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from a feeling sense, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and because he liveth, I live also, is a state most desirable to attain. I have been made thankful in being in this land; and am persuaded my coming here will not be in vain; at least, on my own account; therefore desire to stand in resignation, waiting for the accomplishment of the will of my heavenly Father, concerning me.
From Uxbridge, went on to London, and attended the Yearly Meeting; after which on the 14th of 6th month, 1799, having my dear friend Anna Manser for a companion, I left the city, and went to Tottenham. Visited divers meetings, during the summer and autumn, in the western counties of England. After a few weeks travelling, A. Manser returned home, and Mary Tate again joined me as a companion, and we attended the meetings in Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex and Surry. On the 8th of 12th month, accompanied by Elizabeth Townsend, visited the meetings in Bristol, in the morning at ten o'clock, and at six in the evening. After the Quarterly meeting at Bridgwater, where we met with David Sands, we were at Thomas Young's, and sat with the children of the two schools at Milverton.
On the 1st of the 1st month, 1800, were at Kingsbridge, where we attended the Quarterly meeting for Devonshire. My friends continue to be exceeding kind, which I esteem no small favour, in my weakly state of health. I find no difficulty in being accommodated with great hospitality; though it is a time in which there is such an appearance of the want of bread, that some of those in affluent circumstances eat no bread for dinner or supper, in order that there may be the more for the poor. Notwith
standing which, it is feared many of them will perish for want of the necessaries of life.
The thoughts of war, famine and pestilence, being now in the earth, is indeed a very humiliating consideration'; and too few, it is to be feared, lay these things rightly to heart. Yet it is to be hoped, some of the inhabitants will learn righteousness, when the Lord's awful judgments are thus evidently in the earth. I wish to learn, from day to day, what I ought to do, so that I may not only die well, but that I may indeed live so.
-We visited the meetings generally through Cornwall; many of them are very small, and so few Friends there, that we had frequently to dine and lodge at the public inns. We then passed through Exeter, Collumpton, Taunton, Sidcott, and other places, till we reached Bristol, where we attended the Quarterly meeting. Then had meetings on our way to Thornbury, where I was again confined through indisposition, for about three weeks. The 6th of the 4th month, rode out to dine, and next day was at the monthly meeting at Olverston. Thence went on towards Reading, taking a number of small meetings on the way, to some of them only two or three members belong. Then went on taking meetings, till we reached London, the 18th of 5th month, having travelled in company with my dear friend Elizabeth Townsend about eight hundred miles, in less than six months..
On the 19th, attended the Select Yearly Meeting. I informed Friends that I had nearly accomplished my prospect, of visiting most of the meetings in this nation, and requested their certificate for returning. Six Friends were appointed for the purpose.
fourth-day, the 21st, the general Yearly Meeting began. I attended many of the sittings, but was taken very unwell. In this Yearly Meeting, I hope Truth, in a good degree, gained the victory. After it concluded, I rested on fourth-day, the 28th, and had the company of my dear friend. Ann Crowley, and divers others. After which, visited a number of meetings and families in and about London.Then went on to Uxbridge and divers other places, and back to London. On the 1st of the 7th month, joined by dear Ann Crowley, I went to Newington. After which, Susanna Horne took me to her father's, and I visited and took leave of many of my dear friends. About the middle of the 7th month, William Manser and wife, set out with me towards Liverpool; we attended several meetings on the way, and travelled about two hundred and thirty miles to our kind friend, Robert Benson's, at Liverpool. The 25th, parted with my dear friends, William and Anna Manser-and in the evening, David Sands arrived there. Next day, I went into the saltwater bath; and felt better in my health, than for some time past.
I stayed at Liverpool, attending meetings and making some friendly visits, until the 10th of the 9th month, when I took "leave of my kind friends, Robert and Sarah Benson, with their valuable family, and embarked for America, in the ship Amiable, of Philadelphia. My mind felt as quiet and easy, on going to the vessel, as if only going to take a pleasant walk. This state of peaceful tranquillity remained with me, in general, during the voyage; and notwithstanding we had some tremendous storms, my mind was preserved so calm, that I could have slept
sweetly, if my body could have been still. We landed at Philadelphia, on the 14th of the 10th month, 1800, and I felt desirous to reach my own habitation, in as quiet a manner as might be; and which, in a few days, I was favoured to do, to the mutual joy of my dear family and friends, as well as myself; having been absent about four years and five months. In this journey, I believe, I was at all the meetings of Friends in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and nearly all in England; and though under great bodily weakness, I was mercifully supported, and enabled to accomplish what I had in prospect, to the peace of my own mind. I can acknowledge with thankfulness, that it was the Lord's doings, and marvellous in my eyes. To him be the praise of his own works, now and forever.
The following extracts from Letters, addressed to
Phebe Speakman, are thought suitable to form an appendix to her travels; as testimonials of the estimation in which she was held.
Edgmont, 12th of the 5th month, 1776. Dear friend, Being at the meeting of ministers at Concord, I heard of thy being set out on thy journey to the eastward, and my friend Rebekah Wright, as a companion; with which I was pleased, hoping you may be true yoke-fellows in the work whereunto
you are called.
Dear friends, as the work is weighty, my desires for you are, that you may be weighty, and dwell deep in your gifts, more especially in the meetings where your lot may be cast; so that you may experience the holy Seed to arise into dominion, which, I trust; you are sensible is the crown and diadem of all our religious meetings. Sometimes I have been afraid that young ministers (and it may be, some longer engaged in the work) in order to gratify the expectations of the people in the time of silence in meetings,-have hunted, or as it were fished, for vision, or for something that they think may please; which may not rightly answer the end of their service. But as there is a dwelling deep with the holy Seed, and letting that dictate as it pleaseth; it will reach to the Divine witness in others, carrying its own evidence with it, and conveying instruction, consolation, or rebuke to the auditory, as there, is a necessity.
My dear sisters, I desire your welfare, and in the love that I feel, for your help I would remark to you, that when in Friends' families where you may be kindly entertained, if you remark any thing in any of their conduct that Truth's testimony cannot approve, - you carefully advise, persuade, or admonish against it, in the gospel line; that so, your peace may return to you in the discharge of your, duty: 'And though it may be as bread cast on the waters, yet it may come up after many days.
I think I can truly say, without vanity, that the Truth and the testimonies thereof are as precious as ever to me. I am, in gospel fellowship, your friend and fellow-sufferer for the Seed's sake,
Philadelphia, 5th mo. 27th, 1796. Dear friend, As I missed the opportunity of taking leave of thee