Rye - Thomas Collins (1832)

(There was a general revival across the circuit.)

The supplementing of Sabbath efforts by extemporized old-fashioned services on the morning of the next day became common. The journal shows it to have been done at St. Leonard's, at Tenterden, and at other places. Of Rye he writes, " I preached there at five o'clock: two mourners were comforted." At the close of a glorious Monday service at Northiam, Mr Collins announced that they would gather again for early prayer next morning. "Will any this winter weather be such fools as to come?" said one of the auditors, in his heart: "they will not catch me there." Ah, he little knew! He was so scared with dreams and visions of the night, that he gladly left his bed at three o'clock, paced the cold street with weight of trouble on him that made him forget the frost, and was the first, when the door was opened at five o'clock, to enter it. In that meeting the Lord saved him, and he remains to this day a Local Preacher and Leader in the Wesleyan Society.

From ‘The Life of the Rev Thomas Collins’ by Samuel Coley p63.


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