means of equitably remunerating her parents for the cost of such a tour, she had faithfully devoted herself to the teaching of the younger members of the family Her honored friends, Professor and Mrs. Farrar, who were about visiting the Old World, had invited her to be their companion; and, as Miss Martineau was to return to England in the ship with them, the prospect before her was as brilliant with generous hopes as her aspiring imagination could conceive.
But now, in her journal of January 1, 1836, she writes:—
The New-year opens upon me under circumstances inexpressibly sad. I must make the last great sacrifice, and, apparently, for evil to me and mine.
Life, as I look forward, presents a scene of struggle and privation only.
Yet I bate not a jot of heart, though much of hope.
My difficulties are not to be compared with those over which many strong souls have triumphed.
Shall I then despair?
If I do, I am not a strong soul.
Margaret's family treated her, in this exi
ll his force, physical and moral, to give utterance to divine truth, that I felt purged as by fire.
If some speakers feed intellect more, Dr. C. feeds the whole spirit.
O for a more calm, more pervading faith in the divinity of my own nature!
I am so far from being thoroughly tempered and seasoned, and am sometimes so presumptuous, at others so depressed.
Why cannot I lay more to heart the text, God is never in a hurry: let man be patient and confident?
In the spring of 1837, Margaret received a very favorable offer to become a principal teacher in the Greene Street School, at Providence, R. I.
The proposal is, that I shall teach the elder girls my favorite branches, for four hours a day,—choosing my own hours, and arranging the course,—for a thousand dollars a year, if, upon trial, I am well enough pleased to stay.
This would be independence, and would enable me to do many slight services for my family.
But, on the other hand, I am not sure that I shall l