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1716. caught enough to eat plentifully of till we got into the
M Capes of Delaware. Thus I saw it was good to depend upon, the Almighty, and rely upon bis eternal Arm ; which, in a particular Manner, did preserve us safe to our desired Port, blessed be bis great and glorious Name,
through Cbrift for ever ! Philadel. I now ftay'd at, and about Home for fome Time ; bia.
after which I was concerned to visit Friends in several Maryland. Places, and in the adjacent Provinces, as Maryland; New Jersey. New Jersey, &c. and was at many Marriages and Fu
nerals, at which, many Times, we had good Opportunities to open the Way, and also the Necessity to be married to Christ Jesus, the great Bridegroom of the Soul ; and also to exhort the People to consider and prepare for their latter End and final Change ; which many Times was fanctified to divers Souls, and the Lord's Name was glorified, who is worthy thereof.
In the Year 1717 I went into Maryland, to look
after my Affairs in that Province, and as I travelled I Notting had divers Meetings at Nottingham, and at Bush-River, Bush and about which Time at Bus-River, several were conGunpowder vinced. The Meeting I found in a growing Condition Maryland. in that which is good, several Perfons meeting toge.
cher in Silence to worship God, according to Christ's
After my Return I had several Meetings in the
The next was over the River again, about twenty 1917,
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With none; and in twenty-seven Days from our Capes, Barbados, we arrived at Barbadoes, and came to an Anchor in
I had been twice in Barbadoes before, but this was the quickelt Pallage by one Day. Here I was lovingly and tenderly received by my Friends. I took my food friend, Joseph Gamble's House, for my Quar(cry, most of the Time whilft I ftay'd on the Inand and I visited Friends Meeetings leveral Times over,
there being five of Friends Meeting-houses in the 1717.
Our Stay was longer here than we at first expected, by Reason of a great Drought, they having no Rain for more than a Quarter of a Year, which was a great Hindrance to Trade on the Illand. While I was this Time in Barbadoes, our ancient Friend George Gray died. I was at his Funeral, at which there were many People ; and on this Occasion we had a large Meeting at our Meeting-house at Speights-Town, where I had a seasonable Opportunity with the People, opening to them the Neceffity of preparing for, and thinking of their latter End; and pressed them earnestly thereto. They were generally attentive and fober, and some were broken into Tenderness. While we
were burying the Friend, there appeared a dismal - Cloud hanging over the Isand, such an one as I never saw before: It was to my thinking, of the Colour of the Flame of Brimstone, and I expected there would have been a great Storm, or some mighty Guft, and much Rain, they having had very little for many Weeks, or Tone Months; but it went over, and there was no Rain, nor Wind, as I remember. Soon after some People came in from Sea, and they said, that from that Cloud it rained Afhes; and they brought some of the same to the Island, some of which Alhes I have now before me: The Taste of them seems to me to be a little sulphurous, and have some glittering Particles in them, in Colour and Smell I think they differed little from common Ashes. Herein the Almighty and Infinite Being signally shewed his Mercy and Favour to poor Mortals ; for had not his Mercy prevented, he could as easily have raiped down, the Fire as the Ashes, who rained down Fire and Brimstone on the Cities and Inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrab, for their Pride and Idleness, much of which abounds among the Inhabitants of Barbadoes, the Peo
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1717. ple being very luxurious. Oh! may the luxurious In
habitants of that Ife, as also all others, consider their Ways and Doings, and not provoke the great Lord, the Sovereign of Heaven and Earth, as many of them do by their evil Lives, and voluptuous Conversations ; and that they would kiss the Son, though not with a Judas's Kiss, of Profession, or speaking well or fair of him only, but with divine Love manifefted through Obedience, while his Wrath is but a little kindled against them, before it break out into a Flame.
After this Funeral I was sent for to Bridge Town, to the Burial of a Master of a Ship, a young Man, who was very fresh and well a few Days before. There was a great Appearance of People, and I was pretty largely opened in the Meeting, on the Words of the Prophet, where he says, All Flesh is Grass, and all the Goodliness thereof, is as the Flower of the Field. The Grass withereth, the Flower fadétb, because the Spirit of the Lord blowerh upon it : Surely the People is Grass. The Grass withereth, the Flower fadeth ; but the Word of our God shall stand for ever, Ifaiah xl. 6, 7, 8. And I treated of this Word, its Wonderfulness, its Duration, and its Work in Man: As also of the fading Conftitution of mortal Man, though young and strong, as that young Man was a few Days before, whose Corpse was then before us.
I was at divers other Burials on this Iand, which indeed doth prove a Grave to many New-comers, it being a hot Climate, makes those who are not accustomed to it, very thirsty, and by Reason of the extream Heat, it is not easy to quench their Thisít ; so that what is called moderate Drinking, throws many Strangers intoʻa violent Fever, and oftentimes is the Cause of their Death. I'note this as a Caution to any who may transport themselves there (that may fee this) that they may Thun that Danger, which might be avoided by drinking cool Drinks, of which they have many Sores very pleasant, viz." Cane, Sugar.reed, and