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life of God is under oppression in our hearts. Ited existence, or in oblivion of all others, before
PHILADELPHIA, NINTH MONTH 21, 1867.
found larged. Therefore, while reasonably cautious
among the large circle of our subscribers, not to be found sowing chaff, let every Chris - requires no small degree of care and assiduous tian consider it his duty to scatter the seeds of labor; and it is satisfactory to receive assur. righteousness and truth in some way, and if he ances that our sincere endeavors are appreis not now able, make it his immediate business
ciated. to find that ability by applying diligently for the grace of God, and laying in seeds of knowl.
Among the articles recently inserted in our edge from the granary of the Scriptures, and paper, the selections from the discourses and not be hindered by custom, if he fiud good seed letters of F. W. Robertson have elicited from tberein adapted to the present wants, from
many bringing it to the people in such form and monials of decided approbation. There are,
of our readers and correspondents testi. measure as it has been preserved for our use.
Arise, young men, and begin to serve the however, we regret to learn, some exceptions. Lord your God. “As the lightning cometh One Friend, writing to our publishing agent, out of the east, and shineth even unto the expresses his disapprobation of resorting to west," so the Light of Christ is enlightening the Gentiles. Why are you get slumbering?
“the writings or opinions of a hireling minArise, virgin souls, and trim your lamps, and if istry,” in order to fill our columns. they are burning low, fill them quickly with the For our part, we rejoice when we have evioil of grace, and take them from under your dences that others, not of our fold, are being beds of ease and your sectarian measures, lest, gradually drawn away from a dependence upon when the Bridegroom comes, you be left weep: externals; and we believe, as this work goes ing without, and bewailing your folly in the darkness.
on, it will lead to an acknowledgment of the Brewster's Station, N. Y., 8th. mo. 27, 1867. Truth in its simplicity, and an abandonment
of the ceremonial observances by which it is
encumbered. We consider the system of a Religion, or the devotional part of it, is nothing but communion of the soul with God; and stipendiary ministry inconsistent with the pretherefore by its necessary condition is seclusive. cepts of Christ and the practice of the Apostles, There is po piety of a multitude. The worship and we believe it bas been fraught with great of a congregation is the worship of so many injury to the Church throughout Christendom; hearts, each rendered a degree more fervent than otherwise by the power of sympathy. But if the
but we must, in charity, admit that many who elements of worship have not been brought have been engaged in it have been sincere together from the depths of individual spirits, Christians, devoting their lives to the righteous they exist not at all. In all true worship, cause, so far as it was opened to their minds. whether the scene be the place of public concocation or the closet, the soul brings its immortal
The progress of the soul in spiritual knowsubstance, and its personal destiny, and its par
ledge is usually gradual, and, when much enticular interests—its recollections, its hopes and cumbered by the prejudices of education, is its fears--ges, itself, as if it were the only crea- almost invariably slow. An instructive ex
COMMUNION WITH GOD.
ample of this is found in the recorded ex- those of George Fox in a letter " to friends of
Fountain of Life. The novelty of men and
ercises which had flowed freely during the sit. Let us rejoice in the progress of Truth, and tings of the Yearly Meeting, "which perehance embrace it wherever we find it.
might be as a brook by the way to cheer the
drooping spirit and strengthen the weary travCommunications from two correspondents eller on the way to Zion.” They no doubt will he found in the present number, both could also with George Fux desire that "all bearing upon the condition of our religious or.
men should come to the knowledge of the ganization. E. R. contrasts the sentiments Truth," and with him encourage all to walk in contained in the “Epistle from New York
obedience to the knowledge received. We Yearly Meeting of Ministers and Elders,” with unite with our correspondent in the wish that
* Janney's Hist. of Friends, iii., 405. faithfulness may be observed in the work as.
signed by our Heavenly Father, but as nothing! ERRATA.–On p. 434, 2d column, 19th line from
bottom, for reviewing Truth,” read" receiving Truth."
On p. 435, 2d column, 16th line from bottom, for
First-day School Conference, on Seventh-day last,
that Friends tbroughout the country will forward, figured in Scripture by the injunction, “ Keep | First-day Schools which now are, or have been, in silence before me, 0 ye islands, and let the existence amongst Friends, giving, if possible, the
number on roll, average attendance, the plan of conpeople renew their strength!”
ducting them, the difficulties they may bave to en. The delinquency referred to in the Essay
counter, and the title of such works as may be of an
unobjectionable character for Friends' children.
N. Seventh St.
tions below given, would urge it upon Friends to
as their ability will warrant to enable the association tion. It is an evidence, we believe, that the lication :
From a Friend at Brookdale, Bucks Co., $1.00 advantages to be derived from mingling in spirit
1.00 in the worship which is acceptable to the Father
Woodbury, N. J.,
1.00 of spirits, are not fully appreciated by our num
Friends of Concord, Pa., through
Jos. M. TRUMAN, Jr.,
717 Willow St., great supper and invited many," some had
Treasurer Friends' Publication Association. bought a piece of ground, some oxen, and some
EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENCE. had married a wife--and all wished to be ex
No. 4. cused. The interest manifested by a number
BRIENZ, Aug. 4, 1867. of the younger class of Friends in the meetings I have come to this place alone, having parted recently held for the purpose of mutual ad. from my party for the week for the sake of a vancement in the knowledge of religious rest with another American Friend, who is pass
ing a month or two in the Pension Bellevue, a truths is an encouraging feature, and we bope mile from the village of Brienz, in a valley it may extend, so as to lead both young and old which fronts the lake, and is secluded from the to frequently consider those things which pro. world as it were by three walls of mountains, mote the spiritual health and prosperity of in- whose green and rocky sides make a paradise dividuals and communities.
for painters' eyes, especially as wandering clouds
of mist—which adorn more than obscuroSeveral causes have operated to reduce the cause perpetual changes of light and color: and figures of the census of 1829, some of which, then the distant mountains seen over the lake, we trust, will, by the increase of love and Chris with snow peaks coming and going, spiritualize
the whole. tian toleration, be avoided in the future. But
This place is exceptional as a public house. we apprehend that nothing will conduce so Indeed it hardly is one. It is kept by a geotlemuch to strengthen the bonds of religious fel. man who has, till within a year or two, been a lowship as an individual awakening to the bles. Professor of Chemistry in the University of sedness of a life of purity and holiness. By his extensive and valuable laboratory. He in
Berne, who had the misfortune to lose by a fire this congenial minds will be attracted, and in vented the illumination of the Falls of Giessthe feeling of their dependence upon the great bach, which are close by Brienz, and had this Head of the Church for spiritual supplies, they fine estate here, with a house tive or six times will at the time appointed for the gathering of larger than his family required, and so he takes
some men boarders. The establishment is opthe flocks be drawn together, in order to partake parently carried on by the servants. I have not of the refreshing stream when the stone shall in three days yet seen bim, though his wife rebe rolled away froin the well's mouth.
ceired me at the door with all the hospitality
of manner and courtesy of a lady-which she is | Interlachen, with its splendid views of the —a cultivated and refined lady, one of four sis. Jungfrau. The Giessbach is also close by, and ters, the other three having removed from every night illuminated. It is a lovely place Berne with her, and living in a picturesque to bring children for the summer, because it is cottage between this house and the lake. The so secluded and healthy, and the neighborhood family lives entirely separate, and the boarders so innocent. Mrs. H. has a third son, about have their own table, which is served with the three years old, who plays about with the peas. most exact German etiquette, by the rosy- ant children, under the eye of his mother, for cheeked maids, in six or seven courses, every she seems to take care of them entirely herself, vegetable nearly being served separately, and sauntering about as he wanders at "his own the plates changed so that each one has six or sweet will;" and such devoted nursery work seven plates. The company is of the best kind becomes anything but a wearisome work in such —one family with four children among the a nursery, whose walls are but wooded mounguests—and the conversation at dinner general. tains, and whose carpet such a beautiful green One of the sisters speaks English perfectly, and lawn, and its ornaments a little pond with gold has called on us. She is full of the love of lite fishes, ----a fountain in the midst that always rature, and I have found her well read in plays, -enclosures holding peacocks, golden Italian, Spanish, German and English litera- pheasants, and other lovely specimens of animal ture; very fond of our Longfellow and making life. The garden is delightfully provided with fine discriminations in his writings. She had settees and little summer houses in the pleasnot heard of bis translation of Dante.
antest places, all having the air of a private The village is a mile off. I am so sorry that gentleman's house—which it was, and, I might my ear absolutely is impervious to the collo almost say, is. I am so particular in all this quial French and German, because, if I could description for the sake of my American friends, understand them, I could go about among these who, for wo more money than they spend in a Swiss peasants, who talk German and French trip to Sharon, or Saratoga, or Newport, at the both, and get acquainted with them. It is a present high cost of living, might come into the rare chance I have to see the heart of Switzer. heart of Switzerland and pass a summer. I land. The people have not been demoralized came from Paris by way of Fontainbleau, seeing by the neighborhood of a great hotel, and these that most magnificent of French palaces—in its really refined ladies give us a glimpse into a interior; then by way of Pontarlier and Neufsociety which a nere traveller rarely enters in to chatel to Lausanne, where we made a detour to in Europe. My American friend came here go to Geneva for the sake of going to Chamouny, with special introduction to them, and I had but another might go on from Lausanne to one from her; otherwise we should not have Berne, Newhaus and Brienz. A through ticket seen them at all, though Mrs. H. always re. to Newhaus can be taken at Lausanne, which ceives everybody, and there is an appeal to her sets you across Lake Thun, than which there is when any thing goes wrong. It is evident that done more beautiful in Switzerland in fine she also superiutends the sending up of the weather, when you can see the Jungfrau. At meals, as every thing is so exact. But the Newhaus an omnibus takes you to the Brienz meals take a very long time, as the courses come steamboat, giving you a beautiful drive through on very deliberately: four courses of fish, flesh the lake street of Interlachen, with its palatial and fowl, with a vegetable; then pudding; then houses. The Brienz steamboat carries you by fruit; then confectiong. For breakfast and the falls of the Giessbach, which are exquisitely supper we have tea, coffee or chocolate,
, -as we beautiful; and you must take your seat on the prefer; bread, butter, cheese and cold meat. right hand side of the boat, or take second class Every thing is well cooked and abundant in seats in the prow, which is the best as well as quantity. The price is fixed at five francs a cheapest place. At the landing in Brienz, inday, if you stay a week or month; seven francs quire for the carriage of Pension Bellevue, or a day for a more transient visit. The house is an omnibus, if the carriage is not there, and it four stories high, and the three upper stories carries you for half a franc. Another beautiful are for boarders—or at least the second and way to come is through Basle from Paris, taking third; and there seems to be eight or ten the train at the Strasbourg station at 7 o'clock on a story. All who are here are on the second in the morning; and the second class cars are story; but as the place becomes known by their perfectly comfortable, and a great deal the continued residence, (this is the second year of cheapest, (43 fraocs.) Going by the way of the Pension only,) I think there is no doubt Berne, however, you have an hour and twenty we will always be full; for, besides the beauty minutes at Berne, and we improved the time by of the situation and views,--- by means of the taking a carriage at the station and telling the steamboat at Brienz,—there are charming ex driver to show us Berne. It is a grand old city cursions on the beautiful lakes of Brienz and with streets of fine houses, and its peculiarity Thun, possible at small expense, and visits to I is that all the side walks are covered with ar
cades, the private houses no less than the shops the best people,-an assumption of superiority
For Friends' Intelligencer.
THOUGHTS IN A FRIENDS' MEETING.
We have come
To meet as is oor wont upon this day-
To know His will divine, and feel,
Sincere from hearts touched with a living coal
In vain were outward words, all outward aid,
Its plannings and contrivings, have no part
Made teachable, are humbly brought to feel
Succumbs to heavenly grace, and in the deep
And quiet chambers of the contrite soul
Not to us only, but the whole great family of men,