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noon. His favourite daughter died some hours before we came : such a child as is scarce heard of in any century. All the family informed me of many remarkable circumstances, which else would have seemed incredible. She spake exceeding plain, yet very feldom ; and then only a few words. She was scarce evor seen to laugh, or heard to utter a light or trilling word. She could not bear any that did, nor any one who behaved in a light or unferious manner. If any such offered to kifs or touch her, she would turn away, and say, or do not like you." If her brother or sisters spoke angrily to each other, or behaved triflingly, she either sharply reproved (when that seemed need. ful) or tenderly intreated them to give over. If she had spoke too sharply 10 any, she would humble herself to them, and not rest till they had forgiven her. After her health declined, she was. particularly pleased with hearing that hymn lung, 6 Abba, father:" and would be frequenily singing that line herself, 6 Abba father, hear my cry."
On Monday, April 7. In the evening I preached at Manchester. The mob was tolerably quiet, as long as I was speaking, but immediately afier, · raged horribly. This I find, has been the manner for some time. No wonder : since the good Justice encourages them.
Thursday 10. I rode to Hayfield again, to bury Mr. B 's child. Abundance of people were gathered together, and I found uncommon liberty in preaching. Who would have looked for such a congregation as this, in the Peak of Derbyshire?
I returned to Manchester, the next day, and had a quiet congregation both that evening and the following
• Sunday 13. I met the Society at five, and shewed them wherein I feared they had grieved the spirit of God, and provoked him to deliver them to be thus outraged by the beasts of the people. I then rode to Hayfield once more, where Mr.
r ead prayers, and preached a Tolemn and affecting
fermon, relative to the late providence. In the aliernoon I again found great liberty of spirit, in applying those awful words, What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own foul?
Monday 14. I rode by Manchester, (where I preached about twelve) to Warrington. At fix in ihe morning, Tuesday 15. I preached to a large and serious congregation; and then went to Livere. pool, one of the neatest, best-built towns I have seen in England. I think it is full twice as large as Chefter. Most of the streets are quite strait. Two-thirds of the town we are informed, have been added, within these forty years. If it continues to increase in the sanie proportion, in forty years more it will nearly equal 'Bristol. The people in general are the most mild and courteous, I ever saw in a sea-port town: as indeed appears by their friendly behaviour not only to the Jews and Papists who live among them, but even to the Methodists, (so called.) The preaching house is a little larger than that at Newrastle. It was thoroughly filled at seven in the evening. And the hearis of the whole congregation seemed to be moved before the Lord and before the presence of his power.
Every morning, as well as evening, abundance of people gladly attended the preaching. Many of them, I learned, were dear lovers of controversy.. But I had better work. I pressed upon them all, Repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sunday 20. I explained, after the evening preach. ing, the Rules of the Society, and strongly exhorted the members to adorn their profession, by all holiness of conversation.
Monday 21. I rode to Bolton. Being now amorg: those who were no frangers to the covenant of promife, I had no need to lay the foundation again, but exhorted them to gejoice evermore. Their number is a little reduced, since I was here before. And no wonder; while the fons of strife are on
every side, some for Mr. Bennet, some for Mr. Who The little flock notwithstanding hold on their way, looking strait to the prize of their high calling.
Thursday 24. We rode in less than four hours the eight miles (so called) to Newell-hay. Just as I began to preach, the sun broke out, and shone exceeding hot on the side of my head. I found if it, continued, I should not be able to speak long, and lifted up my heart to God. Ta a minute or two it! was covered with clouds, which continued till the service was over. Let any one who please, call this chance : I call it, an answer to prayer.
Friday 25. About ten, I preached near Todmorden. The people stood, row above row, on the side of the mountain. They were rough enough in outward appearance. But their hearts were as melting wax.
One can hardly conceive any thing more delightful than the vale through which we rode from hence. The river ran through the green meadows on the right. The fruitful hills and woods rose on either hand. Yet here and there a rock hung over : the little holes in which, put me in mind of those beautiful lines,
Te, Domine, intonsi montes, te faxa loquentur Summa Deum, dum montis amat juga pendulus hircus, Saxorumque colit latebrofa cuniculus antra !
At three in the afternoon I preached at Heptonstall, on the brow of the mountain. The rain began almost as soon as I began to speak. I prayed, that if God saw belt it may be stayed, till I had delivered his word. It was so, and then began again. But we had only a short stage to Ewood.
Saturday 20. I preached at seven to a large and serious congregation, and again at four in the after. noon. When I began, in a meadow near the house, the wind was so high, that I could hardly speak. But the winds too are in God's hand. In a few
minutes that inconvenience ceased. And we found thie Spirit of God breathing in the midst of us, so that great was oui rejoicing in the Lord.
Sunday 27. A littie before I took horse, I looked into a room as I walked by, and saw a good, old man bleeding aln oft to death. I desired him immediately to snuff vinegar up his nole, and apply it to his neck, face and temples. It was done : and the blood entirely stopped in less than two minutes.
The rain began about five, and did not intermit, till we came to Harworth : not witstanding which a inultitude of people were gathered together at ten. In the afternoon I was obliged to go out of the church, abundance of people not being able to get in, The rain cealed, from the moment I came out, till I had finished iny discourse. How many proofs mult we have, that there is no petition too little, any more than too great for God to grant ?
Monday 28. I preached at Kighley : on Tuesday at Bradford, which is now as quiet as Birstal. Such a change has God wrought in the hearts of the people, fince John Nelson was in the dungeon here. My brother met me at Birstal in the afternoon.
Wednesday 30. We began reading together, " A gentleman's reasons for his diffent from the church of England." It is an elaborate and lively tract, and contains the strength of the cause. But it did not yield us one prool, That it is lawful for us, (much less our duty to separate from it.
Thursday, May 1. I finished the 6 Gentleman's reasons," (who is a Diffenting Minifrer at Exeter.) In how different a spirit does this man write, from honest Richard Baxter! The one dipping, as. it were, his pen in tears, the other in vinegar and 'gall. Surely one page of that loving, serious christian weighs more, than volumes of this bitter, farcastic jester.
Sunday 4. I preached at one, and again at five, to some thousands at the foot of the hill. I believe
this 'hollow would contain fixty thousand people, standing one above another. And a clear, strong voice may command them all: although if they stood upon a plain, I doubt whether any human voice could be distinctly heard by half the number.
Tuesday 6. Our Conference began at Leeds. The point on which we desired all the Preachers to speak their minds at large, was, " Whether we ought to separate from the church.” Whatever was advanced on one side or the other, was feriously and calmly considered. And on the third day we were all fully agreed, in that general conclusion, That (whether it was lawful or not) it was 'no ways expedient.
Monday 12. We drove (my wife and I) to Northallerton.
Tuesday 13. I rode on to Newcastle. I did not find things here in the order I expected. Many were on the point of leaving the church, which fome had done already : and, as they supposed on my authority! O how much discord is caused by one jarring string! How much trouble by one man, who does not walk by the same rule, and agree in the same judgment with his brethren!
May 18. Being Whitfunday, I preached about eight at Gateshead Fell, and returned before the service at St. Andrew's began. At the sacrament many found an uncommon blelling, and felt God has not yet left the church.
In the following week I spake to the members of the Society severally, and found far fewer than I expected prejudiced against the church : I think, not above forly in all. And I trust the plague is now stayed,
Wednesday 21. I preached at Nafferton near · Horsley, about thirteen miles from Newcastle. We
rode chiefly on the new Western road, which lies on the old Roman wall. Some part of this is still to be seen, as are the remains of most of the Towers, which were built a mile distant from each