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faved, although it was speedily endeavoured. Several 1697.? others died before we got over ; but for the most Part m we were healthful. The Lord be prais'd, he was, is, and will be, with those that faithfully serve him to the End.
We were three Ships in Company, but by Distress of Weather, soon after we came out, we parted. After we had been at Sea about eight Weeks (on the 25th of the rach Month) we saw two Vessels altern of us. One of them came up wich us, and the People haled us, and told us they came from Bristol, and had been out cen Weeks. The other came up with us next. Day. The People informed us they had been at Sea seven Weeks, and that they had a dreadfull Time of it. She had lost Part of her Topmast, and her Spritsail Topmalt was gone. She was a new Ship, and never ar Sea before, belonging to London, and bound for Virginia, as near as we could understand: Our Ship Toft none of her Tackling, thro' the great Mercy of God to us, thoʻche Wind and Sea was wonderful high at Times ; the Mate cold me, I might go to Sea all my Lite, and not see the like'; he said he had been at, or used the Sea, twenty Years, and never saw it so rough and high before. We had Meetings twice a week, reveral of which were comfortable and refreshing Meetings, to which most of the Passengers, being in all about Sixty in Number, sometimes came'; and several of them were affected with the Sense of Truth, and che Lord strengthened our Faich and Hope in him.
Oh for ever blessed be the living and eternal God, who kept my Soul above the Fear' of Deach, Hell, and the Grave ; for my Trust was in him, and he did bear up my Spirit above the Waves of the Sea ; and in the Time of Toffling with Tempefts, I was comforted and chearful, praising the Lord in my Heart, both in the Day Time, and in the Night Season:
I was much concerned in my Mind, for many of the Passengers, who with the second Mace, and several of
th in Chrift fotom of the Ethat it mighem, in
the Seamen, were very sick (by some it was thought near unto Death) I cried to the Lord to heal them, in the Name of his dear Son, and that it might be a Means to convince them of the Efficacy of Love to, and Faith in Christ Jefus, the Physician of Value; and the Lord was pleased to heal them. The Mate of the Ship desired that I would come and pray by him. I went to him, and prayed in the Power and Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Lord helped him ; that he said he was fine and easy, and thanked me for my Love ; and in a little Time he recovered. Several others of the Seamen and Passengers, I was instrumental to help in their Sickness. The Lord blessed my Endeavours in supplicating him, on their Behall, and administring what I had to them. One of the Seamen said, He was bound to pray for me as long as he lived, and that the Lord would bless me. Another of the Passengers said, That I was the blessed Doctor (for there was not a Surgeon, or Doctor in the Ship.). I was very free to communicate of what I had to any fick Person in the Ship, and several blessed the Lord on my Behalf. Indeed I thought I could scarce do enough for any that were in Distress. I write not thus, that I might seem popular, but with my Mind bowed betore the Lord. Many Times in this Voyage there were Consultations in my Mind, whether I had best write a Meinorandum hereof ; but at last conceiving in my Spirit that it might strengthen and excite Love to God, and Faith in his beloved Son, in true Believers, I wrote as aforesaid ; and then I was satisfied, and gave the Glory to God..
Before we came to the Land, we saw a Ketch which had saved the Lives of some that belonged to a Ship that was a little before foundered in the Sea : Who said also, that a Fleet of New-England Ships who had been upon that Coast, by stormy Weather, were forced to Barbadoes, and within a few Days after we saw the Land of Virginia, and also a New-England Ship,
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who failed or came from England three weeks before 1698. us. We arrived within the Capes of Virginia the 31st of the ift Month 1698, and overtook the John and Virginia. Margaret, a Ship that came out of the Englijh Channel with us (che Master, Thomas Salmon, being dead) and the next Day we anchored our Ship at the Mouth of Patuxent River in Maryland, where our Boats were hoisted out, and we were rowed up Patuxent River twelve Miles, to Arthur Young's House, where we lodged that Night ; and for our Preservation and safe Arrival, we blessd the Lord our God, and my Spirit praised him who lives for ever and ever. Our. Voyage was above twelve Weeks, it being then Winter Time, and for the most Part the Winds so high, that the Ships could carry but little Sail, which made our Voyage the longer.
About four Days after we landed, we had a Meeting near Patuxent River : And a blessed one it was! When Palusener
MIC" River, in it was ended, we went (that Night) to Daniel Raw- Maryland. lings, and from thence to the Clifts, to Richard John's, a Friend that came with us from England, at whose House we had a Meeting, wherein God's Presence was powerfully felt.. We had several Meetings on that Side the Bay called the Western Shore, and then we failed over to the East Side of Chesapeak Bay, with Thomas Everden, in his Sloop, went to his House, and had a Meeting, where many people came. Here we met with our Friends, Jonathan Tyler, Henry Payton, and Henry Payton's Sister. While I was at this Friend's House, there was one Robert Cathing, who being very ill, fent for Thomas Everden, and he (not being very well) desired me to visit the fick Person. So I went, and the Man was near to Death. Howbeit he said he was comforted much with the Visit, and that he never had received so much Benefit by the Parish Priest in his Life: Although, said he, it cost me dear for what I had ; and if ever I live to get over il, by the Asistance of God I shall bave nothing to do
1698. with them more. But, he faid, be pould not live
three Days. And before the End of three Days he expired. He desired (if I were not gone) I would be at his Funeral. On Notice hereof, about den Friends went; and there was a great many people, among whom we had a good Opportunity, and many weighty Truths were opened to them in the Love of God; and some of them were cender and wepe ; and the most, if not all (I think I may say). were folid and weighty.
From Thomas Everdens's House we went to George Truit's, at whose House we had a. Meecing. This Friend and I went to an Indian Town not far from his House, because I had a Desire to see these people, having never seen any of them before. When we came to the Town they were kind to us, spoke well of
Friends, and said they would not chear them (as some ** ochers did.)
From George Truit's, in Maryland, we went down Virginia. to Virginia ; and in Accomack and Nortbampton Coun
ties we had large Meetings, and I hope they were effectual to many; I think my Hope is not without Ground. In those Parts we had several Meetings, where we were informed Friends had not had any before. And really I cannot but bless the Lord for the Opportunities we had with the People; for the Goodness of God, through Christ our Lord, was great, both to us and them, and with Tears they did acknowledge the Truth. Now Tbomas Turner, who had
hitherto accompanied me, went by the Sea Side the Land, nearest Way to Philadelphia; and afterwards I had
a Meeting at George Truit's Brother's, and on the first Day, another near the Court-house, and went to Tbomas Everden's, and so to Levin Denwood's, and chence to Nanticoke River, and visited Friends up the Bay until I came to the River Choptank, about
which there is a pretty many Friends. So I went on, hita and cook the Meetings till I came to Philadelphia, in
blested bro Frienwicholstere are no people Encoute Mannera
and about which Place, and in other parts of the Pro- 1698. vince of Pensylvania, I had many large and precious Meetings, the Power of the eternal Son of God being wonderful, in which Power we many Times blesed his Name together. It was in my Heart much to exhort Friends to Love to God, and to Unity one with another, without which there is ao fulfilling the Law or Gospel. There are many Friends in that Province, and many sober young people, which greatly rejoiced my Spirit ; so that for their Encouragement, the Lord opened my Mouch in a propherick Manner to declare unto them the Blessings which he had in Store for them, on Condition of their Walking in the Trush. Glory to God on high; Untruth decays, and the Branches of it mightily wither ; the Darkness is much past, and the true Light shineth gloriously in many Souls. O powerful Praises be given to God, who is Light for ever!
From Philadelpbia I went to Burlington, and so to Eaft and Crofwicks, where we had a large Meeting under the Weft Trees, where some were convinced of the Truth. Terley: From hence I went to Shrewsbury, and had Meetings there: From Shrewsbury we went (mostly by Water) to Woodbridge and Staten-Ifand, from thence Stater to Long. Isand, being accompanied by several Friends. Long-Isand On Long Island we had several large and good Meetings, wherein Christ was preached freely; and after we had been two Weeks there, we wenç on board a Sloop. bound for Rbode-Tand, and by the way we touched Fisher's and at Fiber's and Block Ínands, and on the first Day Block Morning we fec fail from Black-Ihand, to Rhode Island, Rhode
Island. the Yearly-meeting being just over when we got there. That Evening we failed over to Connanicut-Island. On the third Day of the Week had a Meeting there, and Narraganfrom thence we went over to Narraganset, and had a fet. Meeting, and so over to Rhode Isand, again (where Ruib Fry, a sober young Woman, was convinced, and semained a Friend till her Death.) Here I :net with