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red, for the first time of my seeing the grave. I could not mourn, but was comforted with the prospect of meeting again. Departed to Windham, and preached under the trees and tarried in Coventry, Rhode Island, that night : riding fifty miles without food through want of money, to Providence, and pawned a book by the way to get through a toll-gate. I held several meetings in Providence, then rode to Norton, where Zadock Priest died at old father Newcomb's, whose wife had then no religion, but since professes to be converted, and is in society.
On their ground brother George Pickering, with eleven of his preachers and me, by agreement held a campmeeting, the preparation for which was now going forward.
This being about a mile from the place where I first attempted to preach, I related a dream to brother P. who replied, that he thought some trials were near me, but by the blessing of God I might escape; whick in fact proved to be the case, for satan's émissaries set up the grog tents, which cost them dearly; for first, after that they would not hearken to reason, I shewed the impropriety of corrupting the meeting, and warned the people against them, and also laid a foundation whereby they might be prosecuted, in consequence of which they were alarmed, sunk into contempt, and did not sell a sufficiency to indemnify them for their expences. This so exasperated them that they fell on different plans to be revenged, either by provoking me to say something that would expose me to the law, or else to get an opportunity to give me a flogging; however God defeated their designs and turned their treacherous intentions to the disgrace of their charaeters, so that they appeared as cyphers in the eyes of a generous public.
The Lord was wonderfully present with his Spirit to acknowledge the meeting; for whilst P. was preaching, numbers fell, as if the powers of unbelief gave way, the cry became so general that he was constrained to give over, but the work continued: The full result of this meeting will not be known until eternity. I was to have met some friends at the N. York district Conserence, now sitting at Ashgrove, where I once had a glorious revival when on the circuit, but my wife and they were disappointed, as brother P. had made arrangements for me for about two weeks.
Monday, 10th. The meeting broke up, and the Boston friends, who were the first arrived at the ground, took me in their stage coach and carried me home with them. Here I spoke several times, and we had comfortable times from the presence of God.
I gave near forty pounds worth of books towards the deficiency of the meeting-house, and remitted money to clear out with my printer in Hartford, I visited Lynn, where we had a precious time, though religion had been cold there for some time. I also visited Marblehead, where I saw a preacher from Ireland, who escaped with some others in an open boat at sea, from on board the ship Jupiter, as she struck against a cake of ice and went down, with twenty-seven persons on board, among whom was a preacher with his wife and seven children. What an inestimable support must be the Divine pregence at such a time as this !
14th. The following appeared in the Salem Gazette (where the Quakers had been martyred by religious bigotry.)
BY DESIRE. “LORENZO Dow, an eccentric genius, whose pious "and moral character cannot be censured with proprie- 4 ty, is to preach at the Court-house, precisely at nine “ o'clock this morning."..
I spoke to a few of various ranks who fain would have made a laugh, but there seemed to be a restraining hand over them. This day I had five meetings and near thirty miles travel; at the last of them the rabble attempted to make a disturbance, set on by some called gentlemen; and at night broke the windows of the preaching-house, which denotes that Satan views the danger of his kingdom; and caused P. to remark that the devil thought he had as good a right to the common as God Almighty. This reminded me of last year, concerning two who attempted interruption and shortly after had to appear at the bar of God.
Hence to Waltham, to brother P.'s quarterly meeting
His wife is a well educated woman, of a sweet amiable disposition, and far from the proud scornful way of some. Here are four generations under one roof; i. e. her grand parents, own parents, self, and children.
I preached on Saturday, and Sunday, and called up those who would wish me to remember them, and strive to remember themselves in prayer, to give their hands; and the power of God seemed to come over all. I visited Needham and Milford, which places I had been invited to before, but Providence over-ruled my coming here, though I had previously put them off.
21st. Set off with P-. thirty miles to Salem in NewHampshire, and spoke from “ halting between two opinions,” in which I observed, if a lamb should be led from its dam by a goat, to feed on moss it would die. N. B. A man was present whom the A-double-L-part people had been fishing for.
22nd. We came to Hanke, where I met Bachelor, Webb, and Medcalf. I spoke from “ Oh! thou man of God, there is death in the pot.” At night I had conversation with some, and felt my work drawing to a close in this quarter.
Sunday 23d. Spoke again to a large assembly, bade my friends farewell, and rode thirty miles to Pembroke, where I arrived about half past nine at night, and being weary, I could not stay up to supper, but retired to rest, having taken no food all day except some sacramental bread remaining after the ceremony, which a young man observing, said “I had got more than my share," which set some in a laughter.
24th. Rode about sixty miles to Romney, and staid with a man, who a day or two before had joined society, and was about to charge me for my poor fare, when his wife hushed it.
25th. Fifty-four miles to Peachem-Gore, in Vermont, and staid with a friend, where I had been before, meeting Phineas Peck, a preacher, on the road.
26th. About nine o'clock I arrived at my youngest sister's, Tabitha French, she being married and settled here in the midst of the town of Hardwicke, on river Demile; this being the first time I had seen her husband. Joseph Bridgman, my brother-in-law, and my sister
Ethelinda, his wife, resided about a mile hence. For this day I had a meeting, appointed some months before, which I now held, and spoke five days successively. I bad sent on a chain of appointments through Upper Canada, from Montreal to the Falls of Niagara ; thence to Philadelphia ; but when in Hyde-park, I felt whilst preaching a secret conviction or impulse that my appointments were not given out, and that I must return to Western: thrice it ran through my mind : I rejected it twice, but perceiving a cloud or depression beginning to come over my mind, I yielded, and taking the left hand road, went to Stow that night, where I found some of my spiritual children whom God had given me some years before ; spoke next day in this township on my way: in Waterbury twice, and rode to Richmond that night : next day I breakfasted in Starksborough, with a blacksmith, who once intended to flog me, but he now put a shoe on my horse, having since got religion. About twelve I arrived at Middlebury, fed my horses, and spoke in the street; then came on to Orwell, and staid the night with my uncle and aunt Rust, having rode forty-six miles.
July 3d. I rode sixty miles by South-Bay, Fort-Ann, Glenn's-falls, and staid at an ion; but judging from circumstances that it was necessary to watch my horses, I slept none that night.
4th. I started between three and four in the morning, and came sixty-five miles to the little falls on the Mohawk river. . .
5th. Rode forty-six miles to Western, arriving about three, P. M. found my Peggy and friends well.
Sunday 7th. Spoke twice and had good times : rested the 8th : rode to Camden the 9th : spoke to an attentive congregation and returned: rested on the 10th; but soon shall be bound with expedition to N. Carolina.
11th. I visited Floyd by brother Keith's request : he was Peggy's spiritual father. Here many gave me their hands, if they should see me no more on earth, that they would strive to meet me in a happy eternity: I visited several other neighbourhoods, as a wind-up for this quarter.
· JOURNEY TO NORTH-CAROLINA,
Sunday 14th. AVE my farewell to a vast congre
U gation, under the shados at Western, when Hannah Miller, standing upon a log, bade ner neighbours farewell: she being one of the first settlers in the country: and Oh! what a weeping and embracing there was between the neighbourhood (of all ranks and descriptions,) and her and Peggy : After this we went to Westmoreland, taking leave of all things by the way. Here Timothy Dercy met us, who informed me that he had seen the Canada preachers, and my appointments were not given out: so that if I had gone, I must have lost one thousand miles travel; and my time being so limited : I held two meetings, and realized the propriety of the poem ;
" We should suspect some danger nigh,
“ Where we possess delight. When I arrived at Albany, brother Vanderlip, the stationed preacher, gave me the liberty of preaching in the Meeting-house : from hence I shipped Peggy down the river for New York, myself proceeding thither by land, preaching some, and settled some temporal concerns ky the way.
Saturday 27th, We met again, and heard a Baptist preach in the park just after sun-rise next morning: He had a tincture of A-double-L-partism, yet his discourse in general was good, and blessed to the people: I spoke here in the afternoon, and also in several other parts of the city. Ezekiel Cooper, one of the hook-stewards, and superintendent of the book affairs, invited me to preach in the Preaching-house at Brooklyn which he also superintended : here I spoke sundry times : said he, I am of the same miud now concerning your mode of travelling as I was when you saw me in Philadelphia, but nevertheless, I wish never to hinder good from being done, or prevent your usefulness. He is a man of general reading and strong powers of mind.