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his relations in Lancashire. He thus records his visit in his journal :
· Mon. 24.-Rode to Halifax. Spent the afternoon very agreeably with Brother Atmore and Brother Lomas. Preached in the evening with unusual assistance from above. The congregation was very large. After preaching, my dear and affectionate friends were crowding all the way from the pulpit, in the chapel and out of the chapel, to Mr. Atmore's house to shake hands, &c. My soul was humbled and melted; I felt inexpressible things. Lord, what am I, that any should esteem me? My soul was greatly refreshed. Blessed be God for ever.
Tues. 25.—Had a pleasant ride in the morning to Rochdale. Here our friends have lately erected a large, elegant chapel, which is well furnished with a congregation. There is much good done, and a pleasing prospect of still more. It rained all the way from Rochdale to Manchester, where I arrived about noon. relations here well in body, but still, in general, far from God. They are glad to see me, are very kind and affectionate, but have no religion, except my mother and one or two more. O Lord, look upon them in great mercy.
“ Thurs. 27.—Rode to Liverpool. The weather remarkably mild, and the roads exceedingly good. Never had a pleasanter journey in my life. Here I call to mind the time when I was bent on my own ruin; overrunning my parents to become a sailor: but the Lord in mercy prevented it. May my heart and my all be his. I was received with the utmost kindness by dear uncle and aunt Pawson. Preached in the evening with much freedom in the new chapel.
“Frid. 28.—The National Fast, on account of the present state of public affairs. Heard an excellent sermon from Eph. iv. 1, at Pitt street Chapel, in the morning, by Mr. George Marsden, a young man in his first year of travelling. Preached at Mount Pleasant Chapel at ten, and in the evening at six. The congregations were large. I omitted saying any thing of a political nature; believing that I am called, not to preach politics, but the Gospel
“ Tues. March 4.–Set off from Liverpool, and had a pleasant journey to Bury. The bell-man was sent round the town to give notice of my preaching, and in a little
time a large congregation was assembled. I preached with a degree of freedom and warmth from 1 John i. 9. Several of my relations who attend the Arian chapel were present. May God make it a lasting blessing to them.
“Wed. 5.—Breakfasted this morning with some of my relations. God is at work upon their hearts, and I hope there is good reason to expect they will be truly converted very soon. Their prejudice against the truth seems quite removed, and they are convinced that God is with us.
Thurs. 27.—Preached at Chapel Town in the evening. A vast crowd attended. Here God is doing wonders. Near fifty persons have lately been added to the society, who have, I trust, a sincere concern for their salvation. The Church Minister opposes the work, and preaches against inward experimental religion ; but this only seems to make the truth shine with brighter lustre. Truth is mighty, and will prevail.
“ April 15.-Had a blessed season at Woodlesford at night. We continued in prayer near three hours after preaching, and God was remarkably present. My own soul was made like a watered garden. Blessed be God for ever and ever.
“Friday, 18.-Being Good Friday, I preached at Saxton at nine in the morning, and at Wakefield at noon, with a degree of holy unction I only seldom am favoured with. In my way to Sturton, O what longings did I feel to be wholly the Lord's.
O that my heart were all a heaven
I see a blessed state of rest before me. O that I might go up at once, and possess the good land.
But a consciousness of my past unfaithfulness quite discourages
Preached at Sturton in the evening from Titus ii. 14. In this neighbourhood, there is a most remarkable work of God. Most people seem moved, either for or against religion. O that the right hand of the Lord may have the pre-eminence. May it bring wondrous things
Sun. 20. Easter day.—Much profited under an excellent sermon preached by Mr. Hanby, from Col. ü. 6.
Preached at Hunslet at ten, and at Rothwell at noon. Our Lovefeast followed. The place was exceedingly crowded. Many persons were much affected; and some were in such distress, that we were obliged to spend most of the time in singing and prayer. At seven in the evening I preached again with much enlargement.
“ Mon. 21.–Preached at Hunslet at noon to a very large congregation; and in the evening at Rothwell from Rom. v. 10. The congregation was large, and the power of God was present to wound and to heal. I never was more sensibly assisted since I first began to speak for God; though much indisposed in body through fatigue. After sermon we continued about an hour in prayer. Many were under deep, distressing convictions, and several found peace.
“Frid. 25.-Preached at Armley at five this morning to a large congregation. Much profited in the afternoon in reading Gillies's Collections of remarkable revivals of religion in different periods; and favoured with much communion with God in secret prayer.
“ Thurs. May 1.-Rode to Birstal to see my old friends there. Much humbled before God in the review of my outward and inward conduct. It is now nearly four
years 'since I left Birstal. O had I always been faithful since that time, I might now have been a bnrning and shining light indeed. In the afternoon spent two hours in reading, meditation, and prayer, in the same room in wnich I have enjoyed much communion with God. It was a blessed season.
While I was at prayer, I had such a view of the holiness, justice, and majesty of God, as I never remember to have had before. I could scarcely live under the sense I had of the divine glory. I never understood Isaiah vi. so well as now. Yet at the same time, I had no slavish fear of God. Majesty and mercy appeared so mixed in him, that I could confide in him as my God. This was an excellent preparation for the pulpit. O what liberty of speech had i in preaching. If ever God assisted me, it was this evening. After sermon, I met the bands. My heart was filled with gratitude and joy, with seeing the simplicity, love, and zeal of many of my old friends here, as well as many who have been brought to Christ since I left them. Such apparent sincerity, Christian simplieity,
pious zeal, and good sense, I never saw before. They poured out their souls in prayer for me. My heart was like a watered garden.
· Sun. May ll.-We had a glorious sight at Thorner: -hundreds of precious souls hearing the word. The chapel would not have contained, I believe, half the people; and as the day was showery, I preached in a spacious room in the malt-kiln. We then adjourned to the chapel, and had a Lovefeast. About four hundred were present. A blessed season it was. Many who have lately been brought to God spoke very satisfactorily, and some old disciples testified, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.'
“Mon. 12.—Lived much within the vail. The forenoon spent chiefly in studying the holy Scriptures. The Lord was with me.
Mon. 26.—Preached at Rothwell in the evening: the congregation was exceedingly large. The power of God rested on the whole assembly. We continued two hours in prayer after the sermon: many were in deep distress : strong cries and tears were offered up unto the Lord, and some burdened souls were enabled to rejoice. Oh what a glorious work is the Lord working in this place! When I was walking from Mr. N.'s to the chapel, the streets were crowded with droves of people, coming to hear God's word. I found it very easy to preach ; and was exceedingly blessed and quickened. Thanks be to God.
“ Tues. 27.-Preached at Rothwell again this morning at five. The congregation was large and attentive. Spent most of the forenoon in conversing with persons who have been lately awakened, and in visiting the sick; in which my own soul was greatly refreshed. I was well satisfied with the accounts which many gave of their awakening and conversion. My heart was like a flame of fire all day. In the evening preached at Woodlesford in a large barn. I think upwards of 500 persons were present. I think good was done. O Lord, give me a greater degree of zeal for thy glory. May I be willing to impart, not the Gospel of God only, but also my own soul for the sake of sinners.
• Frid. 30.—In my way between Aberford and Sturton, my soul was lost and swallowed up in God. It is a
little remarkable,my soul has often been filled with comfort when I have been riding upon an old Roman causeway, which is in the way. Blessed be the Lord, there is many a place in this circuit, which I may call a Bethel, for God hath blessed me there.
“Sun. June 1.–A day filled up with labour. From seven in the morning till nine at night, I was almost constantly engaged in preaching, meeting classes, or some kind of public employment. The Lord was pleased graciously to assist me. My bodily strength was nearly exhausted at night, but my mind serene and happy.
“Tues. 10.—Preached at five this morning from Rom. vii. 10–12. I frequently am blessed with new discoveries of divine truth, when preaching at five in a morning.
“ Wed. 11.–Upon the whole, a blessed day. Dined at a friend's house with a pious clergyman. His conversation was free, and good to the use of edifying.' At the close of our meeting, he and I prayed. O that all the Lord's servants, in the church and out of it, were more closely united.
“ Sat. 14.-A week of much labour, having preached fourteen times, besides meeting a great number of classes. But the Lord's presence has made hard things easy.
“Sun. 15.-Rose early much indisposed. Met a small class at six o'clock; then rode a few miles to Horsforth. The congregation was so large, I was under the necessity of preaching in the open air. Indeed, this has become very agreeable to me. It was particularly so this morning; for many circumstances concurred to render it agreeable. I stood in a field, under the shelter of a shady tree, which screened me from the heat of the
Before me was a most beautiful landscape. I stood almost on the summit of a high hill, which has a gradual descent for about two miles, elegantly adorned with meadows, pastures furnished with flocks and herds, green corn-fields, and woods in full verdure. At the bottom of the hill is a serpentine river: its waters, deep and still, inspired a kind of religious stillness into my mind. The opposite rising hill appeared equally grand. Corn-fields, pastures, woods studded with cottages and farm-houses, and several large and populous villages, as Bramley, Armley, Stanningley, &c. exhibited a scene which naturally raises a pious mind to admire the grandeur, revere