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to warn her against temptations which had ruined so many.
Fanny felt thankful for the good advice which her mistress gave her, saying, “ My mother was always very particular with us. I never, to my knowledge, took so much as a pin from any one, and I am sure I never could feel easy in my mind if I did."
Mrs. Hancock then cautioned Fanny against another fault of which she had often known young servants to be guilty. This was a habit of making false excuses when they had committed an error; thus trying to hide their fault by a lie. “ If,” said she, “ you have any accident, or commit any fault, never add another sin by saying what is not strictly true. If you tell a lie, you commit a wilful sin against God, and besides this, if your lie is discovered, as is usually the case, you have lost
your character for truth, and no one will like again to trust you. If you have any accident, or do any thing wrong, do not endeavour to hide it. Come to me at once, and tell me what it is. Be honest, and steady, Fanny; cleanly and diligent; serving first your heavenly and then your earthly master with diligence.'
Fanny followed this good advice; she remained in her place till the death of her mistress, which happened five years afterwards. During her illness Fanny had watched her, by day and by night, and was truly grieved at her death. Fanny did not for some time undertake another service, feeling it to be her duty to attend on her mother who was at this time seriously ill. Fanny paid every attention to her kind mother, and the practice which she had, whilst in service, taught her how to treat a sick person, and enabled her to provide excellent broths and other needful things at a small expence. But all her care could not preserve
the life of her mother;_"she died in great peace of mind, blessing her dear family, and earnestly commending them to the care of that God, who had
61 protected and supported her from her youth up."
Fanny wept bitterly at her mother's death, but she learned to dry her own tears in trying to comfort her father and sister. Mr. Ray, the clergyman, called in upon them very often and encouraged and comforted them." It had been a great blessing to Fanny that she had, during her service, laid by a portion of her wages in the Savings Bank, for this enabled her to procure medicines, and other little comforts, which her mother needed whilst she was ill." Fanny, now, after her mother's death, sought for another place; and the good character which she bore enabled her easily to procure one, and she went to live in the service of Mrs. Man. This lady lived in a large manor house, and kept a great number of servants. “ Poor Fanny felt very strange and desolate at first among so many strangers, but she prayed to God for comfort and assistance, and endeavoured to give a civil answer to every one, that they might give her a civil one in return. This place was however very different from Fanny's former one. The servants were not in the habit of attending church regularly on the Sundays: Mrs. Man went herself once, but she made no enquiries whether the servants went or not, and she took no pains to arrange the affairs of the house so as to enable them to be sure that they might attend church. The servants however might have attended much more than they did, if they had been properly anxious about it. Fanny went regularly, having, on being hired, mentioned respectfully to her mistress that she could wish to have the power of doing so,—and this was not refused her.
If servants were aware of the importance of religion, their first enquiry, when in search of a place, would be, whether it were a place in which their religious principles were likely to be encouraged, or whether they were likely to be checked ; and those masters who know the blessings of true religion, and I may say who know only their own true interest, will be
anxious so to arrange the order of their household that the servants may have those opportunities of devotional exercises and of religious instruction which we all so much stand in need of. Fanny's religion, however, was not confined to the attendance on public worship; she knew that this was intended as the means of strengthening her for the exercise of her duties, and she shewed, in her whole conduct, the effect which religion produced. She was honest, and upright, as well as industrious, and careful.
An accident happened which put the principles of Fanny to a severe trial. She had the misfortune to break a fine, expensive looking-glass; the fault was not wholly her own, and circunıstances were such, that, if Fanny had declared that the wind had blown down the glass, her mistress would probably never have discovered the cheat; but Fanny scorned to use such deceit: she told her mistress the whole truth, and the consequence was, that she was required to pay for the glass with her wages, and turned out of her place besides. This seemed very hard upon Fanny, and was a great grief to her; yet still she knew she had done right, and she felt comforted in the midst of her troubles. Her mistress, however, altered her mind, and did not turn Fanny away; and she remained in the same place till Mrs. Mann, from the number of her family being reduced, had no longer occasion for her services.
Fanny, however, soon got another place, in which she lived four years; here her honesty was put to the test, for, during the illness of the house-keeper, she had the charge of all the family stores. Her strict principles taught her that what she had the charge of did not belong to her, and that she must not apply the smallest portion of them to her own use. She was watched indeed by a fellow-servant, who envied her, and who wished to get the keys into her own hands. This woman one day accused Fanny of dishonesty, telling her mistress that the tea and sugan
63 and other stores, went faster than they did before Fanny had the care of them. Mrs. Percy, her mistress, had, however, weighed them all before she
gave them to Fanny, and a regular account was kept of all that was given out; and when they were compared together Fanny's innocence was completely proved. " She was very thankful that she had been preserved from so great a sin, and she prayed that God might still continue his protection and blessing to her.” She blessed her first kind mistress too, who had taught her to keep a strict watch over herself, and never to taste a thing which did not belong to her..
The woman who had accused Fanny was herself discovered to be dishonest, and to have given away, or sold, remnants of provisions without her mistress's leave. Fanny did not quit this place till she was married.
An industrious, clever young carpenter in the village admired Fanny for the neatness and plainness and cleanliness of her dress and appearance; she was much pleased with this young man; and, as her mistress and all the neighbours seemed to think so well of him, she consented to marry him. ." They had together saved thirty pounds. She agreed to be married to Harry; and her good father gave his hearty consent.
Fanny was happily married, and settled in a neat cottage, and, soon afterwards, she had the pleasure of welcoming her father and sister, who came to pay her a visit. She took in plain work, and, by the same habits of honest and steady industry, she was able to do a good deal in assisting her husband to support their little family. They took care to bring up their children in habits of piety, industry, and cleanliness. Thus did Fanny Mason, by her good conduct, bring comfort and honour to her parents, and prove, in the best way, her gratitude to the kind friends who had taken such great interest in her welfare.
QUESTIONS FROM THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND.
(See page 25, Vol. III.) Who was King of England after Henry the IIId.? Where was Prince Edward when his father died ? Who was Edward's wife? What instance of affection is recorded of this lady? In what year did Edward come to the throne * ? Was Edward brave and warlike, or the contrary?
What country did Edward endeavour to add to England ?
Where is Wales ?
Who was prince of that country before Edward attacked it?
What description of people are said to have been a great check to King Edward's progress in Wales ?
How did Edward treat these bards, or poets ?
What stratagem (or trick) is King Edward said to have made use of to get his son acknowledged Prince of Wales ?
What has the eldest son of the King of England been called ever since the time when Edward thus got possession of Wales ?
What country did Edward next endeavour to gain possession of ?
What events in Scotland opened a way for Edward's ambitious designs?
Whom did Edward appoint King of Scoland ?