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preachers to convert me." And when I heard of his expression, faith språng up in my soul, and I felt a de. sire to talk to him ; he objected, “I am too young;" but here God brought him down, and he is now an itinerant preacher.
As our quarterly meeting was drawing near; every society round the circuit promised, such a day, as much as their labour and bodily strength would admit, to ob. serve as a day of prayer and fasting to God, that he would meet with us at the quarterly meeting ; which came on June 20th at Pittstown.
Here, after S. Hutchinson had finished his sermon, J. Mitchell began to exhort, when there commenced a trembling amongst the wicked : one, and a second, and a third fell from their seats, and the cry for mercy became general; and many of the backslidden professors were cut to the quick; and I think for eleyen hours there was no cessation of the loud cries; no business of a ternporal nature could be done at this quarterly meet. ing conference. - The next day, Solomon Moon, who had come more than forty miles, stood up in the love-feast and declared how he was caught in a promise, and to ease his mind, was necessitated to fulfil, and within three days, found the reality of what he had doubted; and besought others not to be afraid of promising to serve God: for, said he, I bless the day that ever I saw the face of brother Dow. It was curiosity, as he testified, which first induced him to come out to hear him that was called the crazy man. In this love-feast, the cry began again and continued till vithin two hours of sun-setting, when I went off to an appointment, leaving about twenty who were resolved not to go away until they found pardon.
This day's meeting was a season not soon to be fore. gotten. I have reason to believe, from observation round the circuit, that not less than an hundred souls were blessed and quickened here. N. B. It had continued from nine in the morning,
During these last three months, I had six liundred miles to travel, in four weeks, besides meeting in class supwards of six hundred members and spectators, and
preaching seventy or seventy-five times, and some visita ing.
As we were enlarging this circuit, there being a vacant place of upwards of sixty-miles, where I, with some trouble, got a few places of preaching. As I was travelling, at a distance I saw one dressed in black, whom I overtook; and I asked, in our conversation, if he kneir any thing of the methodists and their doctrine lately, in these parts. He was a calvinist baptist preacher, and from my dress and questions he supposed that I was no preacher, but a stranger to the methodists, so he talked just like a prejudiced calvinist, about them; and when Qe had found me out, he coloured, and invited me to dine at an acquaintance of his; and I requested pormisston to pray with them, which caused a surprise. * Prayers," thought they, “ in the middle of the day." Through this medium, the door was opened at Brandon, where I made a covenant with the people; here curiozity brought out one of the chief men, a merchant, with his proud neice, to hear, as he expected, a great man, bat being disappointed in the looks of the person, was almost ready to go home; but considering in his mind, I have come a mile and an half distance, through a dif. ficult road; now I am here, I'll stay to the end. He rose up in the covenant with his neice, not thinking what they were about, but seeing others rise. I called God to witness to the corenant, and went on my way, The conscience of these two persons began to condemn, them for breach of promise; and to ease their minds, were constrained to fulfil, and soon found comfort : and they, with his wife, at the end of four weeks came out. to join society; and twenty-two others followed their example the same day: in nine days after, twenty-five others joined likewise.
The commonality said, the methodists have dona some good, by turning the mind of the blasphemer, from collecting in his debts, to religion, and so we are kept out of jail.
In New-Huntingdon, I made a covenant with the people, which proved not altogether in vain. Shortly after, about forty were joined in class. This place, I visited from house to bouse, Witb Hindsburg, Mooktop,
and Starksborough; where the wilderness seemed to bud and blossom as the rose. O! the joyful meetings we had in these new countries, will not soon be forgotten.
When in Williston, an uncle of mine with his family, came out to hear, but behaved very rudely, and strore to persuade me to leave the town, and have no more meet ings. there; for, said he, you'll break up our good order.
From hence I proceeded to Richmond, where was a woman, who being told by her physician that death was now upon her, cried out, Why, doctor Marsh, you have been deceiving me, promising me life and health, not letting me know my danger, that I might prepare for death. Twice I have been brought to the gates of death, and promised God, if I might be restored that I would serve him, and after recovering broke my promise, and went on in the ways of sin; and now I am brought to the gates of death, and have not time to repent : and turning to a man in the company, said, whilst the minister is preaching my funeral sermon, know ye that my soul is in hell, and then expired.
Here whilst I preached, some liked, others mocked, and were unwilling to converse with me, lest I should ensnare them into a promise. From hence I crossed Onion river, (through some danger by reason of its depth) to Underhill, where God gave me one child in the gospel, as I found next year. From then to Cambridge, where I met with some opposition, and crossing the river Demiles to Fairfield and Fairfax, where the peo. ple were serious, but some afterwards spoke evil of this way.*
Thence to St. Alban's, where one made disturbance in meeting, which I reproved. After meeting, he said, if I did not make him satisfaction, by a public ackpowledgment that I had abused him, he would prosecute me at law. I defied him to do his worst, knowing that the law was in my favour; then, said he, lay out for the worst. In another meeting, although he thought him. self a gentleman, be came in and publicly attempted to wring my nose; but I dodging my head, his hand slipped by, and though I was a stranger, a man attempted to take my part, so I was forgotten by the first; the syraugle in words was so sharp between them, that the roman of the house turned him out of doors. . The next day he way laid me until he was tired and chilled, and went in to warm himself, and just then I rode by the house where he was. .
I preached in Swanton, likewise, and though I had many critics, and was publicly opposed by three baptist preachers, yet three persons dated their conviction and conversion from this meeting : at the close of it, I appealed to the people that I had proved every disputed point from the scriptures; whereas my opponents bad not brought one whole passage of scripture, in support of their assertions: so having first recommended them neither implicitly to believe me por my opponents, but · to search the scriptures for their own information, we parted. But the baptists held a council amongst themselves, and came to a conclusion, that it was best to come no more to hear such false doctrine, as they deeme ed mine to be. From Canada, I visited all the towns on the Lake shore, to Orwell, to my uncle Daniel Rust'e, and God was with me on the way, in
The circuit was now divided, and I was to take the part which lay towards Albany,
September 10th, having travelled on foot the preceding week, about ninety miles, and preached nearly twice a-day, I thought that something broke or gave way in , my breast. I borrowed a horse, and proceeded from Wells to Danby. Whilst speaking in the chapel, my strength failed and I gave over, and brother Lobdel concluded the meeting.
To his house I went, but was soon confined to the door with a strong fever, being destitute of money, bound in body, and but one room in the house, and several children in the family, and the walking across the. floor, (the sleepers being long) caused a springing, which gave me much pain, as I had but one blanket under me. A wicked physician was employed, withe out my consent, whose prescriptions I did not feel freedom to follow; but being over-persuaded by some who, · wished me well, I at length complied, and found a very bad effect attended : being in this situation, I began to meditate what course to take, knowing that unless I:
could get help soon I must die--When I recollected an account I had heard of a man in a fever, who was given over to die; and by persuading his watcher to give him plentifully of cold water, which was contrary to ordere, he recovered in a few hours. I endeavoured to follow the example, by asking it in tea-eup fulls, from both of my watchers alternately, (so that they should not mistrust my intention, lest they should withhold it from me) as they waked up in the night, until I had taken twenty-four cups, which promoted a copious perspiration, and the fever left me; but I was so treak that I could not bear the noise and shaking; and the extremes from heat to cold, occasioned by the fire being sometimes large and sometimes nearly out. The man of the house with J. Mitchell, were now gone to the conference at Granville. I hearing of another family of methodists who were rich, persuaded a young man without religion, to make a bier and sew a coverlet upon it; with which, (the neighbours being called in) they carried me up and down hills, (like a corpse) several miles to the rich man's house, where I expected the best of attendance ; but, alas! I was much disappointed, for they seemed unwilling to assist me with nursing or necessaries ; neither could I send to where I had friends, by reason of the distance. Here I despaired of life, and some who were ao friends to my manner of conduct, reported that I was dead, from which it appeared, they wished it were the case. This report gained much ground, and circu. lated for some hundreds of miles; so that my parents heard of it, and believing it, gave me up for dead, and my sisters dressed in mourning, and the preachers on hearíng it so credibly, ventured to preach my funeral sermon in several places where I had travelled.
The first relief that I got during this illness was from a Quaker (a namesake of mine, though no relation) who had accidently heard me preach.
He came ten miles to see me, on hearing I was sick: I hinted to him concerning my situation; he went away and the next day came again, and brought a quart of wine, a pint of brandy, a pound of raisins, and half a pound of loaf sugar. These articles seemed to give me new strength, but were soon out. My nurse, who