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more, where we had a very large general meeting; wherein the Lord's everlasting truth was declared, the people refreshed, and all quiet. From thence we went to John Dandy's, where we had another large and very precious meeting; and then passed to Bristol, where we had good service for the Lord, and all quiet. Here we met with Margaret Fell and her daughters again. After some time we went to Slattenford in Wiltshire, where was a very large meeting in a great barn. Good service we had there; for the truth, as it is in Jesus, was published amongst them, and many were gathered by it into the name of the Lord. After this I passed into Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, having large meetings in each. In Hereford I had a meeting in the inn; after which, and I was gone, the magistrates hearing of it, came to search the inn for me and were vexed they had missed me. But the Lord so ordered it, that I escaped their hands, and Friends were established upon Christ, their foundation, the rock of ages. Then I went into Radnorshire, in Wales, where I had several precious meetings. The Lord's name and standard was set up, many were gathered to it, and settled under the teaching of Christ Jesus, their Saviour, who hath bought them. After 1 was clear of Wales, I came to a market-town betwixt Fngland and Wales, where was a great fair that day; and several Friends being at the fair, we went to an inn, where they came to us. After a fine opportunity with Friends we parted and went our way. The officers of the town took notice, it seems, of our being there, and of Friends gathering to us. They began also to get together to consult how to ensnare us, though it was the fair-time; but before they could do any thing we were gone, and so escaped them. From thence we came into Shropshire, where we had a large and precious meeting. After many meetings in those parts, we came into Warwickshire, visited Friends there, and so into Derbyshire and Staf. fordshire, visiting meetings as we went. At White-haugh we had a large blessed meeting, and quiet ; after which we took horse, and rode about twenty miles that night to one captain Lingard's. We heard asterwards, that when we were gone, the officers came to have seized us, and were much disturbed they missed us; but the Lord disappointed them, and Friends were joyful in the Lord that we escaped them. At captain Lingard's we had a blessed meeting, the Lord's presence being wonderfully amongst us. After which we passed through the Peak country in Derbyshire, and went to Synderhill-green, where we had a large meeting. Here John Whitehead and several Friends came to me. Then I passed through the country, visiting Friends till I came to the farther end of Holderness, and by Scarborough, Whitby, and Malton, to York, having many meetings in the way, and the Lord's everlasting power was over all. We went from York to Boroughbridge, where I had a glorious meeting. Thence we passed into the Bishoprick to one Richmond's, where was a general meeting; and the Lord's power was over all, though people were exceeding rude about this time. After the meeting we went to Henry Draper's where we staid all night. Next morning a Friend came as I was passing away, and told me, “If the priests and justices (for many priests were made justices in that country at that time) could light on me, they would destroy me.’ Being clear of the Bishoprick, I went over Stainmore into Yorkshire, and to Sedberg; where having visited Friends, I went into Westmoreland, visiting Friends there also. From thence I passed into Lancashire, and came to Swarthmore, where I staid but a little while before I went over the Sands to Arnside; where I had a general meeting. After it was ended some men came to have broken it up, but understanding before they got thither the meeting was over, they turned back. I went to Robert Widders', and from thence to Underbarrow, where I had a glorious meeting ; and the Lord's power was set over all. From thence I passed to Grayrigg, visited Friends, and then to Ann Audland's where they would have had me to have stayed their meeting the next day; but I felt a stop in my spirit. It was upon me to go to John Blaykling's, in Sedberg, to be at the meeting there; which is large, and a precious people there is. We had a very good meeting the next day; but the constables went to Ann Audland's meeting to look for me. Thus by the good hand and disposing providence of the Lord I escaped their snare. I went from John Blaykling's with Leonard Fell to Strickland-head, where on first-day we had a very precious meeting on the common. That night we staid amongst our Friends there, and the next day passed into Northumberland. After the justices heard of this meeting, they made search for me; but by the good hand of the Lord I escaped them; though there were some very wicked justices. We went to Hugh Hutchinson's, in Northumberland, a Friend in the ministry, from whence we visited Friends thereabouts; and then to Derwent-water, where we had a very glorious meeting. There came an ancient woman, and told me, her husband remembered his love to me; she said I might call him to mind by this token, that I used to call him, ‘The tall white old man.” She said, he was six score and two years old, and that he would have come to the meeting, but that his horses were all employed upon some urgent occasion. I heard he lived some years after. When I had visited Friends in those parts, and they were settled upon Christ, their foundation, their rock, and their teacher, I passed through Northumberland, and came to old Thomas Bewley's, in Cumberland. Friends came about me, and asked, ‘Would I come there to go into prison?” For there was great persecution in that country at that time; yet I had a general meeting at Thomas Bewleys', which was large and precious; and the Lord's power was over all. One Musgrave was at that time deputy-governor of Carlisle, and I passing along that country, came to a man's house that had been convinced, whose name was Fletcher; and he told me, “If Musgrave knew I was there, he would “be sure to send me to prison, he was such a severe man.’ But I staid not, only called on the way to see this man, then went on to William Pearson's near Wigton, where this meeting was, which was very large and precious. Some Friends were then prisoners at Carlisle, whom . I visited by a letter, which Leonard Fell carried. From William Pearson's I visited Friends till I came to Pardsey-crag, where we had a general meeting, which was large, quiet, and peaceable, and the glorious, powerful presence of the everlasting God was with us. So eager were the magistrates about this time to stir up persecution in those parts, that some offered five shillings, some a noble a day, to any that could apprehend the speakers amongst Quakers; but it being now the time of the quarter-sessions in that county, the men who were so hired were gone to the sessions to get their wages, so all our meetings were at that time quiet. From Pardsey-crag we went into Westmoreland, calling in the way upon Hugh Tickell, near Keswick, and upon Thomas Laythes, where Friends came to visit us; and we had a fine opportunity to be refreshed together. We went that night to Francis Benson's, in Westmoreland, near justice Fleming's. This justice was at that time in a great rage against Friends, and me in particular; insomuch that in the open sessions at Kendal, just before, he had bid “five pounds to any man that should take me,’ as Francis Benson told me. And it seems, as I went to this Friend's house, I met one man coming from the sessions that had this five pounds offered him to take me, and he knew me; for as I passed by him, he said to his companion, “that is George Fox : yet he had not power to touch me; for the Lord's power preserved me over them all. The justices being so eager to have me, and I being so often nigh them, and yet they missing me, it tormented them the more. I went from thence to James Taylor's at Cartmel in Lancashire, where I staid first-day, and had a precious meeting. After which I came over the Sands to Swarthmore. There they told me colonel Kirby had sent his lieutenant, who had searched trunks and chests for me. That night as I was in bed, I was moved of the Lord to go next day to Kirby-hall, which was colonel Kirby's house about five miles off, to speak with him. When I came thither, I found there the Flemings, and several others of the gentry (so called,) of the country, who were come to take their leave of colonel Kirby, he being then to go up to London to the parliament. I was had into the parlour amongst them; but colonel Kirby was not then within, being gone out a little way. They said little to me, nor I much to them. But aster a little while colonel Kirby came in, and then I told him, ‘I came to visit him, understanding he was desirous to see me, to know what he had to say to me, and whether he had any thing against me !” He said, before all the company, “as he was a gentleman, he had nothing against me. But,” said he, “mistress Fell must not keep great meetings at her house, for they met contrary to the act.' I told him, ‘that act did not take hold on us, but on such as met to plot and contrive, and raise insurrections against the king; whereas we were no such people: for he knew they that met at Margaret Fell's were his neighbours, and a peaceable people.' After many words had passed, he shook me by the hand, and said again, “he had nothing against me;' and others of them said, ‘I was a deserving man.' So we parted, and I returned to Swarthmore. Shortly after, when colonel Kirby was gone to London, there was a private meeting of the justices and deputy-lieutenants at Houlker-ball, where justice Preston lived; where they granted a warrant to apprehend me. I heard over night both of their meeting and of the warrant, and could have gone out of their reach if I would; for I had not appointed any meeting at that time, and I had cleared myself of the north, and the Lord's power was over all. But I considered, there being a noise of a plot in the north, if I should go away they might fall upon Friends; but if I gave myself up to be taken, it might prevent them, and Friends should escape the better; so I gave myself up to be taken, and prepared against they came. Next day an officer came with his sword and pistols to take me. I told him, ‘I knew his errand before, and had given up myself to be taken; for if I would have escaped their imprisonment, I could have been forty miles off before he came ; but I was an innocent man, and so mattered not what they could do to me.’ He asked me, “how I heard of it, seeing the order was made privately in a parlour !' I said, it was no matter for that, it was sufficient that I heard of it. I asked him to let me see his order; whereupon he laid his hand on his sword, and said “I must go with him before the lieutenants, to answer such questions as they should propound to me.' I told him, it was but civil and reasonable for him to let me see his order; but he would not. Then said I, I am ready. So I went along with him, and Margaret Fell accompanied us to Houlker-hall. When we came thither, there was one Rawlinson, a justice, and one called Sir George Middleton, and many more that I did not know, besides old justice Preston, who lived

there. They brought Thomas Atkinson, a Friend, of Cartnell, as a witness against me, for some words which he had told to one Knipe, who had informed them; which words were, ‘that I had written against the plotters, and had knocked them down.' These words they could not make much of; for I told them I had heard of a plot and had written against it. Then old Preston asked me, “whether I had an hand in that script " I asked him what he meant 1 he said, in the Battledore 1 I answered, yes. Then he asked me, “whether I did understand languages!' I said, sufficient for myself; and that I knew no law that was transgressed by it. I told them also, “that to understand those outward languages, was no matter of salvation; for the many tongues began but at the confusion of Babel: and if I did understand any thing of them, I judged and knocked them down again for any matter of salvation that was in them.' Thereupon he turned away, and said, “George Fox knocks down all the languages. Come,' said he, “we will examine you of higher matters.” Then said George Middleton, “you deny God, and the church, and the faith.' I replied, ‘nāy: I own God, and the true church, and the true faith. But what church dost thou own " said I, (for I understood he was a Papist.) Then he turned again, and said, “you are a rebel and a traitor.' I asked him, whom he spoke to 1 or whom did he call a rebel? He was so full of envy, that for awiile he could not speak; but at last he said, “he spoke it to me.” With that I struck my hand on the table, and told him that I had suffered more than twenty such as he, or than any that were there; ‘for I had been cast into Derby prison for six months together, and had suffered much because I would not take up arms against this king before Worcester fight. I had been sent up prisoner out of my own country, by colonel Hacker, to O. Cromwell, as a plotter to bring in king Charles, in the year 1654; and I had nothing but love and good will to the king, and desired the eternal good and welfare of him and all his subjects.” “Did you ever hear the like?” said Middleton. “Nay,' said I, ‘ye may hear it again, if ye will. For ye talk of the king, a company of you; but where were ye in Oliver's days 1 and what did ye do then for him 1 but I have more love to the king for his eternal good and welfare than any of you have.” Then they asked me, “whether I had heard of the plot?' I said, ‘yes, I had heard of it.' They asked me, “how I had heard of it? and whom I knew in it !” I told them, I had heard of it through the high-sheriff of Yorkshire, who had told Dr. Hodgson “there was a plot in the north;” that was the way I heard of it; but I never heard of any such thing in the south, nor till I came into the north. And as for knowing any in the plot, I was as a child in that, for I knew none of them.” Then they said, ‘why would you write against it, if you had not known some that were in it?' I said, “my reason was, because you are so forward to mash Wol. II. 4

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