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came upon me, which gave me to expect something was in agitation concerning me; and soon after, an attorney at law, of my acquaintance, came from the company to me, and mentioned certain gentlemen who desired to see me at the tavern.

I was not hasty to go, looking for the countenance of the Lord therein, neither did I refuse; but my father and some others being impatient to have me among them, came likewise to me. I arose from my seat when they came in, but did not move my hat to them as they to me; upon which my father fell a weeping, and said I did not use to behave so to him. I entreated him not to resent it as a fault; for though I now thought fit to decline that ceremony, it was not in disobedience or disrespect to him or them; for I honored him as much as ever, and desired he would please to think so, notwithstanding exterior alteration.

But most of the rest kept up another air, hoping to bring me into the same at the tavern. But I through grace saw their intents, and was aware; and I had now freedom in my mind to go among them: and when we came there, the company | all arose from their seats, and seeming generally glad, put on airs of pleasantness.

In seating themselves again they placed me so that I was in the midst, environed by them, and then they put the glass around; and, to relish it the more, they began a health to King William. But the secret presence of the Lord being with mc, though hid from them, it affected them all in a way they did not expect; for scarce had two of them drank, till their countenances changed, and all were silenced. The glass nevertheless went forward till it came tome, and then I told them, that I wished both the King and them well, and if I could drink to the health of any at all, I should more especially to the King's, but should drink no health any more; and so refused it; and the glass never went around; for several of them fell a weeping, and were much broken, and all of them silenced for a time; which, when over, some of them said, they believed I intended well in what I did, and that every man must be left to proceed in the way which he thinks right in the sight of God: and so we parted in a solid friendship. It was the secret grace of God which wrought this; and to him, the Lord alone, did I impute it. And the company dispersing, I returned to my chamber in divine peace and true tranquillity of mind; with which I was favored for many days.

I had not all this while conversed with any Friend about their principles, or read any of their books; nor did any of them come near me for some time; for my father would not then allow them to come to his house; yet some of them not long after sent me three small books, which I took kindly, as well intended. But I was favored of the Lord with something to give

me understanding and support in time of need more excellent than books; for that book which had been sealed as with seven seals, was now, in measure, opened by the powerful voice of the Lion of the Royal Tribe, and by the holy Lamb of God; even the book of the eternal law of God; the law of the spirit of life from the Fatherly Christ the Son, redeemer of the world, and my delight was to read day and night therein: by which I profited more in a short time, in the knowledge of God, and the things of his holy kingdom, than if I could have read and understood all the written and printed books in the world. I therefore declined reading these till a more proper season; and then Hooked into one of the books aforesaid, a small tract concerning prayer. For it must be allowed that the reading of good books, especially the Holy Scriptures, the chief of all, and upon which the truth of the rest depends, is highly profitable and commendable.

Some time before this, Dr. Gilpin, before mentioned, sent his son, a counsellor, under whom I had been initiated into the study of the law, and who was one of those at the tavern aforesaid, and still retained a great affection for me, to invite me to his house at Scaleby Castle, and desired to see some of the Quakers' books, supposing I had been -imposed upon by reading them; and I sent him as I remember all that 1 had.

Soon after I had parted with these books, I observed a cloud come over my mind, and an unusual concern; and therein the two sacraments (commonly so termed) came afresh into my remembrance, and divers scriptures and arguments pro and con; and then I was apprehensive the Doctor was preparing something of that sort to discourse one upon; and I began to search out some scriptures in defence of my own sentiment* on those subjects: but as I proceeded a little in that work, I became more uneasy and clouded; upon which I laid aside the scriptures and sat still looking toward the Lord for counsel. For 1 considered the Doctor as a man of great learning, religious in his way, an ancient preacher, and writer too, famous in Oliver's time, and a throne among his brethren; and that he might advance such subtilties as I could not readily confute, nor would concede to, as knowing them erroneous, though I might not be suddenly furnished with arguments to demonstrate their fallacy; and so might receive hurt.

And then it was clear in my understanding, that, as he was in his own will and strength, though with a good intent, in his own sense, searching the letter, and depending upon that and his own wisdom, acquirements, and subtilty, leaning to his own spirit and understanding, I must decline that way, and trust in the spirit of Christ, the divine author of the holy Scriptures. And as this caution was presented in the life and virtue of truth, I rested satisfied therein, and searched no further on that occasion.* Wheal went to his house he entered into a discourse on those subjects; and had such passages of Scripture folded down as be proposed to use; and when I observed it, I was confirmed that my sight of him in my own chamber at Carlisle, and of his work some days before, was right; and my mind was strengthened thereby. But before he began to move upou the subject, he dismissed every other person out of the room, so that himself and I remained alone.

The first thing he said was in a calm manner, to admonish me to be very cautious how I es- | poused the errors of the Quakers; for he had heard of late, and with concern, that I had been among tbeiu, or scorned to incline that way. I j answered that I had not been much among them; \ nor seen any of their books but those I had sent to him; and knew not of any errors they held. Yes, (said ho) they deny the ordinances of Christ, j the two sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's j Supper; and then opened his book at one of his down-folded leaves where he read thus:

"Unto the church of God, which isat Corinth, to theui that arc sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints." 1 Cor. i. 2.

And at another folded down part, he read thus: "For I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took broad : and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, take, eat, this is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup,when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me; for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." 1 Cor. xi. 23-26.

Upon these scriptures he raised this argument, That though the Corinthians at that time were sanctified in Christ, and called to be saints, yet they still needed this ordinance, and were to continue it, according to the Apostle's doctrine, till the coming of Christ, at the end of the world, and he did not think the Quakers more holy or perfect Christians than the Corinthians at that time; and, consequently, that no state in this life can render that ordinance needless to them, or overgrow it.

To this I replied, that though some of those Corinthians had obeyed the call of God,and were at that time sanctified by faith in Christ; yet others of them had not obeyed the call, but were remaining in gross sins and pollutions. But as

they had been heathens, and convinced by the ministry of that Apostle, as appears by the beginning of the second and fifteenth chapters of that Epistle, he had first of all preached to them Christ's coming in the flesh among the Jews; his life, miracles, doctrine, death for our sins, and resurrection from the dead, as saving truths; but does not so much as mention this supposed ordinance among them.

(To be continued.)

For Friends' Intelligencer.

On reading the following little sketch of a memoir of Elias Hicks, it was deemed worthy of republication.

"The object of his discourse was to inculcate honesty to God, to ourselves, and to our fellow men. He remarked, that almost every man, even the thief, would acknowledge the truth of the ancient adage, that 'honesty is the bestpolicy;' but few, however, were governed by it in all their actions in the various relations of life. Men in trade are generally disposed to take advantage of the ignorance or weakness of their fellow creatures; others are guilty of extortion, while not a few receive for their services much more than they are actually worth. All such characters he considered as dishonest, whatever might be their pretensions. He insisted, especially, upon honesty in our religious profession, and that we should follow truth, lead wherever it may, without any regard to the consequences."

Elias Hicks was one of those who practiced what he preached. A striking illustration of this point of his character was given in his receiving one dollar only a bushel for his crop of wheat, at a time when he could have sold it for three dollars. But did he sell it. to those who would sell it again, and make a great profit on it? nay verily. But to his poorer neighbors, who ueeded it for their own consumption, aud the support of their families. W.

* Hern Thomas Story appears to have adhered faithfully to the counsel of his Divine Master, " Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist." Luke xxi. 14, 13.


It is the greatness of that for which we were made, which is the explanation of our imperfection. The mushroom may shoot up and bo perfect in a night. The green grass may rise and fall twice in a season beneath the summer sun, but the strong and beautiful diamond must mature in its secret caverns, while the generations of the forests, alike with those of flesh and blood, pass away. The star that glitters like God's signet, sparkling too brilliant in the clear evening air for the eye to fix its shape, sprang not into instantaneous being, but, as astronomy would now teach, began to form innumerable ages bygone, in dim and dark mist; revolving and condensing, and gathering pale light, ray after ray, as century after century rolled along, till what fell perhaps on the eye of Adam as a pearly cloud in the profound remote heavens, shoots fiery radiance now, over land and sea. Even so dimly and darkly forms this human nature of ours, revolving amid unshaped elements in the spiritual firmament, condensing,—if a moral truthfulness to its great Author he taken for its law—ever into more consistent and substantial brightness, and preparing by divine grace and under Gospel influences, to shine as those stars now shine, forever in the heavens, when their flames may be extinguished in endless night.

Oh, this is a far-reaching nature of ours; its very birthright immortality, and Christianity that birthright's seal! All sin and folly stain and degrade it wofully, hinder its use and progress dreadfully, but destroy it not. "Man's grief is grandeur in disguise, and discontent is immortality." Be patient, son of man, who judgest thy kind, patient with its deviations and mistakes, as God is patieut, and believe that patient Father still made it beautiful, and for most beautiful issues, while tears mourn its errors, and faithful strivings elevate its course.

C. A. B.

For Friends' Intelligencer.

I send the following communication, not because I think it new, but because I feel a deep interest in the promotion of truth ; and as the Intelligencer falls into the hands of many who are not versed in the principles of our Society, I have felt that were we who are members of that Society, and who feel the fire of the Lord at times to burn on the altar of our hearts, to pen some of the openings therein made, and spread them (if liberty be given) through the columns of the Intelligencer, it would make it more interesting to some, and perhaps as instructive as the writings of those who have long since passed from works to rewards. Though to me, the writings of those worthies who suffered so much for the testimonies of our Society, possess an intrinsic value; yet I love to feel and commune with the spirits of the living ones who are concerned to betr the standard and ensign of our faith in these latter days.

John J. Cornell.


In an age like the present, when the light of Christianity seems almost to be penetrating into every part of the habitable globe, when so much is heard of spreading the gospel among the benighted heathen, (so called) ; when from almost every hilltop, in this highly favored land, may be seen the tall spire, betokening that there the people assemble to worship God; when the press teems with the doings of this or that religious convention, it may strike some with a surprise that such a question should cause even a child to pause and reflect.

Yet when we take into view the deep misery which still overshadows the hearts of so many, occasioned by the devastating and demoralizing effect which war still produces among men, and that no less dreadful scourge whichstalks through the land sanctioned by law, yet robbing man of his birthright, and degrading him below the level of the brute, to wit, the inebriating draught, and that sister spirit, slavery, the existence of which convulses, and threatens almost to over-'' whelm the government of our loved country, and then reflect that these great evils are vindicated by men, who defend them by an appeal to the inspired writings, and claim that war and slavery are the ordinances of Jehovah; and when we also calmly survey the agitations and convulsions which have shaken our own highly professing and once highly favored Society, and the inconsistencies of many who make this high profession of holding immediate communion with the Father of spirits, and of being led by his spirit— verily, must we not come to the conclusion, that few of all these high professors have found Christ?

Then does it not become a momentous> question for every mind, and indeed worthy of our calm and serious consideration, since, on finding him, and obeying the laws which he reveals to us, depends our peace here, and our preparation to enjoy the presence of our God throughout the endless ages of eternity?

Where then shall we find him? Not by subscribing to any creed or dogma of religion. Not by following any forms, rituals, or outward observances, not by listening to vocal preaching, however good, nor yet by reading any books, however holy, nor by connecting ourselves to any religious association, however pure their professions. While all these may, when the mind is in a proper condition, be subservient to aid us in our onward path towards the desired boon, though they may serve as guide boards to the traveller, to direct him where Christ may be found, yet they in and of themselves can not lead us to him.

Where then is He to be found? methinks I hear some one, who has placed his dependance upon these outward helps, exclaim. To which I answer, only in thy own heart. When thou hast withdrawn from all these outward things, and retired within thy own closet and shut out from thy view all those things which thy natural senses can comprehend; then, as thou abidost in patient, solemn waiting, thou wilt hear a still small voice communing with thee, and as thou attendest to its teachings thou will find it to teach thee as never man taught; and as with the woman of Samaria whom the blessed Jesus met at the well, it will bring all things to thy remembrance whatsoever thou hast done, and thou will have to exclaim with her, is not this the Christ? Yes, here is indeed the Christ, the inward teacher, the son and sent of the Father, dwelling in thy own heart, unless thou become a reprobate, and as thou art willing to allow him to have the government, he will lead and guide thee safely to the Father's house, by warning thee of the dangers that lurk in thy path and assisting thee to surmount and overcome them.

This then is that principle to which I feel to commend my fellow men; that word which is ever fligh them, that rock on which the trae Church ever was and ever will be built, to wit, the immediate revealings of the divine will, an obedience to which will secure us the crown of immortal life. J. J. C.

For Friends' Intelligencer.

The present state of embarrassment and unsettlemcmt in the business world, has brought to mind a similar season many years since, when Nicholas Wain rose up in Pine Street Meeting, Philadelphia, and in an emphatic manner repeated twice the word "speculation." This unusual gddrcss called the attention of his audience. The then mayor of the city, and many of the most respectable and influential merchants, were regular attenders of that meeting on First day . mornings. Do you think he preached a sermon on religious speculation? Not at that time, but a most imjjresslve one, on the difficulties and entanglements in which people involve themselves by entering into speculation and " making haste to be rich."

The writer of this article was then young, but well remembers the power and effect of the address upon the audience, and remarks upon it after meeting, its applicability being felt. And could it now be recalled in all its freshness and originality, it would be found a sermon singularly adapted to the condition of many at the present time, who, "by making haste to be rich," have fallen into temptation, and a snare, and pierced themselves through with mauy sorrows. May they learn wisdom by the things they are suffering, and their harms prove the warning of others, 'W.

For Friends' Intelligencer.

The following account was written by one who witnessed the bodily suffering and peaceful close of her young friend Henry Price, of Kent Co., Maryland, aged '62 years.

The circumstances attendant on his sickness and death were peculiarly distressing.

His disease was of a character requiring surgical aid, and the second day after his attack, by the advice of his physician, he crossed the Chesapeake to Baltimore, that he might obtain the treatment needed. His wife and physician accompanied him. Butit was too late. "Death's

signet was on his brow," ere the surgeon reached the hotel where he stopped, and on the 27th of 8th mo. 1852, he was numbered with the silent dead, while his pure spirit doubtless entered into a state of rest and peace, realizing the fulfilment of the promise, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see Cod."

When his physician told him he could not recover, he replied after a pause, "I have but once to die and I am ready." He then spoke of the early religious training he had received through an aunt, who had watched over his childhood.

He said it was her practice to read the Scriptures, and other good books, to the little flock which had been deprived of a mother's care, and after retiring to their chambers at night, she would sit by them, giving such counsel as suited their tender years. He manifested great satisfaction in thus recurring to this period of his life, and said that having such an aunt had been a great blessing to him, and as he had experienced the good effect of this early religious influence, (the impressions of good upon his young mind being deep and lasting,) hi earnestly desired his wife might endeavor to bring up their children in the same manner.

He then sent messages of love and advice to some of his relations and friends, and arranged his business affairs, expressing his wishes in regard to his property in a calm and collected manner, though under great suffering.

Soon after this an intelligent young Irishman, who was a waiter in the hotel, came into his chamber apparently under much concern, and queried whether he would not have a priest or parson sent for, offering to go himself for one. Henry, after a pause, said, "no, my reliance is not upon auythiug of that kiud, but on the Almighty. He has supported me, and in Him alone is my confidence." The young man came the second time, but Henry's reply was the same.

In reply to the inquiry of a friend, "if he felt anything in the way between him and the haven of rest," he said, "no, I am prepared to go." His wife then remarked, "examine well your heart henry," his reply \uis, "dear R. I have done that long ago, my transgressions have been forgiven, I have not left making my peace with my Maker until now. It has been my daily concern to live a righteous life; although I have not seen my way clear to join any religious society, I love every body.

He oftou enquired of the Dr. the state of his pulse, and on being told it was very low, he expressed a desire to know how much longer he could live. The Dr. asked why he wished to know? lie replied, "only that I want to have some idea of the time of passing away. I am a long time dying, but I must wait the Lord's time, if it be tor minutes or years, 1 am content.''

His suffering was now nearly over, and he lay with a smile on his countenance.

A friend who had not before seen him, now came in and asked him how he was. lie replied, "very low, I am aboutto pay the debtof nature;" adding, " I dread death no more than I suppose you who are now standing around me would to go to the supper table now ready for you."

M. N. remarked she was glad to see him so resigned, and feeling love to every one. He answered, "I do feel love for every one, to the whole world, and I believe there is a crown of life laid up for me."

When his pillows were being adjusted, he exclaimed in a strong clear voice,

"Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downy pilows are,

While on his breast I lean my head,

And breathe my life out sweetly there."

For some time after, he appeared to be engaged in prayer, and was heard to say, "Lord Jesus receive my spirit."

His physician seeing he was nearlygone, bade him farewell. His wife held one of his hands, and the other he extended to the Dr., saying "Farewell, dearest—farewell, Dr.—farewell all and to all the world farewell," and in less than five minutes after, his redeemed spirit took its flight to realms of eternal bliss and joy. R. T.


and many of his appellations we can neither sanction nor justify.

The arguments are clear, forcible and logically presented, and the statistical comparisons between the free and slave States are ample, interesting and satisfactory, showing conclusively that the system of slavery is deteriorating that section of the Union, and that the " downward tendency of the South can be arrested only by tlje abolition of slavery." He proves that the " annual hay crop of the free States is worth considerably more in dollars and cents than all the cotton, tobacco, rice, hay, hemp and cane sugar annually produced in the fifteen slave States, making a balance in favor of tlio free States of $3,538,275. "Each separate tabic, or particular compilation of statistics," embraces matter for profitable reflection, and we hope the work will receive a careful examination from an impartial public.


The Impending Crisis of the SmithHow to meet it. By Hinton Rowan Helper, of North Carolina. One Vol. 12 mo. 420 pages. Price SI.

The foregoing advertisement has been forwarded us for publication, and though it has not been in our power to review the work critically, we think it is calculated to exert a salutary influence on the pro-slavery community. It appears to have been compiled with great labor and accuracy, and contains much valuable information on this interesting question.

The subject of slavery is treated more particularly with reference to its social, political and agricultural aspects, than as a great moral evil in which all are implicated. Had the author "put on the whole armor of righteousness," and spread the peaceable fruits of the Spirit wherever the great truths recorded in his book may be acknowledged, it would he more in accordance with our feelings; for the avowal of force or the principle of resistance, war, offensive or defensive, under any circumstances, we mustcondemu,

Died, on 6th day, 28th of Sth mo., 1857, Mary, wife of Dr. William Hallou ell, a member of Horsham Monthly Meeting. Her remains were interred at Friends Burial Ground at Horsham, on 1st day 30th.

, In Northampton Township, Bucks Co., Pa.,

on the 13th inst., Dakikl Doane, in the S6th year of his age, a member of Wrightstown, Monthly Meeting.

, At his residence near Westfield Meeting

House, on First day morning, 9th inst., Abraham Lippincott, aged 74 years, an Elder and member of Chester Monthly Meeting, New Jersey.

To tho Editors of Friends' Intelligencer.

The enclosed obituary notice of our deceased friend, Jonathan Jessop, was taken from a York paper, and it is the wish of one of his old friends that the whole or a part of it should be inserted in the Intelligencer. It was written by a young man who has very little knowledge of Friends, but serves to show the estimation with which its subject was universally regarded, wherever known.

His demise took place on tho 10th of last month. L. Baltimore, 9(/t mo. 7th, 1857.

We have to announce the decease, which occurred very suddenly on last Wednesday morning, at his residence on West Market street, of Mr. Jonathan Jessop, one of our most aged and respected citizens. A member of the Society of Friends, he exemplified in his daily life the effect^ of the teaching of that sect, upon a disposition singularly amiable, liberal, and free from the violence of p/ejudice. Tho reminiscences of his early life were filled with stirring accounts of the war of the American Revolution, and before his immigration to this place with his mother, from N. Carolina, he had witnessed the

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