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in her room. F. read a part of Revelation, only of the verse. She said to H., " What a coma few verses, and prayed. Dearest Priscilla said fort to have such attendance !" I think she in prayer, “Great and marvellous are thy works, said, some days ago, there was nothing for which Lord God Almighty ;” and may we be enabled she could desire so much to recover, as to pay humbly to acknowledge that “ Just and true are more attention to the sick. all thy ways, thou King of saints.” She wished 4th.—She said to F. C., “ One thing I have F. to leave the chair next to her, that her sister learned, and I wish thee to feel and remember Louisa Hoare might take it, and repeat aloud it—that all suffering is short. The time for what she said, as follows :-"I wish to express trial and suffering is but for a moment. Let the longiog desire and prayer of my heart, that us have patience while it lasts. Do remember the best of blessings may be with you all, indi- this.” To P. B. she said, how very much she vidually and collectively; that all you have dove hoped she would cultivate the blessed habit of for me all your kindness—may be rewarded; patience and forbearance under little difficulties. and that whether our time here be long or short, 6th.On giving her some medicine, when we may all of us be good, faithful, and valiant very low, she paused and said, “Now when my soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ unto the end; flesh and my heart fail, do thou be the strength and I much more especially express my desire of my life, and my portion for ever.” that this blessing may be with dearest Fowell 8th.—When Fowell had carried Priscilla to and Happah."

bed, she stopped him. She wanted to speak to 22nd.-We read one of Thorpe's interesting him. Her cough prevented her for some time. letters. P. sent her love and messages to several. Then she said, “Oh, the sufferings of the When on the bed she prayed, “ Enable me, 0 slaves !” Lord, to cast myself wholly, unreservedly, and

10th.-J. J. G. came. He sat by her, and bumbly on thy love; and grant, that although she asked him where that text was, " They that Dow I see thee not, yet believing, I may rejoice walk in darkness and have no light, let them

I with joy unspeakable and full of glory!” Quiet trust in the Lord, and stay themselves upon assembly of us all in her room in the evening. their God.” She seemed low and ill. She F. C. read, at her desire, the hymn on the death said, “I wish to know if I have anything more of a believer, and that on the death of Stephen. to do.” 23rd.-We met together as usual in her room.

[To be concluded.) F. C. read the thirty-fourth Psalm. She afterwards desired me to say, “ Though there is

PHILANTHROPY OF COMMON LIFE. nothing said on the present occasion, how much There are those who, with a kind of noble I hope that, through the power of the Redeemer but mistaken aspiration, are asking for a life present with us, we may experience what is con- which shall, in its form and outward course, be veyed by this text, . Be still, and know that I more spiritual and divine than that which they am God.'"

are obliged to live. They think that if they 24th.-J. J. G. read, in her room, passages could devote themselves entirely to what are in Isaiah and Revelation, and spake of the beau. called the labors of philanthropy, to visiting the tiful condition of the departed saints,-of those poor and sick, that would be well and worthywho were written in the Lamb's book of life. , and so it would be. They think that if it could Dearest Priscilla said to him, “ Tell everybody' be inscribed on their tombstone that they had (all our circle,) how much it is my desire that visited a million of couches of disease, and car. we may possess our souls in patience.” ried balm and soothing to them, that would be

27th.-Nr. D.* came. Dearest Priscilla took a glorious record—and so it would be. But let him most affectionately by the hand as he


that the million occasions will come sitting by her, and said, “I feel a strong inter- --aye, in the ordinary path of life, in your est in thee, and an earnest desire that thou houses and by your firesides-wherein you may mayest be made a partaker of the hope and con- act as nobly as if all your life long you visited solation of the gospel.” Mr. D. checked her, beds of sickness and pain. and said he could not allow her to speak and Yes, I say, the million occasions will come, hurt herself on his account. When he arose to and each varying hour, in which you may take leave, she said, “I desire a blessing may restrain your passions, subdue your heart to be with thee: it cannot hurt me to say this.” gentleness and patience, resign your owu in.

March3d.-We read and sat in her room. terests to another's, speak words of kindness and In the evening she was moved into the arm- wisdom, raise the fallen, and cheer the fainting ehair, the six sisters surrounding her. She ap- and sick in spirit, and soften and assuage peared in some distress, but soon repeated these the weariness and bitterness of the mortal lot. words, “ Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Theso cannot be written on your tombs, for they thou wilt revive me;" asking for the conclusion are not one series of specific actions, like those

which are technically denominated philanthropy. * Her medical attendant.

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not less glorious for yourselves than the self- ces of conforming to it, they are to be ventured. denials of far-famed Sisters of Charity, than the Obedience is to be unconditional, -no questions labors of Howard and Oberlin. They shall not about the utility of the law,-no computations be written on your tombs; but they are written of the consequences of obedience,-no presumdeep in the hearts of men-of friends, of chil. ing upon the lenity of the divine government. dren, of kindred all around you; they are written It is important so to regulate the understandin the secret book of the great account! ing and imagination of the young, that they

(Orville Dewey. may be prepared to obey, even where they do

not see the reasons of the commands of God.

We should certainly endeavor, where we can,

to show them the reasons of the divine com-
Our great deficiency is not in knowledge, mands, and this more and more as their under-
but in obedience. Of the offences which an standings gain strength ; but let it be obvious
individual commits against the moral law, the to them that we do ourselves consider it as quile
great majority are committed in the conscious sufficient if God has commanded us to do or to
ness that he is doing wrong. Moral education, avoid any thing."
therefore, should be directed not so much to Obedience to this internal legislator is not,
informing the young what they ought to do, as like obedience to civil government, enforced.
to inducing those moral dispositions and princi- The law is promulgated, but the passions and
ples which make them adhere to what they inclinations can refuse obedience if they will.
know to be right.

Penalties and rewards are indeed annexed, but The human mind, of itself, is in a state he who braves the penalty and disregards the something like that of men in a state of nature, reward may.continue to violate the law. Obewhere separate and conflicting desires and mo- dience therefore must be voluntary, and hence tives are not restrained by any acknowledged the paramount importance, in moral education, head. Government, as it is necessary to society, of habitually subjecting the will. “Parents," is necessary in the individual mind. To the says Hartley, “should labor from the earliest internal community of the heart the great ques. dawnings of understanding and desire, to check tion is, Who shall be the legislator? who shall the growing obstinacy of the will, curb all sallies regulate and restrain the passions and affections? of passion, impress the deepest, most amiable, who shall command and direct the conduct ?- reverential, and awful impressions of God, a fuTo these questions the breast of every man sup- ture state, and all sacred things.”—“Religious plies him with an answer. He knows, because persons in all periods, who have possessed the he feels, that there is a rightful legislator in his light of revelation, have in a particular manner own heart : he knows, because he feels, that he been sensible that the habit of self control lies ought to obey it.

at the foundation of moral worth.” There is By whatever designation the reader may nothing mean or mean-spirited in this. It is think it fit to indicate this legislator, whether he magnanimous in philosophy, as it is right in calls it the law written in the heart, or moral morals. It is the subjugation of the lower sense, or moral instinct, or conscience, we arrive qualities of our nature to wisdom and to good. at one practical truth at last; that to the moral ness. legislation which does actually subsist in the The subjugation of the will to the dictates of human mind, it is right that the individual a higher law must be endeavoured, if we would should conform his conduct.

succeed, almost in infancy and in very little The great point then is, to induce bim to do things; from the earliest dawnings, as Hartley this,--to induce him, when inclination and this says, of understanding and desire. Children Jaw are at variance, to sacrifice the inclination must first obey their parents and those who to the law: and for this purpose it appears pro- have the care of them. The habit of sacrificing per, first, to impress him with a high, that is, the will to another judgment being thus acwith an accurate, estimate of the authority of quired, the mind is prepared to sacrifice the the law itself. We bave seen that this law em. will to the judgment pronounced within itself. braces an actual expression of the will of God; Show, in every practicable case, why you cross and we have seen that even although the con the inclinations of a child. Let obedience be science may not always be adequately enlight- as little blind as it may be. It is a great failing ened, it nevertheless constitutes, to the indi. of some parents that they will not descend vidual, an authoritative law. It is to the from the imperative mood, and that they seem conscientious internal apprehension of rectitude to think it a derogation from their authority to that we should conform our conduct. Such place their orders upon any other foundation appears to be the will of God.

than their wills. But if the child sees—and It should therefore be especially inculcated, children are wonderfully quick-sighted in such that the dictate of conscience is never to be things—if the child sees that the will is that sacrificed, that whatever may be the consequen- which governs his parent, how shall he effi

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ciently learn that the will should not govern From school or from college the business himself?

of life is begun. It can require no argument to The internel law carries with it the voucher show that the ordinary pursuits of life have litof its own reasonableness. A person does not tle tendency to direct a man's meditations need to be told that it is proper and right to the moral condition of his own mind, or that to obey that law. The perception of this recti- they have much tendency to employ them upon tude and propriety is coincident with the dic- other and very different things. tates themselves. Let the parent then very Nay, even the offices of public devotion have frequently refer his son and his daughter to almost a tendency to keep the mind without their own minds ; let him teach them to seek itself. What if we say that the self-contemplafor instruction there.

tion which even natural religion is likely to There is one consequence attendant upon produce, is obstructed by the forms of Christian this habitual reference to the internal law which worship?

" The transitions from one office of is highly beneficial to the moral character. It devotion to another, are contrived like scenes in leads us to fulfil the wise instruction of an- | the drama, to supply the mind with a succession tiquity, Know thyself. It makes us look within of diversified engagements.” This supply of ourselves; it brings us acquainted with the diversified engagements, whatever may be its little and busy world that is within us, with value in other respects, has evidently the tenits many inhabitants and their dispositions, dency of which we speak. It is not designed to and with their tendencies to evil or to good. supply, and it does not supply, the opportunity This is valuable knowledge ; and knowledge for for calmness of reflection. A man must ab. want of which, it may be feared, the virtue of stract himself from the external service if he many has been wrecked in the hour of tempest. would investigate the character and dispositions A man's enemies are those of his own house of the inmates of his own breast. Even the hold ; and if he does not know their insidious. architecture and decorations of churches come ness and their strength, if he does not know upon in aid of the general tendency. They make what to depend for assistance, nor where is the the eye an auxiliary of the ear, and both keep probable point of attack, it is not likely that he the mind at a distance from those concerns will efficiently resist. Such a man is in the which are peculiarly its own; from contemplatsituation of the governor of an unprepared and! ing its own weaknesses and wants; and from surprised city. He knows not to whom to applying to God for that peculiar help which apply for effectual help, and finds perhaps perhaps itself only needs, and which God only that those whom he has loved and trusted can impart. So little are the course of educaare the first to desert or betray him. He feebly tion and the subsequent engagements of life resists

, sou capitulates, and at last scarcely calculated to foster this great auxiliary of moral knows why he did not make a successful defence. character. It is difficult, in the wide world to

It is to be regretted, that, in the inoral educa- foster it as much as is needful. Nothing but tion which commonly obtains, whether formal or wakeful solicitude on the part of the parent can incidental, there is little that is calculated to be expected sufficiently to direct the mind produce this acquaintance with our own minds; within, while the general tendency of our assolittle that refers us to ourselves, and much, very ciations and habits is to keep it without. Let much that calls and sends us away. Of many him, however, do what he can. The habitual reit is not tco much to say that they receive ference to the dictates of conscience may be almost no moral culture. The plant of virtue is promoted in the very young mind. This habit, suffered to grow as a tree grows in the forest, like others, becomes strong by exercise. He and takes its chance of storm or sunshine. that is faithful in little things is intrusted with This, which is good for oaks and pines, is more; and this is true in respect of knowledge not good for man. The general atmosphere as in respect of other departments of the Chrisaround him is infected, and the juices of the tian life. Fidelity of obedience is commonly moral plant are often of themselves unhealthy. succeeded by increase of light, and every act of

In the nursery, formularies and creeds are obedience and every addition to knowledge furtaught; but this does not refer the child to its nishes new and still stronger inducements to own mind. Indeed, unless a wakeful solicitude persevere in the same course. Acquaintance is maintained by those who teach, the tendency with ourselves is the inseparable attendant of is the reverse. The mind is kept from habits this course. We know the character and dispo. of introversion, even in the offices of religion, by sitions of our own inmates by frequent associapractically directing its attention to the tongue. tion with them: and if this fidelity to the "Many, it is to be feared, imagine that they are internal law and consequent knowledge of the giving their children religious principles when internal world, be acquired in early life, the they are only teaching them religious truths.” parent may reasonably hope that it will never You cannot impart moral education as you teach wholly lose its efficacy amid the bustles and

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I will be magnified among the people, and [Continued ]

exalted among the nations." The crowning point in testimony to the power and sufficiency of the divine Spirit given by this ancient father in Israel, is clear and lucid, under the figure of the rising waters, connected The very important decision, as to the line of with the measuring of the temple. Its fulness life which I am to pursue, has often for this year and efficacy are also established. They issued past given me much anxiety and inward exerfrom under the threshold of the door of the cise--it has often been the cause of restless house of the Lord eastward; they flowed on the nights and anxious days, and even, I have readifferent sides from within and without. “ He son to believe, to the injury of my health of measured and brought me through, and they body, as well as of mind. The anxiety which it rose to the ancles," and at every measurement excited in me, seems however to have been misthey increased, until the spreading sheet became placed ; because I ought to have been desirous a river that could not be passed over; and very to know what was right to be done in the case, many trees grew and waved their branches on and how, and when, rather than to find out what the sides of it. It ran by the way of the desert, could be contrived or thought of by my own skill refreshing the parched and dry places; the east and management. There ought to have been country also was gladdened by its issuings, and more of that simple reliance and dependence, on it rolled until it met the sea, and wherever it that trust and confidence, which is the behavior passed, life and healing went with it. The trees and feeling of a babe towards its mother; how should be for meat, their leaf should never fade, quiet, how calm it slumbers in her arms,-how nor the fruit be consumed ; a spontaneous growth safe and happy it is whilst there. My soul, yielding continued supplies for meat and medi- take heed, lest after having experienced marcine, flourished beside this enduring stream of vellous deliverances, -after having been, like pure waters, appropriately called the “River of the Israelites of old, led in the day-time - with Life." To drink it, invigorates heart and mind, a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire,” to bathe in it, strengthens the soul's energies ; -after having been fed as with manna in the and to suffer it to flow through the inner temple, wilderness, and thy thirst quenched with water it purifies and fits every apartment for some as from the rock,-take heed lest after all that useful purpose. How analogous is this descrip- has been done for thee, thou shouldst, through tion to that of John the divine, given in Revela. unwatchfulness or unbelief, in the least degree tions-showing the unfoldings of divine truth doubt the strength of that hand that upholds to be the same in all ages.

thee, the depth of that wisdom which is directThis brief sketch shall close with the Proph- ing thee, the providence of that eye which slumet's own illustration of the character of the king bers not, the extent or continuance of that love, of Tyre—“Thus saith the Lord God : Thou from which nothing but sin can disengage thee. sealest up the sum full of wisdom, and perfect Whatever is to be thy lot, whatever task is in beauty ; thou hast been in Eden, the garden assigned thee in the vineyard, wherever may be of God; every precious stone was thy covering; the scene of thy earthly tarrying, whether afflicthe workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes tions surprise thee as a flood, or thy pleasures be was prepared in thee, in the day thou wast cre- as a full flowing fountain, “hope thou only in ated; thou art the anointed cherub that cover-God,” for “from him cometh thy salvation.” eth. I have set thee so. Thou wast upon the Neither give place to doubt or disbelief, nor to holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and very much anxiety or disturbance of mind, redown in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou specting what may befal thee: never fear,wast perfect in thy ways, from the day thou wast there is one that provideth for the sparrows, created, till iniquity was found in thee.But 0, there is one to whom every event is in subjection, solemn warning. " The multitude of thy mer- -He is good : from his hand “proceedeth not

“ chandise has filled thee with violence, and thou evil;" and he hath said, “there shall no evil hast sinned; therefore I will cast thee down as happen to the just.” In the mean time, in all profane, and destroy thee; thy heart was lifted thy watchings and waitings, in all thy wants and up because of thy beauty, and thou hast cor- weariness, cease not to think of his mercies, his rupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness; goodness, his tender dealings with thee; be and I will lay thee low before kings, and they mindful of these things; hide them not, be not shall behold thee; I will bring thee like ashes ashamed of them; but show “to the generation upon the earth in the sight of all these.” to come, the praises of the Lord, and his strength

Here we see the folly of priding ourselves and his wonderful works that he hath done.” upon possessions oraccomplishments of any kind, Surely, my soul, if thou doest thus, if thou rehowever brilliant, or powerful; having nothing memberest that God has been and will be thy · but what is received, and the source whence rock, and thy redeemer,—if thon trustest in the all these flow must be revered.

Lord, and makest him thy hope,-thou shalt

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“ be as a tree planted by the waters, and that member of the family was remembered by name spreadeth out her roots by the rivers ;” thou and interceded for, not omitting our dear eldest shalt prosper in thy day, and be established. brother, who was eight hundred miles distant,

employed as a public agent under the govern

ment, and for whose preservation his aged paHaving noticed a request, in a former Intel-rents were deeply concerned. ligencer, that some of our elderly Friends would He died while in that employ, far from relafurnish, from the "store-house of memory," some tives and friends, and her intercession on his reminiscences of those who have borne the burden behalf was afterwards recurred to with mournful and beat of the day, and are gone from works to satisfaction. The substance of what she then rewards, I have ventured to relate a few incidents uttered is not recollected, except a part of that which occurred in early life, and are still fresh in relating to our dear parents, which was, “ that my rememberance.

they might be as an Aquilla and Priscilla in this The first Friend in the ministry, whom I recol- place." lect to have visited the little meeting of Centre, And notwithstanding this beloved Friend, at Warren co. (now Clinton) Ohio, was Elizabeth the time of the unhappy division in the society, Coggeshall, who, with her companion, Mary Mor. in 1827–28, was found in the ranks of our opton of Philadelphia, performed a religious visit to posers, her memory is still precious, and I doubt Friends in the western country, about the year not she is reaping the rich reward of a life de1806. We had no previous information of their voted to the service of her heavenly Father. arrival ; it was a mid-week meeting, held in a While thus turning over the leaves of past cabin, with only an earthen floor. On entering, experience, memory furnishes me with a long I expected to meet with but the few with whom list of wortbies who, for a number of years in we had been accustomed to sit in that lowly succession, were drawn to visit the “ seed” in a place, and I cannot describe the sensation which comparatively wilderness country, when there the presence of those Friends, on the upper seat, were no roads but such as now would be thought produced in my youthful mind; but it was a impassable, when rivers and streams were to be mixture of awe and reverence which I had never crossed without bridges, and little comfortable before felt for any human being. Elizabeth was accommodation for travellers from distant States. a woman of a handsome countenance and delicate We are ready to think the stream of Gospel love figure, and their costume, though plain, was dif- must have “risen” higher in days that are past, ferent from those around them, and as they were than it now is, judging by the effects produced, adorned with gravity of deportment, my imagin- and I have thought those times of favor were in ation painted them but a little lower than the consequence of a greater and more single depenangels! I confess my thoughts were, for a dence on the arm of divine strength, as there was time, busied about what they should eat, and less of human strength to depend upon; and that

could accommodate them this language might be applicable to us: “When suitably, for we then lived in a small cabin; but Israel was a child, then I loved him ;" and, my father's abode was ever open to such as were " When Ephraim spake trembling, he was exlaboring for the advancement of truth ; and, alted.” And now, seeing we have not rendered when Elizabeth rose to her feet, these minor according to the benefits received, (ourselves considerations vanished, for her “speech dis- being judges,) how shall we answer this solemn tilled as the dew, and as the small rain upon the query? " What could I have done for

my thirsty ground;" and though I remember little yard more than I have done in it? Wherefore of what she then said, except the text of Scrip: when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, ture which she quoted, yet it had a sweet and brought it forth wild grapes ?” And truly the lasting influence on my mind. Our house was vineyard which has been thus dug about, and a kind of home to them, while engaged in visiting watered, too much resembles the dry ground, adjacent Meetings. They arrived one evening, which can be neither planted nor sown, and the and the elder members of the family advanced to prediction seems to be fulfilling, “ I will comthe carriage to welcome them. I was young and mand the clouds that they rain no raiu upon it." a little retiring, though ambitious to be seen and May we remember from whence we have fallen, noticed by tbem. Elizabeth held out her hand, and return to our first love, lest our candle-stick calling me pleasantly by name, which was very be removed out of its place.

R. H. grateful to my feelings. I mention this little in- 3d mo. 9th, 1857. cident to show that a kind look and a word fitly spoken are, indeed, “as apples of gold in pic- I have known times of sitting by the waters tures of silver."

of Babylon, and weeping when I remembered The parting opportunity with those dear Zion; but when I bave looked into the holy friends was to us a memorable season ; they bad sanctuary, I have seen aftlictions and sorrow are

; a sitting in the family, and Elizabeth was exer- more the result of our own conduct than the dicised in fervent supplication, in which every vine intention. If we fully follow him in all his


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