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Island, which is accounted two hundred miles; we had one meeting by the way, in which Christ was preached to them, as he is the Light of the world, at a place where we were told there never was a friend's meeting before. I came to Long-Island about two weeks before the general meeting, and visited friends in several places on this island, as at Hampstead, Jerusalem, Jericho, and Bethpage, where there were large meetings, and much openness among the people, and some were convinced. We had a mecting at a place calied Matinicock, where I met with some of the people called Ranters, who disturbed our meeting. I may say as the apostle Paul (only altering Ephesus to Matinicock) that I fought with beasis there ; and thence I travelled to New York where we had two meetings; from thence we went to 11:1 Jerseys, and there we had several serviceable meetings that were large ; and so tu Pennsylvania, where thure are many very large meetings of friends, and the Lord is with his people there, and prospereth them spirit. ually and temporally. Here I met with my dear friend Wm. Ellis. From Philadelphia, Rich. Gove, of that city, and I travelled to Maryland, and visited friends on the western shore, and from thence to Virginia. In Virginia, near James' river, I met with an aged friend whose name was Wm. Porter. He was ninety-two years of age, and had then a daughter two years old.*
We had several meet. ings there amongst friends and others, many being well satisfied concerning the truth, and spoke well of it.
And after we had had several good and open meetings in Virginia, we found ourselves clear of America, and in order for our passage, we agreed with our friend F. Johnson, on board the Elizabeth and Mary, to carry us for England
* Some years after, I saw him, and he was weeding Indian corn with a hoe. He was then about 106 years of .ge, and ina W..ds of sever ty child, en, grand-children, and great-gran-children. We were divers friends of us to see him, and he preached to us a short, but very affecting sermon, which was, as near as I remember, verbatim, thus : “ Friends, you are come to see me in the love of God. God is love, and those that dwell in God, dwell in love. I thank God, I feel his divine life every day and every night." He lived to see his above mentioned daughter married, and died, aged 107 years.
On the 11th of the first month, 1698-9, we were accompanied on board by several friends, who abode with us all night ; and the next day, being the first day of the week, we had a little comfortable meeting, and then parted in much love, having the evidence of the power of the Almighty with us. We waited for a fair wind until the 20th of the aforesaid month, and left the Capes of Virginia that day, and at night we got our ship into a sailing posture; and I was glad in my spirit, that I was setting my face towards my native land ; and more glad that I was returning with peace in my bosom. Oh! the power and presence of him who said, Go, teach all nations, was sweet to my soul at that time, and now in some measure I enjoyed the fruits of my having laboured in that ability God had given to me. Glory to God, through Christ, who is worthy for ever! The presence of God was with us on the great ocean, and we were strengthened through his goodness wonderfully. We had several good meetings on board our ship, and were opened in the love of God, to the poor seamen very largely.
When we launched forth into the deep, we were sev. eral ships in company; but we had been but a little time at sea, before we lost sight of them all. Several ships passed by us about a week after we sailed ; and about this time we saw a very large whale, which lifted itself part out of the water, with his mouth open, which looked like the entrance of a large cave. We likewise saw severat other large sea-fish, such as grampusses, sharks, &c. all which shew forth the wondrous works of the great Creator of all things. Elizabeth Webb, and Elizabeth Lloyd went over with us in this vessel, both virtuous women. About two weeks the winds were mostly fair for us, in which time we got finely on our way; but for above a week afterwards the winds were mostly contrary, and the ship had a great motion, which caused some of us to be sea-sick, especially Elizabeth Lloyd *, who was but weakly. One night our sailors thought that an enemy or pirate was near us, who fired two guns, and so passed by us; but it being night, we could not cer. tainly know what she was. I rather judged it might be some ship in distress, for we saw one of the ships that evening that came out with us, and the next morning we could see none at all, and there was hardly any wind that night, so I feared that our companion had sprung a leak and foundered; and when I told our master my opinion, he said, he feared the same likewise. Now, for two weeks time, or thereabouts, we beat about the sea, and made little progress. Howbeit, we had several good meetings, wherein we gave glory to God, our Saviour ; and for ever let it ascend, saith my soul, to him over all ! After contrary winds, about two weeks, the wind sprung up westerly, and was fair for several days; in which time we got finely on our way again, and left the West. ern Islands about two day's sail behind us; and then the wind was contrary again. Contrary winds are commonly tedious at sea, but especially to those that know not where to stay their minds; but we being several friends of us on board, that were passengers, had oftentimes good meetings several times a week; and if any of our ship's company came to meeting, they always were sober, and sometimes tender; and truly God's love was extended towards them. And when it was not our meeting days, we spent not our time idly, but for the most part in read. ing the holy scriptures, and writing, &c. in which we were at sundry seasons greatly refreshed, strengthened, and comforted, Oh! my soul! glorify God thy Maker, and Christ thy Saviour for ever, in the sense of his good. ness and mercy, both by sea and land, by night and by day! After we had been almost seven weeks at sea, we thought that we were near the land, but we sounded sev. eral days, and found no bottom, although we let out abundance of line, I think above three hundred yards.
* She was the daughter of Thomas Lloyd, late deputy-governor of Penn. sylvania. She lived and died a vituous woman ; and, I think, generally be
loved by all who were acquainted with her. When she died she was the wife of Daniel Zachary, a merchant of Boston, New-England, well known, and much beloved there, for her piety and virtue.
About this time our doctor dreamed a dream, which was to this effect; himself related it to me; he said, " He dreamed that he went on shore at a great and spacious town, the buildings whereof were high, and the streets broad; and as he went up the street he saw a large sign, on which was written, in great golden letters, SHAME. At the door of the house to which the sign belonged, stood a woman with a can in her hand, who said unto him, Doctor, will you drink? he replied, with all my heart, for I have not drank any thing bùt water a great while, (our wine and cider being all spent, having had a long passage) and he drank a hearty draught, which he said, made him merry; so he went up the street reel. ing to and fro, when a grim fellow coming behind him, clapped him on the shoulder, and told him, that he arrested him in the name of the governor of the place. He asked him for what; and said, What have I done? He answered, for stealing the woman's can; the can he had indeed, and so he was had before the governor, which was a mighty black dog, the biggest and grimmest that ever he saw in his life; and witness was brought in against him by an old companion of his, and he was found guilty, and his sentence was to go to prison, and there lay for ever."
He told me this dream so punctually, and with such an emphasis, that it affected me with serious sadness, and caused my heart to move within me; for to me the dream seemed true, and the interpretation sure: I then told him he was an ingenious man, and might clearly see the interpretation of that dream, which exactly answered to his state and condition, which I thus interpreted to
“ This great and spacious place, wherein the buildings were high and the streets broad, is thy great and high profession : the sign, on which was written shame, which thou sawest, and the woman at the door, with the can m her hand, truly represents that great, crying, and shameful sin of drunkenness, which thou knowest to be thy great weakness, which the woman with the can did truly represent to thee; the grim fellow who ar. rested thee in the devil's territories, is death, who will assuredly arrest all mortals: the governor whom thou sawest, representing a great black dog, is certainly the devil, who after his servants have served him to the full, will torment them eternally in hell.” So he got up, as it were in haste, and said, God forbid! it is nothing but a dream. But I told hiin it was a very significant one, and a warning to him from the Almighty, who sometimes speaks to men by dreams.
In seven weeks after we left sight of the land of Amer. ica, we saw the Scilly islands, and next day saw the land of England, which was a comfortable sight to us; in that God Almighty had preserved us hitherto, and that we were so far got on our way.
We drove about the channel's mouth for several days for want of wind; after which, for two days the wind came up, and we got as far up the channel as Limebay, and then an easterly wind blew fresh for several days, and we turned to wind vard, but rather lost than got on our way, which was tiresome and tedious to some of us.
Now about this time, being some days after the doctor's dream, a grievous accident happened to us. We meeting with a Dutch vessel, in Limebay, a little above the Start, hailed her, and she us. They said they came from Lisbon, and were bound for Holland. She was loaded with wine, brandy, fruit, and such like commodi. ties and we having little but water to drink, by reason our passage was longer than we expected, therefore we sent our boat on board, in order to buy us a little wine to drink with our water. Our doctor, and a merchant that was a passenger, and one sailor, went on board, where they staid until some of them were overcome with wine, although they were desired to beware thereof; so that when they came back, a rope being handed to them, (they being filled with wine unto excess) were not capable of using it dexterously, insomuch that they overset the boat, and she turned bottom upwards, having the doctor under her. The merchant caught hold of a rope called the main-sheet, whereby his life was saved. The sailor not getting so much drink as the other two, got nimbly on the bottom of the boat, and floated on the