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1703. to visit Friends in Maryland, Virginia, and North
Carolina, and went with the Unity of Friends, hav-
Month, 1703, I went through Maryland, and visited
Pamphlico, where no travelling publick Friends (that
all of us, with our Horses, got safe on Shore, through 1703. the good Providence of God. And on Return through North Carolina, we had several large Meetings, and an open Time it was; as also at Nanfimund and Chuckatue, and several other Places in Virginia ; and when my Service was over in those cwo Provinces I went back to Maryland, and visited Meetings chere, and then went Home. As near as I can compute it, I rode about a Thousand Miles on this Journey. After which I ftaid at Home, following my Business, in Philadela order to the Maintenance of my family, being bleffed Phia, with Wife, Children, and Servants, and with other Things; for which I am truly thankful.
While I was at Home. I visited the neighbouring 1704. Meetings as I found a Concern on my Mind ;
Mind; and on the oth Day of the third Month 1704, I laid before our Quarterly-meeting of Ministers and Elders an Exercise that was upon my Mind, to visit our Friends Meetings on Long-Isand, Rhode Island, and in New-England, and the Places adjacent; from which Quarterly.meeting I had a good Certificate (which I though it my Duty to endeavour to live up unto ;) and being accompanied with several Friends to Burlington and Croswicks, Joseph Glafter being my
Jerseys. Fellow-labourer in the Work of the Gospel ; at the two aforefaid Places we had Meetings, and then we travelled to New-York and Long-Thand, where we had
island. divers Meetings ; as at Flushing, Westbury, Jerusalem, Jerico, Bethpage, Matinicock, and also at Weft-Cheja ter, on the Main, and from thence we travelled to Rhode Island Yearly-meeting, which was large and Rhodes serviceable to many.
From hence Joseph Glafter went towards Boston, the inland Way, and I went. by the Sea-side, and we met together, after I had been at Meetings at divers Places, viz, Dartmouth and Dartmouth, Nantucket Inand, at which Itland there are large Meetings, People there being mostly Friends, and a fober growing People in the best Things; though not D
1704. of our Society when they first received the Truth, bir yet they received it with Gladness; and altho? divers
of the People called Presbyterians were very cruel in their Expreffions, and bitter in their Spirits against us, yet there were some who went under that Name, who were more open and charitable towards us, and received us gladly with Tenderness; and at some Places we had Meetings at their Houses to our mutual
Satisfaction. We likewife had Meetings at Suckanuset, Sandwiche Scituate, and Sandwich. About this Time the Indians
were very barbarous in the Destruction of the English Inhabitants, fcalping fome, and knocking out the Brains of others (Men, Women, and Children) by which the Country was greatly alarmed, both Night and Day ; but the great Lord of all was pleased wonderfully to preserve our Friends, especially those who kept faithful to their peaceable Principle, according to the Doctrine of Christ in the holy Scriptures, as recorded in his excellent Sermon which he preached on the Mount, in the vch, vith, and viith Chapters of Matthew, which is quite opposite to Killing, Revenge, and Destruction, even of our Enemies : And because our Friends could not join with those of fighting Principles and Practices, some of them were put into Prison ; divers People railing and speaking very bitterly against their peaceable Neighbours, and wishing the Quakers might be cut off. Some of the New England Priests and Professors were so biccer against Friends, that instead of being humbled, under the mighty Hand of God upon them, in suffering the Indians to destroy them, they express'd their Enmity against the poor Quakers, on a Day appointe for Humiliation and a Faft; and particularly in a Sermon preach'd by one of their Priests, which he divided into three Heads, viz. Firs, That the Judgments of God were upon them, in letting loose the savage Indians to destroy them. Secondly, In that he with-held the Fruits of the Earth from them (for there was great
Scarcity.) Thirdly, That the Quakers prevailed, and
1704. were suffered to increase so much among them; which in he said, was worse than the Indians destroying of them,
and gave this absurd Reason for it, The Indians defroy our Bodies, but the Quakers destroy the Soul.* This is an abominable Fallhood ; for it is Sin that destroys the Soul: And such as those that preach to the People that there is no Freedom from it in this World, con
tradict Christ's Doctrine, Be ye perfect, &c. And that of the Apostle's, He that is born of God cannot fin. And thus their blind Guides mistake Light for Darkness, and Darkness for Light. Among the many Hundreds that were sain, I heard but of three of our Friends being killed, whose Destruction was very remarkable, as I was informed (the one was a Woman, the other two were Men.) The Men used to go to their Labour without any Weapons, and trusted to the Almighty, and depended on his Providence to protect them (it being their Principle not to use Weapons of War, to offend others, or defend themselves) but a Spirit of Distrust taking place in their Minds, they took Weapons of War to defend themselves; and the Indians, who had seen them several Times without them, and let them alone, saying, Tbey were peaceable Men, and hurt nobody, therefore they would not hurt them, now seeing them have Guns, and fup: posing they designed to kill the Indians, they therefore shot thé Men dead. The Woman had remained in her Habitation, and could not be free to go to' a fortified Place for Preservation, neither she, her Son, nor Daughter, nor to take thither the little Ones'; but the poor Woman after some Time began to lec in a Navish Fear, and did advise her Children to go with her to a Fort not far from their Dwelling. D 2
* This Prieft was soon after killed by the Indians, as I was told by a Minifter.
1704. Her Daughter being one that trusted in the Name of
the Lord, the mighty Tower, to which the Righteous flee and find Safety, could not consent to go with her ; and having lett a particular Account in a Letter to her Children of her and their Preservation, I think it worthy to be inserted here in her own Words.
'HEN the cruel Indians were suffered to kill is
and destroy, it was shewed me, Thạc I « must stand in a Testimony for Truth, and trust 6 in the Name of the Lord, that was a strong Tow" er, and we should wait upon him. And I often « desired my Mother and Husband to fit down, and <i wait upon the Lord, and he would show us what
we should do: But I could not prevail with him, " but he would say it was too late now, and was in
great haste to be gone ; but I could not go with
him, because I was afraid of offending the Lord : " But still he would say I was deluded by the Devil,
so that my Mother would often say, A Houjë divided « could not sland; and she could not tell what to do, 66 altho' she had moft Peace in staying, yet she had " Thoughts of moving, and said to me, Child, Can " Ibee certainly say it is revealed to thee that we should
Jay; if it be, I would willingly stay, if I was sure it es was the Mind of God. But I being young, was " afraid to speak to high, said, Mother, I can say " that it is so with me, that when I think of staying s and trusting in the Name of the Lord, I find great - Peace and Comfort, more than I can utter, with
a Belief we shall be preserved ; but when I think " of going, Oh the Trouble and Heaviness I feel, “ with a Fear fome of us should fall by them! And
my dear Mother sighed, and said, She could not e tell what to do. But I said to them, If they would
go, I would be willing to stay alone ; if they found 6. Freedom, I was very willing, for I was afraid of offending the Lord. But still my poor Husband