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In Their Own Words

August 27, 1738

Farewell Sermon and Heat

George Whitefield recorded of his decision to return to England for a time, but (as colonists did so frequently) didn’t fail to mention the weather:

“Sunday, August 27. GOD having now shewn both me and my Friends that it was his Will that I should return for a while to England: This Afternoon I preached my Farewell Sermon, to the great Grief of my dear Parishioners, for their Hearts I found were very full as well as mine, which they expressed by shedding many Tears. But a sensible Alteration appear’d in their Countenances, when I promised them solemnly before GOD to return as soon as possible. The Weather was exceeding hot, and the Greatness of the Congregation made it still hotter, but GOD enabled me to preach with Power.”

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. 296.