The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
town [Wilmington].* We delivered the letter which Bro. Evans of Philaderphia had given to us for his friends. They recommended to us a good inn, and asked us to take dinner with them on the next day. Early Sunday morning we went to the friend of Evans, Thomas Hedge. As no minister was there and as no church was held (all the people are English) many of the town's people came to-gether to hear the news from Pennsylvania, because most of them have come from there. But they were very frivolous and full of fun, so that I concluded to leave after dinner. Mr. Hedge conducted us to the right way and indicated a plantation which we could still reach to-day. The owner's name is Brown. He received us very willingly. During thre night and the whole of the next day so much snow fell that none in Carolina could remember the like. It compelled us to remain in doors all day. But the man took no pay from us. He is a churchman and opposed to Whitefield, because he had asserted that certain people would be lost. On December 17th, we had to travel eight miles through snow and ice. We were taken across "Cape fare" [Cape Fear] River, which is three miles wide, for fifteen shillings of Carolina money—i. e., one shilling and six pence sterling. We remained over night in the town of "Brownschweig" [Brunswick], across the river. As we could get no bread we ate potatoes. On December 18th, we traveled twenty miles through water and snow, and through a swamp fifteen miles long, the mud reaching over our shoes. As my companion was very tired, I carried his bundle and encouraged him through words. We stayed over night in an English inn. On December 19th, we passed early over "Lakwood's Folly" [River], and three hours later over the "Schalloth" [Shallotte] River.† Afterwards we traveled ten miles through * This was Wilmington, N. C. The fact that nearly all of its inhabitants came from Pennsylvania seems to have escaped the notice of most historians of that State. † Both Lakwood's Folly River and Shallotte River are in Brunswick county, N. C.