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to the fickleness of the nation, who feldom like any' thing long, and fo are continually feeking new habitations, as well as new fashions, and new titles of every kind?
Tuesday 28. We breakfafted at Ballifhannon, I believe, the largest and pleasanteft town in the county. Beyond it, a good-natured man overtook me, with whom I talked largely and closely. He feemed much affected; if it continues, well: if not, I am clear of his blood.
About twelve we ftopped at a little houfe. But a cloud of fmoke foon drove us out of the firft room, into another where the landlord lay, with a grievously bruifed and fwelled leg. I directed him how to cure it, and thence took occafion to give him fome farther advice. Several eagerly liftened as well as himself. Perhaps fome will remember it.
In the evening, I took my usual stand in the markethoufe, at Sligo. But here how was the fcene changed! I have feen nothing like this, fince my entrance into the kingdom. Such a total want of good fenfe, of good manners, yea, of common decency, was fhewn by not a few of the hearers! It is good to vifit Sligo, after Londonderry: honour and difhonour balance each other. Have we done nothing here yet? Then it is high time to begin, and try if fomething can be done now. In the two following days, I fpoke as ftrongly as I could: and my labour was not in vain. The congregation increased very confiderably, and appeared to be of another spirit. They behaved better the fecond night, than the firft, and far better the third night, than the fecond. Many of them, I believe, had a fresh call from God: and at the meeting of the Society, he was eminently prefent. So that notwithstanding their decay, I could not but hope there would be a "Bleffing in the remnant."
I expected one to meet me at Sligo : but none appearing, I fet out alone at five in the morning, June 1, 'propofing to ride the new road to Caftle-barr. But on fecond thoughts, I rode ftraight on to Foxford. At the
the entrance of the town, I met three gentlewomen, one of them turned and cried out, "Is not that Mr. Welley?" I thought it odd, but rode on. At the other end of the town a gentleman met me, and taking hold of my bridle, faid, "Sir, I muft beg you to turn back, and dine with me at the barracks. There is a lady whom you know, and who will be very glad to fee you." I went back, and found one whom I had wifhed to fee, more than moft perfons in the nation, but fcarce ever expected to fee her more: it was Mifs B-n of Sligo. And I found Mrs. S-n, now a widow, juft the fame amiable woman that Mifs B-n was. I spent an hour or two in clofe, ferious conversation, admiring the good providence of God! So I could not go the new road, which miffes Foxford, because God had work for me to do there.
About feven I preached at Caftle-barr, on, (6 The excellency of the knowledge of Jefus Chrift." I found another kind of people here, than thofe at Sligo, and was much refreshed among them. Sunday 2, moft of the gentry in the town being at the Court-house in the evening, my text was, " We preach Chrift crucified, to the Jews a ftumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishnefs." I know not that ever I fpake more plain, tho' I fuppofed many would be offended. But I was miftaken: high and low feemed to approve. Some, I hope, were profited.
Monday 3. I rode to Newport, and preached at one, to the largeft congregation I remember to have feen there. And on Tuesday evening, I took a folemn leave of the congregation at Caftle-barr.
Wednesday 5. At five I took horfe with a friend,. who undertook to bear me company to Galway. We faced the fun all the day; but light clouds and a small breeze made the heat tolerable. After refting an hour at Hollymount, (where the gardens, water-works,, and once lovely walks, fwiftly running to ruin, give a ftriking proof, that the fashion of this world paffeth away,) we rode on to Mr. Lambert's, near Head-A 3 ford,
ford, a plain, open, hofpitable man, and thence to Galway, one of the largest towns, I have feen fince I left Glafgow. Our room being fmall, fome of our well-meaning friends, were earneft for my preaching in the Exchange. Becaufe I would not difoblige them, I began at seven; and was fuffered to go on, for a full quarter of an hour; "the beafts of the people," juft as I expected, then roaring louder and louder, I walked thro' them without any hindrance or affront, and returned quietly to my lodgings. A large retinue attended me to the door; but it was only to gape and ftare: none taking the pains either to lift up a hand, or to say any thing, bad or good. , Thursday 6. I was brought on my way by Lieutenant Cook, who was in all the actions, at FortWilliam-Henry, at Louisbourg, Quebec, Martinico, and the Havannah, and gave a more diftinct account of thofe eminent feenes of Providence, than ever I heard before. Altho' he was fo often in the front of the battle, both againft Indians, French and Spaniards, and in the hotteft fire, both advancing and retreating, he never received one wound. So true is the odd faying of King William, that, "every bullet has its billet." Between five and fix we reached Ennis, after a warm day, which much exhaufted my ftrength. But it was foon repaired: and the ferious, well-behaved congregation, (tho' many of them were people of fortune,) made amends for the turbulent one at Galway. Such is the chequer-work of life!
Friday 7. I refted at Ennis; and it was well I did: for even in the houfe the heat was fcarce fupportable. Saturday 8. I rode to Limerick, and found the preaching-houfe juft finifhed. I liked it the beft of any in the kingdom, being neat, yea, elegant, yet not gaudy. Sunday 9, in the evening, I preached at Mardyke. The heat was violent, even at fix: neverthelefs there was a numerous congregation, both of Proteftants and Papifts. Some of the latter behaved with remarkable indecency, talking and laughing, as at a play. I turned and reproved them. They took it well, and neither laughed nor talked any more.
In the following week I spoke to each member of the Society, and had much fatisfaction among them. Concerning feveral of them, there is all reasonable proof, that they have given God all their heart. Many others are groaning after full falvation, and all the reft are free from outward blame. Why may not every chriftian community come as far as this?
Wednesday 12. In the evening, I preached near Mardyke, on a smooth graffy place, to, I think, the largeft congregation which I ever faw in Limerick. A folemn awe feemed to fit on every face, while I declared in ftrong words, "He died for all, that they who live fhould not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him." The next day the rain began, fo that all the following days I was conftrained to preach in the houfe.
Friday 14. About noon I preached at Ballygarane, to the fmall remains of the poor Palatines. As they could not get food and raiment here, with all their diligence and frugality, part are fcattered up and down the kingdom, and part gone to America. I ftand amazed! Have landlords no common fenfe, (whether they have common humanity or no,) that they will fuffer fuch tenants as thefe, to be ftarved away from them? In the evening I preached at Newmarket, to a larger congregation of Papifts, as well as Proteftants, both in the evening and morning, than I remember to have feen there before. For the prefent, many were full of good refolutions: and 66 Why should ye revolt any more?"
Sunday 16. Was a Sabbath indeed. Both in the morning and afternoon, many were filled with confolation. Few were abfent at five, Monday 17, when I chearfully recommended them to the grace of God.
Two or three of them were defirous to bear me company, for a day's journey. Before noon we were met by a violent fhower, which drove us into a little cabin, where were a company of children, with their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. They feemed
feemed much frighted: but one of our company, who fpoke Irish, foon took away their fears. We then fang a hymn, and went to prayer. They gaped and ftared abundantly and when we went away, after giving them a small piece of money, followed us with a thousand bleffings.
At feven I preached in the Market-houfe, at Killfinnam. Well nigh all the town, Irish, English, and Germans, Proteftants and Papifts, prefently gathered together. At firft, moft of the Papifts ftood aloof; and fo did feveral of the genteeler people: but by degrees they drew in, and mixed with the congregation. And I believe all of them felt, that God was there.
When I went to my lodging, they crowded after me, fo that the houfe was quickly filled. I exhorted and prayed again, till I found it was full time both for them and me to go to reft.
To-day I received from Prudence Nixon herself, the ftrange account of her late husband. In November laft, on a Sunday evening, he was uncom monly fervent in prayer, and found fuch a defire as he never had before, "to depart and be with Chrift." In the night the awaked, and found him quite ftiff, and without either fenfe or motion. Suppofing him to be either dying or dead, the broke out into a vehe-. ment agony of prayer, and cried for half an hour together, "Lord Jefus! Give me George! Take him not away." Soon after he opened his eyes, and faid earneftly, "You had better let me go." Prefently he was raving mad, and began to curfe and blafpheme in the most horrid manner. This he continued to do for feveral days, appearing to be under the full power of an unclean Spirit. At the latter end of the week, fhe cried out, "Lord, I am willing! I am willing he fhould go to thee." Quickly his understanding returned, and he again rejoiced with joy unfpeakable. He tenderly thanked her for giving him up to God, kiffed her, lay down and died.