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zealous supporters of our Christian testimonies.
Of latter times far less in number have come
to our aid. The preservation, prosperity and
usefulness of the Society will for the present
depend essentially on the training of our chil-
dren. For although parents cannot confer
grace on their offspring, yet through best
help, they may do much to prepare the hearts
of their tender children to embrace and co-
operate with the Divine visitations to their
souls.

But why is it that so many children of
exemplary parents have gone astray ? Good
example is indispensable ; but this is but a part
of the duty of parents; diligent teaching and
training are also indispensable. In doing this,
the business should be so managed that they
may become early attached to the best books,
in preference to all others, and every possible
means should be used to preserve this prefer-
ence as they advance in age.



In the testimony concerning our worthy
Friend, George Jones, we are informed that
he attributed his preseivation in youth, and
final establishment in the 'J ruth, very much
to the piactice of his mother in interesting
him, in childhood, in the Holy Scriptures and
the writings of I'liends. In the memorial
just published in " The Friend," concerning
our worthy Friends, William and Hannah
Jackson, it is said, " that her lather, (her only
surviving parent) was cuncerned to train up
his children in the nurture and admonition of
the Lord, and in reading the Holy Scriptures
and the writings of our prin)itive Friends ; in
the diligent altendance of religious n.eetiiigs,
and the piactice of frequently sitting together
in silence, to wait tor the renewal of strtngth.
'Ibus her mind was prepared to embrace the <

early visitations of Truth." It is well known
thai others also of this family became digni-
fied woril.ies in our Society. Our veiy inde-
fatigable and valuable Friend, Daniel Wheeler,
appears to have pursued a sinnlar course iu
connexion with silent wailing and reading a
portion of Scripture daily. It is cause of
encouiagement that this practice is increas-
ingly prevalent amongst faithful Friends.

The writer had a pious mother, whose
memory he venerates. She oflen had me to
read the Scriptures, but omitted that essential
familiar and instructive conversation which,
by Divine command, was, through Moses,
enjoined on the Lord's people, which would
have interested me, and probably made in-
structive and lasting impressions on my young
mind. For want of information, I pursued a
similar course with my children; but from
reading, reflection, observation and experience,
1 have become so fully sensible of my defi-
ciency, that I feel great interest that young
parents may have correct views, and make it
the great business of their lives to instil into
the susceptibly minds of their children those
pious sentiments which are the best adapted
to make them love the Christian doctrines and
testimonies of the Society, and to lead them
to become useful Friends.

Children usually respect what they see that
their parents esteem. What does example
teach when a parent manifests more interest
in other reading than in the Scriptures and
writings of Friends? As our members are
owners in school and other libraries, in con-
nection with their neighbours, where objec-
tionable publications are taken, it is believed
that there never was a time when watchful-
ness was so emphatically called for, lest we
become imperceptibly leavened into the spirit
of the world, and learn its xvays. In former
days, our children were told that newspapers J
were not designed for Friends; and they were *
rarely to be seen in a Friend's family in the
country; and other publications, except (hose
of Friends, were nearly as rare. Do we for-
get that Christians are required to deny self,
and to take up the cross daily 1

The suggestion in " The Friend" of Third
month nth, in relation to the institution of aa
establishment for the sale of suitable ijooks for
the use of Friends, is worthy of special atten-
tion. It is known that the Yearly Meeting of
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keeping a stock of such books of that descrip-
tion as are to be had, and when Friends at-
tend, tliat many purchase at reduced prices.
Should all the Yearly Meetings in America!
unite in such a proceeding, it would be likely |
so to increase tlie sale as to justify printers in
issuincr the desired volumes at low prices. j
Of late years the Society has been favoured
with an increase of Boarding Schools, which
have been a help to parents, and a blessing to
many of the rising generation ; but yet their
walking in the way in which they ought to go,
depends still more on parental influence. After
all the privileges of good schools, if parents
neglect the duties enjoined on them by Al-
mighty goodness, sad indeed will be the con-
sequences. J.
State of New York.



THE APPROACHING YEARLY MEETING.

The time of holding our annual assembly
having nearly arrived, it is natural fur those
who love the Suciety, and desire its prosperi-
ty, to look forward with some solicitude to
this important event, and to feel desires that
the Great Head of the cliurcli may vouchsafe
his presence and blessing, that so the transac-
tions of the meeting may tend to his glory,
and the benefit of the members. This, no
doubt, will be the case, if our elder and
younger Friends attend, with minds suilably
impressed with the importance of the occa-
sion, and are favoured to witness that " the
preparation of the heart in man, and the an-
swer of the tongue is of the Lord."

The season having been unusually back-
ward, many of our Friends engaged in agricul-
tural pursuits, may experience some ditHculty
in leaving their business ; but if these should
find it in their hearts to sacrifice, in some de-
gree, their outward prospects for the sake of
performing their religious duty, they will no
doubt be amply repaid by an increase of inward
peace; nor does it by any means follow that
even their temporal interests would eventually
sutler ; for He, to whom belongeth " the cat-
tle upon a thousand hills," has many ways of
blessing his faithful children in his providential
dealings with them.

It is important that all who come should
possess their souls in patience; and having a
single eye to the Lord's business, be willing
to continue, let the time it occupies be longer
or shorter, until all that the good of the So-
ciety appears to require be accomplished, for
the preservation of harmony and love, the
support of the precious testimonies committed
to us, and the promotion of the general wel-
fare.

Since our last Yearly Meeting many changes
have occurred. Some beloved Friends who
then took part in onr deliberations, have been
removed from the militant church, as we hum-
bly trust, to be everlastingly received as mem-
bers of the church triumphant in heaven.
Such removals, which are from time to lime
occurring, furnish a call to the younger mem-
bers, to submit to that baptizing power which
would qualify them to take the places of the



departed, and to " come up to the help of the
Lord against the mighty."

May we be favoured to recur to our first
principles, and steadfastly to maintain them.
May the aged be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might ; may the middle-aged
live loose to the world, and be increasingly
bound to the law and to the testimony; and
may the youth be animated to walk by the
same rule, and mind the same thing. Thus
would the Lord bless us together, and we
should depart from our meetmg at its close,
acknowledging with grateful hearts, that the
Lord is in Zion, that her king is yet in the
midst of her. Z.



Communicated for "The Friend."
TRACT ASSOCIATION.

At the recent annual meeting of the " Tract
Association of Friends," the subject of replen-
ishing its exhausted treasury having been
referred to the care of the Committee of
Management, that committee invite the atten-
tion of Friends generally to the follo\Ving re-
marks : —

The Tract Association of Friends has now
been in existence upwards of twenty-eight
years; during which time it has published,
and caused to be circulated, many hundred
thousand tracts; most of them specially set-
ting forth the doctrines and testimonies of the
gospel as held by our religious Society, and
all of them calculated to illustrate and en-
force the blessed fruits of a religious life.

For the last three years, the nuniber taken
from the Depository annually, has been con-
siderably above one hundred thousand ; which
have been principally distributed, through
numerous channels, among all classes of the
community, in various sections of our widely
extended country. Some have been sent to
foreign lands; and others, given to those on
board ships, have found their way to nearly
all parts of the world.

The good thus effected it is impossible accu-
rately to estimate, but we have reason to be-
lieve, that under the Divine blessing, these
unobtrusive messengers have exerted no incon-
siderable influence in counteracting the poison-
ous eflfects of vice, and in promoting the moral
and religious well-being of our fellow-crea-
tures.

The present may be termed emphatically
the age of publication. The press groans
with the vast load of literary matter daily
thrown off", in every variety of form and style,
which is calculated to catch the public eye,
and please its taste; and it is a sorrowful
(ruth, but one which cannot be disputed, that
by far the greater portion of the food thus
served up, is eminently calculated to inflame
the passions, and deaden the better feelings
of those who partake of it.

This is also a period of great excitement
and commotion in what is called the religious
world. While great efforts are making by the
various Christian denominations, to support
and to spread their respective creeds and
modes of faith, the minds of many are open-
ing to a conviction of the insufficiency and
dangerous tendency of the various forms and



ceremonies which have been too generally
substituted for vital religion, and much sin-
cere inquiry is raised after the Truth in its
original purity and simplicity.

These signs of the times make it highly
desirable that the truths of the gospel should
be industriously disseminated; and, we believe,
render the duty still more incumbent upon the
members of our religious Society, to examine
how far they are individually aiding to extend
a knowledge of the doctrines and testimonies
which we have been commissioned to uphold
to the world.

The spread of the Tracts published by this
Association, we believe, is a means for eflect-
ing this, well worthy the encouragement of
every one among us, desirous to promote the
cause of practical Christianity. While setting
forth the truths of the gospel, exemplifying
the blessed fruits of a life dedicated to the
service of God, or demonstrating the awful
consequences of a continuance in sin, they are
generally brief, written in plain and simple
language, and calculated to arrest attention,
and awaken interest in those, little disposed for
serious reading, who would turn away from
works of more pretension; and thus they often
convey the lessons and the reproofs of instruc-
tion to many a one, who, in the midst of evil
associates, might otherwise go on in his down-
ward course, unchecked and unwarned, by any
outward or human means.

The demand for these Tracts has been
steadily increasing for some years past, and
if the means were in our possession, they
could be multiplied and spread to an extent
far greater than they now are. But we are at
a stand for want of funds. Our treasury is
empty ; and a small debt is owing, which, at
present, we have not the money to pay. Within
the past year, we have been unable to issue any
new Tracts. Our ordinary annual subscrip-
tions are now too small to defray one-half the
expense usually incurred, and our expectations
from other quarters have not, within the past
year, been realized.

Under these circumstances, we earnestly
ask of our fellow-professors what is to be
dune? Shall we be compelled to quit the field
wherein we have so long laboured, at a time
when it presents so much which should be
opposed and overcome, and so much which is
worth contending for ? Or shall we not rather
be enabled to continue our accustomed eflbrts
to promote the cause of universal righteous-
ness, and encouraged \o extend the circulation
of our Tracts, by each one rendering such aid
to the Association as his or her circumstances
and its wants may juslify.

We afi(;ctionately urge upon Friends to give
thesubjecl a proper consideration. The amount
which would be required to issue 150,000
Tracts, annually, is not large; not much over
one thousand dollars; and if each would re-
member to contribute their mite, year after
year, the work would go on prosperously, and
wo be spared the necessity of repeating our
appeiil to the consideration and liberality of
onr fillow-members-

Our treasurer, John G. Hoskins, and our
agent, George W. Taylor, will receive con-



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tributions from Friends of llie city or country,
at No. 50 North Fourth Street, up stairs.

Signed by direction, and on behalf of the
Board of Managers.

JosiAH H. Newbold, Clerk.

Philadelphia, Fourth month llth, 1843.

For "The Friend."
LOT OF THE RIGHTEOUS.

It is a notorious fact, tiiat in all ages, those
who have protested against evil with the most
undaunted firmness, have drawn upon them-
selves the hatred, and not unfrequently the
harsh treatment of that class in society who are
indifferent to true religion, or direct enemies
to it. This was the lot of many of the ancient
prophets. ' 1 hate this Micaiah, said the king,
for he always prophesieth evil concerning nie.'
Elijah said, ' they have slain thy prophets, and
digged down thy altars, and I only am left,
and they seek my life.' And the King of
Israel said, ' God do so and more also to me,
if the head of Elisha, the son of Shaphat,
shall stand on him this day.' Jeremiah was
cast into the dungeon ; Daniel into the lion's
den, and the three children into the burning
furnace to destroy them, because of their
intrepid adherence to the law of their God, in
the face of persecution and danger. Our
blessed Lord was hated by the dry formal
professors of religion, because he told them
the truth with great plainness and fearless-
ness. Notwithstanding the unspotted purity
of his life, and the exertion of his miraculous
power to benefit others, they tried to destroy
his reputation amongst the people, calling him
Beelzebub, and one possessed of a devil. Fi-
nally, he was arraigned before the seventy as
a criminal, charged with speaking against
their temple ; treated in the most ignominious
manner, and finally crucified between two
thieves. Many of the apostles shared the lot
of their Master, agreeably to his words, 'ye
shall be hated of all men for my name sake,'
and sealed the truth of their doctrine witli
their blood. Among the martyrs, in Bon-
ner's dark and cruel days, these undaunted
contenders for the faith, though of irreproach-
able lives, were subjected to great severity of
suffering, and then tortured to death at the
stake. After them Friends endured an undes-
cribable variety and extent of persecution,
often treated with the most marked scorn and
abuse that their enemies could devise — their
principles and character misrepresented to
rouse the spirit of resentment, and to screen
their persecutors fr-om the severe reprehen-
sion which their unchristian treatment of these
inoffensive men merited. Of George Fox,
his Friends observed, " that inasmuch as the
Lord suffered him not to be delivered up to
the will of his enemies and persecutors, who
often breathed out cruelty against him, and
designed his destruction; but in his good
pleasure, quietly took him away in his own
time, when his testimony was so blessedly
finished and his work accomplished ; this is re-
markable and worthy of serious observation as
a special providence and wisdom of God, to
whom we ascribe the glory of all."

Thomas EUwood says of him, " beloved he



was of Gud ; beloved of God's people, and
which was not tlie least part of his honour,
the common butt of all apostates' envy, whose
good notwithstanding he earnestly sought. He
lived to see the desire of his soul, the spread-
ing of that blessed principle of Divine light
through many of the European nations, and
not a few of the American islands and pro-
vinces, and the gathering of n)any thousands
to an establishment therein ; which the Lord
vouchsafed him the honour to be the first
effectual publisher of in this latter age of the
world." This doctrine of the " light within"
was hated then by those who plead for sinning
every day, and it is still opposed by those who
are not subject to the cross of Christ, and who
reject the principles which George Fox and
Uobert Barchiy promulgated and defended in
their day. 'J'lie profession drew upon them
the ill will of their opponents, their harsh
treatment and persecution, and still subjects to
suffering those who are walking faithfully un-
der its guidance. Q.



For" Tlie Friend."
DELIBERATIVE ASSEMBLIES.

The strength and usefulness of a meeting
depends much upon unity ; and when we ad-
vert to the variety of sentiment, feeling and
pursuits, which may be found among the mem-
bers of the same religious society, the import-
ance of pressing after the unity of the Spirit,
is very obvious. In large deliberative assem-
blies, a deep indwelling with the Seed of divine
life in our own hearts, wailing for the coming
of the Master, cherishing the disposition to
maintain firmly this waiting state, trusting to
Him the safety of the ark, and praying for
self-preservation as the Spirit gives vent to
the exercised soul, will contribute much to the
religious weight of a meeting. Religious
weight, is the presiding influence of the Great
Head, who manifests his presence where two
or three are met in his name ; and still more
so, when hundreds are bowed and baptized
into it. When all are thus gathered in the
name of Christ, under a sense of their own
nothingness, depending on the immediate man-
ifestation of his power and Spirit, to enable
them to do his work, the true unity will be
experienced. Every one who keeps here, will
be kept in his and her place — will not attempt
to act the part of another, or to keep another
from acting his or her part. " Ephraim shall
not envy Judah, nor shall .ludah vex Eph-
raim ;" but they shall fly upon the shoulders
of the Philistines, the kingdom of Antichrist,
together, and the cause being the Lord's, he
will prosper it in their hands. The standard
of ancient truth and purity will be unfurled
atid displayed, and many exercised ones will
secretly rejoice in beholding that the Lord is
still the king, the judge and the lawgiver of
his people. No galley with oars, nor gallant
ship will be needed or suffered here, but the
anointed eye shall see Jerusalem a quiet habi-
tation ; a tabernacle that shall not be taken
down, where every one goelh from sti-ength to
strength, and shall appear before God in
Zion. The young ones will have their por-
tion also of the feast of fat things, of wine



on the lees well refined. They will be per-
mitted to see the King in his beauty ; and
enamoured with his loveliness, they will de-
sire to enter into covenant with him — a per-
petual covenant that shall never be broken.
Such a meeting as this would help many pil-
grims on their way to the heavenly Canaan
— their load would be lightened for a lime,
and they would return to their homes rejoic-
ing, and saying, it was good for them they
had been there. A.

Scraps Worthy of Note by Farmers.
Sheep Sorrel. — When the farmer or |)lairter
discovers his field covered with sheej) sori-el,
he may conclude lliat the soil needs liming,
the presence of the sorrel being unerring evi-
dence of the absence of calcareous matter,
and that the soil is too acid for the purposes
of healthful vegetation. Lands too, whose
natural growth is ■pine, require lime, as that
wood almost always delights in acid soil de-
void of lime.

Shade Trees. — If you have no shade trees
about )'our house, go at once into your woods
and select some thrifty saplings of any kind
you may admire, and plant them in the front
and rear of your dwelling. A house in the
country which is not thus provided, is a
gloomy thing at best, and speaks but little in
behalf of its owner's taste.

Peach Worm — Tar. — A neighbour informs
me that the application of hot tar to the roots
of peach trees, effectually excludes the worm.
The earth is removed for a few inches down,
and the tar applied. It is not intended, of
course, to destroy the worm, but to prevent
its entrance in trees yet unaffected. — Culti-
vator,

Clover, Sainfoin, Lucerne, and all grasses
of this family require that there should be
lime in the soil on which they may be grown,
and indeed, it may be said to be labour lost,
to attempt to cultivate them advantageously
on lands in which this mineral does not form
a constituent element. — Baltimore Farmer.

Orchards should never be cultivated in
grass, or small grain. Corn, or roots of any
kind may be therein grown with decided ad-
vantage to the trees, and where the.se are rrot
cultivated, the ground should be ploughed.

Fattening Shtep. — An experiment was
made at Shrewsbury in fattening three sheep
on peas, allowing them at the same time to
run in pastui'e. They gained thirty-nine
pounds in twenty-one days, an average of
nearly ten ounces each per day, which we
think extraordinary.

Lime-water to kill Wormx. — To six quarts
of water, add half a pound of caustic lime,
and after letting it stand a lew minutes, com-
mence watering the ground infested by worms,
and they will soon be seen rising to the sur-
face writhing about, and will die in a few
minutes, especially if a little more of the
lime-water is then sprinkled on them.

PRINTED BY JOSEPH & WILLIAM KITE,
Seventh and Carpenter Streets.



^m® IFIEHISMID



A RELIGIOUS AND LITERARY JOURNAL.



SEVENTH-DAY, FOURTH IMEONTH, 22, 1843.



NO. 30.



EDITED BY ROBERT SMITH.

PUBLISHED WEEKLY.

Prict two dollars per annum^ payable in aduance.

Subscriptions and Payments received by

GEORGE W. TAYLOR,

NO. 50, NORTH FOURTH STREET, UP STAIRS,

PHILADELPHIA.



For " Tllc Friend."
EARTHQUAKES.

The recent calamatous events in the West
Indies have drawn my attention to tiie subject
of Earthquakes. The number of them on
record is very great ; but it occurred to me
thai a brief account of some of the most me-
morable and destructive might be acceptable
to the readers of " The Friend." 1 have
therefore sent such an account for insertion.
W.

One which made the peninsula of Eubcea
an island, B.C. 425

Ellice and Bula in the Pelopoonesus, swal-
lowed up, 372

One at Rome, when, in obedience to an
oracle, M. Curlius, armed and mount-
ed, on a stately horse, leaped into the
dreadful chasm it occasioned (Livy) 358

Duras, in Greece, buried with all its in-
habitants ; and twelve cities in Cam-
pania also buried, 345

Lysimachia totally buried, with all its
inhabitants, 283

Awful one in Asia, which overturned
twelve cities, a.d. 17

One accompanied by the eruption of Ve-
suvius ; the cities of Pompeii and Her-
culaneum buried, 79

Four cities in Asia, two in Greece, and
two in Galatia, overturned, 107

Antioch destroyed, 114

Nicomedia, Cfesarea, and Nicea in Bithy-
nia, overturned, 126

In Asia, Pontus, and 3Iacedonia, 150
cities and towns damaged, 357

Nicomedia again demolished, and its in-
habitants buried in its ruins, 358

One felt by nearly the whole world, 543

At Constantinople; its edifices destroyed,
and thousands perished, 558

In Africa; many cities overturned, 560

Awful one in Syria, Palestine, and Asia ;
more than 500 cities were destroyed,
and the loss of life surpassed all calcu-
lation, 742

In France, Germany, and Italy, 801

Constantinople overturned, and all Greece
shaken, 936

One felt throughout England, 1089



One at Antioch : many towns destroy-
ed : among them, Mariseum and Ma-
mistria, a.d.

Catania in Sicily overturned, and 15,000

persons buried in the ruins.
One severely felt at Lincoln,
At Calabria, when one of the cities and
all its inhabitants were overwhelmed
in the Adriatic Sea,
One again felt throughout England,
At Naples, when 40,000 of its inhabi-
tants perished.



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