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are more thickly settled.

1 have given thee a pretty full account of
my bodily state ; and as to the mind, the
varied exercises attendant on poor travellers,
thou knowest from experimental feeling, bet-
ter than from any description I can give with
my pen. Thou knowest what a poor creature
I am, hobbling along much as usual. I am
frequently detained visiting families, and
having meetings among those of other soci-
eties ; so that I get on but slowly : but I
sometimes think perhaps I may not have to
visit all America, but in this I desire to be
resigned to the Lord's will. I believe I need
not put thee in mind to pray for my preser-
vation ; — that cementing, uniting sympathy,
which subsists between us, renders it impos-
sible for us not to feel concerned for the wel-
fare of each other as for our own.

Tenth of Eighth month. — First-day, at
Saratoga: I attended their meeting, having
held several others on my way hither. I
remained at the house of Thomas VVelbert
over Second-day. Here I had the satisfaction
of receiving two letters from my dear wife,
informing me of the weltare of my family, at
which I was glad. I spent the day in writing
to her and some others.

Eleventh. — Arrived at Eastbourn, where I
attended the Quarterly Meeting, and had a
public meeting with the inhabitants; and on
the fifteenth proceeded onwards, holding many
meetings, till I reached Cornwall ; near which
I lodged at the house of Uavid Sands, which
seemed like home ; his dear wife and daughters



were aflectionatel)' kind, and I felt sweetly
comforted under their roof.*

Seventh of Ninth month. — Had a meeting
at Cornwall in the forenoon ; and one at Clive
in the forenoon. Went thence over a moun-
tain to West Point, where I lodged at the
house of a son-in-law of David Sands.

[Holding meetings by the way, he appears
now to have bent his course towards Phila-
delphia, at which city, he states, he attended
the Yearly Meeting, and three Monthly Meet-
ings. On the fifth of Tenth month, he pro-
ceeded to Baltimore, which he reached on the
ninth, having had meetings on his way thither
at Darby, Centre, Kennet, and Wilmington :
previous to his leaving Philadelphia, he wrote
as follows : — ]

Philadelphia, NinOi month 29lh, 1795.

To his son-in-law, John Cruikshank.

I have often remembered tliee and thy dear
wile, with affectionate love and fatherly soli-
citude, greatly desiring your preservation and
perseverance in religious pursuits. Having
believed you are called to be way-marks, to
hold up an ensign to the people, it has often
been the prayer of my heart, that you may be
so preserved, that it may never be said of you,
as it hath happened to Israel, " when a stand-
ard bearer fainteth." If you, my dear chil-
dren, be watchful and obedient in all things,
the Lord will keep you. He [the Shepherd
of Israel] neither slumbers nor sleeps ; and
none is able to pluck his sheep out of His
hand : — if you do not yourselves turn away
from Him, no power can hurt you. Take
care that you prefer nothing before Him ; for
such as do so, are not worthy of Him. If he
bring you into the furnace, it is for your re-
finement : — if He proclaim a fast, it is to
make your appetites better : — if He dip you
in Jordan, the river of judgment, it is in order
for your further washing ; — and all to make
you more fruitful in those things, by which
His excellent name is glorified ; that you also
may be glorified with Him in an endless eter-
nity, when these few fleeting days are over.
And truly, a termination to our earthly pil-
grimage may soon come; numerous are the
instances of mortality now in this country, not
so much here as in New York, where a fever
prevails, similar to the one that raged in this
city two years ago, of which I doubt not, you
have accounts in the newspapers. Much sick-
ness also exists in many other parts of the
country, arising from fevers, fluxes. &c., of
whi(;h many die.

This has been considered a remarkably hot
summer: and indeed it has felt so to me, and
1 have been much overcome with it; yet,
through mercy, I have been enabled to move
along ; and now the weather is cooler, I am as
well as usual. It is now the time of the
Yearly Meeting here; when it is over I ex-
pect to go towards Baltimore, and then during
the winter to Virginia, Maryland, and the
Carolinas, whence, perhaps I may not have
any opportunity of writing ; so that you need

* David Sands was at this time absent, being en-
gaged in a religious visit to Friends and others in
Eu.ope.



not think it strange, should you be long in
hearing from me, though I intend to write to
some of you should any way open for it.

Give my dear love to my poor children. I
often think how they are left — fatherless and
motherless, — and sometimes it feels pinching;
but I hope He, whom we believe we are fol-
lowing, will do that which is best for them;
if they do not oppose His will ; and this they
might do, even if we were with them.*



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For " The Friend."
ON FOLLOAVING THE FASHIONS.

I have sometimes heard it alleged, by those
who are disposed to escape from the restraints
of the cross, that the testimony which the
religious Society of Friends has always borne
agamst following the vain fashions and costly
extravagancies of the world, is but a narrow
prejudice and, conceit of their own, without
the obligation or sanction of any Christian
precept. That this is an error, will readily
be perceived by an unprejudiced perusal of the
sacred pages, where the precepts which enjoin
it are as clearly laid down as any other gos-
pel requisition.

It is the effect of true religion, under what-
ever name it is found, to lead to a strict ob-
servance of the sacred command, " Be not
conformed to this world ;" and the greater
the spiritual attainments of any are, the more
imperative do they feel the obligation to come
out and be separate from whatever tends to
encourage or foster the spirit and friendships
and fashions of a vain and wicked world. The
mere professor is always seeking ease to the
flesh, and construes the requirements of reli-
gion in a loose and superficial manner, so as to
cost the smallest sacrifice, and the least self-
mortification. If his conscience at times con-
victs him for thus shaking hands with the
the world, he strives to quiet its reproofs by
some concessions; but the reluctance with
which they are made, proves that his heart
is not in them, and that they are wrung from
him rather by fear, than performed in cheer-
ful obedience to the will of a merciful and be-
nevolent Redeemer. How painful it is to see
our young Friends coming as near the world
in its vain customs and fashions, as they can
do without throwing aside all regard to the
secret pleadings of the Divine Witness ; thus
placing themselves as in the border of the
enemy's country, and risking their safety and
happiness for the paltry gratification of gain-
ing the applause of men. These " love the
praise of men more than the praise of God :"
and how does the rebuke of the Saviour come
home to such individuals, " How can ye be-
lieve, who receive honour one of another, and
seek not the honour that cometh from God
only V

I have lately met with some remarks of
the pious Andrew Fuller on this subject, which
seem to me so just and appropriate, that they
must gain the assent of every serious mind ;
and coming from a preacher of another reli-



* At this period 1
gious service.



ifc had left her home on reli-



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saiTS of sickcTi:
ofbolhsaalac.



•ilk hia



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~?eJ's sake.



» ^ ^ bow pretty resabriy, an] IB a sinia sorbet-

«J»J iB-lTi«iii^airfatte«lHlwitfcM^|Ki«F«r,

and a TOH^ BU whesat ap

di bnikeaia OM- sprits, and

of old, to qwiy, •* What is



-.railed a par-
rjan. who iras



■ ^' straieetoasr' I wart to bed,ia onfcr toget
^' 9o«e rest after axh bti^ae, a>d tkea to Hy



!^at the — iili fi M of ov lives was aka»-
^elr necessarr: bat hov to pit it in ptae-
. ,x i«j„ »«'-« kK' not, botk of « kwis! desatote
™r J^- cf soBBd>«^apr.4^39i(« of leb^ioa; ontf
" . ~ , " ibr farai's sake, aaA to please sea, •e»""'



: wm ta a c!»pel tfcal «as in t!>e boose.
We be^sa to eocsoh vtot nesho^ to take






oistaia a state of risbteoosccss by^
caUas M Ae war vkicb led to it. to tbe beat
,^" rf o.r~k«»-fa^'; -e looked into tbe Scrip.
="^ lo lae j^^^^^. iaqmred coBceraio? tbe priixipks aid
^^'^^y » dortfiaTrf i^lsi* - *-! tbe Boly Oae of
'*^^ f3»:lwbotb«sied«toseekHito,dMi9aaa



ri. tbat «3S



«bo is - tbe Aaabor mad Fwi^tter of tbe frith
cfd «be tnihr be&eve ia Him." Tbe &iaBf
doctor (HealbeoteJ
dae; he «9s



-^ &r pleased to teach nie I
how to wait upon Him fr strength : which,]
from lime to time. He afforded, and now be- j
gan to kindle the fire of His judgments in mv I
heart, against that seed ot' iniquity which was I
in it. I was made willing to endure the bam- 1



T9

' ing thereof, aiid I came to understand that
great sigbt which Moses saw, — the " bash
lAirniug, aiid iK>t cor;,siimed :" for although it
was not ai.d paiiiful in my heart, yet the cool
brealD of tbe love vt God, at times felt, made
ij.e willing to endure with patience: having
liope, that thereby He w( uid cleanse mv soul ;
and, lu His own iiu.e, prepaie therein an habi-
laiiuu fur bis H^ly spirit. 'J his was what I
earnestly de^ireu, ai>d a travail was often on
my spirit, that Uis holy fear migbl be placed
Oil my bear; : so in the strength given roe, I
went about my outward business, in which tbe
Lord concerned me to be more careful, booest,
and Giligent, than I had been ; and I was
helped to bear a good testimony for the Tmth
in that respect, to which my enemies were
made to contess, to the glory of His name
that did it.

Now to return to my friend, whose disteia*
per turned to asthma, for which no doctor or
mediciite were subicient. The Lr^rd worked
much wiih him, showing him what He re-
quired, yet be o^uld not give up to the hard
condition of being a Quaker. But, as be was
sitting alone in his room, the Lord opened in
hiS miud, that it be would but be obedient, be
should be cured w ithout doctor or medicine ;
upon which, be left off making use of either,
and, striving to be faithful, in about two weeks
be was able to go cut of his room, when, in
the power of God, he declared many excel-
lent things concerning Him and His kmgdoin,
ia the hearing of myself and of several others
of the family, who seemed pleased with his
company. Thus we began to be taken notice
of: and there were some Nicodemuses, who
would steal to us often in the eight : for it was
a time ot" large visitation over the family,
insomuch, that not less than seven or eight
persons therein were convinced of Truth's
principles. For my part, I w^s made to leave
all company but this. aiMl o!"ten to retire in the
fields aid gardens, pouring out my prayers
and tears before tbe Lord, for mercy and
strength to go Jorward in the way my feet
»ere set : for the enemy raised up much per-
secution, temptation, and provocation against
roe. My old companions urged roe to go with
them to former practices, having a pleasure
in my good company, as they called it : for I
could drink, game, sing, and tell abundance of
diverting stories: but I dnrst not go; and
would sometimes lock mvself up, and occa-
sionally steal into the garden or fields. Once
they found me, and with them, they said, I
must and should so. So after reasoning
awhile 1 consented, on condition that I might
have my liberty to drink only what I plea^,
and not meddle with any games;. To this
they consented, and 1 went, staying several
hours: but I was cotKreroed to keep near tbe
Lord in spirit, who preserved me ; and I could
perceive they got tired of my company, I
being a burdensome stone to them. I left
them, and they never asked me to go with
them a^n, that I remember. Being got
over this, 1 became zealous for God, con-
versing with the priests, (of whom many fre-
quented the family, there being several pro-
fessioas to religion in the boase,1 but the
Lord gave me dominion OTer their spirits, and



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THE FRIEND.



the
r. 'I'nilh havinj;
ipulj be sober and



wisdom was in my mouth to confound their
deceit. One, more wicked than the rest, un-
dertook to preacli against the Light Witliin,
and had leave from our master to use- the
chapel for that end. Great expectation was
in many, to hear what he would say ; but the
Lord so confounded him, that he got into
great disTrace and disrespect, insomuch, that
many of the family were ashamed of his mis-
management. 1 got to a place where I heard
part ol' liis discourse, which confirmed me of
tiie wickedness of his act, and gave me a
good opportunity to lay open the vileness of
his spirit before"some of the family who were
tender. I was concerne.l to expose the spirit
of pride, the dressing of the women ; and to
cry out against the steward's injustice and
unmerciful dealing— against gaming, singing,
and drinking. And I would sometimes sit
down, and warn them for 'heir g
Lord opened my understand'
dominion over all, they wi
pleased with my discourse ; and the Lord was
with me, and encouraged nic. Many of the
family believed this fit (as they culled it)
would not last long, believing I had more wit
than to be a Quaker; and I had never yet
been at a meeting. The doctor was gone, and
my friend and I were left alone amongst a
perverse people, who looked on us as speckled
birds; and though such as were tender
amongst them loved us, they had not courage
enough to own us.



Terra Di Sienna. — We learn from a Lan-
caster paper that this valuable and rare min-
eral colour, so indispensable to the artist, from
the variety of tints which it is susceptible of
enabling the portrait painter to bestow upon
his canvass, has been discovered in the neigh-
bourhood of Lancaster on the property of P.
Reitzel, Esq. It is said to be equal, if not
superior to, the imported article of the same
name. — Late Paper.

FAITH.

Bv R. S. S. Andros.
A swallow in the Spring,
anary.



For ".Tile Friend."
UIPOTE^CY OF MAN.

From the German.

Great is the Lord ! the glory of his might

His works of wonder speuk on every si.ie ;

Slurs are but drops in yondur sea of light,

Which rolls througli boundless space a sparkling tide !

Oil, where, when midst thy works I would rejoice.

Shall I beginning or conclusion know ?

What thunder slull give compass to my voice ?

What angel intellect shall thought beslow ?

Oh, who will guide my mounting spirit now,

Thai longs to tread the everla.sung hills?

I'he hmte mind o'ertaskcd is fain to bow;

This lower world its lull conception tills!

As beauteous night comes kindling- up her fires,

Great thoughts and noble feelings in me move;

Touched with the loveliness my soul inquires

What greater glory crowns the heaven oi love ?

A poor, weak, finite child of dust, am I !

I cannot grasp the knowledge 1 have sought ;

.\s liincy shadows forth futurity

1 sink, oVrwhehncd, beneath the mighty thought!

It is said that the export of silver from S.
America to Europe, is now larger than it has
ever been since the separation of the colonies
from Spain, upwards of twenty years ago.



THE FRXZIND.



TWELI TJI MO.NTIl, 3, 1SJ3.



Crime to our granary, and ncalli the eaves
Essay'd t'l make a ncsl, and there did bring

Wet earth and straw and leaves.

Day after day she toil'd.
With patient art, but ere her work was crown'd,
Some sad mishap the tiny fabric spoil'd.

And dashed it to Ihe ground.

She found the ruin wrnuglil;
Vet not cast down, fi.rlh from lur place she flew,
And with her male, fresh carlli and grasses brouglit,

And built her nest anew.

But Kcareely had she placed
The last soft feather on its ample floor,
When wicked hand, or chance, again laid waste,

And wrought the ruin o'er.

But slill her heart sho kept.
And toil'd again ; and, last night, hearing calls,
I look'd, and lo ! three lilllc swallows slept

Within the carlh-inade walls.

What Truth is here, O. Man !
Hath Hope, been sinillcn In its early dawn ?
Have clouds o'ercast thy purpose, trust, or plan ?

Have Faith, and struggle on !



The severity of the cold for the last fort-
night, premonitory, perhaps, of a long and
hard winter, is well calculated to awaken
sympathy and commiseration, for a numerous
class within the boundaries of our city and
districts, who at the present peculiarly dis-
tressing crisis, are sadly stinted in the means
of support, and unprovided in the pressing
emergency, with the necessary supplies of
food, "clothing and fuel. Our attention was
at once turned to those excellent and efieclive
charilable institutions, the Union Benevolent
Association, and the several Soup-house estab-
lishments, with a hope that they would be
speedily placed in full operation. It is there-
fure with much pleasure that we comply with
a request to insert the following notice : —
WESTERN SOl'P SOCIETY.
The Western Soup Society has decided to
open the house S. E. corner of George and
Schuylkill Sixth streets, on Third-day next,
theOlh instant, for the delivery of Soup, daily,
(First-days excepted,) between the hours of
i 1 A. M. and 1 f. M. during the winter season.
Tlie society has been induced to take this
step, in anticipation of the usual time of open-
iiig^the houstt, from the fact which has come
loTts knowledge, of the unusual nmiiber of
those who are literally without food fur them-
selves and children.

This mode of relief comes recommended to
us, after many years experience has tested its
efficiency, and the little liability there is of its
abuse. In every case claiming relief, a re-



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