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CHAP. XI.' 1739-1741. At several Meet-
ings in West Jersey, &c.- Visit to Friends
Friends in Philadelphia, concerning our ancient worthy Friend, Tuomas CHALKLEY, deceased.
THE Christian experiences of the faithful being useful to direct such as are desirous of following them in the paths of true religion and virtue, and their good examples shining with the greatest clearness, when they have, with the flesh, put off all human infirmities; justice to their memory, and a concern for the benefit of their sur. vivors, demand our grateful remembrance of them, and the contributing our endeavours to render their labours useful to posterity.
These considerations engage us to preface the writings of this our esteemed friend and elder in the truth, with this testimony concerning him.
He was a member of our monthly meeting above forty years, so that some of us had opportunities of being intimately acquainted with him, and of knowing his fidelity and diligence in promoting the cause of truth, and the edification of the church of Christ ; this having been the principal engagement and concern of his mind, and which he preferred to any other consideration; as will evidently appear to those, who, with an honest and unprejudiced intention, peruse his Journal of his Life and Travels.
By this it will appear, that he was, in the early part of his life, sensibly affected with the visitation of divine life and grace, and, by adhering thereunto, was preserved from the vanities and follies, which often divert and alienate the minds of youth from the due remembrance and awful regard of their Creator; so that he was enabled to bear a testimony of Christian patience and selfdenial in his youthful days, and, by keeping under that exercise, as he advanced in years, attained to further knowledge and experience in the work of religion, in which he had a sight of the necessity of keeping in a state of humility, and of bearing the cross of Christ, which mortified him to the world; so that the loss many sustain by the anxious pursuit of the lawful things thereof appearing to him, he was concerned to avoid it, and in obedience to the precept of Christ, to “ seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness," having faith in his promise, that " all these things,” necessary for him, “ should be added."
Thus the love of God influencing his mind, and opening his understanding, he became concerned for the general good of mankind, and rcceived a gift of the ministry of the gospel of Christ, before he had attained the age of twenty-one years; in the public exercise of which, he soon after travelled through many parts of England, and into Scotland, and the next year, being 1697, he came to visit Friends in this and the adjacent provinces