said, ‘It may be that thou wilt not have to return here again.’
She sprang up instantly, and looking in his face with intense anxiety, exclaimed, ‘Am I pardoned?
‘Yes, thou art pardoned,’ he replied; ‘and I have come to take thee home.’
She fell back into her seat, covered her face with her hands, and wept aloud.
, describing this interview in a letter to a friend, says: ‘It was the most affecting scene I ever witnessed.
Nothing could exceed the joy I felt at seeing this child of sorrow relieved from her sufferings, and restored to liberty.
I had seen this young and comely looking woman, who was endowed with more than common good sense, driven to the depths of despair by the intensity of her sufferings.
I had seen her a raving maniac.
Now, I saw her “sitting and clothed in her right mind.”
I was a thousand times more than compensated for all the pains I had taken.
I had sympathized deeply with her sufferings, and I now partook largely of her joy.’
As her nerves were in a very excitable state, it was thought best that she should remain a few weeks under the superintendence of his daughter, Mrs. Gibbons
, before she went to the home provided for her. She was slightly unsettled at times, but was disposed to be industrious and cheerful.
Having earned a little money by her needle, the first use she made of it,