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a cry within me to the Lord on his behalf,
that he would touch his heart, and make him
sensible of the condition he was in ; which I
felt so forcibly, that 1 could not forbear giving
utterance to my secret feelings, which was
not usual with me. The Lord, whose love is
everlasting, answered my petition, so that in
a few moments this young man was humbled;
and coming into my bed, confessing and be-
moaning his great disobedience ; he told me,
that whilst that woman (meaning the lady)
was his friend, he could not be faithful. 1
advised him to break the chain : — go to meet-
ings, though she would be his enemy ; which
he promised he would next First-day ; hut 1
was fearful he would break his word, which
he did. One First-day, 1 got horses to carry
us to meeting. The alarm being given in the
family, a priest came from our master with a
message, commanding my friend to come to
chapel. I undertook to answer the priest,
bidding him tell our master, that when he
(the priest) |)roved himself a true minister of
Christ, we would come to hear him. So away
went the priest, and there soon came another
messenger with the same command. The
chief servant beset my companion, telling him
he would be turned out of doors ; but as for
me, they thought me half mad, and cared lit-

to persuade him to desist his in
tended resolution, and great fear I was in on
his account. I had recourse to the Lord, by
retiring to wait upon Him, who was again
pleased to give strength, so that he got loose.
Having paid our reckonings at the inn, we
purposed going to London ; but next day the
lady sent for my friend to dispute with a priest
she had procured for the purpose. Finding
him so much inclined I advised him against
it, but he would not hear me. He promised
soon to come back, and attend to a little busi-
ness we had in view. In this dispute my
friend was much too hard for the priest.

I then prepared for my journey to London,
intending to go as soon as possible. Meeting
with a Friend going thither, 1 bought a horse,
and set forward with him.

I may here repeat, that I had to endure
much trouble and exercise of spirit for months
together, whilst an inmate of this great family ;
but through all the Lord marvellously upheld
and kept me in my proper place,solongas I was
obedient to His holy law in my heart, enabling
me to bear testimony to His Truth : and in
due time I felt freedom to quit my situation,
though worth sixty pounds a year. For these
mercies my soul's desire is to magnily His
grace, and give Him all the praise, who alone
is worthy forever.

I would here observe, that amongst those
of this establishment who were visited, and
whose understandings were measurably o]ien-
ed concerning Truth's principles, but who
proved rebellious thereto, one was drowned
whilst wading through a river. This indi-
vidual had turned into bitterness against all
Truth and Friends : and the accident occurred
in about a year after I had left the family.
Another, who clearly saw what was required
f hiin, but not yielding obedience, attempted

tie what became of me. I greatly feared for to cut his own throat. Being prevented, he
my friend, who was weak. At length, 1 found means to hang himself. One of the

ceased to persuade him, and retired into my
room to wait upon the Lord ; and I soon found
a cry in my heart for his help, believing the
Lord would strengthen him. Finding him

messengers before named, who brought the
order for my friend not to go to meeting, but
to chapel, fell from a chair in a slate of intoxi-
cation, and died in a few days. Another fell

down some steps, whereby he was killed.
And the lady's maid, before alluded to, was
turned out of her place, for her abominable
pride and ill carriage, and she came to noth-

1 would tenderly advise all who may read
this, and who may be under a visitation from
(jod, to be very careful not to sligiit His
mercy, for He is thereby provoked to with-
draw His favour and protection ; and when
any poor creature loses this, woe and misery
will be his portion. The Lord is, far beyond
expression or comprehension, merciful, but
He is likewise just and righteous; and when
He executes His judgments on the w icked, and
those who will have none of His counsel, but
who set at nought all His reproofs, choosing
not the fear of Hiin ; — these expose them-
selves to the calamities spoken of iu the first
chapter of Proverbs. In the consideration of
which, my soul is much bowed in remembrance
of His mercy to me, and that I was made
willing and obedient to Him in the day of my
visitation, when I «as far from His fear.

But to return. — Being on the road to Lon-
don, with the Friend before named, and dif-
fering from Him in outward appearance, he
for some time was shut up in his mind, not
knowing what sort of companion he had got,
and was ready to conclude that I scarcely
came into the fold at the right door. But
before we parted, the Lord gave us a taste of
His love together, whereby we were visited in
our respective measures: and though I was a
babe just born, I was begotten of the (rue
seed. And I have thought how good it
is, for all who profess to be followers of Jesus,
to stand in His counsel ; and when they meet,
with tender spirited ones, not to judge entirely
by the outward appearance, but to let pure
wisdom ever be our guide, so that we may be
enabled to judge righteous judgment.

We reached London, and were kindly wel-
comed b)' my wife, who had become a plain
honest Friend : and I also felt constrained to
appear in my clothing more like one of that
people. I resolved, however, to imitate only
the smartest I had noticed amongst them. I
parted with my long wig, and bought a short
one ; bought cloth for a dress, and carried it
to a Friend to make up, who wished me to give
directions how the suit was to be made. I
told him I had not freedom, but (he being an
honest Friend) would leave it with him. He
made the clollies so plain, I was ashamed to
put them on. But the Lord determined to
bring down that strong will in me which would
have its own way ; so after many days of sore
conflict respecting them, I was made to sub-
mit. I thought to have sold several of the
books I once leaned upon, but I considered I
had been deceived by them, and to prevent
their doing further mischief, 1 cast them into
the fire.

Now I looked like a plain Friend ; and the
first day I put on these clothes, I was ashamed
before my former acquaintance, being mostly
amongst what are called gentry. 1 thought
1 had suffered abundance for Truth's sake, and
that my troubles were almost at an end ; not
considering that what had been done already
was only the cutting otf the boughs of that

ungodly tree which grew in my heart, and
that the body and root remained. However
the Master, who had called me into the vine-
yard, knew what work was most befitting ine.
About this time I became acquainted with
lionest woman Friend, whom the Lord made
instrumental for mj' help on several occasions,
for which mercy 1 desire to be thankful. The
first day I put on my clothes, I walked out of
town three or four miles, the Lord raising a
cry in my heart, that, as 1 had taken the mark
of a holy profession, 1 might not, by my life
and conversation, bring dishonour thereupon.
Being now out of business, 1 spent most of
my time in going to meeting, and walking in
the fields retired, where the Lord showed me
I was wanting in many things, concerning
plainness of speech, which is the language of
Truth ; the keeping on of my hat, and re-
fusing the customary salutations. These
crosses to my natural inclinations brought me
under much exercise many days and nights
before I could submit. But I knew the Lord
to be a swift witness against the evil nature
that was in me ; and many times, when my
hand was on my hat to pull it off, I felt in my-
self condemned, so that 1 durst not do it ; so
likewise in speech, and such things as by
many are accounted little matters. Yet these
troubled me for months, and many hearty
earnest cries did I put up to the Lord for
help, which, in His own time. He was pleased
to affjrd : for which, and all other mercies, I
desire to be thankful.

(To bccontinuedO


No serious and impartial observer of the
events which have transpired within the last
three or four years, can have failed to perceive
that a superintending Providence, who watches
over the affairs of men, has signally rebuked
the spirit of avaricious and greedy accumula-
lation which had become prevalent in the
community at large, and infected many within
the borders of our favoured Society, notwith-
standing the high profession of spirituality and
heavenly-mindedness which we make. The
desire to become rich, and suddenly rich
too, with all its multitude of cares and anx-
ieties, had taken possession of many a heart.
Despising the simple mode of living, the mod-
erate business and small annual gains which
satisfied our forefathers, persons rushed head-
long into heavy speculations and widely-spread
tralfic, deluded by the eager expectation of
reaping the large nominal profits which these
transactions promised.

Every thing seemed to partake of the in-
flited notions which abounded. The style of |
living and other expenditures were graduated
to tlic expanded character of the business to
be done. The fear of being in debt, a most
salutary check to an unwarrantable extension
of business, was in great measure banished,
and persons who in a healthy srate of things
would have shrunk from the idea of owino-
hundreds, seemed to move along with stoical
indillerence under the load of thousands or


hundreds of thousands, for which they were

The past year has developed pretty fully
the sorrowful conserjuences of these departures
from the safe atid salutary principles of our
excellent code of discipline in regard to trade
— consequences which have shaken our whole
community, and opened to view a degree of
depravity, even among what have been called
the better classes, which it is appalling to
conten)plate. But while we look with abhor-
rence upon the disgraceful conduct of those
who have been instrumental in depriving the
widow and the fatherless of their little all ;
whose dishonesty, (cloak it under what soft
epithets we please,) has robbed the helpless-
ness of infancy, the decrepitude of age, and
the generous confidence of friendship, of their
only means of subsistence, and consigned them
to wretchedness and want, we must not forget
to examine, and that with rigid scrutiny too,
what share we have had in producing the
general and heart-sickening calamity- It
seems to me, that in a corrupt stale of com-
mercial and pecuniary affairs like that which
has existed for several }'ears past, all those
who have fallen in with the current, and not
honestly endeavoured, by their example as
well as precept, to exalt the Christian stand-
ard against the encroachments of the contrary
spirit, are in some measure implicated in the
guilt. "He that knoweth todo goodanddoethit
not, to him it is sin." Have not the inordinate
desire of accumulation, and that spirit which
delights in an expensive and showy manner of
living, invaded the precincts of our Society
and infected many among us, who once felt
conscientious scruples on these points ? If we
take an impartial survey of the style of living
among our Friends at the present day, and
compare it with what was exhibited years
ago, are we not struck with the spaciousness
of the houses, the grandeur and costliness of
the fiirniture, the luxuriousness of the dress
and the table, and the general increase in
show, which now prevail ? It seems to me
that no one can fail to perceive the chann-e.

Nor have the changes in the amount and
manner of doing business been less obvious.
What would once have been deemed ample,
has been contemned as a paltry little afiair
scarcely worthy of notice ; and the reasonable
gains which our fathers were contented to
realize, have been sneered at as a mean pit-

nce. The anxiety to do a great deal of
business has reconciled many, it is to be
feared, to methods of procuring it, and of
courting custom, which the Christian princi-
ples of a really upright Quaker would never
'lave tolerated. Thus the nice sense of strict
justice and consistency has been blunted, and
a door opened for departures from which the
mind, but a little while ago, would have re-
volted with honest indignation.

The increase of wants has kept pace with
the expansion in other matters, and served
both as a stimulus and an excuse for doino- a
great business; until, in many instances, the
quiet, peaceful, exemplary moderation of the
real Quaker has been lost sight of, and with it,
a large share of the true enjoyment of life.

Our profession leads us to bear a testimony


against these things ; and to manifest by the
whole tenor of our lives, that we are actuated
and guided by that Divine Spirit which can
never be " conformed to this world," but will
always lead its followers to renounce every
thing which tends to promote a selfish spirit;
to feed the pride and loltiness of the human
heart, or encourage an assimilation to the
policyand friendships and maxims of iheworld.
Is there not good ground to fear that the want
of more faithfulness in maintaining our Chris-
tian testimonies in those respects has intro-
duced much weakness among us, and rendered
many an easy prey to other snares, which the
grand deceiver is artfully spreading in our
day 1

Against tiiese obvious declensions from
the true Christian standard, both within
and beyond the pale of our Society, how
remarkably has the Divine controversy been
manifested. We have not only been ad-
monished by gentle reproof, but it may be
said that the Lord has " lifud up his voice
and cried" as in our streets. How strikingly
has that declaration respecting Israel of old
been verified ; "Thine own wickedness shall
correct thee, and thy backslidings shall re-
prove thee." Would that the things we have
suffered might bring us to a humble and
hearty sense of our error, and of the part we
have in the remainder of the passage ; " Know
therefore and see that it is an evil thine and
bitter that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy
God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the
Lord God of Hosts."

Numerous are the instances in which the
desire of grasping more, has been the means
of depriving individuals of what they already
possessed ; while in other cases it has induced
them unwarrantably to hazard the property of
other people, and by a course of business not
warranted by strict integrity, they have lost all,
both of their own and others, brought a shade
over their reputation and profession, and em-
bittered the residue of their davs.

It is true also in this, as in most other
cases, that the innocent sufler with the guilty,
one event happening lo all — and it cannot be
doubted that He who afHictelh not willingly,
and who hath no pleasure in the sufferings of
his creatures, has a gracious design in the
calamities which he has permitted to overtake
us. Ho is loudly calling us to come back
from the devious paths Into which we have
strayed ; to " be separated from the seed of
strangers;" lo dissolve our alliance with the
spirit and friendship and fashions of the world,
and join ourselves unto Him by a perpetual
covenant, never to be broken.' Surely the
obvious intention of those shakings and over-
turnings which we have witnessed in temporal
things, is to loosen our hearts from all sublunary
atlachmonts, and fix them on God and heaven,
objects worthy the high destiny of an im-
mortal being ! It seems to me a solemn and
imperative call upon the members of our
religious Society to repair to the standard of
ancient simplicity and self denial ; to renounce
the world as well as " the hidden things of
dishonesty," and to follow the Lord in greater
dedication and integrity. "Come out of
Babylon my people, that ye be not partakers


of her sins, and thdt ye receive not of her
plagues ;" is ihe gracious invitation of the
Most High: and if we regard not " the rod,
nor Him who hath appointed it," we are
taught, by the experience of past ages, that
a sorer and heavier chasliseuient will over-
take us.

(To be continued.)

For " The Friend."

Ho.v happy would the Christian be.

To mark the bloom of earthly liowers.
Did not his sorrowing spirit see

The serpent, Sm, among the flowers.
Wilh jny he g;izcs on the sky.

As duy flies blusliin;; from the night,—
Walclics the slurry jets supply

Tiicir gentle streams of twinkling light:
Prayer slirreth in his inmost soul,

And praise ascends to God above,
Whose buds that bloom— whose worlds that roll-
Are bright wilh purily and love.
But ah ! the Christian knows within

Seirs murmurs are not wholly hushed ;
And feels the working seed ot Sin,

Howo'or the serpent's head is crushed.
Upon the moral world uToand,

Spreads wide a flood of guilt and woe.
And scarce an olive top is found

Which speaks of friiiHuluess below.
With faith and patience sorely tried, —

With spirit fainting and alraid.
The Christian views on every side.

The ravages which Sin hath made.
He does not ask for scenes more bright ; —

Purer ;han man are nature's flowers,
And this would be a world of light.

Were Sin but banished from Us bowers I
He asks — his wishes rise in prnyer, —

Grace to direct his steps aright ;
He asks to see the church made fair.

And nations crowding to her light 1
He longs to see the wilds of Sin

Become like Eden's glorious place.
Whilst rich in beauty grow therein.

The fruits of life, the flosvers of grace.
Yes, flowers of virtue he desires.

Which cannot fade, and never die ; —
And beams of grace, whose sunny fires

May never vanish from the sky ; —
And fountains fair of heavenly love.

To which his thirsting soul may seek.
And find true happiness, above

All thought can picture, language speak.
For man, his brother, prayers arise ;

And were his deepdesirings given.
This world would prove a paradise.

The very outer court of heaven !


TWELFTJl MONTH, 10, 1842.

Wu request particular attention to the
claiius of the three following charities.


The Society for Supplying the Poor of the
Citv with Soup, have o|)encd their house. No.
16 Green's Court, between Fourth and Fifth
and Spruce and Fine streets, where soup will
be delivered to the poor, gratis, every day,
except First-days, between the hours of eleven
and one o'clock.

The funds of the Society being low, and the
wants of the suflbring poor requiring an in-
creased amount to supply them, they respect-


fully solicit contributions from their friends.
Of all the modes of reiideiing aid to the poor,
this is perhaps one of the most unexception-
able ; and those whom a beneficent Providence
has blessed with means which raise them
above want, will do well to remember at this
season of peculiar pressure, how many ot
their fellow-creatures are destitute of the
necessaries of life, and evince their gratitude
to Him who has given them a more favoured
lot, by endeavouring to relieve the hungry
and destitute with a portion of the treasure
entrusted to them.

Our friends in the country, who are not so
frequently called upon for aid, will do well to
consider the poor at this inclement season,
when employment is so difficult to be pro-
cured, and lend their assistance toward re-
lieving their wants.

Donations in money, beef, potatoes, tur-
nips, cabbages, flour, rice, hominy, &c., will
be gratefully received at their house, or by
Jeremiah Hacker, Treasurer, 128 Spruce
street; Thomas Evans, No. 129 south Third
street, or Joseph Scattergood, Minor street,
between Fifth and Sixth streets.


Opened their house, 179 Coates street,
between Fourth and Fifth streets, on Seventh-
day, the 3d instant, and will keep it open
daily, (First-days excepted,) between the
hours of 11 and 1 o'clock, for the distribu-
tion of Soup, to deserving applicants. Per-
sons applying for Soup, are required to bring
a written recommendation, signed by a re-
spectable citizen.

The Association upon again commencing
their operations at this season of peculiar dif-
ficulty and embarrassment, do it in the confi-
dent belief, that the necessary means will not
be withheld by their fellow-citizens. It is
believed that the number of those who will
claim the benefits of this charity are much
increased amongst us, and that since the
foundation of the Society, there was never a
time in which there appeared so great a pros-
pect of a large draught upon its resources as
the present.

Donations in money, flour, vegetables, &;c.,
will be gratefully received by Ebenezer
Levick, Treasurer, No. 240 north Third
street, or by either of the undersigned.

John Childs, No. 452 north Second street ;
Michael McGill, Coates street wharf; Joel
Cadbury, 32 south Front street, and 9 Frank-
lin street ; Jacob M. Thomas, 250 north Fifth,
and 10 north Front street; Thomas Scatter-
good, No. 68 Franklin street.

unable fjom ii^firmily and age to procure a
maintenance elsewhere, during the approach-
ing inclement season.

The managers make this appeal wilh a
degree of confidence, that an Institution which
originated v^ ilh, and has been continued under
the superintendence of " F'riends" the last
fifty years, will still receive liberal patronage
from the Society.

The annual meeting of Ihe Male Branch of
the Auxiliary Bible Association of Friends of
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, will be held
on the evening of Second-day, the 12th, at 7
o'clock, in the Committee-room, Arch street.
Nathan Kite, Secretary.

Philadelphia, 12th mo., 1842.


The committee, appointed by our last
Yearly Meeting, on the State of Education
within its limits, n)eet in Philadelphia, at the
Committee-room, Mulberry street, on Sixth-
day evening, the 16th instant, at half past six


Committee on Admissions. — John G. Hos-
kins, No. 60 Franklin street, and No. 50
North Fourth street, up stairs ; Isaiah Hack-
er, No. 112 south Third street, and No. 32
Chestnut street; Samuel Bettle, jr.. No. 73
Noith Tenth street, and 26 South Front
street ; Charles Ellis, No. 95 South Eighth
street, and No. 56 Chestnut street.

Visiting Managers for the Month. — Joseph
Scattergood, No. 215 Pine street; William
Hilles, Frankford ; Joel Woolman, near Frank-

Superintendents. — John C. and Laatitia

Attending Physician. — Dr. Charles Evans,
No. 201 Arch street.

Resident Physician. — Dr. Joshua H.

John C. and Lretitia Redmond, who for a
number of years have filled the stations of su-
perintendent and matron at the " Asylum for
the relief of persons deprived of the use of
their reason," near Frankford, having given
information of their intention to retire there-
from, the managers are desirous of obtaining
suitable persons to supply their places.

Application may be made to either of llie
subscribers : Isaac Davis, '255 Mulberry St.;
Thomas Evans, 129 south Third street ; John
Farnum and Samuel Bettle, Jr., 26 south
Front street; James R. Greeves, Schuylkill
Eighth, between George and Walnut.


The " Female Association of Philadelphia
for the Relief and Employment of the Poor,"
request the attention of their friends and
others to the large assortment of comfort-
ables, shirts, wrappers, &c., which they have
for sale, at reduced prices, at their " House
of Industry," No. 7 Ranstcad Court.

It is very desirable that the stock on hand
should be disposed of, and thus rendered
available to the employment of such, as are

Died, on Second. day morning, at tlie residence of
Samuel Craft, East Branch, N. J., of consnmplion,
tt hilsl on a visit to her friends from Salem, Ohio, Lr-
nu An.n Satteiitiiwait, aged abnut 23 years. In thus
announcing the demise of this estimable young woman,
who has been taken from us in the piimc of life, we
have the consolation to believe, that to her dealh had
no terrors, and that iheKedccmcr in whom she trusted,
has taken her unto himself May this di.spensation of
Divine Providence he sanclifiid for the good of her
numerous relatives, in confirming them in the saving
elfjcaey of the atonement through tiic merits of a cruci-
fied Saviour.

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