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dency, and in the anguish of feeling at ready would we not, instead of repining for the lack, to exclaim -Do with me, Oh! Father, as thou as we may at times feel, of outward blessings wilt; only give of thy holy spirit to support me and gratifications, rather breathe the exclaunder all, and I ask no more.
mation Bless the Lord, oh, my soul, and When thou feels like writing, a letter will be forget not all bis benefits ;” and, "What shall gladly received by thy affectionate and sympa.wo render unto the Lord for all his benefits." thizing friend and sister,
S. G. R. As thou observes, I have far more than many
others as to the outward. Truly do I know PHILADELPHIA, 1st mo. 17th, 1850. this, having a devoted sister and kind cousins, Dear Friend :-I judge thou hast ere this who cease not in their endeavors to render me come to the conclusion either that I have given comfortable, for which, 0! Holy One, cause up all letter writing, or become remiss in thus my heart ever to overflow with gratitude for long lertiog thy kind, welcome letter of Seventh these and every blessing. Among these I feel month last remain so long unanswered. As to bound to acknowledge the place which I know the former supposition, thou wouldst bave been I hold in the sympathetic feelings of my friends, pot far from the true state of the case, particu- which is often evinced by many unlooked for larly during the heat of the weather; for truly visits, that I feel to be in valuable, as by some may I say that never did a summer 80 prostrate such visits I have experienced a renewal of me, so that much of the time it seemed to be as faith, wbich had become so weak as to dismuch as I had strength for; and, therefore, qualify me from keeping myself from being my pen mostly laid silent, except when en overwhelmed by the waves; but by the silent gaged in writing to my dear brother; and since miogling of the spirit of a friend, and somecold wea: her some of the time I have been too times by a crumb handed forth, it has, indeed, ill to guide the pen. As to the supposition of proved as a “brook by the wayside," or, “ ag remissness, that would not apply, if the intu- ihe shadow of a mighty rock in a weary land." itions and purposes of the heart are looked Afternoon.—The above has been written at into, for too grateful was the feeling of my many intervals, and I find I have almost filled heart for the full and overflowing kindness my paper without giving thee any information which breathed throughout thy letter for a mn. of the present state of my health, as I know ment, to feel like indifference toward a friend, thou wilt be interested to hear how it has fared the promptings of wbose heart I know to be ro with me. Nearly three months ago I was atfull of sisterly love and interest toward her tacked, suddenly, with violent chills, attended afflicted friend, as I know that of my dear M.'s with much fever and many distres-ing feelings. to be. But I did not intend to fill a page with some of the symptoms were indicative of such apology; therefore, I will leave that which is progress in the disease as to give reason for bebehind, and endeavor to press forward, not only lieving that it would require but a little time as relates to this subject, but in all others; longer to wear out the shattered bark. I trust but oh, how can I adopt, as the breathing of it is not presumptuous in me to say these iodi. my own spirit, the language of the poet- cations, though atteoded with most acute suf"Frail and irresolute is man," &c. The query fering, were nevertheless received as a token of often arises whether there are others who feel compassionate love; for what can be so desithe same load of weakness and frailty that I do? rable to one suffering, as I do most of the time, Indeed, it sometimes seems as if no sooner is a as to believe that the time of release is near, good res »lution, and as I hope and trust at the provided there is a preparation for entering time, a firm resolution entered into to guard into a haven of rest and joy. Though I am every avenue against the approach of the ad- ever fearful of beiog deceived in this all-importversary, than, perhaps, before I am aware of ant point, still, when I believed death was it, weakoess of some form or other I find I near at band, and endeavored to look into the have fallen into, and all for want of keeping most secret recesses of my heart, there was a down that formidable enemy of my soul's peace feeling of calmness and confiding trust in that .
--self, unmortified self. Oh ! for strength to love which has been shed abundantly for all ; wrestle with and overcome this mighty foe! and I felt it my place there to abide, and if só
Yesterday, when I laid aside the pen, the favored, to be still, and koow the mind of the subject of self and selfish feelings seemed to Lord, with strong desires to be shown if there fill the mind; and now no less 80; for if we was not a full surreoder of all to his will. suffer ourselves to be wounded with what we If I was not wholly under a delusion, I had may consider the inattention or even neglect of a comforting evidence, in the quietness which our friends, it is for want of dwelling sufficiently continued throughout the time of the greatest low. We allow that mightly self to rise and suspension as to the immediate issue of the atfeel that it has claims upon the sympathy of tack, that “we have not a hard Master to deal Friends for more attention when, if there was with,” but one who is touched with a feeling this dwelling low, even as at the feet of Jesus, I of our infirmities, and who will not turn a deaf
ear to the “ sighing of the poor and the crying is not necessary to quit one's employment; it of the needy;" but for such He will arise. is a simple movement of the beart towards its
Under this feeling it seemed to be my busi- Creator, and a desire, that whatever you are doness to be still, and abide the turning of His ing, you may do it to his glory. The best of all hand upon me, confidently trusting that if there prayers is to act with a pure intention and with was not yet a full surrender of all, that in His a continual reference to the will of God. It adorable love and mercy He would be graciously depends upon ourselves whether our prayers be pleased to show me in what I was lacking. efficacious. It is not by a iniracle, but by a And not only thed, but at all other times, when change of heart, that we are benefited, by a spirit desiring to see myself as I am, and truly wish- of submission. Let us believe, let us trust, let ing to have my heart laid bare before me, us hope, and God never will reject our prayer. while ever fearful of deceiving myself on this - Fenelon. all-important subject, and of warming myself by a fire of my own kindling, yet a confident belief LIFE TO BE MADE THE MOST OF. has arisen that if we come unto Him in all sim- The sentiment that we should make the most plicity of heart, with a desire to surrender all of life; that as we go along we should enjoy unto His holy requiring, it cannot but be con every gift of God as ardently and as copiously sistent with His goodness to accept the offering, as we can, consistently with sobriety and order, if of a “broken spirit" and a contrite beart. -is a perfectly right and proper one: it is more, And may we pot say, without making an osten- it is one of our first and highest duties. To sell tatious display, that in truth we have nothing one's self to sensuality is one thing; thankfully of our own to recommend us to Him; but that to accept, and temperately to enjoy the honest it must be by dwelling in His spirit, and pleasures of the senses, is quite a different matthrough His long-suffering mercy, we hope for ter. Sight and bearing, taste and touch, were redemption, looking uoto Him as the Author bestowed for no other end thao to be exercised and finisher of our faith, "our Alpha and on thiogy congenial to them. The true way to Omega.” If this is all a delusion-an “ig-enjoy most of heaven is previously to strive nis fatuus,”—tben I am in a deplorable state; bow much we can enjoy of earth; not, however, for it seems to be the alone anchor of hope by striviog to enjoy it exclusively as an earthly which I am able to lay bold of.
thing, still less as a sensuous one, to the nego But I have digressed far beyond what I in-lect of the moral and intellectual; neither tended, and yet have not told what my present again by laying ourselves out for pleasure, purestate of health is. Well, after a week or so of ly as such, but by taking for our ruling motive, great suffering at the time I speak of, when I in our search for enjoyment, the bigher debelieve it was the opinion of all around me velopment of our humanity. The golden rule that perhaps the scene of suffering was near of all is to connect, as often and as closely as being brought to a close, there was an abate. we can, the terrestrial with the heavenly. The ment of the symptoms, and I bave gradually highest delight of which human intelligence is Dearly regained my previous condition, though susceptible is that which comes of the habit of not entirely, being less able to assist myself, translatiog the ordinary circumstances of daily and having an increase of some kinds of suffer- life into ideas that lead ultimately to God; there ing. But there is renewed call for gratitude are po truly beautiful and nourishing ideas but that I have so far regained my strength, if I such as are felt to gravitate imperceptibly toam to be continued longer here, and that I wards Him, while nope are so practical and efmust leave to Him who doeth all things well. ficacious, as ingredients of happiness, as those
I am afraid the length of my letter will prove that are sucked, honey-like, from the merest irksome to thee, but it has seemed as though I trifles of existence. So in regard to the time could find no place to stop, although a great for enjoyment. Though we may rely upon the many intervals bave been required for its com- recurrence of some few sources of pleasure, the pletion. And now, with much love to thee and greater part are so fitful, the total of the ciriby W., I am, as ever, thy friend,
cumstances is so unlikely ever to be the same Sarau G. RICH.
again, and our own changes of emotional state (To be continued.)
are so frequent and extreme-what epraptures
to-day often becoming distasteful and even bitHOW TO PRAY.
ter on the morrow-that if we would realize life Do not think it is necessary to pronounce in its fulness, we must let no chance, not the many words. To pray is to say, Let thy will be slightest, escape, though at the moment it may done; it is to form a good purpose ; it is to raise seem utterly insignificant. Life is made up of your heart to God; it is to lament your weak minutes, and its happiness of corresponding litness; it is to sigb at the recollection of your fre- tle pleasures; the wise man seoures the atoms quent disobedience. This prayer demands as they fit past him, and thus becomes owner neither method, nor science, nor reasoning; it' of the aggregate. Making every circumstance of life, sensuous, moral and intellectual, and their beliefs to the sphere of their five hard every day and bour, contribute a little some senses. Nor will it be any more welcome to thing, he fiods that though a brilliant and memo- those who make boasted reason the only trustrable pleasure may come but twice or thrice, worthy capacity of miod and the sole judge of the secret of a bappy life is nevertheless his truth in heaven and earth. Sense and reason Owl. Toat fine secret is not so much to lay need not be underrated; but man has higher plans for acquiring happy days, as to pluck our and truer guides to bis proper destination. enjoyment on the spot; in other words, to spend Sepse may constitute the coarse but strong that time in being happy which so many lose fouodation of the human temple; reason, with in deliberating and scheming how to become so. rule and plummet, may square and poise its
"I'll live tomorrow, 'tis not wise to say; rising walls; but the spiritual nature alone can
'Twill be too late to-morrow,-live to-day." crown it with pediment and dome, ærial spires,
To accomplish this we have only, as said be- and “cloud-capt towers." · fore, to make the most of each littlo incident In approaching a subject like the present, we
and opportunity, contemping and repudiating are trammeled by our sensuous, material modes nothing; always remembering, however, that of thinking. We bave been taught in physical the way to make such incidents and opportuni. science that no two bodies can occupy the same ties most prolific of enjoyment is so to humano place at the same time; and so, by a very natuize them that they shall flower into thoughts of ral transfer of conceptions, we find it difficult heaven. Wilfully to let opportunities go by, is to apprehend how God can reside in the human & wickedness and an inexcusable folly ; whence soul. But we have learned that one substance the still more foolish regrets which tear the can interpenetrate another without destroying heart that has been so unjus' to itself;—but a its constitution. Water permeates many other greater folly yet, is to stand waiting avd wish- bodies. Air is interfused through water and ing for opportunities, when in fact they circle nearly or quite all other aggregations of matter. us, if we will but keep on the qui vive. | Electricity penetrates all kuown substances
As the best school in respect of high duties with its marvelous essence and energy. So far, is the practice of the little ones of common life, then, as a prejudice against the possible maniso the best and shortest road to happiness is to festation of God in the human mind has been make the most of what lies beside us and enjoy derived from physical science, it is utterly unall we can of the life we have, leaving it founded. The analogy is in favor of that docto God to determine what fortune shall attend trine, rather than against it. our steps.- From Life: Its Nature, Varieties In what manner and by what means the inand Phenomena, by Leo I. Grindon.
finite Father becomes a resident of the believing
soul is hardly a proper question for discussion. " YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD." The subject is mysterious, though not mystical.
Io the great truth here announced by Paul Yet there are some considerations which cast a we see the immense development that had takon few scattered rays of light upon the outskirts place io the divine plan, and in religious thought. of this glorious mystery, and these may belp The age of ritualistic performance had passed our faith. We as yet know but little of the by. Everything material and mecbapical in constitution of our own nature. Our consciousreligious worship and life was now to be climi-ness has hardly penetrated beneath the surface pated. Pious, meditative souls were no longer of our being. Our deepest and most instructive to be pupils and minors. Puerility of spiritual experiences are only so many explorations of ideas and character was to give place to a ro- the unknown heritage of mind and soul with bust and symmetrical maturity. Belierers be- which we are endowed. What we have already came inhabitants of the beavenly city, and were learned gives us suggestive intimations concernbrought into association with an innumerable ing the unexplained remainder. We must concompany of angels, with the mediator of the new clude that our minds are not limited by our covenant, and with God the judge of all. When present narrow and partially developed con. Fichte says that “ man is the Isis-veil of Di- sciousness, that we have outlying provinces of vinity," he is highly praised; when Richter activity and capacity, bordering everywhere tells us that the true Shekinah is in mao," upon the unknown and infinite. We know that we wonder; yet both of them have simply our immaterial nature is open to the beneficent clothed the luminous idea of the great apostle approach of ministering spirit; we are even in the garb of a mystical philosophy. God no obliged to wrestle against malignant princedoms longer dwells in temples made with hands. and powers; and certainly the Almighty Father Christian life is the life of God in the soul. It has not hedged in our spiritual nature by bar. is Christ in us the hope of Glory.
riers insurmountable even to himself. It is not to be supposed that a doctrine so It follows from this that God may be present sublime and wonderful as this is should be ac- and be working out his beneficent euds in our ceptable or even conceivable to those who limit | hearts, and yet we be unaware of the moment
ous fact. We may not at first recognize the sphere. We allude to the more liberal and royal guest whom faith has introduced to us. spiritual views, which are evidently gaining But, once adınitted to his temple, he beging his
ground in the public miod, in relation to the renovating task. That painful bleeding emotion may be the laceration of the “ scourge of small bond by which man is united to God, the aucords." And wbat may be that tumultuous thor of all good, and brought nearer to his felrevolution within but the overturning of the low man. These are publicly acknowledging tables of the money-changers, and the seats of the power of the spirit by wbich all moral evil them that sold doves? Then come hours of
is to be overcome, and they forcibly represent soft repose and penitential sweetness. From the discordant and broken instrument of the the idea that “greatness should be a synonym heart some strains of heavenly music are drawn with goodness, for good men only can be truly by an unknown band, which remind us of the great," and that “Christianity is a force which celestial lullabys that soothed the slumbers of " has its root in love, and with such an origin it our childhood. And then dawns the blissful
is enabled to fight sublimer battles than human consciousness of God in the human soul. It is the bending of a loving father over a penitent strength ever wrought." child, the restitution of an estranged affection In an exchange paper we find a synopsis of in a broken and contrite heart.' It is the re- an address, commencing with a quotation from kindling of sacrificial fire upon ad altar long Scripture_" Ye are the temple of the living dilapidated and desolate, the joyful re-lightiog of the lamp of the Lord in the temple of God.
God.” Parts of the address so clearly define Of the mapy blessed consequences of the per- the supremacy of the spirit, and its vivifying petual presence of God in the devout soul, an effects upon the heart, that we present them to important one is its disciplinary and perfecting our readers with the belief that they sbare influence. It is here, ye weary, heavy.laden with us the feelipg of gratification in witnessing ones, that you will meet your great deliverance; here you will find your conquering strength, the frequent manifestations given by ministere His voice will still every wave of passion, and of different religious associations, that they are there will be a great calm. But the divine pre-gradually being prepared to teach the doctrine sence is positive and perfective also. With our l of the inner Light, awarding it its true place as consenting will, he will garnish his temple with
the efficient Teacher, and that it is “ Christ royal munificence. Coming in contact with every faculty of our being, he will communicate
within the hope of glory.” to us an updying impulse and inspiration. We We are aware that there are others who apshall realize more and more the powers of the pear to be verging in form toward the Romish world to come, till the noiseless, paipless trans- I Church, but we would hope that even with lation shall take place, and death shall be swal
them their faith will be in the internal Word, lowed up in victory. From the N. Y. Independent.
rather than in the increase of ceremonies.
With the present diversity of opinions and the FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER prejudices created by education, and fostered
by existing relations, perfect union, even among PHILADELPHIA, THIRD MONTH 30, 1867.
those equally desirous to be the true followers Friends sending marriage notices will please
of Christ, cannot be expected. But it is cerbe explicit in the information as to whether
tainly a pleasant thought that, in the life to they were accomplished under the care of a
come, these barriers will be removed, and all Monthly Meeting, and what Meeting.
will be absorbed in that Love by which the
bousehold of faith will be made one, in accord. “Christian life is the life of God in the soul.”
in the soul" | ance with the prayer of the blessed Jesus, We have not unfrequently noticed some of the
“ That they may be made one as we are one, as evils which seemed fearfully upon the increase
Thou Father art in me and I in thee, that they, in our land, with a view to encourage all to ex.
also, may be one in us." ert the infuence with which they were invested, We have received from the Editor the first to stay the current which appeared to threaten number of “The Friends' Examiner," the Prosthe destruction of many of our fellow beings pectus of which has appeared for several weeks We now present a brighter picture, as drawn in our advertising sheet. It is to be published from the records of passing events in another levery six months, or perhaps quarterly, if suf
fcient encouragement be given. The general | randum, with appropriate remarks. He enjoyed onappearance of the first number is much in its usual health, being able to walk about and wait on
binuself until within fifteen minutes of his death. favor of good type, and about 170 pages. Conscious of bis situation, he esclaimed, "I am
dving !" and soon expired. His remains were taken It was well said by C. Spurgeon that George
10 Danby, the place of his nativity, and interred by Fox would not have subscribed to a creed, the side of his wife, First month 3d, 1867. even if it expressed his own views of truth; and Died, on the 2+1h of Second month, 1867, in Philait is reasonable to suppose that in a society Falls Monthly Meeting, Pa.
delphia, Aaron Ivins, in bis 66th year; a member of which has declared to the world that God bas —, suddenly, on the 20th of Tbird mooth, 1867, come to teach bis people himself, there are formerly of Philadelphia, in his 66th year; a mem
in the city of New York, David H. Davis, merchant, different growths and various shades of opinion, ber of New York Monthly Meeting. while all
on Second-day, 18th of Third month, 1867, uuite in what is fundamental. ABEL SATTERTHWAITE, in bis 881h year; a member
may The object of this periodical, according to the of Abingdon Monthly Meering, Pa. Prospectus, is not to subserve " private interests on tbe 13th of this month, at the residence
of her son in-l+w, Charles Humbleton, Raon L or sectional opinions."
SHARPLESS, a member and minister of West Grove The Editor “ does not hold himself responsi- Preparative Meeting, Chester County, Perina., in the
91st year of ber age. This dear Friend furnisbed a ble for the opinions expressed in any article
rare illustration of the green and beautiful age that bearing the signature of the writer.” Every may crown a life of devotion to God and of active
love to man. De is allowed to express his own sentiments,
She had been a minister for about 66 years, and ander his own signature, on such subjects as he although never very extensive in her communicabelieves will conduce to the interests of the So- tions, the life and sweetness that attended them
made her appearance in meetings a streng'h and ciety, and as a consequence there is some di- refreshment io many hearts. She attended meetings versity of opinion on the great questions con
and spoke several times during tbe last year.
She was regular in her habits, and neat, attractive nected with its welfare.
and simple in personal appearance; industrious, This liberal feature in the publication before practical, and remarkable for the cheerfulness and
sweetness of her disposition. as commends it to our favor, for by this expression The young people loved her society, her neighbors * of its members (if made in an earnest and prop. instaut in season, and full of boly sympathies,
of other denominations paid tribute to her worth; er spirit) the Society may receive valuable sug- sbe visited the aflicted in body and in spirit, beargestions, and be gradually prepared for such ing comfort by her presence and words. “O, bow changes in its church discipline as its necessi- funcral, wbo bad known her intimately from bis
I loved ber, Low we all loved her,'' said one at her ties may require. Although not in official cor. youth up, and whose words were the ulterance of respondence with our transatlantic friends, we
A respectable widdle-aged man called recently at believe many of our subscribers will be inter- the bouse of one of her relatives in Poiladelpbia, to ested in its contents, and we should be glad to see inquire for Rachel Sharpless, stating that he had
been a poor, neglected reckless boy, tbrowo into her the time when such a publication can be sus. Deighborbo id years ago, but that her counsel and tained among ourselves.
encouragement had been the means of saving him
from ruin, adding, “All that I am I owe to her." From an advertisement in Friends' Review, She was, emphatically, a peacemaker wherever she we observe that Henry Longstreth, No. 1338 moved.
Large and wide in ber sympathies, she recognized Cbestaut St., proposes to publish an American good wherever it was found, encouraged temperance edition of the Examiner.
and anti-slavery movements when they were un
popular, and peither fear nor favor prevented ber Married, on Fifth-day, the 14'h of Third month, from fi mly, but gently, maintaining what she be
1867, at the residence of Daniel Uunderhill, Jericho, lieved to be rigbt. 1 L. I., Solomon S. Jackson, of the former place, to
A widow more than thirty years; she had been Estuer L. Post, of Westbury.
twice married ; and as a s'ep-mother, as well as a
mother, the power of her unselfish love brought the DIED, at Sandy Spring, Ma., on the 9th of Second warm tribute of filial affection back to gladden her month, 1867, WM. Stabler, son of Wm. H. and Eliza beart. Stabler, in the 35th year of his age.
Her enjoyment in the society of her friends, her ~, on the 30th of Twelfth mooth, 1866, in Lynn, interest in ihe progress of truih, and her cheerfulMass., at the residence of bis son Moses É. Rogers, ness of spirit continued to the end. A few montbs AARON Rogers, aged 90 years and 4 months. ago, when the writer of this notice visited ber, she
He was a faithful and consistent member of Danby dwelt touchingly upon the preservations and blessMonthly Meeting, and occupied the station of elder ings that had attended her life, and spoke with for over 50 years. He was punctual ia bis dealings sweetness of the near prospect of departure, knowwith men, and won the respect of all who knew bim. ing the faithfulness of Him wbom she bad trusted. He retained his mental faculties to the last. On bis Her memory bad become considerably impaired; goth birthday be made a minute of it in his memo-l time and space were vanishing, and earlier and