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beware of over much delicacy in educating their children.
28th. We set out towards Richmond in New Hampshire, and rode a mountainous way about thirty-five miles. The towering height of the mountains seemed awful to me. We lodged at a public house, the master of which I thought was an earnest inquirer after Truth. We gave him a Friend's book, which he thought well of, having never seen any such before. I found he did not sell spirituous liquors, as most of his calling do. On the whole, I was pleased with being there. 30th. Though weak in body, we reached Richmond, and had a large meeting there; but it was a laborious season. I fear Friends are going too much after the world. We next had a comfortable meeting at Abraham Randall's, on a high mountain. It being foggy, I thought the appearance was awful, as tho' we were almost up among the clouds; for below, it did not seem so dark.
11th mo. Ist. We had another meeting at Richmond, with the members of our society only. It was a satisfactory season, both aged and youth appearing tender; for which my soul is humbled under a sense of the Lord's goodness. People of all ranks treat me kindly, though my outward appearance is but simple. After another meeting at this place, I seemed to be brought under fresh trials. My service not seeming to be got through, yet the way not appearing clear to go on; so I concluded to return homeward.
On the 8th, I got into New York stale and had a large meeting at Purchase. Next day, at Mamaroneck, and the day after at Westchester. The two following days, I had meetings again at Mamaroneck
and the Purchase, in which Friends were collected by themselves; these opportunities were solid and profitable. 14th. I rode to New York through the snow; and in the evening had an opportunity with the elders, in which I informed them of my desire to see the parents and heads of families of Friends together; which they concurring with, such a meeting was had in the afternoon, next day. It was a time in which close doctrine was delivered, somewhat like searching with candles; and it appeared to have a humbling effect on some minds. I also visited some families.
Although baptisms are my portion, the Lord preserveth me from sinking below hope; for which I am thankful. On consulting with Friends, they united with a prospect I had of having meetings with the young people, male and female separately. Accordingly on the 17th, the young women met at three in the afternoon, and the young men at six in the evening. These, I thought, were truly favoured seasons, and some Friends expressed a hope they might be
Thence I went to Rahway, and had a meeting with the members of our society by themselves. To me it was an exercising season, for I feared Friends had got too much at ease. Next day I attended their monthly meeting held at Rahway; but it seemed to me as though life and power were wanting. The day following I had a large and solid meeting at Plainfield, which was comfortable to me.
In travelling towards Stony Brook, the adversary beset me with thoughts that little or no service was done, in all my journey; but the Lord is good in giving an answer of peace to all who are honestly given up to serve him, if they wait his time. I was
at Stony Brook meeting, and also at the Quarterly meeting held at Crosswicks; in which I had a time of close labour in the women's apartinent, pleading for the cause and testimony of Truth, against superfluities of various kinds; such as fine houses, rich furniture, gaudy apparel, the free use of the teatable, large looking glasses, black silk cloaks, &c. I also advised the bringing up of children to industry, and endeavouring to teach them to be content with the productions of our own country for food and raiment, as much as may be.
26th. I was at Robins's meeting, and one in the evening at R. Waln's mill; then took meetings at Arneys-town, Trenton and Burlington. Here seems a revival of religious concern among some of the young people. I also was at a large and satisfactory meeting at Mansfield; and attended the monthly meetings of Chesterfield and Springfield. Several weighty matters, recommended by our last Yearly Meeting, were attended to; and I was concerned to speak of the religious education of youth, and refraining from superfluities. I also was at Mount Holly and Evesham monthly meetings; and on the 6th of the 12th month reached my own habitation, after being absent about seven months and two weeks; where I found my family in outward health. Under a thankful sense of his manifold mercies, I can say, great and marvellous are thy works, O Lord Almighty! Thou hast been with me in my late travels and trials, opening my way where there seemed no way to pass, and bringing me back as with sheaves of inward
peace. But though favoured to return home in peace, I had to pass through some very close and near trials.
But notwithstanding the cup seemed mingled as with wormwood, yet I found the Lord's power could preserve and sustain, so as at times to enable me to thank him and take courage. In one of our meetings, I was enabled to speak of the difference there is between an earthly and a heavenly storehouse; the first, as nothing, and the other all things, in a dying hour. This world, we see, is changeable and full of trouble; but in Christ Jesus, there is substan
In the latter part of the 12th month, 1794, I visited the meetings of Friends at Salem, Pilesgrove, Alloways creek and Greenwich, and returned home well satisfied with my visit. I also visited several families.
1st month 3rd, 1795. Visited two sick persons. Seeing it is our lot to suffer adversity, I hope, through holy help, to be enabled to live above despair. If I can, through watchful care and Divine grace, arrive at last to that port where the weary are at rest, it will sweeten every probation.
9th. I attended the burial of an ancient neighbour who was deemed rich; but this is no consolation, if spiritual riches be wanting; for, as dieth the beggar, so dieth the rich.
12th. As one cross occurrence follow's another, like wave after wave, Oh! that I may be favoured to feel that Rock which is the foundation of the elect!
16th. I had a prospect of the mercy and goodness of God, towards a backsliding people. Many contend about worldly interest; and some are not clear of extortion. Others become rich through the abundance of trading by sea, and do not always refuse
unjust gain. The wealthy, by demanding high prices, often oppress the poor. Farmers and traders raise the value of the products of the earth: the labourer then murmureth and raiseth his wages. This again displeaseth the farmer. In these muddy waters, the merchant still fisheth for more gain, not fearing to oppress those of low degree. Bread stuff has now become nearly double its former price. In the midst of all this, great confusion and commotions abound, with fumes of a party spirit. Instead of humility, the sorrowful appearance of pride and haughtiness continues. True moderation and temperance are observed by few. Indulged by parents, the sons and daughters of high professors seek to make a grand appearance. Honest labour is slighted, and commendable industry in cultivating the fertile soil, is neglected. High trades or occupations are chosen and sought after, such as doctors, lawyers, merchants, &c. for our young men; while the distressed poor, the indigent widow and the fatherless, are subjected to a state like that of grinding their faces. Wilt not thou, O God, judge and visit for these things?
My soul within me is led into mourning, under the consideration of the sad state of things in this land of America. May it not be lamented in the language of grief, How few is the number of those who truly fear the Lord, and hate covetousness! In our degenerated condition as a nation, are there not serious token of the Lord's displeasure, and of the shaking of his rod, manifest to those who fear him? Our crops are lessened by blasting or mildew, and sometimes by worms or flies, not heretofore commonly known in our land. Warnings also are sounded by pestilential fevers and other mortal diseases.