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CHAPTER VIII.

His power in prayer-divine impressions—an afflicting providence

-remarkable answers to prayer-familiar expressions in

prayer to be avoided-encounters a blacksmith-his usefulness

-his meekness under persecution-singular method of self-

defence against the aspersions of a clergyman—Musical

Festivals Mr. Bradburn-lovefeast-perfection-seasonable

remarks—the doctrine of sanctification maintained in opposition

to a clergyman-cheerful disposition-indiscretionate zeal in a

meeting of the Society of Friends. PAGE 143.

CHAPTER IX.

His self-denial-sympathy for the poor-gratitude for mercies—

early rising singular band-meeting-the best way of beginning

the day—his conduct in the families he visited-Bolton-Rat-

cliffe Close-often abrupt in his manners-a genuine Wesleyan

—an attempt to purchase him—his character as the head of a

family gives up business—preaching excursions-visits Rigton

—providential supply—his publicaddresses—delight in his work

-E. Brook, Esq.-Denby Dale-prosperity of the work of

God-a new chapel-Samuel visits Rochdale—rises superior

to his exercises—takes a tour into different parts of Lancashire

-great commercial distress-liberality of P. E. Towneley,

Esq.-meeting for the relief of the poor-Samuel's return

home-visits different parts of the York circuit—revival of

religion-persecution. PAGE 168.

CHAPTER X.

His first visit to London-dialogue at an inn on the road-Wes-

leyan Missionary Meeting-preaches at Southwark-exalts

divine truth at the expense of human knowledge—persons bene-

fited by his public addresses-his tions of nervous complaints

—his second visit to the metropolis-Mrs. Wrathall; her cha-

racter, experience, and affliction-Samuel's general views and

feelings, as connected with his second visit-pleads strenuously

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ADVERTISEMENT

TO THE

SECOND EDITION.

THE first impression of this Memoir having been sold in about the space of one month after its publication, and several orders remaining unfulfilled, the writer has been induced to send forth a second. Though any attempt to conceal his pleasure in the success of the volume, would appear sheer affectation, is far from attributing the favour with which it has been received to the manner in which he has performed his task; for, had it not been for the subject—which may be considered in some respects new in biography, and as holding the same relation to serious reading, as a novel bears to the graver character of historical details, the volume might have shared the same fate as many superior compositions -that of falling dead from the press. The literary world has heard a good deal lately respecting the romance of history; and they have here an approach to the romance of religious biography. Such forms of expression, the writer is aware, are liable to objection; but he is unable at present to find a more appropriate term to express his views and feelings in penning the life of Samuel Hick- —a character so singular, and yet so eminently devoted to God and to the best interests of man.

The reader will find some errors corrected in the present edition, which had found their way into the former,―several new incidents and anecdotes introduced, -and a public address appended, which the subject of

the Memoir delivered in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is not improbable, that many of the facts stated in both editions, may assume a new face to several readers --so much so, perhaps, as scarcely to be recognised by those who may be in possession of the hundredth oral edition; but to such persons as are aware how much the same tale will become metamorphosed, in its passage through a score of different lips and minds, it will not be surprising that the writer should differ in some inportant particulars from vague report. He might state that he has received communications from different persons, each professing to have received the intelligence from the lips of Samuel himself, yet widely different often, both in the principle and in the detail. This could be accounted for from the circumstance of Samuel having entered into particulars in one instance, and only named the naked fact in another; and also from the different impressions produced on the minds of the persons themselves, none of whom might have thought of a publicity beyond the domestic circle ; and in each case the lapse of years seriously affecting the memory. Yet, with these inconveniencies, and others that will naturally suggest themselves to the reader, every individual is certain in the integrity of his heart, that his is the only

This, as so many extraordinary tales have been handed round respecting the subject of the Memoir, is admonitory of caution ; and as the writer has had access to the original documents, as far as penned by the subject himself, and from only part of which a mutilated copy has been obtained, any other separately published Life--under whatever pretensions-should be received with suspicion, both as to its details, and the motives for publication.

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