in this town. They received thence a general
satisfaction, with respect to the main thing in question, which they had
been in trembling doubts and concern about; and their minds were engaged
the more earnestly to seek that they might come to be accepted of God,
and saved in the way of the gospel, which had been made evident to them
to be the true and only way. And then it was, in the latter part of
December, that the Spirit of God began extraordinarily to set in, and
wonderfully to work amongst us; and there were very suddenly, one after
another, five or six persons, who were to all appearances savingly
converted, and some of them wrought upon in a very remarkable manner.

Particularly, I was surprised with relation of a young woman, who had
been one of the greatest company-keepers in the whole town. When she
came to me, I had never heard that she was become in any wise serious,
but by the conversation I then had with her, it appeared to me, that
what she gave an account of, was a glorious work of God's infinite power
and sovereign grace; and that God had given her a new heart, truly
broken and sanctified. I could not then doubt of it, and have seen much
in my acquaintance with her since to confirm it.

Though the work was glorious, yet I was filled with concern about the
effect it might have upon others. I was ready to conclude (though too
rashly), that some would be hardened by it in carelessness and looseness
of life; and would take occasion from it to open their mouths in
reproaches of religion. But the event was the reverse, to a wonderful
degree. God made it, I suppose, the greatest occasion of awakening to
others, of any thing that ever came to pass in the town. I have had
abundant opportunity to know the effect it had, by





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