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umes, comprising One hundred and sixteen works, actively ministering to the comforts of some one, and of which fifteen volumes were donations, while the writer of this slight tribute has, in many seasons the entire number now catalogued is Four thou- of sorrow, been cheered by her words and deeds of

kindness, and enabled to go on her way rejoicing. In sand seven hundred and sixty-six, as follows:

how many hearts will similar remembrances be called Abridged and Juvenile

728

forth, by reading this announcement of her departure. Scientific

568 But all these Samaritan promptings for others could Religious

1,148

not avert bitter sorrow from her own heart. Death Voyages and Travels

532

chose “ shining marks" in her family circle, and her

nervous system at length yielded to the repeated History and Biography

837

trials; but, even when body and mind seemed almost Miscellaneous

953 to have failed, no selfishness sprung up. And in her Catalogues arranged in accordance with this last days, the habitual tendency was beautifully reclassification can be procured of the Librarian.

od of the Librarian vived-seeming to forget her own suffering, in affec

! Very considerable expense has been incurred The gentleness and sweet docility of childhood re

tionate and assiduous care for another dear invalid. in refitting the old cases, procuring new ones turned. She expressed her willingness to go or remain and refurnishing the room with new carpets, longer, as Divine Wisdom might direct, but her work tables, &c., thus presenting, independent of the was done; and the sunset of her life was calm and intrinsic value of the Library itself, a cheerful

i serene, as that of the beautiful summer evening, when

neeru we laid her remains beside those of her loved ones in and attractive appearance, while in the expenses Greenmount. incurred, as rigid an economy was observed as

- At New York, on the afternoon of the 6th of was at all consistent with the object in view.

7th mo., 1857, ANN C., wife of Richard M. Reynolds. The Treasurer's account settled up to the 22d Her disease was a rheumatic affection, which deinst. makes the following exhibit, viz. :

prived her of the use of her limbs, not being able to Receipts, all told, .

. $187 00 walk for nearly twenty years; although failing to ob

tain more than temporary relief from various physiExpenditures during the same period, 578 11

cians who attended her during the long period of her

illness, she bore her bodily suffering, thougb great, Leaving a balance due the Treasurer of $91 11 with Christian patience and resignation. And, in her

From the forgoing statement it will be afflictions, she felt and appreciated the kind and effecseen that it becomes necessary once more to

tionate care of herself and family by a beloved sister,

who, with her husband and children, were devoted to appeal to the liberality of Friends to sustain an her comfort. She was desirous, when meeting-day institution fraught with so many advantages ; came, that as many of the family as could leave for should the subscriptions not be increased over should attend, not forgetting the assembling of our the amount collected last year, the purchase of bodies as a reasonable duty ; that if she could not go

herself, the rest should. She took a deep interest in new books during the next twelve-months must

our Society, and it was a great gratification to her to necessarily be very much diminished. Our col- be informed of its business transactions. During her lector will shortly commence his labors, and it last illness, which was about ten days, her mind remains to be seen, whether our appeal meets was tranquil and composed. A few days after she with the cheerful response that has heretofore

was taken, she requested her sister to have those

things in readiness for her, that are necessary for the been realized.

body when life becomes extinct; saying, she believed The Library room is now open as heretofore they would soon be needed, it would prevent exciteon Fourth and Seventh day evenings for the

ment, and expressing a wish that all might be done in accommodation of Friends generally, and on

quietness. On hearing a nephew and wife, who had

been with her, speak of returning home, as other relaSeventh day afternoons for the exclusive accom tives had arrived, she took them by the hand and demodation of Females.

sired, if convenient, all would remain, saying, it E Entrance from Fifteenth street.

would not be long thus, evincing, a clear sense that Extracted from the Minutes.

her close was near. A few nights previous to her

death she appeared to be in supplication; her voice Jacob M. Ellis, Clerk.

being very weak, some broken accents were heard Philada., Eleventh month, 1857.

as follows: “0, Lord ! guide me on,-guide me on,

- to peace,-sweet peace and rest;" and for her chilDied, in Baltimore, on the 11th of sth mo. last, at dren her petitions were also put forth. She desired

And another the residence of her son-in-law. Capt. Wm. Rollins, | them not to forget their dear father. ELIZA SILVESTER, in the 74th year of her age-relict

time was heard to say, with much emphasis," ready, of the late Capt. Samuel Silvester, and daughter of

-ready,-0! how beautiful !" The day of her deWilliam and Eliza Bidgood, of Bucks Co., Pa.

cease, her friends observing that nature was nearly When a long and useful life is closed, it seems natu

exhausted, called her husband to her bedside, when ral and is surely fitting that we review the character

she effectionately embraced him, quietly passed away, that is still exerting an irresistible and kindly influence

and we trust, has entered the mansions of the righteover us. In the hour of separation from a beloved friend

ous; where the weary are at rest, and the afflicted we turn back to the life just terminated, for something

know of their pains no more. Thus, while we deeply to give assurance of preparation for the great change ;

feel the loss of our beloved sister, wife and mother, and in this case it is particularly comforting. It was

we have the consoling assurance that our loss is her remarkel at the time, by one who knew her well,

eternal gain. Believing that she has realized the say. “ how faithfully she had performed difficult duties,

ings of the Prophet, “I have refined thee, but not going on steadily and firmly amid varied interests,

with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of promoting and reconciling all, and winning love and

affliction.”

R. W. R. respect." It was her peculiar characteristic to be N. York, 11th mo. 3d, 1857.

MEMORANDA.

SUNSHINE AS A HEALTH-GIVER. Pliney, the younger. wbo, about A. D. 106. | To the Editor of the N. Y. Tribune. was appointed by the Emperor Trajan, Governor

gian Governor Sir: There is a generous abundance of sunof Pontus, in Asia Minor, at a time when the "g

ta time' when the light in the country, yet the observer is often Christians there were most cruelly persecuted, conv becoming, after full enquiry, satisfied that no put,

but scantily provided with this first requisite of crime could be proved against this people, and

health and comfort. Our dependence upon this being uneasy on account of the barbarities in

bounty of nature is seen every where. It daily flicted on them, wrote to Trajan for specific in

ific in envelopes the earth with electric fluid; it spans structions in relation to the manner in which

which it with magnetism in every meridian ; it is the they should be treated. In a letter, which we

moving power of the winds which fan us; it de. find in the 10th book of his correspondence with

composes the impurities of the atmosphere; it the Emperor, he says : “ The whole of their er

has power to make the sterile soil fertile, and ror or fault lay in this, that they were wont to

the fertile fields more abundant; it germinates the meet together on a stated day before it was light,

seeds, gives the color, the woody texture and the and sing among themselves alternately a hymn

luxuriance of the vegetable kingdom. The to Christ, as a God." And adds, “ After re

development of some animals, through metamorceiving this information. I deemed it necessary phosis, is arrested, if light be excluded from to examine, and that by torture, tro servant them, and only one anomalous, unsightly species maids who were called ministers, but have dis

of the animal kingdom exists wholly in total covered nothing, besides a bad and excessive

darkness. The diminished sunlight of Winter superstition.The dreadful conflagration which

is a signal for many individuals to assume a dor. occurred during the reign of the Emperor Nero,

mant state, and to myriads it is a decree of death, A. D., 63, and which nearly destroyed the entire

while in equatorial regions life is brought forth city of Rome, became the pretext for the first in more forms, is more active, and reaches fulgeneral persecution of the Christians by author

| ler perfection than elsewhere. From this seed ity of the Roman government, who hitherto had

of light the human race are not excepted. In extended a free toleration to all religions. Taci. shaded localities natural deformities are found tus, who lived contemporary with Pliney, in re

h Pliner in re to occur with comparative frequency; the goiter, ferring to this calamity, informs us, that the which in the valleys of Switzerland, and other Emperor Nero, in order to avert from himself mountainous, damp regions, becomes a debility the odium under which he lay, of having ordered of the mind as well as of the body, is attributthe city to be set on fire, accused the Christians able to the filthy and oppressive exhalations of of haviny done it. His words are. "To suppress spots wbich are never illuminated by full noontherefore, the common rumor. Nero procured i day. It is an every day experience that those others to be accused, and inflicted exquisite pun."

e nun who live in damp or dark houses, contract disishment upon these people, who were held in

eases which are alleviated by removal to drier abhorrence for their crimes, and were commonly

and more cheerful residences. Even when we known as Christians.* They had their denomi.

come into the open air from a low-ceiled, ill. nation from Christus, who, in the reign of Ti

lighted room, we feel that the darkness wbich berias, was put to death as a criminal, by the

the we leave has been in some sort, an imprisonProcurator, Pontius Pilate."

ment. Suetonius, another distinguished Roman His

We have been accustomed to regard the intorian, that wrote about A. D., 110, in his life

tense influences of the torrid zone as the certain of the Emperor Claudius, who reigned from A. D. and

A.D. and immediate cause of sickness and frequent 51 to 54, says, " The Jews were banished from i mortality; but the testimony of natives of the Rome by this Emperor, on account of their con- temperate zone

on account of their con temperate zone in both hemispheres, as to what tinually creating disturbances, Christus being

they bave performed with ease and unimpaired their leader."

health in hot climates, tends to show that the The fact stated by this historian is confirmed danger les r

danger lies rather in locality and circumstance. by Luke, Acts xviii. verse 2, where he says,

Humboldt, after having spent five years in the " Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart tropical regions of America, bears witness to the from Rome.

fine muscular development of the native inhabitThe disturbances' here complained of, were ants of tho

ants of those countries, and adds: “ Deformities no doubt occasioned by the feuds that existed

are exceedingly rare in certain races of men,

especially those which have the skin strongly but very few of the Gentiles having at this time colored. embraced the Christian religion at Rome.

The three classes of rays which compose the

sun-beam, chemical, luminous and calorific, cor* These crimes probably were their withdrawal |

responding to the three primary prismatic colors, from the Pagan worship, and refusing to sacrifice to blue, yellow and red, vary in proportionate their idols.

effect at different seasons of the year, and during the successive hours of the day. The chemical cloth, are exceedingly common. For ordinary rays, which act as a direct stimulus to increase rooms, white cotton cloth, fastened on rollers, the growth of plants, are most abundant in the as paper is usually hung for indow shades, is Spring and in the morning, the meridian light sufficient for the purpose of screen-admitting of Summer and noon-day having a counteracting at the same time à diffused and softened light. effect, as it tends to produce compactness and | Dark colors upon the walls, absorbing more firmness more than bulk. The preponderance or less of the prismatic rays, are also unfavorof the chemical rays in Spring-time is undoubt-able in their effects. The writer just quoted edly one of the adaptations of this season to the found that in rooms of equal ventilation, light young of animals which then begin their exist- and drainage, some of which had white walls, ence, and it also exerts a decided influence upon and others yellow or buff colored, the occupiers our own physical health. The invalid desires were not equally cheerful and healthy. The the return of Spring, for he instinctively feels workers in rooms with colored walls “ were all that nature without will then come to the aid of inclined to melancholy, and complained of pains nature within ; and who, after the cold and life- in the forehead and eyes, and were often ill less Winter, does not love to seek the wind. and unable to work." By having the color resheltered nook, there to drink in the warm sun. moved and replaced by whitewash, uniform light, and to receive upon the brow its life- health and cheerfulness were ever after secured. giving blessing? The chemical rays are those Those who labor in the open air may never which most change the hue of the skin; but realize how imperative is that law of life wbich this effect is least when diet, local climate or bids us seek the light; but those who live mostoccupation are not such as to make it morbidly ily within doors can through deprivation fully sensitive. We have examples of fair faces among understand it. The mother who, in the fulfilEuropean women who seldom wear bonnets or ment of her office, pre-eminently receives and hats, which seem to show that a blonde may re- appropriates from all the life-sustaining elements, main such, and a brunette be no more than a suffers a twofold wrong, in the injury to herself brunette, even if not sedulously shaded from and offsping, by dwelling in darksome apartevery glimpse of sunshine. It is certain that it ments, and childhood in such homes is pale and is one of nature's infallible cosmetics, being puny—often worse—is squalid and most pitiably efficacious in redeeming the one from a fragile diseased. paleness and the other from sallowness, by giv- It is observable that, while the rich material ing them both a healthful undertone of bloom. of Nature's storehouse awaits the band of Art If once convinced that free access of sunlight is to make it available for the use of man, Art befavorable to health, there is no sensible reason comes excellent only as it approaches Nature's in fearing exposure to it; for if to refinement of own inimitable model. And in this approach mind and goodness of heart are added vigorous we find in the character and uses of a people's health and elastic spirits, the countenance will handicraft unfailing data of their ideas and glow with heightened comeliness, even if darkly civilization. In architecture, a course of prohued ; and in our admiration we always learn to gress is distinctly marked from the cave, the obey the request, « Look not upon me because I wigwam and hut of the savage who rudely am black, because the sun bath looked upon supplies his few wants; from the tent and mosque me.”

of the Arab; from the cots beneath the castle In reference to admitting light freely into our and beside the palace; from the negro quarters houses the words of a writer on the subject are and the mansion house, until we descry the bepertinent. He says: “From several years' ob gipnings of a republicanisin which so regards servations in rooms of various sizes, used as the welfare of every least one within its commonmanufacturing rooms, and occupied by females wealth as to make homes of comfort and taste for twelve hours each day, I found that the the birthright of all. workers who occupied those rooms which had A copy was given in Creation ; the sun in the large windows, with large papes of glass, in the blue dome above, with the grateful varying hues four sides of the room, so that the rays of the of green and brown around and beneath us--the sun penetrated through the whole room during lesson was opened then for our study, but it has the whole day, were much more healthy tban those not yet been perfectly learned. who occupied rooms lighted from one side only, l White walls, with a full number of sidelights, or rooms lighted through very small panes of are incomparably better than a degree of dark. glass.” Notwithstanding the cheapness and ness and gloom; but their direct glare is injurifacility with which glass can be obtained, there ous to the eye, wbile, on the other hand, it is at is a deficiency of windows even in what is usual- once assisted and protected by a supply of rays ly considered the better class of American falling from above, side-lights being used mainly dwellings. Sitting rooms, cheerless enough in for prospect, and the coloring of the walls and having one or two small windows almost extin. furniture of the apartment being of those shades guished beneath heavy drapery of paper and upon which the eye rests with pleasure. Ve

randahs, shade-trees and climbing-plants, which only favorably impressed towards him, but with add so much of attractiveness to our homes, often the feeling that he thoroughly understood his exclude the light more than is desirable, but business. combined with the sky-light, they are naturally Within a year afterward he was surprised retained and cultivated.

with an invitation to visit St. Petersburgh. The Not only may the one item of light be thus ob- result was, his locomotive establishment was retained, but by varying the color of the glass, it moved there bodily. It was the agent of the can be made to transmit a preponderance of the Czar who had called on him, in company with chemical, luminous or calorific rays, singly or an American citizen. He has recently returned, two combined, as may be desired. This is a re- having accumulated a large fortune, and still sort in green houses to perfect the growth of receives from his Russian workshops about a tropical plants. The red or heat-rays, which are hundred thousand dollars a year. He invests the most direct, and are supposed to have the his money in real estate, and has already laid greatest momentum, might be appropriated on a the foundation for the largest fortune of any sufficient scale, from the sun's unfailing, exhaust- private individual in Philadelphia-and all the less fount, in making the artificial climate of our result of civility to a couple of strangers.-dwellings genial aud uniform

Hall's Journal of Health. It seems possible, when we consider the potency and constancy of solar influences, that new

A MOTHER'S SMILE. adaptations of its separate or combined forces may be discovered to alleviate the progress of

There are clouds that must o’ershade us;

There are griefs that all must know; some diseases, as well as to hasten the recovery

There are sorrows that have made us of the invalid.

Feel the tide of human woe. And a luxury is also to be secured by being But the deepest, darkest sorrow able to seek repose beneath a transparent ceiling

Though it sear the heart awhile,

Hone's cheering ray may borrow, curtained with moonlit clouds, or penetrated by

From a mother's welcome smile. the silent, solemn presence of the starlight.

There are days in youth that greet us, Cannot the idea which pervades nature's grand

With a ray too bright to last; temple be transcribed upon our dwellings, our There are careg of age to meet us, school-houses, our work-shops and even upon our When those sunny days are past; prisons ?

A. E. L. R.

But the past scenes hover o'er us,
Pleasant Lake, Ind., Sept. 1, 1857.

And give us back the while,
All that memory can restore us

In a mother's welcome smile.
FRUITS OF CIVILITY.

There are scenes and sunny places,

On which memory loves to dwell ; Civility costs nothing, and considering it pays

There are many happy faces its way so handsomely in all companies, to say

Who have known and loved us well ; nothing of occasional chance advantages, it is a But’mid joy or mild dejection, marvel that it is not more common—that it is

There is nothing can beguile, not a universal virtue.

That can show the fond affection

Of a mother's welcome smile. Within a few years, a couple of gentlemenone of whom was a foreigner-visited the various locomotive workshops of Philadelphia. They

For Friends' Intelligencer.

MOSES ON MOUNT SINAI. called at the most prominent one first, stated their wishes to look through the establishment,

Beaming with supernal glory, and made some inquiries of a more specific cha

Moses, prophet of the Lord,

Down from Sinai's summit hoary, racter. They were shown through the premises

Bore the tablets of the Word. in a very indifferent manner, and no special

Bore the sacred laws of heaven, pains were taken to give them any information

Simple, few, severe and plain, beyond what their own inquiries drow forth.

By paternal wisdom given, The same results followed their visits to the seve

To direct rebellious man. ral larger establishments. By some means, they Many days did Moses languish; were induced to call on one of a third or fourth

Fasting, he the mountain trod ; rate character. The owner was himself a work Many times in awe and anguish man, of limited means; but on the application

Sought he counsel from his God. of the strangers, his natural urbanity of manner Often sunk in tribulation, prompted him not only to show all that he had,

Did he deem his prayer unheard;

Great and final consolation, but to enter into a detailed explanation of the

He beheld Jehovah's word. working of his establishment, and the very superior manner in which he could conduct his

Thus shouldst thou, poor fellow sinner,

When thy thoughts distracted roll, factory, if additional facilities of capital were

Seek the regions, calm and inner, afforded him. The gentlemen left him, not

Of the summits of thy soul.

There, alone upon the mountain,

time to go to it. What leisure I have, I shall No profane disturber nigh,

be pleased to spend with you—but whether you Drink religion's healing fountain, Walk with God beneath the sky.

see much of me or no, pray make yourself com

fortable, and at home in my house, and you will Fasting shall tbine eye grow lighter,

gratify me.That was real, gospel politeness,
As it yearns to see the truth;
Lo! thy duty shineth brighter,

such as makes visitors comfortable.
Clear, apparent as in youth.
So may'st thou, another Moses,

THE MOUNTAIN IN THE MAIN.
Climb thy Sinai, find thy law;

Out in the Arctic Sea, somewhat more than
So may each whom faith transposes,

400 miles to the north-east of Iceland, there See the God whom Moses saw.

rises, apparently projected by volcanic agency, 11th mo. 18th, 1857.

the mountain-island of Jan Mayen. It shoots

straight up out of the sea to the height of nearly MAKE YOUR COMPANY COMFORTABLE.

7000 feet, having from certain points of view

the appearance of a peak, not unlike the enor“Well, what is the best way to do so ?”—Not

mous spire of a church. As seen from a disto turn the usual course of things upside down, tane

Di tance, it seems impossible to land upon it, yet, on and shake the pillars of your domestic economy,

approaching nearer, there is found to be a nar. till they are ready to fall about your ears, all

row line of coast, and several small harbors, because you have company.

which offer a tolerable anchorage when the state Not to insist upon it, that your visitors must

of the surrounding ice admits of entrance. The eat some of all the innumerable kinds of nice

island was originally discovered by Captain things, provided expressly for them, nor make

Fotherby, who stumbled upon it through a fog in it a point of conscience that they shall never for

the year 1614. Sailing southward in a mist so a moment be left alone. Not to push all work

thick that he could not see to the length of his out of sight and reach, for fear it will not

ship, he suddenly heard the noise of waters as be thought showing proper attention to your

if breaking on a great shore, and getting a friends, to have your hands employed in their

glimpse shortly afterwards of the gigantic bases presence.

of Mount Beerenberg, which is the name given Not to torture your brain, striving to think of

to the eminence, he thought he had discovered subjects of conversation, when there is nothing

some new continent. Since then, it has been particular, nor interesting, that either you or

frequently sighted by homeward-bound whalers, your friends wish to say.

though, on account of its ordinary inaccessibility, . So much for negatives a few of them for it has rarely been landed upon. Once, however, they might well be multiplied indefinitely. To

shortly after its discovery, an attempt was made make a visitor feel at ease in your house, be to inhabit it that is

to inhabit it, that was attended by tragic conseeasy and natural in all you do and say. Make

quences; the particulars of which, till recently, no unusual efforts of any kind, for the surest

est have been very little known.* way to make your friend wish himself at home, is to let him feel that you are “putting yourself wishing to establish a settlement in the actual

o About the year 1635, the Dutch government, out” for his sake.

neighborhood of the fishing grounds, where the Give him freely and cordially the liberty of

blubber might be boiled down, and the spoils of your house. Assure him of your wish that he

each season transported home in the smallest sbould, while with you, consider himself as one ho

bulk, prevailed on seven seamen to remain the of the family, and that you expect him to eat, I whole' winter on the island. Huts were built sleep, talk, or keep silence, go out, or come in,

for them, and they were liberally supplied with read, write, mingle with the family circle, or re.

salt provisions, and there left to resolve the tire to his chamber, exactly as he would do were

problem as to whether or not human beings the house his own, and you “make your com

could support the severities of the climate. pany comfortable.”

| Standing on the shore, these seven men saw To be tormented by people's politeness, is

their comrades' parting sails sink down beneath almost as bad as to be vexed by their incivility. The unit

the sun; then watched the sun sink as had sunk True politeness bas very delicate and sensitive

| the sails; and as the long arctic night set in, perceptions, and will never be officious nor over.

must have felt themselves left to a perilous and done.

questionable fate. As is the manner of seamen, Said one gentleman to another, whom he had they kept a log or diary of their proceedings, invited to pass the time of his sojourn in al

Doting down from day to day what seemed most strange city in his house, “Come, make my worthy or

worthy or desirable to be recorded. The 26th house your home-go out and come in as suits

of August,' they wrote, "our fleet set sail for your convenience. I cannot have the pleasure Holland

Holland with a strong north-east wind and a of devoting much time to you, but my house is beartily at your service, whenever you find the

• Letters from High Latitudes.

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