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the nature and advantage of good, and the fountain from whence it flows or springs; as also the nature and disad. vantage 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 men might be left without excuse, God hath sent the divine and supernat. ural 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.
The 21st of the ninth month we had a very hard gale of wind at north-west, which blew so hard, that it put us by from sailing, so that we were obliged to lay her to the wind; for by the violence thereof we could not carry any sail, and it was so dark that we could neither see stars nor one another, nor hear one another, with. out we were very near, the seas rising very high : indeed, the long, stormy, and dark nights, were very dismal, and some of our goods got loose in the hold. In the beginning of the night, about the seventh hour, Philip Kearney, my apprentice, fell into the sea, and was lost, which was a deep affliction to us for divers considerations.
The 25th we saw the land, and next day we came to anchor in Delaware bay. The loss of this lad was a cause that we were not so joyful, as is usual for people to be when come to the shore.
The latter end of the tenth month I went the third voyage, commander of the Barbadoes Packet, from Philadelphia, bound to Barbadoes : we were towed through the ice by two boats from Thomas Master's wharf, and in two days got to Reedy - Island; from whence we sailed down Delaware bay, where we lay two nights, the wind being contrary, blowing hard ; the nights being long, the days very short, and weather sharp; we left our capes in the night, it being dangerous lying in the bay; and after being out several days, we had favourable winds, and pleasant weather; but when we got into the trade wind, it blew hard, and mostly against us; so that the first land we saw was the island of Christopher's, where we ar. rived in twenty days from our capes; and the purket
for provisions being at that time better than any other of those islands, and the property of the vessel mostly be. longing to me, and the cargo generally consigned to me, I disposed of part of it. Here being no meeting of our society on this island, I had meetings on board the ves. sel in the harbour, and divers from the shore, and several masters of vessels, came to our meetings, the snow ha. ving large accommodations for such an occasion; and, so far as I could understand, the people were generally satisfied, and spoke well of our meetings.
Of late times, and also in this voyage, meeting with many losses and crosses, and much afflictions, and vari. ous exercises, I was ready to say in my heart, Lord, why am I thus afflicted, now in my declining years, since, thou knowest, I love thee above all things, and that I would not willingly or knowingly offend thee, my great and dear Lord ? It was answered (as though vocally spoken), My only begotten and beloved Son, who never offended me, suffered much more. This word being such an evident truth, I begged patience to go through all my sufferings and afflictions, so that at last I might live with Christ in the glorious kingdom of God forever, where I might always bless and praise his holy name.
Five or six days after our arrival at this island, a vessel, that came out five or six days before us, arrived, she meeting with the same boisterous weather as we did, yet we made our passage ten or eleven days sooner. Di. vers other vessels, bound to Barbadoes, put in here, through these contrary winds; and when I saw others in the like circumstances with us, I was the more thankful for being preserved safe, and so soon to this place ; yet it was a considerable loss and sore trial not to get to Barbadoes, the island I was bound to, and a great disappointment to me and many others.
At this island, a person whose name was Galloway, a man of a great estate, hearing that I kept meetings on board the vessel, kindly invited me to have a meeting at his house, and said he would give notice of it to divers of the gentlemen (as he called them) of the island, telling me, that I should be welcome to his house, which
was much more convenient than the vessel; but I was not very forward to accept of my friend Galloway's kind offer, being sensible of my own weakness and inward poverty, so that I made several excuses to evade it; but he obviated them all. Ist. I asked him, “ If he could bear the reproach of having a quaker's meeting at his house ?”' He answered, “ Yes, there are good and bad of all societies.” 2dly. I asked, “ If his wife would like it, or be willing that a meeting should be in the house ?" He said, « She desired it, and would be very willing.” 3dly. I asked, “ If he thought he could sit in silence ?" He told me “ He believed he could.” I then told him, “I was obliged to him for his kind and friendly offer, and, God willing, I intended to come, and tell my people of the ship's company to come also, and desired him to give notice of it;" which he did : and there was a large, satisfactory meeting. Oh! may the Almighty sanctify it to some souls, is my desire.
He and his wife were both very courteous to me, and invited many of his rich friends and relations. His wife's father was a judge in this island, of good repute, Divers people, of several professions, were at this meeting, and many expressed their being glad of it. An attorney at law said, “ He was thankful for the words he heard that day, and if I would stay with them, he would always come to our meetings.' One judge Mills was at this meeting, and very kindly invited me to his house. Some meeting me next day, said, “They were sorry they were not there." The mistress of the house told divers of the people, who were persons of note, “That they should remember what they had heard ;" and spoke it with a religious concern, as it seemed to me. When I went to this meeting, I was very poor, and in much fear, speaking with a great concern on my mind, for the people's salvation, and that God, through Christ, might be glorified.
After this meeting, it was, as though a voice, said unto me, “ How dost thou know but for this cause, and for this meeting, thou art brought here to this island, though against thy will ?” The people told me that they
did not remember that there ever was a meeting of friends before on this island. The meeting had this effect, that the people had a better opinion of our society, · than they had before. The subject in this meeting was, the excellency of the gospel dispensation, above that of the law, in that it brought us to the law, went through the law, and was above the law, and far from destroying the law, but fulfilled it ; for proof of which, they were referred to Christ's most excellent sermon, which he preached on the mount. Mat. v.
From the island of Christopher's I purposed, God willing, for Barbadoes; which I apprehended would be a troublesome voyage, it being about one hundred leagues to windward, and a strong current against us. On the 19th of the twelfth month, we sailed towards Barbadoes; and the wind being ahead, and bowing hard, we tarried two nights at the island of Lucia, where we took in wood and water : the people here were mostly French, and were very civil to us.
The 21st we put out again to sea; but the wind and current being against us, obliged us to go into the har. bour from whence we came, and tarry for an opportunity more favourable. While we were in this harbour, which is a very good one, several vessels came in on the like occasion; and a vessel that left Christopher's about three hours after us, came here three days since we did.
We went out again, in order to proceed to Barbadoes ; but, as before, the current was so strong against us, and the wind also, that we could not get forward on our way; wherefore we put back again to Christopher's, and by the
way, called at Antigua, where I had an open, satisfactory meeting, for which I was truly thankful, and so were some, not of our society, of whom there were di vers, and some who had not been at our meetings before.
The next day we arrived again at Christopher's, and there unloaded the remainder of our cargo, though much against my mind. After having sold the most of our cargo at Basseterre, we went to Sandy-point, and there
sold the remainder, and took in our loading for Philadel. phia.
In loading our vessel, judge Brown was my very good friend, and helpful to me therein, for which I think
myself much obliged to him.
While we lay here, I had a meeting on board our ves. sel, to which came five masters of vessels. It was a good meeting, though I spoke to them in much misery and pain, having very angry, painful sores on my legs, occasioned by a fall in getting out of the boat, the seas running high, and through the violence of the waves, I fell across the boat, and broke both my shins very griev. ously.
The 31st of the first month, 1734, we had another meeting on board our vessel, to which came several from other vessels, and some from the shore, among whom was a young baronet, and his host (a tavern-keeper), with him, who at first behaved airily, but after some time, he was more sober, and seemed respectful at parting.
I was invited to have a meeting next first day on board the ship King George, a large vessel ; the master told me his cabin was large, and would accommodate many more than mine ; but we did not stay so long as till the first day.
After this meeting was over, the master of the large ship came on board, and said he was sorry he had not come sooner, so as to have had the opportunity to have been at the meeting.
From Christopher's we set sail for the island of Anguilla, and had a meeting at the governor's house on a first day. We stayed at Anguilla three days, and there took on board some bags of cotton on freight, and sailed from thence the 10th of the second month. The gov. ernor of this island, whose name was George Leonard, told me, that he should live and die in our principles, saving that he must defend his people. But he did not consider, that his defence might destroy both him and them, and that such defence was directly contrary to Christ's doctrine and practice. A remarkable and dis