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and it was greatly desired that those present, who were then spoke to, might be married to Christ, the great lover of souls, who luid down his life, the most precious life that ever was on earth, and shed his precious blood for our salvation.

A few days after which I again took shipping for the island of Barbadoes, being the sixth voyage, in the New Bristol Hope, and left the Capes of Delaware the eighth day of the first month. The 22d of the said month, I being weary, laid me down to rest, fell asleep, and was awakened out of it with these words, “Oh, heart in heaven! it is an excellent thing to have an heart in heav.

Which words were comfortable to me, and left a sweetness on my mind all the day after, for which I was thankful, and greatly desired that my heart and mind might be set and fixed more and more on heaven and heavenly things, and that my treasure might be in heaven, that my heart might be there also, according to the doctrine of my Suviour, Mat. vi. 20, 21. « Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

The 27th day, being the first day of the week, we had a comfortable meeting, the weather being moderate; and on the 7th of the fifth month, we arrived at Bridgetown in Barbadoes, where we unloaded part of our cargo, and from thence we went to Speight's-town; where, after a stay of about five weeks, we accomplished our affairs. I also visited all our friends meetings, and some several times, in which we were edified and comforted, and divers of us had occasion to bless the holy name of God for his mercy to us.

Before we left the island, there happened a great storm or hurricane, which did much damage to the ships, and to the island, blowing down many houses, and spoiling much provisions, destroying almost all the plantain trees on the island, which is a very wholesome and pleasant fruit, and much used by many instead of bread.

I was clearing out the vessel when this storm happen. ed, and being twelve miles off, could not hear of or concerning her, but thought it altogether unlikely that she

should ride out so great a storm, in so bad a harbour or road, it being open

to the sea, and such a storm as had not been known for many years, and some said, never but once, to their knowledge, though much more damage hath at some other times been done to the shipping, by

reason that the hardest of the wind was not that way, · which was most dangerous to them in Carlisle-bay,

where they mostly lay; for they all got out to sea, ex. It cept two or three that were lost by the violence of the 3,1 weather. It was indeed a very dismal time, the vessels

which rode it out were much damaged, and one being 1 loaded, ready to sail, sunk right down, and was lost in

the bay. When I had cleared our ship, I set forward in

order to see what was become of her ; but the floods o were so great, and the ways were so bad, I could not with

out some danger get to her that night; but next mornbing set out from Joseph Gamble's, and, to my admiraD: tion, from the top of a hill (on which a house in the storm

was blown flat to the ground), I saw our ship at an anchor, having rode out the storm, with one sloop by her, for which cause my soul was humbly thankful.

On the 17th of the said month, with some more than ordinary fatigue, we got up our anchor, and took in our boat, and got our passengers and provisions on board, the sea breaking high on the shore, so that several of our

people and our boat were in jeopardy of being lost; but į at length being all on board, we set sail, and having sailed

slowly about six or seven miles, we met with a sloop which had lost her mast in the storm, and next morning we met with two large London ships, which had put out to sea, not venturing to ride it out.

We had fine pleasant weather for several days after we left the island, and on the 22d of the sixth month, being the first day of the week, we had a meeting for the wor. ship of God, which was comfortable and satisfactory to

The 4th and 5th of the seventh month we had very fresh gales from the north-east to the north, and were near a water-spout, about a stone throw off, which surprised some on board, on which I came out of my cabin, and saw the water run up out of the sea into the cloud, as

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plain as ever I saw the water run into the river, till it fill. ed the cloud with blackness, and then it would break in great quantities into the sea, which is dangerous, when falling on vessels.

The 5th of the month, being the first day of the week, we had a good religious meeting for divine worship, wherein our people were earnestly exhorted to a holy life, and to be earnestly concerned for the true faith, which is in Christ; that faith which works by love, and is the evidence of things not visibly seen, being man. ifest by works of piety and virtue. In this voyage we were twenty-two days from the island of Barbadoes to the sight of Cape-Henry, in Virginia, and had a pleasant passage, in the main, to Philadelphia, where, in the sev. enth month, was held our yearly meeting, at which I had a desire to be, my watery employment having hindered my being at a yearly meeting for several years. At this meeting I met with my old acquaintance and dear friends

, John Richardson, of Yorkshire, and Paul Johnson, of Dublin, both on a gospel visit to the brethren and friends in America. The meeting was large, and attend. ed with divine grace and goodness, and ended with thanksgiving and praise to God and the Lamb.

While our ship was loading I was at several meetings in the country, as at Abington, Germantown, Fair-hill

, and Frankfort, in Philadelphia county ; and at the Falls of Delaware, Buckingham, Neshaminy, and Bristol, in Bucks county.

I was also at Burlington, at the mar. riage of William Callender, Jun. of Barbadoes, with Catharine Smith, daughter of Daniel and Mary Smith, of Burlington.

On the 16th of the ninth month, I proceeded seventh voyage to Barbadoes, in the ship New Bristol Hope, as master, having on board several passengers, one of whom (Elizabeth Martindale) was on the passage convinced of the principles of truth, and afterwards suffered, in divers respects, for making profession with us.

We had a long passage down the river, the wind being high and boisterous. On the 22d of the ninth month we left the capes of Delaware, and saw the island of

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Barbadoes the 21st of the tenth month, before it was day, and in the afternoon came to an anchor in the bay of Speight's-town. In this voyage I met with an accident that was painful and troublesome to me, which happened in a hard gale of wind : I being to the windward, and the ship having a large motion, and missing my hold, was canted from my place to the other side of the vessel, against the edge of a chest, and so bruised my leg that I could not do my business as I usually did, which was a great hindrance and disappointment to me: but in about a month's time, with the assistance of some of my friends there, I got indifferently through it, and also rode to Bridgetown, and had several meetings there. I was also at several good and comfortable meetings at Speight’s-town, where we had one the day we sailed, being the 21st of the eleventh month; and on the seashore parted with our friends in great love, and set sail, the wind being north-east, so that we could weather the island of Martinico; we therefore sailed along by the islands of Dominico and Guadaloupe, and had calms under the islands, and sometimes the eddy winds from off the mountains or high lands, would take the sails, and carry the ship clear round, which made it tedious. The 23 and 24th we passed by the islands of Montserrat, Antigua, Rodondo, Christopher's, Nevis, Bartholomew, Statia, Saba, Barbuda, Martin's, and Anguilla, the winds and weather being fair and pleasant.

The 25th in the evening, it began to be hazy; and in the night we split our main-top-sail, which cost us a great deal of labour, and loss of time, before we could get it mended and set again. We had pretty fair weather about twenty days, until we came on our own coast, and into soundings, when a hard gale of wind springing up easterly, set on the shore, was dangerous, and we had a long night coming on; but through the favour of the Almighty, we got off from the land. In the midst of the danger of this storm, my soul sung praises to the Lord.

The 12th of the twelfth month, we met with another easterly storm, being in about thirty fathom water, it blew and rained very hard, and was also exceeding cold, and our coming from a hot climate made it more hard to bear. In this storm we saw divers lights, which the sailors call corpusants, one of them was exceeding bright, and sat, as near as I can compute it, about half an hour on our main-top-mast head, plain to the view of all the ship's company, divers of whom said they never saw they like, and I think I never heard of or saw the like before.

The storm continued all night till day, when it abated, and, it being the first of the week, we had a comfort. able meeting, in which the people on board were advised to get divine and heavenly learning, and not to be fools in religion, or in the things of God, nor to hate his true knowledge ; for if they had all the natural knowledge, and brightest natural parts in the world, they would be but fools without the true fear of God, which the wise king Solomon says, is the beginning of wisdom.

The 27th of the month we saw Cape Henlopen, hav, ing been 27 days from the island of Barbadoes : this was a close, foggy day, we could see but very little before us, and had like to have been a-ground on the shoals, which they call the Hen and Chickens, but went between them and the Cape, in three fathom water; the wind blowing hard at south, we went up the bay by the lead, for we could not see land; and the gale being so fresh we got to Bombay-hook, from our capes, in about six hours, which is accounted twenty leagues; where we came to an anchor, and there met with abundance of ice. Merciful was the deliverance and preservation we met with from the hand of the Almighty this voyage; may we ever gratefully remember it! About a league above Bombay-Hook, when the fog broke up, we found ourselves close on the Jersey shore; and the wind sprung up at north-west, and obliged us to come to an anchor; where the ice came down upon us, which surprized some of us much. The sudden coming out of so hot a climate, into one so severely cold, had asbad effect on most of our ship's company; and, for my own part, I had a sore fit of the phthisic, and was, at times, almost breathless, and thought I must die, for I could hardly breathe, or speak ; but yet I resolved, as long as I was capable

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