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it by the queries. Friends of very different growth and experience, the aged, middle aged and lisping youth, were listened to with patience, and many things were said that were not only good, but excellent.
In relation to silent, social, spiritual worship, a Friend, a stranger from another Yearly Meeting, said in substance, that he had not been educated among Friends; that in early life his knowledge of them had been only by reports of the most unfavorable character; but notwithstanding, he felt drawn to attend one of their meetings, and to avoid reproach he had informed no one of his intentions but his wife; that on a first-day morning he had walked fifteen miles to attend a meeting, (in Ireland ;) that he entered the house, and found no one in it but a venerable Friend in the gallery ; that he sat down near the door, and engaged in silent worship; here were no sights or sounds to draw away his attention from that Teacher that can never be removed into a corner. He observed his mind in that meeting was fully convinced of the rectitude of silent, reverential worship, as taught by Christ to the woman of Samaria. In short, he said it was one of the best meetings he ever attended in his life, though he did not exchange a word with his fellow worshipper, and that he witnessed the fulfilment of the promise of Christ, " that where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
On 4th and 5th days other matters claiming the attention of the meeting came before it. The report of the committee on Indian concerns was read, by which it appeared that Friends had been peculiarly serviceable to that much injured people, by petitioning the Legislature of New York, who had promptly interfered, and saved a large amount of lands justly due to them. The well known testimonies of Friends, in relation to war, slavery and intoxicating liquors, were feelingly adverted to, and on fifth day afternoon the Meeting closed its sittings. It was observed that many exercised brethren had travelled in spirit during the meeting in silence; that the silent members of the body constitute its greatest strength ; the bones, the sinews and the muscles are silent members; that the spiritual eye had been favored with clear perception, and the spiritual ear had heard the call, " Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." That this Lamb of God remains to be the only means, after all our toil, to take away sin from our midst; and as those dedicated ones are faithful to the Heavenly vision, the call will be extended to them of " Arise and shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord has arisen upon thee."
After a solemn pause the meeting concluded, to meet again at the usual time next year, if consistent with the divine will. The women's meeting concluded about the same time. F.
EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE YEABLY MEETING OF WOMEN FRIENDS.
At a Yearly Meeting of Women Friends held in Philadelphia, by adjournments from the eleventh of Fifth month to the fifteenth of the same, (inclusive) 1857.
Written Reports were received from our constituent Quarterly Meetings, also from the Half Year's Meeting of Fishing Creek, the Representatives being called, were present except fifteen; for the absence of twelve, sufficient reasons were assigned.
Minutes forMinisters in attendance from other Yearly Meetings were read; for Rachel Hicks, from Westbury Monthly Meeting, L. I., Mary B. Needles, from Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Md., and for Ann Packer, from Short Creek Monthly Meeting, Ohio.
Epistles from our sisters at their last Yearly Meetings of New York, Ohio, Indiana, and Baltimore, were read to our edification, encouraging all classes among us, to an entire dependence upon the Light and Life of Christ in the soul, which is sufficient not ouly to make manifest our duties, but to qualify us to fulfil them faithfully, and to exalt the testimonies of truth in our daily walks in life. It was acknowledged that the living exercises of concerned Friends, and the counsel of these affectionate epistles, all, as with one voice, call to the same dependence.
Afternoon. The committee to whom was intrusted the printing and distributiou of the "Address to the Inhabitants of the Slaveholding States," issued by our Yearly Meeting last year, produced the following report, which was satisfactory to the Meeting.
"To the Yearly Meetingof Women Frieuds:—
The committee to whom was intrusted the printing and distribution of the Address to our brethren and sisters at the South, report: Some of their number have attended to the appointment, and 3000 copies were printed under their direction. The distribution of them has also claimed attention, and as way opened, "Addresses" have been sent to individuals holding public offices in the Southern States, and to uiaDy in more private stations.
Inquiries were also sent to various parts of the country, to ascertain who would be willing to hand our circular to their neighbors, and while there has not been much encouragement received, we believe the concern will find a place among those to whom it is sent, and that good fruit will arise from the offering.
As the service is not fully accomplished, the committee feel willing, if the Yearly Meeting desire it, to continue under the appointment another year. Signed on behalf of the committee.
Mary H. Schofield, Elizabeth Hodgins, Jane Johnson. Philada., 4 Mo. 2ith, 1857.
Tbe committee were, encouraged to continue their efforts another year. We believe many who participate in holding their fellow-beings in bondage, would rejoice to be relieved from the responsibility in regard to this iniquitous system, could they see a way to escape from it. To these, the appeal may afford consolation, and be a means of inducing them to co-operate in the cause of emancipation. It may strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees, and encourage the fearful in heart "to be strong and fear not."
A belief was expressed, that while we partake of the produce of slave labor we cannot so fully promote the cause of freedom, and we were admonished to attend to every conviction of duty in this particular, each one being concerned to wash her own hands in innocency.
Twelfth of the Month, and Third of the Week.
The state of Society was proceeded in as far as the second query with its answers.
The remissness apparent in the attendance of our religious meetings awakened a living concern that greater faithfulness may be manifested in the support of our testimony to silent worship. Every meeting held in the authority of Truth, however small and silent, is a living testimony to spiritual worship.
We were feelingly appealed to, not to forget the lambs of the fold while thus assembling ourselves, but to gather them with us, for by so doing we might often witness more fully the blessing of heaven to,rest upon us.
We were queried with as to the cause of this deficiency. Have the cares of this life and the deceitfuluess of riches blinded our eyes and darkened our understanding? Has our love waxed cold, or have we fallen into a state of lukewarmness and indifference?
"If we love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our strength, and our neighbor as ourselves," shall we Dot love to mingle together in social worship?
The third, fourth„and fifth queries with their answers were read and considered, and a concern expressed that greater consistency may appear in our lives and conversation, and that none by a departure from plainness of speech when mingling with others, should manifest that they are ashamed of our profession.
An unusual number of young Friends has been gathered with us, and we have felt that many have been the recipients of immediate visitations of heavenly good. The word of counsel has flowed toward them in an especial manner, that they take heed to the monitions of Truth and be willing to lay off their ornaments, that by faithfulness and self-denial they may be prepared to promote the cause of Truth and righteousness in the earth, when those who are now
bearing the burden are gathered to their rest.
By the solid deportment of many of the precious daughters, we have been encouraged to believe that there will be raised from among them "judges as at the first, and counsellors as in the beginning."
Mothers were appealed to, faithfully to fulfil the duties devolving upon them as guardians of their innocent children, to direct their tender minds early to the Teacher within as a guide to lead them in the right way, and that children placed in our families should claim a just proportion of our attention, and receive an education to fit them for business, so that they may become useful members of the community.
A lively concern was expressed that a more watchful care should bo felt both by mothers and daughters to prevent the use of all intoxicating drinks, and that they exclude them from the social circle. An affectionate appeal was made to our young Friends, that they should use their influence with their male companions in persuading them from indulging in the exhilarating cup at evening entertainments, as'habits may be thus contracted which may tend to mar their happiness through life. The injurious effects of prolonging these visits to a hite hour were vividly portrayed,and our young sisters reminded rfcatupon them in agreat measure ther esponsibility rests.
Much exercise prevailed, that we may more fully maintain our testimony against a hireling ministry, so faithfully borne by our predecessors, and we believe equally important in the present day.
A free gospel ministry, in accordance with the Divine precept, "Freely ye have received, freely give," gathers to the fountain where all may partake and be refreshed.
Thirteenth of the Month and Fourth of the Week.
The sixth and seventh queries with their answers were read. We have been encouraged to refrain from extravagance and luxury, which only tend to nurture pride and ambition, and are wholly inconsistent with the simplicity into which the Truth leads. Much depends upon female influence. By demanding so much more than is necessary to our comfort, we may impose heavy burdens on our husbands and fathers, inducing them to extend their business beyond their ability to manage, by which they and their families are often involved in sorrow and distress.
Wo were exhorted by greater moderation at our marriages, in preparing the dead for interment, and at our funerals, to maintain the consistency of our profession, and exalt these testimonies of truth in their purity before the world.
The eighth query and answers were read, and the following summaries united with, as nearly representing our state.
In view of the testimonies embraced in the eighth query a living desire has arisen that, in the appointment of overseers, much care may be observed—that those only may bo brought forward whose inward eye has been anointed with the eye salve of the Kingdom, whose hands are clean, and whose walk and conversation attest the sincerity of their profession. Such will be qualified to labor availingly in a meek and quiet spirit to reclaim the erring and restore the wanderer.
But let it be remembered, that while much rests with "overseers of the flock," it is to parents and heads of families that we must look to strengthen their hands and uphold our testimonies.
We were encouraged to seek out those whose time is necessarily engrossed in administering to the wants of the preseut life, and extend to them the evidences of remembrance and regard, so that we may avoid even the appearance of " respect to persons," for, says the Apostle, " If ye fulfil the royal law of the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well."
A committee was appointed to aid the cleiks in collecting the exercises that have been before us, and embody them in the extracts to be transmitted to our subordinate meetings, and also to attend^o their printing and distribution.
The second annual query and its answers were read; also an interesting report from ourStandiDgCommitteeon Education and Libraries, which was satisfactory, and the Committee continued. Friends were encouraged to contribute to the fund, that means may be furnished to prosecute the concern intrusted to their care.
To the Yearly Mooting of Women Friends:— The Committee on Education and Libraries feel called upon to make their annual report— and wo do so under the conviction that this is one of the concerns to which the exhortation, "Be not weary in well doing" especially applies. Those requiring school education are continually coming upon the stage of action, for as day and night succeed each other, so do the generations of mankind; and as we think that great loss has been sustained by lukewarmness in years that are past, in relation to keeping up schools where a guarded education was maintained, we feel the greater need of doing now what our hands fiud to do. In conformity with this view, we have endeavored to fulfil the trust committed to us, as way has opened.
In recurring to our report of last year, we remember it was offered under discouragement, because for want of means we had been able to do so Hide, while at the same time we were sensible there was much needed to be done. We now report under different circumstances, having received contributions from several of the meetings composing this Yearly Meeting.
As soon as our funds .would warrant it, we turned our attention to the rejected applicants of last year, but the right time had passed—none of them were now so situated as to be able to avail themselves of this opportunity for improvement. We were then prepared to receive new applications, and have had throughout the year, several interesting young women under care, who are being qualified for teachers. Vacancies continue to exist both in schools and families for suitably qualified teachers. We believe some of them will soon bo supplied by those who are now perfecting their education under the supervision of this committee. The money which we have expended has been exclusively applied to this purpose. We mention this that Friends may know to what object the efforts of the committee have been directed. In addition to those now under care, two other young women are expecting (at the commencement of the fall term) to enter a course of preparation for teachers, making six who receive the benefit of the fund.
Our Report of last year gave us a balance onhand of 3381 03
Subscriptions received the present year 296 G7
Amount 677 70
Of which we have expended 307 75
Leaving a balance on hand of $3G9 95
We have also received several contributions of looks, some of which have been distributed. A few still remain on hand.
Signed on behalf of the Committee,
Susan M. Parkish,
The importance of a religiously guarded education for our children, continues to be one of increasing interest to our members, and we are encouraged from year to year to believe that a blessing is attending the labors of those actively engaged in the concern.
That mothers should begin early with their tender offspring to train them in the right way, is of great moment. We believe the will of a child to be easily moulded by a mother's hand, and that her influence should be exerted to develop higher aims and nobler pursuits than the mere gratification of the senses in the indulgence of worldly pleasures. This religious training, commencing with the dawn of intelligence, will fit them for the duties of life, and for a happy eternity.
Fourteenth of the month and fifth of the week. Afternoon
We have had an acceptable visit from our Friends Saml. M. Janney and George Truman at this time.
The Committee appointed to examine the Treasurer's account, report it correct, and as there is Dot sufficient in the Treasury for the present year, Monthly Meetings are desired to forward their contributions early, to Susan M. Parrish, Treasurer.
Epistles to our sisters at their Yearly Meetings of Ohio, New York and Haltimorc, were read, aud, with some slight alterations, united with.
The subject of reading claimed our attention, and we were encouraged to the perusal of religious books, especially the Scriptures of Truth, in which is found so much to direct to a holy life; to raise the mind above the things that are of a perishable nature to those that are enduring.
Fifteenth of the month, sixth of the week. Epistles to our sisters at their Yearly Meetings of Indiana and Gencssee, were produced and united with, and with those read yesterday, directed to be signed by the clerk, transcribed and forwarded to the respective meetings.
A concern was expressed in a former sitting, that representatives may not excuse themselves from reviving, as Truth dictates, in their Quarterly Meetings the exercises of the Yearly Meeting on the important subjects that have claimed attention, not depending upon the extracts alone. "For in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established."
A memorial for our friend John Jackson, deceased, a minister from Darby Monthly Meeting, approved by Concord Quarterly Meeting, was read at this time to the edification and encouragement of many minds.
"Honorable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years, but Wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age."
Having been favored through our annual gathering with the overshadowing presence of the great Head of the Church, crowning our several sittings with solemnity, and qualifying us to transact the business that has come before us with harmony and sisterly condescension—grateful for the favor, and desiring each other's welfare, we adjourn to meet at the usual time next year, if consistent with the Divine will. Extracted from the minutes.
Mary S. Liitincott, Clerk.
KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM.
Koowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
LOVELINESS IN DEATH.
"And wo shall all bo changed In n moment, for this mortal shall put on immortality. And when Ihir. mortiil shall put on immortality, then shall death he swallowed up in victory."
She slept, but not kind Nature's sleep,
Her lids unclosed—she breathed no sound.
Gone was the life-sustaining breath;
No voice'the slumbering silence broke,
But life in every feature spoke,
For death itself appeared to be
Radiant with immortality.
The countenance a glory wore,
A loveliness unknown before;
So perfect, so divinely fair
A sainted soul seemed present there.
On that calm face was still imprest
The last emotions of the breast;
There still the parting impress lay
Of fond affection's lingering stay.
And still did resignation speak
Serenely from, the placid cheek;
And kind benevolence was there,
And humble faith, and trusting prayer.
Oh ! how did beauly's softest bloom,
So uncongenial to the tomb,
With love and piety unite,
And sweet repose, and calm delight.
11 sleep then be in realms above,
This was the sleep that angels love,
Mortal ne'er dreamed a dream like this
Of perfect, pure, celestial bliss.—
Loved spirit! while thy friends remain
On earth, we may not meet again;
But ah ! how blest the souls will he,
That pass through death like thine, to thee.
A few days since a squirrel was killed by some boys, near the house of Lester Parker, on the I'iaiufield lload, which had four young ones. The "nest" was accidentally found, and the four were put with the cat, which has young kittens, iu Mr. Parker's family. Contrary to the fears of the family, she at once adopted them, and may be seen treating them with the same motherly tenderness as though they were her own! nursing and fondling them, and they playing about her with her kittens, all on the best terms. It is a well known fact that young squirrels feed occasionally from their mother's mouth after the food has been masticated, and this instinct leads them to try the same mode with the cat, when she gently puts them aside with her paw. What is most remarkable, the cat is a great hunter of squirrels, Bhowing an especial enmity to the race of those she has now taken in charge.— New Haven Palladium.
PHILADELPHIA INSTITUTE FOR COLOURED YOUTH.
The following notice of this institution we copy from the Philadelphia Daily Times of the 8th inst.
"The fifth annual examination of this thriving and valuable institution took place yesterday, and was quite largely attended by our citizens. The students, during the day, were put to the test, and passed, with credit to themselves, in a manner that would have reflected honour upon those of another hue, a thorough scrutiny in the mathematics—geometry, astronomy, the higher and more abstruse parts of algebra, and even in the fluxionary calculus—as well as the Latin, and in English composition, and various other branches. The diploma, bearing the seal of the institute, was presented to one young man, Jacob C. White, Jr., who had completed the required course, by Joshua L. Bailey on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The rhetorical exercises of the evening were attended by a densely crowded auditory, who seemed highly delighted and pleased. After these were had, Charles L. Reniond, of Massachusetts, a coloured orator of some distinction, took the stand, and spoke most beautifully and much to the delight of tbe audience, lie said he had seen somewhat of the old world as well as the new, but after what he had just witnessed, he should go home to Massachusetts feeling surer than ever before of the final redemption of his race. He wished to tender his heartfelt gratitude to the trustees of the institute, and to the teachers, for what he conceived they were doing in the great cause nearest his heart. "A better day," said he, "is, I know, about to dawn upon my own outraged and wronged people; and when that day shall have come, let not the coloured race become ingrates to those who have proved themselves our friends in these days of adversity.
"Mr. Remond wasfollowed by Wm. S. Pierce, Esq., who said ho saw, in various algebraic and geometric characters and symbols on the blackboards, around him, what had been going on during the day. Mr. Pierce said he was a lawyer, and was accustomed to weighing evidence; and he must say, after what lie had seen, that the performances of the pupils here were fully equal to those of the pupils of the Central High School of Philadelphia, whose recent examination he had the pleasure to attend. Mr. P., as one of the audience, said he wished to return his thanks, through the principal, Mr. E. D. Bassett, to the teachers for what he regarded as a day of intellectual feasting. Mr. Bassett responded on behalf of the teachers, and thanked the audience for their presence and attention, after which the audience slowly dispersed.
"The tuition, text-books, stationery, Ac., of this institute are entirely gratuitous to the coloured youth of our city or elsewhere, and we
submit to our coloured population that if they would 'strike for freedom,' they can do so in no more effectual way than in availing themselves, to the fullest extent, of the advantages of this and similar institutions.
With what amazement did we survey the vast surface that was presented to us, when we arrived at this artificial mountain, which seemed to reach the clouds. Here and there appeared some Arab guides upon the immense masses above us, like so many pigmies, waiting to show the way to the summit. Already some of our party had began the ascent, and were pausing at the tremendous depth which they saw below.
One of our military companions, after having surmounted the most difficult part of the undertaking, became giddy in consequence of looking down from the elevation he had attained; and, being compelled to abandon the project, he tired an Arab to assist him in effecting his descent. The rest of us, more accustomed to the business of climbing heights, with many a halt for respiration, and many an exclamation of wonder, pursued our way towards the summit.
The mode of ascent hag been frequently described; and yet, from the questions that are often proposed to travellers, it does not appear to be generally understood. The reader may imagine himself to be upon a staircase, every step of which, to a man of middle stature, is nearly breast high; and the breadth of each step is equal to its height. Consequently, the footing is secure; and, although a retrospect in going up be sometimes fearful to persons unaccustomed to look down from any considerable elevation, yet there is little danger of falling.
In some places, indeed, where the stones are decayed, caution may be required, and an Arab guide is always necessary to avoid a total interruption; but on the whole, tbe means of ascent are such, that almost every one may accomplish it. Our progress was impeded by other causes. We carried with us' a few instruments, such as our boat compass, a thermometer, a telescope, &c.
These could not be trusted in the hands of the Arabs, and they were liable to be broken every instant. At last we reached the topmost tier, to the great delight and satisfaction of all the party. Here we found a platform, thirtytwo feet square, consisting'of nine large stones, each of which might weigh about a ton, although they are much inferior in size to some of the stones used in the construction of this pyramid.
Travellers of all ages and of various nations have here inscribed their names. Some are written in Greek, many in French, a few in Arabic, one or two in English, and others in Latin. We were as desirous as our predeces