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of some and to the calumny of others: but this time I determined to relinquish every occupadid not cool his love for them; he received all tion which could divert my attention from my as permitted for his good, and felt that he suffer- beloved family and our little flock, and to give ed for his Master and for the sake of his cause, up-a situation which afforded me much ease and and this gave him strength to bear what was outward gain, in order to attend to the educaextremely painful to his affectionate disposition. tion of young people, a painful employment at

In the year 1791, after this period of confu- my age, as it obliges me to pass a sedentary life, sion, he visited England, where he was received which is injurious to my health; but I believe with great kindness, and where he obtained a duty calls first, and that without bearing the more accurate knowledge of the discipline of cross we cannot obtain the crown.” the Society of Friends; but the wars which From his profession of a valuer of land, he soon followed for many years wholly interrupt- | was afterwards called in as arbitrator in cases of ed the communications between the two coun- differences in families, and in the division of tries.

property; on these occasions he did honour to After the revolution he was employed in the his religious profession by his strict justice and sale of the lands which had belonged to the impartiality ; so that he was often sent for from nobles, when he gave proof of great uprightness a considerable distance from his home. and disinterestedness. He had the means of enriching himself, but would not take advantage persuasive. He called the attention of his

His ministry was simple, but energetic and of this unhappy period; he bought nothing for hearers to the spirituality of the gospel dispenhimself

. His family increased, and he found it sation, to the necessity of a change of heart and difficult to provide for their wants; as soon as he was allowed to do so, he recommenced the of fire, to that new birth without which we

affections, to the baptism of the Holy Ghost and school, and some time after acted as a surveyor cannot be accepted of God. In his youth, and under the new taxation undertaken by Buona- when he was in health, he often felt himself parte, and was for many years thus employed. called to visit his brethren of the same faith ; In this difficult office, he was remarkable for having a very lively sympathy for his friends his strict uprightness, and thus gained the respect who were situated at a distance from the places and esteem of all amongst whom his lot was cast. The duties of his profession took him

were meetings were held; and he embraced away from his family, whom he dearly loved,

every opportunity which presented itself to and although overcome often by fatigue, in hav- encourage them to persevere in faith, in paing to provide for a family of eight children to himself, to his own words, or to anything

tience, and in waiting upon Christ. It was not during a time of scarcity, war, and perplexity, visible that he was concerned to direct the athe was calm and resigned, happy in being still tention of his friends, but to Jesus Christ the enabled to impart some relief to others. He

Saviour, the way, the truth, and the life, testisaw, however, that this occupation was not that to which he was called; he says in the letter fying that all have access to the Father through

faith and obedience. When circumstances did which has already been quoted, “ The part not allow of his visiting his friends, he conveywhich I had taken in the affairs of the Govern- ed his feelings to them in writing, and his letment was in some respects honourable, since it had an influence in establishing proportionate same zeal and love.

ters always bore marks of experience of the

s justice and equity in the assessment of the landtax; but the sting of necessity kept my soul in

His religious labours were almost entirely painful uncertainty; I wished to be in many

confined to the members of our little society; places at one and the same time, this was not yet he went twice to St. Etienne, to visit a small possible. In the meantime not only our disci- community in the neighbourhood of that town, pline became relaxed, but the education of our

consisting of individuals who had separated children, and particularly of my own family, themselves from the Roman Catholic worship, was neglected." I was engaged in a very pain and who professed principles similar to those of

Friends. ful conflict between my religious duties and the

He was well received, and had exmaking a necessary provision for the wants of tensive service amongst them, and he aftermy family. But o, my dear friend, I saw towards kept up an interesting correspondence my great affliction that Iought not to have hesi- with a few individuals of them. tated so long in choosing the best part. I was

He was affable and kind to all, ready to be greatly afflicted, and I acknowledged, but per- serviceable to his neighbours and friends, as haps too late, that the manifestation of the Su- well as to strangers; and the superior informapreme will cannot be resisted with impunity.” tion which he possessed often qualified him to .. “I was in the midst of this trial at the time be useful to them. He had good health, and of the visit of our dear friend Stephen Grellet, was remarkable for his sober habits, his industry, towards the end of the year 1813; that visit and the serenity of his mind, the expression of was a great consolation to me, and from that which was strikingly visible in his countenance.

The last years of his life were spent at Con-him some merit, “Do not say that : 0, yes, I génies; his time was principally occupied in hope, but I feel that I have need of mercy; making translations from the writings of Friends. there is nothing but that,” or to that effect. He A translation of the works of Richard Claridge, often spoke of death with surprising calmness. which he completed in the early part of the To another of his daughters, who had cared for year 1837, appeared to fatigue him; and in the him during his years of weakness, and who says oth mo. of the same year he was attacked with that she never left his room in the evening paralysis. For many days fear was entertained without hearing him a short time after engaged for his life; but though he was greatly weaken- in imploring the blessing of God, praising him ed by the attack, it pleased Infinite Wisdom to for his goodness, or supplicating for his pardon; restore him so far, as to enable him to superin- he said one day, with a smile, “ The fruit is tend his own concerns, to attend meetings, and ripe, then it must be gathered.” On the 4th of to minister to the spiritual wants of his friends. the 3d mo. a friend for whom he had long been It was evident to them that his communications interested came to see him; he appeared much were more and more fraught with love to all; pleased with the visit, and before he parted from and although his bodily weakness deprived them him, he said, “Keep near to Him who has alof a part of the energy for which they had ready enlightened thee, and He will be thy been remarkable, it was deeply felt that they guide; attend to the manifestations of Him who proceeded from the same source; his mental has said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.' faculties remained unimpaired, although he had What may have appeared to thee (meaning our no longer the strength to employ his time as principles) full of imperfections, contains, on before, and his perceptions of divine things re- the contrary, what is the most perfect: do not mained the same.

remain in a state of uncertainty, in which thou In the 8th mo. 1840, during the visit of a wilt suffer loss. I should like to see thee again Committee of the Meeting for Sufferings of attend our meetings, I think thou wilt find peace Friends in London, he had a second attack, in it.” which threatened his life. In the course of this He had evidently nothing to do in his last illness his patience and resignation were re- moments, and he said many times that he was markable, and he appeared prepared for Hea- happy in the prospect of death, adding at one ven; but it pleased the Lord again partially to time, “ All you have to desire for me is, that I restore him, so that he was permitted to attend may have an easy passage ;” and this, his last meetings, and to encourage and exhort his desire, was abundantly granted him. In the friends. Although, after those attacks, and par- evening of 7th day, the 5th, he thought his ticularly after the last, his power of speech was last hour was arrived; he had his family called, considerably impaired, it was very remarkable named those whom he did not see around his that his religious communications were always bed, and had strength to say, “ May the will clear and intelligible.

of God be done! Farewell, all; love one anHe remained in this state of weakness until other; live in peace, and the God of peace will the 2nd mo. 1812; when he was suddenly at- be with you.” To a friend, who came to see tacked with internal inflammation, which weak- him, he sweetly said, “ Thou seest me at the ened him very fast. From the beginning of end of my life. And when she remarked, that this illness he thought that it would be his last, she believed he was going to enter into a better and that it was a call to a better world, and he life than the one he was leaving, he said, “Oh, received the message with all the calmness of yes;" and immediately turning to his daughter, the Christian who is at the disposal of his who had for some time moistened his lips, he said Master; with him all was submission to the to her, proving his anxiety to be gone, “ And Divine will, and the expression which he most thou lengthens my life.” But on her observfrequently uttered was, “ May the will of God ing to him that it was right to the last to give be done,” and this his countenance conveyed every relief to the poor body, he added, with more than his words. He evidently passed sweet submission, “Well, then lengthen it.” the greatest part of his time in prayer. One Some time after, feeling himself weaker, he said day, one of his daughters wishing to know how “ Now I am going; fare thee well; do not give it was with him, asked him if his thoughts were me any more; I want nothing more.” turned towards God, he quickly answered, “Oh, mained some time in a state of apparent sleep, yes, always.” After having said to him that which was interrupted only by the motion of she hoped he had a trust that when the Lord his hands, which he often clasped before him, should call him from this world, he would ex- and he was évidently in prayer. In the evechange a life of trial and suffering for a state of ning of 6th of the 3rd mo. 1842, his spirit was happiness, she added, that his life had been such dislodged from its earthly tenement, and, we that God would not forsake him at last, he doubt not, is gone to the abodes of the just. quickly answered, as if to reprove her for this He was aged seventy-eight years, and had been last expression, which seemed to attribute to la Minister about fifty-four years.

He re


in this way:

The account of Friends' Boarding School in Indi- A good Library and apparatus have been proana, has been furnished by a Friend in that State. We cured by the liberality of Friends in England, think it can hardly be read by any one in the East- who have ever manifested a laudable interest in ern States, without the feeling of a warm desire

the that the cheerful prospects and hopes of its friends

The amount of land in connection with the t'iere may be realized. Friends of Indiana Yearly school, is sufficient to hold out inducements to Meeting are spread over a large extent of country, enterprising young men, to defray a part of their in many parts of which, the means of educating their expenses by manual labour. More labour has children are very restricted. How important then

thus far been in demand, than could be furnished is it, that in a matter of so much moment, the body

We trust that the Friends of Indiana, may at large should extend every possible assistance. find the good influence of their school diffusing Friends' Boarding School in Indiana. itself throughout their large Yearly Meeting,

and rendering it a heritage which the Lord will This institution went into operation in the delight to bless. Sixth month last. It is situated in a healthy location about one mile west of Richmond, and

The New Paper. about eighty rods south of the National road, To the Editor of Friends' Review. from which it will, when finished, present a It is only within a few days that I have been handsome appearance. The vicinity is gently aware of the determination to commence the undulating, and the scenery interesting. A publication of the new paper that has been for traveller would think the comforts of the place some time, and pretty extensively, looked for much diminished, by the want of shade trees among Friends; and while I was gratified to be near the building, but on approaching he would thus advised, I felt particularly solicitous that be interested by the prospect of a well planted all vigilance might be exerted to keep it within grove, which is making its first year's growth. its legitimate path, and that if the hopes of

The school is made up of near fifty scholars, many that it may do much good should be disabout an equal number of each sex, and has appointed, it may at least be prevented from given satisfactory evidence that it is furnished doing harm. with competent instructors.

The press of our day, is indeed, the moral The present session will close about the mid- lever of Archimedes; the world is moved by it dle of the Ninth month, and the school will be for good or for evil, and we can scarcely be too vacated until after Indiana Yearly Meeting. forcibly impressed with a conviction of the high The present building will accommodate about responsibility resting upon those who are placed one hundred scholars, and that number will pro- in positions to regulate its movements. It is bably be made up at the opening of the winte true, that he who cater for the public, should term. Friends have manifested much interest consult the public taste; and he pledges himself in the school, and it is hoped that the good in- to do so, who undertakes the issuing of a periodfluence it may have in the education of the ical Journal, but he has a right to presume that young people of Indiana, may induce those who the public taste is correct in morals, and rests have been fearful of its tendency, to become its upon sound principles of right. His aim should zealous supporters.

be high, even as the eagle's to the sun. The Great inconvenience is experienced in the labour of the well disciplined and truly exercised management of the school, on account of the Christian will be, not only to spread such inforpoor adaptation of the present building to the mation over his pages as intelligent men would accommodation of both sexes. The committee wish to possess, but also to give such a tone to having charge of it, have evidently shown much public feeling as shall induce a recognition of good judgment in the plans they have devised his own high standard. The field is abundantly for the accommodation of the students in this large for efforts of this character. We are particular. It remains for the friends of the in- crowded with a mass of light literature, and pestitution to determine whether the unfinished riodicals, which are nuisances in the land. They part of the establishment shall be put up. Great are thrown abroad with an industry which the advantages would arise from its completion. It hurry of steam itself can scarcely satisfy, and would then accommodate three hundred scho- which nothing but the love of gain could keep lars, and be a well constructed edifice, nicely from tiring. In the midst of these multiplied adapted in all its parts to the right management and poisonous influences, is it not to be regretof a good school. The expense has been estimated ted that so few of a different character are at by a workman to be $14,000, a sum much less work among us? and cause of congratulation than has been the usual estimate. A little con- that one more is about to be added to the numcert of action could surely do the work, and the ber whose only aim, we confidently rely, will be growing interest among Friends will remain to promote the “ general good.” unsatisfied without it.

The field is indeed large. There is much

this paper.

ground to improve, not only throughout the ge- The superintendence of such a school is no neral community, but also in our own religious doubt a charge of much responsibility; but it may Society, where there is also much that is unoccu- also be one of eminent usefulness, if entered upon pied. In consideration of these facts, I cannot under a due sense of accountability to Him from withhold the expression of my satisfaction in whom the ability for the discharge of any of our finding that a number of our Friends,“ meaning duties proceeds. It can scarcely be doubted that well, and hoping well, prompted by a certain there are within our Society, in this country, something in their nature,” will train "them- many who are qualified to occupy this station; selves to do service in various essays, poems, and perhaps some, who could efficiently carry histories, and books of art, fancy and truth.” out the views of the Board, may be deterred by In conclusion, may the writer, without exposing an undue estimate of the qualities which are himself to the charge of impertinence, venture needed, or too low an opinion of themselves. to express the hope that the Editor will pursue To such, a free conference with the managers the straight forward path of Truth, rather show- might be desirable, and not without important ing its beauty and consistency, than hastily results. Should any Friend be looking towards combating error, or enlisting in the unprofitable the station, he may address the Committee on field of controversy.

z. Superintendent,” under cover to the publisher of Eighth mo., 17, 1817.

Philadelphia, 9mo. 1st, 1847.
Haverford School.

Bombardment of Towns. The arrangements for the re-opening of this The earliest instance of the bombardment of Institution are in progress, and we doubt not a town, is said to have occurred in 1684, when that it will gratify the friends of a sound and Algiers was attacked by the French. On this, liberal course of instruction, to know that the Sismondi remarks: “ Louis the Fourteenth was the applications for admission are numerous, and that first to put in practice the atrocious method, there is good reason to believe, if the school newly invented, of bombarding towns; of burning were opened it would be well sustained. The them, not to take them, but to destroy them, of ditficulty which now retards this desirable event, attacking, not fortifications, but private houses; arises from the circumstance that no suitable not soldiers, but peaceable inhabitants, women Friend has yet been found to occupy the station and children; and of confounding thousands of of superintendent. The great usefulness of this private crimes, each one of which would cause school is no longer a question—it has been tried, horror, in one great public crime, one great and its results are upon the whole very satisfac- disaster, which he regarded only as one of the tory. The experience of twelve years has not catastrophes of war." been lost upon the managers, and no doubt some This first instance occurred under the reign modification of their plans, and some different of a monarch, whom the people of the present arrangements in regard to the studies, will be day generally regard as a tyrant. The last that found proper. Yet on one point there has been has come to our knowledge is that of Vera no change; the conviction remains deeply im- Cruz, by a republican army, acting under the pressed upon those to whom its oversight is com- authority of a government professedly the most mitted, that the moral discipline, the training of free and enlightened in the world. The object the students in habits of self-restraint, and of con- of the first was to procure the release of chrisformity to the principles and testimonies of the tian slaves; the last to extend the dominion of religious Society of Friends, are objects of para- slavery.–Vide Sumner's White Slavery, &*c. mount importance.

The position which this Institution is designed to occupy, is certainly a very important one.

Barclay of Ury. Not only does it aim to afford an extended course Among the earliest converts to the doctrines of instruction in connection with the inculcation of Friends in Scotland, was Barclay of Ury, an of sound moral and religious principles to those old and distinguished soldier, who had fought who might otherwise be placed in situations of under Gustavus Adolphus in Germany. As a great exposure, but it is designed for the train- Quaker he became the object of persecution and ing of young men as school teachers, and thus to abuse at the hands of the magistrates and the supply a want which is greatly felt in our So- populace. None bore the indignities of the mob ciety. The fund which has been recently sub- with greater patience and nobleness soul than scribed, will greatly promote this object, and we this once proud gentleman and soldier. One of trust that Haverford will henceforward be to his friends, on an occasion of uncommon rudesome extent a Normal School, from which the ness, lamented that he should be treated so seminaries of Friends, may be supplied with in- harshly in his old age, who had been so honoured structors, not only well grounded in science and before. “I find more satisfaction,” said Barclay, letters, but initiated into the great art of teaching. “ as well as honor, in being thus insulted for my

From the National Era.,

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“ Marvel not, mine ancient friend, Like beginning, like the end :"

Quoth the Laird of Ury, “ Is the sinful servant more Than his gracious Lord, who bore

Bonds and stripes in Jewry? “Give me joy, that in his name I can bear, with patient frame,

All these vain ones offer: While for them He suffereth long, Shall I answer wrong with wrong,

Scoffing with the scoffer ?

“ Happier I, with loss of all, Hurted, outlawed, held in thrall,

With few friends to greet me, Than when reeve and squire were seen, Riding out from Aberdeen,

With bared heads, to meet me.

“ When each good wife, o'er and o'er, Blessed me as I passed her door;

And the snooded daughter, Through her casement glancing down, Smiled on him who bore renown

From red fields of slaughter.

Up the streets of Aberdeen,
By the kirk and college green,

Rode the Laird of Ury;
Close behind him, close beside,
Foul of mouth and evil-eyed,

Press'd the mob in fury.
Flouted him the drunken churl,
Jeered at him the serving girl,

Prompt to please her master;
And the begging carlin, late
Fed and clothed at Ury's gate,

Cursed him as he passed her.
Yet, with calm and stately mien,
Up the streets of Aberdeen

Came he slowly riding;
And, to all he saw and heard
Answering not with bitter word,

Turning not for chiding.
Came a troop with broadswords swinging,
Bits and bridles sharply ringing,

Loose and free and froward;
Quoth the foremost, “ Ride him down!
Push him! prick him! through the town

Drive the Quaker coward !"
But, from out the thickening crowd,
Cried a sudden voice, and loud :

“ Barclay! Ho! a Barclay !"
And the old man, at his side,
Saw a comrade, battle tried,

Scarr'd and sunburn'd darkly; Who with ready weapon bare, Fronting to the troopers there,

Cried aloud : “God save us! Call ye coward him who stood Ankle deep in Lutzen's blood,

With the brave Gustavus ?"

Hard to feel the stranger's scoff, Hard the old friends falling off,

Hard to learn forgiving : But the Lord his own rewards, And his love with theirs accords,

Warm and fresh and living.

« Through this dark and stormy night, Faith beholds a feeble light,

Up the blackness streaking; Knowing God's own time is best, In a patient hope I rest,

For the full day-breaking !" So the Laird of Ury said, Turning slow his horse's head

Towards the Talbooth prison, Where, through iron grates, he heard Poor disciples of the Word

Preach of Christ arisen!

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