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Ann Crowley, is very poorly. Please to remember my love to William and Edward Garrigues and their families—let the latter know that I have a letter written, lest he should not get it—also one to Catharine Haines, and one to Lydia Hoskins—and my dear love is to them and their connexions-remember my

love to Jane Cresson-let her know I have not forgot her—though I have not seen my way open to write—also to Mary and Sarah Cresson, Philip Price and wife; but, how shall I remember all I wish to do? My love is to all inquiring friends-Mary Swett desires her love to you all. I conclude, and remain

your
affectionate friend,

CHARITY Cook.

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In the 7th month, 1798, in company with Mary Swett and Sarah Harrison she sailed for the continent, and arrived at Hamburg in the beginning of the 8th month. For a particular account of the trials and ·labours attending this journey, we must refer to Sarah Harrison's Journal, published in the last volume of Friends' Miscellany, page 154 to 165. On their return from the continent in the 11th month, they landed at Yarmouth, and Charity and Mary went toward London, where they continued their religious labours till 2nd month, 1799.

At the Yearly Meeting held in London in the 6th month, 1801, returning certificates were furnished to Charity Cook and Mary Swett-their labours in that land appearing to be near a close.

In 1805, Charity Cook and her husband were again on a religious visit in Pennsylvania. In a memorandum made by William Blakey, he says they were at Middletown meeting in the 5th month, and that her testimony was lively. He also notes an appointed meeting for her and her sister at the same place, in the 3rd month, 1809.

In the 10th mo. 1810, Hannah Yarnall met with Charity Cook at her son William's at Silver creek, Ohio. In the following year she wrote a letter to Hannah Yarnall, from which the following is taken.

Ohio, 29th of 12th month, 1811. Dear friend,—I received thy acceptable letter last summer, and would have answered it sooner, but one thing after another hath hindered. I felt much refreshed at reading thy letter, for it came at a low time with me—and I may say such times are often with me, so that sometimes of late I repeat Ellwood's verses,

“Now and then a pleasant day, long a coming soon away.'

I have endeavoured not to take my flight in the winter, nor yet on the sabbath day; but to patiently wait and quietly hope that I may see my soul's salvation; this thou knowest will be as an anchor, sure and steadfast. It seems a low time in the church: of late years many valiants have been removed from works to rewards; but it is some consolation that we feel a well grounded hope, that our loss is their gain; and when we meet with trials and tribulations, we may remember that this is the way to the kingdom, and that there are some who land safe at last: this is encouragement for us still to press forward towards the mark, for the prize.

Our dear friend and brother John Simpson, thou hast heard was soon taken from us. Sometimes I think we were too much taken up with his coming amongst us. I several times visited him in his sickness, and it seemed as if his work was done. The first time we went, he told me he had set out to go home, but it looked unlikely he should ever get there. He further said, it was no matter where that body was laid, for all was well. “All is joy and peace, says he, and I want you to rejoice with me." I attended his funeral, and thought it was a favoured time.

I have written more than I intended when I began; though I am a poor scribe, and what is worse, a poor speller; but what thou can't read, thou must guess at, as dear Samuel Emlen told me the first time I was in Philadelphia. Now I must conclude, with much love to thee, and Ann Simpson and her daughters. My husband desires his love to thee and the other friends.

CHARITY COOK.

BRIEF NOTICES of the life and character of STEPHEN Munson Day.

Stephen Munson Day was born in 1776, at Morris-town in New Jersey. In his early years, we are told, that “he neglected no duty which seemed imposed for his moral or religious improvement; that he was naturally of a serious disposition, and remarkable for diligence in the study of languages and sciences, -and that while he was improving in literature, he was also advancing in christian faith. Being sound in judgment and of quick penetration, the natural independence of his mind was early evinced, by the rejection of the particular tenets attached to his religious education. He was brought up to the profession of the law: after having gone through a regular course of study and acquired the requisite legal knowledge, he received his diploma: but other pursuits engrossed his attention, and he never attended at the bar.”

The following letter written by him to a Presby. terian minister in New England, may serve to develope some of his religious views at this period of his life.

Orange, New Jersey, 10th of 3d month, 1801. Respected friend, -My mind has been impressed since our conversation yesterday, with the propriety of stating a few words in writing on the subject of the difference between us in point of sentiment. I really have a high regard for thee, and observe amidst thy display of talents, a zeal and love of simplicity that becomes the christian.

The idea that “he that is born of God, doth not commit sin," is, in its nature and tendency, the most sublime and grand imaginable. It is the only hope of the melioration of society, so ardently breathed after by all philanthropists. It is hard to discourage a belief that manifestly leads to such thorough purity of heart and life. I never knew what sanctity was, till I felt the axe at the root of the trees; and being persuaded it was necessary to spare no tree, but sell all for Christ, I no longer found the doctrine of perfection either unintelligible or incredible. But while I assert the doctrine, I tremble at the idea;—so vast its duty! On the other hand, to admit in the chosen flock, habitual, or incessant, or at any rate, frequent sin, is evidently opening the floodgates of corruption-confounding the saint and sinner, and weakening the power to resist temptation: for he never fights well who believes he shall be beat. Let us ponder on these words, The man of sin.

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It is natural for those who are in the practice of sin, to plead for it, and deny deliverance from it.Professing christians are perfectly consistent to assert a partial sanctification, when they are every day witnessing in their hearts the dominion of vice. Do they violate the injunction of loving their neighbour as themselves, by holding a fellow man in a state of cruel slavery, and have they no power to resist the temptation to filthy lucre? This is no more than may be expected while they say, we are yet sinners, some in one way, some in another. Do they contradict our Saviour's injunction in regard to the mode of accommodating differences? Do they go to law before those without, in the face of Paul's remonstrance? Do they violate the spirit of the gospel which breathes peace and good will, to the utter exclusion of all strife and contention? Do they violate the gravity of the christian, by indulging in foolish jests and small talk? Do they love to dress in long robes, and to be called of men rabbi (doctor,) and covet salutations and high sounding addresses? Do they addict themselves to observe shadows and ordinances? and are they superstitious in observing one day more than another; and, by counting one day holy, do they imply the rest to be unholy? Do they know “ the prayers of the wicked are abominable," and affront the majesty of heaven, by professing to be wicked constantly, when they pray? Do they see and feel the form without the power of religion, &c.? They are perfectly consistent then, to plead for sin; or else what hopes can they have of heaven?

Oh! call not this by the odious name of self-righteousness; it is never seen but when “Christ is formed in us, the hope of glory.Men mistake the true

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