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She continued able to ride out until the day | busband, in the anguish of his spirit, exclaimed,
before her death. Early on the morning of her “Oh, shall we not hear her voice again?" she calm-
last day here, she bad much to communicato. ly said, “my dear, I have nothing more to say, my
About 5 o'clock, she desired the children brought work is done, can you not all give me up now?
in, saying, she wished to talk to them, and you must, you must ; oh! Heavenly Father I
strength was given her to do it, in an impres- pray thee let me go.” A friend who sat by her
sive manner. To her beloved one she said, said, “ a little more patience and thou wilt soon
" my dear, thee has been a devoted and an affec- be released," and her sister E. remarked “thy
tionate husband ; I leave thee a beautiful home, sun will go down in brightness," and just at the
not a tree but we have planted or walked together hour of sunset, her spirit was set free, to enter
under its sbade; they will every one remind thee upon the realities of the higher life. Thus bas
of me; how often we have walked together over passed away another beloved one, and although
our farm, and now I am learing all, and can her sun went down in the meridian of life, yet
thee not give me up ?” She spoke most affec- as was testified on the solemn occasion of her
tionately to her daughters, desiring them to do interment, with all ber sprightliness and her
everything for their father's comfort. Wben her joyousness, she had laid up rich treasure ;
son, aged about thirteen, came in, she alluded to yes, day by day, little by little, did she lay up
having heard his cheerful voice when about his these priceless treasures in heaven, until they
work, and encouraged bim to cultivate that cheer- became a vast inheritance.
fulness of disposition, and said, “I feel for thee,
my son, because thy temptations will be greater
than the rest; oh, never be tempted to wrong

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doing, never give up to using bad language, or What would have become of us without the
make use of tobacco; will thee promise me? No, I outward helps with which we are furnished ?
recall that, for fear thce may break it;

This is a query that has been asked by more member it is thy dying mother's request for thee than one mind, impressed with the strength and not to do it.

Always remember thy dear uncle encouragement derived from the Scriptures, and John, how good he was, and he never made use other outward advantages, which surround us. of any of these things; think of him and try to be Without designing in the least to detract from like him.” When her youngest child was taken the value of these excellent writings, and “outto her she exclaimed, “Oh, my darling child, my ward helps," the answer is, Our great Creator angel boy, thee has thy mother's dying blessing; is sufficient for his own work, and had we not how often have I felt like holding him in my been favoured with these instrumental aids, the arms and taking him with me; but no, the priva- deficiency would doubtless have been supplied. tion would be too great for his father and all of Our salvation certainly does not depend upon them; I know they love bim and he will be cared anything without us, but upon obedience to the for.” She conversed sweetly about an hour, then divine love written upon the heart. I do not asked if they had any questions to ask her, and believe that it was ever intended we should rely after a pause said, “Now my dear children, I want upon men or books for spiritual instruction. you all to leave the room, I feel that I am done.” The Lord is the teacher of his children, himself, After taking a sweet sleep she requested to be and as comforting and encouraging as we often taken down stairs, saying she wished ber family find passages of Scripture to be, these would be to be around her, and many friends would call nothing more to us than a dead letter, did not through the day, and she wished to see them all; a degree of the same inspiration in which they it was the First day of the week and a glorious are penned illumine our understandings, and one to her. The lovely invalid's mission was enable us to see the force and beauty of the accomplished, and she was quietly waiting for truth contained in them. And in the same way the angel messenger to conduct her home; while are we helped forward, by those who being the family were at dinner, she spoke to her hus- endued with power from on high,” declare in band about her fuperal; said she wanted every our hearing the gospel which they have received, thing plain and in moderation; he knew her though the revelation of the spirit. These, bowsentiments, that it was no time on such occa- ever, cannot do more than direct us to the sions to make a great display. She proposed being heavenly Teacher, “the spirit of truth, which taken to the Meeting House, "saying some may leads and guides into all truth.” This divine think our home is large enough, but there are power alone can open the blind eye, or unstop poor women in Crosswicks, who have done for the deaf ear, or heal our spiritual maladies. me and I have done for them; I know they love Therefore, while I acknowledge with gratitude me, and will not perhaps be able to get out here; the great blessings we enjoy, in the possession let it be at a suitable hour, and give plenty of of the Scriptures of truth, and other good books, time.” She frequently desired that all might be also in a living outward ministry, together with quiet, saying if she could only pass away, that the association of those who are pure in heart, all was so bright and beautiful. When her and humble in spirit, I still believe that had

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any or all these been denied us, our heavenly

For Friends?. Intelligencer. Father, would not have left us comfortless.

AUGUSTUS HERMANN FRANCKE. But being furnished with them, we are ac

(Continued from page 502.) countable for a just appreciation and right use In the performance of his duties as a profesof them. Let us see to it then, that our ad-sor, there was the same desire to do good, and vancement keep pace with our means of improve to promote the best interests of those under his ment, and show our estimation of the many care. The lectures which he directed more esblessings conferred upon us, by a correspondent pecially to the spiritual improvement of his zeal in doing all required of us, that we may pupils, were those which he called parenetic, fulfil the duties of our day, and be prepared for which were delivered to all the students, at a that exalted state of being which awaits all who time when they were not in attendance upon the love the Lord, and keep his commandments. other professors. In these he did not confine 10th, Mo. 12th, 1857.

T. himself to any fixed plan, but varied bis subjects

as he deemed expedient. They were all, how

ever, eminently practical. He addressed his Doylestown, 10mo. 14th, 1857.

young bearers, as a father would his children, Wm. W. MOORE, Pub. Friends' Intelligencer.

giving them directions as to their habits, studies, ESTEEMED FRIEND,—I send thee a copy of the conversation, devotions; setting before them their certificate brought by my ancestor, Thos. Watson, difficulties and the way to overcome them ; reon his emigration to America. He settled near proving plainly, yet kindly, those who acted im

. Bristol, in Bucks Co., and a few years afterward properly, and exhorting them to diligence in removed to Buckingham, where he died. Many the pursuit of knowledge, and especially to sinof his descendants are yet living in the vicinity, cere piety. He not only interested himself in and the most of them have been active members the moral and intellectual improvement of his ot' our Soeiety.

J. W. pupils, but employed a part of every day in giv

ing advice to them in reference to their plans of From our Monthly Meeting at Pardsay Cragg, life, and in providing for the temporal necessiin Cumberland, 23d of 7th mo. 1701 : ties of such of them as were poor.

He was as To Friends in Pennsylvania, or where this a father to them all, in whom they could confide, may come:

and the effect of his labors was happy in the Dear Friends—Unto you is the salutation - highest degree. of true and unfeigned love in our Lord Jesus in the labors of his professorship. One of his

Francke made use of his pen as an auxiliary Christ, heartily wishing an exercise in that

works caused him no little trouble. This was a which tends to his glory and your eternal peace. monthly periodical entitled “ Biblical Observa

of our friend the bearer hereof, TI mas Watson,

tions,” the object of which was to correct some of Cockermouth, with his wife and children, Bible made by Luther, and to give the practical

mis-translations in the German version of the who for some considerable time past has had desires to remove himself and family into Penn- application of the passages as corrected. The sylvania, which he also regularly acquainted work are not a little interesting, as they display

circumstances attending the publication of this Friends with, and now his resolution continuing, doth this day request our certificate with them.

so much of that self-denying spirit, which always

attends a high degree of piety. He was medi. He was descended of honest parents, and such

tating, he tells us, on a certain occasion, upon as served truth in their day; we can likewise say, that passage in the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthat himself and family have hitherto walked truth-like and have been orderly in their con- make all grace abound towards you, that ye,

thians, in which it is said, that “ God is able to versation for anything we know, and that they having all sufficiency in all things, may be able now leave us in unity with them, and we desire

" How can

to abound unto every good work.” Friends wherever their lot may be, to be helpful God do this," was his inquiry, and one of much and advising of them in anything that truth interest to bim, as he was frequently compelled requires. Signed in and on behalf of said Meeting by assisted, to go away unrelieved. Just at this

to allow the poor whom he would gladly bave your friends and brethren.

time he received a letter from a friend, inform

ing him that he had been reduced by misforSince nothing is more certain than death, nor tune to poverty and distress, and requesting of more uncertain than the time of dying, it will him some assistance. This moved the heart of be the first and chiefest part of wisdom in thee, Francke still more ; and after praying over the to be always preparing for that which inust cer- subject, the plan of the “ Biblical Observations” tainly come, and which may happen to thee any struck him as the most likely to enable him to hour of thy life. Thou shalt not hasten thy do anything for his relief. His employments death by being still ready, but sweeten it. were however at this time so pressing, that every part of the day was devoted to soune particular it wrong to leave you prejudiced against, and ig: object, none of which could be set aside; and it norant of the reasons which influenced me. I seemed likely still that his plan would fail

. But cannot but hope that your opinion will now he, ever fertile in expedients, determined to take change. Will it not my brother? Can we not the time which he usually spent at his evening be again joined in heart? The friend for whom meal for this purpose ; and was thus enabled to , I have been laboring, has been compelled even finish the numbers with punctuality.

to sell his Bible. Will you not do something The sentiments of the work appears to have for his relief? May the Lord Jesus be your been correct and scriptural, and his criticisms support and strength !" were no doubt well founded. Still the work This truly humble and Christian reply, comwas unacceptable both to some of his friends, pletely changed the views and feelings of his and to bis foes; first, because he seemed to mani- friend, who acknowledged his error in writing fest a want of respect for Luther, in finding fault so hastily, and sent a donation for the benefit of

i with some of his translations; and second, because the afflicted individual. It may be added that he issued his work in monthly numbers, which the income of the work was such as to enable

11 was uncommon at that time, except with works bim to fulfil completely his benevolent intenof a very frivolous character. He sent some of tions. these numbers for distribution, and for sale, to a Freedom from persecution was not the lot of friend of his at Berlin, a man of sincere piety, Francke. Feeling it incumbent upon him to but of an ardent temperament. They seem to hold up to his hearers the necessity of individual have struck him unfavorably; for he replied to purity and holiness, and to show that where the Francke in a letter containing the severest re. fruit was not good, the tree could not be good, proof. The answer of Francke is characteristic. he was exposed to persccution from the ministers

“ It gives me much pleasure, dear brother, of Halie, who construed what he said as aimed that you

have reproved me; for you have done against themselves. The old terms of fanatic, so with a sincere love to me, and to the church heretic, and pietist were freely used against him of God. I am therefore not displeased with by the orthodox party, but these attacks had your severity ; on the contrary it has given me little effect either upon him or his labors. His a higher esteem for you than I have ever before peace of mind, and confidence in the rectitude felt. I beseech you ever to deal thus with me, of his course never forsook him. The reproaches and without the least reserve to tell me of my, of his enemies served only to make him more faults and my indiscretions. All that I complain guarded in all his deportment, and so far from of between us is, that we so unfrequently tell fixing any stigma upon his character, they rather each other our failings, and that when we do, served to create friends for him, by leading men our feelings are so often excited thereby. Some to examine the grounds of accusation against time ago you wrote to me, exhorting me to him. “ All the machinations of his enemies,” awake and be diligent in the service of the Lord; says his biographer, “ were powerless against and for that advice I sincerely thanked you. that faith which he exercised, and never deYou have now reproved me, and I thank you stroyed that peace of his which “the world can still more." He now relates to him the causes neither give nor take away.” of his undertaking the work, and states his rea- It is sometimes permitted to those who live sons for publishing it in the way he did. . in entire devotion to the service of God, to be

“ In this whole affair," he continued, “I hold extensive and blessed results, from the have not sowed to myself, and did not expect to use of means apparently insignificant. This reap to myself. My object was the honor of was the case with Francke in his labors, and God, and the spiritual as well as the temporal especially in his efforts for the poor. He was good of men; and this being the case, I feel no not rich, yet he commenced and completed an regret for what I have done, nor any desire to establishment as extensive as almost any other discontinue this effort. I am not accustomed to of its kind in Europe, with which his name will lay up a single farthing for myself; if I have ever be associated, and by which his memory food and raiment, I am content; and these my will no doubt reach to distant generations. His Heavenly Father constantly supplies me.” He faith seems indeed to have been a living princiconcludes in the following language. “ Your' ple, enabling him, with full assurance of success letter has been of much service to me, in leading when in the path of duty, to undertake that me to self examination—to prayer-to the exer- which promised to do good. The secret of his cise of caution and sincerity in my conduct. I usefulness was, that he “committed his ways again thank

for your plainness and frank- to the Lord,” and “ leaned not to his own unness with me. May the Lord reward you! In derstanding.” This truth will be fully exemplitime to come watch over me, and do not spare fed in the history of the Orphan House of which

I be was the founder. should not have defended myself, nor mentioned It was then customary at Halle for the poor what led to this publication, had I not supposed to call at stated times, at the houses of their


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benefactors, to receive alms. In the suburb of fastened up a box in his house, above which he Glaucha, they generally came once a week; and placed this inscription, “whoso hath this world's on these occasions Francke was in the habit of good, and seeth his brother have need, and giving them food, &c. A company of beggars shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, is in general a disgusting sight, and the feelings how dwelleth the love of God, in him.” And of pity which they excite are often mingled with below this, “Every man as he hath purposed those of disapprobation. Such, however, were in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly or of not the emotions of Francke, as week after week necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.” they assembled before his house in considerable This box was more successful than the former, numbers. He saw indeed many among them for frequent donations were made to it, by those whose vices were the sole cause of their misery, who came into his house. whose condition was truly wretched, being almost About three months afterward, some person lost to the common feelings of humanity. But deposited in the box at one time the sum of four there was another class not less miserable, but dollars and sixteen grosochen,* for the poor. less guilty, who interested his feelings much When Francke saw this sum, he was much demore, and these were the children and youth, lighted, and said in joyful faith, “this is a conwho were growing up in the midst of the most 'siderable capital, worthy to be laid out in some pernicious influences, and becoming daily more important undertaking. I will commence a depraved.

charity school therewith.” This resolution was One day as they collected before his door, no sooner adopted than he began to put it in having long meditated some plan for doing the execution. He purchased books to the amount good without coming to any particular result, of two dollars, and engaged an indigent student, he went out and brought them into his house and for a small sum, to teach the children, he might caused them to be seated, the older people on collect two hours daily. The children received one side, and the children on the other. He the books gladly, and came willingly to school; then began to question the children upon the but of the 27 who received them, only four or Catechism, and to inquire into their knowledge five returned on the second day; their parents of Divine truth, in a kind and engaging manner, or themselves having disposed of their books, permitting the parents and older persons to hear. and being on this account ashamed to come After continuing this a quarter of an hour, he again. This misfortune at the outset did not made a short prayer and dismissed them, after •however discourage Francke. He expended the distributing to thein their usual alms. He remainder of his money in books, and took care requested them to come in a similar way every that the children should not take them home week, that he might impart to them spiritual with them. and temporal food at the same time. This was

(To be continued.) in the year 1691, about the time that he entered upon the duties of his professorship.

Communicated for Friends' Intelligencer. In examining the children on these occasions Extract of a letter from SARAH L. GRUBB, he found among them the most deplorable ig

written on the decease of her mother. Dateil norance. His first desire of course was to give them some proper ideas of the nature of religion,

Bury, 12th mo. 1st, 1819. as the foundation of all moral improvement; and “ While I was busied in my family affairs, my as a preparatory step to this, he determined to loved parent was taken ill, and alas ! in one week give them the means of instruction. He dis- from this seizure, she was gone for ever. Dear tributed to their parents a small sum of money creature ; she was very sweet in her spirit, and weekly; sufficient to enable them to send their soon gave herself up, saying that deatl had no children to school. He soon discovered that , terrors for her; and sometimes her joy was su this plan was not about to secure his object; for great in the prospect of a glorious eternity, that many of them used the money for other purposes, she sang praises with a melodious voice, unto her and neglected their children; and of those who God, so that it was delightful to be with her. came to school, very few received any particular We are indeed tossed and tried ; our building advantage.

seems to be shaken to the very foundation ; yet Another class of poor, to wit, those whose feelings I believe that there is a foundation that can would not suffer them to beg, but who were not never be removed; and if we are but found the less in need of aid, interested his feelings. thereon, all our besetment and every storm, as To relieve their necessities, and to support the from the north and the south winds, will but charity he had already begun to the poor child have a tendency to fix us firmer on this invincible dren, he obtained a box and sent it around weekly among the pious students and others, for

*A German Rix dollar is about 70 cents American contributions. The collection thus made was Money was at that time in Prussia much more valua

Currency; and the Groschen is nearly equal to 3 cents. very small, and soon ceased altogether, on account ble than at present, which will partly account for the of the poverty of the contributors. ' He then amount accomplished by this small sum.

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rock, so that I wish we may take courage to parting farewell to her family was a very impressive commit all to the Lord, in that humbled state scene, giving each separately such advice as became wherein we can say, “ though he slay me, yet all things in readiness needful for the body when life

a Christian mother on the verge of eternity. She had will I trust in him."

was extinct, and desired all in connection with her I have long been persuaded that trouble does interment shouid be simply plain. Her end was peace. not leave us as it finds us; we are either more On 3d day, the 4th of 8th month last, at her intimately united to that purity which is uncre residence in Newtown Township, Delaware Co., Pa., ated, or we are more widely separated therefrom ; Hannah, relict of Eli Lewis, in the 64th year of her pow, in proportion to the tenderness of spirit lowing at Friends’ Burial Ground, attended by a very

age. Her remains were interred on the Fifth day fol. which becomes ours under suffering, so are we large concourse of various denominations. grown and growing in the heavenly image, and The writer, then in a distant clime, keenly feels the holy likeness; so that I know of nothing so de- sad void occasioned by her removal, and can never sirable as a broken heart and a contrite spirit;

cease to remember with gratitude the oft refreshing

streams that would flow forth, invigorating and aniand, if we wait in passiveness on the Lord, I be- mating the drooping spirits, as bright gleams of sun. lieve he will give it.”

J. S. W.

shine on

a cloudy day, dispel the gloom which Ercildoun, 10th mo., 1857.

surrounds it, on bebolding the sterling integrity of
her true friendship, and the beautiful lustre of her

practical example, her unbounded love and charity, FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. never wearying when mingling in the happy circle of

which she was always the centre, around ihe domestic PHILADELPHIA, TENTH MONTH 31, 1857. hearth, where her loss will be deepest felt. The heart

droops despondingly in the reflection that she is no

longer with us, that we shall see her no more to reThe actual condition of the people of color in fresh hope, no more to di: pel gloom, no more to enrich Canada, has often been a subject of enquiry friendship or gladden the heart. But she has closed

her labors, and passed, we trust, to a happy eternity. among those who are interested in their advance.

Philadelphia, 10th mo., 13th, 1857. ment.

The persecutions to which they have long been sabjected in the United States, have driven

(Continued from page 504.) many of them to seek an asylum under the government of the British Queen, and a large por- able bodied man, pressed through the crowd, and

In the meantime, John Bowstead, being a bold, tion of them have escaped from Slavery in the taking Thomas Rudd by the arm, advanced him Southern States.

into the street; where some of the multitude With a view of ascertaining the present con- pointed at a stone, by the Cross, where he might dition of this class of the population of Canada, then a little quiet, expecting, as we supposed

stand a little above the people, and they were the proprietors of the New York Tribune dis- by the rumors moving in the city, to have heard patched a special correspondent, represented as some judgment denounced, or prophecy declared; “ a distinguished professional gentleman, who has but Thomas having only some short warnings for entered upon the duty without prejudice or par- them, some of them mocked, others threw a pack tiality to influence his conclusions."

of old cards among us, with some scoffing words : Testimony from such a source is worthy of serious consideration, what could engage us thus

yet others among them were put upon a more credit, and the first letter of this correspondent, to appear in a place of so imminent danger ? copied from the New York Tribune, will be found Others whispering said, “ This is he who went in the present number.

through London with a message, and shortly
after there was an earthquake there.” And by

several circuinstances, we perceived it became a
Married, On the 1st inst., by Friends' ceremony, general amusement to the inhabitants of all
at the residence of Peter Lukens, Plymouth, Mont-
gomery County, Penna., Dr. Henry WINTERBOTTOM, ranks; and many, as well of the greater as lesser
of this City, and Mary Ann Lukens, of the former quality, would gladly have known the result of

the matter. On the 14th inst., CHARLES H. Marot, of Philadelphia, to Hanna S. Griscom, daughter of Wm.

From the Cross we went down the HighGriscom, of Deptford Township, Gloucester Co., N. J. / street and Canon gate, 'till we came to the Tol

booth, over against which stood several comDied, at the residence of her husband, John L. panies of soldiers, drawn up in order in the Rogers, Moorestown, N. J., Ann L. Rogers, in the street; to wbom Thomas Rudd spake some 57th year of her age.

words, by way of warning, as before; and I did In the quiet fulfilment of daily duties she led an not observe that any of them offered the least innocent inoffensive life, through watchfulness endeavoring so to move as to be ready when the sum

opposition, either by word, deed or gesture : but mons came_" Steward, give an account of thy stew

as we were passing by them, intending to go to ardship, thou mayest be no longer steward." The Jour lodgings, there came a certain civil officer

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