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to have things in the condition in which you de- estimated: and yet how many remain and keep sire them; and having done all in your power to their precious children almost entirely excluded this end, subunit calmly and with patient resig from the healthy enjoyment of the sun's rays, nation to them as they must be. Having done thus depriving themselves and their offspring of your best, leave the rest trusting. You say this the kind and invigorating offices of one of their cinuot always be done; but we can try, and best friends. The three great natural contribueven the effort will be favorable, and such effort tors to health-please remember them-are ex. will often be successful.
ercise from useful employment, fresh air, and sun4th. Wiihdraw the mind as much as practica- shine. ble from self. The more it centres upon self, I promised to mention some instances illusthe less favorable it is to health. Let the mind trative of the fact, that individuals of the go forth frequently and liberally in the con greatest promise of usefulness and of the hightemplation of the beauties of nature—the placid est intellectual capacity and attainments are grandeur of the stars--the beauty and sweetness frequently lost to the world many years earlier of the flowers—the innocence and cheeri- by the premature breaking of the delicate casness of the birds--the love of our fellow crea- ket in which the precious treasure is contained, tures--anything and everything that is beauti- for want of due regard to the laws of Health. ful and inviting, and it will tend to bring the Of the many recorded instances of the physical system into its true harmony and to restore and constitution being thus broken down in the preserve the health.
great struggle for intellectual greatness, I shall Avoid as much as possible the unhealthy mention two. babit of drawing upon or taxing the sympa Blaise Pascall, born at Clermont in France, thies of our friends and ourselves, by a rehearsal in 1623, is famous for ingenious reasoning in of our ailments, our trials and difficulties. support of the opinion of Torricelli, that it was There may be a momentary relief in this too the pressure of the atmosphere which sustained common and hurtful practice, but it is unsub- the column of mercury in the tube of the baromstantial and weakening, and disposes the mind eter. Pascall reasoned, that if the mercury was to a morbid dwelling upon its own sorrows, sustained by the pressure of the air, it would which is directly at variance with that firm stand at less and less height in the tube of the dignity, fortitude and self-reliance which are so barometer, as the instrument would be carried essential to true health.
up a mountaia, where the column of air above 5th. Cultivate feelings of interest and cheer- it would be less. This opinion was verified, at fulness in your daily avocations, whatever these his suggestion, by actual experiment, and the may be. As a general thing, it is the condition great proposition of the atmospheric pressure of the mind, not the amount of labor or exer. thereby permanently established. tion in our business, that produces the principal This ingenious and interesting person deroted wear and tear of the system. Where the en- himself incessantly to study. He "spent his gagement is entirely from choice, however great play hours when a youth by himself, in a rethe bodily labor, this wear and tear are almost mote room;” wrote a treatise on Sound, at wholly unknown. In the philosopbic language eleven years of age; and one on Conic Sections, of a colored man
“choose work” (that is work an advanced branch of mathematics, at sixteen. of one's own choice) "is no work at all.” The His biographer says, " The incessant application same wise sentiment is expressed in different that produced results of such variety and exlanguage by a person of great learning and ob- tent, produced another consequence, equally inservation, “ It is not work tbat kills people, but evitable—the loss of health, with all its attend. worry.". Dr. Armstrong in his poem on the ant evils.” . He thus sunk prematurely to the " Art of Preserving Health” speaks to the same tomb, at the early age of 39, beloved and repoint:
gretted, his brilliant star being extinguished "In whate'er you sweat
before it had reached its meridian, for want of Indulge your taste:
keeping the triple powers of the system proplle chooses best, whose labor entertains
erly balanced. His vacant fancy most. The toil you hate
Henry Kirke White, whose" Remains” have Fatigues you soon, and scarce improves your limbs." been so successfully embalmed by the poet
6th. Persons, especially females, should very Southey, was possessed of uncommon intellectgenerally walk more and use more exercise in ual capacity. He was born in England, in the open air. Besides the benefit of the fresh 1705, and commenced bis career at school at air, the influence of the sunshine-yes, sun the age of three years. His biographer says, shine, when not too scorching-is most favorable " At a very early age, his love of reading was to health, in imparting activity and strength a passion to which every thing else gave way.” to the skin and aiding it in the perform. In the pursuit of his studies for a profession, it ance of its various important functions. The is recorded of him that he allowed no time for benefit from this source can scarcely be over-1 relaxation, little for his meals, and scarcely any
for sleep, under which regimen his bodily pow- Come, Disappointment, come!
Thou art not strange to me, ers soon gave way, and he sunk with all his
Sad monitress! I own thy sway, acquirements and promise to the tomb, at the
A votary sad, in early day early age of 21, his bright sun setting in the
I bend my knee to thee : morping of life. He died on the 19th of 10th From sun to sun, my race will run, month, 1806.
I only bow and say, my God, 'Thy will be done.'" The poet Byron refers to the untimely and These lines breathe the spirit of genius and lamented death of Kirke White, in the follow.devotion—the mind and the soul bewailing, in ing beautiful lines :
sad and softened, but resigned cadence, the " Unhappy White! while life was in its spring, | certain early separation of a member of the And thy young muse just waved ber joyous wing;
tri-partnership, upon whose withdrawal their The spoiler swept that soaring Lyre away
whole action, in this sphere of existence, must Wbich else had sounded an immortal lay. Oh! wbat a noble heart was here updone,
cease forever! When science 'self destroyed her favorite son!
From such sweet specimen of his early prom. Yes, she too much indulged thy fond pursuit; ise, how must we lament that all should have She sowed the seeds—but death bas reaped the fruit. been so prematurely lost to the world, by such 'Twas tby own Genius gave the fatal blow,
total disregard as we have seen, of the laws of And helped to plant the wound that laid thee low.
Health, of which, however, it is to be presumed So the struck Eagle, stretched upon the plain, No more, througb rolling clouds, to soar again,
he was ignorant. Viewed his own feather on the fatal dart,
We have, on the other hand, some contrasting And winged the shaft tbat quivered on his heart! and noble instances where the triple powers of Keen were his pangs, but keener far to feel,
our nature-body, mind and soul-have been He nursed the pinion which impelled the steel;
preserved, well balanced, through a long and And the same plumage that had warmed his nest, Drank the last life drop of his bleeding breast."
active life; among whom I shall name the Kirke White saw his approaching dissolution Baron
Baron Von Humboldt and John Quincy Adams. some time before it occurred, and mournfully
ed and mournfulla The great and learned Humboldt, by the labor referred to it. in the following touching lines of ascending the Andes and various other in " An Ode to Disappointment." written aboni | mountains, and exploring the geographical feathe age of 19.
tures of the greater portion of our globe, with "Come, Disappointment, come!
his great bodily industry and mental activity, Though from Hope's summit burled;
and his soul constantly alive to the grand disStill, rigid muse, thou art forgiven,
play of the power, wisdom and goodness of God, For thou, severe, wast sent from Heaven,
which is everywhere witnessed in creation, pot To wean me from the world :
only acquired that deep insight into nature, and To turn my eye from vanity,
those lofty conceptions of the attributes of And point to scenes of bliss that never, never, die.
Deity, which constituted such a rich gift to his What is this passing scene ?
contemporaries, and grand bequest to generaA peevish April day : A little sun-a little rain;
tions to come, but at the same time, by his well And then night sweeps along the plain
regulated and laborious researches in these exAnd all things fade away.
plorations, secured that vigorous development of Man soon discussed, yields up his trust,
bis physical constitution, for which he was inAnd all bis hopes and fears lie with him in the dust. I debted for his great power of endurance, in Ob, what is beauty's power ?
giving to the world so many valuable volumes It flourishes and dies:
containing the recorded results of bis labors. Will the cold earth its silence break, To tell how soft, bow smooth the cheek,
He died at the advanced age of 90, with all his Beneath its surface lies ?
powers in full vigor to the last, continuing Mute, mute, is all o'er beauty's fall,
actively to benefit his race for a period of more Her praise resounds no more when mantled in her than 50 years longer than the whole life of the pall.
lamented Pascall. The most beloved on earth
John Quincy Adams also kept all his triple Not long survives to-day; So music past is obselete,
powers well balanced to an advanced age. His And yet 'twas sweet, 'twas passing sweet,
mother trained him early to active physical duBut now 'tis gone away!
ties, and to elevated moral and religious ideas Tbus does the sbade to memory fade,
and observances, which happily continued with When, in forsaken tomb, the form is laid.
bim through life. Then since this world is vain,
He remained constantly at his post of activity And volatile and feet,
and usefulness till the bodily machine was Why should I lay up earthly joys,
worn out, in the course of nature, when, seeing When rust corrupts, and moth destroys, And cares and sorrows eat ?
he bad finished his career and reached the ter. Why fly from ill, with anxious skill,
mination of his journey and his labors here, be When soon this hand will freeze, this throbbing heart calmly remarked, “ This is the last of earth :be still ?
| I am content," and gently ceased to be. He
died on the 23d of 24 month, 1848, at the ad- ja wiser, and therefore a more exalted nature.
For Friends' Intelligencer.
THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS. rupted period of 63 mature years beyond the An article in the Intelligencer of the 11th of whole extent of the life of Henry Kirke White, Fifth month last, under the heading of “The including the time of the latter's infancy and prospect before us,” is devoted to a subject education. Thus may we see the great import- upon which something more may be said. It ance of paying due regard to the requirements is the subject of the decline of our Society, and of the body,-to develop its powers, and pre- the prospect before us as to whether we shall serve them carefully in health, in order for the continue to live, or are destined to extinction. fulfilment of their highest allotment and capa. Statistics are there referred to, showing that bilities. To sum it all up,-keep the three there has been a diminution of nearly one-fifth parts of our nature, the animal, intellectual of actual members within Philadelphia Yearly and moral or religious, well balanced and all Meeting, from the year 1829 to 1863. And in harmony, acting out promptly and rigidly when we consider how much within that time the best information which you possess population bas increased, and how other re. or can acquire for the health of your bod-ligious denominations among us have increased, ies; have constantly at hand some useful we may form an idea of what our numbers ought employment or engagement, and whenever to be, instead of what they are. practicable, a full supply of bodily exercise,
But it is not so much in numbers that we fresh air and sunshine ;-preserve the mind bave declined, as in the attendance of our meetactive, cheerful, hopeful and self-reliant, with ings, and the life and interest of those meetings. feelings of kindness and love to all your fellow Here lies, in fact, the true difficulty. The arcreatures; and supply it daily with more or ticle before referred to states also that there is less intellectual food ;—and finally cultivate every reason to believe that Friends are diminlore and obedience to God, and an abiding trust ishing in numbers in all the Yearly Meetings in the watchful care of a kind superintending in correspondence with Philadelphia Yearly and over-ruling Providence, who will always Meeting; and that it appears also that the bless every right endeavor, and none wore ap- meetings of those called Orthodox, except in provingly than those directed to the preservation some of the Western States, are also declining. of the "harmonious condition of the multiplied Independently of actual statistics, this state depeudencies of the physical system,” with which of things, especially the continued falling off in he has so munificently entrusted us, for the the attendance of our meetings, must for years high and benevolent purpose of our own en- have been apparent to all who have had an opjoyment and His eternal glory.
portunity of observing; and to all our members
it suggests the most serious considerations. But LOST TIME,
one result can follow from the continued decline Let any man pass an evening in vacant idle of anything, and that is it must come to an end. Dess, or even in reading some silly tale, and com- Extinction is, therefore, our inevitable doom, pare the state of his mind when he goes to sleep and that at no very distant day, unless a remeor gets up next morning with its state some dy for this state of things is sought for and obother day, when he has spent a few hours in tained. going through the proofs, by facts and reasoning, Has our Society fulfilled its mission ? And of some of the great doctrines in natural science, is the termination of its existence to be regardlearning truths wholly new to him, and satisfy- ed as following in the natural and providential ing himself, by careful examination, of the order of events? If so, -and there may be those grounds on which known truths rest, so as to be who entertain this opnion,—then we need not not only acquainted with the doctrines of them- trouble ourselves about it; but otherwise an obselves, but able to show why he believes them, ligation of the most important character deand to prove before others that they are true,– volves upon us, and that is to ascertain the will find as great a difference as can exist in cause of our lifeless condition, and apply a remthe same being; the difference between looking edy. back upon time unprofitably wasted, and time It may safely be assumed that if the princi. spent in self-improvement. He will feel himself, ples we profess are correct, and have not become in one case, listless and dissatisfied; in the other, obsolete, and if our forms and usages were comfortable and happy. In the one case, if he wisely adapted to the wants and requirements did not appear to himself humble, at least will of the present day, then we would necessarily not have earned any claim to his own respect; prosper; and the fact that we do not prosper is in the other case, he will enjoy a proud concious- conclusive proof either that the particular testiness of having, by his own exertions, become monies we hold have had their day, or that our
forms, usages and modes of worship are not treated to rernember the responsibility of their such as to meet the requirements of the present calling, and always to bear in mind that none generation. These are conclusions, the force can minister availingly, in attending to the inof which will be apparent to, and must be adjunction of the Divine Master-Feed my mitted by all. A more concise way of stating lambs'—to the gathering of the flocks, but those the proposition would be to say that the reason that are anointed and receive their qualification we do not prosper is—that there is something from on high-that nothing but what proceeds wrong with us.
from God can gather to him—that no human The duty we of the present generation owe to qualification is sufficient for the performance of those who are to come after us, of handing this great service aright, and tbat all scholastic down to them, as they have come to us, the attainments in the world fall very far short of a great distinguishing testimonies which we main-right qualification for the ministry—that the tain as a religious body, is one of the most im- gift being divine, the qualification must be of perative obligations. May not a kind reproof God, and should be performed freely without be admiñistered to those occupying high seats, any view to reward from man,” &c., &c. The who are looked to as the fathers and mothers spirit of Fox is conveyed in such words as among us, who, notwithstanding their zeal in these, without the caution which seems to be. many things of a formal nature, yet, as to any come needful only as life expires." Therefore, active remedies, seem to be indifferent upon this I desire that you may all improve your gifts vital question. Perhaps this duty devolves and talents, and not hide them in a Dapkin, equally, however, or even ought to be assumed lest they be taken from you; and not put your principally, by those of a younger class; and, candle under a vusbel, lest it go out; and not be in this view, a word of caution may not be out like the foolish virgins, who kept their name of place to some who are older, lest by undue of virgins, but neglected having oil in their prejudice in favor of established usages, and in- lamps ; such were not diligent in the work of considerate aversion to all changes, they be God, nor in the concerns of the Lord, nor in found as stumbling blocks in the way. I their own particulars.” “You may be a hin
The work of ascertaining what are our defi- drauce one unto another, if you (confine your ciencies, and what may be the most suitable visits to Friends, and) do not travel in the life remedies, and applying them, is one of peculiar of the universal Truth that would have all men delicacy and importance. And while it neces- to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of sarily requires boldness, it also requires the ut- the Truth ; and if you would have them come most prudence, and the constant and watchful to the knowledge of the Truth, let them know exercise of those eminent virtues, charity, for- it, and where it may be found. So I desire bearance, toleration, and love toward one an. that you be valiant for it upon the earth," other.
T. H. S. &c.
| It appears to me that these two utterances The roots of plants are hid under ground, 80 faithfully represent the spirit of the early, as that they themselves are not seen ; but they contrasted in action at least with that of the appear in their branches, flowers and fruit, modern, Society of Friends. The latter, like an which argue there is a root and life in them. old man, advises care and caution, while the Thus the graces of the spirit planted in the former, like a young man, urges to action, eager soul, though themselves invisible, yet discover that work be done and acts accordingly. The their being and life in the track of a Christian's ope, full of zeal and enthusiasm in the Lord's life, his words, his actions, and the frame of his work, went boldly forward through the opposicarriage.-Leighton.
tion of friends and enemies to plant the seeds of
heavenly truth and love in all places, leaving For Friends' Intelligencer.
the ninety and nine righteous to go in search of ADVICE TO MINISTERS-EXCESSIVE CAUTION
the one benighted wanderer. The latter, fear. SILENT MEETINGS-CALL TO THE YOUNG. ful lest its order, peace and harmony be imMy mind has been powerfully impressed this paired, moves timidly around its narrow fold, morning on reading the first two articles of last keeping diligent watch lest there be any excesweek's Intelligencer-the “ Epistle from New ses or any departure from the ancient testimoYork Yearly Meeting of Ministers and Elders,” nies and landmarks. and the letter of George Fox “to Friends of The one was an army of invasion, of young the Ministry.in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” | beroes striking boldly into the enemy's country, - with a certain point of contrast between them. caring less for their defences than to have an The first named Epistle, which is full of excel edge on their swords; the other is an army of lent matter and stirring appeals, contains also delence, of old men shut in the walls of sectarian the following passage, which I select for an il. tradition, and mourning the desolations of Zion, lustration:
but feeling powerless to advance against the ad. 6. Those in the ministry were tenderly en- vancing foe. It needs no prophet's eye to see
the end. Unless the Lord raise up an army of and burn its way through us, not being able to young men, or put a new spirit into those who force a way through many that should become now serve him, causing them to think less of joyful channels of living water, because they keeping their armor bright and clean than they dare not confront either their own weakness or do of the salvation of souls and of carrying the the critical examination and severe judgment of saving truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ home others. to the hearts of them that sit in darkness and And that kind of admonition which em. the shadow of death, then the edict will soon braces but misadapts important truths, like the
forth -“ Cast out the bondwoman and her misapplied counsel of Job's friends, is exceed. son."
ingly dangerous. It may easily be that minisWhen we come to care more for the law than ters are in present need of caution not to move we do for the Life, more for the form than for unbiddeo in attempting to do the Lord's work; the Spirit of religion, we are no longer Christ's but my convictiou is that such exhortations as freemen, but servants unto Moses. Ob, Friends, those of Jesus Christ, and of his apostles Paul why have you turned again t:ward the bondage and George Fox, are much more needful. from which you were delivered? Why have “Preach the word; be instant in season and you become weak and timid, so that the inbabi. out of season ; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all tants of Canaan seem as giants, and you are long suffering and doctrine," was the advice of afraid to move out of the walls of Jerusalem, or one of the most successful apostles. With this let your young men go out to forage, lest they agrees the spirit of that lovely and zealous man become defiled with the enemy? Is this faith on whom was laid the Word of the Lord, who in God, or in brick and stone? Your over-cau- called men from following forms, traditions and tion, your anxiety to preserve your distinctive ceremonies to the guidance of Christ's living testimonies as a sacred birthright, have so la Light. But what are the professed disciples of dened.y
• you that your power of free action and all these now doing? Some are mourning that your confidence in one another are nearly gone. the people have gone away to seek other pasA right degree of caution is invaluable, but an tures; some are sitting in silence, seldom excess of it is fatal to that enterprise and free preaching and less frequently drawing together activity which are as essential to success in the warmth of earnest hearts in prayer, while spiritual as in temporal undertakings. The lit- others are felt to be sitttng on the watch, lest tle motions of the spirit are crushed back. We there be any departure from the accustomed fear to speak, lest we should say amiss, and so courses ; thus fostering a dead imitation of the little openings are closed, and the one talent other men's peculiar views or expressions, in. buried in the earth, because we find Christ a stead of the freshness and power of original hard master. But why does he seem hard ? feeling and thought. There are earnest, useful Why is it hard work, like taking life, for the laborers intent on obeying the commandments; young to open the mouth in a religious meet- but most of these are much more fettered in ing? It is not Christ who makes it so, for he their spirit and motions than were those sons of is all love, all tenderness and encouragement, the morning who carried light into dark places, gently urging to that freedom in the utterance and who, fearing the Lord only, loved their felof thought which gives growth to the spirit. low disciples as brethren. The sad truth is, we Ab! it is our over-nice and critical Friends that have become bondmen to each other, and to our are the bard masters. They are not so wise as own weakness and want of faith. What are we they were when first they were parents, and doing here, it were well to ask, in these silent taught their little ones how to speak. Then meetings? Not one mind in ten is active with they loved their lisping accents, their broken profitable reflection. There is, perhaps, a words, and smiled and gently invited the timid wholesome feeling of solemnity which is better attempts to bring forth the spreading leaves of than vain words; but most present are only thought.
dreaming or sitting under a dark cloud which Mistakes were unnoticed; they knew that as yields them no water. And this is not because the life advanced, as reason dawned, darkness there is not water in the cloud, but because the would flee away, so they surrounded the fireside electrical power of the Spirit is wanting to conor the domestic table with a warm, genial, en. dense the dark vapor into shining drops, which couraging atmosphere of love. Had they not would bring life and joy to thirsting souls, could done this, their children would either have left they but fall, even in the simple patterings of them to find relief and pleasure, or else have the artless but earnest tongue, grown up as dull and ignorant of common life " With the mouth confession is made unto as most of us are in our religious life. Ob, it salvation.” 6 Out of the abundance of the is sad, very sad, that religion should be made heart the mouth speaketh.” Why, then, are such a hard and doleful thing; that the spirit of we so much silent? Let us not be deceived. love, and knowledge, and understanding, which It is not because we are so spiritual, more than is the Spirit of the Lord, should have to beat others, but because we are dying ; because the