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For Friends' Intelligencer.

ance and contrition of soul; and when we thus There is much said at the present time, in surrender our own wills, we become again prereference to man's progression in spiritual things, pared to progress in the highway of holiness, and many are confidently inculcating the doctrine, which to me is the only progression the Christhat each succeeding age is capable of arriving tian knows. Then as we are concerned to daily, at a higher state of perfection than the preced- yes hourly, walk in this progressive path, it will ing one. While this appears to be true of throw an influence around us, which, as those temporal things; while there seems to be scarcely who become influenced are concerned to movein an end to the inventive powers of man, let us the same direction, will widen and widen and be carefully consider how far it is truo in relation to conducive to the progress of truth in the earth. man's spiritual life ; is it not the acme of the It must be wholly an individual work; man may Christian's hopes and aspirations to become like form associations in order to further the cause of unto the blessed Jesus? In what then did his truth, but the efforts of such associations will be perfection consist, but in being obedient at all futile, unless each individual is concerned for times and under all circumstances to his Father's himself to progress in the highway of holiness; will ?

and as this becomes his chief concern, he will Then to me it appears that the progress for be anxious only as his Master commands; he will for which we should look, is from the state of not be contriving how or where his influence ionocence in which we were created, to that will most be felt, but will wait in humility until Christ-like obedience to, and firm reliance on his Master goes before and points out the way; our Heavenly Father's will. There is also another then he feels he can walk with safety, and will progress, which consists in returning from our exert an influence for good on those with whom fallen, sinful situation, to the childlike innocence he comes in contact. JOUN J. CORNELL. in which we were ushered into the world ; and Mendon, 5th mo., 1857. which only constitutes the preparatory step for the progression first alluded to.

For Friends' Intelligencer. We find man in the beginning was placed in

AFFABILITY. a state of innocence, having come from the hand What a sweet word, what a volume of meanof his Creator pure and unsullied, and was ing is comprised in it. Let us reflect upon it, and therefore pronounced good. He was endowed its bearings upon daily life everywbere, in with various faculties and propensities, which he every department; how much of the dregs of was required to keep in their proper order, and bitterness would be prevented by exercising it. under subjection ; for the accomplishment of The Apostle understood it when he said, “ be which he was endowed with reason ; but while kind, be courteous;" it is amiability refined by he was allowed to partake of the fiuit of these action, manifesting a due regard for the welfare trees which he was qualified to dress and keep of all God's children; it invites attention by givin order, he was forbidden to partake of the tree ing it, it elicits kindness by extending it. . of knowledge of good and evil, thus clearly in. When the keen hand of adversity is laid dicating to him that he must be dependent im- upon a fellow being, it lightens the load of opmediately upon his Heavenly Father for this know-pression by drawing nearer than before, and ledge, and that therefore in the government of offering to sbare in the calamities flesh and the dispositions which were given him he must blood are heir to, at least by reminding the suflook to divine wisdom for counsel. But by not ferer that disappointment is the common lot of continuing in this dependant state, he suffered mankind, falling alike upon the righteous and the tempter, or the lust and appetites of the the wicked ; that the choicest blessings which animal, to reason with him, and hence partook of descend from our beneficent Father are ofttimes the forbidden fruit, and was therefore cast out clotlied in a mantle of disguise, that he doth of the garden, or state of innocence, into a state not willingly afflict, or grieve the children of of spiritual darkness, or sin.

men; that in removing earthly comforts, the Now these animal dispositions are given us to great object is to prepare for the reception of prove and try us; they constitute the trees of heavenly good. Sometimes, perhaps, the decay the garden which we are required to keep and and suffering of our outward garments, or earthly dress, and in the keeping and dressing of which tabernacle, may rouse the mind's energies, " to we are enabled to progress from a state of inno- seek a building of God, a house not made with cence to a state of virtue, which is known as we hands, eternal in the heavens," remembering the overcome all that lie in the way hindering our promise, they that seek shall find. There is no progress to perfection. But if we suffer these situation in life where this heaven-like quality to overcome us, we are then, like our first parents, may not profitably be called into requisition, cast out of the garden, and experience the horrors bringing with it high benedictions, its benign of remorse, and we then find there is no other influence assists in nerving with fortitude to bear way of regaining access to the garden, but up manfully under difficulties ; a calm and gentle through suffering, and a deep heart-felt repent- salutation falls upon the ear of the grief-stricken,

as dew upon the opening flower, reviving the through death’s valley, and at last anchor safely on wasting energies, restoring again their power by posting energies restoring again their power by that “ Haven of Rest” prepared for the ransomed and

redeemed to dwell in.

M. T. calling them into action.

6th mo., Sth 1857. It turns the keen edge of asperity into accepts Died.–Suddenly, on 5th day the 23rd of Fourth mo., of soothing tenderness, and moulds the fierceness last, Samuel FOULKE, in the 42nd year of his age. of the lion, into the gentleness of the lamb. He was a member and overseer of Friend's meeting It partakes of that power that "makes the at Norristown, (a branch of Gwynedd Monthly Meetrough smooth, the crooked straight. brings ing). In all the relations of lise, civil, religious and

domestic, few can be found who were more careful to mountains low, and exalts vallies.” S. H.

fulfil every duty faithfully. His sudden demise has

occasioned a sensation of sorrow and deep mourning. FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER.

He was favored with a healthy, and vigorous constitution, and was extensively engaged in business,

yet like Samuel of old, when he felt a call of religious PHILADELPHIA, SIXTH'MONTH 20, 1857.

duty, he appeared to say within himself " speak Lord

for thy servant heareth."-On the day above mentionWe publish some remarks in the present

ed, he attended his Preparative meeting at Plymouth,

and after meeting was over, remained in the house for number from Harper's Magazine, descriptive of some time conversing with his aged father, to whom he the present state of American Society, which we

was strongly attached, and of whom he was about to

take, though unconsciously, his final leave. On his think are worthy of consideration. UJUA ITU wurwy OI C0081deration. The artificial | way home he received an apoplectic shock, which

The artificial style of living, with some of the causes which living, with some of the causes which yielded not to the remedies applied, but terminated his

earthly existence in a few hours. He was interred in tend to our deterioration as a people are here Friends' burial ground at Plymouth on Second day fol. portrayed, and it requires constant watchfulness lowing; the funeral was large, and solemn testimonies

were borne by ministering Friends in attendance. One and the exercise of Christian firmness, lest we of these in the course of her communication observed are betrayed by the customs which surround us that it was remarkable, that “ The last act of his

life was worship, that he had gone where men meet into an abandonment of that simplicity which and women assemble together to wor:hip the God of experience has proved to be most conducive to their fathers, who in the counsel of his infinite wisdom

saw meet to accept his offering, and to take him to happiness. A cheerful home, under right in himself in those blissful abodes where the wicked Auences, where every member of the household cease from troubling, and where the weary are at

rest." Thus dear Samuel is set free from the besetis willing to make some personal sacrifices for

ments and trials of this probationary state. He has the good of others, is the best school for the left a bereaved widow, near relatives, and numerous right training of young people, and where parents

| friends to mourn his loss. conscientiously desire to discharge their respon

When we follow to the grave in the bloom of youth,

those who in the last moments have given undoubted sible duties in such a home, they may reasonably evidence of their hope in a glorious immortality, thus hope that their children will become useful

impressively inviting those around them, withoui dis

tinction of sect or color to be prepared to meet them Embers of civil and rengious society, but not where partings are unknown, it is an encouragement otherwise.

and consolation to survivors, and helps to sustain them under these deeply afflictive bereavements.

Died,-On the 1st of 3rd mo., 1857, J. CLARKE MARRIED,- On the 11th inst., according to the order Wharron, aged 20 years, son of Lewis M. and Mary of Frien 18, GEORGE A. Pope, of Baltimore, to Hannah W. Wharton, of Bristol, Bucks County, Pa. L. daughter of Richard K. Betts of this city.

On the 21st of 2nd mo., last, he spoke much to his - According to the order of Friends, on 5th day | | brother of the goodness of the Lord, exhorting him to the 11th inst., at the house of Chalklev Lippincott, | faithfulness to every known duty, to be watchful and Clover-vale farm, Glo. county, N. J., ASA ENGLE, to prayerful, lest he be overcome with temptation ; to be Beulau LIPPINCOTT, both of said county.

diligent in business and fervent in spirit serving the

Lord. At another time he remarked to some of his DIED, -At his residence in Cattawissa, 5th mo. 20th,

friends how good the Saviour had been to him; there

were many names as to religion, but they that feared 1857, BENJAMIN SHARPLESS, aged 92 years 9 mo. 21

God and worked righteousness would be accepted of days. He for many years filled the station of elder and bim, as there was but one Lord, one faith, one baptism. overseer, in Roaring Creek Monthly Meeting.

On another occasion he said, “what a beautiful day, - After a short illness, on the 2nd of 5th mo., so clear and bright! I think I must get up once more 1857, ELIZABETH G., eldest daughter of Andrew A. and to look upon the works of nature. How I wish the Eliza Skidmore, members of Oswego Mo. Meeting flowers were in bloom, they are so beautiful, so sweet, state of New York, in the 24th year of her age.-She yet how emblematical of decay, of all things passing Was ever a kind, loving daughter and affectionate sister; away, but it is not the season for them and I am content. her sweet, cheering presence will be deeply missed in Who beholding the beauties of earth can doubt the exthe household band and in the social circles where she istence of a God? There must be a supreme being was wont to mingle. During her illness she gave over all, to place us amidst such beauty to enjoy it. consoling evidence that her soul was prepared for the All, all must acknowledge him. I have a Saviour to change into that “ better life" that comeih beyond the guide me. If I have one desire to live, it is for my grave. May we so live, that when the blest messenger mother, to throw around her declining years a few shall call, and the “ silver chord " be loosed, we like comforts. I would were it the will of God to show my her may be found also waiting, and pass peacefully I gratitude to her in this way, but I know she will

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never want. My mother has always been so kind to

AMERICAN SOCIETY. me, particularly in this my last illness, waiting upon A prominent and general defect in the domestic me untiringly, without a murmur. Without her love, her intluence, life would indeed be a blank. No one

society of our country, is the excessive devotion can too highly prize a mother's love-always loving, I to business, which is so marked a characteristic always forgiving. Perhaps she too readily forgave my of our habits. Although this evil is chiefly the faults. But oh, a mother's love cannot be too deeply result of circumstances, acting with peculiar appreciated. If it be his will to call me home, I am willing to :

force on the enterprising men of the day, yet its say not my will, but thine be done.”

" influence is probably more pernicious, at least Thus closed the life of this young man, beautifully in its present effects, than any other cause that exemplifying the wonderful dealings and operations of is operating on our social life. A fair portion Almighty wisdom in the soul of man, in so much, that of every man's time is instly due to his wife and some of his friends remarked, they had witnessed | happy death beds, but never such a perfectly blissful |

full children ; and if it is denied them, there is no one as his,

compensation for the robbery. They suffer a Bensalem, 6th mo. 6/h, 1857.

moral privation for which he can not atone by

splendid success in making money. Let him For Friends' Intelligencer.

not think that the hours sacred to domestic inLINES ON THE DEATH OF SAMUEL FOULKE.

struction and enjoyment, if spent in honest and

honorable labor, will not avenge themselves on Oh! why dost thou, Almighty God,

him and his household. No matter how pure By death's unsparing hand, Remove from out this lower world

the motive may be, the consequences will not be Unto a brighter land,

averted. Love has its duties that must be disThe ones whose mission here below

charged; and of all love, married love is most Seems scarce to have begun,

acutely sensitive to its obligations. It is not an While the aged and the desolate

affection that may be left to its own spontaneous Are lett to pine alone ?

growth, but one to be watched and nurtured We would not dare arraign thy laws,

with daily care and kindly solicitude. To keep So truly just and right, Nor vainly seek to know the cause

alive the beautiful and truthful simplicity of early Concealed from mortal sight;

feeling; to perpetuate and deepen the delicate But when, as in a case like this,

glow of romance that then overspread the scenes Thy solemn warnings come,

of existence; to interchange those thoughts and And man in all his joy and strength, Is hurried to the tomb;

sympathies which makes the life of one the

property and inspiration of the other; to be When all he dearest earthly ties

kindred in tastes, tempers, and pursuits; and to Have suddenly been riveo, A husband, brother, son and friend,

be so vitally united as to render marriage the To death's embrace been given ;

natural expression of a common nature and desWhen those we love the truest, best,

tiny—this is surely a great and divine task, that Have been removed from us;

demands no mean skill, no chance art, and for We can but pause amid such scenes, And ask, why is it thus ?

which time and occasion and circumstances are

to be held in rigid reserve. Married people are Perchance thou dost in mercy take Those purer spirits home,

too apt to forget that each other's character and To lure us to the Father's house,

happiness are a constant trust, requiring no small From which we're wont to roam;

wisdom in its management. They are to be And grant'st to us, thy wayward ones, more than a mutual help and confort, for Provi. A longer sojourn here,

dence means them to educate each other, and, The better to prepare us for A brighter happier sphere.

by the agency of a common tie and common in

terest, penetrating every faculty and sentiment, Then let us patiently await The trials we must bear,

to form their nature in harmony with its social And seek to well improve the liie

purposes. Such a work as this—the highest Thou dost in mercy spare.

and holiest that can engage man and womanThat when iby summons calls us hence, is certainly not to be accomplished in the refuse We joyfully may hear;

bits and shreds of time that are usually left after And mee: within a world of bliss Those cherished friends so dear.

business has exhausted inind and muscles. But L. w. s.

this is the current style of our life. The merLancaster County Normal School, Millersville, Pa., chant, the lawyer, the speculator, ei

chant, the lawyer, the speculator, eats up the 5th mo. 17th, 1857.

husband, and the skeleton of bis former self is all

that remains to the wife and the household. Is The sainted dead, these are our treasures, it any wonder that domestic infidelity is increaschangeless and shining treasures. Let us looking among us? Is it any wonder that misery hopefully. Not lost, but gone before. Lost is creeping into so many of our homes, and laying only like stars of the morning, that have faded its black shadows around the table and the fireinto the light of a brighter heaven. Lost to side? There can scarcely be a doubt that our the earth, but not to us.

women, as a whole, are degenerating. And our

married women head the list in extravagance, schools come in opportunely, to relieve us of folly, and other evils. This too, when we have moral and religious culture. Money can hire a more to make us contented and happy than any nurse for the boys and girls. Money can, buy other people. We apprehend that the cause of the news, and all other intelligence. Money this social deterioration is not occult and mys- can secure all kinds of agents on whom parental terious. It is patent to all eyes. Our civiliza- responsibility may be shifted. Our whole social tion is founded too much on the basis of business, / system is crowded with these proxies. Such instead of resting, where God has placed it, on instruments are invaluable so long as they are the life and love of the household. If our used as mere aids to the parent. But every women were made happier at home, they would observer knows that in a vast many cases they not be so prone to seek false and pernicious ex- are not employed as adjuncts to parental effort. citements abroad. If their husbands did not And this is, perhaps, the most serious evil of neglect them so shamefully, they would seldom modern society ; viz., the excessive reliance on show that morbid passion, now spreading among outside machinery to do the work of home. A them, for gratifications that are wretched sub- few years since, when the world was not quite so stitutes for the blessedness of the domestic circle. I much blessed with gifted people, who could be

It is easy to purchase success in business at harpessed in your traces, it was customary for too dear a price. If men will barter away a pair parents to do their own work. Their minds of good eyes, a sound nervous system, a healthy were in active and constant contact with their digestion, and the opportunities for recreation children ; their talents were exerted in the doand improvement for a few extra thousand mestic circle ; their knowledge was at the service dollars, they are less shrewd than they are in of the family, and their delight was to comment other commercial transactions. But there are on useful maxims, illustrate great truths, give some other items in this scale of profit and loss. wholesome advice, and inspire laudable ambiYour prosperous man frequently trades off his tion. All of us are aware what a falling off wife and children. Some of the Eastern nations there is in this particular. Household talk, as buy their wives ; but we often sell ours, and once known, is becoming rarer every day. pocket the profits. And when the successful Children are taught abroad how to be men and man has amassed a fortune, what sort of a home women; and not only are there manners formed has he for its enjoyment? The statuary that by professional teachers of behaviour, but the he puts there rebukes the mock-life around it ; principles which are to guide them in after life, and the pictures on the walls, that ought to be are often left to the capricious instructions of significant emblenis of the joy and brightness of such as have no vital interest in the matter. his family, only suggest the dreams that his . What a contravention this of the divine plan! youth indulged. Men ought to know that while External aids may be wisely invoked to assist in Home is not a hard master, or an inexorable the proper development of childhood and youth, tyrant, it is yet a divine authority, whose laws but the essential sentiments of character, as well are not to be trampled down with impunity. It as most of what constitutes the true growth of will not let the offender escape. It accepis no ' intellect, must be communicated through home. pleas in abatement, and forgives no mistakes. agency alone. The fruits of this false method Errors of judgment are held to a strict accounta- of training are already startling enough to awaken bility, as well as vices of conduct. Too many anxiety. Young America is a product of the of our men ignore this sanctity of home-law. outside world, where the heart is stimulated Their fit title is a business-sex. Kind and before its time, and the imagination is captivated affectionate they may be, but not in a wise and ere reason and common sense have acquired their proper way. Wives and children need some first lessons in the realities of human experience. thing besides good sentiments and full purses. Nature sheathes the young flower beneath the They want attention, counsel, sympathy, heart- bardy covering of the bud, and opens it slowly succor and heart-support. Denied these gracious to the air and light. Modern education is in offices on the part of husband and father, what hot haste to strip off the protections of the senelse can be expected but disorder and distress at sibilities, and expose them to the excitements home?

that kindle fever in the blood. Nor ought another point be overlooked. Sou! Aside from these evils, there are other perciety has now so much machinery in it, that we nicious influences at work in our domestic soare readily betrayed into a substitution of its ciety that threaten us with injury. One accusaction for our own. We have good schools ; we tomed to observe the characteristics of the day, pay them well; and forsooth, the obligation of the must have often noticed what a growing indisparent to educate his child is discharged by position there is among our women to submit to committing him to the teacher. We can buy the care and duty of housekeeping, and how books for wife and children. Here, too, are eager they are to throw them off. Time was, the morning papers and the monthly maga- when a home of your own was an object ardently zines. They can do our talking. Sabbath. I desired, and hearts pledged to each other looked

to the quiet companionship of its walls as the Our summing-up must be short. The heart consummation of earthly bliss. A wife without of our country lives in its homes, and after all a home was scarcely considered a wife at all. the eloquent things we say about republican Our old-fashioned fathers and mothers reasoned, rights, the final test of institutions is in the dothat if two loving souls united themselves in the mestic character of the people. The world is an bands of matrimony, a home was essential to enjoyable place just so far as we can render it rivet those bands firmly and closely around them. tributary to our homes; and freedom is a blessThe honeymoon over, thither they went, and ing exactly up to the measure that we improve beneath their own roof found a genial occupancy its privileges in forming ourselves after the for their time in the responsibilties of their daily divine ideal of noble men and women. Side by tasks. And they were true to nature in the act; side stand the Altar of Liberty and the Altar of for married life demands, with the force of an Home; and if Christianity has lighted their instinct, a home for itself. Nor can we see how flames, let us never forget that it is from those the completeness of marriage can ever be re- flames, burning heavenward with steady strength alized—how its full measure of joy can be at- of warmth and lustre, that Providence brings tained, how its sacrifices can be nobly made, and the fiery swords which arm us for our highest its patient, soothing inspiring vocation be ful- achievements and our grandest victories. filled-except in such a home. Is there nothing in having a table, a fireside, a pleasant porch, BAYARD TAYLOR IN NORTHERN EUROPE. shady walks, cheerful flowers, that you can call

(Continued from page 205.) your own? The commonest article of furniture Our road was well beaten, but narrow, and we borrows new associations if it has a place in your had great difficulty in passing the many hay own dwelling; and chairs, carpets, curtains, and wood teams which met us, on account of the draw a charm from the walls that shut you in depth of the loose snow on either side. We had from the world. Man and wife are never perfect several violent overturns at such times, one of ly themselves any where else, nor can they ever which occasioned us the loss of our beloved learn to depend on each other to think, plan, pipe-a loss which rendered Braisted disconsotalk, labor, and suffer for mutual benefit-unless late for the rest of the day. We had but one they are thus separated from outside connections, between us, and the bereavement was not slight. and dedicated to each other's service and joy. Soon after leaving Haparanda, we passed a small

Boarding houses were once for young single white obelisk, with the words “Russian Frongentlemen and bachelors. Good days were tier” upon it. The town of Torneaa, across the those, when they lived in easy content, fearing frozen river, looked really imposing, with the no evil. But the advancing wave of civilization sharp roof and tall spire of its old church rising has inundated them, and they have betaken above the line of low, red buildings. Campbell, themselves to club-houses for security against I remember, says, noisy Irish nurses and brawling babies. See,

“Cold as the rocks on Torneo's hoary brow," too, the great hotels. Is all the world on a fur- / with the same disregard of geography which lough from home, that these huge establish- makes him grow palm trecs along the Susquements are needed to accommodate them? The happa river. There was Torneaa; but I looked stranger is soon let into the secret. Taking the in vain for the “hoary brow.” Not a hill within hint from the size of a Southern plantation or a sight, nor a rock within a circuit of ten miles, Western prairie farm, the cunning architect but one unvarying level, like the western shore puts a good slice of the continent into walls, of the Adriatic, formed by the deposits of the passages, chambers, and parlors; and as you wan- rivers and the retrocession of the sea. der through these winding ways, you indulge a Our road led up to the left bank of the river, childish wonder how the lay brinths of Egypt both sides of which were studded with neat litand the catacombs of Rome bave suddenly re- tle villages. The country was well cleared and appeared on this remote hemisphere. But it's cultivated, and appeared so populous and floura new world! Indeed it is—new in more senses ishing that I could scarcely realize in what part than one--and this is among the things that of the world we were. The sun set at a quarter make good its boastful title. Now the idea of past 1, but for two hours the whole southern converting such a place into a family home is a heaven was superb in its hues of rose and orange. more ridiculous problem then ever alchemy pro- | The sheepskin lent us by our landlady kept our posed. You may eat drink, sleep, wear fine feet warm, and we only felt the cold in our faces; clothes, and promenade fine rooms in it, but you my nose, especially, which, baving lost a coat of can not graft a domestic idea on it. Compared skin, was very fresh and tender, requiring unuwith home, the atmosphere, scenery, habits, are sual care. At 3 o'clock, when we reached as different as the poles are from the tropics. Kuckula, the first station, the northern sky was You might as well exbaust your ingenuity on one broad flush of the purest violet, melting into perpetual motion, as waste it here in efforts to lilac at the zenith, where it met the fiery skirts enjoy a home.

of sunset.

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