Richmond Hall - Liverpool - Phoebe Palmer (1861)

An extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit has been going on in this town during the last three or four weeks, of which persons of various classes and ages, numbering between three and four hundred, are the subjects. The Revival is not confined to any particular denomination. Dr and Mrs Palmer having come to visit this place for the purpose of recruiting their failing health, were induced to undertake as able a few Revival services. The work began in a chapel recently built for the working classes. But though a number of these were gathered in, the work has not been confined to them. Attached to this chapel is a school of two to three hundred children from the surrounding neighbourhood. During the first week, while the Revival services were being held at this chapel a few chil­dren of the day-school were seen earnestly seeking mercy. The next morning, the teacher in charge of the school, who is an earnest member of the Established Church, rose at an early hour, and, while pleading for the rapid spread of the Revival, and particularly that the work commenced among the scholars might go on, she was enabled to believe that Jesus would work mightily. That morning, before the usual school duties were commenced, she taught the children the text, " Now is the accepted time, behold to-day is the day of salvation." She then re­quested the children to remain silent for a few moments, and reflect upon the word now. She broke the solemn silence by praying audibly; when she heard stifled sobs all around her, and on rising from prayer she found herself surrounded by a large number of deeply convicted children. Some cried out, "Oh, teacher, pray for us;" whilst others, leaning upon her shoulder, sobbed out, "Oh, teacher, we will give our hearts to Jesus." As soon as able to command her emotions, she asked all who had fully resolved to come to Jesus now to follow her from the school-room to the chapel vestry. The vestry was immediately filled, and some, unable to get in, were kneeling outside the vestry-door. Teacher and children together mingled their prayers and tears, and as the hour had passed away, twelve to sixteen were enabled to feel and know that they had passed from death unto life. Since that time the work has still been going on, and thirty-five children, we are told, are now giving evidence that they have been born into the kingdom of God. Many remarkable instances have transpired. showing how the conversion of more mature persons and other children has stood connected with the blessing given.

The Revival services thus commenced at Salem Chapel were the succeeding week removed to a more central place, "Rich­mond Hall," Great Richmond-street, where the work- has been going on night after night with steadily increasing power. Our friends from America, though still with us, must ere long leave; but provision is being made for a succession of labourers, so that Richmond Hall, which has long been known by the in­habitants of Liverpool as devoted to the service of Satan, may be known as devoted nightly during a succession of months to glorious Revival scenes such as have been witnessed during the last three or four weeks.

From the 'Revival Newspaper', Volume V, page 158.

Additional Information

Having looked at several maps it has not been possible to find the exact position of the Hall. The Hall was used variously as a chapel, gambling club, dancing room, political club, lecture room, concert hall and missions hall.

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