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THIS meeting doth earnestly exhort all parents, heads of families and guardians of minors, that they prevent as much as in them lies, their children and others under their care and tuition, from having or reading books and papers tending to prejudice the profession of the christian religion, lest their infant and feeble minds should be poisoned thereby and a foundation laid for the greatest evils.
And it is earnestly recommended to every member of our religious society,
that they avoid and discourage the reading of plays, romances, novels, and other pernicious books, which evidently tend to strengthen the corrupt propensities of nature, to give the mind false ideas of pleasure and happiness, and to disincline it to virtuous and praise-worthy pursuits.
AS those who attend Burials may sometimes come from far and be in need of bodily refreshment, it is earnestly advised that when this is really necessary it may be taken in moderation; and that Friends be careful to demean themselves with gravity and decency; remembering that such seasons especially ought never to be perverted into opportunities for intemperance or levity. And it is desired that when any thing unseemly appears, the offenders may be taken aside and tenderly admonished, that so every thing tending to lessen the solemnity of such occasions may be avoided.
Advised, that Friends be careful themselves and discourage their children from attending the worship of those not in communion with us, and particularly at burials seeing that in so doing there is a danger either of balking their testimony for the truth and wounding their own minds, or giving unnecessary offence to their sober neighbours.
Friends are advised against imitating the vain custom of wearing or giving mourning habits, and against affixing any monuments of wood or stone to graves, and all extravagant expences about the interment of the dead.
And it is recommended that at all our interments time be allowed for a solemn pause both before and after the corpse is put into the ground.
CHARITY AND UNITY.
AMONG the gospel precepts, we find not any thing more strongly and frequently recommended by our Lord Jesus Christ and his Apostles to the primitive believers, than that they should love one another; and as we are sensible that nothing will more contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Church than a due regard to this advice, so we earnestly desire that it may be the care and concern of all Friends to dwell therein, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit to maintain love, concord and peace, in and among all the Churches of Christ.
Love and unity being the special badge of discipleship by which the real follow