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A BIOGRAPHY,

WITH

SPECIAL REFERENCE TO HIS LABORS

IN AMERICA.

COMPILED

BY JOSEPH BELCHER, D.D.,

AUTHOR OF THE LIFE OF REV. DR. CAREY, MISSIONARY TO INDIA,

ETC., ETC.

PUBLISHED BY THE

AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY,

150 NASSAU-STREET, NEW YORK.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

MORAL STATE OF GREAT BRITAIN IN THE EARLY

PART OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY - WHITE-
FIELD, FROM HIS BIRTH TO HIS FIRST SERMON.

1714-1736.

Low state of religion in Great Britain and its dependencies when

Whitefield appeared--His birth in Gloucester-Hooper-Raikes
-Whitefield's early life—His entrance at the university of Ox-
ford-Becomes connected with the Wesleys and other Method-
ists-Illness and mental trials-Relief-Preparation for the min-
istry--Return to Gloucester-Ordination-First sermon --13

CHAPTER II.

WHITEFIELD'S SUCCESS AS Å PREACHER IN ENG.

LAND-FIRST VISIT TO AMERICA.

1736-1738

Whitefield's return to Oxford-Usefulness there-Visits London-

Great popularity-Georgia-His anxiety as to duty-Invited to
Georgia by the Wesleys-- Preparation and departure-Preaching
and excitement at Deal-Labors and success on board--Arrival
and labors at Gibraltar-Interesting incidents on the voyage
Sickness and recovery–His reception at Savannah-Visit to an
Indian king-Origin of the Orphan asylum-Visit to Frederica--
Return to Savannah-Visit to Charleston-Treatment by Gar-
den-Embarkation for Europe-Stormy voyage-Arrival in Lim-
erick-Journey to London—Meeting with the trustees of Geor-
gia-Ordination as priest-Return to London–First extempore
prayer-First idea of open-air preaching---

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CHAPTER III.

OPEN-AIR PREACHING IN ENGLAND AND WALES-

ERECTION OF THE TABERNACLE IN LONDON.

1738, 1739.
Whitefield's visit to Bristol-New opposition--Interviews with the

chancellor of the diocese-Preaching at Kingswood-Large con-
gregations-Preaching at Bristol-Labors in Wales with Howel
Harris-Gloucester--Old Mr. Cole--Return to London---Conflict
CONTINUATION OF HIS SECOND VISIT TO AMERICA.

with Bishop Warburton and others-Moorfields—Kennington
Common-Blackheath-Anecdotes-Erection of the Tabernacle
-New Tabernacle-Certificate-Visit to Norwich-Conversion
of Robert Robinson-Preaching at the West End of London--
Liberality of Whitefield's congregations-Attendance of the no-
bility on Whitefield's ministry-Architecture of Tabernacle and
Tottenham Court road chapel----

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CHAPTER IV.

.

WHITEFIELD'S SECOND VISIT TO AMERICA.

1739, 1740.
Joseph Periam's release by Whitefield from Bedlam_Whitefield's

arrival at Philadelphia-Preaches to vast crowds in the open
air—Testimony of Dr. Franklin and others-Account of the Log
College-William Tennent, Sen.-Whitefield's own account of
his preaching at Philadelphia--Subsequent discovery of the con-
version of Dr. Rodgers-Whitefield's first visit to New York-
Description of him by one of his hearers–Sermons in New Jer-
sey-Old Tennent church--Places of preaching at New York-
Address to sailors-Letter to Pemberton-Interview with Gil-
bert Tennent-Some of Whitefield's sermons printed--Departure
from Philadelphia-Sermons on his journey to Savannah-Arri-
val and reception at Charleston-Departure for Savannah-Dan-
gers of the way--State of things in Georgia - Whitefield revisits
Charleston-Controversy with Commissary Garden-Lays the
foundation-stone of the Orphan house--Sermon by Smith on the
character of Whitefield--

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CHAPTER V.

6

1740.
Feebleness of Whitefield's health-Again visits Charleston, Phila-

delphia, etc.--Extent of his former success—Extracts from Sew-
ard's journal-Extracts from newspapers—Whitefield's letter to
England–His correspondence on marriage-Birth and death of
his son--His funeral sermon for his wife-Franklin and others
on Whitefield's eloquence-Anecdote-Extract from the New
England Weekly Journal-Return to Savannah-Manner of his
reception Activity at Savannah-Again visits Charleston-
Cited into the Commissary's court-Various examinations
Whitefield's appeal to the Court of Chancery-Interview with
the Commissary--Usefulness at Charleston--Sails for New Eng-
land-

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CHAPTER VI. .

WHITEFIELD'S FIRST VISIT TO NEW ENGLAND.

SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER, 1740.

State of religion in New England–Testimony of Prince-Dr. I.

Mather--Dr. Jonathan Edwards' success—Prevalence of prayer-
Whitefield's arrival and labors at Newport-Interview with
Clap-Honeyman-Letter from Barber-Journey to Boston-
Interview with the Commissary and the clergy--Preaches at
Brattle-street, Old South church, New North, Common, Rox-
bury, Old North, Cambridge, First church-Interview with Gov-
ernor Belcher-Roxbury-Hollis-street-Old South church-
Brattle-street - Marblehead Salem - Ipswich - Newbury-
Hampton-Portsmouth-York -- Return to Boston-Frequent
preaching--Invitation to children Interesting conversation with
a child-Anecdote of juvenile usefulness-Remarks on an uncon-
verted ministry-Whitefield's character of Boston-Preaches at
Concord, Sudbury, Marlborough, Worcester, Leicester, Brook-
field, Cold Spring, Hadley, Northampton-Revival there--White-
field's opinion of Mr. Edwards and family--Important interview
-Preaching at East Windsor, Westfield, Springfield, Suffield-
Opinion of Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, Sen.-Relinquishment of
appointments to preach-Visit to New Haven-Interview with
Principal Clap-Departure from New England—Whitefield's
character of it-Conversion of Mr. Emerson-Prince's account of
Whitefield's visit-Dr. Baron Stow on its results--Anecdote, 148

CHAPTER VII.

.

LABORS IN NEW YORK AND THE MIDDLE AND SOUTH.

ERN STATES,

1740, 1741.
Whitefield's arrival and labors at New York, Staten Island, and

Newark—Mr. Burr—Meeting with Gilbert Tennent-Visit to
Baskinridge—Tennent's preaching in Cross' barn-Whitefield
preaches in the new house at Philadelphia-Franklin's advice to
Gilbert Tennent-Remarkable instances of conversion-Success
in Philadelphia-Apostrophe in a sermon-Visit to Gloucester,
Greenwich, Cohansey, Salem, Newcastle, Fagg's Manor, Bohe-
mia-Sails from Reedy island to Charleston Arrival at Bethes-
da-Remarkable escape from death-Prosecution at Charleston
-Preaching--Letters from Boston-Departure for England-
Separation from Messrs. Wesley-Difficulties in London-Tri-
umph-Howel Harris-

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