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were opened to us, which was not sparingly, we, to expect the manifestations of the spirit, as in opened to them, and they seemed troubled to part times past, that dispensation being now ceased.” with us, and took us by the hands, praying that I replied, “ That what he said of the Bishop of the Lord might be with us and prosper us. Rome, was true; and that the Scriptures are the About the first hour that afternoon we arrived most excellent books extant; which were given at Chanery, but found no further concern on that from time to time, by the word of the Lord, side; and after a little refreshment, we crossed which is the spirit of Christ. But men may the river, and that night lodged at Nairn. read and speak the Truth contained in the Scrip
But that night Thomas Rudd became con- tures one to another, and the readers and speakcerned to return to Inverness, to speak to the ers remain still ignorant of the word of the Lord, priest; and in the inording he and John Bow and of the things themselves intended to be sig. stead went to that place, where Thomas Rudd nified by the words; and, not being sent of God, (as they said) warned the priest not to deceive (as the Scriptures send no man,) cannot profit that people any longer; with some other matters the bearers, but are themselves transgressors in of religious import. The priest was indifferently so doing, unless they were sent by the influence, patient ; but his clerk used some light and inde- power, and virtue of the same Word that did diccent expressions, pretending to argue several tate the matters of the Scriptures unto the holy points with them. But their business was not penmen thereof; as appears by the 23d chapter to dispute at that time, but to deliver a message ; of the prophecy of Jeremiah. And then I called which having done they were clear. But the for a Bible and read : (Jeremiah xxiii. 28–32) people flocked about them as before, with ex- so that it is contrary to the declared mind of God, pressions of gladness at their return.
that any should use his words to others, as his In the mean time Robert Girard and I went ministers, who are not sent by himself so to do ; to Forress, where we had appointed to stay till for though they have been his words unto others, they should return to us; and finding a concern those who use them without his command, are upon me, I went to the house of William Falco- charged by him as thieves; especially such as ner, (the priest before mentioned,) and Robert make merchandize of them to the people. Girard with me; and there was one that was As to the dispensation of the spirit being now steward to a nobleman with bim, and some others ceased, I am sorry to hear it is
for I can besides his own family. He seemed to receive show thee to whom it is ceased, but not to the us with respect; nevertheless, in a short time Church of Christ. Then I turned to the 3d there appeared a cloud of darkness. But I set chapter of the prophecy of Micah, and read, quiet and inward a little, and the truth arose as “ Hear, I pray you, 0 heads of Jacob, and yo a standard against it, and the opposing darkness princes of the house of Israel, is it not for you to vanished, and truth reigned in me alone; and know judgment ?"' &c. then I began to speak concerning the many di.
[Here T. S. argued from this chapter, 1-1, visions in the pretended Christian world, happening upon the pouring forth of the seventh 9-12, v. 7 and 8th verses. Romans i. 29-31, and phial by the angel of God, mentioned in the book John xiv. 23, by which he established his posiof the Revelations of John (Rev. xvi. 17-19.) tion in the premises to the silencing of opposiThat the pretended Christian church, with all tion; he concludes with the following paragraph her varied false potions, opinions and doctrines, is that Babylon. That'her three great divisions page 70.] are the Papacy, the Prelacy, and the Presbytery, The auditory heard what was said with pawith their several subdivisions and confusions; tience, and none made any answer but the Priest; who, being departed from the spirit of Christ, and all that he said was (and that a little pleasthe Prince of Peace, into the spirit of envy and antly)“ such as you, going about with such persecution, were now, and from the time of that chapters, may do much mischief.” To whom I phial, warring and destroying each other, con replied, “ That inasmuch as he was then silenced trary both to the nature and end of that religion by the temporal powers that then were, he would they profess, which is love. I was answered, do well never to look after that employment any “That the Bishop of Rome, under pretense of more, or think to enrich himself thereby; and, being the successor of Peter, and, as such infal- the rather, since he had a competent estate inlible, hath usurped a dictatorship over the Chris-dependent of it; which the Lord would bless to tian world, in matters of religion ; and imposed him and his family, if he disclaimed that ungodly a multitude of anti-Christian errors, by unrea- practice of preaching for hire, and was silent in sonable force, upon mankind. But God having the things of God till the Lord should send him, committed his whole will unto writing in the if it might please him so to do.” The Priest's Holy Scriptures, and in the course of his provi- wife seemed well pleased with what I said to dence preserved them unto us, we have our him, and he made no reply. And so a little whole duty declared therein, as our rule and after, we departed in peace, and in friendship guide in matters of religion ; so that we are not with them, and went to our inn,
Soon after came Thomas Rudd and John her throat, "now,” said he, “'tis departing," Bowstead back to us from Inverness; and the upon which the silly woman cried out, “Good next morning being the first day of the First Lord receive my spirit :" nevertheless it continmonth (1692,) we went to Elgin ; and thence ued in her; for she did not die, but rose up, to Fochabers, (or Castle Gordon,) and there we ashamed to have been subjected to such vain lodged; and, in the morning, Thomas Rudd and imaginations. John Bowstead went through the streets, Thomas After this he took a short pipe with tobacco, Rudd delivering his message as at other places ; and going through the streets of Kintone, cried and from thence we went to Keith where he did out, “ 'This is the rani's horn that was sounded likewise.
when the walls of Jericho fell down to the On the second day of the First month we came ground ;” with several other senseless practices, to Kintone ; where, in our road to Inverness, we by which he appeared to be grossly deceived by had seen one John Gellie ; of whom take this the adversary. account. He was a priest's son, (by Mary, sister When we went to his mother's house, he was of Andrew Jeffrey, of Kingwells, an eminent not within, but quickly came to us, and seemed Friend) and had been convinced of Truth sume to receive us with friendship; but in a short years; and had behaved as becomes Truth, so space he began to utter his enthusiastic notions, far as could be observed by his neighbors. And which grieved us. Aaron Atkinson, (a young man belonging to the [This T. S. says is the true Ranter, the account border meeting in Cumberland, who had lately continues on page 71 and 72. He concludes come forth with a testimony to Truth,) being at as follows :] Kilmuck Meeting, to which John Gellie be- This I have related as an instance of the goodlonged, had some expressions in his testimony ness and justice of God; of his goodness in there by way of prophecy, that the Lord would raisiug an instrument to testify against those raise up some one person in these parts who things amiss among his people, that they might should be instrumental in the hand of the Lord be reformed; of his justice, in breaking the rod to bear a more eminent testimony for him and of correction, when it began to rob the Lord of his glorious Truth, than many who had lived bis glory, and usurp dominion over his heritage. there before ; and at the same time this John From which satanic practice the Lord preserve Gellie was much affected and broken; and some all that call upon his holy name every where. time after, in the same meeting, he was so con
(To be continued.) cerned that he cried aloud under the weight of his exercise; and after the meeting was over, FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. would not be at rest till he called in the most ancient and solid Friends, and others coming in PHILADELPHIA, ELEVENTH MONTH 14,1857. also, he had what they called a dreadful testimovy, against the payers of tythes, and all collu- MARRIED,-In this city, on the 29th of 10th mo., sion, equivocation, and underhand dealings in last, by Friends' ceremony, at the residence of Geothe with which Friends then present were
M. Bond, Samuel FURMAN to DEBORAH R. Deversame,
ELL, all of Philadelphia. generally satisfied. But there being some particular persous
In Winchester, Va., on the 20th ult. by
Friends' ceremony, J. EDWARD WALKER of Waterford, longing to the meeting, whom he thought guilty Loudon County, Va., to Cornelia H. daughter of in that respect, he took upon him, in his own Hugh Sidwell, of the former place. will and zeal, and not in the council of God, to speak to them concerning the same, and they, Extracts from the Minutes of our Yearly Meetnot regarding what he said, so much as he expected, or desired, he took such offence that he
ing, held in Baltimore, by adjournments, from separated himself from the meeting, calling those
the twenty-sixth of the Tenth month to the Friends apostates, and many other opprobrious
twenty.ninth of the same, inclusive, 18:7. and reproachful names; and did some burt At a Yearly Meeting of Friends held in Bal. among the weak for a time. But the wise and timore for the Western Shore of Maryland, and just God was pleased to manifest him, and so the adjacent parts of Pennsylvania and Virginia the weak escaped the snare. For in a short time by adjournments, from the 26th of the Tent he began to utter ridiculous and false prophe-month, to the 29th of the same, inclusive, 1857. cies; and, among others, that, at such a time,
Certificates and Minutes for the following his mother should die : in consequence of which Friends, who are acceptably in attendance with she, a poor weak woman, took her bed at the time us from within the limits of other Yearly Meetpredicted by her son, and several persons at- ings, were received and read, viz : tended to see the event; and at the supposed
John Hunt, a minister from Burlington hour of her departure, the pretended prophet Monthly Meeting, N. J. laid his hand on her breast and said, “ Come up Rachel W. Moore, a minister from Green soul;" and so drawing his finger all along up to street M. M., Philadelphia.
Catharine P. Foulke, a minister from Rich- thousand eight hundred acres of some of the land M. M., Penna.
improved and most valuable land of the Senecas Amos Jones, a minister from Makefield M. M., had been sold in the manuer here stated, at Pennsylvania.
prices varying from two cents to about ten cents Mark Palmer, an Elder, companion of Amos per acre, and averaging less than eight cents Jones, from Falls Monthly Meeting, Pennsylva- per acre. nia.
These facts and circumstances being fully exWm. P. Jones, an Elder from Wilmington posed, and explained in the petition of the InM. M., Delaware.
dians, their complaint was referred to a Com. Jazer Garretson, an Elder from Smithfield M. mittee, who after a patient and thorough exami. M., Ohio.
nation, reported, that the assessment on which Allen Flitcraft, a member from Piles Grore said lands had been sold for taxes by the M. M., New Jersey.
Comptroller, were made without authority of Joo. Wilson Moore, a member from Green Law.” The Committee further reported, "From street M. M., Philadelphia.
a careful examination of the several Treaties Gilbert Lawrence, an Elder from Flushing heretofore made with the Senecas, and decisions M. M., Long Island
of the highest Courts of this State and of the Joseph M. Wilson, a member from Clear United States, your Committee are clearly of Creek M. M.
the opinion, that the Senecas do not hold the Acceptable Epistles from our brethren of title to the Cattaraugus and Allegany ReservaNew York, Philadelphia, Genessee, Ohio and tions under the State of New York, nor under Indiana were received and read to our edification the United States, but their Title is original, and encouragement; and a Committee was ap
absolute and exclusive. And as the Senecas pointed to prepare Essays of Epistles, as way are not citizens of this State, and have no Rep. may open therefor, to these several Yearly Meet- resentative in our Legislature, we can claim no ings, and report to a future sitting.
right to Tax them.” The Committee on Indian Concerns produced Upon receiving this Report, the Legislature the following Report, which was read and was passed a Law for the relief of those Indians, in very satisfactory
which it is enacted : To the Yearly Meeting now sitting :
“ The Title of every lot or parcel of the Alle.
gany Reservation and of every lot and parcel of The Committee on Indian Concerns report, the Cattaraugus Reservation as has been hereThat during the past year they have not made a tofore sold by the Comptroller for Taxes, is visit to the Indians at Cattaraugus, but have re- hereby released by the State to the Seneca ceived frequent communications from them, ask- Nation of Indians residing on said Reservations." ing advice and requesting the continuance of And further ; “Do Tax shall hereafter be asses. the care of Friends.
ed or imposed on either of said Reservations, or Information was forwarded to the Committee any part thereof, for any purposes whatever, so in the 11th month last, that notices had been long as said Reservations remain the property served upon the Indians of a considerable portion of the Seneca Nation, and all acts of the Legisof their lands having been sold for taxes, and lature of this State conflicting with the provision they further stated, this matter had been so of this Section are hereby repealed.” managed, that no application had been made to The statements in this Report, and the prothem for the payment of these taxes; por bad visions in the Bill that accompanied it, manifest any notice been given of the sale, until a warning a benevolent and laudable disposition on the was served upon them to remove off. On our re- part of the constituted authorities of the State ceipt of this information, they were advised to of New York, to protect the Senecas in their bring the matter, by petition, before the Legisla- just rights, and to insure to them their property, ture of New York, and the attention of the Com- and any authority in that State to tax those missioner of Indian affairs at Washington, as the Indians is disclaimed. It is acknowledged that legal guardian and protector of these Indians, the land owned by them never belonged to the was solicited to the case. George W. Many- State of New York; and it is also conceded, that penny, the Commissioner, as soon as he was in the right of these Indians to their land never formed of the transaction, wrote to the Governor was affected or impaired by the fraudulent of New York, laid the case before him, and re- Treaty of 1838, and that it remains to be theirs, quested his attention to it.
“ with the same right and Title in all things as On the meeting of the Legislature, the Gov. they had and possessed therein, immediately ernor, in an official communication, called their before the date of that Treaty, and that the attention to the subject, and by the documents Ogden Company have no right in or to it, save submitted to them, with the petition of the only a right to purchase it.” Indians, it appeared, that on an alleged claim In addition to these admissions on the part of for taxes, amounting to $1,406 70, thirty-one the constituted authorities of the State of New
York, the following assurances were given to as families use, will be plenty this year,
but those Indians by Dewitt Clinton, when Govern- wheat has been somewhat affected by the wevil or :-“You may retain your lands as long as this insect I find is come into this country.” you please--no man can deprive you of them The writer of this letter is a good practical farwitbout your consent. The State will protect mer, and has near 100 acres of land cleared you in the enjoyment of your property.”. Added and under cultivation. to this, in a solemn declaration addressed to them The Orphan Asylum has now under its care by General Washington, when he was Presi- 50 children, who are kindly provided for; and dent of the United States, he said : “ Hear well, such of them as are old enough, are receiving and let it be heard by every person, in your school education. There are also on this Reser. Nation, the President of the United States de- vation seven schools, which are well attended, clares, that the General Government considers and the whole number receiving education is reitself bound to protect you by the Treaty of Fort ported to be 251. Stanwix, in 1784."
Signed by direction and on behalf of the With all these assurances and guarantees, the Committee, Title of the Senecas to the Lands they occupy
MATTHEW SMITH, rests upon the most impregnable foundation that
REBECCA TURNER. any Title can be placed, and the investigations 10th month 25, 1857. that became necessary by the recent attempt to
The Committee was continued, and encouraged take from them their comfortable homes, have to embrace every right opening of being useful led to more full information respecting their to these people, who have been so long objects Title to the land they claim, and has also placed of interesting concern to Friends. before the country the important fact, that their Nottingham Quarterly Meeting informs, that Title, which is pronounced to be “ original, abso- the time of holding their Quarterly Meeting of lute and exclusive," has been solemnly guaran- Ministers and Elders is changed from one to teed to them both by the States of New York two o'clock, on the same days on which it has and Massachusetts, and also by the Government been hitherto held. of the United States.
At the opening of the afternoon sitting, John In addition to this attempt to obtain posses- Needles, on behalf of the Representatives, re. sion of their lands, there has lately been an other ported, that they had conferred together, and intrigue to get up an Emigration party amongst were united in proposing Benjamin Hallowell them, under the representation of a Cayuga, for Clerk, and Caleb Stabler for Assistant Clerk; who acted a prominent part in effecting the which was approved by the meeting, and the disastrous removal of about 230 in the year Friends named were accordingly appointed 1846 ; and who has been representing to them Clerks to this meeting for the present year. that they own valuable lands in Kansas,
Answer to the 10th Query.. preferable to their present residence, to which Jane Waln, an Elder, and Member of West they might remove and claim. Notwithstand. Branch Monthly and Particular Meetings, deing these continued efforts to keep them in a parted this life on the 10th of the 9th month, condition of uneasiness, they are represented to 1856, aged 65 years. be steadily improving at Cattaraugus, in their Robert Wilson, an Elder, and Member of domestic and social condition. Their females Centre Monthly and Preparative Meetings, deare withdrawn from field labor, and occupy parted this life on the 9th of the 10th month, themselves in their appropriate domestic con. 1856, in the 74th year
age. cerns-their houses are therefore rendered more William Cleaver, a Minister and Member of comfortable and are kept in much better con- West Branch Monthly and Particular Meetings, dition than formerly. There appears to be no departed this life on the 30th of the 3d month, longer any opposition to their new form of Con- 1857, in the 46th year of his age. stitutional Government, and they are living in Eliza Marsh, an Elder, and Member of Balmore harmony than at any time since the Treaty timore Monthly and Western District Preparaof 1838. In a letter from one of them who had tive Meetings, departed this life on the 4th day been recently appointed to take a Census of the of the 4th month, 1857, in the 57th year of her Inhabitants at Cattaraugus, after remarking that age. the people are now all happily united, and ad- Jonathan Jessup, an Elder of York Monthly ding that their roads have been put in good Meeting, departed this life on the 19th day of travelling order, he says :-"I have visited all the 8th month, 1857, in the 80th year of his the families for taking a Census under the age. authority of the United States' Indian Agent; There has been established during the past I found the people generally well and in a pros- year, a Particular, Preparative and Monthly perous condition-they are rapidly improving Meeting, as well as a Preparative Meeting of their lands and farms, and the corn looks well Ministers and Elders, at Prairie Grove, Henry and delightful; their other crops of such things County, State of Iowa, as a branch of Fairfax
Quarterly Meeting. The Monthly Meeting is silent assemblies of God's people, I felt a secret called Prairie Grove Monthly Meeting, and is power amongst them which touched my heart, held on the last 7th day in each month. The and as I gave way unto it, I found the evil mid-week meeting is held on 5th day. No weakening in me, and the good raised up.” meeting is held on 5th day of the week of the Many of the present day can bear testimony to Monthly Meeting, the Preparative Meeting the interesting truth, that though the numbers being held the week preceding. All the meet- may be small on these occasions, the Gospel ings commence at 11 o'clock.
stream is often felt to flow sweetly through the 28th of the month and 4th of the week.
heart, and the promise of the Master's presence
with all rightly gathered assemblies, is joyfully The following Minute of the exercise of the realized, and known by the breaking of the bread Meeting was produced and read, and was satis- of life to the hungry soul. factory, viz :
Friends were earnestly invited to come more While engaged in the consideration of the fully and unreservedly under the teachings and interesting concerns connected with the welfare guidance of the Spirit of truth, in all their of our religious Society, we have been favored duties and transactions of life, in a full convicwith renewed evidence that God still mercifully tion that Godliness is profitable unto all things ; aids all those, who, in true humility of heart, and that careful attention to the limitations of are concerned to draw nigh unto Him and earn truth in temporal business, will preserve from estly seek for that heavenly food which He such desolating extravagances and entanglements alone can bestow.
as have been recently experienced. By giving The effects of true spiritual worship, are to up the heart fully to serve the Lord, we would bring the soul into union with God, to wean it
be enabled to bear the many precious testimofrom its attachment to the perishing things of
nies which were borne by those who have gone time, and to fix the affections on those enduring that they did; and our minds would be kept so
before us, upon the same ground of conviction riches which result from obedience to the “law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus." It is continually alive, as to discover the approach of therefore not only our reasonable duty, but varied and specious transformations,
the enemy of our soul's peace, under all its among our highest privileges, to assemble ourselves together for the purpose of acknowledging lively concern for the preservation and spiritual
We have at this time been introduced into a our allegiance to Him from whom are all our blessings, and the meeting was introduced into
advancement of our younger members. Among
the a feeling of deep exercise and travail that our
many temptations to which the young are exmembers may become more and more alive to posed, the pernicious publications which
abound this duty, and thus be fuller partakers of the in the present day, and the example of depraved high and pure enjoyment which its performance ductive and dangerous. In order to guard against
associates, have been shewn to be exceedingly seaffords to the truly devoted soul. A concern was also felt that those who regularly attend these, they have been earnestly enjoined to setheir meetings, and keep up the external ap- enlighten the understanding and improve the
lect for their reading those books only that will pearances of religion, may sbow by their humble heart; and in their intercourse with the world, deportment, and sweetness of disposition, that on these occasions they have been with Christ.
to turn away from profane and impure converThis will give the forcible invitation, follow sation, which, by corrupting the innocent mind,
“ me as I follow Christ,” and will tend to gather prepares it for that downward course which leads the lambs to the same fold, to mingle with to misery and ruin. It is our earnest desire them in their silent devotions.
that this interesting class, everywhere, by the We have at this time entered renewedly into ernment, may be prepared for the enjoyment of
early surrender of their wills to the Divine gova sympathy with those of our members who may that true and permanent happiness designed for be under discouragement from their remoteness them by a gracious Creator—which happiness from meetings, or from the smallness of their cannot be experienced unless the moral and numbers when assembled. Let these be en- spiritual faculties be cultivated, and the govern. couraged by the remembrance that the promise ment of Christ be established in the soul. of the Divine Master to be in their midst, was to the two or three who were gathered in his was also earnestly recommended to all, as a
The frequent perusal of the Sacred Volume
means of religious improvement, which, through However great may have been the blessings the influence of the Holy Spirit, has been blessdispensed to the church by means of a living ed to many. Gospel Ministry, we are assured that no outward The following report from the Standing Com. Ministry is indispensable to our growth in the mittee on the Fair Hill Boarding School Propspiritual life. Robert Barclay says of his ex-erty was produced and read, and was satisfacperience in this respect," when I came into the tory, viz :