characteristic of the higher orders of society. She has herein the honour of having preceded Mr. Wilberforce, and some other eininent perfons, in pleading for the necessity of a sound redigious faith, in order to an acceptable course of moral practice. 1 About this time a society was formed, whose object was the instruction of the poor in morality and religion. The plan adopted was to print striking, amusing and instructive tracts, adapted to the capacities of common perfons, and coming easily within their ability to purchase. On this ground the Cheap Repository was established, by which many thousands of most useful pieces have been circulated in the manufacturing towns and vilJages of this kingdom. In this benevolent design Miss
* It is with no common satisfaction the Editor now announces, that no less than ten schools have been instituted by the Miss Mores in the ten adjacent villages, and that eight hundred children have been educated there..
VOL. II, No. 5.
More was one of the first concerned, and towards the success of it she has been particularly afsifting by her excellent contributions. Among other useful tracts of her writing we shall only mention « The Shepherd of. Salisbury Plain," a little performance, which persons of a refined taste may read with pleasure and profit. She also endeavoured to counteract the progress of those political principles which the French Revolution had made so fashionable; and printed some small tracts, particularly one entitled “ Village Politics,” in the way of dialogue, which obtained a wide extent of circulation. . : Miss More has the credit of having drawn Mrs. Yearsley, the celebrated poetical milk-woman, from her obscurity into public notice and favour. When she had discovered this remarkable plienomenon, she immediately began to exert her benevolence, and by her unwearied assiduity procured a liberal subscription to the poems of this child of nature. She also drew up an interesting account of the milk-woman, in a letter to Mrs. Montague; which letter, in order to enlarge the subscription, was published in the newspapers and magazines of the day. By the attentions of Miss More, a sum was raised sufficient to place the object of them in a situation more suitable to her genius. But we are sorry to be obliged to add, that a disagreement almost immediately followed the publication of the poems in question, between the author and her patroness; which is faid to have been occasioned by the latter's taking the management of the subscription money into the hands of herself and some select friends. The motive with which this was done, adds greatly to the credit of Miss More and her friends, as it was no other than a desire to provide permanently for Mrs. Yearsley and her young fainily. She, however, had a different opinion, and thought it was unjust in them to withhold from her the management of her own property. She went further, and endeavoured to reprefent her best friend as actuated by unworthy sentiments, the least of which was, that. of envy. Some attacks were, in confequence, made upon Miss More in different publications: but, conscious of the purity of her own views, she passed over those invidious attempts to prejudice the public mind against her in silence.
Another phenomenon in that neighbourhood also attracted Miss More's curiosity and benevolence about the fame period. A strange female, of elegant figure and manners, had been seen, for some considerable time, hovering about the fields near French-hay and Hanham, of whom no particulars could be discovered. She thankfully received any humble food that was presented to her by the peasants; but always took up her night's lodging under a hay-stack. Various attempts were made to gain from her the place of her birth, but in vain. It was evident that she was a foreigner, and strange furmises. were naturally formed, respecting her country and conne&tions. · Miss More's humanity was roused upon this interesting occasion; and chiefly by her means the fair stranger found a comfortable asylum in the house of Mr. Henderson, at Fish-ponds, father of the celebrated, but eccentric, John Henderfon, of Pembroke college, Oxford.
Our benevolent author wrote an account of the « Maid of the Hay-stack,” which was printed in most of the publications of the period.
Miss More has long been honoured with the particular friendship of the most diftinguished personages in the kingdom. She spends some months in the year at the Duke of Beaufort's seat in Gloucestershire. She is also greatly esteemed by the bishop of London, Mr. Wilberforce, and other perfons eminent for literature and piety. · In the village where she resides, with her fifters, a great and pleasing reformation has been accomplished by their means. Every Sunday evening the children of the Sunday schools, under their immediate patronage, are assembled in the school-room, together with the farmers' servants, and such other grown persons as choose to attend. In this little congregation prayers are offered up, a plain discourse read, and hymns lung. Pertinent questions are proposed to the adult part
of the auditory, on the plain truths of christianity; and the whole of this pleasing service is concluded with a cheerful hymn of praise to the God of all these mercies,
THE PRAYING SHEPHERD. NTOT long after the year 1662. Mr. Grove, a genIV tleman of great opulence, whose feat was near Birdbush, Wilts, (England) upon his wife's lying dan, gerously ill, sent to his parish-minister to pray with her. When the message came, he was just going out with the hounds, and sent word he would come when the hunt was over.. At Mr. Grove's expreffing much resentment against the minifter, for chuling rather to follow his dic versions than attend his wife under the circumstances in which she then lay, one of the servants faid, “ Sir, our fhepherd, if you will send for him, can pray very well; we have often heard him at prayer in the fields." Upon this he was immediately sent for; and Mr. Grove asked him, whether he ever did or could pray? The shepherd fixed his eyes upon him, and with peculiar seriousness in his countenance, replied, “ God forbid, Sir, I fhould live one day without prayer." Hereupon he was desired to pray with the fick lady; which he did so pertinently to her case, with such fluency and fervency of devotion, as greatly to astonish the husband and all the family who were present. When they arose from their knees, the gentleman addressed him to this effect :-“ Your language and manner discover you to be a very different perfon from what your present appearance indicates. I.conjure you to inform me who and what you are, and what were your views and situation in life before you came into my service.”. Whereupon he told him, he was one of the ministers who had been lately ejected from the church, and that, having nothing of his own left, he was content for a livelihood, to submit to the honest and peaceful enjoyment of tending sheep. Upon hearing this, Mr. Grove faid, “ Then you shall be my shepherd,'* Sand iinmediately erected a meeting-house on his own
estate, in which Mr. Ince preached, and gathered a congregation of Diflenters, which continues to subfift to this day.
This remarkable story was communicated to the Rev. Mr. Palmer, editor of the “ Nonconformist Memorial," by the Rev. Mr. Josiah Thompson, who received it from an intimate friend of Mr. Bates, the late aged minister of Warminster, as he had often heard it from Mr. Bates himfelf, a gentleman who spent inuch time and labour vit collecting authentic accounts of the most remarkable providences relating to the church, but burnt them a little before his death. · The distinguished shepherd to whom this striking incident relates, was one of the ejected ministers, viz. Mr. Peter Ince, of Brazen-nose College, Oxford; who is thus described by Dr. Calamy :-"He was a good scho.. lar, wellfkilled in the languages, especially in the Hebrew, and an excellent practical preacher. He bad an admirable gift in prayer; and would, on days of prayer, pour forth his soul with such spirituality, variety, fluency, and affection, that he was called praying Ince. After being silenced, he lived with Mr. Grove, that ornament of his country, for learning, piety, and public-spiritedness.”
CHARACTER OF LADY HUNTINGDON.
[Extracted from the Rev. Dr. IIawers's Church History.) :6 THE noble and elect LADY HUNTINGDON had
I lived in the highest circle of fashion ; by birth a daughter of the house of Shirley, by marriage united with the Earl of Huntingdon, both bearing the royal arms of England, as descendants from her ancient monarchs.
“ In very early infancy, when only nine years old, the fight of a corpse about ber own age conveying to the grave, engaged her to attend the burial. There the first impressions of deep seriousness about an eternal world, laid hold on her conscience; and, with many tears, she cried carnestly to God on the spot, that whenever he should be