Sivut kuvina
PDF
ePub

thereof in its behalf, shall not appeal to the yearly meeting, the quarterly meeting shall join the members of the said late monthly meeting, to such other monthly meeting as it may think most convenient; and until such time, shall take care that no inconvenience doth thereby ensue to the members of such dissolved meeting, respecting any branch of our discipline. And if any of the monthly meetings, to which the quarterly meeting shall join the whole or a part of the late monthly meeting, do think themselves aggrieved, they shall be at liberty to appeal against the quarterly meeting to the yearly meeting; and, until such appeal is heard and determined, the friends added by the quarterly meeting to them shall be deemed their members. 1743. All minutes and written epistles from the yearly meeting are to be entered by the quarterly meeting in fair books, properly kept, that all friends of the said quarter may have recourse to them, as occasion shall require. 1727. It is recommended to the several quarterly meetings, that there be held a meeting for divine worship, on the first day of holding each quarterly meeting, preceding their opening the business, according to the ancient and general practice of friends; and that the several meetings be held as follows, viz:—Rhode Island quarter, in the 8th month, at Newport; 11th month, at Somerset; 2d month, at Providence; and 5th month, at East Greenwich; on the first Fifth-day in the month, at each place. Salem quarter, on the third Fifth-day in the 1st month, at Salem; on the fourth Fifth-day in the 5th month at Amesbury; on the third Fifthday in the 8th month, at Lynn; and on the third Fifth-day in the 10th month, at Weare. Sandwich quarter, on the first Fifth-day in the month; at New Bedford, in the 4th and 12th months; at Falmouth, Mass., in the 7th ; and at Sandwich, in the 10th. Falmouth quarter, on the Fifth-day before the first Sixth-day in the month; at Windham, in the 2d and 9th ; at Falmouth, Maine, in the 6th; and at Durham, in the 11th month. Smithfield quarter, on the second Fifth-day in the month; at Worcester, in the 2d; at Northbridge, in the 5th; at Bolton, in the 8th ; and at Smithfield, in the 11th month. Vassalborough quarter, on the second Sixth-day in the 2d, 9th and 11th months; and the last Sixth-day in the 5th month; at Vassalborough, in the 2d and 9th months; and at East Vassalborough, in the 5th and 11th months. Dover quarter, on the fourth Fifth-day in the month; at the upper meeting house, in Rochester, (Meaderborough) in the 1st ; at Dover, in the 4th; at Sandwich, New Hampshire, in the 10th month; and at North Berwick on Sixth-day after the fourth Fifth-day in the 8th month. Fairfield quarter, at Hallowell, on Fourth-day before the second Sixth-day in the 2d and 9th months; and at Fairfield on Fourth-day before the last Sixth-day in the 5th month; and at the same place on Fourth-day before the second Sixth-day in the 11th month.

[Corrected 1856.]

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

It is the sense and judgment of this meeting, that it will tend to the benefit of the society, that the following queries be sent to the several quarterly, monthly, and preparative meetings.

1. Are all meetings for religious worship and discipline duly attended ? Is the hour observed? And are friends preserved from sleeping, and all other unbecoming behavior therein'

2. Are love and unity maintained among you? Is detraction guarded against And where any differences arise, are endeavors used speedily to end them 1

3. Are friends careful to bring up those under their direction in plainness of speech, behavior and apparel? To restrain them from reading pernicious books, and from the corrupt conversation of the world? Are they good examples herein themselves And are the Holy Scriptures frequently read in their families 2

4. Are friends careful to avoid the use of spirituous liquors, except for medicine ! The unnecessary frequenting of taverns, and places of public resort? And to keep in true moderation and temperance, on the account of births, marriages, burials, and on other occasions !

5. Are the circumstances of the poor, and of such as appear likely to need assistance, duly inspected, and their necessities relieved, or they assisted in such business as they are capable of Do their children freely partake of learning, to fit them for business? And are they, and other friends' children, placed among friends ! 6. Are parents and heads of families, with the young and unmarried, careful that all proceedings with respect to marriage be conformable to our discipline ! 7. Do you maintain a faithful testimony against the payment of priests' wages, bearing arms, training or other military matters? Against being concerned in property taken in war, buying or vending goods suspected to be run, and against making false entries, to evade the payment of duties? 8. Are friends careful to inspect their affairs and settle their accounts : Are they punctual to their promises, and just in the payment of their debts, and careful to live within the bounds of their circumstances ! 9. Are friends careful to have all their marriages, births, deaths and burials duly recorded ? Are there any friends removed from, or come amongst you, without certificates ? . 10. Do you take due care regularly to deal with all offenders, in the spirit of meekness and wisdom, without partiality or unnecessary delay ? And is judgment placed where it appears necessary, in the authority of truth, according to our Discipline? And in the preparative and monthly meetings, when all the foregoing queries are read and answered, the following advices are to be read, with a suitable pause between them.

Advised, that persons who make or encourage proposals of marriage with each other, do early obtain the consent of their parents or guardians, and that none keep company with those who are not of our society, on that account. That no parents or guardians encourage their children thus keeping company or marrying, and that friends be careful to maintain our testimony faithfully against all disorderly marriages.

That all public gifts and legacies be strictly applied to the uses intended by the donors; or, if any unforeseen occurrence should render such compliance difficult or impracticable, that an early application be made to the meeting for sufferings, for its advice or assistance; and that timely care be taken for the renewal of trusts.

That friends be careful to maintain our testimony faithfully against slavery.

And in order to render the said queries more ef. fectual, it is directed that the answers be full and explicit, comprising the substance of every part of each query, in order that this meeting, being rightly informed of the state of the church in general, the needful advice and assistance may be duly administered. 1761.

That, to this purpose, they be first read in the preparative meetings preceding the quarterly meeting, and distinct answers given in said meetings, to

« EdellinenJatka »