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it on you , not to be hasty in forming intimacies . Take time to make your own observations , and to learn the estimate formed of them by others , before you select your companions and your bosom friends * Be it your care to admit into this peculiar connection , those only who are most
amiable in their dispositions , most pure in their manners , and most devoted to stud y * Such select companions will not corrupt , but preserve , your innocence ; they will not impede , but aid , your pur . suit of science ; they will not lead you into expensive and hurtful follies , but check , if it be
necessary , any such indiscreet propensities . With your intimacies with such you will find your security 9 3 , nd from the esteem of such , you ; will -derive honour to yourself , " He that walketh with wise men
shall be wise , but a companion of fools shall be destroyed . " If this important maxim deserve the attention of any , it particularly enforces itself on those who are the avowed candidates for wisdom , and are training up in her school ,
to disseminate in future life , her principles , and to advance her influence . For a youth of your destination , to throw himself in the way of fools , and to expose himself to their corrupting examples or persuasions , is particularly absurd and will be peculiarly
pernicious . Here I take my leave of you at present , with every friendly and anxious wish for your virtue and improvement I . am , Yours , &c .
On a late Quaker Disownment . Sir , June 5 , 1812 . In the last leaf of your last Number your readers must have been most unexpectedly informed of the disowmnent of a member of
the society of Friends ^ by one of their monthly meetings in London , for professing , or being suspected of professing , Unitarian sentiments ! Your own expressions of
surprise at this occurrence , on a supposition of the fatt being as had been stated to you , were strong and natural ; and I as naturally supposed it possible tlftit you had been misinformed . But from an
advertisement which appeared on your wrapper , relative to a republication of Mr . Penn ' s - Sandy Foundation Shaken , ' * with the addition of < A Modern Sketch of
reputed Orthodoxy , &c . I . was led to inspect that pamphlet . The inspection soon convinced me that your information had been correct ; but it also excited my astonishment . Those additional parts
or minutes of discipline , constituting the Modern Sketch , and confirming the chsownment aforesaid ^ are of so strange a complexion , that they appear to me wholly incompatible with the general
character for justice and consistency claimed by that once persecuted society . What their principles of discipline among themselves now are , the public at large may be as uninformed as myself ; but consistency with Christian liberty .
and with the original doctrines of their early Friends ( from which they profess not to deviate ) may at least be expected . That their original tenets respecting the £ ) i « vine Unity , $ s laid down by Mr , Penn , q , n $ often re-ppbUshed by
374 On a late Quaker Disownfnent
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 374, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/30/