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it for some time, — and after a while, said ;
' Well Barnaby, I do not know how it is to be
with me; but this I am well satisfied in, —
that it will be well with thee.' I replied,
that I hoped she would be favoured with
that perfect love, that casteth out all fear.

" We then parted, not expecting to see each
other any more, in mutability.

" This was not only a consolitary time to
me, but it was a favoured meeting to others.
Several Friends said they had not been in
such a meeting before ; and that her testimo-
ny concerning me, was of much more service,
by its being delivered in a public meeting,
than if it had been in my family- It tended
to remove hard thoughts from some disorderly
ones, whom I had honestly laboured with ;
and some that were in a lukewarm state, not
willing to comply with some parts of our dis-
cipline, were, at times, judging that I was too
zealous. It tended to impress the labour
which had been bestowed, and to open Friends'
minds to feel more affectionate love towards
me ; and to receive close, sound doctrine af-
terwards. My spirit was so revived, that my
appetite returned ; and I was strengthened to
attend many more meetings, which were fa-
voured seasons."

" Cousin James Ladd, had been in a con-


sumptive declining way, for several inonllis,and
was desirous to see me. But he did not ex-
jiect I was able to go, till some Friends en-
couraged him to believe I might be able to go
in an easy, close carriage. His son James D.
Ladd, came for me in the Ninth month, 180G.
I thought it right to wait for Truth's counsel ;
lest I might undertake, what I could not per-
form. And the answer to me, in my silent
wailing was; 'Go with him, for it is right for
thee, now, to go with him, as it was for Peter,
to go to the house of Cornelius, when he was
sent for.' Although I believed that my weak
body, would have to endure much fatigue and
pain, yet I had to believe that I should live to
be brought home again. So I gave up to go;
having my wife [a "second wife] to nurse me.
After we set out, the day proved to be very
rainy, and the river was rough. The carriage
was lifted into the boat, with my wife and me
shut up in it. We had four hands to row the
boat, and we were an hour getting a-cross.—
I thought of the danger we appeared to be in,
of being turned out of the boat : but I felt my
mind stayed, quieted, and easy, in believing
I had that word to go, which is above the wind
and waters, and is all powerful to command
them. We got that evening to James Denson
Ladd's. I was so fatigued, that my bones
and joints were in so much pain, I could get
no ease for several hours. The next morning
we got to James Ladd's — found him in a weak
stale. But he was glad to see me. I often
had to leave him, and lie down to rest my-

" James desired that we might have a pri-
vate opportunity together, so the family with-
drew, and he communicated his tried situation
to me. I desired him to give up willingly to
the baptisms of death that he might experience
the resurrection of life. I wished him to
keep in the hope. I thought we might rejoice
together in considering how we had given up
to the heavenly call in the morning of our
days. We ought to travel down into deep
judgments, that we might be enabled to bear
every needful work, to fit us for the holy ha-
bitation. VVe had great encouragement to
submit to the refining dispensations, and trust
in the Lord's promises, that when his people
passed through the waters, the floods should
not overwhelm them, and when they passed
through the fire it should not kindle upon
them : like one formerly, who could say, that
when he passed through the region and sha-
dow of death, he would fear no evil. David
declared the Lord's judgments were true and
righteous altogether; more to be desired are
they then gold yea then much fine gold ; sweet-
er also than honey and the honey comb. He
could sing of his judgments, and of his mercy ;
for when he willingly submitted to his judg-
ments then his mercy overshadowed him.

The following is the production of an in
vidual, under some convincement, resident in
a |)retty large manufacturing town, wl
there are no members of our Society: and
who, along with another similarly situated
meets on Tirst-days, for the purpose of wor


ship, after the manner of Friends. It is a
pleasing indication of an approximation, at
least, to the views of our religious Society ;
and has been printed by the writer in the
form of a Tract, for gratuitous distribution. —
British Friend.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou
shah be saved.


This is a cardinal truth. But the meaning
of the text may be misunderstood, for James
says, " the devils also believe and tremble."
James ii. 19. A simple assent of the mind to
an historical fact can neither do good nor
evil. " No man can say that Jesus is the
Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." 1 Cor. xii. 3.
Now, if we cannot say that Jesus is the Lord,
without the aid of the Spirit, how can we be-
lieve to the saving of the soul, without the
same aid ? We are not left without an answer
to the question; for "the manifestation of
the Spirit is given to every man to profit
withal." 1 Cor. xii. 7 ; or, as it is expressed
in another place, " the grace of God which
bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men."
Titus ii. 11 ; and if we believe in, and obey
this grace, which is Christ speaking to us,
then we are believing in the Lord Jesus
Christ, and we shall be saved, not only from
the punishment for sins in a world to come,
but we shall be saved from the commission of
sins in this world — we shall be born again,
and we shall see the kingdom of heaven.
Christ says, " he that believeth and is bap-
tized shall be saved." Mark xvi. 16. Those
who would have it, that a dipping or sprink-
ling with water is here meant, have a suffi-
cient plea that a dipping or sprinkling with
water is essential to salvation ; but the bap-
tism here meant is not the putting away of
the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
conscience towards God. The meaning of
his passage seems to be this : they who trust
in Christ, and permit his Spirit in their souls
to have a baptizing influence on their whole
conduct, so that they have become new crea-
tures in all their thoughts, words, and aclions,
shall be saved. Christ says, " not every one
that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth
the will of my Father which is in heaven."
Mat. vii. 21. Believing is simply trusting that
God is able to do, and will do, all that He has
promised, and obeying that Spirit which Christ
by his obedience and death purchased for every
son and daughter of Adam, for when he ascend-
ed up on high, he led captivity captive, (or
destroyed that power which the devil had ob-
tained over man by the fall,) and gave gifts
unto men. Eph. iv. 8, viz. : the gift of the
Holy Spirit, whereby man, who obeyed was
to be redeemed from all iniquity, and whereby
He might purify unto himself a peculiar peo-
ple, zealous of good works. Titus ii. 14. VVe
read that the redeemed I'rom the earth were
those who followed the Lamb whithersoever
he went. Rev. xiv. 4. They are those whom
He calls his sheep: He sa>s, the sheep hear
his voice, and when he putteth them forth he
goeth before them, and the sheep follow him,
, for they know his voice ; and a stranger they

will not follow; but are led by the anointing
which teacheth them all things. 1 John ii.
27 ; and thus they are led on from strength
to strength, till they appear before their
Father and Redeemer in heaven at the end of
their earthly pilgrimage. Psalm Ixxxiv. 7.


Committee on Admissions. — John G. Hos-
kins. No. 60 Franklin street, and No. 50
North Fourth street, up stairs; Isaiah Hack-
er, No. 112 south Third street, and No. 32
Chestnut street; Samuel Bettle, jr., No. 73
North Tenth street, and 26 South Front
street ; Charles Ellis, No. 95 South Eighth
street, and No. 56 Chestnut street; Benjamin
Alhertson, No. 45 North Sixth street, and
No. 19 High street; Blakey Sharpless, No.
253 Pine street, and No. 50 North Fourth

Visiting Managers for the Month. — Isaac
Davis, No. 255 Arch street ; Blakey Sharp-
less, No. 253 Pine street ; John G. Hoskins,
No. 60 Fianklin street.

Svperinttndenls. — Philip Garrett and Su-
san Barton.

Attending Physician. — Dr. Charles Evans,
No. 201 Arch street.

Resident Physician. Dr. Joshua H.



The Yearly Meeting's Committee on Edu-
cation, will meet in the Committee-Room, on
Mulberry Street, on Sixth-day evening next,
the 16th instant, at half past 7 o'clock.

Married, at Friends' Meeting, Adrian, Michigan,
llie Itilh of lillli nioiilh, Joshua Taylor, Ibrincriy of
New Jersey, to Mary, daugliler of Auron Comfort, of
Bucks county, Pennsylvauia.

Died, at Easton, Maryland, on the first day of the
Tenth month, 1842, at llic residence of her daughter-
in-law, Edith Dawson, — Elizabeth Dawson, in the
91st year of her age. She was sister to Daniel Offley,
of this city, deceased, well known as an eminent min-
ister of the gospel in the Society of Friends.

, at Farnham, L. C, Eleventh month 28th, 1 842,

of a cancer humour, Sally Knowles, widow of Samuel
Knowlcs, senior, of tlial place, aged 70; a member of
Farnham Particular Meeting.

,on the 7th of Third month, 1843, at the resi-

dence of her son, Isaac Moslicr, in Queensbury, county
o( Warren, N. Y., Patience MosiitR, in the Ulst year
of her age. She was a consistent member of Queens-
bury Monthly and Particular Meeting. Uuiing the
late schism in our Society, notwithstanding her ad-
vanced age, she very early, even before she knew which
way her near relatives were inclined, took a very deci-
ded stand, lieing a firm believer in the ancient princi-
ples of the Society of Friends. Although, through age
and infirmities, she was deprived of Uic privilege of
meeting with her Friends for several years before her
death, she often expressed that her love for them was
unalpaled.and her desire to attend meetings as great as
ever. We believe that it may be said of her, that she
was gathered as a shock of corn fully ripe.

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Dr. Howe's Report on Laura Bridgman.

Her health has been excellent during the,
year, uuinterrupted indeed by a single day's
iUiiess. Several medical genliemen have ex-
pressed their fears that the continual mental
excitement which she manifests, and the rest-
less activity of her mind, nmst affect her
health, and perhaps endanger the soundness of
her mental faculties ; but any such tendency
has been effectually counteracted by causing
her to practice callisthenic exercises, and to
take long walks daily in the open air, which
on some days extend to six miles. Besides,
she has a safeguard in the nature of her emo-
tions, which are always joyful, always plea-
sant and hopeful ; and there is no doubt that
the glad flow of spirits which she constantly
enjoys, contributes not only to her physical
health, but to the development of her mind.
There is a great difference produced, even
physically, by the habitual indulgence of dif-
ferent emotions. Let two children of quick
parts bo put to study, — the one stimulated by
emulation, by pride, and by envy, and the
other by the love of his parents, by regard for
his teacher, and above all, by the natural rel-
ish for new truth, and the delight which re-
sults from a pleasant activity of the perceptive
faculties, and the difference, even in physical
effects, will, after a lime, be perceptible. Am-
bition, envy, and pride, while they may stimu-
late to powerful mental efforts, are accoinpa-
nied with little pleasure, and that not a
healthful one ; they leave behind lassitude
and dissatisfaction ; the child craves some-
thing more, he knows not what; but joy, that
oxygen of the moral atmosphere, is generated
only by the action of the generous and noble

Laura generally appears, by the quickness
of her motions, and the eagerneps of her ges-
tures, to be in a state of mind, which, in
another, would be called unnatural excitement.
Her spirit, apparently impatient of its narrow
bounds, is, as it were, continually pressing
against the bars of its cage, and struggling,
if not to escape, at least to obtain more of the
sights and sounds of the outer world. The
signs by which she expresses her ideas are

slow and tedious ; her thoughts outstrip their
tardy vehicle, and fly forward to the goal ;
she evidently feels desirous of talking faster
than she can ; and she loves best to converse
with those who can interpret the motions of
her fingers, when they are so rapid as to be
unintelligible to a common eye. But with all
this activity of the mental machinery, there is
nothing of the wear and tear produced by the
grit of discontent ; every thing is made smooth
by the oil of gladness. She rises, uncalled,
at an early hour; she begins the day as mer-
rily as the lark ; she is dancing as she attires
herself and braids her hair, and comes dancing
out of her chamber, as though every morning-
were that of a gala day ; a smile and a sign
of recognition greet every one she meets;
kisses and caresses are bestowed upon her
friends and her teachers; she goes to her les-
son, but knows not the word task ; she gaily
assists others in what they call housework,
but which she deems play; she is delighted
with society, and clings to others as though
she would grow to them ; yet she is happy
when sitting alone, and smiles and laughs as
the varying current of pleasant thoughts
passes through her mind ; and when she
walks out into the field, she greets her mother
nature, whose smile she cannot see, whose
music she cannot hear, with a joyful heart
and a glad countenance ; in a word, her whole
life is like a hymn of gratitude and thanks

I know this may be deemed extravagant,
and by some considered as the partial descrip-
tion of a fond friend ; but it is not so ; and
fortunately for others, (particularly because
this lesson of contentment should not be lost
upon the repining and the ungrateful,) she is
a lamp set upon a hill, whose light cannot be
hid. She is seen and known of many, and
those who know her best will testify most
warmly in her favour.

The general course of instruction pursued
during the past year, corresponding as it does
with that detailed in former reports, needs not
to be here repeated. * * * * »
Much attention has been paid to improving
her in the use of language, and at the same
time to increase her stock of knowledge. A
useful exercise for this purpose has been to
tell her some story, and to require her to re-
peat it in her own language, after she has for-
gotten the precise words in which it was
related to her. The following story was re-
lated her one day : —

John and the Plums.
1. An old man had

plum tree, and when

for I am an old man, and I cannot get up into
my tree to pick them.

3. Then .John said, I will get up into the
tree and pick them for you.

4. So the boy got up, and the old man
gave him a pail to put the plums in, and he
hung it up in the tree near him.

5. And then he put the plums info the pail,
one by one, till the pail was full.

6. When the boy saw that the pail was full,
he said to the old man. Let me give you the
pail, for it is full.

7. Then the old man held up his hand
and took the pail of plums, and put them in
his cart.

8. For, said he, I am to take them to town
in my cart to sell them, — and he gave the
pail back to the boy to fill with more plums.

9. At last the boy said, 1 am tired and hot;
will you give me a plum to eat?

10. Yes, said the old man, for you are a
good boy, and have worked well ; so 1 will
give you ten plums, for you have earned

11. The boy was glad to hear him say so,
and said, I do not want to eat them all now.
I will eat five, and take five home to my sis-

12. You may get down now, said the old
man, for it will soon be dark, and then you
will lose your way home.

13. So the boy got down and ran home,
and felt glad that he had been kind to the old

14. And when he got home, he was glad he
had been kind to his sister, and kept half his
plums for her.

The next day she was requested to recall it
to memory, and to write it down in her jour-
nal, and she did so in the following words: —

" An old man had a large plum free, — he
had a little boy John ; the man asked John to
please to go up on the tree to pick many
plums, because he was very old and lame.
The man gave John a pail for plums. John
put them in till it was very full ; he said to the
man, it is very full of plums. He took the
pail up in his cart to sell them. John was
tired and hot ; he asked the man if he might
lake one plum. The man said he might take ten
plums, because he was a very good boy to earn
them hard. The man told" him to hurry
home. He ale five plums; he gave his sister
five plums ; he felt very happy because he
helped the old man much, and made his sister
happy. John was kind to help the old man ;
he was very generous to give his sister part of
his plums. The old man loved John very
much. If John did not hurry home he

the plums were rtpe, he said to his boy John, have lost the way. John liked to help the old
2. I want you to pick the plums off my tree, man well."



It will be seen tliat slie made some moral
reflections of her own, which were not ex-
pressed in the original story. It is desirable
that every new word or fact which she learns
should be communicated by her teachers, or
that she should form a correct notion about
it; but this, as will be perceived, is impossi-
ble, without depriving her of that intercourse
with others which is necessary for the devel-
opment of her social nature. The following

extract from the journal of Swift, her

teacher, is interesting.

" February 27. — When I went to Laura
after recess, she said, ' I^vas very vwchfright-
cned.' Why? '/ thought I felt some one
make a great noise, and 1 trembled, ami my
heart ached very quick.'' She asked me if I
knew any crazzy persons, then altered it to
craxy, then to crazy, I asked her who gave
her the new word crazy. She said, ' Lorena
told me about crazy persons, and said sheuas
[once'] crazy. What is crazy?' I told her
that crazy persons could not think what they
were doing, and attempted to change the sub-
ject ; but she immediately returned to it, and
repeated the question, ' Have you seen crazy
people V and would not be satisfied until I
answered it. I told her I saw a crazy woman
walking about ; she said, ' Why did she walk ?
how could she think to u-alk V [She detected
here the imperfection of her teacher's defini-
tion.] I told her they were sometimes sick,
and became crazy ; she said, ' Who will take
care of me if 1 am crazy V I laughed at her,
and told her she would not be crazy. She
replied, ' I said, if.' [Let any one who has
questioned the possibility of her forming a
correct conception of this difficult word if,
look at this form of expression and find there-
in an answer.] 1 told her I would take care
of her, if she would be kind and gentle to me ;
she then asked, ' Can I talk with my fingers?
did you ever see a dizzy lady? how do you
dizzy?' Laura said she dreamed last night
about her mother and the baby, and talked
with her fingers, as in the day-time ; I ques-
tioned her particularly on what she dreamed,
but could not get a satisfactory answer."

She wrote a letter to her father and mother,
of her own accord ; that to her mother was as
follows : —

" My dear, my mother, — I want to see you
very much ; I send much love to you ; I send
ten kisses to my sister Mary. My one pair of
stockings are done. Can Mary walk with her
feet? Do stockings fit her? I want you to
write a letter to me some time. Miss Swift
teaches me. I want you to come to South
Boston with my sister to stay a few days, and
see me exercising the callisthenics. Oliver
can talk with his fingers very faster about
words. I will write a letter to you again.
Miss S. and D. send love to you. Miss Davis
is married, Mrs. Davis. She has gone to live
with her husband in Dudley. Is Mary well ?
Is my aunt well? I send love to her. I will
write letter to you soon some time. Why did
you not write letter to me? I go to meeting
every Sunday. I am gentle in church with
Miss Rogers. I am happy there.
" Good bye,

" Laura Bridgman."

She has commenced the study of geography
during the past year, and made fair progress.
Having first acquired an idea of the points of
the compass, and taken some preliminary les-
sons by bounding the school-room, the cham-
bers, entries, &c., and then going out into the
premises, bounding the house and yard, she
was put to a map. But it will be more inter-
esting to give some extracts from her teach-
er's journal, showing how she passes her time
of study, though no words can describe ade-
quately the eagerness of her manner, and the
pleasurable expression of her countenance
when she gets a new idea, and turns to hug
her teacher, in her glee.

" February 2d.— She asked me if she was
good yesterday ; I told her yes, she had been
good all the week ; she said, ' Did 1 do any
little thing wrong V Continued the conversa-
tion on trades, and taught her the word fur-
niture. When I was telling her what work
milliners did, she said, ' Do milliners make
stockings, — milliners make stockings that have
fowers on them ?' At the geography hour she
asked me to teach her ' above,^ — meaning the
chambers ; she bounded, to-day, all the rooms
on the second story, and remembered all of yes-
terday's lesson, without going to the rooms.

" In writing, gave her a lesson on the board ;
she does not succeed so woll on that as Oliver.
.^.t. twelve, began to tell her about seeds, and
told her I would talk to her about what her
father did, (he is a farmer.) She said, ' Hon-
do you know what my father does ? does your
father do so?' No! my father is doctor.
' my is not my father doctor 1 he gave me
medicine once ; was he a doctor V Did not
succed to-day in getting her much interested
in seeds. P. M. She worked very industri-

" February .3d. — Gave Laura examples in
numeration, in hundreds and thousands, which
she performed very well, and numbered cor-
rectly, until she had the number 8,500, which
she wrote 80 ."iO ; she hesitated and said, ' 1
think it is wrong,' and enumerated ; but it
took her a long time to find how to alter it,
— when she at length succeeded, she said, ' 1
was very sad not to know.' Laura asked what
cups and plates and saucers were? taught her
the word crockery. ' What are rings ?'
Taught her jewelry. ' What are knives and
forks, t^-c. ?' Next she got her work box, for
me to tell her of what it was made ; told her
about the pearl with which it is inlaid, and
the name of the wood, — rose. She asked of
what the doors were made ; told her pine ; she
asked, ' Why are pine-apples — pine?' She
wanted to know who made the brass hinges.
She talked about her locket, and wanted to
know what colour it was under the glass ; told
her it was black, — ' How can folks see
through black ?' In geography, slie bounds
any of the rooms now, afler a moment's
thought, and seems to understand all about it ;
she bounded the house, with a little help. In
writing, she does very well, when practising
her letters, but when she has her journal, she
is very careless ; she wrote to-day an account
of the diflerent trades. In the afternoon, she
went to the school-room an hour, while a
number of gentlemen were there ; she amused

herself by asking what the denominations
were after millions ; at hist, she set down a
row of types the whole length of her board,
and, enuineraling it, found it was eighty quiii-
llions. She asked, ' What people live eighty
qvintillions of miles off,' said, ' / think it
would lake ladies a year to go so very far.' "

(To be conlinueil.)

Brule Intelligence. — A rather remarkable
occurrence transpired a short distance from
this town a few days ago. While two young

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