INCIDENTS #51 - ELIZABETH RUSSO
Subject: INCIDENTS #51
From: ELIZABETH RUSSO
Date: November 09, 1998

INCIDENTS AND CHARACTERS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM

By

The Reverend John Elmore DuBois

Edited by Elizabeth A. DuBois
(c) 1998  DuBois Publishing Co, Simsbury, Connecticut. All rights
reserved.

SEVENTEEN
Greensboro Pastors

	During the pastorate of Rev. P. P. Neely, D.D., occurred in Greensboro
one of the most remarkable revivals that have ever blessed that highly
favored place.  Previous to the meeting, Dr. E.Wadsworth made us a visit
and preached a series of sermons, which greatly edified and blessed the
people.  He reached us just at the time when we needed his style of
preaching.  He taught the people, expounded the Scriptures, broke up the
sub-soil, and then held up the cross with an earnestness and power that
few men could exercise.  The work that he did there lives today in the
lives and hearts of many good men and women, and will continue to live
in renewed beauty and increased power when he is no more.  How
mysterious are the ways of Providence!  How sad that so great and good a
man should be bound hand and foot by the shackles of disease and thus
forced to cease from his labors while yet capable of doing so much
good.  But it is enough for us to know, that "His ways are above our
ways."

	After these valuable services by Dr. Wadsworth, then came Milburn, the
blind orator who electrified the people with his polished eloquence and
graceful declamation, still further preparing them for the revival. 
When Dr. Neely took hold, everything was propitious, but an abler
helmsman could not easily be found to take the wheel.  Dr. Rivers has
recently given so true a portrait of this distinguished pulpit orator,
that my plain words are unnecessary and could add nothing to a name so
famous and so familiar in the Methodist circles of Alabama.

	The meeting opened, everything was favorable.  The preaching was
Neely's best; and when I say this I mean much.  It seemed to be all that
was demanded.  The old and the young, the rich and the poor, the high
and the low, all surrendered.  The altar was crowded day and night, and
many were savingly and happily converted.  I wish I could give
statistics, but it is out of my power to do so just now.  It was a time
never to be forgotten by those who witnessed it, and its effects will
live not only through time but through eternity.

[To be continued]

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