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pointed, since God's seal never left one side of the impression without the other, and either of them being entirely alone, was proved to be a forgery.

Now it so happened, in the good providence of God, that when the time came for them to set sail, everything was favorable, and the weather delightful. It was Friday, and according to the superstitions of many of the coasting vessels and seacraft of their native land, they ought not to have set sail on that day; for there were many who did not scruple at all to work in their own ships, and sail them out of port on the Lord's day, that would not have sailed on Friday on any consideration. However there were orders from the King of the Celestial Country to disregard all such foolish superstitions, but to keep the Sabbath holy; so it being Friday was no reason to them for not sailing, but it being a fine day, they put out to sea with a strong breeze, which carried them speedily some hundreds of miles away from the coast of their native land.

At this they were much elated, for it was a good thing at the beginning to get such an impulse, and they thought they should make the voyage, perhaps, without encountering any of the dangers and difficulties they had heard described, as almost always met with. Added to this, by a mistake in their reckoning, before they had got accustomed to practical navigation, they several days put down in their log-book a much greater advance than they had made in reality, and as all their calculations were based accordingly, this mistake might have been attended with very serious consequences, for it made them remarkably confident and secure. They carried all sail, put on the top-gallant royals and skysails, and even got out their studding-sails, for indeed it was most inviting weather, and a most delightful breeze, and they felt animated to make the most of it, and a beautiful sight it was to see the rig of the vessel, and how grandly she ploughed the deep.




They were to sail past the country of Self-Conceit, and were permitted on no account to enter any of its harbors, or to land anywhere on the coast, or to have any intercourse with the inhabitants, unless some of them should put off in boats, desiring a passage to the Celestial Country. And that country of Self-Conceit was put down in their chart, with a warning against the coast as very dangerous, and there were marks on the chart to signify some dreadful shipwrecks that had there taken place. But owing to that mistake in their reckoning of which I have spoken, they thought themselves much past that region of country, and so, taking no special pains to keep off, although the wind blew towards the shore, they coasted nearer to the shore than would have been prudent, even could they have counted on continued fine weather.

But this they could by no means do in that region, as they soon found to their cost. For it happened that opposite the mouth of one of the rivers, which from that country run into the sea, they were overtaken by a terrible storm, and the wind driving that way, with so little sea room that they were in immi. nent danger of striking, and dared not attempt weathering the point, within which the storm had caught them, they made shift to run up into the river, deeming themselves happy so soon to have got into quiet, smooth, and safe waters. But they knew not where they were, and they had better have kept out at sea and endured the storm, as the event proved. They thought at first they would only anchor there for the night, and when the sea became calm and the sky clear, they would resume their course in the


The next day it cleared off indeed, and the sea was inviting, but notwithstanding that the weather had changed, the wind still blew strong up river, so how could they get out of the harbor, not knowing the channel, and being unable to tack, for want of sea room?

Besides, the banks of the river looked so charming and the whole country, as far up as they could see, promised so much to their curiosity, that they concluded to sail further up, intending to take advantage of the first change of wind, and to put out to sea again. So they weighed anchor, and soon lost sight of the coast and the ocean. And now, as there seemed but little need of studying their chart, since there was no river navigation laid down there, they delivered themselves to their own speculations and imaginings about the new things which they were beginning to behold. They even thought it possible that Divine Providence had turned them into this river, so as to enlarge their sphere of observation and experience, and perhaps open through them a new mine of theological learning, almost a new revelation. For the air of the country began to take effect upon them, and they looked back upon what seemed to them their low views, confined so closely to the lines traced for them in the King's charts, with something like contempt. They thought it became them to hold their minds open to conviction and improvement, let it come in what shape, or from whatever quarter it might.

They went a good way up the country, and what seemed very strange was that the river was broader and deeper high up in the interior; also it grew very winding in its course, and as the compass did not here traverse as they were used to see it, they could now hardly tell, to any certainty, which was East, West, North, or South. And as to the wind,

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