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eradicate these prejudices, and to ac• liberties of our nation, as it tends to complish so great a work, as the pa. increase the power and patronage of cification of a world. But they be those in authority, and to place at lieve that the cause, in which they their disposal a body of men, who have engaged, is not desperate; that have lost the character of the citizen it is a cause which God will own and in that of the soldier-as it tends to prosper; and that those who are for bewilder the minds of the multitude, them are more than those who are by the fascinating glare of military exagainst them. If all the ministers of ploits, and by extravagant and inhu. religion, and all the friends of peace in man exultations for victories, which our country, should cordially unite in have involved thousands of their breth. one vigorous effort, the time may soon ren in death or wretchedness and as come, when the custom of deciding it terds, in various ways, to deprave disputes by weapons of death, will be the hearts of men, to corrupt the moregarded as a savage custom, deriv- rals of society, to encourage a blind, ed from ages of ignorance and bar. unreflecting, ferocious, and unfeeling barity.
character, by which men are prepar. The necessity of the war spirit to ed to become the dupes and the slaves the safety of a nation, is the great ar. of martial and unprincipled leaders? gument opposed to the friends of If we reflect on our local situation, peace. But does not this spirit ex- the nature of vur government, and pose a nation to the anger of that God, the dissentions which exist in our land, on whom we are dependent for all our will it not be evident that we have far blessings? Can anything be more less to fear from the rapacity and inoffensive to a kind father, than to see justice of foreign nations, than from his children disposed to murder one the spirit of party and of war among another? How abhorrent then must ourselves? it be in the eyes of our heavenly Fa- But should there be due exertions to ther, to behold this temper in nations, cultivate pacific principles, will they professing the peaceful religion of his not tend to deprive the anbitious of Son! Nay, to witness in them a dispo. every prospect of advantage from an sition to exalt the military profession, attempt to involve the nation in waras one of the most honorable among make it both the honor and interest, men, and to give glory to a warrior in
rulers to study the things proportion to the slaughter and mise- which tend to peace, and thus conry which he has caused among his tribute to the permanency of our Rebrethren!
publican Institutions? In what light must God view the Does not the very nature of our inprayers of Christians of different na. stitutions afford peculiar encourage. tions in time of war? Onc class call- ment to the friends of peace? Is not ing on him as the FATHER OF MER- such the dependence of our rulers on cies, and in the name of his benevo. their fellow citizens, and such their lent Son, the Prince OF PEACE, to connexion and intimacy with them, grant success to this army; another that the general diffusion of pacific class calling on the same Father, and principles must naturally have an imin the same pacific name, to give suc- mediate and salutary influence on the cess to that army, while each is aim- government, on its general policy, and ing at the destruction of the other! its foreign negotiations? May we not Can any thing be more shocking, or rationally hope, that this influence more antichristian? If such practices will result in the amicable adjustment in a people, professing a religion which of many controversies, and frequentbreathes nothing but love, peace, ly prevent the sanguinary appeal to long-suffering and forgiveness, be not And shall it be thought im. offensive to God, in what possible way possible or improbable, that pacific can they incur his displeasure? principles and a pacific spirit may be
May it not also be said, that the spie communicated from one government rit of war endangers the freedom and to another, and thus produce a benign
effect on the public sentiment of the with the spirit of war in their hearts civilized world?
and with hands defiled by blood. Can it be denied, that PEACE ON But however it may be with other BARTH was one object of our Savior's classes of society, we cannot but inmission, and of the institution of the dulge the hope, that there will be a Christian ministry? If not, shall this general union of the ministers of the object be any longer neglected by the Prince of peace, for the abolition of messengers of the Prince of peace? war. Will not a moment's reflection
But the temporal peace and wel. convince them, that they cannot fare of mankind are not the only ob- preach as Christ preached, without jects of the ministry; the true minis. inculcating a temper directly opposed ters of the gospel propose a still no. to the spirit with which men fight and bler end-the everlasting felicity of kill one another? And that they cantheir fellow beings. When this ob- not pray as he prayed, without a temject is considered, in connexion with per to love and forgive their enemies! the temper and practice which is re. will nut such considerations be quired of men, as preparatory to the more and more perceived and felt, the joys of heaven, how infinitely import more the subject of war shall be exant does it appear, that every minis. amined? It certainly does not require ter should employ his influence to extraordinary powers of mind, nor a bring warring passions into disrepute, learned education, to see th:t war is and to excite and cherish the spirit of not made and carried on by that meekness, love, and peace?
"love" which “worketh no ill to his Should it be asked, Why are Peace neighbor;” nor by men's “doing unto Societies recommended at this time, others as they would that others when there is so little prospect of an- should do unto them;" nor by the other war in our country? The an. “wisdom that is from above, which is swer is ready: The time of peace is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, eabelieved to be more favorable to the sy to be entreated, full of mercy and proposed design, than a lime of war. good fruits, without partiality and with
There is less danger that benevo- out hypocrisy.” Must it not then be lent efforts will be regarded as of a evident to all, who duly reflect, that party character, and the minds of men war originates in that wisdom, which are more tranquil and open to receive is from beneath; and that it is usualthe light which may be offered on the ly conduited on maxims and with a subject.
spirit as hostile to the gospel, as they There may be some in our country, are fatal to the peace and the lives of who will reluctantly part with the de- mankind? lusive pleasure, which they have ex- The darkness, the sophistry and the perienced, in rehearsing their san- delusion, by which men have been guinary deeds of valor. But we should made to believe, that they could be not despair of gaining even these. “followers of the LAMB” in making They are now influenced by opinions, war on each other, is, we trust, rapid. derived from education and military ly passing away. The time, we bope, habits. When they shall know that is near, when not only ministers, but the morality of the spirit of war is all classes of Christians, will be "of called in question by many intelligent one beart and one soul” in ascribing and virtuous men, and that multitudes praise to the "God of Peace," that are flocking to the STANDARD OF they lived to see the day in which Peace, they may be led to pause and Peace societies were formed in our reflect; and by reflection, they may land. become convinced, that the inhuman It is not the wish of the Massachu. slaughter of brethren, as blameless setts Peace Society, to prescribe the as themselves, is not so glorious a manner in which their respected breththing, as they once imagined. They ren can best exert their influence in may also be led to doubt the safe- the glorious cause of humanity and ty of appearing at the bar of Christ peace. But a cooperation in some
form is not only cordially desired, but source, that every enjoyment, both strongly anticipated.
spiritual and temporal, flows; it is to The Constitution of our society was the Lord Almighty that we are in: designed to embrace ihe friends of debted for the blessing of existence, peace of every name. The society is for the means of redemption, and for accordingly composed of men of dif. th it lively hope of immortality, which ferent sentiments, both as to politics comes by Jesus Christ. To bis serand religion. It is wished that this vice, then, dear Friends, in obedience amiable and conciliatry principle may
to the manifestation of his power, let be extended throughout Christendom; us offer our talents; to the glory of and that all, who love our Lord Jesits his great and excellent name, let us Christ, may become united in one devote our strength and the residue grand and persevering effort to give of our days. peace to the world.
The state of our religious society, Having frankly stated our views and as transmitted from the several bodies our request, we have, brethren, only which constitute this Yearly Meeting, to add our fervent prayer, that the has been again brought under our
od of peace may be with you, and view. Accounts of the sufferings of that the spirit of peace may guide ev our members, chiefly for tithes and ery measure which you may adopt in other ecclesiastical demands, and for relation to the all important object, claims of a military nature, to the which has now been proposed.
amount of fifteen thousand By order of the Board of the Mas. hundred and twenty-seven pounds, sachusetts Peace Society, and with have been reported; and we are in. the advice of the Council of Curres. formed that ten of our young men pondence.
have been imprisoned since last year, NOAH WORCESTER, Gor. Sec. for refusing to serve in the local miBoston, March 5, 1816.
We are encouraged in believing,
that our ancient Christian testimony Extracts from the Epistle of the Christ, and to a free gospel ministry,
to the inward teaching of the spirit of Yearly Meeting, held in Lon
not only continues to be precious to don, by adjournmenis, from the many, but is gaining ground amongst 24th of the fifth month, to the The sufferings to which we are 2d of the sixth month, inclu- exposed, are through the lenity of our sive, 1815.
government, far less severe than were
those of our predecessors. To some, To the Quarterly and Monthly Meet- however, we believe that these ope
ings of Friends, in Great Britain, rate at times as a trial of their faith Ireland, and elsewhere.
and love to the truth. We are dis. Dear Friends,
posed to remind such, that patience Ix offering you the salutation of our
and meek:less on their part will tend love, we believe it right to acknow
both to exalt the testimony in the ledge our thankfulness to the Author
view of others, and to promote their
own advancement in the Christian of all good, that we have been permit
course. ted to meet together. We have had again to rejoice in a sense of the good. land, and those from the several year
The Epistle from our friends in Ire. ness of him, who, by his presence, owned us in times past; and, thoughly meetings on the American contisensible of the loss of the labor and
nent, have again convinced us that we counsel of some who have recently
are brethren, bound together by the been removed from the probations of endearing ties of Christian fellowship, time, we have felt the consoling as
desiring, as fellow disciples, to follow surance that the Divine Power is both the same Lord; and we feel, that ancient and new. It is from this holy there is in the gospel of Christ a un.
ion that is not dissolved by distance,
nor affected by the jarring contentions the Lord, and upholding our various of men.
testimonies, was the care of some of it has afforded us much satisfaction our dear friends, of whose decease we to believe, that the Christian practice have been at this time informed. of daily reading in families a portion They were concerned in early life to of Holy Scripture, with a subsequent evince their love to the truth; they pause for retirement and reflection, served the Lord in uprightness and is increasing amongst us. We con. fear in their generation, and, in their ceive that it is both the duty and the closing moments, were permitted to interest of those who believe in the feel an humble trust, that through the doctrines of the gospel, and who pos. mediation of our Redeemer, they sess the invaluable treasure of the sa- should become heirs of a kingdom cred records, frequently to recur to that shall mever have an end. Let them for instruction and consolation. their example encourage you to offer We are desirous that this wholesome all your r.atural powers, and every indomestic regulation may be adopted tellectual attainment, to the service of every where. Heads of families, who the same Lord, and patiently to perhave themselves experienced the ben- severe in a course of unremitting obeefit of religious instruction, will do dience to the divine will. well to consider whether in this res. Now, dear friends, of every age pect, they have not a duty to dis. and of every class, we bid you affeccharge to their servants and others of tionately farewell in the Lord Jesus. their household. Parents, looking sin. Let us ever bear in mind. whether we cerely for help to him of whom these attempt, under the influence of Chrisscriptures testify, may not unfrequent- tian love, to maintain our testimonies ly, on such occasions, feel them to the spiritual and peaceable kingselves enabled and engaged to open to
dom of the Lamb; whether we at. the minds of their interesting charge, tempt to promote the present and futhe great truths of Christian duty and ture welfare of our fellow-members Christian redemption.
and fellow-men;-let us ever remember, In considering this subject, our that if we obey the divine commandyounger friends have been brought to ments, we shall do all to the glory of our remembrance with warm and ten- God; we shall always acknowledge der solicitude. We hope that many
that it is of his mercy, if we ever beof you, dear youth, are no strangers to come partakers of the unspeakable this practice, and to some, we trust, it privilege of the true disciples of him, has already been blessed. Hesitate who died for all, that they that live not, (we beseech all of this class,) to should not henceforth live unto themallot a portion of each day to read and selves, but unto him who died for meditate upon the sacred volume in them, and rose again." private: steadily direct your minds to Signed in and on behalf of the Meet. him who alone can open and applying, by W. D. CREWDSON, the scriptures to our spiritual benefit.
Clerk to the Meeting this year. * In these seasons of retirement, seek for ability to enter into a close exam. ination of the state of your own hearts;
Imperial Peace Society.
* Three paragraphs have been omitted merely for want of room. Ed.
Austria, the King of Prussia, and the with which they ought to be animated Emperor of Russia, in consequence of of considering all as only the memthe great events which have distin. bers of one Christian nation, the three guished, in Europe, the course of the allied princes looking upon themselves three last years, and especially of the as delegated by Providence to govern blessings which it has pleased Divine three branches of the same family, to Providence to shed upon those states, wit, Austria, Prussia, and Russia; whose governments have placed their confessing likewise, that the Chrisconfidence and their hope in it alone, tian nation, of which they and their having acquired the thorough convic- people form a part, have really no tion, that it is necessary for ensuring other sovereign than him, to whom the continuance of these blessings, that alone power belongs of right, because the several powers, in their mutual re- in him alone are found all the treasures lations, adopt the sublime truths which of love, of science, and of wisdom; are pointed out to us by the eternal that is to say, God, our divine Savior religion of the Savior God;
Jesus Christ, the word of the Most “Declare solemnly, that the present High, the word of life. Their majes. act has no other object than to show ties therefore recommend, with the in the face of the universe their un- most tender solicitude, to their people, wavering determination to adopt for as the only means of enjoying that the only rule of their conduct, both in peace which springs from a good conthe administration of their respective science and which alone is durable, to states, and in their political relations fortify themselves every day more and with
every other government, the pre- more in the principles and exercise cepts of this boly religion, the pré- of the duties which the divine Savior cepts of justice, of charity and of peace, has pointed out to us. which, far from being solely applica- “ART. III All powers, which wish ble to private life, ought, on the con- solemnly to profess the sacred princitrary, directly to influence the resolu. ples which have dictated this act, and tions of princes, and to guide all their who shall acknowledge how important undertakings, as being the only means it is to the happiness of nations, too of giving stability to human institutions, long disturbed, that these truths shall and of remedying their imperfections. henceforth exercise upon human des
“Their majesties have therefore a- tinies, all the influence which belongs greed to the following articles:- to them, shall be received with as
"ART. I. In conformity with the much readiness as affection, into this words of the Holy Scriptures, which holy alliance. command all men to regard one anoth- "Made, tripartite, and signed at Pa. er as brethren, the three contracting ris, in the year of our Lord 1815, on monarchs will remain united by the the 14th (26) of September. bonds of a true and indissoluble fra.
“FRANCIS, ternity, and considering each other as
“FREDERIC WILLIAM, copatriots, they will lend one another
“ALEXANDER. on every occasion, and in every place, “A true copy of the original, assistance, aid, and support; and con
“ALEXANDER. duct towards their subjects and ar- "St. Petersburgh, the day of the birth mies, as fathers towards their families; of our Savior, the 25th of December they will govern them in the spirit of 1815." fraternity, with which they are animato
Remarks. ed, for the protection of religion, Of all the compacts made by the peace and justice.
rulers of nations in any age, the one “Art. Il. Therefore the only ruling now exhibited has perhaps the highest principle between the above mention. claims to the title of a TREATY OF ed governments and their subjects,
Those instruments, which shall be that of rendering reciprocal have usually borne this pacific name services; of testifying by an unaltera. notwithstanding all the solemn protesble beneficence the mutual affection tations and promises contained in