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seelusion, if they would indulge their morbid, I and only atheists and infidels are prepared to sanctimonious ways. The average life of the build up civilization on the ruins of generations times says, “ These are not times for such deli whose follics, vices, and sips are counted on to cate moralities ;” and indeed some tender souls prepare the soil, filling with their refuse the have been foolish enough to talk of Protestant deep quagmires which are thus to become the punneries and monasteries as the only hope of foundations of future stableness. modero piety.

But this is a cowardly retreat before a power. For to be spiritually minded is life and ful, yet after all a very vulnerable, and by no peace.The constant contemplation of the means unconquerable, enemy. The social emu- glory of Christ will give rest, satisfaction and lation of our people—now coarse, now refined ; complacency unto the souls of them who are dow avowed, now secret-is a spirit not to be exercised therein. Our minds are apt to be exorcised, but to be instructed; not to be done filled with a multitude of perplexed thoughts, away, but to be purified and restrained. It is fears, cares, distresses, passions and lasts, which to be defecated of its taipt by the sturdy criti. make various impressions on the mind; but cism of those who still believe in the might of where the soul is fixed in its thoughts and con

truth, the sanctity of goodness, and power of templations, it will be brought into, and kept, · prayer and holiness, and in the possibilities of in a boly, serene, spiritual frame.-Owen.

à Christian life. Courage, moral courage, is the great want of American society. It is NOTES OF FOREIGN TRAVEL, FROM PRIVATE cowardice among men and women who know

CORRESPONDENCE. better; cowardice in the pulpit and the press,

No. 2. Ciwardice in society and on the platform, in the

AMBLESIDE, 7th mo., 1866. home-circle and in the world, that leaves folly, That we are really here enjoying all the deextravagance, and wickedness their upchallenged lights of this superb lake and mountain scenery, arena. Would ihat we had a few moral lead- seems so strange, that I shall have to put myself ers,- not men aiming at a cheap capital of re-into communication with some of you good folks ligious repute by becoming extravagant and pro- at home to be able to think of it as a fact; and fessional censors of what they do not under- perhaps in briefly recapitulating our movements stand, but men of conviction, intelligence, and for the past few days, and remembering how we moral standing; who instead of going apart came to this charming region, I may gradually and disdainfully leaving the great tide of hu realize that it is not merely a dream. Since my manity to its own course, saving only their feet last, we have been to Stoke upon Trent. On and skirts, would boldly go into the stream, and entering this black and dismal town, devoted preserve, by wisdom, justice, and piety, the almost entirely to potteries, we observed everycostly freight it bears! The country has too where the royal standard floating overhead. much education and too much aspiration, not This was explained by the information that the to value, not to heed, not to follow, better coun- Prince and Princess of Wales were at tbat mosels than it receives. A great heart of courage ment inspecting the show rooms of the different is a real power in the world. A few genuine establishments. We started off for a glimpse of leaders of public sentiment might greatly change tbeir Royal Highnesses, and succeeded in obthe aspect of American society. Our people taining it, and united in the verdict that the are as apt for what is good as for what is bad. | Princess was a very lovely-looking lady, but Their external circumstances, especially in the that a crowd of English workingmen, with West, are favorable to large, strong, generous their wives and daughters, coptaiced about as views. This tendency is now abused to encour many ill-favored specimens of humanity as we age latitudinarianism of morals, rudeness of bad ever before seen collected. The occasion of manners, and laxity of opinion. But, after all, their presence at this time was the laying of the the largest and most generous views are really corper-stone of an Infirmary by bis Royal Highthe divinest noblest, purest. The great region ness. In the afternoon we had a delightful ride of the West, gigantic in its features, is breeding among the shady manors, lanes and blossoming a physical race, worthy vo be the shrine of a hedges, where we saw more beautiful wild flownobler spirit and a grander faith. We believe ers than we bad met with anywhere sipce leavthe impurities will settle, the perilous fires ing Cornwall. There we had only the early slacked, the folly abate, under principles vital spring flowers, though in a profusion and va. and ever active at the heart of our society. I riety we never bad seen before, while here in But, meanwhile, can a single generation afford Staffordshire, wild roses and honeysuckles, and to wait the gravitation of events? Are we all sorts of lovely things besides, made the willing personally to be only tools spoiled in hedges one sheet of bloom, and filled the air making a civilization which is to be worth with a fragrance that was perfectly delicious. I something a hundred years hence ? Individual wish you could enjoy some of these charming character is the immortal end of our existence; Idrives. They are so delightful. The wild flowers alone are a perfect feast, and the road sides, them, in the most luxuriant state of perfection. and even between the railroad tracks in some Next morning, we set off in an open carriage for sections, are like a perpetual garden. Wild a circuitous drive to Ambleside, during which pansics are constantly peeping up in clusters, we stopped at Grassmere, and visited the tomb and the most luxuriant spikes of foxglove here of Wordsworth, and the little church he used spring up between the rocks and flaunt their to attend, said to be pipe hundred years old; gay blossoms in the most extravagant manner and surely it is the most quaint and curious of possible. We have seen patches of twenty or all the old buildings we have seen. Here, too, thirty feet in length covered thickly with it, is a tablet to the memory of the Poet, immedi. while the ivy seems perfectly irrepressible- ately over the family pew. We had also a ruoding over the ground, twisting itself into view of Dove's Nest, the cottage where Mrs. the hedges and climbiog up the trees, and hang. Hemans once passed a summer, and it looked ing over low stone walls, and creeping up high indeed as though it might be a fitting home ones, and mantling over everything that would for such a spirit. On our return, we alightbe, without it, ugly or udsightly, until one mighted from the carriage and walked a short disalmost think that it “enjoys the very air it tance to Rydal Mount, once the home of Wordsbreathes," and could not in any way be pre-worth ; but unfortuoately the public are now vented from doing so. One of the varieties bas excluded from the grounds, in consequence a tiny leaf, not much larger than that of the of some recent abuse; and the house was Kenilworth Ivy. I remember seeing at Kew very imperfectly seen from without, though Gardens a collection of the different kinds, com from the slight glimpses we could obtain, we prising a great number of every size and kind, I were quite able to imagine it all it is describedall of which I suppose grow freely and luxuri- " a perfect bower of roses and ivy." We were antly throughout England. Our delightful back again at Ambleside by five o'clock, and drive was lengthened out till after we had after a short rest, set off for a walk to Stock watched the sun go down at half past eight Gylt Force, a picturesque little waterfall, not o'clock, and the next afternoon we drove to far from the hotel, and then through the vilTrentham Park, which we were allowed to enlage, beautiful, like everything else, and to bed, ter, and passing slowly through it, we had a literally before the twilight was gone, at half full opportunity of enjoying its many and varied past ten o'clock. Next morning, we were ready beauties. It is indeed a lordly and magpificent for another day equally delightful, driving to domain, comprising altogether more than a Paterdale, seventeen miles and back, over the thousand acres “ of hill and dale, and wood and Kirkstone Pass, on the top of which stands the lawn and stream,” while the river Trent, wind- highest inhabited house in England, fourteen ing through the midst, forms a lake of upwards hundred and eighty feet above the ocean, where of eighty acres in extent. This is only one of we enjoyed the most magnificent views of real the Duke of Sutherland's princely abodes. We mountain scenery we have yet had.. To de hear he has three or four others, besides his scribe such prospects, is, for me, utterly out of London house. I do not know that the others the question, when I feel, as I now do, how far are in the same style of grandeur, but it seems the very best descriptions fall short of the realito me it most take a vast amount of poverty and ty. We were prepared to find a great deal to wretchedness to counterbalance the luxury and admire and enjoy "among the Lakes,” but wbat splendor of the life of this one noble Duke.- we expected seems as nothing in comparison Next morning we left for the lakes; arrived with what we have found, and every excursion about four, P. M., at Windermere, after passing shows us something more charming than the through a great deal of delightful scenery ; last. I think some of us had felt just a little during the last two hours it was grand and pic- afraid that our "Ideal” had been too high, and turesque, but the mist hung so heavy over the that the ground rendered classic by having been distant mountains, as almost to obscure them. I the home of Wordsworth, and Coleridge, and Our hotel here was beautifully situated near the Southey, and De Quincy, and Mrs. Hemans and Lake, and after dining we had a splendid drive Harriet Martineau, would be found, after all, to to Troutbeck, a very romantic mountain stream. I be very much like the ground everywhere else The road was a continued series of exquisite on the surface of this sublunary earth, but I views, in every variety of the picturesque and must honestly confess it is not so. There cerlovely, but the mist still circumscribed the more tainly dwells a charm about these glorious hills distant prospect. Returniog, we passed through and « tarns" quite distinct from that of their a part of the valley, composed entirely of tastc-poetical associations, or, perhaps, it is the po. ful villas, surrounded in some instances by ex-Tetry itself, that so pervades the very atmosphere tensive grounds and flowers-flowers every as to make all things appear, even to the most where. The roses are now in their full beauty, prosaic eye, bright and lovely, and different and wherever we go we see cottages and even from the ordinary seeming of “this dull spot the most bumble cabins, literally covered with that men call earth." Still we cannot always

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escape even here the sober certainties of real s upright and noble yesterday, may prove false life, as we were forced to admit on our return and unworthy to morrow. Cling to truth and from the Paterdale drive; for before we had justice, though all the world should desert and reached the summit of the mountain, we were decry them. Give your conscience eyes, and overtaken by a storm of wind and rain which never fear that it will mislead you. Others effectually put a stop to all further prospects may be richer in knowledge and wisdom than for the present. Next day we again took our you ; but a pure and lofty soul has do earthly carriage, and drove through the same lovely superior, and should recognize none. Hold scenes to this place—about eighteen miles. The fast to whatsoever is righteous; and whatever town is close to the shores of Derwent Water, clouds may for the moment in wrap you and in. one of the smallest but most lovely of all the tercept the smile of heaven, never be so infidel lakes, and the view of the entire valley, as it as to doubt that the path of virtue is the only bursts upon you in descending the hill, is won

way of safety—the only way that leads to perfect derfully beautiful. We bave not yet seen much and enduring peace.--Greeley. of the place, or its surroundings, but expect to drive to the Falls of Lodore, and some other points of interest, and will then leave for Edin FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. burg and the Scottish lakes, which we are told

PHILADELPHIA, EIGHTH MONTH 31, 1867. are finer even than these. That is bard to believe; for it seems to me there dever could be anything more charming than the scenery we

FAMILY RECORDS. - It was an object of sohave been feastiog on for the past week. We licitude with the early settlers of this country, have, to be sure, made one terrible discovery especially Friends, to preserve accurate records about the pretty picturesque little cottages of births, marriages, and deaths, and fitting The windows are frequently large, and almost universally filled with flowering plants, and we memoirs of worthy lives, not only for the obvioften wondered to see them closely shut, even

ous utility of these records in establishing the in the hottest weather ; but we found that one titles to real estate and the due succession of title pane of gla-s upon hinges was all the open property, but because of the important bearing ing of which they were capable, and that this of family histories upon the character of the poor loop-hole afforded the only ventilation, not only for the poor imprisoned flowers, but for the young. In this way the examples of the wormore miserable human inmates, condemned to thy and excellent are prolonged and enshrined breathe such an atmosphere. It is a mystery among the valued mementoes of the family for to me, how the poorer classes can have health; generations. but if they are as robust as they seum, it must be attributed to their active habits, and being

We have no sympathy with an assumed sumuch in the open air.

periority founded on birth or ancestry, though (To be continued.)

it may be doubted if this is not far more wor

thy of respect than the false assumptions based The darkest day in any man's earthly career the vain and thoughtless.

upon wealth, wbich are apt to pass current with is that wherein he first fancies that there is some easier way of gaining a dollar than by

It is a matter of experience with many that squarely earning it. No matter whether he to have descended from the wise and good is no acquire it by beggary, by theft, or any fa-hion mean incentive to a high standard of wisdom of gambling, that man is fearfully demoralized and goodness, and it is always cause of regret who, looking at the dollar in his palm, says, " That came easier than if I had earned it by when, through neglect of parents to keep the honest labor.” He has lost the clew to his way subject before their children, these grow up through this moral labyrinth and must henceforth in ignorance of their ancestry. These remarks wander as chance may dictate. To his distort.

are suggested by the perusal of two pamphlets, ed apprehension, the universe has become a gaming-table, and life a succession of ventures (printed in Delaware Co., Pa., for private circu. on the red or on the black. His prospects of lation, entitled, " Thomas and Margaret Minwinning thereat, in the long run, are miserable chell, who came from England to Pennsylvania enough.

in 1682, and their early descendants, to which I am pained to hear any one say of the wisest

some accounts of Griffith Owen and and best man living, “ I piy my faith to bim. I am sure he can never go wrong.”

My friend!

descendants for a like period, by one of the you have right to repose implicit faith in God sixth generation ;” and “ The Salkeld family of aloue! Man is frail, at best, and he who was / Pennsylvania, from Juho, who emigrated in

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1705, to the fourth generation as far as known,

For Friends' Intelligencer.
by a descendant."

To the. Editors :
It is feared that many private family records, observe one of a new school called The Stan.

Among the advertisements in your paper, I
and even some belonging to Monthly Meetings, more School for Girls.
are lost and destroyed from being retained in From my koowledge of the Principal and
manuscripts, while large numbers of descendants Assistavts engaged, I feel assured that there
would be glad to contribute toward their pres stitution worthy the confidence of Friends and

will be an effort on their part to render the Inervation in a more permanent form. These

others. histories when preserved become startiog points The circulars inform that the school is pro. for more extended family records in the future, vided with a good collection of philosophical and may ultimately become so general as

and chemical apparatus, a cabinet of nineralogi. greatly to aid the labors of the biographer ton, anatomical plates, and other modern aids to

cal and geological specimens, a mounted skele. and historian, while, in some cases, they add the acquirement of knowledge. to the strength of the family tie.

ences.

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Lectures will also be delivered weekly on

NaturalScience, History ard General Literature, NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS.—The recent ir- by William Henry Farquhar and Henry C. Halregularities in the reception of our paper have lowell. The locality is healthy, and its surbeen owing to an unusual freshet in the Schuyl. roundings are favorable to the best social influ

T. kill River which occasioned an overflow of the water-wheels at Fairmount, and rendered it im

AN OLD ENGLISH CUSTOM. portant to observe economy in the use of water,

We fiud in a London paper an account of an until the obstruction shall be removed.

odd custom which bas prevailed for more than a

hundred years in the extensive range of mours This restriction has prevented the printing in Derbyshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire--the press with which we are connected, in com- annual summer meeting of the shepherds, bringmon with others, from performing its usual ing with them the sheep that bave strayed into amount of business.

their flocks, and restoring tbem to their rightful owners.

Every 20th of July the meetings Died, at his residence in Ledyard, Caynga Co., are held, and as they are entirely different from N. Y., on the 28th of Sixth month, 1867, Daniel any other gatherings, and have not hitherto Sisson, aged 64 years and 10 months. He was a been described, a notice of the last may not be member of Scipio Monthly Meeting, and much be out of place. The appointed place for assemloved and esteemed. His disease, which was a very bling was the Salters-brook turopike-road, dislingering and painful one, be bore with much equanimity and cheerfulness, 'erincing the truth of the tant rather more than two miles from the DunScripture declaration, " Thou wilt keep him in per- ford Bridge station on the Manchester, Sheffect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he field and Lincolnshire Railway, and at a point trustety in thee." on the 5th of Eighth month, 1867, at the from the station across the moor the turnpike

pear where the three counties meet. On walking residence of Wm. Cocks, Mary Bills, widow of the late Tbos. Bills, and danghter of Wm. and Susanna road was reached, and then, after a long march Webster, agrd 77 years and 5 months; a member of up bill, a sharp angle of the road brouyht the Rochester Monthly Meeting, N. Y.

visitor into the midst of a colony of dogs, num. at Sandy Spring, Montgomery Co., Na, on bering from eighty to one hundred, nearly all the 6th’inst., after a short illness, REBECCA N., wife fine specimens of the sheep-dog breed. They of Pennell Palmer, in the 641h year of her age.

at his residence in Willistown, Chester Co., were playing, quarreling, and a few were have. Pa., on the 15th of Eighth month, 1867, Richard ing “a quiet round" to themselves. Not far MARIS, in the 78th year of his age; an exemplary from them were their owners, each with a long member of Goshen Montbly Meetiog.

stick, by which the shepherd indicates to his at Brookfield, Bucks Co., Pa., on the 19th of Eighth month, 1867, Sarah, widow of Jobn Pax- dog in many instances what he is required to

do. son, in her 86th year; a member of Middletown After partaking of a good dinner, the men, Monthly Meeting.

with their dogs, proceeded to a large yard, in

which there were about one hundred sheep The Executive Committee of “ Friends' Publication which had strayed away. Each animal was ex. Association” will meet on Sixth-day afternoon, gib amined and clained by certain marks and indi. m0.6th, at 31 o'clock, at Race St. Mo Meeting Room. Lydia H. Hall, Clerk.

catiuds, the dogs occasionally appearing to rec.

ognize some of the truants. In the course of “When a gloom falls upon us, it may be we half an hour, with the exception of two or three, have entered into the cloud that will give its all the animals had found their way back to gentle showers to refresh and strengthen us." their lawful owners, and shortly after the shep

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herds, with their dogs and found sheep, departei | The upvitiated appetite clamors for fruit and
for their respective stations, miles distant and vegetables during the warm season ; and it is
far apart, most of them not to meet again for only by the force of habit that so many are con-
months, or until they once more assembled, tent to live without them. The acid fruits and
bringing with them the lost ones and claiming vegetables serve to counteract the bilious ten-
their own truants.

dency of the summer; and, were the habit

once formed of eating more vegetables and less From the Boston Transcript.

meat, better health and longer life would be the THE GARDEN AND THE FARM.

consequence. We have made a breakfast of A PLEA FOR TBE KITCHEN-GARDEN.

bread and stewed tomato, and uniformly felt a
We desire to call attention to this most hum- clearer head and lither muscle than when we
ble, and at the same time most useful depart. had breakfasted on beefsteak with its bile-pro-
ment of horticulture.

We are satisfied that ducing gravy.
our rural districts are suffering from not appre. We commend the vegetable garden especially
ciatiog the value of a good vegetable garden. to our farming community, by whom we fear it
We should suppose that in the country, where is less valued than by our village mechanics.
land is cheap, vegetables and fruits would The farmers, accustomed to their broad acres
abound ; but the truth is, the citizen is far more and cultivators and corn hoes, think it a putter.
highly favored in this respect than the coudoing business to attend to a garden; and as a
tryman. In the neighborhood of cities and consequence, potatoes, corn, hay and oats abound
large villages, market.gardeners give their at- for the sustenance of the barn-stock, but the
tention to these things: the garden is managed minor wants of the family are unsupplied. So
with skill, and a great variety and abundance far as our observation goes, not half of the farm-
of vegetables are raised, which are furnished ers have an asparagus bed, and have little idea
to the citizens, much to their comfort and that, from a square rod of land, a daily dish of
bealth. But, with the great mass of our farm. this most delicious vegetable may be furnished
ers, the garden is considered as a nuisance, an to an ordinary family from the 1st of May to
interruption to the great business of the farm; the 1st of July. The impression prevails with
and consequently their families are treated them that some little spot must be fenced in as
with meat and potato one day, and potato and a permanent garden. This is a mistake. The
meat the vext, and so on through the year, with fence is an eyesore in the landscape, an undeces-
an occasional interruption of two or three sary expense, and greatly binders the economi-
mesees of peas, coro and beans in the summer, cal cultivation of the garden. Abolish the fence,
and some cabbages, turpips, and possibly onions, and horse-power can be employed in the gar-
in winter, Economy, health and comfort de- den as well as in the field. The currant bushes,
mand that our farming population sbould give the asparague, sage and other perennials need
more attention to the raising of culinary vege- a permanent location ; but most of the vegeta-
tables. A good garden will contribute largely to bles thrive best on newly.inverted soil ; and,
the support of a family. Man was not made to with nu fence to move, the main garden may
live by meat and potatoes alone. Every pro- be changed by the farmer at pleasure, and beets,
duction of the garden is good, and should be re-

parsnips and strawberries cultivated in long
ceived with thanksgiving. Americans have a

rows by horse power, the same as in the field.
strangely carniverous tendency. An English Such a mode of culture takes awav the petit
laborer is satisfied with bis daily ration of bread look of the fenced garden, and greatly dimin-
and cheese, washed down with a mug of ale; ishes the expense. - Alexander Hyde, in Ameri-
and is grateful for a joint of meat for his Suncan Journal of Horticulture.
day dinner. The French and German laborers
also live largely on their vegetable soups; and Sıx JAPANESE Youths, who are studying
are delighted if they can obtain a hock bone to at Monson, Mass., have been offered facilities
give a flavor to their soup, and furnish the oily for travelling during the summer vacation, and
matter in which the vegetables are deficient. have declined to accept them for the following rea.
But we in America must bave our meat at least sons: First--Diligent and unremitting study of
twice a day, and very generally three times; the language is our first and most important
and the meat is by no means a mere relish, but business in order to qualify us to travel to the
forms a principle constituent of the meal. The best advantage. We are not yet sufficiently
habit was doubtless introduced when meat was able to ask intelligible questions and to receive
abundant and comparatively cheap; and, once the proper explanations. Secondly-It is more
introduced, it continued, though the price has agreeable to spend the summer in the shade
doubled and trebled.

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and quiet of these secluded hills than to en In the summer, especially, the juicy, cooling counter the heat, noise, dust and cinders of vegetable, rather than the inflammatory meat, travel. Thirdly-We have had travel enough should constitute the main bulk of our food. I for one year in coming all the way from Japan.

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