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father to son ; these ancestors living in the divine life of religion, in that divine life have gone to heaven, as Christ saith, " My sheep hear my voice, and follow me, and I'll give unto them eternal life, &c. But the children down have, on bearing the same name, think they have the same religion ; but on a close reflection, or inspection, there is no more divine life about their form, than animal life about the bones of the old horse ; and of course, will no more carry a man to heaven, than the bones will with whip and spurs carry a man a journey, &c. because bible religion is what we must have especially, for the ancients “ were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost,” and “ without holiness no man shall see the Lord;" but “ blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
The funds which have been raised in England, I scraple whether they have not proved a lamentation to some, though they might be turned to the glory of God, and doubtless have in many instances, yet I fear that to some, through fear, it hath proved a snare, so that they have not borne that testimony, with their conscience and judgment told them was their duty against a growing evil; whilst others have had too much afluence and case, and by that means have sunk too much upon their lees! God forbid it should be the case in America ! whilst a man or body of people are simple and sincere, having frequently recourse to their first principles in the Lord; there is no room to doubt his favour and his blessing, and these will make a happy life, and procure a happy end, and all is well that ends well, is the old proverb; but who can stand when God sets his face against them? Or what can prosper if God don't smile his approbation. The wicked may prosper for a while, but at length shall be driven away as the chaff, and their candle put out--whilst the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
END OF PART THIRD
Warrington, April 16, 1807 To the Church of God in every place:
This cometh in behalf of Lorenzo Dow; Itenerant Preacher of the Gospel of God our Saviour, We, the undervigned, Ministers and members of the people (called Methodist Quakers) late in connexion with the old body of Methodists, Do testify, that although his appearance amongst us was in much weakness, many suspicions, good and evil report, his word was with power and the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven. From the time we have been favoured with his labours, he bath conducted bimself on all occasions (in prosperity and adversity) as one whose sole aim is the glory of God and the welfare of mankind, far beyond his strength in labours more abundant, travelling night and day for the accomplishment of his vast desire to preach the gospel of the kingdomto many perishing for lack of knowledge; and we are witnesses his labour bath not been in vain in the Lord: Many of the stones of the street hath beer raised to be sons and daughters of Abraham; backsliders reclaimed, and many of infidel principles shaken. From the impressive manner of his life, many sunk into Laodicean ease, have been stirred up to glorify God with their body, soul, and substance, whom we trust and pray will remain stars in the church militant, and afterwards form one part of his crown of rejoicing in the day of the Lord. Amen.
Being about to depart from this to his native land, we pray that the guidance of the same Holy Hand, which thro' a train of Divine Providences, cast his lot amongst 18, may conduct and protect him over the great deep
to the American shores in peace and safety. Amen.
G. Brimelow. • Also signed by upwards of one hundred persong more.
PART THE FOURTH.
A SHORT ACCOUNT OF
'HEN Cosmopolite was on his last tour through
*******, orders were sent from the “ Castle," somewhere by some body, that he must be taken into custody; which hody returning, replied for answer that Cosmopolite could not be found*.this, more than once or ortwice.--Moreover, the Threshers pursued him two nights and one day for a noted heretic; but he unwitdingly escaped from them likewise. The inartial law was now proclaimed in four counties, which made it dangerous travelling without a pass; but Cosmopolite svas providentially kept in peace, and safely deliver ed from the whole--yet not by foresight in any human wisdomfor it was not within the reach of human kon,
· Question 22.
A man from Americu, named ******* ***, having travelled through this country, professing himself a friend to the **********, what judgment
**** to pass concerning the conduct of that man ?" 66 Answer. He came
or any authorised to give it
has not travelled as one of
ought this *****
Cosmopolite was on the chase seventeen hundred miles in sixty-seven days, and held two hundred meetingsm-such being the distance from the people, without intimacy-and velocity of the journey : that they scarcely knew from whence he came or where he was gone!
our people, nor as one of our friends and we are de termined that should be return, none of our ****** shall be opened to him on any account what :
Minutes of both Countries. He left ****** at full tide ånd fair wind in an extra packet-having just stepped on board as she cast off down came the “pursuers," and looked from the dock, while he gazed at them from the deck and thus went out of the harbour.
Twice the Consul had applied for passports in vain, and likewise solicited the interference of the Ambassador, but there was no returns. Hence Cosmopolite when he had finished his work and got ready, came away in a vessel that was fitted for the purpose ; but not with design, except by providence. Another vessel having sprang a leak, which the pursuers were searching, as Cosmopolite sailed lay out of port, in the other ship.
The fog was as a hiding place in the hand of God to preserve from those “ Floating Hells," —while coming round Hibernia and doubling Cape Clear for several days together!
This vessel was called the Averick-323 tons-De Cost, master-would keep half point nigher the wind than usual-hence ships at the leeward must run parallel, or cross our track to gain the weather gage, in order to bear upon us--therefore would lose time and distance. D'Cost put out his lights and altered his course, and so evaded the intruders thricewhereas the other ship which had been refused on account of her leak, was boarded twice. Thus Cosmopolite was preserved to Columbia's shores, for which praised be the Lord !
Though a stranger, the way was opened for meetings, and some good times in public-some acquaintance with the quakers, and sailed to New-York with most of the passengers.
Cosmopolite was accused with “hush money" clandestinely by some who were on board-on getting wind of it, he had the agreement stated, and then produced the receipt to the full amount, which answered to the articles. Then he was accused of having received a present of ten pounds from the Captain, which they said should have been divided with the passengers.
Cosmopolite said why? was there any such agreement? They acknowledged not! yet observed it would have been but just.. Cosmopolite said, he did not see nor feel the obligation-had the donation been givenwhich he observed had never been given ; and appealed to the Captain if ever he had made the gift, who ap'swered in the negative. Nevertheless, ungenerously did some still persist to make the impression that Cos. mopolite was a swindler. But what is amiss here must be rectified hereafter.
Some of those people who were led by inclination or judgment to come to America, questioned Cosmopolite antecedent to their coming---civility demanded a reply, which accordingly was given--as free agents they came for their own interest only--but meeting with some trials, bitterly accused Cosmopolite, as the cause of all their trials, calamities, and misfortunes--who could have no interest in their coming and even one went so far as to curse the day she ever saw his face-though he had done all he could to serve them--but the sin of ingratitude is one of the most abominable crimes that the heart of man can be contaminated with, and very obnoxious in the sight of Heaven-evidently marked with just displeasure in righteous retributions.
Here it may be observed--those who have fled from oppression and privation to the “ Land of Liberty," are the worst enemies, and most bitter in their execrations of any on these shores—when fortune smiles upon them
but yet it is very observable that few of them are willing to return to the old world.
A certain pair, whose“ passage the king paid,” from the old world to the nen--fortune smiled on them in Alexandria the term being expired, in contempt he quit the country-exclaiming, “ the best flour in Ameria ca is not equal to the mud of London."—Where he put bis barrel of dollars in a private Bank ; which broke a few days after, and he then had to turn porter, and stand in the mud to get wherewith to support nature!
On this voyage Cosmopolite frequently felt a foreboding of approaching trials--and a secret conviction as though all was not well at the Mississippimawhich he expressed more than once or twice.