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afforded greater confirmation to the belief, that however the Christian world is separated into various forms, there is, when impartially enquired into, less real difference than we are aware of. This man seems on ground beeoming a professor of the one faith, and breathing a spirit which would not exclude any, but longs for all to be gathered to the teachings of the true Shepherd. I was uncommonly thoughtful about him next morning, and felt desirous for another interview, but supposed he had gone off early; on coming down I found he had so designed, but inclining to call in at T. Chandlee's missed the boat. We breakfasted together, and a season to be thankfully commemorated succeeded, under which covering we took leave of one who had been made dear to our best feelings; he saying that he was ' thankful to that adorable Providence which had cast his lot there that week, and brought us to be acquainted.'
"We reached Roscrea seventh day afternoon; the meeting on first day morning was a trying one; the world is a cloud to our assemblies, and the concerns of it a bar to the growth of vital religion. A public meeting in the evening was largely attended, but the people being evidently under the feeling of expectation, and not gathered in mind, caused the labor to be propori tionably arduous. At length, however, a precious covering was spread, and the meeting closed under a thankful sense of divine goodness.
In the second month, 1805, she obtained liberty from the Monthly Meeting for the performance of some religious service within the limits of her own Quarterly Meeting, and at Ross, in the county of Wexford; respecting which the following particulars are extracted from her letters and memoranda.
"Tovghall, 2nd mo. 9th, 1805.
"The meeting here on fourth day was a solemn, relieving season, rather unusually so. Several not in profession with us were there, and I ventured to appoint a public meeting for next day, which was a very favored time; those present behaved solidly, and were of a description towards whom much liberty was felt in preaching the gospel, and for whom I trust prayer was acceptably made. I was more than satisfied, as I have had cause to be, through gracious unmerited regard, at different seasons since coming here. A solid young man who has attended meetings for a year past, was with us last evening, to my comfort, and I hope his also."
"Returned to Watorford on the 16th, and next day sat a low suffering meeting again with Friends there. Oh ! the want of that spiritual exercise which would bring down the blessing, not only upon the head of Aaron, but every class of the people. In the afternoon meeting, the remembrance of Elijah's sufferings was awful, yet encouraging to the partakers of his spirit; and
liberty was felt in saluting this description of the people, under a view of what the ministry, the state of eldership, yea of all called to active service in the church should, and might be. Close doctrine also flowed to the worldly-minded, the supine and unwatchful in spirit j but with how little hope does the poor servant sometimes labor, having as it were to plough up as he goes over the ground, instead of finding it in a softened, prepared state. Faith was however renewed, and the reaching forth of a love precious to feel, led to the appointment of a public meeting for the following evening. This was largely attended by persons of various professions, and ability mercifully extended to proclaim the doctrine of free and universal redemption through Christ Jesus. Somewhat of a different spirit was to be felt, even a degree of that which leads to a judging and reasoning down the simplicity of the pure unchangeable gospel. But while the mysteries of the everlastingkingdom are hidden from the wise and prudent, they are still revealed unto babes, the humble and the contrite; a precious remnant of whom could be saluted in the prevalence of love and life, and at the conclusion praise waited in Zion and thanksgiving was poured forth in the congregation. May the vessel (altogether unworthy such refreshing influence) be preserved by Him who can only keep it in sanctification and fitness to receive renewed fillings, or bear resignedly the emptyings which infinite wisdom may appoint, that the Lord may be all in all for evermore. Amen and Amen!
"Third month, 21st. Left Waterford for Pilltown, where a meeting was held at twelve o'clock. It was attended by a considerable number of serious Protestants, and a few Roman Catholics, and proved a time of remarkable solemnity. The people appeared to be measurably acquainted with the nature of spiritual worship, so that way readily opened for the gospel message, which through the renewings of holy help was proclaimed to some happily alive to its power.
"The succeeding day there was a meeting in the village of Portlaw, with a large company of very quiet orderly people; many having left their ploughs and other employments to come at the invitation of Friends. This season was also memorably owned by the spreading of the holy wing, and my spirit, with that of others present, bowed in thankfulness to the Author of all good. A clergyman who was at the meeting came afterwards to see us, and expressed satisfaction at having been there; making observations which affected me greatly, as evidencing an increase of that glorious light which is opening the spirituality of religion, where education and long habit had strengthened prejudice against it.
"I returned home next day, the 23rd of 3rd month, and was favored to find all well, which I had been helped to leave under the great Shepherd's care, to whom be the praise of His own works, and conducting, preserving goodness, now and for ever I"
Soon after her return home my dear mother became indisposed with an affection of the lungs, and was wholly confined for several months, during which time she was brought very low both in body and mind; several afflicting circumstances in her family, and the circle of herfriends, combining to mark the remainder of this year, and nearly the whole of the following, as a period of peculiar trial. For many months her own habitation presented a scene of sickness and sorrow, she and her daughter Hannah being ill at the same time, and confined in separate chambers, unable to see each other, and for a while with but little prospect of either being restored.
In the 6th mo. 1806, a bitter cup was administered in the decease of my dear brother Robert, who had resided for some time at a distance from his near connexions; and being removed after only a few hours illness, the stroke was indeed heavy, and as suoh keenly felt.
He was the last of five sons whom she. had taken the charge of on her marriage, and being the Jirst who addressed her by the endearing appellation of mother, and very affectionate in his behaviour, he had always been peculiarly near to her; though her love and tender care were uniformly manifested towards each of them; while, on their part, an attentive and respectful demeanor has frequently induced her to observe, with grateful emotion, that she never desired more affectionate or dutiful conduct from her own children, than what she received from some of her adopted sons. .
When she had herself become a parent, she was so circumspect in preventing any discernible difference, that it was not until after the death of several of the former family, the younger part had any idea that such a distinction existed. She found one of her husband's sons far gone in a consumption, who died the year after her marriage at about the age of thirteen years; and another sweet youth was taken off before he attained that of twenty. The eldest, a valuable religious character, married agreeably, and seemed likely to possess length of days, but being attacked with rheumatic fever, his constitution rapidly sunk, and exactly fourteen weeks from the day of his marriage his remains were consigned to the grave. These three she had the satisfaction of attending to the last, as they all died under the parental roof, and bore ample testimony to the tenderness and unremitting care of their anxious mother.
Nor was this less the case with one who lived many years longer, and experienced her kind and efficient help under a suffering and tedious illness, which at length terminated in his death in the year 1801, at (Jlifton. When informed that his little children were taken charge of, in order to set his wife at liberty to visit and stay with
him, he spoke of this last act of his dear mother's as crowning her invariable kindness, and calling forth from him lively feelings of gratitude.
(To be continned.)
THE HUMBLE HOME.
Are you not surprised to find how independent of money peace of conscience is, and how much happiness can be condensed into the humblest home? A cottage will not hold the bulky furniture and sumptuous accommodation of a mansion, but if God be there, a cottage will hold as much happiness as might stock a palace.— C. Hamilton.
Communicated for Friends* Intelligencer.
Died, at his residence in Westminster Township, Bucks County, Pa., on Fourth day evening, 10th mo. 21st, 1857, Isaac Parry, in the 84th year of his age.
When one standing in the community as Isaac Parry has stood, is called from works to rewards, it is expedient that some brief sketch of some of the prominent points that have marked his life should be made public; not to exalt or honor any attainment of the natural man, but rather to hold up as an example one whose life has been subject to the cross of Christ, so that he could adopt the language of the Apostle, that "by the grace of God, I am what I am," and thereby promote the honor of truth, having but the one object in view, to encourage those that were following after, to place their whole reliance upon that Power which had protected and borne along in safety those who had gone before them.
Isaac Parry was born in the same habitation in which he died, having been a member of Horsham Monthly Meeting all his life. He was very early brought into extensive service, therein discharging all the various duties in the Church generally devolving upon a well qualified member. Early in life he was appointed to the station of an Elder, probably before he reached his 30th year. About the same time he was made a member of the Meeting for Sufferings; the former station he continued in until death; the latter he was released from at his ardent request, about eighteen months previous to that period. He discharged the duties assigned to him with a wisdom and propriety that gained him the confidence of his brethren, so that his judgment was sought in matters of much importance. And, to use a common expression, he could have exercised great influence amongst his brethren. But he has been frequently heard to say, that no Friend ought to have an influence of himself, but all ought to endeavor to weigh what was under consideration, and thus obtain the mind of truth therein, letting the man be of no reputation.
Some of the correspondence he has left, shows the deep concern he felt in the cause of temperance. It is believed that when he first felt the weight of the subject, spirituous liquors were universally used in the harvest field, and very generally as a common drink on other occasions. He, with a few others, felt the necessity laid upon them to bear a testimony against the pernicious practice; and although it was generally believed that those who refused to give it in the field, would be unable to get help sufficient to collect their crops; they uuited in the sentiment that they would prefer ts let their crops perish in the field rather than violate their testimony; but as they patiently and faithfully labored in the concern, it spread and became general with the Society, and they were always successful in getting sufficient help. Thus originated in the Monthly Meeting of Horsham the testimony against the unnecessary use of ardent spirits.
As an Elder, he was eminently gifted to administer counsel or reproof to ministers without giving offence, and by his kind and affectionate manner to encourage them in a faithful discharge of duty, as many yet living can bear testimony. He was very useful in his neighborhood in settling differences; his advice being much sought after by those thus involved. On some occasions both parties would appeal to him, neither knowing that the other consulted him, and by his friendly and consnling advice peace would very generally be restored, no doubt, in many cases preventing law-suits, that would have been disastrous in their consequences. In him the widow also found a true friend; to those that were left in tried situations, he was ever ready to render such assistance as lay in his power.
In early life he felt a lively interest in the political concerns of the country, and was frequently engaged in court and county business; but being convinced that it had a scattering effect, and tended to disqualify him for fulfilling the most important object of life,—a preparation to receive a crown of righteousness iu the world to come, which it was not to be doubted, was his chief concern—he therefore withdrew from a participation in all concerns of the kind, not for many years even exercising the right of suffrage, though strongly urged ^thereto by politicians.
He was gifted with an uncotrmonly retentive memory, and being very intimate, and frequently in company with a number of worthies that have passed away with a former generation, he had stored his mind with a large number of very interesting anecdotes connected with their lives, which he would frequently relate to the instruction and delight of his family and friends.
From early life he was a diligent attender of all our meetings, and continued so to the close of
life ; and when there, his solid deportment will long be remembered with tender emotions by those that met with him.
The last year of his life was marked by a patient, serene spirit; being redeemed from the strife and confusion that abound in the world, he appeared to be quietly waiting for the last solemn change; and when it came, it was in the way that he had frequently spoken of as being a great favor, to be removed out of time suddenly without a lingering illness. He enjoyed good health and the possession of his mental faculties to the close, but it was observed that he was for some days previous to his death more inclined to conversation than usual, and there was no evidence of indisposition that could be observed by his family; though, on the evening of his death, he said he felt as if he had taken cold, but made no other complaint, but manifested a great concern for the family of his son, who at the time were indisposed. He went to bed about nine o'clock, after which, upon being enquired of as to how he felt, he answered, I am very comfortable. His affectionate wife, the companion that had shared with him the joys as well as the vicissitudes of life for many years, and to whom he had been a true helpmate, was not at his side to sympathize with him in the parting scene, but was on a visit to her daughter in the neighborhood. About half an hour after retiring, he called and said, "I am dying". His son going to his room, found him standing up and partially dressed, upon seeing him, he repeated the same words, "I am dying;" "I want to go down stairs to get in the open air." A reply being made, that it was not believed that he could walk under the great oppression he was then suffering, he quietj ly remarked, "I think I could," but did not j attempt it. After standing a few minutes on i the floor in a state of suffocation, and not being 1 able to get any relief, he quietly sat upon the I side of the bed, and it was evident that death had laid his hand upon him. He appeared to breathe easier, and seemed as though he was falling into a sleep, not making the least movement; but, upon observing bis countenance, it was seen that consciousness had fled, and he was then laid down, and a sweet smile lit up the whole countenance. It seemed almost impossible to realize that death was there; but, short as the time was, it had finished its work, and he has gone, we trust, to wear that crown that Christ has prepared for all those that love his appearing. P.
A Daily conversation in heaven is the surest forerunner of a constant abode there. The Spirit of God, by enabling us hereunto, first brings heaven into the soul, and then conducts the soul j to heaven.
MEMOIR OF JAMES COCKBURN.
In my sixteenth year, I was put apprentice to Alexander Law, of Kennoway, in the linen manufactory. Ho was a member of our meeting, and maintained the same observances and example as my parents; and with him I served my time of three years to mutual satisfaction : after which I worked journeywork for some time.
As the powers of my mind advanced towards maturity, the enemy increased in strength, and led me deeper and deeper into Mystery Babylon: but as yet I dared not wander from the inolosure in which I was tutored.
A disposition to read was natural to me, but my reading had been hitherto confined to the Scriptures and a few sermons. Books of what is called polite literature never fell within my observation. Gesuer's Death of Abel, and Hervey's Meditations, were the first productions that gave a direction to tbe exercise of those powers with which nature had endued my mind. In reading these works, I felt the movings of lively sensibility, and the glowings of a kindred affection, which animated me to become conversant in similar composition, although unacquainted with any of its rules, and hardly capable of writing intelligibly. The working of imagination which so early manifested itself in my mind, was now become subservient to the enthusiasm of poetic imagery, which seemed to have gained complete ascendency over the feelings of my heart.
In my twentieth year, I returned to my parents, who aided and took an interest in the business, and furnished a shop for six looms on their premises. This was a respectable beginning for a young man in that country; but my feelings soon became at variance with my situation in business. The expanding faculties of my mind, constantly pressed upon my attention the adoption and exercise of such means as were calculated to familiarize my mind with letters, and aid my progress in literary acquirements. With the view of obtaining a more perfect knowledge of grammar, I read in an evening school the Latin rudiments; but never made much progress in acquiring that language. I was already' on the stage of active life, and had not patience to wait for the attainment of knowledge by passing through the rudimental forms. Instead of persevering through the elements of science, I became absorbed in the sensibility of my solitary musings, and felt a devotion as ardent as it was sincere, in the lone solitude of my native groves. I deemed it the inspirations of nature acting on the powers of rising genius, or rather, the effulgence beaming from the fountain of truth, encircling and expanding the general powers of my mind. To this source I owe whatever of intelligence, rectitude and virtue, has marked my progress through life. This in every situation has
been my chief enjoyment ;—my happiness in prosperity; my solace in adversity, and I hope may be my crown in the end.
About this time the British government proclaimed war against revolutionary France, producing considerable excitement in the public mind. I subscribed for the Edinburgh newspapers, and was soon launched on the sea of politics, although snugly located by my parental hearth. My attention was turned from the softening effusions of a pastoral life, to moral and political investigations, as connected with the essential rights of individuals, communities and nations. In a short time I became a confirmed republican, and of course an admirer of American public institutions. These investigations, stimulated by political impulse, greatly shook my educational structure of theology, and eventually laid it in ruins. To clear the rubbish has been a task through life, perhaps not yet fully accomplished. Such is the power of early impressions, that it is diffcult wholly to eradicate them.
Being on a visit to Glasgow in the year 1796, I had an opportunity of attending a religious meeting appointed by a mission of Quakers from America. Their appearance and demeanor entirely coincided with my own ideas of innocence, simplicity and piety—a favorable predilection for the Society was formed in my mind, which induced further inquiry into their principles and practices. For this purpose I obtained from one of the Edinburgh Friends, a copy of Barclay's Apology; which claiming my very deliberate attention, fully satisfied my understanding respecting those principles which govern the practice of the consistent members of the Society. Living remote from the locations of the Society of Friends, I had little opportunity of cultivating an acquaintance with its members. I never, however, lost sight of their fundamental principle; or rather, it had always been present in my mind from my infantile years, through all my solitary musings, during the progress of my youth. It was this that tendered my heart,— that restrained me from levity and pernicious conversation, and disposed me to meditation, reflection and pious feelings; producing also humane, benevolent and kind actions.
But at this period my ardor for political reform absorbed every other mental pursuit, except the emotions of that tender passion stimulated by female attractions. My provincial location prevented me from taking an active part with those denominated " the friends of the people;"—but ray impressions and principles on political affairs became settled and fixed, and, at least negatively, influenced my practice. I declined the usual obeisance to the surrounding gentry, so called, and other dignitaries, whether in church or state. I stood aloof from all military associations, at that time prevailing in every district, under the
appellation of volunteers ;—of course, I became marked as one unfavorable to the established order of things. My retired habits and inoffensive life, however, probably screened me from direct trouble from those who were opposed to me.
A few years passed away in this manner, with various success in business. Sometimes there was an extra demand for linen, followed by great stagnation and loss to all concerned in its manufacture. The perplexities of business, and the anxieties connected with the unwise indulgence of tender affection, contributed greatly to imbitter my youthful days, and laid the foundation of a morbid feeling which has required all my reason and fortitude to regulate in after life. Among my female acquaintances, my affections settled on Isabella Primrose ; who had partly received her education among the Friends in Edinburgh, and was come to reside with her mother in our district of country. After an acquaintance of three years, I married her in the spring of the year 1800, before a Presbyterian minister, according to the form of his church. My wife was young and beautiful, and sedate as beautiful. She had caught the living manners of the female Quakers as they rose. Her amiable disposition and engaging manners strengthened my predilection for the Society of Friends; of the correctness of whose principles my judgment had aiready been convinced.
Although my parents had settled me on their own premises, in a dwelling near the shop, I did not feel satisfied or content. The disturbed state of the country, the fluctuations of trade and business, and the apparent progress of a revolution in the government;—all tended to unsettle my mind, and dispose me to look towards North America as a place of desirable retreat, where I might enjoy my political and religious principles, and obtain the means of an independent living, by cultivating a few acres of land. With this view, my parents finally agreed to my departure for America in the spring of 1801, concluding, if the country and climate answered their expectation, they would sell their property and remove after rue, in company with my wife whom I left with them. My immediate departure was considerably prompted by a brother-inlaw having already engaged a passage from Greenock to Philadelphia, for himself and family, to which I might readily be attached. This crisis was productive of a severe struggle in my mind, as well as great mental suffering.
(To be continued.)
The judicious Hooker, used to say—" If 1 had no other reason and motive for being religious, 1 would earnestly strive to be so, for the sake of my mother, that I might requite her care for me, and cause her widow's heart to sing for joy."
For Friends' Intelligencer.
The world is burdened with weariness, and sorrow, and anguish, and sin; the fairest flowers are fading; shadows darken our sunniest paths, and sometimes the darkness deepens until the future becomes a solid wall of rayless night.
"There is no flock, however watched and tended,
But one dead lamb is there;
But hath one vacant chair.
And moaniugs for the dead;"
And oftentimes the living cause us deeper wo than the dear ones who have passed into that great future which, to our unspiritualized vision, seems a land of shadows; but worse than all, harder than all to bear, is the suffering we bring upon ourselves; the anguish of our struggling souls.
There come times to us all when we feel that life is a weary burden; when toil and care press heavily upon us, and we so long for rest; but let us remember Jesus has been before us in all our thorny ways; that his sandalled feet have trodden on the rock fragments which pave the paths through this world; that temptations pointed him, as they do us, to the flowery fields of unhallowed indulgence; that he knew and felt the weakness attendant on humanity, and that the harness which protected him was taken from the great armory of God, to which we also have access.
Life to the little band of believers lost its charm when Jesus died; they had loved him, aud trusted in his mighty power that he would restore the kingdom of Judea; they had lived in his life, and had yielded themselves to the irresistible fascination of his presence; they were absorbed in him.
But he was dead! He would no more chain the multitude with his eloquence, or awe them with his majesty; the sick must suffer and die, the dead must Bleep on still. Little children would no more gather about him, hiding their young faces among the folds of his seamless robe, or playing with the golden waves of his long hair; his hand would never more rest in blessing on their fair heads, or his low voice thrill to their finger tips as he talked to them of love, of goodness, and heaven.
He would never more rest himself under the olive tree at evening, when the pale moonlight fell over the mountain, flashing in and out among the leaves till the weary wanderer's form was flecked with glory; that clarion voice would never more ring through the arches of the temple, bearing its message of terror: "Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites;" that kingly form need never again to bow with the mighty anguish of a suffering God, or the pale lips