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arms of the sea run up here among the moun-
tains in various directions, which the people
were seen crossing in boats from different
quarters. A considerable number assembled
and behaved with remarkable solidity, and
though it seemed scarcely reasonable to sup-
pose that any of them had been at a meeting
before, yet they sat as still and orderly as if
they had been trained up amongst us. It is
often no easy matter to make strangers feel
the propriety of waiting in silence before the
Lord. As the outward order of society some-
times suggests hints that lead towards Divine
truths, it is remarkable that the various pro-
fessors of Christianity have not more fre-
quently discovered, that the servant who waits
in silent attention on his Master, is the most
likely to discover his will. Thus it appears
to me that the most acceptable homage to the
all-seeing, all-knowing Master and Sovereign
of the universe, is a waiting in humble rever-
ent silence before him : and when we meet for
the purpose of worshipping him, instead of
rushing into his presence with speeches of our
own contriving, the fruits of our own self-
sufficiency, that it is more pleasing in his
sight to wait in all humility and singleness of
heart, to feel his love operate in our minds
and his good spirit refresh our hearts. Thus
would his worship, whether in vocal homage,
or silent adoration, be an offering of his own
preparing, and acceptable in his sight ; and
while such a disposition prevailed, even if he
saw meet, for the trial of our constancy, to
withhold his sensible presence from us, I have
no doubt that our patient dedication of heart
would be well pleasing to him.

" Tenth month 1st. We set off for Fort
William, and crossed some lakes and arms of
the sea. Here the females are employed in
the most laborious exercises ; we were rowed
over lakes and arms of the sea by women,
who, when we and our horses were on board,
would plunge into the water, push off the
boat, and then spring with cheerfulness to
their oars. ^V'c had proceeded about ten or

fifteen miles, when John Pemberton consulted
us about returning back a few miles. He
said he had felt a concern to visit a place we
had passed, yet, wishing to get on, had not
discovered it to us ; but that it now felt so
heavy, he hardly seemed able to proceed. We
returned ; and towards evening finding our-
selves among poor huts, without inn or place
of accommodation where we could lodge, we
observed Loch Nell house at a distance, to-
wards which we rode. After alighting, being
shown to where the venerable owner, the
widow of Sir Duncan Campbell, stood over-
looking some workmen, John Pemberton told
her he had ' a favour to ask of her ;' and on
her inquiring wliat, he replied, ' only a night's
lodging;' to which she answered courteously,
' you are very welcome to that.' She enter-
tained us with great kindness, and soon disco-
vered to us that she was a niece of May
Drummond's, and had seen much of Friends.
We had a satisfactory meeting in one of her
offices in the mornmg, herself, family and
servants attending. Lnmediately afterwards
I set off for Cragnook, to make preparation
there for a meeting in the evening, and easily
obtained all the accommodation that could be
had ; but it was a poor place. I rode among
the little huts for many miles, but many could
give me no answer at all, and some shook
their heads and could just pronounce, ' no
English.' A lew persons gathered in the
evening, and after meeting we returned to
Loch Nell. It was dark ; we had a little arm
of the sea to cross, and the tide was in ; but
protecting Goodness seemed to attend ; for
though it was deep, we rode through in safety,
and arrived about eleven o'clock at night.

"3d; Passed on to Portnacrash, where we
had a meeting in the evening." John Pem-
berton says on this occasion, " It was not
pleasing to be prevented from puisuing our
journey: but a fear attended my mind that I
should not be easy if I left the place, though
in deep poverty. The meeting was attended
by divers of the principal people hereaway,
and the Lord in mercy condescended to fa-
vour, so that it yielded satisfaction to many,
which was freely expressed."

Thomas Wilkinson says:

"4th. We entered Lochabar, and proceeded
to Fort William.

" 5th. Had a meeting at eleven o'clock,
which a considerable number of people at-
tended. David Ducat appeared largely in tes-
timony, and in a line so singular, that I was
somewhat apprehensive of the consequences.
We were now among the clans of Cameron
and M'Donald, which rose in the rebellion of
1745. The conduct of such as rose up against
their lawful sovereign was fully displayed, and
it was remarked, that outward allegiance might
be observed by those who are rebels at heart ;
but that this sort of conduct could not impose
on the King of Heaven. There were sonic
present who had been in the rebellion ; how-
ever, the meeting was quiet, and afterwards,
John Pemberton was remarkably favoured in
testimony. I never remember his thus ap-
pearing with greater life and power.

"The evidence olTruth prevailed overerror
and prejudice ; for some who entered the meet-

ing scoffingly, soon became serious, exi)ressed
their satislaction alterwards and showed us
much kindness and attentidn. The governor
who had attended the meeting, engaged us to
breakfast wiih him next morning in the fort."

John Pemberton remaiks: " ^ear Ealla-
hulish," where they breakfasted on their way
to the fort, " is Glencove, » here about seventy
persons of the M'Donald Clan, were murdered
by order of King William. The officers who
commanded, were placing at cards with some
of the party, before they committed this horrid
crime. One child, being at stnie distance,
escaped, and was grandlather to the mistress
of the inn at Fort William, who with her
husband, Donald Cameron, was very respect-
ful to us while at their house, and parted af-
fectionately, he saying he had not had so much
satisfaction with any guests since he kept an
inn. In the morning we breakfasted with the
commander of the tort, Caplain Cochran, who,
as we had spoken to him the evening before,
summoned the soldiery to attend a meeting
this morning in the barracks, which, through
mercy, was also favoured. 'Ihis Capt. Coch-
ran was wounded at the battle of Bunker's
hill, and has now one ball remaining in his
shoulder, and another in bis thigh. He told
me, he had on a short waistcoat, which had
fourteen shots through it. One lodged in his
body, but was extracted. I reminded him that
it was a miraculous escape, and should be re-
membered. He acknowledged that he should
be very ungrateful, were he to forget the mer-
cy. He seemed reached by the visit, witl.pd
us well, and wrote by us to the governor of
Fort Augustus, wh.iiher we weie going, to re-
commend us. We reached Fort Augustus in
the evening, and soon after, myself and Tho-
mas Wilkinson waited on the governor, Alex-
ander Trapaud, who received us kindly, and
said he would order a place for us to hold a
meeting in. His wife is a descendant of the
Barclay family, by a Cameron ; and five or
six of the descendants of Robert Barclay were
at the meeting at Fort VVilliani."

Thomas Wilkinson adds: "The weather
had been uncommonly fine during our journey
through the Highlands, yet we beheld large
quantities of snow in the cliffs of Ben Nevis,
so that I presume on these mountains it never
entirely dissolves. We also saw this day,
many poor huts, entirely built of and covered
with sods. Oh ! ye that solace yourselves in
your costly apartments, while you tread the
softest carpets, or press your beds of down,
remember the poor Highlander, who sits on
the earth, or stretches his weary limbs on
the hard heath gathered from the moun-
tains ! On First-day, when their mini>ter had
finished, the governor gave information to
the people of our intended meeting, and sent
us word immediately. On our arrival we
found a large and orderly congregation ;
amongst whom several gospel truths were
published. John Pemberton appointed another
meeting in the evening, and intimation being
given to the officers that the company of the
soldiers would be acceptable, they gave direc-
tions that they should attend. The soldiers
had received orders to march next morning,
in order to embark for the West Indies. John

Pemberton was much enlarged in testimony
amongst them ; the season seemed like a tare-
well ; he signified that he had often felt a near
regard for" soldiers, and intimated the uncer-
tauity of life to all men, more particularly to
those in their situation ; and he atfectiunalely
recommended them to have the fear of God,
and the tlioughts of their latter end, daily be-
fore their eyes.

"Eighth. — We passed through Strath Er-
rick, which is the Frazers' country, and
arrived at Inverness in the evening. John
Pemberton had been at Inverness two years
before, and from what he suffered there, he
owned, that, as a man, he had rather have
rode five hundred miles another way, than visit
it again; yet tlie drawings of duty seemed to
lead thither, and to these he gave up. A large
and respectable company collected the next
day, and behaved solidly." John Peitiberton
remarks, " The meeting was owned by the
Master's countenance and presence, and the
people were dealt plainly with. We appointed
another meeting at six o'clock in the evening,
which was more crowded, and was a satisfaC'
tory opportunity."

Thomas Wilkinson adds, " I believe that in
the evening my friend possessed himself in
peace, which was a lesson of encouragement
and instruction ; for though the way of our
duty is sometimes covered as with tempests
and with clouds, yet, if we advance with all
humility as to ourselves, and with confidence
towards God, the light of his favour will often
disperse the darkness, and we shall journey
forward in peace.

(To be concluded.)


From Old Iliimplirey's " Tlioughis for the Thoughtful."

Good and bad thoughts are the seeds of
good and bad words and deeds: they multi-
ply, also, our joys and our sorrows. Every
day has its shine and its shade, and the same
remark may be tnade of all our joys and all
our griefs. Our pleasures are not exempt
from inconvenience, nor are our pains unac-
companied with advantage. This ought to
be borne in mind more constantly than it is.

No ! No ! It is not all shadow when we
have the tooth-ache. Think of the luxurious
feeling when the warm handkerchief, so wish-
fully regarded, as it hung airing at the fire,
comes, at last, to be laid across your cheek,
and tied in a becoming bow under your ear !
Think of the liberty you enjoy ; the cessation
from all employment ; the exemption from all
complaints, but your own, and the kind atten-
tions you receive ! No one requires from you
the smallest service : while one stirs the fire
to make the room warm, another runs to fetch a
pillow ; a third toasts the bread for your gruel;
and a fourth asks if any thing can be done to
make you better ? Then, how tenderly every
one in the house speaks to you, and in what a
subdued and soft tone of voice are you asked
every ten minutes, " How are you now ?"

Say what you will of the tooth-ache, but
these concomitants, these gentle alleviations
are dear to us all. We soon find the difference


in our position when we get well again, and
we know this, and are not always in haste to
proclaim our convalescence. No sooner is it
known that our malady has subsided, than the
handkerchief is withdrawn, and we must set
to work again. No one assists us ; no one
speaks gently to us ; and hardly any one takes
notice of us. It is true that our tooth-ache is
gone; but it is equally true, that with it have
disappeared a hundred sources of comfort and

Let us apply this to our afflictions gene-
rally, looking less at our bodily ailments, and
more at the spiritual advantages that attend
them. God's mercy can make even his judg-
ments a blessing ; and by wounding the body,
he can heal the soul. " Our light affliction,
which is but for a moment," may lay a weight
of gloom on our minds ; but yet it may, by the
blessing of our Heavenly Father, " work for
us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of
glory." 2 Cor. iv. 17.


From the same.

Another thought for the thoughtful.

Most persons, young and old, have a pleas-
ure in visiting ruins. This inclination is
somewhat romantic in youth ; but in age it
springs from graver and deeper emotions.
When an old man gazes on a dilapidated man-
sion ; a roofless church; a ruined abbey; a
desolated place, or a mouldering castle, it
comes home to his heart. The ivy ; the
crumbling wall ; the falling fragment, and the
tottering tower speak to his spirit in a lan-
guage that he cannot but comprehend. They
are monuments on which are graven his own

Old Humphrey has wandered in desolate
places, while the hollow blustering wind and
the voiceless solitude have alike impressed
his mind with the solemn truth, that the
ground was giving way beneath his feet, and
all things fading around him. His latter end
has been vividly brought before him, and hi
lips in a subdued tone have syllabled the
words, " All the days of my appointed time
will I wait, till my change come." Job
xiv. 14.

How impressive is the language of Holy
Writ when prophetically sketching the ruins
of Babylon I

" It shall never be inhabited ; neither shall
it be dwelt in from generation to generation ;
neither shall the Arabian pitch his tent there ;
neither shall the shepherds make their fold
there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie
there ; and their houses shall be full of doleful
creatures ; and owls shall dwell there, and
satyrs shall dance there." Isa. xiii. 20, 21.

" I will also make it a possession for the
bittern, and pools of water ; and I will sweep
it with the besom of destruction, saith the
Lord of hosts." Isa. xiv. 23.

Not only Christians, but Turks have been
iTioved to solemn reflections by the influence
f desolate places over their minds. It is said
that when Mahommed, second emperor of the
Turks, took possession of Constantinople in
the year 1453, and thus put an end to the Ro-


man name, that the splendid palaces of Con-
stantino, in their desolalion, much affected
him. For a season he mused in a melancholy
manner on the fading nature of earthly great-
ness, and then broke out in the language of
Arabian poetry, " The spider hath woven her
web in the imperial palace ; and the owl hath
sung her watch song on the towers of Afra-

For " The Friond."

From the German.
Break forth thou glorious morning light.
Not the old rosy close of night.

Which day by day relurneth;
This is a light long seen afar,
The radiance of that fadeless star,

VViiich bright in mercy burneth.
It shines the herald of that King
Who doth to earth salvation bring ;

The child in mercy given ;
And satan who of old had place.
Must free his hold of human race,

The purchased ones of heaven.
Where sheds yon star its brightest rays,
A babe within a manger lays, —

Time's most enobled birth ! —
Emanuel ! lis with joy we bow ;
Willi worship and thanksgiving now

We welcome thee to earth!

Now heaven to those who seek draws near ;
To such the promised days appear

Of purity and love ; —
Cheer up, from dark despairing cease,
Your warfare ends, the Prince of Peace

Comes smiling from above !
In love and mercy all his own, —
In every heart hell spread his throne,

And make it pure and mild.
No evil passions there shall sway, —
The lamb shall with the lion play, —

The serpent wilh the child.

For " The Friend.'

From the German.
Golden evening, rosy morning,
Gracious One ! have their adorning

From thy hand which frameth all.
Nothing is despised before thee,
E'en the least is touched with glory.

Thou regardest great and small.

To the lion food thou sendeth.
And thy gracious ear attcndeth,

When the raven nestlings cry ;
Thou, the floweret's grace bestoweth,
E'en thy humblest working showcth

Boundless might and majesty !

By all knowledge unincumbered,

Thou our sighs and tears bast numbered ;

Guard of childhood's weak estate ;
Widows, orphans, hast thou cherished ;
Heard the bondmen when they perished ;

Thus art thou in all things great !

In the town of Axminster, Eng., a few
years ago, a deaf man filled the situation of
parish clerk ; a blind man surveyor of roads,
and a man with a wooden leg was chosen as



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Dovur, Sixlli month 17th, 1809.

To his Son, A. W. 1 may tell thee

that I am, through mercy, pretty well, con-
siderably belter than when I left London. We
have got a mare that travels well ; and upon
the whole have certainly much for which to
be thankful. We have our conflicts and tri-
als, as I apprehend all poor travellers have,
who are exercised in our line. We have been
at all the meetings in Sussex and Kent, except
Rochester, which we intend to take in our
way from Kent Quarterly Meeting to that of
London; after which, we propose taking Es-
sex and Suffolk.

Many of the meetings in those counties we
have visited, are small meetings in every sense
of the wor:l, — small as to numbers, and in
some of them little life to be felt : yet there
is a remnant still preserved; and we are
abundantly satisfied, that the Lord in mercy
continues to own his seeking people, whether
collectively or separately, and is even follow.
ing the revolters with the cry, " turn ye, turn
ye, whv will ve die."

The' late Yearly iNfeeting was by many
thought to have been a favoured time; and,
perhaps, as much harnmny and condescension
prevailed, as has been known for many yea
which afforded altogether, I think, an encoi
aging prospect ; for really the harmonisi
love°of our Heavenly Father was frequently
felt to cover us, and many hearts I believe
were filled with thankfulness.

My companion George Richardson and I
travel together in much harmony, and are
often strenothened by our feelings being

much in unison. Pray for us, dear ,

that we may be preserved from hurting the
cause we are seeking to promote ; and that
we may not seek great things for ourselves.

We returned to London to the Quarterly
Meeting : after which we visited meetings in
Essex, Suffolk, and the families of Friends in
Norwich and in Wyraondham Monthly Meet-
ings. We then took the meetings in Hert-
fordshire, Northamptonshire, and Derby-
shire; thence went to Sheffield, Wakefield,
and Leeds, &;c., &c. ; and by Staindrop to
Newcastle. There I left my beloved com-
panion, and proceeded by Allendale, Corn-
wood, and Carlisle to Edinburgh, and so
home; where 1 found my family in usual
health : my heart was filled with thanksgiv-
ing and praise to the God of all grace.
Though bodily infirmities frequently made
traveUing difficult ; and a sense of my unwor-
thiness to be employed in so momentuous a
service, made me creep along low; yet 1
cannot but admire the Lord's goodness, and
could say much in His praise; but so un-
worthy is my tonarue to speak, or my pen to
write it, that it seems safer silently to adore.
Aberdeen, Ninth month 28th, 1809.

qij, . I reached

home yesterday, and found my wife, children,
and other connections in usual health ; which,
with many more favours, I wish I may be
enough thankful for. I cannot express what


I feel, in a sense of the Lord's love and con-
descending goodness to so unworthy a crea-
ture : I desire to praise Him ; but alas ! what
is my praise worth ? I desire to serve Him ;
but have no ability but what I receive from
Him. lie is all ; aud I am nothing. Amen!

Aberdeen, Fifth month 26lh, 1810.

To . Under a renewed

feeling of precious love, I acknowledge the
receipt of thy letter : it was very acceptable,
— indeed all thy communications have been
pleasant to me. Although thy mind has been
much exercised on various accounts since I
saw thee ; yet I am comforted in believing,
that the Lord is leading about and instructing
thee, under the different dispensations that he
sees meet to allot ; and even those which are
the most painful ones, are not the least profit-
able and instructive. Pleasant things, such
as the plentiful enjoyment of (Divine) love,
light, and life, are very grateful, and raise
sensations of joy and rejoicing, and tune our
hearts to praise ; but I believe the Lord is as
acceptably served, by the patient, resigned
mind, in times of stripping and poverty ;
which tend more to our purification, because
they often lead to deep searching of heart and
humbling of spirit, which are suitable prepa-
rations for the unfolding of the instructive
counsel of the Lord, both in what to do, and
what to leave undone. I believe, my dear
friend, we cannot do better than endeavour
through all the varied dispensations awaiting
the pilgrim's path, to keep the eye single,
humble dependence upon that invisible Arm
of power, which often supports unseen, and
prevents our poor minds from sinking. I feel,
at this time, almost faith enough to subscribe
myself thy brother in the tribulations and
ercises of the Christian warfare : though, at
times, I scarcely dare think myself one be-
longing to the family ; but in this degree of
faith, which I now feel, I may venture to say,
" Be of good cheer, the Lord will not leave,
nor forsake those who put their trust in Him;
who are willing to be what He would have
them to be, and to let Him work in them ac-
cording to his own good pleasure. These, I
believe. He will stre'ngthen in the day of bat-
tle, and succour in every time of need.
Therefore, my dear friend, cast all thy care
upon Him, and simply move along as He
opens the way. Thou art now, I expect, with
many others, engaged in the affairs of the
Yearly Meeting : my mind has been looking
much towards you ; and in my small measure,
I have felt concerned to pray, that Friends
thus met together, may be favoured with that
one great and essential thing, — power and
life, manifested through love, which begets
condescension and mutual forbearance.

Aberdeen, Ninth month 18th, 1810.
. I am pleased to hear


of thy satisfactory visit to

I cannot help thinking, that if those that
incline to leave Friends, were, in sincerity, to
turn their minds to the light of Christ, they
would soon see beyond the noisy conformity
to types and figures, and be led into a more
deep and sensible feeling of the things that are

piritually discerned ; and they would be made
partakers of more substantial nourishment to
their souls, than they can attain to by any
external performances. But I am afraid the
cross is in the way, which they do not like to
submit to. But they must be left, hoping that
when they have tried, they will, at last, dis-
cover that it is the substance in which there
is life, and not the shadow ; and this substance
they must find in themselves, according to the
apostle's testimony, " what is to be known of
God, is manifest in man."

I am pleased with thy account of . O !

may you beginners in the awful and important
work of the ministry be preserved! As thou
sensibly remarks, there are many rocks, and
some shoals, that are dangerous. Sarah
Robert Grubb, in one of her letters, compares
us to dishes, which must be tempered and
prepared to bear the heat of the oven ; and
which are more exposed to danger, than
almost any other utensil at the table, — require
more cleaning, and are more liable, through
some indiscretion or other, to get cracked or
broken. But though our standing may be
precarious through human weakness or infir-
mity, and on our part require strict watchful-
ness ; yet there is no cause to be dismayed,
when we turn our eye to Him, who is all-pow-
erful to preserve, full of tender compassion,
knows our frame altogether, and will preserve,
those who simply and humbly trust in Him.
He mercifully deals with us according to our
need ; clothes and strips, feeds and proclaims
fasts, reduces as well as strengthens — and all
in wisdom.

There is one thing I may just mention,
though perhaps I have done it before, but it
is a matter of the utmost importance; — that
in our engagements in the ministry, we sim-
ply attend to, and wait for the impulses or inti-
mation when to speak ; and never to move
without it, whatever openings or impressions
we may have. Sometimes we may have
openings for our own instruction, and some-
times we may be impressed with a sense of

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