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dance. If then, our blessed pattern, He in whom dwelt the fulness of power, felt and bore testimony that of himself he could do nothing, should not all those, who would be his followers, seek to do likewise, and in all seasons of strippedness, in all seasons of the far withdrawing of the blessed presence, endeavour after that state, wherein there is no wish to stir up or awake the Beloved till He please.
“ Study to be quiet, and turn thy mind inward." It is in this state alone, that we experience a renovation of strength. It is as we are engaged to seek unto a God nigh at hand, that we are permitted to find him, to be refreshed with his presence, and to know of á truth, “Give what he will, without him, we are poor, and with him rich, take what he will away.” “Seek after a present God, a God nigh at hand.” May all the energies of the mind be directed here, may this be the primary object of pursuit. “Seek and ye shall find.” This word of promise, every seeking mind shall know fulfilled in its own experience, to its unspeakable comfort. How many are the blessed promises. How many the gracious invitations, extended to the children of men. “Turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways, for why will ye die,
, oh! house of Israel.” An invitation, plainly shewing us our free agency-turn ye, for why will ye die; we are called to work out our own salvation, and power is given us therefor. Of ourselves, truly we can do nothing, but as there is a willingness to act in the might afforded, we shall of a truth find strength sufficient for the fulfilment of the day's work, even to answering the end of our creation, by glorifying God and enjoying him forever. J.
ELEVENTH MONTH, 1834.
BRIEF ACCOUNT Of the Life and Writings of James Moore, of
Sadsbury, Chester County, Pennsylvania. James Moore was a son of Andrew Moore, concerning whom a short memorial was published in vol. 4th, p. 26, of this work. He was born in or about the year 1716, and came from Ireland with his parents in 1723. They settled at Sadsbury, where James resided during the remainder of his days. He appears to have been concerned for the promotion of righteousness and truth in the earth, as well by the use of his pen, as by his more public labours in society. From the essays and memorandums left by him, the following memoirs and views are selected.
In the winter season of 1756, he says, his mind tvas often brought under deep concern and thoughtfulness, on account of the distresses that seemed to hang over the land. By the encroachments of the inhabitants upon the lands of the natives, with other causes, a bloody war ensued, and many of the inhabitants were slain or murdered in their houses, and others taken captives. The thoughts of these things, and hearing, at times, of so much human blood being spilled in this once peaceful land, deeply affected him. He believed these calamities were
suffered to occur on account of the sins of the people. Under this close exercise, he was engaged in selecting some paragraphs out of the Scriptures by way of dialogue, setting forth the unlawfulness and inconsistency of outward war, and destroying one another, as being repugnant to the law of Christ.
This essay might have been useful at that day though chiefly composed of Scripture quotations. The occasion of the Indian war having passed away, and many other valuable treatises on the subject of war having been written and published of latter years, render it unnecessary to bring this into public view.
James Moore was at this time in the station of an elder, but, in the spring following, being engaged on a committee with other Friends in visiting families, his “mouth was first opened in public, for the cause and honour of God and his Truth."
While engaged in writing on the subject of war, he says, there was a proclamation issued by the governor of Pennsylvania, for a general fast to be observed by all societies, which deeply affected his mind; and, letting drop the concern he was engaged in, he collected a large number of paragraphs out of the writings of the prophets and other parts of the Scriptures concerning fasts, circumcision, offerings, and set days-to which he briefly added some of his own sentiments on those subjects.
The closing paragraph of this essay may be considered an epitome or summary of the whole, being as follows:
" This is our faith, that the outward ordinances and ceremonial performances of the law, are ceased, and that the spiritual performance of them ought to
be observed in each of our hearts and souls, now in this gospel day.”
“ Therefore, letall professing christianity be awakened, and consider whether their faith be in Christ, yea or nay; and whether they prefer the new Jerusalem above their chiefest joy, and Sion's prosperity before any worldly delight. As we thus come individually to have our sincere desires and breathings to God, for the promotion of his glory, we shall be as bright lights in the world, and as a lamp that burneth which cannot be extinguished. That the brightness and glory of this most excellent gospel day may, more and more, break forth, and the comeliness and beauty thereof appear, and shine forth among the children of men universally, is the sincere desire and breathings of one who wisheth the salvation of every soul.
appears that he travelled in the service of Truth, as a minister, but how extensively we are not informed, as we have seen or heard of no Journal of his life and travels, nor any memorial or testimony concerning him ; but the following memorandum shows the continued concern of his mind to be usefully employed in doing good.
“ In the winter season of the year 1780, I being weakly in body, and not of ability for exercise as formerly ; also, being mostly confined in my chamber, and the time seeming tedious, I betook myself to reading, and carefully read over the Old and New Testaments. Having my pen in a trembling hand, I took out some particular passages through the whole for my own comfort and satisfaction, and
to have both mind and body employed in some agreeable exercise. At times, I made some small additions and remarks, especially on the prophecies of Ezekiel and Joel, which I thought seemed to point out, in some degree, the sorrowful distressed state of North America, with a lamentation for Pennsylvania in particular, and likewise some advice to my beloved children.”
The Scripture quotations, or selections, occupy more than five sheets of paper, closely written. His remarks on the prophecies of Ezekiel and Joel, in reference to the state of North America at that time, being short, are as follows:- ..
“ Upon taking a view of the present distressed state of America, the Lord's faithful children can do no less than acknowledge the justice of God, in pouring forth of his righteous judgments upon the inhabitants of this land, for the wicked abominations committed by the people in many and various respects.
Notwithstanding we have, many of us, been faithfully warned one year and time after another, for many years past, by the faithful servants of the Lord, proclaiming in our ears the dreadful day that was approaching, if we did not amend our ways, and forsake the evil of our doings ; and that we were in danger of the judgments of heaven being poured forth upon our once peaceful and highly favoured land.
And likewise threatenings, time after time, and one season after another, in divers and various respects. In particular, there have many instances appeared, pointing to a famine in our land, sometimes by lice, soon after the grain is up; sometimes