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and Bybury, and from thence, with Joseph Gilbert, went to Burlington, and wis at a marriage there, and then returned home.
In the second month, I was under an inward and religous engagement in my mind to visit the meetings of friends in Gloucester and Salem counties, in West-Jersey; and the 19th of said month, I went over Delaware river, and was at Haddonfield on a first day, and third day at Chester, fourth day had a meeting at the house of Josiah Foster, and fifth day at Evesham ; from which meeting I went to John Estaugh's, Ebenezer Large and Samuel Jordan being with me. In the morning we went to Woodberry-creek meeting, and next day down to Salem, in order for the yearly meeting, which began on the 26th of the second month, and was an extraordinary solid meeting, the divine presence and glory being richly manifested amongst us.
From Salem I went, in company with John Evans and Elizabeth Stevens, to Alloway's-creek and Cohansey, where we had meetings, I believe, to the satisfaction of many. Here I parted with said friends; and, not being well, I stayed at Greenwich, and they went to David Davis's, in order for Pile's-Grove meeting.
The 3d of the third month, being the first of the week, I was at Cohansey meeting, which was solid and weighty; in which the mighty works of God, and his wonderful power was set forth to the people in divers respects.
ist. As to the work of the creation of the heavens and the earth, and of man to govern in the earth, reserving to himself the government of man; to whom he gave a law, for the breach of which he was turned out of Paradise, and brought death into the world.
2d. Notwithstanding man's fall, God had love, mercy, and compassion towards him, and promised that the seed of the woman should bruise the head of the serpent, who led them astray, which seed was Christ, whom all are commanded to hear, believe, and follow, in the practice of his holy doctrine, which is contained in his words spoken to his immediate disciples and apos
tles, and likewise made known and revealed in our hearts.
3d. That now in our day his righteous judgments are abroad in the earth, as the sword, and a threatening of famine, or want of bread; all which was spoken in the tender love and fear of God, and faith of Christ, and all were entreated to lay these things to heart, and “ turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy; and to our God, and he will abundantly pardon.” In this meeting God was glorified, and his name magnified, through the as. sistance of the spirit of his dear Son, our Lord.
From Cohansey I went to Salem, and thence to David Davis's, where we had a meeting, at which were several people of divers professions, who were satisfied and ed. ified therein; and thence we went to Pile's-Grove meet. ing, afterwards into Penn's-neck, and had a good opeo meeting at the widow Hugh's, and so to Woodberry. creek meeting, which, I hope, was serviceable; after which I went home with my friend James Lord's widow, who, with her sister Ann Cooper and Joseph Clews, went with me to Gloucester jail, where we visited one under sentence of death for stealing. I asked him if he truly repented of that sin of stealing, of which he had been so often guilty ? He told me, he hoped he had, and was willing to die. He was recommended to the grace of God, and to keep in an humble frame of mind, and beg mercy of the Almighty for the sake of Christ, for all his sins. While a friend was praying by him, he was broken into tenderness.
Here the aforesaid friends parted from me; I crossing the river Delaware to Philadelphia, and so home to Frankfort. I was at ten meetings in this journey, besides the yearly meeting at Salem, and travelled about one hundred and fifty miles; but travelling was painful to my body: for now I more and more felt the effects of many old falls and bruises, which much disabled and hurt me in riding.
In the fourth month I was at divers meetings about or near home, as at Fair-hill, Germantown, and at a meet. ing at Thomas Roberts’; also was at Philadelphia meet
ing. In the beginning of the fifth month, I visited friends meetings at Darby, Merion, and Haverford ; at the last place the meeting was large, and very open; where in the mighty power of God was exalted over all and it was plainly manifested, that if there was any virtue, or any good gift or genius in the creature, it derived its excellency from the Creator ; and that man, in his best capacity, in either natural or spiritual attainments, hath no cause to boast or glory in anything or things, which he, as an instrument in the divine hand, might help to do or perform ; wherefore we ought to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, attributing no glory to self, or the creature ; but all glory and praise to the Creator, who is in and over all blessed forever.
The 20th of the fifth month, I set forward on a jour. ney, in order to visit friends at and near Burlington, and was next day at a meeting at Bristol, which was large, considering the heat of the weather, and the shortness of the notice ; next day being the fourth day of the week, and the 22d of the month, I was at Mount-Holly, at the burial of our ancient friend, Restored Lippincot : he was, as I understood, near a hundred years
upwards of two hundred children,-grand-children, and great-grand-children, many of whom were at his funeral ; the meeting was large, and thought to be a serviceable meeting by divers. After this meeting, I went with a few choice friends to visit Susanna Fearon, who had been long ill ; in which visit we were favoured with the divine presence and goodness of the Most High ; for which we returned him thanks and praise. After which we went to Burlington, and next day had a meeting, which was an acceptable opportunity to many.
Next first day, being the 27th of the month, we had a good solid meeting at Trenton ; from thence I went, with divers friends, to Bristol, and so home to Frankfort ; and was thankful to the Almighty for the grace which he was pleased to bestow upon me, a poor worm ; and that, considering the extreme heat, I had my health better than usual. After coming home, I visited divers' meetings, at Philadelphia, Haddonfield, Frankfort, &c.'.
age, and had
In the sixth month there was a great mortality in Phil. adelphia, and many were taken away; on a fifth day, I was concerned to put the people in mind of it, and of their own mortality, and exhorted them to prepare for it, they not knowing whose turn it might be next, nor the hour when death might come to their own habitations; and was concerned, in the same nature, at several large burials. In the meeting at Philadelphia, they were told, it was better to fall into the hands of the Lord than into the hands of men : and that since we had been settled in this province of Pennsylvania, we were preserved from the hands of men ; there having never been an enemy in it, in a warlike way; our dependence being in Provi. dence, and our principle against war, and against spilling of human blood by wars and fighting, according to the doctrine of Christ, the peaceable Saviour; wherefore I believe the hand of God was manifested in preserving us in peace: yet I would not be understood to be against the magistrates exercising the power committed to them, according to just law; but national wars, woful experience teacheth, are destructive to the peaceable religion of Jesus, to trade, wealth, health and happiness. Our dear Lord preached peace to the people, and against wars; telling his followers, “ That they must love and pray for their enemies, and rather take a stroke or a blow, than give one ; and that they should not resist evil ;” which peaceable doctrine of Christ, the Jews could not away with; no, no, by no means: “Oh! (say they) if we let this man alone, the Romans will come and take away our place and nation;" just as the people now say in this province, among and to those peaceable men, who, for the sake of Christ and his doctrine, cannot use the sword; “ The Romans will come and take our country, if we do not build forts and castles, and have military preparations :" and I wish it were not true, that some who profess this peaceable principle, too much endeavour to smother, stifle, and keep under, this peaceable doctrine,
through a slavish fear, and too much distrusting of the Divine Providence, which may cause the divine hạnd to deliver us to the Romans indeed ; at which I should not
wonder, since we distrust that divine hand, that hath hitherto preserved us, without our preparing for war, above these fifty years. To which I know that it is objected ; “ But now there are abundance of people who are not of that principle.” I answer, then why did they come among us, if they could not trust themselves with our principles, which they knew, or might have known, if they would ? The King gave the province, and the gove ernment of it, to our worthy proprietor, William Penn; who was a man of this peaceable principle ; for which the heathens loved him and honour his name and memory to this day, and those of his society and principles; whereof I am a living witness. The sense of the sweet. ness and social life that the first settlers of the province of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia lived in, makes me express myself in this manner. Oh! that the inhabitants of the city and country, did but live and dwell in that first love, and hold it fast; and then I believe that
the Almighty would not suffer any to take our crown; f which crown is righteousness, peace, and love, through
true faith ; which true faith works by love in Christ Jesus.
On the last day of the fifth month, I acquainted my friends of the monthly meeting of Philadelphia, with a concern I had been some time under, to visit the people in the Virgin islands, and more particularly in Anguilla and Tortola ; in order to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ freely, to those who might have a desire to hear, as the Lord should be pleased to open my way: and my friends having unity with me therein, at their next meeting, gave me a certificate of their concurrence: soon after which, having settled my affairs, and taken leave of my dear wife and daughter, and the rest of my family and friends ; on the 19th day of the seventh month, I embarked at Philadelphia, in the sloop John, Peter Blunder, master, bound for the island of Tortola.
We sailed down the river, and came to an anchor near Christiana-creek that night, in which there was a violent storm, which drove several vessels on the marshes ; so that when the tide ebbed, one might walk