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they found the company, in exactly the con man listened with evident astonishment. When dition of the dream, and brought in the rem- the communication was finished, he said, 'I nant alive. A gentleman present said, “You don't know who this man is, or how he has obneed bave no doubt of this; for we Californians tained information on this subject; but certain all know the facts, and the names of the fami- it is, he has repeated, word for word, a converlies brought in, who now look upon our venera- sation I supposed was known only to myself ble friend as a kind of saviour. These dames and the deceased.'' he gave, and the places where they reside, and A few weeks afterwards, the woman's innoI found afterward that the California people cence was proved by the confession of the man were ready, everywhere, to second his testimo. who committed the crime. The biographer reny. Nothing could be more patural than for marks, “I have often heard Friend Hopper rethe good-hearted patriarch himself to add, that late this anecdote, and he always said he could the brightest thing in his life, and that which vouch for the truth of it; and for several gave bim greatest joy, was his simple faith in other similar things in the ministry of his chat dream. I thought also that I could see friend Arthur." in that joy the glimmer of a true Christian love From the days of George Fox to the present and life, into which, unawares to himself, he time many supernatural revelations have been had really been entered by that faith. Let made, some of wbich are as well attested as uny.one attempt now to account for the coin any historical facts on record. I will refer to a cidences of that dream, by mere natural cau- few of them. salities, and he will be glad enough to ease his Previous to the great fire in London, which, lubor by the acknowledgment of a super- in the year 1666, consumed thirteen thousand Datural Providence.”
dwelling-houses and eighty-nine church edifices, In the same wirk I find the substance of a desolating four hundred streets,—the coming remarkable revelation made to Arthur Howell, event was forseen and foretold by several who lived in the latter part of the last century. Friends. It is more circumstantially related by Lydia “George Fox, while imprisoned in Lancaster Maria Child, in her Life of Isaac T. Hopper, Castle the previous year, had received an evi. “ Arthur Howell,” she says, “ was another in- dence that a great calamity was impending timate acquaintance of Friend Hopper. He over the southern part of the kingdom. Hum. wils a currier in Philadelphia, a preacher in the phrey Smith, a valued minister of the Gospel, Society of Friends, characterized by kindly about two years before his decease, had a refeelings, and a very tender conscience.” markable vision, in which he was shown the de. “One Sunday morning, he was suddenly im- struction by fire of a great part of the city of pelled to proceed to Germantown in baste. As London He saw her tall buildings fall, and her he approached the village he, met a funeral goodly palaces consumed, and none could quench procession. He had no knowledge whatever of the flames; he passed through her desolate streets i he deceased ; but it was sudrienly revealed to and saw but few inhabitants. This vision be him that the occupant of the coffin before him published as a warning to the people about six was a woman whose life had been saddened by years before it was fulfilled, and his printed the suspicion of a crime, which she dever com. prophecy is still extant.* mitted. The impression becaine very strong on Thomas Forster, a faithful Friend, who died his mind that she wished him to make certain in the year 1660, foresaw that a great part of statements at her funeral. Accordingly, he the city would be destroyed, and at his request jollowed the procession, and when they arrived his wife and family removed to the suburbs, by at the dieeting house, be entered and listened which means they escaped the loss of their to the prayer delivered by her pastor. When goods by fire.f. the customary ceremonies were finished, Arthur Thomas Ibbit, a Friend from HuntingdonHowell rose and asked permission to speak.'shire, came into the city two days before the
I did not know the deceased, even by name, fire, and alighting from his horse, with bis said he. “But it is given nie to say, that she clothes thrown loosely around bim, like a perkuffered much and unjustly. Her neighbors son dressed in haste, rao through the streets generally suspected her of a crime which she did toward Whitehall, proclaiming that the city 201 commit; and in a few weeks from this would be laid waste by fire. On the second time it will be made clearly manifest to the day after his arrival he was engaged in the world that she was innocent. A few hours be- same way, and some of the Frieods, being ap. fore her death, she talked on this subject with prehensive that he was deranged, or under a the clergy man who attended her, and who is delusion, bad a private interview with him. now present; and it is given me to declare the communication she made to him on that occa
* The vision of Humphrey Smith wbich be saw
concerning London--1660-61. sion.' He then proceeded to relate the par
† See Piety Promoted, 1660, and Janney's History ticulars of the interview; to which the clergy. Tor Friends, ii. 203, note.
He told them he had a vision of the fire some to pass whatsoever seems good in his own eyes ;
cis: "George Fox does not allude, in his Journal, tian Progress. It is also related in George to this case of healing, but he mentions some Fox's Journal and Sewel's History of Friends. other cases, two of which in particular are not
I will relate one more case of Divine inter less remarkable. In answer to a query addressed position, which I take from the Journal of to him in Carolina concerning a similar case of John Banks, William Peno writes that he healing, he said, “We do not glory in such had known this Friend for forty.four years, and things, but many such things have been done that “he was a beavenly minister of experi- by the power of Christ." mental religion, of a sound judgment and pious Some other facts, equally remarkable and practice, valiant for truth upon the earth, and well sustained by testimony, may be found reready to serve all in the love and peace of the lated in my History of the Society of Friends, Gospel.” He writes as follows: “ About this and doubtless there are other sections of the time, a pain, struck into my shoulder, and Christian church whose annals contain similar gradually fell down into my arm and hand, so evidences of Divine condescension to the that I was wholly deprived of the use of it; devoted followers of the Lamb. the pain increased both day and night. For three months I could neither put my clothes
Write injuries io dust, but kindness in mar. on nor off, and my arm and band began to ble. Lay not your faculties in the sepulchre witber, so that I applied to some physiciany, of idleness. but could get no cure by any of them. At last, as I was asleep upon my bed, in the night
THE GOODNESS OF THE SEASONABLE WORD. time, I saw in a vision that I was with dear
" A word spoken in due season, how good is it!" George Fox. I thought I said to bim, George,
-Prov. xv. 23. my faith is such, that if thou seest thy way to
This is a brief declaration; and, like many lay thy hand upon my shoulder, my arm and others, though brief it is full of instruction. hand shall be whole throughout. This re- For if there is a time for everything and a seamained with me two days and nights, that the son for every work under the sun, there is thing was a true vision, and that I must go to specially, we may believe, the right time for George Fox ; until at last, through much exer- the right thing and the due season for the good cise of mind, as a great trial of my faith, I was work. Indeed, to a great extent its goodness made willing to go to him, he being then at consists, and its value lies, in its seasonable. Swarthmore in Lancashire, where there was a
It is not less true in a spiritual than in meeting of Friends on the First day of the a natural sense that there is a time to sow and week. Sometime after the meeting, I called a time to plant; and the wise laborer will him aside into the hall, and gave him a relation watch for the time and discern the season. . of my dream, showing him my arm and hand; As, in our addresses to the Almighty, we are and in a little time, we walking together not heard for our much speaking, so our testisilently, he turned about and looked upon me, mony for Him will not on that ground find acand lifting up his haud, lay it upon my shoulder, ceptance, por will onr words gain an entrance saying, "The Lord strengthen thee, both within into the hearts of our fellows by reason of and without.'
their number; but if they find a place there " I went to Thomas Lower's, of Marsh Grange, and spring up and bring forth fruit, it will be that night; and when I was sat down to sup- because under the divine guidance they have per, immediately, before I was aware, my hand been sown in their " due season
and gracious. was lifted up to do its office, which it could not ly watered by the rain of Heaven. There is a do for long before. This struck me with great time to plant, a time to keep silence and a admiration, and my heart was broken into ten time to speak. May those who labor in the derness before the Lord; and the next day I Lord's vineyard and have a word from Him ever went home with my band and arm restored to seek to know the season when the seed is pot its former use and strength without any pain. only ripe for the soil, but the soil prepared for The next time that George Fox and I mei, he the seed; for the preparation of the beart, as said, 'John, thou mended; I answered, 'Yes,
well as the answer of the tongue, is from the very well in a little time.' "Well,' said he Lord. This is, I apprehend, a testimony up“Give God the glory;' to whom I was and still held in an especial manner by the religious Soam bound in duty so to do, for that and all ciety of Friends, as to the ministry of the Gosother His merciet and favors. He hath all
* Journal of Jobo Banks, Friends' Lib. vol. 2, p. 24. power in His own hand, and can thereby bring' and Japney's Hist. of Friends, ii. 286.
pel; that a divine direction may be known, and pression in words, to our own peace, the edifishould be experienced, not only as to the word cation and comfort one of another, and the to be spoken, but " the season ” in which it is glory of God. How many, brethren and fathdue. How many are there among us who can ers, have been the seasons allowed to pass by, bear testimony to the truth, "a word spoken, the opportunities lost, when from want of a IN DUE SEASON, how good is it !"
little exerciss of faith there has been no word In the hour of danger the word of warning, spoken! How many of us must be sensible of in the day of trouble the word of comfort and our shortcomings, and some bow often, when counsel, of strength in the hour of temptation, we remember that it is written, not of a feelof encouragement in the hour of faintbearted. ing only, but of “ a word, SPOKEN, in due seaness, of faith in the moment of weakness and son, how good is it!" doubt, of love and sympathy in the season of I want to encourage my dear friends in this adversity and affliction, or in the day of pros. matter of seeking for ability to speak the word perity the word of admonition not to forget in season'; I do not mean as an extraordinary God, in that of recreation and pleasure that we occurrence or on exceptional occasions, but as condemn not ourselves in that thing which we amung the daily duties and ordinary avocations allow. Ilow good under every circumstance of life, what if I say more as a private than a and in every condition of life has proved the public service. If to this any inducement fitly spoken word ; like a brook by the way to were required beyond the simple fact of its bethe weary and thirsty traveller; like apples of ing service, to the best of ends and for the best gold in pictures of silver to longiog eyes and of masters, it might be urged that “to him huogry souls ; to the loitering and indifferent, that hath shall be given, and from him that as goads and as pails fastened by the master of hath not shall be taken away even that he assemblies! Under the power of Him who hath ;” and again," he that is faithful in the alone can touch the heart, under that guiding little shall be made ruler over more." A dehand which alone can build the city, under the sire to be thus found faithful in the little will blessing of Him who along can give the in- keep us near to the fountain of all strength, crease, how good has proved the faithful, seas. the source of all ability; we shall remember onable word, though only a word, dropped in His words,“ without Me ye can do nothing.” brokenness and simplicity. Those who gave “ Abide in Me and I in you; as the branch and those who received can alike add their cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in Amen to the declaration of the wise king, that the vine, no more can ye except ye abide in even “A WORD, spoken in due season, how Me.” And then there is the blessed reaction on good is it !”
our own spirits; "there is that scattereth and But, then, whilst it shall often prove that yet increaseth, and there is that with holleth but literally a word is enough, less than that ie not it tendeth to poverty.” “He that soweth epough; feeling alone is insufficient, and to sparingly shall reap also sparingly, but he that wake it good the word must be “spoken." soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” How often have we been sensible of another's “ The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he weakness and danger, or been dipped into sym- that watereth shall be watered also himself." pathy with a brother, and had our service So that on their own souls' account as well as inarred by its incompleteness; the word was on that of others, shall those who are engaged not "spoken !" I believe that there may often in their Lord's work be able to set their seals be rightly a concern without the word; for to the truth, ancient but ever new, “ A word there are times when silence is more eloquent spoken in due season, HOW GOOD IS IT!" than any language, as when Job's friends "sat How good? Who can tell? The inspired pendown with bim upon the ground seven days man attempts not the task. It is unspeakably and seven nights, and done spake a word unto good; immeasurably good; for he wbo hath rehim, for they faw that his grief was very ceived becomes the giver, the listener in his great.”
There should never be the word turn becomes himself the speaker, he that spoken without the concern being correspond heareth saith, " Come !" Who of us is there ingly felt. I cannot describe how much more that cannot look back, as among the many into be valued, bow much more effectual is a lit- strumentalities brought to bear upon our hearts tle feeling, though unaccompanied by express and consciences, perhaps even more than to sion, than much expression without the feeling the leogthened discourse, to the simple word Far be it from my thoughts to urge any to spoken in due season by some humble and speak a word but under the fresh and inmedi faithful servant of the Lord, a messenger of ate constrainings of the love of Christ; but I good to our souls? How good ? the day of would that we admonish and encourage one barvest, when the angels are the reapers, alone another, to yield to those gentle constrainings can reveal. This is the time, ours the work, more readily than we do; then would our feel of sowing the seed. The word spoken is not ings, I am persuaded, wore frequently find ex-lan end, but a means. Christ and the eternal
life that is in Him is the end. How remark. It is undoubtedly the duty of those who see able is that expression of the Apostle, after re. these defects honestly to point them out, but is counting the feats of faith in the holy men of it wise, or is it in the spirit of self sacrifice, to old, where he tells us that “ Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and to day and for ever," was withdraw from the enterprise because of them? not only the foundation of the saints’ faith, but Are these defects so important as to have “the end of their conversation !" Yes, there changed entirely the character of that which is one end, whether of the simplest word of the ovce seemed so desirable ? May we not conweakest disciple, or of the Inspired Volume tinue to labor with those who have the same itself, which, says the Apostle John at the close of his Gospel narrative, is “ written that good object at heart, though they may differ ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the from us as to some of the means for promoting Son of God; and that believing ye might have it? But it may be asked, shall we abandon a life through his name.' For this, said our principle for the sake of unity of action? Let Lord himself, “is life eternal, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou us first be sure that there is a principle involved, hast sent.” So the word spoken in due season and that we are required thus to advocate it. may prove eternally good! for we cannot doubt. There are tests for ascertaining this which the there are those now before the throne singing humble mind desirous of kpowing itself can the everlasting song, in the enjoyment of the
How greatly is it to be desired that this spirit path that leadeth unto life. Therefore, " In of self-sacrifice may more and more adinate us, the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening in our social intercourse, in our families and with hold not thy hand; for thou knowest pot in our religious Society. It is as far removed which shall prosper, either this or that, or from a time-serving subtle policy as disinterwbati ar both shall be alike good."
estedness is from selfishness. In its endeav
ors to promote the good of others, its ideal FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER. is bigh, but it is content to fall short or to make
the least approach to it, trusting that others PHILADELPHIA, FIRST MONTH 18, 1868.
may carry it farther.
If defeated for a time, SELF-SACRIFICE.--How imperfectly have
it returds to the work, hoping for better success. any of us apprehended, far less attained, the It is patient of weaknesses and imperfections, spirit of self-sacrifice; and yet in its deepest, proposes the best plans, but is willing to adopt widest sense it is the true Christian spirit. inferior ones, so that the good work goes on. We are capable at times of making sacrifices of
Next to the One in whom this spirit was perour time, our money, our love of ease for the fected, the apostle Paul beautifully exempli.. sake of our fellow creatures, or for that view fied it ; and would that his writings were more of Truth we consider vital; but the depth of often searched for instances of this, than for that self-abnegation manifested in that expres- abstruse doctrines. With what patience, what sion of the blessed Jesus, “Suffer it to be so tenderness, did he treat those who bad just now," how few have attained ! Knowing, as he begun to have glimpses of the Truth, but were did, that the rite of water baptism had in itself not yet fully emancipated from the errors and no vitality, and was to pass away in the light of vices of heathenism? that dispensation he was sent to proclaim, he yet submitted to it, thus proving by this act of
We insert a communication, over the signameekness, patience and love, bis fitness for the ture of R., containing strictures on the essays title then conferred upon him of “The beloved of T. H. S., which have recently appeared in Son."
our paper, although we have not discovered a To apply this spirit of self-sacrifice: let us disposition in T. H. S. to substitute anything suppose a project whose object is so good, and in place of our mode of silent worship. is so obviously needed, as to have enlisted the
Note.-Repeated instances of failure to receive interest and efforts of a large-bumber of indi
money, represented to bave been sent me by mail, viduals, but that in the attempt to carry it out, induces me to advise persons to send by check, sowe defects or supposed defects have crept in. draft, or post-office money order.
Dien, from the effects of a fall, on tbe 27th of
EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENCE. Twelfth month, 1867, at ber residence near Smith
No. 14. held, Ohio, MARY Watson, in the 83d year of her age; a member of Short Creek Monthly Meeting.
Munich, Nov. 2d, 1867. ---, at Glen Cove, L. J., on the 5th of First mo.,
Not far from St. Sebaldus' church is the 1868, Hannah, widow of Isaac T. Hopper, aged college that Melancthon founded, and before nearly 79 years.
the college the beautiful statue of Melancthon,
draped in a pelisse, and in the attitude of blessLECTURE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA PEACE
ing with one hand, while the other holds a SOCIETY. * Subject-" The Law of Kindness Historically Con.
book. In the square are some of the most sidered.” On Fourth-day evening. 22d inst. at 8 stately houses of Nuremberg. We visited the o'clock, P. M., at Ninth and Spring Garden Sts., by Germanique Museum, an old convent full of ROBERT Dale OWEN.
antiques (Mediæval,) and contaiving a picture,
by Kaulbach, of Otto the Great opening the FRIENDS' SOCIAL LYCEUM.
tomb of Cbarlemagne, which is truly magpifiFirst month 21st, 1868, at 7} o'clock, Lecture by John J. White. Subject, "The French Revolution."
cent in design, expression, color and execution.
The picture is the representation of a fact. For Friends' Intelligencer.
We stayed four or five days in Nuremberg, I have carefully read the remarks of T. H. S., and I would advise every European tourist to in the Intelligencer of last week, and those take it in his way. Its general architecture is published some time back, and am deeply im- interesting, and it is a clean, prosperous looking pressed with the feeling that he writes without city, doing honor to its Protestant culture. On a proper appreciation of the solemnity and Sunday all the shops were sbut, and the people beauty of the worship of the Father, as prac. were walking in the streets and singing in their ticed by the Society of Friends.
| bouses. On Monday last we left Nuremberg Early in life I was led to mingle a good deal for Ratisbon, again travelling Franconian with church people, so calied, and gained much Switzerland as far as Schwandorf. It was an information as to their modes of worship, and interesting looking country, and I was sorry can truly say, the more I learned of them, the that we could not stop and explore its grotto3, deeper grew my attachment for the simple sol where are found antediluvian fossils that are emn worship of our people.
very curious, specimens of which are in colIf ever there was a mode that raised the lections in Nuremberg. We arrived at Ratisheart above the littleness of bumanity, -that bon at 3 o'clock, in a great rain, and of course brought in dread array before the meptal eye could do nothing on that day; but on the next the weaknesses and follies of our past lives, — day, which was very pleasant, we visited the surely it is found in the silent sittings of a Hotel de Ville, in which the Diet of the German Quaker meeting.
Empire sat from 1618 to 1804. It is a large A due reverence for, and a proper under-ball, containing a small table, at which refreshstanding of, the teachings of tho.e who are ments were formerly served, and the old leather gone, will beget an humble, trusting feeling, chair in which the Emperor sat while presiding and not the self satisfied and self righieous one, over the Diet. At one end of the hall was a incompatible with the proper discharge of gallery for ladies. I seated myself in the Empresent dury.
peror's chair, and called on my imagination for T. H. S. speaks of an absence of indepen. lihe great assembly. A smaller hall, next to dence of thought among Friends, and asks that this, was called the Congress of Privces. This in our religious, as in our business lives, we was ornamented with tapestries, those on one should think more for ourselves. To my mind, 1 side being the fourteenth century's work, those it is just because the true Quaker does think on the other the sixteenth, some of wbich were and work for himself in spiritual matters that very beautiful and expressive. Ano:ber room he is strong in the battle of life.
was filled with wooden models of old mansions, We want no new forms nor any exercises churches and bridges, of Ratisbon mainly, but introduced into our meetings. Individual also of other places. Among them was a model faithfulness alone is needed; were that main. of the old clock at Strasburg,--so famous. The tained among us, we would indeed be a bright rest of the party descended into the dungeons and shining light in the world, and as terrible and torture rooms, but I declined. I had to evil doers as an army with banders. It fills seen some instruments of torture in Nurem. me with sadness to find one among us that berg, and my imagination is too vivid for such would change our mode of worsbip and manner things. The woman who was showing them of doing business in our meetings. No body said, “ But they will be used no more forever," can be more impressive than our Yearly as if to encourage me; but I stood at the outMeetings, nor can any form or ceremony be side door until the others came up, viewing a devised that will add to their weight and au- fresco of a tournament on the building opposite. thority.
R. It had been injured by the weather and time,