"Outline of a Plan for a Self-sustaining Institution for Homeless and Outcast Females, in which they can be employed and instructed in a Progressive System of horticulture." By Emma Hardinge.

[Appendix to Six Lectures on Theology and Nature. Together with the Outline of A Plan For A Humane Enterprise, and an Autobiographical Introduction. By Emma Hardinge reported by R. R. Hitt (Chicago [?], 1860), 139-142]

P. 139: This Institution is designed for the benefit of females, who, by misfortune or loss of character, are without homes, friends, protection, or means of sustenance.

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The Special Designs Are, First,

To restore self-respect and a place in life to the fallen, a home to the destitute, employment and an available means of subsistence to the industrious.

Secondly, To remove friendless or outcast women from the temptation to sin for bread, until they can honorably provide for themselves; . . . .

[p. 140 -- institution would train women "in the culture of flowers, fruits, and vegetables" so as to make the institution self-sustaining and to "create a respectful demand for their services."]

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Pp. 141-142: The authoress of this plan proposes, as her share of the work, To qualify herself to become a teacher and co-worker with the members of the Institution in the theory and practice of horticulture; and in her present occupation as a public lecturer, to solicit subscriptions, and give her services as a lecturer in every town she visits, for the purpose of raising funds; handing over these sums to the Trustee; in a word, devoting time, talents and energies, to the preliminary work, and holding herself ready, at such time as the organization shall be completed, to become the strengthener and friend of the desolate ones for whom this refuge is designed. She proposes to bring an untarnished name, an example of resolute industry, purity of life, and singleness of purpose, to this work, and by standing amongst the fearful and falling, with outstretched arms, strong purposes, and loving heart, she hopes to [p. 142] restore self respect to the fallen, courage to the despairing, and faith in a noble and progressing future to all.

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