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dency, and in the anguish of feeling at ready would we not, instead of repining for the lack, to exclaim -Do with me, Oh! Father, as thou as we may at times feel, of outward blessings wilt; only give of thy holy spirit to support me and gratifications, rather breathe the exclaunder all, and I ask no more.

mation Bless the Lord, oh, my soul, and When thou feels like writing, a letter will be forget not all bis benefits ;” and, "What shall gladly received by thy affectionate and sympa.wo render unto the Lord for all his benefits." thizing friend and sister,

S. G. R. As thou observes, I have far more than many

others as to the outward. Truly do I know PHILADELPHIA, 1st mo. 17th, 1850.

this, having a devoted sister and kind cousins,
Dear Friend :-I judge thou hast ere this who cease not in their endeavors to render me
come to the conclusion either that I have given comfortable, for which, 0! Holy One, cause
up all letter writing, or become remiss in thus my heart ever to overflow with gratitude for
long lertiog thy kind, welcome letter of Seventh these and every blessing. Among these I feel
month last remain so long unanswered. As to bound to acknowledge the place which I know
the former supposition, thou wouldst bave been I hold in the sympathetic feelings of my friends,
pot far from the true state of the case, particu- which is often evinced by many unlooked for
larly during the heat of the weather; for truly visits, that I feel to be in valuable, as by some
may I say that never did a summer 80 prostrate such visits I have experienced a renewal of
me, so that much of the time it seemed to be as faith, wbich had become so weak as to dis-
much as I had strength for; and, therefore, qualify me from keeping myself from being
my pen mostly laid silent, except when en overwhelmed by the waves; but by the silent
gaged in writing to my dear brother; and since miogling of the spirit of a friend, and some-
cold wea: her some of the time I have been too times by a crumb handed forth, it has, indeed,
ill to guide the pen. As to the supposition of proved as a “brook by the wayside," or, “ ag
remissness, that would not apply, if the intu- ihe shadow of a mighty rock in a weary land."
itions and purposes of the heart are looked Afternoon.—The above has been written at
into, for too grateful was the feeling of my many intervals, and I find I have almost filled
heart for the full and overflowing kindness my paper without giving thee any information
which breathed throughout thy letter for a mn. of the present state of my health, as I know
ment, to feel like indifference toward a friend, thou wilt be interested to hear how it has fared
the promptings of wbose heart I know to be ro with me. Nearly three months ago I was at-
full of sisterly love and interest toward her tacked, suddenly, with violent chills, attended
afflicted friend, as I know that of my dear M.'s with much fever and many distres-ing feelings.
to be. But I did not intend to fill a page with some of the symptoms were indicative of such
apology; therefore, I will leave that which is progress in the disease as to give reason for be-
behind, and endeavor to press forward, not only lieving that it would require but a little time
as relates to this subject, but in all others; longer to wear out the shattered bark. I trust
but oh, how can I adopt, as the breathing of it is not presumptuous in me to say these iodi.
my own spirit, the language of the poet- cations, though atteoded with most acute suf-
"Frail and irresolute is man," &c. The query fering, were nevertheless received as a token of
often arises whether there are others who feel compassionate love; for what can be so desi-
the same load of weakness and frailty that I do? rable to one suffering, as I do most of the time,
Indeed, it sometimes seems as if no sooner is a as to believe that the time of release is near,
good res »lution, and as I hope and trust at the provided there is a preparation for entering
time, a firm resolution entered into to guard into a haven of rest and joy. Though I am
every avenue against the approach of the ad- ever fearful of beiog deceived in this all-import-
versary, than, perhaps, before I am aware of ant point, still, when I believed death was
it, weakoess of some form or other I find I near at band, and endeavored to look into the
have fallen into, and all for want of keeping most secret recesses of my heart, there was a
down that formidable enemy of my soul's peace feeling of calmness and confiding trust in that .
--self, unmortified self. Oh ! for strength to love which has been shed abundantly for all ;
wrestle with and overcome this mighty foe! and I felt it my place there to abide, and if só

Yesterday, when I laid aside the pen, the favored, to be still, and koow the mind of the
subject of self and selfish feelings seemed to Lord, with strong desires to be shown if there
fill the mind; and now no less 80; for if we was not a full surreoder of all to his will.
suffer ourselves to be wounded with what we If I was not wholly under a delusion, I had
may consider the inattention or even neglect of a comforting evidence, in the quietness which
our friends, it is for want of dwelling sufficiently continued throughout the time of the greatest
low. We allow that mightly self to rise and suspension as to the immediate issue of the at-
feel that it has claims upon the sympathy of tack, that “we have not a hard Master to deal
Friends for more attention when, if there was with,” but one who is touched with a feeling
this dwelling low, even as at the feet of Jesus, I of our infirmities, and who will not turn a deaf

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ear to the " sighing of the poor and the crying is not necessary to quit one's employment; it of the needy;" but for such He will arise. is a simple movement of the beart towards its

Under this feeling it seemed to be my busi- Creator, and a desire, that whatever you are doness to be still, and abide the turning of His ing, you may do it to his glory. The best of all hand upon me, confidently trusting that if there prayers is to act with a pure intention and with was not yet a full surrender of all

, that in His a continual reference to the will of God. It adorable love and mercy He would be graciously depends upon ourselves whether our prayers be pleased to show me in what I was lacking. efficacious. It is not by a miracle, but by a And not only then, but at all other times, when change of heart, that we are benefited, by a spirit desiring to see myself as I am, and truly wish of submission. Let us believe, let us trust, let ing to have my heart laid bare before me, us hope, and God never will reject our prayer. while ever fearful of deceiving myself on this - Fenelon. all-important subject, and of warming myself by a fire of my own kindling, yet a confident belief LIFE TO BE MADE THE MOST OF. has arisen that if we come unto Him in all sim- The sentiment that we should make the most plicity of heart, with a desire to surrender all of life ; that as we go along we should enjoy unto His boly requiring, it cannot but be con every gift of God as ardently and as copiously sistent with His goodness to accept the offering, as we can, consistently with sobriety and order, if of a “broken spirit” and a contrite beart. —is a perfectly right and proper one: it is more, And may we pot say, without makiog an osten- it is one of our first and highest duties. To sell tations display, that in truth we have nothing one's self to sensuality is one thing; thankfully of our own to recommend us to Him; but that to accept, and temperately to enjoy the honest it must be by dwelling in Ilis spirit, and pleasures of the senses, is quite a different matthrough His long-suffering mercy, we hope for ter. Sight and bearing, taste and touch, were redem ption, looking upto Him as the Author bestowed for no other end than to be exercised and finisher of our faith, "our Alpha and on things congenial to them. The true way to Omega.” If this is all a delusion-an "ig- enjoy most of heaven is previously to strive nis fatuus,"—tben I am in a deplorable state; bow much we can enjoy of earth; not, however, for it seems to be the alone anchor of hope by striving to enjoy it exclusively as an earthly which I am able to lay hold of.

thing, still less as a sensuous one, to the nego But I bave digressed far beyond what I in-lect of the moral and intellectual; neither tended, and yet have not told what my present again by laying ourselves out for pleasure, purestate of healih is. Well, after a week or so of ly as such, but by taking for our ruling motive, great suffering at the time I speak of, when I in our search for enjoyment, the higher de believe it was the opinion of all around me velopment of our humanity. The golden rule that perhaps the scene of suffering was near of all is to connect, as often and as closely as being brought to a close, there was an abate. we can, the terrestrial with the heavenly. The ment of the symptoms, and I have gradually highest delight of which human intelligence is pearly regained my previous condition, though susceptible is that which comes of the babit of not entirely, being less able to assist myself, translatiog the ordinary circumstances of daily and having an increase of some kinds of suffer-life into ideas that lead ultimately to God; there ing. But there is renewed call for gratitude are no truly beautiful and nourishiog ideas but that I have so far regained my strength, if I such as are felt to gravitate imperceptibly toam to be continued longer here, and that I wards Him, while node are so practical and efmust leave to Him who doeth all things well. ficacious, as ingredients of happiness, as those

I am afraid the length of my letter will prove that are sucked, honey-like, from the merest irksome to thee, but it has seemed as though I trifles of existence. So in regard to the time could find no place to stop, although a great for enjoyment. Though we may rely upon the mang intervals bave been required for its com- recurrence of some few sources of pleasure, the pletion. And now, with much love to thee and greater part are so fitful, the total of the cirihy W., I am, as ever, thy friend,

cumstances is so unlikely ever to be the same SARAH G. RICH. again, and our own changes of emotional state (To be continued.)

are so frequent and extreme-what enraptures to day often becoming distasteful and even bit

ter on the morrow that if we would realize life Do not think it is necessary to pronounce in its fulness, we must let do chance, not the many words. To pray is to say, Let thy will be slightest, escape, though at the moment it may done; it is to form a good purpose; it is to raise seem utterly insignificant. Life is made up of your heart to God; it is to lament your weak minutes, and its happiness of corresponding litness; it is to sigb at the recollection of your fre- tle pleasures; the wise man secures the atoms quent disobedience. This prayer demands as they fit past him, and thus becomes owner neither method, nor science, nor reasoning; it lof the aggregate. Making every circumstance

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of life, sensuous, moral and intellectual, and their beliefs to the sphere of their five hard every day and hour, contribute a little some.

Nor will it be any more welcome to thing, he fiods that though a brilliant and memo- those who make boasted reason the only trustrable pleasure may come but twice or thrice, worthy capacity of mind and the sole judge of the secret of a bappy life is nevertheless his truth in heaven and earth. Sense and reason owa. Toat fine secret is not so much to lay need not be underrated; but man has higher plans for acquiring happy days, as to pluck our and truer guides to bis proper destination. enjoyment on the spot ; in other words, to spend Seose may constitute the coarse but strong that time in being happy wbich so many lose foundation of the human temple; reason, with in deliberating and schewing how to become so. rule and plummet, may square and poise its

"I'll live to morrow, 'tis not wise to say; rising walls; but the spiritual nature alone can

'Twill be too late to-morrow,-live to-day.crown it with pediment and dome, ærial spires, To accomplish this we have only, as said be- and “cloud-capt towers.fore, to make the most of each little incident In approaching a subject like the present, we and opportunity, contemping and repudiating are trammeled by our sensuous, material modes nothing; always remembering, however, that of thinking. We have been taught in physical the way to make such incidents and opportuni. science that no two bodies can occupy the same ties most prolific of enjoyment is so to humau. place at the same time; and so, by a very natuize them that they shall fower into thoughts of ral transfer of conceptions, we find it difficult heaven. Wilfully to let opportunities go by, is to apprehend how God can reside in the human 8 wickedness and an inexcusable folly ; whence soul. But we have learned that one substance the still more foolish regrets which tear the can interpenetrate another without destroying heart that has been so unjust to itself ;-but a its constitution. Water permeates many other greater folly yet, is to stand waiting and wish- bodies. Air is interfused through water and ing for opportunities, when in fact they circle Dearly or quite all other aggregations of matter. us, if we will but keep on the qui vive.

Electricity penetrates all kuown substances As the best school in respect of high duties with its marvelous essence and energy. So far, is the practice of the little ones of common life, then, as a prejudice against the possible mani. 80 the best and shortest road to happiness is tó festation of God in the human mind has been make the most of what lies beside us and enjoy derived from pbysical science, it is utterly unall we can of the life we have, leaving it founded. The analogy is in favor of that dooto God to determine what fortune shall attend trine, rather than against it. our steps.- From Life: Its Nature, Varieties In what manner and by what means the inand Phenomena, by Leo H. Grindon.

finite Father becomes a resident of the believing

soul is hardly a proper question for discussion. " YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD." The subject is mysterious, though not mystical..

In the great truth here announced by Paul Yet there are some considerations which cast a we see the immense development that had takon few scattered rays of light upon the outskirts place in the divine plan, and in religious thought of this glorious mystery, and these may belp The age of ritualistio performance had passed our faith. We as yet know but little of the by. Everything material and mechanical in constitution of our own nature. Our consciousreligious worship and life was now to be clini- ness has hardly penetrated beneath the surface Dated. Pious, meditative souls were no longer of our being. Our deepest and most instructive to be pupils and minors. Puerility of spiritual experiences are only so many explorations of ideas and character was to give place to a ro- the unknown heritage of mind and soul with bust and symmetrical maturity. Belierers be- which we are endowed. What we have already came inhabitants of the heavenly city, and were learned gives us suggestive intimations concernbrought into association with an innumerable ing the unexplained remainder. We must concompany of angels, with the mediator of the gew clude that our minds are not limited by our covenant, and with God the judge of all. When present narrow and partially developed con. Fichte says that " man is the "Isisveil of Di- sciousness, that we have outlying provinces of vinity,” he is highly praised; when Richter activity and capacity, bordering everywhere tolls us that "the true Shekinah is in man," upon the unknown and infinite. We know that we wonder; yet both of them have simply our immaterial nature is open to the beneficent clothed the luminous idea of the great apostle approach of ministering spirit; we are even in the garb

a mystical philosophy. God no obliged to wrestle against malignant princedoms longer dwells in temples made with hands. and powers; and certainly the Almighty Father Christian life is the life of God in the soul. It has not hedged in our spiritual nature by bar. is Christ in us the hope of Glory.

riers insurmountable even to himself. It is not to be supposed that a doctrine so It follows from this that God may be present sublime and wonderful as this is should be ac- and be working out his beneficent euds in our ceptable or even conceivable to those who limit hearts, and yet we be unaware of the moment

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ous fact. We may not at first recognize the sphere. We allude to the more liberal and royal guest whom faith has introduced to us. spiritual views, which are evidently gaining But, once admitted to his temple, he begins bis renovating task. That painful bleeding emotion ground in the public mind, in relation to the may be the laceration of the “scourge of small bond by which man is united to God, the aucords." And what may be that tumultuous thor of all good, and brought nearer to his felrevolution within but the overturning of the low man. These are publicly acknowledging tables of the money-changers, and the seats of the power of the spirit by which all moral evil them that sold doves? Then come hours of soft repose and penitential sweetness. From is to be overcome, and they forcibly represent the discordant and broken instrument of the the idea that “greatness should be a synonym heart some strains of heavenly music are drawn with goodness, for good meo only can be truly by an unknown band, which remind us of the great,” and that “ Christianity is a force which celestial lullabys that soothed the slumbers of has its root in love, and with such an origin it our cbildhood. And then dawns the blissful consciousness of God in the human soul. It is is enabled to fight sublimer battles than human the bending of a loving father over a penitent strength ever wrought." child, the restitution of an estranged affection In an exchange paper we find a synopsis of in a broken and contrite heart. It is the re

an address, commencing with a quotation from kindling of sacrificial fire upon an altar long Scripture—“ Ye are the temple of the living dilapidated and desolate, the joyful re-lighting God.” Parts of the address so clearly define of the lamp of the Lord in the temple of God.

Of the many blessed consequences of the per- the supremacy of the spirit, and its vivifying petual presence of God in the devout soul, an effects upon the heart, that we present them to important one is its disciplinary and perfecting our readers with the belief that they share influence. It is here, ye weary, heavy. laden with us the feeling of gratification in witnessing ones, that you will meet your great deliverance; here you will find your conquering strength? the frequent manifestations given by ministers His voice will still every wave of passion, and of different religious associations, that they are there will be a great calm. But the divine pre- gradually being prepared to teach the doctrine sence is positive and perfective also. With our of the inner Light, awarding it its true place as consenting will, he will garnish his temple with the efficient Teacher, and that it is Christ royal munificence. Coming in contact with every faculty of our being, he will communicate within the hope of glory.” to us an undying impulse and inspiration. We We are aware that there are others who apshall realize more and more the powers of the pear to be verging in form toward the Romish world to come, till the noiseless, painless trans- Church, but we would hope that even with lation shall take place, and death shall be swal- them their faith will be in the internal Word, lowed up in victory. - From the N. Y. Independent.

rather than in the increase of ceremonies.

With the present diversity of opinions and the FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER. prejudices created by education, and fostered

by existing relations, perfect union, even among PHILADELPHIA, THIRD MONTH 30, 1867.

those equally desirous to be the true followers Friends sending marriage notices will please

of Christ, cannot be expected. But it is cerbe explicit in the information as to whether tainly a pleasant thought that, in the life to they were accomplished under the care of a will be absorbed in that Love by which the

come, these barriers will be removed, and all Monthly Meeting, and what Meeting.

bousehold of faith will be made one, in accord“Christian life is the life of God in the soul.” ance with the prayer of the blessed Jesus, We have not unfrequently noticed some of the

“ That they may be made one as we are one, as evils which seemed fearfully upon the increase Thou Father art in me and I in thee, that they, in our land, with a view to encourage all to ex.

also, may be one in us," ert the influence with which they were invested, We have received from the Editor the first to stay the current which appeared to threaten aumber of "The Friends' Examiner," the Prosthe destruction of many of our fellow beings pectus of which has appeared for several weeks We now present a brighter picture, as drawn in our advertising sheet. It is to be published from the records of passing events in another I every six months, or perhaps quarterly, if suf

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ficient encouragement be given. The general | randur, with approprinte remarks. He enjoyed unappearance of the first number is much in its usual health, being able to walk about and wait on

biniself until within fifteen minutes of his death, favor-of good type, and about 170 pages. Conscious of bis situatiun, be exclaimed, “I am It was well said by C. Spurgeon that George dring!" and soon expired. "His remains were taken

to Danby, the place of bis nativily, and interred by Fox would not bave subscribed to a creed, tbe side of his wife, First month 30, 1867. even if it expressed his own views of truth; and Died, on ibe 241h of Second month, 1867, in Phila

delphia, Aaron Ivins, in his 66th year; a member of it is reasonable to suppose that in a society Falls Monthly Meeting, Pa. which has declared to the world that God has -, suddenly, on the 20th of Tbird month, 1867,

in the city of New York, David H. Davis, merchant, come to teach bis people himself, there are formerly of Philadelphia, in his 66th year; a memdifferent growths and various shades of opinion, ber of New York Monthly Meeting. while all may upite in what is fundamental. ABEL SATTE «Thwaite, in his 8811 year; a member

on Second-day, 18th of Third month, 1867, The object of this periodical, according to the of Abington Monthly Meeting, Pa. Prospectus, is not to subserve" private interests on tbe 13th of this month, at the residence

of her son io-luw, Charles Hambleton, RACHEL or sectional opinions.”

SHARPLESS, a member and minister of West Grove The Editor “ does not hold himself responsi- Preparative Meeting, Chester County, Perina., in the ble for the opinions expressed in any article

91st year of her age. This dear Friead furnished a

rare illustration of the green and beautiful age that bearing the signature of the writer.” Erery may crown a life of devotion to God and of active

love to man. pe is allowed to express his own sentiments,

She had been a minister for about 66 years, and under his own signature, on such sabjects as he although never very extensive in her communicabelieves will conduce to the interests of the So. tions, the life and sweetness that attended them

made her appearance in meetings a streng:h and ciety, and as a consequence there is some di- refreshment to many hearts. She attended meetings versity of opinion on the great questions con- and spoke several times during the last year.

She was regular in her babits, and neat, attractive nected with its welfare.

and simple in personal appearance; industrious, This liberal feature in the publication before practical, and remarkable for the cheerfulness and

sweetness of her disposition. as commends it to our favor, for by this expression The young people loved her society, her neighborg of its members (if made in an earnest and prop- of other denominations puid tribute to ber worth; er spirit) the Society may receive valuable sug- sbe visited the afllicted in body and in spirit, beare

instapt in season, and full of boly sympathies, gestions, and be gradually prepared for such ing comfort by her presence and words.” “O, how changes in its church discipline as its necessi- I loved ber, how we all loved her," said one at ber

funeral, wbo bad known her intimately from bis ties may require. Although not in official cor. youth up, and whose words were the ulterance of respondence with our transatlantic friends, we

many bearts.

A respectable middle-aged man called recently at believe many of our subscribers will be inter- the house of one of her relatives in Philadelpbia, to ested in its contents, and we should be glad to see been a poor, neglected reckless boy, turowo into her

inquire for Rachel Sharpless, stating that he had the time when such a publication can be sus. Deighborhoid jears ago, but that her counsel and tained among ourselves.

encouragement had been the means of saving him From an advertisement in Friends' Review, She was, emphatically, a peacemaker wherever she

from ruin, adding, “All that I am I owe to her." we observe that Henry Longstreth, No. 1338 noved. Chestout St., proposes to publish an American good wherever it was found, encournged temperance

Large and wide in her sympathies, she recognized edition of the Examiner.

and anti-slavery movements when tbey were un

popular, and neither fear nor favor prevented ber MARRIED, on Fifth-day, the 14'h of Third month, from firmly, but gently, maintaining what she be1867, at the residence of Daniel Uunderhill, Jericho, lieved to be right. L. I., SOLOMON S. Jackson, of the former place, to

A widow more than thirty years; she had been Estuer L. Post, of Westbury.

twice married ; and as a s'ep-mother, as well as &

molber, the power of ber unselfish love brought the DIED, at Sandy Spring, Ma., on the 91b of Second warm tribute of filial affection back to gladden her month, 1867, Wř. Stabler, son of Wm. H. and Eliza beart. Stabler, in the 35th year of his age.

Her enjoyment in the society of her friends, her on the 30th of Twelfth month, 1866, in Lynn, interest in ihe progress of truth, and her cheerfulMass., at the residence of his son Moses F. Roger3, ness of spirit continued to the end. A few months Adros Rogers, aged 30 years and 4 months. ago, when the writer of this notice visited her, she

He wax a faithful and consistent menuber of Danby dwelt toucbingly upon the preservations and blessMonthly Meeting, and occupied the station of elder ings that had attended her life, and spoke with for over 50 years. He was punctual in bis dealings sweetness of the near prospect of departure, knowwitb men, sod won the respect of all who knew himing the faithfulness of Him whom she bad trusted. He retainid bis mental faculties to the last. On bis Her memory bad become considerably impaired; 90th birthday be made a minute of it in his memo-l time and space were vanishing, and earlier and

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