20 Historical and Semi-Centenial Address
them comfort. I am told that every prayer that went up in this
old lime house was laden with the wants and woes of the oppressed
in every land, and many were the appeals to Jehovah to come in
his own way, and deliver his people from worse than Egyptian
bondage. Thus the fire of liberty continued to burn, and the
ministers fanned the coals and raised the fire to flames. Peter
H, Clark says that Job Dundy was one of the most intelligent
ministers that was ever in this charge.
THE OLD BETHEL.
The congregation continued in the old lime house for several
years, until 1834, when it outgrew the shop; the officers of the
church looked out. for a place in which to move. After some
time was spent in selecting a spot to erect a house for the Lord,
they concluded to purchase a lot on Sixth street,east of Broadway.
This they did in 1834, and when the time come to lay the found¬
ation of the new church every heart was full of joy at the thought
of having a new house. Uncle Isaac Jones went to Mr. Grif¬
fith, who kept a lumber yard on Hunt street, and bought the
sills and the first lumber for the church. Peter Harbeson, a
member of the congregation, was the architect and carpenter.
Dr. C. F Buckner says that he remembers when they were
building the church, for he carried brick to the masons; and
remembers the building. The congregation was still in the old
lime house, working to raise money to pay for the new house;
they continued for sometime. When it was sufficiently finished
for occupancy they went in ; and everybody was glad, for the
Lord had done a great tiling for them, whereof they were glad;
so when they went into the house they called it "Bethel," and
from that time forward the congregation was generally known
as Bethel Church, instead of King's Church, as in other days.
These people looked back to the time when a few of them met
in the old red church and praised God; but now their numbers
had increased, and the congregation was large, so they continued
to work and prey for the spread of the Redeemer's kingdom.
In 1830, the Lord sent a man by the name of Henry Adcrisson,
who was a man of God, and he did much good, and many souls
were added to the church, while the members were strengthened
in their hope of conquering when done with the trials of life. He
wri.-j followed ly that noble man and veteran soldier of the army