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White Sorrel, Pine, Orange, and divers others: And I 1717: advise such, as they love their Health, to refrain from drinking much hot Drinks or Spirits.

I faw several Curiosities in Nature in this Island, which among the great Numbers of the Works of God, do shew forth his Praise and Glory. One to che Leeward Part of the Island, which is called the Spout, sends up a vast Body of Water into the Air, occasioned by a great Cavity in the Rocks under the Water, which may be feen in calm Weather, when the Sea is low; but when the Wind blows (a great Body of Water being pent in a large hollow Place) it forces ic up into the Air, sometimes ten, fifteen, and twenty Yards high, according as the Strength of the Wind is more or less, and makes a Report like a Cannon, or Thunder a great Way off. I believe I have seen it ten or twelve Miles out at Sea. I was also at a Place called Oliver's Cave, which we got to with some Difficulty, in going down the steep and craggy Rocks. There is on the outward Part next the Sea, a very large vaulted Place, in the Form of a Half-cirele, about one hundred Feet high, as near as I could guess. In this Large Vault, behind á Rock, is the Mouth of the Caye, not the Heighth of a Man at the first Entrance ; after one is in a few Yards, one may walk upright comfortably, the Bottom being pretty plain and smooth for about a hundred Yards, and then we come into a large Cave which is form'd archwise, and about ten or fifteen Yards high, as we thought, being much higher in the Middle than the sides, but almost as regular as if it had been done by Art, which we beheld with Admiration, by the Help of Wax Candles, and other Lights, that we made and carried for that Purpose.

When I had done my Business in Barbadoes, having been about thirteen Weeks there, our Veffel being loaded, we failed from thence the íoth of the Second Month 1718, for London.



1718. We had a good Passage, being five Weeks and two

Days from Barbadoes to Great-Britain, in which we saw divers Vessels at Sea, but spoke with none; and after Sight of the Land, we got in two Days to BeachyHead, which is about fifteen Leagues from the Downs or Deal. We failed along the Shoré by Folkstone, where we took in a Pilot, and had a comfortable Paso

fage through the Downs, and up the River of Thames Londox. to London, where I met with my dear and aged Father,

and loving Brother, Sister, and Cousins, and many other of my near and dear Relations and Friends.

In this Voyage I wrote some Things which opened in

my Mind at Sea, upon that excellent Sermon of Christ's upon the Mount, as it is recorded in the holy Scriptures of the New Testament, in the vth, vith, and viith Chapters of the Evangelift Matthew, but have since heard that the same is much better done by an abler Hand; and therefore it may suffice here to give the Advice, which in the Course of my Travels I have often had Occasion to do, that the Professors of Chriftianity should frequently read this Sermon, and be careful to practice the same ; that they may not only be Christians in Name, but in Deed, and in Truth.

After visiting my Relations, and some Meetings of our Friends in and about London, and having finished my Business, being ready to return homeward, divers Friends accompanied us from London to Gravesend; and the Wind not being fair, we went to Roshester, and had a Meeting there ; and then back to Gravesend, and there took a solemn Farewel of our Friends, recommending one another to the Grace of Christ; having this Time made but little Stay in Brilain.

In the Fifth Month 1718, we failed from the Downs in the aforesaid Snow Hope, divers Friends, viz. John Danfon, Isaac Hadwin, Jobn Oxley, Lydia Lancaster, Elizabeth Rawlinson and Rebecca Turner, being in Company with us : After about nine Weeks Passage

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from Land to Land, having had Meetings on First 1718. Days and Fifth Days, on board all the Voyage, we came all safe and well to Philadelphia, through the

phie. Blesling of God, where I stay'd with my Family a few Months, and then took another Voyage for Barbadoes and Britain. I was under some Concern more than ordinary, as to the Support and Well-being, or Accommodation of my family, the Circumstances thereof being a little changed by the Increase of Children, remembring the Words of the Apostle, That those who bad not that Care and Concern, were worse than Infidels ; my Lord Jesus (whose Servant I profess myself to be) also saying, It is better to give than receive ; wherefore an Opportunity offering of the Consignment of a Vefsel and Cargo (the Snow Hope, Warner Holt Master) to Barbadoes, and from thence to London, and so to make Returns Home again for Philadelphia, I embraced it ; cho' with Reluctance, to leave my very loving Wife, Children and Friends, all whom I tenderly loved and respected. I also had in my Eye an Hope, thro' the Blessing of God, to obtain wherewith to accommodate my Friends, who were Stran. gers and Pilgrims in this World for Jesus Sake, as I also had been myself; and that they might find a Place or Home, and Refreshment under my Roof; not to Excess, but to Comfort and Edification ; which in Sincérity, is all the Grandeur I cover or defire in this World : So after due Consideration, on the second Day of the Eleventh Month 1718, we ser Sail from Philadelphia, many Friends taking their Leaves and Farewel of us for that Voyage. Thus with Hearts full of Love and Good-will, we parted with our Friends, and went down the River about five Miles, where we run aground, but got off next Tide, '-and next Day came to an Anchor at Chester. On the 4th Day of the Month we fet Sail, and got .to Newcastle about the eleventh Hour ; it being Meeting, Day, we went to Meeting, where our great Lord

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1718. was pleased in some good Measure to own us with his w living Presence, and comfort us with his Loves bles

sed be his holy Name ! In the Morning we failed to Reedy-Ifand, where we stay'd for the Tide, and in the Night our Cable parted, which we knew not ot till the Morning, and then we had gone from the place where we anchored, about a League : But tho' the Veffel drove about the River, yet she did not go on Ground. We dropp'd our other Anchor, and sent the Boat to seek for that which was parted from us, but could not find it until the next Tide, and then could not get it up, and were unwilling to go to Sea without it ; which occasioned us to stay several Tides before we could gec it: At last with much Difficulty we weigh'd it, our Men's Clothes being much frozen ; for it was very cold, and froze extreamly hard. After this we went down to Bombay-Hopk, where was also another Veffel going out to Sea. Next Day the Wind was against us, and it snowed much, and froze hard ; and that Night the River and Bay was filled with Ice as far as we could fee, and it drove very hard against our Veffel, so that we wished for Day; for we thought sometimes it would have torn our Bows in Pieces; but our Anchor and Cable held us, we thought, to a Miracle (for which we were thankful to the great Keeper of all those who put their Trust in him.). When the Tide turned for us we got up the Anchor, and so let her drive with the Ice down the Bay : The other Vessel did the fame. It was now dangerous moving, go which Way we would. The Vessel in Company with us attempted to go back again, but seeing that we did not, as we tuppos’d, came to Anchor again, and we both went down the Bay together, and the Wind springing up fair, we got clear of the Ice in a few Hours Time ; but by this Hindrance we could not get to Sea that Day, but were obliged to come to Anchor near the Middle of the great Bay of Delaware, and the Night being fair and calm, we rode it out


safely, which if it had been windy Weather, would 1719. have been dangerous. Early in the Morning (of the 9th Day of the Month) we got to Sea, and soon left At Sean Sight of the Land. Next Day the Wind was high, and che Weather proved stormy for several Days, infomuch that our Main-deck was under Water most of the Time, so that we were forced to go before it for feveral Days together. We also shut up our Cabbin Windows, and were toffed exceedingly, and I was very Sea-sick; and we began in this Storm to fear falling on the Rocks of Bermudas, which we were near, as we imagined, and the Wind set right on the Iand. But when we had passed the Latitude of Bermudas, we met with fair Weather and Winds (all the remaining Part of our Passage being pleasant and comfortable) by which I was led to consider the Viciffitude which Mortals may expect while on this unstable terraqueous Globé, which is full of Changes ; and I strongly desired to be rightly prepared for that World which is eternal, and its Joy and Filicity

permanent ; at which blessed Port, I hope in God's Time, thro' his Grace, safely to arrive. Thus thro'Storms, Tempefts, Ice, and Snow, we left those frozen Climes, and crossed the Tropick of Cancer (between which, and that of Capricorn, there is neither Frost nor Snow at Sea, at any Time of the Year) and the Wind always within a small Matter one Way; viz. Easterly (except in Hurricanes and violent Storms, which somecimes they have in those Parts of the World.) We arrived at Bridge-Town, in Barbadoes, in one-and-twenty Days, Barbadocs. which was the quickest Passage that ever I had, this being the fourth Time of my coming hither, where I was always kindly received by my Friends.

About this Time War was declared against Spain by the King of Great-Britain, by Proclamation, in Bridge-town, which put such a Damp on Trade, that there was little Business, and the Markets low and dull, which made my Stay longer than I would have

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