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blacks, but to get them collected, I took upwards of a Irundred hand-bills, and distributed them through the town, and threw one into a window where a man was dying; and a baptist preacher being present, read it to the family, as he afterwards told me, and that it was a
solemın time. He, Mr. Halconib, ever denied me his · meeting-house. On Sunday and Monday evenings I spoke in the African meeting-house ; it did my heart good to see the attentive blacks.-Andrew, the black preacher, had been imprisoned and whipped until the blood ran down, for preaching; as the people wanted to expel religion from the place, he being the only preacher in town. The whites at length sent a petition to the legislature for his permission to preach, which was granted. Said he to me, “my father lived to be an hundred and five years old, and I am seventy, and God of late has been doing great things for us. I have about seven hundred in church, and now I am willing to live or die as God shall see fit.” The whites offered me a collection which I declined, lest wrong constructions should be put upon it, and I deemed an impostor. as I was a stranger. I gave my trunk, &c. to the family where I tarried. In pouring out some crackers, I found two dollars, which I suppose my friends flung in at New-York; this I stood in need of. As I was leav. ing town, old Andrew met me, and shaking hands with me, left eleven dollars and a half in my hand, which some had made out: So I perceived God provides for those who put their trust in him. I had not gone far before I fell in with a team; I gave the man a handbill, which he said he would not take half a dollar for, and bid me put my bundle in his cart: thus with help I got on about twenty miles that day.
The captain with whom I sailed said, he discovered a visible alteration for the better in my health, previous to our parting, as my cough lest me, I raised less and less, and my strength returned more and more, far beyond expectation. It was thought, when I saited from New York, that I should not live to return.
The day after I left Savannah, a man overtook me who had heard of me, and said, “are you the preacher who has lately come from the northward ?" I replied. in the affirmative. Said he, “I heard of you in Sa vannah, and desiring to find you, I saw one back in a waggon dressed in black, whom I asked if he was the man; he replied, no sir, I love rum too well."
He took me on his horse, and carried me to old father Boston's, near Tukisaking. Here I was kindly received, and called in a few neighbours, to whom I spoke, and appointed meeting for Sunday. In the interval they began to interrogate me where I come from, and for my licence or credentials; which, on the relation of mny situation, caused them to think I was an impostor; but at length they found my name on the minutes, so their fears were in a measure subsided. A methodist preacher on his way from conference, fell in there on Saturday, and behaved as if he thought I was an impostor; however, my appointment was given out and could not be recalled. And while I was fulfilling of it, the melting power of God was felt, and tears were rolling on every side. As I was leaving the assembly to go to my evening appointinent, about ten miles off, several shook hands with me, and left pieces of money in my hand to the amount of some dollars, which I perceived increased the preacher's jealousy as I refused the loan of a liorse. I walked and fulfilled my evening meeting, where a collection was offered, which I refused, however, about four dollars were forced upon me.
. 18. Continuing my course, I saw the sand-hill or hooping-crane, the largest kind of bird or fowl I ever saw; also, a flock of geese fiying over. Sure-instinct ! what is it? or who can tell ? the power of attraction. Men are wise, yet the more they find out, the greater mysteries are presented to view, and the more puzzled they are relative to the book of nature. Oh, the wis. dom of God! The birds of flight know their appointed time ; and oh, that the children of men would consider theirs. I dined gratis at an inn.
20. I reached Augusta, (the place seemed familiar, as if I had seen it before, when I came within sight of it, as I had four times dreamed of preaching in a similar place, and seen some similar people,) and inquired for methodists, and the first direction was to go to the house of a Frenchman, where the family treated me with
great ridicule and contempt. From thence I was directed to the house of a Calvinist, where I was treated with equal coldness. Thence to a house where the fashionable preachers put up, but got no encouragement to tarry ; but was directed to the common preachers' boarding-house, where I was thought to be an impostor, and so was sent to a private boarding-house; I went there, but could not get entertainment for Jove nor money ; and espying a grove of woods at a distance, concluded to go and take up my lodging there that night; and leaving a hand-bill I set off and got about twothirds of the way out of town when a negro overtook me with an express that his mistress wanted I should come back. I went back and tarried all night, and for my supper, lodging and breakfast, they would take nothing, neither would they keep me any longer, though I offered them any sum that they should ask for a week's 'board. Next night I offered a family pay for four nights
lodging; they said they would take me on trial; I did not eat nor drink with them; they kept me three nights for nothing, but they would not keep me the fourth. Next night, I went down on the bank of the river to take up my lodgings there, and whilst walking back and forth, meditating on my singular state and circumstances, a boat landed, from which came a negro, and called me by name: I asked hiin where he saw me; he replied, I heard you preach in Savannah; did you not in such a place? He asked me where I lodged; I told him I had no place ? said he, will you sleep where black people live? I replied, if they be decent ones. He went off, and after about half an hour came back, and piloted me to a black family who lived in as good fashion as two-thirds of the people in Augusta. I stay. ed all night and though I offered them pay, yet they would not receive any, neither would they keep me any longer for love por money. I procured my provisions and had them dressed at the house of Moses, a black man, who was a baptist preacher. Whilst at his slop, I heard of a man who was friendly to the methodists, * to whom I sent a line, signifying that if he would make me an appointment, I would cross the river to Camelton, where he lived, and preach. He did as I desired, and
I held three meetings. Here I had a singular dreams which seemed to be as singularly sulolled in some de gree shortly after. I spoke in the African baptist meeting house to some hundreds of blacks, and a few whites, the methodist meeting house being denied me by the society, and the preacher L. G. they supposing that I was an importor.
30. I tarried two nights at a plantation house, where the man was troubled with an uncommon disorder, which puzzled a council of physicians, who supposed it to be a polypus in the heart. In the night, I was seized with an inward impulse to set off on the Washington road. (my things not being arrived up the river) so that my sleep departed; in the moruing, when I arose, it was apparent gathering for a storm of rain, so I rejected the impulse as a temptation; but it returned with double force; and for the sake of peace of mind, I set off; but what I was after I could not tell, and when furning it over in my mind, I appeared like a fool to myself. And after travelling about ten miles, an old man between seventy and eighty, who was riding very fast, stopped of a sudden as he met me and said, young man, are you travelling? I answered in the affirmative, and gave him one of my handbills ; he on finding the contents shook hands with me, and said, I am a baptist, but my wife is a methodist; and invited me to his house, about seven miles off on the Uchee creek, and procured me a congre. gation the next day, among whom was a respectable family which attended, (Esquire Haynes and his wife) who got their hearts touched under the word, and invited me to hold meeting at their bouse, which I did the next day; and through this channel my door was open for visiting several neighbourhoods, where the people seemed to be melted to tenderness; and so I was not exam- ined for credentials. I begged two children of the above-mentioned family, (only they were to have the care of thein) which since have become serious. Anpointments being sent on before me, I went from Haynes's to Piemar's thence to Capt Thornton's, on Upton creek. "
February, 10th. I got to Hope Hull's before sun-rise,".. having walked nine miles that morning. I found him
in a corn-house. I saluted with, how do you do, father? His reply was somewhat cool; he agreed to make me an appointment in the court-house, (he living above a mile from the town) having influence amongst the people. After breakfast, before he had started for town, I took a quantity of hand-bills, and running through the woods, got to the town first, and distributed them among the people, and cleared out before he got to town, having scarcely spoken to any one. This made a great hubbub amongst the people, who I was, and where I came from ; but when he came in to make the appointment, he unfolded the riddle; this brought many out to hear. Next night, I spoke again; it was thought I should get no liearers; however, the latter congregation was larger than the first; a young clergyman from Connecticut, at the first meeting, said, I spoke many truths, but was incorrect, and was minded not to come again; however, he did; and after I had done, he voluntarily made a flowery prayer, in which he gave me a broadside.
I once had a sister who resided in this town; and her husband, who was a country lawyer, was ungenerously abused in a duel, afterwards died at Charleston ; his life and death, when I reflected on his future state, caused ine some tender sensations of mind. One night, in a dream, I thought he appeared to me, and replied, “it is hetter off with me in the other world than what you think it is well with me; when I was dying, and so lar expired that I could not communicate to others, I was convinced of the truths of religion, and sought, and found acceptance.”—When I awoke, my mind was greatly reas lieved.
Hope Hull said to me, the kindness you received in Ireland, might be accounted for on natural principles the affection of the people taking pity on you; and if one was to come to this country, and behave well, would have the same kindness shewn him: He intreated me to give over this mode of travelling, and to return to New-England, and agree to take a circuit, and wander no more ; for said he, though it appears that Providence hath been kind to you, yet you will not always find Dr. Johnsons in your travels; but said, he thought that trials and dificulties would devolve upon me, and involve