JW 6/5/1770 At seven in the evening I preached at Arbroath. The whole town seems moved; the congregation was the largest I have seen since we left Inverness; and the society, though but of nine months standing, is the largest in the kingdom, next to that of Aberdeen. I have seen no town in Scotland which increases so fast, or which is built with so much common sense as this. Two entire new streets, and part of a third, have been built within these two years. They run parallel with each other, and have a row of gardens between them; so that every house has a garden; and thus both health and convenience are consulted.JW 5/5/1772 In the evening I preached at the new house in Arbroath. In this town there is a change indeed! It was wicked to a proverb; remarkable for Sabbath-breaking, cursing, swearing, drunkeness, and a general contempt of religion. But it is not so now: no drunkeness seen in the streets: and many, not only ceased from evil and learned to do well, but are witnesses of the inward Kingdom of God, righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
6/5/1772 The Magistrates here also did me the honour of presenting me with the freedom of their corporation. I valued it as a token of their respect, although I shall hardly make any further use of it. 7/5/1772 I took Thomas Cherry away with me; but it was too late. He will hardly recover. Let all observe, (that no more Preachers may murder themselves,) here is another martyr to screaming!30/5/1774 ...preached at Arbroath in the evening. I know no people in England who are more loving, and more simple of heart, than these. From John Wesley's diary.