Guardian of Friendless Girls

April 28, 1854

Rev. John T. Sargent, of Boston, writes to call attention to readers the plight of young girls on the streets of the city, and he appeals for assistance. “We ask your cooperation in a work of great importance. Our streets are full of children, wholly idle, or engaged in trifling occupations. Many of these are girls. Experience shows that idleness and vagrant habits lead them into temptation, and they soon become guilty of slight offences against the laws. If left unmolested by the police, they ripen into profligate and degraded offenders. If arrested or committed to jail or the House of Correction, they are, after a few months, rendered back to the community worse than before.”