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life of God is under oppression in our hearts. Ited existence, or in oblivion of all others, before Therefore, those who have come, thinking to the throne of God. How vivid soever may be receive the bread of life, go away hungry, per- the emotions that spring from the heart in its haps to return no more. It is sometimes well sympathy with others, they can never come into to point to the open Fountain, saying, " There comparison with those that belong to its own is water; dip for yourselves.” But because ultimate welfare.- Isaac Taylor. the land is dry, and the water deep, and men have no buckets, therefore God sends his ser- FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER, vants to draw for them, until they learn to draw for themselves. As God condescended to our
PHILADELPHIA, NINTH MONTH 21, 1867. low estate so far as to clothe his Son, who is our spiritual Bread, in a body of flesh, so he “ WE GLEAN FROM EVERY VINTAGE.” clothes his love, wisdom and goodness in words, This motto we deem appropriate to express the that men may receive truth through these ex
aim wbich the editors of this paper have ever ternal mediums or signs. The cry of the Psalmist is echoed by many souls, « Lord, be kept in view, while seeking for aliment to not silent unto me, lest if thou bé silent unto satisfy the intellectual wants, and minister to me, I become like them that go down into the the spiritual life of its readers. To cater for pit.” Words are the mirrors of thought and such a variety of tastes as must inevitably be feeling by which these are transmitted and en found among the large circle of our subscribers, larged. Therefore, while reasonably cautious
· not to be found sowing chaff, let every Chris- requires no small degree of care and assiduous tian consider it his duty to scatter the seeds of labor; and it is satisfactory to receive assur. righteousness and truth in some way, and if he ances that our sincere endeavors are appreis not now able, make it his immediate business
ciated. to find that ability by applying diligently for the grace of God, and laying in seeds of knowl.
Among the articles recently inserted in our edge from the granary of the Scriptures, and paper, the selections from the discourses and not be hindered by custom, if he find good seed letters of F. W. Robertson have elicited from therein adapted to the present wants, from many of our readers and correspondents testibringing it to the people in such form and monials of decided approbation. There are, measure as it has been preserved for our use.
Arise, young men, and begin to serve the however, we regret to learn, some exceptions. Lord your God. “As the lightning cometh One Friend, writing to our publishing agent, out of the east, and shineth even unto the expresses his disapprobation of resorting to west," so the Light of Christ is enlightening the writings or opinions of a hireling minthe Gentiles. Why are you yet slumbering? Arise, virgin souls, and trim your lamps, and if istry,” in order to fill our columns. they are burping low, fill them quickly with the For our part, we rejoice when we have evioil of grace, and take them from under your dences that others, not of our fold, are being beds of ease and your sectarian measures, lest, gradually drawn away from a dependence upon when the Bridegroom comes, you be left weep: externals; and we believe, as 'this work goes ing without, and bewailing your folly in the darkness.
on, it will lead to an acknowledgment of the Brewster's Station, N. Y., 8th. mo. 27, 1867. Truth in its simplicity, and an abandonment
of the ceremonial observances by which it is COMMUNION WITH GOD. Religion, or the devotional part of it, is noth-encumbered. We consider the system of a ing but communion of the soul with God; and stipendiary ministry inconsistent with the pretherefore by its necessary condition is seclusive. cepts of Christ and the practice of the Apostles, There is no piety of a multitude. The worship and we believe it has been fraught with great of a congregation is the worship of so many injury to the Church throughout Christendom; hearts, each rendered a degree more fervent than otherwise by the power of sympathy. But if the but we must, in charity, admit that many who elements of worship have not been brought have been engaged in it have been sincere together from the depths of individual spirits, Christians, devoting their lives to the righteous they exist not at all. In all true worship, cause, so far as it was opened to their minds. whether the scene be the place of public convocation or the closet, the soul brings its immortal ledge is usually gradual, and, when much en
The progress of the soul in spiritual knowsubstance, and its personal destiny, and its particular interests—its recollections, its hopes and cumbered by the prejudices of education, is its fears--yes, itself, as if it were the only crea- almost invariably slow. An instructive example of this is found in the recorded ex- those of George Fox in a letter “ to friends of perience of John Simpson, a highly valued the ministry in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” minister, who lived in the last century. He both of which appeared in the 25th number of was educated among the Presbyterians, and, the Intelligencer. He considers the former after he became a minister in our Society, he cautious and contracted, and that the latter retained for some time a belief in the rectitude urges to active and expansive measures for the of defensive war. “Through the gradual un- promulgation of Truth as professed by Friends. foldings of the Divine Light, his understand. We believe that the two cannot be justly coming at length became illuminated, and his pared. Our early Friends were incited to labor judgment fully convinced that all carnal war with a zeal consequent upon the new era which fare, offensive and defensive, had its origin in had dawned upon them, through the faithfulthe unsubdued lusts of the flesh, and wasness, apparently, of one who had himself been entirely opposite to the spirit of the gospel of led into quiet fields and secret places, where he Christ. Previous to this discovery, he had became impressed with the immutable truth, been careful not only to avoid speaking on the that Christianity consists in obedience to the subject, but also to conform to the established revelations of Christ, "the true Light which discipline and testimonies of Friends in rela- lighteth every man that cometh into the world,” tion to wars and military requisitions. He was and that those who receive it are given “ power heard to remark that, from observation and to become the sons of God.” In that comexperience, be was fully persuaded that, in the paratively dark day, there were many hungering operations and discoveries of the divine prin for the bread of life, being weary of a profesciple in dedicated miods, every man did not sional religion which yielded not the fruits of begin to learn at the same point of the Christian the spirit. To these, the voice of G. Fox and alphabet; but, as faithful obedience was yielded others, who were alike convinced of this vital to the arisings of Light, all would come into principle, was like a living inspiration from the the fulness, and see eye to eye.'
Fountain of Life. The novelty of men and It has always been the practice of writers women preaching without having been ordained in our religious Society, when advocating the by man, drew the people in crowds to listen to principles of Truth, to call to their aid appro- their teachings. Persecutions followed ; and priate corroborating testimony from devout the blood of the martyrs eakindled a holy zeal authors of other persuasions. The writings of for the cause for which they suffered. After a Archbishop Fenelon have been widely circu- lapse of years a very different state of things lated and much approved by Friends; and exists. In some cases the language of the Robert Barclay, in his Apology, quotes freely prophets is doubtless applicable—“How is the from the writings of Calvin and other Protest- gold becoine dim! how is the most five gold ant ministers, to sustain some of the views changed !" Still, we believe there are many presented in that standard work. In quoting who are living in accordance with their highest from Calvin, we know that Barclay did not perceptions of right. The origin of the New favor the doctrine of predestination, nor the York Epistle was to share with the absent memsystem of giving to ministers a pecuniary sup-bers of that part of the Society the gospel export in reward for their services.
ercises which had flowed freely during the sit, Let us rejoice in the progress of Truth, and tings of the Yearly Meeting, "which perchance embrace it wherever we find it.
might be as a brook by the way to cheer the
drooping spirit and strengthen the weary travCommunications from two correspondents eller on the way to Zion.” They no doubt will be found in the present number, both could also with George Fux desire that "all bearing upon the condition of our religious or.
men should come to the knowledge of the ganization. E. R. contrasts the sentiments Truth,” and with him encourage all to walk in contained in the “ Epistle from New York obedience to the knowledge received. We Yearly Meeting of Ministers and Elders,” with unite with our correspondent in the wish that
* Janney's Hist. of Friends, iii., 405. faithfulness may be observed in the work as
signed by our Heavenly Father, but as nothing! ERRATA.–On p. 434, 2d column, 19th line from
bottom, for reviewing Truth,” read" receiving Truth."
On p. 435, 2d column, 16th line from bottom, for
First-day School Conference, on Seventh-day last,
that Friends tbroughout the country will forward, figured in Scripture by the injunction, “ Keep | First-day Schools which now are, or have been, in silence before me, 0 ye islands, and let the existence amongst Friends, giving, if possible, the
number on roll, average attendance, the plan of conpeople renew their strength!”
ducting them, the difficulties they may bave to en. The delinquency referred to in the Essay
counter, and the title of such works as may be of an
unobjectionable character for Friends' children.
N. Seventh St.
tions below given, would urge it upon Friends to
as their ability will warrant to enable the association tion. It is an evidence, we believe, that the lication :
From a Friend at Brookdale, Bucks Co., $1.00 advantages to be derived from mingling in spirit
1.00 in the worship which is acceptable to the Father
Woodbury, N. J.,
1.00 of spirits, are not fully appreciated by our num
Friends of Concord, Pa., through
Jos. M. TRUMAN, Jr.,
717 Willow St., great supper and invited many," some had
Treasurer Friends' Publication Association. bought a piece of ground, some oxen, and some
EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENCE. had married a wife--and all wished to be ex
No. 4. cused. The interest manifested by a number
BRIENZ, Aug. 4, 1867. of the younger class of Friends in the meetings I have come to this place alone, having parted recently held for the purpose of mutual ad. from my party for the week for the sake of a vancement in the knowledge of religious rest with another American Friend, who is pass
ing a month or two in the Pension Bellevue, a truths is an encouraging feature, and we bope mile from the village of Brienz, in a valley it may extend, so as to lead both young and old which fronts the lake, and is secluded from the to frequently consider those things which pro. world as it were by three walls of mountains, mote the spiritual health and prosperity of in- whose green and rocky sides make a paradise dividuals and communities.
for painters' eyes, especially as wandering clouds
of mist—which adorn more than obscuroSeveral causes have operated to reduce the cause perpetual changes of light and color: and figures of the census of 1829, some of which, then the distant mountains seen over the lake, we trust, will, by the increase of love and Chris with snow peaks coming and going, spiritualize
the whole. tian toleration, be avoided in the future. But
This place is exceptional as a public house. we apprehend that nothing will conduce so Indeed it hardly is one. It is kept by a geotlemuch to strengthen the bonds of religious fel. man who has, till within a year or two, been a lowship as an individual awakening to the bles. Professor of Chemistry in the University of sedness of a life of purity and holiness. By his extensive and valuable laboratory. He in
Berne, who had the misfortune to lose by a fire this congenial minds will be attracted, and in vented the illumination of the Falls of Giessthe feeling of their dependence upon the great bach, which are close by Brienz, and had this Head of the Church for spiritual supplies, they fine estate here, with a house tive or six times will at the time appointed for the gathering of larger than his family required, and so he takes
some men boarders. The establishment is opthe flocks be drawn together, in order to partake parently carried on by the servants. I have not of the refreshing stream when the stone shall in three days yet seen bim, though his wife rebe rolled away froin the well's mouth.
ceired me at the door with all the hospitality
of manner and courtesy of a lady-which she is | Interlachen, with its splendid views of the —a cultivated and refined lady, one of four sis. Jungfrau. The Giessbach is also close by, and ters, the other three having removed from every night illuminated. It is a lovely place Berne with her, and living in a picturesque to bring children for the summer, because it is cottage between this house and the lake. The so secluded and healthy, and the neighborhood family lives entirely separate, and the boarders so innocent. Mrs. H. has a third son, about have their own table, which is served with the three years old, who plays about with the peas. most exact German etiquette, by the rosy- ant children, under the eye of his mother, for cheeked maids, in six or seven courses, every she seems to take care of them entirely herself, vegetable nearly being served separately, and sauntering about as he wanders at "his own the plates changed so that each one has six or sweet will;" and such devoted nursery work seven plates. The company is of the best kind becomes anything but a wearisome work in such —one family with four children among the a nursery, whose walls are but wooded mounguests—and the conversation at dinner general. tains, and whose carpet such a beautiful green One of the sisters speaks English perfectly, and lawn, and its ornaments a little pond with gold has called on us. She is full of the love of lite fishes, ----a fountain in the midst that always rature, and I have found her well read in plays, -enclosures holding peacocks, golden Italian, Spanish, German and English litera- pheasants, and other lovely specimens of animal ture; very fond of our Longfellow and making life. The garden is delightfully provided with fine discriminations in his writings. She had settees and little summer houses in the pleasnot heard of bis translation of Dante.
antest places, all having the air of a private The village is a mile off. I am so sorry that gentleman's house—which it was, and, I might my ear absolutely is impervious to the collo almost say, is. I am so particular in all this quial French and German, because, if I could description for the sake of my American friends, understand them, I could go about among these who, for wo more money than they spend in a Swiss peasants, who talk German and French trip to Sharon, or Saratoga, or Newport, at the both, and get acquainted with them. It is a present high cost of living, might come into the rare chance I have to see the heart of Switzer. heart of Switzerland and pass a summer. I land. The people have not been demoralized came from Paris by way of Fontainbleau, seeing by the neighborhood of a great hotel, and these that most magnificent of French palaces—in its really refined ladies give us a glimpse into a interior; then by way of Pontarlier and Neufsociety which a nere traveller rarely enters in to chatel to Lausanne, where we made a detour to in Europe. My American friend came here go to Geneva for the sake of going to Chamouny, with special introduction to them, and I had but another might go on from Lausanne to one from her; otherwise we should not have Berne, Newhaus and Brienz. A through ticket seen them at all, though Mrs. H. always re. to Newhaus can be taken at Lausanne, which ceives everybody, and there is an appeal to her sets you across Lake Thun, than which there is when any thing goes wrong. It is evident that done more beautiful in Switzerland in fine she also superiutends the sending up of the weather, when you can see the Jungfrau. At meals, as every thing is so exact. But the Newhaus an omnibus takes you to the Brienz meals take a very long time, as the courses come steamboat, giving you a beautiful drive through on very deliberately: four courses of fish, flesh the lake street of Interlachen, with its palatial and fowl, with a vegetable; then pudding; then houses. The Brienz steamboat carries you by fruit; then confectiong. For breakfast and the falls of the Giessbach, which are exquisitely supper we have tea, coffee or chocolate,
, -as we beautiful; and you must take your seat on the prefer; bread, butter, cheese and cold meat. right hand side of the boat, or take second class Every thing is well cooked and abundant in seats in the prow, which is the best as well as quantity. The price is fixed at five francs a cheapest place. At the landing in Brienz, inday, if you stay a week or month; seven francs quire for the carriage of Pension Bellevue, or a day for a more transient visit. The house is an omnibus, if the carriage is not there, and it four stories high, and the three upper stories carries you for half a franc. Another beautiful are for boarders—or at least the second and way to come is through Basle from Paris, taking third; and there seems to be eight or ten the train at the Strasbourg station at 7 o'clock on a story. All who are here are on the second in the morning; and the second class cars are story; but as the place becomes known by their perfectly comfortable, and a great deal the continued residence, (this is the second year of cheapest, (43 fraocs.) Going by the way of the Pension only,) I think there is no doubt Berne, however, you have an hour and twenty we will always be full; for, besides the beauty minutes at Berne, and we improved the time by of the situation and views,--- by means of the taking a carriage at the station and telling the steamboat at Brienz,—there are charming ex driver to show us Berne. It is a grand old city cursions on the beautiful lakes of Brienz and with streets of fine houses, and its peculiarity Thun, possible at small expense, and visits to I is that all the side walks are covered with ar
cades, the private houses no less than the shops the best people,—an assumption of superiority having an arcade for the front lower story that is irritating, -and more earnest and sin. The windows of the stories above have balconies, cere than we see in ance. We asked them if which are provided with red cushions, so that it was not losing a great deal to leave Berne, the inhabitants may be in the open air. The and they said certainly it was in respect to sodriver carried us to a terrace, which is called ciety, “but we are merry in our own family, the Munster Platz, covered with shade trees and here there are also pleasures and charms and seats, and looking off to the line of snow. impossible to city life. We get books from clad Alps, which make the great charm of Berne, and occasionally visit there.” The man. Berpe, but which that day were wholly obscured ners of the children (both of the family and the by the rain clouds. Looking down from the boarders) are beautiful, --in the bouse perfectly terrace you saw the Aar, over whose blue rush- gentle, and out doors merry; and there is no ing waters was one splendid arched bridge; and sign of truly reserved manners so infallible as opposite you saw another shaded common of well-bred children who are at the same time beautifully formed slopes, (for Berne lies both spontaneous and childlike. E. P. P. sides of the Aar.) After we had gazed a few
For Friends' Intelligencer. minutes, we went baek to our carriage, and the
THOUGHTS IN A FRIENDS' MEETING. coachman took us across the bridge to this
We have come place, whence the prospect of the Aar below the bridge, with its great arches, and the city, was to gather into stillness--and, professedly,
To meet as is oor wont upon this dayvery fine. Here was a great enclosure, open to To worship in the silence of all flesh. the sky, and people looking over its walls. We Have we come prepared to enter now, did the same, and saw a group of bears, old and Each one, into the silent chamber of the heart, young. The coachman told us that these bears And there, in prayerful waiting, seek were taken care of by the city, and that once a Under the covering of the Father's love,
To know His will divine, and feel, lady of Berne, on dying, left all her property That all who ever worship Him aright, to ensure the perpetual support of the city bears! Must worship Him in spirit and in truth? But what was the meaning of it all he did not To hear, in outward speech, the words of truth know. Our ladies here told us the legend. Proclaimed with power; the utterance of prayer Berne was founded within a thousand years by From off the holy altar—it were well; a Duke of Zahringen, who baving marked out But insufficient all, unless our minds, its site on the eve of a hunting frolic, said that Taught in the school of Wisdom, have received he would dame the city from the first wild beast Instruction from on high-the flowings of that love, he killed--and he killed four bears. So heAnd felt, aye deeply felt, its secret workings there : named the city The Bears, which is Berne, To give that food for the immortal part
In vain were outward words, all outward aid, (Bären) We had seen on the Terrace common which nought beside can furnish. We must know a bronze statue of the Duke of Zahringen, in An introversion of the soul, and unmistakable middle age costume of a hunter, with four bears And close communion with Him as large as life on the pedestal.' The coachman Who knoweth all our needs, and who will give carried us by the City Hall, which is very old, An adequate reward. And when thus brought
For every inward, secret, earnest prayer and they are just finishing a new highly orna. Into this quietness of soul, how staid mented stone front; also by an immense Fede. And how composed is Thought! The busy world ral Hall; and if we had bad time, we should without, have alighted to survey its grand interior, and Its losses and its gains, its ever-varying ways because it is consecrated by the legislation of To wealth, fame, honor, and renown, the Canton, which is said to have been always in our calm meditations. Then it is our minds, especially wise.
Made teachable, are humbly brought to feel We alighted at the railroad station close by The presence of our Father, and to learn some shops filled with the Swiss wood sculpture, At His footstool, where all his children who would and spent a quarter of an hour looking at this to know his blessed will must come, beautiful work; and I did wish I could carry the offering most acceptable to Him off a beautifully carved centre table, in which Has ever been, and it must ever be, was set a picture of Berpe and the snow-capped A meek and quiet spirit. Thus the human will, mountains, which, alas! we could not see au Though strong, yet not inflexible, naturelle, on account of the misty weather.
Succumbs to heavenly grace, and in the deep The ladies here say the society of Berne is the living Spring is opened, welling up,
And quiet chambers of the contrite soul highly cultivated and very delightful, and I am Even to overflowing; and to all who drink thereof sure it must be, if they are specimens of it. The promise still remains that it will be They seem like our very rarest Boston people, To them a well of living water, springing up but with a superior delicacy of grace, which is Not to us only, but the whole great family of man,, also not to be found in England, as my friend "Hol every one that thirsteth-Come and par:ake says, where there is, as far as she has seen, even | Freely, without money, without price."