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ary, in the training of her children, she wisely brings into prominence the enduring graces of the moral and spiritual nature, she may expect in their maturity to find the fruits of the spirit.
In considering the Fourth Query, it is a cause for thankfulness that we can answer it so fully, but we need to remember that our whole duty has not been performed when we find our own Society generally clear. The question may be asked of us, “Who is our neighbor ?” and, as of old, we shall find it is not he, who feeling himself whole, passes by on the other side. It is our duty to remember that we are all, both the just and the unjust, children of our loving Father, and that we are bound by the ties of humanity to those whose weakness makes them all the more in need of our sympathy.
The spirit of the Fifth Query requires that the necessities of those needing aid should be inspected; it is not merely giving pecuniary aid when such is applied for, but it is to enter into that sympathy with the needy which shall reveal how the best help can be given; it is to help by giving counsel ; it is to cheer by the kindly presence, as well as to relieve by handing forth money.
We should remember that the competition of the present day falls upon women with especial severity, because with the small capital which they usually have, they cannot offer great inducements to buyers, and we were cautioned against seeking to obtain our goods at prices which will not afford a living profit to those engaged in busi
An appeal was made to us to consider whether we are entirely clear on the subject of lotteries when some of our younger members are, thoughtlessly perhaps, entering into the same spirit by giving encouragement to the plan for raising money for benevolent purposes, by buying chances at fairs, forgetting that we must not seek, even to do good, by questionable means.
Fourth Day, 14th instant-Morning.
The Eighth and Ninth Queries, also the Annual Queries and their answers were read and considered at this session, and the Summaries united with.
Three Reports mention the reception of the Extracts.
The Eighth Query was felt to be one of great importance to our organization. We were urged to be faithful in inquiring after those of our members who absent themselves from our meetings. Let us not suffer time to pass by without making an effort to discover the cause, and to offer such encouragement as we can to these, to be faithful in this reasonable service.
Some of our dear sisters who are in the evening of life discover that “ Joseph is still alive;" that the prison bars have been broken, and that he will come forth prepared to feed the hungry from his abundant storehouses. As the elder brother represents the first or natural man, so the younger typifies the spiritual ; and in this view it is meet that the blessing should rest upon him. It is the spiritual power of this Society upon which the Lord's blessing is bestowed.
We feel the spirit of sympathetic love has been exercised among us for the help of those who are tremblers in our midst, and feelingly have all been encouraged to fear not, but be faithful in every little requiring, and thus shall they know the language verified, "Obey, and thy soul shall live."
A report from the Committee to settle the Treasurer's account was read and approved. They proposed Mary F. Saunders, No. 453 North Seventh Street, Philadelphia, for Treasurer the present year, which was also united with, and she appointed to that service.
An appeal was made for more of the old time loving intercourse between us as brothers and sisters in one common faith ; and the belief expressed that by a free social commingling the encouragement which the younger portion of our Society might thus receive from those more experienced in spiritual things, would tend to draw them to meet us in our religious assemblies.
A report from the Committee on Deficiences was read and partially considered, but it was thought best to refer it to a future session.
Fifth Day, 15th instant-Afternoon.
The Report of the Committee on Deficiencies was further considered, and it seemed to be the judgment of this Meeting to accept the Report, and direct it to the attention of our subordinate meetings, through the Extracts.
An essay of an epistle to our sisters of New York was read, and with some alteration approved.
A deep concern was expressed, warning us against an unkind criticism of the ministry. This is felt to have a tendency to discourage and destroy one means for the edification of the church, which nothing else can replace. Our meeting has been deeply impressed with the serious caution extended by concerned Friends, and we desire that it may be transmitted to the limits of our organization. The true ministry of the Gospel is not in “the enticing words of man's wisdom," but in the outpouring of the Divine Life which animates the humble instrument of the Highest.
The minutes of the Representative Committee were read and approved.
A Report from the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs was read and united with by this and Men's Meeting. In view of the fact that we now have no Indians under our special care, it was thought best to release the present committee, and appoint a small one to take charge of the Indian work. A committee was appointed to nominate suitable Friends for this purpose.
It is cause of regret that Friends have been pressed out of their service to the Indians, and it is now believed all that is left for us is to seek opportunities of doing a small measure of justice to this much abused people. We fear they will be
placed entirely under military rule, and it behooves us to be watchful that measures inimical to their interests be not suffered to become laws without our earnest protest.
An essay of an epistle to our sisters of Ohio Yearly Meeting was read and approved.
An encouraging report from the Joint Committee on Temperance was read and united with. The Committee was continued.
We had at this time a visit in gospel love from our Friends Caleb E. Shreve and Joseph Horner.
A book containing the minutes of this Yearly Meeting, from 1855 to 1882 has been placed in the fire-proof.
The Friends nominated to serve on the Committee on Indian Affairs were united with.
Essays of Epistles to our sisters of Genesee, Indiana, Illinois and Baltimore were read and approved. The clerk was directed to sign all the Epistles on behalf of the meeting and forward them.
A memorial, prepared by Green Street Monthly Meeting, for Ann A. Townsend was read. It tenderly recalled her useful life, her pure and upright example and her loving spirit.
The prevailing spirit of our various sessions has been that of loving unity, giving evidence, we believe, that the gathering Power, which aforetime called our fathers to be a people has drawn us heart to heart in that cementing love which gives