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progress of mankind, the education of youth, THE AGE WE LIVE IN.-The age we live the preservation of age and the respect for in is one of remarkable activity, both in civil woman all depend. If marriage is not divine, and religious concerns, not only in this country, there is nothing divine, pothing solid on earth, nothing left that a good man, woman or family
but in other parts of the civilized world. Deed wish preserved in all the institutions of In Europe there seems to be among the edumankind. And marriage and Christianity and cated classes an increasing breadth of view in port each other as divine gifts to man.-Philu. relation to the rights of man and the responsi. Ledger
bilities of those who hold the reins of power;
while among the great mass of the people, there FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER. is a growing disposition to assert their rights,
and to claim political privileges hitherto denied PAILADELPHIA, THIRD MONTH 9, 1867.
them. In the commencement of a new volume our
In Italy great progress has been made in thoughts naturally turn to the objects which promoting national unity and constitutional incite us to continued labor. Among these, the government.
Even in Rome, the slowest of all desire to furnish our readers with mental food communities to reform abuses, and the most inthat will not only be pleasant to the taste, but veterate in its adherence to tradition, some which will strengthen a love for Truth and its signs of advancement may be seen, in the detestimonies, holds a prominent place. We learn sire of the people to throw off the yoke of ee
clesias: ical domination. through letters from a number of friends that this object has been attained in many instances,
In France the education of the people is adand this affords us encouragement. By an in- vancing, and with increasing intelligence among creased subscription, the pecuniary difficulties, the industrial classes, a yearning for greater which threatened a discontinuance of our pa civil and religious liberty begins to prevail, per, have been removed. We had hoped the and to make itself felt by the government. terms might have been reduced this
In Germany, so recently involved in a tre
year, but a recent increase
in expenses renders mendous conflict of arms, there is manifested a such a course injudicious at the
determination to lay the foundations of govern
present time. The present rates, however, should not be an ob- ment on principles far more liberal than have stacle to its free circulation.
hitherto pravailed, and to provide against fuIf Friends who are qualified, and who feel ture dissensions by establishing a great national an interest in the cause which we have at heart,
uvity. would employ their talents upon subjects of
In Russia the liberation of many millions of
serfs, and the measures taken for their elegeneral and vital interest to the Society, and
vation, indicate on the part of their absolute would contribute more freely to the columos of our periodical, we should be less dependere lence, that entitles him to a high rank among
ruler, a degree of enlightenment and benevoupon matter which has before appeared in
the benefactors of mankind. print.
In Great Britain the spirit of reforh is probaThe selections which have been made, have bly more active and potent than at any time not, as our readers are aware, been confined to during the last two centuries, as may be inthe writings of the members of the Society of ferred from the great mass meetings and proFriends; but such illustrations of Truth, as we cessions demanding the extension of the elechave believed were calculated to impress the tive franchise. These demands will doubtless mind with the excellency of that spirit“ which be met by concessions on the part of the govthinketh no evil and speaketh no guile,” have ernment, for the English aristocracy have genbeen used, irrespective of sect or name. erally been wise enough to yield to the demands
For the promotion of the blessed cause of of the people when danger became imminent, truth and righteousness, we dedicate ourselves and thus by conceding a part of what justice anew to the work, trusting that our efforts may demanded, they have been enabled to retain be blessed.
In our own country, a stupendous revolution righteous cause will prevail, and that the Rehas been going on, and is not yet fully accom. deemer's kingdom-the reign of peace and love plished. It brings to mind the language of the will be extended. Most High through the prophet Ezekiel: “Re- There is, among most religious sects, an inmove the diadem, take off the crown, exalt him creasing disposition to acknowledge the suprethat is low, abase him that is high. I will macy of the great fundamental principle we overturn, overturn, overturn, until he come profess—“the universal and saving light of whose right it is, and I will give it him." A Christ;" or, in Scripture language, “the grace proud oligarchy has been overthrown, and mil- of God that bringeth salvation.” May we lions of human beings that were subjected to then, as a religious society, baving entrusted to degrading bondage, now enjoy the sweets of us precious testimonies to bear before the world, liberty and are permitted to receive the light of be more fully aroused to the importance of our knowledge. For their elevation and instruction position, and the consequent responsibility that an amount of treasure is poured forth, and an rests upon us. If we place our light “under a earnestness of effort displayed, that has seldom, bushel, or under a bed," being engrossed with if ever, been exhibited in any age or country. worldly cares, or indulging in luxurious ease, The desolations of war are being effaced by we shall be held accountable for the misuse or the benefactions of peace.
neglect of our talents; but if, on the contrary, It is well known to the student of history, we cherish an earoest, sincere, fervent piety, that the human mind makes most rapid progress fruitful in good works,-we shall, in doing good when it is stirred to its utmost depths by events to others, promote the glory of God, and secure of womentous importance. The language of for ourselves eternal life. Mošís, describing the Deluge, may be figura tively applied to our country: “The fountains the residence of the bride's parents, in Woodstown,
MARRIED, on the 13th of Second month, 1867, at of the great deep were broken up, and the win- N. J., according to the order of Friends, Howard dows of heaven were opened.” Thought is no BASSETT, D.D.S.
, to Clemence A. Hinchman, all of
Salern Co., N. J. longer stagnant; but, rushing forward with ir
on Fifth-day, the 1415 of Second month, resistible force, it sweeps away the barriers of 1867, according to Friends'
Edward Cooper, Upper Greenwich, N. J., David prejudice, that have been raised by centuries Ballinger to Rachel C. Cooper. of oppression. Accordingly we find a progress Brookfield, according to Friends' order, Jos. Candy,
on the 27th of Second month, 1867, at in public sentiment unparallelled in any other of Bensalem, Bucks Co., Pa., to Margery, daughter period of our history. The overruling Provi of Sarah and the late John Paxson, of the former
place. dence of God, the voiversal brotherhood of man, the just and elevated position of woman, DIED, on the 14th of Tenth month, 1866, in Upper are now claiming a degree of consideration Makefield, Bucks Co., Pa., WM. Ryan, aged 84 years ; hitherto unkauwo.
a member of Wrightstown Monthly Meeting.
on the 16th of Twelfth month, 1866, TIMOTHY It is with pations as with individuals, the ATKINSON, aged 82 years ; a member of Wrightstown
Monthly Meeting. darkest days in our experience—the seasons of - on the 26th of Second month, 1867, at his our deepest affliction — may, through Divine residence
, Bensalem, Bucks Co., Pa., Joshua K.
WILDMAN, aged 47 years; a member of Byberry Goodness, be made to yield the richest barvest Monthly Meeting. of instruction, if we humble ourselves under on the 28th of Twelfth month, 1866, at his.
residence in Milton, Ind., MATTHEW FERRIS, aged his mighty hand, and place our trust in tim, about 61 years. This dear friend was a kind, dewbose right it is to reign.
voted husband and sincere friend. His disease was Notwithstanding the profanity, intemperance was struck with paralysis. His suffering during his
paeumonia, and a short time before his decease he and fraud that so much abound, there are evi- illness was very great, and when near the close al. dences on the part of vast numbers of an carn- fortitude, desiring that strength might be given him
most insupportable, but be bore it with Christian est effort to do right, and, perhaps, there never to wait patiently for the time of his departure, de was a time when candid investigation of re-released from such intense suffering, adding, "I be.
siring those around him to pray that he might be ligious truth and widely extended benevolence lieve the prayers of the righteous are availing," and were more conspicuous. May we not hope that, frequently repeated, “ Not my will, but thine, O Lord,
be done." He retained his consciouness until the in the conflict between good and evil, the close. So passed away an honest, upright man, and
at the house of
a humble and sincere Christian. He will be greatly , survived all the friends of her youth, she often looged missed in the meeting of which he has been a mem- to depart. A short time before her death, she deber tbirty eight years. Thus are called one after sired ber daughter to pray for her, and when this another those who are looked to for counsel and ad. was complied with, seemed consoled and comforted. vice.
The close of her long sojourn on earth was calm Died, on the 9th of Eleventh month, 1866, at Ports- and peaceful. mouth, R. I., Hannah GIFFORD, in the 92d year of Died, on Seventb-day, 5th of First month, 1867, her age; a member of Rhode Island Monthly Meeting. REBE MELVINA, infant daughter of George W. and
on the 9th of First month, 1867, CALVIN | Amanda De Gour, in her 4ih year. CAMMACK, in the 24th year of his age; a member of
on the 24th of Second month, NATHAN Henkle Creek Monthly Meeting.
Wright, in the 72d year of his age, a member of at her residence in Baltimore County, Mary Green St. Monthly Meeting. land, on the 24th of Second Month, 1867, MARY M. on the 24th of Second montb, 1867, at hig PRICE, aged 88 years.
residence, Hulmerille, Bucks Co., T. BURROWS In the death of this dear Friend, Gunpowder Tilton, in the 55th year of his age. Monthly Meeting, of which she had been an Elder
on the 5th of Second month, 1867, ELIZAfor about fifty-one years, has lost one of its most BETA, wife of Joel Burton, in the 88th year of her faithful laborers in the cause of truth and of cbarch age, a member of Pilesgrove Monthly Meeting of discipline, the neighborhood one of the most udos- Friends, N. J. This aged beloved mother bad been tentatious, yet sympathising and self-sacrificing of unable to walk alone, for near eighteen pontbs, on its members, and the Society of Friends one of its account of dislocation of hip joint; and a few days most eørnest and consistent examplars. While sbe before her death, she fell again, and dislocared her was ever studious to avoid giving trouble berself, shoulder, under which her strong powers of nature her hospitalities to others knew no bounds; she gave way. seemed never to weary in waiting upon the many who came under her hospitable roof. She was Letter received by Friends' Association for the very diligent in her attendance of meetings, rarely allowing, even in her extreme old age, any thing to
Aid and Elevation of the Freedmen in return interfere with her prompt atteodance. Her close
for supplies sent. was in accordance with her long and useful life.
Fort MONROE, 2d mo. 18th, 1867. She passed away with her intellect, apparently un. My dear Frienus.- I cannot express to you impaired, and we cannot doubt is now reaping a rich with pen and ink how thankful I feel for your reward.
at his residence in Harford County, Mary- kindness in sending the box of clothing and land, on the 15th of Second Month, 1867, Asahel the money. The latter came when so much Haviland, in tbe 81st year of bis age; a member of deeded. You know a little of the starvation Forest Preparative, and an Elder of Little Falls
among our people. The snow lasted for nearly Monthly Meeting.
a month, and it was a bard month indeed. Thus has passed from earth one who, in his intercourse with his fellow man, through' a long life, Many of the men bad been in the country evinced the quiet, unobtrusive traits of the Chris working, and came home to spend Christmas tian's character; and we believe it may be truly week with their families, and were stormstaid; said that he died without enemies on earil, and bad no money, for many of them were not paid with friends in Heaven.
Though suffering much during his last illness of off,—and what could be done? Some had their two weeks' duration, he bore it with fortitude and feet so terribly frosted they could not wear resignation, frequently expressing his desire to be their shoes for weeks. This country being flat, gathered to the mansions of rest, which he bad on the woods were filled with water, so that those evidence were prepared for him, whenever it should who went for their wood, to carry home on tbeir be his Master's will. And there are those who can heads, had to wade to get it.
What could the testify that to them death was never before so robbed of its terrors, or the grave of its victory, as when
women do, and especially the old ? It was quite standing by the bedside of this dying Christian. distressing to go into some of the cabins and
on the 7th of Second month, 1867, E118! find a family of little children sitting over a few Stuart, son of John D. Stuart, aged 32 years; a coals, or perhaps none; and so hard to see the member of Lower Greenwich Monthly Meeting, N.J. old men and women, after toiling hard and re
in this city, on the 26th ultimo, Alice P. ceiving pothing in return, now to suffer from Topp in the 100th year of her age; a member of hunger and cold. This, I trust, is in the past, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. This friend, who not to be remembered. I feel that much was had attained an age rarely allotted to any one, was born in Lancaster, Pa., on the 22d of First monih, done by us with the means you provided, to alle1768. Her father, Toomas Poultney, a member of viate the distress. I have tried to be judicious our Society, emigrated to this country from London with the money, and have it go as far as I can. in 1730, and came with bis family to reside in this This is a great country for pive, and many of city when the deceased was nin was married in 1788 to James Todd, a merchant of the women get what they call light-wood' for Philadelphia.
kindlings, and bring it to us to cook our meals. By the death of her husband, she was left with a One woman came two wiles the other morning, family of five children, all of whom except one, before we bad our breakfast, with a great bassbe survived, and passed through many of the ket of this light-wood.
It was trials incident to widowhood. Though retaining
a very cold her memory and clearness of intellect to the last
, morning, and she seemed to feel it very much. her sight and hearing were nearly gone, and in a I had her come in and sit down by the cooking sepse of the infirmity of extreme age, and of having stove, and gave her her breakfast. She said
she bad eaten a small corn cake the morning she had not a bit in the house, and her husband before; she was very hungry. Her husband could get very little work. Another old woman has been sick with consumption ever since Au- came two miles with a basket of light-wood. I gust, and no doubt they have suffered greatly. went into one house and found four little I went there about three weeks ago, and soon had children hovering over the fire. I asked theni them made more comfortable by getting some where their mother was, &c. ? She had gone bed clothes and wearing clothes for them; to buy meal. There was a nice load of wood there are two daughters. The same day an- in the house, and I asked them who paid for it. other old woman came in and said she had had They said mother gave an iron pot and a big Dotbing in her house since Friday morning, - pitcher for it. Still another woman, who was and this was Monday. I gave her some soup very poor, and had three little children, obtainwe had left from dinner, and it must have been ed a quart, or not that much, of milk, one everefreshing to her. I could multiply instances ning, and after giving her children half of it, of this kind. I have the men chap wood for took the rest to divide among three children of the school and house purposes, and have the another family, equally poor with herself. I women take turns helping me wash, iron, scrub, would not write these cases of destitution and &c. It is more trouble for me, but I have to suffering, but to tell you your money and clothoccasionally give them a meal; and if they can ing have in a great measure relieved their wants. come and help me, they will feel as though they I never like to say, “ Be ye clothed and filled," were paying for it. Those that can sew well I without giving the wherewithal that it can be give sewing to do, either for myself or for dope. Another case I will mention of a woman those who cannot. I often want a dress made who was living with another woman, no relation for an old person, or for a child, and let these to each other, both equally poor. I brought women make it, and give them a pair of shoes, down the last flannel dress, and told her to try or dress, or whatever they need, in returu. All it on; but she refused, saying she had rather this keeps me busy, I assure you. And now to give it to the other woman, as she had no dress; talk a little about the clothing. I found a great and taking up her old thin calico in her hand, many excellent articles,-coats, vests, dresses, said, "I have this one yet." I let ber do as &e. Wherever I felt a family needed my es- she wished, and secretly resolved she should not pecial care, I assorted out what I thought suit-go unrewarled. As I am kept so very busy, I able. In this way I supplied some of the very have little time to write, but I will try to write peedy the first thing I had just received a you another letter io the course of a few weeks. box from home, and putting the articles to- I am interrupted continually with rape at the gether, enabled me to do much good in some door. But I'am here to attend to them, and I families. I did what I never did before; I sold must be patient. The number of pieces in the at a moderate price some things that I knew box were as follows : Ninety new garmentswould do a certain class of the people more forty-five part worn a few shoes, copy-books, good, and took the money and bought goods &c. The barrel contained 60 pieces, befor the others; so I have been enabled to supply sides a few stockings and shoes. We tender a greater pumber of people than I could other our many thanks to yoa for your offering, but wise bave done. Many of them are going on if you were to see the happiness it produced to the farms to work, and had to be supplied among some of my poor, you would need no with clothes to travel with. A great number thanks froin me. are leaving here this spring. I am glad they Remember me as your true friend, bave concluded to go. They settled down bere
S. H. CLARK. as if they were to stay forever. They are begioving to understand what freedom is. Some
CHEERFUL WORK. at first thought they would have nothing to do. One of the most valuable, and one of the most They don't yet understand how to lay up their infectious examples which can be set before the winter's store, but they will learn, by receiving young, is that of cheerful working. Cheerfulhard lessons. It is astonishing, too, how some ness gives elasticity to the spirit. Spectres fly of them get along. I know some women who before it ; difficulties cause no despair, for they have inade five dollars a week digging and sell. are encountered with hope, and the mind acing bones,-the old mule bones, that were quires that happy disposition to improve opporburied at the time of the war. They also pick tunities which rarely fails of success. The ferop rags, coal, iron, &c. A woman came this vent spirit is always a healthy and happy spirit; morning before breakfast and wanted some working cheerfully itself and stimulating others meal; said she had seven cents Friday night, to work. It coofers a dignity on even the most and bought some turnips with that, and it was ordinary occupations. The most effective work, all she had until this morning. She is a widow also, is always the full hearted work—that which with two children. I gave out four tickets be passes through the hands or the head of him fore breakfast for meals. One old woman said whose heart is glad.
GOD'S THOUGHTS NOT OUR THOUGHTS.
his faithful household servants he left $20,000, God's thoughts are not as our thoughts : we look on
and appointed two Quaker guardians for the Dreading to climb some mountain far away,
children; one of whom was Friend Joseph, who Counting the sharp stones on its tedious way. took the children to board with him for the IIe cares for our small troubles, day by day convenier ce of attending schol. They were Smoothing them down.
good-looking, intelligent, and well-bebaved; We keep our patience for our greater cares, but hecause God bad given them brown comAnd murmur unrepenting o'er the less; Thinking to show our strength in our distress.
plexions the neighbors were as shy of them as if His patience with our hourly fretfulness
i hey had been young gorillas. Still gently bears.
There were two schools in the vicinity, unGod's ways are not as our ways: we lay down der the management of Quakers. The paSchemes for his glory, temples for our king,
rents of both sects of scbolars manifested Wherein tribes yet unborn may worship Him : equal uneasiness at having their children learn Meanwhile upon some humble, secret thing
He sets His crown.
to read and spell in the same class with chilWe travel far to find Him, seeking still,
dren of darker skins. When Friend Joseph Often in weariness, to reach his sbrine :
and his family took them to meeting, and sat Ready our choicest treasures to resign.
side by side with them, it caused as much com. He, in our daily bomes, lays down the line, motion w if those healthy, bright looking browa
Do hear my will. children had been infected with some fatal con. There in the lonely valley, walking on,
tagious disease The Elders of the Society Some common duty all we have to do; His higher I boughts of love make all things new;
decided that it was proper for them to sit in a His “higber way" we tread, yea, leading to
small gallery by then selves. Friend Joseph, God's holy tbrone. always averse to strife, readily assented; but he
signified that, as guardian of the cbildren, he BROAD CAST THY SEED.
should consider it his duty to go and sit with Broad cast thy seed
them, and that his wife and daughter would Al bough some portion may be found also feel it to be their duty. Now that was T, fall on uucongenial ground,
precisely the most troublesome thing he could
ing occasionally, would naturally inquire why May make it droop or wiiber there;
that one family sat by themselves in an out-of. By not discouraged: some will find
the way, inconvenient place; and, if the true Congenial soil and gentle wind
reason was given, peradventure some of them Refreshing dewuod ripening shower
might say that Quakers must have degenerated To bring it into beauteous flower, From flower to fruit to glad thine eyes,
greatly since the days of George Fox and Wil. And fill thy soul with sweet surprise.
liam Penn. They had an unpleasant consciousDo good, and God will bless thy deed, ness of this; and, because it made them uncom. Broad cast iby seed !
fortable, they felt as if Friend Josepb was a - Chambers' Journal.
disturber of the peace. Assuredly, if George
Fox had reappeared among them in his suit of FRIEND JOSEPH.
leather, they would have dealt with him as a (Concluded from page 828, vol. 23.)
very disorderly member. The Quakers proved Not far distant from the farm lived an old themselves no better and no worse than other man of very secluded and eccentric habits. He sects. Every sect, after it has sought its way was born in Vermont, but had early removed to to toleration, and thence passed into respectaone of the Carolinas, where he lived many years bility, gradually becomes lethargic, and fails to and purchased many slaves. He was reputed apply its original principles to the moral disto be ricb, but his manner of living gave do in- eases of its time. The manna of the Lord has dication of it. His dress, bis house, and the to be gathered fresh continually; it will not vehicle in which he rode were as plain as those keep. Individuals who are alive in defunct of the Quaker farmers in his neighborhood. societies are sure to be impeded at every step His only servants and companions in the house of their straightforward progress. Friend were a colored man and woman, who had been Joseph, who earnestly desired to live in peace his slaves in Carolina, and who afterward mar- and friendship with all men, found himself enried and had a small family. This man died gaged in a series of struggles. Duties, pot of while I was at the farm. Nothing had been pre- bis own seeking, came to him, as did the guarviously known of his opinions concerning slave-dianship of the colored children; it was bis ry; but the state of his conscience on that sub. vature to perform duties conscientiously, and in ject was revealed by the fact that by will be the performance of them he could not avoid emancipated a large pumber of slaves in Caro jostling the prejudices of his neighbors. These lina, and left each of them a legacy to enable little discords where he longed for harmony them to quit the State, as the law required. To I sometimes saddened him; but they never made