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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.
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
to get into full business, than in Westminster
JAMES GOODENOUGH, ESQ.
THE POOR MAN'S FRIEND,
was erected by the Cottagers
of his Virtues,
and of their Gratitude.
He died 28th January, 1808,
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
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,
Mrs. Jones determines to visit her Sister-the
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
property to his friends and domestics; having
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