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the mea « s of bringing up to maturity many heirs of immortal gk > ry and happiness !
The Epistle from the Yearly Meeting , held in London , by Adjournments , from the 21 st of the Fifth Month , to the SOth of the same , inclusive , 1817 » to the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings of Friends , in Great
Britain Ireland , and elsewhere * Dear Friends , The love of our Heavenly Father has prevailed in this our annual assembly . It has united us in the fellowship of the Gospel , and has extended to our dear absent brethren . Under this
influence , our confidence has been renewed , that the foundation upon which the righteous in all ages have built their faith aad their hope , is for ever immutable . Notwithstanding our own iufirmities , and the discouragements which surround us , we have felt the consoling persuasion that the Lord is still mindful of us . He who hath
blessed us and our forefathers with Baany tokens of his divine regardf is yet waiting to shew himself gracious \ and by the Spirit of his Son is calling us to purity of heart , and to holiness in all manner of conversation . May we then consider the sacred duties
which devolve upon us as Christians 5 the awful responsibility we are under as to a right use of all those gifts and talents , with which we have been intrusted ; arid the necessity of becoming a more spiritually-minded people .
In turning our attention to the state of the Society as it has been now laid before us , the proper employment of the first day of the week , the day more particularly set apart for public worship , is a subject that has claimed our serious attention . It is no small
privilege to be living in a country where much regard is paid to this duty , and it highly becomes us to be careful that our example in this respect be consistent with the profession we make to the world . We desire that
heads of families , and our younger friends also , may closely examine , whether they are sufficiently solicitous to improve that portion of this day which is not allotted to the great duty of meeting with their friends for the purpose of divine worship . To those who are awakened to a due sense of the eternal interests of the soul—and
oh ! that this were the qase with allwe believe that these intervals have often proved times of much religious benefit . Manv have derived great
increase of strength both at these , and other times , from retiring to wait upon the Lord ; from reading- the Holy Scriptures with rainds turned to their Divine Author , ia desire that he would bless them to their comfort and
edification \ and from perusing the pious lives and experiences of those who have gone before them . But we avoid prescribing any precise line of conduct , believing that if the attention be sincerely turned unto the Heavenly Shepherd , his preserving help and guidance will not be withheld . Those of the class whom we have
just been addressing , may sometimes feel that their faith is low , when about to attend their meetings in the course of the week , it may be , under great outward difficulties . These sacrifices of time , and opportunities of withdrawing from wordly cares , have been
blessed to many : they have proved , in seasons of deep trial and discouragement , times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord . The waiting , dependent mind has thus been
enabled to put on strength to persevere in the Christian course ; and under the pressure of many troubles and perplexities , to experience an increase of faith in the merciful and omnipotent care of our Great Creator . Be
eiicmiraged then , dear friend * , not to neglect your meetings ^ however small ; but to believe that by a diligent attendance of them , and a right engagement of mind therein , you will be strengthened to iill up your stations as faithful and devoted Christians .
In a well-ordered fanaily , short opportunities of religious retirement frequently occur , in which the mi « d may be turned in secret aspiration to the Author of all our blessings- , and which have often proved times of more than transient benefit . It is our present concern , that no exception to this
practice may be found amongst us ; whether it take place 011 the reading of a portion of the sacred volume , or when we are assembled to partake of the provisions with which we are supplied for the sustenance of the body . On these latter occasions , may the hearts of our young friends also , be turned in gratitude to God , who thus
55 S Intelligence . —Hie Yearly Meeting ' s Epistle .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1817, page 558, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2468/page/46/