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nity-is contemplated, and that those who sow for we see, though preaching abounds, pride, pleasure in this world shall reap misery in the covetous practices, and many other vices supernext, how trifling and insignificant do these mo. abound; and the reason to me is this; conformity mentary gratifications then appear !
to outward forms of worship being more taking O, my soul! though others dote upon these with people than the strait gate and narrow way fading, transient pleasures, do thou soar above of self denial, bath, in our present age, gotten into the regions of light--the place of thy na- the name of Christianity, religion and true godtivity—and look down with pity and compassion liness, insomuch that should a man add to bis upon these creeping insects of the earth. While faith, virtue and all other graces, by which an they are striving after and destroying one another entrance into the everlasting kingdom of Christ in the pursuit of polluted pleasures, do thou is abundantly ministered, if there be not withal mount above them, and labor for heavenly riches a conformity to some outward way of worship,
-treasures which cannot be corrupted nor taken he shall not pass for a godly man. Nay, though away; but which shall remain through the end- his conversation be never so heavenly, though less ages of eternity, as a river of pleasure-a he be humble, lowly, meck, patient, peaceable, fountain of joy-an inexhaustible source of de- though truth be in all his words, equity and faithlight; where thou mayest solace thyself, and fulness in all his deeds, though he visits the adore thy Creator, with living praises to thy fatherless and the widow, and keeps himself unKing and Redeemer. These are the riches and spotted from the world, if he be not in the exercise pleasures worth seeking—the treasures worth co- of some outward form of godliness, he shall not veting-a possession worth laboring for. It is be counted religious, nor hardly a Christian. the one thing weed ful for us poor, dependent creatures to strive for.
FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. If I had an assurance of this pearl of great price, what matters it how I fare during these PHILADELPHIA SECOND MONTH 21, 1857. few moments here? or what the trifling, vain world says or thinks of me? whether I am called A considerable time ago there appeared in the a fine man-a rich man, a wise or powerful man, Intelligencer an express
; Intelligencer an expression of desire that interor the reverse ? Is it not folly to be affected with a pame? A pleasure that lives upon the esting incident
the esting incidents in the lives of such of our prebreath of mortals can last but a few days, and decessors as were eminent in their day, might will soon be annihilated, as to myself. But, Oh! not be suffered to pass into oblivion, but that when I am bidding adieu to time, and stepping some among us, in whose storehouses of memory into eternity, my ever-during habitation, then the
ben they are now treasured, might write dowa and will appear the advantage of having treasure in heaven; then-then the smiles of conscience will tray
i transmit them for insertion in its pages. be of more worth than millions of worlds. An It is not recollected that this request has been age of labor will appear but trifling, for such a responded to, to any extent, and we now revive purchase. May the procuring thereof be myit, in the hope that some of our elderly Friends, chiefest aim in all my labors. May it ever be who are still left among us. will be willing to my morning's earliest wish, and my evening's latest desire, to be in favor with Him that made comply therewith, especially when they reflect mera Being to whose mercy I owe all my bless- how small the number now is, (and that it is ings, and to whom may gratitude ascend for his every year becoming smaller,) of those who refatherly compassion, in that I have not been cut member the bright and shining lights of the off in my sins. And in my future life, may I live to his honor, that so praises may ever ac
1 bygone generation, whom most of us know only ceptably ascend-a tribute eternally due to they
the by name and character. universal Father from all his works.
We shall hope to receive from time to time DAVID COOPER. such communications, which, though clothed in
simple language, will have an intrinsic value as EXTRACT FROM HUGH TURFORD'S GROUNDS OF the record of facts new to our readers, and of A HOLY LIFE.
biographical interest. My advice to all professors of Christianity, is, that instead of contending about forms of godli-lof Thomas J. and Mary R. Husband, in the 15th year
| DieD-On 7th day the 7th inst., MARY, daughter ness, they take heed to that in themselves which of her age. leads to godliness; instead of searching the Scrip- --, On the 23d of 12th month last, John STUBBS, tures for a right form, they would labor to live a member of Little Britain Particular and Monthly under the government of a right spirit.
Meeting, aged 71 years.
- In New York on 3d day morning, 3d of 2nd Of this true self denial, I am apt to think we month, Edward B. only child of Jacob and Jane E. have much less than former generations had ; I Capron, aged 9 months and 25 days.
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| other meetings then belonged. (In the year The following rare document was found among 1702.) the papers of the late Lewis Jones, of Blockley, The first permanent stone meeting house at and though it was written one hundred and fifty- Gwynedd was built in 1712, and the first Monthfive years ago, it is still in a tolerably good state ly Meeting was held there by the approbation of of preservation. The document will be interest- Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting in the year ing to the large families of Jones, Griffiths, 1714. The house at Gwynedd stood until Foulkes, Evans, Lewis, and many others, es- 1823 when it was taken down and re-built. pecially their descendants. At the suggestion Many of the Friends whose names are signed to of a number of the subscribers of the Intelli- the certificate became Ministers of eminence, gencer, I was requested to offer it for insertion, and some of them will be found in the collection should it meet with approbation. I have en- of memorials from that Meeting. I remember deavored to conform the spelling to the original, my father saying, that George Dillwyn said in and it would be desirable if the signers' names his hearing, that when the Yearly Meeting was could be kept in their respective columns. held at Burlington, and he a lad, he could re
A venerable and worthy ancestry, who had member the ancients of that day saying, that settled at Gwynedd, left the church and joined “ Gwynedd was the school of the prophets.” themselves to Haverford Monthly Meeting of
Joseph FOULKE. Friends, to wbich Merior and Gwynedd and Gwynedd, 2d mo. 8th, 1857.
Whereas, Thomas Jones, of the Township of Merion, in the County of Philadelphia, And Anne Griffith of the aforesaid Township and County, Having declared their intentions of Marriage before Several Public Meetings of the People of God called Quakers in the Welsh Tract, according to the good order used among them, Whose proceedings therein, after a deliberate consideration thereof, and consent of Parties and Relations concerned, being clear of all others, were approved of by the said Meeting : Now these are to certify all whom it may concern, That for the full accomplishing of their said Intentions, this Twenty-third day of the Fourth Month, in the year according to ye English account one thousand seven hundred and two, They, the said Thomas Jones, and Anne Griffith, appeared in a solemn and Public Assembly of the aforesaid people, and others met together for that end and purpose, in their public Meeting House at Merion aforesaid, and in a solemn manner according to the Example of the holy men of God Recorded in the Scriptures of Truth, He, the said Thomas Jones, taking the said Anne Griffith by the hand, did openly declare as followeth, viz : In the fear of the Lord and in the presence of this Assembly, I do take Anne Griffith to be my wedded wife, and do promise with the assistance of God to be unto her a true, loving and faithful Husband until it please God by Death to separate us. And then and there in the said Assembly, the said Anne Griffith did in like manner declare as followeth, viz : In the fear of the Lord and in the presence of this Assembly, I do take Thomas Jones to be my wedded Husband, and do promise by the assistance of God to be unto him a true, faithful, obedient* and loving wife until it please God by Death to separate us. And the said Thomas Jones and Anne Griffith as a further confirmation thereof did then and there to these Presents set their hands. And we whose names are hereunto subscribed, being present amongst others at the solemnizing of their said marriage and subscription, in manner aforesaid as witnesses thereunto, have also to these Presents subscribed our names the day and year above written.
Griffith Owen Edwd. Rees Evan Bevan
Robert Jones / His Ellen Jones Thomas Chalkley Rees Rees Eleanor Douan
Cad'r Jones s brothers. Sydney Rees Thomas Cuorton Robert Evan Jane John
John Griffith her Eliza Thomas Rowland Ellis" Owen Evan Gwen John
Evan Griffith / brothers. Jane Jones David Lewis Cadwr. Evan Jane Evan, Sen. Robert Roberts
Ann Lowis John Roberts Edward Foulke Jane Evan, Junr. Wm. Jones
Katharine Jones John Roberts Rowland Powell Gaynor Roberts Robert David
Martha Caddre John Roberts Owen Gethin Sinai Pugh
Eliza Andrews Rowland Ellis Ellis Roberts Katharine Griffith David Jones
Margaret Williams Ellis Pugh Saml. Thomas Jane Rees
Jane Davids Wm. Edwards Peter Wright and Gwen Ellis
Elizabeth Davids John Moore Hannah
Anne Roberts Wm. Cuorton Richard Walter Margaret Ellis
Hannah Jones Jona. Cakshaw Edwd. Griffith Mary Jones
Lowry Hoyll Edward Roberts Abel Thomas Eliza Ellis
Jane Edwards John Owen
Rowland Ellis Griffith John (his father) Evan Owen
* The word “obedient” is an interlineation in the original.
LECTURES ON PALESTINE.
| tivity; but remembering how tenaciously the Jerusalem.
Hebrews hold to their traditions ; observing, too, [Continued from page 764.J
how the rubbish of ages has lifted the streets The streets of Jerusalem are unclean enough around, many feet, above the floors of their sancnow to justify all that Isaiah and Ezekiel declare tuaries, so that they must be reached by descendof the abominations cast out from holy places. ing steps, you may readily assent, that, for two On the side of Mount Zion, one feels forcibly the thousand years, at least, the prayers and chaunts, truth of David's complaint: “I sink in deep the law and the prophecy, have been delivered mire, where there is no standing." While the to the people Israel on this sacred spot. The rainy season continues, this mire is beyond rooms are four in number, somewbat differently fathoming, and every one, saint or sinner,-the furnished, and apparently appropriated to the saint with flowing robes more than the scantily Jews of different national extraction. For it is clothed sinner,--must needs carry “filth on the striking to notice at Jerusalem, along with the skirts of his garment.” When the rainy season uniform characteristics of the Hebrew race, the is over, the annoyance of another kind is as great, aquiline nose, the arched eyebrow, the sad exand Jerusalem tries in vain to “shake itself from pression-along with these, the various complecthe dust." Every thing is covered, and the tions and marks of the different nations of Euvirgin daughters can sit in the dust without rope ; the blue eyes with the black; the auburn coming down from the house top. The supply with the raven hair; the pale hue of the North of water has not ceased, fountains play in the with the olive cheek of Italy and Spain. Overcourts of the Mosque, and the laden ass bears beck, the enthusiastic artist of the Roman church, upon his back full skins from the Pools of Siloam. has been faithful to this fact in bis pictures, and But cleanliness does not go with godliness in has given, in his groups of Jews, all that variety Jerusalem, in the Moslem or the Christian, much of feature and color which you see on a Sabbath less in the Jewish quarter. More disgusting un- morning at the synagogues on Mount Zion. cleanness can be found in no city of the world, From the roof of their houses, the Jews can look not in Ireland or Egypt or Australia, than is over upon the opposite buildings, which cover found on the eastern side of Mount Zion. The the once holy bill of Moriah, now profaned to odors there are of the shambles; and the door them by its long devotion to the worship of the posts are besmeared with baser sprinklings than false prophet. A few things they may see to the blood of sacrifice. Of the various races which remind them of the glory of their great king. now inhabit Jerusalem, the Jews undoubtedly Across a narrow, vacant pasture, where thickets approach most nearly to the ancient people. of weeds and thistles hide the deep accumula. They number about eight thousand souls. Their tions of ruins, and mask many a treacherous pitdwellings are compressed into a very narrow fall, are yet remaining the lower stones of that space, huddled together without regard to con- great arched bridge which once spanned the venience, and to the last degree wretched in Tyropeon, and connected the fort on Zion with their exterior. This outward show, however, I the temple on Moriah, the upper and the lower does not always fairly indicate what you find city. It was reserved for an American Christian within. They are afraid, by an exhibition of to make discovery of this remarkable monument, wealth, to tempt the cupidity of their masters: I which for ages the resident Jews had mistaken and it is said that some of the Israelites in the for the stones of the wall, thrust forward by Holy City have in their homes wealth, and the some natural convulsion. To one who looks show of wealth, enough to call upon them re- now upon it, it is incredible that the real char. bukes such as their fathers received there in the lacter of the stones should not have been found age of the kings—couches of silk and ivory, pur- before, so perfect and regular is their curving. ple and fine linen, and sumptuous daily fare. A Three courses of stones remain. Some of them stranger will not discover this. The Jews of are of great size, upwards of twenty feet in Jerusalem are bigoted and suspicious, and do length ; and the bridge itself must have been at not, like their brethren at Damascus, invite or least fifty feet in width, with a span of three hunwelcome Christians to their dwellings. In their dred and fifty feet. The ignorance of the use synagogue service, which on the early Sabbath of this arch may be accounted for in the fact morning Christians may freely witness, you see that it is not mentioned in the Scriptures, and no sign of ostentation or luxury: the splendor is that the works of Josephus, in which it is menantique and faded, the garb and countenance of tioned, are not regarded as of high value by the he worshippers are alike and sad, and the ritual Christian monks, who have chiefly kept the s simple and touching. Perhaps you will not legends of Jerusalem. A short distance from onsent to the extreme age which they design to this arch, which springs from the southern wall the synagogues, or believe that they really stand of the Mosque, is another famous spot, known where David prayed with the people when he as “the Jew's wailing place.” It is at the southbad fixed his throne on Zion, since there is no west corner of the wall. The area is about a account of synagogue worship before the cap- l hundred feet long, and twenty or thirty wide.
It is paved with flat blocks of the stone of the re- some of which they exclusively occupy, and gion, which are worn smooth as polished marble. partly from the contributions which are sent The time to visit this place is on Friday, especially from their brethren abroad. Gifts go from the between ten and one, when the Moslems are at synagogues in London and Frankfort and Prague, prayer within the Mosque. Then, without any even from New York and Charleston, almost explanation, the spectacle itself would shew you annually, to the house and synagogues on Mount what are these stones in the wall, what the office Zion. The Jew's hand shall forget its cunning, of the people here. Old men trembling with his tongue shall cleave to the roof of his mouth, the burden of four score years ; mothers with when in a strange land he shall forget Jerusalem. their infants in their arms; the mechanies of the The Jews of Jerusalem complain, indeed, that streets of Akra, who have left their trade to fulfil they are not remembered by their brethren as here their sad vindictive duty ; bright eyed they should be; that more rights are not given boys, who have come to practise the dark task to them with the alms that are forwarded ; that of malediction; men gayly clad, who will defile the powerful members of their society do not intheir garments to the dust in token of sorrow; tercede to save them from tyranny; that Rothsand the mendicants of the streets, whose hope- I child will not use his power to confirm to them less want adds to the bitter energy of their their property against the aggressions of Turkish lamenting; all ages and classes, rabbis, money governors. Many whom religious power bas changers, and hucksters, are all here together sent there as emigrants, become tired of their seated, some in eastern fashion, silent, gazing | hard life, and sick in the debilitating climate, and vacantly at the great blocks before them, others come back again to their haunts in the cities of prostrate seemingly in agony; others close to the Europe. They have no common language of blocks, repeating rapidly passages from the open daily life, though most who have been long there book, and striking at intervals the stone with speak Arabic like the natives of the land. Gertheir heads; others again wailing in low murmurs, man is frequently to be heard in their streets. all mourning, after their fashion, the downfall of Hebrew, of course, is the tongue of their schools their nation, the profanation of their temple, and their synagogues. Their schools are small, the wo of their hard lot, with only the joyful and not so good as those of Tiberias, where they faith to relieve them, that the Messiah will come are able to study unmolested. On Friday (the here at last to judgment. These blocks which day of their wailing), and on Saturday (the Sabnow they kiss, and now strike with their heads, bath), they do not work, and their shops are are the great stones which Solomon laid in the mostly shut. They keep all the festivals of their walls of the temple. Time, and the lips of the nation, kill the paschal lamb, spend eight days mourners, have worn smooth their bevelled edges; of the autumn in the feast of the tabernacle, and but they lie there massive and strong as when take notice in their homes of the renewing of the set in their place by the workmen of the royal moon. They are scrupulous to avoid all connecarchitect, bearing above them the lighter weight tion, except in way of business, with their Chrisof the Saracen wall, which casts its shadow on tian and Moslem neighbors ; eat no meat, conthe parement below. The spectacle is touching, tract no marriages with these, and though they full of meaning, far more than the mummeries have shops among the Christian convents, have around the Christian altars. It shows the per- their homes all on the eastern side of Mount sistent trust, along with the desperate humilia- Zion. tion, of the race that have so long pined for the The Roman and Greek churches have enough day of the Lord to appear. The changes of to do in their own quarrels, without troubling feeling which mellow the Christian's youthful themselves about the Jews. While all the elder zeal to a calmer devotion, have no such action Christian bodies seem indifferent to the condion the Jewish heart. But the boy who wonders tion of this ancient people, the benevolence of now, perhaps, why he should repeat curses upon the Protestants has not passed them by. The his enemies from the same book which he uses English establishment have a fine new house of in the sanctuary, will come here when his eye is worship, a school, and a regular bishop, as parts dim and his beard is gray, and his voice is harsh of their work for the conversion of the Jews in and broken, to repeat these same words more Jerusalem ; and sympathising travellers tell pleafiercely, with a bitterness of which age has only sant stories of what it has done, and what it will nourished the fires.
be likely to do. More recently a zealous Vir. The Jews in Jerusalem are more numerous ginian, minister in one of the smaller Baptist than the rest of the people ; yet they have no sects, took upon himself a volunteer mission, political weight, hold no offices of trust, and their and labored some years in Mount Zion with a comfort, their safety, and their rights, are not truly self-denying and Christian earnestness, considered by their Turkish masters, or by the though to little purpose. There are dogmas of Christian nations who are always interfering in the prevalent Christian creeds which the Jews the affairs of Jerusalem. They gain their liveli- reluctantly accept; and we repeat only the adhood partly from the trades which they ply, and I mission of this missionary, when we say, that the will;
faith which holds to God's simple unity will have But yet I would abide my time, and do my Maker's most effect in persuading the Jews of Jerusalem
| I know he hath appointed all some measures to fulfil; to take Him for their master who was once per
I fain would say, with thankful heart, “ Thy will, secuted there to his death.
not mine, be done,” Shall not the time soon come when the experi. Yet take me to those realms of bliss whene'er my ment may be tried, and the faith which the race be run. Saviour gave to his disciples in that upper room, on his last pight of life, shall be delivered by
BUILDING ON THE SAND. some new apostle, and a new pentecost shall com 'Tis well to woo, 'tis good to wed, plete at Jerusalem the unfinished work of the
For so the world has done spirit ?
C. H. B.
Since myrtles grew and roses blew
And morning brought the sun.
But have a care, ye young and fair :
Be sure ye pledge with truth;
Be certain that your love will wear
Beyond the days of youth;
For, if ye give not heart for heart, by my side,
As well as band for hand, When I thought the earth was beautiful, and life a
You'll find you've play'd the “unwise" parti summer tide;
And “ built upon the sard." The earth is bright as then, mother-the sky as blue above,
'Tis well to save; 'tis well to have But I miss the soft notes of thy voice, thy tenderness
A goodly store of gold, and love.
And hold enough of shining stuff ;
For charity is cold. I know thou art at rest, mother, in yonder realms of
But place not all your hopes and trust bliss
In what the deep mine brings : I know thy spirit mingles now with him thou !ov’dst
We cannot live on yellow dust in this:
Unmix'd with purer things.
And he who piles up wealth alone
Beside his coffer-chest and own
'Tis “ built upon the sand.” guide, And the world heeds not the orphan's fate, except it 'Tis good to speak in kindly guise be to chide
And soothe where'er we can; And I care not for the summer heaven, or the spring Fair speech should bind the human mind bird's thrilling tone,
And love link man to man. If I must see that summer heaven, or hear those birds
But stay not at the gentle words; alone.
Let DEEDS with language dwell : I miss thee from my side, mother, as to the house of The one who pities starving birds God,
Should scatter crumbs as well. With silent lip and thankful heart, our Sabbath path
The mercy that is warm and true we trod;
Must lend a helping hand; I miss thee when the closing day awakes to evening
For those who talk, yet fail to do, mirth,
But “ build upon the sand.” And thy child has but the stranger's chair beside the stranger's hearth.
For Friends' Intelligencer. But most, my mother, when disease has bowed my TO A MOTHER ON THE DEATH OF HER IN aching head,
FANT CHILD. I miss the light touch of thy hand around my fevered a
| Aye weep, young mother-'tis the copious rain bed;
That clears the inner, as the outer sky; I miss the voice so soft and low, that soothed me to
Ah! heavy is the heart, and sore its pain repose,
When the blest fountain of its tears is dry. With those deep tones of tenderness a mother only knows.
E’en while the anguished voice of nature cries I bless thee, mother, for the care my youthful steps
In bitter wailing for its cherished one,
From the submissive soul the prayer may rise that ledI bless thee for those parting tears upon my forehead
- Father, thou'knowest best-Thy will be done." shed :
If thy poor stricken heart shall question why But most I bless thee for the prayer I learned of thee The tender nursling laid upon thy breast, to say,
Was only born to suffer and to die That God would guide my erring feet when thou wert Its little span one vision of unrest ? far away.
God's hidden purposes shall yet be clear, And often when I think of thee in yonder realm of
“ Hereafter” he will “justify His ways;"? thee m yonder realm o The dispensation so mysterious here bliss, I care not if it please my God to take me soon from
Shall then compel thy gratitude and praise. this;
If thou beneath this stroke wilt meekly bow, In vain I drink of pleasure's cup, some sorrow lurks And to thy bleeding heart this cross wilt hold, below,
For every pang that it shall cost thee now, And, disappointed in the draught, my spirit asks to go. I Thou yet shalt reap of joy a thousand fold.