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BEING A COLLECTION OF
ESSAYS AND FRAGMENTS,
BIOGRAPHICAL, RELIGIOUS, EPISTOLARY, NARRATIVE
DESIGNED FOR THE PROMOTION OF PIETY AND VIRTUE, TO PRESERVE IN
WHICH MAY BE USEFUL TO
The memory of the just is blessed.—Solomon,
John vi. 12.
EDITED BY JOHN & ISAAC COMLY, BYBERRY.
No. 129 North Third Street,
CONTENTS OF VOL. VI.
Do Notes of a visit in Chester county,
Brief Memoir of John Merritt, of New York,
Do Address to his children,
Do Testimony concerning his first wife, Ann Moore, 158
EIGHTH MONTH, 1834.
MEMOIRS Of the Life of Elisha Kirk. The subject of the following Memoirs was born in the township of East Caln, county of Chester, and State of Pennsylvania, on the 25th of the 12th mo. 1757. His parents, Caleb and Elizabeth Kirk, were members of the religious Society of Friends; and by their piety and consistent conduct as such, were an ornament to their profession. Under their care the mind of their son was prepared, in very early life, to receive the seed of the heavenly kingdom, and, like the good ground, to bring forth fruit to the praise of the great Husbandman.
It appears, by a brief memorandum in his own handwriting, that so early as the fifth year of his age, his mind was susceptible of “the reproofs of instruction.” On one occasion, having been guilty of disobedience to his father, he says, “Afterwards, walking out alone, I was led into a state of deep thoughtfulness about my situation, attended with an anxious desire that I might so live, in future, as to obtain a state of happiness, when time to me should be no more; being at that time convinced that I could not inherit such a state without obedience to my parents, and a cross to my own inclinations. Such early fruits of religious care, and evident manifestation of the Divine Gift, afford great encourage