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at Newbury. 5th and 6th, was at Almsbury and Seabrook; painfully exercised in both. 7th, 8th,' and 10th, was at Dover, Berwick, and Wyndham, had a good meeting at the last place, and returned to Falmouth. ith, attended the meeting there ; it was a close, searching, laborious time. 12th, had a good, open, rejoicing meeting at Durham, and rode from thence to Bath. 13th, had a very trying meeting there ; my mind was deeply fenfible, tho' an entire stranger, that there was either a wolf or wolves among us, in sheep's clothing ; the which gave me much and long painful, inward labour, and also lengthy vocal exercise. The testimony of the word of life I felt as a flame against antichrift in the temple of God, against likenesses in religion; forms without substance; words without life and power : at length my spirit was clear and easy, and after meeting I was informed a man was there, who was a preacher among a people at some distance from Bath, and that he was not a religious, nor even a moral man.
Thanks be unto God, who gave us the victory this day.
55th, Was at Vasselborough ; and 16th, at Fairfield, where I had a good open relieving time, having much to declare of the impossibility of salvation in fin; and I apprehend there was a state present to whom it was applicable. 17th, rode to Green, and 18th to Falmouth. 19th, had a meeting at Portland in Falmouth, a place that used to be called Casco-Bay, in a congregational meeting-house, a good open meeting, and in the afternoon at Friends meeting-place. 20th, rode to Berwick ; and 2 ist, attended monthly meeting there ; and, 22d, their first-day meeting. 23d, returned to Falmouth, and, 25th, attended monthly meeting there, was favoured in opening divine truths. 26th, rode to Durham; 27th, favoured in the monthly meeting
there. 29th, opened in Truth's doctrines at Fal mouth, 'being their first-day' meeting.
ist of 8th month, had a good meeting at Rochester, among Friends and others, bleffed be the name of the Lord. 2d, had a meeting at Lee, where, among Friends and others, iny mind was much relieved in a close searching teftimony. 3d, was at Epping, and 4th, at Newtown; had laborious service in each, but relief in the conclusion. 5th, being first of the week, I attended the fore and afternoon meetings at Salem ; and after a close searching testimony, left the town relieved in inind, and rode to Lynn-and 6th of the month rode home-having been out about five weeks and a half in this journey, and rode about seven hundred and fifty miles ; passed through many deep, trying, and exercising seasons; and blessed the name of the Lord for his holy help, who, in the day of battle, gave me the victory.-gth day of the 8th month, attended our quarterly meeting; it was a favoured time. Dear John and Benjamin Reeve, from Jersey, attended this meeting.
Having passed the time since my return home from the Eastern Quarter at and about home, in the attendance of meetings, and revision of my journal, some other writings, and preparing for my European journcy, having now obtained certificates from our monthly and quarterly meetings for that purpose, placed my children to satisfaction, and fettled my outward affairs, am this 26th day of the 11th month, about ready, and expect this day to leave home. Lord, thou haft held my hand, and covered my head in many battles--be with me, I pray thee, through all ; and keep me from evil. Be with my dear inotherless children ; visit them, I pray thee, by thy holy spirit ; lead them in the way of refinement and self-denial ; and, finally, bring them un
to glory.- Visit and revist, bless and preferve, O Lord my God, I humbly pray thee, all my near ron Jations and friends ; make bare thy Arm for poor New England; and, if it be thy holy will, make thyself more livingly known to many within her borders: and hasten thy great work over the face of the earth, that nation may cease warring with nation, and righteousness cover the carth as water does the fea.
N the 26th day of the i Ith mo. 1792, I took
a solemn leave of my dear father, father and mother-in-law, my two youngest children, whom I left in their care, and of my brothers and sisters-inlaw; and accompanied by my kind friends Thomas Arnold and Smith Brown, went to Boston. 27th, The ship not ready to fail, I made some preparations for the voyage. 29th, My two said friends return. ed home; I attended the meeting in Boston, which was small, I had however a few words of invitation for them. 30th, I went to Lynn, and ist of the 12th month, visited divers famílies there ; and 2d, attended their large meeting in silence ; 3d, returned to Boston ; 4th, wrote letters home; and 5th, went on board the ship Mercury of 240 tons, bound for Dunkirk, Benjamin Glover, of Nantucket, master. We failed about noon : some time in the afternoon we lost light of Boston. In the night all hands were called up, and the ship put about in order to return to the harbour, she leaking, and the leak rapidly increasing, that is, from the rate of one hundred strokes of the pump an hour to fix hundred The captain, mates, and crew, were alarmed; but the foon leaked less on this tack, and they put about again.-6th, the ship still leaking, the captain and several men searched on the outside for the leak, but found none ; after which, the leak moderating, cheerfulness returned in the faces of the company.
7th, The leak greatly increased, to near one thousand strokes an hour. Sadness again resumed its empire over the crew. The captain knew not what to do: at length he put about again, and failed homeward a while. The weather was pretty rugged
during the time of this increasing leak. The leak continuing, the captain ordered a hole to be cut through the second deck to go in and search for it, which was done, and the leak foon found, to wit, an open auger hole of about an inch and an half, at the ship's stern, so high up as not to leak constantly, which being stopped, the number of strokes were soon reduced to twenty-five an hour. Oh! what a change this wrought in the countenances of the poor failors. They soon seemed as if they had forgot all their forrows. They put fhip about, and now seemed as if they were going to sea in earnest. The captain's looks proclaimed the relief of his heart, though he was moderate through all. My trust was only in God, my hope, refuge, and defence. I appealed to him who knew all hearts, that he knew my motives in this voyage were none other than that I might be found obedient to his holy call, and faithful in his service; and if it was now his will to fuffer my body to descend into a watry grave, thy • will be done,' was the honeft language of my heart. I could not wish myself on shore; nor on board another vessel ; for I had felt quite easy in taking passage in this, and remained so. I believed the winds and waves obeyed him, and that his providential care is over all his creatures. I felt safe in his hand, and reposed myself as in the hollow of it blessed be his name for ever.
8th, All cheerful on board. The motion of the fhip has kept me a little fea-fick.--gth, Cloudy and rainy.-I fat a while in folemn silence, waiting upon the Lord my God; but though my mind was somewhat stayed, it was inwardly as outwardly, a cloudy time, indeed a time of proving to me.-10th, At evening the wind arose, and roared tremendously; it held all night ; the men tied up the fails, lashed the helm, and let the ship drift in the wind and waves. 11th, The gale still continued all the Y 2