Phoebe Palmer



CHAPTER XII.

Indications that women are now being endued with the spirit of prophecy.



"There is neither male nor female in Christ Jesus. (Gal. iii. 28.) All are equal, except as grace makes them differ. All are kings, all are priests unto God. So long as the church is in the world, its external organization must he conformed to the order impressed by God on human nature here; but truly and substantially we are 'all one' in Christ Jesus. Gloriously does the gospel redeem believing woman from the disgraces of the fall."

— REV. GEORGE W. BETHUNE, D. D.

And what are the indications that woman is now being endued with the spirit of prophecy, and that her mission is divine? We will speak of one whom we have long known intimately. In early life she experienced the adopting grace of God. But though sanctified in part, she often indulged shrinkings when the duty of testifying of what the Lord had done for her was presented. Of all other duties, this was the most crucifying to the flesh. So great was the conflict, that she often felt constrained to cry out with the poet,—

"'Tis worse than death my God to love,
And not my God alone."


If the flames, such as encircled the ancient martyrs, were before her, and it had been said, You are required to go through those flames to God, she might have been willing to pass through those flames; yet strange to state, when the duty of testifying of the work of the Spirit on her heart, or opening her lips by way of helping others, was suggested, she often shrank from the cross, and brought condemnation on her soul. Had the prayer of the apostle for his Thessalonian brethren, "The very God of peace sanctify you wholly," been answered earlier in her experience, she might have been saved years of painful strife.

The cross covers all the way to heaven. Those who conceive that they have found the way around the cross at any time, or under any circumstances, will find in the end that they have mistaken the path to heaven, and entered upon a by-path which will end in disappointment and death. Let those who are disposed to look for some other way to heaven than by the way of the cross, be careful lest they get into that way "which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." So said the incarnate Jesus. These are the
conditions of discipleship — none ever were received without consenting to be answerable to them; neither was any disciple ever retained, but on condition that he daily take up the cross, and follow on after his Saviour, whether through evil or good report. And it was in the light of the Scriptures this disciple saw that she must either take up her cross, and walk in the light of every duty, however crucifying to the flesh, or recede from the path of life, and miss of heaven.

The decision was deliberately made. She resolved on an absolute and irrevocable surrender of her whole being to the Lord her Redeemer, infinite in love, wisdom, and power. And in doing this, she seemed not to be as consciously sensible of the presence of a divinely-impelling power constraining her to the act as on some former occasions. But her judgment was assured that; as a redeemed creature, she was the sole property of Christ, her Redeemer — of God, her Maker; and she was now intelligently convinced that it was a reasonable service that she should, through the redeeming, cleansing blood of Christ, yield herself eternally to God, her faithful Creator.

And in doing this, did she do any thing more than the reader of these pages ought to do now? Should we wait for impelling influences to do that which we have long been consciously convinced we ought to do? Now, do pause a few moments with me here, my dear friend. Think! God complains of his people because they do not
consider. If you are not sure that you have already intelligently and deliberately come to the decision to take the steps towards God's hallowed altar which were taken by this Christian lady, whose act of consecration we now contemplate, does God, your Maker and your Redeemer, leave it optional with yourself whether you will now resolve on this act of entire surrender, or wait till some future period? In the presence of the God of the Bible, and in anticipation of soon meeting you before the great white throne, when your Redeemer will have become your Judge, and require his own with usury, we unhesitatingly say that the Lord, your Redeemer, at this moment demands of you an act of deliberate and irrevocable surrender. He does not leave it optional with you, whether you will now give yourself up in the bonds of an everlasting covenant, which may be well ordered and sure. You already belong to him. Has he not purchased you to himself? If, from the earliest hour of your existence, you had lived in one ceaseless act of surrender, would you have done more than you ought to have done?

Do we call a person over and above honest because he renders to his neighbor that for which a full equivalent has been paid? Do we think of him as in a state of moral integrity so surprisingly high as to excite special observation? Do we not rather regard him as disreputable to just the degree he fails in doing this? Would we willingly unite our interests, or cultivate companionship with an individual who knowingly keeps back from his neighbor, in the least degree, that for which a full equivalent has been paid? It is therefore the eternal God who, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; hath redeemed you from all iniquity, and purchased you wholly unto himself, and hath given you friends, reputation, estate, time, and talents, with many innumerable gifts, that is saying unto you now, "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, and prove me herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." And if not room to receive it,
what will be done with the overflowings which must necessarily result from such an abundant outpouring that there is not room to contain it?

This is the question, dear reader, which we would have you most carefully ponder. Do you inquire what was the result of complying with the conditions, and thus proving God, in the case of the Christian friend we have introduced to your attentions, who came to this act of entire surrender? The limit which we have circumscribed for ourselves forbids our portraying but the faint outlines of the career of usefulness which followed the reception of the blessing now received. It was a gift of power, so multitudinous in its outgoings, that in every direction, where multifarious duties called, its out-gushings were felt. It is really wonderful to witness the remarkable transformations of grace in the case of this individual.

We have been placed in circumstances favorable to a close scrutiny of her life, and as our eye, for many years past, has followed her through all the windings of her way, in the steady yet various routine of duty, we have seen her possessed of a gift of power which has made her singularly unlike the mass of religious professors. We have seen that weak, timid disciple, who shrank once from the cross of testifying with her lips for Christ, testify repeatedly before assembled thousands. We have many times been present on occasions when she has so evidently spoken as the Holy Spirit gave utterance, that we believe scores have been arrested by the power of the Spirit, and manifestly convicted, and in a few hours converted. And these manifestations of convicting and converting power under her ministrations we have repeatedly witnessed.

We believe we should speak truly in the presence of God, were we to say that we have seen these extraordinary demonstrations of saving power scores of times, under circumstances where she has opened her mouth for God, and spake as the Spirit gave utterance. And, perhaps, in a manner still more extraordinary, have we witnessed under her labors the outpouring of the Spirit on believers. We have occasionally been present, when before hundreds of male and female disciples, she has testified, in the power of the Spirit, of her own experimental perceptions, of the blessedness of full salvation, and how she attained and retained that grace; and we believe we have seen scores at a time, through the manifest unction attending these ministrations, tremble and weep, and rush forward to the place appointed for prayer, resolved to wrestle till the full baptism of the Spirit was given. And we are confident we speak understandingly when we say, that, in the aggregate, many hundreds have experienced the saving power of Christ, through the instrumentality of these ministrations.

We remember one occasion, when she was called to testify before a congregation of several hundreds. A series of meetings had been held a number of days preceding, but though the gospel net had been let down, little had been taken, and now the last night of that protracted service had come. The difficulty, doubtless, was the want of power in Christ's disciples. They had not obeyed the Saviour, and tarried at Jerusalem until endued with power from on high. Those early disciples, though they had obeyed the call to follow Jesus, and were now his disciples, would have had but little success in their endeavors to save the world, and, in fact, could not have retained their state of discipleship, had they not resolved to obey when Jesus commanded that they should not depart out of Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father.

And now, on the last evening of the meeting, as these services were about to close, this Christian lady, who had just arrived at the place, gave in her testimony for God. The blessing she had received on bringing all the tithes into the Lord's storehouse, or, in other words, laying all upon the altar of God, as a ceaseless, ever-consuming sacrifice, was, we do not doubt, the endowment of power, such as the male and female disciples received on the day of Pentecost. And now, as she testified, as a witness for Jesus, of the excellency of this grace, and pointed out the steps by which it might be attained, and by which she had received it, she seemed to speak as with the tongue of fire.

Sudden and amazing were the effects produced. We think the people might have been numbered by hundreds who literally rushed forward to the place appointed for those to kneel who were resolved that they would at once attain the grace. Such evident manifestations of intense, burning thirst after inward purity as we now saw, has perhaps seldom been witnessed since the wondrous day that first ushered in the glorious Christian dispensation. The outpouring of the Spirit continued during the whole night, and it was estimated that not less than one hundred had been baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire during that memorable night. We might instance very many other somewhat similar manifestations of the Spirit, at various places, under the labors of this female disciple, to which we have been cognizant, and stand ready to testify, proving that God has not in these last days forgotten his ancient promise.

And on several different occasions have we witnessed these extraordinary manifestations of power, under circumstances singularly reproving to those who have withstood the Head of the church in withstanding the use of this gift of prophecy bestowed upon God's daughters. We have a number of the recordings of this servant of the church on hand, illustrative of the character and success of her labors, such as in our humble opinion would seem sufficient to convince the incredulous that the Lord of the vineyard may take the most sensitive, shrinking, and feeble members of the household of faith, and so endue them with power from on high as to make them mighty through his Spirit. Let the
weak say, "I am strong;" not those who have any power apart from the energizing aids of the Spirit, but those who truly, in fact, have no might, for to them who have no might He increaseth strength. The weaker the instrumentality, the more eminently does it exemplify the excellency of the power of grace. Surely our God is able to take the weak things of this world to confound the mighty, that no flesh should glory in his presence.

Under the old dispensation of types and shadows there were offerings brought to the altar, which were set apart to be
whole burnt sacrifices. And now that which before was but a type or shadow, and the things so vividly prefigured, have passed away, and we, "upon whom the ends of the world are come," have to do with eternal realities, ay, — the substance of the things prefigured, — are there no whole burnt sacrifices to be brought to God's altar? — "We have an altar whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle." And has this altar no claims? How imperative, costly, and exacting were the claims of the altar under the dispensation of types and shadows! The individuals who failed to meet them according to their several ability were to be cut off from the community of the Israelites. Is it left optional, under the present dispensation of light and glory, whether the comers unto the Christian altar will present their offerings on the altar? Are there no whole burnt sacrifices required now? Yes, it is even so; and this daughter of the Lord Almighty saw that it was not optional with herself, or any other redeemed creature, whether she should present herself on the altar of God in obedience to the command, "Be ye holy."

Constrained by the mercies of God, she presented herself a living sacrifice on the altar erected by God, whereunto the polluted may come, and be made clean — the unholy, and be made holy. It was not the worthiness of the offerer or the greatness of the gift that constituted it "holy, acceptable," but the sanctity of the altar upon which the offering was laid. And here she resolved that the offering should remain an ever-consuming sacrifice; that is, ever being given up to God through Christ. So resolved was she on this, that she asked that she might sooner die, than remove the offering. She saw that the blessing was obtained, as also retained, by faith; but she also saw that she could have no scriptural foundation for her faith to rest upon, in believing that God accepted the sacrifice only so long as it was kept upon the altar, and she therefore asked in faith, that the Lord would cut short the work in righteousness, and take her home to heaven, than ever permit her to live and see the hour when she might stretch forth an unhallowed hand, and remove the sacrifice from the altar.

Who but may have all the grace they will live for? This daughter of the Lord resolved that she would live for all that it was the will of God she might receive, however crucifying to the flesh the processes of grace might be. From this point God took her, and began to use her in a manner often surprising to herself, and perhaps equally so to her friends, and in a way that can only be accounted for from the fact, that in demonstration of his faithfulness, he loves to take the weak things of this world to confound the mighty, and to remind the gainsaying and slow of heart to believe, that the Father has not forgotten his ancient promise, but still pours out in these the latter part of the last days, his Spirit upon his daughters and handmaidens, alike as upon his sons. In exemplification of the manner in which the Lord is fulfilling his promise, in pouring out his Spirit, we deem it our duty in praise of his faithfulness, to single out a few from many recordings we have on hand illustrative of the manner of her unsectarian teachings, and the success with which they were accompanied.

Writing to a friend, after she had been abroad at a special means of grace, she says,—

We attended a meeting held near M____, Pa., last week. The Lord was eminently present. Necessity seemed laid upon us to be abundant in labors, and our God gave ability of body and mind. To the glory of grace we would record God's abundant blessings on our souls. While engaged, instant in season and out of season, in watering others, not only did God water our own souls, but he permitted us to see fruit of our labor in the entire sanctification, and in the awakening and conversion of many. Yes, scores of redeemed sinners were brought home to Christ, and truly a measure of Christ's joy was our joy, as we saw many, who seemed to have been in most active service in the ranks of the enemy, brought to surrender to the Captain of our salvation. And as I saw numbers, one after another, of these champions in the service of sin brought to the altar of prayer, and witnessed them fall on their knees, pierced by the arrows of truth, my soul bounded up in unspeakable triumph. "Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power unto the Lord our God."

THE EFFECT OR FRUIT OF SALVATION.

Many were made perfect in love. I did not hear the number estimated. The work of awakening, justification, and sanctification went on simultaneously. My dear husband and myself labored almost incessantly; and truly did the word of the Lord have free course, and was glorified. Full salvation was also kept much before the people by the ministry. One feature of the work which we observed with peculiar satisfaction was the immediate absorption of those who received the sanctifying seal in the work of soul-saving. A number of those hard cases won from the ranks of the enemy, and brought to the feet of Christ, were brought by those who had first been made strong by the power of inward holiness. Yes, those who are made partakers of this grace have their fruit unto holiness.

THE ORDINATION.


It is the ordination which Christ gives his disciples, by the reception of which they are empowered to go forth and bear much fruit. I particularly noticed the experience of one Christian sister thus chosen out and ordained. Her convictions previous to receiving the Spirit's baptism were painful. She saw that it was for want of those clearer perceptions of responsibility, which the experience of entire sanctification gives, that she had been kept from making those personal and earnest efforts for the salvation of the perishing, which she now perceived to be the duty of every one wholly renewed in grace. She saw relatives and friends rapidly verging to eternity.

"On slippery rocks she saw them stand,
While fiery billows rolled beneath."


We had been urging the necessity of entire holiness in view of the Christian's high and holy responsibilities, when she seemed suddenly arrested to see what her failures had been, and she cried out in anguish of spirit, and made her humble confessions before God. In a few moments she saw not only the faithfulness, but the justice of God was pledged, for immediate forgiveness and cleansing. She resolved on exercising that violence which the kingdom of heaven suffereth, appropriated the promise, and, amid her tears, joyfully testified of the power of Christ to cleanse from all sin. At once the fruits of holiness were exhibited in her experience, and, in the spirit and might of her divine Exemplar, she began to redeem the time by being instant in season and out of season in saving souls.

WHAT, HOLINESS AGAIN!

One minister, a graduate from the Biblical Institute, and who bids fair to be an able minister of the New Testament, received the blessing in a clear and powerful manner, on the afternoon of the first day we reached the place. During the time we were at the meeting, he preached twice, and his ministrations were attended with an unction from the Holy One, which will never be forgotten. Before he had finished his second discourse, which had been an earnest effort to bring sinners to Christ, he paused, and again brought forward, as in his former discourse, the necessity of entire sanctification, and urged it earnestly on the church. In introducing the subject, he anticipated the objections of some, and exclaimed, "What, holiness again! Yes, holiness again. We promised the Lord if he would give us the blessing that we would have more or less of it in every sermon." He then spoke of his deep regret for former remissness in not having kept the subject more prominently before the people, in view of its all-commanding claims.

IS THAT ALL?


The presiding elder's wife also came out in the profession of perfect love that afternoon. But I think she had long loved God with all her heart; yet, like many others, whom God has thus empowered to stand up among his witnesses, she seemed not to have recognized the fact that loving God with all the heart
is perfect love. This reminds me of our own dear sister, who, with several other seekers of perfect love, was bending in lowly prostration at a meeting, pleading for the blessing of holiness. My dear husband, in his, advices to another in an earnest tone, said, "It is loving God with all the heart!" "Loving God with all the heart! Why, is that all? I love God with all my heart," she exclaimed. With many others she had thought of the blessing of holiness as an indefinite something beyond her reach; but now, when she saw that it was simply loving God with all her heart, she found that she was already possessed of the precious pearl above all price; and the moment she confessed what her heart now believed, the witness came with the confession, and from that hour she has been a witness of perfect love.


On an occasion when she had returned from another series of meetings, in a communication to the Rev. Mr. D____, she observes,—

You ask for reminiscences in connection with the meetings from which we have just returned. I could fill a dozen sheets with desirable recollections; but circumstances will not admit of this. The Father of mercies, in answer to the intercessions of his Son and the pleadings of his devoted people, was most graciously present with us. In our goings out and our comings in, he was most gloriously near, imparting the constant and conscious aids of his Spirit, and causing that whereunto we turned our hands to prosper, We were permitted, during our several weeks' absence from our dear home, to witness hundreds who received the blessing of pardon, and hundreds more who were baptized of the Holy Ghost. When the invitation was given for those seeking the blessing of purity or pardon to come forward, scores would present themselves. On one occasion, about forty were blessed at one meeting-I mean on one occasion within the space of about two hours. On another occasion, in about the same space of time, about fifty, I should think, were saved. To God be all the glory. I will gather up some incidents, which may give you pleasure, and relate them in as concise a manner as possible.

THE MINISTER.


He had once enjoyed the blessing of holiness, but had now let go his hold, and was plunged in great perplexities. Our time was limited, and would not possibly admit of hearing any long recitals. But he seemed so settled in the conviction that he could not again believe in his heart and attain the grace till all these perplexities were, one by one, removed, that it seemed difficult and almost cruel to prevent him from the detail. I therefore permitted him to go on for a few moments, till he came to a point in his narrative about thus: "Not long since, as I was giving out the hymn, commencing with,

'There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins,'


when I came to the words,

'And here may I, though vile as he,'


the Holy Spirit seemed to urge the question, Why do you not say,

And here DO I, though vile as he,
Wash all MY sins away'?


But I did not say it; if I had, I do not doubt but I would have received the blessing." We insisted on his pausing here, saying, "If the Holy Spirit urged you to say it then, does he not require that you should say it NOW?" He would have proceeded with yet further detailings of his difficulties and errors, but we resolutely persisted in his not proceeding one word further till the teachings of the Holy Spirit, as far as they had been given, were obeyed. Presently we succeeded in getting him to repeat the words,

"And here Do I, though vile as he,
Wash all MY sins away."


As he repeated the words, his faith laid hold on the promised grace, and, overleaping all difficulties, he was enabled to overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony. As he continued to keep hold, resolved never to doubt, though he might die in the struggle to believe, one victory of faith succeeded another, till joy unspeakable and full of glory filled his soul. It was a conscious death to sin, and a resurrection to a life of holiness. O, how he exulted in the victories of faith! This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Great was his yearning now over those who were in like difficulties with himself; and we might mention the case of a brother minister he brought to us the next day, who was in like difficulty with himself, and who experienced a like glorious deliverance by the exercise of that faith which subdues kingdoms and turns to flight the armies of the aliens.

THE LOST SAVED.


We had been talking of the
narrow way, the necessity of striving to enter in at the strait gate; of the many who will seek to enter in and not be able, and setting forth the danger of deception. The Holy Spirit applied truth, and several mistaken professors were penetrated by the force of truth, and knelt at the seekers' bench, humbly confessing their sins, and pleading for mercy. Among these was a man who seemed to have been arrested by the enlightenings of the Spirit to see his deceptions, with a suddenness as marked, and well nigh as overwhelming, as that which arrested Saul when journeying to Damascus. Overwhelmed with indescribable terror, he suffered himself to be led forward to the penitent form. But while here, he seemed lost to every thing around him; and unmindful, apparently, that he was still on the shores of time, and within the precincts of mercy, he cried out," I am lost! I am lost! — lost — lost! What shall I do? O, what shall I do? O, I am lost! — lost!"

I tried to get his attention by telling him that if he felt himself to be a lost sinner, he was just such as the Saviour came to seek and to save; but my efforts were utterly vain. The curtain of eternity seemed to have been uplifted, and his naked soul, standing as it were in the awful presence of an angry God, while Christ, the light of the world and the Saviour of sinners, was wholly obscured from his vision. In vain did I entreat him to look to Jesus, and, with a louder and yet louder voice, labored to assure him that he had not yet passed the boundaries of probation, but was yet a prisoner of hope. "I am lost! — lost — lost! — damned! — damned!" was the fearful and only response.

My heart was agonized, and my physical ability unequal to the task of exerting my voice any more. I was about to give up in despair of meeting his case, when I imploringly said about thus: "I wish you would only stop one moment, and listen to what I have to say." All within hearing were looking on with amazement, and others interposing. I at last succeeded ill getting his attention sufficiently to listen to a few interrogatories.

"Are you a sinner?"

"Yes," was his earnest reply.

"Is Christ the Saviour of sinners? — then he is your Saviour."

"But I am
such a sinner! I have deceived myself. I have been a hypocrite. O Lord, have mercy! — have mercy!"

"But you are not a greater sinner than Christ is a Saviour; are you?"

He doubtingly shook his head, without apparently any abatement of his agony. When I said,

"Do you believe the Bible to be the word of God?"

"Yes."

"Well, the Bible says that Christ is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by him; and if Christ is able to save to the
uttermost, surely he is able to save you. Is he not?"

Never, while life endures, can I forget the change in that countenance. Quick as the lightning's flash, amid the blackness of deepest night, was the sudden illumination of that rayless mind. The glorious Sun of Righteousness suddenly burst forth, and night of the deepest gloom was changed to midday's high noon splendors, and irradiating a countenance which, but n moment before, was defying description by the blackness of despair. And such words, such burning words as proceeded from his mouth, I will not attempt to describe. I will not attempt, because they were past description. Christ, the light of the world, had revealed himself; and who can portray on paper the glowing, burning words called forth by the sudden disclosure of the altogether lovely, to a mind so utterly dark as the one we have described?

SAVED ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN.


I had been kneeling by one who was intensely hungering and thirsting after righteousness. With many others, who were longing to prove the power of Jesus to purify the heart and save from all sin, she had openly presented herself as a seeker of purity of heart.

While I was conversing with her, she was enabled to venture believingly on the Redeemer as her present Saviour from all sin. Yet, though she thus believed, still I saw solicitude depicted on her face. I marked her countenance, and inquired if she was not happy in the consciousness that Christ was her present Saviour from all sin. She assured me that she was indeed happy in the thought that Christ was now indeed her present Saviour from all sin; but the only occasion for solicitude with her now, was the question whether she might be thus kept and saved in the future. "How do I know that he will save me next week or next year? O, this is the only cause of present care!"

"If you were in heaven, I suppose you would have no particular solicitude whether Christ could keep you. You think he could keep you there; do you not?"

"O, yes, he could keep me in heaven!"

"Do you believe that all power is given to Christ in heaven and in earth?"

"I do."

"Do you really believe he has just as
much power in earth as he has in heaven?"

"Can he not then keep you just as well on earth as he can keep you in heaven, if you only keep yourself wholly in his hands? Surely, he will keep that which you have committed into his hands unto the perfect day."

Perfect confidence and unutterable joy took the place of distrust and solicitude, and her now quiet spirit, in blissful reliance, reposed on Him who is able to keep her from falling, and to present her faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. "To the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen."

THAT IS THE QUESTION.


I had not yet risen from the table, after refreshing myself with a little food, when an intelligent-looking young lady, who was an entire stranger to me, came in, and taking me convulsively by the hand, drew me aside, exclaiming,—

"I have been seeking religion for the last ten months."

"Can you not conceive of any reason why it is that God does not reveal himself to you? Has not any thing been suggested as an object intervening between God and your soul?"

"I know not of any thing but I would willingly sacrifice for Jesus."

"Are you sure you come to Christ renouncing the world, yourself, and all your sins?"

"Yes, I am sure."

"Well then, if you come to him, he says, 'Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out;' and now you say you are sure you come to him, let me ask, does he not receive you?"

"That's the question," she responded quickly.

"Yes, that is indeed the
question," I replied; "and it is a far more serious question than you imagine. 'O, if you could only see how it grieves and insults your precious Saviour! Now, suppose you were conversing with a number of your friends, and, unknown to you, I am within hearing, My best earthly friend, whom, of course, I honor and love greatly, is the theme of conversation. You say something by which I may plainly infer that you do not conceive him worthy to be trusted. In fact, I hear you saying, 'I would not trust him any farther than I could see him, or have some sensible demonstration apart from his word.' Would I not feel that you had greatly dishonored my friend, and do you not think I would have reason to feel myself insulted?"

"I think you would."

"You would not expect any special manifestation of my favor after you had thus dishonored my best friend?"

"I do not think I should deserve it."

"And this is just the way in which you are insulting and dishonoring my Saviour. He says, 'Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.' I ask you if you are sure you come to him. You say, 'Yes, I am sure.' And when I ask, 'Does he not receive you according to his
word,' you say, 'That is the question,' leaving it plainly to be inferred that you have no confidence in the word of Christ. Just as though you should say, 'I will not trust him any farther than I can see him.' And if you were speaking thus of my best earthly friend, what could you say more disreputable? O, how you insult the Saviour by your questionings! Surely, you will not dare insult him thus any more."

She seemed to be covered with shame and confusion, and exclaimed, "I
will believe. I do believe!" And quickly she gave God the glory due to his name.

Immediately my attention was arrested from this ten months' seeker to one who came beside me, seeking the blessing of entire sanctification. While this seeker of the great salvation was believing and entering into rest, the ten months' seeker left my side, and mingling with a group of Jesus' witnesses, who had gathered a few steps beyond, she was joyfully testifying of her saving faith in the Saviour of sinners.

THE BAPTISM OF FIRE.


Seekers of pardon, and seekers of purity, were in lowly attitude bowed together. Not less than fifty in number, I think, were there, as humble suppliants pleading for promised blessings. I fixed my eye on one who, by her manifestations of fervent and absorbing nearness to the throne of grace, I imagined, was about to lay claim to the grace for which she sought. Just at this point the exercises were varied, and a song of praise was sung, preparatory to the commencement of preaching from the desk. Not more, perhaps, than three minutes had intervened when I noticed that a change of some sort had come over that suppliant. She was joining with the multitude in sacred song. Has the desire of her heart been fulfilled? or has she voluntarily given up the struggle? were questions which gave me some solicitude. I went to her, and asked whether the Lord had fulfilled the desire of her heart. She frankly acknowledged that he had not, and informed me that it was the full baptism of the Holy Spirit she felt she needed, but that she had not yet received the blessing. "Are you willing to have it on God's own terms, by coming out from the world, resolved not to touch, taste, or handle the unclean thing?" I asked. She hesitated a short time, and then responded, "Yes." She wore such worldly appendages as might seem to bespeak her as one of the children of this world rather than a child of the kingdom, and I felt that I must endeavor, in the power of the Spirit, to press the question more closely, and said, "You say you are willing to come out from the world, and be separate. The Bible says, 'Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.' Now, I ask you in the name of the Lord, will you give up your worldly conformities? You know the friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.'" At this point, the struggle returned with singular intensity, so that she was unable to articulate distinctly. I could not but think of the unclean spirits as spoken of in the gospel of our Lord. For in her struggles to give up the world, it seemed as if the god of this world was unwilling to relinquish this his last hold of this daughter of heaven; and with choked utterance she expressed her inability to answer my inquiries. It was a crucifixion to the world — a death to sin; and the moment she gave up her will, and said 'Yes,' to the inquiry I had proposed in regard to giving up the world fully, that moment the struggle ended, and she sunk back in my arms, overwhelmed with the power of the Holy Spirit. She afterwards informed me that the moment she made the entire surrender, the Spirit suddenly fell upon her, and she felt its hallowing, consuming influences throughout soul and body, prostrating her for some time, so that she was. utterly unable to rise. After this she went about among the people, filled with the burning love of the Spirit, inviting her friends to the Saviour. She was largely known, and had many friends for whom she labored, and we trust is still laboring, as the Spirit gives power and utterance. O, do not our Marys need the baptism of fire just as truly as our Peters and Johns?


New York, October, 1856.


Rev. Mr. W____.

My dear Brother: How all-overcoming is faith if we might only carry about us a living realization of the fact that it is
faith in God, not faith in ourselves, that we are commanded to exercise! Surely it were not difficult for the weakest believer to aspire to companionship with those of heaven's nobility of whom the world was not worthy, who, through faith, subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, etc. Faith in God, though small as a grain of mustard seed, is so mighty that it will remove mountains of difficulty.


REACHINGS OF FAITH.

"Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone,
Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries, 'It shall be done.'"


"Call upon me, and I will show thee great and mighty things — things which thou knowest not." So saith our wonder-working God. How important, then, that we should endeavor to assure our hearts before the Lord, and gather such inspirations as may induce us to reach out the arm of faith, so as to grasp the highest possible good for ourselves and others! Let us often say to the suppliant soul, —

"Thou art coming to a King:
Large petitions with thee bring;
For his grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much."


On Saturday, September 13, 1856, a camp meeting commenced at M____, C. W. From the first hour of the meeting we had much to encourage our faith. The public service began about four o'clock in the afternoon. M____ is between twenty and thirty miles from Coburg, the seat of Victoria College, a very flourishing Wesleyan institution, where are being educated between two and three hundred young men, many of whom are preparing for the ministry. Several of the students were at the camp meeting. The first sermon was by a young minister who was evidently hungering and thirsting after righteousness. The preparations for the meeting not being quite completed, it was deemed inexpedient to have a public prayer meeting after the sermon, and some of the students desiring a conversation with us, it was proposed that we adjourn from before the stand to the prayer meeting tent, in order that all who desired might unite in the social interview. That social interview was the germ of most mighty, memorable influences. It will make its mark, I trust, on the minds of all present for all coming time.

In answer to the invitation to converse with the company, we began by saying, In view of the fact that it is according to oar faith it is to be done unto us, it seemed greatly important that our faith should reach the right point. What had we reason to believe God would be willing to do for us as individuals? and what would he be willing to do in answer to the prayer of faith for the success of that camp meeting?

First, how far might our faith reach for ourselves? We live under the dispensation of the Spirit. If the ushering in of the dispensation of the Spirit was so glorious, what ought we to expect now? Surely not a
decrease of power. Might every one of Christ's disciples receive a baptism of the Holy Ghost, which would be as penetrating, as ever abiding in its influences, as the baptism that those early disciples received on the day of Pentecost? Is it as truly the privilege of the disciples of the present day to be filled with faith and the Holy Ghost, as it was the privilege of Stephen to be thus filled? If so, privileges are duties. The question now before us is, May we ask in faith, believing it to be according to the will of God that we may be endued with power from on high, baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire? Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. We must not ask unless we believe it is according to the will of God to give the grace. We must not ask to receive it now, unless we believe it is according to the will of God that we should now receive; otherwise our petition would be a vain repetition; and such we are commanded not to use. The question was then put, and understandingly settled, that we might now ask with perfect agreement, and in expectation of receiving a Pentecostal baptism.

The next question was, Do we believe that it is according to the will of God that every sinner who may come upon this encampment may be so arrested by the power of the Holy Spirit as to feel his need of salvation? God will not irresistibly convert, but his word warrants us in the belief that he will irresistibly
convict; and now may we not ask in faith, that every sinner who may tread on the encampment may feel the power of God's presence, and, as far as may consist with the economy of grace, be constrained to yield to Christ? And in this we were agreed, and the petition was presented.

The next question proposed was, Whether we might not ask that every professor who might tread upon that hallowed ground, not wholly sanctified to God, might be deeply convicted of the necessity of present holiness; and in this also we were enabled to come to an agreement of faith. Before we knelt to unite in presenting our petitions, we reexamined the ground well, to see whether our faith might intelligently take all we had proposed within its grasp. Then we solemnly bowed, and presented our petitions before the throne in the name of Jesus, believing that, to the degree the things we desired were according to the will of God, we had the petitions we asked of him.

Wonderful, indeed, were the results of that meeting. The Lord heard, and, to an extraordinary degree, answered our petitions. I verily believe that the day when the secrets of all hearts shall be revealed, will disclose that there was not one sinner that came on that encampment but was convinced of sin. All did not yield to these convictions, but scores of convicted sinners were daily presenting themselves as suppliants before the Lord, and scores on scores believed and were saved. And yet more distinctly marked was the answer in regard to the work of holiness. So general was the work, that we could not doubt the Sun of Righteousness so penetrated unto the recesses of every professor's heart, that not one but felt keenly that without holiness no man should see the Lord. And it is believed that none left that encampment without either having obtained the grace, or earnestly resolved that they would never rest without it. Many also received the baptism of fire. We have witnessed many glorious outpourings of the Spirit; but I think in all our former labors, we have never seen a more general work of grace.


November, 1857.

Mr. E. W.

My dear E.: We are continually meeting with varying and instructive experiences in our journeying, scarcely a tithe of which we are able to note. But I have just been reviewing with my pen a case which seems to meet so truly some points of difficulty, not only in your own, but in the experience of many others, preventing the reception of the full baptism of the Holy Ghost, that I will transcribe and send it to you.

"He loveth our nation, and hath built us a synagogue." So said a minister who was in charge of a meeting, then in progress, as he called our attention to a man of piety, whose benevolent, Christian heart was ever leading him to noble deeds becoming the Christian name. This devoted Christian gentleman, with many others who were seeking the full baptism of the Holy Spirit, was humbly kneeling, pleading with God, and this earnest minister expressed a desire that we should converse with him. We had conversed but a short time before we discerned the difficulty. The blessing of entire sanctification is received by faith, and yet the precise point of time when that faith is definitely brought into exercise, may not be as marked in the case of some as with others. But we think it a vain effort to urge seekers to the exercise of that faith by which alone the blessing is received, without previously ascertaining whether they are on the ground on which God has promised to receive. God, though no respecter of persons, is a respecter of character. The promises are conditional. Those who comply with the conditions are already on promised ground, and sustain the character to which the promises are made; and to all such the promises of God are all "Yea and Amen in Christ Jesus." But there are many, we are persuaded, on this ground, who do not appropriate the promises, and, therefore, do not obtain the witness that they are cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Too many pause here, as though they had reached a point from which they cannot proceed. Here they linger as though in helpless attitude, saying,—

"I cannot wash my heart;"


and thus we found it with the beloved brother in Jesus to whom our attention had been directed.


ALL CONSECRATED BUT THE WILL.

He was all consecrated with the exception of his will. He had been waiting, that the Holy Spirit should first speak to him in some other way than by the "sure word of prophecy," unmindful of the fact that in the estimation of an inspired apostle the sure word of prophecy was of higher authority, that is, a more sure foundation for his faith, than either eye or ear testimony. "This voice," said Peter, "we heard when we were with him in the holy mount," and "were eye witnesses of his majesty." "We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed." And in saying thus, we are far from not being earnestly cognizant of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit witnessing to the believing soul of the grace received, for this sure word of prophecy Is the voice of the Holy Ghost, for "holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." And when the believing Soul relies upon the written word, then does the Holy Spirit make those words spirit and life to the soul. The word of the Lord is not a dead letter. "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." So said our incarnate Lord, the God of the Scriptures of truth. In a word, he had been waiting for a sign or wonder; and while he had been thus lingering, the Saviour had chidingly been saying to him, "Except ye see signs and wonders ye will not believe."

But it is possible, also, to be consecrated without being fully aware of the
precise moment when we were enabled to make the surrender; yet no one should rest one hour without the knowledge that the last object is given up, and if it has already, through grace, been done, then, though the precise point of time may not be known, it is due to the glory of grace that the fact should be acknowledged; for God is jealous for his glory, and requires of all his creatures the acknowledgment of every good thing that is in them. And in case the recipient believes that God, in accordance with his word, does now receive, that faith cannot be retained, neither can it be made effectual in the sanctification of others, unless it be communicated; inasmuch as it is written, "That the communication of your faith may be effectual by the acknowledgment of every good thing that is in you in Christ Jesus."

But the difficulty in the way of believing is, doubtless, with many, that the question, in regard to the fact of their entire consecration, is still unsettled. On the part of this Christian brother, this was partially in the way; but the difficulty was easily removed in his case the moment he resolutely subjected himself to the test of truth.

"Do you not love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?" we asked.

He hesitated in answering the question; but, from what we observed of the evidently consuming ardors of his soul, and from what we had heard said of the manifest devotion and integrity of his life, we felt quite sure that the question of supreme love to God might be settled at once.

THE QUESTION SETTLED, AND THE WITNESS RECEIVED.

If the world, with all its aggrandizements, its every conceivable pleasure and honor, were concentrated and placed here, on one hand, and on the other hand were placed your once-despised Saviour, who made himself of no reputation for you, with all his disreputableness, his cross and ignominy, and the question were proposed, Which will you choose? would you not spurn the world, and a thousand times sooner say, Give me Jesus — the naked Saviour and the cross? "O, yes," he unhesitatingly exclaimed. "And does not this prove that God has the supreme affections of your soul, and that you do, indeed, love him with all your heart?"

Most readily did his heart and lips respond to the fact of his supreme love to God, which he now saw might have been settled long before. What he wanted to know was, that the offering was on the altar, and that it was accepted; and, now that he believed what God had done for him, and testified of his personal realizations of the infinite efficacy of that blood that cleanseth from all sin, he rejoiced with a "joy unspeakable and full of glory." From that hour he was recognized as a joyful witness of perfect love. We were about leaving that region for another meeting. On parting with him he said, "You may hear from me again." The second hearing came in a few days, not by word of mouth, but in the form of a friendly epistle, the reading of which will, I am sure, delight every Christian heart.

THE OPEN TESTIMONY.


E____, October 6, 1857.


My dearly beloved Sister: When I said, on giving you the parting hand, that you might hear from me again, I had no idea of writing you so soon. But, as it is near the lapse of a week now, since the Lord sped your willing feet to enlighten and confirm me in the grace of sanctification, methinks you will rejoice with me, to know that the presence of the Lord has not been with me since, as the pillar of fire by night; neither has it been with me as a cloud by days but as an unclouded sun. I have neither raptures nor transports; but, when I muse on Jesus crucified, sometimes the fire barns and the tears flow, and the thought conceived, that, if destined to the most obscure corner of heaven, that when I will give utterance to the words, "Unto him that loved me, and washed me from my sins, in his own blood, to him be glory," &c., the whole empire of the redeemed would pause and look behind them. It would afford me much pleasure, if you judge it expedient, to give testimony for me at your present meeting. In hope of being one with you and your loving and beloved husband, I remain yours, — P.S.

New York, November 12, 1857.

To the Rev. H. V. D.

Dear Brother: A letter is before me, dated September 17, which would have received a much earlier reply if our time had been at our own command. Little did we imagine that we should have been so long detained from home. But Christ, the Captain of our salvation, has been our reward, and, we believe, has ordered all the way before us. I trust we have deeply, and at heart, felt, for many years past, the significance of the divine declaration, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit," saith the Lord of hosts. But never before, perhaps, have we so experimentally apprehended the earnest import of this all-important truth. If good is done in the earth, it is through the might of the Lord of hosts. If holy conquests are gained, it is he who "teacheth our hands to war and our fingers to fight." But I feel that it is due to the praise of all-conquering grace to record that I have not, during the past twenty years, been prone to the temptation that I can do any thing effectually but through the might of the Holy Spirit. Human or even angelic agencies are utterly impotent, only as energized by the might of the Spirit. Though Gabriel were called to minister here on earth, by way of talking or writing, the ministrations of his lips or pen would be powerless for good otherwise than made effectual through the direct agency of the Holy Spirit.


AN EVENTFUL EVENING.

On the evening of July 26, 1887, between the hours of eight and nine o'clock, the Lord gave me such a view of my utter pollution and helplessness, apart from the cleansing, energizing influences of the purifying blood of Jesus, and the quickening aids of the Holy Spirit, that I have ever since retained a vivid realization of the fact. I feel that I have received the sentence of death in myself; that I should not trust in myself, but in him that raiseth the dead. The tempter oftener makes attempts to paralyze the energies of my faith on this wise: "You know that you have received the sentence of death in yourself, and, without the living power of a living, indwelling Christ, momentarily purifying and quickening your being, you can do nothing. And dare you, with all your unworthiness, claim momentarily this cleansing, energizing power from on high?" Yes, I dare claim it. Alleluia!

"No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown through Christ my own."



THE PROMISED GIFT RETAINED, AND HOW.

It was at this point, in my career of discipleship, that I received the promise of the Father. The sacrifice of all my entire being had now been made. The offering had not only been placed upon the altar, but it was also bound there in view of all coming time, and in contemplation of every conceivable emergency.

Daily and hourly, since that eventful period, have I claimed it. But it is only by a
continuous act of surrender, and a ceaseless act of faith, that I claim and retain the grace. Not an hour, I trust, has passed since that hallowed evening, twenty years since, in which I have not felt that I would rather die than knowingly offend God. Through grace I have been empowered to present myself to God a living sacrifice. Through Christ, who strengtheneth me, I have been enabled to keep the sacrifice upon the altar; and through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ I have retained the witness that the blood of Jesus cleanseth from all unrighteousness. Not because of the worthiness of the offerer, or the greatness of the gift, has the offering been accepted, but because of the infinite virtues of that ALTAR upon which the offering has been laid. Not on the ground that I have never erred in thought, word, or deed, but on the ground that I have, through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, kept the offering on the altar, with a sincere intention to glorify God in all things, and conscious of supreme love to my Saviour. And while I have thus kept my unworthy offering on the Christian's altar, presenting myself a living sacrifice to God, I have not dared to dishonor Christ, by doubting whether the offering is "wholly acceptable unto God." In view of the medium through which it is being continually presented, that is, through Christ, I dare not doubt.

Nay, rather, I WILL, I DO believe,

"If all the sins which men have done,
In thought, in will, in word or deed,
Since worlds were made, or time begun,
Were laid on one poor sinner's head,
The stream of Jesus' precious blood
Would wash away the dreadful load."


Neither the worthiness of the offerer, nor the greatness of the gift, is the availing plea or the ground of acceptance, but the infinitely meritorious blood of Jesus. This is the new and living way by which alone a redeemed world may enter into the holiest. And it is only by a continuance in this way, that is, by plunging deeper and yet deeper into the purple flood, that we can rise higher and yet higher in all the life of God. It is by this purifying, energizing process, that my soul, once dead in trespasses and sins, is being continually raised and sustained in
newness of life. Momentarily am I being enabled to obey the command, "Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord."

MANIFESTATIONS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE.


And this spiritual life has its legitimate manifestations. If thus quickened and risen with Christ, then the life of Christ must be manifest in this mortal flesh. It is due to the glory of God to say, that, as year succeeds year, bearing me nearer to the hour when this mortal shall put on immortality, I feel yet more of the blessedness of the life-giving power within. The Spirit worketh in me yet more and more mightily to will and to do. Many new and most blessed lessons is the Spirit teaching me, as I daily cast anchor yet deeper within the veil. Instead of shrinking from the cross of Christ as formerly, it is now cause of my chief glorying. I feel that Christ has taken up his abode in my heart. He is my indwelling Saviour.

DOCTRINES OF THE CROSS UNPOPULAR.


The doctrines of the cross never have been popular with the world; neither will they ever be until the world is renewed in righteousness. But I find, through the indwelling of Christ, that my heart is becoming yet more and more in love with
Truth. And however disreputable its doctrines to the perceptions of the world-loving professor, my soul longs to apprehend it fully, in order that, with all the fervors of my being, I may embrace it, and set forth its excellency before a gainsaying world. But my spirit is continually reaching out for more of all the fullness of God. And while I ask, I receive, and am being enabled to apprehend yet more perfectly that for which I have been apprehended by Christ. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

EXEMPLIFICATIONS OF POWER.


Shall I lay before you some exemplifications of this power, as we have witnessed them during the past summer and fall months? We can take but a slight glance as we pass on; but I am sure you will, from the review, thank God, and take courage.

We will commence our review by saying, that quite a large portion of the scenes which we introduce to your attention are laid in Canada. Holiness is power. And in Canada this fact has been demonstrated to a degree beyond what we have witnessed elsewhere. The reason is obvious. In Canada the doctrine of Christian holiness, as taught by Wesley, and set forth in our Book of Doctrines and Discipline, is not left open for controversy. Ministers are not
permitted to talk or preach before the people as though it were left open as a matter for doubtful disputation. It is conceded that those who unite with the Wesleyan Church approve of her doctrines, and are, of course, bound to sustain them as scriptural. We do not remember to have heard of but one departure from this. It was in the case of a minister, who, in his preaching, confounded the blessing of justification and sanctification as one and the same thing, as many a Methodist minister has with impunity done in the United States. But it was not with impunity that our Canada Methodist minister could be recreant to his trust in sustaining the doctrines of the church. His case was at once reported, and at the ensuing conference of ministers he was affectionately, yet authoritatively, dealt with. The consequence was, that he renounced his error, and, at a recent camp meeting, he, with true nobleness of mind, yet with humility and earnestness, presented himself as a seeker of the blessing of entire sanctification. Before the meeting closed, he testified, before hundreds, of the all-cleansing efficacy of the blood of Jesus, the definite witness of which he had that morning received.

A WESLEYAN MINISTER'S OPINION.


In speaking of the camp meetings of the last four or five years in Canada, a superintendent of a circuit, in a recent magazine, observes, "The history of these camp meetings has never been written — it can never he written. The light of eternity alone can unfold it. I wish it were in the power of my poor pen to describe some of the scenes which we have witnessed in connection with their progress. We have seen a thousand persons on their knees at a prayer meeting. We have seen upwards of a score of souls converted before they even rose from their knees, and perhaps not less than fifty saved at a single prayer meeting. It is to be regretted, that we have not been more careful in preserving the statistics of these meetings. The number actually saved, I am persuaded, is generally much larger than is supposed."

Seven such camp meetings have we attended in Canada during the past summer and autumn, all of which were signally owned of God in the conversion of sinners and the sanctification of believers. I am persuaded that at the most of these meetings there were not less than two hundred converted. Three others we attended in the United States were also much blessed of the Lord. So that those we have witnessed saved at camp meetings alone, number many hundreds.

THE TONGUE OF FIRE RECEIVED, AND ITS EFFECTS.


And never before have we witnessed such effusions of the Spirit on believers. Hundreds on hundreds have received the tongue of fire, and have returned to the cities and villages round about, filled with faith and the Holy Ghost to spread the Pentecostal flame. Would time permit, I could tell you of instances of this sort which would fill you with admiration of the grace of God. We paused at one place, a few miles from where a camp meeting had been held. The state of the society had not been prosperous. There were, we were informed, but sixteen church members, and the minister told us that not more than half of these were available. As we passed through the village, a little before sunset, and looked at the neat and rather commodious church, and the meager population, we thought, Can that church edifice be filled with this population? Evening came, and the people came pouring in from the surrounding country, so that, to our surprise, the church was filled. The circumstances, in brief, were these. Several from that little village had been at the camp meeting, and had been newly baptized. A young man, who was engaged as station master at the railroad depot, had been deeply convicted of his need of a Saviour. This young man had used all the aids afforded him by virtue of his position as station master, and also in having access to the telegraphic wires, to spread abroad the intelligence of the meeting, and thus the irreligious and people of various denominations were gathered in from the surrounding country. The power of God came down upon the people, and a number were saved. The invitation was scarcely given to come to the altar of prayer to seek salvation before it was surrounded. Among the first that were seen rushing to the altar, was the station master. He had been bowed but a few moments before he was enabled to rise and testify of the great things God had done for his soul. The work went on with still greater power, until, from the last advices we received, eighty had been newly brought into the fold.

HUNDREDS PLEDGING THEMSELVES TO WORK.


This is but a specimen of what we have heard of the spread of the holy flame from various points where we have attended meetings. At each camp meeting hundreds have pledged themselves to work daily, in endeavors to win souls to Jesus. And from various directions are we hearing that these efforts of the laity are being greatly owned in bringing sinners to God.

At all these places much prominence has been given to the doctrine of entire sanctification. In as close connection does the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Ghost stand with the conversion of sinners, as did the conviction and conversion of three thousand stand in necessary connection with the reception of the Holy Ghost on the part of the early disciples.

Peter might have labored five years, and not have accomplished as much as he did in five hours after he received the baptism of fire. We should speak at a low computation, should we express it as our belief that we have seen one thousand souls sanctified, and from fifteen hundred to two thousand souls justified during the past summer and autumn.

THOROUGHNESS OF THE WORK.


The characteristics of this great work have been most inspiring, and portentous of good. The thoroughness of the work has exceeded, as a whole, any thing we have before witnessed. In the unpardoned sinner, conviction of sin has been deep and pungent, and conversions unmistakably clear and powerful. In the reception of entire sanctification, there was a counting of the cost, and an absolute, unconditional, eternal surrender of all to Christ. There was an experimental apprehension of the fact that the body of the believer has been redeemed unto God, as a temple for the Holy Ghost to dwell in.

JEWELRY AND THE NOXIOUS WEED DISCARDED.


And being thus yielded up, believingly, the Spirit took conscious possession, females putting aside jewelry and artificials, and other badges of worldly conformity; the men casting aside the noxious weed, and other questionable habits, acting on the principle that their bodies, as temples for God, must not be defiled, but nourished and cherished as a habitation for God. The result has been that these earthly temples thus set apart for God were filled with the Spirit. And then the gift of utterance was given, and burning words have flowed out upon the people, penetrating the hearts of the unbelieving multitude, convincing the most skeptical that apostolic times were again being returned to the church. These, as before stated, have gone to their homes to scatter the holy fire in all the surrounding country, and revivals are breaking out in every region. May the work go on till the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ.


Again she writes:

DO I WALK WORTHY OF MY FATHER?


So I asked myself, as I heard our excellent Bishop J____ discourse from Col. i. 9-12. What a prayer is this! If you have not very recently read it over, do just now get your Bible, and on your knees ponder over it, and then present it to God ceaselessly in your own behalf, Paul said he did not
cease to pray that it might be answered for his Colossian brethren. I have presented it daily, weeks in succession, in my own behalf, since early in my heavenward career, and feel still that I cannot enter upon the duties of the day without believing that God will fulfill this, the ceaseless desire of my heart.

The bishop dwelt some time on the portion of the text, "That ye may walk
worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing." Never has my heart been inspired with a more engrossing desire to walk carefully before the Lord. I know that the prayer, to be "filled with the knowledge of the will of God," must be first answered, or I cannot walk worthy of him unto all pleasing. Bishop J. mentioned an incident of a young lady who was the daughter of a minister. She was not pious; but, when asked to unite in the foolish amusement of dancing, she almost indignantly replied, "My father is a minister, and I respect him and his calling too much to do what I know would be so displeasing to him." She wished to walk worthy of her father. The good bishop, then addressing himself to every child of God present, affectionately asked, "Do you walk worthy of your Father unto all pleasing?"

AN INCIDENT IN MY EXPERIENCE.


"That ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." What a privilege is here, and, in view of the fact that every prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit is equivalent to a promise, how inspiring! And here I am reminded of an incident, in my experience of many years since, in connection with this passage. And as I have often seen where an experience, such as I on this occasion had, might have been instructive to others, I will relate it, that you may gain by my failure. A short time after I gave myself wholly to the service of my Saviour, I was at a place where a series of meetings was being held. During one of the services where the ministers and people had assembled for a season of social worship, the spirit of supplication was poured out upon them in an extraordinary degree. There, in humble prostration, were bowed some seeking to be perfected in love, and others seeking pardon. O, it was a meeting of earnest pleaders, where, with strong crying and tears, they sought the promised grace. I exclaimed, Would that some one might talk about faith in Jesus, through whom alone the promised grace can be received!

If I might judge from the manifest sincerity and earnestness of these suppliants, I could not doubt but they were prepared, through the mighty inworkings of the Holy Spirit, for the reception of the proffered grace. All that now seemed to be needed was, that their attention should be turned away from themselves to an act of reliance on Christ. And O, how I longed that some one of that company might be directed by the Spirit to say, "Look away from yourselves — O, look to Jesus. Obey the divine command at once, — 'Have faith in God.'" To my spiritual perceptions it seemed as plain as noonday that but one more step was needful, and those redeemed, earnest suppliants would be ushered into a region of light, purity, and power.

It was suggested, "Why do you not let the Lord speak through your lips? "I had so recently taken the steps myself by which I had been justified, and yet more recently sanctified, that I thought surely I ought to have a more
special commission before taking upon myself a work involving so much responsibility. Here are teachers in Israel, and other persons of prominence, and surely I should wait for a special commission for a work of such magnitude. Ah, I ought to have remembered that an emergency constitutes duty; and had I been promptly answerable to the emergency, unquestionably many would have been saved. But instead of this, I sought a place of retirement, where I might alone before God be specially instructed in relation to the duty. I had scarcely bowed my knees in the presence of the Lord, to make definite inquiry in regard to duty, in this emergency, when the Holy Spirit, somewhat chidingly, whispered to my heart,

"Did you not, this morning, ask to be filled with the knowledge of the will of God, with all wisdom and spiritual understanding? And did you not believe, when you asked, that you received the thing you desired of God? Why, then, did you not go forward, doing that which was in your heart, knowing that the Lord was with you?" I saw my error, and hastened back to do the work; but the opportunity was gone! I had occupied the time, which ought to have been spent in doing the work, in inquiring of the Lord about that which my judgment should have made plain. And now that company was about to disperse, and the opportunity was lost. I was convicted of my error in judgment, and felt ashamed before the Lord; but I felt my heavenly Father did not condemn me, for he saw that my
intention was to please him. I have since been endeavoring to act upon the principle of faith, believing, when I ask to be filled with the knowledge of God's will, that he hears me. Trusting in him for a sanctified judgment, I hasten, as emergencies call for promptness in action, believing that providential indications are manifestations of the will of God.

CAN ONE MADE MEET FOR HEAVEN REMAIN ON EARTH?


"Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." And can one, after having been made all ready meet for heaven, still remain below, carrying out the purposes of God on earth, as angels carry out the purposes of God in heaven? "This question," says Bishop J., "is satisfactorily answered in the foregoing text. Paul includes himself as among the recipients of this grace, 'made
us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.'" Yet Paul remained some time on earth after this was written. And not until we are in this state are we raised to that entire newness of life contemplated in the scheme of redemption.

It was not a partial redemption, but a redemption from ALL iniquity, which was wrought out by Christ. And not until we experimentally know the power of this redemption in the entire renewal of our nature, having this meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light, are we prepared to do the will of God on earth as angels do in heaven. Not until this is our experience have we a full fitness for our work; for it is not until we are delivered from the hand of our enemies that we are prepared to serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness,
all the days of our lives, leaving it most evidently inferable that our entire meetness to serve the Lord on earth just begins at precisely the point where the majority of professed Christians strangely persuade themselves it must end.

"We are members of the royal family, and our Father would have us wear our white robes every day." Ay, more; we are of the royal priesthood, a holy nation. Surely our Father will be displeased, after he has, at such an expenditure, purchased white robes for us, if, as his children, we go about with garments soiled and polluted by the world.


SAVED AFTER SHE HAD CEASED TO WEEP.


My dear S____: I do not wonder that your heart is so sad, that you speak of yourself as undone, and that your tears are flowing so freely. From your very childhood you have known that sin was exceedingly hateful in the sight of a pure and holy God. You have also known that you were a sinner; that Jesus died to redeem you from sin. And though the Holy Spirit has been continually telling you that you ought to repent of sin, and yield yourself up to the claims of your Redeemer, and you have been constrained to think of these things, yet you have never, till within a short time, really resolved to bring these convictions of duty to a serious issue. You have never, till now, fully decided that you would break off your sins by repentance, and come to Christ, with all your heart, for salvation.

And now that you would come to your Saviour, you see a great mountain of sin intervening. You are pressing hard after Christ; but the harder you press the higher the mountain seems to rise. And I imagine the adversary tells you that this is because you are getting worse; and I know some pious people, who do not intend to do wrong, may, even without designing to favor these suggestions of the adversary, do so. They will tell you that you are getting worse because you do not submit. We will not stop to inquire whether they are right or wrong just at this point; but there is a way to account for this on what we know to be purely scriptural principles, and in a manner to encourage, rather than to discourage, your sincere endeavors in approaching to Christ. In referring to your sincerity I do not praise you, for you could no more of yourself be sincere in your endeavors to renounce sin and come to Christ, than Satan could be sincere. It is the Holy Spirit that has enabled you thus to resolve to come to your Saviour. And I do not doubt but every moment since you resolved that you would repent, and have been showing your sincerity before God by renouncing one sin after another, you have been drawing nearer to God. And while you have been drawing nigh to God, he has been drawing nigh to you. God is
light. The nearer you get to him by true repentance, the more enlightened you become. This is the reason why you see the mountain of sin higher; for as you, in getting nearer to God, get more light, you have more vivid perceptions of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. This surely does not make you more sinful. The more you see of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the more you abhor it; and the more thoroughly you renounce it, the nearer you come to a point where God may accept you for Christ's sake. Repentance is one of the graces which brings you nigh to God

"True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh."


But repentance, though a gift from God, cannot save you. Christ is the
only Saviour. You may weep, and weep your life away, but rivers of tears will not purchase pardon.

A short time since I was called to see one who was perhaps yet more deeply distressed than yourself, in view of her condition as a sinner. The person who called for me to go and converse with her friend observed, as she was taking me to her, "She has been seeking religion six months." I found her weeping, convulsively, with her handkerchief pressed closely to her face. So desperate and engrossing was her sorrow, that, though I tried prayerfully to direct her to Christ, I could not feel satisfied that my words produced effect, or were even heard. If I had thought that there was any virtue in her sighs and tears to move the pity of God, without an exercise of faith, I should certainly have thought her in a fair way of obtaining mercy, and would not have diverted her attention from those agonizing views of herself and her sins. But I knew she would as surely perish, if she did not look to Jesus, as those Israelites, after they had been bitten in the wilderness, would have perished, if they had looked at their wounds instead of looking at the brazen serpent. My time was limited, and I knew that what I said must be said quickly; but my heart yearned over her, and I felt that I could not leave her in such a condition. I therefore resolved on an effort to get her attention, though it might be at the expense of her weeping a few less tears, when the following ensued:—

"Will you give me your attention? If not, my efforts to talk with you will do no good. I profess to have been a traveler in the way to heaven a number of years, and any one that has traveled a way ought to know something about it. Do you think I know any thing about the way to heaven? Do you?" I paused, waiting for an answer, remarking, "I cannot talk unless you give your attention to me, and answer my inquiries." I then again said, "If you think I know any thing about the way to be saved, will you listen to me, and take my advice?"

"I will," she replied.

"Then wipe away your tears, and put your handkerchief away from your face, and let us have a little conversation. Tell me, then, do you think you are a sinner?"

She looked surprised that I should ask a question which her heart had been so free to acknowledge, and said, "Yes."

"Well, if you are a sinner, and Christ is the Saviour of sinners, is he not
your Saviour?"

She hesitated, thoughtfully, and then replied, "He is
my Saviour!"

"Have you ever thanked the Saviour for having died to save you?"

She lingered in replying, when I said, "If you had been condemned to death by the laws of your country, and were greatly distressed in view of the sentence awaiting you, and a friend comes to you and says,' I will die in your stead,' and then the penalty of the law is inflicted, and he actually dies for you, how would you regard the memory of such a friend ever after? How you would be ever thinking, I live because he died! O, would you not love to think of that friend? Just such a friend Jesus has been to you. He has died in your stead! Yes, he died! But his love did not end here. He lives again. Just now, while I am talking to you, he is making intercession for you, he is pleading your cause. What a precious Saviour! What a glorious Redeemer! How he has loved you! O, I am afraid you have not been thanking him for these manifestations of love, as you should have done. If an earthly friend had shown you such love, how you would thank him! and now will you not thank your Saviour for having died in your stead? He loves to be praised; for he says, 'Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me.' Surely you will now say, 'Glory be to Jesus, my Saviour!'"

She now seemed forgetful of her tears, for her eye had been taken off from herself and fixed on Jesus. Softly she began to breathe out, "Glory be to Jesus, my Saviour!" Again and again she repeated it, with yet stronger emphasis, till her whole heart seemed to flow out in the impelling influences of praise and adoration. I think at first she began to praise the Saviour without any impelling influence to do so, feeling that it would be ungrateful not to thank him for such wonderful manifestations of love; but as her heart began to flow out in grateful praise, the Lord poured in, till she joyously cried out from impelling influences, "O, what a precious Saviour! what a glorious Redeemer!"

COST OF FAITH'S SUPERSTRUCTURE.


My beloved Brother: He who hath begun a good work in you will surely carry it on, and finish it in righteousness, if you will only abide carefully in his presence, and, with earnest circumspection, attend to all the dictations of his gracious Spirit.

"Yes, Lord, thou still dost lead
The children of thy grace,
The chosen, the believing seed,
Through this vast wilderness.
* * *
"Thy chart the written word,
The Holy Ghost thy Guide,
And Christ, thy glorious, risen Lord,
Will in thy heart reside."


And would you indeed be willing to meet the cost of having the foundation of the superstructure of your faith deeply laid, and the building reared after the pattern shown in the holy mount? O, would you, with every coming hour, feel yet more of the enabling, confirming, ever-abiding influences of the Spirit, causing your rapid growth and maturity in grace? Then count the cost. Though the awards of grace are free, yet there is a sense in which the reception of grace always costs us something. That we may have all the grace we will live for, we judge a well-ascertained fact. But the answer to the prayer for an extraordinary bestowment of grace stands in connection with compliance on our part with the condition that the divine gift shall be
tested. As in the case of the two brothers, who would have had the signal honor of sharing in the glory of Christ's coming kingdom to an extraordinary degree, so the question comes to the disciple of the present day who would covet the glorious gift of great nearness to Christ. Those brothers had not counted the cost. They knew not what they asked.

But knowledge is increased, and, by their erring, we maybe instructed. We are admonished to covet earnestly the best gifts. And if the bestowment of large measures of grace implies the necessity of remarkable tests, why not stand ready for the application, and conclude to receive the grace at the well-ascertained cost Counting the cost suggests the idea of some tax on the
intellect. Though the claims of the blessed religion of our Lord Jesus Christ may be apprehended by persons of small mental capacity, yet it also commends itself most significantly to men of mind. Does not this divine admonition, to count the cost, call into requisition the mental ability? Can cost, involving such far-reaching consequences, be counted without making some tax on the intellect?

I knew one who, verily and strongly impressed with the belief that the claims of the Redeemer levied, an absolute tax on the entire being,
intellectual, spiritual, and physical, was induced thus to count the cost of living in the actual, ceaseless surrender of her whole being. Deliberately and understandingly, and unimpelled by exciting influences, she, with solemn calmness, counted the cost of entering into the bonds of an everlasting covenant, desiring that it should be well ordered and sure, so that no regrets or questionings might mar the future, now destined to entire devotedness. She looked abroad over earth, far as her mental vision could reach. Cherished ideas of worldly position and fondly-indulged objects of intellectual ambition passed in solemn review. But the assurings of the Spirit, that every mere earthly ambition must perish, and the pearl which cost all demanded all in return, prevailed. Grace triumphed. All things were counted loss. Earthly endearments, worldly preferments, and all ideas of mere intellectual ambition, were surrendered and bound everlastingly to the altar of the cross. And here sorrow and joy commingled, Nature suffers in the process of crucifixion. We cannot bind our Isaac to the altar without the cost of some unutterable heart pangs. But light emanates from the cross.

The cost being counted, and all sacrificed for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ, then Christ, as our light and our salvation, reveals himself in the soul, and becomes our life, light, and power, and we quickly find that, in giving all, we have received all in Christ. Your foundation being thus deeply laid on the Rock of Ages, the superstructure of your faith will rise rapidly in glory and strength. Having given up the citadel of your heart unconditionally and irrevocably to Christ, he comes to abide with you forever. Christ undertakes the work of your salvation, and works in you, and calls you to be a
worker together with him, with articles of agreement clearly specified that you are to draw upon him for all your resources. In him all fullness dwells. Beginning to build thus surely, you will be able to finish. Of Christ's fullness you will ever be receiving grace for grace.

Yet we do not wish you to be unmindful of the fact that these ever-augmenting accessions of grace will be
tested, ay, tried to the uttermost. But we do wish you to be ever mindful of this, that Christ consummates a holy partnership with those who enter into covenant with him by sacrifice. And the articles of agreement specify, that it is your privilege to draw upon Christ in every conceivable emergency to which your faith may be subjected. And, with the privilege of raising the superstructure, with infinite resources at command, surely you need never fear a failure. The foundation of your building being thus begun, you need fear no bankruptcy. Yes, you will be able to finish. Your supplies in Christ will be unfailing. Forever will your almighty Helper be saying to you, "Ask what ye will in my name, and it shall be done unto you."

After our friend received the promise of the Father, catholicity of spirit was a marked trait in her character. Speaking of the various evangelical denominations, we have heard her say, "It is the degree of conformity to the image of the Saviour that settles the nearness of my relationship. 'Whosoever doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother;' and such is my love to all the members of the household of faith, that I can hardly say in relation to any one denomination, Benjamin is my brother." There surely is a point in the upward career of the Christian to which Paul refers, when he says, "till we all come to the unity of the Spirit" — a point

"Where names, and sects, and parties fall,
And Christ alone is all in all."


Truly as our natural being seeks its affinities, and to have this social want of nature met turns to the friendly circle, thus our renewed being seeks affinities. To meet this want of the spiritual being of all of every evangelical sect who are disposed to count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ, she has for the past twenty years had a weekly meeting established at her house, where ministers and people of various denominations meet, and the Bible alone is the text book, irrespective of denominational creeds. At this hallowed place, hundreds have, within the past twenty years, received the endowment of power, which Christ promises to all who in faith wait for it.


As many inquiries are being made from near and remote regions, in relation to the manner of conducting this meeting, and in view of the fact that it has been so signally owned of the Lord by the extraordinary out-pourings of his Spirit, we will transfer from the "Guide to Holiness" an account of these highly favored meetings.


THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON MEETING.


What is the character of these meetings? Perhaps we may not be able to answer this question better than by giving an extract from an editorial which we copy from a Congregational paper. It reads thus:—

Friends, we assure you that these meetings are not for sectarian or party purposes. A free, hearty, general invitation is extended to all, of every name, to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Inquirers of different denominations are taken with equal cordiality and warmth to the heart of love. Instruction is imparted to all and every one, without distinction, seeking higher attainments in the divine life. Prayer to God is offered with equal fervency, and prevailing importunity in one ease as in another.

Our very soul has leaped joyfully in witnessing how completely the Spirit of God annihilates the spirit of
sectarianism, and leaps over the boundaries of Shibboleths. Here we see Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Quakers, United Brethren, and Jews, in Christ, forgetting creeds, confessions, hairsplittings, and party distinctions, sitting side by side, drinking deeply of the one living fountain. And should there happen to be any one present, who, through mistake, or for want of a due sense of gospel propriety, gives a preponderance in favor of any party, creed, or sect, a cold chilliness steals over every one present. And those who follow such a one, pour in the oil and wine of gospel grace, to obliterate, if possible, the least tincture of the sect, and smooth off the rough edges, and calm every rising suspicion.

THE BIBLE, THE BLESSED BIBLE, IS THE TEXTBOOK.


Not Wesley, not Fletcher, not Finney, not Mahan, not Upham, but the Bible, the holy BIBLE, is the first and last, and in the midst always. The BIBLE is the standard, the groundwork, the platform, the creed. Here we stand on common ground, and nothing but the spirit of this blessed book will finally eradicate and extirpate a sectarian spirit. No meetings are attended with more direct and
special indications of divine acceptance. God is evidently present in a very remarkable manner to bless, sanctify, and purify.

Hundreds have stepped into this Bethesda, and come out every whit whole. The atmosphere is invigorating, healthful, and heavenly. Any one has perfect liberty to rise and request prayers, or relate the dealings of God with his soul, drop a word of exhortation, exposition, or consolation, or pour out his heart in prayer or praise, always remembering to be brief, and to the point, and never losing sight of the main object of the meeting — "Holiness to the Lord." These meetings are not for debate, controversy, or speechifying, but for holiness. Every one that enters these consecrated halls is expected to conform strictly to the objects and purport of the meeting. Such is the nature, exercise, and spirit of these social gatherings, that we feel assured that even the skeptic, the subtle caviler, and objector will be constrained to exclaim, "The finger of God is in it."

HOW ARE THESE MEETINGS CONDUCTED?


The meeting commences at three o'clock, P. M., and is opened with reading the Scriptures, singing, and prayer. Frequently two or three succeed each other in prayer. Several ministers are generally present, and the opening exercises are conducted by some one of these, but much oftener than otherwise by the venerable Dr. Bangs, who, during several past years, has seldom been absent.

This meeting is far more social in its character than ordinary religious gatherings. It is rather the design of those under whose supervision it is held, that it should be regarded as a social religious company, than as a formal meeting, requiring set exactions of any sort. The children of this world have their social gatherings, where, in intelligent, social converse, heart meets heart in unrestrained fellowship. We can conceive how undesirable any set forms would be under such circumstances, and this social gathering is designed to be, in the religious world, answerable to this want of our social nature as children of the kingdom. After the opening exercises, any one is at liberty to speak, sing, or propose united prayer.

Strangers from various regions generally being present at every meeting, it is not uncommon for those in charge to say something calculated to give direction to the exercises explanatory of its objects. Many inquirers after the "way of holiness" here gather, and it is not unusual for the meeting to assume something like the form of an inquiry meeting. There are always present a goodly number who profess to have received the promise of the Father, and who are ever ready, with yearning hearts, to testify to the praise of Christ, just how they were enabled to overcome every difficulty through faith, and plunge into the open fountain that cleanseth from all unrighteousness. It must indeed be delightful to the truly pious of every sect to witness the blended sympathy of hearts made perfect in love, and those aspiring to that state.

Here you behold the streams of Heaven-originated sympathy flowing out in word, in song, and in prayer, so that the prayer of Christ becomes a heartfelt realization, "that they may all be one, even as we are one." Surely the words of the poet here become an experimental verity:—

"The gift which he on one bestows
We all delight to prove;
The grace through every vessel flows
In purest streams of love."


Testimony follows testimony in quick succession, interspersed with occasional singing and prayer, as the circumstances may seem to demand, in sympathy with the condition of the cases brought before the meeting. In no meeting that we have ever attended have we seen the spirit of the law of Christ so sweetly fulfilled — "Bear ye one another's burdens."

The testimony of the seeker of salvation, or of the timid, lisping babe in Zion, is listened to with as much interest as that of the most deeply experienced. Whether male or female, all are one in Christ Jesus. We have often thought, in our observings, whether this meeting is not very like that gathering of the early disciples, when the one hundred and twenty were assembled with one accord in one place. Here were the chosen apostles of our Lord, and here also were the beloved Marys, Joanna, and the "many other women," who, through evil and good report, with undaunted step, followed the Man of Sorrows, receiving as their reward the first commission to proclaim the gospel of a risen Lord.

And these disciples being thus assembled, with their Lord in the midst, wait the promise of the Father, "which," saith he, "ye have heard of me." And here they continue with one accord, in prayer and supplication, looking to be endued with the gift of power from on high, which, irrespective of persons or sex, had been promised to every one of those waiting disciples. And when it fell, though there may have been dispensed gifts after some sort differing, yet it was to each, singly,
a gift of power; and this gift of power moved its recipient, whether male or female, to speak as the Spirit gave utterance. They had now entered upon the dispensation of the Spirit. The day of which Joel spake, in which, saith God, "I will pour out my Spirit upon my sons and daughters, upon my servants and my handmaidens."

And truly does this Pentecostal scene shadow forth what we would say of this interesting weekly gathering. To the praise of God it may be said, that many have here received the full baptism of the Holy Ghost; and so penetrating, efficacious, and far-reaching have been its influences, that we verily believe that thousands will, in eternity, give God glory for the establishment of this precious means of grace. Intelligence comes on the wings of the wind from near and remote regions, of those who, through the influence of this meeting, have been led to receive Christ as a Saviour from all sin, and are now in turn bearing witness experimentally to the truth of the doctrine, and others are believing through their testimony.

In these meetings the utmost freedom prevails. The ministry does not wait for the laity, neither does the laity wait for the ministry. There are seldom less than from six to ten ministers present, and often more. These commingle as one with the laity, irrespective of theological views or dignity of position. It is not unusual for those of different denominations, who, in the religious and literary world, are the observed of all observers, sitting undistinguished in those crowded rooms, and only brought out as they may desire the privilege of identifying themselves openly with the interests of the meeting. We will give a case illustrative, and also descriptive, of the prevailing spirit of the meeting, and quite in keeping with other cases which might be given.

The Rev. Dr. _____, known by reputation to tens of thousands of the religious and literary world, came for the first time to the meeting. We were with him as he passed: through the hall before entering the rooms. "Let me sit down in some corner — I do not care to be brought out," said the doctor, pleasantly. We were well aware that he might desire the privilege of being brought out before the meeting closed, as scores of others had done before him, without getting the opportunity. But we thought we would let him learn the fact from memorable experience, and only assured him that he need feel no uneasiness from the fear of being brought out, and told him to choose his own seat. The doctor chose a seat favorable to his wishes.

The meeting had progressed but a short time before the gift of power seemed to fall upon the doctor, and the grace of utterance, so copiously poured out upon many present, also fell upon him, and, as if impelled by an influence which seemed well nigh irresistible, he made an effort to rise. But he had crowded himself down in a corner, and in the most ineligible place for either seeing or being seen; otherwise we might have observed his desire to speak, and respect for his position and his age would have prompted us to open the way for him.

At last, when he could forbear no longer, he reached over to one of his lay brethren who sat before him, and told him that he desired the privilege of speaking. But when he rose, another doctor of divinity, not observing him, rose also, and both were on the floor at once: which succeeded in speaking first we do not remember. And truly as those early disciples spake as the Spirit gave utterance, so we believe did this servant of Christ. After he sat down, his full soul burst out in heavenly song:

"Our souls by love together knit,
Cemented, mixed in one,
One hope, one heart, one mind, one voice,
'Tis heaven on earth begun;
Our hearts have burned while Jesus spake,
And glowed with heavenly fire;
He stooped, and talked, and fed, and blest,
And filled the enlarged desire.

CHORUS.
"A Saviour! let creation sing,
A Saviour! let all heaven ring;
He's God with us, we feel him ours,
His fullness in our souls he pours;
'Tis almost done, 'tis almost o'er;
We're joining those who're gone before;
We soon shall reach the happy shore,
We soon shall meet to part no more.

"The little cloud increases still,
The heavens are big with rain;
We haste to catch the teeming shower,
And all its moisture drain.
A rill, a stream, a torrent flows;
But pour a mighty flood;
O, shake the nations, fill the earth,
Till all proclaim thee God."


Would that we could describe the scene of melting power that succeeded m the conscious oneness of soul. O, it was a baptism of melting, uniting love. And we need not speak of the equalizing influences of such baptisms of fire. How small do all merely earthly distinctions appear, when brought under the equalizing influences of pure, perfect love! And it is this equalizing process, that, to our mind, forms one of the important characteristics of this meeting. It has not been induced as the result of human forethought, and can only be accounted for from the fact, that He who is no respecter of persons is in the midst, and so holds the minds of those who enter these consecrated rooms under a conscious realization of his presence, that each one feels in living verification that the words are ever being respoken, "Behold a greater than Solomon is here."

WHERE ARE THESE MEETINGS HELD?


They are held at a private house, 54 Rivingston, corner of Eldridge Street, New York. They were commenced over twenty years ago in the same place where they are now being held. It is estimated that the number in attendance averages about two hundred. In view of the crowded state of the rooms, the question has been asked, Why not remove them to a church? There are reasons beyond what we may now occupy space to state, why we think the recognition of the meeting as a friendly religious gathering, rather than as a formal church gathering, of any particular sect, is far more favorable to the interests of the meeting. We have desired that it should not be regarded as a sectarian meeting. Holiness is not the distinguishing doctrine of a sect merely, but the crowning doctrine of the Bible.

And many, very many among both the ministry and laity of various denominations, are being urged by the Holy Spirit, not only to investigate it as a scriptural doctrine, but greatly to desire the attainment of the experience. They have learned that there is a little social circle where experimental testimony may be heard on this subject, and where, in unreserved fellowship, they may inquire "how these things can be." If the meetings were held in a church, whether Methodist, Congregationalist, Episcopalian, Baptist, &c., it would be recognized as a meeting of the church, patronized as a matter of course. But being held at the residence of persons whose efforts to spread scriptural holiness have become more widely known than their efforts to build up a sect, inquirers of different denominations feel less restrained in pursuing their investigations. It is not unusual for ministers of three or four different denominations to be scattered about in different parts of the rooms, men whose relative position in the religious world is such, that their presence at a church gathering on the subject of holiness would expose them to observations which they might prefer not to meet until more fully established in experience and views.

Here, free from all imposing restraint, ministerial position is seemingly unthought of, and all, whether of the ministry or laity, mingle freely in testimony on the common ground of Bible truth and Bible experience. Hundreds among various denominations of Christians who love their own people, and have no wish to manifest a preference to any other denomination than their own, are being impressed with the belief that the Bible teaches the necessity of
present holiness. And these convictions not having been gained through the teachings of a sect, but through the teachings of the Bible, how relieving to know that they may have unrestrained access to a social gathering where they may meet Christians of various evangelical denominations, and listen to, and consult with, experimental witnesses of the desired attainment! Many such have come to the Tuesday afternoon meetings as inquirers, and have returned as believers, to diffuse the testimony among their own people!

DO PARTIES ATTENDING COME BY SPECIAL INVITATION?


Though a negative answer to this question may be inferred from what we have already written, yet it is due to the praise of grace to say, that, in a sense in which the deeply pious heart will appreciate, invitations are given. We acknowledge that we are willing to be classed among those little ones of the kingdom who verily believe that the humble disciple may, in childlike confidence, ask what he will, consistent with the teachings of the Word, and it shall be done unto him. We will give our idea of how the invitations are given, by transcribing some occurrences in experience, given by one who ever bears the interests of the meeting on her heart most largely before God. She says,—

I had been in the habit of devoting as much time as I could command on Tuesday mornings to the work of preparing my own mind for the occasion, and praying for the interests of the meeting. Deeply did I feel the weight of responsibility which was continually pressing, more and more urgently, on my heart, as the meeting became increasingly extensive and commanding in its influences. I shall never forget one eventful Tuesday, as hour after hour of the day devoted to the meeting was seized by pressing emergencies, leaving no time for special preparation for the responsibilities of the afternoon. Thus hours passed on, till near the time for the commencement of the exercises. It was my midday season of devotion; though delayed beyond my stated time, as usual I knelt, with the word of life, and opened it at my regular lesson, according to my usual custom of reading the Scriptures in course. It was the second chapter of the Gospel of St. John, where the fact that Jesus and his disciples were present at a marriage in Cana of Galilee is recorded.

Believing that
all Scripture, whether historical or otherwise, is given by inspiration, I asked in faith that I might learn just the lesson of grace which the Holy Spirit would teach me through the presence and doings of Jesus at the marriage feast in Cana, when most inspiring, ever-memorable instructions of the Spirit were so graciously given, that, though years have passed since I received the teachings of that hour, its influences have been abiding. The instructions of the Spirit were thus: If Jesus and his disciples were at this marriage feast, it was in answer to a special invitation from the persons under whose supervision the feast was made. Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever, will be as truly present in answer to special invitations from those who desire his presence now, as when invited in the days of his incarnation. And why not invite Jesus to be as actually present at the meeting this afternoon, as he was present at this marriage feast?

Ask that he will come as the Master of the assembly, and take the lead of the exercises. Ask that he will come, and also bring his disciples with him, so that just such a company shall assemble as may be drawn together through the special invitations of his Spirit, and come prepared for the reception of just such blessings as they need. Ask that he will manifest his glory to all his waiting disciples, so that every one, on entering the place, may be arrested by a divine consciousness of his presence. Ask that
Truth, in whatever form uttered, may be felt in its deep spirituality, whether in the reading of the word, the voice of prayer, the sacred hymn, in testimony or exhortation, and, as living truth, penetrate every heart. Tell Jesus that you will, as his servant, give the entire orderings of the assembly to him, and that "whatsoever he saith unto you, you will do it."


If we had not already occupied space quite beyond our anticipations, we would portray a faint semblance of the manner in which that afternoon meeting was divinely ordered and blest. Surely the Father sent the Son in answer to the intercessions of the Spirit. The simple prayer of faith prevailed. And such a living realization of the presence of Jesus was given, that all were constrained to feel that he spoke through the medium of all the exercises. The servant of Christ who opened the meeting, by reading the Scriptures, was so penetrated with the force of its glorious revelations that he was unable to proceed, and paused to give vent to his emotions. O, surely, in wondrous condescension, Christ manifested his glory that afternoon, giving an earnest, for all future meetings, of what we might anticipate in answer to the prayer of faith. Ever since has the presence of the Saviour been, in like manner, supplicated; and scores or hundreds have we heard testify that they had no sooner entered those "consecrated halls," than they were arrested by a divine conviction of the presence of the Sanctifier.

In using the terms employed by our Congregational brother, in speaking of the place where these meetings are held, in his repeated commendations to his readers, our pen paused over the words "consecrated halls," and questioning whether some might not demur to the use of such phraseology in designating a private residence. And here we will take our reader back for a few moments to a scene of interest which occurred years since, when the present occupants of that residence took their abode there. Scores of the servants of Christ had assembled to participate in the solemnities of the dedication. The house being arranged on what is called the basement plan, the second floor was set apart for a chapel. By a favored minister of Christ, it was consecrated, in the name of the holy Trinity, for holy service.

Most signal were the tokens of heavenly acceptance. The cloud of the divine presence rested down upon the people. Several were enabled, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to enter by the new and living way into the holiest, and were newly added to the number of those who witness that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all unrighteousness. In conclusion, we will say that the motto of this meeting has ever been, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord." We pray and trust thus it will ever be; and we ask that every lover of heart purity will unite now with us in asking that the future, in regard to the prosperity of this means of grace, may not only be as the past, but far more abundantly signalized by the manifestations of God's saving power; and the praise shall be given to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and let all the people say, Amen.

HOW TO BECOME A MODEL CHRISTIAN.

New York, 1886


My darling E____: Would you love to be a model Christian? Let me encourage you by saying, it is not too late to try. And if you should fail the first, fifth, or fiftieth time, do not yield to discouragement, but —

"Try, try again."


You may and will succeed, if you depend wholly on your almighty Helper for counsel and sustainment. But you will need divine aid every moment. Do not think of your heavenly Helper as away in the distance. Help in time of need is just what he has promised. Do you need help now to aid you in forming the resolve that you will aim at perfection of moral and religious character? Rely on Christ for strength, and then form the resolve. Say in your heart,

"Lord, if on thee I dare rely,
The faith shall bring the power."


God is no respecter of persons. Your former errors of life, and your numerous failures in view of past resolves, should not, and must not, withhold you from a
present reliance on Christ for the grace just now needed. Neither St. Paul, nor the most eminent saint that the world has known since the days of Paul, ever attained one step towards perfection of character but through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace does not mean merit. Grace is a gift which has already been purchased. It was purchased for you — is just as free for you as it was for Paul.

The most unworthy and feeble have just as good a Saviour as Paul had. What an eventful hour was that to Paul when he first resolved on yielding entire obedience to Christ, and cried out, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Humility and decision were most needful in his case, for it was to Jesus of Nazareth, whom he had persecuted, that the inquiry was addressed. But from the day that he humbly resolved on entire, absolute obedience, how rapid and wonderful were the renovations of grace!

And why may not this hour be signalized in time, and in eternity, as the most wonderful in your history? "You have been changeful in your faith, and in your purposes. So greatly have you lacked stability of character, that God, your own heart, and an observant world, all stand ready to attest the fact that you have not excelled. But now, Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever, waits to transform your nature, and give you his own glorious image. He waits to clothe you with the garments of salvation. Does your heart, with loathing, turn away from self, so distrustful of fickle self that you dare not form a purpose, fearful that you again may falter? Then turn away from
self, and look to Jesus.

I need not remind you that you have received the sentence of death in yourself, that you should not trust in yourself, but in Him that raiseth the dead. "You have now come to a point where the Saviour can help you. You would fain renounce your will, and have come down into the valley of decision, and, in humbleness of spirit, are saying, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" And now why may not this be a most eventful, ever-memorable hour with you? If Paul might say, "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me," why may not you say so too? Why may you not resolve, through Christ, on a life of entire, implicit obedience? Why not say,

"My will in all things I resign,
To know no other will but thine"?


Why not yield at once and forever your whole being up to Christ? He will clothe you with the garments of salvation, and will work in you to will and to do. He will work in you that which is well pleasing in his sight. The processes of grace may be as rapid and as permanent in your base as in the case of Paul. The only way that Paul attained stability of Christian character was by a continuous process, consequent on a continuous and unconditional surrender of the whole body, soul, and spirit to God through Christ. Do you now make a like surrender? If so, to you the exceeding great and precious promises are now given. By these you may be made partaker of the divine nature. Why not be made every whit whole now? Why not so rely on Christ, from this hour, as to have the needful salvation, wisdom, and strength, which this and every succeeding hour of life demand? O, how gloriously then will your goings be established! How truly will you become a model Christian! You will be fashioned after Christ, for he will mold you into his image.


Again she writes:—

TWO STEPS TO THE BLESSING.

The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart; that is the word of faith which we preach. PAUL.

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? JAMES.


Will you now count the cost, and deliberately set yourself apart for a life of eminent devotedness to the service of your Redeemer? In the name and in the presence of the Lord I ask this question. I have asked for a word from the Lord to you, and now come to you in the name of your Redeemer, and present this message.

"Rise! the master is come, and calleth for
thee!" He hath need of thee in his vineyard. "The harvest is great, but the laborers are few." Will you not now, in view of all coming time, set yourself apart in unconditional devotedness to his service? If you will do this, God will set the seal that will proclaim you wholly his. O, you must have the seal of the Holy Spirit set upon all your powers. You must have an application of the all-cleansing blood of Jesus. You need it in order that you may have a fitness for the Master's use. It is this that will give you a readiness for every good work.

Holiness is a pearl of great price. It has already been purchased for you, and it is now ready for your acceptance, as the portion of your inheritance. O, think of the price at which it has been purchased! Surely you will not now hesitate in surrendering all for this pearl of great price. I trust now that you are ready to say, "Yea, doubtless, I count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ" Jesus, my Lord." Why may not an absolute, irrevocable, and eternal surrender be the work of the present hour?

Do you say I must first count the cost? Suppose you were to take five years to count the cost of an unreserved dedication of body, soul, spirit, time, talents, family, and estate, would you, after the most lengthened inventory, find any thing but what already belongs to God? Why, then, should it take long to count the cost, when
all that you have, or all that you ever expect to have, already belongs to God? And if all that you have, or ever expect to have, already belongs to God, can you, for another moment, withhold any thing on any point, or in any degree, from God, without incurring condemnation? For to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Holiness is the pearl of great price; it cost all. And surely you will no longer linger in answering the question whether you will give all for this pearl of great price. Eminent holiness, usefulness, and happiness stand inseparably connected. Entire sanctification need not necessarily be the work of a week, or even of a whole day or hour. There are but two steps to the blessing: ENTIRE CONSECRATION is the first; FAITH is the second. The
second step cannot, of course, precede the first. How can we believe that God accepts that which we do not, through Christ, offer up to him? How can we believe that the blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin, before an irrevocable and eternal sacrifice of all the redeemed powers is resolved upon, and actually bound to the hallowed altar? That moment you step on promised ground, and the promise meets you. God says, "I will receive you." And if you say, "When wilt thou receive me?" he says, Now. "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Do you say, "I would believe it, but I cannot sensibly feel it." Then you are seeking to walk by sense rather than by faith; but the apostle says, "We walk by faith." Would you believe if you could hear a voice now saying from heaven, "I will receive you?" If you would believe it under such circumstances, then act true to your own avowed belief.

You profess to believe that the Bible is the
word of God; and will you not now prove, before God, angels, and men, that you do in heart believe what you have long professed to believe? If you have made the consecration, and have resolutely made up your mind, in view of all coming time, to be, in the most absolute and unlimited sense, the Lord's, then take the next step. God commands you now to believe. Believe and enter into rest. If you hesitate to obey God, you will sin after the same similitude that the ancient Israelites sinned, when, after they were brought up to the borders of the promised land, and were commanded to go forward and possess it, they entered not in because of unbelief. Let me again ask, Do you now consecrate all? Do you now believe? If so, you are now being saved. O, hasten to give to God the glory due to his name. Hasten to confess with your mouth what your heart believes. Then will the Holy Spirit testify to your heart that it is unto salvation, free, fall, complete salvation — a redemption from all iniquity.


A HOLY CALL AND A HOLY HEART.


We had a gracious season at the meeting yesterday afternoon. Two earnest disciples, who had been waiting for the full baptism of the Holy Ghost, received, I trust, the precious gift. One of these was a most promising young man, who feels himself called to preach the gospel. He leaves this city to commence his studies for the ministry this week. For weeks past, he says it has been sounding in his ears, "Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord." Thus we see that the Holy Spirit has been assuring his heart that the first steps towards a preparation for the ministry is the attainment of a holy heart. And now sanctified, through the belief of the truth, he goes forth to commence his studies, and also his efforts, in soul-saving, under the supervision of his brother, a minister, who, I trust, is doing valiant service for God.

That this conviction for purity of heart was the result of the Holy Spirit's teachings who can question? If the calling of all Christians is high and holy, how eminently so is the call of that man who is sent forth direct from the throne of God, as an ambassador in Christ's stead, to treat with dying men of divine and eternal realities!

"* * * He alone his office held
Immediately from God."


The case of this young man reminds me of the many, with whom I have been conversant, who have been similarly exercised in regard to the attainment of entire sanctification before entering the holy ministry. I have conversed with scores who have thus, previous to their entrance upon the duties of their high calling, felt a keen, penetrating sense of their need of this endowment of power from on high. Some have waited for the baptism of fire, others have not. We believe that there is not one truly called of God but has felt that this gift of power was an absolute prerequisite to an entrance upon their holy calling. But we fear that there are many who have not made a covenant with God by sacrifice, with an unyielding resolve to tarry at Jerusalem until the full baptism of the Spirit be given. Those who have waited have entered upon their ministerial career as men of might; but not all who have attained this grace have retained it. The baptism of fire is retained on the same principle upon which it is received. The sacrifice is ever in the process of being consumed while it remains bound on the altar. To those who thus keep the offering wholly given up to God through Christ, the prayer is ever being fulfilled

"Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
To work, speak, think, and act for thee."


This prayer fulfilled, the whole life is an embodiment of power. Holiness insures usefulness. These, while they have continued holy and humble, by keeping the sacrifice bound on the hallowed altar, have been marked for the Usefulness and appropriateness of their course. Through their ministrations Zion has risen and put on her strength, and converts have been multiplied, and thus, not infrequently, has the eye of the multitude been attracted, and popular favor secured.

POPULAR FAVOR A TRYING TEST.


And is not popular favor a test for the Christian? It is true that on all the glory there is a defense; and this defense, if properly regarded, would only result in the reception of grace for grace. But it is, alas! too often otherwise. I have with solicitude marked the effect of popularity on many of my friends; and where I have seen one pass unharmed through the ordeal of reproach and disesteem for Christ, I have, I think, seen ten who have not passed unharmed. But if one maintains a steady, onward course in the way of holiness, he will find that the direct path leads through
evil as well as good report. Good report, popular favor being gained, too many are unwilling to continue their close walk with the Saviour, but shrink from following him whithersoever he goeth, when the path leads through the vale of reproach.

When Jesus commenced his ministry, his fame went throughout all Judea. Multitudes followed him when they saw his healing power in restoring the sick, and his creating power in multiplying the bread. But there was a time when, by the wisdom of his counsels, he reproved the hypocrisy of the heart, and the various wrong-doings of the people. Then came evil report; and such was the effect of his loss of popular favor, that many refused to follow him more. Even that chosen few, "the twelve," seemed to stand in hesitating attitude. "Will ye also go away?" So said their Lord and Master, in expostulating tone. O, it is a lamentable fact that many prefer to lose the blessing of heart purity rather than be of no reputation for Christ's sake!

THE PRESENT DISPENSATION AND ITS RESPONSIBILITIES.


We live under the dispensation of the Spirit. Wonderful indeed are the privileges, and also the holy responsibilities, of all who name the name of Christ in these the expiring moments of the latter days. And we have only to avail ourselves of all our blood-bought privileges, and we shall be divinely empowered to meet our responsibilities. If Christ, who has purchased the entire citadel of the heart for himself, comes and brings his Father with him, — if the Holy Spirit, sent forth from the Father and the Son, comes and abides with us forever, and the body thus be made the abode of the Triune Deity, a habitation for God through the Spirit, — what an amount of responsibility may be met by one thus empowered!

Yes, we can meet our responsibilities. We can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth us. If left one moment without the aids of his grace we should be powerless!

"We cannot speak one useful word,
One holy thought conceive."


But Jesus has purchased the grace for us. Thus, "As God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk ill them." Glorious privileges are ours. And now that we are not sufficient of ourselves to think a good thought, how inspiring the consideration that all these urgings of the Spirit to win souls to Christ are divinely inspired! And when we obey these promptings, it is by the indwelling Spirit's dictations that we walk forth on these divine errands. It is the Holy Spirit that inspires our thoughts and words, when we urge the claims of Christ on those around us. And when, through our instrumentality, the claims of Christ are acknowledged, it brings forth fresh incense of praise, while the lowly instrument vibrates to the song,

"Thou all our works in us hast wrought;
Our good is all divine;
The praise of every virtuous thought
And righteous act is thine."


I think much of the requirement,
"Be filled with the Spirit." I have resolved that I will not be satisfied with my experience without knowing that I am thus filled. Our privileges involve obligations. And if we have received of that Spirit whereby we know the things freely given to us of God, surely we ought not to be satisfied with our experience without being thus consciously "filled with the Spirit."


Hamilton, Canada West, October 17, 1857


Rev. W. H. D—

Dear Brother: What hath God wrought! Would that I could portray on paper the wonderful works of God, which we have witnessed in the last few days. It is now only a little over one week since we paused, with the intention of only tarrying for the night in this place. We were on our way homeward from one of the most glorious meetings we ever attended; and had the railroad cars favored our purpose, we should have been with our New York friends one week yesterday.

But God's ways are not as our ways. We have witnessed, during the past twenty years, many signal displays of God's wonder-working power in saving souls, but never before have we witnessed a revival after this fashion; so remarkable in its aspects, so singularly suggestive and inspiring. The work began only a little over one week since, and already between three and four hundred have been brought into the fold of Christ. And still the work is going on with rapidly increasing power.

It is now Monday, October 19. It was only on Friday, one week since, that this glorious work commenced; twenty-one souls were blessed with pardon, and several others, I trust, with the full baptism of the Holy Ghost, the first day that the extra effort commenced; since which the work has steadily increased in power, the number of the newly justified varying from twenty to forty-five each day, until yesterday, when, through Christ, the Captain of our salvation, over one hundred were won over to the ranks of the redeemed. Hallelujah! the Lord God omnipotent reigneth! And let all the redeemed say, Amen, amen!

Thanks to the Lord of the harvest for such an ingathering. And where will it end? Not, we trust, till all Canada is in a blaze. The work is taking within its range persons of all classes. Men of low degree, and men of high estate for wealth and position, old men and maidens, and even little children, are seen humbly kneeling together, pleading for grace. The mayor of the city, with other persons of like position, are not ashamed to be seen bowed at the altar of prayer beside the humble servant, pleading for the full baptism of the Spirit. My pen lingers. I might write a volume of interesting incidents, but I must forbear.

I commenced a letter, two or three days since, which I intended to have addressed to yourself, in connection with our dearly beloved pastor. In this I commenced to give, a little more in detail, a glance at our journeyings since we left New York. The recital would cheer your hearts amazingly; but time fails. Such are the exigencies of this glorious work that every moment has its demands. But I must hasten. I have nearly filled my little sheet, yet in the multiplicity of good tidings have left unwritten that with which my pen was most heavily laden when I commenced to write. If the principle on which this revival commenced, and is now being carried out so wonderfully, is of God, where is there a place in God's dominions, where Christianity has the least foothold, but may be favored with a revival at once? This revival commenced, and is progressing, on precisely the principles laid down in the articles published in the Christian Advocate and Journal early last spring, under the caption,
"Laity for the times."

Though Hamilton is favored with three devoted ministers, than whom few are more marked, in our own or any other church, for eminent devotedness and ministerial ability, yet these ministers will be as free to acknowledge, to the praise of God, as ourselves, that this gust of divine power, now spreading as a Pentecostal flame over this entire community, took its rise in the sudden rise of the
laity.

In as few words as possible I will endeavor to tell you just how the work commenced; and then tell me whether the same principles, if brought into immediate requisition in all our New York churches, would not result in the salvation of thousands of souls in less than a week. The membership in Hamilton, comprising the three Wesleyan churches, has heretofore numbered about five hundred. When we paused on our journey here, on Thursday last, one week since, with the expectation of tarrying but for the night, there was nothing in the tone of the meeting we attended which indicated the near approach of this extraordinary outpouring of the Spirit.

It was the stated prayer meeting evening, and about seventy persons were present. We were led to speak of the solemn obligation of bringing
all the tithes into the Lord's storehouse, in order that all the tithes of time, talent, and estate might be laid on God's holy altar, and thus be brought into immediate use, by way of saving a lost world. We suggested that if the people would pledge themselves thus to bring all the Lord's tithes into his storehouse at once, and go to work on the morrow to invite their unconverted friends and neighbors to Christ, gracious results might be seen the ensuing evening. Probably over thirty of those present raised their right hand in the presence of the Lord, in solemn affirmation that they would sacrifice that which cost them something, in earnest, specific endeavors to win souls to Christ.

A special meeting was appointed for the next evening. Each one had obligated himself to bring at least one with him, and to invite as many as possible. On coming together in the evening, the lecture room was found wholly insufficient to contain the people, and the large audience room was resorted to. Ministers had been alike diligent as the laity in giving sinners a personal invitation to come to Christ. The invitation had been accepted, and the glorious result of the first day's effort was that a score of souls were added to the ranks of the saved. And now the newly saved were pledged, in turn, to unite with those already in the field, in bringing their unsaved friends to Jesus. A meeting was appointed for the next afternoon and evening, and still the number doubled and trebled, till hundreds are now in daily attendance on the afternoon and evening meetings, and the revival seems to be the absorbing topic of all circles. And who can say where it will end? Think of the three or four hundred new recruits, and these all engaged alike with those before in the field, in daily renewal of efforts to bring one more.
[This, it will be remembered, was at the commencement of the great financial difficulties, and seems to have furnished the data of the great revival which, as a Pentecostal flame, has since been spreading over the American continent.]

Nightly we pledged ourselves
anew to bring yet one more the coming day; and thus the hosts of Zion are enlarging daily, and new cases are being ferreted out, which would never have been reached but by this system of vigorous daily effort. "Wonderful!" exclaimed one of aristocratic bearing, who had long been unapproachable on the subject of his soul's best interest. And now he had been approached by one who, having newly received the baptism of fire, feared to let him alone. The lady, who now dared to meet him in his own home, was one among the many scores who, with uplifted hand, was daily pledging herself to be "instant in season and out of season" in searching out some new subject for Christ's kingdom; and now, on being thus personally addressed, and beholding the tears of earnestness streaming from the eyes of the lady addressing him, he exclaimed with amazement, "Wonderful! What can all this mean? Never did I see any thing like it!" He listened with interest to the expostulating tones of pious entreaty as they fell from the lips of the lady, and though he has not yielded to the claims of Christ, he has had a season of the Spirit's visitation, through human agency, without which the church might not have been clear of his blood, should he eventually be lost.

Said another, who was a lady of some position, but who had long been a neglecter of salvation, "Why, here is more than half a dozen different persons who have today been running to me on this subject. I do not see what has got into the people. Why, they must think that I am a dreadful sinner."

All classes are at work. Illustrations of exceeding interest come up before me; but I can scarcely trust myself to glance at them, they are so numerous and so suggestive. Seldom have I seen a more lovely convert than one in the common walks of life. After her translation from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son, she was so entranced with the glory of the inheritance upon which she had just entered, that the utterances of her new-born Spirit were singularly beautiful and sublime. I mentioned this on my return to the family where we were entertained. "O, that is the one our Eliza brought," said our hostess. Eliza is a pious servant in the family, but, though pressed with an unusual amount of service just at this time, she had, with others, lifted her hand by way of pledging herself to bring at least one.

"I did not know that our servant knew a person in the place, as we brought her from a distance, not very long since; but she had pledged herself to bring one, and that one was converted." So said the Rev. Mr. R., the minister who superintends the work here. The work is becoming the town topic. Men of business are after men of business; every man after his man. Surely this is a truthful demonstration of Christianity in earnest, and a return to what was said by an eminent divine of the more early Methodists — "They are all at it, and always at it."

In fact, it is only a return to primitive Christianity, when the manifestations of the Spirit were untrammeled by mere human opinions and church conventionalism, and permitted to have full sway. It is that which was foretold by the prophet Joel, and of which the apostle Peter spoke, when he proclaimed, "It shall come to pass, in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy;" furnishing a marked demonstration that the same power still continues in the church that was in the apostolic church, when Saul, breathing out threatenings and slaughter, scattered the band of disciples, comprising men and women, in every direction. The infant church, with the exception of the apostles, were, by Saul's fearful havoc, scattered away from Jerusalem; and being thus scattered, these
men and women of the laity went every where preaching the word. That is, they went abroad proclaiming the glad tidings of salvation, and urging the gospel invitation.

And why may not all these instrumentalities again be brought into use? Have we not men, women, and children in our various churches, whose personal realizations of the blessedness of salvation empowers them to urge others to the gospel feast? O, will not the ministers of the sanctuary at once bring all these instrumentalities into action? Dormant power is in the church, which, if brought into immediate use, would result in the salvation of thousands speedily. Will not the captains of the hosts of Israel call upon the people to come up at once to the help of the Lord against the mighty? O, if we may only have a "laity for the times," how soon will this redeemed world be brought back to God!


New York, November 14, 1857

To Rev. Mr. F.

During the past summer and fall months we have been permitted to participate in more extraordinary outpourings of the Spirit than we have ever before witnessed. Such exemplifications of the beauty and power of holiness, and such manifest effusions of grace in the awakening and conversion of sinners, we have seldom known.

I think that in the aggregate not less than two thousand souls have bean converted. I would speak with carefulness before God, and I believe this to be a low computation. Hundreds of believers have also received the baptism of the Holy Ghost; and O, the power that has attended their ministrations! Would that I could describe the scenes of intense interest we have witnessed; and surely you would magnify God, and together we would exalt his name.

Our last visit was at London, C. W. While we were there a revival commenced, and many in the city of London and from the surrounding country were newly blest. The secretary of the meeting informed us that he had received about two hundred names. We remained with them twelve days, and when we left, the work was still most graciously progressing. A principle is involved in the progress of the remarkable revivals in which we have recently been engaged, we think singularly important, and which many in these regions are resolving to test. "We are hearing of several encouraging things in connection with it. Companies of the laity are getting together and pledging themselves that they will go and do likewise. A lawyer, who is an earnest class-leader, told me a few hours since, that he took the paper containing the published account of the revival at Hamilton, and read it to the members of his class, instead of engaging in the usual exercise of relating experience. The result was, that the members united themselves into a band to carry out the principles of the letter. The revival in Hamilton is still going on, and at the last advices we were informed that between five and six hundred had been saved. The work of holiness is also going on with great power. While we were there, ministers and people were coming in from the country round about to share in the holy outpourings of grace. One man and his wife came seventy-five miles, seeking the full baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Lord fulfilled the desire of their hearts, and they returned to their home rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

A letter lies unsealed before me, which I have just written to the Rev. M. R., which introduces a subject so dear to my heart, that I can scarcely forbear transcribing it for you. It stands in connection with the salvation of the perishing. This is the one great work which above all others should occupy the attention of every professed servant of Christ.

"The Christian lives to Christ alone,
To Christ alone he dies."


It was the work of Christ to save the world. To the degree the disciple is Christ-like in his self-sacrificing efforts to save sinners, in a proportionate degree will he be made a partaker of Christ's joys. "That this my joy may be in them, and that their joy may be full." Christ's joy was to save the world, and bring many sons to glory. But I promised to give you my letter to the Rev. Mr. R., treating on this subject. And here it is:—


New York, November 13, 1857

To Rev. Mr. R____.

Dear Brother: It was near the midnight hour of October 30 that we parted with our London friends. Several brethren and sisters, dearly beloved in the Lord, accompanied us to the cars. There, at that affecting, solemn hour, we strengthened each other's hands in the Lord. Here, at the dead of night, we lingered at the depot about one hour, awaiting the "lightning train," which was to bear us to our distant home. We improved this hour of waiting in proposing plans for future conquests, which we hope may be as unending as eternity for good. As a company of God's sacramental hosts, we had just left a scene of triumph; and here, at this quiet hour, while the world was sleeping around us, we devised ways and means by which we might win the greatest possible number of souls to the Saviour. And here the whole company formed themselves into a band, which might be designated a
"Soul-saving Band." The company consisted of male and female followers of the Saviour. Some of these, though lovely and devoted, were timid, and comparatively uninitiated in the arts of holy warfare. Others had, during the twelve days' campaign through which we had passed, endured hardness as good soldiers. Many scores, during the twelve days we had labored together in the city of L., enlisted under the Captain of our salvation; and now, as we were about parting, we memorialized the solemn hour by forming ourselves into a band, which, we pray, may ever be signalized in the eye of God and man as a band of soul-savers. A board of direction was appointed, consisting of a presiding officer and a secretary, and the principles set forth in the accompanying preamble and resolutions were adopted. We send a copy of them to you, hoping that they may meet with your approval, and many may be induced to unite themselves in sustaining this, the most glorious enterprise that ever engaged the attention of a redeemed race. "Union is strength." And if the matter is of God, I trust many of our dear Hamilton friends will be induced to form themselves into bands for this glorious purpose. As we passed through P. H., early in June last, similar bands were formed, and we found a letter awaiting our arrival home last week, giving an inspiring account of numbers who had been converted, and others wholly sanctified, through the energetic and unwearied efforts of the members of these bands.


BANDS OF SOUL-SAVERS.


The object of those whose names are hereunto annexed shall be to use every possible means, in their individual and collective capacity, to pluck sinners as brands from the burning.

And whereas purposes, however piously formed, or strongly made, are too often failures, unless means be ordained whereby they may be made an ever-present specialty;

And whereas the value of the soul outweighs all human considerations, and is an object to which all business or domestic avocations should be subservient and tributary;

And whereas we believe we cannot serve the Lord Christ more effectually, either by way of bringing an increase of grace into our own souls in thus using the grace given, or to the individual benefit of the human family at large, than by making daily specific efforts in rescuing souls from death, for whom Christ shed his precious blood; therefore,

1.
Resolved, That while we would not be unmindful of the divine injunction, "Diligent in business," we will, through the assistance of almighty grace, manifest our fervor of spirit by endeavoring to make every earthly consideration, whether it be secular business or domestic avocations, specifically subservient to the service of Christ.

2.
Resolved, That we will endeavor to save at least ONE HALF HOUR DAILY, and more, if possible, in specific, direct efforts to win souls to Christ; and this, God being our helper, we will endeavor to do, though it may be at the cost of a more habitual carefulness in treasuring up time, or though it may cost something in acts of self-denial, by either rising earlier or sitting up later, or may involve the necessity of casting aside the enthusiastic doctrine that we are not to do good unless we feel free to it, or though at the cost of pecuniary profit; repelling with righteous indignation the idea that Christians are not required to sacrifice that which costs them something.

3.
Resolved, That we will make earnest and prayerful efforts to engage all who love our Lord Jesus Christ to unite in this, the most momentous and ennobling Christian enterprise that can command the attentions of a redeemed world; enlisting, as far as in us lies, the interest of all professed Christians, whether young or old, and irrespective of denomination, inasmuch as all professed Christians are called to be workers together with God in bringing a revolted world back to the world's Redeemer.

4.
Resolved, That we will, as far as circumstances permit, meet together weekly, at such time and place as, by mutual agreement, shall be deemed most expedient; in order — First: To seek counsel of God, "who teacheth our hands to war and our fingers to fight," and through whom alone we can wage a successful warfare against the hosts of sin. Second: To present cases demanding special prayer, to report conversions, or cases of hopeful interest, for mutual counsel, and especially for the encouragement of the weak and timid, in order that the graces of the Spirit, in the weakest believer, may be brought into continuous requisition, and thereby be continually multiplied, and thus the timid and weak in Zion become courageous and strong as David.

5.
Resolved, That in places where there may be more bands than one, it be recommended that they unite monthly; and where convenient, that the minister of the church, or one or more of the ministers of the churches to which the bands belong, be invited to be present and preside. A secretary may also be appointed, whose duty it shall be to read the reports of the various bands, and be ready, if deemed expedient, to present an annual report in January of each year, when an anniversary may be held in case it be regarded by a majority of the members subservient to the cause.

In all of which we, the undersigned, do agree, and in pledge of the sustainment of which we do hereby, in the name and presence of God, affix our names.





From the eventful hour, noted by our friend, on which she received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, she seems to have been ever intent on devising every possible means to bring souls to Jesus. This, to her mind, was the alpha and omega of the Christian's calling. It was the work that brought the Saviour from heaven to earth, and in view of promoting this, the great ultimatum of Christianity, a band was organized under her own roof to carry out these principles, in relation to which she writes thus to a friend:—


New York, January 13, 1858.


Dear Dr. B____: You will remember we talked, last Tuesday afternoon, about forming a band which might be denominated the Christian Vigilance Band, whose motto might be," Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord," but which, while acknowledging the utter inefficiency of all human agencies, might also aim to be properly cognizant of the fact, that true, living faith is ever active and energetic, inasmuch as faith without works is dead, being alone. We held our first meeting last evening, in view of taking this subject into consideration. We had an intensely interesting season in praying and talking over this matter. We have not yet fully organized. In fact, the subject was so suggestive of good, and so inspiring, that we found the evening quite too short, and we adjourned to meet again next Tuesday evening, when we hope that you will be present. But, though not fully organized, about twenty brethren and sisters desired to have their names affixed to the pledge to work for God.

Two ministers of different denominations were present, well known as holy adepts in the art of soul-saving. I should have said three ministers were present; one who, though he has not yet given himself up fully to the work, anticipates doing so. He came seeking the full baptism of the Holy Ghost, not having fully understood the precise object of the meeting. But, while we were speaking of the necessity of
using grace if we would have it multiply, and the self-sacrifice needful in view of the natural shrinkings of the flesh from these personal appeals to the unsaved, this brother saw that the reason why he had not before received the full baptism, was because he had not been willing to obey the gentle monitions of the Holy Spirit, which had long been urging him to these specific, personal efforts.

We had expected an interesting season; but the meeting exceeded our anticipations. The Saviour seemed so eminently present, and, as we talked by way of devising ways and means by which Christian men and women of the laity, as well as of the ministry, might, in a social way, win the most souls, I can hardly begin to tell you how divinely we were assured of the presence and approval of the Saviour.

This meeting, I presume, was about a sample of what future meetings may be. Several brethren and sisters related instances in which they had been specially blessed with encouragement in seeing souls won over to Christ by their personal efforts. Said one friend to another, as, in admiration of the grace of God, she listened to the instructive and most inspiring details of the occasion, "O, if there land been a reporter here, how thrillingly would the recitals of this meeting have told on paper!" "There is an unseen Reporter here," responded her friend. Never, I think, under any circumstances, have I been more divinely impressed with the conviction, "The Lord hearkened and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before him."

Can we contemplate a gathering where the presence of the Saviour might be more confidently expected? When we think of the price paid for human redemption, surely we cannot conceive it possible to be at too much pains in devising plans by which the gospel invitation may be given to every creature. And not till the professed followers of Christ feel their individual responsibility in making their secular business and domestic associations subservient to the one great object of the Christian's calling, which is the salvation of the whole redeemed family, can we hope that the gospel will be preached to every creature. Some thrilling recitals corroborative of this were given last evening.

Three or four different denominations were represented. And these were from various sections of the city and its environs, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, &c. This was truly encouraging, as there was little other notice of the meeting given than that which you heard at the Tuesday afternoon meeting, last week. But how reasonable that from a meeting of various denominations on the theme of holiness should emanate a social, weekly gathering, whose object may be to encourage each other in daily, specific efforts to win souls to the Saviour!

My heart glows with hallowed emotions while I write. O, I feel so sure that we may expect the guiding presence of the High and Holy One in this undertaking! We will not expect all who come to join the band at once, but will hope that the timid and weak will come, trusting that they may gather courage, and, in the end, become strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. How often have I seen the one talent made five by reason of use! Our Congregational brother, the Rev. Mr. B., was with us, and expressed the deepest interest in the meeting. He says he thinks the Lord is going to do wonders through these simple means. If I have one passion above another, it is a passion for soul-saving.

Yours in Jesus.




O____, March 12, 1858.


Beloved Sister S____: When I tell you that we are holding four and five meetings per day, you will not wonder when I say I must be brief.

I do not know that I could have clearer demonstration to my own mind of having obeyed the divine bidding in coming here, even though the angel Gabriel had been commissioned to come and tell me so. We have much to be thankful for. He at whose mandate we have come is greatly blessing us in our work, and making our commission known, not only among our own people, but the ministers and people of other denorninations seem to be well nigh equally interested with our visit. Our special commission just now appears to be to get the people one and all to come up to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.

Religion seems to be the order of the day here, or is fast becoming so, as in New York. The newspapers are taking up the theme, and reporting religious progress and revival intelligence, as in our city. Perhaps I may clip from the Gazette some intelligence of this sort for you, in which our visit is recognized. The Lord of the armies of Israel has ordered just the time of our coming. It is "court week," which brings many strangers here. Handbills, advertising the various religious meetings, are posted all over the place, and the people are crowding the places of worship, I presume, as never before.

Yesterday we attended four meetings, one in the Baptist Church, and three in our own, all of which were attended with marked demonstrations of the divine presence and power. Last evening was especially a season of memorable interest. The battle was set fairly in array, and we had a larger number won over to the Captain of our salvation than on any former occasion. Dear husband reached here a little before five o'clock, while we were in the midst of a blessed meeting. He seemed full of the Spirit and power of his Master. Last night he had blessed liberty and power, and was most gloriously effective in his labors in winning souls to Jesus. I am now writing in much haste, preparatory to attending a special meeting, which commences in about half an hour, in the Presbyterian Church. It has been convened at the request of the minister of the church, and has been published in other churches. It is more especially in view of bringing out the ladies of the different sects. It seems to be rather an outspoken belief, on the part of the ministry, that the female membership of the various churches ought to be brought out to pray, and speak, and exercise their various gifts. This extra service has been appointed in view of our meeting with them, and advising them in regard to duty on this subject. It is anticipated, in view of the interest which has been manifested on the theme, that there will be many present. I feel a serious sense of responsibility on the subject, as though it might be the beginning of a work of great magnitude. The recognition of the labors of females is a characteristic of the Spirit's dispensation, which seems to have been singularly overlooked. And how remarkable it is that this request should have originated with a Presbyterian minister! And now the church bell rings, and I must leave.


Saturday Noon, March 13.


I hoped to have sent my letter yesterday, but I was peremptorily called away to meet the ladies, as anticipated. It was a meeting of intense interest. It was held in the session room, with the understanding that the gentlemen should give way to the ladies in case there should be a crowd. Some gentlemen came — I do not know how many; but they were all displaced by the ladies, with the exception of Dr. _____, the ladies crowding the place, so that it was difficult to obtain seats.

Scarcely do I remember to have felt more of the divine presence and approval. I should like to tell you how my mind was directed in addressing this meeting; but time will not permit. I saw many with tearful eyes. I talked of the blessedness of the present dispensation, and its responsibilities. Most marked indications were given that the whole matter was in the order of God; and the interested, tearful answering looks of my auditory all seemed to say that the orderings of the meeting were of God. Not a few of the aristocracy of O_____ were there.

One of these earnestly entreated us to make our home with her during the remainder of our stay here. The Hon. _____ married in this family. While I was talking in the church, I noticed this lady's tearful eyes, and I longed that the leveling, self-sacrificing principles of the gospel should take such fast hold on her heart that she might not be permitted to rest short of the grace of entire sanctification. In the afternoon she came to the meeting in the Methodist Church, and seemed to be still more deeply interested. This morning we have called on her, and she informs us she has had a restless night. O, indeed my convictions are so strong that God is about to raise up a holy working class of Christians in all the various denominations here, that faith almost amounts to a demonstration.

Last evening, as we were about to commence our services in the M. E. Church, a messenger came to know whether an appointment might be announced for us this morning in the Congregational Church for half past ten. So sure were we that the matter was of God, that I dared not refuse. From that meeting I have now returned. It was largely attended by persons of various denominations. And though the invitation was mainly extended to ladies, yet, as we were not restricted for room as yesterday, the meeting being held in the body of the church, the gentlemen were not crowded out; about one third, or little over, of the congregation were gentlemen. I cannot go into particulars; but I think the meeting was still more intensely interesting than the meeting of yesterday. I saw many, both among the gentlemen and ladies, in tears. As we were singing the closing hymn, one of the gentlemen of the congregation came to me, and entreated me to go to a lady on the other side of the house. I found her weeping bitterly. On inquiring the cause of her agony, she sobbed out, "O, I believe the Lord would be willing to bless me if I were only willing to do my duty."

And thus it is that the Lord of the vineyard is about to roll a burden of labor on our sisters of other denominations, and the ministers of these denominations are all intent that these female disciples of the Saviour should be brought to feel the weight of responsibility resting upon them to come out as laborers. This morning the minister of the Baptist Church came to me, and asked if a similar meeting might not be appointed in his church.

Does not all this promise a revival of Christianity after the apostolic fashion? Would it not be singular if our Presbyterian, Congregational, and Baptist friends should go beyond our Methodist friends in calling out their female laborers? Certainly they appear to bid fair for it here; for the whole community seems to be leavening with this influence. We are having glorious seasons of the outpouring of the Spirit in our own church. Multitudes are coming out, and many are being saved. We are having three meetings per day, besides the meetings we attend elsewhere. We cannot say when we will return. Invitations are pressing upon us in every direction, but we cannot leave here just now.

Your ever-attached Sister.



Charlottetown, P. E. I., October. 23, 1858.


Rev. Dr. H____: We occasionally see a copy of your excellent paper in these British Provinces. A few weeks since we saw some reference made to our labors in these regions, and it occurred to us that it might be pleasing to the friends of Zion to receive more minute details of the outgoings of God's power in this far off land.

About three months since we passed through Boston, in answer to an official invitation from the Wesleyan Church in Frederickton, N. B., to attend a camp meeting. It was our expectation to return in two or three weeks; but at every point in our journeying we were permitted to witness such remarkable outpourings of the Holy Spirit, that we have been delayed till the present time.

The camp meeting was held near Woodstock, N. B. It was well attended in point of numbers, in view of the fact that camp meetings are considered an experiment in these parts. The secretary of the meeting reported the numbers who had been made recipients of saving grace two hundred. The flame that broke out at the camp meeting spread to the surrounding country, and we left a gracious work in progress, especially at Woodstock. A friend informs us that about six hundred have since been saved on the district in which the meeting was held. The district chairman is a man of power, filled with faith and with the Holy Ghost. On our return we paused a short time at Frederickton. Here several received sanctifying, and others justifying grace; while here we were urgently invited to go to St. John and hold special services. We were not expecting to remain more than three or four days, but the church and the ministry began to arise and put on their strength. Many received the baptism of fire. Those holding official positions in the church were seen humbling themselves, kneeling at the altar of prayer, pleading for full salvation. Ministers and people from the surrounding country flocked in; and we have reason to believe that as many as two hundred, if not more, were enabled to testify that "the blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin." The church, thus endued with power, was mighty in working for God in the ingathering of sinners.

During the twenty-three days of our stay the flame of revival continued to rise and spread, every day increasing in power, the people coming out in yet greater crowds daily at both afternoon and evening meetings, till, at the time of our leaving, we think not less than four hundred had been newly gathered into the fold of Christ. The last evening of our stay here seemed to exceed all others in power and glory. Surely the Lord poured out his Spirit upon his people in floods of saving grace.

Having accepted an official invitation from the churches in Halifax, we tore ourselves away from our friends in St. John in the midst of this glorious work. Here, also, the Captain of our salvation began to work in great power, after the church membership had, in humble waiting before God, sought the full baptism of the Holy Ghost. The church being thus endued with power from on high, the Lord wrought most graciously. In twenty-one days one hundred and forty received the blessing of pardon; and, judging from the many who daily presented themselves as earnest seekers of the blessing of entire sanctification, I do not doubt but at least one hundred received the witness of full salvation. The work thus gloriously commenced continued to rise during the whole period of our stay, and was at a higher point on the evening we left than at any former period. Probably not less than forty were forward for prayers the evening preceding our departure. But we had yielded to solicitations to engage ourselves elsewhere, and could not remain.

Our next visit was at Truro, about sixty miles from Halifax. Here also the church was induced to listen to the call of the Spirit, and come up to the help of the Lord against the mighty. We remained a little over a week, and witnessed, to a remarkable degree, the arm of the Lord made bare. We heard no estimate of the number saved, but the recipients of grace were many. To God be all the glory.

From Truro we went to River John, N. S., a town of probably less than a thousand inhabitants, situated on the banks of the River John, which empties into the Straits of Northumberland. Here the overhanging cloud of mercy began to pour out plenteous showers. We remained three days, engaged in holding day and evening meetings. Many received the sanctifying seal, and others were newly justified. Truly did Zion arise and put on her strength, resolving to put forth all her dormant energies in bringing lost sinners to Christ. But, by the pressure of other engagements, we were constrained to leave ere we could witness the full triumph of the promised victory.

Leaving River John, we came by the way of Pictou to Prince Edward Island. We are now at Charlottetown, the seat of government of this beautiful island, a city of about five thousand inhabitants. The population of the whole island, as we are informed, is about seventy thousand. In this place the Wesleyan body is well represented. Their church is commodious, and it is said will seat from fourteen to fifteen hundred persons; the church membership, till within a few days, was about three hundred. But what hath God wrought!


While at St. John, our friend, writing to a minister and his lady formerly resident there, says,


Rev. Mr. and Mrs. _____: The oft-repeated name here of the beloved brother and sister in Jesus, to whom these lines are addressed, seems newly to have brought my spirit in fellowship with you. We address you as
one, because you are one in Christ Jesus, and we are one with you.

"One family in him we dwell."


How blessed to enter by the new and living way into the inner sanctuary, and, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, cast anchor daily yet deeper within the veil, whither Jesus, the forerunner, hath for us entered! My heart would proceed, but so prolific is the theme that my pen would fain pause. The wonderful companionship proffered to the believer, as set forth in Heb. xii. 22-24, comes up before me — "Ye are come to mount Zion," &c. Alleluia! the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!

I know you will hasten to give God the glory when I tell you that the fruit of your united labors in this place still remain. The seed you scattered here is still producing fruit; and your name is as ointment poured forth. I think we were informed that in the itinerancy this was your last field of labor. But I do not doubt that, in the field in which you by divine appointment are now laboring, art abundant harvest will in the end await you.

You will rejoice to hear that the Lord is most graciously pouring out his Spirit in this place. We came here not expecting to remain over a day or two; but such are the indications of a remarkable work of the Spirit that we hesitate in leaving.

August 2. It is now one week since we came here, and every day the interest has increased. Many have received the blessing of purity, and not a few have been newly born into the kingdom of grace. How many I cannot say, as there has not as yet any note been taken of the number. But as yet the battle has progressed on the principle set forth, 2 Chron. xx. As you will observe, here was one of the most signal victories ever gained by the hosts of Israel. Combined nations had concentrated their forces, and a wonderful conquest was achieved by
believing and praising. Singers were appointed to precede the army of Israel, and their song was to be in praise of "the BEAUTY OF HOLINESS." Last night, by the advice of a brother, who is one of the leaders in Israel, we did not bring forth the standard of holiness with quite so much prominence before the people, and only invited those who were seeking pardon forward. We were soon compelled to feel that the orderings of the battle were not in accordance with the mind of the Spirit, and quickly retraced our steps, and invited, conjointly, both those who were seeking either state of grace, purity, or pardon; and, as on preceding evenings, many immediately presented themselves, some seeking pardon and others purity.

Wed. 3. The work is going on with increasing power. Both the afternoon and evening meetings are largely attended. It has been estimated that not less than seven hundred have been in daily attendance during the present week at the afternoon meetings at the Centenary Church. At these meetings, though the neglecters of salvation are not forgotten, and seekers of pardon ate earnestly invited to come to Jesus, yet the efforts are mainly in view of inviting believers to come up to the help of the Lord against the mighty. How powerless is the church unless filled with the might of the Spirit! Peter was a disciple before he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. But he was empowered to do more, after he had tarried at Jerusalem and received the Pentecostal baptism, in five hours, than he could have accomplished in five years without this baptism of fire. How many disciples may still be asked, "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?" Glory to God and the Lamb forever for the manifestations which are daily greeting the eyes of wondering beholders, assuring the gainsaying world that we live Under the dispensation of the Spirit, and that it is still being poured out upon all the disciples of the Saviour, who humbly and believingly wait for it. Alleluia! the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. "The tongue of fire" — the prophetic flame — may not only be written about, but may be received. Many have been endued with this gift of power since we have been here. And these newly baptized ones are now going around among the unsaved inhabitants of this city, inviting them to the temple of the living God. And here the God of the temple meets them, and they are brought to a saving acquaintance with Jesus. Said I to one, who came crowding herself in among the multitude of seekers, "For what did you come?
What is the petition which you would present to Jesus? for he is now here to receive your petition." "I came to get acquainted with Jesus," she replied. Said I to another, who was kneeling near the one just referred to, and was weeping convulsively, "And what would you have the Saviour do for you? for he is now saying to you, 'What wouldst thou that I Should do for thee?'" She cried out, "O, my heart is burdened, so burdened! I feel that the Lord has blessed my own soul; but O, my husband and four children are all unsaved;" and then she burst into another fit of convulsive sorrow. As she lifted her head I saw that she was one who, the afternoon previous, had been kneeling, seeking the full baptism of the Spirit. And was not this manifestation of heart-breaking desire demonstrative that she had indeed been baptized into the Spirit of Him who wept over those whom he would fain have saved? O, when the Christian church is fully baptized into the Spirit of her Lord, what manifestations of yearning pity will there be over a perishing world! and how soon will this revolted yet redeemed World be brought back to the world's Redeemer!

These afternoon meetings, which are so largely attended, are made mightily subservient to the interest of the evening meeting. Here Zion puts on her strength. And in the evening meetings the hosts of Zion are seen scattered in various parts of the house, in earnest, importunate endeavors to win their friends and neighbors over from the ranks of sin. Last night about fifty were forward for prayers, and many were saved. The evening exercises are mostly directed towards the ingathering of sinners; but, as before intimated, seekers of purity are also invited forward. The large Centenary Church, where you were stationed when here, is nightly crowded — gallery filled, and people standing in the aisles and doors, unable to find seats. The ministers stand forth nobly as Captains of the Lord's hosts, and aid in leading the people forth to glorious victory. We are praying that this cloud which has arisen, small as a human hand, may spread over all British North America; and to this we well know that your fervent hearts will respond, Amen. Yours in Jesus.

Charlottetown, P. E. I., September 29, 1858.


Dear brother D____: Still we are delayed in these British Provinces. We cannot doubt but the Captain of the hosts of Israel has, in ordering our steps here, led us forth by a right way. Never have we been more fully assured of divine direction than in our detention in these Provinces. Dr. _____ wrote you of the work in St. John. We have since received letters from correspondents there, assuring us that the fruit remains, and that the work is most graciously widening and deepening. A letter from the Rev. Mr. A., one of the excellent ministers resident in St. John, says, "Since your departure, although our congregations have not been so large as when you were with us, we have not forfeited the blessings which were so richly bestowed upon us during that wondrous visitation. Our Quarterly Love Feast was held last Monday evening, at the Centenary Church; and it was indeed one of the most hallowing and blissful seasons I ever enjoyed. Many noble testimonies were given of the power of Christ to save to the uttermost, and many young converts spoke very sweetly of the preciousness of our Jesus. Ten o'clock came, and every one appeared amazed, and grieved that the time for separation had come. The language of all appeared to be,—

"My happy soul would stay
In such a frame as this,
And sit and sing herself away
To everlasting bliss."


"Glory, glory to the Lamb, for all his mercy and his grace."

One engagement has succeeded another in such rapid succession, that I cannot now remember whether we wrote you of the revival which commenced in Halifax during our visit there. While at St. John, we were induced to accept an urgent invitation from the Wesleyan churches in Halifax. Perhaps you may have seen the official recognition of this, and also of our visit to St. John, as published in the "Provincial Wesleyan" of August 26 and September 16. During our stay at Halifax, the secretaries of the meeting reported one hundred and seventy names as among the newly blessed. One hundred and forty of these were gathered from the world. From a dozen to twenty soldiers were among the newly enlisted in the service of the Captain of our salvation. They came forward in their fine scarlet uniform, and interspersed themselves among other kneeling, weeping penitents. And it was to us a most interesting sight, to see these hardy men, who, but a few months since, were engaged in bloody conflict in the Crimean war, now commencing their eternal God-service, and acknowledging allegiance to the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Several of these, after receiving pardon, came forward the second time, and again bowed at the communion rail. At this we at first wondered, in view of the fact that their conversion had been very clear. But on inquiry we found that the Holy Spirit had convinced them of the necessity of a further work, and they were pleading for the witness of inward purity. Nearly all of these, we trust, with several others, had not only a new song put into their mouths, but their
goings established.

We have seen many beautiful illustrations of this in our labors at various places, of which I may write you as opportunity occurs. I cannot forbear mentioning one or two cases of entire sanctification, which occurred in but a few days after conversion, at St. John; one, of a man who received the blessing of justification one evening, in the gallery, while we were telling
how a sinner might be saved. We were pointing out the simplicity of faith, and had asked that some one or more might be enabled to believe unto salvation. After we had finished speaking, this man came down from the gallery, and hastened forward to the altar. Soon as an opportunity was given for confession, he stepped forward, and, facing the congregation, said that he had been convicted of sin at one of the meetings two or three days previous, and had come to the meeting this evening, resolved to seek an interest in Christ. While the way to Jesus was being pointed out, he thought, Why need I wait? Why not trust in Christ to save me just now? He believed, and was saved. He had come forward now, not to profess himself as a seeker, but to confess that he had found the Saviour. He was induced, at once, to manifest his love to Jesus by constraining others to come to the gospel feast; and a brother and other of his relatives were induced to accept of the conditions of salvation.

About one week subsequent to the conversion of this earnest man, we again saw him bowed with the seekers, surrounding the communion rail. On inquiring, we found that he was earnestly seeking the witness of entire purity, believing it to be his privilege to have the bent to backslidings taken away, and his goings established. He did not seek in vain. Definite and importunate petitions bring definite answers, and definite answers to prayer demand definite acknowledgments. In less than an hour from the time he approached the altar of prayer, he rose and gave a precious testimony of the power of Christ to save to the uttermost.

One evening, as we approached the church door, we were introduced to an intelligent, gay young lady. I urged her most affectionately to yield herself up to the service of the Saviour, and could only succeed in obtaining an answer that she would, in the strength of the Lord, try. She did try. That evening she presented herself among the seekers of salvation, and obtained a joyful witness that her sins were pardoned, and her name written in the book of life. Two or three days after her conversion, she came to me, at an early hour, one morning, so distressed in mind, that I presume she had slept but little, if any, during the night.

The occasion of her distress was, that she feared she had grieved her Saviour in not having invited a gay lady to seek an interest in Christ, whom she had seen in the congregation the evening before. Yet she had not been wholly negligent of the duty, but had endeavored to do by proxy that which the Holy Spirit assured her ought to have been done personally. Feeling as though the cross was too heavy for her to bear, she called for the Rev. Mr. A., and sent him to the lady; but he failed in speaking to the Fight one, and the work was left undone. Thankful to see the tenderness of conscience of this precious lamb of Christ's fold, yet longing to assuage her distress, I expressed my regret that she had not been ready to obey at once the gentle monitions of the Spirit, and by not following it, had brought upon herself a degree of condemnation. I proposed a plan, by which I suggested the cruel tempter might be more than outmatched. "Go," said I, "to the lady this morning, and tell her how distressed you feel for not having done your duty, in inviting her to the Saviour last evening." She exclaimed, "O, I would if I only knew who she was, or where I might find her!" I had supposed that the lady who was the object of her solicitude was one of her former companions, when in friendship with the world, and could not but feel that the Lord was about to make this lovely young convert an example to believers, in the duty of being "instant in season and out of season." I advised her to manifest that she had been renewed in mind, by her outward conformity to the self-sacrificing principles of the gospel, and put aside the badges of friendship with the world. She acknowledged that my suggestions were scripturally correct; but I could see the conflict depicted in her countenance. Nature and grace were striving for the mastery. "Ye cannot serve two masters." "What agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" "What do you think," said she, "of the Christians at F____? I spent a gay winter there. I saw Christians in gay parties, and I could not see that they differed from others; indeed, I used to think that I was about as good as any of them." I assured her, in return, that such Christians were, in fact, not Christians, but mere professors, and, as such, stumbling blocks, over which, she could now perceive, she was in danger of stumbling into perdition, and entreated her to resolve that she would never thus stand in the way of others, but show that she was resolved on being a Bible Christian.

She then and there resolved that she would indeed come out from the world and be separate, and manifest her detachment from the world by laying aside her superfluities. She did so, and I was interested to see her, on the afternoon of that day, appearing more as one professing godliness. From that point she began to run on in the way of God's commandments. And why not, as she had now resolved on laying aside every weight? At one of the subsequent afternoon meetings, she came to me with a most glowing countenance. O, it seemed that my spirit's eye could see legibly written on that happy brow, "HOLINESS TO THE LORD," as she exclaimed, "I have washed my garments white in the blood of the Lamb!" The evening previous to our leaving, she rose before congregated hundreds, and testified to the power of Christ, not only to forgive sins, but to cleanse from all unrighteousness. Surely the time has come when judgment must begin at the house of God. It will not do for these thousands, which are being brought out of spiritual Egypt, to be hindered by the example of older professors, from entering into the Canaan of perfect love. These masses which have been brought out of Egypt must be led at once up into the rest of faith.

"A rest where all the soul's desire
Is fixed on things above,
Where fear and unbelief expire,
Cast out by perfect love."

Not only must worldly-conformed professors remove the stumbling block of their example, but those who lead forth the hosts of Israel must furnish examples in faith as well as in doctrine, and from their own inspiring experience be enabled to testify, "We are well able to go up and possess the goodly land." Authoritative or theoretical teachings are seldom effective in leading the soul onward to the rest of perfect love. The religion of Christ is a religion of love, and all its indices are equalizing, and seem to say, "Ye are all brethren." Paul yet again and again presented his own inspiring experiences of the grace of God to encourage others to come up to the Christian standard of experience — "Let us, as many of us as be perfect, be thus minded." And in like manner does he also enforce the doctrine of conversion, by the repetition of his own conversion. Said a beloved young minister, who was in attendance at one of our recent meetings, where many, to whom he would be called to minister, had been raised up to testify that the blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin, "What shall I do? Last night, as I saw the people crowding forward for prayers, I was so concerned about my own condition that I felt as if I could lint work until I had something further done for my own soul." He had been wrestling with the Angel of the Covenant during the night. "And now," said he, "I see that I must preach holiness to the people, and I am resolved to do so; but it will be hard work to preach the doctrine theoretically unless I have experience of the grace." We presented the simple way of faith, and said, "If the prophet had told thee to do some great thing, wouldst thou not have done it? It is simply wash, and be clean. The cleansing fountain is nosy flowing. Christ is the Lamb, newly slain from the foundation of the world, and all you have to do is to present all your redeemed powers a living sacrifice to God, through Christ, and then rely upon the declaration, 'The blood of Jesus cleanseth.' Not that it did cleanse, or will cleanse, but cleanseth — cleanseth now. Is not an offering presented to God through Christ, 'holy, acceptable?'" He dared doubt no longer, and exclaimed, "I will, I do believe!" O, what glorious confirmation of his faith followed! Never shall I forget the affectingly interesting scene which succeeded, when, before several witnesses, he shortly afterwards nobly professed his faith in the infinitely efficacious, all-cleansing blood of Jesus.

A BELIEVING MEETING.


Many of us, perhaps, have our sacrifice already upon the altar. At least, all is there, with the exception of that will which requires signs and wonders. Let us get that will upon the altar now, and resolve at once on taking God at his word, irrespective of emotion, or any
sensible demonstration; for it is written, "The just shall live by faith," and to the degree we have sensible manifestations, faith is not necessary. It is faith that honors God. Abraham believed God, and his faith was counted to him for righteousness.

Well, we had, indeed, a believing meeting. Many now brought their sacrifices to the altar, and in faith waited for the descent of the hallowing, consuming fire. But Abraham's sacrifice became the Lord's property the moment he laid it upon the altar — just as truly the Lord's, as though he had been permitted to ascend to the throne of God in heaven, and laid the sacrifice there on Heaven's altar, before the myriads of angelic beholders. "The altar sanctifieth the gift." The moment he laid it upon the altar it became virtually God's property. All Abraham had now to do was to watch the offering. It was just as sacredly the Lord's before it was consumed as it was afterwards. When he saw the fire descend and consume the sacrifice, faith on that point was no longer necessary. It was sight. But it is faith that honors God. And now we have reason to believe that scores resolved to take God at his word. Of course, Abraham
could not have believed that his offering was accepted before it was laid on the altar. Neither could his offering have been consumed unless it had been placed on the altar. But the offering once laid on the altar, and kept there, God always does his part of the work. No danger of failure here; his name is faithful and true. Such a baptism of fire as descended on this company during the process of this believing meeting I will not attempt to describe.

From this point the work progressed with great power. I do not doubt but as many as a thousand in all have been blessed with either sanctifying or justifying grace. It is now Friday. I have not heard the number of those newly converted since last Monday. The district chairman then informed us that over five hundred names had been taken of those who had been newly gathered from the world, besides those who had been restored from their backslidings, who were before members. The work has been going on with still greater power during the present week, and the newly justified now are doubtless not less than from six to seven hundred.

What hath God wrought? Surely you will give him all the glory. My heart exclaims with the sainted Fletcher, "O for a gust of praise to go through the earth!" Let all the people praise him, and let the saints shout aloud for joy.

Yours in Jesus.


Bay of Fundy, On board Steamer Admiral, Nov. 22, 1858


Dearest Sister: We have just left St. John, N. B. Jesus gives us our friends. We have just taken our last leave of scores of tearful ones, and are now on board an American steamer, on our way to Boston, where, Providence favoring, we shall probably arrive tomorrow afternoon.

Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are what we are. Would that it were in my power to transcribe the wonderful dispensations of grace towards us since we saw you. Never have we had a deeper realization of the fact that it is "not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord," than during the entire of our present journeyings, and never have we witnessed a more extraordinary demonstration of the fact that our God loves to take of the weak things of this world to confound the mighty. I think it would be a low computation, should we say that we have witnessed, in the aggregate, two thousand newly saved at the various places we have visited, besides hundreds of believers sanctified wholly.

At every point the work has commenced with the church. Both ministers and people have, with deep humiliation and tears, sought the full baptism of the Spirit; and then, as on the day of Pentecost, the convincing power has penetrated the hearts of sinners, and multitudes have been saved. I would have written to you often; not a week would have passed but you would have had a sheet largely filled; but I can scarcely begin to tell you how constantly my time has been occupied. We have had three meetings a day during the past four weeks, and some of these meetings have been from three to four hours long, commencing at eight o'clock in the morning, and continuing till towards noon; afternoon meetings commencing at three o'clock, and continuing till dark. At these meetings it is not unusual to see from twenty to fifty forward for prayers. Of course, it would be difficult to leave these earnest seekers until driven by the shades of evening and our waiting repast.

At seven o'clock we have again repaired to a still more crowded house, to be answerable to the evening service, when the Lord has generally wrought in still greater power, and we have seldom left the house till after ten o'clock. It is astonishing how the people come out from all the surrounding country, going and returning from ten to twelve miles daily, and others coming, and remaining day after day, from a distance of fifty miles and over. Wherever we have been, the ministers from the surrounding districts have come in, and few have shared more largely in the falling showers of grace than these. At the last place we visited, the chairmen of three districts were present, part of the time, with a number of other ministers. And not unlike this has it been at most places we have visited.

As you have not been with us in our campaigns, I suppose you would sometimes like to look in upon us, and see the orderings of grace. Well, it is, in short, about like this: Dr. _____ and myself generally confer together, and we select such portions of Scripture and hymns as contain such leading ideas as we wish to urge upon the attention of the people. The meetings are given in charge of husband, and after the opening hymn is sung, some minister present generally prays. A portion of the Scriptures is then read, and the peculiar gift which the Lord has given Dr. _____ to read
impressively, has, through the power of the Spirit, told most advantageously on the cause. After another hymn is sung, your humble sister aims to talk as the Spirit gives utterance. It is my intention not to exceed half an hour, but if I should say that I am often drawn out beyond my anticipations, you will not be surprised.

And now let me assure you, dear sister, that the Lord is giving most confirming evidence to thousands that he has not forgotten his ancient promise, "I will pour out my Spirit on my sons and daughters," &c. Had Gabriel been commissioned to come and assure me that the Lord would have me open my lips and speak of the power of his saving grace, and also of other things that appertain to his kingdom, I could not be more certain of a divine call. The hundreds whom we have yearly witnessed brought over to the ranks of the saved during the past twenty years since we received that memorable baptism of the Spirit, July 26, 1837, puts doubt to flight, and makes the opinions of men seem lighter than vanity, where these opinions would seem to contravene the order of God.

Were I called to pass through the vale of mortality this hour, I should love, before entering into the more immediate presence of my faithful covenant-keeping Lord, to say, to the praise of his grace alone, that we have reason to believe thousands have been won over from the ranks of sin, whose feet, we fear, had been in the way to death, had we not gone beyond the precincts of our own home to talk to them of the way of life. I say we, because husband and myself are not only of one mind on this subject, but are also one in our labors. He always succeeds my little talk with a persuasive invitation to the lukewarm professor and the open sinner, when they often come with a rush to the altar of prayer; and it is thus that we frequently witness scores blessed daily. Hallelujah! The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We would not have you infer that we have been wholly saved from the trial of our faith; but so ceaseless and triumphant have been the conquests of grace, that victory has been our constant theme. Often do we have reason to exclaim, Surely the servant is above his Lord!

Wherever we go, the Lord provides a home for us among the princes of his people. And though, in regard to leaving our own dear home, we seem literally called to test the principles of ancient discipleship, — that is, that of forsaking all and following Christ, yet at every point of need, every real want seems to have been met with singular appropriateness; so that we have most significantly exclaimed, many times, "Lacked ye any thing? and they said, Nothing, Lord."

We have in this, as in our many other and various journeyings, had much satisfaction in our work. Truly we have a goodly heritage. I have just been reviewing the past, and should love to portray, to the praise of God and for your satisfaction, these reviewings on paper. Wherever we go, the Lord gives us the hearts of the ministry and people to a degree that humbles and amazes us. We have made it a point, wherever we have been, to work with the ministry, not independent of them. This is agreeable to our own preferences. Of course the people expect us to till up the time largely; but this the ministers also desire, and so long as the Lord works in power, all parties are satisfied, and praise redounds to God.

The last place we wrote to you from was M____ Here both minister and people were dissatisfied with each other. It is not for us to say which were in fault; but surely there was a fault somewhere. While we were at P. E. Island we had been earnestly invited to visit M_____, but had so little idea of doing so that we had actually forgotten all about the matter, until we met a number of the friends awaiting the arrival of the cars. We were on hasteful wing homeward, and Dr. _____ had already sent a telegram to our beloved friends in St. John, that they might see us as we passed homeward in the steamer the next night. Added to the personal entreaties of these friends, was a written petition, signed not only by persons of the Wesleyan Church, but of persons of standing in the place not of our denomination.

But so imperative had we regarded our call homeward, that we would still have felt it our duty to hasten onward, had not the very low state of piety in the place enlisted our sympathies. In the Wesleyan Church, the evening meetings were well nigh totally neglected, sometimes less than a half a dozen attending the lecture, and the prayer meeting an entire failure; often no class meeting at all, and, at most, not more than three or four attending. To use their own expression, "It seemed as if religion was dying out in the place, and iniquity was abounding yet more and more." It is not surprising that the dear aged minister could have had no courage to minister to such congregations. He subsequently informed us by letter, that during about a half century he had never once been called to labor on such unfruitful soil.

How could we move homeward under such circumstances? We felt that the Head of the church forbade it, and we concluded to pause three days in the place. This was about noon, and the news quickly spread abroad. We had a large congregation in the evening perhaps about an equal division of Baptists, Presbyterians, and Wesleyans. We could not but feel the hardness of the soil, but, while laboring in spirit, felt that we had not only an almighty Helper, but a sympathizing Saviour. This was on Saturday evening. We had been informed that on Sabbath morning our friends of the Baptist Church would omit their own services in order to be present at the Wesleyan Church; but we were pleased that this purpose was not adhered to, as we preferred to have our people by themselves, and secure their individual attention to the great work of present and personal holiness. We had a memorable time both morning and afternoon, as we saw the fallow ground breaking up, and tearful eyes in every direction.

On Monday we began to gather fruit. O, how good has the Lord of the harvest been to us! Scarcely has the seed been sown ere it has sprung up and produced abundant fruit. Meetings were, from this time, held three times a day for two weeks, increasing constantly in interest and power, until, up to the time of our leaving, about one hundred and fifty names had been taken as newly blessed. These were not all from among our own people, nor from the immediate town, but some were from a distance, and others will attach themselves, perhaps, to other denominations; but I presume about one hundred have given in their names to join the Wesleyan Church. Eight new classes have been formed. The converts are some of the strongest men in the community. We are informed that three or four of them are already appointed class leaders; but you would not be surprised at this if you could only see what mature converts they are.

Here, as elsewhere, we have encouraged the newly-received disciple to look for the full baptism of the Holy Ghost. And it has not been unusual to see them come forward again a day or two after their conversion, seeking specifically for the fulfillment of the promise of the Father. And that the promised endowment of power from on high has been given, you would not doubt, if you could hear their lucid testimony and witness the power of their lives. We have recently received a letter from the district chairman at Charlottetown, informing us that the revival flame has burst forth at six different points on the district. The Sabbath before we left the island we were told that four or five of the young converts went to hold a meeting at a place u few miles distant from Charlottetown, when eleven convicted sinners came forward for prayers, and several were converted. O, it is the baptism of the Holy Ghost that is the great want of the church. With this how quickly would she "come up out of the wilderness, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners!"

It is now Monday. Two weeks ago on Saturday we left M____ for Sackville, N.B. At this I suppose you will wonder more than at any of our former removes, in view of the lateness of the season, and our oft-repeated resolve to hasten homeward. But we had been more importunately solicited to visit this place than perhaps any other since we left home, and we were now within thirty miles distance, and we feared we might resist the order of God should we refuse. At no place have we seen the hand of the Lord more signally displayed than at Sackville. The people gathered in from the surrounding country from ten to sixty miles, and a more general baptism of the church I do not think that we have ever witnessed. The number newly saved we do not know, as the names were noted but part of the time. The secretary informed me that of the number of names taken he had over one hundred.

But with this triumph there was also a painful trial, which has left a sadness on our minds. The first friend to welcome us at Sackville was Charles Allison, Esq., a lovely Christian gentleman of extensive and well-earned reputation. He was in his usual health when he welcomed us to his pleasant mansion on Mount Allison, two weeks since. Now he is an inhabitant of the Eternal City. We arrived on Saturday, and he was comfortable in health till Friday of the succeeding week. While we were dining on Friday, I saw he looked feeble. We spoke of this, and he said he was in a chill. I observed it was a convenient way to take cold when at church, from the vestry door being open, by passers in and out, when we were crowded in and around the altar. Mrs. A. observed "Mr. A. did not take his cold thus; he was thrown in a perspiration this morning by assisting the sexton to sweep the church." Think of this; a man by whose means the church and the ministry was largely sustained, and whose influence and wealth was doing as much, I presume, if not more, towards supporting the institutions of piety and literature, than any man in these British Provinces. What a reproof to those who would not shut the doors of the Lord's house for nought! I was mentioning this to a minister who had been stationed in the place, and he said, "O, that was only like Mr. A., he was continually doing such things. I have known him to plant with his own hands the potatoes on the parsonage grounds."

He had been greatly blessed in his own experience during the process of the meetings. He had long been seeking the witness of entire sanctification. One night, after returning from the church, we remained up praying and talking over this subject till near midnight. We left him holding on by faith, and I said to Dr. on retiring that night to our room, weary, "Well, if our coming to these Provinces may only result in such a man as Mr. A. being brought out as a clear witness of the power of Christ to save to the uttermost, I should feel myself repaid for coming all the way from New York." I then thought of what might be the weight of his testimony in that community; but how little did I think that he was so soon to take his place among the ranks of the blood-washed in heaven! But though he had endeavored to believe his hold on the blessing was somewhat trembling until the next afternoon, when, with over a score of others, among whom were ministers and people who came forward to the altar, he sought and obtained such a baptism of the Spirit as shall ever be remembered. From this hallowed hour he seemed to rest as under the shadow of the Almighty. So peaceful was his every look and act that I could only think of him as having entered

"The land of rest from inbred sin,
The land of perfect holiness."


Angels had lingered over that place, and had borne the names of scores of newly-repenting sinners to heaven. Over fifty of the students belonging to the male and female departments of the Mount Allison Seminary had, within a few days, been added to the saved, besides many from Sackville village, and the surrounding community; and scores of his Christian brethren and sisters had received the more enlarged baptism of the Holy Ghost. And now, as we were supping with a number of his friends, for the last time, at his own generous table, as each one was in turn repeating a verse of Scripture, our dear brother A. exclaimed, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation." We marked the heavenly glow that illuminated his countenance as he said this, and felt that it was invested with a singular significance, but knew not that it was the last time we were to sup with him before sitting down with him in company with all the redeemed family at the marriage supper of the Lamb. How sweetly was he prepared to enter into the rest of the redeemed in heaven! His constitution was feeble, and he was able to endure but little; but while his heart and flesh were failing, he felt in a preeminent degree that God was the strength of his life and his portion forever. Just as the day was about breaking that he entered upon his eternal rest, Dr. _____ read to him the seventeenth chapter of John. How sublime and inexpressibly precious this last prayer of our Saviour as he was about to leave his disciples! Both husband and myself then prayed. We could feel that his heart was with us in our approaches to the throne, but he was unable to speak. He was already buffeting the billows of Jordan. As I repeated the words,—

"Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide,
O, receive my soul at last," —


I could feel that the fast-failing energies of his struggling spirit was with me in every line. As I pressed his hand, and kissed the forehead, now cold in death, for the last time, exclaiming, "Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," he raised his beaming eye, already radiant with immortality, and the utterances of that countenance spoke of light, peace, and unshaken confidence. We were constrained to leave that day at ten o'clock, and at two he entered into the joy of his Lord. He seemed only to live to glorify God, and serve his generation according to the will of God. Though not, I presume, a man of immense wealth, yet he lived not to hoard up what he had, but, as a steward, to invest in a way which might most benefit the present and future generations.

We were informed that in addition to his other outlays, by way of serving his age, his appropriations toward the erection and sustainment of the Mount Allison Sackville Seminary amounted to about forty thousand dollars. He was himself a man of fine literary taste, munificent, yet prudent. Many have done virtuously, but perhaps few have excelled our brother as a man or a Christian. When offered the suffrages of the community, which might have secured his election as a member of Parliament, he declined the honor, and preferred a more retired way of usefulness, preferring rather, as his divine Master, to be among his friends as one that serveth. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them."

Last night we took part in the exercises at the Centenary Church. We had a good season. It seemed like a renewal of the battle. Twenty were forward for prayers, the most of whom were blessed. And now, as you see, we are actually on our way to Boston, from whence we hope to mail this letter on the morrow.


We will give but one record more from the hand of our friend, and close up the testimony we would present of the faithfulness of our promise-keeping Jehovah in the case of this daughter of the Lord. That the Father has poured out his Spirit and endued her with power from on high, we trust none will doubt. It he has thus poured out his Spirit upon one, who, because of her favorable surroundings, seems to have been permitted to speak, why may he not have done it in the case of many less favorably circumstanced, who have not been permitted to open their lips for God. Well do we know those who, we judge, have felt equally irrepressible influences to labor for God, and who, seemingly, were possessed of ability equally, if not more, promising for usefulness, whose lips have been restrained. In reviewings of the labors of this daughter of the Lord by another hand,* [*Rev. B. W. G. Guide to Holiness, Jan. 1857] he says, "For the last few years, we judge, she must have traveled not less than five thousand miles annually upon religious visits, always by request, to various portions of the United States and Canada. The results of these visits in the salvation of souls, and the edification of the church, cannot now be estimated with accuracy; but we speak from personal knowledge when we say that they have been large and abiding. Our convictions are, that many thousands of persons have been brought into the enjoyment of pardon or purity through her labors."

Now, dear reader, are you a minister? Let me ask, If this female disciple had been a member Of your charge, would you not have hindered the testimony of Jesus from the lips of this servant of the church? If so, how you would have grieved the Head of the church?



To the Rev. Mr. D____: * * * I feel an ever-pervading, all-consuming desire to glorify God to the uttermost in all things. I have no private interests to serve, no private reputation to build up or sustain, but such as stand in connection with Christ's kingdom. Never have I written one line that has had a righteous, holy, purifying tendency, but through the enabling, constraining agency of the Holy Spirit. Most deeply do I feel the import of the passage, "Their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." If a work is being done, our attention is not occupied with the instrument. That is, if you were using a spade by way of preparing the earth for the reception of seed, I, in beholding your work, would not say, "See what that spade has accomplished, but see what my brother D. has done."

I only look upon myself as a humble instrumentality which God has condescended to use, through which to communicate simple, yet infinitely important truth, in a manner suited to the unsophisticated multitude. It is true some doctors of divinity have not disdained our simple teachings. Yet it has been my aim to avoid most carefully every thing like a display of theological technicalities. Inasmuch as the Bible is not a sectarian book, or holiness the mere doctrine of a sect, it has been my aim to present it as the absolute requirement of the Bible, and binding on all of every name, rather than as a mere doctrine of a sect. In doing this, I have kept closely to Bible terms — holiness, sanctification, and perfect love. In all my various presentations of truths, I have aimed to follow the simple Bible mode of teaching, assured that the divine Author must have suggested the most
effectual mode of making truth palpable to the obtuse perceptions of his creatures.

By the types and historic narrations of the Old Testament Scriptures, and the illustrative emblems used by the Saviour in the New, I adopted the incidental mode of illustrating truth, apprehending it as God's way of simplifying spiritual realities, and making them tangible to the understanding of the humble. It was after this mode I began, and have continued to this day, to write and teach, carefully avoiding giving utterance to any doctrine or sentiment for which an explicit "Thus saith the Lord" may not be given. I feel that it is
due to the praise of grace to acknowledge that God has owned these simple presentations of truth. To this I have hundreds of letters to testify. A large portion of these are from persons I have never seen in the flesh, of various denominations. My M____ friends ought not to love me less because my teachings assume to be Bible rather than sectarian.

But my letter is already too long, and I must pause here. In view of the fact that the uninitiated in piety and the mass of professors so seldom come in contact with the stringent, yet, in view of ultimate salvation, the absolutely important doctrines of the cross, it strikes me that the presentation of them in incidental illustrations may dispose some to acquaint themselves, when presented in this approachable form, who might shrink from the perusal of theological works, which for able argumentation might be more imposing. It has always been my aim to be useful to the masses. It was these that heard the Saviour gladly.

Pray, my dear brother, that in the recordings of eternity it may be written of me, "She hath done what she could." It is my highest ambition to be numbered at last with those of whom the Revelator says, "These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth." O, it is, indeed, most blessed to have a name with those who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth here on earth.

"My Jesus to know and feel his blood flow,
'Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaven below."


O, what blissful scenes open before me, as, with the ransomed company, I return to Zion with songs and everlasting joy! I feel that I have already commenced my eternal God-service. I would not have you infer that I have no conflicts; but every new conflict only seems to be the harbinger of a new and yet more glorious conquest, and my heart seems ever tuned to the Christian's triumphant song, "Thanks be unto God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Three times have I seemingly been within hearing distance of my eternal home; once so near that, as my spirit flickered between the two worlds, heavenly music vibrated on my spirit's ear, and, O, how sweetly did I feel that. death was swallowed up in victory! But though I write thus confidently, most deeply do I realize that I cannot stand one moment but through the power of God. The cry of my spirit ceaselessly is,—

"Unsustained by thee I fall;
Send the help for which I call;
Weaker than a bruised reed,
Help I every moment need."


But while thus conscious of my momentary dependence, my heart trusts, and is not afraid. I know I have committed my all into the hands of Him who is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. "To the only wise God our Saviour be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."