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speak to the people, then let us be faithful, and
doubtless we shall witness his power to sub-
due our enemies, and behold his glory as in
days past. But oh ! the sins of the people are
as a thick cloud, which at times seems to
cover our assemblies and causes the true tra
vaillers very often to mourn. We were also
at their women's meeting on second-day morn-
ing, and after a painful travail as through
darkness, the Lord was pleased to arise and
we were comforted. On third-day at their
meeting for worship, but not yet able to clear
ourselves ; so taking leave of the dear friends
with whom we quartered, in the expectation
of again visiting Dublin, we proceeded to visit
the north part of the nation. William Grubb
and David Newland accompanied us to Dun-
dalk ; thence to Rathfriland, where we had a
meeting with some who professed with us.
Our next meeting was at Moy alien — thence to
Lurgan and were at their meeting on first-day,
which was very large. Here we parted with
our two friends, who had indeed taken great
care of us; and accompanied by two kind
friends from Lurgan, proceeded to Lisburn,
Newton and Hilsborough, in each of which
places we had a meeting.

Oq the next first-day we were at a large
meeting near Ballinderry, where we had very
hard labour; indeed it has been so in most
places, the people are so little concerned
about religion and so much grasping after the
riches of this life. We lodged at John Mur-
ray's, near Brome Hedge— on second-day rode
tp Antrim, lodged at an inn, and held a meet-
ing the next day : there are several who pro-
fess with us in this place, but few who are
worthy to be called by our name. From An-
trim to Ballycane, Grange, Ballinacree and
Coleraine; also to Morgan Wilson's, near
Toberhead ; then to Dungannon, Charlemont,
Moyallen, and to the Quarterly Meeting at
Ballinderry ; being accompanied by James
Christy from Moyallen. We were at the
meeting of ministers and elders, which I hope
not to forget: the meeting for worship was



large, and after it the meetings for discipline
were held. On first-day at the meeting for
worship, many of us were favoured with the
presence of Him who hath promised that
" where two or three are gathered together in
his name, there will he be in the midst of
them ;" wherein we greatly rejoiced, and took
a solemn farewell of each other. We then
returned with our dear friend to Moyallen,
and on second-day morning took leave of his
family, being much broken into tears but in-
termixed with joy, in the feeling whereof we
still live together, though far separated out-
wardly.

At Armagh we parted with my friend and
father in the truth, James Christy, he return-
ing home and we proceeding to Castlesheen,
where we held a meeting. Then to Coothill,
Oldcastle Moate and Ballimurry, at which
places we had meetings. At Moate we lodged
at James Clibborn's, whose wife was grand-
daughter to Robert Barclay. Next to Tulla-
more and Edenderry ; and thence to Joshua
Wilson's, near Rathangan ; had a meeting at
each place; so to Samuel Neale's, uncle to
our worthy friend of the same name, who is
an acceptable minister.

Her concern for the spiritual welfare of her
dear friends at home continued unabated, as
appears by the following letter :



TO



"CaBtle Donnington, Fifth month 3d, 1761.

" Endeared friend, brother and companion
in tribulation, for so it seems to me thou art,
for which 1 have been thankful. * What
strength hath it given me when I found that I
was at times brought into thy remembrance
with other of my dear friends, whom with
thyself I do dearly salute, humbly craving
that we may ever remain in this holy fellow-
ship, wherein the saints in light rejoice. For
I may tell thee that at the reading of thine I
did rejoice, although I was in tribulation, yet
I hope in some degree of patience ; but my
trials since my return have been more than I
can express ; under all which fbr some time
it seemed hard for me to submit. Oh, this
preparation! this time of purging! Who in-
deed can abide the day of his coming, or
who can stand when he appeareth, who is
as a refiner's fire? — but so it must be with the
sons of Sion, that they may ofler unto the
Lord an ofiering in righteousness."

We came to Dublin on the 28th, to our old
worthy friend Samuel Judd's : at this time
many Friends were here from divers parts of
the nation, it being both their province and
Half-year's meetings; during which we had
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Greer and several others, unto whom I am
nearly united in Gospel fellowship.

From Dublin we were accompanied by Wil-
liam Taylor to Asbton, Wicklow and Balli-
m.urry, to Joseph Pirn's. We then proceeded
to Ballycane, and were at meeting there on
first-day, which I think held four hours. On

second -day we had a meeting at Askin ,

in the house of Henry Errats ; then we pro-
ceeded to Ballinclay, Coolatore, Randalsmills
and Cooladine, at which places we had meet-
ings ; and at Enniscorthy on first-day, it being
their Monthly Meeting ; but, how painful was
it to me! After meeting we dined at Isaac
BelPs, and Jhen accompanied our ancient
friend Joseph Williams to his house at Dans-
mills ; thence to Wexford, and had a meeting
to satisfaction, although there are very few
who profess with us in that place, and tTiose
few not in the possession of the Truth, which
I believe, is one cause that our friends have
suffered so much here; the people of the town
are in great darkness, but they behaved better
than usual, and I had much peace in being
there. From this place we went to Joseph
Poole's near Forrest, and had the company of
Samuel Chambers ,* from these Friends we
parted in much love and proceeded to Ross
with Samuel Elly, who came to meet us ; we
lodged at his house and had a meeting on
fifth-day ; and the weather being very wet we
remained until seventh-day. Indeed,! believe
this delay was very agreeable both to us and
to our worthy friend, who had a few weeks
before been parted from a good wife, and with
other circumstances was in so mournful a sit-
uation, that our company seemed very accept-
able to him.

From Ross we went to Waterford, lodged
at Joshua Jacob's, were at their meetings on
first-day, and in the evening visited Thomas
Wiley who was ill ; a comfortable season it
was. Next to Clonmel, and lodged at Joseph
Grubb's; then to Cashell and Kilconner, at
which places we had meetings. We then
proceeded on our way to Cork, but the jour-
ney being long we lodged at an inn. On se-
venth-day we got to our dear friend Samuel
Neale's ; we attended their meetings on first-
day, which to me were times of deep travail
in silence. From Cork we went to Youghall,
where we had a meeting and returned ; then
to Bandon and had an evening meeting. Our
dear friend Sarah Neale and two others ac-
companied us, and we all returned to Cork in
order to attend the Quarterly Meeting; the
sittings of which were measurably favoured
with the Divine presence ; yet there remained
a great weight upon my mind until third-day,
when I was enabled to discharge my duty so
as to obtain that peace which it is our great



interest to labour for. O that all those who
minister would wait the right time and always
move in their proper order, then we should
again shine amongst the nations.

We had several good opportunities amongst
our friends, and left Cork on fourth-day : vis-
ited a family at Mallow and the next day got
to Limerick ; attended their meetings on sixth
and first-days, and had some profitable oppor-
tunities in a few families with James Toroey,
who was a help to us. From Limerick we
went to Tormevan, thence to Roscreagh, had
a meeting and dined at John Pim's. Next to
Burris in Ossory, lodged at William Morris's,
had an opportunity in the family, then pro-
ceeded to Joshua Thompson's near Ballinakili,
and had a meeting the next day; then pro-
ceeded to Carlow, the province meeting for
Leinster being held there. We attended the
meeting for ministers and elders ; and on the
19th of twelfth month that for worship; after
which followed those for discipline. In these
meetings many were engaged to travail very
deeply ; that on first-day was very large,
wherein we were strengthened and refreshed
in the love of our God, who is still pleased to
come down and dwell amongst his people, and
is helping those who put their trust in him.
We had here an opportunity of seeing many
Friends from the several counties which we
had visited, and having had renewed cause to
rejoice together, in true love we again parted.

From Carlow we proceeded to Castletown,
then to Kilconner, lodged at Samuel Watson's,
and had a meeting on thtrd-day; thence to
Robert Lecky's, and on fourth-day had a
meeting at Newtown. We had been favoured
with the company of Richard Shackleton, and
at Newtown his wife, father, and several other
Friends met us, in whose company we pro-
ceeded to Ballitore, and lodged at Abraham
Shackleton's. Oh ! the sweet harmony which
is found amongst those families who dwell in
true love. Our next meeting was at Athy,on
the 25th of twelfth month, and a satisfactory
one it was. We then proceeded, accompanied
by Abraham Shackleton and Ephraim Boake,
to Maryborough ; thence to James Pim's near
Mountrath, and attended meeting on first-day.
On second-day to James Hutchinson's, at
Knockballymaher, and had a meeting both
large and satisfactory. Then to Kilconner-
more and Birr, where we had meetings ; and
on seventh-day to Thomas Strangman's at
Mountmelick, and attended their meeting on
the next day. Whilst here I was in much
trouble, yea, afflicted almost beyond measure,
which indeed, has beeii my portion in many
places in this poor nation. Oh! had those
who account themselves ambassadors of Christ
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never dared to move without it, our assemblies
would not have been so full of confusion, nor
our solemn feasts so oAen marred. It is such
things which cause so many spots in our
feasts of charity ; and under a sense thereof
the true ministers mourn : yet let me thank-
fully acknowledge, the Lord has not forsaken
his people, but those who truly fear his name,
at times behold his glory.

The following letter written from Eden-
derry, expresses her concern for her beloved
family :

« Edenderiy, Tenth month 24th, 1761.
"Mt dear HC8BAXD,

" Bk^ these thou mayest know that we enjoy
health and peace, two great blessings : and
believing thou wert thoughtful about me, I was
desirous to write; yet have hope that thou,
my dear, wilt live by faith, for so we must
endeavour, as it is and will be our lot to be
much' parted. Let us therefore learn submis-
sion to the will of our God, for nothing short
thereof can obtain his peace.

" I have hope that as I am in the way of my
duty I shall be preserved, although we travel
through considerable difRculties both from
within and without. We have been through
the North, amongst a people that fear not
God as they ought — yet blessed be our Lord,
we have felt his power and love to be extend-
ed even to these poor rebellious creatures.

" I am often with you in spirit, looking as
into your meetings, where you have none to
rely upon but the Lord. Wait therefore for
his appearance, and he will arise for your
help ; for did we enough seek him, I am sure
it would be better with us as a pGot)Ie. Let
us not forget those who have been of peculiar
service, as indeed hath our well beloved and
worthy friend Thomas Cornwall, of whose re-
moval I have heard. Oh I I have mourned
and sorrow hath filled my heart, until tears
gave some relief. He has been as a father to
me and many others — He helped to rebuild
the walls of our Sion which had been broken
down ; and he hath been of great service nnany
ways. Therefore let a just regard be paid to
his memory. And I desire that those who are
left behind, who have known and do still talk
of the goodness of God, may not play the
coward, but when under right influence be
sure to do their duty, and not start aside : for
behold the ways of Sion mourn, because so
few come to her solemn feasts."

We next attended the Monthly Meeting at
Edenderry, where the Truth was declared. —
We dined with our worthy friend Thomas
Bewley ; then went to Isaac Jackson's, where

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to our great comfort, we noet with Thomas
Wiley, who had been very ill for a long time.
At this place we also met with Richard Shac-
kleton and his wife, and were favoured with
their company at Rathangan, at the week-day
meeting. Thence to Joshua Wilson's, where
we lodged ; visited Thomas Pirn's family, and
on the 7th of first month parted with our dear
friends. Abraham Shackleton had been with
us about two weeks. Joseph Inman, Isaac
Jackson and Samuel Watson accompanied us
to Baltiboys; we lodged at Samuel Peasley's,
had a meeting on sixth-day, visited the fami-
lies who professed with us, and under a sense
of Divine love, parted with our dear friends
and proceeded to Dublin, where we arrived on
the 9th of first month, 1762. Here we staid
expecting to sail in a vessel bound for Liver-
pool, but it not being ready, we found close
engagement and great exercise of mind in this
city. Sometimes I had an opportunity to
plead with the people; but examples of silence
are wanted, such was I very often, and desire
that it may be more practised there. Whilst
we were thus waiting in the hope of shortly
leaving the country, a concern fell upon Anne
White to visit families; and when I found
that she was engaged in the city, I saw that
it was my duty to return into the country;
and finding that sensible honest Friends had
unity with me in my concern, it was a great
help to me. My exercise was great, more
than I can express ; but having learned that
except we bear the cross we must not wear
the crown, I submitted to the yoke of Christ,
which by obedience becomes more easy.

Accompanied by Thomas Wiley and his
brother John, I left Dublin on the 2nd of se-
cond month, and that night lodged at Samuel
Neale's near Rathgannon ; the next day got
to James Pim's, and they were I believe, very
glad to see us. We attended their meeting at
Mountrath on fifth-day to satisfaction, and I
was made thankful that I had given up to at-
tend these meetings.

TO HEB HUSBAND.
" Pbrtailington, Seoood month 6th, 1768,

<< Mr last, written in Dublin a week since, I
hope thou hast received : it gives thee an ac-
count of our waiting for a vessel, having then
a hope that we should have been at liberty as
soon as it was loaded. My dear companion
has since found a concern upon her mind to
visit families in Dublin; but I did not feel any
engagement of the kind ; yet when she had
begun I then saw my way. I did not hastily
make it known, but the Lord who hath been
my helper is still near and hath made way
for me, even to admiration. Some sensible
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Friends visited me, querying of me, if it would
not be best for me to turn into the country ?
I confessed that it was my concern and found
it was my duty to give up to it, but the thought
of thy expectation of seeing mo soon, made
the exercise exceedingly heavy: yet I am
thankful that the way is opened for me, for
how affecting it would have been to come
home and had no peace until I returned. But
He in whom we trust hears our cry, and if we
be faithful will deliver us from all those things
which at times are suffered to try us deeply —
but we must submit to his will.

'* Do not be uneasy about me for I am in
careful hands ; and if it be the will of God
that I should here end my labours, thou well
knowest I cannot be better employed ; and as
thou art my fellow-helper, thou not only suf-
ferest with mo, but wilt also rejoice with me
in that joy that is unspeakable and full of
glory. O that we may ' run with patience
the race that is set before us,' still looking
unto Him who is the Author, and I trust will
be the ' Finisher of our faith :' yea. He that
was our * Morning Star will be our Evening
Song.' Yet we must exercise patience, which
I believe, is our individual care and concern,
and that hope will doubtless be added of which
we have no need to be ashamed. O! how
great is the harvest, and how few are the
&ithful labourers! Yet, blessed be the Lord !
he hath not led himself without a witness,
neither is his glory departed from our Israel.
No, no : for we can at times say, * how goodly
are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles,

Israel :' — ^* the Lord our God is with us, and
the shout of a King is amongst us.'

" I now feel my spirit near thee, and also
near to my beloved children. — In the pure
and undefiled love of the Gospel I once more
salute you all, and bid you farewell."

On first-day we attended the Monthly Meet-
ing at Mountmelick, which was large and a
time of hard labour to those who had a right
sense of feeling; but the Lord whom we served
was with us, and I left the place in peace.

Afler being at Kilconner, Water ford and
Clonmel, I came to Limerick and attended
the province meeting on first and second-
days ; some of us staid the meeting on third-
day also. The whole were exceedingly pain-
ful ; and what made it more so, some who are
accounted teachers do not mind to keep their
places, but are for feeding the people, yea,
they do feed them with that which is not
rightly prepared, and so increase the disorder.

1 believe that it would be better if the people
were to know a true fast. On fiflh-day we
reached Cork, where I lodged at my worthy
friend Samuel Neale's, and attended their



meetings on fiflh and first-days. We had
some satisfaction in this visit, being favoured
with the renewings of the love of our God,
wherein we were nearly united to some and
hope that we shall ever remain in this holy
fellowship, wherein the saints in light rejoice.

Our next meeting was at Kilconner, on
fourth-day ; and that evening went to Cashel.
Robert Fennel accompanied us, staid with us
at the inn, and on the morrow went with us
many miles. It was very difficult travelling
on account of the snow, but afler a long and
hard journey, we arrived at Mountrath on
sixth-day morning the 12th of third month,
and attended the select meeting, where we felt
the extensions of Divine regard, and were
thereby engaged to labour amongst them.
On seventh-day we were at the province
meeting ; on first-day at a very large meeting,
wherein, afler a time of deep travail in silence,
we were once more renewed and strengthened
in our spirits, and enabled by the power of the
Most High, to worship and praise his ever ex-
cellent name. Afler being at several other
places, we arrived at our dear friend Thomas
Greer's at Dungannon, on the 25th of third
month. On sixth-day the select meeting was
held at Grange, near Charlemont, where on
the two following days, was the Quarterly
Meeting for the province of Ulster. These
meetings were times of suffering — yea, to
those who were rightly concerned, of deep
baptism ; but afler a long time of travail, the
Lord our God was pleased to arise for our
help, and in and by the might of his power
were his servants once more enabled to testify
of his name, and the meeting ended well.

Here J parted with my dear friends Thomas
Wiley and J. Russell, who had accompanied
me I believe, more than a hundred miles. On
third-day went to Lurgan, thence to Lisburn
and attended their meeting on fiflh-day. On
first-day I was at a meeting at Ballinderry
which was large, and afler a time of deep tra-
vail in silence, we were made sensible that
the love of God was extended, under the in-
fluence whereof the people were afresh pleaded
with, and called unto. On third-day had a
meeting at Newtown to some satisfaction— on
fiilh-day one at Hillsborough, and then re-
turned to Lisburn. On first-day the 11-th of
fourth month, several Friends accompanied
me to Lurgan meeting, where there are many
who profess with us ; but, alas ! they are de-
parted from the Rock of their strength, and a
dull heavy meeting it was for the most part.
From this place I went with James Christy,
his sons and daughter Sarah, to Moyallen,
and remained there until fifth-day morning,
when I was favoured with his company to
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carriage to convey us to Dublin ; so I parted
with my kind friend at whose house I had
been many times during this journey, and was
well satisfied with some conversation we had
while travelling these few miles; his son John
went with us to Dublin, where we safely ar-
rived on the 16th of fourth month. Finding
my engagement to be at the Half-year's Meet-
ing continued, I duly attended the sittings
thereof, and in some had true satisfaction,
being confirmed in my mind that I was still
in the way of my duty to God. The company
of Samuel Spavold and several others, was
truly acceptable; and although a time of pain-
ful labour and much, sufiering, yet were we
satisfied and thankful, being united in spirit
and favoured to experience the love of God
and the extension of his power, so that the
meeting ended well. Near the conclusion I
took a final farewell of my dear friends, with
and amongst whom I had so long been en-
gaged.

I now waited for a vessel and also for com-
pany, several Friends intending for the Yearly
Meeting at London ; and as it had for some
time appeared to me that I must be there also,
I waited until the 15th of fiflh month, and that
evening went on board a vessel bound for Li-
verpool : we had a good passage, arrived
about five o'clock the next evening and lodged
at Richard Hillary's. On second-day some
of our company went to Chester, to hire
horses to carry us to London. On third-day
we led Liverpool and attended Warrington
Monthly Meeting, which was large and satis-
factory. On fourth-day got to Leek and staid
their meeting, where the Lord was again
pleased to favour us with his presence, and to
renew our spiritual strength. Here several of
our company parted ; but Abraham Shackle-
ton, Joseph Grubb and Thomas Wiley con-
tinued with me, and accompanied me to my
own home at Castle Donnington ; we arrived
on sixth-day night, where we were gladly re-
ceived by my dear husband and children, and
finding them well was indeed a great satisfac-
tion to me and cause of thankfulness ; yea, we
rejoiced together in humility and in the fear of
our God, for whose cause we had been thus
separated, by whose power we had been pre-
served through many deep trials, and now
brought to meet again in pure peace. Oh!
that we may still live to praise his holy name,
who is for ever worthy I Having acquainted
my husband and friends of my intention of
going to London, and ascertained their unity
therewith, I again sat out accompanied by my
dear friends from Ireland, and reached Lon-
don on the 27th of fiflh month, 1762.

I staid in and about London more than two
weeks, attending meetings. On first-day the



13th of sixth month, was at the meeting in
Gracechurch street in the morning, and at
Devonshire-house in the aflernoon, at both of
which I was enabled to bear testimony in the
power which God giveth ; and by so doing I
obtained great peace. It was also satisfactory
to many Friends, who were glad that I now
could depart from this great city with an easy
mind and a cheerful countenance, for they had
not seen me much in that situation during the
time of my stay. Oh ! the deep travail of
soul that I oflen experienced ! and desirous I
am that such a travail were more frequently
witnessed by those who would be called the
" sent of God." iJut, alas ! too many there
are who do not keep near enough to the holy
anointing, but are too much led by the desires
of the people, whose ears are aAer words.
Surely if I be rightly sensible, I have sorrow-
fully felt this to be the case, and whilst such
things prevail amongst us the true seed will
suffer; but we still have cause to be thankful,
knowing that the Lord hath not forsaken his
people, but is raising "judges as at the first
and counsellors as at the beginning." A
number there are who truly wait for wisdom
and by it divide the word aright, and when
these speak they speak as the oracles of God ;
these are they who do administer grace to the
hearers ; and that the number of these may
increase is the desire and prayer of my soul.



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