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. . . upon eternal matters, and the solemnities of religion. Such aceticism was very repulsive to many of her followers, and one woman who much given to mirth, was ordered to have her mouth sealed up with strips of paper and wafers! Her insanity was confined to her religion, and whatever pertained to her society's solemn aspect was deemed all important. One Amos Ganzey was severely chastised for climbing a tree for the purpose of looking into the ladies' sleeping apartment;—he fell and broke his shoulder, whereupon he made confession of his fault to the "Friend," and was sentenced by her to wear a sheep bell for three weeks! Another member for some immoral or irreligious act was required to wear a black cap for the same length of time! Every irreligious act in her members was sure to meet with censure, and the above instances are only a few of the proofs of her insanity on that subject. Upon any other subject she was perfectly rational, but upon religion she was a wild enthusiast, a monomaniac. This however, did not interfere with her executive ability in planning the removal of her society to the West, where they should not be molested by an inquisitive and meddlesome world. Her whole energies were bent for several months in the preparation. She labored with the utmost assiduity and in all business meetings she did not fail to paint in glowing colors the beauties of the "New Jerusalem," the Land of Promise, where an asylum would be opened for the oppressed and where they could worship God under their own vine and fig tree and no one to molest or make them afraid. At length all preparations were completed, and in April, 1789, she bid farewell to Worcester, Penn., and started for the wilderness, or the "Lake Country," as she sometimes called it, in the State of New York. Her retinue consisted of her firmest followers and their families, and their route first lay to Wilksbarre, thence by boat to Newtown (now called Elmira), along the east branch of the Susquehanna and Chemung Rivers. From Newtown they proceeded to a point ever since called the "Friend's Landing," about one mile south of the village of Dresden on Seneca Lake. A man by the name of Hencher living in 1850, at Elmira, says, he well remembers, when a boy, helping along Jemima and her retinue with his father's teams, and that it seemed strange to him to see the movements of so large a company of men, all ordered by a woman.
"The Universal Friend's Advice to those of the same Religious Society, recommended to be read in their public meetings for Divine worship."
The Public Universal Friend
"Adviseth all, who desire to be one with the Friend in spirit and to be wise unto salvation, that they be punctual in attending meetings, as many as conveniently can.
That they meet at the tenth hour of the day, as near as possible.
That those, who cannot well go to meetings, sit down at their several homes, about the time meeting begins, in order to wait for and upon the Lord.
That they shun, at all times, the company and conversation of the wicked world, as much as possible: But when any of you are under a necessity of being with them, do your business with few words, and retire from them as soon as you can get your business done; remembering to keep on your watch, and pray for assistance, especially when the wicked are before you.
That you do not enquire after news, or public reports of any one; and be careful not to spread any yourselves that are not of the Lord.
That you deal justly with all men, and do unto all men as you would be willing that they should do unto you; and walk orderly that none occasion of stumbling be given by you, to any.
Let all your conversation, at all times, be such as becometh the gospel of Christ.
Do good to all as opportunity offers, especially to the household of faith.
Live peaceably with all men as much as possible; in an especial manner do not strive against one another for mastery, but all of you keep your ranks in righteousness, and let not one thrust another.
Let not debate, evil surmisings, jealousies, evil speakings or hard thinking be named among you; but be at peace among yourselves.
Take up your daily cross against ungodliness and worldly lusts; and live as you would be willing to die, loving one another, and forgiving one another, as ye desire to be forgiven by God and his Holy One.
Obey and practice the divine counsel you have heard, or may hear, from time to time; living every day as if if were the last; remembering you are always in the presence of the High and Lofty One who inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; and, without holiness, no one can see the Lord in peace, therefore be ye holy in all your conversation, and labor to keep yourselves unspotted from the world, and possess your vessels in sanctification and honor, knowing that ye ought to be temples for the Holy Spirit to dwell in; and, if your vessels are unclean, that which is holy cannot dwell in you: And know ye not your ownselves, that if Christ dwells not, yea, and reigns not in you; ye are in a reprobate state, or out of favor with God and his Holy One; therefore, ye are to shun the very appearance of evil in all things, as foolish talking, and vain jesting, with all unprofitable conversation which is not convenient; but flee from bad company as from a serpent. Be not drunk with wine, or any other spirituous liquors, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Holy Spirit, building one another up in the most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, and when you come into Meetings or Evening Sittings, make as little stir as possible, that you may not disturb the solemn meditations of others, but consider you are drawing near to approach the holy, pure, eternal Spirit, that cannot look on sin with any allowance.
Endeavor to meet all at one time, and keep your seats until the meeting is over, except upon some extraordinary occasion.
Gather in all your wandering thoughts, that you may sit down in solemn silence, to wait for the aid and assistance of the Holy Spirit, and do not speak out vocally in meetings, except ye are moved thereunto by the Holy Spirit, or that there be real necessity. Worship God and his Holy One in spirit and in truth.
Use plainness of speech and apparel, and let your adorning be not outward, but inward, even that of a meek and quiet spirit, which, in the sight of God is of great price. Thus saith the Psalmist—It is most like the King's daughter, all glorious within; her clothing is of wrought gold.
Consider how great a thing it is to worship God and the Lamb acceptibly, who is a Spirit, and must be worshipped in spirit and in truth: Therefore, deceive not yourselves, by indulging drowsiness, or other mockery, instead of worshipping God and the Lamb. God is not mocked, for such as each of you sow, the same must ye also reap: If ye sow to the flesh, ye must of the flesh, reap corruption; but if ye are so wise as to sow to the Spirit, ye will of the Spirit, reap life everlasting, Rom. viii, from the 6th to the 19th verse. "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace: Because the carnal mind is emnity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God: But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now, if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his. And, if Christ be in you, the body is dead, because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteous: But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye, through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God. For, ye have not receive sic the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirt sic of Adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God; and, if children, then heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; If so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together with him. For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us. "Ye cannot be my friends, except ye do whatsoever I command you; Therefore be not weary in well-doing, for, in due season ye shall reap if ye faint not.
Those whose mouths have been opened to speak, or to pray in public, are to wait for the movings of the Holy Spirit, and then, speak or pray as the spirit giveth utterance; not running without divine authority; nor speak nor pray any longer than the Spirit remaineth with you; nor linger when moved to speak as mouth for the Holy One, or moved to pray by the same power.
Let not contention, confusion, jarring or wrong speaking have any place amongst you. Use not whisperings in meetings, for whisperers separate chief friends.
Above all, give all diligence to make your calling and election sure, and work out your salvation with fear and trembling, redeeming your time, because the days are evil. Forget the things that are behind, and press forward towards the mark and the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus; that ye may be found without spot or rebuke before the Lord; that ye may be delivered from the bond of corruption, and brought into the glorious liberty of the Sons of God, where Morning Stars sing together, and all the Sons of God shout for joy; having oil in your vessels with your lamps, like the wise virgins, trimmed and burning; having on your wedding garments that when the Holy One ceaseth to intercede for a dying world, you may also appear with him in glory, not having on your own righteousness, but the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
You, who are Parents, or intrusted sic with the tuition of chldren sic, consider your calling, and the charge committed unto you, and be careful to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and educate them in a just and reverent regard thereunto: And whilst you are careful to provide for the support of their bodies, do not neglect the welfare of their souls, seeing, the earliest impression in general lasts the longest. As it is written, "Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not, easily, depart from it;" and let example teach as loud as your precepts.
Children obey your parents in all things, in the Lord for it is right and acceptable in the sight of God. Honor your fathers and mothers, and the way to honor father and mother is not to give them flattering titles, or vain compliments, but to obey the counsel of the Lord, and them, in the Lord. Thus saith the wisdom of the Lord by the mouth of the wise king Solomon, My son forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments, for length of days, long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee, bind them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thine heart, so thou shalt find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding; In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Hear, ye children, the instruction of your father, and attend to know understanding; for I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother, for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not; if they say, Come; let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without a cause; let us swallow them up alive as the grave, and whole as those that go down into the pit, we shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil; Cast in thy lot amongst us, let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path; for their feet run to do evil, and they make haste to shed blood. They lay in wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives; so is every one that is greedy of gain, that taketh away the life of the owners thereof. All of you be careful not to grieve away the Holy Spirit that is striving with you, in this day of your visitation, and is setting in order before you, your sins and short comings: But turn ye at the reproof of instruction, which is the way to life.
Masters, give unto your servants that which is lawful and right, and deal with other people's children as you would be willing that others deal with you, and your children also in your absence, knowing that whatsoever ye would that others do unto you, ye ought to do likewise unto them for this is the law and the prophets.
Servants, be obedient to your masters, according to the flesh, in fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as unto Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with good will doing service as unto the Lord, and not unto man; knowing, that whatsoever any good thing any man doeth, the same same sic shall be received of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And you, masters do the same things unto them, forebaring threatening, knowing that your Master is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him, but he is merciful and kind even to the unthankful and to the evil.
And all of you who have been, or may be so divinely favored as to be mouth for the Holy One, I entreat you, in the bonds of love, that when you are moved upon to speak in public, that ye speak as the Oracles of God, and as the Holy Spirit giveth utterance, not withholding more than it meet, which tendeth to poverty; neither add to his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. But do all with a single eye to the Glory of God, that God and the Lamb may be glorified by you and through you: for he that winneth souls is wise, and the wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.
The time is fulfilled—the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent ye, and believe the gospel, that the kingdom of God may begin with you.
He hath shewed thee, O Man! what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to