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The 12th of the Ninth Month we found ourselves in the Latitude of 36 Deg. 17. Min. North; but the Wind was a-head, and our fresh Stock of Provisions almost expended, and Winter coming on a-pace, the Nights dark and long, made it seem tedious to our People; the which I was helped to bear with Patience.
The 14th Day, about eight o'clock at Night, John Plasket, one of the best of our Sailors, thro' the violent Pitching of the Ship, fell into the Sea from off the Bowsprit; one of the Sailors, seeing him fall, nimbly threw a Rope to him, which he caught hold of, and the People helped him into the Ship; though in all Probability, he had perished in the Sea, if he had miss'd taking hold of the Rope. I was thankful to the Almighty for this young Man's Life, and took it as a great Favour from Heaven. The next Day it was dreadful stormy, the Wind blew violently at South-west, with Lightning, Thunder, and much Rain ; the Seas ran so high, and the Ship had such a great Motion, that the Goods, or Casks, shifced in the Hold, and we lay by till next Day; our Sails also were much torn, and, in many Places, blown out of the Bolt-ropes, so that we were half a Day mending them, and then proceeded on our Voyage home, where we arrived the latter End of the Month.
After I came home from this Voyage, in the small Stay I was on Shore, I was divers Times at Meetings
at Philadelphia and Frankfort, and was also at Gerphia. Frankfort,
man-town, at the Burial of our antient Friend Dennis German.' Cunrad, who was one of the first Settlers of this Town
(as I understood the first Meeting of Friends, for Worship, in it, was kept at his House) He was a Man of an inoffensive Lite, much given to Hospitality, and left a good Report behind him: The Meeting was large, and many of the first Settlers of the Country were there. I was also at the Burial of Cotherine, the Daughter of Thomas Lightfoot, the Wife of James Miller, a worthy Woman, who died soon
after their Arrival from Ireland, and was buried from 1729. our Great-meeting-house in Philadelphia, in a decent and exemplary Manner. The latter End of the Tenth Month, Samuel Har
Frankfort, rison of New York, and Obadiah Lawrence of Longihand, favour'd me with their Company all Night at our House, where we called the Family together, and had a seasonable Time to take Leave, they of me, and I of them, and my Family alfo ; and the next Day divers very dear Friends came with me to the Boat, to the River Side, to take Leave, and we parted with Hearts full of Love and Good-will to each other.
So I went on board at Wiccacoe and had a cold Passage down the River and Bay, and left the Capes the ist of the rith Month (being the third Voyage as Mafter) and the 17th we passed the Tropick of Cancer. Hitherto we had a comfortable Passage, and though we had a crowded Ship, yet we had Peace and Quietness to a greater Degree than I expected; for Men that use the Seas, are, too generally, inconstant as the Wind and Waters they wade through. We had several Meetings on board the Vessel in this Voyage, and were at Sea about four Weeks, before we arrived at Barbadoes, and when we arrived, the Markets were Bardadoas. dull, which occasioned our Stay so long as about twelve Weeks. During which Time, I had divers religious and good Opportunities with those of our own, and other Societies, I believe to general Satisfaction ; having the good Wishes of People of all Ranks, from the Governor to the poor Negroes; all of whom I profess Love to for Christ's Sake.
This Voyage, in our Return home, we had a full Ship, and upwards of thirty Passengers, and was on phia. our Passage home about a Month, and had good comfortable Weather therein. Soon after I came home fram Barbadoes, in the
1730. Third Month 1739, I went to a Meeting'at Burlingion, at which was married Thomas Evans ; Margaret Burlington, Q. 3
1730. Preston was also there ; It was a good Meeting. I wcrossed the River Delaware twice, visited a fick Person,
and rode thirty Miles that Day. I also went to the
Falls Meeting, and, atrer faid Meeting, appointed Nesbaminy, another at Neshaming the fame Day; after which,
I went with Joseph Kirkbride to William Paxton's, and lodged: Next Morning Joseph Kirkbride rode with
me home, and thence to Philadelphia. I was divers Philadele Times at Philadelphia, Frankfort, and German-town, chia,
and at the General-meeting at Frankfort, where our Friend Jobn Cadwallader was married ; Ifaac Norris, Samuel Preston, and Margaret his Wife, and John Oxley, were at this Meeting, with many other Friends, a good Share of whose Company I got home with me, of which I was glad, ever loving and covering the Company of good Men and Women,
I was now preparing for the fourth Voyage, as Fourth Voyage. Master of the New Bristol Hope, for Barbadoes ; but it
grew harder and harder for me to leave my Family, which, for many Considerations, was very Exercising yet I was obliged to continue going to Sea, upon an honourable Account ; i. e. That no Person might suffer by me, if I could help it; and having got our Veffer loaded, we failed from Philadelphia the gth of
the Fifth Month. Next Day came to an Anchor at Chefer. Cbester, and visited my old Friend David Lloyd, who,
with his good Spouse Grace, treated me with tender, Christian Love; the Judge and I, being old Acquaintance, and both of us in Years, and he not well, we took Leave, as if we were not to see one another
any more (which happened accordingly, for he died before I returned.)
We weighed Anchor at Chester, and got down to alcm. Elfenborough, and went to Salem Meeting (it being
First day of the Week, and 12th of the Month) with fome of our Passengers and Sailors.
The Meeting was pretty large, and I was earnestly concerned for
their Welfare (as I had often been when I was absent) 1730. and was glad I was with them that Day.
After this Meeting we proceeded on our Voyage, and left the Capes the 15th of the aforesaid Month; had small and contrary Winds, and sometimes Calms, until the 2d of the Sixth Month, and First-day of the Week, when the Wind was at South and a hard Gale, the Sea high, and the Ship having a great Motion, therefore we had not a Meeting as usual: Many of the Passengers were very Sea-sick; as for my Part, I thought, if the Almighty was but with me, that would make up for all Difficulties; for in him was, and is my Life and chiefeft Joy: And, as an An[wer of Peace in my tossed Condition, I fometimes had comfortable Times; being inwardly, refreshed with the Love and Presence of God; not only in the Day, but also in the Night, in my Sleep; out of which I was awakened one Morning (in the Morning Watch) with these comfortable Words, He took me to his Banqueting House, and his Banner over me was Love. These Expresfions were so fresh in my Mind, for some Days, that I could not forbear but bless the holy Name of the living Lord fecretly in my Soul.
The 16th of the Sixth Month we arrived at Barbadoes. The 17th there arose, about Midnight, a hard Gale of Wind, which the Barbadians call a Hurricane, or Tornado, and blew more than ten Vessels alhore, great and small, which were wholly lost; and our Ship was very near the Rocks, People looking every Minute when she would come on Shore ; but, through divine Favour, we escaped, with only che Boat Itove against the Rocks: I would have got on board, but that was impracticable; but I got on the highest Place I could, from which I could see them in the Ship, and they ne on shore; for we could not, for the Violence of the Wind, hear one another yet they were so near the Fort, where I stood, that I could discern them one from another, and they me Q4
1736. from the Multitude of People (many being in the Fort
wish me) I seeing the chief Mate look towards me, I waved my
Har to him, and he, in answer, his to me ; then I made a Signal to him to go to Sea, which they immediately did, letting flip their Cables, and went to Sea without either Boat, Anchor, or Cables, and came in the next Day, and got their Cables, and Anchors again, to the great Joy of many of the Inhabitants, whose hearty Prayers were for our Safety, as many of them told me. This, among many others, I put in my Calender of Deliverances, and Preservations from imminent Dangers, by the Hand of divine Providence.
We staid this Time in Barbadoes about five Weeks, leaving the Inand the 27th of the Seventh Month; and there I met with Robert Jordan, my Friend and Brother in the Work and Fellowship of the Gospel of Christ, who took his Passage with us for Philadelphia, whose Company was pleasant and comfortable. One Evening he was repeating fome Verses of the excellent Addison's, which I willingly transcribed, as well in Memory of that great Author, as also that they answered my State and Condition in my watry Travels, and in the Extreams of Heat and Cold, and some poisonous Airs I have often breathed in. They are as follow;
How fure is their Defence !
Supported by thy Care ;
Made every Region please,