Lenton (1826)



At new Basford, the people appear to be panic struck. Some of the most notoriously wicked characters have been converted to God. I gave fourteen notes of admittance to persons in one class at that place a few weeks ago, all of whom professed to have found peace with God. We had a blessed time there last Thursday. The glory of God filled the place and five obtained mercy. Many souls have been saved there every week for some time past. I gave seventeen notes at old Radford a short time since all who received professed to have obtained liberty.

The work is going on. In several places it is spring. Hallelujah! At Nottingham, souls are saved every week. More than a dozen were saved after Mr Dawson had preached a few weeks ago: and six found peace with God on the morning of the same day in a private house. I have seen some signal work also in the Mansfield and Ilkeston circuits."

From R Treffry's 'Life of John Smith' p213

" March 22. I am still choosing God for my portion, and his good service for my employment. I wish to be used much and God to have all the glory. I cannot, I will not be easy without seeing effects. Nay, I must not, I dare not, thanks be to God, and I am determined that He shall have all the praise. God is working mightily among us. I think we have on trial this quarter about four hundred and fifty. Labouring, pleading men are increasing. God will stand to his engagements: the work must go on. About a hundred have begun to meet in class at Arnold during the last quarter. The last time I was there, not fewer I think than twenty found peace. God seems to be agitating nearly the whole village. Lenton, which has long been dessert, is fresh and green: the society has been more than doubled. Burton, the same. At Bulwell last Monday night, my very dear father preached. Two were cleansed from sin, and eight or ten found peace. On Tuesday at old Basford, one obtained a clean heart, and twelve or fourteen found peace. We had about eight saved at Hockley chapel last Sunday night. Glory, Glory be to God! "

From R Treffry's 'Life of John Smith' p256-7 "July 11, Last night at old Basford many were pardoned, and several cleansed. On Monday night at Bulwell, I suppose between twenty and thirty were either pardoned or cleansed. Our increase this year is about six hundred, and we have about three hundred on trial, I have been in the Loughborough and Derby circuits and saw many cleansed and pardoned."— Mr Smith's correspondence supplies many other equally striking details of a similar kind, which are only omitted from the fear of swelling the work to an improper size.

From R Treffry's 'Life of John Smith' p258


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