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Historical Account





OW after I had made some stay in London, 1662. and had cleared my self of those Services,

that at that time lay upon me there, I went London. into the Country; having with me Alexander Parker and John Stubbs (who was lately come back from Alexandria in Egypt, as was mentioned before.) We travelled down through the Countries, visiting Friends Meetings, till we came to Bristol. When we were Bristot; come thither, we understood, that the Officers were likely to come, and break up the Meeting. Yet on the First-Day we went to the Meeting at Broad-mead : BroadAnd Alexander Parker standing up first to Declare, meeting while he was speaking, the Officers came up, and took him away. After he was gone, I stood up in the Eternal Power of God, and declared the Everlasting Truth of the Lord God; and the Heavenly Power came over all, and the Meeting was quiet the rest of the time, and brake up peaceably. I tarried till the First-Day following; visiting Friends, and being visited by Friends. On the First-Day in the Morning feveral Friends came to me to Elward Pyot's House,

where I lay the Night before) and used great Endeavours to perswade me, not to go to the Meeting

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1662. that day, for the Magistrates (they said) had threat

ned to take me, and had raised the Trained-Bands. Broad. I wish d them to go their way to the Meeting, not Meeting. telling them what I intended to do: but I told Edw.

Pyot, I intended to go to the Meeting; and he sent his
Son with ine, to shew me the Way from his House by
the Fields. As I went, I met divers Friends, who
were coming to me to prevent my going; and did
what they could, to stop me : What, said one, Wilt
thou go into the mouth of the Beast? Wilt thou go into
the Mouth of ihe Dragon, said another? But I put
thein by, and went on.

When I came into the Meet-
ing, Margaret Thomas was speaking; and when she
had done, I stood up. Now I saw a Concern and
Fear upon Friends for me, but the Power of the
Lord, in which I declared, soon ftruck the Fear out
of them: and Life sprang, and an Heavenly, Glori.
ous Meeting we had. After I had Cleared my self,
of what was upon me from the Lord to the Meeting,
I was moved to Pray: and after I had prayed, and
was stept down; I was moved to stand up again, and
tell Friends, Now they might see, there was a God in
Israel, that could deliver. A very large, full Meeting
this was, and very hot: but Truth was over all, and
the Life was up, which carried through all; and the
Meeting broke up in Peace. For the Officers and
Soldiers had been breaking up another Meeting,
which had taken up their time; so that our Meeting
was ended, before they came. But I understood af.
terwards, they were in a great Rage, that they had
miffed me ; for they were heard to say one to ano-
ther before, I'll warrant, we shall have him : but the
Lord prevented them. I went from the Meeting to
Joan Hily's, where many Friends came to see me; re-
joycing and blessing God for our Deliverance. In the
Evening I had a fine fresh Meeting among Friends, at
a Friend's House over the Water, where Friends were

much refreshed in the Lord. After this I stay'd most u'ild, part of that Week in Bristol, and at Edward Pyot's. Edward was brought fo low and weak with an Ague,


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that when I came first thither, he was look'd upon as 1662. a Dying Man: but it pleased the Lord to raise him sari up again; so that, before I went away, his Ague left Bristula him, and he was finely well.

Now having been two First-Days together at the Meeting at Broad-mead, and feeling

my Spirit clear of Bristol ; I went next Firft-Day to a Meeting in the Country not far from Bristol. And after the Meeting was over, some Friends, that came from Bristol, told me, that the Soldiers that day had beset the Meeting-House round at Bristol ; and then went up, saying, They would be sure to have me now : But when they came up, and found me not there, they were in a great Rage; and kept the Friends in the MeetingHouse most part of the day, before they would let them go home

home ; and queried of them, Which way I was gone, and how they might send after me? For ibe Mayor, they said, would fain have spoken with me. But I had a Vision of a great Mastiff Dog, that would have bitten me : but I put one hand above his Jaws, and the other hand below, and tore his Jaws to pieces. So the Lord by his Power tore their power to pieces, and made way for me to escape them. Then

passed I through the Countries, visiting Friends in Wiltfire Wilh. and Berkshire, till I came to London; and had great Barkh.

Londone Meetings amongst Friends, as I went and the Lord's Power was over all; and a blessed time it was for the {preading of his glorious Truth. It was indeed the Immediate Hand and Power of the Lord, that did preserve me out of their Hands at Bristol, and over the Heads of all our Perfecutors, and the Lord alone is worthy of all the Glory, who did uphold and preserve for his Name and Truth's fake.

At London I ftaid not long this time, but was drawn in my Spirit to visit Friends Northward, as far as Leicestershire ; John Stubbs being with me. So we travelled down through the Countries, having Leica Meetings amongst Friends, as we went ; and at Skegby Notting we had a great Meeting. Thence passing on, we came hamjh. , to a place called Barnet-Hills, where lived then one barnet

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1662. Captain Brown, a Baptist, whose Wife was Convin-
Gred ced of Truth. This Captain Brown, after the A& for
Barve - Breaking up Meetings camę forth, being afraid, left

his Wife should go to Meetings, and be cast into Pri.
son, left his House at Barrow, and took a place on
these Hills, saying; His Wife should not go to Prison.
And this being a free Place, many, both Priests and
others, got thither, as well as he. But he, who
would neither stand to Truth himself, nor suffer his
Wife; was in this place, where he thought to be safe,
found out by the Lord: whose

hand fell heavy upon
him for his Unfaithfulness; so that he was forely
plagued, and grievously judged in himself for fly-
ing, and drawing his Wife into that private place.
We went to see his Wife ; and being come into the
House, I asked him, How he did? How do I? said he,
The Plagues and Vengeance of God are upon me, a Run-
nagate, a Cain as I am : God may look for a Witness
for me, and such as me ; for if all were no faithfuller,
than I, God would have no Witness left in the Earth.
In this condition he lived there on Bread and Water;
and thought it was too good for him. At length he
got home again with his wife, to his own House at
Barrow; where afterwards he came to be Convinced
of God's Eternal Truth, and died in it. A little be-
fore his Death he said ; Though he had not born a Te-
ftimony for Truth in his Life, he would bear a Testi-
mony in his Death, and would be buried in his Orcbard;
and was fo. He was an Example to all the Flying
Baptists in the time of Persecution; who could not
bear Perfecutions themselves, and yet perfecuted us,
when they had Power.

From Barnet-Hills we came to Swanington in LeiBerth. cestershire, where Wil

. Smith, and some other Friends Swaingo came to me ; but they passed away towards Night,

leaving me at a Friend's House in Swanington. At
Night, as I was sitting in the Hall, speaking to a
Widow-Woman and her Daughter, there came one
called Lord Beaumont, with a Company of Soldiers,
who slapping their Swords on the Door, Tusht into



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