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179. choses but my Friends, among whom I had many
Opportunities, seem'd rather pleas'd than otherwise'; telling me, Tbat they did not care if I was to stay there always, if it were my Place: And when I left Barbadoes, Friends gave me better Credentials than I thought I deserved A Friend of mine giving me Intelligence that the Market was better at Antigua than at Barbadoes, I dispatch'd my Affairs, and took Part of our Cargoe there, and was kindly received by our Friends. We were about three Days in our Pai
sage, and had fine Weather therein. Ac Antigua I Antigua
had divers Meetings, my. Business at no Time hindered me in my more weighty Service; for I always, through divine Help, made that give Way to my religious Duty, in which I ever found Peace and inward Satisfaction. In about five Weeks I finifhed my Business in this Island, having no small Satisfaction in coming to it ; and our Veffel being now loaden, we took our folemn Leave, and with the good Wishes of many, departed for England.
Our Friends there signified to their Brethren, that they were glad of my Company, and that I was serviceable to them, tho' I came upon Business. My Hand, when need required, was to my Business, but my Heart was, and I hope is, and ever shall be, freely given up to serve the Lord, in that ; Work whereunto I believe he has called me. We have Liberty from God, and his dear Son, lawfully, and for Accommodation's Sake, to Work or seek for Food or Raiment ; tho' that ought to be a Work of Indifferency, compard to the great Work of Salvation. Our Saviour faith, Labour not for the Meat which perisheth, but for that which endurelb for ever, or to eternal Life: By which we do not understand, that Christians must neglect their necessary Occasions and their outward Trades and Callings; but that their chief Labour, and greatest Concern ought to be for their future Well-being in his glorious Kingdom ;
else why did our Lord say to his Disciples, Children, 1719. bave you any Meat? They answered, No; and he bid them cast their Nets into the Sea, and they drew to Land a Net full of great Fishes ; and Fifhing being their Trade, no doubt but they fold them, for it was not likely they could eat 'em all themselves. Also the Apostle of Christ says, He that dotb not take care of bis Family, is worse than an Infidel: And the Apostle Paul (the great Apostle of the Gentiles) wrought with his Hands, even while he was in his Travels, and in the Work of the Gospel ; and others tasted of the Bepefit of his Labour naturally, as well as spiritually, It is also written, That be that will not work, shall not eat. By this, and much more, which might be noted, it appears that we not only have liberty to labour in Moderation, but we are given to understand, that it is our Duty so to do. The Farmer, the Tradelman, and the Merchant, do not understand by our Lord's Doctrine, that they must neglect their Calling, or grow idle in their Business, but must certainly work, and be industrious in their Callings. We all ought to understand, that our Hearts and Minds ought to be out of the World, or above the Nature and Spirit of it. 'Tis good and profitable for both Soul and Body, rightly to distinguish between earthly and heavenly Things, and to be careful how they mix the one with the other; for it is an eternal Truth, that God and Mammon cannot dwell together, or join together in the Heart. If our Love is more to God than the Creature, or to Heaven than Earth, then will he dwell in us and with us : But if our Love is more to the Creature than to Chrift, or to Earth than Heaven, then will he not dwell with us, but will leave us to ourselves; for the Lord Omnipotent will not admit of any Rival.
On the rich of che Fourth Month 1719, we lefe Antigua, stood close to the Wind till we again crossed the Tropick, and got into those Latitudes where the
1719. Winds are variable. Sailing in the great Deeps we
saw the Wonders of the Lord, particularly in divers Kinds of Fish, they living upon one another in the Sea, the great Fishes on the small Ones; and Mankind too much resembles them in that Respect.. About the Latitude of 33 North, our Master, Warner Holt, seeing a Scool of Porpoises about the Ship, tho' he was not very well, and had not been for most of the Voyage, he took his Harpin-Iron, and struck one of them, and we took him into the Vessel, out of which we got eleven Quart Bottles of Oyl; and we most of us eat heartily of this Fish, which agreed with our People very well. They fry'd his Liver for our Mess, of which I eat a large Meal, which was well-tafted, and eat more like fresh Beef than Fish. I make this Memorandum of it, that if any should take them when their Provisions are scarce, they may eat freely without Danger, according to our Experience. When we had been at Sea about three Weeks, being near the Latitude of 40 North, and about the Longitude of 42, tho' it was in the midst of Summer, we saw an inand of Ice, at which we all marvelled, and judged that there had been a levere cold Winter in those Latitudes on the Land of America. When we saw this Iand of Ice we judged ourselves not far from the Banks of Newfoundland. Hitherto we had easy Gales of Wind, and many Calms, which made our Passage seem long to us. We saw two Sail of Ships about those Latitudes, but spoke with neither, being willing to shun them as it was War-time.
We had in this Voyage Weekly Meetings for worshipping the Almighty, in which the great Lord both of Sea and Land, was pleased greatly to manifeft his Name and Truth amongst us, for which my Soul of. ten secretly and openly
blessed and praised his divine and glorious Name and Truth ; for he bore up my drooping Spirit, so that I could truly say with the Royal Pfalmift (not because he spoke it only, but also
being an experimental Witness thereof) The Floods have 1719. lifted up, O Lord, the Floods have lifted up their Voice : Tbe Floods lift up their Waves. The Lord on High is mightier than the Noice of many Waters, yea, than the mighty Waves of the Sea, Psalm xciii. 3, 4. This the King wrote of his own Experience in a spiritual Sense ; but I may say without boasting, I have witnessed the Rage and Noise of mighty Waves and Waters, both natural and spiritual ; the one, as tho' it would swallow up my Reputation among Men, and the other, as tho it would swallow up my Person, in this my watery Peregrination: But blessed be the Name of bim that is holy and eternal, who indeed is stronger than the Noise of many Waters, or than the mighty Waves of the Sea, either inwardly or outwardly, I will through his Strength, magnify bis Name, because be is worthy: And may I do it for ever!
About the jith Day of the Fifth Month, we saw great Flocks of Birds, which we judged came from che Azores, or Western Ipands, near which we reckoned ourselves to be. The 21st Day we saw, and came up with a French Ship, which had been fishing on the Banks of Newfoundland, and was bound for Havre de Grace, in France, the Master of which came on board us, and our Captain went on board them. We exchanged fome Rums and Sugars (of our SeaStores) for their French Wine and Cyder, and some of our Provisions for some of their Fish. The Captain was a Protestant, and very courteous to us : The Regent of France at this Time being kind to the ProteAants, so that they increas'd much in that Kingdom. The Frenchman seeming desirous to know what Relia gion I was of, I told him, by an Interpreter, that I was one called a Quaker, or Trembler, and that our Principle was to do Good to all Men, and not to hurt any Man, according to Christ's Doctrine, Not to render Evil for Evil, but 10 overcome Evil with Good. When they went away and took Leave of us, they
1719. desired me to pray for them, the which I remembred
with Tenderness of Spirit, and having but little Wind, we kept Company for several Days; but the Wind springing fair, we wished them well, and went on our Way, our Vefsel outsailing most we met with; and a few Days after we met with a New-England Ship, who came out six Days before us from Antigua. We were then in the Latitude of about 50 North, and 29 Degrees of Longitude from the Lands-End of Great-Britain. The 30th Day of the Fifth Month, we founded, and found Ground at 28 Fathom, and on the ift of the Sixth Month, we saw the LandsEnd of England, all our Company being in Health, and well; for which my Heart was truly thankful, to that great and infinite Being, whose Providence is over us poor Mortals in all Parts of the World, and who reigns over Sea and Land, and is worthy of Adoration, Worship, Service, and living Praise for
ever! English In a few Days we came into the English Channel,
and going up the Channel there came one of the King's Yatchs, and they pressed most of our Men; the best Hands we had they took from us, and carried them on board a Man of War, after which we came to Anchor at Folkstone, where I left the Vessel, and got a Horse to Dover, and from Dover took Coach to London. In the Coach were divers Persons who began to talk about the Quakers, and spoke against their plain Way of Living and Cloathing, and laid, That they did not understand their unfashionble Way of Conversation ; neither was it the Way to gain Proselytes. Upon which I asked them, Whether ibey understood Paul, ibe great Apostle of the Gentiles? who said, Be ye not conformable to the World (i. e. the Fashions of it) for this greatReason, The World, and the Fashions thereof, pafsech away; which is a great Truth, and it is plainly seen how fickle and changeable the World is in its vain Fashions and Customs, which, to follow, in all its foolish