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strange fact is it not, that the founders of other faiths have been
convicted and converted by Quakers, as in the case of Hugh Bourne ?
In one sense, it is immaterial to what sect the disciples called
attach themselves: in another it is most important. Paul had "
planted" the Church at Corinth; and though he acknowledged the
oneness of Him " that planteth," and Him that " watereth," and
though the Church had " ten thousand instructors in Christ," he
Temembered that he had "begotten" them "through the Gospel," and he
besought them to "be followers of" him For that cause he sent
Timotseus, his " son," who should bring his ways into remembrance.
And when a Church has compassed heaven with prayers, and earth with
labours, and converts are made from the world, should not that
Church send its sons to bring its way into remembrance to them ? No
Church can show, proportionately, more toils for truth than that of
the Society of Friends; " beautiful upon the mountains " have been
the feet of its honoured ministers. These are " in labours more
abundant," as of old their fathers were " in stripes above measure,
in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft." But it may fairly be
questioned whether they have been as " painstaking " in these
labours. Many have been the seeds sown by those who have gone to
sow, which have brought not forth fruit, for want of " watering; "
many have been the efforts, fitful and inconstant, which have
driven those " pricked in their consciences" to other folds. In
rich orchards, the boughs are laden with fruit that falls and rots,
whilst, near, people are hungering. In crowded gatherings in great
cities there may be a surplusage of words, whilst in the little
meetings in the green fields beyond, leanness may be entering into
the souls for need of due spiritua...
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