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more. But God suffered him not. The mob soon was vanisbed away,
and I had both a numerous and a quiet congregation.
Thursday 11, The barber who shaved me said, “Sir, I praise God on your behalf. When you were at Bolton last, I was one of the most eminent drunkards in all the town: but I came to listen at the window, and God struck me to the heart. I then earnestly prayed for power against drinking, and God gave me more than I asked; he took away the very desire of it: yet I felt myself worse and worse, till on
: the 5th of April last I could hold out no longer. I knew I must drop into hell that moment, unless God appeared to save me: and he did appear : I knew he loved me, and felt sweet peace : yet I did not dare to say I had faith, till yesterday was twelvemonth God gave me faith, and his love has ever since filled
heart.” Hence I rode with Mr. Milner to Ribchester, where some Clergymen had appointed to meet him, with whom we spent one or two hours in serious and useful conversation. Be. tween five and six we reached the Vicarage at Chipping, where a few serious people soon assembled. The next day we rode to Ambleside, and on Saturday 13, over more than Welsh mountains, to Whitehaven.
Sunday 14, I heard two useful sermons at Church, on Fear not them that can kill the body. I preached at eight, Con Is there no balm in Gilead? And between one and two at the market-place, on Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. A few stones were thrown at first; but the bulk of
; - the congregation was deeply serious ; as well as in the evening, when I preached, on Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect.2 In meeting the Classes the two
next days, I observed one remarkable circumstance : withs out an absolute necessity, none of this Society ever miss their Class. Among near two hundred and forty persons, I met one single exception, and no more.
Wednesday 17, I rode to Clifton, six miles from Whitehaven. It was supposed few would come in the middle of the afternoon : but on the contrary, there were abundantly more than any house could contain; so that notwithstanding the keen north-east wind, I was obliged to preach in the street. Several of the poor people came after me to Cockermouth, where I stood at the end of the market-house, ten or twelve steps above the bulk of the congregation, and proclaimed the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. A large and serious congregation attended again at five, on Thursday morning. We then rode to Gamblesby, where I preached in the school-house to as many serious people as it could contain; and on Friday 19, crept on, through miserable roads, till we came to Hinely-hill.
Early in the morning we scaled the snowy mountains, and rode by the once-delightful seat of the late Lord Derwentwater, now neglected, desolate, and swiftly running to ruin. In the afternoon we brought Mr. Milner safe to the Orphan-house at Newcastle.
Sunday 21, The rain obliged me to preach in the house, both morning and afternoon. The spirit of the people refreshed me much, as it almost always does. I wish all our Societies were like-minded; as loving, simple, and zealous of good works.
Monday 22, The rain stopped, while I was preaching at the market-place in Morpeth. We rode from thence to Alnwick, where (it being too wet to preach at the cross) some of our friends procured the town-hall. This being very large, contained the people well; only the number of them made it extremely hot.
Tuesday 23, We rode on to Berwick-upon-Tweed. At six in the evening, a young man was buried, cut off in the strength of his years, who was to have inherited a considerable fortune. Almost the whole town attended the funeral. I · went directly from the church-yard to the grave, and had full as many attendants as the corpse, among whom, were abundance of fine, gay things, and many soldiers.
Wednesday 24, Mr. Hopper and I took horse between three and four, and about seven came to Old Camus. Whether the country was good or bad we could not see, having a thick mist all the
The Scotch towns are like none
which I ever saw, either in England, Wales, or Ireland : there is such an air of antiquity in them all, and such a peculiar oddness in their manner of building. But we were most surprised at the entertainment we met with in every place, so far different from common report. We had all things good, cheap, in great abundance, and remarkably well dressed. In the afternoon we rode by Preston-field, and saw the place of battle, and Colonel Gardiner's house. The Scotch here affirm, that he fought on foot after he was dismounted, and refused to take quarter. Be that as it may, he is now where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary are at rest.
We reached Musselborough between four and five. I had no intention to preach in Scotland ; nor did I imagine there were any that desired I should. But I was mistaken. Curiosity (if nothing else ) brought abundance of people together in the evening. And whereas, in the Kirk ( Mrs. G-informed me) there used to be laughing and talking, and all the marks of the grossest inattention; it was far otherwise here: they remained as statues, from the beginning of the sermon to the end.
Thursday 25, we rode to Edinburgh, one of the dirtiest cities I had ever seen, not excepting Colen in Germany. We returned to Musselborough to dinner, whither we were followed in the afternoon by a little party of gentlemen from Edinburgh. I know not why any should complain of the shyness of the Scots toward strangers. All I spoke with, were as free and open with me, as the people of Newcastle or Bristol ; nor did any person move any dispute of any kind, nor ask me any question concerning my opinion. I preached again at six, on Seek ye the Lord, while he
' may be found. I used great plainness of speech toward them, and they all received it in love: so that the prejudice which the devil had been several years planting, was torn up by the roots in one hour. After preaching, one of the Bailies of the town, with one of the Elders of the Kirk, came to me, and begged, "I would stay with them a while, if it were but two or three days, and they would fit up a far larger place than the School, and prepare seats for the congregation.” Had not. my time been fixed, I should gladly have complied. All I could now do, was to give them a promise that Mr. Hopper would come back the next week, and spend a few days with them.
Friday 26, I rode back to Berwick. The congregation was large, though the air was piercingly cold : as it was the next evening, while I preached at Alnwick Cross; where, on Sunday 18, I preached at eight and at one. Afterwards I rode to Alemouth, where I found the largest congregation I had seen in all Northumberland. I preached at Wid. drington in the evening ; at Placey, Monday 29, about noon, and at Newcastle in the evening.
, Saturday, May 4, I rode to Sheep-hill, in a rough, tempestuous day; and after preaching and settling the Society, to Sunderland. I found many here much alive to God, and was greatly comforted among them.
Sunday 5, I met the Society at five, preached at eight, and then rode to Painshaw. Just as the congregation came out of the Church, I began. We had some heavy showers : but none went away. I reached Newcastle before five ; but the storm would not suffer me to preach abroad: As many as possibly could, crowded in; but many were obliged to stand without, while I enforced, God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Monday 6, I met a few people at Durham, in my way, and then rode on to Stockton. Some angry people set up a
a dismal scream, as we entered the town: but they could go no farther. By means of a plain, rough exhorter, who lived
a in the town, the Society was more than doubled, since I was here before; and most of them were rejoicing greatly: only poor R. M. still went on heavily, being unequally yoked with one who was a bitter enemy to all spiritual religion. I preached in the main street, near the market-place. When I had done, R. M.'s wife followed me into the house. I de sired we might go to prayer. God broke her heart in pieces, and she determined to go on hand in hand with her husband.
Tuesday 7, I preached at Acomb, near York. The next day I rode on to Epworth ; and on Thursday preached at Hainton about noon, and at Coningsby in the evening. The wind was as the piercing of a sword: but the congregation regarded it not. Friday 10, we rode to Lorborough. The Minister's son, and two more, made a little disturbance for a while: however, I permitted them to be present when I met the Society: they seemed utterly astonished, and I believe, will not lightly speak evil of us again. It rained incessantly as we rode to Grimsby, where I preached to a mixed congregation, some of whom (the greater part ) were exceedingly serious, and some exceedingly drunk. The So, ciety, I found, was much alive to God.
Saturday 11, We returned to Epworth, to a poor, dead, senseless people : at which I did not wonder, when I was informed, 1, That some of our Preachers there, had diligently gleaned up and retailed all the evil they could hear of me: 2, That some of them had quite laid aside our hymns, as well as the doctrine they formerly preached : 3, That one of them had frequently spoken against our Rules, and the others quite neglected them. Nothing, therefore, but the mighty power of God, could have kept the people so well as they were.
Sunday 12, After preaching at five, I rode to Misterton. The congregation was the largest I have seen in these parts. Thence I returned to Overthorp, where I did not observe one trifling or careless hearer. I came to Epworth, just in time for the afternoon Service; and after Church, walked dowh straight to the Cross. The north-east wind was strong and keen : yet the bulk of the congregation did not regard it. : : Monday 13, I learned the particulars of Mr, R.'s case, of which I had heard but a confused account before. In No. vember last he was desired to baptize a child of John Varley's. It was observed, his voice which had been lost several years, was entirely restored. He read the office with great emotion, and many tears, so as to astonish the whole congregation, But going home from Church, he behaved in so strange a manner, that it was thought necessary to