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The hoary Alpine Hills it warm’d,
How, with affrighted Eyes,
And Fear in every Heart,
Thy Mercy set me free,
High on the broken Wave,
Obedient to thy Will;
Thy Goodness I'll adore;
Thy Sacrifice shall be ;
1730. The 4th of the Eighth Month',' we met with a hard
Gale of Wind, which broke the Tiller of our Rudder, and split our Bowsprit and Main-fail, and overset many of our Chafts; Robert Jordan narrowly missed his Chest falling on him from one side of the Ship to the other, which we looked on as a merciful Providence, and spoke of it to one another, remembring Addison's Verses, which the Night before were repeated.
In this Passage we faw three Vessels only; it was a blustering Time, but the fhortest from Land to Land that ever I had, being but 14 Days and 14 Hours from
the Sight of Barbadoes to the Sight of the Main-land: Arrives at We arrived at Pbiladelphia the 16th of the Eighth Phia.
In the Ninth Month I proceeded on a fifth Voyage
(as Master) to Barbadoes, and went down the River Voyage as Delaware on the Seventh-day, and on Firft-day, was at Chefter Chester Meeting, at which Time there was a Burial of
a Child, and a large Meeting: Our Friends at Chejter were glad to see me, and I them, and after Meeting we fet fail, and went down the River to Elsenborough, where came to and landed Robert Worthington, whose Son Ezra was on board, and went to Barbadoes for his Health, being in a deep Consumption.
This Voyage we were on our Paliage about 33 Days before we arrived at Barbadoes, when after doing my
Business, and visiting our Friends Meetings in about Barbados. five Weeks, we put to Sea the roth of the Twelfth
Month, and failed along to Leeward of divers Inands, Anguilla till we came to Anguilla, where we landed in Expec
tation to get Salt, but at this Time was not any to be had there. We came to an Anchor here in the Night, hoping to get to an Harbour before it was dark; but it soon being very dark, and coming into shoal Water, we saw a large Rock, and came to by the Side of it, in about five or six Fathom Water, taking it co be a Ship, and when is was Day we saw our Mistake, and
that instead of a Vessel, we were too nigh a Rock, 1730. and the Wind coming about, tail'd our Ship towards
Narrowly it so near, that we were fenfible of touching twice ; I or-escapes der'd the Men to heave a little farther a-head, and so Ship
wreck we lay clear till Morning. When Morning came, of which we were glad, several Boats, with a Cable, came to us, and the People advised us to put a Spring on our Cable, and cut it, that she might cast the right Way, which accordingly we did, and it had the de fired Effect; so that we foon got into a very fine Harbour, it being about a Mile off. Many Thanks were given by many of the People for this Deliverance to the Almighty. George Leonard, the Governor of this
Inand, heard in the Morning, that a Veffel was on ; the Rocks, and the People were running with Saws and
Axes, in order to break her up, if the should not be got off: The Governor seeing them, fent a Lieutenant wich Orders, that let her belong to what Nation foever, they should help to get her off, it it could be, and if she was likely to be made a Wreck, he charged them at their Perilnot to meddle with her, norany Thing belonging to her, until they had first come to Terms with
the Master, which is worthy to be recorded. We stay'd several Days before we could get our Anchor ; for after we were in the Harbour, it blew very hard for four or five Days ; so that with our four Oars we could not row our Boat a-head, but watching for a Calm one Night, our People went and got it, and then we went into the principal Road and Harbour in the Island called Croaker's-Bay; the Name of that we came from was Rendezvous-Bay, where lived a very kind Friend of ours, named Jobri Rumney, who, with
his Wife and Family, treated us with great Love, and í courteously received us into their House, and he went
with me to the Governor's, who was my old Acquaintance and Friend, who, with much Love and Tenderness (when he knew me) took me in his Arms, and Embraced me, and lovingly faluted me with a Kiss of
1731. Charity, and thanked God for our Deliverance, and
that he had lived to see me once more (I having been there some Years before) he was seventy odd Years of Age, as I remember, and had eighty odd who called him Father : They living much on Roots and Pulse, are very healthy in this Inand. I was here nine Days, and had seven Meetings with the People ; the longer I ftaid the larger the Meetings were ; so that I had some Difficulty to leave them. Through the Grace and Gift of God I was helped to preach the Gospel of Christ freely, and they received it both freely and thankfully, divers, if not all ; for theirs and my Heart was very open one to another, the holy Lord's Name be praised for ever.
The 3d of the First Month Ezra Wortbrington died, and the 4th in the Afternoon he was buried on the Plantation of John Rumney, near his House ; the Governor and his Son-in-Law were at the Burial, where I told them, that he was an inoffensive, innocent, sober young Man, and that Death was to be the End of us here, putting them in mind to remember their latter End. After I had done speaking, the Governor said, That Death was a Debt due to Nature, and that we must all pay it, and blessed is the Man that in Time truly prepares for it. This was a good Expression for a Man in his Post, and worthy of my Notice, as I thought.
I was at one Meeting, where was the Governor and his Daughter, with divers of the best and soberest People of this Inand; it was a satisfactory Meeting, which ended in Prayer ; and when I arose from my Knees I found the Governor on one side, and his Daughter on the other Side of me, both on their Knees; a Pofture in which People are too seldom found in this degenerate
Age of the World, Sails from On the roth of the First Month, we departed from Anguilla. the Island of Anguilla, with a pleasant Gale ; and had fair Weather and Winds for several Days ; I spent
fome Time of this Voyage in Reading, and met with 1731.
Friends, and they were not only to be his Friends, but , one anothers Friends, as he was theirs, and if Occa
fion were, as he died, so they would die for one ano-
Against this Friendship, which is in Christ, and
If any Person hath a Desire to have a particular Friend, let that Person be sure to make Choice of Christ, and such as choose him, have a Friend in whom all lasting Peace, Comfort and Delight, Joy and Pleasure is, and in him alone is to be enjoyed for ever.