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commendation is expected from some respect-
able person to whom the applicant is known.
Where this testimonial is wanting, a tempo-
rary supply is given, a visit made to such fam-
ilies, and their circumstances inquired into by

visiters of the Union Benevolent ^sociation,
who attend daily at the house, evincing much
kindness and alacrity in performing a service
for which their previous knowledge and expe-
rience peculiarly qualifies them.

Although well aware of the many claims
which press upon the diminished means of our
citizens, and which might tend to lessen the
flow of their accustomed liberality, the Soci-
ety cannot, for a moment, suppose that an
appeal, such as is here preferred, will remain
unanswered; an appeal wliich comes from
brethren and sisters who are cold, destitute, and
in want of daily food, to those who are abun-
dantly supplied with outward comforts and

At the present time, or during the winter,
any who may have meat, potatoes, rice, or
other provisions which they are willing to
bestow, are requested to send them to the

Contributions in money will be gratefully
received by M. L. Dawson, treasurer, north-
west corner Filbert and Tenth streets, or by
either of the undernamed members : M. C.
Cope, S. Bettle, jr., J. M. Wetherill, Loyd

Twelfth mo. 3d, 1843.


The committee to superintend the Boarding.
School at West Town, will meet in Philadel-
phia on Sixth-day, the 9th instant, at three
o'clock, p. M.

The committee on Instruction meet on the
same day at 10 o'clock, a. m.

Thomas Kkmbek, Cleric.

Philad. 12th mo. 3d, 1842. .


Our friend Reuben G. Peckham, of Provi-
dence, K. I., requesting to be released from
the agency of " The Friend ;" will our sub-
scribers in that city be kinrl enough lo for-
ward the name of a suitable Friend who may
be willing to succeed him?

The following agents appointed during the
course of the publication of the 15th volume,
were unintentionally omitted in the last re-
vised list of agents, inserted in No. 2 of the
current volume.

'J'obias Meader, Dover, New Hampshire.

Jonathan E. Cox, Rich Square, Northamp-
ton county, N. C.

MABitmn, at Fricnd.s', Mcdford, N.
J , on Fifth-day, the l.'ith ofTenlh month last, Samuel
II. RoDKRTs, of CropwcU, lo Abigail An.n, daughter of
David IKiines of the foi

, at Friends' Me

North Sixth st.


■1 hia, on Third-day, the 2iilh of Elevcnlh month,
.IiivE.s of Newton, N. J., lo Sakah S. daughter
11 Brooks.

DiKn, on the 24lh of Eleventh mnnlh, at the residence
of her liithcr, Mautiia, di.ugbler of Clayton Hancock,
of Springfield, N. J., in Ihe 17lh year of her age. She
was taken ill at Wcsllown School, and was obliged to
leave before the close of the last session.


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For " Tbe Friend.'

In volume fifteen of " The Friend," pages
218, 219, will be found an interesting account
of Grace Darling, who, by her intrepidity,
was the means of saving the lives of nine per-
sons, when the steamer Forfarshire was
wrecked, in the Ninth month, l6:iS, off the
north-east coast of England. By the annexed
account, taken from a late paper, it will be
seen that she has been removed by death ; and
that the beautiful simplicity of characler,
which veiled yet adorned her energetic spi-
rit, remained with her to the last. It would
be well for such of our readers as do not re-
member the circumstance alluded to, to peruse
the account in connection with the following
article : —

" T/ie Late Grace Darling. — A correspon-
dent at Bamburgh gives the following particu-
lars of the death of this young woman, so well
known to the public from the heroic part she
acted in saving the crew of the Forfarshire
steamer, which was wrecked on one of the
Feme groupes in the autumn of 1838. For
the last few months symptoms of a decline
have been manifest in JM^ constitution, and
notwithstanding every. care and attention that
change of residence and medical skill could
effect, she expired, without any apparent pain,
at the house of her sister, at Bamburgh, her
mother and sister alone being present. Every
expression of sympathy and kindness was
shown to the heroic sufferer during her illness
by the inhabitants of the district, especially
by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland,
the latter of whom was unremitting in her
inquiries after her. It will be remembered
that, at the time of the wreck of the Forfar-
shire, a public subscription was set on foot to
testify the admiration of the subscribers for
her meritorious conduct. This amounted to
upwards of 70U7., which was funded for her
use, under the trusteeship of the Duke of
Northumberland and Arclideacon Thorp. —
This money, it is supposed, will be given to
her father, who accompanied her in the boat
on the memorable occasion referred to. Be-
sides this sum, she was in possession of con-

siderable sums presented to her on dilli;
occasions, by many noble and illustrious admi-
rers, which, it is stated, she has bequeathed
to her brothers and sisters in nearly equal
shares. Her mortal remains were interred in
the family burying-place, Bamburgh church-
yard. 'J he mournful procession moved from
the house of her sister, followed by a numerous
party. At the lowering of the cofiin, aiid
throughout the whole of the service, many a
tear was shed. The cofKn, which was re-
markably neat, bore the following inscription:
— ' G. H. Darling, died October 20, 1642,
aged twenty -si.x years.'

" It appears that for some time previous to
the death of this truly excellent and exem-
plary young woman, she was perfectly aware
that her latter end was approaching, but this
gave her no uneasiness. She had been nur-
tured in the fear and love of God, and depen-
dence on the merits of her Redeemer, and her
hope of mercy increased as her bodily strength
diminished. She was never heard to utter a
complaint during her illness, but exhibited the
most Christian resignation throughout. Short-
ly before her death she expressed a wish to
see as many of her relations as the peculiar
nature of their employment would ad.iiit of,
and, with surprising fortitude and self com-
mand, delivered to each of them some token
of remembrance. This done, she calmly
awaited the approach of death, and finally
resigned her spirit into the hands of Him who
gave it, without a murmur. The celebrity
which this amiable female had acquired
effected no change in her conduct or demean-
■. She was from her earliest years of a
eek, kind, and gentle disposition, and so
she continued to the last moment of her ex-


From Old Humphrey's " Tbouglits for the Thoughtful."

Let an old man speak, for he may not long
have the opportunity ; and let him be heard,

nd heeded too, for his words are worth a
moment's consideration.

The tongue has set more people by the
ears, ruined the peace of more families, and
done more mischief in the world, than all the
highwaymen that were ever hung. He that
sets his neighbour's premises on fire with a
torch, is taken up and tried for his life; but
he that inflames the hearts of his neighbours
with his tongue is allowed to go free. '^ Some-

imes he propagates the lie of his own making,
and sometimes the unfounded report of an-
other, going forth with the poison of asps
under his lips; and covers over the sin of his
1 speaking, lying, and slandering with the

poor, pitiful excuse, that he has " heard it
said so."

When a house is on fire, though the flame
bursts through the floors, wraps round the
walls, and rages among the rafters, you may
arrest its progress wilh a water-engine ; or
you may restrain it from setting other houses
on fire ; or, even if should burn down a whole
street, a village, or a town, there is an end to
it ; but where is the tnd to the raging of the
tongue 1 " The tongue is a fire, a world of
iniquity." James iii. 0. It spreads far and
wide, it compasses sea and land, and no engine
can repress its power : of all conflagrations,
there is none so rapid, wide-spreading, and
destructive, as the conflagration of the tongue.
The sword is a deadly instrument, and
many are the mighty that it has laid low ; yet
not half so deadly as the tongue. The
teeth of the sons of men " are spears and
arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword."
Psa. Ivii. 4.

Where one has been injured by the sword,
a hundred have been wounded by the tongue:
the sword provoketh to momentary conten-
tion ; but the tongue, by its grievous words,
stirs up lasting anger, envy, hatred, malice,
and uncharitableness.

Fierce are the wild beasts of the forest,
when pressed by hunger ; for they spare not,
neither show pity to the traveller that falls in
their way. Savage are the wolf, the hyena,
and the tiger; mighty is the elephant, and'
terrible the lion, the monarch of the woods ;
but they are not so fierce as the tonirue, nor
so untameable, for they may be subcfued and
made gentle as the lamb. " Every kind of
beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of
things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been
tamed of mankind ; but the tongue can no
man tame." James iii. 7, 8.

Dreadful is the plague when the leprous
spot spreads in the flesh. When the infec-
tious breath and contaminating touch conspire
to carry on the pestilence through the crowded
city, mourning and lamentations increase, de-
solation and death abound ; but the tongue
destroys health, peace, and reputation. "De^th
and life are in the power of the tongue ;" it
wounds not only the body, but the spirit. It
not only injures the living, but bla.sts with its
pestilential poison the character of the dead.
" What shall be done unto thee, thou false
tongue?" The flame, the sword, the wild
beast and the pestilence, all together, do not
half so much injury to mankind as the tongue.
Our desire should go forth in the mornin

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