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MY STEPMOTHER.

The worship of a congregation is the worship dren and her own daughter, who is as dear to of so many hearts, each rendered a degree more us as we are to each other; consequently there fervent than otherwise by the power of sym. is no room for the monster jealousy to rear its pathy. But if the elements of worship have unseemly head, to destroy or weaken the family not been brought together from the depths of compact. individual spirits, they exist not at all. In all Many years have elapsed since we left the true worship, whether the scene be the place of paternal roof to settle elsewhere, but our affecpublic convocation or the closet, the soul brings tions yet cluster around the dear old home. its immortal substance, and its personal destiny, stead, where our beloved and honored mother, and its particular interests,-its recollection, our only surviving parent, is still the presiding its hopes and its fears,-yes, itself, as if it were genius, being the centre of attraction to a large the only created existence, or in oblivion of all circle of relatives and friends, by whom she is others, before the throne of God. How vivid much beloved. Truly her children and grandsoever may be the emotions that spring from children have abundant cause to " rise up and the heart in its sympathy with others, they can call her blessed.” never come into comparison with those that be

A SUBSCRIBER. long to its own ultimate welfare.— Isaac Taylor.

THE FUSION OF RELIGIOUS IDEAS.
For Friends' Intelligencer.

This seems to be the age of religious fusions.

Sixty years ago Napoleon, when he got among My feelings have many times been pained by the Turks, professed bimself a good Mussulhearing the obloquy which, without discrimi. man, quoted the Koran, and proclaimed hinnation and with unsparing band, is cast upon self the Man of Destiny. But he never really those who occupy the station of slepmother. gained anything by it, and historians like AliThe trials and difficulties with which their path son, in the history of Europe, and many others, is thickly strewed are in many cases quite made a great handle of it, to prove his habitual overlooked, while their failures and short. insincerity on the most solemn subjects. But comings are quickly detected. Though I am the Sultan, in his recent speech delivered at not a stepmother, yet in vindication of the Guildhall, London, has astonished the world deeply injurei class, I feel a strong desire to by his liberality. He spoke with the utmost east my mite in the opposite scale.

fluency in Arabic, and his speech was not only When seven years of age, I lost my mother. interpreted by a secretary, or dragoman, but She left four children, of whom I was the old printed, and copies of it freely circulated, to

When I was ten, our dear father left us the great admiration of the assembled crowd. to go to a distant city, to bring with him the Ile seemed to have left behind bim all the peone whom he had selected to fill the important culiarities of the Moslem faith, and to have stations of wife and mother in his family. More brought out only some of those great principles than fifty years bave passed away since the of universal religion that belongs to all king. time of their arrival at our home in a newly. doms and nations of the earth, as men. He settled country, yet the incidents of that event- desires not only " to see in other centres of civful day are still fresh in my remembrance. ilization what still remaios to be done in his Among other things, I recollect seeing our new I

own country, but to show his desire to establish, mother step aside to weep, and perchance to lift not only among his own subjects, but between her heart in prayer. I never heard her allude his people and the other nations of Europe, to her feelings on that trying occasion, but I that feeling (f brotherhood wbich is the foun. have not the least doubt that a realizing sepse dation of human progress and the glory of our of the weighty responsibility she had assumed, age.” together with the novel and untoward surround. No doubt this speech was carefully prepared ings of her new home, elicited the falling tear. for him; but he clearly understood it, and How can we wonder? When she found her- adopted its sentiments. His great maxim,self surrounded by a group of dependent and the brotherhood of nations, the foundation of

wayward children, intrusted to her care. A human progress,” is, iudeed, a sentiment worformidable task indeed, enough at first thought thy the highest admiration. No wonder an to cause her heart to sink. But with self- English poet so far forgot the ancient antipathy sacrificing devotion, she applied with energy, of Christian and Mohammedan, as to pray perseverance and undeviating consistency to the God to protect this representative of the false work before her, which, on her part, has been prophet. Not only is religious persecution now accomplished with entire success.

being put an end to through the earth, but The tender and affectionate interest which there are certain great principles of religion she has upiformly manifested for our welfare is clearly becoming established among the dations above all praise. No difference could be dis of the earth worthy of special notice. Rev. covered in the treatment of her adopted chil- Henry Martin, when he went as missionary to,

est.

and travelled through, Persia, astonished the But it is on our own continent that the relaMohammedan doctors by conducting a public tions of Roman Catholic and Protestant, Greek controversy, in which he quoted largely from Church, Chinese, Persian and Indian, are crethe Koran. Since his time, not the Arabic ating a legal liberty and forbearance, with a alone, but the Sanscrit and Zend languages, Christian tone and temper, that must produce have been carefully explored, the Vedas and the very best fruits among mankind, and the Avestas translated for the East India Company, establishment of those truths among the wisest so that now, in India, the English judges ad- and the best, that sball give to all a religion minister the laws and protect the religious lib. which, under the names of various sects and erty and rights of the natives of all classes with parties, perhaps shall embrace principles broad a really wonderful precision and knowledge, far as humanity itself, and living, earnest and exceeding the judgment and justice of the na- charitable as Christianity in its earliest and tives, and with a knowledge of the history of purest days.— Ledger. their religious books and traditions which seems likely to have the most important and FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. beneficial effect on human rights. Individuals have a right to believe and profess what reli

PAILADELPHIA, NINTH MONTH 7, 1867. gious principles they please, but it seems now to be understood that the governments of all nations must act on the principles of universal

FAIRFAX QUARTERLY MEETING.–From a religion. The brotherhood of pations, and of correspondent we have received an interesting those holding different faiths, seems to be melt- report from Fairfax Quarterly Meeting, recently ing down the whole human race into a condition held at Goose Creek, Va. in which the moral principles and justice of each will be preserved, and their reverence for

The general sympathy felt for Friends within all they esteem sacred respected, so that the this district, during the many and varied trials essentials of universal religion, stripped of all to which they were subjected by aggressions particular formalities, are being developed from both armies through the late national conwith a surprising rapidity. In Calcutta an tliet, gives an additional interest to the informaEast Indian marriage lately took place, in which the bridegroom and bride were united, and tion which we are enabled to lay before our publicly promised to be faithful to each other, readers of their improved condition and their in the presence of the great, the all-seeing God. favorable prospects for the future. Christianity, stripped of its technicalities, is The Quarterly Meeting held on the 19th of unquestionably the basis of all these movements Eighth month was large, and the attendance of It furnishes the idea and the priociples, even where the name and the multiplication of sects

, Friends from Hopewell and Woodlawn gave names and parties seem to contribute to the evidence of a zeal which was quite encouraging, necessity and power of this movement. It considering the difficulties of travelling resultwas in the border land between Judaism, Pa-ing from the late freshet. Hopewell is near ganism and Samaritanism that Christianity, Winchester, and is about thirty miles west of with its universal principles and charity, was first introduced, and throughout the Roman Goose Creek Meeting-house, where the QuarEmpire, with its diverse religions, that it first terly Mecting was held, and Woodlawn is nearly extended its conquests. It has often been fifty miles in the opposite direction. The dwarfed by a thousand parrow sects and par. Friends of those meetings have nearly 80 miles ties and forms; bat its poblest triumphs have to travel to Quarterly Meeting, once in the year, been won by the comprehensive spirit of its own great “ kinydom of Heaven.”' Probably and from 30 to 50 miles twice in the year, the real power of this system is nowhere so when the meeting is held at Goose Creek and thoroughly felt and understood as in our own Waterford. During the war, the Quarterly country, and under our own Constitution, where Meeting could not well be held at Alexandria, alone all religions are equally protected, but not exclusively established - where everything as it formerly was in the Eleventh month, and is free, and the universal dictates of morality that meeting having diminished, it is now to be form the basis of the laws. While the estab transferred to Woodlawn, (near Mt. Vernon) lished Church in England may vary from Low a branch of the same Monthly Meeting. to High, or the reverse, the extensive domains of the British empire are leading to a breadth

The Meeting of Ministers and Elders being of riew that enables ber ablest statesmen to

held on Seventh day, and the Quarterly Meettake into view ideas of universal religion of the ing for Discipline on Second-day, keeps many greatest practical breadth and application. of t la

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much attention, causing a large attendance of The letter furnished by A. H. L., from B. those not in membership with us.

H., will interest many who feel a warm interest This plan of holding Quarterly Meetings, and in the poor Indians; and it will answer a contheir being held in rotation in different places, cern expressed by some of our correspondents has the advantage which was thought to be de- in relation to the action which Friends should rived from the circular annual meetings form. take in regard to them, and will also show that erly held in this country and in Great Britain. the Society has not ceased its efforts in their The Meetings just passed were favored with behalf.

Eps. the precious evidence of Divine Life, and the Gospel truths declared appeared to meet with

SANDY SPRING, MD., 8th mo. 20th, 1867. acceptance in the hearts of the people.

ALFRED H. LOVEOur correspondent also informs that, “in this Esteemed Friend :--Thy kind letter of the section of Virginia, abundant crops of wheat 26th ult., enclosing an article from the “ City

Bulletin on the Indian question, arrived here bave been gathered. The fruit trees are bear while I was absent from home, and I have been ing plentifully, and the corn fields look remark- unable, till now, to acknowledge its reception. ably well. The bards burnt during the rebel. I am pleased to observe the warm interest lion are being rebuilt, and the hand of industry thou feels in this oppressed and greatly wronged is repairing the ravages of war. Surely this is people, over whose destiny so dark a cloud

seems to be at present impending. I am glad cause of thankfulness to the Author of all good.” to be able to say, however, that my last visit to

the Indian Department, on the 8th of the FIRST-DAY SCHOOL CONFERENCE. present month, gave me ground for greater enA Conference, to promote an interest in First Day couragement than I had received at any time Schools, and to consider the best mode of conducting since the great massacre in Minnesota, --some them, will be beld in Friends' School-house, High three years ago. The Acting Commissioner of St., West Chester, Pa., on Seventh-day, Ninth month Indian Affairs informed me that there was a 14th, at 2.1 o'clock.

All Friends interested in this movement, particu- great reaction in public sentiment, and especially larly such as are parents, are cordially invited to amongst members of Congress, and others in attend.

official position, in the Indians' favor. Their West Chester,

eyes are becoming opened by the enormity of TA03. H. HALL,

WM. M. HAYES, Lucius D. PRICE,

Ann S. PASCHALL,

the daily expenditures in the Indian country, Lydia H. Hall.

and an inquiry awakened as to the cause that has Goshen-THOMAS S. Cox.

produced the present condition of things, when Baltimore--ELI M. LAMB.

it is found that injustice, outrage, and cruelty, Germantown-WILLIAM DORSEY.

on the part of the whites towards these helpless Philadelphia,

people, lie at the bottom of it all. And the DILlwyn Parrish,

ABIGAIL WOOLMAN, Commissioners emphatically remarked that the HARRIET E. STOCKLY,

LUKENS WEBSTER, Government is finding it cannot longer o.fford Joseph M. TRUMAN, JR.

to be unjust to the Indians. He expressed the belief that the present Congressional Commis

sion, consisting of Gers. Sherman, Harney and persons assembled in Friends' Meeting-House, Ab- Bureau, Henderson, Sanborn, and Tappan, who

According to announcement, a large number of Terry, Commissioner Taylor, head of the Indian ington, on the 25th of Eighth month, at 3 o'clock, P.J., on the occasion of the Meeting of the Pennsyl- are among the Western Indians, will carefully vania Peace Society. Interesting remarks were of investigate the whole matter with a determinafered by several in attendance: - Friends and others, tion to do entire justice to the Indians, and re--and ihe meeting adjourned to meet at Friends' port a practical plan for the amelioration of Meeting-House, Germantown, on the 22d of Ninth the present condition and the future protection month, at 3 o'clock, P.M.

of the Indians. He assured me that nothing NOTICE TO THE SUBSCRIBERS TO JANNEY'S

further can at present be done for their interest

or assistance, and, in all probability, no opporOwing to the first edition of this work baving be- tunity for labor will occur till said Commission come exhausted, the Publisher was compelled to

makes its report. defer forwarding the volumes to many subscribers. I may state to thee that I am Secretary of Another edition has been completed.' Friends de- the Committee on the Indian Concern, of Baltisiring to subscribe, or to have additional copies, more Yearly Meeting of Friends, and have been would do well to take advantage of the present op- laboring arduously for many years, in an en. portunity of addressing to that effect, The Publisher, T. EllwooD ZELL,

deavor to protect and promote the interests of Nos. 17 and 19 S. Sixth St. these greatly wronged people. A few years

NOTICE.

HISTORY OF FRIENDS.

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ago I was, with great formality and ceremony, short a talk with you in the Indian Department.

| received as a member of the Seneca Nation of There are many things that I wanted to say to Indians, at Cataraugus, in Westeru New York, you. It always interests us whenever we meet and a

conferred upon me-Hai the friends of the Red Man, especially with the -i-wau.Doh---which means “stand and watch, people of him who first shook hands with the implying that, as my residence is near the Red Man on this continent-Wm. Pepn—the seat of the General Government, I must be great and noble man—the Red Man's friend. there vigilant in guarding the interests of the “We know that his descendants are yet liv. Indians. To this duty I have endeavored to ing, scattered throughout this great country, be faithful. I am frequently in receipt of let. who have yet the same miod, and the same ters from them, asking for something to be heart, to do the Red Man good. done at the Indian Department, or by Govern- “ I came here with this delegation of my ment authorities, to which I have always given puor people, parily to assist them in making a prompt attention. By request, on behalf of treaty with this great government, and partly, the Indians of Minnesota, I visited the mem- which concerns me most dearly, to forward my bers of the Committees on the Indian Concern mission work amongst my owo people, on the of both Houses of Congress, and several of the head waters of the great Mississippi. To-day prominent members of the Senate and House, we feel the pressure and the rapid strides of on more than ono occasion last winter, in en- civilization towards us. The white man, with deavoring to secure the passage of a bill for the bis rapid speed, is crowding us out of our own protection of the Indians, which was regarded country, and pointiog us towards (appropriate as the first bill that had ever looked to that be words) the setting sun ! nevolent end. Our Committee have a close “ As I sit in my poor wigwam, with broken correspondence with the Indian Department, beart, I meditate over the past and the future. and a constant assurance that whenever any The past ! Oh! I cannot recall the happy opportunity occurs for the benevolent action days! They are gone !-gone forever and ever. and aid of Friends in behalf of the Indian's The future ! all is dark before me! My path welfare, the Committee will be informed of it. is obscure—my destiny inevitable! I refuse to be The officers of the Indian Bureau are ardent in comforted, because I am unpitied and unloved. their efforts to secure justice and right to the “And now we turn our weeping hearts toIndians. But their efforts are frustrated by wards the Christian white man, to wipe away designing and unprincipled men, who get be- the tears from our eyes; to make strong our tween them and the objects of their care. broken hearts; and to light n our paths. They have great confidence in Friends, and al Our only hope of salvation in the future is to ways receive, with respectful attention, any become civilized—to embrace the Christian resuggestion we make. They know we do not ligion, in band and in heart, and to pray to desire any office within their gift, and could the God of the white man. not accept one with an emolument attached, it Fifty years ago our numbers were many. being a matter of principle with us, to bear our Once we covered this great country. From own expenses in our labors in this cause, so as east to west, and from north to soutb, was the to continue disinterested advocates of the in- Red Man's country and the Red Man's home. terests of the Indians, and that perfect right To-day we are few in number. We are fast and justice be accorded to them by the National dwindling away!-falling, like the leaves of the Government. We have reason to believe, too, forest, to-rise-no-more !! that in some instances, at least, these disinter. “Everything looks dark before us. ested labors have been blessed ; that is, the I may venture to stay a few days, as I return fact being known that we were working and home, in the city of Baltimore; but I should travelling on their business at our own expense, feel more at home in the city of Philadelpbia, without fee or reward, but solely for their good, for I know there lies the hearth-stone of the and to please the Great Spirit, has contributed great and poble man- -Wm. Peon-the friend to advance the objects desired.

of the Red Man." In my Ludian correspondence, I sometimes But I have filled my sheet, and must close. find touches of real eloquence. On returning, I trust thou wilt not misunderstand the apparlast winter, from a visit to a delegation from ent egotism of my letter. Although thou art Minnesota, then in Washington, I received unknown to me, I have written with freedom, a letter from En-me gah-bowh, one of the as to a brother, interested in a concern which I delegation, a missionary among his Indian have long had very near at heart. brethren, from which I will make some ex

Thy sincere friend, tracts, thinking they may interest thee :

BENJAMIN HALLOWELL. Washington, D. C., Feb. 24th, 1867. " BR. HALLOWELL

Nothing renders one more happy than to "Dear Sir :- I was very sorry to have so do pleasantly what one must do from necessity.

BY INKEE PENN.

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From the Atlantic Monthly.

From the Philadelphia Press.
THE MYSTERIES OF NATURE.

EXTRACTS FROM AN EXCURSION ON THE WEST-
The works of God are fair for nought,

CHESTER AND PHILADELPHIA RAILROAD.
Uoless our eyes, far seeing,
See hidden in the thing the thought
That animates its being.

Swarthmore College.
The outward form is not the whole,

This edifice, now in course of erection, was
But every part is moulded

named "Swarthmore" after the manor To image forth an inward soul

which George Fux resided in the latter years. Tbat dimly is unfolded.

of his life, and it is particularly specified in the The shadow, pictured in the lake By every tree that trembles,

act of incorporation granted by the Legislature Is cast for more than just the sake

that this name shall be retained so long as the Of that which it resembles.

building is used for educational purposes. The The dew falls pighily, not alone

property bought by the association consists of Because tbe meadows need it,

92 acres of land fronting the railroad; it is a But on an errand of its own

portion of the old West estate. The building To human souls that heed it.

in which the celebrated paiuter Benjamin West The stars are lighted in the skies Not merely for their shining,

was born is to be seen, with its giant English But, like the looks of loving eyes,

gable and hipped roof, at a short distance to Have meanings worth divining.

the southeast of the college, and is still in a good The waves that moun along the shore,

state of preservation. No change in its original The winds tbat sigb in blowing,

features has been made, except such as may Are sent to teach a mystic lore

have resulted from the removal of the old. Which men are wise in knowing.

fashioned painted eaves. The room in the northThe clouds around the mountain-peak, The rivers in their winding,

east corner of this dwelling is pointed out to Have secrets wbieb, to all who seek,

the visitor as the spot where the great painter Are precious in the finding.

first saw the light of day; here was spent the Thus Dature dwells within our reach,

childhood of him who gave to the world that But, though we stand so near her, renowned painting known as “Death on the We still ioterpret balf her speech

Pale Horse,” which now forms such a promiWith ears too dull to bear her.

nent feature of that valuable collection of arWhoerer at the coarsest sound

tistic gems at the Academy of Fine Arts in Still listens for the finest,

Philadelphia.
Sball hear the boisy world go round

The location of Swarthmore College is on
To music the divinest.
Whoever yearns to see aright

high ground, a few hundred yards from WestBecause his heart is tender,

dale station, and commands a splendid view to Sball catch a glimpse of beavenly light the east and south. Viewed from the railroad, In every earthly splendor.

it will present, when completed, a truly grand So, since the universe began,

and imposing appearance. The main building Add till it shall be ended,

will consist of a central front of dressed granite, The soul of Nature, soul of Man, And soul of God are blended !

sixty feet wide, and five stories bigh, with con

pecting wings on both sides four stories bigh. TAKE CARE OF THE MINUTES. The whole length of the building will be three Gold is not found, for the most part, in great hundred and eighty-six feet, with a depth of masses, but in little grains. It is sifted out of froin ninety to one hundred and twenty feet. the sand in minute particles, which, melted The building is to be covered by a Mansard roof, together, produce the rich ingots which excite and the entire cost is estimated at nearly the world's desire. . So the small moments of $200,000. time, its odds and ends, put together, may form This structure is being erected by the Hick. a beautiful work.

site Friends, and the provisions made by its Hale wrote bis “Contemplations" while on founders for the admission of pupils are exceedhis law circuit.

ingly liberal. Those belonging to other religious Dr. Mason Good translated “Lucretius" in his denominations can send their children to this carriage while, as a physician, he rode from institution under certain mild and equitable door to door.

conditions, while at the same time their religious One of the chancellors of France penned a convictions, whatever they may be, will be bulky volume in the successive intervals of strictly respected. There has long been needed waiting, daily, for dinner.

a school of the highest grade (such as this), free Burney learned French and Italian while rid- from the contaminating influences by which so ing on horseback. Benjamin Franklin laid the many of our colleges are surrounded, and yet foundation of his wonderful stock of knowledge which shall be in perfect keeping with the proin his dioner hours and evenings, while working gressive ideas of the age. as a printer's boy.

Jo alluding to its location, the Delaware

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