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diately beyond it is seen the familiar cluster of: by Elihu Coleman (also a minister of the Sothe Pleiades, or Seven stars, glittering and quiv- ciety), written in 1729-30, and published in ering with radiance in the amethystine' ether, 1733, entitled, “A Testimony Against that like a breast-plate of jewels—the Urim and Anti-Christian Practice of Making Slaves of • Thummim of the Eternal. - Hugh Macmillan's Men." This is a most remarkable and thorough Bible Teaching in Nature.
production, showing the author's advanced posi
tion : inasmuch as several Yearly Meetings of From the Anti-Slavery Standard.
Friends had no disciplinary restrictions till the
I never open the original - Testimony” of tucket in 1659 were Tristram Coffin and Peter Elihu Coleman, in connection with the Minute Folger-the former being the father of Mary of 1716, without admiration and pride ; and in Starbuck, so distinguished in the adoals of answering a call in 1851 for some extracts from Nantucket, and the latter the grandfather of the Anti-Slavery files of the family, in view of Dr. Franklin. Thomas Macy removed thither the apathy which was then general in the a little later in the same year, and established the churches, and also as a just tribute to the defirst English residence there. Edward Star- voted dead, I appended the following reflection : buck went to the island in the same boat with “ Let it be spoken for the • Friends of NanThomas Macy's family, and after a very brief tucket,' for the descendants of Tristram Coffin, sojourn, determined upon a removal thither and others, that their enlightened vision penewith his family. These wanderers sought a trated the dark biding places of slavery, and place of refuge from persecution, and the spirit placed a verdict of reprobation upon a system, which pervaded the infant colony, and which which, in our day, after a lapse of 135 years, they transmitted, is significantly portrayed by is so far justified and baptized by professing Whittier in his beautiful poem, where, in appli- Christendom, that tens of thousands of its cation to the present islanders, he says: cherished and bleeding victims are held as 6. Free as the winds that winnow
property, and, in some cases, as church property, Her shrubless hills of sand
to be bought and sold in the shambles, even as Free as the waves that batter
the brutes and beasts that perish.”
To return to Mary Starbuck. She died in
1717, but her mantle has rested on many of her No loftier spirit stirs; Nor falls o'er buman suffering
descendants. Some of them are still engaged A readier tear than hers.”
in perfecting the work, which she lived to see The above named Mary Starbuck, the wife inaugurated 150 years ago. Conspicuous of Nathaniel Starbuck, was a remarkably gifted among the co-workers in descent from her, and woman, filling a most important place in the who bave been in the harness at different peinfant colony, and was especially esteemed as a riods, I will now enumerate, Nathaniel Starminister in the Society of Friends.
buck, Jr., Elihu Coleman, Sarah Barney, Sr., Probably the second record which was ever Elizabeth Rotch, Sr., Abisha Bunker, Elizabeth made by any religious organization upon slavery, Rodman, Benjamin Mitchell, William Rotch, was by that body, in the following words, viz: Jr., Geo. Mitchell, Aaron C. Macy, Lucretia
Mott, Martha C. Wright and Aaron M. Powell. 26th DAY OF YE 9th Mo., 1716. Ad epistle from the last Quarterly Meeting was
(I have other names in reserve for a subsequent read in this, and ye matter referred to this meeting, article). Aud in view of testimonies and of acviz: whether it is agreeabie to truth for Friends to tion, so potential in awakening an enlightened purchase slaves and keep them term of liffe was public sentiment, I feel that I may claim for considered, and ye seose and judgment of this meet-such a ministry, a share of the tribute of James ing is that it is not agreeable to truth for Friends Russell Lowell, to our beloved Garrison, whed, to purchase slaves and hold them term of liffe.
Nathaniel Starbuck, juo'r, is to draw out this in his early struggles with a mobbish promeeting's judgment concerning Friends not buying slavery spirit, the poet said: slaves, and keeping them term of liffe, and send it
“O small beginnings, ye are great and strong, to the next Quarterly Meeting, and to sign it in ye
Based on a faithful heart and weariless brain; meeting's bebalf.
Ye build the future fair, ye conquer wrong,
Cordially your friend,
N. BARNEY. ceive two young slaves, as such, whom her hus- YONKERS, Y. Y., 6th Month 25th, 1867. band had bought in Newport, R. I.; and I think Jobo Woolman, at a later period, says, “ There He that indulges himself in ridiculing th was no slave on Nantucket.'
little imperfections and weaknesses of his Following in the order of time was a treatise friends, will in time find mankind united against
him. The man who sees another ridiculed before At pinety these have been reduced to a handhim, though he may for the present concur in full of thirty trembling patriarcbs. Year after the general laugh, yet, in a cool hour, will con year they fall in diminishing numbers. One sider the same trick might be played against lingers, perhaps, a lonely marvel, till the cen. himself.
tury is over. We look again and the work of
death is finished.— Bishop Burges. FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER.
For Friends' Intelligencer.
FRIENDS AMONGST THE FREEDMEN. PHILADELPHIA, EIGHTH MONTH 3, 1867.
(Concluded from page 333.)
DEBORAH K. Smita, at Gum Springs, Va., Died, on the 3d of Seventh month, 1867, at bis writes : “ Every one here who met your excel, residence in Rising Sun, Md., DR. SLATER B. STUBBS, aged 46 years; a member of Nottingbam Monthly | lent committee were very much pleased and and Particular Meeting.
interested. I think it a very good plan to have on the 27th of Fourth month, 1867, of apo- such visits. The colored people were delightplexy, at her residence near Richmond, Ind., ELIZA-ed. I want visitors every day, and wish more Beth E., wife of Aaron Shute, and daughter of John of you would find it in your hearts to come and and Elizabeth Erwin, in the 61st year of her age; a member of White Water Monthly Meeting. The de- see us." ceased was a native of Delaware.
In addition to the above, she furnishes us --, on the 5th of Fifth month, 1867, after a long with the manuscript letter addressed to one of and very painful illness, which she bore with Chris. The committee, as follows: tian patience and resignation, Susan E., wife of
“ Most Hon. Friend : Daniel Kindley, and daughter of Josepb and Susanna Weeks, in her 59th year; a member of Westfield
“ As we were interested with your conversaMonthly Meeting of Friends, Preble Co., Ohio. Of a tion last first day, and ware in hope of seeing modest, retiring disposition, her many Christian you again before you left Virginia, there was a virtues and her firm reliance on Almighty Power great menny of the colerd friends ware very could be fully appreciated only by those who knew anxious to see you and the lady, but they did her best; and to her sorrowing family she has leit a most instructive example to follow her as she en. not get to meating in time. They all join me deavored to follow Christ.
in thanks to you and the lady for your
kindness -, at her residence near Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on to us. All of the school children that was not First-day evening, 31st of Third month, 1807, Martha there to meat you was very sorry.
We are very H., wife of Nathaniel Powell, aged nearly 82 years. much pleased with the Teacher, and the chilThe subject of this notice was a worthy and exem
We will strive to plary member of the Society of Friends, and for many dren all seam to love her. years held the station of Elder in Oswego Monthly make her comfortable,” &c. &c. Meeting. Her daily life was an example of meek- SARAH ANN STEER, at Waterford, l'a., in ness and simplicity, and she was deeply concerned alluding to the closing of her school for vacathat her family should be found walking in the right tion, says : " I will be glad to rest awhile, and way. She was for many years an invalid, but bore without a murmur her many sufferings; and though sorry on account of some of my scholars. They the call at last was sudden, she left abundant evi- all regret very much having school closed, and dence that she was fully prepared to enter through quite a number cried when I announced the the pearl gates into that mansion prepared for the fact. pure in beart. Truly she was of that number.
I have opened a First-day school, and in Wrightstown Township, Bucks Co., Pa.,
that will, in some measure, make up the loss. on the Fifth of Seventh month, 1867, Rutu LACEY, Ann E. Gross, my assistant teacher, of whose wife of Isaac Lacey, aged 69 years; a member of illness I spoke of in my last, is dead! We miss Wrightstown Monthly Meeting.
her very much in the schoolroom, and I closed , in Buckingham Township, Pa., on the 230 school the day of her funeral, to give all ar opof Serenth n.o., 1867, JANE ATKINSON, aged 80 years; a member of Wrightstown Mouthly Meeting.
portunity of attending it. We were much - on the 27th of Seventh mo., 1867, RACHEL 9., pleased with the visit of your committee, and wife of Isaac Griffith, and daughter of the late Rich- j hope others will come.” ard Heaton, of Burlingion Co., N. J.; a member of CATHARINE E. HALL writes, from Andrers' Spruce St. Monthly Meeting, Philadelpbia.
on the 26th of Seventh month, 1807, Asy J., Chapel, “ It is very pleasant here, and I am relict of John R. Hallowell, in the 80th year of her almost afraid to come home, lest something age; a member of Abington Monthly Meeting, Pa. should happen to prevent your sending me back
again. The “people" seem to izink they can. THE JOURNEY OF LIFE.- Ten thousand hu- not pay me too much attention and they have man beings set forth together on their journey. very amusing ideas about “ taking good care of After ten years one-third, at least, have disap- me," and "sending me back aguin as good as I peared. At the middle point of the common came.” They seem to think you have lent them measure of life but half are still upon the road. their teacher, as you lend them their books, Faster and faster, as the ranks grow ibiner, they and will require them to be as careful of the that remain till now become weary, and lie down one as the other. It amuses me much, for I had and rise no more. At threescore and ten a thought that I came expressly to take care of band of some four hundred yet struggle on. I them, instead of their takiug care of me.
A few days ago we had a grand “ reunion." come back again, and imploring God's blessing All the pupils who came to school to me last | upon me. I shook hands with more than eighty. winter, and all their parents, assembled on the The last I saw of my little flock, they were river bank about four miles from here. We marching towards home; the final salute being had a splendid time all day, ending on their the waving of handkerchiefs. It was a cheerparts with tears and laments that I was going ing yet a sad sight !” away from them. Some I was very sorry to
Mary K. Brosius, at Vienna, Va., is not part with, for I shall never see them again, only still faithfully engaged in her school as a number are about to leave the place.” duties, but, like others of our teachers, has in
She also speaks of the encouragement all terested herself in a good work, outside of her parties received from the visit of the committee, regular routine. saying, "My pupils talk about them so very “ I must tell thee what we have been doing. often, and the older people seem to have just | We have organized a Sons of Temperance Difound out how good them folks is that sent vision here. We meet every Sixth-day nigłt. Miss Katie.'”
There are two separate societies; one colored, FRANCES E. GAUZE, in alluding to the con- and one white. There are also two setts of dition of her school, says: “ I have nothing prayer meetings. Some of the opponents say special to report; we are gradually ascending they are going to break up first the white, and the hill of science. I do not knuw that I have then the colored one; that they are not going any prodigies amongst my pupils, but believe, to have pigger meetings here,” &c. as a class, they have very bright intellects, and HANNAH SHORTLIDGE writes: “I have seydo not know but that I am instructing a future eral new scholars, and they all seem to get Senator! I have a class of four, about seven along so well in every thing. I have a class years of age, that are studying Mental Arith- that can add, subtract and multiply very easily, metic, Definitions, Writing in Copy Books, can and can commence at the beginning of the spell in five syllables off the book, and know all Multiplication Table, and go all through it, and their Tables. This same class did not know then backwards without missing any. Since a letter when they commenced school.”. While I last I wrote we have started a First-day schoot. expressing her own gratification at the visit of I have about twenty-five scholars, and find it our committee, she adds: “The colored people very interesting.” were delighted with the meeting and the good In a letter addressed to her by one of her advice given them."
“I am very sorry that I culd She gives an animated picture of the closing not com on a month longer to you, tho' I think scenes, and remarks: “I wish thee could have there will be a chants yet for me.
I hope you seen our celebration yesterday. We had a glo- will enjoy your school. I would like very much rious time. I fear I cannot describe it; words to be there myself, but I dont think I can cum. seem too tame to express all the deep emotions I am very busy waiting on the mason. of the heart. The colored people told me they getting nine dollars a week, am just beginning intended giving us a dinner the last day of to make muny, and I hate to take the time to school, and we thought we would return the com home, fere that I may luse my place,” &c. compliment by giving them an intellectual Here is a specimen of one of the many “chattels” feast."
in existence, for whom it was wofully predicted After giving some minutiæ of their arrange that they “cannot take care of themselves !” ments, she proceeds: "Imagine my feelings MARTHA WRIGHT, at Levinsville, Va., had when I saw my flock approaching, some with a prospect, in consequence of the state of her badges, and dressed in the most becoming health, of being obliged to leave her school a
Their ages ranged from 20 down to 5 month before the usual time of vacation, in alyears, numbering in all over 70 who took part lusion to which she wrote, “I have labored in the procession. I was more than pleased ; faithfully amongst a poor downtrodden people, my heart was too full for utterance. When and many of them seem grateful for their inthey approached me where I was waiting for struction. I shall dņead to leave them, but I them, each man and boy raised his bat," &c. &c. need a little recreation. I hope you will send
An interesting description of the dinner and them a good, faithful teacher, for some of the literary exercises follows, the closing of the most perfect would soon be able to teach school latter being the singing of a "Vacation hymn,” themselves. I suffered with cold many days very appropriate for the occasion ; then forming last winter, the house being very open; but I in liue, cheering for freedom, and asking God could not give them up, when I saw they were to bless their teachers, &c. &c. But the bard- willing to stand it, and were so eager to learn." est part was to come; and that was to say, She, however, did continue until vacation, Good-bye.' They marched, two by two, up and in a subsequent letter wrote: "My school to me, each one taking my hand, thanking me closed yesterday. Most of my pupils and sev. for what I had done for them; asking me toleral friends were there to say "Good-bye,' and
thank me for my kindness. They send many ful carrying on this great work, and it has been thanks to the Association for sending them a thought well to introduce here the fore going teacher. Their progress and deportment has classified abstract from the Treasurer's Report been very satisfactory, and I hope you will send of the cash contributed last year up to the time them a very good teacher to succeed me. I of the Annual Meeting, in order that friends in dread parting with my school, but my health their respective neighborhoods may koow that demands it.
their responses to our appeals have been proSARAH E. LLOYD, at Woodlawn, Va.-Al- perly accredited. though it has been a considerable time since a With the foregoing exhibit before them, it letter has been received from her, by the Cor- now remains for Friends themselves to say what responding Secretary, yet her reports are regu. increase we may look for to aid us in extending larly furnished. These show a large number our labors. Government officials have urged on the roll; two-thirds of whom both read and us strongly to take an entire district in Virwrite ; and we have every reason to believe her ginia comprising four counties of that State. interest in her school remains unabated. The great advantages of such a concentration
The condition of the schools at the time of are apparent to all of us, and we would gladly closing for the Summer Vacation was about as embrace the opportunity, as we have already follows:
eleven schools within those limits, but it cannot VIRGINIA.— Eleven schools, numbering 455 be done without the addition of several more pupils, of whom 371 Read, 366 Write, and 179 schools. Shall the Education Committee have are in Arithmetic, with only 16 in the Alpha- the means placed in their hands? bet, while of the whole number 372 are between Of course these cash subscriptions do not io. 6 and 16 years of age.
clude the large amount of valuable clotbing SOUTH CAROLINA.— Four schools, numbering donated, of the value of which no estimate has 192 pupils, of whom 183 Read, 151 Write, and been made. 176 are in Arithmetic; none in the alphabet; In closing the present number of these sum. with 158 between 6 and 16
age. maries, (which have been intended to give to Philadelphia.
the readers of the Intelligencer a bird's eye Sundry Persong $3850 23 Salem.
$ 2 00 view of the practical workings of the educational Est. J. D. Thurston 50 00 Camden....... 25 00 labors of the Association, the compiler feels it
* F. Spring....... 82 20 Quakertown.......... 10 00 right to say, that if he has wearied any by their Mary D. Browo..... 500 00 Trenton ....
75 00 length, it has not been his intention so to do. Upper Greenwich... 43 00 To avoid it, he has often omitted what appeared $4482 45 Pilesgrove
50 00 Medford........ 31 00
to him of considerabic interest. If it is tbought, Pennsylvania. Alloway's Creek..... 500 after recommencing the schools in the Fall, Radnor..... $25 00 Mount Holly..... 6 00 best to resume them, it will be done, otherwise Abington ............... 50 25 Lumberton... 500 they will be discontinued.
J. M. E. Horsham ............. 50 00 Mullica Hill Freed
PuiLADELPHIA, 7th month, 1867. Byberry ...
men's Relief....... 33 70 Warminster..
LINKS IN THE CHAIN. Providence............ 36 25
$285 70 Norristown. ........... 13 00
The blast that drove the storm clouds across Happy Retreat School 6 00 Delaware.
the heavens shook the oak, and the acorn cup, Wrightstown......... 68 50 Wilmington....... $696 00 loosened from its fruit, fell on the pathway. Makefield ........ 51 00 Camden ......
20 00 Bristol......
A cloud burst; a rain.drop filled the acorn 44 25 Hockessin....
22 00 Falls......
cup. A robin wearied by the sultry heat of the Yardleyville Freed.
$738 00 autumn day, and troubled by the fury of the men's Aid Assoc. 33 46
storm, hopped on the path when all was calm, Concord
Maryland. and drank of the rain-drop. Refresbed and Darby....... 162 00 Fallston...... $175 00 Birmingham......... 174 90 Cecil Co...............
gladdened he flew to his accustomed place in
10 00 Sadbury..
the ivy that overhung the poet's window, and Chester .................. 16 00
8185 00 there he trilled his sweetest, happiest song. Newtown. 5 00
The poet heard, and rising from his revery, Bucks Co.. 60 00 Rhode Island ..
$200 wrote a chant of grateful rejoicing. The chant Pleasant Dale........ 500 Milwaukee ............ 25 00
went forth into the world, and entered the Buckingham........ 5 00 Micbigan
100 Valley..... 4 00 lowa
house of sorrow and uttered its beart-stirring Delaware Co.......... 50 00 Indiana .......
28 00 accents by the couch of sickness. The sorrowOhio
98 38 ful were comforted, the sick were cheered. $1006 11 Illinois .......
Many voices praised the poet. “The chant \Locality unknown... 16 00
was inspired by the robin's song.' In the commencement of the present pum. "I owe my song to the rain-drop," said the ber, allusion was made to the necessity for robin. prompt action as respects funds for the success- “I'should have sunk into the earth, had not
the acorn-cup received me,” said the rain. “But why," then cried a courtier, “ still covered do drop. “ I had not been there to receive you, but In the presence of these nobles, and the lord of all
the land ? for the angry blast,” said the acorn-cup.
And know ye not, to princes, e'en the boor, though And so they that were comforted praised the dull and rude, blast; but the blast replied, “ Praise Him at Will doff bis cap, as surely as they of gentle blood ?" whese word the stormy wind ariseth, and who Then said this English Saxon, with countenance sefrom darkness can bring light, making His mer- rene, cies oftentimes to pass through unseen, un. With voice all mild and gentle, and an unaltered known, and unsuspected channels, and bring.
mien: ing, in due time, by His own way, the grateful “Of naught that is unseemly in our bearing here
we wot, chant from the angry storm.cloud.”
And of any word ungentle we have uttered, know we
BY HOWARD WORCESTER GILBERT.
in his eyes,
Men bend the knee to princes; we yield not in this
thing, How the Rhinegrave evil entreated the Stranger, and In the fair land of our fathers, e'en to our lord the what followed.*
king. It was in mild September; the gossamer it lay
All men are of one brotherhood,—we bare our heads
alone la the air, a thread of silver, then, billow-like, away To flim who rules all nations from an eternal It floated o'er the river that scarcely bent the reed,
throne." Where violet saffron-blossoms made purple all the mead.
"These," quoth the Rbinegrave quickly, “are of the
Quaker berd, The Rhinegrave with big nobles, through the castle Who lead astray the rabble with stubborn deed and gate they went,
word, On joyance and on pastime their listless minds were
And teach that from the people all power and glory bent;
springs They talked of the fields and forests they were wont That nerves the arms of princes, and crowns the to wander through,
brows of kings." And the beron from the waters, that spared to the sky so blue.
Replied the Angle calmly, with mildness in his eye, “But who," then cried the Rbinegrave, with wonde: With beart all sweet and bumble, yet with a spirit
high, " Are they who journey yonder, in seeming stran
“For righteousness and justice we would be bold
and strong, ger guise ?" Then turning to his pages,—" Haste, one of ye,” said And work good deeds, and kindly, and only fear the he,
wrong. " And ask of them wbat manner of men and whence For on the people's blindness our souls have looked they be."
in ruth, Then, at his lordly bidding, the strangers forward We bear to all a message of gentleness and truth ;
We bring good tidings only to thee and into thine, came; In front of them, their spokesman, trode one of And bear ye loving kindness, Oh lord of Falken
strin." goodly frame And of right noble presence,-but neither bent the But his men at arms the kbinegrave he called unto knee,
bim then, Nor yet before the Rhinegrave his head uncovered And said, “ From out my borders see that ye hale he.
these men;" "Our home," he said, “is England; we thither
And with the surly soldier the Angle went away, wend again,
And the lordling of the Rhineland, he had his will Tbrough the Netherlands that border upon the
that day. northern main ;
But the seeds the English Saxon within the land had And to tbe German countries, in the name of God sown, our Lord,
Not all on ground so barren his generous hand had We bear the glad evangel of the everlasting Word.” strown;
In palace and in cottage there were whose bearts * Most of the facts on which tbis ballad is found.
received ed may be gleaned from “Penn's Travels in Germa- The words of truth and justice, which all their souls ny and Holland.” Peonsylvania enjoys the undoubt.
believed. ed honor of being the first of the colonies in overy And they nursed the sacred fire; while in his fatherearly movement for the orerthrow of slavery. As
land, far back as 1712, William Southey petitioned the For the rights of man's great brotherhood again did Assemblies for its total abolition, the first petition of the kind ever presented to a colonial legislature ; With great Sidney, 'gainst the tyrants, who sought,
the Angle stand, and Ralph Sandiford set the first example of volun
with baughty sway, tary emancipation in 1733. The German's declared To lord it o'er the lowly in England's evil day. tbeir conviction of the injustice of human bondage as early as 1688, and it is well known that Pennsyl. And in a day of danger, of great and bitter stress, renia abolished tbe institution even before Massa- He left the dales of England for the distant wilderchusetts.