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clans; one of whom invited me to preach in Green River meeting house, as we had a right to it two days in the year.
The time arrived; the people came out, and I went; but haring a hard day's journey of twenty-five miles, and to preach five times, and to speak to three classes, I had to be in earnest.
As I entered the meeting house, having an old borrowed great coat on, and two hats, the people were alarmed, and thought it singular that I did not how to every pew as I went towards the pulpit, which was the custom there. Sonie laughed, and some blushed, and the attention of all was excited. I spoke for about two hours, giving the inside and outside of methodism.Many, I believe, for that day, will be thankful though I was strongly opposed by a reprobationist in the afternoon.-My hat being taken from me without my consent, and two others forced upon me, 4was carrying one to give a young man,
In New-Concord, religion being low, I visited the people three miles, taking every house, and (being persuaded) I told the people that God would soon surely revive his work; which words they marked and sought to do me harm, as instantly the work did not appear.
I besought God in public, that something awful might happen in the neighbourhood, if nothing else would do to alarm the people. For this prayer many said I ought to be punished.
A company of young people, going to a tavern, one of them said, I will ride there as Christ rode into Jerusalem: instantly his horse started, ran a distance, and tbrew him against a log. He spoke no more until he died; which was next morning.*
In this neighbourhood, the young people assembled again to a gingerbread lottery; and I preached from
if they hear not Moses and the prophets; neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." They were so struck, that the fiddler whom they em. ployed, had nothing to do.
At length the revival appeared visible, and the
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mouths of gainsayers were shut: numbers were added to class. * On my way to Spencertown, at a distance, I discov. ered a place in a hilly country, where I thought God would immediately revive his work. Coming to a house, I inquired my road, but found I had gone out of my way; but upon being righted, I came to the place which just before I had seen from the top of a moun. tain, where I thought God would revive his work. - I began immediately to visit the neighbourhood from house to house. The people thought it strange (I being a stranger) and came out to see where it would end.
Here too it was soon reported I was crazy, which brought 'many out to the different meetings : amongst whom was an old man, who came to hear for himseif, and told the congregation that I was crazy, and advised them to hear me no more. I replied, people do not blame crazy ones for their behaviour; and last night [. preached from the word of the Lord; but when I come again I will preach from the word of the devil. This tried our weak brethren; 'however, the people came out by hundreds to hear the new doctrine. I spoke from Luke iv. 6, 7. and an overshadowing season we had of the divine presence. I besought the family to promise to serve God; but upon receiving a refusal my soul was so pained with concern on their account, that I could not eat my breakfast, and set out to go away in the rain. Conviction seized the minds of the family; they followed me at a distance with tears, and made me the promise, and not altogether in vain. Here the society was greatly enlarged; those that were in darkness were brought into marvellous light..
; In Alford, I preached methodism, inside and outside. Many came to hear; one woman thought I aimed at her dress. The next meeting she orr amenied far more, in order that I might speak to her. But I, in my discourse took no notice of dress, and she went away disgraced and ashamed.
The brethren here treated me coldly at first, so I was necessitated to pay for my horse keeping five weeks ; and being confined a few days with the ague and fever, the man of the house not being a methodist, I paid him for my accommodation. ..
I had said in public that God would bless my labours there; which made the people watch me for evil and not for good. I visited the whole neighbourhood from house to house, which made a great uproar among the people. However the fire kindled; the society got enlivened, and several others who were stumbling at the unexemplary walk of professors, were convinced and brought to find the realities of religion for themselves. When leaying this place, I was offered pay for my expenses, but I refused it, saying, if you wish to do me good, treat the coming preachers better than you have done me.
Stockbridge. Here the minister of the place had done his endeavours to influence the people to shut the preachers out of the town; but by an impression I went into one part, and by an invitation to another; and though the opposition was great from the magistrates and quality, yet they found no way to expel us out of the place; but the revival began, and several were stirred up to seek God. Now reprobation lost ground: the eyes of many were enlightened to see a free salvation offered to all mankind.
In Lenox the society and people were much prejudi. ced at first, but the former were quickened afresh. Here lived a young woman, who, by the unexemplary walk of professors, was prejudiced against the advice to religion, saying, I see no difference between their walk and others. Her parents besought me to say nothing to her about her soul, lest she should be prejudiced and hardened more. I began to consider what to do; and after seeking to God for wisdom and success, said, “Sophy, if you'll read a chapter every day till my retura four weeks hence, l'll give you this bible:” she thinking I was in jest, said she would : 1 instantly gave it to her, at which she blushed. At my return, as she said she had fulfilled, I requested a second promise ; which was that she would pray twice a-day in secret another four weeks. She said, you'll go and tell it round if I do: which I assured her I would not, if she would only grant my request; said she, I'll retire, but not promise to kneel, so we parted. At the expiration of the time I came round the circuit here again, and requested one promise more, viz. to pray once a-day kneeling, which I
would not take a denial of : and to get rid of my ima portunity, she promised; and before the time expired she was convinced of the necessity of being made holy, and was willing that all the world should know of her resolution to serve God during life.*,
I visited Pittsfield extensively, and had the satissaction to see the methodists and others stirred up to serve God. Now they offered me presents, which I refused, saying, the next preachers invite home and treat well, for my sake.
In Bethlehem, whilst preaching, I was suddenly seized with puking, and expected to expire. Here also God revived his work..
Conference drawing near, and finding that my food did not nourish and strengthen me as heretofore, I was convinced that unless I could get help, I must be carried off the stage. I accordingly wrote to conference concerning my state, and requested permission to take a voyage to sea, as I had no hope of escaping any other way; and IRELAND lay particularly on my mind. Feeling a particular desire to visit Lapsinburg and Albany, which the preachers had restrained me from going to, I embraced the opportunity whilst they were gone to conference.
June 17th, I preached five times and rode thirty-five miles. On the 18th, I rode fifty-five miles; preached five times, and spoke to two classes. On the 19th I preached six times and rode twenty-five mileg. On the 20th, I preached twice and went to Albany, and preached eiglat nights successively, one excepted, wbich I improved in Lansingburg.
In the day time, I went to Coeyman's patent and Niskeuna. These visits were not altogether in vain; wherefore I did not grudge the above-mentioned bard days' works, to gain this time.
29th. I rode thirty miles, preaching twice on the road, to Handcock; which place I had visited extensively, it heing newly taken into the circuit, and about for. ty inembers joined in the class. Our quarterly-meeting coming on, the congregation was so large, we were constrained to withdraw to the woods; for no building we had would contain them. It was a powerful time in
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deed, and many were refreshed from the presence of the Lord.
My state of health being so low, I bade them farewell until we should meet in a future world, as I expected to see them no more on earth.
I took them all to record, that my skirts were pure from all their blood, as I had spared no paius to bring them to good.
When I at first came on this circuit, I felt like one forsaken, as they all appeared to be sorry to see me, and almost unwilling to seed me or my horse. For all my toil here, I received ten dollars, when my extra expenses were upwards of six pounds; so that when leaving it, I was fifteen pounds worse in circumstances than when coming: yet it afforded me comfort that I could leave them in peace and have a joyful hope of enjoying some of them as stars in my crown of glory, which I expected soon to obtain. * As the preachers who had just come from conference told me that my request was rejected, and my station was on the bounds of Canada; this information grieved me at first, however, I consented to go according to orders, after I had visited my native town.
Leaving this circuit, to which there were added one bundred and eighty, and about five hundred more under conviction for sin, 1 set off for Coventry, and riding thro' Granville circuit, it caused me to weep and mourn wlien I saw some who were awakened wben I was there, now in a backslidilen state. Oh! the harm done by the Jaziness and unfaithfulness of preachers. But some who were alive then are alive still, and I trust to meet them * in a better world.
July 3d. I reached my native town, and found my parents and friends well in body, but low in religion. Next evening 1 preached; many flocked out to hear the preacher who had rose from the dead, as was the com: mon say.
I told the people, onee I was opposed by them about preaching : I have come home before now to see you and bid you farewell for a season; but now I have come! home, not a cozening, as some children do to see their parents, but to discharge my duty and bid you farewell