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consecrated to the work of the ministry, and educated amid the dangers of the wilderness, he gave great promise of usefulness to the Church. His manners pleasant, his voice soft and plaintive, as often as he preached, he wept over the people, and in most touching strains invited them to the Saviour. He was styled “the weeping prophet.” One who knew him well says: “I heard him preach the gospel frequently, and I do not think I ever heard him but when tears rolled down his manly cheeks, while he warned the people to flee from the wrath to come."*

Of Benjamin Snelling, who also entered the ministry this year, we know but little. After traveling one year on the Lexington Circuit, we find him the second year of his ministry on the Fairfax Circuit, Virginia. He only remained in Virginia one year, when he returned to Kentucky, and was appointed to Madison Circuit. His name the next year disappears from the Minutes, probably by location, though this is not specified. He settled in Bath county, Kentucky, where he finally died.

A very large proportion of the first two years in Kentucky was spent by the missionaries in hunting up and organizing into societies those members of the Church from other States, who had preceded Messrs. Haw and Ogden to the District. In the accomplishment of this work the local preachers had been faithful auxiliaries; and now to push forward the Redeemer's kingdom, they united heart and hand with their pious leaders. Sacrifice, toil, and suffering were endured, and the local preachers shared it. They shunned no hardship, they avoided no danger, but anxious to save souls and to assist in planting Methodism in the land that was to be the home of their children, they labored by the side of Poythress and Haw, Lee, Williamson, Snelling, and Massie. Their labors were crowned with suc

* John Carr, Christian Advocate, Nashville, February 5, 1857.

† We have previously referred to the want of information that marks the early Minutes.

God poured out his Holy Spirit upon the people. The sacred flame spread far and wide. Hundreds were converted and added to the Church, and at the close of the Conference-year they report eight hundred and sixty-three members.


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OF 1790.

Interesting letter from James Haw–Barnabas McHenry-Stephen

Brooks—Cumberland Circuit-James Haw—James O'Kelly-In-
teresting account of James Haw, by Learner Blackman-James
O'Cull: his style of preaching -- Poor support of preachers -
Kindness of the Baltimore Conference.

In the commencement of the year 1789, James Haw addressed the following letter to Bishop Asbury:

“Good news from Zion: the work of God is going on rapidly in the new world; a glorious victory the Son of God has gained, and he is still going on conquering and to conquer. Shout, ye angels! Hell trembles and heaven rejoices daily over sinners that repent. At a quarterly meeting held in Bourbon county, Kentucky, July 19 and 20, 1788, the Lord poured out his Spirit in a wonderful manner, first on the Christians, and sanctified several of them powerfully and gloriously, and, as I charitably hope, wholly. The seekers also felt the power and presence of God, and cried for mercy as at the point of death. We prayed with and for them, till we had reason to believe that the Lord

converted seventeen or eighteen precious souls. Hallelujah, praise ye the Lord !

“As I went from that, through the circuit, to another quarterly meeting, the Lord converted two or three more. The Saturday and Sunday following, the Lord poured out his Spirit again. The work of sanctification among the believers broke out again at the Lord's table, and the Spirit of the Lord went through the assembly like a mighty rushing wind. Some fell; many cried for mercy. Sighs and groans proceeded from their hearts; tears of sorrow for sin ran streaming down their eyes.

Their prayers reached to heaven, and the Spirit of the Lord entered into them and filled fourteen or fifteen with peace and joy in believing. Salvation ! O the joyful sound! how the echo flies !' A few days after, Brother Poythress came, and went with me to another quarterly meeting. We had another gracious season round the Lord's table, but no remarkable stir till after preaching; when, under several exhortations, some bursted out into tears, others trembled, and some fell. I sprang in among the people, and the Lord converted one more very powerfully, who praised the Lord with such acclamation of joy as I trust will never be forgotten. The Sunday following, I preached my farewell sermon, and met the class, and the Lord converted three more. Glory be to his holy name for ever!

“ The first round I went on Cumberland, the Lord converted six precious souls, and I joined three gracious Baptists to our Church; and every round, I have reason to believe, some sinners are


awakened, some seekers joined to society, and some penitents converted to God. At our Cumberland quarterly meeting, the Lord converted six souls the first day, and one the next. Glory, honor, praise, and power be unto God for ever! The work still goes on. I have joined two more serious Baptists since the quarterly meeting. The Lord has converted several more precious souls in various parts of the circuit, and some more have joined the society, so that we have one hundred and twelve disciples now in Cumberland-forty-seven of whom, I trust, have received the gift of the Holy Ghost since they believed; and I hope these are but the first of a universal harvest which God will give us in this country. Brother Massie is with me, going on weeping over sinners, and the Lord blesses his labors. A letter from Brother Williamson, dated November 10, 1788, informs me that the work is still going on rapidly in Kentucky; that at two quarterly meetings since I came away, the Lord poured out his Spirit, and converted ten penitents, and sanctified five believers, at the first, and twenty more were converted at the second ; indeed, the wilderness and solitary places are glad, and the desert rejoices and blossoms as the rose, and, I trust, will soon become beautiful as Tirza and comely as Jerusalem.

“What shall I more say? Time would fail to tell you all the Lord's doings among us. It is marvelous in our eyes. To him be the glory, honor, praise, power, might, majesty, and dominion, both now and for ever! Amen, and amen.”

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