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1716. . By Reason of my outward Affairs, I had Opporvy\*>J tunities with Tome Persons of great Note and Business on this Island; and sometimes opened the Principles of Friends to their Satisfaction; some of them told me, They never understood Jo much concerning our Friends before; and if what I said voas true, they had been misinformed. Divers such Opportunities I had with several on this island, there being but very few of our Society.
These are called the Summer I/lands, or Bermudas, there being many little Islands in the midst of the Main Island, in Form like a Horse-shoe, and are but two Hundred Leagues distance from the Capes of Delaware. It is rare to fee Hail, Snow, or Ice there. ibid. ' After I had done my Business, and had been for some
Time on the Island, I had a ready and comfortable Passage Home, where I was joyfully received. Jitmutas. After some little Stay at Home, I went the Second Time (that Summer) to Bermudas, and then also I had some Meetings, and did some Business on the Island. It was my constant Care, that my worldly Affairs should not hinder me in my religious Concern for the good of Souls. It happened at this Time there was a mighty Hurricane of Wind, so that it blew many Houses to, the Ground, and very many Trees up by the Roots, and rent divers Rocks asunder, which I was an Eye-Witness of: Tho' it is to be observed, that those Rocks in the Summer Islands, are not so hard as in some other Parts of the World, particularly to the Northward; for here they saw them with Saws, and cut them with Axes like Wood. I was told there were sixty Sail of Vessels then at these Islands, and all drove on Shore but three, and ours was one of the three that rode out the Storm j for which I was truly thankful. In this great Storm, or Hurricane, several Sloops (there being no Ships) were driven upon dry Land, so that after the Storm was over, one might go round them at High Water,
and several blown off the dry Land into the Water. 1716. One that was ready to be launch*d, tho' fastened on Ss"v*j the Stocks with two cables and Anchors put deep in the Ground, yet the Violence of the Wind blew her into the Water, and dashed her all to pieces.
About this Time the Bermudas People had got a vast Treasure of Silver and Gold out of the Spanish Wrecks; and at a Meeting which I had with a pretty many People on the First Day of the Week before the Hurricane, or Storm of Wind, it came weightily on my Mind to exhort them, Not to be lifted up therewith, nor exalted in Pride: For 1 declared to them, that the fame Hand that took it from the Spaniards, could take it from those who now had got it out of the Sea; and if he pleased, by the fame Way; which was a Storm that cast away the Ships going for Spain. And indeed so it happened the fame Week ; for it was reckoned by Men of Experience and Judgment, that they had lost more by the Storm, than they had gained by the Wrecks of 'the Spaniards. A sober old Man (not of our Profession) told me the next Day after the Hurricane was over, that what I spoke in the Meeting was soon come to pass: And he added, I was a true Prophet to them. Many Houses that were not blown down were uncovered. 'My Landlord's House being old, several thoughtjt would be down; but by the good Providence 6f God, 'it._. Was one of them which stood, I was in my^Sfore", which stood also; tho' I expected every Minute when it would have been blown down. It was by the mercy of God we were preserved, and not for any Merit of ours. I intreated the Lord in the midst of this great Wind, that he would please to spare the Lives of the People; for many of them being Sea: faring Men, were very unfit to die; at which Time I thought I was sensible of the Answer of my Prayer, and he was pleased to be intreated for them: For, notwithstanding the Violence of the Storm, and the great Destruction it made, yet not one Man, Woman,
1716. or Child, nor Creature was lost, that I heard of in all vs~V^J the Island, which was, to me very admirable. The Friend of the House came to me after the storm abated, and said, The Lord had heard my Prayers for them. Although they could not by any outward Knowledge, know, that I had prayed for them, yet they had a Sense given them, that I was concern'd for them before the Almighty j which indeed was true. Oh ! 'That we may never forget the merciful Visitations of that High and Lofty One, who inhabits Eternity! . ■
While I was on the island I was invited to, and kindly entertained at the Houses of several of the Gentry, and at the Governor's, who invited me several Times to his House: And once I was with him, and some of his chief Officers at Dinner, with divers of the first Rank, where I was treated very kindly ; and after Dinner the Governor's practice was to drink the King's Health, and he hoped I would drink it along with them. Yes, said the.rest, at the Table, Mr. Chalkley (as they called me) will surely drink the King's Health with us. So they passed the Glass, with the King's Health, till it came to me ; and when it came to me, they all looked stedfastly at me, to fee what I would do (and I looked as stedfastly to the Almighty) and I said to them, I love King George, and wish him as well as any subject he hath; and it is known to Thousands that we pray for him in our Meetings and Assemblies for the Worship of Almighty GOD: But as to drinking Healths, either the King's, or any Man's else, it is against my prose "ed Principle, I looking on it to be a vain, idle Ci Rom. They replied, That they wished the King had '.ore such Subjects as I was ; for I had professed a hearty Refpeif for him: And the Governor and they were all very kind and friendly to me an the Time I was on the Island.
After I had finished my Concerns I embarked in the Sloop Dove, for Philadelphia (she being consigned to
me me in the former and this Voyage.) It being often vy r 6. calm and smallWinds, our Provisions grew very scanty. l^W| We were about twelve persons in the Vessel, small and great, and but one Piece of Beef left in the Barrel; and tor several Days, the Wind being contrary, the People began to murmur, and told dismal Stories about People eating one another for Want of Provisions; and the Wind being still against us, and, for ought we could fee, like to continue, they murmured more and more, and at last, against me in particular (because the Vessel and Cargo was consigned to me, and was under my Care) so that my inward Exercise was great about it; for neither myself, nor any in the Vessel, did imagine that we should be half so long as we were on the Voyage: But since it was so, I seriously considered the Matter; and to stop their Murmuring, ,
I told them they should not need to cast Lots (which was usual in such cases) which of us should die first, for I would freely offer up my Life to do them Good. One said, God bless you, I will not eat any of you. Another said, He would die before be would eat any of me; and so said several. I can truly say, on that Occasion, at that Time, my Life was not dear to me, of and that I was serious and ingenuous in my Proposition: And as I was leaning over the Side of the Vessel, thoughtfully considering my proposal to the Company, and looking in my Mind to him that made me, a very large Dolphin came up towards the Top or Surface of the Water, and looked me in the Face; and I called the People to put a Hook into the Sea, and take him, for here is one come to redeem me (said I to them ;) and they put a Hook into the Sea, and the Fish readily took it, and they caught him. He was •Jonger than myself: I think he was about six Feet long, and the largest that ever I saw. This plainly ftew'd us that we ought not to distrust the Provi-' dence of the Almighty. The People were quieted by hi, Act of Providence, and murmured no more. We