A Sermon Delivered by JESSE KERSEY Delivered at New York Yearly Meeting, 1845, recalled from memory by Joseph Lafetra
The Journal, Vol. II No. 47 (12th month 23, 1874,) page 371.
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"It is a source of consolation and calls for our gratitude to the great head of the
church, that he hath through all the sittings of this large Yearly Meeting
preserved so general a harmony of feeling. We have great cause to trust that his
care and special regard will be continued to his militant church. I think I have
seen in the light of truth that this people will be blessed and increased, although
there may first be some scattering; but the testimonies of truth will subsequently
be raised, and will spread and flourish, so that from the East to the West, and
from the North to the South of this vast continent, the reign of the Messiah will
be established in the hearts of the inhabitants. There shall be no more slavery,
neither shall there be any war. They shall be an ensign to the nations of the earth,
and they shall be called the people of God. Traveling will be so far facilitated
that there will be easy access from the most remote to the most central points on
this continent; that representatives will be appointed from all the Yearly
Meetings to assemble at each place, where they will agree on rules of discipline;
and that four Quarterly Meetings will constitute one of those Yearly Meetings."
The foregoing as near as I can remember wee the expressions of Jesse Kersey near the close of the last sitting of Friends' Yearly Meeting, in Rose Street Meetinghouse, New York, in 1845.