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It behooveth us, in all such our assemblies, to have our minds seasoned with a sense of the weight of the work we are engaged in, and to exert ourselves with a holy zeal for the cause of God, and the promotion of his truth; carefully watching against an exalted spirit, which would strive for mastery and dominion; laboring in love and in the meekness of wisdom to be helpful one unto another, that “Nothing may be done through strife or vain glory; but, in lowliness of mind, let each esteem other better than themselves.” Phil. ii. 3. 1747.
It is agreed, that the Yearly Meeting for New England be held on Rhode Island, beginning with a meeting of ministers and elders, at the 9th hour on Seventh day after the second Sixth day in the sixth month, at Newport; that the meetings for worship on First day, begin at the 10th hour in the morning and the 4th hour in the afternoon, both at Portsmouth and Newport; and that the meeting for church discipline begin at the 9th hour on Second day morning, at Newport. And that the former clerk, or in his absence the clerk of the meeting for sufferings, act as clerk at that sitting; at the conclusion of which sitting the representatives are to meet and agree upon a clerk for the year, and report the same to the adjournment.
Agreed, that all papers that come before this meeting, as well as quarterly and monthly meetings, except such as are from immediate correspondents, be first examined by a committee to be from time to time appointed, before they be read in our meetings.
Y O U TH.
WE earnestly beseech our friends, and especially the youth among us, to avoid all such conversation as may tend to draw out their minds into the foolish and wicked pastimes with which this age aboundeth ; particularly balls, gaming-places, horseraces, and play-houses; those nurseries of debauchery and wickedness, the burthen and grief of the sober part of other societies, as well as of our own; practices wholly unbecoming a people under the Christian profession, contrary to the tenor of the doctrine of the gospel, and the examples of the best men in the earliest ages of the church. For, as “evil communications corrupt good manners,” so it is the duty of men professing religion, who live in this world in order to obtain a better, not only to shake their hands from holding of bribes, and stop their ears from hearing of blood, but also to shut their eyes from seeing evil. Isai. xxxiii. 15. 1739.
And dearly beloved youth, in an humble sense of the continued visitations of the Father's love and an experience of their blessed effects, we entreat you, by the mercies of God, receive its holy impressions, submit to its discipline. This will preserve, you from the deplorable effect of Satan's transformations, inspire you with holy resolutions, and enable you to maintain them in all godly conversation, and purity of life and faith; adorning the doctrine of the gospel by a blameless demeanor. True peace will then flow as a river in your minds; and the fruits of the tree of righteousness be brought forth to your inexpressible consolation in Christ, the revival of Zion's beauty, and the rebuilding of her desolations; so that by and through you, she may yet appear beautiful to the sincere