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Friend, will, at this time, manifest himself in
their behalf.

Subscription books will be at the following
places, where donations will be thankfully re-
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— C. V. S. Roosevelt's, 731 Broadway ; B.
CoUins's, 93 East Broadway, and at Murray
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THE rnzxssjD.



TENTH MONTH, 29, 1843.



We solicit the attention of subscribers to
a few plain words.

Although the terms of subscription require
payment in advance, yet a considerable num-
ber of our subscribers are in arrears for sums
of from two to ten dollars, or more ; and al-
though the amount due from each one seems
small, yet the aggregate, being now something
more than four thousand dollars, makes t
material difference in the facilities for con
ducting our journal. We apprehend much of



litis debt has accumulated from the fact that
subscribers look upon their dues as a small
matter which can be readily settled at any
time; and thus defer attending to their pay-
ment promptly. ^^ e trust it is only neces-
sary to notice the fact, that so large an
amount is outstanding, to induce each one to
tiike measures at once for paying what he
owes; a course which would alliird much re-
lief to us at the present juncture.

We have been informed that the Associ-
ation for the Care of Coloured Orphans, under
the charge of a number of women Friends of
this city, has exhausted its income, and will
require several hundred dollars to meet the
current expenses for the remainder of the
year. Donations will be gratefully received
by any of the members; or they may be left
with George W. Ta) lor, at the ofllce of
" The Friend."



We commence in our columns to-day the pnblicatic
of the Commitle of Twenty -five on Capital Puniflmicnt
■ ed at a Town Meetii.



ch comrniUee



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held in this city in the Fifth month last. It was pre-
pared by a Sub-Committee ol tivc, " chosen to examine
and report upon Dr. Cuyler's Sermon," and by the
larger Committee " was unanimously and cordially ap-
proved, and ordered to be printed lor general circula-
tion." We underftsnd il to be the production of Job R.
Tyson, Chairman of the Sub-Committee. It will be



proper to i



1 that we were furnished with



copy



of the report soon after its first appearance; but the
press of other matter at the time occasioned its post-
ponement. We apprehend, however, that nothing will
be lost by the delay, — indeed that the insertion in our
paper at the present juncture of this clear and conclu-
sive refutation uf the defence of Capital Punishment,
may be gf more advantage than if attended to forthwitli.

A TEACHER WANTED.— A female
teacher, to take charge of a small school, un-
der care of Merion Meeting, about 3h miles
from Philadelphia. Apply to Samuel Jones,
Richard Wetherill, or Israel W. Morris.

The Institute for Coloured Vouth,
A meeting of the Association will be held
on Sixth-day, the 4th of Eleventh month, at

10 A. M., at the committee-room on Mulberry
street, for the purpose of considering the pro-
per mode of transferring the property, and
merging the Association into the Corporation.

M. C. Cope, Secretary.

A stated meeting of the Female Branch of
the Auxiliary Bible Association of Friends in
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, will be held
on Fifth-day, the 3d of F.leventh month, at 3
o'clock, in the committee room, at the Bible
Depository.

A stated meeting of the Concord Auxiliary
Bible Association of Friends will be held at
Friends' Meeting-house, at Middletown, on
Second-day, the 14th of Eleventh month, at

11 o'clock. General attendance is requested.
By direction of the Association,

Howard Yarnall, Secretary.

MAnRiFD, at Friends' Meeting-, Hopewell, Frederick
county, Va., on Fourth day, the 12th instant, .Iessr
Wright, to Ltdi* H., daughter of John and Ra< he)
Griffith, all of Hopewell meeting.



Selected for " The Friend."

THE BARCLAY FAMILY.

Exlractcd from " An account of Friends in Scotland.
By John Barclay."

(Continued from page 31.)

Extracts from Chapter 17.

1580 to 1700 — The Christian concern and
care of Friends, during this period, with re-
gard to the education of their children. — An-
drew Jaffray and Uobert Barclay, Junior,
travel to the Highlands.

" The comforts and advantages that attach
to the liberty of serving God according to
conscience, were now, as regards this Cliris-
lian community, in full operation. The pre-
sent chapter will be opened with some agree-
able symptoms that have been collected, of
their state and progress under these circum-
stances : showing, during a considerable space
of time, what use they made of the clemency
and toleration extended towards them.

"In the year 1681, the little cluster of
Friends in this northern region, insulated in
great degree, as they then felt themselves to
he, and cut off from the privileges of commu-
nication with more populous districts of their
fellow-professors, concluded to establish two
schools, one at Aberdeen, and the other at
Kinmuck, for the benefit of their children.
On this subject, there is ample proof of the
continuance of their enlightened and weighty
concern. In the Epistles issued by their col-
lective assemblies, they hold out, in a manner
very fit for a Christian society to do, the pri-
mary importance of training up children in
the fear, nurture and admonition of the Lord;
' that they may, through the blessing from
above, come to have an inheritance and por-
tion in the heritage of Jacob.' They fre-
quently urge, their being early made acquaint-
ed with what the Lord hath done for this
people, in separating them for Himself out of
all other kindreds of the earth ; and that, in
the liberty and fear of God, the nature of that
spiritual standard which they are called upon
to uphold, should be explicitly conveyed to
the tender mind. They also advert to the
pernicious example and fellowship of ungodly
children, and the great advantage of having
their youth sheltered under the care of such
Friends, as, being in the Truth themselves,
would not suffer them to ' be corrupted from
the simplicity' of it, either by heathenish
books, or other imsound sentiments. This
exercise on behalf of the children of their
members, in a particular manner rested on
the mind of Christian Barclay ; herself, the
|)arent of a large and interesting family, and
' a mother in Israel.' She addressed several
Epistles to her Friends, stimulating those
who stood in this responsible station, to a
.etedfast zeal for the best welfare of their fami-
lies; desiring they might feel themselves far
more strongly bound to provide, so far as in
them lay, for the sustenance of these in a spi-
ritual, than in an outward sense. ' Because,'
.she remarks, ' we have felt the virtuous pow-
er of God, which hath visited us in our hearts,
to be to our souls the bread of life.' There-
fore, (she intimates,) should we rest at ease,



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while our children are feeding on the barren
spirit of this world, without breathing to the
Lord for their soul's provision, we are much
below the very infidels. She expresses the
belief that the Lord is near, and ready by his
power to help the upright-hearted, in answer-
ing his righteous will in these important
respects ; and that we, of all people, are lelt
without excuse, since He has given us to
know the fountain of strength and goodness
in ourselves, so that we need never be at a
loss, if we are but rightly retired to the gift
of God, and submit ourselves to his holy or-
dering. Her ' well accomplished' mind was,
in the like earnest manner, directed towards
those in the relation of master and servant, as
well as towards her poor neighbours."

A short account has been preserved of a
journey, performed in the work of the minis-
try by Andrew Jaffray, Robert Barclay, Da-
vid Wallace, and Alexander Spark, as far
north as Inverness, and westward among the
Highlands, where no Friends had before that
time travelled. It is as follows : —

" Robert Barclay, David Wallace, Alexan-
der Spark, and Andrew Jaffray took journe)'
I'rom Aberdeen, in the love of God and unity
of the Friends of Truth, upon the I7th of
Sixth month, called August, 1697. We tar-
ried some time by the way at Inverness,
where A. Jaffray had some good service
among Friends. Rode that night to Adams-
toun, two miles from Strathbogie, twenty-two
miles, where we had a very kind reception in
a discreet house ; the landlord of which being
very sick, A. Jaffray felt it with him to
speak to and pray for him. Next day, the
18th, at Fochabers, where we dined, A. Jaf-
fray declared Truth among the people at the
market-place ; and in our quarters, we had
good service with one Calder, a noted priest,
and one Dr. Steinson. Rode that night to
Elgin, where A. Jaffray was concerned to
preach in the street, and had a peaceable
time among the people at the cross, about the
seventh hour ; though, at our first coming
into that town, hardly any would receive us:
we travelled that da)' twenty miles. Next
day, the 19th, in our journey to Inverness, we
breakfasted by the way at Forres, eight miles,
at one Alexander Stewart's, whose wife was a
very serious, discreet woman: with them we
left some books. Dined at Nairn, eight miles,
at one John Dollar's; whose wife, in his ab-
sence from home, promised to give up their
house for a meeting on our return. We there
called upon Daniel Monro's sister, and had
some service in tliat family ; and so rode on
to Inverness that evening, in all twenty-eight
miles.

" Next day, the 20th, rode up through
Strath Erick, having furnished ourselves with
a guide and victuals, and came that night to a
place called Killwheiinmy, at the head of Loch
Ness ; lodging at one Miles Macdonald's,
where we had a good little evening meeting.
The master of the house, though a papist, was
made to confess, after the meeting, to the
Truth declared. That day we rode twenty-
four miles. On the next, we went to Lochiel's
house, with great difficulty, up the sides of
Loch Oich and Loch Lochy, eighteen miles.



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This seat is called Auchnacarry, near Loch
.\rkieg. There we remained next day, being
First-day, and had a very good meeting
among several people that understood Eng-
lish, and some other good services. On the
24th, A. Jaffray and D. Wallace rode down
to the garrison at Inverlochy ; where, the
next morning, we had a notable opportunity
with Colonel Hill, who received A. Jaffray's
message very soberly and discreetly, acknow-
■edging the truth of his testimony, which was
to this purport: That there are greater ene-
mies to be subdued within, than all outward
rebels and enemies, even the passions and
lusts of our own hearts; from which enemies
of a man's own house, come all outward wars,
insurrections, rebellions, and disorders. These
inward enemies can only be subdued, quelled,
and overcome, by following the conduct of
Christ, the inward captain, by his Light and
Spirit ; not by might, nor by outward power,
but by his grace, which hath appeared unto
all men, and leaches or enables all who obey
it, to deny and subdue all ungodliness and
worldly lusts, as well as to live soberly, right-
eously and godly in this present world. And
this victory over one's self by the Christian
weapons, is a greater conquest than the sub-
duing of all countries, according to that an-
cient distich,

' He that connmands himself is more a prince

Than he who nations keeps in awe;
And they who yield to that their souls convince

Shall never need another law.'

" To this inward principle of Divine grace
he was directed ; and he confessed thereto
very lovingly. Afterward, A. Jaffray had a
notable opportunity with the priest of the gar-
rison, in the presence of a great company of
the soldiers. So, being clear, D. Wallace and
he rode back that afternoon to Lochiel's house
at Auchnacarry ; this being the furthest point
of our journey, one hundred and twenty-two
miles.

" We staid the 26th, there being a very
great rain, and had a very good meeting; at
which, Lochiel, the elder and younger, were
present, and several people that understood
English, who were very evidently reached ;
and we sensibly felt the love and openness of
Lochiel's family, more after the meeting than
before.* Next morning, the 27th, we came
away in tender love, Lochiel, the younger,
conveying us eight or ten miles on our way ;
and we were wonderfully preserved that eve-
ning, in a great danger, in passing through a
water, called Ballaloyn, which was greatly
inundated, and which wo were obliged to get
over, or else lose our service at Inverness next
First-day. That night, we lay at a very mean
house on the water-side, and could scarce get
any roof to be under. On the 28th, we all



• Mention has been made of a connection in mar-
riage bi twecn Jean Barclay, sister to " the Apologist,"
and Sir Ewcn Cameron, of Lochiel. The family of
Lochiel, here spoken of, as being: visited by the son of
" the Apologist," ill company with his three fellow tra-
vellers, was the same. And it further appears, by a.
minute of the Aberdeen Monthly Meeting, that " Una
Cameron, daughter of Ewen Cameron, of Lochiel," laid
before them her intention of marriage with " Robert
Barclay, grandson of the Apologist."



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four came safely to Inverness with our guide,
having been preserved through several dan-
gers — blessed be the Lord our God ! We
look up our quarters in the Castle Street, at
our former lodging, at one Isabel Cowie's a
discreet woman ; where that evening we had
an excellent opportunity with three townsmen
of the place, who came on purpose to pay us
a visit, and to confer with us, viz. : Robert
Cuming, of Relugas, a very sharp, discreet,
pertinent man ; George Duncan, a modest
presbyterian ; and one Falconer, an episcopa-
lian. ' The principles of Truth were fully
opened to them, in some of the deepest points ;
particularly as the first motive of credibility,
and ultimate judge of controversy ; and Ro-
bert Cuming most ingenuously conceded to
our openings thereupon, when his understand-
ing and the witness for God was reached.
Also, with regard to the possibility of falling
from true grace, Friends were fully vindicated
from a gross slander, which George Duncan
told us was laid upon us, namely, 'I'hat we
boasted of our own strength and abilities to
keep God's commandments ; wherein we gav
him and the company abundant satisfaclior
It was, indeed, a blessed opportunity ; and the
Lord was most preciously present with R
Barclay and A. JafTray, who only were con
cerned with them at that season: — blessed be
his faithful name forever!



THE FRIEND.



(To



For "The Friend."
SUSANNA MGIITFOOT.
(Continued from page 32.)

She was a living and powerful minister of
the Word, careful not to break silence in meet-
ings, until favoured with a fresh anointing
from the Holy One; whereby she was pre-
served clear in her openings, awful and
weighty in prayer; her voice being solemn
and awakening under the baptizing power of
truth.

Many were the heavenly seasons with which
she was favoured during a lingering illness, in
some of which she was led to express herself
in a lively edifying manner, and often, with
Divine pertinence to the states of those who
were present ; as also her belief that she
should join the spirits of the just made per-
fect, in that city, whose walls are salvation,
and her gates praise.

The following account of her last illness,
we have from the memoranda of her hus-
band : —

" My dear wife has for .some months past
been in a declining state of bodily health. In
the First month, 1781, she, with some difli-
culty, attended our little Select Meeting at
Uwchlan, when she was livingly opened, and
concerned to drop excellent counsel to us ; and,
indeed, in several such opportunities of late,
her appearances were such, as gave us reason
to apprehend her stay amongst us would not
be long. Her weakness has gradually in-
creased ; she was this morning [Second nio.
2,] seized with great affliction of body, and
trouble in breathing ; when being, with dilTi-
culty, settled in bed, I said to her, ' my dear
thou art almost overdone ;' she replied



Yes:



I have not had such a trying evening ft
great while, but there is one can relieve
fit be His holy will.' Shortly after this con-
flict, a calm and solemn silence ensued, and
continuing a Caw minutes quiet, with her eyes
shut, as if asleep, she began to make melody
with her voice, bespeaking heavenly joy, and
then spoke in a clear and audible manner, as
follows : — ' I have had a prospect this evening
of joining the heavenly host, in singing praises
unto Zion's King; for which favour, my soul
and all that is sensible within me, magnifies
that Arm that has been with me from my
infant days, and which cast up a way where
there was no way, both by sea and land.'
She then spoke of the great exercise and con-
cern she had laboured under for the good of
souls, and how it had wounded her very life,
to behold the professors of Christianity work-
ing despite to the Spirit of Divine grace in
their own hearts, and acting inconsistent with
the example of a crucified Saviour; with
more to the same effect, to the tendering of
all present.

Second mo. 3d. — She was in great distress
of body most of the day, and was frequently
heard in a low voice, supplicating the Lord
for the continuation of his help, and that she
might be endued with patience to endure the
ictions he might be pleased to lay on her
whilst here, saying, — " O I what would be-
come of me now, if I had a wounded con-
science, which I have not; the work with nie
is not now to do." She frequently mentioned
her sense of the purity of that place, into
which no unclean thing can enter. Two
Friends coming in, and asking her how she
did, she said, " I am hastening away as a post
to the stage ;" adding, " to such who have
lived as we have done, (alluding to her.self and
her husband) it is hard to nature to part ; but
that may be made easy."

Second mo. 4th. — She said to me, " My
dear, do I discover any signs of impatience?"
I replied, " No ;" she said, " Our Saviour suf-
fered patiently." She spoke of the necessity
there was of being redeemed from all impu-
rity, if we would enter the kingdom of heaven ;
and, after a pause, alluding to her funeral,
said : — " Perhaps, if the loads are not too
bad, some Friends may attend from a dis-
tance ;" adding, " she believed it would be a
good meeting." Having sent yesterday to
iPhiladelphia for Dr. George Logan, for whom
she had entertained an affection from his
childhood ; who, asking her, on his arrival,
how she did, she replied, " Hasting away as
a post to the stage." After a pause, — the
doctor informed her he had brought her
some medicine, which he thought might
strengthen and relieve her if she was free to
take it, to which she answered :— " If it is
thy pleasure ; but my dependence is on the
Great Physician." However, she took the
medicine, and was relieved by it.

Second mo. 7th. — About nine this morning,
a severe fit of coughing, attended with pain,
camo on. A Friend coming in, and asking
her how she did, she said, " passing away,"
and afler a silent pause, added, " If it will be
any satisfaction to my friends, I may say, I
have never murmured at my being sick : He



who gave life has a right to take it, when,
and which way he pleases ; there is nothing
for which I would desire to live, but to be with
an aft'eclionale husband, and to see Truth
prosper. I feel as great a love to the testi-
mony now, as in my younger days, but it will
not prosper with those who prefer their own
gods before it ; and this winnowing day must
come closer to the dwellings of some, than
ever it has done, even to the shaking of them
from their gods of silver and of gold, hay or
stubble, before they will give up in a proper
manner."

Second mo. 14th. — This evening she had a
sweet heavenly time in supplication on behalf
of the churches, and particularly on behalf of
the youth, both here and in the land of her
nativity. Two young women who were pre-
sent were much tendered.

22d and 2lid. — She had intervals of ease
and rest, and even when in pain, had frequent-
ly to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb,
from a joyous foretaste of that happiness
which will be the saints' inheritance to all
eternity. This day, came to see her some
truly loving Friends, among whom was a near
and dear cousin, who had lately lost her hus-
band ; and whom my dear wife had a great
desire to see. It was a time of much weep-
ing between them, and tenderness with and
amongst us all.

Second mo. 2.5th. — First-day, she was very
low, under exercise on account of her chil-
dren. She spoke conccrnins the woman of



Canaan, who solicited her Lord on behalf of
her daughter, that was vexed with a devil, to
whom he said, " It is not meet to take the
children's bread and cast it into dogs."
" Truth, Lord, (said she,) yet the dogs eat
the crumbs that fall from the Master's
table ;" upon whose fervent importunity, he
was pleased to say, (which gracious conclu-
sion she repeated with a raised voice,) " O
woman, great is thy faith I be it unto thee,
even as thou wilt !" She desired her son
Robert to read this portion of Scripture at his
leisuie. She also spoke of the necessity there
was for Friends to guard against keeping in
their families persons of corrupt morals, and
evil communications, which have a tendency
to poison the young and tender minds of their
children ; and observed, that she thought
some parents' heads were besmeared with the
blood of their oflspring thereby ; the con-
sideration of which had grieved her many
times.

Third mo. 3d. — Two or three Friends
coming in, she remarked, that she had been
confined about four weeks, and said, " He who
knows all things best, knows why it is so ;
but I may say, 1 have been mercifully favour-
ed with patience and willingness, to leave all
to him who is the great I AM, and the Dis-
poser of all things, before whom I have walked
with humble diffidence from my younger
years. I am still a poor diffident creature,
and, sometimes, when I have heard servants
made so free as to call him Master, I have
wondered and been afraid, lest I was not pure
enough to call him so." She spoke encour-
agingly to those about her, exhorting them to
be faithful to the Lord, that they might wit-



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ness that love to abound, which casteth out all
slavish fear, that they all might be faithful to
their gift ; adding, " If it should please Provi-
dence to raise me up, so as to get to Uwchlan
Meeting again, I may probably have some-
thing to say, as in one of the last meetings I
was at there, I had, and was put by. One
Friend had a sense thereof, and spake to nie
about it ; and 1 thought I felt the spirit of
another, which I was glad of for their sakes."
She said, she remembered, when she was
young, and at a meeting in the city of Lon-
don, where she perceived the spirit of prayer
to move from one end of tlie gallery to the
other, before any one would give up to it :
" O ! it is a fine thing to sit in lively meet-
ings, and to witness the holy oil to run as from
vessel to vessel," &c.

Third mo. 5th. — She was this evening much
oppressed by a cough and difficulty of breath-
ing ; she prayed for patience to endure the
filling up the measure of her at^lictioiis, that
she might be thoroughly fitted for her change;
and be favoured with an easy passage.

Third mo. 6th. — Slie was, in great submis-
sion to the Divine will, very desirous of being
released out of this frail body. When sitting
behind her in bed, and bearing her up, I bid
her lean on me, she sweetly answered, " I do,
as on the breast of a beloved spouse, as in-
deed thou hast been to me ; but 1 desire thou
mayest give me up as cheerfully as thou canst,
into the hands of Him whom we have reason
to believe brought us together. We have fre-
quently mingled our tears under a sense of
his goodness overspreading us : Oh ! what an
excellent thing it is to be rightly Joined to-
gether in marriage! there are too few note a
days who know what it is.' She mentioned the
grievous effects attending husband and wife
drawing differently, the ill-example of it, and
the great havoc and disruption it produced in
families." i

Third mo. 7th. — This morning, she sweetly
sung to that Rock which had been her Ebe-
nezer, frequently raising her hand, and laying
it on her innocent breast, then flowing with



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