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suspense : wherein I know not, what will be the next hour, but lean absolutely on his disposal, who knoweth and ruleth all things well.
At four, I preached in the Square, to a much larger congregation, among whom were abundance of gentry. One man screamed and hallooed as loud as he could; but none seconded or regarded him. The rest of the congregation were steadily serious, from the beginning to the end.
Monday 22, We walked round the walls of the city, which are something more than a mile and three quarters in circumference. But there are many vacant spaces within the walls, many gardens, and a good deal of pasture ground. So that I believe Newcastle-upon-tyne, within the walls, contains at least a third more houses than Chester.
The greatest convenience here is what they call The Rows; that is, covered galleries, which run through the main streets on each side, from East to West, and from North to South : by which means, one may walk both clean and dry in any weather, from one end of the city to the other.
I preached at six in the evening in the Square, to a vast multitude, rich and poor. The far greater part, the gentry in particular, were seriously and deeply attentive : though a few of the rabble, most of them drunk, laboured much to make a disturbance. One might already perceive a great increase of earnestness in the generality of the hearers. So is God able to cut short his work, to wound or heal, in whatever time it pleaseth him.
Tuesday 23, Having received letters which made me judge it necessary, to be at Bristol as soon as possible; about ten I set out, dined at Birmingham the next day, and thence rode to Red-ditch.
Thursday 25, Finding the congregation waiting, I began preaching between three and four. I preached at Wallbridge, near Stroud, in the evening, and the next day, before noon, reached Kingswood.
Wednesday, July 1, Having finished my business at Bristol, I took horse again, and preached that evening at Eyesham.
Thursday 2, I reached Bilbrook and Chester.
Friday 3, I was saying in the morning to Mr. Parker, « Considering the good that has been done here already, I wonder the people of Chester are so quiet.” He answered, “ You must not expect they will be so always.” Accordingly, one of the first things I heard after I came into the town was, that for two nights before, the mob had been employed, in pulling down the house where I had preached. “ I asked, Were there no Magistrates in the city ?” Several answered me, “ We went to the Mayor, after the first riot, and desired a warrant to bring the rioters before him; but he positively refused to grant any, or to take any informations about it.” So, being undisturbed, they assembled again the next night, and finished their work.
Saturday 4, I preached in our old Room.
Sunday 5, I stood at seven in the morning near the ruins of the house, and explained the principles and practice of that Sect which is every where spoken against. I went afterwards to St. Martin's Church, which stands close to the place. The gentleman who officiated, seemed to be extremely moved at several passages of the second Lesson, Luke xyii. particularly, It is impossible but that offences will come ; but wo unto him through whom they come. It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
He began his sermon nearly in these words, “ The last Lord's day I preached on doing as you would be done to, in hopes of préventing such proceedings as are contrary to all justice, mercy, and humanity. As I could not do that, I have chosen these words for your present consideration, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save. them.
He concluded nearly thus : “ I am sorry any such outrage should be committed, particularly in this parish ; where I have been teaching so many years. And to how
little purpose! I will remove as soon as possibly I can from a place, where I can do so little good. O what an account have they to make, who have either occasioned or encouraged these proceedings ! May God grant, that they may repent in time! That they may know what spirit they are of! That they may, before it is too late, acknowledge and love the truth as it is in Jesus.”
I preached again in the same place at one, and at four, and the whole congregation were quiet and serious.
Monday 6, Finding no ship ready to sail, I determined to return to Whitehaven. So I took horse, with my wife, between nine and ten, and in the evening preached at Manchester,
Tuesday 7, We rode to Bolton: on Wednesday to Chipping; and on Friday 10, reached Whitehaven.
Sunday 12, I took my old stand in the Market-place, about seven in the morning, and proclaimed the Lord God, gracious and merciful, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. In the afternoon we had an awakening sermon at the new Church, on One thing is needful. At five 1 preached in the Room, on: To fear the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil, is understanding.
Monday 13, I bespoke the cabin in a ship bound for Dublin, which only waited for a wind. About ten at night, word was brought, that she was ready to sail. We went down to the quay immediately, and found she had sailed out a quarter of an hour before, and was then off at sea. But another ship had just weighed anchor, so we went on board, and sailed without delay. But having contrary winds, it was Friday 17, in the evening, before we reached Dublin.
The house here is nearly of the same size, and of the same form with that at Newcastle. But having deep galleries on three sides, it will contain a larger number of people.
Sunday 19, I preached at five and eight, but not to so. large a congregation as I expected. I was greatly shocked at the behaviour of the congregation in St. Patrick's Church, But all their carelessness and indecency did not prevent my finding an uncommon blessing. Between five and six, our
house was nearly filled : but great part of the hearers seemed utterly unawakened. I marvel how it is, that after all our labour here, there should still be so little fruit.
Monday 20, I learned the particulars of the late riot. Some weeks ago, a large mob assembled one evening, broke many of the windows, and had just broke into the house, when a guard of soldiers came.
The chief rioters were apprehended and tried. But ten or eleven of the jurymen being Papists, frightened the twelfth, so that he did not contradict, when they brought in the fellows Not guilty!
Tuesday 21, I inquired into the state of the Society, still consisting of about four hundred and twenty members ; though many had been much shaken, chiefly by various opinions, which some even of our own Preachers had propagated.
Thursday 23, We went to see a friend a few miles from Dublin. Before dinner, Mr. Cownly and I took a walk on the sea-shore. Being somewhat tired, we thought to return a shorter way, by climbing over the rocks. We found little difficulty at first, the ascent not being steep toward the bottom. But as we went higher, it grew steeper and steeper, till we would gladly have gone back, if we could. But he could neither go, nor look back ; so that we had only this choice, to get quite to the top, or to make one step to the bottom. The stones likewise on which we stood, or which we took hold of, frequently gave way, and tumbled: so that I know not whether we were ever in so much danger on the sea, as we were now on the shore. But in half an hour, I know not how, we got upon firm even ground.
Sunday 26, I met one, whom I had formerly seen at Bristol, heaping up money with both hands. And he has now all that the world can give. But he enjoys nothing : having such a continual lowness of spirits, as they call it, that his very life is a burden. He seems partly to under. stand his own case. May the great Physician heal his sickness !
Monday 27, I preached in Eden-derry at one, and at
Closeland in the evening. Tuesday 28, I preached at Portarlington, though I was extremely ill, and it was a pain to me to speak : but it was a comfortable pain. I could, from my heart, praise God for his Fatherly visitation.
Wednesday 29, I rode to Mountmelick, but was so hoarse and weak, that I could only preach in the house. Friday 31, being not well able to ride, I borrowed Mr. P's chair to Tullamore; and on Saturday reached Cooly-lough, and met many of my friends from all parts. I now found my strength increasing daily: it must be, as my day is.
Sunday, August 2, I baptized Joseph English, (late a Quaker ) and two of his children. Abundance of people were at Tyrrel's-pass in the evening, many more than the house could contain. At five in the morning, one who had tasted of the love of God, but had afterwards relapsed into his former sins, nay, and sunk into Deism, if not Atheism, was once more cut to the heart. At six in the evening, I preached at Drumarca, where many now know in whom they have believed. Mr. B
Mr. B-r, the Minister of D
-r met me here, the last man I should have expected! But it cannot last. The same person cannot long admire both John Wesley and John Taylor. Tuesday 4, I preached about noon at Street, to a civil,
I unconcerned congregation ; and about six in the evening, at Abidarring, a mile short of Kenagh. Many Romanists being present, I found much concern for them, and could not but address myself to them in particular, and exhort them wholly to rely on the one Mediator between God and
Wednesday 5, We rode to Athlone. Thursday 6, I preached in a large, open place, near the house, to many of the rich, as well as poor. Saturday 8, I called on a lively man, who is just married, in the ninety-second year of his age. He served as an officer, both in King William's and Queen Anne's wars, and a year or two ago began to serve the Prince of Peace. He has all his faculties of body