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progress of mankind, the education of youih,; THE AGE WE LIVE IN.—The age we live the preservation of age and the respect for in is one of remarkable activity, both in civil woman all depend. If marriage is not divine, and religious concerns, not only in this country, there is nothing divine, nothing solid on earth, nothing left that a good man, woman or family
but in other parts of the civilized world. need wish preserved in all the institutions of In Europe there seems to be among the edumankind. And marriage and Christianity snp- cated classes an increasing breadth of view in port each other as divine gifts to man.-Philu. relation to the rights of man and the responsi. Ledger
bilities of those who hold the reins of power; while
among the great mass of the people, there FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER. is a growing disposition to assert their rights,
and to claim political privileges hitherto denied PAILADELPHIA, THIRD MONTH 9, 1867.
them. In the commencement of a new volume our
In Italy great progress has been made in thoughts naturally turn to the objects which promoting national unity and constitutional incite us to continued labor. Among these, the government. Even in Rome, the slowest of all desire to furnish our readers with mental food commucities to reform abuses, and the most inthat will not only be pleasant to the taste, but veterate in its adherence to tradition, some which will strengthen a love for Truth and its signs of advancement may be seen, in the detestimonies, holds a prominent place. We learn sire of the people to throw off the yoke of ecthrough letters from a number of friends that
clesias: ical domination. this object has been attained in many instances,
In France the education of the people is adand this affords us encouragement. By an in- vancing, and with increasing intelligence among creased subscription, the pecuniary difficulties, the industrial classes, a yearning for greater which threatened a discontinuance of our pa
civil and religious liberty begins to prevail, per, have been removed. We had hoped the and to make itself felt by the government. terms might have been reduced this year,
In Germany, so recently involved in a trerecent increase in expenses renders mendous conflict of arms, there is manifested a such a course injudicious at the present time.
determination to lay the foundations of governThe present rates, however, should not be an ob- ment on principles far more liberal than have stacle to its free circulation.
hitherto pravailed, and to provide against fuIf Friends who are qualified, and who feel
ture dissensions by establishing a great national an interest in the cause which we have at heart,
uvity. would employ their talents upon subjects of
In Russia the liberation of many millions of
serfs, and the measures taken for their elegeneral and vital interest to the Society, and
vation, indicate on the part of their absolute would contribute more freely to the columos of our periodical, we should be less depender:
ruler, a degree of enlightenment and benevo
lence, that entitles him to a high rank among upon matter which bas before appeared in
the benefactors of mankind. print.
In Great Britain the spirit of refort is probaThe selections which have been made, have
bly more active and potent than at any time not, as our readers are aware, been confined to during the last two centuries, as may be inthe writings of the members of the Society of ferred from the great mass meetings and proFriends ; but such illustrations of Truth, as we cessions demanding the extension of the elechave believed were calculated to impress the tive franchise. These demands will doubtless mind with the excellency of that spirit" which be met by concessions on the part of the govthinketh no evil and speaketh no guile," hare ernment, for the English aristocracy have genbeen used, irrespective of sect or name. erally been wise enough to yield to the demands
For the promotion of the blessed cause of of the people when danger became imminent, truth and righteousness, we dedicate ourselves and thus by conceding a part of what justice anew to the work, trusting that our efforts may demanded, they have been enabled to retain be blessed.
In our own country, a stupendous revolution righteous cause will prevail, and that the Re-
neglect of our talents; but if, on the contrary,
MARRIED, on the 13th of Second month, 1867, at
the residence of the bride's parents, in Woodstown, of the great deep were broken up, and the win- N. J., according to the order of Friends, HOWARD dows of heaven were opened.” Thought is no Bassett, D.D. S., to Clemence A. Hinchman, all of
Salem Co., N. J. longer stagnaut; but, rushing forward with ir
on Fifth-day, the 141b of Second month,
Edward Cooper, Upper Greenwich, N. J., David
on the 27th of Second monib, 1867, at
a member of Wrightstown Monthly Meeting.
- on the 16th of Twelfth month, 1866, TIMOTHY
WILDMAN, aged 47 years; a member of Byberry
residence in Milton, Ind., MATTHEW FERRIS, aged
voted busband and sincere friend. His disease was Notwithstanding the profanity, intemperance was struck with paralysis. His suffering during his
pneumonia, and a short time before his decease he and fraud that so much abound, there are evi- illoess was very great, and when near the close al. dences on the part of vast numbers of an carn- fortitude, desiring that strength might be given bim
most insupportable, but he bore it with Christian est effort to do right, and, perhaps, there never to wait patiently for the time of his deparrure, de. was a time when candid investigation of re
siring those around him to pray that he might be
released from such intense suffering, adding, “ I be. ligious truth and widely extended benevolence lieve the prayers of the righteous are availing," and Were more conspicuous. May we not hope that, freqnently repeated, “ Not my will, but thine, O Lord,
be done." He retained his consciouness until the in the conflict between good and evil, the close. So passed away an honest, upright man, and
a humble and sincere Christian. He will be greatly , survived all the friends of her youth, she often loo ged missed in the meeting of which he has been a mem- to depart. A short time before her death, she deber thirty eight years. Thus are called one after sired her daughter to pray for her, and when this another those who are looked to for counsel and ad- was complied with, seemed consoled and comforted. vice.
The elose of her long sojourn on earth was calm Dren, on the 9th of Eleventh month, 1866, at Ports- and peaceful. mouth, R. I., Hannah GIFFORD, in the 92d year of Died, on Seventb-day, 5th of First month, 1867, her age ; a member of Rhode Island Monthly Meeting. Rube MELVINA, infant daughter of Gevrge W. and
on the 9th of First month, 1867, Calvin Amanda De Gour, in her 4ih year, CASMACK. in the 24th year of his age; a member of -, on the 24th of Second month, NATHAN Henkle Creek Montbly Meeting.
Wrigat, in the 720 year of his age, a member of at her residence in Baltimore County, Mary-Green St. Monthly Meeting. land, on the 24th of Second Month, 1867, Mary M. —, on the 24th of Second montb, 1867, at his PRICE, aged 88 years.
residence, Homeville, Bucks Co., T. BURROWS In the death of this dear Friend, Gunpowder Tilton, in the 55th yeur of his age. Monthly Meeting, of which she bad been an Elder on the 5th of Second month, 1867, ELIZAfor about fifty-one years, has lost one of its most BETA, wife of Joel Birton, in the 88th year of her faithful laborers in the cause of truth and of cburch age, a member of Pilesgrove Monthly Meeting of discipline, the neighborhood one of the most 100s-Friend:, N. J. This aged beloved mother bad been tentatious, yet sympatbising and self-sacrificing of unable to walk alone, for pear eigbteen months, on its members, and the Society of Friends one of its account of dislocation of hip joint; and a few days most esrnest and consistent 'examplars. While sbe before her death, she fell again, and disloca ed her was ever studious to avoid giving trouble berself, shoulder, under which her strong powers of nature ber hospitalities to others knew no bounds; sbe gave way. seemed never to weary in waiting upon the many who came under her hospitable roof. She was
Letter received by Friendls' Association for the very diligent in her attendance of meetings, rarely allowing, eren in her extreme old age, any thing to
Aid and Elevation of the Freedmen in return interfere with her prompt aitendance. Her close for supplies sent. was in accordance with her long and useful life.
Fort Monroe, 2d mo. 18th, 1867. She passed away with her intellect, apparently un. My dear Frienus. - 1 capnot express to you impaired, and we cannot doubt is now reaping a rich with pen and ink how thankful I feel for your reward.
at his residence in Harford County, Mary kindness in sending the box of clothing and land, on the 15th of Second Month, 1867, ASAHEL | the money. The latter came when so much Haviland, in the 81st year of bis age; a member o! Deeded. You know a little of the starvation Forest Preparative, and an Elder of Little Falls among our people. The snow lasted for nearly Monthly Meeting.
Thus bas passed from earth one who, in his inter- a month, and it was a hard month indeed. course with his fellow man, through a long life, Many of the men bad been in the country evinced the quiet, unobtrusive traits of the Chris working, and came home to spend Christmas tian's character; and we believe it may be truly week with their families, and were stormstaid ; said that he died without enemies on earil, and had no money, for many of them were not paid with friends in Heaven.
Though suffering much during his last illness of off,—and what could be done? Some had their two weeks' duration, he bore it with fortitude and feet so terribly frosted they could not wear. resignation, frequently expressing his desire to be their shoes for weeks. This country being flat, gathered to the mansions of rest, which he bad in the woods were filled with water, so that those evidence were prepared for him, wherever it should who went for their wood, to carry home on tbeir be bis Master's will. And there are those who can
What could the testify that to them death was never before so robbed heads, had to wade to get it. of its terrors, or the grave of its victory, as when
women do, and especially the old ? It was quite standing by the bedside of this dying Christian. distressing to go into some of the cabins and
on the 7th of Second month, 1867, Eusu find a family of little children sitting over a few Stuart, son of Jobn D. Stuart, ugod 32 years ; & coals, or perhaps none; and so hard to see the member of Lower Greenwich Monthly Meeting, N. J. old men and women, after toiling hard and re
in this city, on the 26th ultimo, Alice P. ceiving nothing in return, now to suffer from Topp in the 100th year of ber age; a member of hunger and cold. This, I trust, is in the past, Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. Tbis Friend, who had attained an age rarely allotted to any one, was
not to be remeni bered. I feel that much was born in Lancaster, Pa., on the 22d of First month, done by us with the means yon provided, to alle1768. Her father, Tuomas Poultney, a member of viate the distress. I have tried to be judicious our Society, emigrated to this country from London with the money, and have it go as far as I can. in 1730, and came with bis family to reside in this This is a great country for pine, and many
of city when the deceased was nine years old. Sbe the women get what they call light-wood for was married in 1788 to James Todd, a merchant of kindlings, and bring it to us to cook our meals. Philadelphia.
By the death of her husband, she was left with a One woman came two miles the other morning, family of five children, all of whom except one, before we bad our breakfast, with a great basshe survived, and passed through many of the ket of this light-wood. It was trials incident to widowhood. Though retaining her memory and clearness of intellect to the last
, morning, and she seemed to feel it very much. her sight and hearilig were nearly gone, and in a I had her come in and sit down by the cooking sense of the infirmity of extreme age, and of having 'stove, and gave her her breakfast. She said
a very cold
she bad eaten a small corn cake the morning, she had not a bit in the house, and her husband
S. H. CLARK.
God'S THOUGHTS NOT OUR THOUGHTS.
his faithful household servants he left $70,000, God's thoughts are not as our thougbts : we look on
and appoiuted two Quaker guardians for the Dreading to climb some mountain far away,
children; one of whom was Friend Joseph, who Counting the sharp stones on its tedious way. took the children to board with him for the Ile cares for our small troubles, day by day
convenierce of attending school. They were
good-looking, intelligent, and well-bebaved ;
plexions the neighbors were as hy of them as if His patience with our hourly fretfulness
i hey had been young gorillas. Still gently bears.
There were two schools in the vicinity, un. God's ways are not as our ways: we lay down der the management of Quakers. The paSchemes for his glory, temples for our king,
rents of both sects of scbolars manifested Wherein tribes yet unbora may worship Him :
equal uneasiness at having their children learn Meanwhile upon some humble, secret thing
He sets His crown.
to read and spell in the same class with chil. We travel far to find Him, seeking still,
dren of darker skips. When Friend Joseph Often io weariness, to reach bis shrine:
and his family took them to meeting, and sat Ready our choicest treasures to resign.
side by side with them, it caused as much com. He, in our daily bomes, lays down the line, motion w if those healthy, bright looking browa
Do bear my will. children had been infected with some fatal conThere in the lonely valley, walking on,
tagious disease. The Elders of the Society Some common duty all we have to do; His higher Iboughts of love make all things new;
decided that it was proper for them to sit in a His “hig ber way" we tread, sea, leading to
small gallery by then selves. Friend Joseph, God's holy throne.
always averse to strife, readily assented; but he
signified that, as guardian of the cbildren, he BROADCAST THY SEED.
should consider it his duty to go and sit with Broad cast thy seed
them, and that his wife and daughter would
precisely the most troublesome thing he could
ing occasionally, would naturally inquire why May make it droop or wither there;
that one family sat by themselves in an out-of. By not discouraged: some will find
the way, inconvenient place; and, if the true Coogepial soil and gentle wind-
reason was given, peradventure some of them Refreshing dew and ripening shower
might say that Quokers must have degenerated To bring it into beauteous flower, From flower to fruit to glad thine eyes,
greatly since the days of George Fox and Wil. And fill tby soul with sweet surprise.
liam Penn. They had an unpleasant consciousDo good, and God will bless tby deed, ness of this; and, because it made them uncomBroad cast thy seed !
fortable, they felt as if Friend Joseph was a
disturber of the peace. Assuredly, if George
leather, they would have dealt with him as a
very disorderly member. The Quakers proved Not far distant from the farm lived an old themselves no better and no worse than other man of very secluded and eccentric habits. He sects. Every sect, after it has sought its way was born in Vermont, but had early removed to to toleration, and thence passed into respectaone of the Carolinas, where he lived many years bility, gradually becomes lethargic, and fails to and purchased many slaves. He was reputed apply its original principles to the moral disto be ricb, but his manner of living gave no id- eases of its time. The manna of the Lord has dication of it. His dress, bis house, and the to be gathered fresh continually; it will not vehicle in which he rode were as plain as those keep. Individuals who are alive in defunct of the Quaker farmers in his neighborhood. societies are sure to be impeded at every step His only servants and companions in the house of their straightforward progress. Friend were a colored man and woman, who had been Joseph, who earnestly desired to live in peace his slaves in Carolina, and who afterward mar and friendship with all men, found himself enried and had a small family. This man died gaged in a series of struggles. Duties, pot of while I was at the farm. Nothing had been pre- bis own seeking, came to him, as did the guarviously known of his opinions concerning slave-dianship of the colored children; it was bis ry; but the state of his conscience on that sub vature to perform duties conscientiously, and in ject was revealed by the fact that by will he the performance of them he could not avoid emancipated a large number of slaves in Caro jostling the prejudices of his neighbors. These lina, and left each of them a legacy to enable little discords where he longed for harmony them to quit the State, is the law required. To Isometimes saddened bim; but they never made