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elasticity, in Christianity, by which nian can has neither passed away with the former, nor never outgrow it. It is the destiny of ceremo can be superseded in the latter. In both it ny to become inefficient, to be a substitute for gives the same inspiring impulse. It makes that which should be its own ulterior end. But the inartyrs of one age, the patriots of another, in whatever Christians practice, the end is the the philanthropists of a third. There is no pretest and the reason. If Christians need forms, cept like a great principle wrought into the they are at liberty to employ them; but so long mind, the heart, the life. Thus Christianity as they keep their proper sphere in sight-and always tends to inspire a devotion as pure and to lose that, they must also lose sight of their spiritual as man at any time can rise to. It religion itself-they will not multiply them; always enjoins and prompts the duties which they will not pervert them; they will not rest the times require. It always forms to greatness in them; and as they grow more spiritual they and to goodness, as exigencies may demand. will disuse them, or modify them, and ever hold He who enters into its spirit must be happy. on towards" the moral pattern in the Gospels. It is the only identificatiou of self-love and soForms will ever be, and only be, the means of cial, and that which raises both above the misegrace whereby to grow in grace. All the rou- ry of final disappointment. As its worship is tine of a ritual may be performed, and the indi. not positive, its duties are not arbitrary. They vijual be never the better, either in himself or bear on their very front their own obligation to society. That cannot be said of him, all and their own recompense. They conduct to a whose observances are engaged in, as means for felicity which must co exist with our consciouspurifying and elevating his devout feelings. ness. We are thus united with God, the infiHe who advances in the love of God and the oitely good, the infinitely blessed. We move likeness of God, must thereby be advancing in onwards towards the complete coincidence of moral worth, and moral usefulness. The God our will with his; towards perfect light, perfect of bis adoration is the standard of his excellence. purity, perfect love, and perfect felicity. Christian morality is no system of direction and The spirit of our religion is the spirit of pow. prohibition, of pains and penalties. Of all the er, and love, and of a sound miod.

Who is our law that it recognizes, love is the fulfilling. Its neighbor, but the stranger from the ends of the particular precepts usually relate to the particu. earth, or from the antipodes of manners, opinlar persons to whom they were addressed. Its ions, or feelings, who may have fallen among general principles are what we have to do with ; thieves and been stripped and wounded? To they constitute its morality, or rather its one do good, and to communicate, are the sacrifices general principle of benevolence. If we are with which He is well pleased. If they be his immortal—and Christianity ascertains that—the pleasure, they must be our blessedness. Raise benevolent man must ultimately be supremely your minds and hearts to heavenly things. Be happy. He is forming himself for felicity; full of mercy and good fruits. How beautiful, and how? Not by slavish or blind obedience. wonderful, and beneficent, is the adaptation of Not by a course of particular actions, minutely religion to our nature! It must have been specified, and remaining the same for all coun- made for man by him who made man. It is tries and all ages. Such an enumeration might worthy of all acceptation. Let every mind reextend to volumes, and yet be wretchedly im. ceive it. Let every heart love it. Let every perfect after all. And even if complete, it life display its influence. May every death be would do little for the formation of character, its victory; and every tomb be regarded as a like the Christian plan. We have to make our recording pillar of its promise of immortality. own application of the gospel principle. The love of our neighbor is eternally the same disposition ; but the particular actions by which

BRIGATING ALL IT CAN." that love should evince itself, and work out his good, are subject to interminable variation. The day had been dark and gloomy, when Even some of the first great results of Christian suddenly, toward night, the clouds broke, and morality were not wrought by particular pre- the sun's rays streamed through, shedding a flood cept, but by the spontaneous, individual appli. of golden light upon the whole country. A cation of general principle. There was no pre- sweet voice at the window called out, in joyful cept to desist from polygamy. There was no tones : precept to manumit their slaves. Yet what “Look! oh, look, papa ! the sun's brighting all were more felicitous acbievements than these?) it can." To do good, and to find happiness in goodness, Brighting all it can? so it is," answered are the law and the promise of the gospel. papa; " and you can be like the sun, if you That man's duty is the greatest possible creation choose.” of human happiness, can never become obsolete. “How, papa ? tell me how." Old modes of doing it may pass away; new By looking happy, and smiling on us all ones may be laid open ; but the gospel morality day; never letting any tearful rain come into

For the Children.

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the blue of those eyes; only be happy and good :j character, as I regard it, to be found in the dif. that is all."

ference of the color at the basis of the feathers, The next day, the music of the child's voice I am happy to acknowledge, was pointed out to filled our ears from sunrise to dark; the little heart seemed full of light and love; and when we by Miss Grace Anna Lewis, most favorably asked why she was so happy, the answer came known, and deservedly so, as a lecturer and laughingly, "Why! don't you see, papa, l'm teacher of Oroithology and General Natural the gun? I'm brighting all I cao !"

History.” He has paid her the graceful com“And filling the bouse with suushine and joy," answered papa.

pliment of giving to a new species of birds of Cappot little children be like the sun every

the genus “ Icterus," the name “ Icterus Grace day-brightening all they can? Try it, chil Annæ nobis.” dren.- Child at Ilome,

Dien, in Somerton, 23d Ward, Philadelphia, on

the morning of the 11th of Ninth month, 1867, A MOS, FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER.

son of the late Jesse Hawkins, in bis 23d year.

on the 21st of Ninth month, 1867, Elizabeth PHILADELPHIA, NINTII MONTH 28, 1867. B., wife of Jobn S. Bower, and youngest daughter

of Bushrod W. Knight, of Philadelphia. J. Richardson's JOURNAL. - The short ac

on the 3d of Ninth monib, 1867, at his resi. count of Anne Richardson in our present No. the 720 year of his age.

dence, Bensalem, Bucks Co., JOSEPH P. Knight, in was written by her husband, John Richardson, on the 16th of Ninth month, 1867, LEWIS and extracted from his Journal. This work, Montbly' Meeting.

Walton, in his 67th year; a member of Spruce St. containing an unusual amount of interesting in on the 18th of Ninth month, 1867, CAROLINE cideuts, has been recently reprinted upon good lry, members of Green St. Monthly Meeting.

C., infant daughter of Samuel H. and Mary C. Gartpaper with clear type by T. W. Stuckey, and is on the 28th of Eighth month, 1867, at the sold by him, at 624 Weaver st., Philadelphia.

residence of James Dixon, Talbot County, Mo., of

paralysis, Mary D. Brown, a member of Baltimore For the information of Friends, who are not. Monthly Meeting, in the 53d year of her age. familiar with the history, we will add that John

Thus has passed from time to eternity a most

wortby and valuable Friend. A benefactor to the Richardson, according to the testimony of Gis- poor, a councellor to the needy, beloved by all who brough Mo. Mtg., of which he was a member, knew her. Behold the upright; their end is peace.

-, on the 2d inst., at the residence of Edward was a “worthy Friend, who was of great service Bringhurst, pear Wilmington, Del:, ELIZABETH Supto the churches where his lot was cast ; as also LEY, widow of Samuel Shipley, in the 85th year of an instrument in the Divine Hand, of turning many to righteousness."

FRIENDS' SOCIAL LYCEUM OF PHILADELPHIA. He died near Hutton-in-the-Ilole, Eng., the Friends' Social Lyceum will bold its First Annual 2d of 4th month, 1753, in the 87th year of his Session this winter in the Library Room, 15th and

Race streets, as beretofore. The first meeting will age.

convene on Third-day evening, 1st of Tenth month

next, at 8 o'clock. ORNITHOLOGY.–On more than one occasion The meetings of the Association are open to all we have introduced to the notice of our read those members of the Religious Society of Friends

who desire to pass a social evening while io tbe purers, Grace Anna Lewis-a member of the So-suit of literary knowledge. ciety of Friends—as a competent lecturer on By order of the Executive Committee,


NATHANIEL E. JANNEY, Secretary. Ornithology. As it is her wish to resume her lectures the coming winter, it may be satisfac The Executive Committee of " Friends' Publication tory to those who are interested in this branch Association "will meet on Sixth-day afternoon, 101h

mo. 41b, at 3 o'clock, at Race St. Mo. Meeting Room. of Natural History, and who are unacquainted

Lydia H. Hall, Clerk. with her qualifications, to have the testimony of John Cassin, as reported in the Journal of ERRATA.—Page 451, 2d column, 7th line from bot.

tom, for “ 1705," read “ 1785.” P. 452, let columa, the Academy of Natural Sciences, of Philadel- near the middle, for“ rigid muse," read “ rigid nurse: phia. John Cassin is the Vice President of the Same column, 8th line from bottom, for “the form is

laid," read “the form beloved is laid." Same columo, Academy, and is eminent in scientific circles, 41h line from bottom, for “ when rust corrupts,” read both in our own country and in Europe, as an

" where rust corrupts." Ornithologist. After describing two allied spe.

THE BEAUTIFUL.- Though we travel the cies of birds, he adds-—~ The points of distinc world over to find the beautiful, we must carry tion between them, and especially the infalliblel it with us, or we find it not.

ber age.

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For Friends' Intelligencer,

Sallie S. Truman, Dillwyn Parrish, Joseph M.

Truman, Jr., Harriet E. Stockly, Louisa J. At a conference of Friends, beld at West Roberts, and Annie Caley, Philadelphia, Pa.; Chester, Pa., on the 14th of Ninth month, 1867, Wm. Dorsey, Germantown, Pa.; Samuel E. "to promote an interest in First-day schools, Griscom, Reading, Pa.; Thomas S. Cox, Goand to consider the best mode of conducting shen, Pa.; Joseph Powell, Darby, Pa. ; Samuel them," the object of the meeting having been Martin and Maria J. Chandler, Kennett Square, fully expressed by Wm. M. Hayes, of West Pa.; Henry R. Russell and Jno. Parrish, WoodChester, Eli M. Lamb, of Baltimore, was asked bury, N. J.; Jacob Capron, New York, and to serve the meeting as clerk.

Eli M. Lamb, Baltimore, Md. Encouraging and instructive communications These Friends were requested to report to were read from our absent friends Samuel M. an adjourned meeting of the conference, to be Janney, Gideon Frost, Benjamin Stratton, Da- called by them. vis Furnace, and Sarah Hunt.

Having conferred together in great unity and Extracts from private letters were then good feeling, and recognizing the importance of read, containing inquiries regarding the pos- relying upon a Higher Power for direction in sibility of procuring suitable text books, and this important work, the conference adjourned. other appliances to the best modes of conduct

ELI M. LAMB, Clerk. ing" First-day schools. They all served to show a great and growing interest in the sub

EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENCE. ject, and an earnest desire to promote the wel.

No. 5. fare of the children of our Society.

HEIDELBERG, Aug. 10. Wm. Dorsey then urged upon the conference After six lovely days in Brientz at the Penthe necessity of zealous effort to extend to our sion Bellevue, (for five francs a day,) I went to youth careful religious training, and to endeav. Lucerne with my party by diligence to Alpnach, or to incite in pareots a fuller appreciation of along a road overlooking the Meiringen valley, their duties in this respect.

where I wanted to go and see the Rosenlauhe. He was followed by many Friends, who gave No one ought to rush through this beautiful the meeting much information regarding the region so fast; and I did it most reluctantly; schools of their respective neighborhoods, giving but one of our party was in a hurry to reach accounts of circumstances causing their rise, the Carlsruhe on the 10th, to see her brother. · I interest felt in them, the manner of directing did not go to the Lauterbrunnen, por see the them, the difficulties encountered in their illumination of the Giessbach, though I saw its progress to their present conditions, &c. From seven falls in the daytime; and no one should those speakers we learned of a common want omit it, for it occurs every evening, and is but both of proper books and of earnest laborers in a short sail from Brientz. There is a splendid this work.

hotel there on the heights, where one can pass A fervent desire appears to be felt by many the night, which is the best thing to do: and Friends within the limits of this and other see it all day, as well as in the evening. The Yearly Meetings, to establish First-day schools diligence goes to Alpnach at noon, and the mag, upon a firm basis, all believing that, unless the nificent drive, together with a sail over Lake right way be fourd, the work cannot prosper. Lucerne in the steamboat, only costs eight

The younger portion of those who expressed francs. Lucerne should be visited for its themselves on this interesting subject very gen- beautiful situation, and for Thorwaldsen's Lion, erally deplored the want of co-workers from carved, ten times the size of life, in a natural among those of riper years and fuller experi rock perpendicularly rising over a small tarn

surrounded by trees. It is in commemoration After a free and full expression, it was pro- of the fidelity of the Swiss guards of Louis XVI. posed that a committee be appointed to draft, on the 16th of August and the 3d of September. for the information of our absent friends, an The lion is dying with almost a human expresaddress, embracing the views now expressed as sion on bis countenance, with one paw on the the sense of the conference, to awaken a great. | lilies of France and a broken spear thrust into er interest in the subjects for the consideration his side. Expression can no farther go, and I of which we assembled ; and also to present a would not but have seen it for the world. All statistioal report of schools already established, the leaders names are given, and there were on and such recommendations as may seem to both occasions taken together more than 1000 them worthy of the attention of the conference. private soldiers who fell rather than break their This proposition having been adopted by the oath ; a memorable episode in that epic of tragemeeting, the following named Friends were ap-dies the French Revolution, which Carlyle bas pointed to constitute this committee, viz: proved to be a Poem written in beart's blood by

Lydia H. Hall, Sarah Hoopes, William M. the Genius of Humanity. On the theme “a Hayes, and Alice Paschall, West Chester, Pa.; Ilie is incredible," as Carlyle says.


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Another curiosity in Lucerne is an old bridge a sentence of Emerson's in one of his lectures : on which is painted the Dance of Death, now “We are always glad to be caught up into a somewhat weather-worn, and which I lost, as vision of principles." And when I see them we had but one whole day, and I could not lose for a few momente only, I am reminded of a going with a party, perfectly familiar with the passage in Mozart's Twelfth Mass, where the whole locality, down the whole length of the solo voice leaps from high peak to high peak, Lake of the Four Cantons to Fluellen the Rege and which, when I used to bear M. B. sing it, on one side--the Pilatus on the other, with always suggested the Alps; for I had seen them, their giant brethren.

| I find, in Allston's picture, owned by Col. Bald. The day was perfect, and we took second class win. And I cannot here refrain from telling places on the boat which are the best places for what proves Allston's power of suggesting the seeing; and every peak was named to me as I whole of nature by his picture, which is the passed, and the places I could not see were proof of the great artist. I saw that picture in described most graphically. I saw the little hut the first Athenæum Exhibition in Boston in (constantly repaired and kept in the same shape) 1826. It was one peak of the Alps, with a forewhere Walter Fürst, Wilhelm Tell and the other ground of green mountains and a valley; and conspirators met and formed their Bund, and when I saw it again fourteen years later, I was soon, on the otber side of the lake, the Chapel surprised to find it one peak, for I had rememof Wilhelm Tell, built on the rock whence he bered it as a range of snowy peaks. pushed off his boat. It is open, and we can see I would have been glad to have stopped on the picture of the Virgin. A winding path my return at one of the villages, to be carried. leads up the steep mountain side to a hotel. up the Rege on mule-back, or by porters; for Above the hut on the other side rises the Zähls- there was an old lady of 76, who was carried up berg, on whicb is a fine hotel and pension, to the Zäblsberg, and wanted to be carried up the which everybody but ligbt footed children are Rege, who shamed ny terrors. taken up by porters in chairs ! but which, when I arrived at Lucerne at 7 o'clock, and rushed attained, is a charming place to stay. Our to the Cathedral to hear the great organ dissteamer touched at all the towns on the lake on course the most wonderful mu.ic, where the both sides : and there are hotels- pension at all stop humana vox sounded so exactly like puns of them. When we arrived at the extreme sioging, that I had to be reassured that it was point, which is Fluellen, we landed and took ap really all instrumental. omnibus, which carried us in twenty minutes to I could not sleep that night. I was so filled Altdorf, between two ranges of mountains, with with beauty that it refreshed the body without one spow.clad pyramid at the end. Here we the aid of nature's sweet restorer;" and the saw the two statues that stand on the spots next morning I rose at four, to leave Switzerwhere Wilhelm Tell and his boy respectively land, where I had thought to stay a month, and stood. Instead of the boy, some hero—perhaps had only stayed ten days, half of which had Walter Fürststande where the boy stood. been in misty weather. We started for HeidelThe statue of Wilhelm Tell is colossal, and very berg, and I, oblivious of the fact that Strasfine. He is holding the arrow, and sayiog to bourg is on the Rbine, left my party at Bate to Gessler that “it would not have failed” had be go to Strasbourg, as I did not wish to miss the aimed it at his heart. An old tower between Cathedral, and for a franc or two more could the statues has on its outside a picture of the reach Heidelberg that way, which was also scene. The arrow has just pierced the apple, prettier. But it looked tame enough after and the people are shouting. Above is the hut Switzerland, though it was pretty to see the and officials. It is very much injured by the villages sleeping on the plains at long intervals, weather. After contemplating these things we with the little church in the midst with its went to the Church, and saw Vandyke's Na- | heaven-pointing spire. The roofs, and often tivity of Christ and some other pictures, and the steeple, is of a dark red, wbich has a most returned in time for the boat; and then such an pleasing effect. But still more was the church entrancing sail home, seeing the whole region in the midst of the Swiss village an added again in the afternoon light!

charm to the mountain scenery, showing that I said at every step in Switzerland “the half man was not without the true sensibility, and was not told me !" Nor could it be. Words from his depths aspired more finely, because will not describe, nor even can the sun paint more spiritually, to that in God, which nature these scenes,-nor human genius. There is al symbolizes to man, in order that men may fulfil ways a perpetual watching for the snow.peaks, their destiny by symbolizing it to each other. 80 apt to be enveloped in mists and covered with Tbere is something to me indescribably touchclouds. It is wonderful how one demands these ing in seeing all over the European landscape, snow mountains, though the green mountains even in the wildest mountain passes, these footand grey rocky peaks are so beautiful and prints of humanity,—these shrines, and crosses, varied. I always think when I do see them of land monuments, and churches, which testify

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to the unity of Humanity and Divinity, when. BODILY EDUCATION ESSENTIAL.
ever it will respect itself by noble action and Dr. Bigelow, in his Modern Inquiries, says
devout recognition. I really needed the heal. he considers the public school system of New
ing effect after my month in Paris, where every England at once its glory and its shame. Its
thing seems done to make the finite forget the glory is that such schools are open to the hum.
lufioite, and be content with finiteness. The blest. “But many unfortunate children have
pictures of the palaces, with all their gorgeous- been ruined in body and in mind by being stimu-
ness, display the horrors of war and the tri- lated with various inducements to make exertions
umphs of licentious passion and the love of beyond their age and mental capacity. A fee-
domination. You feel all the time how the ble frame and a nervous temperament are the
many were sacrificed to the few; and the mag. too sure consequences of an overworked brain
nificence of the few show us what was repressed in childhood. Slow progress, rather than rapid
and lost in the many. Let every one who is growth, tends to establish vigor, health and hap-
disposed to deprecia e human nature's inde. piness.” Now, if this matter were confined
pendent powers, 1 mean the freedom God merely to New England, we could afford to leave
grants to man to live from bimself till he gets it to be discussed there. But the school systems
tired of it, and concludes to act from and in of all our States are about alike; and the West-
him,—let every one who doubts this come to ern States are now in quite a fair way to exceed
France and see what grandeur and splendor of in vigor even the Eastern. But the state of
art have been created to gratify selfish passions the case is simply this: Who can stand it the
and lusts. Let them go and look at the suites longest ? The New England States began the
of rooms, adorned by Henri II. for the gratifi. public system first, and therefore the constitu-
cation of Diana of Poictiers, at Fontainebleau; tions of their children are most nearly worn out.
the rooms that Rubens adorned at Luxembourg But all over the country, just as they get the
in bonor of Marie de Medicis; those dedicated systemmost perfect, the results of it are mani-
to Madame du Barre, at Versailles—to say fest on the largest scale. Consumprion and
nothing of those adorned for Madame de Main- insanity are increasing most rapidly, and pre-
tenon by Louis XIV. Magnificent frescoes, cocious dwarfs stand at the head of each class.
and every species of adornment which genius It is not that the hours of study are too many,
could devise and wealth pay for, are to be seen but the hours of exercise are too few, and the
here. The imagery of the Arabian Nights was lessons expected or allowed to be learned out of
realized before my eyes. Then there is such school occupy the time and the attention which
an apotheosisiog of the genius for war, in the ought to be given to the development of the
buttle pieces that make up most of the gallery body in cheerful, active, interesting exercises.
of Versailles, -eight miles of battle pieces, – The trouble is, that the idea of education is
where you see death in every ghastly form. It confined to the intellect.

Those who are apis true one can escape in a degree from the pointed to iostruct consider it their duty to apply melancholy inspired by such glorification of to that alone; but the development of the body cruelty and violence, by remembering that the is left to chance, so far as they are concerned, powers exerted are proved to be sterling, and and, except within certain very narrow limits, so may be turned into the contrary direction, - also in the education of the moral powers. We building up instead of destroying the millions ought to be thankful that the means of intelwho were organized for such work. When will lectual culture are as excellent and improving the time come when all this power of one man as they are for those prepared to use them. over others may become creative of good con. But every day the fact is becoming more clear tinually? When will map realize that what that unless parents themselves take paios to see some men can do is potential in all men, and that an increasing and proportionate care is that man is really intended to be a god on this taken for the body, the common school system earth, in order that he may walk with God? of education is going to be the destruction, the

E, P. P. absolute ruin of the health and constitutions of

a very large proportion of the extensive class BE TRUE.

of persons who avail themselves of its beneThou must be true thyself,

If thou the tru:b wouldsi teach;

Perhaps it may be doubted if any one system
Thy soul must overflow, if thou
Apother's soul would'st reach ;

of education can be made to suit all classes. It needs the overflow of heart,

But this is becoming increasingly evident, that, To give the lips full speech.

in order for any obild to go successfully through Think truly, and thy thoughts

the intellectual ordeal of a thorough course of Shall the world's famine feed ;

public school education, each parent must reSpeak truly, and each word of thine

gard it as a matter of study and duty to arrange Shall be a fruitful seed; Live truly, and thy life shall be

the food, clothing, and, above all, the exercise A great and noble creed.

Bonar. of each child, with a view to the greatest pos

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