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right use of the good creatures that are ordain-
ed for the comfort of life, that so God may be
glorified in the use of ihem. And endeavour,
as far as thou art capable, to make peace
amongst the people, and to heal breaches, and
advocate for the widow, and plead the cause
of the fatherless, and be full of bowels and
compassion to them that are in distress, and
to do good and communicate, forget not, for
with such sacrifice, the apostle sailh, God is
well pleased. And endeavour to live an un-
spotted life, that in the end thou may have the
evidence of Divine favour, and an inheritance
amongst them that are sanctified, is the sin-
cere desire of thy real and true friend,

Benjamin Holme.

Postscript. — As thy father, by his wise and

prudent conduct, preserved the love and esteem

of the Indians to such a great degree as he

did, so that his name and memory is now very



THE FRIEND.

honourable amongst them, I very much desire
that it may be thy care, and the care of the
people in that government, to behave so that
none of the interest which he gained, may be
lost through any imprudent conduct towards
them. — Farewell.

B. H.



Communicated for " The Friend."
HEfORT

Of the Association of Friends for the Free
Instruclion of Adult Coloured Persons.

The Board of Managers of " The Associ-
ation of Friends for the free instruction of
Adtdt Coloured Persons," Report —

'I'liat the school for coloured men was
opened on the evening of Second-day, the 3d
of Tenth month last, in the room on Willing's
Alley, heretofore occupied; and was continued
until the 28th of Second month, when it was
closed for the season.

The whole number of scholars entered was
one hundred and twenty-one ; and the average
attendance for the season was a little over
thirty-four, which, as compared with last year,
exhibits a very considerable diminution. To
this subject, the Managers, through their visit-
ing members, early directed their attention,
and it continued through the entire season to
claim much of their careful examination. The
result of their inquiry has been a conviction
that it was entirely beyond their control, and
was to be ascribed to a union of causes ; one
of which has exerted its influence on the com-
munity generally, while the coloured people
only have been subjected to the operation of
the other. VVe refer to the pecuniary diffi-
culties of the times, and also to the excitement
and violence of last summer, by which many
of the coloured people were driven from
their homes, and compelled to seek more
secure abodes.

In addition, during the greater part of the
last two months of the session, a " Protracted
Meeting" was held, which many of our schol-
ars attended, the effect of which was very
apparent, by a still further reduction of num-
bers.

'J'hat the school was efficiently organized,
was evidenced by the satisfactory improve-
ment of such of the men as gave pretty regu-
ular attendance through the season : which
confirms us in the opinion, that by employing
an adequate number of regular teachers, the
interests of the scholars were more fully pro-
moted, than they would have been by a depen-
dence upon voluntary assistants, which was
formerly our practice.

We notice, with much pleasure, that we
believe at no previous period has the conduct
of the men, generally, been marked with
more solidity and respectful decorum. At the
close of the school one of their number arose,
and for himself, and on behalf of others,
thanked the teachers and the Association for
the care bestowed upon them.

In conclusion, we would remark, that while
we regret the decreased number of scholars
the past season, we think we have endeavoured
to discharge the duties appertaining to the I



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appointment ; and we still believe it to be a
cause well worthy of being prosecuted, and
which fails not to yield to all engaged in it,
that most satisfactory reward, peace of mind
in the retrospect.

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

VViLiiAM L. Edwards, Clerk.

Philadelphia, Third mo. 7th, 1843.

The Association for the Free Instruclion of
Coloured Women, Report —

That the school was opened on the 4th of
Tenth month, and continued till the 28th of
Second n)onth. One hundred and fifty-four
women have been entered during the season.
The average number in attendance has been
lower than usual. The depressed and suflTer-
ing condition of the Coloured People in this
city, has, no doubt, prevented many from avail-
ing themselves of this opportunity of improve-
ment.

Philadelphia, Third mo. 4th, 1843.



CAUTION.

In an Epistle of Advice issued by the Yearly
Meeting of London, in 1720, the following
counsel is contained : — " F'riends are advised
to use caution so as not to be imposed upon by
imposters or cheats pretending to the minis-
try ; and where there is doubt or question of
the ministry of any persons, in that case that
such be called upon for certificates. And it is
recommended that Quarterly and Monthly
Meetings see that such Friends, who travel in
that work, go in the unity of the meetings to
tchich they ic/on^, and with certificates there-
from ; and that the said several meetings
watch over such as may be young in the min-
istry, to see that they walk humbly and wise-
ly; that as on the one hand, nothing truly
tending to the glory of God, and edification of
his church, may be discouraged; so, on the
other hand, where any thing appears which
may make advice necessary, that the elders
and ministers do, in the wisdom of God, give
them advice thereupon, with due regard to the
state of weakness and childhood that such may
be under."



Riches. — Riches surely are not certain
marks of Divine favour, nor prosperity an evi-
dence that our ways please God. Doth he
not sometimes give men their hearts' desire,
and withal send leanness into their souls?
We are apt to call providences by wrong
names. Afflictions, " more precious than gold
that perisheth," we call curses ; and riches
blessings, when, for once, they are so, it is to
be feared they are sent of God, a thousand
times for judgments.



Apples Preserved in Plaster. — W^e are
luxuriating on a basket of fine fall pippins,
presented to us yesterday by Tyler Fountain,
of this village. They were preserved in plas-
ter, are perfectly sound, and present the fresh
and juicy appearance of apples just gathered
from the trees. — Highland Democrat.



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INQl IKIES.

The following remarks iind inquiries respect-
ing the Society of Friends, are taken fron) the
Friends' Library, vol. 3, piiges 2UG-7 ; every
reader is left at liberty to answer the last
question for himself.

" Third-day, to comply with the request of
an invalid, I ventured to make her and her
husband a visit ; she spoke English well :
with them I spent about two hours, to my own,
and, I believe, their satisfaction. It would
almost appear as if she had previously known
of my intention of coming to Kiel, and, as

:h, had been storing up questions to put



convincemcnt, or such as were born mem-
bers?' I did not feel myself under dilhcully
in making a reply, as it is obvious this depar-
ture chiefly is to be found amongst those who
have had a birth-right. This matter being so
me respecting the members of our Society, its ] far set at rest, another query was brought
[iractices, and on various religious subjects, forward more ditRcult for me to clear up to her
Although in my present state of bodily health, full satisfaction : — ' But what does your Socie-
I felt unequal to much exertion of this sort, I ly do with those who live, and furnish their
yet so fully convinced was I of the purity of liuuses, and dress after the manner of the



THE Fill END.

ing we still ha\e preserved amongst us, us a Fossil Birth. — Letters from Dr. Manlell,
religious Society, those of whom it may bo '^f £,(j„(j„n, and Professor Danberry, of Ox-
said, they are endeavouring to be found walk- ford, to Professor Silliman, of Yale Uiiiver-
ing the path of true self-denial and the daily ^ity, mention the arrival in England of the
cross, in these and every other respect ; yellbunes of a gigantic bird, of the ostrich class,
there are others amongst us who are sorrow- 1 from New Zealand. The impress made by
fully departing Ironi the law and those tesli- 1 jig feet would be fully equal to the largest
monies which we are called upon to hold up jtrack observed by Professor Hitchcock in the
to the world.' To which she again queried, valley of the Connecticut. The arrival of
'Are these departures mostly with those who I these bones in England has tended to produce
have joined your Society by what you call i conviction in the minds of Dr. Mantell and



her motives, that I knew not how to re
doing my best to answer her inquiries. In
many respects, the information she had re-
ceived respecting our principles and practices
was very erroneous ; but which she acknow-
ledged 1 had been enabled to clear up to her
satisfaction ; and that I had removed from
her mind sentiments which she had imbibed
unfavourable to our religious Society; espe-
cially an opinion that we had no regular nnn-
isters amongst us. On returning me my
certificates, she said she had not oidy read
them with pleasure, but with attention, being
fully satisfied these reports were not correct ;
and iu observing the watchful care the Society
exercises over its ministers, she added, 'From
tlie account you have given me of your prin-
ciples and practices as a Society, it appears to
me you come the nearest to the first Christians
of any I have heard of in the present day
but when I was visiting at a watering-placi
I observed the professors of the established
religion, who called themselves Protestants, at.
tended play-houses, dance-houses, and card-par
ties, on the sabbath day ; there was also a settle
mentofsoinewho called themselves Methodists
in this place, who protested against these prac-
tices of the members of the establishment;
but I observed these Methodists indulged
themselves in eating and drinking beyond
what 1 consider true moderation allows; also in
dressing themselves, having their houses fur-
nished, and conducting themselves in other
respects like the people of the world, aiming
at great business to get riches. I also met
with some Roman Catholics who appeared to
think much of themselves, because of their
abstinence and fiisting on certain occasions.
As I am persuaded you will give me an honest
reply, pray tell me how is it with your Society
in these respects ? Do they make great enter-
tainments, having many dishes on their tables 1
Are iheir houses furnished after the manner
of the world ? Do they love to get money to
keep it] Are they covetous, and do not dis-
tribute according to their means to those who
have need?' I felt myself brought into a great
strait, as my inquirer looked for an honest
answer to her plain questions, and for a mo-
ment was reduced to a state of awful silence.
I however replied, ' I hope I am safe in say-



world; and those who aim at doing great busi-
ness to get rich because they are covetous ?
Do your meetings for discipline, as you call
them, disown such? which you say is the case
th your other disorderly members ; for such
I consider them, according to the account you
have given me of what your principles are,
and, if lived up to, will lead to the prac-
tice of?

Vovth and Marriage. — Youth is easily
attracted and decided soon. It forgets that
the fanciful preference of a moment may not
safely determine the prospects of a life. It is
unmindful that, looking to this world merely,
occasions will come for which the graces of
the drawing-room are no sort of preparation.
It rashly takes the eyes which can sparkle in
their morning brilliancy, for those which will
weep meekly in sorrow, and kindle with a
steady encouragement in the midst of care,
and hold a light which can cheer when all
other light on earth has waxed dim. It
wild as to mistake the flatterer of the hour for
the same being who will be the ministering
angel of sickness and decline. It needs to be
reminded, that if there is any engagement in
life which is not to be formed under the arbi-
tration of caprice, it is that which is not dis-
solved till the parting shall come at the laden
bier and the open grave. It must be conjured
to remember, that if there is any step in life
which requires beyond others to be made
reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, pray-
erfully, and in the fear of God, it is that step
which day by day is the most inconsiderately
taken. — Palfrey.

To Feed Fowls. — Corn given to fowls
should be crushed and soaked in water : —
this heli)s digestion; and hens will lay in
winter that are so fed thai would not



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