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I have been much troubled with the asthma, of late, which I suppose originated from drying up an eruption on my body by outward application, which was reconimended from the idea that it might be the itch brought with me from Ireland : this reminded me of what Doctor Johnson said concerning my inward complaint. • Pegey boing unable to keep up with me, I was neces. esitated to leave her with brother Quackenbush, and dis

posing of her horse, I proceeded to Elizabeth-town, NewJersey: saw T. Morrel, whose father was dying: he exeused some former things to me: I rode fifty miles to Trenton, where Washington took the Hessians, which turned the gloomy aspect in favour of America.

My appointment was not given out as expected; however the preaching-house was open, and I held sundry Ineetings in and about this place. Then proceeding to Philadelphia, where I called and found Brother Colbert who being superintendant, paved my way to the getting access to all the methodist meeting-houses in and about this place, one 'excepted, which was in the power of a contentious party : the other houses amounted to about half a dozen. · August 14. Elder Ware informs me that my appointments were given out through the Peninsula, which I had been informed was prevented : so after preaching at Ebenezer, I gilently withdrew, and taking my horse, iravelled all night, until ten next morning, when I spoke at Bethel and then jumpiog out at a window from the puipit, rode seventeen miles to Union : thence to Ducksreek cross roads, making near eighty miles travel and five ineetings without sleep. These few weeks past, since the eruption was dried up, and the asthma more Powerful and frequent than usual, I feel myself much debilitated.

16th. Spoke at George-town cross-roads, and at Chestertown at night, and next morning; after which I crossed Chester river gratis, and preached in Centerville : here some unknown gentleinen discharged my bill of fare: I spoke at Wye meeting-house in the afternoon to a few.

I enquired the cause, why more general notice was not given, and was answered, that John M-C, replied,

6 I give out no appointments for him; I have nothing to do with Lorenzo Dow.· Sunday 18th. I spoke in the open air at Easton, to about two thousand: the Lord was with us : James Poleinus (M'Clasky's colleague) gave out my appointments, as the most of the preachers in this country also did. In the afternoon I spoke at the Trap to a large auditory, having (on account of M-Clasky's mind) concluded not to occupy the preaching-house, until the trustees solicited me, to prevent wounding the cause of God. : I find that Roger Searle bas withdrawn from the Methodist connexion...

19th. Spoke at Cambridge, in the Methodist meeting-house, and at Foster's chapel in the afternoon; then accompanying a carriage with two sisters, we, in crossing a bridge, espied some careless people and a town. I expressed a desire to preach; and on perceiving a collection of people and inquiring the cause, found that it was a methodist meeting; one of the sisters knowing a man, got me introduced to preach.

20th. I had meeting at St. John's-tonn, under great weakness of body, which caused me to sit down whilst speaking, as I had puked, and was obliged to stop several times by the way: from this I was carried in a chair to Deep-creck meeting-house, passing near where G. R. was raised, who took me into society, but now thinks I am crazy : gurely if one from such a low sphere of life, through conversion and diligence, can attain to such an extension of useful knowledge, what will be the account most must give at the last day !-I also spoke at Concord, Laurel-hill, and Salsbury, being aided thither by carriages. .. 22nd. Princess Anne court-house, and Curtis's meeting-house : near this my spiritual father Hope Hull was raised.

23d. I spoke under the shades at New-tonn, to about two thousand or more; I gave them a mixed dose : we had a good time from the Lord, whilst they gave me their hands to remember me to God when at the other side of the Atlantic. I spoke at Downing chapel also. On this peninsula were now C. Spry, Fredus Aldridge, and Z. Kankey, the last of whom I met. I have now

seen most of the old preachers on the Continent, the greater part of them are retired into private spheres of life; also the chief of those who most opposed me have located, and are almost in oblivion, or withdrawn, or expelled the connexion, or in a cold, low, uncomfortable state of formality. Lord! what am I! Oh ! ever keep my conscience holy and tender! Trials await me, and unless God supports me I cannot succeed ; Oh! God! undertake for me. I have seen Thy salvation in time past, and shall I distrust Thy goodness or providence at this critical time? No; my hope is still in thee: I will hope and trust to thy providence until I must give up.

I feel my work on this Continent drawing to a close, and heart and soul bound to Europe.

24th. Spoke at Guilford. Feeling my strength more and more to decline, without help I must depart, but hope I shall recover on my intended voyage. I

Sunday 25th. Spoke to near three thousand at Drummingtown: good decorum, except in a few. At Onancock we had a shout. The sandy dust has been distressing for hundreds of miles : there has been no rain for near twelve weeks over this country : so vegetation and the cattle are in mourning, yet not so much here as in some parts of the north, this land being more level.

I viewed the camp-ground, and preparations making for the meeting, which I think the most convenient I have seen. Spoke at Garretson's meeting-house, and in a farm-house at night. .

27th. A young woman took me in a chaise to Northampton court-yard, where I held some meetings: being unable to ride on horseback, with propriety any longer, I sold my horse, &c. at great loss. I find the great have their trials as well as the small, from what I now observe in others : but all shall work together for good to thon that love God.

28th. I rode in a coachee to the camp-ground, with a family, having solicited several to attend : I found Jaundreds on the ground to be in readiness for the next day. I have been reading Washington's life, and what inust have been his sufferings of mind during the war,

but particularly when retreating from New York thro' the Jerseys, to Trenton, and the gloomy aspect of the times; his life and property in danger, and particularly if defeated; and yet was not cast down, but supported, and finally won the day. Here I reflected, if, he, through difficulties, endured to accomplish an earthly transitory design, shall I, for a little earthly trouble, desert that which I think will turn to the glory of God in the promotion of the Kingdom of Christ on earth : though I meet with difficulties I will not despair: I want more faith ; in order to accomplish the spread of the gospel, I want a greater acquaintance..

29th. By invitation from Dr. Chandler, the presiding elder, and preachers, I spoke in the afternoon on sanctification ; about three thousand rose up in covenant, sundry of whom come up to be prayed for; and amongst them three young women, two of whom were prayerless three days before, and came with me: one of them found pardon in a few minutes, and shouted the praise of God; the other was delivered shortly, and the third, who owned the camp-ground, found deliverance that night. Thus the work went on, so that there could be no preaching until ten the next day, though meeting had been appointed for eight at night and morning. When I left the place, the rain impeded the meeting, yet it continued until Monday; and, on a moderate calculation, there was reason to believe that about five hundred were hopefully converted. - A captain sent word that I might sail with him over the Chesapeak ; but the wind being high, and from such a direction, that I could not be landed, where I would, so I must where I could..

We sailed about one hundred miles in less than a day, to Suffolk, where I spoke at night. Our danger was great on the passage, in consequence of the sloop being old, and impossible to keep dry below decks.

Sunday, September 1st. I set off in a chair for Portsmouth, it raining by the way; however, I preached, and also in Norfolk ; where two souls found peace : next day got some temporal affairs adjusted, and returned to Suffolk, where I spoke to about one thousand, and

rode on a cart, as a chair could not be obtained for love, nor hired for money.

4th. Rhoda Williams, a young woman, of late under concern for her soul, was somewhat unwell, yet took me in a chair, forty miles, to Smith's chapel, before she alighted : here we found a congregation of about three thousand waiting, whom I addressed with liberty: Oh! may God remember Rhoda for good, in recompense for her kindness; we were deceived in the distance about seventeen miles, yet the disappointment was prevented.

I had twelve miles to go this evening, so I rode four in a cart, walked one, and a Connecticut pedlar coming along with his waggon, carried me the remainder to Halifax, in N. Carolina, where I spoke, and got a letter from Peggy.

5th. Esq. B- sent a servant and chair with me to Ebenezer, where I addressed about one thousand seven hundred; then a friend whom I had never spoken to said, if I would dine with him, he would carry me in his chair to the camp-meeting, about twenty miles where we arrived that evening; thus I find God provides for those who put their trust in him. :

6th. Camp-meeting came on in the edge of Franklin county: the weather was somewhat lowering, which incommoded us at intervals : thousands however asgembled, and though satan was angry, and, by means of a few drunkards, strove to make a rumpus or uproar, yet I think, here was the best decorum I ever saw, considering the magnitude of the assembly from this wilderness country. There were near one hundred tents and upwards of sixty covered waggons, &c. the first day, besides carriages, &c.

Philip Bruce, an old preacher and friend, was presiding elder here. The Lord began a glorious work; it might truly be said, we had the cry of Heaven-born souls, and the shout of a King in the Camp. Some months ago brother Mead had agreed to appoint a train of Camp-meetings through his district, the first of which was to begin a week after this in Buckingham county, Virginia, which he had engaged me to attend, but being unacquainted with my arrangements, be took

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