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CHAPTER III. Progress Of Religion, With Its Attendant Sufferings
?Mr. Wesley's Expostulation With The Opposing Clergy His Advice To
The People Respecting Their Persecutors. The Rebellion being now
crushed, Mr. C. Weslcv proceeded, in 1746, to Cornwall, and was
cheered by the steadiness of the flock there in those troublous
times. The laymen were found useful on this occasion. He observes,
" Monday, June SO.?Both sheep and shepherds had been scattered in
the late cloudy day of persecution; but the Lord gathered them
again, and kept them together by their own brethren; who began to
exhort their companions, one or more in every Society. No less than
four have sprung up in Gwennup. I talked closely with each, and
found no reason to doubt that God had used them thus far. I advised
and charged them, not to stretch themselves beyond their line, by
speaking out of the Society, or fancying themselves public
teachers. If they keep within their bounds, as they promise, they
may be useful in the church: And I would to God, that all the
Lord's people were prophets like these."?It is highly probable,
England would have tasted before this time the horrors of the
French Revolution, if it were not for this teaching. The common
people were then ripe for any mischief. They are now taught better.
" July 3.?At Lidgeon, I preached Christ crucified, and spake with
the classes, who seem much in earnest. Shewed above a thousand
sinners, at Sithney, the love and compassion of Jesus towards them.
Many who came from Helstone, a town of rebels and persecutors, were
struck and confessedtheir sins, and declared they would never more
be found fighting against God?July 6. At Gwennup, near two thousand
persons listened to those gracious words which proceeded out of his
mouth, ' Come unto me, aU ye...
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