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though many of them were Dissenters and predestinarians,
Sept. 24th. I had left William Shent sick in Charles-
“When I was last here the society were on the brink of a separation through a party of Mr. Wheatley and Edwards. They proposed it to honest Mr. Cousins, whose opposing quashed it at that time. I then advised them to go to church. The weak and wavering were confirmed : three or four of the others were offended, and said I made the church Christ. After preaching as awakening as I could, I plainly told the society, that there was no salvation out of the church ; that is, out of the mystical body of Christ, or the company of faithful people. When I had fully explained myself on this head, we were all of one mind and heart. They then suffered the word of exhortation, and were even glad when I said unto them, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.'
“Sept. 25th. I encouraged them by that precious promise, 'I will bring the third part through the fire ;' and parted in great love. At eight I preached on the same subject at Barley-hall, and found there the never failing blessing. I rode on with William Shent, who was threatened last night with the return of his fever. I was at a loss for a companion to York, when, in passing through Hunslet, one called after
I turned, and saw Mr. Crook, who told me Dr. Cockburn was at his house, and had waited for me this week, to
carry me to York. We lighted, and spent a delightful hour w with the Doctor (my old schoolfellow) and him, both in their
first love : both full of life, and zeal, and simplicity. Mr.
“Sunday, Sept. 26th. At seven I preached to the people
same words. His congregation seemed to make no opposition to the truth. There were hundreds of communicants, mostly of Mr. Crook's awakening.
“We passed an hour and a half at his house with the voice of joy and thanksgiving. Then he pressed me into the service again. His church, which holds nearly as many as our preaching-house, was filled from end to end. At his desire I preached from those words : His blood be on us, and on our children.' Our Lord turned the curse into blessing.
“I doubted my strength, yet set out for Leeds. The room was excessively crowded, both within and without. I was very faint as I mentioned my text, 'When these things begin to come to pass, then look up; for the time of your redemption draweth near. The word refreshed both soul and body. The hearers were variously affected. O that all may be found watching!
"I could speak of nothing but love in the society, for I felt nothing else. Great was our rejoicing over each other. Satan, I believe, has done his worst, and will get no further advantage by exasperating their spirits against their departing brethren. They were unanimous to stay in the Church, because the Lord stays in it, and multiplies his witnesses therein, more than in any other Church in Christendom.
“Sept. 27th. I was surprised at the numbers that flocked to the early preaching, and eagerly received that saying of our Lord, Behold, I come as a thief: blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments. I breakfasted with Miss Norton, and found nothing in my heart towards her but love. She was not so evil affected towards her forsaken brethren as I expected. Nothing can ever bring such as her back, but the charity which hopeth all things, beareth all ) things, endureth all things.
“ Several came to confer with me, particularly Benjamin SI had great satisfaction with him.
While we were drinking tea at a brother's, Mr. Edwards found me out. We talked freely and lovingly till the time of preaching. I walked with him to the house. Mr. Crook was another of my hearers. My text was, ' His blood be upon us, and upon our children.' The power of the Lord was present, more than yesterday. I went to the Church-prayers with several
who have been long dealt with to forsake them utterly. They will stand the firmer, I hope, for their shaking.
“Sept. 28th. I set out with the Doctor and William Shent for York. The rain brought back poor William's ague. I preached from Hab. iii. 2: O Lord, revive thy work.' The crowd made our room excessively hot; but that did not hinder their attention.
“ Sept. 29th. Our Preacher stationed here had quite left off preaching in the morning. Many told me, I could not get a congregation at five; but I found it otherwise. The room was almost full while I explained, “Being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. I insisted largely on freedom from sin, as the lowest mark of faith, and the necessity of labouring after holiness. The hearers appeared much stirred up.
“I spent the day in conversing with all comers. The Doctor's house was open to all, and his heart also : his whole desire being to spread the Gospel.
“Sept. 30th. My subject was John v. 14: ‘Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. I warned them against that sweet doctrine, Once in grace, always in grace, but not in a controversial way; pointed out some of the infinite ways whereby they might forfeit their pardon ; exhorted them to go to church, that they might be found of Jesus in the temple : and, above all, to pray always, that that word might be written on their hearts, Go, and sin no more.'
“The day was well spent in making up a difference which the sower of tarès had occasioned among the principal members of the society. Between six and seven I got the society together, with many out of the country, and for two hours showed them how they ouglit to walk. They gladly received instruction.
“ Oct. Ist. I preached again to the awakened, and perceived the word take place. I breakfasted with T. Brook, who has once more left the Brethren. I went with him to the minster, which he constantly frequents. I met at his house Miss T-, earnestly seeking salvation. The means of awakening her was Theron and Aspasio.' I heard that the
young woman who cried out last night under convictions was the same hour delivered into the glorious liberty of God's children.
“I passed an hour at Mr. D's, and answered his candid objections. I had an opportunity of vindicating my old friend Benjamin Ingham. It is hard a man should be hanged for his looks; for the appearance of Moravianism. Their spirit and practices he has as utterly renounced as we have: their manner and phrase cannot so soon be shaken off.
“I found out Mercy Bell, and had sweet fellowship with her. I marvel not that the Friends (so fallen from their first simplicity) cannot receive her testimony.
“ We had a most triumphant watch-night. We began between seven and eight. The enemy did not like our employment, and stirred up his servants without to interrupt us; but our voices prevailed. We sung the 'Hymns in a Tumult' with great calmness and consolation. Mr. Williamson's maid was deeply wounded. The shout of a King was in the midst of us; and the people thought it full early to part at eleven.
“ Oct. 2d. The whole day was spent in singing, confer. ence, and prayer. I attended the quire service. The people there were marvellously civil, and obliged me with the anthem I desired, Hab. iii., 'a feast for a King,' as Queen Anne called it. Mr. Williamson walked with me to his house, in the face of the sun. I would have spared him; but he was quite above fear. A pious, sensible Dissenter clave to us all day, and accompanied us to the preaching. I discoursed on my favourite subject : 'I will bring the third part through the fire.' We glorified God in the fire, and rejoiced in hope of coming forth as gold.
Sunday, Oct. 3d. From five till near eight I talked closely with each of the society; then, on Mr. Williamson's request, preached on the ordinances, from Isaiah lxiv. 5 : 'In those is continuance, and we shall be saved.' I dwelt longest on what has been most neglected, family prayer, public prayer, and the sacrament. The Lord set to his seal, and confirmed the word with a double blessing. I dismissed them at nine. Our Preachers had often kept them till near ten, and thereby hindered their going to church.
“I received the sacrament at the minster. It was a solemn passover. They were forced to consecrate twice, the congregation being doubled and trebled through my exhortations and example. Glory be to God alone! I found great faith to pray for him that consecrated, and heard afterwards that it was Mr. B; one who had known the Methodists from their rise at Oxford, and was no enemy to them. I expect (if I hold out myself) to meet that soul in paradise.
“I went to Mr. Williamson's church. He read prayers, as one that felt them, and then beckoned me. According to our private agreement, I stepped into the pulpit, when no one expected it, and cried to a full audience, 'The kingdom of God is at hand : repent ye, and believe the Gospel.' They were all attention. The word did not return void, but accomplished that for which it was sent. Neither is he that planted anything ; neither is he that watereth.
“ Dr. Cockburn carried me in his chair to Acomb. I lost my voice in the rain, and could not, without much straining, cry, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world !' A Clergyman and the gentry of the place were present. The rain dispersed us in half an hour. I attempted to meet the society at York, but could not speak to be heard. We got thereby a longer evening at the hospitable Doctor's. Mr. Williamson and his family, &c., were helpers of our joy.
“ Oct. 4th. I took my leave, in the words of the Apostle, · The grace of God which bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men; teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the world. From hence I strongly pressed the obedience of faith. We parted in body only.
Through God's blessing on my week's stay among them, I hope, 1. Peace and love are restored. 2. They will recover their rising at five. 3. They are brought back again to church and sacrament, and family prayer.
“ Dr. Cockburn and his lady attended me to Tadcaster, where I found both voice and strength to point many earnest souls to the all-atoning Lamb. The gentry listened, as well as the poor, Both dismissed me with blessings.
“ It rained as soon as we took horse. We were quickly wet to the skin, the high wind driving the storm full in our faces. I was most concerned for poor William Shent, and