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much with you in mind, and in a little of that spirit which we may humbly hope still unites us together, under the varied events of life. Various and unexpected indeed they are, and such I must say is my present undertaking to accompa. ny dear Rachel on such an expedition as this: I cannot but feel it serious on many accounts. I have deeply felt leaving home. I believe we shall sometimes have your sympathy, may we not hope your prayers for our preservation.— Though the, pain of leaving home has been great, yet a feeling of sweet peace has, I think, been permitted to attend us, and I have been, on the whole, quiet and comfortable. And now, my beloved friends, I may from my heart say, tarewell. May we more and more seek that Spirit which can enable us to mourn and rejoice together, and which may lead us continually to commend ourselves and one another unto that grace which can alone build us up, sustain and comfort us."

In making our selections from this valuable memoir, we here pass over her interesting journal written during her absence from home, and give only a few extracts from her letters, which will bring us to the time when she returned to her own home.—Ed.

On hearing of the death of a dear cousin, she writes to her brother J. J. G., Twelfth mo. 2Gth: "There are few passages in Scripture that have been more animating or comforting to me than the promises in the Revelations to those who overcome : I have dwelt on them with a peculiar interest, and I believe with a renewed desire for us who remain, that we may with more faith, more humility, and more entire and simple obedience, enlist under the banner of the Captain of our salvation, that we may follow Him whithersoever He leadeth us, that we may trust in Him

with our whole hearts until we know the victory to be obtained through Him over sin and the world, and over death. 'The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.' It is indeed the prayer of my heart, my dearest Joseph, that thou mayest be encouraged and enabled yet to go on, yet to press forward in every religious, domestic, and public duty, in quietness and humility, 'not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.' When the curtain drops, and the scene closes here, how is then every sacrifice in the cause of religion, how is every act of faith and obedience to be prized; how inestimable do they become as evidences of that grace by which alone we are saved! Whilst thus separated from the world and withdrawn from service, and feeling my own poverty and littleness in every way, the desire is still lively for the faithful servants of the Lord, that they may be steadfast and immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; and for none do I feel this more

earnestly than for you, my dearest brothers, that in your respective allotments you may so told fast that no man may take your crown: and may you be more and more willing to bear the cro*i of our blessed Lord; may it in nothing, little or great, be a stumbling-block to you. May you, in all things, suffer his "holy will, becoming as little children, 'learning of Him who was meek and lowly of hoart;' thus you will become (and indeed it is my most comforting hope and belief for you,) as valiants in his army, as faithful servants in his most holy church, and you will finally find in Him 'eternal rest unto your souls.'" In a letter to a Friend in England, about this time, she says:

"I have felt an earnest desire that thou mayest not be discouraged in the important duty of attending meetings. It appears to me mosi desirable that we should ever bear iu mind for what we go to meeting,—not to seek man Hot the help of man, but to seek the Lord, and the help of the Lord: and I can truly say, I am increasingly persuaded of the truth of these words, —'The Lord is good to those that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.' How does every fresh experience of life make me desire for those in early life, that they may remember their Creator in the days of their youth! I feel so very sure that they will never have cause to regret any sacrifice made in his service, or for his sake."

"First-day, Twelfth Month 29fA.—Our meeting was quiet and satisfactory. These words were very comforting to me, which I had to express,—' Father, I will that those whom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory.' Consolation in our separation from so many near and dear to us, and encouragement to us who remain to seek to be partakers of the same promises. How great the importance of having our hearts weaned from all earthly dependencies and excitements! Read a little in Leighton on this subject. Had a sweet walk before dinner on Mount Cennier. The distant views of the mountains, with the sea and town, and the setting sun, were particular// beautiful, and awakened many interesting and affecting associations. Began to read Young's' Night Thoughts' through with Elizabeth.

"31si.—Elizabeth very unwell. I sat with her in her room, and read to her portions of Scripture. This evening I felt the solemnity of the close of this year, and an earnest desire for us all, absent and present, that we may begin the next with renewed diligence, running 'with patience the race that is set before us.' The peasants, in the adjoining garden, were dancing and screaming with apparent ease and low pleasure. It was a contrast to my own feelings. Rachel expressed to me, before we parted for the night, how very solemn she felt the prospect of entering another year with such a mist before it—such uncertainty as to life or death. Looking every


way, the prospect was, she said, serious to her; the continuance of illness, death, or the restoration to life; the latter would be, to her, almost as solemn as the former. It is my sincere desire that, whatever may be the events or the dispensations of the year to her, 'neither life nor death, heights nor depths, nor any other creature,' may 'be able to separate' her 'from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.' Heard distant shouts and sounds of rejoicing after I was in bed, and also early this morning, the first day of 1817.

"First Month 2nd.—Our meeting this morning was particularly interesting to me. I felt peculiarly drawn to supplicate in spirit for—, feeling near unity and sympathy with her, desiring that, though the Lord has been pleased to show her great and sore troubles, He may, in his own time, bring her up again as from the depths of the earth ; and, if He seeth meet still to lead her as into the wilderness, that He may 'open unto her the door of hope;' that his word may be a light unto her path, and a guide to her feet; and for us all, in this new year, that He would enable us to do his will, giving us, day by day, our daily bread.

"3rd.—Our invalids very poorly : I felt unable to administer much comfort to them.

"5th.—With E. to visit the poor. Rachel and I afterwards read Barrow's Sermon on submission, t ken had a pleasant excursion by myself: enjoyed the company of two sweet innocentlooking girls who Bat beside me, but we could only communicate by signs.* I was amused with the people, and they with me. Afterwards I visited the mother of a large family."

The reader, in mentally accompanying Priscilla Gurney in her daily pursuits, can scarcely fail to be impressed with her constant piety, her unvarying spirit of warm Christian benevolence, drawing her into sympathy with every fellow-creature. She appeared never to live for herself, or to seek personal gratification; for, though she derived sweet enjoyment from beholding the beauties of the external creation, we may perceive that an aspiration after the sensible influence of the love of God was ever the pervading principle in her soul. This Divine love led her to desire to relieve the necessities, and to soothe the sorrows, of all the children of want and affliction, and so enlarged her heart that it knew no limitations from diversity of sect; not being restrained even by the chilling effect of spiritual darkness, or of the mists of gloomy superstition She was always attracted towards the young; but her tender interest was, as might be expected, especially excited in reference to the welfare of her nearest connexions : of these, the children of

• Nice being an Italian city, many of the lower classes in the district beyond it cannot converse in the French language. They speak a mixture of French and Italian.

her beloved sister. E. J. Fry, occupied a large space in the sphere of her affections. She not unfrequently addressed them by letters suited to their youthful tastes, yet calculated to imbue their minds with a disinterested concern for the happiness of others, as well as with a reverence of their Almighty Creator. It was her practice to write to the two elder ones of that interesting family in the French language, thus encouraging them in their study of it. From Nice she sent to them the following (translated) :—

First Month, 1817. My dear Nieces, K. and R. F.,—We are much pleased with Nice. It is an agreeable town, j situated on the sea, and surrounded by high mountains. Some of them have their summits always covered with snow, and sometimes with clouds; but the weather has been so fine here since we came, that the sky is almost always clear. Oh, how charmed you would be with this country! When I walk about alone I often think of you, my dear nieces, and I wish much to have you for my companions in my walk, because you would have great pleasure in traversing the country with me, and in admiring the fine vines that are seen from the roads around our dwelling. The poor people, also, would interest you much—their language, their dress, and j their manners, are very different from those of the poor in our country. Sometimes I visit them in their houses, and often find them occupied in cultivating their gardens. I am obliged to make myself understood by signs, which sometimes serve me fof a French word, and sometimes for an Italian word; because they speak, in this part, a mixture of these two languages. In the town and its environs we sometimes find a crowd of beggars, and the peasants in the country have also the habit of beggiDg. We do not often give them money, but we have purchased for them a supply of soup, which is distributed every day in the town, at the gate of an establishment called the Hospice. It is a charitable institution for poor girls who are orphans. Our friend, the Abbl de Cesol6, has the direction of it. We have visited this house, and have remarked with pleasure that it is well conducted, and the girls have an appearance of good health and happiness. They are to come and make a visit to us in the garden, and have cakes and fruit. They often accompany the Abbe (to whom they give the name of Father) to funerals. There are not any nuns at Nice. Since the Revolution several convents have been abandoned. There are some monks in the convents of Barth£16mi and Cennier who have been long here. One of these monks comes every week to our house to make la quete (a gathering,) for the rules of their order oblige them to subsist on charity. One of them enters a house, and asks for bread and oil and other things necessary for them; they rarely eat meat, and they are not willing to accept money. My cousin 'Jane has sketched one of these monks, and when we return to England we may perhaps show you his portrait."

Thus, by exciting in the young mind an interest on behalf of the indigent, were the seeds of benevolence implanted, which have been fruitful in maturer age.

To Lucy Aggs.

Nice, First Month 3d. I feel a very near interest in all that concerns thy welfare, and sincerely desire that a blessing may attend thee wherever thou goest, and in whatever place thy allotment may be cast. I look someiimes with something of a feeling of anxious solicitude towards many of the young people at Norwich. I hope, my dear Lucy, thou mayest be encouraged, according to thy ability, to labor amongst them faithfully, in spirit, if not in word. However weak, however poor we may be, (and I am sure I feel myself amongst that number,) we must still be willing to take our portion of service, be it little or great, that we may be called upon to perform. We must remember that the " increase" can alone be given from above. I cannot well express to thee what I sometimes feel for our dear Friends at Norwich and in Norfolk, to whom I feel increasingly united (I hope) in spirit. How do I desire that the Spirit of Truth may more and more prevail amongst us! Whilst so wholly and unexpectedly withdrawn from them, I still often turn in spirit towards many, individually and collectively, with feelings of near interest, and sometimes with the hope that, whether present or absent, we may yet be permitted to feel something of the 'unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.' Surely the loss of our beloved Joseph, an event so awful, so striking, and so affecting, will be the means of impressing the young people amongst us! I believe I may say, it is the prayer of my heart that it may be so, that they may be more willing to gather in faith and obedience, {for that, I believe, is what is wanting amongst us,) under tbe wing of the Shepherd of Israel. I think I never on any occasion felt the force of these words so much,—' Blessed are those servants that are found watching.'"

To a beloved brother she writes at this time.— "I can say with truth that the experience of this journey has not weaned my heart from Friends, or lessened my value for that holy, actuating, and living principle, which, I believe, is the groundwork of our profession, if not a* much as it ought to be of our practice. On the contrary, L long for its prevalence in the world, which certainly does appear to me (I hope without the spirit of judgment) chained and darkened by forms and ceremonies: but this submission to the Spirit, to its guidance, to its baptisms, to its humiliation, its teachings and its sanctifioations, we find daily and hourly in the way of the Gross,

and therefore, alas ! it is too much of a atunablinpblock to many of us ; at least I am sure it is t me; hut the sense of my own weakness and imperfections does not make me the less desire for those most dear to me, that they may not flinel from this " Cross of Christ."

(To be continued.)

For Friends Intelligencer. Well done good and faithful servant, thoa hast be-ea faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.— Mitt. 25. 21.

There can be no greater consolation to those who have turned their faces Zionward, nor greater encouragement to press forward, than to be permitted at times and seasons in their pilgrimage journey to partake of those joys promised to the faithful. These comprehend the truth of the testimony, that " They who have left, all to follow him, receive an hundred fold in this time, and everlasting life in the world to come."

Though affliction may be meted, or pain and sickness assail the frail tabernacle, yet the mind that is thus circumstanced is left free to soar on high and adore the great Father of the Universe. Thanksgiving and praise are offered to him who looks down from the height of his sanctuary and reveals his will to the children of men, giving ability for what he requires, quickening the soui with living desires for all who espouse the precious cause of truth, and enlist under trSe banner of tbe Prince of Peace, that we may not seek for ourselves great things, but individually mind our respective gifts and callings, letting neither heights nor depths, principalities nor powers, things present, nor things to come, separate us from the love of God, and rendering obediene* to his law. That when our time of probation is over we may be prepared to receive the fruition of joy in the endless ages of eternity, to unite with tho company which stand before the throne of God clothed with white robes and palms in their hands, serving him day and night in his temple.

"They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and Bhall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

2d mo. 7th, 1857. R. P.

Surely one great object of the religion of Christ is to give its peculiar coloring to what is sees and temporal, and to take off the false gloss from what flatters our pride, to reveal the inherent meanness of human grandeur, the decay that lurks in the brightest scene of earthly beauty, and to secure for the invisible world, to which we hasten, that ascendency which is due to the brightness of its glory and the eternity of its duration.

Selected and furnished Tor publication in the Intelligencer. INDIVIDUAL INFLUENCE.

"A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come," &e. Luke, ch. xir.

There is scarcely any sentiment more frequently enforced in Holy Writ than the accountability of man. The consideration of the parable of the talents which exhibits rewards as the meed of obedience, stimulates to the discharge of our relative duties towards God and our fellow-creatures, and furnishes us ground for many solemn and affecting apprehensions of what may be the consequences of misusing our allotted day of probation. Nothing, therefore, can be more needful for the man who desires to ensure to himself that which will endure when all things are passing away, than to ascertain with precision the use he is now making of the talents entrusted to his care. ,

Most persons, it is to be feared, live with scarcely any other definite purpose than to enjoy as much, and suffer as little as possible; for the love of ease and indulgence is as congenial to the fleshly will of man, as it is to the nature of any other animal. But, even in minds thus darkened and debased, there exists a spark of something pure and heavenly, which, under the most oppressive weight of worldliness that can be laid upon it, is never wholly extinguished. It lives, though it be in the grave; and there is a voice appointed to arouse it, which ever and anon exclaims, " Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."'

Few persons are in any degree aware of the immense importance of their own individual example to these who are immediately and intimately brought into contact therewith; for few can calculate upon the powerful effects of small causes, which are of uniform and constant recurrence. How few, for instance, consider the baneful influence which the giving way to illtemper diffuses over the circle of their family and friends 1 In such a wilderness of thorns and briars as this world, where we can scarcely touch, much less venture to grasp any object without now and then being wounded, how needful is it to be possessed of that heavenly principle, which, like the balm of Gilead spoken of by the prophet, shall drop its holy unction into the corrodiug irritation of the fallen nature, turning its poison into the dew of Herrnon, "even the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion," and from the very bosom of distress and disappointment, eliciting a sweetness which breathes the atmosphere of heaven upon all around it!

But, oh! how different is the case when the leading person in a family, be it father, mother, humored son or daughter, disturbed by that

common position of human affairs which is usually characterized by the expression of " things going cross," comes, in the potent dominion of selfishness, to scatter the withering blight of an unhappy temper through the whole habitation! Alas! to deaden and destroy any thing that is tender, and kind, and lovely in our fellow creatures, can be no light offence against a God whose nature and whose name is Love!

Heads of families sometimes relate with an apparent delight in the presence of their children and servants, entertaining stories, or remarkable anecdotes, in which a disregard for truth or honesty forms a chief feature. Perhaps it may be the coutrivance of some clever sharper to elude justice; some intriguing politician to' accomplish his purpose; or some needy impostor to succeed in passing for an honest person. Now such a sort of discourse may seem of no importance; but when it is considered how often the worldly interests of dependants, and the heedless pursuits of children and young people, place them in circumstances in which the tendency often is to violate the truth, in order to hide a fault, or to secure a present pleasure, it cannot be made a question, but that every tender and precious check which the secret witness of the Lord may make in their consciences, is in imminent hazard of being crushed and set aside, by the polluting recollection of instances in which they have known their seniors, and those who were placed in authority over them, to treat acts of deceit and falsehood as a light and trivial thing.

If anecdotes like those alluded to should be narrated in our presence, and we feel as though it were a thing almost impossible for us to damp the hilarity of a cheerful party by words of reproof, when we believe no kind of harm is intended ; let us remember that if we are not willing to give utterance to the language of disapprobation, there is, in the reproof which a calm, meek, sustained silence inflicts, perhaps, a more effectual service rendered to the cause of truth and propriety, than if we were to harangue upon the subject for an hour. There is a serene dignity in the reprimand of silence, which brings over an offending spirit something of the holiness and majesty of God, who works all his glorious wonders, in nature and in grace, with the impressive solemnity of silence. In silence, He meets the soul; in silence, Ho penetrates the conscience; in silence, He spreads before the guilty their accumulated wrongs against Him. Hence it is that scarcely any species of correction or instruction is so totally repugnant to the carnal mind as that which is accompanied with the dowu-breaking, flesh-crueifying power of silence; the felt consciousness of which repugnance occasions it to be but seldom resorted to, in appealing to the hearts and consciences of those with whom we have to deal, in the charaoter of monitors or reprovers. It therefore often happens that the offended and the offender, the teacher and the learner, are all beclouded and bewildered iu a multiplicity of words, wherein little is effected beyond the nourishing of selfcomplacency in those who speak, and a spirit of disputation in those who hear. It is very desirable, indeed, that more attention should bo paid, on the part of religious instructors, to the value and importance of a prepared state of mind, before they proceed to the performance of their allotted duties. Until an experimental acquaintance with Divine truth is, in some measure, wrought in us, we may be assured that we are in no condition to produce any deep and permanent good effect upon others. Things will only act, and cause to act, according to their nature. That which is merely the result of study, and which exists but as a notion or opiuiou of our own mind, will do no more than produce its own likeness of not ions and opinions iu those we desire to influence, if it does stir them up to wrangling and jangling, to prove our views to be erroneous.

If nothing can be acquired to any efficient purpose in human knowledge, except the mind be concentrated on the object before it, so neither can any valuable acquaintance with Divine truths be wrought out, but by the subjugation of every busy, wandering imagination, and the "bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ." All this is the work of waiting upon, watching for, and diligently obeying the smallest movements of that Holy Spirit of Truth who is promised and bestowed as our "Guide into all Truth," and to whom we arc to hearken, as the scholar listens to the direction of his master.

"As every man hath received the gift, even so miuister the same one to another, as good stewards of tho mauif'old grace of God." It will not be necessary for us to look out for great or extraordinary occasions of exercising our allotted portion of this precious and " unspeakable gift;" for such opportunities may or may not come; and if they do appear, we may or may not believe ourselves equal or called upon to meet them. But let us stand at our post, like the porter who was commanded ''to watch;" and do not doubt but that, with a heart previously disciplined by the "preparation which is of the Lord," sufficient opportunities of serving our Divine Master will arise, though they should seem to us of a kind j so trivial, that, on their first appearance, we may be inclined to overlook them altogether.

It is scarcely to be conceived by those who have not submitted to the faithful observance of the smallest monitions of conscience, by what little, and, as some might call them, low means, a soul is advanced in faith and obedience ; for it pleases God to serve himself by his poor, iusigniticaut creatures, in that way which shall best prove that the work accomplished is the Lord's, aud not man's. "I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to

another." This is the seal with which lie stamp his righteous acts; and hence it is, that in every great aud glorious manifestation and revival oi true religion, the instruments employed have commonly been persons and things of little or ni account in human estimation.

I What have we, then, to do, but to " cast oar bread upon the waters," in the full assurance that we shall " find it after many days," since the simplest word spoken in sincerity, the most trifling act of usefulness unpretendingly performed, as to the Lord and not as unto man, thing's even singular, and as in oar fallible judgment, leading to no important results, yet, as apprehended .requirements of our Heavenly Father, receiving onr willing and prompt obedience, cannot fail, at the appointed time and id the allotted manner, to fulfil the secret purpose wYiereuut-o they were sent, and be blessed to the benefit of many, perhaps yet unborn. There is no calculating upon the extent of individual influence, whether good or bad, for its ramifications are endless. * * * * * For. assuredly, whether we believe it or not, we have the ability to cast a preponderating power into the good or evil of such of our fellow creatures as are brought it:to contact with us! Be assured, that, whether we will or no, we, in some degree, give the tone to their moral aud spiritual fee lings. If our walk and conversation be with tke apostle "in heaven," it will diffuse so much of that holy influence upon the ''dry bones" around us, as will often cause "a secret shaking" to take place amongst them. God, as we have before remarked, has something to plead his cause in every heart; and this it is which always recognizes what is i good, and which often causes the poor, misled, 1 polluted soul, to long to be united therewith. What encouragement, then, is held out to us, in only looking upon the simplest train of human things, and in remembering how tec ourselves have often been operated upon by such simple trains; what encouragement,.we repeat, is held out to us, to consider our own example as one of tho most effective of all ways of benefiting our fellow-creatures! But, in doing this, it will be well for us to "count the cost:" since, as it is one of the most efficacious, it cannot be denied but that it is also one of the most difficult modes of the many which present themselves, of being serviceable in our place aud condition; fur believe me, my Christian friends, you can form no conception, unless you have experienced it, of the sharp exercises you may be required to undergo, in performing even the different little things, that a sense of duty may suggest. For instance, in obeying that solemn command, "Thou shalt not suffer sin upon thy neighbor," how often may it be needful for you to take a very painful and humiliatiug position to the pride of the fleshly mind 1

But, let us faint not, dear Christian friends,

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