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with nothing particular until we arrived at the
Springs whither we were bound.

The Springs are situated in Greenbriar
county, about three miles the other side of the
Alleghany mountain, and from Lynchburg up-
ward of one hundred miles. It is a pleasant
place where the man lives who has rented the
Springs, and has built a number of cabins,
perhaps fifty or sixty ; and they were placed
in a regular form, and the yard inclosed, and
a beautiful grass plot, with handsome shade
trees, for the accommodation of those that at-
tend the Springs. They have a large house
that stands near the centre, where the boarders
dine, &c.

We went there, but the person that had
hired the Springs would not take us in ! he
pretended they were so full that they could
not. But they took more after we went there
than they had before. But we got in at a
house perhaps a mile from the Spring. I was
better satisfied with this situation than I would
have been at the place — for I could have
the water brought twice in the day ; and there
I was in a more retired place. I stayed there
near three weeks. Lorenzo was there part of
the time, and part of the time he was travel-
ling through the neighborhoods and preaching




to the people. He held several meetings at
the springs, by the request of those that were
attending there. There were persons from
various parts, some for pleasure, and others
for the restoration of health: — they were peo-
ple that moved in the higher circles, and were
very gay — but they were quite attentive when
he spake to them of heavenly things, except
one, who was a most abandoned character —
he thought to frighten him by threatening his
life, and abusing hire in a scandalous manner:
hut tin' enemy was defeated in this — for the
gentleman that kept the Springs, and others,
soon stopped his mouth, so that he had peace
ever after.

There were none just about this place that
knew much about religion, but they appeared
anxious to hear the glorious sound of the
gospel. I began to get my strength in some
measure, so that I could walk about consider-
ably well. There was to be a Camp- Meeting
held near Salem, in Botetourt county, which
was a distance of seventy or eighty miles :
and we were in the mountains, without horse
or carriage, and how we should get out we
could not tell. But Providence, that had so
often opened our way where we could see
none, made a way at this time: there was a
friend that was a Methodist who lived at the
Sweet Springs, a distance, perhaps, of eighteen
miles, from the white sulphur, who had rc-
quested Lorenzo to come over there and preach:
he told him he would, provided he could send
a couple of horses for us to ride. — I had by
this time got so well, that we thought I might
be able to ride that distance on horseback.

Accordingly the man sent the horses; and
we started and arrived at his house some time
in the afternoon. We stayed at the Sweet
Springs, three or four days, and Lorenzo
preached several times : we then, by the as-
sistance of friends, were enabled to get on to
Fincastle. that was within twenty miles. We
came with the preachers that were going to

Here we got a chair from a friend to con-
vey us part of the way from this to the place
where the meeting was to be held, to another
friend's, who let us have his horse and gig to
carry us the remaining part of the way. Winn
we got to the camp-around it was nearly dark ;
but there we met with some of our old acquain-
tance, which made my heart to rejoice. The
preachers were very friendly. There I met
with my dear friend, sister Dunnington, who
perhaps enjoys as great communion with God.
as any person I ever saw. She was very
kind to me, — and I felt that it was good to
meet with those that truly love and serve the
Lord. We stayed at the Camp-Meeting until
the day before it broke up. It was a
ble good time — there was a number of souls

converted to God : may they continue to walk
in the narrow happy road, until they reach
the peaceful shores of Canaan !

We left the camp ground in company with
a preacher and his family for Hlacksburg,
near the Yellow Springs, so called, where I
was advised to go, and try the water. This
was near thirty miles from Salem — here »ve
stayed for two or three weeks, and I made
use of the waters, which was, I think, bene-
ficial to me.

We got acquaint? 1 with a gentleman from
the Low Lands of Virginia, who was at the
Springs with his wife on the account of her
health. These people were possessed of a
large property, and but one child — and they
also possessed as great a share of hospitality
as any that I ever met with. They under-
standing our situation, a;ave me an invitation
to go home and spend the winter with them —
which I thankfully accepted, while Lorenzo
took quite a different course to the Wi
country, intending to visit the Louisiana, be-
fore his return : but the Indian War breaking
out. flung some obstacles in the way, which
were unavoidable : hence, he sent on a deed
of relinquishment to those that had the pos-
session of the old mill, which had made such
a noise in the world — we had heard that
they had got it, or rather built a new one, to
do some business, but Loren/o hail never
reaped any benefit from any thing that ever
he claimed in that country, and I do not ex-
pect he ever will.

Here ends the history of his reported vast
possessions in the Mississippi.

We parted at the Springs. I was to go
home with brother Booth, the friend from
Virginia, while he pursued his journey to the
West. Brother Dunnington, who lived at
Salem, happened to be at the Springs at this
time — he took me in his chair, and carried me
to his house, and brother Booth came down
the next day. His wife was very unwell,
which detained us in the mountains for six or
seven weeks.

I staved with sister Dunnington. until sis-
ter Booth was able to travel ; we then started
for Brunswick, their place of residence, where
I was treated with the greatest kindness.

Lorenzo went on to the Western States,
and from thence to Carolina, and so on to Vir
ginia, to where I was ; after an absence of
near four months.

He in this tour visited about forty counties,
and travelled near two thousand miles. He
stayed with me about ten days, and then
started on another route through North ami
South Carolina to Charleston, and visited
many places, preaching from one to four times
in a day. until he returned, which was about
seven weeks. He got back to me on Friday



night; he preached on Sunday, and on Mon-
day morning we prepared to start for Peters-

March 8th, 1814, we bid adieu to my kind
friends in Brunswick, where I had found an
asylum from the cold winter for near five
months, whilst my Lorenzo was ranging
through the Western and Southern States, to
call sinners to repentance. The morning that
we- parted with that dear family will be a me-
morable one to me ; it was like parting with
my nearest friends. May the Lord bless them
with all such spiritual and temporal mercies,
as shall prepare them for a seat at the right
hand of the Majesty on high.

Brother Booth had furnished us with two
horses, a gig, and servant, to go with us to
Petersburg — and there we were to take his
carriage and continue on to Baltimore. But
when we got to Petersburg, the carriage
which was designed we should take from
there, was taken to pieces for repairing, so
that we could not obtain it for our journey, and
hence were under the necessity of taking the
public stage for Richmond, which was some-
thing disagreeable to me ; but I strove to put
my trust in that hand which had dealt out so
liberally to me in days that were past by.

The roads were very bad, being so much
cut up by the large heavy wagons that were
on the road, laden with cotton and other pro-
duce for market.

We arrived in Richmond between two and
three o'clock, and were received with kind-
ness by brother West and his companion.
There we met several preachers, who treated
us with friendship, which was very pleasant
to me. how sweet it is to meet with those
that love and serve the great Master in sin-
cerity and in truth ! And if it is so pleasant
here, what will it be when we shall meet in
that sweet world of Rest, where we shall see
eye to eye, and be no more subject to errone-
ous conclusions, as it relates to our brethren !

that I may be enabled to fight my passage
through, and meet with the dear friends of
Jesus on the happy banks of everlasting de-
liverance !

We stayed in Richmond from Wednesday
until Monday morning. Lorenzo hired a
hack, at the rate of five dollars per day, to
bring us on to Fredericksburg, which cost us
near forty dollars — but we came on in safety.

1 felt my heart often drawn out in prayer to
God for protection, while we were on the
road, that He would attend us on our journey.
We were received with kindness also at this
place by our old friend, brother Green, and his
family — where we stayed for some days.

Lorenzo held several meetings, and then
took a seat in the public stage for Alexandria,
where we arrived on Sunday, between two

and three o'clock. We stopped at a public
house, where the people that travel in the
stage are accommodated, but did not stay lon-
ger than to deposit our baggage, and then to
go in search of some friends where we had
put up, when we were in that place some
years before, by the name of Stone. We
walked down the street for some distance, and
as it happened, a gentleman and lady were
standing at the door, where Lorenzo had
formed some acquaintance the preceding win-
ter, and invited us to come in, which we did —
and found a pleasant asylum, where we could
rest from our fatigue of travelling in the stage.
O how sweet it is to meet with kind friends
after having been confined with those that
neither feared God nor regard man !

We stayed at Mr. Wartefs two nights, and
then, by the request of a family of Quakers, by
the name of Scholfield, we spent one night
with them. It was a very pleasant time to
me — they were remarkably kind and friendly ;
and the gentleman in the morning took me in
his chair and carried me to the city of Wash-
ington, which was about six miles from Alex-
andria, to another friend's, where my Lorenzo
had found a kind reception a little more than
twelve months before, and who had requested
that he would bring me, if ever he should
travel that way again.

Lorenzo had stayed behind to find some con-
veyance for our trunk and other baggage : in
a short time he found a return hack, which he
engaged, and arrived in a short time after me,
and was received with affection by the family.
They were by name Friends, and they were
so by nature.

We stayed with them three nights, and re-
ceived many marks of friendship from them —
for which may the great Master reward them
in the day when he cometh to make up his
jewels ! They had been married for seven-
teen years, and had no children, except one
little adopted daughter, of the lady's brother,
which they had taken as their own. They
doted on her : she was taken sick the day af-
ter I went there ; and the second day at night
they thought she was dying, and the poor
little woman was in great anguish of soul on
the account. I did not expect the child would
live until morning. We had engaged our
passage in the stage for that morning, at five
o'clock, and were up at three. The family
had slept very little for two nights, but when
we arose in the morning, which was at an
early hour, to prepare for our journey, the
dear little child was still living, but looked
like she had almost finished her course, and
would shortly be conveyed to the realms of
peace. Brother Friend went with us to the
stage-house, where we parted. We came on
to Baltimore, where we stayed two nighls



with brother Hagerty ; and Lorenzo preached
twice in the town. We then took the steam-
boat for Philadelphia, where we arrived in
about twenty-six or eight hours, where we
tarried from Tuesday until Friday — there Lo-
renzo preached two evenings in the African
church. We then left Philadelphia, and con-
tinued on in the steamboat to Trenton, where
we took the stage for New York. We staid
at Princeton one night, and the next evening
we arrived at the city of New York, and came

to brother Morris D' Camps, from whose house
I started when going to the Mississippi — he
then lived in Troy — after an absence of about
five years and six months from the time we
started, and from whom we have received
many favors. May that God, who is able
arid willing to reward those that will be kind,
for their benevolence bless him and all my
dear friends, for their kindness to me — and
in particular for the last nine years of my





I left Lynchburg on the 19th of July, and
came to brother Walker's, in Buckingham,
where I was taken worse : and stayed there
three months — and then I went to brother Du-
val's, where I stayed about five months, and
then returned to brother Walker's again, where
I continued near two months more — making
ten months in all. May the Lord give them
the reward that is promised to those that give
a cup of cold water to a disciple, in the name
of a disciple, for their kindness to unworthy
me, in this day of adversity.

January 25th. I this morning have been
much relieve'! from melancholy reflections that
employed my mind through the last night, as
it relates to Lorenzo ; as I had not heard from
him for several weeks, which gave me much
uneasiness, and made me feel my situation,
which is something lonely : but what most dis-
tressed me was, my heart being so prone to
distrust the protection of Providence over us,
which I had so much reason to rely upon —
for his tender care hath been over me from my
earliest days until now, and hath brought me
through dangers seen and unseen.

•'Through various deaths my soul hath led ;

And turn'd aside the fatal hour,
And lifted up my sinking head."

that I may ever feel resigned to the will
of God ! The day will shortly arrive when
we must bid adieu to all sublunary things.
May the Lord help me to tear my heart from
earth away for Jesus to receive. I long to be
dead to all below the sun, and have my affec-
tions placed on things above, where sorrow
will be turned into joy, where we shall view
our Saviour, who hath borne all our sins in
his own body on the tree, without a dimming
veil between ! Lord, enable me to say —

"Foreverhere my rest shall be,

Close to thy bleeding side ;
This all my hope, and all my plea,

For me the Saviour died.

"My dying Paviour and my God,

Fountain for guilt and sin,
Sprinkle me ever with thy blood,

And cleanse, and keep me clean."

January 26th. My heart longs to be filled
with love and gratitude to God, for his mercy
to me : and that through his grace strength-
ening me, I hope to overcome all the evils
that may befall me, whether outward or in-
ward. that I may consider that days are
uncertain here below — and know not the hour
when the Son of Man may call forme, wheth-
er it will be at midnight, or at the cock's
crowing — so it stands me in hand to watch
and pray, that I may not be surprised when
He shall come, but be ready to enter in with
the Bridegroom to the marriage supper of the
Lamb ! How sweet rest will be, after the
toilsome " journey of life" is over. We shall
then be received to those joys that have been
purchased at so dear a rate ; it cost no less
than the precious blood of the Son of God !

what a ransom ! That it should be neg-
lected by those who ought to benefit by it —
what a pity ! that they may take timely
warning, and flee to the outstretched arms of
the Saviour, and hide them, while the storms
of life be past, that they may be guided safe
into the haven of eternal rest.

February 7th, 1813, Sunday. I feel this
morning my spirits are very much depressed —

1 fear that trouble awaits me. that I may
be prepared for whatever may be the will of
God concerning me, whether prosperity or ad-
versity. May I ever lay passive at HIS feet,
and feel a disposition to say— Not my will,
but thine be done. I am assured that this is
a state of trial, wherein we must stand to our
arms, or we shall suffer loss — for we are sur-
rounded with enemies on every side, within
and without, that are watching to do us mis-
chief. that I may be on my guard, and
watch unto prayer, that the Lord may be my



fore front and rear wan! ! and although trou-
bles should assail me and dangers affright, I
may be enabled to fly to the arms of Jesus,
and find shelter and consolation there ! For

h said, that lie will carry the lambs in

30m, and gently lead those that are with
young — that I may be one of those that can

this promise and protection from him.
I am left as one alone in the earth — but if I
can only put my trust in him, I need not fear.
Although dangers stand thick through all the
ground, yet if the Lord is my shield, I shall
not fear what man can do unto me. But I too
often sink into a state of despondency, as my
situation seems to be very gloomy at present :
— not that I am in want of any thing to make
me comfortable, as it relates to living — for I
am placed in a kind family, for which I desire
to be thankful — but my concern for my com-
panion, who hath been gone for near two
months, and I have not heard from him but
once — which fills my heart with fear, lest
something hath befallen him. that God
may preserve him from those that would do
him harm — and may I be enabled to give him
up into the hands of God ; knowing that he
will do all things well : and if we meet no
more on earth, may we meet in glory, where
we shall be re-united, never to part again —
and receive the crown of glory that is laid up
for those that are faithful to the Lord, who
bought their pardon on the tree !

F( bruary 9th. I am still alive, and enjoy a
tolerable degree of health — for which I desire
to be thankful : for it is more than I once ex-
pected, from the state of my health.

I expected that 1 should have been an inha-

<>f eternity before this — but the Lord
hath preserved me for a longer space! that
I may improve the precious moments as they

i i the glory of God, and for the good of
my immortal soul — that when time shall be
no more with me, I may be received into
glory, where sorrow will be turned into joy :
where I may join the blood-washed throng 'in
singing hallelujahs to God and the Lamb for
ever !

" And then my happy soul shall teli
My Jesus hath done all things v.

February 15th. I am still alive, and on
praying ground — O that 1 may improve the
its moments as they pass, to the glory
of God and the good of my own soul. My
heart is too little engaged with God! O that
I may never rest until I am filled with love to
God and all mankind. .May the Lord prepare
me for whatever awaits me through this un-
friendly world — for I expect that troubles will
while here, more or less, until I
pass over Jordan! — God grant that they may
end then ; and for them may I receive a crown
of glory, though unworthy. May God help

me to watch and pray without ceasing, that I
may be in a state of readiness for whatever
may befall me !

" How happy every child of grace.

Who knows his sins forgiven,
This earth, he cries, is not my place,

I seek my place in Heaver.

A country far from mortal sight,

Yet, O by faith, I see—
The land of rest, the saint : s delight;

The heaven prepar'd for me."

March 12, 1813. I have reason to bless
and praise God, that it is as well with me as
it is — that I have some desire still to devote
my life and all that I have to the service of
that God who hath preserved and brought me
to the present moment. that every power
of my soul and body may be, without reserve,
devoted to him. He hath been my Preserver
and kind Benefactor from my earliest days
until the present time ! that my heart may
be filled with love and gratitude to Him, for
every mercy that I do enjoy. It hath been
better than three months since I parted with
the friend that I esteem most dear; and I long
much to see him — but I must be patient, and
strive to give my all to the Lord, and say, Not
my will, but thine be done.

March 14th. This day has been a day of a
good degree of peace and joy to my soul. As
I have been so long deprived of meeting with
my brethren to praise God ! O that I may
give my soul and body as a living sacrifice to
him day by day — and be prepared to meet my
Saviour in the skies, with joy and gladness,

" Through grace, I am determined
To conquer, though I die !"

March 21st. I have reason to praise God
for his tender mercy to me ; that he hath ^\\-
en me a degree of health and strength — and
feel a desire to spend the remainder of my days
in his service and to his glory. May the Lord
bless me with an hungering and thirsting for
all the mind that was in Christ, that I may be
a comfort to my companion, and a blessing to
society, and be prepared for heaven and glory.

" Come Lord from above, these mountains remov e,
O'erturn all that hinders the course of thy love."

I long to be altogether thine. The day is
fast approaching when it would be of more
importance to have an interest at a throne of
grace, than to be possessed of all the riches
in this lower world! May God help me to
realize the world of time and the length of
eternity — and improve my privileges accord-

March 21st. T feel to be in some •
thankful to God for the blessings that 1
joy. May T improve them to the g'<
my great Benefactor — and may the Lord je-



ward my kind friends for their friendship to

" O that my God would count me meet,
To wash his dear disciples' feet "

I feel my heart prone to wander from the
God that I desire to love ! that the day
may arrive when I shall love my God su-
premely — above every thing else.

April the 15th, 1813. I am this day out of
eternity, but am not well — and know not how
long I may be an inhabitant of this world !
That I may be in a state of readiness for death,
when it shall come — for whether it be long or
short, it will be the same king of terrors when
it comes, if we are not prepared for it. My
heart and soul, long (ox full redemption, in the
blood of Jesus.

" O that my tender soul might fly
The least abhorr'd approach of ill :

Quick as the apple of an eye,
The slightest touch of sin to feel."

I hope the Lord may give me grace to be
faithful ; that whether my days are many or
few, they may all be devoted to him, that
when I am called to go I may have a con-
voy of angels to escort my happy soul to
realms of glory. My conflicts are many here,
but the hand of the Lord is strong. that I
may be enabled to put my trust in him in
every trying hour.

April 21st. [ am this day a spared monu-
ment of mercy — that I am not cut off as a
cumberer of the ground — that my heart may
be filled with real gratitude for the blessings
I do enjoy — for kind friends in the day of ad-

I feel that I need daily supplies from the
fountain that was opened in the house of king
David for sin and uncleanness. For the ene-
my thrusts sore at me — and I often fear I shall
come short at last. I want the whole armor,
and skill to use the weapons, that I may be
more than conqueror, through the strength of
Jesus — that when my sun is setting, I may
have a prospect of Canaan's happy land, and
view by faith the celestial fruits of paradise,
where joys immortal grow — pain shall be ex-
changed then for pleasure that never shall
cease — where we may gaze on the face of
our beloved without a dimming veil of mor-
tality between.

April 23d. I have reason to be thankful to
God my great Preserver, for the peace that I
do feel in my soul this morning. Although my
body is afflicted, yet I feel a degree of resig-
nation to the will of God — and hope that I
may be prepared for whatever is the will of
God concerning me — whether for life or death.

" Through grace I am determin'd
To conquer though I die,

And then away to Jesus

On wings of love I'll fly :
And then my happy station

In life's fair tree shall have
Close by the throne of Jesus,

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