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doctrines and precious testimonies of our So-
ciety. Unsound sentiments in relation to
interpretations of Scripture were ably met —
the doctrine of immediate revelation, and the
universality of the Light of Christ, were par-
ticularly enforced, — and clear viesvs in regard
to sanctification and justification exhibited.
Baptism and the Supper — the Holy Scrip-
tures, showing their proper place as a secon-
dary rule — ministry — prayer — war, and other
precious principles were set forth in a forcible
manner. It was believed the concern of bring



man to take upon himself the prerogative of
the Great Head of the church. " What was
antichrist in the days of George Fox, is anti-
christ now." Were we but faithful, living
ministers, would be raised up and qualified for
the work of the gospel.

Sixteen elders were reported as having died
since the previous accounts.

A satisfactory statement from the West
Town School was laid before the meeting. This
interesting institution continues to dispense
the blessing of a guarded religious education
to many remote portions of Society. " The
mountain rivulet shall revive the distant vale."
The seeds sown in this institution, bear fruit
in the remotest portions of Society in this
land.

The meeting became deeply interested in
the subject of a guarded religious education,
which should begin at home, and not be dissi-
pated in mixed and district schools. A com-
mittee was appointed to have charge of this
subject, and by advice and assistance to en-
able Friends to fulfil the anxious desires of
the Society from the beginning, in this mo
mentous concern.

The report from the Indian Committee was
painfully interesting. Through the influence
of the separatists and interested persons, the



ig forth this document at the present time treaty of 1838 has been irrevocably fixed



was in wisdom, many erroneous views being
abroad in the world on these important sub-
jects, and some under our name, not having
their vision clear in regard to them. The
document was adopted with entire unanimity
by the meeting, as it was also by our women
Friends, and directed to be printed.

In the consideration of the state of Society,
as it appeared by the answers to the Queries,
a lively exercise was felt, that all our testi-
monies might be maintained. The neglect of
some members in assembling with their
brethren for piiblic worship, was again a cause
of sorrow, and the worldly spirit which pro-
duced it was deplored. When any causes are
suffered to prevent us from nieeting with our
brethren, week after week, at our own meet-
ings, hardness and insensibility will follow ;
we shall become blinded in regard to true
discernment, but quick-sighted in perceiving
objects to strengthen us in our retrograde
movements, until the language goes forth,
" Let Ephraim alone, he has joined himself to
idols." On the subject of love and unity a
concern was felt, that we might come to know
that it was indeed bej'ond mere fellowship in
a neighbourhood or social circle ; it was some-
thing far more deep and weighty; true unity
was alone in Christ ; " I am the vine, ye are
the branches." If we abode in this, we should
feel bound to all the testimonies that our fore-
fathers were called upon to bear, as a natural
result.

A deep concern was felt that our testimony
against a hireling ministry should be faith-
fully maintained ; and not only that ministry
which was paid for, but against all appearances
in the will and wisdom of man. We were
desired io abide by our plain way of worship.
The Almighty has reserved to himself the
right of preparing, ordaining, and sending
forth ministers ; and it is an awful thing for



hough Friends had taken much pains to have
an inquiry into the manner it was obtained,
instituted by government, and a strong hope
was entertained that it would be annulled.
The Indians were induced to sign a supple-
mentary treaty last spring, by which they
gave up to the pre-emption liolders the Buflalo
and Towanda reservations, comprising about
US, 000 acres of their land, and much the most
valuable. None of the Towanda chiefs signed
the treaty, but earnestly protested against i
The Allegheny and Cattaraugus lands still
remain with these deeply injured pe



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