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character as Elizabeth Fry, even in her errors. It was between four and five in the afternoon, that Give us, too, our round of follies, now, say they, I came upon this view, and I gazed, and gazed, and and by and by, we will think of religion! gazed, almost wishing that I could spend as many Would that the length and the breadth of this day's as there were minutes in the same position,
and full of regret to leave a spot of such glorious infatuation were comprehended by those who beauty. The splendor was almost blinding. A brilcherish it!—that it were remembered “that for liant sun, a few fleecy clouds around the mountain, all these things, God will bring us into judg- a clear transparent atmosphere, the valley invested ment!”
U. M. with the richest verdure, range after range of moun
tains retreating behind one another, tinis sostening For Friends' Review.
from shade to shade, the light mingling with, and as Mont Blanc.
it were entering into the green herbage, and formning Who among us is there, but in the glowing hazy light, and at the close of this perspective of
with it a soft luminous composition, dim ridges of aspirations of his early life has felt that to visit magniiicence, Mont Blanc sheeted with snow, and Mont Blanc, and the wildest and grandest of flashing like a type of the Celestial City. nature's upheavings around it, must be among Coming suddenly upon such a scene you think the achievements of his future days! Who, that no other point of view, can possibly be equal even in matured and sobered thought, after his to this, and you are tempted not to stir from the spot brow has become wrinkled, and his cheek fur- till sun down; but looking narrowly, you see that rowed with the cares and perplexities of a busy the road scales the cliti's at some distance beyond, life, does not, occasionally, still cast a longing be in full view; so you pass on, plunging for a few
at an overhanging point, where Mont Blanc will still look to Switzerland, and while he partly ac-moments into a wood of chestnuts, and losing Mont knowledges the impossibility of visiting it, clings Blanc entirely. Then you emerye, admiring the to earlier hopes, and reluctantly admits the con- rich scene through which you have been advancing, viction that this must indeed be among the un- until you gain the point wliich you observe from a realized visions of boyhood! Next to the en- distance, where the road circles the jarged outjutjoyment of actual observation, is a vivid and ting crags of the mountain at a great distance abo graphic description of the object, from the pen of glory bursts upon you.
the bottom of the valley, and there again the vision
What combinations! of one who can appreciate its beauties, and who, Forests of the richest, deepest green; vast masses of after having drunk them in himself, possesses the foliage below you, as fresh and glittering in the sunhappy faculty, not only of drawing a faithful light, as if just washed in a June shower; mounoutline, but also that of filling its details so as to tain crays towering above, the river Doire ihundercreate in your own mind, a full picture of what ing far beneath you, down black, jagged, savage it is your lot only to imagine.
ravines; behind you, at the end of the valley, a I take the following extract from Cheever's same vast and maguificent perspective which ar,
of snow.crowned mounlains; before you the Wunderings under the shadow of Mont Blanc, rested your admiration at first, with its infolding and and apprehend it will be read with a lively in-retreating ranges of verdure and sunlight; and at the terest by such as are not familiar with our au- close, Mont Blanc flashing as lightning, as it were a thor.
T. U. mountain of pure alabaster. “Almost every separate view of Mont Blanc,
" The fleecy clouds that here and there circled from different vales and mountains, has some pe- and touched it
, or like a cohort of angels, brushed its culiarity to characterize it. I never obtained so summit with their wings, added greatly to the glory; complete an idea of the vastness of its slopes of snow, for the sunlight reflecting from the snow upon the and ihe immensity of its glaciers, as when gazing clouds, and from the clouds upon the snow, made a ou it in a fine day from the summit of the Flegére in more glowing and dazzling splendour. The outlines the vale of Chamouny.
of the mountains being so sharply defined against “ The view from this point, from the Breven, and the serene blue sky, you might deem the whole from Col De Balme, might each seem, under favor: mass to have been cut out from the ether. You have able circumstances, so sublime and glorious that this view for hours as you pass upitie valley, but at nothing could exceed them, or cause any increase in this particular point it is most magnificent. their sublimity. But Mont Blanc from the Italian " It was of such amazing effulgence at this hour, side, from the Val d'Aoste, is presented to the eye that no language can give any just idea of it. Gazing in a greater unity of sublimity, with a more undi- steadfastly and long upon it, I began to comprehend vided and overwhelming impression, than any other what Coleridye meant, when he said that he almost point. In the vale of Chamouny you are almost too lost the sense of his own being in that of the mounpear; you are under the mountain, and not before tain, or that it seemed to be a part of him and he of it, and from the heights around it there are other it. Gazing thus, your sense almost becomes dizzy olijects that command a portion of your admiration. in the tremulous etlulgence. And then the sunset! But here Mont Blanc is ihe only object, as it were, The rich hues of sunset upon such a scene! The between you and eternity. It is said that on this side golden light upon the verdure, the warm crimson tints the mountain rises in almost a sheer perpendicular upon the snow, the crags glowing like jasper, the precipice, thirteen thousand feet high ; an object masses of shade cast from summit to suminit, the that quite tyrannizes over the whole valley, so that shafts of light shooting past them into the sky, and you see nothing else, and in a day of such glowing all this flood of rich magnificence succeeded so brilliancy as I am writing of, you desire to see no-rapidly by the cold grey of the snow, and gone enthing else, for it seems as if heaven's splendors were tirely when the stars are visible above the mountains, coming down upon you.
and it is night!"
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proportions of the said vessel and cargo, and that PHILADELPHIA, NINTH MONTH 4, 1847.
his father, who was part owner of the ship which
took the French vessel, was a Quaker, and did not It will be seen by the conditions and this speci- desire to hold their property, as it was inconsistent men, that a volume of 832 large octavo pages, with his conscientious scruples. They made inprinted in double column, and on fine paper, will quiry respecting the principles of Friends, and be furnished annually for two dollars. To those found them much the same as their own.” who are familiar with the fact, that the charges for In the year 1788 they appear to have received advertising constitute a material, and, in many their first visit from members of our Society; Sarah cases, a principal source of the income of our news- Grubb, in company with George Dillwyn, Mary papers, it must be evident that an extensive sub- Dudley and others, having been engaged in this scription will be requisite tò defray the cost of so service. They were followed by William Savery large a volume, from which advertisements are ex- and David Sands in 1797. The account which cluded, that the paper may be devoted to matter of these Friends have left us of their simple habits, more general interest to the readers. It may be Christian tenderness and glad reception of the truth, questioned, indeed, whether, even then, the sheet is very touching, and is, we trust, familiar to a large will be found large enough to cover the ground portion of our readers. Since that period they have which our Prospectus has marked out. In that been frequently visited by Friends, and under vacase there will be no objection on our part to its en- rious depressing circumstances a number have been, largement at a suitable time, if it should prove so preserved in a good degree of consistency as regards far acceptable as to induce a patronage that will the support of most of our Christian testimonies. justify the additional expense.
Amongst the most prominent of these faithful conWe publish a large edition of our first number fessors, Lewis Majolier has long been conspicuous, and send it to our friends, with a hope and request and those who have read the instructive narratives that those who feel an interest in promoting the of the Friends who have travelled amongst this success of the paper, will promptly forward their simple people, will have recognized in him one of own subscriptions and those of their neighbors by their most assiduous fellow-laborers in the service mail, addressed to the publisher, carefully and dis- of Truth. The Testimony concerning him, which tinctly designating the Post Office to which each occupies a portion of this paper, will be found to paper should be addressed.
possess much interest, as the record of an humble For ten dollars remitted, six copies of the paper and devoted Christian. will be forwarded, mailed together or separately, as directed We propose to issue our second number about
The Yearly Meetings of London, New York, and the first of the 10th month.
New England, have all been held since that of Phi, We have received the London General Epistle, ladelphia. Through the medium of the London and that of Dublin Yearly Meeting addressed to its Friend, we have received an account, considerably own members, both of which we intend to insert in in detail
, of the proceedings of the Yearly Meeting an early number of the “Review."
held in that city. The printed minuies of those held
specific notice of the subjects which have claimed The little body of Friends in the south of France the attention of those meetings, and the result of have long been regarded with affectionate interest their deliberation. From the information thus by their fellow professors in this land. They seem, received the following abridgment has been made. like our forefathers, to have been drawn out of the From these sources, and from private letters, forms of an external religion to the immediate we rejcice to learn that a more than ordinary teaching of Christ in their own hearts, long before degree, not of harmony only, but of Christian they had any knowledge of our Christian profession. love and fellowship, was felt to pervade these Hence they were called Inspirants; and it would assemblies. It is a cause of reverent gratitude seem that something of a religious organization, when any of our meetings are owned by the with a code of discipline very simple in its cha- Divine presence; and amid the many discouraging racter, but analogous to our own, existed amongst circumstances which surround us, we may find octhem at an early period. “Their attention,” says casion to take fresh courage, when Yearly Meetings, William Savery," was first turned to Friends by in- representing so large a portion of our religious comformation in the public papers, by a young man who munity, are permitted to be held under a sense ofthat came to Paris and advertised that the owners of a Heavenly influence which draws individual memvessel and cargo which were taken by the British bers nearer to each other, and unites them in a sincere in the war with America and France, were re- | desire to promote the cause of Truth. The unity
of this religious body is dear to every true member Quarterly Meeting. This statement is also subof it; and whatever indicates its increase must be a stantially confirmed, by a minute in the reports cause of rejoicing to all who can duly estimate those from Scipio. spiritual truths which it is our privilege to uphold
“ This affecting subject claimed the serious and to promulgate.
deliberation of the Meeting, and resulted in ap
pointing a committee to take the whole case Yearly Meetings.
into consideration as it is presented by the docThe Yearly Meeting of London was unusually uments which have been brought to this Meetshort, having closed on Fifth day evening of the ing, and report their judgment of the best way second week. One reason which may be as
to dispose of it, to a future sitting.” signed for this circumstance is, the absence of At à subsequent sitting the following report was propositions from the Quarterly Meetings and received and adopted : of Appeals; but there is another cause which
« The Committee appointed in the case of has probably contributed in a still greater degree to this result, we mean the unanimity which Scipio Quarterly Meeting, after deliberately
considering the subject submitted to them, have has marked all its deliberations, We cannot recall, in our limited experience, a season in that a solid Committee be appointed to attend
concluded to propose to the Yearly Meeting which there has been so unbroken a harmony Scipio Quarterly Meeting and its subordinate of sentiment, and, at the same time, so large a branches, as the case may appear to require. . measure of true liberty, a liberty accompanied That such Committee be, by the Yearly Meeting, by a deep and extensive desire for the maintenance of primitive simplicity, both of doctrine Monthly, and Preparative Meetings ; and espe
constituted a component part of the Quarterly, and practice. Various subjects were brought before the meet- the directions of the Yearly Meeting; that the
cially instructed to endeavor to carry into effect ing, by means of the selected minutes of the Meet- right order and subordination to the superior ing for Sufferings. The little company who pro- Meetings may be restored, as enjoined by our fess with Friends in Norway, have been placed discipline : and also to endeavor, in the spirit in a near relation with us, and will in future, as it of restoring love, to heal dissensions and prois expected, return answers to the queries once mote that love and unity that becomes Christian a year. Their religious condition excited much
brethren.' interest; and two of the Friends who visited them last summer, gave the Meeting some in- The following Minute from Farmington Quarter teresting recollections of their journey. was received, and referred to the Meeting for Suf
The chief part of one sitting was engaged with ferings : the subject of Capital Punishment. We do not
The Committee on the subject of promotremember to have heard a more animated and ing our testimony against slavery report, that general discussion, or one in which there has they have been renewedly and deeply affected been a greater concurrence of expression. The with the consideration that slavery has been practice was condemned, as it may be supposed, extending its limits from time to time, and thus with one voice; and it was treated by many increasing its evils and cruelties in our country Friends as identified with that of war, and for many years past; but more especially are therefore as coming within the proper scope we affected with the consideration of the fact, our testimony to the peaceable nature of the that the Nation is now engaged in a war of aggospel dispensation. Friends were encouraged gression and conquest, apparently for the farto apply themselves in their respective neighbor-ther extension of this institution. We are hoods to the enlightenment of the public mind; therefore united in believing that these deeply and the Meeting concluded to have a paragraph affecting circumstances present a fresh claim upon the subject introduced into the General upon the Society for the adoption of measures Epistle, and to leave it to the attention of the to lay before the Government and the Nation a Meeting for Sufferings.
testimony against slavery in all its influences The New York Yearly Meeting commenced on and bearings, and especially against the acquithe 24th, and closed on the 28th of 5th month last. sition of new territory for its farther extension.
“ The Meeting for Sufferings having learned And that our members be pressingly invited to that the Quarterly Meeting of Scipio had de- a deep and weighty consideration of the reclined to comply with the requirement of this sponsibility that rests upon them, and cautioned Meeting last year, to read and record certain not to lend their influence in any way to the documents which had been forwarded to it;
extension or support of the slave power." appointed a Committee on the occasion to visit
The Yearly Meeting of New England convened that Meeting, by whose report an affecting at Newport, on the 14th, and closed on the 18th of statement is presented of the insubordination 6th month last. From their printed minutes the that prevails in many of the members of that following extracts are made.
“ Not having received at this time, nor last “ The spirit of the gospel is the spirit of reyear, Epistles from our dear brethren of the storing love. He that came that we, being Yearly Meetings of Philadelphia and Ohio, and enemies, might be reconciled unto God, is, as this Meeting being brought under deep exercise we humbly believe, graciously disposed, by the in relation thereto, a committee was appointed shedding forth of the blessed influences of his to take the subject into their solid and deliberate love, to reconcile us, not only unto himself, but consideration, to seek therein direction of the one unto another, and to be a healer of breaches, Head of the Church, and, if in clearness way as well as a restorer of paths to dwell in. should open for it, to prepare essays of commu- “ Reverently looking unto him, therefore, for nications to those respective Meetings, that our a blessing on our endeavours to manifest our love may be still manisest to them.
continued love for these our brethren, we have
prepared essays for epistles to each of the Yearly The report of this Committee was as follows:
Meetings of Philadelphia and Ohio, which we “ The Committee appointed to consider the submit to the consideration of the Yearly Meetcircumstance of our Yearly Meeting not having ing.” received epistles from our brethren of the Yearly Meetings of Philadelphia and Ohio,
A Testimony neither at this time nor at our last Yearly Meet- From the Two Months' Meeting of Congénies, France, ing, have met and deliberated thereon; and in the course of this deliberation have been intro
concerning Louis AntoinE MAJOLIER, who died at duced into a deep feeling of sorrow and regret,
Congénies, the 6th of 3rd mo. 1842. that an epistolary intercourse which has long “ Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for subsisted, as we trust, to the mutual benefit of they rest from their labours, and their works do the Yearly Meetings and to the promotion of follow them." the cause we profess to advocate, by drawing Although in thinking of our beloved friend, closer the cords of Christian love between bre- this may be the language of our hearts, accomthren of the same religious profession, and there- panied by a feeling of gratitude, as it respects, by imparting strength to hold fast to this our himself, yet when we think of ourselves, and profession, should by any means be interrupted. of the empty seat which he has left amongst
“Our epistolary intercourse with the Yearly us; when we remember his tender exhortations Meeting of Philadelphia, has subsisted for more and his lively interest in our little society, we than 140 years. It was commenced, we doubt deeply feel our loss, and are at times almost not, under the influence of the Spirit of Truth, absorbed by the feeling of sorrow. and on the proposal of the brethren of Phila- Louis A. Majolier, was born at Calvisson, in delphia Yearly Meeting, at a time when, in the the Department of Gard, in the 4th mo. 1764. early days of our history as a distinct religious His parents belonged to a sect which afterwards body, our worthy predecessors were enabled by professed principles similar to those of the Sothe grace of God, faithfully and fearlessly to ciety of Friends in England, even before they stand for the cause of true and vital Christianity, knew that such a society existed. This sect had and were largely instrumental in the Divine sprung from another, known by the name of hand in holding forth to the world the standard "the prophets," which, after being divested of of true, vital, spiritual religion ; even the reli- the mystical and fanatical opinions which disgion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who tinguished them, had adopted principles similar has graciously declared that he came that his to those of Friends, on the spirituality of the humble, dedicated followers might have life, and Gospel dispensation, on ministry, and on worthat they might have it more abundantly. ship. They met in silence to worship God,
“With the Ohio Yearly Meeting we began and awaited for the influence of the Holy our intercourse at the commencement of their Spirit, before they expressed anything in their holding a Yearly Meeting, at which time we assemblies, and they considered that as the gift addressed them in brotherly love, and gave them of the ministry has been freely received, it our hearty salutation.
should be freely exercised. “ We have endeavored, according to our mea- Although the parents of our dear friend were sure, in the light of truth, to examine whether not rich, and had not themselves received much any thing on the part of this Yearly Meeting instruction, they obtained an education for their has caused the interruption in the friendly in- son, beyond what those who are similarly cirterchange of these proofs of brotherly regard. cumstanced can usually procure. This was a We are not sensible that any thing of this kind great advantage to him, and in aster life he achas taken place. Why then should we cease to quired additional information on a variety of regard the members of these Yearly Meetings as subjects. This, united to a sound judgment our brethren, one in religious profession, and and an upright course of conduct, qualified him bound by the bonds of the gospel to be one an- for a wise counsellor, and a good arbitrator in other's helpers in the Lord.
the profession which he undertook. On leaving
school he was placed with a notary at Ambraix, / were many errors to be extirpated among those where he remained many years, and where he with whom he felt called to labour. He was acquired, in a remarkable degree, the esteem often discouraged, but, to use his own expresand entire confidence of the family in which sion, an irresistible power impelled him, and he he resided.
received strength to persevere; and although His parents wished him to pursue the study young at that time, he was the instrument of a of the law, and had he seen it right to follow favourable change amongst the Friends. His the course in which he set out, he would no trials were great from within and from without, doubt have been distinguished character, as and his faith was often ready to fail; yet when he possessed good abilities, much ardour for he did not trust to his own strength, he was study, and very industrious habits. The confi- permitted to make some progress in the work to dence which he inspired, joined to the benevo- which he was called; but from what he says lence of his disposition, by which he gained the himself, if he at all went before his guide he love of all who knew him, procured him so involved himself in still greater difficulties. many friends, that his way appeared easy. He was thus employed when the troubles of he could not accept the offers that were made the revolution came, and changed the face of to him. He soon saw that he was called to things; the school was suspended, and they another work, and that his life must be devoted were no longer permitted to meet for worship. to the service of his Divine Master. The little He had then to suffer from privations of all society of which he was a member, became the kinds; he saw himself frequently without any object of his tender solicitude. It was in a state means of supplying the wants of his family, but of great weakness, and there existed among its he always acted with the greatest disinterestedmembers a great mixture of good and bad. At ness,
still thinking of those who were worse off that time they knew of the existence of Friends than himself, and contributing to their relief by in England, and they had seen some of their dividing with them the little that his great inbooks. Louis A. Majolier examined their prin- dustry procured him. He says, with respect ciples, found them in accordance with the Gos- to this period: “I was once on the point of pel, and thought himself called to promote the being put in prison, and of becoming a victim spread of them. On that account he felt that to my devotedness for having dared to write in he could not follow a profession so absorbing as favour of my friends ; but l escaped by means that for which he was preparing himself; a of some of my friends who were in office, and profession which would also expose him to a who were attached to me.” compromise of his principles—he did not hesi- He had the affliction, at this time of trial, to tate, he left all and followed the simple trade of see those for whom he was so interested draw a stocking-weaver.
back from the pursuit of good. In a letter to About this time he was married to Mary Mary Dudley, after having described the sad Brun, of Fontanés, a member of the society to situation of the country, he thus writes: which he belonged. She has been to him a all this added to the deep affliction of daily seefaithful and affectionate wife, through a long ing those whom I had endeavoured to lead forand painful life, full of cares and trials, in the ward, withering before the blighting wind of bringing up of a numerous family; but she can this terrible trial, those young plants whom I bear her testimony, that in the seasons of their had cultivated, and whom I loved in spite of greatest extremities he never murmured, always their deviations, whose weakness I pitied; with relying on Him who had graciously provided these feelings, accumulated in the inmost of my for them in all their necessities.
soul, I secretly called upon the Most High, and It was soon after his marriage that the Friends sought the counsel of his wisdom. I then saw in France received the first visit from Friends that I could do nothing better than remain in of England and America. This was paid to the ark, until the waters of this abominable them by George and Sarah Dillwyn, Mary deluge should be dried up. I had, however, Dudley, Robert and Sarah Grubb, Adey Bellamy, my eye upon this little flock, and I contemplaand John Elliott. This visit, with others which ted it with sorrow; it seemed to me as if all the they afterwards had, strengthened our dear work I had endeavoured to do was entirely friend in the principles which he had already lost; the number of those who shared my imbibed, and, being enlightened from on high, trouble was very small; our religious meetings he understood their spiritual nature, and their here were not wholly interrupted, in spite of accordance with the Gospel. From that time the prohibitions ; but they were less regular and he thought himself called to the ministry, and less numerous.
We were in continual alarms, also devoted himself to the education of the and the devouring cares of this life almost enchildren of his fellow-professors. He opened tirely choked the word, and rendered it unfruita school at Congénies, where he came to reside, ful.” He met with another sore trial, the evil as that village was the centre of the rising so- judgment of those for whom he had made so ciety: but his task was a difficult one; there many sacrifices; being exposed to the jealousy