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me here. We rejoiced to see one another, and, after a large and good meeting, we took a solemn farewell, divers of us never expecting to see each other any more.
In this journey and travel I endeavoured to be, as much as I well could, at such meetings as I had never been at before, and because I was short in this visit to my friends, some were not so well pleased; but
call was most to the American shore, where I thought my
service mostly lay, and in order to return, I set my face · toward London, and expected to meet with my friend
and brother in Christ, Isaac Pickerell, in Cheshire, who designed to accompany me towards the south ; wherefore I went from Kendal to Lancaster, and was at Penketh on a first day, being the 16th of the ninth month, which meeting was large and solid ; after this meeting we went to Sutton, where I met with Isaac Pickerell, also with our ancient friends, James Dickenson and Christopher Wilson, a choice young man, his fellow labourer. "We had meetings at Sutton, Newtown, Chester, and Shrewsbury : James Dickenson was about fourscore years of age, and
yet held out in travels to admiration, and was lively in : preaching the gospel : he is a worthy elder, of whose company I was joyful ; at Shrewsbury we parted, and Isaac and I went to Colebrook, where, on a first day, we had a solid, good meeting; from thence we went to Stourbridge, and after having a meeting there, we had another at Broomsgrove, and so went on to Worcester, where we had divers large and solemn meetings : we lodged at John Corbin's, who was very kind to us, as also were his hopeful children, and in great love and unity we both met and parted. From Worcester, we went to Evesham, where we had two meetings, and from thence to Oddington, and had a large evening meeting; the people, who were mostly of other societies, were very sober, and gave good attention ; this was the fourth day of the week; fifth day we had a meeting at Chalbury, and a tender time with a friend very weak at Wallingford, who expressed his satisfaction and thankfulness for the visit ; his children were very tenderly affected also. The good Lord, the great physician of value was with us, and
his balsamic grace was at that time shed abroad in our hearts. From Wallingford, we went to Reading, where my good companion and fellow traveller, Isaac Pickerell
, dwelt; we were lovingly received by our friends; I stayed here, and rested several days, and had several sat
utes isfactory meetings with friends, they being a large people, living much in love and good will; here Samuel Thornton, of Edmonton, my kinsman, and Isaac Brown, my wife's son, came to see me from London. From Reading, Isaac Pickerell accompanied me to Maidenhead, and to Jordan's, at both which places we had meetings The house and burying ground at Jordan's are kept in the neatest order I ever saw, in which ground lie the bones of divers worthy friends, Isaac Penington, William Penn, Thomas Elwood, George Bowles, and their wives, as I remember. This meeting is often, if not mostly
, kept in silence ; yet several have been convinced there, through the grace of God, and the power of the Holy Ghost, which Christ said he would send to the true be. lievers, and that should abide with the church forever: here my beloved friend Isaac and I parted in much love,
having good desires for each other's welfare. From - Jordan's I went with my kinsman to my brother's at Ed. monton, where I stayed and rested a few days from trav. elling.
Then a concern came upon me to visit friends meet. ings in the county of Essex, and I went from my brother's to Hartford, and had several meetings there ; and one I had also at Ware, which was very large ; after which I went to Hartford again, I having divers relations there ; from thence I went to Bishopstafford, where I had a meeting, and so on to Stebbing, where I had a large meeting; and had a meeting at Braintree, Coggeshall
, and a large meeting on a first day at Halstead, and there were abundance of people at Cone, at an evening meeting we had there, where I met with my worthy friend Joshua Toft, and his fellow traveller, Joseph Hobson, ing to see each other. From Cone, I went to Cockfield, which was a very small meeting; from thence I went to Colchester, where I stayed several days, and went to sel.
eral meetings, as at Rockstead and Manningtree, and then back again to Colchester, where, on the first day, I had a large meeting in the afternoon, and after meeting, divers of the friends came to see me, and were for appointing meetings for me to be at, in the ensuing week, and desired to know my mind therein ; after a little
pause I told them, I found a full stop in my mind from going to any more meetings at present, and that I would wait some days with them in the city, till I saw further ; while we were sitting together, a letter came to me from London, that a friend, Stephen Payton, had set up my name on the Exchange in London, as master of the Bar. badoes Packet, which was the vessel bought of me by John Agar, who sold her to said Stephen Payton, who in tended her for Philadelphia, and next morning a messen. ger was sent for me from London : thus having such a favourable opportunity of returning home, I embraced it, and went on second day to Witham, where I again met with Joshua Toft and Joseph Hobson, at meeting ; from thence we went to Plaistow, where we had a meeting, and then went to Bromley, near Bow, and were at Joseph Olive's, had a meeting with his people and servants, which were many; I thought it was a good meeting, a divine hand of love was reached out to the young people, and they were advised to give up their hearts to their Creator in their youthful days; several scores of people belong to his family ; after this meeting I went to London, and prepared for the voyage.
When our vessel was, loaded, which was chiefly by Israel Pemberton, the younger, who went with us, as did our owner, Stephen Payton, and Isaac Brown, and four of my kinsfolks, whose names are Freeman, with divers others passengers: in the latter end of the twelfth month, my brother and his eldest daughter, Rebecca, with her husband, Samuel Thornton, accompanied me to Gravesend, where our parting with them was, as at Edmonton, very solemn and sorrowful, we never expecting to see one another more. From Gravesend we sailed the 3d of the first month to the Downs, and from thence down the British channel to the sea, and were at sea about nine weeks, which we
thought long, having many contrary winds; but, after we came on shore, we understood, that there were divers vessels that were much longer. At sea we had divers meetings, which were some of them to my satisfaction. I came very unwell on board ; but, when at sea, I mend. ed; for which favour I am truly thankful. We landed all well and in health at Philadelphia, in the third month, 1736, where we were received with joy by our relations, friends, and acquaintance ; it was much the more so, because they had heard I was like to die ; I having, at London, had a sore fit of the asthma or phthisic, three per. sons sitting up with me for three nights, who I thought would see my end; but the time was not yet come that I must die, though indeed death was no terror to me, hoping my change would be much for the better ; for then, I hoped, I should be forever with him whom I lov. ed better than life.
After I had been at home some time, I went to Salem, and from thence to Cohansey, and, in my return, was at Woodberry-creek, and had meetings at each place : and, soon after, I visited the meetings of friends at Bristol, Burlington, Trenton, and Bordentown, and, in my return home, at Middletown; by the way called, to see my ancient friends, Joseph Kirkbride, and the widow Warder ; she was ninety-two years of age, and perfect in her un. derstanding ; she said, she did not know for what end the Almighty should prolong her days to that she was satisfied in his will.
In the fifth month, I visited the meetings of friends at Haddonfield, in West-Jersey, and at Newton, Hartford, Germantown, Abington, North Wales, and Plymouth
, and was divers times at Philadelphia and Frankfort
. After many exercises, and large travels by sea and brethren, and divers others, not of our society
, expressed their gladness to see me, rejoicing that I was like to spend my time more on the land, hoping that I would go no more to sea; the which, God willing, I determined, having so settled my affairs, that I could stay ou shore: and am truly and humbly thankful to the AB
mighty, that he, by his good hand of providence, in his due time, had favoured and helped me so to do.
In the sixth and seventh months, I again visited the meetings of friends at Bristol, Burlington, Bybury, Abington, Horsham, Germantown, Fairhill, and divers times at Frankfort and Philadelphia.
In the eighth month I went to Cohansey and Salem, and was at two meetings at Cohansey, and one at Alloway's-creek, where I met with Edward Tyler, a friend on a religious visit from Europe, and John Sykes, a friend living near Crosswicks, in the Jersey's; here we had an open satisfactory meeting; from whence I went to Salem, it being their week day meeting, which was large, and to the edification of many. I was also at Pilesgrove fifth day, and at Woodberry-creek sixth day: in which last meeting the obedient son was encouraged, and the disobedient earnestly called home to his heavenly Father's house. In this journey I had John Bringhurst, the younger, for my fellow traveller ; his father being unwilling that I should go the journey alone.
After I had been at home some time, I, with some others, went to the yearly meeting at Shrewsbury, in East-Jersey, which was on the 23d of the eighth month : it was exceeding large, and the quietest and the most settled meeting that ever I was at there ; and many divine truths were delivered therein. From thence I went to Manesquan, and had a meeting, and then back to Shrewsbury, and so to Middletown, where we had a meeting in the baptist meeting-house, divers of whom were there, and glad of the meeting ; thence came back to Shrewsbury, and had a meeting on the first day, being the 30th of the month: from whence, on my return home, had meetings at Moses Robin's, Allen's-town, at Crosswicks, (where I met with divers of my old friends), Bordentown, and Mansfield ; some of which were large, open, and satisfactory meetings. After the last meeting, we went to Burlington, and next day came home, accompanied by Richard Smith, Jun. After being a few days at home, I was sent for to Chester, to the marriage of John Lee, (who had sailed several voyages with me),