13 of the 5 month 1818. We have had a very cold winter and but very little snow. The winter grain very in many places was much killed and froze out and very cold backward spring yet now a very wet time and several heavy thunder showers. The fruit trees in full bloom, all sorts as white as snow, seldom ever the like seen of the abundance of blossoms.
13  This fifth day [Thursday] went to our meeting. Very poor. Ready to say woe is me that I dwell in Mesech and sojourn in the tents of Kedar [Psalms 120:5]. Great heights and in great depths and great heats in great cold as John Richardson remarks. Our meeting rather small (yet not the poorest). Some things presented to my view which, as John Parrish, said I thought too good to be lost: viz I have long believed there was a blessed happy safe state attainable in silent meditation in communion with our own hearts and with our maker and I thought great cause I had so to believe because I think is has been evidently confirmed in the lives and conduct of thousands of the faithful in ages past and down to these days. Yea in countless numbers: in the faith and conscience of Noah, Job, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Yea, throughout all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles and faithful martyrs. [John] Hoyland says the righteous need not fear the crush of world and Seneca says if the earth should open under them and show them all the secrets of the infernal pit they would look down upon it without dismay fear not them that kill the body said the divine master and indeed it appears clear they did not when the most dismal cruel deaths was threatened them. Is this not a blessed happy safe state, because if it should be their lot to be suddenly taken away as many are, all would be well with they and they landed safe where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest [Job 3:17]. Simple as it appears to very many