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me: however I got another horse on credit for 361. this morning, and proceeded to Fin-castle, where I employ. ed a smith to shoe my horse during meeting, but having no money to pay him, I was under the disagreeable necessity of making my circumstance known to the congregation, who gave me three-fifths of a dollar, this being the first time that I ever had hinted for the public aid since travelling. I sold a book which enabled me to clear out with the smith, and then went to Springfield, where I spoke at night.
A man privately asked my advice, saying, his daughter shouted and fell down, which caused him to beat her, with. prohibition from religious meetings : I asked him if he did not believe his daughter sincere, and feel conviction for his conduct: He answered in the affirmative; I replied, parents have no right to exercise authority in matters of conscience; only to give advice, as every one must account for themselves to God.
11th. Lexington, the people mistook the time by an hour which made me haste to my evening meeting in Stantown, where I arrived about sun-set opposite a house which I had felt my heart drawn particularly to pray for when here before: A woman now rushed out of the door and grasping me in her arms, gave me a welcome to the house : she was a spiritual daughter of mine, and lately married to the man of the house, whose former wife with him found peace, and she shortly after died happy, though I knew not who lived in the house at the time I had preached in the street : fearing - lest my horse might have been heated too much, to preyent injury. I gave him salted grog. The church being open, I sat on a table in the door, and spoke to (I suprose) some thousands. ;
12th. My horse I think, is as well as usual; so I proceeded on my journey, preaching in Rock-town and two other places on the way.
Sunday 14th. I spoke at Newtown, at an hour by sun in the morning to about three thousand; thence to Winchester, where I spoke at 11 to about six thousand in the woods; rode twenty-two miles, and spoke at night; continued my way to Carlisle, where I spoke twice, fulfilling appointments on the road : hence &
methodist preacher accompanied me to Tioga point, 150 miles in three days : this young man was labouring under some depression of mind when we met, but the circumstances of the meeting and journey seemed to help him both in mind and body. Thus in fifteen days I closed the journey of seven hundred and fifty miles, speaking twenty-six times on the way, wbich appointments were given out about thirteen months beforehand.
TOUR THROUGH NEW-ENGLAND.
ARRIVED back in Western, after an absence 22d.
A of near eight months :' PEGGY was not at home : our marriage was not known in general in this neighbourhood, until within a few days past: it caused a great uproar among the people.
23d. Peggy felt it impressed on her mind that I was here and so came home early in the morning; having enjoyed her health better, and her mind also, than for some time previous to my absence. In the afternoon S. Miller and his wife came home well, and were preparing for their journey to the Missisippi Teritory.
Thursday May 2d. I saw brother Willis, who married us, and Joséph Jewell, presiding elder of Genesee district, who came a great distance to attend the Campmeeting, and brought a number of lively young preach. ers with him; they having never attended one before.
Friday 3d. The people attended in considerable crowds, amongst whom was Timothy Dewey, my old friend, whom I had seen but once for more than four years past: the wicked attempted intrusion, but their efforts were ineffectual, and turned upon their own heads, being checked by a magistrate." + Monday 6th. We had a tender parting time: in the course of the meeting good was done in the name of the Lord. I moved a collection for one of Jewell's young preachers, Perley Parker, formerly a play-mate of mine.. Here I left my Peggy on the camp-ground within three
miles of home, and proceeded on my toúr, speaking twice on my way. .
Tuesday 7th. We rode fifty-nine miles, parting with Jewell and Parker by the way.
8th. Came to Albany: here the preaching-house was shut against me, being the only one which has been refused to me for a considerable length of time, Canfield assigning as the reason, the vote of Conference, (which, however, was only a conversation concerning the giving out of my appointments, &c. lest I should be a pattern for others, and “fifty Dows spring out of the same nest.") I spoke in the Court-house, and God gave me one spiritual child.
9th. With difficulty I crossed the river, and coming to New-Lebanon, saw one of my old acquaintances with whom I held meeting.,
10th. Fire being out I did not stay for breakfast, but rode fifty-four miles to New-Hartford : my mind is under deep trials, concerning my singular state and many disappointments, but my hope is in God, who gives me peace from day to day.
Ilth. Came to Hartford; found the printing of my Journals finished, and about half the books bound. I now had a trial from another source: the two preachers with whom I had entrusted the preparation of the Camp-meeting at hand, had in my absence incurred the displeasure of the methodists: the one for embracing and propogating some peculiar sentiments, so he was suspended, and the other had withdrawn; therefore, said brother O'Strander, the presiding elder, “If Loren. zo Dow admits them to officiate at his Camp-meeting, he will have no more liberty with us :" my trials were keen, for these men were in good standing when we made the agreement : and I had no doubt but what O'. Strander would fall into the measure considering the circumstance of my not being able to consult him for want of time on the occasion, so I went to two meetings to explain the matter to him. "
Sunday, 12th. He spoke with more life than I think I ever heard him; afterwards I spoke, and God cut a young woman to the heart; her father came and dragged her out of meeting, ber soul was set at liberty whilst
she was in his arms, so I made remarks on the folly of his conduct; O'Strander upon reflection viewed my conduct in a different light than before, and consented if I would give up the camp-meeting to his superintendence that he would bring on his preachers to attend with me. This I had always expected and advertised the meeting accordingly.
13. Pawned my watch for an old trunk, and taking stage, came to New Haven, thence embarked to N. York, where I spent a few days; found prejudice in some minds, and in some it was removed : received a letter with information that more books (which I expected) would fail coming; thus I find one disappointment after another.
Saturday 18th. I sailed to Long Island to attend a camp-meeting with brother Thacher, and preached in the packet to about fifty friends ; I also spoke at night at the camp, and then called up the mourners to be prayed for ; several found peace, backsliders were reclaimed, and christians quickened and comforted. Bishop Asbury came up before I had got through, and the meeting continued all night..
Sunday 19th. Whilst one was speaking on the subject of the dead, small and great, standing before God, an awful black cloud appeared in the west, with flashes of forked lightning, and peals of rumbling thunder ensued; a trumpet sounded from a sloop, whilst hundreds of a solemn auditory were fleeing for shelter. This scene was the most awful representation of the day of Judgment of any thing I ever beheld.
Next day the meeting broke up; my hat could not be found, so I embarked on board one of the fifteen craft which brought passengers, and sailed forty miles in three hours and a half, and after landing at the Black-rock, one of the passengers pulled me into a store and constrained me take a bat. Thence I walked to Strafford, and so through New-Haven to Durham, thence to Hartford, where I settled with the ferryman for a former passage, and a gentleman paid my present one, as it had taken the last of my money to redeem my watch. Thus I went to Coventry and found my father and friende well.
Sunday, 26th. Spoke twice at Square-pond meeting-house, and once in Tolland, and the quickening power of God seemed to be present; but I soon, must quit this my native land, and repair to parts, to me unknown.
30th. The camp ground was in the township of Bolton on Andover parish line; to which led a lead-off road ending on this spot of ground unoccupied. This appeared providential, as we could repair to the spot of woods on the hill, without trespassing on any man's ground in this solitary place.
The neighbourhood was thick settled, and bigoted federal presbyterians much prejudiced against the methodists. The people were unwilling that we should get water from their brooks or wells, but held the meeting in ridicule and contempt, thinking, whom should I get to encamp on the ground. However, a report having prevailed that the Indians in their times had a spring on this hill to which they resorted, caused a man to go in search of it, and after some difficulty he struck upon a fountain beneath a rock, which afforded us a sufficient supply,
31st. Many people came from distant places to the ground: satan hoisted his standard near by, as a grogman brought his liquors for sale, but was constrained by threats (when reason would not do) to give it over, the law being against him.
I opened the meeting and had an agreeable time: the work of God began in the evening.
Sat. June 1st. The congregation and work increase.
Sunday, 2nd. Some thousands appeared on the ground; several found peace, and prejudice seemed to wear off from the minds of the people.
Monday, 3d. Meeting broke up after I had given my farewell to the people; it was an affecting time of parting with my christian friends, many of whom I shall see no more until Eternity. I observed to O'Strander that I had caused him some uneasiness, but should trouble him no more whilst he presided in the district.
4th. About 7, A. M. I left my dear father, I know not but for the last time, and with my sister Mirza rode to the burying ground where my dear mother was inter