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world's dread laugh,' against which even phi-
losophy is vain, and which the Christian reli-
gion alone can enable us to despise.

" As to our method bning puzzling, the
objection scarcely needs a reply ; the order of
numbers being so early instilled into almost
every mind, as hardly ever to be erased from
the memory, and being, on every occasion,
the most simple and easy method of reckoning
that can be devised.



praise, and to invite and plead with others to
come to the supper of the Lamb; and also to
warn, in the dread of his authority, transgress-
ing and stiff-necked sons and daughters, to turn
from the evil of their way and live. This
gratitude should be manifested by diligent
inquiry into the state of our own hearts ; by
fervent prayer unto the same Lord, that he
would give us light to see ourselves, where
and what we are, and hearts to love and serve
him, and not the world with its vain attractions.
If there have been instances of departure
from the good old way, stumbling-blocks to
the feet of the inexperienced seeker of this
way of life, there are also preserved many of
various gifts and degrees of experience, who
love the blessed Truth more than any thing
else, and who, we trust, will, through mercy,
be enabled to endure bitter reproach and per-
secution, even in the house of their professed
friends, without deserting their Lord, or flinch-
ing from the conflict to which he leads them.
In the feeling of their at-times-desert condi-
tion, where they seem, in some places, to have
almost none to commune with but their merci-
ful and compassionate Saviour, he anoints their
spiritual eye, and shows them he will divide
in Jacob, and scatter in Israel, those who are
forsaking Him the Fountain of living water,
and partaking of the polluted streams of Baby-



lon, while his flock will be pieserved in safety
by the still waters of Shiloh.

Our dear friend, Sarah (J.) Grubb, had a
remarkably clear view of the slate of the
church ; she was at no lo.-s to decide what was
the cause of weakness, and baiting, and dis-
unity, among those, of w horn it was once said,
" see how these Quakers Inve one another!"
She had entered into no alliance with sti ang-
ers, eiiher secretly or openly, and her strength
and perception had not been impaired. She
had not oidy been convinced of the truth as
held by Friends, but kept steadily to it, with-
out compromising her principles out of any
sort of respect for the modified Quakerism or
Christianity of others. She entered into the
narrow way, through the only entrance, the
" strait gate," and she found no middle path
between that and the broad way: — there was
no course that produced peace and preserva-
tion to her, but the straight-forward track in
which the Captain of salvation leads his fol-
lowers to glory and to virtue. This lies alto-
gether in an opposite direction from the world,
and its fashionable religions and amuse-
ments.

A very pertinent writer says, " Whether
the present age be worse than others which
have preceded it, I shall not determine ; but
this is manifest, that it abounds not only in
infidelity and profligacy, but with great num-
bers of loose characters among professing
Christians. It is true, there are some emi-
nently zealous and spiritual, perhaps as much
so as at almost any former period. The dis-
interested concern which has appeared for the
diffusion of evangelical religion, is doubtless a
hopeful feature of our times ; yet it is no less
evident, that others are in a sad degree con-
formed to this world, instead of being trans-
formed by the renewing of their niinds. Even
of those who retain a decency of character,
many are sunk into a Laodicean lukewarmness.
Professors are continually falling away from
Christ, eiiher totally, so as to walk no more
with him; or partially, so as greatly to dis-
honour his name. Alas, how many characters
of this description are to be found ! If we only
review the progress of things for twenty or
thirty years past, we shall perceive many who
once bid fair for the kingdom of heaven, now
fallen a prey to the temptations of the world.
Like the blossoms in the spring, they for a
time excited our hopes; but a blight has suc-
ceeded ; the blossom lias gone vp as the dvst,
and the root in many cases appears to be rot-
tenness.

" It is one important branch of the work of
a faithful pastor [and indeed of every true
Christian] to strengthen the diseased ; to heal
the sick ; to bind up the broken ; to bring
again that which is driven away, and to seek
that which is lost. It is a pleasure to recover
any sinner from the error of his way ; but
much more those of whom we once thought
favourably. The place which they formerly
occupied in our esteem, our hopes, and our
social exercises, now seems to be a kind of
chasm, which can only be filled up, by the
return of the party. If a child depart from
his father's house, and plunge into profligacy
and ruin, the father may have other children,



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and may love them ; but none of them can heal
the wound, nor any thing satisfy him, but the
return of Aim who loas lo.it."

" ' Brethren, if a man be overtaken with a
fault, ye which are spiritual restore such an
one in the spirit of meekness ; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted.' Gal.
vi. 1.

" .Many persons who have in a great degree
declined the practice of religion, yet comfort
themselves with an idea, that they shall be
brought to repentance before they die ; but
this is presumptuously tempting God. Who-
soever plunges into this gulpli, or continues
easy in it, under the idea of being recovered
by repsntaace, may find himself mistaken.
Both Peter and .(udas went in; but only one
of them came out I There is reason to fear
that thousands of professors are now lifting
up their eyes in torment, who in this world
reckoned themselves good men ; who consid-
ered their sins as pardonable errors, and laid
their accounts with being brought to repent-
ance, but, ere they icerc aware, the bridegroom
came, and they were not ready to meet Him."

How awful must be the situation of those who
have stood high in profession, having once
earnestly contended for the faith, and not only
afterwards fallen away, but become instru-
ments in the hand of the arch deceiver to lead
others astray, and to destroy the faith which
they once preached. ' Let him that thinketh
he standeth, take heed lest he also fall.'

For " The Friend."
PERSEVERANCE WANTIJJG.

How many dear Friends have been latterly
removed, whose example and counsel admin-
istered strength to the body at large, and en-
couragement to those who were below them
in age and experience, and they are not a little
missed by this class of survivors. The Lord
continues to be rich unto all who call upon Him
with sincerity, and will prepare others to suc-
ceed those servants and hand-maidens whom he
has gathered home, if we are equally devoted
to his service ; daily applying to him to make
us what he would have us to be, and grant to
us portions of the same blessed Spirit, which
was their guide and never failing Preserver.
Many have been visited by his grace, made
i sacrifices, and manifested a desire to stand for

the Truth and its cause ; but if they faint and
grow weary, they will not rank among those
who can run through a troop, to obtain the
water of Bethlehem, or leap over a wall with
which the enemy strives to hedge them in, and
to hinder them from performing the Lord's
will. There is great want of faith in the im-
mediate power of the Holy Spirit, by which
the servants of the living God have wrought
righteousness, and stopped the mouths of lions,
and put to flight the armies of aliens. It is
this faith, accompanied by obedience, which
has made eminent men and women in the
church of Christ, whose spirits and lives have
been a sweet smelling savour unto God, and to
his people, and have adorned the doctrine
they held and preached.

Nothing is now wanting to witness the same
blessed results, but perseverance in the way of



the Lord. Looking at the lions they imagine
to be in the way, consulting with tlesh and
blood, and their popularity, will turn people
aside, and I hey will dwindle and fail to rise
into that nobility which the Truth gives to its
unflinching followers. This is a great cause
of there being so many dwarfs among pro-
fessing Christians. They listen to the intimi-
dating suggestions which satan is whispering
in their ear ; and after they have had sufficient
evidence of their duty, permit themselves to
be robbed by him of their faith and convic-
tions, conclude they will put it otf for this
time, and perhaps never have the same im-
pressions again, — and thus go halting all their
days.

"We want men and women fearing God and
haling covetousness, to fill up our ranks, to
occupy the place of judges and counsellors,
and workmen that need not be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of Truth. And
were it not for the world, and the love of ease,
these would be timely supplied. But it is not
too late yet for many to come under the pre-
paring hand of Divine love and mercy, and
everlasting kindness, by which they would
know great things done for them. There is
much stir in the Christian world, and however
small a speck some may consider the Society
of Friends, neither they nor their principles
are overlooked, even by many who do not
avowedly approve of them. Their clear and
consistent testimony to the gospel of Christ in
its primitive truth and purity, will force itself
upon professor and profane.

The greatest enemies we have are those of
our own household — those who are enemies to
the cross of Christ — the strait and narrow
way — who want another path which they
vainly hope may terminate in the narrow way,
very near the end of the journey, so that they
may have as little reproach to endure from
the world as possible svhile they are in it —
escape the contracted character which the
doctrine of self-denial, and the restrictions of
the girdle of Truth indicate according to
modern estimates of religion. This descrip-
tion are fault-finders with the steady consist-
ent Quaker; the more faithful he is to his
profession, the less he is esteemed by this
class — his name is given to reproach for the
very reason that he should be honoured in the
churches. But time, and experience, and the
light of Truth will remedy these things. If
he perseveres steadily he will gain in strength ;
his example will confound his opponents, and
through mercy they may be brought to con-
fess the propriety of his principles and prac-
tice, and partake of the blessed influences of
his integrity to his God.

Should such continue their enmity to the
pure, simple and humiliating religion of the
daily cross, they will wander in the broad
way, and lose their love to the Truth, and to
the friends of Truth. But the Lord's table
will be supplied with guests — others will be
gathered from the highways and hedges by
the constraining power of Divine love — their
eyes will be opened upon the beauty and ex-
cellency of the kingdom and government of
the adorable Son of God, and submitting to his
refining power, he will prepare them and give



them gifts which they will exercise to his
honour and to the astonishment of dry and
dwindled professors : thus fulfilling in part
the prediction, they shall come from the east
and the west, and shall sit down with Abra-
ham, Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of God,
and the childien of the kingdom shall be cast
out. S



WORLDLY SPIRIT.

We beseech you, stand upon your guard
against the love of this world, and the deceit-
fulness of riches, the nature of which is to
choke the good seed, and to render men un-
fruitful. An eager pursuit after the grandeur
of this world, is a certain token of earthly-
mindedness, and those are enemies to the cross
of Christ. " If any man love the world, the
love of the Father is not in him." 1 John ii.
15. A resolution to be rich hath destroyed
many ; " they that will be rich, fall into temp-
tation and a snare," &CC. See 1 Tim. vi. 9,
10. This has been verified in the ruinous
consequences of an earthly, ambitious spirit,
pushing men forward, in the pursuit of great-
ness, upon hazardous attempts ; which have
too often issued in the fall and ruin of them-
selves and families, the reproach of the So-
ciety, and great loss of others ; some of whom,
probably, have placed the more confidence in
them, for the sake of their profession of self-
denial. Wherefore, we entreat Friends, in
their Monthly Meetings every where, to be
properly watchful one over another, and early
to caution all, against running beyond their
depth, and entangling themselves in a greater
multiplicity of trade and business, than they
can extricate themselves from, with honour
and reputation. If they proceed in opposi-
tion to advice, let them be dealt with. — Ad-
vice, 1754.



Ancient Nineveh. — Botta, the French Con-
sul at Mossoul, commenced, a year back,
making excavations on the ground formerly
covered by the city of Nineveh, which was
situated on the Tigris, opposite the present
town of Missoul. The walks are still observ-
able, as well as some huge piles of bricks,
which served as foundations of the palaces of
the kings of Assyria. In one of these piles
he discovered the remains of a palace, the
walls of which are covered with has reliefs
and inscriptions in cuneiform characters. This
discovery is the more important, as no sculp-
tured monument was hitherto possessed of the
Assyrians. The French government has sent

Botta a sum of money, to enable him to

pursue his undertaking.



Temper. — Great care is necessary not to
injure the temper of our children ; which is
easily done. The government of our own tem-
per among our children, is essential ; for, if
we speak to a child in a fretful manner, we
generally find, that his answer partakes of the
like character. Our own irritability often
excites a similar disposition in the little ones
around us.



352

NEW ZEALAJiD-OTAHElTE, ETC. |

There is a striking peculiarity in the cha-
racter of the New Zealanders, wiiich is very
encouraging to the hope of their ultimate
civilization ; namely, the eagerness they have
shown to visit foreign countries, and to see
with their own eyes whatever might gratify
curiosity, or prove subservient to usefulness.
Even in the days of Cook this spirit of re-
search displayed itself; and every one is
aware of the ditficulties which in more recent
times have been overcame by the enterprising
islanders, in seeking an acquaintance with dis-
tant lands. Marsden remarks, " My

opinion is, that if half the New Zealanders
were to die in their attempt to force them-
selves into civil life, the other half would not
be deterred from making a similar elfort ; so
desirous do they seem to attain our advan-
tages." It is well known, too, that they are
proud to array themselves in the dress of
Europeans, and endeavour, as far as they
can, to imitate their manners, and even their
modes of feeling and thinking. The natives,
so lately separated from the cultivated portion
of their species, not more by their geographi-
cal position than by the deep barbarism in
which they were involved, are now brought
into the light of knowledge and religion, and
are no longer ignorant that there are other
pursuits than those of war, and other enjoy-
ments than those of revenge. Christianity,
which is in every sense of the word the reli-
gion of civilisation, has gone forth among
them attended by literature and the arts, and
it is not possible that she should not eventually
triumph over all the ignorance, prejudice, and
ferocity with which she has here to contend.
Such is the mild sway which her sublime faith
is exercising over their rude minds, that it can
hardly fail to restrain their destructive ani-
mosities, and abolish their sanguinary super-
stitions. Perhaps no feeling less ardent than
a sense of religious duty could have supported
the labourers in such a cause, surrounded by
the difficulties and discouragements which
met them at almost every step. But their
task has gradually become easier and more
cheering ; while few gratifications can be
equal to that which they must enjoy, when
they contemplate, as the fruit of their efforts
under a benignant Providence, a general
amendment of manners and a great increase of
comfort among the savage people whom they
had undertaken to instruct.

The trade of the Pacific has hitherto been
nothing compared to its capability of future
extension under judicious management. The
Society Islands, in particular, have been long
celebrated for their prolific soil and beautiful
scenery. Replenished with luxuriant woods,
and a splendid vegetation, and enjoying, at the
same time, the benefit of numerous streams,
Otaheite, from the summit of its mountains to
the sea-shore, produces every where in abund-
ance choice food for its inhabitants, as well as
the materials of an extensive traffic. To the
breadfruit tree may be added the sugar-cane,
said to be superior to that of any other coun-
try, the vegetables called panare and ape, and
the vee, a delicious kind of apple ; all of which
are indigenous and grow spontaneously. Sweet



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potatoes, yams, plantains, arrow-root, the ti-
pUint, the pine, the custard-apple, the mul-
berry, guava, orange, lime, citron, grape,
Cape-gooseberry, and water-melon, are also
among the gifts which come from the hand ot
nature. Pigs, goats, poultry, and horned cat-
tle are now suthciently numerous; and the
pork is celebrated among seamen for its tine
Havour. 'J'he same islands furnish also a vari-
ety of excellent timber for building, whether
ships or houses. The tamonee, the trunk of
which is sometimes eight feet in diameter and
twenty in circumference, gives a close tine-
o-rained wood, being more durable and of bet-
ter appearance than mahogany. It is so hard,
indeed, that the joiner finds great labour in
converting it into furniture. The purou, an-
other species of tree, supplies an excellent
material for boats, being so tough as never to
split, and so elastic as hardly ever to wear out.
Both kinds grow in great abundance, and
might be exported to a very large extent. It
is, perhaps, of more importance to observe,
that both the earth and the atmosphere are
favourable to the growth of the vine, cotton,
coffee, and sugar, the cultivation of which
would aflord a lucrative employment to the
people, augmenting the small returns which
they already derive from arrow-root and palm-
oW.—Russetrs Polynesia.

Brealing of Horses. — The manner of
taming horses is very singular. When a horse
is to be tamed, a native fastens a long rope to
its head, and takes hold of the other end ; it is
then driven into shallow water, about up to a
man's loins; when this is effected, another ad-
vances cautiously towards the horse, and en-
deavours to leap on his back, in which he is
assisted by the person at the end of the rope ;
and who, with such purchase, pulls vigorously,
and turns the horse round totacilitate his com-
panion's attempts; but as the snorting and
maddened creature plunges and rears, ttie na-
tive, with the stealthiness and activity of a cat,
jumps on its bare back, and instantly com-
mences beating the horse's head with his
open hands, first on one side then on the other;
in vain the horse endeavours to rid himself of
his rider; the native with the rope pulls, and
the one on his back beats him, till at last his
strength and spirit give way, and he becomes
completely subdued. So severe is the lesson,
however, that sometimes a horse will lie on
the beach exhausted, and at the sound of the
human voice will tremble violently. Some-
times the rider gets thrown; but as he only
falls into the water, it is of no consequence;
he again leaps on the horse's back, and re-
news the battle; it is rarely that more than
one lesson is required to completely master
and break the proud spirit of the before un-
tamed horse. — Narrative of a Residence on
the Mosqvito Shore.



THE FRIEND.



SEVENTH MONTH, 29, 1843.



Our excliange papers, and other papers and
periodicals to which, occasionally, we have
recourse, continue to be fraught with encour-



aging accounts of the progress of temperance
principles near and ren.otu, in almost every
direction of this widely extended country.
The Bristol (England) Temperance Herald
for the present month, which we have receiv-
ed, is replete also with evidence of the flour-
ishing state of the cause in Great Britain and
Ireland. This truly is cheering intelligence,
and the extraordinary rapidity of its onward
course — the almost unparalleled enthusiasm
called forth in the support of this philanthropic
movement, certainly mark it as one of the
most remarkable characteristics of the pre-
sent era. But, warmly as our feelings have
been enlisted in these proceedings, it is with
serious regret that we have noticed some
things which we cannot but consider altogether
unworthy of and inconsistent with the real no-
bility of the enterprize, intimately connected
as it is with religion and virtue — with the
work of righteousness in the earth — peace
and good will to men. Among the things to
which we allude as objectionable, may be men-
tioned, temperance celebrations, and ostenta-
tious parades, with the ordinary accompani-
ments of costly decorations, bands of martial
music, banners displayed, &c. &c. Then
again the Temperance Halls. We would not
hold these up as objects of censure, were they
confined to the sober, legitimate use of them
for the meetings of societies, occasional lec-
tures, and other appropriate purposes. But
there is reason to fear (in one instance at least
we can speak from personal observation) they
become places of idle resort and noisy levity,
amounting in some cases to a nuisance in the
neighbonrhcod wherein they are located. All
this forms no necessary part of temperance
arrangements, and with the sedate and reflect-
ing portion of the community, the tendency
must be decidedly unfavourable to the cause,
and, therefore, we say, had better be discon-
tinued.

While thus briefly expressing our views
on this interesting subject, we should be sorry
in the slightest degree to damp a generous
ardour in the breast of any one soberly and
conscientiously engaged in this righteous
cause. On the contrary, we would gladly
speed such on their way, tiusting, that with
the Divine blessing, the labour of their hands
will prosper, and joyfully should we hail the
day, peradventure not very remote, when alco-
hol, in every of its manifold guises and modifi-
cations shall, with calomel and opium, be ad-
ministered only under the direction of the
medical adviser, and the beverage in universal
use shall be water, occasionally perhaps varied
with lemonade, or some equally harmless non-
intoxicating drink.

NOTICE.

GEORGE F. READ proposes to open a Boarding-
Scliool tor Boys at No. 11 Butlum street. North Saleui,
Mass., where in addition to the nseful branches ol on
English education, will be taught the Hebrew, Greek,
Latin, French, German, &c., laiiguagts.

Terms. — For board and tuition, thirty dollars per
term, of 12 weeks, payable in advance. The first term
will commence on the Ibth of the Ninth nio. next. As
but a limited niimbir of scholars can be adniiued, appli.
cation must be made previous to entrance. Tho^e wish,
ing to enter at the conimcncenicnt of the term will
please apply as early as the 18th of the Eighth mo. next.

Address (post paid) George F. Read, Salem, Mass.



A RELIGIOUS AND LITERARY JOURNAL.



SEVENTH-DAT, EIGHTH MONTH, 6, 1843.



NO. 45.



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For " The Friend."

Cod, Mackerel, and Herring Fisheries.

The third article in the last number of the
North American Review is on the subject of
the fisheries in the Bay of Fundy, Gulf of
St. Lawrence, on the coast of Labrador, the
Banks of Newfoundland, &c. Having read
the article with much interest myself, 1 have
been induced to offer some extracts from it
for insertion in " The Friend."

S. R.

There is no error, we think, in stating that
no work devoted to the rise and progress of
the American Fisheries exists. It would not
be wide of the truth to add, that few works
would be more useful to the young, and to our



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