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does not confine acceptable worship to this pation, after their own name among men. But, my to this particular sect or opinion, nor to this friends, my belief is, that the Lord is arising in particular island ; but I believe there are prayers the earth, to put an end to these divisions and ascend to him as sweet incense before his Holy distractions in his church; to bring down all Altar, both in the wilderness of America, and those who have been exalted in their imaginain the dark abodes of Africa, and in all the tions, in supposing that they only were the peocorners of the earth, wherever there are sincere ple of God in their form and in their manner, and upright souls.
and reject all others. Well, my friends, this must certainly arise 0! how far off from that benevolence of soul from some extensively and universally diffused which the Christian religion inspires, appears principle in the souls of men, that with one faith of this kind! And yet there are some recommon consent they agree in the great funda- maining even in this enlightened day, who mentals of all religion ; this must be something suppose and believe, that without the pale of more-even the infidel, if he considers, must their particular church there can no man be allow it is sonething more than human policy. saved. Well, what is it then? What is it that pre. But whence cometh these opinions? why I pareth the heart thus acceptably to offer upto believe the Lord originally sowed good seed in God?-What is it that teacheth all men that He his church, but while men have slept in carnal ought to be worshipped ? Why, it is nothing ease and security, an enemy has entered, scatmore, por anything less than the same eternal tered and divided them, and sown tares among all-creating Word, who filleth all things, and is them. Now, for my own part, it appears to me as intimately near to and independent of us, as to be the great work of every diligent shepberd the very air we breathe ; " for (said the Apostle) of our Lord Jesus Christ, to labor to bring all He is not far off any one of you ; peither can he men back to the foundation to the one true be; for in him we live, move, and have our and everlasting fold. To remove all those being.” Therefore it was that he exhorted them opinions that have kept the world at variance so to " seek the Lord, if haply they might find long-even in those that bave loved God with him." Well, my friends, this is the great sincerity of heart, in their different professions business of every gospel minister; to labor to among Christians. O! how shy they have been bring people here-to seek for themselves; to of one another, bow afraid of coming into the seek the Lord, if haply they may find Him, company of one another-how they have shunned who is not far off any one of you; who is both one another! Aye, my friends, can this be with you, and in you, and without whose ani- agreeable to the glorious and dignified_gospel mating power thou couldst not exist one moment; of Jesus Christ that we profess? No: I trust neither could any man think a good thought or no man will believe it can. Well then, the do a good action, except the Lord be with him. great inquiry ought to be, is there not one uniThis is my faith. So that, my friends, it has versal guide-one holy, divine, and unchangetaught me to get rid of all those narrow distinc-able principle, by which we may all again be tions which many have been making, and which gathered into unity? Is there no such thing as some are yet industriously endeavoring to build TRUTH in the earth? I believe there is; and up between even the followers of the blessed that all men may find it too, who are studiously Jesus ; who ought always to be united-always desirous so to do-who prefer the knowledge of in harmony—always ONE IN HIM. But, for my the truth to all things else—who are making own part, having now for a number of years en every secondany consideration give way to their deavored to seek the Lord impartially for myself, obtaining it: and when they have found it, to I have known him in this way; I have learned live in obedience to it. This is the sincere the Gospel in this way. For I have been clear heart's inquiry among all the various names ; in my opinion, that all the inventions and works that God will be pleased to teach them the way of men, by their fallen wisdom, have only scat- of Truth, and establish them in it. So that tered the spiritual sheep in Jacob and divided they shall all speak the same language, that them in Israel ; and have split the Christiap there may be no diversity of opinion in the church into so great a variety of names, and so ground and foundation of their belief. For this great a variety of forms. For indeed we find holy principle is one-it teaches plain, simple, many of them are rooted in predjudice one and easy doctrine; comprised witbin a narrow against another. Therefore the inquiry of compass ; it does not confound and confuse the this day seems to be, not so much, is it The world with variety of mystical opinions, which TRUTH that these men bold; but is he of my are hard, or which it is impossible to compreDame?-or what name does he hold ? this seems hend. But the TRUTH upon which glory, imto be the foolish inquiry of many, who can accept mortality, and eternal life depend, is plain, free, little or nothing except it comes from those wbo and simple : “ To know THEE the only true God, are established in the same opinion, and within and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent, is life the bounds which they have built, and called | eternal.”
Well, my friends, how shall we know this ? | I believe all the rest. May the Lord be near to where shall we find it?--how shall we be assured strengthen, bear up, and give faith at all times that we are really in this knowledge, and in this in the sufficiency of his almighty power, who faith? Why, I think, if men-I speak now in can preserve amidst great dangers, and under much charity, for I do not boast of my own at the closest exercises, and make him more than tainments, but what I feel and believe to be true conqueror. from my own experience, and which appears to It was comfortable to the rightly concerned me to be consistent with the doctrines both of amongst us to find that Friends bore their testi. the Old and New Testament, that I am not mony against the vain show of rejoicing, and ashamed to declare, though it were to thousands are very patient under the great abuse they and ten thousands; for I say from the very received. Thy sympathy is acceptable. We are beginning there was an ETERNAL PRINCIPLE— preparing something to inform the ignorant, and there was an holy, unflattering and unchangeable to hold up our ancient testimony against such GUIDE placed in the souls of men, which if they heathenish customs. I send thee one of the had attended to, all men would bave been led Yearly Meeting epistles; and when the other safe. “It is shewn to thee, (says the prophet) paper is published may send thee one. My dear O man, what thou shouldst do, and what the love to Robert, to self, spouse, and enquiring Lord thy God requireth at thy hands; to do friends, in which, my dear, joins thy affectionate justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with friend and kinsman, thy God.”—It is shewn to thee what is good.
Joan PEMBERTON. These are the forcible expressions—to “ DO JUSTICE, to LOVE MERCY, to WALK HUMBLY
A LETTER FROM JOB SCOTT TO JOSEPH WITH THY GOD." [To be continued.]
DELAPLAINE IN NEW YORK.
Newport 19th of 6th mo., 1788. EXTRACT FROM A LETTER OF JOHN PEMBERTON Dear friend. I have received two kind tokens TO JOSEPH DELAPLAINE.
of thy remembrance, the last now before me of Philadelphia, 11th mo. 20th, 1781. the 21st of 5th mo., both truly acceptable, but Dear Kinsman,-Thy letters of 10th last know not that I have anything more in return month and 8th instant are come to hand, and than the expression of sincere love and regard, were very acceptable; to hear from those who the information of our tolerable health when I live under the influence of truth, and to be left home, and to desire if thou hast any persuaded they continue in the faith and patience, prospect what may be best as to our removal, and under a travail and religious exercise for thou will communicate it; thy reiterated hint the promotion of truth and righteousness, is giving some ground to suppose thee doubtful; comfortable. I have often sympathized with and doubt and discouragement being so generally thee and dear William Rickman, believing your what I have from my friends from near all concern and burthen hath been great, and your quarters, (where I hear them, or hear from spirits often grieved in beholding how few them at all on the subject) my own prospects among the many professors of the blessed truth though I thought them pretty clear, seem shut are properly concerned for their growth and es- up and obscured, it requiring great faith and tablishment in it, and so there are many balt, clearness to stay such a mind as mine in a blind, &c. among us ; whereas, was the divine prospect so opposite to that of so many brethren. visitation attended to, acceptable fruits would be I dont fully know that my longer stay is not brought forth, and our lights shine that others necessary at Uxbridge, but if it is I know not would be brought to glorify God on their behalf. for what, nor do I find anything to hold me Alas ! how many have been carried away by suf. there—it has been bome, and I have been bound fering their minds to grasp after the riches, false to it the bond is now removed, at least as to pleasures, and gaiety of a deluded world, instead my sensible perception of it; and yet there I of aspiring after desirable riches and righteous- am held, for want of faith sufficient to prosecute ness that fadeth not away. May we, dear a prospect opposed to the sense of so many kinsman, keep humble, watchful and obedient, brethren ; though as to the letter I have liberty, othe only path to peace and glory, however a minute of that kind being made in the monthly exercising and tribulated the path may be, meeting; but it being liberty, without a symduring a short pilgrimage ; faithful is He who pathizing approbation, I am held in suspense, hath called.
and sometimes exercisingly so; yet on the whole, Thy son is here, and tells me he proposes to go to happy in resignation and patient waiting, almost the Lines to see thee : I asked bim if he meant ready at times to think I shall not get awayto return as the Prodigal; it will be pleasing and hope if I am to stay, Uxbridge will be made should this be the case.
to feel like home again. Do, my dear friend, reTell dear Robert I saw his daughters at member me when it is well with thee, and do Concord Quarterly Meeting; they were well, and I write me freely. My greatest trials result not
from thoughts of moving or staying; the Lord | distinct in utterance, her person comely, her only knows whether I shall bold out or fall short voice soft, harmonious and majestic as truth
-my fears are many, and oftener than the elevates her utterance; preferring the tranquillity morning, but words are inadequate; with love and calmness of her mind, to the warmth of to thee and wife, (mine not being present to join her own affections, that the effusions of the me,) I rest thy still tribulated friend.
Father's love, and the openings he graciously JOB SCOTT. vouchsafes may be conveyed to the people before
whom she stands with the least mixture. When EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS OF MOSES BROWN To out of meetings amongst ner friends, it may be JOSEPH DELAPLAINE.
said of her as it has been of other worthies Providence, 16th of 7th mo., 1791.
heretofore, that she is civil beyond all breeding, Dear friend,- I received thy acceptable mes
requiring as little of her friends, and as easily sage of love; thou I understand hast had to
suited as most if not any Friend. Though a taste of trials since I saw thee. That of sore
silver, if not a golden vessel and of beaten gold pain, of loss of beloved children, and others bas
too, yet she chooses neither for her furniture, been my lot, in all which I have had to adore
and if the teapot be used to her refreshment, the loving kindness and mercy more than the
such as takes the name from the Queen is prerod. My daughter was removed from this stage
| ferred, yet she guards against her West India of trial, I trust to a mansion of rest and peace,
slaves. Indeed she appears an example and the 26th ult., has left an agreeable child 3 years
even an ornament not to her own sex only, but and 7 months old, for her husband and myself
Jf to ours also; her Great Master, whom she serves
ou and wife to nurture,* if she is favored in early
de in the gospel of His son having preserved and
the life as her dear mother was, with the inshinings
favored her when I have been with her, at my of the light of truth, and to give up in good
house, abroad, in and out of meetings, to my measure to the cross, it will be alike happy for
satisfaction, and according to that best sense we her and us.
are sometimes favored to enjoy; I think I may I drop these lines in token of my near affec
thus yive testimony to the Lord's gracious qualition. May every trial bring us nearer and nearer
fying of her as one whom He has delighted to the kingdom, and under the sanctifying hand
honor as His gospel messenger. With love to meeten us for an inheritance incorruptible. In
thyself and wife, my wife uniting, I conclude love I conclude thy friend.
A YOUNG HERO.
Master Walters had been much annoyed by Dear friend, Joseph Delaplaine,—Thine of some one of the scholars whistling in school. 13th ult. I received very acceptably. I fully | Whenever he called a boy to account for such a unite with thy expressions respecting the par- disturbance, he would plead that it was upintaking of the fruit of the labors of the Friends tentional- he forgot all about where he was.” this way, “ when in simplicity, in godly sincerity, This became so frequent that the master threatennot fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God,
ed a severe punishment to the next offender. then is there cause of rejoicing to the sincere
The next day, when the room was unusually in heart.” I trust J. W., who has gone into aniet, a loud, sharp whistle broke the stillness. our Eastern Quarter, and Martha Routh, are of Every one asserted that it was a certain boy who that number who guard against the one, and are had the reputation of a mischief-maker and a favored with the other; the latter is gone to liar. He was called up, and, though with a Richmond, and if the roads appear so as it looks somewhat stubborn look be denied it again and likely, they can take Vermont easier that way
t way again, commanded to hold out his hand. At than from the N. W. parts of your meeting; they this instant, a little slender fellow, not more will go that way, if not refer it longer. Martha than 7 vears old, came out, and with a very pale appears to be an humble though valiant, meek,
ant, meek, but decided face, held out his hand, saying as yet powerful, instructive and truly edifying minis
he did so, with the clear and firm tone of a ter of the gospel, one who understands when to
bero: speak and when to keep silence both in and “
ba “Mr. Walters, do not punish bim ; I whisout of meetings, has very little motion of any 1 tled. I was doinu a long, hard sum, and in rubmember of her body except her tongue, which
bing out another, rubbed it out by mistake and is directed with wisdom, clear in doctrine, and
na spoiled it all, and before I thought, whistled * Anne Almy the grand-daughter alluded to, was right out. I was very much afraid, but I afterwards Anne Jenkins, who became a minister, I could not sit there and act a lie when I knew and paid a religious visit to England, and who afier
who was to blame. You may ferule me, Sir, as escaping the dangers of the ocean, perished in the
And with all the fimconflagration of her own dwelling, 'in Providence, you said you would." Rhode Island.
luess he could command, he again held out his
little hand, never for a moment doubting that practice amongst the trading part of the commuhe was to be punished. Mr. Walters was much wity, which has often issued in the ruin of those affected. - Charles," said he, looking at the
concerned therein, viz: That of raising and cirerect form of the delicate child, who had made 1 such a conquest over his natural timidity," I culating a kind of paper credit, with endorsewould not strike you a blow for the world. No ments, to give it an appearance of value, without one here doubts that you spoke the truth; you an intrinsic reality :—a practice which, as it apdid not mean to whistle. You have been a pears to be inconsistent with the truth we prohero."
The boy went back to his seat with a flushed fess, we declare our disapprobation of, and entreat face, and quietly went on with his sums. He every member of our Society to avoid and dismust have felt that every eye was upon him in courage. admiration, for the smallest scholar could ap- “We also caution all in membership with us to preciate the moral courage of such an action.
Charles grew up, and became a devoted, con- ! sistent Christian. Let all our readers imitate under the specious plea of rendering i his noble, heroic conduct.- Twilight Hours. kindness; many, by so doing, having been sud
denly ruined, and their innocent wives and chilFRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. dren reduced to deplorable circumstances. “Be
not thou,” said the wise man,“ one of them that PHILADELPHIA, SIXTH MONTH 6, 1857.
strike hands, or of them that are sureties for The following excellent remarks, copied from
debts. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should Western paper, are worthy the attention of all
ion of all he take thy bed from under thee?” who are engaged in business. Those familiar with the manner of conducting trade in large. In a city of the commercial importance of cities, must have observed how many persons who Keokuk, it may not be amiss to make a few sughave commenced life under favorable auspices gestions, however homely they may be, upon the and with moderate expectations, have extended PT
practice of indorsing notes. We are aware that
many have made themselves independently rich their business by means of paper credit and en- by the use of accommodation paper, and will dedorsements which have resulted in pecuniary ride anything that may be said against indorsing. embarrassment, and been a source of painful re- We are also aware that many of these same men gret to themselves and families. The habit of who are able to dress “ in purple and gold, and raising means by this system, often induces an
in fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day,"
"do so while they who made their potes negotiable extension of business and a style of living in-are living in poverty through their misguided consistent with the limitations of Truth, and friendship. while it increases the anxieties of those engaged! It has been well said that there are many in it, lessens the amount of human happiness,
c. I things in this world which every man has to
'I learn for himself, and it seems to us that the and unfits the mind for the enjoyment of higher folly of indorsing is one of them. Although pursuits, and the acquisition of those heavenly tens of thousands have been brought from atilutreasures which do not perish with the using. ence to, at least, comparative poverty, yet tens
We would affectionately recommend all, and of thousands with all these examples before them, especially our young friends who are about enter
continue in the practice of indorsing for others
merely because in business life the accommodaing into business, frequently to peruse the ad- / tion is reciprocal. Many who indorse paper with vices in our discipline on the subject of trade. impunity for years, oftentimes find themselves
They were prepared by those who knew of brought to bankruptcy in the end, and are com. what they wrote, and if their lessons of expe- pelled to devote that portion rience are carried out by our members, many
should be passed in quiet seclusion from the by turmoil of a business life, not in carrying out
w would be preserved from the difficulties and trials their ambitious day-dreams, but in liquidating which over-trading and hazardous enterprises the debts contracted by their misguided folly. generally lead into.
Sir Walter Scott, who had yearly added acre We subjoin two paragraphs bearing upon this upon acre, to his extensive domain, awakened subject, from page 109 of the new edition of our
one inorning to find himself ruined to utter
bankruptcy, through indorsing. Even Barnum, discipline.
who never failed in the world of humbug, and “We warn our members against a pernicious who was looked upon as the personification or
shrewdness, was ruined by this delusive habit. ' As the last sound died away, Willie, who was The whole world is full of bankrupts, who can sitting on the carpet at his mother's feet, lifted trace their present condition to the too liberal his head, and looking earnestly in her face, use of their names upon accommodation paper. askedYet the balance of mankind appear to be no “Mother! what did the clock say?" more cautious, with all these examples before “To me," said his mother sadly, “ it seemed them. No one should ever indorse an accom- to say, gone-gone-gone-gone!" modation note, for the financiering which raises “What, mother! what has gone ?” money in this way is radically wrong. Although “ Another hour, my son.” it is generally regarded as the cheapest, it is. “What is an hour, mother ?” really the very dearest method; for the person“A white-winged messenger from our Father who indorses for you is sure, at some time or in heaven, sent by Him to inquire of you--of other, to want you to indorse in return; by ac- me, what we are doing? what we are saying ? commodating your friends in this way, you put what we are thinking and feeling ?” your fortune at the hazard of many casualties, “Where has it gone, mother ?” entirely beyond your control. Hard times come “Back to him who sent it, bearing on its wings on, and of course bankruptcy follows.
that were so pure and white when it came, a If so much can be said against this practice record of all our thoughts, words and deeds, while when there is a mutual consideration, an ex- it was with us. Were they all such as our Fathchange of indorsements, how much can be urged er could receive with a smile of approbation?" against it when a man indorses from motives of Reader! what record are the hours, as they private friendship, and not as a business courtesy? come and go, bearing up on high for you? There are hundreds of men who will indorse for another, to whom they would not sell a bill of
For Friends' Intelligencer. goods on credit, merely because they lack the moral courage to say no. In such cases, it would
NEW YORK YEARLY MEETING. be wiser to give the applicant at once the amount The meeting of Ministers and Elders was of money you could afford to throw away—for held on 7th day the 23rd of 5th mo.; its business then you know just exactly where you are ; if was transacted in two sessions in the Hester you indorse for him he may involve you to a street honse. The meeting was about as large greater amount than you can pay, and when you as usual ; several strangers were in attendance pay, as most likely you will, it will be at the from other Yearly Meetings, both male and very time that any draw upon your finances may female Ministers and Elders, with minutes sadly injure and inconvenience you. Private of approbation from their friends at home. friendsbip, no matter how close, has no claims Others attended as travelling companions, &c. upon one person to indorse for another; and any Harmony and unity prevailed in the meeting, one who takes offence at a refusal to do so, is not and satisfactory evidence was afforded that these worthy the name of friend, for you may rely meetings were instituted in Divine Wisdom, that he is profoundly ignorant of that wherein that the welfare of Society is promoted by their true friendship consists--that relation giving no continuance, and as individual members are man a right to ruin another.
faithful to the trust reposed in them, the body will thereby be edified.
The general Yearly Meeting of men and women DIED,-On the 29th of Fourth month last, Lydia Friends, assembled at the Hester street House HART, widow of the late John Hart, druggist, of this on 2nd day, the 25th, the men in the basement city, in the 818t year of her age.
story. Such was the interest felt in this large We wish not improperly to eulogize the departed, but in recording this removal, we are reminded that
A: and wide spread Yearly Meeting, that all the la meek and quiet spirit is, in the sight of the Lord. representatives from its various branches were in of great price." of this our friend was the blessed attendance at their first call, except one Friend. possessor, and sustained thereby, she was enabled to It was observed that such remarkable punctuality bear with Christian patience and cheerfulness the was upprecedented. Epistles were received and varied allotments of life. Her round of active duties
read from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Ohio, Indiana has long since been performed, and for several years physical disability confined her mostly to her chair.
and Genessee, which were interesting documents, To her it is great gain to burst the shackles of mor- strongly marked with the
strongly marked with the savor of life. It was tality and experience the full enjoyment of the saint's proposed by some that they should be printed rest.
for useful distribution among absent Friends, and possibly they may be. On 3rd day morning
and afternoon the state of Society was brought WHAT DID THE CLOCK SAY?
into view by reading and answering the queries. The clock upon the tower of a neighboring The meeting exercised great patience during two church tolled forth slowly and solemnly, the long sessions, in hearing all that Friends had to knell of the departed hour.
say on the interesting topics brought before