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A RELIGIOUS, LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS JOURNAL.
PHILADELPHIA, NINTH MONTH 17, 1853.
EDITED BY ENOCH LEWIS.
in accordance with her Christian duty. “By
divine assistance," she remarks in one of her PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY SAMUEL RHOADS, memoranda, “I took up my cross, and went to No. 50 North Fourth Street,
Friends' Meetings;” nor had she been many PHILADELPHIA.
times there, when to her “great joy and comfort, Price two dollars per annum, PAYABLE IN ADVANCE, that the path she had been enabled to choose,
she was remarkably confirmed in the persuasion, or six copies for ten dollars.
Postage on this paper, when paid quarterly or yearly was the right one for her to walk in. This was in advance, 13 cents per annum in Pennsylvania and 26 in the Eighth month, 1828, and, being strengthcents per annum in other States.
ened by the ministry of James Haworth, who An account of Mary HEARSON, of Spalding, vice, she became a regular attender of Friends'
was about that time at Spalding on religious serEngland, who died 26th of 3d month, 1852, Meetings, and was received as a member of our aged 72 years.
religious Society in the year 1831. She was seriously inclined from her childhood, It was instructive to notice how steadily this and for thirty-five years, a member amongst the dear friend was strengthened to hold on her Wesleyan Methodists. During this period, she
Possessed of a very affectionate and held the situation of housekeeper in two or three feeling mind, and having passed through severe different families; and afterwards rented a cot- trials, which it is believed, were sanctified to her: tage, and supported herself by the sale of a little self, she was enabled deeply to sympathise with grocery, &c., until the failure of her health ob- others when under affliction, and she was made liged her to discontinue it.
helpful to some of her friends by her counsel and Brought, in good measure, to the experimental encouragement. knowledge of the truth, as it is in Jesus, her She had, for many years, suffered from a cancer connection with the Methodists appears to have in the eye, and at the commencement of the year been mutually cordial. She was much esteemed 1851, she was reduced to a state of great bodily by them, and, to use her own words, they were, weakness, through this painful complaint. Both “a people whom she much loved;" so that when her friends and she herself apprehended, that her mind was drawn towards Friends, and she her continuance in her afflicted tabernacle could felt it to be her duty to unite with them, in their not be long; but it pleased Infinite Wisdom to simple mode of worship, “it was a very great order otherwise; and her faith and patience, trial to her." It does not appear by what means during a time of great suffering, protracted for her attention was first directed to a serious con- more than a year, were deeply instructive, evincsideration of the religious views of the Society of ing to beholders the power of religion, and the Friends, but, for some years, she was much exer- reality of that "strong consolation" which the cised in regard to them, and, “lest she should Gospel of Christ affords to the believer, even in hurt the mind of any one, she long kept her the hour of greatest need. feelings to herself,” till her health became sensi- Some friends who called to see her, Second bly affected. “I prayed,” she remarks, “ to my month 3d, 1851, and to read a letter to her, found heavenly Father, that he would be pleased to her very weak, and unable to speak to them. shew me clearly, what he would have me to do, After they had sat a while by her bed side, she and that I might be made willing to do it.” Thus, requested to be raised up, saying, she then felt hurbly seeking for preservation and right direc- able to hear the letter read. After she had heard tion, the path of duty “was made clear" to her; it, she expressed herself, in a clear distinct voice, she became fully convinced that "she must look nearly as follows. “I have a firm hope, under more inward, to Him who is a Spirit, and who my sufferings, that soon the end will come, and helpeth those who worship kim in spirit and in I shall be admitted into glory, to sing hallelujah truth;" she felt assured, that, “waiting upon the to the Lord God and the Lamb, for ever to adore Lord, in stillness, she should have her reward." and magnify the loving kindness of my Saviour Henceforth she could find no rest, till she “gave and Redeemer. I have an unshaken belief that up" to pursue the course which appeared to be the arms of his love and mercy are round about
me continually, by night and by day; though to go, but willing to stay and suffer. Her weakthere are times when the sufferings of the body ness now became so great, that she no longer had overpower every other feeling. But, I can the power of expression. After a few more bourg testify to his great goodness to me, unworthy of suffering, succeeded by some of comparative
ease, it pleased her heavenly Father to grant her Fourth month, 14th. After being confined to a gentle dismissal on the morning of the 26th, her bed for several days, under great suffering, to receive her, we humbly trust, into one of those she said to a friend who called on her, “I am mansions which she had faith to believe her Safavored to feel my mind sustained in sweet peace.” viour had prepared for her. It is not, indeed, given I enjoy much inward comfort, and have a happy to every believer,—and no true believer need be prospect before me; but I desire to wait all my discouraged, if it be not given to him, to echibit appointed time. Last night my cup of inward so much of the "holding fast the confidence and consolation overflowed; the joy I felt was un- the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end;" speakable.”
and we are not to measure the ground of his Fifth month, 29th. She expressed herself safety, or the reality of his preparation for heaven, nearly in these words, “Though very ill, I have by the warmth of his feelings, or the amount and much inward joy. I feel an evidence that Jesus clearness of his expression; but it is the Believer Christ has forgiven my sins, and cleansed me alone who can thus show forth the praise of God, from my defilements, and that he hath put on “who causeth him to triumph in Christ.”. The me the garments of his righteousness; that he is annals of sceptisim and infidelity show only the very near to me and will never leave me, but will gloomy, cheerless, hopeless contrast.-Annual soon take me to glory.”
Monitor. Sixth month, 23d. She said to a friend that she felt ready to depart, and that she was only
From • Progress of Creation." waiting the summons of her Lord, at whatever hour he might see fit to call her hence. Yet she
THE GEOGRAPHY OF PLANTS, AND LAND survived nine months, and continued to evince
(Continued from page 807, vol. 6.; much patience and resignation, during her protracted sufferings, on one occasion remarking,
The Parasitic Guacco is indigenous to the "O, how good is the Lord, I see his goodness in wildest parts of South America, amid scenery all things;” and at another time, under great suf-| such as Europe has not to boast. This plant may fering, she said, “It is hard work, but it is the be seen twined up the highest trees, and throw- _ Lord's will,” and she desired to bear it patiently, ing its graceful branches around their giant repeating
trunks; it uniformly makes known the vicinity of “My rest is in Heaven, my rest is not here,” &c.,
poisonous serpents, yet such are its specific vir- . and added, "I feel the time is drawing near. My tues that the Indian does not fear to fill his hand faith fails not; but I feel assured that
with its leaves, and then to pick up even the Saviour
my is waiting to receive me; 0, the glorious pros- seen to change its color immediately on coming
deadly cobra capello. The reptile has often been At one time, when in acute pain, she exclaimed, in contact with the leaves, and to remain quiet
, "O, that it would please the Lord to cut the work as if in a fainting state. Colonel Hamilton reshort, and to say it is enough;}” yet soon added, lates, that the virtues of this extraordinary plant "but not my will, but Thine, be done. O, grant in one of the vast forests of Antioquia, in Co
were first discovered by an Indian, while working me patience unto the end!” She then repeated lumbia. A combat was going on between a small the whole of the hymn
bird, called a snake-hawk, and a snake, and, while 6 Comfort take thou child of sorrow, watching them, he observed that whenever the All is ordered well for thee,” &c.
bird was bitten, he immediately flew to the At another time she said, “O, I feel it needful guacco, and eat some of its berries. He then to be constantly on the watch, for the Son of Man returned to the combat, and again availed him. cometh at an hour when ye think not.” With self of the virtues of the friendly plant. But the uplifted hands she prayed, that strength might snake had no such antidote, when wounded by be given her to bear what was the divine will; the sharp bill of the enraged hawk; he grew and then, turning to those about her, she said, weaker and weaker, and was at length killed by O, help me to pray, all that can pray; pray and his antagonist, who presently consumed him. It sing praises to the Lord; glory, glory, glory!" has been said, that the whole creation beautifully
Not long before the close, when suffering sets forth, in visible characters, those things greatly, her niece asked her, if she felt her Sa- which are invisible. The Christian reader may viour near, she replied,
she replied, "Yes, I feel his arms round discover in this incident, a shewing forth of one about me; he is supporting me; he is waiting for of the most affecting truths, which revelation has me. I shall soon sing glory to the Lamb, and unfolded. have on the white robe, with a palm in my hand.” We may also briefly notice a solitary plant, After this she said to a friend, that she was ready' which is invaluable to the wandering Arab, and
his “mute companion.” This is the Camel's Caribbee islands, its absence is compensated for Thorn, a bitter shrub, which beautifully exem- by a general or easterly wind, that blows from plifies the merciful care of Providence. Its one end of the country to the other, and serves everlasting verdure refreshes the eye of the instead of a land-breeze. In other portions of the traveller, and its deep-searching tough roots col- globe which are not refreshed by sea-breezes, a lect the scanty moisture of these arid plains. general wind answers the purpose. This is very This property the Arab applies to the production obvious on the western coast between the tropics. of a grateful and necessary refreshment.
Thus beautifully has the poet, Bryant, referred mores a little of the sand, and having made an to the refreshing night breeze; to whom, perhaps, incision in the stem, as near the root as possible, that breeze recalled, as it passed across his he inserts a single seed of the water-melon in the fevered brow, the thought of home, and friends, fissure, and then carefully replaces the sand. and those green pleasant fields, where he had first The seed becomes a parasite plant, and the nutri- gathered the cowslip and the primrose, in the ment, which the brittle succulent root of the sweet fresh gales of spring. melon would be unable to collect in the midst of Spirit that breathest through my lattice, thou a parched desert, is abundantly supplied by the That coolest the twilight of the sultry day, deep-searching and tough fibres of the camels' Gratefully blows thy freshness round my brow; thorn. An abundance of good water melons are Riding all day the wild blue waves till now,
Thou hast been out upon the deep at play. thus grown in a soil which is incapable of cul- Roughening their crests, and scattering high their ture. The plant itself produces small oval leaves for a few days only during the spring, which are And swelling the white sail. I welcome thee succeeded by crimson-colored flowers.
To the scorch'd land, thou wanderer of the sea. Travellers gaze with astonishment on the Nor I alone,-a thousand bosoms round pyramids of Egypt, on the fountains and columns
Inhale thee in the fulness of delight, of Rome, on the works of men, who are now for. And languid forms rise up, and pulses bound,
Livelier, at coming of the wind of night. gotten, and whose structures, though calculated And, languishing to hear thy grateful sound, to overwhelm the mind with astonishment and Lies the vast inland stretch'd beyond the sight. admiration, can lay claim to no real utility ; yet Go forth, into the gathering shade-go forth, they too frequently forget that all around them God's blessing breath'd upon the fainting earth. are traces of the footsteps of that great Being, Go rock the little wood-bird in his nest, whose goings forth have been from all eternity : The wild old wood from his majestic rest
Curl the still waters, bright with stars, and rouse that they are impressed on the summit of the
Summoning from the innumerable boughs, mountains, in the
oozy bed of ocean, amid path. The strange deep harmonies that haunt his breast. less deserts, as well as in scenes of fertility and Pleasant shall be thy way, where meekly bows beauty. He has caused grass to spring forth, The shutting flower, and darkling waters pass and herbs and fruitful trees for the use of man, Between the overshadowing branches and the grass. and has admirably adapted them to every country, The faint old man shall lean his silver head and to the necessities of its respective inhabi- And dry the moistened curls that overspread
To feel thee; thou shalt kiss the child asleep, tants. I can even believe, so great is the benefi
His temples, while his breathing grows more deep; cence of that Almighty Being, by whom the And they who stand around the sick man's bed, universe is framed, that every country has some Shall joy to listen to thy distant sweep, plant peculiar to itself, which thrives best, and And softly part his curtain to allow
Thy visit grateful to his burning brow. appears more beautiful than it would do in any other part of the world; some tender and con- Emblem of one who owns no earthly change, vincing proof, that as a father pitieth his children, with sounds and scents from all thy mighty range,
Whose hand in all things seen shall soon restore, so the Most High condescends to sustain and pity
Thee to thy birth place of the deep, once more. those whom he remembers to be but dust. Let Sweet odors in the sea-air, sweet and strange, us extend our researches of this subject as far as Shall tell the home-sick mariner of the shore, the discoveries of various travellers enable us to And listening to thy murmurs, he shall deem ascertain the important fact.'
He hears the rustling leaf and running stream. We have, in some countries, a breeze that Equally pleasurable, in their different modificablows alternately from the sea and land during tions, and useful, are those winds which now howl certain hours of the night and day. This wel- fiercely through our woods, and again breathe in come breeze is commonly felt in the morning the breath of spring. Were it not for their about nine. At first it proceeds slowly in a fine active ministry, the circumambient fluid, the atblack curl upon the water, which increases gradu- mosphere, which encircles our globe, and now so ally till twelve, and then dies away about five. greatly conduces to our health, would become When it ceases, a contrary breeze springs up, unfit for respiration ; but the perpetual agitation which increases in freshness till midnight, and is which they produce, renders it both pure and again succeeded in the morning by the former healthful. breeze.
Neither are these agitations beneficial only to In countries where the land-breeze is wanting, the health ; they add greatly to the pleasure of as for instance the Brazils, and many of the 'mankind. Witness the gales that fan us during