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" would say, I took a wrong Spirit for the right. And 1704. “ he would say how I should know, For if I was o right I would be willing to condescend to bim. And " then I said, in Condescention to him I would move; “ but I hope the Lord will not lay it to my Charge, " for was it not to condescend to him, I would not
move for the World ; and after I had given away
my Strength, in a little Time there came Men "' from the Garrison, with their Guns, and cold us,
They came for us, and told us, The Indians, they " thought, might be near ; and then away we went ; " and my Mother went in with my Brother-in" law, altho' I persuaded her not to do it. But the " said, Why, my Child is there : And why may not I « be with bim as well as thee? And so we went along
to Hampton, to my Husband's Brother's. But o “ the Fear and Trouble that I felt ! And cold my “ Husband it seem'd as if we were going into the " Mouth of the Indians. And the next Day was the “ first Day of the Week ; and our dear friend,
Lydia Norton, came with my dear. Mother; and “ in her Testimony, she said there was there that
was very near to her Life, that was very near " Death. O then I was ready to think it would be " I, because I believed we had done amiss in mov. " ing, and great Trouble was I in, and told dear Lydia cs of itbut lhe comforted me as much as she could, " and said, She did not think it would be I. And my " dear Mother went to my Sifter's again, to the
Garrison, where she found herself not easy ; but, " as she often said to many, that she felt herself in a " beclouded Condition, and more shut from Counsel " than ever she had been since she knew the Truth; " and being uneasy, went to move to a Friend's House " that lived in the Neighbourhood; and as she was
moving, the bloody cruel Indians lay by the Way, " and killed her. O chen how did I lament moving! " And promised if the Lord would be pleased to spare
my Life, and Husband, and Children, and carry " us home again, I would never do so more. But "O the Fear, and Trouble, and Darkness, that « fell upon me, and many more at that Time! And " three or four of us kept our Meeting, but although " we fat and waited as well as we could, yet we fat “ under a poor beclouded Condition, till we return. " ed Home again, then did the Lord please to lift
up the Light of his Love upon our poor Souls, as O then I told my Husband, although he had built a 66 little House by the Garrison, I could not move “ again. So he was willing to stay while the Winter C6 Season lafted, but told me he could not stay when « Summer came, for then the Indians would be as about ; and so told me, That if I could not go to " the Garrison, I might go to a Friend's House that “ was near it. And I was willing to please him, if “ the Lord was willing ; and then applied my Heart " to know the Mind of Truth, and it was fhewed " me, that if I moved again, I should loose the Sense “ of Truth, and I should never hold up my Head « again. O then I told my Husband he must never « ask me to move again, for I durft not do it. Still " he would say it was a Notion, till our dear Friend " Thomas Story came and told him, He did not see “ that I could have a greater Revelation than I 'bad, $6 And fatisfied my Husband so well, that he never “ asked me more to go, but was very well contented s to stay all the Wars; and then Things were made i s's more easy, and we saw Abundance of the wonder“ful Works, and of the mighty Power of the Lord, “ in keeping and preserving of us, when the Indians “ were at our Doors and Windows, and at other
Times, and how the Lord put Courage in you, 66
my dear Children ; don't you forget it, and don't " think that as you were young, and because you $ knew little, so you feared nothing ; but often con& fider how you staid at Home alone, when we went
C to Meetings, and how the Lord preserved you, 1704. “ and kept you, so that no Hurt came upon you. "And I leave this Charge upon you, Live in the Fear 66 of the Lord, and see you set him always before " your Eyes, left you fin against him: For if I had
not feared the Lord, and felt the Comforts of his
holy Spirit, I never could have stood so great a “ Trial, when so many judged, and said, I was de“ luded, and that all the Blood of my Husband and “ Children, would be required at my Hands; but " the Lord was near to me, and gave me Strength for and Courage, and Faith to trust in him, for I " knew his Name to be a strong Tower, yea, and “ stronger than any in the World; for I have often“ times fled there for Safety. O Blessing and Honour, u and everlasting high Praises, be given to the Lord, " and to his dear Son, our Saviour and Mediator, “ Christ Jesus, Amen.
A Neighbour of the aforesaid People told me, That as he was at Work in his Field, the Indians faw and called him, and he went to them. They cold him, That they had no Quarrel with the Quakers, for they were a quiet, peaceable People, and hurt no. body, and that therefore none should hurt them. But they said that the Presbyterians in these Parts had taken away their Lands, and some of their Lives, and would now, if they could, destroy all the Indians.
Those Indians began about this Time to shoot People down as they rode along the Road, and to knock them on the Head in their Beds, and very barbarously murdered many : But we travelled the Country, and had large Meetings, and the good Presence of God was with us abundantly, and we had great inward Joy in the holy Ghost in our outward Jeopardy and Travels, The People generally rode and went to
? The JOURNAL of • 1704. their Worship armed, but Friends went to their
Meetings without either Sword or Gun, having their
After having had divers good Meetings in those Boston, &c, Eastern Parts of New-England, I return’d to Salem,
Lyn, Boston, and so on towards Rhode Isand, and Narragan. at divers adjacent Places ; as in the Naraganset Dartmouth. Country, we had divers Meetings, also at Dartmouth,
Sandwich, and Scituate. As I was entring into the
Now having thoroughly visited Friends in those
Parts, in Company with my Friend Thomas Story, I Connecticur. travelled through ConneEticut Government, and had Long
several Meetings in that Colony ; and came to LongYland.
Tand, where we had divers Meetings to the Satisfaction of ourselves and Friends. From Long-Island, af. ter we were clear of the Service and Exercise of the Work of the Ministry, and had visited Friends Meetings as we travelled ; and in divers Places found Openness among the People who were not of our Profession (which sometimes came in great Numbers to our Meetings, and several were convinced in some
and edified, in Christ our Lord) we came to Pbilaphia.
delphia, the Place of our Habitation. Let (faith my Soul) bis Name have the Praise of all his works for
After being at Home some Time, I visited Friends Meetings in our own County, and several Parts of New Jersey, Maryland, and the Lower Counties on Delaware, At Yones's I appointed a Meeting at a publick House near the Court-house (general Notice being given thereof) there came on Crawford,
a Priest, with many of his Hearers, and in the Begin. 1704. ning of the Meeting he read a Sermon (as they called in it) which was a Transcript of the Work of some of our Adversaries, which we desired to have from them to anfwer. They said, If I would answer it myself I should have it. The which I told them I should, if they would let me ; but though they promised it, chey did not perform, but were worse than their Word. We heard them read it over patiently; and after they had done, we had our Meeting. The Auditory was large, and most of the Magistrates were at it. The Priest's Reading, and my Testimony occafioned this Meeting to hold long; after which as we were getting on Horseback, the Priest cry'd out among the People, That he did not think we should go away to sneaking, ?y. We having twenty Miles to ride that Night, and he near his Home, he having the Advantage in that Respect, some thought it made him the bolder, for he let me get on Horseback before he uttered that sneaking Expression. I told him, to challenge was enough to fèt a Coward to work, and we were no Cowards; for he knew we could venture our Livez for our Religion, which I question’d whether he would do for his ; To I dismounted, and he having the Bible open in his Hand, . I being near him, chanced, against my Will and Knowledge, to touch it wich my Foot. Look you, Gentlemen, says he, be tramples the Word of God under bis Feet. For which gross Abuse his own Hearers openly rebuked him, and put him to Shame. Then he said, He would prove us no Ministers of Christ. I bid him prove himself one, and he would do the Business. Well, says lie, bow Shall we know who are Christ's Ministers? Why, taid "I in answer to him, art thou willing to be try'd by
Christ's Rule, for he hath given us a plain Rule to know them by. Whai is that Rule ? Let's hear it, says he. 'Tis short,, but full, namely, By their Fruits you shall know them For Men don'i gather Grapes of