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it by the queries. Friends of very different, EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE YEARLY growth and experience, the aged, middle aged | L MEETING OF WOMEN FRIENDS. and lisping youth, were listened to with patience, At a Yearly Meeting of Women Friends held and many things were said that were not only in Philadelpbia, by adjournments from the elevgood, but excellent.
enth of Fifth month to the fifteenth of the same, In relation to silent, social, spiritual worship, (inclusive) 1857. a Friend, a stranger from another Yearly Meet- Written Reports were received from our coning, said in substance, that he had not been ed-stituent Quarterly Meetings, also from the Half ucated among Friends; that in early life his Year's Meeting of Fishing Creek, the Represenknowledge of them had been only by reports of tatives being called, were present except fifteen ; the most unfavorable character ; but notwith- for the absence of twelve, sufficient reasons were standing, he felt drawn to attend one of their assigned. meetings, and to avoid reproach he had informed Minutes for Ministers in attendance from other no one of his intentions but his wife; that on a Yearly Meetings were read; for Rachel Hicks, first-day morning he had walked fifteen miles to from Westbury Monthly Meeting, L. I., Mary attend a meeting, (in Ireland ;) that be entered B. Needles, from Baltimore Monibly Meeting, the house, and found no one in it but a venera- Md., and for Ann Packer, from Short Creek ble Friend in the gallery ; that he sat down near Monthly Meeting, Ohio. the door, and engaged in silent worship; here Epistles from our sisters at their last Yearly were no sights or sounds to draw away his at- Meetings of New York, Ohio, Indiana, and Baltention from that Teacher that can never be re- timore, were read to our edification, encouraging moved into a corner. He observed his mind in all classes among us, to an entire dependence that meeting was fully convinced of the rectitude upon the Light and Life of Christ in the soul, of silent, reverential worship, as taught by Christ which is sufficient not only to make manifest our to the woman of Samaria. In short, he said it duties, but to qualify us to fulfil them faithfulwas one of the best meetings he ever attended in ly, and to exalt the testimonies of truth in our his life, though he did not exchange a word with daily walks in life. It was acknowledged that his fellow worshipper, and that he witnessed the the living exercises of concerned Friends, and fulfilment of the promise of Christ, “ that where the counsel of these affectionate epistles, all, as two or three are gathered together in my name, with one voice, call to the same dependence. there am I in the midst of them.”
Afternoon. The committee to whom was inOn 4th and 5th days other matters claiming trusted the printing and distribution of the the attention of the meeting came before it. “Address to the Luhabitants of the Slaveholding The report of the committee on Indian concerns States,” issued by our Yearly Meeting last year, was read, by which it appeared that Friends had produced the following report, wbich was satisbeen peculiarly serviceable to that much injured factory to the Meeting. people, by petitioning the Legislature of New “To the Yearly Meeting of Women Friends :York, who had promptly interfered, and saved a The committee to whom was intrusted the large amount of lands justly due to them. The printing and distribution of the Address to our well known testimonies of Friends, in relation to brethren and sisters at the South, report: Some war, slavery and intoxicating liquors, were feel of their number have attended to the appointingly adverted to, and on fifth day afternoon the ment, and 3000 copies were printed under their Meeting closed its sittings. It was observed that direction. The distribution of them has also many exercised brethren had travelled in spirit claimed attention, and as way opened, “Adduring the meeting in silence; that the silent dresses” have been sent to individuals holding members of the body constitute its greatest public offices in the Southern States, and to many strength; the bones, the sinews and the muscles in more private stations. are silent members; that the spiritual eye had Inquiries were also sent to various parts of been favored with clear perception, and the spir- the country, to ascertain who would be willing itual ear had heard the call, “Behold the Lamb to hand our circular to their neighbors, and while of God that taketh away the sins of the world.” there has not been much encouragement reThat this Lamb of God remains to be the only ceived, we believe the concern will find a place means, after all our toil, to take away sin from among those to whom it is sent, and that good our midst; and as those dedicated ones are faith. (fruit will arise from the offering. ful to the Heavenly vision, the call will be ex- ! As the service is not fully accomplished, the tended to them of “ Arise and shine, for thy committee feel willing, if the Yearly Meeting light is come, and the glory of the Lord has desire it, to continue under the appointment arisen upon thee."
another year. Signed on behalf of the committee. After a solemn pause the meeting concluded,
Mary H. SCHOFIELD, to meet again at the usual time next year, if
ELIZABETH HODGINS, consistent with the divine will. The women's
JANE JOHNSON. meeting concluded about the same time. F. Philada., 4 Mo. 24th, 1857.
The committee were encouraged to continue bearing the burden are gathered to their rest. their efforts another year. We believe many! By the solid deportment of many of the prewho participate in holding their fellow-beings in cious daughters, we have been encouraged to bondage, would rejoice to be relieved from the believe that there will be raised from among responsibility in regard to this iniquitous system, them “judges as at the first, and counsellors as could they see a way to escape from it. To in the beginning.” these, the appeal may afford consolation, and be Mothers were appealed to, faithfully to fulfil a means of inducing them to co-operate in the the duties devolving upon them as guardians of cause of emancipation. It may strengthen the their innocent children, to direct their tender weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees, and minds early to the Teacher within as a guide to encourage the fearful in heart “ to be strong and lead them in the right way, and that children fear not.
placed in our families should claim a just proA belief was expressed, that while we partake portion of our attention, and receive an educaof the produce of slave labor we cannot so fully tion to fit them for business, so that they may promote the cause of freedom, and we were ad become useful members of the community. monished to attend to every conviction of duty A lively concern was expressed that a more in this particular, each one being concerned to watchful care should be felt both by mothers and wash her own hands in innocency.
daughters to prevent the use of all intoxicating Twelfth of the Month, and Third of the Week.
drinks, and that they exclude them from the
social circle. An affectionate appeal was made The state of Society was proceeded in as far as
to our young Friends, that they should use their the second query with its answers.
influence with their male companions in perThe remissness apparent in the attendance of
suading them from indulging in the exhilarating our religious meetings awakened a living con
con, cup at evening entertainments, as habits may be cern that greater faithfulness may be manifested the
ed thus contracted which may tend to mar their in the support of our testimony to silent worship.
happiness through life. The injurious effects of Every meeting held in the authority of Truth, however small and silent, is a living testimony portrayed and our young sisters reminded that up
";' prolonging these visits to a late hour were vividly to spiritual worship.
on them in a great measure ther esponsibility rests. We were feelingly appealed to, not to forget Much exercise prevailed, that we may more the lambs of the fold while thus assembling our fully maintain our testimony against a hireling selves, but to gather them with us, for by so ministry so faithfnlly doing we might often witness more fully the and we believe equally important in the present
or by so ministry, so faithfully borne by our predecessors, blessing of heaven to rest upon us.
.! day. We were queried with as to the cause of this
1 A free gospel ministry, in accordance with the deficiency. Have the cares of this life and the Div
e Divine precept, “ Freely ye have received, freely deceitful vess of riches blinded our eyes and dar
give,” gathers to the fountain where all may kened our understanding ? Has our love waxed
partake and be refreshed. cold, or have we fallen into a state of lukewarm- '? ness and indifference ?
Thirteenth of the Month and Fourth of the Week. "If we love the Lord our God with all our The sixth and seventh queries with their anheart, with all our mind, and with all our swers were read. We have been encouraged to strength, aod our neighbor as ourselves," shall refrain from extravagance and luxury, which we Dot love to mingle together in social worship? only tend to nurture pride and ambition, and Afternoon.
are wholly inconsistent with the simplicity into The third, fourth, and fifth queries with their
:, which the Truth leads. Much depends upon answers were read and considered, and a concern
in female influence. By demanding so much more expressed that greater consistency may appear
than is necessary to our comfort, we may im pose in our lives and conversation, and that none by
heavy burdens on our husbands and fathers, ina departure from plainpess of speech when
ducing them to extend their business beyond
their ability to manage, by which they and their mingling with others, should manifest that they are ashamed of our profession.
y families are often involved in sorrow and distress. An unusual number of young Friends has
We were exhorted by greater moderation at been gathered with us, and we have felt that our marriages, in preparing the dead for intermany have been the recipients of immediate vis. 1 nent
ts of immediate vis. ment, and at our funerals, to maintain the conitations of heavenly good. The word of counsel : SI
cosistency of our profession, and exalt these testi. has flowed toward them in an especial manner,
monies of truth in their purity before the world. that they take heed to the monitions of Truth
Afternoon. and be willing to lay off their ornaments, that The eighth query and answers were read, and by faithfulness and self-denial they may be pre- the following summaries united with, as nearly pared to promote the cause of Truth and right- representing our state. cousness in the earth, when those who are now! In view of the testimonies embraced in the
eighth query a living desire has arisen that, in As soon as our funds would warrant it, we the appointment of overseers, much care may be turned our attention to the rejected applicants observed that those only may be brought for- of last year, but the right time had passed-none ward whose inward eye has been anointed with of them were now so situated as to be able to the eye salve of the Kingdom, whose hands are avail themselves of this opportunity for improveclean, and whose walk and conversation attest ment. We were then prepared to receive new the sincerity of their profession. Such will be applications, and have had throughout the year, qualified to labor availingly in a meek and quiet several interesting young women under care, who spirit to reclaim the erring and restore the wan- are being qualified for teachers. Vacancies conderer.
tinue to exist both in schools and families for But let it be remembered, that while much suitably qualified teachers. We believe some of rests with “overseers of the flock," it is to pa-them will soon be supplied by those who are now rents and heads of families that we must look to perfecting their education under the supervision strengthen their hands and uphold our testimo- of this committee. The money which we have
expended has been exclusively applied to this We were encouraged to seek out those whose purpose. We mention this that Friends may time is necessarily engrossed in administering to know to what object the efforts of the committhe wants of the present life, and extend to them tee have been directed. In addition to those the evidences of remembrance and regard, so that now under care, two other young women are exwe may avoid even the appearance of «« respect pecting (at the commencement of the fall term) to persons,” for, says the Apostle, “ If ye fulfil to enter a course of preparation for teachers, the royal law of the Scripture, Thou shalt love making six who receive the benefit of the fund. thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well.”
/ Our Report of last year gave us a balance on. A committee was appointed to aid the clerks band of
$381 03 in collecting the exercises that have been before Subscriptions received the present us, and embody them in the extracts to be trans- year
296 67 mitted to our subordinate meetings, and also to attend to their printing and distribution.
Amount 677 70 The second annual query and its answers were of which we have expended
307 75 read; also an interesting report from our Standing Committee on Education and Libraries, which Leaving a balance on hand of $369 95 was satisfactory, and the Committee continued. We have also received several contributions of Friends were encouraged to contribute to the books, some of which have been distributed. A fund, that means may be furnished to prosecute few still remain on hand. the concern intrusted to their care.
Signed on behalf of the Committee,
Susan M. PARRISH, REPORT.
Ann A. TOWNSEND. To the Yearly Meeting of Women Friends: The importance of a religiously guarded edu.
The Committee on Education and Libraries I cation for our children, continues to be one of feel called upon to make their annual report- increasing interest to our members, and we are and we do so under the conviction that this is
encouraged from year to year to believe that a one of the concerns to which the exhortation, blessing is at “ Be not weary in well doing” especially applies. engaged in the concern.
on, | blessing is attending the labors of those actively Those requiring school education are continually That mothers should begin early with their coming upon the stage of action, for as day and
tender offspring to train them in the right way, night succeed each other, so do the generations
| is of great moment. We believe the will of a of mankind; and as we think that great loss has child to be easily moulded by a mother's hand, been sustained by lukewarmness in years that and that her influence should be exerted to deare past, in relation to keeping up schools where
velop higher aims and pobler pursuits than the a guarded education was maintained, we feel the
mere gratification of the senses in the indulgence greater need of doing now what our hands find
of worldly pleasures. This religious training, to do. In conformity with this view, we have
commencing with the dawn of intelligence, will endeavored to fulfil the trust committed to us, I fit them for the duties of life, and for a happy as way has opened.
eternity. In recurring to our report of last year, we remember it was offered under discouragement, | Fourteenth of the month and fifth of the week. because for want of means we had been able to
Afternoon. do so little, while at the same time we were sen. We have had an acceptable visit from our sible there was much needed to be done. We Friends Saml. M. Janney and George Truman now report under different circumstances, having at this time. received contributions from several of the meet- | The Committee appointed to examine the ings composing this Yearly Meeting.
| Treasurer's account, report it correct, and as there is not sufficient in the Treasury for the
LOVELINESS IN DEATH. present year, Monthly Meetings are desired to “ And we shall all be changed in a moment, for this mortal
sball put on immortality. And when this mortal shall put on imforward their contributions early, to Susan M.
Do mortality, then shall death be swallowed up in victory." Parrish, Treasurer.
She slept, but not kind Nature's sleep, Epistles to our sisters at their Yearly Meet Friendship could only hope--and weep: ings of Ohio, New York and Baltimore, were That hope was vain, the vital power read, and, with some slight alterations, united Was wasting with the wasting hour. with.
Her lids unclosed-she breathed no sound, The subject of reading claimed our attention, But calmly looked on all around, and we were encouraged to the perusal of reli And each in silence sweetly blessed,
Then closed her eyes and sank to rest. gious books, especially the Scriptures of Truth, in which is found so much to direct to a holy life;
Gone was the life-sustaining breath; to raise the mind above the things that are of a
But oh! how beautiful was death!
Mortality had passed away, perishable nature to those that are enduring. But there a sleeping angel lay.
Fifteenth of the month, sixth of the week. No voice the slumbering silence broke,
But life in every feature spoke,
For death itself appeared to be ings of Indiana and Genessee, were produced
Radiant with immortality. and united with, and with those read yesterday,
The countenance a glory wore, directed to be signed by the clerk, transcribed
A loveliness unknown before ; and forwarded to the respective meetings.
So perfect, so divinely fair
A sainted soul seemed present there.
On that calm face was still imprest A concern was expressed in a former sitting, The last emotions of the breast; that representatives may not excuse themselves
There still the parting impress lay
Of fond affection's lingering stay. from reviving, as Truth dictates, in their Quar
And still did resignation speak terly Meetings the exercises of the Yearly Meet
Serenely from the placid cheek; ing on the important subjects that have claimed
And kind benevolence was there, attention, not depending upon the extracts alone. And humble faith, and trusting prayer. “ For in the mouth of two or three witnesses Oh! how did beauty's softest bloom, every word shall be established.”
So uncongenial to the tomb, A memorial for our friend John Jackson, de
With love and piety unite, ceased, a minister from Darby Monthly Meeting,
And sweet repose, and calm delight.
If sleep then be in realms above, approved by Concord Quarterly Meeting, was
This was the sleep that angels love, read at this time to the edification and encour Mortal ne'er dreamed a dream like this agement of many minds.
Os perfect, pure, celestial bliss.“ Honorable age is not that which standeth in Loved spirit! while thy friends remain length of time, nor that is measured by number On earth, we may not meet again ; of years, but Wisdom is the gray hair unto men,
But ah ! how blest the souls will be,
That pass through death like tbine, to thee. and an unspotted life is old age.”
Living Age. Having been favored through our annual gathering with the overshadowing presence of the
SINGULAR CIRCUMSTANCE. great Head of the Church, crowning our several sittings with solemnity, and qualifying us to
A few days since a squirrel was killed by some transact the business that has come before us
boys, near the house of Lester Parker, on the with harmony and sisterly condescension-grate- / Plainfield Road, which had four young ones. fol for the favor. and desiring each other's wel- | The “ nest” was accidentally found, and the four fare. we adjourn to meet at the usual time next were put with the cat, which has young kittens. year, if consistent with the Divine will.
in Mr. Parker's family. Contrary to the fears Extracted from the minutes.
of the family, she at once adopted them, and MARY S. LIPPINCOTT, Clerk.
may be seen treating them with the same motherly tenderness as though they were her own!
nursing and fondling them, and they playing KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM.
about her with her kittens, all on the best terms. BY W. CowPER.
It is a well known fact that young squirrels feed Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
occasionally from their mother's mouth after the Have oftimes no connection. Knowledge dwells
food has been masticated, and this instinct leads In heads replete with thoughts of other nien; Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.
them to try the same mode with the cat, when Knowledge,-a rude unprofitable mass,
she gently puts them aside with her paw. What The mere materials with which wisdom builds, is most remarkable, the cat is a great hunter of Till smoothed, and squared, and fitted to its place,
squirrels, showing an especial enmity to the Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich! Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much,
race of those she has now taken in charge. – Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
New Haven Palladium.
PHILADELPHIA INSTITUTE POR COLOURED /submit to our colour
would strike for 6
*The fifth annuleramination of this thriring and raluable institution took place yesterday, and was quite larrelr attended by our citizens. The students, durine the dar, were put to the IT: test, and passed, rith credit to themselves, in a poor manner that would hare reflected honour upon lo, those of another bue, a thorough scrutiny in the mathematics-geometry, astronomy, the higher and more abstruse parts of algebra, and even the fusionarr calculus--as well as the Le and in English composition, and varione brancbes. The diploma, bearing the seal institute, was presented to one young men C. White, Jr., who had completed the course, br Joshua L. Bailey on bab. Board of Trustees. The rhetoria the evening were attended bra ed auditory, who seemed highly pleased. After these were Remond, of Massachusetts some distinction, took the st. beautifully and much to audience. He said he i the old world as well as he had just witnessed Massachusetts feeling the final redemption to tender his hears of the institute. an
eighth query a li
our coloured population that if they the appointment
werike for freedom,' they can do so in no observed-that
Foulaflectual way than in availing themselves, ward whose int
fullest extent, of the advantages of this the eye salve (
od similar institutions.
thel With what amazement did we survey the derer.
stitution nded by put to the
in a vast surface that was presented to us, when we But let
upon arrived at this artificial mountain, which seemed rests with
y in the to reach the clouds.
Here and there appeared
he higher some Arab guides upon the immense masses strength
nd even in above us, like so many pigmies, waiting to show nies.
as the Latin, the way to the summit. Already some of our We mathematics truse parts as irell as
various other party had began the ascent, and were pausing time i
ne the seal of the at the tremendous depth which they saw below.
ung man, Jacob! One of our military companions, after having the c
jeted the required surmounted the most difficult part of the under
v on behalf of the taking, became giddy in consequence of looking to: e White, "Toshua Lomo rhetorical exercises of | down from the elevation he had attained; and,
odby a densely crowd- being compelled to abandon the project, he bired d highly delighted and an Arab to assist him in effecting his descent.
were had, Charles L. The rest of us, niore accustomed to the business husetts, a coloured orator of of climbing heights, with many a balt for respi
ok the stand, and spoke most ration, and many an exclamation of wonder, Rendistinction, couch to the delight of the pursued our way towards the summit.
aid he had seen somewhat of The mode of ascent has been frequently desFell as the new, but after what cribed ; and yet, from the questions that are virnessed, he should go home to often proposed to travellers, it does not appear
feeling surer than ever before of to be generally understood. The reader may
emption of his race. He wished imagine himself to be upon a staircase, every The final mic heartfelt gratitude to the trustees step of which, to a man of middle stature, is
itute, and to the teachers, for what nearly breast high; and the breadth of each step of the end they were doing in the great cause is equal to its height. Consequently, the foot
his heart. “A better day,” said he, ing is secure; and, although a retrospect in gonearer know, about to dawn upon my own out. ing up be sometimes fearful to persons unaccus
and wronged people; and when that day | tomed to look down from any considerable eleray have come, let not the coloured race be- / vation, yet there is little danger of falling.
ne ingrates to those who have proved them. In some places, indeed, where the stones are Cures our friends in these days of adversity. Idecayed, caution may be required, and an Arab
Mr. Remond was followed by Wm. S. Pierce, guide is always necessary to avoid a total inLisq., who said he saw, in various algebraic and terruption; but on the whole, the means of as. ceometric characters and symbols on the black- cent are such, that almost every one may acboards, around him, what had been going on complish it. Our progress was impeded by during the day. Mr. Pierce said he was a lawyer, other causes. We carried with us a few instruand was accustomed to weighing evidence; and ments, such as our boat compass, a thermometer, he must say, after what he had seen, that the a telescope, &c. performances of the pupils here were fully equal These could not be trusted in the hands of to those of the pupils of the Central High School the Arabs, and they were liable to be broken of Philadelphia, whose recent examination he every instant. At last we reached the topmost had the pleasure to attend. Mr. P., as one of tier, to the great delight and satisfaction of all the audience, said he wished to return his thanks, the party. Here we found a platform, thirtythrough the principal, Mr. E. D. Bassett, to the two feet square, consisting of nine large stones, teachers for what he regarded as a day of in- / each of which might weigh about a ton, although tellectual feasting. Mr. Bassett responded on they are much inferior in size to some of the behalf of the teachers, and thanked the audience stones used in the construction of this pyramid. for their presence and attention, after which the Travellers of all ages and of various nations audience slowly dispersed.
have here inscribed their names. Some are “The tuition, text-books, stationery, &c., of written in Greek, many in French, a few in this institute are entirely gratuitous to the Arabic, one or two in English, and others in coloured youth of our city or elsewhere, and we | Latin. We were as desirous as our predeces
nearest his beg,