Revival came again in 1858, and many more were added, including three of the toughest characters in the district; and a great crowd followed them. However, Thomas Edwards only saw it as a prelude to something greater that was about to happen:
The revival last year was only like John the Baptist intimating that one stronger was close at hand.'
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From Llanddeiniolen, near Carnarvon, the tidings are equally cheering. I have before me the returns for six weeks only, viz., from September 1 to October 10. During this period there were added to the Calvinistic Methodist churches in the parish, 368; to the Independents, 180; to
the Wesleyans, 67; to the Baptists, 40; and to the Episcopal Church, 65—making the total number of fresh communicants, or candidates for communion, 720."
Llanddeiniolen, near Carnarvon.—"The good effects of the revival may be seen on the entire neighbourhood, as well as upon those who have made a formal profession of religion. There is a general change throughout the quarries. The cursing and swearing, with the light and profane conversations, have ceased; we have prayer-meetings instead, and seriousness is stamped on every countenance. The most thoughtless are ready to acknowledge that something extraordinary has taken place, and one has said, that 'the days of earth are now like the days of heaven.' Not only is there less drinking, but the public-houses are decreasing in number; two have been closed lately at Ebenezer and Clwt-y-bont.
"The effects of the awakening were seen at the last winter fair at Carnarvon. The quarrymen were generally the leaders in drunkenness, but the change witnessed during the last fair was very great. Instead of spending their time in the taverns, they had prayer-meetings, in which they sought the salvation of others, and praised the Lord for their own conversion. On the first night of the fair, a prayer-meeting, that will long be remembered, was held at Pendref chapel, and another, at two o'clock the second fair day, at Moriah. The fair throughout was such as had not been seen within the memory of man. The public-houses were comparatively empty, and all seemed to be intent on their proper business. A landlord's daughter was asked, 'What kind of fair have you had?' To which she replied, ‘We have had very good eating, but very little drinking.' "- December 1859.
From ‘The Welsh Revival’ by Thomas Phillips.
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