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which was so great a blessing to thousands; and from this meeting camp-meetings took their rise. One man, for the want of horses for all his family to ride and attend the meeting, fixed up his wagon, in which he took them and his provisions, and lived on the ground throughout the meeting. He had left his worldly cares behind him, and had nothing to do but attend on Divine service.

“ The next popular meeting was on Muddy River, and this was a camp-meeting: a number of wagons loaded with people came together, and camped on the ground; and the Lord was present, and approved of their zeal by sealing a pardon to about forty souls.

The next camp-meeting was on the Ridge, where there was an increase of people, and carriages of different descriptions, and a great many preachers of the Presbyterian and Methodist orders, and some of the Baptist; but the latter were generally opposed to the work. Preaching commenced, and the people prayed, and the power of God attended. There was a great cry for mercy. The nights were truly awful; the camp-ground was well illuminated; the people were differently exercised all over the ground—some exhorting, some shouting, some praying, and some crying for mercy, while others lay as dead men on the ground. Some of the spiritually wounded fled to the woods, and their groans could be heard all through the surrounding groves, as the groans of dying men. From thence many came into the camp, rejoicing and praising God for having found redemption in the blood of the Lamb. At this meeting, it was

computed that one hundred souls were converted from nature to grace. But perhaps the greatest meeting we ever witnessed in this country, took place shortly after, on Desha's Creek, near Cumberland River. Many thousands of people attended. The mighty power and mercy of God were manifested. The people fell before the word, like corn before a storm of wind, and many rose from the dust with Divine glory shining in their countenances, and gave glory to God in such strains as made the hearts of stubborn sinners to tremble; and after the first gust of praise, they would break forth in volleys of exhortation. Amongst these were many small, home-bred boys, who spoke with the tongue, wisdom and eloquence of the learned—and truly they were learned, for they were all taught of God, who had taken their feet out of the mire and clay, and put a new song in their mouths. Although there were converts of different ages under this work, it was remarkable, they were generally the children of praying parents. Here John A. Granade, the Western poet, who composed the Pilgrim's songs— after being many months in almost entire desperation, till he was worn down, and appeared like a 'walking skeleton-found pardon and mercy from God, and began to preach a risen Jesus. Some of the Pharisees cried disorder and confusion, but in disorderly assemblies there are generally dislocated and broken bones, and bruised flesh; but here, the women laid their sleeping children at the roots of the trees, while hundreds, of all ages and colors, were stretched on the ground in the agonies of conviction, and as dead men, while thousands, day and night, were crowding round them, and passing to and fro, yet there was nobody hurt;* which shows that the people were perfectly in their senses; and on this chaos of apparent confusion, God said, Let there be light, and there was light! and many emerged out of darkness into it. We have hardly ever had a camp-meeting since, without his presence and power to convert souls. Glory to God and the Lamb, for ever and ever! “Yours respectfully,


The revivals that thus began, under the labors of these two brothers, soon spread over the entire of Southern Kentucky, and what is now known as Middle Tennessee. Their sacred influence was carried into every community, and felt in almost every home. The Church was inspired with a new zeal, and the truth was proclaimed with an energy and pathos that impressed it on the hearts of the people.

*" There was a man at the Ridge meeting, who got mad, cursed the people, and said he would go home; but before he got out of sight of the camp-ground, a tree fell on him, and he was carried home dead."




Local preachers—John Nelson-Robert Strawbridge-Francis Clark

-Gabriel and Daniel Woodfield—John Baird—Benjamin Northcutt-Nathanael Harris—Philip W. Taylor-Henry Ogburn-William Forman-Joseph Ferguson-The Conference in the spring of 1800—The General Conference-William Burke, Thomas Shelton -Controversy with the Baptists—William Burke chosen Presiding Elder—The Revival-Sandusky Station-William Algood-Hezekiah Harriman-John Sale-Jonathan Kidwell.

We have now reached a period in the history of Methodism in Kentucky from which we may survey the chief instruments by whose influence it attained its position at the close of the last century.

For several years previous to the appointment of Messrs. Haw and Ogden to the District, Kentucky had been constantly receiving accessions from the older settlements, some of whom had been members of the Methodist Church in the States whence they came. They had, with reluctance, left the altars around which they had worshiped, and had come to the West, cherishing the hope that, at no distant

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day, their new homes would be visited by the ministers of Christ, of their own denomination. The Revolutionary war, which had been protracted beyond the expectations of the infant Republic, had greatly retarded the enterprises of the Church, and prevented, at an earlier period, the occupancy of this distant field. Indeed, the societies that, under the auspices of the preachers sent out by Mr. Wesley, and those who joined then, had grown up in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and North Carolina, had, during the American struggle, maintained their existence and increased in strength, amid opposition and under difficulties, before which the standard-bearers of a cause less worthy would have yielded. “Persecuted, but not forsaken," they had lifted their colors, never to strike them; and, from the Conference held in Baltimore, May 21, 1776, to the one “begun at Ellis's Preaching-house, Virginia, April 30, 1784, and ended at Baltimore, May 28, following-covering a period of eight years, during which ten Conferences were held the societies had increased from four thousand nine hundred and twenty-one to fourteen thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight, and the number of preachers from twenty-four to eighty-three; and during the same period the number of circuits had grown from eleven to forty-six"_this, too, while the nation was in commotion, and struggling to be free. It is but seldom that the Church, under such circumstances, has been permitted to record triumphs superior to those achieved by Methodism during this period. The war had closed favorably

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