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desires to fill up their allotments with zeal and diligence.
Having visited near fifty families within the limits of the monthly meeting, I again attended their firstday meeting, which was uncommonly large, many not being able to get into the house; but I was silent. A large number of men, women and children came to take leave of me, in much love and tenderness, and with many tears. Thus we parted, and I came again to William Farmer's in Columbia county.The monthly meeting having granted a meeting to be held there, I attended the first, which was a large favoured opportunity.
3rd month 8th. Feeling myself clear of Georgia, I set out, and after riding about twenty miles, crossed Savannah river into South Carolina, and went to Nathaniel Henderson's. Next day had an exercising meeting in that settlement; but ability was furnished to labour honestly for the cause of Truth. On firstday, the 11th, I was at a large meeting at Bush river, silent. Then rode to Padgett's creek, and was at a large, comfortable meeting there. Thence to Cane creek preparative and monthly meetings, in which I had close labour, finding the exercise of discipline very low, both among men and women Friends. I endeavoured to point out deficiencies, and to show that the Queries were answered too much in a superficial way.
19th. Was at their first-day meeting, which was a large gathering; and through Divine favour it was a solid good meeting, many hearts being tendered. The Lord's holy name be praised. I then attended the preparative ineetings held at Rocky Spring and Bush river, in both which I was exercised on ac
count of the danger of Friends' resting in too much formality, so as to suppose all is pretty well with them, when it is not so. I was also at the monthly and first-day meetings at Bush river, and was enabled to discharge my duty in plain dealing. I now believed myself clear of these parts, and purposed travelling towards the Tennessee country.
27th. Left Bush river, and was at a meeting at Mud Lick, thence to Robins's creek, where I had a very large and favoured meeting, that appeared to be to general satisfaction.
29th. Set out with a prospect of trying to get to Tennessee, beyond the Allegany mountains, having four Friends from Bush river who had given up to go with, and assist me.
With two horses to my light wagon, we travelled about fifty miles the first day, and camped in the woods near the head of the river Seluda. Next day we crossed the Blue mountain, and camped again in the woods. The wind blew cold, but I felt inward comfort and support, which was as a staff to lean upon. Next morning we set forward, and in the evening reached a house where we were kindly entertained.
This was refreshing to my body; for I had not been much used to lodge in the woods. But I had no cause to murmur, believing my Divine master was near. On the 2nd of 4th month, we began to ascend the Allegany mountain, and met with considerable difficulty at one steep place we had to descend with the carriage. In the evening lay in the woods. After passing over many towering mountains, we at length came to a dismal place, called Laurel Swamp, where much difficulty attended our getting through, among dangerous roots, and over large logs, rocks, &c. and
having to go along, sometimes in and again out of a difficult stony creek; by which means the tongue of my wagon was broken in this Laurel desert. But having brought tools with us we put in another tongue, and succeeded at length in getting through this dreary part of the journey; for which favour, all that is living within me, did reverence and humbly adore the Lord, my preserver, for he alone is worthy of all honour and praise forever.
On the 4th of 4th month, after going about thirty miles, we arrived at New Hope, in the Tennessee country; and the next day were at their fourth-day meeting of Friends, where a marriage was accomplished. We then travelled about sixty miles, a part of the road being very bad, to Lost Creek, where a number of our Friends are settled. We had two meetings with them, and I believe it was to the honour of Truth, many hearts being tendered. Though in my travels and trials, I have found great need of having my patience renewed, and have felt myself as a poor pilgrim, yet have no cause to murmur; for the Lord is kind to me.
10th. Travelling about eighteen miles, I had a meeting with a few Friends at Grassy Valley, beyond Holstein river; and in the evening, another opportunity with Friends only, to good satisfaction. I then returned to Lost Creek, with the reward of peace, and had another meeting there. Then, feeling clear of these parts, we travelled back to New Hope, and attended another meeting there, which I thought large and solid. But I thought this a poor place for Friends; so much of the worldly spirit prevails that it hinders the growth of Truth, and chokes the good seed. I was grieved at the low
state of religion, too many appearing to content themselves with an empty form without substance.
17th. I was at a meeting called Limestone, which was a comfortable season. Having been at the farthest part of my journey in Georgia and Tennessee, we came about one hundred and fifty miles in four days to Little Reedy Islands; the roads in places being very difficult. In travelling along, we saw and met very many people, men, women and children, going towards new settlements. My mind was closely exercised with concern on account of such great numbers, with many slaves in a suffering condition, going to settle on lands lately obtained by force, or against the will of the Indians and native owners.
My sympathy was excited towards the poor innocent children thus exposed to hardships, and perhaps going to be brought up in ignorance, and accustomed to cruelty. My concern was increased, on beholding brethren and fellow-professors too incautious in respect to such hasty removals to settle on lands thus unrighteously taken from the natives. I was grieved to think that any of those who profess to believe in a holy principle as an inward and safe guide, for want of walking in the light thereof which would lead to observe caution, prudence and stability,-should show a disposition, too hastily to leave their settlements in the cultivated parts of our country, and eagerly to run, or push out into new settlements.
22d. We passed on to a place called Chesnut creek, on the Blue Ridge, where were a few Friends, with whom we had a comfortable meeting next day. My condition was the feeling of a heavy heart; for the general cry of the people seems to be for more land,
but content with little religion. Thus, among Friends in the mountains of the upper part of Virginia, I fear it is a low time, and too little attention paid to the nature and ground-work of true religion.
We then had meetings at Big Reedy Island, and Little Reedy Island, also one near the top of the Blue Ridge at a private house not far from Ward's Gap, which was comfortable to me. Coming down this high mountain, at this gap, we got along safely with the help of two young men who bore us company. I felt humbly thankful to my God, that he had so prepared the way before me, and had thus far preserved me, being a gracious helper in every needful time.
On the 26th of 4th month, we came again into North Carolina, and next day had a solid favoured meeting at the house of Bowyer Summers. We then had meetings at Westfield, Deep creek and Hunting creek, the last was held in a barn, a pretty large gathering, and a season of favour. We then travelled about forty-five miles, and crossed Yadkin river, about a quarter of a mile wide, at the shallow ford. After which, we had meetings at Muddy creek, Centre, Providence, and attended Cane creek monthly meeting; where my mind was enlarged, and strength afforded to labour for the advancement of the cause of Truth, both in the men's and women's meetings. My concern was to show the necessity of reformation, and the benefits that would arise by contenting ourselves with using the products of our own country, that thereby we might avoid to contribute to the support of warlike measures, either against the poor Indians or others, by means of the duties payable on foreign or imported