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of gratification to us that he always maintained a reputation for piety. But, his influence gone in the Methodist Church, in the year 1801 he joined the Presbyterian Church, in which he lived an example of piety, and died, some years after, a minister in that Communion.

His children, however, and his descendants, to the present time, so far as they have become connected with any Church, have sought that of their father's early love; or, if unconverted, have been attached to its interest.

The following account of James Haw, from the hitherto unpublished manuscript of the Rev. Learner Blackman, will be read with interest:

“James Haw ultimately left the Methodist Episcopal Church, and called himself a Republican Methodist. Mr. Spear, who was stationed in Cum

. berland in 1794, states that he found Haw intent on representing Bishop Asbury in the most unfavorable point of light, though he made no open avowal to leave the Methodist Episcopal Church at that time, but used his influence to get the young preachers and members of the society disaffected with Bishop Asbury and the Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1795, Mr. Haw held a conference with the preachers he had influence with; at which Joseph Brown and Jonathan Stephens were licensed as Republican Methodist preachers. They had both been previously licensed to preach by the Methodist Episcopal Church. Haw's design now was no longer a secret. It was now notorious that he was influenced by the same principles and prejudices of James O’Kelly, and that his prejudices had the same object. About the time of the great and increasing difficulty caused by Mr. Haw, William Burke, an itinerant preacher, arrived in Cumberland. He requested Mr. Haw to meet him at Mr. Edwards's, and adjust the differences, if possible. Mr. Haw met, according to appointment, at the request of Mr. Burke; but the attempts to adjust the differences with the parties were ineffectual. Haw declared himself no more a Methodist. Mr. Burke farther stated that most of the officials of Cumberland had become disaffected to our government, in consequence of Haw's influence, but that they were all reconciled, except Haw and Stephens. Joseph Dunn came back to the Methodist Episcopal Church, after about six weeks. Stephens backslid and became a wicked man.

A very few joined Haw. He held one sacrament, and it is said that himself and wife were the only communicants. But very few, if any, were either awakened or converted under Haw's ministry, after he left the Methodists. But, in consequence of William Burke, who did himself much honor, an almost expiring cause was saved. William Burke must be regarded as the principal cause, under God, of diverting the dismal cloud that seemed to be hanging over the infant Church.

“In the time of the revival among the Presbyterians and Methodists, about the year 1800, Haw joined the Presbyterians. At that time, the Presbyterians were friendly with the Methodists; Methodists and Presbyterians preached and communed together. But when Haw joined the Presbyterians, as he had said many things disrespectful of Bishop Asbury and of the form of Discipline, after he withdrew from the Church, the existing union was likely to be broken. John Page and Thomas Wilkerson were stationed in Cumberland at that time. They very unreservedly stated their objections to Mr. Haw, and that, if he continued among them, he must make such acknowledgments as would satisfy the Methodists; and, if he did not, the union must be, in the nature of things, broken. The Presbyterians determined that Mr. Haw should make such public acknowledgment, that the existing union might not be interrupted.

“The charges were stated, which were the following:

“ 1. For falsely representing Bishop Asbury as having a libidinous thirst for power.

“2. For making attempts to disunite the Methodist Society in Cumberland.

“3. In attempting to destroy the Methodist Discipline—charges that Haw did not deny. But it was requested that he should make his acknowledgments publicly.

“Accordingly, on Sunday morning, at camp-meeting, before thousands, Mr. Haw made acknowledgments full and satisfactory. He acknowledged he had misrepresented Bishop Asbury and the Methodist Discipline.

“After this, Mr. Haw seemed to rise in the esteem of the people, and gain some influence as a preacher. He continued with the Presbyterians while he lived.

“ We have reason to believe that his sun went down in peace—that he died in the faith."

We devote so much space to Mr. Haw, because the truth of history demands it. However much we may lament his departure from primitive Methodism, we rejoice in that grace by which he maintained a Christian character and found sweet consolation in the hour of death.

As yet, we had but two circuits in Kentucky, The Danville Circuit included one-third the entire State,* while the Lexington embraced the counties of Fayette, Jessamine, Woodford, Franklin, Scott, and Harrison.

Among the ministers whose labors contributed so much to the advancement of the cause of truth during this year, the name of James O’Cull ought not to be omitted. He was a native of Pennsylvania, aud by birth and education a Roman Catholic. When quite a young man, he attended a Methodist meeting, and was awakened under the preaching of the gospel ; and, immediately upon his conversion, began to persuade others to seek the salvation of their souls. In 1789, he came to Kentucky, a local preacher, and traveled two years under the Presiding Elder. In 1791, he joined the Conference, and was appointed to the Cumberland Circuit as colleague to Barnabas McHenry. Naturally of a feeble constitution, he was unable to endure the privations and perform the labors required of him

*Quarterly Review of Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Vol. III., p. 416.

on that circuit, and before the close of the year he was compelled to retire from the work, to enter it as an itinerant no more. In Kentucky, however, as well as on the Cumberland Circuit, he was successful as a minister. Through his instrumentality, many souls were awakened and converted to Godamong whom was the husband of Mrs. Jane Stamper, referred to in a former chapter. As a preacher, Mr. O’Cull stood high. His sermons were not only distinguished for their zeal and fervor, but also for their strength and discrimination. To the doctrines and economy of the Methodist Church he was deeply attached, and to vindicate them, whenever assailed in his presence, was the joy of his heart.

Subsequent to his labors on the Cumberland Circuit, his health was so feeble that he could preach but seldom, and frequently in only a whisper, yet a peculiar unction always attended his ministrations. One who knew him well gives the following account of a sermon he heard him preach : *

“I once heard him preach a characteristic sermon on the parable of the Prodigal Son. He brought the whole subject simply but forcibly before the congregation. First he described the prodigal leaving home, thoughtless and gleeful—the very expression of wealth and fashion. He followed him to the resorts of pleasure and dissipation, where he was surrounded by flattering sycophants, who complimented his person, his talents, and, above all, his liberality. He sailed on a smooth sea while his

* Rev. Jonathan Stamper.

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