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been a Papift, or popishly inclin'd (which I was not) 1696. I was too young to be a fefuit.
Indeed I thought I was mean for the work of the Ministry, but the good Remembrancer brought those Truths to my Remembrance, which strengthened me in the Work and Service of God. The Spirit breatheth where it listeth; Out of the Mouths of Babes and Sucklings thou hast perfe&ted Praise, &c.
We having great Peace in our Labours in this Journey, and being edify'd therewith, return'd co London, after about four Months Absence from Home.
And after I had been two weeks at Home, my dear Mother departed this Life, in a sweet Frame of Spirit,
1697. praising the Lord. She was one who lived the Life London, of the Righteous, and whose latter End was like theirs, and left a good Report behind her, being well beloved (I think I may fafely say) by all our Neighbours ; not only by those of our own Society, but others also, to to whom she was often very helpful.
So I went to my Calling, and got a little Money, (a little being enough) which I was made willing to spend freely, in the Work and Service of my great Master Christ Jesus. And about this Time I was concerned to travel into the North of England, and Parc of Scotland, which I did in that Ability God gave me; and chat Dispensation which I had freely received, I freely handed forth to the People, devoting my Strength and Time to serve him (that had done so much for me) and I had the Satisfaction to find divers confeffing the Truth, as it is in Jesus. In this Journey I was from Home about four Months, being mostly alone as to any Yoke-fellow in that Work, travelling many Hundreds of Miles, being as far as Edinburgh, in Scotland, Edinburgh. where our Meeting was in the Street, we being lock'd out of our Meeting-house by the then Power, and great Numbers of People were there. This News being carried to the Provost of the City, he said, The Quakers would do more Hurt out of Doors, than B3
1697. the Seamen, were very sick (by some it was thought
near unto Death) I cried to the Lord to heal them, in
Before we came to the Land, we saw a Ketch which
who failed or came from England three weeks before 1698. us. We arrived within the Capes of Virginia the 31st of the ift Month 1698, and overtook the Jobn and Virginia.
Capes of Margaret, a Ship that came out of the English Channel with us (the Master, Thomas Salmon, being dead) and the next Day we anchored our Ship at the Mouth of Patuxent River in Maryland, where our Boats were hoisted out, and we were rowed up Patuxent River twelve Miles, to Arthur Young's House, where we lodged that Night ; and for our Preservation and safe Arrival, we bless'd the Lord our God, and my Spirit praised him who lives for ever and ever. Our Voyage was above twelve Weeks, it being then Winter Time, and for the most Part the Winds so high, that the Ships could carry but little Sail, which made our Voyage the longer.
About four Days after we landed, we had a Meeting near Patuxent River : And a bleffed one it was! When Parusant it was ended, we went (that Night) to Daniel Raw- Maryland. lings, and from thence to the Clifts, to Richard John's, a friend that came with us from England, at whose House we had a Meeting, wherein God's Presence was powerfully felt. We had several Meetings on that Side the Bay called the Western Shore, and then we failed over to the East Side of Chesapeak Bay, with Thomas Everden, in his Sloop, went to his House, and had a Meeting, where many People came.
Here we met with our Friends, Jonathan Tyler, Henry Pay. ton, and Henry Payton's Sister. While I was at this Friend's House, there was one Robert Cathing, who being very ill, sent for Thomas Everden, and he (not being very well) desired me to visit the sick Person. So I went, and the Man was near to Death. Howbeit he said he was comforted much with the Visit, and that he never had received so much Benefit by the Parish Priest in his Life: Although, said he, it cost me dear for what I had ; and if ever I live to get over it, by the Alistance of God I shall have nothing to do
1698. with them more. But, he said, be should not live mtbree Days. , And before the End of three Days he
expired. He desired (if I were not gone) I would
From Thomas Everdens's House we went to George Truits, at whose House we had a Meeting. This Friend and I went to an Indian Town not far from his House, because I had a Defire to see these people, having never feen any of them before. When we came to the Town they were kind to us, fpoke well of Friends, and said they would not cheat them (as fome others did.)
From George Truits, in Maryland, we went down Virginia. to Virginia ; and in Accomack and Northampton Coun
ties we had large Meetings, and I hope they were effectual to many; I think my Hope is not without Ground. In those Parts'. We had several Meetings, where we were informed Friends had not had any before. And really I cannot buc bless the Lord for the Opportunities we hact with the People'; for the Goodness of God, through Christ our Lord, was great, both to us and them, and with Tears they did acknow: ledge the Truth. Now Thomas Turner, who had
hitherto accompanied me, went by the Sea Side the Maryland, neareft Way to Philadelphia ; and afterwards I had
a Meeting at George Truit's Brother's, and on the first Day, another near the Court-house, and went to Tbomas Everden's, and so to Levin Denwood's, and thence to Nanticoke River, and visited Friends up the Bay antil I came to the River Cboptank, about
which there is a pretty many Friends. So I went on, Pensylva and took the Meetings till I came to Philadelphia, in
and about which Place, and in other parts of the Pro- 1698. vince of Pensylvania, I had many large and precious Meetings, the Power of the eternal Son of God, being wonderful, in which Power we many Times blessed his Name together. It was in my Heart much to exhort Friends to Love to God, and to Unity one with another, without which there is no fulfilling the Law or Gospel. There are many Friends in that
Province, and many fober young People, which greatly rejoiced my Spirit; so that for their Encouragement, the Lord opened my Mouth in a prophetick Manner to declare unto them the Blessings which he had in Store for them, on Condition of their Walking in the Truthu Glory to God on high"; Untruth decays, and the Branches of it mightily wither ; the Darkness is much past, and the true Light shinech gloriously in many Souls. Opowerful: Praises be given to God, who is Light for ever!
From Pbiladelpbia I went to Burlington, and so to Eaft and Crofwicks, where we had a large Meeting under the Welt
Jersey: Trees, where some were convinced of the Truth. From hence I went to Shrewsbury, and had Meetings there: From Shrewsbury we went (moftly by Water) to Woodbridge and staten Hand, from thence Staten to Lang-Ifand, being accompanied by several Friends, Long. Ifand On Long-ifand we had feveral large and good Meetings, wherein Christ was preached freely; and after we had been two Weeks chere, we went on board a Sloop bound for Rbode-Ifland, and by the way we tonched Fisher's and at Fisher's and Block inands, and on the first Day Morning we fèt fail from Block- Isand to Rbode-Iand, Rhode
Island. the Yearly-meeting being just over when we got there. That Evening we failed over to Connanicut-Island. On the third Day of the Week had a Meeting there, and Narragan
fet. from thence we went over to Narraganfei, and had a Meeting, and so over to Rbode-Ifand again (where Rutb Fry, a sober young Woman, was convinced, and remained a Friend till her Death.) Here I met with