The Life of the REV. George Whitefield (Volume 2)

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877. Excerpt: ... FIFTH VISIT TO AMERICA. March 1754 To May 1755. T INE days after leaving England, the ship, in which,,. N Whitefield sailed, anchored in Lisbon harbour, where--it remained about a month. This was a long detention for ge 39 Whitefield and his "destitute orphans;" but he usefully employed the time in making himself acquainted with the full-blown Popery of the metropolis of Portugal. His letters on this subject fill twenty-four closely printed pages, in his collected works. At his return to England, in 1755, four of these letters were printed, with the title, "A brief Account of some Lent and other Extraordinary Processions and Ecclesiastical Entertainments, seen last Year at Lisbon. In four Letters to an English Friend. By George Whitefield." (8vo. 29 pp.) Whitcficld's letters were extensively quoted by the newspapers and magazines of the day; and even the Monthlv Review--no great friend to Whitefield--said, "Our celebrated itinerant preacher expresses a just and manly resentment of the miserable bigotry of the Portuguese, and the priestly delusion with which they are led into even more ridiculous fopperies than ever disgraced the pagan theology."1 What did Whitefield see? Extracts from the letters--as brief as possible--shall supply an answer. "lisbon Harbour,March 17, 1754. "Yesterday we anchored in this port. VVe are now lying before a large place, where we see hundreds going to worship in their way. Wc have just been at ours. Though sent without a friend, yet I am not left alone. 'O my God, Thy presence on earth, Thy presence in heaven, will make 1 Vol. xii., p. 479. 1754 amends for all!' Indeed, Jesus Christ is a good master. He has given, me the affections of all on board, and as kind a captain as we could Aee39 desire." "Lisbon Harbour, March...

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