Memoirs of the life of the Reverend George Whitefield, M.A., late chaplain to the Right Honorable the Countess of Huntingdon ...

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Printed by S. Green for Cornelius Davis, N. York, 1798 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages

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Page 5 - It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted by many persons, that Christianity is not so much as a subject of inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it as if, in the present age, this were an agreed point among all people of discernment, and nothing remained but to set it up as a principal subject of mirth and ridicule, as it were by way of reprisals for its having so long interrupted the pleasures of the world.
Page 29 - Having (as he writes) no righteousness of their own to renounce, they were glad to hear of a Jesus who was a friend to publicans, and came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Page 245 - ... filling his soul with tender, disinterested love to every child of man. From this source arose that torrent of Eloquence which frequently bore down all before it. From this, that astonishing force of Persuasion, which the most hardened sinners could not resist. This it was, which often made his " head as waters, and his eyes a fountain of tears.
Page 33 - ... obliged to leave him to the mercy of the rabble. But these, instead of hurting him, formed a lane for him, and carried him along to the middle of the fields, (where a table had been placed, which was broken in pieces by the crowd) and afterwards back again to the wall that then parted the upper and lower Moorfields, from whence he preached without molestation, to an exceeding great multitude in the lower fields.
Page 117 - Port Royal, which was very commodious ; and which also he would have me make my home. I went with Mr. Savage, in a boat lent us by Captain , to the town of St. George, in order to pay our respects to the governor. All along we had a most pleasant prospect of the other part of the island, but a more pleasant one I never saw.
Page 243 - Can any thing but love beget love ? This shone in his very countenance, and continually breathed in all his words, whether in public or private. Was it not this, which, quick and penetrating as lightning, flew from heart to heart? Which gave that life to his Sermons, his Conversations, his Letters? Ye are witnesses.
Page 140 - Doddridge and two pious, ingenious clergymen of the Church of England, both of them known to the learned world by their valuable writings. And surely I never spent a more delightful evening, or saw one that seemed to make nearer approaches to the felicity of heaven. A gentleman...
Page 83 - Finding these efforts to fail, a large body, quite on the opposite side, assembled together, and having got a great pole for their standard, advanced with sound of drum, in a very threatening manner, till they came near the skirts of the congregation. Uncommon courage was given both to preacher and hearers.
Page 144 - Though I preached near eighty times in Ireland, and God was pleased to bless his word, yet Scotland seems to be a new world to me. To see the people bring so many Bibles, turn to every passage when I am expounding, and hang as it were upon me, to hear every word, is very encouraging.
Page 202 - Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work, but not of thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for thee once more in the fields, seal thy truth, and come home and die.

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