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lic as a wise enactment. If the prohibitory law, it no longer necessary to waste words on the sowill do it, let us have the prohibitory law, and phistries of their antagonists. They might as without any proviso requiring the vote of the well indulge in rhetorical displays and flights of people. If the experiment, after fair trial, does fancy in behalf of the laws which inhibit stealnot succeed, we can try something else. ---Led-ing, forgery, or any other crime. They have arger.
gued their case before the high court of the Sovereign People, and there obtained a decision in their favor. Henceforth they have but to en
force the judgment, and serve the execution. The following is cut from the New York Anti
It is now nearly three years since the model Slavery Standard:
act of Prohibition—the glorious Maine LawWe have never heard an argument against the was adopted. Since then, Vermont, Massachulegal prohibition of the traffic in intoxicating setts, Rhode Island, Michigan, Wisconsin, and drinks that was not equally good against laws Minnesota have each passed acts contemplating prohibiting any other crime. Indeed we do not see the same end, while New York has chosen a Lehow it is possible to set aside the arguments in gislature expressly to follow their beneficent exfavor of such prohibition, except upon the ground ample. The act of Minnesota was submitted to
of Christian non-resistance, viz. : the denial that the people, by them approved, and for that reabe it is right to put down any iniquitous practice by son pronounced invalid by the Territorial judge
force. If the advocates and apologists of dram- sent thither from Washington. In Rhode Island selling would propose to abolish the whole penal the act, after a years' trial, was submitted to the code and trust to moral power alone for the pre- people, and by them upheld by a decisive mavention of crime, we should have some respect jority; but the same election gave a triumph to for them ; but while they strenuously insist upon the party which, by a prior secret understanding punishing murder, stealing, arson, &c., by the with the liquor interest, filled all Executive and
strong arm, and clamor for impunity only to a Judicial offices with the creatures of that in5.7** traffic which is the prolific source of all these terest, and thus rendered the enforcement of the ir do crimes, they will continue to excite in us disgust law temporarily impracticable. This is a game Hit rather than sympathy. Independently of the that can be played but once, and the people are
question whether governments of violence are now preparing to beat it in their April election.
of the triumph of Prohibition in Maryland, The Test of Experience. The more popular though to that end another struggle is requisite. 'branch of the Massachusetts Legislature, on Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Jersey have made Thursday, refused to take any step toward re- some efforts in the right direction, but as yet pealing, or essentially modifying the Prohibitory with limited success. The friends of prohibition Liquor Law of that State, by a vote of more than are not discouraged, but will try again and again two to one-by far the largest majority ever given until their efforts shall be crowned with success. in that House, or by the State in any way, on the Indiana and Illinois will be powerfully agitated side of prohibition. The vote was a test one, by Maine Law efforts at their next elections. Wistaken on the heel of a long speech from the lead- consin having had the question submitted by the ing advocate of the liquor interest, to which no legislature to the people, emphatically answered, one thought proper to reply otherwise than by Yes; but the Legislature seems surprisingly calling for the yeas and nays. The triumph of deaf, and talks of passing a prohibitory act and Temperance in the Legislature of Massachusetts submitting that to the people, to make sure that has become a fixed fact, and its champions deem they meant what they said last fall. This is a
party device to gain time, and it will gain no- but the maxim that governs every moment, is, thing else. Ultimately, the will of the majority that there should be none useless; that they must prevail.
should all enter into the order and sequence of The present state of the question, therefore, oursalvation ; that they are all accompanied by dumay be summed up
ties which God has allotted with his own hand, i. Less than three years have transpired since and of which He will demand an account. We the first act of absolute Prohibition and Contra- misemploy our time, not only when we do wrong band Liquor Destruction was passed in any State, or do nothing, but also when we do something and within this time five States and one Terri- else than what was incumbent on us at the motory have affirmed the principle of prohibition, ment, even though it may be the means of good. while another State, and the greatest of all, has We are strangely ingenious in perpetually seekchosen a legislature to do likewise, and a seventh ing our own interest; and what the world does (Wisconsin) has instructed its legislature to fol- nakedly and without shame, those who desire to low in their footsteps.
be devoted to God do also, but in a refined man2. Not one State that ever adopted a Law of ner, under favor of some pretext which serves as Prohibition has repealed it; and in no one in a veil to hide from them the deformity of their stance have the people, when appealed to, failed conduct. to sustain the principle of prohibition by a deci- The best general means to ensure the profitsive majority.
able employment of our time, is to accustom our3. The cry for repeal grows everywhere weaker selves to living in continual dependence upon with each year's experience of the workings of the Spirit of God and his law, receiving, every prohibition. When the act of Maine first took instant, whatever He is pleased to bestow; coneffect, the lovers of liquor, or of the profits made sulting him in every emergency requiring instant by selling it, were confident that they should be action, and having recourse to Him in our weakable to repeal it; but now they have no longer a er moments, when virtue seems to fail ; invoking hope of this, and their force in the Legislature his aid, and raising our hearts to Him whenever has dwindled to a handful.
we are solicited by sensible objects, and find our. In each state where it has been tried, prohibi- selves surprised and estranged from God, and far tion has steadily gained ground. Boston has from the true road. been the stronghold of opposition in New Eng- Happy is the soul that commits itself, by a land, as it is the focus of the rum traffic; yet sincere self-abandonment, into the hands of its Boston has at length chosen a Maine Law Mayor, Creator, ready to do all his will, and continually and commenced the prosecution of law-breakers. crying, “ Lord, what would'st Thou hare me to All through Massachusetts, the law is better en do? Teach me to do thy will, for Thou art my forced at this moment, than it was at any time God.” (Acts, ix. 6; Psalm cxliii. 10.) prior to the present year; and in most localities During our necessary occupations, we need liquor-selling is either extinct, or as stealthy and only pay a simple attention to the leadings of secret as any other violation of law. It is be- Divine Providence. As they are all prepared for coming more and more disreputable to sell, and us, and presented by Him, our only care should the business falls constantly into lower and be to receive them with childlike spirit, and submeaner hands where it is not utterly abandoned. mit everything absolutely to Him; our temper,
our own will, our scruples, our restlessness, our
self-reflections, our overflowing emotions of hurry, ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF TIME.
vain joy, or other passions which assault us acI understand perfectly well that you do not cording as we are pleased or displeased with the ask at my hands any proof that it is incumbent different events of the day. Let us be careful, upon us to employ all our time to good pur- however, not to suffer ourselves to be overwhelmpose; grace has long since convinced you of this. ed by the multiplicity ofour exterior occupations, It is a pleasant thing to come in contact with be they what they may. those who can meet us half way; but, notwith- Let us endeavor to commence every enterstanding this, much reinains to be done, and prise with a pure view to the glory of God, conthere is a wonderful distance between the continue it without distraction, and finish it without viction of the intellect, even combined with the impatience. good intention of the heart, and a faithful and The intervals of relaxation and amusement are exact obedience.
the most dangerous seasons for us, and perbaps Nothing has been more common in ancient, as the most useful for others; we must, then, be well as in modern times, than to meet souls who on our guard, that we be as faithful as possible were perfect and holy, theoretically. (Matt
. vii. to the presence of God. We must make use of 16,) “ Ye shull know them by their fruits,” says all that Christian vigilance so much recommendthe Saviour. And this is the only rule that ed by our Lord ; raise our hearts to God in the never deceives, when it is properly understood; simple view of faith, and dwell in sweet and it is that by which we must judge ourselves. peaceful dependence upon the Spirit of grace, as
There is a time for everything in our lives ;' the only means of our safety and strength. This
is especially necessary for such as are looked up the elevated and sublime poetry of David. It to as in authority, and whose words may be the advanced with the stern ministry of honored cause of so much good or evil.
Elijah. As he went up in the flaming chariot, Our leisure hours are ordinarily the sweetest translated to heaven, his mantle descended upon and pleasantest for ourselves; we can never em- the “man of God,” Elisha. Among the minor ploy them better than in refreshing our spiritual prophets who carried on the spirit of this age of strength, by a secret and intimate communion seers, were Hosea, Amos, and Micah. Then with God. Prayer is so necessary, and the followed Isaiah, as full of the spirit of the Gospel, source of so many blessings, that he who has as of the spirit of Prophecy; and Jeremiah, overdiscovered the treasure cannot be prevented from flowing as well with tender lamentation for the having recourse to it, whenever he has an op- affliction of Israel, as with the sublimest predicportunity.
tions of the days when the Lord would heal and I could add much more concerning these mat- comfort them; then Ezekiel, with as many ters, and I may perhaps do so, if my present visions of the future, as the eyes in his mysterious views do not escape me ; but, if they do, it is of wheels, prophesying, " in the midst of the valley little consequence. God gives others when He which was filled with bones.” Ezekiel connectpleases; if He does not, it is a proof that they ed in his person the age of prophecy with that are not necessary; and if so, we should be well of the captivity of Judah. Daniel succeeded sstisfied with their loss.—Extract from Fenelon him, and beside the prophetic interpretation of and Guyon.
the hand-writing on the wall, foretold the succession of the four powerful monarchies, and the
feeble rising and ultimate dominion of the fifth, PROPHECY.
and determined the time when the daily sacrifice The overpowering weight of the evidence of would cease, and Messiah be cut off - not for himprophecy, and the moral grandeur with which self. Haggai and Zechariah continued the proit attests the inspiration of God, and the Messiah- phetic strain, after the return of Judah from capship of Christ, can only be appreciated by a full tivity. Malachi terminated the line of Old Tesview of the immense scheme, and the vast ex- tament prophets, and the canon of Old Testament tent of the prophecies in the Bible. Their re- scriptures, with the sublime annunciation of one cord occupies a large portion of the Scriptures. who was to come, in the spirit and power of In the third Chapter of the Bible, it begins; in Elijah, to prepare the way of the Lord. Again the last it ends. Its spirit arose with the fall of the harp of prophecy was silent as during the man in Eden; its predictions will only end with bondage of Egypt, until “ that Prophet" like his perfect recovery in Heaven. During the unto, but infinitely greater than Moses arose. progress of more than four thousand years, the Jesus, the great object of prophecy from the bescheme of prophecy was continually opening; ginning-Himself “the spirit of Prophecy,”— its predictions were continually multiplying ; its foretold, besides his own death and resurrection, grand object and purpose were continually be the calamities that should befall Jerusalem, as coming more distinct and luminous. The spirit well as the utter destruction of the Jewish state. of prophecy first uttered its voice, when as yet Paul followed his master's steps, as well in the our fallen parents had not been expelled the gar- walks of prophecy, as of martyrdom, forewarning den of innocence. Cain heard in it the warning the church of that man of sin, the son of perdiof his punishment. Enoch continued its de- tion, whose coming is after the working of satan, clarations. Noah transmitted its strain. Abra- with all power, and signs, and lying wonders. ham's whole life was guided and encouraged by Thus have we a train of holy men, reaching its inspirations. Isaac was the child, as well as from the earliest ages of mankind, through a the instrument of prophetic communication. period of more than four thousand years ; --Jacob with his last breath foretold the future Princes, Patriarchs, Priests, Legislators, Shephistory of his twelve sons in their generations, herds, Fishermen and the reign of a law-giver in Judah till Shiloh Exceedingly various in natural qualifications ; should cone. The harp of propliecy remained in education, habits, and employments ; they in silence while the posterity of Jacob remained wrote in various styles, but each as he was moved in Egyptian bondage; but no sooner was Israel by the Holy Ghost. free, than the spirit again breathed upon its
CHARLES P. M'ILVAINE. strings, and in the hand of Moses it spoke of the great Prophet who was to come to the church, In order to the right conduct of our lives, we and sketched the Jewish history with wonderful must remember that we are not born to please minuteness, down even to the present, and far ourselves. - The Adventurer. future times.
Between Moses and David, lived Samuel a A sensible and feeling mind must view the prophet of the Lord. Immediately after him, moral defects of his fellow creatures with the began what may be styled, with emphatic distinc- same regret that he observes their physical intion, “ the age of prophecy.” It opened with firmities.
SUMMARY OF NEWS.
sels shall be exempt from seizure except articles
contraband of war. FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.—By the arrival of the
The bill to double the income steamship America at Halifax, on the 14th and of tax has passed the House of Commons. The the Arctic at New York, on the 16th inst., Liver- have been stricken from the roll of the navy, they
names of Sir John Franklin and his companions pool advices have been received respectively to the 1st and 5th inst. The English papers contain being now given up for dead. Breadstuffs had the formal declaration of war against Russia.
advanced in price-cotton, remained the same as
at previous advices. By the treaty between Turkey, England and France, the two latter Powers bind themselves to has written a letter to the Austrian Emperor re
FRANCE.-It is said that the Emperor of France support the former by force of arms until the conclusion of a peace which shall secure the inde minding him of his promise that he would regard pendence and integrity of Turkey, and also, to the passing of the Danube by the Russians as a evacuate the Turkish territories at the end of the casus belli. war. Turkey guarantees perfect equality before
The subscription to the French loan amounts to the law, to all her subjects, without distinction of 467,000,000 francs. creed, and engages not to conclude a peace with
Ten millions have been loaned to Turkey. out the consent of the allies. The treaty is to re
ITALY.—The Duke of Parma has been assassin. main open for the adhesion of the other European ated. The Duchess will act as Regent during the Powers.
minority of her son. The news from the seat of war inform us, that AUSTRIA.—A despatch from Vienna has been on the 25th ult., General Gortschakoff endeavored received stating that Austria will shortly issue a to take possession of an island in the Danube op- manifesto declaring her intention to remain neuposite to Turhekai, and his troops already occu- tral, with the rest of Germany, in the coming conpied a bridge which they had just built, when the test. fire of the Turks destroyed the bridge, which, with Spain.—The Spanish Queen has granted an all that were upon it, was carried away by the amnesty to all the prisoners implicated in the current. The loss of the Russians is estimated at Lopez Cuban expedition. 2000 men. The Russians, however, afterwards
INDIA AND CHINA.- The Great Ganges canal, the succeeded in effecting the passage of the Danube most important work yet executed in India, was at three different points. Later accounts also announce the capture of Hirsova and of the strong affairs in India
to be opened on the 10th inst. The aspect of
was unsatisfactory. Districts position of Babadagh by the Russians, who have which have heretofore been peaceful were unthus rendered themselves masters of the Upper quiet. Dabruja, the country lying between the Danube
Negotiations had been opened for the surrender and the Black Sea.
of Shanghai to the Imperialists, but without any It is also reported that Isaktchi has been cap result. The relative positions of the parties was tured by the Russians, and that five steamers have unchanged. The Northern army of the insurgents left Sebastopol, with 4000 troops, to aid Gortscha- was intrenched for the winter near Tientsin. This koff in his operations beyond the Danube. Varna, place had not been captured by them, as before on the Black Sea, would probably be the next
reported. point attacked. The Turks were throwing reinforcements into that place and the allied Heets Wales had been read a third time in the Council,
AUSTRALIA.- The Constitution of New South were cruising off the coast with the view of inter
with some amendments assimilating it more cepting the Russians. On the receipt of the intelligence of the passage
closely to that of Great Britain. of the Danube by the Russians, Omer Pasha im- Mexico.-It appears probable that the Acapulco mediately sent reinforcements to the troops posted rebellion will lead to a general revolution in Mexiat Trajan's Wall, between Chernavoda and Kos-co. Emissaries have sent to the Governors of tendje. Mustapha Pasha had retreated upon Mats- a number of the States, who are said to be ready chin, and afterwards upon Babadagh. . Advices to join the insurgents. from Trebizonde report that the Russians were VENEZUELA.-At the suggestion of President concentrating forces at Askalziek, and that oper- Monagas, the Congress of Venezuela has passed a ations are to be commenced against the Kars. bill for the abolition of Slavery in that Republic
. Sir Charles Napier, with a fleet of 22 vessels, By this measure, about sixteen thousand slaves are had a stered the Baltic and was anchored off Moen emancipated. Islar · The Russians, expecting that the Island Domestic-CONGRESS.-In the Senate, on the of Vesel will be the first place attacked, have 11th inst., a number of petitions were presented placed there a garrison of 30,000 men. A portion in favor of securing to Americans abroad the right of the Russian fleet is frozen in at Revel.
of religious worship. On the 12th, a memorial The most energetic preparations for the war was presented from persons engaged in the imcontinue to be made by England and France. portation of diamonds and other precious stones, The latter has already shipped 20,000 men and asking Congress to abolish the duties on these arthe former 10,000. Fifteen packet ships are fitting ticles to enable the petitioners to compete with out at Liverpool for the conveyance of troops. A smugglers. new levy of 80,000 men has been ordered in
PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE.—The bill for the France.
sale of the main line of the public works after It is reported that the war is very unpopular several days discussion in the Senate, finally among the mercantile classes in Russia.
passed on the 14th. The minimum price was England. The Queen has announced, that she fixed at $10,000,000. The purchasers are authorwill not, at present, issue letters of marque, and ized to construct a railroad from Columbia to the that property of belligerents on board neutral ves.' Ohio river.
A RELIGIOUS, LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS JOURNAL.
PHILADELPHIA, FOURTH MONTH 29, 1854.
EDITED BY ENOCH LEWIS.
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TO GEORGE that immortal and incorruptible Seed, of which Fox's EPISTLES.
all true and spiritual believers and children of (Concluded from page 498.)
the light are begotten to God, and born again; The religious Society of Friends was, at that and which Seed, or Word of eternal life, abideth time, a laborious, and in England, a very suffer- in him that is born of God, and he sinneth not ing body; many of the letters in the present col- because thereof.—1 John iii. lection are addressed to Friends under persecu
« This our deceased friend and servant of tion. These letters are remarkable for their high Jesus Christ truly testified of Him in all respects, tone of Christian feeling. The sympathy of the both as come in the flesh and in the spirit, both writer towards the sufferers is, if possible, exceed- as Christ was and is our only Mediator and Aded by his meekness towards the oppressors; and vocate, and as He was and is God over all, blessed every feeling is subordinate to that of spreading for ever; whom he so dearly loved and honored, the knowledge of the Truth, in the service of that he often offered up his life, and deeply sufwhich he counted not his life dear. After urg- fered for Him; and that in dear and constant ing upon some of his suffering friends the steady love to his seed, a holy generation might be support of their Christian principles, he says: “I raised, strengthened, and increased in the earth desire, however, that you walk wisely, gently, among the children of men. And his knowledge lovingly, meekly and soberly to the magistrates and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, being afand to all people, that they may have no oc- ter the Spirit in life and power, did no ways imcasion in any thing against you; for the good ply any lessening of the dignity or glory of : must overcome the bad, as the apostle says, Christ, nor any defect of faith or love to Christ, 'Overcome evil with good;' and dwell in that as He came and suffered in the flesh for mankind; love that can bear all things, and endure all as some adversaries have injuriously misreprethings.”—p. 276.
sented and aspersed him; for he highly esteemThe letters from which this Selection is made, ed Christ's sufferings, death, resurrection and were originally published with a Preface by glory; and powerfully testified of the virtue, George Whitehead, one of the earliest and most power, blessed and spiritual design, fruit and efesteemed coadjutors of the writer. In this pre- fects thereof, as revealed and witnessed by his face he notices some misrepresentations of his Holy Spirit.” opinions, and gives some explanations of terms «i Christ Jesus being our spiritual Rock, frequently used by George Fox, which claim a Foundation, and Head, He is truly precious to place in this Introduction.
us and all true believers, in all states and condi. " I am concerned,” says he,“ to recommend tions, both of his humiliation, glory, and dothe serious reading and perusal of the ensuing minion; his great grace and goodness appearing collection, unto all who sincerely desire the pro- in those precious ministerial gifts given by Him motion of Christ's kingdom, and prosperity of (when he ascended up on high) for his ministry his Church, in true love, union, and order, in and church, and by Christ Jesus himself, the Head and “And it is very observable, that though, to Foundation thereof.
express Christ's lowly condition and appearanoe