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Fibereupon she laid a good bed on the floor, and good coverings for me, and there I lodg'd comArtably; and the next morning, when I had breakfasted with the family, and the men-kind were se abroad, as I was about to go to my Indian master, the French woman stept out, and left me alace in her house ; and I then staid her return, to give her thanks for her kindness; and while I suited, came in two men, and one of 'em spoke to me in English, “ I am glad to see you, countrey Femag " This was exceedingly reviving to hear the voice of an Englishman, and upon inquiry I band that he was taken at the North-west Passage ; and the other was a French ordinary-keeper. After some discourse, he ask'd me to go with him to Quebeck, which he told me was about four riles off: I answered, my Indian master might kill me for it when I went back. Then, after some Écourse in French with his fellow-traveller, he said, this French man engag'd that, if I would go with them, he would keep me from returning to the Indians, and I should be ransom'd: and my Frach hostess, being now return'd in a-doors, perswaded me to go with 'em to Quebeck; which I ed, and was convey'd unto the house of the lord-intendant, Monsieur le Tonant, who was chief pige, and the second to the governour; and I was kindly entertain’d by the lady; and had French cigares giren me, with good diet and lodging, and was carry'd thence unto the hospital, where I was pipack'd and blooded, and very courteously provided for. And some time after my Indian master 1nd mistress coming for me, the lady intendant paid a ransom for me, and I became her servant. And, I must speak it to the honour of the French, they were exceeding kind to me at first; even as kad as I could expect to find the English ; so that I wanted nothing for my bodily comfort which they could help me unto.

Here was a great and comfortable change as to my outward in my freedom from my former kuraships and hard-hearted oppressors. But here began a greater snare and trouble to my soul, and clager to my inward man. For the lady my mistress, the nuns, the priests, the friars, and the rest, et upon me with all the strength of argument they could from Scripture, as they interpreted it, 40 gewade me to turn Papist; which they press'd with very much zeal, love, intreaties and promises, i I could turn to 'em ; and with many threatenings, and some times hard usages, because I did not tim to their religion. Yea, sometimes the Papists, because I would not turn to them, threatened szend me to France, and there I should be burn'd, because I would not turn to them. Then was 1 ccmforted from that in 2 Cor. i. 8, 9, 10: “We were prest out of measure above strength, insoszd that we despair'd even of life ; but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should to trust in ourselves, but in God, who raises the dead, who deliver'd us from so great a death, and serà deliver; in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.” I knew God was able to deliver me, sa he did Paul, and as he did the three children out of the fiery furnace; and I believ'd he would En deliver me from them, or fit me for what he call'd me to suffer, for his sake and name. For seir praying to angels, they brought the history of the angel that was sent to the virgin Mary, in a first of Luke. I answered them from Rev. xix. 10, and xxii. 9. They brought Exod. xvii. 11, i Snel's prevailing while Moses held up his hands. I told them we must come to God only by Christ, Joh. vi. 37. 44. For purgatory, they brought Mat. v. 25. I told them, to agree with God Wie bere on earth was, to "agree with our adversary in the way;" and if we did not, we should beas into heil, and should not come out until we “paid the utmost farthing ;” which could never * poid. But it's bootless for me, a poor woman, to acquaint the world with what arguments I Erd, if I could now remember them; and many of them are slipt out of my memory.

I shall proceed to relate what trials I met with in these things. I was put upon it either to stand as the religion I was brought up in, and believ'd in my conscience to be true, or to turn to another, which I believ'd was not right. And I was kept from turning, by that scripture, Mat. x. 32, 33 : * Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven; and whosoever denies me before men, him also will I deny before my Father which is in heaven.” i toeght that if I should deny the truth, and own their religion, I should deny Christ. Yet, upon ar perswasions, I went to see and be present at their worship sometimes ; but never to receive sacrament. And once when I was at their worship, that scripture 2 Cor. vi. 14, to the end, me into my mind: “ What communion hath light with darkness! what concord hath Christ with ya!! what part hath he that believeth with an infidel! and what agreement hath the temple of 15 sith idols ? Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the sedan thing, and I will receive you, and I will be a father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord almighty." This scripture was so strong upon my spirit, that I thought

I was out of my way to be present at the idolatrous worship, and I resolv'd never to come unto i again. But when the tiine drew nigh that I was to go again, I was so restless that night, that could not sleep; thinking what I should say to 'em when they urg'd me to go again, and what should do. And so it was in the morning that a French woman of my acquaintance told me, if would not be of their religion, I did but mock at it, to go to their worship, and bid me tbal, if would not be of their religion, I should go no more. I answer'd her, that "I would not be of bei religion, and I would go no more to their worship :" And accordingly I never went more, and the did not force me to it.

I have had many conflicts in my own spirit, fearing that I was not truly converted unto God i Christ, and that I had no saving interest in Christ. I could not be of a false religion, to please ines for it was against my conscience ; and I was not fit to suffer for the true religion and for Christ for I then feared I had no interest in him. I was neither fit to live nor fit to die ; and brought once to the very pit of despair about what would become of my soul. In this time I had gotirn : English Bible, and other good books, by the help of my fellow captives. I looked over the Sea ture, and settled on the prayer of Jonah, and those words," I said I am cast out of thy sighi, yei w I look again towards thy holy temple.” I resolved I would do as Jonah did: and in the medicatie upon this scripture, the Lord was pleased by his spirit to come into my soul, and to fill me wit ravishing comfort that I cannot express it. Then came to mind the history of the transfiguning & Christ, and Peter's saying, Matth. xvii. 4: “ Lord, it is good for us to be here !" I thought it was good for me to be here ; and I was so full of comfort and joy, I even wish'd I could be so alway and never sleep; or else die in that rapture of joy, and never live to sin any more against the Lor Now I thought God was my God, and my sins were pardoned in Christ; and now I could suff for Christ; yea, die for Christ, or do anye thing for him. My sins had been a burden to me: desired to see all my sins, and to repent of them all with all my heart, and of that sin which ła been especially a burden to me, namely, that I left thc public worship and ordinances of God, go to live in a remote place, without the publick ministry; depriving our selves and our childre of so great a benefit for our souls; and all this for worldly advantagcs. found an heart to repe of them all; and to lay hold of the blood of Christ, to cleanse me from them all.

I found much comfort, while I was among the French, by the opportunities I had sometimes read the Scriptures and other good books, and pray to the Lord in secret; and the conference th some of us captives had together about things of God and prayer together sometimes ; especial with one that was in the same house with me, Margaret Stilson. Then was the word of G precious to us, and they “ that feared the Lord, spake one to another of it," as we had opportunit And Col. Tyng and Mr. Alden, as they were permitted, did speak to us to conform and strength us in the ways of the Lord. At length the French debarr'd our coming together for religious cu ference or other duties: And word was sent us by Mr. Alden, that“ this was one kind of persecut that we must suffer for Christ.”

These are some of the scriptures which have been my support and comfort in the affliction of 1 captivity among the Papists. That in Ezek. xvi. 6—8, I apply'd unto myself, and I desired "enter into covenant with God," and to be his ; and I prayed to the Lord, and hoped the Lord wo return me to my countrey again, that I might “enter into covenant” with him, among his proj and enjoy communion with him in his churches and public ordinances. Which prayers the Li hath now heard, and graciously answer'd; praised be his name! The Lord enable me to i suitably to his mercy, and to those public and precious privileges which I now enjoy! Sa ! in Ezek. xi. 16, 17, was a great comfort unto me in my captivity: “ Although I have cast them off among the heathen, yet will I be a little sanctuary to them : -I will gather you from people, -where you have been scattered." I found that God was a little sanctuary to me thi and hoped that the Lord would bring me unto the countrey from whence I had been scatter And the Lord hath heard the prayer of the destitute, and not despis'd my prayer, but granted the desire of my soul, in bringing me to his house, and my relations again. I often thought on history of the man born blind; of whom Christ, when his disciples asked, “whether this man ! sinned, or his parents?" answered, “neither this man nor his parents; but this was, that the wo of God might be manifest in him.” So, tho' I had desired all this, yet I knew not but one rea: of God's bringing all these afflictions and miseries upon me, and then enabling me to bear the was, “ that the works of God might be made manifest.” And in my great distress I was revived

that in Psal. cxviii. 17, 18: “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord: The Lord hath chastened me sore, but he hath not given me over to death.” I had very often a secret perswasion, that I should " live to declare the works of the Lord.” And 2 Chron. vi. 36, 37, 38, 39, was a precious scripture to me in the day of evil. We have read over, and prayed over this scripture together, and talk'd together of this scripture, Margaret and I; how the Lord had promis’d, though they were scattered for their sins, yet there should be a return, if they did bethink themselves, and turn, and pray. So we did bethink our selves in the land where we were carried captive, did return, did pray, and endeavour to “return to God with all our hearts.” And as they were to "pray towards the temple,” I took it that I should pray towards Christ; and accordingly did so, and hoped the Lord would hear, and he hath heard from heaven, his dwelling place, my prayer and supplication, and maintained my cause, and not rejected me, but returned me. And Oh! how affectionate was my reading of the 84th Psalm in this condition.

The means of my deliverance were by reason of letters that had passed between the governments of New-England and of Canada. Mr. Cary was sent with a vessel to fetch captives from Quebec, and when he came, I, among others, with my youngest son, had our liberty to come away; and by God's blessing upon us we arrived in safety at Boston, in Noveinber, 1695, our desired haven. And I desire to praise the “ Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to me.” Yet still I have left behind two children; a daughter of twenty years old, at Mont Royal, whom I had not seen in two years before I came away; and a son of nineteen years old, whom I never saw since we parted, the next morning after we were taken. I earnestly request the prayers of my Christian friends that the Lord will deliver them.

" What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits ?



The remarkable effects of thunder have been memorable subjects, upon which the pens of historians in all ages have been employed. And indeed, though the natural causes of the thunder are known unto us, yet there are those notable voices of the almighty God, often sensible in the directing thereof, which it becomes good men to observe with devout resentments.

'Tis very likely, that the evil angels may have a particular energy and employment, oftentimes in the mischiefs done by the thunder. When we read concerning the "fire of God” falling on some of Job's possessions, our Caryl says upon it, "The 'fire of God' here is conceived to have been some terrible flash of lightning; and it is the more probable, because it is said to fall from heaven; that is, out of the air. There Satan can do mighty things, command much of the magazine of heaven, where that dreadful artillery, which makes men tremble, those fiery meteors, thunder and lightning, are stor'd and lodg’d. Satan, let loose by God, can do wonders in the air: he can raise storms, he can discharge the great ordnance of heaven, thunder and lightning; and by his art can make them more terrible and dreadful, than they are in their own nature.” 'Tis no heresie or

The thunderer,

blasphemy to think that “the prince of the power of the air” bath as gord skill in chymistry as goes to the making of Aurum Fulminans.* But this concession does the more powerfully bespeak our acknowledgment of the great God, the high thunderer, who limits those destroyers from all mis. applications of his thunder-bolts, and who hath good angels, as well as evil ones, to be the executioners of his judgments in his thunders, and who will have none but his own designs accomplished by the thunders, wherein the clouds do proclaim his immortal strength.

New-England hath been a countrey signalized with mischiefs done by thunders, as much as perhaps most in the world. If things that are smitten by lightning were to be esteemed sacred, this were a sacred country. Rarely a summer passes, without some strokes from the thunders, on the persons, or houses, or cattel of our people.

To enumerate the instances of damages done by thunders in this landhouses fired, cattel slain, trees pull'd a-pieces, rocks pulverized, bricks vitrify'd, and ships mortify'd-would be to fill a volume.

Several persons have been killed by the thunders; the lightnings have strangely licked up their animal spirits, and left them dead upon the spot. The punishment of burning, used sometimes among the Jews of old, some think was inflicted by pouring hot lead into the mouths of the criminals

. This punishment was called Combustio Animæ,t and used in imitation of God's destroying men with lightning, whereby the inward parts are burnt, while the outward are not hurt. A Combustio Animce by the lightning hath killed many of our people. Some of these have had the just repu. tation of godly persons, who yet have died the same way that the learned Zunger supposes the Sodomites and Corah's conspirators to have perished, as well as Nadab and Abihu, and the semi-centurions that affronted the prophet Elias.

In confutation of an opinion mentioned by Plutarch, that men asleep are never stricken with lightning, some among us have been killed by the thunder when fast asleep, and had that epitaph,

Triste jaces lucis Evitandumque Bidental. I

All that I shall add, is this: It hath been seen that "thunders oftener fall upon houses of God, than upon any other houses;" New-England can say so.

Our meeting-houses, and our ministers' houses have had a singular share in the strokes of thunders.

Now, because there was in it somewhat remarkable and entertaining, I shall supersede all further accounts of our thunders, by annexing soine notes of a sermon preached by one among us, at the very

instant when the thunders were falling upon his own house, with some singular circumstances. • Fulminating gold.

+ Burning out of the life. Thou liest in the grove, a blasted thing.- Pers. Sat. II. 27.



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Fulminis Horribili cum plagâ torrida tellus
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ADVERTISEMENT. The author of the ensuing meditations, is willing to have nothing further known either of his or of them, save this, that being at prayer before a sermon in an assembly of Christers, the sudden rise of a thunder-storm was the occasion of his feeling a strong impression up his mind unto this purpose : "Lay aside what you had prepared for this auditory; speak to them in the voice of the glorious God in the thunder; you shall not want assistwees." He could not withstand this impression, but ventured upon an extemporaneous cong zapletion of the thunder. Now, the thing which made this digression remarkable was, that z the very same instant when he was thus driven to this theme, the thunder was directed by the God of heaven to fall with very leuring, tho' no killing effects upon his own house. Te kearers, I suppose, found a sensible edge given to these meditations, by the wondrous ting of them; and although, no doubt, the author would have digested them with more Xtness, had they not been altogether like the accidents that produced them, sudden; yet bese noles taken of them, are perhaps not so utterly undigested as to be wholly useless to a well-dispos'd reader.

The thunder being a thing that often entertains us, it was thought that it would be no dissrike unto the church of God, if a few such reflections were offer'd unto the publick for tho ertainment of the serious, when

Ipse pater mediâ Nimborum in nocte, corusca,
Fulmina molitur dextrâ, quo mazima motu
Terra tremit, fugere feræ, et mortalia corda
Per gentes humilis stravit pavor. 1-

MEDITATIONS UPON, THUNDER.—UTTERED SEPTEMBER 12, 1694. OBSERVING that, by the thunder-storm just now begun, you are many

of ra thrown into a consternation, which perhaps may indispose you to mind say thing but the thunder, I shall altogether lay aside the meditations wherewith I came hither purposing to entertain you; and I shall, with the sve and help of our God, who is now speaking, treat you with some siden meditations upon the thunder it self.

Christians, you shall now go along with me unto the 29th Psalm, in the * Tae Sacred Lessons of the Thunder.

From the dark store-house of the midnight cloud
Where will you find the man who does not feel He burls His gleaming bolis and thunders loud;
A chili of terror o'er his members steal,

Earth shakes and groans; the startled beasts have fled; When the seathed earth is made to reel and rock,

And countless human hearts beat wild with dread. And bearen is shaken with the thunder's shock ?

Virgil, Georgics, I. v. 3:29.

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