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duty, and that if ever I fell away to become a backsli der (properly speaking) I should never be reclaimed. ::

Arklow had lain with some weight on my mind for several weeks: I accordingly paid it a visit. Nomethodist being in the town, I knew not where to go; but God put it into the heart of a man to open his ball chamber, in which I held several meetings, which were very tender. A man who had opened a malt house to other missionaries, denied it to me. :

On my way to Carnew, a preacher who had treated me with coolness at Ross, and had some trying reflecs tions for it, took me upon his horse, and he himself walked six miles. He now gave me the right hand of fel lowship, and I spoke for him at night. -

Here lives a widow who was strangely preserved in the rebellion; she is liberal, Ist, in sentiment-2d, in alms-3d, in plain dealing. She has built a large preaching room, which is open to all; is prudent in temporal and external matters, and in religious things, sees men as trees walking. ;.

Here some blamed me for not being more cheerful, and take a glass of wine, and dress more ministerial, &c. But there is a certain something within, which is tender, and to grieve or go contrary to it, pains me, and I know not but condemnation may follow if I persisted in going contrary to its dictates. Here I had several re. freshing seasons. A few days since, as I was credibly informed, there was heavenly melodious music heard, from whence could not be ascertained: and at the same time a young woman died happy.

At Castletown, Arklow-rock, Ballymurtah, Minerrock, and Sally-inount, we had melting times. In Wicklow, two solemn meetings. In Gorey, I held three in a house, and one in the street. The chief commanding officer, as the sergeant said, was coming to stop me; and when within a few yards turned and went off muttering.

. Ai Clough, I liad one meeting. In Ballycanew, two. Clinganny, one. Ballymore, one. Ferns, two. Newton-barry, four, and one in its vicinity, which was quick eping.

Ač Eoniscorty, after holding two meetings, I went.

out of town on my way, but going burthened and dis. tressed, returned back and held two more for the ease and enjoyment of my mind. . .

I went on Vinegar-Hill, and took a view of the place where much blood was shed on account of religion. Oh! when will the time come, when the earth shall be of one heart and of one mind, and the nations learn to war no more. Many who say they are enlightened, being still in darkness, rest contented, and fight for the form of religion, but know not the power nor the purity of it.

At Wexford, I met M. Lanktree again; I told him he must prepare for a scolding at the next conference, provided he gave me such liberties. He replied, I dare not oppose you; 'tis evident God is with you; and I look upon it providential your coming here, and so does my wife, as she has found it a blessing to her soul; and I entreat you to tarry longer on the circuit; and as we were about to part to see each other no more, as we supposed, he could hardly refrain from weeping.

I held three meetings here, and one at the barony of Forth, which was the most refreshing I had seen for some time.

On my way to Ross, I saw one sitting by the way side, reading the bible, to whom I gave a pamphlet.

As I called at a tavern to refresh, I found a young man under some convincement. I conversed plainly with him, though a stranger, and gave him a pamphlet.

At Ross, I held three meetings, and some said I was guakerized; others said I was too much of a mcthodist, and some that I was a mystic. .

From thence I set off for Waterford, where M. Tobias was stationed, as this place lay upon my inind for several weeks. I was now called to a trial of my faith, as I did not expect one methodist in the place would receive me. But this afforded me some comfort, that I could appeal to the Searcher of hearts, I had no other end in view, than to do his will, believing it my duty to go.

Having a letter to a class leader which was not particularly directed, as to his residence, I inquired for the man; one said, he lived in one street; another said, in

another ; thus I wandered up and down the town for some time, and suddenly I discovered a man: a thought arose, that man won't lie; I ran to him and shewed the letter; said he, do you think I know the man ? I told him I wanted information : He asked me several ques. tions, and piloted me to the door. The man of the house read the letter, and after tea took me to the preacher's house to hear what he would say; and be hold it was the man I had seen in the street, Zechariah Worrel.

He gave me the right hand of fellowship. I told him to look out what he did, lest others should blame him. I spoke at night, and on sabbath morning too; but at night he durst not give me the liberty; as then was the great congregation. On Monday evening, through the intercession of the leaders, I held a third meeting, and appointed for the fourth ; the house was well filled, and in the congregation were several quakers. There was a considerable movement among the people. ...;

The next morning, I held my last meeting; the class leaders, of their own accord, gave me a recommendation ; first, that they believed I preached the gospel as held by the methodists; and second, that my labours were blessed to the people.. ?

Here I had several valuable articles of clothing and money, offered to me, which I refused; however, about eleven shillings were forced on me. I visited several backsliders and quitted the place.

In Pill-town, we had a shaking time; here I pasted up some printed rules for holy living, in the streets, as I had done some written ones in several other places.

To Carrick-on-Suir, I had several letters, which paved my way to getting the preaohing house; in wbich I had five meetings that were tender. The chief person of the society, when I first came here, was absent; but on coming home, offered me two shirts and soine money, which I refused. Said he, “it argues à sound heart, but a weak head; and if I had been at home when you first came, I would not have given you the preaching house, as that would have been an encouragement to impostors ; but you might have preached in my private house as often as you pleased," I had seve. ral other things offered by other persons also, which I refused, and went to Clonmel; having about five hundred papers printed-rules for holy living. Here I got the preaching-house, likewise ; which some previously said, I would not get : however, the congregations were larger than had been known for many months; and the power of God was sensibly present.

Earnest entreaties were made for my tarrying longer; but feeling my mind free, after holding three meetings, and after pasting up some rules, I quitted the town.

I had accepted a small note and two shillings, but feeling burthened in my mind, gave up the former to the person.

At night, I put up with a Roman catholic, at Capper. quin, which took all the money I had, amounting to 28. 6d. English.

On my way to Tallow, a magistrate overtook me.
R. Wbat have you got in your bundle ?
A. Papers.

Q. What papers ?
- A. Rules for holy living.

Q. Where did you sleep last night ? į A. Capperquin. ..

Q. You made good speed this morning-where was you born ?

A. North America...
Q. What did you come here after? ;

A. Partly upon account of my health, and partly by an impression on my mind, believing it to be the will of God.

Q. And what do you do here ? ::: A. I strive to persuade people to serve God.

Well, said he, that is a good practice; but do you meet with much success? I replied, I am striving to do what I can; but it is the spirit of God that must accomplish the work. He then proposed several of the questions again and again, with some others, I suppose, to see if I would contradict myself. I then gave him a paper and a pamphlet, and told him, if he wanted further information, to search me.

He said, there are many who go about to stir up the minds of the lower class, (alluding to politics, riot, an

rebellion) but my mind is satisfied concerning you, and so he rode on. :

In Tallow, I held two meetings, the house being opened to me; but now I had another trial ; my feet being so sore, apparently I could walk no further: but a man who was going my road, took me up before him on a horse, and carried me six miles: and another man afe terwards let me get upon his car now and then ; and now and then I would hobble along a spell; so I got to Cork late in the evening; and having a letter to a man, I was provided with food and lodging.

Next day, I went to see the assistant preacher, who was also chairman of the district. Said I, “ what privi. lege will you grant me?" Said he, go away, and come at such an hour, and I will tell you:” which I did. Said he, I have talked with some of our most respectable friends, who think it not proper to give you any encouragement, as it would be too great an encouragement to impostors; and we think you to be out of your sphere. But, said I, suppose I hold meetings in town, not to intrude upon your meeting hours: nor yet say any thing against you; neither lay down contrary doctrines ?Said he, it will be taken as opposition, if you hold any meetings any where at any time here; 80 I parted with him; this being Saturday evening.

Sabbath morning I heard one preach, and then took breakfast with a quaker, who treated me cool enough: I attended their meeting, and then by an impression upon my mind took upwards of an hundred of my handbills, or printed, rules, and went through the town distributing them to the gentry, and heard a preacher at night. The next morning, feeling the want of some money, I attempted to sell my watch, but could find none that would buy it. At length, I went into another watch-maker's who looked at me and said, tell me your cheapest price: I said a guinea, it being not half the value. He asked me what countryman I was; I burst out a crying; he then gave me a breakfast, a guinea, and a shilling. He asked then my religion; and I gave him a pamphlet and paper; and requestod a guide out of town, to which I gave half the guinea ; with orders to carry it to the man who had provided my bed and board,

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