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the liberty to anticipate the time, and publish accordingly, which made the two meetings clash; this brought me into a dilemma, as I was necessitated to attend them both, not only by engagement, but also to get my temporal affairs wound up, and business settled with individuals who were to meet me, and also my book concerns, as they related to meeting-houses,&c.
7th. Feeling my mind greatly exercised about what was before me, I was convinced of the necessity of atattempting to force my way from one camp-meeting to the other, before they should break, which would make a distance of about one hundred and forty miles, to be travelled over in about forty hours, across a country, where were no country roads, except for neighbourhood or plantation convenience. I slept but little the past night, in consequence of labouring with mourners, conversation and preaching; in my last discourse I remarked my decline, my necessity of departure, and intention of sailing shortly : as I bade the people fare · well, hundreds held up their hands as a signal of their
intention, and desire, that we should remember each other when separated, and if we never meet below, to strive to meet above. ? A young man whom I had never seen before, took me • in a carriage about forty miles to his brother's, where
I took some tea; then a servanty carriage and two horses, were dispatched with me seventeen miles. A man, on whom I was directed to call for further assiste ance, pleaded inconvenience, but asked me to tarry till morning; so I took to my feet and went on : being feeble in body, I made but poor headway, having the inconvenience of near eigbt hundred dollars in a tip box. At dawn of day, I arrived at Mecklenburgh Court-house, where a chair was not to be hired on any terms, but a gentleman who had never seen me before, on finding out my name, gave me a breakfast, and dispatched a servant and two horses with me about twelve miles, (the servant carrying my luggage) but I growing weak, and perceiving I must alight, espied a chair, which I strove to hire, though at first in vain, yet on telling them my name and situation, the mistress consented (her husband being out) and the son for twelve shillings carried me expeditiously ten miles, where I called, making my cage
known as before; the family rejected, until they understood my name, when a servant was sent with me six miles; here I called again, but was denied assistance, until a female visitor said, “ if you are Lorenzo Dow you shall be welcome to my horse," and so her son went with me thirteen miles ; then I got some refreshment, but here could get no assistance further, so I took to my feet and went on as well as I could, being frequently assaulted by dogs on the road, at different periods of the night, and at length one of them made such a fuss, that the master came out with his gun to see what was the matter : and as I spoke to the dog, he koew my voice: he invited me to come in and tarry, but not prevailing, aroused a servant to get me a horse, so I mounted and pushed on, and coming to a house, hailed them up for a pilot on the road; the old man said “tarry till morning;" I replied, “ I cannot;" then he dispatched several for his horse, whilst he should dress himself, which doing in haste, he forgot his small-clothes until after his boots were on. At length we started, and arrived on the camp-ground just after sun-rise, where I found Brother Mead and Papa and Mama Hobson, with hundreds of friends, who were surprised and glad to see me, as they had despaired of my coming: there were about ten thousand at this meeting : scores were hopefully converted to God, and the Lord was with them of a truth. I addressed the auditory as my bodily strength would admit, and, settled my temporal affairs to my mind, though some in whoin I had confided betrayed it.
Tuesday 10th. I bade the people farewell, the meeting broke, and I went home, in the carriage to Cumberland, with Papa and Mama Hobson. , 12th. A servant aided me four miles, whence a friend helped me with a carriage to Richmond..
Sunday 15th. Having put to the press my “Farewell to America, a Word to the Publicas a hint to suit the times.” I preached in Richmond and Manchester. Then Brother Dunnington, in his chair, carried me to Campbell Camp-meeting, Papa Hobson being with us At this meeting a woman found peace with God, who had thought Camp-meetings scandalous for women to attend. Her husband, some months previous, had felt serious impressions from some talk I had given him, and he wanted her to go to the last Camp-meeting, but she to get off said, “if you or any of the neighbours get converted at it, I will go to the next; he found peace, and held her to her promise ; she, as a woman of veracity, came, though much to the mortification of her pride, but now the happy pair went home rejoicing in God.
Here, also, a man an hundred and three years old, found peace, another man, some nights ago, dreamt that he came to this meeting, and asked a black woman to pray for him, and that God set bis soul at liberty :The dream so impressed his mind that he could not enjoy himself until he came to see what we were about, and searching round out of curiosity, he found the very countenance he had seen in his dream : a secret impulse ran through his mind " ask her to pray for you," wbich, at first, he rejected, but for the ease of his mind, secretly made the request, so as not to be distinguished by the people, thinking thus to avoid the cross; said she," if you will kneel down, I will;" thought he," I shall mock the woman if I do not," and, when on his knees, thought he, “the people are now observing me, and if I do not persevere, I shall look like a hypocrite, the cross I must bear, let me do as I will, therefore, seeing I have gone so far, I will make a hand of it," and whilst on their knees, yielded in his heart to be the Lord's; and God set his soul at liberty. Thus God's words are verified, which say, now is the accepted time and DAY of salvation. The devil's time is a future one, but God is immutable, and of course always ready, He being love ; as saith the Apostle, “God is in Christ re. conciling the world unto himself;" therefore, the exhortation is, “be ye reconciled to God," i. e. “ give up your will and heart to God for Him to reign within."-Look at the thief on the cross and the gaoler and family :Paul's was the longest in the pangs of the new birth, of any related in the Testament, yet that was but three days; though some think it must take a man two or three years to be converted; thus denying the freedom of the will, waiting for what they term a special call; yet, it is evident, that the Spirit of God strives with all, and no man will condemn himself for not doing what he believes to be ap impossibility; yet many condemn themselves for doing as they do ; which implies that they believe they had power to have acted otherwise than as they did; argues the power of choice and the freedom of the human will, which every one must assent to.
I returned to the Lowlands, bidding my friends farewell and brother Dunnington who had accommodated me two hundred and fifty miles...
Many dear faces in these lands I expeet to see no more until in a better world : a man and wise who were my spiritual children were passing in a coach as I concluded my meeting, they took me in and carried me a distance, where brother Mead carryhg me in his chair, brought me to Nen-Kent Camp-meeting. The rain kept back many, however, there were about fifty hopefully converted to God in the course of the meeting; and it may be said, “ the beloved clouds helped us," as my life had been previously threatened, and the Collegians backed by their President the Bishop, say they would have been upon us had not the rain hindered them. A chump of wood being flung in through the window, I leaped out after the man, he ran, and I after him, crying “run, run, Old Sam is after you ;" he did run, as for his life, and leaping over a fence hid among the bushes. Next morning I cut Old Sam's name on the wood, nailed it to a tree and called it Old Sam's Monument. I asked the people publicly (pointing to the monument) who was willing to enlist and serve so poor a master; I also observed, that the people who had threatened my life only apon hearsay accounts, were cowardly and inhuman, as I was an entire stranger to them; and their conduct against me was under cover. I said “ your conduct is condemnable, which expression means damnable, and of course, to make the best of you, you are nothing but a pack of damned cowards, for there durst not one of you shew your heads." These young coXcombs were mightily grated, and to retaliate, said that I cursed and swore : many I believe, at that time, had a sense of the poor wages the devil would give his servants.
Oct. 3d. Camp-meeting began at Old-Poplar-Spring church and continued four days; several found peace
amongst whom was a young woman that came ill with ** an ague and fever whose mother bad long been pray.
ing for her conversion; she was smote down by the power of God, but went home well in soul and body, Many say these Camp-meetings are injurious to health; but I do not find ground to believe that more evils accrue than otherwise, considering the number and time: many go home better than they came, even delicate wo men, who rarely would step off a carpet for twelve months, grew more healthy from that time. ** I held meetings in Pace's meeting-house and Cole's * Chapel, and staid with old father Le Roy Cole ; he wrote a letter to Bob Samplo, one of the most popular A-doubleL-part preachers in the country, who like a little fice (or cur dog) would rail behind my back : he charged his conduct with being unmanly, and said, “ If Lorenzo be wrong you ought to come and correct him to his face or bush.” He attended, heard me preach, and then said he would answer my discourse at a future pe. riod, at the same time knowing that I was leaving the country. I replied, it is hard not to give a man a chance to defend himself, and was minded that he should come out early next moraing, so as not to delay my
journey, and let the people judge where the truth lay: "he refused, until I insisted that backbiting was unfair; however, I could not get him out before eleven. I invited the people: we met: He spoke two hours and forty minutes, wearying the patience of the people; though I was minded that we should speak fifteen minutes at a time alternately, which he refused; but in bis talk obi * served “I dare not say that Christ did not die for any * living man: I dare not say that he died for any who are in hell." And many other expressions he dropped similar to the above. I attempted to follow him as well as I could, making remarks upon the dark expres. siops to blindfold the people, and said the man was not honest to proceed in such an intricate way; said I, why
did he say, that «he dare not say Christ had not *died for any living man ?” because he did not know but
that that man was one of the elect ; again, why did he say, “ that he dare not say that Christ had died for any who are in bell ?" Because he did not believe that