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to learn a language, and one might almost say | 8th, the cars on their way to Baltimore from the two, if we take into account the unintelligible west were detained nearly twenty-four hours on jargon that some use when talking to infant the road, and the passengers compelled to pass the children; for instance, how it must puzzle the

night in the cars. Thousands of tons of timber brains of the poor little learner to ascertain that

ave dristed down the Potomac, causing great “tom, me ittle manne, have a bittee bed a but

damage to the bridges in their way. The road tee,”—means the same as “ come, my little man, have a piece of bread and butter.” Then between Baltimore and Washington has been renthey have to learn the use of every thing around dered impassable until the injuries shall have been them, and the various characters of the persons repaired. The destruction of private property has they meet with

been unusually great. But what are the injuries A father tells us, while he was working in occasioned by this flood, compared with the wide his garden, his little son was very desirous to wasting devastations of the Mexican war? help him; the hoe, shovel, and rake, were each in turn put into requisition, and, as might have been expected, he did more harm than good, it appears that the American force under General

The Mexican CONTEST.–By the latest accounts and the father was under the necessity of arresting him several times by saying,—“ Little boy

Scott has obtained possession of Mexico, the Mexiyou must not do that; you must not do so.” At can army and government having retired from the length the little fellow said, “Well, what may city to prevent its bombardment. But nothing has I do?"

yet come to hand from which we can derive any

hope that the contest is drawing to a close. The FRIENDS REVIEW.

communications between the capital and the coast

are obstructed by bands of Guerrillas; so that PHILADELPHIA, TENTH MONTH 16, 1847.

the transmission of supplies and despatches is ren

dered exceedingly precarious. Well may we seWe commence in the paper of this day a review riously inquire, why are the people of the United of the life of William Allen, which will probably States involved in this apparently interminable conbe continued through several succeeding numbers. test? Will not the lives thus wantonly destroyed To such of our readers as have not had an oppor- eventually rise up in judgment against us? Shall tunity of perusing the original work, it is appre

the sword devour for ever? Is it not very bitterness

What can our hended this summary will prove interesting and in its progress as well as its end ? instructive. It is seldom, indeed, that we have people expect from success; are we to waste the the privilege of following through the diversified lives of the citizens of both governments for the engagements of public and private life, a man so purpose of enlarging the domains, and increasing devoted to philanthropic objects, so ardent in the the power of the slaveholding interest? pursuits of science, and at the same time so sen

Whatever, in the inscrutable counsels of Divine sibly alive to the incomparably superior importance wisdom, may be permitted to arise from these of a strict attention to his religious duties. His national convulsions, it is vain to expect that the journey through life was one of almost unparal- happiness and prosperity of our people can be perleled activity; yet he frequently found time to manently advanced by means so abhorrent to the take a refreshing draught from the springs by the religion in which we all profess to believe. way.

The opinion which our youthful correspondent THE LATE STORM.-A storm of unusual severity “Amicus” has controverted, is believed to be has within the past week swept over a part of our neither new nor limited to the writer whose lancountry. It appears that the rain commenced at guage he has quoted. Friends have unquestionably Pittsburg on the 5th instant, and the storm in- been the pioneers of civil society. As the morality creased in volume and violence as it passed over of the gospel is superior to that of any preceding the mountains. On the 7th, the water was several dispensation, it necessarily follows that the more feet deep in the streets of Cumberland, but it fell nearly our principles approximate to the true evanduring the following night as rapidly as it had pre- gelical standard, the higher will be our standard of viously risen. The streams from the mountains, morality. Religion is the proper foundation of rushing into the Potomac, soon swelled that river morals; and the latter must rise or sink according to a height and extent very seldom witnessed. | as the foundation is elevated or depressed. As our For nearly an hundred miles along the banks of early Friends were favoured with clearer views the river, out-houses and small buildings were of the nature and obligations of Christianity, than swept off, thus causing heavy losses to a class of most others of their day, their moral principles sullerers who were ill able to bear them. On the I were necessarily in advance of their cotemporaries. And there can be no reason to doubt that those, when that which is not rooted in the Truth shall who espouse and strictly maintain the same princi- be cast out.” ples must still lead the way in the moral progress At this period it became evident that her dediof society.

cated life was fast hastening to a close. This This was the position assigned to our predeces- she frequently remarked with great sweetness sors, and, unless we desert our post, such is our and composure; and on the 1st of the Third proper position. When the people at large become month she wrote on a slate as follows : _“I what true vital christianity would make them, they able to enter in some degree into dear John

have been much comforted in reading and being will need no pioneers; then may this Society, with Wigham's • View of a Christian's Life and Trust, out betraying its trust, be sunk and merged in the when near the end of his Journey! My feelgeneral mass.

ings vary so much in the course of the twenty

four hours, that I feel myself to be just in that A TESTIMONY

state in which I may live to survive many much Of Cheshire Monthly Meeting, concerning Ann younger or stronger than myself; or I may be

Jones, of Stockport, deceased. called to give an account of my stewardship (Concluded from page 36.)

any day. I am often reminded of some who On the 23d of Second month, 1846, several have gone very suddenly, and also of the watchfriends being present (to some of whom the word of the great and blessed Master, Be ye visit was a final one), she expressed under feel- also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, ings of great solemnity, as near as can be re- the Son of Man cometh.” This feeling was membered, the following :-“If we are favoured instructively manifest in her earnest endeavour at last to be accepted in the beloved it will all to set her “house in order," so as to be prepared be through the free and unmerited mercy of in whatever way the great and solemn change God in Christ Jesus. Nothing of our own to might be permitted; possessing her soul in paboast of, or depend upon; being in all that we tience, as a servant waiting for the coming of have done, or can do, but unprofitable servants her Lord. before Him,-for whatever we may have done Under seizures of faintness, which were not or suffered, will be as nothing without this free unfrequent, it appeared, to those who watched and unmerited mercy. And whatever has been her, as though in a moment the spirit might be done, or what ought to have been done (at least separated from its afflicted tabernacle. When I find it so,) has been done very unworthily and she again revived, it was striking to witness the imperfectly, compared with that love and free clearness and self-possession she maintained, enpardoning mercy of the Lord Jesus.”

tering directly as the attacks were over, with her “If we are favoured in the end to meet wonted energy, into lively conversation, and where there is no more sorrow and trouble, it receiving many kind friends who visited her, as will be an unspeakable blessing."

if free from bodily ailment. With such she “I wish to leave it as my testimony, that the entered interestedly into their concerns, both principles, doctrines and testimonies of the Chris- spiritual and temporal, in a way peculiar to hertian religion, as upheld and walked in by our self, and which conveyed to their minds feelings worthy predecessors and forefathers, were noth- of her affectionate solicitude for them; which, ing less than the truth as it is in Jesus ; nothing when they marked her worn and altered appearless than the New Testament doctrines of salva- ance, and traced the progress of the complaint tion; no cunningly devised fables, but the living she was patiently suffering under, rendered these substantial truth ; and if I have been favoured seasons affectingly impressive, without the medito do anything right in the course of my earthly um of many words. pilgrimage, it has been the setting forth of that On the evening of the 22nd, being First-day, mystery of iniquity, which would sap the foun- some friends called in, when, after a short pause, dation of these doctrines, which are founded in she spoke as follows:-“If I know anything of Him, who is the chief Corner Stone. For there the present state of the true Church, it is in is laid in Zion a stone, a precious Corner Stone, mourning; anything of the experience of its liva sure foundation; he that buildeth thereon, ing members, it is that of suffering and oppresshall not be confounded; but that which is not sion, but as these abide in the Vine, they are built thereon, will be as the chaff before the preserved as living branches; and although the wind, whilst the pure wheat shall be gathered sap, and the verdure, and the goodliness may into the garner.

For the Lord hath his way in descend to the root; yet let us remember the the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds root is to bear us, and not we the root. The are the dust of His feet. And though in these branch may, as in the pinching wintery season, principles and doctrines there is nothing suited be as withered, dry, and bare ; the sap being reto the wisdom of man, but in the foolishness of tired inward to the root; still

, my friends, there the cross have they been received and exempli- is encouragement under the proving, to dwell fied, they will be assuredly yet more received, in the root; and we must endure the purging

and pruning season, if indeed we are branches may be truly said to have been her continued of the living Vine ; and then as these abide in theme of adoring praise. On the 11th of Fourth the Vine, they will in due season bring forth month, being faint and much exhausted, she said, fruit to the praise of Him, who is everlastingly “ I think I must be near the end. I have an worthy, and ever liveth. We have nothing of humble hope and trust. I think these provings our own to trust to, to build upon, or boast of; have been for my own and others' instruction, nothing of former, experience, or the by-gone that the flesh should have nothing to glory in ; works of former days; but all of the free and that there should be nothing of our own to trust unmerited love and mercy of the Lord Jesus. to. The words of a dear friend have been a Of His mercy He saveth us, if ever we are comfort to me, when near the close of his life, saved, by the washing of regeneration, and the an humble trust,—I do not wish or ask for renewing of the Holy Ghost ; having given more.” And on the following day she expressed : Himself for us, that He might work deliverance, “ If it were not for knowing that there is a reconciliation, and redemption for us, and thus Friend who watcheth over us, and is touched prepare us to glorify the Lord God and the with a sense of suffering humanity, what should Lamb.”

we do ?" It being remarked to her, the day She was not long entirely confined to her before her decease, that she looked calm and chamber, but when increased debility placed her comfortable, she replied :-“Yes! it is a great there, it was her practice to have her family, in- favour to feel some relief; and I do feel more cluding the servants, collected therein, whilst easy and comfortable. I wanted to tell you,

it the Holy Scriptures were read; after which a is no easy thing to be in love with suffering, it few impressive words were often spoken by her, is that that has made it so hard for me; how which rendered these seasons deeply instructive. have I shrunk from it, though Christ Jesus has Once in particular she spoke on the awfulness of suffered so much for me,-shrunk from going being on the verge of eternity, and desired that with Him into prison and to death; that has all present would endeavour to live “in the fear been my weakness; a shrinking from suffering of the Lord, that the purpose of our lives may —from the fiery baptism, which would burn up be answered, even the glory of Him who cre- the chaff. There must be a going with Him to ated us for the purposes of His own glory; but prison, to judgment and to death; and then we if we only live to ourselves, and seek our own shall know a resurrection with Him unto life;"> gratifications, our lives would become a snare to repeating the text, “Ye shall indeed drink of us, and what could we expect at the end of such my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that a life, but misery? Oh it is a fearful thing to I am baptized with, but to sit on my right hand contemplate eternal, never-ending misery. On and on my left is not mine to give, but it shall the other hand, if we endeavour to yield our be given to them for whom it is prepared of my hearts to the teachings of that power which Father.” secretly reveals to us the will of our Heavenly In the evening of this day she remarked :Father, we should be led safely along through “I seem as though I could not think nor stay this probationary state, and in the end have a my mind on anything that is good ; a little runs well-grounded hope of a happy eternity, by and through my mind, and then it is gone, as though through the unutterable love and mercy of God I had no part nor lot in the matter." The next in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

day, being that which marked the final close, On the evening of the 6th of Fourth month, she said, “ Pray for me, that I may be supported

, her household being again collected, and á and sustained through the valley of the shadow psalm having been read, in a faltering voice she of death.” During the day, the servants being repeated the text, “Surely goodness and mercy called into her room at her request, the 5th have followed me all the days of my life, and chapter of the second of Corinthians was read, I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever;" when she observed that the first verse of the adding, “ It is, I believe, a language some pre- chapter had been much on her mind for some sent can trustfully adopt.” On the following days :—- For we know that if our earthly house day she said :-“The espressions of a dear friend of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a when near the close of her life have been much building of God, an house not made with hands, on my mind: I am languishing into the pre- eternal in the heavens.” She further expressed sence of infinite purity, having nothing to rest her earnest desires for those around her, that upon but the mercy of God in Christ Jesus.'” they might all yield obedience to the manifes

? On the evening of this day she expressed her- tations and requirements of the Holy Spirit in self as follows to a friend who called to see her: their own hearts. Her mind dwelt much at this “Unworthy I feel, but hope is not quite gone ; time on the sufferings of our blessed Saviour, if faith and patience can but be maintained, and saying: -“How much He suffered for us, and an evidence, -an evidence mercifully granted of if we expect to reign with Him, we must be acceptance in the beloved,,it will all be of the willing to suffer with Him, even to the end." unmerited mercy of God in Christ Jesus.” This She often desired that patience might hold

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From Chambers' Journal.

out to the end, that it might be granted even in said, “a Frenchman addressing an Englishman, the hour of greatest extremity, “ that so I may and asking him, “Why do you want to kill me?' glorify Thee even as it were in the fires,” re- What!' the other answers, don't you live at peating the lines :

the other side of the water? My friend, if you “Sweet Jesus! give me ease,

lived on this side, I should be an assassin, and it Thy mercy I do crave,

would be most unjust to kill you: but as you And if thou dost but give me ease,

live at the other side, I'm a brave fellow, and Thy mercy I shall have !" In the afternoon of this day she took leave of of great and little minds," he afterwards re

feel quite justified in taking your life.' Persons all around her very affectionately, addressing marked, “ are subject to the same accidents and each individually, and once inquiring, “Shall I have any more sleep in this suffering body do annoyances; but the latter are on the circumfer

ence of the wheel, and the former near the cenyou think ?” to which it was replied, “ Thou mayest ; but it will soon be, rest for ever," she tre, and thus are they less agitated by the same

movements. Yet even in his loftiest state, what added, “in the Lord.” After this she remained in much stillness, mind of the greatest man in the world is not so

is man, fettered as he is by a frail body! The Her departure hence was peacefully quiet, and we reverently believe that her purified spirit is noise around him. It does not require the sound

independent as to remain undisturbed by the

. gathered to rest in the Lord, her Redeemer, in of a cannon to impede his train of thought; the the full fruition of her prayer, uttered on one winding of a pully, or the shutting of a door, is , to

sufficient. Don't be astonished that the philosoclean and

pure, “that so, O Lord! I may enter with Thee into Thy glorious kingdom of rest pher reasons badly now; a fly is buzzing about with Thee into Thy glorious kingdom of rest his ears; that's enough to render him incapable and peace.” She departed this life on the 14th day of the cover truth, drive away the insect which keeps

of deep reflection. If you want him to disFourth month, 1846, and was interred in Friends' burial-ground at Stockport, the 21st of intelligence that governs cities and kingdoms.

his reason in check, and troubles the powerful the same, being in the 720 year of her age; a Yet is the study of the human mind, in all its minister nearly fifty years.

greatness and littleness, the noblest of pursuits.”

“I have often regretted, dear brother,” said

Madame Perier, “ your relinquishing the grand THE YOUNG PHILOSOPHER.

career of science you had entered on, and chang(Concluded from page 41.)

ing so completely your course of thought.” Pascal in his thirtieth year already exhibited “ Dear sister,” said Pascal, “I had passed the symptoms of premature decay. He was an much time in the study of abstract sciences; but old man at that period when it is generally con- it disheartened me to find how few persons there sidered that both the physical and mental pow. were with whom I could hold communion about ers are most fully developed. But his health them. When I commenced the study of man, had sustained a severe shock from his intense ap- I saw that these abstract sciences are not fitted plication to study, no less than from the ever- for him, and that I wandered farther from my stirring activity of his genius. He had been for path in diving into them, than did others in many years under the care of medical men. avoiding them; and I forgave them their ignoPerceiving that the cure of their patient could rance. I believed that I should find companions, not be effected so long as he persisted in the in- at least, in the study of man, because it is the dulgence of his sedentary and studious habits, knowledge which best befits him. I was dethe physicians advised him to take as much ex- ceived: there are yet fewer who study man ercise as possible, which would at once strength-than geometry.” en his enfeebled frame and divert him from his While thus speaking they came to the bridge; mental fatigue. In pursuance of this advice, and the horses taking fright, and refusing all conPascal used to go out in a carriage every day to trol, plunged headlong into the river Seine. the bridge of Neuilli. His only surviving and Fortunately, however, the strong concussion fondly-loved sister, Madame Perier, who with broke their harness, and the carriage remained her husband and family resided in the country, on the border of the precipice, while the horses frequently visited him, and left nothing undone were hurled below. By this means the life of that affection could suggest to support and cheer Pascal was saved from instantaneous destruction ; him. One morning in the month of October, but his health received, nevertheless, a severe 1654, she accompanied him in his accustomed shock. One may easily imagine what effect drive. The day was lovely, and Pascal's en- this sudden fright and violent motion must have feebled frame seemed to receive strength from produced in the weakened state of his constituthe balmy air, while he conversed with ease and tion. He fell into a fit, from which he was with pleasure. He spoke of the folly of national great difficulty recovered. A severe illness antipathies, and the sin of war. “ Fancy,” he followed, the effects of which he never got quite

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Yet the gentle and fervent charity of his character; and could have been sarcastic, but nature shone forth all the more brilliantly for the overflowing kindliness of his temperament his bodily sufferings. He gave alms to an extent forbade it. which appeared folly to his acquaintances. One The life of Blaise Pascal drew near its termiof them lectured him one day on his imprudent nation. A fatal disease was preying upon him, expenditure, which, he affirmed, would speedily brought on by the intense working of a mighty bring him to poverty. Pascal smiled, and quietly soul, enshrined in a feeble body—“ Its shell the replied, “ I have often remarked, that however spirit wore.” A deep shade of gloom and depoor a man may be when dying, he always spondency, arising from physical causes, often leaves something behind him.”

clouded his mind. But his sufferings were He denied himself the comforts, and even the soothed by the fond attentions of his sister. She necessaries of life, in order to minister more brought her family to Paris, and having taken a abundantly to the wants of the poor. He al- house near his, devoted herself to him with anxways preserved the utmost purity of mind and ious affection. One day, while still able to walk manners; and he would never suffer the plea- out, he was accosted in the street by a wretched sures of the table to be extolled in his presence, looking man holding a little boy by the hand. remarking, that food was simply intended to His countenance showed marks of suffering, and satisfy the appetite and nourish the body, not to his tale was a sad one. He had been a journeypamper the senses. The unfortunate ever found man shoemaker, and lived happily with his wife in him a brother. One day, as he was return- and little ones, inhabiting a small house in the ing from the church of St. Sulpice, he was ac- outskirts of Paris. A fire broke out one night; costed by a young and beautiful peasant girl. his little dwelling, with all that it contained, was “Oh, sir,” she said, “ for the love of God give consumed. He and his family escaped with me a few sous !!

their lives; but, from exposure to cold and Pascal stopped, touched at the danger to which anxiety, his wife and two children fell victims her youth and beauty would expose her, if suf- to fever; and he, only just recovered from the fered to wander unprotected through the streets same disease, was forced, with his remaining of Paris. He inquired into her history. “My child, to beg a morsel of bread. Pascal's heart father,” she said, “was a mason, and lived was touched by his tale, and, not satisfied with some leagues from the city. A short time since relieving his immediate wants, he took him to he fell from some scaffolding, and was killed on his own house, and desired him to make it his the spot, leaving my mother and me alone and home until his health should be re-established, friendless in the world. We managed for a time and he should be able to procure work. Some to support ourselves, till my mother's health days passed on, and Pascal became rapidly worse: failed; and after struggling in vain against her he could with difficulty leave his room, and was illness, she this morning entered the hospital, forced to discontinue his accustomed walks. His where, though I can visit her, I am not permit- sister's fond cares were now indispensable to his ted to live, so that, to avoid starvation, I am comfort: every day she passed in his chamber, forced to beg."

ministering to his wants, and learning holy les“My poor child,” said Pascal, “ yours is a sons of patience and resignation, springing from hard lot; I will try what can be done for you.”. love to God, and submission to His holy will.

He immediately conducted her to the house of The poor shoemaker also tried, by every means a venerable ecclesiastic, to whom, without mak- in his power, to serve his benefactor ; and the ing himself known, he gave a sum of money pleasant laugh and winning ways of his little sufficient for her food and clothing, promising to son George often soothed and cheered Pascal, send next day a charitable lady to take charge who dearly loved children. of her. This was Madame Perier, who entered He had an old female servant, who had lived warmly into her brother's benevolent feelings, in his house and served him faithfully for many and took care of the grateful young girl until a years. One morning she entered his room berespectable situation was provided for her. Who fore the hour when Madame Perier generally can describe the feelings of the poor sick mo- came, and withdrawing the curtains, she gazed ther when she heard of the kindness that had sorrowfully on the wasted form and hectic cheek been shown her daughter! She longed to bless of her beloved master. her benefactor, her guardian angel, who had “How do you feel to-day, sir ?" saved her child from misery, perhaps from ruin. “ Not well, Cecil; I passed a sleepless night; Yet Pascal would not suffer his name to be dis- but I had sweet thoughts which comforted closed, and it was not till after his death that he me.” was known to have performed this good action. The old woman proceeded to arrange the Truly might it be said that he

room, and her master said " Where is little “Did good by stealth, and blushed to find it fame.” George, Cecil? I have not heard his merry

Notwithstanding his habitual gravity, he had voice this morning.”
a fund of natural wit, and keen penetration into “Oh, sir, I wanted to tell you about him,

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