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we came to Yarm, where the next evening we
had a very large meeting; from thence we
went to Stockton, in the bishoprick of Durham,
where we found a pretty large body of Friends,
and had a good and solid opportunity amongst
them. Returning thence into Yorkshire, we
came to Whitby and Scarborough, where we
had large and good meetings* From thence
we passed through Malton to York, where in
the aflernoon we had a large meeting, a great
many of King James' soldiers coming to it,
who behaved themselves, for some time ader
they came in, a little rudely in talking to one
another; but aAer awhile the Lord's power
broke in amongst them, so that many were
greatly tendered and broken, and the meeting
ended to the satisfaction, I think, of all pre-

From York we went to Leeds, and so to
Halifax; at both which meetings the Lord
greatly favoured us. There I parted with my
fnend Isaac Ashton, and making my way to-
wards Manchester, I got home.

In the year 1687, I and my wife went for
London, in company with Samuel Watson
and several other Friends. Afler the Yearly
Meeting was over, we went for Essex, and
▼isited the greatest part of the meetings in
that county, which were generally very large.

From Essex we went into Suflblk, where
we had several large and precious opportuni-
ties; and taking meetings as we went, we
came to • Norwich, where we stayed some
days, and had several very good and com-
fortable meetings. Afler having visited many
meetings in the county of Norfolk, we felt
drawings in our minds towards home.

We set forwards to my brother Joshua's,
at Mildenhall in Sufifolk, and had a large and
precious good meeting there ; from thence to
the Isle of Elyi and so into Huntingtonshire,

where having visited several meetings, we
passed through Wellingborough to Northamp-
ton, at which places the Lord greatly favoured
us with his blessed presence.

From thence passing through part of Lei-
cestershire, we came through Nottingham-
shire, to Robert Mellor's, at Whitehough, in
Staffordshire, where we staid all night; in
the morning we went to Leek, and so to Mac-
clesfield, and from thence home, where we
were gladly received : this was a satisfactory
journey to us both.

In the year 1688, we removed from Crow-
ton to Stockport ; this and the following year
I staid pretty much at home.

About the latter end of the year 1690,
having strong drawings in my mind to visit
Friends at London, and in some parts of the
West of England ; it was then a very cold
time, and the lanes between Stockport and
Macclesfield so full of snow, that they were
not passable, and we were forced to make
our way through the fields. We got to Mac-
clesfield, where we staid that night: James
Dickenson being also for London, and hear-
ing that I was set out, came and overtook me
at Macclesfield.

We travelled together, taking meetings as
we went, till we came to Banbury in Oxford-
shire, where we found a meeting of public
Friends at the house of Richard Vivers : we
came seasonably to it, and had a very reviv-
ing and comfortable opportunity, to the great
satisfaction of that solid assembly. To this
place we had a very hard journey, the ways
being very bad, the snow and ice considera-
ble, and cold winds attending it.

From hence we went to Ailsbury, Uxbridge
and London ; here I staid some time, and af-
ter I had cleared myself I set out for the west,
and taking meetings as I went, came to South-
ampton and Ringwood ; then to Pool, and
passing through the Isle of Purbeck, I came
to Weymouth, where we found the people in
a great consternation, they espying a great
fleet of ships, supposed them to be French ;
but having sent out a boat to discover what
they were, upon the return of it, to their great
joy and satisfaction, it was found to be a fleet
of English merchant-men, under convoy of
some men of war. War had before been de-
clared between France and England.

Afler a short stay here, I came to Yeovil
and Bristol; where I staid some days, and
had very large and comfortable meetings
amongst Friends, as indeed I had all along
hitherto ; Friends being generally glad to see
me, I having formerly visited those meetings;
and the Lord's presence and power attended
me in my service.

From Bristol I went to Frenchay, Nails-

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worth and Gloucester ; from thence to Wor-
cester, Sturbridge, Woolverhampton and Staf-
ford ; and taking a meeting or two more by
the way, I came to Stockport, arriving there
pretty early in the spring, in the year 1691,
where I fdund all well, and was received with
joy. This was a satisfactory journey; for
having discharged the duty which the Lord re-
quired of me, I had peace and comfort therein.


Our worthy Friend could not be prevailed
upon to bring down his memoirs lower than
in the foregoing account. I believe he did
not travel much for many years before his
decease, but was a constant attender of our
Circular Meetings, as also Quarterly and
Monthly Meetings ; in which he was of sin-

fular service, and eminently gifled both for
octrine and discipline, well knowing how to
divide the word aright, and was indeed as a
prince in our Israel.

A Testirrumy from the Quarterly Meeting of
Cheshire^ held at Newton^ near Middlewich,
the 9th of the twelfth months 1741, concerning
our dear ajtd worthy Friend and elder in the
7Vu/A, Benjamin Bahos, deceased.

This our ancient honourable Friend and
eminent minister of Jesus Christ, was born
in the parish of Longham, in the county of
Norfolk, the 1st day of the tenth month,
1652, of reputable parents, and was reli-
giously educated in the principles of the
Church of England, so called, by his mother,
his father dying when he was young. The
Lord was pleased in his young and tender
years to extend a merciful visitation of love
to him, with which he was at times deeply
affected ; and about the nineteenth year of
his age, being then settled in London, he was
convinced of the blessed Truth, as professed
by us, and in a short time after came forth
in a public testimony, and became an able
minister of the Gospel of Christ, in which
he laboured faithfully and fervently in divers
parts of this nation, and in the kingdom of Ire-
land, before he came to settle amongst us, and
was instrumental in the convincement of many.

In the year 1683, be married our worthy
Friend Mary Lowe, of this county, and set-
tled amongst us ; afler which he visited many
parts of this nation and the Principality of
Wales, and even until age and infirmities
prevailed, continued to visit the meetings of
Friends in this and the adjacent counties,
where his services were always acceptable.

He was an elder worthy of double honour,
having obtained a good report, not seeking
glory of men, nor lording it over God's herit-

age, but as an ensample to the flock, not for-
ward to appear in public service ; in doctrine
sound, clear, instructive and uncorrupted ; his
openings were fresh and lively, and his man-
ner of expression excellent. He delighted
much to wait in silence for the pure openings
of the word of life, whereby he became strong
in the Lord and in the power of his might,
sounding forth the word of reconciliation by
Christ our Lord, and salvation through his
eternal Spirit; and was often fervent ia prayer
and supplication, and drawn forth in a sweet
and heavenly manner, to the joy of the sin-
cere in heart. He was signally qualified in
our Monthly and Quarterly Meetings, to speak
a word in season for the promotion of peace,
good order and discipline in the church; which
meetings he constantly attended when at home
and in health.

He was remarkably compassionate to the
poor of the Society, in whom he observed a
degree of sincerity and worthiness, who were
sure to meet with an advocate in him.

In his private capacity, his countenance
was solid, his deportment grave, but inter-
mixed with a pleasant and familiar manner of
expression, that rendered his compaDj plea-
sant to all with whom he conversed. And
even when old age and infirmities attended,
his understanding was clear, and many sweet
and heavenly expressions dropped from himt
concerning the largeness of the love of God
to his soul, together with seasonable advices,
to the tendering of the hearts of those present.
He oAen said to this purpose, that his work
was finished, and he freely resigned, feeling
nothing but peace from the Lord upon bis
spirit ; yea, so plentifully was it poured forth
upon him, that when near his end, he could
not forbear rejoicing in the blessed experience
thereof, saying, *' Now I know and witness
the saying of our ble^ed Lord fulfilled,'' viz :
" He that believeth in me, out of his belly shall
flow rivers of living water."

Much more might be said conoernine this
good man, and his services and labours in the
work of the Gospel for many years, which
are so well known to many, that we need not
enlarge thereon. And although his removal
from us is a loss to the church, yet we fully
believe it is his everlasting gain, he being ga-
thered home into the garner of God» as a
shock of corn fully ripe, there to enjoy the
blessed reward of the righteous in an endless
fruition of joy and glory. As he lived, so he
died, a servant of the Lord and his people, on
the 6th day of the twelllh month, and was
decently buried the 9th of the same, in Friends'
burying-ground in Stockport, in the year 1741,
in the ninetieth year of his age, and was a
minister about sixty-five years.

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"They tfa«i be plantod in the home of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of oar God ; they shftll still
bring forth fruit in old age— they shall be fat and flourishing."


The desire to contribute to the promotion
of the cause of practical religion, and to hold
out the language of encouragement or admo-
nition to those who should succeed him in the
Christian pilgrimage, appear to have been the
motives which induced our late beloved and
honoured Friend, Henry Hull, to preserve
some memorandums of his life, and of those
conflicts and exercises, as well as joys and
consolations, which he passed through, in the
course of the great work of redemption from
the bondage of sin, and preparation for the
service of his gracious Lord and Saviour.

He possessed a sound and discriminating
mind, whose faculties had been enlarged and
strengthened by a long course of discipline in
the school of Christ ; and though he had but
little opportunity of acquiring human learning,
and his manner of writing is not, therefore,
what the world calls polished, yet the want of
this is far outbalanced by the religious in-
struction with which the journal is fraught,
imparting to it an attraction superior to the
embellishments of style. Several years be-
fore his decease, he exhibited the manuscripts
to one of the editors, and with his character-
istic diffidence and humility, expressed his
sense of their defectiveness, and also inti-
mated his wish, that if his friends who sur-
vived him, thought they would be useful, he
would put them in a form suitable for publi-
cation. In performing this duty to a dear de-

VoL. IV.— No. 6.

parted friend, necessary corrections have been
made, and some uninteresting matter omitted ;
but care has been taken to preserve the mean-
ing of the author. It is to be regretted that
there are some chasms in his narrative, which
we have not the means of supplying, although
considerable pains have been taken to procure
materials for it. All that can now be done
toward remedying these deficiencies, is a sim-
ple statement of the religious engagements in
which he was employed during those periods.
Religious biography is a fruitful source of
instruction and encouragement to the Christian
traveller. It is interesting to trace the various
steps by which those servants of Christ, who
have gone before us, have been led through
the vicissitudes and trials of this changeful
life, to everlasting blessedness and glory. The
record of their experience bears witness, that
by yielding to the tendering visitations of the
love of Grod, which seeks to gather all into
the fold of rest and peixce, and to those bap-
tisms of the Holy Spirit, which humble the
pride and lofliness of the human heart and
bring the whole man into obedience to the law
of Christ, they were fitted for service in the
church and made instruments of good unto
others. These gracious visitations of hea-
venly love are, at seasons, tendered to every
soul, in order to bring it out of the bondage
of corruption, and translate it into the glorious
liberty of the children of God ; and it is only
by surrendering the whole heart to their trans-
forming power, that we can experience the

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blessed fruits of the Spirit brought forth io
us, and thus be prepared to labour availiugly
for the advancement of the kingdom of our
dear Redeemer in the earth.

The " power from on high" has endued the
righteous of all ages with wisdom and ability
for the work of their day — supported and con-
soled them amid the afflictions and trials inci-
dent to this imperfect state of being ; enabled
them to persevere in their heavenly journey
with holy stability and circumspection, *to
meet with Christian fortitude and resignation,
every dispensation of an all-wise Providence,
and at last to finish their course with joy;
trusting not in their own righteousness, but in
the pardon, reconciliation and mercy which
are in Christ Jesus our Lord. This Divine
power and spirit remains unchanged to the
present day, and is freely ofiered for the help
of all those who love and serve the Lord in
uprightness of heart; his gracious words being
still in full force, '* Lo I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world."

When we contemplate the happy efiects
which it wrought in those devoted servants,
who have fallen asleep in Jesus — their work
of faith and labour of love — their patience
under suffering — their humility and gentle-
ness — their meek and cheerful submission to
the will of God — their unwearied devotion to
his cause, and their holy hope, full of immor-
tality and eternal life, in the near prospect of
death ; how does it animate the soul to press
after the attainment of the same Christian
virtues, and through the aid of the Holy Spi-
rit, to " follow them as they followed Christ."
" The harvest truly is great and the labourers
are few ;" many who had long " borne the
burden, and heat of the day," having of latter
years been removed from the militant church,
to join the glorified church triumphant in hea-
ven; so that the injunction of our blessed Sa-
viour to his disciples, is peculiarly appropriate
at the present time, " Pray ye therefore the
Lord of the harvest, to send forth more la-
bourers into his harvest." May the perusal
of the following pages incite to a serious ex-
amination, how far we are occupying our time
and talents to the honour of the great Giver,
and induce a willingness to bear the yoke and
cross of Christ, and openly acknowledge our
allegiance ' to him before the world ; that
through the ability which he dispenses to his
obedient children, we also may serve our
generation according to the will of God ; and
when our allotted portion of suffering and of
service is accomplished, may, through unmer-
ited mercy, receive the end of our faith, even
the salvation of our souls.

Philadelphia, Fourth month lit, 1840.

A TeHimony of Stafford Monthly Meeting of
Friends^ concerning our deceased Friend,
Hkiet Hull.

He was bom at Harrison's Purchase, State
of New York, in the third month, 1765 ; but
early in life, removed with his parents, Tidde-
man and Elizabeth Hull, to Stanford, the
place of his late residence. It appears from
his own account, that he was favoured with
the tendering impressions of heavenly love
very early in life; yet through unwatchful-
ness, he sometimes gave way to the follies
incident to youth, which brought condemna-
tion ; but by yielding to the renewed visita-
tion of love and mercy, through the refining
operation of the Divine power upon his heart,
he became qualified for usefulness in the
church of Christ. In the year 1785, he was
married, to our deceased Friend, Sarah, the
daughter of Edward Hallock. About this
time, his exercises and conflict of spirit were
great, being ' ofien impressed with a belief,
that he should have to stand forth as a public
advocate for that cause, which is dignified by
immortality and crowned with eternal life.

The flowings of Gospel love so filled his
mind, through this renewed extension of Di-
vine light and power, that he was enabled to
say, "I love the Lord, and am desirous to
serve him;" but when the command was
given, he again and again gave way to rea-
soning, until it was sounded intelligibly in the
ear of his understanding, " Thou art in great
danger of being lost in thy rebellion ;" and
the language of his heart was, "Lord do
what thou wilt with me; come life or come
death, I will give up all for thy sake, and to
be again received into thy favour-" And the
Lord, who is not slow to hear, and waiteth
lon^ to be gracious, condescended to appear
agam as a morning without clouds. He now
yielded to the requirement, and expressed a
few words in supplication. " Oh, then," he
says, "how inexpressibly precious was the
ushering in of peace and joy, to my mind ;
language is insufficient to set forth the sweet
serenity I partook of." His appearances in
the ministry, though not frequent, were to ed-
ification ; and though he was at times closely
proved, and suffered to doubt the reality of
his calling, such was the goodness of the
Shepherd of Israel, whose language to the
truly dedicated mind is, " I will never leave
nor forsake thee," and who when he putteth
forth, continueth to go before; that he was
qualified to testify to others of the loving
kindness and tender mercies of his heavenly

He travelled much in the ministry, in dif-

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ferent parts of the United States and Can-
ada ; and having for several years felt his
mind drawn in the love of the Gospel, to pay
a religious visit to Friends of Great Britain
and Ireland; after many deep provings and
baptisms, and being greatly humbled under
the prospect, he yielded to the requirings of
his Divine Master; and putting his trust in
Him who permitteth not a sparrow to fall to
the ground without his notice, he parted with
his beloved wife and friends in New York,
and embarked for England in the sixth month,
1801. He was kindly received by Friends
in that country, and visited the meetings gene-
rally in Great Britam and Ireland ; and from
certificates furnished him, it appears that his
labours were truly acceptable and edifying to
Friends in that country. While he was then
absent from home in his Master^s cause, the
Lord, in his inscrutable wisdom, saw meet to
prove very closely, this his faithful servant,
m removing by death his valuable wife, an
aged mother and his eldest son. His mind
was deeply bowed under this heavy trial and
bereavement; he was, nevertheless, enabled
to confide in Him, for whose cause he had lefl
all, counting nothing too near nor too dear to
part with for his sake; and was enabled hum-
bly to say, " • Though he slay me, yet will I
trust in Him ; it is the Lord, let him do what
seemeth good unto him.' His ways are all in
wisdom, and however I am tried, what am I?
unworthy indeed of the favours received.*'

** Although my friends sought to adminis-
ter comfort to the body and mind, yet I had
none, save in the hope, that ifi died, it would
be humbly at the feet of Jesus, whom I had
loved. And believing in his calming influ-
ence, as his Omnipotent voice once proclaimed,
* Peace, be still,' to the stormy billows, for
the relief of his disciples ; so now I felt him
spread a degree of holy calmness and resig-
nation over my spirit, and was enabled to
cast my care upon, him, under an humbling
belief, that he will not leave nor forsake those
that put their trust in hhn."

While he was in Europe, he wrote an address,
in Gospel love, to the youth ; which was ex-
tensively circulated in that land, and has since
been reprinted. Afler his return home, which
was in 1812, liis time was considerably occu-
pied in visiting the meetings within our own
and the neighbouring Yearly Meetings.

In 1814, he joined in marriage with our much
esteemed friend, Sarah Cooper, of New Jersey,
in whom he found a true help-meet. Since that
time he has performed several extensive jour-
neys within the difierent Yearly Meetings on
this continent. Not depending upon past expe-
rience, but seeking a renewedqualification for
services in the church, and being careful to

attend to the voice of the true Shepherd, he
became a pillar in the Qhurch ; being firmly
grounded in the faith of our Lord and Saviour,
Jesus Christ, who by one offering has perfected
all those who come unto God through him.
Being quick of discernment in the fear of the
Lord, he early bore his testimony against an
unsound and spurious ministry, and the many
departures from the wholesome order of So-
ciety ; and as a faithful servant in the Lord's
cause, he was zealous for the support of the
good order and discipline of the church. He
oflen recommended and encouraged the fre-
quent reading of the Holy Scriptures, and for
the encouragement of others, to submit in
early life to whatever the Divine Master re-
quired of them, he bore this experimental tes-
timony, — that in a retrospective view of his
engagements in life, the time devoted to reli-
gious concerns produced that solid, substan-
tial peace to his own mind, which was not to
be found in the gratifications of sense or in
any worldly enjoyments.

He was a tender sympathizer with the af-
flicted, and was qualified to administer suita-
ble counsel and encouragement to those un-
der trial. His ministry was sound, clear and
edifying; manifesting a tenderness and fer-
vour of spirit, which showed that he was
deeply impressed with the doctrines that he

In the summer of 1834, his mind was
drawn to attend the Yearly Meetings of Ohio
and Indiana, and his peace consisted in stand-
ing resigned to the service, notwithstanding
his age and constitutional debility; believing
that it would be the last sacrifice that would
be required of him in that way. He attended
most of the sittings of Ohio Yearly Meeting,
under the pressure of much disease. Soon
afler its close, he was confined to his room ;
and about this time observed, " If I am taken
away here, it will be a great trial to my dear
wife and children, but my trust is in Him who
said, « I will not leave you comfortless ;' « the
foundation of God standeth sure.' " At an-
other time, *< I have not followed cunningly
devised fables ; I do not know how it will be
at the present time, but I have no fears as to
the future. I had no outward motive in com-
ing here ; it was in obedience to the Divine
will. I do not trust in a life of dedication,
but in the Lord's mercies." At another time
he said, " The hope of the hjrpocrite faileth,
but I can say mine doth not fail. I feel at
times as if I could raise my voice and praise
the Lord, though my strength faileth." Again,
<< Let it prove as it will, I am glad that I am
here. You have done all that you could for
me, and I am thankful. If I die, I die in
peace with all mankind; living praises be unto

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the Lord." A little before his departure, on
being asked how he was, he answered, *< I
am comfortable in body and mind. I feel
'^somfortable in the prospect of going."

On the 28d of ninth month, 1834, he quiet-
ly breathed his last. The calm and heavenly

frame of his mind, shed a sweet influenoe
around his dying bed, and rendered it a privi*
lege to be with him at that solemn season, in
which was amply verified the truth of the
Scripture testimony, "Precious in the sight of
the Lord is the death of his saints."






I HAVE from my early youth derived satis-
faction from the perusal of the writings of re-
ligious persons, wherein their experiences of

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