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Sunday, April 21.
Towards the Evening, it Thunder'd, with hard Rain, which about ten o'clock grew very vehement, and continued a long time. We and the Saltzburgers were very much incommoded by the Rain, that pierced thro' the Hut; however it did none of us any Harm.
Monday, April 22.
The Weather clearing up, the People began to pack up their Baggage, to carry it to Ebenezer. We all are glad, that G os at last will help us out of our present inconvenient Circumstances at Abercorn, into our Solitude, where we can serve him, and do our Business without hindrance. The Name of our Temporal Country, puts us in Mind of God's Blessings, and incites us to praise Him as often as we hear it named. We find in the Woods Spinage, Onions, Hyssop, and other useful Herbs, of which we do not know the JNames, but are very good lor the Pot, or Sallad. At leisure time, we shall apply our selves, together with our Physician Mr. Ztvejlcr, who is a good Botanist, to examine the Herbs, and communicate the Knowledge of them to others.
The Commissary being desirous to forward the Spiritual as well as the Temporal Welfare of the People, and being better qualified to instruct the * French, because he understands their Language, made this Afternoon, a Trial of his Talents, iu a most pathetick Exhortation to a Christian Behaviour; which he performed to Admiration.
Tuesday, April 23.
Here are Bees, and great Quantities of Honey, in the Woods, which has as agreeable a Taste as that made in Germany; and the Saltzburgers will make Hives, and gather the Bees. Here is also abundance of Fish, Fowl, and Venison. Wednesday, April24.
God hath moved the Hearts of our Benefactors, who have made a Present to our Saltzburgers of 30 Cows, and will send them free hither; 12 of them arrived here last Night; God be praised for this Benefaction. The Way to Ebenezer is grown deep, by the hard Rain; which makes it troublesome for the poor People, to carry their Baggage and Provision thither. Having as yet no Waggons, our People make use of a Sledge, till a Waggon is made; but it will cut very deep in the Ground, and be tiresome, especially, because the Horses that are sent us, are lean, and not used to draw. A Saltzburger, named Mittensteiner, who rode into the Woods, is not yet come back; he being simple, we fear he is lost; several Men, who know the Woods, are sent to find him; A Cannon hath likewise been discharged four times for his Direction, but he hath not been seen again yet. God seek this lost Sheep, and hear our Prayers for him. He is a good Christian, and a good Workman.
* Theru aro tome French Families settled at Abercorn.
Thursday, April 25.
We edified our selves out of Exodus 19'h, and 20,hI and the 18,h Psalm.
Friday, April 26.
The Horse which Mittensteiner rode into the Wood, came back this Afternoon, without his Rider; the Horse would have brought him back, if he had given him the Bridle. Gon have Mercy upon him, and grant that this Example may make others . more circumspect. The Horse coming back without his Bridle, and the Man being not used to ride, and very simple, makes us fear he is killed with a Fall from the Horse. Sunday, April 28.
Part of the Saltzburgers being in Ebenezer, and part of them in Abercorn; one of us performs the Service in Ebenezer, the other in Abercorn. God hath not yet heard our Prayers, which we have made in Publick and Private, for the lost Mittensleiner, we having had no News of him yet. The Lord's Will be done.
Tuesday, April 30.
All this Afternoon, we have had a warm and fruitful Rain. Wednesday, May 1.
The Carriage of our Baggage and Provision goes on very slow, and troublesome, because of the Rain, and deep Road. Thursday, May 2.
Some Days ago, an Indian Man, with his Wife and Children, arrived here in a little Boat, not far from Abercorn; and because we had shewed him some Kindness, he brought us this Morning a Deer, part of which we gave to our Saltzburgers that are here, and other People; and he came again towards Evening, and brought us half another Deer. Friday, May 3.
To-day arrived a Sloop from Savannah, which brought us ten great Casks of all sorts of Seeds: for our Saltzburgers to sow their Fields and Gardens with. God be praised for this Blessing.
Saturday, May 4.
T O-d A Y arrived the Cows and young Calves lately promised
to our Saltzburgers. The Cattle are very wild; so that it is
• troublesome troublesome to bring them to Ebenezer, because they are used to run about Night and Day in the Woods.
Ebenezer, Tuesday, May 7.
M R. Oglethorpe, who on account of some Business of Importance was not gone from Charles-toivn, sent a Letter to the Commissary, assuring him of all Care and Affection towards the Saltzburgers; and that besides the Cattle they had received already, He had ordered Hogs, Turkies, Geese, Ducks and Fowl, to be delivered to the Saltzburgers, as a Gift from the Trustees, and that the Magistrates of Savannah would send us, whatever We, the Ministers and the Commissary, should think needful for the Saltzburgers. To-day I had the Happiness of seeing Ebenezer; having been detained, on account of three sick People, in Abercorn, Mr. Gronau being in Ebenezer. The good People are already much advanced in Tilling the Ground; and to the End that they may advance better, two and two work together, to assist one another. The Place they have chosen to build on, is very pleasant and fruitful. They had liberty to choose a Place where they pleased. Wednesday, May 8.
The People in Abercorn, as well as in Ebenezer, are troubled with Loosnesses. It is thought, that drinking too much in hot Weather, is the Reason of it. They are too bashful to tell it in the Beginning, when the Evil might be prevented. Some have had great Benefit by our Physick. We assist them in their Sickness: we wish we were able to serve them more. The River-Water will not agree with us nor the Saltzburgers; it being full of Trees and Leaves: wherefore we intended to dig a Well; hut Providence ordered it so, that we found a Brook, which rises out of a little Hill, and hath good and wholesome Water, and saves us that trouble. This put us in mind of the Words, Before they call, I will answer. Thursday, May 9.
A Tabernacle is to be made of Boards, till a Church can be built.
Friday, May 10.
The many Benefactions Spiritual and Temporal, which we have received, and daily do receive from our kind and charitable Benefactors, oblige us to give God Thanks on a particular Day; for which purpose we have chosen next Monday. Saturday, May 11.
God sent us this Day a very fruitful Rain for the Benefit of the Fields of the Saltzburgers, who work diligently. They are strengthned in their Belief, seeing they have not been mistaken taken in their Hopes; that they should not want for Rain: tho' some People would prophesy the rainy Time was already past, and the Saltzburgers had done ill in sowing their Seed in a sandy Ground.
Monday, May 13. This Day was by the Consent of the Congregation, appointed for a Holy-day of Thanksgiving; on which our People met twice in remembrance of G o D's Blessings, and praised him for them in publick. In the Forenoon's Sermon, were explained the Words of the travelling Jacob, which during our Voyage, and here in Ebenezer, have been very comfortable to us, out of Gen. xxxii. 10. and thereby shewn, (1.) The Blessings God hitherto had shewn us; (2.) Our Duty, according to the Example of Jacob. Instead of an Introduction, we used the 107th Psalm, out of which we shewed our former Circumstances, and present Duty, which God also hath blessed. In the Afternoon, we intended to explain the Words 2 Cor. v. 9, 10. but it could not be done, because the Commissary, who was to go away next Day, would take his Leave of the Saltzburgers, and give them some good Advice before his Departure; which was very moving on both sides, and caused many Tears. God bless the good Man, and send him the Fruits of our earnest Prayers, and of all his Labour of Love and Faithfulness to us.
TF any Persons, moved with the Calamity of these our perse.*■ cuted Protestant Brethren, shall be inclined to contribute towards their Relief, and will please to send their Benefactions to
The Reverend Mr. Achdeacon Denne, Rector of Lambeth;
James Vernon, Esq; in Grosvenor-street;
and Preacher in the German Chapel at St. James's) at his
House in Kensington-Square.
These Gentlemen will take effectual Care that the Sums of Money remitted to them, shall be faithfully distributed in the most adviseable Manner, for the Relief and Benefit of these distressed Protestants.