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the door was on the latch, and we went in. I felt about in the dark for a chair, but not finding one, sat on the table, listening to the noise and din of the meeting.
The vicar vainly thought that the tumult would subside as soon as I was gone, for he said that I "made as much noise, if not more, than any of them!" He went back into the storm to get my hat and coat, and also the inevitable umbrella, without which no one can get on in Cornwall. He was a long time absent, during which a man with heavy boots came into the dark cottage where I was sitting, and tumbling down on a seat somewhere, heaved a heavy sigh. He evidently did not suspect that any one was there. After sighing and groaning several times, he said to himself, “What shall I do?—what shall I do? The man is right, sure enough; he is right, I'm sure on it-that he is."
I disguised my voice, and asked, "What man?"
"Oh," he said, "are you there, neighbour? Couldn't yer get in? Why, I mean the man what's been speaking inside."
"What did he say?'
'Why, said he, the devil's no fool!' and of course he ain't. He has hooks in all his baits, and I have swallowed lots o' them. Oh, what shall I do? what shall I do?"
Then I heard him shuffling to his knees, groaning and praying. I sat still on the table, saying, “Amen! amen!" every now and then, to his prayer, till he became terribly in earnest, and at last got into a state which the Cornish call "wrastling in prayer." In this condition he was quite past heeding any one's presence. I helped and guided him to the Crucified One, and then he found peace, and began to praise God. On coming to himself, he recognized my voice. "Why, you are the very man,” he cried, and putting his great heavy arms round my neck, he nearly strangled
"WHAT IS TO BE DONE ?”
me! The vicar (who I did not know was in the room), here interposed, and got my release.
"Here you are," he said, "at it again; and they are getting worse and worse in the barn-what ever is to be done? We cannot go home through this rain, and the carriage will not be here for at least an hour. What am I to do?"
I said, "Let us go then to the barn for a short time, just to see how they are getting on."
After some hesitation, he went in with me, and found the people praying and rejoicing; but, as I expected, far too much absorbed to observe our presence.
After a time, some lads noticed me and cried out lustily, "The parson is here! The parson is here!" and in a moment we were surrounded by a number of happy people, who were so demonstrative that they made the poor vicar tremble (as he told me afterwards) with a strange fear. They said, "You will come again to-morrow?" "Certainly," I replied.
Oh, no," rejoined the vicar; on no account. night of this work is quite enough-more than enough.” I was very loth to give up; but a man said, "Never mind, we will carry it on. This revival will not stop for a week or fortnight, for certain."
This was terrifying news for the vicar, who turned, and looking at me with astonishment, said, reproachfully, "How did you do it?"
I replied, "This is not my work. I did not begin it, neither can I stop it; nor would I, even if I could. I dare not. I have known persons brought under heavy judg ments for hindering a revival. Take my advice, and do not hinder this. Let these men go on; they know what they are about.”
Soon the carriage came, and we returned to the vicarage;
but the dear man was much put out, and evidently very sorry that he had asked me to come and disturb his millpond. Indeed, he said as much; so I concluded my visit the next morning.
Going through the village, I heard that the meeting on the previous evening was continued till two o'clock in the morning, and that it was announced there would be one in the chapel that evening. As the Church refused the bless
ing, there were others who were happy to receive it.
I returned home sooner than I was expected, and told my people, at the evening meeting, the things I had seen and heard; and they "glorified God.”
T the time of which I am writing, twenty-six or twenty-seven years ago, special services for preaching were not called by the name of "Missions." I think that word has been derived from some Roman Catholic perverts, who made aggressive efforts in London, which they called "Catholic Missions." From them it has been adopted by some who love to copy Rome and Romish phrases. Strange infatuation, by which these Romanizers in vain court a Church which despises them, and gives them neither place nor quarter! However, the word is now well understood, and its meaning is plainer than any definitions of mine could make it.
My first journey to "foreign parts " (as the Cornish call it) was to a town in Devonshire, where I stopped three or four days. The day I arrived I preached in the church, because it was the regular evening service; special services were not then known, unless it was for some Missionary Society, or other such advocacy. The idea of preaching to awaken souls, was considered very strange and fanatical. The church I preached in had high pews, which prevented my
seeing the occupants. I was told that it was full, and certainly there were faces visible here and there; but the whole congregation was so still, that the dropping of the proverbial "pin" might have been heard. It was all very chilling and dead, no Amens !" or "6 Glory!" as in Cornwall; indeed, the stillness had such an effect upon me, that I found it difficult to get on. After making two or three hard appeals, and meeting with nothing but silence for a response, I concluded, and came away much disappointed and disheartened. However, the next morning, the vicar showed me some beads, feathers, and flowers which had been left in the pews of the church. So I found that the shots had hit. somewhere, or something.
Walking through the town in the course of the day, a tall mason, with a large whitewash brush in his hand, came running after me (not to whitewash me) but to ask the question, which he did most eagerly, "Are you the man that preached last night?"
I said, "Yes, I am."
"Oh," he replied, "will you preach to-night?"
I answered him somewhat doubtfully, "I suppose not," for the vicar did not know what excuse there could be for my preaching a second time.
He continued, "Will you come to my house and preach this evening? I have a good large room at your service, and can promise you a congregation."
I assented; so we fixed the time, and made all other necessary arrangements. On coming down in the evening, I found my mason friend had invited his neighbours, and finding more had promised to come than his room would hold, he had opened the folding doors between two rooms upstairs, taken down three large bedsteads, and having borrowed forms and chairs, he was able to accommodate seventy people. As many as this came, and more,