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tions. This Friend told me, That when he was very 1707.
rude and wild, he was mightily reached unto at che
Meeting we had under the Trees at Croswicks*, so
that he could not go on with his Vanity as before;
after which he had strong Convictions on him, which
wrought 'Conversion in the Lord's Time, after he
had gone thro' many and deep inward Exercises.
After these several Journies were over, and I had Philadel.

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cleared myself, I was some Time at Home, and fol-
lowed my Business with Diligence and Industry, and
throve in the Things of the World, the Lord adding
a Blessing to my Labour. Some People would tell
me that I got Money for Preaching, and grew Rich
by itswhich, being a common Calumny caft upon
our publick Friends that are Travellers, I shall take
a little Notice of it, and leave it to Pofterity. That it
is against our Principle, and contrary to our known
Practice and Rule, to take Money for our Preaching
the Gospel of Christ, and the publishing of Salvation
through his Name unto the People; for according to
Christ's Command, We, Receiving it freely, are to
give it forth freely: And I can fay without Vanity or
Boasting, I have spent many Pounds in that Service,
besides my Time, which was, and is, as precious to
me, as to other People: And rising early, and Jaying
down late; many Days riding 40, 50, and 60 Miles a
Day, which was very laborious and hard for my Flem
to endure (being corpulent and heavy from the 27th
Year of my Age ;) and I can truly fay, that I never
received any Money or Confideration on Account of
these Services, either directly or indirectly, and yet
if any of our Ministers are Necessitous or Poor, we re-
lieve them freely, not because they are Preachers, but
because they are Needy; and when we have done those
Things, we have done but our Duty: And well will

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1707. it be for thofe that have discharged themselves faithfully"

therein! Such will (besides the Earneft of Peace in their own Souls in this World) have a blessed Reward in the glorious Kingdom of the Lord and his Christ in chat World which is to come.

It is well known that I have spent much of my Time (since I have been free from my Apprenticeship) in Travelling and Preaching the Gospel, being out often many Months, and sometimes a whole Year, and more ; and at Intervals I have been apt to think the Time long, till

I got to my Business and Family, and so have divers Times made more Hafte than I should have done, which has brought Trouble on my Mind, and is a Trouble to me unto this Day; which may be a Caution to those who travel in the Work of the Ministry hereafter, not to make too much Haste from the Work of Christ ; and yet there ought to be Discretion used; for a Minister may stay too long, as well as return too foon, which may be perceived as we keep the Eye of our Mind to our Divine Guide.

After I had staid at and about Home for some conPrepares

siderable Time, a weighty Concern came upon me to Friends in visit Friends in the West-Indies, and some. Parts of and Ed Europe, as it might please the Almighty to open my

Way; and as it was to be a long Travel, both by Sea and Land, and hazardous, by reason it was War Time, and many Privateers out at Sea, I settled my Affairs by Will, and otherwise, that if I should not live to come Home again, Things relating to my outward Affairs might be done honourably and well: For at this Time, as at many others, I can truly say, I gave up my Life freely for my holy Matter's Sake, and in his Cause, who laid, Go teach all Nations, &c.

On the 29th of the Sixth Month, 1707, I had a Certificate from the Monthly-meeting of Friends at Philadelphia, signifying their Unity with my Undertaking, and Desires tor my Welfare; and a tender Concern w.is on my Mind that I might live according

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to what my Brethren had certified concerning me. I 1707. likewise laid my Exercise before the General Meeting of Ministers and Elders held for the Provinces of Pensylvania and New Jersey, on the 22d of the Seventh Month, who also signified their Fellowship with my intended Travels and Journey, and recommended me to the Grace of God; and in much Love and Tenderness I parted with my dear and loving Wife, and my near and affectionate Friends and Brethren.

I had for my Companion and Fellow-labourer in the Work of the Gospel, my dear Friend Richard Gove, who also had the Approbation and Unity of Friends in this Journey and Undertaking.

We went on board a Sloop at Philadelphia bound for Barbadoes, John Knight, Master, about the 27th of the Eighth Month, in the aforesaid Year.

After a few Days Sailing down the River Delaware, we put to Sea, and in about a Month's Time we came within Sight of Barbadoes, where we met with a Pri- At Sea, Vateer, which chased, and had like to have taken us ; a Priva? but the good Providence of God preserved us out of teer. the Hands of those Enemies: For ever blessed be his great Name! In this Chace the Seamen were uneasy, and belched out wicked Oaths, and curfed the Quakers, wishing all their Veffels might be taken by the Enemy, because they did not carry Guns in them : c which (Evil] 1. was grieved, and began thus to ex poftulate with them : Do you know the Worth of a Man's Life ? (Guns being made on Purpose to destroy Mens Lives ;) were this Ship and Cargo mine, lo far as I know mine Heart, I do ingenuously declare, had rather loose it all, than that one of you should loose his Life (for I certainly knew they were unfit to die.) Lives! say they, we bad rather loose our Lives than go to France. But, said I, that is not the Matter ;

you rather go to Hell, than go to France ? They being guilty of great Sins and Wickedness, and convicted in their own Consciences, held their Peace, and

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got within Gun-Shot of a Fort on Barbadoes, the Enemy left chasing us.

Next Morning early we safely arrived at BridgeBarbadoes. Town in Barbadoes, where our Friends gladly received

us; amongst whom we labour'd in the Work of the Gospel for about two Months; and from thence, af

ter having had divers good and edifying Meetings for Antigua. the Worship of God, we failed for Antigua, and stay'd

some Days there, having Meetings, and visiting our

Brethren. From Antigua we fail'd for Nevis, but the Montferrat. Wind being contrary, we put in at Montserrat (an Ine

that hath a great Mountain in it, on the Top of which is a hot Spring of Water, which boils up, and the Mud of it is clear Brimstone ; some of which we car. ried on board our Vesel; the which is admirable, and shews the wonderful Works of God. They say that the Spring is hot enough to boil an Egg.) From this Inand we failed to Nevis, and had Meetings with those few Friends that were there, with whom we parced at

the Sea-shore in great Love and Tenderness. After Anguilla. which we failed to an Island called Anguilla, and were

civilly treated there by the Generality of the People ; as also by the Governor, George Leonard, at whose House we had Meetings. I remember, that after one Meeting the Governor went into his Porch, and took the Bible, and opened it, and said,, By this Book, if People believe the boly Scriptures, I am able to convince the World, and prove that the People called Quakers are the People of God, and that they follow the Example and Do&trine of Christ, and the Practices of the Apostles and primitive Christians, nearer than any People in the World; (ie. generally speaking. ) At this Ifand several People were heartily convinced, and did confess to the Truth, among whom a Meeting was settled. Here was never any Friend before, as the Inhabitants Said. I intreat the Lord Jehovah to preserve the sincere-hearted among them in bis hely Fear, whilst

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they remain in this World ; and not them only, but all 1707. that love and fear bim, in all Kindreds and Nations, v and amongst People of all Professions whatsoever. This, fire of my Soul. Back from Anguilla we went to Nevis, Nevis. and from Nevis to Antigua ; and notwithstanding our Antigua. Sloop was a dull Sailer, yet we were preserved from the Enemy, to the Admiration of ourselves, Friends, and others, our Course being in the very Road of the Privateers. Just as we got into the Harbour and were landed, a Privateer came by with a Prize along with her, as we supposed, which excited our Thankfulness to the Lord for our Preservation. Here we met with the Packet-Boat bound for Jamaica, and thence

England. We ftaid a little at the Inand call's Saint Christophers. In our Way to Jamaica we saw St. Christoa small Privateer, that gave us Chace, and it being

phers, calm, fhe rowed up towards us.

The Mafter prepared the Veffel to fight, hoisting up his Mainfail, and putting out our Colours. In the Interim fome were bold, and some forrowful. One came to me, Chared by and asked, What I thought of it? And what I thought of the Quakers Principles now ? I told him I thought I was as willing to go to Heaven, as himself was ; to which he said nothing, but turned away from me. Another asked me, Wbat I would do now? I told him, I would pray that they might be made better, and that they might be made fit to die. Then in the midst of their' Noise and Hurry, in Secret I begged of the Almighty, in the Name, and for the sake of his dear Son, that he would be pleased to cause

, a fresh Gale of Wind to spring up, that we might be delivered from the Enemy without thedding Blood (well knowing that few of them were fic to die) and even whilft I was thus concerned, the Lord answered my Defire and Prayer, for in a few Minutes the Wind {prung up, and we soon left them out of Sight, our Veffel failing extraordinary well, and the next Day

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