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PHILADELPHIA, THIRD MONTH 21, 1857.
EDITED BY AN ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS. | fatigued this evening, but I hope thankful in
having been carried through another day. PUBLISHED BY WM. W. MOORE,
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compared to the Israelites. To those whose trust is in the Lord the waters are driven back,
the mountains skip like rams, and the little hills EXTRACT FROM MEMOIR OF PRISCILLA GURNEY.
like lambs.” My dear uncle and aunt joined us [Continued from page 815, Vol. xiii.]
before meeting, which was remarkably solemn, The accustomed avocations of Priscilla Gurney and I felt the silence to be quieting and compos-visiting the infirm and sick, attendance at ing to my soul. Before the meeting closed, I schools, which she had been the chief instru- had to remind them of the disciples in the storm, ment in establishing, and the higher duties of and the Master's gracious language, “ Peace, bé frequenting the religious meetings at home, still;" exemplified in our own experience, the and in other districts of her own Quarterly power of the Redeemer being known amongst us Meeting-occupied the Autumn months of 1817. to quiet every storm, to enlighten our darkness, Early in the Twelfth Month she left home, with and to strengthen us in weakness—encouragethe concurrence of her friends, in order to visit ment to sit at his feet. . the meetings of Friends in Cambridgeshire and First-Day.-Meeting at Downham, which Huntingdonshire.
was interesting. I felt inexpressibly my poverty Fourth-day.-Called on some Friends. I felt and darkness; but in this state I felt the power the great privilege of the domestic comfort and of the Spirit to arise. I was engaged in suppligood order which so conspicuously prevail cation that those who had put their hand to the amongst Friends. The meeting interested me plough might be preserved from looking back. much. Many serious people were present. A Afterwards, I had to speak on these words, “ By quiet solemnity seemed to prevail over them.- their fruits se shall know them. Do men gather I had to speak on this text, “ We have found grapes of thorns,' &c. What are the fruits of him of whom Moses in the law, and the pro- the good seed? Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, pbets did write," and of the experience of the &c. How far are they produced in us? Our disciples formerly. They were led to expect the situation in life is not the thing to be considered ; Messiah and to feel the need of a Redeemer: but this simple question applicable to all, Do they rejoiced to find Him. This also applied to we abide in Christ? They that abide in Christ those present: had they not also found their shall indeed be fruitful branches. Saviour? Such were encouraged to follow Him, Second day, 221, Twelfth Month.—Returned to take up their daily cross, and to deny them- to Earlham with the C.'s, for whom I felt afresh selves. I bad also to express my desire that interested. In reviewing this little journey I they might be more fully brought into the love have reason to acknowledge that I have found of God, and the patient waiting for Christ; strength to be given in weakness, and experienced abiding in Him in spirit, so as to bring forth the Lord to be a present helper in the needful much fruit. The afternoon was occupied in time. I have also felt encouraged in my visits to calling on several of the Friends. Much sweet- these Friends, believing that He in whom is life ness and true simplicity were, I thought, con- is near to many of them. It was pleasant to see spicuous. I felt, as I entered a little cottage, some in little cottages, which gave me the feelthe force of these words—“The blessing of the ing of being peaceful habitations. My prevailJord maketh truly rich.” I had to express my ing desire for them has been, and is, that they hope that, through faith and obedience, they may be ever kept on the true and only founda. would increasingly become partakers of this tion, Christ Jesus, the Lord : that he may be blessing.. I felt much exhausted and unto them the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
In the evening I attended our Norwich select I things, and set them entirely on things above; meeting, and had to say a few words on the lan- that I may indeed say, “My heart is fixed.” guage of Peter: “Lord, I will lay down my And as Thou seest meet that my longing heart life for thy sake;" and on the danger of after should not be satisfied with anything here bewards denying Christ.
| low, be pleased to fill up this void with thine 23d.—Quarterly Meeting. This might be own Spirit, and, by the consolations of thy pretruly called a solemn day, and one in which the sence, make the desert of my heart to blossom presence of the Lord seemed to own us. I had as the rose. Be the Bridegroom and the beto address the meeting on those words : “ To loved of my soul, that, finally, I may find rest you who believe, He is precious, but to the dis- and peace and joy in Thee, my strength and my obedient a stone of stumbling and a rock of Redeemer. offence ;” also, on the preciousness of the Re- First-day, 4th.-- At meeting, I had to endeemer to the penitent sinner, to the afflicted, large a little on the parable of the tares and the and, finally, to those who are brought to a bed wheat. It is not for us to judge, or here to seof sickness, and to the hour of death. But what parate the tares from the wheat; but it is for us is the hope of those to whom the cross of Christ to watch individually over ourselves, that the is a stumbling-block? Encouragement to those tares be not sown, or suffered to grow up among who, through faith, have known Christ to be the good seed. At the afternoon meeting, had precious to their souls, and warning to those to speak on the importance of partaking of the who still stumble at his word : with my earnest Bread of Life-even of Christ Jesus, who came desire for us all that we may be so brought to the down from heaven that those who partake of Redeemer, as to know his preciousness here and Him, spiritually, may never die. In the latter hereafter. I had to lay my concern for visiting part of this day, I felt something of very deep Ireland before the women, and then before the conflict, almost tribulation of mind. The divimen Friends. The time in the men's meetingsion between earthly and heavenly things has, was one of deep solempity. Dearest Joseph sup. at times, been a sharp and close trial. plicated for me in a pathetic and feeling manner, First Month, 17th.—Of the conflicts which I for my support and consolation in this service, have passed through in the prospect of visiting and that, if it be consistent with the Lord's will, Ireland, it is enough to say that they have been I might be restored to them in peace. My peculiar, and very deep. But I desire, also, heart was deeply affected; but the voice of the ever to remember that, in the midst of many inLord had been mightier to my soul than the firmities and many sorrows, the Everlasting Arm voice of many waters. I had to to leave with has been underneath to sustain ; and I trust our men Friends these few words : “Say unto that the fruits have been, to have my heart Jerusalem, fear not; and unto Zion, let pot thine more simply fixed on Christ as my only Saviour, hands be slack.” The women's meeting con- and on his Spirit as my only effectual Comforter. cluded with the supplication that we might yet! First-day, 21st.—This was an exercising day know in all future seasons, when collected to to us–Dublin Meeting is large. I had to supgether, or when separated, that “the Lord's arm plicate that the same gospel love that had led is not shortened that it cannot save, nor his ear us forth might still be shed abroad in our hearts; grown heavy that he cannot hear.” Dined at and not only in ours, but in the hearts of those the Grove, and we passed a sweet evening, in amongst whom our lot might be cast. We felt much love and harmony. As I was reflecting it difficult to reach the living seed of the kingon the past day, I felt as if it had been a wed- dom and the deep waters. In the afternoon a ding-day to me; though no earthly marriage in a few words were expressed on the importance deed. I was thinking it was just as if all my of watchfulness. Many Friends assembled to dear friends had been signing my marriage cer- see us in the evening. I often feel much at betificate. I was engaged in these thoughts when ing anything to be sought after, well knowing my dear uncle Joseph broke the silence, by say my poverty, weakness, and how little I have in ing, “Well ! this day has been to my feelings myself. like a wedding-day, a day of espousals, a day of Second-day, 22d.—Left Dublin for Wicklow, solemn covenant with our God !" He then ex- where we were received by Friends, who were pressed how very sweet and heavenly an influence very kind, hospitable, and easy in their manners. had been spread over us; desiring that we might Before we separated at night I longed for us to pay our vows and keep our covenants. It was be brought at least to the spirit of prayer, and particularly striking to me. I prayed that this had to say a few words on the subject. day of visitation might be blessed to us : Dear. | 23d.—The meeting interesting and relieving. est Lord ! if this day has been, indeed, as a wed- Expressed a little on those words, “ All flesh is ding-day to me-not temporally, but spiritually grass,” &c., “but the Word of the Lord abideth -if I have had afresh to enter into a solemn forever," and on the infinite importance of the covenant with Thee, then be Thou with me, Word abiding in us. After dinner supplicated weaning my wandering affections from earthly for a blessing, and that the Word of the Lord
might bring forth fruit for the little community have felt very much without a burden on reat Wicklow, that their light might shine beforeflecting on our little exercises in Ireland, and the people, who appear to sit “in darkness and the feeling of peace, I really believe, does rest in the shadow of death." Returned to Dublin. upon it. This is an unspeakable, and I do
How have we to experience, day after day, sometimes feel, an unmerited favor. It is a that grace is sufficient for us in our great weak-privilege to have been so sweetly and so nearly
united as I trust we were in this service. There Fourth-day, Third Month, 4th. The ride to are few things I more earnestly desire to atBelfast very pleasing: the appearance of the tain than that spirit of love which would lead to country cheerful and flourishing. At the meet still more unreserved rejoicing with those that ing at Belfast I had to express a little on the rejoice, as well as mourning with those that inquiring language, “Wherewith shall I come mourn. before the Lord ?” &c. He requireth us “ to
To be continued. do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly” before Him. We must be brought to walk hum.
Ectracts from a letter of ancient date, from bly, and with repentance and contrition, before
| Mary BROTHERTON, to her friend John we can see and understand what it is that covers
Hall. transgression, and before we can behold for our Esteemed Friend :-I being of the num. selves " the Lamb of God which taketh away ber that desire to prove all things, and hold the sin of the world.” In the evening many | fast that which is good, and not having my unFriends canie to see us. I continually feel, derstanding biased by other men's conceivings, What have we to give, unless we receive an im- I have liberty to read all people's opinions ; havmediate and constant supply from the Source of ing my faith fixed that the omnipresent God, in all help? After all, what can we do for the whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowsalvation of others, but commend them unto the ledge, will condescend to guide my judgment by Lord and to “ the word of his grace ?”.
his infallible Spirit in things of a religious na7th.-Returned to Lisburn. Visited several ture, that I may thereby be enabled to separate families and the school, about forty children. truth from falsehood without being indebted to They appeared nicely cared for. I ventured to the studyers of the letter of the sacred Scripgive a little advice about reading the Scriptures. tures for a knowledge of the Truth as it is in
On reaching home she addressed the follow- Jesus; and this being my care, I have read the ing letter to a Friend :
books which thou lentest me in that candid, unEarlham, Sixth Month 10th, 1818. prejudiced disposition of mind so necessary for Though I have had much comfort and enjoy a professor of Christian charity to read in, if ment in meeting all my dear friends again, yet he would form a right judgment of things, the pressure of engagements and interests du- and without which it is impossible to do as we ring my stay in and about London was some would be done by; and as I perused them, my times rather overcoming to me, and at last I felt God gave me unity with all therein contained 80 much exhausted that the rest of home was that may be justly called with the Scriptures of peculiarly desirable to me. It was an interest | Truth, right, reason, and the spirit of real Chrising, and, I think, encouraging Yearly Meeting : tianity ; but all that is contrary to these I reject, there appeared to me real cause for comfort in it being no breach of charity to call bad good, the state of the Society. I had not much part though perhaps the confused strainings of Scripto take in any way, which was a relief to me;tures to make them subservient to her own purI went to none of the Committees, and was pose may answer the end I imagine she aimed thoroughly disposed to retire into the back- at, viz., the exalting herself by gaining on the ground. It is a good thing, and I never felt it minds of those who are not subject to the teachmore than at this Yearly Meeting, that there is ings of the pure spirit of God, so we are easily that spirit in the Society which leads to watch. imposed on, being willing slaves to the lo ! heres ing over one another for good: if it be kept un. and lo! theres; not considering that the kingdom der the right influence it is an invaluable safe- of God is within us, as saith our blessed Lord; such guard. Individually, I passed along very much are ever learning and never able to come to the unnoticed; I felt neither encouragement nor knowledge of the Truth. Nevertheless, though discouragement from others. I sometimes fear I see this sort of people, I am far from making falling into a flat, indifferent state, about myself; this remark out of hatred or a preconceivable I feel there is a danger of it, from my circum- prejudice against them, for that holy principle stances, and from the tendency of my own or ingrafted word of life which is the adequate · mind. I have had hardly time to dwell much rule of faith, practice, and doctrine, and by in our late interesting journey; but, on returning which I desire to be attended continually, teaches home, I feel afresh sensible of the great cause me to love mine enemies, and that not feigaedly, we have for thankfulness in having been carried or only in word, but in sincerity, reality, and through our various exercises and conflicts. Il simplicity of heart, desiring their eternal welfare;
and then, consequently, I must pity those who vine mysteries contained in the sacred records ignorantly receive the traditions of men or the which testify that the natural man cannot know commandments of med, for the commandments the things of God, because they are spiritually of God; and by so doing, rely on human wis discerned. To me it seems most arrogant presumpdom, and the conceivings of mere men for their tion for men to pretend to unfold the mysteries rule of faith. These are apt to have hard thoughts of the kingdom of God, by the strength of mere of others, and of the truth itself; yet but few reason, which is the consequence of denying re. of them know what they dislike, and why they velation, and does evidently constitute man the are displeased, unless it is because their teachers rule of faith and practice instead of the Scripare not willing they should receive any thing for ture, which they only call so; for certainly that truth that clashes with their interest, who gener- cannot be a plain rule which needs explaining, ally are hirelings, and whose interest it is to keep as the Scriptures, we may conclude, are thought the people in a disbelief of that which alone is to do by people hiring men for that purpose; sufficient to enlighten the understanding, and and the thing which needs explaining being subgive a true faith in, and knowledge of, that pure ject to that which explains it, brings the Scripand holy Being who inhabiteth eternity; which tures down to human reason as the expounder; knowledge is indispensably necessary, seeing the so the meaning it gives to those truths hard to very lip of Truth hath said it is life eternal to be understood is the real, and not that which know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom could not be comprehended without it; so at he hath sent. Now, though this be granted by this rate depraved man's poor vitiated reason is all, yet the way to obtain this saving knowledge the rule for bimself to steer by to the mansions hath been shut up, by men of mercenary dispo. of bliss, which how absurd let the witness within sitions, who boldly deny that there is any such every conscience judge. For my part, I do thing as inspiration or revelation, since the Apos- not mean nor want, by revelation, any new doc. tles' time; saying that all things profitable and trine to be brought to light, contrary to the necessary are contained in the Holy Scriptures, Holy Scriptures, but can freely subscribe to that which we esteem, prize and honor, as the best of saying of Paul: “Let him that preacheth any books; and a true declaration of the truth itself, other Gospel than that which was preached by the word of God, which was in the beginning with the Apostles be accursed.” . God, which truth and word is Jesus Christ, who I have not wrote any of this out of the least himself saith, concerning them, they are they disesteem of the Holy Scriptures, or that noble that testify of me; yet although they testify of faculty in man called reason ; but purely to God, and of true faith, and of repentance, and prove there is something else wanting to make of regeneration, yet they cannot give faith, both useful in matters of religion that is to refine that being evidence in the mind of things not the one, and give me an insight into the nature seen, and is the gift of God; neither can they of the promises and threatenings contained in give repentance, or work the new birth in us, or the other, and also to enable me to make a right create us anew in Christ Jesus; and these things application of them to my own state, which they being necessary to be known, and it being themselves cannot do; neither can any one heart profitable to experience them, there must certain. be sufficient for this. Therefore I believe these ly be some other way to obtain that which we things no way attainable but by and through the cannot be saved without; which we, without les illuminating revealer of divine mysteries, the sening the worth of the Scripture, believe to be Spirit of Grace, a measure whereof is given to by inspiration and revelation, and that according every man to profit withal; so I heartily wish to Scripture, because the same unerring lips that that all people would believe in, and come to the said it is life eternal to know the only true free teachings of the pure, unerring spirit of God, and Jesus Christ, hath also left upon re- God, that they may witness his promise fulfilled cord that no man knoweth the Father save the of teaching his people himself. Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him;
To be concluded. and as a confirmation of this, Paul saith the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit
HERETICS. of God; no man can say that Jesus is the Lord James Lainez, a Jesuit, wrote to Faber, anobut by the Holy Ghost.
ther of the same order, then employed in conTherefore, if these Scriptures be true, as I firm. verting German heretics to the Roman Catholic ly believe them to be, there is consequently no faith, for some rules to direct the Society how other way to arrive at this saving knowledge but to proceed with them. Faber returned a sensi. by revelation; and since it cannot be revealed by ble answer, and laid down the following rules. any meaner or lesser thing, than the Spirit of 1. Sincerely love heretics yourselves. God, whose office it is, and by which the scrip- 2. Engage them by your behavior to love you. tures were dictated, it would be well for those This was certainly good advice, worthy to be who are taught to deny this doctrine to consider attended to by Protestants as well as Roman how they can understand or comprehend the di- Catholics.- Cope's Anecdotes.
Some account of the wonderful operations of character, and an honest Friend; for which my Redeeming Love and Mercy, as manifested in soul makes thankful acknowledgment. the Life and Experience of John Davis. But to return to my friend. The time drew (Concluded from page 824.)
near, when the terrors and judgments of the Lord My old companions urged me to go with them followed him, and he was brought in some degree to former practices, having a pleasure in my good to obedience; but the lady, who was kind to him, company, as they called it, for I could drink, game, used all possible means to divert his attention from sing, and tell abundance of diverting stories; but the right thing, she having her instruments, who I durst not go, and would sometimes lock myself kept him almost continually intoxicated, so that up, and occasionally steal into the garden or fields. wickedness increased in him; and my trouble on Once they found me, and with them, they said, I his account was inexpressible. One night, as I must and should go. So after reasoning awhile lay in bed, I had a sight of his further backI consented, on condition that I might have my sliding, which brought great trouble to my spirit; liberty to drink only what I pleased, and not and calling to a servant that lay near, I bid him meddle with any games. To this they consented, tell my friend that I was not well, and I wanted and I went staying several hours; but I was to speak with him. He got out of bed, and came concerned to keep near the Lord in spirit, who and sat down by me, when I told him the oppreserved me; and I could perceive they got tired pression of my spirit on his account, and that the of my company, I being a burdensome stone to Lord was displeased with bim: but for a time his them. I left them, and they never asked me to heart was very hard. I felt a cry within me to go with them again, that I remember.
the Lord on his behalf, that He would touch his Shortly I was concerned to go to a Friends' heart, and make him sensible of the condition be Meeting, about five miles off; and, notwithstand - was in ; which I felt so forcibly, that I could not ing what had passed, I had much ado to persuade forbear giving utterance to my secret feelings, myself to sit down amongst such a poor despised which was not usual with me. The Lord, whose people: but the Lord led me. We sat in silence love is everlasting, answered my petition, so that for nearly two hours, and I had a testimony in in a few moments this young man was humbled; my heart for them, that they were of God;He confessing and bemoaning his great disobedience, owned them, and I was glad I was amongst them, he told me, that whilst that woman (meaning the for the Lord's power and presence was with them, lady) was his friend, he could not be faithful. of wbich I was a witness. A woman Friend One first day, I got horses to carry us to spoke a few words, by which my spirit was com- meeting. (After detailing the persevering and forted. Meeting broke up, several perceiving I bitter opposition they met with in various ways was a stranger, were civil to me; and an ancient from the members of the family, the narraFriend took me to his house. After spending tive proceeds.) The meeting was silent, exceptsome time together in sweet conversation, we ing that a woman Friend spoke a few words; parted. This friend was made instrumental as and the Lord's power and presence was with his a help to me in many respects.
people, of which we were measurably made parI rode home, but the news of my having been takers. An ancient Friend took us to his house, at a Qnakers' Meeting got there before me; and and encouraged us to be faithful; and in much a mighty noise it made. I took little notice, but love we parted. On going home, we received went to my friend, to inform him of the satisfaction information that our master had ordered we I bad that day, and to encourage him to faithful should not stay in the house that night, but go to ness. He was now well enough to leave his room, the inn near; and in the morning come to settle and I was earnest with him to be careful of drink accounts, and be discharged. (His friend becoming, for that was his danger. He did not follow ing again intoxicated, J. D. was obliged to leave my advice; for he daily grew more and more him; on which occasion he writes) I cannot exwicked, and became worse than ever I knew him; press the depth of my sorrow on his behalf, for so that I was afraid he would be finally lost, for he was very dear to me; and the separation was I was not then so much acquainted with the depth like dividing a man from himself. Such was my of that great Fountain of love and mercy, as I concern, for I felt that the forbearing love of God hope I have since been.
was, at that time, very great towards his soul. About this time, as I was waiting on the Lord I then prepared for my journey to London, in my bed, I had a view given me of having to intending to go as soon as possible. Meeting meet much trouble, and a cry arose in my heart with a Friend going thither, I bought a horse, to the Lord, that He would be pleased to convince and set forward with him. We reached London, my wife of the blessed Truth, so that I might and were kindly welcomed by my wife, who had have some comfort in that respect.—(She was become a plain honest Friend: and I also felt then in London, about eighty miles distant.) constrained to appear in my clothing more like Such was the mercy and condescension of the one of that people. I resolved, however, to imitate Lord, that before I saw her she was powerfully only the smartest I had noticed amongst them. visited by Him, and had become a religious I bought cloth for a dress, and carried it to a