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her; but there was a good physician in Gilead, and in his good time he would
apply his balm of Gilead to her soul. Then they stared at me, and I asked
them to let me go to the prayers over her; so we kneeled down, and I poured out
my spirit before God in behalf of her. The poor creature was slain worse,
and cried out-she was sinking into hell.
On the 6th, when we rose in the morning, I went to speak to her, but her soul was filled with great anguish. At ten o'clock, a great multitude came together, I preached to them from St. Luke, xiii. verse 5. They all seemed to be frightened, and in the evening I preached again from St. John, iii. verse 5. Here was much of the out-pouring of God's spirit. The people did not seem inclined to go home to their houses; but after wards when I informed them that I would preach again in the morning, God willing, of the 7th, they dispersed; and I had some conversation with this poor woman again; but finding she was not able to contain herself, by reason of her distress, I left her in the hands of God, and went to rest.
In the morning, when the people gathered together, I
preached from St. John, i. I and 2 verses. Then I dismissed the
people, telling them, that I would preach again on the next day, that I might
have an opportunity of speaking with her, but she seemed to grow worse and
worse, and God seemed to shew her the evil of her ways, by filling her soul with
love, and many sinners felt the power of the everlasting gospel; yet this poor woman was still in agonies, worse and worse; she looked as pale as death, having eaten nothing, but at times took a little water, and one cup of tea. I preached again in the evening from Isaiah, Ix. I and 2; when God was pleased to arise and shine in her heart. She got up, and praised God in a remarkable manner, which surprised all the people in the room; and, after I had dismissed the people, I had some conversation with her, and her joy was so great, that she could not express herself, but looking upon my hand which she had cut, she burst out in tears and fell upon her knees, and begged me to pardon her for the blood she had spilled. I told her that Christ had pardoned her, and I had nothing against her. She then got up and clasped me round my neck, then sat down again, and was not able sometimes to speak for five or six minutes, being so filled with the peace of God. This brought to my mind, St. Luke, xv. 7; and my soul was ready to leap out of the body for joy. Here we see the Lord turned a lion into a lamb, and as her sins were great, so were her joys. The people were so amazed, that some of them did not go home all night. I want to bed to get some rest; but she did not sleep all night, but was heard praising of God, and telling the people the wonders that God had done for her soul.
On the 9th, in the morning, I preached from II Peter, iii.
8; and the glory of God was in the midst of us; and after preaching, I set off
for Sable River, and arrived in the evening, two men accompanying
them hardened in sin, I conversed with them after
preaching, and left them in the hands of God. In the evening, I
arrived at Sable River again.
Mr. John Lock, with a recommendation to his son, who then lived at Jordan River.
On the 19th, in the morning, I set off, at ten o'clock, with two little boys; we went through Shelbourn about twelve o'clock, but made no stay there, and arrived at Jordan about five o'clock in the afternoon. The first house I entered in was Mr. Lock's mother-in-law; they asked me to sit down by the fire to warm myself. I did so, and the little boys also. She had four daughters in the house women grown. I sat down, and was in deep contemplation, and they walked about, viewing of me. A little while afterwards, I held up my head, and looking the old lady in the face, asked her if she knew Christ? She never answered me a word, but began to cry. I asked one of the young women if she knew how far Mr. Lock lived? She came to the door, and shewed me the house. I thanked her, and wished her a good night, leaving the mother weeping.
I went to Mr. Lock's house, and delivered the letter to
him, but he could not read it; so I took it and read it to him. He then
asked me to take off my knapsack. I abode there all night, and discoursing
with him, I found that he was ignorant of God and himself. I asked him
what he thought would become of his wife and three children, if they should die
in the state. He answered nothing, but cried; so after supper I went to
prayers with them, and he continued sobbing the whole night. In the
morning, about ten o'clock, they gathered a large body of people together.
interest in Christ. The Lord was pleased to follow the
weak attempt with his divine power; seven of them cried out under this sermon,
being pricked the heart. In the evening, I preached again from the Acts of
the Apostles, iii. 19; and there was a wonderful display of the power of
God among this people; they went away, hanging down their heads like bulrushes.
After preaching, I conversed with Mr. Lock and his wife till bed time; finding
that they were not baptized, nor any of their family, they expressed a great
desire to be baptized.
get the water out. It being a desolate place, we went to
return God thanks for our safe landing. All the while we were crossing
from Jordan Point, the people were looking after us and mourning, thinking we
should be lost. After staying at Jenkins' Point, we set off again with the
tide with us; but the wind against us, which made the seas very rough; and after
we had gone a mile, we had hard work to get her on shore, being half full of
water; but by the help of God, we got on shore on an island just entering on
Green Harbour. Here we were obliged to stop till near four o'clock; we
kindled a fire to dry ourselves. Seeing nobody coming to our assistance,
and night coming on, being very cold, I went to prayer, that God would enable us
to carry my plan into full execution; and afterwards we set off again and
reached at Sun Town, our desired haven, where we were received kindly.
with them, and found several of them were convinced before, and now justified by the faith of Jesus Christ
On the 6th, I passed on for Sable River, and arrived in
the evening. I did not preach, but went to prayers with them.
morning. I asked her, if she had ever felt the power
of God's love in her heart? but she seemed to be very ignorant. I
asked her farther, if she knew her own heart? She said, they that did not know
their own hearts must be fools. I asked her by what she knew her own
heart? she said, she was born with a good heart. I told her, if she
had not a better heart than what she was born with, it was a wicked heart, and
full of enmity against God; that if she died with this heart unchanged, where
God is she cannot come. She asked me, where she should tog then. I
answered her, among devils and wicked spirits, where all people go that die
without a change of heart. At this she was silent. I asked her if I
should go to prayers with her. She answered, yes; so I went to prayers
with her. When prayers was concluded, finding myself rather bound, I went
down upon my knees again, then I did fell a little assistance and comfort from
God's spirit; and after prayer, I asked her how she felt herself; but she never
answered me a word, but looked very earnest at me, and tears ran down her
cheeks; so we parted, and I went to Mr. Hewit's, intending to set off in the
I returned in the evening to Mr. Hewit, and slept
there. He persuaded me to go by the ferry, on the 15th ,saying, that we
should have a snow storm on that day, and very probably be blown off. I
told him, I had no money to go over the ferry, and I promised to bring the boat
I preached in the evening at Jordan River, from Isaiah
iii. 10, II. We had much of the presence of the Lord: while I was
describing the former clause of my text, I was overpowered with the love of
congregation. Here I continued till the 17th, confirming them in the faith
six of them accompanied me part of the way, and desired to know why I
would not stay with them a little longer. I told them I had a call to go
as far as Barrington, and could not be with them again this spring; so we had
prayers and parted.
On the 19th, in the morning, the chapel was filled, all
praising of God in prayer, and singing. I came in, and preached from Psalm
lxxiii. 24,25, when we had a fresh shower of God's grace, and great rejoicing in
the morning; so after meeting was over, such as had been drawn aside through
error, came, trembling, and expressed great sorrow because they had been
deceived, and had joined the Arminians; but they returned back again, so I
continued to attend classes, and set the people right; and many were added to
the church every week.