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end's, of Cape May, where we were kindly received; next day we had a meeting at Rebecca Garrison's, and the day after a pretty large one at Richard Townsend's, and then went down to the Cape, and had a meeting at John Page's, and next day another at Aaron Leaming's: several expressed their satisfaction with those meetings. I lodged two nights at Jacob Spicer's, my wife's brother.
From Cape-May we travelled along the seacoast to Great-Egg-Harbour, had another meeting, much larger than the first, at Rebecca Garrison's, and here I was much concerned to promote the settling a monthly-meeting, for the well-ordering the affairs of our society. We swam
our creatures over Egg-Harbour river, and went over ourselves in canoes, and afterwards we had a meeting at Richard Summers's, which was as large as could be expected, considering the people's living at a distance from each other.
The next meeting we had at John Skull's; and on First-day we had a large one at Peter White's, and on second-day at Japhet Leed's, and then we went five miles through a marsh to Little-EggHarbour river, and had a meeting in their meeting-house on the fourth day of the week, and 11th day of the month, which was the larger by the addition of the owners, masters, and mariners, of two sloops from New York, who, hearing of the meeting, came to it. And the next day we had
another meeting at the same place, and lodged at Jervis Faro's. After these two meetings I left Egg-Harbour, accompanied by several Friends from thence, and travelled about forty miles, before we came to any house. In the evening we reached a Friend's house, where we were kindly entertained, and next morning we got to Burlington, and so home, where I found all well, and was therefore thankful to the Almighty. In this journey I travelled about 300 miles, had 21 meetings, and was from home about three weeks.
In the Third-month I staid at and about home, visiting the meetings at Philadelphia, GermanTown, Abington, and Frankfort,
In the Fourth-month I left my family, and went back in the woods as far as Oley. I was froin home nine days, travelled about one hundred and fifty miles, and had six meetings at Oley, Pere kiomen, and divers other places, chiefly in barns and open places, there being large companies of people, and few meeting-houses yet built in those parts of the country. In this journey I suffered pretty much through the heat. The first meeting was at the iron-works, settled a little beyond a place called Mount Misery; I was concerned for those people, having heard of their rude doings before I left my habitation; and although soine were rude, others behaved themselves soberly, and expressed their thankfulness for that visita. tion, as I do for the opportunity I had of clearing myself to them. On my return homewards i
crossed Schuylkill, and went to Samuel Nutt's iron-works, where I had a large, quiet, solid meeting: and the next day I called to see my old friend David Meredith, who being about 89 years of age, I thought it probable I might not have another opportunity of seeing him. He met me with gladness, and told me it was their meetingday; so that I staid, and was much comforted and tendered by the power of Christ; after which I came home that night.
On the next First-day, after my return, I went to Philadelphia, and, after the afternoon-meeting, to Derby, and from thence to a yearly-meeting in Chester county, held at Goshen; though the season was wat, this was a large, good meeting; at which there were three young men, who were lately called to the work of the ministry, whom I was glad to hear declare the truth in the power and simplicity of the gospel of Christ, being of the mind of Moses, when he said, in answer to Joshua, “ Would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them,” Numb. xi. 29. After this meeting I went to Springfield, and the next day returned home.
On the 22d of the Fourth month I went to the marriage of John Leigh's daughter, at Springfield, in Chester county : the meeting was large, and I was concerned to speak mostly to the young people, advising them to seek the Lord in that great affair of marriage, that they be careful how, and
on whom they set their affections, and not to draw out one another's minds if they did not intend an honourable marriage; and reminding them of the ill tendency of courting several at a time, or suffering several to court at once; and that they be chaste and true in their proceedings, duly regarding the advice of the apostle, “ Be not unequally yoked;" for to be sure all such marriages are unequal, when those who 'marry are of different principles in religion. The meeting ended with tender supplication for preservation through whatever exercises, further troubles or trials, temptations, or afflictions, we might meet with in the world, that we might end well at last, and live for ever to praise and glorify God and the Lamb, who through the holy, eternal Spirit, is worthy for ever.
On the receipt of the last letter from my dear father, which I sometime since mentioned, I was apprehensive it might be his last, which it proved to be, for the next letter from my dear brother gave me intelligence of his death, which I received the 25th of the Fourth month this year. The news of my dear father's decease took such hold of my mind, though I daily expected it, that for some time I was hardly sociable. Oh how have I been sometimes comforted in his loving and tender epistles! at the receipt of which I have cried to the Lord, that if it pleased him, I might have a double portion of the Spirit which he gave to my father : but oh! now I must never hear
more from him in this world; yet in this I have some inward comfort, that I hope we shall meet where we shall never part more.
Here follows a part of my affectionate brother's account of my father's death and burial.
Edmonton, 25th of 1st month, 1726. 66 Dear Brother, « This comes with the sorrowful account of our dear father's decease, who departed this life the 7th inst. after having been indisposed about a fortnight. I have herewith sent a particular account of some remarkable passages, and his last expressions in his sickness; that part relating to
his convincement, he desired should be committed * to writing, which I have done, and sent it to thee.
“ I was with him several times in his last illness, and most of the two last days of his life, as thou mayest perceive by the contents. Our worthy father was honourably buried on the Ilth inst. being carried from his own house to the meetinghouse at Horslydown, accompanied with his relations, where was a large meeting of many people, as many as the meeting-house could well contain, and many testimonies were there borne to the innocent, exemplary life, integrity and honest zeal of our dear father, so concurrent and unanimous, that I have hardly known any such occasion more remarkable. He was accompanied from thence to: the grave very solemnly, and there in like manner, interred, where a further testimony was given to