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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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were to lay it out on wood or coal, at the proper season when
these articles are cheapest; and to let the depositor draw to the
amount of his deposit when it was most needed, for the cost at
which it had been purchased by the society. But Mr. Eddy's

other avocations obliged him, after some time, to withdraw from
this institution; and for the want of that zeal with which he
devoted himself to all affairs of this kind in which he engaged,
or from some other cause, this very benevolent attempt to relieve
the distress which so often results from cold and poverty, after
one or two seasons, was neglected or relinquished. Notwith-
standing Mr. Eddy was so successful and useful in the many
humane institutions I have enumerated, his active and benevolent
mind was engaged in other projects for the advantage or relief
of the distressed; among these he had much at heart an asylum
for convicts who had expiated their crime, by having suffered the
punishment of imprisonment. He saw with all the sympathy of
his character, the forlorn condition of those who, without money,
without friends, and without character, were turned from the walls
of a prison, to provide for themselves means of subsistence, and
to whom there seems to be left the only alternative of committing
a new crime, or of perishing. He proposed to establish for such
objects a House of Refuge, where employment of some profit
should be provided for them, until by their good conduct they
could retrieve their character, and by their industry provide some
means of support, till they could begin the world anew.

I have not referred to Mr. Eddy

's connexion with our literary
and scientific institutions, of all of which I believe we were
members. Of his usefulness as an associate with us in these
establishments, you will be much more able to speak of him than
I am. And after all, my dear sir, I can not but perceive how
little more I have done than if I had given a list of our benevo-
lent and charitable institutions, and said that Mr. Eddy was a zea-
lous and efficient member of each of them. But then I should
have lost the opportunity of saying how sincerely I respected his
character, and of manifesting the desire that I have, that the
memory of his great benevolence, his devotion to the welfare of
mankind, and his many virtues, should be preserved; and that he
may he pointed out to posterity, as an example of how much good
may be done by an individual who will devote his time and talents