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A Continuation Of the Reverend Mr. Whitefield's JOURNAL From his leaving NEW-ENGLAND, October 1740. To his Arrival at Falmouth in ENGLAND.

BOSTON, Printed by G. Rogers, for J. Edwards and S. Eliot in Cornhill. 1741.

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A CONTINUATION OF Mr. Whitefield's JOURNAL.

Rye in New-York Province.

BEING kindly invited by a Minister of the Church of England, after Dinner I went to Rye, about eleven Miles from Stanford. I read Prayers and preached to a small Congregation. Was civilly entertained by the Minister, and then rode ten Miles further to East-Chester. Here I spent an agreeable Evening with my dear Companions in Travel, God filled me out of his own divine Fulness, and made me to drink of his Pleasures as out of a River. I think I know what our Lord means when he promises, He that believeth on me, out of his Belly shall flow Rivers of living Waters. Lord, evermore give me this Water.

King's-Bridge & New-York.

Thursday October 30. Preached in the Morning to about 300 People, and observed a sweet Melt­ing [Page 4]amongst them. Dined and rode six Miles to King's-Bridge, where I preached from the Steps of a public House to about 500; but did not perceive much visible Effect. Hither several of New-York Friends came to meet me. I talk'd with them on the Way of the Things of God, and found an inexpressible Satisfaction in my Soul when I arrived at the House of my very dear Friend Mr. Noble. After Supper, the Lord filled my Heart, and gave me to wrestle with him for New-York Inhabitants, and my own dear Friends. To add to my Comfort, the Lord bro't my Dear Brother Davenport from Long-Island by whose Hands the blessed Jesus has of late done great Things. In a Letter to his Mother he writes thus: ‘The Lord has, in infinite Mercy, given me, in my Parish, near twenty, in a little more than two Months Time. In almost all these the Work of Conversion seem'd very clear.’ Let God have all the Praise, Even so, Lord Jesus, Amen and Amen.

NEW-YORK.

Friday, October 31. Met with a bitter Pamph­let wrote against me by some of the Presbyterian Persuasion, and found Freedom given me to answer it. I long since expected close Opposition from that Quarter. I believe it will be increasing daily. The Lord will make me more than Conqueror thro' [...] Love [...] Met also with two Volumes of Sermons published in London as delivered by me, tho' I never preached on most of the Texts. But Satan must try all Ways to bring the Work of God into Contempt. Blessed be God, who enables me abundantly to rejoice in all Things that befal me. [Page 5]Preached in the Morning at Mr. P—n's Meeting House: But never saw the Word of God fall with such Weight in New-York before. Two or three cri­ed out. Mr. Noble could scarce refrain himself. And, [...] where I would, many seem'd deeply wounded. At Night the Word was attended with great Power. One cried out; and the Lord enabled me, at the latter End of my Sermon, to speak with Authority. Alas! How vain are the Thoughts of Men! As I came along Yesterday, I found my Heart somewhat dejected, and told Mr. Noble I expected but little Movings in New-York; but Mr. Noble bid me "expect great Things from God," and likewise told me of several who were, as he hoped, savingly wrought upon by my Ministry, when there last. O Lord, let these Things humble my Soul for thy own Name's Sake.

Saturday, November 1. Finished my Answer to the Pamphlet. God enabled me to write it in the Spirit of Meekness. O Lord, give it thy Blessing! Preached twice as Yesterday to very crowded Audi­tories, and neither Time without Power. In the Evening Exercise, some fainted, and the Lord seem­ed to shew us more and more, that a Time for favour­ing New-York was near at Hand. O wherefore did I doubt! Lord increase my Faith.

Sunday, November 2. Preached this Morning with Freedom and some Power, but was much dejected before the Evening Sermon. For near half an Hour before I left Mr. Noble's House, I could only lie before the Lord and say, ‘I was a poor Sinner, and wonder that Christ would be gracious to such a Wretch’ As I went to Meeting, I grew weak­er and weaker, and when I came into the Pulpit, I [Page 6]could have chose to be silent rather than speak. But, after I had begun, the Spirit of the Lord gave me Freedom, till at length it came down like a mighty Rushing Wind, and carried all before it. Immedi­ately the whole Congregation was alarmed. Shriek­ing, Crying, Weeping and Wailing were to be heard in every Corner. Men's Hearts failing them for Fear, and many falling into the Arms of their Friends. My Soul was carried out till I could scarce speak any more. A Sense of God's Goodness overwhelmed me. As I went down, a Woman said, ‘Come and s;ee what God has done for me To-night.’ I look­ed, and her Daughter, in a great Agony, was cry­ing out, "Oh my Jesus, my Jesus!" Another, a little Boy, was so concerned on the Pulpit Stairs, that he could scarce stand. One of my Friends asked him why he cried, ‘Who can help it? said he. Mr. Whitefield's Words cut me to the Heart.’ After I came home, I threw myself upon the Bed, and in an awful Silence, admired the infinite Freeness, So­vereignty and Condescension of the Love of God. I was unwilling to move, but was called down to the Marriage of Mr. B—r, whom I met at Rhode-Island, who being espoused to the young Woman, was so struck at the same Place, by my Advice, who married her this Night, and both are going as my Assistants to Georgia. Never did I see a more solemn Wedding. Jesus Christ was called, and he was present in a remarkable Manner. After Mr. P—n had married them, I prayed. But my Soul, how was it enabled to wrestle with and lay hold on God! I was in a very great Agony, and the Holy Ghost was remarkably present, that most, I believe, could say, Surely God is in this Place! After this, Divine [Page 7]Manifestations flowed in so fast, that my frail Ta­bernacle was scarce [...] to sustain them. My dear Friends sat round [...] on the Bed-sides. I prayed for each of them alternately with strong Cries, and pier­ced by the Eye of Faith, even within the Veil. I continued in this Condition for about half an Hour, astonished at my own Vileness, and the Excellency of Christ, then rose full of Peace, & Love & Joy. O how am I obliged to my Enemies? God has remark­ably revealed himself to my Soul, ever since I have seen the Pamphlet published by the Presbyterians against me. O how faithful is he that hath promi­sed, It shall bruise thy Heel, and thou shalt bruise his Head; Lord enable me to lay hold on this, during the Time of my sojourning here on Earth.

Monday, Nov. 3. Preached both Morning and Afternoon, and perceived the Congregations still in­crease. There was a great and gracious Melting amongst the People both Times, but no crying out. Near 110 l. Currency were collected for the Or­phans; and in the Evening many came and took an affectionate Leave. About seven we took Boat; reached Staten Island about ten, greatly refreshed in my inner Man. A dear Christian Friend received us gladly. We solaced ourselves by singing and praying. And about Midnight retired to sleep, still longing for that Time when I should sleep no more. Lord keep me from a sinful and 100 cager Desire after Death. I desire not to be impatient. I desire quietly to wait till my bless;ed Change come. Amen and Amen.

Staten-Island and Newark.

Tuesday, November 4. Preached from a Waggon on Staten Island, to about 3 or 400 People. The [Page 8]Lord came amongst them. One dear young Man, in particular, as tho' his very Heart-strings would break, came to me after Sermon, with strong Cry­ings and Tears, beseeching me, ‘to pray that he might be converted’. Many others wept also, and several of God's Children felt the Presence of the dear Lord Jesus in their Hearts. Many of them rejoiced to see me again. One gray-headed Man came and told me how God had brought him from Darkness to Light, when I was here last. My Soul was also much refreshed with the Sight of dear Mr. Gilbert Tennent and Mr. Cross. The former has lately lost his Wife, and though dear unto him, yet he was enabled with great Calmness to preach her funeral Sermon, whilst the Corps were lying be­fore him. This put me in Mind of Melancthon, who, at the News of his Wife's Death, said. "By Kate, I'll come after thee ere it be long." Since his Wife's Decease, Mr. Tennent has ben in the West Jerseys and Maryland, and told me how God re­markably work'd by his Ministry in many Places. — Mr. Cross also has seen great and wonder­ful Things in his Congregations, so great that when I came to desire a particular Account, he said, ‘It directly answered the Account given by Mr. Ed­wards, of the Work of God in Northampton. What is the Lord Jesus about to do! If the Beginning is so great, what will the End of these Things be! Rode after Sermon to Newark, about ten Miles from Staten Island. Preached to a considerable Congregation, but it being dark before I concluded, I could not see what Impressions the Discourse made. I fear but little. However, at Night the Lord ma­nifested forth his Glory. For coming down to Fa­mily [Page 9]Prayer, where I lodged, and perceiving many young Men around me, my Soul, was as it wer, melted down with Concern for them. After sing­ing I gave a Word of Exhortation. With what Power none can fully express but those that saw it. O how did the Word fall like a Hammer and like a Fire! What a Weeping was there? One poor Creature in particular was ready to sink into the Earth. His Countenance was altered, till he looked as it were, sick to Death. At length he said, "What shall I do to be saved?" Others were dis­solved into Tears around him; and one of my Fellow-Travellers was struck down, & so overpow­ered, that his Body became exceeding weak. H [...] would scarce move all the Night after. God, I be­lieve, was now working powerfully on his Soul. As for my own Part I was almost spent. I vomited, threw my self upon the Bed, humbled my self before: God, and spent the Remaining Evening in hearin [...] ▪ dear Mr. Tennent give an Account of his late Excur­sion. Oh he is a choice humble Minister of the Gospel! May I follow him as be does Christ. Amen and Amen.

BASKINRIDGE.

Wednesday, November 5. Set out about eight [...] [...]he Morning. Got to Baskinridge, the Place where Mr. Cross exercises his stated Ministry, about one o'Clock. At the House where I waited in the [...]ay, a Woman spoke to me, under strong Convic­tions, and told me, "She was deeply wounded by [...] my last Night's Discourse." When I came to Baskinridge, I found Mr. Davenport, according to [...]ppointment, had been preaching to the Congrega­tion [Page 10]It consisted of about 3000 People. As I [...]ent along I told a Friend, ‘My Soul wept for them, and I was perswaded within my self, that the Lord would in that Day make his Power to be known amongst them.’ In Prayer, I per­ceived my Soul drawn out, and a Stirring of Affec­tion among the People. I had not discoursed long, but the Holy Ghost displayed his Power. In every Part of the Congregation, some Body or other be­gan to cry out, and almost all melted into Tears. This abated for a few Moments, till a little Boy about seven or eight Years of Age cried out exceed­ing piteously indeed, and wept as though his little [...]eart would break. Mr. Cross having Compassion [...] him, took him up into the Waggon, which so [...]fected me that I broke from my Discourse, and [...] the People, ‘The little Boy should preach to them, and that God, since old Professors would not cry after Christ, had displayed his Sovereign­ty, and out of an Infant's Mouth was perfecting Praise.’ God so blessed this, that an universal concern fell on the Congregation again. Fresh [...]sons dropp'd down here and there, and the Cry [...]eased more and more. At length I concluded, [...] as I was going away, I asked the little Boy [...] [...]hat he cried for?" He answered, "his Sins," [...] asked, "What he wanted?" He answered, [...] Christ." As I passed along, fresh Instances of [...] Power presented themselves to my View. [...]any mourning after Jesus that would not be com­ [...]rted. After Sermon, Mr. Cross gave Notice of [...] ­ [...]ening Lecture in his Barn, about two Miles off. [...]ither we went, and a great Multitude followed, [...]r. Gilbert Tennent preached first, and that excel­lently [Page 11]well upon the Necessity and Benefit of spiri­tual Desertions. I then began to pray, and felt the Spirit of God working in me mightily. A great Commotion was soon observed among the Hearers. I then gave a Word of Exhortation. The Lord's Presence attended it in a surprizing Manner. One in about six Minutes cried out. "He is come, he is come," and could scarce sustain the Discovery that Jesus Christ made of himself to his Soul. Others were so earnest for a Discovery of the Lord to their Souls, that their eager Crying obliged me to stop, and I prayed over them as I saw their Agonies and Distress increase. At length we sung a Hymn, and then retired to the House where the Man that re­ceived Christ continued till near Midnight, talking of and praising, his sweet Christ, his free- [...] Christ, &c. A gracious Woman, who had been wrestling with God for a Display of his Power, was so overcome with a Sense of his Goodness, that she almost swoon'd away. And at length, my own Soul was so full that I retired, and was in a strong Agony for some Time, and wept before the Lord, under a deep Sense of my own Vileness, and the Sovereignty and Greatness of God's everlasting Love. Most of the People spent the Remainder of the Night in Prayer and Praises. Two or three young Ministers spake alternately, and others prayed as the Lord gave them Utterance. Oh! It was a Night much to be remember'd! May the Lord make [...] of it even to the Day of our Death. Amen & Amen.

Baskinridge and New-Brunswick.

Thursday, November 6. After Breakfast this Mor­ning, at the Desire of Mr. Cross, I went and [...] [Page 12]a Word of Exhortation to, and sung and prayed with a few People in the Barn. There was a sweet Melting amongst them again, and the Lord was peculiarly present with us. Before I mounted my H [...]se, [...] came to me under great Soul-Concern. A Lad about thirteen Years old told me, ‘He never felt Sin before Yesterday.’ A poor "Negroe-Wo­man said, she was filled with a Love of Christ; and being too fond of the Instrument, would fain have gone with me. H [...]r Master a godly Man con­fenced: B [...]t I bid her go Home, and with a thank­ful Heart serve her present Master. When I was upon my Horse several Women came to shake me [...] the Hand. I asked one "whether she knew Christ?" She said "yes." "How long?" "Three Years, said she, the third Sunday in next March." I asked another the same Question. She answered "Yes, but I am waiting for a fresh "Brea­thing from the blessed Spirit. I, with Pleasure, took my Leave of them, and rode agreeably in Com­pany with many Children of God to New-Brunswick, 23 Miles from Baskinridge. Here Letters awaited me from Savannah, acquainting me that there had been a great Mortality amongst the People of that Place. That my Family lived in Love, the Orphans continued very healthy, and that a Minister was coming over to supply my Place at Savannah. This last much rejoiced me, being resolved to give up Savannah Living as soon as I arrived at Georgia. A Parish and the Orphan-House together are too much for me: Besides God seems to shew me it is my Duty to evangelize, and not to fix in any particular Place. In the Evening I preach'd in Mr. Gilbert Tennant's Meeting House, and was led in my Discourse to [Page 13]comfort the Hearts, of God's dear People. A little after Mr. B—r (a young Minister, who, I trust, will hereafter come fairly out for God) preach'd for about an Hour, and then, at the Define of dear Mr. Gilbert Tennent, I concluded with a Word of Exhor­tation, The Lord was pleased to communicate him­self to me freely. My Soul was filled with his bles­sed Presence. The Word fell with Weight: And after Sermon in private Prayer with my dear Friends, oh how did my loving Saviour cause my Cup to over­flow! He permitted me to talk with him as a Man talketh with his Friend. This I take to be that P [...]r­resia, or Freedom of Speech which St. Paul speaks of, and through the Lord Jesus Believers have Access to the Father. Oh the Happiness of those who are really born again of God!

New-Brunswick and Trenton.

Friday, November 7. Had some Thoughts of going to Freehold and [...]sbury, but was prevented by the Coming of Mr. William Tennent, whom I wan­ted to consult about his Brother Gilb [...] going to Boston, in order to help in carrying on the Work of God in New-England. After Prayer, and some Ar­guments pr [...] and con, we thought it the Will of God that Mr. Gilbert Tennent should go to [...]. He (diffident of himself) was at first unwilling, urging his Inability for so great a Work, but afterwards be­ing convinced it was the divine Will, he said, "The Will of the Lord be done." With him also Mr. R—s was to go, a young Minister, one of the Tutors of Cambridge College, whom I brought with a View that he should return with Mr. Tennent. God has been pleased to work upon his [Page 14]Heart by my Ministry. I cannot but think he will be a burning and a shining Light. It being the last Time we should be together for a long Season, we thought it best to spend some Time in Prayer. Mr. Gilbert Tennent was our Mouth to God.—He prayed in the Holy Ghost. Many were greatly affected. About 11 o' Clock we parted in Tears, but with a full Assurance that we should see and hear of great Things before we saw each other again in the Flesh. I then went on towards Trenton, in Company with Mr. D [...]enport and some others. The Lord was with us on the Way. Some Time before we reached the Inn I could say but little. I retired as soon as I came to Trenton; lay silenty be­fore the Lord. He heard the Cry of my Heart, He filled it with his abundant Presence, and gave me [...] Freedom to write something, which, I trust, [...] tend to promote his [...] Amen!

Trenton and Philadelphia.

[...] November 8. [...] Morning in [...] Meeting-House, [...] to a very large or much [...]—Was restrained in public preach­ [...] [...] an especial Presence of God in my pri­ [...] Business. Set out immediately after Dinner, [...] was mercifully and very providentially pre [...]er­ [...]ed in going over two [...], which lay in the Way, and were much swell'd by the Rain. In one of them two of my Fellow-Travellers, in all Pro­bability, must have perished had not a Woman cried out, and bid us stop. A Man touched, as I after [...] [...]ound, by my Ministry, hearing my Voice came and swam our Horses over the other Creek. [Page 15]and conducted us safe ever a very narrow Bridge. A­bout 8 we reached Philadelphia, tho' the Night was very dark indeed. Some Friends were just come in, who had been out another Way to meet me. Several with great J [...]y came to salute me. We sang, we prayed. The Lord inclined his Ear. My Soul was filled, as it were, with Marrow and Fatness. I retired to Rest, praying the Lord that my Coming to Philadelphia, might be in the Ful­ness of the Blessing of the Gospel of Peace. Amen, so be it▪

PHILADELPHIA.

Sunday, November 9 Had several gracious Souls come to see m [...].—We prayed together. — The Lord much enlarged my Heart. Preached about [...] in the Morning to several Thousands in a House [...]uilt for that Purpose since my last Depature from Philadelphia. It is 100 Feet long, and 70 Feet-broad. A large Gallery is to be erected all around i [...].— Many Footsteps of Providence have been vi­sible in beginning and carrying it on. Particulars I shall (God willing) relate hereafter. Let it suffice a [...] present, that both in the Morning and Evening, God's Glory filled the House: For there was great Power in the Congregation. It was never preach'd [...] before. The Root is not yet up, but the People [...]sed a convenient Pulpit, and boarded the Bottom. The Joy of most of the Hearers, when they saw me, was in [...]pressible: Some still mocked. Between Services I received a Packet of Letters from England, [...] in March last—May the Lord heal, and ring Good out of the Divisions, which, at present, [...] to be among the Brethren there! — God giving [Page 16]me Freedom, and many Friends being in the Room, I kneeled down and prayed with and exhorted them all. But, Oh how did they melt under both; My Soul was much rejoiced to look round on them, be­cause there were some who were now fairly brought through the Pangs of the New-Birth, who had been most marvellous Offenders against the great God. I shall mention two only. The first is one Mr. Brockden, Recorder of Deeds, &c. ‘a Man eminent in his Profession, but for many Years a notorious Deist. In his younger Days, he told me, he had some religious Impressions, but coming into Bu­siness, the Cares of the World so choaked the good Seed, that he not only forgat his God in some Degree, but at length began to doubt of, and to dispute his very Being. In this State he continued many Years, and has been very zea­lous to propagate his Deistical, I could almost say Atheistical Principles among moral Men, but he told me he never endeavoured to make Proselytes of vicious, debauched People. When I came to Philadelphia this Time Twelve-month, he told me, he had not so much as a Curiosity to hear me. But a Brother Deist, his choicest Friend, pressing him to come and hear me, to satisfy his Curiosity, he at length complyed with his Request, It was Night. I preach'd at the Court House Stairs, upon the Conference which our Lord had with Nicodemus.—I had not spoke much before God struck his Heart. For, said he, I saw your Doctrine tended to make People good. His Fa­mily knew nothing that he had been to hear me. After he came Home, his Wife, who ha [...] [...] a Sermon, came in also, and wished heartily that he [Page 17]had heard me. He said nothing. After this, another of his Family came in repeating the same Wish; and, if I mistake not, after that another, till at last being; unable to refrain any longer, with Tears in his Eyes. Why, says he, I have been hearing him; and then expressed his Approbation. Ever since he has followed on to know the Lord, and I verily believe Jesus Christ has made himself ma­nifest to his Soul. Though upwards of three score Years old, he is now I believe born again of God. He is a little Child, and often (as he told me) receives such Communications from God, when he retires into the Woods, that he thinks he could die a Martyr for the Truth.’ ‘The next is one CAPTAIN H—L, formerly as great a Reprobate as ever I heard of: Almost a Scandal and Reproach to human Nature. He used to Swear to ease his Stomach, and was so fond of new Oaths that he used to go on Board the Tran­sport Ships, and offer a Guinea for a new Oath, that he might have the Honour of coining it. It would be endless to give Instances of his vile Pro­faneness. To the Honour of God's Grace let it be said, he is now, I believe, a Christian. Not only reformed, but renewed. The effectual Stroke, he told me, was given, when I preached last Spring at Pennypack, though under good Impressi­ons before. Ever since he has been zealous for the Truth, stood like a Lamb when was beaten, and in Danger of being murdered some time ago, by many of my Opposers, and, in short, shews forth his Faith by his Works.’ I might speak also of some Quakers, who are fairly brought into an experimental Acquaintance with Christ, who are [Page 18]chosen with my self, the aforesaid B—n and H—l, and some others joint Trustees for the House lately erected.—But I mention these in particular, because I think they are remarkable Proofs of that too much exploded Doctrine, I mean, God's Eternal Election and everlasting Love. ‘Whatever Men's carnal Reasoning may suggest, yet if the Children of God fairly examine their own Experiences, if they do God Justice, they must acknowledge that they did not choose God, but God chose them. And if he chose them at all, it must be from Eternity, and that too without any Regard to any Thing foreseen in them. Unless they acknowledge this, Man's Salvation must be in Part owing to the Free-Will of Man, and if so, unless Men descend from other Parents than I did, Christ Jesus might have died, and never have seen the Travel of his Soul in the Salvation of one of his Creatures. But I would be tender in this Point and leave Per­sons to be taught it of God. I am of the Mar­tyr Bradford's Mind.’ Let a Man go to the Grammar School of Faith and Repentance, before he goes to the University of Election and Predestination. A bare Head-Knowledge of the Form of sound Words availeth nothing. I am quite sick of Christless Tal­kers. From such may I ever turn away! Amen and Amen.

Monday, November 10. Preached Morning and Afternoon to very large Congregations, and observed a wonderful sweet Power attend both, but especially the Evening-Sermon. Many afterwards came and told me what God did for their Souls thereby. All the vacant Time before and after preaching, I em­ployed in answering my English Letters. Lord bless [Page 19]what was written to the Consolation and Edification of my dear Friends for Jesus Christ's Sake. Amen and Amen.

Saturday, November 15. Preached twice every Day this Week in the new House, one Morning excepted, when I preached in Mr. C—'s Meet­ing-House on Account of the Snow. A most sweet and wonderful Power went at that Time through the Congregation. The Lord gave me the Text I preached on just before Meeting; directed me to a Method as I was going up the Pulpit-Stairs; and enabled me to discourse with an uncommon Clear­ness, Freedom, and Power. The Effects plainly shewed that it was of God. — The Word seemed to smite them like so many pointed Arrows. Ma­ny afterwards told me what they felt, and in the Evening I was sent for to a young Woman, who was carried Home from Meeting, and had continued almost speechless. When I came, she look'd like a Person dead and laid out. I prayed with her, and heard afterwards that she came out into a more com­fortable State.— Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Indeed I cannot say we had one dry Meeting. The least Moving, I think, was one Afternoon, when I was unaccountable carried out to talk against Reasoning Unbelievers. When I was at Dinner I had not fixed upon a Text. When I was going to preach, I was so ill that some of my Friends advised me to go Home. I thought it best to trust to God. I went on, began Preaching, and found my Heart, somewhat refreshed, but all on a sudden, my Soul was so carried out to talk against depending on our natural Reason, that my Friends were astonished, and so was I too: For I felt the Holy Ghost come [Page 20]upon me at that Time, and never spake on that wise before. ‘As I was going Home, I said to a Friend, Surely some Reasoners were in the Congregati­on.’ Upon Enquiry, I found a Cluster of them were present, and then I knew wherefore I was so assisted. Oh who would but trust in God! One of these Reasoners a little after, meeting Mr. B—n, said, ‘What! Mr. Whitefield could not make the People cry this Afternoon.’ ‘A good Reason for it, says Mr. B—n, he was preaching a­gainst Deists, and you know they are a harden'd Generation.’ Lord, take from them a Heart of Stone, and give them a Heart of Flesh. Alba, Father, all Things are poss [...] with thee.

Another Afternoon, there was such an universal Commotion in the Congregation, as I never saw in Philadelphia before. One or two cried out in a most piteous Manner, and Numbers [...] sorely, that I broke off Prayer after Sermon sooner than otherwise I should have done. The Children of God were melted down, and their Souls magnified the Lord. I preached on those Words, What shall I do to be saved? And as I afterwards found, was very providentially directed to that Subject. For one Mrs. P—r, as I have it in a Paper taken from her own Mouth, went to Mr. Cummins to know, "Why I should not preach in the Church?" He, after several Invectives cast out against me, said,He could not answer his Oath to the Bishop of London, if he did give me Leave, and cautioned her against go­ing to hear me; adding, That if she followed or adher­ed to what I said, she was in a woful Condition." Nay, said he, You are damned if you do. With all, he told her, He was distressed in his Soul for her, because she [Page 21]was a good Liver, and brought up under pio [...]s Pa­rents. Mrs. P—r asked, ‘If she, by God's Assistance, could live up to the Doctrine and Ex­ample of our Saviour and the Apostles, as laid down in the New-Testament, she should not do well?’ He answered, "Yes." Then, Sir, replied she, ‘I must believe in Mr. Whitefield's Doctrine.’ There now, says he, you are running out again; I tell you, you are mad. Go Home and hear him no more, and you'll do well enough. No, Sir, says Mrs. P—r, ‘I cannot stay away. And seeing so many People admire Mr. Whitefield's Doctrine, and you so, bitter against him, What must I do to be saved? For you are enough to distract me between you.’ You are good enough, replied Mr. Cummins, and may dance or play at Cards and be in a far better Way than Whitefield or his Fol­lowers. — For my Part. I will wash my Hand [...] [...] your Blood, and will leave you. ‘No, said Mrs. P—r, You love Money too well, Sir, to leave this Place.’ After a great deal more Conversation, Mrs. P—r left him in great Distress of Mind, and often repeating to herself, Lord, what shall I do to be saved? Contrary to Mr. Cummin's Advice, she went in the Afternoon, says the Paper before me, to hear Mr. Whitefield, and he providentially preached on the trembling Jaylor's Words. What shall I do to be saved? Which gave the Gentlewo­man so much Satisfaction and Comfort, that she is thankful to God for having an Opportunity of hear­ing that Text explained, is much strenthened, per­fectly easy, and will by God's Grace follow his Commandments. Lord, for thy Mercies Sake, work in her both her to will and to do, after thy good Plea­sure. [Page 22]Amen and Amen. It would be almost end­less to recount all the particular Instances of God's Grace, which I have seen this Week past. Many that before were only convicted, now plainly proved, that they were converted and had a clear Evidence of it within themselves. My chief Business was now to build up and to exhort them to continue in the Grace of God. Notwithstanding many were convicted almost every Day, and came unto me, un­der the greatest Distress and Anguish of Soul. Seve­ral Societies are now in the Town, not only of Men and Women, but of little Boys and little Girls. Being so engaged, I could not visit them as I would, but I hope the Lord will raise me up some Fellow-Labourers, and that Elders will be ordained in every Place then we shall see a glorious Church, settled and established in Philadelphia. Hasten that Time, O Lord, my Strength & my Redeemer. I cannot leave off giving an Account of this Week's Work, without menti­oning another Instance or two of God's Grace. One Woman came to me, I think fairly converted to our dear Lord Jesus. She told me, when I was at Philadelphia last, ‘She came desiring that I would baptize her Child. I being otherwise enga­ged, refused. Upon this the Devil assaulted her, being under strong Convictions, in a most violent Manner, and endeavoured to persuade her, that all I had told her were Lies. She was cast into Darkness, but reasoned thus, It is impossible that it should be Lies, or that I should be a false Pro­phet, since the Word came with such Light, E­vidence and unspeakable Power upon her Soul, when she heard me. She went home, retired to Bed, and there the Devil would fain have per­suaded [Page 23]her to cut her Child's Throat with a Pair of of Scissars. She being bro't into the utmost Extre­mity, cried and looked up to Christ. He delive­red her out of her Distress. Satan immediately left her, and God flowed in upon her Soul. She now knows that her Redeemer liveth. Praise the Lord, O my Soul! Another young Woman, who I believe was made a wise Virgin last Spring, and received Jesus Christ in her Heart, acquain­ted me, "That she continued in great Joy for near three Days, and went as far as New-Castle, to hear me, when I took my Leave last. As she was returning, some Body told her, I believed E­lection. Alas! Then, said she, (though she was converted) what will become of me? She fell into Darkness, retired into the Woods, and by Degrees, she told me, solid Comfort returned to her Soul.’ And [...], said I, do you believe Electi­on? ‘Yes says she. with the utmost Confidence. It cannot but be so.’ Oh that all who are preju­diced against that Doctrine were thus taught of God! They would not ignorantly call the Doctrine of E­lection the Doctrine of Devils, or cry out vehement­ly against the HORRIBLE DECREE. But, as an excellent Christian observes, The Doctrine of Election is such a glorious Mystery, that it dazzles the weak Eyes even of some of God's dear Children. But I have reserved the most sweet Proof of God's Grace and Power to the last. About the Middle of the Week I was called to visit one Mrs. [...] then lying on a sick Bed, but after prodigious Agonies, brought home to God when I was at Philadelphia last Spring. ‘Her Husband was [...] at Sea, and since his Re­turn home, has greatly persecuted his Wife, deny­ing [Page 24]her spiritual Friends leave to come unto her. God now inclined his Heart to let me come and pray with her, according to her Desire. When I went the first Time, he was not in the Room, but was offended that he was not called up to join with us. The next Day he himself met me in the Street, and gave me an Invitation. I compli­ed, and visited his Wife several Times. But ne­ver before did I see a Soul so exult in God, and talk so seelingly of the Love of Jesus, though sometimes in Extremity of Pain. Sometimes she was so full of God that she could not speak, and at other Times, when she could not speak, and I bid her lift up her Hands if all was well, she stretched them with great Earnestness. As soon as ever she could recover Breath, she would talk of Jesus, saying that his Love was above her Pain, that she longed to be dissolved, but was willing to tarry the Lord's Leisure. When I told her, that I wanted to be gone too. No, says she, do you stay longer, and bring home some more Souls to Christ; with many other gracious Words, which dropped from her Mouth. My Soul was much enlarged to hear a Creature talk with such Assurance just upon the Brink of Eternity. Her Husband and other Friends stood weeping by. God gave me great Assistance in Prayer. His Presence filled the Room, and some I thought would have cried out.’ Oh that this Sickness may be a Means un­der God of saving her Relations precious and immortal Souls! After my Departure, she bid one of my Friends tell me, "That she [...]ed and lived from the Doctrine which I had preached." When he asked her, What she thought of the Righteousness of Christ? [Page 25]"Oh, says she, my Soul is wrapped up in it!" Lord Jesus, let her repose her Confidence in thee even to the last. Into thy Hands I commend her Spirit: For thou hast redeemed it, O Lord thou God of Truth!

Sunday, November 16. Preached both Morning and Evening, and collected both Times about 105 l. Sterling for the Orphans. In the Morning my Soul was peculiarly enlarged, tho' I was somewhat dejected before I left my Lodgings. In the After­noon, I publickly baptized five adult Women, who had undergone a strict Examination. Before Ser­mon I gave them an earnest Exhortation. They melted sweetly under the Word, and every Thing was carried on with great Solemnity. I preached from these Words of St. Jude, But ye, Beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy Faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep your selves in the Love of God, looking for the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal Life. The Congregation was very large, tho' I think not near so large as when I took my Leave last Spring. There was Abundance of Weeping when I came to the Con­clusion of my Discourse. Great Numbers flock'd to my Lodgings, some under Distress, some to give Thanks for what God had done for their Souls, and others to present me with something for the poor Orphans. One that was baptized brought three Children, I baptized them, prayed, and gave a Word of Exhortation with a melting Heart to many dear Souls. In the Evening I went with my dear Friend Mr. Noble to take a final Leave of Mrs. D—yet rejoicing in God. Visited a poor distracted Woman, and afterwards went to the Boys Society, where I met with a tender hearted Lad or two; then I returned home, and at last went to Bed, quite [Page 26]weary as to my outward Man, but inwardly rejoic­ing in God my Saviour. Oh that I could do more for Jesus Christ! He is kinder and kinder to me every Day. Praise the Lord, O my Soul!

Gloucester and Greenwich, West Jerseys.

Monday, November 17. Was much melted at parting from my dear Friends. Had it much im­pressed upon my Mind, that I should go to England, and undergo Trials for the Truth's Sake. These Words, The Jews sought to stone thee, and goest thou thither again? with our Lord's Answer, have been for some Time lying upon me: And whilst my Friends were weeping round me St. Paul's Words darted into my Soul. What mean you to weep and break my Heart? I am willing not only to be bound, but to die for the Lord Jesus. After fervent Prayer, I took my Leave of some, but being to preach at Gloucester in the West Jerseys, others accompanied me in Boats over the River. We sung, as we failed, but my Heart was low. I preached at Gloucester, but found myself weighed down, and not able to de­liver my Sermon with my usual Vigour. However there was an affecting Melting, and several (as I heard afterwards) who had been in Bondage before, at that Time received Joy in the Holy Ghost. With Abundance of Tears, after Dinner most of Philadel­phia Friends that came over the Water took their last Farewell. To see us part was somewhat Mo­ving. I rode on in Company with several to Green­wich, and preached to a few, and scarce with any Power. My Animal Spirits were almost gone, and Assistances suspended. In the Evening we travelled [Page 27]on a few Miles, but my Body was more and more out of Order, and I thought God was preparing me for future Blessings. It is good to be humbled. I am never better than when I am brought to lie at the Foot of the Cross. It is a certain Sign God intends that Soul a greater Crown. Lord, let me always feel my self a poor Sinner. Amen and Amen.

PILES-GROVE.

Tuesday, November 18. Was somewhat better in the Morning; preached at Piles-Grove in the Af­ternoon to about 2000 People. Saw only a few affected. God was pleased to restrain me, but at Night where I lodged, God was pleased so abun­dantly to refresh my Soul, as to make me forget the Weakness of my Body. I prayed and exhorted with great Power in the Family where I lodged. Visible Impressions were made upon the Hearers. Oh that they may be abiding! Ate a little: But was enriched plentifully with that Bread which is Meat indeed and Drink indeed. An Earnest the Lord intends Good to some Souls hereabouts, Even so, Lord Jesus. Amen and Amen.

Cohansie, 18 Miles from Piles-Grove.

Wednesday, November 19. Had two precious Meet­ings To-day at Cohansie. Preached to some Thou­sands both Morning and Afternoon. The Word gradually struck the Hearers till the whole Congre­gation was greatly moved indeed, and two cried out in the Bitterness of their Souls, after a crucified Sa­viour, and were scarce able to stand. My Soul was replenished as with new Wine, and Life and Power flew all around me. At this Place, dear Mr. Gilbert [Page 28]Tennent preached some Time ago. At his, as well as the People's Request, I came thither. Blessed be God, his Gospel spreads more and more. Lord carry it on for thy own Name's Sake. Amen and Amen.

Salem 18 Miles from Cohansie.

Thursday, November 20. Preached twice this Day; in the Morning in the Court-House in the After­noon in the open Air, before the Prison, to about 2000. Both Times God was with us. In the Mor­ning especially there was one cried out and shrieked most piteously, and would not be comforted. After Service two or three came to me quite weighed down with the Burden of Sin. They told me, God had "struck them by Mr. Tennent's Preaching, but now "they were struck much deeper. I gave them what Advice I thought proper, and about five left Salem. Oh that the Prince of Peace would come and take Possession of the Inhabitants Hearts!

Newcastle, 13 Miles from Salem, and Whiteclay Creek, in Pennsylvania.

Friday, November 21, Got hither with some little Difficulty about Midnight. Preached in the Morning in the Court-House. Observed some few affected, and some few scoffing. Met dear Mr. Charles Tennent. Went with him to Whiteclay Creek. As we passed along, Mr. A—n, the Presby­terian Minister who opposed me last Spring at Fork's Mannor, gave us the Meeting. Thinking he intend­ed to go by, I did not stop, only pull'd off my Hat. He turning about said, What, will you not shake Hands? I gave him my Hand. He then asked me, To have a Conference, as he desired when last at Fork's Man­nor, [Page 29]I told him, "Since he had begun by sending the Queries in Publick, I was "resolved to decline all private Conversation." This, as I found after­wards, highly offended him. Two or three more of his Associates were at Whiteclay Creek: And God was pleased to appear for me in an extraordinary Manner. There were many Thousands waiting to hear the Word. I have not seen a more lovely Sight. I sang the xxiii. Psalm, and these Words gave my Soul unspeakable Comfort.

In Presence of my spiteful Foes,
He does my Table spread.

The Lord Jesus assisted me in Preaching. The Melting soon begun, and the Power increased more and more till the greatest Part of the Congregation was exceedingly moved. Several cried out in differ­ent Parts, and others were to be seen wringing their Hands, and weeping bitterly. The Stir was ten Times greater than when I was here last, After Sermon I went about three Miles, and lay at Mr. Charles Tennent's House, who has lately married a young Lady whom God was pleased to awaken by my Ministry. Here I had sweet Conversation with Mr. Blair, and Mr. Craighead, but being taken very ill, I was obliged to retire to Rest. Blessed be God, there is a Time coming, when all those Interruptions shall be done away.

O! may I worthy prove to see
Thy Saints in full Prosperity,
That I the joyful Choir may join,
And count thy People's Triumphs mine.
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Fork's Mannor.

Saturday, November 22. Preached in the After­noon to many Thousands, and God was again plea­sed mightily to own his Word. There was a won­drous powerful Moving, but it did not rise to such a Degree as when I preached last Spring. I was ta­ken ill after Preaching. Straining caused me to vo­mit much. I rode about twelve Miles, was kindly received into House with all my Friends, and thought it advisable to retire to Bed immediately. But on a sud­den, God's Presence so filled my Soul that I could scarce stand under it. I prayed and exhorted, & exhorted and prayed again, but with such Power that every Person in the Room seemed to be under very great Impressions, sighing and weeping from the very Bot­tom of their Soul, and one in particular roared for the very Disquietness of her Heart. This continued for near an Hour or two; but at last my outward Man was so weak, and my inward Communications so strong, that I was quite overpowered. A dear Friend undressed me. The Lord gave me sweet Sleep, and in the Morning I arose with my natural Strength much renewed. Blessed be the Lord my God, from whom alone cometh every temporal Gift, as well as my eternal Salvation!

NOTTINGHAM.

Sunday, November 23. Rode four Miles, and got to Nottingham about ten. But it raining much, and the People thereby being prevented gathering so soon, I preached about one to a large Congregation, who seem'd in no wise no regard the Rain, so they might be watered with the Dew of God's Blessing. [Page 31]The Lord, I believe, lets the Doctrine distil like the Dew upon them. Immediately after Sermon, we set out in a very great Company for Bohemia in Mary­land, near thirty Miles from Nottingham, and to my pleasing Surprize, as we were riding along, met with Captain G—n, whom I sent over with Mr. Seward to England. He arriv'd at Newcastle in the Morning, and very providentially came to me in the Afternoon. I have been waiting for Letters (that I knew were sent me) for some Weeks. God hath kept them from me, but he hath sent me what is bet­ter. O may this teach me, O Lord, more and more to wait on, and resign my Will to thine. For I know thou wilt order all Things for my temporal and eternal Good. Oh Grace, Grace!

Bohemia in Maryland, & St. Georges in Pennsylvania.

Monday, November 24. Got hither about 11 last Night, and was kindly received by old Mrs. B—d, a true Mother in Israel, many of whose Family are under very good Impressions. Read my English Let­ters, had great Freedom given me in answering them, and thought it was now the Will of God that I should im [...]ark for my native Country next Spring. O Lord, prepare thy Way before me! Preached in the After­noon to about 2000, and have not seen a more solid Melting, I think, since my Arrival. —Some Scoffers stood on the Outside, but the Holy Spirit enabled me to lay the Terrors of the Lord before them, and they grew more serious. Several poor Souls wanted to go with me, and many of their Hearts seemed ready to break, My Soul much rejoiced in the Lord to see Salvation brought to Maryland. I parted from good [Page 32]old Mrs. B—d in Tears, and rode with my Friends about 10 Miles to a Place called St. Georges, where a kind and courteous Quaker received us into his House. Here God gave me great Freedom of Spirit, made my Pen the Pen of a ready Writer, and shew­ed me more and more clearly the Way wherein I should go. Lord guide me with thy Counsel till thou dost bring me to everlasting Glory!

REEDY-ISLAND.

Monday, December 1. Came to Reedy-Island last Tuesday Morning, and had a wonderful Presence of God in the Assembly in the Afternoon. Several of my dear Philadelphia Friends came to take their last Farewel. The Holy Ghost enabled me to preach with such Power to them and some others in the Evening that one was thrown into strong Convulsi­ons, by the Violence of her Convictions. Others were in great Agonies. All I believe were melted down. — On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday I preached again. — The Lord was with us every Time. My Soul enjoyed much of the divine Pre­sence in the Sloop, and I was greatly delighted to see the Captains of the Ships, and their respective Crews, come constantly to attend to hear the Word on Shore, and join with us in religious Exercises on Board. Dear Captain H—l Matthew-like, was very busy in bringing his Brother Publican Sailors to hear the glad Tidings of Salvation, and he rejoiced my Heart with the News that some of them felt the Power of God. This Morning the Wind springing up fair set Sail from Reedy-Island. ‘But before I go on, stop, O my Soul, and look back a little on the great Things the Lord hath done for thee during [Page 33]this Excursion. I think, it is now ths 75th Day since I arrived at Rhode-Island.—My Body was then Weak, but the Lord has much renewed it's Strength. I have been enabled to preach, I think 175 Times in Public, besides exhorting very fre­quently in private. I have travelled upwards of 800 Miles and gotten upwards of 700l. Sterling in Goods, Provisions, and Money for my poor Or­phans. Never did God vouchsafe me such great Assistances. Never did I perform my Journeys with so little Fatigue, or see such a Continuance of the Divine Presence in the Congregations, to whom I have preached. All Things concur to convince me that America is to be my chief Scene for Action.’ May the Lord prepare me for every Thing he has appointed for me to do and suffer, and then I need not fear being more than Conqueror through his Love.

Charlestown in South-Carolina.

Wednesday, December 10. Had a pleasant Passage, and arrived at Charlestown last Night. As we came over the Bar, I was informed of a melancholy Fire, that broke out about three Weeks ago, and destroy­ed 300 Houses in the best Part of Charlestown in the Space of about three Hours. The News much af­fected me, because I loved the People, and I preac'd to them this Morning from Isaiah i. 6. Except the Lord of Hosts had left unto us a very small [...] we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. In handling the Subject I en­deavour'd to shew what were the Sins which provo­ked God to punish the Israelites in that Manner. I drew a Parallel between them and the Charlestown-People, [Page 34]and then made an Application suitable to the solemn Occasion of my preaching. May the Lord grant it may produce the desired Effect, and be a [...] of preserving the Inhabitants from being cast into that Fire, which never shall be quenched!

Bethesda in Georgia.

Sunday, December 14. Preached again at Charls­town on Wednesday-Evening. Answered some Let­ters that I received from England. Went on Board on Thursday; [...]reached Savannah on Saturday about Midnight; Preached this Morning, and arrived safe­ly at Bethesda (where I found my Family comforta­bly settled this Afternoon▪ My Soul was much touched with a Sense of God's Mercies. When I came to pray with an old Christian in our Infirmary, it so overwhelmed me that I could scarce stand un­der it. The Love of God was shed abroad in my Heart abundantly through the Holy Ghost. Than [...] be to God for these, and all his other unspeakable Gifts, through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Monday, December 29. Enjoyed a very comfor­table Christmas at Bethesda, having God often with us in my public Ministrations amongst [...] Family and Labourers. One Woman received Christ [...] glorious Manner, and several others were brought under strong Convictions. On Christmas-Day I married Mr. Periam to one of the School-Mistres­ses which I brought out of England; and last Satur­day I also married Mr. Habersham to Mr. B— Daughter, whom I brought with me from Philadelphia and who was converted some Time ago at Savannah. Both Times the Bridegroom of the Church was present with us, in an especial Manner: And [Page 35]many, I hope, felt an Union between Jesus Christ and their Souls. Having appointed Mr. D—r to take Care of the spiritual, and Mr. II—m to su­per-intend the outward Affairs of the Orphan-House, and settled all Things to my Sa [...]faction, finding my Call clear to England, I, last Night, took a sorrow­ful and affectionate Leave of my Family; and this Day went to Savannah, but narrowly escaped being shot by a Labourer walking behind me with a Gun under his Arm. The Gun went off unawares, but the Mouth of it providentially was towards the Ground. Otherwise I and one of my Friends, in all Probabili­ty, should have been killed: for we were directly before and not above a Yard or two distant from it. How [...]ght we to live in such a State as we would not fear to die in! For in the midst of Life we are in Death.

In the Evening I preached at Savannah, and took my final Leave of the People, it being inconsistent with my other Affair, to act as their Pastor any more. Another Minister is not yet come, but is ex­pected daily. I gave the Trustees Notice January last of my Design to give up the Personage. Blessed be God, I am now more free to evangelize & go whi­thersoever the Lord shall be pleased to call me. I yet hope well of Georgia, tho', at present, in a very declin­ing & piteous State. It will flourish, I believed, when settled upon a [...]ligious Foundation. Till then God will infatuate the Counsels of Men, or bring them Nought. It was so with New-England. I am persuaded it will be so with New-Georgia. Glory be to God, I leave behind me some who love the Lord Jesus in Sincerity. Heavenly Father, destroy not the Province for their Sakes, and for thy own Names Sake grant it may yet [Page 36]take Root downwards, and hear Fruit upwards! Amen and Amen.

Mr. Jonathan B—'s Plantation near Port-Royal in South-Carolina.

Thursday, January 1. 1741. Left Savannah on Tuesday in the Afternoon. Arrived here this Mor­ning about two o'Clock, with some more Friends in Mr. Jonathan B—'s Boat, who, with some o­thers, came to Bethesda, in Hopes of my returning with them. I trust, he & two or three more, since our last Meeting, are settled in Christ, and have got Satisfaction about their Interest in him. In the Af­ternoon I preached at his House to several of the Neighbouring People. The Lord made it a Bethel. In the Evening came Mr. Hugh B—n, his Bro­ther, lately converted at Savannah. His Wife died sometime ago; in what Frame, the following Let­ter, which he sent to a Neice of his now at Bethesda will best testify.

Dear Child,

UNder written are the dying Words of your Aunt, which I send for your Satisfaction and In­formation. She died October 7th between the Hours of Nine and Ten in the Morning, being filled with the full Assurance of Faith in Christ, and a joyful Hope of eternal Salvation through his Merits and Mediation.

As your Aunt and I were praying to our Lord Jesus to give her the Comforts of his Holy Spirit to support her under the Agonies of Death, she replied, I see him! I see him! Now I see Light. After this she continued in Prayer about half an [Page 37]Hour, but her Speech failing her, we could not during that Time understand what she spake, only we could hear the Name of Jesus often, and Come Jesus! Come Jesus. Then again she spake out plainly, and said, Who would die without a God? Now I see Light. God has let me see my Error. I had not repented of my original Sin. O the False­ness of our Heart! O search your Hearts, before you come to this; for they are false. Then she lay in an Agony about half an Hour, and again spake out, and said, God has let me see great and glorious Things which would not be believed, if they were told. Then your Uncle R—s coming in­to the Room spake to your Aunt S—s, and your dying Aunt hearing his Voice, calleth him to her, and when he was come, she spake to us and said, Mind what I say to you; for hereafter you must all give an Account of what I now say to you; for I speak by the Spirit of God. He has enabled me to speak to you before I go, (for I am just a going.) Then she said, God is a just God as well as merci­ful. Be diligent in searching your Hearts. Bro­ther, tell Mr.— he is in the Wrong. Then she said My Pain is great, but Christ is sufficient for me. And she repeated that God had let her s [...]e great Things that would not be believed, if they were told. She said also, Follow Whitefield, God will bless him wherever he goes.— Don't speak lightly of him. Bless him, bless him, God has enabled me to speak to you before I go. I am just agoing. Farewel, Farewel. God be with you!" Then she composed herself, and lay about half an Hour, and neither mov'd nor groan'd, except her Lips and Tongue, and the heaving of her Breast in [Page 38]breathing, seeming to be in her perfect Senses till about a Minute before she died.—She look'd round at each of us that were about her Bed, and then departed in Quietness. Her Hands and Arms, up to her Elbows, were cold, and also her Face, when she spake what is here inserted, and some Time before. As she lay begging that the Lord would take her away, I felt her Nose and told her, it was cold; — she replied, Blessed be God for it, and again, My Soul thirsteth after thee, I come, Lord Jesus, I come.

Thus far Mr. Bryan, I shall only add, O Death, where is thy Sting! O Grave, where is thy Victory over true Believers! What Fools are they that count their Lives Madness!

CHARLESTOWN.

Sunday, January 4. Came hither Yesterday in Company with both the Mr. B—'s, and several other dear Friends. Had the Satisfaction of meet­ing with my Brother the Captain, and hearing from him some Account of Affairs among the Brethren in England. The Lord enable me to s [...]eer a wise and steady Course, when I come among them. Preached twice this Day, & expounded in the Evening to large Auditories. Was most affectionately entertained at the House of Mr. F—r, and enjoyed much of the divine Presence and Consolations in my Soul. Happy they whose Lives are bid with Christ in God!

Saturday, January 10, Preached twice every Day this Week, and expounded frequently in the Evening to a great Company at Mr. F—'s. The Lord Je­sus assisted and enlightned me. The Holy Ghost [Page 39]applied the Word with Power. Several acquainted me what God had done for their Souls; and one was filled so with Communications from above, when a Discovery of Christ was made to her Soul, that she continued a whole Night praying to and praising God. Some have fallen away for the Present, but blessed be God, the greatest Part continue stedfast, and are rather more forward and affectionate than ever. Enemies are more enraged. As a Proof of it, take the following Instance.—When Mr. Jona­than B—n came to Georgia, he shewed me a Letter Written by his Brother Mr. Hugh B—n, in which it was hinted that the Clergy break their Canons, and this he desired me to correct for the Press. I did. It was published this Week. Im­mediately Mr. B—n was apprehended and bound over, and being asked, frankly confessed that I cor­rected and made some Alterations in it. This Eve­ning a Constable came to me with the following Warrant.

By B—W‐, &c.

WHEREAS I have received Information upon Oath that George Whitefield Clerk, hath made and composed a false, malicious, scandalous, and In­famous LIBEL against the CLERGY of this Province, in Contempt of His Majesty and His Laws, and against the King's Peace.

These are therefore, in His Majesty's Name, to charge and command you and each of you forthwith [Page 40]to apprehend the said George Whitefield, and to bring him before Me to answer the Premisses. Hereof fail not, at your Peril. And for your so doing this shall be your and each of your sufficient War­rant.

To all and singu­lar the Constables of Charlestown.
B— W—.

I went before the C—J—, confessed that I had revised and corrected Mr. B—'s Letter for the Press, and gave Security to appear by my Attorney at the next general Quarter-Sessions, under the Pe­nalty of 100 l. Proclamation-Money. Blessed be God for this further Honour! My Soul rejoices in it. I think this may be called PERSECUTION. I think it is for Righteousness Sake. Oh! how gently does the Lord deal with me, and by these little forwar [...], and, I trust, prepare me for greater Trials! Father forgive my Persecutors. Visit them not in Judgment, but in Mercy. They know not what they do.

Sunday, January 11. Preached this Morning upon Herod's sending the wise Men to find out Christ, under a Pretence that he intended to come and worship him, when indeed he intended to kill him. I endeavour'd to shew from thence how dreadful it was to persecute under a Pretence of Religion. Mr. W—d telling me, that what he did was out of a Sense of Duty, and that binding me over to the Sessions was no Persecution, led my [Page 41]Thoughts this Way. In the Afternoon I preached from these Words, 1 Kings xxi. 12, 13. They pro­claimed a Fast, and set Naboth on high amongst the People, and there came in two Men, Children of Be­lial, and sat before him: And the Men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the Presence of the People, saying, Naboth did blaspheme GOD and the KING. Then they carried him forth out of the City, and stoned him with Stones that he died. My Hearers, as well as myself, made the Application. It was pretty close. And I especially directed my Dis­course to Men in Authority, and shewed them the heinous Sin of abusing the Power which God had put into their Hands. In the Evening I expounded on the Story of Orpah and Ruth, and exhorted my Hearers to follow the Lord Jesus Christ tho' his Cause be never so much persecuted and spoken against. Lord Jesus, keep us from being ashamed of thee or of thy Gospel.—Amen and Amen.

Thursday, January 15. Received several comfor­table Letters from my dear Friends at Boston; a­mongst whom Secretary Willard an honourable Counsellor, writes th [...]s: ‘Mr. Wibb tells me, tha [...] divers young Men in this Town, who are Candidates for the Ministry, have been brought under deep Convictions by your Preaching, and (as he hopes) are carried off from the Foundation of their false Hopes (their own Righteousness) to rest only upon Christ for Salvation▪" The dear Reverend Mr. [...] writes thus: "I can in­form you, that the [...] [...]re many abiding Proofs that you did not run in [...]ain, and labour in vain a­mongst us in this Place. I could much more than fill this Paper with the Accounts I have re­ceived [Page 42]from the Persons who have been impressed under the Word preached by you. But I can only now say in general, some have been awaken­ed who where before quite secure, and I hope a good Work begun in them. Others, who had been under religious Impressions, are now more earnestly pressing into the Kingdom of Heaven, and many of the Children of God stirred up to give Diligence for the fall Assurance of Faith. There is a greater Flocking to all the Lectures in the Town, and the People shew such a Disposition to the New Tuesday Evening Lecture, that our large capacious House cannot receive all that come. I am sure your Visit to us has made a large Ad­dition to the Prayers that are going up for you in one Place and another, and I hope also the Jew­els which are to make up your Crown in the Day of the Lord." Mr. Welch, a pious Friend, writes thus: "I fear I am tedious, but I can't break off till I just mention, to the Glory of the Grace of God, and for your Comfort and Encou­ragement, the Success your Ministry of late has had among us. Impressions made seem to be abiding on the Minds of many. The Doctrines of Grace seem to be more the Topick of Con­versation than ever I knew them. Nay, Religi­ous Conversation seems to be almost fashionable, and almost every one seems disposed to speak or hear of the Things of God, Multitudes flock to the Evening Lecture, tho' it has sometimes been the worst of Weather. Ministers seem to preach with more Life, and the great Auditories seem to hear, with solemn Attention, and, I hope, our Lord Jesus is getting to himself the Victory over [Page 43]the Hearts of many Sinners." Others write to the same Effect. All Love, all Glory be to God.

For this let Men revile my Name,
No Cross I shun, I fear no Shame;
All hail Reproach! and welcome Pain!
Only thy Terrors, Lord, restrain.

Tuesday, January 16. Preached twice every Day this Week, and expounded in the Evening as usual. Congregations I perceived much encreased since Sa­turday Night last, as also the Power which the Lord gave me. I never received such generous Tokens of Love, I think from any People before, as from some in Charlestown. They so loaded me with Sea Stores that I sent much of them to Savannah. Having now all Things finished according to my Mind, preached my Farewel Sermon last Night, and spoke at the Burial of a Quaker Woman, at the Desire of her surviving Friends, I this Day went on Board the Minerva, Captain Meredith, in which I took Passage for myself and some others to England. Thou God of the Sea and the dry Land, be with us on our Voyage, and prepare me for the many Perils and Mercies that await me amongst my own Countrymen. Amen and Amen.

On board the Minerva.

Sunday, January 18. Continued on Board these two Days to settle our Ship Affairs, and dispatch some other Business. Was but Weak in Body. The Winds being contrary, many Friends came from Charlestown, and we spent the Afternoon very com­fortably together. I preached, and the Lord was [Page 44]with me. Towards the Evening our Friends left us▪ not without Hopes of seeing each other hereafter in the Land of everlasting Rest, if not on this Side E­ternity. Blessed be God, that there is such a Rest re­maining for his People!

Sailed over Charlestown Bar, January 24. and ar­rived at Falmouth on the 11th of March. The Lord was pleased to give us a favourable Passage. About three Days after we set Sail, we had a violent Storm, which continued about four Hours. During the rest of the Passage, we had uncommonly pleasant Wea­ther and fair Winds, till we came very near upon Soundings. Afterwards, the blessed God was pleased to detain us near a Fortnight. But the Weather was pleasant, and through the Bounty of our dear Charlestown Friends, we had all Things richly to en­joy. In the Beginning of the Voyage, my Body was Weak, and my Soul somewhat low. But afterwards God was pleased to strengthen me both in Body and Soul. These Words came one Day with great Power upon my Heart, Arise, Go into Nineveh, the great City, and preach unto it the Preaching that I bid thee. At another Time, the Lord spoke to me by these Words, Take the Foxes, the little Foxes that spoil the Vines: For our Vines have tender Grapes. This Part of Joseph's Blessing was one Night brought home to me with a sweet Power: The Archers have sorely grieved him, and that at him, and hated him. But his B [...]w abode in Strength, and the Arms of his Hands were made strong, by the Hands of the mighty God of Jacob, And, at another Time, when my Soul was dejected at a Sense of my own Weaknesses, and the Number and Greatness of my impending [...], the Lord raised and comforted me with this [Page 45]Promise: Fear thou not, for I am with thee: Be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the Right Hand of my Righteousness. The Books of Genesis and Exodus, which I expounded in Course, Morning and Evening, were much blessed to my spi­ritual Comfort. And the Lord has been pleased to give me Freedom to write down some of my extem­pore Discourses, which I hope he will bless for his own Name's Sake. In short, this Voyage has been a profitable Voyage to my Soul, because of my having had many sweet Opportunities for Reading, Medita­tion and Prayer. I cannot but adore the Providence of God in favouring me with such blessed Retirements as I have frequently enjoyed on the great Waters. I dared not expect to meet with such Success as he has been pleased to give me abroad: And I doubt not but I shall yet see greater Things there as well as at home. I never had such a Variety of Trials and Changes of Life lying before me as at this Time. But I throw myself into the Hands of the blessed Je­sus, and shall conclude this further Account of God's Dealing with me, with a Hymn composed by my dear and honoured Friend Mr. Wesley.

I.
Ah! my dear Master! Can it be
That I should lose by serving thee?
In seeking Souls should lose my own,
And others save, myself undone.
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II.
Yet I am lost (should'st thou depart)
Betray'd by this deceitful Heart,
Destroy'd, if thou my Labour bless,
And ruin'd by my own Success.
III
Hide me! If thou refuse to hide,
I fall a Sacrifice to Pride:
I cannot shun the Fowler's Snare,
The Fiery Test I cannot bear.
IV.
Helpless, to thee for Aid I cry,
Unable to resist, or fly:
I must not, Lord, the Task decline,
For all I have, and am is thine.
V.
And well thou know'st, I did not seek,
Uncall'd of God, for God to speak,
The dreadful Charge I sought to flee,
"Send whom thou wilt, but send not me."
VI.
Long did my Coward Flesh delay,
And still I tremble to obey,
Thy Will be done, I faintly cry,
But rather—suffer me to die.
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VII
Ah! rescue me from Earth and Sin,
Fightings without, and Fears within,
More, more than Hell myself I dread,
Ah! cover my defenceless Head!
VIII
Surely thou wilt. Thou canst not send,
And not my helpless Soul defend,
Call me to stand in Danger's Hour,
And not support me with thy Power.
IX.
Lord▪ I believe the Promise true,
Behold, I always am with you;
Alway, if thou with me remain,
Hell, Earth, and Sin shall rage in vain.
X.
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