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and some hours of sleep departed from me
when I reflected upon the state of the coun-
try, and the spirit of the times.

961. When in Hartford city, I felt as if
bewildered, and scarce knew which way to
go ; I left the beast to start which way he
chose, feeling no inclination to go any where
in particular. Thus in slow walk we started
and took the road west toward the state of
New York, about twenty miles, when I met
an old man ; I asked him if any body in the
neighborhood loved God ; he mentioned a
family and escorted me to the house, where
two persons lived, who were my former ac-
quaintance, when they were single ; staid all
night : had two meetings, and went to Wen-
sted, where I was invited by John Sieeet, an
acquaintance, with whom I fell in with by
the by. Had two meetings and went to
Lenox, and Pittsfield ; and saw some of my
old acquaintance and spiritual children, whom
I had not seen for fifteen years. Held several
meetings, and went to Bennington, and spoke
once : then to Cambridge, where I had for-
merly travelled, but felt not free to call on
any of my old acquaintance : nor have I felt
free to do it intentionally, where I formerly
travelled the circuits; unless it so happened
just in my way of travelling.

962. Spent about a week with Peggy's
sister and brother-in-law : held several meet-
ings, met some opposition with an A-LL-part
minister ; and departed to Saratoga and Balls-
town Springs: and held about fifty meetings
in the adjacent country-towns, and went to
Still-water and Waterford : so to Lownsing-
burg and Troy ; where CHICHESTER pro-
claimed war against me, before I came, as-
signing as the reason : %Qr " ORDER ! ! ! "
But they who are not conformed to moral or-
der in the Divine government, will not be able
to stand in that day when all hearts shall be
disclosed !

963. Thence to New York, where the

countenances of the people were an index of
the mind; during the awful suspense of the
engagements at Baltimore and Plattsburg:
and also it was visible, who were the friends
of the country, and felt interested, and those
who were not : and a day or two days after,
when accounts came from those two places,
that the)' had not fallen ; the scene was
equally reversed !*

964. Thence to Philadelphia, where I spent
about a month ; sold my travelling conveni-
ence, and went by water in the steamboat to
New Castle, in Delaware : saw an old house
j 127 years old: held one meeting, and took
stage to Smyrna ; spoke once, then to Dover,
and found a distant people; spoke four times;
I disturbed twice by something coming into my
room in the night: spoke to it, got no reply :
interrogated the family, got no satisfaction,
only found others had been disturbed there
before. Thence to Frederica; spoke three
times, and went to Mi I ford : where I spoke
several times, and went to Georgetown ; and
spoke twice. So on to Doggsborough, and
spoke in the church of England meeting
house, and then to Martinsville, and held two
meetings; from there to Poplartown, in Ma-
ryland : and Snow Hill. There I spoke six
times, and departed to Havertown, and from
thence to Downingtown in Virginia. Thence
I returned by Downing Chapel, and Newtown,
to Snow Hill : thence to Salsbury ; and so to
Cambridge ; where the snow and cold over-
took me. During this journey so far, I had
many precious times : at the Trap, in particu-
lar ; and in East-town and Centreville, and at
Chestertown, and at the head of Chester, and
so returned to Smyrna, and visited its vicinity.

965. At the head of Sassafras, I saw Mar-
garet Keen ; whom I saw two years before
in Baltimore : and who had accurately dream-
ed of Bonaparte's disasters, &c. &c. which
made considerable impression upon my mind.
Thus after about thirty days, I returned to
Philadelphia, where I met my companion from
New York, where I had left her ; having tra-
velled about five hundred miles, and held up-
wards of sixty meetings.

966. As neither of us had been in those
northern latitudes, at this inclement season of
the year, having been seasoned to a warm cli-
mate ; prudence dictated the propriety of a
proper line of conduct, and having some wri-
ting to do, it was proper to attend to it, and
now appeared to be the time ; but a proper
place was hard to find, where we might be

967. Once, seemingly we had thousands of
friends, but alas, a true friend is hard to find !
one who is not like the pine tree, rotten at the

* The countenance being an index of the mind.



heart. Man is not to be trusted, unless fear,
interest, or the Grace of god. shall influ-
ence him! for mankind in general, are led
like an animal, by inclination for the time be-
ing, without exercising judgment, or reason,
which should he found in a Virtuous princi-
ple ! There is none but God who can be de-
pended upon ascertain : for He never forsakes
us. unless we first forsake him! though some
talk to the contrary, saying, David was left
to do so and so ! &c.

968. Where are my many friends now?
Zion is gone into captivity, her harps are
hung upon the willows; but she will yet
come out of the Wilderness of this world, lean-
ing upon her beloved ! terrible as an army
with banners .'

969. When travelling North and South,
the difference of the country, the prejudice of
the people, in their different modes of raising
both among the religion and those who do
not profess: taking the Potomac for the divi-
ding ground, makes me think of the " ten
pieces., of garments that Abijah gave to jero-
boam: which prejudice had began in the time
of Saul, the first king in Israel, and the
house of David !

970. When Cosmopolite was invited to preach
in Congress Hall, before the other House ; he
spoke from these words: "Righteousness ex-
alteth a nation; but sin is a shame to any peo-
ple.' 1 — He went down to the Navy Yard and
staid at the house of James Fricn/J. During
the night, he dreamed, and thought that he was

gallery of the CAPITOL, which was
much crowded : and the House was in session.
A little, sharp looking man, came to the top
ui the -laiis. and winked and beckoned tome,
as if in gnat agitation; and then turned and
wenl (-lit 1 thought I made my way through
the crowd and gol out of the door, where I
found a military guard around the house ;
getting through them, I started toward the
Navy Yard, when I saw the house arise, and
fall in two parts, and burst into ten thousand
atoms, and the whole was enveloped in a col-
umn of smother and smoke, which shock.
waked me up ! I told .lames Friend in the
morning of my curious dream. Fifteen
months after, as 1 was coining from Virginia,

.1 at his house ; he reminded me of the

'•it he had never been in the
ince, without thinking of it. ai

■ of horroi ' I . ; ■•. era! months

afl r this, when 1 heard of Ross and ('■

Washington, I could mi
terpret my dream.

There was more blood spilt in the Ca-
rolinas, between the inhabitant-, during the

sen the regu
mil's. There is an awful gloom gathering
fast, and clouds hangover a guilt) land. Wars

are neither less nor more, than the sword and
scourge of God : not only for a nation, but as
individuals also ; and there are two classes
who feel it heaviest here ; the first is those
who are of no service to God or man : viz.
those who are a nuisance to society, not pur-
suing any useful, innocent or lawful calling,
to gain a subsistence ; but have corrupted so-
ciety by the influence of their example, and
violating the Divine law, by profane cursing,
swearing, lying, drinking, whoring, and loung-
ing about the streets : this filth is in a great
measure drained from our towns ; and gone to
the slaughter-house. — The other is the Mer-
cantile class ; who through the unparalleled
space of peace and prosperity, were led off by
the temptation of riches and grandeur, where-
by they forgot God ; hence the influence of
their example, to the injury of society, and
the dishonor of God's government : There-
fore it was necessary that those avenues of
wealth should be shut up ; and hence the
scourge from God. Consequently we should
take warning that we may be able to stand ;
and of course must conduct ourselves accord-
ingly, in the duty of love to GOD, and our
NEIGHBOR ; and attend to our Saviow's
golden rule of practice, " As ye would that
others should do to you, do ye even so to

972. After enquiring some time, I found a
place in a Quaker family, where we obtained
a room. Attended some of their meetings ;
had some very comfortable feelings while sit-
ting in silence with them; heard some who
spake feelingly, and to satisfaction ; among
whom was RICHARD JORDAN ; his track I
was much upon in Ireland, but never saw him
until in this city ; visited his house, and had
good satisfaction. — Peter's call was to the
Jeivs ; Paul's to the Gentiles ; so there are dif-
ferent gifts, and calls, in our day, and all by
the same spirit.

973. DOROTHY RIPLEY, an English wo-
man, who hath crossed the ocean five times.
is now in this city: she belongs to no religi-
ous society; but is rather upon the Quaker
order; she was very kind to me, when going
on my last tour to Europe. She has travelled
mosl of the States of the Union : and also in
Ireland ; as well as her native country.
There has been much opposition to her, from
those who may he called religious bigots, who
are of narrow, contracted minds: for little
minds are only capable of little things; but
she hath brunted the storm, and lived down
much that was designed to block up her path,
and make the way bitter : but God hath been
with her: and how many she has been a

: to. the dav of Eternity must di

974. THEOPHILUS R. GATES;— the in-
fluence of his example is very impressive on



many minds : he travels on foot, inculcating
the necessity of innocency, and purity of
heart, flowing from love to God and man. He
belongs to no particular society, but considers
that to be bigoted to a party is to have or
subscribe to, and constitutes one of the num-
ber of the beast.

How many more God may stir up to go the
same way I know not : but though many
have prophecied of the mischief that would
arise from the influence and example of Cos-
mopolite: yet those are not " Dowries," nei-
ther is " Dowism" planted, in a spherical
point of view. But

" Let talkers talk, stick thou to what is best 1
To think of pleasing all, is all a JEST !"

Hence, ! ye bigots of

" Different sects, who all declare,
Lo ' here is Christ, and Christ is tliere '.
Your strongest proofs divinely give ;
And show as where the Christians live !
Your claim, alas ! you cannot prove !
YE want the genuine mark of LOVE !

975. The news of PEACE salutes our ears,
and reverberates through the land ; but many
appear to be intoxicated with the prospects :
as though the bitterness was past ; however,
it may be that many ere long may find that
the struggle between the powers of darkness
and light is not over; time must disclose it ;
may God have mercy on the human family,
prosper Zion, and help the Pilgrims through
this thorny maze to the peaceful shores,
where the wicked shall cease from troubling,
and the WEARY shall be at REST ?

I saw two chairs made out of the Elm tree,
under which Win. Penn held his treaty with
the Indians ; when treating with them for the
ground of Pennsylvania, and where the city
of Philadelphia now stands — not considering
the mere discovery and donation of a king, a
sufficient title — though done as the reward
of merit, for bis father's services to the public.

976. While the New Englanders were at
war with the natives it is said to be a fact that
there was no war between Penn's colony and
the Indians, all the days of Penn ?*

* It is said, that a man was employed to attend the
king's fire, and keep it well perfumed, while Fenn was
waiting to have the accounts regularly and carefully
made out and delivered, which contained the amount of
arrears for his father's services — which perfume was very
expensive. His majesty being present was invited by
Penn to visit him, and he would honor him with one
equally costly — which invitation being accepted, Penn
put the obligations into the fire — doubtless as a testimony
against WAR. The king afterwards sent for Penn, and
made him a donation of the grant of Pennsj lvania.

100 New Street, Dublin, 9th of the 5th mo. 1S13.

Dear Lorenzo — This day thy very acceptable letter
of March 19th came to hand, and afforded us particular
satisfaction. It was about this time two years when we
received the last letter from thee, and the only one since
our return from England. I am now established in more
extensive and profitable practice than I ever had before

The following is the substance of a poem which I wrote
down the 24th of February, two days before Napoleon
left Elba for France. The first verse, for reasons, T
omit. — I was then under restraints on account of singu-
larities of various sorts. — By the Beast and False Pro-
phet I designated Napoleon and Mahomet. — P. J.

N. B. — The second Beast of the 13th, seems the False
Prophet of the 19th chapter.

Verse 2.

I siNr, of a glorious day near a-coming —
The kingdom of Heaven set up amongst men —

The servants of God to his standard a-running,
As sheep when their shepherd calls into the pen.

However much these people called Quakers.

are derided for , the Protestant

christian world, is indebted to them as the
means for many of the blessings, both civil
and religious, which we now enjoy under

977. Marriage, for example, was consider-
ed an ecclesiastical subject — hence no marriage,
unless the ceremony was performed by a
priest — and the children illegitimate of course !

— indeed I think the last year exceeded any two former
ones since my commencing as physician, and I must ac-
knowledge that I think Divine Providence made use of
thee, in a particular manner, as an instrument to bring
about this, to me unexpected, event. For thy persuading
me to go at that time with thee to England, opened the
way for my going to settle whilst I did at .Macclesfield,
where I willingly resumed my medical practice, after
having striven about seven years earnestly to decline it.
My last year's business amounted, I think, to near "i'Ml.,
which with former years' increasing property has ena-
bled me to give some hundreds away to assist others in
their distresses, and at present to have a few hundreds at
my command, for the use of myself and others. But
whatever I may have, either now or in future, I consider
not as my own, but as a stewardship put into my hands
by the Great and Good Master, and to be unreservedly
devoted to his service in whatever waj- and manner he
may see clearly to point out. If professors of religion
would in general consider themselves only as stewards
of what they possess, I think it might then tie said with
truth, as it was at the time of the first promulgation of the
gospel, that no man counted any thing he had his own,
and no member of the church felt any wants.

If any thing has gathered with me it has been provi-
dential, and not by my own seeking : by which means it
is not a burthen to me, as I once felt some to be.

However easy and prosperous in outward matters I
seem to be, yet I think it would be far more agreeable to
me to be in America, travelling along with thee— even
encountering some difficulties. But this gratification
seems hitherto forbidden me : and I apprehend that I
shall have to abide the great thunder-storm, which ! fear
ere long will shake and agitate these hitherto highly fa-
vored countries. 1 think it will take place much sooner
than most people apprehend, and in a time and manner
somewhat sudden and unexpected. I believe it will try
the foundations of hundreds of thousands, and the truly
upright, and those free from all idolatry, be alo
served safely through it. I suppose I shall be 1 <
know of its 'approach, and a place of sale and ipiict re-
tirement be afforded to me during its continuance. I am
not afraid of my opinion being known, as I am ch I

political spirit and parties.

I heard that thou hadst thoughts of going to the West
Indies, and from thy long silence I ha 1 fears that thou
ha, 1st gone thither, and sunk under the unwholesomeness
of the climate. But now I have a hope of seeing thee
once more in this wilderness ; for if thou :
visit England after her conflict is over, I have no doubt
at present but that I may then meet thee there, and 1 hope
much to our mutual satisfaction.

Thy true friend,




The Beast and False Prnpliet shall first be a reigning,
And horrible carnage 'mongst Chi istians will make ;

The servants of Jesus in conflicts engaging,

A glorious warfare most valiantly waging,
Their lives laj ing down lor (heir Great .Master's sake

Their blood not these monsters 1 deep malice assuaging
Till God's blessed day in the morning.

Thcsd tyrants alive being east into the fire,

As shown to tin' Lord s highly favored friend ;
Their armies destroy 'd in God's terrible ire :

The world's great wickedness come to its end-
Then Satan, lust bound and most firmly chained,

Is in the abyss for a thousand years fix'd,
A seal set upon it, he horribly pajned,
His blasphemous rage by his torments untamed,

The cup of lus punishment here is unmix'd.
But God's righteous judgments can never be blamed —
For he is the Lord from the morning.

The Serpent no more poor weak mortals deceiving,

They all shall acknowledge God's heavenly law :
His righteous commands with obedience receiving,

The saints shall promulge without error or flaw,
These servants, raised up by theirGreat Master's powers,

Shall sit upon thrones with Messiah to reign ;
'Tis now of God's kingdom the glorious hour,
His blessing come down in a plentiful shower,

There now is no suffering, sorrow, nor pain :
But Jesus' presence their Heavenly dower —

F'or he is the Star of the morning.

This glorious day of a thousand years' standing,

Ml death shall abolish to Jesus' friends ;
Thej mile o'er the nations with sceptres commanding,

Their Master now makes them abundant amends.
The wolf and the lamb they shall lay down together,

The c ilf and the lion in harmony meet,
The birds of the air — of all sorts of feather,
At springs of the land, both the upper and nether,

Together shall play, and in innocence breed ;
An ml int shall lead the wild beasts in a tether ;

'Tis day with the sons of the morning.

But how cn-n I sing of these wondrous matters—

In Babylon's bastile a prisoner fast : —
My bonds are made stronger— the devil bespatters

My soundness of mind from the first to the last.
Poor David* from home and from friends now is banished,

As formerly happened in Saul's cruel day ;
All comforts domestic entirely vanquished,
The hillocks of cheerfulness thoroughly planished,

The devil ti iumphant now carries the sway.
But God's loved servant, although now astonished,
Will yet see a glorious morning.

The boli], firm and patient stand, which
these people made with perseverance, was
win: broke the charm and obtained the act
of Parliament in their favor on that subject.
Thank God ! there never lias been a spiritual

court in the United States.

978. Also the " Act of Toleration," under
"King William? was another effect from the
conduct of this people. Likewise the " equal
rights of con in our form of govern-
ment, i- another < fifed ; growing out of Pentfs
policy, for the governmenl of nis colony; re-
quiring no particular test a- a qualification to
office; only a general test, viz., the belief in
one God, with future reward and punish-

979. Thus, the Li:ssii\ /,,• learnt from the
Ution in his time -so a little " leavt n

leaveneth the whole lump." Mav it go on
throughout the world ; till priestcraft and ty-

* David means a beloved one.

ranny shall fall ; and the nations learn war no

Took stage for Melville ; arrived between
seven and eight o'clock at night; word flew
over town ; soon the school house was filled ;
spoke there, and next day at Buddville ; thence
to Elizabeth Port, Q. M., spoke twice, and
then to Dennis's creek M. H. Disappointed
of a conveyance, went on foot: found a wag-
on ; so got on to Cold Spring M. II.. thence
to Cape May C. H., so walked on to brother
Moore's ; brother Fidler carried me to Big E<*g
Harbor Baptist M. H.. so to Tuckahoe. and
May's Land/use; then Weymouth; Fairfield
Presbyterian M. II., Bridgetown and Penn's
Neck ; Salem, ; Sluxrptown and Woodbri.lge ;
so hack to Philadelphia ; having been gone
seventeen days : held thirty meetings ; and
travelled about 300 miles.

980. Going to the East, Peggy was taken
seriously ill ; we were detained about a month
in N. Y. Thence we sailed with Captain
Hoivard to N. London, who generously gave
our passage ; as did Dr. Brush his bill at
N. Y.

981. Held a number of meetings, and sailed
to Norwich, spoke in the Baptist M. II.
Hired a wagon, and came to Coventry ; found
my father well. Left Peggy ; visited Hebron,
Stonington, (where George's ship Ni/nrod,
killed two horses, one hog and a goose;) so to
Newport, Rhode Island !

982. My constitution is so broken, and ner-
vous system worn down, that let me put on
what resolution I may, 1 am necessitated to
sit down every little while to rest, if I attempt
to walk and go on foot. — L

983. After speaking several times, in a
large M. H. with a steeple and bell, occupied
by brother Webb, and where he taught school,
I spoke in Bristol, where I had been nearly
twenty years before, in the beginning of my
itinerancy, and departed to New Bedford;
where I had been about eight years before;
spoke several times ; designed for the vine-
yard ; and attempted to sail to New York : in
both 1 was disappointed ; so returned by land :
one offered a horse, another a chaise, and a
third attended me to Providence, saw a ves-
sel ; found two boxes of books on board; dis-

of them in the best manner I could ; and
after attending several meetings and experi-
encing some kindness from whence I had no
ground to expect il. and in other cases it turn-
ed out the reverse, I returned to Coventry;
made preparation to leave my Peggy for some
time; and departed to New Haven ; sailed in
the dreadful gale to New York; came to
Philadelphia, and visited Baltimore. Spoke
in the separate African M. H.. and the one
formerlv occupied by old father Otterbine.
Friday, 22d Sept., 1815. Took stage for

Carlisle ; wheel came off. and we upset, but
thanks be to God, none were materially in-
jured ; quit stage, and walked several miles
through the mud; spoke several times : made
remittance to my printer and bookbinder ; as-
sisted ten miles with a horse.

Monday, 25. Spoke in the Dutch "United
Brethren" M. H., near the big spring, to a
simple hearted people.

984. Found my father to be entitled to a
tract of crown land for service — probably will
be cheated out of it, as many others are of
their just rights — and as one day I may my-
self be also — but what is amiss here, must be
rectified hereafter.

985. Tuesday, 2G. Rode on the coupling
tongue of the wagon ; came to Shippensburg ;
feeble in body; faith revives, that the Provi-
dence of God will attend and bar my way
upon this journey. But a few months will
turn up something — I know not what ; things
cannot continue as they are ; may I be pre-
pared for all events !

986. Spoke in M. M. H. ; behaved well ;.
a few dollars to assist me on the way ; the
stage was full and could not take me : Provi-
dence provided ; a man brought me a horse for
his brother, to return from the college at Wash-
ington ; thus I was accommodated two hun-
dred miles over the mountains ; while many
were hurt by the upsetting of the stages on
the way, about this time.

987. Wednesday, 27. Rode twenty-four
miles to Kines; spoke to a few well behaved ;
next day to Bedford, and spoke in the C. H.

Here it is said that a minister wanted his
elders to agree with bonds to pay him annual-
ly for life, whether he should preach or not —
and killed one who opposed to prevent it.
Another, who was a rnagistrate, committed
him for trial ; and after sentence, asked him
what he thought of his state 1 He replied, I
know I have had religion — and shall of course
go to heaven, which bean prove by the arti-
cles of our church.

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