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passage he related to me, that, some days before, a vessel came from the island of Saltitudas, (which went there to take in salt), the people going on shore, the to master told him, that there lay at the landing the heads of above twenty men on one side of the path, and the quarters of them on the other; which so surprised them, that they made the best of their way to Anguilla, where they related this dismal story, and supposed the slain to be Britons, by their appearances, and that they were destroyed by the Spaniards, who are known to be cruel to them. This action being far from the spirit of christian. ity, is a reproach to the actors thereof. Not far from Anguilla is an island they call St. John's
, the inhabitants of which are Dutch : the negroes
there lately rose and took the island, killed the people, spoiled their plantations, and burnt their houses ; I lodged at the house of a person who went to subdue those negroes, who were too strong for him and his company, and the negroes killed divers of them, and among them killed this! man's two sons, for which their mother and sisters were in bitter mourning, when I was at their house. The FO thoughts of the bloodshed, and vast destruction, which war makes in the world, caused me to cry my “ How long, Oh, Lord! thou holy, just, and true God
, will it be till nation lift up the sword no more against na. tion, nor the people learn war any more.
When I came home from this voyage, which was the 30th of the second month, I met with the sorrowful news of the death of my only son, George, a beloved
, dear youth, who was but ten years and seven days old
, when he died, and, as he was much beloved for the sweetness of his nature and disposition, so he was greatly is lamented by many who were acquainted with him. have this account to leave concerning him, not so much that he was my son, as to excite other youths to serve and fear the Lord, and to love him above all, and that they might remember their Creator in their youthful days, that it might be well with them in this world, and when time here to them shall be no more.
He was a lad much inclined to read the holy scriptures, and other good books, especially religious ones; and was always obliging, obedient, and loving, to his pa. rents, and ready and willing to do any service he could to his friends; any little services in his power he cheerfully performed, and took delight in; he was very diligent, and ready to go to religious meetings, and an entire lover of religious people. In his sickness he behaved himself more like a wise man, than a youth of that age, bearing his pain and sickness with a great deal of patience. I being in another part of the world, he would gladly have seen me, but said, he should never see me any more, and therefore desired his mother to remember his dear love to his father, and tell him he was gone to his Heavenly Father. He was very fervent in prayer in the time of his sickness, and prayed that God would preserve his people all the world over. One time, when in great misery and pain, he prayed to Christ, saying, Sweet Jesus! blessed Jesus! give me patience to bear my
miscry and pain, for my misery is greater than I can well bear! Oh! come, sweet Jesus, why art thou so long a coming? I had rather be with thee than in the finest place in all the world. Many religious expressions he spoke on his death bed, greatly to the satisfaction and melting of his friends and relations who came to see him in his illness; one day he said, My misery and pain is very great, but what would it be if the wrath of God was in my soul? He believing in the love of God in Christ, made him desirous of being with him, and seeing the joy that was set before him, thought the time long to be with Jesus, as knowing that then he would be out of all misery and pain. His heart was full of love to his relations, acquaintance, and friends, who came to see him in his ill. ness; and full of tender sweetness and divine love, he took his last leave of them, which greatly affected many. This was one of the most pinching exercises I ever met in all my days; but as he said in his illness, so I now write : The wisdom of the Lord is wonderful. One time in this dear child's sickness he said, Oh! the good hand of the Lord help me, give me ease, and conduct me safe, i. e. to God's kingdom, uttering this verse:
Sweet Jesus, give me ease, for mercy I do crave;
Although this was a great and sore exercise, and deep affliction to me, in losing this promising youth, and my only son ; yet, considering that he went off the stage of life like a solid, good christian, it was made tolerably easy to me; for he departed this life in much brightness and sweetness, and more like an old christian, than a youth of ten years of age.
It was usual for me to advise his mother not to set her affections too much upon him, thinking he was too good to live long in this world, and too ripe for heaven, to stay long here on earth, or in this world of sorrow and misery
. This dear and tender youth, when reading, (to which he was much inclined), if he met with any things that af. fected him, either in the sacred writings, or other good authors, he would write it down, and get it by heart;
he was, more than common, affectionately concerned for his mother, doing whatever he could freely and cheerfully to serve her, and told her not to do divers things which he thought too much for her, saying, Mother, let me do it
, if I were a man thou should not do any thing at all
, (meaning as to labour). My dear wife being very industrious, and apt to overdo herself at times: and she being affected with his filial love and care for and towards her in his father's absence, it caused her some times to turn about and weep, in consideration of his great care for and love to her. I thought a little memorandum of the life and death of this religious lad was worthy recording, in order to stir up other youth to obe
. dience and love to their parents, who begat them, carefully and tenderly nourished and brought them up; and also to love and obey God, from whom they hart their life, breath, and being, and to believe in Christ
, who died for them ; who is the glorious light of all the nations
of them that are saved, and walk therein, according to sacred writ.
As noted above, he got several pieces by heart out of the Bible, and other religious writings, first writing them with his pen: two short ones I may recite, of which nature were divers others, which peradventure may be edifying to some, who may cast their eye thereon.
One place which much affected my mind, that he wrote down, and got by heart, was the 15th verse of the 57th chapter of that evangelical prophet Isaiah: “ For thus saith the high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is holy, I dwell in the high and holy place ; with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Another little piece was five verses, which, among others, he wrote, and got by heart, viz.
As one day goes,
I have now but one only daughter, Rebecca, left me out of twelve children, except my wife's son and daughter.
After this long and tedious voyage, which ended in the second month, I stayed but a few weeks at home, and loaded with wheat and flour for Dublin, in Ireland ; had Alice Alderson, my kinswoman, and Margaret Coupland, passengers. We had a very comfortable, pleasant passage, fair winds and weather, and good religious meetings. I think it was the most pleasant time that ever I crossed the seas. About Nantucket we saw several sloops a whaling, and spoke with one, by which opportunity we
inquired of the welfare of our friends on that island, and sent our loves to them. Not many miles from the sloops we saw a shoal of whales ; I counted eight in a row lying side by side in the water.
We were four weeks and six days from our capes to Cape Clear, in Ireland : coming near the land, we met with fishing boats, and got plenty of choice fresh fish; in the evening we got into Kinsale, took in a pilot for Dublin, and sailed next day from Kinsale, and were out one night at séa, got next day to Dublin-bay, where we went ashore, and were kindly entertained by our friends; we were at divers large meetings in that great city, which some of us, while we live, at times I believe shall remember. My stay in Ireland was about seven weeks, in which time I visited several meetings in the country
, and at Edenderry, the Moate of Greenough, Carlow, Ballytore, &c.
We set sail from Dublin with a fair wind, in company with the ship Neptune, and our friends sent many pray. ers and good wishes after us. We were about forty per. sons, sailors, passengers, and servants, on board, and had a good passage, all things considered. We had di. vers religious meetings on board, and were on our passage, from the sight of Ireland, to the sight of our land
, five weeks and six days : it was the quickest voyage ever made to Europe and back again to Philadelphia
. When I came home, finding all well, I was thankful to God, in the name of Christ, for all his mercies, and the many preservations wherewithal he had favoured me.
After being a little at home, and at several meetings, and not being clear of the world, in order to it, I undertook another voyage to Barbadoes, and from thence intending for London, in order to settle my affairs there, which I intended some years before, but losses and disappointments hindered me. Wherefore, the 7th of the tenth month, I proceeded on a fifth voyage in the Barbadoes Packet, and left Philadelphia, and was at a meet. ing the next day at Chester, being first day, and in the evening we had a large meeting at Grace Lloyd's
, where I met with my dear friend Joseph Gill, who had good