world, as the Quaker
preacher had predicted at her funeral.
I often heard Friend Hopper
relate this anecdote, and he always said that he could vouch for the truth of it; and for several other similar things in connection with the ministry of his friend Arthur
A singular case of inward perception likewise occurred in the experience of his own mother.
In her Diary, which is still preserved in the family, she describes a visit to some of her children in Philadelphia
, and adds: ‘Soon after this, the Lord
showed me that I should lose a son. It was often told me, though without sound of words.
Nothing could be more intelligible than this still, small voice.
It said, Thou wilt lose a son; and he is a pleasant child.’
Her son James resided with relatives in Philadelphia
, and often went to bathe in the Delaware
On one of these occasions, soon after his mother's visit, a friend who went with him sank in the water, and James lost his own life by efforts to save him. A messenger was sent to inform his parents, who lived at the distance of eight miles. While he staid in the house, reluctant to do his mournful errand, the mother was siezed with sudden dread, and heard the inward voice saying, ‘James
She said abruptly to the messenger, ‘Thou hast come to tell me that my son James is drowned.
Oh, how ’