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这 次年会继续约一星期之久。在前半那几天,我内心平静,充满着祷告之灵,在隐密中将心意向主吐露。到会议将近结束时我觉得应该发言,于末次聚会在神爱涌流中 有了机会说出心中所得启示,所说的足以证明,在诚实正直之人心中有深渊响应,虽然他们在某些方面的见证不都是相符合的。我又指出许多人格高尚信仰坚定的殉 道者,他们为了见证耶稣而献上自己的生命,可是他们所持守的教义有些和我们所主张的不尽相同。历代以来,人若遵守那至高者所赐给他们的光和理解,必然为祂 所悦纳。因此在我们当中若有某些互异的思想,只要彼此持守那向世界钉死的灵和能力,就是那教导我们以必需之物为足并避免奢侈,同时存敬畏及事奉主之心,那 么,我们当中仍然可以有真实的契结。至于那些因良心不安而处于患难中的人,若是他们能够谦卑忍受,从生活中表现出一种真爱心的灵,这样,他向别人所作的见 证,和对教会的贡献,比之那些以相反态度及行为对付患难的人,必更有效。因为有了这种感觉,我对基督羊群颇生同情及爱心,不管他们在世上有什么彼此不同的 地方;同样的空气似乎充满于聚会中,主对待我们这些可怜被造者的良善是伟大可称颂的!

  Second of Ninth Month, 1767. -- With the unity of Friends, I set off on avisit to Friends in the upper part of Berks and Philadelphia counties; was ateleven meetings in about two weeks, and have renewed cause to bow in reverencebefore the Lord, who, by the powerful extendings of His humbling goodness,opened my way among Friends, and I trust made the meetings profitable to us.

  Treasures, though small, attained on a true principle of virtue, are sweet;and while we walk in the light of the Lord there is true comfort andsatisfaction in the possession; neither the murmurs of an oppressed people, nora throbbing uneasy conscience, nor anxious thoughts about the events of things,hinder the enjoyment of them.

  My employer, having a negro woman, (1) sold her, and desired me to write abill of sale, the man being waiting who bought her. The thing was sudden; andthough I felt uneasy at the thoughts of writing an instrument of slavery forone of my fellow-creatures, yet I remembered that I was hired by the year, thatit was my master who directed me to do it, and that it was an elderly man, amember of our Society, who bought her; so through weakness I gave way, and wrote it; but at the executing of it I was so afflicted in my mind, that I saidbefore my master and the Friend that I believed slave-keeping to be a practiceinconsistent with the Christian religion. This in some degree abated myuneasiness; yet, as often as I reflected seriously upon it, I thought I shouldhave been clearer if I had desired to be excused from it, as a thing against myconscience; for such it was. Some time after this a young man of our Societyspoke to me to write a conveyance of a slave to him, he having lately taken anegro into his house. I told him I was not easy to write it; for though many ofour meeting and in other places kept slaves, I still believed the practice wasnot right, and desired to be excused from the writing. I spoke to him ingoodwill; and he told me that keeping slaves was not altogether agreeable tohis mind; but that the slave being a gift made to his wife, he had acceptedher.

  We attended the Quarterly Meeting at Sandwich, in company with Ann Gaunt andMercy Redman, which was preceded by a Monthly Meeting, and in the whole heldthree days. We were in various ways exercised amongst them, in gospel love,according to the several gifts bestowed on us, and were at times overshadowedwith the virtue of truth, to the comfort of the sincere and stirring up of thenegligent. Here we parted with Ann and Mercy, and went to Rhode Island, takingone meeting in our way, which was a satisfactory time. Reaching Newport theevening before their Quarterly Meeting, we attended it, and after that had ameeting with our young people, separated from those of other societies. We wentthrough much labour in this town; and now, in taking leave of it, though I feltclose inward exercise to the last, I found inward peace, and was in some degree comforted in a belief that a good number remain in that place who retain asense of truth, and that there are some young people attentive to the voice ofthe Heavenly Shepherd. The last meeting, in which Friends from the severalparts of the quarter came together, was a select meeting, and through therenewed manifestation of the Father's love the hearts of the sincere wereunited together.

  We left our province on the 12th of Third Month, 1746, and had severalmeetings in the upper part of Chester County, and near Lancaster; in some ofwhich the love of Christ prevailed, uniting us together in His service. We thencrossed the river Susquehanna, and had several meetings in a new settlement,called the Red Lands. It is the poorer sort of people that commonly begin toimprove remote deserts; with a small stock they have houses to build, lands toclear and fence, corn to raise, clothes to provide, and children to educate, sothat Friends who visit such may well sympathize with them in their hardships inthe wilderness; and though the best entertainment that they can give may seemcoarse to some who are used to cities or old settled places, it becomes thedisciples of Christ to be therewith content. Our hearts were sometimes enlargedin the love of our Heavenly Father amongst these people, and the sweetinfluence of His Spirit supported us through some difficulties: to Him be thepraise.

这 次年会讨论了好些重要事件,临结束时亦讨论关于购买黑奴的事。在历次聚会中,我心中往往充满着内在的祷告,我能够和大卫一同说,我昼夜以眼泪当饮食。” 畜奴问题在我心中极为沉重;会中神也不许我直接谈论任何其他问题。当畜奴问题被提出时,有几位诚信的朋友们沉痛发言,我听了颇受安慰,觉得我也应该贡献出 我自己的微薄力量,于是发言如下:

  The subjects before mentioned, on which I had so lately spoken in public,were now fresh before me, and I was brought inwardly to commit myself to theLord, to be disposed of as He saw best. I took leave of my family andneighbours in much bowedness of spirit, and went to our Monthly Meeting atBurlington. After taking leave of Friends there, I crossed the river,accompanied by my friends Israel and John Pemberton; and parting the nextmorning with Israel, John bore me company to Samuel Foulk's, where I met thebefore-mentioned Indians; and we were glad to see each other.


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