also awaited him there, in that quaint old gathering place of simple worshippers.
When he parted from his dear cousin, Joseph Whitall
, they were both young men of good moral characters, but not seriously thoughtful concerning religion.
Years elapsed, and each knew not whither the other was travelling in spiritual experiences.
But one day, when Isaac went to meeting as usual, and was tying his horse in the shed, a young man in the plain costume of the Friends came to tie his horse also.
A glance showed that it was Joseph Whitall
, the companion of his boyhood and youth.
For an instant, they stood surprised and silent, looking at each other's dress; for until then neither of them was aware that the other had become a Quaker.
Tears started to their eyes, and they embraced each other.
They had long and precious interviews afterward, in which they talked over the circumstances that had inclined them to reflect on serious subjects, and the reasons which induced them to consider the Society of Friends as the best existing representative of Christianity.
The gravity of their characters at this period, may be inferred from the following letter, written in 1794: