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lip, and the unhappy look, will produce some But Christian love beginning at home, will
impression on those who witness them—an im- not be content to be confined there. It is too
pression which will not terminate with itself; expansive for that. It will overleap the narrow
and which will verify the social fact that no one boundary; or if it be forcibly restrained within
liveth unto himself. Our example may be it, it will resent the wrong by dying a natural
silent and unobtrusive, but it cannot be wholly death in its prison. That it may live and thrive
unobserved. And if the first circle of observers it must breathe the fresh air of the world, and
be small, yet each of them becomes the centre brace itself with exercise in deeds of mercy.
of a new circle, and our influence becomes thus What shall I do? is probably the question
diffused far beyond our control and even our which has been asked by many. A question
knowledge. Whatever station we occupy, which has been answered sententiously, thus:
wbether we live in the public eye or in the “ Do the duty which lies nearest thee, which
deepest privacy; whether we are ambitious to thou kpowest to be a duty; thy second duty will
be something, or ambitious to be nothing; it is already have become clearer.” And this is only
a necessity of our social existence that we can- a paraphrase of the inspried saying, “ Whatso-
pot live to ourselves. There is no wall of ex ever thy band findeth to do, do it," and "do it
clusiveness so thick or so high, but that the in with thy might." Christian love will find ob-
fluence of our character and conduct, the injecta on which to expend the energy of its well.
fluence, in short, of what we are and what we doing at the very door, lying in sin and wretch-
do, will penetrate through it, or climb over it. edness, in more desparate case than the man

It is a solemn fact that we are under the who fell among thieves in tbe solitary and rob-
operation of this law of social life, and that its ber-haunted defile which lay between Jerusalem
operation is involuntary and constant. Life it and Jericho. It will find them in the furthest
self is a solemn thing. We may so use it that regions of the earth, all " neighbors" according
it would be better for us if we had never pos. to our Lord's teaching, everywhere needing and
sessed it. Or we way so use it that it shall be awaiting the application of the same Christian
" a thing of beauty and of joy for ever.” Social balm. Let it lay its hands of mercy on some
life with its voluntary and involuntary contribu. of these and bind up their wounds, and pour in
tion to the common weal, or the common woe, the oil and wine of gospel truth and love.
is doubly solemn. There may be some whom
we have already unconsciously benefitted, and (FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER.
who have been made more strong, more holy,
more happy, by some casual word we have PHILADELPHIA, EIGHTH MONTH 17, 1867.
dropped, or some casual deed we have done, of
which there is no record in our own memory. THE INDIANS.—The communications of Sid-
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be others whom some casual word or deed of ours has accelerated in the downward ney Averill and Gideon Frost, in relation to Inpath of unbelief and ungodliness,

dian outrages, which have appeared in this paThe apostolic words, “ None of us liveth to per, have afresh awakened the feelings of sadhimself, are not, however, the mere declaration ness and sorrow which in times past have been of a social fact; they are the declaration of a Christian law. 'Our involuntary influence may this suffering and deeply injured people.

so general throughout our Society in relation to be either good or evil. It may be the influence of selfishness producing selfishness. But the The thoughtful among us will remember that Christian law is, “ Look not every man on his national crimes are generally followed by cwn things, but every man also on the things of national punishments, and will look forward others." “ Ye are not your own. For ye are with apprehension to the fearful reckoning we bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's." may have to pay, when inquisition shall be made

The Christian love, which forms the soul of at the hauds of the perpetrators of these out. the law “no one liveth to bimself,” may very rages. We have received several communicaappropriately begin its social work at home."' tions on this subject in addition to the one Let Christians give it full sway in their fami- which appears in this number, urging that im. lies. If there is “ no place like home,” let love destroy those selfish, crooked tempers which mediate action may be taken by our Society, mar its peace; those tempers which break up that the effusion of blood may be stayed. families, even while outwardly one, into frag One of our correspondents in this city recently ments, that are brought indeed very pear to received a letter from the Commissioner of Ineach other, but are not " like kindred drops dian Affairs, in which he says:wbich mingle into one.” Let all seek within their home circle, their first and best sphere of “The genuine spirit of Christian philanthropy well doing. It will amply repay their toil. has invariably distinguished the Society of

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Friends in all its history, and the tender of the

For Friends' Intelligencer. services of Friends in the accomplishment of

THE INDIANS. peace does honor to them, and is very gratefully has been directed to the condition and prospects

Since public attention, within a few weeks, appreciated by me."

of the Indians in the far West, the evidences Another correspondent, in the State of New have been rapidly increasing that many of the York, hopes “ that Philadelphia Friends will alleged barbarities of these Indians are either move in the matter, and desires to contribute to acts of retaliation for wrongs inflicted by the sustain their action.”

whites, or are false accounts, manufactured for We are glad to know that Friends of Balti- natural hostile feeling, for the purpose of en

the occasion, by parties who desire to create a more Yearly Meeting, who are near the Seat of couraging the Government to wage against Government, have had personal intercourse, them a war of extermination. These misrepreand are in correspondence with the Commis-sentations are generally made by contractors sióner of Indian Affairs, and also that a num.

and Government agents, and other interested

parties, some of whom have heretofore accumuber of judicious Friends have been set apart by lated much property during the prosccution of the Representative Committee of Philadelphia the Indian wars, and who desire the continu. Yearly Meeting to attend to the concern, and ance of the present hostilities for the same purpursue such course as the wisdom of Truth may pose. Official information amply justifies the suggest. We hope, however, that this action

belief, that notwithstanding a multitude of

peaceable Indians have been slaughtered in cold will not prevent individual effort, and that not blood by the whites, without provocation, still a only the members of our own Society, but every large proportion of the now hostile tribes are Christian man and woman, will do what they willing to make peace, provided they be comcan in this emergency. Those who may not pepsated for their destroyed property, and probe able to act, may, in the spirit of prayer, de-croaching parties be compelled to make satis,

vided that railroad companies and other ensire that the Ruler of Nations may put it into faction for land occupied without the Indians' the hearts of our legislators to do justice to the consent, and that their annuity goods be faithred man, that so the Divine judgments may be fully paid to them. averted from our land.

If a compliance with these Indian demands

will adjust the difficulties, it would clearly be Married, on the 18th of Seventh month, 1867, the duty of the Government to comply. If onewith the approbation of Horsham Monthly Meeting, tenth or one-twentieth of the money now wasted David Foulke to Susan Y. MICHENER, daughter of in the prosecution of the war were to be exSilas Shoemaker, all of Montgomery Co., Pa. on the 4th of Seventh month, 1867, with the from violence and their property from depre

pended in protecting the persons of the Indians approbation of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting, at the residence of the bride's parents, WM. Baldurston, dations at the hands of white men, the work of of Burlington Co., 10 Annie H. Boggs, of Camden permanent pacification would doubtless proceed Co., N. J.

rapidly.

The testimony of the Governor of Idaho is Died, in Howard Co., Md., on the 30th of Seventh month, 1867, Elizabeta Byrnes, daughter of Francis worthy of being continually borne in mind by W. and Elizabeth B. Plummer, and only grand- Friends,—that “in no case that I have examdaughter of Richard Plummer, aged nearly 5 months. ined bave I fouud the red man the aggressor;"

-, on the 26th of Seventh month, 1867, at bis and yet we are prosecuting a war of threatened residence in York Co., Pa., Thomas Jones, an Elder extermination, attended by barbarities on our and member of Fawn Particular and Deer Creek Monthly Meeting, in the 74th year of bis age.

part the most horrible that can be found upon on the 29th of Seventh month, 1867, Bessie the pages of history, while our own people, who Wilson, daughter of Edwin and Mary A. Mitchell, are the guilty and original aggressors, are selaged 3 years and 8 months.

dom or never punished. The only instance of at Salem, N. J., on Fourth-day, 31st of Sepenth month, 1867, ISAAC NIcholson, in his 76th year.

an attempted retribution was that of Captain

who was tried for the murder of four in Philadelpbia, on the 4th of Eighth month, 1867, Joun Burton, M. D., in his 83d year.

peaceable Indians, without the least provoca

tion, but from mere wantonness; and being "Fear not, little flock, it is your father's good found guilty, was simpty cashiered, or dismissed pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Learn from his command. thus to contemplate the sovereignty of God, as There is reason to believe that a memorial it is His delighe to exert it for His people; find, to Government, signed by as many Friends as in it, and not in yourselves, an all-prevailing ar might be convenient, asking that early measures gument for grace to help in every time of need. be taken to obtain a pacification of the difficulGoode.

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enjoyment of all their rights, would receive an | All the more noble, therefore, is the story of earnest consideration. I am willing to press their constancy under the severest trials of the question, Is it not our duty to perform this their faith, and it would awaken much wonder act of simple justice ?

in us had we not learned in the school of exFriends are almost the natural guardians of perience that the little trials of this life are the Indian race. It is a pleasant reflection even harder to bear tban the large opes, and that that no jar of discord has ever disturbed the there is in every great cause an inspiration ade harmonious relation between them and our So-quate to the making of martyrs. The society ciety; and however vindictive towards those rapidly took form and gained adherents. The who have wronged them, they have been uni- I period was one of much theological as well as formly kind to us.

political activity, and there seems to have been Are there not friends sufficiently interested a large class of persons denominated "seekers" in this pressing case of justice and humanity to who were very ready join such a movement as volunteer a visit to the seat of Government, for this. The " testimoniesof the new Protestthe purpose of asking that the stroke of the up- ants brought them of necessity into collision lifted sword be arrested, and that measures of with those in authority in such troublesome pacification be substituted for those of carnage times, and imprisonment in noisome dungeons,

GIDEON FROST, the stocks, and many stripes were the aliment Greenvale P. O., Long Island, 8tb mo. 1, 1867. upon which they thrived for many years. To

those holding supreme power in the state they From “The Nation."

spoke boldly, and they do not seem to have been REVIEW OF JANNEY'S HISTORY OF FRIENDS.* treated by them with especial discourtesy.

The work before us, of which the first two It is perhaps an open question whether Cromvolumes were publisbed in 1859, opens with a well did not intend to be somewbat facetious statement of the more prominent “ testimonies” when, at the close of a conversation with George of the early Friends, which is succeeded by a Tox. he said to the leatber-clad apostle, “ Come very cursory sketch of the history of the again to my house ; for, if thou and I were but Christian Church to the time of George Fox. an hour of a day together, we should be nearer Then follows a record of the experiences of that one to the other." remarkable man, who for many years was a ver After about the year 1720, when their peritable apostle of the truth, a particular state. secution had in great measure ceased, the soment of the persecutions to wbich he and his ciety seemed to have grown much more slowly followers were exposed from magistrates, priests than before. The narrative becomes less interand people, and all other noteworthy matters esting to the outside reader, excepting when it relating to the society until the separation, touches, as it necessarily often does, upon the which took place in America about the year connection of the society or its members with 1828, the circumstances preceding and attend the great social questions of the day. The evils ing which are very fully detailed in the latter of slavery and the slave-trade engaged the athalf of the fourth volume. The bulk of the tention of this people almost simultaneously work consists of more or less minute memorials with their settlement in America, but with of a very large number of ministers and other characteristic slowness, though with equally prominent men and women, the reading of characteristic pertinacity, the question was dealt which, it must be confessed, is sometimes a mo. with and argued upon for eighty years before notonous employment; but the monotony is total abstinence from all connection with the frequently relieved, especially in the earlier institution was required of the members. In part, by incidents of an heroic or sadly tragic the anti-slavery agitation of the past thirty years character. The records from which the author the Quaker " testimony,renewed and vitalized was able to draw the material for the construc- by the Motts, the Hoppers, and others less fation of his history were ample, perhaps more mous but equally faithful, contributed powerfull and complete than those which have been fully to the great overthrow which could not preserved by any other sectarian body. come through peace. Against intemperance

It is remarkable that those most actively en- also the Friends have labored efficiently, for gaged in organizing the Society of Friends were the promotion of education, for a juster system young men and women, few being thirty years of prison discipline, and for many other humane of age at the commencement of their ministry, objects. Their treatment of the Indian tribes and some not more than eighteen or twenty. in this country gains lustre from the unhappy George Fox himself was about twenty-three occurrences of the present hour. years old when he began to preach in 1617. If the author, himself a Friend and a schis

matic, had taken too favorable a view of the *“ History of the Religious Society of Friends,

position both of the society and the branch to from its rise to the year 1828. Vols. I.-IV. By Samuel M. Janney," Philadelphia: T. Ellwood | wbich he belongs, it would not have been sur. Zell.

prising, and it is probable that the record has been colored to some extent in this way. Yet son al knowledge and connection of its author there is an evident intention to write with with many of the events wbich he details, it judicial fairness ; for instance, after detailing having been written between 1700 and 1720, the infamous persecutions to which Friends and is attractive on account of a certain quaintwere subjected in New England, particularly ness of style, but it covers a period of oply in Massachusetts, he says: “ Although a regard about seventy years. There are other histories, for historical accuracy requires an impartial ac but none, we believe, so comprehensive as that count of the severe persecutions endured by the now offered to the public. We commend it to early Friends in New England, the narrative the reading of persons of all sects, and not least cannot be continued without reluctance; espe. to the young, for'an insight into spiritual purity cially when we reflect that among no people on and fidelity to the inner light such as are not earth is religious liberty, in this age, more likely to be exhibited again, certainly not ia highly appreciated or more fully secured than our day, in the formation of a new society. The by the descendants of the Pilgrims.” And Quaker forms and organization are perhaps defurther, after giving an account of the execution clining, and may, in a few generations, become of certain Friends on Boston Common: “There extinct. Even more on this account is their can be but one opinion among all relecting history worth studying, and their decadence minds concerning the bloody tragedy enacted may serve even more distinctly than their rise at Boston; it should be remembered, however, to point out the foundations of the “broad that a large proportion of the colonists were op- church” of the future. posed to the course pursued, and the infamy must rest upon a few who were enabled, by the L A PITY TO HAVE AN EMPTY SEAT. ecclesiastical features of their government, to! A few weeks ago a gentleman was obliged to hold the reins of power.”

I go to a distant depot at an hour when there was In treating of the great separation-a difficult no conveyance thither. So, although very weary, task--we should say that Mr. Janney has en- and not strong, he was obliged to set out on a deavored conscientiously to do justice to both walk of two or three miles. After he bad gone parties, and, it seems to us, with a considerable a little way, he was overtaken by a gentleman degree of success. Belonging as he does to the and a little boy in a carriage. The fine horse branch called “Ilicksite," to distinguish it from was at once reined in, and his owner said with the “ Orthodox” Friends, it is to be expected a smile, "I presume, sir, you are going but a that the latter will not accept his narrative as short way; but this little fellow insists on my a truthful account of the event, its causes, and asking you to ride with us. I told him I bad the principles involved ; at the same time, it no doubt you were going to the first station; must be borde in mind that the feeling of bit- but he said, “The gentleman is a stranger, terness subsisting even yet between the two father; it is very easy to ask him. It always branches, especially on the part of the Orthodox, seems to me such a pity to ride with an empty is such as ill comports with their peaceful and seat !'” forgiving faith, and prevents that fair and equit. Now, that ride which cost the gentleman neiable judgment which is to be desired. Mr. ther money, time, nor trouble, was a real. Janney frankly acknowledges, what we think blessing to a weary minister of Christ; and he

must appear to any unprejudiced reader, that in told him so when he thanked him and the dear , regard to belief both parties had somewhat di boy who prompted the kind civility.

verged, and that in opposite directions, from the “ It is a way he has, and always had, "sir,” position held by George Fox and his more promi. replied the father. “From his cradle, he could nent converts. Yet the belief of these earlier never enjoy what he could not share with Friends was not uniform, and in this connection others. If he has any new gift or pleasure, our author well says : “An attempt to enforce his first thought is for those less favored. It entire uniformity of belief was the rock upon is a way he got from his mother.” which the Protestant reformers split, and which It was truly a beautiful “way" that boy had ; the early Friends had the wisdom to avoid. In and it should be a lesson to all boys, and boys' the days of George Fox they were remarkably mothers too, who hear of hin. Remember this, tolerant; but in succeeding times, as the bond you wno have horses at your control to use for of Christian love grew weaker, a greater re- convenience or pleasure : "It is a pity to have liance upon rules of discipline became manifest.”' en empty seat." Remember it, mothers; whən

The work is much of it written in a plain, training your boys for lives of unselfishness. simple, unpretending style, but abounds in some The little things of to-day will grow into great parts in that peouliar stilted Scriptural phrase things of years to come. The boy who is selfish ology with which those who have often at- with his toys and his comforts will be so with tended Friends' meetings or read Friends' books his money and his sympathies when a man; are thoroughly familiar. Sewall's “ History of for the heart grows harder, rather than softer, Quakers" has the advantage of the direct per-I by the flight of time.- Exchange.

THE RIVER PATH.

Left to its own unaided efforts,
BY JOHN G. WHITTIER.

The strongest arm may fail;
No bird-song floated down the hill,

And thongh all strength still comes from Heaven, Tbe tangled bank below was still;

All ligbt from God above,

Yet we may sometimes be his angels, No rustle from the birchen stem,

The apostles of his love. No ripple from the water's hem.

Then let us learn to help each other, The dusk of twilight round us grew,

Hoping unto the end : We felt the falling of the dew;

Who sees in every man a brother,
For, from us, ere the day was done,

Shall find in each a friend.
The wooded hills shut out the sun.
But on the river's farther side

BREAD AND MILK.
We saw the hill-tops glorified-

The incident I am about to relate, I received A tender glow, exceeding fair, A dream of day without its glare.

from the lips of the principal actor when he was With us the damp, the chill, the gloom;

a venerable and most interesting gentleman. With them the sunset's rosy bloom ;

It is a story of his wayward beyhood, which While dark, through willowy vistas seen,

be loved to tell because it reflected honor on a The river rolled in shade between.

mother be delighted to bonor. From out the darkness where we trod

One morning Johnny (for that was his real We gazed upon those bills of God.

Dame) came to the breakfast table and boldly Whose light seemed not of moon or sun,

said he would not eat bread and milk that We spake not, but our thought was one.

morning. We paused as if from that bright shore

• ! Very well, Johnny,” answered his mother, Beckoned our dear ones gone before ;

quietly and without raising her voice; “ I'll set And stilled our beating hearts to hear

it on this high shelf. You can run to school." The voices lost to mortal ear!

This run consisted of a long piece of road, Sudden onr pathway turned from night;

and then a long tramp' through a wood, which The hills swung open to the light;

gave Jobony ample time to call up all bis spunk Through their green gates the sunshine showed ; À long, slant splendor downward flowed.

| and to strengthen bis determination not to give Down glade and glen and bank it rolled,

in. It bridged the shaded stream with gold;

Accordingly, on bis return, he was all ready And borne on piers of mist, allied

to assert the dignity of boyhood, and when he The shadowy with the suolit side!

drew up to the table and saw the bowl of bread " So," prayed we, “when our feet draw near,"

and milk set before bim, he felt. Derved to any The river, dark with mortel fear,

course, and decided to die rather than eat it. "And the night cometh chill with dew,

“ Very well, Johony," was the mother's calm 0, Father ! let thy light break through 1

remark; “ I'll set it on the high shelf until "So let the hills of doubt divide,

you want it;" and a decided wave of her hand So bridge with faith tbe sunless tide!

sent him from the table, and in dưe time he So let the eyes that fail on earth

was bidden by an authority he could not resist On thy eternal hills go forth ;

to run off to school. "And in thy beckoning angels know

That run was not as spirited as the morning The dear ones whom we loved below."

run had been. He felt “ dreadfully bollow,

and had no relish for his usual sport of pre(Selected.) "I have learned,” says the melancholy Pestalozzi,

tending to be chased by a bear, climbing, io "that in this wide world no one heart is able or

| fancied terror, a tree; running out on the end willing to help another."

of its horizontal branches, and dropping to the Ob, say not we through life must struggle ground only to gain another tree and accomMust toil and mourn alone;

plish the same feat of dexterity. Tbat no one human heart can answer

On the contrary, he felt a little like giving The beatings of our own. The stars look down from the silent heaven

up, as he knew his mother never would, and adInto the quiet stream,

mitted to himself that he would be glad of that And see themselves from its dewy depths

bowl of bread and milk; and when he came In fresher beauty gleam.

dragging home at night, and the bowl was lifted The sky, with its pale or glowing hues,

down from the high sbelf without a word of Ever painteth the wave below;

threatening or reproach, he pretty well underAnd the sea sends up its mist to form

stood the force of calm and persistent authority. Bright clouds and the heavenly bow.

Feeling well assured that he would never eat Thus each does of the other borrow A beauty not its own;

anything else until he had swallowed that oftAnd tells us no one thing in Nature

presented and oft-refused bread and milk, be Is tor itself alone.

just took it as quietly as it was offered, and Alone, amid life's griefs and perils,

ate it. The stoutest soul may quail ;

And after that, he said, he never set his will

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