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Antient, faithful Servant of JEStra Christ,



Departed this Life in the Illand of Tortola^
the fourth Day of the Ninth Month, 174 1.

To which is prefi^i^i^^^PtRTy


Travels, and CHRisi%AN^i^g(^(g:j^^Li
Written by Hll^E^


tvuill fend thofe that ejlapf of them unto the Nationt, to Tarlhilh, Pull, end
Lud, that draw the Bo-w, to Tuoal and Javan, to the IJles afar 'off*
that have not heard my Fame, neither have feen my Glory i and they Jhall
declare my Glory among the Gentiles. Ifaiah Ixvi. 19.


Printed and Sold by Luke Hinde, at the Bible
in George-Tar J, Lomhard-Stre^t^ ^ys^-^


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T HI LAD EL. ,. _.,

Concerning our Antient, Worthy Friend,


THE Chriftian Experiences of the Faithful
being ufeful to diredl fuch as are defirous
of following then?i in the Paths of true
Religion and Virtue, and their good Examples
ihining with the greateft Clearnefs, when they
have, with the Flefli, put ofF all human Infir-
mities ; Juftice to their Memory, and a Concern
for the Benefit of their Survivors, demand our
grateful Remembrance of them, and the contri-.
bating our Endeavours to render their Labours
ufeful to Pofterity.

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• Thefe Confiderations engage us to preface the
Writings of this our efteemed Friend and Elder
in the Truth, with this Teftiraony concerning

He was a Member of our Monthly-Meeting
above Forty Years, fo that fome of us had Op-
portunities of being intimately acquainted with
him, and of knowing his Fidelity and Diligence in
promoting the Caufe of Truth, and the Edifi-
cation of the Church of Chrijl ; this having been
the principal Engagement and Concern of his
Mind, and which he preferred to any other Con-
fideration ; as will evidently appear to thofe, who,
with an honeft and unprejudiced Intention, pe-
riife his Journal of his Life and Travels.

By this it will appear, that he was, in the
early Part of his Life, fenfibly affedted with the
Vifitation of divine Life and Grace, and, by adr
hcring thereunto, w^s preferved from the Vani-
ties and Follies, which often divert and alienate
tlic Minds of Youth from the due Remembrance
and awful Regard of their Creator ; fo that he
was enabled to bear a Teftimony of Chriftian
Patience and Self-denial in his youthful Days,
and, by keeping under that Exercife, as he adr
vanccd in Years, attained to further Knowledge
and Experience in the Work of Religion, in
which he had a Sight of the Neceffity of keeping
in a State of Humility, and of bearing the Croft
jcf Chrijl, which mortified him to the World;
fo that the Lois manv luftain by the anxious Pur-



fuit of the lawful Things thereof appearing to
him, he was concerned to avoid it, and in Obe-
dience to the Precept of Ckriji^ To feek firji the
Kingdom of God^ and his Righteoufnefs^ having
Faith in his Promife, That all theje Things (^necef-
fary for him) (l^ould be added.

Thus the Love of God influencing his Mind,
and opening his Underftanding, he became con-
cerned for the general Good of Mankind, and
received a Gift of the Miniftry of the Gofpel of
Chrijl^ before he had attained the Age of Twen-
ty-one Years ; in the publick Exercife of which,
he foon after travelled thro' many Parts of Eng -
land^ and into icotla?id^ and the next Year, be-
ing 1697, hexrame to vifit Friends in this and
the adjacent Provinces of America ^ where his
Miniftry and Converfation were to the Comfort
and Edification of the Faithful (as fome of us can
with Satisfaction declare, from our Knowledge
and Remembrance of him at that Time) and
the near Fellowfliip and Union he then had with
Friends here (^we believe) contributed to his more
fpeedy Determination of fettling among us, which
he afterwards thought it his Duty to do, tho*
the leaving his Parents and Relations (zs he after-
wards exprelTed) was no fmall Crofs to him, be-
ing of a dutiful and afiedtionate Difpofition.

After fixing his Refidence amongft us, he per-
fever'd in his Concern and Labour for the Edifi-
cation of the Churches, and gathering People to
Faith and Dependance on the inward Teachings

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of Chril}, and for that Purpofe only he travelled
many long Journies and Voyages through the fe-
veral E?igliJJ^ Colonies on this Continent, and moft
of the lllands in the JVell-Indies, and in EuropCy
through England^ Wales^ Scotland^ Ireland^ HoU
land, Frizelmid, and feveral Parts of Germany,
and the adjacent Northern Kingdoms-, and in
many of theie Places his Miniftry and religious
Labours were blelTed with the defired Succefs,
of which there are yet fome WitnelTes living, and
others who were convinced of the Principles of
Truth by his Means, became ferviceable Mem-
bers of the Church, and continued therein to the
End of their Lives.

But as the vv^ife King Solomon formerly obfcr-
ved, that One Event cometh to the Righteous^ and to
the Wicked, fo it happened to this good Man,
who met with various Lofles and Difappoint-
ments in his temporal Eilate ; after which, the
Circumftances of his Affairs engaged him to un-
dertake fome Bufinefs, in the Management of
which he was obliged to crofs the Seas frequently:
This, however, did not abate his Zeal and reli-
gious Care to make ufe of all Opportunities of
vifiting the Meetings of Friends when among
them, and of calling, at other Times, to fuch
who might be accounted as the Outcafi (?/'Ifrael,
end the ID ij per led ^' Judah, or as Sheep not yet of
ihe Fold 0/ Chrift ; and his Services of that Kind
are worthy to be commemorated, having been
often produdive of good EfFeds.



His Patience was remarkable in Difappoint-
mentjS and Affliftions, of which he had a large
Share 5 and his Meeknefs, Humility and Circum-
ipedlion^ in the general Courfe of his Life and
Converfation were confpicuous and exemplary;
and as Jie frequently exhorted and admonifhed
othefp to the Obfervation and Pradice of the
niany excellent Precepts and Rules of Chrijl^ our
Lord and Law-giver, and more efpecially thofe
expreffed in his Sermon on the Mount (which
contains the Sum of our moral and religious Du-
ties) fo he manifefled himfelf to be one of that
Number, whom Chri[i compared to the wife
Builder, who laid a fure Foundation ; fo that his
Building flood unfliaken by the various Floods
and Winds of Tribulations and Temptations he
ipef with, both from within and without.

He was a Lover of Unity amongft Brethren,
^nd careful to promote and maintain it, fliewing
the Example of a meek, courteous, and loving
Deportment, not only to Friends, but to all
i^thers, vvith whom he had Converfation or Deal-
ings J fo that it may be truly faid. That /t^u:>
have lived Jo imiverfally beloved and refpeSted amo?jg
fis : And it was manifeft this did not proceeei
from a Defire of being popular, ortobefeen of
Man: For his Love and Regard to Peace did
not divert him from the Difcharge of his Duty
in a faithful Teftimony to thofe that profeffed the
Truth, that they ought to be careful to maintain
good Works; and he was often concerned zeal-
oufly to incite and prefs Friends to the Exercife

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of the good Order and Difcipline eflablifhed in
the Wifdom of Truth, by admonifhing, warn-
ing, and timely treating with fuch as fell fhort
of their Duty therein, and by tcftifying againft
thofe who, after loving and brotherly Care and
Endeavours, could not be brought to the Senfc
and Pradtice of their Duty ; and thereby he fome-
times ihar'd the Ill-will and Refentment of fuch

The feveral Eflays he wrote on religious Sub-
jects at Sea, are further Proofs that his Mind
was principally engaged in the great Bufinefs and
Concern of Religion ; and as he continued under
the fame Engagement to the End, we ar^s fully
perfuaded the Words, with which he conclu-
ded his laft publick Teftimony on the Ifland of
^ortola^ may be truly and properly applied to him,
"Ihat he had fought a good Fight y and had kept the
Faith, andy we doubt not, he now enjoys a Crown
?/ Righteoufnefs.

Much more might be truly faid of his Intcgri-
i:y, Faithfulnefii and Worth, but we do not think
it neceflary ; our chief Intention being to exprefs
our refpcdful Remembrance of him, and our
Unity with his Labours and Services, and in or-
der to affure thofe, to whom he was not perfon-
«lly known, of the Truth of what he has him-
fclf wrote of his Life and Travels ; for we believe,
fts he was a Man fignally influenced with the
Spirit of univerfal Love and Good-will to Man-


kind, this was his chief Motive for writing ; an4
we are lincerely defirous that his good Defiga
may be anfwered, and that the Glory of every
good and pcrfedt Work may be attributed to that
divine Power alone, which can qualify others to
fupply the Places of thofe faithful Miniflers and
Servants of Chrijty who have been of late Years
removed from among us, and are of that Num-
ber, of whom it is written, Blejfed are the Dead^
which die in the Lord, from henceforth^ yea, faith
the Spirit^ that they may refi frojn their Labours,
and their Works do follow them.

Signed on Behalf, and by Appointment of
the Monthly-Meeting of Friends in Phi-
ladelphia, the Twenty-eighth Day of the
Second Month, 1749, by




Life, Labours, Travels, &'c»

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T J^ V I N G great Caufe to acknowledge the Re-
JlL gard and Proteuiion of Divine Providence in the
feveral Stages of my Life^ I think it may be of
Service to others, to leave behind me the following Ac-
count of my Life and Travels.

1WAS born on the Third Day of the Third Month
1675, in Southwarky and defcended of honefl
and religious Parents, who were very careful of
me, and brought me up in the Fear of the
Lord ; and oftentimes counfelled me to Sobriety, and
reproved me for Wantonnefs ; and that light Spirit,
which is incident to Youth^ they were careful to nip
in the Bud ; So that I have Caufe to blefs God,
through Chrift, on the Behalf of my tender Parents.

And I may not forget the Dealings of God with me
in my very tender Years. When between eight and

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1684; ten Years of Age, my Father and Mother fen: mc
»^^V*^near two Miles to School, to Richard Scoryer, in the
Suburbs of London, I went moftly by myfelf to the
School ; and many and various were the Exercifes I
went through, by Beatings and Stonings along the
Streets, being diftinguifhed to the People (by the
Badge of Plainnefs which my Parents put. upon me)
of what ProfefTion I was ; divers telling me, ^Twas
710 more Sin to kill me^ than it was to kill a Dog,
Ttthfrhtt\ About this Time the Lord began to work ftrongly
%u!hwar\,on my Mind by his Grace, infomuch that I could not
forbear reproving thofe Lads who would take the
Name of the Lord God in their Mouths in vain, re-
rainding them of the third Commandment, Thou Jh alt
not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain^ for the
Lord will not hold him guiltlefs that iaketh his Name
in vain ; and otCh rift's Saying, Every idle Word that
Men fhall fpeak, they Jh all give an Account thereof in the
Day of Judgjnent ; for which I was mocked and de-
rided by fome, and others would fometimes refrain
from fuch bad Words when I reproved them.

One Time I remember I was amongft fome Men,
one of whom I had reproved, and he told the reft of it,
and turned to me, and faid. That I was no Chrifiian^
and aflvcd me, when I faid the Lord^s Prayer ? I
afked him, if he faid it ? He faid. Yes. I then afked
him how he could call God Father, and be fo wicked
as to fwear and take God's Name in vain ? which I
had heard him often do •, and I told him what Chrift
16S5. faid to the 7^''^-^> Tour are of your Father the Devil ^ he-
\./^>r^ caiife his Works ye do -, and 'that thofe that did the
Devil's Work could not truly call God Father, ac-
cording to Chrift's Dodlrine. So being conviifled in
their Confciences that what I faid was true, they were
all filent, and wondered that I, being fo young,
fhould fpeak in fuch a Manner i in which 1 remember
I had great Peace and good Satisfa6lion : And from
thenceforth thefe Men let me alone.



Notwithftanding I hated to hear wicked Words, I 1685.
loved Play exceedingly, being perfuaded that there k^/'st^
was no Harm in that, if we ufed no bad Words.
One Time I was at Play at a Neighbour's Houfe with
the Children, and in the niidft of my Sport I was
reach'd to with ftrong Convidlions, infomuch that I
could not forbear Weeping. The Childrens Mother
obferving that I wept, faid, Why do 'jou weep^
Tommy ? I told her I could not teJl, except it was
becaufe I was a naughty Boy. Oh ! faid (he, don't
believe biniy for ihafs the Devil tells you fi^ for you are
the bejl Bo'j in all our Street. But I knew 1 was told the
Truth by Convidion, and that ihe was millaken :
For I plainly underftood by clear Conviftion, and by
the holy Scriptures (which I had been train'd up in the
Reading of) that I was too vain and wanton ; for I loved
Mufick^ Dancings and playing at Cards^ and too much
delighted therein betimes, and was followed with the
Judgments of God therefore in the Secret of my Soul.

What I did in thofe Sports and Games, I always took
care to do out of the Sight, and without the Knowledge
of my tender Parents; for I was afraid of their Reproofs
and Corredion, the which I was fure to have, if they
had any Intelligence of it,

I remember that, unknown to my Parents, I had
bought a Pack of Cards, with Intent to make ufe of
them when I went to fee my Relations in the Country,
where there was Liberty in the Family fo to do, at a
Place called Woodfordy about feven Miles from Lon-
dofts where I got Leave fometimes to go ; and at the i^f/^^f
Time called Chriflmas^ I went to fee them^ and five
Miles on my Way went tp a Meeting, at a Town
call'd JVanftead\ at which Meeting, a Miniiler oUra„flesi.
Chrift declared againfl the Evil of Gaming, and par-
ticularly of Cards ; and that the Time which People
pretend to keep Holy, for Ch rift's Sake, many of them
fpend moftly in Wickednefs, Sports, and Games; even


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168/;. ^^""^^ pretending to be Religious: And, generally
y>^/^ fpeaking, more Sin and Evil is committed in this Time,
than in the like fpace of Time in all the Year befides ;
{o that the Devil is ferved inftead of honouring Chrifl:.
From this Meeting at JVan[lead, I went to the Houfe
of my Relations, where the Parfon of the next Parifh
lodged that Night, who ufed to play at Cards with
them fometimes ; and the Time drawing near that
we were to go to our Games, ifiy Uncle called to the
Doftor, (as he called him) to me, and to my Coufin,
to come and take a Game at Cards ; at which Mo-
tion I had (trong Convidions upon me not to do it,
as being Evil ; and I fecretly cry'd to tlie Lord to
keep me faithful to him ♦, and lifting up my Eyes, I faw
a Bible lie in the Window, at the Sight of which I was
glad. I took it, and fat dowrt, and read to myfelf,
greatly rejoicing that I was preferved out of the Snare.
Then my Uncle called again, and faid, Co7ne^ Doc-
tor, you and 7, and 7n'j Wife and Daughter, will have.
a Game at Cards^ for I fee my Coufin is better difpofed.
Then he looked upon me, and faid. He was better
difpofed alfo. So their Sport for that Time was fpoiled,
and mine in that Pradice for ever -, for I never (as I
remember) play'd with them more, but as foon as
I came Home, offer'd my new and untouch'd Pack of
Cards to the Fire. And of this I am certain, the Ufe
of them is of evil Confequence, and draws away the
Mind from Heaven and heavenly Things ; for which
Reafon all Chriftians ought to fhun them as Engines of
Satan: Kx\AMufick and Dancings having generally the
fame Tendency, ought therefore to be retrain'd from.
The Sentiments ot the Waldenfes^ a People in great
Efteem among Protefiants^ are worthy the Con*
fideration of all true Protejlants and Chriflians ; which
were " That as many Paces, or Steps, as the Man
•* or Woman takes in the Dance, fo many Paces or
*• Steps thev take towards Hell.'*



I very well remember the Work of God upon my 1685.
Soul, when I was about ten Years of Age ; and par- v^Vv^
ticularly at a certain Time when I had been rebelling
againft God and my Parents, in Vanity and Lightnefs :
And as I had offended both, fo I was corredted by
both: For I had not only the Anger of my Parents,
but the Lord frown'd upon me, inlbmuch that I trem-
bled exceedingly, and was as tho' I heard a vocal Voice
fay to me, iVhat will lecome of thee this Nighty if I
fhould take thy Life from thee ? At which I was amazed,
and in great Fear. Then I covenanted with God, that
if he would be pleafed to fpare my Life ("for I thought
God would have taken my Life from me that very
Moment) I would be more fober, and mind his Fear
more than 1 had done before.

Neverthelefs I broke Covenant with God my Ma-
ker, my Adverfary tempting me fo to do, telling me
I was but a Child, and that it was natural for Children
to be brifk and to play, and that God would wink ac
my Childhood and Youth, and it was time enough for
me when a Man, to become religious. But ftill God
followed me with his chaftifing Rod, and often put
me in Mind of my Covenant that I made with him iti
my Diftrefs ; and that he had granted my Requeft
which I then made to him ; and unlefs I would take up
a Crofs to my own corrupt Will and Inclinations, he ^
fhould take me out of the World., Then, Oh then t
I cryed. Lord help ^ or I die! Save me^ or I ferijb
for ever I I cannot keep thy Covenant, nor do thy
Will, without thy Help and AfTiflance! And indeed
if the Lord had not helped, I had been undone for

So I continued bow'd down in my Mind, calling on
the Lord *, thinking and meditating on Heaven and
heavenly Things : But, as I am fenfible, I had an in-
ward Enemy that always fought my Hurt and Over-
throw^ I have Caufe to blefs God, who by his Grace
(as mine Ey« was turned to it) helped me to do his


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1685. Will, as he was pleafed to manifeft it to me, fo that
i^^\r\j thereby fome Change was wrought on me, both ]««•
wardly and outwardly.

And I then began to delight in Reading and Sobriety,
which before were irkfome to me: And when I read
the holy Scriptures, I defired that God would opert
them to my Underilanding, which he did to my Edi-
fication many Times. I alfo begged earneftly of the
Lord, that he would be pleas'd to be with me, and
make me like to thofe his Children and Servants, of
whom I read in the holy Scriptures, who faithfully'
ferved him all their Days. And when I read of the
Crucifixion of our blefied Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ, it would break my Soul into Tendernefs. I
thought it was enough to awaken and humble any
Soul that was well-meaning, and had any Senfe of the
Power, Love, and Grace of Chrift. Thus I went
on for feveral Years, feeling that Peace which pafTeth
natural Underflanding, which many Times accompa-
nied my poor and needy Soul : And being advanced
1690. to about 14 or 15 Years of Age, L remember that
• -•^'"XJ I ufed to fhun the Crofs of fpeaking in the plain Lan-
^/mff, gu^g^ fwhich I always read in the holy Scriptures)
s^utfrvJark, to thofe whom I converfed with, except my Father
and Mother, who would not allow me to fpeak other*
wife : I was convi6led in my Confcience that it was not
right to play the Hypocrite after that Manner ; and
on a certain Time 1 had Occafion to fpeak with an
Officer, a great Man in our Neighbourhood,, and my
Heart moved within me for fear I fhould fhun the
Crofs of Chrift ; For it was Chrift's Language to all,
as we may read in the New Teflament •, and the Scrip»
tures, from Genefis to the Revelations^ fpeak Thee and
Thou, to a fingle Perfon in a general Way.

So I took up the Crofs, and faid *Thee to him ;
and he was much affronted, and faid, ^hee ! what dojh
thou Thee me for? I foberly afked him, if he did
r.oc fay Thee to his Maker in his Prayers? and whe^



ther he was too good, or too great, to be fpoke to 1690,
in the fame Language in which he addrefs'd the AI- V^*^
mighty ? Unto which lie made no Reply, but feem'd
to fall from his PalTion into Admiration, as one fmit-
ten in himfelf. And he bore me Refped ever after.;
and I greatly rejoiced that I was preferved faithful.
Tho' it may look like a little Thing to fome, yet I
found it good (as the Scripture faith) not to defpife the
Day offmall 'Things,

About the twentieth Year of my Age, I was pref- 1694,

fed and carried aboard a VefTel belonging to a Man of

War. I was put down into the Hold in the Dark,
not having any Thing to lie upon but Cafks ; and
what made it worfe to me, I was among wicked, de-
bauched Men ; and as we were fhut up in Darknefs,
fo was their Converfation dark and hellifli. In the
Morning (for which I longed more than the Watch-
men) the Lieutenant called us up on Deck, and exa-
mined us whether we were willing to fcrve the King.
He called me to him, and afked me, If I were
willing to ferve his Majejly ? I anfwer'd; that I was
willing to ferve him in my Bufmefs, and accord^-
ing to my Confcience -, but as for War or Fighting,
Christ had forbid it, in his excellent Sermon on the
Mount; and for that Reafon I could not bear Arms,
nor be inftrumental to dellroy or kill Men. Then the
Lieutenant looked on me, and on the Peopk, and fliid.
Gentlemen^ what Jhall we do with this Fellow? he
fwears he will not Fight. The Commander of the
VefTel made Anfwer, No^ no I he will neither Swear
mr Fight. Upon which they turn'd me on Shfore.
I was thankful that I was delivered out of their
Hands ; and my tender Parents were glad to fee me


Now as I grew in Years, the World began to takei-
too much Root in me ; and my unwearied Enemy
would tell me that it was lawful enough (and indeed
I fee that he hurts many with lawful Things, with

B whom

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1694. whom he knowcth the unlawful Things will not take;
and here I had been loft if God had not been gra-
cious to me. But he, in whofe Prefence I delighted,
withdrew, and deprived me of that Enjoyment which
was graceful and comfortable above all Things to my
Soul. Then did I pray, with Tears, O that it might'
be with me as it was at other Times before I and I was
willing to let the World go, rather than Grace and
God's Glory. The Pfalmift faith, I^o good Thing
"juillbe wilb- hold from them that walk uprightly^ Pfal.
Ixxxiv. Verfe 1 1.

About this Time there was a great Concern on my
Mind, rightly to diftinguifh between the Voice of
Chriil, and the Whifperings of Satan, and thus it
open'dtome: That Chrift, the Truth, always fpeak-
eth Good, and for a good End, and that there is divine
t.ife to the Soul in this Speaking -, but the Devil never
fpeaks Good, unlefs fometimes for a bad End, and
then not Good in Reality » only colour'd with a good
or fair Shew.

And keeping under this Exercife, the Lord appeared
to me again, and many Times refrefh'd my Heart
with his Goodncfs. And when I was in my Bufinefs
amongft Men, I did witnefs the holy Ghoft, the
Comforter, to be near me ; which was more to me
tjian ail the World, or the Riches, Glory, and Beau-
ty of it j the Love of God being fo fweet to my Soul
tS)d Spirit, my Breathings, Prayers, and Supplications,
^yeretotheLord, that my Neighbours, Acquaintance,
and Relations, might alfo partake of the like precious
Faith and Love which I enjoy'd •, and that the Chil-
dren of Men might anfwer that great and good End
for Vv'hich the Lord did create them 5 which is, that
Glory, Honour and Praifc, might afcend and be given
to him.

I hadfuch a Senfe and Fear of Dilhonouring God,
that I often, with Tears, cry'd. Never let me live to
diftionour Thee. Oh! it had been better for me, that


I had never been born, or my Mother's Womb had
been my Grave, than that I fliould live to difhonour
Thee, or wilfuJly reproach the Name of Chrift, who,
with the Father, is only worthy of divine Honour.

In this Concern I felt the Gofpel Power of our Lord
Jefus Chrift to work upon my Soul, and the Word of
God was as a Seed in my Heart, growing and opening
in me, fpeaking to me, and making my Underfbanding
fruitful in the Things of his Kingdom -, and in that
Ability which was given me of God, through his
Grace and holy Spirit, I exhorted People to Repen-

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