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FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER.

"TAKE FAST HOLD OF INSTRUCTION; LET HER NOT GO; KEEP BER; FOR SHE 18 TUY LIFE."

VOL. XXIV.

PHILADELPHIA, FIRST MONTE 18, 1868.

No. 46.

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THE PENNS AND PENING TONS.

tinually in her mind as a case in point, that (Continued from page 706.)

she could io no degree yield to the entreaties A few weeks after the death of Sir William of her friends and relatives. It was very try. Springett, the bereaved widow was roused from ing to maintain her ground against all their the depth of her desolation and sorrow, by her persuasion ; but hard above all it must have maternal feelings on the birth of an infant been to stand out aginst the expressed desire daughter. This was Gulielma Maria, above of her loved and hopored mother-in-law; never. mentioned.*

theless, singlebandid and conscientious. she Her Heavenly Father had in this darling withstood all who endeavored to pursuade her cbild sept another claim on her affections, to have her child formally baptized. She saya, another tie binding ber to life, and her energy " That scripture in the last of the Galatians, of arose to meet the surrounding circumstances. circumcision or uncircumcision availing noth. In the name Gulielwa Maria given to the ing, but a new creature, was so often in infant, those of both parents were united. Her mind, that I could not but resolve that it [the mother-in-law, now the chief earthly friend baptismal rite) should not be performed. This left to the young widow, came to reside with brought great reproach on me, and made me as her, and she remained there during the residue a byword among the people of my own rank in of her life, which only lasted about four years the world, and a stravge thing it was thought after the death of her son William.

to be by my relatives and acquaintances. Thuse Lady Springett bad adopted the same views who were accounted able ministers, and such which her husband had arrived at, respecting as I formerly delighted to hear, were sent to perthe unscriptural character of infant baptism, suade me; but I could not do it and be clear. and the ipjury that had resulted to Christian My answer to them was, “ He that doults is life from the popular construction put on water. damned if he do it.”. She did doubt, and she baptism. Sue therefore refused to allow her believed that she had good reason to doubt of little daughter to be baptized. When reflectivfant baptism being an institution authorized ing on the rite of baptism, as practiced in the by Jesus, and therefore the little Gulielma Church, the declaration of the Apostle relative Maria was never taken to the baptisimal font. to another ritual observance, which was abol It seems marvellous of two such young perished under the new dispensation, was so con- sons, and yet it does really appear as if 'sir

*As February, old style, was the last month of the William Springett and bis wife were at that year, it may be presumed Gulielma was bora in time, when these views became fixed in their 1611, but we have no exact record of the date. miods, standing totally ubune when declining

to receive the popular idea of water baptism, I leaving thy great-grandmother with two sons as being the essential baptism which accomand a daughter (born after her father's panies regeneration and salvation. It is very death.) She was married to him about three certain that Mary Pepington says nothing about or four years, and left a widow about twentyhaving studied any writings on the question, two years of age. She was an excellent woman; save those of the New Testament; or of having and had a great regard to the well-being of her any example before ber of any one who alto children, both in the inward and outward congether on scriptural grounds disa proved of the dition ; and that she might the better bring rite as practiced in the churches, except her them up, she lived a retired life; refusing all deceased husband. It does not appear that the other marriage, though frequently offered, as I views advocated by them were the same as have beard her say. She suffered pretty bard those held by the Bapriets, who, though disap- things of his two executors, his brotber Sir proving of infant baptism, insist on adult water Thomas Springett, and a brother-in-law, who baptism as essential, and as that wbich was thought that she, being so very young a widow, commanded by Christ. George Fox did not would marry again. Through their jealousy commence his ministry for several years after on this point, they refused her the management the death of Sir William Springett; it was not of the education of her children, and put her therefore from the Friends ideas they had upon guing them for it; which she at last obbeen brought to that conclusion. But it is taiped, with charges, after some years' suit. true that about the time of Guli's birth, and atter “She lived a virtuous life, -constant in it, there was a minister who held an official morning and evening prayer by herself, and place in the University of Cambridge, who en often with her children; causing them to repeat tertained very decided convictions against the to her what they remembered of sermong they notions of water baprism which prevailed in the bad heard, and of scriptures. I lived in the Church of England, of which he was a mem- house with her from nine years of age, till after ber. This was William Dell, Master of Gon. I was married to her son; and after he died, ville and Caius College, Cambridge. How far she came and lived with me, and died at my he had sufficient Christian faithfulness to house. In all which time I never, as I remempreach in that persecuting age the views he set ber, heard her say an improper word, or saw forth in his writings which were afterwards her do an evil action. She spent her time very published, I know not. He seemed to have ingeniously; and in a bountiful manner be. but little hope of the age he lived in taking a stowed great part of her jointure yearly upon right scriptural view of the doctrines in ques. the poor, in providing physic and surgery. tion, because he says it was so rooted and Sbe bad a yearly jointure of about twelve-score built up in the doctrines of men.Hence he pounds, and with it she kept a brace of horses, appealed to and wrote especially for the next à man, and a maid. She boarded with her only generation. So far as I can ascertain, his ex- brother, Sir Edward Partridge. She kept sevcellent work on The Doctrine of the Baptisms eral poor women constantly employed simpling was not published for eight or ten years after for her in the summer; and in the winter pre• the period in question; and in bis preface to paring such things as she had use for in physio

the reader,'introduciog the work On Baptisms, and surgery, and for eyes; she baving eminent he warps him that he would “speak mnch judgment in all three, and admirable success; otherwise than all former or later writers what, which made ber famous and sought to out of ever, that he had met with.”

several counties by the greatest persons, as well Within the four years which elapsed from as by the low ones. She was daily employing the death of Sir William Springett to that of her servants in making oils, salves, and bal. Madam Springett, John, bis first born child sains; drawing of spirits; distilling of waters; and only son, seems to have also died, though making of syrups and conserves of many kinds, the child's mother has left us no specific account with pills and lozenges. She was so rare in of the event. Circumstances indicate that it her ability in taking off cataracts and spots on was within that time his brief life closed. eyes, that Hopkins, the great oculist, sent many

Of her mother-in law's high moral worth and to ber house when there was difficulty of cure, great ability and usefulness, Mary Penington and that he could not atteod or spare so much gives her grandson a beautiful account. Speak time as was necessary to compass it. She cured ing of both great grandparents, she says, “ Thy many burns and desperate cuis; also dangerous dear mother's father was of religious pèrents; sores that came by thorns; likewise broken his father (thy great-grandfather) though a limbs; many afflicted with the king's evil; taklawyer, was religious and strict, as I have ling out bones. One case of great difficulty I heard of him, in those things wherein the min. especially remember-a child's head that was istration of that time consisted, and in the ex. so burnt that its skull was like a coal; sbe ercise of what in that day of dim light was ac brought it to bave skin and hair again, and incounted holy duties. He died of consumption, I vented a thin pan of beaten silver, covered with bladder, to preserve the bead in case of a knock offend him by an unkind word, but would take or a fall. She frequently helped in consump- every occasion to show his friendship, if he tious cases beyond the skill of doctors to help, I could but come to his fond embrace." through her diligence and care.

| “Then waste not thy time in useless grief," "lo the villages about her lodged several said the sage; " but if thou hast friends, go patients, that had came there some hundreds of and cherish the living, remembering that they miles to be under her care ; and sometimes will one day be dead also.” would remain there, away from their homes, for a quarter of a year at a time. She has some

EXTRACT. times had twenty persons in a morning-men, The sunshine lies upon the mountain top all women, and children- to attend to. I have day, and lingers there latest and longest at heard ber ray she spent half her jerebue in eventide, yet is the valley green and fertile, making the medicines which she needed for and the mountain top barren and unfruitful. these cures. She never would take presents of So the discipline of adversity accomplishes for in uch value from any one; only this she would us that which prosperity has never wrought. do-if the patients were able, she gave them a “Father," said a daughter, “how can I be a note of what things they could buy, and they Christian when there is so much to do?” “Do brought them to her, and she made up the you see the vine crawling up by the wall ?” he medicines for them; her man servant writing replied ; “it lays hold of the stones and sticks the directions she gave, and packing up the for support, and makes them help it. Just 80 salves and medicines.

we must make our daily tasks and cares help “In the place where she dwelt she was called us. Take fast hold of them, and climb up by in her religion, of latter times, a Puritan; their means. If they are a bindrance, then it afterwards she was called an Independent. is because we do not look at them in the true She had an Independent minister in her house, light. We may be sure of one thing. God bijnand gave liberty to people to come there twice self has placed us in our'present circumstances, a week to hear him preach. She constantly set and it is He who appoints for us our daily tasks. apart the Seventh-day, about three or four Is it possible to conceive that a Being of so o'clock in the afternoon, for her family to leave much wisdom and goodness would place us all their occasions, and this minister preached amid duties whose tendence is to draw us away or prayed with them as a preparation for the from, instead of toward Himself ?” morrow. She was a most tender and affection. “Small trials euflice as heavenly discipline, ate mother to thy grandfather, and greatly de- just as truly as great afflictions and misfortunes lighted in bis love to me, and always showed can. God can sanctify the small as well as the great kindness to me. Indeed she was very great events of our lives. Great sorrows drive honorable in counselling her son not to marry every Christian to God; but we are only too for an estate, urging him to consider what prone to try to bear our little trials alone. We would make him happy in his choice (many must throw ourselves upon Him as children. great offers' having been made to draw him We must be willing to consult His pleasure in into marriage alliance). She would discourse the smallest affairs of our lives; to seek His to him in this wise, that she knew me, and we compassion and sympathy in every pain we were known to one another, and said she would bear. Let Him be the judge of their worth choose me for his wife if I had no portion. and consequence, and perhaps He who seeth She lived to see thy mother tbree or four years not as man seeth, will detect the mountain in old, and was very affectionate to her, and took what is called the hillock, and mark as our ipgreat delight in seeing her wisdom." Thus tolerable burden that which men regard as the closes ber daughter-in-law's account of that ad- small dust of the balance.” mirable Puritan matron.

“In the valley of humiliation there are green (To be continued.)

pastures; how strange that one who has reposed ADVICE TO MOURNERS.

there, should ever pine for the mountain tops.” I saw a pale mourner stand bending over " It is well to hedge ourselves about with a the tomb, and his tears fell often. As he habit of prayer.” What a blessed day it is raised his huwid eyes to heaven,' he cried, when we learn to expect distractions, and a “ My brother ! oh my brother !”

heedless absorption in every petty passing inA sage passed that way, and said :

terest! Then first we throw ourselves on the " For whom dost thou mouro ?”

simple grace of God, forsaking forever the far“ One,” replied he, “whom I did not suf.cied stronghold of our own good purposes. As ficiently love while living; but whose inesti- we pray, the petty interests and disappointmable worth I feel.”

ments of life grow more and more insignificant. “What wouldst thou do if he were restored to We should never be so absorbed in what we thee?"

undertake as to care for nothing but its accouThe mourner replied, "that he would never Iplishment.” “Interruptions are often more

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directly the Master's work for us than the tasks earthly trial are light indeed to those whose we set ourselves."

bearts are set free from the burden of guilt, and The influence of a genuine Christian is noise- the weight of an aimless life. less aud silent as the continual dropping of a There is such a thing in these days as coming summer shower, which refreshes and enriches to Christ personally, not thinking about Him oftentimes more than the heavy fall of rain. merely, but coming to Him; pot coming to Who has not felt his heart glow with qnickened Him for forgiveness and deliverance from death warmth at a mere glimpse into a holy soul ? or only, but for strength to suffer, to labor, to constimulated to like grace in witnessing an act of quer, to serve; coming to Him and having life. patience or forbearance? There are two ways He does not say, “Get on," but, “ Follow in which genuine picty develops itself. One me." He does not want us to do as well as busies itself chiefly in lopping off useless, dis. other people, out as well as we can. He wills eased or unsightly branches, and this work oc- ail His children to bring Him their work every cupies it so incessantly that it has not time to evening. Some of them have done things which perceive that fruit of good quality is not thus will be talked about and praised while the world produced. The other rather lets the branches lasts, and some bave done what no one thinks iake care of themselves, and goes to the root of anytbing of, perhaps. But He is quite as well the matter, assured if all is right there, all will pleased with the one as the other. It is not beconie right outside.

necessary to be happy about everything. It is The great Fountain of Life and Light is al- only necessary to do right, and God will take ways open to us. We need only to turn forever care of the happiness. away from the contemplation of ourselves to be Is doing good the highest object to live for? henceforth vivified, strengthened, and filled Doesn't loving come first? Doesn't being good with the fulness of Christ. A true Christian and pleasing God come a little before it? It has always a consciousness of God. A woman is not so much the things done for people, as once said, “When I began to try to be a the beart it is done with that makes people Christian, if I found myself sinuing, I always grateful. said to myself, . Now I know I ani not a Chris "One hour of thoughtful solitude will perve tian;' and so I would sit crying and lamenting, the heart for days of conflict.” and never bad time to go forward. I afterward learned not to do so. When I fall, instead of

For Friends' Tutelligencer, lying on the ground, crying and wasting my

First month lat, 1868. time and strength in complaints, I just tell God I send the Spirit's greeting to the lonely and how sorry I am, and beg Him to forgive me, disconsolate, the siek and suffering, who are and get right up and go on.”

confined to their chambers, and secluded from The path of duty is comparatively easy when an intercourse with the world; such as canonce made plain. God leads some of His cbila pot be reached but by the swift wings of dren gently and over a smooth and compara- thought, and the deep flow of sympathetic feeltively easy path, and to others He appoints ing There are many of these whose anguish • the winding way, both dark and rude.” And cannot be told, whose yearnings for relief canwhile the same hand leads alike over the plain not be fathomed; and yet, in sweet resignation and through the intricate way, the favored pil to their lot, the language arises from the deep grim will not boast himself, neither will the recesses of the heart, “ All the days of my apwearied one repine. The loving discipline of pointed time will I wait till my change come. pain! how good it is ! bow needful! Who that Only Thou, Father of mercies, be with me, and has looked upon the radiant countenance of one bear me up. who bas suffered, and on which the peace of These spirit breathings arise to the presence God bas forever stamped itself, could venture chamber of Him, whom “ the heaven of 10 lamest the discipline that had left such beareng cannot contain," as incense offered beautiful traces ?

from an angel's hand. “ Bear ye one another's burdevs,” will soon There may be others who bave a hard strugbring us to the end of our strength, unless we gle to bring their minds to this state, --invalids have first proved-upless we are daily proving to whom life is sweet, and the ties that bind

—“ Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He to this lower world are strong to whom the will sustain thee.”. The connection with the thought of shroud, and pall, and narrow house, Fountain needs to be opened, before the con- brings sadness, if not "terror. May such be nection with the fields to be watered.

strengthened to look beyond things terrestrial Go forth every morning, not from God's pres- to those that are eternal; remembering the lanence, bat in His presence, strong in the faith guage of the Apostle, “ I reckon the sufferings of His personal love to you, and you shall find of the present time are not worthy to be com. the hardest yoke easy and the beaviest burden pared with the glory that shall be revealed light; for the burden of circumstances and hereafter.” Let the mind fis upon this in holy

trust and confidence; and if, when, in survey. On the contrary, they support it, for in like ing the past, omissions and commissions rise manner the circulation of counterfeit money up as a cloud, obscuring the Divine Presence, may be considered an evidence that there is or remember the blessed assurance, that though has been genuine coin in existence. judgment and justice are the habitations of Premonitions of imminent danger, whereby bis throne," yet He delights in mercy and lives have been saved or calamities averted, are and forgiveness. We have incontrovertable so frequent and so well attested, that few per. evidence of this in the Parable of the prodi sons, I presume, will venture to assert that they gal son, and the thief on the cross, with very are all the result of mere coincidence. I will many other instances that might be cited, select one example which I find in Bushpell's to show poor erring mortals that they need work entitled “ Nature and the Supernatural, only approach the Majesty on high, in humble as together constituting the One System of prayer and simple faitb, and He will do more God," p. 475. He says, “ As I sat by the fire for them than they can ask or think. If it be one stormy November night, in a hotel parlor, not His will to raise up from a low state, “ He in the Napa valley of California, there came in will blot out their transgressions and love them a most venerable and benignant-looking perfreely."

son, with his wife, taking their seats in the Then, ye afflicted and heart stricken, lean circle. The stranger, as I afterwards learned, upon Him wbo doeth all things well. Cast all was Captain Yonut, a man who came over intu your care upon Him, for He careth for you. California, as a trapper, more than forty years "Not a sparrow falls to the ground without ago. Here he has lived apart from the great bis Botice,-are not ye of more value than world and its questions, acquiring an immense many sparrows ?"

S. HUNT. | landed estate, and becoming a kind of ackoowl

edgerd patriarch in the country. His tall, For Friends' Intelligencer.

maply person, and his gracious paternal look, ON DIVINE INTERPOSITIONS.

as totally unsophisticated in the expression as "BY . X. JANNET.

if he had never heard a philosophie doubt or In reading the history of the Christian question in his life, marked him as the true church, I have observed that, at certain seasons, patriarch.” there have been awakenings or revivals, simul. . . . “At my request, he gave me his taneous in various places, or spreading from story. About six or seven years previous, in place to place, as though a breath from the a mid-winter's night, he had a dream, in which spiritual world was sent to stir the stagnant he saw what appeared to be a company of emi. waters of human life and heal the maladies of grants, arrested by the soows of the mountains the soul. The most remarkable of these was and perisbing rapidly by cold and hunger. He on the day of Pentecost, after the ascension of noted the very cast of the scenery, marked by Christ, for an impulse was given then that has a huge perpendicular front of white rock cliff; Bever ceased to act.

he saw the men cuttiog off what appeared to be At the time of the Protestant Reformation, tree tops, rising out of deep gulfs of snow; be a wave of religious emotion passed over the distinguished the very features of the person, whole of Europe. In the days of George Fox, and the look of their particular distress. He there was in England and some other countries, woke, profoundly impressed with the distincta similar visitation of Divive love ; and io the ness and apparent reality of the dream. At time of the Wesleys, there was in Great Britain length he fell asleep and dreamed exactly the and her American colonies, a wide spread awa- same dream again. In the morning be could kening of religious feeling.

not expel it from his mind. Falling in, shortly, These manifestations of spiritual life caonot with an old hunter comrade, he told him the be accounted for by natural causes; they must story, and was only the more deeply impressed, by be referred to the immediate action of Divine his recognizing, without hesitation, the scenery of Power and Love. This conclusion will probably the dream. This comrade came over the Sierra be accepted by most professors of Christianity; by the Carson Valley Pass, and declared that a but I propose to go farther, and avow my be spot in the Pass answered exactly to his de. lief that in various ages of the Christian scription. By this the unsophisticated patrichurch, prophetic revelations have been made, arch was decided. He immediately collected a remarkable premonitions witnessed, and dis company of men, with mules and blankets, and eases healed in a supernatural manner.

all necessary provisions. The neighbors were It will perhaps be objected, that in a great laughing, meantime, at his credulity. No many cases, reported revelations and miraculous matter,' said he, I am able to do this, and I cures have proved fallacious, being the result will, for I veriiy believe that the fact is accordof fanaticism or imposture. This I readily ading to my dream.' The men were gent into the mit, but such deceptions do not disprove the mountains, one hundred and fiity miles distant, reality of Divine interposition in other cases. I directly to the Carson Valley Pass. And there

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