The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
MORAVIAN DIARIES OF TRAVELS THROUGH VIRGINA. Edited by Rev. WILLIAM J. HINKE and CHARLES E. KEMPER. (CONTINUED) DIARY OF THE JOURNEY OF REV. L. SCHNELL AND V. HANDRUP,1 TO MARYLAND2 AND VIRGINIA, MAY 29TH TO AUGUST 4, 1747. July 6th. We were rowed over the Caneketschik3 [Conococheague] and went our way with a happy heart. But it was very hot, so that the perspiration rolled down freely. In the evening we came to the Patomik River, being very tired. We stayed with an Englishman over night. Our poor lodging place reminded us that Jesus had also lain in a stable. July 7th. Early in the morning we crossed the Patomik,4 and then crossed the mountains. At noon we came to the Hot or "Health Springs,"5 where we observed for awhile the many 1 Vitus Handrup arrived in Pennsylvania in December, 1746. In 1748 he was a member of the "Economy" at Bethleheim. Returned again to Europe. See Reincke, Register of Moravians, p. 74. 2 The first part of the journeys of these Moravian missionaries was always the same. From Bethlehem by way of Lebanon, Lancaster, York, Pa., Frederick and Hagerstown, Md., to the Potomac. See Journal of Bishop Spangenberg, Virginia Migazzne, Vol. XI, p. 235. 3 In the Special Report attached to this diary, Mr. Schnell adds the following: "Canekechick" [Conococheague], where many Lutherans and Reformed people live, who have no minister, could also be supplied [from Monocacy], for they are only a day's journey apart. I have been invited, if I should return, to preach for them." 4 It is probable that the missionaries crossed the Potomac at Watkin's Ferry, at the mouth of the Conococheague, where Williamsport is now situated. See Schnell's Diary of 1749 in Virginia Magazine, Vol. XI, p. 130, and his itinerary in the present number, also Schlatter's Journal in Life of Rev. Michael Schiatter, p. 173. 6 Now Berkeley Springs, Morgan county, West Virginia, already "famed " when visited by Washington on March 18, 1748. See Washington's .Journal of My Journey Over the Mountains. 1747-8, Albany, 1892, p. 29.