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In Their Own Words

July 25, 1740

Whitefield Not Popular in South Carolina

While the fiery preaching of George Whitefield had been well-received in the North, William Stephens had received reports that is was not so well-received in South Carolina:

“…Mr. Whitfield returned in the Afternoon from his Expedition to Carolina; but what Success he met with there, in preaching, to promote the great Designs he had in hand, I yet heard nothing of: Before his Coming, we had various Reports of the Opposition he met with from Mr. Garden, Minister at Charles-Town, who (it is said) by Virtue of a Power from the Bishop, cited him to appear, and answer for many Dodlrines which he preached that were not orthodox, and also for his irregular Proceedings, which gave so great Disturbances to the pub- lick Peace, as well as Divisions among Families: To all which Mr. Whitfield gave but little Heed; but offering to partake of the Sacrament, Mr. Garden refused him, &c. The certain Truth of these Things, we may probably soon be better informed in.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 628.