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Since withholding cannot make Thee rich, or giving

make Thee poor, We humbly crave a blessing now from thy exhaustless


Cause wars to cease—break every yoke—let the oppressed go free,

So shall our thankful hearts ascribe all glory due to Thee.

New York, 3d mo. 5th, 1857.


Home's" not merely four square walls,

Though with pictures hung and gilded; Home is where affection calls—

Filled with shrines the heart hath builded. Home !—go watch the faithful dove

Sailing 'neath the heaven above us; Home is where there's one to love,

Home is where there's one to love us.

Home is not merely roof and room,

It needs something to endear it; Home is where the heart can bloom;

Where there's some kind lip to cheer it. What is home with none to meet,

None to welcome, none to greet us? Home is sweet, an<t only sweet,

Where there's one we love to meet us.


Among the noble band of women who, by their heroic bearing, under great trial and suffering, have won for themselves imperishable fame, Mary A. Patton may claim a prominent position. Mrs. Patton is a native of Boston, | and but 20 years of age. Her husband, Capt. Joshua A. Patton, sailed from this port in July last, for San Francisco, as commander of the clipper-ship Neptune's Car, of Foster & Nickerson's line, and it was during this voyage that his wife rendered herself so distinguished. Capt. Patton is well known in this port, and at the eastward, as a young and rising seaman; and the vessels under his command have made some of the swiftest passages on record. He took command of the Neptune's Car about two years ago, and made his first voyage in her to San Francisco in 90 days. On that occasion Mrs. Patton accompanied him to San Francisco, China, London, and back to New York. His next voyage was that last year to San Francisco, in which his wife again accompanied him. The Neptune's Car left port at the same time with the clippers Romance of the Seas, Intrepid, and two others, the names of which we do not remember. As usual with commanders in the Pacific trade, Capt. Patton wished to get his ship into port ahead of his rivals. He soon found, however, that his first mate slept during half his watch on the quarter deck, while he kept the ship under reefed courses, and after repeated remonstrances had proved unavailing he found it necessary to remove him. After that he undertook to discharge the mate's duties as well as his own, and in consequence of fatigue was taken sick, while passing through the Straits of

Lemaire, around the Horn, and in a short time brain fever developed itself.

From that time, up to the period of her arrival at San Francisco, Mrs. Patton was both nurse and navigator. When her husband was taken sick the ship was given in charge of the second mate. He, however, was but an indifferent navigator, and although he knew how to take an observation, he could not work up the reckoning. Mrs. Patton, who, on her previous voyage, had studied navigation as a pastime, now took observations, worked up the reckoning by chronometer time, laid the ship's courses, and performed most of the other duties of the captain of the ship. During this time her husband was delirious with the fever, and she shaved his head, and devised every means in her power to soothe and restore him. To this end, she studied medicine to know how to treat his case intelligently, and in course of time succeeded in carrying him alive through the crisis of his complaint.

About one week after the Captain fell sick the mate wrote a letter to Mrs. Patton, reminding her of the dangers of the coast and the great responsibility she had assumed, and offering to take charge of the ship. She replied that, in the judgment of her husband, he was unfit to be mate, and therefore she could not consider him qualified to fill the post of commander. Stung by this rebuff, the fellow tried to stir up the crew to mutiny against her; but she called the other mates and sailors aft, and appealed to them to support her in her hour of trial. To a man they resolved to stand by her and the ship, come what might. It was pleasant to witness their cheerful obedience to her orders, as each man vied with his fellows in the performance of his duty.

By the time the ship came nearly up to the latitude of Valparaiso, Capt. Patton had somewhat recovered from the fever, although far too weak for any mental or physical exertion, and the mate, under promise of doing better in future, had partially resumed duty. But Mrs, Patton discovering that he was steering the ship out of her course, and making for Valparaiso, apprised her husband of the fact. The mate was summoned below and asked to explain his conduct, which he did by saying that he could not keep the ship nearer her course. Capt. Patton then had his cot moved to a part of the cabin from which he could view the "tell tale" of the compass, and soon found that the mate was still steering for Valparaiso. He then sent for the four mates and the sailors, and formally deposed the first mate, promoting the second officer to his place. Then he gave orders that under no circumstances was his ship to be taken into, any other port than San Francisco. Soon after he bad a relapse, and for 25 days before the vessel reached port he was totally blind. At length San Francisco was reached in safety, after a short voyage of 120 days, the vessel beating three out of four of her competitors.

The safety of the ship and the preservation of her husband's life were wholly due to the constant care and watchfulness of Mrs. Patton. Oo her arrival she informed the consignee of the vessel that for fifty nights previous she had not undressed herself.

- Some time in December last we published the only account of this remarkable instance of female fortitude which had been given, in an extract from a commercial letter to the owners in this city. Yesterday we received a note from our ship-news collector, stating that Mrs. Patton and her husband were in this city, having arrived in the steamer George Law. We found them at the Battery Hotel, and obtained an interview with Mrs. Patton. She was assiduously attending her husband as heretofore; but his situation is such as to preclude all hope of recovery. Before leaving San Francisco, deafness was added to his other afflictions, and he now lies upon his conch insensible to everything but the kind offices of his beloved companion, and so weak that he may expire at any moment. Occasionally he speaks to his wife, sometimes lucidly, but oftener in a wild and incoherent manner. Mrs. Patton's brother, Mr. Brown, we believe, who is foreman of a ship-yard in Boston, is in attendance upon his sister and brother-in-law. From him we learned that Capt. Patton had been taken care of by his brother Masons in San Francisco, and Dr. Harris, one of the fraternity, had watched over him on his way home. On leaving San Francisco, he seemed to rally considerably, but on reaching a warm latitude he relapsed, and has sunk to the hopeless -state in which we found him. The Masons of this city, having been advised from San Francisco of his intended departure for home, were waiting for the George Law on her arrival, and brought him on a litter to the Battery Hotel, where they have since watched over him.

With that modesty which generally distinguishes true merit, Mrs. Patton begged to be excused from speaking about herself. She said that she had done no more than her duty, and as the recollection of her trials and sufferings evidently gave her pain, we could not do otherwise than respect her feelings. Few persons would imagine that the woman who behaved so bravely, and endured so much for her husband's sake, is a slender New-England girl, scarcely twenty years old. She is a lady of medium height, with black hair, large, dark, lustrous eyes, and very pleasing features. Her health is very much impaired from the hardship which she has undergone. Yet she does not spare herself in the least, bat is m»st faithful and constant in her attentions to her husband. We have been informed that she is in straitened circumstances,

and although she might and doubtless would shrink from assistance from others, yet it seems to us that this is a case in which our merchants may do themselves honor by a liberal recognition of her heroic conduct. The Board of Underwriters, we-understand, have voted or will vote her $1,000. Considering that the ship and cargo were worth nearly $350,000, and that to her skill and decision they are mainly indebted for its safety, under most adverse circumstances —for the weather was unusually severe—we think, looking at the matter from a purely pecuniary point of view, the least they should have done would have been to give her a check for $5,000. Not only did she safely take the ship from Cape Horn to San Francisco, but both vessel and cargo were in better trim than any of her competitors when she reached port. Of course trie owners of the ship will do handsomely by Mrs. Patton; but were the merchants of New York to make up a liberal purse it would prove highly acceptable to the widow (as she almost certainly soon will be) and her small.family.

Capt. Patton is a native of Rockland, Maine, and has risen from the forecastle solely by his own exertions. Mrs. Patton and her brother will convey him to their home in Boston to day by the steamer, if the weather will permit. That she has the entire sympathies of this community in her trying affliction she may be fully assured, and also that by her good deeds she has added another laurel to the honor of . her sex.—New York Tribune.


Many years ago we were in the habit of passing frequently by a large, plain-looking wooden building in Cambridgeport, a mile or two west of Boston, and of observing upon it a plain sign on which were the words—

L E A T H E R-D R E S S E R .

The owner of the shop and the master in it might be found engaged in his business, neither afraid nor ashamed to be seen in his shirt-sleeves and baize apron steadily at work at his trade.

One might go in and do business with him, and leave him without supposing him to know more of books than his neighbors, the blacksmith or the wheelwright. But wait till his businesshours are over, and you will see him' laying aside his tools and working-dress; and very soon he will be found in a spacious apartment, tastefully furnished, and surrounded by many thousands of volumes of rare and valuable books. Upon inquiry, you find that for nearly or quite fifty years he has been collecting standard books in the various departments of literature, until he has formed a library of at least five thousand volumes, at a cost of from thirty to fifty thousand dollars. They are all in the best blading and well preserved. VOL. XIV.

Perhaps you might think it was his hobby to buy all the rare books he could find, just as some people get together autographs, old coins, &c. But it would be a mistake. He is at home among his books. He knows how to use them, and hay made himself master of much of their contents.

Mr. Dowse, now far advanced in life, has lately made a gift of this valuable library to the Massachusetts Historical Society. When the letter giving notice ofthe gift was read, Mr. Everett made an address, gratefully acknowledging the society's obligation for so valuable a gift, and commending in warm terms the taste and judgment of Mr. D. in the selection of his books, and his wisdom in combining intellectual pursuits and pleasures with his daily toil.

While good books are so abundant and so cheap, every boy and girl who can read may have some books of their own. A little library, begun early, will grow very vast by adding a book or two at a time; and, though few may gather so large or valuable a library as the Canibridgeport leather-dresser, almost every one may secure a sufficient number and variety to improve the mind and give wise employment for every leisure hour. Begin a library.— Y. P. Gazette.

The Prospective Sugar Crop In Illinois. —E. S. Bilker, of Rochester Mills, Wabash Co., Hi., writes to the Belleville Advocate that he shall plaut^5 acres with the Chinese sugarcane the present season. "I am convinced," he says, "that the State of Illinois will in five years make her own sugar, and certainly with molasses, to supply my little town. At all events I shall try." Mr. Kroh, of Wabash Co., who some months ago made a statement of the result of his experiment with the sugar cane last year, thinks that he will manufacture from one acre, "planted with the Chinese weed," five hundred gallons of molasses, a superior article to any manufactured in the South, and sold by the merchants iu Coles Co. iu 1856, for 75 cts. per gallon; and further, that he will manufacture it at the cost of ten cents per gallon.

MURPHY'S SCHOOL.—This Institution having been in successful operation for the last 20 years, as a day school, will now receive six or eight female pupils, (girls under 13 years of age prelerred,) as boarders in the family. Attention will be paid to health, morals, he. They will be desired 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 enquire of LETITIA 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.

fr<LDRIDGE'S HILL BOARDING SCHOOL.—The 'j next Term of this Institution will commence on the 18th of Sth month next and continue 20 weeks.

Scholars of both sexes will be received during the coming Term.

All the branches of a liberal English education are thoiou^hly taught in this institution ; also the elements of the Latin and French languages.

Terms $70 per session. To those studying Latin or French an additional charge will be made ol S3 for each language.

No other extra charges except for the use of Classical and Mathematical Books and Instruments.

A daily Stage passes the door to and from Philadelphia.

For further particulars address the Principal lor a Circular.

ALLEN FLITCRAFT, Eldridge's Hill, Salem County, N. J.

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

3mo . 28. 3t. Principal.


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

Terms; 05 dollars lor 20 weeks. No extra charge except lor the Latin language, which will be 5 dollar s. For Circulais, including references, and iurther particulars, address

BENJAMIN SWAYNE, Principal, London Grove P. O., Chester co., Pa. 3d mo. 14, 1807.

Byberry\b0arding SCHOOL FOR GIRLS. The fourth session of this school, taught by Jank Hillborn and Sisters, will commenccon the 1st Second day in the Fifth month, and continue twenty weeks. The usual branches of a liberal English Education wi 11 be taught.

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

JANE HII.LBORN, Byberry P. O., Pa.

3d mo. 14, 1857 8t.

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From P. Gurney to Maria Fox. Cromer Hull, Eleventh Month 20th, 1820. I have often had to review the past very seriously, as thou mayest suppose; and I believe I may say in this work [of the ministry] though I am aware how limited it has been, I can remember few occasions in which the way has not been made for me. No circumstances in society, no difficulties or discouragements, have prevailed against these manifestations of the Spirit of Truth; for if we believe at all, what else can we tall them? Nor have I, that I remember, ever had occasion to repent yielding to them. Now 1 would not make this confession to many, and I am sure I say it not in the way of boasting, but rather with an humble and thankful sense of the marvellous loving-kindness and tender mercy of the Lord, who in this particular service has brought me to submit to his will,—who has, 1 believe I may say, invariably made hard things ea9y, and many, many times, bitter things sweet. Most happy should 1 be, could I believe that in other parts of my calling I had as simply followed the leadings and most gracious guidance of the Shepherd. He only knows how far too much I have followed the devices and desires of my own heart—how far too little I have committed myself in my ways unto Him, inasmuch us in those things m which I have been anxious to choose for myself, I have had many conflicts to pass through, and have been involved iu many perplexities. But, deeply sensible as I am of my short-comings, &c, 1 have had some comforting assurance of the unsearchable riches of Christ, as our Redeemer from sin and from death. In the prospect of the uncertainty of life, and the probability of a nearness to death, I have, I believe, known a little what it is to cast all our burdons on Him who hath suffered for us, and

have had some glimpse, at least, of that only state of preparation for a heavenly, and a holy, and eternal state, the being "washed white in the blood of the Lamb." A childlike submission, a waiting and quiet spirit, is the one to be devoutly sought for. I fear not, inasmuch as thou art brought into this frame of mind, but that tl.ou wilt be led quietly and safely in the way appointed, and that light will arise, again and again, in the midst of darkness. Do not perplex thyself with anxious thoughts about the future. Many and great as have been the discouragements which I have had to pass through, from within and from without, I can yet bear my testimony to the reality of the gift, and to the tender mercy and all-sufficiency of the power of Him who, when he sees meet, can make use of the most feeble instruments in his service. I can hardly do otherwise than encourage others to be faithful, keeping a single eye to our Lord, watching against imaginations and the delusions of our own forming, or of our spiritual enemy. In every act of submission and of dedication, fear not! If the Lord be with us, if He be our God, we need never be dismayed."

Referring to Priscilla Gurney's increased indisposition, her brother Buxton writes at this time—

As for my dearest Priscilla, I neither grieve with the bad account of yesterday, nor rejoice with the more favorable one of to-day. I feel her given to the Lord, aud I am sure He is about her bed, and that He loves her, and that whatsoever shall happen to her shall be sent in peculiar tender ess ; and in these certain truths I commit her L> Him without fear or repining. She is inexpressibly dear to my inmost soul; but I look upon her as a saint already in the hands of the Lord, and as He is managing for her I cannot venture to wish for anything, except the thiug, whatever it may be, that He may ordain. I am satisfied and joyful in her state, and can with unbounded confidence commit ber to the Lord, and shall be almost glad if you tell her I send no message of hope or fear, neither can I hope nor fear.

To E. R., a beloved friend at Fakenham, who had tenderly nursed her.

(Supposed to be the last letter written by Priscilla Guxne.y.)

Cromer Hull, First-day, 1st mo. 28ih, 1821. I wish to thank thee, my dearest Emma, for thy love and kindness to me, not only during ray illness, but from the commencement of our friendship. I have often been surprised at the constancy and stability of thy friendship for me, feeliDg but little in myself, or in my conduct, that has deserved it. A constant faithful friend is, however, of no small value, and of late, excluded as I have been from many whom 1 love, I am not insensible to those things which are of true value. I am, perhaps, prompted to make one more attempt at expression of my love and interest for thee and thy dear husband, by the effects of a singular dream, which I had the other night. I thought I was going off on a long journey, and had parted from everybody, when thy image presented itself strongly before me : nothing could exceed thy kindness or readiness to help me to pack up and go, but that I could not receive any help, and chose to pack up for myself, (how drolly descriptive of our two selves, was it not ?) and yet, all the while, I felt so united to thee in love, and was uneasy afterwards, because I was afraid I had hurt thee, and had not taken a satisfactory leave of thee and thy dear husband. Therefore, my beloved friends, as this long journey may not be very remote from me, (not that I am inclined to be superstitious on the subject,) I am the more easy to b;d you affectionately farewell! and to express my very sincere desire that you may prosper on your way j Zion-wards; for if we are not travelling this road, what end or resting-place can we any of us look for? Oh, that you may then, and your children, be led to walk patiently, constantly, firmly, and faithfully in the way everlasting! I have lately been brought very low, but my state is fluctuating, and I wish not to speculate upon it. It is a wonderful mercy to be kept in a measure of tranquillity of mind,and to be spared from greater suffering. If I have not the active help of my friends, I trust and believe I have their watchfulness and prayer : these are what I most need. Do not give way to too much feeling about me: my motto often is, and I recommend it to thee, "Remember, oh my soul, the quietude of those in whom Christ governs, and in all thou dost, feel after it I" Love to all your family circle.

Thine, &c,

Priscilla Gurney.

We proceed with her sister's narrative.

"January" 19?A.—Priscilla has been very increasingly ill; obliged to give up work, and nearly all writing and reading to herself. Interesting conversation with her in the morning on her place in the church, in heaven especially. She expressed her own view that there are different stations in the church, some to more honor, some to less; that she was sensible she was fitted and intended for a low place, but she was •perfectly willing to keep a low place; that it was almost presumptuous to talk of what place

we might be found to fill in the church above. What a favor to be admitted at all into it! She often thought of the parable of the man coming in, and taking a high seat. She was entirely convinced that we could not be happy in spiritual or temporal things till we wera made really willing to take the lowest seat. I expressed my firm belief that, as one star differeth fi om another star in glory, she would be one of chief magnitude. This grieved her: she thought it had been an inexpressible blessing to have been kept in this evil world from great sius, and to have been preserved in a measure from evil. She was most thankful and sensible of the mercies in every way bestowed upon her; but yet continued to express* deep sense of the lowness of her state. I spoke of the uncommon gifts and graces which she had received. She replied, "I am quite convinced that gifts are no proofs of the life of the soul. We do not live by gifts; and I am thankful that my ministry is so much taken from me, to show me how little the life of religion in my soul depends upon it; and also how entirely the work is out of myself."

Her sister L. Hoare's diary supplies some farther particulars of this interesting illness:—

"February" 12th.—After hearing the fortysecond Psalm, she said a few words of thanksgiving,—" I thank thee, 0 Lord ! that through our great weakness and manifold infirmities we can say, " Hitherto thou hast helped us;" and we pray thee, whatsoever state we may have to pass through, we may find the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ sufficient for us."

When I told her that P. and R. C. had arrived (from Switzerland,) she said, "That is a comfort." Their introduction to the room was easy and comforting. When she could speak, holding the hand of each of them, she said she hoped the presence of God had come with them; it was a great comfort to her to see them. I thought she shed tears, which have been very rare with her through all her illness.

14th.—Priscilla wished F. to sit and read with us :. he read the thirteenth of John. She said, when it was done, "It is so comforting, 1 should like the next chapter." He read the fourteenth. P. afterwards said to me, " It has been a delightful reading; I don't know when I have felt so comforted." Something of happiness prevailed over our sick room, and our dearest patient was strikingly serene, comfortable and easy. In the evening she was very sinking : she wished us all to meet in her room: we sat in silence. She prayed, "Grant, 0 Lord, that thy poor unworthy servant may so see, and feel, and experience thy great salvation, that she may depart in peace." "Tell tbem," she said to her sister Buxton, "tell them all to watch with me."

Rachel's journal proceeds as follows :—

"February" 21st.—P. wished us all to meet

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