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ly sufficient to fit him for the cases of suffering for conscience
The names of all these correspon."
dents previously to their being re-
corded as such, are submitted to H. P. the approbation of the Yearly
Meeting. Such men as are apMr. Harrison's Letter to the proved ministers, wherever they
Quakers, on Mr. Wyrill's Pe- may reside, are also members of the tition.
Meeting for Sufferings, which as a
standing Committee of the Yearly Sir, August 10, 1812. Meeting is intrusted with “a gen. The following letter, from a most eral care of whatever may arise respectable member of the Society during the intervals of that meet. of Friends, appears to me well ing affecting the Society, and redeserving a place in your Journal, quiring immediate attention : parand as I imagine most of your ticularly of those circumstances readers are unacquainted with the which may occasion an applica. constitution of the body to whom tion to government." it was addressed at so seasonable a Such is the constitution of the time, and in so impressive a man. meetiug which declined to take ner, however the ill.success of any part in opposing Lord Sid. such an appeal is to be accounted mouth's Bill, on the selfish plea for, I will give a brief account of that it did not contain any thing its origin, &c.
which particularly affected Friends, In the year 1675, a time of very and on whom as a collective body severe persecution, the Yearly Mr. Harrison's letter appears to Meeting in London appointed a have made no impression. How Meeting to be held in that city, is such an apparent relinquish. in order “to advise and assist in ment of the generous feelings and
512 Mr. Harrison's Letter to the Quakers on Mr. Wyvill's Petition, noble principles of their predeces, and bigotry, which ought not to sors to be explained ? Does this exist in the code of a Christian mecting, in so perseveringly for- country, and ibe force of which bearing to emulate their example, is only repressed by the leniency truly exhibit the general sense of the times; but whilst they do the society they représent? I be. exist the monster of persecution lieve noi, and may at some future may be rather said to be dormant time offer you my reasons for think than to be defunci. ing so, provided no person better Many Friends, doubtless, may qualified should take up the sub. be disposed to make their minds ject. It ought to be understood easy on the subject, if no new whether such marked supineness enactments affecting the society, is the real character of the Society, and of an off-nsive nalure take or only of those who are at pre- place; but such Friends must have sent its representatives, chosen read the history of the society out of a list prepared as above with very little attention, if they mentioned by the elders and over- bave not perceived that our pre. seers of London, in secret conclave decessors were zealously affected, assembled.
not only for the interests of the so. AMICUS. ciety particularly, but also for
the interests of Christianity gene. To the Meeting for Sufferings, to rally, by being the updauoted ad.
be held the 1st of 5th Month, vocates of religious liberij; and 1812.
it is for such Friends to consider DEAR FRIENDS,
how far they are discharging their I do not wish to obtrude upon duty by confining their views to your attention a matter of slight present ease and accommodation, moment, but there is a subject at a juncture when the exertions now before the Commons House of all those who are on the side of of Parliament, and likely soon to virtue and truth are peculiarly come, before the Upper House, called for. by way of petition, which at.. The worthy and respectable taches most closely to the princi• character who bas taken ibe must ples of the society, as they were active part in bringing this subject zealously professed and acted before the view of Parliament, I upon by our ancient Friends. I mean Christopher Wyvill, is anxi. mean the subject of universal to- ous to obtain the co-operation of leration, or perfect liberty of con. sincere-hearted Christians of every science in matters of religion, for denomination, and from the which our ancestors, almost ex. known principles of the suciety, clusively among the people of is willing to reckon upon that of these realms, and under the hea. Friends. In one of the commu. viest temporal discouragements, nications lately received from him, contended.
he expresses himself thus: “ Your No Friend, acquainted with the predecessors 'ie past times, were statute books, will say, that there long the only avowed advocates are not many acts trenching upon for liberty of conscience in these the rights of conscience, and countries. At least the honouraformed in the times of darkness ble exceptions in other classes of
Christians were few indeed. Their responding solicitude attends my doctrine, in this respect, is now mind tha: his expectation may avowed and pressed upon Parlia. not be disappointed. ment by Christians of every other Having now relieved my mind, denomination. It is not the time, by discharging what I bave conI think, when your benevolent ceived to be my duty on the subsect will perseveringly refuse their ject in this department, a subject concurrence. Oiher considera- which I deem of higher moment tions will give way to the sense of to the civil and religious well. duty; and the example of our being of the inhabitants of this virtuous supporter of the rights of country, and of human society in conscience, after a few equally general, than any thing that has virtuous, equally consistent friends, engaged the public attention in have joined him, will be followed modern times, I refer it 10 your by the rest of his Christian com. serious and deliberate considera. munity.”
tion, and in so doing I have no What an honourable testimony motive, I can have no motive but is this, in these more enlightened what respects universal goud, to times, to the principles and con. promote which is the sincere wish duct of our ancient Friends. Such of your respectful friend, is the solicitude of this good man, GEORGE HARRISON. that our society should not give away their crown, or desert the West Hill, Wandsworth, standard which our early Friends 27th, 4th Month, 1819. su consistently set up, and a cor
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SAL RESTORATION,” WRITTEN AT READING.
Distinguish'd Bard ! to whom so early gir'n
And, as thou rov'st by Cam's time-honour'd stream,
J. T. R.
STANZAS ON WAR.
TROM LORD BYRON'S CHILDE HAROLD; A
By Heaven! it is a pleasant sight to see
The grave shall bear the chiefest prize away,
Three hosts combine to offer sacrifice;
To feed the crow on Talavera's plain,
There shall they rot-Ambition's honour'd fools!
Or call with truth one span of earth their own,
Oh Albuera! glorious field of grief!
Thy name shall circle round the gaping throng;
Enough of Battle's minions ! let them play
Perish'd, perchance, in some domestic feud,
ON SEEING A CHAPEL, FOR TRINITARIAN WORSHIP, ERECTLD ON
THE SITE OF A JEW'S MANSION.
Where Christians hymn, devout, the Sacred Three,