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In Their Own Words

March 22, 1740

Whitfield’s Character Noted in Journal

William Stephens noted in his journal that George Whitefield was working fervently to raise money for his orphan house, and preaching his beliefs just as fervently:

“…Mr. Whitfield, and his Companions, returned from Charles-Town in his own Sloop; by whom I learnt, that during the few Days he staid there, he had preached nine Times in various non-con forming Meeting- Houses, and collected good Sums of Money towards the charitable Work of an Orphan-House being promoted; at one Sermon particularly, upwards of 70 l. Sterling: The Carolina printed News-Papers coming with them, I could not but observe an Advertisement in one of them, signifying, that Mr. Whitfield had published two Letters there; one of them shewing that Archbishop Tillotson knew no more of Christianity than Mahomet; and the other shewing the fundamental Errors of a Book, entitled, The Whole Duty of Man; which confirmed my Be- lief of what I before doubted the Truth of, when it was told me, that he made one of his Boys throw that Book into the Fire, with great Detestation. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 538.