Page images
PDF
EPUB

1710. ing with the Germans or Palatines, on the Ship’s Deck,

and one that understood both Languages interpreted for me. The People were tender and wrought upon, behaved sober, and were well satisfied: And I can truly say, I was well satisfied also.

In this Voyage we had our Health to Admiration ; and I shall observe one Thing worthy of my Notice. Some of my loving and good Friends in London, fearing a Sickness in the Ship, as she was but small, considering there were so many Souls on board her, being ninety-four in Number, they, for that and other Reasons, advised me not to go in her ; for they loved me well, and I took it kindly of them : But I could not be easy to take their Advice, because I had been long from my Habitation and Business, and which was yet more, from my dear and loving Wife: And notwithstanding the Vessel was so full and crowded, and also several of the People taken into the Ship fick in the River of Thames, yet they mended on board the Vessel apace, and were soon all brave and hearty, being perfectly recovered at Sea, and the Ship, thro' the Providence of the Almighty, brought them all

well to Pbiladelphia, in the Seventh Month 1710 : phiae

(I think I never was in a more healthy Vessel in all my Time, and I thought this peculiar Favour worthy to be recorded by me.) We had a very pleasant Passage up the River Delaware, to our great Satisfaction, the Palatines being wounderfully pleased with the Country, mightily admiring the Pleasantness and the Fertility of it. Divers of our People went on Shore, and brought Fruit on board, which was the largest and finest they had ever seen, as they said, viz. Apples, Peaches, &c.

I was from my Family and Habitation in this Journey and Travel for the Space of three Years, within a few weeks ; in which Time, and in my Return, I had sweet Peace to my Soul, Glory to God for evermore! I had Meetings every Day when on Land,

Philadel.

except Second and Seventh Days (when in Health, and 1710. nothing extraordinary hindered) and travelled by Sean and Land Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred Miles, according to our English Account. I was kindly and tenderly received by my Friends, who longed to see me, as I did them, and our Meeting was comfortable and pleasant

After this long Travel and Voyage I stay'd at Home, and looked after the little Family which God had given me, and kept duly to Meetings, except something extraordinary hindered.

Divers People, when I came Home, raised a false Report of me, and Said, I had brought Home a great deal of Money and Goods, that I had got by Preaching'; which was utterly false and base ; for I brought neither Money' or Goods, so much as to the Value of Five Pounds, except my wearing Apparel ; so much the Reverse, that I borrowed Money at London to pay for my Accommodations Home, the which I faithfully remitted back again to my Friend that lent it me, to whom I was much obliged for the fame : And if I might have gained a Hundred Pounds per Annum, it would not have tempted me to undertake that, or such another Journey. Soon after my Return Home again, I visited a few neighbouring Meetings, which were large and editying, Friends being glad to see me again return'd Home from that long Journey. And I did (as I had Reason to do) bless the holy Name of the Lord, for his many Preservations and Deliverances by Sea and Land.

After some Stay at Philadelphia, I went down with my Wife and Family into Maryland, to a Corn-Mill Maryland. and Saw-Mill, which I had there, in order to live some Time, and settle my Affairs : And after being there fome Time, my dear Wife was taken ill of a sore Disease, which some thought to be an Ulcer in the Bladder, and I had her up to Philadelphia, she being carried as far as Chester in a Horse-litcer, where the continued for some Months in much Misery, and

F 3

extreann

1711. extream Pain, at the House of our very kind Friends,

David and Grace Lloyd, whose Kindness to us in that fore, trying, and exercising Time, was great, and is not to be forgotten by me, while I live in this World.

From Cbefter we removed her again in a Litter, being Philadel. accompanied by our Friends, to Philadelphia, where thia.

she continued very ill all that Winter, often thinking that Death carried long, and crying mightily to the Lord, Ob! Come away, come away! This was her Cry Day and Night, 'till at last she could speak no more. As we lived together in great Love and Unity, being very affectionate one to another ; so being now left alone I was very solitary, and sometimes sorrowful, and broken into many Tears, in the Sense of my

Loss and Lonesomness. This my dear Wife, was a virtuous young Woman, and one that truly feared God, and loved his dear Son ; from whom the had received a good Gift of the Ministry, and was serviceable to many therein. I had five Children by her, four Sons and one Daughter, all which I buried before her, under three Years oldAt the Yearly-meeting before she died, she was so wonderfully carried forth in her Ministry, by the divine Grace, that divers of her Friends believed she was near her End, she signifying something to that Effect in her Testimony, and that she should not live to see another Yeerly-meeting : And so it came to pass ; for she died before another Yearly. meeting, being aged about thirty-five years, and a married Woman about thirteen Years. Her Body was carried to Friends Meeting-house in Philadelpbia, and buried in Friends burying Ground, being accompanied by many Hundreds of our Friends, in a solemn Manner: And my Heart was greatly broken in Cor. sideration of my great Lofs ; and being left alone as to Wife and Children, I many Times deeply mourned, tho' I well knew my Loss was her's and their Gain !

Here I shall end the first part of the Journal of fome Part of my Life and Travels, omitting many

Meetings, Meetings, and leffer Journeys, which I performed : 1711. And the Accounts here given, have been mostly gene- un ral, not descending into many Particulars ; tho the adding some Things might have been instructive and agreeable : The whole being intended as a Motive to ftir up others to serve, love, and faithfully follow, and believe in Chrift.

The End of the FirA PAR T.

А

A

JOURNAL

OF THE

Life, LABOURS, TRAVELS, &c.

o F

THOMAS CH AL KLET.

PART II.

mia.

1712. NOW gave up my Time moftly to travelling, 1713

for about the Space of two Years, in which I Pensylva

visited the Meetings of Friends in the Provinces

of Pensylvania, East and Weft-Jersey, MaryJersey. Maryland.

land, Virginia, and North Carolina, and back again Virginia: to Philadelphia, and then to New Jersey again : Also

lo Long-Isand, Rbode-Island, Conanicut-Island, Nan

tucket-Tfand, and New England, and thro' those Parts pbia. Long-Iland, on my Return to Philadelphia. In these Provinces,

Bc. I travelled some Thousands of Miles, and had Island, &e.

many large Meetings (some in Places where there had not been any before) and some were convinced, and many would acknowledge to the Testimony of Truth,

North-Ca. rolina, Philadel.

Rhode.

« PreviousContinue »