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some years before, but losses and disappointments hindered me.
Wherefore, the 7th of the Tenth month, I proceeded on a fifth royage in the Barbadoes packet, and left Philadelphia, and was at a meeting the next day at Chester (being First-day) and in the evening we had a large meeting at Grace Lloyd's, where I met with my dear friend Joseph Gill, who had good service in the said meeting : we rejoiced in Christ to see each other. We left Chester the 9th, and got that tide down the river to Newcastle, and, after visiting those few friends there, we set sail the 12th in the morning; the wind being high and the weather very sharp, freezing hard; our sails were so froze, that we had hard work to get the vessel under sail. The 13th day weighed anchor, and sailed down the bay, and the 14th we were clear of the Capes. The First-day following we had a good, seasonable meeting, for the worship and service of God, and, in the said meeting, as I was treating of disobedience to parents, and disobedience to Almighty God our great Parent and heavenly Father, a youth, who was a passenger in the vessel, went out hastily and abruptly, as I was shewing the ungratefulness of the first, much more of the last. When I asked the reason of his going out, he said it was because he could not forbear cry.. ing; and thinking I spoke so because of him, he said he could not hear me any more,
Afterwards I understood that he was a youth who was very ungrateful and disobedient to his parents; the
which I knew not of, for his mother told me, and hinself also, that he went to sea on account of his health. I thought his going out so hastily was occasioned by some indisposition of body; but it was, as he gave us to understand, through resenting what was spoken, and by his taking of it to himself. I have in like manner sometimes observed, that divers people have shewn a restlessness and uneasiness in public assemblies of worship and devotion, and sometimes going out, &c. so that they have thereby exposed themselves to the notice of the people, as persons guilty of the matter publicly reprehended, or spoken against ; just as though they were the only persons in the assembly, who were guilty of the evil then taken notice of. Such public restlessness is a great folly and weakness, besides so openly and publicly exposing themselves.
After we left our Capes, we had divers hard gales of wind, which lasted several days. The 28th being a First-day, we had a meeting for Divine worship, in which God was praised, and his holy name exalted, for his unspeakable grace in sending his only begotten Son, a Divine Light to enlighten the inhabitants of the world. After which we had storiny weather and contrary winds for some weeks, so that our passage was tedious and of fifteen times going to Barbadoes, I found this the most difficult; and the prospect was very discouraging of making a losing voyage, by the great expense I expected for repairing and re
fitting the vessel, &c. so that I began to despair of accomplishing my design of discharging my debts in Great-Britain, and the thoughts and consideration of losing so much of the company and conversation of my wife, relations, and friends, and spending so much precious time, which cannot be recalled, to so little purpose, lay heavy on my mind; yet by the grace of God, my mind was supported, and my resolutions confirmed to praise the Almighty for every dispensation of his Providence.
The 23d of the Eleventh month, we saw the island of Barbadoes, at the breaking of the day, having been from the Capes of Delaware forty days and one night; and  was truly thankful, that at last, we, through Divine favour, got well to our desired port, where we were lovingly received by our friends at Speight's Town, who were joyful at our arrival. From thence I went to Bridge-Town, and so on to the governor's, in order to enter our vessel ; but, staying a little too late, the governor, who was the Lord Howe, was come from his house on his way to BridyeTown, with his coach and six, and his attendants; but he, seeing me, courteously stopped his coach, and did my business as he sat therein; and though I made an essay towards an excuse, he would not admit of it, saying there was no need of any excuse. He was indeed an extraordinarily courteous man: he died soon after, much lamented, as he was much beloved.
· My stay at Barbadoes this time was the longest I ever staid, believing it to be the last time I should go there, and that I should see them no more. My so saying troubled some of them ; but growing in years, being then turned of threescore, I thought it would be too hard for me to undertake such another voyage ; therefore I was at all the meetings of our Friends on the island. "Here I met with Moses Aldridge, a Friend from New England, who came on a religious visit to Friends of this island, with whom he had divers good meetings, his service in preaching the gospel being edifying and acceptable; we were together at the marriage of Andrew Drury and Mary Lewis, after which meeting and marriage I was ill of a fever several days, which distemper was very much among the people, of which near twenty masters of vessels, and some hundreds of people died; and though I had been at Barbadoes many times, I never had so much illness there before ; Moses Aldridge, and several Friends of us, had a large meeting at John Gibson's, where were many people, not of our persuasion, who generally were sober; but as I was recommending charity to the people, according to the doctrine of the apostle Paul, as the most excellent gift, I advised them to shew it forth to all people of all professions,'and also to their negroes, telling them that some of the gentry of this island had observed to me, that the more kind they were to their slaves, they had their business the hetter done for it:
though I observed also, that I had been at sone places, where I had watched to hear some expressions that might look like charity; but in divers houses, and some of note, I could not hear any Christian-like expressions to their slaves or negroes, and that with sorrow I had seen a great deal of tyranny and cruelty, the which I dissuaded them from : this doctrine so exasperated some that were there, that they made a disturbance in the meeting; one of which persons meeting me on the king's high-way, shot off his fowling-piece at me, being loaded with small shot, ten of which made marks on me, and several drew blood; by which unfriendly action, the man got a great deal of disgrace, it being highly resented by all who were acquainted with me; the president of the island looked on it as a very base action, as did also divers of the justices and the gentry, also the vestry, and several clergymen and lawyers; one of the lawyers told me I should not be just to the country, myself, nor the man, if I did not prosecute him; another, professing the law, said he ought 'to be abandoned by all mankind, if he shot at me with design; many were for prosecuting him, for the people generally took notice of it with abhorrence; but he sending for me, and signifying he would not do so again, I forgave him; and I pray it may not be laid to his charge in the great day, and that he may be forgiven, he being ignorant of the love I had and have for him and all men, even them whom I know to be mine enemies. It would