Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Affection for George Whitefield

from a letter by Mrs. Jonathan Edwards, Sarah Peirpont, to a minister in New Haven recommending that he heartily welcome George Whitefield, dated 1740.

He is a born orator. It is perfect music to listen to his melodious voice. And he speaks so easily, without any apparent effort. I have seen more than a thousand people hang on his words with breathless silence. He impresses both the ignorant and the refined, educated men here. Moreover, he is a very devout and godly man and his only goal seems to be to reach and influence men in the best way. He speaks from a heart all aglow with love. James, when he reaches New Haven, show him warm hospitality.
Yours, in faithful affection, Sarah.

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