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to be prepared for our last and great change, that wheti this earthly tabernacle shall be dissolved, we may have an habitation with the Lord, a building not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, and that it might be thus, the Lord hath shewed thee, Oh! man, what is good, viz. To do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God. I do not expect but that this will be the last night I shall have in this world, and I desire it may be remwm. bered, as the words of a dying man, which came to pass, for he died the next day. Oh! that we may labour to be clothed upon with our house that is from heaven, so that when the finishing hour comes we may have nothing to do but to die. About one or two o'clock, the next mom. ing, he began to change, and desired to see me; I came to him, and found him very sensible, but expected his end quickly to approach; he saying, he was waiting for his change. My son-in-law, Samuel Thornton, being with me, and we sitting by the bedside, with his nurse, his housekeeper, and his man, about the fourth hour in the morning, he prayed fervently after this manner ;Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast pre. pared before the face of all people, thou hast given thy Son, a light to enlighten the gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel ; and now, Lord be with thy people and servants, and preserve my near and dear relations, and keep them from the snares and temptations of the enemy, that in thy truth they may fear thy great name.
After a little time of silence, he desired me to remember his dear love, in the life of Christ Jesus, to my dear brother, Thomas Chalkley, in Pennsylvania, and to all my old friends and acquaintance. About the 11th hour in the morning he inquired how the tide was, which no body present could exactly tell; some time after he asked again; his man then went out to see, returning, he told him, it would be high water about 3 o'clock in the afternoon; he then lay still a while, and after some pause spoke cheerfully out aloud, so that all in the room might hear him, I shall go off about five ; his man said, master, how dost know? To which he answered, Know, I do not know, but I believe it. After this the apothecary, one of his neighbours, among whom he was well belov. ed, about noon came to see him, and asked him how he was? Father answered, that for three or four hours in the night he thought he should have gone. Why, said he, sir, it will be no surprise to you, I hope. No, no, said my father, very cheerfully. - He taking leave of father, said, the Lord be with you. To whom father answered, and with thee also. The doctor having ordered him a comfortable cordial to drink, he drank it willingly, and then said, I do not think to drink any more in this world ; but I hope I shall drink plentifully of the river of life : then drawing near his end, finding his strength fail, there being a cord by his order at the bed's feet, he raising himself up thereby as long as he had any strength left in his hands, and when his hands and shoulders failed, and his head, when last lifted up, he spoke very low and faultering, yet so as I could understand, and said, now I am going, and about an hour after, laying all the while without sigh or groan, departed this life, as in a slumber, in sweet peace, according as he had foretold, just as the clock struck five, in a perfect enjoyment of that legacy our Saviour left his followers; “ My peace
My peace I leave with you,” &c. leaving us, of the succeeding generation, a good example to follow ; who, as he lived, so he died, like a lamb, in the 84th year of his age, the 7th day of the first month, 1725-6.
To which account I shall add the following short testimony concerning my dear and greatly beloved father, George Chalkley, viz.
“I have a great deal in my heart, more than I can write concerning my dear father's life, it having been a wonderful life to me from my youth up; his early care of me, and counsel to me, when I was too thoughtless and wild, melts me into tears now in the remembrance of it; and my tender mother was a partner with him in the
same exercise, and she died in like peace. The last words I heard her speak were, I long to be dissolved. And as to my tender father, I would record a little briefly in memory of him, that he was,
1st. A true and faithful servant of Christ.
2d. A tender and affectionate husband : I lived at home with my parents about twenty years, and I never heard, that I remember, an angry expression between them, only once something had troubled them, and they both wept, my father saying, I have been an indulgent husband unto thee, and my mother answered, I have not been one of the worst of wives to thee; which were the harshest words, and the greatest difference that I observed between them; for their life was a life of peace and love, and they were an excellent example to us their children. Oh! may we follow them therein to the end!
3d. He had a fatherly care for his children, in tender prayers for us, and in good advice to us, and in giving us le arning according to his ability, and teaching us, by hiss example, as well as precept, industry, humility, and the true religion of our blessed Saviour, endeavouring to plant it in us betimes, and to destroy the evil root of sin in us, while young.
4th. I was his servant, as well as his son, and I can truly say, his service was delightful, and his company pleasing and profitable to me; and he was also beloved much by his other servants.
5th. He was universally beloved by his neighbours, and I do not remember any difference between him and them, in the many years I lived with him ; but all was peace and love.
6th. He was very loving to his relations, and true to, his friends, and a hearty well wisher and lover of his king and country.
Our general meeting at Frankfort, the 30th of fourth month, was large, our friend William Pigot, from London, being there, in the course of his visit to friends in
America, and had close work and good service in this meeting.
In the fifth month; 1726, I visited the meetings of friends at Philadelphia, Germantown, Bybury, and Frankfort, I had very comfortable satisfaction: my testimony was pretty sharp sometimes to transgressors, and therefore some of them hate me, as the Jews did my great Master : because I was concerned to testify, that their deeds were evil, and to excite my friends to manifest a christian zeal, by openly denying ungodly men, while they continue in their ungodly works; but when they be. come truly penitent, and reform their lives, the arms of Christ, and his church, will be open to receive them.
Being under some melancholy thoughts, because some persons, for whom I wished well, and to whom I had been of service, were so envious and malicious as to tell false stories of me, tending to defame me; as I was riding to our meeting, it opened with satisfaction to my mind, the more my enemies hate me, the more I will love, if that can be ; and I had hearty desires to come up in the practice of this resolution; and I then thought I should come up with them all, for if a man loves and prays for his enemies, if they are gained, he is instrumental to their good, and so hath cause of rejoicing; and if they are not gained, he heaps coals of fire upon their heads ; so that every true christian, by keeping under the cross of Christ, and in the practice of his doctrine, gets the better of his enemies,
In the beginning of the sixth month, I was at the burial of Robert Fletcher, a worthy man, and one universally beloved by all sorts of people, as far as ever I heard ; there was a large meeting at his funeral, wherein several testimonies, suitable to the occasion, were borne: some of his last words were mentioned, which were, that he had lived according to the measure of grace given him. And the doctrine of the resurrection was maintained ac. cording to the scripture, and the people were exhorted to prepare for their final change. The death of this friend was a loss to the country, to our society, and to his neighbours, as well as to his family and friends.
After meeting, I travelled towards Uwchland, had a meeting there on first day, and on second day another meeting at Lewis Walker's, and on third day was at the general meeting at Haverford : Friends were exhorted to dwell in the love of God, one towards another ; for if they lost their love they would lose their religion, their peace, and their God; for “ God is love, and those that dwell in God, dwell in love."
My neighbour, Daniel Worthington, accompanied me in this rough travel, some part of the way being hilly, and Very stony and bushy, and the weather wet. We had four meetings, and rude about fourscore miles; and though I liad travelled much in this province, I had never been at some of those places before : but a few nights before I set out, I had a plain prospect of them in a dream, or night vision, as I saw them afterwards, which I thought somewhat remarkable.
The people inhabiting this province are now become numerous, and make many settlements in the woods, more than I have observed in my travels in any of the British plantations; and there hath long been a desire in my mind that they might prosper in the work of true and thorough reformation; and a godly fear and concem being upon me, I have sometimes put them in mind of the state of this land, when their fathers first came and settled in it; and to caution them of growing careless, and forgetting the Lord, lest he should forsake them, and turn their now“ fruitful fields into a barren wilderness," as this was so lately ; which it is easy with him to do, if he pleases, for the sins of the people.
After my return home, I visited many meetings, as, Abington (youths' meeting), Philadelphia, and Chester. At Chester I was concerned to direct the people to that power in themselves, which is the life of religion, and to be careful not to rest in the best forms without it ; for if we had only the form of godliness, and had not the life and power of it, it might be as reasonable for people to turn away from us, as it was for our forefathers to turn away from other societies.