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in families, or apprenticed to trades, we form SUSANNAH M. ParrisH, Treasurer for the Home for Desourselves into an association, under the name of istion nndor the name ofl titute Colored Children.


Second Month, 1855, to Sec

ond Month, 1856. "The Home for Desiitute Colored Children "

Funds were obtained by subscription and do- To cash received from Managers as per ration; a house was procured in Girard Ave- statement, - - - - - $2,130 25 nue, west of Nineteenth street, at a rent of " Interest on cash received, - 53 90 $12.50 per month, which was furnished, and

$2,184 15 under the superintendence of a matron and as

CR. sistant was opened for the reception of children By Cash paid orders from House Committee, on the 12th of February. Two boys were ad. Salaries, Support of Inmates, Furniture, mitted on the 21st, and two more on the 23d of and Rent, - - - - - 891 16 the same month. Thirty-seven children have

Balance on hand, . . $1,292 99 been inmates of the institution within the year. Excellent places were procured for eight; one of the above balance, there is reserved for a Buildvagrant boy ran away; nineteen are now in the King Fund, $1,250 00. institution ; one girl was returned to her mother to place; the remainder were children who, ha- EXTRACT FROM A LETTER OF A YOUNG PHILAving heard of the home came in for a time, but

DELPHIAN. had to be discharged because of the unwilling:

Berlin, 11th Mo. 16th, 1856. ness of the parents to have them placed under Dear Father,-Nearly two months ago I rules and proper restraint.

made an excursion from Leipsic to visit the On account of our limited means we chose a homes of Goetbe and Schiller, and some spots small house, and have not sought out objects for intimately connected with the history of Luther, our charity. The children have all been brought and I was so much pleased with the trip, that to us, and those applying for them have been I want to give thee some account of it, even at mostly from the country, having heard but inci- this late date. The three towns which I visited, dentally of our location. We believe a wide Erfurt, Weimar and Eisenach, lie on the railroad field is open in which we can labor with advan- running west from Leipsic toward Frankfort. tage for the poor of our colored population. The They are small, and possess but little or no infirst child we placed was released to us by her terest except that of association with three great mother, then in Moyamensing Prison for lar- names. The country in which they lie is part ceny. A crippled father brought us two sons, of the Hungarian forest, still so called, although asking us to place them for him; and one fine the forest has almost entirely disappeared. It boy of eleven years, wept bitter tears as his dir- is finely rolling, and contains extensive and valuty, ragged mother took him from under our able salt-works. It formerly belonged to the care, he desiring better things. Some of the King of Saxony, and constituted the best part little ones are orphans. Two left us by a dying of his dominions, but was taken from him by mother, others brought by friends who sought the allies as a punishment for his obstinate ad. their welfare, but were no longer able to main- herence to the first Napoleon. Part of it now tain them. We have no other than destitute belongs to Prussia, and the rest is made into children in our institution, and have been care- two or three little independent dukedoms, one ful not to receive any where there was other of which belongs to Prince Albert's family. provision for them.

Having no acquaintance in Leipsic, I started Our means are limited, our house is small, alone, quite early on the morning of Ninth but we hope to be enabled in time to build, so month 22nd, in the cars for Eisenach. My that the benefits of our institution may be pro-only companions were a Turk, who was going perly extended, and we obtain a permanent set- to Manchester as fast as he could travel, with tlement among the charitable institutions of the intention of staying there some years, but Philadelphia. To effect this, we have set aside without understanding a word of English. It all subscriptions and donations of and over fifty was a cool morning, and he gave us a practical dollars, as a Building Fund. And have also been exemplification of Turkish habits, by kicking off endeavoring to obtain an Act of incorporation. his shoes and doubling up his feet under him, A late decision of the court to which our appli- in tailor fashion, to keep them warm. The cation was made, has rendered it necessary to ap- only other peculiarity he displayed, was smoking ply to the Legislature for this, we desiring to be tremendously strong tobacco, and insisting on incorporated with provisions similar to those having both windows down. He offered me granted to our sister institutions for white chil- some to smoke; I declined, but the other occudren, heretofore incorporated for the same pur- pant of the car, a German, imprudently acpose, and the court not having authority to cepted; but finding the weed rather intoxicating grant the same. MARY JEANES, President. was obliged to throw it away, making many

Attest, AnnA HALLOWELL, Sec. pro tem. apologies to the pitying Turk. This German February 6th, 1856.

gentleman was a pleasant looking man of about

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fifty, and quite ready to talk, not being dis- | by their mutual friend, the painter Cranach, and couraged by my blundering conversation. He also by the same hand a likeness of Frederick was going on to Frankfort, but intended to get the Wise, the Elector of Saxony, and patron out at Eisenach and visit the castle of Wirt- and friend of Luther. A fine bass-relief on burg, and I was of course' very glad to find one of the walls, represents Luther expounding that I could visit it in his company. Arrived his thesis from the door of the church at Witat Eisenach, we started off together for the old tenberg. There are some fine wood carvings on castle, which is perched on a hill not far from the organ and reading-desk, all by a lineal dethe town. The only interesting object that I scendant of Luther, a cabinet-maker in Erfurt. saw in the town itself, is the palace of the Strange as it seems, the father of this cabinetduchess of Orleans, who lives here with her maker had become a Roman Catholic, but, while two sons, and concocts plans to reinstate her living at some distance from Erfurt, and very family on the throne of France. The palace is poor, he heard that an asylum for poor children a fine large building, and seems io offer as com- had been established there to the honor of his fortable a residence as exiled royalty has a right great ancestor. Accordingly, he wrote to the to expect. The castle of Wirtburg is interest-manager of the institution, requesting him to ing as the retreat of Luther, where he lay con- receive his children, and representing himself cealed from his enemies for several months, and as in very needy circumstances. Answer was in addition to other labors, completed part of returned, that his children would be received, if his translation of the Bible. We were shown he would allow them to be educated in the Prointo a room, where a number of Germans were testant faith ; this being a Protestant school, of drinking coffee and beer, and smoking, to wait course nothing else could be thought of. It for the guide who was to take us over the inter-cost the Reformer many a hard struggle to fight esting parts of the building. This part of the his way from Romanism to Protestantism, but castle has been converted into a Cafe, and is a poverty made the path of his descendant much favorite resort of the inhabitants of Eisenach. easier; and though not renouncing Roman CaOur guide led us first to see some restorations, tholicism himself, he acceded to the conditions which are being carried on by the duke of Saxe and allowed his children to be taught the ProWeimar, and at last took us to the room in testant faith. There are two or three of them which Luther lived and wrote. There were still livin'g in Erfurt, and one of them, the some few relics about the walls—an autograph cabinet-maker, made the ornamental woodwork letter framed and hung up, and the hole in the for the old library. In an adjoining building, plaster-wall which relic-hunters have dug, to is to be seen the room in which Luther lived carry away some of the ink stains. It is related five years. Its walls were covered by him with that Luther had many encounters with Satan scripture sentences, which have been carefully during his residence in this cbamber, and in restored and painted afresh on the wall. I saw one of them, after many efforts to get rid of the Luther's ink box, some of his handwriting, and evil one, he threw his inkstand at him, in proof some of the early copies of the Bible. The of which, a great daub of ink was once shown next day I visited the beautiful little town of on the wall, but travellers have carried off the Weimar where Schiller and Geothe lived, but I plaster piece by piece, so now nothing is to be will pass over that at present to tell thee of my seen but the hole where the ink once was. I visit to Wittenberg, as that is in connection There was a stout mug in the room, from which with Luther. I visited Wittenberg on my way the great Reformer used to quaff his “ Bavarian here from Dresden. In appearance it is not Beer.” At 8 in the evening I went back to Er- only uninteresting, but displeasing. But for furt, and next morning started out to visit the interest it exceeds the others. In Erfurt, the Lutheran relics. Here Luther entered the Au- mind of Luther first received religious impresgustine convent as a monk, and here he first sions. He entered the convent and there was found and studied the Bible, which was then shown to him the truth, that was, in the broadchained to the wall of the convent library. The est sense of the word, to reform the world. admirers of Luther in that immediate neighbor. After teaching at the University some five years, hood, have converted the old Monastery-build- he went to Wittenberg, and there, as Professor, ing into an asylum and school for poor children, his teachings became more widely known. under the name of “ Martin's Stift.” I was They drew down upon him the wrath of the shown into the library where Luther first caught Pope, he was excommunicated, and retorted by glimpses of that truth which was to startle the burning the Papal bull in the presence of the luxurious and crafty Pope, in his far-off Roman Professors and Students of the University. palace. I believe the room is now occupied as Here he lived many years in friendship with a chapel for the school children, but it contains Melancthon and Cranach, and here he and many interesting objects that have been deposit. Melancthon with their princely friends, the ed by different admirers of the sturdy Reformer. Electors of Saxony, lie buried. See what a host There are portraits of Luther and Melancthon, of associations and images cluster around the venerable town. The houses of Cranach and

THE DIVINE INFLUENCE. Melancthon are interesting ; still more so the There are two ways of contemplating religious Church in which Luther preached, and yet duty. There is a human and a divine side of still more so, that, to the doors of which he life. Our hearts are reached by two methods of affixed his thesis, with an offer to defend them instruction. The mind grows from itself and is against all divines. But I was most interested inspired from above. Laboriously we gather in in the room in which he lived, his chair and the treasures of knowledge. Spontaneously, too, table, and the little personal relics of him truth flashes on the soul. We can see how a there collected. Peter the Great visited the certain fact of history has taken its place in our room and left his autograph over one of the memory; we have learned it by diligent study. doors. My guide showed me a little ornament But, again, we cannot see how another mental that had belonged to Luther's wife, and told me result has been attained : we came to it in a that it was generally said, that Peter the Great, moment, without any conscious effort of our own. being particularly pleased with it, and desiring In every experience, there are these two forms of to carry away some relic from such a spot, asked spiritual activity,-one that we can explain and for it, and being refused, dashed it to the trace along step by step; another that is quite ground, in a pet, with such violence as to break mysterious, and seems to be marked by no sucit; a story of imperial passion which is rather cessive periods of time. One point of duty we hard to believe. Luther's room looks very rude have carefully considered and fixed by the exand uncomfortable, even in comparison with ercise of reason and conscience. Another point German rooms of the present day. It is lighted of even higher duty has become as firmly and by two windows (with little octagonal panes of clearly established, we know not how or when. glass) which look out upon the quiet shady Now we acquire a truth by the slow and tedious court-yard of the University, which now, at process of learning; again, we arrive at a truth, least, and probably then, contained a tree or by the instant action of feeling. Sometimes we two to relieve the eye. In the afternoon I know what is right by reasoning, and sometimes walked out about two miles to “ Luther's without any reasoning at all. Spring.” Formerly there was a grove bere Any conclusions that we reach through study, which was Luther's favorite walk. A Cafe is or by the balancing of different arguments, may now built over the spring, and is a pleasant re- be doubted or even disproved; but instantaneous, sort of the Wittenbergers. On the road leading moral decisions, springing mysteriously from our to “Luther’s Spring,” and just outside the town own quick interior consciousness, assume supreme wall, stands the successor to the famous oak un- and absolute authority, that forbids all quesder which Luther burned the Papal bull. Ition. Without in the least dishonoring labori. believe the oak belongs to the King of Prussia. ous study or devout meditation ; without taking It is a beautiful, flourishing tree, and has the away one motive from toil or prayer; without prospect of a long life before it. The ground furnishing the smallest excuse for a man to relax around it is laid out in garden plats, on the pat- in his moral efforts; without doing any of these, tern of Luther's seal. The graves of Luther we should never cease to recognize and exalt and Malancthon are marked by small tablets the office of inspiration, the soul's spontaneous sunk in the floor in the body of the church, a action, or the agency of God's spirit, in the work portrait of each hanging on the wall close by. of redemption and sanctification. Instead of

prescribing rules of human conduct, and pointing out what we can and ought to do, let us look

upon the other and divine side of things, to in. Seek holiness rather than consolation. Not

timate the higher law, and what God does for that consolation is to be despised, or thought

our religious advancement. We speak of nothing lightly of; but solid and permanent consolation

unreal or visionary when we refer to the divine is the result rather than the forerunner of holi.

action upon souls. To every human fact in our ness; therefore, he who seeks consolation as a

al experience, there is a corresponding divine fact. distinct and independent object will miss it.

| The true heart learns as much from heaven as it Seek and possess holiness, and consolation (not

learns from earth. To our consciousness, we are perhaps often in the form of ecstatic and raptur

pour quite as much beings of the invisible as we are ous joys, but rather of solid and delightful peace,

of the visible world. We see the physical form, will follow, as assuredly as warmth follows the

? | the limbs and features of the body, but not the dispensation of the rays of the sun. He who is

thoughts and affections of the soul." But are not holy must be happy.

our unseen qualities quite as real as the seen ?

Spiritual development depends in some degree Sin is never at a stay; if we do not retreat upon our own toil and thought; but in a higher from it, we shall advance in it; and the further degree, it depends upon the inspiration of God. on we go, the more we have to come back.-Bar- It is true that the spirit of humanity ever strug

Igles upwards ; it is also true that the spirit of




God's grace ever descends upon us. The very we have earned. Whatever we have acquired highest sentiment and emotion ever communi- by hearty labor, it is right for us to enjoy. But cated to our interior life, we instinctively refer no man ever drew bis highest satisfaction from to God. More truly can we say God works for his own successes. The motive that gives the us, than that we work for ourselves. There is not greatest peace of mind must be outside of oura more vital or practical doctrine of pure religion. selves; and the farther we carry that motive from The theory of human development does not ac-self, the truer and deeper is our inward joy. In count for a spiritual mind, for a serene faith, like every highest experience of life, whether it be in that which filled the heart of Jesus. A doctrine of happiness or in suffering, we need a point of divine influence, of a holy spirit, proves the pos- support from above and beyond the world. I sibility of religion, of the soul's communion with believe that God gives directly all our best heaven. We have power to make ourselves just, thoughts; and our best conclusions about right upright, moral, but we grow into the calmness of and duty are not studied and reasoned out, but faith only when we surrender ourselves, when we are formed in a moment, and discerned intuitivelean back on God, when we feel lost in Him. ly; they are the result of divine inspiration. It

We need this doctrine. No man, however is the only religious view of things, thus to refer prosperous, but sometimes is strongly impressed our greatest blessings to God; to find a motive with a sense of his own inability and weakness. for obedience, far beyond ourselves, in the faith Who has pot felt that he could contend no longer in that we are seen and loved of God; that we are a race where he never yet had won a prize, and helped in our trials ; that there can be an inward where were so many arms stronger than his own? compensation for every outward loss; that we Have not all said, “ Unless God works for us, can be inspired with the truth, which is past our our working is vain ?” Man wants help: he own finding out. cannot strive long without it; he cannot keep a After seeing that we need something more strong heart without it. He was made for labor, than a doctrine of self-development; that we for sacrifice, for endurance; but as truly was he also need a motive beyond ourselves,-let us made to be helped in all these conditions. Man look for the evidences of the divine spirit in our would lose heart and strength, in his perpetual human life. What is the highest fact made and often fruitless striving, if the eye of God known by experience and history? Is it not were not turned in compassion upon him; if the dealing of providence with man? Is it not there were hereafter no recompense of fruition. the manifest overruling of God in the affairs of Let me know that my nature is becoming dis. the world ? Is it not the assertion, from time to ciplined; that, if I gain nothing outward, I am time, of an invisible Power in the midst of our growing spiritually; if my goods are not increas- earthly life? Who bas not felt an influence over ing, that my soul expands; let me feel that God his own heart, which he could not account for, watches my efforts, and will not allow me to and against which it was vain to contend? Who suffer final loss,—then I cannot sink under any has not seen the interposition of a divine hand disappointment; through all trials and failures arresting and giving a new direction to the esI can keep my courage and faith. Let me know tablished course of events ? God perpetually that what I am unable to find out in my most descends upon man, by the action of his spirit. diligent searching, is not therefore to remain for He comes down upon nature, and typifies, in the ever a mystery, but that God may reveal it to beautiful objects of this world, something of the me in some high moment of life ; let me know glory that invests his invisible kingdom: More that what I have never succeeded in working immediately and fully he comes down upon the out, what I have always been seeking and never soul, and awakens within us all our deepest afbeen able to accomplish, may yet, through divine fections, all our heavenward aspirings. We see aid, be given into my hands in some unexpected that God rules in the affairs of men ; that, in hour; let me know and feel that I am to receive the course of ages, his will is manifested ; and help when all my own strivings are vain,-then, out of earthly chaos, He brings a providential as my trust in God can never leave me, so my order. If there is any thing certain in the concourage can never fail. I shall believe that what Cuct of human affairs, it is that man is not sorI truly want and am unable to secure by my own ereign, but subject. We cannot do as we will, strength, will yet come to me as an immediate but as we must. There are laws, which the gift from heaven.

strongest mind must obey; there are natural and Again ; thus it is that we gain a new motive moral conditions of being which no mortal arm in life and a strictly religious motive. Considera- can set aside or resist. We daily encounter forces tions drawn from self-improvement, never fully which sweep on like the course of destiny and satisfy the heart. There is a joy in the right ex- bear us along like atoms in their resistless current. ercise of our human faculties. There is a dignified In the presence of certain great laws of the happiness in the feeling that we have, at any time, universe, -like gravitation in the natural kingdone our best. It is lawful to contemplate with dom, and duty in the moral, -it is foolish as satisfaction, treasures of wealth or learning which I well as vain, to set up our own wishes and our

art thou;


own power. When we talk of our freedom and | My Knitting Work! my Knitting Work! a confidant independence, let us not forget our accountability to God. Man is a subject. It is not the least

As smooth and shining on my lap thou liest beside

me now, of the divine commandments, which bids us yield Thou knowest some stories of my thoughts, that many to a higher power.

may not know, The best philosophy which the world knew, As round and round the accustomed path my careful before the era of Christianity, recognized a descent of the divinity on man and nature. So- Sweet, silent, quiet, Knitting Work! thou interruptest crates did not attribute his wisdom solely to the not action and attainment of his own mind. He

My reverie and pleasant thought, forgetting and for

got, asserted no theory of self-education. The light|I take thee up, and lay thee down, and use thee as I that shone within him was reflected from a may, brighter sun. He possessed a reverential genius; And not a contradicting word thy burnished lips will and though he saw " as through a glass darkly,"

say. he knew that a power was guiding him greater My moralizing Knitting Work! thy threads most aptly than himself; that he was but reporting the How


evenly around life's span our busy threads truth which mysteriously was revealed to his in I should go. ward consciousness. He nowhere tells us that And if a stitch percbance should drop, as life's frail his philosophy was evolved out of his own mind; stitches will, that he worked it out by the independent force How,

endent force How, if we patient take them up, the work may prosof his own mental reflections; that it came to

per still. him in the natural process of education ; but he

PRAISE. assumes a loftier and truer position and says that it was inspired, that he drew it down from heav

BY C. FRY. en. Hence this system has always been dis- “ Oh Lord, I know that in very faithfulness Thou hast afflicted tinguished from every other of the ancient world.

For what shall I praise Thee, my God and my King! Everywhere it has been called, from its moral

For what blessings the tribute of gratitude bring? superiority and its religious character, the divine

Shall I praise thee for pleasure, for health, or for ease ? philosophy.

For the spring of delight, or the sunshine of peace ? (To be concluded.)

Shall I praise thee for flowers that bloomed on my MY KNITTING WORK.


For joys in perspective or pleasures possessed ? Youth's buds have op'd and fallen from my life's ex- For the spirit that heightened my days of delight, panding tree,

And the slumbers that sat on my pillow by night ? And soberer fruits have ripened on its hardened stalks for me ;

For this should I praise thee; but, if only for this, No longer with a buoyant step I trace my pilgrim I should leave half untold the donation of bliss. way,

I thank Thee for sorrow, for sickness, for care : And earth's horizon closer bends, from hastening day For the thorns I have gathered, the anguish I bear. to day.

For nights of anxiety, watchings, and tears, No more with curious questioning I seek the fevered A present of pain, a perspective of fears. crowd,

I praise Thee, I bless Thee, my King and my God, Nor to ambition's glittering shrine I feel my spirit For the good and the evil thy hand hath bestowed.

bowed ; But as bewitching flatteries from worldly ones de- They yielded no fruit, they are withered and gone;

The flowers were sweet, but their fragrance is flown; part,

The thorn, it was poignant, but precious to me: Love's circle narrows deeply around my quiet heart.

'Twas the message of mercy,- it led me to thee. Home joys come thronging round me, bright, blessed,

gentle, kind, The social meal, the fireside look, unfettered mind


We lately referred to the subject of “ Out ught song, that asks no praise, but spirit. Door Amusements," in connection with public

stirred and free, Wake up within the thoughtful soul remembered health. The lords of creation having been duly - melody.

reminded of the great benefits attached to plenty Nor shall my humble Knitting Work pass unregarded of air and exercise, with especial reference to

athletic sports, we venture to solicit the attenThe faithful friend who ost has chased a furrow or a

tion of the gentler sex to a contrast lately drawn tear, Who comes with still unwearied round to cheer my

between them and their English sisters, as refailing eye,

spects the care of physical health. And bids the curse of ennui from its polished weapons In the first place we premise, what is univer. fly.

sally acknowledged, that the English climate Companionable Knitting Work! when gayer friends allows of more constant exposure to the air, and depart,

consequently of more salubrious exercise, than Thou holdest thy station, ever very near my heart, And when no social living tones to sympathy appeal, our

Jour own. Notwithstanding its far greater moisture I hear a gentle accent from thy softly clashing steel. Tit is so much more uniform in its temperature.



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