St Austell Circuit - Adam Clarke (1785)

Clarke has recorded that there was a general spirit of hearing and an almost universal revival of the work of God… Thousands flocked to the preaching; the chapels could not contain the crowds that came In St. Austell the heavenly flame broke out in an extraordinary manner, and great numbers were there gathered into the fold of Christ.

He continued to be cheered in his work by tokens of the Divine benediction. In a letter to a friend at Trowbridge, he says: "Among the children there is a most blessed movement. Numbers of them, being made sensible of their need of Christ, have set their feet in the paths of the Lord, and are running with steady pace to their heavenly Father’s kingdom, and are, contrary to the nature of things, turned fathers to the aged. You may remember that I wrote to you something concerning a Magdalene whom I admitted into Society. Her character was so bad before that almost the whole Society opposed her admittance, some threatening to leave the class. I withstood them all and proclaimed from the pulpit that I would admit the most devil-like souls in the place, provided they would cast aside their sins and come to Jesus. After she had been hindered some little time, she at last got leave to meet; and O how wonderfully did God confound the wisdom of the prudent! ever since she has walked and spoken agreeably to her profession. At St. Austell the Lord has lately laid to his hand, and there is such a revival now in it as I have never seen in any place before. Numbers are lately joined; and our chapel, though the largest in the circuit, is so filled, that the people are obliged to stand on the seats to make room; yet, after all, many are obliged to return home, not being able to gain admittance. Last Sunday night I preached there, and was forced to enter at the window to get to the pulpit."

From, ‘The life of the Rev Adam Clarke’, by J W Etheridge, 1859, p93 and 96/7.

Additional Information

Location unknown. St John's was built in 1828.