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more correct and enlightened opinions in regard | have not known him and served him fully and to penal inflictions, Thomas Fowell Buxton faithfully, seek him," with a perfect heart, and may be justly regarded as one. Yet on that with a willing mind,” for if you seek him, he subject he seems to have left space for a further will be found of you ;* and you will remain to progress. We do not find that he ever vindi- be, as many of you have been, supports of the cated the abolition of capital punishment in case building, under the protecting providence of the of murder. He was probably influenced in his Lord; who is the sole and true builder of his judgment by the passage in Genesis so osten spiritual house, the “ house of prayer for all quoted and so generally misapplied. May we not people.” hope that the advance of Christian civilization And you who are intrusted with much of the will at length clear the penal laws of this and good things of this life, you who cannot disclaim other nations from that vestige of a darker time? the title of affluent--we believe there are among (To be continued.)

you many good stewards of the temporal things

committed to your trust; yet we desire that ADVICES OF LONDON YEARLY MEETING. others may duly consider, whether they are so

“rich in faith,” as to be “ heirs of the kingdom,"+ (Continued from page 789.) We may now turn from subjects which con produced by faith. Though, friends, you may

being fruitful in those good works which are cern every state in life ; and direct the course of not have to labour with your hands, the cause our Christian counsel to the states more in par, of Truth has business of importance for you to ticular. And first, you who are not intrusted do ; and it may be promoted or obstructed by with much of the possessions of this life, you the right or wrong application of your property. are still the objects of our constant care. The Society has long endeavoured to consult your is an additional article in the account; and we

Much responsibility lies on you ; your property interests, and to place within your reach what much desire that you may be so awake to a ever is necessary for your welfare, and for that of your offspring. And you are equally the care

sense of these things, as to be prepared to render of Him who provides for the sparrows; to his up your accounts with joy, and to receive the

answer of “ Well done." The poor and the ear your access is as easy as that of any condi- rich have their appropriate virtues; and, at the tion amongst men ; and if

, by his holy assistance, same time that each is required to be content and by a conformity to his will, you become truly and to be humble, we believe it may be truly poor in spirit, yours is the kingdom of heaven. But, dear friends, suffer us to remind you, that of the poor, so is humility of the rich. Your

said, that as contentment is a peculiar ornament there is not a passion that can infest the rich, station in life subjects you, more than others, to which may not also, in a degree subversive of be tried by associating with other wealthy peryour peace, be fostered in your minds. You may covet, and give way to pride and anger, and sons, among the people at large, with whom the

cross of Christ is often in too little esteem. You to all the “ foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”+

be leavened by their conversation and exTherefore

may do you partake of the universal necessity of pay and rapidly upon your children. Therefore we

ample ; and it may operate still more sensibly ing strict attention to Christ's sacred injunction, when, addressing himself to his immediate fol: tenderly intreat you, for your own sake, for that

of your offspring whom you are bound to prolowers, he closed his address with these memorable words, “ What I say unto you, I say unto tect, and for the sake of the cause of Truth

we intreat you, dear friends, we beseech you all, Watch.”]

" by the mercies of God,” “ Be not conformed As for you, dear friends, who occupy what

to this world; but be ye transformed by the reare termed the middle stations of life, you have every cause to bless the Lord for the sphere in is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of

newing of your mind, that ye may prove what which he hath permitted you to move. In


God." For," continues the apostle, “ I say, seems fulfilled the wish of Agur: "give me neither poverty nor riches ; feed me with food that is among you, not to think of himself more

through the grace given unto me, to every man convenient for me ; lest I be full and deny thee, highly thau he ought to think ; but to think and say, Who is the Lord ? or lest I be poor and soberly, according as God hath dealt to every steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”ll

man the measure of faith."1808. P. E. Among your number, the Society has often found many of its more useful members, of its more of religious retirement frequently occur, in which

In a well-ordered family, short opportunities able advocates. Be content therefore with your the mind may be turned in secret aspiration to stations. Seek not great things for yourselves ; the Author of all our blessings; and which have yea, “Mind not high things; but condescend to often proved times of more than transient benefit

. men of low estate.”8. But above all things, It is our present concern, that no exception to · Follow on to know the Lord;"I or, if you this practice may be found amongst us ; whether

• Matt. v. 3. t 1 Tim. vi. 9. | Mark xiii. 37. ! Prov. xxx. 8, 9. § Rom. xii. 16. 1 Hosea vi. 3. 1 Chron. xxviii. 9. James ii. 3. Rom. xii. 1-3.


it take place on the reading of a portion of the Sweet is the condition of the grateful mind : sweet sacred volume, or when we are assembled to is a state of contentment and of daily dependence partake of the provisions with which we are on the Lord. 1819. P. E. supplied for the sustenance of the body. On these latter occasions, may the hearts of our young friends also, be turned in gratitude to God, FRIENDS' REVIEW. who thus liberally provides for them. May the experience of us all be such, that we can adopt

PHILADELPHIA, NINTH MONTH 9, 1848. the words of the Psalmist, “ Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray." 1817. P. E. The notices of Rebecca Jones, which are re

In the wilderness of this life, dangers assail us sumed after a temporary suspension, owing, among on every hand: but if we look with entire reli- other causes, to the indisposition of the compiler, ance unto Christ, the great Head of the Church, who was thereby prevented from visiting the city He will lead us sasely along; He will protect for needful conference with the editor, are exus from being entangled by the briars and thorns; pected to furnish in our future numbers some truly He will shield us from the sun, and from the interesting extracts from the sea voyage, diary and

to and to distinguish it from the voice of the correspondence of that valuable Friend. stranger; and humbly to believe that we are of

By a letter dated 29th ult., from a Friend at that one fold, of which he is the everlasting Salem, Ohio, we are informed that our beloved Shepherd,t—that He will give unto us eternal friends, Benjamin Seebohm and Robert Lindsay, life, and that none shall pluck us out of his hand. had just arrived at that place, from their visit to How inviting are these truths ! how animating are these assurances ! But this attainment is to Canada. They were about to attend the Quarterly be ours, only as we look in faith unto Him who Meeting of Stillwater, after which they purposed declared, “If any man will come after me, let being at the Yearly Meeting of Ohio, which comhim deny himself, and take up his cross daily menced on the 4th inst., the Meeting of Ministers and follow me.”! To deny ourselves, and to and Elders convening on the 7th day preceding. take up the cross, are duties which we desire earnestly to press upon all. If we seek for In our 17th number we copied from another pedivine aid that this may become the daily en- riodical, a notice, that our friends Lindley M. Hoag gagement of our lives, we shall te induced to and George Wood had associated to establish in make a narrow scrutiny into our thoughts, and New York, a store in which the articles offered for into the motives which influence our conduct. sale were the products of free labour only. We Frequent self-examination will convince us that

are now informed that Lindley M. Hoag has been we are frail

, and unworthy of the Lord's mercies. induced, on account of the state of his health, to A conviction of our own weakness and trans

withdraw from the concern; and that George gressions will make us fearsul of speaking of the errors of others ; and tend to restrain us from Wood has also withdrawn; but Robert Lindley tale-bearing and detraction. At the same time, Murray, a Friend who is considered well qualified divine love operating on our hearts, and begetting for prosecuting the concern with advantage, has there the love of our neighbour, will constrain purchased the stock of Hoag and Wood, and us to offer a word of counsel, in a way most designs carrying on the business from which his calculated to produce the desired effect on such predecessors have just withdrawn. as we deem deficient in moral or religious duty. When we reflect upon the astonishing activity Precious and very desirable is an humble, con with which the traffic in slaves is now prosecuted, trite, teachable state of mind, in which the and the stimulus which that traffic has received earnest prayer is raised, that we may live in the love and fear of our great Creator, and in all from the change of British policy in relation to things walk acceptably before Him. Oh! that slave-grown sugars, and remember that slavery, in all may be kept in the low valley of humility, all its forms and modifications, owes its vitality to the where the dew remains long ; where they will market for its products, we can scarcely doubt bat know the Lord to be “as a hiding-place from that Friends who have been hitherto justly conthe wind, and a covert from the tempest.”'ll sidered as pioneers in the work of African emanci. Here preservation is witnessed within the holy pation, will see the propriety and importance of inclosure: here we are guarded against the affording their liberal patronage to this effort at snares which beset those who would make haste supplying the consistent opponents of slavery with to be rich. How safe, how necessary it is, for those articles, which habit has classed among the the humble Christian to set out well ; to watch against the first temptations to covet great things! and unstained by the gain of oppression. From

necessaries of life, untouched by servile hands, • Psalm iv. 17.

† John x. 16.

the liberal and enlightened view of this subject Luke ix, 23.

|| Isaiah xxxii. 2. which has been taken by New York Yearly Meet

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ing, we must confidently hope that the enterprise | names are Drayton, Sayres and English. The of our friend R. L. Murray will be generally ap- trial commenced on the 27th of 7th month, before proved, and amply sustained.

the Criminal Court at Washington, by the ar

raignment of Daniel Drayton, the supercargo, on a The following notice was copied from one of our charge of stealing two slaves, the property of periodicals:

Andrew Hoover, of the value of one thousand dol“Encke's COMET VISIBLE. A letter from the lars. After a trial of four days, the case was subCambridge Observatory, dated Aug. 30, and ad- mitted to the jury, by whom a verdict of guilty dressed to President EVERETT, states, that on Monday morning last, about two o'clock, the Comet was eventually rendered. A second indictment of Encke was seen at that observatorý by Mr. G. was then taken up, and another four days' trial P. Bond as an exceedingly faint nebulous patch of commenced, on which a similar verdict was renderlight. It was, however, so soon obscured by ed. It appears that forty-one indictments for clouds, that only one pretty good place was obtained' by the readings of the circles of the Great larceny, and seventy-four for misdemeanour, were Equatorial. On the night of the 29th and the found against Drayton, for what was essentially morning of the 30th, the examiners were enabled to get a series of micrometrical measures with illu- of his intention to pass by the remaining indict.

one act. The prosecuting Attorney gave notice minated wires. The comet is yet a rather difficult object, but has increased in brightness since ments against Drayton, and proceed to the trial of Monday morning."

Sayres. To this procedure the counsel of Drayton Encke’s comet, we may recollect, is one of three, objected; stating that he was then ready for trial the orbits of which have been so correctly deter- on all the indictments; that the bail required to mined, that its position can be computed for any procure his release from prison, was much more given time. It was first discovered in the autumn than he could furnish, and that by deierring the of-1818; according to Professor Littrow of Vienna, trial he might lose the advantages of witnesses in it passed its perihelion 5th mo. 4, 1832, with a peri- his defence. But these objections were overruled odic time of 3.29 years. Hence it may be ex by the court. pected to pass the perihelion, the point of its orbit Sayres was then put upon his trial for larceny, nearest the sun, about the middle of next month. and after a contest of three days, was acquitted It can, however, be an object of very little interest by the jury. He was subsequently tried and acto any but astronomers, not being visible to the quitted upon a second indictment. It appears, naked eye. It is, however, doubtful whether the however, that indictments for misdemeanour, comet now announced is Encke's.

sirnilar to those against Drayton, were found

against him, on all of which he has been convicted, Curious PENALTY FOR KILLING OR STEALING A and a fine of $200 imposed on each, amounting CAT.* --Among our elder ancestors, the ancient collectively to $14,800. It is stated that the tesBritons, cats were looked upon as creatures of in- timony on which the conviction of Drayton printrinsic value; and the stealing or killing one, was cipally turned, was retracted on the trial of Sayres, a grievous crime, and subjected the offender to a and that his acquittal of the charge of larceny fine, especially if it belonged to the king's house arose from that circumstance. It thus appears hold, and was the custos horrei regii (the keeper that the effort to fix on Sayres the charge of atof the king's granary,) for which there was a very tempting the removal of the slaves from the pospeculiar forfeiture.--Blackstone B. 2 Ch. 25. This session of their masters, for his own advantage, has forfeiture is given in a note, to this import: If any failed, and that if the testimony, now retracted, one shall kill or steal a cat, the keeper of the king's had been withheld on the trial of Drayton, a simigranary, he shall cause the cat to be suspended by lar verdict would probably have been given. the tail, so that the head shall touch the floor, and Still the charge of transporting, not stealing, these shall pour over it a quantity of wheat sufficient to slaves remains, on which a heavy penalty is imcover the animal, tail and all.

pending The SchooNER Pearl.-In our 32d number it was

English, the cook of the vessel, has been disstated that seventy-seven slaves escaped from Wash. charged, as he appears to have been ignorant of

. ington, D.C., in a Northern vessel, the schooner Pearl, the object which his employers had in view. but were quickly overtaken and carried back into Exceptions to the proceedings of the Court have slavery. Three white men engaged on board the been taken by the counsel of the defendants, and Pearl were captured at the same time, and imprison

an expectation is entertained that the case will be ed, to stand their trial on account of their real or im. eventually carried to the Supreme Court of the puted participation in the transaction. Their

United States. The great question, whether slavery

has a legal existence in the District of Columbia, This is the law referred to in the editorial, page 792. I will probably be closely sifted.

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MARRIED, -- On Third-day, the 29th ult., at MINUTE OF LONDON YEARLY MEETING. Friends' meeting house, North Sixth street, Phila.The Clerk has informed this meeting that he delphia, ABRAHAM M. Taylor, of Cincinnati, Ohio, has received a letter under cover, addressed to to ELIZABETH R., daughter of the late Charles himself, purporting to come from a body calling Shoemaker, of Cheltenham, Pa.

themselves the Yearly Meeting of Friends in New DIED,-On the 24th of 8th month, at his resi- England ; but seeing that we have already redence in Wayne County, N. C., of typhoid fever, ceived an epistle from New England Yearly ELIJAH COLEMAN, in the 43d year of his age, Meeting of Friends, containing evidence that it leaving a wife and four children to mourn their comes from the body with which we have always irreparable loss. In the death of this dear Friend maintained a correspondence, this meeting feels our Society will sustain a great loss. He had for that it cannot receive or read the said document, a number of years filled the station of Elder, and and desires the Clerk to return it to the party was Clerk to our Quarterly Meeting:

" Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, from whence he received it, together with a copy for the end of that man is peace.”

of this minute." In this city on the 2d inst., Paul W. New

MINUTE OF DUBLIN YEARLY MEETING.– HALL, in the 48th year of his age. This dear “A document having at a former sitting been Friend and valued citizen, was a native of Lynn, laid on the table addressed to this Yearly MeetMass. He removed to this city about twenty-five ing, it was referred, according to our usual pracyears ago. His unifornı, gentle and unassuming tice, to a few friends to examine, who report that deportment, has won for him the affections and it purports to be an epistle from a body desigconfidence, in an uncommon degree, of those who have been connected with him by business or of Friends, and signed by Thomas B. Gould as

nating themselves New England Yearly Meeting otherwise.

As a man of integrity, he stood deservedly high. Clerk thereof. We have the sorrowful informaHis industry was great, and he was unsparing of tion that a division has taken place amongst himself in his efforts to relieve the distresses of Friends in New England, and believing that the others, and for the good of mankind. He was an body issuing this epistle has not been constituted active and very efficient manager of many of our in accordance with the good order of our Sobenevolent and useful institutions, and in him the ciety, we feel ourselves bound to decline recog. widow and the fatherless have lost a friend in-nizing it as the Yearly Meeting of New Eng. deed.

In the relation of husband and father, his be- land, and cannot, therefore accept the epistle : reaved and mourning family best can'tell his the Clerk is accordingly directed to return it with tender and watchful assiduities.

a copy of this minute.” During his illness, which was severe, there was MINUTE OF NEW YORK YEARLY MEETING.not much opportunity to express the state of his “ We have the affecting information that a small mind; but his friends have the consoling belief that portion of the members of New England Yearly his day's work was done in the day time—that he was one of the number to whom the benediction Meeting had seceded from the Society, and set of our Saviour is extended, “Blessed are the pure up meetings under the names of those from in heart, for they shall see God."

which they had separated. A document from one His remains were attended to the grave on the of these meetings, claiming to be the Yearly Meet5th inst. by many mourning, relatives and friends, ing of Friends in New England, was found on who hold his many virtues in sweet and precious the Clerk's table addressed to this meeting ; but remembrance.

full evidence being had that this association was

not set up agreeably to the order of our society, WEST-TOWN SCHOOL.

the meeting decided on returning it unread, The Committee on Instruction will meet in Phila- whence it came ; which the clerk is requested to delphia on Sixth day, the 15th inst., at 3 o'clock, do, with a copy of this minute.” P. M.

THOMAS KIMBER, Clerk. 9th mo. 9th, 1848.


“A sealed letter addressed to this meeting has PROCEEDINGS OF THE YEARLY MEETINGS been presented in the men's meeting, and one of

IN REFERENCE TO THE SECESSION IN NEW similar character to the women's meeting. AcENGLAND.

cording to the order prescribed in our discipline, Partial and incomplete statements of the pro- and report, whether it be proper to read it in this

it has been referred to a few Friends to examine ceedings of the several Yearly Meetings in reference to the secession in New England having meeting. The said nomination accordingly now been published and widely circulated amongst report, that they have examined the same, and Friends, we have obtained ihe following minutes find it to be an epistle from a body styling itself of London, Dublin, New York, Baltimore, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends ; and North Carolina, and Indiana Yearly Meetings, believing it to be from a body of separatists, which will give the reader a correct view of the those who have set up the said meeting out of action of all those bodies.*

the regular order and usages of our religious So

ciety, they think it not proper to be read in, nor *The minutes of the first three were made in 1846, received by this meeting. "Our Friends of the the other three in 1845.

Yearly Meeting in New England informed us




that a secession of a comparatively small number the same minute to New England Yearly of their members has taken place within their Meeting.” limits; and the said letter not having been sent MINUTE OF NORTH CAROLINA YEARLY MEETthrough our regular correspondence, and being ING.- The Clerk presented to this meeting two signed by a person known not to be the clerk of sealed papers, one of them directed to North the regular Yearly Meeting held in Rhode Island, Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends, the other further evidence is thus afforded that this letter to the Meeting for Sufferings of the North Carois from the said separatists, and that it would be lina Yearly Meeting, which were referred to a departure from the regular order of our Society John Newlin, [and others,] who were appointed to accept or read the same. The intelligence of to open and examine them, and report their judgsuch a separation has been painful to this meet- ment to a future sitțing." ing, believing as we do that the spirit of misrule · The committee appointed at last sitting to and separation is the offspring of the enemy of open and examine certain papers,

then present, our peace; and while we are concerned to report as follows: •We, the Committee, opened testify against it, we desire the preservation the papers referred to us, and found the first of our Friends of this Yearly Meeting, on the signed by Thomas B. Gould, and dated Sixth one only sure foundation, Christ Jesus, the rock month 23d, 1845; the other signed by George of ages, and in the faith and testimonies of our F. Reed, and dated 8th of Eighth month, 1845. religious Society, and erave for those who have After reading and deliberately examining them, separated, such change as will bring them ac- we are unitedly of opinion that they are not ceptably back in the fellowship of, and subordi- proper papers to be read in this Yearly Meeting, nate to, the Church.

and we propose, that they be returned whence The Clerk is directed to return the said com- they came, together with a copy of this minute. munication through the channel through which Signed on behalf of the Committee. it came, if practicable, with a copy of this minute,

DAVID WHITE.' also to the Yearly Meeting of Friends in New “Of which report the meeting approves, and England."

directs the Clerk to send them back accordingly. MINUTE OF BALTIMORE YEARLY MEETING.-“ The Clerk having at this time informed the "

Abridged from the Church of England Quarterly Review. meeting that he had received by this morning's

ZOOLOGICAL RECREATIONS. mail, a document purporting to come from a body By W. T. Broderip, Esq, F. R. S., &c. styling itself New England Yearly Meeting, and

(Concluded from page 791.) signed by Thomas B. Gould, Clerk, it was con- In conclusion, and on the subject of cats cluded to appoint a committee to examine said generally, we may observe that, for the sake of document and report their judgment thereon to indulging their sympathies, they will occasionally the Yearly Meeting. After a time of absence do violence to their antipathies. A cat loves fish, from the meeting, they returned and reported but has a horror of water ; but we have seen through one of their number, that upon ex- this horror surmounted in order to gain the fish, amination, the said document was an epistle pur- We remember seeing, on the Seine, a very fine porting to come from New England Yearly cat which would not only watch the fish as they Meeting of Friends, but that in fact it was an glided past her, but did not hesitate to plunge epistle addressed to us by a body of seceders—into the rapid stream whenever she saw that the they have reason to believe a small body of se- prey was in her reach. She went in with the ceders—that it contains strong charges against rush of a Newfoundland dog, never failing in Friends of that Yearly Meeting, of oppression catching the fish in her mouth, and came out as and of a departure from the faith and communion sleek as an otter. The fish was devoured alive ; of the Society of Friends; that this meeting and, when finished, puss was ever ready to dash having had read before it a statement con. in again for more. taining an account of the separation in New There is no less of amusement or instruction, England, which they believe to be true, as also in the pages dedicated to the description and hisa testimony of Friends of New England touch- tory of the monkey and the ape, than in any ing their faith, which this Yearly Meeting con- other portion of the book. We are glad, too, to siders sound; and that said epistle was issued find that Mr. Broderip discourages the old Monby a body set up out of the usual order of society boddo theory, that man is so nearly connected —they were therefore of opinion that it would with the monkey as to be one, with the simple not be right for said epistle to be read in this deduction of the tail. The fact is, that they are meeting.

more unlike and wider apart than Monmouth and “ After a time of solid deliberation the meeting Macedon : something alike, but yet very differwas decided in judgment that the course pro-ent withal. These and other details we leave to posed by the Committee would be right, and the consideration of our readers, while in the directs the Clerk to return it to the body from mean time we give them a taste of the author's whence it emanated, with a copy of this min- quality in story-telling when monkeys are the ute. He is also directed 10 transmit a copy of heroes :

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