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activity, to have found out this inference, and and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destrucingrafted it into my soul.

tion and perdition. The love of money is the “ Thou hast taught me, Holy Father, by thy root of all evil, which while some coveted after, prophets, that the way of holiness, in the times of the gospel, or under the kingdom of the Mes they have erred from the faith and pierced them. siah, shall be a highway, a plain and easy path; selves through with many sorrows.” 80 that the wayfaring man, or a stranger though It is probable there are some sufferers from a fool, shall not err therein. And thou hast this state of things who lack the teachings of called the

poor and the ignorant, the mean and the foolish things of this world, to the know- experience, and have incautiously extended their ledge of thyself, and thy son, and taught them business, while others have been induced from to receive and partake of the salvation which the force of circumstances which surrounded thou hast provided. But how can such weak them, to enlarge their operations, not merely creatures ever take in so strange, so difficult and from sordid motives, but for a desire to furnish so abstruse a doctrine as this; in the explication employment for others. These have our sympaand defence whereof, multitudes of men, even men of learning and piety, have lost themselves thy, and we may hope that a more healthy state in infinite subtilties of dispute, and endless of affairs will enable them to recover from their mazes of darkness? And can this strange and embarrassments, and avoid in future the dangers perplexing notion of three real persons going to they have experienced. In the midst of the genmake up one true God be so necessary and so important a part of the Christian doctrine, which, eral gloom that now overshadows the mercantile in the Old Testament and the New, is repre community, and more or less affects nearly every sented as so plain and so easy even to the class among us, it would perhaps be unsuitable meanest understandings?”'

to indulge in censure at the extravagance of dress,

furniture and equipage which has so generally FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. prevailed, and from which many bearing our

name are not exempt.

But it is wise to pause, PHILADELPHIA, TENTH MONTH 3, 1857.

and survey the picture which this state of things The difficulties in the commercial world, and has revealed, and see whether there is not somethe derangement in monetary affairs, which now thing to be done by every individual. . exist throughout the country, and particularly The advances of luxury are so insidious, and in our large cities, should bring every individual the line which divides it from comfort and suitto a serious consideration both of their causes able accommodation so difficult to define, that and remedy.

even those whose desires are in good measure It is a law in the physical, as well as in the bounded by the limitations of true wisdom, are moral world, that when correct principles are in danger of sliding, little by little, into things violated, the penalty of such violation must sooner which at one time were clearly seen to be inconor later be paid, and no attentive readers of the sistent and unnecessary. By erecting a barrier signs of the times will have failed to observe for ourselves, and saying, thus far we will go ibat a disposition to extravagance, and a making and no farther, this danger may be escaped ; haste to be rich, have more or less extended and although such a course may subject those through every department of society.

who adopt it to the charge of singularity, they The love of display, induces a desire for accu will be privileged to enjoy all the real comforts mulation beyond what the limitations of truth of life, and being good stewards over the remainprescribe-speculation is often resorted to, the der, will enjoy the luxury of doing good, and a day of reckoning approaches--and bankruptcy peace which cannot in the nature of things be and ruin follow.

found in mere animal gratification. In the bistory of the past, there is abundant Let then, each of us enquire how far we have evidence, that an inordinate desire for the accu-indulged in extravagance, eitherin dress, in furni. mulation of riches has always prevailed in the ture, or in our style of living, and how much we human family, and has always produced the same can do by a consistent example for those who may results. As it is now, so it was in the days of not be so blessed with temporal goods as ourthe Apostle : “ They that will be rich fall into selves ? It appears to us there never has been temptation and a snare, and into many foolish a time when there was more need that the Chris

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tian testimony to moderation should be exalted On 5th day, 17th of 9th month, LoYD JONES, among men by a faithful example, and to those 93d year of his age.

a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, in the who have been blessed with an education in the simple habits and practices of the Society of

THOMAS STORY. Friends, the obligation rests with peculiar force

(Continued from page 437.) to “ let their moderation be known unto all men."

But, considering their weak and carnal state,

and incapacity then to reach the knowledge of Died, On the 7th of 8th mo. 1857, Emma Ruth, divine mysteries, the Apostle had in their initiadaughter of M. S. and E. S. Wright, aged 3 months. tion into the Christian religion related to them

At the residence of her brother, in La Fayette the sayings of Christ on that subject; and they County, Wisconsin, on the 15th of 8th month, 1857, in had been in the practice, or rather abuse of it, the 35th year of her age, ELIZABETH S. Wright, wife of M. S. Wright, and daughter of William Shepherd, till the time of the writing of this epistle ; * if of Carrol County, Md.

that place be carefully and impartially observed, Lit:le more than a year ago, the subject of this no- without prepossession or prejudice, and compared tice left the home of her childhood, with the husband with other Scriptures, it will appear, that there of her choice, to find a home in the West, with bright vision of peace and happiness. But alas ! in a few is not any positive command for it at all, much months we laid her in the bosom of the quiet prairie. less is it made a standing ordinance, but left to That fell destroyer, consumption, marked her for his the option and discretion of his disciples; to own. She had contracted a cold and cough before she whom it was first mentioned how often they Jest Maryland, from which she never entirely recov-should do it, and, consequently, also, how long ered. After her health became so delicate that it was feared she would not live long, she was very anxious they should continue it; as appears by the same to get to her old home, if only to die in the midst of text now adduced, viz: This do as often as ye her family and friends, surrounded by all the endear- do it, in remembrance of me. ing scenes of her childhood. But aster the death of

But, to set this matter in a clearer light, it is her babe, she gave up this hope, saying she could not survive the shock.” On 3rd day evening she well known that at the time of the redemption thought she was dying, and called us all around her of the Jews from their Egyptian slavery, the Passbed, and spoke calmly and sweetly about her approach-over, with the paschal lamb, was instituted as ing change, saying, that's for more than a year past a standing ordinance, in commemoration of it, she had endeavored to do what she thought to be her until Christ, the lamb of God, and antitype of duty, and although she was far from being perfect, she felt assured that all would be well with her."' At that figure, should come : but as Israel, offendanother time she said she did not wish to "linger long, ing the Lord, was afterwards sent into captivity, and hoped she would soon be released.” She seemed under the Babylonians, they could not, in that to feel humble and unworthy, but not to have one doubt or fear or her mind. At one time when she state, and under that governinent, celebrate it in thought she was going, she requested us to bid her form; and therefore they invented another way farewell, and kiss her each in turn, saying with great to keep that great deliverance in memory, which emphasis to one of her brothers when he came,“ Fare-was this : well, my dear brother Solomon, I hope thoul't meet me

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The father, or chief of the family, at the in heaven !"' with something similar to all the rest. Oh! that these solemn scenes may have a salutary and proper time of the paschal supper, took bread, lasting effect upon us all. Seventh day the 15th, and and blessed it, saying: “Blessed be thou, O about six o'clock in the evening, she departed without Lord our God, who gives us the fruit of the the least struggle.

earth ;" then dividing it among the company, in Throughout all her sickness she evinced an unusual like manner also he took the cup, and, blessing degree of patience and resignation, bearing her various trials with a fortitude and sweetness of temper it, said, "Blessed be thou, O Lord, who gives us surprising to us all, showing clearly that she had re- the fruit of the vine." This they did in a solemn ceived strength from One who is able and willing to manner, remembering their Egyptian slavery and save and sustain all who bumbly and sincerely ask deliverance, lamenting their present state, acfor his protecting care, and that her Heavenly Father, in his boundless love and mercy, had prepared her for knowledging their sins, and the justice of God a reception into his glorious presence.

in their punishment, and hopes of his mercy, Since her separation from her own meeting, which from his former kind dealings and gracious was Pike Creek, Md., she often said with great feel. promises. ing, “ What a privilege it would be to unite with them

The Jews being thus initiated into the pracagain in religious worship in our little silent meetings at home." It is a great comfort to us in our grief to tice, upop so solemn an occasion as the Lord's believe that she is enjoying the “rest prepared for being pleased to remember them with redempthe people of God.”

S. tion a second time, the succeeding generations Shullsburg, La Fayette Co., Wis., 9th mo. 14th, 1857. continued it, as ncident to the Passover, until

At his residence near Medford, on the 11th of the Lord Christ, the Antitype, (as well of the 9th mo., after a short illness, William BALLINGER, in the 63d year of his age, a member of Medford Monthly paschal lamb, as of the bread and wine) did Meeting of Friends.

come; who, when he appeared, was declared by On the 9th of 9th month, ELIZABETH W. Cor- John the Baptist to be the Lamb of God that Lies, widow of the late Henry P. Corlies, in the 52nd year of her age, a member of Philadelphia Monthly * Epistle to the Corinthians--Reply to Dr. Gilpin Meeting.

on the Sacrament.

taketh away the sin of the world, (John i. 29,) Seeing, then, this was only the Passover, and and he declared himself to be the bread of life, the terms of the application of it to himself, not the living bread which came down from Heaven : institutive of any new commandment or ordiproclaiming also, and that very emphatically, Dance, but a liberty to do or not do it at discrethat his flesh is meat indeed, and his blood is tion, this do ye as oft as ye drink it in rememdrink indeed; that except they ate his flesh brance of me, laid no obligation on them to do and drank his blood, they had no life in them. it any more at all; it being ended by the maniAnd all this was meant of the spirit of Christ festation of its antitype; and, in the nature of and not of his flesh; It is the spirit that quick the thing, could be of no further obligation or eneth, the flesh profiteth nothing-John vi. 32— reasonable use, when Christ himself was wit35, 48-58, 63.

nessed in them to be that eternal, everlasting, The time drawing near, when the Lamb of never-failing divine substance. God was to be slain, and offered as a sacrifice, . But the Apostle Paul, whose concern for the declaring the mercy of God the Father, who Jews, and zeal for the conversion of the Gentiles, sent him in love to the whole world, he then to whom in an especial manner, he was sent, said to his disciples, With desire I have desired engaged him to become all things to all men, to eat this Pussover with you before I suffer. that by all means he might gain some, recom

1 And, at the time of it, as father and chief of mended to the Corinthians the practice of the his flock and family, he celebrated the Pass. Passover, with the new application of it to Christ, over in form, with this difference only, that at the time of their first believing in him by that whereas the Jews, until that time, in the cele Apostle's ministry; that, being yet carnally bration of it, had looked back to the type, and minded, they might have an outward commuoutward deliverance from Egypt, the Lord now nion until the true communion should be made directs them to himself, as the antitype of known, which their state, at that time, could not all figures; and tells them he would not any bear, as in point of prudence only he practised more eat thereof, (the l'assover,) until it should some other legal rites at some times, which in be fulfilled in the kingdom of God; nor drink his doctrine he condemned at other times, where of the fruit of the vine, until that day when he the state of the people were able to bear it. should drink it new with them in his Father's And it is much more likely, considering the kingdom

nature and end of the Gospel, and its excellency Which eating and drinkimg in the kingdom above the law and all legal and typical rites, as of God cannot relate to the material bread and substances excel shadows, that the Apostle, wine; which can only be exhibited as symbols observing how much some of the Corinthians of the outward body of Christ, and the blood of had abused the Passover in practice, and their that holy body; which, to be eat and drank in very carnal state under it, was rather by that a natural sense, profiteth nothing. But to the epistle endeavoring to supersede it, and bring all-quickening virtue and power of his holy Spirit, them off to the living substance ; where he saith which is all in all, and true feeding to the to such among them as were already sanctified, commonwealth of the whole Israel of God. And and to whom he inscribed his epistle, I speak as therefore this Passover, or any part, or relative to wise men, judge ye what I say: The cup of to it, whether bread, wine, or any other matter blessing which we lless, is it not the communion in it, could be of no further use or obligation to of the blood of Christ ? the bread which we break, the Disciples of Christ, than till they should is it not the communion of the body of Christ? experience in themselves his divine and spiritual For we being many, are one bread and one body, appearance and coming in them; and to be the for we are all partakers of that one bread. same to their souls, or minds, which natural food It is plain, therefore, that the communion of and drink is to the body; its support, strength, the sanctified and wise in Corinth, stood not in nourishment, and means of duration : which the bread which perisheth, nor in the wine of divine coming of Christ, as such, can mean no the grape which some of the Corinthians were other than his being made manifest in a spiritual carnally abusing, but in the quickening spirit administration : for as he is that eternal spirit and power of Christ, the true, living, life-giving, of essential truth, and word, wisdom and power and life preserving bread, which daily cores of God, it is not strictly proper to say of him, from Heaven, into all the sanctified and saved in that sense, that he shall come or go any of the Lord. where, but be made manifest; for as such lie This is that spirit that quickens and preserves ever was, is, and will be, omnipresent, and never to life eternal; the flesh profiteth nothing : and absent from any place or time.

since it it so, much less does any symbol of the His coming, then, must intend his powerful | filesh profit, but the divine substance only. This manifestation where he already is, and not a loco-is that substance of which the Apostle draws motive coming from where he is, to any other the comparison, we being many are one bread : place to where he was not before; for the heaven for as wheat consists of many particular grains, of heavens cannot contain him.—2 Chron. ii. 6. each contaiving a distinct principle of life after

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its kind, and all of the same nature, which, Lord both gives the word, and makes the appli. being broken and rightly prepared and ordered cation to every state, in every particular person, by the good husbandman, becomes one bread : which no preacher or instrument is able to do. even so is the church of Christ; every member And as to joining in prayer, all right prayer in his natural state being alienated from the is by the aid of the spirit of Christ, the mediator life of God, through the ignorance and darkness between God and man, which in that respect is that was in him, and separated also one from called the spirit of prayer and of supplication; another, as without a proper medium and con- and, as such is promised of the Father to the dition of union; but being ordered and prepared church, and received by her. And her unity by the Father of mercies, through Christ his in prayer stands not so much in the form of eternal Word, they became one body and one words, though sound and pertinent, as in the spirit, the church, which is his body, the ful nature, virtue and influence of the holy spirit of ness of him who filleth all in all.

Christ, her holy head, life, law-giver and comThe substance of this was what I observed to forter. the Doctor, though I have in this place expa- The Doctor did not oppose this, but only said, tiated somewhat further on this subject, and I had given him better satisfaction, in that point, generally applied the Scriptures, to which he than he had found in the book; and, afterwards made little other reply, than by telling me in a he was much more free and familiar with me very calm and familiar manner, that as he had than before, or than I expected, and so we always believed it to be an ordinance of Christ, parted in friendship, and I returned in peace and he had solemuly used it as such, and found com- gladness. fort in it-to which I returned, that I did not

(To be continued.) doubt but that he might have some satisfaction in it, since he believed it a remaining

THE FOUNTAIN. ordinance, and did it under that apprehension. Whosoever in his heart believes anything to be

“I shall never, never be good; there's no use a standing duty in the church of Christ, which trying!" cried Julia, throwing herself impatientever had any countenance in it by practice, and ly down on the hearth-rug, and covering her face performs it faithfully according to his belief with her hands. She had just been reproved and and understanding, may find a satisfaction in it. punished by her mother for quarrelling with her

But since God in his mercy is pleased to brothers and sisters. Julia had resolved again afford the living substance without the use of and again to conquer ber temper, but it had althose means which are supposed to lead to an ways proved too strong for her, and now she was end already attained, they can be no more a tempted at last to cease her endeavors in despair. duty to such; and that is the real case among

Her Uncle George was sitting in the room the true Quakers who love and fear the Lord with a book in his hand, apparently taking no sincerely,

notice of what was passing. But he heard the As to the other point, viz. baptism, he said little girl's bitter exclamation, and saw the tears but little; for he knew very well that, in strict- which trickled through her fingers. He had ness, they were not so much as in the form of himself known too much of inward struggles not water baptism. And I only asked him the to feel for one engaged in them, though only a question, whether he did believe it necessary to child, and, without addressing himself particularsalvation ? He answered, that he did not think ly to her, he read aloud from his book the fol. it absolutely necessary. Then, said I, we shall lowing fable :not need to say any more about it, and so the "A fountain, day after day, threw up its limwhole matter ended, as to those points. pid waters, in a vain attempt to reach the clouds.

Then he said something concerning the books One instant they seemed to rise higher than I had sent him, speaking slightly of them, but ever, then sank back again into the basin with a thought that about prayer, written, I think, by murmuring sound; something seemed ever to George Keith, the best; and said, that seeing the draw them down to the earth; they only rose to Quakers pretended that they did not know, be- fall again. The sun looked down from the fore they went to meetings, whether they should bright sky, glancing in pity on the vain efforts preach or pray, or what way in either, and yet of the fountain. He smiled on it, and its waters travelled in strange places, how could they speak sparkled in his ray; then softly, silently, he drew to the states of the people, or be joined with in a portion of them up towards himself, rising in prayer?

thin vapor to the shining clouds above; he had To this I answered, that such as went to meet- conquered the attraction which earth had before, ing empty of all things, and waited upon God, by the power of his bright, warm beams !!! were filled with his holy spirit, who knows all He closed the book, approached his little states at all times and places : and if the niece, and laid his hand gently on her shoulder. preacher attend to Ilim as he ought, and de- " Learn a lesson of hope from this fountain, livers those matters open to him at the time, the my

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rise to holiness and heaven, as its waters were to reach the sky; but ask help from Him who can draw you to himself, who has the will and the power to make you holy and happy; in His strength you can rise above the temptations of this world, and then shine in his glory for ever!"- The Carrier Dove.

Though to thy inward view,

Open all states appear;
Though every heart in colors true,

Stands visible and clear--
Until command to speak has sprung,
Keep lock and guard upon thy tongue !
When all thy work is done,

And the sure penny earned, Remember who the victory won,

Whose fire the offering burned Look with humility on high, “ Unprofitable servant 1."

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TO A FRIEND ON A RELIGIOUS VISIT.

Strew seed upon the snow;

When winter's course has run,
Roots vigorously will strike below,

Leaves upward seek the sun ;
Deem not the seed thus sown as lost,
Though scattered in the realms of frost.
Where hard may seem each heart,

Preach all thy Master's word,
For he shall find an entering part,

His message will be heard;
What he sends forth void cannot be,

Though hidden its effect from thee.
Where idols fill the land,

Of silver, gold, or stone,
For Christ thy Saviour nobly stand, -

Stand for his cross and throne ;
No outward cross at man's control,
The hidden burthen of the soul.
Strike, where He aims the blow,

Though on the naked rock;
The living waters thence shall flow

For all the thirsty flock.
. Strike, if He bids thee, on the sand,
Springs shall gush up at his command !
Bring forth thy barley bread,

Thy fishes spread to view,
He wills the people should be fed,

Deem not thy loaves too few;
A word, a crumb he deigns to bless,
Can banish famine and distress.
Though darkness be around,

Draw, as he strings the bow,
The truth-winged arrow shall be found,

Straight to its mark to go.
« Draw at a venture,

as the word
Within thy inner soul is heard.
Cast, when he bids thee cast,

Thy“ net on the right hand,"
Though wearily the night has passed,

With nothing brought to land, -
Thy net shall compass, if he choose,
More than the multitude can use.
Where meet the proud and vain,

Some message to the low
May spring within thy breast, whose aim

It is not thine to know,-
Preach, it may find a trembling one,
Hidden behind the door, alone !
If mid the lowly train,

Openings on Avarice spring,
Preach, for unholy love of gain,

Has brought its poisoned sting,
And some low man has learned to grind
A needy creature of his kind !
Amid the gathered crowd,

Anxious for word on word,
Gather where come no voices loud,

Where whisperings are not heard ;
The Master may direct no call
Upon the itching ears to fall.

Within a month past another terrible marine disaster has occurred, the particulars of which have been extensively published. The steam ship Central America from Aspinwall, California, was foundered at sea on the 12th of 9th month.

It is difficult to realize the anguish which prevailed among the passengers and crew at the awful moment when nearly 450 human beings. were suddenly launched into eternity.

By the heroic conduct of the commander, Captain Herndon, and the obediance to his orders which was observed by the passengers and crew, all the women and children were rescued by the bark Marine, Captain Burt. We have selected from the sad details several statements which convey some idea of the scene.

The amount of gold in the Central America is estimated at not less than $2,000,000, nearly all of which went down with the steamer-ED.

STATEMENT OF CAPTAIN BADGER. Captain Badger, one of the rescued passengers of the Central America, states that the gale increased until 2 o'clock on Friday, the 11th, when it was perceived that the engine had stopped, and the ship fell off into the trough of the sea, which caused her to make considerable water around her lee shaft and the lee lower dead-lights. It was afterwards ascertained that the cause of the stoppage of the engines was the neglect of the fire and engine department in getting coal along from the bunkers to the fire-room fast enough to keep up the fires; consequently all the engines stopped, as well as all the pumps attached to the engines. The deck pumps were out of order, and at Capt. Badger's suggestion companies were organized, while the steward's gangs and deck hands went down to pass the coal along. By this time the fires were put out, and the water became so heated in the hold of the ship, and the steam engendered was so great, that they were compelled to abandon passing the coal. The ship then lay at the mercy of the waves, but still did pot labor hard. We then started several gangs at bailing as the only hope of saving the ship.

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