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Providence; and being of strong and ready abilities, and his mind improved and enlarged by the fanctifying power of Truth, he was enabled,' and Zealously and very usefully disposed for the promotion of the cause of righteousness in which he was engaged.
Having in the school of Christ measurably learn. ed the mystery of the fall and restoration of man, and to understand the scriptures, and pertinently to apply them, he was brought under the preparing hand of the Lord for the work of the ministry, unđer which dispensation his soul was deeply baptized, and brought under great fympathy with seeking fouls, who were travailing in birth that Christ might be formed in them, to whom he was at times and rea'fons enabled powerfully to administer encouragement and consolation. Thus for several years, (as well as by letters and epistles, for which he was eminently gifted with instructive and edifying talents) he laboured for the promotion of the cause of truth, now become precious in his fight; and about the 23d year of his age he appeared in the ministry at a publick meeting in Providence, expressive of the defire of his soul, that "Sion might arise and shake herself from the dust of the earth, and put on her beautiful garments.' The gravity in which he appeared, the Iympathy which was felt, and the folemnity of that season, are refreshingly remembered by some to the present day,
At this time he taught a school in Providence, in which employ he continued for several years, and afterward in Smithfield, much to the fatisfaction of his employers, and the children and youth under his minister without fresh anointing, and careful in attending closely to the turnings of the key of David; well knowing when that shuts, none can open, and therefore, when he perceived his subject to close and the life withdraw, however clear his opening, and free the spring of life had been at his beginning, he would suddenly sit down, however in the cross; for he had a testimony to bear against all superficial and lifeless ministry, and very exemplarily avoided it.
care, whose confidence and affections he very gene, rally gained and preserved, to some of whom his memory is yet precious. In his attendance of all our religious meetings, and in the various duties of private life, as well as in the relations of son, hufband, parent and neighbour, he was truly exemplary. His appearance in the ministry was not very frequent when at home, and he was frequently led into an ex. ample of filence when abroad, circumspect not to
His first visit abroad was to the northerly parts of the yearly meeting of New York, which proved a season of close probation and conflict of mind, yet endeavouring to attend to the pointings of duty from place to place, he was, as appears by his certificates, favoured to return with the approbation of those he visited; and by a prospect which it appears he had, as he was returning home, not wholly unlike the apostle Paul's; 2 Cor. xii. he was ftrengthened to perseverance in a dedication of heart to the Lord'; for in this luminous and extatic profpect, it appeared to him, that all his corruptions and spots were made clean before the Lamb, and he made to partake of the consolations and joys of the heavenly host; yet like the apostle, he had foon to experience a thorn in the flesh, lest he should be exalted above measure, and even the messenger of Satan was permitted ta buffet him; but he befought the Lord for his preservation, and received the consoling answer of 'my grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Thus buffeted, tried and tempted, he had to tread in the steps of the great apostle and his dear Lord and Master, and thereby be: came more perfected through sufferings.
He afterwards vifited New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania twice, and once the Southern states as far as Georgia, returning certificates of the approba tion of those he visited, among whom we have good reason to believe he has left many feals of his gospel ministry, and impressions of near and dear unity and fellowship with him as a brother beloved, as well in these as in other parts of our own yearly meeting
He also visited some part of the state of Conne&ticut, and had meetings among those not of our society. Soon after which a prospect, that for some years before had opened to his view, of visiting Great Britain and Ireland, had so ripened on his mind, as to induce him to open the same to his friends for their concurrence and certificate. In the ninth month, 1792, he received one from this monthly meeting, and also one in the tenth month from our quarterly meeting for Rhode Island. On the 26th of the ith month he took a solemn leave of his Family and Friends at home, and failed from Boston 'the 5th of the 12th month,for Dunkirk in France. On the passage the ship sprung a leak, and had a severe gale of wind; but it appears this our friend was preserved, resigned and stayed through all,' - while the mariners on board were tossed with amazement and terror; corresponding with a prospect which he received and recorded in his journal left at home, about twelve months before he failed, on a view of which a striking evidence is thereby raised, that prophecy, or communication to the mind of future events, has not ceased; but that the Lord still continues graciously to open his visions of light to his devoted fervants by way of pointing to duty, forewarning of events, and guiding the mind through them, in confirmation of divine superintendance, and their faith in his gracious appearance.
He arrived at Dunkirk the 5th of the ist month, and after tarrying there about ten days, much to his own and friends satisfaction, proceeded to England, taking some meetings in Kent, went to London, attended the different meetings in that city, then into Wales, and attended the several monthly and quarterly meetings, and the yearly meeting at Carmarthen, thence to Bristol, and, returning to London, attended the yearly meeting there, who, in their epistle to ours, speak of him in a very satisfactory manner. He then went to Liverpool, taking meetings in his way, and so passed over to Ireland, and visited all the meetings of Friends and some of other societies there; attended the national hálf-year's meeting in Dublin;
and, contributed largely to the fanctification of the foul; as they are remembered with awfulness and gratiB 3
and, while visiting a few meetings a second time, he was taken ill of the small-pox, at the house of our friend Elizabeth Shackleton, in Ballitore, from whence he dictated a letter on the 14th of the rith month, to his relations and friends; out of which, and an account taken by the Friends who attended him, we extract the following: he says, 'I am now twentyeight Irish miles from Dublin, entered five days
into the small pox; I feel easiest to address you principally, that you may know my mind enjoys
that which removes beyond all sorrow. Of his children he says, 'I with them to get a little more learning than some of them are at present in the way of; and although I do not wifi much of the • world's polish, yet it is, at this awful moment, my
defire that they may not be brought up with much rusticity, for this I believe has not very often con
tributed either to civil or religious usefulness. My • desire for my children's substantial growth in the
truth, and strict adherence to all its discoveries to to the close of their days, is by far my principal • with for thein. Out of the enjoyment of a good
degree of this precious inheritance, I know of nothing in this world worth living for. Ye that know it, suffer nothing I most cordially befeech
you, ever to divert your minds from an increasing • and fervent pursuit after the fulness of it; even
unto the measure and stature of the fulness of • Chrift.' At another time he faid, "My spirits are * under little or no depression; perhaps I never saw , *a time before, when all things not criminal were
so nearly alike to me in point of any disturbance to the mind. When I verge a little towards sleep, • I am all afloat, from the state of my nerves, and • forced immediately from beginning repose; but • through all, the soul seems deeply anchored in • God :-adding, "My heart seems melted within me . in retrospective view; all the former conflicts, • however grievous in their time, are lighter now * than vanity, except as they are clearly seen to have
tude before Him who has not been wanting to pre• serve through them all; and as they seem likely to • introduce, before long, an exceeding and eternal
weight of glory. At another time he said, “It is ' the Lord that enables to coincide with his will, ' and say amen to all the trials and conflicts he per
mits to attend us. My mi is centred in that . which brings into perfect acquiescence. There is 'nothing in this world worth being enjoyed out of (the divine will.'
He gave directions, that if he should go hence, every thing about his interment should be plain and simple; expressed his entire refignation to divine difposal; and that he found nothing to stand between him and the Fountain of everlasting love. At another time said, “I have no fear, for perfect love cast. . eth out all fear, and he that feareth is not perfected ' in love.' His stomach refusing all nourishment, and a hiccough coming on, he said, Do not force nature, let me pass quietly away to the eternal in"heritance.' Soon after said, 'I am waiting patiently • to see the salvation of God-do you wait patiently
with me. I have no desire, nor the findow of a • desire, to be restored I hope the doctors will soon
find that they have done their part.' To one he said, Thy being here has been an inexpressible
satisfaction to me.' Afterwards faid, 'I have known something of that law of love whereby all boasting is entirely excluded; but I may fay, through that • which has supported me under all the trials and • conflicts which have attended my paffage through • life, to you my beloved friends, as to dear children, • Follow me as I have endeavoured to follow Christ • Jesus, the Lord of life and glory, and the Rock of • my eternal salvation. We omit many other weighty and initructive expressions of our beloved friend, which he uttered during his illness and till near his close, left this testimony should extend beyond its proper limits. He quictly departed this life the 2ad of the rith month, 1793, at the house of our aforesaid friend Elizabeth Shackleton, at Ballitore, in Ireland; and we doubt not finished his course with