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Parents and others having letters or parcels
to forward to the students at Haverford
School, are informed that they can be left at
Kimber &i, Sharpless's book store, on the
morning of Fourlh-day of each week, on
which day they will be hereafter sent for.

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

Howard Yarnall, Secretary.

Married, in Friends' mceting^, at Pollen, Worcester
county, Mass., Elisua Thornton Wiikelek, to Kua..
BtTii, daughter of Jonathan Fry.

, at Short Creek meeting-house, near Mount

Pleasant, Ohio, on Fourlh-day, the 21st of" Ninth monllj
last. Miller Gibson, of Redstone, to Ann f., daughter
of kobert Kyre, deceased.

, at Friends' meeting-house, Fal'sington,

Bucks county. Pa., on Fifth-day, the 20th of last month,
Samuel E. VVoolman, of the Unincorporated Norlhcrn
Liberties, Philadelphia eouniy, to Siis\nna, daughter of
William Satterthwaite, of the former place.

Died, Filth month 28th, 1S42, at the Elklands, Ly.
coming county. Pa., Susannah Hdoeland, ogi d sixly-
thrccycars, a valuable nieniLerand elder ol thai Prepara-
tive andof Muncy Monthly Meeting. Having .'ubiuitied
to the visitations of Divine Grace, and endeavoured to
bear the yoke and cross ol Christ, following Him in the
way of his requirings, she was favoured to experience
a slate of preparation tor the tinal change ; and on the
day before her departure remarked, " I kcl nothing but
irue peace ; and that is better than all the world."

. , with conc:c6tive fiver, after about twenty diiys

illness, aged about sixteen years, at Samuel Terrell's,
in Caroline county, V'a., (where he wilh his inotlicr waa
on a visit,) Samuel T. Kicks, second son of Alfred and
Mary Ann Kicks, of Southampton county and state
albresdid. He was a youth of orderly dcporlnient, and



Selected for " The Friend."


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

(Concluded from page 38.)

" The next day, being the First-day of the
week, we had a very precious little meeting
among ourselves, about the tenth hour, where
we were sweetly comforted together in the
feeling of the heart-breaking love of our God.
A. Jatfray having signified, that it lay upon
him as a duty, to speak to the people when
they should come out from their forenoon
worship ; we went all four together, in the
unity of the Spirit, to the end of the street
where their worship-house stands. And having
attended, and walked to and again, till the
throng of the people came fortli, both from
the English and Erse houses — for in one of
them they preach to the country people in
Erse, though many of them also understand
English — a living, open testimony was borne
there to the true worship of God, the spiritu-
ality of it, the way and manner of it ; also the
nearness of the Spirit of Christ to people, as
an inward principle, and how to know the
same from all other spirits not of God ; that
so therein they might worship the Father in
the one true and living way. The people
stood e.tceedingly attentive and sober, both
great and small, there being a very great
crowd, and no disturbance in the least was
made; after which, we walked peaceably up
the street to our quarters. We had intimated
to the people, at the end of the public testi-
mony, that it was our intention, iu the Lord's
will, to have a meeting at our quarters that
afternoon, about the fourth hour, after the dis-
solution of their public worship. At the hour
appointed, our landlady, having very willingly
yielded to let us have the use of her house for
that end, we had a very full and large meet-
ing. Not only the large room wherein it
was, but the next room, chambers above, and
the stairs being all crowded with people, who
were exceedingly sober and serious all the
time. And the Lord's power and blessed
presence, as a fountain suitable to the occa-
sion, was largely set forth for his own work :
— blessed be his holy name forever ! That
night A. Jaffray went to visit the old bishop
of Murray, called Hay, who was sore diseased
in his body by a palsy. The following day,
finding ourselves clear, and having dispersed
several books, we set forward on our journey
homewards. We were at John Dollar's, at
Nairn, where the woman had promised us the
use of her house for a meeting. Accordingly,
her husband being then returned, gave it up
freely ; and we had a most precious season
among a great many people, who, upon the
very first intimation of a meeting, filled the
room, stairs, and streets; where there was a
wonderful breaking in of the tender, melting,
opening life and love of God, as if they had
been all settled Friends. Indeed, such a
season of life and glory, among a people not
gathered into the Truth, none of us did ever
see ! Surely, the Lord hath a great seed to
gather in that place and thereaway. O that
it may be often visited, watered, and prepared

for a harvest, and brought into his garn-
ers !

" After this blessed season, we rode that
night to Elgin, to William Douglas's, our
former lodging, being twenty-eight miles in
all ; then to Edmonstoun, where our former
discreet landlady fell a blessing the Lord, who
had sent His servants to her house; having
declared, that after A. Jaffray had prayed for
her husband when we were there before, he
had daily recovered from that time. The next
day we came safely to Aberdeen, being the
day before the Monthly Meeting, being a
journey of two hundred and forty-four miles."
Extracts from Chapter 18. — 1723. — Some

account of Christian Barclay and her


" Of Christian Barclay no additional par-
ticulars have come to hand, beyond the in-
structive document, which was issued after
her decease, by those who could best estimate
the value of her character. An abstract of
the principal parts of it are here subjoined.
Her mind was remarkably turned to religious
considerations from her youth, publicly em-
bracing the testimony of Truth, in the love of
it, about the sixteenth year of her age, and
that, through many hardships and suSerings ;
in this path she all along steadfastly trod,
giving evidence both by doctrine, and by an
example becoming the gospel, of her great
concern for its prosperity. She was a well
accomplished woman every way, and of sin-
gular virtues; grave and weighty in conver-
sation; ' diligent in business,' as well as ' fer-
vent iu spirit ;' and therein ' serving the Lord,'
he was pleased to afford her many precious
seasons of refreshment, wherein she was en-
abled livingly to testify of his dealings to the
children of men, being plentifully attended
with his love and power, to the great joy and
comfort of the faithful ; and to the praise of
Him who hath so gloriously revealed himself
in this latter age. In the same love for her
fellow-creatures, she laid herself out to assist
and give advice to sick people ; especially
the poor, whose necessities she freely sup-
plied. Many of her patients would come ten,
twenty, thirty, and some even forty miles and
upwards, receiving through her care and skill
very considerable benefit, for her success was
wonderful ; so that, among these classes, much
lamcntion prevailed on account of her removal.
Her great and daily concern for the preser-
vation and advancement of her family, in those
things that are most worthy and excellent has
been before adverted to, as well as for the
welfare of the youth in general, who came
under her notice. The bright influence of
her example had great effect upon her chil-
dren and grandchildren, eight or ten of whom
she usually had at a time under her roof ; and
she was permitted to see the Divine approba-
tion and blessing, remarkably crown her en-
deavours on their behalf. But her efforts and
exercises not confined here, were directed for
the good of all, especially for the church — that
no slackness or unconcern might be enter-
tained, and that every one professing Christ,
might use all diligence to make their calling
and election sure. During her last illness,

many were her pious expressions, all tending
to the same purpose, — for sickness altered not
her frame of spirit; the earnest, unabated de-
sire prevailing with her to the last, that in life
and death she might be a faithful servant of
the Lord. At length she yielded up her spi-
rit in great peace, joy, and quietness, on the
14th of the Twelfth month, having outlived
her husband thirty-two years, and being in
the seventy-sixth year of her age.

" Respecting the family left by this ' mother
in Israel,' there have already been some pro-
mising and rather unusually hopeful circum-
stances recorded. That they were favoured
to hold on their way, in the line so highly
recommended to them by the piety, the pray,
ers, and spiritual nurture of their parents,
there is no cause to doubt ; but the informa-
tion which might have cleared up this point,
is, with regard to some of these children, de-
fective. They were seven in number. Chris-
tian, one of the daughters, treading in the
footsteps of her mother, was valued as a faith-
ful labourer in the gospel field. She was
married in 1699 to Ale.xander Jaffray, son of
Andrew Jaffray; and her decease took place
as late as the year 1751 ; after a long life
spent, according to the representation of sur-
vivors, ' from early youth to her latest mo-
ments,' in sincere dedication to the path of
duty. The three other daughters were mar-
ried into the Forbes' fimily, of Aquorthies ;
while two of the sons, David and John, settled,
the one in London, and the other in Dublin.
Robert, the eldest, succeeded to the estate of
Ury, which is still in the family; — and he
succeeded also, as we have already seen, to
the spiritual heritage of those that fear the
Lord, through acceptance of ' the spirit of
adoption,' whereby the children of all true
believers may become the children of God.
Besides his journey to the Highlands, he tra-
velled several times, in the line of ministry, to
London, and other parts of England and Scot-
land ; was zealous in propagating that which
he believed to be the truth of the gospel
amongst his friends and others; charitable to
the poor ; humble and meek in his deportment ;
benevolent to all. He also wrote one or two
small treatises. About two years before his
removal by death, which took place in 1747,
on the completion of his seventy-fifth year, he
contracted much weakness of body, which,
however, did not prevent him from being dili-
gent in attending religious meetings in the
neighbourhood. In a submissive state of
mind, he waited his last change ; and when
much afflicted by disease, used to say, ' Not
my will, but the Lord's be done in every
thing.' And, a short time before he became
speechless, one standing by his bed-side, think-
ing he did not hear, whispered to another,
that she was surprised to perceive such a
sweat upon him; on which he answered with
a strong voice, 'This is the sweat which
comes before death — and I shall now soon be
among the spirits of just men made perfect.'
Shortly afterward, he, as it were, slept away,
expiring at his house of Springhall,ncar Ury;
and giving ample proof, to the last, that he
had been made partaker of those highly spi-
ritual views of the gospel dispensation which



the Society of Friends have been called to
uphold ; the consistency of which standard lias
been of late, in several respects, increasingly
acknowledged by most other Christian com-

For " The Friend."

(Concluded froui p;ige 400

Fourth mo. 11th. — On taking leave of her
daughter, Susanna Judge, who was under a
necessity of going home, she said, " If thou
hearest of any sudden change, do not be over
much surprised, for about seven months past
it has been a time of weaning, by little and
little, and thou well knowest we are to look
fur succour to that Hand which has been thy
poor mother's support from her youth u|), who
lias been one of sorrows, and much acquainted
with grief; my latter days have been the
easiest, but I have never forgotten the worm-
wood and the gall ; and this I would have my
Friends to know in the land of my nativity, as
some there (though very few) said I should
grow proud, if ever I grew rich ; therefore, I
would have them to know, (not for my sake,
but for the precious testimony's sake,) that
the southern breezes have not yet soothed so
as to make me forget myself: it is true, this
has been a pleasant spot to live in, with an
agreeable companion, and I believe it was
nothing short of the good Hand which so pro-
vided for me, but my heart has not been in it."
This evening she said she felt herself worse,
and gave directions about her coffin, which
was to bo of oak, showing her humble atten-
tion to the wood most common in the land,
rather than to the customs which have pre-
vailed in this respect; and how she would
have things ordered in laying her out, which
was with exemplary plainness.

Fourth mo. l^th. — She desired me to at-
tend meeting this day, saying: — " My place
is here to struggle with my bodily afflictions
for a season ;" and, in the afternoon, she said,
" I thought the coast had been clear, that I
might have launched out of time, into the
ocean of eternity ere now, as a boat well fitted
out; but I was mistaken; and now I am still
resigned to His will, who has a right to do as
he pleaseth with his own ; I murmur not, nor
dare to say, what docst thou'.'" She continued
some time speaking of the Lord's goodness to
his people, concluding with lively supplica-
tions to him whom the virgin souls love ; that
he would preserve his little lambs in his holy
inclosurc, out of iho reach of the devourer.

Fouith mo. 19th. — John Perry and divers
other dear Friends were here. John sat and
looked at her, as she lay in a quiet sleep, and
being fearful of disturbing her, slipped away
without speaking to her. Upon being asked
what he thought of her, he replied : He
thought she was a child of heaven; and desired
none might be too anxious for her long con-
tinuance here; but that her near connections
might give her up cheerfully. When she
awoke, I told her John Perry had been to see
her, and desired his love to her ; she said it
was acceptable, and bid me, when I saw him,
to give her love to him in return, and to ad-

dress him in the language of Joseph to the
butler, " When it is well with thee, remember
nic." The same morning, in the hearing of a
few Friends, she cautioned against a light
chaffy spirit getting up in a show of religion ;
and was further led to thrash the hypocritical
ungodly Quakers. She signified that a terri-
ble day would overtake those sooner or later.
After Friends were gone, I told her a tender
mind then present took part of her testimony
this morning to herself. She answered, she
ought not to have done so, for she did not
think it belonged to any that were present;
but the states of sdme individuals at a distance
were revealed to her in such a striking man-
ner, that she could not help expressing herself
in that way.

Fifth mo. 1st. — Last evening, as f sat by
my dear wife, she had a severe struggle for
some time, breathing with great difKculty, as
though her dissolution was at hand, but re-
covering a little got some rest. This morn-
ing, on my asking her how she did, she
answered, " A calm before a storm." And
about two hours afterwards, she told me she
was apprehensive of a violent return of the
disorder, and doubted her getting through it ;
therefore, she chose to take leave of me ;
which she did in a most solemn and afflicting
manner, none being present at that time.
She then asked for Anne Emlen, who had just
stepped out, for that she had felt the sym-
pathy of her spirit in some conflicts heretofore,
and said she would like to have her near to
her; to whom, on her coming in, she said : "O,
my dear creature!" And then, after a pause,
said : " O my dearest Redeemer I help me if it
be thy will, until the thread be cut, and then I
then ! O be pleased to be with my dear hus-
band in every gloomy season, when he may
have none to unbosom himself unto !" And
after panting a while for breath, she proceed-
ed in a lively supplication to the Almighty,
that he would be pleased to preserve his peo-
ple in general ; and particularly the beloved
rising youth, not only out of the bye ways,
and crooked paths, but from the subtle trans-
formations of satan, in his appearances like
unto an angel of light. After this, being
helped beyond her expectation, she, with
great composure of mind, directed where to
get the articles for laying her out, which were
prepared for that purpose, that no hurry might
be at so solemn a time ; as she had been
grieved to see people at a loss how to come
at things on such occasions ; saying, every
thing necessary should be at hand ; and was
most easy to mention it before she grew
weaker, and unable to speak about it.

Whilst suffering under a*severe return of
her illness, on my feeling for her pulse, she
signed to me to put my finger on her arm ;
and then, with difficulty, asked if I did not
feel it there ; I answered, " Yes." " Ah,
then, (said she,) there is reason to hope that
I shall soon go ; it was so with my dear aunt
Elizabeth Jacob, and she was soon released ;
who was one eminent in her day for the turn-
ing many to righteousness ; and is now reap-
ing the reward of her labours ; and, oh ! I
hope soon to join her spirit, and the spirits of
the just. O may the distant branches of her

family walk in her steps. May her grand-
son, and his spouse, with their children, walk
in hers, and dear Isaac's footsteps I O ! my
dear, remember my endeared love to them ;
gratitude still fills my heart to that family :
also to Friends in Waterford, in general."
This, though an affecting day, is to be re-
membered, for the fresh descendings of
heavenly love on my dear wife, supporting
her in great distress of body, to the baptizing
in degree the minds of all present, into the
laver of Divine grace.

Fifth mo. 2d. — A day of more ease, which
excited thankfulness. In the evening, as we
were moving her, she prayed that she might
be thankl'ul enough; saying, there were ten
lepers cleansed, and but one of them returned
to give thanks ; adding, " O, that I may be of
the thankful number."

Fifth mo. 3d. — A distressing time in the
morning, I could not leave her to go to meet-
ing. Two young women called to see her,
she was scarcely able to speak to thern, but
after they had taken leave of her, and turned
their backs, she, not knowing their uanjes,
told me she desired to speak with the tallest,
whom, on returning, she tenderly exhorted to
faithfulness, though difficulties might attend it,
yet the Lord would help her through ; and to
the youngest, she said, " Dear child, be hum-
ble, for it is in the low valley of humiliation,
the Lord will teach of his ways," &c. They
both departed in floods of tears. The same
evening, speaking of some, who, full late, had
paid regard to her painful exercise, and faith-
ful exhortation concerning them, she said,
" Well would it have been for the old world,
had they taken warning at the sounding of
the hammer, in building the ark, they might
peradventure, have thereby escaped destruc-
tion !"

Fifth mo. 4th. — Much difficulty and distress
attended her this morning. She cried, " O
come, dearest Lord ! and take n e to thyself,
even unto thy heavenly kingdom, of the joy of
which I have a foretaste I"

Fifth mo. 6th. — First-day of the week,
with a sweet and heavenly voice, she said,
" O thou Physician of value I come quickly,
and take me into Paradise, for I long to be
with thee there."

Fifth mo. 7th. — Repeating her desire to be
dissolved, if it was the will of her great Lord
and Master, about midnight, there appeared
an alteration, and the family were called up.
On my coming to sit by her, she desired me
to lower her head, and I should see how it
would be ; which I did. She asked for water
in a spoon, which I administered several
times, as she called for it, guiding it to her
mouth with her hand, and perceiving some
stir, she desired that all might be quiet. She
then seemed composed, breathing with less
difficully, but, sometifne after, desired me to
ask a person, who sat at a distance in the
same chamber, what she thought of her ; I
did so, and returned for answer, that she
thought she would not be long here ; but ad-
ded, " That is no terror to thee ;" she answer-
ed, "No;" and laying a considerable time
without speaking, 1 asked her quietly if she
wanted any thing, she said, " No, my dear



heart !" Her son Robert, and Nancy Emlen,
sitting by her, she reached forth her hand,
with a look of endearing love, and drew each
to her, and kissed them, saying : " O my son !
dwell under the weight ;" (alluding to his
confession made a few days before, that the
uneasiness he had caused her through his
transgressions, was as a millstone about him ;
asking her forgiveness;) and a while after, she
added, " Mayst thou be saved." She reached
her hand, took hold of mine, and kissed it, to
take her leave of me; 1 returned the saluta-
tion in the same manner without a word ; then
putting her hands under the clothes, as if go-
ing to rest, she, in a short time, passed quietly
away, about the fourth hour in the morning,
like one falling into an easy slumber. Such
awful solemnity, attended our minds at that
time, as entirely forbade every degree of
anxiety. Friends, both far and near, being
much affected, manifested great love and
atfeclion, in visiting her during her illness,
whicii she frequently remarked with grati-
tude to the great Author of love, who had
given her such place in the affections of his

It was the 8th of Fifth month, 1781, that
she departed this life ; her remains were in-
terred on the 11th, at Uwchlan, attended by a
very great concourse of people, on which occa-
sion a solid meeting was held ; and was, in-
deed, a good meeting, agreeable to her pros-
pect in the early part of her illness. It was
the largest and most respectable funeral ever
known there.

Our dear Friend, Samuel Eralen, on be-
holding her remains, which slill retained a
most solemn appearance, expressed himself
audibly in the hearing of many people, as fol-
lows: — "Having served God in her generation,
she is fallen asleep in the arms of everlasting
mercy. Oh! what a comfort !"

" Although they, who are departed hence,
in the Lord, can receive no addition to their
happiness, by any testimonial of their sur-
viving friends, however just ; yet to the wise
in heart, precious is the memory of the truly
pious and upright, whose humble walking in
the fear of God has livingly witnessed against
the appearance of evil in its various trans-
formations ; their conformity in spirit and
practice to the holy law of the Lord, evincing
the delight and benefit to be found therein ;
for " Verily, there is a reward fur the right-
eous ; verily he is a God that judgeth in the
earth." Psalm Iviii. 11.

" What scene in this life more dignifies
humanity? What school is more profitably
instructive than Ihe death-bed of the right-
eous? impressing the understanding with a
convincing evidence, that they have not fol-
lowed cunningly devised fables, but solid sub-
stantial truth ; that there is a measure of
Divine light and grace in man, which, if duly
minded and obeyed, is sufficient to preserve
through all the vicissitudes of life ; to give
him the victory over his spiritual enemies, and
in the end over death, hell, and the grave !"

It is right, therefore, that the remembrance
of those should be preserved, whoso lights
have so shone before men, as to excite the

beholders of their good works to glorify God,
the original and source from whom all good
is derived ; and that being dead, the lustre
of their pious example through life, and on
the approach of death, may continue to speak
the inviting language, — " Follow us as we
have followed Christ."

For " The Friend."

It has often been a source of regret to me
that so many of our young Friends (and some
who are older too) absent themselves from
our Meetings for Discipline, and I apprehend
they cannot be aware of the serious loss
which they sustain by such a habit. It is

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