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path. He pressed vehemently after me through the crowd, and planted himself close by my side. Toward the close of the sermon, his countenance changed, and in a while he slipped off his hat. When I had concluded, he squeezed me earnestly by the hand, and went away as quiet as a lamb.
Tuesday 7, I went to St. Ewe. There was much struggling here at first : but the two gentlemen who occasioned it are now removed, one to London, the other into eternity. Wednesday 8, we rode to Penryn. Many of the gentry were present in the evening : and some of them I permitted to stay when I met the Society. They seemed much moved. It
last more than a night ; for with God all things are possible.
Thursday 9, I preached at Gwenap, and on Friday. On Saturday noon at Bezore, near Truro : In the evening, and on Sunday morning, in Redruth. Mr. Collins preached an exceedingly useful sermon at Church, upon the General Judgment. At one I preached in the street, to thrice as many as the room would have contained. I afterwards visited a poor, old woman, a mile or two from the town : her trials had been uncommon; inexpressible agonies of mind, joined with all sorts of bodily pain, not (it seemed) from any natural cause, but the direct operation of Satan : her joys were now as uncommon ; she had little time to sleep, having for several months last past seen, as it were, the unclouded face of God, and praised Him day and night.
Wednesday 15, By reflecting on an odd book which I had read in this journey, “The General Delusion of Christians with regard to Prophecy,” I was fully convinced of what I had long suspected, 1, That the Montanists in the second and third centuries, were real, Scriptural Christians; and 2, That the grand reason why the miraculous gifts were. so soon withdrawn, was not only that faith and holiness were well nigh lost, but that dry, formal, orthodox men began even then to ridicule whatever gifts they had not themselves, and to decry them all, as either madness or imposture.
About noon I preached at Breag; in the evening in Crowan. On this and the following days I read over with all the impartiality I could, the “ Free and Candid Disquisitions.” It is doubtless an exceedingly well-written book ; yet something in it I cannot commend. The Author (for the representing himself as many, and so speaking all along in the plural number, I take to be only a pious fraud, used to make himself appear more considerable ) is far too great a flatterer for me, dealing in panegyric beyond all measure. But, in truth, he is not much guilty of this, with regard to the Common Prayer. About one objection in ten appears to have weight, and one in five has plausibility. But surely the bulk of his satire, though keen, is by no means just : and even allowing all the blemishes to be real, which he has so carefully and skilfully collected and recited, what ground have we to hope that if we gave up this, we should profit by the exchange ? Who would supply us with a Liturgy less exceptionable than that which we had before ?
Friday 17, I preached at Ligeon at noon, and at Newlin in the evening. Through all Cornwall I find the Societies have suffered great loss from want of discipline. Wisely said the Ancients, “ The soul and body make a man ; the spirit and discipline make a Christian.”
Saturday 18, I rode to St. Just, where there is still the largest Society in Cornwall : and so great a proportion of believers I have not found in all the nation beside. Five and forty persons I have observed, as they came in turn, and every one walking in the light of God's countenance.
Sunday 19, I preached at eight to a great multitude : such another we had in Morya at one; and again at Zunnor after the evening service; whence we rode to St. Ives, and concluded the day with thanksgiving.
Wednesday 22, We had a Quarterly-meeting, at which were present the Stewards of all the Cornish Societies. We had now the first Watch-night which had been in Cornwall : and great was the Holy One of Israel in the midst of us. · Thursday 23, Having first sent to the Mayor, to enquire,
if it would be offensive to him, I preached in the evening, not far from the Market-place. There was a vast concourse of people, very few of the adult inhabitants of the town being wanting. I had gone through two-thirds of my discourse, to which the whole audience was deeply attentive, when Mr. S. sent his man to ride his horse to and fro through the midst of the congregation. Some of the chief men in the town bade me go on, and said, no man should hinder me: but I judged it better to retire to the Room ; high and low, rich and poor followed me, and soon filled
, not only the Room itself, but all the space near the doors and windows. God gave me, as it were, a sharp threshing instrument, having teeth ; so that the stout-hearted trembled before him. O the wisdom of God, in permitting Satan to drive all these people together, into a place where nothing diverted their attention, but his word had its full force upon their hearts !
Friday 24, I preached in Cambourn at noon, to the largest congregation I had ever seen there; and at St. Agnes in the evening, to a multitude not of curious hearers, but of men that had tasted of the good word. Saturday 25, in the evening I preached at Port-Isaac, in the street, the house not being able to contain the people.
Sunday 26, I preached at St. Ginnis morning and afternoon, but I fear with little effect. Thence we hastened to Camelford, where I preached in the main street, the rain pouring down all the time; but that neither drove the congregation away, nor hindered the blessing of God. Many were in tears, and some could not help crying aloud, both during the preaching, and the meeting of the Society. Monday 27, I preached at Trewalder about noon, on I am the Resurrection and the Life. Many were dissolved into gracious tears, and many filled with strong consolation. In the evening Mr. Bennet (now full of days, and by swift steps removing into eternity ) read prayers in Tresmere Church, and I preached on our great High-Priest Jesus, the Son of God.
Tuesday 28, He desired me to preach in bis Church at
Tamerton : but when we came, we found no notice had been given ; and the key of the Church was a mile off : so
; I preached in a large room adjoining to it. In the evening I preached in Laneast Church, to a large and attentive congregation. What can destroy the work of God in these parts, but zeal for, and contending about opinions? About eight I preached at St. Stephen's, near Launceston, and then rode to the Dock'; where I preached to such a congregation as I had not seen there for several years. The night overtook us soon after we had begun ; but the moon gave us all the light we wanted. One poor man at first bawled out for the Church ; but he soon went away ashamed. All the rest seemed to be such as really desired to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
Thursday 30, The house would not contain them at five; much less at noon, when the number was more than doubled. I preached in the evening at Plymouth. Multitudes were present; but no scoffer, no inattentive person. The time for this is past, till God shall see good to let Satan loose again.
Friday 31, Setting out early, we reached Collumpton in the evening : but as I was not expected, the congregation was small. Sunday, September 2, I rode to Tiverton. At eight I preached to twice as many people as were present when I was here before. But even this congregation was doubled at one and at five. The meadow was then full from side to side, and many stood in the gardens and orchards round. It rained in the day several times ; but not a drop fell while I was preaching. Here is an open door indeed! May no man be able to shut it !
Monday 3, About noon I preached at Hillfarrance, three miles from Taunton. Three or four boors would have been rude if they durst; but the odds against them was too great. At five I preached in Bridgewater, to a well-behaved company, and then rode on to Middlesey. We rode
, from hence to Shaftsbury, where I preached between six and seven to a serious and quiet congregation. We had another happy opportunity at five in the morning, when abundance of people were present. I preached at noon in the most riotous part of the town, just where four ways met: but none made any noise, or spoke one word, while I called the wicked to forsake his way. As we walked back, one or two foulmouthed women spoke unseemly: but none regarded, or answered them a word. Soon after I was sat down, a Constable came, and said, “Sir, the Mayor discharges you from preaching in this Borough any more." I replied, “ While King George gives me leave to preach, I shall not ask leave of the Mayor of Shaftsbury."
Thursday 6, I rode to Salisbury, and preached about noon, (a strange turn of providence!) in the Chapel which formerly was Mr. Hall's. One poor woman laboured much to interrupt; but (how it was I know not) with all her endeavours she could not get out one word. At length she set a dismal, inarticulate yell, and went away in all haste.
I preached at Winterburn in the evening; the next at Reading; and, on Saturday 8, came to London, where I had the following account from one of our preachers :
6 John Jane was never well, after walking from Epworth to Hainton, on an exceedingly hot day, which threw him into a fever. But he was in great peace and love, even to those who greatly wanted love to him. He was some time at Alice Shadforth's house, with whom he daily talked of the things of God. He was never without the love of God; spent much time in private prayer; and joined likewise with her in prayer several times in a day. On Friday, August 24, growing as she thought stronger in body, he sat in the evening by the fire-side: about six he fetched a deep sigh, and never spoke more. He was alive till the same hour on Saturday, at which, without any struggle, or any sign of pain, with a smile on his face, he passed away. His last words were, “I find the love of God in Christ Jesus.” All his clothes, linen, and woollen, stockings, hat, and wig, are not thought sufficient to answer his funeral expences, which amount to ll. 17s. 3d. All the money he had was ls. 4d.” Enough for any unmarried preacher of the Gospel to leave to his executors.