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his name forever. As I passed along, I had many serious thoughts. Because of the singularity of my outward appearance, I am a wonder to the people. But this language has arisen in my mind, Let those that mock, mock on; but mind thy own business; that is enough for thee. I remember, I have to advise others not to be ashamed of the cross of Christ, nor deny him before men. So I feel an inward calm; for the Lord makes hard things easy.
I found the road through Connecticut rough and stony; but at length, reached a Friend's house ; which, to my weary body, was comfortable. The next day, attended a meeting at Stonington, which was mostly of those who do not profess with us. I clearly see that human wisdom will not do the Lord's work.
9th of 5th month, I was at Westerly meeting, which was small, but I had a solid time in a family. Some, perhaps, may lose the benefit of their friends' company, by being too anxious to provide for them. This hint may serve as a caution. I next was at meetings at Richmond, West Kingston and South Kingston; the last large, but long in gathering. These four meetings last named are in the Narraganset country, Rhode Island government. Crossing two waters each nearly three miles over, I got to Newport, on the island, and lodged at my beloved friend, Thomas Robinson's. Here I attended the Yearly Meeting which held five days, but to me it seemed low and exercising, as I was poor in spirit. On firstday, I was at a large and favoured meeting at Portsmouth; also attended a crowded meeting on Canonicut island. It was supposed some of every family on the island attended, and it was a favoured opportunity. I also had a meeting at Tiverton, on the main land; and thence went to Little Compton, where was a very large gathering, more than had seats, but the people were solid and quiet. Many came to the place at which we dined, and we had a solid sitting with them; in which several were broken into tears. They were mostly not of our society. We had cause to magnify the great name, and parted with feelings of love.
After a large, solid, quiet meeting at New Rochel, on the 22d was at Centre in the morning and Newtown in the afternoon; both large and satisfactory. Next day was at Aponeganset, and thence to New Bedford, where I thought the meeting was dull and heavy, by reason of a drowsy, lukewarm spirit. 25th. At Long Plain in the morning, and Accushnet in the afternoon, both large meetings.
Next day under a feeling of much inward poverty I went on board a vessel bound for Nantucket island. It is called sixty miles, and the passage somewhat dangerous; but we reached Nantucket the day following, and attended select meeting; and next day their monthly meeting which was large, and I had a solid time both with men and women to our mutual comfort. I was also at their two meetings on first-day, and the sitting of the ministers and elders next day.
7th month 1st. At their Quarterly meeting, I had a solemn time both with men and women Friends. Divers things had crept in among parents and children, to their own hurt and the injury of Truth's testimony. In the afternoon of the next day, I had a solid conference with parents and heads of families, in which I had close work. The life and power
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of Truth seemed to be too much wanting in divers, though under a plain dress. Next morning, had a meeting in the other house, and in the afternoon, a solid, humbling opportunity with the young women collected, not soon to be forgotten. A large number of that class reside here.
4th. Had three meetings: one at eight in the morning, with the young men collected; at two in the afternoon, with the coloured people, both Negroes and Indians, who are much mixed in this place—this was large and satisfactory: and at five, we had those collected who are not members of any religious society, and such others as chose to come. very large meeting, and was held to the honour of Truth, as I believe, and ended to my satisfaction. Next day, I rode out on the island about six miles, and had a solid time in a Friend's family. On my return, I saw nearly five hundred cattle, which feed on a common, and are under the care of herdsmen, who bring them up to be milked. On first-day, I attended two meetings, and visited several aged, sick, and infirm people, to their comfort. The next day, taking an affectionate leave of my friends, I went in a vessel about thirty miles, to an island called Martha's Vineyard, and landed at a place called Holmes's Hole. The morning following, feeling poor in spirit, I endeavoured to be still, and say but little, as I saw little,-believing that human wisdom was not sufficient to direct my way. We afterward had a solid meeting here, though not large. Lodged at William Coffin's, and next day went to Falmouth, where I parted with my friend Jacob Mott, who had been with me some time. Here Thomas Rotch
brought my horse to me, and prepared to accompany me for a time.
10th. At Falmouth we had a meeting, which was thought to be the largest ever seen there-but the people sat solid and becoming. 12th. Had a small meeting at Yarmouth. Thence, taking meetings at Sandwich, Pembroke, and Taunton, (at the last, a number came in who did not profess with us, and it was to my comfort and theirs) we rode to Rochester, where it is said no Friends reside; but a certain Benjamin Bumfus and his party (formerly Friends) make use of the meeting house built by Friends, and hold a separate meeting. I lodged at an inn, being favoured with inward quiet; but felt desirous of seeing the people, and notice being spread, we had a large meeting at Rochester: at the close of which, I requested B. Bumfus and his party to stop after the others withdrew; but none stayed with him, except three men and three women; and we had a solid season together. After dinner, we visited B. Bumfus and his wife to satisfaction; and though things were laid close, yet appeared to be well taken; so that we parted in love.
My way opening to visit the families of Friends at and about New Bedford, we began on the 19th. First, we visited those of the foremost rank, afterward all the families of members, and some others who were infirm, &c. in number upwards of thirtyfive families,-to the satisfaction of the visited as well as visiters. Thomas and Charity Rotch and two other Friends accompanied. In the love and freedom of Truth, Friends were invited to come out of those customs which accord not with our testimony for simplicity; many of which seem to be deeply 173
rooted, and are prejudicial to the growth of true religion, and the inward work of regeneration. I was earnestly concerned that the work of reformation should go forward amongst my dear Friends, so that by removing the stumbling-blocks and wrong things, the way might be more open, and the next generation encouraged so as to become instrumental in further advancing the cause and testimonies of Truth.
24th. Parting with my friends at New Bedford, in feeling regard and near love, I had a large meeting at Freetown, where I feared the people were too careless about religion. Next day, another at Somerset among a people who seemed raw and careless; and the day following, one at Providence, in which I had some close labour; but not feeling clear, I requested another meeting in the afternoon; and that if they pleased they might give notice to all the town. I was told, the governor of Rhode Island, who lives here, went himself to notify some; and though stormy weather, we had a large gathering which was solid and favoured. Though close doctrine was delivered, yet it appeared to be well taken. After which, we had a solid sitting with our friends to comfort. Many in this large town appeared to live high, and to be too full of pride. It was to me a trying day, but I believe it ended to the honour of the good cause.
27th. We had a large meeting at Cranston, towards the close of which, the pure Truth arose into dominion, and the people became solid. Next day, one at Foster in a private house, so large that all the people could not get in. We then attended the monthly meeting at Providence; where I felt myself as a pilgrim, poor and stripped, as though I knew