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A catalogue of their books . .
Works of imagination useful to young minds. . .
Adam reads the Pilgrim's Progress
His reflections as a child upon the conduct of Christian in

the dungeon · · · · · · · ·
More mature reflections
Becomes an enthusiastic admirer of the Trojan hero, Hec-

tor, from hearing his father recite portions of the Iliad
Is induced to attempt to obtain a knowledge of occult philo-

sophy . . . . . .
Forms an acquaintance with a company of travelling tinkers,

who profess to be adepts in magic
Is deterred from pursuing his magical studies, by reading

an answer to a question on that subject in the " Athe-

nian Oracle"

From the reports spread in the neighbourhood of his super-

natural powers, marauders are deterred from robbing

his father's premises .

Receives the first taste for Oriental literature by reading the

Arabian Nights' Entertainments .

Derives great benefit from reading the adventures of Robin-

son Crusoe and Æsop's Fables.

Manner in which the peasants of the North of Ireland spend

their winters' evenings .

Strong impression made upon the memory of the hearer by the

relation of the Gaelic stories.

Baptism of Fion ma cool, or Fingal, by St. Patrick . . .

Manners of the Irish peasantry

Adam's MOTHER, a Presbyterian of the old puritanic school .

Her method of reproving her children

An instance of the effect of her reproofs upon her son

Adam . . . . . .

Her creed leads her to represent the Almighty rather as a

God of justice than a God of mercy ,

She impresses on her family a great reverence for the Bible

Evening prayer taught by her to her children . . .

Morning prayer and Doxology ..

Her manner of spending the Sabbath with her family .
Religious education of the family
Mode of practising sacred music in the North of Ireland . .
Various instances from sacred and profane history of the

antiquity of this mode of singing
Not in use among the Irish Roman Catholics .
An account of the Caoinian or Irish how!
A. C. learns dancing . . .

Its evil effects upon him .

His protest against this branch of education

Various projects for A. Ci's settlement in life .

Has a very narrow escape for his life in consequence of

fall from his horse ..

A.C. has another narrow escape from death by drowning

Conversation with Dr. Letsom on the subject . .

Sensations while under water, and on coming to life . .
A remarkable anecdote of an attempted robbery and murder
Unfortunate accident by an incautious use of fire-arms ,

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Remarkable events attending the deaths of two brothers :

General belief in fairies in that part of Ireland

BOOK II.

Summary of religion . . . . . . . .

A. C.'s first religious instructors

He hears for the first time of the Methodists, through the

medium of a newspaper
Is induced to go to hear them by the prospect of deri

ving amusement
Is struck by an observation of the preacher . .

Is induced to go to hear him again

Adam's parents approve of the Methodist doctrines .

The preachers are invited to, and entertained in, their house

A. C. begins to feel an increasing attachment to religion

True religion makes no man slothful . . .

A. C. is stirred up to greater diligence in prayer, by a conversa-

tion with Mr. Barber

He is dispirited by opinions of religious friends

Determines to search the Scriptures for himself

He forms the Articles of his Creed from his own study of

the Sacred Writings, without referring to any human

creed or confession of faith . .

A. C. is taken by his mother to a class-meeting . . .

Is taken notice of and encouraged by the leader . .

His mind becomes filled with doubts . . . .
An anecdote of the Caliph Aalee :

A. C. is filled with doubts concerning the Atonement .

This proceeds so far that he conceives himself guilty of

idolatry by praying in the name of Christ

Is delivered from this state of mind by earnest prayer

Erom his own feelings on this subject, he always thought it

his duty to caution others against the Arian and Soci-

nian errors . . . . . . . .

A. C., from his own experience on this occasion, forms his

opinion of the spurious doctrine of the Eternal Son-

ship of Christ . .

Arguments against this doctrine

Danger of young converts mingling with persons who are fond

of doubtful disputations ,

A. C.'s mental sufferings from the temporary perversion of his

creed . .
He has a strong desire to receive the Sacrament for the first

time
His preparations for that solemn ordinance :
The clergyman much affected while giving him the bread
A.C.'s feelings during the ordinance, and his opinion of the

nature of this Sacrament

Advice to communicants

A. C. undergoes great spiritual anguish . .

Reflections on this . . . . .

Finds peace with God .

Converses with Mr. Barber on the subject.

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Receives the witness of the Spirit, and a clear evidence of

his acceptance with God .
Extract of a Sermon preached by him, on this subject,

seven years after, at Plymouth
Reflections on the nature and uses of religion .
A. C. finds his mind enlightened and more adapted to receive

instruction through his increase in spiritual knowledge Acquires a taste for Natural Philosophy, by the perusal of

C“ Derham's Astro-theology," and " Ray's Wisdom of

God in the Creation"
The Dictionaries of John Kersey and Benjamin Martin of

great use to him
Two of his sisters join the Methodists
He is the means of the conversion of one of his school-

fellows . . . . . . . . . Account of Andrew Coleman

His wonderful progress in learning.
Straitened circumstances .
An intimate friendship formed between him and A.C.
He is employed as a class-leader
Sent out as a travelling preacher
Dies at the age of eighteen of a consumption . .

· A. C.'s reflections on his death . . . Instances of Andrew Coleman's extraordinary memory. Adam Clarke begins to exhort in the neighbouring villages

His method of procedure in such cases .
Sometimes preaches in nine or ten villages in one day .
Turns his attention to mathematics . · · ·
His profits in Gnomonics
Makes considerable exertions to obtain a knowledge of the

French language
Occasionally amuses himself with attempts at poetry .
A.C. is placed on trial, prior to being apprenticed with Mr.

Francis Bennet, a linen merchant . . . .
All his religious friends averse to this arrangement.
Mr. John Bredin writes to Mr. Wesley concerning him
Mr. Wesley offers to take him into Kingswood School .
His parents receive the proposal with indignation :
Mr. Bennet offers to set him up in business as an Irish pro-

vision merchant
He meets with many judicious and religious friends at

Coleraine . .
He derives much spiritual benefit from the perusal of " Bax-

ter's Saints' Everlasting Rest,” and the “ Journal of

David Brainard" ,
He attracts the notice of Mr. Rutherford and other preachers
He is unpleasantly situated in Mr. Bennet's family, owing
to a termagant of a servant .

And a sick relative
His method of reproving sin

An extract from his Journal
Much temptation, as well as prayer and reading, necessary to

form a Christian minister . .
A. C. becomes so exceedingly cautious in his conversation, that

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at last he doubts the most evident facts, and hesitates at

trusting the evidence of his senses

He brings himself down to the edge of the grave by fast-

ing and self-denial
His memory becomes affected . .
He is filled with distressing doubts . .
His opinion that he was permitted to undergo all these

trials in order to qualify 'him for the ministerial

office . . . . . . . . .
In after-life no case of conscience could come before

him in which he was not qualified to judge from

his own experience of the state . .
His deliverance from this state of misery
The means he used to strengthen his memory .

His imperfect memory of use to him as a preacher .

He is obliged in the pulpit to trust to judgment rather than

recollection

This renders his mode of preaching new and effective

BOOK III.

Advice to young ministers

Different ranks in the primitive church . .

125

A. C.'s great reluctance to commence regular preacher .

His first sermon

126

He is encouraged by the approbation of his congregations 126

Prepares to leave Ireland

127

Gets a certificate from the Rector of the parish . 127

Is ordered over to Kingswood School

127

Strong objections of his parents to this measure
His Mother becomes persuaded that God has called her son

to the Ministry, and brings over his Father to consent

to the voyage to England

A. C. embarks at Londonderry and sails for Liverpool . 128

Occurrences during the voyage

129

The ship is visited by a press-gang
A. C.'s reflections upon this unconstitutional method of

manning the Royal Navy . .
A. C. is taken by the captain of the packet to his house ,
His conversation there with a Scotch lady . .

And a Roman Catholic ..

He takes his place by the Fly for Birmingham

132

Company on the road
Danger of quoting Heathen authors as evidences in

favour of Christianity

Equal danger in quoting the Fathers in proof of the

doctrines of the Gospel .

Is kindly received at Birmingham

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Has his expectations of Kingswood School consider
lessened .

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His arrival at Bristol

136

Occurrences at the inn in Bristol

Sets off for Kingswood with three half-pence in his pocket 136

His unfeeling reception there . . . .

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His usage there

Instances of the tyranny of the mistress .

A.C.'s first introduction to Mr. Rankin . . . .

Character of Mr. Rankin

A. C.'s intercourse with him in after life .

A description of Kingswood School in the year 1782 .

Domestic establishment there . . . . .

Characters of the teachers

Mr. Wesley's declared opinion of this School in the year

1783 .

Reasons of the disorganization of the School

The School much improved of late years .

142

A. C. finds a half-guinea while digging in the garden

143

He is thus enabled to purchase a Hebrew grammar

144

This apparently trifling occurrence lays the foundation of

all his knowledge of the Sacred Writings in the Old

Testament.

His first introduction to Mr. Wesley' :
A.C. is ordained by Mr. Wesley, and sent to Bradford, in

Wiltshire . . . .
Hears Mr. Wesley preach ...

Meets with Mr. Charles Wesley

The reason why A. Ci's name does not appear in the Minutes

of the Methodist Conference the first year of his be-

coming a travelling preacher .

A. C.'s situation becomes much improved by the arrival of Mr.

Wesley .

Farther instances of tyranny in the mistress of Kingswood

School

A. C. is confirmed by the bishop of Bristol .

His feelings on leaving Kingswood School

147

He is very young when sent out to preach, a

youthful appearance is generally called the little boy .

His qualifications as a preacher . . . . .

147

His Creed

148

Reflections on the Articles of his Creed :

152

Reflections on the tenth Article, relative to the Eternal

Sonship · · · · · · : · 152

BOOK IV.

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