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bring his press-gang, and ordered them to take Joseph Jones and William Alwood. Joseph Jones telling him, “Sir, I belong to Mr. Wesley,” after a few words, he let him go : as he did likewise William Alwood, after a few hours, understanding he was a licensed Preacher. He likewise seized upon a young man of the town : but the women rescued him by main strength, They also broke the Lieutenant's head, and so stoned both him and his men, that they ran away with all speed.
Friday 6, I rode on to Yarm. The heat of the day was hardly to be borne : but in the evening it was extremely pleasant : and the whole congregation were deeply serious. At one I was at Hutton-Rudby, six miles south of Yarm, where they have just built a Preaching-house : but it would not contain a fourth of the congregation, and what place to choose I could not tell, no shade being at hand, and the sun shining nearly as hot as it used to do in Georgia. Finding no other way, I stood in the street, near a house, which sheltered some of the people. The rest seemed not to know whether it was hot or cold : God so plenteously refreshed their souls. Much the same congregation was at Potto in the eyening : and with the same blessing.
Having preached considerably longer, both at noon and night than I am accustomed to do, I was so hoarse in the morning, Sunday 8, that I knew not what I should do to go through the work of the day. However, I began it, by preaching on the Green, at Stokesley, to a multitude of people. Thence I rode to Gisborough, at the foot of the moun. tains. The sun would have been insupportable, but that we had a strong wind full in our faces, for the greatest part of the day. At twelve we had a lovely congregation, in a meadow near the town, who drank in every word that was spoken, as the thirsty earth the showers. The sixteen miles, so called, from hence to Robin-hood's Bay, took us between five and six hours riding : so that when I came thither, I was quite exhausted. However, I went to the quay, where a large congregation was waiting: and all behaved well,
but an honest tar, who was much disturbed at my saying, " No man is delivered from the fear of death, but he that fears God."
Tuesday 10, We took horse at half an hour past three, and rode over the huge mountains to Scarborough. I began to preach near the main-street at seven. The congregation was large, and some of them wild enough, but in a short time all were quiet and still. Nor did I hear one unkind word when I had done. In the afternoon I rode to York, where I thought to rest a few days, being almost worn out. But it was judged quite nesessary, I should go to Hull lest the little flock should be discouraged. So on Friday 13, I set out early, and reached Pocklington between eight and nine. The last time I was here, they rung the bells, in order to drown my voice : but he who then paid the ringers is run away : so I had a quiet and serious audience. I had a far finer congregation at Hull. So for once, the rich have the Gospel preached! At night Charles Delamotte called upon me, and seemed to be the same loving, simple man still. I should not repent my journey to Hull, were it only for this short interview.
Saturday 14, I preached at eight in Mr. Hilton's yard, near the great street in Beverley ; and was surprised to see so quiet and civil a congregation, where we expected nothing less. All the men were uncovered, and the whole audience was attentive, from beginning to end: nor did one person give us a rude word, while we rode from one end of the town to the other. This, with the large and earnest congregation at York in the evening, made me forget all my labour.
Sunday 15, I began reading to the Society an account of the late work of God at Everton : but I could not get through. At first there were only silent tears on every side. But it was not long, before several were unable to refrain from weeping aloud. And quickly a stout young man dropped down, and roared as in the agonies of death. I did not attempt to read any farther, but began wrestling with God in prayer. We continued herein till nearly nine o'clock. What a day of jubilee was this !
Tuesday 17, I left York, and about noon preached at Tadcaster. Distant thunder did not lessen the number, but increased the seriousness of the congregation, who appeared entirely different from them I saw here two years ago. At seven in the evening I preached to an immense congregation, at the foot of a high mountain near Otley. Wednesday 18, I rode on to Mr. Marshal's, at Guiseley, the Capua of Yorkshire.
Hic nemus, hic gelidi fontes, hic mollia prata. It is well, God is here : or who could bear it ?
Hence we rode to Keighley, where is a loving, carnest, well-established people. Here many of our Preachers met
of our brethren ; and God was with us in all our assemblies. Friday 20, we went on to Colne, (formerly, I suppose, a Roman Colony) situate on the top of a high, round hill, at the edge of Pendel-forest. I preached at eleven in an open space, not far from the main street. And I have seldom seen a more attentive, or decently behaved congregation. How is the scene changed, since the drunken mob of this town, used to be a terror to all the Country !
We rode to Broad-Clough in the afternoon, a lone house in the midst of the Lancashire mountains. The people came in from all quarters, and it was a season of great refreshment. Among the rest was Mr. M-r, who gave us an account
-r, of his late trials. I wonder the Butcher (Doctor so called ) to whom he was committed, did not murder him. He took true pains so to do : but his chain did not reach so far.
Saturday 21, Mr. Grimshaw led us to Gawksham, another lone house, on the side of an enormous mountain. gregation stood and sat, row above row, in the sylvan theatre. I believe nothing on the postdiluvian earth can be more pleasant, than the road from hence, between huge, steep mountains, clothed with wood to the top, and washed at the bottom by a clear, winding stream. At four I
. preached to a very large congregation at Heptonstall, and thence rode on to Haworth.
Sunday 22, At ten Mr. Milner read prayers : but the Church would not nearly contain the congregation. So
after prayers, I stood on a scaffold close to the Church, and the congregation in the Church-yard. The communicants alone filled the Church. In the afternoon the congregation was nearly doubled. And yet most of these were not cu. rious hearers, but men-fearing God.
Monday 23, I preached near Huddersfield, to the wildest congregation I have seen in Yorkshire. Yet they were restrained by an unseen hand, and I believe some felt the sharpness of his word. I preached at Halifax in the evening : but the Preaching-house was like an oven. Tuesday 24, the house was well filled at five. About seven in the evening I preached at Bradford, at the door of the house, as it could not contain one-half of the congregation. Wednesday 25, I talked with most of those, whom Edward Hales had torn from their brethren. Just as he was coming to widen the breach, it pleased God to take him to himself. The wanderers were now willing to return, and I received them again, I trust, for ever.
Thursday 26, I preached in Gildersom at noon, and at Moreley in the evening. Aflame is suddenly, broken out here, where it was least of all expected : and it spreads wider and wider. When God will work, who is able to stay his hand ? Sunday 29, I preached about eight at Birstal, The congregation covered a great part of the field, and my voice was exceedingly strengthened, so that I believe all could hear. At one I enforced those solemn words on an immense multitude, This is life eternal, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
I shall easily be excused for adding here a farther account of the work of God in and near Everton.
“ On Monday, July 9, I set out, and on Wednesday noon reached Potton, where I rejoiced at the account given by John Keeling, of himself and others. He was justified, it seems, on that memorable Sabbath, but had not a clear witness of it till ten days after : about which time his sister, (who was on that day in great distress ) was also set at liberty. I discoursed also with Ann Thorn, who told me of much heaviness following the visions with which she had been favoured : but said,
she was, at intervals, visited still with so much overpowering
, love and joy, especially at the Lord's-Supper, that she often lay in a trance for many hours. She is twenty-one years old, We were soon after called into the garden, where Patty Jenkins (one of the same age) was so overwhelmed with the love of God, that she sunk down, and appeared as one in a pleasant sleep, only with her eyes open. Yet she had often just strength to utter, with a low voice, ejaculations of joy and praise; but no words .coming up to what she felt, she frequently laughed while she saw his glory. This is quite unintelligible to many; for a stranger intermeddleth not with our joy. So it was to Mr. M-, who doubted whether God or the devil had filled her with love and praise. O, the depth of human wisdom! Mr, R- in the mean time, was filled with a solemn awe. I no sooner sat down by her, than the Spirit of God poured the same blessedness into my soul. Her's continued till the time we were to set out for Cockin-Hatley: then her strength was restored in a moment, and we walked together, sixteen in number, singing to the Lord as we went along
Mr. Hicks preached an excellent sermon on the Strait Gate. The next morning, Thursday 12, he gave me leave to take an extract from his journal. But I had only time to write the occurrences of one morning, as follows:
“66 June 6, 1759, I spoke this morning at Orwell, on Isaiah ly. 1. One who had been before convinced of sin, fell down in a kind of fit, and broke out, in great anguish of soul, calling on the Lord Jesus for salvation. He wrought, as in the agonies of death, and was quite bathed in sweat. He beat the chair against which he kneeled, as one whose soul drew nigh unto hell. His countenance then cleared up at once, and we hoped he would be presently set at liberty; but, on a sudden, he was more distressed than ever, being in the sharpest conflict : every muscle of his body was in strong agitation, as if nature were just dissolving. I never saw any convulsion-fit so violent. But, in a moment, God dispelled the cloud;