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mighty God; and though the meeting held more than four hours, the people did not seen willing to go away when it was over : for indeed it was a solid, good meeting. The business of the quarterly-meeting was carried on in peace and love, (that being the mark the disciples of Jesus were to be known by,) and Friends were exhorted with a great deal of tenderness to keep that mark.
In this journey I travelled about ninety miles, and was at four meetings, being from home four days, and was much satisfied in my journey; but met with some exercise when I came home, hear. ing of some losses and damage to my estate; so that I found after I had, according to my best endeavours, done the will of God, I had need of
pa: sensible of the messenger of Satan, the thorn in the flesh, which the apostle speaks of.
About this time a loving friend of mine informed me, that one whom I very well knew in Barbadoes, a minister of our society, had gone into an open separation, so as to keep meetings separate from his brethren, and contrary to their advice. I was concerned in love to write a few lines to him, to remind him of the unhappy state and end of such, who, notwithstanding the brotherly love and kind treatment of Friends, had separated from 'us; and losing the sense of truth, which had made them serviceable in the church, were actuated by a rending, dividing spirit, by which the enemy of our happiness had so far obtained his
end, as to make some disturbance for a time; but few, if any, of these separatists, have had further power than to promote and maintain their separate meetings during their own lives ; such meetings having, in every instance I have known except one, and that lasted not long, dropped on the death of the founders. And though we think it our duty to testify against, and disown, all such ; yet this disowning is only until the persons offending, from a real sense of, and sorrow for, their faults, acknowledge and condemn the same; then the arms of Christ, and of his church, are open to receive and to embrace them. I therefore earnestly besought him to consider the danger of offending any who love and believe in Christ, though never so little in their own or other mens esteem ; for we cannot have true peace in departing from the pure love of God, his truth, and people; to which I added the following sentences out of the New Testament.
1. “ By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another,” John xiii. 35 -(Do not lose this mark.)
2. “ We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.
Не. that loveth not his brother, abideth in death." 1 John iii. 14.
3. “ He that loveth not, knowerh not God; for God is love." iv. 8.
4. “He that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.' 16.
About the latter end of the fourth month I was at a meeting at Abingdon, occasioned by a burial: and in the beginning of the Fifth month, I was at a marriage in Philadelphia; and was soon after, on the First-day, at two meetings at German-Town, where I went to visit a Friend, who had not for some months been at meeting, being in a disconsolate condition. I invited her to meeting, where the love and goodness of Christ to the poor in spirit was largely manifested; and the Friend after meeting said she was better, and afterwards recovered, and kept to meetings. I was fre. quently at the week-day meetings at Philadelphia, for I thought that week not well spent, in which I could not get to week-day meetings, if I was in health.
In this month I was at the burial of George Calvert, who was one of a sober life, and just conversation; and being well-beloved by his neighbours, he left a good report behind him. Soon after which I was at Merion meeting, which was large and solid: the people were tenderly exhorted, that neither outward favours, nor spiritual blessings, might make them grow forgetful of God; but that in the sense of the increase and enjoyment thereof, they might be the more humble; and forasmuch as the Christian church in former ages was corrupted by temporal riches and power, it was intimated, that as we had favour shewn us from the government, and increase of outward things, we should be very careful not to
abuse those privileges, by growing proud and wanton, or envious and quarrelsome; but to Do justly, love mercy, and walk hunbly with God.
In this month I was at Middletown, in Bucks county, at the burial of my dear and intimate friend, Johu Rutledge, who died very suddenly; at which burial there were above 1000 people. He was well-beloved among his neighbours, and was a serviceable man where he lived. I admired to see such a number of people upon so short notice, he dying one day in the afternoon, and being buried the day following: divers testimonies were borne concerning the wonderful works and ways of God. It was a solid bowing time, wherein many hearts were broken, and melted into tenderness. . After meeting, a young man came to me trembling, and begged that I would pray for him, for he had spent too much of his time in vanity, and had strong convictions on him for it, and had been greatly affected and wrought upon that day. I exhorted him to deny himself, and to take up his cross and to follow Christ, who hath said, He would in no wise cast off those who came to him in true faith. He went from me very tender and loving, being broken in his spirit.
From thenee I went to Gwynnedd, (or North Wales,) where on the first-day of the week we had a very large meeting. In the morning of the day, a voice awoke me, which cried aloud, saying, REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS FOR WELL AND EVIL DOINGS ARE SEALED
DECREE IN HEAVEN, which confirmed me that mankind were happy or unhappy in that world which is to come, according to their deeds in this life. If their deeds be good, as Christ said, their sentence will be, Come ye blessed; if their deeds be evil, Depart from me all ye that work iniquity; and Go ye cursed, &c. And, If thou do well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thon doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And again, “ I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” These, with many more texts of the same nature, contained in the holy Scriptures, are contrary to the doctrine of personal election and reprobation, as some hold it. We had a meeting also in the afternoon of the same day, which was satisfactory to many; our hearts being filled with the love of God, for which we thankfully praised him. The next day we had a meeting of ministers, in which they were exhorted to wait for the gift of the Holy Ghost, without which there can be no true minister or ministry. I was concerned to put them in mind to keep close to Christ, their boly, sure guide and bishop; to be cautious of going before, lest they should miss their way; and of staying too far behind, for fear we should lose our guide: and to be careful to keep a conscience void of offence towards God, and also towards man; that we might say to the people truly, Follow us, as we follow Christ; that our conversation might confirni and not contradict our doctrine ; for our