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abounding with love to every one, so that her
company was truly pleasant; often saying,
she now enjoyed the fruits of her former la-
bours ; and that what she then enjoyed, was
worth more than all the world besides ; say-
ing, ^ I am now convinced that I have not
been following cunningly devised fables, but
living and substantial truth.' Her mind
seemed often humbled under a sense of the
iavours she enjoyed. Having many of her
friends about her, I felt anxious to come to
thy brother John's, whose wife and sister, and
many others in the neighbourhood, were very
lick with the same disorder. I left her on
sixth-day the 27th, and did not return until
second-day following. On going into the
room she appeared cheerful and pleasant,
although very much reduced. She continued
so through the day. Thy dear son John
seemed poorly that evening, next morning he
seemed better. His mother rested pretty well.
Between her fits of coughing, her company
was very interesting, frequently repeating
some passage of Scripture, or a line or two
of poetry. Her love seemed to flow towards
all, especially to her friends around her. Af-
ter I had turned her in bed, she said, ' Dear
Ruth, thou and I have travelled together
through difierent parts in near unity ; I have
loved thee as a sister, yes, as a mother. I
am afraid I shall wear thee out.' The latter
part of the night she appeared a little better,
and the next morning she seemed free from
pain, but weak and low. About ten o'clock
thy daughter Dorcas, on seeing her so weak,
seemed very much a&cted ; she said ' Dear
Dorcas, don't be troubled, don't weep, we
have much to be thankful for; many poor
things in this trying time have hardly any
thing for their comfort ; we have enough of
every thing around us, and kind friends who
are willing to do any thing for us : we must
not compkin, we must expect to share sick-
ness with our friends. I do not complain, I
am contented, and willing to endure the turn-
ing and termination of it.' After which she
lay and slept quietly, and continued so through
the day. Towards evening I returned home
with a comfortable hope that she was a little
better. I found my family complaining, and
did not return until fifth-day, 2nd of fourth
month. We went to meeting with the few
Friends that were able to get out ; and after
meeting I went again to see her, found her
▼ery weak and low, and John very sick : we
besan to apprehend him in danger ; medical
aid was obtained early but all to no purpose ;



he seemed restless and his pain was very ex-
cruciating. Sixth-day thy wife was more
poorly, appeared to have more fever, and in
the afternoon complained of pain in her side,
but we slill entertained hopes that she would
be raised again: but, alas! our hopes were
frustrated. Judith Gurney and myself sat up
with her that night. About ten o'clock, after
the family had retired, we perceived an altera-
tion. We were alarmed, and called the phy-
sician, who soon came: at first he thought
the change was in consequence of debility,
and that giving her stimulants would revive
her ; but the difficulty of breathing increased;
the family were then called, and she peace-
fully and quietly expired without any apparent
struggle. As she lived beloved, so she died
lamented by us all. I found it hard to give
up so near and dear a friend on my own ac-
count, but when I thought of thee and the
children, as also the neighbourhood at a time
when so many were sick, my feelings, indeed,
baffled all description.

^' Dear John at that moment lay very sick
in an adjoining room ; I soon went in to see
him, he looked at me with an expressive
countenance, and said, 'It is impossible for
me to get well without a miracle, and on my
own account I am willing to die ; but on the
account of my dear brothers and sisters, I
should be willing to live longer. My faith
and confidence are in the mercies of my dear
Redeemer.' After which he appeared mostly
sensible, and perfectly resigned, and was en-
abled to arrange his business to good satis-
faction.* I was not much with him after-
wards, being quite indisposed myself with a
slight touch of the prevailing disorder ; there-



* Although he was only in the twenty-fourth year
of his age, he was eng^^ed in a considerable line
of business, and in addition thereto, he undertook
the oversight of his father's concerns, in order to
set him at liberty for religious service. This
weight of care seemed now to pess fiircibly upon
his mind, so that, after giving his brother direction
about his affidrs, which, he said, he considered it
his du^ to do, and felt satisfaction in having done,
he advised him to give up all ambitious prospects;
to contrive some easy wav of procuring a liveli-
hood, and to be content; herein evincing a mind
in a suitable situation justly to appreciate the value
of time ; and that whilst he saw the necessity of
providing^ for a comfortable subsistence, he felt the
mconvenience of having his mind charged with
much incumbrance at such an awful crisis.

The advice given to his brother is not only wor-
thy of his strict observance, but may be useful to
others who may be just entering on the concerns
of life, and is consonant with the words of the
prophet Jeremiah ; ** Seekest thou great things for
thysein Seek them not"

His father feels it a tribute due to the oMmory
of his son to subjoin this note.



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fore, muat leave further information, except
that he died the next day.*'

In addition to the foregoing narrative,
Henry Hull has received two letters from his
daughter, Dorcas Coleman, of which the fol-
lowing are extracts :

" 13th of Fourth moDth, 1812.

^< Our family remained in a state of usual
health until about the 19th of last month, when
my ever loved mother complained of an ex-
treme pain in her head; she however, kept
up until the 21st. After returning from Oba-
diah Haight's funeral, she took her bed : she
sat up a little the two following days. On
the fourth-day evening she appeared so unwell,
that we called in medical assistance. I was
the only one up with her that night, and feel-
ing alarmed, she told me she was prepared
for death, if it pleased her Divine Master to
call her; and was as well satisfied in thy
being in thy place as if thou stood by her bed-
side ; hoped thou wouldst hold on thy way,
and be favoured to return to us again — it
would have been consoling to her to live till
that event, but she was resigned.'*

« Fourth month 24th, 1812.
" During the time of my dear mother's ill-
ness, and often, yes, very often since, I have
had to revert to the time of our parting, when
in solemn supplication my dear deceased pa-
rent craved the protection of Heaven for thee,
the partner of her life ; and in humble resig-
nation expressed her willingness, that it should
rest a secret in the Divine sight whether your
farewell was to be final or not ; and also her
desire, that whether you ever met again or
not, all might be done in life and in death, to
the glory of God. Ah ! that was a time never
to be forgotten, as long as life and recollection
are lengthened out to me, who then did, and
still do, feel the great need there is of having
the mind stayed on that which will support,
when all outward consolation fails."

During the last visit made by Henry Hull
to Ohio, the Meeting for Sufferings of that
Yearly Meeting directed an edition of the
foregoing Address to be published ; and as it
did not appear until after his decease, that
meeting appended to it the following minute,
viz:

Soon afler this meeting directed the re«
printing of the foregoing Address, it pleased
Divine Providence to remove the author of it
from works to rewards. And as our late



Yearly Meeting had the privilege of his last
religious labours, we have been induced to
bear our testimony to the life and virtue
which attended his ministry in our public
meetings, and to the solemnity which also w>
companied his communications during our sit-
tings for discipline.

While in common with our brethren of
other Yearly Meetings, we are impressed with
a mournful sense of the loss the church mili-
tant has sustained, in the demise of this faith-
ful servant of Christ ; in subjoining this brief
notice of the event, it is the fervent desire of
this meeting that all our members, and espe-
cially our dear youth, may be encouraged,
both by the perusal of the Address, and by
the account of his peaceful close, to imitate
the excellent example which he has set, in a
life of dedication to the Lord's work and ser-
vice — he having expressed in his last public
testimony, with much humility, his thankful-
ness that he had devoted the prime of his life
to the cause of his dear Redeemer.

The religious opportunities which he had
with us — ^the great solemnity and baptizing
power which was then felt, as well as the
near unity which we had with him, have been
rendered the more striking from the occur-
rence of the solemn event which so soon
followed.

As in his life he was steadfast in the faith of
the Son of Grod, so it seems that in and near
the solemn close, he was enabled by the
power and presence of his beloved Saviour to
testify, " I have not followed cunningly de-
vised fables — the hope of the hypocrite fail-
eth, but I can say mine does not. — I feel as
though I could lift up my voice to praise the
Lord, though my strength faileth. I die in
peace with all mankind; living praises be
unto the Lord." The calm and heavenly
frame of his mind shed a sweet influence
around his dying bed, verifying the truth of
the Scripture testimony, *' Precious in the
sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

His redeemed spirit was liberated from
the trials of this changeful life, on the 23d
of ninth month, at the house of our friend
Benjamin Hoyle, near Barnesville, and we
doubt not, has joined the church triumphant
in heaven.

Taken from the minutes of the Meeting for
Sufterings of Ohio Yearly Meeting, held at
Mount Pleasant, the 16th of eleventh month,
1884.

Bbnjakin W. Ladd,

Clerk for the day.



[Erratom— In the Testimony concerning Henry Hull, page 285 of this volume, thirteenth line
from the top, fiir 1801 read 1810.]



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As our beloved friend, in the early part of
bis Journal, several times speaks of his val-
uable father, it is thought the reader will be
interested in perusing the following memorial
respecting this worthy man, viz :

A Memorial from the Creek Monthly Meeting,
in Nine Partners^ concerning our friend,
TmDEXAif Hull.

Hb was bom in the State of Rhode Island.
His parents were John and Damaris Hull,
who were members of our religious Society ;
and in the early part of his life, by their con-
sent, he removed and settled within the verge
of Purchase Monthly Meeting ; where, and at
New York, he resided until the year 1777,
when he removed with his family within the
limits of this meeting, then a part of Nine
Partners Monthly Meeting, and became a
useful member thereof, being exemplary in
the diligent attendance of our religious meet-
ings, and encouraging his family therein. In
the year 1781, he appeared in the ministry,
and was serviceable therein ; the young and
rising generation particularly claimed his at-
tention ; to many of whom he was endeared
by his tender and fatherly advice. He oflen
pressingly entreated those unto whom he
ministered, to close in with the day of their
visitation; and sometimes in private conver-
sation was heard to say, that he regretted no-
thing more than that he did not in his youth-
ful days give up to walk in the paths of piety
and virtue. He was divers times acceptably
engaged in visiting families within the com-
pass of this Monthly Meeting, a service he
appeared to be well qualified for; and fre-
quently visited the adjacent meetings, par-
ticularly those newly set up. He oflen not
only advised it, but was himself in the prac-
tice of retiring in stillness ; and at times con-
vened his family upon the same important
occasion.

In the year 1793, soon aAer his return
from a religious visit in the western settle-
ments of this state, he was brought very low
by a fit of sickness, his life not being expected,
either by himself or his friends, to be pro-
longed ; at which time his faith appeared un-
shaken; saying, '<My confidence is in the
Lord, and in him will I trust : I feel his pre-
sence to be near, which is above all, and I
can rejoice in tribulation." At another time,
his children being by his bed-side, he looking
upon them, said, *' If it is the Lord^s will that
I shall go now, I am entirely willing ;" soon
after, with an audible voice, ** Oh, Lord I be



graciously pleased to take me to thyself, or
endue me with patience to bear my pains;
yet not my will but thine be done: try me
any way that will be most agreeable to thy
holy will."

The same day divers Friends coming to
see him, he said, "This is a hard struggle
between life and death ; I do not know which
will have the victory; but let which will, I
believe I shall be the Lord's ;" with much in-
structive advice and counsel to many that
came.to see him during his illness : from this
sickness he gradually recovered.

He was taken ill of his last sickness, the
18th of the ninth month, whilst sitting in our
Monthly Meeting ; in which he manifested the
same fervency of spirit in his religious la-
bours that had hitherto accompanied them.
In the evening he signified to some of his
family, he believed that was the last meeting
he should attend. His disorder proving to be
the dysentery, his strength failed fast. On
fourth-day morning following, after a weari-
some night, he expressed a desire for stillness
and an easy passage, as he believed his time
here would not be long. Soon after, being
more free from pain, divers Friends being
present, he said that at the last Monthly
Meeting he attended, he thought at the time,
it would be the last ; and that he felt his mind
impressed with something to delive^ but did
not, for the want of an opportunity; which
was, that Friends in all appointments in the
church, be careful not to appoint such as
were in the practice of sleeping in meetings,
referring to the frequent advice of the Yearly
Meeting on that subject. Then addressing
himself to his youngest son, he gave him
much instructive counsel and advice. After
which, laying still awhile, he was fervently
engaged in prayer, that the Lord would be
graciously pleased to be near in this trying
time, and that he would remember Friends of
the little meeting to which he belonged, that
the extendings of Divine regard might be to
his family, and that they with Friends might
be kept as in the hollow of the Lord's hand.
After which, his disorder being very sore
upon him, he expressed but little ; though, at
times, he was engaged in prayer, and in the
expression of a few words of love and ten-
derness to such as came to see him, bearing
his pains with Christian patience, and waiting
for the time to come, that he might be relieved
from them. He departed this life, on the
28th of the ninth month, 1705, aged about
sixty-two years.



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JOURNAL

QF THE

LIFE, GOSPEL LABOURS AND CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCES,

OF THAT FAITHFUL MINISTBB OF JMMUB OHEOT*,

JOHN WOOLMAN.



The work of righteooBQea ihall be peaee ; and the eSkei of righteooflien, qnietnov and i
fiu- ever. Ittnak zxxii. 17.



The Testimony of Friende in Yorkshire^ at
their Quarterly Meeting held at York^ the
24<A and 35tA of the third month, 1773» conr
ceming John Woolman, of Mount HoUyj in
the province of New Jersey, in America, who
departed this life at the house of our friend
ThoTnas Priestman, in the suburbs of this
city, the 7th of the tenth month, 1772, and was
interred in the burying-ground of Friends,
the 9th of the same, aged about fifty^wo years.

This our valuable friend having been un-
der a religious engagement for some time, to
visit Friends in this nation, and more espe-
cially us in the northern parts, undertook the
same with the full concurrence and near
sympathy of his friends and brethren at
home, as appeared by certificates from the
Monthly and Quarterly Meetings to which he
belonged, and from the Spring-meeting of
ministers and elders, held at Philadelphia, for
Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He arrived in the city of London at the be-
ginning of the last Yearly Meeting, and after
attending that meeting travelled northward,
visiting the Quarterly Meetings of Hertford-
shire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire,
Oxfordshire and Worcestershire, and divers
particular meetings in his way.

He visited many meetings on the west side
of this county, also some in Lancashire and
Westmoreland, from whence he came to our
Quarterly Meeting in the last ninth month ;
and though much out of health, yet was en-



abled to attend all the sittings of that meetiiig
except the last.

His disorder) which proved to be the small-
pox, increased speedily upon himt and was
very afflicting; under which he was supported
in much meekness, patience and Christian
fortitude. To those who attended him in hia
illness, his mind appeared to be centered in
Divine love, under the precious influence
whereof, we believe he finished his coune,
and entered into the mansions of everlasting
rest.

In the early part of his illness he requested
a Friend to write, and then broke forth thus :

*' O Lord my Grod ! the amazing borrors of
darkness were gathered around me and co-
vered me all over, and I saw no way to go
forth. I felt the misery of my fellow-crea-
tures separated from the Divine harmony and
it was heavier than I could bear — ^I was crushed
down under it. I lifted up my hand, and
stretched out my arm, but there was none to
help me. I looked round about and was
amazed. In the depths of misery, O Lord t
I remembered that thou art omnipotent, that I
had called thee Father. I felt that I loved
thee, and I was made quiet in thy will. I
waited for deliverance from thee, and thou
hadst pity upon me, when no man could help
me. I saw that meekness under suflbring
was showed to us in the most afiecting exam-
ple of thy Son, and that thou wast teaching
me to follow him : and I said, thy wiU, O Fa-
ther, be done."



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MaDy more of his weighty expressions
might have been inserted here, but it was
deemed unnecessary, they being already pub-
lished.

He was a man endued with a large natural
capacity, and being obedient to the manifesta-
tions of Divine grace, having in patience and
humility endured many deep baptisms, he be-
came thereby sanctified and fitted for the
Lord's work, and was truly serviceable in his
church. Dwelling in awful fear and watch-
fulness, he was careful in his public appear-
ances to feel the putting forth of the Divine
Hand, so that the spring of the Gospel minis-
try often flowed through him with great sweet-
ness and purity, as a refreshing stream to the
weary travellers towards the city of God.
Skilful in dividing the word, he was furnished
by Him in whom are hid all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge, to communicate freely
to the several states of the people where his
lot was cast. His conduct at other times was
seasoned with the like watchful circumspec-
tion and attention to the guidance of Divine
wisdom, which rendered his whole conversa-
tion edifying.

He was fully persuaded, that as the life of
Christ comes to reign in the earth, all abuse
and unnecessary oppression, both of the hu-
man and brute creation will come to an end ;
but under the sense of a deep revolt, and an
overflowing stream of unrighteousness, his
life was oflen a life of mourning.

He was deeply, concerned on account of
that inhuman and iniquitous practice of mak-
ing slaves of the people of Africa, or holding
them in that state ; and on that account we
understand he not only wrote some books,
but travelled much on the continent of Ameri-
ca, in order to make the Negro masters, es-
pecially those in profession with us, sensible
of the evil of such a practice ; and though in
this journey to England he was far removed
from the outward sight of their sufferings, yet
his deep exercise of mind remained, as ap-
pears by a short treatise he wrote in this
journey, and his frequent concern to open the
miserable state of this deeply injured people<
His testimony in the last meeting he attended
was on this subject, wherein he remarked,
that as we as a Society, when under outward
sufferings had oflen found it our concern to
lay them before those in authority, and there-
by in the Lord's time, had obtained relief, so
he recommended this oppressed part of the
creation to our notice, that as way may open,
we may represent their sufferings in an indi-
vidual, if not a Society capacity to those in
authority.

Deeply sensible that the desire to gratify
people's inclinations in luxury and superflui-



ties, is the principal ground of oppression,
and the occasion of many unnecessary wants,
he believed it to be his duty to be a pattern
of great self-denial, with respect to the things
of this hfe, and earnestly to labour with
Friends in the meekness of wisdom, to im-
press on their minds the great importance of
our testimony in these things; recommending
them to the guidance of the blessed Truth in
this and all other concerns, and cautioning
such as are experienced therein, against con-
tenting themselves with acting up to the
standard of others, but to be careful to make
the standard of Truth manifested to them, the
measure of their obedience; for said he,
"That purity of life which proceeds from
faithfulness in following the Spirit of Truth ;
that state where our minds are devoted to
serve God, and all our wants are bounded by
his wisdom; this habitation has often been
opened before me as a place of retirement for
the children of the light, where they may
stand separated from that which disordereth
and confuseth the aflfairs of Society, and
where we may have a testimony of our inno-
cence in the hearts of those who behold us."
We conclude with fervent desires, that we
as a people may thus, by our example, pro-
mote the Lord's work in the earth ; and our
hearts being prepared, may unite in prayer
to the great Lord of the harvest, that as in
his infinite wisdom he hath greatly stripped
the church, by removing of late divers faith-
ful ministers and elders, he may be pleased
to send forth numy more faithful labourers
into his harvest.

Signed in, by order, and on behalf of said
meeting.

Thomas Bennett, Samuel Briscoe,
John Store, John Turner,

Joseph Eglin, Joshua Robinson,

Thomas Perkinson, Thomas Peiestman,
Joseph Wright,

And divers other Friends.



A Tesiinwniy of the Monthly Meeting of Friendsj
held in Burlington^ the Ist day of the eighth
month, in the year of our Lord, 1774, con-
cerning our esteemed friend, John Woolman,
deceased. *

Hb was born in Northampton, in the county
of Burlington, and province of West New Jer-
sey, in the eighth month, 1720, of religious
parents, who instructed him very early in the
principles of the Christian religion, as pro-
fessed by the people called Quakers, which
he esteemed a blessing to him, even in his
young years, tending to preserve him from
the infection of wicked children. But through



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the workings of the enemy, and the levity in-
cident to youth, he frequently deviated from
those parental precepts, by which he laid a
renewed foundation for repentance, that was
finally succeeded by a godly sorrow not to be
repented of, and so became acquainted with
that- sanctifying power which qualifies for true
Gospel ministry, into which he was called
about the twenty-second year of his age, and
by a faithful use of the talents committed to
him, he experienced an increase, until he ar-
rived at the state of a father, capable of di-
viding the word aright to the different states
he ministered unto ; dispensing milk to babes,
and meat to those of riper years. Thus he
found the efficacy of that power to arise,
which, in his own expressions, '* prepares the
creature to stand like a trumpet through
which the Lord speaks to his people."

He was a loving husband, a tender father,
and very humane to every part of the crea-
tion under his care.

His concern for the poor and those in af-
fliction was evident by his visits to them ; and
he frequently relieved them by his assistance



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