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of the frequent reading and study of the Holy , precisely similar to home instruction in families, Scriptures. The London Yearly Mecting in except in the greater number which partake of 1709 enjoined it “as an incumbent duty of the benefit, and in the greater encouragement Friends to cause their children to be frequent in given by a wider example in this excellent emthe readings of the Holy Scriptures, and to ob- ployment of a portion of First-day. The earnest serve to them the examples of such children as advice, then, of the Society of Friends, in relain Scripture are recorded to have early learned tion to the study of the Scriptures, applies with the fear of the Lord, and hearkened to his coun- peculiar force to the proper maintenance of such sels." The Meeting of 1731 said in its Epistle, schools. “We earnestly and tenderly advise that mothers The fear has been sometimes expressed, that of children, as well as fathers, would take par- the study of the Holy Scriptures may induce ticular care to instruct them in the knowledge of some to satisfy themselves with outward know. religion and the Holy Scriptures, because it has ledge alone; but how can that which continually been found by experience, that good impressions, directs us to the Eternal Fountain of life, induce early made on the tender minds of children, have us to forsake or reject that living Fountain ? proved a lasting means of preserving them in a Such mistaken reasoning would equally warrant religious life and conversation." In the Epistle us in throwing aside all religious instruction of 1733 is the following language on the same whatever. May we not hope that a faithful subject: We tenderly and earnestly advise and perseverance in the “good work” of religious exhort all parents and masters of families, that education, by whatever means may

be within our they exert themselves in the wisdom of God, reach, whether in single families, or in an occaand in the strength of His love, to instruct their sional collection of families into schools, accomchildren and families in the doctrines and pre- panied with humble prayer to Him who alone cepts of the Christian religion contained in the can bless our labors, may prove a great and lastHoly Scriptures, and that they excite them to ing benefit to many of the rising generation, and diligent reading of those sacred writings, wbich be the means of preventing habits in some of plainly set forth the miraculous birth, holy life, them, which otherwise might lead to unspeakable wonderful work, blessed example, meritorious miseries in their future years ? death, and glorious resurrection, ascension, and mediation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and to educate their children in the belief of

CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. the inward manifestation and operation of the Spirit of God on their own minds, that they First Impressions.-A glorious morning was may reap the benefit and advantage thereof, for that-pure, sunny, exhilirating, though late in their own peace and everlasting happiness, which November—when, after a four years' absence, I i infinitely preferable to all other considerations.” looked again on the bay and city and hills of So great was the importance of such instruction San Francisco. But the bay and the hills were regarded by the Society in that day, that in 1740, all that seemed familiar. The city was an inthe Yearly Meeting expressed the fear, that the trusion. It was difficult to realize that even in

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, declension, then beginning to appear, '“ of true California, human enterprise bad reared such piety and godly zeal, in many places, was too masses of masonry, and built up with the solidity much owing to a disregard of the doctrines of of Eastern cities, a great commercial emporium, the Holy Scriptures, and the promise of the Holy where so lately one-third of the space covered by Spirit in them recorded.”

it had been rough hills of sand, naked, or overWithout the Divine blessing, parents and grown with tangled shrub-oaks; another third, teachers can do nothing, yet we cannot suppose the open bay, where boats landed and ships rode that this blessing will ever be withheld from a at anchor; and the remaining third, the site of faithful and persevering discharge of duty; else a mere skeleton city of tents and canvass houses why should the earnest exhortation be given and slight tenements of wood—the hasty growth to parents to train up their children in the nur- of a season, and a temptation to the flames such ture and admonition of the Lord !” How impor- as they would not long be likely to resist. Nor tant, then, in this great and responsible duty is had they. For four or five times since I had the assistance of those inestimable writings, seen it, the greater part of the city had been laid which as a pious writer has remarked,“ bave God in ashes. Yet, now, as I looked out from the for their author, salvation for their end, and truth steamer, there it stood - beautiful in the morning without any mixture of error for their matter;" sunlight-with its long wharves projecting in the and which the apostle declares were given by the bay and lined with shipping of all grades and Holy Spirit, “ were written for our learning, that nations—with its heavy blocks of fire-proof warewe through patience and comfort of the Scriptures houses, effectually usurping the dominions of might have hope,” and “are able to make wise Neptune-with its grand amphitheatre of shops unto salvation through faith which is in Christ and public buildings and elegant dwellings rising Jesus.”

even to the summit of the hills—there lay, wheSchools for instruction in the Scriptures are ther I could realize or not, the renowned city it.

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self, the Tyre and Sidon of the Pacific, the new , large minded and large hearted—capable of noble commercial magnate of the continent.

deeds for the moral and intellectual good of the Stepping upon the wharf, and going straight city, as well as for its outward embellishment and into the town, I passed four or five of the large prosperity. There is, fortunately, something in blocks of the city, having streets between them the mere pride of wealth that works as an anti

name and dote to the streets of Jeddo or Timbuctoo

, before I reach- This influence, together with the leaven of ed familiar Montgomery street, which, in the sound principle which has formed the vital eleformer days, was the front street of the town, ment in the prosperity of many capitalists, will

, the water street,—and in places was overwashed it is to be hoped, prevent the aristocracy of San by the flowing tides. Now it is far back in the Francisco—if an aristocracy of mammon must be city-beyond the region of heavy warehouses generated-from becoming an aristocracy of mere a street of banks and offices, of stock-jobbers and fashion and folly, vanity and rice. speculators—the Wall Street of the Pacific. Climbing the steep grade of Pine street to the Montgomery street, when my feet first trod its home like dwelling of a friend, I enjoyed from unequal surface in 1847, was not only the front its commanding elevation as charming a prospect street, but it was the only street in the place of nature as art can anywhere produce. At a with buildings enough on it, or pathway enough window looking eastward I sat for a half-hour worn, to indicate the direction in which it lay. alone, running my eye leisurely over the broad Where it crosses Clay street I now look in vain and compact city sloping gradually to the waterfor the little brown tenement in which I spent over the flect of shippivg lying at the wharves iny first weeks in California. The massive fire- and at anchor in the harbor-over the smooth proof stores and banking houses covering the waters of the bay, adorned with here and there spot, form a striking contrast with the humble an island and dotted with busy steamers hurrying picture which memory so vividly presents. So, to and fro—over the distant groves and villages over the street, it is difficult to believe, that the and hills of the Contra Costa, with the far-off immense five story building of Halleck, Peachy, summit of Monte Diablo looming in sharp outline Billings and Park-covering an entire block, and above them all-a panorama of surpassing beauty, rivaling in its dimensions and beauty any of the on which the genial sunlight was resting in springleading structures of New York-actually occu- like softness, while inspiring zephyrs seemed to pies the site where I used to see the waves of breathe over the whole a sort of Eden-enchantthe bay wash the foundations of the only little ment;—and as thus I sat, drinking in the

scene, tenement on that side of the way. What a mag- and remembered its familiar natural outlines, and nificent monument—" monumentum ære peren- felt once more, in all its freshness the influence nius," to the energy and success of a single law- of this most captivating of climates, all my old firm. What a huge pile of bricks and mortar to love for California returned-came gushing up have grown up out of briefs in so short a period full and strong,—and I said within my inmost of time. But these half-million structures, and heart, surely, on all the continents God hath no one hundred and two hundred thousand dollar where allotted to man a more delightsome land ! edifices, are almost as common now, as ship’s ca- But that day, so soft and captivating was a rare booses and one-room shanties were only a few one even in California. The day before had years ago. A block or two farther south, on the been rainythe first rain of the season—and the same street, what massive and elegant buildings mud that filled the streets and lay upon the walks of the largest class a single millionaire has caused was ample evidence to one that attempted to trato rise, where I used to see sportsmen amusing verse them, that if California is an Eden, it is themselves with shooting wild ducks. And what not an Eden without a blemish.

And I regret a stride of their proprietor, in fortune, from an to say, that this form of evil—the natural—is not eldership among the scattered and peeled,” to the only one that a new-comer is forced to notice, a notch on the mammon-scale that but few John- in this garden of the West. Morally, there is Jacob-Astors have ever attained so rapidly. something worse than mud. A turn around the

These men of sudden wealth-mush-room- Plaza— the same naked unsightly old Plaza still monied potentates--whose golden wand has touch- --revealed to me the fact, that though the numed into existence as if by magic, the strength and ber of grand gambling saloons once in full blast beauty of the city, are a race sui-generis, almost on two sides of that open area had greatly diminpeculiar to California. In other lands, the spe- ished, and their sites been occupied by more

. cies is of slower growth, and is greatly modified splendid and less disreputable edifices, yet a few in its development by the surrounding social at- of the “same sort” still remain, as crowded, as mosphere. A too rapid growth is apt to produce corrupting and as ruinous as ever. unsoundness and disease. It will be well for Cali- tent has proved the Genius locio-the old influence fornia, if this principle shall not prove true here of the place—that the splendid City Hall could --if men of wealth shall rise above the tempta- not be built on the site of one of those old pantions by which their position is naturally beset, demoniums without making a portion of it an imand show themselves men of sterling character mense saloon for the accommodatiou of the pub

Even so poon the

lic functionaries. It is here doubtless that politi that the effect of euch remonstrances will, in all cal gamblers, manipulating the smooth ivory balls probability, depend much more on the number

green tables, learn to set in motion the and character of the remonstrants, than upon the great political balls by which they aim to win length or force of their arguments. fame and fortune, but more frequently realize As the Editor of “ Friends' Review

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cannot en both misfortune and infamy.The Pacific.

tertain a doubt that the provisions in the bill for

establishing governments in Kansas and Nebraska, HARMONY IN FAMILIES.

which are designed to pave the way for the adImpartiality tends greatly to promote harmony mission of slavery into that extensive region, are in families. Hence the necessity of parents not viewed with unqualified disapprobation by the manifesting any partiality to one or more of their great mass of our citizens in the free States, and children. In the favored child, it lays the foun- that even in the South, the more candid and inteldation for pride and self importance, and in the ligent classes regard the proposed enactment as neglected one, it raises indignation if not hatred ; an obvious violation of national faith, he would whatever

may be the motives assigned for par: respectfully suggest to his readers the expediency tiality, parents must answer to the Judge of all and necessity of raising the voice of the citizens, the earth, for the sorrows and evils it produces in their primary assemblies, in tones too loud and

Harmony in a family will be greatly interrupted, should the father and mother pursue different

too earnest to be disregarded. systems in the management of their children. It We may safely assume, that neither the preis therefore highly necessary that they adopt a sent executive, nor any member of either House similar plan ; otherwise one or the other of them, of Congress, was elected for the purpose or with and perhaps both, will lose the esteem of their a view of extending the blight of involuntary servichildren ; obedience to either is not to be ex- tude into the territory in question ; it is therefore pected, or the probability is, that bad habits, and our right and our duty to inform these conservaincorrect principles will be established.

tors of the public weal, that the bill in question, In order to promote love and harmony among in any form introductory of slavery, must meet children, one should not be allowed to domineer the unwavering reprobation of their constituents. over or tease another. Nor ought one to be praised at the expense of another. No envious comparisons must be drawn. Children should Married,- On the 1st of 10th month, at Friends' not be allowed to scoff at one who happens to be Meeting, at Collins, Erie county, N. Y., LEONARD an offender. This practice destroys affection, and BARKER, of Norwich, Canada West, to Martha B. gives rise to resentment and retaliation. They Potter, of the former place. should be taught to feel for one another when in disgrace, and not be prohibited from interceding. Died, -On the 24th of First month, HANNAH

J. Мотт. JONES, wife of Isaac C. Jones, of this city, and a

member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. This FRIENDS' REVIEW.

beloved Friend was born in Salem county, N. J.,

in 1778, and was left an orphan at the tender age PHILADELPHIA, SECOND MONTH 25, 1854 solemnly committed by her only remaining pa

of fourteen months. At that early period she was

rent to the Christian care of an uncle and aunt, The brief memorial of our brethren at the Meet- who brought her up with all the tenderness and ing for Sufferings in New York, which appears solicitude of own parents, and with whom she in our paper this week, though anterior in date to remained until her marriage, a union which conthe memorial from Friends in Pennsylvania, &c., tinued unbroken for nearly 57 years.

Through a long life this excellent Friend was was presented to Congress several days after the remarkable for the purity and truthfulness of her Philadelphia remonstrance was offered. In both character, and for benevolence and a quick symcases the memorials were accompanied by depu- / pathy for human suffering wherever found; these tations from the respective bodies from which the qualities seemed to have their foundation in an

unwavering belief and trust in the gospel of our remonstrances emanated. We are informed that Divine Redeemer. Her active benevolence under our Friends of New York spent several days at the direction of an energetic mind, and remarkWashington, engaged in conferences with such ably mature judgment, rendered her very useful members of both Houses of Congress as were sup. culty, and enabled her to take a prominent part

to her friends and neighbors in seasons of diffi. posed likely to receive favorable impressions, in several of the charitable institutions of this and to exercise a salutary influence on the mea- city. In the quiet of domestic life, however, and sures of those bodies.

in the bosom of her own family, the peculiar The New York memorial is obviously a very with remarkable sweetness, attracting all around

qualifications of this excellent woman shone forth concise one, touching very slightly upon the prin her by the tenderness and cheerful kindness of ciples involved in the question now before the her spirit, as it were, to a common centre of harfederal legislature. It may, however, be remarked, 'mony and love.

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In the early part of last summer her health be-, parties are suitable for admission, yet we undergan to decline, and from that time an increasing stand that many have recently been received. It weight and seriousness of spirit was evident to is an interesting circumstance, that the first inher friends—the great importance of a full prepa, dividuals in Norway who professed with Friends, ration of heart most solemnly impressed her, and never appeared long absent from her thoughts. were convinced by the reading of Barclay's During the course of her illness she was favored Apology. A short time since an edition of this with great peace of mi:d, and many weighty ex- invaluable work, in Danish (the language spoken pressions fell from her lips, giving undoubted evi- in Norway,) was, through the aid of our Meeting dence of the mercy of God to her soul, and of her for Sufferings, printed for circulation in that hope of salvation ihrough the merits and mercies of our blessed Saviour. Her disease continued

country. gradually but steadily to progress, though with but little bodily suffering, until the morning of the 24th of First month, when she, as we humbly be. Summary of News, that a deputation from the

In our last number, it was mentioned, in the lieve, sweetly fell asleep in Jesus.”

Died, -On the 31st of First month, at her resi. Society of Friends had just left England for dence, in Morrow county, Ohio, Hannah, wife of Petersburg, to endeavor to induce the Czar to John Sharp, in the 47th year of her age. An come to terms with Turkey. From subsequent esteemed member of Gilead Monthly Meeting.

information it appears that the Friends were a Ai Westfield, Hamilton county, Indiana, on the 6th ins..

, after a protracted illness from hem-deputation, from the Meeting for Sufferings in orrhage of the lungs, which he bore with Chris. London, consisting of Joseph Sturge, of Birmingtian patience and resignation, Jesse Barker, son ham, Henry Pease, of Darlington, brother to of John and Mary Barker, aged 20 years; a mem- John Pease, who, a few years ago, paid a very ber of Westfield Monthly Meeting.

At his residence, in Azalia, Indiana, on acceptable religious visit to this country, and the 26th ult., JOSEPH Cosánd, a valuable and con- Robert Charlton of Bristol. Of this effort to sistent member of our religious society, in the 35th year of his age. During five or six years he had preserve the peace of Europe, the following nosuffered, with singular patience and resignation, tice appears in the Non-conformist, (received a complication of diseases; and appeared to be when this paper was nearly ready for the press :) quietly awaiting the time of release. His close was evidently happy and tranquil.

Deputation to the Emperor of Russia. At Farnham, Canada East, on the 13th of

“ It is announced that a deputation from the last month, William Taber, aged 25 years.

Society of Friends, consisting of Mr. Henry On the 13th inst., at the same place, Syl- Pease of Darlington, Mr. Joseph Sturge of BirTaxus F. TABER: nephew to the preceding, in the mingham, and a gentleman from Bristol, has 19th year of his age; both members of Farnham just left England for St. Petersburg, with the Monthly Meeting.

object of endeavoring to induce the Czar to come On the 4th of 11th month last, at her resi- to terms with Turkey. Such an attempt will, of dence, in Norwich, Canada West, Eliza D., wife course, provoke only the ridicule of that unforof Francis Cohoe, in the 38th year of her age; a tunately numerous class who set down enthusimember of Norwich Monthly Meeting.

asm in any cause as fanaticism, and who dread being in a minority. But it is, after all, men of

faith and self-sacrifice, like Mr. Pease and Mr. ELI AND SYBIL JONES.-By recent accounts Sturge, who are the pioneers of improvement. these devoted Friends were pursuing their reli- All - men whose hearts beat high with philangious engagements in the south of France. Their thropy will admire their heroism, and, if doubtgospel labors have gained acceptance with num. that, before their arrival at St. Petersburg, war

ing their wisdom, wish them success. It may bers of those, not of our religious society, to whom will have been declared, or, at least, they will be they have been extended.

stopped at the frontier. But their peaceful misOf James Backhouse and Lindley M. Hoag, sion can injure no one; it may, perchance, result we find the following notice in the British

in good.

Our Quaker friends have ere this suc

cessfully pleaded the cause of humanity before Friend of this month.

crowned heads, when diplomacy has been unsucThey returned from Norway, on the 28th of cessful. Perhaps the simple truthfulness of Jo12th month last, in time to attend the adjourn- seph Sturge may produce more impression than ment of York Quarterly Meeting on the follow- the well-reasoned despatches of Lord Clarendon, ing day. In the course of their travels in Nor- or the entreaties of Hamilton Seymour.” way they held 220 public Meetings. A considerable convincement appears to be taking place in

The intelligence received by the Baltic, which that country; and although our Norwegian bre- arrived at New York on the 20th inst., affords thren are careful not to accede to applications for reason to fear that this philanthropic effort is too membership, without being well satisfied that the late, if indeed the interference of the Society

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DIVINE LOVE.

could ever have contributed to stay the rage of all the portions of Mexico fit for slave tillage, and war. We are informed, by this arrival, that the the recognition of the claim of the slaveholder Russian ministers at Paris and London have de- the Union, and hold them there, in disregard of

to carry

his slaves with him into every section of parted for Russia ; and that the French and Eng- whatever adverse local laws. lish ministers to Russia have been ordered to All these consequences will follow, unless, inwithdraw from Petersburg. Immense prepara- deed, the Northern People, provoked beyond all tions for hostilities are said to be making in Eng- endurance, should at last shake off their lethargy, land and France. Well may we put the laconic full might, and, trampling upon áll compromises,

break asunder the bands of Party, rise in their question, cui bono ? for whose benefit are all this all time-serving expedients, all tricksters and expenditure of treasure, this destruction of hu- traitors, rallying as one man, in defence of freeman life, and the endurance of all the nameless dom, free labor, free institutions, and through miseries inseparable from national conflicts, to be their overwhelming majority at the ballot-box, incurred? Can any man, from the autocrat of under the ban, as the slave interest now threat

assume the reins of government, and put slavery all the Russias to the lowest serf within his do- ens to put freedom under the ban.” main, receive any substantial and enduring advantage from a contest that will probably throw back for half a century the civilization of the world? If, under the operation of this terrible What shall I say of it, or how shall I in words scourge, the pride and arrɔgancy of rulers should express its nature? It is the sweetness of life ; be lıumbled, still, nothing will be learned beyond it is the sweet, tender, melting nature of God, what the spirit of Christianity, which is freely ture, and of all things making the creature most

flowing up through his seed of life into the creaoffered to all, would more effectually teach with- like unto himself, both in nature and operation. out physical suffering. Experience, says the It fulfils the Law, it fulfils the Gospel; it wraps proverb, keeps a dear school, but fools will learn up all in one, and brings forth all in the oneness. at no other.

It excludes all evil out of the heart, it perfects all good in the heart. A touch of love doth this in measure; perfect love doth this in ful

But how can I proceed to speak of it? The National Era, of the 9th inst., contains a the Lord, might feel its nature fully; and then

Oh! that the souls of all that fear and wait on forcible reply to the arguments advanced by Sen- would they not fail of its sweet overcoming opeator Douglas, in support of the bill for opening rations, both towards one another, and towards the territories of Nebraska and Kansas to the in- enemies. The great healing, the great conquest, roads of slavery. In this reply, the fallacious the great salvation, is reserved for the full manireasoning and the misrepresentations of histori- festation of the love of God. His judgments, cal facts are clearly exposed. The essay con

his cuttings, his hewings by the word of his

mouth, are but to prepare for, but not to do, the cludes with the following energetic remarks great work of raising up the sweet building of

“We have done with the argument of Judge his life ; which is to be done in love, and in Douglas. The simple question submitted to Con- peace, and by the power thereof. And this my gress is-Will you, or will you not, repeal the soul waits and cries after, even the full springing Missouri Compromise?

up of eternal love in my heart, and in the swal. If you repeal it, Nebraska is thrown open to lowing of me wholly into it, and the bringing of slavery, and you virtually nationalize it in all my soul wholly forth in it, that the life of God, territories of the United States.

in its own perfect sweetness, may fully run forth If you repeal it

, you leave slavery in posses- through this vessel, and not to be at all tinctured sion of all it gained by the bargain or compact of by the vessel, but perfectly tincture and change 1820, and surrender all that freedom then gain- the vessel into its own nature; and then shall no ed, with the exception of Iowa and Minnesota. fault be found in my soul before the Lord, but

If you repeal it, you make a concession to the the spotless life be fully enjoyed by me, and beslave interest, which it did not dream of demand- come a perfectly pleasant sacrifice to my God. ing in 1850, but one which it has been embold- Ol how sweet is love! how pleasant is its naened to demand by the pusillanimous conduct of ture ! how takingly doth it behave itself in erery the North at that time.

condition, upon every occasion, to every person, If you repeal it, you invest it with a power and about every thing! How tenderly, how reawhich will scorn all restraints, and kindle in it dily, doth it tend and help the meanest! How an ambition that will be satisfied with nothing patiently, how meekly, doth it bear all things, short of the seizure of Cuba, the absorption of either from God or man, how unexpectedly 80

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