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the latter may be the best: however, my endeared love is to him, I hope, in the Lord. And if he think's me worthy of his notice, and is able to write, I feel as if a line from him would be as good to my soul, as from any man I have known: but in this, as in all things else, the Divine will be done.
I enjoy tolerable health;—my dear wife is in a low state, but a little about house. I am not yet in any way of business that affords any considerable degree of comfortable prospect, nor do I see much of a way open for it: yet doubtless, I shall be favoured with as much as I deserve, every way, and if I can be resigned, that will be enough: though I confess, my resignation has been, and is, very closely tried. May the everlasting Arm support through all !
I believe Hugh Judge is gone eastward. Please to communicate my dear love to Samuel Emlen, whose love and kindness to me are not, and I trust will not soon be forgot-also to William Wilson, John Elliott, Samuel Hopkins, Thomas Scattergood, Nicholas Waln, Daniel Ofley, John Parrish, and their families; and I might, with equal respect, name divers more on your side the Delaware.
North Providence, 10th mo. Sth, 1792. DEAR FRIEND,—Thine came seasonably and acceptably; but much engagement of divers kinds, in getting ready for a visit through our very extensive Eastern Quarter, prevented my answering it. Thy last, though long in coming, is truly welcome, both as a testimony of thy kind attention, and of dear Samuel Emlen's. I trust, if it be my lot to
meet him in a foreign land, it will be truly rejoicing to me, however it may be to him.
I believe I told George Churchman, if I got ready seasonably, I might attend your Yearly Meeting. It looked agreeable to think of being with many dear friends, once more, at this meeting. But that passed, before I was ready, or, before some of
friends were. I expect I may get away in a month from now; possibly a little sooner, and perhaps not so soon. I have now no prospect of being your way.
Much heart-felt nearness remains with me towards many dear friends in your city, and round it; too many to name. I desire thee to give my endeared love to such in the city and country, as thou may think proper; to dear James Thornton, in particular, whose kindness and attention to me, when your way, I trust, will not be forgotten. If thou, or any of my friends among you, should ever think it worth while to write me over the water, I shall be glad to hear if James be living, and how he is; and any advice he may have for me. I trust the Lord will be with him to the close.
I remain, with sincere good-will and affection, thy assured friend.
London, 2d of 2d month, 1793. DEAR FRIEND, J. B.- I write to inform thee and my friends, that I have got safe over the ocean; first, to Dunkirk, then to Dover, and so up to London. The awful things in deep waters, I may
I had my health, on the passage, which was from Boston, the 5th of 12th mo. 1792, to Dunkirk, 5th of 1st mo. 1793. I found dear
pass in silence.
William Rotch, his family and friends, pretty well. He kindly came with me to this great metropolis; where we arrived yesterday week. He is still acceptably with me, and may be some time longer. My usual path of tribulation is still allotted me. I have been a prisoner in bonds and in suffering silence, near all the time I have been in London ; but am thankful that the strength of Israel just enables me to say, from the heart, Thy will be done, in all things: and, if I may be graciously preserved from the evils that are in the world, and at last received into favour with God, and the fellowship of the blessed, I think, at present, I do wholly yield all things else to Divine disposal. I lodge at dear John Eliott's, and meet there a very kind entertainment. I see scarcely a day forward, and can say nothing when I may leave this place.
Yesterday, I received a very affectionate letter from my very dear friend, Samuel Emlen, dated at Cork, 28th of 1st month. He writes that he is not very well at present; and that Sarah Harrison, as well as himself, has been considerably affected by the moist air of Ireland. He says M. Ridgway and J. Watson have both been ill, and he thinks Jane is much altered since her leaving America.
I am, affectionately, thy friend.
Liverpool, 3d of 7th month, 1793. DEAR FRIEND, J. B.-About three days past, I received thy very acceptable letter of 4th month last; and am glad to find Truth still favours its faithful followers to discharge their mission, to their own solid relief. The account of dear Thomas Scattergood's service among a few negroes, is pleasant. I hope the Indian treaty, if it has been held, has been useful; and should be glad to hear the result.
I am waiting a passage to Ireland, the wind being contrary, for about a week past. My health has, on the whole, been about middling. It is likely this will come by dear Deborah Darby and Rebekah Young, they intending to sail pretty soon from this port, to your city. May Israel's Shepherd preserve them over the briny deep, and in their service in America.
Dont forget my love to thy dear son John. May his heart be more and more fixed on things above, and rightly weaned from earth, and every unsubstantial joy. 'Tis kind in Heaven, to wean us from the world, -and make us know that nought on earth can satisfy the longing of immortal souls.But if we blame the stroke, and murmur at the kind (though trying) dispensation, we may lose the benefit of the rod,-sit down where we were before, or in a worse state, and render more severe chastisements necessary. I have not much to add, more than my love to all my dear friends. If I name a few, I dont forget, nor cease to love the rest. Dear James Thornton, I cant forget. I hear his wife is removed; but I trust his firm anchor is not removed. A little I may feel with him in his trial: but he well knows, all things work together for good, to all who rightly improve whatever is measured out to them.
Dont forget dear John Pemberton. All must work good to him too, if he stands right through all. Dear Samuel Smith, Thomas Scattergood, John Parrish, William Savery, Daniel Offley, Arthur Howell, James Pemberton, and too many more to be now enumerated. Dear Samuel Emlen, is, I believe, still in London, as well as usual. Sarah Harrison gone, or going for Wales; feeble in body and exercised in mind. My love to Samuel's wife and children-to dear Sarah's husband and family—to dear William Wilson, and very especially to dear Samuel Hopkins and all his-to thy dear Ruth, and all thy family, and lastly to thyself, which brings me to a close. Thy friend,
ADDRESS TO YOUTH. The following Counsel and Advice, said to have
been written by a Schoolmaster, who had removed to Virginia, was sent to Letitia Rice, addressed to his former pupils.
As now, dear youths, increasing with your years, A riper judgment in your ways appears; Let childhood end where manhood's state begins, And timely lay aside all childish things.
You who, like plants, have in my nurs’ry been, Whose stems were thriving, and whose leaves were
green, Whose buds and blossoms were my pleasing care, Heav'n grant your branches now good fruit may bear.
And as sincere affection warms my heart,
First, let that gracious call you often hear,