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In Their Own Words

March 19, 1739

Diary Entry on Sermon and Wedding at Sea

While at sea on his return to Georgia, George Whitefield maintained his duties as Anglican minister – preaching on this day, then performing a wedding which did not run as smoothly as he wished:

“Sunday, Mar. 19. Went went Captain W. on board the Amy; read Prayers and preached to above two hundred and twenty Hearers; and married a Couple, who did not behave so well as I could wish: The Bridegroom laughed several Times in the midst of the Solemnity, upon which I shut up my Prayer-book: But he shewing his Concern by weeping, I then proceeded, gave him and the Bride a Bible, as the best Present I could make them; and exhorted all to Holiness of Life.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 284.