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for the good of their family. They had sufficient employment for one dairy-maid, and as her business required her to rise very early, she was permitted to go to rest as soon as she wished. This dairy-maid was Rose Meredith, who was just going out in that capacity when the changes took place at the Brow; and Betty Smith, who had an interest in all that passed at the Brow, undertook to initiate this
young dairy-maid in all the mysteries of cheesemaking; and Rose, who was exceedingly pleased with her new situation, promised fair to become all that Stephen wished her. But as we think it may be useful to repeat the advice she received from her brother on her entrance here, we shall give it a place.
My dear Rose, I have been Mr. Kemp’s servant myself, and I know what a kind master he is; and as for tress, so great is her gentleness, that I only fear she will be too kind to you. Now, Rose, I have seen something of servants and masters, and I am sorry to say, that I have generally found that the sharpest masters are best served, and gentleness too often abused. But, Rose, do not disgrace me, and make me unhappy; you know what a friend Mr. Kemp has been to me; you know how it
would grieve your sister Fanny, if you were to do any thing wrong. I am not afraid of your being dishonest, my dear Rose, or of your making away with your master's property; but what I fear for you is, that you might give a sharp answer to Mrs. Smith.
Now, says the reader, who is Mrs. Smith ? -Since the marriage of Michael, and the changes in the domestic establishment, it was thought right both by Esther and Michael to have this mark of respect shown, and a difference put between her and the other servants. But to return. “ Remember, my dear,” said Stephen, " that we have all our path of duty in this world ; and even if one person goes out of that path, and consequently is unkind to me, or makes me uncomfortable, it does not follow that I am to be unkind to them, and make them uncomfortable. What says the Bible: • Render to all their dues; recompense to no man evil for evil.' Now all this, my dear sister, is the advice which Mr. Kemp gave me when I lived at the Valley; I had some very cross fellowservants, and he was continually warning me to have patience with them, and never to trouble my mistress with any complaints; and my having patience with them, made them have patience with me, and at last I got such a habit of speaking kindly, that I had no difficulty in it, and before I left the Valley, I may say there was nothing but peace in it."
Rose promised every thing, and behaved so very well to Betty Smith, that we may say this good creature had a daughter in Rose Meredith ; and for her mistress, it was more the name than any thing else, for she was so aware of Betty's excellence and good management, that she was continually seeking her advice. There was one stranger in the female establishment, this was Ann Medway. Now Nanny, as she was called, came out of Devonshire: she was a cleanly creature and very upright, had a great horror of Methodists, as she called them, and sincerely believed, that if any one spoke religiously on a week day, that it was all hypocrisy, and had she had any money in them, would have looked sharp to her pockets. Now this girl's place was more about the parlour, and she saw more of her mistress than Rose, and all she witnessed was so kind, so gentle and benevolent, that she must have had a heart of stone not to have regarded her with affection. But we must mention the astonishment which she felt, and expressed on the first evening of her arrival at the Brow, when she saw the servants all collected in the hall, and walking towards the great parlour at the sound of the evening prayer
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" What are they going to do?” said she to Rose; “ what is it all about?" “ We are going to prayers,” said Rose.
“ To prayer! what, is your master a Methodist preacher ?” “ Dear me, no,” said Rose, “ but master has prayers every night and every morning.” Nanny thought to herself, will never do for me; I hate such over godly doings, I never saw any good come of it.” This she muttered to herself while they were seating. It was Michael's custom, when there were any new comers, to explain in some degree his views and plans for their benefit; and he had one kind expression, that was likely to soften every heart : “ I consider that I have another child added to my care, another soul to answer for. Our duties are the same, I to take care of your interest, you to take care of mine; but unless our good God is pleased to help us in both, we shall sadly fail; we do not want directions. This revealed will of God points the duties both of masters and servants, and by it we shall be judged at that day when we must all give account for the deeds done in the body. Now, observe me, I do not mean to say that we shall be saved for being good masters or good servants, but our Lord teaches us, that 'a tree is known by its fruits, and that ' men do not gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles,' but that we are known by our fruits,' and that ' if we love him, we shall keep his commandments.'
Long did this pharasaical girl resist instruction, long did she throw out hints about “ people preaching as had'nt been to the Varsity ;" frequently would she say, “ if her poor father could have lived to have seen her in a Methodist's house, it would have broke his heart: he hated them worse than poison. “ I think,” said Rose, “
go; I am sure, if master knew what you said, I do not think he would keep you.
Oh, as for that I shall stay my time, and bear it as long as I can: I am sure I have much ado to keep my countenance of a morning, there you all sit of a row gaping, with your noses up in the air like little pigs in a high wind, just as if you were afraid to lose a word on't.' Rose had a high spirit, and was exceedingly fond of her master; and replied, “I am afraid to lose a word of it, for it is all good and all meant so kindly to us; the least we can do is to listen to it. “ Well, you're very welcome if you like it,” said the impenetrable Nanny, my part, I had rather be about my work