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with those peculiar talents, which are essential to an elevated situation in that profession. His age was between forty and fifty, when he came into possession of his uncle's estate, on the death of his cousin, without issue.

He determined to quit the law, to which he had never been much attached; to put the family seat in repair, and fixing himself in the midst of his estate, to try how far the property which had devolved to him upon his cousin's death, could be made the source of comfort and advantage to himself, and to those about him. The greater part of his law library he sold and purchased all the Tracts he could meet with, respecting the economy of the Poor, and the improvement of their domestic habits and comforts. He soon became capable of distinguishing between the different classes of authors; between those who formed books from the day-dreams of their waking hours, and those who gave the result of what had been fairly tried, and the observations which had occurred during the trial.

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Mr. Goodenough began by serving in rotation the different parish offices. He then took out his dedimus, as a magistate. In his new line of the profession, he found it much easier

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to get into full business, than in Westminster
Hall. The disputes and controversies of the
neighbourhood were settled in his little bow
parlour; and the effects which he produced
around him, are so well known, that it would
be superfluous for me to give any account of
them. Every thing which attention and kind-
ness could do, was directed to the benefit of
his tenants and neighbours. A regular system
of well arranged benevolence, pervading every
cottage, and reaching every individual around
him, was so successfully administered, and with
such general effect, that few travellers have
ever passed the road through Monk Appleton,
without stopping to admire the neatness of the
cottages, the crops of the gardens, the division
of the cow pastures, the beauty of the new
school, the healthy and cheerful looks of the
inhabitants, and the variety of circumstances,
which denoted the industry and happiness of
the
possessors The stone on the Church wall,
which you see from the high road, was put up
by a subscription of the cottagers for several
miles round, who each gave the value of one
day's milk of their cows. It contains the fol
lowing inscription.

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TO

JAMES GOODENOUGH, ESQ.

THE POOR MAN'S FRIEND,
This Stone

was erected by the Cottagers
of this Neighbourhood.

In Memory

of his Virtues,

and of their Gratitude.

He died 28th January, 1808,
Aged 54 Years.

Mr. Goodenough had a servant of the name of JONES, who had had the care of his little establishment in Chancery-lane. Upon his coming to the family estate, and removing to Monk Appleton, he appointed her his housekeeper; trusting her not only with the management of his family, but in a great degree, with the execution of the plans which he formed for the benefit of his poor neighbours. He was not deceived in his confidence: for though she possessed a liberal mind, and an active and eager temper, yet Mrs. Jones was frugal and careful. She held waste to be a deadly sin; having, with her Master's leave, had painted in

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large black letters, over the kitchen chimney, those sacred words, pronounced in the moment of miraculous plenty,-GATHER UP THE FRAG

MENTS THAT REMAIN, THAT NOTHING MAY BE LOST. The consequence was, that though his estate was never more than $ool. a year, and though he set apart (as other gentlefolks do) a tenth part of his income to charity, yet he lived more respectably and hospitably, than some other Squires, with twice, nay thrice his income, and yet he never run out,

CHAPTER II.

Mrs. Jones determines to visit her Sister-the
Journey-arrives at Middle Dean-Family
Prayer-View of the Dean.

WHY should I renew my own and my reader's sorrow, by describing the circumstances of the Squire's death, and the unavailing care and attention of his faithful housekeeper? The estate, we all know, went, on his death without issue, to his next brother, Captain Goodenough, then serving in the West Indies. Upon opening the Squire's Will, they found he had left the furniture and stock, and the arrears of rent, to his brother; and the rest of his personal

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property to his friends and domestics; having
given Mrs. Jones an annuity of thirty pounds
for her life, with a legacy of one hundred and
twenty guineas. When the concerns were
settled, and she found herself her own mistress
for the first time in her life, she determined to
visit her half-sister, some years younger than
herself; who had married, and had a family at
Middle Dean, in the county palatine of Dur-
ham. Her sister had been the wife of John
Thomson, a very honest and industrious car-
penter. He had lately died, leaving her with
five children.

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There was something congenial in their situations, which promised mutual comfort. The assistance of a kind sister might do much for a widow, so left, and with such duties. To Mrs. Jones, after the loss of her excellent and adored master, any useful occupation was an advantage. She travelled down by the coach, stopping at Doncaster for a day's rest and respite; which was more necessary to one, who had lived a settled and quiet life for many years, and had acquired no habits of winter travelling. The fourth day brought her safe to Middle Dean; where, it being darkish, Dame Thomson and her eldest daughter were on the road

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