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of Christ's upon the mount, as it is recorded in the holy Scriptures of the New Testament, in the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of the Evangelist 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, whieh in the course of my travels I have often had occasion to do, that the professors of Christianity should frequently read this sermon, and be careful to practise 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 Rochester, and had a meeting there; and then back to Gravesend, and there took a solemn farewell of our friends, recommending one another to the grace of Christ; having this time made but little stay in Britain.
In the fifth month, 1718, we sailed from the Downs in the aforesaid Snow Hope, divers Friends, viz. John Danson, Isaac Hadwin, John Oxley, Lydia Lancaster, Elizabeth Rawlinson, and Rebecca Turner, being in company with us : after about nine weeks passage from land to land, having had meetings on first-days and fifth-days, on board all the voyage, we came all safe and well to Philadelphia, through the blessing of God, where I staid with my family a few months, and
then took another voyage for Barbadoes and Britain. I was under some concern more than ordi. nary, as to the support and well-being, or accommodation of my family, the circumstances thereof being a little changed by the increase of children, remembering the words of the apostle, that those who had not that care and concern, were worse than infidels; my Lord Jesus, whose servant I profess myself to be, also saying, “ It is more blessed to give than to receive;" wherefore, an opportunity offering of the consignment of a vessel 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, though 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, through the blessing of God, to obtain wherewith to accommodate my friends, who were strangers 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 sincerity, is all the grandeur I covet or desire in this world : so after due consideration, on the 2nd day of the eleventh month, 1718, we set sail from Philadelphia, many friends taking their leave and farewell 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 ran aground, but got off next tide, and next day came to an anchor at Chester. On the 4th day of the month we set sail, and got to Newcastle about the eleventh hour; it being meeting-day, we went to meeting, where our great Lord was pleased in some good measure to own us with his living presence, and comfort us with his love; blessed be his holy name! In the morning we sailed to Reedy-Island, where we staid for the tide, and in the pight our cable parted, which we knew not of till the morning, and then we had gone from the place where we anchored, about a league: but though the vessel drove about the river, yet she did not go on ground. We dropped 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 get it: at last with much difficulty we weighed it, our mens clothes being much frozen ; for it was very cold, and froze extremely hard. After this we went down to Bombay-hook, where was also another vessel 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. were filled with ice as far as we could see, and it drove very hard against our vessel, 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 same. 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 supposed, came to an anchor again, and we both went down the bay together; and the wind springing up fair, we got elear of the ice in a few hours time; but by this hinderance 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 have been dangerous. Early in the morning, of the 9th day of the month, we got to sea, and soon left sight of the land. Next day the wind was high, and the weather proved stormy for several days, insomuch that our main-deck was under water most of the time, so that we were forced to go before it for several days together. We also shut up our cabin windows, and were tossed 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 island. Buť 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 con
sider the vicissitude which mortals may expect while on this unstable terraqueous globe, which is full of changes; and I strongly desired to be rightly prepared for that world which is eternal, and its joy and felicity permanent; at which blessed port, I hope in God's time, through his grace, safely to arrive. Thus through stornis, tempests, ice, and snow, we left those frozen climes, and crossed the tropic 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 sometimes they have in those parts of the world. We arrived at Bridgetown, in Barbadoes, in one and twenty days, 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 chose; but my friends, among whom I had many opportunities, seemed rather pleased than otherwise ; telling me, that 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