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we are not our own, por have we any real 0o-j store us; so long as we are not wilful, but casion of regret or discouragement, that we singly desire to be right in our moveincnts. have given up all for the sake of Him, by We may be, and some of us know we have whom we enjoy all things. It is a great favor been, long borne with, io much that borders on, that I am enabled to say, the Lord has helped and, indeed, proves to be little better than me on my way.

thorough unbelief and disobedience. We read On Sixth-day I went to Chesham meeting; Ithat “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft :* trust the Lord was amongst us there ia an emi we may have held back on different grounds, nent degree; nor do I recollect often being so very reasonably as we have thought; but wé enlarged in the heavenly gift. O! may the have been chastised for this,-leanness and feeword have entrance and prosper, among a back. bleness have come over us, so that when we sliding and halting generation. That evening would afterwards have given up, the Divine we returned as far as Amersham, having a sense, strength aod blessing have receded :meeting there with Friends.

neither have we enjoyed the answer of, "Well On Seventh day we went by Jordan's meet- done.”. Our situation, perhaps, has foinewhat ing-house; it is well knowu as the burial place resembled that of the Israelites, who, after reof William Penn, Isaac Peonington, and Thom-fusing, attempted to enter the promised land; as Ellwood ;-a secret solitude in the midst of there is, nevertheless, forgiveness with lim, a woody and hilly district. I saw some original that he may be rightly feared, and also plenletters of Isaac Pennington, &c.

teous redemption. I believe we are safe in On First-day morning I attended Wycombe resting under a holy, simple fear and caution, meeting, aud was favored to declare the truth as to su awful a proceeding as the first exercise without fear of man. That evening we reached of the ministry; but how far this should be this place, (Berkhamstead,) a newly settled carried caunot well be defined for another ; meeting, and were comforted, I hope, together. vessels are variously moulded, and variously Yesterday we went to Ilemel Hempstead, an dealt with or used ;—there may be too much of appointed meeting, and returned bither. My this, as well as too little,—for our snares and health is preserved, but at the end of some our tendencies differ. Even though we wait days' work I feel much wearied; it is a comfort for what we may suppose only adequate strength to bave some evidence, that, however small my and clearness for the occasion, this may stand measare of labor, it is nearly as much as my in the way of our having that degree of it, frame is equal to ; yet the Lord makes up all. which was intended for us, had we used more

1827, Tenth month 7th. --First-day I at- self-renunciativn, or been more disinterested in tended the meetings at Devonshire House ; our service. It is plain we are not to expect to was silent in both; glory be to the great have just what evidence would please or isfy

our own feelings, which may have become First-lay, the 14th.-Attended the meetings somewhat morbid by dwelling on things too at Uxbridge; on the 17th, the Monthly Meet- much. Ah! the simplicity of a true babe in ing; and on Secoud-day following I reached Christ is what we want most, far more than our comfortable home at Altoo, through the that kind of assurance we covet thus greatly: matchless condescension, goodness and for a little of this goes a great way; it is the faith bearance of my Maker, Preserver and Redeem which pleases God, and removes the mountains; er !

and by which we are to walk, rather than by TO

sight : it leads to look not at self with anxiety

how we shall be provided either with discerb-
ALTON, 15th of Twelfth month, 1827.

ment, courage, or what else is needed; but to
Be assured thou hast my very tender sympa- rest in the Lord, and cast our burden on bim,
thy under the important circumstances thy let- koowing he is ready to sustain such, so that
ter unfolds; and that my best, though feeble they shall lack nothing; nor are they much
desires are, and will be, for thy best welfare. moved by what arises to perplex, discourage or
I cannot doubt but preservation and sufficient prove them,--trusting over all in never-failing
help will be extended, while a simple, upright, goodness.
unreserved surrender of the will is sought after I hope if what is now handed should feel to
and abode in. I have thought, in a case of thee to be as a word in season, and in any wise
this kind, there is always abundant condecomiog from the right source, thou wilt not
scension, gentleness, forbearance and long-suf- hesitate to accept it through the fear of leading
fering manifested towards us poor fallible crea-

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I consider that when instruments are tares. He that putteth forth and goeth before rightly engaged for the help of others, they act as knoweth our frame, and himself took our in. not in their own name : such are ordained and firmities; when we take a step a little awk needful in the church; and if our eye be single wardly, or with too much forwardness, or mis- to the great Head, the giver of every good and takingly, mercy is near to hold us up and re- perfect gift, and to his inward appearing and

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Alton, 29th of Fifth month, 1829. bear.”

Oar Quarterly and Mopthly Meetings were 1828. Second month 9th. (Alton.)Thus far seasons of sadness and depression, as thou brought on my way through the gracious con mayst suppose; but some of us were given, descending care and preservation of my God. through and over all dismay and afiiction, to Since I last wrote in this rough memorial, how trust and to cling to that which vet remains an much do I owe for all the mercies poured upon

immovable rock and refuge; and therein to me every day! Disease bas prevailed all rejoice and be thankful on many accounts, around: some of our acquaintance cut down in though in tribulation. Surely the effect of the midst of youth and health ; why are we so such shakings and provings of the foundation, dealt with, even in this one respect; and why wbether it be the true one, and whether we be in all others so blessed ? O!'is it that we rightly established and preserved on it, must walk more acceptably before the Lord than be ultimately strengthening and beneficial, at those who may have been less privileged than | least to a rempart in our poor Society; who ourselves ? No, far from it! who so worthless, desire, in some degree of siocerity, to be so graceless, in proportion to the talent be- searched and tried, and to be purified even stowed as myself, -in dedication .either in my seven times.. family or in the church! O! how the enemy [In the Ninth month of this year, 1829, he wounds and smites my life down to the ground! removed to Croydon, within the compass of so that my faith is ready to fail, and mine eye London and Middlesex Quarterly Meeting; he in looking upward. To whom shall I go, to had been much engaged in the preparation of whom flee in every conflict, if not to the only works

works for the press, and he believed the resource and refuge? O! that my poor cry neighborhood of Loodon would afford bim may be regarded,-“ Let not the enemy vault greater facilities for such engagemen

hemy vault greater facilities for such engagements. One and triumph over me :-let pot that which work, which occasioned him great labor about thou hast begun in me, O! Lord, the author this period, was the Diary of Alexander Jafand giver of all good, be evil spoken of; and fray, the original manuscript of wbich he had they that bate me rejoice when I am moved., discovered at Ury in Scotland. The decypherO God! the etrength, the power, the victory ing of this manuscript, as well as its preparation are thine ; let me at this time return thee for the press, called for much laborious exerthanks out of an humbled and honest heart, for tion; memoranda frequently occur in his pri. wbat thou hast hitherto effected in drawing | vate pote book of his being engaged “at Jatme out of darkness in to thy marvellous light. fray” seven” to even "nine hours” a day; 0! let me hope that thou wilt benceforth pre- and though it may be feared such close appliserve, guide and uphold my poor soul amidst cation was prejudicial to his health and delicate the sea of temptative and conflict, in which constitution, nevertheless he would often say thou mayst permit me again and again to be that he believed it to be a line of service plunged. Let me trust thee for mercy, re- marked out for him by the Divine hand.] newed pardon, and plenteous redemption,-yea,

(To be continued.) for victory over all my besetments and weak. nesses; so that I may put on strength in thy | invincible name, and under thy holy banner The Spirit is given to be our teacher, and to lead make war in righteousness against the world, us into all truth, and as such He is a Comforter ; the flesh, and the devil. O Lord! thus un for by rectifying our mistakes and settiog things dertake and overcome for me, who cannot do in a true light, he silences our doubts and fears, anything without thee. Thou hast been my and sets things in a pleasant light. The Spirit help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God is our remembrancer, to put us in mind of that of my salvation ! Break my bonds, I beseech which we do know, and as such He is & Com. thee, and loose my captive spirit, which, forter; for, like the disciples, we distrust Christ through thy grace, longs for deliverance more in every exigency, because we forget the miraand more ;-oothing can satisfy my cravings cles of the loaves. The Spirit is our Sanctifier; but tby oubounded goodness.

| by Him sin is mortified, and grace is wrought 1828, Fifth month 18th.-First day during and strengthened, and as such He is our Comthe Yearly Meeting. Every meeting day, yea, forter; for nothing tends so much to make us every day, every hour of my life do I stand in easy as that which tends to make us holy. The the presence of Him, who is the God of the Spirit is our Guide, and we are said to be led spirits of all flesh, the Master of the assemblies by the Spirit, and as such He is our Comforter; of the faithful, the King of saints, the Judge of for under His conduct we cannot but be led all the earth! “Fear ye not me? saith the into ways of pleasantness, to the green pastures Lord.

I and still waters.-P. Henry.

For Priends' Intelligencer.

| family of man. Should it not be the chief

business, the leading concern of our lives, to BE NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING.

let this heavenly seed of divine grace have its Every age bas its peculiar trials and embar- perfect work—so that the great end and object rassments to contend with ; but success has of our being might be answered in agreement ever attended all those who have persevered in with the design of divine wisdom. How unstrict obedience to individual duty as in wardlywise, then, for any to adopt the conclusion that revealed by Him who writes his law upon the there are four months, and then comctb har. heart. It was a conformity to this that gave vest,” when behold the “ fields are already the victory to the Apostle Paul, and to the white unto harvest." Now, in consideration of righteous of all generations. He (Paul) “ con-| the undiminished, unchanging power and exferred not with flesh and blood, but gave up to cellency of this priociple professed by Friends, the heavenly vision.”

| a principle adapted to every emergency, how In many places the members of the Society little is the occasion for becoming weary of of Friends have become so reduced in number well-doing. Is there not on the contrary as to render meetings small; and, indeed, some much encouragement for an increase of faithcan hardly be kept up at all, and this doubtless fulness and dedication in this the best of all tends to discourage the attendance of those who causes abiding under a daily concern to stand are not members. The diminished state of open to the further manifestations of duty, and these meetings forms a powerful influence for for its performance, seeking ability from the discouraging and paralyzing the labors of the author of all good ? living well-meaning remnant scattered here and The testimony of Friends against all war has there, and perhaps little known to each other. I been made to hold an important place in formThis is one of the trials of our day, and greating the Christian character of the Society. as it is we may still be thankful that it forms Hence, the disciplinary exhortation that its not an impassable barrier to doing right. The members should demonstrate, that they are uni. fundamental principle professed by Friends is form in profession and practice. Again, just what it was when first espoused by George " Friends are earnestly advised not to unite Fox; by its power, then, some laws, which with any directly or indirectly in a way calcuwere in direct conflict with the divine law, lated to promote the spirit of war, or which were abated or abolished, aod the evils aid hy. may encourage or strengthen them therein." pocrisy of a man-made ministry exposed. The war system has long had the powerful inFrom this same principle of light and grace Agence of law and custom on its side, and the sprung up and grew those Christian testimonies exbibitiwn of its subjects has opened the way by which the Society became distinguished, for some Friends under the feelings of charity and by its power these testimonies were upheld to come to the conclusion that these are in the and maintained, the strong arm of law and per- line of their duty, and, having seen no further, secution to the contrary notwithstanding. The are in the fulfilment of their mission, according principle being heavenly and divine, it is all to the light received, not having attained to the powerful for good; and its first work in the Christian state. Is the promulgation of such way of reform is effected in the hearts of those views calculated to place the testimony of who espouse it as their leader. Under its gov- Frieods on its proper groupd? Is it saying in ernment these become willing subjects of the effect to one class of the community, who claim cross of Christ, patterns of self-denial, and thus to be acting from a series of duty, be valiant in demonstrate the efficiency of divine grace for fight-go on, the cause is good--and to another leading a Christian life, notwithstanding beset-class, war is all wroug? The Apostle, in his ments and trials on the right hand and on the persecuting career, might have claimed that he left. Surely, then, there is no occasion for was acting from duty; for he testified that any to slacken and become indifferent to well herein he thought he was doing God service. doing. It is important rightly to estimate the Was he not under a gross mistake? But why character of the work to be accomplished by not, instead of pleading excuse for the warrior, the operations of divine grace, it being do less leave that to be settled between bim and the than the salvation of the immortal soul. Hence great Searcher of hearts ? The testimony of the zeal and earnest solicitude which so strongly the blessed Jesus in his sermon on the mount marked the movements of the apostles, and against war was full and complete, adapted to likewise, George Fox, who seemed to be pre- the best interests of all men, and was without pared to make any and every sacrifice in their reservation. “The sons of God are led by the power for perfecting the work of this sanctifying spirit of God, and it is declared that “God is principle in their own and the hearts of others. I love,' and also that he is light.' Is it possible, Surely this presents a field for labor of such thep, chat, under the influence of this love, and vast magnitude and importance that it sbould guided by this light, any can embrue tbeir engage the candid consideration of the great bands in the blood of their fellow-men? If chis be too inconsistent for belief, shall we conclude' cases being empty. Upon the approach of that this true saving light, by wbich some are warm weather, the eggs hatch, and the little preserved from engaging in war, has not worms may be observed suspended by single reached the hearts of others ? Nay, this would threads from the cocoops. They soon detach be assuming that God was partial or imperfect themselves, however, and each individual comin his provision for the preservation of all men. mences to prepare a silken house for itself, enWe believe the principle professed by Friends larging the same as the occupant increases in on the subject of war to be sound and sufficiently size, and incorporating pieces of green leaves broad to embrace the human family. In this and bark therein, so that it may resemble the view of the subject, would it not be well for all surrounding verdure. These cases are exceedwho espouse a testimony against war to be. ! ingly tough and leathery in texture; and are ware of attemptiog, also to bear a testimony in securely fastened to twigs until the owners have its favor, lest they pull down with one hand devoured everything green within a circumwhat they are aiming to 'build up with the scribed limit; it then removes its home to a other ?

D. I. fresh spot, refastens it to a fresh twig, and once Dutchess Co., N. Y., 12th of 2d month, 1867. more commences its work of destruction.

An aperture at the top, which may be closed The following letter, read at“ Friends' Social and opened at the little owner's will, is so conLyceum,” has been sent to us for publica

trived, that upon the very slightest disturbance,

appears as if it was hermetically sealed. Indeed tion :

so durable is the whole structure, that birds are West CHESTER, PA., 2d mo. 21st, 1867. unable to dislodge it, and no change of weather Esteemed Friend, -Since my return home, affects it in the least; even man, in his efforts to thy request as to where a description of the eradicate these pests, finds a difficult task. Basket-worm might be procured” has recurred Whilst the insect is in the caterpillar state, it to my mind; and I have therefore taken the never wholly leaves its case; but at maturity, liberty of sending thee a rough and hasty male moth selects the night time to sally forth sketeh, compiled partly from my own observa- search of a mate. The habits of the female tion, and partly from my correspondence with are thus beautifully described by Dr. Leidy: Professors Stauffer and Rathvon. This par- The female never leaves her silken dwelling, ticular species is mostly confined to the “ Cone- nor does she ever throw aside her pupa garbearing” family, although occasionally detected ment; it is her nuptial dress and her shroud. depredating on the Maples, and other genera of Within it she deposits her eggs, enveloped in deciduous trees. It is especially fond of the the down stripped from her body. The eggs Arbor-vitæ (Thuja and Bioia), Deciduous thus protected and enclosed in the mother's Cypress (Taxodium distichum), and the Larches habitation, remain suspended from the branches (Larix), evidently attracted by their peculiar of the tree, secure from the storms and the cold terebinthinate properties. In this country it of winter, until the following season." is known as the “ Basket worm," Drop-worm," The Ichneumon Fly, a curious insect, some&c.; and a friend who had a fine conifer en- what like a wasp in general appearance, is the tirely defoliated, suggests the name of “ Little-basket-worm's most deadly enemy. The former villain." In Germany they are known as the pierces the body of the worms of the latter and ** Sack-bearers(Sackstrager), and Hubner deposits therein ber eggs, which quickly hatch called them “ Basket-carriers" (Canephoræ.) out, and the young ichneumons commence seastThe scientific pame of the most common species ing upon their foster-parent. I have thus hastily has been the subject of some controversy; it is, thrown together a few facts that I thought might bowever, a Lepidopterous insect (Butterfly possibly prove of interest to thee, as they have family), and belongs to the Oiketicus, of Harris, oftentimes to the writer. Indeed the more I which should be spelled Eceticus, according to learn of the wonderful operations of nature in Guilding. Rath von describes it under the name her beautiful provision for every dependant of Thyrilopteryx ephememeræformis (a conve- creature, the more interesting does the study nient Dame for a student to practice on), believ- become, and well can I understand, that at the ing it to be synonomous with a species described end of a long life, one has only just commenced under that name in the Smithsonian Report for the rudiments of his education, 1864, but of which, however, there is some

Sincerely thy friend, doubt.

Josiah HOOPES. During the winter months their numerous spindle-shaped follicles or sacks may be noticed If we are one with Christ, all things are baogiag from the branches of trees, the greater adapted to promote our joy, enlarge our glory, portion of which having been the former resi- become ours forever. We are enriched with all . deoces of the females, consequently contain her spiritual blessings in Christ, and all things are remaibs with a large number of eggs,-the male lours.- Tyng.

From the Western Christian Advocate.

your children, and let do period come when a PARENT AND CHILD.

caste will spring up in the household, separatIt is a momentous inquiry how the great ob- ing the old and young from each other by an ligations of the parental relation can best be limpassable gulf. discharged. If results indicate the true meth- There is an excess, however, even in this diod, we cannot but be convinced that some of rection. Perhaps we should say mistake rather the best of people have been sadly mistaken. than excess. It builds a gymnasium in the If devoted piety, intense apxiety, perpetual garret, fills it with the costliest apparatus, and watchfulness, and agonizing prayer could have then wonders the child prefers the street to perfected the training of their children, these its skylit prison, society to isolation, and mutchildren would in cases we wot of been paragons ters on about the ingratitude of children. Let of excellence. But these were, perhaps, the very common sense say who is at fault here, child things that chafed and ruined the child. The or parent. Wbere this is not the precise form piety was not childlike. It had in it po sympathy of the mistake, it perhaps makes provision for with the youthful heart, no appreciation of youth. nothing but amusement. If wealthy, it has its ful desires. It forgot entirely its own childhood billiard-room and ten-pin alley at home; or, in and youth. It draped the cross and its unspeak- any event, it has its dances, and its wines, and able glories with sackcloth. It made religion its games of doubtful propriety. It conceives a yoke, but not an easy one; a burden, but not that these provided in the sanctuary of home a light one. Parental solicitude became loath- may prevent the ruin that so often accompanies some to the child, even when it went in tears to them abroad. They compromise with either tho Supreme Father in heaven, and the child was the world, the flesh, or the devil, or all three, driven farther from God and good, while the in delusive hope of gaining by it. One half of parent was left to keenest disappointment and the money expended if used in interesting cbil. a shattered faith in Him who heareth prayer. dren in some praise worthy association or en.

There is too much of beauty in Christ to have terprise of their own, or in providing them with it thus made deformity; too much power good books, or in cultivating head rather than holy living and believing prayer to have it w heels, would produce abundantly beneficial reparalyzed. There is an "altogether loveliness,” | sults. there are “ garments of praise," there is a Well do we know that all parents are not so “ beauty of the Lord our God," to which the educated as to be in advance of the children sensitive heart of childhood will readily opeo, sufficiently to do these duties as they would. and the absence of which it will bear with diffi- They can but approximate to what is desirable. culty. He who would exert a religious influence Very few indeed there are wbo might not, in over young minds must cultivate a cheerful piety, some way, maintain fireside interest were they be le parent, preacher, or instructor, or friend. but in earnest to do it. But the wrinkled brow

If we would have an influence overourchildren, must be put off and the heart bent to the work. we must preserve our own youthfulness. When So strong is the instinct of a child on this we find ourselves annoyed by their activities and matter that you will find it, before you know it, noise ; when we find their sports, their hopes, on the knee of a stranger who is in sympathy their fears, their griefs, all becoming of little with childhood, and shying off, and even fleeconsequence to us, let us beware,—all this fore. ling, from one who is not. shadows gray hairs and wrinkles. Look in the We dare pot enter in detail upon this subject, glass, they may have already come. The links beset with practical difficulties as it is. In our of that golden chain of sympathies by which last and present articles we purposed only to in. alone we can bind youth to our persons and to dicate the true spirit of a Christian parent. He duty are weakening, it may be breaking, per- needs something more than unquenchable love haps already sundered. On Christmas eve last and devout piety. These must be rightly directed, we heard a friend lamenting that of late years or they may ruin instead of save. We have 80 few good toys were made for children. We shown how piety may do this, and your own put him down with the grandame who despair. memories will supply lamentable cases where ingly lamented the smallness of the eyes of mod. the love of the parent, unbalanced by wisdom, ern needles.

has had a like effect. This youthfulness cannot be put on, it must The world in which the child is trained should gush like a living fountain from the heart. be analogous to the world in which he is to Leave your business at the office, store- or shop, live. Sometimes we see a boy housed from and as your enter your home let sunshine gleam all koowledge of the world and its temptation, all through it. Romp with the little ones awhile. brought up with girlish delicacy and purity, Show them how much of youth there is in you. and for a while cheering his parents by his proYou can so postpone considerably old age, and priety. The time comes when he must go out make life happier. As life matures, maintain and brave the temptations of real life. Then your interest in the advancing pleasures of his virtue uncoils like the main-spring of a

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