Test All Things

January 30th, 1830 Dear Brother, Since I last wrote, I have preached in Abingdon Great Church, on Christmas evening, the only night in the year that it is lighted. I preached...

March 16, 1830 My dear Brother, I am happy to say that the sermon has been blessed by God in this neighbourhood, and consequently has made a very great stir. I...

April 30, 1830 My dear Brother, My sermon seems to be received among you much in the same manner as I expected. Nature is the same in Rutland as in Berks....

June 9, 1830 My dear Brother, I rejoice to say that the Lord still continues to bless the word preached by me. As He is pleased to lead me into deeper...

June 9, 1830 My dear Deborah, I am rejoiced to think that you are so far humbled as to look to Christ alone for the salvation of your soul. You will...

July 12, 1830 My dear Sister, I am truly rejoiced that the Lord has given you an inquiring mind. You will not be distressed when I say that I have discovered...

September 3, 1830 My dear Brother, I intend (D.V.) to be at Oakham on the 14th or 15th, but I hope to be with you on the 14th by the Leicester...

October 28th, 1830 My dear Brother, I arrived safely at Sutton on the Saturday afternoon. I saw Mr. de Merveilleux, and had a little conversation with him. I believe him to...

December, 1830 My dear Brother, I was pleased with your remarks upon religion in your last letter. As the Lord has been pleased to reveal to you a little of the...

January 8, 1831 My dear Brother, I am very anxious to hear how the work of grace is going on in your hearts, whether you prove all things and hold fast...

March 14th, 1831 My dear Brother, I feel much obliged to you for your last letter, and am rejoiced to find that you are desirous of knowing more of Christ. You...

May 2nd, 1831 My dear Brother, I was very glad to hear by your last letter that your wife has safely delivered another son; and I hope that he will prove...

June 11th, 1831 My dear Brother, You will not be surprised at the proceedings of Bulteel and myself, as I informed you in my last what our intentions were. We arrived...

July 27th, 1831 My dear Brother, Through the mercy and goodness of God, I am again quietly settled at Sutton after my two months’ tour in the West of England. I...

September 5th, 1831 My dear Brother, I was delighted with your letter which I received last Saturday, as it gave me good reason to believe the Lord has begun a good...

October 25th, 1831 My dear Brother, I am very much obliged to you and Deborah for your joint letter; it rejoiced my heart to hear that some found it good to...

November 16th, 1831 My dear Brother, I am rather disappointed at not having received a letter in answer to my last. As I have now been led to act in that...

November 29th, 1831 My dear Brother, I went to London last week, and resigned my living; and I hope that my ‘letter of resignation’ containing my reasons will be published tomorrow....

December 30th, 1831 My dear Brother, I trust that I shall not covet a single farthing from a poor laborer, so that his children would be deprived of bread. Much covetousness...

February 25th, 1832 My dear Brother, Since I last wrote to you I have been actively engaged in preaching God’s word; but not without giving offence, for I find the cross...

May 4th, 1832 My dear Brother, I am going on much as usual, giving offence to many, and pleasing a few. I have many invitations to preach; but I am not...

July 6th, 1832 My dear Brother, Since I last wrote to you, I have been preaching in various places, many of considerable size, and to large concourses of people. One of...

August 15th, 1832 My dear Brother, I shall be glad to hear how the Lord is pleased to manifest Himself among you at Oakham. Real religion is so contrary to a...

August 27th, 1832 My dear Brother, My chapel, hitherto, continues to be very crowded. Yesterday it was particularly so both times. Today I have had Mr. M. and his wife to...

September 8th, 1832 My dear Brother, I, without a post’s delay, send you an answer to your last kind letter. I am pleased with many things contained in it; but you...

September 20th, 1832 My dear brother, Grace, mercy, and peace be multiplied unto you abundantly through Christ Jesus our Lord. I rejoice to hear that you are counted worthy to suffer...

October 16th, 1832 My dear Brother, Tomorrow morning I am going to visit an intimate friend a few miles from hence, who is to drive me to Cheltenham to preach there...

January 15th, 1833 My dear Brother, Through persuasion and entreaty, I remained one week longer at Brighton than I expected to do. But the Lord was pleased to bless the word...

June 27th, 1833 My dear Brother, As you express the desire of several that I should visit you again as soon as possible, I intend being at Oakham as early in...

September 11th, 1833 My dear Brother, I am glad to hear that your meetings are well attended. You will need encouragement, in one way or other, to keep you together meeting...

December 5th, 1833 My dear Brother, Now that you have a chapel, I hope God will consecrate it with his presence. The Lord has conferred a great honor upon you and...

December 16th, 1833 My dear Brother, “Man devises his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” In your last you said, “I trust that you will have a call in this...

February 17th, 1834 My dear Brother, Yesterday I preached here in the morning, at Wallingford in the afternoon and evening, and had a very favorable day in my own soul. Husband...

July 7th, 1834 My dear Brother, Many thanks to you for your kind letter; and as I have very lately heard from friend Gadsby, I now write to say when you...

April 6th, 1835 My dear Brother, I thank you for your kind letter, and, though I have little to communicate worth postage, I imagine that you may be expecting a letter...

August 24th, 1835 My dear Brother, Through mercy, I continue until this moment professing the name of the Lord Jesus; but not without difficulties, and trials, and temptations, and many fears...

February 1st, 1836 My dear Brother, I have been hoping for some days to receive a letter from Oakham; but hope deferred makes the heart sick, so I write that I...

April 15th, 1836 My dear Brother, Whatever charge they may bring against me, they cannot say that I am guilty of heaping up riches, while God’s children are in such painful...

April 28th, 1837 My dear Brother, I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your kind letter, with thanks, together with its contents. You may, perhaps, not be expecting another application for...

August 4th, 1837 My dear Brother, “Like people, like priest.” Every one wants to be encouraged either in a false or true religion. Some like to be built up in empty...

March 2nd, 1838 My dear Brother, I feel very dead, sinful, and unfit for a pulpit; and it seems a great mercy indeed that my preaching does not altogether fall to...

March 29th, 1838 My dear Brother, I preached at Worcester on the 9th on my way to Wolverhampton; and as I found it a fine large city full of ministers—and darkness....

June 8th, 1838 My dear Brother, Through mercy I arrived here safely from Brighton, and felt myself better for two or three weeks after illness; but on the 1st of this...

April 18th, 1838 My dear Brother, I was glad to receive the kind letter which you and your better half sent me; and I wish you would write more upon spiritual...

July 18th, 1838 My dear Brother, I feel myself a very poor preacher. The work tries my mind and body; and the last two Lord’s days, when I said, after the...

August 19th, 1839 My dear Brother, Through mercy, I arrived safely here on Wednesday evening, the 7th. I had, upon the whole, a favorable journey, and felt myself but little fatigued...

November 13th, 1839 My dear Brother, Since I wrote to friend P., I have not suffered from any further attacks; and, through mercy, I may say that I have but little...

February 5th, 1840 My dear Brother, I hope and trust I am rather better than when I last wrote. I find that my walks are beneficial to my health, and I...

January 30th, 1843 My dear Sister, I was glad to hear that you are about to follow the Lord Jesus Christ through the ordinance of believer’s baptism. May your soul be...

December 13, 1845 My dear Friend, I like to receive letters, but I do not like writing the answers. However, we shall find through life one thing must be set over...