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“ About two years ago, under the government | rected; which," says E. T., "I gave an answer of the late King of Prussia, an attempt was made to, and offered to the press; but they were unto compel the members of the ancient Lutheran willing to print it, especially as it would make church to adopt a Liturgy, and to worship God their own remarks of no effect. I yet hope to in a manner which they did not believe was right get it published.”. for them to do, and to have their children bap- A copy of the document was also sent to Lontized and instructed by ministers chosen and ap- don; and our late dear Friend, William Allen,
; proved by the king and government, but not of gave a copy to the Swedish ambassador; and the ancient Lutheran confession. The conse- | there is reason to believe that it reached the quence was, that a large number of the poor hands of the King of Sweden. Lutherans fled from their oppressors, and sought In reference to Endre Dahl's marriage, Elias refuge in foreign lands, as in South Australia Tasted remarks, “ The verdict of the superior and North America.
court is not yet announced; but a letter from the “Several hundreds of those who went to court was sent to the judge of the district, inAmerica, came from Hamburgh to Newcastle-on- quiring whether the new-married couple were Tyne, on their way to Liverpool and New York. real members of the Society of Friends, and Several members of the Religious Society of whether they were married in the manner and Friends, called Quakers, of this town, on hearing according to the principles of the Friends of of their arrival, were drawn, by Christian good England. Being requested to answer, I replied will, to visit them, and endeavored to soothe in the affirmative. their afflictions, and to relieve their wants; and “I had an interesting conversation with our a considerable sum of money was collected and judge, and we parted in a friendly manner. He handed to them for their help and comfort. sent a favorable reply, and kindly commended us They were not of the same religious profession to the court, accompanied with a plea to the with us, in various respects; but we believed them king.” to be sincerely desirous of worshipping God, and It has been already stated that the king reof doing his will, according to the degree in versed the sentence of the courts, relieving the which their minds were enlightened by his grace dear Friends from their painful position, both as and good Spirit; and we regarded them as regarded the legality of their marriage, and the Christian brethren, and fellow disciples of our other penalties. Lord Jesus Christ, and fellow pilgrims toward 3d mo. 25th, 1842, Elias Tasted writes, “ Perthe heavenly inheritance prepared for those who secution is quiet at present, and the people truly love, fear, and serve God.
generally are respectful and friendly towards us. "So much has the sympathy of the Society of May we all ever keep close to the Lord, travailFriends for these poor Lutherans been excited, ing in humility before him. Then shall we see that nearly three hundred pounds sterling has that He alone is the Preserver of his people, 50 been contributed, which is now about to be sent that nothing can hurt them. The principal
, or to Hamburgh, to assist upwards of two hundred chief cause, both of men's temporal and eternal of the same people, who are about to embark for unhappiness, is the craving after things which South Australia. The chief part of this money are forbidden. has been given by members of our Religious So- In this year, 1842, Elias Tasted built, chiefly ciety.
at his own expense, a little meeting-house, for «Thus, whilst we in England are seeking to the use of the Society of Friends. It is about comfort and assist the Lutherans from Prussia, 30 feet long, and 24 feet wide. Four pounds the magistrates of Norway are fining and impri- sterling were contributed toward the expense by soning our poor fellow members, who happen to Christian Ericksen, of Christiania, though not in be resident among them. Consider, I tenderly membership. beseech you, whether the course you are pur
Thus has the Shepherd of Israel, the Bishop suing is such as our Heavenly Father, and our of souls, continued to watch over this little porLord and Saviour Jesus Christ, will accept at tion of his heritage. He has been pleased to your hands, as an acceptable service, or as at all preserve a little seed, and to nourish and water for the advancement of his honor and glory.
it from time to time; though, at sundry times, 6. Your sincere friend,
they have been tossed with tempests, and tried " GEORGE RICHARDSON.
with sore afflictions. At the present time, the “ Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 4th month
25th, 1841." Society at Stavanger consists of about forty mem
bers, children included. They have gained the 9th mo. 20th, 1841, Elias Tasted informed respect and good will of the local, as well as of the writer of the foregoing appeal that the docu- the general government; and a disposition apment had been printed, “and well spoken of, pears to be prevalent to shelter them from perseeven by the judge, in this place; but a clergy-cution, though some trying instances of it have man attacked the letter by writing an apology, occurred. stating that judges aud persons in authority could In the year 1844, our dear friend, William not do otherwise than the law of the land di-Backhouse, of Darlington, obtained the needful
" To you, my
certificates, liberating him to pay a religious visit or writings, for their instruction and edification.
“ Stavanger, 4th mo. 4th, 1843. remove our beloved Friend from works to re
dear Friends in England: wards. His death was awfully sudden; but we
« The river of the love of God extends itself trust he was found with his loins girt about,
over land and sea; it extends also to you, my and his light burning.” The circumstance is
I often seem
as if I was alluded to in the letter from which the following amongst you, and beheld you ; and I can say extracts are taken, as it also is in another, from
Friends here, will be glad to
see any of you, dear Friends, in our country, if ner to the above, he adds,
that we could see and speak to them. And we “ There are about nine years gone since God the
way called me out of Egypt (spiritually) and led me, Friend, Endre Dahl, who is coming to see some
would be made easier, if our beloved as through the wilderness, to the land of pro- of you, could stop a little time amongst you, to mise. He was pleased to give me a foretaste of that which he hath reserved, which taste con
learn the English language, and become a little tinues to be very precious to me, strengthening the want of him, whilst he is amongst you; but
more acquainted with you. We will greatly feel une in my further progress through the wilder- the desire of my heart is, that the grace of God ness, which has since been my allotted path. may rest upon him. My love is to all them that sweet unity with, having experience of what love the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“ENER RASMUSSEN.” travelling pilgrims have to pass through at times,
[To be continued.) in the gloomy and cloudy wilderness.
Here is not any sounding instrument, as a minister of the Society, in our religious meetings; Memorial of White- Water Monthly Meeting, Inbut the sounding, in our silent gatherings, is a
diana, concerning JEREMIAH HUBBART), who low sigh or groan to the outward ear, and tears dleparted this life, at the house of his son-inrolling down Friends' cheeks to the outward eye;
laro, in the neighborhood of New Garden, Inwhich, I believe, is that sacrifice which the Lord,
diana, on the 23d day of the Eleventh month, to this day, graciously accepts. And we have a
1819, aged nearly 73 years; a Minister about hope that a day of greater clearness, or bright
thirty-five years. ness, will arise in the Lord's time.
The memory of this dear Friend being fresh “We hope it will be cause of gladness to you in the minds of many of us, we incline to preto hear that the Lord is at work among the peo- serve upon record some memorial of him as folple of this town, in our apprehension, more than lows : heretofore. Amongst the young people, some He was born in Virginia, on the 13th day of are inclining to attend our meeting, and others the Second month, 1777, and brought up in are inquiring after the true way, which is cause Person county, North Carolina. His parents of gladness to us.
were not at that time members of our religious “When that letter, giving account of the society, but were piously inclined, and manifested death of that Friend who had intended to visit a concern to bring up their children in a relius, was read in our meeting, it softened many gious life. hearts, and an inward cry arose that the Lord We know but little of his early life, having no may be near for the support of his family, and written statement before us concerning him; but strengthen them in this time of trial.”
he has been often heard to allude, in his public He proceeds to give an account of his family, ministry, to the tender religious impressions he and how, having since their convincement, de- had in his early years, and the workings of diclined having their children baptised with water, vine grace upon his spirit, convincing him of sin, but had got several of their births registered by and leading him to see the necessity of a change the two months' meeting, he enquires whether of heart and life. He has often referred, with such registry did not confer permanent member- much feeling, to the tender care of his beloved ship. A suitable reply was given, in accordance mother in giving him Christian advice and inwith the practice of Friends in England. struction, remembering its moving and lasting
His next letter refers to another interesting effect upon his youthful mind, and its influence event; that of Endre Dahl, a young man much in preserving him from evil
, and inducing him esteemed amongst them, coming over to Newcas- to choose the good-so that he was frequently tle, to gain some further acquaintance with the concerned to press the duty of such care and inEnglish language, chiefly with a view to his struction upon the consideration of other parents. greater usefulness wrongst them, in the way of Another circumstance we well remember-his reading and translating English Friends' books speaking of the care of his mother in having him
to read to her, for his instruction, when quite Jesus Christ, and free grace through him, were young, from the New Testament, and the savory themes frequently and largely dwelt upon in his impressions he received therefrom. These cir- public communications, accompanied with excumstances may show, that some things which at hortations to obedience to that grace which brings the time appear to be of no great consequence, salvation, and which has appeared to all meo. exert an influence very durable over the tender The divinity, atonement, and mediation of our minds of children.
blessed Saviour; the necessity of sincere and He bore abundant testimony to the power of living faith; the great reality of the Judgment divine grace, in leading him, as years advanced, to come, and of future rewards and punishments; into much thoughtfulness as to his spiritual con- and the necessity of conversion in order to salvadition, and to see the necessity of conversion. tion, are doctrines which he firmly believed, and He was enabled also to see the evil of unprofita- labored extensively to inculcate. ble associates, and to turn aside from some of the He had a deep regard for the Holy Scriptures, temptations and snares into which the youth are believing that they are able to make wise unto liable to fall.
salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, and He has expressed the opinion that he expe- therefore read and dwelt much upon their conrienced a change of heart by the time he was tents himself, and often recommended others to fifteen years
age. We have no doubt that he do so, also—and that they should be read daily gave evidence of the influence of the changing in families in a collective capacity. power of the Spirit of Truth pretty young; for He possessed largely of the common frailties he was received, as we are informed, at his own of human nature; and although his weaknesses, request, into membership with our religious so were sometimes apparent, it was evident that he ciety at an early period of his life.
desired, and sought with much prayer, to live a He valued very highly the privilege of meet-life devoted to the service of Christ, and in the ing with Friends for religious worship; a duty fellowship of the true spiritual Church. which there is reason to believe he attended For several weeks previous to his confinement diligently, as he often referred, in after life, to with his last illness, he appeared to be sensible his own experience, when admonishing others to that the end of his life was drawing near; and the like duty.
not being able to travel about, he sat much alone We know but little of his Christian progress in silent meditation, being also several times enafter the time last referred to, until he was ac- gaged in vocal supplication with the family, knowledged a Minister of the Gospel.
He continued to have a deep interest in the Being of an active mind and good natural en welfare of our religious fociety; and hearing a dowments, he had obtained, without much benefit favorable account of the proceedings of the of schools, such knowledge of the usual branches Yearly Meeting, he remarked that he had "felt of a common education, that thereby he became, like the Lord would be with them ;” and at anfor many years, quite useful as a teacher; during other time, speaking of the travails and exercises which he took much care to communicate reli- of those upon whom the burden of society very gious instruction as well as literary, to the chil- much rests, he said, “I can say, as it was said of dren and youth who were placed under his the dear Saviour, I have seen the travail of my charge. He was kind-spirited and generous, so soul, and am satisfied.” that the youth who went to school to him, were After his confinement to bed, it was evident much attached to him.
from some of his expressions, that the Lord, for As years advanced, he labored and travelled some gracious purpose, saw meet that his faith much in the service of the Gospel of Christ. The should be proved, by permitting his mind to be first long journey he made was to the north, in somewhat clouded, on account of a want of all the year 1823. From this time onward he was that clear evidence of his acceptance which he much from home in the work of the ministry, desired to have. But he was mercifully helped visiting, in the course of his travels, Friends in to maintain his faith ; and was once heard to say, almost all parts of the United States where they “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him!" were settled, holding public meetings with them and again, “I will bear the indignation of the and others, and often holding public meetings at Lord.” places where no Friends resided. He removed His sufferings of body being at times very to the Western Country in the year 1837; and great, his prayers were poured forth to the God finally settled in Richmond, in the limits of this and Father of all mercies, to be healed of all Monthly Meeting, to which he was joined by maladies, and to be at rest; and at other times certificate.
he was engaged in giving thanks and praises for He had much zeal in the cause of Christ, and the mercies granted him. preached largely the grace freely offered through One morning, after a night of deep conflict of him for the salvation of fallen man. Indeed, the mind, and great suffering of body, (on which 00fallen and lost condition of man in his natural casion the earnest intercessions of some present unregenerated state; the necessity of regenera- for his relief from his sufferings and acceptance tion; the great love of God through our Lord 'with the Lord, were poured forth) he remarked
that the burden was taken from his shoulders. | Notice of THOMAS Tatuam, of Settle, England, This was afterwards more fully manifested by the
who died 10th month 4th, 1852, aged 22 ease and sweet composure of his mind, and the years. tranquillity and peace with which he was favored The subject of this short memorial possessed a during the rest of the time he lived.
remarkable degree of vivacity, and kindness of Once, on being inquired of by a dear friend disposition, which greatly endeared him to his how he was, he replied, “perfectly easy, both in relatives and friends. These attractive qualities body and mind.” His hopes of eternal happi- sometimes induced others, whose example was ness appeared to rest entirely on the mercies of likely to be of a pernicious tendency, to seek his God, through the merits of Christ Jesus, claim- company; but we have good reason to believe, ing no title to salvation from any works of that he was, to a large extent, mercifully prerighteousness which he had done. He appeared served from the temptations incident to those to dwell with comfort on the following passage of circumstances. Scripture: “But ye are washed, but ye are sanc- From his infancy he possessed a delicate contified, but ye are justified in the NAME OF THE stitution, and indications of a pulmonary disease, LORD JESUS, and by the Spirit of our God.” under which he eventually sank, appeared about That faith which he had maintained from his four years before his death. The means then youth, continued to afford him a confiding hope, resorted to were, however, under the Divine as an anchor of the soul, at the approach of blessing, beneficial in checking the progress of death.
the complaint; and although not very strong, He did not lose his love for the Scriptures: at he enjoyed a tolerable degree of health until the one time he requested all to be still, and that a summer of 1851, when symptoms of a similar chapter be read, which being done, a friend near character again shewed themselves. It was evihim knelt in supplication, to which, when ended, dent to his friends, some time before this, that the he said, “ Amen, saith my
work of Divine grace in his heart had been proOne evening several friends were in the room ceeding; but he himself, shortly before his close, who thought the time of his departure near; he referred to this period as the time when his revived and spoke for some time, during which mind became “abidingly impressed with relihe said, “ Friends, talk not to yourselves, but gious feeling." talk to the Lord, that Christ may
About the end of the 6th month, in the present hearts richly, by faith, teaching you to admonish year, (1852), he had several attacks of hemorone another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual rhage from the lungs, which rapidly reduced his songs, making melody in your hearts to the strength; and though he subsequently rallied so Lord;” with much more, closing with the words, far as to ride out, and even to walk short dis. “ Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the tances, yet the improvement was of brief duraevidence of things not seen.”
tion, and he gradually declined. His heart seemed to be filled with love and In the early part of his illness, our dear tenderness towards the many friends who visited young friend seldom alluded to his own feelings him in his last illness, and he expressed how in reference to the future ; but there was a calmbeautiful they appeared to him. He exhorted ness and peacefulness evident to those around, some in the younger walks to be faithful in which betokened that his mind was stayed, trustbringing up their children: which great and ing in God. weighty concern did not lose its importance in Two or three weeks after the first attack of his mind now towards the winding up of his hemorrhage, in answer to a message received time here.
from a relative at a distance, he said, “Give my To some aged friends who came to see him a dear love to her, and tell her that I cannot tell few days before his decease, he said, “ Friends, her how I feel bodily, for I am never sure what sit down, and make yourselves happy; the Lord an hour may bring forth ; as to the future, I feel, lives here with us, and a glorious companion he I hope I may say, resigned to leave the result in is; kinder friends a dying man never had; they His hands, who is mighty and able to save the come from far and near to see me.”
greatest of sinners." After this he did not say much more that About this period, looking very thoughtful could be understood. For a day and night pre- after a severe return of the bleeding, he was vious to the final close, his breathing became asked how he was: when bursting into tears, he shorter, and losing the power of articulation, he replied, " I hope you all feel resigned : He, who frequently made efforts to speak, but could not knows the end from the beginning, can raise up be understood. The last accents which were and lay low;" adding, "I have been very merheard, in a dying whisper, were, “ Jesus—come.” cifully dealt with.” Such, indeed, was often his Soon after, with a look of great calmness and thankful acknowledgment; and throughout his resignation, he expired.
illness he was remarkably preserved in cheerfulbest; and that whether his time here was long, to an absent relative, adding, “Tell her that I or short, he hoped that he might be ready, with get weaker, but the Lord sustains me, and I feel his lamp trimmed. The following day, his faith a full assurance that he will keep me to the end." was deeply tried; he expressed his belief that He alluded to Friends assembling at the Quarterly the enemy was very near him, and he was dis- Meeting, and said, “What a privilege it is to tressed for a time. He requested portions of the attend such meetings, and in reference to that first epistle of John, and also one or two hymns in the Twelfth month, he added, “ it was a favored to be read; he appeared to be wrestling in secret one; my faith was strengthened, and my eyes prayer, and exclaimed, “O my God! 0 my Sa- opened to see some things that had before been viour !"
ness, patience, and resignation. “Let nothing be lost," said our Saviour ; but On the 21st of Ninth month, he remarked, that is lost that is misused.
that he had no doubt his illness was all for the
dark to me.' Ninth month, 26th. After hearing a chapter During the last two days of his life, there was, read, he said he thought it would have been bet- at times, a degree of bodily restlessness which ter for him, if he had spent more time in study- was distressing to witness, and his mind wandered ing the Scriptures, instead of occupying it so much. But as his strength sank, he became much in drawing; “but,” he added, in reference calmer, and, not long before the close, he was to drawing, “it is a talent I have not buried; clearly understood to say, “My mouth is so and I believe the cultivation of it has kept me parched, I cannot speak to praise Him." from many other things which would have been Shortly afterwards his purified spirit gently more hurtful.” In the afternoon of the same passed from its earthly tabernacle, and, through day, he prayed for an increase of faith, and his the merits and mercy of his Saviour, we thankearnest desire seemed to be answered. Shortly fully believe, that he is now for ever at rest, in afterwards, with an unwonted strength of utter- the heavenly city, none of whose inhabitants can ance, his countenance, at the same time, beam- say “I am sick," and the people who dwell ing with an indescribable expression of happiness, therein are forgiven their iniquities.—Annual he broke forth nearly as follows : “Blessed Je- Monitor. sus! blessed Jesus !'it is glorious,-heaven is a glorious place. My sins are all forgiven me; THE CENSUS OF 1850—THE LIMITS OF THE God has told me so. I am going to heaven,
REPUBLIC. where you must all try to come;" with many The statistics of the census of 1850 are nearly more expressions of similar import. After rest- ready. Among the tables, is one as follows, as ing awhile, he wished two of his acquaintances to prepared by Col. Abert :be sent for, and addressed each, in a striking
Square Miles. manner. The exertion was almost more than Area of the Pacific Slope or of the rehis bodily frame could bear, and, for some hours, gion watered by rivers falling into he appeared to be dying, but he again rallied. the Pacific,
778,266 On more than one occasion, he referred to the Area of the Mississippi Valley or of the exercise he had passed through this day, and region watered by the Mississippi, spoke of the sweet peace with which he had af- Missouri and their tributaries, 1,237,311 terwards been favored, and, in alluding to the Area of the Atlantic Slope support he had received, he added, “ It was by proper,
637,100 the help of the Spirit of my Saviour." "
Area of the Atlantic Slope On the 27th, he remarked with tears, “ Week including only the waters after week, and month after month, have I gone falling into the Gulf of to our little meeting, and all has been dark, Mexico, west of the Misthough I tried, at times, to draw nigh to God; sissippi,
183,646 and I have come home and read some trifling Area of the Atlantic Slope book! But,” he added, “I can say, however including only the waters wicked' I have been, that I have rarely, since I falling into the Gulf of left school, omitted to read a psalm, or a portion Mexico, east of the Misof one, before going to bed; and I have often sissippi,
146,830 prayed, though too often in my own strength.” Total of the Atlantic Slope or of the One of his relatives going to his bedside the fol- regions whose waters fall into the lowing morning, the dear invalid said, “Oh! I Atlantic,
967,576 have a precious Saviour, and he has been near to me this morning. He is precious!"
Total area of the United States and The desire being expressed, that our hearts their territories in 1850,
2,983,153 might be filled with gratitude and praise to the This estimate by Col. Abert has some claims Almighty, for his loving-kindness and tender to authenticity, which cannot be urged for those mercies, he looked up, and said, “I feel so full more commonly used, but we observe that in a of love.” He remarked, also, how kindly he had subsequent part of the introduction, the aggrebeen cared for—a poor sinner; spoke of the gate area of the Union given by States and Tergoodness of his Saviour, and said that all seemed ritories, is 3,306,000 square miles. The latter clear. On the 29th, he sent a message of love amount is the result of an examination of various