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had a prayer meeting, and much people came up from the villages round about , and continued till six o'clock. I preached from Luke ii. 14. here I stood astonished to hear the shout of the people, and the groans of poor sinners, God's word went as a two edged sword, and poor sinners were slain. I concluded the discourse, and came out, leaving several of them lying on the floor stretched out as though they were dead. I went immediately to bed, in order to get me some rest, and awoke about two o'clock, finding the people were still in the meeting, and continued till four o'clock before they left the meeting.
On the 27th of December I was informed in the morning by
one of the elders, that God had begun the good work in the chapel among the
precious souls, that two of them were set at perfect liberty. At half
after ten I preached from Psalm lxxiii. ver. I. and in the evening from the same
Psalm, the 24th and 25th verses, where there was much out-pouring of God's
spirit. Here I went form house to house, meeting the classes, confirming
the people, and preparing myself for the journey. We kept a watch night,
watched the old year out, and the new year in; we had a happy time, for God was
in the midst of us, for there was one soul born with the new year, and I believe
two at Mr. Wesley's meeting. We kept a covenant night on the 1st of
January, and so did they; we administered the sacrament again this night, but
they had nobody to give it to them, for a great many of them came and begged to
be partakers with us, and were admitted. Here I stayed till the 9th of
January, and had a love-feast on that night with Mr. Wesley's people, and had a
very happy time with them, after which I commended them to God in love.
of both chapels, from St. John xivth chap. and 27th verse; after which I departed for Jordan River, but when I came as far as Shelburn, the water prevented me from going any farther that evening, and I preached there to a large congregation, and on the 11th we set off for Jordan River. We arrived there at ten o'clock, and were there till eleven before we could get over the ferry, and then were obliged to pawn a jacket. However, by the help of God we got over, and a snow storm overtook us in the wood, which was so violent, and fell so thick, that we lost our way; just before the sun sat, we came up with an Indian, and he put us in the way: so we got to Green's Harbour about seven o'clock. Being very tired, traveling that day through the snow, which was three and four feet deep, which rendered me incapable of preaching on the 12th.
On the 13th, a large body of people gathered together; I was enabled to set up, and preached from the two first verses of the lxxviii Psalm, when the Lord was pleased to bless his word with a divine power to the hearts of the people. Here I was not able to preach any more until the 23rd, when the Lord was pleased to strengthen me so that I was enabled to preach on the 24th, from the xxxviith chapter of Job, and 7th verse. And on the 25th, through much weakness I reached as far as Ragged Island, and was not able to preach for two days; but on the 28th I preached to a large body of people from the second epistle of Peter, chap. ii. and 9th verse, where we had much of the presence of God. Here I stayed four days, and was not able to preach, but kept my bed part of the time.
On the 3rd of February I was enabled to preach from the xiiith chapter of Hebrews, verse the 7th, to a large concourse of people, and the people had much
much rejoicing. In the evening I was permitted to preach again from Hebrews the xiiith chapter, and 14th verse, where I had remarkable liberty in speaking, though weak, and felt a great desire and eagerness to leave this body, and then was not able to preach any more, until the 14th, and was much persuaded by the people to return home, or not to travel.
On the 15th I preached in the evening, from the xiith chapter of St. Paul's second epistle to the Cor. the latter clause of the 10th verse. On the 16th we went over from Ragged Island, to young Mr. Matthews; there I abode till the 19th. Not being able to preach, on the 20th I set off for Little Harbour about nine o'clock. We arrived there about two, being not able to walk very fast, and accompanied with a few of the people from Ragged Island. Finding myself incapable of preaching. I was persuaded by the people not to travel, nor preach any more, until I was better; so I kept my bed from the 20th of February to the 27th. I had a great many people coming in to see me from every quarter, which kept me talking to them, which made me much weaker than I should otherwise have been, and by this time the news had got far and near that I was dead.
On the 28th, I was able to walk across the floor, and found a willingness to speak unto the people, but was prevented, and sickness continued increasing till the 6th of March; and here I said with Job although he slay me, yet I will trust him; and with David, I can say that sickness was good unto me, for it was sanctified to my soul. Although the people did all that they could, and have the best attendance that laid in their power, yet that was very poor nourishment for a sick person in the state I was then in; for I must inform my readers, that in my greatest illness my chief diet was fish and potatoes,
and sometimes a little tea sweetened with treacle, and this was the best they could afford, and the bed whereon I laid was stuffed with straw, with two blankets, without sheets; and this was reckoned a very great advantage in these pats of the globe; for in some places I was obliged to lay on stools, without any blanket, when the snow was five and six feet on the earth, and sometimes in a cave on the earth itself.
On the 8th of March I was permitted to preach from Hosea, xiiith chap. and 9th ver. where we had a great out-pouring of God's spirit, and was not strengthened much. On the 9th they would not let me preach, for fear of my hurting myself, but I went from house to house praying with them, and confirming them in the faith. In the evening I had a violent fever again, and continued so till midnight. On the 10th I was able to go about again. In the afternoon a great many people came in to see me, and I found a great desire to speak to them from the vith chapter of St. Matthew, 33rd verse, and conversed with them till evening, and finding a strong desire of something fresh to eat, I spoke to an Indian in his own language, and after they were all gone away, I was put to bed again. All this night I had no fever, and in the morning felt very well, and had a desire to preach in the morning, but was prevented. I begged very hard for them to let me go as far as Sable River, but was not permitted; in the evening the Indian came back with some mouse-meat, I had some stew made, but was prevented from eating so much as I would for fear of its hurting me
On the 12th I found myself a great deal better after 10 o'clock I asked them to let me go as far as Sable River again, and was permitted so to do, and was accompanied by six of the people where we arrived at three o'clock, but was not able to preach
until the 15th. I preached to a large body that came down the River, form the xth chapter of St. John and 11th verse; here I was empowered to speak very wonderfully, and was filled with the love of God. Groans and tears were heard and seen through the whole congregation , and after preaching I conversed with the greater part of them. Finding they had some children to be baptized, I bid them to bring them on the 16th, and when they came my illness prevented me; they were brought again on the 20th, which was the Sabbath day, when they brought fourteen of them. After preaching from the xviiith chapter of St. Matthew verses 19 and 20, the children were brought up, and I baptized them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; then gave out that I should preach again in the afternoon, but when the people gathered together, I found that I was not able, so they met in prayer.
I stayed here till the 25th, but did not preach, but going from house to house conversing and confirming the, was called on the 26th day to commit the body of an old man, about eighty years of age, to the earth, after which I returned over the River again.
On the 27 I stayed at Sable River all day, in order to get
my boots mended.
On April the 17th, I was somewhat better, and was able to walk across the floor.
On the 18th, I had a second doctor from the next town, he informed me that I was in a very dangerous condition, and desired me not to preach nor walk a mile, and ordered me to get some honey, and to drink honey in every thing that I used; but the honey was fifteen pence sterling a pound, and I was not able to purchase one pound, but the Lord was so kind as to open the heart of the doctor, that he sent me two pounds, and said that I must pay him when I could.
I continued here without preaching till April the 24th; and on the 25th, I preached in the chapel from Genesis i. I, 2. I then began to bleed in the pulpit and was taken out of the pulpit, and stayed indoors till the 6th of May, and had many distressing objects before me, who were continually coming begging, and were really objects of pity, and were perishing for want of their natural food for the body.
On the 7th of May, I set off for Jordan Point in a boat, where I stayed till the 10th, preaching and meeting the society, where I had an opportunity of hearing their complaints and distresses, by reason of a long winter, and for want of provision and clothes.
On the 11th in the morning, I preached from the ixth
chapter of Isaiah, 6th verse, and then set off for Green Harbour, in and skiff;
but the wind began to rise from the N.E. which forced us to put ashore on
Jenkins Point, and had the boat to overset to get the water out of her.
After we had prayer, and committed ourselves to the care of God, we set off
again with intent for Green Harbour; but was prevented by the violence of the
wind, which forced us to make for the nearest shore; and by the help of God we
got on shore on the Ragged Island Beach; we hauled the skiff up, and turned her
upside-down, so we made our way through to the woods for to go to the Ragged
Island. When we came we had a small river to cross, we crossed over the
ice, and had like to have been lost, for the ice broke, but the Lord helped us,
and we got over safe and was gladly received by the people, but did not preach
this evening, being very tired.
On the 15th we set off for Little Harbour, and arrived there at two o'clock in the day, and found a vessel bound to Liverpool, which forced me to preach this evening, from the iid chapter of St. Luke, 51st verse, after which I had a little conversation with them till nine o'clock, then committing them to God.
On the 16th we sailed for Liverpool, with recommendation
to one of the brethren, who had a good report among the church. We arrived
in the evening there, got on shore, and was received at his house kindly; but
after a little conversation, finding that he was a New-light, (so called) I
found his love began to change. However, I was permitted to stay all
I conversed with one of the elders afterwards, when I asked him what it
was that he was offended at; his answer was, that it was all true gospel, but
one thing he cold by no means allow that it was the power of God unto salvation
to every one that believed; and for this reason I was not permitted to preach
any more there. I went home to his house, in order to stay all the
night, but he was for putting me out, and that because I was not a New-light,
but his wife prevented him; so we stayed there till the 19th, and in the morning
he ordered us out without any breakfast. We came out, and went down the
wharf, in order to take shipping for Halifax; but as we were going aboard, we
met a gentlemen who heard me preach in the New-light meeting. I passed by
him, and went on board the vessel, and in a little while he sent his son down to
call me up to his house, and when I came, he said to me; Sir, I perceive Mr.
Parker has turned you out this morning. I answered he had, and that
without supper of breakfast. He answered, I think it was not the spirit of
a Christian; and said that he only turned you out of one door, in order that you
might come in at a better; whenever you are traveling through the country, when
you come to Liverpool, take my house for your home; so said his wife, and I had
every thing that I could wish for, and I preached four times in the large
chapel, to a large congregation
I left them on the 30th day, and arrived in the evening at
Preston Town again. Here I remained till the 4th of June, meeting the
classes and society. Finding the place of worship to be too small, I
gathered the people together to know their mind concerning the building another;
they all unanimously agreed with one voice: but one obstacle was in the
way, and that was they had no nails, nor were they able to buy any, nor a piece
of ground to put the house on , and they requested me to go over to the governor
and to lay their complaints and distresses before him.
On the 7th I had them all together again, and the ground
laid out, and they all with one consent went to work, some cutting down, some
hewing, and some sawing, and the women bringing it out from the woods. In
the evening I preached from the xivth chapter of St. John, 1st and 2nd verses,
where the out-pouring of God's spirit was much felt, and great joy was among the
people; after preaching, I had some conversation with them. In the morning
of the 8th, I preached from the vth chapter of St. Matthew, and the 18th verse,
and then commended them into the hands of God.