with all the money I could raise, cleared all that she owed, and
I never did any thing with a better will in all my life, because
I firmly believed that we should be very happy together, and
so it proved, for she was given me from the Lord. And I have
found her a blessed partner, and we have never repented, tho'
we have gone through manv great troubles and difficulties.
My wife got a very good living at weaving, and could do
extremely well; butjustatthat time there was great disturb¬
ance among the weavers: so that I was afraid to let my wife
work, lest they should insist on my being one of the rioters,
which I could not think of, and, possibly, if I had refused to
do so, they would have knocked me in the head. So that by
these means my wife could get no employ, peither had I work
enough to maintain my family. We had not yet been mar¬
ried a year before all these misfortunes overtook us.
Just at this time a gentleman, that seemed much concerned
for us, advised us to go into Essex with him, and promised
to get me employed. I accepted his kind proposal, anthhe
spoke to a friend of his, a quakcr, a gentleman of large for¬
tune, who resided a little way out of the town of Colchester, his
name was Handbarar; he ordered his steward to set me to work.
There were several employed in the same way with my¬
self. I was very thankful and contented though my wages
were but small. I was allowed but eightpence a day and
found myself; but after I had been in this situation far a
fortnight, my master, being told that a black was at work for
him, had an inclination to see me. He was pleased to talk
with me for some time, and at last inquired what wages I had ;
when I told him, he declared it was too little, and immediately
ordered his steward to let me have eighteen-pence a day,
which he constantly gave me after; then I did extremely well.
I did not bring my wife with me : I came first alone, and
it was my design, if things answered according to our wishes,
to send for her, I was now thinking to desire her to come
to me, when I received a letter to inform me that she was
just brought to bed, and in want of many necessaries. This
news was a great trial to me, and a fresh affliction: but
my God, faithful and abundant in mercy, forsook me not in
this trouble. As I could not read English, I was obliged to
apply to some person to read the letter I received, relative
to my wife. I was directed by the good providence of God,
to a worthy young gentleman, a quaker, and friend of my
master. 1 desired he would take the trouble to read my
letter for me, which he readily complied with, and wa1?