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wherein he pretended to prove the Quakers no at one meeting ; George Keith with his comChristians, out of their own books; I had an panions came, but the disturbance they gave answer thereto in print, which Friends were was a considerable advantage to Friends, and the glad of, and I left with them several to spread: meeting ended to great satisfaction. where he had left his.
Being recovered and pretty strong, I left PennAfter we had dined, we took our leave, and a sylvania, and travelled through the Jerseys east Friend, my guide, went with me, and brought and west, and having given expectation to a me to a people called Labadeists, where we were Friend, one James Miller in Scotland, who had civilly entertained in their way. When supper a sister married to one of the Barclay's family, came in, it was placed upon a long table in a that if I came near where she dwelt, I would large room, where, when all things were ready, visit her at his request. She was a very zealous, came in, at a call, about twenty men or up. honest Friend, but her husband joined Keith, wards, but no women. We all sat down, they and left Friends; and on enquiring about her, placing me and my companion near the head of where she dwelt, I was told it would be very the table, and having paused a short space, one little out of my way. Then a young man ofpulled off his hat, but not the rest till a short fered to be my guide, to pay her a visit; and space after, and then one after another they when we came to the house, there were sundry pulled all their hats off, and in that uncovered priests, with others, met to sprinkle an infant, posture sat silent (uttering no words that we the said Barclay's grandchild. The ceremony could hear) near half a quarter of an hour; and was over before we got there, we coming from as they did not uncover at once, so peither did Shrewsbury Yearly Meeting, where Keith also they cover themselves again at once ; but as had been, but gave us no disturbance, por did they put on their hats fell to eating, not regard- he come to our meeting at all, but held a meeting those who were still uncovered, so that it ing a small distance from us for two days, and might be about two minutes time or more, be- I then went off. Our meeting held three days, tween the first and last putting on of their hats. and was thought to be larger by much, in expegI afterwards queried with my companion con- tation that George Keith would be there. It cerning the reason of their conduct, and be gave ended well, and it was said some were convinced this for answer, That they held it unlawful to at that meeting. pray till they felt some inward motion for the But to return to my friend Barclay; she was same; and that secret prayer was more accepta- in an apartment by herself, and gave me a short ble than to utter words; and that it was most account of what they were or had been doing; proper for every one to pray, as moved thereto saying, “they have sprinkled the babe my grandby the spirit in their own minds.
child, and the ceremony is over, but they have I likewise queried, if they had no women not yet been to dinner;" to which she added, amongst them? He told me they had, but the "my husband will be earnest for thy company : women eat by themselves, and the men by them if thou hast freedom to go, I shall leave thee at selves, having all things in common, respecting liberty, but if thou refusest to go, they will be their household affairs, so that none could claim ready to report that thou durst not face them;" any more right than another to any part of the adding, “ I would be pleased with your company stock, whether in trade or busbandry ; and if (meaning me and my companion) to dine with any had a mind to join with them, whether rich me, but it will be best, I think, for you to dine or poor, they must put what they had in the with them, and I hope, said she, the Lord will common stock, and if they afterwards had a mind give you wisdom to conduct yourselves, that they to leave the society, they must likewise leave may have no just cause to reproach the princiwhat they brought, and go out empty handed. ple on your account.” She had no sooner ended,
They frequently expounded the Scriptures than (as she had suggested) her husband came, among themselves, and being a very large fami- and after some compliments, and enquiry about ly, in all upwards of a hundred men, women and his brother-in-law James Miller, and relations at children, carried on something of the manufac- Ury, we were called to dinner, and by no means tory of linen, and had a very large plantation of would he excuse me. We went in, and the corn, tobacco, flax, and hemp, together with cat- mistress of the feast, the mother of the babe tle of several kinds. [But at my last going then sprinkled, would have me sit at her right there, these people were all scattered and gone, hand, and set George Keith at her left. We sat and nothing of them remaining of a religious all down, and after a short pause George Keith community in that shape.]
stood up with all the rest of the company, save I left this place and travelled through the me and my companion, we kept our places, and country to Philadelphia, and was there seized hats on, while he repeated a long prayer for the with a fever and ague, which held me about Church and State, Bishops, and all the inferior thirteen weeks, and I staid there till the Yearly clergy, the Queen, and Dutchess Dowager of Meeting came on, wbich was very large, but my Hanover, &c. The grace being ended, the misdisorder of the ague would not admit my being tress carved, and would serve me first; I would
have refused, and put it to George Keith, but must water it, the earth must nourish it; they
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From an ancient manuscript we extract the
following account of the last illness of Esther to know my business in Scotland, pretending to
Lewis. Many of the Friends mentioned therein suppose me a merchant that dealt in linen to sell in England; but I saw her design was to lead
| are associated with pleasant memories. They
have long since been removed, but the light reme to some unwary answer, for Keith and the
flected from their faithfulness in the path of rest to find matter of objection to. This put me
duty, shines with undiminished lustre, and we upon my guard, to make reply cautiously ; I
point to it as an encouragement for others to freely owned I had no concern in buying or sel
press forward in the same heavenward journey, ling of any sort of goods. Pray then, sir, what
that their days may also be marked with useful. was your call there? I replied, that I thought
ness and their end crowned with peace. it my place sometimes to advise my friends and others, to endeavor so to live, that death, when SOME ACCOUNT OF ESTAER LEWIS, FORMERLY it comes, might not be a terror to them; and FISHER, THE ELDEST SISTER OF THOMAS, doubt not but thou wilt count this a good work,
SAMUEL R. AND MIERS FISHER. and needful to be done. She readily allowed, Esther Lewis's last illness commenced in the that it was very needful, and the more so, for latter part of the year 1794, and continued for that the age was now very wicked. Then she several months. She was sustained in exemplary proceeded to query the reason of my coming into patience and resignation, and evinced unshaken those parts, pretending to suppose it was on ac- confidence in the mercy of her heavenly Father, count of trade, as being a supercargo, with sun- and often exhorted her near relatives to be faithdry trilling and impertinent questions, as when ful to what they felt to be required of them. I was in such and such places? To all which The following is the conclusion of a detailed acI gave her answers to the same effect as before, count of the last two months of her life. that my designed business was the same in this 12th mo. 28, 1794.-This evening in the prescountry as in Scotland. Then she proceeded to ence of her friend Cadwalader Jones and her sismore trifling questions, as when I landed ? and 'ter Lydia Gilpin, she requested her brother Samwbere? and which way I was going? All the uel to take down from her own mouth a few company at the table gave ear to our dialogue, lines relative to her steppings along through which appeared to me very weak in such a life, for the information and benefit of her near learned company as they thought themselves to connections. She began as follows: be, and none so much as put in a word between “I was visited at an early period of my life, us. Didger being ended, I desired to be ex- about the twelfth or thirteenth year, with the cused, for that time called me away, and my dayspring from on high. Its powerful operation friends would wait for me at the ferry, which we at that time often drew me to retirement, at bad to pass that evening. Thus Keith and I which seasons I was frequently favored with a met and parted.
degree of the spirit of prayer, and was contrited, (To be continued.)
having the mantle of love as my covering—and this language often prevailed : Oh that thou
would be mercifully pleased to suffer neither WORKING WITH GOD.
heights nor depths, principalities nor powers, • “Work, for it is God that worketh in you.” | things present or to come, to separate me from This beautifal union of holy fear, and yet holy | thy love and heart-tendering goodness. In this courage, of entire dependence upon God, and yet happy, innocent, tender state of mind, I continunabated and jealous “ diligence to make our ued, and used to long for meeting day to come, calling and election sure.” is attainable only, that I might go, and there be favored with the Day, I might say intelligible only, to a spiritual enjoyment of the divine presence with His peomind. Not that there is any inexplicable mys-ple. And oh ! then the bedewing seasons of tery in their connection; men are continually heavenly regard were such that iny spirit was acting in the affairs of life in the same way. often humbled under the consideration of his They clear the ground, sow their crops, go merciful condescension in thus visiting me. In through all the toils of husbandry with unre- this state, I was like a child dandled on the mitting diligence, and show they can do no knees, having the breast of consolation frequentmore; they watch for the increase, they think ly offered to me. This continued for several of it, they talk of it with the deepest interest, years, till I grew up to be a young woman. My while yet it is undeniable that they cannot make disposition was volatile, and my company was a single blade of wheat to spring up, or bear pro- much courted, and believing that the work was duce. The sun must shine upon it; the rain measurably done, and that I might indulge my.
self in freely going into companies, with my as strong barrier against the arising and spreading sociates, (which though accounted innocent, was a of perfect peace, may be done away, that the snare to me,) those precious tender impressions tribulated path, which in divine wisdom has been were much dissipated. Many precious seasons allotted for my refinement, may bring me into a of heavenly visitations are frequently revived in state of full union with Thee, who hast often my remembrance, and under a clear retrospec- thus broke in upon me, a poor unworthy creative view of my steppings, I have a thankful and ture, after I have been much tossed, stripped and firm persuasion that I have been mercifully fol. deserted, without any power or strength in hands lowed and cared for in a very singular and un- or even fingers remaining, to fight this warfare merited manner, through the tried and varied of the soul.” allotments of my life, even to this day. This In the evening she addressed one of her young often appears marvellous indeed, and has been a connections by name, and spoke to her as fol. support and comfort in my low, stripped seasons." I lows:
Here some of her friends coming into the “I bave often by day and by night been en. room prevented further expression at that time. gaged in earnest solicitude that thou might make
The following was taken down by S. Osborne, choice of, and prefer above all things for thy who attended her in her sickness- being spoken counsellor and director, the God of ihy father, while she was confined to her bed.
grandfather and predecessors in the truth. Oh “Oh Lord, do thou strengthen me to look at the beauty and the excellency there is in a relino other object but thee, and grant that I may gious course of life, and I have now to acknowbear my sufferings with patience.”
ledge in my own experience the tender mercies and She appeared several times to be in supplica- goodness of my heavenly Father in every time tion, but her voice was so low, I could not under- of deep conflict. I have often lamented over the stand her. At one time she said, “ Oh how prodigal state, seeking to feed upon husks, when sweet it is to feel some little suspension of pain, there was bread enough and to spare in the but all we suffer here is nothing, if we do but Father's house. Life is very uncertain—youth find a resting place for that part that never is the time, the most acceptable time to dedicate dies. How necessary it is to improve our time, thy talents so liberally bestowed, even when that we may find an admittance where there is prosperity smiles upon thee and the world courts joy for evermore.” She very frequently addres- thy friendship. This surrender would yield thee sed me in a very affectionate manner, and hoped the peaceable fruits of a well spent life, and would that her sufferings might be a lesson of instruc- be a treasure laid up in store against a day of tion to me.
trial, similar to what I now experience. It would 1st mo. 20.—She was engaged in prayer near- make thee a shining example, singularly useful ly in the following words. “Oh most gracious in the family, and render thee dear to thy conand heavenly Father, do thou support and nections and cotemporaries, when the customs, strengthen me through all my weakness, for fashions and maxims of the world will prove as weak I am, unless thou art pleased at times to a treacherous, yea, a very treacherous lover.” bless me with thy life-giving presence; and ena! 1st mo. 24.- After appearing in prayer, some ble me, Oh Lord, to offer at this time, as a sac- of her relations being present, she requested rifice, a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Ac-them to put up their prayers with her and for cept, most gracious Father, this my small offer-her-and mentioning her poor weak state, she ing, and sanctify it, if it be but as a turtle dove said, “I have often thought of what my dear or a young pigeon.
father remarked, that when his weakness grew “Oh Lord I offer the tribute of praise unto greater, his conflicts grew lighter." thee and thee only. Grant that I may be some- This evening she asked for her two neices S. times with thy servants, who are visiting from G. and H. L. F., and thus addressed them : house to house the precious seed of life, and Oh "I am glad to have you with me; I should Father, enable them to render honor, praise and rejoice in your coming up in greater obedience thanksgiving unto thee. And, Father, I thank than I have done—then would you have great thee that thou art pleased to visit me sometimes peace. My mind has been exercised on your aewith thy presence, and to enable me to offer at count. May you consider a coming up in faiththis time the tribute of glory, honor and praise fulness as of greater consequence than any unto thee, who art worthy to be praised, wor- earthly enjoyment, and may every one of you shipped and obeyed.”
now present have a hope when you come to this ist mo. 22nd. - About 4 o'clock this afternoon trying season, of a sure resting place.” her brother Samuel called to see her, she having She then requested her brother Samuel to just passed through a hard spell of coughing, write as follows: which left her very low. All present being “My mind is favored a little this evening silent, she broke forth in sweet supplication with the incomes of heavenly love, which though nearly in these words : “ Oh that all my dross often hidden from view, is, I humbly trust, at and everything that stands in opposition, or as a times near me. And when I am thus favored
with a ray of that divine light, in which there divine intention. If we fully follow him in all is life, and witness that soul-sustaining comfort his leadings, the Lord's way would to many of and consolation which the world can neither give us be a plainer path than we find it. Great nor take from me; then is my mind opened and is the advantage of faithful obedience; it sweetens expanded toward the dear younger branches of every cup, and speaks peace to the soul. Unmy family, for whom I have long been travailing, mixed sincerity towards God, is an excellent sweetas with my hands on my loins, that it mightener of all the cups we drink of, from the foun. please Infinite Mercy to visit them so effectually, tain of Marah ; but where the secret consciousthat the visitation might be as a nail fastened in ness of want of true resignation and humble fola sure place. Were my head waters, and mine loving on preys upon the mind, such cannot ily eyes fountains of tears, then could I weep day with boldness to the altars of God, where even the and night for the younger branches of my own swallows have a place allotted. May best wisfamily, and for the descendants of believing, re- dom and fortitude be the clothing of thy mind, ligious parents in general, whose minds I believe and peace, and the answer of “well done,” be are often bowed before the throne of majesty and thy portion forever.-SAMUEL TOTHERGILL. grace for the preservation of their children. May these come under the operation of the holy preparing Hand, which is about to work for them
PSALM XCI. great things, provided they will make a full sur- The security and happiness of the godly under render, and be as clay in the band of the potter,
the Divine protection. and be formed by him into whatever vessel he
I He that dwelleth in the secret place of the pleaseth. When all is thus left to Him, he will
Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the dignify and make them vessels of honor in his
| Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my church and family, bearing the inscription of holiness.
refuge and my fortress ; my God; in him I will Oh, the earnest supplication and prayer of my
trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the
snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestiheart for those of my father's family, who are'
lence. growing up or stepping forward into life, that i
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and they may be favored to see the beauty and ex-,
under his wings shall thou trust; his truth shall cellency of true religion—that it is a treasure', worthy of their endeavor to lay it up for them. 1.
be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be selves, and infinitely more desirable than an in.!!
afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow crease of corn, wine, or oil, in the outward. My
" that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that
Y walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction mind is seriously impressed with deep anxiety
y that wasteth at noon-day. A thousand shall for their preservation, under consideration of my
fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right own want of faithfulness in early life, whereby Í might have ranked among the more exemplary, 1,
y band, but it shall not come nigh thee. Only
: with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the and been instrumental in leading the young in the right way. And though it seems, on ac
reward of the wicked, because thou hast made
i the Lord which is my refuge, even the Most count of my unfaithfulness, as if the crown had been taken off my head, I have at times been
High, thy habitation ; there shall no evil befall comforted under the hope, that it will be placed
thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy
dwelling, for he shall give his angels charge upon the heads of some of the children.
over thee to keep thee in all thy ways. They [To be continued )
shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash
thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon EXTRACT.
the lion and adder; the young lion and the He in whose hands the winds are held, both
dragon shalt thou trample under feet ; because the Southern gale and the Northern blast, hath
he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I caused the former to blow upon thee, in the deliver him: I will set him on high, because he sight of the many; and the northern gale of hath k
ale of hath known my name. He shall call upon me pinching and trial hath also blown upon thee, and so
nee, and I will answer him ; I will be with him in and demanded the sympathy of the few who, troul
*5); trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. versed in the alternate revolutions of the Lord's With long life will I satisfy him and shew him year, praise Him for the summer's heat and
a my salvation. winter's storms; for the stormy wind fulfilling his word was called upon, as well as the rolling stars of light, to declare his praise. | MISTAKES.— As one observes more and more,
I have known times of sitting by the waters he accounts it of less importance to correct mere of Babylon, and wecping when I remembered intellectual misapprehensions. Mistakes that Zion ; but when I have looked into the holy do not involve pernicious errors of doctrine, sanetuary, I have seen afflictions and sorrow are and that have not energy enough to keep themoften more the result of our own conduct, than the selves alive, it is best to let die of neglect,
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| I performed under the delusive impression, that NOAH WORCESTER.
being prepared for war was the surest means of (Continued from page 215.)
preventing it; this was then the popular docA statement of the process through which his trine, in which I acquiesced. But in praying on mind passed was given in his letters written in such occasions I ever felt deeply that the busi1823.
ness of war was horrible, and opposed to my own “When a child I was delighted with military feelings as a Christian, and to the spirit which exercises and parade, and was chosen captain of as a minister, I constantly inculcated. I used to a company of boys. For several years prior to pray that the business on which we met might the Revolution there was considerable talk of a be the means of preventing the necessity of our war between Great Britain and this country. ever again having occasion to resort to the use Before this I had heard of the Quaker opinion, of military weapons. But long before I left and this was perhaps all I had ever heard against Thornton I became fully convinced that the war. But when the prospects of a war with military trainings and reviews were not merely Britain became a topic of conversation, I had useless, but exceedingly parnicious in regard to opportunity to hear the Quaker opinion not only the morals of the community; that they were in expressed but vindicated by a neighbor who had fact means of danger, and not of safety to the beeu educated among Quakers, but was then a country. This opinion I freely expressed to the Baptist preacher. Though I listened to his Colonel of the regiment, who was also a member arguments, I was little influenced by them, for of the State Legislature. my father and a multitude of others were on "The war of 1812 between Great Britain and the other side of the question. During the two the United States was the occasion of perfecting campaigns that I was in the army, I do not re- the revolution in my mind in regard to the lawcollect that I had any scruples of conscience in fulness of war. I was residing in Salisbury regard to the lawfulness of the business in which when war was declared, and was for several I was engaged; yet I was not pleased with the months very attentive to the measures which life of a soldier.
I were pursued to exasperate the minds of the “Before the close of the war I was married people, and prepare them for the horrid conflict. and settled in Plymouth. Soon after this a I was well satisfied that our country had suffered minister was ordained in Thornton who was injuries from Great Britain, but I was also satisknown as one who denied the lawfulness of war. 'fied that these evils were exaggerated by the In a short time after his settlement, I had a representations of our people ; and that the im. wish to remove to Thornton, but had some pressment of our seamen was not authorised by scruples in regard to sitting under the ministry the government of Great Britain. I regarded of one who in relation to war held the Quaker the war as having resulted from our own party principle to be correct. But as he was deemed contests, and the indulgence of vile passions;--a pious man, and was prudent in regard to and on the whole as unnecessary and unjust. urging his views on this subject, I concluded to On the day appointed for national fasting, I become one of his parishioners. About the delivered a discourse on the pacific conduct of time the war closed, the minister put into my Abraham and Lot to avoid hostilities between hands a book to read in which the principles of their herdsmen. The President had called on war were examined in respect to their agreement ministers of the gospel to pray for the success of or disagreement with the precepts of the gospel. our arms. This I could not do; and I deemed I have forgotten the name of the author if it it a duty to assign my reasons for the neglect. was in the book. The work had a powerful in. This part of my duty I endeavored to perform fluence on my mind, and though I did not feel in a manner both impressive and inoffensive. convinced that defensive war was unlawful, my This discourse was published, but it gave offence views and feelings on the subject became greatly to the advocates for the war. changed, even in regard to trainings and every “ After removing to Thornton I had much thing of a military character. I, however, still opportunity to become acquainted with the baneretained the idea that defensive war and prepara- ful influence of the war spirit; and the more I tions for war were necessary evils, and to be sup- observed and reflected, the more I was shocked ported as means for preventing greater evils. I with its barbarity and demoralizing influence, did not then understand that all wars are con- its contrariety to Christianity, and every benevoducted in an offensive as well as defensive lent feeling. In 1814 my mind became so im. manner, nor that the spirit of all war is repug-pressed with the subject, that I resolved to make nant to the spirit required by the gospel, and the inquiry whether the custom of war was not exemplified by the Prince of Peace. My ideas the effect of popular delusion. When I began on the subject were dark, perplexed and confused. to write, I aimed at nothing more than an article After I became the minister of Thornton, I was for the Christian Disciple of which I was then regularly requested to pray with the military the Editor. But as I wrote, my mind became company when they wet for training. This duty more and more interested, and instead of a short