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London, 22nd Fifth Mo. 1835. The YEARLY Meeting of Friends, now sitting, has had under its notice (as usual) the Sufferings of our Members, incurred now solely (I believe) by the refusal of Ecclesiastical demands. The amount of these is, this year, Twelve thousand, eight hundred and one pounds, Last year, it was £12030; being a somewhat diminished amount as compared with 1833. These fluctuations are partly dependant on the state of things in Ireland ; where claims on our members for the support of the Priesthood, and of places of worship of the Establishment, are still advanced but not so generally enforced by distraint. One Friend however, in that country, is suffering imprisonment for Tithe ; the Claimant having mistaken this for the most easy and expeditious mode of getting paid his demand: and a Friend of Edinburgh has been distrained on, for arrears of an Assessment for Ministers' stipend, with an enormous proportion of costs annexed to the original amount.
It is clear that there is no real relinquishment of claim to this Annual tribute, exacted by the Establishment from a body which, it is to be feared, is becoming from year to year less able in point of wealth to meet it. In point of principle it is to be hoped, however, that though not always equally alive to the subject, there is no disposition in the Society to throw up the Testimony it has so long maintained. Ill indeed should we justify our character, as descendants of those who have suffered so much in this cause, did we now refuse to do that office, for which Christ himself declared he was born, and came into the world,—to bear testimony to the Truth of God. It behoves every