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rejoiced to find her miserable in prosperity, and restless to recover her only happiness.

“I found comfort in the first lesson at church. I could be glad to attend the public prayers constantly, for my own as well as for example's sake. The preaching-house was filled with those that came from far. Our Lord did not send them empty away. A girl of fourteen, who had walked from Birstal, told me she seemed carried under the word, as out of the body. What to call the manifestation of the Spirit then given her, time and temptation will show. Near two hours more we rejoiced at a primitive love-feast.

“Oct. 16th. I breakfasted again with my lost sheep that is found, for whose sake chiefly I believe myself sent to Bradford. Last night at the love-feast she recovered her shield. I took my leave of the brethren in that promise, 'He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. I rode with faithful Thomas Colbeck to Keighley, and found at four a large, handsome room well filled. I did my office, as a watchman, and delivered my own soul. Mr. Grimshaw assisted at the society. I recommended family religion with all my might. For near an hour and a half the cloud stayed on the assembly.

“Sunday, Oct. 17th. We had no room to spare at five in the morning, while I commended them to God, and to the word of his grace. I preached a second time, at Haworth, (Mr. Grimshaw reading prayers,) from Psalm xlvi. 8, 9: 'O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord; what destruction He hath brought on the earth. He maketh wars to cease in all the world.' My mouth was opened to declare the approaching judgments, and the glory which shall follow, when the Lord is exalted in all the earth. The church, which had been lately enlarged, could scarce contain the congregation, who seemed all to tremble at the threatenings, or rejoice in the promises, of God. We had a blessed number of communicants, and the Master of the feast in the midst. I prayed and exhorted afterwards. Our hearts were lifted up to meet Him in his glorious kingdom.

"After an hour's interval we met again, as many as the church-walls could contain ; but twice the number stood without, till the prayers were over. Then I mounted a scaffold, and, lifting up my eyes, saw the fields white unto harvest. We had prayed for a fair day, and had the petitions we asked. The churchyard, which will hold thousands, was

X Х quite covered. God gave me a voice to reach them all. I warned them of those things which shall come to pass, and warmly pressed them to private, family, and public prayer. I enlarged on the glorious consequences thereof, even deliverance from the last plagues, and standing before the Son of man. I concluded, and began again; for it was an accepted time. I do not remember when my mouth has been more opened, or my heart more enlarged.

A young Preacher, of Mr. Ingham's, came to spend the -evening with me at Mr. Grimshaw's. I found great love for him, and wished all our sons in the Gospel were equally modest and discreet.

“Oct. 18th. He accompanied us to Heptonstall, where I preached at ten, on Isaiah lxiv. 5 : 'In those is continuance, and we shall be saved. I was very faint when I began : the more plainly did it appear that the power was not of man, but of God. I warned them of the wiles of the devil, whereby he would draw them away from the Church, and the other means of grace. I spake as the oracles of God; and God gave testimony, bowing the hearts of all present, except a few bigoted Baptists. We went on our way rejoicing to Ewood. There the hard rain cut short my discourse from Ezek. ix. Mr. Allen could not leave us yet, but rode with us next morning as far as Gawksholm. I stood on a scaffold, at the foot of a Welsh mountain, having all the people in front, and called, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! The word was as a two-edged sword. I knew not then that several Baptists were present: a carnal, oven cavilling, contentious sect, always watching to steal away our children, and make them as dead as themselves. Mr. Allenį informed me that they have carried off no less than fifty outfit-ing kan of one society; and that several Baptist meetings are wholly, stoere se face made out of old Methodists. I talked largely with Grim-}{ccl,cox shaw how to remedy the evil. We agreed, 1. That nothing can save the Methodists from falling a prey to every seducer, 1 but close walking with God, in all the commandments and ordinances, especially the word, and prayer, private, family, and public. 2. That the Preachers should be allowed more time in every place, to visit from house to house, after Mr.

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Baxter's manner. 3. That a small treatise be written, to
ground and preserve them against seducers, and lodged in
every family.

“We came safe to Bolton, with the night. Above forty of
these poor shattered people still keep together. Many of
those without flocked to the word. In great bodily weakness
I warned them to fly to the city of refuge; tried to calm the
spirits of our children; and we were comforted together
through hope of our Lord's appearing.

“Oct. 20th. I talked kindly to poor John Whitford, who seemed quite sick of his separate congregation; so headstrong and untractable; so like their humble slave and teacher! His principles, as well as his spirit, have cut off his retreat :

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when once a Methodist Preacher has abused both our and
our children's confidence, by setting up for himself. This he
could never think of till the salt had lost its savour.

“The rain quickened our pace to Manchester. I took up
my lodgings at Mr. Phillips's. My subject at night was,
When these things begin to come to pass, then look up;

for your redemption draweth near.' Many Arian and Socinian Dissenters were present, and gnashed upon me with their teeth, while I preached the coming of Jesus Christ, the one eternal, self-existing God, to take vengeance on them, and on all his enemies, who would not have Him to reign over them.

“Oct. 21st. I finished my discourse to our Lord's disciples. I parted with my right hand, my brother and bosom friend, Grimshaw. I breakfasted at Mrs. F's, and rejoiced to find that, though she had_left us, she had not utterly forsaken God. Her soul has suffered loss, yet her good desires remain. Here my old friend J. Bolton found me out, and confirmed his love to me.

“From church I went to dine with our sister Rider, still waiting for the consolation of Israel. I drank tea with Dr. Byrom, and was hard put to it to defend my brother's book against Mr. Law. We got at last to a better subject, and parted not without a blessing. At night I discoursed on Titus i. 11. I spoke close and home on practical faith, and relative dutics : but more closely still to the society.

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“It seems the famous Mr. Roger Ball is now among them, 122,1 picking up their pence and their persons. They were smit with admiration of so fine a man; (Thomas Williams himself was nothing to him ;) and invited him to settle with them. Another new Preacher they have also got, a young Baptist, who is gathering himself a meeting out of them ; like the Baptist teachers who have borrowed so many of Mr. Grimshaw's children. Our society in Manchester was upwards of two hundred; but their itching ears have reduced them to half the number.

“ To these I showed the melancholy state of the members A of the established Church, who are the most unprincipled and ignorant of all that are called Protestants; and therefore exposed to every seducer who thinks it worth his while to turn them Dissenters, Moravians, for Papists. I told them,

the poor Methodists are most exposed, because serious, and therefore worth stealing; and of all the Methodists, those of Manchester are in the greatest danger, because the most unsettled and unadvisable. I challenged them to show me one Methodist who had ever prospered by turning Dissenter. I asked what would become of them when my brother should die? whether they would not then be scattered, and broken into twenty sects, old and new? To prevent this, I advised them, 1. To get grace, or the love and power of God, which alone could keep and stablish their hearts. 2. To continue in all the means of obtaining this, especially the word, and prayer of all kinds; to read the Scriptures daily, to go constantly to church and sacrament.

“Our brother Johnson tells me, since he sent the people back to church, two have received forgiveness in the prayers there, and two more in the sermon of a Church Minister. There are now three sound Preachers in these parts. If they continue steadfast, they may undo the great evil which the unsound Preachers have done, and confirm our children in their calling

“I cannot leave them in so unsettled a condition; and therefore intend, with God's leave, to spend another week

I talked with the Leaders, and earnestly pressed them to set an example to the flock, by walking in all the commandments and ordinances.

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“Oct. 22d. After preaching I talked with several of the society, particularly a young woman, who seemed quite overwhelmed with the love of Christ, which she received yesterday in private prayer. I went to St. Anne's prayers, and thence to the room. We began our first hour of intercession. Many more than we expected were present. I gave an exhortation, showing the end of our meeting every Friday, as Englishmen, and members of the Church of England, to deprecate the national judgments, and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I have rarely known so solemn an assembly. They were pleased to hear that we design to continue meeting every week.

“I went thence to seek that which was lost: poor H. O. He made me very happy by his misery, and restlessness to return. Once more, I trust, there will be joy in heaven over him.

“I began in the evening to expound the whole armour of 121,92 God, Eph. vi. After I had done, the famous Mr. Ball lifted

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up his voice; and a magnificent voice it was. I bade our
people depart in peace, which they did. The enemy roared
some time in the midst of the room, (not congregation)
threatening me for scandalizing him, and depriving his family
of their bread. I believe he is defrauded of his prey, through
my coming in ipso temporis articulo, when he promised him-
self a good provision out of our society. No wonder Satan
rages at his disappointment.

“I met the society in calm love. There was no farther
need of my mentioning Satan's apostle ; for he had suffi-
ciently showed himself. The snare is thereby broken, and
the simple souls delivered. I lovingly exhorted them to
stand fast in one mind, and one spirit, in the old paths, or
ways of God's appointing. Henceforth they will not believe
every spirit. The Lord stablish their hearts with grace !

“ Experience convinces me, more and more, that the Methodists can never prosper, or even stand their ground, unless they continue steadfast in the ordinances. The society here used to be scattered on the Lord's day, in the fields, or sleeping in their houses. This invited all the beasts of the forest to devour them. Suffice the time that is past. We are not ignorant now of Satan's devices.

“Oct. 23d. I proceeded to expound the whole armour of

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