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whom I could more feelingly unite in the flow- in to see me, and many of them left the chamber ings forth of the Holy Spirit, both in testimony with tears streaming from their eyes. Dear and in prayer. His visit to our late Yearly Stephen Grellet and John Elliott could tell thee Meeting has left on many of our spirits thank more than I can write; they were very acceptafulness and gratitude of heart to the great Head bly with us. My limbs still feel numb, and I

I of the Church, for sending us the full cloud, and know not what may be the issue, but desire to causing it to come down upon us as the rain, be wholly resigned to the will of my Heavenly and distil as the dew-as the small rain upon Father in all things, and to be enabled to give the tender herb, and as the showers upon the him thanks for all his dispensations to me. I grass; because he published the name of the know it is of his unmerited mercy that I am in Lord, ascribing greatness unto our God.' I have the land of the living. Thy soothing expres. not the smallest doubt of hisbeing perfectly sound sions were truly grateful to my feelings, when in the gospel of our holy Redeemer, but his ca- thou sayest "I do assuredly believe that the God pacious mind takes such an extensive range that of all true consolation is near to help and sustain an ordinary mind cannot follow him. The doc- thee; bidding thee lean upon his staff of love trine of the resurrection is very precious to me, and power, and causing thee to rest at seasons and I believe in it according to the scripture. beside the still waters of life. This was striI very much unite with -'s view of the kingly my happy experience for some weeks after scripture having a literal as well as spiritual the first attack—all still and quiét; and, as Sammeaning, and rightly to understand them is a uel Bownas says, the presence of my Heavenly

, great attainment; there certainly is nothing that Father was with me night and day; my beart was can unfold them to us but the Key of David. full of love! There were times of great presI believe the Lord will give each soul a body, sure about my heart, and difficulty of breathing, such as pleases him, and when it pleases him, so that it seemed as if I could not live a moment, and there think best to leave it. It is true com- and there appeared to be nothing in the way. fort to hear of the devotedness of our beloved The calmness and sweetness I then felt could

to the greatest of all causes, the spread- not be expressed; but He who knoweth best ing of the peacable kingdom of our blessed what is best for us, in His inscrutable wisdom saw and holy Redeemer. My mind is often drawn meet to change the scene from this state of joy into near and feeling sympathy with the messen- and consolation to one inexpressibly awful. He gers of the glad tidings of the everlasting gos- set all my sins in order before me, from the days pel to a guilty world, desiring their encourage- of my youth until that time; and, blessed be bis ment, under the comforting assurance, that al-holy name, he showed me the deceit, corruption, though they have gone forth weeping, they shall and vileness of my own heart, and how the pare come again with rejoicing, bringing their sheaves seed of life is borne down under the wickedness with them.”

of the world, as a cart laden with sheaves. There .Guilford Co., N. C. Fourth Mo. 9th, were days and nights in which it appeared to me 1840.-" The recollection of the pleasant hours as if I felt the awful situation of those poor souls and precious opportunities we have been parta- that are separated from the divine harmony, kers of, together with our mutually beloved placed on the left hand, going away into everlasfriends J. and H. C. B., appears to be indelibly ting punishment; and I scarcely dared to hope engraven on my mind; hours wherein the hea- but that I must be one of the number. It venly dews distilled upon us, and we experienced seemed as if I could almost hear the dreadful a drinking into the same spirit, a partaking of sound, "Go ye cursed.' When there was nobothe waters of that river that maketh glad the dy in the room, and in the night, I was on my whole heritage of God. These were indeed knees with my mouth on the floor, in prayer and times of refreshment from the presence of the supplication ; but the earth was like iron, and Lord, to prepare the

poor tried mind for future the heavens were like brass, there seemed to be necessary baptisms, to make the immortal spirit no entrance; and I felt like Jonah did, when he meet for the mansion in the house not made with cried, “Thou hast cast me into the deep, in the hands, eternal in the Heavens. I was taken the midst of the seas, and the floods compass me last of Tenth month, with what the doctors call about, all thy billows and thy waves pass over a congestive state of the body, the blood not cir- me.' * Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight, culating properly, which occasioned great numb- yet will I look again toward thy holy temple. I ness in

my limbs, so that all present thought I went down to the bottom of the mountains, the would die, but I did not think the time was come. earth with her bars was about me forever;' I felt exceedingly sweet and comfortable, so and I could say with Job, 'I went forward, but that I could not forbear praising the Lord; and he was not there, and backward, but I could not through his mercy I revived so much, that on perceive him.'-The all-important subject of the First-day I went to New Garden, and was taken blessed Pattern was almost incessantly before into a chamber in the school-house, where I re- me, his agony on the cross, and his solemn cry; mained throughout the Yearly Meeting, full of My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me, love to everybody; hundreds of people came sounding in my cars : and I believe I never be



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fore saw so clearly, the necessity, that, if we, Strictures on water baptism, the outward supper, would reign with Christ, we must also suffer with perfection, and woman's preaching. him. Surely it is enough for the unworthy servant to be as his dear Lord. There has been a little grain of faith through all this deep conflict,

(Concluded from page 420.) and 0, saith my soul, that the promise to those As to that called the Lord's Supper, which that overcome, may indeed be fulfilled in my ex- Christ partook of with his disciples the night perience! It is in my heart to say to thee, before He suffered, it was the typical Passover of dear " hold on thy way, for I assuredly the Jews, which was a feast upon a sacrifice, dibelieve that thou wilt be one of that great mul- rectly pointing to Him, the true Paschal Lamb, titude which no man could number, that came who was to be slain for us. And we conceive out of great tribulation, and washed their robes He partook of it, not, as many have imagined, to and made them white in the blood of the Lamb; perpetuate, but to fulfil it, and to turn their attherefore are they before the throne of God, and iention from the type to the anti-type—from the serve him day and night in his temple; they sign to the substance. Accordingly he declared, shall hunger no more, &c. &c. I feel a comfor- “ I will not any more eat thereof until it be fultable hope that, through his divine mercy, I also filled in the kingdom of God.” “I will not shall be one of this blessed number, and that drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until when the afflictions of time are past, we shall that day when I drink it new with you in

my walk together in white; tears come at the sweet Father's kingdom.” thought. May the eternal God be thy refuge That these expressions referred to a participaand underneath the everlasting arms."

tion of His divine nature, we think the followAt a later day he says,— Through the tendering texts do clearly prove. “I am the living mercy of my God, I have enjoyed great quiet- bread which came down from heaven. If any

peace of mind for some weeks past, and man eat of this Bread he shall live forever; and I desire to lie low before him, and to walk softly the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I all the days of my life.” Thus did this venera- will give for the life of the world." The carnally ble Pilgrim journey on, seeking a better country, minded Jews, not comprehending this mystery, and though many were the tribulations he had to queried with each other, “How can this man pass through, yet his resigned and patient spirit give us his flesh to eat ;” and were answered, seemed to breathe the language, “None of these Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat

, things move me, neither count I my life dear the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood unto myself, that I might finish my course with ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my

flesh joy, and the ministry which I have received of and drinketh my blood hath eternal life; and I the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh of God."

is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. A friend who visited him for the first time, a He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, few months before his decease, observed that she dwelleth in me, and I in him." But to take never had been sensible of the same precious cov- away all carnal constructions of his meaning, He ering of deep solemnity, as during a religious added, “ It is the Spirit that quickeneth ; the opportunity which occurred under his roof, when flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I speak he commended them all with his own soul to unto you, they are Spirit and they are life.” Yet that God he had faithfully served. His prayers his disciples thought this a hard saying, and and his praises seemed to ascend as spiritual | many of them were so offended at it, that “they sacrifices before the throne, from the altar of his went back, and walked no more with him.” dedicated heart, and the odour of the incense This, then, we believe to be that spiritual re

past also alluded to in the following declarations His memory gradually failed him, and his bod- and gracious promises : ily powers were greatly impaired, but he con- “ Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, tinued alive in the truth, to the latest period of when he cometh, shall find watching. Verily, his existence, and at the advanced age of nine- I say unto you, that He shall gird Himself and ty-five, as falls the ripe corn in its season, he fell make them to sit down to meat, and shall come asleep in Jesus ; and through the riches of re-forth and serve them.” (Luke 12: 37.) deeming mercy, his ransomed spirit is, we can- « Behold I stand at the door and knock. If not doubt, united to that glorious company, who, any man will hear my voice and open the door, with the palms of victory in their hands, are I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and singing the new song, which none can sing but he with me.” (Rev. 3:20.) those who have the Father's name written upon

6. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the their foreheads.—Annual Monitor.

throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto

living fountains of waters ; and God shall wipe They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of away all tears from their eyes.” (Rev. 7: 17.) the firmament, and they that turn many to righteous

"Blessed are they who are called to the marness, as the stars for ever and ever. DANIEL. riage supper of the Lamb!” (Rev. 19: 9.)

filled the room.

From what is here premised, the truth of the Spirit of Christ he is none of his,” and es. which has been and still is confirmed in the pecially by such who, though they assume the blessed experience of many, we confidently infer, character of his ministers, are so far from having that those who, when they partake of their commissions from Him, as boldly to assert that bodily sustenance, first wait to be favored with a the immediate revelation of His will to His discernment and taste of that “heavenly bread” church has given place to an authority derived (so fully adapted to the nature and nourishment from the apostles, either through channels maniof immortal souls) do more strictly comply with festly corrupt, or from human ordination. the injunction of our Lord "as oft as ye do this, One of the least exceptionable adherents to do it in remembrance of me”-than any who the rites in question, and whose general senticommemorate His death at distant set-times, and ments are worthy of serious regard, observes, on particular occasions only, even though some " that a believer, in order to his obtaining a full

a of these may not mistake the sign for the thing interest in Christ, must deny and renounce him. signified; and many others did not abuse it, as self, and simply and entirely rely on Christ for it is sorrowfully evident they do, by prostituting righteousness and salvation, for that men's duit to the purposes of covetoustiess, pride and am- ties keep almost as many from Him as their sias bition, and making it a mere stepping-stone to do; that a true believer throws away not only worldly preferment.

the rags, but the robes of his own righteousness, But further; to as it convincingly appears, and is at a parting point with all outward intefrom the general tenor of the Scriptures and rests and concerns for Christ's sake. Nothing reason of things, that, not only the dispensations but an infinite, eternal, anchangeable Godhead, of the law and prophets, but all dispensations being a foundation strong enough for faith to whatever, the duties of which are performable build upon. Be sure (says he) that you choose in our own will and time, were fully abrogated Christ singly and alone, and that you do not atby the outward ministry of Christ, that his fol- tempt to join somewhat of your own with Him. lowers might be released from the obligation they For the union which Christ takes believers into were under to such as had been of divine ap- with Himself is far beyond all shadows and reppointment; and that thenceforward they might resentations." rely solely on Him for “wisdom and righteous- If this be sound doctrine, how will any one ness, sanctification and redemption."

who can subscribe to it dare attempt to unchrisAccordingly, when he had submitted to the tian those who, in refraining from every thing baptism of John, saying, “Thus it becometh us into which they are not led by the spirit of to fulfil all righteousness, and straightway came Christ, consider the blessing they aspire after as up out of the water," the Spirit descended upon his free gift, and no way purchasable by any act Him like a dove, and the voice from heaven which they in their own will and time can possaid, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am sibly perform. well pleased." (Matt. 3:16, 17.)

The apostle aptly compares the law to a husIn like manner, the dispensation of the law band, “ unto whom his wife is bound as long as and the prophets was fulfilled on the mount, he liveth; but if he be dead, she is freed from when Moses and Elias, their representatives, the law of her husband. So then, (says he) if after appearing and conversing with Christ

, while her husband liveth she be married to anpassed away, and the attention of the witnesses other man, she shall be called an adulteress; but was directed to Him alone, by the same voice, if her husband be dead, she is freed from that saying, “This is



in whom I am law and is no adulteress, though she marry anwell pleased ; hear ye him."

other.” (Rom. 7: 2.) “Wherefore, my brethren, I have already observed that the typical supper ye are also dead to the law by the body of Christ (emphatically styled the Lord's Passover) pointed that ye should be married to another, even to to the sacrifice of himself. This was, therefore, Him who is raised from the dead, that we should fulfilled on the cross, when, it is worthy of note! bring forth fruit unto God.” (Rom. 7: 4.) the awfulness of the scene co-operating with the This, to my apprehension, is a clear illustrawitness for God in the mind of the centurion tion of the subject we are upon ; showing that (who seems to have conducted the crucifixion) our dependence on the works of the law must be extorted from him a confession, like a resonance entirely destroyed, before the union of the soul from the earth, of the heavenly attestations be- with its Saviour can be completed. Till then fore recited—“ Truly this man was the son of its attention and dependence will be divided; God." (Mark 15: 39.)

and hence, the same apostle further teaches us To us, then, those rituals appear to have been that, though a man may come to Christ (the done away, and therefore, not belonging to the quickening spirit,) if he afterwards relies on the gospel dispensation, cannot be obligatory on the works of the law, he must have so far fallen from real subjects of Christ's kingdom, which, as it is grace, and Christ have become of no effect to spiritual, it is vain to hope can be promoted by Him. (Gal. 5.) any outward forms, or by any person who is not Now, what the difference is between the works governed by His Spirit, " for if any man have not of the law," which could not make the comers

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thereunto perfect," and other rites equally per-| city of the living God,” &c., “and to the spirits formable by the will of man, I desire the advo- of just men made perfect,&c. (Heb. 12: 22, 23.) cates for water baptism and the outward supper « We speak wisdom among them that are permay seriously ponder.

fect.(1 Cor. 2: 6.) As to the doctrine of perfection, or freedom These testimonies are strictly answerable to from sin, attainable in this life, it being founded that memorable prayer which our ever blessed on the plain precept of Christ, “ Be ye perfect Lord put up for his disciples, and for those who as your Father which is in heaven is perfect ;" should believe on him through their word. we simply receive it as we find it recorded, not “ That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art daring to insinuate that He has required an im- in me and I in thee, that they also may be one possibility of his followers, or is unable to answer in us! that the world may believe that thou the end of his coming, which the Scriptures say hast sent me.” “ I in them and thou in me, was “ that He might put an end to sin, finish that they may be made perfect in one !" (John transgression, and in the room thereof bring in 17:21, 23.) everlasting righteousness," which surely is a per- This, then, being the end of Christ's coming, fect work!

both outwardly and in his spiritual appearance, It has been common with those who wish to it will be in vain for any, on any pretence whatlessen the force of this divine precept, as the ever, to plead a necessity for continuing in sin ; mark of our high calling, to construe our implicit and it is more especially absurd and presumpassent to it into an assumption that we have all tuous for such who stand in the character of his individually reached it. But this is a mere illu- ministers, to teach sinners that their entire ression, and if our belief in it as a possible attain-cue from the power of Satan and bondage of ment be objected to as an error, the apostles (as corruption ought not to be expected in this life. well as many others, not under our name, since For such a persuasion, if admitted, cannot but their day) must be implicated in the charge. weaken the operation of faith in their minds, as That the apostles both inculcated it as a doctrine, well as dishonor its holy Author by representing and spoke of it as a state actually arrived at by Him, after all that he has done and suffered for some, the following scriptures, among many us, as either unable or unwilling to effect his others, clearly show :

own declared purpose. “ Whatsoever (said his “ For the law made nothing perfect, yet the experienced servant) is born of God overcometh bringing in a better hope did, by the which we the world; and this is the victory that overdraw nigh unto God.” (Hebrew 7 : 19 ) cometh the world-even our faith.” (1 John “This we wish, even your perfection.” (20 5: 4.)

With respect to the part which we believe " Leaving the principles of the doctrine of women to have in the ministry of the gospel, and Christ, let us go on unto perfection; and this we for which saith he finds no authority, will do if God permit.” (Heb. 6:1-3.) (meaning, I suppose, in the Scriptures,) I ask if

“He is able to save them to the uttermost that the prophecy of Joel did not warrant an expectacome unto God by Him; seeing He ever liveth tion that thus it would be in gospel times; and to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7: 25.) if the words of the apostle Peter do not show

“God make you perfect in every good work.” that he believed that prophecy to be fulfilled ? (Heb. 13: 20.)

The expressions of Joel, speaking in the name “Let patience have its perfect work, that ye of the Lord, are: “And it shall come to pass may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon (James 1 : 4.)

all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall “ But the God of all grace, who hath called us prophecy; and also upon the servants, and upon unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that the hand-maids, in those days, will I pour out ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, sta- my spirit.” (Joel 2 : 28, 29.). blish, strengthen and settle you.” (1 Peter 5: 10.) Let this be compared with Acts, ch. 2:16,


offend not in word, the same is per- 18, and then judge if they be not exact counterfect." (James 3: 2.)

parts of each other. Consider, too, if such an That this was the great end of the apostle's indiscriminate effect of divine power is not clearly labors, of universal concernment, and by him implied in this testimony of Paul: “As many deemed attainable, further appears, (Col. 1: 28,) of you as have been baptized into Christ, have where speaking of “Christ within, the hope of put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, glory,” he says, “whom we preach, warning there is neither bond nor free, there is neither every man and teaching every man, in all wis- male nor female ; for ye are all one in Christ,dom; that we may present every man perfect in (Gal. 3: 27, 28,) as though he had said, no conChrist Jesus ; " " that we may stand perfect and dition or circumstance whatever, in this life, will complete in the will of God.'

in that day exempt those who submit to the ef"Let us, therefore, as many as be perfect, be fectal baptism of Christ, from obedience to his thus minded.” (Philip. 3 : 15.)

commandments. "Ye are come unto mount Zion and unto the In fine, the law or covenant of works is quite

Cor. 13:9.)

" If

a distinct dispensation from that of the gospel ; | the heavenly Zion, who was more acutely and and the difference can never be rightly under- more constantly alive to his own demerits. He stood, but as we recede from the former and be used to tell me that this was a point on which come interested and established in the latter, of his many afflictions peculiarly led him to dwell. which the Lord of life and glory, who hath Never mind,' would he say, 'I am fully aware opened the way to victory for us, is the sole ad- that whatever it befalls me to suffer, I deserve it; ministrator. It is He who must baptize us with his and that whatsoever of comfort and happiness is own spiritual baptism, if we are ever thoroughly cast into my cup of mixture, it is all of unmeritcleansed from the defilements of sin. It is He ed kindness and mercy.' He knew much of the who, knocking at the door of our hearts, must depth of the fall of man, and of the extent and be admitted there, if we ever substantially know awfulness of his ruin by nature ; and just in prowhat it is to sup with Him and He with us. portion to his visions and feelings on this subject

, It is he who must choose, ordain, qualify and was his estimate of the infinite value of Jesus, endue with power from on high, all who preach Immanuel, the Saviour of mankind. the gospel and effectually profit the people. For “It was at an early period of our acquaintance he is the Alpha and Omega of his church, the) that were companions on the committee of the dispenser and disposer of all its gifts; and those Yearly Meeting appointed to try the appeal of works only which he doth in us and by us ac- the late Thomas Foster, who had been disowned ceptably praise him! Unto him, therefore, whose for holding and propagating Unitarian sentiments. the kingdom is, be the power and the glory, ren- | After the Committee had come to the conclusion dered and ascribed, through the eternal Spirit, to confirm the disownment, and had settled down now and evermore.

into deep and solemn silence, it was Jonathan Hutchinson who broke that silence in the follow

ing expressions : 'I know not bow my brethren MEMOIR OF JONATHAN HUTCHINSON.

may be affected, but I heartily rejoice in the de(Concluded from page 437.)

cision of the Committee; for as it regards myself In the early part of the second month, 1835, I can indeed say with truth, that without Christ he was taken alarmingly ill whilst on a visit to I should of all men be most miserable.' These one of his sons; and for several days there words indicated the constant tenor of his mind on appeared to himself and those about him, but the subject of religion ; andwhilst he never let little prospect of his recovery. Throughout the down the standard of practical piety, and ever whole of his illness, during which his sufferings pleaded for that divine influence which can alone were at times very severe, he was mercifully pre- prepare us for heaven, he was anxious that in served in great patience and resignation to the the declarations and writings of his friends, the divine will. To a friend who visited him he re- door should be left fully open for the poor penimarked, “ when the world is receding from us, tent who, even at the eleventh hour, even in his and eternity opening to our view, how precious latest extremity, like the thief on the cross, it is to have an interest in a Redeemer ! how de- should turn with all his heart, and in simple lightful it is to know him to be our Redeemer, faith, to Him in whom dwells all the fulness of our Mediator, our Advocate with the l'ather, and saving righteousness and forgiving merey. above all our Saviour !”

“He was humble in a larger and deeper sense As the prospect of a separation from his friends of the expression than is often the case even with increased, he was very anxious to bear his testi- experienced Christians, and looked back with mony to the reality and efficacy of the immedi- many tears and sometimes conflict of spirit to ate visitations of the spirit of truth, of the opera- the wanderings of his early days. He presented tions of which he gave some remarkable instances a remarkable example of that silent growth of in his own experience.

grace, of that gradual deepening of the root and After a few weeks, he so far recovered as to unfolding of the precious plant above, which is be able to return home, where his health and sometimes effected by virtue of the dews and strength gradually improved. The evening be- rains of heaven with very little of human instrufore his death he spent very cheerfully with his mentality, the advancing process being little perfamily, and retired to rest as well as usual

. ceptible from day to day to the beholders, much About two in the morning he was seized with less to the individual who is growing, but neverviolent pain in the chest, which continued with theless real ; 'first the blade, then the ear,

then but little intermission for about an hour. During the full corn in the ear.' this time he was perfectly sensible and at times “ He was a person of far too good sense to atsupplicated for ease. This was mercifully granted tempt an escape from his true sphere of life, or to about three, and after a few minutes of peaceful neglect the business by which he maintained his tranquillity, he gently ceased to breathe on the family. He was a skilful, practical farmer, ex: first of Fourth month, 1835, in the seventy-sixth ceeded I believe by none of his neighbors in such year of his age. A much valued friend and cor- matters; yet he was very far superior to the respondent of his thus writes respecting him : rality of persons in point of intellectual cultiva“Never did I meet with a fellow pilgrim towards' tion. He read much and variously, and thought




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