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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting

The Bhagavad Gita


The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morely

My Man Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse

Memoirs of the Rev. George Whitefield

by John Gillies


Prom the time of his embarking for Georgia, to his re-embarking for England, 1733.

In the latter end of December, 1737, he embarked for Georgia. This was to him a new, and at first appearance, a very unpromising scene. The ship was full of soldiers, and there were near twenty women among them. The captain of the ship, and the officers of the regiment, with the surgeon, and a young cadet, gave him to understand, that they looked upon him as an impostor; and for awhile treated him as such. On the first Lord's day one of them played on the hautboy; and nothing was to be seen but cards, and little heard but cursing and blasphemy. This was a very disagreeable situation; but it is worth while to observe, with what prudence he was enabled to behave among them; and how God was pleased to bless his patient and persevering endeavors to do them good.

He began with the officers in the cabin, in the way of mild and gentle reproof; but this had little effect.* He therefore

• " 1 could do no more for a season, than whilst I was writing, now and then 10 turn my head, by way of reproof, to a lieutenant of the soldiers, who swore, is though he was born of a swearing constitution. Sometimes he would take

tri«'d what might be done between decks, among the soldiers. And though the place was not very commodious, he read prayers and expounded twice a day. At first he could not see any fruit of his labor, yet it was encouraging to find it so kindly received by his new red coat parishioners, (as he calls them) many of whom submitted cheerfully to be catechised about the lessons they had heard expounded.

In this situation things continued for some time. But all this while, he had no place lor retirement; and there was no divine service in the great cabin, both which he greatly desired. At last he obtained his wish: one day finding the ship captain a little inclined to favor him, he asked him to suffer him now and then to retire into the round-house, where the captain slept, and offered him money for the loan of it. The captain would not take the money, but readily granted his request. Soon afterwards, the military captain, having invited him to dish of coffee, he took the liberty to tell him, "that though he was a volunteer on board, yet as he was on board, he looked upon himself as his chaplain, and as such, he thought it a little odd to pray and preach to the servants, and not to the master;" and added, " that if he thought proper, he would make use of a short collect now and then to him, and the other gentlemen in the great cabin." After pausing awhile, and shaking his head, he answered, "I think we may, when we have nothing else to do." This awkward hint was all he got for the present; yet he wa? encouraged thereby to hope that the desired point would be soon gained.

They were detained in the Downs by contrary winds for neai a month; the soldiers, by this time, became more and more civilized, and the people at Deal heard him gladly. There ho preached thrice, at the invitation of the ministers, and often expounded in the house where he lodged. This work was very delightful to him; but he was suddenly called away by a fair wind, about the end of January, 1738, just after he had preached in Upper Deal church.

Whitefield sailed from the Downs for Georgia a few hours only before the the vessel which brought Wesley back from thence cast anchor there. The ships passed in sight of each . other, but neither of these remarkable men knew that so dear a friend was on the deck at which he was gazing. But when Wesley landed he learned that his coadjutor was on board the vessel in the offing: it was still possible to communicate with him f and Whiteneld was not a little surprised at receiving a letter which contained these words: " When I saw God by the

the hint, return my nod, with a ' doctor, I ask your pardon,' and then to nis cauls and swearing again." MS.

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