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or nominal Christian, who says, We can never overcome sin in this world. Where then is our faith in the Son of God, who for this purpose was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil? 1 John jii. 8. Heb. ii. 14.
Therefore let not Christians be slow of heart to believe in the glorious gospel of Christ; and if we truly believe therein, and live in the
practice of his doctrine, we shall see miracles enough to satisfy us for ever.
The 16th of the sixth month I was at the weekly-meeting at Frankfort, which, though a small meeting, was sweet, reviving, and comfortable, to some of us; so that we had a sufficient reward for leaving our business, it being the time of our hay harvest. Week-day-meetings are much neglected by many, more is the pity. The apostle's advice is necessary for men in our age, even of professed Christians, viz. “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.” Heb. x. 24, 25.
The 23d of the sixth month, my cart-wheel, being iron-bound, ran over me, and my horse kicked me on my head; the wheel put my shoulder out, and the horse wounded my head, so that the scull was bare, and my leg was sorely bruised; the same day Dr. Owen and Dr. Graham, with the help of two of our neighbours, set my shoulder and dressed my wounds; and the Lord was so
merciful to me, that the next day I was enabled to write this memorandum of this wonderful deliverance and speedy cure, for which, added to the many I have received from his gracious hand, I have occasion to be truly thankful : I was obliged to keep at home some time, and thought it long, because I could not go to meetings as usual; but many Friends came to see me, which was a comfort to me. One day upwards of thirty persons came from several parts of the country to see how I did, and were glad I was like to recover. The day before I was so hurt, being the first of the week, I was at meeting at Philadelphia, and was concerned to speak of the uncertainty of life, and the many accidents we are incident to in those frail bodies, and exhorted Friends to live so, that they might have a conscience serene, and clear of offence towards God and man, and then they might expect the comforts of the Holy Ghost, which in such seasons of difficulty, would be a great help and benefit to them, of which I had the sweet experience the next day, under great extremity of pain : and though the pain of my body was such, that I could not for several nights take my natural rest, yet I had comfort through the sweet influence of the Holy Spirit, which Christ promised his followers, John xiv. 26.
On the 18th of the seventh month, began our yearly-meeting at Philadelphia, which was large, and our Friends John Wanton and William
Anthony, from Rhode Island, and Abigail Bowles, from Ireland, had good service therein. From this meeting an address was sent to king George, for his royal favour to us as a society of people, in giving his assent to a law made in this province for prescribing the forms of declaration, affirmation, &c. instead of the forms heretofore used.
The beginning of the eighth month, being a little recovered from my hurt, I had a desire once more to see my friends on the eastern shore of Maryland, at their general-meeting at Choptank. The first day I set out, I travelled about thirty miles, and at night was very weary, being but weak in body, and I was almost ready to faint in my mind about proceeding any further; but *next day, George Robinson, at whose house I lodged, offering to accompany me, we travelled about forty miles to Sassafras river, and both of us, though much tired, were comforted in each other's company and conversation. On the next day we travelled near twenty miles to the generalmeeting in Cæcil county in Maryland, where we met with two friends from Rhode-Island, and two from Pennsylvania, who were there on the like occasion. The meeting was large and quiet, many people being there not of our own society, and were very sober: the meeting held several days, wherein the gospel-dispensation was set forth, and the love of God in Christ was exalted. From Cæcil we went to Chester river, and had a meeting there, at which the people were exhorted
to come to Christ, the eternal rock, and true foundation, and to build their religion on him, against whom the gates of hell can never prevail; and they were so much affected, that they did not seem forward to leave the house after the meeting
Froni Chester river we went to Tred. Haven, to the general-meeting of Friends for Maryland, which was very large; some Friends from Pennsylvania and Virginia being also there, and many people of other societies : many testimonies were borne to the operation of Christ by his Spirit in the soul, and Friends were earnestly desired to be diligent in reading the holy Scriptures, and to keep up the practice of our wholesome discipline; by the neglect of which, a door would be opened to loose living, and undue liberties. From Tred-Haven we travelled into the Great-Forest, between the bays of Chesapeak and Delaware, and had a satisfactory meeting; as yet there was no public meeting-house in this place, wherefore I told the people of the house, I was obliged to them for the use of it; but they tenderly answered, they were more obliged to me for my kind visiting of them; and truly we had a solid good meeting there: the people being generally poor, they had but little notice taken of them by the,,money-loving teachers, who preach for hire. From the Forest I went to Little Creek, in the territories of Pennsylvania, where was a general-meeting for the counties of Newcastle, Kent, and Sussex. The meeting was large, and
Friends parted in great love and tenderness. And' I went forward to Duck Creek, where we had a meeting: divers persons of note being there, and all were quiet, and heard with attention. From Duck Creek I went to George's Creek, and had a meeting, where a man of a sober conversation, said, that he never heard things so spoken to before, but that he could witness to the truth of all that was said. It was a good meeting before the conclusion; but I was very low and poor in my spirit in the beginning of it. From this place we set forward to Newcastle, where we had a meeting; it was the time of the sitting of the great assembly, and several members of the house were at meeting. The governor, who has from our first acquaintance been very respectful to me, hearing that I was in town, sent to desire me to tarry all night in Newcastle; but being engaged to a meeting over the rivers Christine and Brandywine, and it being near night, I could not stay, but went away that evening, and sent my love to him, desiring to be excused. That night I lodged at John Richardson's, and next day went to George Robinson's, at Newark, where we had a meeting on a first-day, and on second-day another at Providence ; and went from thence to Derby, to visit our worthy aged Friend Thomas Lightfoot, who lay very weak in body, none expecting his recovery; I called as I went from home, and then he was very ill, and told me, he thought that illness would conclude his time in this world, but