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Cuts and Turns, or Changes, must, of Consequence, make 1719. a Man or Woman very soppish and api/h: I told them,. That our Religion was agreeable to the holy Scriptures, which, if they did not understand, neither could they understand us ; for the Doctrine of Christ and his Apostles, was generally therein very plain; and the Doctrine in Christ's excellent Sermon on the Mount, is clear and plain to very low or mean Capacities: So they discoursed no more of Religion till we came to London, where once Lo«i<■n, more I met with my loving and aged Father, a Man fearing God, and having a Gift of the Ministry of the Gospel of Christ, and well.beloved of his Friends and Nighbours, who, with others of my near and dear Relations and Friends, received me giadfy.
After some Months Stay among my Relations and Friends in London, we sold our Vessel the Snow Hope, and bought another Ship which we called the TrineHope (Warner Holt Master) and when I had done my Business I failed in the fame Ship for Penfylvania. We At Sea, had Meetings on board the Vessel twice a Week, in which the Almighty was pleased to favour us with his good Presence. Sobriety, and the Fear of God, and Faith in his beloved Son Christ, was often recommended to the Youth then on board the Vessel with us, of whom there were divers, who transported themselves to America, in order to settle there. At one Meeting on board I was tenderly concerned to remind them of "Jacob, who in his Youth, left his Country and Relations, to sojourn in a strange Land, and how in that Undertaking, he sought the Lord, and his Blessing, more than any outward Thing; and that he was greatly blessed with many Favours from Heaven above, and also from the Earth beneath, and they were advised to take him for their Example: And-many other Things were tenderly opened to them in the Love of God, and in his Fear and Counsel they were exhorted from Time to Time.
1719; It being Winter-Time we sailed to the Southward, \Sm^r*~' and got into warm Weather, and were on our Passage seven Weeks and some odd Days from Land to Land, in which Time we saw several Vessels, and spoke with one, whose People said, they were chased by a Turk, but got from him, at which they greatly rejoiced. We apprehended it was our Ship that they saw over Night, for we saw a Sail that crowded from us as fast: as she could, and it being near Night, we shorten'd Sail, and so she left us ; but in the Morning came up with her, and being pretty near, both they and we put out our Colours, and being both Englishmen, we spoke to each other, and were glad to meet with some of our own Nation upon the great Ocean; but our Vessel sailing best, we took our Leave of them, wishing them a good Voyage. We met with rough Seas and high Winds in the latter Part of our passage, till we came to the Capes of Delaware, which we all rejoiced to fee, and we had a pleasant passage up the Bay and River to Philadelphia, where I had once more a comfortable Meeting with my dear Wife and Family, which I gratefully acknowledged as a high Favour from the Hand of the Almighty. 1720. We arrived at Philadelphia the 1st of the Second jM^y Month 1720; after which, I stayed at, and about thii. Home, for some Time (and I was not idle, but kept to my Business, and to Meetings) and having a Desire to see my Friends in the Province of Maryland, at their General Meeting at West-River, I was accompanied by Isaac Norris and Thomas Masters (both sober young Men.) It had been a Time of pretty much Rain, and the Waters thereby being out and high, going over a Ford of Brandywine, my Mare
§ot among the Rocks (it being a very rocky Creek) le fell down, and the Stream being very strong, she rowled upon me, and being intangled with the Stirrup, I could not easily clear myself, but I gave a spring from her, and swam to clear myself from her ;•
and and when I was clear, I got to her again, and lay'd 1720. hold of her Mane, and through the good Providencet*/<VNJ of God, got well out with the Mare on dry Land, which was a remarkable Deliverance. In three Days we got to West River, to the Yearly-meeting, which Maryland. was large, and Friends were glad to fee me, I having not been there for several Years. I was out on this Journey about two Weeks, and rode about 300 Miles; and after my coming Home, I travelled pretty much in and about the Provinces of Penfylvania and NewJersey.
In the Year 1721, Thomas Ligbtfoot and I, with 1721. William Browne, went to a Meeting at Bush-River^ and going over Sufquebannab-Ferry, the People were fiddling and dancing. When their Dance was over, I asked them (beliieving them to be Protestants) If they thought Luther to be a good Man? They replied, Tes9 there was no doubt of it. Well, said I, and so do I; and I will tell you what he fays concerning Dancing, '' That as many Paces as the Man takes in his Dance, "so many Steps he takes towards HellI which fpoil'd their Sport, and they went away, and we went on ours towards the Meeting ; and a good meeting it was ! and we after it returned by Way of Nottingham, and had a Meeting there, and one at New-Gafde%, and so on to Philadelphia. I was from Home about a Week, and travelled in this Journey about 150 Miles, and was well satisfied therein.
In the Years 1721 and 1722, I went several Journeys, and had many large Meetings, travelling many Hundreds of Miles, of which I neglected to keep a particular Account, hardly thinking what I did worth recording; but divers of my Friends in many Parts of the World, put me upon something of this Nature, to which, at length, I gave up, and found some Benefit and Satisfaction therein, in looking back and considering the Dealings of God with me in my Youth and upwards.
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1721. From Philadelphia I went to the General Meeting v^^v-w at Shrewsbury, in East-Jersey, where I heard of 5s. ♦m^t"'1 G's being wounded by a young Man, with a Sword, of which he died, lamenting that he did not take the counsel of his Friends ; as young Men, who flight the counsel of those that wish them well, commonly do, either sooner or later, if the Day of their Visitation be not over. Some few Days after this Meeting at Shrewsbury, I visited Friends on Long-lstand, and returned Home again, having travelled about 300 Miles. In my Stay at, and about Home, I wrote something concerning Perfection, in Answer to a nameless Author; as also something concerning Predestination, or Election and Reprobation, pnsjh* In the Year 1722, I went back in the Woods to Buckingham, the Great Swamp, Perkiomy, Manabatawny, and Oley, where I had Meetings, travelling over great Mountains, from which we could fee many Miles. I travelled in this Journey about 150 Miles, and returned Home in about two Weeks; and after staying some Time at Home, and visiting neighbouring Meetings, I went to the Yearly Meeting of Friends on Long-lstand, which Meeting was very large, many People (not of our Persuasion being there) and were very sober. Many Things were opened in the Love of Christ, and his great Love was declared to that great Congregation. The Parable concerning the Prodigal Son, came before me to speak of to the People in a very moving Manner, and strongly to invite' the Youth to lay hold of the Love of the Father in his Son, to poor Souls: And indeed it is a wonderful Parable, setting forth the infinite Love of the great Lord of all to his poor Creatures. Many were affected and reached to at this Meeting, and the Almighty was praised and glorified, who alone is worthy.
From thence I went and had a Meeting at NewTorkt and then set forward to Woodbridge, where we had a comfortable Meetings Naaman, the Assyrian, being much the Subject of that Day's Work: And 1722. that one Thing loved and esteemed more than Christ, s^-v*'-' what ever it be, is to be avoided, and the People warned to be careful to keep close to the God of Israel (spiritual Israel) and to give up all which is contrary to his Nature, and to take up Christ's cross, and follow him: For it is those who follow him in the Regeneration, that are to be Heirs of his Kingdom, In this Year also I was at the Burial of our Friend Jonathan Dickinson, at which we had a very large Meeting, he was a Man generally well-beloved by his Friends and Neighbous. In this Meeting a Passage (he had often told me in his Health) was brought to my Remembrance, I think worthy to be recorded to the End of Time, which is as follows: " It hap"pened at Port-Royal, in Jamaica, that two young "Men were at Dinner with Jonathan, and divers "other People of Account in the World, and they a were speaking about Earthquakes (there having "been one in that Place formerly, which was very "dreadful, having destroyed many Houses and Fa44 milies.) These two young Men argued that "Earthquakes, and all other Things came by NaCt ture, and denied a supernatural Power, or Deity; "insomuch that divers, surprized at such wicked "Discourse, and being ashamed of their Company, "left it; and at the same Time the Earth shook, and "trembled exceedingly, as though astonished at such "Treason against its Sovereign and Creator, whose "Footstool it is: And when the Earth thus moved, "the Company which remained were so astonished, "that some run one Way, and some another, but <( these two atheistical young Men stay'd in the Room, "and Jonathan with them, he believing that the "Providence of Almighty God could preserve him "there if he pleased, and if not, that it was in vain "to fly; but the Hand of God smote these two "young Men, so that they fell down; and, as