Lorenzo Dow.

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but 1 believe that good was prevented by their
not following the openings of Providence.

605. I visited several other places, and then
went to Kentucky, and visited Beardstown,
Frankfort and Lexington; some Methodist
local preachers treated me cool, and strove to
shut up my way ; but God opened my way,
by means of a Baptist at Beardstown ; and at
Frankfort I got the state hovtse: and at Lex-
ington I got first the court house, then a play
house, and afterwards, the Methodists opened
to me their meeting house — in several meet-
ings, God was with us. Thence I steered to
Virginia. On my way, I was informed of an
old salt well being found and a large bed of
ashes by it, and pieces of earthen kettle, de-
noting their size to be larger than pot ash ket-
tles, and also a vessel of stone like a salt cel-
lar, which must have belonged to the an-
cients.

606. At an inn, I offered the man pay over
night, but he refused, saying, he would be up
in season in the morning ; however, he was
not, so I left what I supposed would be his
demand, on the table, and went on ; he after-
wards reported that I cheated him. At ano-
ther place, all my money was gone to one dol-
lar, and the landlord attempting to accuse me
of passing counterfeit money, would not ex-
change my dollar for my fare, but thought to
injure me, until another man changed it for
me. At length, I met two men, who told me
that my appointments were made in Virginia,
at Abingdon, where I arrived August 21st,
about three hours before meeting time. I was
now dirty and ragged, as my pantaloons were
worn out, my coat and jacket worn through,
as also my maccasons. I had only the small-
est part of a dollar left: however, some gen-
tleman gave me seven dollars, and then a col-
lection was made, which I refused, until they
hurt my feelings and forced it upon me ; some
others held back their liberality. I had a con-
venient stage erected, and we had a solemn
time. I left an appointment when I would be
there again, and in the neighboring counties,
and went on to Fincastle ; then to Bedford
county, where I spoke in the town of Liberty:
from the Age of Reason I took my text, and
some went off before I had cleared up the
point; they supposed me to be a Deist, but
afterwards were sorry. I spoke in Lynch-
burgh, New London, and at Carmel court
house, and a number of adjacent places,
and left hundreds of appointments for the
spring. I saw Dr. S. K. Jennings, and found
him to be a man of strong powers of mind,
and great acquired information, and very
pious. Oh, may he fill up that sphere of life,
which he is qualified for !

607. In Cumberland county, John Hobson,



jun., got awakened, and found peace, as he
fell down while I was speaking : his dear
companion was laboring under great trials of
mind, for the loss of all her offspring, till God
cast my lot in their quarter, when she got re-
conciled to the same, by the sanctifying influ-
ence of God's Holy Spirit — his mother, who
was upwards of eighty years old, also found
peace. I visited several other places, and the
Lord was with us : — Then I went to Rich-
mond, and by the governor's consent, spoke
in the capitol, which somebody had advertised
in the Argus, and afterwards in the Metho-
dist meeting house, several times ; also in Man-
chester, and at New Kent quarterly meeting.

608. I rode twenty miles to Petersburg!), in
the rain, and seeing a man, inquired of him if
he knew Jesse Lee ? he replied, he is my bro-
ther, and took me to his house ; and as soon
as I passed the gate, I saw Jesse standing in
the door, and I sat still on my horse, though I
was wet through, (with a bundle of books
under my arm ;) J had no outer garment on ;
and there was not a word spoke for some
time between us : at length, said he, come in
— I desired to know whether it was war or
peace ? said he, come in — said I, is it war or
peace ? said he, come in — I made the same
replv : said he, it is peace ; so I dismounted,
and went in, and he, after some conversation,
went and procured me a large assembly that
night, in the Methodist meeting house. I
spoke there several times, and God was with
us. Oh, how different was I received, from
what I was formerly ! Surely I was agreea-
bly disappointed in my reception ; and there
must have been the hand of God in this. I
visited several neighboring places not in vain.
I got five hundred pamphlets printed, and as I
was going to the office for them, a stranger
called me out one side and put ten dollars into
my hand (though he knew not my necessity)
which was the sum I wanted for the printer.

609. I had much offered me in my travel
through the State ; but was unwilling to give
Satan any ground to hedge up my way, and
of course declined the most of it. One day I
had an appointment to preach, and then start-
ed for S. Carolina, through a part of some
hundreds of miles, where I never was before,
and had only a few cents at my command :
however, my trust was still in God, who put
it into the hearts of some, as we were parting
and shaking hands, to leave about seven dol-
lars in my hand ; so I went on and saw some
more providences of God ; also I saw some
evils. Near Raleigh, N. Carolina, a petty
constable attempted to take me up as a horse
thief. Col. Paul Rushian, of Chesterfield
county, S. Carolina, took me up also, and ex-
amined my private writings, and gave some
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met with in my life. I foil n J brother Dough-
erty, the presiding elder had given me out a
chain of appointments through his district, of
several hundred miles, which I fulfilled, and
arrived back to Petersburg, in Georgia, accord-
ing to appointment when going au-ay. Here
my wants were relieved, mostly by Major John
Oliver, who came and called me his spiritual
father, and so did several others, and I saw a
great alteration in the inhabitants.



RULES FOR HOLY LIVING.

610. SERIOUS consideration upon the
value of thy soul; with the shortness and



uncertainty of time and the duty that you owe
to GOD — with the awful consequence of living
and dying in sin.

Remember that by nature you are a fallen,
degenerate creature, therefore ye must be re-
generated and born of the Spirit — for with-
out holiness no man shall see the LORD !

Consequently be persuaded, and resolve,
through grace, to begin and spend, and close
every day with GOD, forsaking all known
sin, with unnecessary wicked company : Har
ing your heart drawn out after GOD, in a pray-
ing frame, with your mind solemnly staid
upon HIM in quest of truth — that you may
enjoy HIS favor here, and experience HIS
benedictions forever in CHRIST JESUS!



EXEMPLIFIED EXPERIENCE, OK, LORENZO S JOURNAL.



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EXEMPLIFIED EXPERIENCE.



PART SECOND.



611. OCTOBER 28th, 1803. After an ab-
sence of about seven months, I arrived back
in Georgia ; having travelled upwards of 4000
miles. When I left this State I was hand-
somely equipped for travelling by some friends
whom God had raised me up, in time of need ;
after my trials on my journey from New Eng-
land. My equipment was as follows ; my
horse cost 45/. a decent saddle and cloth,
portmanteau and bag, umbrella and lady's
shove whip; a double suit of clothes, a blue
broadcloth cloak, (given me by a gentleman,)
shoes, stockings, cased hat, a valuable watch,
with fifty-three dollars in my pocket for spend-
ing money, &c, &c. But now on my return,
I had not the same valuable horse; and my
watch I parted with for pecuniary aid to bear
my expenses. My pantaloons were worn
out ; my riding chevalswere worn through in
several places.

612. I had no stockings, shoes, nor mocca-
sons* for the last seven hundred miles; no
outer garment ; having sold my cloak in West
Florida : My coat and vest were worn
through, to my shirt; my hat case and um-
brella were spoiled by prongs of trees, whilst
riding in the woods. Thus with decency I
was scarce able to get back to my friends as I
would. It is true I had many pounds and
handsome presents offered me in my journey,
but I could not feel freedom to receive them ;
only just what would serve my present ne-
cessity, to get along to my appointments, as I
was such a stranger in the country; and so
many to watch me (as an impostor) for evil ;
and but few to lift up my hands for good.

613. As 1 considered that the success and
opening of many years depended on these
days, 1 was not willing to give any occasion
for the gospel to be blamed ; or any occasion
to hedge up my way. For it was with seri-
ousness and consideration that I undertook
these journeys, from conviction of duty, that



♦ An Indian shoe.



God required it at my hands. And (knowing
that impostors are fond of money) I was con-
vinced that Satan would not be found want-
ing, to whisper in the minds of the people,
that my motives were sinister or impure.

614. Major John Oliver came and took me
by the hand, calling me father; saying,
" when you preached in Petersburgh last, your
text was constantly ringing in my ears, for
days together, whether I would deal kindly
and truly with the master, &c. So I had no
peace until I set out to seek the Lord ; and
since, my wife and I have been brought to re-
joice in the Almighty."

615. He gave me a vest, pantaloons, um-
brella, stockings, handkerchief, and a watch,
&c. Another gave me a pair of shoes and a
coat ; and a third a cloak ; and a few shil-
lings for spending money from some others.
Thus I find Providence, whose tender care is
over all his works, by his kind hand is still
preserving me. Oh ! may I never betray his
great cause committed to my charge !

616. I visited the upper countries and had
refreshing seasons amongst my friends, from
the presence of the Lord. General Stewart
informed me of a remarkable circumstance, of
a man who heard the doctrine of uncondition-
al election and reprobation preached up ; the
devil told him that he was one of the repro-
bates ; which drove him to despair : so he put
an end to his life by blowing out his brains.
An A-double-L-part minister, who held the
doctrine of unconditional election and repro-
bation, preached up good works, saying it
would do no good to preach his sentiments,
which caused my spiritual father (in the gospel,)
to observe to him, " that a doctrine which is not
fit to be preached is not fit to be believed."

617. I held a meeting in a republican meet-
ing house, i. e. one free for all denomina-
tions. I spoke on A-double-L-partism ; and
an A-double-L-part preacher present being
asked how he liked the preaching, he replied,
that he held, and preached no- contrary senti-



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ments himself: but afterwards he did his ut-
to cut my doctrine to pieces ; and blacken
my character. I preached in Georgetown,
and set out at eighl at nighl for Augusta; ami
travelling nearly all night, I came to
where- rere toting* tobacco to

market; and 1 stopped with them until day:
and one gave me some corn for my horse.

The next day. missing my road, I gave
away my pocket handkerchief for a pilot.

618. November 20th. I arrived at camp
meeting at Rehoboth. I took Master " I am"
for my text ; with observing that he offered a
great reward for runaways : whose marks I
would describe : The auditory amounting to
aboul 5,000, sunk into a solemn silence;
whilst I described the diabolical marks of sin-
ners ; and the reward for their return, &c.

619. About fifty souls were born to God.
There were 44 tents ; 8 wooden huts ; 48
covered wagons; beside carriages, &c, of va-
rious sorts. Many I parted with here, (whom
perhaps I shall never see more.) and set off
lor St. Mary's, in company with several of

achers; and as we hove in sight of a
town, I inquired its name, and felt an impulse
to stop and bold meeting, which 1 did, intend-
ing to overtake my company next day : but
leaving Warrington late at night. I rode several
miles an i stopped to inquire the road : the man
within knew my voice, and persuaded me to
alight and tarry until morning: when he ac-
companied me to meeting, in Bethel meeting-
house, where I was drawn particularly to
speak on the subject of murder and murderers :
after which brother Mead observed, that two
murderers were supposed to be present.

620. November 23. 1 spoke in Louisville,
to as many as could conveniently gel into the
state-house. Brigadier-General John Stewart
was then present. I attacked A-double-L-
partism, and proposed a covenant to the audi-
tory, to meet me al the throne of grace, for a
limited period oi time; which the gentlemen
observing General Stewart to arise, followed
bis example, as a sign of their compliance
with the proposal; which I observed they
were bound by the principles of honor and ve-
racity to keep.

621. Whilst 1 was preaching, 1 point

the dutj of rulers, as stewards of God and
guardians of the people; thai vice might be
suppressed and virtue encouraged. Whilst
speaking, also, 1 perceived the chair on which
1 stood on the writing table, i < > move twice or
thrice, the cause of which I could not then
in ;. hut set down to prevent m\ tailing.
Alter meeting ;i young German having ob-

* The mode of toting tobacco to market, is by rolling

lis, with a wooden axle through the midst, OO the

ends of which ' the shafts t<>i tin 1 horse to

draw it ti\ Fifteen or sixteen hundred weight may thus

be pressed and carried to market.



served a Baptist preacher to put his foot on
my chair twice or thrice, apparently with a
design to tilt me over and set the house in a
laughter, (who was an A-double L-part man.)
went and shook his list in his face, intimating
that (if he had him out of doors) he would pay
him for his insult to the stranger.

622. The A-double-L-part man being a
member of the Legislature, complained of the
young man to the House for having insulted
him. The House ordered the young man to
prison, and the next day to trial, as no mem-
ber might be insulted whilst sitting in the
House. The young man plea led thai the
member was not sitting at the time, and so
was acquitted. This cost him about 30 dol-
lars, and the State about 600: as the trial
lasted two days. It was a few days after this,
that I received a recommendation, as a preacher
of the gospel to the world of mankind, signed
by the Governor, Secretary, and twenty-eight
members of the Legislature, with the great
seal of the State.

623. Bishop Asbury's appointments being
given out, and it being uncertain whether he
would attend. Stith Mead, who was presiding
elder of the district, thought proper to send
me on his own appointments, to St. Mary's
Quarter meeting, whilst he intended taking
the Bishop's plan.

62 I. The high waters retarded ; hut to pre-
vent disappointing the people, in my circuitous
route I made the greatest speed : and a gen-
tleman traveller, supposing (from my speed)
that I was some murderer, clapped spurs to
his horse and pursued me to a meeting, where
God's power was manifested amongst us.

625. 26th. I held a two-day meeting in
Union meeting-house : where there was a me
quickening; but the A-double-L-part people
were in this part also raking my character.

626. Hence to Kenootchy creek : and so to
Tabor's creek; and Captain Mitchell (in
whose house I held meeting) so interrupted,
that we removed into the street : then he or-
dered me down from the stage; so we retired
to a neighboring plantation : but he took his
horse and pistols, and interrupted us here also.
(>b! the sin of drunkenness, which leads to
murder!

My evening appointmenl was not given
out. near the Goose ponds, and I found it al-
most impossible to get a place to [o

627. December 3d. [crossed the fltamaha,
and met brother Isaac Cooke, who came mis-
Bionary f rom conference here: the most dis-
mal marshy part I ever was in: I found he
had good success : though he was not with-
out his enemies: but God, tor his indefatiga-
ble labor-, gave him upwards of a hundred
members tin- year; and he had two meeting-

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A clear conscience is like a clear sky with-
out a cloud. Oh ! may I never live to be
useless. I remember Dr. Johnson said, "thou
hast an ulcer or defeet in thy liver, with
which thou wast born in the world ; and if
thou livest high or intemperate, or bringest
slight condemnation or burthen on thy mind,
or dost not labor hard, &c. &c. ; the nature of
thy disorder is such, thou wilt be in danger
of being suddenly cut off; but if thou art pru-
dent, &c, thou mayest live as long as most
others, unless some contagious disorder shall
lay hold on thee :" the propriety of these re-
marks I am convinced of from experience.

628. We took our departure from Savan-
nah, where we parted ; and I spent a few
days. The curse of God seems to rest about
here since the days in which they treated
John Wesley ill, and confiscated the property
of George Whitfield, which was appropriated
to religious and charitable purposes.

Hence to Tuckissaccing, where old father
Boston lived, who received me as I left Sa-
vannah the first time I came to Georgia. Last
night, as brother Cooke was preaching, a
black woman was struck under conviction,
with the power of God. Her body was cold
as a corpse, and laid aside sixteen hours as
in a sweet sleep of state or insensibility; and
no symptoms of life exeept a regular pulse.
Some thought that she would never come
to ; however, she revived, praising God. I
spoke ; and we had a refreshing time in the
woods.

629. I sent an appointment to Lanear's
ferry on the Ogechee river : on my arrival I
found a stage erected in the woods : and a
vast concourse of people ; few of whom had
ever seen me before.

As I began meeting, T perceived a man un-
easy ; he got up and sat down, and up and
down again, and walked round ; which de-
noted some unusual uneasiness in his mind.

After meeting I set ofi" for my evening" s ap-
pointment; several were going the same way;
I abruptly spoke to one, "are you not sorry
you came to meeting ?" (not recollecting him
to be the above man :) He replied, " Yes, and
I believe it would have been better for me to
have stayed at home and my horse eating
grass : I understand,'" said he, "you can tell
fortunes; and if you can tell what is to come,
you can tell what is past; tell me, did I ever
kill any body 1 if I did, I'll confess it before
the people."

Thus he twice or thrice strove to make me
answer the question : it made a solemn im-
pression on my mind, so that I did not speak :
but looking him in the face as we rode a dis-
tance, viewing it necessary to be guarded in
my conduct, as the company were strangers
to me ; I inquired his name as we parted at



the forks of the road : however, it made such
an impression on my mind, that I could not
but relate it to the congregation in Springfield
court-house. After meeting, the gentleman
where I lodged informed me that this Squire
H — was supposed to be concerned in a mur-
der, with a man who was under sentence of
death. It appears from the best accounts I
could collect, that this H — was an A-double-
L-part man, and believed, once in grace and
always in grace : which brought me to reflec-
tion, (from the horrible circumstance) what
dangerous sentiments these are, not only in a
religious point of view, to lull people to sleep,
but also in a civil and political respect; for
if one falls into public scandal, and retaining
an idea of being secured unchangeably in the
favor of God, he cannot be under the influence
of the principles of honor; nor yet the idea
of future reward and punishment; and of
course hath nothing to restrain him ; where-
fore he is a dangerous citizen and subject.
JSgg^This is the truth, and it cannot be con-
futed.

I left my horse and cloak, expecting they
would be sent to me, and with difficulty I
reached the town of Augusta, where the con-
ference was beginning to sit.

630. Here I met Dr. Coke; he replied,
" how do you do, brother Dow ? lam glad to
see you : your warning to the people of Dub-
lin had like to prove too true."

Here Stith Mead brought me the parchment
of recommendation from the Governor, &c,
and I gave him a testimonial of my sincerity
and attachment to the Methodist body, and
my approbation to the general tenor of their
conduct, &c. Here I was talked over in Con-
ference ; and after some conversation the
doctor observed, that I had done the Metho-
dist Societies no injury that he knew of; but
in sundry instances to the reverse.

Bishop Asbury directed the preachers to
publish for me to preach in the meeling-house
during the sitting of Conference ; which was
done, and I gave my farewell to the people :
and also my thoughts on different religious
subjects ; (which were published under the
title of, The Chain of Lorenzo, by the request
of his friends, as his farewell to Georgia,)
as a present to the meeting-house, which was
in debt.

The cause of this publication originated
from the false reports, and dust which the
A-double-L part people had raised against me ;
but my friends advised me to it, that the unpre-
judiced might judge for themselves where the
truth lay, and so thus the cloven foot be
drawn out, and cut clear off: that when God
had killed the old stock, there should be none
to carry the news, and thus A-double-L-part-
ism be driven from the land ; which con-



cern had drawn me from Ireland, that precious
souls might escape as from the snare of the
fowler.

I sold my watch for printing .some religious
handbills, Rules for holy living, which 1 dis-

1 around the town, and got some also
printed on silk for the higher class, (lest paper
would he too much neglected :) one of which
1. and the doctor tied it up for me
in paper and subscribed it for his Excellency
the Governor, which I left with an attorney to

, as I delivered one of my silk hills.
Thus J left the Conference, (who had agreed
not to hedge up my way,) with weeping eyes
and aching heart, and took my departure for
South Carolina. With difficulty I crossed
Savannah river ; and a man who crossed with
me, took me behind him on his horse, and
carried me over several runs of water. I got

ne to where my horse was; having
several good times, and the A-double-L- part
people looked sour. A fresh had been in the
river, so I could not get my cloak ; neither
had I a second shirt at this time; but my trust
is in God, who hath helped me hitherto.

631. On my way to Charleston, I spoke in
an old Methodist meeting house ; and at Cos-
sahatchce : here was Mr. C, once an itinerant
sensible preacher, but now cold in religion :

\1; B. heard me also: but has quitted the
Methodists, and preaches A-double-L-part.

632. Monday, January 9th, 1804. I rode
fifty-two miles, and arrived at Charleston late
in the evening ; and put up with W. Turpin,
Esq., who received me when I first was in
lli is place ; and procured me picked meetings
at his house : I find Mr. Hamet has gone to a
world of spirits, to answer for the deeds done
in the body. As it respects his division it ap-
pears his motives were impure, arising from a
desire of popularity : in consequence of which,
there was a hreach of confidence by him as
respected the incorporation of the house : aw-
ful to relate, it appears he died drunk.

I spoke in his house called Trinity Church ;
also in the Methodist meeting house. Here I
saw Dr. Coke ; who informed me that he saw
a recommendation for me at the house of bro-
ther John Harper, signed by some of the mem-
bers of the Legislature and the Governor of
the state ; which has not yet fall-en into my
hands ; the cause I know not, though I hnve
sent for it repeatedly.

Friday, 13th. I left Charleston, crossing a
ferry: and rode thirty-three miles; keeping
up with the mail stage

633. 14th. I crossed a had ferry of !
miles ; in consequence of a fresh in the river;
which took three hours with the stage. Hence
we went on to Georgetown, where i held a
few meetings: and then rode forty-thre
to Kingston leaving brothers Mallard and



Jones behind ; the former was blest in his la-
bors here last year ; and Harriet's conduct had
done injury; Jones soon after was found
drowned in a creek ; supposed to have been
seized with a fit of epilepsy, which he was
subject to: but the verdict of the Coroner's
jury was that he had died drunk ; though he
was exemplary for temperance and piety.



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