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longs the promise of a renewal of strength, of running without weariness, of walking without being faint; which was much the experience of this beloved friend. And though many and deep were the baptisms, on her own, and others' account, in order that Truth might be exalted in the earth ; yet the sweet, and frequent enjoyment of divine peace was her abundant reward.
May the perusal of these memoirs so affect the youth, into whose hands they may fall, with the love and admiration of virtue, heavenly virtue, Christian virtue, as to raise a heart-felt petition, similar to that which Sarah herself, when a child, was engaged to put up, when she was reading the lives, and happy conclusions of the faithful. Often,' said she, “have I been led to make a pause, and crave of my heavenly Father, Be thou pleased to make me like unto these thy servants, whatever my sufferings in this life may be. If thou wilt be with me in the way that I go, give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, thou shalt be my God, and I will serve thee. Thus making and keeping covenant in early life, she witnessed the declaration to be fulfilled, “ Godliness is profitable to all things, “having the promise of the life that now is, and of " that which is to come.” Frequently in the decline of life, when engaged to speak of the goodness of Israel's Shepherd, she had encouragingly to testify that he had not only, graciously fed and
clad her ; but had been with her, all her life ; and she earnestly desired that others, for themselves, might taste and see that the Lord is good.
As many of those to whom she has expressed this desire, will, probably, peruse her fragments, and thereby afresh recollect her labours of gospel love towards them, it may be profitable for such to examine whether, and how far, the designed purpose has been answered, as it respects each of them, individually ;-whether, unhappily, the visitation of heavenly kindness, extended through her, hath been only as a morning cloud, and as the early dew, that goeth away ;-or whether it has been abode under so duly, as that an account of it, and of other favours, may be finally given ap
with joy, and thankfulness to the Giver of every good, and perfect gift.
As to the other part, these memoirs were left in detached pieces ; and consequently, though each might be lively, and therefore valuable, they did not form a satisfactory whole. This deficiency is attempted to be supplied by private information, by searching the records of meetings, and by other means, and the editor has sometimes taken the liberty of a little varying the phrase of the parts, where the narration runs in the first person; and now and then of supplying a few words. The names of the place of abode of persons incidently mentioned are
of this sort, as every where are the words inserted between brackets. These few hints the editor has thought due to simple literal truth, sometimes too much overlooked; he desires to join his fellowprefacer in her wishes for the religious usefulness of the book ; and he inclines to acknowledge the pleasantness of the task of transcribing and revi. sing; which though an inferior, seem a necessary part of the promotion of the cause of Truth, by means of books.
8th of the First Month, 1807.
moved to Worcester-visit of E. Ashbridge and
S. Worral removed to the Isle of Man-her
exercises there-returns to England -decease
of her father-settles a while at Lancaster
first appears in the ministry at Worcester-
Welch yearly meeting-settles in Wiltshire.
CHAP. II. 1767-1772.
Visits Cumberland-Western counties-first en-
gaged in a family visit-goes to the men's
meeting at Lavington-exercises, and relief,
with reflections-death of a young child, a re-
lation--account of meetings in Wiltshire.