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Agis as Executor, Administrator, Assignee, etc., alone or in connection with an individual appointee. Executes trusts of every description knowlı to the law. All trust assets kept separate from those of the Company. Burglar-Proof Safes to rent at $5 to $60 per annum. Wills kept in Vaults without charge. Bonds, Stocks and other valuables taken under guarantee. Paintings, Statuary, BronZes, etc., kept in Fire-Proof Vaults. Money received on deposit at interest.

JAMES LONG, President; JOHN G. READING, Vice-President; MAHLON H. STOKES, Treasurer and Secretary; D. R. PATTERSON, Trust Officer. +

DIRECTORS.–Jas. Long, Alfred S. Gillett, Joseph Wright, Dr. Charles P. Turner, Wm. S. Price, John T. Monroe, W.J. Nead, Thos, R. } atton, John G. Reading, Wm. H. Lucas, D. Hayes Agnew M. D., Jos. I. Keefe, Robert Patterson, Theodore C. Engel, Jacob Naylor, Thomas G. Hood, Edward L. Perkins, philadelphia; Sãmuel Riddle, Glen Riddle, Pa.; Dr. George W. Reiley, Harrisburg, Pa.; J. SimpSon Africa, Huntingdon; Henry S. Eckert, Reading; Edmund S. Doty, Mifflintown'; W. W. H. Davis, Doylestown; R. E. Monaghan, West Chester: Charles W. Cooper, Allentown.

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The Friends' journal.

INTELLIGENCER. } Vol. xlii. No. 40.


JOURNAL. {vol. xiii. No. 668.


NLY the shrouding gloom can unfold The skyey chart with its worlds of gold; Only the darkness can make the might A fathomless miracle of light !

Only the shadow of night in the heart Reveals to the Soul the heavenly chart; Only the darkness that falls at our feet Can make the meaning of God complete



T has been said “Order is heaven's first law.” By this I understand that all natural objects, the innumerable host of created things, the countless orbs that move through celestial space, all have an orderly arrangement, a regular system, which as we come more fully to understand, we find perfect harmony; that All are parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul, That out of these whatever link we strike Tenth or ten-thousandth, breaks the chain alike ;

and how wonderfully true and in accord with this is the record of the ancient lawgiver, as it has come down to us. “In the beginning,” the great creative power, the great first cause, eternal Father, that which is from everlasting to everlasting, “being whom we call God and know no more; ” “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form,” without definite shape, and Void, empty, without life, and darkness was over all ; with that qualification that comes only from God, the inspired penman has recorded that out of darkness came light, marvelous light, and it was good. How in accord with this is the Christian’s experience, first that which is natural, afterward that which is spiritual; the mind of the unregenerate man knows only an existence, it is without definite purpose, it is without form, is void as to a conception of the glory of a saving knowledge of the truth, and darkness, gross darkness covers it, no power of discernment comes whereby the way of life may be known, he turns to one side, then to another, but finds all alike, no comforting hope, no

1Read at the Conference held at Camden N. J., after the close of meeting, on First-day, 11th month 8th, by Isaac C. Martindale.

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true happiness, no real enjoyment, and in this lost and undone condition the eternal spirit, the spirit of God moves, and then follows, light. It may be at first but a faint glimmer, a mere glow-worm spark like that which the belated traveler in tropic climes awaits, to enable him to see the way to tread ; it may be a sudden outburst like that which appeared to the apostle Paul on his journey to Damascus, which exceeded in brightness that of the noon-day Sun, by which he was enabled to see his errors of the past, and mark his course for the future. Thus we find the spirit of God moving upon the heart, is of the same order, as in the dawn of creation the same spirit moved upon the elements, and both became alike good, and the evening and the morning were the first day. The first of the Christian’s experience, that which was hidden now becomes revealed, that which was in weakness now becomes strong, that which was hopeless now is in full faith, and at every turn is unfolded in new beauty the journey of life, the power of discernment by which the unstable and uncertain, comparable to the restlessness of the waters, is brought into place, that which is of the earth becomes earthy, and is put under foot, while that which is of a noble character becomes exalted to that high and heavenly condition in which closed the second day. The third epoch brings into existence all vegetable life, that which may furnish sustenance for the animal creations yet to appear, and without which they could not exist; the solidified mass of earthy matter thus clothed as with a garment is ready to receive the fourth condition of changing seasons, and now other worlds, countless celestial orbs peer through the parting mists surrounding our earth, and the sun, the moon, and the stars also in order, move through space, representing by their effulgence varied conditions, the stars as babes in Christ whose power is weak because of footsteps feeble, just starting as it were on life's journey, and as one star differs from another star in glory So varies the influence of true noble sons and daughters in the morning of their being, these may by keeping close to the guide, which it has been given them to know, experience a development and growth in the truth and have an extended influence comparable to the light from the moon, and finally that from the sun, the greatest of all, arriving at the condition of fathers and mothers in the church, comforting all with whom they mingle, and ready to receive the blessing of “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

In the fifth era of recorded history, we find the earth now reduced to order and beauty, and under the influence of the light and heat of the Sun, clothed with green, yet destitute of all inhabitants, but as the conditions are favorable to these they now appear, with the blessing of God upon them to be fruitful and multiply, and then comes the morning of the last creative day, from whence looking around we can exclaim, “How manifold are thy works, Lord God Almighty, in wisdom and in order hast thou made them all !” Again, “behold the end approaches, the crown, the diadem to be, a being nearer my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee,” formed of the elements of earth, to have dominion over every earthly creature, and every green herb to be for his highest use, and created likewise in the image or likeness of God, is possessed of an immortal, eternal nature which permits of being brought into a condition to know the will of him who in wisdom created all, that when this mortal is done with earth he may put on the robes of immortality and eternal life. In the early rise of our Society, Friends were privileged to read the same lesson from the inspired volume as they saw in nature everywhere, these coming from the Same Source, the overruling power or spirit, and this same spirit being in man and having dominion within and over him brought order and harmony into Supremacy, hence Friends early regarded the order I have exemplified, and in accord therewith often met together for divine worship. These were refreshing seasons to the traveler Zionward; they gave opportunity for advice and counsel to those assembled and often brought an exercise of deep feeling and concern for those who were absent and in prison; many of these concerns were recorded only in the minute books of the Society, whilst some found expression in epistles issued to all bearing the name of Friends. As year after year rolled by the need of a more special regard for these advices was found essential to Society, but the important work of collecting them was not undertaken till about ninety years after the death of George Fox, and a printed volume was finally issued under date of 24th of First month, 1783. A hasty glance over these early records which form the basis of the present Book of Discipline, shows a great regard for that order to which I have referred, indeed one of the reasons given for the publication was “that order, unity, peace and harmony may be preserved, that in an especial manner the youth may be early and fully instructed in our religious principles, and the nature and design of our Christian discipline, and through divine assistance be enable to adorn our holy profession by a consistent conduct and circumspect conversation in all godliness and honesty.” As the whole discipline combined manifests this order in a remarkable degree, so does each individual subject have the same for its basis, and when we come to examine these more closely, as I trust we shall in our future conference gatherings, we will find the order and spirit underlying all, points with unerring finger to that one power, one faith, one baptism, which is God over all, in all and through all, blessed forever.


[The following essay was read at the recent session of Abington First-day School Union, at Norristown, of which a report has already appeared in this paper.]

MONG the channels through which food for thought was furnished to young minds in the past, was the old-fashioned system of setting copies. We know of one young mind at least whose attention was forcibly arrested by the following: “Religious contention is Satan's harvest.” And through this, perhaps, more than through any other medium, was created in that mind an abiding distaste for doctrinal discourses or controversies of any kind. Very different, however, is this new awakening which has during these later years been agitating the religious world from center to circumference. Earnest inquirers after truth are no longer content to feed upon the husks of fossilized codes and dogmas; but are showing a determination to reach the substance at any cost. The more general spread of education may be one of the causes for these deep and searching investigations; but whatever the cause may be, the fruits that they are producing furnish evidence that this spirit of inquiry is God-given, and if diligently pursued, with an eye single to the Light, can but abound in God-given results. In our own religious Society it has produced and is producing many changes; and by no means among the least of these is the establishing of our First-day Schools. That the efforts of the faithful and earnest laborers in this branch of the Father's vineyard have been blest, is shown by the increasing interest manifested, and their recent approval by our Yearly Meeting. Encouraged by this approval, and conscious that their responsibilities have thus been deepened, they are becoming more earnest in their inquiries: “How shall we most forcibly impress upon the plastic minds committed to our care, the heavenborn principles of our Society 2 How shall we enable them to give a reason for our faith when confronted by those whose theological training has taught them to believe that such teachings are heresy o } } Upon no one point, perhaps, has the Society of Friends been more misrepresented and misunderstood than in their views upon the efficacy of the atonement. A few years ago, there sat in a First-day school connected with Chester Valley Friends' meeting, an interested listener whose early associations had been among Friends, but who had not then become a member of that religious Society; and by her side a relative whose early surroundings had been similar, but who had since united herself with another denomination. “They teach Jesus here, whether they believe in him or not ” was her rather uncomplimentary remark, while the sublime teachings of the lowly Nazarene were being dwelt upon by the different classes. At the risk of being regarded as a heretic, the person addressed could not refrain from saying, that the name of Jesus did not possess the same significance for her that it seemed to possess for many others; that in the days of Jesus of Nazareth it was a name as common as James or John; and that when Jesus Christ was spoken of it Was only the Christ that she felt that she could accept as her Saviour. Instead of the look of horror that she feared her words might produce there was a look of subdued pleasure, and the quiet answer: “I had never thought of separating them in that way before,” gave evidence of awakened interest. Had that awakening occurred in less mature years, reSults in this case at least might have been different; yet it matters not by what denominational name the true believer in the blood or life or power of Christ is known; so long as we are obediently looking to an inward rather than an outward Saviour, and discriminating between Jesus the man and Christ the God, we are safe within the ark. Catholics assert that if they can have the training of a child for the first ten years of its life, Protestants may have it afterwards. If this assertion be true, it becomes evident that those who wish to retain the young within the enclosure of their own denomination, must be zealous in good works during this most impressible period of life.

“I have often felt ashamed of my ignorance of Bible teachings, in the presence of people of other religious bodies”—remarked a member of the Society of Friends who had been reared before the advent of First-day Schools amongst us; and since the Scriptures are profitable for instruction, for reproof, for Correction, let such portions as seem profitable through the guidance of the inner light form the basis of our First-day school training. “There is so much of the Scriptures that we do not understand, and so much that seems objectionable"—argue some dissenters. But do we discard the newspapers because they contain Some things that we do not understand, and that seem objectionable 2 By no means ! We cull such portions as most deeply interest us, and Omit the rest ; and shall a volume that abounds in Some of the most beautiful passages that ever were written be rejected because of a few defects? Our ancestors taught us to seek such portions as meet the witness within us, and avoid such as do not. Let us profit by their counsel. In addition to the Scriptures of truth, if the reading of Sewell's History, Barclay's Apology and kindred works were revived amongst us, even Some of our more mature minds might be enlightened with regard to the foundation of our principles. Though printed in ancient type, they could not fail to interest an inquiring mind. It is useless to Seek, by means of a long established discipline or custom, to promote the observance of outward peculiarities, so long as we remain ignorant of the causes that led to these. Let us rather endeavor to enlighten the understanding, and then, through the aid of our inward instructor, judge intelligently. By thus first cleansing the inside of the platter, the outside will take care of itself.

Since the union of FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER and THE JOURNAL, no better medium can perhaps be found through which both the ancient and modern views of Friends are more clearly set forth. The head of no Friends family can afford to be without it; and the Society's best interests demand its widest circulation.


To our birth-right members we would say: Value your birth-right ! A little child, born of parents of whom Only one was a member, was at a very tender age, left both fatherless and motherless. Once during that period its aged grandfather placed his hand upon its head saying: “Would thee like to be. come a little Friend?” “Yes, very much l’’ was the answer that almost found utterance ; but a natural Shyness and timidity kept it back; and the more evasive reply: “I don’t know ; ” was substituted. The probable motive for that inquiry was not thought of until many years afterwards; but very often since has the wish arisen in that now mature mind that the answer had been different, as it might have led to an application for that child’s membership in our Society, and prevented any retrograde movement in later years; for the observance of outward forms and ceremonies in other denominations furnishes but meager Soul food to those reared in a spiritual application of these things. And now, dear friends, we have presented to you a few random thoughts, gleaned from the fields of observation and experience. In that charity which vaunteth not itself, and in no controversial or proselyting spirit, we have given them forth. And if during their utterance any good seed has been sown that shall yet bear fruit meet for the Father's mansion, our desire is accomplished ; and in the love of that Father we extend to you a kind and cordial welcome!


FTER reading an article with the above title in THE INTELLIGENCER AND Journal of the 24th ult., I feel free to express my convictions concerning the subject, for I believe it is one on which depends the life and growth of Our Organization, and one that has been the touchstone of Friends from their earliest day—the maintenance of the conviction that “God is the teacher of his people, himself.” But let us remember this is conditional, (we being free agents), on whether we will be taught. We are endowed with a three-fold nature, and Sometimes, if not always, there is a conflict as to which shall govern and control. We inherit from generation to generation certain characteristics, some good and some evil, and the planting of the divine seed in our humanity does not prove that we always walk by its constrainings. It is first a seed, and as such needs the gentle dews and the reflecting sun of God's spirit to warm it into operation. The life is apparent, but is in an embryo state. We experience the condition spoken of by the Apostle, that as children we are under tutors and governors, until the time appointed, (that is, such time as we become willing to be anything or nothing in the Divine Father’s hand). We all are children in the spiritual sense, as in the natural, and in bondage under the elements of the world—some more, some less. But when the fulness of time has come, (by God’s repeated knockings for entrance), and our submission to this seed germinates and brings forth a son in our souls, to lead us away from the mere law, them we receive the adoption of sons and daughters,

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