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minded people attended, and the meeting was
satisfactory. In coming along, John Pember-
ton had observed White-hills, a fishing vil-
lage, which he was desirous to visit ; so I
returned a few miles to procure accommoda-
tion for a meeting, and to give notice. I was
received at first agreeably by the people to
whom I was recommended ; but on mention-
ing my profession and errand, they showed
considerable dislike ; the mistress of the house
observed, with some warmth, that they would
have nothing to do with either Quakers, cler-
gy, or bishops, or any such people. However,
after some further conversation and explana-
lion, way opened. The prejudices wo had to



livingly opened in testimony.

" Fourteenth. — At ten o'clock a meeting
was held at White-hills, in a new unfinished
house, which was entirely filled ; some sat on
beams above, and many were without. David
Durat appeared in an informing testimony, as
did John Pemberton, who was remarkably
favoured. Another was appointed in the
al'lernoon. Five serious young people came
from Banff on purpose to attend the meeting,
and staid the second, which was crowded, but
orderly. It was agreeable to find an alter-
ation take place in some minds. Our land-
lady, who was so odd in her remarks j'ester-
day, now treated us with much kindness, and
in taking leave of us, e.xpressed her earnest
desires for our wellare.

" Fifteenth. — Proceeded to Old Meldrum,
where we were once more refreshed with the
sight and societ)' of our friends.

" Sixteenth. — Rode to Aberdeen. Ancient
Robert Hervy, nearly eighty years of age,
walked eighteen miles through the rain to the
Half-Year's Meeting : he seemed to possess an
innocent green old age.

" Eighteenth — On this day was their Half-
Year's Meeting. Aluch business came before
them, and it was satisfactory to see the honest
care of Friends. In the evening, at John
PeiTiberton's request, several Friends of the
Half-Year's Meeting had a solid conference.
He informed them that without a full sense
of his services being coinpleted in the north,
he had come above a hundred and twenty
miles to that meeting. He still fijund a con-
cern lie with weight on his mind to visit the
northernmost part of Scotland ; but to return
at this advanced season of the year into such
a country, seemed at the hazard of life. He
wished Friends to feel with him, and commu-
nicate their sense freely, for it was a matter of
great weight. Friends, from outward ap-
pearances, mostly discouraged the imder-
taking, for all the passages through the north-
ern country were fiequently blocked up with
snow for many weeks together ; yet they left
him to Divine direction and the feelings of Jiis
own mind, expressing much sympathy with
him, and being sincerely desirous of ouV^rc-
-servation. Though it was to myself a serious
thing to be confined for months togetlier in
the impassable valleys of Caithness, yet I felt
resigned to go north or south."

The weather being very wet, they staid in



and about Aberdeen a few days to rest. On
the twenty-third they left that city, attended
the meeting next day at Killmuck, and on the
twenty-fifth arrived at Old Meldrum again.
On the twenty-sixth the weather became
exceedingly cold, with a severe frost, and
J()hn Pemberton began to feel some symptoms
of indisposition. Though he had felt resigned
to proceed northward, yet he now found some
relief from the undertaking for the present,
and they set their faces again towards the
south.

On the twenty-ninth, Thomas Wilkinson
says, " We passed Urie to Stonehaven.
Something of asorrowliil feeling accompanies
the survey of places once the residence of
wisdom, |)icty and viitue; especially when no
traces are found of the former inhabitants.
Such was the reflection in passing Urie; and
we were not much comforted by what we
found at Stondrnven, but our sorrow was
more mingled wiTh commiseration. We visited
the poor scattered remains of our Society
there, seven in number. We found them
weighed down by the pressure of poverty ;
their children had left them and the Society
together; and there remained scarcely a c



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