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and the young woman is light and airy; but the young man is reached, and may do well, if he does not lose it. And surely that which he said to me, or rather that spirit in which he spake it, took such fast hold on me, that I felt sadness and trouble come over me, though I did not distinctly understand what I was troubled for. I knew not what I ailed, but I knew I ailed something more than ordi. nary ; and my heart was very heavy.
I found it was not so with my father and sister; for as I rode after the coach, I could hear them talk pleasantly one to the other, but they could not discern how it was with me, because I, riding on horseback, kept much out of sight.
By that time we got home it was night. And the next day, being the first day of the week, I went in the afternoon to hear the minister of Chinner; and this was the last time I ever went to hear any of that function. After the sermon, I went with him to his house, and in a freedom of discourse, (which, from a certain intimacy that was between us, I commonly used with him,) told him where I had been, what company I had met with there, and what observations I had made to myself thereupon. He seemed to understand as little of them, as I had done before, and civilly abstained from casting any unhandsome re. flections on them.
I had a desire to go to another meeting of the Quakers; and bid my father's man en
quire, if there was any in the country there. abouts. He thereupon told me, he had heard at Isaac Penington's, that there was to be a meeting at High-Wiccomb, on Thursday next.
Thither therefore I went, though it. was seven miles from me. And that I miglit be rather thought to go out a coursing, than to a meeting, I let my gray-hound run by my horse's side.
When I came there, and had set up my horse at an inn, I was at a loss how to find the house where the meeting was to be. . I knew it not; and was ashamed to ask after it. Wherefore, having ordered the hostler to take care of my dog, I went into the street, and stood at the inn-gate; musing with myself what course to take. But I had not stood long, ere I saw an horse-man riding along the street, whom I remembered I had seen before at Isaac Penington's, and he put up his horse at the same ini). Him therefore I resolved to follow, supposing he was going to the meet. ing, as indeed he was.
Being come to the house, which proved to be John Raunce's, I saw the people sitting to. gether in an outer room ; wherefore I stepped in and sat down on the first void seat, the end of a bench just within the door ; having my sword by my side, and black clothes on, which drew some eyes upon me.
It was not long ere one stood up and spake, whom I was afterwards well acquainted with, his namo
was Samuel Thornton; and what he spake was very suitable, and of good service to me; for it reached home, as if it had been directed to me.
As soon as ever the meeting was ended, and the people began to rise, I, being next the door, stepped out quickly ; and hastening to my inn, took horse immediately home. wards : and, so far as I remember, my hay. ing been gone was not taken notice of by my father.
This latter meeting was like the clinching of a nail; confirming and fastening in my mind, those good principles, which had sunk into me at the former. My understanding began to open, and I felt some stirrings in my breast, tending to the work of a new creation in me. The general trouble and confusion of mind, which had for some days lain heavy upon me, and pressed me down, without a distinct discovery of the particular cause for which it came, began now to wear off; and some glimmerings of light began to break forth in me ; which let me see my inward state and condition towards God. The light which before had shone in my darkness, and the darkness could not comprehend it, began now to shine out of darkness, and in some aneasure discovered to me what it was, that had before clouded me, and brought that sad. ness and trouble upon me.
And now I saw, that although I had been in a great degree pre
served from the common immoralities and gross pollutions of the world, yet the spirit of the world had hitherto ruled in me, and led me into pride, flattery, vanity and superfuity; all which was naught. I found there were many plants growing in me, which were not of the heavenly Father's planting; and that all these, of whatever sort or kind they were, or how specious soever they might appear, must be plucked up.
Now was all my former life ripped up, and my sins by degrees were set in order before me. And though they looked not with so black a hue, and so deep a dye, as those of the lewdest sort of people did, yet I found that all "sin, even that which had the fairest or finest show, as well as that which was more course and foul, brought guilt, and with and for guilt, condemnation on the soul that sin. ined. This I felt, and was greatly bowed down under the sense thereof. *
Now also did I receive a new law, an inward law, super-added to the outward ; the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, which wrought in me against all evil, not only in deed, and in word, but even in thought also: so that every thing was brought to judgment, and judgment passed upon all.
upon all. So that I could not any longer go on in my former ways, and course of life ; for when I did, judgment took hold upon me for it.
Thus the Lord was graciously pleased to deal with me, in somewhat like manner as he
HO had dealt with his people Israel of old, when they had transgressed his righteous law, whom by his prophet he called back, required to put away the evil of their doings : bidding them, first, cease to do evil; then, learn to do well : before he would admit them to reason with him ; and before he would impart to them the effects of his free mercy. Isa. i. 16, 17.
I was now required, by this inward spiritual law, the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, to put away the evil of my doings; and to cease to do evil. And what, in particulars, the evil was, which I was required to put away, and to cease from : that measure of the divine light, which was now manifested in me, discovered to me: and what the light made manifest to be evil, judgment passed upon,
So that here began to be a way cast up before me, for to walk in: a direct and plain way; so plain, that a way-faring-man, how weak and simple soever, though a fool to the wisdom, and in the judgment of the world, could not err, while he continued to walk in it: the error coming in by his going out of it. And this way, with respect to me, I saw was that measure of divine light, which was manifested in me ; by which the evil of my doos ings, which I was to put away and to cease from, was discovered to me.
By this divine light then I saw, that though I had not the evil of the common uncleanness, debauchery, profạneness, and pollutions of