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Advices to be read, at least once in the year, in the Quarterly, Monthly,
and Preparative Meetings of men and women friends: they are to be read in the men's and women's meetings separately.
Take heed, dear friends, we intreat you, to the convictions of the Holy Spirit, who leads, through unfeigned repentance and living faith in the Son of God, to reconciliation with our Heavenly Father, and to the blessed hope of eternal life, purchased for us by the one offering of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Be earnestly concerned in religious meetings reverently to present yourselves before the Lord, and seek, by the help of the Holy Spirit, to worship God through Jesus Christ.
Be in the frequent practice of waiting upon God in private retirement, with prayer and supplication, honestly examining yourselves as to your growth in grace, and your preparation for the life to come.
Be careful to make a profitable and religious use of those portions of time on the first day of the week, which are not occupied by our meetings for worship.
Live in love as Christian brethren, ready to be helpful one to another, and to sympathize with each other in the trials and afflictions of life.
Follow peace with all men, desiring the true happiness of all; and be liberal to the poor, endeavouring to promote their temporal, moral, and religious well-being.
With a tender conscience, and in accordance with the precepts of the Gospel, take heed to the limitations of the Spirit of Truth, in the pursuit of the things of this life.
Maintain strict integrity in all your transactions in trade, and in your other outward concerns, remembering that you will have to account for the mode of acquiring, and the manner of using, your possessions.
Watch, with Christian tenderness, over the opening minds of your offspring ; enure them to habits of self-restraint and filial obedience; carefully instruct them in the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, and seek for ability to imbue their minds with the love of their Heavenly Father, their Redeemer, and their Sanctifier.
Observe simplicity and moderation in the furniture of your houses, and in the supply of your tables, as well as in your personal attire, and that of your families.
Be diligent in the private and daily family reading of the Holy Scriptures; and guard carefully against the introduction of improper books into your families.
Be careful to place out children, of all degrees, with those friends whose care and example will be most likely to conduce to their preservation from evil; prefer such assistants, servants, and apprentices, as are members of our religious society; not demanding exorbitant apprentice fees, lest you frustrate the care of friends in these respects.
Encourage your apprentices and servants of all descriptions to attend public worship, making way for them herein : and exercise a watchful care for their moral and religious improvement.
Be careful to make your wills and settle your outward affairs in time of health; and, when you accept the office of guardian, executor, or trustee, be faithful and diligent in the fulfilment of your trust.
Finally, dear friends, let your conversation be such as becometh the Gospel Exercise yourselves to have always a conscience void of offence towards God and towards man. Watch over one another for good; and when occasions of uneasiness first appear in any, let them be treated with in privacy and tenderness, before the matter be communicated to another : and friends, every where, are advised to maintain “the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.” 1791.- 1801.-1833.
Dear friends, in the spirit of the Gospel, which is peace on earth, and good-will to all men, labour to maintain the discipline of the church, wherein you will be favoured with wisdom, prudently to determine the affairs that may come before you, and be instrumental to prevent appeals from coming to this meeting, which tend to prolong it, and give uneasiness to friends. 1736. W.E.
Rules for hearing and judging of Appeals.
Appeals to Quarterly Meetings.
I. If any person shall, after a final decision in his case by any 2 monthly meeting, (which final decision where disownment takes place "Meetings. is the issuing of a minute or testimony against him,) think himself (a) injured or aggrieved by its proceedings in the case, he may appeal to the quarterly meeting of which such monthly meeting forms a part. Notice of such intended appeal is to be given, in writing, to the monthly meeting within three months after such decision is communicated by, or on behalf of, such meeting, to the party concerned; or, if, because the party could not be found, or by reason of his having left the kingdom, the decision has not been so communicated, then within two years, at the furthest, after the issuing of it.
II. The appeal is to be brought to the first or second quarterly meeting which occurs after the monthly meeting immediately succeeding that at which the notice, above mentioned, has been given.
(a) (or herself, her, &c.] ; persons of both Sexes having equal right of appeal.