A Memoir of the Life and Ministry of Ann Freeman

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 110 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1831 Excerpt: ... MEMOIR OF THE LIFE AND MINISTRY, Ac. I Was born at Horathorne, in the parish of IVorthlew, Devon, England, on the 24th of 6th month, 1797. My parents, William and Grace Mason, were by occupation farmers, and as to religion, were of the established church of England. They id thirteen children, of whom I was the fourth. We were early instructed to rea, and to say prayers mornings and evenings; and on Firstday evenings we were catechised, and the family called together to prayer. So dark were the inhabitants of that neighborhood, that, as far as I knew, there was not a truly converted person to be found. We had no place of worship but the parish church, (so call ed, ) and the minister thereof could join with the rest of the ungo'dly. The light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world, often led me to think on spiritual and eternal things. Not fully obeying the voice of the Lord, I dragged on heavily. I ardently desired the salvation of others, though not saved myself; but I felt a hope the Lord would do something particular for me, which hope did frequently occasion great joy When I was about fourteen years of age, a Methodist preacher came and held meetings in our parish. This was the subject of much conversation and ridicule; for the devil, before that time, had no outward opposition to his works there. I often attended these meetings, and was generally affected. But hearing many evil reports of the Methodists, my mind was soured against them; for I was not aware this was persecution for righteousness' sake. Ou22d of first month, 1812,1 was put an apprentice to learn the business of dress-making. Convictions that I was not right still followed me, and I resolved, again and again, to do right; but I broke my promises, because without Christ I could d...

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