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Shall burn wilh stronger love.
Though swifl-winged Time be brief.

We would not stay his race.
The death he brings us ends the grief

Of every child of Grace.
Thus brighter and more bright

Becomes the Christian's way.
Till crowned with love, and crowned with light,

He enters perfect day.


From a letter received by a friend, we are
enabled briefly to state, that llie meeting con-
vened at the usual time early in the Eleventh
month, and that the several sittings thereof
were attended with a degree of religious
weight, truly encouraging to the rightly ex-
d members. It does not appear, that
beyond the business in regular course, iTiuch
any thing was done ; the subject of slavery
and that relating to the iniprovemetit of the
condition of the Indians, west of the Missis-
sippi, were brought into view, but no action
was had thereon. To many of our readers it
will be pleasant to learn, that the venerable
Nathan Hunt (at the age of eighty-six) regu-
larly attended the meeting, was in good
health, and gave repeated evidence that his
love and zeal for the cause of his Divine
Master was unabated.

The arrival of the Briltania Steam Ship at
Boston a few days ago, furnishes news highly
iniporlant and deeply interesting to the whole
civilized world; being no less than the termi-
nation of the horrid warfare between Great
Britain and the Chinese l-'.mpire. A treaty of
peace has been made, purchased by the Chi-
nese at a cost of twenty-one millions of dollars,
the cession of the Island of Hong Kong to the
British, and the opening of the ports of Can-
ton, Amoy-Foo-Chow-loo, Niiigpuo and Shan-
gai to British merchants, and British consular
agents to reside at them.
°The news from Atfghanistan is of almost
equal importance wilh that from China. Tlie
British have of late been completely success
ful in their sanguinary conflict in that quar-
ter, the consequence of which seems to be,
that their possessions in India will be placed
upon a footing of greater permanency than at
any time heretofore. The details of these
events are published at length in the news-

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 the
subscribers : Isaac Davis, ^55 Mulberry st. ;
Thomas Evans, 129 south 'J hird street ; John
Farnum and Samuel Beltle, Jr., 26 south
Front street; James R. Greeves, Schuylkill
Eighth, between George and Walnut.


A meeting of " The Philadelphia Associ-
ation of Friends for the Instruction of Poor
Children," will be held on Second-day evening,
the 'id of First month, 1843, at 7 o'clock, at
the usual place.

Joseph Kite, Clerk.

Married, on Fourth-day, the 28th inst., at Friends'
Meeting, 'I'welllh street, Kobkrt Pf.arsall, to Ejiii.y
Fkll, daughter of Jonathan Fell, deceased, all of this


1 the twelfth of Twelfth month, 1841, i
of her age, Elizabeth S., wife of IS:
. member ol Kennel Meeting, Pa.

Premature Win'er. — Farmers in the West
complain nf the sudden coming of winter. In
parts of Illinois, a large proportion of the
corn remains on the stalk, cut and standing
in the field, and large quantities of potatoes
remain undug, which will of course rot in the
ground. The early close of the navigation
has stopped the grain on its way to market.
At Peoria on the second instant, the lake was
passable for heavily laden wagons.

The Jjead Trade. — The extent of the
mining business, says the Galena Gazette,
and its importance to the country, may be
judged from the fact, that the produce of
these mines alone has this year been worth
almost one million of dollars, and this at the
low price which the article has Ixirne.


TWELF-EH MONTH, 31. 1842.

We had hoped that ere this we should have
been supplied with an account of the late
Yearly Moelin;:, held at New Garden, for
North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.

From the Boston Medical and Surgical
Journal of last month, we have copied into
our paper of lo-day a short article relative to
the Boston Lunatic Hospital, which by those
connected with kindred institutions within our
own state, will be read with interest. We
embrace the occasion to call attention to the
notice which has repeatedly been inserted in
our columns, and which will be found below,
relative to the intended resignation of the pre-
sent Superintendents of Friends' Asylum near
Frankford. It is of great importance to the
well-being of that most excellent institution,
that the vacancy occasioned by the retire-
ment of the present valuable incumbents be
speedily supplied by persons of the requisite
qiialitications; and it is therefore desirable
that those who may have entertained Ihoughti
of becomins applicants do make their iiiten
lions known to the managers without further


John C. and Lajtilia Redmond, who for a
number of years have filled the stations of su-
perinlindonl and matron at the "Asylum for
the relief of persons deprived of the use of

The decease of the only daughter of Daniel and
Hannah Waiizer was a lew montlis ago noticed in
'• The Friend." Since lh;il liiiic, these dear Friends
have been bereaved of two others of their children.

Daniel H. Wanzeb, departed this lile the SiUth of
Filth niunlh la^l, aged Uiirly years. He was of an
amiable dispostlion, and was much respected and belov-
ed by his friends and acquaintance. Some months pre-
vious to his decease, he was alarmed by a profuse bleed-
ing at his stoiiiaeh, wliieli tlirealcned sudden death,
ler this, he eonliiiucd in a feeble and declining state
health, and in niueli conflict of mind in relation to a
preparation for leaving the world ; but at lenglh he be-
: reconciled to the Divine will, endured his bodily
sutt'erings with patience and fortitude, and at times eu-
joyed the sweet influences of ihe Comlorler, which ena-
bled him to be resigned to leave his beloved wile and
two interesting little children. — At one time he said,
" If 1 had strength, how would I tell of the dealings of
my Heavenly Father ! He hath permitted me to bave
a view of that happy land, which is enough to cheer
every heart." He appeared redeemed from every
earthly enjoyment, and quietly waiting for the final
change. Alter CNhorling his brothers, and taking a
solemn and afliectionate leave of his wife, he quietly
passed away without sigh or groan.

Hknrv Wanzkr departed thi» life the ISth of Sixth
month, aged nineteen years. He was a dutiful child ;
yet did not inaiiifost any particular engagement of
mind on the suljcct of religion, until in the seventeenth
year of his age; but seemed rather inclined to undue
liberties ; at length, by giving heed to the convictions
of Truth, he became serious and circumspect, and
much devoted to reading the Scriptures, and the journ-
als of Friends, in which he took great delight. He
evinced much interest in the attendance of our religious
meetings, and would sometimes speak to his mother of
the great satisfaction he enjoyed in them, since lie had
given up to serve the Lord. He was deeply atreeUH
with the death of his brother and sister; and when not
employed in his father's bu>iiiess, he spent much time
in retirement, reading religions books in his room.
Shortly after the funeral of his brother, he was attacked
with congestive (ever; his sulTcrings became severe,
which he endured with perfect resignation. His mind
being preserved in much sweetness, he remarked, " He
had nothing to do but to bear Ihc distress of the body,
all was peace within ;" and he craved that his patience
might hold out to the end ; which was mercifully grant-
ed. Alter taking a solemn leave of his parents and
relatives, he swcelly passed nway, wilh an assurance
of a blessed immortalily. The removal of such hopeful
young Friends is not only a deep alfliction to relatives,
but a heavy loss to the Society also.


(Continued from page 103.)

Seventh-day, 27th — While pensively sit-
ting upon a bank over against Charleston,
(which appears to have been at some former
period cast up as a fort,) I felt deeply sensible
how poor a creature I am ; and was much
humbled on this account. Lord ! thou know-
est my dependence is on Thee ; O ! forsake
me not, for thy mercy's sake ! Though I am
nothing, and worth nothing; yet as the
honour of thy cause is at stake, O! be pleased
to grant strength and preservation.

Twenly-eiglilh. — The meeting was held as
appointed ; it was large, and through merciful
regard, an open time. A great number of the
black people attended, and were sober, atten-
tive, and many of them tender. Attended
Friends' meeting in the afternoon, which
proved a laborious time. Through favour I
was enabled to deal plainly with them, and
honestly to tell them the danger they were in ;
believing that several of them were stumbling
blocks, instead of way-marks. After meeting
my mind was relieved of a heavy burden, and
I felt easy to leave them.

Next day, about eleven o'clock, embarked
on board the Mercury, Captain Reese, bound
for New York.

Sixth month 1st.— In the Gulf Stream, inost
of the passengers sick, myself not far from it ;
though dear Ebenezer and I are about as well
as any of them.

I esteem it a singular fevour that my mind
has been employed in contemplating the
goodness and greatness of God ; but the
longer I live, the more I see the imperfec-
tion of man's finite conception, and his liability
to err. God is truly an incomprehensible
being; I feel Him to be Love, Life, and
Power. I perceive that, as to my own expe-
rience. He sometimes withdraws, and some-
times makes himself manifest : when He with-
draws, all is void and empty ; when He returns
the soul is filled. Yet even in these seasons,
when He seems to veil himself. His invisible
power supports and calms the mind in quiet
resignation ; and while there is an earnest
desire or breathing for His return, the life

and regular frame of the soul is preserved :

but if these earnest desires are suspended, the
frame is disordered, and the spiritual health
impaired ; and hence arises the necessity of
watching. O! what care ought to rest on the
mind of a minister, to deliver nothing as doc-
trine, but what he receives afresh in the open-
ing and vision of the Divine Light. O Lord ! rve me ! — my dependence, thou knowest,
is on Thee alone.

Second. — At four in the afternoon, rose
from my bed sickly : have had a rollino-
night, but the wind 'is now fair, and I hope
we may not have a long passage. The com.
pany we have, is by no means desirable ; it is
a strange mixture,— an old captain, a dancing,
master, and a methodist preacher, with his
family. Lord ! help us to walk among them
with consistent steadiness, as becomes follow-
ers of Christ.

Fourth.— O.T the Capes of Virginia.—
Moderate weather, and all well.


Fifth. — All well. — About thirty miles from
Sandy Hook. We have got a pilot on board,
and hope to reach New York to-morrow. We
are tired of some of our companions, though
they have all behaved respectfully to us, ex-
cept on one occasion, in conversing about the
slave-trade and slavery, when a temperate
vindication of the rights of the oppressed Afri-
cans, drew forth violent and profane language
from some of them.

Sixth. — Arrived at New York : next day
attended meeting.

Eighth.— Sailed for Newport, Rhode Island ;
where we arrived on the 11th. Attended the
Yearly Meeting; after which rode to New
Bedford. Attended First-day meeting, and
the Monthly Meeting on Third-day. Seventh-
day embarked for Nantucket, and arrived the
same day. Attended their meetings on First-
day ; also their Quarterly, Monthly, and
week-day meetings. Returned to New Bed-
ford, and attended First-day meetings.

Seventh month third. — Set out towards
Nova Scotia.* took several meetings by the

Portland, 10th of Seventh month, 1797.

To Barbara Cruickshank I know it

is pleasing to converse in this way with those
we love; and I think it may be lawful and
right to indulge in this pleasure, even when
we have nothing to communicate but common
things; as it has a tendency to sharpen, as
sharpens iron, and to revive in our re-
membrance those endearing sensations, which
have been formerly experienced in a partici-
pation of that uniting love, which flows from
the pure Fountain; and of which thou and I,
in our measures, have been mercifully made

I expect by this time thou hast experienced
some plungings, preparatory to the reception
of stronger meat than that, with which chil-
dren are generally fed ; and possibly some
dispensations may be allotted, similar to those,
concerning which the apostle encouragingly
[exhorts the believers] — " not to thmk° it
strange, as though some new thing had hap-
pened to them." Dispensations for the trial
of our faith, which is more precious than that
of gold, are needful for our deepening in the
root, and growth in experience ; as well as to
prepare the heart for a more plentiful pro-
duction of good fruit. Well, my dear friend,
I believe we cannot do better than keep in the
patience : for I think there is not a more
necessary part in the composition of a Chris-
tian, than patience ; and if we add to it humi
lity, self-nothingness, and a simple dependence
on Divine power, the enemy cannot hurt us
much. We have abundant promises to en-
courage us to seek and pray for this frame of
mind ; and I believe it may, through watch-
fulness and care, be measurably dwelt in.
May we, dear Barbara, never cease striving,
till we have attained. . °'

I am here on my way to Nova Scotia ; and
how long I may be detained in this country I


know not : there are but few Friends in these
parts, but my concern is pretty much for
those of other societies. It is likely to be a
long journey, and I suppose, from what I have
heard, rather a difficult one, through a coun-
try that has not been much travelled in. Per-
sons going to Nova Scotia mostly go by
water; but I seem most easy to try to get
through by land, — my mind being drawn to a
scattered people among the bays and lakes,
which, I am informed, abound in that coun-

At Broodcove had a meeting with some
newly convinced persons, to our comfort and
rejoicing : twelve have been received into
membership with Friends since I was there
before ; and several others appear hopeful.
We visited some persons of a similar descrip-
tion at Camden ; then went to Belfast, where
I had a satisfactory meeting in a presbyterian
meeting-house. The whole were quiet and
attentive, and some appeared tenderly im-

We found that a member of our Society
had appointed a meeting at his house, seven
miles from Belfast, to which we went: the
people in the neighbourhood attended, but
they seemed very wild and uncivilized. The
Lord enabled me to declare the Truth
them, but it seemed to

* It appears by one of his letters, that in this jour-
ney, Ijcsidcs Ills former companion Ehenezer Cresson,
JiKcph Wirier, a Fiiend, in the station of an elder, was
also with him.

ke very little im-

We rode as far as Pleasant river, without
having any meetings; though I passed through
some settlements where my mind was attract-
ed, — as I thought the people were like sheep
bleating for the shepherd: but I did not feel
a sufficiently clear commission to appoint
meetings; so passed on, rather expecting to
return the same way. Here we left our
horses, and hired a boat to take us to a place
called St. Andrews, about eighty miles dis-
tant, in the British dominions. We arrived
there on First-day morning, and appointed a
meeting for the same afternoon, to which a
good many of the inhabitants came. On Se-
cond-day, took a boat to Beaver Harbour; got
there on Third-day morning, and were kindly
received by Ellis Wright: he had been a
member of our Society, but had gone out in
the war. He told us of some families of pro-
fessors, about three miles back in the woods;
we walked there, and found several descend-
ants of Friends, and some who have a ri^ht
to membership; with whom and their neigh-
bours, we had a satisfactory meeting. They
were glad of our visit, which was certainly a
merciful visitation. They informed us of a
family nine miles further back; of which the
wife and nine children were members, the
husband had been disowned. We walked
there, and had a comfortable meeting with
them and their neighbours : some of the'^latter
expressed much satisfaction. We returned to
Beaver Harbour, and hired a small boat to
lake us to a place called St. John's, fifty miles
distant; where we arrived on Seventh-day,
the :i9th. Next day had a meeting in the
methodist meeting-house. Second-day, went
in the post-boat seventy-five miles up the
river, to Richard Mead's', and had a meetimr
in his house : thence to Frederickstore, where
I had a meeting in the court hoilse, and



returoed tj Richard Mead's. Firsi-
pel : which 1 design for my own review : and
likewise for the serious perusal of all those
who may incline to inquire into things of this
nature. I had an early iociioaiion to solitude,
where I sometimes had religious thoughts,
and frequently read in the Holy Scriptures;
which I ever loved, and still do, above all
bocks, as most worthy and most profitable;
especially the New Testament, in which I
chiefly delighted.

My father, intending roe for the study of
the law, which being esteemed a genteel pro-
fessio.n, be first sent me to the fenciDg-school,
as a fashionable and manly accomplishment ;
by which my miiid was greatly drawn out,
and too much alienated from those beginnings
of solidity which I had once known : aud, hav-
ing acquired some skill also in music, tbe ex-
ercise of that occasioned an acquaintance aod
society not profitable lo religion ; though I

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