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l|^ Account of the Work of God, 


Prefaced with a Jkort' Tlijlory of the fpread and 
increafe of the Methodists; 


Camp Meetings. 


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A cone if e Sketch of ihe Rife and Progrefs of 
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THE firft Methodift Meeting Houfe built in New York in 17G8 
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1773---if60 members in and about New York city, arid' in" New 

Jerfev', Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Petersburg; 

which may be divided thus : New York, 1 80 ; Philadelphia, 

180; Newjeriey, 200 ; Maryland, 500 ; and Virginia, 100; 

( a lmali-part of five ttates ) arid ten travelling preachers. ; 
T 774-- 1 7 preachers in all ; 2013 members. State of Delaware ' 

>i taken irt this vear. ! ■ .. ■ ; 

1 775-^20 preachers in all ; 3148 members; North Carolina 
JE ' - taken in this year. - Members. 

1776---9 preachers admitted on trial ; 4921. 
■J 7 77 — 14 preachers. received on trial ; 6968. 
J 778—9 appear to be admitted on trial : 6095. 
1779^7 >.y- . v 8577 . 

[7*0 WS. ( ( 8504. • 

illl~l~ 8 7 /admitted on trial ; J K)539. - 

1784-11 y ': M498S ' ■"' 

J785---Thi8 year the Methodift epilcopal government was form-" 

m ed ; ^and Dr. Coke and Mr. Afbury were the two bifhops 

and there were twenty elders, and thirty-five deacons. South 
'Jg Carolina and Georgia were vjfited this year. 1 8000 in fbcietv. 
178S.>- 1 here whereabout 120 travelling preachers. Kentucky 
was y,fited this year, and Mr. Garettfon, &c. vifited Nova 
I Scotia.- 18791 whites and 1890 blacks. * 

8 fc 35 -A° U , ng L preachers admitted on trial. TennafTee and 
lOhio vifited this year. 21949 whites and 3893 blacks! 


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1 788—48 admitted on trial. Vermont and Connecticut vifited 

this year. 30809 whites and 6545 blacks. 
1789— 42 admitted on trial. 35019 whites and 8243 blacks. 
1790---47 admitted on trial. Bofton, in Maffachufetts, vifited 

this year. 45949 whites and 1 1682 blacks. 
1791— -50 admitted on trial. Upper Canada vifited this year. 

63269 whites and 12884 blacks. 
J792---39 admitted on trial. 52109 whites and 1387/1 blacks — 

1 his ye;r 1 firft law the Methodifts, as they vifited my olace 

ot nativity; and, glory be to Wefley's GOD ! Rhode iiland 

was vifited by them. 
1793—44 admitted on trial. Province of Main vifited this year. 

51416 whites and 16227 blacks. 
1 794—40 admitted on trial. New Hampfhire vifited this year.— 

52794 whites and 13814 blacks. 
1797— ^bout 300 travelling preachers. 46445 whites and 12218 

1800--- This year Mr. Richard Whatcoat was ordained bifhop, 

which makes the third. 
1801 ---55 young preachers were received or admitted on trial.— 

51186 .whites and 15688 blacks. : jrp 

1802—61 admitted on trial. 68015 whites and 186 59: bJacksJL 
1803 — 60 admitted on trial; 81611 whites and 22453 blacks.- . 
1805— about 440 travelling preachers, and about 200Qlocai ones. 

Including 31 diftri&s. 95629 whites and 243 16 blacks. 

There are leven annual Conferences held in America. The bi- 
ihops appoint the times, andjiave the iplp power of ftatroning the 
preachers ; and are accountable to the general conference for their 
moral conduct, &c. which is held once in four years. Mr. Afbtfry 
generally attends all the conferences'; -but if noibiihop attend", a 
chairman is choVen for tiine. '■-■ 

In each diftrict there, is a'pretiding elder, who is i chofen. -by the 
bifhop, who power to alter the liations, or remove the 
preachers as of en .as he pleafes, and to take out youns'm'eH-to tra- 
vel in the interval of the conference. He generally ar\ the 
quarterly meetings. gt| h -j fiiftrift. 

A young preacher firft is recommended by a garter 
meeting; 2dl>. , from the ^quarter meeting to Jhe di&ri& confer- 
ence, where he is. examined bv the bifhop before the'^cohfer-erice ; 
and bv a mi'-pnty. received or i ejected accordingly^ Afteritwoyeaite 
trials, h'c .s admitted into fuJ connexion., and ordained. deacon, 
find fiith power to marry people; and after iwto years more, ordain- 
ed I.ei, and c.m admimi'ter the Lord's iuppex; Eighty dollars is 
a pre. cher's f da.iy , and his .travelling expences. A preacher" fcSm 
receive hSemJiets mto, focielv, but cannot. turn any out vvifefecmt the 
content of the majority of thole members the ttftende't is. tri^d be- 
fore. , They do not wear thfc gown and .hand. 



Thus the Methodjfts, in the courfcof a few years, have fpread 
from Nova Scotia to the Natchez, on the Miffiffippi river; which the 
following Letters will' {hew, (as it relpects the jurifdidion of the 
•United .states) how the work of God hath flourilhed in all direc- 
tions, particularly within about four or five years part. And, as 
the reader will fee the name of Camp Meetings frequently men- 
tioned, 1 think it will not be difagreeable, to be informed of their 
origin, &c. which 1 will preface with a few reflections. 

The Gofpel, which began in the Eafi (where turkifh darknefs.or 
heathemfh idolatry • now prevails, and liberty of confeience too 
much prohibited) came as far Weft as ''it could, and find civilized 
informed people, viz. the moft wefterly village of Kentucky, 
where the pre'i'ent revival of religion, which now extends over the 
United States, firrt began ; and from thence fpread abroad. The 
gofpel put down its foot as on the day of Pentecoft, where the 
Methodilts and Prefbyteriatas communed together as united" breth- 
**?!' :1 J elatter of which, at their " facramental meetings," £> 
called, had a day for examination, and another for communion • 
and though the meeting would be intended to laft only two days' 
yet, beyond- fheir expectation, they would get detained all night ■ 
and on Monday the congregation would become larger than either 
•tft the preceding days, from the following circumftances : Perhaps 
f ffnan \ vho had brought his family in a waggon, a number of miles 
to meeting, and would be taken under convi&ion, and his wounds 

rokeen, that he would be conftrained to cry aloud for mercv. 

i r "™ ou l d be feized with the Power, and fall, and appear life- 
lets. 1 he former brought through happy ; and more would be 
taken in a fimilar way, and thus would be detained ; and after a 
ihort ipace find peace with God ; and fome Would lie for hours • 

l°,t ie W ^ U1 he E? t0 A el ,, th . e P , OWer > and though ftame or alarm 
attempt to go off, and fall by the way, or in the woods, and cry 
out ; even profefFed deifts were not exempt. 

■1 hefeftninge things brought out f'uch flocks of people from the - 
adjacent places, that no building would contain them ; fo thev 
*vould be neceffitated to go to the neighbouring foreft ; and as the 
circumftances were luch, it was found neceffary to carry provifions. 
lo as not .to burthen the vicinity too much ; and alfo to make nre^ 
paration agamft the;inelemency of the weather, by fewing coverlets 
together or blankets, and preparing tents or markees ; and fome 
won Id ma ke (mall wooden tents or bowers, &c. 1 hus the name 
of Camp Meetmg was firrt derived from the neceffitated order 
of the meeting by the providence of God, (beyond man's expec- 
tation) inftead of human Wifdom. 

Thofe companies which came from a diftance by curiofity or 
lome other motive, would return home, fome mourning under 
conviction, and iome would find peace by the way ; whilft others 
would be^rejoicing in God, fd the furprize and alarm of their 
friends and neighbours ; and this would be the beginning of good 


times in their vicinities. When facramental osccafions would be 
there, it would be found equally expedient to prepare for encamp- 
ment, Co the' Camp Meetings (bread abroad into the.three eaftcrn 
and Southern '/fates. Rumours reuched the North, but, people 
confidered the reports 'as.. vague and falle. 

Many and various v* ere the ftories about this new religion, (b 
cilled, as I patted from 'New Jeri'ey to Georgia, .but particularly 
when 1 got t^ Virginia ; but I was determined not to form • rny 
judgment pro or con too qu ; ck ; and in the Carolines, j law 
tn'any' 'who had. at tended them, and acknowledged , that many of 
their'bad neighbour were altered for the better; yet that the 
•meetings were productive of much evil, which I cpu'ld not then 
'■contradict; but the accounts to me appeared. contradictory,; as 
-though the fame fountain would, lend forth 'Weet and ibitter 

However, I was^determined to fee for. myfelf ; and accordmg-ly^ 
on my arrival in Georgia, 1 attended one, in February, 1303, on 
•Shoulder bone Creek. I- walked the camp at alb feafons of the 
•night, but law no fuel: improper conduct as yuas frequently 
: all edged, but to the reverie ;. fhouling and ., pr-ajling, hinging and 
praver; which convinced me that through the enemies of the 
gofpel of Chrift thofe falfe re'ports w'eie a ailed, to bring a itigma 
on t e cauie of religion. 

Here judge Stiih, who once was as. noted a deilt as was ever in 
the itate ; and being one day provoked, made, a rath promife, 
that he would not go to meeting again until his wife got converted; 
"which term of time was about four years, when the attended one 
of the Camp Meetings, and found a happy confequence to refult 
: to her foul ; and writing home to her hufband that the had now 
got converted, and he .could'come without breaking bis promile. 
He knowing her l'enfe and veracity, was convinced it was no im- 
pofition, and came without delay. Hisdeifm fled, and conviction 
leized on his mind, that there was a reality in the Chriftian Reli- 
gion. Some rn6n' v hs pafTed away, a,nd though he was one of the 
great ones of the earth ; yet, at this cold leafon of the year came, 
and pitched his tent on the ground, and before the meeting broke 
up, found peace to his weary foul, . and came forward with two of 
his adopted daughters, and publicly teftified what God had done 
for his foul. 

After attending fome other meetings, and feeing the happy 
confequences that had refulted in the weftern country, \ felt it in 
'my -heart to introduce them into the centre of Virginia, and ac- 
cordingly made the appointment in Bedford County, in the 
woods, on the ground of a man of no religion, in a Calvinift 
fettlement ; and ro methodiHs nearer than fix or eight miles, and 
but few families 'fhor't of twenty. However, at the time appointed, 
a number of pre ichers fell in, though my difcouragements were 
great, as 1 previouily had engaged no help ; the weather appeared 

■ " threatening, 


threatening* but in the morning God lent off the clouds, and a 
beautiful tun appeared, and many came out, and God gave us a 
token for good the ruff day'; and from thence the work i'pread_ 
abroad ; and as prejudice from the minds of the people againft 
Camp Meetings, which had been great, after this were off, 1 held 
four more in other parts of Virginia ; and fince they have become 
more frequent, and a glorious work is now.almoft oyer 5 the ^tate, 
more than was ever known before.' 

Thence I introduced them firft into New York State, then 
into Connecticut, and after jhatv into MaflachufettS ; and^f u'nder- 

8™ * they imce h * ve mafie their wa r through the Province 
of Main and Vermont ; and from the beft judgment lean form, 1 
it is my opinion that thole meetings, a* means 1 imder God, have 
been the caufe of the awakeriing- and conversion of more louls to 
God than all the other means' befide's in North America., for the 
time thefe have been in vogue ; and this flame which once was at 
old Jeruialemy and again broke 'out in, the wilds' of- America, in] 
the #^>, and is rdrrning^Eaft ward i$ &f fu}fii,rhent of the prophely. 
of Daniel ; and of Courle'., ' thejfJam'e'/.mu^C^ve?: faleftine again t- 
and it any one fhould a'fk me AvKa.t I think.of the figns of the- 
tunes, 1 antwer,, that Qpd hath a controverly with Zion, and is 
1 weeping oft : the widked,. by fword, famine, and pettilence, and 
will not withdrawals, judgments, bnt rather increafe themj until' 
the wickedne!s : of the wicked comes to an end, and the kingdoms' 
of this world become the kingdom of God, and of Ch rift, and the 
nations learn warno more ;-*And ahb, ! 'I'believe that Buonaparte 
istheiecond beaft- ip-iakeri of^the Revelation, * which came up' 
out of the earth. - (<Afta, XvWfeh;is fWonndett ,'by .lhhd, as Europe is 
by water) An<* I^^lhi^^^WmtyJ^ firft mefTenger * 
which is_ called an angel, haVmg'.t^e v everlafting gotpel to pieach. , 
i 1 u'u 1 ,S P robabl< V $&mW times, a,re at the door, therefore 
1 wrfh all the, pious in. this, country to take the alarm, and fer,ve> 
God with their whole heart* that it may be well with them in the 
da y° fevi1 - | .. i rl i, Ml ,./ m ■ , .i : ,oii - 

' LtvtR^bbj,, 2d January, 'MW'!"" ?^?™ d T ■ • 

* ■ h ? ff, ond ^ot of Efdras, J 1th and 12th Chapters ; and Rev. 13th; chapter, 
and tit], verfe ; and the 1.4th chapter^ fei,d 6th and 7th verfes, I think *re 

* explanatory of each other* •&<:. ■ 

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W^u Rome, or Babylon, in fcrrpture,iis r <aid to be the mbtfter b^ 
harlots, if to, who and what : be'her daughters? 

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BxlracJ of a letter from the Rev. John Wilfon, 

Book Stetvard to the Methodijl Connexio?i in 

America , to his Brethren, Air. Edward Wil- 

fon, Attorney at Law, and Mr. Thomas Wit- 

Jon, Local Preacher, in Liverpool. 

" Dear Brethren, Edward and Thomas, 

« The purpofe of the prefent is to. introduce -to your friendly attention and 
" afliftance the bearer, Loke^zo Dow — who is one of your extraordinary men. 
«.* He was raifed in chrifiian experience among the Method ifts, and early in 
*f Jife became a travelling preacher here Very uncommon revivals accompa- 
** nied his. labour's, according to the mod authentic tefUmonies of hi? fellow 
»' labourers 5 but by fome impulfe of mind, he was continually driven to abound 
«* in labour, as to furpafs all the limits of his -appointment?, and indeed of his 
** bodily ftrength He has been in Ireland ; and many times has traverfed the 
«* United States from end to end, and from fide to fide ; and unconnned by 
«* boundary lines of Rates or nations, he has entered into the favage haunts of 
*S Indians. Thefe fallies are fo contrary to the regularity of our method and'" 
«« fyftem, that his name was neceffarily droppedas a preacher, but without the 
«* leaft blot or ftain on his moral character ; and bv various and incontestable 
«f vouchers, it appears that his ufefulnefs as an irregular methodift preacher 
*t ftill continues to be much more than ordinary. While thefe things are fo, 
«« it muftbe acknowledged that his irregularities, however well meant by him, 
«,' and owned of God, may do hurt to the untutored minds of young and un- 
«' experienced preachers and people j who may by his example, but not poff- 
« effing his piety and humility, be led after ftrange impulfes into fuch diforders 
«« as to deftroy, within the precincls of their influence, that bleffed regularity 
»« of methodifm by which fo man? thoufands have found their way to heaven. 
tc _ His talents are by no mean* fpl'endid : his preaching abilities dre 

•* confidered here as rather lefs than moderate; and yet partly perhaps be- 
** caufe of his Angularities, and partly through his faith. His congregations 
'* are commonly very large. He is altogether diverted of worldly conudera- 
•* tions '. to my knowledge, he might have pofifcffed thoufands, and I know 
" not but "million^' ; ,but whe^e^^ might chufe, he has uniformly refufed, ex- 
" cept what would barely fupply'Kis prefent. wants; and where it came to him 
•' neceffarily, he has with all difpatch fcattered it in building methodift churches 
*' or in hiring people to ferve the Lord. In aiming at one thing, no dangers 
*' deter him, no difficulties retard him ; his eye looks right on, and like an 
" arrow glancing by obftacles, he fixes with inconceivable fwiftnefs in the ob- 
M jeft. As a good and pious man, I love him ; as an eminently ufeful man, 
** 1 honour him ; concerning his Angularities, I fufpend my judgment ; and 
'* upon the whole of the man, I am willing to take his character as written by 
** the Lord through him -e» fo many -hearts, and fealed with fo many feals of 
* his miniftry. Thu» 1 recommend him to you, to aflifr him as an individual 
«* in ali things, as a public character, a's far as your wifdom may direct you. 
I remain, dear Brethren, 

Ygur's. affectionately, 

New York, 5tk JOHN WILSON.? 

Nov, 160*,. 

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Buck-Creek, (Delaware) June 20, 1800. 
ON the fabbnth after, you left here, abb t one hundred and' 
nine came forward, and begged" to be ad rn it ted to our iociety. 
They were'tlirecled to meet two days after, to be taken in ; 
when they, and lix others, joined fociety ; many of whom were 
ibundlv converted to God, and the principal part of the others 
deeply penitent, and l'eekmg for mercy ; fince which two others 
have^applied, rmking in all one hundred and teventeen fouls, in 
and about this little village. We have previoufly joined fifty fouls 
iince the commencement of the New- Year, making in the whole 
one hundred and lijctydeven i fa that we have now about three 
hundred members. in this i'mall town," and the work frill going on. 
Anrbwho can calculate the great good done at our late conference, 
when we difcover i'uch prodigious advantage to the inhabitants 
here. There isi alio a great ingathering in all the ibcieties near 
this place. In one I'mall neighbourhood fourteen were joined 
lalt week. 


Cumberland Circuit, (Virg )' Auguft 20, 1800- 
I have been round the diftririf, and, glory be to God, I have 
feen very good and gracious times in all the circuits. There are 
profpecls of a good revival ; but in many parts of Bertie and Cum- 
berland, thev have great and powerful times, and many have been 
awakened, converted, and added#to the church ; 1- expect not 
lefs than two hundred. The pteachers were all able to 1 baur, 
and much engigedin the Lord's work. The local-preachers in 
general teem to be very zealous and uleful. We have great peace 
and union in this t'iftricrt. I have not heard a murmur from any 
of our brethren. 

B Tcnneftee, 


Tennefiee, Settlement of Cumberland, Oft 27, 1800. 
LAST June, at a Iacramental meeting of the PSelbytcfhui 
fociety, at Red River meeting-houfe, when the preachers prelent 
were Mr. McGready, Mr. Rankin, Mr. Hodge, Y\ m. Mc Gee, 
and myfelf, four or five hundred people attended with great feri- 
oulhels. The Lord's lervants preached with much light and 
liberty, and thf people felt th truth and power of the word each 
day ; but the laft, which was Monday, was truly a great day s 
ore lermon was preached with the Holy Ghoft lent down from 
heaven : the ciy of diftreffed tinners for mercy wa$ great, while 
the lord's people were filled with unfpeakable joy : a few louls 
ptofeifed to find peace, and gave glory to God, and a great num- 
ber went avvcy pleading for mercy. A few weeks „fter this was 
another tacrament meeting, in Mr Rankin's congregation, on 
Gasper river, at which it was computed forty fouls were born of 
God. Shortly after this there w y as another meeting of the 
km 1, on Vludd\ river, at which a very exact eftimate was made 
of forty-five fouls, who gave in a rational and icriptuial account 
of the r conveifion to God, during that meeting. 1 was not pre- 
i£nt t either of" th.eie.two laft meetings, therefore cannot give 
you a partcul r detail of the woik. In the latter end of Auguft, 
a quarterly meeting was held at Edwards' chapel, on the Cum- 
berland tide of the ridge, where myfelf, with four or five of my 
brethren of the A-ethodift mmifiers were prefent ; at which time 
mar. cried aloud, from the bitterncfs of their fouls for merc\ , a 
few ftrugg'ed into fpiritual life, while many went away With 
burthened and fin-tick fouls. The next Friday began another 
iacramental meeting, on the Ridge, about ten miles f'rom'the 
above place. This was the moft glorious meeting that ever my 
eyes beheld : it continued four days and nights, during which 
time," from the beti accounts we have collected iince, there were 
more than one hundred fouls converted to God. Jt was truly 
affecting to hear the groans of the fpiritually wounded, inter- 
mingled with the fhouts of heaven-born fouls Two weeks after 
was another facramental meeting on Blidlbe's creek, called Shiloh 
facrament. Here was great opposition, chiefly from old profefTors 
and cleifts : neverthelels the Lord worked like himfelf, in power. 
Sinners were cut to the heart, and falling to the ground cried for 
meicy, as in the agonies of death, or from the brink of hell, till 
God (poke peace to their lbuls ; then riling from the earth, with 
angelic countenances and raptures of joy, gave glory to God with 
a loud voice. The number converted we arc not able to afcertain, 
but from the beft calculation, there could not be lefs than fixty 
or feventy fouls. There have been two other meetings fince, at 
each of which there was a goodly number of lbuls brought in. 
This work is the Lord's, and to his great name be all the glory. 
Amen and amen, 




September 19th, 1800. 

AT Verfhire quarterly meeting the Lord was prH'ent indeed ; 
at this meeting theie were about fifteen hundred people. On the 
fabb'ath we. had to preach in the Open air: leveral found Jefus, and 
others, who had already believed, were overwhelmed with his 
power. At Weathersficld we h dagoodt-me, the work hid be- 
gun on that circuit ; a goodly number have jo ned. At Chefrer- 
field quarterly meeting lorn:' appeared to be aw ikened ; I have 
heard fince that leven have been converted in that place..— J— At 
Pomfret quarterly meeting, the power of the Lord w s felt in- 
deed, and one or two found peace wiih God. New -London 
quarterly meeting wasftiil greater : finners weie awfia lv alarm- 
ed, and 1 think. four mourners profefled to find the f.oH. \i 
Tolland quarterly meeting it was a great time; the ■ Satunfay^ 
meeting laited till three o'clock On Sibbfeftb morning ; (bme prn- 
i'evTed to experience fa net ficaron. and dur^g the quarterly meetng 
ieveral were awakened; 1 believe much good was done. The 
preachers are all in middling' health an i good 1'pirits, looking 
with pl.eafing expectation for greater and more glorious times : 
On every circuit there is ibme revival. 


Albany, September 23d, 1800. 
ALBANY circuit does tolerably ; Saratoga does well alfo.' 
S. Arnold hath been near death, the doctors laid he would die ; 
he laid " no, 1 (hall live, God hath more work for me to do ;'* 
he recovers. Mohawk h :s lbme prof peel of a threading, deepen- 
ing work. • On Chenango, while we were at, the 
Lord greatly revived his Work : there was at leaft one travelling 
preacher on every circuit. One of the local preachers, brother 
Kollock, was led to catechife the children at nine o'clock, which 
has proved a blefling ; here feveral old and young have let out 
fair for heaven, and are now happy in God. Seneca revives of 
late : of Delaware I can lay but little as yet, there is a body of 
real faints among thole wild hills. 


■ '" ' Baltimore, December 12»Ti, 1800. 
. GODhasfpared me through a perilous affliction : hundreds 
fell on my right hand, and on my left ; and nothing but a fenfe 
of duty to my ftation, prompted me to Hand to my poft ; I think 
none the lets of thole who removed. But when I retted upon the 
tweet communion 1 had with God, and that our church was the 
only one open for worlhip ; that hundreds flocked to hear me, 
that' neWr were accuftomed to our church before, and the molt 
qf tbeih continue fteady hearers ever fince ; when I look around 

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flow at our congregations, -and find in Light-itreet, that we have 
more than two, thousand iteady hearers, while the houi'es of other 
denominations are comparatively TlelWted;; .and 'When i /te fleet 
that a>fevy, in the trem^irdoumhour of ■•cteath,''. were* hop«ff<*[ii* fist 
at liberty, to prasi'e the God of their fal'vat-ion ■:■ finally, Wheni i 
thmk of the teltimony of fome, that 1 was iervicea'ble to th'dir 
b x'ies, as well as their fouls, when they were delerted by their . 
d:areft friends, in that dreadful hour; I do not regret that I 
ftaved in the city, but fee! thankful to God that infpired me with 
the rel'olut'on. I'he moil moderate eltimate, from the firlt to 
the laft of the ficknef?, will allow us to calculate upon the death 
of fifteen hundred, but the returns:fiom the 18th of Auguit to 
the 26th of October, were twelve hundred* and eleven i W e have 
lolt veiy few of our fociety; Perhaps you have heard of the 
deathjOt aged brother Andrews, and brother Tolliton, the former 
died with the bilious, and the latter with the yellow fever ; and 
both, I understand, died very happy. 

In Phdapclphia, it is laid, there, is a very great revival of reli- 
gion, and that ne^r one hundred have been added to the lbciety 
in two weeks, — We have a considerable ingathering in this lbciety, 
and more or leis are hopefully converted evcrv. wjeek. 


New- London, December 10th, 1709. 

THE Lord has honoured us with fome of the mod glorious 

times fince conference, that 1 have leen in New-r* ngl -mi! ! At 

our Middle Hu'.d::m quarterly meeting, which was the firft for 

thi? circuit this year, the Lord came down in mighty power! 

"Mar.y were Itruck and fell from they feats prottrate. upon the 

'floor, cr> mg in bitter agonies, ,1'orr.e Jp-r converting, and others 

fofjlandtifviipg ! |t hspDened/ we!l:thvit-brQihe>f<jM<E'Combs 

and' rmfelf had been formerly favoured -with lucb.' i'cfcnes"' in the 

JSouth, and we'll knew what to do The New-London friends 

darr ed the fl ime into the city, and this brought cri a quickening 

there ; about fixteen members joined in one day, and many more 

in the circuit. Our fecond quarterly meeting for this circuit was 

at Canterbury, and a great time it was ; two precious i'ouls pro- 

feffed to be converted, and the meeting continued nearly all the 

Sabbath night Upon the whole, this circuit in general is in a 

beaut fill apd proi'perous way. Old Tolland circuit, that formal 

dry one, h'^s taken the Hart- Our^fih^Gfcurjrteriy me'efiWgwas at 

Hartford five miles; the power of the Lord came down, and 

t'crcely left a dr\ e\e in the houfe ! two or three profeffed to be 

converted, and five continued on their knees, begging for mercy, 

for hear three hours'., i'he work has. thread rapidly in South 

V. ilbraham ". about twenty fouls have been brought^ n to liberty 

there, and (till the Lord, is working ; and we hjave.fbfrned '<} little 

nitooo rfocJetys 

fociety there. Oar fccond quarterly meeting in that circuit- wajs 
in North Wdhraham chapel, and triply, it was a time of joy and 
Ttjoicng. Three ^ro'fciled to be, converted, and the whole con- 
gregation appeared to be melted ; in'to.' tears. The .work has lb 
increafed and enlarged, that we nave made a four weeks chcuit 
of it. We have h; d a precious quarterly meeting in Pomfret 
circuit : our proi'perfts are encouraging in this circuit alio ; there 
have been fome conversions and lbme additions there. Cherter- 
field circuit is in a fir better way than it was lart year:, tome 
revivals ; and at one of our quarterly meetings,, two pnofefTed to 
be brought into liberty. Verfhire circuit teems .ft ill travailing, 
and many precious fouls a*e born into, the kingdom Our .quar- 
terly meetings have been rendered .iuiguhrfv ufefu.l- there this 
year, And oiir 1 friends feem much united, both to their preachers, 
difcipline, one another, and to their Lord. 

1 have the happinefs to inform you, that a fpirit of love and 
union, both to doctrine, difcipline, and each, other fubtifts amongrk 
all our preachers in this d lit rift : J have converted freelv and par- 
ticularly -with them, and 1 believe there is not a jarring thing. , 
. .From yours in fincerity._ _.',. _ 

S. py,>i vviviy ;r . 

North-Carolina, Gates county, Knotty-pine chapel, March 17th, 17,99. 

WHEN you were with me I alt, 'you detired I would give 
you an account of the dear faints who are fallen afleep in Je'us, .in 
this place. 1 will give you a lift of their names, with u.iketch' 
ot tome of their characters. 
., Elizaheth-Norfleet, one of the firft that embraced religion after 

I w fSi el ^^ re; : ch y ' h "I ; A e was one of themeekelt women, 
h'pattWriholf fmf to the end of her days. 

1 i™i pi-pion, converted from the height of pride. and vanitv to 
a hu'mble lover of God and man ; full of good works. 

™ ? ' ry $&$ d dear fim P.^» humble, tender, affectionate woman; 

Motes hit.trell, a man of great ftabilitv ; when living he kept 
up Jofhua's ref'olution ; his wife, children and fervants bade fair 
tor the kingdom of heaven, fome are faithful yet, and fome have 
turned out of the way. 

Mary Parjcer, who had much forgiven, and loved rnu'eb. 
• mm Rrchardlon, a good young woman, 

J-'ufanhah Bentbn, an honeft hearted chriftian, 1 bdieve j me 
went through the water and fire of affliction unhurt! fuch (he 
continued unto her end. 

Mary Haflett, a faithful follower of the meek and lowly Jems. 

Sophia Hunter, former wife of brother Jfaac Hunter ; a very 
pious precious woman. 

Mary 1 ugwell, her, life was upright, <he married, and d'ed 
foori after. the. birth arid, death of her firft child, and was much 



afflicted five or fix months, and though fhe was Co weak flic could 
not tit up, yet ihe would rile off her bed and praife God for the 
i'weet manifeftations (he had of the love of JeCus. 

Henry Smith, and his ion Thomas Smith, who were laid to 
be good men. 

Milberry Billips, a tender hearted, loving woman, her hufband 
a grot's backflider ; h<? brought his family' to poverty : (lie died a 
few days after her hufband, of a broken heart, us was luppoled. 
Oh the few happy matches ! 

Mary Hays, (he lived happy with her good old Methodift huf- 
band, and died in peace. 

R chel Lawrence, a harrnlets, inoffrnfue perfpn, undei'greaf 
afH Ct'ori a long time ; very patient and much reilgned to God. 

Mary Parker, former wife of bfb her 1'homas Parker ; 'fhe 
profeffed. religion ten or twelve years. ' 

Prifcilla Graham, a dear, lovely, meek woman, fhe lived a- 
bout fifteen months after ihe profeffed religion ; her humble, pious 
walk, mini felled to all that weie acquainted with her, that fi\e 
had been with }ef\is ;' and when {he. was on her death bed, her 
dove -ivke innocence a'nd lamb-like patience* were admirable : fhe 
hatf an unshaken confidence in God. One affced how ; ihe was, 
fhe replied, " O yes, 1 mult go t© Jeius : " She then intreated 
her hufband not to be e.vceffive in grief, but to prove faithful a 
little time, and they fhould meet in heaven to praife king Jcfus. 
JShe loon became d-eliiious : fhe would often lay, " I am ready," 
atul whifper '* Jeius," as long as fhe could (peak ! One week 
after the birth of her firft child, flic fell afleep in the arms of her 
Saviour. - 

Mary Duke, me walked in honour to her profefSon, for near 
fifteen \ ears ; in life (lie was blarnelels, in death triumphant and 

Chnftopher Rcddick, a man truly converted from the error of 
his ways, too manifeftly to be denied by the wprft of enemies ; 
he never was afhamed to own his Lord, or to defend his caufe ; 
a peaceful man in his family, and uleful in his neighbourhood : in 
his 'aft hours he appeared to be in peace, and much refigned to 
Cod. ' 

Hardy Brown, a bright and ihining light ; an Ifraelite in whom 
there was no guile ; an example of true piety ; he had but fbort 
notice of his death, fuffocnted with the quintey in a few hours ; 
tie exhorted his wife and all about him, to ferve God ; and cheer- 
fully, with a fmile on his countenance, left this world of lorrow. 

Mary. Gregorie, a daughter of fi&ter Glover's, thirteen years of 
age ; fhe came to live with me in April and died in October fol- 
lowing ; leven or eight weeks before fhe died, fhe became very 
j'erious, and often was much pleated to talk with me about reli- 
gion ; fhe was powerfully converted on her death-bed, and the 
Lord opened her mouth to ipeak and fing his pTaife. She would 



beg the tinners to look at her and repent. I believe (he had a 
vifiou of angels juit before (be died ; fhe lifted up her eyes andv 
laid, " O you pretty creatures'. '* and breathed her laft in three 

O, my dear brother, while 1 write and think of the dear faints 
in glory, how it fills my heart with joy ! Oh, the time will 
fhortly come, when tbefeejes fhall weep no more; this heart, 
which is now the feat of fortow, mall eeatc to flutter and beat, 
and not a wave of trouble roll acrofs my peaceful breaft ! 1 hope 
the Lord wll renew your health and ftrength, that you may live 
long to water his vineyard. Pray for me, that 1 may be more 
holy, and more heavenly minded. Give my love to brother Lee : 
Mr, Baker and the children join me in fincere love to you. 
Your affectionate lifter. 

1. BAKER. 

Baltimore, December 30th, 1800. 
I kave now vifited my charge. I.requelted the preachers to 
give me the numbers that had found peace with God fince confe- 
rence ; fome did, and others could not. In Frederick circuit 
about three hundred and thirty-two h ive profeffed to fi-id peace 
with God through our Lord J cf us Chrift : whites one hundred 
and fifty-three, and blacks one hundred and feventy-nine. In 
Montgomery, from lalt conference to this time, three hundred 
and thirty. And the work of God is thill going on in power, in 
both of the above circuits. The preachers in Baltimore circuit, 
were not able to give nie their number; but I can inform you, 
we had a good time at quarterly meeting. We began at nine 
o'clock in the morning, and ended at four o'clock m the after- 
noon ; in which time feven fouls were brought to the knowledge 
of the truth, by the forgivenefs of their fins. In Baltimore the 
work is moving on'; they have great and good times. In Federal 
circuit they have had a f'mall move in the camp, and fome tbuls 
converted. In Hartford, I am informed, about fixty fouls have 
been brought to the Lord fince conference ; and the work is (till 
going on. We hacLfrwo converted as 1 went through that circuit. 
in Carlifle they have had a little move in one place. 1 have had 
good times around the diffcrift among the preachers. 

All Glory be to God. W.LEE. 

Ducfc-Creek, March 4th, 1801. 
I have now been three times round my diftrnSt, and have 
had an opportunity of knowing the people with Tegard to times 
and feafons ; and am of opinion that I have not known a people, 
take them collectively, io completely methodized as thele : what 
would they not have been, had flavery never been introduced 
amongft them ? 



H-1 ■ ■* 't ' i ' 

I he preachers have been field v, {'o have the people ; this, to- 
gether with the cole! open hoiifes, has militated againft the work 
ilnce the commencement of winter : Nevertheless we have had 
a good work -on molt of the circuits. On. Dover, Milford, and 
Soraerfet, wehavehad about fifteen hundred added ilnce conference. 

_L. _* re. • 

Dartmouth College, December OOth, 1800. 
THE preachers in both diitrids, at preient, are in health, 
happy, and, we believe, confiderably ui'eful- There js a glorious 
prolpecl in both diftricls of a plentiful harveft. In the KfTex cir- 
cuit, which extends to, and includes part of the Britifh domi- 
nions, there are more than eighty members added, and but tew 
expelled: the greater part of the new members, have profeiled, 
and evidence a change wrought by grace. 

The Plattfb.urgh circuit, which lies on the weft fide of the lake 
Champlain, is all on fire; there have been lingular drip-lays of 
God's converting and fanCtifving power in this circuit, which is 
only a two weeks circle ; and about fixty members added. 

The Pittsfield circuit has felt, a ihock of the Divine power ; at 
our laft quarterly meeting, fome, both of the wicked, and the 
wife, fell to the floor. Some were converted, and fix profiled 
lantt fication. About feventy -three members added, including 
the VYhittinghim circuit, which is much alive ; and the work 
is enlarging ftill, and is in a flourifhing way. 

The Granville circuit has been, and iiiil is favoured with a 
revival in two towns, viz. VVeftfield and -Chefter. We believe 
about eighty members have been added. We have loft a few. 
members in each circuit, but the precife number we have not 
been able to afcertain. But upon the whole, we feel as if Zion 
was gaining ground, through her Redeemer's blood ; and bleffed 
be the Lord, the preachers feem encouraged to pray, and believe 
the Lord wijl give them thousands, as deals to their miniitry th's 
year yet, as he has given them about three hundred and feventy 
already" in this diftricr,. We have had a fruitful increafe of 
preachers in this diftricf: this year already. 

There'is a good profpect: in Landaff circuit : about fixty mem- 
bers have been added there, and the work increaiing ft ill. Ver- 
fhire circuit has been bleft with an extraordinary work of fandti- 
fication ; about fifty members added. Weathersfield circuit has 
been prospered with the addition of about forty members. The 
work is gradually fpreading and the. circuit enlarged from two to 
four weeks!. There has been, and ftill is a revival in Chefterfield 
circuit, particularly in Charlton ; about forty members added. 

There has. been a great work in Tolland in the old town ; but 
it afterwards broke out in another part of the town, and about 
fixty-five members have been added. 



The New-London and Pomfret circuits being united, we give 
you the account together. The work is promifing, and about 
forty members added. We have realbn to believe the woik of the 
Lord is more prosperous this year in thete circuits, than ever we 
have known it to be, in New-England. ... 

Our quarterly meetings on both fides of the Connecticut river, 
have been Angularly diftinguifhed by our Lord and Matter, and 
great bleffings have followed them. We believe, had we obtained 
uccurate accounts from the preachers, the numbers Would have 
far exceeded what we have mentioned. Adieu. 




Cheflerfield, May 18th, 1801, 
1 Can inform you that 1 have been an eye, an ear, and heart- 
felt witnels of the work of God on LandafT, Verfhire, and Wea- 
thersfield circuits. Near four hundred have joined in ibciety, the 
year paft, on the three circuits ; and the wofk goes on ftill in a 
moft glorious and remarkable manner. Landaff circuit is all in a 
flame ; ^upwards of one hundred have been converted to God : 
Our quarterly meetings are generally attended with the power of 
God, like a mighty rufhing wind. On Verfhire circuit there is 
a good work : more than one hundred have joined fociety, and 
the power of the Lord is remarkably difplayed ; many fall down 
overwhelmed with the power of the Lord, and great is the Holy 
One of lfrael in the midft of them. 

Weathersfield circuit has been gradually gaining ground the 
whole year, and now, at the clofe, the times of refrefhing are 
come from the pretence of the Lord. 1 fpent a few days on the 
circuit. We had a number of lively meetings, and fome joined 
fociety ; but nothing remarkable happened till we came to the 
little town of Athens. Here 1 preached on Tuefday to a large 
congregation in the open air t they heard me with great attention- 
there had been no fociety formed — it was propofed for me to preach 
again the next day, read the rules, and form a clafs. We had a 
moft melting time : the power of the Lord was prefent to healj,' 
and eighty-three came forward and- joined fociety. Their eager- 
fiefs to join alarmed me before they had all joined. I was afraid 
they had not confidered fufficiently what they were doing. I rofe 
up and poured in upon them a very warm exhortation, and told 
them we wanted none but fuch as were determined to fave their 
fouls, and would evidence it by walking according to the rules of 
ibciety. As foon as 1' ended, they came forward with ftreaming 
eyes, and defired to join, till we made up the number of eighty- 

On c.hetferfieTd circuit near one hundred have joined fociety, 
and the prolpeft is brightening. 

C Xjj' 


In Pomfret and New-London, nearly one hundred have joined 
fociety. JOHN BROBHEAD. 

Baltimore, March 18th, 1801. 
I have had it in my power, fince my laft letter to you, to 
take a full view of the ftate of this diftridt ; we have h?.cl more or 
lefs converted to God in every circuit and ftation, uhlei's it be in 
the Federal City. 

From what I can gather from preachers and leaders, there have 
been more than one thoufand in the winter and lummer paft 
within the lines of this diftridfc, and the work is ft ill moving on 
in power. The preachers appear to be drinking into the fpirit of 
the work, and the old friends follow on in love, it would have 
done your heart good to have leen the old friends weeping and 
praifing God, with a loud voice, when the woik of the Lord 
broke out in Shippingsburg the laft vifit. 

1 want you to know the Lord is building up the wafte places in 
Zion, by railing up young men full of faith and the Holy Ghoft, 
and lending them out in his caufe. 

I humbly hope you will make as general a change as you can 
in this diftrift, in order that the men who are fully in the work, 
may fpread the flame, and the preachers, who have not got fully 
into the fpirit, may get into the fire ; and that all, who are good 
hands, to draw the line and keep rules', may move on through the 
diflricV. We have crowded houfes. I never faw the people turn 
out to hear preaching i'o generally. All glory to God. 

W. LEE. 

A letter from Martin Baern, a German preacher. 

Lancafter County, (Penh.) May 27th, 1801. 

I am thankful to God for what he has done for me, my 
children, and grand children. Many of my neighbours have found 
the Lord, and 1 hope for better times yet in our parts of the vine- 

1 am happy to hear of what God is doing in many parts of Ame- 
rica and in Europe, by the preachers called methodifts. It has 
pleated God to call my fon Henry away from me for feven months 
part, to preach the gofpel ; 1 expecl he intends to take a circuit 
next year, if he is received by the conference. You will do me 
a great favour if you appoint him to Strasburg circuit. 1 have 
been very poorly, but am fomething better at prefent, yet 1 do 
not expect to continue long in this world. If it mould, pleaie 
God, 1 wifh to have my children with me when 1 die. 

Your fincere friend, and loving brother in tbogofpel of Chrirt, 




Dover, June 15th, 1802. 
OUR annual meeting commenced on Friday evening, the 
5th inft ; being the evening before the time intended. At candle- 
light our houfe was filled, and the word of God began to be dif- 
penfed. It was a folemn time among the people prbfefling godli- 
nefs. Prayer meeting next morning at fun-rife, a large meeting; 
and a gracious time, many of God's people were filled with his' 
goodnel's. Preaching at eleven o'clock, and four in the afternoon, 
and at candle-light to crowded congregations. Not lefs perhaps 
in the day time, than from four to five thoufand fouls, and at 
night, the houfe was filled. This alto was a gracious day and 
night with the profeflbrs of religion ; and ibme considerable irn- 
preflion was made upon the people of the world. Sunday morning 
at fun-rife the black people's love-feaft began, and a precious 
time it was amongtt them ; a vaft body of them were collected* 
and their conduct was unexceptionable ; God verily is no refpec- 
ter of perfons. . . 

Love-fealt for the whites, commenced at half paft eight o'clock,' 
and our holy and good God was in the midft of us ; Oh the won- 
ders of redeeming love ! without controveiiy, great is the myftery 
of godlinefs. Public preaching at eleven and four o'clock, and 
at candle-light. I conceive 1 am within bounds when 1 fay the" 
congregations this day had they been numbered were feven thou- 
fand fouls. 1 fav congregations ; for fuch was the multitude it 
was found neccffary to have three preachers engaged at the fame 
time : The congregations at a proper diftance from each other, 
and this was not enough, a fourth congregation might have been 
found. Surely the fcene was awful ; a time to be remembered, 
and a day of great folemnity . The divine power of God was great 
amongit faints and finners. We had alfo a glorious day and night, 
both in the houfe of God, and my own houfe, feveral were power- 
fully awakened, at private houfes, in times of tinging and prayer. 
On Monday finners began to be greatly alarmed and powerfully 
agitated in mind. On Tuefday after preaching, the facrament 
was adminiftered : this was the moft gracious, folemn, and re- 
joicing time I ever law. 1 conclude there were not lefs than 
between twelve and fifteen hundred came to the Lord's table, 
white and coloured people. In this exercile many finners were cut 
to the heart, and powerful convictions took place ; moft of which 
1 believe ended in lound converfions ; and many bjckfliders were 
reclaimed. Oh ! the aftonifhing goodnefs of the all-wonder- 
working God. I prefume there were not lefs than from twenty 
to thirty fouls converted or fanctified in my own houfe, during 
the meeting : bleffed be God for it, 1 know you will fay in you* 
heart, amen. The two laft days our meeting was the belt ; I 
mean Wednefday and Thurfday, and fo it was the laft yearly 
meeting : our bleffed God in both inftances kept the belt wine to 
the laft. I am well affured if the meeting could have continued 

C % longer, 


longer, our meeting houfe would have been mote than filled, day 
and night : but as the quarterly meeting began on Saturday morn- 
ing at Milford, and the preachers few in number, were much 
•wearied, it was thought beft to conclude our annual meeting on 
Thurfday night ; but we continued till three o'clock on Friday 
morning. It gave me ibme grief that we did not hold out longer, 
becaufe I faw fuch anVncommon thirft in the hearts of the people 
of God. How far, and exteniively ufeful, this meeting may have 
been, we are not yet able to fay ; but we have taken the moil 
eligible fteps in our power to ascertain it, by the medium of the 
preachers in the different circuits in the Peninfula. By what 1 
heard, Thomas Smith publifhed two weeks after our meeting at 
Dickenfbn's at a quarterly meeting, 1 fhould fuppofe, there muff, 
have been fome hundreds, either awakened, brought to God, or 
to leek the Lord at our annual meeting. Thomas Smith obferved 
that he had not' been half round his circuit, that he difcovered a 
hundred or upwards that profeiTed ; and he believed molt of them 
Were foundly converted to God. 

I am with the greateff regard, 

Your brother in Chrift. 


Canden, South Carolina, June 80th, 1802. 
HELL is trembling, and fatan's kingdom falling. Through 
Georgia, South and North Carolina, the facted flame and holy 
lire of God, amidft all the oppofition, is extending far and wide. 
I may fay -with fafety, that hundreds of tinners have been awa- 
kened and converted this year in the above named ftates. 

The general meeting held at the Waxaws, was on the laft of 
May. Five methoditt, five baptift, and twelve prefbyferian 
minifters officiated : the Lord was prefent, and wrought for his 
own glory: finners were- convicted on all fides, and numbers 
found the Lotd. One, among many remarkable cafes, 1 will 
relate, of a profefled atheift, who fell to the earth, and lent for 
brother 6JafiVw?ry to pray for him : after labouring in the pangs 
of the new birth for ibme time, the Lord gave him deliverance : 
he then confeffed before hundreds, that, for fome years, he had 
not believed there was a God, but now had found him gracious 
to his foul . 

Not far from Rutherford court-houfe, there was another 
general meeting the firft of June, 1802. The fame power attended 
the meeting— thoulknds were prefent ; many poor finners felt the 
jo.ver of God, and were raifed up to teftify that he had forgiven 
their tins. 

The methodiffs had another general meeting a few days pa ft at 
the Hanging Rock ; fifteen' minifters— methodiffs, presbyterians 
and baptiiis, with about three tboufand people. The 'work be- 


gan in fome degree on Friday night. The preachers were flinging, 
praying, or preaching all the night. Saturday evening it began 
again at the itand. Sabbath evening, at the dole of the facra- 
ment, fome fell to the earth, and the exercife continued the 
whole night. Monday morning the people came together again, 
and began tinging and exhorting : the Lord wrought again, and 
this was the greateft time. They Were crying for mercy on all 
fides. One man, that had, on fabbath evening, been in a dread- 
ful and unreasonable rage, at the dole of this meeting, the 
power of God brought to plead for mercy. 1 found him weeping ; 
he had watered the ground with his tears. We judged twelve or 
fifteen found peace'. A letter from Daniel Albury, informs me 
he never law luch a work, and that he had joined fifty. in going 
round the Yadkin circuit. 

Brother Mead informs me the work is Hill going on in Georgia. 
We have a revival in Anton and the upper part of Santee. Bro- 
ther Gaflaway joined at onetime nineteen, and at another Seven- 
teen. There is alio a revival at Bladen, Kingfton, and teveral 
other places. JAMES JENK1N. 

Maryland, Auguft 16th, 1802. 

IN this circuit, God has been good and gracious, and hath 
wrought for his own glory ; as you will find in a lhort account of 
a few meetings which 1 have attended. 

The firlt time I came to brother Leakingft's, there were two 
profefled to be converted, 'and leveral others awakened. The 
l'econd time I came, round, the congregation was greatly increafed : 
in the time I was preaching to the people, .the power of the Lord 
came down in luch a manner, that they had never feen in that 
part of the circuit. The Unconverted cried aloud for mercy, 
leveral kneeled down that prayer might be made for them. The 
Lord in anfwer to our petitions, delivered the fouls of five or fix 
and gave them hearts to love, and tongues to praife him. The 
third vifit I made to that place, the Lord owned his. word, and 
blelfed the labours of the day, there were about feven profeffed to 
find mercy. Meeting continued about four hours. The fourth 
viHt was in the time of harveft, the congregation was not i'o large ; 
but the arm of the Lord was made known in a more powerful 
manner than at former times. From the beginning to the end of 
the fermon, the power,of the Lord was very prefent, and a gene- 
ral meeting went through the congregation: after 1 ceafed 
preaching, we began Iinging : I preffed through the crowd to 
leveral fouls crying aloud for mercy, and exhorted them to look 
to Jefus as their only Saviour. One man, to be diftinguithed 
from the others, was fitting with his back towards me ; I laid 
• , my 


tny hand on his fhoulder '; -Talked him> if be felt the neceffity of 
giving his heart to God : his anfwer was, that he was one of the 
wotft offinners, he immediately a-rol'e, and turned his face towards 
roe, and in hafte put one of his hands into one of his pockets ; 
and to my furpfize drew out a piltol, and held it in his hand for 
a {hort time : then laid it down upon the feat, on which he had 
been fitting ; and putting his other hand into another pocket, 
drew out a tecond piftol, and as he laid that down, 1 believe the 
Lord bleffed his foul. He then cried out, " O the goodnefs/of 
the Lord, in f paring' my life, and bringing me to this place, and 
bleffing my foul." He alio declared when he left home he had 
no intention of coming to this meeting ; but faid, " I came filled 
"with the devil and malice in my heart ; for 1 had loaded my piitols 
and was determined to kill a man, and if I had laid my eyes upon 
him, I would have taken his life, if 1 had been lure of going to 
hell for it the next morning." He then praifed God that he had 
filled his heart with love, and laid, "I now love every body." 
And notwithftanding his former prejudices, as foon as the Lord 
had bleffed his foul, he went to the mourners, exhorting and 
praying to God for them : at this meeting I think there were five 
or fix profeffed to find the Lord, and feveral went away greatly 
diftreffed. The laft time 1 was there, the congregation was large 
and we had much of the prefence of the Lord, both in preaching, 
and the adminiftration of the facrament. 1 believe at this meet- 
ing, four or five were converted, and many others wept much. 

One thing is very obiervable in this place, there is no oppo- 
fition ; the people, (if we may judge by their countenance) 
think it to be the work of God, and what they muff, experience 
in their own fouls. In this circuit, in many places, finners are 
awakened and converted. 

The Lord hears our prayers forfome who will not come to hear 
preaching.; at one prayer-meeting, they were earneftly pleading 
for their neighbours, and the Lord granted them their requeff, 
and lent conviction to a finner's heart, at his own houfe, and he 
began and continued praying till the Lord bleffed his foul : and 
when fome of the brethren were going home from prayer-meeting, 
they, h^ard him praiting God, and laying, who has been praying 
for me; as if .he had a witneis in his own foul that prayer had 
been made and anfwered for him. Another man of the wprld,- 
that would not go to hear the word, as he was lying upon his 
work-bench, conviction i'eized him in i'o powerful a manner, that 
he was conftrained to come to the people he once defpifed, to take 
count el of them. 

I have the happinefs to inform you, that within about ten 
months pait, my eyes have been bleffed with the fight of as many 
ae thirty i'ouls who pioleffed to find the Lord at one meeting. 

1 am yours, 




North Carolina, June 1ft, 1802. 
ON the fecond Sabbath in September, after preaching at 
South-Kiver, I rode. to lawyer Sharp's, to attend prayer-meeting 
in the evening ; many appeared to be deeply affected and cried for 
mercy ; and 1 luppole there were about a dozen deeply wounded,; 
and Monday evening, at family prayer at my father's houie, there 
was a ferious cry for mercy, until twelve o'clock. On Tuelday 
evening a number of the neighbours collected : Immediately as 
meeting commenced, the cry. of diftrels arofe in every part of the 
houie. In this meeting two gave glory to God for redemption in 
Jel'us. The Saturday evening following, I vifited the Snow-Creek 
neighbourhood again, and a large congregation attended ; And in 
•the courfe of the meeting, eight or ten profeffed deliverance from 
the guilt and burden of fin. 

1 held meeting as often as my ftrength would admit: the pre- 
fence and power of God attended the meetings, and from three to 
four, and from (even to eight, were brought to the glorious liber- 
ty of the children of Godj at each meeting. 1 formed a fociety 
of about fifty members, at my father's houfe ; on Snow-Creek 
near about the fame number joined in fociety. Numbers of the 
awakened and converted continued in the focieties where they held 
their birth-right and education. The preibyterian preachers in 
Iredel county, were in favour of the work, and invited me to affift 
them at a facramental occafion, to be held by encampment, near 
Statetville, adout the middle of February, 1802. They met at 
the time and place appointed. On Friday there were prefent teven 
or eight preibyterian minifters. 

From Saturday till Tuetaay teno*clock, the cries of the wound- 
ed, prayers, shouting exhortation, and ringing continued without 
intermiifion : near one hundred were apparently under the oper- 
ations' of grace at a time. But it was not poffible toafcertain the 
number that found peace and deliverance ; the probabilty is, if 
the meeting had continued longer, the confequence would have 
been wonderful. 

The public congregation was difmiffed at ten o'clock on Tuef- 
day. It was a common circumftance for companies to retire from 
the camp for private devotion, and ibme of them to be if ruck down 
in the woods, and for iingle perfons when thus retired to alarm 
their friends in campwith their cries. On Monday evening num- 
bers left the camp, and 1 fuppofe not more three or four hundred 

I agreed to continue with them as did two or three other mini- 
vers; 1 told fome of the mourners if they would come to the tent 
where 1 was, 1 would fpend the whole night with them in prayer. 
$oon' after they came together, a young man told us, he, with his 
companions,, had left the camp in the morning and went to a whif- 
ky -houfe, and while one o'f the company was blafpheming, he 
Tfras ftruck with inch dread and horror, that .he quit his wicked 
" '" companions., 


companions, and returned to the camp, and joined In with the 
firft praying company he met with, and the Lord maniftfted his 
pardoning love to his foul. This fimple relation had the moft Cur- 
prizing effect on the congregation. A young woman who was 
taking tome refrefhment cried out that fhe was feafiing her body, 
and her poor foul was in danger of perifliing to all eternity. The 
cry for mercy became general throughout our large tent, and fif- 
teen orfixteen rofe before morning, fhouting, praifing, and giving 
glory to God for pardoning mercy : at the fame time the work was 
carrying on in the other tents. Through the courfe of the meet- 
ing, many old profefiers who had been in full communion for years 
in the regular congregations, were ftripped of the garments of 
their own making, and caff, away their old religion, as it was 
termed, and, with repenting publicans, began to cry aloud for 
mercy, until they; had found the tinner's Friend. After this meet- 
ing was difmilsed, fome were found by the way -fide, others were 
ftruck in the waggons ; fome returned home praifing and fhouting, 
others crying for mercy. This may ferve as afample oflhe work 
that God is carrying on in this once abandoned part of the country : 
where thirty years ago, a living minifter and a living christian 
could fcarcely be found, now there are fcorefs of minifters and 
hundreds of chriftians. 

I am yours, 

In the gofpelof our Lord Jefus Chrift. 


July 13th, 1802. 

AT the quarterly meeting in Swannino, May 1ft, and 2nd, 
Mr. Newton, a preibyterian attended, and affifted me in the 
adminiftration of the word, and the ordinance of the Lord's fup- 
per. It was afolemntime ; thought by fome to be the greateft 
meeting ever held in Buncombe county. At the quarterly meet- 
ing in Morganton the 8th and 9th of May, we had a very large, 
congregation, a folemn time, and fome very powerful convictions. 
At the Yadkin quarterly meeting, the 1 5th and 1 6th of May, 
we had alfo a gracious feafon. At the quarterly meeting in Guil- 
ford, which began on Friday the 2lft, and continued until Mon- 
day the 24th of May, we had the greateft time, and the moft 
powerful work that 1 ever faw. The work broke out on Saturday, 
about four o'clock in the afternoon, and there was no intermiffion 
till after two o'clock in the afternoon on Monday. 1 think there 
■were ^at times) during this meeting, upwards of an hundred 
fouls down at one time crying for mercy ; between forty and fifty? 
profeffed to be converted. At the quarterly meeting in Cafwell, 
at Edmund Taylor's. junj f brother Jackfon met me. 



On Sabbath-day under preaching, the work broke out ; per- 
haps five profeffed faith, while f'everal others were ft ruck to the 
earth, and cried aloud for mercy. At the quarterly meeting in 
Haw-River circuit, held at the Hickory mountain meeting-houfe, 
which began on Friday the 11 th of Jurie, and continued until 
Monday The 14th. We had the greatest time thai, had ever been 
i'een there : The power of the Lord came down on Saturday like 
a mighty rulhing wind", and appeared to reft on the congregation; 
during the meeting. The number of converted could not be af- 
certaine'd. The work of the Lord at this time is reviving in a 
mod plealing manner in all the circuits in the diftrict except 
Franklin. 1 pray God to fend it there, and every where till the* 
earth is filled with the knowledge and glory of God. The preach- 
ers in the diftricVare all able to travel and preach, although ibme 
of them complain, and are greatly weakened by exceffive labours. 
i am your ion and fervant, '' 

in the gofpel of Chrift,. , . 

■ ; 

. •' 

Oftober 10th, 1802. 

THROUGH mercy my life is yet {'pared, and notwithstand- 
ing the labours 1 have to perform, and the ficklinefs of Ibme part 
of my diftrict, 1 enjoy almoft uninterrupted health, for which 1 
defire to be profoundly thankful. 

To give you' a particular account of the work of God in the 
weftern country, would exceed the bounds of a letter, and i'well 
into a pamphlet, I can therefore give you but a general view of 
what God is in mercy doing for this people. 

My Sprijig vifit ended at our old friend Phillip Gatche's, Little 
Miami, on the third Sunday irt June, which was the thirteenth 
Sabbath in continuity that 1 attended meetings from two to four 
days each. Our congregations were generally large (in places} 
where fifty formerly made a rel'peciable congregation, a thoufand; 
is now a tolerable gathering) and blefTed be God we were gener- 
ally favotired with diftinguithing marks of the divine pretence. I 
introduced the lime-ftone quarterly meeting with Rom. i. I 6. The 
Lord was prelent indeed ; we had a moft iblemn meeting time.-- 
At the Sacrament on the Lord's day ( which was administered out 
of doors of neceffity ). the Lord was powerfully prefent ; the place 
was ib awful, that the looks of the bye-ftanders vifibly prpclaim-y 
ed, lt God is here, and we are afraid."— — — Pt'alm Ixxxiv. II. 
was the i'ubjeel on Monday : The iermon that day imperceptibly 
led my niind back to the day of Pentecoft ; for truly, the burft of 
joy, when it could be restrained no longer, was as the^voi.ce of a 
iufhing wind, . A few appeared to be angry and withdrew, but 

D the 


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the work continued till near {unlet. It would be mere conjecture 
to give the number converted. 

People came from far to the Miami quarterly meeting. I heard 
of women that walked thirty miles to it, tbthat our congregation 
was very large for that new country. On the firffc day we were 
favoured with the presence of the Lord in a lingular manner, and 
I think 1 may fafely lay it increaled throughout the meeting. On 
Sunday two young women of genteel appearance fell not far from 
the Irand, but were prel'ently taken off by fome men, (their bro- 
thers as 1 was informed) The Spirit of God, like a iword, 
pierced one of the men, and about ten Iteps from the Itand, he 
fuddenly fell to the earth, together with his weeping charge, and • 
cried aloud for mercy ! The other was gracioully vivited in like 
manner ; thus were four inltead of two deeply engaged ; this at- 
tracted the attention of many, lb that there were many convicted 
through their means, and 1 am informed they never refted until 
they found peace; by which means religion was carried into other 
paf*ts and the work of God continued to fpread. 

1'he lalt thing relpecting this meeting, which 1 fhall mention, 
is a cafe of natural fimplicity which deeply affected my mind. An 
old woman, fitting juft behind me, while brother Smith was 
ipeaking, began in a low and mournful manner, and expreffed 
herleU to the following purport : 

' " Lord, 1 have heard about thel'e people, and walked a long 
way to hear them. Yefterday while the man was fpeaking J felt 
very bad, and thought l'lhould fall down, but Lord I was afha- 
med that the people (hould lee me cry and fall down, lb 1 was 
about to get into the woods and hide myielf, for 1 did not know 
that it was the Lord. But 1 could not walk, i fell down among 
all the people, and all my fhame went away ! and now I am happy ! 
bids the Lord he has converted my foul ! Oh how light my heart 
is now, Glory! Glory to King Jelus! but oh Lord my hulband is 
wicked, my children are wicked! and they muff be converted, 
and there is no religion in the neighbourhood. No one to tell 
them how to get converted ! Lord lend ibme of thele preachers 
that have the Spirit of God in their hearts, into our neighbourhood, 
to my houfe, to tell the people the way to heaven'" 

This prayer lb affected me, that, at that time, I felt willing 
to preach the goi'pel to the poor in every dilconlblate corner. 

Our Fall-quarterly meetings for certain reafons, have uniformly 
commenced on Friday, and continued until Monday. The con- 
gregations have been large, and 1 truft the meetings truly profi- 
table to many. We have an addition of three thoul'and two 
hundred and fifty; thus we find that our labours in the weftern 
conference have been, in lbme degree blelled this year. 

The travelling and located preachers are fweetly united, and in 
the i'i irit fHphe work. In the judgment of many, methodifm. 
never was^rlo good aftate in the weftem country as it is atpreleht. 



. There is ftiU a very encouraging pfofped of religion in fome of 
the prefbvterian congregations. Some of the miniiters and mem- 
hets of this order are i'weetly united to us in heart and affection, 
fome are friendly, others keep at a diftance "- anjj we move on iri 
our order, glad to meet them at all times on proper ground of 
frienufhip, but when this is denied! us, we commit the ark to, 
God, and ftill drive on. 

About two years ago, -there was a great ingathering among the 
baptirts : but they are a ftrange people. When there was a work 
among them it was of the Lord, when it is with the methodilts 
and preibyterians, it is of the devir, in the judgment of tome of 
them. They unchurch all others, coniider them as unbaptizecl 
heathens, refufe communion with them, andftill if they can get 
oneofthefe into the water, upon bis prefent experience, they 
roundly affert he is as lure of heaven as the happy angels are, and 
thus make a Saviour of water. 

There is one thing more which I think deferves a thought. 
According to the reports, there is a great revival of religion in 
this country ; and we are great enemies to,flavery, but alas ! as 
vet their united ftrength is utterly too weak to abolifh it in 
Kentucky and Cumberland. 

Yours, in much love. 


Cafwell,' North-Carolina, June 5th, 1802. 

IN Roanoak circuit there is a glorious revival : there have 
been additions to the iocieties, and tome have profeffed converting 
grace. We had great congregations when 1 vifited the circuits. 
At a quarterly meeting at Malory's meeting-houle, it was the 
rno'i awfully glorious i'eafon that 1 ever taw among iinners, I 
judged the congregation was about fifteen hundred. There were 
few (inners but what were ftricken with the power of God ; and; 
many of the faints of the Moll High fhouted as if they had taken 
the kingdom. Tar River quarterly meeting alio was attended? 
with the power and prefence of the Moft High God. 


Iredell, North-Carolina, September 8th, 1802. 

SOMETIME paft, 1 gave you an accotirit of the work of 
God in this circuit: Jehovah is ftill working in great power: 
finners are coming home to Jefus day and night. 1 believe that 
iince the formation of the Yadkin circuit, there has not been fuch 

D 2 a glorious 


a glorious reyiyal, and fo great a cry for mercy among finriers. 
Glory ! glory ! glory to the God of all grace for the many fouls 
that have been born of God this year. Now we reap the fruits of 
bur hard labours, our former prayers and fupplications. I am 
nearly broken down: my breaft is weak, but my faith and love 
are ftrong. 1 want to do good, and receive more grace. 
1 am thine in love, till death . 



Baltimore, Novembe r 14th, 1802. 

AFTER 1 had the pleafure of feeing you at Henry Willis's, 
I was" confined for near three weeks with' a fever. The firffc quar- 
terly meeting 1 attended,, after, my recovery, was on the Federal 
circuit. We had a glorious feafon of'refreihing from the prefence 
of the Lord : fix fouls profefled to be converted. 1 have been able 
to vifit my whole charge, and to preach as much, or rather more* 
than common upon my quarterly vifitatiori. It has been one^of 
the greateft feaions of grace to my own, and the fouls of the 
preatJhers, and ancient members of the church. We appear to" 
have taken a new ftart for the kingdom : finners are coming bow- 
ing and kneeling to Jefus. 

In Little York they have now one hundred in fellowfhip, and 
the workftill profpers'. In Carlifle we had the greatefl. quarterly 
meeting, the people of God ever knew in that town. We went 
out into an adjoining lot, wliere I felt a heart to preach to the 
people, as if it was my iaft, like' a dying man to dying men. The 
God of matchlefs power came dawn : finners fell to the earth, and 
the taints of the Moft High fliouted like men -Taking, the kingdom 
of God. The whole town appeared to be : -'alarmed at the loud 
found of prail'e and prayer. 1 am not able to tell how many were 
juftified or landtified. Numbers were down, crying to the Lord 
for thefe bleflings. 1 have made it a point to preach perfect love 
and hoi neis every Saturday 'of cur quarterly meeting'; and the 
Lord hoth blefied this word of his grace, with the witnefies of it. 

I hope to write mere fully in my next letter. Prefent my 
chiiitian falutations to the rAmiftry, and believe me to be your's 
ijn the bonds of a pure gofpel. WILSON LEE.- 


Iredell, December 12th, 1802. 

AS I think, it probable that you may. not have had any 
accurate account from Virginia fince'Yve parted, I' give you the 




The meeting we bad the pleafure of opening' at Rockingham, 
continued nine days, that is, until the Sunday week after it 
began. During that memorable week, bufinefe was wholly 
fufpended, both merchants and mechanics fhut up mop, and 
nothing- was attended to but waiting on the Lord ; and there wag 
alio a conltant crowd from the country round about. On Sunday, 
the latt day of the meeting, the door of admiffion was opened, 
and one hundred and ieven joined the church, of the new converts 
who lived in and near the town. The number of thofe who lived 
at a diftance, and fhared in that gracious vifitation, has not heeh 
afcertained ; but it is probable it bore a full proportion to thole in 
the town. -The pottman carried the news to New-Town, while 
brother Samuel Mitchell was there, and it gave them fuch a 
fpririg in that barren placed that when my information came 
away, about fifty fouls had happily found redemption in the blood 
of Jel'us ; and the prOfpcct was growing in that quarter of thfc 
vineyard, as ouv old Steadys had caught the flame. But trS 
return to Rock-ToWn ; there were ibme particular cafes that 
deferve a place in : my letter, especially the work among the pro- 
fefled deifts, among whom was young Mr. Cocran, merchant. 
Major Harrifon, and a companion of theirs. >'Cocran, on the 
Thurfday, determined to fatisfy himfelf as to the work ; took his 
ftand in the gallery, where he could have the whole Icene under 
his. eye. He felt unufual and concluding it was from the heat of 
the crowded houfe, determined to walk out and take the air. As 
he flipt out of the houfe, he felt an impreflion like a voice fpeak- 
ing to him——" Turn and feek the Lord," he turned, but con- 
cluded it was the force of imagination. He went to the door a 
feeond time and the imprefllon came more powerfully than at ftrff , 
" Turn and feek the Lord." He turned ipto the congregation, 
and foon fell helplefs on the floor ; he continued in that helplels 
ftate until next morning : while prayer was making for him, the 
Lord fet his foul at liberty ; his companions as mentioned above, 
were ftruck about the fame time. And next morning, Cocran's 
friend at his requeft fupported him to meeting, that he might 
tell the people what God had done for his foul, he met the Major 
and their companions, witneffes of the fame falvation. They 
rufhed to each others arms, and fuch a fliout of Glory ! Glory ! 
was feldom heard. PHILIP BRUCE. 

Albany Diftrid, November "26th, 1802. 

AT our firft quarterly meeting on Albany circuit, three 
profeffed to experience fanctification, and two to be juftified, and 
1 believe'a number convicfed that we have no account of. 
i • On Harkermer- circuit on Sunday, mornjng, a little heaven was 
I : opened 


opened in rove-feaft, after which we were enabled to (peak with 
a degree of life and power: but at the cloi'e of the administration 
of the lacrament, the Lord made bare his arm, and tinners were 
convicted, backfliders were reclaimed, mourners Avere convei ted, 
and many brought to ftruggle for full redemption in the blood of 
JjeitJS. The meeting began at eight o'clock in the morning, and 
luch was the engagednels of the people, that it did not end until 
the letting of thei'un on the 20th. 

Aarkermer and Mohawk being a (ix weeks circuit, we held 
another quartet ly meeting in it at Salilbury. there was nothing 
•very remarkable at the time, hut (Ince, the preachers have told 
me that they believe it has been a means of an hundred fouls being 

From Salisbury I advanced toward the head- waters of the Mo- 
hawk river to Floyd weitern circuits, and here (glory to the Moft 
High) many could fay, " This is none other but the houle of 
God and this is the gate of heaven. The congregation being large, 
•we repaired to the lovely (hades of the towering tops and Cpreading 
branches of the beach and maple, where from a waggon, to a 
fattening multitude, Ceated on chairs, benches, logs, (tumps, &c. 
we proclaimed falvation in the name of a Saviour who died for all : 
the Lord owned his word, and many were brought on their knees 

to cry tor mercy. 


Bethel, December 28th, 1802. 

I shall, in compliance with your requeft make an attempt 
to give you Come accounts of the inttances of divine power which 
were dilplayed more immediately under my own observation du- 
ring the laft Summer and Fall. 

It may not be amii's, however, to "begin farther back, in order 
to (et things in a clearer point of view. At the time when 1 came 
to Bethel in 1 799, religion was in general very languid. We 
had indeed ibme refreihing CeaCons, but awakenings were rare,— 
Lalt winter (1801,) when you came through this neighbourhood, 
the account you brought us, together with various circulating ones, 
revived our hopes, and we waited with anxious expectation of 
having ? gracious violation. About the fecond Sabbath in July, 
the prefbyteriaos appointed a camp-meeting at the Grafly Spring* 
upon Tygcr River, to which the methodifts were invited and 
made welcome. The people collected on Friday, and formed a 
fVnall (quare camp, in a well covered foreit : here wehad a fealbn 
of mercy indeed. On Friday afternoon there were Come tokens of 
the divine pretence. On Saturday afternoon feveral were (truck 
to the ground and made to cry bitterly fotmercy. Sabbath after- 
noon 1 


noon was alfo a gracious feafon, Some were lahllow by the power 
of God, and Several profeffed juftification. The old methodilt's 
children fhared largely in the bleffings of this meeting. About 
this time our quarterly meeting was appointed to commence on 
Friday 17th of September near Hendrick's mill, (now Herndon's) 
upon Enoree- River. We had however, Several intermediate 
meetings of lets importance, particularly at Bethel and Tranquil ; 
theie were Solemn SeaSons ; many will ling of them 1 truft in the 
day of eternity. The work was pretty general through the cir- 
cuit,- by the time the quarterly meeting commenced. On the day 
appointed, 1 was on the ground by ten o'clock ; the people were 
then colledling and forming camps. The plot of ground was ge- 
nerally deScending and in Some places rather fteep, which render- 
ed it fomewhst difagreeable, however it was more than filled-. By 
ten o'clock we repaired to the lower ftand, making only one con^- 
gregation, as the concourl'e of people was not fa large aS to make 
it neceffary to divide : The camp encloSed about five acre, and 
there were about one hundred and forty waggons, &c. 

During the firft Service there were two fell to the ground ; the 
day was hot and clouds were gathering : the rain came on and 
the people fled to their tents ; the itorm was heavy and lafted a 
considerable time. It ceaSed towards evening, and I was Surpri- 
fed to fee with what alacrity all descriptions of people attended 
the evening Service. The. congregation was now divided, and the 
work was considerable at the lower ftand. On Saturday morning 
•we began early, and presently the facred flame, which had Seemed 
fufpended for a while, was rekindled and burned with increaiing 
ftrcngth. This was the r moft awful day my eyes ever faw : there 
■was but little intermiflion through the day. In the afternoon we 
returned to ibme diftance from the camp, to do the buiineis of 
quarterly conference, leaving Mr. Canady a preSbyterian minifter 
and Several of our preachers to attend the ftand. The work now 
became very general at the upper ftand. The evening was calm, 
the horizon free from clouds, but rather dufky, which gave 
additional Solemnity to the Scene. The fhrieks of the diftrefled, 
the fhouts of thole who were juft railed from the depth of milery, 
together with the animated exhortations of the preachers rent the 
air, and was reverberated by the lurrounding hiUs. During the 
afternoon and night, it is laid, about one hundred and four were 
ftruck down at the upper ftand, and more than forty at the lower. 
The number converted could not be ascertained. On Sabbath 1 think 
there were about two thoufand fouls collected, Ibme thought a 
much larger number. The various lervices were lively, and many- 
through the day were ftripken, and many 1 fuppole quickened. 
It rained in^ the afternoon,- but did not detain us long from public 
devotion. This evening was attended with Some peculiar circum- 
fltanees'. There was much noile in the forepart of the night, in 
the latter, much Silence, I went through the camp late,' antf 


truly it was' am? iritetfeftrng fcehe ; here and there were candles 
burning ; upon going to one of thofe companies you would find,. 
perhaps ievefal lying iilent as death and their friends wailing round 
them withfolemn care depicted in their countenances. This night- 
late, a man who had caff himfclf away in a, manner, as a repro- 
bate, requeued our old brother Crowther, to explain the potter 
and clay % he accordingly did, and fome time after the poor del- 
pairing (inner was delivered from the load of guilt, but ib excef- 
iive wais his joy that he brake forth in loud longs ofpraile; he 
leaped, he fhouted free grace, free grace ; he went round the 
camp ft ill Tpreading the fweet found of free grace. It was now 
near the break of day, and though few had taken much refrelh- 
me'nt by ilee'p, the greater part of the people left their tents to 
participate in the joys of feveral juft now lhatched from the gates 
of hell. More inftances I need not relate ; it may fuffice to lay 
that this alio was a day long to be remembered. We have l'een 
smd felt the blefied effects of this meeting, and 1 truft, when the 
ipring fhall:open fo that it will be practicable to meet in large 
nurhhersy to lee great things. 

I remain, as ever, your fincere 

though unworthy friend, 


Alexandria,. February 7th, 180S. 
THE Lord hath heard prayer, and we have felt the benign 
influences of a glorious Redeemer. Sinners have cried aloud for 
mercy, and have not cried in vain : for he that wounds, heals; 
and he that kills, alio makes alive. From the time I took my 
appointment, till Ghriftmas, (which time I laboured under fore 
exerciies) there were about thirty joined lbciety, and fifteen 
converted to' God. The profpeft was lbmetimes pleating, andatf 
other times very difcouraging. 

At Chriftmas our quarterly meeting began. We commenced 
the liege, which lafted iixteen days, during which time one hun- 
dred and' ten joined lbciety, and, on a moderate calculation, one 
hundred found the Lord precious to their fouls. Since that time, 
there have been one hundred joined, and I calculate leventy con- 
verted to God. This work of God has been principally among 
the 'young men and women. 

The children have wonderful difplaiys of the power of God 
among them : upwards of thirty have joined the fociety, between 
the years ofl'even and fourteen, and the fourth part hopefully 
converted to God. 

The Lord has paid me a thoufand times for all my bufferings in 
this work— —Glory be to his-n.ame t 



The profpecr. now before, us is very pleating, and the greater 
part of our friends are in the ipirit of the work. We have but 
little oppolition from the world. 

Your unworthy Ion in the gofpel of Chrift, 


Yadkin Circuit, North Carolina, Aug. 20th,. 1802; 

A great and glorious work has taken place in this circuit 
fince conference. The number converted 1 cannot tell. 1 have 
feen and felt more fince 1 law you, than ever I did before. Many 
ftout- hearted finners have turned to the Lord : and at our com- 
mon meetings, loud cries and fliouts of praii'e are heard. It is not 
uncommon for meetings to laft from twelve o'clock in the day to 
twelve at' night. At a quarterly meeting held in Iredell county, 
which began the 30th of July, and continued four days, the pow- 
er of the Lord began on Friday .about fun-let, under an exhorta- 
tion, and continued till Monday twelve o'clock, without inter- 
miffion. The groans of the diftrefled went up on Friday night 
from all parts of the camp, and increafed till ten o'clock the next 
day, when many found the Lord precious in the pardon of their iins. 

On Saturday afternoon, while brother Douthit was at prayer, 
the mighty power of the Lord came down : many hard-hearted 
finners fell to the ground, and cried to the Lord for mercy, as 
from. the belly of hell. The flain of the Lord were many, and. 
numbers that fell, role again with the new long. The next morn- 
ing was an awful time— -fome fhouting praife to God, others cry- 
ing for mercy, and the whole congregation teemed thunder-ftruck. 

On Sunday evening, after brother Ormond's fermon, under 
prayer, the Lord diiplayed his power in an increafing manner.— 
The heavens were black with clouds ; the thunder and lightning 
was awful, and the ground teemed covered with finners. The 
wounded were taken to the tents, but fome ftayed at the ftand in 
the harder!, rain, and pleaded with the Lord, and about midnight 
they were delivered. The ftorm of rain was lb powerful, that 
the wicked were obliged to keep clofe to the tents, and the Lord 
mowed them down on every hand. Mr. JHall, Mr. King, and 
my felf continued the whole night in prayer, for the mourners.— 
Next morning 1 preached, and notwithftanding the rain, they 
heard with the greatelt attention. Among the fubjects of this 
work was a doctor, who came with the falts of heartlhorn to ap- 
ply to thofe who fell : but the Lord brought him down, and ma- 
ny others with him, who went home praifing God. This is a 
little of what 1 have feen in Yadkin circuit. 1 am more than 
ever bound for glory. Your's, 


E Fells 


Fells Point, January 6th, 1803. 
IN the Baltimore circuit we have had one or two that pro- 
feffed to be converted at quarterly meeting. In Baltimore town 
we had a good meeting upon the whole, and fome profeffed to find 
peace with God. At Fells Point we had a glorious time, it was 
thought as many as eight or ten were brought to the knowledge of 

At quarterly meeting in the federal circuit, five tinners came 
down to cry for mercy. Three of them found peace ; and we had 
a fhout among the children of the Lord. 

In Pfince George's circuit we had one powerfully converted in 
the time of family prayer, on Sunday evening, after we doled our 
quarterly meeting. 

At quarterly meeting in Calvert circuit, we had a very great 
and good feafon, the meeting lafted three days ; nine or more pro- 
feffed to find the Lord. I am, as ever, thine, &c. 


March 12th, 1803. 

WE have at prefent fome little revivals in feveral places.— 
Bofton, Lynn, and Marblehead have been favourably vhited. 

At Bofton, 1 think, there have been eighty added to the fociety— 
about forty at Lynn, and about thirty at Marblehead. 

This teems to us great doings in this part of the country ; but 
to you, who are accuftomed to greater things, it muft feem as 

Convictions among us, in fome inftances, have been lively and 
affecting: but in general, we are pretty ft ill. May the time come 
quickly in which we mall fee and feel more power. 

I went once round the diftrict of Maine, as you directed me, 
and I faw feveral conversions at quarterly-meetings. Since I 
came from thence, I have been informed that the work is proipering. 

In Briftol, on Union circuit, brother Baker informs, that one 
hundred and forty have been converted in lels than three months. 
The work in Briftol has perhaps been more powerful than any 
heretofore experienced in the eaft. They have frequent inftances 
of perfons, after groaning for fome time, under the power of con- 
viction, to rile in the congregation and give glory to God foi 
pardoning love. 

Brother Baker writes, " Laft Tuefday evening 1 had an ap- 
pointment to preach in the fchobl-houfe, but was agreeably difap- 
pointed. When 1 entered the houfe, it teemed like the gate of 
heaven. I never felt fuch power, fuch an awful, folemn fenfe of 
God before. A crowded affembly all deeply engaged. 1 began 
to pray, and felt my ibul drawn almoft to the third heaven. As 



foon as 1 had ended, one, who for fome days had been on her 
knees almoft half the time, arofe, and fhouted Glory to God. Many 
cried aloud for pardon : and it was not long before another praifed 
the Lord for pardoning love. Our meeting continued till late, 
and 1 fuppofe nine or ten were converted that happy night. 

From Briftol the fire appears to have fpread into different parts 
of the circuit, lb that backfliders are reclaimed, lukewarm pro- 
fe'fors quickened, and hardened iinners, in ibme mftances, have 
fallen under the word, as if they had been fhot 

Could 1 once fee fuch a work as this, become general in New- 
England, like Simeon of old, I could depart in peace. 
I remain, as ever, _ 


Fredericks urg, March 15th, 1803.' 

SINCE my latt to you^ we have had glorious times in truth. 
On.Chriftlmas day we began our meeting in Alexandria ; we had 
crowded congregations ; there were a few converted on Saturday 
night and Sunday night ; this, with the folicitations of the friends, 
induced me to ftay longer in town than I intended. We went on, 
and continued to have meeting every evening for fixteen rights, at 
which time, there muft, at a moderate calculation, have been 
from eighty to one hundred happily converted to God. and more 
than one hundred added to the ibciety, The work frill goes on 
there. The other day, I was in, and preached to them, when 
brother Rowen told me, that, including what I admitted when 
there before, they had taken in upwards of three hundred, far the 
greater part of whom profefs to be converted ; among which 
number there are between forty and fifty children, from the age 
of feven to fourteen years ; many of whom will give a very ratio- 
nal account of the work of grace upon their ibuls : the others 
appear to be thoroughly convinced of their loft and undone fitu- 
ation by (in, and earneftly engaged for redemption in the blood of 
the Lamb. 

On the fifth of February the quarterly meeting for Rockingham 
circuit began in Harrifonburg, which continued for four days and 
nights, with but little intermiflion. It was impoffible correctly 
to afcertain the number converted, but I think there muft have 
been thirty or upwards, with a number of (ancf ifications. I was 
very much pleafed to find in the friends, fuch a hungering and 
thirfting for the mind which was in Chrift Jefus. I think there 
are no furer marks of a genuine work, than to fee them eager to 
be made perfect in love. From what the preachers tell me, i 
fuppofe they have added between three and four hundred fince the 

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In Pendleton circuit, the Lord gave us five or fix fouls happily 
converted to himt'elf. 

At laft there is a very good move in part of Alleghany circuit. 
Br. Jacobs wrote me, that about the mouth of the t'outh branch, 
and Pool's neighbourhood, they have added from fixty to eighty 
members ? and the work goes on (till. 

At Shepherd's Town quarterly meeting for Berkeley circuit, 
the Lord gave us twelve or fifteen {puis. At Leefbutg, the Lord 
was with us of a truth. Glory to his dear name. Both on Satur- 
day and Sunday, fome profefTed to be converted— —Monday and 
Tuefday, brother Stier and myfelf ftaid in town, and went about 
to different houies, to talk, fing and pray with the diftrefied. It 
was only to begin finging and praying, and you would foon have 
the room crowded with people. On Tuefday and Tuefday night, 
ve were finging, praying, and exhorting for fixteen hours, and 
the Lord gave us fifteen converfions. This more than makes 
amends for all our labour. It was pretty correctly afcertained, 
that in the courfe of this meeting, there were forty or upwards 
converted. Yours, in the Lord* 


Hampfliire County, (Virginia.) March 21ft, 1803. 

ON Saturday, December 19th, we had preaching at Old 
town, but no move ; but in the clafs, the Lord was powerfully 
and gracioufly prefent. Tuesday night, prayer meeting at Crefap's; 
we had life and power and fome awakenings. Wednelday night 
at '(quire Martin's, four or five were converted, and many awa-f 
kened. On Sunday, at 'fquire Martin's, we had a great day. 
There was trembling and quaking among finners on every fide, 
and hurtling praifes from the chriftians. On Tuefday night, we 
Bad meeting at fifter Breeze's, there wasa goodly company, much 
•weeping, fome rejoxing— -many awakened; and four or five pro- 
fcfied&ifh. On Wednelday, prayer meeting at 1. Crefap's. We 
had a gracious .feafon on Thu,rfday night, at. Luther Martin's— a 
time of great awakening among finners, and much rejoicing among 
chriftians, On Friday we refted ; but two or three got together 
at 'fquire Martin's, and one foul was let at liberty. 

On Saturday, January the lit, 1803, we had meeting at bro- 
ther Mc Laughlin's, a crowded houle, and much of the fweet 
pretence of Jefus ; we Continued the meeting at night, the flame 
rofe higher and higher — about nine o'clock, I invited the weary 
and heavy laden to come home to the Redeemer and join the fold 
of Chrift ; they did not want much inviting, but came forward 
boldly to the number of twelve. "They all came and kneeled at 
the table. On Sunday, we ha$ meeting at William Pool's s the 



new converts carried the flame with them. Perhaps it was the 
greateft day 1 ever (aw, the Lord was of a truth in the midft, the 
iblemn air that l'at on all faces— the floods of tears and lamen- 
tations, the (houts of praife, and almoit general fpirit of prayer 
among all forts of people, made this a day never to be forgotten. 
This day twenty-one new members were added to the church. 
The meeting, with fmall intermiffiorr, continued till paft nine 
o'clock at night, when brother Martin and myfelf, having no 
help, were obliged to lend the people home, being quite exhausted. 

From what has been laid, you have had a view of the beginning 
of this glorious work, I ihall now confine mylelf chiefly to thofe 
times.when new members were added, as this will give you an 
idea of its progress. The Sunday night following, we had prayer 
meeting at 'l'quire Martin's ; one converted, and nine added. 
The next night we had two converted. The Thursday week 
after, two were added : on Saturday one was converted in my 
own houfe, and many awakened. On Sunday, at Mc. Laughlin's, 
the largeft congregation by far that ever was teen here. Sinners 
trembled on every fide. It was a day of remarkable power, and 
nine were added ; 

On Monday, January 31ft, we had alove-feaft. It is impofil- 
ble to defcribe the inexpreflible fweetnefs of that day. # The young 
converts fpoke to admiration ; two or three were juftified by faith 
this day. At night we had prayer meeting at T. Crelap's ; and 
two were added. 

Sunday, February 13th. Preached at Mc Laughlin's, and 
feven were added. Sunday 20th, meeting at Old town, we had 
a gracious day, four were added. On Thurfday, at Luther 
Mart'm ? s, one was added. On Sunday 27th, at Pool's, we had 
a glorious day, nine were added here, and three at Old town. 
. Thurlday, March 3d, in my own houi'e ; we had fuch a time 
in family worfhip, as I never law before. The next Wednesday 
night, at the widow Breeze's, two were added. Saturday, we 
had meeting at Mc Laughlin's, in the day, and at S. Taylor's, at 
night, five were added this day and night. Thurfday, March 
17th, we had meeting at brother Martin's, two were added. 

Thus I have given you in as few words as poffible a lketch of 
the beginning and progrels of.the moft remarkably gracious work 
among us. It has not reached far as yet, but appears to be 
ip reading. Yours, 


Extracl of a Letter from a little boy t to Bishop Asbury. 

March 20th, 1803. 
Dear Pappa Asbury , , 

1 take the opportunity by Mr. Matthews, to let you know 
that 1 am bountl for heaven and glory : and inform you of the 



Weffed treafure I have found fince I faw you ; that is, the love of 
God :n ray foul ; Glory ! glory to my blciVed Jelus ! that he gave 
me to iee that I was a firmer, and that 1 now feel his love in my 
fbu) ; and by his grace, 1 am determined to l'erve and prai.fe him 
wh ie he gives me breath. — There is a great revival of religion in 
and about New-Town, fince you paffed this way. Jt commenced 
about that time and ftill goes on ; finners are coming home to 

J mould be very happy to fee you, this Summer: we have 
kappy times, my dear Pappa. Preaching, praying, finging and 
Shouting ; ray foul is filled with joy, efpecially at thefe rcfrefhing 
feaibns ; hoping that one day 1 {hall meet my dear Pappa in hea- 
ven, who is gone before me. 

i hope you will excufe my liberty in writing, for I love you, 
and 1 want you to know how good the Lord is to poor unworthy 
me. Pleafe to remember me in your prayers, that 1 may be 
faithful unto the end. 

1 remain, your unworthy bo v. 


Georgia. April 21ft, 1803; 

TO give you a narrative of the work of God, in its remark- 
able occurrences, fince my letter to you, cannot be done with 
cafe; it may fuffice to fay, that the firft general camp-meeting 
that 1 attended, in the Georgia difiri6t was at a quarterly meeting 
Iteld for Little River circuit, and commenced on Friday the 8th, 
and doted on Tuelday 12th of October, 1802, at Rehoboth Cha- 
pel, Warren county. The ground was opened at the meeting 
koule in an oblong of near a quarter of a mile, with two ftages at 
lint able diftances, having the meeting houl'e in the midft ; the 
people began to pitch their tents as early as Thurlday night : by 
Sunday the carriages were computed at upwards of one hundred ; 
the number of people at feven thoufand ; the Communicants at fix 
hundred; Preachers at twenty-fix. Viz. eighteen Methodifts, 
three Prefbyterians, and five Baptifts. Preaching at the ibund of 
a trumpet at the hours of eight, twelve, three; and at night, the 
exereife of finging, and prayer; in the intervals pointing fouls to 
Chrift through faith. Family worihip alio attended by the preach- 
ers, night and morning, at fuch tents as were molt convenient, 
where feveral families might unite. Souls were converted on this 
kcond day. On Sabbath a'maiterly difcourfe by Hull, prepara- 
tory to the faerament. The two crowds from each ftage marched 
to the houfc, which was like the meeting of two armies, and the 
&outs of the redeemed were heard in the midft. At the table my 
aw foul feafted on the riches of Paradife : ray cup was filled, yea 

. " it 


it ran over, while I proclaimed aloud, and concealed not the truth, 
no, not in the great congregation. On Monday the exercife 
increafed greatly, and Monday night was the greatelt I ever law. 
The engagement was general. 1 laboured by moon-fhine, under 
the trees, wet with fweat, and with the dew of the night until 
two 'clock. On Tuefday before the dole, the wife of Col .William. 
Stith, judge of civil law, being powerfully converted, lifted up 
her voice with ftrength, and ihouting among the thoufands, came 
hear the ftage (himfelf prefent,) to render thanks to God for con- 
verting her foul at that meeting. This made way for one to pro- 
pose that all remaining on the ground (for numbers had gone away | 
who had attained the like bleffing, during the fame period, would 
ftand forth with Mrs. Stith : a cloud of witnefles flood forth ; t 
iuppofe above fifty. I have concluded on a modeate leak there 
might have b°en one hundred converted during the meeting. 
Thurfday and Friday 14fh and 15th of October, I attended a 
prefbvterian camp- meeting, with Robert Cunningham, and had 
the pleafure to hear feveral openly teftify, they had obtained a 
laving religion at the Warren meeting, feveral 1 truft at this 
meeting obtained religion. From thence I palled on and attended 
a quarterly meeting for Appalatche circuit, Saturday, Sunday, 
Monday, 23d, 24th, 25th of October, at Pentecoft meeting houfe, 
and although we were 1 urrounded with meetings by other denomi- 
nations, yet the Lord gave us a large audience, and a great time, 
with faints and linhers,- ten converted and nine joined: from thence 
1 attended a quarterly meeting at Cold* Water meeting houte ia 
Broad River circuit, where your appointments entered on the 
diftiift, your being hindered from us through affliction, brother 
N, Snethen came and we had a good meeting, four were convert- 
ed. From thence we proceeded to the place where your appoint- 
ments weteformedinto a jointcamp meeting with the Prefbyterians^ 
which commenced on Thurfday the 1 1th, and clofed on Monday, 
November 14th, near Lexington Ogle-Thorp county. The out- 
lines of this encampment were near a mile round. The firft day 
was moftly taken up in pitching the tents, lb me cutting down 
trees, lb me carrying off, others riling boards. About noon I was 
directed to open meeting, which 1 endeavoured to do from Rev. 
xiv. 6, 7. at one ftage, and Henry Mols at the other. Friday 
night the bounds of the ground was thickly flowed with camps- 
The number that attended on this occafion is computed from eight 
to ten thoufand ; the number of carriages at two hundred and fifty: 
Preachers twenty-five, Methodifts fifteen, Itinerants five, Local 
ten, Prefbyterians four, Epilcopalians one, Baptifis five ; the 
cpnverfion'of fouls began on Friday night, and the exercife increafed 
day and night, during our flay on the ground. It is impoffible to 
afcertain with any degree of prefcifion the number converted On 
this occafion ; but 1 Fuppofe from one to one hundred and fifty. 
During this cxercife ; Gen. James Steward difcovered a mark of 

general fhip, 


generalfhip, in the converfion of his brother-in-law, Capt. J. 
.Floyd. Some time previous Capt. Floyd appeared under the 
alarms of a guilty confcience, but threw off his conviction, and 
came to this meeting, only to gratify the wifhes of his wife. Gen. 
Steward watching an opportunity, invited Mr. Floyd apart, 
telling him, he believed him to be a man of honour, candour, and 
truth* and that what he undertook he was faithful to perform, 
therefore defired he would then give him his hand in confirmation, 
that he would pray to God with him during life, for falvation, 
and if they went to hell to go with a prayer in their mouths : 
which pTopofal Capt. Floyd acceded to, and after brother N. 
Snethen had preached a fermon, and brother Hull had exhorted, 
from the Valley of dry bones j (or rather under the adminiftration 
of the word) in the prefence of thousands, Capt. F. fell among 
others, into an agony of convictions: 1 ftepped to him in full 
faith, for 1 felt the lanftifying power of the Spirit in foul and body, 
and while 1 was praying, and pointing him to Jei'us, he was vifi- 
bly delivered, and praifed God in an extacy of joy. He called 
for his wife, the partner of his boibm, who came weeping and 
fell into his arms, laying, are you going to leave me? after this, 
palling through the crowd he cried out to Gen. Steward, don't 
you remember the bargain we made this morning (being the Sab- 
bath). Many at the cloi'e, unable to help themielves, were put 
into waggons, and carried home. 

At the time of the appointment at Washington, we had a warm 
time in the academy, and I received thirteen members intofociety. 
At the quarterly meeting, in your appointment at Augufta^ we 
had a profitable time—one converted. 

I attended a temporary camp-meeting in Handcock county, at 
a prefbyterian meeting-houfe, called Ebenezer, which commenced 
on Friday the llth, and doled Tuefday the 15th of February, 
J 803. This being a vacated congregation, the meeting was ap- 
pointed and directed by brother Hull and myielf. Brother Hull 
not attending, nor any p.efbyterian minifters, the management 
fell on me ; and, notwithstanding the weather was wet and cold, 
we had about three thouland hearers. 

Our firft general camp-meeting, for the year 1803, was at our 
quarterly meeting for Little River circuit, at James Chaple's, near 
Scotts, on Little River, Columbia County, which commenced 
on Friday the 25th, and doled on Tuefday the 29th of March, 
2 803— fix thoufand were fuppofed to be preient. The exercife 
quickly began by the happy falutation of the Stith family, this 
being the firft camp-meeting fince feveral of them were converted. 
The converfion of fouls began on the firft day, which continued, 
I believe, every day and night, during our ftay. The great utility 
of this meeting, was, in brightening the evidences of the young 
converts ; for many had become flat and dull in the interval of 
conference, for want of religious exercises, Our meeting doled 



by having a love-feaft at fun-rife at the ftage, in the open field, 
under the trees, in pretence of about five hundred people, chiefly 
prot'effors— a glorious time we had — the chriftians fpake with life, 
while ftout-hearted finners were melted into tears, 1 do aflure 
you, the. fweet union contracted at fuch meetings, and enjoyed 
for days together, like a heaven upon earth, makes folemn im- 
preflions on parting with each other. On the Sabbath of this 
meeting we had atrial of our faith, by a thunder ftorm, wind and 
rain, which appeared to threaten, and, for a fmall fp'ace, excited 
the fears of fome, as we were dwelling in tents : but he that laid 
to the lea, when troubled, ' peace, be ftill, and there was a calm* 
quietly broke the clouds, which paffed by with very little rain,, 
confidering what clouds attend on thefe occafions. We have very 
little diibrder ; but it is owing to Ariel: and good economy. I 
have confined my defcriptions principally to great meetings, and 
have omitted a number of remarkable occurences which have ap- 
peared at the intermediate meetings, clais meetings, love feafts, 
prayer meetings, &c. 

There had been feveral camp-meetings in Georgia, that I was 
not at, previous to thofe mentioned, where Jehovah prefided iri 
majefty and power, and many were brought to God. 

The profpect of union between the prefbyterians and metho- 
difts, ftill bears a pleating afpect, as you may fee by the copy of 
a letter at our laft camp- meeting, from one of their principal 

Ogechee, March 2Gth, 1803. 

I received your friendly epiftle, requefting my attendance 
at the camp-meeting : I hope you are fatisfied that I have mani- 
fefted a with from principle and praclice^ to cultivate a friendly 
intercourfe between the two focieties, and unite our ftrength againffc 
the common enemv. It is providentially out of my power to attend 
your meeting, for fome of the following reafons : firft, family 
inconveniences ; fecond, congregational inconveniences J have 
not been a fabbath at home, fince January, and mutt ibon leave 
home to attend a Prefbytery. Thefe two reafons, with others I 
could mention, will ftand with you, as a fufficient apology. It 
has been,^ and is my prayer, that God may make your meeting- 
the occaiion of much good to Zion, &c. 
Your friend and brother 

In the gofpel of our Lord, 

Your brother, friend, and 

Well wither in Jefus Chrift, 


Alexandria Diftridt, September 1ft, 1803. 

AT Berkeley we had a large concourie of x "ople ; the power 
F of 


of the Lord was prefent : believers were much refrefhcd and 
quickened; ten or twelve pro fiefled to find him of whom Moles 
in the law and the prophets did write. Here we meai'urably loft 
our conqueft, by ending the meeting on the Sabbath afternoon. 

In Fairfex. the quarterly meeting was held at Rector-town, a 
place famous for wickednefs and the neglect of religious duties. 
On Saturday and the Sabbath, we had a powerful'time. Five or 
fix proferTed, thele were all from a diftance. We continued the 
meeting Monday and Tuefday, when the Lord gave us five or 
fix more, thele were people of the neighbourhood. 

When I returned to the neighbourhood of R.ecl:or-town, 1 found 
the good feed fown lpringing up, and bearing the precious fruits 
of repentance, faith and holinels, i'everal more were converted, 
and many others were under good impreilions when 1 was lait 
there: the work appears ltill to be going on, the fociety had 
increafed nearly three times the number it had been formerly. 

On the 20th of Auguft;, 1 met the preachers and people in 
quarterly meeting at BulPs-Skin in Winchefter circuit, here we 
had a kind of camp -meeting which lafted four days; numbers 
ftayed on the ground Saturday and Sabbath night, the Lord was 
with us of a truth, at a moderate calculation we think there mult 
have been from forty to fifty converted, and a number profeffed 
to be renewed in love. The week following I went on to the 
Alleghany quarterly meeting, here we continued three days and 
the Lord greatly blefled us with iuccefs, there were from twelve 
to fifteen who profefied to be converted. 


Auguft 22nd, 1803. 

1 am happy to inform you that the Lord is doing wonders in 
Limeftone circuit. We have added near three hundred, about 
fifty of which number, have come in within a few weeks paft. 
This is the laft day of the quarterly meeting in Limeftone circuit. 
Our meeting has continued day and night with buj: little inter- 
miffton. Sinners are flocking home to God by hundreds : Glory ! 
Glory to God, my foul is on the wing ! 


State of Tenneffee, Summer circuit, September, 1803. 

UNTIL now, 1 never had a convenient opportunity of 
fending you a line fince your departure from the country. At that 
tirac our prefbytery fat. A vote was carried by a majority of the 



members for the » . of three unlearned men to preach the gof- 
pel The Lord has graciouily owned thel'e licenciates by making 
them initruments in the converfion of many. The Lord's gracious 
work goes on amon^ft us, though i'ometimes apparently at a ftand. 
Lait fpring it teemed tomewhat to increafe, and is now glorioufly 

In a frontier ibciety fouth of Cumberland River (a fettlement 
little moie than two years old) the Lord's {'upper was adminiitered 
a few weeks pait, fourteen profeifed during the meeting, and 
feveral immediately after. 

At the Ridge l'acrament upwards of twenty profeffed. Lait 
Sabbath at Goofe-Creek we had as great a meeting for the number 
of people as we have ever had in this country ; many think it was 
the greateft. There were between thirty and forty profeiTed. 
One fiubborn infidel was made to own the Lord who bought 
him. The Lord remarkably fmiles upon the feafon of giving and 
receiving the elements in all our lacramental and quarterly meet- 
ings. The gracious reviving influences of the holy Spirit flow lb 
copioufly, that there is frequently a general Ihout among the 
communicants from one end of our long-tables to the other. With 
Unutterable pleafure i can aflure you, our blefled union increafes, 
Glory to God! there is not jar, a word, nor look unkind among 
us, but the molt fincere and growing affection : Minifiers and 
people l'peak the lame things, and act towards each other as chil- 
dren of the lame family. When a gale from the heavenly hills 
blows on the great aiTembly, O how delightful to lee preachers and 
people fly into each others arms with tranl ports of joy and affection. 


Cumberland, September 6th, 1303. 
1 am happy to inform you that we are in common health : 
thanks be to God, he is yet carrying on his work. Sinners are 
yet coming home. 1 believe we have not had one lacramental 
meeting fince you was here, but what has been crowned with the 
converfion of fouls , and of late we have had three powerful meet- 
ings. The firff, about twenty, the lecond, upwards of thirty 
ptofefTed to find Jems. The laft, a goodly number, we cannot 
tell how many. Glory to God for ever, he works wonders ! 


Winchefter circuit, Auguft 18th, 1803. 

SUNDAY, April 17th, I preached at Davenport's chapel, 
F2 the 


the Lord was prefent in public, and we had alio a precious time in 
cla'fs-meeting ; four joined fociety. Tuefday, May 3rd, 1 preached 
at brother Scarp's, a few miles below Battletown, where fatan 
long had his feat. My congregation was fmall, but ferious, one 
of the congregation came to lpend the evening with me ; at the 
time of family prayer, the power of God came down upon us. 
The man cried out for mercy and in a very little time the Lord 
bleffed him. He {touted glory, glory to God, for nearly four 
hours with very little intermiffion. Next a little girl (brother 
ScarfFs daughter,) cried out, " what fhall I do, Oh what ihall t 
do," 1 exhorted her to give her heart to Jelus, fhe then cried, 
Lord here is my heart ! O Lord take it, and fo continued till the 
Lord bleffed her alto. She then ran to her mother and fillers, 
fhouting and praiiing the Lord. 

Not long after three of her fillers, all older than herfelf were 
brought to the floor and cried aloud for mercy, 1 can truly fay I 
never law pe'rlors in deeper diftrels About twelve o'clock the 
el deft rofe with a bright evidence that God had forgiven all her 
fins, and then another, and then the fourth ; lb that before iwo 
o'clock in the morning they were all rejoicing in the Lord A 
greater time of powei 1 have feldom felt. Wednefday 4th, we 
had prayer meeting in the lame neighbourhood. In the evening 
the news fpread, lb that a whole houfe- full came out to fee the 
wonder. The power of the 1 ord came down upon us again. 
Two young men, a lad, and four or five women appeared to be in 
deep diftrefs. Some ran away, others flood amazed. One wo- 
man continued to cry for mercy till after midnight. Her cry was, 
*' Can you all go away and leave a poor firmer in diftrefs ? O friends 
pray for me a poor finner. Jelus died for poor finners, and he died 
forme." 1 was fo exhaufted that 1 could fcarcely fpeak to be 
heard, but my heart was moved at fuch a cry of diftrefs, and I 
feit a degree of faith. 1 went to her and afked what do you want 
the Lord to do for you ? her anfwer was, to fancfify, to juftify 
me. I tO'd her 1 hoped the Lord had juftified her if fhe could but 
believe it, and 1 exhorted her to prail'e the Lord for what he had 
already done for her. That moment fhe role and mouted giory 
to God ! glory to God ! fhe ftill retains a firm confidence that God 
has juftified her foul. The lad got converted lince, and four of 
the above mentioned women, a month after, in the fame houle. 
The work is ftill going on in that neighbourhood, the place is 
greatly reformed. 

Saturday the 7th, our quarterly meeting began at Front-royal, 
that afternoon the work broke out in a private houfe under ringing 
and prayer, "the houfe was foon filled with people, when four 
were converted. Next morning the work went on glovioufly in 
love-feaft, feveral more were converted, and the Lord's faints, 
ihouted aloud for joy. 

Sunday the 29th., I preached at Front-royal, It being a rainy 



day, our congregation was but (mail, we had a veryfolemn time. 
Ten or twelve who were not members ftaid in clafs. I opened a 
door to receive members, but none feemed dif poled to join. On 
which 1 propoied to pray for them, if they would come forward, 
eight or ten came and fell upon their knees, we joined in prayer 
for them, and the Lord's converting power came down, and ihe 
one that came up firft, rote prailing God, and then another. I 
turned to the men, four or five of whom were down, and exhorted 
them to look to the Lord. One of our friends obferved another 
man in another corner of the houl'e, wreftling in prayer, he got 
him to come up to the reif, he came, fell down on his knees and 
cried aloud for mercy. In a few moments one of them afoie and 
ihouted glory, and then another, and then the one that came up 
lalt. One poor young man remained in diftrefs. L do not recol- 
1 eel ever being at a meeting where lb many got converted info 
ihort a time, fix prolefTed to find the Lord, nine joined fociety. 
who alio were much refreftied on this occafion. The work haS 
fince gone on molt glorioufly in that place, &c. &rc. 

At our quarterly meeting which began lalt Saturday, we had a 
glorious time — many finners were awakened, and at lealt twenty 
converted. We added to the lbciety about one hundred and 
twenty or thirty the lalt quarter. HENRY SMITH. 

Georgia Diftria, November 1 lth, 1803. 

AT Broad River and Apalachie quarterly meetings, about 
thirtv or forty were converted at each. 

The quarterly meeting for Oconee circuit was at Harris's cha- 
pel : about two or three hundred lbuls aflembled : fourteen 
methodift preachers, and a number of lively exhorters : about 
thirty waggons, and many other carriages, and ab'.ut thirty tents. 
Converfions at this meeting were clear and powerful,;, and as to 
numbers, not many fhort of one hundred profefled converting 
grace: among thefe was a poor Indian. The flame. fpread in 
different directions ; fome were converted in their waggons, and 
Others after they returned home. 

At the camp-meeting in Stenchecombs chapel, forty or fifty 
found the Lord. 

At the camp -meeting near Liberty chapel, many were awakened 
and fifty converted. 1 am, &c. 


Alexandria Diftrift, near Frederickiburg, Dec. 6tft, 1803, 

THkquarterly meeting at Leefburg continued until Tuef- 



day between two and three o'clock in the morning, in which time, 
at a moderate calculation, there rauft have been forty converted, 
and about four bleit with ianctifying love. 

I am, 

Your's in the Lord, 


Oftober 25th, 1803. 

I SUPPOSE you with to hear of our camp-meeting which be- 
gan on Friday, and as particulars may be agreeable, 1 will give 
you them. From Friday evening till Saturday morning there 
■were ten converted — from Saturday morning till Sunday, morning 
there were twenty — from Sunday morning til! Monday morning 
there were twenty — from Monday morning till Tuetday evening, 
*\vhen we were obliged to break up, there were forty or upward. 
Upon the whole, 1 think there were about one hundred and ten 
torofefled faith ; though ibme would place the number at one 
hundred and fifty. 

One circumftance took place on Monday afternoon at four 
o'clock, which I mult particularly mention— After fermon, one 
of the preachers gave a Ibort exhortation, and called upon the 
members to be prayed for ; twenty or thirty came running to the 
ftand, like fouls running from the jaws of death. Without any 
intermiffion, the cries continued till dark, and then we had to 
move them off to another part of the encampment, where others 
were crying for mercy. Few, 1 fuppoie, ever law fuch a light as 
was then to be feen. The mighty fell — the cries increafed — and 
about twenty were railed to the liberty of God's children. 

Nor is this the onlv meeting that has been thus remarkably 
nbticed by the Lord. We held a camp-meeting at Pike-run laft 
Auguft, at which many, very many fouls were let at liberty. J 
was told by one of the preachers, that in his circuit he had found 
fifty who were converted at it ; and another preacher, that he 
found in his circuit twenty. At love-feaiis or clals-meetings, in 
that part of the country, it is no uncommon thing to hear them 
bleffing God for Pike-run meeting. The change that has taken 
place in thefe parts, is pleating. J can pals through this country 
and fee what a rapid progrels the gofpel has made in two or three 
years, in fpite of all enemies. O ! may it go on and profper more 
abundantly, is my prayer. 


Newbern diftrict, December, 16th, 1803 

THE greateft times we have had, have been at our camp- 
meetings. Great pains have been uied to prevent irregularities and 



diforder, which has fo far won the hearts of the people to them 
th;it they want eamp-rneetings almoii every where. Jt is impofli- 
hle to tell the good which has been done at them ; for while fbme 
have been crying for mercy others have been ihouting the praiies 
of the Moll Highi there would not be a linner found who would 
open his mouth againvfc the work. At the firft camp-meeting, 1 
luppole there were twenty-leven converted. Several at the lecond 
and third, about ten at the fourth, and about fixty-ieven at the 
laft, which was held in my ditrridt. Jn the lower part of the 
district, we have had the greateft l'eafons that have been ever teen ; 
and 1 hope the Work will go on and profper. 

1 am, &c. 


Baltimore diflrid, December 6th, 1803. 

1 have been confined by ficknefs for many days, but am now 
in a way of recovery. The work in the city and circuits has been 
moving on in power. In the Federal City and George-town a 
goodly number have joined fociety. In Prince George and Calvert 
circuits, feven hundred and feventy-two joined in the firft, fix 
months after conference ; and from the information I received, in 
two rounds afterwards, upwards of one thoufand joined, in other 
places the work has been going forward, without any vifible de- 
clcnlion. 1 am thine in the Lord. 


Baltimore, December 8th, 1803. 
THE aufpicious twenty-fourth of September at length ar- 
rived; the ground was cleared, the ftand was erected, &c. for we 
had lpent three days in the work, On Saturday, about fifteen 
miles from Baltimore, a little to the eaft of Reiftortown road, 
we commenced public exercife, on as handfbme a piece of ground, 
as perhaps, you ever law for the purpofe. Several converts hail- 
ed the beams of the Sabbath morning, and the brighter beams of 
the Sun of Righteoulhels. The congregation on Sunday was vaft 
indeed. About noon, the work became vifible, and general, in 
that part of the crowd where the christians flood. Three o'clock 
on Monday morning, put a period to the public exerciles. But 
we all welcomed the firft dawn of the day, with joyful hearts. 
O ! Happy day ! O day of mercy and lalvation, never to be for- 
gotten ! Twice 1 fell proftrate upon the ftand, beneath the over- 
whelming power of laving grace,* The day is canonized — it is 
memprable in the church, to numbers, as the happy Monday, 
the blefled 26th of September, 1803. The number converted 

* This man had been oppofed to a noife before, 



cannot be afcertalned ; but all will agree that there were an hun- 
dred or upwards, who were fubjects of an extraordinary work, 
either of conviction, converfion, or fanctification. The Sunday 
following 1 took my leave of Baltimore ; having deferred my de- 
parture lb long on account of the camp-meeting. On my way to 
the Potowmac, I attended Montgomery and .Frederick quarterly 
meetings. :The former was a glorious feafon. Saturday, Sunday 
and Monday were days of the Son of Man. — Hallelujah ! O 
glory I I am, &c. 


Camden Diftria, July 28th, 1803. 
AFTER attending feveral camp-meetings, the particluars of 
which 1 will not detail ; but contenting mytelf with faying the 
Lord was with us at every one, I will proceed to give you an ac- 
count of one held in Sandy-River circuit, which began the firft 
day of July. 1 have feen, in my travels many good and great 
times ; but among finners, I think this was the greateft I ever 
law. On Saturday, the Lord began to {hake fatan's kingdom in 
a glorious manner. On this day, a man was ft ruck with the 
power of God, who tried to get oft the ground, but got only 
about three hundred yards, when he fell and cried for mercy. 
Another fuch cafe happened on Sunday. One of the brethren and 
mytelf retired into the bufhes for private devotion ; fcarcely were 
we there, when a man came along, lamenting his wretched cafe ; 
two men following him, with whom he pleaded, to ftay behind, 
while he mould go and pour out his foul to God. We flood and 
liftened at him ; it was truly affecting ; he confeffed his fins in 
thefe words, " O God, I have finned againft thee, and dared thee 
to thy face ; and I defer ve nothing but hell ; yet J plead for mer- 
cy !" And I have no doubt but he obtained that mercy he pleaded 
for. On Sunday, and Sunday night, the power of darknels gave 
back. Many finners were on the ground crying for mercy, and 
many believers crying for perfect love. About twenty found re- 
demption in the blood of Jefus at that time. 

I next 'attended a camp-meeting in Union circuit; the Lord 
was with us indeed ; many were convicted, and feveral converted, 
and the fhouts of his people were heard afar off. At the VVaxaws 
alio 1 had a very remarkable and gracious time ; though this was 
chiefly among believers Several fpoke in love-feaft and teftified 
that the blood of Chrift had cleanted them from all fin. Eight 
more profefled to have received the fame bleffing and the fame 
witnefs at this meeting. Thus the work goes on. May it fpread 
more rapidly is my fervent prayer, 1 am &c. 




New-London diftrift, December 5th, 1803. 

THERE has been ya. extraordinary work in the city of 
Middleton. It began at a kind of field-meeting ^hey had in that 
circuit in September l.a<t. As it was down Connecticut river, 
about fifty went from Middleton by water. Some of them were 
awakened at,the, meeting, and eight or nine were converted, on 
their return, before, they got home. The city was loon alarmed, 
and from that time the work began to fpread. About forty> it is 
iuppoied, werebrouaht to the faving knowledge of the Lord in 
about fix .weeks. The fpirit of persecution is much awake. The 
houfes where they affembje are frequently ftoned, and the windows 
broke to pieces, but all this does not move the young converts, 
who are as bold, as lions. DANIEL OSTRANDER, 

Baltimore difirid, February <)th, 1804. 

IN anfwer to yourV which came laft night to hand, I will 
give you Come account of the ftate of my diftri6r, and of the work 
in pther parts. The work ftill goes on in almoft all the circuits 
and towns in the diftrid. There was a glorious i'eafbn at the 
camp-meeting at Reifter's Town, and there are great times at 
molt or all the quarterly meetings. 

Brother Rowen informs me that at a quarterly meeting at 
Leefburg, about fifty fouls found peace with God. And brother 
Ward had a camp-meeting in his diftrift, which lafted nine days, 
at which two hundred were converted to Gx)d. Brother Hitt 
informs me that the quarterly meeting in Alexandria, lafted a 
week. All glory be to God for what he is doing for faints and 
finners. I am kc. 


■ - ■ s } 

Baltimore, Odober, 1803, 

I hasten to give you fome account of our glorious camp- 
meeting; . but al^s ! ,all defcription fails. It would take an 
Addjfon or a Pope to give you even an idea of the lovely grove, 
particularly in the night, when the moon glimmered through the 
trees, and all was love and harmony* The ftand was placed at 
the bottom of fever al fmall hills, on which our tents an,d waggons 
were placed. The meeting began on Saturday, and was very 

On Sunday morning, Mr. S— — called his family to prayer- 
meeting. At ten o'clock public preaching began, and great was 
the power of God. .There were lcarcely any intermiffion day or 
night. It .looked awf^L, and folemn to fee a number of fires 

G burning 


burning before the tents, and the trees with lanterns and candles 
fut'pended to them. No found was heard, except Glory to God 
in the highefl ! or, mercy! mercy! Such a night, my father, I 
never faw or felt before. Many fouls were converted, and many 
witnefled that God was able to cleanfe from all tin. 

On Monday morning there was fuch aguft of the power of God, 
that it appeared to me, the very gates of hell would give way. 
All the people were filled with wonder, love and praife. Mr. 
S— -came and threw himielf in our tent, crying, " Glory ! glory ! 
this is the happieft day 1 ever faw/' He fays he never knew fuch 
a continual power and in create of the love of God for three days 
and nights. We call it " the happy Monday." Yes, it was a 
happy, happy Monday ! a day long to be remembered, and a night 
never to be forgotten. O ! how 1 longed for you, that you might 
fhare in the happinefs of your unworthy child. Nor was our 
parting lels glorious than our meeting ; for feveral received perfect 
love after the congregation broke up. They 'were under the 
necerTity of difmiffing. the people for want pf preachers ; all that 
were prefent were worn out. Truly the harveft was great, but 
the labourers were few. 

Thole who were abfent, know not what they have loft ; nor 
can they form any idea of what we enjoyed ; It was none other 
than the gate of heaven. 

Where ! O ! where fhall we begin to praife redeeming love, for 
the peace and comfort and affurance our fouls felt in realizing the 
promifesof an unchangeable Jehovah. Camp-meeting! why the 
very name thrills through every nerve ! and almofl makes me 
think I am in the charming woods. Every foot of ground teemed 
to me facred. I faw nothing, heard nothing to-moleft my peace : 
Not one jarring firing. Every thing feemed to combine together 
to promote the glory of God, and his gofpel. 

Such indeed, my dear father, was our meeting ; and 1 can but 
lament my inability to give you an. account of it ; but it was better 
felt than expreffed. Sometimes you would fee more than one 
hundred hands railed in triumphant praife with united voices, 
giving glory to God, for more than one hour together, with eyery 
mark of unfeigned humility and reverence. 

The time between lervices was not taken up with " what fhall 
we eat, or what fhall we drink ; " but in weeping with thofe'that 
wept, and rejoicing with thofe that rejoiced, and that had found 
the pearl of great price. 

The preachers all feemed as men filled with new wine. Some 
itanding crying, others pToTrrate on the ground, as infenfible to 
every earthly object ; while the Mafter of afTemblies was lpeaking 
to the hearts of poor finners, who flood trembling under afenle of 
the power and prefence of a fin-^avenging God. They feemed 
unwilling to move from the f'pot where they flood, with their eyes 
fixed on them that were rejoicing in God their Saviour. 



After all was over, I walked over the ground by moon-light— 
the l'cene was i'olemn and delightful. When I left the place, I 
cannot defcribe the emotion 1 felt. It was l'omething like parting 
with all that was dear to me. My foolilh heart kept laying, adieu 
ye lacred groves, adieu— never, never fhall I lee you more. 
. I am your .dutiful 

And affectionate daughter, 


Lexington circuit, Kentucky, March 20th, 18041 

1 have feen fome very wonderful dilplays of divine power in 
this circuit lince conference. About twenty joined fociety at 
Mount Gerizzim, the firft time 1 was there, great part of whom 
profeffed to he converted. About the third time I was round the 
circuit, 1 held a watch-night at brother G— — 's, in Scott County, 
near George-Town, where the Lord poured out his Spirit in a 
very pleating manner ; moftly among the young people ; the flain 
of the Lord were many, and two or three children, about ten or 
twelve years of age, appeared to be converted. . 

The work i'pread from that meeting all through the neighbour, 
hood. Prayer meetings were kept up, and by the time 1 came 
round to that place again, numbers more were convidted and 
converted. 1 now had a gracious time in preaching, the fire was 
kindled, finners wept, faints rejoiced. 1 then propoted to join 
thole in fociety that delired to flee from the wrath to come ; and 
fourteen came forward and joined that day, a great part of whom 
1 believe enjoy religion. The work is ftill threading in that part 
of the circuit. The old profeflbrs in general are ftirred up to leek 
for perfect love, 1 have frequently tried to preach on it latterly. 
Numbers have obtained it, and are-no w flaming in religion, while 
others are preffing after it. LAUNER BLACKMAN. 

Limeftone, April 13th, 1804. > 
AS 1 cannot attend the general conference, I think it my 
duty to oblerve to you, that the Weftern conference is, in my 
judgment, of much more importance- than many think it to be. 
Methodil'm appears to be eftablifhed in the hearts of our people 
throughout our diftricT:. We enjoy confidence, peace, and love. 
And while the neighbouring churches experience fome ferious 
diitrefles, church bulinels goes on 1'mooth and agreeably with us. 
r O that it may ever continue lb ! the work is extending from the 
centre to the circumference, in almoft every dsre&ion. 

G 2 Cumberland 


Cumberland Diltria, March 27th, 18(M. 

THERE has been and ft ill is a pleating union between the 
metbodiffs and prefbyterians, in Cumberland. It has been 
eftablifhed on chriftian principles, and ffands on good ground. 
There is a wonderful famenefs of fentiment, together with a firm- 
neis and integrity on both fides to fupport the union, and to pieis 
after vital holinefs. It has been productive of great good. Where 
they are thus united, pure religion is attended with ardent defires 
for Zion's profperity, and the falvation of tinners, (without the 
leaft degree of party zeal) While brotherly love reciprocally glows 
in their hearts, every thing muft give way. — Infidels are confound- 
ed — the mouths of gainfayers flopped— the work proipers, and 1 
hope will profper. LEWIS GARRETT. 

Portland, Auguft 2d, 1804. 

THE fubjects of the great work which you witrieffed, lived 
chiefly at a diftance from the place of our conference ; and of 
confequence when they were to ieparate with the rifing of the 
conference, ft was like pulling apart the fuel of a large fire. The 
heat abates upon the i'pot, where it had been kindled ; but I hope 
in this inftance the feveral brands will be a means of kindling fires 
in various parts of the country. 1 have not ascertained the exact 
number who were converted in the time of the conference, but 
from the belt account that 1 could get, it appears that between 
forty and fifty profeffed to find peace with God ; befides a number 
who were awakened. It was, I believe,, the greateft time that 
•we have ever leen in New -England. Every day was interefting 
and powerful, as there were mOreor lei's awakened, or converted 
every day. But among all the days, Monday appears to have 
been the molt coni'picuous for the dilplays of divine power: feveral 
■who fell to the ground on that day under the power of the word, 
appear now to be mining .lights. 1 will mention one inftance of 
■which 1 did not know the circumftance fully 'till after your de- 
parture. Mr. Roberts of Gorham, who had led a very wicked 
life, and from the diftiel's which he had accafioned his father, 
was called " trial Roberts" came from home on Monday morning 
in a very high mood, as if he had been going to a frolick. When 
the work began to be powerful, be oppoled it, and having a fifter 
in the crowd, he attempted to go in. to bring her out : he had 
but taken a few fteps before he fell to the earth, and began to cry 
for mercy. Otheis united in prayer for him, and before he left 
the place he found fbme comfort. He was, however in great 
diftreis afterward, but was delivered in anCwer to prayer, when 
■with two of h;s neighbours in a field of corn. After which he 
■went round amone his acquaintances and connections, conferring 



his former fin?, and proclaiming what great things God had done 
for him. At this, the people have been {truck with affomfhment, 
(for all, 1 believe, acknowledge it to be the power of God in him) 
and ibme have been awakened through his means. 


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Miffifiippi Territory, March" 20th, 180 4. 

THROUGH divine mercy my life has been preferved* I have 
enjoyed my health this winter rather better than uiual. Praiie 
the Lord, O my foul, and forget not all his favours. 

It was not convenient for us to come here by water ; therefore 
we let off through the wildernels on the laft day of October, and, 
after thirteen days and twelve nights toil, we came fafe to this 
place. 1 have formed a four weeks circuit and called it Wafhing- 
ton. A revival has taken place among the poor black people, and 
it increafes every round : About thirty of them have .joined the 
fociety, and the greater part of them are, I believe, happy in the 
Lord. In various places our white congregations are ferious and 
attentive. Some are like Agrippa, almoft perfuaded to be chui£« 
tians ; but pride, and the honour of the world, have hitherto 
hindered them. Thank the Lord, I have, however, feen bioflbms 
and a little fruit in this remote part of the vineyard of the Lord. 
Our brethren ieem ftirred up to feek their firii love, and tinners. 
weep before the Lord. O that God would turn our captivity as 
the ftreams of thefouth. 

Brother Gibfon was lick when we came here, and (till continues 
fo .: his legs are fwelled up to his knees, and he has alfp a violent 
cough. He has not preached more than feven or eight times in 
nine or ten months. He told me, a little while paft, that he was 
willing to meet with death. He and other friends urge me to 
ftay in this place a year or more ; and, from the fituation of 
things, 1 fuppofe it will be belt for me to continue. Tell my 
dear brethren (the young preachers) not t<? be afraid of this place, 
for God is here, and fouls have been converted this winter in pub,. 
lie and private, and others are enquiring the way to heaven. Here 
are alio a great many fouls that muff die like heathens, except 
they are viiited by faithful minifters of the gofpel. 

There are various places in the country, which Congrefs pur- 
chafed from the French, where fcarcely a faithful fermon Was ever 

My hope revives in fecret, and in public preaching, that God 
will pour his Spirit on us more abundantly, and that our brethren 
will come and help us. 




MhTuTippi Territory, April 9th, 1804. ' 
SINCE I wrote to you laft, ibme things have occurred, 
which move me to trouble you with another letter. Brother 
Gibl'on has gone to his long home. He preached his laft iermon 
on New-Year's day, and it was profitable to a great many iouls : 
fince that time he has not been able, -at various times, to hold fa- 
mily prayer. 1 was with him f.».ur- weeks before his death, and he 
informed me that he was not afraid to die, and teemed to wifh for 
the hour- 1-vifited him again about feven hours before he expired, 
but he was then fpeechleis. On the fourth day of April, he was 
taken with a high fever, and about midnight he began to vomit 
Wood and in a fhort time loft his fenfes. He was reftlefs in the 
forepart of the day, but:grew weak and calm in the evening, and 
about eight o'clock he refigned his fpirit to God in peace. He 
died at the widow Gibibn's' near the Walnut-hills, Claiborne 
County, on the 5th day of April, lSO^, He was exemplary in 
his conduct, and ufeful in his minifterial labours. He continued 
labouring in the vineyard of the Lord as long ?.s he was able to 
preach or pray. He exprefled lome time before, and in his laft 
illnefs, a gieat degree of humility, patience and resignation to the 
will of God ; though much debilitated with the consumption for 
-two or three years paft. He was efteemed a real chriftian in this 
territory, by the righteous and the people of the World. His work 
of faith and labour of love is ftill proipering in this piace. " His 
heart is ho longer the feat of trouble and torturing pain, it ceaies 
to flutter and beat, it never Ihall flutter again." 

The Lord has made bare his arm, in another part of the circuit, 
a few days paft, and ibme have tafted of the good word of God 
and the power of the world to come, and others l'eem deeply 
awakened. HEZEK1AH HARR1MAN. 

Wilmington, North Carolina, October 18th, 1804. 

OUR firft camp-meeting began the 22nd of June, in Bladen 
circuit, about ten miles from Wilmington. The power of God 
was prefeht to wound and to heal. The cries of the diitrefTed and 
the Ihouts of joy from thole that were healed, was truly awful and 
pleating. The work broke out the firft day, and increafed until 
JSunday evening and Monday morning, when Cod feemed to bow 
the heavens, and come like the ruihing of a mighty wind, The 
flain of the Lord were many, every mouth was flopped and con- 
ferred that it was the power of God. On Monday morning we had 
three perfecutors ftruck With the power of God, two fell and never 
rofe until God fpoke peace to their lbuls. We fuppote that there 
were feventy lbuls found peace with God through our Lord Jelus 



Our next camp-meeting was in Pee- Dee circuit, at brother E. 
James's. Upon this occasion, God made bare his arm, and 
worked for his own glory. Some fell under the power of God, 
and others found redemption in the blood of the Lamb. There 
is fti!l ableSTed work in that circuit. There was a camp-meeting 
at the Hanging-rock, on Santee circuit. This was a time of 
refreshing from the pretence of the Lord, to the fouls of believers. 
Sinners were awakened, mourners converted, believers Sanctified, 
and backfliders reclaimed'. 

The next camp-meeting was at the Beauty-fpot, 21ft Septem- 
ber ; ten preachers and numbers of people : we had fbme ftir on 
Friday night ; but Was interrupted by the rain. We began the 
exerciSe after breakfalt, and continued nearly till night, with very 
little ftir ; but under the laft prayer the power of God came down 
among the people. The faints began to fhout aloud and prait'e 
God. And Sinners began to cry for mercy. Jn:a little time, there 
were many agonizing on the ground. Some found the pearl of 
great price. The work lafted nearly all night. J n the morning 
I gave them my farewell, from 2 Tim. 12 verfe. This was the 
gr'eateft time that was Seen among the: preachers, they were filled 
with the Holy Ghoft. The laft camp- meeting is juft over laft 
Monday, in Bladen circuit, by brother Gauteer's:- ten preachers, 
and about Sixteen hundred people. This exceeded all that I ever 
law. -The work broke out the firft day, and increated rapidly 
until we left the ground. The Lord rode forth . conquering and 
to conquer. The devil's kingdom fell like lightning to the ground.. 
Many Sinners fell under the Senle of guilt and danger, and cried 
aloud as if in the agonies of death. Many praifing God for;par r 
doriing love, it was truly affecting to See parents, with their 
children in their arms, crying over them, and pleading with them 
to Serve God. Children pleading with their parents, to flee from 
the wrath to come. All Souls were made Subjects of the work, 
male and female, whites and blacks^ rich and poor. From the 
hoary-headed Sinner, to children ot nine years old, were the Sub- 
jects of this bleSTed work. Many Sinners had to fly from the ground 
or fall under the power of God. One Sinner that had been burn- 
ing the negroes that were down, at laft fell himlell', and never 
role till he was happy in God. We S'uppole that there were three 
or four hundred christians. About twelve' hundred finners, and 
out of twelve hundred, one hundred found th^ Lord. Wc left 
the ground about two o'clock in the afternoon, and then feveral 
lay on the ground . like dead men. We fuppoJe Since our firSt 
camp-meeting, in June, there have been three hundred fouls 
converted in and about Bladen circuit.. We had a powerful time 
laft nightin this place. Some awakenings' in this town, this 

1 have laboured under great weakneSSe9,for two months ; colds 
and fevers latterly^ and now 3 ibre leg* but have kept along" 



hitherto. I do not expect much to take a ftation next year. I 
expedt-to meet you in Camden. 1 am as much as ever thine to 

Norfolk diftrift, Virginia, (Mober 11th, 1804. 

GOD is doing great things for us in .this diftri<3: ; Portsmouth 
circuit is in a flame. From eight to fifteen are converted, almoft 
everyday in fome neighbourhoods. We had a camp-meeting, 
about fix weeks paft, near the town. of Suffolk, where we had a 
great time of the power and pretence of God ; we had upwards of 
fix thouland hearers ; the meeting began on Friday and continued 
day arid night without intermiffion till Monday evening : during 
whieh'time we had upwards of four hundred fouls, including the 
blacks, 1 truft, truly and powerfully converted to God. Glory, 
Glory, Amen I I'here were forae of the firft characters in thole 
parts made the happy fubjects of converting grace. .Lawyer Y.— 
is happy in God, as is alio Col. R.— — and his wife, and many 
others, which would be too tedious to mention. I preached in 
Suffolk on Tuefday after the camp-meeting, and added twenty- 
two to the fociety in that place. Old brother Potts is all on fire, 
and many fouls have found the Lord. There was ajpjeafing p.rof- 
pe6t in Camden circuit. Several fouls have latterly been con- 
verted there. 

The work is going on glorioufly in fome parts of Bertie circuit, 
and has been powerful in Amelia circuit, and good times in 
Greenfville and Meeklingburg circuits: and OldBrujafwick has 
been vifited with a gracious (hower. 


Newjbern diftrift, North-Qarolina, November, 1804. 

THERE hasbeen a fmall revival of religion near Trenton, 
Trent-River ; perhaps nearly one hundred added in that neigh- 
bourhood ; alio Queen's-Creek near Swanf- Bridge, alio fame at 
Yelverfton's Cotenthey. There have been fome revivals in many 
parts of Roan -oak circuit, and the upper part of Tar-River cir- 
cuit ; efpecially about Shous Church, the work goes on well, 
among the rich and great. 

At a camp-meeting, October 23rd, Ebenezer meeting-houfe, 

twelve miles above Halifax, it was fuppofed we had about forty 

fouls converted to God. 

' At that awful place, Partridge's, we held a camp-meeting on 

the fifft Friday in November ; we;had amoft powerful awakening 

time ; 


time ; we (uppofc twelve found the Lord on the ground, and we 
heard of tome others, who prof efled, after -they left the encamp- 
ment. rHJLLLlr rjivUCL. 

^*- ■£* .*- © *> «*> «^» 

Alexandria diftrift, Fredericks urg, December 3rd, 1804.'' 
SOON afteri the general conference, 1 commenced my firft 
rout of quarterly meetings, at Fort-Royal, in Winchefter circuit, 
on the 2nd and 3rd of June ; where we had a very gracious vifita- 
tion from above ; and the Lord fhewed his approbation by the 
renewal of nine precious fouls, transforming them into his own 
image and likenefs. From thence the week following we were at 
a place called Hedges chapel, in Berkley circuit : here we had a 
fweet and precious time among profeffors, and about fix or feven 
profeffed to find the pearl of great price : praifed be the name of 
the Lord. . # 

1 commenced my fecond rout of quarterly meetings with a regu- 
lar camp-meeting, on Bull-fkin, near the white houfe in JefFertbn 
county; this began on 11th of Auguft, and continued till the 
morning of the 20th, and was conducted under the following 
regulations: at fun-rife, each day, at the blowing of the trumpet, 
the people affembled at the Hand for morning prayer : after morn- 
ing prayers, I detained all the official characters in council : the 
dciign of this council was_to correct any improprieties that might 
appear, and fuggeft any thing that might be adopted to the advan. 
tage and prosperity of the meeting. From morning prayer till 1 Q 
o'clock, we got breakfavr. ; at ten o'clock there was preaching ; 
at 3 o'clock we took a cold cut ; then fang, prayed, and preached 

As foon as evening preaching began, certain men, before apr 
pointed for the purpole, took their ftatiori, lome round and through 
the congregation, and forne others about the tents and waggons ; 
the former of thofe continued their ftation during public exercife*. 
The latter, with fubftitutes, continued (generally) through the 
whole night. The bufinels of thole men, was to detect any and 
all mifconduct in their power ; by this means we kept very good 
order : and thus we continued ( with but ljttle variation) from the 
1 lth to the morning of the ^Oth day, when we (truck tents, blew 
the trumpets and journeyed ; in which time, we calculated on a- 
bout fixty-four or fixty-five ocnverted. Hallelujah, prajfe the 
Lord. It feemed as if 1 could live and die at fuch a place and ij, 
i'uch exercile. . . •, • 

On the 13th of October, we had another camp-meeting at Pipe- 
Creek in Maryland ; here we were fruihated with rain, early m 
Monday morning, lb that we were obliged to end the meeting that 
day : notwithstanding it ended fo foon, it is thought, at a mode- 

'-■ ' H-> >r .. • rate 


rate calculation, we had from twenty-five to thirty converts • 
witfreightyten, or twelve fanctifications : Hallelujah, again arid 
again ! ! ! I think a well regulated camp-meeting, is one of the 
belt inftitutions in the world, to quicken and ftir up believers, and 
to get fouls converted. 1 would give it as my opinion, not to 
continue nor have a i'abbath day in the time of a camp-meeting. 
Whenever 1 have attended, there has been more mifchief on that 
day, than in a whole week befides, and generally lefs good done. 
At all events, the conductors of thole meetings (houid be very 
ftriet, and keep the greateft decency and order poffible. 


Baltimore, Odober 10th, 1804. 
I have nothing to inform you of that will be Co pleating and 
interefting to you as the camp-meeting we lately held on Hamp- 
ton ground, near General Ridgley's ; the fpot of ground was fur- 
riifhed us by the General. The meeting was held, September 20th, 
21ft, 22nd, and 23rd, about ten miles from this city. 

JU commenced on Thurfday about ten o'clock : We had not 
more than about five hundred hearers. Our commencement gave 
us !brae encouragement of the futurefucccfs of the meeting. The 
Lord was preient with us, and his children were uncommonly 
happy. : Some were awakened, and 1 believe, through the night, 
a few" converted. By ten o'clock, on Friday, our congregation 
had increafed to about one thoufand. No fboner had our exercifes 
began, than the Lord was in the midft of the aflembly : many fell 
to the ground and cried aloud fqr mercy. I never law chriftians 
appear more fervent and interefted for mourners ; their prayers and 
llipplication were almoft without intermiffion throughout the 
whole day and night : Numbers found the Lord. Saturday was, 
if poffible, a more happy day than thepreceeding. Our congre- 
gation amounted to fifteen hundred at leaft, all appeared ferious 
and attentive, the word of the Lord had free courle, it ran and 
was glorified in the conviction of many, and in the conversion of 
ibme, while numbers profefied to experience a deeper work of 
grac=. Through the night numbers were brought into the happy 
liberty of the children of God But the Sabbath, I believe, was 
g«rerally considered as the greateft day. We met the rifing fun 
by adminiftering the iacrament to about one thoufand communi- 
cants, all of whom were in extacies of joy. By ten o'clock, we 
had at! the loweft calculation, eight thoufand fouls on the camp- 
ground AH the minifters of God, of whom there were thirty, 
local and travelling, appeared to fee eye to eye, and lifted up each 
other's hands. 

While our hands were conftahtly held up by the prayers of 



thoufands, the raoft unexampled iblemnity refted on the whole 
congregation, and every countenance appeared to exp'rei's thete 
wor.'.s, *• All that the Lord hath done, frill we do." Our ftrong 
lunged men exerted themielves until the whole forreft echoed, and. 
all the trees of the woods clapped fheir hands. God came near, 
finners fell in abundance, chriftians rejoiced and fhouted, and a 
glorious facrifice of praife al'cended to God. 1 am confident there 
were not lefs than fifty converted through the courfe of the meet- 
ing, though fome fuppofe more. Often did 1 think of your words, 
*' lixtraordinary exertions muft be ufed to call up the attention and 
awaken the minds of men in extraordinary times." 1 am recon- 
ciled to camp-meetings fully ; but it was what 1 law and felt of 
the great things of God's power that reconciled me, I have not 
been fo happy for five years paft, to God be all the praife. On 
the Monday morning we ft ruck our tents and departed. 
Yours, in much love, 


Miffiffippi Territory, December 17th, 1804, 

BROTHER Barnes and myfelf left Kentucky conference,, 
the 4th of October, and arrived at this territory the 4th of No- 
vember. We had appointments given out, &c. We have vifited 
the circuit, and have found ibme kind friends and very attentive 
congregations, and numbers have wept under the word. The 
Lord was with us at our quarterly meeting. Numbers 1 believe 
were powerfully awakened. 

realbn to believe that five were converted, and twenty or thirty 
powerfully awakened at this camp-meeting. 

Methodifm is in its infancy in this country; but 1 have no 
doubt that it will prevail in this, as well as in the other parts of 
America. The language of my foul is, Victory on Death. 1 had 
rather die than go to a circuit and not fee fouls converted to God. 
1 can lay, here is my time, my talents, my life, and all a facrifice 
to promote the caufe of religion. 

In coming to this country, we had to endure hardships. We 
Uept nine nights in the open air. 

I am, yours, &c. . 


Richmond diftrid, April 4th, 1805. 

^orJ w AVE bcen tn the , ha , bit * of communicating to vou, the re- 
markable occurrences which have fallen in my way from time to 

H % time : 


.time : but your being kept from us in tbe fouth by ficknefs, 1 have 
been at a. lots where to direct my intelligence. Being informed 
you will fhortly be in Baltimore. I mall endeavour to throw the 
.following narrative in your way ; but paffing over a great number 
of pleating l'cenes which might be noticed, for brevity lake, 1 thall 
confine myfelf to the giving you a lift of the camp and other meet- 
ings of magnitude, with their immediate eflefts, and then, in an 
aggregate, the contequences of the meetings will be teen on a 
more enlarged ibale ; though ftill much of their fruit will be 
unnoticed, being (tattered generally over the circuits. 

Dates of 

March 23— -27 
Aprii 21- 23 

c - «v' 



3 c> 



■■ ' 



Befljord County,* 


Campbell County, 



Gool'e Creek, 






New- Hope Chapel, 






Flat Rock, 




New-Hope Chapel, 




Charity Chapel, Pouhatau, 




Bethel Chapel, 


Leftwich's Chapel, Bedford c 

ircuit, 100 










Lbenezer Chapel, Bedford, 





Oaks, Amherft, 



Brown's Chapel, Campbell, 



Chelhut Chape!, Frankly n, 



Oarley's Chapel, Bedford, 





May 5 1 I 

12... | 5 

— --17—21 


51 June 1 

June 3 
-_8 — 12 

July 20— -24 


Aug.. 3 7 



31 Sept. 3 

— — 7 — 1 1 

— --21 — 23 
Sept. 23 Oct. 1 

March 29 April 2 

Jn this great and glorious work, it may be obferved, that at the 
clofe. of two months, 1 numbered Itx hundred converted, and five 
hundred and twenty added to the church : and in the lix months, 
and that principally at the meeting?, the number converted 
amounted to eleven hundred and ieventy-iix, and eight hundtetland 

* Referred to in- the Preface, 


fifty ioincd the methodift epifcopal church. With the preachers 
in the five circuits, Bedford, Bottetourt, Amherft, Cumberland 
and Franklin, each having one or more camp-meetings, hundreds 
are brought to God,, and into his militant church ; and other 
denominations have ihared largely the fruits of our labours. 

Jn this Work it may be remarked, that 1 have baptize near one 
hundred adult believers, from ten to twenty at a tirrie ; and after 
giving them the choice of the mode, there has not been one in- 
itance wherein they have chofeh immerfion ; and the bleffing of 
God has vivibly attended the ordinance by effufiori : and there are 
but a few who have joined, but what profefled faring religic% 
previous to their joining. Perleeution has raged in proportion to 
the revival ; but hitherto the Lord has helped us— and we can fay 
with the apoftle, 2 Cor. vi. 8. "By honour and difhonour, bjr 
evil report and good report : as deceivers and yet true : as unknown 
and yet well known : as dying and behold we live : as chaftened 
and not killed : as fbrrowful yet always rejoicing : as poor yet 
making many rich : as having nothing, yet poffeffifig all things.'* 


Baltimore, December 4th, 1803. 

THIS letter is chiefly intended, to give you an account of a 
camp-meeting recently helH about fifteen miles from Baltimore. 
It began on the 24th of September, ami continued three days arid 
nights with fcarcely an hour's intermiflion. In order to give you 
a proper narration, we lhall divide it into parts. It was held in 
a grove or foreft in a very retired fituation, with only one blind 
road leading to it. There was a ftand erected in the midft of a 
piece of ground containing three or four acres ; and round this, the 
tents, waggons, carts, coaches, ftages, and the like were arranged 
in a circular form ; and fires were kindled at the front of the tents 
to accommodate thole who lodged in therh'.— The number who 
encamped on the ground, were not more than two or three hun- 
dred : this was owing partly to a fear of catching cold, and partly 
to a prejudice they had taken againft camp-meetings. Fjdrri theft 
considerations (it is poflible) we had not as many preachers as we 
otherwile mould have had : But there wete twenty 6r riiore, tra- 
velling and local. Our number of people on the week days, were 
from one thouland, to fifteen hundred ; and about five thoufand 
or upwards on the Sabbath. And although there were fo many, 
I never law better order in a crowded concourle in any place. Jt 
appeared thnt they were awed into reverence ; for although there 
was a great fhout of a king in the camp, 1 turned my eyes in every 
direction over the whole multitude, and could lcarcely perceive a 
fmile upon one countenance, The order of our religious exercifes- 



.was as follows. A horn was blown in the morning to colled the 
people to a general pra?er-meeting at eight o'clock. After this 
was ended, preaching at ten o'clock, in the afternoon, and at 
night. One f'ermon was preached at each time, and two- or three 
exhortations were delivered: during which time, the Lord in a 
inoft extraordinary manner was working with the people ; many 
fell down (lain with the f'word of theSpirit, and groaned like men 
dying in the field of battle, while rivers of tears ran down their 
cheeks: we had a number of fouls blefied on Satuulay and through 
the Sabbath. But on the evening of the Sabbath, and the Mon- 
day following, were the mod glorious times my eyes ever faw. 
If we (poke to any of the bye-ttanders, they were melted down 
like wax before the fire. It teemed that all their oppofition fled, 
and their fouls were ftripped of every plea, but, God be merciful 
to us finners. 1 feldom or ever taw a more remarkable hungering 
and thirfiing after hoi inefs of heart among the profeflors. They 
■were deeply and powerfully convinced of the neceffity of lanctifi- 
cation. And this greatly increafed the convictions among finners. 
O my brother, if you had been there, you would have been pleaf- 
ingly aftonifhed 1 On the one hand, you would have feen a poor 
firmer leaning with his head againft a tree, with tears running from 
his eyes like drops of rain upon the ground, and lbmebod - going 
and pointing him away to the bleeding Lamb of God upon the 
crofs. And on the other hand, you would have feen a whole 
group of people, and from the midft of them, you would have 
heard the piercing out-cries of the broken-hearted penitent. And 
to turn your eyes in another direction, you would iee a grey-headed" 
father and his children, crying to God to have mercy on their 
fouls. And in the mean time, you would have feen lbme groan- 
ing under as deep diftrefs and agony of heart, to be cleanled from 
all unrighteoufnefs, as ever you law any under the guilt of unpar- 
doned (in. 1 could have led you from that, to a place where the 
divine blefling was manifeiled fimilar to the glory which appeared 
in the tabernacle of the congregation, when the wandering ii'rael- 
ites fell down upon their faces and fliouted : it was a tent filled 
with happy fouls, to the number of fourteen or fifteen, who had 
either been converted, fandlified, or had received ibme remarkable 
blefling that day. And while (landing near that favoured (pot, 
you would have beheld a fight enough to tranfport the mind of an 
angel. The crowd parting, you would have feen three or four 
perfons advancing towards you, bearing along a poor heavy-ladened 
firmer,' who had been lying helplefs upon the ground, groaning 
bitterly to heaven, being overwhelmed with grief and forrow of 
heart, and the dreadful onfets of guilt and fear. You would have 
feen him or her with the head hanging upon one ihoulder, -borne 
along by the arms, with the tears ftjeaming copioufly, crying, 
V Lord, fave, or J perifh— lave or 1 fink into hell ! " At length 
in one. of thofe highly favoured tents, where the glory of God was 



manifested, God would break the bars of iron, and cut in funder 
the gates of brafs, and let their louls at liberty from every bond 
and letter, and fill them with a holy triumph : and in the mean' 
time, the long of the Lord would be railed, in Such melodious 
melting ftrains, from every glad heart and tongue, that for a few 
minutes, you would be lb abforbed in contemplation, and loft in 
the villon of God's prelence, that you would imagine yourlelf 
already in I'aradiie. Hofanthib in the bigbeft ! Hofannab in tbe higbefi I 

" Prayer ardent, opens heaven, lets down a ftream 
" Of glory, on the confecrated hour 
" Of man, in audience with the Deity." 

No human language is Sufficient to defcribe the joyful emotions 
that were railed on that occafion, and the glorious dilplays of the 
power of laving grace. 1 was informed that there were not three 
minutes for one whole night, but what they were jn the exercifes 
of ringing or prayer. So it continued nearly through the whole 
meeting, except in time of preaching. But as to the number that 
were convicted, converted and Sanctified, we cannot certainly 
determine ; but we may be Safe in conjecturing, that there were 
as many as one hundred or upwards. Thefe camp- meetings are 
the belt calculated to rid the mind of the world, to ftrip the foul 
of pride, and to work upon the tender feelings of the heart, of any 
thing 1 ever law in the whole courfe of my' observation and expe- 
rience. The appearance of the place, at night, was truly "Solemn, 
and at the lame time romantic. While going to it, along a 
meandering path through a thick wood, you would hear the 
preaching, Singing, and other exerciies, Some diftance off : but at 
length, all of a Sudden, you would be ftruck with the fight of a 
large congregation of people, a whole train of fires around, candles 
and lanterns hanging to the trees in every direction, and the lofty 
oaks, with their (breading boughs, forming a canopy over your 
head, and every thing confpiring with the Solemnity of the- night 
to make the place truly awful. . j 

This is but a faint description, th* reft I leave to your own 
imagination, to paint out in livelier colours. 

1 remain yours, aitectionately, 




New-Jerfey, June 7th, 1802. 

me d to tell them what God was doing to the South, where 1 had 


IN order to raile the people from their Laodicean ftaie; 1 
jned to tell them what God was doing to the South, where 1 had 
peen travelling, and telling them the neceffity of experiencing 
lomething of the kind among themfelves, and that a religion which 


could not be felt fo as to make the foul happy, would not fupport 
us in death. I found the people began to give a ferious attention 
tp the word, and one here and another there, would be cut to the' 
heart, and added to the ibciety. r , ,, 

God attended the word with power— about fix fell. I he peo- 
ple icemed rtricken with great amazement at this new work as 
thev called it ; and many continued in the houie and prevented 
me "from meeting the fociety, with any regularity. This being 
the cafe, I fpoke to the members generally, that if there were any 
witneffes for Jefus, they would come forth ; they arofe and fpoke, 
and Chrift fealed the teftimony by a manifeftation of his power, 
cutting down upon the right hand and on the left. 

1 fang and prayed, and difmiffed the congregation : there was a 
finall fpace of filence, but God did not difmifs them, but laid to 
his mighty hand, and continued to kill, and make alive through 
the whole night, till breakfaft time next day. 

, Since this time, the work of God continues to attend our feeble 
performances, both at preaching, clafs and prayer meetings, and 
a general alarm has taken place. 

B'leffed be God, notwithftanding, fome have been expelled, 
and otheis have died, and a confidcrable number have moved to 
the weftern country, we have nearly doubled the number of mem- 
bers this year. But ftill it may not be amils to obferve, latan ran- 
ges, finners and formal profeffors oppofe the work, but God s 
power is evidently manifetted. 

The work of God itdl proipers in this place, and alio commu- 
nicates to different focieties in the circuit.. In Rookaway Valley, 
the work is powerful, and many are added to the church. I he- 
Lord is thrafhing the mountains, and driving finners from their 
lurking places to feek a fhelter ; in the Rock ot eternal Ages. At 
fitter Meads, near Pumpton in our clafs room, the power of the 
Lord fell on about ten profeffors, and the mott of them profeffed 
fan&ifying faith. I am now impreffing the neceflity of holmels ot 
heart upon thofe that profefs juftify ,ng gr^ce. ^ ^ jv-g 

June 2nd, 1802. 

AT Harford quarterly meeting, three were converted. At 
Little York, we had a gracious time : the Lord was with us m- 
love and power. On Saturday our meeting concluded with a 
Ihout for joy. On Sabbath morning we had as great a time at 
the Lord's fupper, as 1 have feen for the number, lhe aged men 
fell from their knees proftrate on the floor, and gave glory toGodi 
for what their eyes had feen, and their hearts had felt. In Hun , ( , 
tingdon circuit there is a great and good work. J he preachers u 


and people are happily united. In Frederick circuit, finners are 
converted. In Montgomery circuit, I was not able to attend the 
quarterly meeting, but I am told they have a growing work of 
God.. In the city of Baltimore, they have had Ibme ingathering 
of lbu!s iince conference, and many quickening feal'ons. 


Baltimore city, Auguft 10th, 1802. 

THE pari th church at Chefter town, eaft fhore, is under the 
care of the Rev. Mr. Dulhields. 

Their parlor has introduced, in addition to the ufual eftabliftied 
forms of the epifcopal church, prayer-meetings, and an aflbciation 
meeting for thole who feel dif poled to join in a more clofe union 
and fellowihip. 

£eirig_at Chefter on '■Friday night, the Qth ult. (the night of 
their attoeiation meeting) obferving their meeting- continued 
unulually long, and hearing them fing and pray alternately, I went 
to the- church between nine and ten o'clock— finding the door 
open, went in— two women were in diftfefs, crying to God for 
mercy : the Rev. Mr. Dulhields, and the members of the aflbci- 
ation, alternately exhorted them, prayed for and with them, and 

SHEETS y ? nS 3 ? d \ Uti l* S c "r" Ujr (. un * at our Places of worfhip, 
*£? ■? ^ alons of refreihings from the pretence of the Lord 

While 1, waspreient, one of the women, Mrs. N , nuhlirlir 

proclaimed that the Lord had lpoken peace to her foul-fhe reioiced 
fnTvi'f dec ' ann g. that f e canrie there in diftrefs-was then happy 
in the Ljord :• a long of prade immediately was lung, ddcriDtive 
of the pleafing change. They continued 'praying- withy and ex- 
horting the otifer woman in diftrefs, to believe in the Lord Jdus 
Chrift and the Lord would convert her alfo : (he did not profefs 
ten o'clock 6 m 6 ht - th « meeting was difmifled about half paft 

,-n Sf hat G °?' S m L ni ? er £ and P e °P le mav fee eye to eye, and unite 

of he kin e m d om of th, he Redeemer ' s kingdom/and the deftruK 
oi rne Kingdom ot the grand enemy of man. 


K Hartford circuit, July 15th, 1802. 

vifif^ H P *i? wrote to you laft from Baltimore circuit, 1 have 
ful tfe Z f ? T °l^i ha T» and can inform vou w 'th Plea- 
favoured places^ " ltretchln S «* M*K&Q lave in lome, 

1 In 


In George town and Federal city, we have had a gracious fea- 
fon ; three fanners cryed for mercy. The love-feaft was one of the 
belt leafons I have had at any of the quarterly meetings. On the 
Wednesday night following, we had a ihout in the city : one of 
the three that had been in diftrefs found peace with God. The 
meeting continued till twelve o'clock at night. 

In Calvert, the preachers have joined one hundred and fifty in 
the iociety, fince the conference held in April, and Come are con- 
verted every vifit the preachers make. Ten or twelve whites found 
peace at the quarterly meeting, and about twenty blacks. The 
preachers are upon the mountain top. At the Annapolis quar- 
terly meeting, we had three or four converted. 


Rhinebeck, July 26th, 1802. 
IN the morning our love-feaft began, and God was with us : 
the fire burnt higher and higher,' till it burft forth in a flame, i'o 
that the rejoicing and prayers of many were heard through the 
town. The church windows were open— many fpe&ators were 
around, and many, who were not members, within. The power 
was fo great and genuine, that the whole itemed to be awed : I 
do not recoiled: to have feen a 1'mlle oh one face. This power 
continued through the love-feaft and facrament. - At eleven 
o'clock, preaching began — we had a good time, though the 
power was not lb apparent. I cannot teftify that any were born 
again ; but I have reafbn to believe fanners were awakened : and 
we are under lively hopes that we have feen the beginning of glo- 
rious times in Rhinebeck, for which bleffing we have been pray- 
ing upwards of eight years. 


I bless God for the glorious difplay of his power, which I 
have felt and feen. Many fervent prayers have been put up for 
Rhinebeck ; God has heard and is anfwering them. Four per- 
sons in our houle on the Flats are under powerful awakenings. 
The face of the chriftians fhine, and their hearts are full of ex- 
pectation .that this is only .the beginning of good days. Sunday 
was a day of power. A little boy in love-feaft ipake like a man 
of forty : and t'uch a power attended every word, that there was 
a general move among the whole congregation. 
I am, dear fir, your friend and fifter, 




Pittfourg, Auguft 10th, 1802. 
I bless the Lord, his work continues to (bread and grow with 
very pleafing profpeds, but in Come circuits more extraordinary 
than others. Our congregations are larger this iumrner than the 
laft, particularly io at our quarterly meetings. .Prejudice tails, 
yea, melts like the Ihow in the opening fpnng. 1 he : congrega- 
tions are deeply affeded-— whilft many cry out, What mall 1 
do to be laved ?" ' ■„ . . 

1 aim exceedingly pleafed with the profpeds on the welt ot the 
Ohio. On a late vifit to that country, my tbul was exceedingly 
comforted with the young converts : love and union rule ml he 
hearts of preachers and people* We have had a confiderable addi- 
tion of members, this laft quarter, and tome very glorious and 
profitable quarterly meetings. 

1 am your's, in the gofpel of Chrift, r ,,-, X7 ,„ 


September 16th, 1802. 

I received yours from Philadelphia, and was made glad to 
hear of the great things that God was doing in the north. You 
can recoiled: with pleafure, the glorious things that are wrought 
in this diftri<ft, in the year 1 789, but the unhappy divifion which 
took place foon after, chiefly by one man, to the injury of many 

E-ecious fouls, was one grand hindrance of the work. But the 
ord has given lbme late gracious intimations of his pretence 
amongft us once more : may We hope never more to leave us, as 
a people ; the work began on Whitfuntide, at a quarterly meeting 
at Mabry's chapel, at which time and place about ten fouls pro- 
fefled to be converted ; and from thence it fpread through many ' 
parts of the circuit ; and 1 humbly hope from that time one hun- 
dred and fifty ibuls have been brought to God. It will give you 
great confolation to hear that God has vifited the families of the 
ancient methoditts, especially in the young and riling generation ; 
among tfrefe are Dromgooles, Wyches, Hobbies, and Pelhams. 
We had thirteen that profefled converting grace at Merit's chapel, 
Brunlwick circuit. At Ira Ellis's meeting houfe, at the laft quar- 
terly meeting, we had twelve converted, if no more, among 
thefe, Edward Dromgoole's fecood Ion and daughter, profefled 
to be born again. In ihort, the Lord is bringing home abundance 
of the ancient methodift children. SmTex, that you recoiled was 
favoured in the laft revival, is vifited in this ; 1 underftand that 
about one hundred have been converted in the i'pace of fix weeks. 
It began at Jones's chapel, at our quarterly meeting, fixteen fouls 
profefled to have found: a change. You well recoiled how it was 
at this chapel in the year 1787, and God is gracious ftill. In the 

1 % fettlement 


fettlement of Lloyd's chapel, numbers have been brought to 
Chrift. There has been a great and gracious work in the Amelia 
circuit. There-is a revival in fome focieties in Cumberland cir- 
cuit. The work is confiderably great in Bertie circuit. There is 
a fmall revival in Portfmouth circuit. Camden circuit has gained 
a little. I hear that John Chalmers, fen. has been at Norfolk^ 
and the flame is kindled, and marry are con vei ted. Remember' 
me in all your prayers. 

I am, fir, your's in love, 


-^- .*--#-© jf ^*^- 

Union Town, (Weft Pennfylvarria) November 27th, 1S02. 

IT will give you pleafure to hear of the profperous irate of the 
Pittfburg diftrict, which I will joyfully communicate. 

Our congregations, in general, are large, ferious, attentive, 
and affectionate, even to weeping before the Lord. 

Our laft quarterly meeting upon the Ohio circuit was a time 
of great power. The work pf the Lord began upon Saturday 
night, and continued till the breaking of day upon Sabbath morn- 
ing. Three pr-jfefTedfanctifyirg grace, and leveral were converted. 
Sabbath day at the f upper of the Lord, the power of God cams 
down to my aftonifhment, 1 was an eye-witnefs to the converfion 
of fouls, but What manner 1 cannot fay : indeed you might look . 
in almoft every direction, and you would fee poor finners, and the 
-vvorft of all tinners, backfliders, crying to God for mercy. 

The work has broken out in Clarkfburg circuit ; but in a molt 
eminent manner about Martin's meeting houf'e. It feems as if 
God was about to convert all the people in that fettlement. In 
Union-Town, we have had a gracious quarterly meeting, and a 
goodly number pmfeffed to be converted to God ? at that meeting ; 
■ the work continued fiom the morning till f'ometime in the evening. 
In Pittfburg, there is a iteady progrei's of the work of the Lord. 

Jn \vefi- wheeling circuit, manv are added and numbers are 
converted ; four and Ave at a meeting ; with a happy continuance. 
1 am, dear fir, 

Your affectionate fon. 

In the gofpel of Chrift. 



November 13th, 180?. 

I am now at the quarterly meeting in the Yadkin. Brbthet 
Mc Kendree is with us. The Lord has been- powerfully prefcat 



this day, and we are looking for greater times to-rriofrowandfhe 
next day ; the Lord is doing wonders throughout the diftrict : the 
holy flame has caught and is going on very confiderably in all the 
circuits. 1 fuppofe at the feveral quarterly meetings, the fecond 
time I went round the diftrict, not lefs than five hundred foiils 
profefled to find the Lord. Hail JeCus ! thou art our king, and 
we will praife thee. JAMES DOUTH1T. 

Near. Fredericks-bay, December 14th, 1802. 
PERHAPS I now take up my pen with more cheerfulnel's to 
write to you than ever before, inasmuch as I have it in my power 
to communicate more pleafing and interetting intelligence relative 
to affairs in the difrridt. When I parted from you in Auguft, you 
requetted that if any thing extraordinary mould occur, you might 
hear of it by letter. The Saturday after leaving you, the quar- 
terly meeting for Fairfax circuit was held in Leefburg, at which 
time and place, there was a vaft concourfe of people collected. In 
the courfe of this meeting there were two profeffed to be converted, 
and one fanctified. At the meeting for Stafford and Lancafter 
circuits there appeared to be a confiderable move, but there were 
none converted. In Alexandria, we had a move in the congrega- 
tion, and it woa thought there were fix or eight converfions a- 
mong the blacks. From the appointnrcnt you ah<l Philip Bruce 
attended in Harrifonburg, the work went on with fucceis for the 
fpace of nine days, jn which time it is thought, there could not 
have, been feis than one hundred and fifty converfions. Finding 1 
could not attend the October quarterly meeting for that circuit,,! 
requefted brother Jefferfon to t'upply my place there, and at Pen- 
dleton. He tells me that their meetinglafted three days, and 
there were about twenty converted, and not lets than fix or eight 
fanelified, and at Pendleton there were eight or ten converted. 

In November, at the Alleghany quarterly meeting, 1 met our 
venerable old friend bifliop Whatcoat, who has flood his frontier 
rout through New York and Pennsylvania to admiration. He 
tells us the profpects through that part of the work are increafing. 
At Alleghany we had a confiderable move, but none converted. 
The week following at Winchefler, there were eight or ten con- 
veriions. The next week we were in courfe at Fairfax old cha- 
pel, here there were twelve happily converted to God, and one 

Jn the courfe of the laft, quarter, firomithe *eft account 1 have, 
there, muft have been one hundred and fifty or upwards added to 
the l'ociety in Rockingham circuit. If brother Ward's account 
Ihould differ from this, you muff make this lubmit to his. There 
have been a few added in Pendleton. 



Jn the Berkeley* and Winchefter circuits, I fuppofe there have 
been one hundred and fifty added in the courie of laft quarter, 
nearly all of whom profefs to be converted, and the work It ill 
goes on. 

In and about Charleftown, in Jefferlbn countv, the prof oect 
feems to be increafing ever fince the Auguft quarterly meeting 
there. ^ " ° 

In Old Fairfax, theTe is a very pleafing work going on. There 
has been a number of conversions in .the courie of the year, and I 
think the work is on the increafe. 

John Pitts is on his ftation in Frederickfburg. There is lome- 
thrng doing among them there. He tells me that they havchad 
twelve or fourteen con verfions there fince his arrival, and a num- 
ber appear to be under deep awakenings. 

When 1 was laft in Lancafter, about fifty had been added fince 
the conference. 

■; Thefe accounts, compared with many others, are Verv fmhll, 
yet I cannot but view them as Something very great for this part 
of the country. 1 flatter myfelf with having ; ft ill greater times. 


Alexandra. April lft, 1803. 
THE Lord ic ftill wlih us. Monday, in the young women's 
dais, two found the Lord. — Taefday night our meeting continued 
tHl two in the morning. God fpoke peace to ten ; four-out of 
the ten conversions were very powerful. 1 think! never faw i'o 
much of heaven, as 1 faw in their countenances. One found the 
Lord on Wednelday night. Glory to God ! the profpect: is pleaf- 
frfg r God hns blefledusfar beyond our molt fanguine expectations ; 
but we are looking for far greater things yet. The thousands and 
tens of thoulands of prayers daily going up to God, like clouds of ■ 
incente, will, we make no doubt, prevail with the Malter of 
aiJemhlies. Your's, 


Rockingham, (Virginia) Odober 23rd. 1802. 

THE work continued the day you left us till one-o'clock 
Tuefday morning, without intermiffion ; and as we had no inten- 
tion of continuing it' longer, no appointment was made; yet, 
through the miftake of a bby, word, went to Lenvil's creek that 
the meeting continued, and feveral came in on Tuelday. Brother 
Caftfe being ftill in town, they, concluded to hold a prayer-meet* 



ine' and the Lord was with them of a trutfc&veral were con< 
vered and gave glory to God^-The meeting continued till three 
in the Sning, and appointment was made for meeting at one 
oVlocCl went and preached, the meeting .continued )>***fg** 
o'clock it night ; the power of the Lord was pretent to hea L 
The° C next at da n ; g at four o'Sock, we met again and , continued till 
ten at night, which was truly a great time. The next day, 
Friday" we met at eleven o'clock, in order to receive • mcmbere 
we read and enlarged upon the rules, then gave liberty to thole 
who deiired to join, to come forward, and*fifty-two were ad- 
mitted, the moft of whom profeffed converfion at ^ m ee\.ng 
we then had a powerful time, and meeting lafted. till four a clock. 
wVmet again at candle-light, at which time 1 intended to have 
preached in defence of the work, but the Lord came down .in 
nn-hty power, and defended his own work. In the time of the 
firft prnfer, the work broke out, and many of the Lord s people 
became prophets, and a number of new ones were railed up ; 
Meeting continued till next morning. This was thought to be the 
molt powerful time, and thegreatert number converted, that had 
been, for the time, through the meeting. We had intended th,.t 
this night mould dole the meeting, but feeing tuch mighty works 
were done through the name of Jefus, we were contained to 
continue on Saturday and Sunday. We began on Saturday at four 
o'clock, by finging and prayer and admitting members, and con- 
tinue tin a™ Vu^Tk at night. Sunday at eight was our 
love feaft, at eleven was public meeting; and continued till eleven 
at night. And this truly was a great day, a memorable time, 
thefe two laft days we joined fifty-five perfons, lb that the whole 
number admitted was one hundred and {"even, the moft of whom 
profeffed juttifying grace ; befides the number converted, that 
were in fociety before, and numbers that did not join, being, 
members of other l'ocieties. During the courie of the meeting, 
f'uch power attended, that numbers were ftruck down quite in- 
active, and fome in a rneafure convulfed ; one lay more than fix 
hours before he arofe ; a number of others not lb long. It is 
remarkable, that there were many more men than women, thus 
ftruck down, Ibrriebfwhom came, as they laid ; to make fport ; 
and one, lent as a (py, became the lubject of this work. 1 hardly- 
need to tell you, that generally when they role, it was with a 
new long in their mouths, even praile to the Lord, with clapping 
of hands, leaping and fhouting aloud ; and exhorting others to 
turn to the Lord, who had (hewed mercy unto them. 

Bleffed be the Lord, the work ttill goes on in ieveral parts of 
the circuit, and is fpreading more generally. ; Our quarterly 
meeting, which was nnce, was held in the woods, ievepl.eame 
in waggons : it lafted three days, and the laft day and night was 
the greateft time ; great good was done— —Ieveral profefled julti- , 
ficatioti, At our common preaching, prayex and clais meetings, 


72 . 

the Lord pours out his Spirit, fo that we have manv times of re- 
frefliing from the pretence of the Lord From what has been done 
and is:ffcill doing, we are i encouraged to hope for great times ftill, 
and have therefore appointed a meeting at Chriftmas for three 
days. Your's, in much love, 


Mayfield, December 11th, 1802. 
I had, for a confiderable time before you were here, been 
under deep convi&ion of fin, and was made deeply ienfible of my 
fallen condition, and of the neceflity of the merits of a Saviour. 
The obiervation which you made when you left us, expretfing your 
fears that I fiiould haltat being analmoj} cbrijtian t made.a deepand 
lafting impreflion on my mind. I was made to double my dili- 
gence, and cry continually to God for his redeeming love, thro' 
the ali-atoning blood of the Lamb. 

On the firft day of Oclober laft, it pleafed God in his great 
mercy, in a confiderable degree, to manifeit himt'elf to me, and 
to relieve me from the load of fin under which fny tbul had been 
ib long opprefled ; and on the eighth of the fame month, at the 
camp-meeting at Rehoboth, it pleafed God, in his infinite mercy, 
and all-redeeming love, to give me a el»«««*a mcwiifcaation b£dm£ 
love and power, that my fi "S were forgiven, through the merits 
and blood of the dear- Redeemer. O help me to praiie and mag- 
nify the holy King of Righteouinefs, for his great and unmerited 

1 have great reafon to thank the Lord that I have continued to 
feel much of the power of his love. J every day experience more 
of his loving kindnefs and fee new beauties, and feel new plea- 
fures in a religious life. 1 pray to be humble, and'to leek con- 
tinually to pofiels the meek and lowly fpirit which characterized 
our great Mafter. Remember me, dear and reverend fii, in your 
prayers, that 1 faint not. 

We have abundant reafon to praife and glorify God for the great 
and wonderful revival of religion in our neighbourhood and coun- 
ty. The Lord has been pleated to pour out his Spirit in an extra- ■ 
ordinary and wonderful manner, fince your laft vifit to this part 
of the world. Many have come to God and been made happy in 
having the witneis?of his holy Spirit, and very many are ftrongly 
convinced of fin, and are crying to God for the faith that is in 
Jetus. May the Lord mightily pour out his Spirit on all who teek I 
his love to know. Indeed Georgia appears to be alive to God. 
Accounts from almoft every part of the ftate, bring the glad ti- 
dings of the manifeftations of his love to tinners. May his gofpel 
run and-be glorified until it fhall cover the whole earth, as the; 
waters cover th« great deep. The 


The Lord has begun a glorious work in our family, and I have 
much reafon to hope, through divine mercy, that the time is not 
far diftant when we mall praife and adore his hely name with one 
heart and with one voice. 

O may God in his infinite mercy and goodnefs, haften the happy; 
period. Dear fir, affilt my feeble prayers for myfelf and them ; 
believe me your obliged and affectionate fervant, 


WE enjoy great peace and harmony through the circuits, and 
the work of the Lord profpers. We have had ibme of the greateft 
meetings of late that I have leen in the weftern country. At the 
facrament in Limeftone and the quarterly meeting in Miami circuit, 
the power of God was awfully manifested among the people. Some 
of the worft finners and mofr. violent oppofers to religion, were 
fubjecfs of the work, and we hopej were happily converted from 
the error of their ways. Wm. Mc KEN DREE, 

Greenbrier circuit, April 2nd, 1804. 
IN June, 1803, brother w.^rritl^ brother L. C. vifited my 
fchool, and glory to God, many both old and young felt the 
power of convicting grace. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 
they held quarterly meeting: on Friday, many concerted ;.on 
Saturday, ibme ; Sunday 1 , the way feemed open for the work to 
goon. And in September, brother J. W. with brother W. C. 
came again— at my fchool, ibme converted ; on Friday, at Gilboa, 
many converted ; on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, at Mount- 
Tabor, fourteen or more profefled faith. From this time, the work 
went on with and without preachers. 

From September, to the l§th of November, we fuppofed one 
iundred were converted, in the big and little levels. On the 
19th of November, our camp-meeting began at Giiboa, which 
lafted nine days and nights, with very little if any intermiflion. 
The number attended was from five to fifteen hundred. The 
number converted* fuppofed from one hundred and eighty to two 
hundred. JOHN P1NNEL. 

**- «** *■ ■*- -*■ *** 

Extrac? of a Letter from William Heath, to 
Ezekiel Cooper. 

Lynchburg, July 25th, 1804. 
/ TO you, I fuppofe, it will be matter of joy, to hear of the 
gtoipenty of Zion in thefe parts of the Lord's vineyard. 

K The 



The camp-meetings, which have been ufual, in the fouth and 
weft, for fpme years, never began with us, till the laft ipritig. 

On the 23rd of March, a camp-meeting was held by Lorenzo 
Dow,* in junction with a number of other preachers and minifters ; 
at winch, fifty fouls profefTed to find peace with God ; from this, 
the work 6f God fpread, in almoft every diredtion ; for many were 
awakened at this meeting, who, afterwards found the peari of 
great price. At the feveral meetings, which were held at Flat- 
.Creek meeting-houfe, by the 16th of April, twenty-four fouls 
profefTed converting grace ; and the work has continued more 
rap-d it that place ever tince : forty have joined the church there ; 
and fixteen in the neighbourhood above that, have profefTed con- 
venor: and planted a ibciety among us. In the town and vicinity, 
from the beginning of the work, in April, until nbw, from fix, 
to twelve, and fixteen, at a meeting, have profefTed to find the 
pearl of great price ; fb that from a clals of twenty members, we 
have now one hundred and fixty. — Blefs the Lord, O my foul! 
and let all the people magnify his holy name ! 

On the 5th of May, a meeting was appointed at a place, fifteen 
miles above us, called the Tabernacle, to be held three days ; but 
the work was ib great, that it continued five days, day and night, 
■with very little intermiflicm : in which time, nnp Hundred were 
thought to obtain true confc.fiun. from the 12th to the 15th 
of May, at a place called New-hope, five miles from town, we 
had another meeting, which continued alio day and night, at 
which, there were about one hundred profefTed to get converted ; 
and many are daily added to our numbers. From the 1 7th to the 
22nd of May, meeting again, at Tabernacle meeting-houie, at 
which place the people encamped on the ground, and continued 
preaching, praying, and other godly exercifes, night and day, for 
the five days, in which time, one hundred and fifty were thought 
to be favinglv converted ; and one hundred and forty joined the 
methodift church at that time and place. From the 8th to the 
a 2th of June, another camp-meeting was held at Charity, Chapel, 
Powatan, at which, one hundred ibuls were thought to obtain 
laving converfion ; and fixty joined the methbdift church. From 
the 20th to the 24th of this month, we had a camp-meeting in 
Bedford, at Leftwitch's meeting-houfe, at which, one hundred 
and ten came forward, and gave teftimony of their faith, that 
God had converged their fouls. Very many are the prayer, clais, 
and preaching meetings, not mentioned here, at which the Lord 
pours out his Spirit in a wonderful manner. Confidering -the low 
ebb of religion among us, before the revival began, 1 can truly 
fay, that 1 never law or read of greater times: true, the times 
mentioned by brother Cox, in his letter to bilhop Coke, in 1737, 
were great j but 1 was in the whole of that revival, as well as 
this, and it is my opinion, that this revival far exceeds that. 

The glorious work isfpreading in various dire&ions, and exten- 



lively. It is chiefly among the methodiits ; though our prefbyterian 
brethren are very friendly, and labour mightily with and among 
us. Indeed my brother, we hope, t and, at times, are clmoft led 
to believe, that the glorious millenium is ufliering on ! Proclaim 
at your pleafure the contents of this, or any part. 
I am, in the belt of bonds, 
Thine, &c. 


The Experience of Richard Greaves, of Dinwiddle County, fate 
of Virginia, who departed this life in the month of May, 1 800. 
Transcribed fr obi his own writing, 

IT has been about twenty years lince I have been acquainted 
with the goodnei's of God, and nearly the fame time fince J had 
realbn to believe that I ftood in a ftate of acceptance with God, 
Still 1 have felt the war between nature and grace lb itrong, that 
1 was afraid, many times, 1 Ihould fall by the hand of my enemies, 
without lbme greater deliverance, i have many times had a 
pleafing view of a field of religion before. me, of loving God with 
all my Tieart, but wnen I o-ttpmnted to come to God for it, that 
T might rejoice ever more, pray without sealing, and in every 
thing give thanks, it appeared to be fbmething at a diftance that 
1 could not lay hold of. So 1 have been for leven or eight years 
praying for a clean heart, and power over my- enemies ; i'ometimes 
hoping, fometimes delpairing, till about the firli of laft June, 
when I Was well Convinced that 1 did not fully believe the doctrine 
of ianctification, for 1 thought, if 1 believed that there was luch 
a bleffing for me, and it was ablblutely necelTary for rne to prepare 
for heaven, 1 could not relt without it ; that 1 Ihould go into del- 
pair if I did not receive it, and now I began to pray in earneit, 
that God would open my underltanding, and give me to lee and 
feel the need of pure love, and dil'cover to me, as 1 could bear, 
the depth of inbred fin, that I might not relt tatisfied with any- 
thing '{hort of that perfect love that calf eth out fear. God did 
ibon dilcover to me, as 1 had never leen before, the depth of my 
corruptions, and gave an inward hungering and thirlting after full 
falyation : 1 faw luch a fulnefs in God's word, and luch a willing* 
nefs in him to give his love, that one evening after 1 had been 
pleading his promiles, I felt a peace and Itrong confidence in him ; 
£n hope iprungup in, my heart that God would cleanle me from 
my fins, and give me power over my enemies : In this hope 1 went 
to bed and felt my heart ftill breathing after full falvation, where 
he poured down luch love as I never felt before. In an cxtacv^f 
joy, the language of my heart was, Is God come to cleanle we 
frpm, fin ? The impreffion was i*o great, that it affected my body 


as I lay. The next day I felt fiich joy and peace, yet I wag not 
allured that the work was wrought ; only one text ran greatly in 
my mind ; I did not know where to find it, till one told me that 
it was in the t "th chapter of John—" t'anclify them through thy 
truth — thy word is truth.'-' 1 read the chapter, and found fuch a 
fulneis in it of what my heart defired, that if ever I felt hunger for 
food, or thlrit for water,, 1 now truly hungered and thirfted after 
full ialvation ; my faith was ftrong : but though 1 law believingly 
iuch a fulneis in God's word, and had fuch a tafte and relifh for 
fpiritual things, yet 1 was not ettabliflied in the faith. The lan- 
guage of my heart was, "give me love or elle 1 die." Indeed 
God did create in me fuch a hungering and thirfting after perfect 
love, that nothing could fatisfy but God himielf. For near four 
weeks 1 felt iuch keen pain within, that 1 could al moil fay, I 
prayed without ceafing, but with little joy, only fometimes 1 re- 
joiced in hope, that God was near to cleanfe me from my tins ; it 
appeared to me worfe than death, my God to love, and not my 
God alone. 1 thought my ftate was lingular ; 1 had iuch confi- 
dence in God : 1 believe, I never had fuch power over fin nor lived 
18 near to God, for the time before. The things that 1 i'aw and 
had to do with in the world, had no weight at all upon my mind, 
yet fomething kept me from ftepping into the full liberty of God's 
children, till I was brought into £"**> *»atyeiB as I never had felt : 
it was. on Monday, the end day of July, 1799, the Lord poured 
down hisbleffing into my heart. In the evening, my happinei's 
increafed till I went to bed, with raptures of joy unknown, by an 

hearing my prayer and filling' my heart with pure 
truly fay, that Jefus was mine in all his offices, and I was his : in 
n few days my rapture of joy abated, and 1 had fome temptation 
-andJ-h ; .;ggle ; not that 1 had any reafon to doubt of the work being 
-wrought, but if it was coniiftent with fuch a work of grace for 
me tohave fuch feelings ; but I foon discovered the device of the 
enemy to rob me of my confidence, and the Lord multiplied my 
peace. 1 now, notwithttanding temptations, feel the abiding 
witneis: my mind is flayed on God: Chriit is my objetSt : 1 am 
willing to take him for my portion, he is the faireft among ten 
thoui'and, he is altogether lovely. 


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