Roberts Liardon tells us that Fox spent two years traveling on horseback throughout Maryland and portions of New England. He wrote in his journal that two Indian guides led them through the dense wilderness. Then he told a story. Once, a straggling Native American came to him and, after awhile, began to grope at him and touch him, saying that Fox was good blood. Knowing that some of the tribes were rumored to be cannibals, Fox wasn’t sure of the man’s intentions with him, although he felt the peace of God. Finally, after the man continued to probe Fox as though he was looking for something to eat, Fox lifted his hand up to heaven, then back down to earth. Getting the immediate attention of the Native American, Fox then told him that, if he touched Fox, the Great Spirit would burn him. With that, the probing Native American went away!
Fox’s journal is filled with detailed writings concerning the Native Americans, complimenting them on how receptive they were to his message. He commented how some of the Native Americans told him that the Quaker religion was the best they had heard. Fox noticed that some of the tribes already acted like the Friends, so his message only confirmed what they knew to be truth.
He found Rhode Island to be a “heretic’s haven.” It did him good, however, to discover that many high officials, and some that had left office, were all Quakers. The magistrates there were so impressed with Fox that they discussed among themselves if they had enough money to hire him as their minister or not. When Fox heard of it, he said, “It is time for me to be gone; for if their eye is so much on me, or any of us, they will not come to their own Teacher.”
Roberts Liardon tells us that after a brief stay in Rhode Island, he turned and headed south again, omitting a visit to Massachusetts; however, he did send another representative to tour the region on his behalf. He sent a letter to the governor of Connecticut in hopes that he would not further persecute the Quakers there.
Boarding an open boat for Long Island, Fox was met by the refugee Quakers in the area and a large host of Indians. After holding the large meeting, some Native Americans approached Fox, telling him that some of their race had adopted the religion of the New Englanders but, in doing so, were worse off than before. They believed that Quakerism was a true way, but they feared to convert, afraid that the other professors would hang them.