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1725. at Thomas Pearfall's, and likewise a large, good Meet
ing the Day after being First-day) at Matinicock, Marinicock
wherein the Kingdom of Christ was exalted, and the
racion in Apparel. The next Day we had a very large Oxfter-Bay. Meeting at Oyster-Bay, many being there, who were
not of our Society, who steadily gave Attention to what was declared : Here being many young People, they were persuaded to give up their blooming Years to do che Will of God, and to remember him their Creator, in their youthful Days : Friends said, there had not been such a Meeting there a great while, for
which Opportunity I was humbly thankful to the Lord. 1725.
After Meeting we went to Samuel Underhill's, and had a į an Evening-meeting with his Brother, who, through
Sickness and Lameness, could not get out for a long Time. Next Day, Samuel Bowne being with me, we went to visit a young Woman that was weak in Body, but lay in a comfortable Frame of Mind ; she was thankful for our Visit, and said the Visits of her Friends were comfortable to her. Next Day, being the Fourth-day of the Week, we had a Meeting at the Widow Taylor's, who desired it on Account of her Father, who was in the 88th Year of his Age, and so infirm, that he could not get to Meetings; he was very clear in his Understanding and Memory, and was much refreshed with this Meeting, as were divers of us also. Next Day we had a Meeting at Flushing, Fiuming. which was large and open, and the Grace and Power of Christ was with us in the Ministration of the Gofpel. After this Meeting, we had an Evening meeting with our ancient Friend Jofepb Thorne, who by Reason of his Age and Infirmity, could not go abroad as far as to the Meeting : The House was crowded with his Neighbours and Friends, and we had a solid, good Time together. While at Flushing I went to visit a young Woman who was a most dismal Spectacle to behold, an Object of great Picy: Her Face, Hand and Foot being much eaten away by the King's Evil our Prayers were, that now in her great Milery, the Almighty would be pleased to support her Soul by his Grace and Spirit, and fanctity her Amictions to her, that it mighe work for her a more exceeding Weight of Glory in that World which is to come. The next First-day we had a large Meeting at Flussing, where many weighty Truths were opened to the Satisfaction and Edification of the Auditory, and in the Evening we had a Meeting with the Wife of Mai. thew Farrington, who was too weakly to go abroad ; the Neighbours came in, and we had a seasonable
1725. Opportunity. The next Third-day was the Youths.
meeting at Flushing, in which we were concerned to exhort them to Obedience to God and their Parents, and to follow their Parents as they follow Christ, for where any leave Christ, there we are to leave their Example, though they were our Fathers or Mothers; and 'thé right Honouring of our Parents was set forth, and they exhorted not to despise the Day of small Things ; and the happy, State of the Obedient, and the unhappy State of the Disobedient, and many weighty Truths
were delivered to them in that Meeting by several Now.tomm. experienced Friends. From Flushing I went to the
Week-day-meeting at New-town, and in the Evening we had a Meeting at the Widow Way's; the Neighbours coming in, we had a good Time with them : The Parable of the ten Virgins was treated of, and the great Disadvantage of wanting the divine Oil of Grace in our Vessels, was shewn to them.
The next Day, being the 5th of the Week, we had a very large, satisfactory Meeting at the Widow Alfup's at the Kills, and from thence with several Friends went to New York, where we had three Meetings to our Edification, the Weather still remaining extreamly cold, but we felt the Love of Chriff to warm our Hearts, and tho' I think I never felt it colder, I never had my Health better. Several Friends accompanied ųs to the Boat at New-York, the Water being open on that Side, we took our Leave of each other, and put out for the other Shore ; but before we got there we were blocked up in the Ice, and it was a considerable Time before we could work our way through, but at last got well on Long-Thand, where I waited fome Hours for Company, who through some Difficulty got on Shore ; after which we went to the Narrows through a Ştorm of Wind and Snow, but the Wind being high we could not get over that Night, nor the next Day, the Ice having come down and filled the Bay: When the Tide had drove away the Ice, we put out and gof
well over, and lodged at the Ferry-House on Stater- 1725.
Ffland. Next Morning we went to the Ferry at the
After having been at Home, and at our own Meet-
On the next Fifth-day I was at the Marriage of Thomas Masters and Hannah Dickinson, where were many sober People, not of our Society.
Having been lately among Friends at Long-Isand, and been comforted in the many Opportunities we had together, it came into my Mind to visit them with an Epistle at their Quarterly-Meeting at Flushing, which was as followeth.
Frankforl, 12th Month 1725:
My dear and well beloved Friends,
to hear that I was got well to my Habitation in to Fiends such a difficult Time of the Year as I set out from Island.
you in ; and also feeling the sweet Influence of the
It came into my Mind to write a few Lines to the
1725. Epistle, well knowing also that 'many of us are vas Epistles writ in one anothers Hearts by the hea« venly Finger of the most High ; and those Charac
ters of divine Love so written will not easily be erased: • I could willingly have been at your Quarterly• meeting, but that I had been so long from my
Family, that I was much wanted therein, and my
coming Home was seasonable and acceptable, both • to them and my friends, and I humbly thank the
Lord, I found all well. Now that which is on my • Mind to your Quarterly-meering, is after this Man
ner, concerning the Government of the Church of < Chrift, of which Church He is the holy Head and
Lawgiver : Wherefore we are to seek and wait for
as we keep our Places, our heavenly Places in Christ
Dear Friends, the good Order of Truth and Go-
Spirit (pray observe or mind that] for if our Order,
and Church-Government, be carried on in the Spirit ¢ of Man (as he is meer Man) though he is never so • crafty or cunning, it will do more Hurt than Good - in the Church of Christ. Chrift's Spirit must go
vern Christ's Church; and when, and where that • is over all, then, and there, Christ's Church and
Kingdom is exalced, of whose Kingdom and Peace
there will be no End ; and happy will all those be, “whose End is in it. Moses, that Man of God, gos verned in the Jewish Church in the Spirit of God, and « when he found the Work too heavy for him, the Lord put his Spiric on Seventy more, who were