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And so in all your meetings in cities, towns and countries, men's-meetings, women's-meetings and others, let rightneseouss flow among you, and the holy truth be uppermost, and the pure Spirit your guide and leader, and the holy wisdom your orderer, that is pure and gentle, and from above, and easy to be entreated. So keep in the religion that keeps from the spots of the world, which is pure and undefiled in God's sight; and keep in the pure and holy worship, in which the pure and holy God is worshipped, to wit, in the Spirit and in the truth, which the devil is out of, who is the author of all upholiness and of dishonouring of God; so be all tender of God's glory, and tender of his honour, and of his blessed and holy name in which ye are gathered. And all who do profess the truth, see that ye walk in it, and in righteousness, and godliness, and holiness; for holiness becomes the house of God, the household of faith. And that which becomes God's house God loves; for he loves righteousness, and that is the ornament which becomes his house and all his family. Therefore see that righteousness do run down in all
your assemblies, and that it flow to drive away all the unrighteousness; this preserves your peace with God, for in righteousness ye have all peace with the righteous God of Peace, and one with another. And so every one that bears the name of the anointed, that high title of being a Chris. tian, named after the Heavenly Man, see that ye be in the divine nature, and made conformable unto his image, even the image of the Heavenly Divine Man, who was before that image which Adam and Eve got in the fall, from the devil; so that in none of you that fallen image may appear or be seen, but his image, and you made conformable unto him. Here translation is shewed forth in life and conversation, not in words only, yea, and conversion and repente ance (which is a change of the nature of the mind and of the heart, and of the spirit and affections, which have been below, which come to be set above ;) and so receive the things that are from above, and have the conversation in heaven above, not that conversation which is according to the power of the prince of the air, that now rules in the disobedient. So all be faithful; this is the word of the Lord God unto you all; see that godliness do flow, and holiness, and righteousness, and truth, and virtue, and the fruits of the good spirit over the bad and its fruits, that ye may answer that which is of God in all; for your heavenly Father is glorified in that you bear and bring forth much fruit to God. Therefore ye who are plants of his planting, and his trees of righteousness, see that every tree be full
of fruit. And all keep in the true humility, and in the true love of God, which doth edify his body, that the true nourishment from the head, the refreshings, and springs, and rivers of water, and bread of life, may be plenteously known and felt amongst you; that so praises may ascend to God. So all be faithful to the Lord God, and just and true in all your dealings and doings with and towards men. And be not negligent in your men's meetings to admonish, and to exhort, and to reprove in the spirit of love and of meekness, and to seek that which is lost, and to bring back again that which hath been driven away. So let all minds, and spirits, and souls, and hearts, be bended down under the yoke of Christ Jesus, the power of God. Much I could write, but am weak, and have been very weak mostly since I left you; and burdens and travails I have been under and gone through many ways, but it is well. And the Lord Almighty knows my work, which he hath sent me forth to do by his everlasting arm and power; which is from everlasting to everlasting, blessed be his holy name, which I am in, and in which my love is to you all,'
After I had recovered so much strength that
was able to go abroad, and had been a little amongst friends, I went to visit the governor at his house, Lewis Morice, Thomas Rouse, and some other friends being with me. And indeed he received us very civilly, and treated us very kindly, making us dine with him; and keeping us most part of the day before he let us go away.
The same week I went down to the Bridge-town, (where I had not been before, save as I passed through it, when I first came into the island.) There was to be a general meeting of friends that week; and the visit I had newly made to the governor, and kind reception I had with him, being generally known to the officers, both civil and military, there came many of them to this meeting from most parts of the island, and those not of the meanest rank, divers of them being judges or justices, colonels or captains ; so that a very great meeting we had, both of friends and others. The Lord's blessed power was plentifully with us in this meeting; and although I was somewhat straightened for time, three other friends having spoken before me, yet the Lord opened things through me to the general and great satisfaction of them that were present. Colonel Lewis Morice came to this meeting, and with him a neighbour of his, a judge in the country, whose name
was Ralph Fretwell, who was very well satisfied with the meeting, and received the truth.
After the meeting I went home with Lewis Morice to his house that night, being about nine or ten miles, going part of the way by boat, the rest on horseback; this place, where Lewis Morice his plantation was, I thought to be the finest air of the island. The next day Thomas Briggs and William Edmundson came thither to see me, they intending to leave the island the day following, and to go upon the Lord's service to Antigua and Nevis. Lewis Morice went with them; and at Antigua they had several good meetings, to which there was a great resort of people, and many were convinced there at that time. But when they had finished their service there, and went thence to Nevis, the governor of Nevis, who was an old perse. cutor, sent soldiers on board the vessel to stop them from coming on shore; and would not suffer them to land. Wherefore after friends of the place had been on board the vessel and with them, and they had been sweetly refreshed together in feeling the Lord's power and presence amongst them, they returned to Antigua again; where having staid a while longer, they came back again to Barbadoes, Tho: Brigges being very weak and ill.
of the other friends that came over with me from Eng. land, James Lancaster, John Cartwright, and George Pattison, were gone some time before to Jamaica, and others to other places, so that few remained in Barbadoes with me; yet we had many great and precious meetings, both for worship and for the affairs of the church, to the former of which many of the world came. At one of these meetings there came (amongst others) one colonel Lyne, a sober person, who was so very well satisfied with what I declared, that he afterward said, Now I can gainsay such as I have heard speak evil of you, who say you do not own Christ, nor that he died; whereas I perceive you exalt Christ in all his offices beyond what I have ever heard before. This man observing one to take in writing the beads of what I delivered, desired him to let him have a copy of it, and afterward staid another day with us before he went away; so great a love was raised in him to the truth. And indeed a very great convincement there was in most parts of the island; which made the priests and some professors fret and rage. Our meetings were very large and full, and free from disturbance from the government, though the envious priests and professors endeavoured to stir up the magistrates against us. And when
they found they could not prevail that way, some of them that were baptists, came to the meeting at the town, which was very large, and full of people of several ranks and qualities. A great company came also with them; and they brought with them a malicious slanderous paper, written by John Pennyman, with which they made a great noise. But the Lord gave me wisdom and utterance to answer their cavils; so that the auditory generally re. ceived satisfaction, and those quarrelsome professors lost ground by their coming. When they had wearied themselves with clamour they went away; but the people stay. ing, the meeting was continued, and the things they ca. villed about were further opened and cleared ; and the life and power of God came over all. But the rage and envy in our adversaries did not cease, but they endeavoured to defame friends with many false and scandalous reports which they spread abroad through the island. Whereupon I, with some other friends, drew up a paper, to go forth in the name of the people called Quakers, for the clearing truth and friends from those false reports. It was directed thus :
For the Governor of Barbadoes, with his Council and As
sembly and all others in power, both civil and military, in this Island, from the people called Quakers.
• Whereas many scandalous lies and slanders have been cast upon us to render us odious, as that we do deny God, and Christ Jesus, and the scriptures of truth, &c. This is to inform you, that all our books and declarations, which for these many years have been published to the world, do clearly testify the contrary. Yet notwithstand. ing, for your satisfaction, we do now plainly and sincerely declare, that we do own and believe in God, the only wise, omnipotent, and everlasting God, who is the creator of alí things both in heaven and in the earth, and the preserver of all that he hath made, who is God over all, blessed for ever; to whom be all honour and glory, dominion, praise, and thanksgiving, both now and for evermore! And we do own and believe in Jesus Christ, his beloved and only begotten Son, in whom he is well pleased; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary, in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins; who is the express image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature, by whom were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers, all things were created by him. And we do own and believe that he was made a sacrifice for sin, who knew no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. And that he was crucified for us in the flesh without the gates of Jerusalem, and that he was buried, and rose again the third day by the power of bis Father, for our justification; and we do believe that he ascended up into heaven, and now sitteth at the right hand of God. This Jesus, who was the foundation of the holy prophets and apostles, is our foundation; and we do be. Jieve that there is no other foundation to be laid but that which is laid, even Christ Jesus, who, we believe, tasted death for every man, and shed his blood for all men, and is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world ; according as John the Baptist testified of him, when he said, “ Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world, Joh. i. 29. We believe that he alone is our Redeemer and Saviour, even the Captain of our Salvation, (who saves us from sin, as well as from hell and the wrath to come, and destroys the devil and his works ;) who is the seed of the woman, that bruises the serpent's head, to wit, Christ Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. That he is (as the scriptures of truth say of him) our wisdom and righteousness, justification, and redemption, neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men wbereby we may be saved. It is He alone who is the shepherd and bishop of our souls; He it is who is our prophet, whom Moses long since testified of, saying, “ A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things, whatsoever he shall say unto you; and it shall come to pass, that every soul that will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people,” Acts ii. 22, 23. He it is that is now come, and hath given us an understanding that we may know him that is true, and he rules in our hearts by his law of love and of life, and makes us free from the law of sin and death, and we have no life but by him; for he is the quickening Spirit, the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, by whose blood we are cleansed, and our consciences sprinkled from dead works to serve the living God. And he is our mediator, that makes peace and reconciliation between God offended and us offending, He being the vath of God, the new covenant of light, life, grace, and peace; the author and finisher of our faith. Now this Lord Jesus Christ, the heavenly Man, the Emanuel, God with us, we