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cording to the best of their knowledge. They were very glad and grateful for my visit and would have liked to keep me over night. During the afternoon I was alone in the woods. When I returned home, there were two men from "Manakasy," Ambrosius and Jacob Matthaes, who wished to see and hear me. On March 13-24, I preached in German, in the forenoon and in the afternoon, at Jonathan Haeger's. So many people were present that the room was not large enough for them. The Lamb blessed my words visibly to all who were present. I testified with an open and full heart of Jesus' blood and the grace contained therein. Many English people were present, whlo had heard that I would preach English and had traveled from seven to eight miles to hear me, but I told them that I had heard that their regular county nminister would preach for them to-day and I did not desire to interfere with his meeting by my own. After the services Capt. Prathor sent his son to take me to his house. I took leave of my host, Jonathan Haeger, who wept and was very sorry that I had to leave him. Ambrosius was also unable to say much because of his enmotion. Thus I left the place and in the evening came to Capt. Prathor, where I met the Sheriff, Mr. Dikson and Mr. Chaplain. They received me very kindly and would have liked to discuss some things witlh me, but as I did not feel able to do so, I refrained from conversation. I showed them also the Act of Parliament, which had been passed in favor of the Brethren.23 They thought, however, it would not benefit me much in Virginia, and pitied me because I would not get through [Virginia]. I told them that I would try. On March 14-25, Mr. Prathor accompanied me ten miles, conducting me to the right road over the mountains so that I 23 The Act of Parliamenit recognizing the Moravians, together with all the papers submitted to Parlianment, is printed in Report from the Committee to whom the Petition of the Deputies of the United Moravian Churches in Behalf of themselves and thieir Uniited Brethren was referred. London, 1749. A copy of this rare folio is in the library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. For the history of this legislation see Prof. Hamilton's History of the Church Known as the Moravian Church. Bethlehem, 1900, p. 135f.