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sods are subject in this respect, and that the bal welfare might be greatly promoted or reexample of parents too often gives to their cbil-tarded. I cried unto the Lord for direction, and dren liberty to run into excesses, and in every have reason to believe he heard my prayer. station in life to depart from the simplicity of Through the aid of Divine Grace, I had enthe Gospel. I observed so much moral dead-tered into covedapt to follow my Saviour ness in the professors of Christianity in general, wherever He might be pleased to lead ; and as that it gave me great uneasiness; and I felt I had to expect persecution and suffering in my constrained to warn young people of the danger future pilgrimage, I deemed it to be my duty of trusting to a name of religion, without living to make known my religious views to my inunder its power. I thought that if any one had, tended partner; and left it for her considerafrom his own experience, set before me the dan- tion, whether she could feel it right to become ger that I was in when under a similar tempta- united to me under such a prospect. We were tion, I should not have gone so far astray. My ultimately joined to each other, in the promise counsel, though given in love, met with but to be faithful unto death. little reception ; yet, as a matter of duty, it! After our marriage, we lived in the family brought peace to my own mind.
with my parents. "My fatber had a single At the time of my awakening, I had no ac- brother, a high professor, and learned in the quaintance with the different religious profes. Scriptures; but a man of such a pharisaical sors in the neighborhood ; and I thought it bet. spirit, that he became our bitterest enemy, and ter to dwell much in retirement, that the work also excited my father against us. Alter the of repentance might be carried on through the death of my mother, our persecution increased. operation of the Spirit of God alone, without For conscience' sake, we could no longer conthe intervention of man, and that I might form to many religious customs; neither could bear the hand of my God upon me, until I be we condescend to the selfish practices of men, came reconciled to Him, through the pardoning in our dealing; but endeavored to act uprightly, mercies of His Son, my Redeemer.
and to walk in accordance with the spirit of the When pardon for sia is experienced, there is Gospel. a danger of considering the work of regenera! Our conduct displeased my uncle, and drew tion as completed, when it is only just com- from him many bitter reproaches. He promenced. On this rock my soul's enemy bad ceeded so far as to threaten us with dismission nearly caused me to split, by telling me the from the family. In this trying position, I prayed work was now done, that I was a child of God, to my Heavenly Father for direction, and felt and safe ; and that it was no more needful so an inward assurance that it would be right for etrictly to watch, in order to lead a godly life. me to wait until we should be turned out of The subtle enemy directed me to an outward doors; but that it inust not be by my own act. righteousness that was flattering to my old na. When reasoning on the subject, I was anxture, which I felt was still alive; and I received ious to know to what place I should go when the representation with joy, and as coming from driven from my father's house ; but my fears & good spirit. I was pot, however, suffered to were abated, when I reflected on the many diffiremain under this delusion ; but was given to culties over which I had been helped in times see that faith in Christ saved the soul by regen- past. My troubled spirit was calmed, and I beerating it, and by leading to a life of prayer, came resigned patiently to wait for the opening and to a humble walk before God. The lives of Providence, which was soon made manifest and examples of the Apostles, and holy men of in a remarkable manner : for it was in this early times, recorded in the Scriptures, were state of suspense that my aged father was sudmade precious to me in seasons of spiritual con- denly removed by death; and I became heir to flict. I also became acquainted about this time one-half of his property. While reflecting on with some serious people, and was induced to the dealings of Providence with me, and the frequent their assemblies; but I found among need I had to seek after and rely on Divino them much less of vital religion than I ex-guidance, it occurred to me that great care was pected. Yet I could fully appreciate the fruits necessary to discero that which proceeded from of the Spirit, in whomsoever I found them. a right spirit. For want of this discrimination,
As I was an only son, and my parents were I have known many upright souls misled, in already in years, the care of providing for the taking that for revelation which was only the family, and the management of our little farm working of the imagination. The apostle Joba devolved on me. Under these anxieties I felt exhorts us “ to try the spirit; whether they be tbe want of a housekeeper, and was induced to of God.” look out for a partner, that might be a helpmeet through life. I had always considered When a celebrated geologist was engaged in marriage an important act; and upon being collecting specimens, the people of the country rightly guided in this step, would depend my watched him as he went from rock to rock, from earthly happiness, and, by which also, my eter-| cave to cave, carrying bis heavy bag of stones on his back, and they set him down as an es- by the descendants of Europeans where there caped lunatic. But that estimate of him arose is less distinction founded on color or race than pot from his madness, but from their ignorance. in Brazil. The laws enacted there for the He had gone down to depths, and up to heights goveroment of the colored people are remarkaof knowledge, of which they could form no con- bly mild, and free people of color have been ception. When Paul was pouriog out the ful. admitted to offices of trust and honor. Under ness of Christian truth, and the richness of his these circumstances the transition from slavery own personal experience of that truth, a shrewd to freedom will be easy, for there will be but intelligent man of the world said, “ Paul, thou little prejudice to encounter. art beside thyself," and so, only that man'who The population of Brazil was estimated, in has been taught of the Spirit, will understand | 1819, at about seven millions, of whom, it was the first lesson in the school of Christ. - Boyd. supposed, between two and three millions were
slaves, and a large proportion of the residue For Friends' Intelligencer.
were of mixed blood. There were 300,000 EMANCIPATION IN BRAZIL.
classed as converted Indians, and about 600,000 The cheering appouncement is made that Brazilians descended from European parents. Don Pedro II., Emperor of Brazil, has issued a The successive acts for the abolition of slavery decree abolishing slavery througbout his exten- that bave taken place in our day,- in the West sive dominions. A few years only have elapsed Indies, in Russia, in the United States, and in since he signed a decree prohibitiog the im. Brazil, -afford cheering evidence that the portation of slaves into Brazil, and has syin pa- principles of Christianity are advancing in the thized with the action of our government and world. The liberation of the oppressed and that of Great Britain in their efforts to suppress the elevation of the degraded will be recorded the African slave trade. It has been found, in history as the crowning glory of this event. however, that the entire suppression of this ful age.
S. M. J. Defarious traffic cannot be effected while there remains open a market for slaves, and the chief The Jewish rabbins denominated the num. obstacle Dow remaining is the existence of ber 10 “the all-comprebending number.” What slavery in Cuba.
exceeds ten goes back again to units. AccordSpain was the first to introduce African ingly there are ten commandments. Among slavery into America, and will be the last Eu-the Jews ten constituted a company. It reropean Power to abolish it. When her mon- quired ten persons in a household in order that arcbs and people, 350 years ago, began this in. they might eat the pass over. Ten persons reiquitous practice, she stood in the foremost Isiding in one locality made up a congregation rank among the great Powers of Europe ; now and rendered necessary a synagogue. lo marshe is sunk to a very inferior position, and ex. riage processions ten torches were carried. The ercises but little influence in European politics, kingdom of heaven is likened unto ten virgios; Her decline may be traced to the bigotry and add the harp, the most popular instrument of corruption of ber priesthood, the weakness and music, had ten strings — Church Advocate. wickedoess of her rulers, and the want of enlightenment among her people.
AMERICAN MANNERS. It is much to be regretted that the decree of I am a little afraid that a great many people Don Pedro II. does not require immediate in this country are rather too prone to underemancipation, which has been found by experi- value this part of education. Certainly we ence to be the best and safest mode of redress. have po admiration for anything finical ing the long.continued wrongs inflicted upon or affected in manners. We do not want the colored race. The Emperor is said to be an the manners of a village dancing school. But able and enlightened ruler, but it is probable genuine good breeding, gentle manners, ease, he has encountered opposition from the landed modesty and propriety of bearing, we do exceed. proprietors who owned the laborers on their ingly value. When shall we cease to be deestates, and through their influence, we prescribed as a spitting nation ? as a lounging bume, the efficiency of this great measure has people? When shall we cease to be known by been impaired.
our slovenly speech, by our sitting with our feet According to the accounts received by tele higher than our heads? During an excursion graph from England, it appears that “this most of several months in Europe last year, I met important executive order is to take effect in a hundreds of English at home, and on the conperiod of twenty years, so that no violence will tinent in every situation. I never saw one spit. be done to what is termed right of property in I cannot remember that I ever saw any one, slaves.' Children of every class born since the however fatigued, lounging or sitting in an un8th of last month, date of the decree, are de. becoming manner. So long as the State shall clared to be free by birth.”
feel itself obliged to provide “spittoons" for There is probably no other country governed liis legislative balls--so long as the directors of our railroads shall find occasion to put inside of to the mass of trashy, upsubstantial, unsatis. their carriages pripted requests to the passen. factory conventionalisms which burden, tramgers to “ use the spittoons and not the floor, mel and stifle free thought and spirituality, and and not to put their feet upon the seats”-s0 then the revulsion will come. The disgusted, long as we shall continue to fill our conversation worn-out laborer, whose work is never done, and our political barangues with the slang of whose labor is in the fire, and who is wearied the fish market, let us not be surprised, nor in the greatness of his way,' will seek for relief angry, if foreigners sometimes make themselves and rest. The reaction arisiog from relief from witty at our expense. And in the mean time, such pressure as is now upon us, may be as Jet all those who are entrusted with the care of great as it was in the days of George Fox, may the young, use their utmost efforts to correct require equally energetic means to repress it, these pational barbarisms, and to forin the and those means of suppression may be equally manners of the rising generation after a model unsuccessful. We have no doubt that many more elevated and more refined. - Dr. Potter. Christians in our Church, now walled in by
prejudices, precedents, orders, usages and fash. FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER. ions, who are taxed and solicited, cramped and
fagged out in the endeavor to keep up with the PHILADELPHIA, SIXTH MONTH 1, 1867. lever-increasing demands of cultivation, refine
inent and worldly splendor, would find a pleaaure The parrative of Johann Ricklé, sent us by in reading this historical sketch, and thus get. a correspondent, is expressive of much sim ting over the wall and learning what exists in plicity and dedication of heart. Although not
the expanse beyond. Many of the true and
evangelical members of our Church were once a Friend by profession, and entertaining some
| members of the Society of Friends, and they doctrinal views which differ from ours, he seems still tbink with reverence of the Gospel docto have been led to observe some of the testi- trines which their ancestors beld, though they monies of Truth especially valued by Friends. I have laid:
bave laid aside some of their customs and their
disuse of the Sacraments. In reading the con. SELECT MEMOIRS OF THE RELIGIOUS So
cise and admirable summary of doctrine at:
0-1 tributed to the Friends, we can see the reason CIETY OF FRIENDS.-10 a recent number of the for tbat retarding influence wbich they now ex. “Episcopalian" we notice a review of Wm. ert in our Church upon the otherwise rapid and Hodgson's “Select Memoirs of the Religious headlong rush into superstition and fatuity.” Society of Friends," from which we make the
Died, on the 3d of Third month, 1867, II ANNAR following extract, as showing the views of those Furness, in the 77'h year of ber age; a member of of the Episcopal denomination who see and de
Eastland Meeting, Lancaster Co., Pa..
- , on the 26th of Fourth month, 1867, at his plore the tendency of our times to greater ex- residence near Richmond, Ind., Isaac Dudley, form travagance and formality in what is technically erly of Burlington Co., N. J., in the 620 year of his
age; a consistent member of Whitewater Monthly called worship. That many of our“ Orthodox” | Meeting. His close was peaceful, which gires a well friends who have joined the Episcopalians have grounded hope of an entrance into the mansions of
the blessed. been a useful leaven of spirituality in that
- at his late residence, East Fallow field, formal and ceremonial sect is not uplikely; aod Chester Co., Pa., on the 8th of Tenih month, 1866, if we could read the distant future, we might
ALBAN MILLER, an attender of East Fallow field perhaps be able to reconcile what has been re. - , at her residence, New Garden, Chester Co, garded as the declension of some, with the pro
Pa., on the 21st of Fourth month, 1867, AMY MILLER,
widow of the late Alban Miller; a member of East gress of society at large.
Fallowfield Monthly Meeling. “Upon reading the work before us, and per.
, at his residence in Montgomery Co., Pa.,
NATHAN CLEAVER; a member of Gwynedd Monthly ceiving the causes which gave rise to the So
and Particular Meetings. He was regular in the atciety of Friends, we cannot fail to perceive that tendance of all our religious meetings until a short the occasions for a revival of their peculiar time previous to his death. He was also remarkably tenets and practices will not be long wanting,
punctual to bis promises and upright in his dealings. if, indeed, they are not now surrounding us.
Within several months prerious to tis decease he
frequently expressed to his family the belief that bis We have only to push on the developments of
time bere would not be long, and gave directions in fasbion, extravagant display and waste in the regard to his funeral. He wished the coffin to be social world, and that of venality, ambition and plain and unvarnished, and the room in which be superstition in the Churches, and advance a might be placed light enough to see the countenance. little farther the progress of æsthetics, sepsa.
He had often been pained with rooms being su dark
ened as not to be able to recognise the features of tionalism, externals of religion and false doc
bis deceased friends. On one occasion be went many trine; we have only to add, by little and little, I miles to attend the funeral of a beloved friend, but
owing to the darkness of the room he could not dis- stereotype plates of three of the works, and can tinguish the countenance, which was a great trial to I therefore should adequate funds be furnished) bim. His illness was short, with but little suffering. He retained bis faculties to the last, and passed away
issue new editions of them at a greatly reduced quietly on the 18th of Fourth month, 1867, having expense. nearly completed his 89th year...
J.C. They have learned with much interest that Died, at bis residence, Salem, N. J., on the 16th several treatises on religious subjects have been olt., Joseph Bassett, in the 78th year of his age; an written by Friends, and are now being printed : elder of Salem Monthly Meeting. His quiet, upright! life will be a bright example to those who remain.
"some copies of wbich they hope to add to their - on the 14tb ult., MARGARET E., wife of Josiah collection. Bassett, Jr., and youngest daughter of Jesse W. and There has been a movement commenced for Elizabeth Newport, members of Green St. Mo. Meeting the formation of a permanent fund, the interest
from which may be applied to the general ob. The Executive Committee of Friends' Publication Liects of the Association. Association will meet Sixth-day afternoon, Sixth |
They have received many evidences that the month 7th, at 3 o'clock, at Race St Meeting House (Monthly Meeting Room.)
purpose of this Association meets with extensive Lydia H. Hall, Clerk of Committee. approval, and they feel cheered with the pros
pect of its being liberally supported. For Frien:18' Intelligencer
They have therefore earnestly desired that a TIIE ROSINE ASSOCIATION.
plan of action may be early inaugurated that At a late meeting of the Board of Managers
will give efficiency to their labors, and be comof the Rosipe Association, Thos Moore, M. D.,
mensurate with the great object in view, as set and M. M. Walker, M.D., both of Germantown,
forth in the late " Address to the Members of were appointed the physicians of the Associa.
the Society of Friends." tion. This institution, it will be recollected, is
They are of the opinion that the appointment under the exclusive management of ladies, many
of agents within the limits of each of our of whom are members of the Society of Friends,
monthly meetings, through whom books may and active measures are in process to carry out
be conveniently furnished, and by whom vol. very efficiently its benevolent and truly bria. I uptary contributions to our funds may be retian object. An institution could hardly be
ceived, should be early attempted. It is not damed, even in a city so renowned for its be.
doubted that in every neighborhood there are Devolent enterprises as Philadelpbia, that makes
those who would willingly give a portion of a more urgent call on the sympathies and the
their time and talents in furtherance of this material aid of the philanthropic than this.
The Committee would urgently press it upon
the attention of Friends that the means should At the Annual Meeting of Friends' Publication be placed in the hands of their successors to
Association, helil at Race Street Meeting diffuse throughout the community wholesome House, 5th month 13th, 1867.
food for the minds of the young, and those who The following Report from the Executive are looking towards the Society of Friends for Committee was read and approved :
instruction and edification. * The Executive Committee of Friends' Publi.
Lydia H. HALL, Clerk. cation Association in reporting to the first an. An Executive Committee was appointed to Dual meeting, would remark, tbat a statement serve for the ensuing year, and the following of their proceedings thus early after their ap. Officers : poiotment ard organization cappot reasonably
Clerks, be expected to contain much of interest, com- | Tuos. GARRIGUES, Kingsessing, Pbila. Co., Pa. mencing, as they did, without funds, without PHEBE W. FOULKE, Spring House, Mootgomagencies, and without a business location, their ery Co., Pa. opportunities for carrying out the objects of the
Treasurer, Association bave been small.
Jos. M. TRUMAN, Jr., 717 Willow St., Phila. The address agreed on at a former meeting of the Association was printed, and copies for Prefer solid sense to wit; never study to be warded to the Correspondents of the Monthly diverting without being useful; let no jest inMeetings within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting trude upon your good manners, nor say any. for distribution.
thing that may offend modesty or heedlessly Having receive a donation of over 800 | hurt the feelings of another. bouod volumes, and more than 2000 pamphlets from a Friend in this city, an arrangement was * Frieuds desiring to contribute to this object may made to keep them for sale at the office of send their contributions to Joseph M. Truman, Jr., Friends' Intelligencer, 144 North 7th Street,
Treasurer, No. 717 Willow Street, Philadelphia, and
any communication for the Executive Committee where they can be obtained at a moderate cost. may be directed to the care of Emmor Comly, office
They have also been presented with the Friends' Intelligencer.
FIRST REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE IN- SECOND REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE IN
DUSTRIAL SCHOOLS OF BALTIMORE FOR THE DUSTRIAL SCHOOLS OF BALTIMORE FOR COLCOLORED PEOPLE.
ORED CHILDREN. BALTIMORE, Dec. 8th, 1866. During the weeks that have passed since our The work of the Industrial School for the last report was submitted, our schools have pro. coming season was commenced at the Orchard gressed in the usual manner. The Orchard Street school-house, Tuesday afternoon, Octo Street school has in particular prospered in ber 29th.
point of pumbers. The little dark faces have On successive afternoons of the same week, flooked hither on successive Third day afterschools were opened at Sharp Street, Calvert noons until, at the last session, the room was alStreet and Dallas Street; and the close of the most too strait for us. The attendance for the month finds each in a prosperous condition. month for all the schools has been 250 pupils
The average attendance for the month has and 29 teachers. During the month, the Secbeen as follows: Orchard Street, 43 pupils and retary has visited 47 different families, mostly 5 teachers; Sharp Street, 37 pupils and 7 in the Orchard Street and Calvert Street disteachers ; Calvert Street, 43 pupils and 7 teach-tricts. These calls have introduced us to all ers ; Dallas Street, 26 pupils and 5 teachers; claskes of our colcred citizens. We have been to making a total arerage of 149. The whole pum- the house where the presence of the piano, ber bas been nearly 225 pupils and 24 teachers. Brussels carpets, books worth reading, pictures
A pleasant feature of the Dallas Street worth looking at, tell of the civilizing and eleschool is the presence of a number of the vating influence of freedom and education, and mothers of the children at each session.
of the ambition and industry of its occupants. Expressions have not been wanting from the 'We have climbed to the attic and descended to colored women wbich show on their part an the cellar, where less of thrift, or sickness, or appreciation of this work. “These children other misfortupes, or mayhap vice, have have a better chance than we had in our young brought their attendant discomforts. At No. 6 days,” we beard a woman exclaim, as, standing Marion Street, we found an intelligent man, by her clothes-lipe, with an uplifted garment an invalid, with whom we had a pleasant conin her hand, she watched the little girls pass- versation. He had a racking cough, and it was ing out of the school-house gate.
evideot he was in hopeless consumption. We During the month, the Secretary has alluded to his condition. He answered, “ Yes, I visited 33 families, and in every instance has am a dying man. I have had this cough two been cordially welcomed. The door is thrown years, and it has nearly worn me out. I am wide open for the entrance of the sewing only waiting to be gone." Glancing round the teacher. “Come again and see me, honey,” room, which had a comfortable aspect, we re. said a half-blind old woman ; 'pears like the marked he had a pleasant sick-room, and sound of your voice did me good.”
hoped he enjoyed reading the books which were It is pleasing to see the attempt at ornament on the table. He replied, “ I enjoy what I have made in almost all their homes. The benig, read, but am too feeble to read Dow: I am nant face of Abraham Lincolo looks down feeding on the honey I have already gathered. upon you from every wall, while the portraits You know the Psalmist says, “Thy words are of many of our leading generals bear him com. sweeter than honey or the honey-comb.'” After pany; and in some places Judge Bond and a little more pleasant talk, we left him, feeling Henry Winter Davis lend their presence to the that he was a shock of corn, fully ripe, and group. The Bible is found on almost every only waiting, as he said, for "the Lord of the table, and other books, from the life and writ- ; barvest.” ings of Josephus, down to the school-boy's pri. We hear many expressions of gratitude from mer, show the inclination of these people for these people for the interest taken in their reading.
welfare. One wintry afternoon, when hurrying It is worthy of notice, that in all these calls, up the street, after making numerous calls in not a murmuring or complaining word has been that vicinity, our steps were arrested by a voice beard, not a bint even for charity, save in one from behind, saying, “ Are you the lady that instance: and surely they are among the poor goes about hunting up little girls to go to sew. of the earth.” The dwellers in Elbow lane, ing school ?” I turned and found the quesKing street, and the cellars in Marion street, can- tioner to be a bright little girl, who said she not have a superfluity of “his world's goods.” | had followed me for more than a square. We
A desire for self-support and independence answered her in the affirmative, and then went has been manifested, which it is good to see, home with her. Her mother was one of those though there are certain widows and fatherless motherly old aunties with whom one loves to children, whom we would bear in mind as the talk, and the whole family were bent on mak. winter creeps on.
ing the most of the schools. The father and two FANNY ELLIS, Secretary. Teldest sons were members of the Orchard Street