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In Their Own Words

May 08, 1738

Whitefield Began Preaching, Noticed Problems

George Whitfield had just arrived in Savannah the previous evening, but began preaching early on this day, while noticing some division among the inhabitants:

“Monday, May 8. Begun to read public Prayers and expound the second Lesson at Five in the Morning to seventeen Adults and twenty-five Children. May GOD open their Hearts that they may attend to the Things that were spoken. …

I find there are many Divisions among the Inhabitants, but GOD, I hope, will make me an instrument of composing them…”

Source: Whitefield, George. A continuation of the Reverend Mr. Whitefield’s journal : from his arrival at Savannah to his return to London. 2nd ed. London, 1739. 41pp. p. 1-2. Sabin Americana. Gale, Cengage Learning. University of Georgia. 03 July 2013