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Hitherto it has pleased God, the fea has not difordered
During our stay in the Downs, fome or other of us went, as often as we had opportunity, on board the fhip that failed in company with us, where alfo many were glad to join in prayer and hearing the word.
Frid. 31. We failed out of the Downs. At eleven at night I was waked by a great noife. I foon found there was no danger. But the bare apprehenfion of it, gave me a lively conviction, what manner of men thofe ought to be, who are every moment on the brink of eternity.
Sat. Nov. 1. We came to St. Helen's harbour, and the next day into Cowe's Road. The wind was fair, but we waited for the man of war, which was to fail with us. This was a happy opportunity of inftructing our fellow-travellers. May he whofe feed we fow, give it the increase!
Sund. 16. Thomas Hird, and Grace his wife, with their children, Mark, aged 21, and Phebe, about 17, late quakers, were, at their often repeated defire, and after careful in ftruction, admitted to baptifm.
Thurf. 20. We fell down into Yarmouth Road; but the next day were forced back to Cowes. During our stay here, there were several storms: in one of which two fhips in Yarmouth Road were loft.
The continuance of the contrary winds gave my brother an opportunity of complying with the defire of the Minister of Cowes, and preaching there three or four times. The poor people flocked together in great numbers. We diftributed a few little books among the more ferious of them, which they received with all poffible expreflions of thankfulness.
Frid. 21. One recovering from a dangerous illness, defired to be inftructed in the nature of the Lord's fupper. I thought it concerned her to be first inftructed, in the nature of chriftianity and accordingly fixt an hour a day to read with her in Mr. Law's Treatife on Chriftian Perfection.
Sunday 23. At night I was waked by the toffing of the fhip and roaring of the wind, and plainly fhewed, I was unfit, for I was unwilling to die.
Tuesday, Dec. 2. I had much fatisfaction in converfing with one that was very ill and very ferious. But in a few days fhe recovered from her fickness and from her seriousness together.
Sunday 7. Finding nature did not require fo frequent fupplies as we had been accustomed to, we agreed to leave off fuppers; from doing which we have hitherto found no inconvenience.
Wedn. 10. We failed from Cowes, and in the afternoon paft the Needles. Here the ragged rocks, with the waves dafhing and foaming at the foot of them, and the white fide of the Ifland rifing to fuch a height, perpendicular from the beach, gave a strong idea of
Him that fpanneth the heavens, and holdeth the waters in the hollow of his hand!"
To day I fpoke clofely on the head of religion, to one I had talked with once or twice before. Afterwards the faid, with many tears, "My mother died when I was but ten years old. Some of her laft words, were, "Child, fear God; and though you lofe me, you fhall never want a friend." "I have now found a friend, when I moft wanted, and leaft expected one." From this day to the 14th, being in the Bay of Bifcay, the fea was very rough. Mr. Delamotte and many others were more fick than ever: Mr. Ingham a little; I not at all, But the 14th being a calm day, moft of the fick were cured at once.
Thurf. 18. One who was big with child, in a high fever, and almost wasted away with a violent cough, defired to receive the Holy Communion before the died. At the hour of her receiving, fhe began to recover, and in a few days was entirely out of danger.
Sunday 21. We had fifteen communicants, which was our ufual number on Sundays: on Chriftmas-Day we had nineteen ; but on New-year's-Day, fifteen only. Thurf. Jan. 15, 1736. Complaint being made to Mr. Oglethorpe, of the unequal diftribution of the water among the paffengers, he appointed new officers to take charge of it. At this the old ones and their friends were highly exafperated against us, to whom they imputed the change. But the fierceness of man fhall be turned to thy praife.
Sat. 17. Many people were very impatient at the contrary wind. At feven in the evening they were
quieted by a ftorm. It rofe higher and higher till nine. About nine the fea broke over us from stem to ftern; burst through the windows of the ftate cabin, where three or four of us were, and covered us all over, though a bureau fheltered me from the main fhock. About eleven I lay down in the great cabin, and in a fhort time fell asleep, though very uncertain whether I fhould wake alive, and much afhamed of my unwillingness to die. O how pure in heart must he be, who would rejoice to appear before God at a moment's warning! Toward morning," He rebuked the winds and the fea, and there was a great calm.”
Sund, 18. We returned God thanks for our deliverance, of which a few appeared duly fenfible. But the reft (among whom were most of the failors) denied we had been in any danger. I could not have believed that fo little good would have been done by the terror they were in before. But it cannot be that they fhould obey God from fear, who are deaf to the motives of love:
Frid. 23. In the evening, another form began. In the morning it increased, fo that they were forced to let the fhip drive. I could not but fay to myself, How is it that thou haft no faith? Being ftill unwilling to die. About one in the afternoon, almost as foon as I had ftept out of the great cabin door, the sea did not break as ufual, but came with a full, fmooth tide over the fide of the fhip. I was vaulted over with water in a moment, and so stunned, that I fcarce expected to lift up my head again, till the fea fhould give up her dead. But, thanks be to God, I received no hurt at all. About midnight the storm ceased.
Sund. 25. At noon our third storm began. At four it was more violent than any before. Now indeed we could fay, "The waves of the fea were mighty and raged horribly. They rofe up to the heavens above, and clave down to hell beneath." The winds roared round about us, and (what I never heard before) whistled as diftin&tly as if it had been a human voice. The fhip not only rocked to and fro with the utmost violence, but fhook and jarred with fo unequal, grating a motion, that one could not but with great difficulty keep hold on any thing, nor ftand a moment without it. Every ten minutes came a fhock against the
the ftern or fide of the fhip, which one would think fhould dafh the planks in pieces. At this time, a child, privately baptized before was brought to be received into the church. It put me in mind of Jeremiah's buying the field, when the Chaldeans were on the point of deftroying Jerufalem, and seemed a pledge of the mercy GOD defigned to fhew us, even in the land of the living.
We spent two or three hours after prayer, in converfing fuitably to the occafion, confirming one another in a calm fubmiffion to the wife, holy, gracious will of God. And now a ftorm did not appear fo terrible as before. Bleffed be the God of all confolation!
At feven I went to the Germans. I had long before obferved, The great ferioufnefs of their behaviour. Of their humility they had given a continual proof, by performing thofe fervile offices for the other pasfengers, which none of the English would undertake; for which they defired, and would receive no pay, faying, "It was good for their proud hearts," and "Their loving Saviour had done more for them." And every day had given them occafion of fhewing a meeknefs which no injury could move. If they were pufhed, ftruck, or thrown down, they rofe again and went away; but no complaint was found in their mouth. There was now an opportunity of trying, Whether they were delivered from the fpirit of fear, as well as from that of pride, anger and revenge. In the midst of the Pfalm wherewith their service began, the fea broke over, fplit the main fail in pieces, covered the ship, and poured in between the decks, as if the great deep had already swallowed us up. A terrible screaming began among the English. The Germans calmly fung on. I asked one of them afterwards, "Was you not afraid?" He answered, "I thank God, No." I afked, "But were not your Women and children afraid?" He replied mildly, "No; our women and children are not afraid to die."
From them I went to their crying, trembling neighbours, and pointed out to them the difference, in the hour of trial, between him that feareth GOD, and him that feareth him not. At twelve the wind fell. This was the most glorious day which I have hitherto feen.
Mond. 26. We enjoyed the calm. I can conceive no difference, comparable to that between a smooth and a rough fea, except that which is between a mind calmed by the love of God, and one torn up by the ftorms of earthly paffions.
Thurfd. Jan. 29. About feven in the evening, we fell in with the fkirts of a hurricane, The rain as well as the wind, was extremely violent. The sky was fo dark in a moment, that the failors could not fo much as fee the ropes, or fet about furling the fails. The hip muft in all probability have overfet, had not the wind fell as luddenly as it rofe. Toward the end of it, we had that appearance on each of the mafts, which (it is thought) the antients called Caftor and Pollux. It was a small ball of white fire, like a ftar. The Mariners fay, it appears either in a storm (and then commonly upon the deck) or just at the end of it: And then it is ufually on the mafts or fails.
Frid. 30. We had another ftorm, which did us no other harm, than splitting the fore-fail. Our bed being wet, I laid me down on the floor and flept found till morning. And I believe, I fhall not find it needful to go to bed (as it is called) any more.
Sund. Feb. 1. We spoke with a fhip of Carolina : and Wedn. 4. came within foundings. About noon the trees were visible from the maft, and in the afternoon from the main deck. In the evening leffon were these words, "A great door and effectual is opened." O let no one shut it!
Thurfd. Feb. 5. Between two and three in the afternoon, God brought us all fafe into the Savannah river. We caft anchor near Tybee-ifland, where the groves of pines, running along the fhore, made an agreeable profpect, fhewing, as it were, the bloom of fpring in the depth of winter.
Frid. 6. About eight in the morning, we first set foot on American ground. It was a fmall, uninhabited Ifland, over against Tybee. Mr. Oglethorpe led us to a rifing ground, where we all kneeled down to give thanks. He then took boat for Savannah. When the reft of the people were come on fhore, we called our little Flock together to prayers. Several parts of the fecond lesson, Mark vi. were wonderfully fuited to the occafion;