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city, presents a subject for the most serious considera-
tion. This is what we should expect from the over-
crowded population, and amidst the decrepid political
establishments of Europe; but it stands in an unnatural
contrast with our unequalled prosperity, and with the
general health, vigor, and freshness of our political in-
stitutions. .... The general design of the society is to
improve the intellectual, moral, and physical condition
of the poor. Its primary and specific objects will be to
extend the advantages of education to the children of
the indigent -- to discourage their employment in hawk.
ing, peddling, street-begging, and pilfering ; to estab-
lish the necessary schools for the instruction of adults
to abolish indiscriminate alms-giving - to visit the poor
at their habitations — to give them counsel — to aid
them in obtaining employment — to inspire them with
self-respect -- to inculcate habits of economy, industry,
and temperance, and whenever it shall be absolutely
necessary, to provide, through the aid of private indi-
viduals, and of the public authorities, relief for their
necessities. It is mpossible to know where the care of
such an association is most wanted, without a personal
acquaintance with all who are its appropriate objects.
It is intended that this care shall assume the character
of paternal guardianship. It is designed to establish a
general and friendly intercourse with the poor, which
shall secure a thorough knowledge of their actual con-
dition, and enable us to apply the best means for its
improvement. It is by such an intercourse only that
we can assure them of our sympathy, bring them under
its moral influence, and multiply among them the proper
means and inducements to depend upon their own ex-
ertions for the comforts of life. It is only by the knowl-

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edge which will result from such an intercourse, and which will embrace every section of the city, that we can hope to minister relief, when necessary, with sound discrimination, and without which, it would be a curse rather than a blessing.'

'It is a distinguishing feature of this society, that it is intended, not only to reach every family and every individual who may need its aid, but that instead of being limited to a particular description of necessities, it shall embrace the want of knowledge, of instruction, of advice, of employment, and of the necessaries of life. In short, it is intended that the poor shall look to the society for their advisers, their protectors, and their benefactors, under all the trials to which they may be exposed.' 'If our labors shall be successful,' add the friends of this society, "they will probably result in a general reform of our system of providing for the poor, - they can hardly fail in any event to produce an immense melioration of their condition.'

A part of the measures here recommended are already in operation in our own community. But much yet remains to be done. It is hoped that the Office we have opened will afford facilities for effecting the whole of the good work. In our ministry to the poor we have always looked upon it as highly desirable to bring about a more extended connexion of the different classes of society. And we rejoice in the prospect, which we now have, of being better able to accomplish this than we ever were before.

As far as vagrancy, street begging, with its long train of evils, and that practice of imposition which too many have been following for years in our city, — are concerned, we are determined to attempt to check

their evil tendency at once. A large number of tickets, bearing the direction of our Office, has been printed. These will be sold for the benefit of our poor's purse, at a dollar a dozen. And we most earnestly desire all members of our community who have its improvement at heart, whenever they do not know, or cannot inquire into, the circumstances of the applicants for their aid, to put one of these tickets into their hands, or to take some other measures that shall serve as a check upon deception and sin.

Our poor's purse has been scantily supplied during the summer. Let me here thank the many friends who a supplied it. May God grant me wisdom and direction in the future disposal of their bounty. The ladies of

the sewing circle' have rendered very opportune assistance to our resources the present season.

Our room and its conveniences will enable us to make a more economical use of our means than in former years. We shall always gladly receive whatever articles benevolent individuals may be pleased to intrust to our disposal, as clothes, tracts, books, &c.


Charles F. BARNARD..

P. S. The last accounts from Dr Tuckerman left him at Brussels, August 26th, in fine health and spirits. We have received very favorable accounts of Mr Arnold's zeal and labors as a minister at large in the city of New York. The work is prospering in his hands.

C. F. B. Ocr. 22d, 1833.

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