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feeling as it were, my work done here and my heart and soul bound to America, I dare do no otherwise than return, and of course durst not accept the invitations, but with thankfulness, and not comply.
There are six kinds of names of Methodists in England. 1. Old Society: 2. Killomites; 3. Quaker Meth odists; 4. Whitefield's Methodists; 5. Revivalists, or Free Gospellers; 6. Welch Methodists, (called Jumpers) a happy, simple, pious people, by the best accounts; besides the Church Methodists.
The old body are the main stock, as that in America, they have never had a final separation from the Church, they are called Protestants, but most of them are as desenters, preaching in church hours, which Mr. Wesley did not allow they mostly have the ordinances among them, though their preachers are not ordained, but say the power which qualifies them to preach, does not make a man half a minister, and if he be properly called, and qualified by God to administer the substance in the word, to the salvation of souls, the same of course is fit to administer the shadow in form, and of course count the ordinalion but a FORM.*
There is instrumental music in most of the leading chapels in England. But for a lad to start up and sing away in form like a hero, yet have no more sense of divine worship than a parrot that speaks a borrowed song, I ask how God is glorified in that? If mechanism was in such perfection as to have a machine by steam to speak quords in form of sentences; and so say a prayer, repeat a sermon, and play the music, and say amen. Would this be divine worship? No! there is no divinity about it; and of course it is only mechanism; and hence if we have not the Spirit of God, our worship is not divide. Consequently, it is only forin; and form without power, is but a sham.
In Ireland the separation from the Church has not taken place; there is more of the ancient Methodist simplicity discoverable among them, but not as in America. I believe the plan fallen upon in these United States, is, and has been the most proper one for the time being,
to carry on an extensive itinerancy with little expense; but what will or should be best in future, may God's wisdom direct and his providence point out? Well may the Poet say,
# Except the Lord conduct the plan,
" The best concerted schemes are váin,
" And never can succeed.” If “ the kingdom of God be righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost," and the “ testimony of Jesus be the spirit of prophecy,” well may the Apostle say, “ No man can call Jesus Lord but by the Holy Ghost. Again, “ If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his."*
In Europe there is much more stress put upon forms, names and tradition than in America ; you can scarcely give a greater offence, than ask, “ Have you got any religion ?” “Got any religion !" Think I am à heathen--got my religion to seek at this tiine of day ;** “ I was always religious.”_What is your religion ? It is the religion of my father, and he was of the religion of his father, the good old way, we don't change our religion.” Suppose à man has a young horse, that will run a race-win a prize, and is a valuable animal; he wills the horse to his son, and he to his son, and so on; but the horse dies; the grandson boasts, what, bave not I got a good horse? I bave, my grandfather raised him, willed him to my father, who gave bim to me; and I can prove by the neighbours, he ran such a race, and won such a prize; but on a close inspection, it is found only the bones are remaining. Look at the Congregationals, or Independents, Presbyterians, Quakers, &c. &c. &c. and compare them nowy with the history of their ancestors, and a change will be visible.t
Two or three centuries ago, perhaps, ancestors had religion, and were out of stigma, called a name, that has been attached to their form, and handed down from
pravo, * Mr. Asbury to America, is as Wesley was to Europe! :
† And unless people have a recourse to their first principles they will degenerate !
father to son; these ancestors living in the divine life of religion, in that divine life have gone to heaven, as Christ saith, “ My sheep hear my voice, and follow me, and I'll give unto them eternal life, &c. But the chil. dren donn have, on bearing the same name, think they have the same religion ; but on a close reflection, or inspection, there is no more divine life about their form, than animal life about the bones of the old horse ; and of course, will no more carry a man to heaven, than the bones will with whip and spurs carry a man a journey, &c. because bible religion is what we must have especially, for the ancients were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost," and " without holiness no man shall see the Lord;” but “ blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
The funds which have been raised in England, I scruple whether they have not proved a lamentation to some, though they might be turned to the glory of God, and doubtless have in many instances, yet I fear that to some, through sear, it hath proved a snare, so that they have not borne that testimony, with their conscience . and judgment told them was their duty against a growing evil, whilst others have had too much affluence and ease, and by that means have sunk too much upon their lees! God forbid it should be the case in America ! whilst a man or body of people are simple and sincere, having frequently recourse to their first principles in the Lord; there is no room to doubt his favour and his blessing, and these will make a happy life, and procure a happy end, and all is well that ends well, is the old proverb; but who can stand when God sets his face against them? Or what can prosper if God don't smile his approbation. The wicked may prosper for a while, but at length shall be driven away as the chaff, and their candle put out-whilst the righteous shall be had in everlasting remenabrance.
END OF PART THIRD-THIRD EDITION.
Warrington, April 16, 1807. To the Church of God in every place:
This cometh in behalf of Lorenzo Dow; Itenerant Preacher of the Gospel of God our Saviour, We, the undervigned, Ministers and members of the people (call4d Methodist Quakers) late in connexion with the old body of Methodists, Do testify, that although his appearance amongst us was in much weakness, mapy suspicions, good and evil report, his word was with power and the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven. From the time we have been favoured with his labours, he bath conducted bimself on all occasions (in prosperity and adversity) as one whose sole aim is the glory of God and the welfare of mankind, far beyond his strength in labours more abundant, travelling night and day for the accomplishment of his vast desire to preach the gospel of the kingdom to many perishing for lack of knowledge; and we are witnesses bis labour bath not been in vain in the Lord: Many of the stones of the street hath beer raised to be sons and daughters of Abraham ; backaliders reclaimed, and many of infidel principles shaken. From the impressive manner of his life, many sunk into Laodicean ease, have been stirred up to glorify God with their body, soul, and substance, whom we trust and pray will remain stars in the church militant, and afterwards form one part of his crown of rejoicing in the day of the Lord. Amen.
Being about to depart from this to his native land, we pray that the guidance of the same Holy Hand, which thro’a train of Divine Providences, cast his lot amongst 18, may conduct and protect him over the great deep to the American shores in peace and safety. Amen.
G. Brimelow. Ja • Also signed by upwards of one hundred persons more.
PART THE FOURTH.
A SHORT ACCOUNT OF " ECCENTRIC COSMOPOLITE."
N HEN Cosmopolite was on his last tour through
*******, orders were sent from the “ Castle," somewhere by some body, that he must be taken into custody; which body returning, replied for answer that Cosmopolile could not be found*m-this, more than once or ortwice.--Moreover, the Threshers pursued him two nights and one day for a noted heretic ; but he unwittingly escaped from them likewise. The martial law was now proclaimed in four counties, which made it dangerous travelling without a pass ; but Cosmopolite was providentially kept in peace, and safely deliver ed from the whole--yet not by foresight in any human wisdom--for it was not within the reach of huntan ken,
* Question 22. A man from Americu, named ***** ** ***, having travelled through this country, professing himsell a friend to the **********, what judgment ought this ********** to pass concerning the conduct of that man ?” “ Answer. He came
- or any authorised to give it up has not travelled as one of
* Cosmopolite was on the chase seventeen hundred miles in sixty-seven days, and held two hundred meetings-such being the distance from the people, without intimacy-and velocity of the journey : that they scarcely knew from whence le came or where he was gone!