The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
We passed no house for twelve miles. We stayed over night with a man named Henry Brümeter. * These people related their wonderful escape from a recent flood. The wife had climbed alone upon the barn which was carried away by the river. On November 3rd, we met accidentally John Becker,† of Menising [Minnisinks] who had run away from there, and by way of "Schomokin" [Shamokin] had come to the South Branch. We reminded him of what he had heard of the Lamb. He told us his inward and outward need. Finally we came to the house of Matthias Joachim. The man himself was not at home, but the mother with her children received us very kindly. After a while the mother said: "My dear people, we hear much evil of you. Again a book has reached us in which many bad things are told about you." But the son said: "Let that be; we have never heard anything wrong from these people in their sermons. They are all right, etc." We stayed there over night. November 4th, we observed the Sabbath in quietness. We bled each other. On Sunday, November 5th, I preached in Joachim's house, on the text: "The Son of Man is not come to destroy but to save the souls of men." [Luke, 9:56.] A considerable number of people were present, and as there were some English people who asked me to preach to them in English, I repeated briefly parts of the German sermon. Some few of the Germans expressed their gratitude, at the same time they lamented their poor religious condition on the South Branch, not having heard for three years any other sermons than those preached by the * This was doubtless Henry Van Meter, son of Isaac Van Meter and Hannah Wynkoop, his wife. The Van Meters removed from Ulster county, New York, to Salem, New Jersev, and then, subsequent to 1741, to the South Branch of the Potomac. John and Isaac Van Meter were the grantees, in 1730, of forty thousand acres of land within the present counties of Frederick and Jefferson, which they conveyed in 1732 to Joist Hite. For an extended notice of the Van Meters. see January number, 1903, of the West Virginia Historical Magazine, pp. 45-55. † John Baker was a member of the Moravian congregation at Dansburg. See Rerisler of Moravians, p. 132.