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fruits of man's rebellion against God ; he may
thence see, how little Christians have to plead
for it."



Testimony of the Monthly Meeting of Friends
of Philadelphia, for t/ie Southern District,
held Eleventh month 25th, 182i), concern-
ing our beloved friend Hannah Evans.
She was the daughter of David and Mary
Bacon, late of this city, and was born in the
Third month, 1765. In early life, she was
made sensible of the fear of the Led Head
of the Church, and came forth in public testi-
mony in the year 1801.

In our religious meetings, she was en-
gaged in humble, reverent waiting on the
Lord, for the renewal of spiritual strength,
being concerned not to move in the exercise
of her gift, without the fresh evidence of
Divine requiring.

With the approbation of this meeting, she
paid religious visits to many of the meetings
of Friends, within our own, and some of the
neighbouring Yearly Meetings; though, du-
ring the last sixteen years of her life, her
constitution was so impaired by frequent
attacks of severe illness, that she was unable
to travel much. Yet in this debilitated slate,
and even while under great bodily infirmity,
she manifested a continued dedication to the
cause of Truth, in the diligent attendance of
our meetings for Divine worship, and ftjr
discipline; in which respects her care and
example were conspicuous, even when her
weakness was so great as scarcely to admit of
her going out. She suffered much in spirit
on account of the attempts made of latter
years to destroy a belief in the authority of
the Holy Scriptures, and faith in the diviniiy
and offices of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ; and was concerned to bear testimony,
both publicly and privately, against the dan-
ger of yielding in the smallest degree, to the
delusive opinions of those, who, under a pro-
fession of great spirituality, were secretly en-
deavouring to undermine the foundation of the
Christian religion.

On the 22d of the Second month, 1829, she
was taken very ill. On Third-day morning,
the 24th of the month, she remarked ; " I feel
like a poor thing ; my bodily weakness arid
distress are very great. If my mind can only
be kept in humble dependence upon Him, who
alone can support and sustain in affliction, it
will be a great blessing." On Fourth-day,
she remarked, " The extreme pain causes me
to moan ; but I do not murmur or complain."
And shortly after ; " This sutTering is only of
the body, the mind is quiet and calm. It
seems as if I could take hold of no worldly
thing." In the afternoon : " We must all fill
up our portion of sutTering, but if it only pu-
rifies and cleanses, and prepares us for a better
inheritance, it is no matter what our sufferings
here are." In the evening, she remarked,
" My sufferings on Second-day night were so
great, that I thought it would have been the
closing scene; but it was a great fav



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