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house, with his wife and seven children had not been baptized.
On the 10th, at five o'clock, I preached from the first of
John, latter part of the nineteenth verse; when there was much of God's presence
with us. After breakfast, we went over to Ragged Island, with about thirty
persons. In the evening, I preached at Ragged Island from the eleventh
chapter of Matthew's Gospel, twenty ninth and thirtieth verses; and afterwards
conversed with many of them. Nobody seemed to have any sleep in their
eyes, but wanted to hear of the Lord continually.
4th, at six o'clock, from the sixth chapter of St.
Matthew, the thirty-third and thirty-fourth verses; although there was a violent
storm of snow, yet I had greater congregation in the morning than in the
evening. Here the Lord brake the bread of eternal life amongst poor hungry
power, even to those
free-thinkers, and several were set at liberty, and could rejoice in the love of
God through Jesus Christ; God deepened his works in the hearts of others.
After preaching, I had some conversation with the free thinkers, asking them
what they thought of Jesus Christ, through the gospel? I found three of
them were convinced. I insisted that they could not think any good thing
of themselves, but some said they never had any bad thoughts, and I insisted
upon it they never had any good ones; upon this we parted, and I left them in
the hands of God, and we returned again to Sable River. In the evening, I
preached again from the second chapter of James, the twenty-sixth verse, shewing
the nature of true faith. In the heart, the Lord was pleased to open their
understanding, so that some of them were constrained to cry out, saying,
"Not unto us, not unto us, but unto thy name be all the glory."
wig-wam, to see how they did. After discoursing with them, they
expressed a great desire to hear me preach. I gathered them together, and
preached from St. Paul's epistle to the Romans, first chapter, thirty-second
verse. Here I found the Lord was pleased to strengthen my weakness; it was
enough to melt the heart of any man; to hear how these poor creatures expressed
their desires to know the true and living God. After a little discourse
with them, from their different places, I told them that I should preach
on the Lord's day. They asked me, if they came up in the evening, whether
I would to prayers with them? I answered, yes; and in the evening, on the
21st, they came up more than thirty of them. The family gathered together,
and filled the room; the Lord enabled me to speak from the second of Romans, the
seventh verse, and the power of God was present to would, and to heal.
After preaching was over, the Indians would not go away till twelve
o'clock. I informed them that on the 22nd, there would be preaching in the
morning early, that they had better go home and get a little sleep. Three
of the women answered, they did not want any sleep. However they went home,
but I believe they did not sleep, for in the morning they were there before five
o'clock. I preached from the sixth chapter of Romans, and the third verse;
and here I found that god did not fail to manifest himself, in such a manner,
that we all got a good Sabbath's breakfast.
to take notice, that, for about five minutes, I was not able to speak, being overpowered with the love of God; when, rising from the my knees, I looked upon the people, and saw tears in their eyes, and the congregation at large, filled with solemnity. I took the basin in my hand, and attempted to baptize them; when I had had baptized five, the rest were fallen to the ground; however I baptized them on the floor, while they were crying out, and saying, "Lord Jesus have mercy upon us." I immediately called for the children to be brought up, two of which I took in my arms, the other five I commanded to kneel down, and I baptized them all with tears running down my cheeks; then I lift up my voice to God to bless the means. There was such crying in the congregation, that my voice could hardly be heard; and one particular circumstance I would have my reader to note; a girl of twelve years of age was continually calling for God to have mercy upon her. I went to her, and asked her, what she cried out so much for after the rest. Her answer was that she was afraid she should not be able to fulfill the
charge that was then given her. I asked her if she was not afraid her soul would be lost to all
eternity? Looking me earnestly in the
face, she burst out in tears. I left her, finding that she was not able to
express her feelings. The congregation was then dismissed, but would not
go home. I went into private, and returned God thanks for the mercies
received, imploring his presence, that he would not leave them comfortless
On the 22nd, the girl I have already mentioned rose up in
the time of preaching, crying out, and declaring to the congregation-that her
sorrow and sighing had fled away, and she had received that peace from God,
which the tongue could not express. The we sung, for joy, one of Dr.
Watts's hymns, "My god, the spring of all my joy." In singing
the hymn, the mother was able to testify of the love of God; and, after
conversing with them, I commended them in the hands of God.
crossed over the upper part of the river upon ice and reached Shelburne
Town about seven o'clock in the evening, and stayed there all night
On the 4th, we crossed Jordan River very easy, because the
ice had reached as far as Green Harbour. The next morning we had a great
number of Indians and white people. I preached from ii Cor. ch.
xiii. verse 5. God was pleased to manifest himself to those precious
wounded souls, and we had great joy indeed. At two o'clock we set off for
Ragged Island; we had a great multitude singing praises to God through the
them accompanied me across the river on the ice; and then we parted with prayer. I felt much of the presence of the Lord. Here the Lord was preparing me for trials; the people persuaded me not to enter into this man's house, because his wife was a abandoned woman, one that had been on board a man of war all the last war; however, when I came up to the house, it was impressed upon my mind to go and see them. I knocked at the door, and had much such a reception as my Lord had among the Jews; she called me a pickpocket; I told her I thought she had nothing to lose; she then took the tongs, and gave me several blows on my arm with much violence, and wounded me much on my head; she also cut my hand, and I was constrained to hold her, with the blood running down on the side of my face and from my hand, which fell upon her and enraged her worse than before; however, being stronger than she was, I held her fast; my little boy was frightened, and cried, and ran away. After a while, her rage seemed rather to abate, and I was enabled to speak to her in the name of the Lord. I let her to, to see what was become of the boy, not thinking she would rage again in the former manner; but as I was going out of the door she got the broom, and struck me on the head. I went to seek the child, and afterwards went into a house, where cows are kept in the winter; I kneeled down, and laid my complaint before my God, and lifting my hand up which was then bleeding, and the blood trickling allover my face, begging the Lord to search my heart, whether I had lost these drops of blood for the gospel of Christ, and the good of souls; that he would be pleased to show me a token for good, so that I might not deceive myself. The Lord was pleased to pour down his blessing upon my soul, in answer to my poor petition; then was I strengthened and encouraged to go back, and said
If it is his will that I should spill more blood, in his cause, I was willing, for I know that he will not let the words return void. I entreated him to go with me, that he would seal the word of divine truth to his glory, and the good of her soul; so I came up to the door again, and she retaliated with more violence than at first. I was met with the poker and tongs, but the Lord, who over rules all things, prevented her from hurting me. I caught hold of her two shoulders, and held her for some considerable time, but she raged like a lion; and the Lord furnished me with words, particularly out of St. Matthew's gospel, chapter xxvii; and she struggled hard as long as she could, till she was almost out of breath; she then set herself down, and I continually speaking to her concerning the sufferings of Christ, and his resurrection power, and she seemed to be somewhat calm; I continued speaking of the glory of God, and the happiness of the saints in heaven, who had suffered for his names sake; and of the dreadful torment of hell, and of the long continuance of the same.
She sat for about five or six minutes and never said a word, then I asked her, if I should go to prayers? She answered in a very rough manner, I might if I pleased. I went on my knees, and she set down on the side of a bed. Whilst I was in prayer, I felt much of God's spirit, and about the middle of the prayer, she fell from off the bed, as though she was shot, and screamed out with a loud voice, and stretched herself off, as though she was going out of the world. I rose from off my knees, and put a smelling bottle to her nose, and washed her face with cold water. All this while the old man, about eighty-two years of age, sat in the corner, crying, and both were despised in the neighbourhood
I attempted the second time to go to prayer, but found I was shut up; I came out and went to another house, about a quarter of a mile off, and left her on the floor. When I arrived at this house, they received me kindly; seeing my clothes were daubed with blood, they were rather surprised; they asked me the meaning of all this- I told them I had received all this at the next house. They were surprised that I was suffered to go in. I told them I did go in, and received these wounds, and left her on the floor. The young man was surprised, and said, "I hope you have not been fighting." I told them, no, she fought with me, but I did not with her.
He set off, and finding her lying on the floor, he took
her up and laid her on the bed, and searched her to see if there were any wounds
upon her; asked her several questions, but she answered none. Then turning
to his father, the old man related the story to him. She cried out, with a
lamentable voice, "Lord have mercy upon me!" which surprised
him. He ran out immediately, and came home for his wife, and told her that
her mother-in-law was very ill, and she must go over to her.