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ity, the fear of losing the countenance and
support of the rich or the great, nor the re-
proach which the proud worldling attempts to
cast upon the simple humble follower of
Christ could sway them from their allegiance
and devotion to the King of kings, and an
open, undisguised acknowledgment of their
religious principles. How lamentably is Chris-
tendom sinking into an outside ceremonial
form of religion ! How are the professed
preachers of the gospel of the Son of God
sewing pillows under arm-holes, and crying
peace to those who conform to iheir beggarly
riles, pleading for the impossibility of living
without sin, and trying to maintain them-
selves and their systems, by persuading the
people that regeneration and initiation into
the church of Christ, are effected by a compli-
ance with sprinkling with water, and taking a
litlle bread and wine ; and how many worldly,
fashionable Quakers, are hankering after this
easy way, in which they hope to be heirs of
two kingdoms.

" I perceive the time is come, wherein the
Lord's ground will be known. I mean it will
now shortly appear who hath received God's
gospel into their hearts indeed, to the taking
of good root therein ; for such will not wither
for a little heat or sun burning ; bul will stiffly
stand and grow on, in spite of the malice of
all burning showers and tempests : and foras-
much as I am persuaded of you, my beloved
in the Lord, that ye be indeed the children of
God, of his good ground, which growelh and
will grow on, by his grace, bringing forth fruit



to his glory according to your vocations ;
therefore I cannot but signify to you, and
heartily pray everyone of you to go forwards
after your Master Christ Jesus : not slicking
at the foul way and stormy weather which you
are to come into ; being most certain of this,
that the end of your journey shall be joyful in
such a perpetual rest and blissfulness, as can-
not but swallow up the storms that ye now
feel and are immerged in, if ye often set it
before your eyes, after Paul's counsel in the
hitler end of the fourth, and beginning of the
fifth chapter of the Second Epistle to the Co-
rinthians. Read it I pray you, and remember
it often as a restoration to refresh you lest you
faint in the way.

" And besides this, set before you also, that
though the weather be foul, and storms grow
apace, yet ye go not alone ; but others, your
brethren and sisters tread the same path as
St. Peter telleth us : and therefore company
should cause you to be the more courageous
and cheerful. But if ye had no company al
all at present with you, I pray you tell me, if
ever from the beginning, the best of God's
friends have found any fairer weather and way
to the place whither ye are going (I mean
Heaven) than ye now find, and are likely to
iind ? except ye will like the worldlings tairy
by the way till the storms are overpast ; and
then, either night will so approach that ye
cannot travel, or the " doors will be shut"
before ye come, and so you must lodge with-
out in evil lodgings. Read Revelations, 22d
chap. Begin at Abel, and come from him to
jNoah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Josepli, Moses,
David, Daniel, and all the saints of the Old
Testament, and tell me whether any of them
ever found any fairer weather than ye now
find.

" If the Old Testament will not serve, come
to the New, and begin with Joseph and Mary,
Zachary and Elizabeth, John the Baptist, and
every one of the apostles and evangelists, and
see whether they found any other way into
the City we travel tovvards, than by many tri-
bulations.

" Ye have also your Master and Captain
Jesus Christ, the only begotten and beloved
son of God in whom was all the Father's
delight ; ye have him "to go before you into
Jerusalem" our city. J need not rehearse
what manner of way he found. Begin at his
birth, and till ye come to his burial, ye will
find that every foot of his journey was no
better, but much worse than yours is now.

" Hitherto we have had a fair way and fair
weather also; and because we have loitered by
the way, and not made the speed we should
have done, our loving Lord and Father hath
overcast the weather, and stirred up storms
and tempests, that we might with more haste
run our race, " before the night comes, and
the doors be shut." The Devil standeth now
at every inn-door in his city and country of
this world, tempting us to tarry and lodge in
this place and that place till the storm be
overpast ; that so the time may overpass us
to our utter destruction. Beware of his en-
ticements. Cast not your eyes on things that
are present ; how this man doth or that man
doth ; but keep them on the mark ye aim at



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or ye will lose the reward. Ye know that he
which runneth at the mark, doth not look on
others that stand by, and go this way and that
way, but looketh altogether at the mark, and
on those who run with him, that those which
be behind overtake him not, and that he may
overtake them tiiat be before; even so should
we do; leave ofl' looking at those which will
not run the race to heaven's bliss by the path
of persecution with us, and cast our eyes on
the end of the race, that those who are com
ing after may be encouraged the faster to
follow. Dearly beloved, be not ashamed of
the gospel of Christ, it is the power of God
unto salvation to all them that believe.

" As the fire burneth not gold, but maketh
it finer, so shall ye be more pure by sufFei
with Christ. The Hail and wind hurteth not
the wheat, but cleanseth it from chaff and
cheat. And ye, my beloved, are God's wheat;
fear not therefore the flail ; fear not the win-
nowing wind ; fear not the mill-stone ; fear not
even the oven, for all these make you more
meet for the Lord's own use. Because ye
are Christ's sheep, prepare for the slaughter,
always knowing, that in the sight of the Lord
our deaths shall be precious. The 'souls
under the altar' look for us to fill up thei
number. Dearly beloved, keep your eyes
wholly upon the Lord, with whom all thi
' hairs of your head are numbered ;' so that
not one of them shall perish. God hath ap-
pointed bounds, over which the devil, and all
the world cannot pass. If all things seein to
be against us, let us say with Job, ' If He slay
me, I will trust in Him.' Read the ninety-
first psalm. And pray for me, your poor
brother, and fellow-sufferer, for the gospel's
sake. Here is not our home. The God of
mercy, and Father of all comfort, plentifully
pour out upon you, and in you, His mercy, and
with His consolations comfort and strengthen
you to the end, for Jesus Christ's sake."
Written from Prisun, November 19th, 15i3.



For " The Fricn



CHIMNKY SWEEPERS.



Scarcely any one can see the boys who
traverse our streets in the character of chim-
neysweepers, without feeling their sympathies
aroused by the miserable, neglected, and even
suffering, condition in which they appear.
When we remember that the}' are intelligent
and immortal beings, like ourselves, and bring
their cases home, by putting ourselves or our
children in their stead, as having to undergo
the hardships, privations and suffering which
they endure, who is there that would not feel
his heart glow with compassion and pity for
their hard lot? It is a question in my mind
whether the situation of this class of our fel-
low beings, is sufficiently regarded or inspect-
ed, to make us fully acquainted with all they
have to endure ; or to prepare the way for
Ifording them that relief which their case
calls for. The parliament of Great Britain,
actuated by feelings of humanity towards this
abused class,has recently prohibited the sweep-
ing of chiiTineys by their means, under a con-
siderable penalty ; so that the miseries and
evils growing out of the trade, are likely to be



163

abolished. Could not .something be done for
them here 1



For " The Friend."

Extmctfrom a Letter of James JMckhoiise.

The following extract from a lettei^cent-
ly received from James Backhouse, ^Rll be
interesting to those who have read Daniel
Wheeler's Journal of a visit to Van Diemen's
Land, New South Wales, &c. It will be re-
collected that J. B. preceded D. W., and that
they were in company during a part of the
visit. A narrative of James Backhouse's
visit to the Australian colonies, is about teing
published in England, to be followed by a fu-
ture volume on the Mauritius and South Afri-
ca. G. W. Walker, who accompanied James
Backhouse, returned from South Africa to
Hobart Town, where he resides. S. R.

" I have recently had a pleasant letter from
my friend George VV. Walker, giving a cheer-
ing account *f the little company professing
with Friends in Hobart Town, and also of those
in Sydney, where Francis Cotton of Van Die-
men's Land is on a religious visit. I have
also interesting accounts from the South of
Africa ; where much that is good is making
progress, though not coming up to that stan-
dard, which our eyes have boon anointed to
see as the fulness of the truth as it is in Jesus.
But every approximation towards this, from
the darkness of heathenism, and of nominal
Christianity, we may rejoice to behold."



Boston and Cincinnati. — The Cincinnati
Philanthropist says: 'J When the Sandusky
rail-road is finished, Cincinnati will be within
three days of Boston. From Cincinnati to
the Lake the distance may be accomplished
easily in sixteen hours; a magnificent steam
packet will then receive the passengers, and
transport them to Buffalo in twenty hours;
and from Buffalo to Boston they will go by
rail-road, say in thirty-four hours; the whole



distance from Cincinnati to Boston



requirmg



only seventy hours. Does this prediction
startle any one ? In a few years it will pass
into history, and be regarded as a very com-
mon-place fact."



Eruption of Mount Etna. — After many
years repose, says a London paper, there was
an eruption of Mount jEtna on the 28th of
November, and letters from Catania, of the
30th, describe the volcano to be in full erup-
tion, emitting enormous masses of lava, and
showing every prospect of a flow of liquid
lava, to the destruction of all around.



Isthnws if Panama. — A London paper says
that the works preparatory to the commence-
ment of cutting through the Isthmus of Pana-
ma, are rapidly advancing. The entire length
of this canal will be forly-nine miles ; its
breadth at the surface one hundred and thirty-
five feet, and its depth twenty feet. The en-
gineer, Morel, estimates its cost at 560,000?.
sterling.



J64



TUB FRIEND.



For" The Fliend."



On the death of Stepiikn H. Goddard, a member of

4 VustaU/oro Monthly Meeting of Friends, who was

taken tick uhile attending school. — By a School-

^ I saw llW, Stephen, when Ihy brow

U^re not a shade of care,
Fo^Beary days and tuilsome years,
An^isappolnlmenl's bitter tears,

Had left no impress there.
Then joys, like flowers, were clustering round,

And golden hopes were thine.
Of years unmarked by joyless hours,
Of wreaths of bright and fadeless flowers,
► Which fame lor ihce would twine.

I saw, and asked that life for thee

Might even be thus bright ;
That joys to thee might ever flow.
That ne'er tlie simoon blast of woe.

Thy budding hopes might blight.

I saw again, but oh ! how ehanged.

Thy lamp of life burned low ;
Thy trembling voice, and burning ehcek,
Spoke far more plain than words could speak,

Of suflcrings none might knowj"i^

But as the dove her wound conceals,

And seeks a place to die ;
E'en so, though sickness rent thy frame,
Still from thy lip no murmur came.

Nor one complaining sigh.
I saw thy mother o'er thy couch.

Her constant vigils keep.
And oft thou gav'st her such a smile,
As might almost her grief beguile.

And bid her cease to weep.
I saw that mother hide her tear?.

And round thee noiseless move ;
I saw, a/id thought, that from on high
Some angel must that fount supply,

A mother's holy love !
I saw thee as the hour drew near.

When life's last cord Was riven.
And heard thee sny, thai^all of earth
Thou had'st a hope of holier birth,

A hope of rest in heaven !
Then, as an infant gently sin^s

To slumber sweet and bl^ —
Or, as a star at break.ofdayT#
Will slowly, sweetly, fade away — i

Thou sank away to rest. * ,

Methought I saw some angel band.

Through death's approaching gloom.
With songs descending from on high.
Receive thy last departing sigh.

And wall thy spirit home.
Stephen, farewell ! — long to our hearts

Thy memory shall be dear;
But thy sweet smile, and happy voice.
Which bade us ofl in i;ricf rejoice.

No more our hearts shall cheer 1
Farewell ! until again we meet.

When all our toils are o'er.
In those bright worlds of bliss above.
Where flowers of friendship, joy and love,

Shall bloom to fade no more !



Powerful Microscope. — A London paper
gives tlie following description of a new mi-
croscope recently exhibited at the Poiyteciinic
Institution, which is said to be the most pow-
erful ever made. " It consists of six powers.
Tlie second magnifies the wings of the locust
to twenty-seven feet in length. The fourth,
the sling of the bee to twenty-seven feet. By
the sixth, each lens in the eye of the fly is so
magnified, that it appears to be fourteen in-
clica in diameter ; and a human hair, eigh-



teen inches in diameter, or four feet in cir-
cumference."



THE mXZSND.

SECOND MONTH, 18, 1843.



We refer to our first page for an article
taken from the lastnumber of Silliman'sAnier-
ican Journal of Science and Arts, which con-
denses much curious and interesting informa-
tion respecting a portion of South America,
very peculiar in its geological features.

In our number of the 28th ult. an error es-
caped correction. In the obituary of Abigail
Smith, her age, instead of sixty, should have
been eighty-one.

Since the setting in of the severe cold, this
month, we learn that at the North^n Soup
House, situate in Coates street, between 4lh
and 5th, the rush for soup has so greatly in-
creased, as to require additional aid to the
funds. Contributions may be handed to either
of the foUowina persons :

Jacob M. Thomas, No. 10' North Front st.
Joel Cadbury, 32 South Front, or 9 Franklin
St. Thomas Scatlergood, 171 North Third,
or 68 Franklin st. Horatio C. Wood, f27
.Market, or 210 Race st.



Married, at Friends' Meeling-house, Goshen, Col.
county, Ohio, Fourth month 27ih, 1842, James Schoo-
LEY, son of Israel Schooley, to Rebecca Malmsberrv,
daughter of Benjamin Malmsherry.

, at Friends' Meeling-house, on Neuse,

Wayne county, N. C, on the 9th of Sixth mo. past,
Paris S. Benbuw, of Fayelteville, to Marv, only daugh-
ter of Thomas and Elizabeth Kennedy.

, at the same place, on the 17th of Elevrnlh

mo. past, WiLMA.li H. Hare, of Sonierton, Va., to Ann
M., eldest daughter of John and Sarah Kennedy.

, at the same place, on the 4th inst , Sa.muei.

Hill, of Randolph county, to Maria, only daughter of
Martin Miller, of Jones county, N. C.

, at Rich Square, in Northampton county, on

the 30lh of Eleventh mo. past, John B. Ke.vnldv, oI
Wayne county, to Deborah, daughter of Exuni and
.Miriam Outland.



Died, on the twenty-si.xth ultimo, of disease of
the heart, Charles Allen, an elder and member
of the Southern District Monthly Meeting, in this
city, aged nearly sixty-seven years. He was con-
vinced of the truth of the religious principles held by
Friends, and received a member in the Society, about
the thirty-third year of his age. His upright and con-
sistent life gained for him the confidence and esteem of
his fellow-members, and growing in religious experi-
ence, he was successively placed in the slulious ot an
overseer and an elder; the duties of which he endea-
voured to discharge in the fear of the Lord, and ibr
the help of others. Diflident of his own judgment, he
was careful of urging his sentiments, and yet sleadllist
to what he believed to be the mind of Truth ; and in
the trials which have been endured from the spirit of
innovation, he maintained the principles which he es-
poused at his union with the Society: — he was a
Friend from convincement, and remained so to the
close of his life. Desirous of being found in the way
of his duty, and from a sincere love to the brethren and
the cause of his blessed Redeemer, he frequently ac-
companied ministers on religious visits ; to whom he
was a sympathizing and encouraging companion,
evincing by his solidity and dcvotedncss of spirit, that
he participated in their exercises, and he rejoiced when
the Truth was in dominion.

In the last tliree years of his life his health was im-



paired, so that he suflired much from difficulty of
breathing, producing great nervousness, and the loss of
sleep, which at limes prevented him from Attending our
meetings; yet he made considerable efi'orl to be with
his friends in their riligious assemblings, in the per-
liirmance of which duly he was a good example. Do.
ring these seasons of bodily infirmity and suffering, ho
was often engaged in rctrospecting his past life ; and in
fervent desire that he might be ready for the solemu
period. " Oh, that 1 may be prepared (was his lan-
guage) for the awliil change ; Ibr it is, indted, an aw.
ful change." " 1 have been striving from my youth
up for a preparation for death ; but 1 have nothing to
trust to but the mercies and merits of my Saviour." He
deplored the condition of those who lived without
thought of serious things; and expressed his desire to
be favoured with an evidence that be should be accept-
ed, saying, " If the Lord would be with me in passing
through the valley of the .shadow of death, then I need
fear no evil." At another time, he said, " I want tu be
centered on the Rock;" and in a few minutes after,
" Oh, how has the Lord blessed me from my early
childhood, and preserved me Irom the gross evils with
which I was surrounded. O, what a great mercy '."
The last two weeks of his life, he was unable to sleep
much at night ; and during the times of wakefulness,
his spirit was often tendered, and he was frequently
engaged in supplication; at one time, as Ibllows : —
" Oh Lord, be pleased in mercy to cut sliort the work
in righteousness ; but enable me to say, not my will,
but thine be done." Many times he commemorated
the mercy of his Heavenly Father, and frequently said,
" I have nothing to trust to but mercy, unmerited mer.
cy ; no works of righteousness that 1 have done. I am
a poor creature."

His prayer that the work might be cut short in
righteousness was mcreilully granted, and from the
e-xercises he had passed through, and the sweetness and
calmness of his spirit on the evening before his death,
we may safely conclude, that he was centered on tlie
Rock, " the Rock of ages," as he expressed himself on
one occasion, "Christ Jesus, my Saviour — he is the
Rock." The afternoon and evening, previous to his
close, he spent mostly in the parlour with his family,
appearing more comlbrlable than usual, and was in-
terested and cheerful in conversation. He expired sud-
denly on the morning of the Iwenly.sixth ; and we
doubt not he was Ibund amongst those, who, with their
loins girded and lights burning, are maintaining the
watch, that when their Lord Cometh they may receive ,
the blessing, and be owned by Him.

, on the 1st of First month, 1843, at her resi-
dence. Western, Marion counly, Ohio, Sarah Keese,
wife of John Keese, in the 4Hth year of her age. She
was a member and elder of Gilead Monthly Sleeting.
In the decease of this dear Friend, her family and the
meeting of which she was a member, as also the soci-
ety more at large, have sustained a loss that will be
deeply felt. She was a woman of bright talents, which
being brought under the sanctilying influence of Divine
Grace, rendered her very useful in her neighbourhood ;
also in the weighty concerns of the Society, the wel-
fare of which was dear to her best life. Her last ill-
ness was attended with great bodily suffu-ings, which
she bore with Christian patience and re*gnation, ap-
pearing composed and settled in her mind upon tlie
alone sure Foundation. The day bclbre her death, being
asked if she was in extreme suffering, she answered,
"yes; but in all situations, it is our duty to give thanks ;"
and after a short pause, said, " Great God, thy name be
praised, thy goodness be adored." Her close was peacc-
lul and serene, atTording a comfortable assurance to her
surviving friends, that all was well with her.

, at Salem, Massachusetts, on the 17th of First

month, Betsey Chask, wife of Henry Chase, aged 64.

And on the following morning, Hannah N. Pope,
daughter of the late James Pope, aged 44.

, on First-day evening, the 22d of First month,

George Cooper, of Sadsbury, Lancaster county, Pa., in
the 70lh year of his age ; a member of Sadsbury
Monthly Meeting.

, in Cincinnati, Ohio, of consumption, on the

morning of the SUIh of First mo., 1843, Elizabeth L.
Steer, aged 23 years, daughter of the late Samuel
Steer, of that city.



MEMOIR OF JOHN WIGHAM.

(Concluded from page 158.)

The preceding effusion of pious feeling
written by my lionoured father, as he stales.
in his eightieth year, proved as he had anti-
cipated, with the exception of a letter to one
of his sons, the last production of his pen :
but as he lived for upwards often years after
wards, it may perhaps be allowable, and not
inappropriate for one, who, during several of
the latter years of his life, was privileged with
being much in his company, to record some
particulars respecting him during that period.
This is not done with any view of exalting the
creature, or eulogising the dead ; but by ex-
hibiting the character, and final close of a
dedicated and humble disciple of our holy
Redeemer, to magnify the etEcacy of that
Divine grace, which had sustained him all
his life long, and by which, he was ever ready
to acknowledge, he was what he was ; and also
to prove an incitement to such of us as are
still pilgrims on this earth, to be using all
diligence to make our calling and election
sure, following on in the same precious faith
by which he obtained the victory ; that being
" washed, sanctified, and justified, in the name
of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of
our God," we may, when the day of our pro-
bation is over, know an entrance ministered
to us abundantly into His everlasting king-
dom.

At the time when my dear father wrote
what concludes his own account, (1828,) his
eye-sight had become very defective, and soon
afterwards it totally failed, so that writing
became impracticable. His lameness also was
such, that, with difficulty, he could move
about, requiring even a painful exertion, to get
occasionally into his garden ; but during the
long period of his confinement to the house,
he v/as, under all his privations, and the pres-
sure of many painful ailments, full of a con-
tented resignation, often saying he had much
cause for gratitude and thankfulness, for the
many blessings and favours he still enjoyed.
He was usually very open and cheerful, which
rendered his company attractive to his friends,
and he seemed to enjoy their visits ; and
whilst at times he fell at "liberty to converse
pleasantly with them, on passing events, yet
it was evident to a serious observer, that his
mind was centred on eternal things, that " his
heart was fixed trusting in the Lord."

His love to his friends, he used to say was
not lessened by increasing years. His attach-
ment to the precious cause of Truth remained
as strong as ever; and to such as visited him,
whether those of his own meeting or from a
distance, he was sometimes engaged to drop a
word in season, mostly short, but weighty and
instructive,— like the well-instructed scribe,
" bringing forth out of his treasure things
new and old ;" and on these occasions, even
when no communication of a religious cha-
racter took place, many, it is believed, can
acknowledge, that there was a sweetness and
solemnity to be felt, under which they have
been edified and comforted ; so that they
could have adopted the language, " it is good
for us to be here."

For a number of years he seemed to live in



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a state of constant waiting for the call of his
Divine Master to put off his earthly taberna-
cle, that he might be " clothed upon with his
house from heaven ;" feeling himself, in his
own estimation, so deprived of usefulness, that
he said he was sometimes ready to wonder,
why his stay here was so much prolonged ;
but would add something to this import, —
" the Lord, who knoweth all things, knows



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