the consequences. I thought sure from what, the dear old mother
told me that tiu' results would be fatal; I didn't know but I would
be driven out. But not so. " Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and to hearken than the fat of rams."
Thursday was a beautiful, bright day; but Oh! cold, bitterly
cold. So 1 got down and prayed and said, "Lord, Thou hast sent
me to Salem, and hast given me the message. Now for an evidence
that Thou hast indeed sent me, -grant to cause the wind to cease
blowing at this fearful rate. Thou knowest Lord, that I want
people to hear Thy message that Thou hast given me. They will
not mind the cold, but the wind is so terrible. Now cause the
wind to cease to blow, and make the people come out."
The wind blew all day; all the afternoon. I started to go
across the field, about a half mile from where I was, to talk and
pray with a friend. On my way back, about five o'clock, as I was
crossing a ditch which ran through the field, bordered on either
side by a row of hedge trees, and a little plank across it for a kind
of a foot bridge, the wind wrapped me round and took me down
into the ditch. I could not hold on, could not control myself. I
expected to be thrown up against the trees, and I cried out to Him
all alone, "Oh! Lord, Thou that didst command the wind to cease
on the Sea of Galilee, cause this wind to cease and let me get
Just then there came a great calm, and I got up out of that
ditch and ran along to the house. By the time we went to church
it was as calm as a summer evening; it was cold, but not a bit
windy — a beautiful, moonlight night.
The church was packed arid crowded. I began my talk from
the chapter given, with great trembling. I had gone on but a little
ways when I felt the spirit of the Lord come upon me mightily.
Oh! how He helped me. My soul was free, The Lord convicted
sinners and backsliders and believers for holiness, and when I
asked for persons to come to the altar, it was filled in a little while
from the gallery and all parts of the house.
A revival broke out, and spread for twenty miles around. Oh!
what a time it was. It went from the colored people to the white
people. Sometimes we would go into the church at seven o'clock
in the evening. I could not preach. The whole lower floor would
be covered with seekers —old men, young men, old women, young
women, boys and girls. Oh! glory to God! How He put His seal