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shall sing of nothing but joy as they thread the that inspires him with new views of all his purmountain tops of life; but they all unite with poses and life, making it part of a harmonious out a discord or a jar, as the ascending anthem of system related to all other life. loving and believing hearts finds its way into The greatest change that is going on in the the chorus of the redeemed in heaven.
world at the present time is that from the letter
to the spirit. It is the spirit of everything, From the Editorial column of the Public Ledger. both in literature and in religion, that is inspired, TRUE INSPIRATION.
and in that proportion inspires the recipient. “How do you know that the Bible is inspir. Time was when con mitting to memory the ed ?" asked a skeptic of an unlettere but ear: largest amount of the words of a text-book was the Dest Christian woman. “ Becasue it inspirer test of scholarship; long pages
of me, when I read it, with the divine aspect of an unknown tongue, especially in Latio, were every view and relation of life.” “ If I take up thus committed, and religious teaching was cona book of botany,” says a favorite author, "it fined to the words of a catechism or so m py does not contain living plants, but only word verses of the Bible. Even the singing in the descriptions of them; if I would see the plant churches was confined to “ The Psalnus of Daitself, I must go out of the book to nature, where vid," paraphrased in a most barbarous style. the plant is living. And the Bible contains There are some sects who adhere to that literonly the word-forms of truth. God does not ally to this day. It needed all the poetic grace, live in a book. Faith, hope, joy, do not live beauty, aod religious as well as poetic inspirain books.” But as a book of botany suggests tion of young Isaac Watts, equally graceful in to the habitual student of it those observations psalms and in hymns, to break down much of in regard to the structure of plants, their order this old feeling. Now poetry, science, art and and arrangement, and the thoughts they are ca- progress have led to a deeper, truer feeling of pable of inspiring, so does the Bible teach us to the inspiration of the Scriptures, lying in this read nature, and history, and the heart of man, inspiring, quickening power, awakening Bible not only in the Bible, but in every page of real experiences and thoughts in modern circumstanlife. It suggests thoughts of the purposes of ces-an inspiration which lies not in the letall the events that happen to us in this life, so ter, which killeth, but in the spirit, which givthat we read life quite differently when we be eth life. lieve its system of accounting for things and The new movements of religious bodies all when we try to live as it directs. This inspira- tend in this direction. Christianity, as it affects tion of new faith and hope and joy in life, as it different classes and differently educated men, is comes to us, is the best evidence of Bible showing itself out in new forms. The preaching truths. The best proof of a work on botany in theatres in England by the laity—in this beiog true, and written by a man who had read country so far by ministers, but without stiffthe thoughts of the Creator, as manifested in ness or parade-is one of them.
There is a rethe fields and woods, is, that when you close the ligion, and a testimony to its truth and new apbook and walk anywhere among them, they plications of it belonging to every branch of teach you new truths, and fill you with new life, art and science. There is not a science, thoughts of the plans of creation. They give not a branch of learning conducted by a living you, with a self-consistent view, the whole struc. earnest, good man, but teaches him new appliture of this part of creation, so that new plants cations of truth most needful to the world and not mentioned in books have an interest for the proper growth of society. The true and diyone; in a word, they inspire you.
So does the vive ideas thus brought out by a society of well. Bible inspire men with dew, deeper, higher selected men would be most advantageous, and views of the purposes of life, so that they never the place where they were inculcated would soon can again look on life as they once did. They be crowded with thoughtful hearers. have an inspired view of its whole end and pur. poses. The Book is the channel of a new inspi How TO DO Good.-Dr. Johnson wisely ration. The early Church regarded every said, “ He who waits to do a great deal of good Christian as an inspired man; not an infallible at once, will never do anything." Life is made one, but so inwardly enlightened that he looks up of little things. It is but once in an age on the world with new eyes; and as the geol. that occasion is offered for doing a great deed. ogist reads thonsands of years of the earth's True greatness consists in being great in little record in a few inches of gravel or sand or rock, things. How are railroads built ? By one lying one on top of another as the chemist shovel of dirt after another ; one shovei at a reads laws of forces and affinities and combina- time. Thus, drops make the ocean. Hence, tions in the simplest effervescence or mixture we should be willing to do a little good at a so the student of the Bible, amid all mis-trans. time, and never "wait to do a great deal of lations, suistakes of copyists and commentators, good at once.” If we would do much good in and other dificulties, reads that in the Biblel the world, we must be willing to do good in
little things, little acts one after another ; 1 of mercy to sit idly by, without endeavoring to
and to no longer suffer individual greed to rob FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER. them of their just dues, we believe they might
be disposed to listen to the voice of kindness PHILADELPHIA, SEVENTH MONTH 20, 1867.
which, even with the reputed "savage" in times Indian Troubles. The terrible strife now past, bas had a more powerful influence than existing upon the “Plains" is revolting to
the sword. every feeling of humanity. We regard it with
The cause calls for a prayerful concern on the deep regret, and feel convinced that it might part of the friends of justice and peace, to know have been averted had the voice of Justice
what measures can be adopted to end this been heeded in our national councils. We have terrible warfare, and to restore to the red-man been informed by undoubted authority, that his rights and privileges. every serious difficulty with the Indians bas had
MARRIED, on Fourth-day, 1st of Fifth month, 1867, its origin in the perfidy of government agents according to the order of our Society, LESTER CONLY Those who had the official power to correct the and MARY M. Bowman, members of Byberry Monthly
Meeting evil have been appealed to in vain. Years of gross outrages perpetrated upon these
Died, on the 1st of Seventh month, 1867, in Mo.
nallen Townsbip, Adams Co., Pa., David C. Cook, civilized creatures, have culminated in a war, aged about 75 years; a member of Mopallen Montbly which, in accordance with an estimate made, it
on the 26tb of Sixth month, 1867, at his resi. is said, at Gen. Grant's head-quarters, involves dence in Furn.ington, Ontario Co., N. Y., ABRAHAM the Government in an expense of fully one mil Willson, aged 88 years and 7 months; a member of lion of dollars per week, and if prosecuted with dear friend we feel that one of the pillars of the
Farmington Montbly Meeting. In the decease of this vigor, the expenditures to meet the wants of an Church bas been removed. The innocence of his increased force will be about five millions per prove him to have been a faithful learner in the
daily life, and the unvarying sweetness of bis Epirit, week. It is also estimated that the cost to the school of Christ. He was not educated in the pria
Indian killed, is one every
ciples of our Society ; but though born in New Eng. mil.
lnod, and nurtured in the most rigid doctrines of lion dollars and the lives of ten white men. Calvupism, be became in early life, from sincere conWhat a reflection upon the honor of our country Though dever called publicly to advocate the cause
viction, a convert to our pure and simple faith. is this, in connection with the call for extermi- of truth, it may be said that by the powerful lannation which we hear from those who look pot gnage of example de was a preacher of righteous
Duriog his liugering illness, which he bore at their own blood-thirstiness, but who stamp with Christian patience and resignation, he imparted . the lodian character as revengeful and cruel ! much sweet counsel and encouragement to those
whose privilege it was to watch beside bis dying bed, We would ask the dispassionate, what has made
on the 6th of Seventh month, 1867, at Wile him so? In letters from an intelligent Cbiel mington, Del., LUCRETIA R., wife of George S. Grubb, of one of the tribes, their wrongs are feelingly Monthly Merling, Del.
in the 48th year of her age; a member of Wilmington depicted, and the impossibility expressed, of re on Fith-day, 11th of Seventh month, 1867,
CORNELIA N., daughter of Wm. B. and Rebecca T. straining some of his brethren from violence, if Wobb, aged 3 months; members of Philadelphia the wretched system practiced by the white, Monthly Meeting, was not remedied. There were some among 1867, in New York, Thomas H. Leggert, in his 80th
on Serenth-day morning, 29th of Sixth mo., them opposed to war, but many of the young year. men were so indignant at the treatment they residence in Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery Co.,
on the 10th of Seventh month, 1867, at bis had received, that they were resolved to resort Pa., John Smith, in bis 65th year; a member of Abto violent measures to redress their grievances. ington Monthly Meeting. It would seem, in the present position of affairs,
It is the heart which decides our pleasures. as if the efforts of Friends could avail but little ; W’hile you continue to love the world, you will and yet it is not in accordance with the teachings I find virtue insupportable.- Massillon.
It cannot be a matter of indifference to any | Friends empbatically sindicated the Meeting of who bear the name of "Friends," and value
Ministers and Elders from the slightest wish to
exercise hierarchical assumptions. The proposithe principles which the name suggests, to read
tion bad originated wholly and solely in Chris80 full a report of the proceedings of London tian interest and brotherly love. Its object was and Dublin Yearly Meetings as is furnished by not administrative action, but sympathetic inthe London and British Friend.
tercourse and the acquisition of information on
the condition of the Society. As a sign of the times, and for the benefit of
William Watkins, Thomas Drewry, and one that large class of our readers who have not ac. or two other Friends, hoped the proposition cess to these periodicals, we furnish a few ex would not be sanctioned. They thought there tracts, leaving each reader to form his own con- was much unsoundness amongst the Friends al. conclusions.
ready acknowledged as ministers. If the Meet
ing of Ministers and Elders nominated a-comJoseph Thorp, at the request of the clerk, I mittee of visitation, there was no probability communicated to the meeting a proposition from that such committee would be in unity with the Yearly Meetiog of Ministers and Eiders to many amongst whom they would come. For the following effect. That meeting had, uoder even at present there are a number of faithful a deep sepse of the importance of the ministry and consistent Friends who have long spoken as in the Society, appointed, last year, a commito ministers in various meetings, but who have not tee of its owo members to take under their been acknowledged as such. special consideration the subject of the large Alfred Lucas concurred in these views. He number of unrecorded ministers amongst us. repeated the opinion that there was much unThe commiitee, after long and very serious de- soundness of doctrine prevalent amongst recordliberation, felt upprepared then to draw up a re-led ministers, and quoted several recept illus. port, and desired another year for consideration, trations. He thought the principles of Friends They also requested permission to depute seve were beiog more and more abandoned. In one sul members of their body to visit the diff-rent direction he heard it proposed to remedy matQuarterly Meetiogs of Ministers and Elders ters by reading the Bible in meetings for worthroughout the kingdom, and so to gather by ship, and in some descriptions of meetings singpersonal visitation a more correct and full im. ing had been introduced. He believed there pression of the peculiar circumstances of the were a number of Friends who uoited with his various meetiogs than could otherwise be obown view of these matters, but who were pretained. This proposal had received the cordialcluded from expressing their opinions by the approval of the Yearly Meeting of Mivisters fear of man. For himself he did not entertain and Elders, who felt themselves perfectly au. this fear. He thought he ought to speak just thorized to give the requisite permission, but as freely and plainly in the Yearly Meeting as who nevertheless, desiring to obtain the full if he was amongst bis own family. He loved sympathy and cooperation of the main body all Friends, but he feared uone of them. Inof Friends, had now concluded to bring the deed, be feared no man at all. He did not proposal before the General Yearly Meering. wish to offend apy, but if the truth offended, be
Charles Thompson expressed a hope that the was-sorry for it. But the truth must neverthe. proposition would not be acceded te, inasmuch less be spoken. as he feared that it would not promote the true Henry Brown, jun. (Luton), and one or two interests of the ministry, and he considered other Friends, said that if there was so much that many unrecorded ministers desired merely unsoundness of ministry as had been alleged by to be permitted to exercise their gifts under a several recent speakers, chis constituted a special simple sense of their responsibility to the one reason for the appoiotment of the proposed comgreat Head of the Church. Joseph Rowptree mittee. (of Leeds), and Joseph Radley concurred in William Ball protested against the charges this opinion. William Ball reminded Friends which had just been made against ministers. that it was merely " an act of grace,'and a He thought such charges did not deserve to be piece of condescension on the part of the meet- entertained as having any weight. joy of Ministers and Elders to invite the sanc. Wm. Harvey Pim and T. W. Fisher hoped tion of the Yearly Meeting at all. Several their dear English friends would also visit Friends took decided exception to this mode of Ireland, where they would be warmly welcomed. explanation, and expressed their desire that the Several other Friends expressed their cordial Society might contio'e free from any approaches approval of the proposal, wbich was finally sancto what might be tırmed hierarchical assumptiuned by the Yearly Meeting tion. Josiah Forster and others expressed their Joseph Pease then in a very impressive man. concurrence with the proposition, and hoped it per quoted the words, “ Judge pot that ye be would be forth with sanctioned. Several of these loot judged." He spoke of the claims of minis.
ters and elders on the sympathy of their breth. that they were only exercising their functions ren. They needed sympathy from all, not al- as such, until such time as the Society of ways unity or approval, but always sympathy Friends, in its collective capacity, should be will. and love. It was quite consistent with love to ing to undertake the responsibility of the work; tell such of their deiciencies. There are some just at present this was not likely to be the wounds which do bot hurt, and such sometimes case: but, from the rapidly growing interest of are the words of a faithful friend. He hoped Friends in the foreign mission-fields, there was we should open our hearts to ministers and el. a probability that in a few years the Yearly ders in true love. May we all be ministers ope Meeting would accept the burden now reeting to ano'her, and elders one to another. He had on this voluptary independent committee. had his own feelings often called forth in deep Hence it seems best to continue the appoiotsympathy with poor little companies of Friends ment, at any rate for the present, merely as a in country places-elders with arms hanging provisional and temporary one. But mean while down, and ministers with knees smiting together. the committee would feel themselves bound to For such in an especial manuer let the prayers support and fully encourage the operations of of the church ascend. And for all his fellow. I the Friends wbom they bad at her to undertake ministers and elders he would entreat his breth the mission work. They would not cease to up. ren, "Do give us your love and your prayers" hold these until the Yearly Meeting should un.
Isaac Brown deprecated the allusions to undertake the responsibility. sound doctrines. He hoped Friends would be Edwid Pumphrey expressed some uneasiness exceedingly careful before making such charges, I at the wide-spread rumor that J. S. Sewell in. especially in public. We often misunderstood tended to unite in a participation of the ordi. one another's words. For at best our language Inance of the Lord's Supper on his arrival at is very imjerfect. A few days ago he had bim- Madagascar, on account of which presumed inself been pained at a communication from a tention he had understood that the Meeting for brother minister, but on mentioning the matter Sufferings had refused to sanction J. S. Sewell's to several other listeners, he found they had re-l procedure, although it had been acceded to by ceived quite a different impression from the lihe Meeting of Ministers and Elders. To this words alluded to. This had been instructive lit was replied by Isaac Browu, J. H. Tuke, and to bim, and he mentioned it as a caution to others G. S. Gibson that it was quite incorrect that J. also.
S. Sewell, or his companion, bad expressed any
intention of so doing. On the contrary, J. S. S. Many communications were made in both and L. S. had distinctly expressed their personal meetiogs at Devonshire Ilouse, come longer and desire to continue the usual practice of Friends, some shorter; the latter being remarked on after and entirely to disuse the outward ordinances, wards by some Friends as being peculiarly instruc-whilst deeply valuing the spiritual “supper" and tive. It was said of one or two very lengthy com- « baptism." But they had candidly stated munications, that the miscellaneous nature of that in case they found, on their arrival in Mada. them, and the great number of unconnected texts gascar, that the peculiar circumstances of the of Scripture quoted in them, very much lessened natives should render it necessary for them to their desired effect on the minds of the audi- modify their previous babits as to these matters, ence. Further, there were so few and brief in- tben, and then only, tbey wished to be left at tervals of silence, especially in the larger meet- liberty to act as way might opeu" in the love ing-house, that there was not so great an oppor- l of Christ and of the souls of men. And, so far, tunity as was desirable for reverent individual this committee was prepared to stand by them. waitiog upon the Lord, and for practising the But much misapprehension bad been entershort and simple, but appropriate exhortation of tained by many Friends respecting the matter. one speaker, “My soul, wait thou only on the So far as their personal desires and preferences Lord: for my expectation is from him." were concerned, J. S. Sewell and L. Street
On Sixth-day, 5th Month, 24th, the Provis. I were thorough Friends; but, out of Christian ional Committee of Friends' Foreign Missions, consideration for their weak and lately pagan and several other Friends interested in the brethren, and to avoid wounding the consciences object, assembled at the Bedford Institute, Spital. or distracting the poor minds of such, they fields.
| believed it might possibly be their duty not to Considerable discussion took place respecting interfere in these particular respects with the a proposal to change the form of the “ Provis. customs of religious worship and practice which ional Committee" into a regular organization, to have already been established amongst the Malabe named the Friends' Missiopary Society. Igassy converts by William Ellis and his brother Isaac Brown, William Thislethwaite, William missionaries, who were, under God, the pious Brewin, Edward Brewin, and several others, founders of the Christian church in that interthought it would be inexpedient to do so, inas-esting island. This explanation appeared to much as it was generally felt by the committee I give much satisfaction. A general interest in
MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP.
the work and prospects of the dear Friends en- the number of ministers, elders, and overseers; gaged in these distant and arduous undertak. but John Sargent deprecated any returns at all, ings was expressed feelingly by many present on saying that the strength of a church could not this occasion.
be estimated by mere pumbers. David was puoWhile engaged in answering the queries, ished for numbering Israel, and Elijah was told Jonathan Grubb expressed a very cheering by the Lord that there was a hidden 7000 who sense of encouragement at the present prospects had not bowed the knee to Baal. and condition of the Society. He thought that Gilbert Congdon then spoke in a very enin consequence of an increased individual faith-couraging manner of the state of the Society. fulness, and also of an improved legislation, we He had just returned from the Continent; and are now better than we recently were. There in mingling with sincere Christians in various is an increase of every kind of good work places on it, bad been pleased to find the geneamongst us, and our prospects are bright. ral bigh esteem with which Friends were reThere is no good in complaint, nor any cause for garded by such. Let this character be main. it; but we have abundant reason to thank God.tained by our keeping a siogle eye to Christ. The masses around us are increasingly ready to He also exhorted the elder Friends to show receive and appreciate our views of the spirito more practical sympathy with the numerous uality of the gospel and of worship. He has younger members now engaged in the “home often known strangers to acknowledge with missioa” work. E. C. May expressed unity tears that our principles are good. Let us-then with G. Congdon's views, but thought our Sociextend our efforts. Let us build new meeting-ety had as yet never attained the object conhouses, if necessary, in districts where there are templated by its founders-viz., the bringing done, but where the people are ready for them over of the mass of the people to its principles. He had lately held a crowded meeting in a Yet perhaps we did much good indirectly to chapel, within a mile of which was a closed these. Even the attendance of other places of Friends' meeting house.
worship by many memb. rs (which he regretted), But we must come down to the compreben- might result in bringing such back again to us sion of the masses in our teaching, in our lives, eventually more tban ever satisfied with our in our arrangements, and even in the very tones principles. Joseph Clarke (Bridgewater), S. of onr voice. Let pot any dear Friends assume Alexander, and James Bull acknowledged that a peculiar tope in preaching, for if they are tbey did not share in the encouraging views really under spiritual influence, there will be spoken of, but were amongst those who mourn no need for peculiar tones to intimate it. Such in Zion. Thomas Drewry again spoke of distopes detract from usefulness, especially amongst uniting with a prevalent unsound ministry. Alstrangers to us. Much of our machinery is still fred Lucas eutirely dissented from the opinion too ponderous. Let us more imitate our Lord that our prospects were bright. He thought and his apostles, who went about doing good in that Friends as a Society now neglect and ig. the most simple and inexpensive way. We are dore the influences of the Holy Spirit on almost Dothing; Christ is all. Therefore let us culti. every occasion. He asserted that there is a real vate simplicity in everything. This indeed schism in the body, and that this is not merely specially befits us as the disciples of him who, the fault of the young Friends, but rather of had not wbere to lay his head.
the reputed leaders of this people. Seventh-day morning, 5th Month 25th.-At
(To be continued.) the commencement of this sitting the annual «« Tabular Statement” was read. From this it ap
| The following extract is from an article en. peared that there are within the compass of the
Yearly Meeting 327 particular meetings, includ-titled “Situations Wanted,” which was published . ing 13,786 wembers, and 3582 habitual attenders in the Public Ledger of Philadelphia. We who are not members. During the past year deem the subject one of importance, and one there have been 61 marriages, 263 births, and 275 deaths; 90 convincements, 23 reinstate
which should claim the serious consideration of ments, 85 resignations, 37 disowoments, and al- | parents and guardians. together a total apparent increase of 30 men- “ There is a growing tendency among shortbers, but really of only 11 since last year. Io sighted parents and guardians to put their boys Australia and Tasmania there are 241 Friends, in offices, under a false impression that such ocamougst whom one copvincement is reported cupation is more genteel than the learning of a In the London Yearly Meeting there are 38 trade. This is a most mischievous notion, and meetiogs of less than 5 members ; 45 of be one that is likely to entail upon their children tween 5 and 10; and 62 of between 10 and 20. troubles and sorrows and heartburnings during There are 6 meetings with upwards of 300 mem- all the rest of their lives. All business is sub. bers.
ject to fluctuations, which the wisdom of man Joba Pryor advocated an annual return of and of goveruments have been thus far unable