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evening-meeting in his chamber, to our mutual comfort and refreshment; and next day had a very large meeting in the meeting-house at Kennet;
ter which we went to Concord to the quarterlymeeting for the county of Chester, and were at three meetings there, and likewise had three evening-meetings at Friends' houses ; at which meetings we had the company of my kinswoman, Alice Alderson, and her companion Margaret Coupland, who were lately come from the north of England, to visit Friends in this and the adjacent provinces.
We went on third-day to the general-meeting at Providence, which was very large; Joshua Fielding and Ebenezer Large were there; and we had an evening-meeting at Rebecca Minshall's; and next went to Chichester, where, we had a larger meeting than I expected, considering the season; we lodged at John Salkeld's; and on fifth-day we had a good, open meeting at Chester, and, in the evening, another at Grace Lloyd's ; next day had a meeting at Springfield, which I believe will be remembered by some that were there,
do not see one another; afterwards we travelled to Philadelphia. : In this year, 1732, arrived Thomas Penn, one of the proprietors of Pennsylvania, and son of the truly honourable William Penn, governor and proprietor of this province, a wise man, a good Christian, and a mild governor, a great promoter
of piety and virtue, and of good men. May this his son walk in his steps !
In the First month was our general spring. meeting, at which were several public Friends from England, viz. John Richardson, Alice Alderson, and Margaret Coupland. The meeting was large and edifying, the said Friends having 'service therein to general satisfaction.
The 2d of the Second month, I proceeded on a voyage to Barbadoes, it being the first in the snow Barbadoes Packet, a vessel built on purpose for me. We got to the Capes the 20th of the Second month in the evening, where we were obliged to come to an anchor; and the 21st we put out to sea, but the wind being against us, and looking like windy weather, I concluded to come to under our Cape, and wait for a fair wind : as soon as our snow came to, we got our boat out, and went to Lewis-Town; and next day, being First-day, we had a meeting in the court-house. In this town is an Episcopal, and a Presbyterian meetinghouse; but neither of their teachers were that day in town, and divers of the people were glad of a meeting, and I had a good opportunity with them. After meeting I went on board, and weighed anchor, and had a fair wind for above a week after: in which time we overtook the ship Amity,
Bowling, master, near the latitude of Bermudas, where we had smart gales of wind, which obliged us to carry our topsails double reefed'; and, after having been at sea 27 days and one
night, in which time we had several meetings, we saw the island of Barbadoes; though, for the most part, we had contrary winds; but all was well, and God blessed, who is for ever worthy.
The 20th of the Fourth month, having done my business, and also visiter Friends' meetings, we sailed for Philadelphia; and on the 25th of the Fourth month, being First-day, we had a seasonable and serviceable meeting, wherein the Almighty was worshipped and praised, and the people exhorted to sobriety and temperance. We were about twenty days from Barbadoes to Philadelphia.
After having staid at home about six weeks, and visited the meetings of Friends in divers places, to mine and their satisfaction, on the 28th of the Sixth month, I proceeded on another voyage for the island of Barbadoes. We left sight of our Capes on the 31st of the said month. The winds were for the most part contrary, and, before we got into the trade wind, we met with two hard gales ;. the last of which was a kind of a hurricane, in which we could carry no sail at all, but let the vessel lie to the mercy of the seas, or rather to the mercy of Him that made the seas, and all that is therein, and in the earth also. In this storm we lost a spare top-mast, and divers other utensils belonging to the vessel : but all our people were well and safe. This voyage we had several comfortable religious meetings on board, in which we were exhorted to prepare for another and better
world, this being so very uncertain and momentary, and full of various exercises, temptations, and afflictions.
I had, on board three Whitehaven sailors, William Towerson, William Tremble, and William Atkinson, and I do not remember that I heard either of them swear an oath during the whole voyage, which I thought worthy to stand on record, because it is so rare in seafaring men. About the beginning of the Eighth month, being in the latitude of Barbadoes, the thoughts of my leaving my family and habitation, and many of my loving relations, and near and dear friends, as at divers other times also, made me pensive and sorrowful; but it being on a principle of justice, and sometimes meeting with the presence and goodness of God, I was enabled to do my affairs and business, and forbore to appear sorrowful as much as possibly I could, or be of a sad countenance in the sight of men; but to Him, who knew all things, and sees in secret, I poured out my soul in all my afflictions, for he only is able to help me. I met with some who untruly censured me, as covetous of the things of this world, or to be rich; and that for the sake of these outward things, I might venture my
life until I might lose it. Really, as to my life, it hath long been my desire to be ready to resign it, and is so still : and, as to those outward things, so far as I know, my heart is clear; food and raiment, and to be clear and even with the world, having rather to give than receive, is
all the grandeur I desire, and if that be not granted, I hope to be contented without it, and to be thankful. I look upon crowns and scepters, and all the fine things of this world, that are of the nature of it, but as trifles, and diminutive things, in comparison of a house and kingdom eternal in the heavens. In this voyage, as usual, I read in the holy Scriptures, and met with strong consolation therein, especially in the New Testament; I also read much in the works of that eminent judge and good Christian, Matthew Hale.
The 7th of the Eighth month, we arrived at Barbadoes, staid three weeks and one day, and had divers religious meetings. I hastened to accomplish my affairs before winter, it coming on, and the time of the year dangerous for sailing on our coasts. On the 30th of the Eighth month we left the island of Barbadoes, bound for Philadel. phia; and on the 1lth of the Ninth month, it pleased God to favour us with a gracious opportunity to worship him; wherein was declared to the ship's company, the nature and advantage of good, and the fountain from whence it flows, or springs; as also the nature and disadvantage of evil; the one being or springing from God, and the other proceeding from Satan, or the Devil, who is the root of all evil; and, that man might be left without excuse, God hath sent the Divine and supernatural light of his holy Spirit, to shew to mortals what is good, and what is evil; in order that they might embrace the good, and refuse the evil.