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ged in close, searching testimonies, some of which were particularly addressed to parents and such as are considered of the foremost rank in society. They were both considered lively ministers, speaking in the authority and clearness of Truth, and zealous for the support of right order and discipline in the society.

After the return of Charity Cook from this visit, she addressed the following letter to Hugh Judge, then living at Brandywine mills, near Wilmington, Delaware.

Bush River, South Carolina, 22nd of 9th month, 1788. Esteemed friend, Hugh Judge,- I was thinking of thee this morning, and it came fresh before me, the remembrance of the near unity that I felt towards thee when I was a stranger in your land,sometimes ready to sink in discouragement—and that thou wast favoured to lend a hand of help in times of need. But I know it was nothing less than the kindness of Divine Providence through thee, and that there is nothing due to us. Oh! the deep wadings that I have met with since I came home, and in which I have been almost ready to call all in question that ever I did. Yet at times I am favoured to feel something that encourages me to hold on; and then I can say in truth, O Lord, thou knowest that I love thee above all things.

I expect thou hast heard of my getting safe home from your land, to my family and friends; which I esteem a favour. We are all in a reasonable state of health at present, though it is sickly in some places. Mary Pearson, wife of Samuel, continues weakly, but she is mostly able to attend meetings here, and has visited some of the branches of our monthly meeting during the past summer. My companion, Rebecca Fincher, is well as usual.

My sister Susanna and my husband unite with me in love to thee and thy dear wife, also to Edith Ferris, Isaac Jacobs and his family, and any other inquiring friends, as though named.


During the extensive visit of Sarah Harrison and Lydia Hoskins, with their companion Norris Jones, to the southern states in 1787 and 1788, they were some time at Bush river and its neighbourhood, in the course of their religious services.

The ensuing letter from Charity Cook to Sarah Harrison some time after this visit, was dated at Bush river the 27th of the 4th month, 1789.

Dear and well esteemed friend Sarah Harrison,Thy love sent to me in Norris Jones's letter to us, and also in thine to Mary Pearson was very acceptable. It came in a time of need; and I have often thought the love of the brethren helped to bear up our spirits, even in the lowest times. It is often my lot of late to fall into deep discouragements; yet not so as quite to despair of God's mercies, because he is pleased at times to hand forth a crumb of that living bread which sustains the inward life.

My friend Mary Pearson has not been able to attend meetings for several months past. She sometimes says she thinks her time here will not be long. But I am in hopes she will yet be spared to us, for I dont know how to part with her. If she should be removed, she will be very much missed in this place. I have lately been to visit the little meetings around us, and some of the families; during the time thus engaged, I saw Rebecca Fincher, who appeared to be in usual health, tho’ she has had some trouble of late.

All our children that can remember thee, desire their love sent to thee-also my sister Susanna Hollingsworth and husband join in love to thee and thine.

CHARITY Cook. In the latter end of the 3d month, 1797, Charity Cook attended the Spring meeting held in Philadelphia, with certificates from Friends in Carolina, expressive of their unity with her concern to cross the Atlantic, on a religious visit to Europe. Previous to embarking for England, she was engaged in religious labours in various parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England.

In the 7th month, Martha Routh wrote from New Bedford, saying, “Our valued friend, Charity Cook, and her companion Lydia Hoskins have proceeded eastward, but not with a view of going farther that way than Falmouth.” In the 9th month, Richard Jordan mentions meeting with her at Westbury, on Long Island, on her way to Europe, and that they were truly rejoiced to see each other. He calls her his country-woman; tho' the place of her residence in South Carolina must have been a great way from his in North Carolina. Shortly after this, she embarked for England, and landed at Liverpool in the latter end of the 11th month. The following letter furnishes some account of the early part of her labours and travels there. To Jonathan and Ann Dawes, Philadelphia.

Kendall, 2d mo. 19th, 1798. Dear and well esteemed friends,–About six weeks

I received a letter from each of


which were truly acceptable: also one from my sister Susanna Hollingsworth, which I was glad of; yet she said very little about my family; her letter being dated but one month later than those I received from my children when in New York state. I have had no account from home since, and at times feel anxious to hear from them again; though I much desire to abide in the patience, and to have my will resigned to His will who knows best what is best for us. I can truly say it refreshed me in reading your letters, together with one from Catharine Haines, and another from Edward Garrigues; because it revived a hope in me, that my friends had not forgotten me, a poor pilgrim. And it may be there were other letters sent, for we understand a vessel arrived at Liverpool from New York that was chased by a French privateer, and threw their letters overboard.

We fully expect Mary Swett lost one, because she has received one since from her husband, numbered four, and she has but three. She has also received one from her son and one from her daughter. So I would not have friends discouraged about writing, though times are difficult for some of them to get safely along. It . is a great satisfaction to me to hear from


friends and acquaintances at any time, though sometimes I believe we feel less able either to give or receive, than at other times.

I shall now give you a little account of our travels. We have visited all the meetings of Friends in Lancashire, some in Cheshire, and some in this county of Westmoreland, and have had many amongst other societies where there were no Friends. When we first landed at Liverpool, or soon after, we set in to

visit the families of Friends there, which was accomplished in about two weeks—there being about sixty families.

We have also nearly got through a family visit in this place, where there are upwards of seventy families. This, I believe you know is an arduous task-a weighty undertaking, and a slow way of getting along;—though I think, every thing considered, we have not been idle, for it wants a few days yet of being three months since we landed. As to our health, I may tell you, we took heavy colds soon after we came to Liverpool, and have not been clear of a cough since, though now are considerably better,—and have not laid by one day on account of sickness; for which I am truly thankful. True it is, many and various are our exercises; yet the Lord is graciously pleased to remember us, and to help with a little of his holy help in the time of need. We met with our friend Phebe Speakman since we came to this place, she being the only American Friend we have seen since we landed,—though we have frequently heard from them. The last account from Sarah Harrison and David Sands, they were in Ireland—Sarah Talbot, in Yorkshire-Thomas Scattergood, not far from London-William Savery, in London; and we understand talks of returning home soon; by whom we intend sending these if he goes; if not, I have written to desire he will send them by the first opportunity. Many Friends think it a doubtful case, his being set at liberty to go home so soon as he talks of.

18th. We have now finished visiting families at Kendall, and expect to set off to-morrow morning. Phebe Speakman is well as usual, but I dont know when she will get away from here-her companion,


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