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custody of the police, the stolen plate having
been found concealed in his baggage, But
what was the amazement of all present when
he was detected by a gendarme as the cele-
brated Robert St. Clair, the accomplice of
Dammas Dupin, executed for the murder of
an innkeeper and his wife at Montmorency
St. Clair, after escaping from the galleys at
Rochefort, and lurking in Piedmont, Switzer-
land, and Germany, had managed to evade
the pursuit of justice, by spreading a report
that he had been found murdered on the Turk-
ish frontier. After some days of solitary con-
finement in the dungeons of Valence, he made
the most ample confession, and was eventually
tried, condemned, and guillotined. We need
not add that the fame of the phrenological doc-
tor has risen to the highest pitch in his native
province. — London Court Journal.

FABLE.

BY J. K. PAULDING.

The drop of water, the brook, the river, and
the ocean.
A drop of water that sparkled like a jewel
in the sun, once fell from the clouds, into a
little mountain stream, and ere it lost its iden-
tity, exclaimed, in all the anguish of dissolu-
tion: "Alas, what a catastrophe — lam swal-
lowed up in immensity." The little stream
laughed as it leaped down the mountain side,
at the lamentation of such an insignificant
thing as a drop of water, and vain of its con-
sequence, continued brawling its crystal way,
in all the pride of conscious superiority, until
at length with a sudden plunge it fell headlong
into a mighty river, and, like the drop of wa



last agonies, " O Fate ! who would have
thought a brook of my size could be swallow
ed up so easily?" The river murmured a con
tempt for the little foolish stream, and conti-
nued its course, gathering strength and pride,
breaking through mountains, tearing the rocks
from their seats, and coursing, in a thousand
graceful meanders, through flowery meadows
until it found its way to the vast and melan
choly ocean, in whose boundless waste it lost
its being like the drop of water, and the little
mountain stream. " Is it possible," exclaim-
ed the mighty river, " that I have been collect-
ing tribute from half a world, only to become
nothing at last ?"

'Tis thus with thee, O man ! Thou begin-
nest in insignificance, like the drop of water;
thou becomest a laughing, leaping and brawl-
ing thing, like the mountain brook; thou wax-
est proud and great like the mighty river; and
ere thou canst say in the vanity of thy heart,
" what an illustrious mortal I am," thou art
lost in eternity.



For" The Friend."

The following observations in Fuller's " In-
quiry into the Causes, &c. of Spiritual De-
clension," are so apposite, and appear so
well calculated for the present juncture in
public affairs, that I have transmitted them
for insertion in " The Friend," if deemed
suitable. The present political state of our
country is greatly calculated to draw us off
our guard, and under the specious appearance
of interest for the welfare of civil affairs, to
introduce us into a state of insensibility to
that which is imperishable and permanent in
its nature. " My kingdom is not of th
world," remains to be the language of the
Saviour of men (o this day, and it is likewise
the language of every truly redeemed mind.
In the conflicts of worldly minded men, it
in vain for the Christian to think of meddling
without danger of contamination. It is an
element altogether incongenial with the spirit
of the gospel, carried on as such contentions
must be under the influence of carnal, if not
corrupt motives. It is much to be desired
that Friends may deeply ponder the subject,
and amid the engrossing topics which seem
now to fill the minds of the people, endeavour
to dwell in that disposition which can pray for
the preservation of our rulers, and that He
who setteth up princes and ruleth in the king-
doms of men, may cause all things to work
together for good and for the accomplishment
of his own blessed designs.

O. D.

Finally: there is another species of de-
parture from God, which it becomes me to
notice, as many in the present age have fallen
sacrilices to it. This is taking an eager and
deep interest in political disputes. The state
of things in the world has of late years been
such as to attract the attention, and employ
the conversation of all classes of people.
Many religious people for a time have forgot-
ten their own principles, and some have gone
great lengths. Their whole heart has been
engaged in this pursuit. It has been th



ter, was lost in a moment, crying out in his j meat and their drink: and this being the



it is not surprising that they have become in-
different to religion; for these things cannot
consist with each other. It is not only con-
trary to the whole tenor of the New Testa-
ment, but tends in its own nature to eat up
true religion. If any worldly matter, how-
ever lawful in itself, engage our attention in-
ordinately, it becomes a snare; and more so
in matters that do not come within the line of
our immediate duty. And if in attending to
it, we are obliged to neglect what manifestly
is our duty, and to overleap the boundaries of
God's holy word, let us look to it : beyond
those boundaries is a pit, in which there is
reason to fear, great numbers have been lost.
There were many in the early ages of Chris-
tianity who despised government, and were
not afraid to speak evil of dignities. But
were they good men? Far from it. They
were, however, professors of Christianity, for
they are said to have escaped the pollutions of
the world, through the knowledge of Christ;
yea, and what is more, they had attained the
character of Christian teachers. But of what
description ? False teachers, who privily
brought in damnable heresies; denying the
Lord who bought them, bringing upon them-
selves swift destruction — whose ways, though
followed by many, were pernicious, occasion-
the rcay of truth to be evil spoken of. To
copy the example of such men is no light
matter.

When a man's thoughts and affections are
filled with such things as these, the scriptures
become a kind of dead letter, while the
peeches and writings of politicians are the
lively oracles ; spiritual conversation is un-
heard, or if introduced by others, considered
as a flat and uninteresting topic; and leisure
hours, whether sitting in the house or walking
by the way, instead of being employed in
talking and meditating on divine subjects, are
engrossed by things which do not profit.
Such are the rocks amongst which manv
have made shipwreck of faith and a good con-
science. * * * *

" The great point with Christians should
be, an attachment to government as govern-
ment, irrespective of the party which admi-
nisters it; for this is right, and would tend
more than any thing to promote the kingdom
of Christ. We are not called to yield up our
consciences in religious matters, nor to ap-
prove of what is wrong in those which are
civil; but we are not at liberty to deal in acri-
mony, or evil speaking. The good which
results to society from the very worst govern-
ment upon earth is great, when compared
with the evils of anarchy. On this principle,
it is probable, the apostle enjoined obedience
to the powers that were, even during the reign
of Nero. Christians are soldiers under the
King of Kings; their object should be to con-
quer all ranks and degrees of men to the obe-
dience of faith.

If we enter into the spirit of the gospel,
though we may have our preferences of men
and measures, we shall bear good-will to all;
and whoever is at the head of affairs shall re-
verence the powers that be. Whatever be our
private opinions of the men, we shall respect
and honour the rulers. That loyalty which



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THE FRIEND.



operates only with the prevalence of a party,
which ever it be, is at a great remove from the
loyalty enjoined by the scriptures.

" By standing aloof from all parlies as such,
and approving themselves the friends of go-
vernment and good order, by whomsoever ad-
ministered, Christians would acquire a dignity
of character worthy of their profession, and
would possess greater opportunities of doing
good; while by a contrary conJuct they ren-
der one part of the community their enemies,
and the other, I fear, derive but little spirit-
ual advantage from being their friends."

Communicated for " The Friend."

Bucks Quarterly Meeting of Friends in
Bucks county, Pennsylvania, is held the last
fifth day in the fifth and eleventh months at
the Falls; and the last fifth day in the second
and eighth months at Buckingham.

It is composed of three monthly meetings,
to wit: Buckingham, held the first second day
in each month; Middletown, the fourth day
of the same week; Falls, on fifth day of the
same week.

The first has four meetings for worship and
four preparatives, to wit: Solebury, midweek
and preparative meeting on third day; Buck-
ingham, midweek and preparative on fourth
day; Wrightstown, ditto, ditto, on fourth day;
Plumstead, ditto, ditto, on fifth day.

The second has two meetings for worship,
and one preparative, to wit: Middletown, mid-
week and preparative meeting on fifth day;
Bristol, midweek meeting on fourth day.

The third has one meeting for worship and
one preparative, held at Fallsington; midweek
and preparative on fifth day.

All the above named meetings, commence
at 11 o'clock, A. M.

The nearest of them (o Philadelphia, Bris-
tol and Middletown, are about twenty miles
distant. And the farthest, Solebury, about
thirty-two miles distant from Philadelphia.
And their two extreme meetings, Bristol and
Plumstead, are about twenty-five miles dis-
tant from each other.

Having seen in " The Friend, - ' dated 1 1th
mo. 2d, some beautiful lines, said to be from
the pen of St. George Tucker of Virginia ;
and P. Q. having stated he had had a reply to
them, which was then either lost or mislaid,
expressed a wish that some one would furnish
them for insertion: on examination, I have
discovered the lines above alluded to, and re-
ply, and forward the latter as requested.
"l2mo. 1st, 1833. A.

ON READING THE LINES BY G. TUCKER.

Blest is the virtuous man ! his eve of day

To him no horror brings, he dreads no change,

But calmly marks of life the sure decay ;

His soul ordained beyond this world to range.

Thus Tucker meets without one murmuring sigh

Tha foe so drcuded, all destroying time —

Nor mourns the furrowed cheek, or darkened eye,

Or the lost vigour of his youthful prime.

Grown gray in all that can adorn the man ;

He in the wano of life knows no regrets ;

Still careful is, fair virtue's flame to fan,

And like the sun, irradiates ore he sets;

Long may his light be spared on earth to shine ;

Long ere it sinks "beneath the clay-cold sod ;"

Yet then, e'en then, 'twill rise with beams divine

In brighter lustre, 'foro the throne of God.



Communicated for " The Friend."

" Give us this day our daily bread."

Knowesl thou what travellers shall walk with thee

On this day's pilgrimage ? — Do care or pain,

Delight or disappointment, joy or wo,

Partake thy journey? — Soul ! — art thou aware

If foes or friends to thine eternal peace.

Now in their secret chambers, gild themselves

To bear thee company ?

The glorious sun
Comes forth exulting from yon purpled hills;
But ere he reach his portal, many an eye
That gave him greeting, in death's sleep shall close,
Regardless of his ray. — Say, is that hand,
Whose icy touch congeals the bounding veins,
Forth from its drapery of darkness stretched
To pluck thee by the skirts ?

Eternal God !
To whom a thousand years are as the watch
Of one brief night; — no eye save thine can read
Of this day's good or ill. — Thine holy word
Is as a lamp which if we hold aright
No fear can vex, nor enemy destroy.
Fresh oil, this morn, with prayerful lips we seek,
Lest some fierce robber from his ambush path
Should rush rapacious on our spirit's wealth.
Here at thine armoury we lowly kneel.
Asking a weapon from its boundless store ;
The sword, the spear, the helmet, or the shield,
As most thou seest we need, — for Thou alone
Dost weigh our weakness and our want foresee.

So lead us day by day: thy rooted word
Fast in our hearts, — and ever through our deeds
Its fragrance flowing, and when life shall fleet,

11 leaning on its promise as a staff",



i go now



n toJorda






pass i



To the firm footing of tho eternal hills.



L. H. SIGOURNEY.



THE FRIEND.



TWELFTH MONTH, 14, 1833.



In the course of the preceding ten days, the
attention of our citizens, or many of them,
has been attracted by an unusual stir on a
subject of the deepest interest to this land —
that relative to slavery and the coloured popu-
lation in general.

A convenlion of delegates from the states
of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Penn
sylvania, N. Jersey, and Ohio, met in this city,
on the 4th instant, for the purpose of forming i
National Ami-Slavery Society, which conti
nued in session three days. We understand,
their deliberations were very satisfactory to the
members, that a society was formed, a con-
stitution adopted, and a declaration of their
principles at considerable length engrossed
on parchment, and signed by the members
We were told by a member, who has been
long in the anti-slavery ranks, that a stronger
array of talent and character, scarcely ever
convened, to his knowledge, before in Ame
rica, on this momentous subject; and that a
determination seemed unanimously to prevail,
peaceably, but resolutely and perseveringly to
maintain and assert the iniquity of the slave
system, and to use their utmost efforts to en-
lighten the public mind, to see the necessity
of its overthrow.

On the other hand, the friends of the Colo-



nisation Society held a meeting, which was
numerously attended, many of our most wor-
thy and respectable citizens, and several in-
teresting strangers being present. This meet-
ing, at which the venerable Bishop White
presided, resulted in the conclusion that mea-
sures be immediately taken to raise the sum
of ten thousand dollars, for the purpose of
establishing a colony on the coast of Africa, to
be called Pennsylvania.

During the period mentioned, several pub-
lic addresses were also delivered by advocates
on either side, in favour of their respective
schemes, and there was moreover a public
discussion, which occupied two evenings, be-
tween a colonisation man and an abolitionist.
Our purpose at present, being merely to no-
tice these occurrences, we shall only add, that
so far as we may speak from personal obser-
vation, or from information, nothing has taken
place through the whole, calculated to disturb,
or that was indecorous and disorderly, unless
some instances of crimination and recrimina-
tion, of undue asperity of language, and of
assertion without proof, occasionally, we re-
gret to say, apparent on both sides of the dis-
cussion, be considered as exceptions. Un-
questionably believing that there are many
persons, ranged on either hand, of the purest
benevolence, and equally intent on attaining
the same great end, though by different roads,
happy would it be, did they mutually cherish
towards each other, a spirit of conciliation
and forbearance; then would there be no
cause to fear the effects of a free and full dis-
cussion of the subject, in all its bearings.

HAVEKFORD SCHOOL.

An arrangement having been made with the
Agent of the West Chester Rail Road Line,
for the conveyance of packages to and from
the school, they may be left at the stage
office, No. 190 Market st. between 5th and
6th st. where a box will be provided to re-
ceive them.

AGENTS APPOINTED.

Jesse P. Haines, Lock Port, Niagara county, New
York.

Moses Sutton, jun. Pines Bridge, West Chester
county, New York, in place of Caleb Underbill, re.
leased by request.

Erratum.

Last number, in the lines suirjested by reading the
piece " The Old Man," line 2G, for " comes," read
"come,'" — an oversight in reading Hie proof sheet.



Married, at Friends' meeting house, in Laurens,
Otsego county, N. Y. on the 6th of last month,
Aaron Hoao, to Mary, daughter of James and Lydia
Brown, all of thai place.



Died, on the third instant, at East Cain, Chester
county, Pennsylvania, Mary I'im, relict of Thomas
Pirn, in the eightieth year of her age.

on the 11th instant, Mary Ann, daughter of

Sarah Tyson, aged 22 years.

on the morning of the 11th instant, after a

lingering illness, Wiijjam Bautram, in the 5.6tl»
year of his age.



THE FK1END.



77



For " The Friend."

Queries and Advices of London Yearly
Meeting.

I cannot doubt that it will be interesting to
many readers of " The Friend," to peruse
the following copy of the revised Queries
and Advices, as agreed upon by the late
yearly meeting of our friends in London, and
recently issued by the meeting for sufferings
in that city.

The queries, which, with some alterations
are founded on those which have been in use
there for many years, are calculated in a par-
ticular manner to bring home to the minds of
the members the real slate of the Society and
their own individual condition : and the ad-
vices, which, though of much the same pur-
port as formerly, appear to have been entirely
moulded afresh, seem to me to be fraught
with excellent and deep instruction, and ad-
mirably adapted to quicken the religious sensi-
bilities of those to whom they are addressed,
and powerfully to remind Friends of the du-
ties and responsibilities of their high pro-
fession. N.

At a Meeting for Sufferings held in London
the 6th of the 9th month, 1833.—
The Queries and Advices as agreed upon by the
last yearly meeting are now printed and circulated,
agreeably to its direction. It was further concluded
at the same time, that they should come into use
from and after the commencement of the next y
the following queries are therefore those which are
to be answered to the next yearly meeting.

Wm. Manly, Recording Clerk.
QUERIES.

This meeting feels a lively concern to re
mind our members, that the intention of di-
recting sundry queries to be answered, rela
to the conduct of individuals in the several
branches of our Christian profession, is not
only to be informed of the slate of our meet-
ings, but also to impress on the minds of
Friends a profitable examination of them
selves, how far they act consistently with
their religious principles. We would there
fore earnestly recommend to every one of oui
members, more especially when the answers
are drawn up, to examine whether he himself
is coining up in that life of self-denial and
devotedness unto God which so highly be-
comes all who make profession of the name
of Christ. 1787.— 1833.

The answers to the queries are to be drawn
up in writing in the respective meetings, un-
der a serious consideration of the state of the
meeting. The answers to the queries from
the men's meeting are intended to refer to
tho state and conduct of the whole body of
men and women Friends. 1787. — 1819. —
1833.

In those queries which consist of several
particulars, the answers, if there be any de-
ficiency, should show in what particulars it
consists. If, in answering the third query,
differences exist between members of two
preparative or monthly meetings, each meet-
ing is to report the said deficiency, and also
whether the same is under due care. On all
occasions, the words of the query are, as
much as may be, to be kept to in the answers;
and when deficiency is acknowledged, report



is to be made in the answer whether due ad-
monition and care have been extended. 1798.
—1833.

men's queries.
The following are the queries for the men's
meetings; the first twelve are to be answered
in writing to the spring quarterly meetings, and
from thence to this meeting: the first, third,
tenth, thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, six-
teenth and seventeenth are to be answered in
writing to the quarterly meetings in autumn ;
and the first and third to the quarterly meet-
ings in winter.

1. Are meetings for worship and discipline
kept up, and do Friends attend them duly, and
at the time appointed ; and do they avoid all
unbecoming behaviour therein?

2. Is there among you any growth in the
truth?

3. Are Friends preserved in love one to-
wards another; if differences arise, is due
care taken speedily to end them; and are
Friends careful to avoid and discourage tale-
bearing and detraction?

4. Do Friends endeavour by example and
precept to train up their children, servants,
and those under their care, in a religious life
and conversation, consistent with our Chris-
tian profession; and in plainness of speech,
behaviour, and apparel?

5. Is it the care of all Friends to be fre-
quent in reading the Holy Scriptures, and do
those who have children, servants, and others
under their care, train them up in the practice
of this religious duty "

6. Are Friends just in their dealings, and
punctual in fulfilling their engagements"

7. Do Friends avoid all vain sports and
places of diversion, gaming, all unnecessary
frequenting of taverns and other public houses,
excess in drinking, and other intemperance?

8. Are Friends faithful in bearing our
Christian testimony against receiving and
paying tithes, priests' demands, and those
called church rates?

9. Are Friends faithful in our testimony
against bearing arms, and being in any man
ner concerned in the militia, in privateers, or



armed



Is, or dealing in prize goods?



10. Are the necessities of the poor among
you properly inspected and relieved ; and is
good care taken of the education of their off-
spring?

11. Is due care taken, when any thing ap-
pears to require it, that the rules of our dis-
cipline be timely and impartially put in prac-
tice ?

12. Is there any appearance of convince-
ment among you, and have any been joined
to our Society on that ground since last year r

13. Is care taken early to admonish sue!
as appear inclined to marry in a manner con
trary to the rules of our Society; and in due
time to deal with such as persist in refusing
to take counsel?

14. Have you two or more faithful Friends
appointed by the monthly meeting, as over-
seers in each particular meeting; are the
rules respecting removals duly observed; are
the general advices read as directed; and
the lists of your members revised and cor-
rected once in the year?



15. Are Friends annually advised to keep
correct and clear accounts, and carefully to
inspect the state of their affairs once in the
year?

16. Are Friends clear of defrauding the
king of his customs, duties, and excise, and
of using or dealing in goods suspected to be
run ?

17. Do you keep a record of the prosecu-
tions and sufferings of your members; is due
care taken to register all marriages, births,
and burials; are the titles of your meeting
houses, burial grounds, &c. duly preserved
and recorded; are the rules respecting re-
gisters and trust property observed ; and are
all legacies and donations properly secured
and recorded, and duly applied?

women's queries.
It is agreed, that the following be the que-
ries for the women's meetings; and that these
queries be answered in writing to the women's
quarterly meetings in the spring, and, with the
exception of the last two clauses of the sixth
query, from thence to their yearly meeting;
also that the first, second, ninth, and tenth be
answered in writing to the quarterly meetings
in autumn, and the first and second to the
quarterly meetings in winter.

1. Do Friends attend meetings for worship
and discipline duly, and at the time appointed;
and do they avoid all unbecoming behaviour
therein ?

2. Are Friends preserved in love one to-
wards another; and are they careful to avoid
and discourage tale-bearing and detraction?

3. Do Friends endeavour by example and
precept to train up their children, servants,
and those under their care, in a religious life
and conversation, consistent with our Chris-
tian profession; and in plainness of speech,
behaviour, and apparel?

4. Is it the care of all Friends to be fre-
quent in reading the Holy Scriptures; and
do those who have children, servants, and
others under their care, train them up in the
practice of this religious duty?

5. Are Friends faithful in bearing our
Christian testimony against receiving and
paying tithes, priests' demands, and those
called church rates?

6. Do Friends avoid all vain sports and
places of diversion, gaming, excess in drink-



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