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1707. we got to Jamaica, and had divers Meetings, viz. at ^^^Y>,-' Pert-Royal, Kingston, and Spanish-Tovm, &c. At a 3*utc*. Mecting at Spanish-Town, there were divers Jews, to whom my Heart was very open, and I felt great Love to them, for the Sake of their Fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and they were so affected with the Meeting, that they sent us some unleavened Cakes, made with fine Flour and Sweet Oil, it being a Festival Time with them. We had a Meeting at PortRoyal, in a Place where the Earthquake had destroyed a large Building, in which Meeting I had occasion to remind them of the righteous Judgments of God, which had been justly inflicted on them for their Sins and Wickedness. Some wept, and some were rude. The People here, as I was informed, were generally very wicked. After having had divers Meetings, the Packet in which we had taken our Passage, being oblig'd to stay but ten Days, we went off sooner than we otherwise should have done, and solemnly taking Leave of those Friends that were there, we went on board our vessel, in order for England, by God's fil^w Permission. We got readily through the Windward Passage, which is between the Islands of Cuba and Hispaniola; and divers Times after we left Jamaica, we were chafed by several Ships, but they could not come up with us. One Ship of twenty-eight Guns gave us Chace after a great Storm, and was almost up with us before we could well make Sail' they being eager of their Prey, sent their Hands aloft to let their Reefs out of the Topsails, in order to make more Speed, and came running mightily towards us, and gained much upon us j Wæ tearing to make Sail, by reason of the Storm, and the Sea running very high, and our Masts being therefore in Danger, we were some Time in Doubt, whether we should escape or not: But while we were in this Consternation, down Came the French Ship's three Topmasts at once, so we escaped, and left her, and went rejoicing on our Way,
that we were thus delivered. This was one of the 1707. great and remarkable Deliverances among the many s^Vv1 I met with, by the good Hand and Providence of £&$. the Lord, my great and good Master, whom I hope ^jtof; to serve all my Days.
After having been at Sea about fix Weeks, we began to look out for Land, and in two or three Days we sounded, and found Ground, at about ninety Fathoms; after which we saw two French Privateers, that gave us Chace about four a Clock in the Morning, and purfiled us.vigoroufiy; but sailing better than they* we run them out of Sight by eight a Clock the same Morning, and in about two Hours' after we saw the Land of Ireland; it being misty Weather, with Rain coasts and Wind, our Master thought it best to lay by and Ireland in forbear Sailing,-that Coast being Rocky and dange- f^"' rous, by which Means the two Ships (that gave us Chace) came up with us, and found us not in sailing Order, and were in Gun-shot of us before we were aware of it. What to do now we could not tell, until they began to fire at us ; but in this Emergency and Strait our Master resolved he would rather run the Vessel on Shore than they should have her, she being richly laden with Indigo, Silver, and Gold, reckoned to the Value of Fifty Thousand Pounds. In this Strait, we must either fall into the Hands of the French, who were our Enemies, or run against the Rocks; and we thought it best to fall into the Hands of the Almighty, and trust to his Providence ; so towards the Rocks we went, which looked with a terr|We Aspect. The native Irish seeing us, they came down in great Numbers, and ran on the Rocks, and called to us, saying, That is we came any nearer we should be dashed to Pieces. Then our Master ordered $?*£!*■ the Anchor to be let go, which brought her up be- shoes, lore she struck; and, with much ado, he put his float out into the Sea, and put in all the Passengers, w order to set them on Shore, the Waves running
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1707. very high, so that it looked as if every Wave would conj have swallowed us up; and it was a great Favour of ,.» Providence that we got to Land in Safety. The Privateers not daring to come so near the Shore as we did, after firing at us, went away, and our Master carried the Ship into the Harbour of Kinjale in Ireland. Thus through many Perils and Dangers we were preserved, and got safe on the Irish Shore, for which, and all other the Mercies and Favours of the most High, my Soul and Spirit did give Glory and Praise! In this Voyage we were about seven weeks at Sea.
When I came from my Home at Philadelphia^ I did intend (the Lord permitting) to visit Friends in Ireland, and being accidentally cast on Shore there, I thought it my Place first to go through that Nation. I had been in Ireland about nine Years before, and then being but young, and now being more grown in Body, my old Acquaintance and Friends did not at first know me; but we were kindly and lovingly received by our Friends and Brethren in that Nation, where there is a great and numerous people, that serve and worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth, and who have divers good and wholesome Orders established amongst them, in the Unity and Fellowship of the Gospel. In this Nation we had many and large Meetings after our Landing, visiting Friends Meetings along to the North, many, not of our Society, coming to them, among whom we often had good Service, to our and their Satisfaction, as they often declared, Richard Gave being still with me. Friends from their National Meeting certified to our Brethren in America, of our Service and Labour of Love among them, after we had travelled several Hundred Miles, and visited Friends Meetings generally, and some other Places where it was not usual. While I was in Ireland, under a Concern for the Prosperity of Truth and Religion, I wrote an Exhortation to
- the the Youth, and others, which was afterwards printed 1707. there. v/'V*"^
We took Ship in the North of Ireland, at a Town called Donagbadee, being accompanied with divers Brethren, who brought us on our Way after a godly Sort. We got to Port-Patrick, in Scotland, after about five scotimi. Hours Sail, in order to visit thole few Friends that were scattered about in that Part of the Nation. People in those Parts looked very my on us, and did not care to discourse with us on Matters Civil or Religious, which I thought unreasonable. The first Town or City we came to, in which we had a meeting, was Glasgow (accounted the second City in North Bri- Gtajg*w. tain) where, in our Meeting for the worship of the Almighty, we were shamefully treated, by the People throwing Dirt, Stones, Coals, &c. amongst us, and by divers other Actions unbecoming Men (tho' Heathen! or Infidels) much more People professing Christianity, so that I was constrained to tell them, that tho' I had preached the Gospel to many Heathens, and to divers Jews, as also to Indians and Negroes, and had travelled in many Countries and Nations in the World, in several Quarters thereof, and many Thousands of Miles, yet I must needs fay, that I never met with the like Incivilities, and such scurrillous Treatment, no not in all my Travels. I also told them, that I had preached the Gospel of Christ among their Brethren in New-England, and in Boston, where they formerly hanged the Quakers, and cruelly persecuted them for their Religion, and yet they did not treat us ,. so brutishly even there. And further I told them, that I lived in those Parts of America, and what Account I should have to carry Home to their aforesaid Brethren, of our Treatment in Glasgow, the second City in Scotland. I desired them to consider of it, and be ashamed, if they had any Shame. This a little abashed them for the present, but afterwards they were as bad as ever. There were at this Meeting
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"e. divers Collegians, who in. wery .ask. I asked if that was their "Way or aeariag itafg? And that I bciieved their Teachers in tnc L/nwrrfiry did not allow O* such ill WLarmeri. by which ihey scandaiized themselves, their city, and Connrry. Prom the City vt went to Hami.lot and Gerjnart, where there were more *«d c«> civiL A> Gerjyort a Mac of Letters, anc sober Gch&"' reflation, begged that I would pray m the Ahnigfarr, that he would eftabldh him 11. ine Dnctrme which he *£\°' 'had beard that Day. This being rare m those Fare, McrdHsT ther^iore 1 thus minute there. "We went on towards the Kortb of Scvtlemd, to Aberdeen. and rbereaboBS, where there is a tender heantc People, among whom we had several large Gatherings, and some that were pot of us, ex press.' d tneir Sathaaction. In lie North 1 met with ^ . - -. who coming from a Noble
man's House, joined me, and asked me, It 1 hxw Robert Barclay? I said, not personal :y, but by his Wrkiogs I knew him well He told' me, Thai be (tetchy j bad net left bis Fellow in Scotland. We afterwards travelled Southward, where there were but few friends, and small Meetings; yet we may far, that the Goodness, Love and Presence of Him, who said, IVhere two or three are gathered in my Name, there am I in the Midst of them, was oftentimes wimefied to be with UfJ blessed be his Holy Name. Oh! that the O.UoVeo of Men would praise him in Thought, Word, and Deed, for he is worthy. So in great Reverence and holy Fear, we travelled along towards Seutbi',"iTjf*' Britain, had several Meetings at Edinburgh, and di'*"' vers other Places; also at Berwick upon Tweed, where there were many Soldiers who were very rude. The Devil hath had many Battles with us, ever since we were a People, in order to hinder us in ourWorfhip, but we generally came off with Victory, as we did here also, through faith in his Name, Who hath loved 9h and manifested himself to us. Those rude Soldiers , ihrowcd their Hats into the Congregation, in order