From Halifax to [John] Stamp at the Methodist Chapel in Whitby. He would have answeredStamp’s letter before now but has been visiting friends in Norfolk and did not return untillast Friday evening. It is good to read that Stamp’s wife and children are well.
With regard to the progress of the work here, words fail him. ‘I never was witness to suchdisplays of the divine power and glory before, nor have I heard of much that has exceeded it. Thisglorious revival began at a place that had been for many years proverbially dead: so that thepreachers and the few remaining people frequently thought of giving it up...the Lord was pleased tobegin this work, wch has spread into several of the neighbouring circuits and wch I trust, in thefulness of time, will deluge the whole earth!. It began at a general love feast a few weeks beforethe last Conference, at wch my dear fellow labourer [Robert Lomas ] (who is indeed one the excellentof the earth) was present; there appeared an uncommon shaking among the dry bones and a universalspirit of prayer was poured out upon the people - this he observed and prudently encouraged. Theycontinued a considerable time longer than usual in prayer, and the Lord in majesty drew near...manyof his children were filled in an uncommon manner, and some mourners[?] were comforted. They wenthome and carried the holy fire with them, wch burned in their hearts, and was soon kindled in manyothers. They assembled together for prayer, and the Lord greatly owned their meetings, many wereawakened - others were justified & many believers felt the power of ye cleansing blood. Therewas at first a little disorder in their meetings, but this was overruled for good - many wereincited to go to see this strange new thing, as it was termed. And not a few of them wereconstrained to acknowledge that God was with them of a truth. Prayer meetings have been principallyowned of God in this revival...we have added above 600 since the Conference! And I believe yegreater part of them are savingly converted to God! A few have turned aside to folly but veryfew...I am told in Leeds Circuit they have added this qr [quarter] 700!! And the same work is inseveral other circuits...’
Atmore and Betsy are well and rejoicing in this work. She joins in sending regards to Stamp, hiswife and their children. His best wishes should also be passed to [William] Smith’s familywhen Stamp next sees them.
If space had permitted, he would have said something about the proposed plan of government forthe Methodists. [In the aftermath of the death of John Wesley in 1791, Methodism experienced aperiod of internal strife and uncertainty regarding the future shape of Connexional government. Thisculminated in the Plan of Pacification in 1795.] He does think it needful that something is done,but what that something should be, he does not know.
Atmore had expected to receive a letter from his dear Jane at N.C. [Newcastle]. Atmore was veryill over the winter for almost six weeks but has made a complete recovery.
- John Stamp (1762-1831) entered the itinerancy in 1787 and exercisedan active circuit ministry until 1824 when he was appointed to the governorship of Woodhouse GroveSchool in Yorkshire where he remained until his death on May 1 1831. Source:Hill’s Arrangement 1827 and Minutes of Conference 1831
- Robert Lomas (1769-1810) entered the itinerancy in 1789 and servedmainly in the North-west of England until his appointment as Connexional Book Steward in 1804. Afterthree years in that post, he was stationed in the Bristol circuit where he died ‘of a violentfever on his brain, which greatly affected his reason, though at times it was restored...’Source: Minutes of Conference 1810 and An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan MethodistPreachers...1739-1818, compiled by Kenneth Garlick