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SUPREME COUNCIL OF RITES. Dublin, March, 18.- The report

reached us too late ; there is some friskiness in the wind, and we may

probably have to "box the compass” in our next.

THE GIRLS' School.. March 26.-Even if it were not too late, we

should hesitate to allude to the subject until after the maturest con-

sideration, but a "steward” may be assured of our vigilance.

LINCOLN.--The Rev. J. Osmond Dakeyne, chairman of the “ Oliver

Presentation," has been appointed Grand Superintendent for this

Province.

THE LATE ROBERT FIELD.-Our too brief notes of this excellent
Mason, as recorded in the Obituary, was worked off before we received a
very well written notice by “ a friend.” The following private parti-
culars will supply some of our own deficiency. Brother Field was born
at Lyng, near Reepham, Norfolk, where his father had a farm for many
years, and brought up a family of fourteen children. He is still alive,
at the age of eighty-five, and his mother at seventy-five, both in good
bodily health ; the latter, however, has become “dark,” but painfully
alive to the last sad visitation. So hale is the good old father, that he
can even now walk from his residence at Brixton to London, and part of
the way back. ROBERT, on leaving school, came to London to the mer-
chant's counting-house, and remained there unt.l his serious illness led
to his services being dispensed with.

OBITUARY. March 23.-Æt. 32, Bro. the Hon. W. N. Ridley Col-
borne, M.P., P. G. W., and Dep. P. G. M. for Norfolk. He was son of
Lord Colborne-the cause of death was the bursting of a blood vessel.

On March the 21st, æt. 29, at his Chambers, Gray's Inn, Bro.

Thomas Martin, second son of the late Simon Martin, Esq., of Norwich,

meinber of the “ Lodge of United Friends,” Yarmcuth, No. 392.

TO THE FRIENDS OF THE WIDOW AND THE FATHERLESS,

AT HOME AND ABROAD.

In the vineyard of Freemasonry my duties have been shared by many deserving fellow-labourers, inany of whom “have passed to that bourne from whence no traveller has returned." Among these worthies was one whose character was illustrative of the leading principle of our OrdercharityGodlike and human. This friend, of many years intimate association, was lately suddenly summoned from earth; and if man can form an estimate of the future by his hope, that friend must now be happy, for his conduct here was upright, manly, and benevolent.

My friend has left a dearly beloved affectionate wife, with five infant children (and an unborn !) to struggle with the difficulties of the world, without any means of future support. He had just reached that period of age and circumstance when experience was of priceless value to others and to himself, to others by the exercise of sound talent and a cultivated mind, and to himself by the prospective advantages which an extensive medical practice was opening to his anticipation. But it has been otherwise ordained !

It is of the widow and the fatherless of whom I must now speak. She is a lady of high intellectual attainments. Awful as is this visitation to ber, reduced on the sudden from a position in society to which she was by nature entitled (possessed of a fond husband's protection, his confidence, and his love), to encounter the dread realities of poverty and distress-still she is not appalled, but rises superior to despair, for she abides hopefully in Him, who is husband to the widow and father to the orphan.

In a few weeks her sixth trial of life is to be endured, but without the endearing happiness of presenting a new born pledge of love to its father! Yet will she be sustained by her faith; and if it be the will of God that she be restored to the world, she will adorn it by the exercise of her virtues. She will educate her children she feels that for the future the duty of father as well as of mother devolves on herself, and her sons will listen to the words that fall from the lips of such a mother with double interest, while the daughters will imbibe her purest lessons with abiding grace.

William Howitt observes of women :—" It is in them that confiding children hear the divinity speak; it is on them that they depend in fullest faith; and the maternal nature grafted on the original, grows in them stronger than all the other powers of life.”

The widow of my departed friend is one of such women. What more need be said to benevolent Freemasons, whose hearts will, I hope, supply whatever I have omitted. From obvious motives of delicacy the name is suppressed, but I append my own, and implore of my Masonic Brethren, in the name of the Great Architect of the Universe, that they will not peruse this appeal without contributing to the widow, whose mite was esteemed more precious than all the rest, by Him who knew not where to rest his head.

Whatever I may receive shall be faithfully applied.
Grove, Gravesend, 29th June, 1846.

Rob. Thos. CRUCEFIX. [As there is no station to which the lady alluded to is unequal, I respectfully observe, that if any lady or gentleman should hear of any vacancy requiring, superior qualifications, information thereof will be most gratefully acknowledged, and every exertion will be used to obtain it.]

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