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burials, and his attendance and religious labours on such occasions; his daily employments in his business as a farmer, pump maker, carpenter, joiner, wheelwright, cooper, shoemaker, and divers others concerns of this nature, for the comfortable accommodation of himself and family. Yet these do not appear ever to have interfered with, or hindered his religious exercises, travels, and remarkable attention to strangers; especially such as were travelling in the service of Truth; and it may truly be said, “his heart and house were ever open toward these.”
In such a detail of circumstances, transactions and events, it will readily be perceived that much repetition must occur-and that many notices of local affairs and private, or domestic history, would be very uninteresting to strangers. In making the following selection, the design has been to exhibit the most important parts of the history of his life, as connected with his religious views, feelings and engagements.
John Hunt thus explains his motives in keeping a Diary or Journal of his time: “In William Penn's Advice to his children, he says: Mind an inward sense upon doing any thing. When you read the scriptures, remark the notablest passages, as your spirits are most touched, in a common-place book; with that sense or opening which you receive: for they (these openings] come not by study, or in the will of man, no more than the scriptures did; and they may be lost by carelessness, and overgrowing thoughts, and business of this life. So, in perusing any other good and profitable book; yet rather meditate, than read much.' This advice of Wm. Penn to his children, of keeping a common-place book,
and short journal of their time, though a day require but a line, for many advantages flow from it,'was what first put me upon thus keeping such a common-place book.
About the time of my beginning with it, my dear cousin William Hunt, from Carolina, was here, and I showed it to him. He seemed much pleased with it, and encouraged me. Being once in company with Anthony Benezet, he told me I should keep such a book; and on being informed that I did, he appeared satisfied, and also encoura
JOURNAL, &c. At divers times in my very youthful days, and particularly when about eight years of age, I was favoured with the tendering visitations of Divine goodness; the effects of which were marked in my countenance and deportment, so as to attract the notice of
grew up, and before I was of age, I used sometimes to seek places of retirement, and spend the afternoons of first-days in reading the scriptures and other religious books; refusing to go into company-and in so doing I felt the reward of peace. But not abiding in this tender watchful state, I gave way again and again, to go into unprofitable company; and sometimes spent the first-days in a way which brought trouble, and cost me many tears in solitary corners.
The 1st of the 7th mo. 1770, being near about the thirtieth year of my age, I began to keep a Journal, or daily account of things that seemed worthy of my remembrance.
5th. Went to our monthly meeting; Josiah White was there and spoke-his subject was concerning true worship.
Sth mo. 9th. At our monthly meeting at Evesham, Hannah Foster appeared in testimony on these words: “If the righteous scarcely be saved, where will the wicked appear?” and was particular against the excessive use of strong drink.
9th mo. 22nd. Ann Moore from Maryland was at our meeting, she preached and prayed in a most wonderful and powerful manner.
12th mo. 14th. Was at a meeting appointed for William Horne and Benjamin Linton, from Pennsylvania. They both had good service, being concerned to stir Friends up to diligence.
18th. At Woodbury meeting, met with my cousin William Hunt from Carolina. He spoke a considerable time. Dined at Mark Miller's—cousin William appeared in prayer at the table; he began to speak again soon after dinner, and continued till near sun-down. Went to David Cooper's to lodge. Cousin William began to speak soon after supper, and continued till almost bed time.
I accompanied cousin William and Benjamin Linton to Upper Greenwich, Pilesgrove, and Upper Alloway's Creek, and returned home the 23d. It was an exercising time to me all the while I was with these Friends; but on coming home I was fully satisfied, and thought I had received an hundred-fold for my
trouble. A broken and contrite spirit covered me all the way home.
1st mo. 17th, 1771. Was at Evesham youth's meeting. Joshua Evans and William Jones were there, and both spoke very well. Joshua began with these words; “Have you heard of the famine there is in
the Jersies, and in the land? Some have neglected to plant in season, and others have lost their crop for want of care. The visitation is past;—the season is gone, and they are not gathered; and so a famine has ensued. What shall we do? Why let us return to the Father's house, where there is bread enough and to spare."
3rd mo. 21st. I went with my dear cousin William Hunt and his companions, Thomas Thornburg and Paul Osborn, to Haddonfield, and next day, was at Quarterly meeting there. William Hunt had large service, and it seemed to me to be a very fine open time, and an extraordinary meeting. After this I attended the Spring meeting in Philadelphia; and was at the Bank, Market street, and Big meeting houses, where several lively testimonies were borne, and it was an instructive time to me. Was also at several meetings with my cousin William Hunt; viz. Evesham, Mansfield, Old Springfield, Upper Springfield and Mount Holly, at all which places, he had extraordinary service.
5th mo. 1st. My wife, her sister Elizabeth Haines, brother Robert and myself went to Philadelphia to take leave of cousin William, who was about to sail for Old England on a religious visit. Divers friends went on board the vessel with him, and we had a meeting in the cabin, in which cousin William preached and prayed in a very affectionate manner; and we took leave of him in dear and tender love, with strong desires for each others preservation.
In the 6th and 7th months, we were visited by Timothy Davis and Patience Brayton from New England, Samuel Neale from Ireland, and David Ferris from Wilmington. Some of their religious
labours were close and edifying, and their testimonies powerful and impressive.
In the 8th month, by appointment of the monthly meeting, and in company with divers other Friends, I went to see several of our members who kept negroes, and such as were in the neglect of attending our religious meetings.
In the 9th month, I attended the Yearly Meeting, held in Philadelphia. At Pine street meeting, Ann Moore appeared in a very powerful, affectionate manner. I thought I hardly ever perceived any one to have such an influence on the people in general. At this Yearly Meeting, there was a very large number of substantial Friends gathered, who seemed to have a very extraordinary open time, and many said they thought they had hardly ever seen the like before. I came home well satisfied.
10th mo. 11th. Went to the burial of uncle Peter Harvey. Cousin John Woolinan was there, and spoke exceeding notably. William Jones and Edward Whitcraft also appeared in testimony.
11th mo. 3rd. Silence is the parent of wise thoughts,—the mark of a well composed mind.
4th mo. 26th, 1772. This day, at our meeting, I first gave up to say a few words, I think, in great diffidence, dread and fear; a strong persuasion having attended my mind (which I since believe was the enemy's work) that if I did give up thus to expose myself in a public meeting, all would despise and abhor me,-even my bosom friend, and nearest connexions: but I found it quite otherwise; for many of them, and especially my wife, owned me in it, and spoke very comforting and encouragingly to me. The few words I had to communicate in that meeting were