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been wanting instances of apparent hardship and has had nothing to glory in; the language has disaster among the proprietors of the islands. been deeply felt:—*Be thou exalted, o God, The evils of the great social wrong of Slavery above the heavens, and thy glory above all the had taken too deep a hold on master and slave earth.”” to be altogether eradicated by the dissolution of The last service of this kind in which he enthe unnatural connection. The present genera-gaged, was a visit to some of the smailer meettion of both classes must pass away, before the ings in our own Quarterly Meeting, and a few beautiful order of Freedom can fully establish in the adjoining counties, with many public itself upon a territory cursed for weary centu- meetings. The minute granted him for this ries with a system which transformed the one undertaking had not been returned to the into luxurious despots, and the other into reck- Monthly Meeting at the time of his decease, less and ignorant slaves.
J. G. W. although the work had been fully completed.
It seems incumbent on us briefly to notice his
labours of love in the different branches of A TESTIMONY
Christian philanthropy. The slave-trade and of Norwich Monthly Meeting, concerning slavery, capital punishments, and the inspection JOSEPH JOHN GURNEY, deceased.
of prisons, as regarded their discipline and
management, engrossed much of his attention (Concluded from page 70.)
for many years: and unwearied were his laIn 1843 his mind was again drawn in gospel bours for the abolition of the former, and the love towards the continent of Europe; and one improvement of the latter. We believe that, of the special objects he had in view, was that on more than one occasion, he succeeded, after of mingling in sympathy with those who, not great exertions, in obtaining a reprieve for a being satisfied with a mere formal profession, condemned criminal; and in cases where this were seeking better things for themselves. In could not be effected, the visits which he paid this engagement his wife felt it her duty to ac- to those that were appointed to die were such as company him, and they were accordingly libe- became a minister of the Gospel of Christ. rated for the service. After having visited Some idea may be formed of the earnestness of Paris, the South of France, including all the his Christian zeal, and the force of his religious meetings of those professing with Friends there, efforts on these occasions, from a simple narraand most of the large towns in Switzerland, with tive of one case which he published, and which Strasburg, Stutgard, and Brussels, they returned has been very extensively circulated. Nor home, and renewed the engagement in the were his endeavours to effect the improvement of spring of the following year: when, commencing prisons confined to those at a distance. Amidst at Boulogne, they proceeded by way of Paris to much opposition, he exposed the mismanageNantes and the South-west of France; and re- ment of that in our own city, in which one of turning again by Paris to attend the Yearly his ancestors had been confined for his Christian Meeting, they subsequently visited the islands testimony, and which has since been removed. of Guernsey and Jersey.
It is sufficient only to mention his warm atIn this journey, and during the greater part tachment to the Bible Society, and his continued of the former one, they were accompanied by labour for its support and prosperity; arising their valued friend Josiah Forster: and their from his conviction of the vast importance of sister Elizabeth Fry, having a certificate to visit the sacred writings, and their blessed effects in Paris, proceeded so far with them on their way. promoting the religious improvement and welIn the course of these journeys, and of that in fare of the human race. And closely connected 1841, our beloved friend had access to the sove with this conviction, he was indefatigable in reigns of France, Denmark, Prussia, and Wur- extending the blessings of education amongst temburg; with all of whom he had religious the poorer classes of society. For these objects, communications, and also satisfactory inter- he spared neither personal labour nor pecuniary course on various subjects of a benevolent and aid ; and his charitable donations to the poor philanthropic character.
and afflicted were commensurate with the enIn 1845 he again visited Scotland and some larged means which Providence had placed in of the northern counties of England; and not his power. feeling quite clear of one of those districts, he Earnest were his desires, that our religious was again liberated in the following year to Society should rightly occupy the place assigned complete the service. On returning from this to it by the great Head of the Church; and so visit, in which he had laboured diligently in highly did he prize the value of Christian unity the Gospel, he writes:-"Surely it is not too amongst his brethren, that he felt great exercise much to say, that the dear Master was remark- of spirit at the least interruption of it. In the ably with us on these occasions, showing us 12th month, 1821, we find the following entry tokens for good, and giving us a banner to be in his journal :-“ Yesterday was a low, but displayed for his truth, yet the creature truly edifying first-day; I felt much satisfaction in
being permitted to be silent. How invaluable And, whilst the correct and appropriate manner
| is the liberty of the spirit as professed and en- in which he introduced quotations from the joyed by Friends! In the afternoon meeting Scriptures, afforded abundant evidence how fremy mind was peculiarly drawn in near love quent he was in reading those sacred records, and unity to our own Society; and the desolate how diligent in meditating upon them, and how heritages were commended in secret prayer to careful not to misquote, or misapply them, he Him, who, I feel persuaded, has called us forth evinced a firm attachment to the principles of to bear peculiar, yet living testimonies; and our religious Society, and a deep concern for thus to answer in His church universal a specific the upholding of all its testimonies. purpose. Would that that purpose were more In thus recounting the labours and exercises fully accomplished, in and by us!"
of our beloved friend, we desire not to exalt him. On some recent occasions he had various as an individual; but rather to show that the causes of trial and uneasiness, and was brought grace which was bestowed upon him, was not very low in health and spirits ; but that gracious bestowed in vain; for we feel bound to express and merciful God, whom he had endeavoured to our conviction that “by the grace of God, he serve and follow faithfully all his life long, saw was what he was ; and, although largely gifted his soul in adversity, and in very tender com- of his Lord, yet through submission to the passion removed the burdens which weighed so humbling and regulating power of the Holy heavily on his sensitive spirit, enabling him to Spirit, these gifts were remarkably sanctified, cast all his cares on Him, and even to rejoice in and dedicated to his Master's service. Resignhis goodness, and in his wonderful works to the ing his will to the Divine will in very early life, children of men. In reference to some of these in faith and child-like simplicity, he was led painful circumstances, he writes :-“I can truly about and instructed, and in due time made emisay, I have done my best, my very best, my all
, nently instrumental in turning many to rightemy very all ; and now I think I can quietly ousness, not only by the ministry of the word leave it to Him, whom we all call Master. in the demonstration of the spirit, but also by May I serve him better, and more entirely than the still more powerful preaching of a consistent, I have yet done, though I know it must be in watchful, dedicated life. Yet, though his laweakness; and may none of these storms and bours were abundant in the cause of truth, and jealousies throw me off my guard in the meek- he was always ready to spend and to be spent ness and patience of Christ, or in the least divert in the service of his Lord, he considered himself my attention from daily duty, and the diligent an unprofitable servant, and confessed, in deep working out of the salvation of my poor un- abasement of soul, that he had not a straw to worthy soul. I have prayed for peace among cling to, save the free pardoning love and mercy the nations, peace in our Society, and peace in of God, in Christ Jesus his Saviour. the deep interior of my own spirit; a blessing He was particularly careful to avoid obscuring which I do, in a good degree, already enjoy; one essential doctrine of the Gospel, by making but to which I have not the slightest preten- another unduly prominent: and his spirit was sions, except in the abundant mercy of God in clothed with that fervent charity towards those Christ Jesus. May it abound with us more and who differed from him, which never faileth," more, with joy in the Holy Ghost, and a truly “ doth not behave itself unseemly,” “thinketh thankful heart to the Father and Fountain of all no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth our mercies!”
in the truth.” It will not be expected that we should here In the various relationships of husband, father, advert, at any length, to his writings; but it is brother, neighbour, friend, he was a bright exright for us to express our belief, that in these ample, always preferring others to himself, and undertakings, as in every other, he was actuated conscientiously endeavouring to fulfil his numeby a sincere desire to promote the glory of God, rous duties, as in the sight of a heart-searching and the welfare of his fellow-men; and at the God. In common with all the faithful folsame time to maintain, with unflinching in- lowers of the Lamb, tribulations were his abuntegrity," the Truth as it is in Jesus."
dant portion, but in obeying the commandments: But we must not omit to record the deep and of the Lord, his peace might be said to flow as abiding sense we have of the value of his a river, and his righteousness as the waves of Christian labours in the ministry at home. the sea. Here, as well as when called by his Divine For some weeks before his decease, he Master to visit distant portions of the heritage, evinced an increased earnestness to accomplish his labours were abundant. The weightiness of all that appeared to him to be his duty to attend his spirit on these occasions, the sound and to; particularly in effective exertions for the edisying character of the doctrines which he relief of the poor and destitute, and above all, in preached, and the solemnity with which he ap- the more immediate service of his God and proached the Throne of Grace in vocal prayer, Saviour. we still fresh in the recollection of his friends. He seemed to bave a sense upon his spirit,
that his day's work was hastening to its close; The method proposed to be adopted, is that of and on one occasion, a little while before his an elevated rail road ten feet above the paveillness, he pleasantly remarked, “I think I have ment of Broadway, along which cars are to be now at least set my outward house in order, continually passing in either direction-accomwhich is a great relief.” On the belief being modations for foot passengers seem also to enter expressed, that it was not the outward house into the calcuiation. But we will let the paper only that was in readiness, he replied, with a above alluded to (The Home Journal,) tell its look of great abasedness, “I trust, through own story in its own way. pardoning mercy, it may be so; but of myself, “ The corporation have approved the SuperI am the very poorest, most unworthy and infirm terranean Rail Road; and the great thoroughof human creatures.” A fall from his horse ap- fare of New York, like its society and pastry, is peared to be the exciting cause of his sudden to have an upper crust.' removal. It gave him no pain at the time, and “We stepped in yesterday to see the model. he was remarkably shielded from suffering of *** It is proposed (in connection with the rail mind or body, throughout his short illness, of road ten feet above the sidewalk,) to pave the only eight days' continuance. There was much central space between the two tracks with a tender mercy manifest in this; as he had a second story highway, whereon processions natural shrinking from the pains and attendant and pedestrians may parade and walk; and circumstances of a dying hour; and expressed through the translucent substance of which light a fear that he should not have fortitude to meet may descend to the cart and carriage track bethem. A remarkable covering of heavenly low. We mean literally a street of glass, for peace was spread over his sick chamber, and such is the proposition before the City Council, when the tide of life was gently, and, to him- Brittle as glass' is a true similitude no longer, self, unconsciously ebbing out, he said, with a it being demonstrated that it may be laid in slabs sweet and radiant smile upon his countenance, “I like marble, and bear almost any weight that is think I feel a little joyful;” and a few hours after- put on without concussion. A street for wet wards, amid a profound stillness, a deep and holy weather and a street for dry; an elevation solemnity, his ransomed spirit took its fight, as above danger from carts, and a consideration we reverently believe, to the mansions of eternal likely to be popular) above paying involuntary rest, and blessedness. Thus, having accom- admiration to those who ride in carriages. plished his day's work in the daytime, he was “ The model at the corner of Lispenard street, gently gathered, by a hand of unutterable love representing this aerial rail road in operation, is and mercy, from all the trials of this changing very curious and interesting. There are two scene; and he has, we reverently trust, received tracks on each side of the street, one for the from Him, who is the Judge of all, the blessed passenger car which never stops, and another sentence of “ Well done, thou good and faithful for the small tenders which pick up and let servant,”
” « enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” down passengers at every corner, overtaking or He died on the 4th of the first month, 1847, falling behind the large carriage, at the will of and his remains were interred in Friends' burial- the conductor. There is a platform at each ground at Norwich, on the 12th of the same. corner, up to which passengers ascend by stairThere was an unusually large attendance, both of cases, or by a perpetually ascending and descendFriends and others, on this solemn occasion; his ing sofa, worked by the machinery of the road. fellow-citizens, of every class, appearing deeply. The engine is stationary at the terminus, and to sympathize with his sorrowing relatives and the cars are drawn by a rope running over friends. He was in the 59th year of his age,
wheels. The dread of danger from a wheel's and had been a minister nearly thirty years. giving way is anticipated and guarded against
by two other sets of wheels, upon which the cars
would drop in case of fracture. For Friends' Review.
“That Broadway must in some way or other AN ELEVATED RAILWAY.
be depleted of omnibusses, the city feels.—OmIt may not be known to some of the readers nibusses, by a recent estimate, pass St. Paul's of the Review, that a plan has been approved 4,000 times a day. Paving stones and earby the corporation of the city of New York for drums can stand it no longer. Paris, suffering avoiding the great annoyance and tumult of the from the same evil of over-crowded thorough numerous omnibusses continually traversing its fares, is proposing subterranean rail roads, enprincipal thoroughfare--Broadway.
larging its capacity by growing down.- We The estimate we give below, from a respect- prefer our plan of enlarging by growing up.' able journal of that city, of the number of times “But, by the way, if a city can thus grow upthat a station is passed by those cumbrous and ward and downward, instead of lengthening and noisy vehicles will afford an idea of the neces- widening,—if we can double our property by a sity there is for an alteration in the present draft upon zenith and nadir-it is time landmode of locomotion in that neighbourhood. holders began to look at the rights of perpen
dicular. If A.B. has a city lot, does the govern- This address no doubt strengthened the resoment claim anything under or over him? The lution of the Bey, and in the beginning of 1846 growth of New York is not to stop here—it will he published a circular addressed to all the quadruple in this century. But it will sooner consuls in Tunis, informing them that human grow four stories higher than four miles wider beings were no longer regarded as property or longer should this experiment prove success within his dominions.—Nat. Era. ful. It seems to have been prophetic that they commenced numbering in Broadway at Fourth street.'
In an instructive Epistle from John Woolman We shall have First, Second, and to the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings of Third streets over Broadway,—perhaps Deep, Friends,” dated at « Mount Holly, New Jersey, Deeper and Deepest streets under it—a city in 4th month, 1772,” he says: “While aught resix stories! What variety in taking a walk! mains in us different from a perfect resignation What scope for novelty in architecture! What of our wills, it is like a seal to a book, wherein demand on inventions for hoisting and letting is written that good and acceptable, and perfect down! What laws to prevent sitting on chim- will of God, concerning us,' Rom. xii. 2; but nies, fingering the hands on clocks, and making when our minds entirely yield to Christ, that free with the bells in the belfries."
T.J. silence is known which followeth the opening of
the last of the seals, Rev. viii, 1; in this silence ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN TUNIS.
we learn abiding in the Divine will, and then feel
that we have no cause to promote but that only The last number of the British and Foreign in which the light of life directs us in our proAnti-Slavery Reporter contains abstracts from ceedings, and that the alone way to be useful in the Parliamentary papers on the slave-trade, re- the Church of Christ, is to abide faithfully under cently published, consisting of the correspon- the leadings of his holy spirit in all cases, and dence between Sir Thomas Reade, British Con- being preserved thereby in purity of heart and sul at Tunis, and Lord Aberdeen, together with holiness of conversation, a testimony to the purity copies of the correspondence between the Con- of his government may be held forth through us sul and His Highness the Bey of Tunis, with to others." respect to the breaking up of the slave marts, and the abolition of slavery in Tunis. From these documents it appears that, in
THE MONEY WASTED IN WAR. 1841, the Bey commenced that great work of Give me, says one, the money that has been reform, by prohibiting the exportation of slaves, spent in war, and I will purchase every foot of or their importation from the interior. On the land on the globe. I will clothe every man, 8th of 12th month, 1842, he declared all children woman and child, in an attire that kings and born after that date free. This was followed qu might be proud of. I will build a school by the suppression of the great Tunisian bazaar house upon every hill-side, and in every valley for the sale of slaves. Acting under his orders, over the habitable earth. I will supply that the Bey's officers proceeded to the place where school-house with a competent teacher; I will for centuries blacks and whites had been bar-build an academy in every town, and endow it; gained for like cattle, drove out the detestable a college in every state, and fill it with able traffickers, and, to express in a solemn and em- professors; I will crown every hill with a phatic manner the abhorrence in which their church consecrated to the promulgation of the rulers held the commerce in human beings, gospel of peace; I will support in its pulpit an pulled down and destroyed the huge market- able teacher of righteousness, so that on every houses.
Sabbath morning the chime on one hill shall In these noble movements—all of which were answer to the chime on another around the attended with great difficulty, owing to the fixed earth's broad circumference; and the voice of prejudices and long-established customs of his prayer, and the song of praise, shall ascend like Mohammedan subjects—the Bey was encouraged the smoke of universal incense-offerings to and supported by the counsels and official influ- heaven.-Penny Magazine. ence of Sir Thomas Reade and the Abolitionists of England.
At the Anti-Slavery Convention in London, in 1843, an address to the Bey was prepared, A woman came to Halle one day, and said to congratulating him on his laudable reform, and Augustus Herman Franke, that it was as posentreating him to pursue his benevolent designs sible that the steeples should fall prostrate, as to the entire abolition of slavery within his do- that she should lay down her hatred to her minions. This document, signed by the well. mother-in-law, who had so abused and outraged known philanthropist, Thomas Clarkson, was her, that she could never be reconciled. communicated to the Bey through the British Franke replied, “I am not surprised that you Consul.
are not able to reconcile yourself to your mother
EFFECTS OF PRAYER.
BY L. H. SIGOURNEY.
in-law. You can be able only if you implore | Her promised bower of happiness seemed nigh, God's grace to do it. And now, from my heart,
Its days of joy, its vigils of delight; I ask you to promise me that you will pray to
And though at times might lower the thunder storm,
And the red lightnings threaten, still the air God for a forgiving temper.”
Was balmy with her breath, and her loved form, The woman could not refuse. Some days The rainbow of the heart, was hovering there. after, she returned, and said: “Now I will go her wreath the summer flower, her robe of summer
'Tis in life's noontide she is fairest seen, and be reconciled to my mother-in-law."
green. She did so.
Her own pastor asked her why she had not done so before.
But though less dazzling in her twilight dress,
There's more of heaven's pure beam about her now; She replied: “You admonished me to be That angel smile of tranquil loveliness, reconciled, but did not tell me how to get a for- Which the heart worships, glowing on her brow; giving spirit by praying to God.”
That smile shall brighten the dim evening star
That points our destined tomb, nor e'er depart
Till the faint light of life is fled afar,
And hush'd the last deep beating of the heart;
A moon-beam in the midnight cloud of death. I saw a cradle at a cottage door,
Fitz-Greene Halleck. Where the fair mother, with her cheersul wheel, Carrolled so sweet a song, that the young bird Which, timid, near the threshold sought for seed, MARRIED, -At Friends? Meeting-house, West Paused on his listed foot, and raised his head Chester, on fifth day, the 21st inst., Joseph G. HarAs if to listen. The rejoicing bees
LAN, son of Enoch Harlan, of West Marlborough Nestled in throngs amid the woodbine cups
township, Chester County, Pa., to ANNA A. SIEThat o'er the lattice clustered. A clear stream
VENSON, of the former place. Came leaping from its sylvan height, and poured
at Friends' Meeting, at Westbury, Long Music upon the pebbles ; and the winds, Which gently 'mid the vernal branches played
Ieland," on 22d of Ninth month, 1847, JOSEPH Their idle freaks, brought showering blossoms down, F. SHOTWELL, son of Joseph S. Shotwell, of New Surfeiting earth with sweetness. Sad I came York, to AMIE Titus, daughter of William Titus, From weary commerce with the heartless world; of Westbury. But, when I felt upon my withered cheek My mother Nature's breath, and heard the tramp
Died, -At his residence near Milton, Wayne Of those gay insects at their honeyed toil, Shining like winged jewelry, and drank
Co., Indiana, on the 14th inst., in the 75th year of The healthful odor of the flowering trees
his age, BENJAMIN Hiatt, an approved and much And bright-eyed violets,—but most of all,
esteemed minister of the Gospel in the Society of When I beheld mild, slumbering innocence,
Friends. And on that young maternal brow the smile
on the 22d ult., at the residence of his Of those affections which do purify
father, near the village of Saratoga Springs, in the And renovate the soul,—I turned me back
23d year of his age, Richard H. LAWRENCE. He In gladness, and with added strength to run
was a young man of much early promise, of quick My weary race, lifting a thankful prayer
and cultivated parts, and a lively imagination, and To Him who showed me some bright tint of heaven Here on the earth, that I might safer walk,
was greatly endeared to his friends by his amiable And firmer combat sin, and surer rise
disposition. A cold caught in the autumn of 1846, From earth to heaven.
terminated in a lingering consumption. During the summer months his strength and voice failed, so
that he could speak but a few words at a time, and TWILIGHT-HOPE.
scarcely above a whisper. He was early aware of
and resigned to his situation, saying on one occaThere is an evening twilight of the heart,
sion, that he might be taken away at any time; When its wild passion-waves are lulled to rest, but that he trusted solely in his Saviour, and enterAnd the eye sees life's fairy scenes depart,
tained the humble hope that it would be in mercy. As fades the day-beam in the rosy west. 'Tis with a nameless feeling of regret
He enjoyed greatly the reading of religious books, We gaze upon them as they melt away,
and especially the Holy Scriptures. Observing his And fondly would we bid them linger yet,
mother to be much affected by his daily declining But Hope is round us with her angel lay,
strength, he said, “Dear mother, do not grieve, let Hailing afar some happier moonlight hour;
us be resigned to the Lord's will, whatever that Dear are her whispers still, though lost their early power. may be; and receive with equanimity all his dis
pensations ;" adding with emphasis, " whichever In youth the cheek was crimson’d with her glow;
way this may terminate, all will be right." He died Her smile was loveliest then, her matin song
on the morning of the 22d ult. without a sigh, Was heaven's own music, and the note of wo Was all unheard, her sunny bowess among.
groan, or struggle, exchanging, as is humbly hoped, Life's little world of bliss was newly born ;
through the mercy of his
dear Redeemer, this scene We knew not, cared not, it was born to die;
of trial and temptation for one of endless bliss. Flushed with the cool breeze and the dews of morn,
The Friend With dancing heart we gazed on the pure sky, And mocked the passing clouds that dimm'd its blue,
WANTED, Like our own sorrows then-as fleeting and as few.
A young woman as teacher in a Friend's family. And manhood felt her sway too,-on the cye,
Inquire of Josiah Talum, No. 50 North Fourih Half-realized, her early dreams burst bright, Street.