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1724; many of the People: Secondly, An Earthquake, of 4/V\l which divers in Town and Country were very sensible. Thirdly, A terrible Whirlwind, such as we never before heard of in this Land, that I remember. They were admonished to take particular and special Notice of those gentle Strokes of the divine Hand, far if he pleased he could as soon take away many by Sickness, as a few, and if he pleased he £ould have made us a Desolation, as well as the Country about Mount Ætna, or Port-Royal in Jamaica, not very far from us; and he could also blow us away with a Whirlwind of his Wrath, and could as easily have blown down all our City, as those few Houses in the Country.
Next Day after this Meeting I went with John Rodman to the Quarterly General-meeting of Worship in the County ot Chester, which was large and satisfactory.
The 25th of the Sixth Month I was at the Burial of the Wife of Richard Wald, a virtuous and good Woman. Some of her last. Words were, "Some Mens "Sins go before-hand to Judgment, and some follow 4C after them; and that her Sins were gone before, *' which was a great Comfort to her, now she was *' going to leave the World." It was a large Meeting, and a seasonable Opportunity that we had at the Funeral. The People were called upon to work, while it was called To day, Because, as our Saviour said, ihe Nighf.fometh, wherein no Man can work. .; In this and the foregoing Year I met with various • ..Trials and Exercises: As First, Great inward Poverty and Want. Secondly, Great Losses in outward Affairs. And Thirdly, The evil Spirits of divers stirred up against me, to report Falihoods concerning me, with many other sore Exercises both inward and outward. As to the First, I had often been try'd that Way, and found by Experience, that I must wait upon God my Saviour, for fresh and renewed Visitations from above; in which Exercise, I had always in the Lord's Time, Comfort from him, as by the fame
Exercise I had now the same Comfort also j but I 1724. thought it very long, and the Enemy did greatly endeavour to break in upon my Patience now more than usual: But my Heart still depended in Faith and Hope upon the Lord my Redeemer and Saviour, and in his Time he was pleased to help me, blessed be his holy Arm and Power for ever! Many blessed Saints and Servants of Jesus were brought to my Mind, who were in the like Condition, so that I had a secret Joy in their Company (who met with the like in their Travels to the holy City.) Secondly, as to my outward Losses, I thought with myself, peradventure it might be best for me: And I remembered that many, through the increase of outward Riches, were exceedingly hurt as to their inward State; and tho' I (or any good Man) might be concerned for our Children, to get and leave something for them; yet I plainly saw, that generally speaking, much Rjches ooth much Hurt to Youth. This was a melancholly Observation that I had made in my Life and Travels, and I fee at this Day that it is an universal Distemper (a very few excepted) wherefore I cry'd mightily to God, that he would give to me and mine the Gift of his Grace and holy Spirit, whatever our Circumstances might be in the World. In this also I saw that Patience was an excellent Virtue, and that the Meek had the best Inheritance of the Earth, if they had ever so little of it; and that true Happiness did not consist in earthly Things, which my Experience had largely taught me. And Thirdly, As tq the base arid evil Treatment I met with (which was more than I had ever met with in all my Life before) great Endeavours were used to lessen my Reputation, as a Man and a Christian; all which proved false and fruitless, and in due Time my Innocence was made manifest; and I considered that they could not use me worse than they had done my Lord and Master, and that the Devil was angry with any who endeavoured to dethrone
1724. him, and pull down his Kingdom, at the Foundation «AV of which, thro' the Help of my Master, I had many a Stroke or Blow, with such Weapons as he was pleased to furnish me withal.'
The last of the Sixth Month, and the 1st of the Seventh Month* was the Quarterly and Youths Meeting at Burlington, rat both which I was. At the Quarterly Meeting I was concerned to open to that Meeting, how all along the Church of God was governed by his Spirit, in the Time of the Law, and Moses was an Instrument therein; and that when it was too hard, and too much Work for Moses, he was advised to get the Help and Assistance of the Elders, and that the fame Power and Spirit of God that was with and upoa Mofes, was upon the Elders who assisted him in the Affairs of the Church, and Congregation of the Lord's People; so that it was governed by God's Spirit, and is to be governed by the fame still, and not by the Will of Man, nor according to the Will of Man in his corrupt Nature. And when Israel went from God's Power and Spirit, the Lord left them, but at sest sent to them his only begotten Son, our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and he was, and ever is, to be Governor of his Church, thro' his holy Spirit, which, he told his Disciples, he would pray the Father, and he should send unto them the Comforter, the holy Ghost, or Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, and he should abide with them for ever, and should lead and guide them into all truth; which sweet and precious promises that he made to them, the true Believers do witness to be fulfilled at this Day. Glory to his Name for ever, he is the wonderful Counsellor, mighty Saviour, and Prince of Peace! of whofe Peace and Government there shall never be an End, and upon whose shoulder the Government is to be for ever, for whose Power, and holy Spirit. Friends were exhorted to pray and wait, and to be sensible of it in the Discipline and Government of the Church now in this Gospel Day, in which is a brighter
Manifestation Manifestation of God's Love, thro' his Son, than in 1724. the Time of the Law. The Youths Meeting was al- s/V"^ so large, and divers Testimonies were born, by Way of Exhortation and Counsel to the Youth. They were with much Tenderness advised to take counsel of their Elders, and were shown how it fared with some young Men, who slighted the Advice and Counsel of the Elders; and that one, when on a Dying-bed, cried out in the Bitterness and Agonies of his Spirit, Oh ! that I had taken the Counsel and Advice of my Friends, for then I had not been here, nor in this Condition. The Youth were advised to beware of keeping bad Company, and spending their precious Time in Taverns, which hath undone many fair and promising Youths: And it was shewn, how a. young Man might cleanse his Ways, by taking heed thereunto, according to the Word of God, which liveth and abidesh for ever, and which the holy Scriptures proceeded from; and they were earnestly exhorted to read and practice what was written therein: And a very tender Time we had in Prayer to God, thro' his dear Son, to preserve us all in his Fear, both Youth and Aged; and so our Meeting broke up, and we parted in the sweet Love of God, and his Christ, our holy Saviour.
My Troubles in the World, and in the Things of tranksn%\ it, being many, and my outward Losses being great; as also was my inward Poverty of Mind and Spirit, I took my Pen, and wrote one Day as followeth: Oh! if it be right in the Sight of God, how do I long to be uncloathed of this frail and mortal Body, that my Soul and Spirit might mount up into the atberial Plains, and repose itself in the vast expanding Arms of its Maker, and most sweet Saviour for ever!
Being at and near Home some Time after I came nuatti. from Burlington, I visited the Meetings of German-town '*"* Ue' and Philadelphia, which were large, and some good Sense of Truth was in the Hearts of divers. I was concerned at that Meeting at Philadelphia to let the
1724. People know, That as God had blessed the People of (/VNJ that City, and the Province, with spiritual and temporal Blessings, and made the Land naturally fruitful, to the Inriching many of the Inhabitants, he now expected Fruits from them of Piety and Virtue; and that if there . was not a stricter walking with God in Christ Jesus, they might expect his divine Hand, which had visited them with Favours from Heaven above, and from the Earth beneath, would visit them with a Rod in it, and that he had already given them some gentle Strokes therewith.
Our Yearly-meeting was this Year at Burlington, for the Provinces of New Jersey and Pensylvania, the Service of which our Quarterly-meeting appointed me with divers others, to attend. It was a large and comfortable Meeting, and many went Home thankful to the holy Name of God and Christ, that they were there.
I shall end the second Part of the Journal of my Life and Travels, when I have transcribed Part of a Letter which my dear Father wrote me, when eighty odd Years of Age, he having been a Minister of Christ above forty Years, which followeth:
Loving Son, Thomas Chalkley, «rpHINE dated the nth of the Tenth
* 1 Month 1723, I received, and was very glad
* to hear of your Welfare, and that the Lord hath « given you Children: And I pray the Almighty God 'that he may preserve them with you, that they
* may be a Comfort to you in your latter Days; and 4 that if the Lord may be pleased to continue them 'with you, that they may, as they grow in Days, « grow in Grace, and in the Knowledge of our Lord 'and Saviour Jesus Christ; and that the Lord may c be pleased to preserve us all to the End of those few « Days we may have in this World, that then we may « lay down our Heads in Peace and in full Assurance
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