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joint, and they brought him to me to see if I could do him any service; I was not forward to meddle ; but the man and the people believing, if I would undertake for him, I might help him; I told them, that though I did not understand bone-setting, I would instruct them the best I could ; then I ordered him to be set down upon the deck, and to be stripped to the waist, and got a round piece of wood as thick as his arm, and wrapped a piece of cloth about it, that it might not bruise his flesh, and put it under his arm, and ordered two men, one at each end of it, to lift up strougly, and a third man to stretch his arm out, and keep it down withal, which being done, the bone went into its place; for which I was thankful in my heart to the Almighty. About the 10th of the Sixth month, we safely arrived at Speight's Town in Barbadoes, being the first-day of the week. From whence I had an opportunity, by Alexander Seaton, master of a vessel bound to Pennsylvania, to send an account of our safe arrival.
I had many meetings in the island, and made several visits to divers sick persons, one of which was particularly to the satisfaction of the person visited, and his relations: he died, and was buried at Heathcott's-Bay, where we had a large meeting at our meeting-house, where was many people, and it was a good, seasonable opportunity, in which I had occasion to remind them of their mortality, and press them to a holy life, the way
to a happy immortality. I had divers meetings at Bridge-Town, Speight's Town, and the Spring; where the testimony of Christ's gospel was well received. And after a stay of three weeks, I left Barbadoes on the 1st of the Seventh month, and took my passage in the Amity, Charles Hargrave master, who was very friendly to me in my passage, as were all on board. We arrived at our port without casting anchor in all our voyage, and laid the vessel to the wharf at Philadelphia, and on my landing I immediately went into the meeting of the ministers and elders, it being just meeting time, where we were much comforted together in Christ; after which I went home, being lovingly received by my wife and family, having been from home about ten weeks.
After I came home from this voyage, I visited the meetings of Friends at Philadelphia, Frankfort, German-Town, the Falls of Delaware, Burlington, New-Hanover, Mount-Holly, Fair-Hill, &c.
The 2d of the Ninth month I was at the quarterly-meeting of ministers and elders at Philadelphia, where I met with Joseph Taylor, a Friend who had visited our meetings pretty generally on the continent of America, in the ministry of the gospel, and was now on his return homewards ; with wiose visit Friends had good unity, and certified the same to our brethren of the meeting where he lived in Great Britain.
After this I was at divers meetings in Pennsyl
vania, and Jersey; and the latter end of the Ninth month, Sarah, the wife of Jeremiah Elfreth, died very suddenly, having been the day before walking in her garden ; she was a sober young woman, and her death much lamented; her burial occasioned my stay at Philadelphia, which I had at divers times shunned, because a concern had been on me for some time, to declare to the people of that city, That the Lord was angry with the legislators of Pennsylvania, because they were not so much concerned to promote religion and piety as they ought, and to make such laws as might prevent the excessive increase of public houses, which often prove seminaries for Satan; but strove to promote parties more than religion : and that the Lord was angry with the magistrates, because they did not so much as they might, and ought to do, put those good and wholesome laws in execution, which were already made against vice and immorality; and that the Lord was angry with some of the better sort of people, because they seek and mind the things of this world, more than the things of God and his kingdom. But I was helped to clear myself in the morningmeeting, to the satisfaction of many of the honest hearted, and unburden my mind of a great exercise that I had long lain under.
In the afternoon we had a large meeting at the Bank-meeting-house, 'occasioned by the aforesaid burial; the resurrection of the dead was declared in that meeting, according to the doctrine of our
Saviour Jesus Christ, the great author of the Christian religion, and also of that eminent apostle Paul; and that old and false calumny, that our society denied the resurrection of the dead, was publicly denied and refuted. The people were exhorted to live well that they might die well, and then they need not doubt but that they would rise well at the resurrection in the last day. The meeting concluded with praise to the Almighty, for all his mercies, and prayer to him, that he would sanctify that day's service to the people.
In the Tenth month I prepared for another voyage to the island of Barbadoes, and had the ship Bristol Hope, consigned to me, but the winter setting in sooner than common, caused our stay much longer than we expected, whereby I had the opportunity to visit divers meetings, as Burlington, the Falls of Delaware, Neshaminy, Wright's Town, and Philadelphia. In this city a concern was on my mind to declare to the people, that the Almighty had shewed me, that he had often visited them in Philadelphia and Pennsyl. vania, with his own hand, and with his own rod; but if that did not work the designed end, for which he visited them, of which they were told also before it came to pass, he then would chas, tise them with the rod of man, and this was plainly spoken to me in my own habitation, as though it had been the voice of a man, though it was not vocal.
The 12th of the Eleventh month, being First-, day, I was at Horsham meeting, and had a tender bowing time therein; and in my way home visited some friends who were sick, it being a time of general visitation in those parts, and the next seventh-day I was at the meeting of ministers, and elders at Philadelphia, where we had a good meeting; here I was earnestly desired to be at the funeral, of Edmund Orpwood, the eldest. Friend belonging to Frankfort meeting; but was in a strait, this Friend being my neighbour, and I had before engaged to be at the burial of one with whom I had been acquainted near forty years, therefore I did my endeavour to be at both, beiog each of them buried in the afternoon, and five miles distant; the days being short also, divers told me it was impracticable; I told them they, might be mistaken, as they were, for though we had a large meeting, and the company of Row. land Wilson, from Britain, who had large and, good service therein, yet after meeting we mounted and got to Philadelphia about a quarter of an, hour after the corpse was brought into the meeting-house, as I was informed; we had a large, and as I thought, a good meeting ; after which I went home, being weary in my body, but thankful in my heart, that the Almighty had been with us, and helped us to perform that day's service..
On the 20th of the Eleventh month, and second-day of the week, I went into a piece of ground, which I was clearing for meadow, in