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get to land again, and travel about to find some house, where we might buy some provisions, for our store was spent. That night also we lay in the woods; and so extreme cold was the weather, the wind blowing high, and the frost and snow being great, that it was hard for some to abide it. On the third of the eleventh month, the wind setting pretty fair, we fetched it up by sailing and rowing, and got that night to Milford Haven, where we lay at Richard Long's near Quince's Island: next day we passed by Raphahannock River, where dwell much people, and friends had a meeting there aways at a justice's house, that had formerly been at a meeting where I was. passed over Potomack River also, the winds being high, the water very rough, our sloop open, and the weather extreme cold, and having a meeting there-aways also, some people of the world that came to it were convinced and when we parted thence, some of our company went amongst them. We steered our course for Pottuxon River, and I sate at the helm most part of the day, and some of the night. About the first hour in the morning we reached James Preston's house in Pottuxon River, which is accounted about two hundred miles from Nancemum in Virginia. We were very weary, yet the next day (being the first of the week, and fifth of the month) we went to the meeting not far from thence; and the same week we went to an Indian king's cabin, where several of the Indians were, with whom we had a pretty opportunity to discourse, and they carried themselves very lovingly. We went also that week to a general-meeting, from which we went about eighteen miles further to John Gearies, where we had a very precious meeting, praised be the Lord God for ever! But after this the cold grew so exceeding sharp, such extreme frost and snowy weather, beyond what was usual in that country, so that we could hardly endure to be in it. Neither was it easy or safe to stir abroad; yet we got (with some difficulty) six miles through the snow to John Mayor's, where we met with some friends that were come from New England, whom we had left there when we came away; and glad we were to see each other, after so long and tedious travels. By these friends we understood, that William Edmundson having been at Rhode Island and New England, was gone from thence for Ireland ; that Solomon Eccles coming from Jamaica and landing at Boston in New England, was taken at a meeting there and banished to Barbadoes; that John Stubbs and another friend were gone into New Jersey, and several other friends to Barbadoes, Jamaica,
and the Leeward Islands. It was matter of joy to us to understand that the work of the Lord went on and progpered, and that friends were unwearied and diligent in the service.
On the twenty-seventh of the eleventh month, we had a very precious meeting in a tobacco-house; and on the next day we returned to James Preston's, about eighteen miles distant. But when we came there, we found his house was burnt down to the ground the night before, through the carelessness of a maid servant; so we lay three nights on the ground by the fire, the weather being very cold. We made an observation which was somewhat strange, but certainly true, that one day in the midst of this cold weather, the wind turning into the south, it grew so hot that we could hardly bear the heat, and the next day and night, the wind chopping back into the north, we could hardly endure the cold.
On the second of the twelfth month, we had a glorious meeting at Pottuxon; and after it went to John Gearie's again, where we waited for a boat to carry us to the monthly-meeting at the Clifts, to which we went, and a living meeting it was, praised be the Lord; this was on the sixth of the twelfth month : and another meeting we had on the ninth, wherein the glory of the Lord shined over all; blessed and magnified be his holy name for ever.
From hence we intended to go to Ånamessy, and on the twelfth day of the twelfth month we set forward in our boat; and travelling by night as well as by day, in the night we run our boat on ground in a creek 'near Manaco River. There we were fain to stay till morning, that the tide came and lifted her off again; and in the mean time sitting in an open boat, and the weather being bitter cold, some had like to have lost the use of their bands, they were so frozen and benumbed with cold. But in the morning, when the tide had set our boat afloat again, we got to land and made us a good fire, at which we warmed ourselves well, and then went to our boat again, and passed on about ten miles further to a friend's house; where next day we had a very precious meeting, at which some of the chief of the place were. I went after the meeting to a friend's house, about four miles off, at the head of Anamessy River, where on the day following, the judge of the country and a justice with him came to me, and were very loving, and much satisfied with friends' order. The next day we had a large meeting at the justice's house, but it was in his barn, for his house could not hold the company.
There were several of the great folks of that country, and among the rest there was an opposer ; but all was preserved quiet and well, and a precious meeting it was, and the people were much taken and affected with the truth; blessed be the Lord. We went next day to see one captain Colburn, who was also a justice of the peace, and there we had sone service ; then returning again, we had a very glorious meeting at the same justice's where we met ben. fore; and there were many people of account in the world, magistrates, officers, and others at it. It was a large meeting, and the power of the Lord was much felt, so that the people were generally well satisfied, and taken with the truth; and there being several, both merchants and masters of ships from New England, the truth was spread abroad; blessed be the Lord !
A day or two after departing from this place, we travelled about sixteen miles through the woods and bogs, heading Anamessy River and Amoroca River, part of which last we went over in a canoe, and came to Manaoke, to a friendly woman's house ; where on the twenty-fourth of the twelfth month, we had a large meeting in a barn, and the Lord's. living presence was with us and among the people ; blessed be his holy name for evermore! Fi ds had never had a meeting in those parts before. After this meeting we passed over the River Wicocomaco, and through many bad and watery swamps and marshy ways, and came to James Jones, a friend, who was a justice of the peace; where we had a large and very glorious meeting, praised be the Lord God. Then passing over the water in a boat, we took horse and travelled about twenty-four miles through woods and troublesome swamps, and came to another justice's house, where we had a very large meeting, much people of the world being at it, and many of con-. siderable account amongst them; and the living presence. of the Lord was amongst us, praised for ever be his holy name! This was on the third day of the first month, 1674; and on the fifth day of the same we had another living and heavenly meeting, at which divers of the justices with their wives, and many others of the world's people were, anjongst whom we had very good service for the Lord, blessed be his holy name! At this meeting was a woman that lived at Anainessy, who had been many years in trouble of mind, and sometimes would sit moping near two months together, and hardly speak or mind any thing. When I heard of her, I was moved of the Lord to go to her, and tell her, that salvation was come to her house. And after I had
spoken the word of life to her, and intreated the Lord for her, she mended, and went up and down with us to meetings, and is since well; blessed be the Lord !
Being now clear of these parts, we left Anamessy on the seventh day of the first month, and passing by water about fifty miles, came to a friendly woman's house at Hunger River. We had very rough weather in our passage to this place, and were in great danger, for the boat had like to have been turned oyer, and I lost both my hat and cap; yet we recovered them again with much ado, and through ihe good providence of God got safe thither, praised be his name! At this place we had a meeting, where we had never any before, and amongst the people that were at it, there were two papists, a man and a woman; the man was very tender, and the woman confessed to the truth. This meeting was not so large as it would have been, if many, who intended to have been at it, could have got to it; but the weather was so foul, and the water by reason of high winds so rough, that it was not safe to pass upon it. I had no friend now with me but Robert Widders, the rest hav. ing dispersed themselves into several parts of the country in the service of truth.
So soon as the wind would permit, we passed from hence - about forty miles by water, rowing most part of the way, and came to the head of little Choptanck River, to Dr. Winsmore's, who was a justice of peace, and lately convinced. Here we met with some friends, with whom we staid awhile; and then went on by land and water, and bad a large meeting abroad, for the house we were at could not receive the people: there were divers of the magistrates and their wives at this meeting, and a good meeting it was; blessed be the Lord, who is making bis name known in that wilderness country. We went back from thence to a friend's house, whose name is William Stephens, where we met with those other friends, that had been travelling in other parts; and were much refreshed in the Lord together, when we imparted to each other the good success we had had in the Lord's work, and the prosperity and spreading of truth in the places there we traseiled. John Cartwright and another friend bad been at Virginia, where were great desires in people after truth; and being now returned, they staid but a little with us here, and then set forward for Barbadoes. But before we left this place, we had a very glorious meeting bere, at which were very many of the world's people, and see the chief of them: for there was the judge of that country, and three justices of the peace, and the high-sheril, with their siso, ant
several others; and of Indians there was he who was called their emperor, and one of the Indian kings and their speaker, who all sat very attentive, and carried themselves very lovingly; and an establishing settling meeting it was. This was on the twenty-third of the first month.
And on the twenty-fourth we went by water ten miles to the Indian town, where this same emperor dwelt, whom I had acquainted before with my coming, and desired him to get their king and councils together. In the morning the emperor came himself and had me to the town; and they were generally come together, and had their speaker and other officers with them, and the old empress sate among them; and to give them their due, they sat very grave and sober, and were all very attentive, beyond many that are called Christians. I had some with me that could interpret to them, and we had a very good meeting with them, and of very good service it was ; for it gave them a good esteem of truth and friends; blessed be the Lord !
After this we had many meetings in several parts of that country, one at William Stephen's, which was a general meeting once a month; another at Tredhaven Creek; another at Wye; another at Reconow Creek; and another at Thomas Taylor's in the Island oi Kent. Most of these meetings were large, there being many of the world's people at them, and divers of them of the most considerable in the world's account; and the Lord's power and living presence were with us, and plenteously manifested amongst the people; by which their hearts were tendered, and opened to receive the truth, which had a good savour amongst them; blessed be the Lord God over all for ever. Then being clear of that side, we passed over the bay about fourteen miles to a friend's house, where we met with several friends, and I sent for Thomas Thurston thither and had a meeting with him, to bring the truth over his bad actions.
Now having travelled through most parts of that country, and visited most of the plantations thereabouts, and had very good service for the Lord in America, having alarmed the people of all sorts where we came, and proclaimed the day of God's salvation amongst them, we found our spirits began to be clear of those parts of the world, and draw towards Old England again. Yet we were desirous, and felt freedom from the Lord, to stay till the general-meeting for that province of Maryland was over (which drew nigb) that we might see friends generally together before we departed. Wherefore spending our time in the interim, partly in visiting friends and friendly people, and in having meet