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an individual, nor insensible of thy obligation to fill it up before God and the church. Oh! that now in the bloom of youth, and having before thee the lengthening prospect of all the world calls good, thy mind might be turned steadily and fervently to him who hath called thee by an high and holy calling ; that by a religious dedication of all thy faculties, thou mayest be rendered an instrument of good in these days wherein the gates of Zion do mourn.
Thy beloved companion, in an especial manner, claims thy help, thy sympathy and assistance, in the most important concerns. Prudence, economy, and the domestic duties are to be filled up
propriety, that thou mayest sustain the valuable relation, and be adorned with the qualities so beauti, fully described in Proverbs, 13th chap. 10th verse, and to the end ; and above all to promote his truest interest, for which I believe he is at times properly anxious; to go hand in hand up to the house of the Lord, to the mountain of the God of Jacob.
Associate with those amongst you who may strengthen thee in the best things. Be diligent in the attendance of meetings for worship and discipline. Make a point of attending week-day meetings. Evidence to others, my child, that the precepts I have wished to instil into thy mind have not been disbelieved, nor my anxious solicitude for thee an unavailing care. Cherish the affection of thy dear companion with a delicate solicitude. Give him no pain in things seemingly trivial. Anticipate his desires with alacrity ; this will secure mutual returns, and establish reciprocal happiness.
Esteem is looked upon as a cold word, in comparison of many others, as relative to conjugal felicity ; but if it seem not sufficiently ardent, it is the permanent basis of union. When the short-lived fever of the passions hath subsided, and cool judgment opens its discerning eye, affection-deliberate steady affection, selects that which is estimable as its treasure, and lays a deep foundation to build upon, which stands the shock of future trials, supports through the various tribulations of life, and blesses in
every allotment. But where the exterior hath been the chief good, and this not supported with really excellent qualities, short-lived hath the comfort of such been ; for no mind can long love the object it cannot esteem. Imagine not, my dear Mary, that I write this from any jealousy of its being necessary for thy guard. I revive sentiments thou often entertainest, and indulge myself with familiar concern, with one I love as a father his child. Give my dear love to thy husband and to dear M. My affection allows me not to be indifferent to her welfare ; when I have opportunity I mean to tell her so. I was pleased with thine of the 1st instant, and should be pleased often to hear from thee. I am, my dear Mary, with the assurance of best affection, thy uncle, truly solicitous for thy welfare.
Some account of Jacob Lundy. “Come and see in what peace a Christian can die." By thus beholding the end of the righteous, we may be animated with endeavours to follow them, as they have followed Christ, in piety and virtue, Having this for our motto, “let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his,” we may be crowned with hope, and confidence in the all-sufficiency of the heavenly Father's protecting care, of which, we have this promise, that in the fiery trial, he will be with us, and though we pass through the waters of affliction they shall not overwhelm us.
Jacob Lundy was descended of sober, honest, and respectable parents, Jacob and Mary Lundy, of the Society of Friends, members of Hardwick monthly meeting, New Jersey. He was a dutiful and affectionate son, and lived with his parents in much harmony, and in the decline of life, he was a comfort and staff for them to lean upon. May others be engaged to go and do likewise, that they may reap the reward of an approving conscience, which appeared to be his happy experience. Being for some time in poor health, he told his physician to speak his mind plainly, for he did not fear. After he was confined to his room, he remarked to those present, that he did not expect to go out until he was carried out. About two weeks before his decease, he desired to have his children sent for, his step-daughter being one of them, to whom he had extended a parental care, and to whom he expressed himself tenderly, saying, “Dear child, I am very glad to see thee again;" and repeated it twice. He appeared to bear his bodily suffering, which was great, without a murmur,--was very patient and quiet, as though his day's work was done, except bearing the pain of the mortal body; yet sometimes, when in great distress through oppression, he would say, “what can be done? I fear I am not patient enough.”
He was favoured throughout with his rational faculties without much change; and, near half an hour before he departed, he fell into a quiet sleep, and drew his breath shorter and shorter, until he expired without a sigh or groan, or the least motion, so calm and easy that death seemed disarmed of his terrors. At this solemn period, his aged mother standing by, bore this testimony, “Why should we wish his stay, seeing his way is made so easy.”
He was an example of piety and virtue; and, in early life, was called upon to fill very important stations in the Society. He was for many years, clerk of the monthly meeting. In 1772, he was chosen to the station of an Elder; the duties of which he was careful to fulfil with dignity and uprightness, to the end of his days. In the year 1783, he was married to Sarah, the widow of William Hampton, of Rahway; she being a minister to whom he was an helpmate in her christian exercises; and when she was concerned to travel on Truth's account, he endeavoured to open the way for her to fulfil the work she believed herself called unto, by assisting her freely.
Jacob Lundy also travelled in the service of Truth, on his own concern, to visit Friends in their meetings for discipline. In the second month of the year 1801, he was furnished with a minute of the unity of his friends, to attend a few. meetings for discipline, in the remote parts of Pennsylvania.Again, in 1805, the monthly meeting set him at liberty to attend Redstone Quarter, and the monthly meetings composing it, stating in his certificate, that he was “an elder in good esteem.”
He was very diligent in the attendance of all our religious meetings, those near home, as well as monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meetings; encouraging his family also, in this important duty. He was a kind neighbour, and careful over his own house to make them comfortable. He was of a tender spirit, so that, at times, when reading, or hearing others read the Bible, he has appeared to be affected, even to tears. He was ever ready to entertain strangers, particularly those who were travelling on Truth's account, who found him kind and hospitable, to the comforting, as well as refreshing of the weary, so that oft times, the visitors and the visited have had to rejoice together, feeding, as it were, at the banqueting table of heavenly love.
He was born the 30th day of the 7th mo. 1751, and departed this life the 22d of the 3d mo. 1806.
Reflections. “Í charge you, oh ye daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up nor awake the Beloved, till he please.” To the newly awakened mind, this caution seems peculiarly applicable, for how often is there manifested a want of entire cessation from that creaturely activity, that self-love, which would seek to stir up, or call into action, in its own will and time, those pleasurable sensations, which result from the sensible presence of the Beloved. Did not the blessed Jesus bear this testimony to his disciples, to those who would have a more public manifestation of the works which were wrought through him: “My time is not yet come, your time is always ready.” And when he had thus said, we find he abode still in Galilee, a state of littleness, of depen