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that it is possible to be happy without God. How.ever, they served now and then to unbend the powers of the mind.

Friday, 22. This day being set apart for fasting and prayer, as also Wednesday last, I finished St. Austin's Meditations. Certainly he was a good and great man, however false zeal might sometimes have led him astray. We were now visited by a sparrow, which informed us we were not a great way from land. It probably came from Newfoundland.

My brethren and I spend two hours, or thereabouts, in reading together in the evenings. The Captain and his son, and the mate, sometimes listen with great attention.

The Lord has, I trust, now given us one soul among the sailors, that of Richard Hare. His mother lived in Stepney, near London, and was a member of our society. I believe he is in a measure awakened, blessed be God, by our ministry.

Saturday, 23. Infidels have objected to that passage in the Psalms, The sun shall not burn thee by day, neither

the moon by night; but Virgil has taken a much greater licence where he says, “ Ne tenues

pluviæ, rapidive potentia Solis Acrior, aut Boreæ penetrabile frigus adurat.' Sunday, 24. I never in my life saw so beautiful a sky as this morning, a little before sun-rise-so delightful a mixture of colours, and so fine a fretwork. I do not wonder that the poor heathens worship the sun. During our afternoon service, and whilst I preached my farewel sermon, the people listened with great attention; and now, I think, I am free from their blood. This afternoon we spoke a brig bound for London.

* May the thin rain, or the stronger power of the rapid sun, or the penetrating cold of the north-east wind, never burn you. ·

Sunday, 31. Contrary to our expectation we are still at sea, and brothers Whatcoat and Vasey preached. I have entered again on my Greek Testament. What a precious thing is the word of God!

Wednesday, Nov. 3. We are safely arrived at New-York, praised be God, after a very agreeable voyage. We enquired for the Methodist preaching-house, and a gentleman, who, as I afterwards found, had no sort of connexion with us, led us to our friend Sands, with whom we make our abode in a most comfortable manner. I have opened Mr. Wesley's plan to brother Dickens, the travelling preacher stationed at this place, and he highly approves of it, says that all the preachers most earnestly long for such a regulation, and that Mr. Asbury he is sure will agree to it. He presses me most earnestly to make it public, because, as he most justly argues, Mr. Wesley has determined the point, and therefore it is not to be investigated, but complied with. By the reports of some who lately came from Europe, or by some means or other, the whole country has been, as it were, expecting, and Mr. Asbury looking out for me for some time. This evening I preached on the kingdom of God within, to a serious little congregation, the notice being very short.

Thursday, 4. In the morning I preached on As the hart panteth for the water-brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God: and had very near as many, I think, as on the evening before.

Friday, 5. I enford on the people, in the morning, the example of the Rechabites : last night, the necessity of being sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. In the afternoon I set off for Philadelphia

Saturday, 6. I arrived at Philadelphia, and was received most kindly by brother Baker, merchant, in Market-Street.

Sunday, 7. I preached in the morning and afternoon in St. Paul's church, at the desire of Dr. Magaw; and in the evening, to a large congregation in our own chapel, on the necessity of the witness of the Spirit.

Monday, 8. Dr. Magaw and Dr. White, two of the clergymen of this city, made me a visit: Dr. White offered me his church on the Sunday following. The Honourable Mr. Reid undertook to introduce me to the governor of this state; we waited on him according to appointment, but business of state in council detained him: however I had the honour of spending three hours with his lady and Mr. Reid, (who is her first cousin.) She is a Quaker, a woman who; I doubt not, loves God. I soon felt liberty to talk with her in the freest manner concerning the deep things of God. On Wednesday, the 9th, we waited on his Excellency again at the appointed tinxe, and drank coffee, and spent a couple of hours with him. He is a man of excellent sense, and the utmost politeness, and is looked upon by many as the first literary character in America. He told me, that he had the pleasure of spending some time with Mr. Wesley in the year 1755, at Mr. Blackwell's, at Lewisham, near London, and spoke of him with the highest respect. He has read some of Mr. Fletcher's Polemical Writings, and admires them most highly. I brought a volume of Mr. Wesley's Magazines to his lady, with which she was much pleased, for Mr. Reid had praised them to her, and she had expressed a desire of reading them.

Friday, 12. I preached at the Cross-Roads, in the state of Delaware, to a pleasing, attentive congregation. Brother"Whatcoat had almost as many to hear him in the morning as I had in the evening. On our journey to this place, we were

most sumptuously entertained at an inn gratis.

The landlady has certainly some love for the people of God, but alas! she neglects her own vineyard !

Saturday, 13. I was most kindly received by Mr. Basset, one of the executive council for the state of Delaware. The place where he lives is called Dover. He is not in society, but is building us a large chapel. Here I met with an excellent young man, Freeborn Garretson. He seems to be all meekness and love, and yet all activity, He makes me quite ashamed, for he invariably rises at four in the morning, and not only he, but several others of the preachers : and now, blushing, I brought back my alarm to four o'clock.

Sunday, 14. Brother Whatcoat had a very good congregation in the court-house, at six in the morning. About ten o'clock we arrived at Barret's-chapel, so called from the name of our friend that built it, and who went to heaven a few days ago. In this chapel, in the midst of a forest, I had a noble congregation, to which I endeavoured to set forth our blessed Redeemer, as our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. After the sermon, a plain robust man came up to me in the pulpit, and kissed me : I thought it could be no other than Mr. Asbury, and I was not deceived. I administered the sacrament, after preaching to, I think, five or six hundred communicants, and afterwards we held a love-feast. It was the best season I ever knew, except one in Charlemont, in Ireland. After dining, in company with eleven of our preachers, at our sister Barret's, about a mile from the chapel: Mr. Asbury and I had a private conversation concerning the future management of our affairs in America. He informed me that he had received some intimations of my arrival on the continent, and as he thought it probable I might meet him that day, and might have something of importance to communicate to him from Mr. Wesley, he had therefore collected a considerable number of the preachers to form a council; and, if they were of opinion that it would be expedient immediately to call a Conference, it should be done. They were accordingly sent for, and after debate, were unanimously of that opinion. We therefore sent off Freeborn Garretson, like an arrow, from north to south, directing him to send messengers to the right and left, and to gather all the preachers together at Baltimore on Christmas-eve?" Mr. Asbury has also drawn up for me a route of about eight hundred or a thousand miles in the mean time. He has given me his black, (Harry by name) and borrowed an excellent horse for me. I exceedingly reverence Mr. Asbury; he has so much wisdom and consideration, so much meekness and love; and under all this, though hardly to be perceived, so much command and authority. He and I have agreed to use our joint endeavours to establish a school or college, on the plan of Kingswood-school. I baptized here about thirty or forty infants and seven adults. We had indeed a precious time at the baptism of the adults.

White's Chapel, Kent's County, State of Delaware, Tuesday, 16. I am now at the house of our brother White, who is a justice of the court of common pleas, and general steward of the circuit. I preached to a moderate congregation, and baptized many children.

Brown's Chapel, Sussex County, Thursday, 18. I enforced the necessity of the power of godliness, to a tolerable congregation, in the midst of a forest.

Quantico - Chapel, Somerset County, State of Maryland, Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21. Near this chapel I was kindly entertained by one Mrs. Walters, a widow lady of considerable for

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