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the Lord's work; and, to promote it availingly, fuldess, may bave deviated from the path of we must seek for the qualification that comes rectitude, or have failed to comply strictly with from him. It is only under this qualifying in the rules of our Discipline, a spirit of restoring fluence that we can enter io to the field of labor, love, remembering that it is the object of Chrisand bring forth fruit to the glory and honor of tian discipline to restore, rather than to cut off. the great Husband wad.
If we rely only on rules of order to keep our On considering the condition of our religious members in the enclosure, we sball fnd briars Society, and our short-comings in relation to add tbords to grow where we expected fruit. the Cbristian testimonies we have to beat be. The tenderness and gospel love recommended fore the world, the Meeting was baptized into by Geo. Fox, in dealing with offenders, was rea feeling sense of our great responsibility to the rived in our Meeting. He says: “Now con- . A uthor of all our blessings. We feel assured cerning Gospel order; though the doctrine of there is no less need now than at any former Jesus Christ requireth bis people to admooish period, for upholding the testimonies of Truth, a brother or sister twice, before they tell the and that the dedicated followers of the Lañib church, yet that limitetb done, so that they sball will always be led in the narrow path of self use no longer forbearance before they tell the denial.
church, but that they sball pot LE88 than twice, In answer to the question, Wbat shall we do admonish their broiber or sister before they to increase the attendance at our meetings ? it tell the church. And it is desired of all, that was shown that nothing can effect this purpose before they publicly complain, tbey wait in the and gather us as a people, but the operations of power of God, to feel if there is no more rethe Divine spirit in the soul. The animal man quired of them to their brother or sister, bemust be subject to the spiritual, and the spirit- fore they expose him or her to the church; let ual man to God. Encouragement was held this be weightily considered.” “And furber, forth to Friends residing in places where our when the church is told, and the party admonmeetings are small and neglected, and where ished by the church again and again, and be or vocal ministry is seldom heard. They may, by they remain still insensible and unreconciled, let watchfulness and obedience, have access to the pot fipal judgment go forth against him or her “ true Tabernacle which God hath pitched, and until every one of the Meeting has cleared bis not man,” and there they may hear the voice or ber conscience, that if anything be upon of the Son of God wbich gives life to the soul. apy, to further visit such transgresor, they may
By this means a living ministry would be clear tbemselves, that if possible the party way found to increase among us, and though in the be reached and saved.” beginning it is usually in “weakness, and fear, During the several sitttings of the Yearly and much trembling," yet by the exercise of Meeting we have been comforted and refresbed the gift, in humility, it grows and affords edifi by the evidences of Divide life and love felt cation to the church.
among us, for which we are bound to ascrito The language of George Fox on this subject thanksgiving unto that Eternal Power wbo is worthy of especial notice and remembrance. rules the universe, and yet condescends to visit In one of his epistles he writes : “ All my dear his creature man. friends in the noble seed of God, who bave The Committee appointed to prepare Essays known his power, life and presence among you, of Epistles to the several Yearly Meetings let it be your joy to bear or see the springs of with which we correspond, produced one en. life break forth in any, through which ye have bodying the mioute of the exercises of the all unity in the same feeling, life and power." Meeting, which the Clerk was directed to tran
The Christian doctrine of regeneration bas scribe, sign on behalf of the Meeting, and forbeen beld forth amongst us in accordance with ward to ihe Yearly Meetings of Philadelpbia, the declaration of Jesus, " Except a inan be New York, Genesce, Ohio, and Indiana, reborn' again, he cannot enter iuto the kingdom spectively. of heaven," and the language of Paul, " That The Comaittee continued from last year on is not first which is spiritual, but that which is the subject of giving aid toward the education patural, and afterwards that which is spiritual." of the children of Friends in Virginia who The seed of Divine life implanted in man by had suffered loss of property from the war, prothe Autbor of our being, if permitted to grow duced the following report, which was satisand overshadow the soul, will bring forth fruits factory to the Meeting; and in accordance with to the glory of God and the good of mankind. the suggestion therein contained, the CommitBut, in order that this growth may take place, tee was released. there is a work required on our part, to keep The Trustees of the Fair Hill Fund were clear the ground of the heart, and eradicate directed to pay the balance of $551.84, menfrom it every pernicious plant.
tioned therein, to the person to whom it is due. We were earnestly exhorted to exercise to. To the Yearly Meeting now sitling : wards those who, through weakness or unwatch- Tbe Committee cuntinued from last year on
the subject of Schools in Virginia, report that isolated Friends. And further, that Friends they have atteoded to the service, and that their throughout the Yearly Meeting, who feel this expenditures on account of this concern of the concera, be encouraged to apply to their respecYearly Meeting has amounted to the sum of tive Monthly Meetings for minutes of concurtwo hundred and eighteen dollars. The in renco to co operate with the Quarterly Meeting terest from the Fair Hill Buod, paid to us by Committees. order of the Yearly Meeting, has disçharged We propose also, that the several Quarterly nine hundred dollars of the indebtedness ia-Meetiogs be requested to report to our next curred last year, leaving, with the expenditures Yearly Meeting their progress in this service. of the present year, a balance due us of five With feelings of reverent thankfulness for hundred and fifty-four dollars and eighty-four the mercies and favors - still contiqued to us, cents, which will be paid out of the next io. and the evidence that has been vouchsafed to terest moey received from the same source.. us throughout the several sittings of this meet
The committee are of the judgment that ing, that notwithstanding the many deficiencies further care of the Yearly Meeting in this con- which exist among us, the great Head of the cern does not appear to be needed, and there. Church still condescends to favor us, with the fore ask to be released, if it meets the approval smile of His countenance, bestowing the spirit of the Meeting.
of discernment, and lending a helping hand to The meeting directed our Treasurer to pay perform his work, the sum of one hundred dollars to Elkanah The meeting adjourned, to meet again at the Fawcett, with which to pay the rent of a house usual time next year, if consistent with the in Winchester, Virginia, in which Friends' Divine Will. meetings are being held since the destruction
BENJ. HALLOWELL, Clerk. of their meeting. house during the war. A concern was weightily spread before this
ANGELS. Meetiog, in regard to the care of our distant, “Oh, messengers of God, are ye beside us ? Deglected meetings; and after weighty con- Fair, loying angels, are ye tarrying oigh sideration, it was coocluded to refer the subject With gentle bands ever outstretched to guide us ?"
We ask in childhood, looking to the sky; to Friends appointed to coosider what course shall be adopted to give relief to the concern, Drinking its dazzling depths with eyes unfailing,
Uashadowed by the budding April trees, and if it shall be thought best to appoint a com
Wbile a mysterious, sudden bush prevailing, pittee of the Yearly Meeting to visit our dif- Seems to hold back the voice of bird and breeze ferent meetings, as way opens therefor, to In watchful awe, and willow blooms, half broken, bring forward the names of suitable Friends to
Leap from our hands, forgetful of tbeir hold, constitute such committee.
Because our souls are listening for some token, Oa assembling in the afternoon, the commit- Waiting for some bright presence to unfold tee on the Indian concern produced a report,* Its glory to our eyes,-in lily vesture, which was read, aod was satisfactory, and the With silver wings, and dimly shioiog bair, labors of the committee approved and sanc- Meeting our earoest gaze with loving gesturo, tioned.
And eyes that long unseen have watched us there. The committee appointed during this morn. And on through life, longing for bands to gaide us, ing's sitting produced the following report, Our hearts repeat again, with yearning sigh, which was approved, and Quarterly Meetiogs "Oh, messengers of Gud, are ye beside us ? were encouraged to endeavor to act upon the Strong, loving aogels, are ye tarrying nigh ?" recommeodations made, believing, that although And asking so, we learn the lessons slowly; those who engage therein may feel weak, help Euch duy's events may be an angel sent from the true and Eteraal Source will be given with messages for the trustful heart and lowly,
Tbat bolls no idol of self-made intent. to all who humbly “ask” and seek" therefur :
Yea, the daily things our senses greeting, T, the Yearly Meeting now sitting :
The green bud bursting in the duiky bedge ; The Joint Committee of men and womeo The solema clouds through evening silence fleeting Friends appointed to consider the subject Above soma city house top's blackened edge; of visiting our distant and neglected meetings, The fame of Christian deeds, whereat we wonder, as way may open, report: That we have de. And hear in them a voice that calls us on ; liberated upon the subject under a weighty The sight of means, whereby good deeds we ponder,
Tura by occasion into good deeds done; concern to be rightly directed, and have coo. cluded to propose to the Yearly Meeting, that A smile voasked, a wayside salutation,
The cloudless brightness of some household face, it advise each of our Quarterly Meetings to per. By these bow often God sends forth salvation, form this service within its own borders, by To souls that faint in their appointed place. the appointment of suitable committees to visit, Nor always are they messengers, whose beauty in Gospel love, the pubordinate meetings and Is to our gaze revealed without disguise ;
They meet us too in form of sternest duty, *Which will be published next week.
Wbose guerdoa far in the bereafter lies.
All hours of sorrow, all distress and danger, and water that these want. What a different
food is ham from acorns! Yet even a pig can Aye, death itself may enter as a stranger,
bring about the change. What would you do And prove an angel honored unawares !
" English Lyrics." for your sandwiches if he couldn't or wouldn't?
Is it not a happy thing that we do not have THE FOUR SEASONS.
to fight with the plants for our food, but that BY LUCRETIA P. HALE,
what they want to take we cannot bear, and (Continued from page 674.)
what we dislike they are willing to feed and Do you think this is a dull lesson and has flourish upon ? little to do with the Flora of Plants? Are And not only do we enjoy and flourish upon we not bound to consider, you ask, the beauty this food, prepared for us by other animals; we of leaves, flowers and fruits, and not tire our too find it stored for us in the many fruits we beads with thinking of their use?
have been considering. What admirable places That little, but very tiresome word use, why are the Autumn Agricultural Fairs to learn this ! did it ever come iuto the language, except for There you can see the various chests, differiog the purpose of plaguing children? And we one from another, in which our vegetable food is elders acknowledge that we are tired of the stored, --wheat and squashes, pears, tomatoes books that are always trying to instruct chil- and watermelons, side by side. dren, and pretending that they ought to be use- And how gayly and happily have the leaves ful. A useful child! It calls up the pictures done all this ! Even when they must drop of woro-out children working in factories, -of away and die, they have not put on any color of tired little girls in crowded streets, old before mourning, bat the maple, the sumach-many their time, laboring for father and mother, and of the trees appear then in their gayest and younger brothers and sisters, -of news boys, most gorgeous tipts. pever having time to play! No: let a child It is left for some of the little chemists that be a child while it will. Their enjoyments and read this, perhaps, to find out the cause of these pleasures are not so wondrous as elder years bright colors, and why it is that they are more paint them, out of their fancy or misleading brilliant with us than in other countries. The memories of some few gay hours. Do not heap frost bas very little to do with the autumn 'co. upon them the pains and responsibilities that lors, for often in July or August a single tree come with the growth of the reasoning powers. among the maples turns scarlet or crimson,
But as for our joy of the flowers, -- it is surely wbile the other trees are still green. The red enbanced to think of all the beautiful uses it maple has evidently a fondness for its bright bas. And just at this season, when the year's colors, for early in the spring it puts its seedleaves are floating down the wind, it would vessels into deep red; and the little, young seem uograteful not to think of all the cheerful, yearliog maples, as we have seen, hurry to show unselfish work they have been so gay over all what family they belong to, by putting their summer long. A child is no less a child wben few leaves into gay colors. it is cheerful all through a hot day's journey, It may be the transparency of our atmosor unselfishly gives the largest cocoa-nut cake phere, says Mr. Emerson, and therefore the to a younger brother. So it will do us po barm greater intensity of the light, that gives the to think a little of the glad gifts these very greater glow to our autumnal foliage, -"the leaves have brought us. For all these services same cause which renders a much larger pumwe have to thank the plants. Not only do they ber of stars visible by night, and which clotbes purify the air for animals; they also produce our flowering plants with more numerous flow. all the food and fabric of animals. Neither the ers, and those of richer and deeper tints,-givherbivorous por the carnivorous animals can ori- ing somewhat of tropical splendor to our really gipate any organic matter. They destroy and decolder parallels of latitude." We have no right compose it; they take it ready made from plants. to consider our autumn days the “saddest of And we, men, women and children, -even when the year.” Not only maples and sumacbs, but we are not Nebuchadnezzars ourselves, and do the oaks, put on their most brilliant colors. not directly take in the lettuce and spinach and There are scarlet oaks and crimson oaks,--spots green peas, ---yet accept it in the fabric of the of color that shine of a cloudy day, and that apimals we eat. We accept it, as I have said, glow when the sun is out, yellow chestnutin our beef and mutton and veal.
leaves, many-colored dogwood, and pale ferus. When you see the cattle, the sheep, and the But in the November days these are of the past. calves, you little think how they are cropping From root to topmost bough, from potato up up fut for you But the fat of these animals is to chestnut, there is no part of the plant but mostly drawn from the oily and waxy matters what some spectes of herb, sbrub, or tree, has in the vegetables that make their food. They somewhere turned it into food for us. A comtake what they need, then breathe out, hy way prehensive botany is, then, this child's botany, of return to the vegetables, the carbonic acid with its two classes. What is there that docs
not bring us its flowers, or else its fruit to eat, thrusts itself between the heavy rain and
" It is the covering of moss on the forest and dries up the ground far down. But the
not even dead or sleeping,--they are always "Now imagine the precipice bare. You telling us something. And it is better to make would have then seen large masses of earth a study of all the knowledge they will bring, whirled down by the swollen brooks. Many a than to try to make of it a play. tree would have been carried away, too, and in And a charming study, too. The boy that a few years ooly a barc wall of rock would be has dug over the Latin routs finds in his Virgil left here where the old pine that has served us and Horace where are the fruits and flowers of as shelter from the storm has been growing a his study that at first seemed so tedious. But hundred years peacefully, to a beautiful, mighty Gray's "How Plants Grow,” “First Lessons," tree. TI th moss has done. Other grouod and
56 Bitinicul Text Book," make the very plants gave help, but insignificant in compari- first steps in the s udy o botany charming and
delightful " Tbese pretty little plants are mediators be. For this study one does not have to wait for tween heaven and earth when the rain-torrent elegantly printed or painted diagrams; but comes down, as though by breaking away the each season illustrates itself, bringing branch forest trees, it would make room for the encum. and bud, blossom, flower, leaf, fruit, seed, and bered streams. The moss suftly hushes it up, dead leaves, for beautiful pictures of its own crying out, "Gently, gently, boisterer,' and I progress. Still linger into November and De
cember the brown leaves of the oak around the abile the decrease in the Deaths capoot but be very trees. The outer world has been growing more
gratifying and more silent. Even the untimely cricket comments, while referriog to one of the weeks of the
In reference to these, one of the daily papers tbus that chirped among the dry November grass is month jost passed still. The gay harvest of autumn leaves is scat- “Notwithstanding the fact that the weather dur. tered. Even the yellow pumpkins that staid ing a portion of last week was up-easonably and volate in the fields, among the cornstalks, are healthily warm, Pbiladelphia enjoyed its usual free.
dom from epidemic diseases, while the returns of housed now, and perhaps eateo.
deaths for the week ending on Saturday show A We stop a moment to look at the beautiful large decrease from the number reported for the and differing shapes of the dead leaves, as they corresponding week of 1866. During ihe period last lie before us in the road. They might give us named 362 occurred; last week there were but 195– another study, to find the dames of all the dif a difference of 167, or pearly fifty per cent. In New ferent forms, and wbat each different tree bears. York, wbicb bas a population very little if any er.
ceeding that of Philadelpbia, the denibs last week But the winter wind swept them away.
numbered 463—150 per cent. greater tban Pbiladel.
pbia. Our people bave great cause to be thankful The love of money is the root of all evil: for the blessioġs wbich they enjoy. In the south which while some coveted after, they have erred bers its victims by thousands, and New York, with
And soulbwest, pestilence stalks abroad, and sumfrom the faith, and pierced themselves through all its splendid advantages of location, shows & with many sorrows. 1 Tim. 6:10.
mortality two and a half times as great as that of Pbiladelpbia."
The bail storm recorded in our Review of last For Friends' Intelligencer.
montb bears no comparison to one described below, REVIEW OF THE WEATHER, &c.
which we give just as we find it in one of our newg.
papers : 1866. 1867.
"A REMARKABLE RAIL STORM. - A remarkable
storm of bail occurred at Florence, Italy, September Rain during some portion of
25th. One stone was three inches square; apoiher the 24 hours,
8 days. 6 days.
weighed eleven ounces ; many consisted of a mass Rain all or nearly all day, 2
of concentric layers of ice, resembling tbose of an Cloudy, without storms,......
onion superposed on one another. Others bad a Clear, as ordiuarily accepted 15
flat rough base, from which rose long atteouated crystals of ice two or three incbes in length.”
Philadelphia, 101b mo. 5th, 1867. J. M. E. 31 31
There is reason to doubt the truth of the report TEMPERATURE, RAIN, DEATHS,
that Dr. David Livingstone, the well-known African 1866. 1867.
traveller and missionary, was murdered in Africa.
During tbis loogand perilous period of oearly 30 years, Mean temperature of 10th
Dr Liviogstone bad made himself better acquainted month per Penna. Hospital, 58.35 deg 57.65 deg. with the people and land of Africa tban any otber Highest do. during month 73.50 78.00 European. He had successfully labored to promote Lowest do. do. do. 40.00 41.50 African civilization by increasing African commerce Rain during the month,...... 4:15 in. 4.32 in. and industry, and had especially done all he could Deaths during the montb,
to abolish the slave trade, though a great obstaele being for 4 current weeks
to bis success in this was the pecuniary interest of for 1866 and 4 for 1867..... 1428
913 the native cbiefs in this nefarious traffic. At the
suggestion of Sir Roderick Murcbison, the English
geologist and geographer, an expedition was lately Average of the mean temperature of 10th
sent from a British port to ascertain the fate of Dr. month for the past seventy-eight years 54.63 deg. Livingstone, reported to have been murdered, wbile Higbest mean of do. during that entire
travelling, by some of bis own p-rsonal attendants. period, 1793,...........
64 00 Sir Roderick published strong reasons for discrediting Lowest do. do. do.
1827146.00 this report, but opinion bas bisberto ranged on the
other side in England. However, J. S. Moffat, s 1866. 1867.
missionary in Africa and Dr. Livingstone's brotber. Totals, for the first 6 months
in-law, has written to London, giving strong reasons of the year, 22.47 incb. 30,20 inch.
for believing tbat be was still alive. At Zanzibar a Seventb monib,............
report had been received of Dr. L.'s safe passage 2.52
2 38 Eighth month,..
2 18 15.81
tbrough a district more bostile than the place wbere
he was said to bave been killed.
The control of ibe colored schools in New Orleans
bas been transferred by the Freedmen's Bureau to Totals,
the School Directors of tbat city. 40.02 54.43
JERUSALEM is connected by two lines of telegraph
with Europe, and by one line with the East ladies. The month just closed has been a delightful au. Yet very little ever appears to transpire there that tunin month, with nothing especial to remark in re- is worth telegraphing. ference to Temperature. The total amount of Rain The death is apnonnced of Worthington Hooker, compares with last year about as it did last mouib, / M. D., Professor in Yale Medical College.
COMPARISON OF RAIN.