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self”—and that his example was correspondent therewith. So careful was he to wait for the clear manifestations of the Divine will, and to move in accordance with it, that his ministry had a baptizing effect upon his hearers generally; and such was the interesting nature of his communications, that the audience listened with unwearied attention for two, three, and even four hours.
A few memorandums were preserved of parts of his public testimonies, which may furnish some idea of his manner of preaching.
Henry Post, of Long Island, states"At a monthly meeting held at Flushing, in 2nd month, 1768, William Hunt, toward the last of his testimony, when about to take leave of us, appeared to be zealously concerned for his friends and brethren that kept men and women in bondage, signifying his mind travailed for their redemption-and expressed the following words: I verily believe the jubilee year is near at hand; and I desire those that have them may not put it off for their children to set them at liberty; for we know not what our children may prove to be. Therefore I earnestly desire that none may put it off beyond the appointed time: for if they do, I am firmly of the mind they will be plagued, as sure as ever Egypt was for retaining Israel.'
Robert Bratlin relates—“ The 18th of 2nd month, 1770, at a meeting at Centre, in North Carolina, William Hunt in his testimony, which was extensive at that time, after earnestly exhorting us individually to examine our foundation whereon we had built, or were building, and in vrging the necessity of such an examination, had the following predictive expressions: “For,' saith he, the Lord will visit this land with his judgments, and then it will be known who hath built upon the sure foundation, and who hath not. For, in that time of deep trial, the hypocrites, formalists, and nominal Quakers will not only suffer, but many will perish and come to nought: whilst those who have built upon the sure Rock of ages will be preserred by him in the midst of those trials, as it were in the hollow of his hand. And there are many grown, and now within the audience of my voice, that shall see. these timés come to
John Hunt, of New Jersey, mentions, at the Quarterly meeting at Haddonfield, 22nd of 3rd month, 1770, “ William Hunt spoke in a most wonderful and powerful manner a long time-his first words were--There is a voice extends itself from the east to the west-to the north and to the south, and it proclaims the marriage of the King's son, and of the Lamb's war.' At a meeting at Evesham, the 31st of same month, William Hunt signified he was sensible of a great and dark cloud that covered the people. • He that loveth the world, the love of the Father is not in him,'-- was part of the subject of his discourse. · He also mentioned a belief that the time drew near in which the Truth would spread, and shine more gloriously; though there might be a time of probation and trial first—and he thought the man was grown that would live to see it.” The 12th of 4th month, at Upper Springfield, he charged us to note it down, that he said he had but little hope of this present generation; but it was his belief, the next generation would make a better progress in the Truth; and that he thought there were some present who would live to see it. At a monthly meeting in Philadelphia, 26th of the same month, he told them that the man's part, or creaturely part, had no right to meddle with the business of the monthly meeting; neither could it do any good. · He said there was an appearance more like lawyers in a court of judicature, than a solemn assembly in a meeting of discipline.
The 1st of 5th month, 1771, William Hunt embarked at Philadelphia, with his intimate friend Thomas Thornburgh, as his companion, on a religious visit to Old England. His labours in that and the adjacent countries were satisfactory to Friends. In the 9th month, 1772, he died with the small pox, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The following account, written by Elizabeth Coates, who attended him in his last illness, furnishes a lively evidence of the power of Truth prevailing, as he approached the close of his pilgrimage.
Last Expressions of William Hunt, taken by
Elizabeth Coates, who attended him in his sickness.
On the 28th of the Sth month, 1772, brother King sent his son to bring me to James King's, at Newcastle, in order to meet my dear friends, William Hunt and companion; but I was much concerned when I got there, to hear that dear William had kept his bed all that day. Next morning, finding him very ill, he said, “ Dear Betty, I have longed much to see thee, and if it had been the Master's will, should have been glad to have been in a better
state of health, to enjoy thy company.” After a while, he said, “ It will be a sore trial upon my poor Tommy, (meaning his companion) if I am taken away now.” I answered, “I hope thou hast no apprehension of that.” He said, “I don't know,when I wait, I seem quite closed up.” At another time, he expressed, “I can see no way open from Newcastle; the manner of my being cast here seems wonderful to me”-(they having intended for another port)—"but,” added he, “my mind is quite content.” My husband came that evening; and the next morning, there being none in the room but us, he said, after some pause, “ The Lord only knows how I have loved you from our first acquaintance, and longed for your growth and establishment in the blessed Truth; and I now feel the same, renewed afresh.” He exhorted us to faithfulness and diligence, much desiring that we might come up in our duty, and fill the places intended by Providence, being careful to lay up treasure in heaven; saying, 6. What would thousands of worlds avail me now?” In the afternoon he inquired for my husband, and said, he wanted to ask a favour of him, which was to leave me to nurse him a while-to which he consented.
On third-day an eruption appeared, which proved to be the small pox, and they being of the confluent kind, made us apprehend great danger; but all along his mind was preserved remarkably calm. He said, "One would wonder all the world did not seek after a quiet mind, it's such a treasure now.” Not only did great peace attend him, but also his patience and fortitude were truly great; yea, sometimes I thought his victory was so complete that there seemed no impatience left in his nature; but all was resignation to his Master's will. At one time he said, “Its enough; my Master is here.” At another," My Master won't leave me now, if I mind him.” Under the feeling of a load of bodily affliction, he said, “ He that laid the foundation of the mountains knows this; if he please he can remove it."
He would not suffer his much beloved companion to stay with him, when he knew it was the small pox, but desired he might go to Joseph King's, at Kenton, though he said he was a choice nurse, being very affectionate; but Morris Birkbeck could supply his place, and he was so happy as to think I furnished that of his dear wife, in nursing. James King and his wife spared no pains nor expense, had a skilful physician called soon after he began, who gave constant attendance, and did (I doubt not) his utmost to restore him; and with his judgment William was well satisfied, but said, “ they are all physicians of no value, without the great Physician." I said, “I know thy dependence is upon him;" he answered, “Entirely.” One time asking hinı how he did, he answered, “I am the better for having thee with me; we partake with each other every way.” Some of the family going to meeting, he said, “I hope my dear Betty's service here will be as acceptable." I observed to him, we could not get to be so resigned as he was; he said, “Do your best, and leave it." At another time, with great composure, he said, “The Lord knows best; I am in his hand, let him do what he will.” A few days after, leaning upon Morris, he said, “Don't be alarmed at what I am going to say; I have a request to make, that if I am suddenly taken away, thou wilt