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puncheons of whiskey, which is equivalent to
a return of inore than lOOU/. per day. It has
now for a considerable time been at a stand,
and we hope may never again be called into
activity.



Attachment of a Goat to her Master. —
The commune of St. Agnes, situated at the
foot of the Alps and those eternal glaciers
which overlook the beautiful valley of Gresi-
vaudan, was a few days since the theatre of a
very singular accident. Joachim Girond had
gone on the mountain to gather w ild fruit and
to pasture his goat and her kid. Suddenly a
stone loosened from the summit overlooking
the narrow place where he was employed.
He stepped back to avoid the shock, and shield
himself from this species of avalanche. In
the rapidity of his motions, he put his foot
upon a sandy and excavated spot, and imme-
diately losing his balance, he was precipitated
down to a distance of two hundred feet.

Here wounded and bruised as he was, the
old mountaineer did not entirely lose his con-
sciousness, but he was unable to get up, or to
make any movement, and he was soon covered
with insects, which gave him the most horri-
ble torment. The rest of the day passed, and
poor Joachim suffered the most extreme pain,
heightened by hunger and thirst, when toward
night he saw his faithful goat approaching
him, and he was able to refresh himself with
her milk, while, by her plaintive bleatings, she
seemed to call for assistance.

During four days and four nights the unfor-
tunate old man remained in this horrible situ-
ation. At last a goatherd, heard the noise of
the goat, and boldly went to the assistance of
the sufferer. He found him, however, in a
hopeless state, from which he could not be
recovered, and he died the next day. — French
paper.



Rendering Wood Vninjlammahle.

The process of saturating wood with me-
tallic solutions, such as oxide of iron, has of
late been found to render it perfectly unin-
flammable. Pieces of Canadian fir, thus
impregnated, are now placed on a fierce
coke fire, and become only hot, and scarcely
charred.



THE FRIEND.



53



For "The Friend."
EDWARD THOMAS JORDAIV.

On looking over the minutes of the late
Yearly Meeting of Ohio, my attention was
drawn to the following : — " A memorial from
Smithfield Monthly Meeting, approved by
Short Creek Quarterly Meeting, and the
Meeting for StitTerings, concerning Edward
Thomas Jordan, a youth of about fourteen
years of age, was read. The lively matter
which it contained, and the weiglity expres-
sions which fell from his lips, near the close
of his life, have been felt to soletnnise our
minds ; and desires were raised, that it may
prove to our edihcation, and particularly to
our beloved young Friends who are now pre-
sent."

Having met with a copy of the memorial, I
thought it would interest the readers of " The
Friend" to give it a place in that journal ; with
that view 1 send it to the editor. S.

Edward Thomas Jordan, son of Jose|)h and
Rebecca Jordan, of Smithfield, Ohio, was a
youth of an amiable disposition, and remark-
able for steadiness of conduct. Tlie last
years of his life were spent from home with
a Friend who was engaged in mercantile busi-
ness ; and by his orderly behaviour he had
endeared himself much to the family. His
health having become somewhat impaired, he
came home with a view of regaining it. The
time thus spent with his mother (his father
being from home) proved a comfort to her.
His demeanor, during this interval, was mark-
ed by sedateness, being spent much in read-
ing. And though he had access to a variety
of books, yet his time was chiefly occupied in
perusing the New Testament, which he ap-
peared to read with much attention and inter-
est for hours together. He had not, however,
been long under the parental roof before he
was seized with more alarming illness. Phy-
sicians were called in, and many things being
done for his relief, without the desired efl^ect,
his mother in her wonted anxiety for a child
whom she tenderly loved, and who was giving
more than ordinary promise of usefulness, in-
quired of him, what they should do next ? To
which he calmly replied, " Mother let us have
patience." His mother observed to him,
since he had been so ill, it had been a conso-
lation to her to reflect, that he had been a
good boy; and that if he was taken away, she
hoped he would be happy.

He remained silent for some time, then
broke forth in supplication, beginning with,
" Lord be merciful to me a sinner;" and con-
tinued with great fervency for some time.
Soon after this he kissed his two sisters, and
told them not to cry, but to be good children.
Then inquired for his little brother, who was
brought in, whom he kissed, and told him to
be a good boy, and be obedient to his dear
mother. Then observed, " I want you all to
improve." At no time did a complaint or mur-
mur escape his lips. And it afforded a lesson
of instruction to those of maturer age, who
had the privilege of being with him, to ob-
serve, that when in the greatest bodily suflfer-
ing, his countenance bespoke resignation of
mind.



Soinething being said about his father ; he
inquired if his dear father had come ; and be-
ing answered in the negative, he lay quiet a
short time, and then said, " I am going to my
Heavenly Father's house ;" this he twice re-
peated. He said he could see heaven, and was
near the gate. Then, as if joining in the ge-
neral song of triumph, he raised his voice, and
cried, " Holy ! Holy ! Holy ! Lord God Al-
mighty: glory be to thy name forever !" Soon
after this, articulation failed ; and breathing
shorter and shorter, he quietly, and we doubt
not, peacefully, passed away to that heavenly
house of which he spoke, the 10th of Fifth
month, 18B7, aged fourteen years and eight
months. Verifying the testimony of Holy
Writ, " Out of the mouths of babes and suck-
lings thou hast perfected praise."

For "The Friend."
MEMOIR OF JOHN WIGHAM.

Our extracts from this instructive little
volume in our number of Ninth month 10th,
brought up the account to the period when,
from a sense of religious duty, he removed
with his family into Scotland in the year 1784.
From this time to 1793, a vacancy in the
Journal is supplied by the editor, his son, as
follows. — It may be well to remark, that all
the matter in brackets is supplied by the
son.

[My dear father has not left any record of
this period of his first coming to Edinburgh,
but it is known to have been one of peculiar
trial and difficulty. There were at that time
but very few in profession with Friends, and
even of this small number, the greater part
had so much departed from their principles,
and had become in their manners, their lan-
guage, and their dress, so conformed to the
fashions of the world, that there was little or
nothing left to distinguish them ; and in this
state of things, as might have been expected,
the discipline of the Society was scarcely
supported at all. Monthly Meetings had
ceased to be held, and it could not be ascer-
tained who were or were not entitled to mem-
bership.

During this time of deep and painful exer-
cise, his faith in his Almighty helper, whose
cause he had espoused, was mercifully sus-
tained ; and being enabled to persevere, his
labours were ultimately blessed with consider-
able success. By the assistance of some
Friends in the ministry, who were drawn to
visit this nearly desolate part of the heritage,
the discipline was before long, measurably
restored, and a few well concerned Friends
raised up to conduct the aflairs of the Society.
Among those who laboured in this work of
reformation, were our valued Friends George
Dillwyn, of America, who was then residing
in England, and Henry Tuke, of York, who
visited Edinburgh about this time.

At Aberdeen and its neighbouring meet-
ing, the state of things was also very discour-
aging. It is true, they had not ceased to hold
Monthly Meetings, but the right exercise of
the discipline was inefficiently supported ; and
in order to its revival, it was found needful
both there and at Edinburgh, to make up lists



of such as might be considered members, or
claimed to be such.

During his first residence in the neighbour-
hood of Edinburgh, he occupied a small dairy
farm, about two miles from meeting ; but his
stay here was but of short duration. In about
two years, under an impression of religious
duty, he moved to Aberdeen, where, during
his stay there, about two years more, he
opened a small grocery shop for the support
of his family. In the early part of the year
1788 he left Aberdeen, and went to occupy a
farm, about fourteen miles farther north, near
Kinrnuck meeting; and when not absent on
religious service, this continued to be his home
till 1704, when he left it to pay a visit in the
love of the gospel to Friends in America, as
stated in his own account.

It appears he received a certificate from his
Monthly Meeting in the Eleventh month, 1789,
to visit Friends of the Quarterly Meeting of
Cumberland, and the meetings adjacent. This
visit, of which he has not left any account,
was performed chiefly, it is believed, on foot;
as were also many of his journeys to attend
the Half-year's Meeting, in travelling to and
from Edinburgh. He has been heard to say,
that he and his companions when on some of
these journeys, after walking as far as they
were well able, were refused lodgings at some
of the inns, partly from their not appearing
like profitable guests, and also on some occa-
sions from the remains of a prejudice against
Friends, which many in that day still enter-
tained. The distance from Kiniuuck to Edin-
burgh is upwards of 120 miles.]

The father's narrative then proceeds :

In the year 1793, a very weighty concern
revived in my mind, to visit Friends in Ame-
rica ; of which I had had some prospect, be-
fore leaving England ; but for several years
it had disappeared, so that I hoped I should
have been excused : but it now returned with
so much weight, that I was constrained to
give up to it, though not without considerable
conflict. I felt so poor a creature every way,
and ill qualified for what appeared to me so
great an undertaking, that I was often sunk
very low ; and the prospect of leaving my fa-
mily, now consisting of nine children, who
seemed greatly to need my care and assistance,
appeared sometimes very trying. But I had
covenanted to do whatever the Lord required,
if He would condescend to give me satisfac-
tory evidence of his will, which He so far did
from time to time, that I had no excuse lefl :
I therefore gave up to it, and laid my concern
before my monthly meeting and half-year's
meeting ; and having received certificates of
their sympathy and concurrence, I proceeded
to London, where I had also the unity of the
Yearly Meeting of Ministers and Elders ; and
thus the way seemed clear for my procedure.

[Previous to his embarking for America,
he wrote to his wife as follows :]

London, Fifth month 92d, 1794.
I doubt not thou wilt bo desirous to know
what I am doing. I would have written thee
sooner, but waited till I should be able to in-
form thee, how my concern felt to the Yearly
Meeting [of Ministers and Elders:] and as it



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THE FRIEND.



was laid before it yesterday, I may now tell
thee, that, far contrary to what I had some-
times thought, it was generally approved of;
and many, very many Friends expressed Iheir
near unity with me ; — so much so, that it was
indeed a humbling time to my mind : — may
my heart be sufficiently thankful ! Through
the unspeakable mercy of our dear Lord —
who seemed so to cover us with His love, that
the living were knit together as the heart of
one man, — it was made a memorable time to
many. Dear Martha Roulh opened her con-
cern first, which helped me, for indeed I was
so overcome with fear and diffidence that 1
needed help.

I cannot tell thee yet, which way I am to
go, or when I may get away, not having had
full inquiry made [as to a vessel ;] but shall
write thee when the matter is fixed. I am
lodging at Milbr Christy's ; a very agreeable
lodging it is, the whole family are so atftc-
tionately kind : they often speak of thee with
much respect.

The Yearly iMeeting is very large, the new
meeting-houses, both the men's and women's,
are quite filled ;* and it may be acknowledged,
that evident tokens of the Great Master's
regard were to be felt : yet I do believe we
should be more eminently blessed with His
presence, if there were less of the wisdom of
the creature prevalent in our Meetings for
Discipline.

London, aOth of Sixth montli, 1794.
To Barbara Cruikshank. — In love un-
changeable I salute thee ; in which I feel
afresh united to thee in spirit in the gospel
covenant, — which covenant is love and life.
Though in our respective allotments, we may
at times have to experience varied trials, and
in our measures a portion of suffering with
the seed ; and often to go down into baptisms
for the dead, as well as on our own account, to
prepare us by a stepping into the river of
judgment, to bring up our stones of memorial
to tlie excellency of that Divine power, which
supports and keeps steady in the flood ; and
which preserves in the faith and patience, in
times of seeming desertion, when we may be
exceedingly hungry ; insomuch that the ene-
my may be suffered to tempt us to desire, that
the stones may be made bread. Let us in
these times remember our dear Lord's answer
to the tempter, — " that man shall not live by
bread alone, but by eveiy word of God ;" — by
every dispensation that the Lord in His wis-
dom sees meet to bring us through : — this is
meat and drink to the truly devoted heart



and pleasing openings, and withal attempting
to create a desire to communicate these open-
ings to the people, suggesting that [the mat-
ter presented] is something very suilahle to
their states, and may bring esteem to self.
All these things, my dear liarbara, are care-
fully to be rejected, and the patient waiting
kept in, for the return of the right thing [the
Divine Anointing] which perhaps may come
in, whilst the mind is under a feeling of great
weakness; and a cross [to the natural will]
will be experienced in stepping forward under
this weakness. Mayst thou ever bear in mind
that the cross is the way to the crown ; and
that all right ministry is exercised in some
degree under the power of the cross, and un-
der a sense of [human] weakness. 1 believe

thou knowest that I am deeply concerned for
thy growth and preservation, and feel a desire
to open to thy view, some of the snares by
which the enemy of our soul's peace seeks to

make us stumble and fall. 1 write to thee

as a child ; and suppose thou wilt not be un-
willing to acknowledge thyself one. Every

crown must be cast down at the feet of Jesus.
— O ! may He preserve thee, and nurse thee
in the arms of His love; and enable thee,
under the influence of His Spirit, to re-
member poor me, and to beg for my preser-
vation.

I embarked at London on board the ship
Barclay, bound for Boston, New England, the
21st of Seventh month, 1794 : I had the com-
pany of the following Friends as fellow-pas-
sengers, viz. : Samuel Emlen, who was re-
turning from a religious visit to Friends in
England, — Slartha Routh, who, like myself,
was bound on a similar errand to Friends in
America, — William Rotch, his wife, two
daughters, and two female servants, — also four
young men going with a view to settle in that
country.

We cast anchor at Gravesend, where 1
went on shore and lodged two nights.

Seventh month .30th. — Have had calms and
contrary winds since leaving the Downs; we
are now tossing about with the wind still
against us; but I have cause thaid



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