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At a Yearly Meeting of Women Friends, held in Philadelphia, by adjournments from the 12th of Fifth Month to the 16th of the same, inclusive, 1884.
Reports were received from all our constituent Quarterly Meetings; also from the Half-Year's Meeting of Fishing Creek, and the Representatives named therein were all present except six, most of whom were prevented by indisposition of themselves or families; one of the number, Patience M. Jenkins, having deceased since her appointment.
The quotas have been received.
A minute was read for Martha S. Townsend, a minister from Baltimore Monthly Meeting of Friends.
Epistles from our sisters of New York, Baltimore, and Genesee Yearly Meetings were read, proving afresh the value of such correspondence, it having a tendency to cement us as a band of sisters, working together for the promotion of truth and righteousness in the earth; stimulating us to do the will of our Father in all humility.
The subject of proper reading matter being introduced in one of the epistles, we were tenderly exhorted to remember that we may be known by the books we read as well as by the company we keep. While there is such an abundance and variety of books calculated to inform and improve the
mind, as well as to elevate the moral tone, it is earnestly desired that our young people cultivate a love for the literature which has been proved to be most valuable.
To examine the Treasurer's account, also to bring forward the name of a Friend to serve as Treasurer, and report to a future sitting, a Committee was appointed.
The Representatives were requested to confer together at the close of this session, and bring forward the name of a Friend to serve as Clerk and Assistant Clerk the ensuing year.
A Friend, on behalf of the Representatives, reported they had conferred together, and were united in proposing the name of Margaretta Walton for Clerk, and Matilda Garrigues for Assistant Clerk, with which the Meeting united, and they were appointed to those services for the ensuing year.
Minutes were read for ministers in attendance from other Yearly Meetings, as follows:
For Thoinas Foulke, from New York Monthly Meeting.
For Isaac Hicks, from Westbury Monthly Meeting, Long Island.
For John J. Cornell, from Rochester Monthly Meeting, held at Mendon, New York.
The remaining epistles from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois were read, and as we listened to the earnest, practical words of our distant sisters, we felt the oil of Divine Love was not yet stayed, but continued to flow from vessel to vessel.
To essay replies, as way opens, a committee was appointed.
To assist the Clerks in gathering the exercises of the Meeting, a committee was appointed.
An interesting report from the Joint Committee on Education was read and united with. It was the judgment of the Yearly Meeting that the committee be continued. Phebe W. Woolman and Elizabeth P. Comly desiring to be released from this committee, their request was granted. Rachel W. Hillborn, Lydia C. Biddle, and Sarah Ann Wilkinson were added thereto.
Third Day, 13th instant-Morning.
We had at this time a visit from our friend John J. Cornell, and as the Gospel message flowed forth to those who have long borne the “ burden and heat of the day,” they were urged to enter into feeling with the young in the Master's work, who are passing through the preparation of the Lord. Though these may not outwardly appear to have owned His power, the mothers in Israel were asked to wait in patience, and be
careful in their concern for them not to cause discouragement by criticising their conduct, but tenderly to encourage, thus drawing them in love, and helping them to obey “the still, small voice."
The mothers who are heavy-hearted because their children do not come up and fill the places their love desires for them, were entreated not to lose their faith, but to keep even more close to the Divine Father; and remembering the influence of a mother's love and prayers, they were assured theirs would be bread cast upon the waters.”
As the young were earnestly solicited to come up to the requirings of the Heavenly Father, and all conditions were encouraged and comforted, we felt we could thank God and take courage.
The state of our Society was entered upon as far as the reading and answering of the First Query. Our faithful and aged mothers presented to us the importance of this reasonable service of assembling ourselves together for the worship of our Heavenly Father, and the attention of the
young was earnestly directed to the enjoyment and strength experienced as we gather in the middle of the week.
The Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Queries were read, and much excellent counsel given.
In considering the Third Query, it was felt to be one of vital importance to women, for in the rearing and home education of children, the mother has an opportunity to show whether her control be of that wise nature which leads those committed to her care into paths of usefulness. She must remember, too, that as she would have her children, so must she be herself; and she must strive to be to them the ideal which shall stimulate the growth of their spiritual life. Let her remember that if she makes of paramount importance the dress, the pleasures, or the vanities of life, she is sowing to the flesh, and must, in accordance with an unalterable law, reap the harvest thereof; but, if making these things second