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AN APPEAL FOR POOR LADIES.

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AN APPEAL FOR POOR LADIES. At a meeting of the Common Council of London. Mr. Horris, M.P., presented a petition from the Com- mittee of the Ladies' Home, Abbey-road, St. John's- wood, for a grant in aid of their funds. It was signed by Lady de Grey and Ripon and others, and stated that the Home owed its origin to the kindly feelings of Mrs. Greathed, the first resident, who, touehed by the suf- ferings of a very uncomplaining class-namely, reduced gentlewomen—determined to endeavour to alleviate their distress without subjectillg them to receive charity. It was solely dedicated, and had been strictly confined, to the reception of ladies by birth and education who on the death of their natural Drotectors found them- selves reduced to great, if not utter destitution, ag- gravated in many cases by increasing years, decreasing strength, and by their being, through early habits and education, less fitted than others to cope with hard- ships and privations, and more unwilling to make known their distresses. Among the present occupants there were no less than ten orphan daughters of gen- tlemen of once independent fortune, four who are daughters or widows of clergymen, three whose fathers or husbands have held small appointments under Government, and four whose fathers were once opulent merchants. Every room was at this moment occupied, but seven accepted candidates were waiting for ad- mission. The income of the institution is made up entirely of payments by the lady inmates, and free donations and subscriptions. The memorial was re- ferred for consideration and report to the Coal, Corn, and Finance Committee, as was also a similar petition from the president and directors of the Sailors' Home in Well-street, presented by Alderman Fiimis.

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