The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84
Mrs. Wright (who, on the death of Mrs. Eades, was appointed Bible-woman) proved herself to be an earnest worker in this department, having in the space of seven months paid over 1,100 visits; reading and praying with those visited, when it was desirable. In November, Mrs. Wright gave up her appointment as Bible-woman. The Committee were very sorry to lose her valuable services, and the Secretary was instructed to convey to her by letter their regrets, and also their entire satisfaction with the work done by her.
Mrs. Roberts was appointed in July as second Bible-woman, and since Mrs. Wright's resignation she has been carrying on the work alone, and has rendered valuable service in visiting the sick and the dying, the destitute and neglected; in reporting deserving and needy cases to the Committee; in persuading drunkards to sign the pledge; and in reading, praying, and leaving tracts with families. Her visits have averaged 189 each month, exclusive of those paid to the Hospital and Gaol. The number of visits can be enumerated, but who can estimate the good that has been done, as day by day these earnest women have gone forth in faith, sowing the seed of the Word with a full hand? God grant that that seed may in due time yield an abundant harvest.
The funds for maintaining the Bible-women are raised (specially) by weekly or monthly subscriptions, collected by the following young ladies;—Misses Jessie Smith, Costall, Pilcher, Sloan, Moxham, and E. Wilkinson; Treasurer, Miss Duthie; Assistant Treasurer, Miss E. Wilkinson. The Committee tender their hearty thanks to these ladies, who have done their work so efficiently, and take this opportunity to urge others who have an aptitude for such service to come forward and join this band of workers. By so doing, they would greatly aid the Association.