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" would say, I took a wrong Spirit for the right. And 1704. “ he would say how I should know, For if I was in s right I would be willing to condescend to him. And “ then I said, in Condescention to him I would move; “ but I hope the Lord will not lay it to my Charge, “ for was it not to condescend to him, I would not « move for the World ; and after I had given away “ my Strength, in a little Time there came Men “ from the Garrison, with their Guns, and told us, They came for us, and told us, The Indians, they thought, might be near ; and then away we went ; 6s and my Mother went in with my Brother-in“ law, altho', I persuaded her not to do it. But the " said, Wby, my Child is there : And why may not I be with him as well as thee? And so we went along “ to Hampton, to my Husband's Brocher's. Buc o “ the Fear and Trouble that I felt ! And told my “ Husband it seem'd as if we were going into the “ Mouth of the Indians. And the next Day was the « first Day of the Week ; and our dear Friend, Lydia Norton, came with my dear Mother; and « in her Testimony, she said there was there that “ was very near to her Life, that was very near « Death. O then I was ready to think it would be « 1, because I believed we had done amiss in mov“ ing, and great Trouble was I in, and told dear Lydia “ of it ; but she comforted me as much as the could, " and said, She did not think it would be I. And ny " dear Mother went to my Sister's again, to the 6 Garrison, where she found herself not easy; but, " as she often said to many, that she felt herself in a 66 beclouded Condition, and more shut from Counsel " than ever she had been since she knew the Truth; " and being uneasy, went to move to a Friend's House " that lived in the Neighbourhood ; and as she was “ moving, the bloody cruel Indians lay by the Way, u and killed her. O'then how did I lament moving! " And promised if the Lord would be pleased to spare


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my Life, and Husband, and Children, and carry “ us home again, I would never do fo more. But “O the Fear, and "Trouble, and Darkness, that fell upon me, and many more at that Time! And • three or four of us kept our Meeting, but although " we fat and waited as well as we could, yet we fac C under a poor beclouded Condition, till we return"ed Home again, then did the Lord please to lift “ up the Light of his Love upon our poor Souls. © O then I told my Husband, although he had built a 6 little House by the Garrison, I could not move « again. So he was willing to stay while the Winter - Season Jafted, but told me he could not stay when « Summer came, for then the Indians would be o about ; and so told me, That if I could not go to " the Garrison, I might go to a Friend's House that " was near it. And I was willing to please him, if " the Lord was willing; and then applied my Heart " to know the Mind of Truth, and it was thewed 66 me, that it I moved again, I should loose the Sense " of Truth, and I should never hold up my Head " again. O then I told my Husband he must never « ask me to move again, for I durst not do it. Still « he would say it was a Notion, till our dear Friend " Thomas Story came and told him, He did not see " that I could bave a greater Revelation than I bad. $. And facisfied my Husband so well, that he never “ asked nie more to go, but was very well contented

to stay all the Wars; and then Things were made

more easy, and we saw Abundance of the wonder" ful Works, and of the mighty Power of the Lord, “ in keeping and preserving of us, when the Indians " were at our Doors and Windows, and at other 66 Times ; and how the Lord put Courage in you,

dear Children ; don't you forget it, and don't " think that as you were young, and because you • knew little, so you feared nothing; but often consider how you staid at Home alone, when we went




to Meetings, and how the Lord preserved you, 1704. " and kept you, so that no Hurt came upon you. “ And I leave this Charge upon you, Live in the Fear “ of the Lord, and fee you set him always before

your Eyes, left you fin against him : For if I had “ not feared the Lord, and felt the Comforts of his 6 holy Spirit, I never could have stood so great a " Trial, when so many judged, and said, I was de“ luded, and that all the Blood of my Husband and “ Children, would be required at my Hands ; but " the Lord was near to me, and gave me Strength 6s and Courage, and Faith to trust in him, for ! “ knew his Name to be a strong Tower, yea, and

stronger than any in the World; for I have often“ times fled there for Safety. O Blessing and Honour, « and everlasting high Praises, be given to the Lord, “ and to his dear Son, our Saviour and Mediator, « Christ Jesus, Amen.


A Neighbour of the aforesaid People told me, That as he was at Work in his Field, the Indians saw and called him, and he went to them. They told him, That they had no Quarrel with the Quakers, for they were a quier, peaceable People, and hurt nobody, and that therefore' none should hurt them. But they said that the Presbyterians in these Parts had taken away their Lands, and some of their Lives, and would now, if they could, destroy all the Indians.

Those Indians began about this Time to shoot People down as they rode along the Road, and to knock them on the Head in their Beds, and very barbarously murdered many: But we travelled the Country, and had large Meetings, and the good Presence of God was with us abundantly, and we had great inward Joy in the holy Ghost in our outward. Jeopardy and Travels. The People generally rode and went to



1704. their worship armed, but Friends went to their

Meetings without either Sword or Gun, having their
Trust and Confidence in God.

After having had divers good Meetings in those Eufon, &c. Eastern Parts of Neo-England, I returo'd to Ssies,

Lyn, Boston, and so on towards Rbode Irland, and Narrazan. aí divers adjacent Places; as in the Naragare Dartmouth. Contry, we had divers Meetings, also at Darinoaib,

Sandwich, and Scituate. As I was entring into the Town of Boston in Company with many others, a Men rode up to me, and ask'd in a scoffing Manner, Wbeiber I saw or met with any Quakers on tbe Road? I pleasantly told him, we should not tell the Presby. terians, left they should hang them. He not think ing of such an Answer, went sneakingly away,

Now having thoroughly visited Friends in those

Parts, in Company with my Friend Thomas Story, I Conneticu, travelled through Connecticut Government, and had filand.

several Meetings in that Colony ; and came to LongINand, where we had divers Meetings to the Satisfaction of ourselves and Friends. From Long-Isand, after we were clear of the Service and Exercise of the Work of the Ministry, and had visited Friends Meetings as we travelled ; and in divers Places found Openness among the People who were not of our Profession (which sometimes came in great Numbers to our Meetings, and several were convinced in some good Degree, and many comforted, strengthened,

and edified, in Christ our Lord) we came to PbilaPhia,

delphia, the Place of our Habitation. Let (faith my Soul) his Name have the Praise of all his works for




After being at Home fome Time, I visited Friends

Meetings in our own County, and several Parts of Nove Jer. New Jersey, Maryland, and the Lower Counties on py.

Delaciare. At Jones's I appointed a Meeting at a

publick House near the Court-house (general Notice Maryland.

being given thereof) there came one- -Crawford,

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a Priest, with many of his Hearers, and in the Begin- 1704. ning of the Meeting he read a Sermon (as they called it) which was a Transcript of the Work of some of our Adversaries, which we desired to have from them to answer. They said, If I would answer it myself I fhould bave it. The which I told them I should, if they would let me ; but though they promised it, they did not perform, but were worse than their Word: We heard them read it over patiently; and after they had done, we had our Meeting. The Auditory was large, and most of the Magiftrates were at it. The Priest's Reading, and my Testimony occasioned this Meeting to hold long; after which as we were getting on Horseback, the Priest cry'd out among the People, That he did not think we should go away to sneaking1 y. We having twenty Miles to ride that Night, and he near his Home, he having the Advantage in that Respect, some thought it made him the bolder, for he let me get on Horseback before he uttered that sneaking Expression. I cold him, to challenge was enough to set a Coward to work, and we were no Cowards ; for he knew we could venture our Lives for our Religion, which I question’d whether he would do for his ; To I dismounted, and he having the Bible open in his Hand, I being near him, chanced, against my Will and Knowledge, to couch it with my Foot: Look you, Gentlemen, says he, be tramples ibe Word of God under bis Feet. For which gross Abuse his own Hearers openly rebuked him, and put him to Shame. Then he said, He would prove us 110 Ministers of Christ. I bid him prove himself one, and he would do the Business. Well, says he, how fall we know who are Christ's Ministers? 'Why, taid I in answer to him, art thou willing to be try'd by Christ's Rule, for he hath given us a plain Rule to know them by. What is that Rule ? Let's hear it, says he. 'Tis short, but full, namely, By their Fruits you shall know tbem: For Men don'i gaiber Grapes of


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