Leicester (1864)

I sincerely hope I shall not be intruding too much upon your valuable columns by asking you to insert, this is my third letter. After sowing the seed of eternal life, by the distribution of tracks et cetera, the Lord of the harvest is signally owning and blessing our labours in the conversion of souls. Our Camp meeting was commenced on Sunday morning, September 11, jointly with the Denman Street mission. After parading the streets, with singing, prayer, and exaltation, we proceeded to the campground, where a large concourse of people assembled and anxiously listened to the “glad tidings of salvation“ through the atoning merits of a crucified Redeemer. At the love feast in the evening, we had a sight which gladdened our hearts, while recent converts, filled with the first love (or holy fire), were pouring out their souls' desires, in holy supplication, sinners were crying and sobbing beneath a load of guilt, “God be merciful to us.“ Several professed to find liberty, and began to praise God for his abundant love to them.  Prayer through the week was agreed to and on Saturday night from 8 to 10 and from 12 to between three and four on Sunday morning. Three backsliders had their souls set at liberty at the Saturday meeting. The camp meeting was resumed with fresh vigour and more earnest zeal on Sunday morning, September 18. The friends met at 6 am for prayer and praise. The power of the Holy Spirit was so manifested through the whole of the day that we arranged for the camp meeting to be continued on the following Sunday, weather permitting it. I might say the Denman Street mission,  all poor working people gathered out of the world's lower ranks, over 70 in number and with a Sabbath School of over 200. It belongs to no particular sect, but is supplied with preachers who have graduated at the college of repentance, experienced the pardoning love with Christ Jesus, their saviour, preach “Christ on Him crucified.“ Our dear brother Sutherland and Mrs Colonel Bell of Bristol paid us a visit in the middle of September. During their stay, the weather was unfavourable, but they managed to hold two open-air services, one in the Haymarket, and one at the Old Cross, the result  will be revealed in “that day.“ Service on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Paul’s Chapel and Friday in Hill Street chapel. 267 copies of the Word of Life were sold by them in the town, and 56 on the way here. Prayer meetings were held after each service. Who can estimate the good done? Requests for prayer and praise from London have been brought before the Lord at our meetings and I have no doubt in our closet. Tracks from Stoke-on-Trent, London, Leicester and two packets of "Revivals" have been very thankfully received and as thankfully distributed. Oh, who can tell the amount of good emanating from spreading the Word of Life, under the influence of prayer and simple, trust and faith in Him, who has said “My word shall not return void, but accomplish that whereto, I sent it”? 

"The Revival," September 29th, 1864.


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