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repair to the bathing houses, where they perform most thorough ablutions. Both sexes and all ages may be seen at this time of the day at these establishments, where for a few cash, they can obtain hot and cold water in abundance.

Attached to the Goiosho, or government house, there was a large bazaar, fenced in from public observations. This establishment was built in the shape of a paralellogram; on the front side, facing the street, were the apartments for the governmen t officers; and on the three other sides, facing the central portion of the lot, which formed a sort of court yard, were collected, under cover, the wares for sale. Men were stationed at various points to facilitate examination of the articles, and carry those things purchased to the officers, who made a record of them, and received the money—according to the present valuation by the Japanese, our dollar is worth but 33 cents.

In this government bazaar was exhibited for sale an assortment of lacquered ware, which, for | variety and novelty of design, absolute perfection and beauty of finish, was unrivalled.

The art of lacquering is possessed by the Japanese in full perfection, and no other nation! can even approach them in the beauty or quality' of the works. This fact, even the Chinese, who make very handsome lacquer-ware, acknowledge.

By invitation of the Governor, the officers paid him a visit at the Goiosho. After the passing of various compliments, and smoking, a fine repast was served up. It consisted of many courses: among which were various kinds of soups; and during the entertainment, warm saki was freely passed around. This saki, which is made from rice, is the national drink, and is very palatable. All the trays, &c, were lacquered ware. The guests sat iu a line in front of tables, on which were pipes, tobacco and fire; opposite them were Japanese officials, at the head of whom w»s the Governor, and in front of, and to the right of him, was Moriama, a fine, gentlemanly man, the royal interpreter from Jedo. Behind the Governor sat several reporters, who faithfully recorded everything said at the interview. I said the reporters tat; but in truth, the Japanese knttl rather than sit. Moriama spoke Dutch quite fluently.

The scrupulous cleanliness of everything in the apartments of the Goiosho, attracted the attention, and excited the admiration of every one.

The dislike of the Japanese to have intercourse with foreigners was manifest at the above interview, from their asking the Commodore if he had not better take Mr. Harris, the Consul, back with him. They did not give him a residence in Simoda proper, but placed him in a temple in a village called Kakataki, on the other Bide of the bay. It is in the grave yard attached to this temple that they have set apart a small plat of ground as an American cemetery; and in it rest the remains of several of the Japan Expedi

tion. The tombs erected to their memory are very neat, and well put up.

The Consul General having arranged his domestic establishment; and having had a flag-staff erected on the shore, near his residence, he hoisted the first American Consular flag, in Japan, on the afternoon of September 4th, 1856; and the San Jacinto, answering his parting salute, steamed out of the beautiful harbor of Simoda, on her way to Shanghai. And thus was marked another era in the history of Japan, one of which may be the starting point in the opening up of that country to the world. J. E. S.


A few weeks since a band of thirty-two boys and girls were sent to the west, under the care of the superintendent of the House of Reception, a City branch of this Institution. We give the following extracts from his report, made on his return:

"By permission of the Board, I left New York, on Monday Jan. 26, with twenty-four boys and six girls, for Tazewell County, Illinois. The children attracted much notice during the journey for their good behaviour and fine appearance, so much so that one gentleman handed me $10, and an another 85, (both refusing to give their names), to be expended in refreshments for the children. We arrived at our place of destination on Saturday evening, all in good health and spirits. On Sunday, a clear cold day, soon after breakfast, some thirty children, part of whom had found homes in that vicinity more than a year ago, began to come in, and soon an exhibition took place, such as I had never dreamed of, notwithstanding my earnest wishes for the welfare of these poor children. No stranger could have been present without having his feelings excited by the confidence and affection §hown by them for their legal protectors, as well as by the care and solicitude exhibited in return. But to me, familiar as I had been with the antecedents of each child, the scene was one of peculiar interest. Here stood the little street vagrant, driven from home by the intemperance and vice of a mother, once fast hurrying on to ruin, now saved, with her arm on her mistress's shoulder, showing in every look all that love and confidence that should exist between a mother and daughter. On my saying to her, 'shall I take you back with me to New York?' she burst into tears exclaiming. 'Oh I love my grand-mother too well ever to leave her—she is so kind to me.' Here too was the poor street-wanderer, with no one for a friend, with nothing to eat, and only some old wagon or mortar-box for his bed; now the presumptive heir of broad acres, and having a kind father and mother who have no other child to share their love. I said, 'Andrew, do you like your place?' 'Oh, yes ! I never knew what it was to live before I cametoBelfaue.' 'Andrew,' said his father, 'go out arid see to the horses a moment,' adding, as soon as he was gone, 'Andrew is the best boy on Delavan Prairie, kind and obedient, and giving no trouble : he is just such a boy as I want for my son.' On one side stood a poor colored boy who had many a time raked up his only meal for the day from the refuse of Washington Market, now well dressed, showing every tooth in his head as he shook my hand and asked me to take a ride behind hit mure, that had been given him for learning to plow so well last summer. And I must not forget the poor, cheated, abused and half-starved canal-driver, who now seemed to expand into something like a man, as he spoke of his New-Year's present of 80 acres of prairie, and told me of his plan of fencing it with the Osage Orange. But 1 should weary the Board were I to relate all that I saw the first Sabbath 1 spent in Illinois. Ii is sufficient to say, that of the 3d children sent to this county some mouths back, I saw and talked with 30, aud heaid from two more, and not one word of complaint or dissatisfaction did I hear, except in a single instance, when the master admitted the fault to be his own in having been too easy and indulgent with the boy. Three had run away from their places who had been good children, but had been induced_to leave by evil counsellors. Every one who knew the facts confirmed this statement. On Tuesday I commenced the work of visiting the children at their homes. 1 found some at work, others at school, and all employed as they usually were. And with a single exception, 1 fouud no occasion to desire the removal of a single child; and that arose from the master having begun to be intemperate since the boy was indentured. Steps were taken to procure a change of place, unless the evil was removed. Messrs. Chase and Wilsey, the resident agents of the Asylum, deserve much credit for their care and attention to the children, not only in selecting good places for them, but in requiring a strict compliance with the terms of the indentures. Locations remote from railroad depots, and from the demoralizing influences of the great lines of travel, seem the peculiarly fitted homes for children who have so early in life been exposed to unhappy influences. Such are found in Tazewelland neighboring counties."-Tribune.


Flour Aud Meal.—The market for Flour is dull. Mixed brands sell at less than $6 121. Sales of better brands for home consumption at $6 15 a 6 25, and extra and fancy brands at $7 00 a 7 50. There is very liitle export demand. Rye Flour is held at $4 00 per barrel. Corn Meal is selling at $3 25 per bbl.

Grain.—Wheat is dull, but prices are steady. Sales of prime Pennsylvania red are making at $1 42 a fl 45, and $1 55 a 1 61 for good white. Rye is steady; sales of Penna. at 80 a 82c. Corn is in fair request; sales of old at 65c; prime yellow at 65 a

66c, afloat, and 63Jc in the cars and in store. Oats are scarce; sales of Pennsylvania at 47 a 48c per bushel.

GREEN LAWN BOARDING SCHOOL FUK GIKLS, near Unionville, Chester County, Pa. The summer session of this school will commence on the fourth of Fifth month next, and continue twenty weeks. The course of instruction, by competent female teachers, will be extensive in all the usual branches comprising a ".borough English Education, Drawing included. Terms fifty-five dollars per session, one ball in advance. Fancy needlework at an extra charge of three dollars. The use of all Class Books, Globes, Maps, Planisphere, Physiological Charts, Pens aud Ink, two dollars per session. Those wishing to enter will please give their names is early as possible. For circulars address the Principal, Unionville Post Office. EDITH B. CHALFANT.

3 mo. 28. 3t. Principal.

itt URPHY'S SCHOOL.—This Institution having J_ been in successful operation for the last 20 y^ars, as a day school, will now receive six or eight female pupils, (girls under 13 years of age preleired.) at boarders in the family. Attention will be paid to health, morals, &c. They will be required to attend Friends' Meeting on First days, accompanied by one of their teachers, also mid-week Meetings if required by parents or guardians. Terms $35 00 per quarter of twelve weeks, (one-half payable in advance) including board, washing, &c. For further particulars enquiie of LET1TIA MURPHY, Principal.

SARAH C. WALKER, Assistant. No. 158, Main St., Franklord Pa. N. B. Plain and fancy needle-work taught. 3d mo.,21st, 1857,-4t.pd.


commence the Summer session of this Institution on the 1st 2d day in the 5th mo. next. Lectures will be delivered on various subjects, by the teacher. AlsQf on Anatomy and Physiology, by a med ical practitioner; the former illustrated by appropriate apparatus; the latter by plates adapted to the purpose.

Terms; 65 dollars for 20 weeks. No extra charge except for the Latin language, which will be 5dollats. For Circulars, including references, and further particulars, address

BENJAMIN SWAYNE, Principal, London Grove P. O., Chester co., Pa. 3d mo. 14, 1857.

B~~tber R Y ^BOARDING SC HOOL FOR~GIRLS. The fourth session of this school, taugbt by Jan« Hillborm and Sisters, will commence on the 1st Second day in the Fifth month, and continue twenty weeks. The usual branches of a liberal English Education will be tail-lit.

Teems: $60 per session, one half payable in advance, the other half at the end of the term. For Circulars, containing particulars, address,

JANE H1LLBOUN, Byberry P. O., Pa.

3d mo. 14, 1857—8t.

ti ENESEE VALLEY BOARDING SCHOOL FOR I GIRLS—The Spring Term of this School will commence on the 2d of 3d mo. next, and continue fourteen weeks.

Terms $42 per term for tuition, hoard and washing, fuel, pens and inks, for particulars address the Principal for a circular. .

STEPHEN COX, Principal. Scottsville P. O., Monroe Co., N. Y

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Communications must he addressed to the Publisher, free of expense, to whom all payments are to be made.


In a letter to the physician, Dr. Hamilton, who had assiduously endeavored to promote her recovery during her residence on the Isle of Wight, she says, under dale Earlham, Sixth Month, 1820 :—

One other thing of much more importance has dwelt much on my mind about thee, and therefore I shall express it in writing, though I have often done it in conversation. It is chiefly to tell thee how rejoiced and thankful I am that thou art not disposed to cleave to any particular party in religion. I do truly and warmly desire for thee that thy heart may be more enlarged in the love of the gospel, and be enabled, in this love, to make allowance for the " differences ,.f administrations and of operations," which we -till see are permitted to exist in the church of Christ. 1 eannot help thinking there is some real danger in the present day of a more exelusive spirit among some Christians than the scriptures at all justify. I have been particularly struck with the thirteenth of Corinthians, as applicable to individual practice, and as a part of Scripture which can hardly be too much dwelt upon by Christians, and as rather peculiarly applicable in the present limes : " Though I understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith," &c, "and have not charity, I am nothing." When we see the evils which are in the world, the great proneness to imperfection in all parties in the church militant, and above all, when we feel the depth of corruption of the human heart, well may we pray and heartily desire that the truth, as it is in Jesus, may be preserved in its purity and fuloess and excellency amongst us.

About two weeks after the foregoing, she addressed her beloved cousin Hannah C- Backhouse :—

Earlham, Sixth Month 30tb, 1820.

The future is entirely in obscurity to me, nor do I wish to penetrate it, but rather confine my views to the present, seeking, day by day, for the gift (for I am sure it is nothing of our own) of a meek and quiet spirit, which can enable us to receive our daily bread with thankfulness and contentment. I am thankful to say I am able very much to leave the past. I have sometimes felt that if I had more faith, more child-like obedience, my situation might in some things have been different, and my life more fruitful; but we cannot judge ourselves, "there is One that judgeth." Nothing I have found availingly consoling, in illness and the prospect of death, but looking to that mercy and redemption which covers our transgressions and forgives our sins; but how little and how imperfectly do I comprehend, or really take home, the fulness of the gospel dispensation! ,

The air of Cromer being considered more favorable for her restoration than that of an inland residence, she was induced to remove thither in the early part of the Seventh Month. At that place she writes, for the last time, in her journal:—

Seventh Month, 20<7t, 1820.—My present life presents so remarkably shifting a scene, that \ am become weary of relating every little particular; yet I wish, for my own sake, and perhaps that of others, to note down the principal occurrences; having stilf, and in all things, to declare the goodness, power, aud mercy of the Redeemer,—of Him who remains the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. We left our quiet and peaceful abode in the Isle of Wight on the 11th of Fourth Month, and ended our sojourn there, upon the whole, satisfactorily, though under a heavy cloud from the afflictions of our beloved Fowell and Hannah. - The loss of their dear children has been almost the heaviest trial we have ever sustained, and has cast the deepest, shade over our temporal prosperity and enjoyment; but I humbly trust a little of that faith which overcometh the world hath supported us, especially their bereaved and afflicted parents. The Everlasting Arm has been underneath to sustain j but the conflicts of the last two month.-, to some in our circle, have been of no light nature. Our Redeemer has been surely visiting our spirits as the Refiner and Purifier, and we have had to partake, not only of the baptism of the Spirit, but also of fire; this has often been my individual experience. I left my dearest Rachel (so long my companion and nurse,) and accompanied Joseph to Earlham, leaving our beloved circle in much distress. My heart seemed torn by this sudden, but apparently necessary, separation from them all. These conflicts, with other causes, brought on a serious illness after my return home iu the Fourth Month. I was most tenderly nursed by dearest J. and J—e, and E. R. soon after joined us from Fakenham; but my whole body and spirit seemed deeply wounded, and I often doubted whether I ever should recover the effects of it; but surely the voice of the Lord is more powerful than the noise of many w*aters,and this I have experienced. I spent th^pe months at home, in which I had some serious illness, much close confinement, but, through great mercy, comparatively little bodily suffering. Upon the whole I have been permitted to partake of much peace and serenity of mind; and ^occasionally something of that bright hope which is unspeakable and full of glory; and I have much''enjoyed having dear Catherine as my frequent Companion, and being once more at home with my *very dear brother and sister there, whose great kindness and affection have been an unspeakable alleviation to the pains and trials of illness. Our life has been retired and much secluded from the world, and accordant with my present state of mind and body. Our scene has now changed to Cromer,, where we are settled, for a few weeks, during Joseph's visit to Aekworth.

To her sister Elizabeth Gurney.

Cromer, Eighth Month 2d. We have been settled here most comfortably and quietly for a week, and the benefit we have all derived from the change is greater than we could almost expect. I bad been so long in a very poor and languid state, that a revival to me of health and strength is a great present enjoyment. The retirement and quiet of our life is as salutary as the air, which has been delightfully warm and mild, and yet refreshing. We live much out of doors, lounging on the sands, and riding in our little cart. I have also, the last day or two, mounted a nice donkney. And now, my dearest sister, I must turn to you and your concerns, and which, I am sure, are near my heart. From various causes, the last few months have appeared to me a time of remarkable exercise and discipline to many in our circle; we have had to feel and experience something of the "Refiner's fire," both from within and from without, and many individuals in our own family have been called to the exercise of patience and submission. I have also felt it to myself a time of uncommon proving; but from whence do all our trials and provings spring ?— we must not, and cannot, doubt they aro need

ful for us. I have sometimes felt the desire for us all, that our faith, though it may be tried as with fire, may eventually be found unto "praise, glory," &c. I am, of course, now anxious to reserve my strength for the strong interest of being with our dear Hannah. I think of thee, dearest Elizabeth, with warm and grateful affection; thou hast been a sister indeed to me and to us all. I seem to have no strength, I might almost say no calling, for any other object of interest than my own family. My love particularly and affectionately to thy dear mother, and to J. and L. I can heartily rejoice to think of their prospering in the best way, and earnestly wish they may persevere without fainting. Our day is short, and how happy for those who arc doing their day's work iu the day-time! I have seldom felt this more forcibly than of late, though brought into such a state of nothingness myself. Very, very affectionately, farewell.

Thine, &c, P. G.

It was the desire of her affectionate family, that Priscilla Gurney should pass the ensuing winter in a milder climate. Referring to the consideration of this plan, she writes to one of her sisters as follows :—

Cromer, Eighth Month 13th.

The question which is soon coming before us, and which is already a subject of consideration in the family circle, is, whether it would, or would upt, be a desirable measure for me to go to the South of France for the winter. If, after serious consideration, we should conclude to make the effort, I think it would not be prudent to commence our journey later than the beginning of the Tenth Month, and it is on this account that we must not delay turning our attention to the subject, though I much dislike, in my uncertain state, to look forward to the future more than can possibly be helped, and if it be a duty to give up home, I am, on many accounts, more inclined to the South of France, except on this account, that it would be necessary to leave home so much the sooner. The attractions to France are meeting F. and C., the motives for it are, that my case still seems to admit of so much hope that, if a sacrifice is to be made, it is better to do it effectually at once. The better I am, the more I am disposed to go abroad, because of the reasonable hope it presents of being of material benefit; but when I am ill, I am very faint-hearted at the prospect, and am doubtful how far I could undertake it. Thus, at present, I am wholly in obscurity as to all future movements, but I am thankful to say I am not anxious; I trust and believe, light will arise on my path, both in reference to things temporal and spiritual.

Increased illness rendered it undesirable to pursue the course which had been anxiously recommended by her physician and nearest connexions, and with some degree of encouragement contemplated by herself. She remained in a house on the cliff at Cromer until the Eighth Month ; when she was removed to that of her dear brother and sister Buxton, Cromer Hall, which, from its sheltered situation, appeared a Tery suitable residence. Here she was tenderly nursed by her bereaved sister, in whose deep affliction she had largely shared.

The succeeding narrative of the few remaining months of Priscilla Gurney's valuable life, is selected from the journals of her sisters H. Buxton, L. Hoare, and Rachel Gurney.

"August" 31st.—Priscilla and I had some interesting conversation after reading the third chapter of 1st Peter. This Epistle opened to her with such particular force. She remarked that the prospect of meeting those that were gone was animating; that to see God and be with him was our chief hope and joy; but that she believed the wish to be with those whom we love, and to have our connections with them perfected, was a most allowable source of. comfort and encouragement. She dwelt upon this, —that our relationships will be perfected in heaven.

"September" 10th.—After a day of great illness, R. stayed with her all night. I went to her at seven, found her very low; I expressed my sense of the power and presence of the Lord in her chamber; she replied, " It is true, it is a comfort." I said, even in the conflict yesterday, I could not but feel He was near, sustaining and helping. "I felt it most sensibly," she answered. After she was up, I read the third of Ephesians: her countenance was animated by the description of the love of Christ; and she expressed her admiration of it, as if entering into and comprehending it. We talked of the high spiritual attainments of some Friends, beyond those of any other set of people. W. Forster and S. Grellet, she mentioned as instances, where everything appeared brought into subjection to

the power of the Spirit. She thought was

one of the nio9t constantly on the watch of any | she knew. The place of Friends in the church was, she thought, to hold up the highest standard of holiness.

"September" 14th.—P. said, with regard to the fear of death, the bodily part was by nature weak, but that the sting was wholly removed through Christ. She had rather have people silent on the hope set before them in their friends' death. It was a hope in common; but the flat and supposed "necessary mention of such | things was to her very unpleasant; and as to all! religious conversations about a person, or to a person who was on a death-bed, that did not flow; from a spring of Divine life within us, it was,! she thought, vain and unprofitable. To seek to find out a person's mind was undesirable : a time of illness and incapacity was not the period when

she thought we were called to publish, or particularly to declare, our love to God,—that was to be manifested in the days of health and strength, when we were to show our love by our services. It was an inexpressible blessing to be left in the days of sicknecs to rest,—not to be called upon to declare or reveal our love by words. She talked much of the power of an endless life, which was at times to be found in attending the dying, but had very seldom trusted this to be the case. "I did with J. W.," she said, who without much profession had lived, she believed, in a waiting spirit. She turned to herself and said, how often did she know this power of Eternal life while lying on her own bed.

15th.—P. addressed us before taking leave of us at night,—expressed her thankfulness for the sweet communion we had enjoyed together— something of the joy as well as peace of believing; and she said she had herself never been more sensible than at this time of the power of that voice which says "Peace, be still," notwithstanding the sorrow and conflict which we had

tasted; and added to that it was not the

service in which he had been engaged among us, or the gifts that had been exercised for ourselves, but that it was the Christian charity which had been shed abroad in his heart towards us that had diffused its sweet influence, and had been both consolatory and uniting to her feelings. "Tongues shall cease and prophecies shall fail," but "charity never faileth;" and that this charity might bind us more and more together was her prayer.

16/A.—Sitting by Priscilla before she was up this morning: she began by saying she felt very free from disease. What a trial it would be to re-enter life! In some things one dare not wish! (implying a wish to recover) it would indeed be retracing one's steps.

[To be continued.]


3d mo. 1st, 1857. It is pleasant, yes delightful to know and feel that those whose friendship we cherish are the same in opinion, view things by and through the same lenses with ourselves; but if this is not always, why should it create disaffection? If we meet each other, and compare our views, knowing that each is honest and sincere in belief, desiring to fit and square our every deed, desire and thought, to one object, and that object simply the wish to do what is good and right, and to avoid that which is evil and wrong, then can we go on our way rejoicing; and all works together for good. I do not know, dear, to what thou particularly alludes in thy letter, but thought perhaps you great folks in the great city, who had been building yourselves a great meeting house, had not quite reached what is promised in the millenium, but so it will be;

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