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728. As I now found it continue my Business to go to Sea
U for a Livelihood, I undertook the Charge of the
Ship New Bristol Hope, as Master, tho'ic was a Way of Living to which I did not incline; I took Care in our Vessel that there should be no Swearing in my Hearing, nor Drunkenness to my Knowledge, without Reproof, and if I could not be inftrumental that Way to break them from Swearing and drinking to Excess, my Manner was, to put them away, so that we gene. rally had a pretty quiet Ship. We left Philadelphia the 13th of the Twelfth Monch, but Scorms and contrary Winds detained us in the River and Bay, so
that we did not get out to Sea till the 21st of the said Ai Sea Month, when the Pilot left us, by whom I wrote to
my Wife and Family; and now I thought I felt the Benefit of the good Wishes of my beloved and dear Friends I left behind, which did me a great deal of Good, as it often hath done on the like Occasion; for faithful Friends, and good Christians, are as Epistles written in one anothers Hearts. In our Passage we took several Dolphins, which were very welcome to us, we having a long Passage, and our fresh Provisions
near spent. The 19th of the First Month we saw the Barbadocs. Idand of Barbadoes, having had several Meetings on
board the Ship in this Voyage, the good Effects I could see but little of, only for that Day they would be a little more rober, and some of them addicted to
Swearing, did not swear so often as they did before. Speight's The Day following we safely arrived at Speighi's-Town, Town. where we had the next Day a very comfortable Meet.
ing for the divine Worship of God. The Fifth Day Bridge. following I was at Bridge-town, at their Week-day
meeting; and next First-day (being the 30th of the Month) I was at a Meeting at Pumpkin-bill, where I was enlarged in the Doctrine of Faith.
After this I went to the Bridge with a Friend from New-England; we had two good Meetings, it being the General-meeting for the Friends of the Inand, and 2
afterwards I with several Friends went again to Speights 1720. Town, and on the path of the Second Month, I was at ur the Thicket's-meeting, at which was Counsellor Weeks, Thicker's. Colonel Charnock, and Justice Sims ; I dined with them meeting. at Judge Week's, and they discoursed of what was said in the Meeting about Dancing, I quoting Lutber's Words, · That as many Paces as the Person takes in • the Dance, so many Paces or Steps they take to• wards Hell:' And I told them, that I had heard several had used that vain Exercise in our Meeting. house, which was appointed for the Worship of God. and I said, I hoped for the future it would be so no more; two of those Persons who danced in our Meeting-house, were then in the Meeting, tho' I did not know it. This Testimony so wrought on the Colonel, that he said, he could scarcely feel bis Legs since I spoke it; and the Justice faid, if these Words be true, be bad taken many Steps towards Hell, and the Counsellor and Judge said, it was borne Do&trine to fome ibat were ibere: Divers of them seemed to be touched with the Testimony of Truth, though not so solidly as I desired. Soon after I went with Joshua Byrch to visit the Governor of the Inand, Colonel Worley, who Created us with much Freedom and Civility ;' he desired me to sit down by him, and then called for a Decanter of Wine, of which he kindly offered me a Glass, but I told him I chiefly drank Water ; he said Water is certainly the best Drink in the World, and told me I was a Credit to my Drink, as I looked as well or better than most who drank Wine,
In the Second Month I was at a Meeting on a Firstday at Bridge-lown, which was somewhat larger than & usual ; it was a good open Time in the Morning, but Town more so in the Afternoon. At this Meeting there was a Merchant of the Town, who sent to know it our Friends (he not being of our Profession) would make a Contribution for me, in consideration of my Losses. He said he would contribute as much as any, althoo he
1920. had heard me only that one Time ; but he was in
formed that we received no Money nor Pay for our Preaching; yer his Good-will I acknowledged.
The 4th of the Third Month I was at a Meeting at Sprice: the Spring, where I met with Joseph Gamble, and
Fobn Oxley and his Wife, and several others, not'. belonging to this particular Meeting, and we were edified together in the Love and Life of Christ. I was concerned to speak of the divers Visitations and Speakings of God to the People since the World began ; quoting the Words of holy Writ, That, God who Spake to the Fathers by the Prophets, speaks now in those Last Days by his Son, whom he haib appointed Heir of all Things : And that this Dispensation is the last and brightest Dispensation of all, and is the greatest and most glorious Manifestacion of God's Love to Mankind; and that besides this vocal Speaking of Chrift, when in the Body, on Earth, he now speaks spiritually ; which spiritual Speaking of Christ, in and to the true Church, and true Believers, will out-lait Time, and endure to all Eternity; the great Lord of all, for his unspeakable Benefit therein, was praised and glorified, as being alone worthy.
I had divers ocher Meetings on the Island, which I pass by, not being willing to be prolix. After a Stay of about nine Weeks we proposed failing. Judge Gray, a very noted Man, and much esteemed among the People, took Passage with us; also Yoshua Byrch, of Bridge-Town, for his Health, and William Callender,
and several others, as Merchants. Though I came on Spsiehi's Account of Trade, our Friends gave me a Certificate Town, that I had good Service among Them, and in my out*** 'ward Affairs had gained Efteem among the People, as
well as in my Service in preaching Chrift; all which I acknowledge to be the Effects of divine Grace: Divers Friends and Acquaintance came to the Sea-shore 20 Speight's Town, and in a great deal of tender Christian Love, and good Desires, we took leave, and
committed one another to the Protection of the Al 1729. mighty. We had a comfortable Passage, and arrived in at Philadelpbia, where I was lovingly received by my Philaded Wife and Friends.. , .. ; Hiirr! ;:..phia.
In chis Voyage a great and weighty Concern came on my Mind, on Account of the young and rising Generacion, desiring they might be happy. inchis World, and in that which is to come. And first, as to this World, I have taken. Notice, that divers of • the Youth are too apt to waste their outward Sub
ftance, which often is given to them (for when they • get it chemselves, they are for the most part more • laving of it) and this wasting and spending, chole • Sparks call GenerajityLiberality, Good nature, Gen.
lility, fine Breeding, and abundance of delier. fine - Names, not conlidering the Labour and Industry, • Frugality, Care and Watchings, of their Parents • or Ancestors, to get what they have.', ,May Parents note this weil, and not be anxiously concerned to get much Wealth, which .may be a Means to ruin their Posterity! And truly most of these spending, drinking, Conipany-keeping, gaming,chacing, tippling Youngsters, take a great deal more Care, how they may get Money from others, that they may spend it, than how to earn it, or faithfully labour for it chemfelves; they will beg or borrow, and run in Debi, but cake litile or no folid Thoughts to pay; by which Means divers of those topping, beggarly Beaus, and Spenders, have brought both themselves and Relations, Parents and Friends, to Shame and Disgrace, and fometimes to Poverty, where their Relations and Pa. rents have been too liberal. Let all indulgent Parents note this also.
And if any concerned Person should advise those inconsiderate Youths of their Evils, 'tis much if they gain not their lasting Ill-will, and the Epithets of Nig. gards and Coverous, ill-natured, censorious, four, morose, &c. However I Thall venture to stand the
1729. Shock of their Difpleasure, and in as moving Terms
as I can, consistent with the Matter on my Mind, en-
I pray our spending Youths to consider, how many
Wherefore I would advise them to regard what the wise King Solomon said, Go to the Ant thou Sluggard, consider ber Ways, and be wise; he gaiberetb ber Food in the Summer (i. e. she prepares against the Winter) Though this may be despicable in the Eyes of our fine Gentlemen, and learned 1pending Wits, yet there ap. pears more Wisdom in these little industrious Animals, than in those great Spenders, who, in the Spring and Summer of their Years, take so little Thought of
ober People consider, ho parents