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such as were in affliction and distress, whether were many visible fruits of her virtuous mind in body or in mind, which was manifested in that did appear to the children of med, some of her frequent visits to such, and by other means which were these, viz: She was an affectionate clearly demonstrated. She was a woman en- and tender mother to her children, yet did cor. dued with great patience, and with a quiet and rect them when occasion required, without
passerene mind, well qualified and fitted to her sion or the least appearance of disorder of mind, husband's circumstances, whose lot it was often and still had them in great subjection; at which to be abroad in the service of the Truth ; an I often admired, and thought, surely she is honorable and a faithful wife, willing to give come, by the workings of the Holy Spirit, to up hier all for Christ and the Gospel's sake, a greater dominion over her own spirit than counting nothing in this world too near or dear many who appeared to be her equals. She was to part with for the glory of God and the ad- a true Christian, a loving and dutiful child to vancement of the ever blessed Truth, peace, her parents, a good neighbor, a faithful wife, a and salvation of her own soul, and the good of loving and tender-hearted dame over her serothers.
vants, and overcame them with love, and was One thing is remarkable and worthy of com- much beloved by them, and also feared: they memoration, which I insert as followeth, that loved her, and were very unwilling to disoblige others in the like case may not barely and out or offend her. wardly imitate her, but feelingly come up in She appeared and behaved herself as became her heavenly practice and experience, under a sanctified vessel that was in a good degree the influence, light, and help of God's Holy fitted and prepared for the great Master's use; and Blessed Spirit, viz : When that worthy ser- and often appeared as one that had been secretly vant of Jesus Cbrist, John Boxstead, returned in some intercourse with Jesus Christ in spirit, from London Yearly Meeting through several where his glory had more particularly shone in counties to York, and so home with me, not and over her soul not only because of the long before my wife was taken away; and gravity and solidity of her countenance, but having some discourse with her, he asked about also the tenderness, humility, and sweetness of several things of woment, especially about her her mind and spirit, weightiness of her conhusband being so much from home, she gave versation, edification of her advioe, soundness him this answer : That inasmuch as she gave of her judgment, and clearness of ber underup her husband cheerfully and freely to serve standing, all which made her company very acthe Lord, and to be serviceable to the Church ceptable while among the living. Her heart of Christ, she did not only sympathize and feel was often filled with the love of God, and early with him in his most adverse and low state, but raised and enabled to speak a word in season partook with him in his best enjoyments, when unto many states and conditions, whether at the power of Truth prevailed over all its enemies. home or abroad, in her own family, amongst Although I am thep far from him, yet I partake her neighbors, or in the Church of Christ, in of the spoil, or the shedding abroad of the testimony to matters relating to the worship of good things of God among His people, as my God, or in matters relating to Discipline, esbeart goes along with the work of the Lord, pecially in the meetings of her own sex, where and such as are engaged in it; and in all my she bad a great service, and will be greatly husband's afflictions I am afflicted with him. wanted. She had great care upon her for the And one of my main concerns is, that neither good cducation of our youth in plainness of I, nor anything in this world, may detain my babit and language, that they might be prehusband from doing what the Lord calls for at served out of the corruptions of the world in his hand; for if anything burt him as to the all the parts thereof; in all which services she Truth, what good can I expect of bim? This will be much missed : yet we being sensible Juhn much admired, with the deep and weights that her removal is her great gain, it helps to reasons she gave about the Christian Discipline alleviate our sorrow and loss, which is great, and of the Church and concerning the ministry, the will not soon be forgotten by many who had the like, he said, he bad not met with ip all bis benefit and comfort of her good services. Also travels before; yet she was a woman of few her watchful and solid sitting in our meetings words, and expressed much in a little compass. for worship was remarkable, with very little And when she was taken away, oh! the loss motion that was perceivable : yet when the least and sorrow he expressed to me in a letter con- stirrings of life in her mind were perceived, in ceroing her death.
order to bring her forth in testimony, the meetShe was very clear in her understanding, ing was truly glad, and the living amongst us had a penetratiog and discerning eye, a great rejoiced at it, for her appearance was with the and inward sense of the state of a meeting, as wise, and in the language of the Holy Spirit, also of their several particular states. I cannot which was a clear demonstration that ihe work at present describe to the full all the bidden was the Lord's and by and through His spirit and virtues of this handmaid of the Lord, but there power; all which gave her a great place in the
miods of faithful Friends and brethren. But lives unto death, but given up that life they she is gone in the prime and flower of her age! had in any wrong thing whatsoever. which sets before and is a memento unto us, to When I had drawn up the foregoing ac. show as the uncertainty of our time here, and count, and showed it to some discreet Friends, prepare for one certain to come, that death may they said it was not beyond her worth; yet not overtake us at unawares before we are pre- when I looked it over again, with an intent to pared for it.
insert it here, I thought it looked too large; I come now to the time of her long weak. but upon more mature deliberation, I could not ness, in which she was preserved in great pa- find what part to omit, but it would hurt the tience, steadiness, and resignation of mind to whole matter; therefore as I found it contained the will of God even unto the end ; and she en- encouragement to all tender and well-minded joyed much heavenly comfort and consolation people to persevere in faithfulness unto the end, in the living presence of the Lord to her im- caution against pride, passion, and indulging or mortal soul, so that when she was asked, sparing any wrong thing in church or family, Whether she thought she might recover or not and something of advice to several conditions she mildly replied, she was afraid to desire to and growths in the Church of Christ, it aplive; because, said she, I believe if it please peared most easy to me, not to lose any of those the Lord to take me away now, it will be well good fragments which had any thing of a heavwith me, for I find nothing that lies as a bur. enly savour in them; and if I have not missed den upon my spirit. At another time she it, there is something that has a living relish, said, As to that little testimony I have been for without that I should soon be weary of concerned in, this is my comfort and satisfac either writing or speaking. tion, that I can truly say I did not kindle any strange fire, and therefore could not warm my.
The family is the child's church. The mother self at the sparks thereof; but what I did in is the priestess of childhood. She is to teach that matter was in the constraining of the love the conscience, to instruct the reason, to barof God, and when my cup was full, I a little monize one part of the wind with another, and, emptied myself among the Lord's peoplo, yet heart án atonement between the good and evil in
making her knees the confessional, and her very sensible of my own weakness and poverty, and often thought myself unworthy of the least her child, she is to bear him up till he can stand of the Lord's mercies.
alone. This is Christian education and ChrisMany savoury expressions she spoke that
tian training were not written then, and therefore could not
For Friends' Intelligencer. be remembered : we having some hopes of her recovery, it rather caused an omission as to such a due observance of what she said as otherwise No announcement would he hailed with more it is like would have been; although she was satisfaction by the members of our religious heard to say not long before she fell weak, she Society than an assurance that the love of thought her time would not be long in this peace is increasing among civilized nations ; world. I never heard an unbecoming or un for this we should consider one of the most cersavoury word come from her, let the provoca- tain evidences of the progress of Christ's spirittion thereto be what it would, no, not in the ual kingdom. time of her health ; and in her weakness, she Prior to the late sanguinary conflict which was much swallowed up in the luminous and in- desolated a portion of our country, we had cherternal presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus ished the belief that the spirit of war was subChrist, and often sang praises unto his worthy sidiog throughout Christendom, and that a feelname, and appeared as one wholly redeemed ing of universal brotherhood was beginning to from this world, whose heart was set upon, and arise in all enlightened nations. The animosity mind intent,' and earnestly engaged in the manifested in that conflict, and the immense pursuit after heaven and heavenly things. sacrifice of life involved in it, caused many Blessed be the Lord, she had witnessed a part misgivings as to the reality of that fraternizing in the first resurrection, and over such the sec- spirit which the friends of peace had fondly ond death hath no power; and no doubt but hoped was in progress. she lived and believed in Jesus Cbrist, even There are, however, recent indications that unto the end of her time here, and passed in Europe a desire to secure universal peace bas away without any appearance of struggling or taken hold upon many of the most enlightened sorrow, I believe, into a mansion of glory, minds, and that men, possessed of great influwhere her soul shall sing Hallelujah to the ence in England and on the Continent, are beLord God and the Lamb forever, with all those ing banded together to promote this beneficent who have overcome the world, the beast, and purpose. The following extract, from the New false prophet, and everything the Lord's con- York Tribune, will be read with interest : troversy is with, and who have not loved their “The movement in favor of Peace is making
BY S.M. JAXNEY.
great progress on the continent of Europe, and discarded the comfortable doctrine that what especially in the French Empire. Three or has always been must of necessity always conganizations have recently been formed in tinue to be. Social evils once submitted to, France, all with the object of propagating the with stubborn apathy, as a sort of fated inheritprinciples of the Peace movement, and of in- ance, have been found to be eradicable, and have suring international cooperation in the great been removed accordingly; and systems of opwork of ridding the world of the curse of war. pression and wrong, for which the authority The first is the International League of Peace, of Holy Writ itself had for ages been pleaded, which was inaugurated at a meeting held with have fallen before the advance of Truth in the consent of the French Government at the these modern days. Human Slavery, once deEcole de Medecine in Paris, in May last, and fended as a Divive institution, is tottering to wbich is now fully and formally constituted its fall; and horrid war, which men bave been under the most honorable and influential aus- taught to look upon as the result of the immupices. The second is the International Congress table laws of nature, must eventually disappear of Peace, which body aspires to unite the Demo- before the humanizing influences now at work cratic party throughout Europe in the promotion in society. It may be a long time before this of international peace. And the third, the Inter consummation is reached; but men who are national Union of Peace, founded at Havre by neither visionaries nor enthusiasts believe that N. F. Sautallier, the author of a very able and it must come sooner or later. The sooner the eloquent pamphlet entitled "The Union of better; so let the Peace movement be helped Peace,' aims at the creation of an international forward. Why cannot a Peace League be form. code through a committee of jurisconsults be- ed in this country ?” longing to all nations, and elected by ballot by That the French should be taking the lead in members of the Union. In the lists of the this inovement is remarkable, when we consider ad berents of these associations we find the hon. that, as a nation, they have bitherto evinced ored names of Michel Chevalier, Baron Liebig, the greatest love of military glory, and we apJoseph Garnier, Garibaldi, Louis Blanc, Victor prehend that, among the masses of that people, Hugo, Jules Favre, Pelletan, John Stuart Mill, it will require something more than appeals to Cbarles Sumner, Sir David Brewster, John their reason and philanthropy to restrain them, Bright, and many other names of men of note. if their versatile and impetuous spirits should The International Congress of Peace will hold become interested in any great national question its first session at Geneva on the 9th of this calculated to arouse their passions. mooth, and all the friends of democracy, are In our view, the only hope for the establish. invited to take part in it, either personally or by ment of permanent peace depends on the prog. representation. The adherents of the Union of ress of vital religion, combined with the princiPeace are found principally among the commer- ples taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ and cial and working classes, and it has already his apostles. established branch societies in many towns of To convince the understanding that war is France, in Germany, in Switzerland, in Italy, the most ruinous of all buman follies, would in Egypt, and in the French Colonies. seem, to reflecting minds, an easy attainment,
A movement like this is pregnant with be. but to bring the heart under the influence of neficent influences, and will have the best holy and benevolent principles,-subduing its wishes and earnest voöperation of the friends passions and purifying its motives,-is a mark of humanity everywhere. It has already, as which nothing short of divine power can accom. will be seen, a commanding array of intellect plish. This mark, as it proceeds among man. . and genius on its side. Judging from the list kind, first diminishes the ferocity of war, bu. of membership already given, it is not likely manizes the treatment of prisoners, and extends to suffer for want of able and energetic leaders sympathy to the fallen and the oppressed. and steady supporters.
There are eminent History shows that since the commencement writers to expound its principles, eloquent ora of the Christian era great progress has been tors to advocate its claims, renowned statesmen made in this direction. There are occasional to give it the benefit of their experience and exceptions; but there can be no doubt that wisdom, and illuetrious poets to sing its praises; modern warfare is less imbued with ferocity while from the commercial and working classes than that we read of in ancient times. As in it will receive the ‘sinews' of that peaceful the abolition of slavery, the concern of those war which has at length been fairly opened who first moved in it was to ameliorate the conagainst cannon and rifles, against ironclads and dition of the slaves, and promote their spiritual monitors. The old, stale objectiou to such a move welfare, so in the progress of Christian princiment, viz., that the objects sought are purely vis- ples with regard to war, the first movement bas ionary, will doubtless be urged again, and the old been to lessen its horrors by extending kindness sneers at enthusiasm are sure to be repeated to tbe vanquished. But the world, grown wiser from experience, has If the various religious denominations through.
BY W. J. F.
out Christendom would make it a cardinal prin- EXTRACTS FROM "THE POWER OF CHRISciple in their profession to bear a testimony
TIANITY.” against war, and to preach the doctrine of peace and good will to men, as declared in the Christianity has the power to accommodate sermon on the mount, this glorious cause would itself to the human mind through all the stages make greater progress, and the day would not of its advance; leading it on in its weakness be distant when "nation shall not lift up sword and darkness; expanding to its largest developagainst nation, neither shall they learn war any ment; and thus showing itself adapted not only more."
to all the gradations of intellect, but especially Although nothing short of the prevalence of adapted to that progressive principle which is reai, practical Christianity can put an end to its grandest and brightest characteristic. It war, it must be satisfactory to all who are in- has the same faculty of accommodation to man terested in the cause of humanity, to be in as a religious and moral being, that it has for formed that leading minds in Europe have set him considered merely in his intellectual capaon foot a movement to promote the peace of the city. world. We trust the example will be followed I do not enter into the question of how much in this country, for it will induce reflection of this progression, intellectual and moral, is in upon a subject of momeotous importance, and itself the result of divine revelation. The counmay prove to be one of the instrumentalities tries pot Christian are comparatively stationary. employed by Divine Providence to promote his If they do advance, still the elevation of their owa beneficent purposes.*
minds, and the purification of their morals, pro
ceed with but a lingering and a faltering step. For Friends' Intelligencer.
It is Christendom, even nominal Christendom, BURDENS.
whose light shines stronger and stronger. But The writer, upon returning from a Friends' Meeting for worship some weeks since, where civilization originate, and be carried on, whence
I will not discuss this. Let the progress of there had been, as he conceived, a superabun and how it may, it is enough for us at present dance of words handed forth, and where it was to contemplate Christianity as in no danger of evident the audience was wearied and burdened being distanced by it, but ever showing itself with them, took up the Intelligencer, and acci. dentally met therein with an extract from a equal, and more than equal, to the occasion, letter addressed to one of the Editors, wherein ever displaying deeper mines for futurity to exthe writer, after speaking of the strong love she haustible riches of kuowledge, devotion, and
. bas bad for the attendance of meetings, and of
moral truth and power. the pleasure that has never diminished with the indulgence,” as well as confirming the view in two propositiozs : first, that Christianity only
The secret of this capability may be unfolded circulating from vessel to vessel," wisely added, regards religious observances as the means of circulating from vessel to vessel,” wisely added, morality; and, secondly, that Christianity only that she was sermons," —that “in a redundancy of words the regards mora'ity as the means of happiness'
: mind is so burdened that it receives no tangible
and my purpose is to briefly illustrate these two impressions, while a few words are like apples
Many things have been done as religious of gold." These few words seemed so apropos to the
ceremonies which originated in, and in turn "burdened" miod of the writer (and doubtless cherished, the meanest
, vilest, and basest pasequally so to others) that he thought they would sions of which our nature is capable. Such bear repetition, with no other comment than
were the observances of ancient idolatry. They “ A word to the wise is sufficient.”
originated in terror, wantonness, and cupidity; Philada. 9 mo. 1867.
they were perpetuated in obscenity, or in cruelty. J. M. E.
Licentious deities had their liceptious rites; THAT MENTAL LABOR interferes with diges.
and sanguinary deities their offerings of blood. tion is a general but groundless complaint. In Man sacrificed to his God that which he thought fact the man who has the largest and most active most adapted to appease his wrath or gratify his brain ought to bave the easiest and best digestion, appetite. It was fear cringing before violence, other things being equal. It is not brain work or cupidity bribing corruption. Such deeds as but braio worry that interferes with the activity
are on authentic record of this description could of the stomach. Our passions are the devouring only be tolerated in a state of gross depr-vity, and flames.
could only tend to make that depravity yet
grosser. The only congeniality here is conge* We presume the writer is not aware that, for the niality with a downward progress to the deepest past eighteen mootbs, Peace Meeetings have, from and most loathsome abyes of degradation. time to time, been held in this country-two recently in Friends' Meeting-houses, one at Abington, the
A better state than this, yet one of po promo.ker at Germantown.
Eds. ise, giving no stimulus to, holding no coriespa
dence with, improvement, is that of resting in the creatures of ceremony and submission that ceremony as religion, and believing the mere the most pious Jews were in the time of Christ. ceremony to be eficacious for securing the favor It did not alienate them from their temple serof beaven. A higher degree is the observance vice. While the temple stood, there did the of a prescribed ritual, where the availableness Christian Jews keep holiday with the multitude; is in the act of submission to a divine command. at least all who were so disposed) and they This is the state to which the Jews were raised were many. Those whose souls had outgrown by the Levitical law. The merit was in the the ceremonial were at liberty to leave it, and puoctilious observance of that which was en-gradually they did so. But all was left to its joined. It was the same with their morality. Datural course. Christianity is the transition, The whole system was one of command and in worship, from the ritual religion to the perobedience. Nothing was done for the sake offect and abstract spirituality we have just deits tendency; every thing for the sake of the scribed. It leads from the one towards the prescribing authority. They expected God to other. It forbids no forms; it enjoins no reward; but the reward was not in, or by, or forms; but it guides (and with swifter or slow. from, the act itself; it was something to be su er pace as man can go along with it) from forperadded by his power. For every expression mality to spirituality. Wbatever of form there of devout feeling, for every relation of social is in Christianity, exists, not for its own sake, duty, their reference was to the code : “What but for ours; because our feelings need it for is written in the law ? Thou knowest the their expression, because our weakness may commandments. Obedience to specific direc-Deed it for our strengthepiog. Jesus instituted tion was the all-pervading principle. Had Ju. Dothing. He formed no church. He consedaism been given as a universal system, or as a crated no building. He arranged no ritual. permanent system, this would have argued de. He selected no day or hour. He only decreed fect. It was neither. It was preparation, and that “the true worshippers should worsbip the preparation only. Its leading strings for reason Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father were only to be used till reson could step seeketh such to worship him.” And this is firmly. “The law was a schoolmaster to bring spiritual truth, not positive institution. If obus unto Christ.” · When Jesus came, he did | servances promote this, let them be religiously not at once, and by a direct act, change all this. attended to by those who find and feel that tenBut he laid down principles, and made provision depcy, and on that ground recommended to for a couplete change." Ile taught the perfect others. So long as they do moral good, that spirituality of devotion; that it was a state of creates moral obligation to their observance. inward feeling, and not the performance of an But that is the principle. The first Christians outward actiun; that it belonged not to time or acted upon it. We follow their example, copy place, but to the heart. He did not decree the ing their practices with such variations as the instant abolition of the ceremonial law, but he difference of circumstances requires. They bapreleased his followers from obligation to its ob tized their converts. It was an Eastern custom, servance. He exbibited that perfection at and in those regions a very expressive one. which be directed bis followers to aim. His Jesus alluded to it when he told them to “teach worsbip was that of a soul always in harmony all nations, baptizing them in the pame of the with its heavenly Father. He was not sum- Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” moned to it by the recurrence of particular days That was not an institution ; for they did not or bours, nor did he wait till he could arrive at afterwards use that form. That was not an idparticular places. It refined itself into its es-stitution ; for they had been in the practice of sential elements of prayer and praise; and these baptizing before. We should have had time, were evidently resolving themselve into one sin- place, administrator, mode, subject, all defined gle feeling, the perfection of devotion, a coinci- in an institution. So it is with the Sabbath. dence of will with God. This is the ultimate We come together because it is good for us to form of worship. It ceases to supplicate, be- do so. The Grst Christians must, from the nacause it feels, as well as knows, that all is best. ture of the case, have begun with merely an It ceases from particular praise, because it feels evening meeting. The Jewish portion of them as well as knows that there is not more love in still kept their national Sabbath. The inferior what here we deem brightest than in what classes of the Gentiles would only in the evenseems darkest; but that the one and the other iog be released from their occupations. The are alike ordered in the infinity of God's be- legal suspension of labor was only obtained cennevolence. Worship thus becomes a single, turies afterwards. Being obtained, God forbid unbroken, everlasting sensation of complacency it should ever be lost! There could be few in the works and character of God, a state of publie calamities so great. But this had dothsublimity and blessedness. It is to this that ing to do with the Jewish Sabbath. It is good;. Christianity tends. Yet the religion which and alas for the heart for which that is not conducts towards it was completely adapted to 'enough! Now, here is that flexibility, that