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returning with Peace in my Bosom. Oh! the Power At Sem
Name was William Porter. He was ninety-two
He was ninety-two Years 1698. of Age, and had then a Daughter two Years old *. We had several Meetings there amongst Friends and others, many being well satisfied concerning the Truth, and spoke well of it.
And after we had had several good and open Meetings in Virginia, we found ourselves clear of America, and in order for our Passage, we agreed with our Friend F. Jobnfon, on board the Elizabeth and Mary, to carry us for England.
On the inth of the first Month 1698.9, we were accompanied on board by several Friends, who abode 1698-9. with us all Night; and the next Day, being the first Day of the Week, we had a little comfortable Meering, and then parted in much Love, having the Evidence of the Power of the Almighty with us. We waited for a fair Wind until the 20th of the aforesaid Month, and left the Capes of Virginia that Day, and ac Night we got our Ship into a failing Posture ; and
was glad in my Spirit, that I was setting my Face towards
native Land; and more glad that I was
and Presence of him who said, Go teach all Nations, was sweet to my Soul at that Time, and now in some Measure I enjoy'd the Fruits of my having laboured in that Ability God had given me. Glory to God, thro’ Christ, who is worthy for ever! The Prelence of God was with us on the great Ocean, and we were strengthened through his Goodness wonderfully. We C
* Some Years after I saw him, and he was weeding Indian Corn with a Hoe. He was then about 106 Years of age, and had upwards of seventy Children, Grand-Children, and Great-GrandChildren. We were divers Friends of us to see him, and he preach. ed to us a short, but very affecting Sermon, which was (as near as 1 remember) Verbatim thus, " Friends, you are come to see me in the Love of God. God is Love, and those that dwell'in God, dwell in Love. I thank God, I feel his Divine Life every Day and every Night.” He lived to see his above menioned Daughter married, and died, aged 107 Years.
1699.' had several good Meetings on board our Ship, and
were opened (in the Love of God) to the poor Seamen
very largely. Seas
When we launched forth into the Deep, we were several Ships in Company ; but we had been but a little Time at Sea, before we lost Sight of them all. Several Ships passed by us about a Week after we faild ; and about this Time we saw a very large Whale, who lifted himself part out of the Water with his Mouth open, which looked like the Entrance of a large Cave. We likewise faw several other large Sea Fish, such as Grampuffes, Sharks, &c. All which shew forth the wondrous Works of the Great Creator of all Things. Elizabeth Webb and Elizabeth Lloyd went over with us in this Veffel, both virtuous Women. About tw Weeks the Winds were mostly fair for us, in which Time we got finely on our Way; but for above a Week afterwards the Winds were mostly contrary, and the Ship had a great Motion, which caused some of us to be Sea-Gick, especially Elizabeth Lloyd +(who was but weakly) One Night our Sailors thought that an Enemy or Pyrate was near us, who fired cwo Guns, and so passed by us; but it being Night, we could not cercainly know what she was. I rather judged it might be fome Ship in Distress, for we saw one of the Ships that Evening that came out with us, and the next Morning we could see none at all, and there was hardly any Wind that Night, fo I feared that our Companion had sprung a Leak and founder'd ; and when I told our Mafter my Opinion, he said, he feared the Same likewise. Now for two Weeks Time, or there . abouts, we beat about the Sea, and made little Pro.
+ She was the Daughter of Thomas Lloyd, late Deputy-Governor of Pensylvanis. She lived and died a virtuous woman; and, I think, generally beloved by all who were acquainted with her. When the died she was the wife of Daniel Zachary, a Merchant at Boston, New-Bngland, well known, and much beloved there, for his Piety and Virtue.
gress. Howbeit we had several good Meetings, where- 1741. in we gave Glory to God our Saviour ; and for ever let it ascend, faith my Soul, to him over all! After At Sea, contrary Winds, about two Weeks, the Wind sprung up Westerly, and was fair for several Days; in which Time we got finely on our Way again, and left the Western Islands about two Days Sail behind us; and then the Wind was contrary again. Contrary Winds are commonly tedious at Sea (but especially to those that know not where to stay their Minds) but we being several. Friends of us on board that were Passengers, had oftentimes good Meetings several Times a Week; and if any of our Ship’s Company came to Meeting, they always were sober, and sometimes tender; and truly, God's Love was extended towards them. And when it was not our Meeting Days, we spent not our Time idly, but for the most part in Reading the holy Scriptures, and Writing, &c. in which we were at fundry Seasons greatly refreshed, strengthened, and comforted. O my Soul! glorify God thy Maker, and Christ thy Saviour for ever, in the Sense of his Goodness and Mercy, both by Sea and Land, by Night and by Day! 'After we had been almost seven Weeks at Sea, we thought that we were near the Land, but we founded several Days, and found no Bottom, altho' we let out Abundance of Line, I think above
About this Time our Doctor dreamed a Dream, which was to this Effect, himself relating it to me : He said, “He dreamed that he went on Shore at a
great and spacious Town, the Buildings whereof were high, and the Streets broad; and as he went
up the Street he saw a large Sign, on which was writ"ten in great golden Letters SHAME. At the Door « of the House (to which the Sign belonged) ftood " a Woman with a Can in her Hand, who said unto shim, Doktor, will you drink? He reply'd, wich 5 all my Heart, I have not drank any Thing but
1699. “ Water a great while (our Wine and Cyder being all
“ spent, having had a long Passage) and he drank a Sea.
« hearty Draught, which he said, made him merry ;
grim Fellow coming behind him, clapp'd him on
He told me this Dream lo punctually, and with such an Emphasis, that it affected me with serious Sadness, and caused my Heart to move within me (for to me the Dream seemed true, and the Interpretation sure) I then told him he was an ingenious Man, and might clearly see the Interpretation of that Dream, which exactly anfwered to his State and Condition, which I thus interpreted to him: “This great and spacious Place, ac wherein the Buildings were high, and the Streets w broad, is thy great and high Profeffion : The Os Sign, on which was wrote Shame, which thou « fawest, and the Woman at the Door, with the Can « in her Hand, truly represents that great, crying « and shameful Sin of Drunkenness, which thou
knows to be thy great Weakness, which the Wow map with the Can did truly represent to thee : The of grim Fellow which arrested thee in the Devil's « Territories is. Death, who will assuredly arrest all * Mortals : The Governor which thou saweft, re“ presenting a great black Dog, is certainly the Deo vil, who after his Servants have served him to the « full, will torment them eernally in Hell.” So he got up, as it were in bafte, and said, God forbid ! It is
nothing but a Dream. But I told him it was a very 1699. significant One, and a Warning to him from the Almighty, who sometimes speaks to Men in Dreams. In seven Weeks after we left sight of the Land of English
Channel America, we saw the Scilly Inands, and next Day we saw the Land of England, which was a comfortable Sight to us; in that God Almighty had preserved us hitherto, and that we were so far got on our Way: We drove about the Channel's Mouth for several Days for want of Wind ; after which, for two Days the Wind came up, and we got as far up the Channel as Lime-bay, and then an Easterly Wind blew fresh for several Days, and we turned to Windward, but rather lost than got on our Way, which was tiresome and tedious to some of us.
Now about this Time (being fome Days after the Doctor's Dream) a grievous Accident happened to us. We meeting with a Dutch Vefsel in Lime-bay a little above the Start, hailed her, and she us. They said they came from Lisbon, and were bound for Holland. She was loaded with Wine, Brandy, Fruit, and such like Commodities, and we having little but Water to drink (by reason our Passage was longer than we expected) therefore we sent our Boat on board, in order to buy us a little Wine to drink with our Water. Our Doctor, and a Merchant that was a Passenger, and one Sailor, went on board, where they staid lo long until some of them were overcome with Wine, altho they were desired to beware thereof; so that when they came back, a Rope being handed to them, they (being filled with Wine unto Excess) were not capable of using it dexterously, insomuch that they over the Boat, and she turned Bottom upwards, having the Doctor under her. The Merchant caught hold of a Rope called the Main Sheet, whereby his Life was saved. The Sailor not gercing so much Drink, as the other two, got nimbly on the Bottom of the Boat, and floated on the Water till such Time as our other