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last twenty-three years of her life, yet in the
lively recollection of her early dedication, and
from our knowledge of her persevering devo-
tedness to the cause of truth and righteous-
ness, through the course of her life, we feel
our minds engaged, for the instruction and
encouragement of survivors, to preserve some
memorial of her.

She was the daughter of Mason and Han-
nah Lynes, and was born near London, in the
year 1773. She received her education at
Islington-road school, to which she was sent
when about eight years of age. Respecting
her early religious impressions she writes
thus: — " At scliool I sought the Lord, feeling



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his power in my heart operating against the
evil propensities of niy nature ; yet, to these
corrupt inclinations, I many, many limes
gave way ; and for this I was brought under
great condemnation, even as early as when
nine years old ; so that I bemoaned my con-
dition, and begged and prayed for a belter
state and a happier. I went on sinning and
repenting for years; still my love for good
books increased, and for good people. We
had but few books; the Bible and one or two
journals of Friends are all that 1 can recollect
reading; and really 1 valued them as highly
as I was capable of doing in this my childhood.
When I grew to about thirteen years of age,
I began to discover something about me or in
my mind, like the heavenly anointing for the
ministry ; for the Lord had revealed iiis word
as a hammer, and had broken in pieces in my
living experience, and I was contrited under
a sense of power and love, saying, even vocal-
ly, when alone. Lord, make me a chosen ves-
sel unto thee."

About the fourteenth year of her age, she
removed to reside with our late friend Sarah
Grubb, at Anner Mills, within the compass
of Ihe Monthly Meeting of the county of Tip-
perary, and being under the influence of the
humbling and tendering power of Truth was an
instructive example in the family. In the
seventeenth year of her age, after passing
through much humiliating conflict and bap-
tism of spirit, she came forth in the ministry.
In reference to this subject she wrote as fol-
lows : — " With respect to my first appearan-
ces as one called to speak in the high and holy
name of the Lord, they were in great fear,
and under a feeling that my natural inclina-
tion would not lead me into such exposure, for
I shrunk from it exceedingly ; and often have
I hesitated, and felt such a reluctance to it,
that I have suffered the meeting to break up
without my having made the sacrifice, — yea,
when the word of life, in a few words, was like
a fire within me. Great has been my mourn-
ing for these omissions of duty. Although
but seventeen years old when I first gave ut-
terance publicly to a sentence or two, I had
opened my mouth in private many months
previously, under the constraining influence
of the Spirit of Truth, being without a shadow
of doubt that it was indeed required of me,
poor child as I was. I had sweet consolation
in coming into obedience ; and after a while
xps surprised to find that, although I stood up
in meetings expecting only to utter a little
matter that presented, more passed through
mo, I scarcely knew how." Thus, by obedi-
ence to the gradual unfoldings of the Divine
will, was our dear friend made an able minis-
ter of the gospel of life and salvation, be-
ing a faithful labourer in the Lord's vine-
yard, and remarkably qualified for service
therein.

She was acknowledged a minister by the
aforesaid Monthly Meeting in 1794, and in
the same year she united with our late friend
Mary Dudley in paying a religious visit to dif-
ferent parts of this province, and that of
Leinster. At different times during her resi-
dence at Anner Mills, she was liberated for
religious service, not only amongst Friends,



but also for holding meetings with those of
other societies.

In 1797, she removed to within the com-
pass of Giatcchurcli street Monthly Meeting,
and continued to reside in England until her
njarriage with our late dear friend John G rubb,
which took place in the year lfcO;t. During
this period she was much occupied in religious
service in various parts of that nation ; and
was also in this land on a similar account : in
the course of it, she was engaged to address
the people in stieets and markets. In refer-
ence thereto she writes thus: "It pleased tho
Lord to call me into a path much untrodden,
in my early travels as a minister of the gos-
pel, having to go into niaikets, and to declare
the truth in the streets. This sore exercise
began in Cork, Ireland, but it was only in one
instance required of me in that nation ; in
England, however, many, very many such
sacrifices 1 had to make in pursuit of peace ;*
and in pure obedience to the will of my hea-
venly Father I gave up ; none knew the depth
of my suffering, and tlie mortifying, yea, the
crucifying of my own will which I had to en-
dure in this service ; yet I had to acknowledge
the sufficiei.'cy of Divine grace herein. Many
times I had brave opportunities on these occa-
sions, to invite the people to the Lord Jesus
Christ, who manifests himself in the conscience
as a light, and would discover the evil of co-
vetousness and of all unrighteousness, leading
and teaching to do justly, love mercy, and
walk humbly with God." On her marriage,
she again became a member of the county of
Tipperary Monthly Meeting; and in Ihe
course of the succeeding fifteen years, where-
in she was our member, she paid many visits
in gospel love to Friends in divers parts of
this land, also in England and Scotland. She
likewise bad numerous meetings with those of
other societies, not only where Friends reside,
but in various parts where they were but little
known, for which arduous service she was
eminently gifted.

In 1818, under an apprehension of religious
duty, she removed with her family, from a
large circle of endeared relatives and friends,
to reside at Bury in Suffolk ; they subsequently
removed to Chelmsford, afterwards to Stoke
Newington, and their last place of residence
was at Sudbury, in Suffolk. Respecting the
frequent changes in their place of abode, she
thus expresses herself: — " We have not dared
to guide ourselves, nor to conclude, (however
we felt at home for a season,) where Divine
Providence has set the bounds of our habita-
tion, that it was to be our certain dwelling
place to the end of our day ; but have again
been made willing, from time to time, to know
our rest in this respect broken up, which is
no pleasant thing to that part that would like

• It was intercstinir to hear the testimony borne by
a friend in the Yi'arly Meeting, who IjbiJ, in former
years, accompnnicd i ur lale dear friend in some of
these cnpngcnients, to llie power of Divine Grace, which
sustained her in these " sore exercises" at the early ago
of twenty-five years. lie had been with her, he said,
in the market-pbccs, when every one left their occupa-
tion, and the audience was nearly as still as tho meet,
ing ill which we were sitting, although the assembly
extended on all sides, as fur as the eye could reach. —
Editor London Friend.



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to be able to say, ' lake lliine ease.' " She
was extensively engaged iu the exercise of
her gift in the ministry, among Friends in
England, un il near the close of her life. In
IS-M, she attended the Yearly Meeting of
Friends in Ireland, and visited some other
meetings in this land, also the families of
Friends in Clonmel, where her former resi-
dence had been. She again attended our
Yearly Meeting in 1839, under circumstances
which rendered her visit peculiarly accept-
able. In 1841, she witnessed the peaceful
close of her beloved husband, who had been
her companion in many religious engagements;
she had in him a true helpmate, well qualitied
to enter into feeling with her. He had, like
herself, early in life, yielded to the visitations
of Divine love, and received a gift in the
ministry about the twenty-eighth year of his
age, in the exercise of whicli his communi-
cations were sound, weighty, and edifying.

Soon after the decease of her husband, our
dear friend felt her mind drawn to pay a visit
of love to his relatives in this land. During
her stay, she attended our autumn Quarterly
Meeting held at Waterford, and her religious
engagements while amongst us were strength-
ening, consoling, and deeply instructive. Am-
ple opportunity being thus afforded, we can
testify that she held fast the profession of tiie
faith of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
without wavering, and that the gift in the
ministry, which was bestowed on her in early
life, shone with undiminished brightness in
the evening of her day. She appeared often
in a remarkable manner clothed with gospel
authority, and evidenced her care to move
only under the renewed influence of the Holy
Spirit.

She was favoured to reach home safely in
the Eleventh month, and was taken ill in the
First month of the present year. The follow-
ing particulars of the remaining portion of her
life have been communicated by some of her
near connections in this land. During the
early part of her illness, she was tried with
much bodily suffering, but was quite resigned
to the will of her heavenly Father, as to its
termination ; saying on one occasion, " I think
I have not been one day without resignation."
To a friend who was delivering a message of
love from his brother, she replied, " Ah ! I
never felt greater love for my Friends or sorer
exercise on their account, but the body is
weak ;" and further added, after a pause,
" Oh ! there is but one way after all ; the good
old way is the only way for us." Her
thoughts were evidently much occupied at
times respecting our religious Society ; and
she said, in allusion to its low slate, that she
did not despair, but tiiought she could see one
here, and another there, who would be raised
up for the cause of Truth, though she knew
not who they might be. She mourned that so
few appear to " prefer Jerusalem above their
chief joy," as she thought she might thank-
fully say she had done; acknowledging a con-
soling sense of having done her part, in sub-
mitting to be made use of as a stone in the
street, and also of having been enabled to fight
the good fight, and to keep the faith ; adding,
" Oh ! it is a fine thing to have done this, to



have kept the faith through all." " The hori-
zon of our little world, — our little Society
looks dull to me; there must be more shaking,
more overturning, I believe." About ten days
before the close, she expressed a wish to have
her children at her bed-side, when she spoke
nearly as follows: "At first I thought 1
should recover from this illness, but now it
seems as if I must quite give myself up ; you
see every thing in nature points that way ;
when I got worse about three weeks ago, 1
went down very deep in my spirit, and I said,
' Oh ! my heavenly Father, is it thy will to
take me now, or at some other time?' And it
was answered, ' Whether I take thee now, or
at some other time, be thou ready ; it is the
duty of all to be ready.' And I said, ' Oh ! but
it is a very awful thing ;' — and it is an awful
thing. Then it was said, ' Fear not ; I can
make hard things easy ;' and it was shown
me that there was nothing left to do — nothing
more to do." After some further remarks,
she added, " I told a friend many years ago,
to mind his little anointing ; I called it little;
and this may lead us in a direction very dif-
ferent to our natural inclinations, like the kine
that bore the ark, lowing as they went ; and
it wants constant watching too." To her
medical attendant, who inquired if her posi-
tion was comfortable, she said, " Oh ! 1 hardly
ever lie comfortable, but I am very comfort-
able in myself. Ah ! creeds and forms and
a literal faith, will do nothing for us ; we must
give up our own wills entirely, and become
like little children. It is the only way we can
enter the kingdom. I have known no other
religion all my life long ; and now, whether I
live or die, I shall be with my dear Saviour."

It was very remarkable to those about her,
that although at times during her illness, her
faculties appeared to be obscured, yet when
giving utterance to her feelings on religious
subjects, they were quite clear ; and she made
this remark herself: " I have been much lost
in my mind in this illness, which I suppose is
not uncommon, but I can speak to things of
importance." Alluding to Lazarus, she said,
" that she believed this illness would be for
the glory of God ;" adding, " Mind, I am not
telling you it is not unto death ; but which
ever way it terminates, it will be to His glory."

During the twenty-four hours which prece-
ded her decease, she lay in a slumbering state,
from which she did not again revive ; and on
the 16lh of Third month, 1843, she departed
this life, aged about sixty-nine years, having
been a minister fifty-two years.

While our minds have been affected with
sorrow, under the consideration of the loss
which the church has sustained in the remo-
val of this dignified servant of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ, we rejoice on her ac-
count, in the firm belief that an eternal and
glorious rest is her portion, and that her puri-
fied spirit is united to that great multitude
who stand before the throne, ascribing salva-
tion to our God and unto the Lamb forever.

Given forth at a Quarterly Meeting for the
Province of Munster, held in Waterford, the
17th of Tenth month, 1842, and signed on be-
half thereof by

Thomas Hahvey, Clerk.



Signed on behalf of the Women's Quarterly
Meeting by

Makia Jacob, Clerk.
Yearly Meeting of Friends in Ireland, 1843.

The foregoing testimony concerning our
late dear friend, Sarah Grubb, has been read
in this meeting, and feelingly united with. Her
memory is precious to us, and we are afresh
impressed with a sense of the great loss which
the church has sustained, by the removal of
this devoted and faithful servant of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Signed by direction and on behalf of the
Yearly Meeting of Friends in Ireland, held in
Dublin, by adjournments, from the first of
Fifth month, to the sixth of the same, inclu-
sive, 1843, by

William James Barcroft, Clerk.

Signed on behalf of the Women's Yearly
Meeting, by

Maria Jacob, Clerk.

Extract of a Letter respecting Sarah Lynes,
[afterwards Sarah Grvbb.)

[It will not be inappropriate to append to
the foregoing testimony, the following Ex-
tract of a letter from a Friend in London to
another in America, which has not heretofore
been published. — Ed. Friend.]

Sixth month 12th, 1798.

We have a little young woman here, who
seems to be the great wonder of the present
day. She is now about twenty-four years of
age, and her name is Sarah Lynes. She was
educated in Friends' Charity School near this
city, and lived aftersvards as a servant in a
Friend's family in Ireland. She first appeared
in the ministry, I think, at about fifteen years
of age, in a weighty solid manner; has grown
in her gift far beyond what is common ; and
fur several years past has travelled much in
the service of Truth ; within the last year she
has been much engaged in a very arduous
duty, having very large meetings amongst
those of other societies, where there are no
Friends; and in some places where no Friends
have had meetings since the earliest days of
our Society, if ever. In many large and
populous towns, she has addressed the people
in the public markets on market-days, fre-
quently standing from an hour to two hours
and a quarter, to the astonishment of all who
hear her. She exhibits a mind wonderfully
gifted for such a line of service ; and the peo-
ple say she must be inspired, which doubtless
she is ; and what is beautiful to behold, she is
adorned with sweet humility and child-like
innocence. Her voice is sonorous ; her pro-
nunciation uncommonly clear ; her language
sublime ; and, above all, the power attending
her ministry has an uncommon effect upon
all, — the grave and the gay. Other societies
have opened their places of worship for her,
and even the civil magistrates stepped for-
ward to accommodate and protect her. My
brother-in-law R. B. and his brother J. accom-
panied her through great part of the service
in pubUc opportunities, to their mutual satis-
faction and comfort. She is now in London,
and has spent three evenings with us. From



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her late trying exercises, she has almost lost
her voice, and could only speak in a whisper,
— till she found sonictliing un lier mind to
communicate to the company.



As a means conducive to the preservation
of Friends, it is recommended, that the discip-
line of the church, in the several meetings
instituted for that purpose, be kept up, and
managed in a spirit of wisdom and love ; that
all things be done in charity ; that each mem-
ber have the same thing in view, viz., the
glory of God, and the good of his church and
people; that nothing be done through strife
or contention, nor from any private views, or
the influence of numbers ; but endeavour, in a
spirit of meekness, to convince one another ;
so will discord be removed, and Friends keep
the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. —
Advice, 1735.



To prevent scandal by breaking, &c..
Friends are reminded to exercise a godly
care, in giving timely caution to any such
as either break their promises, delay pay-
ment, or otherways render themselves sus-
pected.— 1708.



THE rniEMD.



SEVENTH MONTH, 15, 1843.



We publish to-day (page 332) for the infor-
mation of our Friends at a distance, who may
have occasion to prepare certificates for their
members removing to this city, a new ar-
rangement of the boundaries of the respective
districts, as recently agreed to by the Monthly
Meetings.

LONDON VEARIiY MEETING.

A supplement to the London " Friend,"
issued in the Sixth month last, has come to
hand, several pages of which are occupied
with matter in relation to the late London
Yearly Meeting. We select the following : —

" The sittings of the meeting occupied
from the 24th of last month to the 2d inst.
The number of those who assembled on
Fourth-day morning, appeared to us rather
smaller than on some previous occasions, but
the attendance during the remainder of the
sittings was, we believe, considered as numer-
ous as usual. George Stacey was appointed
to act as clerk, and John Hodgkin, Junr., and
George Thomas as assistants.

" Epistles were read from Dublin, and
from each of the eight Yearly Meetings in
America.

" From the Epistle from North Carolina, it
appeared that the agitation in the slave-states
consequent upon the anti-slavery movements
in the north had in some degree subsided, and
that Friends hoped the time might soon ar-
rive when they might take more active meas-
ures on behalf of the enslaved African race.
Several of the Epistles reported the care
which Friends continue to exercise over the
Indians who have been removed, by govern-



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meiit interference, from their old reservations
to settlements beyond the Mississippi. In con-
nection with which, we may notice a report
on Indian atfairs from Philadelphia, which
has been received by the Meeting for Sufler-
ings, containing interesting information, which
we hope ere long may be given to the public.

" A sealed letter, which had been referred
to two Friends for consideration, was reported
by them to be a communication to the Yearly
Meeting, from an assembly styling itself the
Yearly Meeting of Anti-Slavery Friends in
Indiana. A minute of the Meeting for Suffer-
ings, mentioning the receipt of an Epistle
from the Meeting for Sufferings of Indiana,
upon the subject was read. After a full and
harmonious expression of opinion, it was con-
cluded that the address could not be accepted,
and a minute was afterwards recorded by the
clerk to this effect.

" The sufferings by distraint for ecclesiasti-
cal demands in each of the Quarterly Meet-
ings, next claimed attention. The amount
reported this year is upwards of 10,300Z.

" The next four sittings were occupied in
reading and considering the answers to the
queries from the several Quarterly and other
meetings, and in reading testimonies concern-
ing several deceased ministers.

" After the reading of the answers to the
queries, the general state of our Society came
under review ; and the meeting was intro-
duced into a lively concern for the welfare of
the body, and much important counsel was
communicated on the various subjects that
came under notice. It was concluded to issue
a General Epistle of counsel to our mem-
bers, which was referred to the Committee on
Epistles.

" The reports from our different schools
were read as usual, and Friends were encour-
aged to continue their interest in the welfare
of these valuable institutions. Along with the
report from Ackworth a minute of the ad-
journed General Meeting was presented, and
ordered to be taken upon the books of the
Yearly Meeting, containing the information
that a conference of Friends on the subject of
education from the committees of the various
public schools in our Society was held at Ack-
worth, last Eleventh month. The principal
topics which appear to have engaged the de-
liberation of the conference were the moral
and religious education of children, their con-
dition before they come to school, and after
they leave it, and the situation of apprentices
in our public schools. It appeared from the
reports that between 700 and 800 are at the
present time receiving education at the vari-
ous public schools of the Society.

" Many interesting subjects were brought
under review by the reading of the selected
minutes of the Meeting for Sufferings. That
meeting, as our readers are aware, had
thought it right to petition the House of
Commons against the educational clauses of
the Factories Bill as first brought in. The
propriety of the Yearly Meeting's petitioning
against the bill in its altered form, engaged its
close attention, and a deep and united feeling
prevailed in favour of such a step. A peti-
tion was accordingly drawn up by a commit-



tee appointed for the purpose, and was at a
future sitting adopted with some small altera-
tion.

" The next subject brought under notice,
was the situation of those who profess our
name in foreign parts.

" Our readers have already been informed
of the establishment of a school for girls, the
children of those in profession with us, at
Nismes, in the south of France, which has
received assistance from the Meeting tor Suf-
ferings. Friends in this part are of a very
humble rank in Society, and it is encouraging
to know that such a school had been set up
there ; and we may venture to hope, that the
same benefit may, at no distant period, be ex-
tended to the boys.

" We were peculiarly interested with the
report of Friends at Stavanger in Norway. A
letter from George Richardson, of Newcastle.^
which was lead, is full of interesting informa-
tion respecting them.

" An Epistle from the Yearly Meeting in
Hobarton to the Meeting for Sufferings was
read. One of the Friends there, a minister,
has paid a religious visit to New South Wales,
which has led to the establishment of a Two
Months' Meeting at Sydney, in connection with
Hobarton Yearly Meeting.

" The state of the native tribes, more par-
ticularly in our new colonies, claimed the at-
tention of the meeting, and the Aboriginal
Committee of the Meeting for Sufferings was
encouraged to continue its labours for their
protection and welfare.

" The remaining sittings of the Yearly
Meeting were occupied with the consideration
of the replies to the foreign Epistles, and also
with reading and adopting the general Epistle.
The Epistles to America expiessed the con-
cern of the Yearly Meeting for the removal
of the sin of slavery, and that Friends might
seek for every right opportunity to promote
so desirable an end."

We have already, a kw numbers back, in-
serted some brief notices of the late Sarah (J.)
Grubb. But the high estimation in which
this faithful and eminently gifted minister of
the gospsl was deservedly lield in her own
country, as also by many in this land, will
justify us in placing upon our pages to-day the
testimony put forth concerning her by Friends
in Ireland, the deeply instructive tendency of
which commends it to the close and serious
attention of all. The London " Friend," of
last n)onth, from which we copy, in its nar-
rative of Yearly Meeting transactions, thus



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