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· fore à mighty Monarch ; and Mordecai, who could 1927. • not bow to great Harnan : And, 2dly, I believe • those Practices derived from vain, proud Man. • And as io Language, I desire my Children may not • be permitted to use the plural Language to a single • Person ; but I pray thee to learn them to say Thee,
and Tbou, and Tby, and to speak it properly (divers • using it improperly) and the rather I desire it, be. caule 'ris all along used in the divine inspired ho, • Jy Writings. I suppose thou are not a Stranger of its • Rise being from the Grandeur and A poftacy of the
Romijh Church ; and, also, that you to a single Perlon, is not consonant to the Book of God, nor che true Rules of Grammar. I know it is generally • objected, That the End of Speecb is to be under. • stood. But it is understood better in and according
to the Language of God, Christ, and the boly Gboft,
in che Bible, and the Language of Kings, and all « People, as we read it in the holy Scriptures, why ! then should we be ashamed of it, or fhun it, and • bring in and uphold a Custom contrary to it ? The • same Care I would have thee cake,' about the Names • of the Days and Monibs, which are derived from the · Names of the Gods of the Heatben, and are not « found in the Bible. I suppose I have the Mind of all
those of our Society in the above, it being consonant ¢ to our Principle and Profession, and I write in a • Motion of divine Love to all.
As to the School-learning of my Children, I leave to thy Management, noc questioning thy Ability • therein ; and if they want Correction, spare nor the • Rod..
• I hope thou wilt observe this Direction in Teach. ring my Children, in which thou wilt oblige thy al• sured Friend,
Love to allo my Children. Ability
1727. The latter End of the Fifth, and the Beginning of
the Sixth Months, the Weather was exceeding hot, so that divers People died suddenly of the Heat (as it was supposed.)
The Beginning of the Sixth Month I was at the Youths-meeting at Abington, which was large, and open to many ; and I not having been there since I came from Sea, divers expressed their Gladness to see me ; and we were that Day favoured with some Showers, both celestial and elementary, to our Comfort.
- In the saine Month I was also at the Youths-meetPhiladel.
ing in Philadelphia : It had been a fickly Time, but bia,
many had recovered. That Passage opened on my Mind, to speak of in the Meeting, concerning the Lepers, which Christ cleansed and healed, being cen in Number, and that but one came to return Thanks to God, for being healed, and restored to Health, Luke xvii. 12. Friends were exhorted to prize their Health, and to shew their Thankfulness to God, the Giver of it, by fearing and serving him, and taking Heed to Christ, the Word in their Hearts. The Meeting was in a good, solid Frame, and we praised the Lord 10gecher, and gave him Thanks for his merciful Visitation.
About this Time I heard of the Death of our King (GEORGE the First) a Prince whom I loved and honoured ; which News was very sorrowful to me on divers Accounts : His Love and Kindness to our Society, was well worthy our grateful Remembrance.
On a Third-day, being our Week-day-meeting at Frankfort, Elizabeth Whartnaby and Mary Smith were there: It was a comfortable Opportunity. They were two Nights at my House. Elizabetb was preparing to leave this Land for Barbadoes, and Europe, intending a religious Visit to Friends.
The 20th of the Sixth Month, going into my Clofet, I there met with a Paper of my Son-in-Law Isaac
Brown's, Brown's, and finding the Contents were religious, as I 172 had done of several of his late Writings, I found it on T my Mind to write to him after this Manner:
Dear Son Isaac, · R Y several Writings of thine (of late) I perceive A Letter
D that a good Thing is at Work in thy Mind, che to Isaac (which I pray the All-wile and Infinite Being to pro. Brown. • mote in thy Heart, to thy eternal Salvation, and • his Glory. I now begin to be in some Hopes that
my Prayers and Tears for thee, in the Lord's Time, • may be answered: And I do believe, if thou keeps • low in thy Mind, that God will more and more visit
thee. The Advice of David to his Son Solomon, when he also gave him the Kingdom, comes before my Mind to give thee.My Son, know thou tbe God
of thy Fatber, and serve him with a perfeet Heart, and o with a willing Mind; for the Lord Jearcbetb all « Hearis, and understandeib all ibe Imaginations of the « Thoughts; if lhou seek bim, be will be found of thee;
but if thou for fake bim, be will cast thee off for ever, Ci Chron. xxviii. 9. Dear Ifaac, this was Counsel
from one of the greatest and best of Kings, to a wise r young Prince, who petitioned the Almighty for din • vine Wisdom, before Riches, or Honour, or long · Life ; which Petition so pleased God, that he an. • swered his Request, and, over and above, blessed • him in an extraordinary Manner.
"I perceive thou art inclined to read pretty much; « I pray thee, that thy chict Study in Books may be
the holy Scriptures. Let all other Books (thor of < Ure, and good, in their Places) be subservient lo • them ; for their Authority, of all other Writings • (to the true Believers in Christ) are most divine ; " they having a supernatural Spring and divine Evi. «dence in them to the vircuous and pious Readers. « Thou, my Son, wilt much comfort the Heart of chy • cender Mother, and of me thy loving and careful
37. « Father, if thou follows and perseveres in the Ways W e of Virtue and Truth ; which, that thou mayeft,
• is the Prayer of thy affectionate Father-in-Law."
The latter End of the Sixth Month, I went to the General-meeting of Ministers and Elders for the East
Part of New Jersey, and to the Quarterly and Youthsrlington, met ting at Burlington, and to a General-meeting at Stony Stony-Brook, and to the Quarterly-meeting of the Coun. Brook. Bucks ty of Bucks
m o on Oxley, of Barbadoes, and ofbua County. Fielding, of London, were ac divers of chose Meetings,
wherein we had open, feasonable Opportunities ; and I had a large, affecting Account from Folhua, of his long and difficult Travels in the Service of Truth to che West India Ines, and chence to South Carolina, from whence he came thro' the Wilderness by Land, th:0' Norib-Carolina, Virginia, &c. to this Province.
The 16th of the Seventh Monch began our YearlyMeeling a meeting at Philadelphia, which was attended with the
gracious Presence of God, to the Comfort and great pbia.
Sacisfaction of many Souls. In this Meeting divers young Men and young Women appeared, who were jately come forth in the Ministry, and, as I believe, had received a Measure of the Gift of Christ's Gospel; which was Cause of Rejoicing to the Faithful among us, and excited our Thanksgiving and Praises to the Almighty Lord of Heaven and Earth.
At this Meeting we had the Company of four Mi. nisters from Great Britain, and one from Barbadoes, and many from divers other Parts, it being a very large Gathering of some Thousands of People (as was believed) in which many were strengthened in their Faich in Chrift, and comforted thro' che Power of the boly Ghost, that blessed Comforter, which Christ promised to his Church, who should be with them for ever, and guide them into all Trusb.:.
Next First-ray after the Yearly-meeting, I, with 1727. several of my Neighbours, went over Delaware to a w Meeting up Penfawken Creek ; in which the wonder. Peafowkow: ful Love of God was declared, in sending his Son upon Earth, who, as he was Man, died for Man, and is now by his Spirit present with all those that truly be. lieve in him ; he bcing the Messenger of the Cove. nant of God to Mankind. And on Second-day, being the 25th of the Seventh Month, I had the for. rowtul Tydings of the Death of my beloved Friend James Lord; who, on his Death-bed desired chac I might be sent tor to his Burial. In che consideration of that Christian Love that was between us, I think I may cruly note, That we were always.glad to meet each other; therefore the Thoughts of this so sudden Change, and final Pariing, brought, for the present, a Sadnels and Heaviness over my Mind; conlidering his Stacion in that Neighbourhood, and Service in chac Congregation to which he did belong; for therein he was well-beloved, and very serviceable.
And Oh! The Loss that his dear Wife and tender Children will have of him, really affects me with Sorrow in penning these Notes ; bur che Sorrow, in there Things, iş all on our Side ; for he, without doubt, is ac Rest with his great Master in Heaven. We had a Jarger Meeting at his Funeral, than ever was known to be there before (as an ancient Friend told me) which was folemn and serviceable to many.
Some Time after, having been at divers Meetings about home, John Oxley and I, in Company, visited Friends on Long-Jand. Ac Flufbing we were at the longe Burial of Jonathan Dickenson : Many people, of divers Iando Perswalions, were at the Meeting on that Occasion, and were very sober and accentive. I was at the Yearly-meeting for the South-side of the Iand, at a Place called Seccalaug, wnich Meeting was large, many friends and others coming to it over the Plains. I was afterwards at the Yearly-de-cing as Shressoury, Shrews.